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MT Lax Teams Fall in PIAA Quarterfinals June 5, 2017

There is a somewhat accepted opinion that the District One level of lacrosse is one of the stronger ones in the Commonwealth.

There is also a generally accepted school of thought that Manheim Township's lacrosse teams are among the strongest from District Three schools.

In the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class-AAA playoffs, both the Township boys' and girls' teams squared off against District One opponents in a doubleheader at Governor Mifflin on Saturday.

Both teams battled their respective opponents, but came up short.

The Springfield (Delco) girls' team downed Township 9-7 in the opener of the twin bill followed by the Conestoga Pioneers topping Township 12-6 in the nightcap.

The girls' game was a battle between the runners up in the Districts One and Three. Skylar Dorenkamp and Sarah Elias each had two goals and one assist for Township before the Cougars' (19-4) defense was able to stop them. The Streaks (21-4) tied the game on multiple occasions, but never took the lead. They fell behind 5-3 early in the second half, but battled back to even it at 5-5.

Shannon Elias added one goal as did Maris Large. Lucy Svetec netted one goal and assisted on two others. Liz Musser also dished off one assist.

Haley McCullough grabbed nine saves in goal, keeping the score close for much of the match.

Springfield junior Dana Carlson notched a hat trick. The Cougars out-shot the Blue Streaks 18-10.

The Township girls were coming off a first-round victory over the Pine Richland Rams - the District Seven champions. The match was played at Greensburg on Tuesday afternoon. Sarah Elias and Svetec each scored four goals to keep the Township momentum going. The team led 9-5 in the first half and had to regain the scoring spark after the Rams (15-5) cut the deficit to one goal.

Musser had a hat trick and Taylor Kopan added two more goals.

The boys' team was coming off a 14-5 thumping of Peters Township. This too was part of a doubleheader as the boys' game followed the girls' match with Pine Richland at Hempfield Area H.S. in Greensburg.

The Streaks, who improved to 21-3 with the win, took an 8-3 lead into the second half. They got solid goal tending by Caton Johnson (10 saves) while Owen Miller led the team in scoring with four goals and an assist.

Bruce Hutchingson added a hat trick for the Streaks and Grayson Sallade scored two goals while assisting on another. Tyler Kurtz, Tre Freeman, Ben Mann, Zach Diamond and Jack Kingsbury each scored one goal. Giving out assists to the count of three was Sean Curcio. Freeman and Eddie Newman each had one assist.

In the game against Conestoga, the Streaks were hot on the Pioneers' heels for much of the game. It was a successful first quarter for Conestoga (21-3), the District One champ. The Pioneers scored four times, but only took a 5-2 lead into the second half. The Streaks scored three times in the third quarter and trailed by only four going into the final stanza.

Hutchinson and Sallade each scored twice. Freeman and Diamond added one goal each. Curcio chipped in with an assist. Johnson recorded eight saves.

BASEBALL

An eight-run fifth inning was the big difference in Friday's District Three 6A quarterfinal game at Dallastown. The Wildcats came back from a 2-1 deficit to score eight in the home half of the fifth, ending Manheim Township's season.

The game had been postponed to Friday because of steady rain on Thursday, May 25. Dallastown, the second seed in the district, had gotten a first-round bye while MT had defeated Cumberland Valley by a run in the opening round.

Nick Parker had a double and a run batted in as he went 2-for-4 for the Wildcats. Tye Golden also had two hits and an RBI.

The Streaks got on the board with a run in the top of the first. After the Wildcats tied it, the Streaks went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth - a short-lived lead until that eight-run explosion in the home half of that inning.

Ethan Kile and Rece Bender drove in the Township runs. Kile had two hits, including a triple. Hunter McClintock, who had a steal, scored one of Township's runs and Colin Yablonski scored on Kile's triple.

Dallastown improved to 16-4 and went on to win the district title. Township's season ended at 12-10.

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MT Girls' Lax Settles for District Silver May 26, 2017

The Blue Streaks claimed their 20th victory of the season with a decisive 19-10 defeat of Exeter on Monday, thus earning their eighth ticket to the District Three Class-AAA girls' lacrosse championship game.

In the semifinal match played at Penn Manor, the Streaks (20-2) out-shot the Eagles 24-16, getting 13 of their goals from Sarah Elias and Lucy Svetec. Also, Skylar Dorenkamp registered a hat trick.

Elias tallied seven goals and Svetec added six more. Maris Large (1a) added two goals and sophomore Ashlyn Campagna (1a) added one more.

Haley McCullough gave Township six saves in goal.

As for the championship match, it was a battle between the top seed and the second.

It was expected to be a classic.

And it was.

The top-ranked Wilson Bulldogs took on number two seed Manheim Township in Wednesday's District Three Class 3A girls' lacrosse championship match at Hersheypark Stadium. When the final minute of regulation had expired, the two teams were tied 9-9.

Then comes the overtime. And as things go, the first overtime period ended without a winner being decided.

In the second overtime, Wilson's Julia Strobel finally untied the score, getting the Bulldogs (22-1) the game-winning goal. With the 10-9 defeat, the Streaks will take a 20-3 record into the PIAA Class 3A state playoffs.

Wilson took an early lead and held a 5-4 edge at halftime. The Streaks came back and outscored Wilson by a goal in the second half. They were led by Large, a junior midfielder, who scored four times. Svetec got three of her shots past Wilson goalkeeper Haley Kline (11 saves). Township got single goals off the sticks of Dorenkamp, who also had three assists, and Elias, who assisted on one goal.

The Streaks had a 9-7 lead before the Bulldogs came back to tie it in the final minutes of regulation.

Township found out whom they would be playing in the opening round of states thanks to another exciting finish for the District Seven 3A championship match, which was played at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium on Thursday evening. The Pine Richland Rams edged Fox Chapel 12-11 with 23 seconds left in the first overtime, claiming their first ever district crown.

BASEBALL

There is an old sports adage that refers to teams with apparently little hope left for their comeback - be it in a given game or a hope for turning a losing record into a winning season. The axiom suggests that despite said odds, the determination is the intangible which gets that team to come out on top.

Such has been the Manheim Township baseball season.

The team only won one of its first six games and now finds itself in the District Three Class 6A quarterfinals.

The 10th-seeded Streaks defeated seventh seed Cumberland Valley on the road Monday afternoon to advance to what was going to be a Thursday game at Dallastown. The game was rescheduled to Friday due to rain.

"We got in a brief workout inside," head coach Matt Kirchoff said in a phone interview. "This time of year it's tough to get a whole lot accomplished indoors. But thankfully, our guys are focused. We reviewed our game plan for Friday.

"If we win this, we play either Penn Manor or Hempfield in the semifinals," Kirchoff pointed out, referring to another game postponed until Friday due to rain. Both are teams the Streaks faced twice during the regular season in Section One action.

In the Cumberland Valley game, the Streaks were facing another familiar foe - of sorts. They had lost a regular-season finale to the Eagles, which was a make-up from a mid-season rainout. The Eagles won that one 4-3.

This one would belong to Township (12-9) who came back from a 4-2 deficit with a three-run sixth. Though the Eagles (13-8) tied the game, the Streaks got the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh.

"We had a 2-1 lead early and worked out of a few jams," said Kirchoff. "Ryan Barbee did a heck of a job for us, getting through four and two-thirds innings. We turned it over to the pen.

"We made an error and fell behind 4-2," added the coach. "Suddenly, we come back and it's 5-4 us. It's what we've been doing the past month. We have been playing elimination baseball for three and a half weeks now."

The Streaks, who started the season at 1-5 and eked out some key Section One victories along the way, went through a 9-1 stretch that included a win against Donegal where they were one out away from losing. Yes, a microcosm of the "Down but not out" attitude.

The seventh-inning rally at Cumberland Valley started with leadoff man Rece Bender getting on base. "He beat out a ground ball to their third baseman," Kirchoff explained. "He did it with his speed.

"We did a delayed steal and got Rece to second," continued the coach. "Hunter McClintock, who was in a lefty versus lefty matchup, hit a 0-2 pitch for a double that scored Rece.

"Down but not out; it's a good team," said Kirchoff."I don't think anybody thought we were going to be where we are."

Ethan Kline also doubled and went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Tom Cesarone also knocked in a run. Senior Zach Schaefer went 1-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored. Luke Emge knocked in two runs and Colin Yablonski (1-for-3) drove in one run out of the ninth spot in the lineup.

Ben DeMarco, who relieved Joey Rudinski in the sixth inning, tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and recording one strikeout. He earned the victory. Barbee allowed only two earned runs in his 4.2 innings and didn't allow a walk.

This is a team that is on the upswing. Kirchoff, the second-year coach, pointed to the growth since last season.

"We were 9-11 and just one game under .500 a year ago," he noted. "It was a learning curve for everybody. We struggled out of the gate and nobody gave us a shot this year."

BOYS LACROSSE

It was another heartbreaker on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium Thursday evening as the Wilson Bulldogs (22-1) topped the Township boys' team 12-6 in the championship game.

It was actually comeback victory for Wilson. They trailed Township 4-2 after one quarter, but went on a 7-1 run before the half.

Township got two goals from Grayson Sallade and single goals from George Hetrick, Owen Miller, Sean Curcio, who also had an assist, and Bryce Hutchinson. Tre Freeman and John Grandrimo each assisted as well.

Just as in the girls' title match, this was a battle between the top seeds. Township will take its 19-3 record into states opposite District Seven champ - either Peters Township or the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.

Just as Emily Magalotti led Wilson's offense in the girls' district title game, Cameron Magalottie led the Bulldogs' boys' team with five goals.

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Streaks Top Warriors in District Quarterfinals May 22, 2017

The Blue Streaks find themselves in familiar territory - the District Three Class-AAA lacrosse playoffs.

This past week, the Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team topped Warwick 10-5 in a district quarterfinal match, improving to 18-2. The second-seeded Streaks, who had a first-round bye, will take that impressive mark up against second round opponent Central York this week.

The Panthers are coming off a 10-9 victory over Hempfield in their quarterfinal match.

"Because the top three teams qualify for states, we have to win one game to be guaranteed making it in," head coach Dan Lyons explained. "It's us, Wilson, Central York, and Cumberland Valley in the semifinals. The losers will play in the third-place game."

In getting to the semis, Township had to defeat a familiar foe - league rival Warwick. Twice this year they had defeated the Warriors on the road, including an 8-3 victory in the L-L League playoffs. Lyons was asked if familiarity with this opponent helped ease the tension for his squad in its districts opener.

"It didn't come into play," Lyons replied. "If anything, it actually made it more challenging because Warwick knew us. They threw a lot of things at us defensively that we hadn't seen before."

The match was a close one for the first half, going into intermission with Township ahead 4-2.

"We had done our work to try and be as prepared as possible - their zone defense and lock-offs," Lyons added. "So, it was a matter of being patient and making in-game adjustments."

For the lock-off, Lyons explained that the Warriors tried assigning a point man to guard Township's top scorer Grayson Sallade.

"They take a player and completely lock off one of our players," he said. "So, one of their players would stand in front of Grayson most commonly. It almost made it a five-on-five game.

"When they weren't locking us off, they were using zone defense," added the coach. "So, we found the gaps in the zone and we found shots when we weren't double-teamed."

Sean Curcio turned out to be the leading scorer, finishing with three goals and two assists. Sallade added a pair of goals and an assist, which matched Tre Freeman's scoring production. Owen Miller also scored twice while Zach Diamond had a goal and an assist.

The Streaks out-shot the Warriors 15-9 and Caton Johnson made four saves.

"Our defense has played well consistently the whole post-season so far," said Lyons. "Caton has made all the saves we would expect him to make."

GIRLS LACROSSE

The league champion girls' lacrosse team also earned a first-round bye in districts and didn't let the extra time off get the offense rusty. Township, the second seed in the tournament, pummeled Central Dauphin 21-5 at home on Wednesday. The Streaks will face third-seed Exeter in a semifinal match at Penn Manor this week.

The Streaks (19-2) launched 34 shots on goal with Sarah Elias scoring on eight of her shots and tallying one assist.

Skylar Dorenkamp also came up big, scoring five and assisting on four more while Lucy Svetec chipped in with four goals and one assist.

Also contributing with goals and assists were Maris Large (2, 1) and Shannon Elias (1, 1), Julianne Walker (1g) and Liz Musser (2a).

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

"We were preaching that we wanted our seniors to leave the program better than they started with," said head coach Jack Damiano.

And have they ever done so.

The Streaks got to hoist the first league championship trophy in the history of their boys' volleyball program, making for some history in the 2017 L-L League post-season play. Manheim Township blanked Manheim Central on Wednesday evening in a championship match that happened to be on the Blue Streaks' home court - the previously selected sight for the league's finale. Township topped Central by the identical score of 25-22 in all three sets.

"It was a close match," Damiano said, referring to the three-point margins of victory. "We eked them out.

"We typically host the league championship match every year," he noted. "So it was great that we got a chance to be in it this year. We wanted to win it in our house.

"I think our serve and blocking took them out of their game plan," Damiano remarked.

As for scouting the Barons, Damiano admitted he and his coaching staff and the players had limited exposure.

"We played them in a one match tournament earlier this year and lost to them," he said. "After the Penn Manor match, we watched their first set against Hempfield in the semifinals."

The Streaks got nine kills each from Chris Paladino, who also had three aces, and Mark Leaman. Zachary Keating helped get the ball to these front hitters, racking up 31 assists on the night. Nick Vicidomini pounded five blocks.

Part of what's exciting in a championship season is the road taken to the finale.

The Streaks had finished the regular season 8-4 and were the third playoff seed out of Section One. They had lost to Penn Manor 3-0 in the latter half of the season, but went on to post five straight victories through and including the championship over Central.

Township cruised by Cocalico in the first round and faced Penn Manor in the semis on Monday night at Lancaster Mennonite.

This time it was much more different than that 3-0 loss on the May 4 when the force was with the Comets. Skywalker was going to remind Darth Vader that the underdog would have his day.

The Streaks stopped the Comets 3-2 in what Damiano described as an intense all-out effort by everyone.

"That was an unbelievable match - good volleyball on both sides of the net," he commented. "With our guys, everybody played every play well; we executed. Penn Manor adjusted and we would adjust to their adjustments. Our kids were diving and playing hard. Everybody on the court played every single point whether it was making a dig, serving, blocking.... They all hustled."

It could have been disheartening to rebound from a 30-28 defeat in the opening set - especially against the Section One champs. But the Streaks won 25-13 only to let the Comets take a 2-1 edge. In the fourth set, it was MT winning 25-16 before sneaking past Manor 15-13.

Despite Daniel Fry drilling 22 kills for Penn Manor, Alex Krahulik adding nine more kills plus three blocks and Reuben Kemrer dishing out 45 assists, the Streaks held on.

Both Leaman and Brian Hines had 15 kills. Leaman had three aces and Hines served up a pair. Vicidomini had a match-high seven blocks while Keating racked up nearly as many assists (43) as Kemrer. Zach Musser came through with 21 digs.

The season would come to an end the following day, however, as the Streaks faced Hempfield at Cumberland Valley High School in the District Three Class-AAA opening-round match.

"That was a tough task for anyone to do - to compete on 21 hours' rest," said Damiano. "The kids in school all day and driving in that heat."

The Knights won it 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15.

Township had 10 kills each from Hines and Paladino while Keating had a match-high 26 assists. Leaman and Musser had 10 and eight digs, respectively.

Even Hempfield head coach Mike Vogel agreed.

"I'm happy for Manheim Township winning the league title," said Vogel in a phone interview. "They had a great match against Central in the league championship. One day later they turned around to play us.

"It was the luck of the schedule - having a huge match one day and a bigger one the next night," added Vogel. "It was bigger because if you lose, you're done."

"We literally were just exhausted," Damiano said. "Our warm-ups didn't go as well as I would've liked. We didn't have the spring in our legs. The coaches were trying to fire up our guys and it was tough. We competed, but they were the better team that day."

But the team's accomplishments included beating section champ Penn Manor in the playoffs and also defeating Conestoga Valley along the way - a team that had stunned Hempfield 3-2 late in the season.

"We tended to get a little better each week," Damiano remarked. "Winning the championship? I wouldn't trade it."

TRACK

The District Three Class-AAA track & field championship meet was held at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Featured among the Manheim Township participants were a number of athletes whose performances qualified them for the PIAA 3A state championships.

Ben Viau, who recently claimed the L-L League gold medal in the javelin and shot put, claimed fourth place in the discus toss with a 169-foot-8 heave, which qualified him for states. He also took second in the shot put with a 55-06.5 distance - also good for states. Both of those events were held on Friday.

Also in Friday's field events, Mackenzie Horn had a third-place pole vault effort of 11-06, which also put her in states.

On Saturday, the boys' and girls' 4x800 relay teams both earned their ticket to the PIAA's. The foursome of Leah Sassaman, Samantha Side, Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk put together a fourth-place finish at 9:28.01, which was better than their seeding time of 9:36.88.

The boys' relay team was comprised of Gavin Maurer, Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, and Evan Dorenkamp. This quartet qualified with a time of 7:58.26, which was good for fifth place.

Also finishing fifth (3:27.35) was the 4x400 relay team of Patterson, Velozwong, Jacob Gaydos and Noah Tull.

The girls' 4x400 relay had Pasewicz, Sassaman, Wilk and Courtney German running a combined time of 4:05.72 - good for 11th place.

German was among the top finishers in both the 100- and 200-m races. In the 100, she posted a seventh-place time of 12.78. In the 200, she took eighth at 26.17.

In other individual events, Sassaman was ninth in the 300-m hurdles (47.30) while Wilk (2:24.12) and Dorenkamp (2:24.53) were 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 800-m. Also, Hannah Dieterle raced across the finish line in the 3,200 at an 11:26.99 pace, claiming 11th place.

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Streaks Advance In L-L League Playoffs May 15, 2017

Manheim Township rode a winning streak into the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs by beating Warwick and Conestoga Valley to close out the regular season. In Friday's opening round of the league playoffs at Lancaster Mennonite, they blanked Cocalico 3-0.

Township's 8-4 league mark (13-4 overall) earned them the third-place playoff seed out of Section One. The Streaks were pitted against Section Two runner up Cocalico (9-3, 15-4).

As one might anticipate, the match opened with two playoff teams battling it out. The Streaks eventually prevailed 26-24 in the first set. They overcame a deficit in the second set and won that 25-21 before eliminating the Eagles from the L-L League playoffs with a 25-16 win.

"They were close games," said head coach Jack Damiano in a phone interview. "At times we would get the momentum and take a big lead. Other times, when one error would turn into three errors, we would give up a few points.

"They're a very good team," Damiano said. "They're well-coached. I think we were just stronger and bigger."

Brian Hines registered nine kills and two blocks. He and Zachary Keating each served two aces. Keating also finished with eight digs and 30 assists.

Chris Paladino also had an ace and notched six kills plus 11 digs. Mark Leaman and Nick Vicidomini added eight and five kills, respectively, with Leaman also getting in eight digs and three blocks. Vicidomini led the team with seven blocks and Zach Musser recorded 16 digs.

"That's one of the good things with us - if one guy is having a lesser night than normal, someone else steps up," Damiano added. "Keating has been able to get the ball to whoever is hot."

It was the third 3-0 victory of the week for the Streaks. They opened the week with a Section One win at Warwick on Monday, posting scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23.

Paladino poured it on with 12 kills while Hines delivered two aces and nine digs. Township got 31 assists from Keating and five blocks by Vicidomini.

"Warwick has a lot of underclassmen," Damiano noted. "But they have a good group of hustlers. They dug a lot of balls and were hitting the floor for a lot of balls.

"I think our height and strength got to them as well," continued the coach. "They had very good technique but it's hard to coach against height."

Township traveled to Conestoga Valley for the final regular season match. Unwilling to give up a single set, they topped the Buckskins 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 on Wednesday.

Paladino put up another dozen kills while Keating put up 29 assists and tied for the team lead in blocks with Nicholas Plakans and Vicidomini - each with three. Musser added 11 digs.

Regardless of how Township's L-L League playoff quest turns out, the team will move on to the District Three Class-AAA playoffs. In the opening round, which will be Thursday, May 18, they'll face a familiar foe - Hempfield.

"They beat us 3-0 in the first match we played them and beat us 3-2 in the second one," Damiano recalled. "We won the first two sets of that second match and were ahead in the third set, but Hempfield clawed back."

Asked if the close match against the Knights can serve as motivation to prepare for districts, Damiano deferred, "Right now we're focused on Penn Manor. We're not going to look past that."

LACROSSE

It was a championship night for both Manheim Township lacrosse programs. The girls' team won the league championship with a 12-8 defeat of the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squad on Thursday night. Earlier that evening, the boys claimed the crown by a 9-6 margin over Hempfield. Both matches were played at Conestoga Valley.

The girls' team opened the week with a 16-2 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in the first round of league playoffs at Ephrata. The Streaks had finished the regular season unbeaten and so the playoff seeding had them facing fourth-place L-S.

Township topped L-S 16-2, scoring 10 times in the first half. Maris Large and Sarah Elias each scored five times while Elias also recorded two assists. Skylar Dorenkamp dished off five assists and scored a pair of goals. Also scoring twice was Lucy Svetec, who also had an assist. The Streaks got goals from Taylor Kopan and Shannon Elias (2 assists) as well. They out-shot the Pioneers 31-3.

It was a closer match against LCD/LC and the score was actually knotted at 4-4 by halftime. The Streaks pulled off a 12-8 victory, led by Lucy Svetec's five-goal, two-assist offensive production.

Large posted a hat trick while Dorenkamp poured in four goals and an assist.

Haley McCullough grabbed three saves to help her team clinch the title.

The boys' team scored less than 10 goals in each of its post-season wins - an 8-3 win over Warwick in Tuesday's semis and the 9-6 defeat of Hempfield on Thursday.

Hempfield led Township after the first quarter by a 3-2 score and was up 4-3 at the half. The Streaks scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to help win that game.

A variety of goal scorers eventually were able to get the ball past Hempfield keeper Tanner McAlpine, who finished with 11 saves. Tre Freeman and Sean Curcio each had two goals and an assist. Owen Miller had one goal and two assists while Anthony Gugluizza, Bryce Hutchinson and Grayson Sallade netted one each. Zach Diamond chipped in with an assist.

Caton Johnson had nine saves in the victory and seven in the win over Warwick.

Miller came through with a hat trick in that win while Freeman scored twice. He also dished out an assist as did Sallade. Curcio, who dished out two assists, Diamond and Nicolas Gutierrez each added one goal.

With their overall 18-2 record, the Township girls earned the second seed in the District Three 3A standings. They earned a first-round bye and on Wednesday will host the winner of the Central Dauphin vs. Carlisle match.

The boys' team (18-2) earned a second-seed ranking behind Wilson (19-1) in Class-AAA. On Thursday the Streaks will play at home, facing either Warwick or Red Lion.

BASEBALL

The Streaks improved their record to 11-8 while extending their win streak to four games this past week. Back-to-back one-run wins over Section One rivals Cedar Crest and McCaskey improved the team's league record to 10-6.

In a game that did not have any homers, Township and Cedar Crest plated a combined 27 runs. The Streaks won 14-13 with two in the bottom of the seventh inning. The double by Zach Andrews was the only extra-base hit for Township.

By the end of the second inning, it was 8-7 Township. The Falcons scored five in the top of the first and the home team rallied for three in the bottom of that frame. Township put up five runs in the second only to see Cedar Crest score four in the third, making it 11-8.

Ryan Barbee, who came in as a reliever with two on and nobody out in the third, was charged with two of those runs. He yielded two more, but his teammates continued to battle and got him the victory. Barbee went five innings. The Streaks scored two runs in each of the final three innings.

Rece Bender went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. He also stole a base as did Seth Boyer, who scored twice. Hunter McClintock went 2-for-3 plus a walk. He had a RBI and scored three. Zach Shaefer also scored three runs on a 2-for-3 afternoon. Colin Yablonski kept the offense recycling as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI's out of the ninth spot. Luke Emge was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Tom Cesarone had a patient bat at the plate, drawing four of the seven walks issued by Cedar Crest pitching.

Tuesday's game at McCaskey saw some stellar relief pitching as Ben DeMarco came on in the fourth and pitched scoreless, hitless baseball the rest of the way. DeMarco got the win as Township got the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory.

The Red Tornado scored three unearned runs off Yablonski, the starting pitcher, who gave up two hits, and six walks.

The Streaks also used speed in their offense. Bender, Schaefer, McClintock and Ethan Kline each swiped a bag. Schaefer went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. Brendan Moshos also doubled. Kline went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Cesarone added a hit to drive in one run. Andrews walked and came around to score on one of Schaefer's doubles.

TRACK

The Township boys posted a 98-52 victory at Conestoga Valley in an L-L League track and field meet on Monday. The win improved the team's record to 2-4 while CV fell to 1-5.

In the girls' meet, Manheim Township improved to 3-3 with a 91-59 win.

Among the multiple winners for the girls was Courtney German. Not only did she win the pole vault with her 10-foot effort, she won the 100-meter dash in 13.0 and had almost exactly the same pace (26.1) in the 200. German anchored a foursome that included Ava Pasewicz, Leah Sassaman and Cassandra Wilk in the 4x400 relay (4:04.9).

Hannah Dieterle, Emma Rogers, Emily Antonacci and Grace Weaver ran the 4x800 relay in a winning time of 11:06.3.

Wilk, Dieterle and Pasewicz proved to be multiple winners also. Dieterle won the 3,200 in 11:36.8. Also Pasewicz took the 400 in 60 seconds and Wilk won both the 800 (2:25.7) and the 1,600 (5:14.8)

Delaney McKnight captured the high jump (4-10) and the long jump (16-10.5). Katie Grohotolski's javelin throw was 102-7, also good for first.

Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, Riley Horton and Gavin Maurer ran the 4x800 in a first-place tie of 8:57.3. Velozwong, Jacob Gados, Noah Tull and Gavin Patterson claimed the 4x400 in 3:26.6

Evan Dorenkamp was a multiple winner as were Gaydos, who won the pole vault at 11-0, and Tull (41-3 triple jump). Dorenkamp won both the 800 and 1,600 with respective times of 1:59.4 and 4:29.9. Velozwong won the 400 in 52.6.

Jack Rodenberger won the discus with a 166-9 throw. That was the same distance Ben Viau's javelin heave traveled. Viau also won the shot put (57-11).

Isaiah Gillespie's 5-9 high jump was also good for first.

In the L-L League Championship meet at Hempfield on Friday and Saturday, the MT girls finished fourth with 60.5 points and the boys third at 60.

Gaydos, Velozwong, Patterson and Tull won the 4x400 (3:26.78) while Velozwong, Antonacci, Maurer and Dorenkamp took third in the 4x800 (8:13.57).

Viau claimed gold in both the shot put (58-1.5) and discus (177-6).

On Friday, German was second in the girls' pole vault (10-6). She was third (25.66) in Saturday's 200. McKnight (5-0) was second in the high jump.

The girls' 4x800 (Sassaman, Pasewicz, Wilk and Samantha Side) took second at 9:37.61.

TENNIS

Carson Schreiber and Tom Chairs came up short in the first round of District Three Class-AAA doubles competition. They opened with a 6-2 win against their counterparts from Central Dauphin - Jason Kline and Matt Plesco. However, the CD twosome bounced back with 6-4, 6-4 wins in Friday's first-round match at Hershey Raquet Club.

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MT Earns Come-From-Behind Win over Knights May 8, 2017

The Blue Streaks were down 2-0 in Tuesday's Lancaster-Lebanon League clash with arch rival Hempfield. Heading into the second half, the Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team was holding a slim 5-4 lead before going on a 10-3 scoring run to claim the match 15-7.

With the big win, the Streaks stayed unbeaten in the league (10-0) and would go on to claim first place in the final regular season standings. Hempfield fell to 7-2.

Haley McCullough's goalkeeping was a factor in Township's win. She grabbed 11 saves while the offense was awakened in the second half.

Leading that offense was Skylar Dorenkamp who scored six times and dished out two assists. Maris Large poured in five goals while Lucy Svetec and Sarah Elias each added a pair.

In their next league game, the Streaks needed a strong second half to overtake their opponent. Ephrata had a 9-8 halftime lead before Township went on a 13-2 tear in the second half. They outshot the Mountaineers 32-19 for a 21-11 victory.

Grier Walker led the scoring with five goals. Julianne Walker had four goals and three assists. Trinity Tull, who opened the season on the junior varsity roster, also had four goals. Abbie Moist scored two goals, equaling Taylor Kopan. Both Claudia Newell and Sophie Rockwell had one goal each.

McCullough had four saves while Meredith Cardina and Isabella Drolet also snagged saves - three and two, respectively - to keep Township on top.

In a season-ending match with William Penn Charter, the Streaks posted an 8-7 win at Church Farm School in Exton. They outshot Wm. Penn 17-13, getting five goals from Svetec and two from Elias, who also had an assist. Large had one goal and Dorenkamp provided one assist.

McCullough came through with 10 saves in the close win.

SOFTBALL

The first time Manheim Township faced Hempfield, it didn't go very well at Landisville. The Knights defeated the Streaks 15-0 on April 5.

The rematch took place last Monday at home.

"We kind of had a chip on our shoulders going in," head coach Jen Breton said in a phone interview. "We really wanted to prove that we weren't the same team they faced the first time. We tried to string things together and come out strong."

The Streaks held Hempfield to five runs on just seven hits. Starter Casey Martin struck out six and allowed four walks in a complete game.

The Knights won this Section One game 5-2, however, improving to 12-1 in the league while Hempfield fell to 3-9 (4-10 overall).

"It was a huge improvement from the last time," Breton said. "Hempfield is a great hitting team. Casey Martin was able to minimize the damage."

Freshmen Emily Smyth and Julianna Leuders each drove in a run. Leuders also drew two walks. Smyth had two of the four hits for Township.

"Julianna and Emily have been instrumental in pushing our team offensively," Breton remarked. "Julianna has power and is extremely fast. "You can see her quickness in her catching."

After a 13-0 loss at home to Solanco on Tuesday, the Streaks visited Warwick for another Section One game. They led 4-2 in this one until the Warriors scored four in each of the next two frames for a 10-4 win.

"Warwick made some mistakes in the fourth inning and we were able to take advantage of those," Breton said. "But they started to hit the ball hard over the next two innings."

Breton looks at this young team and sees promise for the coming years.

"Casey has been pushing herself hard and working with a fairly young team behind her," she said. "It's a matter of getting her confidence up.

"We have a young, talented team," the coach added. "So, it's also a matter of getting the girls comfortable and working well with each other. They just need to be in tune on the field."

BOYS LACROSSE

The boys' team also clinched first place as the regular season drew close to a finish. On Monday the Streaks handed Hempfield its first league loss of the year and went on to top Ephrata Thursday night by a 19-5 score. Their league record finished at 11-0 as they improved to 14-2 overall.

After a 2-1 opening period, the Streaks poured it on with six goals in each of the next two quarters on the way to a 17-4 win at Hempfield.

Grayson Sallade had five goals while both Owne Miller and Sean Curcio not only had hat tricks but also two assists each. Single goals came off the sticks of Zach Diamond, Will Hurley and George Hetrick.

Caton Johnson made nine saves while his teammates launched 24 on the Knights' net.

The 19-goal attack on the Mounts included a nine-goal second quarter. Township actually had over 50 shots on goal.

The goals and assists came from Curcio (5, 1) Miller (4, 1) Diamond (2, 1) Eddie Newman (1, 2) and Sallade (1, 1) while Anthony Gugluizza and Bryce Hutchinson each scored twice and Ben Mann and Louis Geyer added one each. Hurley added one assist and Jack Kingsbury chipped in with two.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

In a Section One clash at Hempfield, the Knights edged the Blue Streaks 3-2. The loss dropped Township to 5-4 in the league.

The Streaks edged the Knights 25-23 and topped the defending state champs 25-19 in the second set. Hempfield came back for 25-22 and 25-14 victories before taking the tiebreaker 15-9.

Chris Paladino led Township with 12 kills while both Zachary Keating, who also had 37 assists, and Brina Hines had four aces. Nick Vicidomini registered five blocks and Zach Musser added 17 digs.

First-place Penn Manor topped Township 3-0 in Thursday's Section One match. The sets were fairly close - 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22.

Paladino and Mark Leaman each had 11 kills with Paladino also serving up one ace. Keating added one ace and 25 assists. Musser had 11 digs while Vicidomini put up five blocks.

TRACK

In McCaskey's 78-58 victory over the boys on Monday, MT's Noah Tull, Anderson Velozwong and Tim Antonacci grabbed first place in their track events. Tull ran the high hurdles in 15.4 and Velozwong (52.7) won the 400-meter race. Antonacci paced himself to the 3,200 win at 10:21.1.

Ben Viau again claimed two field events, tossing the shot put a 59-8 and the discus 185-9.

Both Tull and Isaiah Gillespie cleared 5-6 in the high jump to tie for first.

In the girls' meet, McCaskey won 82-63, dropping MT's record to 2-3.

Courtney German won the 100 in 12.6 and Cassandra Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:20.7. Kyra Jenkins ran the 3,200 at an 11:50.8 winning pace while Leah Sassaman came through in the high hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (48.8).

German won the pole vault with a 10-foot effort while Delaney McKnight's 5-1 high jump and 15-6 long jump were also winners.

In the Blue Streak Relays at Neffsville on Saturday, the foursome of Wilk, Jenkins, Hannah Dieterle and Sam Side won the girls' 4x1600 relay in 22:07. The 4x800 team of Jenkins, Dieterle, Emma Rogers and Annabelle Lapp posted a winning time of 10:33.17.

McKnight was the winner in the high jump at 9-8.

There were 12 total teams competing in the invitational with Township's girls finishing third. Palmyra had 77 team points followed by Hempfield (73) and Township (72).

The boys finished second with 67 points while Manheim Central won with 98.

The 4x800 relay went to MT's Gavin Maurer, Hayden Severe, Riley Horton and Jarrid McKenzie in 8:52.46.Viau and Pat Cloonan took the shot put at 98-9.5

BASEBALL

In baseball action last week, the Streaks won 6-1 at Hempfield on Monday. They were at home two days later and topped Warwick 6-4.

Zach Andrews had two RBI at Hempfield. He drove in Ethan Kline and Rece Bender, both of whom went 1-for-3. Bender also stole a base.

Colin Yablonski singled twice and scored both times. In fact, all six of Township's hits were singles. They also took advantage of five walks. Hunter McClintock was hit by a pitch twice and took revenge both times by stealing a base.

Joey Rudzinksi got the start and went 6.2 innings to get the win. He allowed five walks and was relieved by Ryan Barbee for the final out of the game. Rudzinski recorded three strikeouts and allowed only three hits.

Warwick got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. But that would be all the scoring the visitors would get. Township cut the lead in half with two runs in the home half of the first and then plated two more in each of the next two frames.

Evan Clark had the big blow for Warwick in the first - a bases-loaded double to drive in three.

Kline had a double and three RBI's for Township. McClintock drove in two and scored a run. Bender went 3-for-4 with a run.

Barbee's relief pitching was being the long man out of the bullpen after the Warriors' four-run first. He pitched six shutout innings for the win.

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Township Track Teams Host Cedar Crest May 1, 2017

Manheim Township was in a close battle with Section One rival Cedar Crest on Monday with the Falcons winning the boys' meet 77-73 and the girls' meet 88-62. The boys fell to 1-3. The girls are 2-2.

Included in the boys' successful events were two of the relays. The 4x100 relay went to Zeb Gregory, Peter Carrigan, Gavin Patterson and Sean Killian, with a time of 45.0. The 4x400 relay was won by Jacob Gados, Evan Dorenkamp, Noah Tull and Patterson in 3:29.9.

Tull also dashed off with a first-place time of 15.4 in the 100-meter race. Dorenkamp won the 800-m (2:01.2) while Patterson was first in the 200-m (22.8). Matt Russinko was third (11.6) in the 100 as well as the 200 (23.7) and Tim Antonacci took third in the 3,200 (10:25.1).

Anderson Velozwong was second in the 400 (53.7) while Gados was third (53.9).

Ben Viau was first in the discus (170-4), and the shot (55-07.5) while Pat Cloonan was second in the discus (125-6) and third in the shot (42-9.25).

Tull, who also won the high jump at 6-2, took second in the triple jump at 41-9.5. In the pole vault, Eli Skacel and Gados went 1-2, both clearing 11-0.

In the girls' meet, Samantha Side, Annabelle Lapp, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz won the 4x800 relay (10:17.7), and Pasewicz, Cassandra Wilk, Kate Yoder and Leah Sassaman won the 4x400 (4:14.1).

In individual events, Hannah Dieterle won the 3,200 (12:00.6) and Sassaman not only took the 300 hurdles in 48.0 but was second (17.6) in the 100-m. Jenkins was second in that 3,200 with a 12:05.7 pace.

Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:13.7 with Dieterle (5:31.9) taking second. Pasewicz was second in the 400-m (1:00.8) with Wilk (2:26.3) taking second in the 800. Yoder was second in the 200 at 27.9.

Tynina Williams, who was second in the 100 (13.2) finished third in the long jump at 15-9.

Sydney Horn was the lone field event winner, taking the pole vault at 8-foot-6.

Claire Hummel's 31-11 triple jump was good for third while Delaney McKnight's 5-foot high jump was second. Katerina Grohotoski had a third-best distance of 94-8 in the javelin while Gabrielle Valentin claimed third in the shot put (28-10).

BASEBALL

How often does a week of baseball include a week with an 11-1 victory and an 11-1 defeat? That was Manheim Township's week as the Streaks opened the week with a 5-2 defeat of Lampeter-Strasburg, beat Solanco two days later 11-1 and lost to Penn Manor by the aforementioned 10-run deficit on Friday.

When the infield dirt had settled, the Streaks ended with a 6-6 league record

In the L-S game, a three-run first inning was all the offense needed for starting pitcher Ben DeMarco. The sophomore allowed two runs on two hits, striking out eight, but walked six batters. However, Colin Yablonski pitched the final 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the save. He struck out two.

Ethan Kline, who had a triple, drove in and scored a run. Zach Andrews and Tom Cesarone also drove in one run each. Luke Emge had a single and a stolen base.

The Streaks only had six hits on the day.

In another Section One and Two crossover game, the Streaks and the Mules were battling in a close contest through three innings at Solanco. It was 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Township plated three runs. They repeated this in the fifth and sixth innings as well, putting the game away for Joey Rudzinski, who tossed a three-hit complete game.

Township had 13 hits, including a pair of doubles off the bat of Cesarone. Emge, who had a steal and two runs scored, drove in two runs. Zach Schaefer had two hits and two RBI's. Kline had a double and a triple plus an RBI. He and leadoff man Rece Bender (two steals) each scored two runs as did McClintock (2-for-4, 1 RBI).

Against the Comets, Bender had the lone RBI and McClintock had two of the three Township hits. The game was 3-1 after three. The Comets added two in the top of the fourth and six more in the fifth as four different batters had two RBI's each.

TENNIS

Township's tennis players took to the courts at Conestoga Valley, Warwick and other venues for the L-L League Individual Tournament, which started on Thursday.

Carson Schreiber, T.J. Kade and Tom Woratyla all advanced to Saturday's semifinals thanks to their opening-round and quarterfinal victories in singles competition. Also, all three doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals.

In Flight One, which was played at CV, Tom Chairs opened with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Hempfield's Rishi Pandey before losing in the quarterfinals to Cedar Crest's Dylan Tull.

In Flight Two at Manheim Central, Kade opened with 6-2, 6-1 wins against Ethan Lown of Elizabethtown and claimed the quarterfinal match with a pair of 6-0 sets against Garden Spot's Ethan Horning.

Warwick was the sight of Flight Three matches with Schreiber winning both the opening round (6-0, 6-0) and finishing with a quarterfinals win against Lampeter-Strasburg's Max Paich in exciting comeback fashion - 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-6.

Tom Woratyla also advanced through the quarterfinal round. He downed Lancaster Mennonite's Charlie Gish 6-0, 6-3 after he had won his opening-round match 6-0, 6-0.

Chairs and Schreiber won the opening round doubles as did Kade and Woratyla. Max Pan and Charlie Gingrich won the Flight Three doubles.

In Saturday's quarterfinals of the doubles, Kade and Woratyla posted an 8-1 win. Pan and Gingrich, whose first-round match was a 9-7 victory, won the quarterfinal match but lost to Cocalico's Danny Engle and Jared Gluck in an 8-5 semifinal match.

Chairs and Schreiber won their Flight One doubles over Cocalico's Conor Martin and Jarad Snader 6-3, 6-4.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Not only did they remain unbeaten (9-0) in league play, the Township girls also posted a 21-13 non-league win last week.

The Streaks topped Penn Manor 19-2 on the road Tuesday. They stayed on the road and beat Lampeter-Strasburg 16-4 the following day and won another away game 13-5 on Friday versus Lancaster Catholic/Lancaster Country Day.

In these big victories, the Streaks got tremendous scoring output from the likes of Sarah Elias, Lucy Svetec, Skylar Dorenkamp and Maris Large.

Svetec scored four goals in each of the contests plus an assist in the L-S match. In both the Penn Manor match and the L-S match, Dorenkamp had two goals and two assists. She poured in four goals on Friday at LCD. Large, who had two assists in the Penn Manor match, had a hat trick at L-S and scored four goals against LCD.

Elias was the leading scorer on Tuesday, tallying six goals to go with one assist. She had four goals and an assist at L-S and netted one goal on Friday.

Liz Musser also had a hat trick in the Penn Manor game. Scoring single goals were Grier Walker, Ellen Connolly, Shannon Elias and Julianne Walker. Both Walker and Shannon Elias had single goals in the L-S game as did Taylor Kopan.

Meanwhile, goalie Haley McCullough posted three league wins, grabbing a total of 18 saves in the three matches.

In Saturday's non-league game against Kennard Dale, the Streaks got six from Sarah Elias, who also assisted on one goal.

The Streaks outscored the visitors 11-5 in the first half and went on to win 21-13.

Dorenkamp notched a hat trick as did Svetec, who also had one assist.

Kopan, Musser and Ashlyn Campagna (1a) each had one goal.

McCullough faced 22 shots and saved nine. The Streaks improved their overall record to 13-2.

BOYS LACROSSE

The boys also improved to 9-0 in the league. They doubled up Penn Manor 12-6 and blanked LCD/LC 18-0 on Friday.

In the Manor match, the scoring was shared among the Township attackers as seven different players got into the goal column. Sean Curcio did it four times while Grayson Sallade had an assist to go with his three goals. Owen Miller dished out three assists while netting one goal.

Bryce Hutchinson, Zach Diamond, Eddie Newman and Tre Freeman each had one goal. Freeman also dished out three assists while Ben Mann had one.

Caton Johnson got eight saves in the win.

Johnson saw only five shots on goal in the game against the Cougars on Friday.

Freeman had a hat trick plus an assist. Newman, Sallade and Jack Kingsbury were the only others with multiple goals, each scoring twice.

Though not scoring, Curcio dished out seven assists in the win.

Individual goals were scored by Mann, Miller, Diamond, Zach Dotter, Anthony Gugluizza, Nicolas Gutierrez, Solen Layser, Dan Klotz and George Hetrick.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Streaks crept closer to the top of the Section One standings with two more league victories. With only a handful of matches to go, the standings have Penn Manor 8-1, Hempfield 7-1 and Manheim Township 6-2 (10-2 overall).

The Streaks blanked both McCaskey and Cedar Crest last week.

In the win at McCaskey, they won 25-19, 26-24, 25-14.

Chris Paladino led the way with 10 kills and four aces. Mark Leaman tied Paladino for the top total in kills. Zachary Musser delivered 15 digs while Zachary Keating had 30 assists. Nicholas Plakans registered three solo blocks.

Against Crest, the Streaks allowed the visiting Falcons scores of 12, 9 and 15 in the 3-0 win.

Leaman, Paladino and Nick Vicidomini each had seven kills while Paladino, Leaman and Brian Hines each registered three aces and Vicidomini finished with four blocks.

Keating and Musser recorded eight digs each and Keating had 26 assists.

Township also played a non-league match, beating Avon Grove 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) on Monday.

Paladino's nine kills and four aces led the team. Keating dished out 27 assists and tied Hines and Vicidomini with three blocks each. Musser came away with another 11 digs.

SOFTBALL

In a Section One and Two crossover game at Garden Spot, the Streaks came up short, 4-2.

Spartans starter Elizabeth King allowed only three hits in the win. One of those hits was a Juliana Lueders solo home run in the first inning. King settled down and pitched a complete game.

MT's Casey Martin also pitched a complete game, allowing only four Spartan hits.

On Thursday, the Streaks took advantage of nine errors by Lebanon and posted a 13-1 victory on five hits in another crossover game.

Mikayla Brennan was the winning pitcher for the Streaks, who improved to 6-5 in the league.

Friday was a tough pitchers' duel with Township falling short 2-0 at Penn Manor. Brennan's double was the only hit for the Streaks. Lueders also reached on a walk.

Martin's five-hit gem in which she allowed only one earned run while striking out five was not enough.

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Township Hardballers Top CV 13-7 April 24, 2017

The Streaks played three games this past week, winning Wednesday's L-L League contest over Conestoga Valley but losing the other two on the road.

With Friday's loss at Donegal, the Blue Streaks fell to 4-8 on the year.

Wednesday, there were plenty of runs in a 13-7 defeat of the Buckskins. Rece Bender had a big day for the Streaks, stroking two singles and driving in three. He also scored once. Hunter McClintock went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI's and Luke Emge also drove in two runs. Ethan Kline, who scored three runs, went 2-for-4 with a double.

Township led this game early on with two runs in the home half of the first inning. It was a game with several momentum shifts as the Buckskins had a five-run third only to have the Streaks trim the deficit to 5-4 with two in their half of the frame.

After Township had tied it in the fourth, the Buckskins got a two-run lead in the sixth inning. It would be their last lead. The Streaks had a huge eight-run sixth. Overall, they took advantage of five CV errors plus 13 walks. That was why the Streaks needed only eight hits to plate 13 runs.

Sophomore Ben DeMarco came on in relief. He earned the victory, striking out two and allowed three hits in 4.2 innings.

Two days earlier, the Streaks played at Elizabethtown. The Bears' six-run fifth inning proved to be the difference in the 9-3 win.

Solen Clark had three hits and a RBI for the Bears, who used a 13-hit attack.

The Bears were up 3-0 after four. The Streaks came back with a three-run fifth inning to tie the score. However E-town's six runs in the bottom half proved to be the difference.

Of the seven Township hits, Emge had a double as did McClintock, who drove in all three runs. Bender, Schaefer and Zach Andrews each scored a run.

TRACK

The girls' track and field team lost its first meet of the season in a close finish at Warwick on Tuesday. The Warriors edged the Blue Streaks 79-71, evening their Lancaster-Lebanon League record at 2-2 while the Streaks fell to 2-1.

Warwick winning two of the three relays may have been the difference. The only relay won by Township was the 4x800, captured by Ava Pasewicz, Kira Jenkins, Cassandra Wilk and Annabelle Lapp with a 9:49.5.

Running the final 800 meters of this event was not the only 800 meters by Wilk, who anchored the relay. She also won the 800-m individual event in 2:29.1.

Going the distance, Jenkins had the winning pace of 12:12.4 in the 3,200.

In the 100 high hurdles, Leah Sassaman posted a winning time of 17.6.

The Streaks hung tough in the field events as well. Mackenzie Horn's 8-foot-6 pole vault was good for first as was Delaney McKnight's 16-2 long jump. Alison Buckwalter won the shot put with a 30-5 heave while fellow junior Claire Hummel topped the triple jump at 32-11.5.

While the girls' team suffered its first defeat, the boys claimed their first L-L League victory, topping Warwick 84-66. Noah Tull, Gavin Patterson, Peter Carrigan and Anderson Velozwong teamed for the 4x400 relay, winning in 3:31.8. In the 4x800, Township got a winning time of 8:28.7 from Gavin Maurer, Riley Horton, Velozwong and Tim Antonacci.

Velozwong, Antonacci and Tull were multiple winners. Along with his contributions to the two relays, Velozwong ran off with the 400 in 53.2 seconds.

Antonacci took the 3,200 in 10:56.9 and Evan Dorenkamp won the 1,600 in 4:40.8.

Tull, who also won the triple jump (40-10) and the high jump (6-2), clocked a 16 flat to win the 110 high hurdles.

Also in the field, Ben Viau won both the shot put and the discus with a 52-2.25 and 167-8 respectively.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Winning three matches in which they scored in the neighborhood of 20 goals, the Streaks moved up to 9-2 on the season and 6-0 in the league.

All three of Township's wins were on the road, beginning with a 19-9 Monday afternoon contest at Parkland. The Streaks got six goals and four assists from Sarah Elias.

"Sarah is our one returning offensive starter from last year," head coach Mark Pinkerton noted. "She is our most versatile attacker. She can feed, drive or shoot."

Township topped the Trojans 28-14 in shots on goal. Included in those shots were four goals each by Lucy Svetec and Maris Large (1a).

"Maris handles a lot of the draws along with Lucy Svetec," Pinkerton explained. "They're strong in that aspect of the game. Anytime you gain possession [on the draws] you try to look for the high-percentage opportunity.

"Maris has developed into a strong scoring threat on the attack," continued the coach.

Skylar Dorenkamp turned in two goals and three assists while juniors Claudia Newell and Liz Musser each scored one. Shannon Elias added one goal and one assist.

"Shannon Elias has done well," Pinkerton said of his up-and-coming freshman. "We lost Lizzie McBride, who's a junior, to a season-ending injury. Shannon has stepped in nicely."

Defensively, Haley McCullough made seven saves. She made four more saves in the Elizabethtown game the next afternoon.

The Streaks downed the Bears 19-3. Sarah Elias scored six more goals while Taylor Kopan came off the bench with four. In addition, Large notched a hat trick.

Scoring twice was senior Ellen Connolly while Dorenkamp, Musser, Shannon Elias and Chloe Cronin each scored one.

Township clipped the Eagles 20-8 on Friday in a league game that was 14-3 by halftime. McCullough made four saves for MT.

Large had the lion's share of the scoring, piling up seven goals. Sarah Elias poured in five more.

Musser, Dorenkamp and Julianne Walker each added two goals with Musser assisting on two more while Dorenkamp dished out three assists. Kopan and Newell each netted one goal.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Township's win streak reached four matches after the team wrapped up the previous week with a win over Warwick and posted three more wins following Easter.

Ask head coach Jack Damiano the key to the success and he'll tell you in very plain words - teamwork.

"We are just playing well," Damiano said in a phone interview. "Everybody is contributing. The setters and the hitters are doing an unbelievable job."

In a non-league battle at Daniel Boone on Monday night, the Streaks won 3-2. After MT took a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 win in the third set, the Indians forced a tiebreaker. MT won the fifth set 15-11.

Chris Paladino led with 27 kills. He and Nick Vicidomini each served up two aces. Zach Keating led the match in assists with 53 while Zachary Musser recorded 21 digs. Adding three blocks was Nicholas Plakans.

"The whole team has been contributing," Damiano emphasized. "We probably have one guy who's dominating as a hitter like Chris Paladino. But Nick Vicidomini and Brian Hines our opposite are factors. Mark Leaman is also doing well; it isn't just one or two individuals."

In Tuesday's home match against Conestoga Valley, the Streaks won 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-21). The all-out team contribution was evident in the stats.

Paladino had 26 kills while Vicidomini added 14 and Leaman another 13. Plankans had four kills as did Hines. Keating racked up 53 assists plus one block. Paladino served two aces.

Township blanked E-town 3-0 on Friday night at home, 25-8, 25-16, and 25-15.

Paladino put down 17 kills plus two aces. Keating contributed 40 assists while Musser led the way in digs with 11. Leaman also had a pair of aces and Vicidomini added two blocks.

SOFTBALL

In a Section One and Two crossover game, Township came up short at Conestoga Valley on Wednesday. The Buckskins, who are in hot contention for the Section Two crown, defeated the Streaks 5-1.

Township plated a run in the top of the first inning on a Juliana Lueders sacrifice fly RBI.

Casey Martin, who only allowed five singles in the game, was cruising along. She allowed the game-tying run in the bottom of the fourth. The Buckskins added four more in the sixth.

Martin, who went 1-for-3 with a double at the plate, struck out 12 batters in her complete game.

The Streaks got two doubles from Mikayla Brennan. She scored Township's lone run. Nicole Molenhauer went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot, also stroking a double. Despite the four doubles, the Streaks were not able to produce more runs. With the loss, Township fell to 2-6 in the L-L League and 3-7 overall.

Monday's crossover game with Elizabethtown resulted in an 18-14 loss.

The Streaks did not succumb to an early deficit when the Bears scored five times in the top of the first. Township got one back in the home half and tied it with a four-run second.

E-town went on to score 11 over the next three frames while the Streaks chipped away with six of their own. Township added three more in the sixth inning. The tremendous comeback effort was just not enough.

Of their 13 hits, Martin's double was the only extra-base hit. Multiple hitters included Molenhauer and Brennan, each of whom singled twice, drove in a run and scored three times out of the one-two spots in the batting order.

Martin drove in two with a double and also scored thanks to one of Emily Smyth's three singles. Lueders had a pair of singles and three RBI's, Andrea Acosta also drove in a run and scored twice. Though she didn't get a base hit, Cassidy Colyer also drove in a run.

BOYS LACROSSE

Parkland posted a 15-8 victory at Township on Monday, handing the Streaks only their second loss of the year. But Township rebounded with back-to-back L-L wins, improving to 10-2 and 7-0 in the league.

The key period may have been the third quarter when the Trojans outscored the Streaks 3-0. Township trailed 9-6 at the half.

Grayson Sallade and Zach Diamond, the team's leading scorers, notched four and two goals respectively. Bryce Hutchinson and Sean Curcio each netted one goal while Sallade and Owen Miller each added an assist.

In Tuesday's home game, the 15-goal total belonged to Township. The Streaks got four saves from Caton Johnson and five by Matt Chess in the 15-6 defeat of Elizabethtown. They out-shot the Bears 38-28.

Leading 2-1 heading into the second quarter, Township went on a 4-0 run before the half. The Streaks outscored the Bears 5-1 in the third quarter.

Curcio and Miller each had a hat trick while Sallade's two goals were complemented with three assists. Diamond also had a pair of goals. Also contributing with single goals were Hutchinson, Louis Geyer, Solen Layser, George Hetrick as well as Tre Freeman, who also had an assist. Cameron Chambers and Eddie Newman also provided one assist each.

In Friday's 13-6 defeat of Cocalico, the Streaks got a four-goal output by Sallade, who assisted on two more. Miller, who had one assist, recorded a hat trick while Curcio contributed two goals and an assist.

Also, Hetrick, Hutchinson, Newman and Anthony Gugluizza each scored once. Johnson recorded seven saves.

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MT Hardballers Post 15-0 Shutouts April 17, 2017

The funny thing about the game of baseball is that the team which bashes one opponent's pitching on a given day might struggle to give its own pitching much run support the next.

The Blue Streaks' batters slugged their way to back-to-back 15-0 victories this week over Lancaster-Lebanon League foes McCaskey and Cedar Crest on Monday and Wednesday.

Oh yes, the "funny thing about the game of baseball" adage did raise its hand and make itself known on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Ephrata. In fact, the 15-0 victories were sandwiched between that loss and another one by the same margin the previous Friday.

In Monday's home game, the Streaks took advantage of six walks and five fielding errors by the Red Tornado, needing nine hits to plate 15 runs. The biggest inning was the home half of the first where Township scored six times. The offense added three more in the second.

Joey Rudzinski needed to go only four innings to record a two-hit shutout.

Rudzinski and Tom Cesarone each doubled and drove in two runs. Ethan Kline scored two of the 15 runs and Hunter McClintock, who had a walk and a single, crossed the plate three times.

The Streaks bolted out of the gate quickly at Cedar Crest, scoring 12 runs in the first two frames. After a five-spot in the first, they added seven more in the second on eight hits, including doubles by McClintock (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 steal, 2 runs), Wade and Zach Schaefer, who scored three runs. Township also took advantage of five walks and four Falcon errors.

Ethan Kline and Brenden Moshos each drove in two runs in support of sophomore starter Colin Yablonski, who pitched four innings for the win. Ryan Barbee had a strikeout in his one shutout inning in relief to finish the combined one-hitter.

Ephrata's league record improved to 4-2 with the one-run victory at Manheim Township on Thursday. The Streaks outhit the Mountaineers 8-7, including a solo homer by Moshos, a triple by Luke Emge and a two-bagger by Kline, who went 2-for-4. Schaefer also went 2-for-4 and stole a base. He scored the other Township run as Rudzinski's RBI single chased him home.

Township tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth only to give up the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh.

SOFTBALL

The softball team won two of its three league games this past week and improved to 2-4 on the year (3-5 overall).

The week began with what seemed to be a football score. But the 18-0 victory was not a gridiron clash between Section One foes Township and McCaskey; it was on the softball field.

Just as instrumental to the 10-hit attack was the total of 14 walks Township batters drew in this game.

Emily Smith had a huge game. The freshman had a pair of singles and drove in five runs. Smith, who also reached base by being hit by a pitch, scored three runs on the day. Another freshman who had a great day was Juliana Lueders. She drew three walks and hit a single, driving in three runs and scoring one more.

Senior Nicole Moldenhauer went 4-for-5 with three runs and a pair of RBI's. Casey Martin (2-for-3) also had a pair of RBI's. She walked twice and scored three runs, giving herself run support as she pitched a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts.

Wednesday's game against visiting Cedar Crest did not involve double-digit scoring, but with two runs in their final at-bat, the Streaks edged the Falcons 3-2.

Leuders led the way with three hits, including a RBI double and a run. Martin also drove in a run as did Mikayla Brennan, who went 2-for-4.

The two-run seventh inning helped make a winner out of Martin, who went the distance with three strikeouts while scattering five hits.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Township senior setter Zachary Keating dished out 26 assists in helping his team power past Warwick 3-0 in an L-L League clash at home on Wednesday.

The Streaks dominated the match, winning the three sets 25-12, 25-16, 25-21.

Christopher Paladino had eight kills and five aces, including a pair of aces in the first set. Brian Hines had two aces in that opening set and registered two blocks on the night. Also recording two blocks each were Mark Leaman, Nick Vicidomini, and Nicholas Plakens, while Zachary Musser led with 11 digs.

The win improved Township's record to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in Section One.

The Streaks were coming off a 3-0 loss at Penn Manor on Tuesday night. The Comets sneaked past the Streaks 25-19 in the opener and 25-20 in the third set with a 25-15 final sandwiched in between.

Keating had 17 assists while Paladino poured in nine kills and added one ace. Vicidomini also served one ace to go with five blocks. Township got eight digs from Musser.

GIRLS LACROSSE

In girls' lacrosse, the Streaks split their two games played last week, which included a non-league battle with the Agnes Irwin School on Wednesday.

The visitors from Bryn Mawr scored 10 goals in the first half and went on to top Township 17-9.

Sarah Elias led the Streaks with three goals. Sophomore Lucy Svetec and junior Maris Large each scored two while Shannon Elias and Dkylar Dorenkamp netted one goal each.

Township fell to 5-2 overall, but improved to 6-2 with its 21-1 defeat of L-L League opponent Garden Spot on the road Thursday night.

Taylor Kopan and Grier Walker notched hat tricks with the latter also putting up an assist while Sarah Elias scored two goals and assisted on one other. Shannon Elias had one goal and five assists. Svetiec, Julianne Walker and Ellen Connolly each scored twice.

As the Streaks out-shot the Spartans 27-6, they also got single goals from Chloe Cronin, Alyssa Penny, Claudia Newell, Haley McCullough, Grace Torrance and Lindsey Mellott.

Meredith Cardina and Izzie Drolet each had saves in goal.

TRACK & FIELD

The boys' track came up short against Section One rival Hempfield on Monday, but posted a non-league victory at Exeter on Thursday afternoon.

In the 83-67 loss to visiting Hempfield, the Streaks got first-place finishes from Evan Dorenkamp in the 800 (2:00.1) and 1,600-meter (4:41.8) races. Fellow sophomore Titan Cox won the 200-m dash in 23.4 seconds.

Another sophomore shined in the field events as Jack Rodenberger won the javelin with a 139-foot-8 throw. Ben Viau's 157-8 discus toss and 55-7 shot put throws were best on the day as well.

The high jump went to Noah Tull who cleared 6-0.

Tull also triple-jumped to victory in the Exeter meet, winning at a 40-01.25 measure and won the high jump at 6-1. He also anchored the 4x400 relay squad in the 86-64 win at Exeter. Along with Dorenkamp, Anderson Velozwong and 200-m dash winner Gavin Patterson (22.8) the relay team posted a time of 3:36.2.

Tull also won the high hurdles in 15.3 seconds. Dorenkamp ran the 1,600 in a first-place tie of 4:43.0 and the 800-m in 2:00.1.

Velozwong, who took first place (54.0) in the 400, was also part of the winning 4x800 relay team that included Jarrid McKenzie, Riley Horton and anchor Gavin Maurer.

It was business as usual for Viau, who won the shot put (57-8) and the discus (166-5) while Cox claimed the long jump (18-7).

The talented Township team topped Hempfield 79-71 in a close girls' meet on Monday. The meet turned into a close one as Knights nearly swept the field events with the exception of Township's Delaney McKnight winning the high jump at 4-10.

Ava Pasewicz, Kate Yoder, Claire Hummel and Leah Sassaman were one of two winning relay teams in this meet. They won the 4x400 in 4:16.8.

Emma Rogers, Emily Antonacci, Grace Weaver and freshman Hayley Astheimer claimed the 4x800 in 11:29.6.

Cassandra Wilk and Courtney German each won multiple events. Wilk set the winning pace of 5:24.3 in the 1,600 and won the 800 in 2:26.6. German dashed to victory in the 100- and 200-m events with respective times of 12.6 and 25.2, and also won the 400 in 59.3.

Hannah Dieterle went the distance in the 3,200, clocking an 11:50.8.

Dieterle also helped the 4x800 relay team post a victory in the Exeter meet. She teamed up with Wilk, Pasewicz and Kira Jenkins for a time of 10:07.0. Dieterle also won the 3,200 in 11:42.0.

The Eagles, however, would go on to win the meet 90-60 winning all but two field events in the process.

McKnight won the high jump again clearing 4-10 while junior McKenzie Horn won the pole vault at 8-6.

On the track, German came through with a winning time of 12.2 in the 100. Wilk won the 800 in 2:24.0 and Samantha Side ran the 1,600 in 5:42.0.

BOYS LACROSSE

Just as the girls' team had done, the boys' lacrosse team played a non-league opponent on Tuesday before facing Garden Spot in a league match on Thursday.

Academy New Church hosted the Streaks in Bryn Athyn in a non-league game. The Streaks doubled up their hosts 12-6 in District One territory. They out-shot the Lions 32-24.

Township took a 6-2 lead into the half and extended that lead to 10-3 by the end of the third quarter.

Owen Miller and Sean Curcio each scored three times and assisted once. The team's top goal scorer, Grayson Sallade, scored twice and assisted on two more.

Speaking of assists, Jack Kingsbury was the model of unselfishness, providing four assists to no goals of his own.

Zach Diamond also had two goals while Eddie Newman, Bryce Hutchinson and junior Dan Klotz each netted one goal. Tommy Mann contributed with one assist.

MT goalie Caton Johnson had 12 saves to keep the Streaks ahead.

The 17-1 defeat of Garden Spot improved the Streaks' record to 8-1 and upped the league mark to 5-0.

Playing on their home turf, the Streaks got goals from 12 different players. The only hat trick came from Zach Dotter, who also had an assist. The goals and assists in multiple counts also came from Sallade (2, 3), Lou Geyer (2, 1) and Jeff Sturla (2, 0)

Single goals came from Hutchinson, Colton Pierson, John Grandrimo and Solen Layser. Mann, Diamond, Ben Mann and Tre Freeman also had one goal each to go along with one assist.

Matt Chess manned Manheim Township's goal, recording three saves in the win.

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MT Boys' Lax Tops Cedar Crest, L-S April 10, 2017

Manheim Township is running alongside Hempfield and vice versa as the two teams sit atop the boys' lacrosse standings in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Both teams are 4-0 as Township (6-1 overall) put up two more league wins this past week.

"At the moment, our two teams are sizing each other up and figuring out which of us has the better pieces," head coach Dan Lyons remarked on the standings. "We have one senior starter and two other seniors contributing as we are putting the pieces together."

One thing that is for sure about Township's game this year is the offense. The Streaks outscored their league opponents by a combined 34-8 score, with 17 goals in each win.

"We have a pretty good shooting percentage," Lyons pointed out. "We went back and looked at our stats from last year. We were between 25 and 30 percent in putting shots on the cage. This year we are shooting between 30 and 40 percent."

On Monday, the Streaks defeated Cedar Crest on the road by a 17-4 count. They out-shot the Falcons 39-18 with Grayson Sallade scoring a game-high five goals. Zach Diamond added four more goals while Sean Curcio, Brian Hutchinson and Tom Freeman each scored twice.

"Sean Curcio, Zach Diamond, Grayson Sallade and Owen Miller are our top scorers," Lyons said.

Owen Miller and Louis Geyer each added one goal while goalkeeper Caton Johnson made four saves.

Township scored five in each of the first two quarters and added six more in the third.

In Friday's home game against Lampeter-Strasburg, the leading scorer was Diamond with four goals. Sallade had a goal and three assists.

"Grayson and Zach are strong athletic midfielders," commented the coach. "When they have the chance to step into a shot, it has a good chance of going in."

Hutchinson and Miller each had a hat trick and one assist. Geyer, Dan Klotz, Jeff Sturla and Eddie Newman each scored one goal and Jack Kingsbury came through with two.

The distribution of the scoring is something that has made this team's offense click.

"Sharing the scoring is not just something that works for this year's team; it's a Manheim Township tradition," said Lyons.

BASEBALL

Nate Hess hit a two-run home run to give the Warriors a walk-off 3-2 victory over Township on Friday in a Section One game at Warwick. Hess had hit a triple and drove in Warwick's other run of the game earlier, tying the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Streaks, who fell to 0-3 in the league (1-5 overall) got a nice start out of freshman Colin Morrisette. He went the distance, giving up nine hits and no walks, while getting one strikeout. Ethan Nomran got the complete game win for Warwick, allowing four hits and only one earned run.

Rece Bender got one of those four hits - an RBI double. He drove home Hunter McClintock, who had singled. Also scoring a run was Luke Emge, who went 1-for-3. Zach Andrews also had a hit, and Joey Rundzinski drove in the other Township run.

In a 13-1 loss to Hempfield on Wednesday, the Streaks were held to four base hits, including Ethan Kline's RBI double. Seth Boyer scored the lone Township run. Ener and Zach Schaefer each got one hit.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Township had a dominant victory over league rival Cedar Crest on Monday afternoon, outscoring the visiting team 20-2. The Streaks scored 13 goals in the first half alone with the final shots tally at 25-7 in their favor.

The leading scorer for Township was Lizzie McBride with four goals and two assists. Lucy Svetec also got four goals and Sarah Elias added three more to go with three assists.

The rest of the scoring was shared among eight players with Liz Musser being the only one with two goals. Skylar Dorenkamp had four assists and netted one goal. Ashlyn Campagna, Grier Walker, Ellen Connolly, Shannon Elias, Maris Large and Taylor Kopan each had one goal with Kopan also dishing out two assists.

Haley McCullough had five saves in the win.

The Streaks fell to non-league foe Owen J. Roberts on Saturday. The visiting Wildcats came back from an 8-5 halftime deficit to edge Township 12-11. They out-shot the Streaks 18-16.

Svetec put up four goals while Large added a hat trick plus one assist. The Streaks got two assists each by Musser and McBride, the latter of whom also had one goal. Shannon Elias scored one and assisted on another.

McCullough came away with nine saves.

TRACK

Cumberland Valley High School was the site of the Bruce Dallas Invitational on Saturday, April 1, where two dozen teams converged. The Township boys finished fourth with 42.5 team points while the girls took third with 33.25 team points. Hershey won the girls' competition with 69 points with Cumberland Valley (67) taking second. Milton Hershey's 93 points topped all teams in the boys' standings.

Ben Viau had an outstanding day with a first-place 53-foot-7 distance on his shot put throw and also took second with a discus distance of 161-08.

In those very same events, Patrick Cloonan took fifth in the shot put (43-08.50) and was in a tie for 11th place in the discus, sending it 115-08.

Mackenzie Horn, who had a first-place time of 15.75 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, finished second in the event with a time of 16.45. Horn also joined freshman Ava Pasewicz, Kate Yoder and Samantha Side for the 4x400 relay. This foursome finished sixth at 4:26.45.

Pasewicz (2:25.34) and Side (2:29.05) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 800. Kira Jenkins took sixth (5:35.29) in the 1,600. Yoder was 12th (29.00) in the 200 dash. Hannah Dieterle (11:54.20) and Jenkins (11:56.9) crossed the line in successive order in the 3,200, placing seventh and eighth place respectively.

In the field events, Delaney McKnight earned fifth in the high jump, clearing 4-foot-8. McKnight earned ninth in the long jump with a 16-footer.

In the pole vault, Sydney Horn finished in a four-way tie for 10th place at 8-06. The javelin that Kate Grohotolski threw traveled 94-06 for 12th place.

In the boys' track events, two relay teams each finished fourth. Timothy Antonnacci and fellow junior Anderson Velozwong joined sophomores Evan Dorenkamp and Hayden Severe in the 4x800 to post a time of 8:33.76. The other fourth-place finish was the 4x400 (3:37.71) with Peter Carrigan, Titian Cox, Noah Tull and Dorenkamp.

Dorenkamp won the 800 in 2:01.49. Tull took fourth (16.42) in the 110 hurdles and was sixth in the high jump (5-08).

Gavin Patterson was seventh in the 400 in 53.27 seconds.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team won its first match of the week - a 3-0 triumph at Cedar Crest - to improve its league mark to 2-0 on the year. But two days following Tuesday's win, the Streaks faced unbeaten Hempfield at home, resulting in the Streaks' first loss of the year.

Township took command of the match at Cedar Crest and claimed the first set 25-11. The Streaks topped the Falcons 25-18 and 25-15 to complete the sweep.

Chris Paladino, who has led the team in kills so far this year, topped everyone with nine. He also had a match-high five aces.

Leading the way in assists was Zachary Keating (26) while Nick Vicidomini had five blocks.

In the Hempfield match, the Knights pulled off a 25-18 victory in the opening set before going on to win the next two 25-15 and 25-16.

While Gavin Hanzelman led Hempfield with 10 kills and two blocks, Township's Paladino led the match with 13 kills. The Streaks got one ace each from Keating, who also had 19 assists, and Brian Hines. Vicidomin registered a pair of blocks.

SOFTBALL

It was a tough week for the Manheim Township softball team. The squad suffered losses in each of its games this week as the L-L League slate of games got underway. Township fell to 0-3 in the league and 1-5 overall.

In Monday's game at Penn Manor, junior pitcher Mikayla Brennan went the distance and struck out seven batters. But she was the hard-luck losing pitcher in this one as Manor held Township to two hits in a 3-0 victory.

The only baserunners were Emily Smith and Nicole Moldenhauer with singles and Juliana Leuders, who walked.

Township's next game was a 15-0 loss at Hempfield on Wednesday followed by a 9-0 loss at home to Warwick on Friday.

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Township Boy's Lax Off To 4-0 Start April 3, 2017

The Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team is off to a fast start with four wins right out of the gate. The Streaks have outscored opponents by a combined 69-21 over those four games, which have included a pair of Lancaster-Lebanon League victories.

According to head coach Mark Pinkerton, the front line is beginning to gel as new players are getting accustomed to playing together.

"We lost a lot of starters on the offensive side from last year," said Pinkerton in a phone interview. "We are still trying to build chemistry on offense. Six of the seven starters on offense are gone.

"We have a lot of talent, but a group that hasn't played much together in the past," he added.

One of the returning players is Sarah Elias. In the season opener, which was a Saturday afternoon game at home, Elias scored five goals and added an assist to lead Township in a 12-8 victory over York Catholic.

Lucy Svetec added a hat trick while Lizzie McBride had two goals and two assists. Maris Large and Skylar Dorenkamp each had one goal while Taylor Kopan chipped in with one assist.

"We have a solid attack group in Sarah Elias, Lizzie McBride and Maris Large," said Pinkerton. "Lucy and Maris are both back and give us two strong options on the draws."

Haley McCullough grabbed four saves for the win. And with the Township defense limiting the opponents to minimal shots on goal, McCullough recorded a total of five saves in the other three wins combined.

Svetec scored four times in Monday's 14-4 win at Cumberland Valley. She also gave out two assists. McBride and Large each notched a hat trick with McBride adding two assists and Large getting one.

Elias had two goals and two assists. Dorenkamp and Kopan had one goal each.

In Tuesday's match at Township, the Streaks, with 14 goals at the half, defeated league foe Conestoga Valley 23-3.

Ashlyn Campagna, a sophomore, scored four goals to lead the squad. McBride had a hat trick to go with two assists. There was a quintet of players with two goals each - Elias, Kopan, Dorenkamp, Large and junior Claudia Newell. In addition to her two goals, Elias also had three assists while Large, Dorenkamp and Kopan each had one.

Also chipping in with one goal each were Ashley Wenger, Shannon Elias, Lindsey Mellott, and Liz Musser.

Chloe Cronin and Abby Laubach each had one assist as did Musser and Wenger. Shannon Elias had two.

Township played host to Warwick in Thursday's league game. The offensive load was shared as 10 different players netted at least one goal. Hat tricks came courtesy of McBride, who also had three assists, Large (2 assists), and Svetec. Sarah Elias led the team in assists with five. She was one of four players with two goals each along with Dorenkamp, Musser and Campagna. Shannon Elias had a goal and two assists while Cronin and freshman Grier Walker each had one goal.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Streaks have two wins on the books to open the 2017 campaign. They defeated Garden Spot and McCaskey to close out March.

After a close 25-20 win over Garden Spot on Tuesday, they won 25-18 and 25-16.

Chris Paladino led the Streaks in kills with 10.

Zach Musser and Hines each had two service aces. Musser also led the team in digs with 11. Zachary Keating racked up a match-high 25 assists, Nick Vicidomini registered five blocks, and Carter Eby put down a match-high 11 kills. Colin Elliott got 21 assists for the visitors.

In Thursday night's league match against the Red Tornado, the Streaks got a match-best 13 kills from Paladino and posted winning sets of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-16. They got four blocks from Vicidomini and a pair of aces as well as 31 assists from Keating.

BASEBALL

Following a victory in their season opener, the Streaks played two other non-league games but came up short in both Monday's game against Cedar Cliff and Wednesday's game versus Governor Mifflin.

Ben DeMarco got the win in that season-opening victory. The Streaks got eight hits against Exeter pitching, including two hits by Zach Andrews who had one RBI.

Seniors Hunter McClintock and Joey Rudzinski each drove in a run. McClintock, Alex Wade, Brenden Moshos, Zach Schaefer and Seth Boyer each scored as Manheim Township came back from an early 1-0 deficit to score twice in the bottom of the second and one more in the third to break a 2-2 tie - a lead they didn't relinquish.

Schaefer had a double and a steal while McClintock and Rece Bender each swiped two bases.

DeMarco got the win in relief, going 3.1 innings and yielding two unearned runs. He struck out three and allowed only two hits. Rudzinski came in to shut the door for the save.

Cedar Cliff got a combined shutout from four pitchers as they held Township to two hits in an 11-0 victory. Only six of the runs Township pitchers allowed were earned. Four fielding miscues proved costly for the hosts. Tom Cesarone and McClintock got the only two Township hits.

In Wednesday's game at Township, the Streaks led two times before a wild seven-run fifth inning by Mifflin turned the tide in the visitors' favor. The Streaks led 2-1 after the first inning and again by a 3-2 score after three frames. Governor Mifflin went on to win 19-6.

The Streaks got nine hits, including doubles by Cesarone, McClintock, Rudzinski and freshman Colin Morrisette, and two hits each for Schaefer and McClintock, who scored three of the runs.

Morrisette drove in two as did Luke Emge. Rudzinski also got a RBI.

TRACK

The Streaks faced Penn Manor in L-L League track and field last Monday. The Comets won the boys' meet 79-71 while the Township girls won 96-54.

The girls won all three relays. Mackenzie Horn, Tyrina Williams, Kate Yoder and Courtney German sprinted to a first-place finish in 50.1 seconds in the 4x100 relay.

German joined Clair Hummell, Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk in the 4x400 relay victory (4:18.3) whereas Pasewicz, Julia Mason, Paige Newman and Samantha Side took the 4x800 in 10:20.20.

Horn claimed both the 100-meter dash (12.6) and the 100 hurdles (14.8)

Wilk won both the 1,600 (5:33.8) and the 800 (2:31.5) - both of which had MT runners in the top three positions. Hannah Dieterle (5:40.7) and Kira Jenkins (5:41.1) were behind Wilk in the 1,600 while Pasewicz (2:32.2) and Side (2:32.7) were second and third, respectively, in the 800.

Dieterle won the 3,200 (12:02.0) with Jenkins (12:28.3) and Emily Antonacci (12:31.3) in tow. The 300 intermediate hurdles had Lillian Reynolds (57.3) in second place and Shannon Horn (57.9) third.

German claimed the 200 in 25.4 seconds.

Ali Buckwalter won both the javelin with a 93-6 toss and the shot put (27-03) while Delaney McKnight cleared 5-0 to win the high jump.

The pole vault had Mackenzie Horn first (11-00), German second (11-0) and Shannon Horn third (8-06).

The quartet of Matt Russinko, Peter Carrigan, Rozario Gerard and Gavin Patterson won the 4x100 relay for the boys in 45.7 seconds.

Patterson had a second-place finish in the 400 (53.9) while Noah Tull (15.4) and Titan Cox (11.5) were second in the 100 hurdles and 100 dash, respectively. Cox was also second in the 200 dash (24.0) and Hayden Severe secured second in the 300 hurdles at 45.1.

The Streaks did well in field with the long- triple- and high-jump events. Also, Ben Viau won the shot put (52-00.25) and the discus (170-02).

Tull took the triple (40-06.25) and the high jump (5-10) with Isaiah Gillespie taking second in the high (5-08) while Elvis Morara's 18-11 long jump and 38-10.50 triple were also good for second.

BOYS LACROSSE

The Streaks improved to 3-1, posting three straight wins following their season-opening defeat. In that opening game, non-league opponent Loyola Blakefield of Towson, Maryland, topped the Streaks 12-7. The Dons outshot their hosts 38-32.

Grayson Sallade led Township with a game-high four goals. Jack Kingsbury, Owen Miller and Bryce Hutchinson each netted one goal with Miller and Kingsbury each recording an assist.

Caton Johnson racked up 12 saves in goal for Township.

Monday was a new week and it was time for MT to enter the "W" column. The Streaks hosted Cumberland Valley in another non-league match. After taking an 8-1 lead by halftime, the Streaks went on to get a 12-8 victory.

Johnson did a fine job in goal, recording 10 saves.

Sallade came through with a hat trick and two saves while Zach Diamond had one assist to go with his three-goal performance. But it was Miller, who led the team in goals, scoring four times on the Eagles' trio of goalies - Kenlon Wells, Ben Herbster and Alex Dudziak. The three combined for eight saves against the 34 shots by the Township offense.

Hutchinson had a pair of assists while Zach Dotter and Sean Curcio were each credited with one. Kingsbury and sophomore midfielder Anthony Gugluizzza each netted one goal.

In Wednesday's 19-3 victory at Conestoga Valley, the Streaks got great results with their 24 shots on goal.

Curcio, who had a pair of assists, was the lone player with a hat trick. Scoring two goals each were Miller, who also had two assists, Kingsbury, Hogan Glick, Drake Amspacher, and freshman Eddie Newman, who also had an assist.

Diamond, Dotter and Will Hurley each scored once as did Jeff Sturla, Tom Freeman and Matthew Kissel.

Johnson had two saves in goal and freshman goalie Matt Chess had one more.

Thursday evening, in a well-played game at Warwick, Township improved their L-L League mark to 2-0 with a 10-1 win.

In a match where they got 16 shots on goal, the Streaks got out to a strong start with five goals in the first quarter.

Curcio, Diamond and Kingsbury each scored twice while Hutchinson, Miller, Sallade and Glick each added one goal.

Of the five shots on goal by the Warriors, Johnson saved four.

SOFTBALL

The softball team split its two games in the first week of the 2017 season. The 3-2 victory over Manheim Central and the 10-1 defeat to Central York were sandwiched around a rainout scheduled for Wednesday at Exeter Township.

On March 24, the Streaks held on for a one-run victory over the Barons, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and hanging on despite a rally by the visitors in the seventh.

Casey Martin pitched through a couple of jams and finished with a complete game victory. She allowed seven walks and a couple of Township errors led to two unearned runs by Central. But the sophomore buckled down and struck out eight batters.

The Streaks themselves faced tough pitching as they managed only two hits. They manufactured three runs on singles by Mikayla Brennan and Juliana Lueders, the latter of whom drew the only walk for Township. Brennan, Lueders and Hannah Dinsmore each scored a run.

In the Central York game, the Panthers got out to an 8-0 lead before the Streaks got on the board. Martin went 1-for-3 with a run. Emily Smyth drove Martin home on a double in the home half of the fourth inning.

The Streaks got six hits on the day, including Martin's base hit, two singles by Brennan, another hit by Lueders and one by Andrea Acosta.

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