Township Lacrosse Teams Claim District Titles May 25, 2018
That is what you can call the Manheim Township lacrosse teams - District Three champions.
On Thursday night, the Township girls' team battled past Wilson for a 13-9 triumph to claim its first district crown since 2014. In doing so, the Blue Streaks exacted revenge against the team that had beaten them 10-9 in overtime a year ago for the district trophy.
Township now takes its 22-1 record into the PIAA Class-AAA state playoffs. Wilson will do so with a 21-2 mark.
What was also remarkable in the Township championship run was their 16-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in the semifinal match at Hershey on Tuesday. The defense stopped one of the most potent offensive units in the district.
"We have players on defense who are very fast and athletic," stated head coach Mark Pinkerton. "This allows us to play an aggressive zone that is hard for teams to drive against.
"We anticipate well and work together as a unit, which is a key to playing our aggressive scheme."
As she has done throughout the season, Township senior goalie Haley McCullough anchored the defense in both the CV game and the win over Wilson.
"Haley runs the defense and is playing at a high level in the post-season," said Pinkerton. "There are very few goalies at any level who can do what Haley does with the ball in her stick. She does a great job of getting us out and running on breaks. She's the complete goalie."
She had eight saves in the Cumberland Valley match while the offense was led by Maris Large, Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan.
Large had four goals and an assist. McBride also scored four times while Kopan had two assists to go along with a hat trick.
Single goals were scored by Liz Musser (2a), Lucy Svetec, Megan Rice, Ashlyn Campagna (2a) and Shannon Elias.
In the title game, the Streaks took a slim one-goal lead into the second half then reeled off five goals to open things up.
Kopan scored four times while Large (3 goals, 2 assists) contributed to five scores. Svetec and McBride each scored twice and dished out an assist.
"It's a truly balanced team throughout with no weak links," Pinkerton said. "The offense knows how to move the ball quickly in motion with excellent stick work. All seven are a threat as feeder or finisher. I can't mention a standout player or two because everyone on the field is a significant talent."
As for the boys' team, after having missed the opportunity to hoist the District Three Class-AAA championship trophy for two consecutive years, the Blue Streaks reclaimed the district title.
Their last one came on May 21, 2015 with a defeat of Cumberland Valley. Two years and two days later, on the turf at Central Dauphin Middle School, the Streaks defeated the same opponent - this time by an 11-5 margin.
Wednesday night's victory improved Township's record to 22-1 on the year - a season where the second victory of the year was a 12-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in a non-league battle.
Township struck early and carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter of Wednesday's finale. The two teams exchanged goals before halftime, but the Blue Streaks increased the lead to 7-3 by the end of the third.
Zach Diamond, with six goals, was the leading scorer in the match. Sean Curcio dished out four assists and added one goal. Also contributing: Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Grayson Sallade (1g, 1a) and Solen Layser (1g).
Though the Eagles out-shot the Streaks, it was goalie Caton Johnson (11 saves) anchoring the defense for Township.
The Streaks were coming off a semi-final round victory over the Wilson Bulldogs on Monday. The game was played at Penn Manor's Comet Field while Penn Manor was facing Cumberland Valley in the other semifinal game at Hershey High School.
For Township, beating the Bulldogs was payback for Wilson winning the district title each of the past two seasons, beating the Blue Streaks in the championship match.
The Streaks broke out of a 2-2 tie and carried a 4-2 lead into the second half. They poured on five more goals in the second half, registering a 9-3 win. In fact, it was only 5-2 Township heading into the fourth quarter.
Defending against Township was not easy for the Bulldogs as Diamond recorded a hat trick while Sallade (2a) and Tre Freeman added two goals each. Curcio (1g, 3a), Tommy Mann (1g), and Newman (1a) also contributed.
Cameron Magalotti's hat trick accounted for Wilson's three goals.
Johnson made five saves for Township.
MT Boys' Lax Team Advances to District Semis May 21, 2018
The Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team has made its way to the District Three Class-AAA semifinals thanks to a second-round victory over Red Lion on Thursday evening. The Blue Streaks, who entered the district playoffs as the number two seed, crushed the 10th-seeded Lions 16-2, taking an 8-0 lead into the second half and continuing to pour it on.
"We got out to a slow start. It was 1-0 after the first quarter," said head coach Dan Lyons. "The guys were really dialed in after the first quarter."
From Sean Curcio's four-goal game to hat tricks by Zach Diamond, who also had an assist, and Tre Freeman, the offense was firing on all cylinders.
"Tre Freeman is a great off-ball attacker," Lyons remarked. "He knows how to get into dangerous places so other guys can set him up.
"He's automatic anywhere from eight yards out," continued the coach. "He's a smart off-ball player and he has great hands. So, we'll sometimes jam the ball inside to him."
Two more players - Grayson Sallade and Bryce Hutchinson - had multiple goals, tallying two each, helping the Streaks improve to 19-1 on the year. Sallade and Will Hurley chipped in with one assist each. Hurley and Tommy Mann each slipped in one shot past Lions' goalie Nick Serrano.
"Their goalie was spectacular," said Lyons, giving credit to Serrano's effort. "He made 27 saves in the game."
Caton Johnson saved nearly everything that came his way, denying eight of Red Lion's 10 shots on goal.
"Caton has been consistently good all year long - not too many ups and downs," Lyons commented. "That's how he has been for all four years."
Lyons even complimented his goalie in looking back to Township's lone loss of the season so far - a non-league loss at Avon Grove on April 21.
"He played great in some of our tougher games - like Avon Grove and Parkland," Lyons said. "We lost to Avon Grove but he kept us in the game. They got some goals when we pulled the goalie."
Being the second seed, the Blue Streaks rested while other lower-seeded teams played the first round on Monday. The Township match with Red Lion was actually scheduled for Wednesday but was rescheduled due to rain.
"It definitely helped," Lyons said of the additional days of rest. "We played in the league final, so the extra day of rest was key."
The Streaks will be on a familiar turf in their semifinal match. They'll be at Penn Manor's Comet Field where they'll face the third-seeded Wilson Bulldogs.
Meanwhile, Penn Manor's team, which upset top-seed Central York by a 9-8 score on the road in the first round, will face Cumberland Valley. The losing teams will square off in a consolation match, which will decide the district's third-seeded team in the PIAA's.
The girls' lacrosse team has also made it to the semifinals in similar fashion. On Thursday, the top-seeded Blue Streaks (20-1), who had a first-round bye earlier in the week, demolished Central Dauphin 21-5. Manheim Township played host to the eighth-seeded Rams. They started with 14 goals in the first half and finished off the dominant victory.
Lizzie McBride was remarkable, scoring four goals and assisting on four more. Lucy Svetec was one of four players to register a hat trick. She also assisted on three goals.
Hat tricks came off the sticks of Liz Musser, Taylor Kopan and Maris Large, who also added an assist. Also scoring was Ashlyn Campagna (2 goals, 1 assist), Shannon Elias, (2g, 3a) and Ariana Bablitz (1g).
Abbie Moist assisted on two goals while Grier Walker and Erica Scott each registered one.
Meredith Cardina came through with seven saves in goal. Haley McCullough and Isabella Drolet finished with one save each.
The semifinal match will be held at Hershey where the Blue Streaks will play Cumberland Valley.
Mackenzie Horn not only finished first in the pole vault event in Friday's District Three Class-AAA championships, she also set a district and state record with her 13-foot-7.25 gold medal effort. In doing so, she qualilfied for the state championships this weekend. Sydney Horn also qualified for states with her seventh place, 11-foot effort.
Horn also went on to earn a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, registering a time of 14.87 seconds.
The two-day district championships, which were held at Shippensburg University on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, placed the Township girls' team eighth overall with 25 team points while L-L League rival Warwick claimed the team title with 73 points.
The Township boys' team also compiled 25 points and finished sixth while Mechanicsburg's 51 team points earned the Wildcats first place.
Other top finishers for the Township girls included Leah Sassaman, who earned third place in the 300m hurdles (45.33) and Delaney McKnight's 4-10 high jump, which was good for seventh. McKnight also earned 10th in the long jump at 16-4.5.
Kyra Rishell triple jumped 35-5.5 for 11th place.
In the boys' field events, Township's Titan Cox took fifth in the long jump at 21-1.75. Pat Cloonan tossed the discus 142-0 to take seventh and Cloonan, who's a senior, claimed 12th in the shot put with a 46-1.5 heave.
In the boys' relays, Township's 4x400 team was made up of Velozwong, Maurer, Peter Carrigan and Noah Tull combined for a time of 3:24.38 and finished in fifth place.
The 4x800 relay, which was made up of Tim Antonacci, Ian Miller, Anderson Velozwong and Gavin Maurer, finished in eighth-place with a time of 8:12.90.
The 4x100 team of Carrigan, Cox, Carrigan and Huy Nguyen clocked a 43.86, finishing ninth.
Miller starred in the 3,200 with his third-place time of 9:35.92. Antonacci went on to claim eighth in the 800, with a time of 2:00.38.
Russinko earned fifth place, sprinting 200 meters at a 22.73 clip. Evan Dorenkamp's pace of 4:24.69 in the 1,600 was good for sixth place.
Township Battles Section One Champ Comets May 15, 2018
Township hosted Penn Manor in a Section One softball game on Tuesday afternoon in Neffsville. With consecutive three-run innings to start the ballgame, the Comets went on to defeat the Streaks 12-5. It was Manor's ninth consecutive victory over a Lancaster-Lebanon League opponent, improving their league mark to 14-2, and 10th straight win overall. Township fell to 6-10 in the league (7-10 overall).
"They scored three unearned runs in the first," head coach Kirk Luther pointed out. "We gave up six unearned runs. We actually haven't been sloppy with the ball for most of the season."
Township's offense was led by Juliana Lueders, who slugged a double and a solo homer, going 2-for-3.
"Juliana has had a great year," Luther said. "She led the team with a .512 batting average and 18 RBI's."
Emily Smyth, who went 2-for-3, and Mikayla Brennan each had a double and two RBI's
"When you're facing Brittany Hook, you don't want to give away runs," said Luther. "It's a shame because we were actually hitting her well. She's a tough pitcher and if we hadn't given up those runs early on, it would have been a much closer game."
Casey Martin was one of the stars of the game in Monday's defeat of Cedar Crest. She pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 12, as Township posted a 7-0 victory at home.
"She pitched probably her best game of the season," said Luther.
The Streaks scored three times in the home half of the second inning and added three more in the third. All but one of their hits were singles. Bri Rinier (2-for-4, 1 RBI) stroked a double.
"We have struggled in some games where we don't get those early runs," Luther said. "It puts pressure on the team when you don't get out front early. The game gets tighter and tighter."
Smyth came away with three hits and scored twice. Emily Kmiec went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Martin also helped herself with a RBI single.
The season ends for Township, who missed qualifying for the district playoffs.
"That Penn Manor game may have put us over the hump," said Luther.
Among the individual accomplishments this season was that five players were named to the L-L League All-Stars.
"We had three players, who made first team - Juliana, Casey and Mikayla," Luther explained. "Honorable mention went to Maddie Rinier and Emily Smyth.
"Maddie is a freshman, who had a great year, batting .375 and playing great defense," added the coach.
The Streaks pulled off a victory over L-L League rival Conestoga Valley in Monday's meet at Township. The girls' team won 89-61 while the boys won 106-44.
"It was a great ending to our regular season for both teams," said head coach Mark Linn.
The boys' earned the Section One title with a 6-0 record while the girls' team improved to 4-2 in the league.
In fact, the boys' team went on to finish first in the L-L League Championships over the weekend at Hempfield while the girls' team finished second at leagues.
In the CV meet, the Streaks swept the relay events and took four of the field events as well.
In the javelin, Jack Rodenberger's 162-foot-11 heave was best on the day. Patrick Cloonan won the discus (150-3) and the shot put (48-8.5). Wayne Robinson, who was a top-three finisher in both hurdling events, won the pole vault at 11-6 while Charles Leidig finished second at 11-6.
The 4x800-meter relay featured Keven Perez, Hayden Severe, Riley Horton and Aden Hunt. They combined for a time of 11:05.1.
The 4x400 foursome of Gavin Maurer, Anderzon Velozwong, Noah Tull and Peter Carrigan won in 3:27.7 while Carrigan, Titan Cox, Matt Russinko and Huy Nguyen needed 43.7 to take the 4x100.
Cox and Russinko were first and second, respectively, in the 100 with times of 11.2 and 11.3 whereas Tull took the 110 hurdles (15.2) with Robinson (16.1) finishing third.
Russinko also dashed to a second-place finish in the 200- an event that Cox captured in 22.7. Russinko's 22.9 was sandwiched between Cox's time and Carrigan's 23.0.
Maurer ran another 400-m leg, this time an individual one, winning in 52.2 while Severe was second at 53.9.
Robinson's time of 41.8 was second-best in the 300 hurdles with Elvis Morara taking third (43.8).
Morara also took third in the triple jump at 39-8.25 while Tull was second in both the triple (39-11) and jump (20-10.5).
Rounding out the field events, Micahel Steger was second in both the discus (120-4) and javelin (140-4).
In the distance events, Evan Dorenkamp won the 1,600 at a 4:32.8 clip with Ian Miller (4:36.1) taking second while Tim Antonacci won the 800 in 2:00.
In the girls' meet, Emily Antonacci, Aurelia Huss, Nya Oster and Grace Weaver took the 4x800 relay in 11:58.9.
The highlights included Leah Sassaman setting a stadium record with a 45.6 finish in the 300-m intermediate hurdles. Sassaman also had a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles at 15.9.
Mackenzie Horn, who was second in the 100 hurdles (14.7) and the 100 dash (12.8) was the story of the day in the pole vault.
"Mackenzie Horn set a new school record, stadium record and league record in the pole vault at 13-6," said Linn. "That is number one in Pennsylvania in 2018 and second all-time in the state. She also tied for number four in the U.S."
Incidentally, Sydney Horn took second in the pole vault at 12-0.
Alison Buckwalter won the discus (87-0) and took third in the javelin (85-2). The Streaks had Gabriella Brown (97-2) and Kate Grohotolski (97-2) finish in the top two spots for javelin.
Delaney McKnight (17-1.5) was second in the long jump and freshman Kyra Rishell's 15-5.5 was good for third. Rishell's 35-6.5 earned her second in the triple jump while Claire hummel (32-5) took third.
McKnight won the high jump at 5-2 while Trinity Tull took third at 4-6.
The long-distance skills that earned the 4x800 relay for MT translated into individual events as well. Anabelle Lapp's time of 11:27.6 was a few strides ahead of the second-place time of 11:28.9 by Kyra Jenkins in the 3,200 while Chloe Kline (13:00.7) took third.
Jenkins won the 1,600 in 5:26.8 and Sam Side took second (5:29.9) with Kline (5:31.9) taking third.
Paige Newman (2:28.2) and Side (2:28.6) were the top finishers in the 800.
Sade Weaver-Falls was third in both the 200 (26.8) and the 100 (13.1).
In the league championships, the boys' team scored 102 points, which was 19 ahead of Penn Manor's second-place finish. Top three place-winners included Cloonan (second in the shot -51-00.25 and discus- 138-7), the 4x100 team of Nguyen, Carrigan, Russinko and Cox (second at 43.79) and the 4x800 team of Antonacci, Perez, Volzwong and Maurer (third in 8:10.95).
Horn won the girls' pole vault at 13 feet as the team tallied 71 points to edge third-place McCaskey by a single point. Warwick won with 123 points.
Horn also took second in the 100 hurdles at 14.56 and Sassaman won the 300 hurdles at 44.75. McKnight's 5-2 high jump was good for second place and Side, Newman, Lapp and Ava Pasewicz had a third-place time of 10:05.16 in the 4x800 relay.
In a key regular-season showdown at the end of April, the Streaks topped the Knights in a battle of two unbeaten L-L League lacrosse teams.
Fast forward to Thursday, May 10 at Lebanon Valley College - the site of the league championship match.
Township came out on top once again, beating Hempfield 18-4 to increase their streak to five straight league titles.
Junior midfielder Bryce Hutchinson scorched the Knights' net five times while four different teammates, Thomas Freeman, Sean Curcio, Zach Diamond and Tommy Mann scored two each.
Grayson Sallade and Eddie Newman each dished out three assists while scoring one goal. Louis Geyer and Tristan Kruse also netted one goal each while Caton Johnson led the defense with 10 saves.
Township scored five goals in the first quarter and six more in each of the next two periods.
The victory improved Township's overall record to 18-1.
Victory number 17 was also a post-season win. The Streaks needed to get past Penn Manor on Tuesday in the league semis and did so with a 19-shot attack that netted a dozen goals in a 12-3 win at Warwick.
Curcio and Diamond each registered a hat trick while Sallade scored twice and assisted twice. Eddie Newman was tops with three assists and scored one goal.
Freeman, Hutchinson and Mann each scored once while the goalkeeping of Johnson (seven saves) kept the Comets in check.
Nick Kurtz did not hit a game-winning home run in Monday's game against Cedar Crest. However, the southpaw freshman earned a victory with his arm against the Section One rival that managed to hang on to first place.
Township topped the Falcons 8-0 with a two-hit shutout by Kurtz, who struck out four and walked two. He also knocked in a run on a fielder's choice.
Brenden Moshos had a double and two RBI. Ben DeMarco had two key hits and scored twice as Township improved to 7-9 in the league.
The Township girls took an 8-1 lead into the second half of Thursday's L-L League lacrosse title match at Lebanon Valley College. They went on to defeat Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic 14-6 for their ninth straight title.
Maris Large's five goals and two assists led the way. The team also got two goals each from Liz Musser, Taylor Kopan, Lucy Svetec, and Ashlyn Campagna, who also had three assists. Svetec also chipped in with two assists while Shannon Elias added one goal.
The Streaks faced only 15 shots with Haley McCullough making nine saves on the night.
Tuesday night's payoff game at Penn Manor saw the Streaks double up Cocalico 18-9, firing 30 shots on goal.
Picking up hat tricks were Kopan, who also had four assists, Elias and Lizzie McBride. Svetec racked up four goals plus two assists.
Musser and Large added two goals each while Megan Rice had a goal and an assist.
McCullough recorded five saves in the win.
Carson Schreiber and Tom Chairs reached the semifinals of the District Three Class-AAA doubles championships at the Hershey Racquet Club this past week. On Friday, the Township twosome topped two pairs of opponents before their championship quest was halted by Central Dauphin's Jason Kline and Sammy Schwab in Saturday's semis.
Entering the tournament, Chars and Schreiber were the second seed while Kline and Schwab were seeded third. In the opening round, Chairs and Schreiber downed Sebastian Ponce and Hugo Ramos of Muhlenberg in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. They topped Daniel Boone's Cole Reinert and Griffin Adams in a tough 7-6(4), 6-4 match before coming up short against Kline and Schwab.
The consolation match, which would who advanced to the PIAA state championships, was against Nate Shaw and J.T. Mullins of Hershey. The Township teammates lost the first set, 6-2 and in a gutsy second second, came up short 7-5.
The Blue Streaks faced the top-seeded Trojans in the quarterfinals, coming up short 3-0. In the district playoff format, three team points decide the match thus causing other matches to not be necessary to finish.
In the victory, Hershey's Chen topped Max Pan 6-2, 6-2 while the doubles pair of Mullins and Shaw topped T.J. Kade and Charlie Gingrich 6-2, 6-0. Chairs fell just short of recording a team point in singles competition against Falcucci, who posted a 7-6(2) opening set victory. Falcucci led 1-0 when the match was decided elsewhere on the courts.
In the opening round, Township had played host to Wilson and won 3-0.
In that victory Chairs posted a 6-0, 6-1 singles victory and Pan posted a 6-1, 6-3 win while Schreiber, despite leading in the second set, did not need to finish. The twosome of Gigrich and Drew Ketcham prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at number two doubles. It made the doubles match of Kade and Tom Woratyla unnecessary after a 6-0 win and a 5-4 second set advantage.
Township Boys Crush Hempfield 20-8 May 8, 2018
In a clash of two strong lacrosse programs, Manheim Township came out ahead in Monday's home match with Hempfield, 20-8. The victory improved the Blue Streaks' mark to 10-0 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and 15-1 overall. The Knights fell to 9-1.
The Streaks' attack caught fire in the second quarter with six goals, increasing a 7-3 lead to 13-3 by halftime.
Sean Curcio scored six times and added an assist. Grayson Sallade (3a) and Zach Diamond each scored four. Thomas Freeman (2g, 3a), Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Tommy Mann (2g) and Bryce Hutchinson (1a) also contributed.
The Streaks beat Ephrata 16-2 on the road Thursday. Curcio was a scoring machine with five goals and an assist. Diamond added a hat trick while Mann again scored two.
Single goals came from Zach Dotter, George Hetrick, Anthony Gugluizza, Freeman (2a), Hutchinson and Newman (2a). Nick Gutierrez added one assist.
Caton Johnson had two saves in goal and Mason Sensenig grabbed one.
Having defeated the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squad the previous Friday, the Streaks visited Hempfield to face the other L-L League team chasing them in the standings.
Given that the LCD/LC victory was by a 13-goal margin, the question was whether or not the Blue Streaks could be as dominant against the Knights on Monday night.
The Streaks' 21-4 defeat of Hempfield followed by two more victories, improved the team's record to 17-1 (11-0 league).
Township scored 10 times in the first half.
Shannon Elias scored a hat trick and dished out six assists. Lucy Svetec led with five goals and four assists. Lizzie McBride's hat trick came with three assists.
Taylor Kopan (2a), and Maris Large each scored four times. Megan Rice also added a goal.
Haley McCullough came up with three saves in the win.
There were seven different goal scorers in the Kennard-Dale match on Wednesday afternoon with McBride leading the way with four goals and two assists.
Kopan and Svetec each notched a hat trick and one assist. Elias (2g, 2a) and Liz Musser (2g), Large (1g, 1a) and Rice (1g, 1a) also contributed. McCullough snagged five saves.
In the 19-1 crushing of Ephrata on Thursday night, Meredith Cardina and Isabella Drolet shared time I goal, registering five saves and one save, respectively.
On the offensive end, McBride (4 goals) and Abbie Moist (3g, 2a) were the top scorers.
Musser notched a hat trick with one assist, Claudia Newell, Julianne Walker and Erin Gingrich each found the net twice while McCullough and Ashley Wenger each scored once. Ariana Baubitz and Ashlyn Campagna contributed with one assist each.
Township split its slate of four Section One games last week, including a dramatic 7-5 victory over McCaskey on Friday.
The win came after back-to-back tough defeats on Tuesday and Wednesday against Penn Manor and Warwick.
"Against Penn Manor, we were down 6-3 and came back to take an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning only to lose 9-8," noted head coach Matt Kirchoff.
"We went to Warwick the next day where we got solid pitching performance by Will Greiner," he continued. "We just couldn't put the ball in play enough. They're a good team."
Brenden Moshes went 2-for-3 with a double. Matt Peipher also doubled and scored Township's lone run. Greiner went 4.1 innings and allowed eight hits while striking out two.
At Comet Field, the seventh-inning rally that resulted in five runs for Township started with back-to-back singles by Drew Sassaman and Colin Morrisette. The RBI single by Nick Kurtz and a deep drive by Ethan Kile (3-for-4) resulted in two more RBI's. It was Kile's second double of the game.
Moshos (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Rece Bender gave the Streaks what seemed like insurance for the Comets' final at bat. But the home team came back with a three-run seventh to win the game.
However, some heroics were in store for Township, who returned home to face McCaskey on Friday.
Township freshman Colin Fitzgerald made a prediction of said heroics.
"I was coaching at third base and Colin Fitzgerald was on third," Kirchoff said. "He said, 'Nick is gonna hit a grand slam,'"
Fitzgerald made the right call. Kurtz slugged a 0-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off grand slam, giving MT the 7-5 win. The Streaks trailed 5-1 going into the home half of the seventh.
"They got our leadoff guy out," Kirchoff explained. "We were down to our last out and Fitzgerald drew a walk; [Tom] Cesarone singled, which scored Bender who had reached on an error. Morisette struck out and Ben DeMarco forced a walk to load the bases.
"They made the pitching change and Nick was buried in the count 0-2," continued the coach.
"It says a lot about our kids," Kirchoff added. "Things were not going our way. One of our seniors said to everyone on the bench that in his four years here, he had not lost to McCaskey. He said, 'Let's go win the game.'"
Morrisette earned the victory, tossing two innings in relief.
The week started with a home game against Hempfield. The Streaks won 8-6, responding to the Knights' three-run fourth-inning rally by scoring three of their own in the home half of the inning, making it 7-5 Township. The two teams swapped runs in the next inning and it stayed that way for the final two frames.
The 15-hit offense included a 3-for-4 game by Bender, who drove in three runs. Moshos (2-for-4, 2 RBI) had a double as did Cesarone. Kile also went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving one in. Kurtz's 2-for-4 day included a double as well. He scored three runs.
"We've lost five one-run games," Kirchoff noted. "We moved to 7-10 overall. We play one of the tougher schedules around."
Both the Manheim Township and McCaskey boys' track teams were unbeaten (4-0) heading into Monday's Section One showdown at Township. The girls' teams came into the meet with McCaskey hanging on to third place in the Section at 3-1 and the Streaks at 2-2.
The Streaks came away with a sweep of their section rival as the girls' team eked out a 76-74 win. The boys topped the Red Tornado 82-68.
"It was a great team effort," said head coach Mark Linn. "As a result of winning the meet, we now have our goal set on winning our section."
The victory by the girls' team was an example of the old "Never give up" axiom. Linn explained.
"We won as a result of taking 13 of the 15 third-place finishes and outscoring them by 11 points in those finishes," he said.
Sade Weaver-Walls and Kira Jenkins were two of the runners to finish first for Township. Weaver-Walls won the 200-meter dash in 26.6 and Jenkins set the winning pace of 11:41.4 in the 3,200.
"Kira Jenkins is one of the top distance runners in the league," Linn commented.
Leah Sassaman and Mackenzie Horn each claimed one of the hurdling events with Horn taking the high hurdles (14.8) and Sassaman coming out on top in the 300's (46.3).
"Leah has been a great leader for us and a very valuable runner for our team," said Linn.
Horn also went on to win the pole vault with an 11-foot effort.
"In the pole vault and high hurdles, Mackenzie has been a leader," said Linn. "She is the top pole vaulter in the league."
In the field events, Kate Grohotolski's 108-foot-9 javelin throw was the longest heave of the day. Allison Buckwalter won the shot put (29-7.75) while Kyra Richell's triple jump of 35-6.75 was tops. Delaney McKnight's 17-4.75 long jump was also good for a first-place finish.
"Kyra Rishell is second in the league in the triple jump and she's only a freshman," Linn remarked.
The boys' victory included a first-place finish in the 4x800 relay. Tim Antonacci, Keven Perez, Anderson Velozwong, and Gavin Maurer ran a combined time of 8:32.9.
"Gavin Maurer has been a strong runner in the 800, is our anchor in the 4 x800 and a strong part of our 4x400 relay," Linn said.
Indeed, Maurer came through with a victory in the 800, posting a time of 2:05.9.
"Ian Miller has been a very strong runner for us in both the 1,600 and 3,200," Linn added. The junior distance runner went on to capture both of those events against McCaskey, posting a time of 4:39.6 in the 1,600 and 10:08.8 in the 3,200.
Matt Russinko sprinted to a first-place finish in the 100 (10.8). Noah Tull ran the high hurdles in 14.9 for another first.
"Noah has also been a consistent point scorer and is the anchor of our 4x400 relay," said Linn.
In the shot put and the discus, the Streaks watched as Patrick Cloonan earned two more victories, taking the shot put with a 48-4.25 and the discus at 141-6.
"Pat is ranked number one in the league for both events," Linn pointed out. "He has been a great leader and performer this spring."
Jack Rodenberger launched the javelin 153-5 to win that event while Elvia Morara (39-1.5) and Titan Cox (20-11) won the triple- and long-jump events, respectively.
With a pole vault of 11-6, Wayne Robinson finished first.
The Streaks topped McCaskey 11-8 on Friday in a game that had a wild sixth inning. Trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, the Red Tornado scored seven times only to have the Streaks plate eight in the bottom half.
The Streaks' leadoff hitter Emily Kmiec went 2-for-4 with a steal, two runs and a RBI. Andrea Acosta also scored twice while Casey Martin drove in three. Juliana Lueders was 3-for-4 in the nine hole, scoring two and driving in three.
Township improved to 5-8 in league play (5-9 overall) while McCaskey fell to 2-11.
Earlier in the week, Township suffered a 9-3 loss to Warwick.
The L-L League Tennis Championships doubles flight came down to the Township twosome of Tom Chairs and Carson Schreiber facing Ben Cooke and Jake Curtin of Hempfield in the final match on Monday at Conestoga Valley.
The Hempfield pair prevailed 6-1, 6-1, which were the same scores by which Chairs and Schreiber had won their semi-final round match over Hempfield's Nishant Balepur and Rishi Pandey.
The Streaks were also represented in Flight Two doubles as Tom Woratyla and T.J. Kade blanked Ethan Horning and Aaron Bowman of Garden Spot 8-0 before falling to Hempfield's Dillon Otto and Adeet Parikh by an 8-4 score.
Charlie Gingrich and Drew Ketchem recorded an 8-4 victory in the Flight Three finale.
Meanwhile, Jackson Muraika of Cedar Crest won his second Class-AAA title in the league, defeating Chairs 6-1, 6-0 in the Flight One singles championship at Conestoga Valley on Monday.
Chairs had battled Trent Martin of Manheim Central, forcing him to take a seat after 6-1, 7-5 straight sets in the semis. Chairs had in fact defeated Cooke in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-2.
Also, Schreiber was the Flight Two winner, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Balepur.
In Flight Three, Max Pan was stopped by Cocalico's Danny Engle in a tough 7-5, 6-2 title match. Pan had won the semis by 6-2, 7-5.
Chairs made it to the District Three Class-AAA tournament and advanced to the semi-finals where he was defeated by Dallastown's Holden Koons. Up to that point, Chairs won in straight sets in Friday's opening round at the Hershey Racquet Club and edged Cumberland Valley's Max Kluger 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.
In the third-place match, Chairs came up short against Palmyra's Ben Clary, who was the second seed.
Township Girls Improve to 9-0 in Lacrosse April 30, 2018
With three more victories in the books, the Streaks improved to 9-0 in L-L League girls' lacrosse competition. This past week's victories came against Penn Manor, Garden Spot and Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic - all played at home.
Friday night's victory over LCD/LC Liz McBride and Maris Large each tallied four goals with McBride adding two assists. Taylor Kopan and Lucy Svetec recorded hat tricks.
Shannon Elias had a goal and two assists and Liz Musser assisted on one goal and scored one in the 16-3 victory.
On the Township side of the field, Haley McCullough saved four shots.
The Tuesday win over Penn Manor and Thursday's defeat of Garden Spot were by an aggregate score of 44-8. Elias scored four times and added three assists in each game.
Freshman Megan Rice scored five times and assisted once in the 21-5 defeat of Penn Manor. She added a hat trick in the 23-3 defeat of Garden Spot.
Svetec had identical scoring numbers in the two matches - four goals and an assist.
Ashlyn Campagna and Claudia Newell each posted two assists and scored once against Manor. Newell added another goal against the Spartans.
Kopan had a goal and an assist while Grier Walker scored twice in the Manor match. McBride (2 g, 1a) also added to the tally versus Manor while Ariana Baubitz found the back of the net once.
Baubitz also scored one against Garden Spot as did freshmen Erica Scott and Bella Grandrimo along with senior Abbie Moist.
Musser (2g, 1a) and Sophie Ilkhanof (2g) also contributed.
McCullough, who had two saves against Manor, recorded five saves against the Spartans. Meredtih Cardino was credited with two saves in each match. Isabella Drolet scooped up one save against Manor.
Lampeter-Strasburg eked out a 4-3 victory over Manheim Township's baseball team on Monday, giving the Blue Streaks their fourth straight one-run defeat. Coming into Monday's Lancaster-Lebanon League game, the Blue Streaks had suffered losses by that slim margin to Elizabethtown, Conestoga Valley and Donegal.
The Pioneers scored the winning run in the home half of the seventh inning - their final at bat. Township starter Will Greiner went five innings and allowed three runs - only one of which was earned - on three hits.
"We had some good starting pitching the past few games," said head coach Matt Kirchoff. "We lost to two good teams.
"We are making some small mistakes that show up later in the game," added Kirchoff, whose team fell to 4-8 overall (3-7 league). "The kids are probably pressing for the big hit and to do well.
"This was a good quality game. We had opportunities to do well and didn't take advantage of them."
Ben DeMarco had two of Township's four hits. He scored one run, drove in another and had one stolen base.
"Ben DeMarco is hitting over .500," said Kirchoff. "He has been that guy - whether at the top of the lineup or just below the middle - he has been carrying us offensively."
Nick Kurtz slugged a two-run home run. Greiner also walked, singled and scored a run.
"Nick is a freshman who hit his third home run of the year," Kirchoff noted. "He is hitting well over .300."
The Streaks ended their losing skid, which had actually reached eight games with the L-S game, by defeating Solanco on Saturday morning. Township batters smashed four doubles and scored a dozen runs on 11 hits in a 12-2 win, bringing their league mark up to 4-8.
The two-baggers came off the bats of Colin Yablonski, Ethan Kline, Matthew Peipher and Brenden Moshos.
Moshos, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI, has also been contributing defensively.
"Brenden has done a great job behind the plate," Kirchoff said. "Because we have a big area to the backstop of our field, you can't have a lot of passed balls.
Kline, who was the winning pitcher with a five-inning complete game, went 2-for-3 at the plate. He also drove in three runs. Kline struck out six and allowed only two walks in the five-hit effort.
Greiner (2-for-3) knocked in a pair and Rece Bender had two RBI from the leadoff spot. He went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Also helping manufacture runs, which included four runs in the first and four more in the third, the Streaks had two steals courtesy of DeMarco as well as steals by Yablonski and freshman Drew Sassaman.
The boys' lacrosse squad rebounded from a non-league loss the previous week by dealing back-to-back decisive defeats to two L-L League opponents. The Streaks held both Penn Manor and the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squads to only three goals in those games while scoring a combined 28 themselves.
The victories improved Township's mark to 9-0 in the L-L League and 14-1 overall.
Tuesday's match at Penn Manor featured a four-goal performance by Zach Diamond while Tommy Mann notched a hat trick.
With Caton Johnson making 10 saves, the Blue out-shot the Comets 36-20 on their way to a 13-3 victory.
Grayson Sallade had two more of those goals while Sean Curcio (3assists), Eddie Newman (2a), Bryce Hutchinson (1a) and Jeffrey Sturla each tallied one goal.
There were eight different Township scorers in the 15-3 defeat of the Cougars on Friday. The goals came as a product of 43 shots on goal.
Sallade and Thomas Freeman each put up three goals. Curcio, however, had a hand in six of the team's goals, scoring two and assisting on four others. Newman also provided four assists while scoring one.
Diamond (1g), Tyler Kurtz (1g), Hutchinson (1g, 2a) and Mann (1g, 2a) also contributed.
Johnson made 11 saves in goal.
With his victory over Trent Martin of Manheim Central in Saturday's semifinals round, Township senior Tom Chairs advanced to the flight one singles championship match of the L-L League Flight Tournament. Chairs topped Martin 6-1, 7-5 while Jackson Muraika of Cedar Crest punched his ticket to the championship, defeating Hempfield's Jake Curtin 6-3, 6-3.
In flight two singles, Carson Schreiber posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ephrata's Ellis Martin to reach the finals of that flight.
Max Pan made it a third Township tennis player to appear in the singles championships as he posted a 6-2, 7-5 win on Saturday.
In doubles action, T.J. Kade and Tom Woratyla defeated Garden Spot's Ethan Horning and Andrew Bowman to earn a trip to the flight two championship match. Drew Ketcham and Charlie Gingrich claimed the semis in flight three with an 8-1 win.
In a Section One action last week, Township topped Cedar Crest while the Crest girls defeated Township's squad 81-69.
Mackenzie Horn sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash in 13.1. She took that sprinting prowess to the hurdles and won the high hurdles at 15.3 before winning the pole vault with an 11-foot effort.
Leah Sassaman was the 300-m hurdles winner in 48.2.
The quartet of Samantha Side, Paige Newman, Anabelle Lapp and Chloe Kline captured the 4x800 relay in 10:50.0. Speaking of 3,200 meters, the individual race saw senior Kira Jenkins set a winning pace of 11:50.5.
The Streaks, who fell to 2-2 on the year, won two more field events. Kate Grohotolski tossed the javelin 107 feet while Delaney McKnight's went 16-2 in the long jump.
The boys' team improved to 4-0 with its 97-53 victory. Noah Tull, Titan Cox and Gavin Maurer were multiple winners.
Tull not only claimed the high hurdles (15.2), he teamed up with Maurer, Anderson Velozwong, and Tim Antonacci to grab the 4x400 in 3:29.0. Maurer also went on to win the 800 in 2:06.2.
Cox dashed away with the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.5) and in the field, took the long jump (20-3).
Ian Miller, Patrick Cloonan and Wayne Robinson also finished first in multiple events while senior Peter Carrigan won the 400-m in 52.1 seconds.
Miller distanced himself from the pack in the 1,600- and 3,200, winning the former in 4:39.1 and the long-distance race in 9:52.3.
Cloonan claimed the shot put with a 51-4 toss and the discus (149-1).
Robinson won the 300 hurdles in 42.4 as well as pole vaulting a 10-6 height.
The Streaks played four matches this past week, resulting in two victories that improved the team's mark to 6-6 on the year. One of those victories was a 3-0 shutout at Cedar Crest while the two losses were close 3-2 setbacks against Section One rivals McCaskey and Warwick.
Chris Paladino had 15 kills and nine aces in the 3-0 defeat of Avon Grove on Monday. The Streaks won two of the games convincingly, taking the first one 25-15 and the third one by a 25-8 margin with a 25-20 win sandwiched in between.
Alex Newkirk led the squad in blocks with four, Drew Chieppor chipped in with eight digs and Zach Johnson distributed 28 assists.
Tuesday was Township's second home match in as many nights as the Streaks welcomed the Red Tornado. In a tough match between Section rivals with similar records, the McCaskey squad prevailed 25-16, 13-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14.
Paladino put down a match high 26 kills. Johnson had 37 assists and Tyler Vicidomini added nine digs. Johnson, who had a match-high six aces, also put up six blocks.
Township fell to 2-4.
Attempting to not have close results end up costing them another league match, Township held off Crest 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 on the road Thursday evening.
Paladino pounded 22 kills and put up six blocks while Johnson delivered four aces and 29 assists in the win.
Warwick was the site of another heartbreaking defeat for the Streaks as Friday night's match also went to a tiebreaker. In this match, Township came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Warwick 25-21 and 25-19 after the Warriors (10-2 overall) had opened with a grueling 27-25 win and another by 25-19.
The Warriors managed to send the home crowd away happy with a 15-10 win in the tiebreaker.
Vicidomini and Paladino each recorded 10 digs. Paladino also led the team with six aces and posted a match-high 25 kills. Plakans was tops in blocks with eight.
The Streaks came up empty against Garden Spot and a hard-hitting Hempfield squad this past week. The Spartans dealt MT an 11-1 home defeat on Monday. The following afternoon, the Knights left Township with a 12-4 win under their belts.
The Hempfield game was a see-saw battle in the early going. In fact, the Streaks held a 2-1 lead after two innings. The Knights' five-run third inning was not even enough at that point as the Streaks chipped away with single runs in the home half of the third and another in the fourth to make it 6-4 on Maddie Rinier's solo home run.
Hempfield's four-run sixth and two added runs in the seventh made it 12-4. Hempfield also took advantage of five Township errors on a day where Township actually out-hit Hempfield 11-10.
Brennan and Juliana Lueders scored the first two Township runs.
Township Spikers Win Two-of-Three April 23, 2018
Manheim Township's volleyball team played three tough matches this past week, winning one Lancaster-Lebanon League clash as well as taking a non-league battle against Daniel Boone over a four-day span.
Tuesday's match was against league rival Conestoga Valley at Witmer. Township took a 2-1 lead in this match before the Buckskins evened it with a tough 25-23 victory in the fourth set. The Buckskins, who improved to 4-2 in the league, took the tiebreaker by a 15-12 score.
CV had opened the match with a 25-21 win. The Streaks matched that score in winning the second set. They won the third one 25-22.
Conestoga Valley's Aver Barton led the match in kills with 24 and had three blocks. He edged MT's Chris Paladino in kills (23). Zach Johnson recorded 14 digs and two aces for the Streaks while Nick Plakans had a match-high six blocks.
The Wednesday night match against Daniel Boone consisted of three close sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-18) going in Township's favor.
Paladino posted 21 kills and served up one ace. Johnson also had one ace while helping his team with 36 assists. Drew Chieppor chipped in with 11 digs. Plakans registered four blocks.
Resuming their league competition, the Streaks won a key 3-0 match at Elizabethtown on Friday. They had a tough first set, yet prevailed 25-20. They cruised to 25-17 and 25-14 victories to post a solid win.
Paladino was the leader in kills (20) and tied Johnson in total aces with four. He also had eight digs.
Johnson added 30 assists and Tyler Vicidomini and Josh Orndorf each notched three blocks.
The baseball team had difficult back-to-back losses this week, losing by one-run margins to both Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley, and falling to 3-6 in the league (4-7 overall). The Buckskins pushed across the tie-breaker in the bottom of the fifth inning of Wednesday's game to grab a 4-3 victory.
Despite overcoming an early 6-0 deficit the previous day against visiting Elizabethtown, the Streaks came up short in an 8-7 game in extra innings.
The Bears were up 6-0 in the middle of the second inning. Tom Cesarone singled in one run. Nick Kurtz, who was relieved and moved to play first base after two-thirds of an inning as the Streaks' starter redeemed himself with a three-run home run, cutting the deficit to 6-4.
Township tied the game and after an E-town run made it 7-6, the Streaks sent the game into extras with a run in the seventh.
Kurtz, who also had a double, and Colin Fitzgerald finished with two hits each. Cesarone had three base knocks and drove in two runs. Ben DeMarco (2-for-5) doubled and finished with three runs scored.
Josh Long provided solid long relief for the Streaks, going 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.
Ethan Kile's 2-for-4 game against CV included a double and two runs batted in. He also scored one run. Colin Morrisette went 2-for-3 while Brendan Moshos went 1-for-4 with one RBI.
DeMarco was tagged with the loss in relief. Connor Vucovich started and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
The Streaks rebounded from their first loss of the year, a non-league defeat at Agnes Irwin on April 12, by posting four straight wins and improving to 11-1. The four wins included triumphs over L-L League rivals Cocalico and Elizabethtown. The team outscored opponents by a collective 71-22 count.
Sandwiched between a 17-5 win on Saturday morning over York Catholic on the road and Monday's 17-6 defeat of Parkland at home, the Streaks defeated Elizabethtown 18-4 on Tuesday and Cocalico by a 19-7 margin on Thursday.
In the first two matches alone, Taylor Kopan scored seven goals, including a five-goal output against Parkland. Lizzie McBride had four goals and five assists against E-town while assisting on four goals in the Parkland match.
Lucy Svetec had four goals in each game in addition to two assists vs. E-town.
Also scoring against Parkland were Shannon Elias (2g), Maris Large (2g), Megan Rice (2g) and Liz Musser (1g, 1a) while Haley McCullough racked up eight saves. Scoring two goals and assisting on one goal each were Elias, Large and Kopan. Claudia Newell and Ashley Campagna each had a goal and two assists. Musser and Grier Walker each netted one goal.
Isabella Drolet had three saves.
After 10 goals in the first half, the Streaks added nine more against Cocalico.
The scoring leaders were Svetec (5g, 1a), Large (4g, a1), McBride (3g, 4a) and Elias (2g, 2a). Musser and Campagna each had two goals and an assist while Rice dished out two assists. Kopan had one of each.
Out of 25 shots on goal, the Streaks scored 17 times against Daniel Boone. The scoring included hat tricks by Kopan, Elias, Mussser and Svetec. McBride, who scored twice, and Elias each had three assists. Rice (2g, 1a) and Large (1g) also chipped in.
Township's batters scored 14 runs in the top of the third inning of Friday's game at Lebanon, going on to defeat the Cedars 22-6 in L-L League action.
The Streaks had only 13 hits, four of which were extra base hits, and took advantage of eight walks in the offensive onslaught. Mikayla Brennan, Casey Martin and Juliana Lueders doubled. Lueders scored three runs and drove one in. Maddie Rinier went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs and one RBI. Martin drove in four of the 22 runs and scored three herself.
Rinier and Emily Kmiec, who scored four times, each had two hits and three RBI.
Brennan and Emily Smyth each scored two runs as did Julie Hollingsworth.
Martin pitched three of the four innings to pick up the win. Brennan added one more inning in relief.
The Streaks also had a 6-1 victory over Conestoga Valley last week. They started the week with an 8-2 loss at Manheim Central.
Township only managed four hits in the game, including two by Brennan, who drove in a run. Smyth and Casey Martin scored the runs for MT.
Township's boys' increased their win streak to 12-0 before suffering their first loss of the year - a non-league match at Avon Grove on Saturday.
Prior to the game against the Red Devils, the Streaks edged Parkland 10-9 and rolled over L-L League foes Elizabethtown and Cocalico on the road.
Parkland had a five-goal second quarter to take a 6-4 halftime lead. The Streaks came back and claimed a 10-9 overtime victory. They out-shot Parkland 16-15.
Bryce Hutchinson had a hat trick while Sean Curcio (2g, 1a) and Will Hurley (2g) had multiple goals as well. Eddie Newman and Zach Diamond each netted one goal as did Grayson Sallade, who also assisted on one.
The games against E-town and Cocalico finished with respective scores of 17-1 and 16-3.
Along with hat tricks by Newman (3g, 2a) and Tyler Kurtz (3g, 1a), Thomas Freeman scored four and assisted on another.
Curcio assisted on four goals and Anthony Gugluizza dished out two more. Also adding to the goals were Tommy Mannn (2g), Zach dotter (1g, 1a), Jeff Sturla (1g), Aidan Arnold (1g) and Diamond (1g).
Caton Johnson, who had six saves versus Parkland, and Mitchell Burkholder shared time in goal and came away with three saves each.
Curcio's six goals and four assists helped pace Township's 16-goal attack on Friday. Sallade (3a) and Freeman (2a) grabbed hat tricks while Hutchinson and Diamond each scored twice. Gugluizza also had a goal while Newman and Mann dished off one assist.
The Township girls' team suffered its first defeat of the season as Warwick won 81-69 at Township on Wednesday. The Streaks fell to 2-1
In relays, Samantha Side, Chloe Kline, Kira Jenkins, Anabelle Lapp put together a winning effort in the 4x800 with a 10:00.8.
Side also took first in the 800 (2:28.4). Mackenzie Horn high hurdled to first place in 15.2.
Horn's 12-foot-6 pole vault was also good for first place - just shy of her 12-7 achievement earlier in the year, which earned her top spot in the L-L League Honor Roll.
Kate Grohotolski hurled the javelin a 101-11 distance to take first while Adiranna Bryant's 29-7 shot put also earned a first.
Delaney McKnight had a 17-0.5 in the long jump and a 5-foot high jump to win those events.
With their 94-57 win, the boys' team improved to 3-0 to stay tied with McCaskey in the Section One standings.
Tim Antonacci, Peter Carrigan, Anderson Velozwong and Noah Tull had a combined winning time of 3:31.9 in the 4x400 relay. Velozwong and Antonacci teamed with sophomore Kevin Perez and senior Gavin Maurer in the 4x800 relay, winning it in 8:23.8.
Maurer (800 in 2:04.7), Velozwong (400 in 51.9) and Carrigan (200 in 23.0) were winners in individual events.
Ian Miller came through in the 1,600 (4:47.9) and the 3,200 (9:40.1)
In field events, Jack Rodenberger won the javelin at 156-10 while Titan Cox long jumped 20 feet for a first in that event. Wayne Robinson won the pole vault at 11-6.
Following back-to-back 7-0 victories, the Streaks' streak of wins against league opponents ended on Friday at Hempfield. Township (8-1) lost to the other unbeaten team in the L-L League as the Black Knights (9-0) won by a 4-3 score.
The twosome of Drew Ketcham and Charlie Gingrich was unbeaten over the three matches. In the Garden Spot match on Tuesday, they were the second doubles team, posting an 8-3 win. Their win was sandwiched between the Jacob Zagorski and Jackson Hilbert 8-3 win and the 8-2 win by Ryan Norton and Pacey Kashar.
In singles play, T.J. Kade won 6-1, 6-1, Max Pan posted two 6-0 wins. Carson Schreiber (6-2, 6-1) and Tom Chairs (6-0, 6-0) were also straight set winners against Spot.
Chairs and Schreiber won 8-2 while Kade joined Tom Woratyla for an 8-1 win at second doubles in the Ephrata match on Wednesday. Ketcham and Gingrich came up with an 8-2 win.
In singles play, Chairs (6-1, 6-3) Schreiber (7-5, 6-3), Pan (6-4, 6-1) and Woratyla, who won 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0, were straight set winners.
Ketcham and Gingrich had an 8-5 victory in third doubles against Hempfield. Pan and Woratyla were on the short end of an 8-4 final.
In singles play, the Knights won two singles matches to clinch the match, including a close 6-3, 1-6, 10-8 win by Ben Cooke over Schreiber. Chairs won 6-2, 6-4 and Woratyla took the fourth singles 6-3, 6-3 to cut it close.
Track Teams Post Key Win Over Hempfield April 16, 2018
The Manheim Township track and field squads posted a key victory over Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Hempfield last Monday.
The two meets ended in a nearly identical winning margin for the Blue Streaks as the boys' team won 102-49 (3-0) while the girls won 101-49, improving to 2-1-0.
Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk were among the multiple winners for the girls' team. Wilk ran away with the 800-meter race in a time of 2:30.5 while Pasewicz claimed the 400-m.
The relay victories for the girls included the foursome of Pasewicz, Katerina Yoder, Claire Hummel, and Leah Sassaman posting a winning time of 4:19.2 in the 4x400 relay while Wilk, Chloe Kline, Anabelle Lapp, and Pasewicz were the winners (10:21.2) in the 4x800.
Kira Jenkins had the first-place pace of 11:58.2 in the 3,200. Senior Mackenzie Horn, who pole vaulted to a 12-foot height to win that event, dashed to victory in the high hurdles at 15.6 seconds.
Alison Buckwalter was a multiple winner in field events, taking the discus with an 80-foot toss and hurling the shot put 29-7.5 for another win. Kate Grohotolsk won the javelin with a 105-2 heave.
Delaney McKnight had a 16-10 long jump and a 5-2 high jump to take those events while Kyra Rishell's 34-foot triple jump topped all competitors there.
Patrick Cloonan came through in two throwing events for the boys', registering a distance of 136-6 in the discus and 52-11.25 in the shot put. Jack Rodenberger won the only other field event for MT, taking the javelin at 147-6.
Anderson Velozwong, Titan Cox, Peter Carrigan, and Noah Tull combined for a winning 4x400 relay time of 3:31.2.
Velozwong also won the open 400 in 53.2 seconds while Cox sprinted to victory (11.2) in the 100 and Matt Russinko (23.1) took the 200.
Gavin Maurer and Ian Miller took care of the mid- to long-distance races with Maurer winning the 800 in 2:04.3 while Miller won the 1,600 (4:34.0) and the 3,200 (9:43.6).
The Township boys' lacrosse team kept its unbeaten season alive, posting a pair of decisive victories over league rivals Lampeter-Strasburg and Garden Spot. The victories improved the Blue Streaks' mark to 8-0 and to 5-0 in league play.
The Pioneers managed a single goal in three of the quarters played against the Streaks. Township went on to win 19-3 on the road Monday.
Sean Curcio was the big goal scorer, putting up five goals, whereas Thomas Freeman had a hand in seven of Township's goals - scoring four and assisting three times. Eddie Newman and Bruce Hutchinson each scored twice and assisted on two more. Zach Diamond, Anthony Gugluizza, Tommy Mann (1assist), Ben Mann, Grayson Sallade (1a) and Jeffrey Sturla each netted one goal. Kyle Lando and Zach Dotter also assisted.
Caton Johnson was the winning goalie, making a save on four of the Pioneers' seven shots.
The Streaks had 34 shots on goal in the 22-2 defeat of Garden Spot on the road Thursday evening.
Ten different Township players scored a goal. Freeman led the way with four goals and two assists. The scoring leaders also included Curcio (3, 1), Diamond (3, 0), Hutchinson (2, 0) and Solen Layser (2, 0). Dotter, Sallade (1a), Newman, George Hetrick and Ben Mann each scored one goal.
Manheim Township fell to 3-3 in the L-L League with a 3-0 loss to Ephrata this past Friday.
The Mountaineers mounted a three-run rally in the fifth inning, which was all they would need to hold off numerous Township threats.
Ethan Kile went four innings as a starter allowing two base hits and two walks while striking out six batters in a strong start. Will Greiner tossed two scoreless innings in relief, setting down three batters on strikes.
Kile also went 2-for-3 at the plate, but couldn't help his cause enough offensively. Colin Fitzgerald also had a pair of hits.
In a wild game two days earlier, the Streaks fell to Cedar Crest at home by a 9-7 score. The big offensive blow for Township was a grand slam by Brenden Moshos, who finished with five RBI's.
Colin Yablonski stroked a double and scored a run. Kile again had two hits, including a double. He scored on the slam by Moshos. Nick Kurtz had a two-hit game as well, including a double and a run scored.
In the busy week that was, the Streaks also came up short against Hempfield in an 8-3 Section One game on Tuesday. The Knights scored twice in the first inning and four more in the fourth, not looking back.
Of the six hits the Streaks mustered up, Yablonski, Rece Bender, Ben DeMarco, Colin Morrisette and Tom Cesarone each had a single while Josh Long slugged a double. Morissette and DeMarco each scored a run as did Jordan Yablonski.
Kile toed the rubber on Monday at McCaskey where his five strong innings were good enough for a complete game victory. In the 13-1 win, the mercy rule was invoked after the fifth frame, giving Kile (7 K's, 3 hits) the win.
Kurtz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Cesarone walked twice, stole a base and scored both times he was on base. DeMarco also had a three-hit game, driving in a pair with a double. He also scored two times. Morissette drove in one run and scored two more.
The girls' lacrosse team improved to 4-0 in the L-L League and 7-1 overall, defeating Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday and falling at Agnes Irwin three days later.
Against the Pioneers, Taylor Kopan's four goals and two assists topped the scoring. Lizzie McBride poured in four goals and assisted on one more.
Also finishing with four goals was Megan Rice while Lucy Svetec (3, 1) registered a hat trick. Maris Large (2, 1) and Shannon Elias, with three assists, had a hand in multiple goals. Ashlyn Campagna scored once and Liz Musser added an assist.
Haley McCullough had one save and Meredtih Cardina snagged three more in the win.
Svetec had two of the four goals against Agnes Irwin. Kopan and Elias also scored while McBride contributed with an assist.
The boys' volleyball team came up short against Penn Manor at home on Tuesday night. The Streaks played an intense first set with a 26-24 win. They stayed on the Comets' heels in the second set with Penn Manor finishing on top 25-20. The Comets went on to win the next two, 25-16 and 25-17, dropping Township to 2-2 in the L-L League. It was the Comets' first league victory of the year.
Chris Paladino had a match-high 20 kills and five aces. Tyler Vicidomini and Drew Chieppor each recorded seven digs while Zach Johnson had a team-high 30 assists. Nick Plakans registered six blocks.
The boys' tennis team continued to post victories, particularly in L-L League matches, raising its record to 8-2 (6-0 league). The Streaks' week included a 7-0 defeat of Penn Manor on Wednesday and a 5-0 triumph over Exeter in non-league action.
Tom Chairs and Carson Schreiber were among the winners, taking the first doubles match against Penn Manor by an 8-3 score. Tom Woratyla and T.J. Kade came through with an 8-2 win while Fletcher Henneman and Vince Strosser won 8-0.
Chairs also won in singles, taking it in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. Schreiber (6-1, 6-1) took the second singles with Max Pan (6-1, 6-0) and Woratyla (6-0, 6-0) also posting straight set wins.
Pan, Schreiber and Chairs were singles winners against Exeter. Woratyla and Kade claimed the first doubles 6-1, 6-1 with Charlie Gingrich and Drew Ketcham picking up a 6-0, 6-1 win at second doubles.
With a 14-hit attack, the Streaks scored 11 times to top Ephrata 11-1 in L-L League softball action on Friday. The slugging included four doubles.
Maddie Rinier, (2-for-2 with a run and one RBI), Casey Martin (2-for-3, stolen bases, 3 runs), Emily Smyth (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Mikayla Brennan (2-for-3, 3 RBI) each had a double. Rylee Tineri also had two hits and stole two bases, helping her score two runs. Sophomore Juliana Lueders had three singles and three RBI's.
In a game that ended after five innings for the mercy rule, Martin pitched five innings and struck out seven, allowing a run on five hits.
The win improved Township's record to 3-2.
Brennan also needed to pitch only five innings in her outing on Wednesday. The Streaks scored 16 runs against Section One foe Cedar Crest, notching a one-hit shutout.
Lueders again came through out of the number nine spot of the lineup, going 3-for-4 with five runs batted in on a double and a triple. Emily Kmiec had a 3-for-4 afternoon with two runs and a RBI.
Kmiec, Martin and Ryle Tineri (2-for-3, 3 RBI) each doubled. Martin also drove in a pair. Smyth scored three, going 3-for-4 at the plate.
The Streaks didn't have as much offense happening against Penn Manor on Tuesday. The Comets took the game 10-2.
Brennan went 3-for-4 while Smyth and Martin (2-for-2) drove in the only Township runs.
Streaks Top Germantown Academy, Cedar Crest April 9, 2018
The Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team started off the week with a victory against Germantown Academy on Tuesday. The Blue Streaks followed that 11-4 victory with a 17-5 defeat of Cedar Crest in a Lancaster-Lebanon League clash.
Sophomore Eddie Newman and senior Zach Diamond each recorded hat tricks against the non-league opponent. The Streaks had 28 shots on goal to only 12 by the Patriots.
Head coach Dan Lyons spoke of the significance of beating Germantown Academy despite this being a non-league game.
"Even though they're in the Inter-Ac League and not in the PIAA, they're within District One, which has a lot of strong lacrosse programs," Lyons explained. "We played them two years ago and lost.
"In the first few games of the year, we played non-league opponents like Academy New Church, Cumberland Valley and Germantown Academy," continued the coach. "All of those non-league games were an opportunity to assess the things we needed to improve upon."
Newman and Diamond each had one assist to go with their hat tricks. Grayson Sallade added two more goals and assisted on another. Sean Curcio had a goal and two assists while fellow juniors Bryce Hutchinson and Thomas Freeman each scored once.
"We were patient on offense and unselfish," Lyons said. "Lots of guys were able to get involved in the scoring and setting up other guys to score too.
"Defensively we were organized and had lots of communication," he added.
Speaking of defense, senior goalie Caton Johnson had five saves in the win.
"Another strength for us is our ride," Lyons said. "That's when we turn the ball over on attack and how we set ourselves up to get the ball back."
The Streaks improved to 6-0 on the year (3-0 in LL play) by crushing Cedar Crest the very next day. Diamond led the way with four goals while Freeman, Curcio (4 assists) and Sallade all notched hat tricks.
Dishing out two assists was Zach Dotter. Newman, John Grandrimo, Ben Mann and Tyler Kurtz each netted one goal with Newman also assisting on one.
Johnson recorded five more saves in this victory.
"The back-to-back games are always a challenge," Lyons noted. "We know that league and district playoff games are important. Having those back-to-back games early in the season gives us a little more practice time later in the season."
As for winning the game in a seemingly one-sided fashion, Lyons remarked, "Our focus is to do what we do best no matter whom we're playing. It doesn't matter what the other jersey says or what day of the week it is; our focus is how well we do our job."
Having a veteran squad also helps maintaining this type of work ethic.
"We have 12 seniors and 14 juniors," Lyons pointed out. "There are a lot of good lacrosse players who have a lot of experience, playing together for a long time."
The baseball team had come back from a four-run deficit on Friday against Section One rival Penn Manor and posted a 7-4 victory. So, after allowing three runs in the top of the first inning to Warwick on Saturday, the Streaks went to work right away to cut the deficit to 3-2 by the end of the first frame. They then tied the score and overcame a brief 4-3 deficit on their way to an 8-5 win at home.
The victory improved Townships' record to 2-0 in the L-L League (2-1 overall).
It was Nick Kurtz who saw to it that the early deficit didn't get out of hand. He stepped into the batter's box in the home half of the first inning and smashed a two-run home run, scoring Rece Bender, who had walked, ahead of him.
The 4-3 lead the Warriors gained was in the top of the third inning. However, a four-run outburst by the Streaks gave the home team a lead it would not relinquish. Will Greiner came on to replace starting pitcher Colin Yablonski and allowed only one run in the final four frames. Yablonski struck out six batters in three innings of work.
Yablonski and Tom Cesarone each had a base hit in that four-run fourth as did Brenden Moshos. Bender and second baseman Colin Morrisette each had RBI's.
Ben DeMarco went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Cesarone had a walk and a hit, scoring both times that he reached base.
In the victory over Penn Manor, Township also responded quickly to the opponent's big inning. In the bottom of the third inning, the Streaks found themselves trailing 4-0. Township took advantage of a couple of walks and manufactured three runs with a key RBI single by Bender as well as heads-up base running.
Picking up more steam, Manheim Township scored two more in the fourth inning as Bender plated DeMarco and Travis Kraft, who had doubled, with a two-run hit.
Bender finished with three hits and three RBI's. Yablonski and Kurtz each drove in a run. Kurtz and Kraft had the only extra-base hits for Township.
Kurtz picked up the victory, tossing five innings and striking out four batters and allowing only three earned runs. Ethan Kile had two solid innings of relief (2 strikeouts) for his first save of the year.
The girls' lacrosse team also stayed undefeated as the Blue Streaks won at Owen J. Roberts by a slim 6-5 margin on Thursday evening. The victory improved Township's record to 6-0 while the previous day's 23-1 victory at Cedar Crest had raised the team's league record to 3-0.
The Streaks scored four times in the second half of Thursday's game. Senior Haley McCullough, who finished with seven saves, managed to hold off the Wildcats. Both teams finished with 13 shots on goal.
Maris Large and Lucy Svetec, both returning upperclassmen, scored two goals each. Sophomore Taylor Kopan and seniors Liz McBride and Lizzy Musser each added one goal.
Manheim Township split the two matches this past week - both against Section One rivals. On Tuesday, the Streaks hosted and defeated Cedar Crest 3-0. On Thursday, they lost to Hempfield on the road by the same score.
Both Chris Paladino and Tyler Vicidomini registered 12 kills in the Cedar Crest match. Vicidomini, coming off a successful basketball campaign, also finished with three blocks, tying Nick Plakans for the team lead. Paladino and Zach Johnson both served up four aces. Johnson also had 29 assists.
In the 3-0 sweep, which came in the form of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-15 victories, the Streaks' Drew Chieppor distributed nine assists.
In the Hempfield match, the Streaks fought hard to avoid a sweep in the third set. The Knights edged the Streaks 25-22 in the final set.
Vicidomini came through with a baker's dozen in kills. He and Plakans each notched three blocks.
Johnson recorded 19 assists and Paladino had four digs and two aces.
The Blue Streaks fell to 2-1 in Section One and 2-2 overall.
As the forecast served up less rain and snow last week, the L-L League tennis teams took to their courts for matches, including the three played by the Township boys' squad this past week.
The Streaks improved to 5-0 on the year with victories over McCaskey, Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley.
In the 6-1 victory at McCaskey, Max Pan won in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets at second singles; Carson Schreiber won the number three singles 6-0, 6-4 and Tom Chairs won at number four with 6-1, 6-2 scores.
Chairs and Schreiber posted an 8-0 victory in doubles competition. And after winning the second doubles, Fletcher Henneman and Drew Ketcham teamed for an 8-2 win at number three.
The E-town match on Thursday featured straight set wins in all four singles as Woratyla, Pan, Chairs and Schreiber all turned in such victories. Henneman and T.J. Kade claimed the number one doubles by an 8-2 score. Chairs and Schreiber were 9-7 winners while Pan and Woratyla took the third doubles 8-3.
Pan moved up to number one singles at Conestoga Valley on Friday. He posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory there while Schreiber won the number two singles 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
Chairs sat down his opponent by scores of 6-1, 6-0 and Kade won both of the fourth singles sets by a score of 6-1.
The duo of Schreiber and Chairs won 8-2. Pan and Vince Strosser posted an 8-6 win and Ketcham paired up with Charlie Gingrich for an 8-4 win at third doubles.
The boys' track & field team topped Exeter 101-48 in a non-league meet on March 29 while the Exeter girls' team edged Township 82-68.
The foursome of Anabelle Lapp, Chloe Kline, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz did come away with a first-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 10:31.4.
In the mid- to long-distance events, Lapp won the 1,600 in 5:42.4 while Jenkins claimed the 3,200 in 11:55.8.
Leah Sassaman was excellent in the 300-m hurdles, dashing to first place in 46.9 seconds. Returning senior Delaney McKnight won two field events, clearing 5-2 in the high jump and recording a 16-8.5 in the long jump.
Claire Hummel won the triple jump at 31-10. Mackenzie Horn cleared 12 feet exactly for best height in the pole vault competition.
Evan Dorenkamp was a multiple winner in the boys' victory, which made them 2-0 on the year. The junior runner completed the 1,600 in 4:34 to take first place. He also won the 800 in 2:03.6.
Peter Carrigan, Titan Cox, Anderson Velozwong and Noah Tull teamed up for a first-place finish (3:29.6) in the 4x400 relay.
Tull also won the high hurdles in 15.2 seconds while Cox won the 100-m dash in 11.1 seconds. Matt Russinko dashed to a first-place finish in the 200m (22.9).
Cox and Tull also claimed victories in the field events with Tull winning the high jump (5-10) as well as the triple jump (39-4.5) while Cox won the long jump at 20-8.5.
Ian Miller's pace of 9:52.7 was good for first place in the 3,200 distance run.
Wayne Robinson's pole vault of 10-6 was tops on the day as was Jack Rodenberger's javelin distance of 161-9. Patrick Cloonan added a win in the shot (50.5).
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."