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Township Girls Dominate L-L League Field October 23, 2017

The L-L League Championship race took place on Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School. The Township girls dominated the meet and won with only 44 team points - far ahead of second-place Elizabethtown (100 points) while Hempfield took third at 102.

In the boys' race, the Streaks finished eighth with 228 points - not far behind seventh-place Elizabethtown (209) while Hempfield won with 72 points.

Samantha Side led the way with her third-place finish in 18:52.6. Fellow senior Kira Jenkins posted a time of 19:09.8 and finished fifth while Cassandra Wilk (19:29) and sophomore Ava Pasewicz (19:34.0) also finished ninth and 11th respectively.

Anabelle Lapp (17th, 19:52.9), Chloe Kline (21st, 19:59.8) and Shannon Elias (25th, 20:15.1) made the top-25 while senior Emily Antonacci's 21:33.1 was good for 45th place.

In the boys' race, the Streaks, who were led by Ian Miller's fifth-place finish (16:32.5), placed eight runners in the top 100 spots. Drew Sassaman was 35th at 17:20.0 while Tim Antonacci ran a 17:37.4 to claim 52nd place. Elvias Morara (69th, 17:59.9) was a few strides ahead of Elias Fox (18:01.6) and Eddie Newman (18:02.8), who finished 72nd and 73rd, respectively.

Jarrid McKenzie earned 83rd in the race at 18:09.1 and Braden Schuyler (18:35.8) was 98th.


The last Lancaster-Lebanon League team to defeat a Wilson Bulldogs football team was the 2007 Manheim Township squad.

If that sounds like a decade-long stretch, that's true.

Since that loss, Wilson had gone on to record 68 consecutive victories in league play.

And if you counted nine straight regular-season wins over Manheim Township during that stretch, you are correct.

However, there was something in the air Friday night as the Streaks hosted the Bulldogs in a Section One clash. Both teams came into the game with a 4-0 league record and with Township at least temporarily in sole possession of first place.

"We talked to the kids all week long that they [Bulldogs] are the ones who have to preserve their streak. There was no pressure on us," said head coach Mark Evans. "From the first play to the final play of the game, our kids played with confidence and focus."

And so the team that handed Wilson its last league loss 10 years ago, put up a 38-14 victory and thus gave the Bulldogs a one-game losing streak instead.

"To have a 68-game win streak is phenomenal," said Evans. "Give all the praise they deserve to their program because that's amazing. But for us to be the best, we had to beat the best.

"We had a phenomenal evening," Evans remarked. "What a victory for our program!"

Wilson actually scored first in the game, going ahead 7-0 on Connor Uhrig's nine-yard pass to Nick Johnson.

Grayson Sallade, who had another big game, scored the game-tying touchdown. It came on a four-yard rushing TD later in the first. It was the first of his two rushing TD's. Sallade ran for 128 yards on 22 carries. He also had an interception return for a touchdown, sealing Wilson's fate in the fourth quarter.

"He had an outstanding night," Evans noted.

Sallade's 44-yard dash to the end zone made it 14-7 in the second quarter. But back came the Bulldogs, tying the score one last time on another Uhrig TD pass. Uhrig had 15 completions for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His counterpart - quarterback Luke Emge - was able to complete six of nine pass attempts for 109 yards. Following Uhrig's second TD pass, Emge engineered a drive that ended with his 34-yard scoring toss to Xavier Roman. The teams went into the locker rooms with MT ahead 21-14.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Tom Cesarone caught a 38-yard TD pass from Emge in the fourth quarter. For good measure, Jack Rodenberger, who was perfect on the night with his PAT kicks, hit a 34-yard field goal to give the home team more cushion. Sallade added the pick-six later in the final period.

Evans was asked what this win meant to the band of brothers who've donned the Manheim Township uniform this year.

"It just continues to define and solidify their legacy," he replied. Each team leaves their legacy behind. What is yours going to be? We encourage them to build and add to their own. This is a great group of kids."


Winning a soccer match for the Manheim Township girls' team has a simple formula: Score a goal or two and rely on the defense and goalie Delaney McKnight to keep the other team off the scoreboard.

"They've been outstanding all year," head coach Terry Law said of his steady goalie and defenders.

In Thursday night's L-L League Championship match at Warwick, the defense and McKnight (six saves) held strong for 80 minutes. But they had to perform for another 15; and another 15. Well..., another 14:45.8 to be exact.

It was with 14.2 seconds left in the second overtime that Emma Hagg scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Conestoga Valley, keeping the league championship trophy at Township. The Streaks (16-1-3) advance to the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the fourth seed.

"Alison Heckman grabbed a bad pass coming out of CV's defensive end," Law described, "and ran it past the defenders. It deflected off one of their players for a corner.

"She set it up, served it and Emma Hagg bodied the ball in over the line," Law continued.

Of course it was an anticlimactic jubilation for Law and the Blue Streaks' bench at first.

"From our vantage point, we couldn't tell what had happened," he explained. "It looked like the keeper reached back for the ball. The ball was played back.

"But the referee was fortunately on the line and saw that it went over the line," added the coach. "He called the goal.

"It was a crazy game that could have gone either way," Law said. "They dominated chunks of the game and we dominated at times. Both teams refused to give in. Players were throwing their bodies at the ball to block anything and everything. CV looked dangerous in the first overtime period. We were on our heels, but were able to keep the ball out of our frame.

"We've been there so many times this year," he added. "It wasn't anything new for us. I think it was our eighth overtime game this year.

"We do have a flair for the dramatic," he quipped.

The Streaks reached the title game thanks to Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of Hempfield in the semifinal round.

In that game, which was played at Conestoga Valley, the Streaks out-shot the Knights 8-3 with Heckman scoring two goals. She scored six minutes into the match and the team kept the 1-0 edge into the second half. Only eight minutes into the second half, she made it 2-0. Katherine Lopez added one in the 65th minute and Hagg capped the scoring with six minutes left in the match. Gabi Brown delivered an assist.

McKnight had three saves in this shutout.

"I thought Hempfield came out very strong early in the game," Law said. "We stayed in rhythm and knocked the ball around well. We were able to pull their defense apart and be productive. The entire squad played well - one of our best team performances from start to finish."

The districts begin this week with Township hosting Warwick in the first round.


Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin battled their way to a District Three Class-AAA championship victory on Saturday, defeating Aneesa Malik and Alexandra Pancu of Conrad Weiser 6-4, 6-1 at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The Darkey/Garvin duo had entered the tournament as the top seed and showed why almost immediately, dispensing with their first opponents by a 6-0, 6-0 score on Friday. In Friday's quarterfinals, they defeated Hempfield's Livia Jackson and Kate Donnell - by a 6-1, 6-2 count.

Saturday's semis found them facing Hershey's Chandni Desai and Ashlynn Searer. The Township twosome prevailed 6-2, 6-3.

The top three teams advance to the PIAA Class-AAA state championships.


The Blue Streaks, who had opened up the league playoffs with a 5-1 victory on Saturday, October 14, reached the L-L League field hockey championship match thanks to a 7-0 shutout of Lampeter-Strasburg in Tuesday's semifinal match at Warwick.

The Streaks improved to 14-5 with the win as two different players scored two goals each - Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser.

In addition, Ashlyn Campagna, Emily Kurtz and Sophia Rockwell registered two assists each. Meredith Schulz had one assist.

Katie Labezius and Lexi Smith scored first-half goals as did Weaver while Koser scored twice before intermission. Weaver and Allison Cubell tacked on two more in the second half.

Cat Wilson stopped three shots to earn the shutout win.

Penn Manor's appearance in the league title game was not a surprise. The Comets came into Thursday night's game at Conestoga Valley with a 20-0 record. They will take a 21-0 mark into district playoffs thanks to a 2-0 victory in the championship match.

After a scoreless 24 minutes, Anna May Barbusca scored off a corner. Emma DeBerdine added a late second-half goal off a Briana Harsh assist.

Wilson played another tough game, making three saves.

Both the Streaks and the top-seeded Comets earned a bye in the first round of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. The sixth-seeded Streaks will face number three seed Cumberland Valley this coming Saturday.


The Township golf team will be sending all three of its golfers who competed in last Monday's PIAA East Regional Championships at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood to the PIAA Championships.

Jacob Macinanti, Trey Kuntz and Ellen Wager all qualified and will compete in the state championships at Heritage Hills, outside of York.

"We had three players qualify for regionals and thankfully all three qualified for states," said Steve Brenner. "This is Ellen's second time getting through; it's Jacob and Trey's first time as individuals. They're all happy."

Macinanti shot a 77 and Kuntz finished with a 79 in the regionals while Wager shot an 85.

"It was very windy and it was cold," said Brenner. "They didn't get off to the best of starts. You tell them to keep fighting. They couldn't play their best because of the conditions, but they all advanced."


Blue Streak Booters Finish Third in Section One October 16, 2017

Manheim Township simply had to hold on to that third-place position in the Section One standings. The boys' soccer team needed to finish out the regular season with two more games while Conestoga Valley was on its heels.

Despite two losses, which simultaneously coincided with two CV victories, the Blue Streaks still managed to make the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with a 7-5-0 league record.

The season-ending losses included a 4-1 setback at home to Section One rival Hempfield on Tuesday. Andrea DiSomma's goal in the 78th minute of the match helped Township avoid being blanked.

The Knights had four goal scorers, including first-half goals by Dan Hester and Jake Suchar.

Warwick's Brandon Perezous scored early in Thursday's match at Township and again in overtime to give the Warriors a 3-2 triumph.

Robbie Heckman paced the visitors to a 2-0 lead before goals by DiSomma and Anderson Velozwong tied the score with 12 minutes left in regulation. Grayson King chipped in with an assist.

The opening round of the league playoffs found the Streaks facing Section Three champion Lancaster Mennonite in a Saturday match at Penn Manor.

The Blazers, who had blazed ahead to a 14-0-0 regular season mark against league opponents, scored six times against Township, earning a semi-finals berth against Ephrata with a 6-1 result.

The Blazers, who had yielded only seven goals in their 18 regular season games, gave up only their eighth goal of the season in this victory.

Despite 12 shots on goal, DiSomma's goal midway through the first half was the only one the Streaks were able to put on the board. The Blazers had a hat trick courtesy of Matthew Lynch and two goals by Ben Lefever.

Though this extended Manheim Township's losing streak to three and that third loss coming in the league playoffs, the team still managed to make the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the 10th seed in the power rankings.


The Blue Streaks earned another L-L League victory, making this particular stretch of four consecutive Section One wins more impressive because three of them were on the road.

"The kids are playing with tremendous confidence," head coach Mark Evans commented. "I think we're tough when we're at home but this group of kids has worked very hard together."

The latest win was Friday's 45-7 win at Warwick, improving Township's league record to 4-0 (6-1 overall).

"Our guys were on a mission - there's no other way to describe it," Evans said. "I think we might have even left 14 or 21 points on the field because we had a pass interception that was dropped and a touchdown that was called back."

One of those guys "on a mission" was senior quarterback Luke Emge, who threw for 236 yards on 13 completions, including three touchdown passes. He had touchdown tosses to Rece Bender, Xavier Roman and Brett Benjamin, who led all receivers with 117 yards on four receptions.

"Luke needed that game," said Evans. "What Warwick tried to do to us was to take away the running game. They wanted us to beat them with the pass. We are not one-dimensional; we can run or throw depending on what you give us. They played us man-to-man and they paid for it."

Emge also finished with 47 yards rushing. He scored Township's first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard keeper in the first quarter. He then hit Benjamin on a 44-yard scoring pass.

Jack Rodenberger, who had made both extra points, kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 17-0. Roman's 21-yard TD catch and the 27-yarder to Bender closed out the first-half scoring, making it 31-0 Township at intermission.

The defense held the Warriors scoreless until the third quarter.

"Our defense continues to play solid football," Evans said. "All eleven are playing with a really good mindset."

Josh Emge scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter. Grayson Sallade, who led the team with 50 rushing yards, scored on a 13-yard carry in the fourth.

The next game for the Streaks is Wilson.

"They have won 68 games in the league and we're hoping that it stops at 68," Evans said.


For Township tennis star Taylor Kopan, it was a week with a championship win as well as a loss.

Kopan and teammate Kate Moore were the winning pair in the L-L League Flight Tournament this past week, actually defeating teammates Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin in the championship match at Conestoga Valley on Monday. Kopan and Moore won 6-0, 6-3 after winning through the earlier rounds, including a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Donegal duo Emily Ashley/Sophie May in the semis.

They had opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory and won by the same score against the Cedar Crest doubles team of Claire Aiken and Serena Cheng.

Meanwhile, the Darkey/Garvin twosome posted a pair of 6-0 6-0 victories until they reached the semifinals. Hempfield's Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson won the first set 6-2, but Darkey and Garvin prevailed 6-4, 10-5.

Speaking of this cast of tennis stars, the District Three Class-AAA championships were played at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday and Saturday, featuring Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey in the singles tournament.

Hagino edged Kopan 6-2, 6-4 to win the district title. She made it through the semis with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of Darkey, who had won 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.

There was more Township vs. Township in this championship. Moore suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kopan in the semis after Kopan had topped Garvin in the second round.

Moore defeated Darkey in the consolation match, making it a top-four district ranking of Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey - in that order.


After playing to their third draw of the season - a scoreless one with Hempfield on Tuesday - the Blue Streaks wrapped up the regular season and headed into the L-L League playoffs with a 13-1-3 record (8-1-3 L-L League).

In the opening round of the league playoffs, the Blue Streaks defeated Elco in overtime 3-2 on Saturday in a match played at Conestoga Valley. Allison Heckman delivered the game-winner in the 82nd minute- two minutes into OT. It was Heckman's second goal of the game and MT's 12th shot on goal.

Township went ahead 1-0 early in the match on Heckman's first goal. The Section Three champion Raiders (16-2-1) tied it 10 minutes into the second half and took the lead on Tanisha Grewal's goal in the 60th minute. Thanks to Katherine Lopez, the Streaks tied it in the 68th minute, setting up overtime heroics.

Julia Mason had two assists for Township and Gabi Brown recorded one more.

Delaney McKnight had eight saves in the win. She had seven more in the scoreless tie with Hempfield as MT out-shot the host Knights 8-7.

In between the draw and the playoff win, the Streaks wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 win at Warwick. That too was an overtime game with Brown scoring four minutes into extra time on an assist by Heckman. Both teams finished with five shots on goal. The Streaks concluded the regular season with that win, finishing with an L-L League mark of 8-1-3 - second behind Conestoga Valley (10-1-1) in the Section One standings.

CV and Ephrata were also winners in the quarterfinal round with the latter winning on penalty kicks. Hempfield edged Lampeter-Strasburg 2-1 and will face Township at CV in the semis.


The winning pace by Sam Side, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz - who claimed the top three positions in Tuesday's race - shows why the girls' cross country team has been unbeaten in league competition.

Side was well ahead of the pack, winning the race with a time of 20:08. Jenkins (20:39) was a stride ahead of Pasewicz (20:40) while Cassandra Wilk (20:59) crossed the finish line in sixth place.

Township topped Hempfield 17-45 and beat McCaskey 19-41, finishing first as a team and improving to 8-0.

Chloe Kline (9th, 21:15) and Anabelle Lapp (10th, 21:24) rounded out the top five counters. Shannon Elias (12th, 21:56) also helped the team as did Emily Antonacci (18th, 23:12) and Emma Deiterle (19th, 23:23).

In boys' action, Hempfield is the unbeaten team. On Tuesday, the Knights edged the Streaks 21-42 and downed McCaskey 17-44 while Township topped McCaskey 25-32, improving to 6-4 on the year.

Though Hempfield's Christian Groff won the race at 17:06, Township junior Ian Miller was a close second at 17:08.

Timothy Antonacci's 18:25 gave the Streaks a sixth-place finish. Drew Sassaman (13th, 18:36), Elias Fox (15th, 18:39) and Elvis Morara (16th, 18:45) had solid performances as did 18th-place runner Jarrid McKenzie (19:01) and 20th-place finisher Braden Schuyler (19:32)


In field hockey playoff action, the Streaks advanced to the second round of the L-L's by beating Elco in a quarterfinal match played at Donegal on Saturday.

Asia Weaver scored twice in the first half. Katie Yoder, Sophia Rockwell and Katie Labezius each added a goal in the second half. Also contributing to the scoring was Abby Laubach with three assists as well as Yoder and Ashlyn Campagna with one assist each.

The Streaks, who had finished second in Section One play with a 9-3-0 mark, improved to 13-5-0 overall.

Speaking of Section One games, the Township's regular season ended on a high note as they defeated Hempfield 5-0 on Tuesday.

Weaver notched a hat trick while single goals came off the sticks of Laubach and Lexi Smith.

Yoder had a pair of assists while Rockwell, Campagna and Meredith Schulz each had one.


The Streaks suffered a 3-0 loss on the road Monday night. Elizabethtown, 8-0 in league play, won the non-league match 25-15, 25-13, 25-10.

Megan Baldassarre led in kills with four. Trinity Tull had three blocks while Evan Mancini came away with two aces and six assists. Alice Thorsen had a team-high nine digs.

Township went up against Warwick on Thursday night but suffered a hard-fought 3-1 loss (25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12).


MT Lady Booters Sit Second in the Standings October 9, 2017

For anyone who is a high school soccer guru, the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section One standings for girls' soccer have Conestoga Valley at 8-1-1, Manheim Township at 7-1-2 and Hempfield at 8-2-0.

This past week, after a 1-0 victory over non-league foe Lower Dauphin, the Township team went on to edge league rival Cedar Crest in an overtime game before finishing the week by playing Conestoga Valley to a scoreless draw.

"Cedar Crest played well," said head coach Terry Law. "They had a plan and executed it well.

"It was senior night for us, which is an emotional game every season," Law added. "Sometimes that gets in the way of execution. It had some effect on the game, but the end of the day, you still have to finish your opportunities."

Law gave credit to Crest keeper Courtney Wysokowski, who finished with five saves.

"Their keeper made some good saves and we didn't convert on any opportunities," he said. "But we will take the win any way we can get it."

The win came when Emma Hagg scored eight minutes into overtime. Caroline Wood provided the assist.

The Tuesday home game welcomed Lower Dauphin. The Streaks went on top with another late goal in this one. Alison Heckman scored with three minutes left in regulation. Gabi Brown assisted on the score.

Delaney McKnight recorded both shutouts. She played another stellar match against Conestoga Valley. It was Township's fourth straight game at home. McKnight and CV goalie Lauren Yoder each made three saves

"It is really tight," Law said of the standings. "It will be an interesting week with games at Hempfield and Warwick.

"There are a lot of variables," he continued. "We have to go out and execute. Hopefully, we will have some good fortune along the way by focusing on what we have to do and not worrying about what everyone else is doing."


Luke Emge ran for one touchdown and threw two TD passes on Friday night, helping Manheim Township win a Section One game at McCaskey, 35-7.

Township (3-0 LL, 5-1 overall) scored one touchdown in each of the first two quarters. Rece Bender caught a 14-yard TD pass from Emge in the first quarter. Grayson Sallade caught a 30-yarder in the second stanza.

"That play was amazing," head coach Mark Evans described. "That ball went right through a defender's hands and into his. He's pretty solid in terms of how he comes ready to play and focused."

In the third quarter, the Streaks increased their lead to 28-0 thanks to a nine-yard run by Josh Emge and Luke Emge's one-yard quarterback sneak. And with Cameron Horst's big 47-yard dash to the end zone, the lead increased to 35-0.

Luke Emge completed eight of 16 passes for 101 yards and no interceptions. Sallade led the team in rushing (13-for-81). Horst's 47-yard TD helped him attain 65 yards on the night. Josh Emge ran for 54 yards on six carries.

The defense of course did a great job. Having a winning record requires both sides to be playing well.

"I think both sides are working hard and figuring it out," said Evans. "Both sides are complementing each another."

In a losing cause, Tallian Lehr threw for 164 yards on 15 completions, including a touchdown, and two interceptions.

"They made us play four quarters," Evans said, giving credit to McCaskey. "I think that's awesome because our kids needed to be in that kind of a game.

"They also did a good job of bottling up Grayson Sallade," Evans added. "They took away the outside stuff. We just kept going straight at them and our offensive line did a phenomenal job."


In the L-L League Tennis Tournament, the Streaks were well represented in singles and doubles flights.

In the Flight One Class-AAA doubles at CV, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore won the first round match 6-0, 6-0 and did the same in the second round. They also downed Sophie May and Emily Ashley of Donegal 6-1, 6-0 to make it to the championship round.

But having Township well-represented is an understatement for the duo of Moore and Kopan will be facing Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin - yes, Manheim Township teammates. The Darkey/Garvin duo also opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win and did the same to their second-round opponents. Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson of Hempfield won the opening set of the semifinal round by a 6-2 score. However, the Township twosome won the next two, 6-4, 10-6.

When the singles championship match is played, in other words, Flight One singles, Hagino and Kopan will square off. Interestingly, Kopan had to play through a semifinal round against her doubles partner. She topped Moore 6-3, 6-2. Moore will face Darkey, who came up short against Hagino in the other semifinal. Garvin and May will play for fifth place.

In addition, Lauren Martin and Nicole Honrade will play for the Flight Two doubles finale. They had a pair of 8-1 wins and an 8-4 win in the semis.

In team competition, the Streaks claimed the league title with a 5-0 defeat of Hempfield on Tuesday at Ephrata. The Streaks had won the semifinal match the previous day against Donegal by a 5-0 count.

The semifinals, played on Township's home court, had Kopan, Moore and Darkey winning their singles matches in straight sets.

Garvin and Honrade won the first doubles while Lizzie McBride joined Martin at second doubles. Both matches ended in a 6-0, 6-0 MT win.

Darkey, Moore and Kopan played in first, second and third singles, respectively, against Hempfield. They won in straight sets as did their doubles teammates Honrade/Garvin and McBride/Martin.


By outscoring two league rivals by an aggregate score of 15-0 this past week, the field hockey team raised its record to 11-5-0 (8-3-0 LL).

In Monday's 9-0 defeat of McCaskey, a trio of goal scorers tallied two goals each. Lindsey Koser and Sophia Rockwell each had a first-half goal and another following intermission. Asia Weaver not only scored two, she also assisted on two others. Lexi Smith and Abby Laubach each had two assists as well.

Julia Romano, Katie Labezius and Katie Yoder made their way into the scoring column while Emily Kurtz and Rea Fox provided assists.

The shutout was shared by Cat Wilson and Vanessa Daniels - one save each.

Friday's 6-0 win over Cedar Crest was also at home.

Weaver was unstoppable, scoring four times. Fox and Sophia Rockwell also scored while Lindsey Koser, Ashlyn Campagna and Laubach each notched an assist. Kurtz registered two assists.

Wilson needed to make one save for this shutout.


Looking to keep a winning momentum heading into the L-L League playoffs the boys' soccer team crushed Lebanon 7-0 on Thursday night and downed Conestoga Valley 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Streaks improved to 7-3-0 in the league and are nipping at Warwick's heels for second place in the section.

Joshua Orndorff needed just one save to earn the shutout against Lebanon.

Andrea DiSomma led the scoring with two goals. Adam Sadek, Matt Sickler, Anderson Velozwong and Zach Brubaker also scored. Nolan Ross led with two assists while Ian Rothfus, Ayden Lee and Velozwong each added one.

DiSomma had two more goals in the CV match. Anderson scored the other.

Orndorff came away with seven saves.


The Streaks opened the week with a 3-1 non-league match against District Three powerhouse Central York. The first game went to Township, 25-15. The Panthers sneaked by with 25-18 scores in each of the next two before winning the fourth game 25-15.

Township's Mega Baldassarre led the team with six kills. Nicolina Kondos came through with three aces and eight digs. Simone Saker added 13 digs while Trinity Tull put up three blocks. Eva Mancini tallied eight assists.

In a league match at home on Tuesday, Cedar Crest won 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20).

This time Saker led the team in kills with eight. Kondos, with 10 digs, and Alice Thorsen had two aces each. Mancini led the team with 11 assists and Claire Hummel added two blocks.

Township topped McCaskey on Thursday night 3-0, improving to 4-5 in the L-L League. They won 25-19, 25-4, 25-22.

Baldassarre had six kills. Both Thorsen and Saker had four aces. Kondos had 11 digs and Mancini dished out 12 assists. Tull turned in three blocks.


In the District Three Class-AAA Golf Championships at Briarwood East over the weekend, Trey Kuntz and Jacob Macinanti qualified for the PIAA Class-AAA Eastern Regional Championships. Ellen Wager will advance to the girls' PIAA regionals.

Kuntz shot a 3-over par 75. He finished fourth. Macinanti shot a 78 and finished 12th. The top 16 golfers made the cut for PIAA's. Shaun Fedor just missed the cut with a score of 82, which earned him 17th place. Jack Marchant was 21st with a score of 84.

Wager had an excellent game, finishing second with a score of 82. The top eight golfers advance from the girls' competition, which meant Erica Corey of Township missed the cut despite finishing in a tie for 12th place.


Township toppled the competition in Tuesday's Section One boys' race at home. The boys topped Ephrata 20-44 and dominated Lebanon 15-55 and improved to 5-3. The girls' team stayed unbeaten, topping Ephrata 19-44 and Lebanon 15-55.

In the girls' race, Township claimed seven of the top 10 spots, including Sam Side's winning time of 19:32. Ava Pasewicz was second at 19:47 and Kira Jenkins finished third at 19:51.

Taking sixth was Anabelle Lapp (20:27) while Chloe Kline (20:31) was seventh.

Cassandra Wilk (8th, 20:37) and Shannon Elias (9th, 20:43) also finished in the top 10.

The 11th through 16th finishes belonged to Leah Sassaman (21:49), Emily Antonacci (21:50), Emma Dieterle (22:03), Taylor Orr (22:23) Auriella Huss (22:23) and Carleigh Roche (22:24). Lauren Nam (19th, 24:15) and Grace Weaver (20th, 24:18) also placed.

In the boys' race, Ian Miller claimed second (16:46) and Tim Antonacci was stride for stride with Eddie Newman - both at 17:58. Drew Sassamans's 18:05 placed him fifth. Jarrid McKenzie took sixth at 18:16.

Also finishing strong were Elvis Morara (8th, 18:36), Elias Fox (9th, 18:44), Hayden Severe (11th, 19:03) and Brandon Schuyler (12th, 19:07).

Also placing in the top 20 was Riley Horton (14th, 19:18), Conner Spahr (15th, 19:39), Ben Rathman (17th, 19:59) and Hayden Brennan (20th, 20:19).


MT Field Hockey Team in the Race for Playoffs October 2, 2017

As Manheim Township's field hockey team contends for a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff berth, the Streaks had to face the first- and second-place schools in the Section One standings last week.

Warwick was able to pull off a 3-2 overtime win on its home turf Monday night in a key league game.

"Overtime can be physically tiring," said head coach Renee Suter. "We talk about just possessing the ball and being mentally tough to overcome the obstacles."

Morgan Bomberger gave Warwick the win with the game-winner at the 10:44 mark of overtime. Both teams had one goal in each half. Katie Yoder scored for Township early in the first half on a penalty stroke. Asia Weaver, off a Lindsey Koser assist, added a goal in the second half. Biz Van Scoten and Maddie Behn scored for the Warriors during regulation.

Speaking of tiring efforts, Cat Wilson and Catie Brubaker went the distance as goalies, making nine saves each. Wilson played a strong match in front of the Township cage.

"Cat Wilson has been a really good goalkeeper for us, stepping up to play her first year of varsity," Suter said. "I'm impressed with her technical skills. Her mentality in front of the cage - keeping the ball out."

Penn Manor was up next for Township. The unbeaten Comets stayed that way, posting a 4-0 win at home on Wednesday.

"The score didn't reflect the type of game it was," Suter said. "Our girls ran with them the entire 60 minutes. We made them work for every goal. We played hard with a lot of integrity."

The integrity carried into the Conestoga Valley match - a 1-0 shutout on the road. Wilson, who had 10 saves against Penn Manor, recorded two in this victory. Weaver scored off a Yoder assist at the 9:10 mark of the first half.

"We struggled to get the ball into the goal," said Suter. "They definitely challenged us."

The Comets remain in first place with an 8-0-0 league mark and Warwick sits at 7-2-0. Township is in the race for a playoff berth with a 6-3-0 mark.

Their overall record fell to 9-5-0 after a 2-1 non-league loss to Wilson on Saturday. The Bulldogs came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. Weaver scored off a Sophia Rockwell assist in the first half.

McCaskey, Cedar Crest and Hempfield remain on Township's regular season schedule. All three are Section One rivals.

"We talked about it, especially with upcoming section games for us," Suter said. "We know we need to show up ready to play. Every game is a challenge in Section One."


Township evened its record at 3-3 with a victory over CV on Tuesday night. The Streaks won 25-10, 25-17, 25-18.

Megan Baldassarre poured in seven kills and two blocks. Claire Hummel also had a pair of blocks.

"The second and third games, CV really started playing better," remarked head coach Vicki Senft. "I compliment them on their efforts. They did close the gap. We called a timeout and talked about eliminating unforced errors. We did our best job to limit missed serves and hitting the ball out."

Eva Mancini and Nicolina Kondos serve four aces each with Mancini recording a team-high 10 assists. Simone Baker tallied nine digs.

"Eva and Megan are our captains," said Senft. "They kept the offense very fluid. All of our girls worked hard on keeping the passes going."

In fact, the passing has continued to improve since the outset of the season.

"Looking at stats from our earlier matches to this point, our passing has gotten a lot better," Senft explained. "We talk a lot about communication, which is important in volleyball."

But a strong offense only goes so far; a good defense is also key for wins.

"Nikolina Kondos is a very good libero," Senft continued. "She kept the defense solid by picking up balls and keeping the passes going. She always does a nice job covering the tips and the free balls.

"In games that we have come up short, we need to continue working on our defense," Senft added. "I've been very pleased with the work ethic of these girls as a first-year coach."

In Thursday's Section One match at Hempfield, the Streaks suffered a 3-0 loss. Baldassarre had four kills while Baker's six digs and Mancini's six assists were tops on the team. Trinity Tull registered three blocks.


The golf team captured its eighth straight L-L League Championship on Monday afternoon thanks to some great individual performances on the Honeybrook Golf Course.

The Streaks got a one-under-par 69 from Ellen Wager and a 74 by Erica Corey to claim the top two spots in the girls' leader board.

"Ellen had a great day," said head coach Steve Brenner. "She is such a solid, consistent player. She hits a ton of fairways and greens. She works hard at her game and it has been paying off.

"Erica shot her best score," he added. "She has come a long way. She and Ellen help each other in practice and it was good to see them finish 1-2."

In the boys' championship, Brock Faasnacht of Warwick finished at the top with an even-par 70 while Jake Macinati and Trey Kuntz claimed second and third, respectively, with scores of 71 and 73. In a three-way tie for 17th place, Jack Marchant, Shaun Fedor and Tommy Mann all shot 80. All five of the boys made the cut for the District Three Class-AAA tournament, which will be this weekend at Briarwood East.

"All the guys made it through," Brenner said. "That's what you hope for. The main goal is to win. Nobody's season is over and that's always great on the ride home.

They feel comfortable on that course," added the coach. "I'm counting on them to have good rounds."


You watch Grayson Sallade carry the ball into the end zone for the Streaks.

Nothing new. The star running back has many such carries, especially now that he is a senior.

You look up again and see him score another rushing touchdown on his home field. And another. And one more and....

Wait! These aren't replays; the Township halfback really did score six touchdowns in one night.

"Six touchdowns and 304 yards on 21 carries - all that in the first half," said head coach Mark Evans. "Those are single-game Manheim Township records."

Sallade had a few second-half carries, but Evans called the first team off the field in Friday's 49-28 league win over Conestoga Valley, improving to 4-1 (2-0 league). The score was already 49-14 at the half as Sallade had touchdown carries of 22, 27, 5, 32, 72, and 26 yards. The Streaks actually got on the board first with a Jordan Yablonski 11-yard rushing TD. Jack Rodenberger converted the PAT kick after all seven scores.

The Buckskins (3-2, 1-1) did score two second-half touchdowns as Tanner Schwilk finished with three TD passes, completing 16 of 22 for 222 yards. He also hit Jose Barbon on TD passes of 10 and 75 yards and Clayton Byers for another score.


In a three-game stretch, Township outscored its opponents by a 16-0 collective score, improving to 7-5-1. Along the way, the Streaks defeated Section One foes Penn Manor and McCaskey.

In Tuesday night's road win, Joshua Orndorff got his first shutout of the week while goals came courtesy of Andrea DiSomma or Ben Banzhof.

Huy Nguyen had Thursday's shutout in a 7-0 win at home.

Anderson Velozwong scored twice while single goals came from DiSomma, Ian Rothfu, Matt Sickler, Brandon Sokso, and Nolan Ross, who also had an assist. Sickler dished out two assists and three more came from Zac Brubaker. Banzhof also assisted.

Orndorff had four saves in Saturday's 7-0 non-league win at Reading. It was a similar cast of characters in the scoring with Rothfus scoring twice plus one assist. Sickler (1, 1) Banzhof (1, 0), and Colton Piereson scoring two more. Velozwong and Sokso each had an assist and DiSomma added three more.


The girls' team also blanked two league rivals and concluded the week with a non-league win. On Saturday, the Streaks (10-1-1) edged Governor Mifflin 2-1 on Gabi Brown's goal in the 96th minute - double overtime. Julia Mason scored with four minutes to play in regulation to tie the score. Caroline Wood and Rachel Wright each had assists.

Delaney McKnight continued her solid goaltending, making seven saves.

In Thursday's 6-0 win at McCaskey, which improved Township's record to 7-1-1 in the LL, Wright scored twice as did Emma Hagg. Wood and Lindsay Kohl also found the net. Alison Heckman provided an assist.

McKnight had a pair of saves in the shutout and picked up three more in a 2-0 win over Penn Manor Tuesday. Hagg scored twice in the second half. Heckman and Kyra Rishel each had an assist.


Township carried on with its usual pattern of 7-0 league victories. This last week Garden Spot and Lebanon both fell on Township's home court.

In both matches, the winners from first through fourth singles were Taylor Kopan, Kate Moore, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin. All won their respective matches in straight sets against their Garden Spot and Lebanon opponents.

In the Spot match, Lizzie Musser and Lizzie McBride won 8-3. They posted an 8-0 win against the Cedars. Julie Briner and Sarah Pestano posted an 8-0 win against Garden Spot at second doubles while Lauren Martin and Scotty Reynolds took second doubles 8-1 vs. Lebanon.

Alex Frey and Nicole Honrad won their third doubles against the Cedars. Frey teamed up with Olivia Sterenfled for an 8-2 win against Spot.


In a tight race against Warwick and Penn Manor on Tuesday, the Streaks edged Manor 25-30 but lost to the host Warriors by a 24-32 margin.

The Streaks (3-3) got a winning time of 16:46 from Ian Miller and a sixth-place time of 17:42 from Drew Sassaman. In ninth place at 18:00 was Timothy Antonacci while Jarrid McKenzie (18:23) took 12th. Elias Fox (18:38, 14th) and Braden Schuyler (19:05, 20th) also finished strong.

The girls improved to 6-0 at Warwick, dominating the hosts 15-55 and Manor 15-54.

The first seven places in the race belonged to the Streaks. Kira Jenkins won it at 19:49 and Sam Side was second at 19:54. Taking third through seventh, respectively, were Ava Pasewivz (20:09), Anabelle Lapp (20:36), Cassandra Wilk (20:48), Chloe Kline (20:58) and Shannon Elias (21:05).

Emily Antonacci's 21:50 earned her ninth while Emma Dieterle (22:59, 14th), Taylor Orr (23:19, 15th), and Aurelia Huss (23:21, 16th) also contributed.


Township Gridders Earn Road Win Over Knights September 25, 2017

The Blue Streaks earned a huge victory on Friday night at Hempfield, defeating Section One rival Manheim Township. The football team improved to 3-1, posting a win in its first Lancaster-Lebanon League game of the season.

Township got out to a 35-0 halftime lead and went on to win 56-0. Grayson Sallade scored three rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard dash. Sallade ran for 168 yards on nine carries and quarterback Luke Emge had seven carries for 45 yards.

Emge also completed seven passes for 136 yards, including touchdown passes to Hilton Ridley, Xavier Roman and Rece Bender. In addition, Sam Emge caught a 14-yard TD pass from backup QB Harrison Kirk - his only pass attempt of the game.

The Streaks opened the scoring in the first quarter with two touchdowns- Sallade ran it in from three yards out and Ridley hauled in a 17-yard scoring pass from Emge. Jack Rodenberger's PATs made it 14-0. Rodenberger made all seven of his PAT attempts and Jackson Wright made his only kick attempt after the game's final touchdown.

In the second quarter, Bender caught an 11-yarder from Emge for one score. Roman was on the receiving end of an eight-yard TD pass also. In between these scoring catches was another Sallade three-yard TD run.

That was how Township went up 35-0 at intermission.

Sallade's 94-yard run put the game out of reach. Kirk's TD pass and a 12-yard rushing TD by Bryce Casey rounded out the scoring.


The boys' soccer team scored in each of their three matches last week, coming up short by one goal in each of them.

The Streaks were on the road, taking their 4-2-1 record (4-2-0 league) to Hempfield and Warwick for Section One games followed by a non-league game at Wilson.

Against Hempfield, it looked like Township was going to pull off a 2-1 win on Monday night against the first-place team in Section One. Hempfield's Christian Benedict had other ideas. He scored the equalizer with about two minutes left in regulation. Jake Suchar scored four minutes into overtime to give Hempfield a 3-2 victory.

Township and Hempfield each scored an early goal. Dan Hester gave Hempfield a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Matthew Sickler tied it for Township only two minutes later.

Anderson Velozwong gave Township the 2-1 edge in the 55th minute, getting an assist from Ben Banzhof. It stayed that way until Benedict's equalizer.

Goalkeeper Joshua Orndorff went the distance for Township and made nine saves.

The match at Warwick on Wednesday was also a heartbreaker. The Streaks had a 1-0 lead thanks to Sickler's goal in the 48th minute - Velozwong assisting.

Back came the Warriors, evening the score in the 54th minute. It stayed that way until Alex Kerek got the eventual game-winner with eight minutes to play.

Orndorff had seven saves and Huy Nguyen secured five more saves as goalie.

At Wilson on Saturday morning, the Streaks staged a comeback of their own. The Bulldogs had grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but Velozwong's goal in the 30th minute tied it. It stayed that way for nearly 39 minutes. That was when Matteo Tallarico broke the deadlock for Wilson.


Nobody has been able to stop the Township girls' tennis team. The Streaks are now 12-0 and 9-0 in the league after last week's victories over Hempfield, Penn Manor and Cedar Crest. In fact, Amanda Hagino's 6-4, 1-6, 11-9 victory in number four singles on Monday was the only team point for any of MT's opponents thus far.

At Hempfield, Township got a close 8-4 victory at first doubles thanks to Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore. In the second doubles, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin won it 8-0 while Lizzie McBride and Nicole Honrade edged their opponents 8-6 at third doubles.

Garvin was a 6-3, 6-0 winner at number one singles and Darkey took her singles match 6-2, 6-1. Moore posted identical scores in her straight sets win at third singles.

One night later, he Streaks didn't show any wear as they cruised past the Comets. All four singles matches were 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins - namely by Moore, Kopan, Darkey and Garvin.

In doubles competition, it was Lauren Martin and Scotty Reynolds winning the first doubles 8-0. It was the same score for Nicole Honrade and Lizzie Musser while Cami Henneman and Julia Briner won the third doubles match 8-2.

Wednesday's match was on the road at Cedar Crest. The result? Another 7-0 win.

Reynolds and Henneman were given the first doubles slot, which they won 8-3. McBride teamed with Lauren Martin for an 8-1 win and Garvin partnered with Honrade in an 8-2 win at third doubles.

In singles play, Garvin's 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles matched Moore's score at third singles. Darkey and Kopan won their singles matches in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets.


Playing at Conestoga Country Club on Tuesday, the Streaks posted a team score of 307, which was 25 strokes better than the second-best team, Warwick. Finishing a close third and fourth were Conestoga Valley (335) and Penn Manor (338), with Hempfield (349), Cedar Crest and Lebanon rounding it out.

Their efforts leave them with a 42-0 record.

"We have four seniors playing for us," said head coach Steve Brenner. "They bring a ton of experience, which has been the biggest thing. Three of them have been playing for us since their freshman year.

"With all of the success we've had this year, it helps that with the senior leadership they've stayed focused," he added.

One of those seniors, Jacob Macinanti, bested all golfers with a score of 68. Shaun Fedor was fifth overall with a score of 78.

"Shaun is a junior with a lot of natural talent," said Brenner. "He made the team for the first time as a sophomore.

"Jacob has had a great year - great career to be honest," added the coach. "He has been so consistent. He has a great approach. He's a positive player and such an asset to have on our team."

Jack Marchant came through with a score of 80. Fellow senior Trey Kuntz had an 81.

"Trey has been a great player - has been since his freshman year," commented the coach. "He almost won districts last year and made it to regionals.

"Jack has been a consistent player - great in that sixth spot," Brenner continued. "He has played well and with a great attitude.

"I've had the same six playing the entire year," he added. "Occasionally, on some teams you have players swapping out.

"Hopefully we can get through districts and to states as a team," said the coach. "All the kids want to advance individually, but they also want the team to advance. That's our goal."


With a gutsy performance on Thursday night, the Streaks topped Penn Manor 3-2 in Section One volleyball action and improved to 2-3.

Playing at home, Township was undaunted by a 2-0 deficit in games. The Comets opened with a hard-fought 28-26 win and took the second game 25-19

Township came back with a 25-17 win and edged Manor 25-17 in the next match. In the tiebreaker, Township won 16-14.

Megan Baldassarre led the Streaks with 10 kills. Fellow senior Claire Hummel registered six blocks while Simone Saker led the team in both digs (16) and aces (5) and Eva Mancini racked up 18 assists.

In the 3-0 loss to Warwick on Monday, the Streaks rebounded from a 25-7 loss to play a tighter second game. But Warwick managed to shade Township 25-19 and 25-21.

Baldassarre again led the team in kills, recording seven. Nicolina Kondos had five aces and a team-high 12 digs while Eva Mancini added nine assists and Trinity Tull delivered eight blocks.


The field hockey squad earned a pair of Section One wins to keep pace behind Penn Manor. The Streaks improved to 5-1 in the league and stayed one game behind the undefeated Comets.

Tuesday the Streaks defeated Cedar Crest on the road. Asia Weaver scored both of Township's goals in a 2-1 squeaker. Weaver, who got assists from Sophia Rockwell and Lexi Smith, scored at the 15:46 mark of the first half and another at the 26:12 juncture of the second half.

A second-half tally by Rachel Gantz was Hempfield's only shot of the game.


It has been a tight Section One race in girls' soccer. The Streaks improved to 7-1-1 but more importantly to 4-1-1 in the league with two wins and a draw last week, keeping pace with Hempfield and Conestoga Valley - both of whom are 5-1-0.

Sandwiched around a 1-1 draw with Warwick on Wednesday, the Streaks defeated Hempfield 2-1 on Monday and edged Wilson with the same margin in a non-league Saturday game.

Delaney McKnight had four saves while Alison Heckman and Anna Gurdak provided the scoring in the home victory over Hempfield.

Only three minutes after Gurdak's goal early in the second half, the Knights tied it at 1-1. Heckman, who assisted on Gurdak's goal, broke the tie in the 66th minute.

McKnight made five saves and Heckman scored off an Emma Hagg assist in the 64th minute to help Township gain a point on Wednesday. The Warriors were unable to get any of their other five shots past McKnight following the goal that came 11 minutes into the match.

The scoring was reciprocal for Heckman and Kiersten Scott in the Wilson match. Heckman's goal 29 minutes into the game was made possible by a Scott assist. Eight minutes into the second half, Scott assisted on Heckman's goal.

McKnight's eight saves preserved the slim victory.


Adding to their already successful campaign thus far, the Township girls' cross country runners earned a Section One win at Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. The Streaks improved to 4-0 by dominating CV 15-53 and nipping E-town 28-30.

Though Etown's Katie Locker won the race in 20:02, MT's Sam Side was only a couple of strides behind at 20:04, earning second. Finishing fourth was Ava Pasewicz (20:12) while Cassandra Wilk (20:48) and Anabelle Lapp (20:55) earned sixth and seventh, respectively.

Also cracking the top 10 were Chloe Kline (9th, 21:10), and Shannon Elias (10th, 21:35).

Emily Antonacci (12th, 22:29, 12th), Taylor Orr (13th, 23:36), Carleigh Roche (19th, 24:10) and Grace Weaver (20th, 24:20) also competed.

Coming up just short against Elizabethtown, the boys' fell to 2-2 in the league. The Bears edged the Streaks 26-32. Township, meanwhile, ran by the Buckskins 22-39.

Ian Miller's second place finish (17:02) was tops for Township. Timothy Antonacci claimed seventh at 18:16 and taking eighth in 18:21 was Drew Sassaman. Eddie Newman followed in 10th (19:22) and Elias Fox (12th, 19:25) rounded out the top five.

Hayden Severe (13th, 19:35), Braden Schuyler (14th, 19:42), Jarrid McKenzie (15th, 19:44), Elvis Morara (16th, 19:51) and Dieter Geib (20th, 20:12) also contributed.


MT Netters Post Four Wins in Five Days September 18, 2017

It was a very busy week for the Blue Streaks, who posted four victories in a span of five days. On Monday, the team posted a 7-0 win over Solanco followed by another 7-0 triumph at Ephrata on Wednesday. Exeter Township visited the Streaks on Thursday in a match that MT won 5-0. On Friday, playing on their home court again, the Streaks blanked Warwick 7-0.

The wins improved the Streaks to 6-0 in the league and 9-0 overall.

All straight set wins in singles play ended in 6-0, 6-0 wins for the Streaks on Monday.

In doubles action, Sarah Pestano and Juli Briner were 8-1 winners while Cami Henneman and Lizzie Musser claimed an 8-0 win at number two doubles. Megan Welsh and Alex Frey came through with an 8-1 win.

Emily Garvin, Julia Darkey, Kate Moore and Taylor Kopan were singles winners.

In the match at Ephrata, singles players Garvin, Darkey, Moore and Kopan again went 6-0, 6-0.

Lizzie McBride and Scotty Reynolds took the first doubles 8-0, Garvin and Nicole Honrade won theirs 8-3 while Henneman and Briner claimed an 8-1 victory.

In the win against Warwick, the difference was that the number one singles (6-1, 6-0) by Kopan and the fourth singles (6-1, 6-1) by Garvin were not 6-0, 6-0 straight sets. However, Moore and Darkey did blank their respective opponents in the second and third singles.

Moore and Kopan paired up for number one doubles, winning 8-0 while Darkey and Garvin, and McBride and Honrade also finished with 8-0 wins.


The Manheim Township football team gears up for a big Section One match with rival Hempfield on Friday. After three non-league games, the Blue Streaks are 2-1, matching the Black Knights' record.

"I feel good about where we are even though I would certainly rather be 3-0," said head coach Mark Evans in a phone interview.

That preference for the team's lone loss having been a different result referred to this past Friday's 42-14 loss to Governor Mifflin. It was a minor setback from which the team can rebound, according to the coach.

"We are a better football team than we showed Friday night," Evans expressed. "We'll get over it and work on getting some more intensity going.

"We are going to need that game to bounce back," he said when asked about the big Section One match with league rival Hempfield.

The Mustangs got to a 7-0 lead on Township's turf. But the Streaks executed a scoring drive which ended with quarterback Luke Emge going over the goal line on a one-yard keeper. Jack Rodenberger's kick tied it at 7-7.

But in the second quarter, the Streaks allowed three touchdowns. The third of those was by running back Isaac Ruoss, ended up scoring three more rushing TD's on a night that he gained 279 yards of real estate on 31 carries.

"We just didn't play very well," Evans remarked. "Take nothing away from Governor Mifflin."

The Mustangs' defense didn't allow another score. Township's only other touchdown came on Grayson Sallade's exciting 84-yard kickoff return after Ruoss scored his second TD of the night.

In the third quarter, he added an 80-yard touchdown dash and had a 16-yard scoring run in the fourth.

"Everything is a growing and learning experience," Evans added. "Sometimes you learn more from failing than success. We need to take care of our business. You have to work hard to win.

"We're a good football team," continued the coach. "We get a chance to prove it again this week."

The team's successes so far include a hard-fought 17-14 victory over Central Dauphin in the season opener.

"We had not beaten them in the regular season ever," Evans pointed out. "We didn't have a letdown against South Western [42-0 win in week 2]. But Friday night, we got humbled a little bit."


The harrier teams raced against Cedar Crest and Solanco in a Section One meet last Tuesday. The Township boys were 18-41 winners over Solanco but suffered a close loss to Cedar Crest, 25-30.

In the girls' race, the Streaks dominated Solanco 15-55 and did the same to Cedar Crest (15-53).

The key to the girls' team's domination was having eight runners finish in the top-10. The first seven places were claimed by Sam Side (19:48) Kira Jenkins (20:10), Anabelle Lapp (20:33) Ava Pasewicz (20:44) Chloe Kline (21:08) Shannon Elias (21:25) and Cassandra Wilk (21:52). Paige Newman crossed the finish line at 22:04, finishing 10th.

Evan Dorenkamp (16:51) and Ian Miller (17:01) finished as the top two runners overall in the boys' race. It just wasn't enough to top Cedar Crest. The Falcons earned five of the top eight spots lead by Jake Barrett's third-place finish at 17:22.

Timothy Antonacci (18:23) and Drew Sassaman (18:30) were ninth and 10th, respectively, for MT, with Elias Fox (18:33) a close 11th. Eddie Newman's 18th-place finish registered a time of 19:22 while 19:24 was good for 20th for Elvis Morara.


When you're on Hempfield's heels in the section standing for boys' soccer, its' a good thing to take care of business until you have that head-to-head match with the arch rival Black Knights.

And the Blue Streaks, who are now 4-1-0 in L-L League play, did just that, blanking Lebanon 7-0 on Wednesday.

Despite a 1-0 Friday setback to another Section One contender - Conestoga Valley - they came back and beat Exeter in a non-league match on Saturday, improving to 4-2-1 overall.

In the Lebanon game, Andrea DiSomma and Anderson Velozwong each had a pair of goals. Velozwong, who scored both of his goals prior to the midway point of the first half, also had an assist.

The Streaks got another one from Matthew Sickler, whose goal in the 12th minute made it 2-0. Velozwong's second goal of the game made it 3-0 and sandwiched between DiSomma's two goals was one by Colton Pierson.

Shawn Larroza scored the only goal of the second half. Ben Banzhof and Alex Dombach each had an assist.

Looking at the results of Township's games through the first seven matches, they've outscored opponents 19-4. The loss to the Buckskins on Friday - one where MT goalie Joshua Orndorff grabbed seven saves until Robbie Krasinski's shot got by in the 73rd minute - was one of two 1-0 losses. The other goals scored on this team were in a 2-2 season-opening draw.

In the Exeter match on Saturday, Orndorff had five saves for a shutout. Velozwong's goal seven minutes into the second half broke the scoreless tie and DiSomma added another with three minutes left in regulation.


The girls' soccer team also split its two league games this week, losing to Conestoga Valley after a 3-0 victory at Cedar Crest on Wednesday. It was MT's first loss of the season. The Streaks had shut out every opponent up to that point by an aggregate score of 17-0.

Kyra Rishell converted on two opportunities at Crest, scoring nine minutes into the match and again in the 68th minute. Alison Heckman assisted on one of those scores.

At the 31:00 mark, Anna Gurdak made it 2-0 Township. The Streaks got assists from Heckman Kiersten Scott and Caroline Wood while Delaney McKnight denied the Falcons to the count of six saves.

After the 3-0 loss at CV, where the Streaks actually out-shot the Buckskins 9-6, the team came home for a non-league game against Exeter. In the Saturday morning match, Katherine Lopez got the scoring started. Emma Hagg doubled the lead 10 minutes later. Wood made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute. Heckman, Addie Moore and Gabi Brown provided the assists while six more saves by McKnight assured Township of another shutout win.


In trying to keep pace with the first-place Comets, the Streaks posted one league victory and split their two non-league games last week. They improved their league mark to 3-1 - just a game behind Penn Manor - and their overall record to 6-2.

The win at McCaskey featured a first half hat trick by Township's leading scorer, Asia Weaver.

Sophia Rockwell and Allison Cubell also netted first half goals. Cubell also dished out an assist.

In the second half, the Streaks added to their lead with goals by Katie Kreider, who also had an assist, and Rea Fox. Also assisting on the day were Lexi Smith and Katie Yoder as well as Ashlyn Campagna, who had two.

Cat Wilson needed to make only one save to record the shutout.

Wilson had 10 more saves in the non-league game at Hershey on Saturday. The Trojans edged the Streaks 2-0 as both teams put up 12 shots on goal.

Also on Saturday, Township faced Central York and defeated the Panthers 5-0, out-shooting them by a 14-1 margin. Yes, one save and a shutout for Wilson.

Weaver had another hat trick with two goals in the first half. She also added an assist.

Smith had three assists and Yoder one more while Lindsey Koser and Emily Kurtz netted the other two goals.


The Blue Streaks are unbeaten this year (36-0) and they remained that way with a match at Four Seasons on Wednesday afternoon. Township was the only team to break 300, finishing with a best score of 296. CV (312), Warwick (321), Hempfield (325), and Penn Manor (326) followed closely.

Cedar Crest (367) and Lebanon (524) rounded out the field.

Jacob Macinati shot a72 and Trey Kuntz finished with a 73 for Township while CV's Owen Miller posted the best score of the day at 71.

Township teammates Shaun Fedor (75) and Ellen Wager (76) also helped the team's cause.


In looking to get their first league win of the season, the volleyball team traveled to McCaskey on Tuesday. Thanks to some consistent play, they topped the Tornado 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.

Trinity Tull led the team with five kills and three blocks. Township got a whopping eight service aces from Haley McCullough while Eva Mancini had that many in assists. Nicolina Kondos registered eight digs.


Streaks Top PM, McCaskey in League Play September 17, 2017

Manheim Township's match at Penn Manor on Wednesday night was not under the ideal conditions for a girls' soccer game. But the Blue Streaks put together another winning effort and defeated their Lancaster-Lebanon League foe by a 5-0 count.

"It was a downpour and we had standing water," said head coach Terry Law. "We were frustrated by that in the first half. But we got our bearings in the second half and played significantly better."

The dominant attack included a hat trick by senior Alison Heckman. She had a goal in the first half and two more in the second half.

"Alison is a very talented kid," said Law of the team's leading scorer who has committed to James Madison University. "She is a two-time all-league player. She is just a great player who has been a starter since she was a freshman and does whatever she can to make the team be successful and that's how she's playing now."

Out of their eight shots on goal, the Streaks got the three goals from Heckman plus one goal each by Julia Mason, who also notched an assist, and Gabi Brown.

Delaney McKnight made three saves to record the second of Township's three shutouts so far this year.

"Our keeper has been playing very well," Law commented. "Delaney is a very athletic player."

The following day, the Streaks were back on their home pitch, facing McCaskey in another Section One match. They defeated the Red Tornado 6-0 to improve their record to 3-0 and 2-0 in the L-L League.

Emma Hagg had a pair of goals for the Streaks. Heckman and Mason each had one goal as did Kiersten Scott and Anna Gurdak, who also got an assist.

Also contributing to the offense was Rachel Wright, who dished out an assist. Brown also assisted on a goal while Caroline Wood chipped in with two assists.

If you're winning games by shutouts (14-0 aggregate scoring over three games), then your defense must be doing a great job.

"Lindsay Kohl is a returning starter at center back," Law noted. "Gabi Brown moved back there last year. Also Marissa Bennett is a senior who has really stepped up - couldn't be happier with the way she is playing.

"Also, Kyra Rishell is a freshman who has stepped in and done a bang-up job," he added. "She's a talented young player."

But it isn't merely a defensive role or a specific role each player does.

"We continue to take the approach that we have for a long, long time," Law explained. "We play defense and offense with 11 players. We get good defensive performances all over the field."


Township suffered its first loss of the year in a close 1-0 decision at Lampeter-Strasburg on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers got a goal in the 73rd minute by Derek Eckman to eke out a non-league win.

"That was a tough game," said head coach Kevin Baker in a phone interview. "It was a heartbreaker."

Both teams got five shots on goal. Josh Orndorff and Huy Nguyen shared goalie duties with Nguyen getting one save and Orndorff grabbing three.

Speaking of tough games, the Streaks were on the winning side of a tough defensive match on Wednesday at home. They prevailed 1-0 in overtime, defeating Section One foe Penn Manor.

"We won it with nine seconds left in overtime," Baker said. "Our guys kept grinding it out, just waiting for that one to go in and it took a while."

The one that did go in was scored by Greyson King with Matthew Sickler providing the assist. It was the 12th of 12 shots on goal.

"That was a tough game," said Baker. "Penn Manor was organized well defensively. We were able to break through and get the game-winner."

Orndorff went the distance, recording three saves in the shutout.

"Josh is our returning goalie," Baker commented. "He has been doing a nice job."

On Thursday, Township's offense produced seven goals at McCaskey in a Section One match. The Streaks had 14 shots on goal while Orndorff made two saves on the MT side of the pitch.

"Our guys did really well at McCaskey," said Baker. "We did well in front of the goal."

But the match wasn't just about Sickler's two goals along with single goals scored by Ian Rothfus, Ayden Lee, Nolan Ross, Andrea DiSomma and Zac Brubaker plus assists by King, Rothfus and Ben Banzhof.

The game was of historical significance for the Township program.

"It was our 600th win as a program," Baker explained. "We have played around 1,000 games since we started. This was win number 600."

With shutout victories and the only loss being by a 1-0 margin, the defense has been playing well.

"Defense has been working on things," said Baker. "They have been outstanding, really stepping it up. I'm proud of them and how they're clicking together."

Baker alluded to his team playing the brand of "total football" that requires each player to be versatile offensively and defensively.

"I think pretty much every team, even in high school level, has to have fit and complete footballers," he explained. "The teams that play in our section, in our league, play that way. It makes for a fun entertaining sport."


Another football team - the one of the gridiron variety - has also been doing well in the early going. The Streaks improved to 2-0 with a convincing 42-0 defeat of South Western in a non-league game on the road.

The offense compiled 358 total yards and quarterback Luke Emge completed all six of his pass attempts, including two touchdown tosses.

Senior wide receiver Tom Cesarone caught the first of Emge's touchdown passes, hauling in a 20-yarder in the first quarter. Jack Rodenberger's point-after kick made it 7-0.

In the second quarter, Township really turned it on, scoring four touchdowns. Running back Riley Morgan scored on a one-yard carry, Emge scampered 31 yards for another touchdown and threw a 15-yard TD pass to Ryan Fluck.

Cameron Horst capped the first-half scoring with a 40-yard dash to pay dirt. Rodenberger converted his fifth PAT and made it 35-0.

Harrison Kirk added one late score - a seven-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jackson Wright kicked that extra point to make it 42-0.

The Streaks had 17 first downs while the defense allowed the Mustangs to scrape together only two. In fact, the Mustangs had only 15 yards on offense in the first half.


It was feast or famine in Township's two league matches last week. The Streaks lost a Section One game to Penn Manor by a 2-0 score at Neffsville. However, they were coming off a 5-0 defeat of Warwick - also at home.

These were the team's first two league games, making MT's overall record 3-1-0.

The Streaks' offense got open for 27 total shots on goal in the Warwick game. Lexi Smith had a big day, scoring twice in the first half and adding an assist.

Also accounting for two goals was Allison Cubell, who scored both of hers in the second half.

Asia Weaver had a goal and assisted on another. Katie Yoder had two assists while Emily Kurtz added one.

Cat Wilson had 11 saves in the shutout. Warwick goalie Catie Brubaker racked up 22 saves in a losing cause.

On Tuesday, it was Exeter Township at Manheim Township for a non-league game.

Tied 1-1 at the break, the Streaks scored three times in the second half to take the match by a 4-2 score.

Wilson stopped five shots while the offensive force came from Weaver (2 goals), Sophia Rockwell and Abby Laubach.

Yoder assisted on three of these goals and Ashlyn Campagna had one more.


The Streaks have finished on top in each of their five league games played so far. Even a storm that cut their most recent outing short couldn't stop the Streaks on the golf course.

At Lebanon Country Club, the Streaks had a team score of 149, which topped second-place Penn Manor by 18 strokes. The teams, which also included Lebanon, Cedar Crest, Hempfield, Warwick and Conestoga Valley, played only nine holes due to the weather. Conestoga Valley and Warwick finished a close third with 168 points each. Hempfield shot 170 while Cedar Crest (192) and Lebanon (200) rounded out the rest.

The top golfers on the day were Township's Jacob Macinati and Penn Manor's Logan Hess, who shot a 35. Trey Kuntz shot a 36 for the Streaks.

Also coming through with impressive scores were Shaun Fedor (38) and Tommy Mann (40).


Township put together a great team effort in Thursday's league match at Conestoga Valley. The team improved to 5-0 (3-0 league) with the 7-0 victory.

Emily Garvin, who won the number one singles later in the match, teamed up with Julia Darkey at number one doubles. They came through with an 8-4 defeat of CV's Jackie McBride and Ellie Kready.

At number two doubles, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore cruised to an 8-0 win. The third doubles match went to Nicole Honrade and Lauren Martin (8-2).

Garvin won the opening singles match 6-0, 6-1. Darkey came away with a 6-3, 6-0 victory followed by Moore's straight set win (6-1, 6-0) at number three singles. Kopan picked up another team point at fourth singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.


The Blue Streaks played two Section One matches this past week, facing Hempfield at home and Cedar Crest on the road.

The three sets at Cedar Crest were all close. But the Streaks were on the short end of a 25-18 opening set; they got closer in a 25-23 loss and came up short again in a 25-20 loss.

Simone Saker had six kills for Township. The team got a pair of aces and 13 assists from Eva Mancini.

Nicolina Kondos added seven digs while Trinity Tull registered three blocks.

Hosting Hempfield, the Streaks were unable to unseat the first-place Black Knights in a 3-0 loss Tuesday.

Megan Baldassarre had six kills and five digs. Claire Hummel added five blocks.

The Streaks, who lost 25-16, 25-20 and 25-13, got five digs each from Mancini and Kondos. Township fell to 0-2 on the year.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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."


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).


"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."


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Yuninger Fourth In PIAA Championships March 20, 2017

The versatility that Amy Yunginger has shown in Manheim Township's 2016-17 swimming season has earned her several accolades. From being nominated as the Lancaster-Lebanon League's Most Valuable Swimmer all the way to a fourth-place finish in this past weekend's state championships; she has demonstrated the product of a strong work ethic.

On Saturday, which was the third day of competition for the PIAA state swimming and diving championships, the Township junior took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. She registered a time of 54.80 seconds at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium. She not only improved on her District Three Class-AAA championships time of 55.91 from two weeks prior, she also set a school record.

Head coach Dan Graybill was asked if Yunginger's season was one where getting a medal at the PIAA's was the target.

"Oh she was a swimmer with a mission," Graybill replied. "We had plenty of talks about that.

"She is a club swimmer," added Graybill, who had coached Yunginger as a youngster at the YMCA. "At our practices she works very hard.

"I think she was the highest place finisher out of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Triple-A girls," he went on. "Her finish in the 100 butterfly puts her in the consideration for High School All-American."

Yunginger was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team, which also included Eva Salembier, Paige Newman and Morgan Wylie-Thal. They were an at-large entry to states after having finished sixth (3:35.07) in districts. This foursome swam the relay in 3:35.84 at the PIAA's and finished in 17th place.

"They did a good job," said Graybill. "It's so difficult to make states from District Three - just to surpass the qualifying standards - that the preparation for states is even more difficult."

In the boys' competition on Saturday, the 200-yard medley relay team notched an 18th-place finish with a time of 1:37.41. The foursome was comprised of seniors Derek Jones and Stephen Gingrich plus sophomores Noah Turk and Charlie Gingrich.

"It's hard to replicate what they did at districts," said Graybill. "At districts, they broke our team record."

The Gingrich brothers both competed in the 100-yard butterfly. Charlie Gingrich, who had finished second at the district championships (50.46) and had automatically qualified for states, took eighth on Saturday, posting a slightly better time of 50.41 seconds. He earned 11 team points for MT in the process and found himself on the medal podium.

"He was eighth overall as a sophomore," Graybill noted. "He qualified for all-state certification. In the 100 freestyle, he made honorable mention."

Stephen Gingrich registered a time of 51.51, which was good for 22nd in the race.

"Stephen ended his high school career with his best time in the 100 butterfly," Graybill pointed out.

Charlie Gingrich also took part in Sunday's 100-yard freestyle where his 15th-place finish (47.08) earned Township two team points.

In Sunday's events, juniors Salembier and Newman both swam in the 500 freestyle. They finished in successive order with Salembier (5:08.78) finishing 22nd and Newman (5:09.34) taking 23rd.

"Eva and Paige did very well," said Graybill. "Eva had her best time. She also did an extraordinary job in the 400 free relay.

"To make it into the state meet for Pennsylvania is a difficult feat and a great honor," Graybill added.


Yuninger Fourth In PIAA Championships March 20, 2017

The versatility that Amy Yunginger has shown in Manheim Township's 2016-17 swimming season has earned her several accolades. From being nominated as the Lancaster-Lebanon League's Most Valuable Swimmer all the way to a fourth-place finish in this past weekend's state championships; she has demonstrated the product of a strong work ethic.

On Saturday, which was the third day of competition for the PIAA state swimming and diving championships, the Township junior took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. She registered a time of 54.80 seconds at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium. She not only improved on her District Three Class-AAA championships time of 55.91 from two weeks prior, she also set a school record.

Head coach Dan Graybill was asked if Yunginger's season was one where getting a medal at the PIAA's was the target.

"Oh she was a swimmer with a mission," Graybill replied. "We had plenty of talks about that.

"She is a club swimmer," added Graybill, who had coached Yunginger as a youngster at the YMCA. "At our practices she works very hard.

"I think she was the highest place finisher out of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Triple-A girls," he went on. "Her finish in the 100 butterfly puts her in the consideration for High School All-American."

Yunginger was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team, which also included Eva Salembier, Paige Newman and Morgan Wylie-Thal. They were an at-large entry to states after having finished sixth (3:35.07) in districts. This foursome swam the relay in 3:35.84 at the PIAA's and finished in 17th place.

"They did a good job," said Graybill. "It's so difficult to make states from District Three - just to surpass the qualifying standards - that the preparation for states is even more difficult."

In the boys' competition on Saturday, the 200-yard medley relay team notched an 18th-place finish with a time of 1:37.41. The foursome was comprised of seniors Derek Jones and Stephen Gingrich plus sophomores Noah Turk and Charlie Gingrich.

"It's hard to replicate what they did at districts," said Graybill. "At districts, they broke our team record."

The Gingrich brothers both competed in the 100-yard butterfly. Charlie Gingrich, who had finished second at the district championships (50.46) and had automatically qualified for states, took eighth on Saturday, posting a slightly better time of 50.41 seconds. He earned 11 team points for MT in the process and found himself on the medal podium.

"He was eighth overall as a sophomore," Graybill noted. "He qualified for all-state certification. In the 100 freestyle, he made honorable mention."

Stephen Gingrich registered a time of 51.51, which was good for 22nd in the race.

"Stephen ended his high school career with his best time in the 100 butterfly," Graybill pointed out.

Charlie Gingrich also took part in Sunday's 100-yard freestyle where his 15th-place finish (47.08) earned Township two team points.

In Sunday's events, juniors Salembier and Newman both swam in the 500 freestyle. They finished in successive order with Salembier (5:08.78) finishing 22nd and Newman (5:09.34) taking 23rd.

"Eva and Paige did very well," said Graybill. "Eva had her best time. She also did an extraordinary job in the 400 free relay.

"To make it into the state meet for Pennsylvania is a difficult feat and a great honor," Graybill added.


Township Swimmers Compete in Districts March 6, 2017

The Blue Streaks made a big splash at the District Three Class-AAA Swimming Championships at Cumberland Valley High School over the weekend. The results included two relay teams qualifying for the state championships as well as individual events.

When the two-day championships, which were held on Friday and Saturday March 3-4, came to a close, the Manheim Township boys' team finished sixth overall with 142 team points while the girls' 129 team points was good for seventh place.

In the 200-yard medley relay, senior Stephen Gingrich and his sophomore brother Charlie Gingrich teamed up with Derek Jones and Noah Turk for a third-place finish, an automatic state-qualifying finish. They posted a time of 1:36.67.

"Charlie swam the backstroke, Stephen the butterfly, Derek the breaststroke and Noah was freestyle," explained head coach Dan Graybill in a phone interview. "They actually broke the school record which was set last year."

And who had set that school record a year ago? Well, three-fourths of this year's relay team held that record for one year. Jones, Gingrich, Gingrich and Nathan Land held the relatively short-lived record.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Charlie Gingrich's second-place finish (50.46 seconds) gave him an automatic state championships berth. Stephen Gingrich finished sixth and earned an at-large qualification based on his time of 51.88. In that same event, junior Christian Strine had a nice 13th-place time of 54.19.

"Christian Strine had his best time in the 100 fly," Graybill noted.

Speaking of at-large bids, Charlie Gingrich earned one in the 100 freestyle. He finished sixth at 47.38 seconds.

Close but not quite close enough was the tremendous effort of the 400 freestyle relay team. The Gingrich brothers, Jones and Turk swam that relay in 3:13.90 for a fourth-place finish.

"They needed to be in the low 3:13's to make it based on their time," said Graybill. True, the last at-large entry went to the Central Bucks West 400 free relay team, which posted a time of 3:13.12 in District One.

Jones didn't fare as well in the 500 freestyle, finishing 13th at 4:52.34.

"Derek Jones is a real team player," said Graybill. "He had his best time in the breaststroke part of the medley relay."

Also going to states will be Amy Yunginger whose third-place finish (55.91) in the 100 butterfly was an automatic qualifier.

"She didn't have her best time, but she may do that in states," said Graybill.

In the 500 freestyle, Paige Newman and Eva Salembier both made it as at-large entries. Newman took sixth (5:08.15) and Salembier finished seventh (5:09.20).

Also making the at-large berth was the foursome of Yunginger, Newman, Salembier and sophomore Morgan Wylie-Thal. They took sixth in the relay (3:35.07). Among the time qualifiers, it was the seventh-best finish out of the eight at-large entries.

Manheim Township got a fifth-place finish in the 200 medley relay anchored by Wyle-Thal. The foursome included Salembier, Yunginger, Wylie-Thal and Griffin Relford. They posted a time of 1:50.47.

"Eva Salembier had her best time by quite a bit in her split," said Graybill. "The 200 medley relay team did a good job. We don't have the combination we had last year with Stephanie Sisson and Meredith Newman having graduated. The fact that they were able to get down to 1:50.47 was amazing.

"In the freestyle leg of the medley, Morgan Wylie-Thal got under 25 seconds for the first time in her high school career," added the coach. "It's a very good time for her."

Yunginger also had a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:55.67) while Newman finished in 14th-place finish (1:56.95).

Salembier grabbed ninth (2:12.27) and Relford 10th (2:14.08) in the 200 individual medley.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Relford, Newman, Jordyn Rowe and junior Alexandra Angheloiu posted a time of 1:42.22, which was good for 11th place.

Relford also had a 15th-place finish (1:08.74) in the 100 breaststroke.

"We had three kids that were seeded 33rd and got to compete because people were scratched," said Graybill. "In all three scratches, a Manheim Township swimmer was the 33rd seed and got to move into that event. The coaches were saying they couldn't believe that it happened this way in all three instances."

Adrian Waplinger swam the 100 breaststroke - the same event in which Alex Paparo had finished 17th (1:03.62), and registered a time of 1:04.99, only 0.12 shy of making the top 25.

Getting a chance to compete in the 50 free was Turk, who took 31st in the event at 23.00 seconds.

Rowe not only got a chance to compete in the 100 freestyle but cracked the top-25 with a time of 56.05.

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