Barons Rally For a 5-point Win Over Solanco January 21, 2019
Charlie Fisher says his guys have "really brought it and are playing with a sense of urgency."
That was the case Tuesday, Jan. 15 when the Barons' boys' basketball team put the throttle down and beat Solanco 58-53.
Central led 19-10 after the first quarter, but the Golden Mules had a huge second quarter, going on a 20-4 run to take a 30-23 halftime lead.
Then it was gut check time, as the Barons kept battling back.
"What a game," Fisher, Manheim's head coach, said. "From there (halftime) we just battled the whole second half and chipped away. Their lead got as big as eight and we just kept attacking."
Fisher said senior guard Cam Sell did a great job controlling the game and sophomore guard Cam Eberly had his best offensive game of the year.
Central chipped away behind 18 points in the third quarter and playing strong defense to hold Solanco to seven points in the final stanza.
Sophomore forward Colton Book made two huge free throws for Manheim down the stretch to pull away for the victory. Senior guard Chase Marquette paced the Barons with 12 points, senior guard Chase Brenize added 11 points and Book collected 10 points.
During the Barons' recent success Fisher says Marquette has been hitting 3-pointers, Drew Mummau is playing excellent in his role off the bench and Brenize is turning into a defensive specialist. Fisher also noted that Evan Hosler brings a nice spark off the bench and does all the dirty work.
The result did not go Central's way against Cocalico in a low-scoring 44-37 loss Friday, Jan. 18. Manheim trailed 7-5 after the first quarter and 16-10 at halftime. It was pretty even in the second half as both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter and the Eagles outscored the Barons 15-14 in the fourth.
Marquette led Manheim with 11 points, including a 3-pointer. Sell added 10 points and Hosler netted six.
Steve Waddington, the Barons' rifle coach, was not unhappy with the way Manheim shot this week. The opposition just shot better. The Barons lost two matches to teams with scores of 499, a point away from perfect scores.
Manheim Township outshot the Barons 499-492 on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Freshmen shooters represented Manheim well with Anna Haldeman shooting a 100 and Ellie McCabe notching a 99. Andrew Cunrod, a junior, also shot a 99. He shot last year and has been in some matches this season, but everything clicked well for him against the Blue Streaks.
Against Ephrata, the Barons shot a 495.
"It was a respectable score," Waddington said, "but not when the other team shoots a 499."
Central's top shooter was Olivia Stone, who shot a 100 in the match. Waddington also noted the improved shooting of Stone, a sophomore, who was born with a deformity with her arms (both arms are short), but has overcome this to show continued growth in her shooting.
She uses a wobble stand while shooting. Her elbows are her wrists.
"She's phenomenal," Waddington said. "She holds her weight up with her arms and she shoots a 100."
Besides shooting, she also surfs. In fact, she missed a week of the rifle season to surf in a competition in California for the United States Surf Team. Waddington said Stone could be a top five shooter or be battling for a top five spot now if she did not miss that week.
Stone follows her two brothers, Adam, an L-L League All-Star, and Alex, who shot for Waddington. He remembers a family night at the end of the season a few years ago when families visit the range and Olivia asked to shoot.
"It's been a joy," he said. "I was in tears when she shot in the 80s and it's incredible to see her climbing and now shooting in the 100s or high 90s. "I can't say enough nice things about her."
Haldeman, Cunrod and Brayden Groff each shot a 99 and Kami Groff added a 98.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 the girls' team beat Cocalico 77-66. The Lady Barons had some outstanding performances. Olivia Faulhaber won 50 freestyle (27.45); 100 free (1:02.34) and the girls went 1, 2 and 3 in 100 free with Ashley Hartzler (2nd, 1:05.60) and Lily Redcay (3rd, 1:06.61).
The 200 free relay team of A. Hartzler, L. Redcay, Ellie Fittery and Faulhaber clocked a winning a time of 1:58.17.
McKayla Miller won 100 backstroke (1:18.71). The 400 free relay, which included Layla Hatfield, Mckayla Miller, Talia Galbreath and Kaylin Jury posted a winning 5:06.63.
On Thursday, the team competed against Lampeter-Strasburg but didn't have the depth to pull off an upset. The Pioneers finished on top 107-45.
The boys lost 114-51 to Cocalico. Mason Nissley won the 50 free with a time of 27.15.
The boys fared better against Lampeter-Strasburg, winning the meet 88-57 on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Winners included Ethan Harner in the 200 free (2:18.35); Bryce Fawber in the 200 IM (2:40.37); Josh Varner in the 100 butterfly (1:06.79) and the 200 free relay team of Mason Nissley, Nathan Shearn, Luke Weaver and Josh Varner with a time of 1:48.09. The boys' also went 1, 2, 3 in the 50 free with Varner (25.71), Nissley (26.42) and Charlie Sipel (27.39).
"Both teams had many best times in both meets this week," head coach Heather Fittery said. "I am very proud of how well they all swam."
Cocalico beat Manheim 7-0, but the loss was more because the Eagles bowled well, and not because the Barons did not perform at a high standard.
"The team bowled really well," head coach Alan Sides said. "For the first time this year the team totals were all over 800 for all three games. The team, despite the loss, is steadily improving."
Junior Brandon Henry paced Manheim, rolling a 584 series. Junior Lauren Michael rolled a 570 series.
The Baron grapplers scored an impressive 47-25 win against Garden Spot, Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The following Barons gained falls during the match: Logan Hess, 152 pounds in 3:34; Keegan McCord, 195, 3:09; Owen Von Stetten, 182, 1:00; Tyler Dougherty, 285, 1:55; Dokoda Thomas, 126, 3:46; and Cade Zeamer, 138, 1:32.
Clay Bedi, 160, gained an 8-6 decision. Austin Sauder earned a 13-0 major decision at 170 pounds and Will Betancourt scored a 15-3 major decision at 132.
"We wrestled well," head coach Billy Chamberlain said. "Several kids stepped up. Owen Von Stetten stepped up in his first varsity match of the year. He's a backup, but we moved some people around and got him in."
Thomas was also a backup that got into the starting lineup, and Chamberlain plans to leave him in the starting lineup.
Chamberlain said McCord looked the best he's seen him look this year. Usually he wrestles at 182, but he moved up to 195 as part of a strategy to gain more points in the lineup. The coach noted that Betancourt and Zeamer set the tone for the team as leaders on the mats in practices and in matches.
Chamberlain said Thomas, Betancourt and Zeamer won back-to-back-back matches to set the tone in the win against the Spartans.
The Barons played well in the first and fourth quarters, but struggled in the middle quarters, scoring only 11 points, against Solanco in a 64-38 loss Tuesday, Jan. 15.
"We let them speed us up in the second quarter causing us to take quick shots," said head coach Amanda Burns. "It wasn't a great shooting night and we missed a lot of layups."
Kamryn Miller (six points) hit two 3-pointers in the first half to give Manheim momentum. "Miller is gaining confidence at the varsity level," said Burns. "We like what we see."
Burns added that freshman Paige Snyder also did a great job of getting to the foul line, shooting 5-for-6.
Junior guard Laura Good led the Barons with 11 points. Junior guard Kassidy Michael added eight points, including a 3-pointer, and freshman center Paige Snyder chipped in seven points.
The Barons started off slow, only scoring 10 points in the first half, and despite a great effort in the second half, came up short in a 50-38 loss to Cocalico Friday, Jan. 18.
Good and Miller paced Manheim with seven points each and both had a trey in the contest. Michael added six points and freshman forward Rachel Nolt nailed a triple as part of her five points.
Matmen Survive Challenging Week, Faced 7 Teams January 13, 2019
Talk about a challenging week.
Manheim battled in the crazy environment at Spring Gove and traveled to Elizabethtown on back-to-back nights and competed in the Gettysburg Duals for the gauntlet: locking up against five teams (more on that later).
The Barons suffered their first loss in a tough two-point setback against Spring Grove, 26-34. Barons' coach Billy Chamberlain said the hostile environment was electrifying, with a large, vocal student section and the lights off and a spotlight shining on the wrestlers.
"It was a great experience," he said. "Everybody battled well. We matched up with four of their kids that rank in the state. For some of our wrestlers this was their first meet back from football season and was a great environment to break them in."
Clay Bedi (126 pounds), Kegan McCord (182), Cayden Warner (220), Uriah Warner (106), Will Betancourt (126) and Cade Zeamer (132) all notched wins.
Chamberlain said McCord and Cayden Warner both consistently look to score points and don't let up for six minutes. He also noted that Austin Sauder (152) lost, but by a 10-5 decision to a wrestler ranked 12th in the state.
Central bounced back from its first loss with a 57-17 rout of Elizabethtown. There were several forfeits by E-town which helped lead to the lopsided score.
McCord, Cayden Warner, Brandon Kheuangthirath and Zeamer won by forfeit.
Tyler Dougherty earned a pin in 39 seconds in the 285 weight class. Betancourt gained a pin in 1:14 at 126. Zeamer (132) posted a quick 49 second pin. Logan Hess earned a 3-0 decision at 145. Bedi had a pin at 160 in 2:26.
Chamberlain was pleased with the performance and was impressed with how Dougherty bounced back from a tough loss against Spring Grove to earn a pin. The coach also noted Betancourt gained a first period pin against a strong E-town wrestler.
An interesting note, Manheim's elementary squad wrestled E-town's elementary team on a mat next to the high school teams. After the high school team finished they sat and cheered on the elementary wrestlers.
On Saturday, Jan. 12 Manheim finished 3-2 and in third place out of six teams in the Gettysburg Duals. The Duals consisted of Gettysburg, Bermudian Springs, Dover, Shippensburg and Big Spring.
That means Manheim wrestled five matches in one day. The Barons beat Dover, Shippensburg and Big Spring.
Chamberlain believes this kind of challenge bonds his team and gets them ready for the postseason where they will often wrestle three or four times in a day.
"It is a great way to come together as a team and a program," he said. "It is a physical and mental challenge. The pressure is off yourself and you wrestle more as a family. Tournaments like this are about the team more than individuals. There is a lot of strategy. We try to preach one war, 14 battles."
Betancourt, Cade Zeamer, and McCord went 5-0. Dougherty and Conner Zeamer went 4-1.
In addition to the Barons going 3-2 at the Duals, the middle school team went 5-0 and won the tourney.
The Barons got hot in the second quarter and rode the momentum to a 62-52 victory over Garden Spot Thursday, Jan. 10.
Central got a burst on offense via the 3-point shot, as Rachel Nolt, Kassidy Michael and Leah Minnich each hit treys, and the Barons took a 14-7 first quarter deficit into a 32-25 halftime lead.
With the lead in the third quarter, Manheim played strong, aggressive defense, leading to steals and turnovers and points in transition, sparking the Barons in the second half, head coach Amanda Burns said.
Michael scored a team-high 18 points for Central. The 5-foot-8 junior guard is a spark plug on offense and she set the tone against the Spartans.
"She's the one that energized the offense," Burns said. "She got tons of steals and assists and in the fourth quarter went to the foul line and hit free throws."
Nolt added 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Burns said Nolt, besides her shots from long distance, played good defense and sparked the second quarter turnaround, where the Barons outscored the Spartans 18-8.
Laura Good netted 12 points and played strong defense picking up several steals for the Barons, who collected 17 steals as a team. Paige Snyder finished with seven points and added several big rebounds, Burns said.
The schedule makers were not kind to the Barons, forcing Manheim to play back-to-back nights, as fatigue factored into Central's 43-32 loss to Fleetwood on Friday, Jan. 11, dropping Manheim's record to 2-11.
Michael, who paced the Barons with 19 points, kept Manheim in the game, but Burns said it was difficult to play games on consecutive nights. Central cut Fleetwood's lead to six several times but could get no closer.
Manheim had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with 23 trips to the free throw line. Unfortunately, the Barons only made six foul shots.
"We had an amazing opportunity at the line and didn't make the foul shots," Burns said.
The coach noted that Good, who scored seven points, did a good job rebounding and playing defense and does a lot of things besides scoring with assists and other contributions.
The Barons executed the game plan for three quarters and then lacked energy when they could have had a bigger lead and the game got away from them against Garden Spot in a 45-38 loss Thursday, Jan. 10.
Central jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one quarter and led 23-20 at halftime. The Barons only scored three points in the third quarter and led 26-25 when the Spartans scored the last four points of the quarter to take a 29-26 lead after three quarters.
"We wanted to control pace, which I thought we did, and then we just, I think we got flat," head coach Charlie Fisher said. "We were executing the game plan and I think there were stretches in the third quarter where we could have scored some points and expanded the lead a little bit and we just never did. And Garden Spot just kept crawling back in. I'm surprised we held on as long as we did."
The Spartans broke the Barons' press for four in the fourth quarter and Spot made free throws, scoring 10 of its 16 fourth quarter points from the free throw line.
Cam Sell's layup with 1:07 remaining cut the Spartans' lead to 40-36, but that was close as the Barons would get.
"I thought when we got it to four we needed a bucket and just couldn't get it," said Fisher, whose team record fell to 5-8 after the loss. "We had that one possession where we could have had a kick out for a shot attempt and it didn't happen. I thought we controlled the pace and did what we needed to do and it just got away from us in the end."
Fisher liked how his guys battled and competed and singled out Colton Book's performance and competitiveness. Fisher also said Carson Brenize defended well and Sell controlled the game from his guard position.
Chase Marquette paced the Barons with a team-high 13 points. Sell added seven Book had six.
Central bounced back with a 60-34 win against Middletown on Jan. 12. Book had a team-high 24 points, Sell added 13, Marquette five and Josh Young four points.
The Barons led 11-7 after the first quarter and held the Raiders to 15 points combined in the second and third quarters.
Manheim was on the mark for a 494 to 484 victory over Wilson on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Kami Groff shot a 100, Gage McCabe and Ellie McCabe each had a 99, and Brayden Groff and Carter Nissley each had 98.
"I'd like to see us shoot better, but it was not a bad day," head coach Steve Waddington said. "The positive is a lot of underclassman shot well. It is nice to see the younger kids step up."
The Barons suffered a tough loss against Conestoga Valley on Thursday. The teams were tied at 497 and the match was decided by the sixth shooter. Central's sixth shooter, Anna Haldeman, had a respectable 97. CV's sixth shooter had a 99, giving the win to the Buckskins.
Waddington said he's excited to watch the growth in Haldeman's shooting. "The freshman continues to improve," he said.
The tough loss to CV drops Manheim's record to 4-3, making it difficult for the Barons to win the section title. So Waddington plans to work his underclassman into the lineup. He has 21 kids on the team and will look to rotate players in so he can give younger shooters some experience and build for next year.
Both swim teams lost to Lancaster Catholic last week. The girls fell 114-50 and the boys lost 131-37, but there were some great individual performances.
Olivia Faulhaber (50 free 27.64), Ethan Harner (6:22.76), Kaylin Jury (6:47.84) and Colton Faulhaber (7:19.30) all swam best times in the 500 free.
The Girls 200 medley relay: McKayla Miller, Lily Redcay, Ellie Fittery and Olivia Faulhaber swam a team-best 2:15.07.
Manheim rolled well, but not as well as first place Northern Lebanon, which holds the lead in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The Vikings won 7-0 on Jan. 8 with two out of their five bowlers rolling 650 scores.
Junior Brandon Henry, the anchor for the Barons, scored a team-high 559. Junior Lauren Michael posted 523, which is above her average. Austin Howard had a 522, also above his average.
Manheim had a team average of 751 and rolled a 788 in the second game and an 808 in the third.
"Our team did well, above average, but not well enough for Northern Lebanon," head coach Alan Sides said.
The Barons bounced back and beat last placed Lancaster Mennonite 7-0 on Friday, Jan. 11. It was a win that improved the Barons' record to 21-28 overall.
Manheim's high game was a 747. Henry was the Barons high bowler with a 543 average. Michael rolled a 183 in her second game.
Sides said his team stuck to the game plan and earned the win.
3-0 Baron Matmen Starting to Hit Stride January 7, 2019
All things considered, Will Chamberlain will take a 3-0 record on a team that hasn't fired on all cylinders yet this season.
The Manheim Central wrestling coach said nine or 10 members of his team played football deep into December with the state football finals and are just now getting into grappling shape. There were also some injuries.
He has yet to play with a full squad. But that is about to change.
"Guys are getting healthy," he said. "We're getting up to speed. We are slowing bringing the guys back and we'll have a full lineup this (upcoming) week."
It won't be an easy week, though. The Barons get an always tough Elizabethtown Wednesday, Spring Grove Thursday and square off Saturday in the Gettysburg Duels against Gettysburg and Bermudian Springs.
The Barons eased into their tough stretch with an easy 51-18 victory Wednesday, Jan. 2 against Ephrata, who was short on players, taking five forfeits.
Chamberlain said this match was more about individual battles.
Will Bentancourt, at 126 pounds, is really starting to come into his own, Chamberlain said, adding that his talented junior is looking good and is starting to put moves together. He did just that in making quick work of his Mountaineer opponent, earning a pin in 52 seconds.
Senior Lance Allen gained a pin at 1:29 into his bout at 145 pounds. Connor Carvell gained a 7-2 decision at 170 pounds, and at 182 pounds, Keegan McCord earned a pin 3:32 into his bout.
Chamberlin said Carvell showed a lot of heart in his win and Connor Zeamer gave a great effort, despite losing 8-4 at 138. Zeamer got caught in a five-point move 30 seconds into his bout against an opponent that just missed the state tournament two years ago.
As action heats up, Chamberlain is looking forward to having a full lineup on the mats.
"Our best matches our ahead of us," he said.
The Barons also beat Cocalico 57-18 on Saturday, Jan. 5. Betancourt, Cade Zeamer, Connor Zeamer, McCord and Uriah Warner each earned pins.
Austin Sauder gained an 8-6 decision at 152 and Clay Bedi notched a 3-1 decision at 160.
The boys and girls swim teams have a few key returners. Max Gehman, Josh Varner, Luke Weaver, Nathan Shearn, Ashley Hartzler, Kaylin Jury, Ellie Fittery and Lily Redcay all return to the pool.
Key newcomers include Olivia Faulhaber, Bryce Fawber, Charlie Sipel and Mason Nissley
Both teams are 0-4 on the year and struggle with lack of depth to compete competitively, Barons' swim coach Heather Fittery said.
"With low numbers on the rosters we can't even fill a full lineup at meets," she said. "We strive for best times at meets as the season progresses."
Against Conestoga Valley, the boys lost 113-46 and the girls lost 120-43.
Fittery said her swimmers swam well.
"We had a few swim their best times for this season, including Josh Varner in the 50 free and 100 fly, Kaylin Jury in the 500 free, Olivia Faulhaber in the 50 free, Ashley Hartzler in the 100 free and Ethan Harner in the 500 free."
The Barons graduated 10 shooters from last year's team and return only two shooters that shot in every match last year. Barons coach Steve Waddington has four shooters with match experience.
And yet his team is 3-2, suffering both losses by a total of two points. So the future looks bright.
"I'm very pleased with how we are shooting," Waddington said. "When you lose by one point it means it is pretty even. With not having tons of depth coming, back I'm happy with how they are doing."
One of those two losses came against undefeated Elizabethtown in a 495-494 setback on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Top shooter Gage McCabe, a junior, is averaging a score of 99. He shot a 100 in the loss to E-town. No. 2 shooter Brayden Groff, a junior, is averaging a 99.2. He has some match experience, having shot in some matches last year. He shot a 98 against the Bears.
Lexi Kohler, a senior, shares the No. 3 spot with freshman Ellie McCabe. Both average 98.6; both have shot 100 in a match. Ellie McCabe is the sister of Gage McCabe. The younger McCabe notched a 98 against the Bears.
Hunter Shoop, a junior, holds the No.5 spot, averaging a 98.2. He shot a 98 against E-town.
The loss to E-town came down to the thickness of a hair, Waddington said. "Our shots were either in or out, while the Bears had two shots that they were plug in," he said.
"It is a game of less than inches," Waddington said. "It was more like a game of millimeters."
With the top two bowlers graduating and four seniors not coming back for this season, the bowling team is retooling this year, Barons' coach Alan Sides said.
This year's squad is junior and sophomore dominated and has no seniors or freshman on the team.
Junior Brandon Henry is the Barons' top bowler, averaging a 185 score. He returns from last year's squad. No. 2 bowler Lauren Michael, a junior, is averaging 165. This is her third year bowling.
Junior Austin Howard averages 160 at the No.3 spot in the bowling order. The No.4 and No.5 bowlers is a mixture of three bowlers. Junior Oren Martin averages 127. It is his first year bowling.
"He's improving each week," Sides said. "From not hitting 100 to being more consistent, his scores are going up each week."
Adam Moyer, a sophomore, and John Greenwald, a junior, average 124 and 123, respectively.
Three other bowlers looking to crack the top five include Cole Shontz, a junior and a second-year bowler, who averages 105. Adrian Ryan, a junior, and Sarah Rhodes, a sophomore, both average between 90-100.
The Barons beat Elco 5-2 on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Sides said his top three bowlers really bowled well and put up some good scores, including Martin having a 170 game.
Manheim suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Ephrata. Sides said his No. 2 and No.3 bowlers struggled and the other bowlers did well, but just didn't bowl well enough to put them over the top.
No. 1 bowler Henry had a great day, posting a 614 for three games. It is the kind of performance Sides has come to expect.
"He is very consistent and hits his mark very well," Sides said about Henry. "He's our most consistent bowler on the team, and that's why he's our anchor."
The Barons' 1-10 record is not indicative to how they've played, but there is a pattern materializing during Manheim games. The Barons fall behind early, digging themselves a hole, fight back and make it close, only to have the opposition pull away, likely connecting on free throws to seal the win.
That pattern reared its ugly head again last week in losses to York Catholic and Lampeter-Strasburg.
York Catholic held off Central 54-41. Catholic held a 20-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Barons came roaring back in the second, outscoring the Fighting Irish 16-8 to trail 28-27 at halftime.
It was 37-33 Irish after three quarters, but fouls and more accurately, foul shooting, allowed Catholic to outscore the Barons 17-8 in the final quarter and pull away for the win.
"I thought the girls still played good defense in the third quarter," head coach Amanda Burns said. "Paige Snyder picked up her fourth foul and I had to sit her. She does a lot of inside work for us with rebounds. We had issues with her being out of the game and York Catholic getting offensive rebounds."
Forced into an even smaller lineup than normal, the guard-heavy Barons were outrebounded and forced to foul. In fact, eight of the Fighting Irish's 17 fourth quarter points came from the free throw line.
It was the same issue in the first quarter, where Catholic scored seven of its 20 points from foul shots. For the game, they scored 16 points on free throws.
Junior guards Laura Good and Kassidy Michael scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Each added a 3-pointer. Freshman Rachel Nolt added nine points and a 3-pointer.
Against L-S, the Barons lost 44-32, but this was a close game after three quarters.
Manheim only trailed by four point at halftime was behind 33-28 after three quarters, but were outscored 11-4 in the final stanza. Fouls were an issue for the Barons, as L-S scored six of its 11 fourth quarter points from the charity stripe.
"Our game plan worked," Burns said. "We took away their best player, but we fouled too much and they hit their foul shots. We dig ourselves a hole and then have to dig out of it. We've talked as a team about what we need to do to start a game and come out more aggressive."
Michael led the Barons with 11 points and Good added 10, including a 3-pointer.
Despite the losses, Burns is pleased with how the young team continues to learn and get better.
"No doubt, in every game we've played in I've been pleased with the effort," she said. "They take the feedback and improve. ...Section Three is so competitive and so are the crossover games. The tough schedule will benefit us. They all want to win. No question, the effort is there and they're on board. I couldn't ask for anything else."
Lampeter-Strasburg beat Manheim 48-29 on Friday, Jan. 4. The Pioneers jumped out a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and led 23-16 at halftime, a lead that increased to 34-20 after three quarters.
Senior Cam Sell led the Barons with nine points. Colton Book added 6 points and Carson Brenize netted five.
Manheim bounced back with an impressive 55-48 victory over Hershey Saturday, Jan. 5. The Barons led 23-18 at halftime and extended the lead to 35-27 after three quarters.
Seniors Drew Mummau and Chase Marquette paced the Barons with nine points each. Brenize added eight points.
Barons Settle For Second in PIAA Tilt December 10, 2018
From the steamy hot turf in August to the frigid temperatures in December, Manheim grinded.
The Barons journey ended last Friday night on the football field at HersheyPark Stadium in a 36-31 PIAA Class 5A Finals loss to Penn Hills (16-0).
The state finals may be the ending point, but the journey began 12 months earlier in the weight room in Manheim.
Three days after they lost the state semifinal in 2017, the Barons were sweating and pumping iron preparing for a long run this season. Central (14-1) started the season 14-0 and captured its 18th District Three title in program history and a Section Two title in the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
"Ever since then, we believed we could be here," said wide receiver/defensive back Isaac Perron, who hauled in his season-high eighth interception during the final. "It was a dream come true to play at this level, and you know what, in the end, it is just a life lesson.
"You have to keep your head up. We played like a brotherhood, and I am proud every one of these players and the community and coaches. I couldn't be more thankful to God for all this and the opportunity I had to play for Manheim Central."
So what happened? What prevented the Barons from an undefeated season and the program's second state title since 2003.
Baron linebacker Landan Moyer said the Barons didn't execute on offense or defense and they allowed too many big plays.
He's partially correct. The offense did move the ball, outgaining Penn Hills in total yards 437 to 331 and ran 20 more plays on offense (68 to 48). It's just that the offense didn't execute in the red zone.
Five times in the first half Manheim had the ball inside the Indians' 20-yard line, three times inside the 10, and scored once. They turned the ball over three times on interceptions and once on downs.
They outgained Penn Hills by 60 yards and had five more first downs in the first half, yet trailed 18-7 at halftime. Blown coverage on an Indians' 74-yard touchdown pass was a blow for the defense in the first half.
"We just hurt ourselves, really," said Perron, who had 3 catches for 38 yards in the game. "You only get one shot and we came up short, unfortunately. It is hard."
After turning the ball over on downs on their first possession, Perron made an incredible interception, hauling in the pass while falling down. The Barons scored three plays later from 24 yards out on Flick's 31st rushing TD on the season.
The Barons defense, and poor kicking by Penn Hills, gave Central great field position all night. But after scoring on its second possession of the game, Manheim quarterback Evan Simon (13-for-29 255 yards, 2TDs) was picked off on four straight possessions.
Central trailed 30-7 but never gave up, rallying with scores from Tyler Flick (15-yard run), Colby Wagner (64-yard TD catch), Nico Galava 37-yard field goal and Perron (18-yard TD catch) cutting the score to six points with three seconds remaining. Penn Hills recovered the on-side kick, ending the game.
After the game, the team continued its tradition of thanking the band and huddled around their coach, Dave Hahn, who has continued the great winning ways from Mike Williams. Hahn, who just completed his fourth season, has a 48-7 career record and is 26-2 in his last 28 games.
He told his troops they will be okay, that they will feel the pain, but it will pass. He said the underclassman will have a chance to get back here, but he feels for the seniors, who helped further the winning tradition in Manheim.
Players and coaches embraced and shared their thoughts on their 12-month journey.
"The journey was long and hard and never easy," Flick said. "We worked our tails off to get where we were. Nothing was given to us. There were so many hours in the weight room, out on the field running. So many hours together as a team."
"It's been nothing but fun for me," said Hahn, who has a 34-3 record in his last 36 games. "I love that grind. I love working with the kids, getting into that weight room and developing these kids so they can compete on this high stage, at this level. It is just fantastic."
Tyler Dougherty, one four senior offensive lineman, said their classes blended together this season, that sophomores hung out with seniors and there were no cliques with the juniors. They bonded like they were just one class.
"This group has just been special since the beginning, he said. "We've known, since the start, that this was going to be a special season. It shows that we are going to fight until the end, until there are triple zeros on the clock. We are just going to fight together, fight as a family, fight as one."
Moyer, a senior linebacker had a gigantic game, collecting 16 tackles. He believes things started clicking for the Barons during Week One of the season against Susquehanna Township.
"I thought we came out flat in the pregame, but when the game hit, we lit it up and I was like we got a shot. We're good," said Moyer, who was named L-L League Outstanding Linebacker. He finished the season with 134 tackles and 5.5 sacks."
Offensive tackle Josh Painter, who only started playing football in ninth grade, said most of his teammates grew up together playing on the midget level. He said things started coming together while they were in the weight room last winter. They talked about it. They knew this was their year to make it here.
"We did everything we could this year and just came up a little short," Painter said. "Second place isn't something to be mad about and I am sure proud of this team."
Offensive linemen like Dougherty and Painter deserve a lot of credit for the success Flick has had a running back. The senior broke many of Dan Kreider's career rushing records and is the program's all-time leader in rushing. He finished with 1,819 yards this season and 32 touchdowns and was quick to credit others for his success.
"I'd be an idiot if I didn't give credit to everyone else on the offensive line, the wide receivers, the quarterback," Flick said. "They do is hand the ball off to me and all I do is just run. Half those plays, no one touched me. It is all credit to them. Without them I would not have anything."
Flick is part of a successful senior class that finished as state runner-up this year and made the state semis in 2007, winning back-to-back district crowns and three straight section titles.
But not everyone was sold that they'd go as far as they did this season. Moyer had some reservations.
"We accomplished a lot," he said. "To tell you the truth, I did not think we would make it here. I knew we had a great group of guys growing up and I knew we'd go far, but it is a blessing getting here. A shout out to everyone who helped get us here."
Hahn, with arm around senior defensive back Evan Hosler, said the seniors meant everything to him.
"These guys are like the back bone of our program," he said about the seniors. "These seniors have given us so much for three years. I owe them so much for their hard work, their dedication, their sacrifice, everything they've done."
Here are end of the season statistics from key offensive contributors. Senior wide receivers Will Rivers finished the year with 33 catches, 707 yards, 6 TDs and Perron added 28 catches, 439 yards, and 2 TDs. Junior Colby Wagner contributed 27 catches, 836 yards and 12 TDs and Ben Wagner, also a junior, finished with 22 catches, 449 yards, 4 TDs.
Simon, who had a strong season at quarterback and played four brilliant games leading to the state final, completed the season passing for 2,749 yards and 30 TDs.
It was Week Three of the season against Warwick when Hahn started to take notice that this team might be special.
"When we beat Warwick when were down ten and came back to win 27-20 and then turned around and pretty much played a bad game against Wilson but beat them 20-10, I knew we had something going on," he said. "I knew we could be down and be resilient and still play, that there was something special about these guys.
"I probably knew there was something special about these guys before that, but I knew they were a great group. I am going to miss these guys."
Barons' Bond, Brotherhood, Work Ethic Fuels Tradition December 10, 2018
The bond, the brotherhood, the recipe for success in life.
These were reasons why members of the 2003 Manheim Central state champion football team was rooting for this year's Barons squad.
Unlike members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins that celebrate every year when the last undefeated team loses, alumni from the 2003 Manheim Central football team wanted the 2018 version to win the state title, to add to the brotherhood.
Unfortunately, there is still only one state champion football team in Manheim, as the current team lost for the first time this year in a 36-31 heartbreaker to Penn Hills (16-0) last Friday night at HersheyPark Stadium.
"We want that tradition to continue," said Jarryd Moyer, the quarterback on the 2003 team. "I have kids and nephews and I want to see the program continue its success. I'd love to see Coach Hahn coach my son."
Incidentally, star middle linebacker Landan Moyer on the 2018 team is Moyer's cousin. This summer their grandfather died and Jarryd Moyer pulled his young cousin aside and said, "Every tackle made this year, think of Paw Paw."
Landan Moyer took it to heart, leading the Barons (14-1) in tackles with 134 (16 in the state final) and 5.5 sacks this season.
"He's made our family very proud," said Jarryd Moyer, who now works as vice president of operations for Power Train Sports and Fitness.
Ryan Buchter, a linebacker on the 2003 team, said making a state final brings the entire town of Manheim together. He is also a distant cousin to junior linebacker Clay Bedi, who was credited with a tackle in the sate final, but was injured on the final play of the game, an on-side kick. He was carted off the field and hospitalized overnight but was released and looks to have avoided serious injury.
Now 33 years old, Butcher can't believe it's been 15 years since his team won the title.
He still gets his hair cut in Manheim at Chad's Barber shop, where a poster of the 2003 team hangs on the wall. They'll always be remembered.
"There were some other great teams that didn't get there," he said, "but that's what built the legacy."
He said life doesn't end with the state final game. He retired after a career in the Marines, graduated from West Chester University and is now a stay-at home dad, raising two boys.
Mike Byrne, the center on the 2003 squad, now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a sales representative for a medial device company that sells knee and hip replacements. He met his wife while playing football in the Canadian Football League.
His team was committed to winning, but that is not a new idea in Manheim. They learned from the guys ahead of them and it carried through. He said he is still friends with head coach Dave Hahn, who was his offensive line coach in 2003. He said Hahn has not changed a good recipe for success.
Byrne said winning is nice, but having the success this year's squad had, just like his 2003 team, allows players to see what you can do if you work hard.
"This is a bond that will last a life time," he said. "Many guys on that 2003 became successful. Maybe there is something that you just know if you work hard, put your nose down that you can achieve a great goal. Maybe it set us up for winning in life, that self-confidence that we believed we could do things."
Josh Painter, the starting offensive tackle on this year's team, said despite the loss, his team will be bonded.
"It stinks," Painter said, "but it (playing in the finals) brought everyone together. I will never forget a person on this team, this memory, this night."
Jarryd Moyer has another connection with the current team. He knows the family of junior quarterback Evan Simon, and says from talking with Simon and knowing his work ethic, the future is bright for the Barons.
"There is some pressure with being a quarterback in a town like Manheim," Moyer said. "There have been so many good quarterbacks over the years. He's good. He handles pressure well. He's very smart. He came to train at our facility and I talked to him. I told him to remember three things: Stay humble, stay hungry and stay smart. I saw him months later and I asked him if he remembered what I told him and he recited all three."
What both teams have in common is a strong work ethic. No one outworks kids in Manheim, the alums said. Playing in the state finals will only fuel future teams to work hard to get back.
"I'll tell you what is going to happen," said Hahn, who just completed his fourth year as the head coach. "These kids, they're tough kids and they know what is at stake. And Monday, they will be in the weight room. It's just the way we are wired. Some guys will take a little bit of a break, because they need it, but there will be guys that will say, 'Coach, I want to be back there, in the weight room.' I won't have to ask them or tell them. They'll just come in.
"The junior high kids are already in Monday. And that's what makes our program. People get mad at us, for whatever reason, and I really don't care anymore, but hate us for working hard? So what. I'm not apologizing for working hard. That's the name of the game and that's what these kids do.
"And I am going to give them everything I have while I am the coach so they can have opportunities like this."
To play for championship, have success in life and form bonds that last a lifetime.
Barons Roll Into State Finals, 34-12 December 5, 2018
As the Upper Dublin bus pulled into the parking lot and players walked into the stadium, someone asked a player - likely being sarcastic - if they had a long drive.
A player said, "No....About two minutes."
Manheim Central made that drive home seem a lot longer by handing the Cardinals a 34-12 drubbing in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals at Wissahickon High School on Friday, Nov. 30.
The victory advances the Barons to the state final at 7 p.m. Friday at HersheyPark Stadium against Penn Hills (15-0).
Several players said they remember watching past Manheim teams play for the state title and are looking forward to having their chance to play in the big game.
Senior defensive back Isaac Perron told reporters after the game that he was three years old and watched the Barons win the state title at Hershey in the snow in 2003 and was nine in 2009 and watched from the stands with his parents when the team lost.
"It's a dream come true," he told reporters.
All 3 Phases
So far, in four postseason games, the Barons have outscored their opponents 175 to 60.
The previous three postseason games the offense and, specifically, the passing game, shined for Central. The defense has been rock solid and made several key defensive plays.
Against Upper Dublin, however, it was the special teams that rose to the occasion.
There was a tipped punt and a blocked punt, a blocked extra point attempt and a long punt return by Colby Wagner.
The Barons' offense had great starting field position because of special teams and its defense. Oh, and place kicker Niko Gavala made two field goals.
"I think special teams and defense played a key role for us," head coach Dave Hahn said. "Special teams had some big plays with a tipped punt and an outright block that gave us great field position on offense. The defense came up with some big plays."
Already ahead 7-0, the Barons' Tyler Hartl blocked a punt at the UD 23-yard line and recovered the block at the 5, giving Manheim great field position. Three plays later, Central quarterback Evan Simon scored on a 4-yard run to put Manheim up 14-0 and clearly swing momentum in the Barons' favor.
"The guys definitely picked it up after that," Hartl told reporters after the game. "We got some energy. We played good throughout the half. Every special teams play counts."
"Oh, yeah, that changed the game," Perron added. "That just swung the momentum. That was huge. That second blocked punt just fired us up and we were going and kept going."
Central kept it going and poured it on to put the game out of reach, taking a 21-6 lead into halftime and led 31-6 after a Gavala 38-yard field goal with 46 to go in the third quarter. (He added a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter).
The Central defense came up big as well. UD ran nine plays to start the game and punted on its first four possessions. In the first half, the Barons had two sacks, two blocked punts, an interception and three tackles for losses.
On offense, Simon finished the first half 6-for-12 for 72 yards passing, an interception and 2 TDs (one rushing, one passing). He fired an 11-yard TD pass to Ben Wagner to put Central ahead 21-6 late in the second quarter.
"We pride ourselves on playing all three facets of the game," Hahn said. "We are not one dimensional. We are three dimensional."
This might have been Manheim's best balance between passing and rushing in four postseason games this season. For much of the season, the passing game took a backseat to the rushing attack. Senior running back Tyler Flick had 30 touchdowns on the year and had 12 TDs rushing in a three-game stretch late in the season. Central also put teams away early in games and did not need to pass.
In the postseason it's been a different story. Teams have attempted to take away the run and force Central to pass. Simon has thrown and thrown the ball well, passing for 780 yards and 10 TDs in the three games leading up to state semis against UD.
Against the Cardinals, Central rushed for 178 yards on 38 attempts and passed for 175 on 22 attempts. They finished with 360 yards of total offense.
"I don't think it is so much of being that good on offense, but we are smart enough to run different things on offense," Hahn said. "We try to take advantage of what the defense gives us.
"Upper Dublin was very aggressive and fast; they were faster than I thought from watching tape. We took advantage of what they gave us."
Hahn has eyes in the sky, so to speak, veteran coaches watching from above in the press box. Mike Williams talks to Hahn on a headset about what he sees when the Barons are on offense and Frank Barton shares his observations with Hahn about what he sees on defense.
The communication between the assistants and head coach is a key for putting players in positions to succeed, and these coaches have found mismatches for big plays during this postseason.
An interesting note, the Barons likely could have played better in the first half. The reception on the headsets the Manheim coaches were using was not good against UD and they were struggling with communicating to Hahn, who eventually told Williams and Barton to come down and watch and talk to him from the field.
"They only time we could really talk and make adjustments was at halftime, but we still managed and got the win," said Hahn, who improved his career record to 48-6 and 26-1 over the last 27 games.
It is a veteran coaching staff and their knowledge, Hahn said, is essential for putting the kids the right position.
"I think our coaches try to put our kids in the best situation," Hahn said. "They care about them and want to get the best out of them. Our coaches know what they are doing. Mike has 34 years as a head coach and 50 years as a coach. Tom Getz has 40-plus years, and Tom Waranavage 20-plus years. They've seen and done a lot."
Flick got the scoring started for Central, bursting into the end zone on a 4-yard run on the Barons' second possession. He led the rushing attack in the first half with 10 carries for 38 yards and finished with 17 carries for 85 yards.
Flick, the school's all-time leader in rushing, has been forced to take back seat on offense, but his effort and performance on defense at linebacker stands out. With 11 tackles, he led a defensive unit that held UD to 220 total yards (175 pass, 45 rush). He was part of three tackles for a loss and added a sack.
After getting hurt last season against Cocalico and missing games in the postseason, including Central's semifinal loss, Flick appears to be making up for lost time.
"Tyler is a work horse for us," Hahn said. "He wants to do so well for the team. It is not about him. It is all about the team. He gets down on himself when he thinks he is not helping us enough. I had to sit him down and talk with him a few weeks ago. I told him how important he is for us. I told him that it is okay if teams take him away on offense because it will open up our passing game and he will have more energy on defense.
"He's been lights out. He's playing like he's got something to prove, with a little edge, after missing games at the end of last year."
Another senior playing lights out is receiver/defensive back Will Rivers, who, like Flick, made an impact on offense and defense. He finished second on the team in tackles with eight and caught five passes for 106 yards, including a 78-yard TD.
Last year Hahn said Rivers would hang his head a bit if he didn't make a play or a pass was off and the Barons didn't complete the play.
"This year he's playing with so much confidence, a little swag," Hahn said. "You can see it in his play.
"Will is not the biggest guy on the team, but at times he plays like he is. He's not tall, like 5-foot-7, and weighs about 150 pounds, but he won't back down from anything. He had a catch on a hitch from five yards out and took it 70 yards. He took a hit and kept going."
What will it take to bring Manheim its second state title in football?
"Score more points than the other team. I love that answer," Hahn said and laughs.
"Penn Hills is really fast. We need to neutralize their speed," he said. "I don't know whether that means containing them in the box. ...The last four games have been very physical games and I expect that to be the case again this week. You expect that and we need to do it one more game. Make it our type of game."
And a long ride home for Penn Hills.
Barons Clinch Second Straight District Crown November 26, 2018
The talented Manheim Central band should add one more number to their wonderful repertoire - the theme song to "Jaws."
Duunn, dunn... duuunnn, dun... duuuunnn, dun, dun, dun.
Play the song when the Barons are on offense, because something bad is about to happen to the opposition.
Cocalico experienced this first hand Friday, Nov. 23 at Manheim Township High School, as Manheim's offense struck fast and furious and made quick work of the Eagles in a dominating 48-14 victory that clinched their second straight District Three Class 5A championship.
"It feels good. It feels really good," head coach Dave Hahn said. "I am proud of the kids, because we busted our tail for the last year to get to this point and to play a team like Cocalico. I am proud of them, and to repeat; we haven't done that since 2004-2005 and 2003, 2004 and 2005. So to do that again, I think that's the mark of a good team and a good program."
Manheim (13-0) will travel to Wissahickon High School Friday and face Upper Dublin (13-1) in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals in a 7 p.m. tilt. If the Barons win Friday against Upper Dublin, the District One champ, which beat West Chester Bayard Rustin 35-28, they will play for the state title Friday, Dec. 7 at HersheyPark Stadium.
Just like the previous two opponents - Governor Mifflin and Cedar Cliff - Cocalico defenders moved closer to the line of scrimmage, attempting to take away running back Tyler Flick and the Barons' running game.
As the Eagles moved closer to the line of scrimmage in the second quarter, ...duuunn, dunn... duuunn, dun, dun, dun - one got the sense something big was about to happen.
The Barons were up 7-0 and had the ball. First-and-10, ball on the Central 19, 2:49 left in the second quarter and Eagles were playing man coverage and played the Barons on the inside.
Take away the run, no problem.
Evan Simon threw the ball and threw it deep.
The talented junior quarterback hooked up with wide receiver Colby Wagner for an 81-yard touchdown down the left sideline. Wagner caught the ball in stride at the Cocalico 45-yard line, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone.
After three plays and a punt by Cocalico, the Barons ran the ball three times, bringing the defense close to the line of scrimmage, and then MC went to the air again - this time a 62-yard score from Simon to Wagner down the right sideline.
That's two touchdowns in less than two minutes and a 21-0 lead with 4.7 seconds until halftime.
"That was huge," Wagner said about the two quick scores before the break. "That gave us a lot of confidence. If we got outside we knew we could beat them and Evan could just chuck it up and we'd get it.
"It was just a go, a straight go down the field. I just had to beat the guy inside and then cut outside and Evan just threw a great ball. It was the same play on both TDs."
"It wasn't so much watching film," said Simon, who led an offensive attack that totaled 560 yards. "Colby came over and said, 'this is it, I'm going to beat him.' And we took advantage of it. He's a stud."
Manheim ended the second quarter with a flurry, scoring on its final three possessions. Simon and what he calls his "Air Raid Attack" threw for second quarter TDs of 16, 81 and 62 yards.
"It just goes to show how our offense is balanced," said Simon, who completed 12-of-18 passes for 373 yards and five TDs. "If they load the box, we are going to air it out. If they are protecting (against) 'the Air Raid,' we are going to run the ball."
Central got the ball to start the second half and scored four plays into their possession. Same pattern - three runs and a passing TD. This time it was a 35-yard strike from Simon to Wagner down the right sideline. It was Simon's fourth TD pass on four consecutive passing attempts.
Wagner caught three of those TDs and finished with five catches for 218 yards.
The Wagner family scored four TDs, as Colby's twin brother, Ben, hauled-in Simon's first TD pass and first points of the game, capping an 11-play 90-yard scoring drive with a 16-yard catch. It was only the second pass on the drive and first completion.
"The play was I run a comeback and someone else runs a go," Ben Wagner said. "Coach Hahn told me I had to beat the man and he asked me if I could catch it and I said, yeah, and he said, 'keep your word.' So I hustled and kept my word."
Fullback Jack Harbach scored on an 11-yard touchdown run with 2:26 remaining in the third to make it 35-0 and put the game into a mercy rule and a running clock.
Flick and Landan Moyer capped the scoring for the Barons. Flick, who owns many rushing records at Manheim and is one of the all-time best backs in a long history of great backs, had 112 yards rushing on 16 carries. Defenses have focused on stopping him, forcing Central coaches to use other players on offense.
"Obviously, it is frustrating, but I know it is for the good of the team," Flick said. "It opens up the passing and that gets us winning, and that's all that matters to me, just winning as a team."
Flick, a senior, is also a standout on defense. He led a group that stymied the Cocalico offense and held Eagles' star quarterback Noah Palm to 66 yards rushing.
Cocalico started the game with four punts (five total), a fumble and turned the ball over on downs.
The Eagles finished with 237 rushing yards (most came in the fourth when the game was out of reach) and only 37 yards passing. Another key statistic: Cocalico had the ball for 12 minutes in the game and Manheim 36:00.
"Our defense did a great job," Hahn said. "Our defensive coordinator, Tom Waranavage, had a great game plan. He did an awesome job. I am proud of him. I am proud of the kids, the way they stepped up, because that is one heck of an offense they've got."
Moyer led Central in tackles with 10 (two solo, 8 assists). Will Rivers (three solo, six assists) and Flick (four and five) each had nine tackles.
For Manheim, the district title is the 18th in program history.
Flick said it feels good knowing all the hard work in the offseason paid off. Central's nonleague games were challenging, as all four teams - Susquehanna Township, Hempfield, Warwick and Wilson - all made the postseason. Yet the Barons found a way to win and remain undefeated.
"This year was harder, for sure," he said. "Our first four games, those were really tough for us, but we grinded through that. It was just hard work."
"It is a blessing," Simon said. "This is our second time in two years. This is awesome. I am excited and proud of all these guys, especially the seniors, how they led the way last year as juniors and this year as seniors."
Now, Colby Wagner said, they move on and look to next week.
It's on to the state playoffs. A chance to play the "Jaws" theme or "Crazy Train," if the Barons marching band is taking requests.
Barons top Cedar Cliff, Advance to District Final November 18, 2018
On the football field, there are two sides to quarterback Evan Simon's game.
One moment he's 1-for-8 and 2-for-7 passing with two interceptions and the next moment he's 3-for-4 with 103 yards passing and two touchdowns in 20 seconds.
That's the way things went for Simon and the Barons Saturday night in the District Class 5A semifinals at Manheim, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance and a 42-20 victory against Cedar Cliff.
The Barons (12-0) are going back to the district championship, where they will seek their 18th district crown. They will meet Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two rival Cocalico in the final set for Friday, Nov. 23 at a location to be determined. Central beat Cocalico earlier this season, rallying for a 41-23 triumph on Sept. 28 in Denver.
Saturday's district semifinal game, which was delayed a day because of snow, only postponed the eventual outcome: A Barons' victory and trip back to the district finals.
But the victory, a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs, was far from easy.
"In any championship caliber game like this there are peaks and valleys and you just have to maintain your composure, which I thought we did a good job of," head coach Dave Hahn said. "We didn't let the peaks get too high for us and we didn't let the valleys get too low for us. We constantly talk about composure."
Central started off strong, taking the opening kickoff and marching 72 yards on 10 plays (nine runs), capped by a 1-yard run by Simon. The extra point was blocked.
Manheim went into a funk on offense and defense, punting twice and throwing two straight interceptions and allowing the Colts to take a 7-6 lead, an advantage it appeared Cedar Cliff would take into halftime before Central noticed an advantage, exposed it and put the hammer down.
On a third-and-9 from the Cedar Cliff 39 and with 50 seconds remaining in the half, Simon pump faked and then lofted a pass down the Central sideline and receiver Will Rivers hauled it in at the 14 and raced into the end zone.
Simon connected with tight end Landan Moyer over the middle for the two-.point conversion and a 14-7 Manheim lead.
After the TD, the Barons recovered their onside kick and one play later Simon, with great time form his offensive line, stepped up in the pocket and found receiver Colby Wagner, on a hitch-and-go, for a 49-yard TD with 34 seconds left before intermission.
Wagner (4 catches, 114 yards) caught the ball on the Barons' sideline at the 11-yard line, cut back inside and raced to the end zone to help put Manheim up 21-7, scoring twice in the last minute before halftime.
"We kind of thought we could beat the corner back on the weak side and Colby just made a great play," Hahn said. "The second touchdown was more or less, a minute left, and I just wanted to be aggressive and we've practiced that onside (kick) and I just wanted to get after them and that's what we did."
"We saw that they were switching and the corner would stay down," said Rivers, who had two catches for 53 yards. "I just go on a quick out and stop like I was not getting the ball and go again and just use my speed to get down the sideline. A hitch and go."
"They were crucial," Simon said about the two TDs before halftime. "We scored two times in 20 seconds. We saw it on film throughout the week. There were certain guys we could take advantage when we needed to."
About those two sides to Simon: One minute Simon, a junior, is talking about taking about advantage he saw on film, the Xs and Os that led to two quick scores before halftime.
The next moment he's talking about making up plays in the huddle to help Central score a 36-yard TD to give the Barons some breathing room in what was a one-point game (21-20).
"It really wasn't a design play," Wagner said about his second TD catch, the one that helped the Barons pull away 28-20. "Evan just told me to run up the field and he'd chuck it. I just jumped up and got it."
It was sort of a play-ground play.
"Yeah it was, kinda," Simon said, with a smirk, after throwing his 51st career TD pass. "He (Wagner) was my third read. They (Cedar Cliff) took away my first two options. I was like bang, bang, Bang!"
Sort of Brett Farve-like. One minute the gunslinger. The next the Aaron-Rogers tactician.
"He just got confident and started throwing more," Wagner said about Simon, who finished the game completing 9 of 22 passes for 232 yards.
Before the game was over, the Barons knocked out two Cedar Cliff quarterbacks. Starter Chris Dare left with an ankle injury in the first quarter and was replaced by Bobby Whalen, who ran wild on the Central's defense, rushing for 152 yards.
The Barons' D eventually figured out how to contain him and he wobbled off field with an apparent injury and was replaced at QB for Cliff's last two possessions late in the fourth quarter.
"When 12 (Dare) got hurt we knew there would be a change at quarterback," defensive end Jack Harbach said. "Coach put a good game plan together. It just took us a while to execute. Obviously, we were game planning for number 12 all week. Once we got it rolling, we got pressure on him (Whalen) and made him scramble a lot. Our D-line, once we got contain on him, we started making plays on him."
Speaking of the "D," Tyler Flick was all over the field and made several big stops when it looked like Whalen and running back Jaheim Morris were about to break free for large gains. Flick, Central's all-time leading rusher, was held to 28 yards on 12 carries, but he used his energy on D, collecting 10 tackles (three solo and seven assists).
When Dare was in the game, the Barons D forced three straight punts. Cedar Cliff had starting field positions of its own 9, 7 and 16 yard lines on three straight possessions.
Then Simon was hit while throwing and his pass was intercepted. The Colts took over on their own 48, their best field position at that point in the game. They scored four plays later to take a 7-6 lead with 4:40 left in the second quarter.
Trailing 21-7, Cedar Cliff got the ball to start the second half and slowly marched down the field, capping a 15-play, 89-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard run by Whalen that took nearly eight minutes off the clock to start the third quarter.
After Central's fourth punt on the night, the Colts scored on a 5-play drive when Whalen ran up the middle for a 14-yard TD. They missed the extra point to keep Central up 21-20 with 1:08 remaining in the third.
The Barons only ran six plays in third quarter. After punting for the fifth time, Cedar Cliff was driving and momentum was clearly on the side of the Colts.
Trailing 21-20 on a third-and-11 from the Colts' 42, Whalen threw a screen pass and had a wide open receiver, running back Morris, who would have the first down and likely a big gain with open field, but Rivers at cornerback, reached back and tipped the ball, forcing an incompletion and a Cedar Cliff punt.
"We were doing a blitz and I came in and I was not expecting the back to come out on a flat route and I just got lucky that he threw it kind of low and I was able to tip it out of his (Morris) reach," said Rivers, who had eight tackles (five solo, three assists).
Three plays later, on a third-and-3 from the Cedar Cliff 36, Simon "chucked it up" to Wagner, who leaped in the air and pulled the ball in at the 10 and raced into the end zone and the Barons never looked back.
Simon, who rushed for 35 yards on 11 carries, added his second rushing TD on a 10-yard run and Chris Shaw darted down the left sideline for a 29-yard score to close out a 21-point fourth quarter outburst.
"There are many ups and downs in a game," said Harbach, who had 8 tackles (3 solo, 5 assists). "We like to call it Manheim Magic around here.
"We've been in a couple of games like that this year. We think we are pretty good at overcoming adversity and Coach Hahn preaches that. We know that we are going to be up sometimes and we know we are going to be down, but it is just making plays, get us back in a game and get our rhythm going. We are never out of it."
Down, but never out of it.
Simon said the Barons enjoy games like this. They trailed earlier this year against Hempfield, Wilson, Warwick and Cocalico and rallied to win.
"We just handle adversity very well this year," Simon said. "I think that goes on, respect to the coaches, keeping our heads in the game."
Back to those two sides of Simon. There's the fun-loving side that fist bumps an 8-year-old boy (making the little boy's night) and signs a photograph of himself for an adult.
There's also the responsible side, making sure a visitor knows that he and the other underclassman would not be playing in the district final without the senior leadership.
"The seniors, they guided us here," he said. "We won the section, 10-0, and we are headed back to another district championship game and these seniors have been through this before, winning one last year and they've put us underclassman in an unbelievable position in practice, whether it is, 'get your act together, you are not working hard enough' They have just been amazing. We are blessed to have the group like we have. They've been crucial on this journey."
A journey with many peaks and valleys.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
The Tuesday, Sept. 4 meet against Lancaster Mennonite, and Cocalico was postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18.
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.
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."
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.
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!"
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.