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Barons Dominate Mifflin in District Quarterfinals November 11, 2018

"That's one down, boys," Manheim Central football coach Dave Hahn said to his troops after last Friday's 51-14 manhandling of Governor Mifflin in the District Three Class 5A quarterfinals in Manheim.

The Barons are one step closer to their goal of a district title, their 18th in school history.

Next up, Manheim will host Cedar Cliff, a 33-23 winner against Warwick in the district semifinals 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

If you believe Hahn when he says Governor Mifflin (7-5) is a good team, then what the Barons did was even more impressive.

Central, which started off slow, methodical, in many ways, eventually overwhelmed the Mustangs, the Class 5A ninth seed. The Barons defense held the Mustangs to two first downs in the first half and forced them to punt on their first five possessions.

Their sixth possession? An interception by Barons' senior Will Rivers.

Manheim (11-0), the top seed in Class 5A and ranked second in the state, only led 3-0 on a Niko Galva 35-yard field goal after the first quarter, shook off the rust of a bye week to exploit matchups and blow the game wide open with 20 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third, taking a commanding 44-7 lead after three quarters.

"It is just to be out playing; those 14 days (off) were long," Hahn said. "I don't know if I liked it. Meaning the bye week. I think we handled it well, but that is a long time to have off. Our kids were antsy, we were antsy. I don't know if we just had to kick a little of the dust off at the beginning or if we just had to figure out what they (Mifflin) were doing. Governor Mifflin is a good team. We had a good night.

"We were able find matchups and exploit weaknesses, so that's that why we did what we did, but they are still a good team."

What Manheim did was use the legs - and later the arm - of Barons' quarterback Evan Simon.

The talented junior used great blocks from his right and left tackles, Cayden Warner and Josh Painter, respectively, to score on touchdown runs of 13 and 50 yards in the second quarter. Simon rushed for 109 yards in the first half (most coming in the second quarter) on his way to 145 yards rushing on 14 carries. He capped the second quarter scoring with a 5-yard pass to Rivers.

"It is what they gave us tonight," said Hahn, who improved his career record to 45-6 overall. "They gave us the quarterback tonight and we were going to take it. That's good. We don't usually run Evan a lot, but we can when we want to; we've known that all along."

Just 23 seconds into the third quarter, Simon connected on a 47-yard passing TD, courtesy of Colby Wagner, who slipped out of a tackle to dash down the right sideline.

Fullback Jack Harbach scored on a 1-yard plunge and running back Tyler Flick scored from seven yards out. For Flick, it was his 29th TD on the season, tying him with Baron great Dan Kreider for the most scores in a season.

"I can't say enough about him," Hahn said about Flick. "We wanted to use him more to get things established with him, but Tyler is so unselfish. I said something to him, "Hey, I want to get you in this, I want to run this play and he said, 'Coach, I just want to win.' That's it. That's his attitude. How do you not love a kid like that? He's all about the team. He's tied one and broken four career records right now; he's all about the team. Love him."

FIELD HOCKEY

Manheim Central field hockey saw its season end in the first round of the state tournament, suffering a 2-1 loss to District 11 champion Bangor on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Senior Codi Bollinger drove a pass from Lexi Hosler into the back of the cage with 1:02 remaining before halftime to tie the score at 1-1. But this was the only goal the Barons would score.

Bangor scored the game-winner on a corner with about five minutes left in regulation. "The girls gave it all they had and I couldn't be prouder," head coach Morgan Briggs said. "Sometimes you prepare as best you can, give your best effort and still come up short. These girls are tough and will bounce back."

Manheim finishes the season with a 15-9 record and a great postseason run in the league, district and state playoffs. Leadership was key to the Barons' success.

"I am proud of our seniors, Maisie Dorwart and Codi Bollinger for being key members of this team for the last four seasons," Briggs said. "They have helped elevate this program to new levels and will be sorely missed next year."

Going into this season, Briggs believes many would have said this would be a growing and rebuilding year for the Barons, and she is still amazed at what this group was able to put together, a run in the league and district playoffs as well as earning a game in the state tournament is remarkable, she said.

"I was especially impressed with our returning starters from last year because they rose to the occasion and elevated their game to a new level," Briggs said. "Coming together as a team was a key for us and it really showed in the second half of the season."

Briggs believes the future is bright for MC hockey.

"We have many key returning players coming back next year and are looking to continue building on an excellent season," she said.

SOCCER

The girls' soccer team saw its season come to an end with difficult 2-0 loss to Mars Plants, (19-1), the District 7 runners-up, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Cedar Crest High School.

Manheim had two golden opportunities to score in the first four minutes of the game, as

junior Makenna Copley's shot was saved at the right post and senior Liz Levy's follow up was snagged at the goal line. About ten minutes later, senior Maddie Carper hit the crossbar from about 35 yards out.

The game was scoreless at halftime, but the Plants were able to find the back of the net twice in the second half, ending one of the finest seasons for Manheim Central girls' soccer. The team finished with a 20-4 record, tying the most wins in MC girls' soccer history.

Barons' coach Andrew Stoltzfus said the team motto for this year was "All Together," and it ended up being truer than they could have imagined.

From players coming back from the Development Academy, to freshman and sophomore classes stepping up, and staying healthy, it was a well balanced group, he said.

He said the Barons will certainly miss the four seniors next year. It is hard to replace that experience, production, and accomplishment, but they've worked hard to mentor those around them to continue the success the Barons had the last few years, he said.

"Our seniors did everything we asked of them this year," Stoltzfus said. "Kelli Kreider was solid in net, ending the season with 11 shutouts, 7 of those coming from our 10 league games. She was recognized by the other coaches by being named All-League. Brittany Benner was equally important to our backline. She is one of the hardest tackling players I've ever met. She is our off field organizer as well, always making sure everyone is included."

He said Carper took more of a backseat role in the offense this year, but still ended with 11 goals and 16 assists. She finishes her high school career with 92 points.

"There were some games where her passion and desire is what picked up our team when we needed that extra boost," Stoltzfus said. "Liz Levy was a nice addition to our offense, giving us a different dimension with her hold up play. She finished with 8 goals and 5 assists, but her two against Ephrata to give us the lead in the section will be remembered most fondly."

The future looks bright for the Barons.

From the junior class, Makenna Copley (13 goals, 15 assists) will be a key feature in our midfield. Tori Fahnestock (5, 1) played center back for us this year and has continued to grow into a dominant force.

"Her leadership will be key in keeping our backline strong with the loss of Benner," Stoltzfus said. "Autumn Greiner (2, 0) played mostly in the midfield this year, but is very defensive minded and could end up just about anywhere on the field next year. Kelly Abrahamson returned to the team this year and has been building her skills and we think can get solid minutes next year at the back as well."

There are a number of sophomores and freshman that Stoltzfus said he will continue to look for quality minutes from. The obvious ones are Hannah Adair (12, 5) and Erin Greiner (12, 10) up front and Tylee Stauffer (1, 4) and Grace Cassel at the back. They all started nearly every game this year.

These two classes are filled with talent that the coach is excited to see continue to develop and take on more minutes next year. Sophomores Rachel Merrill (1, 3), Audrey Miller (1, 2), Corrine King (1, 1), Grace Perron (0, 1) and Alayna Thompson as well as freshmen Summer Bates (6, 2), Rachel Nolt (2, 0), and Paige Snyder (1, 0) all got minutes this year with the varsity team.

In goal, it will be difficult to replace Kreider, who gave up only 19 goals in 24 games, but Stoltzfus said he has a number of options to replace Kreider.

There are sophomores Julia Wolfe and Shauna Lukus and freshman Lillie Horst competing in net.

The coach says he wants to build on this year's success.

"Next year is a year we want to prove that our tradition of excellence does not graduate," he said. "We want to be known as a program that is constantly at the top of our game and we can't wait for the first day of preseason for 2019."

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Lady Barons Upset Mechanicsburg, Win 3A Title November 5, 2018

For the second time in three years, the Manheim Central girls' soccer team hoisted the District Three Class 3A championship trophy.

This year the Barons (20-3) knocked off previously unbeaten and nationally accomplished Mechanicsburg, 1-0, on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Hersheypark Stadium.

With the only goal of the game, Manheim's fantastic freshman, Hannah Adair, found the back of the net early in the second half from 25 yards out, after taking a pass from senior midfielder Maddie Carper, who was the team's MVP last season and a First-Team Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two All-Star selection in 2017.

The Barons, who have yet to lose to a Class 3A team this year, advance to the state playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

At the beginning of the season Barons' coach Andrew Stoltzfus said the girls soccer program was enjoying a bit of a youth movement with 15 of the 29 players on last year's team being freshman. They only graduated three players from last year and added another strong freshman class this year (led by Adair).

He also noted that there are five talented seniors - led by Carper - who have made districts the previous three years (now four), won a district title (now two) and play at a high level outside of high school. The Barons also had two players (Senior Liz Levy and junior Makenna Copley) rejoining the team from the local Development Academy programs who did not play high school soccer last year.

Defensively, Manheim returned its entire backfield from a strong unit in 2017, including First-Team L-L League Section Two All-Star goalie Kelli Kreider.

Stoltzfus called this year's district championship victory a total team effort, one that featured the youth movement as well as the senior leadership.

"Adair had a goal worthy of winning a district title," he said about the score that came at the 49:56 mark in the game. "Our seniors showed how much this one meant to them with Maddie Carper flying all over the midfield, Liz Levy battling it out on the wing, and Brittany Benner providing great cover for our outside backs. But Kelli Kreider was the standout. To shutout a team of that quality and save two clear chances in the last 20 minutes was what put us over the top.

"I can't say enough about (sophomore) Erin Greiner and Makenna Copley's work rate on the attack," Stoltzfus said. "But also Tylee Stauffer taking on the responsibility to defend their best attacker one-on-one; she was really impressive playing the full 80 minutes."

Kreider, a senior, finished the game with 11 saves, including punching a shot out of bounds that was headed for the near post.

Stoltzfus said winning two titles in the last three years is quite an accomplishment, but with a young team - one that started a number of freshman and sophomores - he believes there is plenty of talent to continue to achieve great things in upcoming years.

Central earned the right to play for the championship by beating Lower Dauphin 2-1 Monday, Oct. 29 at Northeastern High School in the district semifinals.

Manheim scored twice in a span of three minutes late in the first half. Greiner sent a beautiful diagonal pass to Copley who blasted in the first goal.

Greiner scored the second goal on a feed from Levy. Kreider collected four saves and Stauffer, a sophomore, made a great defensive kick, clearing the potential tying goal off the line.

"We had a very good first half," Stoltzfus said. "We found success in our midfield trio (Carper, Copley and Autumn Greiner). It was a very physical game. Good combination play(s) led to our two goals.

"The second half they came out firing and got a goal back," Stoltzfus continued. "Tylee Stauffer saved an equalizer on the line off a corner and Maddie Carper played a great last 20 minutes to inspire us to victory."

CROSS COUNTRY

Carson Hepner finished in 15oth place with a time of 18:01 for the Barons in the boys state cross country meet in Hershey on Saturday, Nov. 3.

"He was in 70th halfway through the race and fell back in the second half," head coach Ryan Kennedy said. "He went for it though; you have to run aggressively in the state meet with that caliber of competition."

FOOTBALL

The Barons, the No. 1 seed in districts, had a bye for the first round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs and will host a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 9 against Governor Mifflin (7-4), which shutout Elizabethtown 30-0 last Friday.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Barons suffered a 4-1 loss to a tough Palmyra (16-4-1) team in the Class 2A District Three semifinals Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Milton Hershey School.

Central coach Morgan Briggs said Palmyra has tremendous team speed and utilized its midfielders and forwards.

"I was very impressed with their quick stick to stick passing and high ball speed," she said. "After Palmyra scored two goals early, we called a timeout, regrouped, made some adjustments and then we were able to hold them without another goal until the last few minutes of the second half."

The Barons got on the scoreboard on a goal by senior forward Codi Bollinger, who ripped a great shot with 10 minutes to play. In addition to the goal, Bollinger made a number of defensive plays. Junior Maddy Barbush and sophomore Cami Lehman each made nice stops on defense to keep Central in the game.

"I was proud of our team for giving a fantastic effort and hanging with this team for the majority of the game," Briggs said. "Palmyra is a very high caliber program who often finds themselves in the district and state playoffs year after year. We aspire to continue building a program like that."

On Saturday, Nov. 3 the Barons (15-8) lost 7-1 to Twin Valley in the third-fourth place district game for state seeding. This was a rematch, as Central lost 2-0 to Twin Valley in the first game this season.

Junior forward Lily Sipel scored the Barons' lone goal on a corner in the second half.

The Barons season continues with the state playoffs, which begin Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Lady Baron Booters One Win From States October 29, 2018

The Manheim Central girls' soccer team advanced to the District Three Class 3A semifinals after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Northern York in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Central's defense clamped down and made things difficult for the Polar Bears.

"We held them to one shot from the run of play and the goal off a penalty kick," head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said. "Autumn Greiner deserves credit for her defensive work denying the pass to their top striker."

Junior Liz Levy found the back of the net just seven minutes into the game and Hannah Adair added a goal seven minutes into the second half, breaking a 1-1 halftime tie. Maddie Carper had the assist on both goals.

Central had eight corners and 18 shots. They limited Northern Lebanon to one corner and two shots.

"Our midfield really controlled the play and we kept the pressure on," Stoltzfus said. "Their keeper had a really good game, but we scored from a rebound early in the game and freshman Hannah Adair hit a great volley off a corner from about 12 yards out that was worthy of being the game winner."

Central must win Tuesday, Oct. 30 against Lower Dauphin at Northeastern for the automatic bid to the state playoffs. If they lose Tuesday, they will play Saturday, Nov. 3 for third place in districts and the third and final spot in states. Only the top three teams qualify for the state playoffs.

The second-seeded Barons got to this point after pitching a 3-0 shutout against Cocalico on Monday, Oct. 22 at Manheim in the first round of districts. Cocalico was the 15th seed.

Erin Greiner, a sophomore, had two second-half goals and assisted on sophomore Makenna Copley's first-half score.

The Baron offense finished with12 shots on goal and Central All-Star goalie Kelli Kreider had two saves.

"Our defense worked together really well to deny any dangerous opportunities," Stoltzfus said. "Erin Greiner continued her hot streak with two goals and an assist. We could still be a little more clinical in front of the goal and that will be our goal moving forward."

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team advanced to the District Class 3A semifinals after upsetting No. 3 seed East Pennsboro Saturday, Oct. 27 at Lower Dauphin Middle School.

The 1-0 triumph was a rematch and a bit of redemption for the Barons (15-6), who lost in overtime to East Pennsboro in the district quarterfinals last season. Central also played them in September and lost 5-1.

Central coach Morgan Briggs said her team made adjustments since those previous meetings and it made a difference.

Lily Sipel found the back of the net for the No. 6 seed Barons and Maisie Dorwart earned the assist.

East Pennsboro had eight corners and two shots. Manheim had only one corner and one shot, but made that shot count. Mikayla Regan had two saves for the Barons.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Central notched a 3-0 shutout against Red Land in the first round of districts.

Briggs said going into the game she knew Red Land would be an aggressive, athletic and physical team.

"At times our play looked a bit sloppy, but the girls weathered their attack and were able to put away three beautiful goals," she said.

Lexi Hosler, Cody Bollinger and Sipel registered goals for the Barons. Sipel, a junior, broke open a scoreless game midway through the first half on a shot from the top of the circle. Hosler notched her goal on a penalty stroke early in the second half.

Briggs said Sipel did an excellent job with her offensive positioning and was rewarded with a great shot in the circle. Hosler has been a consistent penalty stroker for the Barons, said Briggs, who added that Bollinger had a beautiful take up the field and fired a rocket of a shot on cage.

"One of Codi's best assets to her game is her footwork in the circle. She is able to slow her feet down, line her hips and shoulders up to the cage, and get a very quick, hard shot off," stated Briggs. "She is very tough for opposing teams to defend."

BOYS' SOCCER

Manheim outshot Hershey 10-4, but could not find the back of the net, losing a frustrating 1-0 decision to the Trojans in the District Three Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday, Oct. 25.

For a team that was playing great soccer, this is a difficult way for Manheim (13-6-2) to end the season.

"In districts, every team is good," head coach Rod Brenize said. "Teams that advance have a great defense and are able to finish. Teams that don't finish don't advance.

"Our kids were great," he added. "I am proud of them. They were a fantastic group to coach and awesome families. I didn't want the season to end because it is so much fun being around our guys."

The Barons opened the week with a 4-0 shutout against Shippensburg Monday, Oct. 22 in the first round of districts in Manheim.

Sophomore Tyler Snavely got the scoring started in the 27th minute of play. Fellow midfielders Sam Tobias (34:00), Mavrick King (66:00) and Nick Elser (80:00) all got into the scoring spree as the fifth-seeded Barons dominated Shippensburg.

Brenize credited the defense and the midfield for helping Central advance. He noted the strong play of Tobias, Niko Gavala and Mason Nissley on defense, and singled out Carson Brenize, Zach Steffy, Quintin Rohrer and Snavely in the midfield.

The key was scoring first and scoring two before halftime, Rod Brenize said.

CROSS COUNTRY

In the rain, senior Carson Hepner ran a 17:23 at the District Three Class 3A meet Saturday, Oct. 27 at Big Spring High School, good for 23rd overall and a qualification in the boys' state meet on Nov. 3.

"He ran an excellent race," head coach Ryan Kennedy said. "He got in good position in the first mile, so he didn't have to waste energy fighting through the pack, then stayed strong in the last mile."

On the girls' side, freshman Olivia Sunderland ran a 20:23 to place 33rd overall. She did not qualify for states, but she executed her race perfectly, Kennedy said.

"We figured she would be on the bubble," he said. "She gave it her best effort."

"I was very happy with how both the girls and boys ran (Saturday)" Kennedy said. "No personal bests, but not surprising, considering the extremely wet and muddy conditions."

Sunderland's sister, Mallory, a senior, finished 114 overall with a time of 22:19.90. Fellow senior Marianne Fitzkee ran a 22:35.00 to place 123rd overall. Isabella Reber, a freshman, was 162nd overall with a 23:17.80 time and junior Erin Hoffman ran a 24:24.60 and placed 195.

On the boys' side, Elijah Wagner, a junior, was 129th overall with a time of 18:41. Freshman Michael Greenwald ran a 19:09.20 to place 174th overall, and juniors Isaac Martin (19:12.10) and Brady Knier (21:17.30) placed 180 and 237, respectively.

FOOTBALL

The Barons wrapped up a perfect regular season Friday, Oct. 26 with a lopsided 57-14 thumping of Solanco in Manheim. Now the Barons (10-0 overall, 6-0 Section Two) have a bye for the first round of the District Three Class 3A playoffs.

Central scored early and often against the Golden Mules (6-4 overall, 2-4 Section Two), taking a 14-0 lead on just three offensive plays. After their first five offensive plays the Barons had 173 yards from scrimmage and 21 points.

"Going into Friday's game we knew we wanted to be aggressive on offense and I think we accomplished that," stated head coach Dave Hahn. "Defensively we would bend at times, but we created some timely turnovers that helped. Special Teams was consistent."

Senior running back Tyler Flick got the scoring started, running to pay dirt for 75 yards on the first play from scrimmage. On Manheim's second offensive series and third play from scrimmage junior quarterback Evan Simon connected with junior wide receiver Colby Wagner for a 60-yard TD strike.

Flick added three more scores on the ground on runs of 24, 8 and 56 yards, respectively. Simon collected scores on two 15-yard runs and threw a 55-yard TD pass to senior receiver Will Rivers.

Central finished with 367 yards of offense, collected three fumbles and an interception on defense.

Hahn said he feels like his team is improving in all three areas and he wants to continue to build momentum. The Barons have not been challenged in their last three games, playing three games under the mercy rule with a running clock during the second half of each game, and now the team has a bye week starting the playoffs.

"The bye week will be interesting; this is unchartered waters for us, but we will make it a positive for us," he said. "I am proud of our players for their hard work and effort toward this regular season. Being 10-0, in Section Two, with our non-league opponents, is no easy task."

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Lady Baron Booters Fall In OT to CV October 22, 2018

The Barons won the battle, but lost the war. Or, to steal a boxing metaphor, the Manheim Central girls' soccer team was ahead on all three judges' scorecards, but Conestoga Valley delivered the knock out punch.

CV pulled off a 2-1 overtime victory against Central in the Lancaster-Lebanon League girls' soccer semifinals Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Manheim Central High School.

After the first 15 minutes of action, the Barons dominated play, out-shooting the Buckskins 17-3 and hitting the crossbar three times in the contest. Liz Levy and Maddie Carper each hit the crossbar in the second half and Makenna Copley hit the crossbar in OT. Central (16-3) also had seven corners in the contest. CV had two.

CV's Sarah Castronova, a reserve player who entered the game with fresh legs, raced down the right sideline and sent a through pass to Adrianna Neiman, who redirected the ball and beat Central goalie Kelli Kreider with a shot just inside the right post for the game winner.

"They played their hearts out," said head coach Andrew Stolfzfus. "They gave everything. I don't think they had much more to give. With the attacking weapons that we have, you expect us to get a second goal, but it just didn't come tonight."

The Barons had its chances to finish, including three straight corners and four total during roughly a two-minute stretch late in the first half. Copley and Erin Greiner each had headers on net after one of Carper's corner kicks.

After a scoreless first half, Central tied the game at 1-1 as Summer Bates found the back of the net on a cross pass from Copley.

The Barons, who have yet to lose to a Class 3A opponent this season, will (CV is in Class 4A) compete in the District Three Class 3A playoffs this week. Central hosts 15th seed Cocalico (8-6-3). If Central wins, it will face the winner of 7th seed Northern York (12-5-1) and 10th seed East Pennsboro (12-5-1) Thursday at a location to be determined.

Stoltzfus said the team's goal to make the state playoffs is still intact and is only two wins away. He said the offense started clicking about half way through the season when the Barons made some offensive lineup adjustments and haven't looked back.

He moved Levy to left wing, Greiner up top and Hannah Adair out wide to the right. All three players produced plenty of goals for the Barons this season. Carper lead the team with seven goals, 11 assists. Copley had four goals, four assists, Adair, five goals, one assist, Levy five goals, one assist and Greiner four goals, four assists.

On defense, Central goalie Kreider only gave up five goals during the regular season and had 7 shutouts in 10 games.

FOOTBALL

With their 63-0 rout of Garden Spot Friday, Oct. 19, the Barons (8-0) clinched the Section Two title. After taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Central poured it on in the second quarter with a whopping 35 points to blow the game wide open.

It is the Barons 25th Section Two crown. They can secure the title outright with a win at home Friday, Oct.26 against Solanco.

Colby Wagner got the scoring started by returning a punt 77yards. Fresh off his Twin Kiss Player of the Week honor for his special teams' performance against CV, the talented junior had a big game against the Spartans. Besides the punt return, he returned a pass interception for a TD of 55 yards to put the Barons ahead 28-0 and added a sack.

His defense and special teams units were dominant against GS. Will Rivers returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and the defense had two interceptions, recovered a fumble, collected four sacks and held the Spartans to 136 total yards of offense in the game.

Central senior running back Tyler Flick added four TDs on the ground, needing just 11 carries to collect 104 yards. He scored on runs of 11, 23, 7 and 15 yards.

Senior Isaac Perron caught two passes, including a 17-yard TD pass from quarterback Evan Simon. Perron also recovered a fumble. Simon only threw the ball eight times for 112 yards. The Barons finished with 283 total yards of offense.

Senior running back Chris Shaw rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries, including a 26-yard TD run that capped Central's scoring.

BOYS' SOCCER

The Barons had last week off as they prepare for the District Three Class 3A playoffs, where Central (12-4-2), the No. 5 seed, will host 12th seed Shippensburg (10-7-1) this week.

Barons' coach Rod Brenize said the rest last week was good for his club that finished 9-1-1 down the stretch. Their last loss was 1-0 to Susquehannock (15-2-1), the No. 3 seed in districts.

If Central beats Shippensburg, it will play the winner between No. 4 seed Hershey (13-3-1) and No. 13 seed Northern Lebanon (10-8).

FIELD HOCKEY

Manheim suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss to Manheim Township (12-7) in quarterfinals of L-L League tournament at Donegal High School Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Trailing 1-0 late in the first half, the Barons (13-6) evened the score in the final five minutes before intermission when junior Lily Sipel centered the ball to Jenna Lutz, who moved to her left and blasted a shot into the back of cage.

Barons' coach Morgan Briggs said Township is a very skilled, well rounded physical team, and she knew her team needed to match the Blue Streaks physicality and win the majority of the 50/50 balls to win the game.

"Both teams started out a little flat, but once we were about 10 minutes in, the game became much more intense," Briggs said. "We dominated possession most of the game and had quite a few very nice passing combinations. The girls worked so hard during this game, especially in overtime, but just came up a little short."

Briggs said senior Maisie Dorwart played phenomenal defense and did a great job stepping up on the attacking side of the ball. Briggs also said Lutz had a beautiful goal to tie the game.

"The girls are playing better as a team and things seem to be clicking," Briggs said. "We are hopeful and confident we can carry the things we learned from our loss against MT into districts."

The Barons, the sixth seed, play Red Land, the 11th seed, in the first round of the District 3 Class 2A tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Donegal.

CROSS COUNTRY

In the L-L League Championships Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Ephrata Middle School, Baron freshman Olivia Sunderland placed 11th overall for the girls and was Manheim's top finisher with time of 20:22.7. Her sister, Mallory, a senior, placed 31st overall. The girls' team finished 10th out of 19 teams.

Carson Hepner was Central's best male runner with a time of 17:12.6, placing 23rd overall. The Baron boys finished 14th in the team standings.

These runners will compete in the District Three Class 3A event on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Big Spring High School.

VOLLEYBALL

A young and inexperienced girls' volleyball team ended its season Monday, Oct. 15 with a 3-0 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg. Game scores were 25-22, 25-22, 25-14. Senior Becca Keppley had another big night for Central with nine kills, 16 digs and two blocks. Sensational freshman Grace Stoltzfus dished out a team-high 14 assists. Emma Moyer, a freshman middle-hitter, added two blocks and junior Tori Henderson served two aces.

The Barons finished the season 5-7 in Section Two and 8-9 overall. Barons' coach Laurie McClure said the team fell short of its goal to finish with a .500 record, but they improved on individual skills and made a collective team impact.

"I think we did that," McClure said. "Only the seniors (Abby Nolt, Ciara Stoner and Keppley) had varsity experience coming into the season...so the underclassmen, including two freshmen, Moyer and Stoltzfus) really rose to the challenge."

They finished fourth in the section and only the top three teams make the league playoffs. However, McClure believes her team now has a great foundation to take into next season.

GIRLS' TENNIS

The Barons did really well in league and districts competition.

Hannah Kowalski finished fifth in Flight One singles and earned a trip to the District Three Class 3A tournament where she finished in the quarterfinals.

She won her first match Friday, Oct. 12 against Olivia Richards of Governor Mifflin, 6-3, 6-0, and then dropped a tough quarterfinal bout to Alex Pancu (Conrad Weiser), 6-1, 6-2. Pancu was the eventual singles tournament runner-up.

Janae Bright and Grace Roberts were semi-finalists in league doubles.

Kowalski and Eliana Shenk also qualified for districts in doubles. They won their first round of districts and finished in the quarterfinals at Hershey Racquet Club on Friday, Oct. 19. They lost to a doubles team from Carlisle, 6-2, 6-1 and beat a duo from Conrad Weiser, 6-2, 7-5.

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Baron Football Rolls Past Conestoga Valley 48-7 October 15, 2018

What a great week for Manheim Central Sports. Both the boys and girls soccer teams earned Section Two titles in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The boys cross country team will share a Section Two crown. Hanna Kowalski advanced in district tennis, and the field hockey team dominated in four games.

And oh, yeah, the football team remains undefeated at 8-0 after rolling past another opponent.

FOOTBALL

Dave Hahn will tell you he is concerned about every aspect of his team and that the Barons must improve on every area.

And the Manheim Central coach will tell you he planned to throw the ball more last Friday and have a balanced offensive attack, but the running game was working, so they didn't have to throw the ball much, just 17 times for 82 yards, to be exact.

What they did well was run the ball, rushing 40 times for a whopping 421 yards in an impressive 48-7 triumph against Conestoga Valley on Friday, Oct. 12. Six of Manheim's seven touchdowns were on rushing plays.

Isaac Perron got the scoring started for Central with a sweep to the right side where he cut back inside for an easy four-yard touchdown, capping an 11-play, 71-yard drive.

The Barons, who improved to 4-0 in Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League, dominated both lines of scrimmage. Hahn believes that was one of keys for his team's success.

"I think we came off the ball. I think we ran the ball real well," he said. "Our running game was on point. We blocked well. We were able to execute. I think that was the big difference in the game."

The running game started clicking on the Barons' third possession, with Tyler Flick, Central's gifted running back, scoring the first of four touchdowns on the night, bursting untouched up the middle on a draw play for a 30-yard score.

He also scored on the Barons' next possession, sweeping on the left side and racing down the CV sideline for a 50-yard score. He added a 27-yard score where he started up the middle and cut left and raced to pay dirt.

His last TD showed his power and speed. On a sweep to the right, Flick stiff-armed a CV defender and then raced down the Central sideline.

"He's just a stud," Hahn said. "He just doesn't stop. His second and third and fourth effort, he just keeps going. He's just a stud for us."

Evan Simon scored on a 22-yard run and also threw a TD pass to Ben Wagner for 29 yards.

Credit the Barons' offensive line - Josh Painter, Troy Kolk, Tyler Dougherty, Brent Wolgemuth, Cayden Warner and tight end Evan Hosler - for blocking to create the big holes up front and help Central tally 503 total yards on offense.

Defensively, Manheim held the Buckskins to 186 yards of offense. Hahn said the Barons were successful on first and second downs, and as the game progressed they were able to get to gaps and execute assignments and have a lot of success.

He credited Dougherty, Kolk and Jake Harbach for their play on defense.

VOLLEYBALL

Central lost to Wyomissing 25-21, 20-25, 30-28, 25-15. Rebecca Keppley had 5 aces and 15 kills. Emma Moyer had 1 block, Abby Nolt had 21 digs and Grace Stoltzfus added 28 assists.

More importantly than wins and loses, the team raised more than $1,500 during their ALS event. This exceeded their goal of $1,000. Donations are ongoing.

Coach Laurie McClure said not trying to make excuses, but when she evaluates her season she sees a team that is still developing, that a large team last year was not able to effectively develop players for a small team this year. This and injuries/absent players creates tough battles, she said.

"The silver lining is our young players are gaining experience," she said. "We just need persistence and desire to keep working hard and improving."

The Barons bounced back to rally for a crazy 16-25, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-23 win against Ephrata on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Keppley had 12 kills. Nolt added 4 aces, while Moyer notched 2 blocks, Stoner 19 digs and Stoltzfus dished out 23 assists.

BOYS' SOCCER

The Barons clinched the Section Two title with a 1-0 victory against Elizabethtown on Thursday, Oct. 11. It is Manheim's first Section Two crown. Previous section titles were in Section Three.

Carson Brenize's beautiful shot - with topspin on the ball from 25 yards out - chipped off the goalie, and dipped just below the crossbar for a goal 37:22 into the first half, and the Central defense did the rest, riding out the storm of the E-town offense, to secure the win.

Head coach Rod Brenize said Niko Gavala, Sam Tobias, Austin Snyder and Andrew Echegoyen were exceptional on defense and Mason Nissley was great in the net.

Central ended its week with a tough, tightly-contested 2-0 loss to Lancaster Mennonite in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs Saturday, Oct. 13 at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.

The Barons (12-5 overall) best scoring chance came during three consecutive corners in the second half. Tobias and Zach Reed each had great shots on net that were knocked away by the Mennonite keeper.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The Barons beat Lancaster Mennonite 7-2 in the quarterfinals of the L-L League playoffs Saturday, Oct. 13 at Lampeter-Strasburg.

Junior Erin Greiner sparked the Barons, scoring three goals and adding two assists and sophomore Makenna Copley added two goals in a dominating win. Hannah Adair and Summer Bates also added goals for the Barons, who had 15 shots and three corners.

The Barons (16-2 overall) advance to the semifinals to face Conestoga Valley at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Manheim Central.

Copley got Central on the board, taking a touch pass from Greiner three minutes into the game and Barons never looked back.

Earlier in the week Manheim earned a 6-0 win against Elizabethtown on Thursday, Oct. 11 to capture the Section Two crown for the Barons.

Copley scored twice in the win. Also scoring were Maddie Carper, Adair, Elizabeth Levy and Greiner, who added three assists. Caper posted two assists. Central had 16 shots and five corners.

"The girls were focused," head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said "They knew what they needed to do and, with three goals in the first 13 minutes, took the pressure out of the situation. Erin Greiner had an exceptional game, constantly wreaking havoc in the offensive third."

FIELD HOCKEY

It was a busy and rewarding week for the Barons, who earned four wins and four shutouts, outscoring their opponents 13-0.

They started their dominating week with a 4-0 triumph against Cocalico on Monday, Oct. 8. Lily Sipel scored twice with Lexi Hosler and Jenna Lutz also adding goals. Codi Bollinger, Cami Lehman and Sophia Armato added assists for the Barons, who had 10 shots and four corners.

They followed this up with a 5-0 victory against Elizabethtown on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

"I was happy for the girls that they were able to score five goals against this team," head coach Morgan Briggs stated. "Freshman Kylie Kroesen had three goals in this game. She was very scrappy and aggressive in the circle and was able to finish some big scoring opportunities for the team. Codi Bollinger had a beautiful shot outside the circle that Lily Sipel got a great tip on. We have been telling the girls to shoot quickly and often. That is starting to sink in more and they were able to get shots off more quickly than earlier in the season."

Maisie Dorwart added a goal for the Barons. Bollinger, Sipel and Maddy Barbush added assists.

After last Tuesday's game, the leading goal scorers were Sipel- 12 goals, 4 assists; Bollinger- 10 goals, 6 assists; and Hosler- 6 goals, 6 assists.

Through Friday, Oct. 12, goalie Mikayla Regan had 85 saves in 19 games with 12 shutouts.

Playing three consecutive days, Central beat Solanco 2-0 Wednesday, Oct. 9. Lutz got the scoring started 17:52 into the first and Bollinger added some insurance with a goal at the 13:01 mark of the second. Barbush had an assist.

They ended the week with another 2-0 shutout, this one against Garden Spot on Friday, Oct. 12.

Bollinger found the back of the net twice in the second half. Dorwart dished out an assist.

CROSS COUNTRY

The girls gained a win against Garden Spot, 19-42, but lost to Donegal in a tight meet, 28-30, last Tuesday.

Olivia and Mallory Sunderland finished first and second, respectively. Mallory Sunderland passed two Donegal girls in the last 400 meters. Coach Ryan Kennedy said it was a big race for both sisters.

Marianne Fitzkee finished 5th and executed her race very well, Kennedy said. Isabella Reber placed 10th overall.

On the boys' side, Central defeated Garden Spot 22-36 and Donegal 22-33.

Elijah Wagner was the Barons' top finisher again and placed first overall. "He's had a breakout season," Kennedy said.

Carson Hepner and Isaac Martin were third and fourth, respectively. Michael Greenwald was seventh and Kole Rankin was 13th.

"The boy's team, overall, took care of business to clinch the section title, which we will share with L-S," Kennedy said.

TENNIS

Hanna Kowalski won her first round singles match 6-3, 6-0 in the District Three Class 3A tournament Saturday, Oct. 13 at Hershey Racquet Club.

This came after the senior earned a fifth place finish the in L-L League tournament. She bounced back from losing the first set 4-6 to take the next two, 6-4, 6-1.

GOLF

Brandyn Musser led the team with a 79 and Scott Westfield shot a personal best, 82 in what coach Charlie Fisher called "our best outing of the year," going 4-1 in a makeup match against Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Media Heights. Gage McCabe shot 92, Dan Pelletier 94, and Ryan Reed 107.

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Barons Prevail 1-0 Over Pioneers in OT October 8, 2018

Morgan Briggs called it the best game her team has played all season. It came during the Barons' 1-0 field hockey victory in overtime against Lampeter-Strasburg on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Briggs, Manheim Central's head coach, said Lexi Hosler, Codi Bollinger, Jenna Lutz and Alissa Brubaker did a fantastic job in the midfield controlling L-S's attack and regaining possession.

"We had a few defensive breakdowns and caused some defensive corners, but our defense played strong and weathered their attack," Briggs said. "This was our first overtime game this season, and thankfully Bollinger was able to put it away on a corner in the first few minutes."

On that winning goal, Brigg said Bollinger received the ball cleanly on her stick at the top of the circle and shot a rocket into the corner of the cage.

Lily Sipel earned the assist in a game where L-S had more corners and shots (13-10) compared to the Barons (4-4). Central Goalie Mikayla Regan collected 10 saves.

Central started its week with a 4-1 win against McCaskey on Monday, Oct. 1. The Barons did all of their scoring in the first half, gaining two goals from Bollinger, as well as a goal from Mattie Hartzler and Sipel. Central had eight corners and 10 shots.

The Barons cruised to a 3-0 shutout against Elizabethtown on Friday, Oct. 5.Sipel scored twice for Central, which took a 2-0 lead into halftime and never looked back. Hosler added a goal for the Barons, who had 19 corners and an incredible 35 shots on goal. Defensively, Central held E-town to two shots and two corners. Regan had two saves.

BOYS' SOCCER

The headline from Tuesday's boys' soccer game: The Barons win in a flash.

Flashes of lightning caused Central's game with Ephrata to halt early, but not before Zach Reed found the back of the net and Manheim secured what turned out to be the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against the Mountaineers on October 2.

Hunter Hess took space along the left wing and gained the end line. He crossed the ball to Mavrick King who sealed off the goalie with position and flicked the ball on to Reed, who passed the ball into the back of the net.

"It was a beautiful sequence," Barons coach Rod Brenize said. "I was really proud of the way the guys worked together to earn the goal."

The win keeps the Barons in first place in Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

Brenize said the key to win was playing as a team and taking advantage of what Ephrata gave them. The majority of the match was played in Ephrata's end.

In this case, Brenize said, Ephrata was playing a high line, so the Barons played big balls over the top to get behind the Mounts' defense.

He said the entire team played well, but singled out Hess, Reed and King for how well they worked on top, executing the offense. He said Zach Steffy, Carson Brenize and Brett Kreider held down the midfield.

Niko Gavala, Tyler Snyder, Sam Tobias, Mason Nissley and Andrew Echegoyen played lockdown defense, holding the Mounts to three shots in the game.

The Barons stayed hot when they played McCaskey on Thursday, Oct. 4, posting a 4-0 shutout, scoring three times in the first half on goals by Hess, King and Reed. Kreider found the back of the net in the second half. Central had seven corners and eight shots. Nissley collected four saves.

Central capped its week with a 2-1 victory over Oley Valley Saturday, Oct. 6. After a 1-1 tie at halftime, King notched the equalizer at the 43:00 mark to win the game.

Carson Brenize got Central's scoring started, finding the back of the net 27 minutes into the game.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The Barons secured a huge 3-1 victory against Ephrata on Tuesday, Oct. 2. To put how big a win this was into perspective, it was Ephrata's first loss of the season. It had actually been 29 straight regular season games since the Mountaineers last loss.

Tied 1-1 at halftime, Central scored twice in the second half to notch the win. Elizabeth Levy scored twice within a minute in second half at the 65th and 66th minutes, respectively. Erin Greiner got the scoring started (37:00) for the Barons on a breakaway with less than 2:30 to go in the half.

"We had heavy pressure in the first 10-15 minutes with a few shots just missing the goal, hitting the post, and the keeper making a great save," head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said.

Central's pressure continued into the second half with the Barons getting the majority of the chances. Levy cut inside from the left and hit a curling right-footed shot from about 25 yards out that the keeper didn't stand a chance.

Less than a minute later Central got a free kick near the sideline. Makenna Copley crossed it in and Levy headed it home for her second goal.

Maddie Carper had the first assist and Copley the other two.

Stoltzfus noted that getting the two-goal win gives the Barons the tie breaker if both teams finish with one loss in Section Two.

The Barons rode the momentum of the big win into their next game on Thursday, Oct. 4, blitzing McCaskey 10-0 with all 10 goals coming in the first half.

Goalie Kelli Kreider earned the shutout with two saves.

Baron scores came from Summer Bates (2 goals) with Greiner, Hannah Adair, Carper, Copley, Tylee Stauffer, Kelly Abrahamson, Paige Snyder and Audrey Miller scoring one each.

FOOTBALL

Ben Wagner returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and the Barons never looked back, steamrolling to a 43-7 triumph against Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, Oct. 5. It was one of the rare games Central, which improved its record to 7-0, did not trail in the first quarter. The Barons led 10-0 after the first and the rout was on. Manheim's defense held L-S to 47 yards rushing and 116 yards passing. Meanwhile, Central rolled up 396 yards of offense, gaining 201 on the ground and 196 in the air.

Quarterback Evan Simon had a big game, scoring one a 1-yard run and throwing touchdown passes to Will Rivers and Isaac Perron of 73 and 14 yards, respectively.

Running back Tyler Flick continues to be a workhorse for the Barons, rushing 17 times for 85 yards and finding the end zone twice on runs of three and five yards, respectively. Niko Gavala, drilled a 34-yard field goal.

In a battle for first place in Section Two, Central (3-0 section record) travels to Conestoga Valley (2-1), which suffered its first section loss last week.

GOLF

Brandyn Musser shot 95 at the District Three golf tournament at Briarwood East Golf Course. Barons' coach Charlie Fisher said Musser had a decent start to the round then ran into some trouble holes.

"He said he hit the ball well, but the couple bad holes hurt," Fisher said. "I'm very proud of Brandyn and all he accomplished during his high school career, which includes two trips to districts, is phenomenal."

CROSS COUNTRY

Both the boys and girls secured two nice wins last week. The girls beat Northern Lebanon 15-55 and Octorara 27-28 on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Olivia Sunderland ran another excellent race finishing first overall with a time of 20:02, which was a personal record. Mallory Sunderland was third overall, posting a time of 21:03.

Central coach Ryan Kennedy said the top five girls ran well overall to hold off Octorara,

who "gave us a good race."

Marianne Fitzkee was sixth overall, running a 21:56, followed by teammates Isabella Reber, seventh (22:26); Erin Hoffman, 10th (23:38); Emma Johnston, 12th (25:15); Kylie Bannister, 13th (26:22); Emma Levitan, 14th (26:52) and Oliva Stewart, 15th (28:00).

On the boy's side, Central beat Northern Lebanon 26-32 and Octorara 17-48. Carson Hepner was Manheim's top performer finishing third with a time of 17:40. Michael Greenwald, the Barons' number four runner had a notable performance, outkicking a NL runner at the line.

Other notable finishes included Elijah Wagner placing fourth overall in 18:04. Isaac Martin placed fifth (18:23), followed by Greenwald, seventh (18:51); Kole Rankin, ninth (19:22) and Joshua Varner 13th (20:00).

TENNIS

The girls' tennis team lost to Conestoga Valley in the team tournament, 3-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Central coach Kurtis Funk noted that his No. 1 player Hannah Kowalski and first doubles team of Janae Bright and Courtney Weaver all were in their matches and performed well, but were not allowed to finish because CV secured the three points it needed to win the match.

In the Lancaster-Lebanon League individual tournament Kowalski and Bright each lost in the quarterfinals of singles while Kowalski and Eliana Shenk lost in the doubles quarterfinals.

VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team dominated Lebanon, winning 25-17, 25-14 and 25-15 on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Rebecca Keppley had nine aces and one block. Abby Nolt scooped 10 digs and had seven kills and her teammate, Grace Stoltzfus, dished out 18 assists.

On Thursday, Oct. 4 against Elizabethtown, the Barons lost 3-1. Game scores were 25-19, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19. Central won the first game before losing a nail-bitter in Game Two. Things sort of snowballed from there.

"We're still focusing on playing the next point and keeping control of the game tempo," said head coach Laurie McClure. "It was a great effort tonight against a very talented E-town team. We are still looking to stay in the hunt for a district playoff spot...Currently in 12, 16 go...but it changes daily."

On the stat sheet, it was a big night for Keppley, who had six aces, 10 kills and two blocks. Tori Henderson and Emma Moyer each added two blocks. Ciara Stoner had 22 digs and Stoltzfus added 19 assists.

On Oct. 8 the volleyball team held a fund raiser to fight ALS. Here is a link the team wanted to share. alsa.org/go-to/mcvbmom.

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Harriers Top Crusaders, Pioneers in Key Clash October 1, 2018

In a muddy race, times don't matter so much, Ryan Kennedy, Manheim Central's cross country coach said. It's all about competition, he adds.

Tuesday afternoon his runners handled the wet, sloppy conditions well and got the job done in gaining wins against Lancaster Catholic and Lampeter-Strasburg.

"I was happy with both teams' performances," Kennedy said. "The kids are running hard for each other, not just for themselves. LS and Catholic have been running well all season. It was fun competition today."

The boys beat Lancaster Catholic (17-39) and Lampeter-Strasburg (27-29). Carson Hepner and Elijah Wagner were the Barons' top two finishers.

Hepner finished tied for first overall at 18:32. Wagner was third overall, posting an 18:38. Kaden Wenger (18:50) and Isaac Martin (19:03) placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Michael Greenwald placed 13th overall with a 19:49 and Kole Rankin was 17th overall, running a 20:19.

"Elijah stepped up big, as did his brother Kaden," said Kennedy "Those two are very gritty and tough runners. Isaac Martin and Michael Greenwald picked up key spots to round out the top five."

Kennedy said Hepner has been running consistently well this season.

"He had a solid summer of training, which is allowing him to continue to train hard and recover well," Kennedy said. "On top of that, he's mentally tough and enjoys competing."

The Baron girls beat Lancaster Catholic (21-38) and Lampeter-Strasburg (22-38).

Olivia Sunderland got her first varsity win, finishing with a time of 21:48. Kennedy called it a breakthrough race.

Her sister Mallory Sunderland was third overall, posting a 22:10 time. Marianne Fitzkee (22:29) was fourth. Bella Reber (223:45) and Erin Hoffman (24:52) round out the Barons' top 5 scores, placing eighth and 12th, respectively

TENNIS

Manheim Central beat Elizabethtown, 6-1, on Monday, Sept. 24. Hannah Kowalski won at No.1 singles (6-2, 6-0), Eliana Shenk notched the win at No.2 singles (6-0, 6-1) and Janae Bright also won 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles, Kowalski and Shenk won at No.1 doubles, 8-2; Grace Roberts and Bright won 8-1 and Olivia Good and Julia Myers also won, 8-1.

The Barons also beat Wilson, 3-2, on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Central coach Kurtis Funk said when teams play from different leagues they use a playoff format with three singles and two double matches and no player can play both singles and doubles.

Kowalski netted a victory at No.1 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Central needed its doubles teams to come up big for the win and they did. Bright and Courtney Weaver won 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) and Good and Myers won 6-2, 6-4. Even more impressive, Bright played with a sprained toe.

"Our doubles won some nice, close matches to give us the win," Funk said. "Courtney Weaver really stepped up for us in number one doubles."

GOLF

Brandyn Musser, Dan Pelletier, and Gage McCabe competed at the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament on Monday, Sept. 24.

Musser made the cut on the number, 88, qualifying for districts, Friday, Oct. 5.

Head coach Charlie Fisher said he and Musser did not think 88 was going to get in, but then they found out he was in a playoff for the final two spots.

"I said to Brandyn, 'Think, you thought your career was over. So this playoff should be stress free. This is bonus golf,' " Fisher said. "So he had to get his clubs from the van, hit a bad first tee shot, and then hit three of the most clutch golf shots he's ever put together."

Musser made a two-foot par putt to clinch it.

"Brandyn is a very steady, cool guy," Fisher noted. "He doesn't get easily rattled and that is a quality that is going to allow him to succeed in life. I look forward to working with him as he gets ready for Districts."

Fisher said the conditions on Sept. 24 made for as hard of a high school tournament as you can have. Conestoga Country Club is a tough course on a good day, but, with the weather, it played long and many of those holes were tight. Plus, the greens got faster and weren't holding come the end of the round, Fisher said.

Pelletier and McCabe did not make the cut. Pelletier wrapped up an incredible senior season, finishing fourth in scoring for L-L League Section Three.

"Golf is a humbling game and unless you play it competitively, you don't quite understand how it is so much more than just hitting good shots," Fisher said. "I am so proud of Dan and all he accomplished. The kid shaved 40 strokes off his score in four years and developed a love and passion for the game. I'd say he did more than alright, even if he doesn't feel that way right this moment. Gage has work to do, but I think if he puts in the time, he'll have a great senior year."

FOOTBALL

Trailing Cocalico 10-0 early in the first quarter, the Barons had the Eagles right where they wanted them.

Manheim scored 21 unanswered points and never looked back in a 41-23 triumph against Cocalico Friday, Sept. 28 in Denver.

"I don't know if it was a slow start or just getting a feel for the game," head coach Dave Hahn said. "Cocalico is a good team."

With 6.2 seconds left in the first quarter, senior running back Tyler Flick got the scoring started, plowing up the middle from 1-yard out, finding the end zone for the first of his three straight touchdowns. His second TD came on a "Jumbo Package" with extra linemen and Flick running off the right side behind Cayden Warner and Troy Kolk.

The Barons' offense really started humming after receiver Will Rivers made a diving catch in front of the Central sideline on a pass from quarterback Evan Simon, who threw for one TD and added two more on the ground.

"When we can get the offense clicking, we get energized," Hahn said. "I tell the guys, 'Just take what they give you and have fun.' "

Defensively, the Barons contained Cocalico QB Noah Palm and held the Eagles to 200 yards rushing and 118 passing and recovered a key fumble in the first half during Central's comeback. The turnover led to a 3-yard Flick TD and a 21-10 Baron lead with 2:22 left in the second quarter.

The Barons are now 2-0 in Section Two and 6-0 overall. This is the third win where Central has trailed 10-0 in the first quarter.

Central rushed for 247 yards and passed for 156 yards. Hahn said at halftime he told his offensive line that they were going to put the ball on the ground.

"I'm going to call on them and they've got to be ready to go," Hahn said about his linemen.

He also credited his defense for staying disciplined and limiting the big plays against an athletic Cocalico squad.

BOYS' SOCCER

When does a tie feel like a loss? When you out-shoot (3-2), out-corner (4-1) and dominate the action but don't come away with a win. That's what happened for the Central boys against Elizabethtown in a 0-0 game Monday, Sept. 24.

Mason Nissley had two saves for the Barons. The Bears first shot on goal did not come until two minutes left in the game. Their second shot didn't come until 2:15 remaining in the second overtime.

MC played great defense. Central coach Rod Brenize said Sam Tobias, Niko Gavala, Austin Snyder, Andrew Echegoyen, Hunter Hess and Carson Brenize all played well.

The Barons responded in their next outing Thursday, Sept. 27 with a 3-1 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg.

Zach Reed scored twice (3:00, 37:00) and Carson Brenize (8:00) once, as the Barons found the back of the net three times in the first half. Gavala and Reed had assists.

GIRLS' SOCCER

In a very physical game against a team who's record does not accurately show how good they are, the Barons held off a determined Elizabethtown squad, 1-0, on Monday, Sept. 24.

Elizabeth Levy scored 58 minutes in the game for the lone goal. The second-half goal was assisted by Makenna Copley.

Head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said Brittany Benner and Tori Fahnestock have been dominant at the back on defense with Kelli Kreider behind them.

"We're now 430 minutes since giving up a goal from the run of play," Stoltzfus said. "The only goal we gave up in the time span was off a free kick to Fleetwood."

Later in the week, Central's streak came to an end, as Hempfield scored a 2-1 win against the Barons on Friday, Sept. 29. The streak expanded to more than 470 minutes, as MC led 1-0 at halftime, prior to Central giving up two second-half goals.

Junior Autumn Greiner scored 36 minutes into the game for Central, which outshot 7 to 5 and had more corners 6 to 3 than Hempfield. Benner added her second assist for the week and Kreider had 3 saves.

VOLLEYBALL

Finally healthy, the Barons are showing the potential head coach Laurie McClure knew the team had. The Barons beat Cocalico, 3-1, (25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22) last Monday. Tori Henderson had two aces and added a block. Rebecca Keppley notched 15 kills and a block. Ciara Stoner posted 25 digs and Grace Stoltzfus dished out 28 assists.

"Cocalico was a good test to stay mentally confident in our abilities and fended off their push to win," McClure said. "Our defensive drive is fueling our offensive attack. We are making the right progression at this point in the season."

This past Saturday, Central advanced to the second round of the Manheim Central Tournament, losing to the eventual champion Penn Manor. The Barons beat Schuykill Valley, 25-23, before losing 25-10, 25-22 to the Comets.

Now the Barons are gearing up for the ALS fundraiser event Oct. 8 set to take place between the junior varsity and varsity games (about 6:30 and 7 p.m.) when Central faces

Wyomissing Area. The fundraiser is for Jen Kready, the mother of current Baron Elena Kready. McClure said the team is attempting to set up a link for people to donate.

FIELD HOCKEY

Central secured a 2-0 shutout in a dominating performance against Garden Spot on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Lily Sipel and Kylie Kroesen each scored.

"It was a very wet and muddy game, and playing on grass is always a challenge," said head coach Morgan Briggs, "but when you add rain and mud to the mix it makes it even more difficult."

The girls weathered the storm and played together, she said.

"I told them after the game it was a well-earned team win," Briggs said. "Mattie Hartzler and Alissa Brubaker did a great job keeping the ball on their stick on the right side and forcing the other team to turn it over or foul. That was key for us."

Lexi Hosler and Jenna Lutz maintained possession in the middle of the field and were able to receive many of their big hits cleanly, said Briggs adding that the girls took another step forward after this game.

Central attempted to play E-town Wednesday, Sept. 26 and nine minutes into the game it started storming. MC was winning 1-0 with a goal by Kroesen assisted by Codi Bollinger. The game will be resumed at a date and time to be determined.

The Barons ended the week with an 8-0 loss to Donegal. Goalie Mikayla Regan stopped 10 shots.

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Baron Teams Dominate Opponents Last Week September 24, 2018

The theme for sports in Manheim last week: The Manheim Steamroller.

Girls' and boys' soccer, football, tennis and field hockey teams dominated last week, while the volleyball, cross country and golf teams continue to improve.

The soccer teams and football team combined to outscore opponents 82-1 last week. More on this later.

The girls' volleyball team was battling through injuries and began last week still not playing with its normal lineup. "Sophomore Elena Kready stepped up and moved into the middle (from outside) and is playing well," said head coach Laurie McClure.

Though Central beat Middletown Saturday, Sept. 15, the team couldn't quite keep the errors at a minimum on Monday, Sept. 17 against Schuylkill Valley and Tuesday, versus Ephrata, McClure said.

Central lost 25-10, 25-19, 21-25 and 25-15 to SV. Rebecca Keppley paced the Barons with 9 kills and 3 blocks. Abby Nolt added three aces, Ciara Stoner notched 23 digs and Grace Stoltzfus dished out 21 assists.

Ephrata posted a 25-12, 25-14 and 25-9 triumph against the Barons. Scoring leaders for Central included Keepley with two aces and five kills. Kready added a block, Stoner scooped 14 digs and Stoltzfus gave out 11 assists.

"The girls are determined to not let this be a set back for the season and to learn from these games," McClure said. "Moving forward we are looking to control the mental aspect of the game and focus on improving on the next point."

Central was back at it Thursday, Sept. 20 and really came out to play, but just couldn't pull it out, losing three games to Lampeter-Strasburg by 25-22 scores. McClure said the Barons finally had their normal lineup and hopefully the team will be more comfortable now and ready to take on Section Two teams in the second half of the season.

The Barons, who pulled out of the Warwick Tournament this past weekend, will host a 12-team Tournament this Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

BOYS' SOCCER

What a week for the Barons' boys' soccer team. Three games. Three shutouts. Three dominating performances, outscoring opponents 11-0 last week.

The cherry on top was a 3-0 triumph this past Saturday, Sept. 22 against West York, the second ranked team in District Three Class 3A who entered the contest with a 7-1 record and had not been shutout all year.

The Bulldogs only had two shots on goal and one corner.

Coach Rod Brenize said his guys are playing unselfish, team ball and playing well across the board.

"We did some things to them (West York) that they clearly weren't used to," Brenize said. "Our backline cut off their play. Our midfielders had the better play in the mid and our attackers created dangerous chances by working together. And they finished."

That formula usually equals a win.

Brett Kreider, Hunter Hess and Mavrick King scored for the Barons.

Earlier in the week, Central beat Garden Spot 4-0 on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Barons scored three times in the first half. Zach Reed had two beautiful crosses that King turned into goals. "Kreider scored on an unassisted goal on a ball that had a nice hook, a bend to it," Brenize said.

Nico Gavala added a goal off his own corner kick on what Brenize said is called an "Olympico goal," where the right-footer kick found the back of the net on the left side of the goal.

"I thought we played together and as a team," Brenize said. "We had a lot of through balls and didn't try to take it through guys."

On Tuesday, Sept. 18 Central beat McCaskey 4-0. Hess recorded a hat trick in the game. Nick Elzer notched the other goal.

Brenize noted that his squad started the season with seven of its first eight games on the road. The power rankings for District Three show the Barons with the most difficult schedule in District Three.

"This is a confidence builder, for sure," Brenize said. "I hope we came out stronger. We'll see if the kids learn from it. It speaks volumes. I'm very proud of them."

FIELD HOCKEY

After Central's game against Elizabethtown got postponed until Wednesday, Sept. 26 because of rain, a well-rested Baron squad beat Cocalico 3-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Manheim got two goals from Lily Sipel and a goal from Kylie Kroesen with an assist from Jenna Lutz.

"Our team is continuing to grow and learn every day," said head coach Morgan Briggs. "We did a great job offensively as we possessed the ball the majority of the game against Cocalico but could not finish on corners. We earned 12 penalty corners but did not score on any of them. We focused a lot more on corners at practice since then and hope we will be able to convert more in our next game."

Practice makes perfect. The Barons responded with an 8-0 rout of Solanco Friday, Sept. 21. Senior Codi Bollinger found the back of the net four times and added an assist. Mattie Hartler, Lexi Hosler, Sipel and Lutz added goals.

Sipel started the scoring quickly, netting the first goal just 2:05 into the game. Moments later, they added a second one at 5:58. After that, it was all Bollinger, who scored the next four goals. Central had nine corners and 22 shots in the victory.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The Barons netted a 3-1 victory against Fleetwood Saturday, Sept. 22. Autumn Greiner scored two minutes into the game. Hannah Adair broke a 1-1 tie with a goal at the 43:00 mark. Makenna Copley gave the Barons some breathing room with a goal in the 56th minute. Copely, Elizabeth Levy and Rachel Merrill each added assists for Central, which had four corners and seven shots.

Senior goalie Kelli Kreider had six saves. She added to more stellar performances earlier in the week, posting two shutouts in a 9-0 rout over McCaskey on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and 3-0 against Garden Spot on Thursday, Sept. 20. Kreider now has five shutouts in 10 games and the Barons went more than 300 minutes without conceding a goal before Fleetwood scored with three minutes remaining in the first half.

For the week, Central outscored its opponents 15-1. Coach Andrew Stoltzfus likes the way his team is playing right now.

"Our defense is playing lights out and we're finding goals from many different players on the field," he said. "Against McCaskey we had eight different players score, and again (against Garden Spot) it was three different girls who got the goals."

Rachel Nolt, Summer Bates and Greiner scored in the Garden Spot victory. Against McCaskey, Maddie Carper, Copley, Nolt, Tori Fahnestock, Adair, Bates, Merrill and Corrine King posted goals.

FOOTBALL

After two straight nail-bitters where the Barons rallied for wins, Central finally had an easy victory. After trailing in the first quarter the previous two weeks, the Barons jumped out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back in a 50-0 romp over Elizabethtown Friday, Sept. 21.

Running back Tyler Flick (103 yards rushing) led the charge, scoring two touchdowns and quarterback Evan Simon passed for 266 yards and added two scores - all in the first quarter - as the Barons improved to 5-0 on the year.

Flick scored three times in the game, twice on 1-yard runs and again on a 7-yard run. Colby Wagner hauled-in TD passes of 54 and 40 yards from Simon, who also connected with Ben Wagner for 65 yards. Chris Shaw added a 5-yard run to end the scoring.

Defensively, the Barons held E-town to 19 yards rushing and 122 yards passing.

Manheim had a balanced attack on offense, rushing for 173 yards and throwing for 266 yards.

Barons' coach Dave Hahn said a few weeks ago that the passing game needed some work. It appears his receivers and the passing offense is emerging just in time for section play. Central faces Cocalico in Denver this Friday.

GOLF

The Barons played Monday, Sept. 17 and finished fourth. The teams only played nine holes due to weather. Brandyn Musser led the way with a 40. Ryan Reed shot a personal best 49.

Dan Pelletier, Gage McCabe, and Brandyn Musser will compete in the league tournament at Conestoga Country Club.

Because of weather, the match slated for Tuesday, Sept. 18 was rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1.

CROSS COUNTRY

The boys edged Cocalico 27-31 and knocked off Lancaster Mennonite 26-31 on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Senior co-captain Carson Hepner finished sixth overall with a time of 18:43. Elijah Wagner, a junior, was eighth overall at 19:41 and Michael Greenwald, a freshman, was ninth with a time of 19:58. Kole Rankin (20:25) was 11th and Isaac Martin was on Rankin's heels with a 20:30, was two places back. Gabriel Damon added a 15th place effort at 21:44.

"The boys meets were both close and our 5-8 guys really stepped up to help us win," said head coach Ryan Kennedy.

For the girls, Central outpaced Cocalico 15-55 and Lancaster Mennonite 20-35. Senior Mallory Sunderland overcame a muddy course with a big race and got the overall win, posting a time of 21:52. Olivia Stewart, a senior, was third overall (22:10), senior Marianne Fitzkee (23:50) was fourth and Isabella Reber, a freshman, ran a 24:14 for fifth. Kylie Bannister, a freshman running cross country for the first time, finished in 13th place (28:30) and is making steady improvements, Kennedy noted.

"The girls have been steadily improving," Kennedy said. "It's just a matter of keeping everyone healthy."

TENNIS

The Barons beat Cocalico and Donegal last week. Coach Kurtis Funk said the team's doubles play continues to improve, as the squad went 6-0 in doubles during its two wins.

"My number 1 and 2 players keep improving their singles play," Funk said. "Hannah Kowalski is one. Eliana Shenk is two. Janae bright and Grace Roberts play No. 2 doubles. Olivia Good and Julia Myers play No. 3 doubles."

Kowalski, Shenk, Roberts and Janae Bright earned singles wins in a 7-0 victory against Donegal on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Kowalski gained a hard-fought win against Cocalico, winning the first set 6-2, but dropped the second set 1-6 before winning 10-4 in the third set. Shenk walked away with a 6-0, 6-2 win and Roberts, after dropping the first set (1-6), rallied for 6-2 and 10-6 wins.

In doubles, Kowalski and Shenk (8-6), Bright and Roberts (8-3) and Olivia Good and Julia Myers (8-6) won to put the match away.

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Field Hockey Team Outscores Opponents 13-4 September 17, 2018

It is safe to say the Manheim Central girls' soccer team is clicking on all cylinders.

The Barons went 3-1 last week, outscoring their opponents 13-4. The lone loss was a tough 3-2 setback to Ephrata.

The week started with 2-0 shutout Monday, Sept. 10 against Lampeter-Strasburg

Maddie Carper got her first goal of the season with a 40-yard looping shot over the keepers head in the 12th minute.

Manheim controlled the game and dominated possession, head coach Andrew Stoltzfus said, but couldn't get the second goal until the 61st minute. Tori Fahnestock got the goal, her third of the season. Carper earned the assist. Goalie Kelli Kreider collected four saves.

The Barons kept the winning going Tuesday, Sept. 11, beating Northeastern 4-1 with goals from Liz Levy, Hannah Adair, Carper, and Makenna Copley.

This was another game where Manheim dominated possession. Levy and Adair scored their goals in the eighth and 11th minutes, giving the Barons a fast start. They ended the half strong, getting goals by Carper and Copley in the 38th and 39th minute. Tylee Stauffer earned her first assist of the year.

Manheim suffered its 3-2 home loss to Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 13. Central went

down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but kept on the attack.

Autumn Greiner scored off a corner from Carper in the 25th minute. In the second half Erin Greiner tied it in the 46th minute from a pass from Carper.

Ephrata's Annie Slovak scored the game winner in the 50th minute and Ephrata held on for the win.

Stoltzfus said after the Barons recovered from Ephrata's quick start and got their feet under them, Central didn't give up and controlled most of the game. Even though they lost, Stoltzfus said he and his team learned a lot about themselves.

"We proved we're a very good team and can play against anyone," he said. "That confidence is going to lend itself well as we continue through a tough regular season schedule and into the post season."

Central bounced back with a 5-0 triumph on Saturday against South Western. Carper had a huge game, notching a hat trick, scoring in the 19th, 34th and 55th minutes of the game. Copley netted a goal at the 31st minute and Adair scored in the 33rd minute and added an assist. Elizabeth Levy, Summer Bates and Stauffer notched assists, in a game where the Barons had three corners and 14 shots.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team started off last week with a 4-1 victory against Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, Sept. 10.

Central got goals from Quintin Rohrer, Zach Reed, Carson Brenize (twice).

Barons coach Rod Brenize said the unassisted goal by Caron Brenize, a beautiful shot off a direct kick from 25 yards out, changed the flow of the game in the Barons favor.

"We played as a team," said Rod Brenize, whose team had 10 corners and nine shots. "It was our best game of the season thus far."

On Tuesday against Northeastern the teams finished in 0-0 tie. Central outshot Northeastern 13-3 and had more corners, 5-1. Goalie Mason Nissley collected one save.

The Barons suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Ephrata on Thursday, Sept. 13. Tyler Snavely, assisted by Niko Gavala, scored Manheim's lone goal in the 77th minute.

What makes the loss extra frustrating for the Barons is how well they played without finding the back of the net. Central held a 10-4 edge in corners and a 15-5 advantage in shots.

Manheim ran into a strong Fleetwood squad and lost 3-0 on Saturday. Nissley had four saves.

FOOTBALL

The Barons (4-0) scored a huge come-from-behind 20-10 victory against Section One power Wilson this past Friday. Central started slow, trailing 10-0 in the second quarter before they came roaring back for the win. The Barons rallied to beat Warwick in their previous game, after trailing in the third quarter. So there was no panic, Central coach Dave Hahn said.

"The Warwick game kind of gave us confidence to be a four quarters team," he said. "We knew we could come back."

Quarterback Evan Simon threw two touchdown passes, hitting Evan Holser for a 39-yard strike and Jake Harbach for three yards. Running back Tyler Flick added a two-yard run for the Barons final points.

In the fourth quarter Hahn said his team controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, showing the conditioning of his squad was a factor. He said he was pleased with the aggressive way his defense played, collecting three turnovers and five sacks in the second half.

The defense held Wilson's offense to 242 yards. Hahn said players like linebacker Landan Moyer and defensive ends Lucas Hartley and Harbach wrapped up and tackled well, noting that Harbach and Hartley came down the line well and played one of their better games.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Barons gained a 3-0 shutout against McCaskey Tuesday, Sept. 11. Codi Bollinger, a senior forward; Lily Sipel, a junior forward; and Jenna Lutz, a sophomore forward, scored in the game. Junior defender Maddy Barbush and junior midfielder Lexi Hosler added assists. Central had 11 corners and 12 shots.

Even though it was a win, Manheim coach Morgan Briggs believes there is room for her team to improve.

"We did not play our best hockey tonight and struggled with doing the simple things well," she said. "Overall, we are a very young team and have to keep trusting the process and learning to lean into each other when things get tough. On the bright side we got our first section win and had balanced scoring with three different goal scorers."

Central followed the McCaskey victory with a 3-1 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday. Cami Lehman, Hosler, and Sipel each scored for the Barons, who had four corners and five shots. Barons' goalie Mikayla Regan collected 11 saves.

"It was a great game and very exciting to watch," Briggs said. "L-S did an excellent job in their attack and put intense pressure on our defense and goalie. Fortunately, our defense stayed composed and only allowed them to score one goal. Defense seems to be our theme so far this season."

Offensively, Briggs said her forwards did a much better job of cutting to the ball and disrupting the play when L-S's defense had possession. The intensity and energy really picked up in the second half, she said.

Central ended the week with a 5-1 loss to East Pensboro on Saturday. Lehman netted the only goal for the Barons, who had 10 corners and three shots. Lutz added an assist and Regan had three saves.

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL

The Barons started the week strong with a 3-0 victory against Conrad Weiser Monday, Sept. 10, winning 25-21, 25-20 and 25-17. Senior outside hitter Becca Keppley had seven kills and six aces. Tori Henderson had one block, Ciara Stoner notched 17 digs and Grace Stoltzfus dished out 19 assists.

Central coach Laurie McClure said the Barons started off slow against Weiser, but quickly got in form to control the match. She said she was pleased with how the passing game improved

The result was not as good on Tuesday against Elizabethtown as the Bears won 25-11, 25-7 and 25-20. Keppley led the Barons in kills (six), blocks (two), and digs (six) and Stoltzfus had six assists.

McClure said the team had to adjust to losing Tori Henderson, a junior middle, who went under doctor's orders to rest. The Barons already have a young starting lineup, so Henderson is a difficult player to replace, McClure said.

Central ended the week with a 3-0 loss to Garden Spot on Thursday, Sept. 13. After starting off slow in a 25-5 decision, the Barons battled but came up short in the next two games, losing 25-14 and 25-23.

Keppley led the charge with five kills and an ace. Abby Nolt added an ace for Central, which had 11 digs from Stoner and 11 assists from Stoltzfus.

TENNIS

The Barons routed Solanco 6-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. In singles, Hannah Kowalski, the Barons No.1 player, posted a 6-1, 6-2 triumph. Eliana Shenk netted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No.2. Grace Roberts earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory and Janae Bright gained a 6-0, 6-1 win.

In doubles, Kowalski and Shenk notched an 8-2 victory at No.1. Bright and Roberts won 8-3.

On Thursday, Central earned a 4-1 victory against Central York. In singles, Kowalski didn't drop a game in her 6-0, 6-0 triumph. Shenk only dropped one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win. Roberts won 6-3, 6-2.

In doubles, Bright teamed with Courtney Weaver 6-4, 2-6 (10-8).

Central coach Kurtis Funk is pleased with the way the team keeps improving and sees continued growth from his players.

"My number one player (Kowalski) has gotten better every match," Funk said. "She had some early close calls at the beginning of the season, but she has really taken command of the matches lately. She has been way more consistent and intelligent on the court with where to place her shots."

This season the Barons have dominated in doubles action, often putting matches out of reach before they play singles. This is in stark contrast to how doubles went last year.

"We really struggled in doubles last year, specifically in close matches," Funk said. "We have practiced strategy and worked on doubles play a lot more in practice and it has paid off for us in most of our matches so far."

CROSS COUNTRY

On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the Central boys beat Columbia 15-55 and Annville-Cleona 18-38 but lost to Elco 22-33. Elco took the first two places to pull out the close win, but Central coach Ryan Kennedy was pleased with the way his team ran in its first league meet.

Senior co-captain Carson Hepner had a nice opening meeting posting a 17:50, 25 seconds faster than he ran in last year's opening meet. Junior Elijah Wagner had an 18:06, a breakout run for him, Kennedy said.

"He was aggressive from the start of the race," Kennedy said. "He showed a lot of maturity. His work this summer is paying off."

Junior Isaac Martin, the other co-captain, finished with an 18:20. Kennedy said Martin is a leader and has improved from last year. Kaden Wagner, a sophomore and younger brother to Elijah, ran an 18:32. Kennedy said the key will be keeping the younger Wagner healthy.

Kole Rankin, a junior, ran a 19:18 and showed huge improvements and took his summer workouts seriously, Kennedy said.

The girls cross country team beat Columiba (15-55), Annville-Cleona (17-42) and Elco (23-35). Senior Mallory Sunderland finished second overall with a time of 21:35. Olivia Sunderland, a freshman, posted a 21:54, a nice varsity debut, Kennedy said.

Rounding out the top five, Marianne Fitzkee, 22:02; Isabella Reber, 22:45; Erin Hoffman, 23:54.

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Tough Schedule Prepares Field Hockey Team September 10, 2018

The record is deceiving.

Manheim Central field hockey is off to a 1-3 start, but has played and hung with some of the top teams - Northern York, Oley Valley, Donegal and Twin Valley - in the state.

The effort may not have translated into wins, but Central coach Morgan Briggs knows that playing a strong nonleague schedule will only help the Barons in league-play.

"Playing a tough schedule early on will be crucial for us," said Briggs, who lost four players from last year's squad. "Our girls know they can be competitive and hang with many great teams. As we enter our section play we will be very well prepared."

Central beat Northern York 3-0 Saturday, Sept. 8 in the first round of the Manheim Tournament, getting goals from juniors Maddy Barbush, Lexi Hosler and senior Codi Bollinger.

The Barons lost the final to a strong Oley Valley Squad, 3-0.

On Thursday, Manheim took on backyard rival Donegal, losing to the Indians, 6-1.

Hosler, a midfielder, scored the lone goal for the Barons at 6:28 in the second half on a penalty stroke.

Other than a few pesky goals in the last few minutes by the Indians, the two-time defending Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two champion, four-time defending district champ and a state semifinalist last year, Briggs said this was a close game and her team played "exceptional."

At halftime the score was 3-0, and the score remained the same for much of the second half. Briggs credited excellent defensive play by Maisie Dorwart, Cami Lehman, Maddy Barbush and goalie Mikayla Regan (seven saves).

Briggs said Hosler and Lily Sipel did a "phenomenal job" of containing Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's top player.

The coach also noted midfielders and forwards Bollinger, Alissa Brubaker and Mattie Hartzler played exceptionally, especially in their recovery defense.

"It was a total team effort," Briggs said. "Everyone knew and understood their role."

The Barons lost 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Twin Valley, a Class 2A state semifinalist last year.

Expectations are high this season for the Barons, even though the loss of players from last year's squad is significant. Three of the four departed players -

Hannah Barbush (East Stroudsburg), Billie Jo Bollinger (Lock Haven), Maddie Hosler (Liberty) - are playing in college.

FOOTBALL

Central overcame a kick return for a touchdown to start the game, three first-half turnovers (all on pass plays) and a 14-0 deficit to rally for a 27-20 victory against Warwick Friday, Sept. 7, in Manheim.

Despite the score and the turnovers, Barons' coach Dave Hahn had a simple message for his troops: Stick to the game plan. Calm down. We are not out of it.

One reason Hahn remained calm in the first half was because of how fluky the turnovers were. All three were on pass completions that were ruled fumbles after the catch.

The halftime stats favored the Barons. Central had the ball 16 minutes in the first half, Warwick six minutes. Manheim had 177 total yards, the Warriors only 52.

Hahn said the key to righting the ship against Warwick was a late second quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run by Baron quarterback Evan Simon. This cut the Warriors lead to 14-7 and Central got the ball to start the second half.

At halftime Hahn said he and his coaches talked to the team about some adjustments in the blocking schemes, reviewed assignments and reminded players of certain plays - sprint outs, run zones. But again, the message was clear. Stay calm. Run our plays, and eventually wear down Warwick.

"The key was we had to take these guys (Warwick) into the fourth quarter." Hahn said. "I thought we could out-condition them and wear them down."

It worked.

Central established its run game behind strong offensive line blocking by Brett Wolgemuth, Josh Painter, Cayden Warner, Troy Kolk and Tyler Dougherty and rushing of running back Tyler Flick, who finished with 24 carries for 134 yards and two scores.

The Barons tied the game at 14-14 in the third quarter when Simon connected with Colby Wagner for a 32-yard touchdown. Flick did the rest, giving Central the lead on a 10-yard run and later added a 5-yard scamper to give the Barons some breathing room.

Central finished the game with 203 yards rushing and 172 yards passing.

Hahn said several players stood out on defense, including Evan Holser, Will Rivers and Wagner; the later two batted balls down in the secondary.

The Barons, who are 3-0 heading into its last nonleague game, a clash with perennial power Wilson, need to tighten things up on special teams on kickoffs, get better with the pass rush on defense and offensively Hahn said the team has not hit its stride, despite registering three straight games of 300 yards of offense.

All the wide receivers are new this year and should get more confident as the season progresses, Hahn said. He also believes the wideouts will get more opportunities, once teams attempt to take Flick and the running game away.

"We take what teams give us," he said. "If they take away the run game, then we'll pass.

And about that nonleague schedule that has the Barons playing Susquehanna Township, Hempfield, Warwick and Wilson, Hahn joked that he might have to have a talk with Central athletic director George Derbyshire.

"I thought at the beginning of the year we'd be fine, but lately I've been thinking, 'When do we get a break?" Hahn said. "You got to play the game scheduled."

He said Wilson will be the toughest challenge to date.

VOLLEYBALL

The girls' volleyball team lost in the quarterfinals to Northeastern 25-21 Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Wildcat Invitational tournament at Dallastown. Central finished 4-4 in pool play.

On Tuesday, Central beat Solanco 22-25, 25-17, 25-10 and 25-11. Statistical leaders included Ciara Stoner with 8 aces and 26 digs, Becca Kepply with 9 kills, Tori Henderson with 2 kills and Grace Stoltzfus with 27 assists.

The Barons also defeated Lebanon 25-8, 25-22, 15-18. Abby Nolt had five aces, Henderson added seven kills, Kepply notched two blocks, Emma Moyer collected nine digs and Stoltzfus chipped in 13 assists.

"This week of matches got my young varsity players a chance to work out the nerves and come together when the stakes mattered," head coach Laurie McClure said. "We walked away with wins, but it also exposed gaps in our play that will need to be fixed."

BOYS' SOCCER

The Barons secured a hard-fought 1-0 road victory over Palmyra Saturday, Sept. 8. Carson Brenize scored the game-winner in the 88th minute of regulation on a penalty kick.

Brenize buried the ball in the bottom of the net on a shot in the lower right corner, after the goalie went in the opposite direction.

Central coach Rod Brenize said his defensemen - Logan Shull, Sam Tobias, Austin Snyder and Brett Kreider - were spectacular.

The stats were very even with both teams recording six shots and five corners. Both teams also had five saves, but the Barons' Mason Nissley had two electrifying stops to preserve the win.

The clutch Nissley saves came at critical moments. The first was as regular time was ending and the second came on a breakaway on a one-on-one with no defender to help him. Rod Brenize credits Nissley with making a good read to make the stop.

Central beat Cedar Crest, 2-1 in overtime, on Tuesday, Sept. 4. After falling behind 1-0, Zach Reed scored a beautiful goal at 31:00 into the first half to tie the game, sending his shot high into the left corner of the goal, after a combo of one-touch passes between him and Mavrick King found Reed one-one-one with the goalie.

After a scoreless second half and first overtime, King scored with 48 second remaining in the second OT to seal the win for Central.

The story of the game, Rod Brenize said, was the heat. Both teams performed well under intense conditions with the heat reaching 100 degrees on the turf.

The coach noted the strong play of his midfielders, which included Carson Brenize, Niko Gavala and King. Reed and Gavala added assists in the contest and center Sam Shefnie also played well, Rod Brenize said.

"Our midfielders move the ball well and work well together," the coach said "I think we can be as good as we want to be this year."

GIRLS' SOCCER

The girls soccer team has won its first three games, beating Donegal 3-0 on Friday, Aug. 31, Warwick 2-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 4. and Palmyra 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Barons controlled the action for most of the game against the Indians, getting a first- half goal by Tori Fahnestock off a header on Central's third of 10 corners in the game. They also got two goals by Makenna Copley in the second half.

Against Warwick, all three goals came in the first half. Fahnestock scored off a corner kick by Maddie Carper.

After the Warriors tied the game at 1-1, Central senior Elizabeth Levey broke the tie with 1:50 left in the first half when she and freshman Hannah Adair connected on a give-and-go that split the defense and put Levy through on a breakaway.

Barons' coach Andrew Stoltzfus said it was a physical game and the defense, as a whole, deserves credit. Senior goalie Kelli Kreider (six saves) made a breakaway save in the second half to seal the win.

Central notched its third win with a 2-1 victory over Palmyra Saturday, Sept. 8.

TENNIS

The tennis team made quick work of Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 7, winning 5-0. The Barons did not drop a game in this contest.

Hannah Kowalski and Eliana Shenk each notched 6-0, 6-0 victories.

Kowalski and Shenk teamed up in No. 1 doubles to win 8-0, while Grace Roberts and

Janae Bright won No. 2 doubles (8-0) and Olivia Good and Julia Myers won No.3 doubles (8-0).

The Barons match against Donegal slated for Tuesday, Sept. 4 was postponed because of heat. Central has a 4-1 record and is playing well, but has room to improve, according to coach Kurtis Funk.

"We have improved tremendously, but still need to get better to accomplish our goals," he said. "Our doubles have made huge progress from last year and our team unity and overall team chemistry has made a big difference."

CROSS COUNTRY

The Tuesday, Sept. 4 meet against Lancaster Mennonite, and Cocalico was postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18.

GOLF

The golf team went 2-3 in its Wednesday, Sept. 5 match against Cocalico at Fox Chase Golf course.

With an overall record of 11-10 this season, the Barons are led by Dan Pelletier and Brandyn Musser. Both have averages in the top 5 for Section Three in the L-L League. Pelletier is averaging a 79 and Musser an 81.

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Barons Battle Northeastern in PIAA Final June 11, 2018

The run is over. Oh, but what a great run while it lasted.

For Manheim Central, it lasted until the final day of the boys' volleyball season.

The Barons lost in the PIAA Class 2A championship Saturday to Northeastern at Penn State's Rec Hall in State College.

Central, which finishes the season with a 22-3 record, suffered loses twice to the eventual state champion in Class 2A (Northeastern) and state runner-up Hempfield (Class 3A).

Northeastern, which won its sixth straight state title Saturday, also beat Manheim in the District Three Class 2A final and Hempfield defeated Manheim in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship.

That's just three losses against two outstanding teams. This wasn't lost on Central coach Craig Dietrich.

"That stands out to me," said Dietrich. "Also the resiliency of this group of kids; they are a special group of kids."

The run for this team actually started last year, when these Barons won their section, lost in league and district finals and state semifinals.

They were determined to do as well this year, and hopefully a little better.

"We set a goal of being in every championship game: leagues, districts and state finals, and not too many teams accomplish that," Dietrich said. "We should hold our heads high. It's been one heck of a run, and I wouldn't trade these kids for any other team."

After losing 3-0 to Northeastern in the district final a week earlier, Manheim gave the Bobcats a scare this past Saturday, as the Barons won the first set 25-23. It was only the fourth time all season Northeastern lost a set.

Dietrich said this gave his guys a big boost and helped Central stay aggressive in the next three sets.

"We were able to get them (Northeastern) out of their system and we blocked well and played good defense," he said.

In set two, the Bobcats (21-0) settled in and were strong on serve receive and attacks, Dietrich noted, and Northeastern pulled out the win, winning three straight games to capture a tight contest 23-25, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-13.

The Barons weren't giving an inch. After losing the second game, Central bounced back, taking a 12-11 lead in the third set.

From this point on, it was a real nail-bitter, as neither team led by more than one point. The teams were tied 21-21 before the Bobcats took the next three points to pull ahead 24-21. Tanner Stauffer's kill cut the lead to 24-22, but the Bobcats got the final kill to win the set.

Central kept things close in the fourth set, trailing 12-8, but could not get any closer.

The Barons gave an all-around team effort and played their hearts out Saturday.

Manheim's dynamic junior Mason Nissley finished with 13 kills and six digs and Stauffer, a senior leader, had 12 kills. Senior setter Ben Burkhart, the L-L League Section Two MVP, dished out 39 assists. Senior outside hitter Isaac Shenk finished with 7 kills and 4 digs.

These Barons, who advanced further than any other volleyball team in school history, reached the finals after beating Cambridge Springs 25-22, 25-16, 25-13 Tuesday, June 5 at Richland High School.

Cambridge Springs kept the first set close, trailing just 21-20, but the Barons pulled away, getting two kills from Nissley and one from Stauffer. Nissley, who finished with 15 kills in the match, collected 10 in the first set. He added 7 digs.

Other strong performances included senior Gabe Stewart- 9 digs, 2 aces; Shenk- 6 kills; Stauffer- 11 kills, 5 blocks and 8 digs; Burkhart- 31 assists and 2 digs; junior Brandyn Musser- 4 digs; and senior Josiah Zimmerman who served seven straight winning points.

Dietrich said the key to the victory was moving Cambridge Springs on serve receive, which took them out of their system a lot during the match. The Barons also limited Cambridge Springs' best player to only six kills and did a great job defensively with digging a lot of balls throughout the night.

Getting beyond the state semis, where Central lost 3-2 last year to Northeastern, was satisfying.

"It was very rewarding getting past the semifinals," Dietrich said. "We felt we were one of the two best teams in the state. To lose in five (sets) to a good Northeastern team was tough."

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Barons' VB Cashes Ticket to State Semifinals June 4, 2018

It is Dejà vu all over again for the Barons boys' volleyball team, who cashed a ticket last Saturday back to the state semifinals after beating Ambridge in three sets.

Central made it to the state semis last year before its season ended.

So far, the Barons have repeated last year's script, winning the section, losing in the league and district finals and making a long run in the state tourney.

One more win will be new ground for Manheim, which faces Cambridge Springs in the semis.

To get to semis, the Barons picked up some impressive victories. They beat Palumbo Academy in straight sets in last Tuesday's first round, 25-11, 25-9, and 25-15.

This was a good bounce back win after losing in the District Three Class 2A finals to Northeastern for a second straight year.

"The team responded nicely and we were very focused," head coach Craig Dietrich said. "We blocked really well and our offense was clicking."

Mason Nissley and Tanner Stauffer led the way at the net. Nissley, a junior outside hitter, had a big night with 18 kills, four blocks and five service aces, including four consecutive aces to close out the second game. Stauffer added seven kills and four blocks.

Manheim's outstanding setter Ben Burkhart contributed with 38 assists and two digs.

This win allowed the Barons to advance to the quarterfinals, where they dismantled western Pa. power Ambridge in three sets, 25-14, 25-20 and 25-16.

Dietrich said the team defense was outstanding in Game One, noting that overall they had a well-balanced attack on offense and dug "a ton of balls" defensively.

The Barons finished with 25 digs in three games. Leaders were Gabe Stewart and Brandyn Musser (3 kills, 1 block) with seven and eight digs, respectively.

At the net, Musser put down 22 kills and Stauffer contributed 11. Burkhart, Dietrich said, spread the ball around nicely and finished with 36 assists.

SOFTBALL

There is an old saying in sports that it is hard to beat a team three times. Even more difficult is beating a team three times by one run each time. That's what Donegal did this year in softball against Manheim Central.

The most frustrating loss for the Barons came last Thursday at Millersville University in a 2-1 defeat that thwarted the Barons' hopes of making the state playoffs and ended their season.

"They (Donegal) are good," head coach Gary Lefever said, "but so are we."

Manheim got to the final state qualifier game by beating Garden Spot 1-0 last Tuesday. Lefever said the key to the win was the pitching of Maddie Walter, who also knocked in the only run with an RBI in the top of the sixth inning.

This set up another matchup with Donegal.

Central got on the scoreboard early, posting a run in the first inning after Codi Bollinger led off the game with a walk. She advanced to second on a single by Walter.

A fake bunt attempt by the Barons' No. 4 hitter, Jordan Walter, forced the Indians into a situation where no one covered third base as Bollinger stole third.

With the throw from the catcher to third base going into left field, Bollinger scored on the error, making it 1-0.

This is where the score remained through the top of the fourth inning, but Donegal got a two-out single and put a few hits together to score two runs, making it 2-1 Indians.

The Barons didn't go down without a fight and put runners in scoring position to tie or win the game. In the sixth inning, sisters Maddie and Jordan Walter both belted singles, but were left stranded.

In the top of the seventh, Central (16-8) got a leadoff single by Tayler Lauver. She worked her way to second with one out, but was left stranded to end the game.

Maddie Walter pitched another gem to keep the Indians off balance and limited them to five hits and two runs, Lefever said

He said the season was highlighted by Central's outstanding pitching and timely hitting in most games. The Barons graduate five seniors, which will take its toll, but Lefever said the outlook is good for 2019.

"We have a nice core of starters remaining," said Lefever, who returns Jade Trovinger, Lily Wagner, Maddy Barbush, Bollinger and Jordan Walter. "I anticipate a few talented freshmen coming into the program to help us and a few 2018 JV players stepping up into an important role.

"We will challenge most teams again in 2019. MC softball is alive and well!"

TRACK

Senior BJ Bollinger qualified for the semifinals in the girls' 100 hurdles in the state track meet held May 25-26 at Shippensburg University. She did not make the finals in the 300 hurdles, but equaled her best time of 46.17, finishing 15th in the event.

Head coach Russ White said Zach Reed showed he belonged in the boys 300 hurdles, running his second best time of 40.6. It was not good enough to qualify for the finals, but was still one of the best times in the state, White said.

Ryan Carter cleared 14 feet in the pole vault, but went out at 14-6. White believed Carter placed 10th in the state.

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Barons Battle Pioneers in District Opener May 25, 2018

Take away the first inning and Manheim Central played well in its District Three Class 5A first round baseball game Monday at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.

Unfortunately, the first inning counts and the Barons had three uncharacteristic errors, yielding five runs in a 5-0 loss to No. 6 seed L-S (17-5).

The Barons' defense failed them in the first, leading to miscues on two double play balls and a groundball. All five runs were unearned.

Central head coach Matt Huber doesn't believe it was playoff jitters; the team has played in the district semifinals two of the last three years and they've been in the league playoffs the past four seasons, so the guys have experience.

"The ball didn't just didn't bounce our way for whatever reason," Huber said. "Again, this loss can't define us. They've had a good run, and I'll be forever grateful for their effort and what they mean to our program."

Pioneer pitcher Dylan Byler pitched a complete game, yielding seven hits and striking out 10 batters.

Huber said Byler did a nice job keeping the Barons off balance. Taylor Rohrer had two of the Barons seven hits. Bryce Eberly relieved Tyler Simon and pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three.

Eberly, who entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning, got out of the jam by shutting down the 4, 5 and 6 hitters in the Pioneers' order. Central loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but struck out twice, ending the threat.

"Unfortunately, at this level of play, you can't make errors unless you score runs," said Huber about his 11th seeded Barons. "We didn't score a run in 14 innings dating back to our Warwick loss (in the first round of the league playoffs). That's baffling."

Huber said the nine seniors on the squad poured everything they had into the program the past several years. The Barons also had several underclassmen that were a big part the team's success this year, so the future is bright.

Huber said the impact of the seniors on the program will be felt for years to come.

"While they had accomplishments on the field, they are even better young men off the field," said Huber about the seniors who won the section title this year, as well as two of the last three years. "They have left a lot of memories."

The coach said he is excited to watch and hear about the accomplishments that his seniors will have next year when Nate Loser attends Barton College in North Carolina; Jack Novak, Bryson Morton and Ryan Phillips, Kutztown; Eberly, Lebanon Valley College; Simon, Shippensburg; Dawson Good, Stevens Trade; David Cruz, Penn State and Rohrer, Pasco Hermando in Florida.

VOLLEYBALL

The Barons bounced back from losing in the league finals to sweep three games from Cocalico in the District Three Class 2A quarterfinals Monday in Manheim.

After getting a bye in the first round, Central earned a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 victory against the Eagles (11-9).

"I am very pleased," said head coach Craig Dietrich about his second-seeded Barons. "It would be easy to have a carry over from the league match, but I didn't see any indication that there was in Game Two and Game Three. Cocalico just played at a high level in the first game."

The Eagles led 5-4 in the first set and only trailed 20-19 later on. Central won the set on a kill by junior Mason Nissley, who finished with a team-high 13 kills.

In the next two games, Dietrich said his squad, led by Brandyn Musser, served better and played even more aggressive. Senior setter Ben Burkhart finished the game with 39 assists. It was a team effort.

"I thought our whole team played solid and our serve was really on all night and that kept us a couple steps ahead of Cocalico," Dietrich said. "The guys know what's at stake and they are focused on the next opportunity in front of them."

The next opportunity was a semifinal meeting Wednesday against No. 3 seed Palmyra at Dallastown High School, where the Barons rallied from a first set loss to beat the Cougars 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25.

Next up for the Barons is a date with Northeastern in the District Three Class 2A championship. Results were unavailable before press time.

Northeastern knocked the Barons out of the state semifinals last year and beat them in the district championship.

To say the Barons had marked this date on the calendar is an understatement.

"Both Northeastern and us had this match circled," Dietrich said. "Now we get to clash and hopefully let loose like last year in the state semifinal match."

To get to the rematch, Central had to overcome sloppy play early on offense and a strong serving game by Palmyra Wednesday. The Cougars (16-5) used a strong service game to jump out to a 6-0 lead.

The Barons righted the ship and settled in on offense, tying the first set at 17-17 and 24-24, but let the first set slip away.

They made sure to jump out to an early lead in the second set and never looked back. Consecutive blocks by Isaac Shenk and Tanner Stauffer put Central ahead 4-0.

Blocking at the net was key to the victory, Dietrich said.

"We spent half of practice (Tuesday) working on blocking before the match," he said. "The whole team stood out to me, with everyone contributing at different times."

SOFTBALL

The softball team beat Shippensburg 2-0 Wednesday in the first round of the District Three Class 5A playoffs behind the stellar pitching performance by Madison Walter, who only gave up three hits, while getting 10 strikeouts with no walks.

The Barons had 10 hits and stranded nine batters on base, but came away with the round one win against a very good fifth-seeded Greyhounds team.

Central head coach Gary Lefever said the Barons' defense was very good and the team got timely hitting.

The Barons scored in the top of the first with two outs when Maddy Barbush hit a long single to score Jade Trovinger from second base. Trovinger was a courtesy runner for Walter, who hit a two-out single.

Reagan Rohrer singled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbush to make it 2-0, more than enough runs behind the pitching of Walter.

Because of rain Tuesday, the Barons were forced to play back-to-back days, meaning they faced Twin Valley Thursday afternoon at Messiah College.

Central ran into a strong pitcher in Grace Marsalo, who scattered seven hits and only gave up one earned run in a 6-2 victory over the Barons. Marsalo struck out 13 batters to lead the No. 4 Raiders (18-4) past the Barons in the quarterfinals.

Central scored both of its runs during a sixth inning rally, but could get no closer.

"We have a very good team," Lefever said. "Our goal back in November was to make it to the state tournament somehow, someway. I am very proud of this team and my staff."

Lefever's team finished one win short of that goal, but that does not take away from a strong team with a 15-7 record overall.

"We can honestly say that we worked very hard for where we are," said Lefever. "Proud to be a Baron!"

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Barons Again Finish 2nd in L-L League Playoffs May 21, 2018

Ben Burkhart carried the medal loosely in his hand, refusing to wear it. Tanner Stauffer accepted the medal around his neck, but took it off by the time he reached Burkhart at midcourt.

These two seniors and many of their teammates were all too familiar with this outcome.

This twice the bridesmaid, but never the bride thing was getting old for the Barons, who just lost to Hempfield last Wednesday in the Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' volleyball championship (25-18, 25-18 and 25-21), making it two years in a row Central lost in the finals.

It is also the second year in a row the Barons' first match loss came in the league finals (last year Manheim Township beat them 3-0).

"We didn't come into this game playing for second," Stauffer said. "We move on from this game. We didn't follow the game plan. ...This is just a learning experience. We usually ride the hot hand, but that didn't work tonight and we adjusted too late."

The first game featured three lead changes and three ties. Knotted at 15-15, the Black Knights closed out the first set with a 10-3 run.

In the second set, Central fell behind 10-1, but battled back with Josiah Zimmerman serving six straight points to cut the Black Knights lead to 10-8. The Barons trailed 16-14, but this is as close as they would get, as Hempfield outscored Central 9-4 to close out the game.

"I give my guys credit for not giving up when they were down 10-1," head coach Craig Dietrich said. "They fought back. We got it to two points but couldn't get over the hump, and that was sort of the story of the match."

Dietrich said his team had 16 hit errors in the first two sets, noting that a team can not give up that many points in games.

The Barons (17-1), the Section Two champions, made adjustments and put up a good fight in the third set, tying the game at 12-12 and evening the game at 17-17 on Zimmerman's big kill and narrowed Hempfield's lead to 21-20 after a kill by Isaac Shenk, but Central could not get any closer.

Mason Nissley and Stauffer had 20 and 7 kills, respectively. Staffer and Burkhart each had a block. Burkhart dished out 35 assists and Brandyn Musser added 8 digs.

When he puts things in perspective, Stauffer said the Barons have had two great seasons, going 81-4 in match games since losing to Manheim Township in last year's finals. Their resume includes two section titles and finishing as runner-up two years in a row for the league crown. And the season is not over. There's districts and, hopefully, state tournaments still to come.

Stauffer knows the team will bounce back and there is a lot of volleyball left to play.

"We just go back to the gym and improve our passing and blocking," he said. "We can't change the way we play; we got away from that tonight.

"It's something you hang your hat on," he said about their two-year run, "but it is still only the regular season and we want more, especially after losing 3-0 tonight."

In the league semifinals last Monday, Central beat Warwick 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23).

The Warriors battled Central, but every time the Barons needed to stop the Warriors' momentum, Nissley had a big kill or serve.

He finished with 20 kills and Burkhart added 38 assists.

The accolades are starting to come in for the Barons. Burkhart earned Section Two MVP honors. He along with Nissley, Shenk, Stauffer and Gabe Stewart were named First Team Section Two All-Stars. Musser made the section's second team.

TRACK

Indoors, outdoors, it makes no difference to Ryan Clark.

The senior pole vaulter, fresh off winning the Lancaster-Lebanon League title outside a week earlier, was forced inside to pole vault Saturday at the District Three championships at Shippensburg University.

He earned a bronze medal with a vault of 14-3 and qualified for the state championship this weekend, also at Shippensburg.

Clark also qualified for states in the high jump after placing sixth (the top six finishers in each event goes to states).

Junior Zach Reed lowered his personal record by .5 in the 300 hurdles, winning the second fastest heat and coming in the backdoor as he beat three athletes in the fastest heat, getting fifth place and a trip to states, Central coach Russ White said.

Junior Will Rivers, plagued by toe fouls on his best jumps, had to settle for ninth in the triple jump at 43-5 and jumped 18-11 in the long jump.

On the girls' side, senior BJ Bollinger qualified for states in both hurdle events. She took fifth in both. Her time of 15.01 is her best in the 100 hurdles and her time of 46.17 in the 300 hurdles is her best this year.

Sophomore Laura Good ran a personal record time of 26.53 in the 200 meters, but it was not good enough for a medal.

SOFTBALL

The Barons were the home team last Monday, even though Manheim traveled to and played at Elizabethtown. The Barons field was unplayable because of too much rain.

The Barons were rude house guests, rallying for a 4-3 victory on a walk-off two-run home run by Codi Bollinger.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Central's first two batters flew out to right field and center field, respectively. With two outs, sophomore right fielder Lilly Wagner drew a five-pitch walk, turning the lineup over to Bollinger, the Barons' leadoff batter. She took a 2-2 pitch deep to left field for a homer.

Senior Maddie Walter pitched a solid game, allowing three runs, scattering nine hits, striking out eight batters and walking two.

E-town opened the scoring in the third inning, going up 1-0. The Barons answered the call in the bottom half of the inning, tying the score at 1-1. Central took a 2-1 lead in the fifth and the Bears answered with a run in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 2-2.

In the top of the seventh, E-town took the lead on a sacrifice fly.

Manheim qualified for the District Class 5A tournament and played Shippensburg at Shippensburg (the game was played after the Merchandiser's deadline).

BASEBALL

Despite the snow, rain and cold weather spring that forced the Manheim Central baseball team to spend more time in the gym than on the field, the Barons are putting together a successful season.

Central (15-4), which won the Section Three title for second time in three years, made the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs (lost in quarterfinals to Warwick) and qualified for the District Three tournament and a third meeting with section rival No. 6 seed Lampeter-Strasburg (14-3) at Lampeter Monday (the game was slated after the Merchandiser's deadline).

Overcoming the freaky weather conditions this spring and coming together as a team, makes the section title that much sweeter, head coach Matt Huber said.

"It is great for the program," Huber said about the section title. "Our players work hard in the offseason and in the season, and to hang a banner in the gymnasium is an accomplishment these players will remember and reflect on every time they enter the gymnasium to visit MC. They have a lot of memories together."

To make up for weather postponements, there was one week this season when the Barons played games six straight days. There were times this year when the offense stalled, but the Barons' pitching was strong all year. Pitchers like Drew Mummau, Tyler Simon and Bryce Eberly came up big on the mound.

"Pitching was a huge reason why we accomplished what we did," Huber said. "There were offensive droughts and our pitching staff kept us in a lot of tight ball games."

Several Barons were named to the Section Three All-Star team.

First team honors went to Simon, third base; Eberly, pitcher; Taylor Rohrer, designated hitter; and Mummau, utility. Second team members included Dawson Good, outfield; Nate Loser, outfield; and Simon, pitcher.

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Baron Tracksters Top Solanco in Season Finale May 15, 2018

The Manheim Central track team finished the season on a high note, winning the regular season finale last Tuesday in Quarryville.

The boys scored an 86-64 victory against Solanco. Senior Ryan Carter saved his best performance of the regular season for the final league meet, setting a school record with a vault of 14-7. He also earned a first in the high jump (6.0).

Junior Chris Shaw used a jump of 12-0 in the vault to finish second, but more importantly, the jump qualified him for the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet.

Freshman Kade Kegarise won the javelin on his last throw, moving from fourth to first by inches, setting a personal record with a launch of 144-8.

Manheim Central coach Russ White said junior Will Rivers ran a 51.6 anchor leg to seal the victory in the 1,600 relay, a nip and tuck race that Rivers won by about six inches. Rivers and the rest of the team - Zach Reed, Tyler Flick and David Merkey - ran 3:32.8, eight seconds faster than their previous best.

Flick won the 110 hurdles (15.6) and junior Christopher Shaw took second (15.7). Central took first and second in the 1,600 with Merkey (4:49.8) and junior Carson Hepner (4:52.1). Merkey also captured the 800 (2:09.8) and was followed by sophomore teammate Hunter Shoop (2:12.2).

The Barons secured all three places in the triple jump with Rivers (43-1.25), Juan Perez (37) and Ryan Santiago (34-5.75)

For White, the performance of the 4x800 relay team set the tone for the meet.

"We kind of surprised them (Solanco) with a good 4 x 800 relay to start the meet, as Zach Reed ran the second leg for his first 800 of the year," White said. "He ran a 2:07, our fastest split, and we won by about 15 meters."

The girls routed the Golden Mares, 90-60.

White said the girls were the most spirited they have been all year and "really brought some energy to the meet," he said.

It looked like a close meet, he added, but Laura Good won four events and the girls fought through some injuries to make sure the Barons ended the season on a high note. Good won the 100 (13.0) and 200 (27.2), long jump (15-1) and triple jump (30-7). Sophomore Kelly Abrahamson was second in the triple (29-10.5).

White noted that all four girls in the 4x800 relay - Kiana Haldeman, Mallory Sunderland and Marianne Fitzkee and Lexi Hosler - ran personal records to start the meet.

Even more amazing about BJ Bollinger's performance is that the senior is fighting a groin injury. She had to hurdle with her opposite leg. She still won both hurdle races (110 meters, 16.1; 300, 49.0). Sophomore Toni Fahnestock placed second in the 300 hurdles (49.7).

Sophomore Madalyn Nelson threw a 96-5 to win the javelin.

Despite the groin injury, Bollinger still anchored the 4x400 relay team, with Haldeman, Hosler and Fahnestock setting a personal record in its win, posting a time of 4:18.

The fine showing by the boys and girls teams carried over to the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet where several Barons qualified for districts and delivered strong performances. Several Barons are peaking at the correct time.

"It really was a spirited and personal record-filled day for Manheim Central," White said. "Of course, the star of the day was Ryan Carter, as he defeated other competitors by a foot-and-a-half in the vault."

White said Carter narrowly missed the league's 15-foot record on three tries. Several of his teammates came up big as well. Zach Reed broke the 41 second barrier in the 300 hurdles taking fourth.

White noted that Isaac Martin ran the mile in a surprising 4:57, a personal record, besting his PR by 15 seconds. White said Martin is one of the hardest workers on the team.

The boys finished with 29 team points, good for an 11th place finish in the 20-team event.

The boys set a personal record in the 4x100 (Beni Esposito, Flick, Brady Carper and Rivers) and came close in the 4x400 relay (Reed, Merkey, Flick and Rivers).

On the girls' side, Bollinger fought off discomfort with her hip flexor and ran her best times on both hurdle races, White said. She placed third in both the 100 hurdles (15.38) and 300 hurdles (46.39).

The 4x400 relay team - Good (59 seconds), Fahnestrock (64), Hosler (63) and Bollinger (61) - all set personal record splits, taking nine seconds off their best time for a PR of 4:09 and a sixth place finish.

VOLLEYBALL

The Barons beat Garden Spot 3-0 last Monday, giving Central a 72-0 record in games played against section opponents the last two years.

Central, ranked second in the state in Class 2A, made early work of the Spartans, winning 25-18, 25-14 and 25-16.

Senior Tanner Stauffer had two assists, while Mason Nissley had 17 kills and two blocks. Junior Brandyn Musser collected two digs and senior setter Ben Burkhart notched 25 assists.

This past Friday the Barons used its arsenal of hitters and great setting to cruise past Penn Manor, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 in the quarterfinals of the L-L League tournament in Manheim. The match was moved up to 4 p.m. to accommodate the Comets, who had their prom Friday night.

The win set up a semifinal meeting against Warwick at Lancaster Mennonite. The Section Two champ Barons got strong contributions from Burkhart with 30 assists, Nissley with 13 kills and Musser, who scooped up eight digs.

Central is looking for a return trip the finals where it lost last year to Manheim Township. The championship is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Manheim Township.

"The guys played well Friday night and played a complete match for the first time in a few weeks," head coach Craig Dietrich said. "We are looking forward to the semifinals and hopefully the finals on Wednesday."

BASEBALL

Last Monday the Barons suffered a disappointing 4-0 setback to Cocalico. Senior Tyler Simon took the loss on the mound, striking out four and walking two batters. The Eagles scored three times in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

The bats came alive last Tuesday and it was "an awesome day," according to head coach Matt Huber.

Besides winning 11-0 against Lancaster Mennonite, the victory gave the Barons their second Section Three title in three years.

Simon, Drew Mummau, Bryce Eberly and Taylor Rohrer all bashed home runs for the Barons, who improved its record to 13-3 in the section and 15-4 overall.

Mummau pitched efficiently and effectively, Huber said, striking out four and walking one to gain the win on the hill.

The team showed character last Wednesday in a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Conestoga Valley in Manheim.

Central trailed 6-3 heading into the seventh inning. Nate Loser opened the seventh with a triple. Jake Novak reached base on an error and Mummau doubled home both runners.

Dawson Good found himself up with men on first and third and two outs and the Barons trailing 6-5. He singled down the third base line to score a run and send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth, Loser walked and Simon hit a RBI double, which proved to plate the winning run. Freshman Colton Book earned his first varsity win, pitching four innings of relief to keep CV from gaining on their lead.

"We sent the seniors out on their last game at home in dramatic, walk-off fashion," Huber said.

SOFTBALL

Here are some highlights and key stats from the Barons' two games last week.

Central banged out 11 hits and seven runs in its 7-0 victory last Monday against Cocalico. Senior catcher Rachel VanBlargan called a great game behind the plate and pitcher Maddie Walter earned the win, striking out a whopping 16 batters, giving up one hit and walking two.

A day later, the Barons bats stayed hot and the pitching remained superb, as Central beat Conestoga Valley 7-2.

The Barons had 11 hits, scoring twice in the first inning. CV also scored twice in the first. Central took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth and added three more runs in the seventh to blow the game wide open.

Walter yielded five hits and had six strikeouts and no walks to gain another win in the circle.

In both wins last week, the Barons started fast, scoring two runs in the first in both games. They also added runs in the fourth inning (three runs against Cocalico) in both games

The wins improved Central's record to 11-5 in Section Three and 13-6 overall.

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Lady Barons' On Seven Game Winning Streak April 30, 2018

The Manheim Central girls' softball team continued to swing hot bats and get outstanding pitching last Monday, routing Annville-Cleona 11-0 and extending its win streak to seven games.

Under the lights in Manheim, Madison Walter threw another gem, pitching a one-hit shutout in 4.5 innings. The senior struck out eight and walked none.

The real story, though, was the offense. After scoring 42 runs on 44 hits in three games the previous week, the Barons added nine more hits in the win over A-C, giving the Barons 29 hits and 32 runs in their last two games.

Offensive leaders included Reagan Rohrer, who was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI; BJ Bollinger (2-for-3, 2 RBI); Walter (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Jordan Walter (2-for-3, 1RBI).

Central lost a tight, heart-breaking Section Three game Thursday to Northern Lebanon, 5-1.

The game was close through six innings. Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Barons were down 2-1, in a tight pitching battle, before the Vikings exploded for three runs on a three-run home run.

MC took the lead in the third inning. Batting third in the lineup, Maddy Walter hit a one out single, bringing up her younger sister Jordan Walter, who was hitting cleanup. The younger Walter jacked a triple to left-center. The Barons failed to bring her home and ended the inning up 1-0.

The Vikings countered with a run in the top of the fourth, aided by an MC throwing error, bunt and a base hit to tie the game 1-1. The Vikings took the lead in the fifth inning, benefiting from a throwing error.

"We will bounce back after this and make a run," said Central coach Gary Lefever, whose team is now 8-4 overall. "One loss like this will not define our season. We will learn from it. It reminds us what the heartbreaking feeling is like and that you can never let your guard down against any opponent."

TENNIS

The Barons gave a great showing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament. The top four players all advanced past the first round and two of the three doubles pairings made the quarterfinals.

Senior Trent Martin, Central's top player, qualified for the District Class 3A tournament, after placing in the top four in the league tourney.

After winning the first round, Martin, seeded sixth, was down 2-5 in the first set of the quarterfinals and rallied to win the set 7-5 against freshman Curtis Rabatin, the third seed, of Penn Manor. Martin won the second set 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

It was a very windy day and the conditions favored the Barons, Central coach Ryan Jeckel said.

"Trent is such a great athlete and the weather didn't bother him," Jeckel. "We were able to use that to our advantage."

In the semis, Martin lost to Tom Chairs, the second seed, from Manheim Township, 6-1, 7-5. Jeckel said Martin got away from the game plan early in the match, but by the end of the first set he got back to the game plan to move Chairs around the court, but unfortunately, it was too late.

In Flight Two, the Barons Silas Eldeen beat Alex Baker of Lampeter-Strasburg, 6-4, 6-1. This was a nice win because Baker beat Eldeen earlier in the year, Jeckel said.

In the quarterfinals, Eldeen rolled his ankle early in the match and lost 6-2, 6-3.

In Flight Three, freshman Andrew Rajaratnam, who was unseeded, scored a major upset by beating CV's Matthew Hoy, 6-4, 6-3. Rajaratnam lost to him earlier this year.

"It is nice to see how far he's come this year," said Jeckel about Rajaratnam, who lost his quarterfinal match.

In Flight Four, sophomore Jacob Bidelman made up for an earlier loss this season to Evan Stehman, of Donegal, 6-3, 7-5. Bideleman lost in the quarterfinals to senior Connor Murphy, of Cocalico, 6-4, 6-1.

"Murphy had more experience," Jeckel said. "Give him (Bidelman) some experience and he'll go far."

In doubles, Eldeen and Hunter Winters lost a tough match in the quarterfinals, 9-7, to a tandem from Garden Spot.

"We were out of sync," Jeckel said. "I think we tried to play their game instead of our game. It was hard to get any rhythm. We needed to demand our type of play."

In Flight Three doubles, Anthony Stoltzfus and Bidelman won 8-5 against Elco in the first round before losing in quarterfinals to a team from Pequea Valley, 8-6.

"Tony played very well," Jeckel said. "It was a very tight match. They (PV) are the best third doubles team I've ever seen. They were better ball strikers. We had moments, but they were the better team."

Jeckel was pleased that so many of his players advanced to the second day of the tourney.

"I am very proud of the way we competed," he said. "We won more than we lost. I think it is all part of the progress and learning how to win."

BASEBALL

Central coach Matt Huber called it "a great win," after his squad secured a 3-1 triumph over Annville-Cleona last Monday.

Tyler Simon had another outstanding outing on the mound, striking out eight and walking two. Bryce Eberly came in relief and closed out the game.

Taylor Rohrer led the way offensively with a 3-for-3 day and Rohrer, Drew Mummau and Simon each had one RBI.

The Barons followed this up with a shutout against Northern Lebanon, 5-0.

Huber said Mummau had a fantastic outing on the mound, striking out four. Mummau and Simon each had two RBI offensively.

Nate Loser and Garrett Bruckhart both had multiple hit games. Despite the wins, Huber is alarmed with the Barons performance at the plate.

"We are still striking out at an incredible rate," he said. "We had 12 Ks (against A-C) and 9 Ks (against NL)."

VOLLEYBALL

The boys' volleyball team improved to 8-0 in Section Two after two impressive wins last Tuesday. They were challenged against Cocalico, but still earned a 3-0 victory with game scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-14.

The Eagles led 16-9 in the second game, but the Barons did not panic or get too excited. Central coach Craig Dietrich liked the way his team responded, tying the game at 18-18 and pulling away for the win.

"Credit Cocalico; they were pretty hot," Dietrich said. "We had a lot of hitting errors. Normally two or three are a lot. We had 20 after three games. That's a lot of points, gray hair and lost sleep."

Dietrich credited Gabe Stewart (6 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks) with a nice effort and defense during the second game comeback.

Scoring leaders included Mason Nissley (14 kills), Josiah Zimmerman (1 kill), Tanner Stauffer (two blocks) and Ben Burkhart (43 assists).

The Barons increased their lead in the section to two games by beating Lancaster Mennonite in three games, 25-18, 25-12 and 25-18.

Zimmerman had an outstanding night serving. At one point the Barons ran off nine points in a row in the second game and another six points during the third game while Zimmerman served.

Dietrich said Zimmerman presents a few challenges when he's serving.

"He's a lefty and there are not too many lefties so teams are not used to seeing balls like his," Dietrich said. "Standing 10-12 feet back and, like a knuckleball in baseball, the ball drops and is difficult to dig."

Against LMH, everyone stepped up and played well, Dietrich said. Brandyn Musser kept balls alive and Nissley and Stauffer led the attack at the net, Dietrich said.

"Mason and Tanner pack quite a punch," he said. "When their hits are in sync we are difficult to beat."

Nissley had 12 kills and two aces. Stauffer had three digs and Ben Burkhart had 30 assists and a block.

The win against LMH put Dietrich's mind at ease. His team is right where it needs to be.

"If you asked me after Tuesday's match (against Cocalico) I'd say I was concerned, but we rebounded well against LMH," Dietrich said. "We have two matches left to clinch the section, which is one of our goals. I like where we are at. We are 10-0 (overall) with two to go. I believe we still have room to improve and our best matches are ahead of us."

TRACK

Ephrata's depth factored into losses for the Central boys and girls teams. The boys lost 86-64. This was a close meet from beginning to end, Central coach Russ White said, adding that Ephrata's "unbelievable depth in mid and long distance would be the difference in the meet."

Will Rivers had quite a day as he won the long jump (21-7.5), triple jump (43-7.75), and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team (John Esposito, Tyler Flick and Brady Caper). Ryan Carter set a new school record in the pole vault clearing 14-1 as he broke his own record of 14-0.

The girls lost 114-36. White said it was easy to see the disparity simply in the size of the teams as Ephrata entered the stadium.

The consensus pre season favorite had a large team compared to Manheim Central. The meet started with Ephrata winning the 4x800, as Manheim did not have the numbers to enter a team.

Then Manheim dominated the hurdle race with a win from senior BJ Bollinger in 15.6 and sophomore Tori Fahnestrock picking up third in 17.7.

Ephrata won the next four events before Manheim once again dominated the 300 hurdles going 1-2 with Bollinger (49.6) and Fahnestrock taking second in 51.0.

Senior Maddie Nelson threw a personal best in the Javelin (105-11) good for third. Sophomore Laura Good triple jumped her best of the year (33-11), taking second.

She also took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-10. Sophomore Lexi Hosler broke up the Ephrata 800 tandem by taking second in 2:31.7, her best of the year, White said.

"The feisty Barons gave it all they had, but could not overcome the depth and talent of the Ephrata Mountaineers," White said.

Several Baron girls performed well in the Millersville Invitational. There were 27 schools from Pennsylvania and Maryland competing.

The top finishers included Laura Good, (4th in the long jump, 16-6); Bollinger (3rd in the high jump and 300 hurdles, 48.1).

The boys placed seventh out of 27 teams in the MU meet. Rivers placed first in the long jump (21-10), and third in the triple jump (43-4).

Other top performers included Carter (second in the pole vault, 14-0), Dave Merkey, (third in the 1600, 4:36) and Zach Reed (sixth in the 300 hurdles, 41.1).

The 4x100 relay team of Esposito, Flick, Carper and Rivers placed seventh (45.1).

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Manheim Central Tennis Improves to 9-5 Overall April 23, 2018

When you've been the top dog the last few years, your section rivals are just waiting for their chance to knock you off the porch.

That's what happened this year for the Manheim Central boys' tennis team, which has a respectable 9-5 record overall (4-5 in Section Two), but all five of the Barons' losses came from section opponents.

An inexperienced team this season, the Barons beat up on the league the last few years and had a target on their backs this season, getting everyone's best game.

"Obviously 9-5 is a winning record and after graduating all the guys we did, I'm happy with 9-5, but it is hard to swallow five losses in the section," said head coach Ryan Jeckel. "I never had that happen as a coach. It is a brand new team. They won the matches they were supposed to win and the tough losses were close.

"If you told me at the beginning of the season that we'd have five losses in the section I'd say you were crazy," he said. "This year Lancaster Catholic, Cocalico and teams in the section were ready to go. They were psyched up to play us and who wouldn't be."

The sectional teams better get in their licks while they can, as Trent Martin is the only senior on the team. Martin is a leader on and off the court and was part of many big wins since his freshman year, Jeckel said.

"He was a part of two section title teams," he said. "He was not just on the teams, but a big part of the wins."

Last week the Barons won two of their three matches. They beat Annville-Cleona 7-0. Jeckel said his squad came ready to play.

Junior Silas Eldeen, the No.2 player for the Barons, notched his 11th win on the season. He and freshman Andrew Rajaratnam won at No.2 doubles and Rajaratnam also notched a victory at No. 3 singles, meaning these two underclassmen registered three of the seven points.

Martin and sophomore Jacob Bidelman collected singles and doubles victories, teaming with Hunter Winters and Anthony Stoltzfus, respectively.

Jeckel is pleased with the way Eldeen and Rajaratnam improved in doubles. Eldeen became more confident with volleys at the net and uses his athletic ability to frustrate his opponents.

"He runs the ball down over and over," Jeckel said. "Just when the opponent thinks he has a winning point, Silas chases it down."

Rajaratnam grew as a player this season, finding out what type of player he is, Jeckel said. The coach said his freshman is learning what style of play he needs for the situation, and that Rajaratnam has the ability to be an all-court player.

Jeckel likes what he's seen from Rajaratnam enough to install him with Martin for doubles for the league tournament, which begins April 26. The two teamed up for an 8-3 win during a 6-1 triumph over Elizabethtown.

The Barons suffered a 5-2 loss to Lancaster Catholic. The teams started doubles with snow falling. Central collected victories in No.2 and No.3 doubles and were in great position going into singles, but Jeckel said Catholic has better singles players than doubles players and took four singles matches for the team win.

"My guys fought hard," Jeckel said, "but Lancaster Catholic came to play."

The Barons have experienced that a lot in section play.

SOFTBALL

In a battle for namesake, Manheim Central made it clear who the better Manheim is, beating Manheim Township 8-2 last Tuesday.

Behind a stellar 3-hit campaign by senior pitcher Madison Walter, the Barons scored eight runs in a 12-hit barrage. Central scored in each of the first four innings and only surrendered two runs in a late comeback attempt by the Streaks, who scored twice in the top of the sixth on two throwing errors.

Filling in for injured senior outfielder Reagan Rohrer, Central junior Jade Trovinger chipped in offensively going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Jordan Walter also contributed with a 2-for-3 night.

Barons coach Gary Lefever said one of the key hits came from Central shortstop Tayler Lauver, who sparked a two out, two run inning in the third to keep the Barons' momentum going.

On Wednesday evening, the Barons hosted a much-improved Lancaster Catholic squad in a Section 4 crossover game and came away with a convincing 13-3 rout.

It was close through the first inning, but the Barons again got reliable pitching from Walter, who struck out nine and walked none.

Central got its offense going in a 12-hit performance, scoring three runs in the first inning and four more in the second and two each in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

"Our offense was well-balanced up and down the lineup," said Lefever, whose team won for the fifth straight time. "It was capped off by a walk-off two-run homer by senior center fielder Reagan Rohrer to end it early in the fifth inning with no one out in our half of the inning."

The Barons finished the week with a 20-hit attack in 21-0 rout against Lebanon Catholic last Friday afternoon, scoring 16 times in the second inning.

Walter pitched a no-hitter in the three innings they played and was one dropped third strike and an error away from a perfect game, striking out seven.

Offensively, junior Codi Bollinger, who bats leadoff, started the game with a home run. In her second at-bat she hit another home run. Senior catcher Rachel VanBlargan and sophomore third baseman Paige Weaver each hit their first home runs on the season.

Sophomore Maddy Barbush, who leads the team in batting average at .470, hit her second home run of the season.

Lefever said he actually had to stop his team from running and taking more than one base at a time to limit the scoring at 16 in the second inning.

BASEBALL

The old saying, "pitching beats hitting," factored into Central's 4-1 loss to Lancaster Catholic last week. The Barons ran into a talented pitcher in Dillon Marsh, who will play college baseball at Division I Kentucky next spring.

Marsh struck out 16 batters in going the distance. Barons coach Matt Huber said his team was unsuccessful getting Marsh's pitch count high enough to get him out of the game.

Senior Dawson Good had an RBI single for the Barons in the fifth inning. Tyler Simon singled and Cody Gibble hit a double, as Central posted three hits in the game.

Huber said Drew Mummau (five strikeouts, 1 walk) and Bryce Eberly (two strikeouts, no walks) both pitched well in the loss.

The Barons went from playing six games two weeks ago to only one game last week. Technically, they had a second game and gained a win without playing, as Lebanon Catholic forfeited its varsity schedule this year.

Despite the odd scheduling, Huber is satisfied with how his team is playing right now.

"I think everyone wants to be undefeated," said Huber, whose team has a 7-3 record. "We ran into a tough pitcher against Lancaster Catholic and had a tough game against Lampeter-Strasburg. I'd like to have the Cocalico game back and I'm glad we get to play them again. We have to take it one game at a time."

TRACK and FIELD

Central Coach Russ White said there were 20 schools braving chilly, windy weather in Morgantown last Friday afternoon at the Twin Valley Invitational. Senior BJ Bollinger grabbed gold in the 100 meters (16.1 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.3 seconds), an event she set the meet record in last year at 46.0.

Laura Good jumped her way into first in the long jump with a leap of 15-11 and took fourth in the triple jump at 32-2.

On the boys' side, Will Rivers and Ryan Carter continued the gold rush. Rivers won in the triple jump (42-2) and Carter the pole vault (13-7). Carter set the meet record and just missed 14-1 on his final try, White said.

Rivers also took second in the long jump at 19-11. Zach Reed ran his best time of the year taking second in the 300 hurdles at 41.1. David Merkey ran a personal best in the 100 (4:37) and followed it up with a 2:03.9 in the 800, good for third place in both events.

Carson Hepner put on his winter gloves and fought his way to third in the 3200 running 10:15. The sprint medley team of Ryan Santiago, Jack Burkholder, Alex Ritter and Hunter Shoop wanted to break the record currently held by the Barons at 3:57, but managed a respectable 4:04 and a bronze medal finish.

VOLLEYBALL

The Barons remained undefeated with two more wins last week. Ranked No.1 in state in Class 2A, Central was challenged in a regular season match against York Suburban, going four games. They've lost games in tournaments, but it was a rare loss in a regular season game.

"It's been a while since we went four games in a match," stated head coach Craig Dietrich. "We've been tested in tournament play, but it was good to be tested with every point in a regular season match."

Central won the first two games 25-19, 25-21 and were up 17-10 and 19-16 in the third game, but York Suburban went on a five point surge and pulled out a 25-22 victory.

In a rare fourth game, Mason Nissley (22 kills, two aces, two blocks) came up with several big kills as the Barons earned a 25-15 triumph.

Central started off slow in its first three games, but came out hot in the fourth game, jumping out to an 8-1 lead and setting a tone, Dietrich said. Gabe Stewart added nine kills and was very effective with no errors, his coach said.

Ben Burkhart contributed an impressive 49 assists and Brandyn Musser notched 10 digs.

Central also beat Section Two rival Elizabethtown 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. The Barons played without Tanner Stauffer and Josiah Zimmerman. Both should be back soon. Brad Myer and Ben Wolford stepped up with the two starters out, Dietrich said, adding that Burkhart (30 assists, four blocks) did a nice job setting.

Nissley added 12 blocks, Musser contributed eight digs and Isaac Shank served an ace.

"I like the way we are playing right now," Dietrich said. "We have room to improve and we've worked in some different plays since York Suburban, looking for some matchups for other guys, just trying to stay sharp."

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Baron Tracksters Battle Eagles, Raiders, Spartans April 16, 2018

The week started off with track & field, baseball and softball playing in snow showers and ended with sunshine and the temperatures in the low 80s. Oh, and several Manheim Central athletes played as many as six games.

In boys track, the Barons fell to Cocalico, 89-61 last Monday.

Central started off strong, getting wins by Tyler Flick and Beni Esposito in the high hurdles (16.0) and 100 meters (11.5), respectively.

The Barons took a 28-27 lead after Ryan Reed (42.8 seconds) and Flick (42.9) finished one and two in the high hurdles. This would be their last lead, though.

Bright spots for the Barons included William Rivers winning the long and triple jumps. Ryan Carter won the high jump (5-6) and pole vault (13-6).

The result was brighter for the Baron girls, who secured an 81-68 victory over Cocalico.

Senior BJ Bollinger was the big winner for Central, winning the high hurdles and 300 hurdles and was a member of the 4x800 relay team with Kiana Haldeman, Marianne Fitzkee and Mallory Sunderland.

Senior Maddie Nelson earned victories in the pole vault (7-6) and shot put (31-3 3/4).

The Manheim boys fared a lot better next time out against ELCO, posting a 95-55 triumph in Manheim.

Multiple winners included Esposito (100, 200), Carter (pole vault, high jump) and Preston Martin (shot put, discus).

The Barons actually trailed 21-20 after five events, but Esposito, Flick, Reed and Rivers won the 4x100 relay and Manheim pulled away and never looked back.

Other winners included Rivers in the triple jump (42-11 fl), David Merkey secured the 3200 (10:39.6), Zach Reed in the high hurdles (41:8), Klade Kagarise in the 400 meters (56:9) and Flick in the high hurdles (15:2).

The girls were not as fortunate, losing to Elco, 80-69.

The Barons dominated the track events and the Raiders did well in the field events. Central coach Russ White said meet was lopsided in all areas with no real turning point, saying the meet "was decided early in every area."

Despite the loss, many Barons performed well. Bollinger took first in the high hurdles (15.4) and 300 hurdles (47:6).

The Central track teams ended the week with lopsided wins against Garden Spot. The boys won 124-26 and the girls 113-36.

White said a beautiful day on the track brought out some of the best the Barons had to offer.

White has emphasized to his team to not worry about the final score, but worry more about getting better as the season progresses. The Baron boys did that against the Spartans, winning won 17 of 18 events.

Martin was a double winner in the shot (40-5.5) and discus (123-2) and Carter won the pole vault (12-0) and the high jump (5-10). Reed, Esposito, and Merkey were all double winners in the rout.

The outstanding performance of the meet was Rivers as he triple jumped 44-6.25, which puts him on top of the honor roll for the Lancaster-Lebanon league, White said.

The Baron girls only had 20 athletes in uniform, but were spaced out to win 16 of 18 events. The Barons were led by seniors Bollinger (both hurdle races) and Nelson (pole vault, shot, javelin) and sophomore Laura Good who won four events (100, 200 and long and triple jumps). Sunderland chipped in with two victories (1600 and 3200).

Outstanding performance of the meet was Bollinger's 100 meter high hurdle win as she is on top of the L-L League honor roll in that event, White said.

BASEBALL

The Barons made up for lost time on the baseball field by playing six games last week. They finished the week 4-2. Baseball coach Matt Huber said long-time athletic director George Derbyshire told him he believes it may be the first time in program history that the Barons played six games on consecutive days.

Huber said last Monday's 8-1 triumph against a tough ELCO squad was the first game he remembers where it snowed the entire game.

"We had a gritty performance as a team and beat a great pitcher," he said.

Jake Novak and Taylor Rohrer each had two hits. The Barons broke the game open with three-run innings in both the fifth and sixth innings to cap off a nice win. Senior pitcher Tyler Simon earned the win, striking out five and walking three.

On Tuesday, Manheim only had four hits against Northern Lebanon, but managed a 3-1 win behind great pitching and solid defense.

The Barons had another great performance on the mound. Junior Drew Mummau struck out nine batters and also had a key 2 RBI single in the third inning.

Manheim lost 6-3 in a tough game Wednesday against Cocalico. The Barons were plagued by errors and were missing timely hitting, Huber said.

"It's never a great sign when you have more errors than hits," Huber said. "We had five errors and only four hits. The few hits can make it very challenging."

Thursday at home against Garden Spot, Dawson Good had a home run and 5 RBIs and Hunter Hess earned his first varsity win on the hill, as the Barons routed the Spartans, 15-5. Hess struck out a batter and walked three.

Manheim broke the game open with an eight-run second inning, after scoring five in the first.

The Barons kept the good times rolling Friday with timely hitting and strong pitching in a 12-7 victory at Pequea Valley.

Nate Loser and Taylor Rohrer homered for the Barons. Junior Isaiah Reiner earned his first varsity win on the mound.

Manheim finished the week at Lampeter-Strasburg Saturday with a 17-5 loss.

"The result was drastically different than last year's district game," Huber said about the loss to the Pioneers. "We took some lumps, giving up five home runs. I appreciate everything our pitching staff and players did this week under the conditions."

BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

The Barons remained undefeated with two impressive performances last week, topping Ephrata 25-18, 25-11, 25-19 Tuesday and Garden Spot Thursday.

Ben Lehman came off the bench in the third set against Ephrata and provided the Barons with a nice serve, Central coach Craig Dietrich said. Lehman's serve kept the Mountaineers out of sorts on offense and provided the Barons a spark, Dietrich said.

Senior Ben Burkhart had 26 assists, Junior Mason Nissley collected three assists and nine kills and Senior Josiah Zimmerman posted two blocks.

Junior Brandyn Musser provided strong defense with five digs. Also strong up front with kills were seniors Isaac Shenk (8) and Tanner Stauffer (7).

Manheim also cruised to an easy win against Garden Spot, winning 25-9, 25-16, 25-18.

Burkhart led the way with 25 assists, seven digs and two aces. Nissley added 16 kills and two blocks.

The Barons ended the week with another impressive showing, winning the Warwick Invitational on Saturday.

Manheim went 12-0 in the tourney and won the championship for the second consecutive year. They beat state-ranked Palmyra (sixth in state) in pool-play two times and in the finals, 25-21.

Dietrich said the team stepped up the entire day and Nissley led the charge in the finals on offense.

SOFTBALL

The Barons started the week at cold, snowy ELCO. Manheim hit the ball well and played strong defense, finishing the game early after five innings.

Junior third baseman Codi Bollinger and sophomore Maddie Barbush (3-for-3) hit home runs for Manheim.

Pitchers Maddie Walter (senior) and Jordan Walter (sophomore) combined for the win.

The Barons were not as fortunate in their next game, a difficult 14-4 loss at Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneer bats exploded in the first for eight runs, making it challenging for the Barons to find their offensive groove, coach Gary Lever said.

Maddie Walter pitched the entire game in the loss. Barbush and senior, leftfielder BJ Bollinger each had 2 RBIs to cap the offensive momentum.

Wednesday the Barons returned home and scored 12 runs on nine hits in 4  innings to beat Cocalico 12-0.

Even more impressive than the offensive output was the pitching of sophomore Jordan Walter, who threw a no hitter. She struck out nine and walked only one batter.

Shortstop Tayler Lauver hit a home run and had two RBIs to highlight the hit brigade for the Barons.

Maddie Walter had a successful end of the week, gaining two wins. First she

pitched a one-hitter Thursday at Northern Lebanon, shutting out the Vikings for a 6-0 Baron victory. She struck out nine.

She followed this up with a 3-hitter as the Barons beat Pequea Valley 6-1 under the lights in Manheim. She did not give up an earned run and struck out 10 batters and walked none.

Lefever said Lauver, a senior, provided the winning hit, sparking a two-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie with a two-run double.

TENNIS

Pequea Valley beat Manheim 6-1. In the loss, Silas Eldeen, the No. 2 singles player for the Barons, notched their only win, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Manheim bounced back with a 4-3 win against Donegal. The Barons won the top three singles spots behind Trent Martin (6-1, 6-0), Eldeen (7-5, 6-4) and Andrew Rajaratnam (6-4, 6-3) and in No. 1 doubles with Martin and Eldeen, 8-2.

Coach Ryan Jeckel changed his doubles teams against Central York, moving junior Hunter Winters to the top court and teaming him with No. 1 player Martin for an 8-0 win at No.1 doubles.

Eldeen and Rajaratnam teamed up at No. 2 doubles for an 8-5 win that helped the Barons gain a 5-2 triumph against Central York.

"We just needed to look at something different," Jeckel said. "We were only winning one of top two doubles. We needed to find a style, a pair that worked."

This winning combination worked again Saturday in a 5-2 win against Wilson. The top three singles - Martin, Eldeen and Rajaratnam won again, as did the top two doubles.

Jeckel said Martin continues to play well as the team's leader and top player

"He is just consistent day in and day out," he said. "He sets the tone."

The coach said Winters had a great day against Wilson, even if he did not win. Winters was filling in at No. 4 for Jacob Hess, who missed the last two matches because of a family vacation.

"Hunter, at No.4, didn't get the win, but he hasn't played a lot of singles," Jeckel said. "He is still learning about his game. Moving him up in doubles with Trent was a big help and allowed the three guys ahead of him to just do what they do in singles."

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Barons Ranked No. 1 in 2A Volleyball Coaches Poll April 9, 2018

This just in: Manheim Central is really good in boys' volleyball.

The defending Section Two champion and Lancaster-Lebanon League runner-up returns all but one player from last year's team that advanced to the semifinals in both the district and state tournaments.

Starting five seniors and two juniors, the Barons are ranked No.1 in Class 2A in the first Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

So far, the Barons are living up to their expectations by starting the season 4-0 in section-play and 6-0 overall.

Last week Manheim sandwiched two wins against weaker teams in Cedar Crest and Lebanon with an impressive victory against section rival Lancaster Mennonite.

They ended the week with a strong performance Saturday in the Northeastern Tourney, which featured as many as 10 ranked teams.

In the 40-team tourney, the Barons breezed through pool-play, beating William Tennent, Central Bucks West, Dallastown and Saegertown, a District 10 power ranked 7th in the state. Central won the match 30-13. No team scored more than 18 points against the Barons in pool-play.

In a crossover game, Central beat Dover and then took two games against Bishop Guilfoyle, which is ranked 8th in the state.

The action got more difficult in the quarterfinals, as the Barons held off Emmaus in a thriller. Emmaus is ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A.

It was a best out of three with games going to 15 points. Central won the first game in overtime, 26-24. They lost the second game 15-10 and held off Emmaus in the third for a 16-14 victory. The Barons were ahead 14-11 in the third, but Emmaus tied things at 14.

Emmaus missed a serve and Central put the next point away for the win.

"It was a pretty intense match," said head coach Craig Dietrich. "Every point mattered. We got what we wanted from this tournament."

Emotionally and physically drained, the Barons started off slow in the first two games against Hempfield in the semifinals and lost to the Black Knights, 25-21 and 25-19.

All in all, Dietrich was pleased with the Barons performance, as Central finished in the final four in the 40-team tourney.

In league play, Central cruised to an easy 3-0 win against Cedar Crest, winning 25-10, 25-17 and 25-14. Starting setter Ben Burkhart missed the game because of illness, forcing several Barons into different roles.

Tanner Stauffer stepped in and Central didn't miss a step, Dietrich said. "Injuries and illness can happen at any time during a season and players have to step up and get used to other roles," Dietrich said. His squad stayed focus and took care of business.

Stauffer served two aces, put up two blocks and added 14 assists during the match. Mason Nissley, an All-State selection last year, added two aces, two blocks and 15 kills. Ben Lehman registered two digs.

Against section rival Lancaster Mennonite, Central started off slow, trailing 6-1 - their biggest deficit on the season.

The Barons chipped away, tying the score 9-9. They had an 8-3 run and took off from there, scoring 14 of the next 24 points to pull away in the first set on their way a 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 win.

The slow start surprised Dietrich, but he said he and his team didn't panic. No timeouts. Just keep playing.

"It is hard to score that many points against us," said Dietrich, coaching in his ninth season with the Barons. "Ben Burkhart had a great set and whenever we are passing well we are difficult to stop; we are tough to beat."

Brandyn Musser, a defensive specialist, stepped up with some big saves and Stauffer and Nissley started hitting on all cylinders.

Nissley finished with15 blocks and two kills. Burkhart compiled 26 assists. Musser had 10 digs.

Against Lebanon, a 25-3, 25-9 25-11 Barons' victory, Dietrich played a lot of his younger players.

It is something he has done in several matches against lesser competition this season, resting his older players and mixing in the underclassmen so the cupboard won't be empty next season.

"It is a blessing in disguise," he said. "The older guys are really good with working with and training the younger guys. They (the underclassmen) don't have to do everything. Just need do their job. Come in and serve. Come in and block. It is easier to play with a 10-point lead."

Some of the younger players making a good impression include Ben Wolford, a junior middle blocker; Jeremiah Zimmerman, a freshman setter; and Blake Wagner, a freshman defensive specialist.

Brad Myer collected 10 kills, Musser had seven digs and Burkhart achieved 20 assists.

Dietrich said he tells players if they play well in practice they will be rewarded with playing time in matches. The Barons anticipate a long season, so getting players some rest is a positive.

TENNIS

In boys' tennis, the Barons lost two tight matches to Lampeter-Strasburg and Lancaster Mennonite both by 4-3 scores. They bounced back with a 5-2 win over Elco to improve their record to 2-2 in Section Two and 4-3 overall.

Head coach Ryan Jeckel said the key in the two losses was not getting out of doubles with wins. In both matches, the Barons were down 2-1 after singles, putting themselves in a bad situation going into doubles.

After graduating 10 seniors (nine of whom were in the top 10 on the squad) from last year's team, a team that won 18 matches, Central is young this season.

They are still learning how to win. It is a work in progress.

"You look at the scores and they are close," said Jeckel, in his 11th season as Barons coach. "On all the courts they are trying to figure it out, learning how to win close matches."

These guys need experience and they will get it next week, as the Barons have matches four straight days and again on Saturday.

Weather has played havoc with all the outdoor spring sports. Tennis players bundled up in sweat shirts battling the wind, when they weren't dealing with snow and rain on their courts.

"Weather has been a big factor," Jeckel said. "This is one of the choppiest seasons I've ever been a part of. My guys don't get days off. They play in the wind."

Senior Trent Martin, the No. 4 seed last season, is the No. 1 seed on the team this year. He is the team captain and the only returning starter.

"He busts it every day," Jeckel said. "He sets the tone every day."

The coach said freshman Andrew Rajartnam, who is playing at the No. 3 spot, is working very hard and moving and trending in the right direction.

Martin and junior Silas Eldeen are playing No. 1 doubles for the first time together this season. They are still learning to play together. Eldeen played at No. 11 on the depth chart last year.

Jeckel tried to get playing time for younger players like Eldeen, Hunter Winters and Tony Stoltzfus during last season's 18-3 campaign, knowing he'd have an inexperienced team this season.

"We build up our schedule to compete at (a high) level, but other teams didn't graduate like we did," Jeckel said. "But the guys are working hard. They are getting better."

Weather has impacted baseball, softball and track & field the most of any Central sports.

BASEBALL

The baseball team beat Elizabethtown two weeks ago and had only one game since, beating Lebanon 9-1 last week. The weather has the Barons taking a wait and see approach.

"The players are handling the adversity the best they can," said head coach Matt Huber. "We've looked at it from a standpoint that we have to practice sometime. We might as well do it now."

To make up for the lack of games, Central plays every day this week - six games in a row.

Going back to that 7-4 E-town win, Huber said the team put the ball in play and applied pressure on the Bears' defense. In only their third time on a real field, he said his pitching and defense were solid.

Tyler Simon had a terrific first outing on the mound and Bryce Eberly was solid in relief. Simon, Taylor Rohrer and Nathan Loser had multiple hits. Drew Mummau and Jake Novak played "fantastic defense," Huber said.

Against Lebanon, the Barons erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to seal the win. Mummau earned the victory, striking out five.

SOFTBALL

In softball, the Barons have played only two games, a 5-3 loss to Warwick two weeks ago and a 5-1 setback against backyard rival Donegal this past Friday night.

"It has been very frustrating, as we have worked very hard as a team to prepare and it is challenging to keep momentum not ever knowing when or if we will play with any consistency," stated head coach Gary Lefever. "It will be extra challenging to get as many games in as possible in a shortened season to hopefully qualify for leagues and districts, but all teams are experiencing the same issues. The ones that stay focused are the ones that will succeed. Manheim will be one of them!"

Lefever said senior BJ Bollinger went 2-for-3 in her debut in left field and sophomore Lilly Wagner, a new starter in right field, has also hit well at the plate.

Senior Maddie Walter took the loss against Donegal, striking out eight and walking four batters.

TRACK

The Barons' boys and girls track team finally swung into action last Friday against Lampeter-Strasburg. Both meets were nail-biters.

The boys won 76-74 and the girls were victorious 80-69.

Head coach Russ White said the boys meet came down to the last two events, the javelin and the 4x400 relay.

L-S led 69-67 when MC freshman Kade Kegarise, throwing for the first time, was able to get second place with a throw of 128-6. And the 4x400 team of junior Zach Reed, senior Preston Martin, senior Dave Merkey and Junior Will Rivers showed a lot of spirit in winning the race in 4:41, White said.

The girls were led by senior Billie Jo Bollinger and sophomore Laura Good.

Bollinger won the high hurdles in 15.3, an honor roll time; the open 400; the 300 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay.

Good won the 100 and 200, both by .1 second in exciting sprint races, White said. Good also won the long jump and took second place in the triple jump. Junior Mallory Sunderland won the 1600 and 3200.

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