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Conde Nets 16 As Barons Nip Spartans 55-54 January 15, 2018

The Manheim Central girls' basketball team won for the fourth time this season at Garden Spot in a Section Two feud on Tuesday, January 9. Serena Conde's game high 16 points led the Lady Barons to an exciting one point 55-54 victory.

"Serena is one of our strongest communicators on the court," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She is our defensive leader, defending the rim rebounding, and has the ability to switch out and defend guards," Burns added.

Garden Spot took a 13-10 lead after the first 8 minutes of play before Manheim regrouped their offense, outscoring the Spartans 17-15 in the second period to trail the home team by one point 28-27 at the intermission.

In a back-and-forth third period, Garden Spot fueled by Karli Stoltzfus's team high 15 points, clipped the Lady Barons 12-11 to take a 40-38 advantage at the end of 24 minutes played.

Down the stretch, Manheim, who went 14-of-23 from the free throw line, battled past Garden Spot 17-14 to secure the well-deserved victory.

Hannah Barbush (9), Elli weaver (9), Laura Good (9), Allison Cassel (7), and Brooke Breinich (5), also contributed in scoring.

A rescheduled matchup with first place Lampeter-Strasburg took place at home on Thursday, January 11. Emma Gochnauer's team high 14 points helped the Pioneers defeat the Lady Barons 52-33.

Good, scoring 10 of her game high 16 points in the first stanza, gave Central a short lived 15-12 lead but LS drained a three point shot in the early moments of the second period to tie the score 15-15.

"Laura is stepping up as a leader on our team," stated Burns. "I am impressed with how coachable she is. She is learning and growing every day."

"She asks questions, reflects, and has a drive to be the best. She gives us 100% each practice and game and is a great role model four our team," ended Burns.

Lampeter-Strasburg then went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-15 advantage with 2:42 remaining on the clock and connected on a three point buzzer beater for a 25-20 lead at halftime.

L-S continued its consistent scoring, netting 13 points in the third and 14 in the fourth while holding the Barons to single digits with 9 and 4 respectively.

At the 3:33 mark in the third period a Conde (5 points) shot in the post cut the Pioneers lead to 31-27 but that was as close as it would get.

Brenich (7), Weaver (3), and Barbush (2), also scored points for Manheim.

The three game week ended with a home game against Ephrata on Friday. Kandice Liebl's game high 17 points plus a 25 point first half sparked the Mountaineers to a 41-36 victory against the Lady Barons (4-8).

Barbush netted four of her six points in the opening period as the Barons trailed Ephrata 11-8.

Ephrata stretched their lead to 18-13 at the 3:49 mark in the second period before a drive to the twine by Lily Doerschuk (2 points) set the score at 18-15. The Mountaineers then went on an impressive 7-1 run to hold a 25-16 lead at the intermission.

With about three minutes left in the third period, Good, who led the team with 12 points, connected on a foul shot (14-of-16) and a Conde (8 points) bucket down low closed the lead to 29-21. Ephrata then capitalized on a Manheim technical foul at the 2:14 mark with three straight foul shots to catapult the score to 32-21. A layup by Breinich (8 points) finished the period down by nine points 33-24.

Midway through the final period, Ephrata drained a trey to make the score 36-27 but Good's wide open jump shot cut the lead to 38-31.

Good crashed the boards with a rebound and shot down low late in the game to trail 38-33 while another by Good placed the score at 39-35.

With 40 seconds left on the clock, Breinich made one foul shot but Ephrata, who was 9-of-16 from the free throw line, added two foul shots to seal the win.


Occupying a second place ranking in the L-L League standings, the rifle team won a pair of shootouts against Governor Mifflin and Wilson and lost their second match of the season to Elizabethtown.

Gage McCabe and Charles Miller both blasted 99's to lead Central (4-2) in a 496-492 setback at Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Braydon Groff, Austin Rhodes, and Dawson Good all punched 98's to round out the Barons top sharpshooters.

In a rescheduled match hosting Governor Mifflin on Wednesday, the Barons, led by Miller's perfect 100, outgunned the Mustangs by a 496-479 final score. Good, Cade Ginder, Alex Stone, and Hunter Shoop all fired 99's to fulfill their third victory of the season.

Hunter Gartside and Rhodes shot perfect 100's to pace the Barons past Wilson on Thursday in West Lawn, 497-485. The trio of McCabe, Good, and Miller all punching 99's to complete the top Manheim marksmen.


Still situated in second place in Section Three, the bowling team chalked up two dominating wins against Lebanon Catholic and Elco to improve their overall record to 6-2.

Against Lebanon Catholic in a section crossover affair at Cain's Lanes, the Barons blanked the Beavers easily 7-0. Bryson Morton was the top performer rolling a 235-204-207 for a series total of 646. Olivia Good placed second knocking down pins with a 238-202-180 for a series total of 620. Chris ILL was third finishing with a 204-214-178 for a series total of 596.

Tanner Michael (236-162-190-588), and Brandon Henry (189-167-158-514), were the fourth and fifth place finishers.

On the road in section play with Elco on Friday the Barons also blanked the Raiders 7-0. Michael was tops rolling a match high 264-244-226 for a series total of 734.


Accepting seven forfeits and using two pin falls, the wrestling team defeated visiting Cedar Crest 65-12 on Wednesday, lifting their record to 5-1.

Keegan McCord (220), in the first bout, edged TJ Moore 5-3 and Reese Martin (285) slipped past Darren Garcia 4-3 to take a 6-0 lead. Central then won back-to-back forfeits at 106 and 113 for an 18-0 advantage.

Taylor Gehmen (120) crashed Josiah Lutz to the floor for a fall at 5:43 as Cedar Crest cut the Manheim lead to 18-6.

Conner Zeamer (126) was victorious by forfeit and Cedar Crest's Ryan Scicchitano pinned Lance Allen in 2:57 at 132 to trail by a 24-12 score.

Zack Zeamer (138) accepted another forfeit and teammate Ryan McKee (145) scored the Barons first pin, decking Anthony Reese just 47 seconds into the bout and extending the score to 36-12.

Ryan Kreider (152) outmuscled Austin Bohr with an 18-3 technical fall at 5:41 and Austin Sauder won by forfeit to make the score 47-12.

At 170, Andrew Siegrist posted the sixth forfeit while Garret Fittery pinned Derrick Via at 3:34, and John Dailey accepted the final forfeit at 195 to wrap up the victory.


Both swim teams were defeated by Conestoga Valley in a home meet at the Lititz Recreation Center in Section Two competition.

"Coming off two losses this week was hard," said head coach Heather Fittery. "With our low team numbers, it is hard to come out on top.

"My teams had great swims and I was happy with their effort," Fittery added.

The Buckskin boys' team won seven events and knocked off the Barons 91-58 and remain in second place behind Cocalico.

Maxwell Gehman was the Barons most consistent swimmer winning the 50 freestyle (23.39) and the 100 freestyle (52.70).

Luke Weaver won the 100 breaststroke (1:17.55), and the team of Joshua Varner, Nathan Shearn, Weaver, and Gehman won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:45.19.

In girls' action, CV swept all 11 events, trouncing the Barons 122-44 and are currently ranked in second place behind Ephrata.

Elizabethtown also cruised past both Manheim teams on Thursday at Elizabethtown College leaving them with identical 0-5 records.

Gehman won his second straight 50 yard freestyle race and the 200 yard freestyle foursome of Gehman, Shearn, Varner, and Weaver, all underclassmen, took first place again.

"Our goal for the season is to keep working hard at practices to improve their times," stated Fittery. "We are hoping to have some district qualifiers.

"I want them to have fun and enjoy the sport of swimming. It is a lifetime skill that I feel is very important at all ages," she added.


Winning one out of four games this week, the boys' basketball team now has a Section Two second place overall record of 5-6.

Chase Marquette scored a game high 22 points and a 42 point second half supported the Barons to a 60-47 victory on their home court against Garden Spot.

Garden Spot took an early 12-9 edge after the first stanza and then outhustled Manheim 10-9 in the second frame for a 22-18 lead at the intermission.

Central, who finished with seven three point shots, outgunned Garden Spot 42-25 in the second half to establish the come from behind victory.

Connor Hostetter (12), Cameron Sell (10), Drew Mummau (7), Jake Novak (7), and Evan Hosler (2), also scored points for Manheim.

Ryan Smith netted a game high 21 points to fuel Lampeter-Strasburg to a 48-23 home victory against the Barons. They are currently in first place in the section standings.

Hostetter (11), Marquette (5), Carson Brenize (3), Hosler (2), and Novak (2), were the Barons scoring stat leaders.

Brad DaBella's team high 15 points and a 22 point second half helped Ephrata to a 47-40 victory at home against Central on Friday.

Hostetter (15), Mummau (9), Brenize (8), Sell (2), Hosler (2), Novak (2), and Marquette (2), all put up points for Manheim.

Brendan Mellott drained a game high 16 point as Manheim Township, in a non-league matinee on Saturday, posted a 53-40 win against the visiting Barons.

Mummau (14), Marquette (8), Hostetter (8), Hosler (7), and Sell (3), all scored points for Manheim.


Forfeits Extend Baron Win Over Ephrata Matmen January 8, 2018

History reigns as the Manheim Central grapplers that won the 48th Manheim Holiday Tournament team title for the first time since 1970 under first year head coach Billy Chamberlain traveled to Ephrata on Wednesday, January 3 for an L-L League Section Two scuffle.

A total of 11 forfeits in addition to a pair of pin falls helped guide the Barons past the Mountaineers by a whopping 78-6 final score.

Manheim accepted seven straight Ephrata forfeits at the 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, and 145 pound weight classes to obtain an easy 42-0 lead.

At 145, Ryan McKee slammed Kelvin Cruz to the mat for a pin fall at 3:09 plus another two forfeits at 160, and 170 stretched their advantage to 60-0.

Garret Fittery (182) scored Manheim's second pin fall decking Drew Myers at 1:34. Two more forfeits by the Mountaineers at 195, and 220 set the score at 78-0.

Josiah Stolzfus (285) ended the action and won by forfeit to claim Ephrata's only points of the night.

Flexing their muscles in a grueling match at Cocalico on Saturday, the Barons won nine of 14 bouts and defeated the Eagles 38-24 to improve their current overall record at 4-1.

Cade Zeamer (120) started the action with a 4-2 decision against Kayde Althouse and Josiah Gehr (126) chalked up a pin fall to give Cocalico a 6-3 edge.

Conner Zeamer (132) dropped Grant Swann to the mat at 2:28 and Zack Zeamer (138) scored a 17-0 technical fall at 4:48, pushing the lead to 14-6.

Seamus Finnegan (145) outmuscled Ryan Kreider but McKee (152) overpowered Alex May by a 10-1 major decision and raised the score to 18-9.

Both teams exchanged decisions in the next two bouts that handed the Barons a 21-12 advantage and Fittery (182) slipped past Ben Sola by an 8-5 decision to boost their lead to 24-12.

Cocalico's Ben Fromm (195) pinned Mitchell Himelright in 1:12 but in the next bout Keegan McCord (220) crept past Joseph Bearinger by a narrow 7-6 decision to keep the lead at nine.

Austin Shaver (285) notched the Eagles last pin fall against Dalton Gainer at 1:15 to trail Manheim 27-24.

The final two matches went in the Barons favor by a pin fall from Brandon Kheuangthirath at 106 at 5:11 and teammate Will Betancourt at 113 dominated Seth Fritz by a 16-0 technical fall in 3:37 to cap the 14 point triumph.

Seeking a first place finish in the Section Two standings under the guidance of first year head coach Charles Fisher, the boys basketball team returned to the hardwood on Tuesday, January 2 hosting Cocalico.

Behind Connor Hostetter's team high 12 points, going 14-of-20 from the foul line, and a big 22 point fourth period, the Barons won a hard fought game against the Eagles 48-40.

"I thought for the last six minutes it was some of our best basketball that we have played against Cocalico. Overall we did what we needed to do to win the game, "said Fisher.

"We got the win, which is our number one goal, and with this being our sixth game we should be better by game number 22," he added.

Hostetter led the team with five points in the first period but Manheim trailed Cocalico 13-12 after the first 8 minutes of play.

Cameron Sell (5 points) buried a trey in the early minutes of the second period to tie the game at 15-15 and then 17-17 following two Evan Hosler (10 points) free throw shots.

Cocalico paced by Connor Mack's game high 13 points outscored the Barons 6-5 at the end of the period to take a 19-17 lead going into the locker rooms at the intermission.

It was a turn of events in the second half for Manheim who connected on a total of 8 field goals as a three point shot via Chase Marquette (6 points) and a pair of foul shots by Carson Brenize (8 points) early in the third period built a 22-19 advantage for the hosts.

With 3:34 remaining in the period a Cocalico rebound and shot down low cut the Barons lead to 24-23 and eventually regained the lead 27-26 after 24 minutes of play.

The Eagles started the final period with a 5-0 run, raising the score to 32-26 but some key defense by the Barons was capitalized into points and put the home team back in front 35-32.

Marquette pumped in his second trey of the game and Hostetter added a foul shot following a technical foul on Cocalico for some breathing room 39-32.

Two more free throws by Hostetter with 1:48 left in the game increased the Manheim lead to 41-33 before the Eagles netted a three point shot in the final seconds to trail 46-40.

Two more points by the Barons put the game away for good.

Jake Novak also contributed 7 points into Manheim's win column.

Despite the frigid winter temperatures the team hosted the Section Two Showdown on Saturday as the Barons faced Gettysburg in the final of five games that were played.

Gettysburg benefited from a 26 point second half to subdue the Barons in a come from behind 44-37 final score.

"It wasn't our best effort against Gettysburg," said Fisher. "You have to credit Gettysburg for having a good game plan. They executed it and deserved to win."

Central (4-3) who won the opening tip off set the tone early in the first period with a 14-11 lead after nine points by Hostetter and two treys by Drew Mummau and 4 points by Hosler (4 points) that added to their advantage 21-18 with 2:04 left in the first half.

A defensive steal by Marquette, who led the team in scoring with 15 points, and an easy layup put the Barons on top 23-18 at the intermission.

The Warriors, sparked by Zach Kitterman's team high 13 points, went on a 6-0 run in a low scoring third period and took over the lead 24-23 with 2:41 left on the clock.

One Hostetter (10 points) foul shot tied the game at 24-24 and a three point bomb by Marquette put the Barons in front 27-24 after 24 minutes of basketball played.

With 5:11 left in the game, a Marquette shot in the paint made the score 33-29 but Gettysburg battled from behind and deadlocked the score 37-37 late in the game following one foul shot.

With time running off the clock all the Barons could do was intentionally foul Gettysburg that put the Warriors on the line. They capitalized on seven fouls shots to ice the victory.

Brenize (3), and Novak (2), also scored points for Manheim.

"We want to compete for 32 minutes in each game, continue to work hard, compete, and at the end of the game walk away with a win," ended Fisher.


Lily Doerschuk scored a team high 15 points to lead the girls basketball team in their only game of the week at Cocalico on Tuesday where the Barons posted a 47-43 overtime victory against the Eagles in Section Two play.

"We went into our third overtime game of the season versus Cocalico," said head coach Amanda Burns. "I'm proud of the team for staying composed and in control of the game.

"We did well sharing the ball, got a lot of good looks at the basket, and knocked down just enough of them to pull out the victory," Burns added. "We also hit critical free throws down the stretch to keep us in it, and in overtime to ice the game.

"On top of that, we took care of the ball and limited Cocalico's second chance opportunities by rebounding defensively, so I'm pleased with a good overall team win," stated Burns.

The Lady Barons (3-6) who have netted a total of 371 points so far this season trailed Cocalico 12-11 at the conclusion of the first stanza but picked up their offense, draining six three point shots and outscoring the Eagles in the second period 11-10 to tie the game 22-22 at the intermission.

Central finished the night going 9-of-17 from the free throw line and responded in the third period by outgunning the home team 10-4 to take a 32-26 lead going into the fourth frame.

Cocalico, led by Shelby White's game high 16 points took charge in the final period of regulation oupointing the Lady Barons 13-7 and knotting the score at 39-39 and sending the game into overtime.

Manheim clipped the Eagles 8-4 in that extra period to secure their third victory of the season.

Serena Conde (10), Elli Weaver (9), Laura Good (7), Brooke Breinich (4), and Hannah Barbush (2), also put up points in the win column.

"We are continuing to take this season one game at a time, knowing we are 2-1 in the section and control our own destiny with a lot of league play left. Plus we are focusing on getting better each game and the rest of it will take care of itself," ended Burns.


Currently ranked second in the Section Three standings, the bowling team clashed with Ephrata in a non-league showdown last Tuesday at 222 Dutch Lanes out rolling the Mountaineers 5-2 to set their current overall record at 4-1.

Tanner Michael was tops rolling a 268-179-218 for a series total of 665. Olivia Good was second best knocking down a 158-258-200 for a series total of 616. Bryson Morton finished third with a 225-173-209 for a series total of 607.

Ephrata's Gavin Dissinger had the best average of the match rolling a 249-196-234 for an impressive 679 series.


Barons Capture 17th District Title, Nip Gov. Mifflin November 27, 2017

It was a sweet amount of success at the sweetest place on earth as No. 2 seed Manheim Central went neck-to-neck with No. four seed Governor Mifflin in the District Three Class 5A Championship Finals at HersheyPark Stadium on Friday, November 24.

Central (13-0), appearing in their 21st championship game, used a 20 point first half along with a 23 yard field goal by Niko Gavala and a 33 yard touchdown reception by Vinny Lester late in the fourth quarter to rally past the Mustangs (11-2) by one point, 30-29.

The thrilling victory clinched the Barons 17th district crown and first district crown under third year head coach Dave Hahn. They last hoisted gold back in 2009.

"I'm ecstatic for the kids and the program," said head coach Hahn. "That was a great win over a great program," he added.

Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (18-29-245) got the high powered offense rolling (346 yards) in the first quarter on a key pass completion to his number one target, wide receiver Jake Novak (6-101) for a first down at the Mustangs' 39 yard line.

On the next play, running back Giovanni Lester (20-91) took a handoff from Evan Simon and hot footed a 39 yard touchdown burst down the left sideline at the 5:55 mark.

"Gio did a great job and will continue to get better. I look forward to seeing what he will do next week," Hahn said.

Gavala, out of the hold by Novak, converted on the extra point kick and Manheim led 7-0.

Governor Mifflin, on their ensuing series, coughed up a fumble that was recovered by the Barons at the 25 yard line. Evan Simon then went back on the attack with a pass completion to Novak for a first down in the red zone at the 13. Novak, seconds later, caught a 12 yard touchdown strike from Simon with 4:22 to go in the quarter.

Gavala added his second extra point kick on the night and Central doubled their lead to 14-0.

Starting their next series at their own 35, Governor Mifflin moved the ball down the field as quarterback Kamron Wolfe (11-20-222) hooked up with wide receiver Michael Franks (3-96) on a crucial pass play at the 12 yard line. Wolfe fired another completion to tight end Chase Yoder (1-8) just short of the goal line before running back Isaac Ruoss powered into the end zone with 28 seconds left in the quarter.

Benjamin Myers sailed the extra point kick between the uprights and GM trailed the Barons 14-7.

The second quarter was also tight going into the Barons favor. Governor Mifflin went for a fourth down conversion early in the period but the Manheim defense, holding the Mustangs' 1,700 yard rusher Ruoss to 81 yards on 23 carries, forced the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass attempt at the 17.

"Defense wins championships, and that's what happened against Governor Mifflin," stated Hahn. "They did a great job."

Lester then handled the ball on a jaunt to the 13 followed by Evan Simon connecting a short field pass to tight end Garret Fittery (1-11) at the 2. Simon, under center Tyler Dougherty, then handed the football to Lester for a 2 yard touchdown dash one play later with 6:29 still to play in the first half. The two point PAT run failed but the Barons took a 20-7 advantage going into the locker rooms at half time.

Down by 13 points Governor Mifflin didn't throw in the towel and rebounded with a 14 point third quarter starting with covering an onside kick at the 48 to begin the second half.

Both teams then exchanged turnovers as linebacker Landan Moyer scooped up a fumble at the 48 and cornerback Wolfe intercepted an Evan Simon pass attempt at the Mustangs own 44 with 10:16 left on the clock.

That's where the momentum turned for Governor Mifflin as Wolfe completed a decisive pass to wide receiver Tyshaun Weaver (5-89) at the 16 plus Ruoss's run for 3 yards to the 13. Darius Copeland (2-19) capped the drive one play later with a 13 yard touchdown scamper at 9:17.

Myers nailed his second extra point kick of the night to set the score at 20-14.

With about three minutes left in the quarter, Governor Mifflin set themselves up to take their first lead of the contest taking over on downs at the 42 after a botched fake punt attempt by the Barons.

Wolfe (12-27) went on a scramble up the middle to the 17 and soon after Copeland moved the chains on a carry to the 11 for a first down (16). After losing a yard Wolfe hit Weaver for a 12 yard touchdown toss at 3:03 and the go-ahead Myers extra point kick put the Mustangs in front 21-20.

After a Manheim punt in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs looked to capitalize and Wolfe went in the air to Weaver at the 38 that moved the chains for a fresh set of downs.

A bad snap on the center exchange sent Governor Mifflin back to their own 17. After being forced to punt, the Barons were left with favorable field positioning at the 41.

Moments later on a 3rd and 8 from the 39 yard line Evan Simon lofted a pass over the middle to a leaping Tyler Simon (1-25) at the 14 for a critical first down. Gavala from the center snap via Dougherty and the hold by Novak drilled a 23 yard field goal at 6:10 to regain the lead 23-21.

Once again the Mustangs responded. Wolfe found Franks in the corner of the end zone on a 49 yard touchdown route at the 4:52 mark and Bryce Stabler added a two point conversion on a pass from Wolfe to go back on top 29-23.

The drive began at their own 35 after the kickoff by Tyler Simon, who had three touchbacks in the game, took a bounce out of play.

With the season on the line Evan Simon was clutch on the game-winning drive going on an aerial attack with only a few minutes left to play. He had a big play on a pass to Novak at the 39 and another to Vinny Lester (9-97) to setup a first down at the 49.

"All five of our receivers had a great impact on the game. That is what makes us tough," stated Hahn. "They all have the ability to break a big play. Their progress throughout the season has been outstanding."

Another remarkable grab by Novak set up Simon who gunned a 33 yard pump fake touchdown strike to a wide open Vinny Lester with just less than four minutes left to play. Gavala booted the game winning extra point kick that put the Barons back in front, 30-29.

Central then take over on downs with 1:31 on the clock and put a knee on the Mustangs season, earning the come from behind one point victory.

The Barons (13-0) will meet WPIAL Class 5A champion Gateway (13-1) in the semifinals round of the PIAA State Championship Tournament this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.


Barons Escape Cocalico, Advance to District Final November 19, 2017

Playing their final home game of the season, the second seeded Manheim Central hosted Section Two rival Cocalico in a District Three Class 5A semifinals round collision on Friday, November 17.

A rock solid defense, along with scoring a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, helped the Barons (12-0) edge the No. 3 Eagles (10-2) for the second time this season in an exciting 21-20 close shave. They have now outscored their opponents 556-128.

"Wow it was a battle," said head coach Dave Hahn. "I am happy for our seniors to go out with a win on their home field. That is special, and to get the win against a great team like Cocalico is great," he added.

Cocalico's defense, coming away with a pair of turnovers, jumped out to an early lead in the first stanza. After halting a fake punt by Central, they took over on downs at their own 39 yard line. One play later, using their veer formation style of offense that finished with 323 total yards, quarterback Noah Palm (15-119) sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown at the 7:39 mark. Daniel Engle converted on the extra point kick for a 7-0 lead.

Starting at their own 26, Evan Simon (15-26-256), at quarterback, responded with a swing pass to wide receiver Jake Novak (5-104) down the left sideline to move the chains to the 41 for a first down (20).

In the shotgun formation Evan Simon took the center exchange from Tyler Dougherty and hooked up with Tyler Simon (4-92) on a pass completion to the 30. Giovanni Lester (15-95) then moved the ball on a carry to the 15 and another on a second effort jaunt to the 6.

Under center, Evan Simon handed off to running back Tyler Flick (13-43) moments later to cap the drive with a 2 yard touchdown burst at the 3:51 mark and Niko Gavala, out of the hold by Novak, drilled the extra point kick to tie the score at 7-7.

At the midway point in the second quarter, the Barons started a drive at their own 21 that would lead to the final points of the first half. Tyler Simon grabbed a pass from Evan Simon at the 34 and wide receiver Vinny Lester (4-57) hauled in a throw by Evan Simon at the 49 for a first down.

"Tyler Simon is a kid that plays with a lot of emotion and high energy," Hahn mentioned. "He is all over the field and this game was no different. He left it all out on the field and I am proud of him for that."

Evan Simon then spiraled a 51 yard touchdown swing pass to Novak straight down the left sideline with 6:16 remaining in the half. Gavala booted the extra point kick for a 14-7 advantage going into the locker rooms at halftime.

Charged up in the third quarter, Central, starting at their own 28, went on the move for their final points of the night. A run around right by Giovanni Lester advanced the ball to the 49 while Flick carried to the 40 for a first down.

Another scurry by Giovanni Lester spotted their pursuit to the 26 and one play later he maneuvered around the Eagles defense for a 26 yard touchdown scamper with 5:57 left in the quarter.

Gavala added his third PAT kick of the night to catapult the Barons to a 21-7 lead.

Just 51 seconds was all that was left in the quarter as the Barons, who finished with 380 total yards, coughed up a costly fumble that was recovered at their own 30 yard line by Cocalico and changed the pace of the game.

The Eagles then mounted an impressive drive that ended by running back Ronald Zahm (2-48) who accepted a sweep from Palm and reversed his footing from the right to the left side of the field on a 43 yard touchdown scuttle at the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter.

Engle added his second extra point kick of the game and trailed Manheim 21-14.

Later in the quarter Cocalico got the ball back and, starting at their own 30, put pressure on the Barons defense. Running back Brandon Brubaker (12-73) got the ground game rolling (266 yards) with several key runs including a 3 yard touchdown dash with 5:34 left in the game.

A go-ahead two point conversion failed and the Eagles trailed the Barons by just one point 21-20.

Time was rolling off the clock in the final minutes of the game as defensive back Owen Zimmerman intercepted a Barons pass attempt at the Eagles own 25 at 4:17. Central's defense held their ground and took over on downs after an incomplete pass attempt at the 27 in the final two minutes of the game but had to punt the ball away to Cocalico.

"Cocalico is a tough offensive team. They just keep coming at you but our defensive effort was great," said Hahn. "We kept going and fighting on every play."

Going on a late game winning drive, and with no time outs, Palm connected on a pass play to the 39 for a crucial first down but penalties moved the Eagles back and a sack by Joe Kolk on their final play of the game on fourth down gave the ball back to the Barons.

Only a few seconds remained in the game before Central took a knee and ran out the clock to secure the one point victory.

The Barons (12-0) will face 4th seed Governor Mifflin (11-1) in the championship finals at Hershey Park Stadium this upcoming Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.

"Family, football, Thanksgiving, Districts, Hershey, that's what it's all about," said Hahn. "This is our favorite time of the year, when our players truly get to experience the things we preach all the time: tradition, attitude, and sacrifice.

"Our alumni guys comeback to share stories and show support," he added. "It's an awesome experience that lets our guys know that their footprints have been stamped on this program and will never be forgotten.

"It's going to be a tough match against Governor Mifflin and we will continue to do what we always do, out work the opponent and prepare to play a physical game," ended Hahn.


Barons Blank Waynesboro in District Opener November 13, 2017

Bound and determined to capture their first District Three Championship under head coach Dave Hahn, Manheim Central hosted No. 7 Waynesboro in an opening round meeting in Class 5A action on a breezy and cold Friday evening, November 10. Senior tight end Garret Fittery hauled in three first half touchdown receptions to lead the No. 2 seed Barons (11-0) to a whopping 55-0 victory against the Indians (7-3).

"I was very pleased. Our defense continued to play outstanding, our special teams were good, and our offense battled through the first two series before getting started," said Hahn.

Central's offense, finishing the night with 432 total yards, opened the scoring with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Evan Simon (8-14-148) hooked up with wide receiver Jake Novak (4-67) at the 6 yard line moments before a rollout 2 yard touchdown toss to Fittery. Evan Simon then converted on the extra point kick to take a 7-0 lead.

After another Indians' three and out, Evan Simon scrambled to the 44, then gunned a 42 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Fittery with just 10 seconds left in the quarter. Evan Simon drilled the extra point kick to go up 14-0.

"Garret Fittery continues to grow into his role at tight end," said Hahn. "He has the ability to block one on one and the finesse to run the routes, find openings and catch the ball. It is a nice combination and he did a great job of taking advantage of what the defense gave us," he added.

The Baron offense, with an 18-3 advantage in first downs, did not have to punt even once in the game and exploded for 27 second quarter points.

Linebacker Tyler Simon, just six seconds into the quarter, picked off an Indians' pass attempt and returned it to the 27 to establish more point scoring.

"Our defense has continued to play tougher each game, which is needed this time of year. We are going to need them to be ready again this Friday against Cocalico," Hahn stated.

Evan Simon fired a 24 yard touchdown strike to Novak on a risky fourth down play at the 10:32 mark and Evan Simon's extra point kick raised the score to 21-0.

Fullback Colin Erb added a 44 yard touchdown burst down the right side line and Fittery snared in his third touchdown of the game on a 9 yard rollout toss around the left side for a sizeable 34-0 advantage.

Late in the quarter, with Waynesboro being pinned deep in their own territory, Will Rivers blocked a punt attempt that bounced into the end zone and was pounced on by Erb for a touchdown with 1:47 remaining in the first half.

Evan Simon added the extra point to give the Barons a comfortable 41-0 lead at halftime.

It was a quiet second half for Central, scoring just twice. The L-L League's second ranked running back, Tyler Flick (22-128), picked up an 11-yard touchdown at 10:20 in the fourth quarter and in the final minutes, Novak hustled a fake punt for a 69 yard TD to cap the scoring for the night. Evan Simon nailed his seventh extra point of the game to secure the impressive shutout.

The Barons (11-0) will host 3rd seed Cocalico (10-1) in the semifinals this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.

"Cocalico is a great team. They are well coached, and they want revenge," said Hahn. "Our senses have to be heightened, we must be ready for everything they throw at us. I expect it to be a great game," ended Hahn.


The fifth place District Three field hockey team began their PIAA Class AA State Championship Playoff Tournament action with a first round clash with Mount Saint Joseph at Methacton High School on Tuesday, November 7.

After a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, Codi Bollinger, on a feed from Maddie Hossler, found the back of the cage just 4:20 into overtime to defeat Mount Saint Joseph by a 2-1 final score.

Jenna Lutz, assisted by Lily Sipel at the 10:18 mark in the first half, scored the first goal of the game and the Barons held a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Julianna Kratz, off a setup by Grace Wallis at the 20:43 mark in the second half, scored the game tying goal for MSJ.

Mikayla Regan only needed to make one save to preserve the win and propel the Barons into the quarterfinals.

Manheim's season, however, came to an end in that quarterfinal round on Saturday when crosstown rival Donegal pinned a 5-1 loss on the Barons (17-8) at Penn Manor's Comet Field.

Mackenzie Allessie led the Indians, who outnumbered the Barons 15-3 in penalty corners, with a four goal performance and teammate Lily Saunders also found the back of the cage.

With 1:18 remaining in the game, Maddie Hosler redirected a shot past Donegal goalkeeper Katie Jean (4 saves) and into the cage for the Barons only goal of the game.

Senior players this season were Maddie Hosler, Billie Jo Bollinger, Hannah Barbush, and Kassidy Breneman.


The District Three runner-up boys' soccer team began the PIAA Class AAA State Playoff Tournament in an opening round clash with District 12 champion Archbishop Wood at Northeast High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Zach Wheatley scored a hat trick for Archbishop Wood and ended the Barons magical season with a 5-1 final score. The team finished with an overall record of 13-7-2.

Wheatley scored in the 25th, 36th, and 40th minutes of play to propel Archbishop Wood past the Barons.

Zach Reed, with an unassisted shot, prevented the shutout with a goal in the 49th minute. He finished with a team-high 17 goals this season.

Senior players this season were James Bright, and Gareth Kemp.


10-0 Barons Claim 24th L-L League Section Title November 6, 2017

Guiding Manheim Central to 10 straight wins, sophomore quarterback Evan Simon completed 14-of-18 pass attempts for a total of 257 yards, including four touchdowns, and sparked a 70-14 victory against Garden Spot on Friday, November 3. The win also captured Manheim's 24th L-L League Section Two crown on Senior Parents' Night.

"We are happy to come out of the game with another win," said head coach Dave Hahn. "With the exception of Garden Spot's first drive and one break down in another series, we shut it down and played tough. Going undefeated in Section Two is no easy task. We have built plenty of rivalries within the section, so each week we are going to get someone's best they have to offer. We are excited about the accomplishment," added Hahn.

Tyler Flick, who carried the ball 12 times for 128 total yards, opened the scoring with an 11 yard touchdown scamper around the left side at the 8:48 mark. Evan Simon who was perfect on 10-of-10 extra-point kicks, sailed the ball through the uprights out of the hold of Jake Novak for a 7-0 lead.

Garden Spot countered with a drive that started at their own 17 and ended with quarterback Cameron Roth (11-19-100) connecting a 6 yard TD roll out pass to Connor Finkey (4-25) with 4:28 left in the quarter. Kyle Willwerth added the PAT to tie the score at 7-7.

Manheim forged ahead when Simon hooked up with tight end Garett Fittery (2-28) on a 10 yard touchdown toss with just less than four minutes remaining on the clock, regaining the lead, 14-7.

Manhiem, however, exploded for 42 second quarter points to put the game out of reach. Flick opened with a 33-yard TD burst in the early seconds of the period. Giovanni Lester (8-65) came off the bench and tacked on a second effort 29 yard touchdown carry at the 7:06 mark and just over two minutes later, Evan Simon gunned a 35 yard touchdown toss to Tyler Simon (1-35), pushing the lead to 35-7.

Will Rivers came up huge for the defense, returning an interception to the 19 with under four minutes left in the first half. Several plays later, Evan Simon's 3 yard touchdown strike to Novak (6-135) at 2:42 extended the advantage. Novak has now surpassed Graham Zug's total career reception mark of 2,154 yards with 2,258 yards, becoming the all-time Baron leading receiver.

Tyler Simon's 21 yards interception for a touchdown was Manheim's fifth straight score.

"Turnovers are huge," said Hahn. "They are one of those statistics that determine your success. We want to make sure we win that category each and every game and I think we have, with the exception of the Solanco game," he added. "The turnovers in this game were key because we were able to capitalize on each one."

Stuck at their own 6, GS quarterback Roth, who has accumulated over 1,000 rushing yards this year (17-129) called his own number and raced up the middle of the field for a 94 yard touchdown at the 1:20 mark. Willwerth's extra point kick set the score at 49-14.

Only 51 seconds remained in the half and Manheim converted when Evan Simon hooked up with Novak in the corner of the end zone for a 13 yard score, giving the Barons a spacious 56-14 halftime advantage.

Manheim put up 14 more points in the second half as full back Colin Erb (1-1) plowed through the end zone in the third quarter and Lester scored from 9 yards out to complete the victory.

The No. 2 seed Barons will host 7th seeded Waynesboro (7-2) in the opening round of the District Three Class 5A Playoff Tournament this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.

"We want to take one game at a time," said Hahn. "Our focus now is Waynesboro."


The 6th seeded Lady Barons (16-7) won back-to-back games against Northern York and New Oxford in the consolations round bracket of the District Three Class AA Playoff Tournament last week.

"I was very happy with the team's performance coming out of the loss to East Pennsboro," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "We were focused on improving some details and executing around the goal cage."

With the two wins the team finished the tournament in fifth place and punched their ticket to the upcoming PIAA Tournament.

In game number one at Milton Hershey's Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, the Barons faced 7th seed Northern York. With hat tricks from Codi Bollinger and Maddie Hosler, Manheim routed the Polar Bears, 7-1.

Central, outscoring Northern York in penalty corners 13-4, scored five goals in the first half. Codi Bollinger, assisted by Maddie Hosler, found the back of the cage at 28:47 and just over two minutes later, Maddie Hossler, on a setup by Hannah Barbush made it 2-0.

Alexis Hosler's unassisted goal and Codi Bollinger, with a second tally, assisted by Hosler, doubled the lead to 4-0 at the 21:22 mark.

Maddie Hosler, late in the half, also scored her second goal, this time on a feed from Lily Sipel for a commanding 5-0 lead at the half.

Codi Bollinger and Maddie Hosler, assisted by Billie Jo Bollinger, each scored their third goal of the game in the second half and pushed the lead to 7-0.

Northern York's Katie Porko prevented the shutout with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Kassidy Breneman needed just two saves to earn the victory.

The team moved on to game number two in an early afternoon matchup with 5th seeded New Oxford at Courtney Pollock Field at Lower Dauphin Middle school on Saturday, November 4.

Sipel scored once in each half to lead the Lady Barons to a 4-0 shutout and their fifth place finish. They held a 13-1 advantage in penalty corners but led just 1-0 at the half when Sipel, assisted by Hannah Barbush, scored at 16:58.

They turned their offense up a notch in the second half with three goals. Billie Jo Bollinger's unassisted tally at the 28:01 mark, along with Alexis Hosler on a setup via Hannah Barbush at 15:38 upped the score to 3-0. At the 6:49 mark, Jenna Lutz setup Sipel's second goal of the game to secure the triumph.

Mikayla Regan and Breneman both shared the goalkeeping and did not have to make a single save to earn the shutout.

The team will meet Mount Saint Joseph Academy in the first round of the PIAA Tournament at Methacton High School this week.


David Merkey was the only runner from the cross country team to participate in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Meet this past Saturday at the Parkview Course in Hershey.

Merkey, a senior who placed 17th one week ago in the district meet with a final time of 16:36, finished the course in 119th place out of 236 total runners, clocking a final time of 17:19.


The 7th seeded boys' soccer team was back in District Three Class AAA Playoff Tournament action taking on 3rd seed Greencastle-Antrim in a semifinals round collision on Monday, October 30 at Kreiser-Hallman Field at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown.

Zach Reed scored twice to lead the Barons past the Blue Devils in a 3-2 overtime thriller.

Carson Brenize got the team on top at the 30:51 mark in the first half after jumping on a loose rebound and elevating a high shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Reed then added a goal five minutes later. The Blue Devils' Jason Freeman, however, notched an unassisted shot at 8:40 to trail Central 2-1 at halftime.

Greencastle-Antrim knotted the score 2-2 with about 27 minutes left in regulation on a goal by Brandon Stuhler, sending the game into overtime.

It was more Reed heroics as the junior forward was at the right place at the right time nearly 10 minutes into the extra period, receiving a pass from Gareth Kemp and drilling it into the back of the net for the game-winner.

Mason Nissley had another magnificent night between the pipes making five saves opposite Bryson Robinson who had three.

Playing for a district crown for the third time and first under head coach Rod Brenize, the Barons (13-6-2), who hoisted gold back in 2006, faced top seed Lower Dauphin (21-2-1) in the championship finals at Hersheypark Stadium on Thursday, November 2.

Nick Iagnemma had a two goal first half to boost the Falcons past Central 3-0 to capture their third straight district three championship trophy.

Iagnemma, at the 36:31 mark, scored his first goal of the night on a wide open shot for a 1-0 edge. Then, seconds after LD's first of eight corner kicks, at 27:14, he launched a shot over Nissley and into the back of the net, extending the lead to 2-0.

With just under five minutes left in the half, Manheim was issued a yellow card that gave Ryan Becher a chance to put the game out of reach on a penalty kick. Becher unloaded a shot that was barricaded by a diving save on the turf by Nissley (11 saves).

The Falcons, with early pressure in the second half, got an insurance goal by Becher at 25:30 to ice the shutout victory.

Play resumes against District 12 champion Archbishop Wood in a first-round state-playoff game this week.


Baron Booters Blank Eagles in District Playoffs October 30, 2017

Redemption: After a fourth place finish in Section Two, the 7th seeded boys soccer team started their District Three Class AAA Playoff journey by hosting 10th seed Cocalico in the opening round on Monday, October 23 and eliminated the Eagles with a 2-0 victory.

"I thought we did well against Cocalico," said head coach Rod Brenize. "We played them twice before so I think both teams had a pretty good idea what was going to happen on the other side of the ball."

After a scoreless first half, the Barons, who outscored Cocalico 9-2 in corner kicks, found twine at the 32:08 mark of the second half when scoring leader Zach Reed used some fancy footwork around the Cocalico defense and lifted a shot over goalkeeper Peyton Stetter (7 saves) for a 1-0 lead.

"I thought we executed better than they did. We spread the ball better, and connected passes better, and playing on our own stadium helped," added Brenize.

Late in regulation Cocalico was issued a yellow card that setup Gareth Kemp's insurance goal on a penalty kick.

Sam Tobias, James Bright, Mavrick King, Niko Gavala, and Chase Caterbone led the defense and cleared all of Cocalico's scoring opportunities for Mason Nissley who needed to make only one save to secure the shutout.

In quarterfinal action, the Barons faced 2nd seed Susquehannock and, with a stellar game on defense, blanked the Warriors 2-0 on Thursday in the first of two games at Hersheypark Stadium.

The Barons (12-5-2) put pressure on the Warriors with about 12 minutes left on the clock which eventually led to Carson Brenize scoring the first goal of the game at the 10:57. His breakaway shot easily got through Susquehannock goalkeeper Griffin Kifer (6 saves) for a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Susquehannock controlled the tempo in the early minutes of the second half but was denied by Manheim's defensive back line and Nissley, who was perfect with nine saves on nine scoring chances.

"I was very pleased with our defense. They played an outstanding game," stated Brenize.

Only 26 seconds remained in regulation when Reed put the final nail in the Warriors coffin streaking down the field on a breakaway and putting his own rebounded shot into the back of the net to seal the triumph.

The team will move into the semifinals for the first time since 2013 where they meet 3rd seeded Greencastle-Antrim (17-3-1).


Defending their first district championship in school history, the 10th seeded girls' soccer team traveled to 7th seed and cross-town rival Donegal for the opening round of the District Three Class AAA Playoff Tournament on Monday.

Manheim (12-7) scored a goal in each half, ousting the Indians 2-0 to earn a trip to chocolate town for a quarterfinals round berth.

Central opened the scoring in the 38th minute of the first half on a goal by Kacie Herr, assisted by Erin Greiner, to take a narrow 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Tylee Stauffer, on another assist from Greiner, gave the Barons some breathing room with a goal in the 69th minute while goalkeeper Kelli Kreider (1 save) kept the Indians off the board to preserve the win.

On Thursday, in the nightcap at Hersheypark Arena, the Barons faced 2nd seeded East Pennsboro but couldn't get past the Panthers, slipping 2-1 and ending their 2017 season campaign.

Hannah Young capitalized for East Pennsboro with a short field breakaway at the 19:07 mark on a shot that beat a sprawling Kreider (8 saves) for a 1-0 advantage.

Ten minutes later Maddie Carper launched a free kick shot over the East Pennsboro defense and goalkeeper Alyssa Miller's (1 save) hands into the top of the net to even the score 1-1.

Just one minute into the second half, Alex Houdeshell scored the go-ahead goal seconds after the Panthers third corner kick of the night, sealing the Barons fate.

Senior players this season were Kacie Herr, Kayla Herr, and Olivia West.


Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon completed 15-of-26 pass attempts for a total of 265 yards, including a hat trick of touchdowns, to lead the first place Barons (9-0) to a 49-8 rout of Solanco (4-5) in Section Two play in Quarryville on Friday, October 27.

The Barons found themselves in an unlikely position after losing a fumble early in the first stanza as Solanco (139 Yards) quarterback Joel McGuire (18-33) called his own number on a 1 yard keeper several plays later and added a Sam Buckwalter two point PAT run to take an 8-0 lead.

"The first five minutes scared me a little bit, but after that we got it together and performed," said head coach Dave Hahn. "It was a good win versus a physical Solanco team."

Trailing in a game for only the second time this season, the Barons offense, with a total of 490 yards, quickly responded with fullback Colin Erb's (2-5) 3 yard touchdown burst and E. Simon's two point PAT pass to Tyler Simon to tie the score at 8-8.

To close out the quarter Erb scored his second touchdown of the night. The two point PAT pass attempt failed but the Barons took over the lead 14-8.

Tyler Flick (12-125) opened a 14 point second quarter with a 55 yard touchdown scamper and Niko Gavala's extra point kick stretched their lead to 21-8.

Wide receiver Ryan Carter, who had a pair of grabs for 63 total yards, hauled in a 55 yard touchdown toss from Evan Simon before the end of the first half and Gavala converted the PAT for a 28-8 advantage at half time.

Evan Simon continued his aerial assault with another 14 points in the third quarter hooking up with tight end Garret Fittery (2-39) on a 32 yard touchdown strike.

"Evan Simon continues to grow in his role as the quarterback. I thought he had a great night passing and he seemed very comfortable in the pocket," Hahn mentioned.

Simon then threw his third touchdown of the game to his favorite wide receiver Jake Novak (5-49) from 9 yards. Gavala's PAT's extended the advantage to 42-8.

Giovanni Lester, who carried the ball five times for 40 total yards, scored the only points of the fourth quarter on a 9 yard touchdown scurry and Gavala connected on his fifth extra point to cap the scoring.

The Barons (9-0) will host Garden Spot (2-7) this Friday scheduled for a 7PM kickoff.

"It is a big night for us as a team and for the seniors as a group," said Hahn. "Emotions will be high because of the senior night events and the section title.

"Our biggest challenge against Garden Spot will be channeling the emotion and energy in the right direction so we can come out and play our game."


A handful of runners from the cross country team participated in the District Three Championship Meet at Big Spring High School on Saturday, October 28.

The boys team (AAA) had a 20th place finish with an overall total of 536 points. They were led by David Merkey (17th, 16:36), Connor Sylvester (93rd, 17:47), Jacob Hess (125th, 18:05), Carson Hepner (150th, 18:20), Kaden Wagner (151st, 18:21), Elijah Wagner (152nd, 18:21), and Isaac Martin (209th, 19:03).

In girls Class AA competition, the Barons, without a five member squad, competed as individuals. They were led by Mallory Sunderland (41st, 22:09), Aspen Bollinger (51st, 22:33), and Marianne Fitzkee (66th, 23:16).


For two straight seasons, second year head coach Laura Gebhart has led the field hockey team to the District Three Class AA Playoff Tournament.

"Generally, I'm excited to be back in the tournament," said head coach Gebhart. "With our caliber of players, I expect them to be competitive in this tournament. We absolutely have the potential to be even more successful this season, but there are a few things we need to improve on and adjust to do so," she stated.

Central, the number six seed, began their tournament trek in a first round showdown with 11th seeded Red Land at Courtney Pollock Field at Lower Dauphin Middle School on Wednesday, October 25.

Codi Bollinger, Hannah Barbush, Alexis Hosler, and Lily Sipel all scored first half goals to spark a 4-1 victory against the Patriots.

Molly Walter had the lone goal for Red Land at the 14:57 mark in the first half on an unassisted shot.

Mikayla Regan led the defense facing four Red Land scoring chances and had three key saves opposite Ashley Snelbaker who encountered 10 scoring opportunities with six saves.

From there the team collided with 3rd seeded East Pennsboro in a quarterfinals round clash at Kreiser-Hallman field back at Lower Dauphin on Saturday.

After being deadlocked 1-1 at the end of regulation East Pennsboro's Wenrich scored a goal in overtime to sneak past the Lady Barons in a 2-1 thriller.

"Ideally we would have gone 2-0 this week," said Gebhart. "We took a small step back in our performance on Saturday and are fortunate to still be competing."

White, at the 20:55 mark in the first half, got the Panthers on the board first while Sipel, on a setup from Hannah Barbush, rallied from behind with a goal three minutes later to tie the score at 1-1.

The second half went scoreless, sending the game into overtime where Wenrich scored the game winner just 49 seconds into the extra period to send the Barons into the consolations bracket.

Regan denied four East Pennsboro scoring chances with eight saves.

The team will face 7th seed Northern York in the first consolations round game on Wednesday, November 1.

"We want to make it farther than we did last year and in order to do so, we have to win on Wednesday. We need to make a few adjustments and play our game," ended Gebhart.


Lady Baron Volleyball Finishes 4th in Section 2 October 23, 2017

The 2017 season is now officially over for girls' volleyball after splitting their last two games of the season with Garden Spot and Ephrata. The Barons finished in fourth place finish in Section Two with an overall record of 6-10.

At second place Garden Spot on Monday, October 16 Shawna Zeiset blasted a match high 15 kills along with five serving aces to lead the Spartans past the Lady Barons 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-14).

Nicole Greiner pounded six kills to pace the Baron offense. Julie Cassel also helped offensively serving one ace and supported hitters at the net with 20 assists. Brooke Breinich, with a pair of blocks, and Ciara Stoner, with a 22 dig night, anchored the defense.

In the season finale on Wednesday, Rebecca Keppley put down 10 kills along and served up a set of aces to guide the Lady Barons past Ephrata on "Senior Parents Night" 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18).

Alexis Waltz supported the offense with two serving aces and Cassel, who dished out an impressive 29 assists, chipped in another two aces. Greiner and Breinich both registered a hat trick of blocks while Stoner hustled around the back court with a total of 28 digs.

Senior players this season were Hope Hendershot, Brooke Breinich, Alexis Waltz, Julie Cassel, and Nicole Greiner.


Manheim Central hosted Cedar Crest on Friday, October 20 for Homecoming. The first place Barons (8-0), who have now outnumbered their opponents 361-85, scored 21 points in each half and used a hard hitting defense that came away with two turnovers to roll past the Falcons (6-2) by a 42-6 final score.

"I was very pleased with our performance, we played a physical, hard fought game," said head coach Dave Hahn.

With 414 total yards, Central's offense opened the scoring with sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (6-12-170) scoring on a one yard keeper at the 6:51 mark.

"Our offensive line did well, but we still had missed assignments," stated Hahn. "It's scary to think how much better we could be up front if we'd clean up some of those mistakes. Right now we are playing very physical with the big guys."

Just six seconds into the second quarter the Barons offense went back to work on a drive that took place after a short Cedar Crest punt at their own 45.

Simon took a snap out of the shotgun formation from center Tyler Dougherty and gunned a 41 yard touchdown strike to a wide open Jake Novak at 11:54.

Niko Gavala who was 6-of-6 in the game on extra-point kicks helped double the score to 14-0.

Cedar Crest got their offense (230 yards) together and responded on a drive that started at their own 20 and ended when Chad Ryland nailed a 34 yard field goal at the 8:12 mark to trail Central, 14-3.

The home team countered with Tyler Flick's (18-131) one yard jaunt with 5:21 left in the first half and extended the advantage to 21-6.

On Cedar Crest's ensuing series, the Barons defense came up with a fumble recovery that was pounced on by linebacker Landan Moyer at the 35 at the 3:08 mark for favorable field positioning.

"Our defense set out to make QB Logan Horn (21-37-166) keep the ball and then swarm him. I think we did that all night long and for the most part we were very successful," said Hahn. "Horn is a great athlete so he may get a play here or there, but overall we did great."

Cedar Crest's defense held their ground and took over on downs at their own 29 and put together a captivating drive for their final points of the game. Horn completed two passes in the drive with the second setting up Ryland's 26 yard field goal with no time left on the clock to trail the Barons 21-6 going into the locker rooms at halftime.

After the halftime ceremonies that crowned Lily Doerschuk as the 2017 Homecoming Queen, Manheim went back to work.

Homecoming is always special for our community and school besides the schools festivities it's great to see the alumni and it's nice when you can come away with a big win." ended Hahn.

Flick's 14 yard touchdown carry at the 7:14 mark in the third quarter was the only score that frame. They picked up two more in the fourth. Giovanni Lester, who came off the bench for 63 yards on eight carries, scored on a 17 yard touchdown carry at 6:59. Then, with 4:28 remaining in the game, Novak intercepted a Cedar Crest pass and returned it all the way to the 25. Simon spiraled a pass over the middle to wide receiver Ryan Carter (1-10) and Lester scored from the goal line at 2:27.


The cross country team participated in the L-L League Championship Meet at Ephrata Middle School on Tuesday, October 17.

Placing for the boys, who finished in 11th place as a team, were David Merkey (28th, 17:10.4), Carson Hepner (43rd, 17:27), Connor Sylvester (51st, 17:37.2), Kaden Wagner (80th, 18:07.3), Jacob Hess (85th, 18:09.4), Elijah Wagner (86th, 18:12.6), Isaac Martin (112th, 18:54.5), and Kole Rankin (130th, 19:23.6).

The girls', just four members strong, did not meet the five members necessary to score as a team. Competing for the Lady Barons were Mallory Sunderland (47th, 21:36.2), Aspen Bollinger (61st, 22:05.9), Savannah Heisey (121st, 25:09.7), and Olivia Stewart (137th, 27:47.7).


Barons' Lady Booters Finish 3rd in Section Two October 16, 2017

After 17 games, the regular season is now officially over for girls' soccer as Manheim Central split victories with Garden Spot and Cocalico last week for a third place finish in the Section Two standings, leaving them with an overall record of 11-6.

Maddie Carper and Erin Greiner each scored a goal in a home field, 2-1 victory against Garden Spot on Monday, October 9. Carper scored in the 4th minute to take a 1-0 lead but the Spartans Erna Hamzic knotted the score 34 minutes later.

In the 58th minute, Greiner scored the go-ahead goal that capped the tight victory. Kelli Kreider and Olivia West had the assists.

Kreider stopped four Garden Spot scoring chances making three saves opposite the Spartans Mataya Hostetter who also had three.

In the regular season finale at Cocalico on Wednesday, the Eagles stunned the Lady Barons in overtime 1-0 and eliminated the team from the league playoff tournament. Going through a scoreless regulation Paxton Steffy scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute to seal the upset.

Kreider confronted five Cocalico scoring opportunities making four saves opposite Adrienne McGallicher who had seven.


Regular season competition is now at an end for cross country after a meet against arch rival Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite last Tuesday.

Finishing with four runners among the top 10, the boys (5-5) slipped past the Indians 27-28, and suffered a 23-34 setback to a strong Blazers squad.

Leading the Barons were Connor Sylvester (5th, 18:03), Jacob Hess (7th, 18:12), Carson Hepner (8th, 18:16), Elijah Wagner (10th, 18:52), and Isaac Martin (16th, 19:37).

Ending with a pair of runners in the top 10, the girls' (7-3) were defeated by both Donegal and Lancaster Mennonite in identical 15-55 scores.

Pacing Central was Mallory Sunderand (3rd, 22:02), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 22:30), and Olivia Stewart (19th, 29:57).


The final two games of the regular season for boys' soccer ended on a positive note as the Barons added crucial wins against Garden Spot and Cocalico in Section Two play.

Zach Reed and Carson Brenize provided goal scoring for a 2-0 victory at Garden Spot. Reed found the back of the net in the 31st minute on an unassisted shot for a 1-0 advantage going into the intermission.

Brenize added an insurance goal scoring in the 48th minute on another unassisted goal to wrap up the shutout.

Mason Nissley stopped all 11 of Garden Spot's scoring chances having a six save performance opposite Matthew Good who had seven.

On "Senior Parents Night" for the final game of the regular season, the Barons (10-5-2) hosted Cocalico. Reed, the team's scoring leader, tallied what proved to be the game winner. The unassisted goal in the 14th minute was all the Barons needed in the one goal triumph.

Nissley made four saves to preserve the shutout.


Going back one week, several members of the girls' tennis team participated in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Flight Tournament at Warwick, Ephrata, and Conestoga Valley.

The girls had mixed results as Hannah Kowalski, Grace Roberts, and Eliana Shenk all lost their singles matches in straight sets. Janae Bright was able to push Paige Kemper of Garden Spot to a third set but eventually lost 12-10.

Both number one and three doubles team lost, however the duo of Roberts and Olivia Good defeated Pequea Valley's Naomie Feister and Ryleigh Kurtz 9-7.

The pair then outlasted Elco 8-3 but was eliminated in the semifinals round where they lost to the Conestoga Valley tandem of Jackie McBride and Ellie Kready 8-6.


At Ephrata on a wet and damp Friday, running back Tyler Flick's three touchdowns along with a huge 65 point first half fueled the first place Barons (7-0) past the Mountaineers 79-7.

"We are 7-0, and we did what we needed to do," said head coach Dave Hahn. "We wanted to go into the game and rise to our level of play and I think we did that."

Special teams got the action started as Colby Wagner returned the opening kickoff for an 84 yard touchdown and the Niko Gavala PAT quickly made it 7-0.

Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (5-81) called his own number on a 38 yard touchdown keeper that pushed the lead to 14-0 after Gavala's extra point kick. Simon also completed 5-of-6 passes for 53 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau in passing yards for the season.

Flick (4-63) who has 933 rushing yards this season got the ground game rolling (406 yards) with three straight touchdowns from 8, 20, and 1 yards out to go along with a hat trick of extra-point kicks via Gavala to take a comfortable 35-0 lead.

Will Rivers highlighted the defense that held Ephrata to minus-15 yards rushing in the first stanza with a pick-six for a 60 yard touchdown return and a Giovanni Lester 16 yard touchdown sprint ended the first quarter scoring. Gavala booted both extra-point kicks for a sizable 49-0 advantage.

Colin Erb scored on a 5 yard touchdown carry, Giovanni Lester chipped in a touchdown run from the 1 yard line, and the defense added two points on a safety for a 16 point second quarter, stretching the lead to 65-0 at halftime.

Second and third string players saw plenty of playing time in the second half as Michael Hudson's 5 yard touchdown jaunt made up a seven point third quarter after Gavala converted on the extra point kick.

"We were able to start rotating guys in early in the second quarter and by halftime it was completely junior varsity guys in the game," stated Hahn. "Overall they did well, but that is the expectation, when your number is called, you need to be ready to answer that call."

Chris Shaw (9-101) tacked on a fourth quarter 1 yard touchdown run.

Brandon Walton scored the only touchdown of the game for Ephrata (128 yards) on an 18 yard carry.

The Barons (7-0) will host Cedar Crest (6-1) for Homecoming this Friday slated for a 7PM kickoff.

"Each week the target on our back gets bigger, so how we handle the pressure is a concern," said Hahn. "Cedar Crest has a nice balanced attack with Logan Horn at the controls and plenty of weapons like running backs, Kendall Sharpe, AJ Apple, and wide receiver Cole Laney."


Coming towards an end to their regular season schedule, the girls' volleyball team had a two setback week falling to Section Two first place Elizabethtown along with Palmyra in a non-league collision, dropping their overall record to 5-9.

Taylor Beeler recorded six kills to help Elizabethtown roll past the Lady Barons in Manheim 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-12). Rebecca Keppley tied for a match high six kills and Julie Cassel served one ace and dished out 12 assists to lead the offense. Abby Nolt also had one serving ace and played well on defense with a 12 dig performance. Brooke Breinich and Nicole Greiner each had one block.

Back on their home court, in a battle with Palmyra on Thursday, the Cougars outlasted the Lady Barons by a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 25-17), final score.

Breinich led the team with seven kills to go along with a match high three blocks. Keppley also aided the offense with seven kills and Cassel helped hitters at the net with a 26 assist night. Ciara Stoner went all out defending the back court area with a match high 17 digs.


Codi Bollinger led the field hockey team with a three goal two assist week as Manheim won their final two games of the regular season against Elizabethtown and Ephrata to finish in second place in the Section Two standings.

"Overall I'm happy with their performance from both games," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "We had a great passing game against E-Town and there were some key things we learned from our Ephrata game that was helpful to take into the playoffs," she explained.

Under the Elden Rettew Stadium lights, the team hosted Elizabethtown for Senior Parent Night. The Lady Barons found the back of the cage twice in each half to shutout the Bears 4-0.

Central, outgunning E-Town in penalty corners 14-0, drew first blood on a goal by Hannah Barbush at the 10:32 mark in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Codi Bollinger, eight minutes later tallied her first goal of the evening to establish a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.

Codi Bollinger found the back of the net again early in the second half and Lily Sipel added to the Bears misery on a goal at the 35:52 mark to complete the shutout.

Maddie Hosler contributed with two assists and goalkeeper Kassidy Breneman needed just one save to preserve the shutout.

For the final game of their regular season, the team traveled to Ephrata on Wednesday, and used a first half two goal performance by Maddie Hosler to elude the Mountaineers 5-2. Codi Bollinger, Hannah Barbush, and Gillian Martin recorded second half goals to extend the advantage.

Codi Bollinger (2), Hannah Barbush, and Helena Bidelman had the assists.

Post season play began on Saturday, October 14 when the Barons traveled to Millersville to take on the undefeated Comets in the opening round of the L-L League Tournament.

The Comets scored two goals in the first half en route to a 3-0 victory that eliminated the Lady Barons from the remainder of the tournament.

"I think our defense in particular did a phenomenal job against Penn Manor," Gebhart said. "Penn Manor is a great attacking team and put a lot of pressure on us. The defensive corner unit did a great job and Mikayla Regan, our goalkeeper, did a great job communicating and staying in the mix."

Mikayla Regan had an action packed day going up against 15 Penn Manor shots and made 12 key saves to pace the defense.


Barons Come-From-Behind to Beat E-town October 9, 2017

Jake Novak led an aggressive defense with two interceptions, one for a touchdown, along with a 21 point second half on offense, to catapult the first place Barons (6-0) past Elizabethtown (3-3) by a 35-12 final score.

"Our defense continues to improve each week," said head coach Dave Hahn. "We gave up one score early because we were trying to be aggressive and go for the pick other than that we played tough."

Elizabethtown (244 yards) opened the first stanza with quarterback Cole Patrick gunning a 60 yard touchdown completion to Anthony Funk at the 9:12 mark. The PAT was blocked and the Bears led 6-0.

The Barons offense (330 yards), who have outscored their opponents 240-72, countered when Flick scored on a one yard sweep around the right with 2:25 left on the clock. Niko Gavala converted the extra point kick and Manheim took the lead 7-6.

But the Bears went back in front on their next series, settling for a 27 yard field at 10:25 in the second quarter and a 9-7 advantage.

Not to be outdone, the Barons responded with another long drive that started at the 25 and ended with Flick's 4 yard touchdown burst at the 3:23 mark. Gavala's extra point kick put the Barons back on top 14-9.

A fumble recovery by Funk on a punt at the 6 gave the Bears good field positioning. With 34 seconds left in the half Shank sailed a 23-yard field goal through the uprights to trail Manheim 14-12 at halftime.

About one minute into the third quarter Novak picked off an E-Town pass attempt for a 42 yard touchdown return, extending the lead to 21-12 after Gavala's extra point kick.

Early in the fourth quarter on a missed 34 yard field goal attempt E-Town was penalized for roughing the kicker for an automatic first down to the 8. One play later, Giovanni Lester dashed for an 8 yard touchdown carry to pay dirt at the 9:37 mark. Gavala's PAT pushed the score to 28-12.

Lester tacked on a 10 yard touchdown jaunt with just over five minutes left in the game along with the extra point kick to cap the scoring.


The field hockey team posted a not too shabby week with road game wins against Lampeter-Strasburg, and Cocalico despite a setback to cross-town nemesis and undefeated Section Two champion Donegal.

"I'm happy with the team's results," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "On Monday, we set our goals. By the end of the week, we accomplished what we set out to do. At this stage in the season, we want to improve upon our performance each game."

Central (11-5) scored four first half goals in a tussle with Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, October 2 and doubled up the Pioneers 4-2.

Codi Bollinger, Lily Sipel and Billie Jo Bollinger, all put the ball into the cage as Codi Bollinger and Sipel each recorded an assist.

Kassidy Breneman (1 save), and Mikayla Regan (3 saves), both combined for the win.

Amanda Beck and Grace Miller both had two goal performances sparking a four goal first half that led Donegal past the Lady Barons 6-2 in Mount Joy on Wednesday.

Manheim's Maddy Hosler and Alexis Hosler each scored a goal in the second half with Codi Bollinger being credited with the only assist.

Katie Jean stopped five Manheim scoring chances with a three save game.

Five goals in the second half were key at Cocalico as the Barons soared past the Eagles 7-1.

Codi Bollinger and Sipel paced the offense both putting the ball into the cage on two occasions. Maddie Hosler, Alexis Hosler, and Maddie Barbush also scored for Manheim.

Hannah Barbush, and Gillian Martin each had an assist.

Regan denied six Eagles scoring opportunities making five saves.

"We've got two more games left in the regular season and we want to use those to improve on what we've learned already," ended Gebhart.


The cross country team was off and running in a showdown with Lampeter-Strasburg and Northern Lebanon last Tuesday.

Finishing with six harriers among the top 25, the boy's team (4-4) defeated the Vikings (23-36), but were handled by a strong Pioneers squad (21-38).

Leading Manheim runners were Carson Hepner (4th, 17:28), Connor Sylvester (5th, 17:33), Jacob Hess (10th, 18:05), Isaac Martin (12th, 18:39), Kole Rankin (16th, 18:53), Preston Fahnestock (22nd, 19:46), Joshua Varner (27th, 20:15), Gabriel Damon (28th, 20:21), Brady Knier (32nd, 20:33), and Adrian Ryan (39th, 21:56).

Four runners placed in the top 10 as the girls team (7-1) trounced Northern Lebanon (15-55), but unfortunately lost for the first time this season to the Pioneers (20-38).

Pacing the Barons were Mallory Sunderland (3rd, 21:15), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 21:40), Erin Hoffman (8th, 22:20), Marianne Fitzkee (9th, 23:07), Savannah Heisey (14th, 23:46), and Olivia Stewart (22nd, 28:45).


Despite knocking off Solanco for their fifth win of the season, the volleyball team fell to 5-7 with losses to Cedar Crest and Lampeter-Strasburg.

In a non-league scuffle with Cedar Crest the Lady Barons suffered a setback to the Falcons even though they won one set 25-20.

At home in a Section Two affair with Solanco, Brooke Breinich served up six aces and anchored the defense with a 16 dig game to lead the Lady Barons in an easy victory 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-15).

Rebecca Keppley pounded a match high six kills and aided the defense with two blocks. Julie Cassel had another big night with a match high 17 assist performance.

It was a thrilling match at Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday, as Julia Brenneman put down a match high 12 kills and served up three aces to outlast the Lady Pioneers 3-2.

Breinich chipped in with nine kills and helped the defense with four blocks. Ciara Stoner served two aces and hustled around the back court with 22 digs. Cassel finished with 29 assists on the night.


Keeping their district playoff hopes alive, the boys' soccer team had a must win week and finished 1-1-1 with an upset over first place Ephrata, a loss to Cedar Crest and a 1-1 tie with Elizabethtown in Section Two action.

Hunter Hess scored a goal in the 10th minute at Elizabethtown to take a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

David Shank evened the score in the 43rd minute and sent the game into two scoreless overtime periods.

Mason Nissley made nine key saves opposite the Bears Cole Baker and Austin Delinger who both combined for four saves.

Manheim then traveled to Cedar Crest where the Falcons, with a big two goal second half, snuck past the Barons 3-2.

Quintin Rohrer and Gareth Kemp provided the Barons goal scoring with Kemp getting the assist.

In an early morning joust at home with Ephrata on Saturday, October 7 the Barons (8-5-2) stunned the Mountaineers in a narrow 2-1 overtime escape.

Ephrata scored the only goal of the first half at the 28:05 mark on a breakaway with a shot that eluded a sprawling Nissley (6 saves) and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second half and on their eighth corner kick of the game, Carson Brenize headed a ball inserted by Sam Tobias into the goal at 33:17 to tie the score at 1-1.

In overtime, the Barons deflected an accelerated shot off a Mountaineers' defender and into their own goal with just under four minutes remaining to secure an important victory.


Dan Pallietier and Brandyn Musser participated in the Class AAA District Three Golf Tournament held at Briarwood Golf Course in York County on Friday and Saturday.

Pallietier shot a 91 that placed him 68th overall and Musser carded a 93 for a 71st place finish. The pair failed to make the top 16 player cut to qualify for day two of the tournament and a chance to qualify for the upcoming PIAA East Regional Tournament.


Scoring five goals while giving up three, the girls' soccer team bettered their post season alignment this week slipping past Elizabethtown, shutting out Lebanon, and losing to Ephrata to share second place in Section Two with Lampeter-Strasburg with a current overall record of 10-5.

Maddie Carper scored a goal late in overtime to shutout Elizabethtown 1-0 on "Senior Parents Night" to begin the week of play at Rettew Field.

At the conclusion of a scoreless regulation Carper scored the game winner with 2:39 left on the clock lifting a shot over the hands of Bears goalkeeper Kaitlyn Snyder (5 saves) and into the corner of the goal.

Kelli Kreider (3 saves) collected the win.

First half goals from Carper, Tori Fahnestock, Erin Greiner, and Emma Donmoyer sparked a 4-0 victory at Lebanon. Carper and Calista Logan each had one assist.

Kreider needed to make only one save to seal the win.

First place Ephrata used a two goal first half to cruise past the Lady Barons 3-0 in an early morning clash on Saturday.

Annie Slovak, in the 10th minute, and Madison Root, four minutes later, gave the Mounts a 2-0 lead at the break.

Abbie West added a second half insurance goal as the Mountaineers secured the victory.

Kreider had seven saves opposite Jocelyn Umana who had three.


Reed Scores Hat Trick in Win Over Solanco October 2, 2017

It's about the mid-way point of the regular season and the Manheim Central boys' soccer team got back on the winning track with Section Two victories against Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg.

In Quarryville on Tuesday, September 26 the Barons (7-4-1) used a four goal first half along with a hat trick by Zach Reed to overwhelm the Golden Mules 5-1.

Reed found twine in the 26th, 31st, and 42nd minutes of the game with teammates Hunter Hess (11:00), in addition to Gareth Kemp (19:00) contributing goals. Carson Brenize (2), and Mavrick King had the assists.

Mason Nissley faced seven Solanco scoring opportunities and had six saves.

At Elden Rettew Stadium last Thursday and with a two goal performance by team scoring leader Reed, the Barons avenged an earlier season loss to the Pioneers in a 3-1 final.

Central took a 1-0 lead in the first half with Reed scoring in the 8th minute. They added an own goal on Lampeter-Strasburg in the 39th minute for a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.

Reed capped the scoring in the 78th minute to seal the two goal triumph.

Kemp was credited with a pair of assists and Nissley made four saves to support the defense.


In their only home meet of the season on Tuesday, September 26 the cross country team competed against Columbia and Lancaster Catholic in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two action.

Placing 10 harriers among the top 25, the boys' team defeated the Crimson Tide (15-55), but dropped a tight (28-29), decision to the Crusaders.

Pacing for the Barons (3-3) were David Merkey (1st, 18:15), Connor Sylvester (5th, 19:17), Jacob Hess (6th, 19:33), Carson Hepner (8th, 19:48), Isaac Martin (9th, 19:55), Kole Rankin (10th, 20:54), Preston Fahnestock (11th, 20:57), Luke Weaver (16th, 21:40), Brady Knier (18th, 22:22), and Adrian Ryan (21st, 23:21).

Still undefeated, the girls team, with five runners in the top 10, sprinted past the Tide (15-55), and the Crusaders (18-37).

The best Baron runners included Mallory Sunderland (2nd, 23:25), Marianne Fitzkee (3rd, 23:42), Erin Hoffman (4th, 23:49), Aspen Bollinger (6th, 24:38), Savannah Heisey (8th, 27:11), and Olivia Stewart (15th, 30:35).


Girls' tennis ended their regular season schedule with a trio of home court wins against Northern Lebanon, Columbia, and Spring Grove, pushing their overall record to 8-10.

Section Two play started with a 7-0 defeat over Northern Lebanon for "Senior Parents Day" on Monday, September 25.

Hannah Kowalski and Janae Bright dominated in doubles play 8-1. Olivia Good and Zeiset also defeated Miller and Blouch 8-1. Eliana Shenk and Courtney Weaver outpointed Salazar and Geeseman 8-1.

Sweeping singles play Zeiset eluded Salazar 7-6, (7-4), 6-2. Shenk defeated Miller 6-1, 6-1, Bright blanked Bartell 6-0, 6-0, and Kowalski cruised past Zerman 6-2, 6-3.

Two days later, in a clash with Columbia, the Lady Barons swept the Crimson Tide 7-0.

Kowalski and Bright outpointed Brooke Haldeman and Brittanie Betteley 8-2 in doubles. Grace Roberts and Good knocked off Haldeman and Rosie Diaz 8-1, and the duo of Shenk and Weaver accepted a Columbia forfeit.

Easily winning all four singles matches, Kowalski surged past Haldeman 6-0, 6-2, Bright shutout Haley Lutz 6-0, 6-0, Roberts downed Julissa Santos 6-0, 6-1, and Shenk blanked Diaz 6-0, 6-0.

In their final match of the regular season in a non-league collision with Spring Grove, Central topped the Rockets 5-0.


A big 10 point second half, along with a stalwart performance on defense, guided the Baron football team past Cocalico (4-1) 17-7 in a vital Section Two battle on Friday, September 29 in Denver.

The team stands at 5-0 and is tied with Cedar Crest for first place in the section standings.

"I think any time you can go away and play against a team like Cocalico you have to be happy with the win," said head coach Dave Hahn. "I thought our defense played lights out, it was a total team effort with everyone being disciplined and doing their job.

"We took a giant step forward this week. Our defense accepted the challenge put in front of them. The expectation for this group has certainly been raised," added Hahn.

Central, who held Cocalico's dynamic veer formation style of offense to just 186 yards (161 rushing, 25 passing), scored the first points of the game when sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (4-9-99) hooked up with senior wide receiver Jake Novak (2-80) for a 68 yard touchdown toss at the 5:59 mark. Niko Gavala converted on the extra point kick and the Barons led 7-0.

Early in the second quarter Cocalico mounted a drive that ended with quarterback Noah Palm's (23-56) 13 yard keeper at the 10:38 mark. The PAT knotted the score at 7-7 going into the locker rooms at the half.

The Barons, with a total of 257 yards (158 rushing, 99 passing), went back on the attack in the third quarter with running back Tyler Flick's (18-106) 2 yard touchdown sprint, along with Gavala's extra point kick regaining the lead 14-7 at 4:36.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Barons put the game out of reach with a key Gavala 30 yard field goal to seize the 10 point victory.

"Niko Gavala falls right in line with all the great place kickers we had in the past. He is dedicated to his craft and reliable," said Hahn. "On the field he has the confidence to put it through the uprights every time and week to week he continues to get stronger."


Gaining some momentum in Section Two, the volleyball team defeated Lancaster Catholic and Ephrata on the road before falling to Cocalico.

In a non-league match with second year program Lancaster Catholic, the Crusaders gave the Lady Barons (4-5) a decent challenge despite the 3-2 setback.

Brooke Breinich nailed 11 kills in addition to a set of serving aces that sparked a thrilling come from behind 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8) victory at Ephrata.

Julie Cassel directed the offense with a 27 assist performance as Rebecca Keppley (2 blocks), and Alexis Waltz (2 digs), safeguarded the defense.

Grace Hutchinson walloped a match high 13 kills to lead Cocalico past the Lady Barons 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22).

Keppley paced the offense with 11 kills and Cassel served up two aces and dished out 21 assists. Breinich played well on defense with three blocks while Waltz also contributed an astounding match high 21 digs.


Tori Fahnestock, with a two goal week, led the girls' soccer team to wins over both Solanco and Warwick, despite a tough loss to Lampeter-Strasburg and raised their Section Two overall record to 8-4.

Under the stadium lights at Rettew Field, the Barons scored twice in the second half to shutout the Golden Mares 2-0.

Maddie Carper had the best scoring chance at the 25th minute on a long range shot that caromed off the cross bar and ball then whistled to Solanco's possession.

The Barons took a 1-0 lead on their ninth corner kick inserted by Carper and finished by Kacie Herr early in the second half. With 4:40 left in regulation, Fahnestock scored an insurance goal on a header to preserve the victory.

Kelli Kreider had a quiet, needing just one save to post the shutout.

"We've had steady goalkeeping from Kelli. She is really focused and playing to her full potential," said head coach Andrew Stoltzfus.

Kendal Ream's two goal game sparked Lampeter-Strasburg to a 2-1 victory on their home field against the Lady Barons and tightened the race for the section championship.

Ream scored her first goal in the 11th minute. She stretched the advantage to 2-0 seven minutes into the second half.

Olivia Kuster's unassisted goal in the 69th minute prevented the shutout.

Kreider made six saves in the loss.

At cross-town rival Warwick, in a non-league game on Saturday, September 30 Fahnestock scored the game winning goal in overtime to edge the Warriors 2-1.

Carper tallied the first goal of the game in the 34th minute but five minutes later, Warwick's Kassidy Reinoehl assisted by Abby Rodgers evened the score 1-1.

Following a scoreless second half, the game went into overtime where Fahnestock scored the game winner at the 86th minute to seal the Warriors fate.

Leading the defense Kreider recorded seven saves.


The Section Two third place golf team (28-14) participated in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament at Honeybrook on Monday.

Brandyn Musser shot a solid 79 on the Par-70 course to place 14th among all AAA participants and Dan Pelletier carded an 81, tying for 18th place. Both scores met the qualifying mark of 81 to advance to the District Three Tournament in York on Friday, October 6.


Aiming for post season play, the field hockey team went 2-1 last week, defeating both Solanco and Garden Spot before bowing to a talented Palmyra squad.

Hannah Barbush and Lily Sipel both scored two goals each in a lopsided 7-1 road game victory at Solanco last Tuesday. Maddie Hosler, Alexis Hosler, and Billie Joe Bollinger also scored for Manheim while Codi Bollinger had the only assist.

A total of 23 penalty corners and a three goal first half sparked the Lady Barons (9-4) to a 3-0 home victory against Garden Spot.

Maddie Hosler's unassisted goal at 27:29 opened the scoring. Codi Bollinger capitalized on Manheim's second penalty corner assisted by Maddie Hosler (2-0).

"Codi Bollinger is a stellar athlete," said head coach Laura Gebhart. "She's dangerous in the circle and has bursts of incredible work ethic. We continue to hone in on Codi's stick skills and aim to tighten a few things up so she becomes an even bigger offensive threat," ended Gebhart.

Taking an insert from Maddie Hosler, Hannah Barbush, at 8:10, fired a shot past goalkeeper Lauren Delgado (21 saves) to wrap up the scoring.

Nicole Shenk's two goal second half lifted Palmyra past the Lady Barons 3-1 in a non-league matinee at In The Net Sports Complex on Saturday.

Hannah Barbush scored Manheim's only goal.


Baron Hockey Team Tops Spartans, Pioneers September 18, 2017

Field hockey was a success again this past week as Manheim Central stretched their current overall record to 4-3 after two straight victories against Garden Spot and Lampeter-Strasburg along with a setback to Donegal in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two play.

On Monday, September 11 at Garden Spot, Codi Bollinger scored a goal in each half to spark a 3-0 win over the Spartans.

"The team did some good things and we had some mental challenges to overcome on Monday with just getting back into the flow of things," said head coach Laura Gebhart.

Lily Sipel also scored a first half goal at 28:02 with Hannah Barbush being credited with the only assist of the game.

Kassidy Breneman stopped three Garden Spot scoring chances to earn the shutout.

Maddie Hosler, Barbush, and Sipel all nailed a pair of goals to overwhelm Lampeter-Strasburg 6-1 on Wednesday night at Elden Rettew Stadium.

"We have some good things on offense but still need to put the ball into the back of the cage, having opportunities we are still not executing on," said Gebhart. "We're doing well but there is still plenty of room for improvement."

Central opened the scoring as Maddie Hosler, assisted by Alexis Hosler, notched her first goal of the game at the 27:20 mark for a quick 1-0 lead.

Barbush found the back of the cage several minutes later on Manheim's first penalty corner of the contest inserted by Alexis Hosler at 21:48 to double their advantage 2-0.

The first half scoring ended with a goal by Sipel on a rebounded shot from Maddie Hosler that was assisted by Codi Bollinger at 18:20, raising the lead 3-0.

In the second half, Sipel on a second assist via C. Bollinger, scored at 20:33 followed by Hosler's second goal of the game on a backhanded shot that was elevated over the Pioneers goalkeeper and into the cage at 20:05.

Hannah Garber, at the 13:38 mark, scored the only goal of the game for Lampeter-Strasburg assisted by Abby Thorius on their sixth penalty corner and trailed Manheim 5-1.

Barbush scored her second goal, assisted by Billie Jo Bollinger, in the final seconds of regulation and sealed Lampeter's fate.

Breneman (3 saves), alongside Mikayla Regan (1 save) combined for the win.

At home on Friday, against cross-town and perennial powerhouse Donegal, Mackenzie Allessie posted a hat trick in the first half to lead the Indians past the Lady Barons 9-0.

Allaura Bohan also contributed a set of goals and teammate Cassy Stauffer added one more that provided Donegal a commanding 6-0 advantage at the intermission.

"Our goals this season are the same as last, looking to improve every game and focusing on game to game play," said Gebhart.


Just two matches were played by the girl's tennis team and the Lady Barons were defeated in both, falling to Lancaster Country Day and Pequea Valley and dropping their overall record to 4-7.

In their first match of the week, the Barons traveled Lancaster Country Day and suffered a 6-1 defeat.

Olivia Good escaped Isabella Gerace by default 5-7, 5-4 for their only point of the match.

Back in Manheim for a Section Two affair with Pequea Valley on Friday, the Braves earned a 5-2 road win.

Eliana Shenk edged Ryleigh Kurtz 6-4, 6-3 and the duo of Hannah Kowalski and Janae Bright outlasted Sophia Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus 8-5 in doubles play for Manheim's only points.


On the road at Anville-Cleona last Tuesday, September 12, the boys (2-2) team had three runners among the top ten and knocked off the Little Dutchmen (22-33) and Garden Spot (15-48) but suffered a 19-36 setback against Cocalico.

The top five counters were David Merkey (2nd, 17:19), Connor Sylvester (8th, 18:04), Carson Hepner (9th, 18:18), Jacob Hess (11th, 18:26) and Isaac Martin (13th, 18:45) with Kole Rankin (18th, 19:18) and Preston Fahnestock (25th, 20:12) placing in the top 25.

Staying undefeated, the girl's team placed four runners in the top ten and dominated the Little Dutchmen (18-37), the Spartans (15-55), and the Eagles (22-33).

Pacing Central was Mallory Sunderland (2nd, 21:09), Marianne Fitzkee (3rd, 21:33), Erin Hoffman (4th, 22:00), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 22:48), Savannah Heisey (14th, 25:26), and Olivia Stewart (22nd, 29:45).


The volleyball team earned their first win of the season against Solanco but suffered a loss to Elizabethtown in Section Two action last week.

Tuesday the team traveled to Solanco in Quarryville and, behind Brooke Breinich's match high 9 kills defeated the Mares 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15).

Alexis Waltz dished out a match high six aces and protected the back court with six digs. Julie Cassel racked up a 27 assist performance and Nicole Greiner matched Breinich with two blocks.

At Elizabethtown on Thursday, Taylor Beeler pounded 10 kills to propel the Bears past the Lady Barons 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23).

Rebecca Keppley collected a team high 10 kills and provided one block to pace Manheim's scoring.

Waltz (1 ace), Cassel (1 ace, 19 assists), Breinich (1 block), and Greiner (1 ace, 18 digs) also contributed.


Putting the ball into the net 11 times last week, the girl's soccer team went 2-1 accumulating wins against Elizabethtown and Lebanon but dropped a 3-2 thriller to South Western, moving their overall record to 4-2.

"We lost a lot of players from last season and this year is about coming together as a team," said head coach Andrew Stoltzfus.

In a key Section Two showdown at Elizabethtown Tuesday night, Maddie Carper netted a pair of second half goals to elude the Bears in an exciting 2-1 final result.

After a scoreless first half, Carper scored at the 42nd and 83rd minutes while Kaelynn Sheetz found twine for Elizabethtown's only goal at the 84th minute of the game.

Kelli Kreider made seven saves opposite Bears goalkeeper Sierra Reed who had five.

With four goals in the first half, Olivia West (2), Autumn Greiner, Olivia Kuster, Tori Fahnestock, Tylee Stauffer, and Kacie Herr all scored goals in a 7-0 shutout at Lebanon on Thursday.

Carper (2), Kuster, Fahnestock, Kacie Herr, and Olivia Stone had the assists.

In a non-league matinee on Saturday, morning, South Western benefited from a two goal second half to slip past the Lady Barons 3-2.

South Western scored the first goal of the game in the opening half off their first of five corner kicks at the 32:51.

Kacie Herr found the back of the net on their third corner kick, played in by Carper, with 13:09 remaining on the clock, tying the score 1-1 at halftime.

Early in the second half, West assisted by Greiner on a rebounded shot, put the Lady Barons in front 2-1 with just over 36 minutes left on the board.

With about 11 minutes left, South Western evened the score at 2-2. And, with 2:14 left in regulation, put the game away on an breakaway shot that got past a sprawling Kreider (8 saves) and into the net.


Evan Simon, who completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for a total 361 yards along with 5 touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing), and Jake Novak, who caught seven passes for 195 yards, three for touchdowns, led the Barons offense (627 yards) in a lopsided 66-6 victory at West York (0-4) in their last non-league game of the season.

"We held West York to less than 100 yards on defense and had over 600 yards on offense so overall I'm happy with the win. However, we realize we still have things to work on," said head coach Dave Hahn.

Central (3-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first stanza on a Niko Gavala 27 yard field goal. The Bulldogs (91 yards) responded with a surprise Justin Wetzel 46-yard halfback touchdown pass to Jamal Anderson down the right side line. The PAT failed but West York led 6-3.

Defensive back Will Rivers changed the momentum of the game with an interception minutes later that set up Tyler Flick (11-63) for a 58-yard touchdown burst and Central regained the lead 10-6 after the extra point from Gavala.

Garret Fittery (1-45) then snagged a 45-yard touchdown pass from Simon to close the quarter with a 17-6 advantage following the PAT by Gavala.

In the second quarter, Colin Erb's (1-1) 1 yard touchdown burst and two touchdown receptions by Novak from 40 and 24 yards out, along with Gavala's three extra points, padded the lead, 38-6 lead at halftime.

Novak, on a 31-yard touchdown pass and an Evan Simon (8-97) 7-yard touchdown keeper made up the Barons 14 point third quarter and increased the score to 52-6.

Maliki Rivera (2-4), with a 4-yard touchdown burst and Colby Wagner's (3-49) 11-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter ended the 60 point victory.


The golf team had an excellent performance at Tanglewood last Tuesday, finishing the day 5-1 only yielding to Cocalico. Dan Pelletier shot a 78 to force a three way tie atop the leaderboard after 18 holes.

Brandyn Musser's 83 tied him as the second best score among all seven teams.


Three goals were scored as the boy's soccer (5-1-1) team defeated Elizabethtown (1-0) and Cedar Crest (1-0) in Section play before drawing a 1-1 tie against Fleetwood last week.

Zach Steffy scored a first half goal, assisted by Carson Brenize, to blank Elizabethtown at home 1-0.

Mason Nissley had a four save goalkeeping performance.

Hunter Hess, assisted by Sam Tobias, scored the game winner in another 1-0 win in Manheim as the Barons topped Cedar Crest in double overtime.

Nissley needed just one save to earn the shutout.

In non-league play against Fleetwood Saturday night at home, both teams exchanged first half goals and settled for a 1-1 tie. Brett Kreider, assisted by Zach Reed, put the Barons on the board in the 59th minute.


Baron Footballers Win Big Over Donegal September 11, 2017

The 2017 Manheim Central football team, with 13 seniors, was back on the gridiron hosting Donegal for their second non-league matchup of the season Friday, September 8 at Elden Rettew Stadium.

Playing their first home game of the year, Central (2-0) used a key 39 point first half along with an impressive total of 490 yards on offense to shut out the Indians (0-2) 46-0.

"We did what we needed to do, and I'm happy with the result. With that said, we still have things to work on and we will," said head coach Dave Hahn.

After the coin toss, it didn't take the Barons too long to get their high powered offense rolling. Sophomore quarterback Evan Simon (8-13-153) hooked up with senior wide receiver Jake Novak (3-81) at the 43 and Evan Simon (8-54) took a scramble to the 24 and another to the 15.

Senior fullback Colin Erb (2-15) then took a handoff through the middle to the 11 for a first down, setting up junior running back Tyler Flick's (14-171) 5 yard touchdown sprint at the 7:40 mark. The PAT was not successful but the Barons led 6-0.

Despite having poor field positioning throughout the contest, Central put up their final points of the quarter on a drive that got underway at their own 9.

"I feel like we can move the ball from anywhere on the field, as long as we don't shoot ourselves in the foot. We have a lot in our offense which makes it tough to defend us," stated Hahn.

Flick continued his running game with a carry to the 47 and a second effort jaunt to move the chains to the 24 for a first down. He then maneuvered around the right side to the 12 and capped the drive with an easy 12 yard touchdown scurry one play later with just over two minutes remaining on the clock. The PAT again failed but the lead was extended to 12-0.

"Simply we need to get better with our snaps and kicks," said Hahn. "The bright spot is our holds. Novak has saved a lot of balls for us."

It was a change of momentum for the home team in the second stanza with 27 points being scored.

Flick rumbled down the left sideline to the Barons own 47 for a first down before Evan Simon gunned a pass completion to senior wide receiver Vinny Lester (1-13) at the 28. One player later wide receiver Tyler Simon (1-28) hauled in a 28 yard touchdown strike from Evan Simon at the 8:50 mark.

Niko Gavala then sailed the PAT kick through the uprights to raise the score to 19-0.

Donegal went on a three and out before being penalized for interfering with Tyler Simon on the punt return attempt that placed the ball at the 43.

Manheim capitalized on the Indians miscue as Evan Simon connected with Novak just one play later on a 43 yard touchdown swing pass down the left sideline at 7:10. Gavala nailed the PAT to take a 26-0 advantage.

On the next series of offense for Donegal the Baron defense came up big as defensive back Novak intercepted a pass attempt and then tip toed along the left sideline for a 24 yard touchdown return at the 5:42 mark. Gavala's PAT kick lifted the score to 33-0.

Before the first half was over Central tacked on six more points to place the "mercy rule" into effect on a Giovanni Lester (12-85) 11 yard touchdown run in the final minute of the quarter.

The Indians blocked the extra point kick giving the Barons their commanding 39-0 lead at halftime.

The point scoring for Manheim on the night ended in the third quarter with Erb steamrolling up the middle for an 11 yard touchdown burst at 6:08. Gavala booted the extra point kick to seal the 46 point victory.

"Our goals this year are completing how we are capable of competing in each game, starting strong and finishing stronger. Playing Baron football," said Hahn.


To start their five dual meet schedule, the cross country team was off to the races competing at Elco on Tuesday, September 5 and split with the host Raiders.

The boy's team placed four runners in the top ten but were defeated by Elco in a 22-36 final score.

Placing for the Barons were David Merkey (1st, 17:10), Carson Hepner (6th, 18:17), Kaden Wagner (7th, 18:23), Elijah Wagner (9th, 18:29), Jacob Hess (13th, 19:03), Isaac Martin (14th, 19:31), Kole Rankin (16th, 19:59), Preston Fahnestock (17th, 20:05), Luke Weaver (20th, 21:00), Joshua Varner (21st, 21:03), Brady Knier (22nd, 21:10), and Adrian Ryan (27th, 24:26).

The girl's squad finished with five runners among the top ten in a 23-32 victory against a resilient Raiders team.

Pacing the victory was Mallory Sunderland (2nd, 21:35), Marianne Fitzkee (3rd, 21:49), Erin Hoffman (4th, 22:06), Aspen Bollinger (5th, 23:02), Savannah Heisey (9th, 25:28), Emma Johnston (14th, 27:44), and Olivia Stewart (17th, 31:23).


A team built on both leadership and experience started off their season campaign in a one match week as the girl's volleyball team hosted Lampeter-Strasburg in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two affair.

Alexa Troiano led the Pioneers (1-0) with a match high nine kills to blank the Lady Barons 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23).

Brooke Breinich, with five kills, was the top performer for Manheim Central. She also added four blocks.

Julie Cassel added a hat trick of serving aces and dished out a total of 17 assists while Nicole Greiner also contributed defensively and hustled around the backcourt area collecting 15 digs.


One year after winning their first District Three Championship in school history, the girls' soccer team is ready to defend their title and put two games into their win column last week defeating Lampeter-Strasburg and Solanco in L-L League Section Two play.

At Solanco in Quarryville the Lady Barons senior all-star Kayla Herr put the ball into the net twice and Manheim used a four goal second half to subdue the Golden Mares 5-1.

Autumn Greiner also had one goal along with Olivia Kuster and Maddie Carper. Kayla Herr and Tori Fahnestock were credited with one assist each and goalkeeper Kelli Kreider made six saves to secure the win.

On Thursday, September 7 the Lady Barons battled Lampeter-Strasburg in a nightcap at home and shutout the Pioneers 1-0 on a second half goal via Fahnestock assisted by Carper at the 63rd minute of regulation.

Kreider stopped three Pioneers scoring chances to earn her first shutout of the season.


The golf team finished 4-2 on Thursday afternoon at Foxchase (Cocalico's home course). Junior Brandyn Musser, in a field of 32, finished in a 4-way tie for second place with a remarkable 81 to lead the Barons.


A small but eager to participate field hockey team, with just four seniors, opened the season with a non-league loss at Twin Valley before routing Solanco on their home field.

The season officially started on the road at Twin Valley with a narrow 1-0 setback to the Raiders who scored a first half goal from Grace Hiddeman assisted by Riley Knapp at the 28:51 mark.

In their first home game of the season, a Section Two tussle with Solanco, Codi Bollinger hammered her first hat trick of the season and the Barons trounced the Mares 7-0.

Central who had five penalty corners, scored first on a goal by Codi Bollinger assisted by Maddie Hosler at 26:37 (1-0). Hannah Barbush tallied her first of two goals at the 15:52 mark on an unassisted shot and Codi Bollinger, assisted by M. Hosler, notched her second goal at 12:35 and completed her three goal game with 8:32 left on the clock for a 4-0 lead at the intermission.

Starting a three goal second half, Hannah Barbush blasted her second goal of the game on their fourth penalty corner inserted by Lily Sipel at 26:22. At the 18:36 mark, M. Hosler buried a shot on a penalty stroke, getting past goalkeeper Alta Brandenberger (9 saves) and pushing the score to 6-0.

Alexis Hosler, with an unassisted shot, scored the last goal of the game to wrap up the impressive victory.

Mikayla Regan (0 saves) and Kassidy Breneman (1 save) combined for the win.


Scoring five goals last week, the boys' soccer team went 2-1 with victories against Solanco and Palmyra and a setback to Lampeter-Strasburg, setting their current overall record to 2-2.

Zach Reed (2), and Carson Brenize each scored for Central in a 3-0 Section Two home victory against Solanco.

Cam Hartman was credited with the only assist.

On the road at Lampeter-Strasburg, the Pioneers scored a goal in each half to slip past the Barons in a 2-1 thriller.

Gareth Kemp, assisted by Niko Gavala, scored Manheim's only goal. Mason Nissley finished the game with three saves.

Under the lights at home on Saturday, September 9 in a non-league clash with Palmyra, Hunter Hess headed home a rebounded shot in the final seconds of overtime to edge the Cougars in a 1-0 nail biter.

Nissley made one save to preserve his second shutout of this season.


Girl's tennis upped their overall record to 4-5 with Section Two wins against Elco and Cocalico and a non-league loss at Elizabethtown.

Central, highlighted by their doubles team duo of Hannah Kowalski and Janae Bright, rallied from behind for a 9-7 win to defeat Elco in Myerstown 5-2.

On their home court the Lady Barons seized both one singles and double play match in a rescheduled 5-2 misfortune to Cocalico.

In an early morning showdown on Saturday with Elizabethtown, Manheim racked up two wins in singles play and another in doubles but came up short in an exciting 4-3 close shave to the Bears.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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