Yunginger Earns PIAA Swimming Gold March 19, 2018
Manheim Township senior Amy Yunginger won the 200-yard freestyle and finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly as she and seven other swimmers represented the Blue Streaks in the PIAA Class-AAA Swimming & Diving Championships this past week at Bucknell University.
In the two days that the Township boys and girls competed at the Kinney Natatorium, the girls' team racked up 40 points and finished in a three-way tie with Downingtown West and Pennridge for 16th place. In fact, the Blue Streaks were the highest scoring girls' team among the Lancaster-Lebanon League schools.
The boys' team, which was represented by juniors Charlie Gingrich and Rob Perot, grabbed 17 points and finished in 35th place - just ahead of L-L League rival Conestoga Valley.
North Allegheny finished atop the team standings in the boys' championships with 301 points - more than 100 points ahead of second-place North Penn. And it was the North Penn girls' team that claimed first place with 258 points with Avon Grove (203) finishing second.
Yunginger claimed the 100 fly in exactly 54.0 seconds. She had pretty much owned that event that day as she had a winning time of 54.81 in the prelims earlier.
"Her win in the 100 butterfly enabled her to be an automatic qualifier for High School All-American," said head coach Dan Graybill. "In the past she has been in consideration and made it in, but never automatic. So, she is deserving of that.
"In the 200 freestyle, she had a better time in the prelims," Graybill added.
She swam the 200 freestyle at a time of 1:50.34 in the preliminaries on Wednesday, March 14. In the finals, she nearly matched that time with a finish at 1:50.47, earning fifth place.
Yunginger was one of three Blue Streak seniors participating. Freshmen Hope Boldizar and Olivia Pyott also made it to states as did junior Morgan Wylie-Thal.
Seniors Eva Salembier and Paige Newman joined Yunginger and Pyott in the 400 freestyle relay, capturing 14th place with a time of 3:35.04 in the preliminaries and a 3:34.65 in the finals.
"At the beginning of the season, I wouldn't have believed you if you had told me we would have a 400 free relay team that would break 3:40," Graybill remarked. "I put Amy first so she could build a nice lead for us, which she did.
"Paige Newman, in the relay, had one of her best lifetime splits," Graybill noted. "She kept us competitive and that had a huge impact on the relay, helping us drop our time."
Newman also had a time of 5:10.85 in the 500 freestyle prelims.
Though the 200 medley relay team did not place, the foursome that swam the event were: Wylie-Thal in the freestyle; Yunginger at backstroke; Pyott swam the breaststroke; and Newman took the butterfly.
Pyott also swam the 100 breaststroke and recorded a time of 1:07.31. Graybill commented on his two freshmen and their performance on the big stage.
"That's an accomplishment in itself," Graybill commented, referring to one qualifying for states. "Usually the jitters go away the second year - and that could be for any age. It's daunting. You usually do better the next year."
In the boys' events, Gingrich was eighth in the 100 butterfly preliminaries with a time of 50.41. He improved on that, however, in the finals with a sixth-place finish in 50.01 seconds.
"Charlie's time in the 100 fly put him in consideration for boys' All-American," Graybill noted. "I know next year he will set his goal to break 50 seconds. That's a big goal for a butterflier."
Perot finished 13th in the finals of the 500 freestyle on Thursday. He registered a time of 4:38.71 in the prelims and swam the finals at a 4:40.52 clip, earning four team points.
"Rob made the consolation finals," Graybill said. "This was his first year swimming with us. He had a 4:38.71, which was his best time.
"There are lots of good swimmers in that event," continued the coach. "The boys' 500 was loaded. He was close to breaking the school record and I dare say, as a senior he could break that."
The hard-working seniors, who helped continue Manheim Township's tradition for strong swimming programs, will be missed.
"They're just great kids with a will to succeed," Graybill explained.
Carter Hasson was the lone wrestler representing Manheim Township at the PIAA Class-AAA state championships, which were held at the Giant Center in Hershey on March 8-9.
The senior suffered a setback in his opening match in the 182-pound weight class as Alex Litz of Harry S. Truman School registered a pin late in the bout, claiming it at the 5:42 mark.
In the consolations, Hasson lost to Hollidaysburg junior Mason McCready. The 11-2 major decision ended Hasson's season with a 31-11 record.
Blue Streak Hoop Teams Fall in State Openers March 12, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' basketball season came to an end on Friday night at Council Rock South as Souderton topped the Streaks 58-34 in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A state playoffs.
The Indians, who had claimed the District One title prior to entering the PIAA's, used an outside shooting attack that resulted in 10 three-point baskets.
"They shot incredibly well, especially from three-point range," said head coach Sean Burkhart.
The Blue Streaks (19-8), who came into the state playoffs after having claimed seventh place in District Three, were down by 13 points at the half, but held the Indians (25-2) in check for the third quarter. The Streaks were within striking distance, but Souderton went on a 17-7 run in the fourth.
Burkhart gave Souderton credit.
"I think that from what I've seen among the teams that are left, Souderton might wind up winning the state championship," he said.
Megan Beaver connected on five of those three-pointers for Souderton. She finished with a game-high 18 points. Kate Connolly had 17 points while Megan Walbrandt, who sank a pair of three's, tallied 13.
"They were in the final four last year and have everyone back from that team," continued the coach. "For us to have played well against the potential favorite to win it all says a lot."
Burkhart praised his team's effort, especially extending the season into the state playoffs.
"It's tough when you get to this point," he said. "I told the players, 'Only one team ends the season the way they were dreaming of ending it.' Saying you were one of the best 32 teams in the state and what we've been through, shows the work these girls put in.
"To be playing on March 9 - a month beyond the end of the regular season and having that extra month to be together and practice will give the returning players a lot of great experience," he added.
"We had a long layoff between the league and district playoffs," continued the coach. "We hit a skid in districts, but the girls came out and played very well when our backs were against the wall in the [District Three Class 6A] seventh-place game."
Katie Bushong led the Streaks with 11 points. Alijiah Bonano added seven points, scoring one of the team's three-pointers. Megan Baldassarre netted six.
As for the non-returning players, Baldassarre and fellow seniors Eden Miller and Olivia Matto will be moving on.
"We lose three seniors who, all in their own right, played huge roles for us," commented the coach. "We lose two kids (Matto and Baldassarre) who had over 1,000 points in their careers. We lose a lot of punch.
"Eden was always matched up against the other teams' best scorers," Burkhart remarked. "We were in a lot of the games because of the defense she played."
However, as the case is with high school athletic programs, you reload the roster and look to replace the talent lost to graduation.
"We're going to have to find some people to step into their shoes," Burkhart said. "I think we have a group of kids who have seen enough of these big games that coming back will give us a lot of potential. Some of them are very excited to fill those spots.
"They had a chance to see what's out there," added the coach. "I pointed out to them that the Souderton seniors, in their freshman year, won only seven or eight games."
The Blue Streaks were facing the possible end to their season, heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday's playoff game at Bensalem. The Streaks, who entered the PIAA Class 6A playoffs as the fourth-place team out of District Three, carrying a 19-8 record, drew the Lower Merion Aces in the PIAA's opening round.
Township came out with just enough fight to send the game into overtime. The Streaks outscored the Aces 25-22 in the fourth quarter, evening the score at 77-77.
In the extra frame, however, the Aces were one bucket better, posting an 88-86 victory and improving to 22-5.
"Lower Merion was the number three seed out of District One, which is suburban Philadelphia," said head coach Matt Johns. "Their storied history has seven state titles. They have several shooters with at least one, possibly two players committed to NCAA Division I schools."
In this wild, high-scoring contest, each team had five players reach double digits in points, including Steve Payne's game-leading 26 points for Lower Merion.
The Streaks were led by Tyler Crespo, who poured in 17 points. Hilton Ridley and Tyler Vicidomini each made six baskets and three foul shots to tally 15 points on the night while Tommy Mann, with the help of four three-pointers, scored 14. Brendan Mellott added 10 points as he went 4-for-4 at the foul line.
"Tommy Mann had a career high with his 14 points," Johns noted. "He made three of his three-pointers in the fourth quarter and the other one in overtime.
"He has always been a 'Team first' player for us," added the coach. "He played a lot of minutes off the bench for us."
The Streaks' comeback was even more impressive considering they fell behind by more than the three-point deficit that separated them from the Aces after three quarters.
"We were actually down by seven or eight points with three minutes to go," Johns explained. "We started making key shots. I'm extremely proud of our kids."
Township took a slim one-point lead into the second quarter and headed into the locker room at halftime up 38-37. The Aces regained the lead with a solid third quarter.
Johns is looking toward the Streaks' next season as one with a great deal of promise.
"We're going to be returning five starters," he noted. "Will Greiner, who was one of our three-point shooters, will also be back.
"We graduate Reece Sachs, who was injured in the league play-in game against Garden Spot," continued the coach. "Cameron Mulcavage was our big man off the bench. He gave us inside points when we needed them."
And another of those seniors is Mann, who saved his career-high 14 points for his final game at Manheim Township.
"He played more and more as the season went on," Johns said.
The sophomore class of 2018 as well as a freshman could contribute significantly next year.
"Nick Kurtz will be a sophomore who might fill one of the roles next year," said Johns. "He's a rising sophomore who'll be important for us next year."
He also remarked that sophomore Mickey Stokes and junior Braydon Alaimo could be key players in their 2018-19 hoops campaign.
"Off season will be important for us," he added. "Just because you're somewhere now, doesn't guarantee you'll be there again next year.
"I think this was a team that showed we could go toe-to-toe with anybody," Johns said when asked about the legacy of this year's Township team. "We made it to the district semis and qualified for states. Those were big steps and we competed in both of those games.
"The goal for next year is to get over the hump," concluded the coach.
Township Girls Finish 6th in District Playoffs March 5, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team will enter the PIAA Class 6A state playoffs as the sixth seed from District Three. The Blue Streaks rebounded from a loss in the district quarterfinals on Monday and defeated Penn Manor in convincing fashion in a Thursday evening consolation game for seventh place in District Three.
Cumberland Valley was the site of the game with Dallastown. The Wildcats, who were the fifth seed entering districts, and the Blue Streaks - the top-seeded team - came into the quarterfinal match with nearly identical records. The Wildcats (18-8) had lost to Central Dauphin in their quarterfinal game.
Dallastown dominated the second half of what was a one-point game at halftime and went on to win 52-35. The Streaks, who fell to 18-8, had held the Wildcats to only six points in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 21-20 at intermission. However, Dallastown went on an 18-11 run in the third and held Township to only four fourth-quarter points.
Julia Sutton of Dallastown led all scorers with 17 points. She hit four three-point baskets on the night.
The Streaks were led by Olivia Matto, who finished with 11 points, and Katie Bushong whose 10-point production included a 4-for-4 night at the foul line. Eden Miller added nine points.
The Streaks, who cruised through the Lancaster-Lebanon League in the regular season with a 12-2 mark, faced a league rival in the consolation game on the court of another league foe. Hempfield was the site of the seventh- and eighth-place game against Penn Manor.
Township outscored Manor in the second and third quarters, building a 38-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Streaks (19-8) topped the Comets (15-11) by a 57-41 final score.
Megan Baldassarre led all scorers with 24 points. She made nine baskets and converted all six of her free throws. Matto and Bushong added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Alyssa Schriver's 15 points led Penn Manor.
The seventh-place finish earns Township a trip to the states where the team will face District One champ Souderton (24-2) at Council Rock South on Friday, March 9.
The boys' team heads into the state playoffs as the fourth-place team from District Three. The Blue Streaks will tip off their PIAA Class 6A playoffs on Saturday afternoon at Bensalem against the Lower Merion Aces (21-5), who'll be representing District One as the third-place team.
The Streaks suffered a 67-53 loss to Hempfield on Thursday night in the District Three 6A consolation match after both the Streaks and the Knights had lost their respective semifinal games two nights earlier in the Giant Center.
In the consolation game at Penn Manor, the Knights (23-4) prevailed with a strong fourth quarter.
"It was tied at halftime and we were only down by five going into the fourth quarter," stated head coach Matt Johns. "Tyler Crespo had a good game for us."
Earlier in the week, the Streaks faced defending state champ Reading at the Giant Center in what was the nightcap of a semifinals doubleheader. Hempfield had lost to Chambersburg in the earlier game.
Township took the lead early in this game and held it until Wesley Butler's jump shot with 2:11 left in the third quarter. That basket put the Red Knights ahead 38-36. The Knights took a 42-39 lead into the fourth quarter, having outscored the Streaks 16-9 in the third period. Township got it as close as two points twice in the fourth, but came up short in a 57-49 final.
"We still had our opportunities in the fourth quarter," Johns said after the game. "We were down by two, shooting a free throw that could have cut it to one. We missed and they came down to make a three-point shot that stretched it to four points.
"Our kids did everything we asked them to do - in practice and out there on the court," he added. "I think we ran out of gas a little bit, especially in the fourth quarter."
The Streaks took a 30-26 halftime lead despite two traveling calls that helped Reading regain possession and close the gap from what was a 28-22 MT lead. Butler's shot at the halftime buzzer cut the Streaks' lead to four points.
In the second half, the Knights picked up the tempo, according to senior forward Larry Wingo.
"My coach said that I had to turn up the tempo," Wingo, who finished with nine points, stated. "I went out and did that.
"We switched the defense up in the third quarter - went from court to man," he added. "The communication and the energy for our team all came together."
Tyler Crespo and Reading's Hector Dixon shared the honors for the top point scorers, each pouring in 15. Dixon made three three-pointers and Crespo connected on a pair of long-range shots.
Zack Oldac, who had some key rebounds throughout Township's strong first half, finished with 11 points. Brendan Mellott finished with eight points.
Johns was asked whether Reading pace was faster than what the Streaks had seen this year.
"I think they were a little faster than we're used to seeing," he replied. "I think Cedar Crest plays fast, but it's a different style. They're not quite as north-south as Reading was.
"Holding a team like that to 57 points - and a lot of that coming on late foul shots - made me proud of our defensive efforts," he added. "We haven't been in this place and this moment before. We have a bunch of juniors and sophomores and they didn't back away from it."
The District Three Class-AAA Championships were held at Cumberland Valley on Friday and Saturday. Manheim Township's Amy Yunginger was among the top performers at the two-day event.
Yunginger won the gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly and grabbed the silver medal in the 200 freestyle, recording school records in both events.
"She broke two school records," said head coach Dan Graybill, referring to Yunginger's time of 54.62 in the 100 fly and her 1:15.18 in the 200 freestyle.
"She also led the 400 freestyle with a new personal best," Graybill added, referring to Yunginger's opening leg of the relay.
That relay team, which competed on Saturday, was comprised of Yunginger, Paige Newman, Eva Salembier and Hope Boldizar. They had a combined time of 3:35.64 in finishing fifth.
Friday saw Yunginger, Newman, Morgan Wylie-Thal and Olivia Pyott earn third in the 200 medley relay at 1:48.40.
Newman had a seventh-place finish (5:08.69) in the 500 freestyle on Saturday. Newman competed with Yunginger in the 200 free, finishing eighth at 1:54.43.
Of course the top goal of competing in districts is to qualify for states.
"Amy made it in two events - the 200 free and the 100 butterfly," Graybill explained. "She was our only automatic qualifier.
"There are other 'at-large' entries," continued the coach. "However, we won't know until early this coming week because bad weather caused postponements of District Two's championships. Our girls' 200 medley relay and 400 free relay had very good times and they have a chance at those entries."
Those "at-large" entries could also be from the Township boys' team, which was led by the likes of Rob Perot and Charlie Gingrich.
Gingrich earned fifth in the boys' 100 fly, posting a time of 1:28.10. Perot finished eighth in the 200 free in 1:45.43. Gingrich also went on to finish seventh (47.741) in the 100 freestyle.
"Rob Perot had his career best time in the 500 free," Graybill noted. "Gage Mandrell, Jackson Provost, Rob Perot had their best time in the 200 free and Mitchell Calhoun had his best in the 200 IM. In the 50 free, Connor Brenton had his best time. Connor Paladino had a lifetime best in the 100 backstroke."
The Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Bowling Championships were held at Leisure Lanes and 222 Dutch Lanes on Friday, and featured several bowlers from the L-L League. The top 12 bowlers from the girls' competition as well as those among the boys advance to the Pennsylvania State Singles Competition, which is scheduled for March 16 at Pittsburgh.
The top bowler for Manheim Township was Josh Christ, who narrowly missed the cut. He finished 18th overall with 1,113 pins - 20 pins shy of 12th place. The championship was played in a five-game format. Christ rolled a 267 in his opening game and had a 245 in his fifth set of frames.
Tyler Lappa's best game was a 242 as he finished with a 982 total on the day. Jordan Schell's 965 included a top score of 211 in his fourth game.
Megan Lappa was the top bowler among the girls, finishing 24th overall with her score of 997. Emily Schuerich had a total score of 859.
MT Boys Advance to District Semifinals February 26, 2018
For the boys' hoops team it was an exciting week as the Streaks earned two district playoff wins on their way to the district semis.
The boys' entered the District Three 6A playoffs with a 17-6 mark and ranked fifth in the seeding. The Streaks defeated Conestoga Valley 52-39 in an opening-round game.
Holding the Buckskins' Logan Monroe to only 14 points and Austin Monroe to only seven points were key factors for Manheim Township according to head coach Matt Johns.
"They have two primary scorers," Johns said. "We had five or six days to focus on how to defend their scorers and limit their ability to hurt us.
"Tommy Mann, Reese Sachs and Hilton Ridley played very well defensively," commented the coach. "Tyler Vicidomini and Cameron Mulcavage helped hold Logan Monroe below his average points per game. Preventing their top scorers from exploding was the key against them."
In the quarterfinal round, the Streaks faced another Lancaster-Lebanon League foe at Cedar Crest. In a battle between the Streaks and the fourth-seeded Falcons, Township came out on top, winning 67-59 on the Falcons' floor.
In their previous two meetings, while both teams were battling for the Section One crown, the season series was split with each team winning at the other team's home court. Both of those games were close. On Friday, the Streaks took a 30-16 lead into the locker room at halftime and saw a momentum shift in the third quarter as Crest went on a 21-12 run. Township, led by Brendan Mellott and Tyler Crespo, outscored Crest 25-22 in the final period.
The 21-point surge by the Falcons' offense was the only one where Township's defense did not excel in the two playoff games.
"We played great defense in seven of the eight quarters," Johns said. "They got it down to five points at the end of the third as we came out a little flat in the second half.
"We had gotten off to a great start - it was 18-6 early on," he continued. "Brendan Mellott went coast-to-coast to make it 30-16 at halftime."
Mellott had 21 points on the night, and went 7-for-8 at the foul line. Crespo hit a pair of three-point shots and finished with 15 points. Ridley was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line and finished with 10 points.
Logan Horn had a great night for Cedar Crest. His game-high 25 points included three treys and a 10-for-10 game at the line.
"Logan Horn had 21 points in the second half," noted Johns. "He was aggressive off the dribble. Hilton Ridley did a great job on him in the first half. But he's a good player and got into the zone."
The district semis, scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, have the Blue Streaks facing the Red Knights at The Giant Center. The top-seeded Reading squad brings a 22-4 record into the semis after a first-round bye and a quarterfinal round defeat of Dallastown.
"We're taking a look at video and our staff is breaking down the film, seeing what their tendencies are," Johns said. "They're the reigning state champs. They were the top seed in districts last year too."
That game will be the nightcap of a semifinals doubleheader. The other game will have Hempfield playing Chambersburg, setting up the possibility of a title game between two Section One foes.
"I think it's very exciting for the L-L League that there are two teams in the Class 6A semifinals," said Johns.
The Giant Center was the site of the District Three Class-AAA championships on Friday. The Blue Streaks were represented by five wrestlers - sophomore Micah Sams and seniors Jose Lao-Cooper, Carter Hassan and Myles Desha.
Wait! That's only four. Who was the fifth wrestler - key word being "fifth" in this case with pun intended. More on that shortly.
Hassan and Lao-Cooper finished in the top five of their respective 182- and 170-pound weight classes. Hassan qualified for the PIAA Class-AAA state tournament by finishing fourth in the 182 class.
He opened his tournament with two victories, posting a 9-3 decision over Dallastown senior Garrett Johnson before battling his next opponent into the third period where he finally pinned Neith Brennan of Red Lion at the 5:25 mark.
"Carter had a nice win," said head coach John Clark of Hassan's second match. "The kid from Red Land was strong and stocky. Carter was patient and defended well."
A major decision by Cedar Cliff's Donovan Ball kept Hassan from finishing with a gold.
"Carter doesn't like to lose," said Clark. "He takes offense to it when gets beat."
He battled back by winning the consolation semifinal match - a 3-1 defeat of Manheim Central's Garrett Fittery.
"Carter did a nice job coming back and beating Fittery," said Clark.
"Fittery beat him twice at Penn Manor," the coach explained. "But Carter beat him [in the third place match] at sectionals and he beat him in districts. So, we beat him when it counted."
However, contrary to last week's sectional tournament at Hempfield where a 6-3 defeat of Fittery secured third place for Hassan, the MT senior came up short in the third-place match against Brendan Shaffer of Lower Dauphin. Shaffer had defeated Hassan at Hempfield in the sectional semis. On the mats at the Giant Center, Shaffer opened up a close match with a five-point takedown on his way to a 10-1 decision.
For Lao-Cooper, who was the fourth-place finisher from last week's sectionals at 170 pounds, the consolations ended with a 4-2 victory over Cumberland Valley's Jake Lucas in the fifth-place match.
Lao-Cooper claimed his opening-round match by a 9-5 score over Susquehannock senior Joey Romjue (27-1).
"Jose got reversed and tweaked his shoulder that was bugging him all year," Clark explained. "He found a way to get through it and came back with a nice lateral drop - a five-point move."
Neamiah Diggs of Harrisburg managed to pin Lao-Cooper in the next match but the MT senior rebounded by majoring Lebanon's Dalton Ocasio 16-5.
The semifinals match was a heartbreaking one where Lao-Cooper suffered a 6-4 overtime loss to Nyiem Flucas of Hershey, setting up the fifth-place match against Lucas.
"The shots were probably 12-2 in Jose's favor," Clark said of the overtime loss. "The kid was able to get his points in and tied it up with 20 or 30 seconds left.
"Jose was pushing it and I felt good going into overtime," Clark added. "He took a couple of shots and wrestled well enough to win.
"Jose finished fifth, so he's an alternate for states," Clark added. "If there's a scratch - someone can't make it or gets hurt, he could go to states."
And speaking of that alternate wrestler - that fifth-place finisher, let's clarify the fifth Township wrestler from districts.
Following last week's sectionals where junior David Over finished fifth in the 138-pound class, Clark explained the possibility of Over entering the district tourney if one of the top four finishers couldn't go.
And how it all played out was almost a comedy of errors.
"We got there to check in on Thursday night and they had Manheim Township with five wrestlers," he said. "I thought it was a typo."
Clark's suspicions were not verified until the actual day of the championships.
"The Milton Hershey kid had pulled out," Clark said. "David's father called me and said he saw David's name on FloArena dot-com. I told him, 'You need to get him out of school!'"
Over arrived in the nick of time and weighed in.
"His was match number 45 and they were already in the 20's," Clark laughed.
Over didn't advance, however. He suffered a pin at the 5:39 juncture of the first round. In the consolations, he came up short against Reading's Elijah Arroyo.
"He is only a junior," Clark said. "He got to wrestle at the Giant Center and see what it's like.
"In two weeks, we're taking Jose with us," he added, citing he lesson learned from Over's situation. "He's Carter's workout partner anyway."
As for the rest of the district qualifiers, Desha suffered an opening-round setback in a 7-1 decision to Cocalico's Joe Bearinger. His next match was a pin against Wyatt Hull of Chambersberg at the 2:31 mark of the consolation match. He also pinned Tyler Gallagher of Gettysburg in a battle that lasted 2:27. However, a tough 3-1 loss to Carter Ulrich of Central Dauphin followed.
"Myles had a solid season and pretty good post-season," said Clark.
Sams won his first bout, posting an 8-1 win over Adam Karlie of Dallastown. However a loss to eventual silver medal winner Aiden Lewis of Cedar Cliff and a 5-0 decision to Daniel Boone's Canton Dolla ended the sophomore's day.
"Micah had tough kids against him," Clark said. "He had the Cedar Cliff kid who won the tournament. He was a more experienced wrestler.
"Micah showed himself well," continued the coach. "He's mature for a sophomore."
In the District Three Class-AAA 1-meter diving championships, Shannon O'Hara finished eighth for the Manheim Township girls. The event was held at Wilson High School on Saturday morning.
O'Hara compiled 341.80 points
The winner was Mary Walker who in her home team's pool, edged Hershey's Meredith Gould 457.80 to 456.70. It was Walker's third gold medal in the diving championships. Her teammate Caitlyn Christopher took fourth at 387.90, starting a string of divers who finished in the 380's, including Elizabethtown's Kierstan Lentz (385.90), Gov. Mifflin's Morgan MacMahon (384.05) and McCaskey's Evie Atland at 383.80.
O'Hara missed the cut for the PIAA 3A diving championships. The top five from Saturday will head to states.
The Wilson girls' basketball team came on strong in the second half of Thursday's District Three Class 6A quarterfinal-round game at Manheim Township, topping the home team 55-47. The loss dropped the Blue Streaks' record to 18-6 and slated the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section One champs for a consolation game against Dallastown.
The top-seeded Streaks had a bye in the first round while the Bulldogs' defense dominated Cedar Crest 43-30. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs (16-8) moved on to the district semis to face Central Dauphin at the Giant Center.
Wilson came out of the gates quickly in the second half following a low-scoring first half. At intermission, the Bulldogs led 16-15, but outscored the Streaks 18-14 in the third stanza and held off Township's comeback in the fourth.
Olivia Matto, who scored 20 points, led all scorers. Megan Baldassarre scored nine more while Alijiah Bonano made all six of her points on Township's only two three-point buckets of the game.
Four Streaks Qualify for District Wrestling February 19, 2018
Manheim Township wrestlers competed in the District Three Class 3A Section II championships at Hempfield on Saturday. The Blue Streaks were well represented as four of their wrestlers qualified for this week's South Central Regionals.
The Streaks, who finished with 86 team points and ranked seventh in the team standings, will send seniors Miles Desha, Carter Hassan and Jose Lao-Cooper to the regional as well as sophomore Micah Sams, who earned the silver medal at 106.
Sams pinned Cayden Spencer of Elizabethtown in his first match. In a high-scoring battle, he outlasted McCaskey wrestler Jordan Holland by a 13-11 margin and won the semifinal match with a first-period pin over Jacob Myers of Palmyra.
"He had a big lead in the quarterfinal match, but he made a couple of mistakes and got on his back," said head coach John Clark, referring to the victory over Holland. "He had a big enough lead to put him through.
"He came out against the top seed and he came out firing," Clark continued, "He controlled the kid."
Sams won that match, but he was pinned by Tyler Stefanick of Penn Manor in a wild first period of the championship bout.
"It was a crazy first period," Clark agreed. "They scored back and forth. They were flying around. The kid from Penn Manor did a nice job. He put Micah on his back and pinned him. It was 6-5 at the time.
"But we'll take it," he added.
"Micah had a really good tournament," commented Clark. "I told him he was going to win the tournament and I fully thought he was. He went in with a 22-12 record."
Desha and Hassan each claimed third place in their respective weight classes of 220 and 182. Lao-Cooper settled for fourth at 170 after suffering an injury in the third-place match.
"Jose tweaked a shoulder that he had injured back in December," Clark said. "He wasn't sure if he could go on. It didn't make sense to take a chance and make it worse," added Clark, alluding to the fact that the top four finishers advanced anyway. "It only affects your bracket placement next week - you have to face the higher seed. But we made the wiser decision."
The Township senior registered a pin in his opening match, which was in the quarterfinals. He suffered a 9-6 defeat to Hershey's Nyiem Flucas in the semis, motivating Lao-Cooper to wrestle even tougher to extend his season.
He responded with a pin against Lampeter-Strasburg foe Connor Penry and bowed out due to the injury default 30 seconds into the match with Darius Briggs of Milton Hershey School.
After a first-round bye, Desha took care of things quickly in the quarterfinal round, posting a pin at the 1:03 mark. He suffered a close 4-2 defeat, however, to eventual champ Evan Clark of Warwick.
"They had a game plan against Miles," said the coach. "Clark did a nice job getting out."
Desha came through with a pin in the consolation semis, defeating Tyler Phenegar of L-S in the second period. He then downed Milton Hersey's Dylan Bird in a hard-fought 5-4 decision to claim third place.
"He did a nice job the whole day, including a good job against the top seed from Milton Hershey. He controlled him on top. I thought he responded well to a kid who was kind of squirrelly. The kid would spin out when Miles tried to put him down. But he kept a good pace and protected the lead."
Hassan's journey to third place didn't include a first-round bye. He made things happen, however, notching second period pins in that match and the quarterfinal round.
"He beat kids he should have beaten," said Clark.
In the semis, he suffered a 10-0 defeat at the hands of 182-pound champ Brendan Shaffer of Lower Dauphin.
"Carter tried a big move near the end of the match when it was 5-0," Clark explained. "He got in some shots against Shaffer - tried to make him earn it. He just couldn't finish."
He defeated Central Dauphin's Cian Blythe by a 7-0 score in the consolation semis before winning the third-place bout 6-3 against Garnet Fittery of Manheim Central.
"He had a revenge match in the consolation semis against the Central Dauphin kid that beat him last year," Clark pointed out. "He made a nice job being heavy on the kid's head. He made a perfect move, setting the kid up. He stayed on his feet the best he could."
David Over had a fifth-place finish in the 138-pound class. He earned a pin 1:15 into his first match but lost to a tough competitor - Grayson Charles of Solanco, who eventually finished second.
"In the first round he did a nice job," Clark said. "Facing Grayson Charles, though, is tough."
Though Over downed Chad Mowbray of Penn Manor 10-6 in the consolation quarterfinals, he lost to eventual third-place finisher Adrian Rosario of Milton Hershey. Over bounced back nicely to defeat Bryce Buckman of Central Dauphin by a 10-7 score.
"He and the Milton Hershey kid were scrambling," continued the coach. "He stayed tough and won the fifth-place match. He beat a Central Dauphin kid, which is always nice. They have a nice team and a lot of solid wrestlers. So, it's a good measuring stick when you win against a Central Dauphin wrestler.
"David finished with 21 wins," added Clark. "It's always nice to hit the 20-win mark in a season."
In the 120-pound class, Cade Clancy opened with a 6-1 defeat of Hempfield's Caleb Schultz. However, a 7-0 loss to McCaskey's Nevin Estevez and a close 9-7 loss to Solanco's Sheldon Pfeiffer stopped Clancy's quest.
"I told the kids before the start of the tournament that for the seniors it was their last chance and the young guys to take advantage of it and show what they can do," said Clark.
Blue Streaks Secure League Playoff Berth February 5, 2018
In earning consecutive victories over Section One rivals, the Manheim Township boys' basketball team also secured a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff spot this past week, claiming third-place in the section.
After Friday's convincing victory over McCaskey, the Streaks improved to 8-4 in the L-L League with only two regular season games remaining.
"We are three games ahead of Lebanon with two games to go," said head coach Matt Johns.
"It was good, getting on the right side of things," Johns added, referring to the team picking up momentum at the right time. "We can focus on ourselves and how we want to play. Certainly, we want to keep winning for the district rankings."
The Streaks, who moved up to sixth in the District Three Class-AAAA power rankings, defeated Penn Manor on the road Tuesday night before coming home to face McCaskey on Friday.
The Penn Manor game went into the fourth quarter tied 41-41. Township pulled out a 54-50 win.
"They're extremely well-coached," Johns said, crediting his peer Larry Bellow. "They play a deliberate style and that kind of contributes to it being a low-scoring game."
The Streaks, who were led by Tyler Crespo's 17-point production, relinquished their 30-27 halftime advantage as the Comets (3-9, 6-15 overall) caught up by the end of the third stanza.
"Tyler had a great game," Johns remarked. "Zack Oldac and Hilton Ridley also played well."
Ridley and Oldac each scored eight points to complement Crespo's scoring.
Johns spoke of the importance of having Oldac back in the lineup.
"It was great having Zach playing," he said. "He suffered a broken wrist over the holidays. Having him in the mix gives us more options in the rotation. He was our third-leading scorer and was second in rebounding when he got injured. He is a great performer when he's out there."
Speaking of rebounds, Crespo had seven to go along with six assists in the game. He also had four steals.
Will Greiner added six points - all off three-point baskets. Reese Sachs finished with five points and Tyler Vicidomini scored four points.
"Tyler scored only four points, but he had five rebounds and four blocks, which were crucial," Johns pointed out. "Everybody contributed where they could."
Johns remarked on how key blocks, steals and defensive rebounds can be over the course of a close game. He pointed to the fact that in a span of nine days (January 18 to 26), the Streaks suffered losses to Section One foes Hempfield, Conestoga Valley and Cedar Crest - each by three points.
"That was what we talked about," he explained. "One more stop and preventing a score was what we needed in those games. I tell them about the importance of being one possession ahead in each quarter and the difference that can make."
In the 81-60 victory over McCaskey, Crespo had a game-high 24 points, drilling three three-pointers in the process. Brendan Mellott came through with 18 more while Vicidomini added 10 points, and Ridley netted nine.
"Mellott really came on with 18 points and eight assists plus seven rebounds.
"We played very well," continued the coach. "We had been up-and-down this past week with illnesses more than injuries."
Oldac added eight points and Cameron Mulcavage scored seven.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Both the boys' and girls' teams claimed the Section One title with a sweep of McCaskey on Monday. In a dual meet at Franklin & Marshall, the boys' topped the red Tornado 120-47. The girls' won by an almost exact score in posting a 120-46 win. Both squads improved to 5-0 in the L-L League and 9-0 overall.
Overflowing with pride for the accomplishments of his teams was head coach Dan Graybill, who also gave MT's rivals their due respect.
"It was great because both teams finished 9-0," said Graybill, "With the depth that some of the other teams in our section were returning from last year, I thought they might be a little stronger than us. On the boys' side, Hempfield was returning a lot of swimmers. Warwick beat us by one point in the girls' meet last year and they had a strong team returning."
The boys' team was without the services of four swimmers, who were out due to illness.
"I was mixing things up in this meet, giving some kids a chance," Graybill said. "And some of the kids who did compete were coming off a week of no training; we were really hit by the flu bug that's going around."
Aidan Cliff, Robert Perot, Connor Paladino and Christian Strine captured the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:46.13. In the 400 freestyle relay, Paladino, Cliff and Perot swam with junior Nick Boomsma at a combined time of 3:31.16, which was good for first.
Gage Mandrell anchored the 200 free relay, swimming with Paladino, Spiro Schramm and Connor Brenton for a winning time of 1:36.15.
"Gage Mandrell has become quite versatile," said Graybill. "He is good in all the strokes - mid- and long-distance freestyle. He is an up-and-coming swimmer. In his senior year we can expect a lot from him.
"Spiro Schramm will be another rising star as a senior," continued the coach.
Mandrell went on to claim the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.82.
Perot, who claimed the 200 individual medley in 2:01.87 also won the100 freestyle in 50.17. George Hetrick sprinted to victory (23.08) in the 50 freestyle.
While Owen Woodard won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly for McCaskey, the Streaks claimed second, third and fourth in each race to outscore the Red Tornado in those events. In the backstroke, Cliff (59.39) was second, followed by Paladino (1:03.56) and freshman Justin Liu (1:08.98).
"We outscored them even though we didn't win," said Graybill.
The same was true in the 100 fly with sophomore Elijah Gocotano claiming second (55.91) followed by freshmen Alonzo Guerrero (1:01.54) and Jack Sheehan (1:06.01).
In the 500 free, which was won by McCaskey's Ed Freeman (5:20.11), the Streaks took second in the person of Tyler Besnoff (5:28.24), third by Alex Wood (5:35.38) and a fourth-place time of 5:36.05 from freshman Sean Cliff - Aidan's younger brother.
In the girls' meet, freshman Camille Henneman helped Township to two of its relay victories. In the 200 medley relay, she anchored the quartet that included Amy Yunginger, Olivia Pyott and Paige Newman with a winning time of 1:58.96.
In the 200 free relay, Hope Boldizar, Morgan Wylie-Thal, Diana Lamont and Henneman swam to victory at 1:48.45.
"Camille Henneman earned her varsity letter," said Graybill. "She's a freshman and is also a very good tennis player.
"Diana Lamont is a sophomore and a very versatile swimmer," Graybill added. "She also took third in the 200 freestyle."
It was Boldizar, Newman, Yunginger and Avian Getchis winning the 400 free at 3:55.01.
"Hope Boldizar, who's a freshman is also going to be a good swimmer," commented the coach.
Boldizar won the 100 back in 1:04.14. Yunginger won the 50 free (24.76) while Newman's 56.31 earned first place in the 100 free.
Eva Salembier took the 200 free in 2:02.70. Kristen Geib captured the 200 IM in 2:31.07.
The Streaks were able to shake off the dirt of their prior week's 1-2 record - a week in which they suffered their first two defeats in league play - and claimed two more L-L League wins as well as staying tied with Cedar Crest in the quest for the Section One crown.
In fact, they closed out the week by beating McCaskey 58-20 on February 2, seeing their shadow, indicating more basketball in the form of league and district playoffs.
Township topped Penn Manor at home on Tuesday, withstanding a big surge by the Comets in the third quarter before regaining momentum.
Township led 30-21 at the half but allowed Manor to tie it by the end of the third quarter. The Streaks outscored their visitors enough to post a 62-57 win, improving to 10-2 in the L-L League.
Olivia Matto was virtually unstoppable. She racked up 29 points, including 9-of-10 free throws to lead all scorers. Katie Bushong came through with 15 points while Megan Baldassarre added 14.
The Comets, who fell to 7-5 (13-7 overall), had some stellar outside shooting from Macy Carroll (14 pts.) and Nasheyla Greggs (13 pts) as each of them made four three-pointers.
Sandwiched between the Penn Manor game and the Groundhog Day victory over McCaskey was a non-league game against Central York.
The Streaks started out slowly and were down by 10 at the half. They battled back in the second half, especially a 17-12 run in the fourth. The comeback bid went for naught as the Panthers held on for a 45-42 victory, dropping the Streaks' record to 16-4 overall.
Matto again led her team in scoring, finishing with 15 points. She connected on two three pointers. Bushong scored 11 and Baldassarre added eight more points.
The Streaks handled the Red Tornado in a 58-20 victory at McCaskey. The big periods for Township were the second and the fourth in which they outscored the home team by a collective score of 35-9.
Matto made two treys and went 6-for-6 at the charity stripe on a 16-point night. Bushong added 14 as she too was perfect (4-for-4) at the foul line. Baldassarre added 10 points while Alijiah Bonano added six points.
The Streaks improved to 11-2 and stayed tied with Cedar Crest.
In a home wrestling match against Conestoga Valley, the Streaks suffered a 58-15 defeat on Wednesday. The Buckskins improved to 4-3 in the league while Township fell to 1-6 (4-7 overall).
Myles Desha (220) earned a pin for Township. David Over claimed a strong 11-5 decision at 145 and Carter Hasson (182) earned six team points via forfeit.
Township fell to 4-8 in the league following a 5-2 loss to Hempfield on Friday. The top bowler for the Streaks was Meghan Lappa, who finished at 612. Lappa's best score of the day was a 223 in her third game. She also rolled a 215 in her second game.
The Knights got a 647 from Taylor Fair and inched ahead of Township in the standings at 5-6.
On Tuesday, Township suffered a non-league loss to Manheim Central. Jordan Schell's 585 was tops for the Streaks.
After having fallen to 5-5 on the year, the Township air rifle team won its next two matches, beating Garden Spot and Wilson this past week.
In the 497-492 victory at home over Wilson on Thursday, Drew Chieppor and Hana Musser each shot a perfect score of 100 while Rob Wenger, Hunter Modene and Chris Rettew all recorded 99's.
On Monday, the Streaks posted a 493-487 win at Garden Spot as Musser, Chieppor and Graham Wolf all finished with 99's. Ben Fahrney and Travis Kraft finished at 98.
Township Girls Remain Tied For First Place January 29, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team suffered two league losses, yet managed to stay tied for first place in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
The Streaks ended the week with a 9-2 league record (15-3 overall), losing their undefeated status in the L-L League. Elizabethtown, whom the Streaks had beaten early in the season, exerted some revenge, defeating the Streaks 39-35 at MT on Monday and also raising their record to 9-2 by week's end.
"The Elizabethtown game was a struggle," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "It was a really long week in general."
The Bears held the Streaks to only three first-quarter points. Township came back in the third quarter and erased the six-point halftime deficit entirely. But a fourth-quarter run by the visitors helped E-town leave town with a win.
Olivia Matto had 16 points, hitting two three-point field goals and Katie Bushong added seven points.
Hempfield gave Township a tough time in the first half of Tuesday's game as the offense sputtered in the final minutes. The Knights, who were winless in league play coming in, took a 21-20 halftime lead before Township's 28-13 second-half run led to a 48-34 victory.
Matto had a game-high 20 points, hitting from three-point land twice and Megan Baldassarre was on target with 18 points.
With its 46-43 victory over Township on Friday, the Cedar Crest Falcons also improved to 9-2. Just like the Township/Elizabethtown rivalry this season, the Falcons and Streaks have also split their two head-to-head matches.
It was a close game with the Falcons taking a one-point edge into the locker room at halftime.
Baldassarre had a game-high 13 while Matto scored 12 more.
Carter Hasson finished third and David Over fifth at this past weekend's L-L League Wrestling Tournament. The two-day event was held on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, at Garden Spot High School.
The Streaks finished 13th overall. Their 70.5 team points total was only four points behind Hempfield. The Manheim Central squad dethroned Northern Lebanon 219-203 at the top of the team standings.
"I think we had a good weekend," said head coach John Clark "We finished 13th overall as a team while missing a number of people."
The missing wrestlers included Jose Lao-Cooper, whose illness kept him out.
"Jose was seeded second at 170," Clark pointed out. "We expected him to do very well.
"How far your wrestlers advance factors into your team points and the standings," he further explained. "We also didn't have Malcolm Schuyler."
In the 182-pound weight class, Hasson pinned Alex Cruz of Lancaster Catholic and won an 11-1 major decision over Ephrata's Andrew Myers before a 3-0 loss to Northern Lebanon's Luis Negeriros sent him to the consolation brackets.
He came through with a pin over Lampeter's Logan Davidson and followed it with a 4-3 victory in the third-place match, defeating Logan Boring of Warwick.
"Carter had a fantastic tournament," said Clark. "He wrestled the top seed in the semi-finals. Without taking anything away from Negeriros, it was 1-0 for most of the match. We pushed and pushed. We forced him into a stall warning.
"We took all the shots and couldn't score," continued the coach. "In the third period, he took him down, trying to escape and tie it up. With a couple of seconds left, he went for a quick takedown and the other kid got him on his back for two quick points. He came up just short.
"But he came back through and beat Logan Boring of Warwick, whom he had lost to on Wednesday the week before," Clark added. "It was nice getting some payback."
In the 138-pound bracket, Over finished fifth after a strong comeback in the consolations.
He pinned Mike Moran of Annville-Cleona 1:04 into his first match of the weekend. However, eventual 138-lb champ and the tournament's Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock winner for most falls in least time, Grayson Charles stopped Over's quest.
He then pinned David Dariychuk of Conestoga Valley and edged Nicholas Winters of Northern Lebanon by a 9-8 score.
After a loss to Pequea's Connor Walsh, Over topped Seamus Finnegan of Cedar Crest to claim fifth.
"David wrestled a good aggressive tournament," said Clark. "He scored a takedown on Grayson Charles. Grayson settled down and pinned him. But David didn't back down. He is becoming more solid and disciplined."
Senior Miles Desha and sophomore AJ Bernieri had sixth-place finishes.
Bernieri defeated Ryan Scicchitano in the opening round of the 132-pound bracket. After a loss to eventual champion Zach Zeamer of Manheim Central, Bernieri cruised to a 16-1 technical fall over Julian Holland of McCaskey; he edged Conestoga Valley senior Seth Martin 5-4 and reached the semis where he lost to eventual third-place finisher Christian Schilling of Garden Spot. In the fifth-place match, it was Hayden Funck of Annville-Cleona claiming victory by a 9-2 margin.
Desha pinned McCaskey's Kyler Rodriguez 1:42 into his first match at 220. His loss to T.J. Moore of Cedar Crest, 4-1.
In the consi's, he pinned Central's Dalton Gainer and beat Pequea freshman Nate Miller in a 10-0 major.
But a loss to Duston Swanson of Garden Spot forced him to battle for fifth place instead.
His opponent was Moore and once more, the CC wrestler was on the winning end of a close bout.
"Miles Desha faced T.J. Moore twice," Clark noted. "He lost to him in the quarterfinals and in the fifth-and-sixth place match. It happens sometimes."
Micah Sams (106) claimed seventh. He won on a fall in his first match but suffered a 12-3 major decision to Brandon Breidigan.
He pinned Dom Flatt of Solanco 4:19 into the first consolation match. But a loss to fifth-place finisher Jace Beegle of PV forced Sams to battle for seventh. He defeated Hunter Erb of L-S by a 9-2 score.
Aidan Hershey wrestled at 126. The sophomore was pinned in his first bout but did register an 8-4 victory over Lancaster Catholic's Evan Hart before losing in the consolations.
Against Conestoga Valley on Wednesday, the Streaks lost to the Buckskins 58-15. Desha had a pin at 220. Over (145) had an 11-5 decision while the other six MT points came via forfeit.
Bernieri lost a close 6-3 decision to Dariychuk in the 132-pound bout.
In a Section One match against first-place Hempfield, the Streaks were leading 39-25 heading into the fourth. The Knights had a 35-18 run in the fourth and pulled off a close 60-57 win at Township on Tuesday. By week's end, the Knights improved to 10-1 while Township fell to 6-4 (13-5 overall) and securely in third place.
Tyler Crespo contributed to Township's early fire. He scored a game-high 24, including 15 points on three-pointers. Hempfield's Ryan Moffatt scored 20.
Township went toe-to-toe with Cedar Crest - the section's second-place team. But thanks to another fourth-quarter surge, the visitors topped Township 76-73. The Falcons outscored the Streaks 31-22 in the final stanza after trailing 51-45.
Crespo had 22 points while Brenda Mellott scored 18. Tyler Vicidomini came away with 12 points while Hilton Ridley and Cameron Mulcavage each scored eight.
In a non-league home game, the Streaks defeated Governor Mifflin 53-46 on Saturday, outscoring the Mustangs 27-20 in the second half.
Vicidomini had a game-high 15 while Zack Oldac added 14 points. He went 4-for-4 at the foul line and made two three-pointers. Crespo added 10 points and Mellott made four baskets for his eight points.
SWIMMING & DIVING
The boys' and girls' teams stayed unbeaten with wins over Cedar Crest on Tuesday. Both squads improved to 4-0.
The girls won 124-59 including a sweep of three relays. Amy Yunginger was the anchor in the 400 freestyle relay, closing the win with Eva Salembier, Paige Newman and Hope Boldizar. They posted a time of 3:40.45.
Newman, Yunginger, Olivia Pyott and Morgan Wylie-Thal won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.31.
Salembier, Diana Lamont, Avian Getchis and Faith Forman won the 200 free relay in 1:47.67.
Newman was the winner in the 200- and 500-free events with 2:04.70 and 5:25.72 as the respective times. Wylie-Thal took the 50 free in 26.29.
Yunginger won the 100 free in 52.62 seconds. Her 2:08.27 was good for first in the 200 individual medley.
Boldizar won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.64. Pyott won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.92 while Lamont earned first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.56). Shannon O'Hara took the diving with 205.75 points.
Charlie Gingrich helped the boys' team win 119-59 with two individual event victories. He took the 200 free (1:51.41) and the 100 fly (51.22). The 100 backstroke went to Jackson Prevot in 59.34. In 2:03.89, Robert Perot won the 200 IM.
Andrew Paparo won the diving with 114.4 points.
Gingrich and Perot teamed up with Christian Strine and Aidan Cliff in the 200 medley relay (1:41.83).
Gingrich and Cliff swam with Conor Brenton and George Hetrick for the 200 free relay, winning in 1:29.37. Strine, Hetrick, Prevost and Connor Paladino won the 400 free relay in 3:27.92.
Thursday's air rifle match between Township and CV was as close as they get. The Buckskins won it 595-594.
The Streaks had two shooters finish with perfect scores. Hana Musser and Ben Fahnrey each had 100's while Robert Wenger and Graham Wolf each shot a 99. Travis Kraft finished with a 98 as did Chris Retew.
In another close match, Township topped E-town 495-493. Drew Chieppor had a 100 for the Streaks while Wolf, Wenger and Fahnrey each shot a 99. Kraft finished with a 98.
Lady Streaks Drop First Game of the Season January 22, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team tasted defeat for the first time this season, losing a close 53-50 overtime game at Dallastown in non-league action on Monday night. The Streaks had started the year off with 12 wins, six of which were against Lancaster-Lebanon League rivals.
Without missing a beat, the team was back on the winning track, defeating L-L League foe Conestoga Valley on Thursday night, and picking up another non-league victory on Saturday with a 53-29 trouncing of Exeter. At week's end, the Streaks were 14-1 (7-0 league).
The Wildcats were hanging on to a 38-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter on Monday. The Streaks held the home team to only four points, forcing overtime. D-town outscored Township 11-8 in the extra period.
Megan Baldassarre led all scorers with 19 points. The 5-foot-10 forward put up seven baskets and went 5-for-5 at the foul line. Olivia Matto poured in 16 points and Eden Miller added six points.
Back on their home court for Thursday's Section One game, both the Buckskins and the Streaks got off to a slow start. The half ended with Township up 15-9. The offense picked up steam and MT eventually outscored CV 26-22 in the second half en route to a 41-31 win.
Matto and Katie Bushong each drilled a pair of three-pointers as Matto finished with a game-high 15. Bushong complemented the scoring with 13 points. Baldassarre was again perfect from the foul line, going 6-for-6 and recording eight points on the night. Adrianne Bryant added four points.
Township truly opened it up against Exeter on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles managed only 14 first-half points and were held to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters as MT won by 24 points.
The Streaks increased an 11-point halftime lead to 21 points by the end of the third.
Both Bushong and Matto had 14 points in the game with nine of Matto's points coming off her three-pointers. Baldassarre added 13 while Lauren Sprague finished with four points.
SWIMMING & DIVING
The swim teams took a big Section One meet on Thursday afternoon, defeating Hempfield. It was a victory highlighted with a number of record-setting individual performances.
The boys' team, which was coming off a huge 119-50 victory over Warwick, posted a 112-73 win while the girls' team stayed undefeated with a 123-62 victory in Township's pool. Both teams improved to 3-0 in league competition and 7-0 overall.
The Township girls won the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Paige Newman and Eva Salembier were in both relays, teaming up with Morgan Wylie-Thal and Olivia Pyott to take the 200 MR in 1:56.47 as well as pairing up with Hope Boldizar and Amy Yunginger in the 400 free relay win (3:42.49).
In the boys' relays, Aidan Cliff anchored the 200 MR as the Streaks posted a victory in 1:40.49. Charlie Gingrich, Robert Perot and Christian Strine made up the rest of the quartet.
Gingrich anchored the 200 free relay. Cliff, George Hetrick and Conor Brenton helped attain the winning time of 1:29.27.
"I couldn't have been more pleased," said head coach Dan Graybill. "Every single person made a contribution. The team really came together. It was a solid victory."
And interwoven with this tremendous team effort were some remarkable individual accomplishments. These included school and L-L League records as well as pool records at the Ken Barshinger Natatorium.
"Amy Yunginger re-broke the league record she had set the previous week against Warwick," said Graybill, referring to the senior swimmer's 100-yard butterfly time of 56.46 seconds on Thursday.
Setting the new high standard in diving was junior Shannon O'Hara with a team record of 202.9 points.
On the boys' side, Gingrich broke a record in the 50 freestyle - a record older than the MT junior himself.
"It was an 18-year old record," Graybill laughed. "He was born in 2001 and beat a record set in 2000."
His 20.98 time was a school record, a pool record and set a new L-L League mark.In the 100 free, he broke a pool record with his winning time of 47.30 seconds.
Robert Perot claimed the 200- and 500-freestyle events with respective times of 1:48.24 and 4:49.97.
"Rob Perot is new to the team," said Graybill. "He has been a wonderful acquisition."
Elijah Gocotano won the 100 backstroke, recording a time of 58.26 seconds.
In the girls' meet, Wylie-Thal sprinted to victory in the 50 free at 26.22 and Newman earned another 500 free win, registering a season- best time of 5:20.29.
Olivia Pyott took the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.30 and Salembier's 100 backstroke time of 1:03.35 was also good for first.
"Freshman Olivia Pyott has made quite a contribution to the team this year," said Graybill. "She gives it her all. She's one of the rising ninth-graders we have."
As is often the case in a swim meet, it isn't necessarily the first-place swimmers who contribute to the team victory; the second- and third-place finishers help pile up the points.
"One situation that can occur is when you win an event and your opponent, in this case us, takes second, third and fourth and earns more points," Graybill noted. "In the boys' 100 fly, Hempfield's won but they got seven points and we earned nine."
Township lost a tough one at Ephrata on Friday as the Mountaineers edged the Streaks 498-494 in L-L League air rifle competition. The Mounts featured three shooters who reached the 100-point mark.
Hana Musser led Township with a score of 100. Travis Kraft and Graham Wolf each registered 99's while Ben Fahrney and Ethan Demler finished at 98.
The Streaks fell to 4-2 on the year. They were undefeated entering the week. However, the week included a heartbreaking 595-594 loss at Manheim Central on Thursday in addition to the Ephrata match.
Each side had four shooters reaching 99 points while Kraft and Central's Gage McCabe were both perfect at 100 points.
Musser, Wolfe, Fahrney and Drew Chieppor finished with 99's for Township. Ethan Demler scored 98 points.
The Blue Streaks trailed the Buckskins 45-36 heading into the fourth period of Thursday's Section One game. Their valiant comeback attempt came up just short in a 59-56 loss at Conestoga Valley.
It was a game in which the odds were against the Streaks because of key absences on the roster.
"We were struggling that day," explained head coach Matt Johns. "We had a starter under the weather and our sixth man was unable to play."
Leading 24-21 at the half, the Bucks increased their lead with a big third quarter run.
"They came out and shot the ball very well," Johns commented. "We didn't have a good shooting performance from up close. That's not going to get the job done.
"But I was proud of the fact that we had energy to come back," he continued. "We came back but they had a big three-pointer late in the game."
The loss drops Township's league record to 6-2, which is only one game behind first place Hempfield and half a game behind second place Cedar Crest (7-2).
"Thankfully Cedar Crest lost to McCaskey," said Johns. "We're a half game behind them because of a postponement. It may be rescheduled as the last regular season game for us."
The Buckskins, who improved to 3-5 in the league, were led by Logan Monroe's game-high 29 points.
Tyler Crespo paced the Township scoring with 27 points, including five treys. Tyler Vicidomini added eight points while Cameron Mulcavage scored seven.
"Brendan Mellott, who averages 15 points per game, was under the weather," said Johns. "Hilton Ridley was unable to play. So two of the guys who have been big scorers for us, were unable to perform.
"We did start to play with a sense of urgency that we needed," Johns went on. "We actually took a two-point lead but missed a free throw. We also missed a layup. So, we created opportunities but didn't capitalize on them; they took advantage of theirs."
The Streaks returned home and put up a "W" on Saturday afternoon as they faced Exeter in a non-league game. In a contest that was close for much of the first half, the Streaks turned it into no contest as they cruised to a 58-34 win. The Eagles trailed by only three points after the first quarter and that slim MT lead turned into a 28-19 halftime advantage. Township turned it up in the third quarter, going on a 17-8 run. They improved their overall mark to 12-3.
"We dominated in the second half," said Johns.
Crespo (17), Vicidomini (14) and Will Greiner (10) all reached double digits with Greiner making all three of the Streaks' three-pointers. Mellott added eight points on the day.
Vicidomini also had nine rebounds and four blocks.
"Tyler Vicidomini had a phenomenal all-around game," said Johns.
In Wednesday's Section One match with Warwick, wrestling team lost a tough one in what seemed to be a see-saw battle to the very end.
The match included one forfeit per team, three pins for the Streaks and two for the visiting Warriors, a major decision by Township's Jose Lao-Cooper and two late majors by the Warriors.
Warwick started with a pin 4:43 into the 160-pound match. Lao-Cooper responded with a 16-3 major, cutting the Warriors' lead to 6-4.
One of the key victories for Warwick was a close 5-3 decision at 182 where Logan Boring managed to eke out a 5-3 win against Carter Hasson.
Warwick increased its lead to 20 points thanks to Roland McClune's pin at 195, Evan Clark's decision at 220 and a Township forfeit at 285.
Trailing 24-4, the Streaks reclaimed the most recently forfeited six points thanks to Warwick not contesting 106. At 113, Hayden Brennan's pin (1:13) made it 24-16 and Cade Clancy's 8-2 win at 120 brought the home team to within five points.
Another close decision followed with Warwick winning at 126 by a slim 5-4 margin.
The Streaks responded with consecutive pins by A.J. Bernieri at 132 and David Over at 138. The Streaks took a brief 31-27 lead only to see a major decision at 145 tie the score and another major tip the scales in the visitors' favor at the very end.
The Streaks fell to 1-5 in league competition while Warwick improved to 1-4.
Matto Scores 22 as Township Defeats McCaskey January 15, 2018
Three games in a span of four days. That was what the Manheim Township girls' basketball schedule looked like last week. And with Elizabethtown only a game back in the Section One standings, the Streaks needed to take care of their own business to stay atop the standings.
Township went 3-0 in that stretch, improving to 7-0 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League with wins over McCaskey, Penn Manor and Warwick.
In Tuesday's victory over McCaskey, the Streaks built an almost insurmountable 25-5 lead in the first period on their own court. The visitors chipped away but still trailed by 13 at the half. A comeback was not in the cards for the Tornado as the Streaks moved on to a 69-38 win. They outscored the visitors 33-15 in the second half.
Olivia Matto, with three triples, and Megan Baldassarre were the top scorers in the game with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Katie Bushong and Alex Bryant each put up five points.
The Comets gave the Streaks a scare in Thursday's game at Penn Manor. The home team went on a 19-12 run in the fourth quarter, coming up just short in a 44-43 Township win.
The Streaks, who were again led by Matto (15 pts) led 18-14 at the half and extended that lead to 32-24 after three quarters.
Matto and Baldassarre (13 pts) were each 7-for-8 at the foul line. Bushong finished with four points.
The defense, which had held McCaskey to only 38 points on Tuesday, held Warwick to a mere 25 on Friday. Township won 39-25 in Lititz, dropping the Warriors' league mark to 1-6.
The leading scorer on each team scored over 50 percent of her team's points. Bushong scored 19 for the Streaks and went 8-for-8 at the foul line. Lauren Pyle scored 14 for Warwick.
Baldassarre and Matto each put up nine points.
Manheim Township posted a 48-21 home victory over Section One rival Hempfield on Wednesday. The victory was the Streaks' first league win of the year.
"It was a good match," said head coach John Clark. "We wrestled with more aggressiveness and confidence than we have at times this season."
It was a match that the Streaks took control of after the midway point. Tied at 15-15 following a pin by the Knights' Russel Hanes (160), the Streaks won six of the next seven.
Jose Lao-Cooper (170) posted a pin with one second remaining in the first period. Cooper, a returning senior, was coming back from an early-season injury.
"That was his first match since the Warwick Duals," Clark pointed out. "He has been out rehabilitating his shoulder. It was good getting him on the mat.
"It was a turning point in the match," Clark added. "I always tell the kids, 'anytime we can get bonus points - be it a fall or a major - it's great to get them.'"
That was followed by senior Carter Hasson's close 7-6 decision at 195, making it 24-15.
"It was a dual forfeit at 182 and I bumped Carter up to 195," explained Clark. "It was a close match.
"He has been wrestling very well this year," Clark said of Hasson. "He's a hard worker and a quiet leader."
At 220 and 285, the two sides exchanged forfeits.
A streak of three straight pins put the Streaks on the winning path. Hayden Brennan notched a pin at 106 followed by Micah Sams (113), who finished the job in 24 seconds, and Cade Clancy at 120.
The match began at 126 with Malcolm Schyler pinning Hempfield's Luke DeGeorge at the 5:46 mark.
"It was a match I expected him to get bonus points in," said Clark. "It was the first match of the night for us and it put everyone into a positive mood."
A.J. Bernieri followed with a tough 2-0 decision at 132. David Over's pin at 138 came in 1:52, giving the Streaks an early 15-0 lead.
The Knights tied the score on a pair of pins sandwiched around a 6-0 decision.
Hempfield fell to 2-3 in Section One after this loss.
Over the weekend, the Streaks were at the Northern Lebanon Duals where they came away with a 3-2 record.
"We had five matches and our kids wrestled tough," Clark said. "We lost to Midwest but bounced back to beat Pine Grove, Red Lion and Susquenita.
"Northern Lebanon is still a solid team," he added. "They beat us 46-30.
"We are 6-7 overall," Clark said. "We'll try to finish strong here and take a large step forward."
The boys' basketball team also played four games in five days, defeating McCaskey on the road and winning the next three at home, including a non-league win on Saturday afternoon. The wins improved MT's record to 11-2. They are 6-1 in the L-L League, creating a three-way tie for first place in Section One with Hempfield and Cedar Crest.
It's an interesting situation as each of these top teams seems to have beaten one of the other two but lost to the other one. For example, Hempfield has beaten Township but lost to Cedar Crest while MT's 77-71 victory over Crest in December is the Falcons' lone league loss thus far.
"It's very tight at the top," said head coach Matt Johns. "The top three are starting to separate from the other five. There were no slip-ups against the other teams each of us has played. We're also three of the top five teams in the district.
"Plus, you have to look at it as the three of us are of us are going to be the biggest game of the season for any of our opponents," he said.
It may have been the strong second quarter that helped the team build enough of a lead to net the victory at McCaskey on Tuesday night. Leading 19-17 after one period, the Streaks outscored the Tornado 18-11 to grab a 37-28 halftime edge.
The second half was very close and the Streaks escaped with an 80-70 win.
Brandon Mellott and Tyler Crespo each reached the 20-point mark. Mellott led all scorers with 22. Crespo had 20 points, including five three pointers. Hilton Ridley chipped in with eight points.
Wednesday the Streaks played another close game, shading Penn Manor 59-56. It was again the second quarter that was huge for Township. And it was crucial because the Comets came out and outscored the Streaks 20-13 after halftime.
In that second quarter, the Streaks erased a seven-point deficit by outscoring the Comets 22-9. They also went on a 16-12 run in the final stanza to hold off the Comets, who were led by Kevin Roldan (11 pts).
Mellott was the game's top scorer with 14 points. Cameron Mulcavage finished with 12 while Crespo tallied 10 and Will Greiner hit three triples for nine.
Warwick knocked..., nay, pounded on the door Friday night at Township. But the Blue Streaks turned the Warriors away in an 89-85 double overtime victory.
In the third period, the Warriors cut a two-point halftime deficit in half and outscored the Streaks 17-16 in the fourth quarter, sending the game into OT. It was 15 points per side in the first extra period, forcing double overtime.
"That was just an amazing game," Johns commented. "There were a number of kids on both teams that made big plays over the course of the game. Each team was deep into its bench with kids who don't play a lot of minutes."
The lineup with which the Streaks finished was an entirely new one. With Crespo and Mellott out of the game for fouls, Johns called on young reserves.
"We were already missing our top three scorers," he explained. "We ended up with a lineup that not only hasn't played in a game, I don't think I've used them in practice.
"But those minutes for the guys who played Friday night will pay dividends in other games down the road," he added.
Township defeated Manheim Central in a non-league game on Saturday afternoon 53-40. The Streaks led 26-19 at the half and continued to play strong in the second half.
Mellott had a game-high 16. Crespo, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, finished with 15 points. Ridley added eight more.
Township had a make-up meet plus a scheduled one this past week, thereby swimming against both Penn Manor and Warwick in Section One swim meets.
The boys' team topped Manor 118-52 on Tuesday and beat Warwick two days later by 119-50.
Charlie Gingrich, Robert Perot, Christian Strine, Aidan Cliff made up the winning 200 medley relay team against Warwick. Gingrich, Cliff, George Hetrick and Conor Brenton won the 200 freestyle relay.
Perot was the 200- and 500-freestyle winner while Gingrich captured the 50 and 100 of the same stroke.
Gage Mandrell won the 100 breaststroke while Elijah Gocotano won the 100 back. The 100 butterfly went to Christian Strine.
Adrian Waplinger joined Gocotano, Strine and Connor Paladino for a win in the 200 medley relay versus Manor. Cliff and Hetrick paired up with Sergio Borrero, and Mitch Calhoun for a winning 200 free relay. Alonso Borrero was on the 400 free relay team with Hetrick, Calhou and Perot, who also went on to capture the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Gingrich and Mandrell won the 100 back and 200 free, respectively.
The girls' team topped Manor 122-48 and beat Warwick 104-66.
Hope Boldizar, Olivia Pyott, Amy Yunginger, Paige Newman formed the winning foursome in the 200 medley relay. Yunginger, Newman, Pyott and Allie Angheloiu swam to victory in the 200 free relay while Hope Boldizar and Eva Salembier had help from Newman and Angheloiu in winning the 400 relay.
Newman and Salembier won the 100- and 200-free, respectively, while Yunginger took the 200 IM. Morgan Wylie-Thal sprinted to victory at the 50 free. Diana Lamont won the 100 fly and Kirsten Geib topped them all in the 500 free. Boldizar came out a winner in the 100 backstroke.
Boldizar was also part of the 400 free relay team in the Warwick meet. She swam with Newman, Yunginger and Salembier. While the Warriors won the other two relays.
Yunginger won two solo events, the 100 back and 100 fly. Salembier did the same, winning the 500 free and 200 IM. Pyott won the 100 breaststroke and Newman the 200 free.
Both the boys and the girls improved to 2-0.
With perfect scores of 100 from Hana Musser and Graham Wolf, the air rifle team topped Governor Mifflin 496-479 on Thursday. The hosting Streaks were on target throughout the competition. Travis Krapf and Drew Chieppor each shot a 99 while Ben Fahrney finished at 98, helping their team improve to 4-2 on the year.
It was the second time on the week that Musser had hit the 100 mark and the second time that Township posted a score of 496. On Tuesday, the Streaks defeated Wilson 496-486.
In the win, Musser and Robert Wenger reached the century mark while Wolf and Fahrney each finished at 99. Chieppor was also solid, scoring 98 for his team.
Crespo Nets 17 in MT Victory Over Red Lion January 8, 2018
It was a conflict over the throne of England in the Fifteenth Century. The Houses of Lancaster and York, represented by a red rose and a white rose, respectively, were involved what became known as the War of the Roses.
However, because this is a sports article rather than one in a historical journal, let's get to the point - basketball points, to be specific.
In the War of the Roses Tournament, which was played at various venues this past weekend, the Manheim Township boys' basketball team topped Red Lion by a 57-50 score as Tyler Crespo poured in a team-high 17 points.
The Blue Streaks, who improved to 7-2 with the victory, defeated the Lions in the West York leg of the tournament. The Lions' Jamel Foster also scored 17 points to tie Crespo for the game's top scoring honors. Each player made a pair of three-point baskets.
The Lions held a two-point lead heading into the second quarter. In that stanza, the Streaks poured on 21 points and grabbed a 32-27 lead at intermission. Despite a 17-point surge by the Lions in the final period, the Streaks held on for the win.
Brendan Mellott also scored a pair of treys and finished with 10 points for Township. Tyler Vicidomini also scored 10 while Hilton Ridley and Reece Sachs each added seven points, including a three-pointer for Sachs. Tommy Mann's three points also came from three-point range while Cameron Mulcavage's three points all came from the free throw line.
The Streaks' previous game was on December 28 against another non-league opponent. Dallastown held off a second-half comeback by the Streaks in a 64-59 win in Neffsville.
By halftime, the Wildcats had doubled the three-point lead that they held after one quarter of play, leading 27-21 at the midway point. The Wildcats edged their hosts 19-18 in the third quarter, which helped hold off the Streaks' fourth-quarter run.
Crespo again shared the game's top scoring total - this time with teammate Mellott as well as Dallastown's Braden Caldwell. Each of them scored 15 points with Crespo drilling three treys.
Mulcavage added 10 more points while Will Greiner had half a dozen points - all from three-point range. Sachs scored five while a pair of buckets gave Vicidomini four for the game.
With senior Megan Baldassarre leading a varsity roster filled with experienced seniors, a trio of juniors plus a handful of underclassmen who find ways to contribute, the Manheim Township girls' team has bolted ahead to a 4-0 Section One record.
"It has been a good mix so far," head coach Sean Burkhart said. "Obviously we rely heavily on the seniors. But the underclassmen have a good feel of what their roles are. These have been the keys to our success.
"We have three starters back who played a lot last year," continued the coach. "Eden Miller, who is a starter now, played a ton of minutes last year."
The team's most recent L-L League victory was a 58-42 defeat of Cedar Crest prior to the winter break. In that December 22 contest at home, the Streaks and Falcons were in a close battle with the Streaks finishing one point ahead in each of the first two quarters. After a 12-8 run in the third and a strong 18-8 run in the fourth, they put away their section rival.
Baldassarre was finding ways to score, finishing with 19 points, which included a pair of three-pointers plus five more field goals. Fellow senior Olivia Matto racked up 18 points, including two treys and a 4-for-5 night at the foul line. Sophomore Katie Bushong came through with 12 points while senior Eden Miller made off with eight points.
In the two-day Ephrata Tournament on December 27-28, the Streaks improved their overall mark to 9-0 with wins on both nights. They edged Palmyra 56-51 on Wednesday and wrapped up the tourney with a 61-36 crushing of the host school on Thursday.
Matto led all scorers in the Ephrata game, finishing with 14 points. Her repertoire of scoring included a pair of treys and four shots from the charity stripe.
Baldassarre and Bushong each netted a dozen points while Alexcia Bryant added seven more. Miller and Alijiah Bonano each finished with six point and Ali Quinn scored four.
Against Palmyra, the Streaks outscored their opponent 13-8 in overtime to record the win. Palmyra came on strong in the fourth quarter, outscoring Township 17-8 to send it into overtime.
"They went on a scoring rampage in the fourth quarter and tied it up," Burkhart recalled. "We needed to actually get a stop at the end of the game to keep it tied. It was the first time in the season we were in that situation."
Circling back to his experienced squad and critical situations like the end of regulation against Palmyra, Burkhart stated, "The upperclassmen know what to do in certain situations. I am not so hard pressed to call a timeout in some situations because of what they've been through in their career."
Matto's 18-point total was tops in the game. Bushong added 14, including a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line, while Baldassarre's 12 points all came from the field. Miller chipped in with seven points and Bonano added four.
The Blue Streaks' game on Friday was postponed due to winter weather conditions. Burkhart looked to the teams that are only half a game behind the Streaks in the Section One standings - both Elizabethtown and Cedar Crest are 4-1.
"Hopefully, there will be some separation in the coming week," he said. "As long as we can handle our business, going into the second set of games against league teams, it will be tough but we are in control of our destiny. It's nice to not be looking up at another team to knock off the team at the top for us."
Township's air rifle team evened its record at 2-2 following a 494-487 win over Garden Spot on Friday.
In the victory, the Streaks' Jada Bender and the Spartans' Alex O'Neill were the leaders on their respective teams with O'Neill shooting a 98 and Bender registering a perfect score of 100.
Hana Musser shot a 99 while Drew Chieppor, Michael Buffa and Robert Wenger all finished with 98's.
The Streaks were coming off back-to-back matches that ended with a one-point difference. On December 22, despite Chieppor and Musser each hitting the century mark, the Streaks came up short against visiting Conestoga Valley in a 590-589 final. The closely-fought match required the sixth shooter's score to decide a victor.
Wenger had a 98 as did Chris Rettew while Travis Kraft finished with a 97 for the Streaks.
The Buckskins had four shooters finish with a 99.
On December 19, the Streaks edged Elizabethtown 492-491 with Wenger coming through at 100 while Chieppor, Kraft, Michael Shatto and Ben Fahrney each shot 98's. The Bears' Caleb Flores recorded a 100.
The Blue Streaks were coming off a very close Section One match with McCaskey when they squared off against Cocalico on Wednesday. In that McCaskey match, Township suffered a 38-36 loss to the Red Tornado as sophomores Micah Sams and Alex King each notched a pin as did returning junior David Over and senior Carter Hassan.
Over's pin came at 138 while King claimed the 160 pound fall in just 54 seconds. Hasson pinned at 182 while Sams turned the trick in the second period at 113. The Streaks claimed six uncontested points with a McCaskey forfeit at 220. However, they had to forfeit at 120 as well as 285.
Charlie Leidig battled his way through a tough bout at 145 before McCaskey's Andrew Vogelbacher claimed a 5-3 decision.
In the Cocalico match, the only Township points came on a 9-5 decision by Hasson (182), a Hayden Brennan pin at 106 and Leidig's 8-5 decision at 145. The Eagles won 59-12 as the Streaks fell to 0-4 in the league.
Manheim Township fell to 2-3 with a tough 5-2 loss to Hempfield in an L-L League game on Tuesday.
Township senior Emily Scheurich had the highest aggregate score on the lanes. She finished with a 634, which included a score of 219 in her third game. Schuerich also rolled a 211 earlier.
The Knights were led by Mackenzie Kirchner and Katelyn Musselman who bowled 630 and 629, respectively.
Streaks Claim First Ever District Football Title December 11, 2017
The Manheim Township football team claimed its first ever District Three championship trophy on Saturday night, defeating Cumberland Valley in the Class 6A title game at Hersheypark Stadium.
The Blue Streaks held on for a 24-21 defeat of the Eagles, who had suffered a loss in last year's championship game with Wilson.
It was in fact, the first time a Township team has come this far into the post-season. The Blue Streaks improved to 12-1 with the win and will face Pine Richland - the District Seven 6A champ - on Saturday afternoon at Altoona in a PIAA 6A playoff game.
"First one in our school history," said Grayson Sallade, the Township running back who scored the team's third touchdown of the game. "It's great for everyone in the program. This is one of hardest working group of guys you'll see. The hard work paid off."
Township got on the board first after the defense came up with a huge play, sacking CV quarterback Jared Plessinger and causing a fumble, which the Streaks recovered on the Eagles' 32-yard line.
The Streaks moved the ball 10 yards, including Luke Emge's quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-one, earning a fresh set of downs at the CV 22. Emge, who completed eight of his first 10 passes, promptly passed the ball into the hands of a perfectly positioned Xavier Roman for a touchdown.
The Blue Streaks' second scoring drive was jump started not by a great defensive play, but a big play on special teams. The Eagles had lined up for a 28-yard field goal, which lineman James Starer blocked.
The bouncing ball was scooped up by Sallade, who galloped 30 yards before being finally brought down at the Cumberland Valley 49-yard line.
"I picked it up and started running; I wasn't sure if it was live or not," Sallade laughed. "Tonight we blocked a field goal; we made a field goal.... We practice a lot on special teams and it pays off. It's important to play all three facets of the game - offense, defense and special teams."
The drive to make the score 14-0 was sustained by two fourth-down conversions. On a fourth-and-three, Emge connected with Rece Bender for the senior's second reception of the night. The 14-yarder gave MT a first down at the 28. Another fourth-down attempt resulted in a nine-yard toss to Sallade for a first down.
"We've done a good job on fourth down all season," Emge said. "We have faith in the plays the coaches are calling."
"We were talking with the coaches, 'Hey can we go for it on fourth-down,'" said head coach Mark Evans. "We were making sure we were getting everything in line."
Emge, who finished the night with 14 completions on 21 attempts and 162 yards, threw a 20-yard TD pass to Hilton Ridley for Township's second score of the game with 4:05 to play in the first half.
Plessinger completed 15 of 23 passes for 209 yards on the night for CV. He was able to exploit one-on-one coverages on his star receiver Charlie Katshir, hitting the 6-foot-3 senior eight times, including some for big gains. A pair of those big passes came in the Eagles' ensuing possession when Katshir caught a 33-yard pass and the eventual 31-yard touchdown from Plessinger.
The only scoring in the third quarter was a Jack Rodenberger 27-yard field goal, extending Township's lead to 17-7 with 21 seconds left in the period. It was set up with Township earning great field position after forcing the Eagles to go three-and-out on their first possession of the period.
Prior to the Eagles' possession, the Streaks got things going on a Sallade 29-yard kickoff return to start the half. The senior running back, who finished with 23 carries for 102 yards, helped chew up the clock as Township made it to the Eagles' 16-yard line. After incomplete pass attempts into the end zone, Rodenberger's field goal was just wide from 33 yards out.
The Eagles did manage to make it a tight game on their only other possession of the third quarter. The drive, which carried into the fourth stanza, was aided by a 44-yard pass to Katshir. The team reached the Township 22 where Plessinger hit Cole McCoy for a TD.
The Streaks responded with a nine-play, 78-yard drive that ended on Sallade's 10-yard rushing touchdown with 6:50 left to play. It was 24-14 Township.
Emge commented on the offensive line's contribution on plays such as Sallade's rushing touchdown as well as the big fourth-down conversions earlier in the game.
"They're unbelievable," he said. "All year long they've set the tone. They're the reason we're here right now. Every time I'm running the ball, I know there's going to be a big hole for me. The offensive line does an amazing job."
Though the Streaks intercepted Plessinger at their own one-yard line with 4:51 to play in the game and managed to chew up another 2:09 before turning it over on a punt, the CV quarterback brought his team back on a 55-yard drive that ended on a three-yard run by Katshir.
The ensuing onside kick by the Eagles, scooted along the turf and into the sure hands of Emge.
"We knew it was coming," Emge said of the kickoff strategy. "I didn't expect it to come right at me. We just trusted that whoever it went to would make the play. I was able to help the team."
"Against a good football team, you can't panic," Evans added. "We talked about it a lot - staying focused and doing what we do."
"You know we've been working hard to finally turn the corner and I think we did that today," Sallade said.
Streaks Top Wilson, Advance to District Finals November 19, 2017
Manheim Township's football team ended a streak earlier this season, becoming the first team to defeat the Wilson Bulldogs in a Lancaster-Lebanon League regular season game since ..., well, since the Blue Streaks of 2007.
Four weeks following that 38-14 defeat of Wilson at Manheim Township, the Streaks played host to the Bulldogs again. Friday's game was a District Three Class 6A semifinal game and the result was another win over Wilson. Luke Emge threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Township won 28-14. The victory propelled the Streaks to their ever District Three championship game, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 25 at Hersheypark Stadium.
"First time in school history," head coach Mark Evans noted. "I'm elated for these guys. They're such a special group - the comraderie they have and the fun they're having. They will leave an incredible legacy behind at Manheim Township."
The Streaks took an early lead with Emge hitting Rece Bender with a 24-yard touchdown strike 1:47 into the game.
"Rece Bender had one heck of a catch," Evans commented.
The coach explained how the team's offensive scheme was executed as planned, leading to the win.
"We did some shifting and motioning - shifting we had not shown - and it was one of those things where the things we put together played to our strengths," he explained. "Our guys picked it up so well. They find a way to make it work when you throw new wrinkles at them.
"We ran some split options with [halfback] Grayson Sallade and Luke," Evans continued. "Everyone is focusing on Grayson, so he was the designated decoy in the game. They each had some big runs for us."
Late in the first quarter, the Bulldogs (8-4) tied the score on Chris Roberson's 27-yard touchdown reception from Connor Uhrig. It came with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
The Township offense went back to work as Emge & Company matriculated the ball up the field for the go-ahead score - a four-yard rushing touchdown by Sallade - with only 13 seconds remaining in the period. Jack Rodenberger's PAT kick made it 14-7.
The Streaks had another touchdown, which they got in just under the wire. It came with only 28 seconds left in the second quarter as Emge lunged over the goal line from a yard out, making it 21-7 in favor of the home team at halftime.
"We grounded it out when we had to," Evans said. "Luke needs something like 60 rushing yards for 2,000 on his career."
Emge ran the ball 10 times for 111 yards. He completed eight passes for 113 yards, including the two TD's. Bender caught three of Emge's completions and gained 51 receiving yards. Sallade ran the ball 26 times for 45 yards.
The two sides exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter with Wilson scoring on Iggy Reynoso's big 36-yard run and Hilton Ridley hauling in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Emge.
"We went for it on fourth down on our own 40 and didn't get it, giving them a short field," Evans said, referring to Wilson's second scoring drive. "The only two scores they had were assignment busts by us. We had a blown coverage and the next time our tackle left a huge whole. Take away the two busted plays and our defense played stellar,
"Defense wins championships and we're getting strong defensive play," Evans added. "Friday night we also had key special teams play. Jack Rodenberger kicked and punted very well for us."
Speaking of keys to success, Evans likes to talk about the guys in the proverbial trenches - namely the offensive linemen. They've been instrumental in Township's 11-1 record and subsequent success by individuals like Emge and Sallade.
"Those guys have played together for a long time," Evans said. "It's a good group. If you look at team success, if you have a lot of guys who have a lot of starts together, that usually equals success. If you look at the starts among the O-Line, you are looking at a team with a solid season. Our defensive linemen deserve a lot of credit too. Some of those guys also play on offensive line."
Asked about the accomplishment of defeating Wilson a second time this year where L-L League teams had failed to top the Bulldogs in 68 previous tries, Evans classified it as just getting a win over another formidable foe.
"I think at this point, when you're looking at what you're doing in the playoffs, it doesn't matter what you did during the year," he said. "They [Wilson] had motivation to win. For us at this point, we're focusing on the next opponent."
As for that next opponent, which is Cumberland Valley, the Township coach added, "This is something you don't want to see end. Unless you win it all, you're ending the season on a loss now. You have to win your district to move on to states and that's our goal."
Streaks Blank CD, Advance to 6A Semifinals November 13, 2017
Manheim Township moves on to play in the District Three Class 6A semifinals thanks to a 28-0 shutout of Central Dauphin on Friday night. The Blue Streaks, who closed out the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record against their Section One opponents, improved to 10-1 while the Rams ended their season at 6-5. In fact, the Rams' season opener was played at Manheim Township - a game the Streaks won 17-14 on September 1.
Head coach Mark Evans credited the defense with playing an outstanding game.
"Our defense kept us in the game," Evans said. "They had a convincing performance. Our defense allowed one first down in the first quarter and they [the Rams] didn't get one again until the fourth quarter."
Quarterback Luke Emge was one of the offensive starts for Manheim Township. The senior signal caller scored two rushing touchdowns and threw two TD passes, having a part in all four Township scores. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 142 yards.
Emge ran it in from 20 yards out to give his team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He threw an eight-yard TD pass to Brett Benjamin and a 10-yarder to Grayson Sallade for a pair of second-quarter scores. Jack Rodenberger's perfect day kicking PAT's helped make it 21-0 at the half.
Evans pointed to the sloppy play on offense and the need to clean up the errors - namely, turnovers.
"We almost beat ourselves a few times - turning the ball over five times," he said. "We had three takeaways defensively.
"We had a plus-10 turnover ratio coming into this game," continued the coach. "Now it's plus eight. It was an ugly win. But I would rather win ugly than lose pretty."
The Rams were held scoreless after having averaged 37.3 points in their six regular-season wins.
"I talked to our kids all week long, saying we couldn't take them for granted," Evans said. "They're a solid football team and for us to do what we did to them was unexpected. I felt confident that we could win. But I felt that we would have to perform very well, which our kids did.
"We've played Central Dauphin nine times in the past six years," continued the coach. "Twice in the playoffs they ended our season."
Township's regular season included decisive victories - some of which were 45 points or higher. One such win was the 38-14 defeat of the Wilson Bulldogs, who had won 68 straight Lancaster-Lebanon League regular-season games up to that point. The Bulldogs defeated Red Lion 42-7 in their opening-round game and will visit Manheim Township a second time.
"Now we have to try to do it twice," Evans said. "We know they're going to come in here fired up. We just have to go out there and do what we do best.
"It was great to get that first one out of the way," Evans said of the first-round game.
The Blue Streaks featured a trio of golfers who earned medals at the PIAA Class-AAA championships at Heritage Hills in York. Ellen Wager, Jacob Macinanti and Trey Kuntz were the medal recipients.
"I was extremely proud of their performances, "said head coach Steve Brenner. "All three are very talented players and they showed it at states.
"We were the only team there to have three players represented, which is a great accomplishment," Brenner added.
Macinanti finished ninth overall with a five-over par 74 in the state tournament. Kuntz finished 10th with a 77 at seven-over par in the two-day tournament on Monday and Tuesday, October 23-24.
Wager had a strong Monday but her shots weren't falling in as easily on Tuesday. She was 10-over par after being at even-par following Monday's holes. The junior finished in fifth place among the girls.
"To have them all finish in the top-10 and earn medals was icing on the cake," Brenner said. "It was also a great way for Trey and Jacob to end their high school careers."
The Blue Streaks came up short in a defensive battle with Downingtown West in a late afternoon playoff game on Tuesday. The Whippets had outscored their prior three opponents by an aggregate score of 11-1 en route to winning the District One title.
However, the Township defense held the Whippets to one second-half goal in this battle.
The Streaks end their season with a 15-9-0 record.
The squad says good-bye to seniors like leading goal scorer Asia Weaver (30 goals, 9 assists) as well as Katie Yoder (6 goals, 13 assists), Lexi Smith (4, 10), Lindsey Koser (7, 2) Emily Kurtz (1, 7), Olivia Witmer and Meredith Schultz, who had a pair of assists. Among those potentially returning is junior goalie Cat Wilson, who racked up 83 saves.
MT Football Claims First Section Title in 10 Yrs. November 6, 2017
The Streaks blew away Penn Manor in the regular-season finale on Friday night at Manheim Township. Defeating their Lancaster-Lebanon League foe 62-14, the Streaks (9-1) stayed unbeaten in Section One play with a 7-0 mark, claiming their first section title in 10 years.
The season isn't over, however, as the Streaks will host Central Dauphin on Friday night in the opening round of the District Three Class 6A playoffs. The Rams (6-4) go in as the seventh seed against second-ranked Manheim Township. In the regular-season opener, the Streaks edged the Rams 17-14 in a non-league game at home.
"We're on a path to accomplish more of the goals we have set for ourselves," said head coach Mark Evans. "We continue to keep our eyes on our goals and to work hard for them."
This victory marked the sixth time the Township offense has scored 45 or more points this year.
"You can throw your record out the window now," Evans remarked. "It's the playoffs and everybody is putting their best foot forward. It's what we call our second season and every opponent from now on is going to be tougher.
"Our kids did a great job," Evans said of the Penn Manor game. "All three phases of the game did well - offense, defense and special teams. There were still mistakes being made, but they were fixable mistakes. We keep challenging the kids to stay consistent. So we work on eliminating mistakes."
Speaking of every aspect of the team doing well, the Streaks had two defensive touchdowns as Xavier Roman had a 28-yard interception return and Brett Benjamin scooped up a fumble, which he returned 39 yards for another defensive TD.
"Yes, we had a pick six and a scoop-and-score," Evans laughed. "The ball came loose and got kicked around. Next thing you know, Brett Benjamin is picking it up and taking it to the house."
Township scored 42 points in the first half, including four touchdowns in the second quarter.
Roman caught a 70-yard TD pass from Luke Emge to open the scoring. Grayson Sallade scored each of the next two touchdowns on big running plays, scoring from 66 yards and 59 yards out. Sallade finished with 11 carries for 170 yards.
Jack Rodenbeger's perfect conversion of PAT kicks was good up until the game's final touchdown where the Comets blocked the kick.
Taraje Whitfield's 50-yard dash to the Township end zone put Penn Manor on the scoreboard. The Streaks responded with Benjamin's "scoop-and-score" and later added a two-yard TD run by James Starer.
Roman's pick-six and Jaden Floyd's five-yard TD run added to Township's lead. Zack Gerard finished the scoring on a one-yard touchdown carry.
Emge completed five of seven pass attempts for 140 yards and the two touchdowns. Bryce Casey had six carries for 32 yards. Josh Emge ran the ball three times for 28 yards and caught an 11-yard pass as well while Sam Emge had 22 yards on four carries.
Rece Bender caught two passes for a total of 35 yards. Benjamin had a 22-yard reception while Hilton Ridley caught a 13-yard pass.
Many of us have heard the classic call by Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully, describing a World Series game-winning home run by saying, "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
Though the World Series has nothing to do with high school soccer, the successful run by the Manheim Township girls' team can be described in similar ways.
"Outside of our coaches, our players and some of the families of our players, nobody thought we would have this good a season," said head coach Terry Law.
The Streaks were so close to qualifying for the PIAA Class-AAAA state playoffs, but came up one victory shy.
It was a heartbreaking loss for a team that wrapped up its 2017 season with an 18-3-3 record. The Streaks, who entered the district playoffs as the fourth-ranked team, suffered only their second loss of the season on Tuesday against Governor Mifflin in the district semifinals. They still had a chance to reach the state tournament as the district's third-place team. However, Central Dauphin came back to win 2-1 in Saturday's match at Northeastern High School.
Lauren Currey scored twice in the final 13 minutes of the match to give the Rams (18-4) the victory. Township had put the first goal of the game on the scoreboard when senior Julia Mason scored off an Alison Heckman assist in the second half.
"Currey is a strong, dynamic forward," Law commented. "On the second goal, one of our kids went for the tackle and Currey stayed on her feet."
Township reeled off eight shots on goal with CD goalie Cassy Baker making seven saves. Delaney McKnight had four saves for Township.
"We started out slow," said Law. "When the game first started, we scrambled. We were fortunate to reach the half tied 0-0. They had six or seven shots in the first half and created dangerous situations. We had no shots.
"We made a couple of adjustments at halftime," continued the coach. "The kids stepped up and we were the better team. We went up by one."
The Streaks battled to the very end to keep their season going.
"We certainly never gave up," said Law. "We were pounding on the door for the last seven minutes of the game after they went up 2-1. We dominated for that stretch, but just didn't finish."
Law went on to comment on the experience of coaching a great group of players.
"It was a great group of kids to be around," he said. "They gave their best every day.
"The seniors brought so much to the program in their four-year stint," he added. "They helped some of the younger players develop into their roles."
Of course, it would have been nice to keep the season rolling along.
"As we headed into the league playoffs, you hope to reach the championship," he said. "After winning that, you're hoping for more. We were overachievers.
"To come away with only three losses in a season is remarkable," Law added.
The Township squad played Governor Mifflin in the semis on Tuesday at Hamburg. Though they out-shot the Mustangs 8-5, the Streaks were unable to score in a 1-0 loss. The only goal of the game came in the 12th minute.
The Township girls' team finished second at the state championship race on Saturday. In the PIAA Class-AAA meet at Parkview, the Blue Streaks compiled 123 team points while Fox Chapel won it with 104 points.
Township actually drew even with Oakland Catholic with those 123 points. However, the sixth-place runner rule tipped the scales in the Streaks' favor. That sixth runner for Township was Chloe Kline, who finished 77th with a time of 20:15.
Leading the way for Township was the duo of Ava Pasewicz and Anabelle Lapp. They finished at 19:49, with Pasewicz a stride ahead of Lapp as she took 36th place.
Seniors Kira Jenkins (39th, 19:50), Cassandra Wilk (44th, 19:55) and Sam Side (56th, 20:01) helped fortify the strong position for the Streaks.
In the boys' race, Ian Miller ran individually and finished 77th at 17:01.
The PIAA Class 3A individual tennis championships got underway on Thursday at the Hershey Racquet Club. The Streaks were represented by senior Kate Moore and sophomore Taylor Kopan.
In the opening round, Kopan cruised by Indra Alagar of Obama Academy in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 whereas Moore came up short against Saige Roshkoff of Harriton.
Facing District Eleven champ Elessa Jacobs of Easton in the quarterfinals, Kopan was on the losing end of 6-1, 6-2 sets
Township tennis was also represented at the PIAA doubles championships. In Friday's preliminaries, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin moved past their opponents with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. In the quarterfinals, however, the District Three's top twosome suffered a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against SydneyLund and Haylie Laff of Central Bucks East. The CBE teammates went on to finish fourth in states.
The Blue Streaks will enter the PIAA Class-AAA field hockey playoffs as the fourth-place team out of District Three. In Saturday's consolation match at Lower Dauphin, the Streaks suffered a 2-1 loss to Hershey.
Meanwhile, Section One rival Penn Manor claimed the District Three 3A trophy with a 3-0 shutout of Lower Dauphin at Milton Hershey School.
Earlier in the week, Lower Dauphin had defeated Township 1-0 in the semifinals.
On Tuesday afternoon, District One champion Downingtown West will face Township in the first round of the state playoffs. The game will be held at West Chester East High School.
Lady Booters Top Warwick, Wilson in Districts October 30, 2017
"It's win or go home time," was how Manheim Township girls' soccer coach Terry Law described this stage of the season.
Though he wasn't creating the oft-used phrase, Law was plainly describing the intensity of the games his squad is playing now that the Blue Streaks are two rounds into the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs.
The Streaks improved to 17-1-3 with their 2-1 victory over Warwick and advanced to the district quarterfinals. Tuesday's win on Township's home turf featured a goal and an assist by Alison Heckman.
"They shrink the field and play an aggressive offside trap against us," Law said of Warwick - a team they had played twice in the regular season. "We would normally send runners early and I think they trapped us three times in the first half and twice in the second.
"Fortunately, we had a good officiating crew who were right on the line where they needed to be," Law continued.
Offside trap or not, Gabi Brown got through the Warriors' defense 26 minutes into the match and scored off a Heckman assist. The Streaks carried this lead into the second half but Mickayla Harris scored the equalizer seven minutes into the second half.
"We had about a 90-second spell in the second half where we got out of sorts and didn't come out of the defensive third the way we normally would," Law said. "They got a corner kick and turned it into a goal."
The eventual winning goal came on a penalty kick with 11 minutes left to play.
"Alison found Gabi on an angled through ball," Law described. "Their keeper came out and took her out; she never touched the ball. It was a clear penalty."
With Brown still hurting, Heckman took the penalty shot and scored.
"It wasn't like we could sit on the ball with a little less than 12 minutes to go," Law added. "We had to keep playing. Our keeper did a great job as did our defense. Kyra Rishell and Sydney Hoover are both freshmen. The two other backs are seniors Marissa Bennett and Lindsay Kohl. They've grown as a group and galvanized in their approach to the game.
"Without having those four with the way they've played, we wouldn't be where we are," he commented.
Delaney McKnight had five saves for Township.
"They played us tough the other two times we played," said Law. "The first one was a double overtime 1-1 draw; the other one we won 1-0 in overtime. So they were real battles.
"Honestly, you hate to play someone from your own section in districts," he continued. "You're hoping to see new teams."
The Streaks' next game was a quarterfinal match against Wilson at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday.
Township prevailed 1-0 as Heckman scored a late goal while McKnight made seven saves in the shutout.
The fourth-seeded Streaks will face Governor Mifflin - the number nine seed - in the semis.
The field hockey team needed overtime to claim Saturday's quarterfinal-round match at Milton Hershey School. The sixth-seeded Blue Streaks and the third-seeded Cumberland Valley Eagles both had a first-round bye.
Township prevailed 1-0 on Asia Weaver's goal early in the overtime period and improved to 15-6.
"We maintained possession for the majority of the game," head coach Renee Suter said. "They had some opportunities, especially with two corners near the end.
"Our defense - Emily Kurtz, Olivia Witmer and Meredith Schultz - and our goalkeeper Cat Wilson have been excellent," she added.
"We talked about possessing the ball in overtime," Suter explained. "The girls passed the ball to Asia Weaver in the circle and she got the ball in the corner of the goal."
Lexi Smith provided the assist as the Streaks not only reached the district semis but also qualified for the PIAA Class AAA tournament. The top four teams from the district qualify for states.
The Streaks' next game will be against Lower Dauphin.
"They're a well-coached team - a team that consistently goes deep into the post-season," Suter said of the Rams.
With an astounding 67 team points, the girls' cross country squad raced to first place in the District Three Class-AAA championship at Big Spring on Saturday. The boys' team finished 15th with 419 points.
Cassandra Wilk's ninth-place finish was tops for Township. She ran a 19:23. The top five runners for the girls finished under 20:00.
Ava Pasewicz (19:32), Anabelle Lapp (19:33) and Kira Jenkins (19:36) claimed 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively. Sam Side was 21st at 19:41.
Rounding out the team was Chloe Kline (32nd, 20:01) and Shannon Elias (40th, 20:16).
Ian Miller's eighth-place time of 16:30 was tops for the Township boys. Drew Sassaman (57th, 17:21) and Tim Antonacci (113th 17:56) ran second and third for the Streaks while Jarrid McKenzie (18:06) and Elias Fox (18:18) rounded out the top five. Also competing was Braden Schuyler (18:28).
Manheim Township remained undefeated in L-L League play and maintained sole possession of first place in Section One with its 61-14 victory at Lebanon on Friday night. The victory improved the Blue Streaks' league record to 6-0. With one more regular season game to go, the Streaks are 8-1 overall.
Six different players scored rushing touchdowns for Manheim Township in a game where the mercy rule was exercised in the second half - not something new for a team that has outscored opponents 179-42 over its past four games.
"In seven of our nine games, the mercy rule has been invoked," pointed out head coach Mark Evans.
"Well, one of those was with Governor Mifflin," Evans laughed, noting that one of those games had the Blue Streaks on the losing end. "So, in six of our eight wins, we had our young guys finishing the games. Our starters were out.
"As far as being able to give them rest, it speaks volumes about our program," continued the coach. "I hope it results in and factors into having our players stay healthy and fresh for the post-season. We got a lot of kids a taste of Friday night lights - it bodes well for building a program."
Xavier Roman and Brett Benjamin each caught a TD pass from starting quarterback Luke Emge. The senior signal caller completed 12-of-19 pass attempts for 157 yards, including a pair of completions for 47 yards to junior Hilton Ridley.
Cameron Horst was the leading ground gainer for Township, churning up 61 yards of real estate on 10 carries. He scored one of the six rushing TD's as did senior Grayson Sallade, who finished with 49 yards on seven carries.
Luke Emge ran the ball six times for 38 yards while Josh Emge came in for one running play - his 10-yard rushing touchdown.
The Streaks also scored on Bryce Casey's touchdown run. The sophomore finished with 31 yards on five carries. Drake Puffenbarger, who had 21 yards on four carries, also scored as did Ethan Hurst on his two-yard surge over the Cedars' goal line.
The touchdowns by Hurst and Puffenbarger were special ones. That is, if you're familiar with these names on the Township roster. Puffenbarger is a 6-foot-4, 240-lb linebacker and tight end. Hurst is an offensive lineman.
"Ethan is a left guard," Evans said. "I made a bet with him that if we beat Wilson [which Township did on October 20], I would give him a chance to score a touchdown."
The head coach was true to his word.
The Streaks will close out the regular season on their home turf against Penn Manor before heading into the District Three Class 6A playoffs. Manheim Township is currently riding a six-game win streak, and is ranked second in the district behind Cumberland Valley (8-1).
"A lot can still happen in the final week of the season with the teams that are below us," Evans said. "We just need to take care of our own and stay focused on the game ahead."
The girls' tennis team suffered a close 3-2 loss in the PIAA Class-AAA state quarterfinals on Friday. In an afternoon match played at Hershey Racquet Club, Mt. Lebanon posted a victory to halt the brilliant season this Township team had put together.
Mount Lebanon won both doubles matches, making it a very close match at number two doubles as Lizzie McBride and Lauren Martin suffered a 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (3) defeat.
Julia Darkey won her number one singles match 6-0, 6-0 and Taylor Kopan won her singles match 6-0, 6-1.
Kate Moore came up short at second singles in 6-2, 6-4 finals. The Streaks record goes to 19-1.
Earlier in the week, they defeated Downingtown West by a 4-1 score in the opening round at Hershey Racquet Club.
Manheim Township's season came to an end on Tuesday with a first-round loss to Chambersburg in the opening round of the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs. The Blue Streaks wrap up their season with a 9-9-1 record as the Trojans posted a 1-0 victory on their home turf.
The Trojans entered the district tournament as the seventh seed. With their win over 10th-seeded MT and another 1-0 shutout in the quarterfinals, the Trojans improved to 12-3-4 with a semifinal match scheduled against Ephrata at Hersheypark Stadium.
Township's season ended with a 3-0 loss to Cumberland Valley in district playoffs. The Eagles topped the Streaks 25-12, 25-13 and 25-11.
The Streaks wrapped up their season with a 6-10 mark.
Simone Saker, Trinity Tull, Claire Hummel and Megan Baldassarre each notched a pair of kills while Hummel also registered a block. Alice Thorsen led the team with five digs while Eva Mancini had an ace and eight assists. Nicolina Kondos also served up one ace.
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.