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Baron Tracksters Defeat Cocalico, Elco April 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Baron Volleyballers Win Three More April 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Baron Softballers Off To A Slow Start April 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Bentancourt Makes PIAA Debut Appearance March 13, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Central Hoopsters Finish 7th in Districts March 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The team finished in fifth place with 107 points overall.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lady Barons Battle Section Leading Pioneers February 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The team finished in third place with 167.5 points.


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

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

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