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Michael Finishes 14th in PA State Bowling March 19, 2018

Tanner Michael finished 14th out of 24 bowlers in the PA State boys' bowling championship Friday at Princess Lanes in Pittsburg, scoring 1170 for his six games in the tourney.

The champion was Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer with a six game 1455 total.

Michael was a little nervous for his first game in the state bowling championship, but his main issue was trying to learn what the lane was giving him, he said.

The Manheim Central senior shot a 156 in that first game, well below his 209 season average.

"After the first game I was like, 'Alright, I've got to pick it up,' " Michael said.

He did in the second game, shooting a 191. He switched balls for the third game and something clicked, as he collected a 279, the second highest score for a single game of the day.

He adjusted and got in a groove, posting 180 in the fourth game, 181 in the fifth and 183 in the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome his opening game score.

"As we changed lanes, I was slow to adjust and didn't score the way I wanted," he said. "I usually throw my normal shot that I use on my house floor (at Cain's Lanes). When nothing happened, I knew I had to throw a straighter ball, one with less of my normal hook."

Michael said bowlers found out the lane pattern five minutes before the tournament started. The oil pattern used is called a sports shot. He said he competed in a few tournaments with the pattern, but never on the scholastic level.

With district, regional and state tournaments, officials do not want bowlers to have an advantage by knowing the patterns prior to the event. Bowlers switch lanes for each game.

Michael said he made adjustments by lining up his shots with the arrows on the floor, but the oil gets pushed around differently on each lane and moves the ball differently. A bowler must make adjustments for ball movement.

"I thought it went well for the conditions they had," Manheim Central coach Chuck Ruhl said. "He adjusted well to bowling on different lanes."

Putting things into perspective, Ruhl said Michael finished 14th out of hundreds of bowlers who competed this season, noting that Michael placed sixth in districts and eighth in regionals. Only the top 12 in the east region and top 12 in the west region make the state tournament.

Michael said he was satisfied with his performance in states and learned a valuable lesson.

"I needed to be more confident with how I throw my shot," said Michael, 17, who has bowled since he was six years old. "A couple of times I thought, 'I think this is what I should do' I needed to be confident in what I was doing. It is important to stay calm and stay confident."

He said he plans to major in computer science next year, though he is undecided where he will attend college. He would like to continue bowling, even if it is on a club team in college.

"This was a real good way for him to end the season," said Ruhl, who previously coached Aerika High in the girls' state tournament. "I think we had a really good season as a team and as individuals. Tanner was named one of the MVPs for the season in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and was an all-star in Section Three."

Ruhl, who has coached the Barons since the program began 14 years ago, said this season was a milestone for wins with a 14-5 overall record and 11-2 in league-play.

"I think we had a great year," Michael said. "The most important thing is to not get angry. You can get frustrated when you bowl, but you have to stick together as a team and not do your own thing. This is something that can be learned."


Michael Qualifies for PA State Bowling Tourney March 12, 2018

Tanner Michael captured an eighth place medal out of 200 male bowlers at the Eastern Regionals Tournament held at Leisure Lanes on March 2 and qualified for the upcoming PA State Tournament at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 16.

Michael is just Central's second bowler to ever roll in the state championship tournament since the sport was started in Manheim 14 years ago.

"I am very proud of Tanner for qualifying for the State Championship Tournament," said head coach Chuck Ruhl. "He has worked very hard this year and has managed to stay focused and consistently hit his mark. Tanner's technique and smooth approach has served him well and I am confident that he will be able to stay calm and relaxed during tournament play and will perform at his best ability," added Ruhl. "This achievement is a great way for him to finish his high school bowling career. Tanner has been an asset to the bowling team since he was a freshman and was named "Rookie of the Year". Every year he improves his game and has proved himself to be a quiet leader amongst the bowling team," ended Ruhl.

Olivia Good and Lauren Michael represented the girls' team and also participated in the Regional Championships that took place at Dutch Lanes. Good finished in 30th place and Lauren Michael finished in 80th place in a field of 180 bowlers.


Grappling it out against the best of the best from all across the entire state of Pennsylvania for three straight days, Will Betancourt and Zack Zeamer well represented Manheim Central in the PIAA Class AAA State Championship Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center on March 8-10.

Betancourt, a two time district gold medalist at the 113 pound weight class, contended against five top rated opponents and finished with a 3-2 record for a seventh place finish.

Beginning his tournament campaign, Betancourt (35-2) in championship round one was outmuscled by Hempfield Area's bronze medal winner Kyle Burkholder (40-5) by a 3-1 decision and knocked into the consolations round.

In his first matchup of consolations he pounded Pottsville's Nick Onea (31-9) to the mat for a pin fall at 3:20 and then edged West Allegheny's Jordan Watters (32-8) by decision 2-1 in the next round.

Andrew Smith (27-9) the sixth place finisher of Nazareth then defeated Betancourt in the next consolations bout by a 5-3 decision but Betancourt stayed alive in his next match winning by injury default against Christian Fisher (33-10) of Mifflin County to earn his seventh place finish.

Zack Zeamer, making his first ever tournament appearance, tangled with four highly ranked participants and ended his trip to chocolate town with a 2-2 record.

Zeamer (37-8), wrestling at the 132, started his tournament in the preliminaries round escaping Chartiers Valley's Zach Macy (29-11) by decision 5-2 and then moved on to championship round one where he survived East Stroudsburg South's Patrick Gould (29-5) in overtime by pin fall at 6:56.

Tyler Williams (32-10) the sixth place finisher from Souderton, then overpowered Zeamer in a quarterfinals round quarrel via a 6-1 decision and was sent into the consolations bracket.

Council Rock South's seventh place finisher Ben Radner (35-12) eliminated Zeamer from the tournament with a 3-2 consolation round affair.


Gehman Competes in District Swim Meet March 5, 2018

Maxwell Gehman ended his sophomore season as the only Manheim Central participant to swim in the Class AA District Three Championship Meet at Cumberland Valley High School this past weekend.

Gehman was the top swimmer for the team throughout the season.

"Maxwell swam great this weekend and improved both his times in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles," said head coach Heather Fittery.

On Friday, March 2 Gehman took to the pool in the 50 yard freestyle event and clocked a final time 22.93 for an 11th place finish.

One day later he returned to action taking part in the 100 yard freestyle and touched wall for a 12th place finish at a final time of 51.07.

I am looking forward to seeing Max improve over the next two years. He has great potential, if he works hard," ended Fittery.


Tanner Michael and Bryson Morton were Manheim's only representatives in the East PA Regional Championships held this past Friday at Leisure Lanes. With only the top six moving on to the state finals, Michael finished eighth overall with an 1165 five-game qualifying round total. Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer was the last state qualifier, bowling an 118080 total.

Morton settled for 29th, in a field of 192, and worked a 1084 total. His highest game of the series was a 224 bowled in the last game.


Betancourt Grabs Second District Gold February 25, 2018

Eight top-notch Manheim Central grapplers were up to the task last week at the District Three Class AAA South Central Championship Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center on February 22-24.

The Barons, wrestling with the best of 53 teams in the district, finished in 11th place with a total of 52 overall points.

"I was pleased with our performance as a whole and each wrestler showed why they belonged at districts," said head coach Billy Chamberlain. "There is always room for improvement, and the kids that didn't qualify for states got much needed experience," he added.

Will Betancourt outmuscled four straight competitive opponents to claim his second career gold medal, improving his current overall record to 32-0 and booking a trip back to chocolate town for the PIAA Tournament on March 8-10.

"Will showed poise and composure against throughout the tournament," Chamberlain mentioned.

Competing at the 113 pound weight class, Betancourt started his tournament trek in the first round and crashed Muhlenberg's Jordan Ziats to the mat for a pin fall just 38 seconds into the bout.

He then moved into the quarterfinals round with New Oxford's bronze medal winner Timothy Uhler and escaped the York County based wrestler by a tight 3-1 decision.

Continuing his pursuit, Betancourt then outlasted Dover's fourth place finisher Matthew Rodriguez with a 4:57 semifinals by pin fall at a time of 4:57 and obtained his championship title by creeping past Northeastern's silver medalist Cole Wilson 2-0.

Zack Zeamer (35-6), with a hard-fought bronze medal finish, also qualified for the PIAA Tournament with a 5-1 record.

"Zack winning five straight matches after losing in the opening round was impressive," stated Chamberlain.

Wrestling at 132, Zack Zeamer was defeated in the opening round by Spring Grove's Clay Baker via a 7-2 decision and dropping into the consolation round bracket.

In the first match of consolations he eliminated Cocalico's Grant Swann 10-4 and in the second bout, edged Cumberland Valley's Russell Zimmerman by a 3-2 decision.

The next bout also went to Zeamer's favor, knocking off Penn Manor's Caden Rogers by another decision 6-2 and moving onto the consi-semifinals where he blanked Chambersburg's Seth Runshaw 2-0.

Zeamer collected his third place finish in the consolation finals after sneaking past Dallastown's Dalton Daugherty by a 5-4 decision.

Garret Fittery (28-10), at 182, finished third best on the team going 3-2 to earn a sixth place finish.

In his first match, Fittery easily shutout Spring Grove's Trent Baker 8-0 but he was then defeated in the quarterfinals by Big Spring champion Blake Barrick by fall at 1:55 and sent into the consolations bracket.

Fittery rebounded against Conrad Weiser's Jack Meyer with a pin fall at the 1:52 mark and in the next round defeated Governor Mifflin's William Kitsch by a 3-0 decision.

In the consolation semifinals, Fittery was knocked off by Manheim Township's fourth place finisher Carter Hasson 3-1 and then Warwick's fifth place finisher Logan Boring by decision 5-1 in his final match.

Cade Zeamer (120) suffered a first round bye before being clipped 1-0 in the quarterfinals by Carlisle's silver medalist Rafael Portilla and sent into the consolations.

Zeamer (27-9) ended his season in the first round of consolations, suffering a 9-6 loss to McCaskey's fifth place finisher Nevin Estevez.

Conner Zeamer (126) opened his tournament quest with a first round setback to Chambersburg's six place finisher Cole Grove by pin fall at 2:55 but bounced back in the first round of consolations, slipping past Dallastown's Brooks Gable with a 7-5 victory.

Zeamer (22-16), in his second matchup of the consolations bracket, was put to his back by Central York's Logan Paluch at the 1:34 mark.

Ryan McKee (26-14) at 145 had a quick exit from the tournament. He was pinned by Twin Valley's Finn Tinsley at 1:26 and dropped into the consolations where he dropped his final match 12-2 against Waynesboro's Adam Wertz.

Also going 0-2, Austin Sauder (19-15), at 152, opened his tournament journey with Gettysburg's bronze medal winner Dylan Reinert and lost by pin fall at a time of 4:55. He also lost the first round of consolations versus Exeter's sixth place finisher Gage Morgan by fall at 2:28.

Posting a 1-2 record at 195, Keegan McCord (29-7) got off to a good start, outhustling Spring Grove's Ryan Miller 8-2 but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Exeter's Michael Crane on a 14-5 major decision. His tournament campaign came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Penn Manor's TJ Keener.

"My greatest concern for Will and Zack in the PIAA Tournament is that they won't enjoy the moment with these experiences being once in a lifetime. I just want the kids to have fun," ended Chamberlain.


Sophomore swimmer Maxwell Gehman will compete in the District Three Championship Meet at Cumberland Valley High School on March 2-3.

"I am excited to see Max swim at Districts," said head coach Heather Fittery. "It's a big meet and I am hoping he responds well to atmosphere, getting hyped for his swims. He has been doing a good taper and we are looking for some good time drops."

Gehman, the most consistent swimmer on the team, will make a splash in the 50 yard freestyle on Friday and the 100 yard freestyle on Saturday.


Tanner Michael knocked down pins for a sixth place finish at the District Three Singles Championship at Berks Lanes in Sinking Springs on Saturday.

Michael, in the qualifying round, rolled a 204-241-236-174-203-249 for a series total of 1307. In the finals bracket Michael was out rolled by Warwick's fourth place finisher Isaac Erickson 203-184 in the quarterfinals to earn his sixth place medal.


Barons Take Second in District Sectionals February 19, 2018

Wrestling against the area's finest, several of the Baron matmen took part in the District Three Class AAA Sectional Championship Tournament at Hempfield High School on Saturday, February 17.

Central finished the action packed event that consisted of 15 teams from Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties with a second place finish with 181.5 total points behind strong armed champion Central Dauphin (208).

Will Betancourt and Cade Zeamer added to the Barons remarkable achievements on the mats this season by winning gold medals and punched their ticket to the District Tournament at Hershey's Giant Center this weekend.

Betancourt, a repeat champion at the 113 pound weight class outmuscled three top rated opponents. After a bye in the first round, he nailed McCaskey's Jose Tirado to the floor with a quick 59 second pin fall in the quarterfinals round, and then dominated Central Dauphin's bronze medal winner Tye Weathersby with a 15-0 technical fall at 4:29. He capped his gold medal finish in the finals overpowering Lampeter-Strasburg's Arik Harnish via a 16-0 technical fall at 3:22.

Outlasting four straight opponents, Cade Zeamer (120) started his strenuous tournament campaign in the first round and slammed Hershey's Logan Kreamer with a pin fall at 1:17. From there he pinned Solanco's fourth place finisher Sheldon Peiffer in a quarterfinals round tussle at the 4:48 mark before escaping McCaskey's bronze medal winner Nevin Estevez with a 6-2 decision in a semifinals round matchup.

In the finals, Zeamer collected his first career title against Central Dauphin's Mitchell Arch, defeating the Mid-Penn participant by well-deserved 5-1 decision.

Zack Zeamer and Keegan McCord are also chocolatetown bound after collecting silver medals.

Going 3-1 at the 132 pound weight class, Zack Zeamer began his day with a first round bye and then easily defeated Solanco's Chase Charles with a 16-1 technical fall (4:33) in the quarterfinals. One bout later he blanked Lower Dauphin's Tyler Walters with a 9-0 major decision in the semis but lost in the finals to Central Dauphin's Andrew Wert who claimed the gold with a 10-2 major decision.

McCord at 195 also finished 3-1 and started with an opening round bye and moved into the quarterfinals where he pinned Lampeter-Strasburg's Johnny Franklin at 2:29. Next McCord battled past Elizabethtown's Blake Andrews with a 9-1 major decision in the semifinals and dropped a tight 3-2 decision to Central Dauphin's Mitchell Talbott.

Conner Zeamer and Ryan McKee chipped in with bronze medals for the Barons and also qualified for district competition.

Conner Zeamer (126) accepted a first round bye and then followed up with a 5-0 quarterfinals shutout over Lampeter-Strasburg's Mason Blank. In the semifinals, Central Dauphin champion Chris Wright pinned C. Zeamer 23 seconds into the bout. In the consi-semis Zeamer worked a 29 second fall over Solanco's Zach Spade and then pinned Palmyra's Nick Carroll in 4:23.

McKee (145) started with an opening round clash against Hershey's Tariq Von Getzie where he won by fall at the 1:17 mark. In the next bout, he cruised past Lampeter-Strasburg's Nick Salgado with an impressive 14-2 major decision victory but unfortunately was tripped up by Hempfield's silver medalist Christian Carr in the semifinals by a 16-6 major decision.

McKee came back with a 1:33 fall over Donegal's Dimitri Gonzales and grabbed the bronze with a 57 second fall over Warwick's Hayden Shreiner.

Completing the Barons list of top performers, Austin Sauder and Garret Fittery both clinched fourth place finishes and qualified for districts.

Sauder (152) decked Elizabethtown's Zach Frank in 2:52 and pinned Palmyra's Dylan Brown in 3:18 in the quarterfinals. Lower Dauphin's eventual champion Clayton Ulrey then outmaneuvered Sauder with a 2:20 fall in the semifinals. Sauder rebounded with a tight 5-4 nod over Hempfield's I Edwards before settling for fourth after losing 9-0 to Warwick's Luke Hirtzel in the third place finals.

Fittery, at 182, got his tournament journey underway with a forfeit in round one and then eluded Penn Manor's Aj Cox by a 7-3 decision in the quarterfinals. Warwick's Logan Boring, the silver medal winner, edged Fittery by a narrow 3-1 decision in the semis.

Fittery extended his season with a fight 5-3 win over Hempfield's Chase Mathias but couldn't solve Township's Carter Hasson in a 6-3 loss.


Barons Battle L-S, Solanco and GS in Section Two February 5, 2018

The boys' basketball suffered Section Two losses to Lampeter-Strasburg, Solanco, and Garden Spot last week, dropping their overall record to 8-12.

Lampeter's Patrick Holmes' game high 15 points fueled the Pioneers past the Barons for the second time this season 51-19.

The Pioneers built a 13-9 first quarter lead and blew things open wide open with an 11-2 second quarter for a 24-11 advantage at the break. The second half was more of the same as L-S outpointing the Barons 27-8 to wrap up the win.

Manheim's scoring leaders included Chase Marquette (11), Connor Hostetter (5), Jake Novak (2), and Cameron Sell (1).

Dawson Kreider scored 12 points for Solanco on Wednesday, helping the Mules sneak past the Barons with a 41-38 victory.

An 11-4 lead at the end of the first stanza set the tone for Solanco which didn't last long as Manheim, led by Marquette's team high 11 points, outscored the Mules 15-7 in the second for a one point 19-18 lead at the intermission.

Solanco outscored the Barons 23-19 in the second half to secure the victory.

Also scoring for the Barons was Drew Mummau (10), Sell (6), Novak (5), Carson Brenize (3), Hostetter (2), and Evan Hosler (1).

Third place Garden Spot was their next opponent on Friday and Jordan Shewbridge's game high 17 points was the difference in a 63-24 victory over the Barons.

Garden Spot ended the first period with a whopping 16-0 score and took the second quarter 13-2 for a sizeable 29-2 lead after 16 minutes of play.

The second half was much closer but the Spartans maintained control, outscoring Manheim 34-22 to complete the victory.

Hostetter (11), Sell (4), Young (4), Matt Weiderrecht (3), and Mummau (2), were Manheim's scoring leaders.


Scoring a total of 132 points last week, the girls' basketball team improved their District Three Playoff Tournament chances by defeating both Solanco and Garden Spot along with a setback to first place Lampeter-Strasburg in Section Two play, lifting their overall record at 8-12.

The week started at Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, January 29. Emma Gochnauer's game high 14 points helped the Pioneers defeat the Lady Barons for the second time this season, 46-28.

Getting off to a fast start Lampeter-Strasburg ended the first stanza in the lead 12-5 but Central, sparked by Kassidy Michael's team high 10 points, outpointed the Pioneers 12-10 in the second quarter to trail the home team 22-17 at the intermission.

Lampeter-Strasburg pulled away from the Lady Barons 24-11 in the second half and earned their impressive 18 point victory.

Also adding to the final point total was Lily Doerschuck (5), Laura Good (5), Serena Conde (4), Brooke Breinich (2), and Elli Weaver (2).

A stellar 26 point performance by Good was key against Solanco on Wednesday, January 31 as the Lady Barons escaped the Golden Mares, 54-50.

"Laura had a big night," said head coach Amanda Burns. "She finished strong in transition, whether she was leading the break or not, and iced the game at the foul line, so it was a very well-rounded offensive performance. She also added five steals so she had a strong defensive game as well," added Burns.

Doerschuk led the team in the first quarter with five points and the Lady Barons held a 16-11 lead at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Solanco at the 5:13 mark in the second period went on a 6-0 run and took over, 17-16.

Later in the period the Mares upped the score to 24-18 before Good nailed two foul shots and added a putback to get within two, 24-22 at the break.

Breinich (13 points) easily scored her 12th point of the night in the beginning of the third period and Doerschuk (10 points) buried her second trey of the game to regain the lead 31-30.

Good then got hot, scoring seven straight points for a 42-37 lead at the conclusion of the period.

Solanco wouldn't give up and came from behind with 40.6 seconds left in regulation to cut the lead to one, 51-50. All the Mares could do was then intentionally foul, putting Good on the line where she iced the four point victory.

Chipping into the Manheim win column was Conde with five points.

Breinich and Good combined for 24 points in a home game with Garden Spot on last Friday and secured a come-from-behind 50-42 victory.

Three was the magic number in the first period with the trio of Weaver (3 points), Doerschuk (9 points), and Breinich all scoring a trey for an 11-8 lead in the first quarter.

Garden Spot, paced by Megan Fisher's game high 12 points, netted 15 points for a 23-17 lead going into the locker rooms at halftime.

The Spartans went on a quick 6-0 run in the early moments of the third quarter and added to their lead 29-17.

Central kept their composure and managed to cut the Spartans lead to 29-25 with a Michael (7 points) drive to the hoop at the finish of 24 minutes.

Breinich's second trey of the contest made the score 37-29 with time roiling off the clock and two three point shots by Garden Spot cut the lead to 45-40.

Foul trouble proved costly for Garden Spot as Breinch and Doerschuk capitalized on four foul shots to secure their eighth victory of the season.

Adding to the final point count was Conde with 7 points.

"We are coming together and playing well as a team at the right time," said Burns. "We are focused on finishing these next two games strong and hoping for a district playoff spot."


The race for the L-L League Rifle championship got a lot tighter as the Barons split shootouts last week with Governor Mifflin and Elizabethtown. The Barons are now tied for second place with Ephrata with an overall record of 9-3.

Last Tuesday at Governor Mifflin, Cade Ginder, Gage McCabe, and Hunter Gartside all fired a perfect 100 to guide the Barons past the Mustangs 498-476. Charles Miller and Austin Rhodes both gunned 99's to finish in second place.

On Thursday the team hosted Elizabethtown and was upset by the Bears, 498-496.

Leading the Barons was Ginder and Rhodes who both blasted a perfect 100. McCabe and Alex Stone punched 99's and Oliva Stone chipped in with a 98.


The Section Three second place bowling team won a hat trick of matches against Lampeter-Strasburg, Manheim Township, and Northern Lebanon last week.

At Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday, the Barons (12-3) blanked the fourth place Pioneers, 7-0.

Bryson Morton rolled a 211-203-182 for a match high series total of 596. Tanner Michael was second with a 200-180-187 for a series total of 567 and Spencer Brendel followed with a 152-179-224 for a 555 series.

Olivia Good (151-172-204-527), and Chris ILL (185-179-139-503) also competed.

At Cain's Lanes on Wednesday, the Barons blanked Manheim Township 7-0.

Brendel was the top bowler rolling a 204-209-204 for a series total of 617.

In crossover action with Northern Lebanon on Friday, the Barons prevailed 5-2. Jared Fry led the team with a 191-232-133 - 556 series.


The Section Two and league champion wrestling team hit the mats for the District Three Class AAA Team Tournament at their home gymnasium on Tuesday.

Central, the top seeded, squared off with 16th seeded Governor Mifflin in the first round and used five pins to outmuscle the Mustangs 52-21.

Austin Sauder (152) in the first bout, defeated Dalton Putt by decision 7-3 and took a 3-0 lead but John Arentz (160) then pinned Issac Dorwart at 1:50 to give the Mustangs a 6-3 lead. The Andrew Siegrist (170) blanked Dante Cavallucci 3-0 to tie the score at 6-6.

Garret Fittery (182) and Keegan McCord (195) both scored falls to regain an 18-6 lead while Dalton Gainer (220) pinned Dylan Kohl at 3:05 to stretch the lead to 24-6.

Governor Mifflin, with a forfeit and a 9-3 decision, won the next two bouts before Will Betancourt (113) decked Michael Raab in 1:10 to make the score 30-15.

Cade Zeamer (120) by forfeit, Conner Zeamer (126) with a fall, and Zack Zeamer (132) by decision raised the score to 45-15.

Ryan Kreider (138) accepted another forfeit and Governor Mifflin's Jake Blanski (145) was awarded a forfeit in the final bout of the night to cap the Baron victory.

The team then clashed with 9th seeded Dallastown in the quarterfinals but the Wildcats slipped past the Barons in a tight 31-30 score sending them into the consolation round bracket.

At Spring Grove on Thursday, in their first consolations match, the team went neck-and-neck against number five seed New Oxford and came up short 28-21.


Regular season competition is now over for the swimming team after suffering losses against Cocalico and Lampeter-Strasburg at the Lititz Recreation Center. Both Barons squads finished with identical 0-9 overall records.

"The teams swam very well in the last dual meets," said head coach Heather Fittery. "In the Cocalico meet, we had 90 percent best times from the boys and girls. I am very happy that the kids worked hard and improved their times this season."

Section Two first place Cocalico easily dispatched the boy's team sweeping all 11 events in a 139-23 victory.

Kaylin Jury finished in first place in one individual event despite a 105-54 loss to the sixth place Eagles. She won the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:47.62.

The team also lost to Lampeter-Strasburg in the final meet of the season. Maxwell Gehman, who returned to the pool after illness, won two events in an 85-53 loss.

He touched wall first in the 50 freestyle (23.22), and the 100 freestyle (54.49). The team of Gehman, Joshua Varner, Luke Weaver, and Logan Burkholder also won the 200 freestyle relay in a combined 1:45.59.

All 11 events belonged to the Lampeter-Strasburg girl's squad in topping Manheim 118-36.

"Maxwell Gehman, Nathan Shearn, Joshua Varner, Luke Weaver, and Ethan Harner will swim Friday at the league meet," said Fittery. "Competing for the girls on Saturday are Kaylin Jury, Ashley Hartzler, Lily Redcay, Ellie Fittery, and McKayla Miller. The swimmers are looking for personal best times," she added.

"It's a tough league with a lot of talent," she added. "I am hoping this will push Maxwell Gehman to do his best times. He will be a District AA qualifier for Manheim Central in March," ended Fittery.


Barons Win Second Straight Section Two Title January 29, 2018

Manheim Central added to their prestigious list of accomplishments on the mats winning their second straight Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two title at home with Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, January 22. With four key pins Central (12-1) overpowered the Pioneers 48-19, giving Barons rookie head coach Billy Chamberlain his first section crown.

Lampeter-Strasburg took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first bout when Bryan McKim defeated Ryan Kreider (152) 3-1.

Austin Sauder (160), with a 12-1 major over Jeff Elser, gave the Barons a lead they never relinquished. Andrew Siegrist scored a 4-2 decision against Connor Penry (170) and the Barons then won back-to-back bouts as Garret Fittery (182) dominated Logan Davidson with a 16-6 major and Keegan McCord (195) defeated John Franklin 22-5 to lift their lead to 16-3.

Jack Eckman (220) knocked off Dalton Gainer with a 14-6 major decision, cutting the lead to 16-7 but Tyler Dougherty (285) blanked Tyler Phenegar to put Central back in control 19-7.

Brandon Kheuangthirath scored the first fall of the night at 106, taking Hunter Erb to his back in 1:40 plus Will Betancourt (113) won by technical fall 17-2 over Arik Harnish, pushing the score to 30-7.

Nailing down the second pin, Cade Zeamer (120) took Riley Eckman to the mat at 1:25 before the Pioneers won back-to-back falls at 126, and 132 to close the gap to 36-19 score.

Central countered with a Zack Zeamer (138) fall over Ramon Estevez at 3:12 and Ryan McKee (145) pounded Nick Salgado to the ground for the final fall at 1:45 to wrap up the 29 point victory.

In their next match at Lebanon on Wednesday, the Barons used nine forfeits and departed with a 70-6 victory against the Cedars.

Of the four Barons that had matches, Siegrist (170) and Cade Zeamer (120) earned decisions. Kheuangthirath (106) added a 15-2 major decision and Dougherty (285) pinned Eddie Torres at 1:35.

The Barons, currently ranked number one in the District Three Class AAA Team Tournament, crowned three wrestlers as champions and had 10 participants win medals to seize the team title at the L-L League Championships at Garden Spot High School last Friday and Saturday.

Central (219) upended Northern Lebanon (203), Cocalico (191), Warwick (175), and Penn Manor (161) to add another title to its trophy case.

Betancourt won the 113 pound bracket with a win by fall over Harnish of Lampeter-Strasburg in the championship finals.

Zack Zeamer(132) won his gold medal after beating Penn Manor's Caden Rogers by a 6-1 decision and McCord secured the gold at 195, beating Warwick's Steven Seepaul 5-1.

Cade Zeamer, at 120, and Fittery (182) both earned silver medals while McKee snagged a bronze medal finish at 145 pounds.

Finishing in fourth place was Sauder (152) and Siegrist (170) while Connor Zeamer (126) and Kreider (138) contributed with seventh place efforts.


Moving up the ladder, the rifle team forced a three way tie for first place with Ephrata and Conestoga Valley after winning two straight away matches against Ephrata and Garden Spot to improve their current overall record to 8-2.

In a shootout with Ephrata last Tuesday, Cade Ginder and Austin Rhodes both blasted a perfect 100 to escape the Mountaineers 496-493. Alex Stone and teammate Gage McCabe finished second gunning 99's, and Hunter Shoop punched a 98 to finish in third place.

On Thursday against Garden Spot, Rhodes fired a perfect 100 to lead the Barons past the Spartans 495-486. Hunter Gartside, Charles Miller, and Ginder all finished second with a 99, alongside Dawson Good who punched a 98 to complete Manheim's top marksmen.


Closing in on the chase for the top spot in Section Three, the bowling team defeated both Garden Spot and Lancaster Catholic at Cain's Lanes last week.

Third place Garden Spot was the first match on the Barons (9-3) Section Three agenda. They rolled past the Spartans 5-2.

Chris ILL finished with a match high 235-169-223 for a series total of 627.

In crossover play with Lancaster Catholic on Friday, the Barons blanked the Crusaders 7-0.

The top bowler of the match, Tanner Michael rolled a 259-258-193 for a 710 series. Bryson Morton placed second with a 188-205-228 for a 621 while Olivia Good rolled a 138-208-150 for a 496 and finished third. Jarred Fry (158-194-352), and Spencer Brendel (135-150-285), were the fourth and fifth place finishers.


The Central swimmers went up against Lancaster Catholic in a Section Two meet on Tuesday at Franklin & Marshall College and both teams lost to the Crusaders.

Nathan Shearn did a great job winning the 100 backstroke (1:13.72) in a 121-42 setback to the Crusaders.

The girls team came up empty in first place finishes and suffered a 133-36 loss to the fourth place Crusaders.

The team also dropped a pair to Cocalico on Thursday at the Lititz Recreation Center, however two talented sophomore girls endured the 500 yard freestyle. Kaylin Jury (6:47.62) and Talia Galbreath finished in first and second place for Manheim Central (0-8) despite losing to the Eagles 105-54.

The first place Eagles easily won all 11 events in topping the Barons (0-8) 139-23.

"We are continuing to have best times from our swimmers," said head coach Heather Fittery. "Some dropped several seconds in both meets this week. We still have several swimmers out sick and that has been tough. You can't fill a lineup and come out on top with the numbers we have on the team," explained Fittery.


Keeping their L-L League Playoff hopes alive, the boys basketball team went 2-2 last week winning games against Solanco and Elizabethtown while bowing out against Northern Lebanon and Cocalico. They currently sit in third place.

Solanco came to town on Monday, January 22 and Connor Hostetter's game high 24 points propelled the Barons (8-9) to a 55-45 victory.

The home team battled past Solanco at the end of the first stanza with a small 9-8 lead but pumped up their offense in the second period outscoring the Mules 16-7 for a 25-15 advantage at the end of 16 minutes of basketball.

Both teams scored 30 second half points but it was the Barons that would come out on top with the 10 point triumph.

Other point scorers included Chase Marquette (12), Jake Novak (8), Cameron Sell (7), Drew Mummau (3), and Josh Young (1).

Sparked with another game leading performance by Hostettler (19 points) the Barons swept the series at Elizabethtown on Tuesday, winning 55-44.

Manheim led 9-7 in a tight first quarter but picked up the pace in the second frame and held a 24-16 advantage at the break.

The Barons outscored the Bears 17-10 in the third period and 18-14 over the final eight minutes to secure the win.

Chipping into the final point total was Marquette (12), Evan Hosler (9), Mummau (8), Novak (4), Sell (2), and Carson Brenize (1).

Non-League play brought the Barons to Northern Lebanon on Thursday where they suffered a 43-40 overtime thriller to the Vikings.

Alex Yeager's game high 18 points helped Northern Lebanon to a one point 11-10 lead in the first period until Central, highlighted by Sell's team high 14 points, matched the Vikings with 11 second quarter points for a 22-21 halftime score.

Just two points were scored by both teams in a defensive third period but in the fourth frame, Central knotted the contest at 33-33 and forced an overtime period.

The extra period also turned out to be a back and forth scenario that saw the Vikings outscore the Barons 10-7 to escape with the win.

Hostetter (10), Marquette (7), Novak (6), and Hosler (3) added to the scoring total.

At Cocalico on Friday, the Eagles avenged an earlier season loss, soaring past the Barons 53-41.

Behind Novak and Hostetter, who both netted a team high 11 points, Manheim took an early 19-12 lead in the first period but Cocalico, paced by Nick Lucky's game high 13 points, came from behind in the second, outscoring Manheim 15-6 for a 27-25 lead at the break.

Cocalico continued to outpoint Manheim in the second half, 26-16, and secured the come from behind win.

Adding point scoring was Marquette (8), Hosler (4), Sell (3), Brenize (2), and Mummau (2).


In Quarryville on Monday, Lily Doerschuk hit five straight three point shots against Solanco including three in the first quarter and finished with a team high 15 points but it wasn't enough as the Mares defeated the Barons 58-47.

Doerschuk opened the scoring with a triple, giving Manheim (6-11) their only lead of the night. Her second trey cut the lead to 7-6, while her third triple in the quarter made it 13-9.

Solanco ended the period with a 19-11 lead and then upped the score to 36-26 at the intermission outhustling the Lady Barons 17-15 in the second quarter.

The second half was pretty evenly played but the Mares clipped Manheim 22-21 to collect the victory.

Others scoring points included Laura Good (11), Brooke Breinich (5), Kassidy Michael (5), Elli Weaver (4), Serena Conde (4), and Hannah Barbush (3).

Breinich poured in a game high 14 points and the Barons walloped last place Lebanon at home on Tuesday, 65-40.

Conde, Doerschuk, and sophomore Michael all scored double figures as the Lady Barons won their fifth game of the season.

At Northern Lebanon, the Vikings (16-3), who are ranked fifth among all Class 4A teams, jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never looked back in claiming a 38-26 non-league victory over the Lady Barons.

Breinch was the top Manheim scorer with 11 points.

At home on Friday, the Lady Barons earned a come-from-behind seven point victory over Cocalico.

"Being down as much as 11, the girls didn't give up," said head coach Amanda Burns. "They played strong all four quarters and we were confident we would begin to hit shots and make plays. It was a team effort," she added.

Michael's game high 20 points was crucial in the 49-42 Section Two triumph against the Eagles.

"Kassidy brings a lot of athleticism and determination to our team. She understands game situations, can read defenses, and makes plays happen," said Burns. "She works to get her teammates involved, pushes in transition, and rebounds well for us."

Also scoring was Conde (8), Good (8), Doerschuk (7), and Breinich (6).


Baron Swimmers Battle Ephrata Mountaineers January 22, 2018

Without a win but still progressive, the Manheim Central swim team was back in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two aquatic action in a rescheduled meet at Ephrata on Thursday, January 18. Unfortunately the Barons were swept by the Mountaineers.

"Ephrata was a tough meet," said head coach Heather Fittery. "Sicknesses on the boy's side left us with six boys to compete.

"We had, however, have several best times. Ephrata has strong teams, their girls are at the top of our section," Fittery added.

Ephrata won all but one event in boys competition easily defeating the Barons (0-6) 113-40 to take a current fourth place ranking behind third place Elizabethtown.

Maxwell Gehman was Manheim's only winner, touching wall first in the 50 freestyle with a final time of 23.78.

The first place Ephrata girls squad was victorious in all 11 events blasting the Barons (0-6) by a 125-43 final score.

"We have three dual meets left," noted Fittery. "I am happy with how the kids have been swimming. Hopefully we can end the season healthy and with best times."


Gaining momentum in Section Three, the bowling team had a successful week, splitting with Conestoga Valley and Lancaster Mennonite to improve their current overall record to 7-3.

At home at Cain's Lanes on Thursday, the Barons suffered a 5-2 non-league loss against Conestoga Valley.

It was another team leading performance by Tanner Michael who rolled a 245-247-166 for a series total of 658.

Back at Cain's Lanes on Friday, January 19 the team hosted Lancaster Mennonite in a section crossover clash and shutout the Blazers 7-0.

Michael had another not too shabby finish with a match high of 215-193-249 for an impressive series total of 657.

"Our goal every year is to improve technique and spare shooting," said head coach Chuck Ruhl.

"We hope to win our section this year and be successful in post season play, both as a team and individuals."


The rifle team had an at their home range type of week hosting both Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley posting back-to-back victories against the Blue Streaks and Buckskins to stretch their current overall record to 6-2.

Starting the action in a shootout with Manheim Township on Thursday, Gage McCabe gunned a perfect 100 to help the Barons sneak past the Blue Streaks 595-594.

Alex Stone, Austin Rhodes, Dawson Good, Cade Ginder, and Hunter Shoop all fired 99's to finish in second place.

One day later, in a tussle with Conestoga Valley, Rhodes and teammate Olivia Stone both nailed a perfect 100 to spark the Barons past the Buckskins 497-492.

The threesome of Alex Stone, Ginder, and Charles Miller all punched 99's to round out the top Manheim sharpshooters.


Harsh winter weather left the girl's basketball team with only a one game week as the Lady Barons traveled to cross-town nemesis Donegal in Mount Joy on Friday for a Section Two showdown.

Donegal's Carly Diffenderfer pumped in a team high 26 points and the Indians used a 31 point second half to edge the Lady Barons in a 61-59 thriller.

"I was happy about the way the team played," said head coach Amanda Burns. "It came down to the last possession and Donegal made one more play than we did.

"It was a tough loss to swallow, be we again have proven to ourselves we can compete with anyone in our section," Burns stated.

The first stanza was packed full of offense as the period ended in a 17-17 tie. Central (4-9), led by Brooke Breinich's game high 28 points, outgunned Donegal in the second period 18-13 to head into the locker rooms with a 35-30 lead.

"Brooke Breinich had a big night," stated Burns. "She hit pivotal shots throughout the game. She can drive, shoot, post, and we value her experience and ability."

Manheim, who finished the game with seven three point shots, and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line, outmaneuvered the Indians 17-14 to take 52-44 advantage at the end of three.

Donegal, with five treys on the night and who went 10-of-13 from the free throw line, dominated the final eight minutes of the game 17-7 to obtain the two point come from behind victory.

Laura Good (12), Serena Conde (8), Lily Doerschuk (6), Elli Weaver (3), and Hannah Barbush (2) also contributed to the point total.


On Saturday, January 13 the Baron grapplers upped their overall record to a sizzling 10-1 by dominating the competition at the Gettysburg Duals.

Central outmuscled Camp Hill, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, New Oxford, and Bermudian Springs, as wrestlers Will Betancourt, Zack Zeamer, Austin Sauder, Keenan McCord, and Tyler Dougherty won all five competitions.

Cade and Conner Zeamer, Andrew Siegrist, and Garret Fittery all went 4-1 to finish the day.


The boys' basketball team went 1-1 this week with a victory against York Suburban in a non-league clash and a Section Two loss to Donegal, giving the Barons a current overall record of 6-7.

On the road at York Suburban last Thursday Connor Hostetter drained a game high 20 points and the Barons used a 27 point second half to defeat the Trojans 42-39.

York Suburban, led by Aidan Hughley's team high 12 points, led 8-7 at the end of the first eight minutes. Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter as the home team held a narrow one point 16-15 lead at the intermission.

After a motivating pep talk at the break, Central who finished the night with five three pointers and went a flawless 5-of-5 from the free throw line, came out and scored 14 points in the third period.

The Trojans, with a hat trick of treys and just 3-of-6 free throws, also managed to score 14 points and led 30-29 with one quarter left.

The final eight minutes of regulation belonged to Central, who outhustled York Suburban 13-9 to secure the three point achievement.

Drew Mummau (9), Chase Marquette (6), Cameron Sell (3), Evan Hosler (3), and Josh Young (1), also put points into the Manheim win column.

On Friday the team hosted Donegal. Avery Walker's team high 13 points and Donegal's 25 point second half surge helped the Indians escape with a one point 40-39 victory against the Barons, moving them into second place in the Section Two rankings.

"We executed but could not put the ball into the basket when we needed to," said head coach Charles Fisher. "We held Donegal to 40 points, but we should have won the basketball game," he added.

Central, paced by Hostetter's game high 18 points, won the opening tip off and went on a quick 7-0 run. Hostetter sparked the 10-6 quarter score with five points.

A Hostetter jumper in the second quarter kept Manheim in front, 12-10. Mummau (14 points) added one of his three triples and a Carson Brenize (2 points) drive to the basket late in the period gave the home team a 17-15 lead at halftime.

"Drew Mummau takes nice shots and hopefully he will progress as a basketball player," said Fisher.

Manheim led early in the third period, 23-19, on an easy Mummau shot in the paint and 25-19 on another jump shot from Hostetter at the 4:32 mark.

Falling behind to Donegal late in the period, Mummau connected on his third trey of the evening, deadlocking the score 28-28, but the Indians scored two points on a buzzer beater and took over a 30-28 lead after three periods.

Donegal went on a 4-1 run and led 34-29 with 3:26 left in the game. Mummau's final long range trey of the game cut the lead to 34-32.

Scoring four points, Donegal extended the score to 38-32 with just over two minutes remaining and eventually Hostetter's second trey of the game cut the lead to one, 40-39, but then time ran out for the Barons.

Hosler (3), and Marquette (2), also scored points for Manheim.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Forfeits Extend Baron Win Over Ephrata Matmen January 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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