Matto Scores 22 as Township Defeats McCaskey January 15, 2018
Three games in a span of four days. That was what the Manheim Township girls' basketball schedule looked like last week. And with Elizabethtown only a game back in the Section One standings, the Streaks needed to take care of their own business to stay atop the standings.
Township went 3-0 in that stretch, improving to 7-0 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League with wins over McCaskey, Penn Manor and Warwick.
In Tuesday's victory over McCaskey, the Streaks built an almost insurmountable 25-5 lead in the first period on their own court. The visitors chipped away but still trailed by 13 at the half. A comeback was not in the cards for the Tornado as the Streaks moved on to a 69-38 win. They outscored the visitors 33-15 in the second half.
Olivia Matto, with three triples, and Megan Baldassarre were the top scorers in the game with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Katie Bushong and Alex Bryant each put up five points.
The Comets gave the Streaks a scare in Thursday's game at Penn Manor. The home team went on a 19-12 run in the fourth quarter, coming up just short in a 44-43 Township win.
The Streaks, who were again led by Matto (15 pts) led 18-14 at the half and extended that lead to 32-24 after three quarters.
Matto and Baldassarre (13 pts) were each 7-for-8 at the foul line. Bushong finished with four points.
The defense, which had held McCaskey to only 38 points on Tuesday, held Warwick to a mere 25 on Friday. Township won 39-25 in Lititz, dropping the Warriors' league mark to 1-6.
The leading scorer on each team scored over 50 percent of her team's points. Bushong scored 19 for the Streaks and went 8-for-8 at the foul line. Lauren Pyle scored 14 for Warwick.
Baldassarre and Matto each put up nine points.
Manheim Township posted a 48-21 home victory over Section One rival Hempfield on Wednesday. The victory was the Streaks' first league win of the year.
"It was a good match," said head coach John Clark. "We wrestled with more aggressiveness and confidence than we have at times this season."
It was a match that the Streaks took control of after the midway point. Tied at 15-15 following a pin by the Knights' Russel Hanes (160), the Streaks won six of the next seven.
Jose Lao-Cooper (170) posted a pin with one second remaining in the first period. Cooper, a returning senior, was coming back from an early-season injury.
"That was his first match since the Warwick Duals," Clark pointed out. "He has been out rehabilitating his shoulder. It was good getting him on the mat.
"It was a turning point in the match," Clark added. "I always tell the kids, 'anytime we can get bonus points - be it a fall or a major - it's great to get them.'"
That was followed by senior Carter Hasson's close 7-6 decision at 195, making it 24-15.
"It was a dual forfeit at 182 and I bumped Carter up to 195," explained Clark. "It was a close match.
"He has been wrestling very well this year," Clark said of Hasson. "He's a hard worker and a quiet leader."
At 220 and 285, the two sides exchanged forfeits.
A streak of three straight pins put the Streaks on the winning path. Hayden Brennan notched a pin at 106 followed by Micah Sams (113), who finished the job in 24 seconds, and Cade Clancy at 120.
The match began at 126 with Malcolm Schyler pinning Hempfield's Luke DeGeorge at the 5:46 mark.
"It was a match I expected him to get bonus points in," said Clark. "It was the first match of the night for us and it put everyone into a positive mood."
A.J. Bernieri followed with a tough 2-0 decision at 132. David Over's pin at 138 came in 1:52, giving the Streaks an early 15-0 lead.
The Knights tied the score on a pair of pins sandwiched around a 6-0 decision.
Hempfield fell to 2-3 in Section One after this loss.
Over the weekend, the Streaks were at the Northern Lebanon Duals where they came away with a 3-2 record.
"We had five matches and our kids wrestled tough," Clark said. "We lost to Midwest but bounced back to beat Pine Grove, Red Lion and Susquenita.
"Northern Lebanon is still a solid team," he added. "They beat us 46-30.
"We are 6-7 overall," Clark said. "We'll try to finish strong here and take a large step forward."
The boys' basketball team also played four games in five days, defeating McCaskey on the road and winning the next three at home, including a non-league win on Saturday afternoon. The wins improved MT's record to 11-2. They are 6-1 in the L-L League, creating a three-way tie for first place in Section One with Hempfield and Cedar Crest.
It's an interesting situation as each of these top teams seems to have beaten one of the other two but lost to the other one. For example, Hempfield has beaten Township but lost to Cedar Crest while MT's 77-71 victory over Crest in December is the Falcons' lone league loss thus far.
"It's very tight at the top," said head coach Matt Johns. "The top three are starting to separate from the other five. There were no slip-ups against the other teams each of us has played. We're also three of the top five teams in the district.
"Plus, you have to look at it as the three of us are of us are going to be the biggest game of the season for any of our opponents," he said.
It may have been the strong second quarter that helped the team build enough of a lead to net the victory at McCaskey on Tuesday night. Leading 19-17 after one period, the Streaks outscored the Tornado 18-11 to grab a 37-28 halftime edge.
The second half was very close and the Streaks escaped with an 80-70 win.
Brandon Mellott and Tyler Crespo each reached the 20-point mark. Mellott led all scorers with 22. Crespo had 20 points, including five three pointers. Hilton Ridley chipped in with eight points.
Wednesday the Streaks played another close game, shading Penn Manor 59-56. It was again the second quarter that was huge for Township. And it was crucial because the Comets came out and outscored the Streaks 20-13 after halftime.
In that second quarter, the Streaks erased a seven-point deficit by outscoring the Comets 22-9. They also went on a 16-12 run in the final stanza to hold off the Comets, who were led by Kevin Roldan (11 pts).
Mellott was the game's top scorer with 14 points. Cameron Mulcavage finished with 12 while Crespo tallied 10 and Will Greiner hit three triples for nine.
Warwick knocked..., nay, pounded on the door Friday night at Township. But the Blue Streaks turned the Warriors away in an 89-85 double overtime victory.
In the third period, the Warriors cut a two-point halftime deficit in half and outscored the Streaks 17-16 in the fourth quarter, sending the game into OT. It was 15 points per side in the first extra period, forcing double overtime.
"That was just an amazing game," Johns commented. "There were a number of kids on both teams that made big plays over the course of the game. Each team was deep into its bench with kids who don't play a lot of minutes."
The lineup with which the Streaks finished was an entirely new one. With Crespo and Mellott out of the game for fouls, Johns called on young reserves.
"We were already missing our top three scorers," he explained. "We ended up with a lineup that not only hasn't played in a game, I don't think I've used them in practice.
"But those minutes for the guys who played Friday night will pay dividends in other games down the road," he added.
Township defeated Manheim Central in a non-league game on Saturday afternoon 53-40. The Streaks led 26-19 at the half and continued to play strong in the second half.
Mellott had a game-high 16. Crespo, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, finished with 15 points. Ridley added eight more.
Township had a make-up meet plus a scheduled one this past week, thereby swimming against both Penn Manor and Warwick in Section One swim meets.
The boys' team topped Manor 118-52 on Tuesday and beat Warwick two days later by 119-50.
Charlie Gingrich, Robert Perot, Christian Strine, Aidan Cliff made up the winning 200 medley relay team against Warwick. Gingrich, Cliff, George Hetrick and Conor Brenton won the 200 freestyle relay.
Perot was the 200- and 500-freestyle winner while Gingrich captured the 50 and 100 of the same stroke.
Gage Mandrell won the 100 breaststroke while Elijah Gocotano won the 100 back. The 100 butterfly went to Christian Strine.
Adrian Waplinger joined Gocotano, Strine and Connor Paladino for a win in the 200 medley relay versus Manor. Cliff and Hetrick paired up with Sergio Borrero, and Mitch Calhoun for a winning 200 free relay. Alonso Borrero was on the 400 free relay team with Hetrick, Calhou and Perot, who also went on to capture the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Gingrich and Mandrell won the 100 back and 200 free, respectively.
The girls' team topped Manor 122-48 and beat Warwick 104-66.
Hope Boldizar, Olivia Pyott, Amy Yunginger, Paige Newman formed the winning foursome in the 200 medley relay. Yunginger, Newman, Pyott and Allie Angheloiu swam to victory in the 200 free relay while Hope Boldizar and Eva Salembier had help from Newman and Angheloiu in winning the 400 relay.
Newman and Salembier won the 100- and 200-free, respectively, while Yunginger took the 200 IM. Morgan Wylie-Thal sprinted to victory at the 50 free. Diana Lamont won the 100 fly and Kirsten Geib topped them all in the 500 free. Boldizar came out a winner in the 100 backstroke.
Boldizar was also part of the 400 free relay team in the Warwick meet. She swam with Newman, Yunginger and Salembier. While the Warriors won the other two relays.
Yunginger won two solo events, the 100 back and 100 fly. Salembier did the same, winning the 500 free and 200 IM. Pyott won the 100 breaststroke and Newman the 200 free.
Both the boys and the girls improved to 2-0.
With perfect scores of 100 from Hana Musser and Graham Wolf, the air rifle team topped Governor Mifflin 496-479 on Thursday. The hosting Streaks were on target throughout the competition. Travis Krapf and Drew Chieppor each shot a 99 while Ben Fahrney finished at 98, helping their team improve to 4-2 on the year.
It was the second time on the week that Musser had hit the 100 mark and the second time that Township posted a score of 496. On Tuesday, the Streaks defeated Wilson 496-486.
In the win, Musser and Robert Wenger reached the century mark while Wolf and Fahrney each finished at 99. Chieppor was also solid, scoring 98 for his team.
Crespo Nets 17 in MT Victory Over Red Lion January 8, 2018
It was a conflict over the throne of England in the Fifteenth Century. The Houses of Lancaster and York, represented by a red rose and a white rose, respectively, were involved what became known as the War of the Roses.
However, because this is a sports article rather than one in a historical journal, let's get to the point - basketball points, to be specific.
In the War of the Roses Tournament, which was played at various venues this past weekend, the Manheim Township boys' basketball team topped Red Lion by a 57-50 score as Tyler Crespo poured in a team-high 17 points.
The Blue Streaks, who improved to 7-2 with the victory, defeated the Lions in the West York leg of the tournament. The Lions' Jamel Foster also scored 17 points to tie Crespo for the game's top scoring honors. Each player made a pair of three-point baskets.
The Lions held a two-point lead heading into the second quarter. In that stanza, the Streaks poured on 21 points and grabbed a 32-27 lead at intermission. Despite a 17-point surge by the Lions in the final period, the Streaks held on for the win.
Brendan Mellott also scored a pair of treys and finished with 10 points for Township. Tyler Vicidomini also scored 10 while Hilton Ridley and Reece Sachs each added seven points, including a three-pointer for Sachs. Tommy Mann's three points also came from three-point range while Cameron Mulcavage's three points all came from the free throw line.
The Streaks' previous game was on December 28 against another non-league opponent. Dallastown held off a second-half comeback by the Streaks in a 64-59 win in Neffsville.
By halftime, the Wildcats had doubled the three-point lead that they held after one quarter of play, leading 27-21 at the midway point. The Wildcats edged their hosts 19-18 in the third quarter, which helped hold off the Streaks' fourth-quarter run.
Crespo again shared the game's top scoring total - this time with teammate Mellott as well as Dallastown's Braden Caldwell. Each of them scored 15 points with Crespo drilling three treys.
Mulcavage added 10 more points while Will Greiner had half a dozen points - all from three-point range. Sachs scored five while a pair of buckets gave Vicidomini four for the game.
With senior Megan Baldassarre leading a varsity roster filled with experienced seniors, a trio of juniors plus a handful of underclassmen who find ways to contribute, the Manheim Township girls' team has bolted ahead to a 4-0 Section One record.
"It has been a good mix so far," head coach Sean Burkhart said. "Obviously we rely heavily on the seniors. But the underclassmen have a good feel of what their roles are. These have been the keys to our success.
"We have three starters back who played a lot last year," continued the coach. "Eden Miller, who is a starter now, played a ton of minutes last year."
The team's most recent L-L League victory was a 58-42 defeat of Cedar Crest prior to the winter break. In that December 22 contest at home, the Streaks and Falcons were in a close battle with the Streaks finishing one point ahead in each of the first two quarters. After a 12-8 run in the third and a strong 18-8 run in the fourth, they put away their section rival.
Baldassarre was finding ways to score, finishing with 19 points, which included a pair of three-pointers plus five more field goals. Fellow senior Olivia Matto racked up 18 points, including two treys and a 4-for-5 night at the foul line. Sophomore Katie Bushong came through with 12 points while senior Eden Miller made off with eight points.
In the two-day Ephrata Tournament on December 27-28, the Streaks improved their overall mark to 9-0 with wins on both nights. They edged Palmyra 56-51 on Wednesday and wrapped up the tourney with a 61-36 crushing of the host school on Thursday.
Matto led all scorers in the Ephrata game, finishing with 14 points. Her repertoire of scoring included a pair of treys and four shots from the charity stripe.
Baldassarre and Bushong each netted a dozen points while Alexcia Bryant added seven more. Miller and Alijiah Bonano each finished with six point and Ali Quinn scored four.
Against Palmyra, the Streaks outscored their opponent 13-8 in overtime to record the win. Palmyra came on strong in the fourth quarter, outscoring Township 17-8 to send it into overtime.
"They went on a scoring rampage in the fourth quarter and tied it up," Burkhart recalled. "We needed to actually get a stop at the end of the game to keep it tied. It was the first time in the season we were in that situation."
Circling back to his experienced squad and critical situations like the end of regulation against Palmyra, Burkhart stated, "The upperclassmen know what to do in certain situations. I am not so hard pressed to call a timeout in some situations because of what they've been through in their career."
Matto's 18-point total was tops in the game. Bushong added 14, including a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line, while Baldassarre's 12 points all came from the field. Miller chipped in with seven points and Bonano added four.
The Blue Streaks' game on Friday was postponed due to winter weather conditions. Burkhart looked to the teams that are only half a game behind the Streaks in the Section One standings - both Elizabethtown and Cedar Crest are 4-1.
"Hopefully, there will be some separation in the coming week," he said. "As long as we can handle our business, going into the second set of games against league teams, it will be tough but we are in control of our destiny. It's nice to not be looking up at another team to knock off the team at the top for us."
Township's air rifle team evened its record at 2-2 following a 494-487 win over Garden Spot on Friday.
In the victory, the Streaks' Jada Bender and the Spartans' Alex O'Neill were the leaders on their respective teams with O'Neill shooting a 98 and Bender registering a perfect score of 100.
Hana Musser shot a 99 while Drew Chieppor, Michael Buffa and Robert Wenger all finished with 98's.
The Streaks were coming off back-to-back matches that ended with a one-point difference. On December 22, despite Chieppor and Musser each hitting the century mark, the Streaks came up short against visiting Conestoga Valley in a 590-589 final. The closely-fought match required the sixth shooter's score to decide a victor.
Wenger had a 98 as did Chris Rettew while Travis Kraft finished with a 97 for the Streaks.
The Buckskins had four shooters finish with a 99.
On December 19, the Streaks edged Elizabethtown 492-491 with Wenger coming through at 100 while Chieppor, Kraft, Michael Shatto and Ben Fahrney each shot 98's. The Bears' Caleb Flores recorded a 100.
The Blue Streaks were coming off a very close Section One match with McCaskey when they squared off against Cocalico on Wednesday. In that McCaskey match, Township suffered a 38-36 loss to the Red Tornado as sophomores Micah Sams and Alex King each notched a pin as did returning junior David Over and senior Carter Hassan.
Over's pin came at 138 while King claimed the 160 pound fall in just 54 seconds. Hasson pinned at 182 while Sams turned the trick in the second period at 113. The Streaks claimed six uncontested points with a McCaskey forfeit at 220. However, they had to forfeit at 120 as well as 285.
Charlie Leidig battled his way through a tough bout at 145 before McCaskey's Andrew Vogelbacher claimed a 5-3 decision.
In the Cocalico match, the only Township points came on a 9-5 decision by Hasson (182), a Hayden Brennan pin at 106 and Leidig's 8-5 decision at 145. The Eagles won 59-12 as the Streaks fell to 0-4 in the league.
Manheim Township fell to 2-3 with a tough 5-2 loss to Hempfield in an L-L League game on Tuesday.
Township senior Emily Scheurich had the highest aggregate score on the lanes. She finished with a 634, which included a score of 219 in her third game. Schuerich also rolled a 211 earlier.
The Knights were led by Mackenzie Kirchner and Katelyn Musselman who bowled 630 and 629, respectively.
Streaks Claim First Ever District Football Title December 11, 2017
The Manheim Township football team claimed its first ever District Three championship trophy on Saturday night, defeating Cumberland Valley in the Class 6A title game at Hersheypark Stadium.
The Blue Streaks held on for a 24-21 defeat of the Eagles, who had suffered a loss in last year's championship game with Wilson.
It was in fact, the first time a Township team has come this far into the post-season. The Blue Streaks improved to 12-1 with the win and will face Pine Richland - the District Seven 6A champ - on Saturday afternoon at Altoona in a PIAA 6A playoff game.
"First one in our school history," said Grayson Sallade, the Township running back who scored the team's third touchdown of the game. "It's great for everyone in the program. This is one of hardest working group of guys you'll see. The hard work paid off."
Township got on the board first after the defense came up with a huge play, sacking CV quarterback Jared Plessinger and causing a fumble, which the Streaks recovered on the Eagles' 32-yard line.
The Streaks moved the ball 10 yards, including Luke Emge's quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-one, earning a fresh set of downs at the CV 22. Emge, who completed eight of his first 10 passes, promptly passed the ball into the hands of a perfectly positioned Xavier Roman for a touchdown.
The Blue Streaks' second scoring drive was jump started not by a great defensive play, but a big play on special teams. The Eagles had lined up for a 28-yard field goal, which lineman James Starer blocked.
The bouncing ball was scooped up by Sallade, who galloped 30 yards before being finally brought down at the Cumberland Valley 49-yard line.
"I picked it up and started running; I wasn't sure if it was live or not," Sallade laughed. "Tonight we blocked a field goal; we made a field goal.... We practice a lot on special teams and it pays off. It's important to play all three facets of the game - offense, defense and special teams."
The drive to make the score 14-0 was sustained by two fourth-down conversions. On a fourth-and-three, Emge connected with Rece Bender for the senior's second reception of the night. The 14-yarder gave MT a first down at the 28. Another fourth-down attempt resulted in a nine-yard toss to Sallade for a first down.
"We've done a good job on fourth down all season," Emge said. "We have faith in the plays the coaches are calling."
"We were talking with the coaches, 'Hey can we go for it on fourth-down,'" said head coach Mark Evans. "We were making sure we were getting everything in line."
Emge, who finished the night with 14 completions on 21 attempts and 162 yards, threw a 20-yard TD pass to Hilton Ridley for Township's second score of the game with 4:05 to play in the first half.
Plessinger completed 15 of 23 passes for 209 yards on the night for CV. He was able to exploit one-on-one coverages on his star receiver Charlie Katshir, hitting the 6-foot-3 senior eight times, including some for big gains. A pair of those big passes came in the Eagles' ensuing possession when Katshir caught a 33-yard pass and the eventual 31-yard touchdown from Plessinger.
The only scoring in the third quarter was a Jack Rodenberger 27-yard field goal, extending Township's lead to 17-7 with 21 seconds left in the period. It was set up with Township earning great field position after forcing the Eagles to go three-and-out on their first possession of the period.
Prior to the Eagles' possession, the Streaks got things going on a Sallade 29-yard kickoff return to start the half. The senior running back, who finished with 23 carries for 102 yards, helped chew up the clock as Township made it to the Eagles' 16-yard line. After incomplete pass attempts into the end zone, Rodenberger's field goal was just wide from 33 yards out.
The Eagles did manage to make it a tight game on their only other possession of the third quarter. The drive, which carried into the fourth stanza, was aided by a 44-yard pass to Katshir. The team reached the Township 22 where Plessinger hit Cole McCoy for a TD.
The Streaks responded with a nine-play, 78-yard drive that ended on Sallade's 10-yard rushing touchdown with 6:50 left to play. It was 24-14 Township.
Emge commented on the offensive line's contribution on plays such as Sallade's rushing touchdown as well as the big fourth-down conversions earlier in the game.
"They're unbelievable," he said. "All year long they've set the tone. They're the reason we're here right now. Every time I'm running the ball, I know there's going to be a big hole for me. The offensive line does an amazing job."
Though the Streaks intercepted Plessinger at their own one-yard line with 4:51 to play in the game and managed to chew up another 2:09 before turning it over on a punt, the CV quarterback brought his team back on a 55-yard drive that ended on a three-yard run by Katshir.
The ensuing onside kick by the Eagles, scooted along the turf and into the sure hands of Emge.
"We knew it was coming," Emge said of the kickoff strategy. "I didn't expect it to come right at me. We just trusted that whoever it went to would make the play. I was able to help the team."
"Against a good football team, you can't panic," Evans added. "We talked about it a lot - staying focused and doing what we do."
"You know we've been working hard to finally turn the corner and I think we did that today," Sallade said.
Streaks Top Wilson, Advance to District Finals November 19, 2017
Manheim Township's football team ended a streak earlier this season, becoming the first team to defeat the Wilson Bulldogs in a Lancaster-Lebanon League regular season game since ..., well, since the Blue Streaks of 2007.
Four weeks following that 38-14 defeat of Wilson at Manheim Township, the Streaks played host to the Bulldogs again. Friday's game was a District Three Class 6A semifinal game and the result was another win over Wilson. Luke Emge threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Township won 28-14. The victory propelled the Streaks to their ever District Three championship game, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 25 at Hersheypark Stadium.
"First time in school history," head coach Mark Evans noted. "I'm elated for these guys. They're such a special group - the comraderie they have and the fun they're having. They will leave an incredible legacy behind at Manheim Township."
The Streaks took an early lead with Emge hitting Rece Bender with a 24-yard touchdown strike 1:47 into the game.
"Rece Bender had one heck of a catch," Evans commented.
The coach explained how the team's offensive scheme was executed as planned, leading to the win.
"We did some shifting and motioning - shifting we had not shown - and it was one of those things where the things we put together played to our strengths," he explained. "Our guys picked it up so well. They find a way to make it work when you throw new wrinkles at them.
"We ran some split options with [halfback] Grayson Sallade and Luke," Evans continued. "Everyone is focusing on Grayson, so he was the designated decoy in the game. They each had some big runs for us."
Late in the first quarter, the Bulldogs (8-4) tied the score on Chris Roberson's 27-yard touchdown reception from Connor Uhrig. It came with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
The Township offense went back to work as Emge & Company matriculated the ball up the field for the go-ahead score - a four-yard rushing touchdown by Sallade - with only 13 seconds remaining in the period. Jack Rodenberger's PAT kick made it 14-7.
The Streaks had another touchdown, which they got in just under the wire. It came with only 28 seconds left in the second quarter as Emge lunged over the goal line from a yard out, making it 21-7 in favor of the home team at halftime.
"We grounded it out when we had to," Evans said. "Luke needs something like 60 rushing yards for 2,000 on his career."
Emge ran the ball 10 times for 111 yards. He completed eight passes for 113 yards, including the two TD's. Bender caught three of Emge's completions and gained 51 receiving yards. Sallade ran the ball 26 times for 45 yards.
The two sides exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter with Wilson scoring on Iggy Reynoso's big 36-yard run and Hilton Ridley hauling in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Emge.
"We went for it on fourth down on our own 40 and didn't get it, giving them a short field," Evans said, referring to Wilson's second scoring drive. "The only two scores they had were assignment busts by us. We had a blown coverage and the next time our tackle left a huge whole. Take away the two busted plays and our defense played stellar,
"Defense wins championships and we're getting strong defensive play," Evans added. "Friday night we also had key special teams play. Jack Rodenberger kicked and punted very well for us."
Speaking of keys to success, Evans likes to talk about the guys in the proverbial trenches - namely the offensive linemen. They've been instrumental in Township's 11-1 record and subsequent success by individuals like Emge and Sallade.
"Those guys have played together for a long time," Evans said. "It's a good group. If you look at team success, if you have a lot of guys who have a lot of starts together, that usually equals success. If you look at the starts among the O-Line, you are looking at a team with a solid season. Our defensive linemen deserve a lot of credit too. Some of those guys also play on offensive line."
Asked about the accomplishment of defeating Wilson a second time this year where L-L League teams had failed to top the Bulldogs in 68 previous tries, Evans classified it as just getting a win over another formidable foe.
"I think at this point, when you're looking at what you're doing in the playoffs, it doesn't matter what you did during the year," he said. "They [Wilson] had motivation to win. For us at this point, we're focusing on the next opponent."
As for that next opponent, which is Cumberland Valley, the Township coach added, "This is something you don't want to see end. Unless you win it all, you're ending the season on a loss now. You have to win your district to move on to states and that's our goal."
Streaks Blank CD, Advance to 6A Semifinals November 13, 2017
Manheim Township moves on to play in the District Three Class 6A semifinals thanks to a 28-0 shutout of Central Dauphin on Friday night. The Blue Streaks, who closed out the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record against their Section One opponents, improved to 10-1 while the Rams ended their season at 6-5. In fact, the Rams' season opener was played at Manheim Township - a game the Streaks won 17-14 on September 1.
Head coach Mark Evans credited the defense with playing an outstanding game.
"Our defense kept us in the game," Evans said. "They had a convincing performance. Our defense allowed one first down in the first quarter and they [the Rams] didn't get one again until the fourth quarter."
Quarterback Luke Emge was one of the offensive starts for Manheim Township. The senior signal caller scored two rushing touchdowns and threw two TD passes, having a part in all four Township scores. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 142 yards.
Emge ran it in from 20 yards out to give his team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He threw an eight-yard TD pass to Brett Benjamin and a 10-yarder to Grayson Sallade for a pair of second-quarter scores. Jack Rodenberger's perfect day kicking PAT's helped make it 21-0 at the half.
Evans pointed to the sloppy play on offense and the need to clean up the errors - namely, turnovers.
"We almost beat ourselves a few times - turning the ball over five times," he said. "We had three takeaways defensively.
"We had a plus-10 turnover ratio coming into this game," continued the coach. "Now it's plus eight. It was an ugly win. But I would rather win ugly than lose pretty."
The Rams were held scoreless after having averaged 37.3 points in their six regular-season wins.
"I talked to our kids all week long, saying we couldn't take them for granted," Evans said. "They're a solid football team and for us to do what we did to them was unexpected. I felt confident that we could win. But I felt that we would have to perform very well, which our kids did.
"We've played Central Dauphin nine times in the past six years," continued the coach. "Twice in the playoffs they ended our season."
Township's regular season included decisive victories - some of which were 45 points or higher. One such win was the 38-14 defeat of the Wilson Bulldogs, who had won 68 straight Lancaster-Lebanon League regular-season games up to that point. The Bulldogs defeated Red Lion 42-7 in their opening-round game and will visit Manheim Township a second time.
"Now we have to try to do it twice," Evans said. "We know they're going to come in here fired up. We just have to go out there and do what we do best.
"It was great to get that first one out of the way," Evans said of the first-round game.
The Blue Streaks featured a trio of golfers who earned medals at the PIAA Class-AAA championships at Heritage Hills in York. Ellen Wager, Jacob Macinanti and Trey Kuntz were the medal recipients.
"I was extremely proud of their performances, "said head coach Steve Brenner. "All three are very talented players and they showed it at states.
"We were the only team there to have three players represented, which is a great accomplishment," Brenner added.
Macinanti finished ninth overall with a five-over par 74 in the state tournament. Kuntz finished 10th with a 77 at seven-over par in the two-day tournament on Monday and Tuesday, October 23-24.
Wager had a strong Monday but her shots weren't falling in as easily on Tuesday. She was 10-over par after being at even-par following Monday's holes. The junior finished in fifth place among the girls.
"To have them all finish in the top-10 and earn medals was icing on the cake," Brenner said. "It was also a great way for Trey and Jacob to end their high school careers."
The Blue Streaks came up short in a defensive battle with Downingtown West in a late afternoon playoff game on Tuesday. The Whippets had outscored their prior three opponents by an aggregate score of 11-1 en route to winning the District One title.
However, the Township defense held the Whippets to one second-half goal in this battle.
The Streaks end their season with a 15-9-0 record.
The squad says good-bye to seniors like leading goal scorer Asia Weaver (30 goals, 9 assists) as well as Katie Yoder (6 goals, 13 assists), Lexi Smith (4, 10), Lindsey Koser (7, 2) Emily Kurtz (1, 7), Olivia Witmer and Meredith Schultz, who had a pair of assists. Among those potentially returning is junior goalie Cat Wilson, who racked up 83 saves.
MT Football Claims First Section Title in 10 Yrs. November 6, 2017
The Streaks blew away Penn Manor in the regular-season finale on Friday night at Manheim Township. Defeating their Lancaster-Lebanon League foe 62-14, the Streaks (9-1) stayed unbeaten in Section One play with a 7-0 mark, claiming their first section title in 10 years.
The season isn't over, however, as the Streaks will host Central Dauphin on Friday night in the opening round of the District Three Class 6A playoffs. The Rams (6-4) go in as the seventh seed against second-ranked Manheim Township. In the regular-season opener, the Streaks edged the Rams 17-14 in a non-league game at home.
"We're on a path to accomplish more of the goals we have set for ourselves," said head coach Mark Evans. "We continue to keep our eyes on our goals and to work hard for them."
This victory marked the sixth time the Township offense has scored 45 or more points this year.
"You can throw your record out the window now," Evans remarked. "It's the playoffs and everybody is putting their best foot forward. It's what we call our second season and every opponent from now on is going to be tougher.
"Our kids did a great job," Evans said of the Penn Manor game. "All three phases of the game did well - offense, defense and special teams. There were still mistakes being made, but they were fixable mistakes. We keep challenging the kids to stay consistent. So we work on eliminating mistakes."
Speaking of every aspect of the team doing well, the Streaks had two defensive touchdowns as Xavier Roman had a 28-yard interception return and Brett Benjamin scooped up a fumble, which he returned 39 yards for another defensive TD.
"Yes, we had a pick six and a scoop-and-score," Evans laughed. "The ball came loose and got kicked around. Next thing you know, Brett Benjamin is picking it up and taking it to the house."
Township scored 42 points in the first half, including four touchdowns in the second quarter.
Roman caught a 70-yard TD pass from Luke Emge to open the scoring. Grayson Sallade scored each of the next two touchdowns on big running plays, scoring from 66 yards and 59 yards out. Sallade finished with 11 carries for 170 yards.
Jack Rodenbeger's perfect conversion of PAT kicks was good up until the game's final touchdown where the Comets blocked the kick.
Taraje Whitfield's 50-yard dash to the Township end zone put Penn Manor on the scoreboard. The Streaks responded with Benjamin's "scoop-and-score" and later added a two-yard TD run by James Starer.
Roman's pick-six and Jaden Floyd's five-yard TD run added to Township's lead. Zack Gerard finished the scoring on a one-yard touchdown carry.
Emge completed five of seven pass attempts for 140 yards and the two touchdowns. Bryce Casey had six carries for 32 yards. Josh Emge ran the ball three times for 28 yards and caught an 11-yard pass as well while Sam Emge had 22 yards on four carries.
Rece Bender caught two passes for a total of 35 yards. Benjamin had a 22-yard reception while Hilton Ridley caught a 13-yard pass.
Many of us have heard the classic call by Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully, describing a World Series game-winning home run by saying, "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
Though the World Series has nothing to do with high school soccer, the successful run by the Manheim Township girls' team can be described in similar ways.
"Outside of our coaches, our players and some of the families of our players, nobody thought we would have this good a season," said head coach Terry Law.
The Streaks were so close to qualifying for the PIAA Class-AAAA state playoffs, but came up one victory shy.
It was a heartbreaking loss for a team that wrapped up its 2017 season with an 18-3-3 record. The Streaks, who entered the district playoffs as the fourth-ranked team, suffered only their second loss of the season on Tuesday against Governor Mifflin in the district semifinals. They still had a chance to reach the state tournament as the district's third-place team. However, Central Dauphin came back to win 2-1 in Saturday's match at Northeastern High School.
Lauren Currey scored twice in the final 13 minutes of the match to give the Rams (18-4) the victory. Township had put the first goal of the game on the scoreboard when senior Julia Mason scored off an Alison Heckman assist in the second half.
"Currey is a strong, dynamic forward," Law commented. "On the second goal, one of our kids went for the tackle and Currey stayed on her feet."
Township reeled off eight shots on goal with CD goalie Cassy Baker making seven saves. Delaney McKnight had four saves for Township.
"We started out slow," said Law. "When the game first started, we scrambled. We were fortunate to reach the half tied 0-0. They had six or seven shots in the first half and created dangerous situations. We had no shots.
"We made a couple of adjustments at halftime," continued the coach. "The kids stepped up and we were the better team. We went up by one."
The Streaks battled to the very end to keep their season going.
"We certainly never gave up," said Law. "We were pounding on the door for the last seven minutes of the game after they went up 2-1. We dominated for that stretch, but just didn't finish."
Law went on to comment on the experience of coaching a great group of players.
"It was a great group of kids to be around," he said. "They gave their best every day.
"The seniors brought so much to the program in their four-year stint," he added. "They helped some of the younger players develop into their roles."
Of course, it would have been nice to keep the season rolling along.
"As we headed into the league playoffs, you hope to reach the championship," he said. "After winning that, you're hoping for more. We were overachievers.
"To come away with only three losses in a season is remarkable," Law added.
The Township squad played Governor Mifflin in the semis on Tuesday at Hamburg. Though they out-shot the Mustangs 8-5, the Streaks were unable to score in a 1-0 loss. The only goal of the game came in the 12th minute.
The Township girls' team finished second at the state championship race on Saturday. In the PIAA Class-AAA meet at Parkview, the Blue Streaks compiled 123 team points while Fox Chapel won it with 104 points.
Township actually drew even with Oakland Catholic with those 123 points. However, the sixth-place runner rule tipped the scales in the Streaks' favor. That sixth runner for Township was Chloe Kline, who finished 77th with a time of 20:15.
Leading the way for Township was the duo of Ava Pasewicz and Anabelle Lapp. They finished at 19:49, with Pasewicz a stride ahead of Lapp as she took 36th place.
Seniors Kira Jenkins (39th, 19:50), Cassandra Wilk (44th, 19:55) and Sam Side (56th, 20:01) helped fortify the strong position for the Streaks.
In the boys' race, Ian Miller ran individually and finished 77th at 17:01.
The PIAA Class 3A individual tennis championships got underway on Thursday at the Hershey Racquet Club. The Streaks were represented by senior Kate Moore and sophomore Taylor Kopan.
In the opening round, Kopan cruised by Indra Alagar of Obama Academy in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 whereas Moore came up short against Saige Roshkoff of Harriton.
Facing District Eleven champ Elessa Jacobs of Easton in the quarterfinals, Kopan was on the losing end of 6-1, 6-2 sets
Township tennis was also represented at the PIAA doubles championships. In Friday's preliminaries, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin moved past their opponents with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. In the quarterfinals, however, the District Three's top twosome suffered a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against SydneyLund and Haylie Laff of Central Bucks East. The CBE teammates went on to finish fourth in states.
The Blue Streaks will enter the PIAA Class-AAA field hockey playoffs as the fourth-place team out of District Three. In Saturday's consolation match at Lower Dauphin, the Streaks suffered a 2-1 loss to Hershey.
Meanwhile, Section One rival Penn Manor claimed the District Three 3A trophy with a 3-0 shutout of Lower Dauphin at Milton Hershey School.
Earlier in the week, Lower Dauphin had defeated Township 1-0 in the semifinals.
On Tuesday afternoon, District One champion Downingtown West will face Township in the first round of the state playoffs. The game will be held at West Chester East High School.
Lady Booters Top Warwick, Wilson in Districts October 30, 2017
"It's win or go home time," was how Manheim Township girls' soccer coach Terry Law described this stage of the season.
Though he wasn't creating the oft-used phrase, Law was plainly describing the intensity of the games his squad is playing now that the Blue Streaks are two rounds into the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs.
The Streaks improved to 17-1-3 with their 2-1 victory over Warwick and advanced to the district quarterfinals. Tuesday's win on Township's home turf featured a goal and an assist by Alison Heckman.
"They shrink the field and play an aggressive offside trap against us," Law said of Warwick - a team they had played twice in the regular season. "We would normally send runners early and I think they trapped us three times in the first half and twice in the second.
"Fortunately, we had a good officiating crew who were right on the line where they needed to be," Law continued.
Offside trap or not, Gabi Brown got through the Warriors' defense 26 minutes into the match and scored off a Heckman assist. The Streaks carried this lead into the second half but Mickayla Harris scored the equalizer seven minutes into the second half.
"We had about a 90-second spell in the second half where we got out of sorts and didn't come out of the defensive third the way we normally would," Law said. "They got a corner kick and turned it into a goal."
The eventual winning goal came on a penalty kick with 11 minutes left to play.
"Alison found Gabi on an angled through ball," Law described. "Their keeper came out and took her out; she never touched the ball. It was a clear penalty."
With Brown still hurting, Heckman took the penalty shot and scored.
"It wasn't like we could sit on the ball with a little less than 12 minutes to go," Law added. "We had to keep playing. Our keeper did a great job as did our defense. Kyra Rishell and Sydney Hoover are both freshmen. The two other backs are seniors Marissa Bennett and Lindsay Kohl. They've grown as a group and galvanized in their approach to the game.
"Without having those four with the way they've played, we wouldn't be where we are," he commented.
Delaney McKnight had five saves for Township.
"They played us tough the other two times we played," said Law. "The first one was a double overtime 1-1 draw; the other one we won 1-0 in overtime. So they were real battles.
"Honestly, you hate to play someone from your own section in districts," he continued. "You're hoping to see new teams."
The Streaks' next game was a quarterfinal match against Wilson at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday.
Township prevailed 1-0 as Heckman scored a late goal while McKnight made seven saves in the shutout.
The fourth-seeded Streaks will face Governor Mifflin - the number nine seed - in the semis.
The field hockey team needed overtime to claim Saturday's quarterfinal-round match at Milton Hershey School. The sixth-seeded Blue Streaks and the third-seeded Cumberland Valley Eagles both had a first-round bye.
Township prevailed 1-0 on Asia Weaver's goal early in the overtime period and improved to 15-6.
"We maintained possession for the majority of the game," head coach Renee Suter said. "They had some opportunities, especially with two corners near the end.
"Our defense - Emily Kurtz, Olivia Witmer and Meredith Schultz - and our goalkeeper Cat Wilson have been excellent," she added.
"We talked about possessing the ball in overtime," Suter explained. "The girls passed the ball to Asia Weaver in the circle and she got the ball in the corner of the goal."
Lexi Smith provided the assist as the Streaks not only reached the district semis but also qualified for the PIAA Class AAA tournament. The top four teams from the district qualify for states.
The Streaks' next game will be against Lower Dauphin.
"They're a well-coached team - a team that consistently goes deep into the post-season," Suter said of the Rams.
With an astounding 67 team points, the girls' cross country squad raced to first place in the District Three Class-AAA championship at Big Spring on Saturday. The boys' team finished 15th with 419 points.
Cassandra Wilk's ninth-place finish was tops for Township. She ran a 19:23. The top five runners for the girls finished under 20:00.
Ava Pasewicz (19:32), Anabelle Lapp (19:33) and Kira Jenkins (19:36) claimed 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively. Sam Side was 21st at 19:41.
Rounding out the team was Chloe Kline (32nd, 20:01) and Shannon Elias (40th, 20:16).
Ian Miller's eighth-place time of 16:30 was tops for the Township boys. Drew Sassaman (57th, 17:21) and Tim Antonacci (113th 17:56) ran second and third for the Streaks while Jarrid McKenzie (18:06) and Elias Fox (18:18) rounded out the top five. Also competing was Braden Schuyler (18:28).
Manheim Township remained undefeated in L-L League play and maintained sole possession of first place in Section One with its 61-14 victory at Lebanon on Friday night. The victory improved the Blue Streaks' league record to 6-0. With one more regular season game to go, the Streaks are 8-1 overall.
Six different players scored rushing touchdowns for Manheim Township in a game where the mercy rule was exercised in the second half - not something new for a team that has outscored opponents 179-42 over its past four games.
"In seven of our nine games, the mercy rule has been invoked," pointed out head coach Mark Evans.
"Well, one of those was with Governor Mifflin," Evans laughed, noting that one of those games had the Blue Streaks on the losing end. "So, in six of our eight wins, we had our young guys finishing the games. Our starters were out.
"As far as being able to give them rest, it speaks volumes about our program," continued the coach. "I hope it results in and factors into having our players stay healthy and fresh for the post-season. We got a lot of kids a taste of Friday night lights - it bodes well for building a program."
Xavier Roman and Brett Benjamin each caught a TD pass from starting quarterback Luke Emge. The senior signal caller completed 12-of-19 pass attempts for 157 yards, including a pair of completions for 47 yards to junior Hilton Ridley.
Cameron Horst was the leading ground gainer for Township, churning up 61 yards of real estate on 10 carries. He scored one of the six rushing TD's as did senior Grayson Sallade, who finished with 49 yards on seven carries.
Luke Emge ran the ball six times for 38 yards while Josh Emge came in for one running play - his 10-yard rushing touchdown.
The Streaks also scored on Bryce Casey's touchdown run. The sophomore finished with 31 yards on five carries. Drake Puffenbarger, who had 21 yards on four carries, also scored as did Ethan Hurst on his two-yard surge over the Cedars' goal line.
The touchdowns by Hurst and Puffenbarger were special ones. That is, if you're familiar with these names on the Township roster. Puffenbarger is a 6-foot-4, 240-lb linebacker and tight end. Hurst is an offensive lineman.
"Ethan is a left guard," Evans said. "I made a bet with him that if we beat Wilson [which Township did on October 20], I would give him a chance to score a touchdown."
The head coach was true to his word.
The Streaks will close out the regular season on their home turf against Penn Manor before heading into the District Three Class 6A playoffs. Manheim Township is currently riding a six-game win streak, and is ranked second in the district behind Cumberland Valley (8-1).
"A lot can still happen in the final week of the season with the teams that are below us," Evans said. "We just need to take care of our own and stay focused on the game ahead."
The girls' tennis team suffered a close 3-2 loss in the PIAA Class-AAA state quarterfinals on Friday. In an afternoon match played at Hershey Racquet Club, Mt. Lebanon posted a victory to halt the brilliant season this Township team had put together.
Mount Lebanon won both doubles matches, making it a very close match at number two doubles as Lizzie McBride and Lauren Martin suffered a 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (3) defeat.
Julia Darkey won her number one singles match 6-0, 6-0 and Taylor Kopan won her singles match 6-0, 6-1.
Kate Moore came up short at second singles in 6-2, 6-4 finals. The Streaks record goes to 19-1.
Earlier in the week, they defeated Downingtown West by a 4-1 score in the opening round at Hershey Racquet Club.
Manheim Township's season came to an end on Tuesday with a first-round loss to Chambersburg in the opening round of the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs. The Blue Streaks wrap up their season with a 9-9-1 record as the Trojans posted a 1-0 victory on their home turf.
The Trojans entered the district tournament as the seventh seed. With their win over 10th-seeded MT and another 1-0 shutout in the quarterfinals, the Trojans improved to 12-3-4 with a semifinal match scheduled against Ephrata at Hersheypark Stadium.
Township's season ended with a 3-0 loss to Cumberland Valley in district playoffs. The Eagles topped the Streaks 25-12, 25-13 and 25-11.
The Streaks wrapped up their season with a 6-10 mark.
Simone Saker, Trinity Tull, Claire Hummel and Megan Baldassarre each notched a pair of kills while Hummel also registered a block. Alice Thorsen led the team with five digs while Eva Mancini had an ace and eight assists. Nicolina Kondos also served up one ace.
Township Girls Dominate L-L League Field October 23, 2017
The L-L League Championship race took place on Tuesday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School. The Township girls dominated the meet and won with only 44 team points - far ahead of second-place Elizabethtown (100 points) while Hempfield took third at 102.
In the boys' race, the Streaks finished eighth with 228 points - not far behind seventh-place Elizabethtown (209) while Hempfield won with 72 points.
Samantha Side led the way with her third-place finish in 18:52.6. Fellow senior Kira Jenkins posted a time of 19:09.8 and finished fifth while Cassandra Wilk (19:29) and sophomore Ava Pasewicz (19:34.0) also finished ninth and 11th respectively.
Anabelle Lapp (17th, 19:52.9), Chloe Kline (21st, 19:59.8) and Shannon Elias (25th, 20:15.1) made the top-25 while senior Emily Antonacci's 21:33.1 was good for 45th place.
In the boys' race, the Streaks, who were led by Ian Miller's fifth-place finish (16:32.5), placed eight runners in the top 100 spots. Drew Sassaman was 35th at 17:20.0 while Tim Antonacci ran a 17:37.4 to claim 52nd place. Elvias Morara (69th, 17:59.9) was a few strides ahead of Elias Fox (18:01.6) and Eddie Newman (18:02.8), who finished 72nd and 73rd, respectively.
Jarrid McKenzie earned 83rd in the race at 18:09.1 and Braden Schuyler (18:35.8) was 98th.
The last Lancaster-Lebanon League team to defeat a Wilson Bulldogs football team was the 2007 Manheim Township squad.
If that sounds like a decade-long stretch, that's true.
Since that loss, Wilson had gone on to record 68 consecutive victories in league play.
And if you counted nine straight regular-season wins over Manheim Township during that stretch, you are correct.
However, there was something in the air Friday night as the Streaks hosted the Bulldogs in a Section One clash. Both teams came into the game with a 4-0 league record and with Township at least temporarily in sole possession of first place.
"We talked to the kids all week long that they [Bulldogs] are the ones who have to preserve their streak. There was no pressure on us," said head coach Mark Evans. "From the first play to the final play of the game, our kids played with confidence and focus."
And so the team that handed Wilson its last league loss 10 years ago, put up a 38-14 victory and thus gave the Bulldogs a one-game losing streak instead.
"To have a 68-game win streak is phenomenal," said Evans. "Give all the praise they deserve to their program because that's amazing. But for us to be the best, we had to beat the best.
"We had a phenomenal evening," Evans remarked. "What a victory for our program!"
Wilson actually scored first in the game, going ahead 7-0 on Connor Uhrig's nine-yard pass to Nick Johnson.
Grayson Sallade, who had another big game, scored the game-tying touchdown. It came on a four-yard rushing TD later in the first. It was the first of his two rushing TD's. Sallade ran for 128 yards on 22 carries. He also had an interception return for a touchdown, sealing Wilson's fate in the fourth quarter.
"He had an outstanding night," Evans noted.
Sallade's 44-yard dash to the end zone made it 14-7 in the second quarter. But back came the Bulldogs, tying the score one last time on another Uhrig TD pass. Uhrig had 15 completions for 95 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
His counterpart - quarterback Luke Emge - was able to complete six of nine pass attempts for 109 yards. Following Uhrig's second TD pass, Emge engineered a drive that ended with his 34-yard scoring toss to Xavier Roman. The teams went into the locker rooms with MT ahead 21-14.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Tom Cesarone caught a 38-yard TD pass from Emge in the fourth quarter. For good measure, Jack Rodenberger, who was perfect on the night with his PAT kicks, hit a 34-yard field goal to give the home team more cushion. Sallade added the pick-six later in the final period.
Evans was asked what this win meant to the band of brothers who've donned the Manheim Township uniform this year.
"It just continues to define and solidify their legacy," he replied. Each team leaves their legacy behind. What is yours going to be? We encourage them to build and add to their own. This is a great group of kids."
Winning a soccer match for the Manheim Township girls' team has a simple formula: Score a goal or two and rely on the defense and goalie Delaney McKnight to keep the other team off the scoreboard.
"They've been outstanding all year," head coach Terry Law said of his steady goalie and defenders.
In Thursday night's L-L League Championship match at Warwick, the defense and McKnight (six saves) held strong for 80 minutes. But they had to perform for another 15; and another 15. Well..., another 14:45.8 to be exact.
It was with 14.2 seconds left in the second overtime that Emma Hagg scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Conestoga Valley, keeping the league championship trophy at Township. The Streaks (16-1-3) advance to the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the fourth seed.
"Alison Heckman grabbed a bad pass coming out of CV's defensive end," Law described, "and ran it past the defenders. It deflected off one of their players for a corner.
"She set it up, served it and Emma Hagg bodied the ball in over the line," Law continued.
Of course it was an anticlimactic jubilation for Law and the Blue Streaks' bench at first.
"From our vantage point, we couldn't tell what had happened," he explained. "It looked like the keeper reached back for the ball. The ball was played back.
"But the referee was fortunately on the line and saw that it went over the line," added the coach. "He called the goal.
"It was a crazy game that could have gone either way," Law said. "They dominated chunks of the game and we dominated at times. Both teams refused to give in. Players were throwing their bodies at the ball to block anything and everything. CV looked dangerous in the first overtime period. We were on our heels, but were able to keep the ball out of our frame.
"We've been there so many times this year," he added. "It wasn't anything new for us. I think it was our eighth overtime game this year.
"We do have a flair for the dramatic," he quipped.
The Streaks reached the title game thanks to Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of Hempfield in the semifinal round.
In that game, which was played at Conestoga Valley, the Streaks out-shot the Knights 8-3 with Heckman scoring two goals. She scored six minutes into the match and the team kept the 1-0 edge into the second half. Only eight minutes into the second half, she made it 2-0. Katherine Lopez added one in the 65th minute and Hagg capped the scoring with six minutes left in the match. Gabi Brown delivered an assist.
McKnight had three saves in this shutout.
"I thought Hempfield came out very strong early in the game," Law said. "We stayed in rhythm and knocked the ball around well. We were able to pull their defense apart and be productive. The entire squad played well - one of our best team performances from start to finish."
The districts begin this week with Township hosting Warwick in the first round.
Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin battled their way to a District Three Class-AAA championship victory on Saturday, defeating Aneesa Malik and Alexandra Pancu of Conrad Weiser 6-4, 6-1 at the Hershey Racquet Club.
The Darkey/Garvin duo had entered the tournament as the top seed and showed why almost immediately, dispensing with their first opponents by a 6-0, 6-0 score on Friday. In Friday's quarterfinals, they defeated Hempfield's Livia Jackson and Kate Donnell - by a 6-1, 6-2 count.
Saturday's semis found them facing Hershey's Chandni Desai and Ashlynn Searer. The Township twosome prevailed 6-2, 6-3.
The top three teams advance to the PIAA Class-AAA state championships.
The Blue Streaks, who had opened up the league playoffs with a 5-1 victory on Saturday, October 14, reached the L-L League field hockey championship match thanks to a 7-0 shutout of Lampeter-Strasburg in Tuesday's semifinal match at Warwick.
The Streaks improved to 14-5 with the win as two different players scored two goals each - Asia Weaver and Lindsey Koser.
In addition, Ashlyn Campagna, Emily Kurtz and Sophia Rockwell registered two assists each. Meredith Schulz had one assist.
Katie Labezius and Lexi Smith scored first-half goals as did Weaver while Koser scored twice before intermission. Weaver and Allison Cubell tacked on two more in the second half.
Cat Wilson stopped three shots to earn the shutout win.
Penn Manor's appearance in the league title game was not a surprise. The Comets came into Thursday night's game at Conestoga Valley with a 20-0 record. They will take a 21-0 mark into district playoffs thanks to a 2-0 victory in the championship match.
After a scoreless 24 minutes, Anna May Barbusca scored off a corner. Emma DeBerdine added a late second-half goal off a Briana Harsh assist.
Wilson played another tough game, making three saves.
Both the Streaks and the top-seeded Comets earned a bye in the first round of the District Three Class-AAA playoffs, which begin on Wednesday. The sixth-seeded Streaks will face number three seed Cumberland Valley this coming Saturday.
The Township golf team will be sending all three of its golfers who competed in last Monday's PIAA East Regional Championships at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood to the PIAA Championships.
Jacob Macinanti, Trey Kuntz and Ellen Wager all qualified and will compete in the state championships at Heritage Hills, outside of York.
"We had three players qualify for regionals and thankfully all three qualified for states," said Steve Brenner. "This is Ellen's second time getting through; it's Jacob and Trey's first time as individuals. They're all happy."
Macinanti shot a 77 and Kuntz finished with a 79 in the regionals while Wager shot an 85.
"It was very windy and it was cold," said Brenner. "They didn't get off to the best of starts. You tell them to keep fighting. They couldn't play their best because of the conditions, but they all advanced."
Blue Streak Booters Finish Third in Section One October 16, 2017
Manheim Township simply had to hold on to that third-place position in the Section One standings. The boys' soccer team needed to finish out the regular season with two more games while Conestoga Valley was on its heels.
Despite two losses, which simultaneously coincided with two CV victories, the Blue Streaks still managed to make the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with a 7-5-0 league record.
The season-ending losses included a 4-1 setback at home to Section One rival Hempfield on Tuesday. Andrea DiSomma's goal in the 78th minute of the match helped Township avoid being blanked.
The Knights had four goal scorers, including first-half goals by Dan Hester and Jake Suchar.
Warwick's Brandon Perezous scored early in Thursday's match at Township and again in overtime to give the Warriors a 3-2 triumph.
Robbie Heckman paced the visitors to a 2-0 lead before goals by DiSomma and Anderson Velozwong tied the score with 12 minutes left in regulation. Grayson King chipped in with an assist.
The opening round of the league playoffs found the Streaks facing Section Three champion Lancaster Mennonite in a Saturday match at Penn Manor.
The Blazers, who had blazed ahead to a 14-0-0 regular season mark against league opponents, scored six times against Township, earning a semi-finals berth against Ephrata with a 6-1 result.
The Blazers, who had yielded only seven goals in their 18 regular season games, gave up only their eighth goal of the season in this victory.
Despite 12 shots on goal, DiSomma's goal midway through the first half was the only one the Streaks were able to put on the board. The Blazers had a hat trick courtesy of Matthew Lynch and two goals by Ben Lefever.
Though this extended Manheim Township's losing streak to three and that third loss coming in the league playoffs, the team still managed to make the District Three Class-AAAA playoffs as the 10th seed in the power rankings.
The Blue Streaks earned another L-L League victory, making this particular stretch of four consecutive Section One wins more impressive because three of them were on the road.
"The kids are playing with tremendous confidence," head coach Mark Evans commented. "I think we're tough when we're at home but this group of kids has worked very hard together."
The latest win was Friday's 45-7 win at Warwick, improving Township's league record to 4-0 (6-1 overall).
"Our guys were on a mission - there's no other way to describe it," Evans said. "I think we might have even left 14 or 21 points on the field because we had a pass interception that was dropped and a touchdown that was called back."
One of those guys "on a mission" was senior quarterback Luke Emge, who threw for 236 yards on 13 completions, including three touchdown passes. He had touchdown tosses to Rece Bender, Xavier Roman and Brett Benjamin, who led all receivers with 117 yards on four receptions.
"Luke needed that game," said Evans. "What Warwick tried to do to us was to take away the running game. They wanted us to beat them with the pass. We are not one-dimensional; we can run or throw depending on what you give us. They played us man-to-man and they paid for it."
Emge also finished with 47 yards rushing. He scored Township's first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard keeper in the first quarter. He then hit Benjamin on a 44-yard scoring pass.
Jack Rodenberger, who had made both extra points, kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 17-0. Roman's 21-yard TD catch and the 27-yarder to Bender closed out the first-half scoring, making it 31-0 Township at intermission.
The defense held the Warriors scoreless until the third quarter.
"Our defense continues to play solid football," Evans said. "All eleven are playing with a really good mindset."
Josh Emge scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter. Grayson Sallade, who led the team with 50 rushing yards, scored on a 13-yard carry in the fourth.
The next game for the Streaks is Wilson.
"They have won 68 games in the league and we're hoping that it stops at 68," Evans said.
For Township tennis star Taylor Kopan, it was a week with a championship win as well as a loss.
Kopan and teammate Kate Moore were the winning pair in the L-L League Flight Tournament this past week, actually defeating teammates Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin in the championship match at Conestoga Valley on Monday. Kopan and Moore won 6-0, 6-3 after winning through the earlier rounds, including a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Donegal duo Emily Ashley/Sophie May in the semis.
They had opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory and won by the same score against the Cedar Crest doubles team of Claire Aiken and Serena Cheng.
Meanwhile, the Darkey/Garvin twosome posted a pair of 6-0 6-0 victories until they reached the semifinals. Hempfield's Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson won the first set 6-2, but Darkey and Garvin prevailed 6-4, 10-5.
Speaking of this cast of tennis stars, the District Three Class-AAA championships were played at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday and Saturday, featuring Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey in the singles tournament.
Hagino edged Kopan 6-2, 6-4 to win the district title. She made it through the semis with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of Darkey, who had won 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.
There was more Township vs. Township in this championship. Moore suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kopan in the semis after Kopan had topped Garvin in the second round.
Moore defeated Darkey in the consolation match, making it a top-four district ranking of Hagino, Kopan, Moore and Darkey - in that order.
After playing to their third draw of the season - a scoreless one with Hempfield on Tuesday - the Blue Streaks wrapped up the regular season and headed into the L-L League playoffs with a 13-1-3 record (8-1-3 L-L League).
In the opening round of the league playoffs, the Blue Streaks defeated Elco in overtime 3-2 on Saturday in a match played at Conestoga Valley. Allison Heckman delivered the game-winner in the 82nd minute- two minutes into OT. It was Heckman's second goal of the game and MT's 12th shot on goal.
Township went ahead 1-0 early in the match on Heckman's first goal. The Section Three champion Raiders (16-2-1) tied it 10 minutes into the second half and took the lead on Tanisha Grewal's goal in the 60th minute. Thanks to Katherine Lopez, the Streaks tied it in the 68th minute, setting up overtime heroics.
Julia Mason had two assists for Township and Gabi Brown recorded one more.
Delaney McKnight had eight saves in the win. She had seven more in the scoreless tie with Hempfield as MT out-shot the host Knights 8-7.
In between the draw and the playoff win, the Streaks wrapped up the regular season with a 1-0 win at Warwick. That too was an overtime game with Brown scoring four minutes into extra time on an assist by Heckman. Both teams finished with five shots on goal. The Streaks concluded the regular season with that win, finishing with an L-L League mark of 8-1-3 - second behind Conestoga Valley (10-1-1) in the Section One standings.
CV and Ephrata were also winners in the quarterfinal round with the latter winning on penalty kicks. Hempfield edged Lampeter-Strasburg 2-1 and will face Township at CV in the semis.
The winning pace by Sam Side, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz - who claimed the top three positions in Tuesday's race - shows why the girls' cross country team has been unbeaten in league competition.
Side was well ahead of the pack, winning the race with a time of 20:08. Jenkins (20:39) was a stride ahead of Pasewicz (20:40) while Cassandra Wilk (20:59) crossed the finish line in sixth place.
Township topped Hempfield 17-45 and beat McCaskey 19-41, finishing first as a team and improving to 8-0.
Chloe Kline (9th, 21:15) and Anabelle Lapp (10th, 21:24) rounded out the top five counters. Shannon Elias (12th, 21:56) also helped the team as did Emily Antonacci (18th, 23:12) and Emma Deiterle (19th, 23:23).
In boys' action, Hempfield is the unbeaten team. On Tuesday, the Knights edged the Streaks 21-42 and downed McCaskey 17-44 while Township topped McCaskey 25-32, improving to 6-4 on the year.
Though Hempfield's Christian Groff won the race at 17:06, Township junior Ian Miller was a close second at 17:08.
Timothy Antonacci's 18:25 gave the Streaks a sixth-place finish. Drew Sassaman (13th, 18:36), Elias Fox (15th, 18:39) and Elvis Morara (16th, 18:45) had solid performances as did 18th-place runner Jarrid McKenzie (19:01) and 20th-place finisher Braden Schuyler (19:32)
In field hockey playoff action, the Streaks advanced to the second round of the L-L's by beating Elco in a quarterfinal match played at Donegal on Saturday.
Asia Weaver scored twice in the first half. Katie Yoder, Sophia Rockwell and Katie Labezius each added a goal in the second half. Also contributing to the scoring was Abby Laubach with three assists as well as Yoder and Ashlyn Campagna with one assist each.
The Streaks, who had finished second in Section One play with a 9-3-0 mark, improved to 13-5-0 overall.
Speaking of Section One games, the Township's regular season ended on a high note as they defeated Hempfield 5-0 on Tuesday.
Weaver notched a hat trick while single goals came off the sticks of Laubach and Lexi Smith.
Yoder had a pair of assists while Rockwell, Campagna and Meredith Schulz each had one.
The Streaks suffered a 3-0 loss on the road Monday night. Elizabethtown, 8-0 in league play, won the non-league match 25-15, 25-13, 25-10.
Megan Baldassarre led in kills with four. Trinity Tull had three blocks while Evan Mancini came away with two aces and six assists. Alice Thorsen had a team-high nine digs.
Township went up against Warwick on Thursday night but suffered a hard-fought 3-1 loss (25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12).
MT Lady Booters Sit Second in the Standings October 9, 2017
For anyone who is a high school soccer guru, the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section One standings for girls' soccer have Conestoga Valley at 8-1-1, Manheim Township at 7-1-2 and Hempfield at 8-2-0.
This past week, after a 1-0 victory over non-league foe Lower Dauphin, the Township team went on to edge league rival Cedar Crest in an overtime game before finishing the week by playing Conestoga Valley to a scoreless draw.
"Cedar Crest played well," said head coach Terry Law. "They had a plan and executed it well.
"It was senior night for us, which is an emotional game every season," Law added. "Sometimes that gets in the way of execution. It had some effect on the game, but the end of the day, you still have to finish your opportunities."
Law gave credit to Crest keeper Courtney Wysokowski, who finished with five saves.
"Their keeper made some good saves and we didn't convert on any opportunities," he said. "But we will take the win any way we can get it."
The win came when Emma Hagg scored eight minutes into overtime. Caroline Wood provided the assist.
The Tuesday home game welcomed Lower Dauphin. The Streaks went on top with another late goal in this one. Alison Heckman scored with three minutes left in regulation. Gabi Brown assisted on the score.
Delaney McKnight recorded both shutouts. She played another stellar match against Conestoga Valley. It was Township's fourth straight game at home. McKnight and CV goalie Lauren Yoder each made three saves
"It is really tight," Law said of the standings. "It will be an interesting week with games at Hempfield and Warwick.
"There are a lot of variables," he continued. "We have to go out and execute. Hopefully, we will have some good fortune along the way by focusing on what we have to do and not worrying about what everyone else is doing."
Luke Emge ran for one touchdown and threw two TD passes on Friday night, helping Manheim Township win a Section One game at McCaskey, 35-7.
Township (3-0 LL, 5-1 overall) scored one touchdown in each of the first two quarters. Rece Bender caught a 14-yard TD pass from Emge in the first quarter. Grayson Sallade caught a 30-yarder in the second stanza.
"That play was amazing," head coach Mark Evans described. "That ball went right through a defender's hands and into his. He's pretty solid in terms of how he comes ready to play and focused."
In the third quarter, the Streaks increased their lead to 28-0 thanks to a nine-yard run by Josh Emge and Luke Emge's one-yard quarterback sneak. And with Cameron Horst's big 47-yard dash to the end zone, the lead increased to 35-0.
Luke Emge completed eight of 16 passes for 101 yards and no interceptions. Sallade led the team in rushing (13-for-81). Horst's 47-yard TD helped him attain 65 yards on the night. Josh Emge ran for 54 yards on six carries.
The defense of course did a great job. Having a winning record requires both sides to be playing well.
"I think both sides are working hard and figuring it out," said Evans. "Both sides are complementing each another."
In a losing cause, Tallian Lehr threw for 164 yards on 15 completions, including a touchdown, and two interceptions.
"They made us play four quarters," Evans said, giving credit to McCaskey. "I think that's awesome because our kids needed to be in that kind of a game.
"They also did a good job of bottling up Grayson Sallade," Evans added. "They took away the outside stuff. We just kept going straight at them and our offensive line did a phenomenal job."
In the L-L League Tennis Tournament, the Streaks were well represented in singles and doubles flights.
In the Flight One Class-AAA doubles at CV, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore won the first round match 6-0, 6-0 and did the same in the second round. They also downed Sophie May and Emily Ashley of Donegal 6-1, 6-0 to make it to the championship round.
But having Township well-represented is an understatement for the duo of Moore and Kopan will be facing Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin - yes, Manheim Township teammates. The Darkey/Garvin duo also opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win and did the same to their second-round opponents. Amanda Hagino and Livia Jackson of Hempfield won the opening set of the semifinal round by a 6-2 score. However, the Township twosome won the next two, 6-4, 10-6.
When the singles championship match is played, in other words, Flight One singles, Hagino and Kopan will square off. Interestingly, Kopan had to play through a semifinal round against her doubles partner. She topped Moore 6-3, 6-2. Moore will face Darkey, who came up short against Hagino in the other semifinal. Garvin and May will play for fifth place.
In addition, Lauren Martin and Nicole Honrade will play for the Flight Two doubles finale. They had a pair of 8-1 wins and an 8-4 win in the semis.
In team competition, the Streaks claimed the league title with a 5-0 defeat of Hempfield on Tuesday at Ephrata. The Streaks had won the semifinal match the previous day against Donegal by a 5-0 count.
The semifinals, played on Township's home court, had Kopan, Moore and Darkey winning their singles matches in straight sets.
Garvin and Honrade won the first doubles while Lizzie McBride joined Martin at second doubles. Both matches ended in a 6-0, 6-0 MT win.
Darkey, Moore and Kopan played in first, second and third singles, respectively, against Hempfield. They won in straight sets as did their doubles teammates Honrade/Garvin and McBride/Martin.
By outscoring two league rivals by an aggregate score of 15-0 this past week, the field hockey team raised its record to 11-5-0 (8-3-0 LL).
In Monday's 9-0 defeat of McCaskey, a trio of goal scorers tallied two goals each. Lindsey Koser and Sophia Rockwell each had a first-half goal and another following intermission. Asia Weaver not only scored two, she also assisted on two others. Lexi Smith and Abby Laubach each had two assists as well.
Julia Romano, Katie Labezius and Katie Yoder made their way into the scoring column while Emily Kurtz and Rea Fox provided assists.
The shutout was shared by Cat Wilson and Vanessa Daniels - one save each.
Friday's 6-0 win over Cedar Crest was also at home.
Weaver was unstoppable, scoring four times. Fox and Sophia Rockwell also scored while Lindsey Koser, Ashlyn Campagna and Laubach each notched an assist. Kurtz registered two assists.
Wilson needed to make one save for this shutout.
Looking to keep a winning momentum heading into the L-L League playoffs the boys' soccer team crushed Lebanon 7-0 on Thursday night and downed Conestoga Valley 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Streaks improved to 7-3-0 in the league and are nipping at Warwick's heels for second place in the section.
Joshua Orndorff needed just one save to earn the shutout against Lebanon.
Andrea DiSomma led the scoring with two goals. Adam Sadek, Matt Sickler, Anderson Velozwong and Zach Brubaker also scored. Nolan Ross led with two assists while Ian Rothfus, Ayden Lee and Velozwong each added one.
DiSomma had two more goals in the CV match. Anderson scored the other.
Orndorff came away with seven saves.
The Streaks opened the week with a 3-1 non-league match against District Three powerhouse Central York. The first game went to Township, 25-15. The Panthers sneaked by with 25-18 scores in each of the next two before winning the fourth game 25-15.
Township's Mega Baldassarre led the team with six kills. Nicolina Kondos came through with three aces and eight digs. Simone Saker added 13 digs while Trinity Tull put up three blocks. Eva Mancini tallied eight assists.
In a league match at home on Tuesday, Cedar Crest won 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20).
This time Saker led the team in kills with eight. Kondos, with 10 digs, and Alice Thorsen had two aces each. Mancini led the team with 11 assists and Claire Hummel added two blocks.
Township topped McCaskey on Thursday night 3-0, improving to 4-5 in the L-L League. They won 25-19, 25-4, 25-22.
Baldassarre had six kills. Both Thorsen and Saker had four aces. Kondos had 11 digs and Mancini dished out 12 assists. Tull turned in three blocks.
In the District Three Class-AAA Golf Championships at Briarwood East over the weekend, Trey Kuntz and Jacob Macinanti qualified for the PIAA Class-AAA Eastern Regional Championships. Ellen Wager will advance to the girls' PIAA regionals.
Kuntz shot a 3-over par 75. He finished fourth. Macinanti shot a 78 and finished 12th. The top 16 golfers made the cut for PIAA's. Shaun Fedor just missed the cut with a score of 82, which earned him 17th place. Jack Marchant was 21st with a score of 84.
Wager had an excellent game, finishing second with a score of 82. The top eight golfers advance from the girls' competition, which meant Erica Corey of Township missed the cut despite finishing in a tie for 12th place.
Township toppled the competition in Tuesday's Section One boys' race at home. The boys topped Ephrata 20-44 and dominated Lebanon 15-55 and improved to 5-3. The girls' team stayed unbeaten, topping Ephrata 19-44 and Lebanon 15-55.
In the girls' race, Township claimed seven of the top 10 spots, including Sam Side's winning time of 19:32. Ava Pasewicz was second at 19:47 and Kira Jenkins finished third at 19:51.
Taking sixth was Anabelle Lapp (20:27) while Chloe Kline (20:31) was seventh.
Cassandra Wilk (8th, 20:37) and Shannon Elias (9th, 20:43) also finished in the top 10.
The 11th through 16th finishes belonged to Leah Sassaman (21:49), Emily Antonacci (21:50), Emma Dieterle (22:03), Taylor Orr (22:23) Auriella Huss (22:23) and Carleigh Roche (22:24). Lauren Nam (19th, 24:15) and Grace Weaver (20th, 24:18) also placed.
In the boys' race, Ian Miller claimed second (16:46) and Tim Antonacci was stride for stride with Eddie Newman - both at 17:58. Drew Sassamans's 18:05 placed him fifth. Jarrid McKenzie took sixth at 18:16.
Also finishing strong were Elvis Morara (8th, 18:36), Elias Fox (9th, 18:44), Hayden Severe (11th, 19:03) and Brandon Schuyler (12th, 19:07).
Also placing in the top 20 was Riley Horton (14th, 19:18), Conner Spahr (15th, 19:39), Ben Rathman (17th, 19:59) and Hayden Brennan (20th, 20:19).
MT Field Hockey Team in the Race for Playoffs October 2, 2017
As Manheim Township's field hockey team contends for a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff berth, the Streaks had to face the first- and second-place schools in the Section One standings last week.
Warwick was able to pull off a 3-2 overtime win on its home turf Monday night in a key league game.
"Overtime can be physically tiring," said head coach Renee Suter. "We talk about just possessing the ball and being mentally tough to overcome the obstacles."
Morgan Bomberger gave Warwick the win with the game-winner at the 10:44 mark of overtime. Both teams had one goal in each half. Katie Yoder scored for Township early in the first half on a penalty stroke. Asia Weaver, off a Lindsey Koser assist, added a goal in the second half. Biz Van Scoten and Maddie Behn scored for the Warriors during regulation.
Speaking of tiring efforts, Cat Wilson and Catie Brubaker went the distance as goalies, making nine saves each. Wilson played a strong match in front of the Township cage.
"Cat Wilson has been a really good goalkeeper for us, stepping up to play her first year of varsity," Suter said. "I'm impressed with her technical skills. Her mentality in front of the cage - keeping the ball out."
Penn Manor was up next for Township. The unbeaten Comets stayed that way, posting a 4-0 win at home on Wednesday.
"The score didn't reflect the type of game it was," Suter said. "Our girls ran with them the entire 60 minutes. We made them work for every goal. We played hard with a lot of integrity."
The integrity carried into the Conestoga Valley match - a 1-0 shutout on the road. Wilson, who had 10 saves against Penn Manor, recorded two in this victory. Weaver scored off a Yoder assist at the 9:10 mark of the first half.
"We struggled to get the ball into the goal," said Suter. "They definitely challenged us."
The Comets remain in first place with an 8-0-0 league mark and Warwick sits at 7-2-0. Township is in the race for a playoff berth with a 6-3-0 mark.
Their overall record fell to 9-5-0 after a 2-1 non-league loss to Wilson on Saturday. The Bulldogs came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. Weaver scored off a Sophia Rockwell assist in the first half.
McCaskey, Cedar Crest and Hempfield remain on Township's regular season schedule. All three are Section One rivals.
"We talked about it, especially with upcoming section games for us," Suter said. "We know we need to show up ready to play. Every game is a challenge in Section One."
Township evened its record at 3-3 with a victory over CV on Tuesday night. The Streaks won 25-10, 25-17, 25-18.
Megan Baldassarre poured in seven kills and two blocks. Claire Hummel also had a pair of blocks.
"The second and third games, CV really started playing better," remarked head coach Vicki Senft. "I compliment them on their efforts. They did close the gap. We called a timeout and talked about eliminating unforced errors. We did our best job to limit missed serves and hitting the ball out."
Eva Mancini and Nicolina Kondos serve four aces each with Mancini recording a team-high 10 assists. Simone Baker tallied nine digs.
"Eva and Megan are our captains," said Senft. "They kept the offense very fluid. All of our girls worked hard on keeping the passes going."
In fact, the passing has continued to improve since the outset of the season.
"Looking at stats from our earlier matches to this point, our passing has gotten a lot better," Senft explained. "We talk a lot about communication, which is important in volleyball."
But a strong offense only goes so far; a good defense is also key for wins.
"Nikolina Kondos is a very good libero," Senft continued. "She kept the defense solid by picking up balls and keeping the passes going. She always does a nice job covering the tips and the free balls.
"In games that we have come up short, we need to continue working on our defense," Senft added. "I've been very pleased with the work ethic of these girls as a first-year coach."
In Thursday's Section One match at Hempfield, the Streaks suffered a 3-0 loss. Baldassarre had four kills while Baker's six digs and Mancini's six assists were tops on the team. Trinity Tull registered three blocks.
The golf team captured its eighth straight L-L League Championship on Monday afternoon thanks to some great individual performances on the Honeybrook Golf Course.
The Streaks got a one-under-par 69 from Ellen Wager and a 74 by Erica Corey to claim the top two spots in the girls' leader board.
"Ellen had a great day," said head coach Steve Brenner. "She is such a solid, consistent player. She hits a ton of fairways and greens. She works hard at her game and it has been paying off.
"Erica shot her best score," he added. "She has come a long way. She and Ellen help each other in practice and it was good to see them finish 1-2."
In the boys' championship, Brock Faasnacht of Warwick finished at the top with an even-par 70 while Jake Macinati and Trey Kuntz claimed second and third, respectively, with scores of 71 and 73. In a three-way tie for 17th place, Jack Marchant, Shaun Fedor and Tommy Mann all shot 80. All five of the boys made the cut for the District Three Class-AAA tournament, which will be this weekend at Briarwood East.
"All the guys made it through," Brenner said. "That's what you hope for. The main goal is to win. Nobody's season is over and that's always great on the ride home.
They feel comfortable on that course," added the coach. "I'm counting on them to have good rounds."
You watch Grayson Sallade carry the ball into the end zone for the Streaks.
Nothing new. The star running back has many such carries, especially now that he is a senior.
You look up again and see him score another rushing touchdown on his home field. And another. And one more and....
Wait! These aren't replays; the Township halfback really did score six touchdowns in one night.
"Six touchdowns and 304 yards on 21 carries - all that in the first half," said head coach Mark Evans. "Those are single-game Manheim Township records."
Sallade had a few second-half carries, but Evans called the first team off the field in Friday's 49-28 league win over Conestoga Valley, improving to 4-1 (2-0 league). The score was already 49-14 at the half as Sallade had touchdown carries of 22, 27, 5, 32, 72, and 26 yards. The Streaks actually got on the board first with a Jordan Yablonski 11-yard rushing TD. Jack Rodenberger converted the PAT kick after all seven scores.
The Buckskins (3-2, 1-1) did score two second-half touchdowns as Tanner Schwilk finished with three TD passes, completing 16 of 22 for 222 yards. He also hit Jose Barbon on TD passes of 10 and 75 yards and Clayton Byers for another score.
In a three-game stretch, Township outscored its opponents by a 16-0 collective score, improving to 7-5-1. Along the way, the Streaks defeated Section One foes Penn Manor and McCaskey.
In Tuesday night's road win, Joshua Orndorff got his first shutout of the week while goals came courtesy of Andrea DiSomma or Ben Banzhof.
Huy Nguyen had Thursday's shutout in a 7-0 win at home.
Anderson Velozwong scored twice while single goals came from DiSomma, Ian Rothfu, Matt Sickler, Brandon Sokso, and Nolan Ross, who also had an assist. Sickler dished out two assists and three more came from Zac Brubaker. Banzhof also assisted.
Orndorff had four saves in Saturday's 7-0 non-league win at Reading. It was a similar cast of characters in the scoring with Rothfus scoring twice plus one assist. Sickler (1, 1) Banzhof (1, 0), and Colton Piereson scoring two more. Velozwong and Sokso each had an assist and DiSomma added three more.
The girls' team also blanked two league rivals and concluded the week with a non-league win. On Saturday, the Streaks (10-1-1) edged Governor Mifflin 2-1 on Gabi Brown's goal in the 96th minute - double overtime. Julia Mason scored with four minutes to play in regulation to tie the score. Caroline Wood and Rachel Wright each had assists.
Delaney McKnight continued her solid goaltending, making seven saves.
In Thursday's 6-0 win at McCaskey, which improved Township's record to 7-1-1 in the LL, Wright scored twice as did Emma Hagg. Wood and Lindsay Kohl also found the net. Alison Heckman provided an assist.
McKnight had a pair of saves in the shutout and picked up three more in a 2-0 win over Penn Manor Tuesday. Hagg scored twice in the second half. Heckman and Kyra Rishel each had an assist.
Township carried on with its usual pattern of 7-0 league victories. This last week Garden Spot and Lebanon both fell on Township's home court.
In both matches, the winners from first through fourth singles were Taylor Kopan, Kate Moore, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin. All won their respective matches in straight sets against their Garden Spot and Lebanon opponents.
In the Spot match, Lizzie Musser and Lizzie McBride won 8-3. They posted an 8-0 win against the Cedars. Julie Briner and Sarah Pestano posted an 8-0 win against Garden Spot at second doubles while Lauren Martin and Scotty Reynolds took second doubles 8-1 vs. Lebanon.
Alex Frey and Nicole Honrad won their third doubles against the Cedars. Frey teamed up with Olivia Sterenfled for an 8-2 win against Spot.
In a tight race against Warwick and Penn Manor on Tuesday, the Streaks edged Manor 25-30 but lost to the host Warriors by a 24-32 margin.
The Streaks (3-3) got a winning time of 16:46 from Ian Miller and a sixth-place time of 17:42 from Drew Sassaman. In ninth place at 18:00 was Timothy Antonacci while Jarrid McKenzie (18:23) took 12th. Elias Fox (18:38, 14th) and Braden Schuyler (19:05, 20th) also finished strong.
The girls improved to 6-0 at Warwick, dominating the hosts 15-55 and Manor 15-54.
The first seven places in the race belonged to the Streaks. Kira Jenkins won it at 19:49 and Sam Side was second at 19:54. Taking third through seventh, respectively, were Ava Pasewivz (20:09), Anabelle Lapp (20:36), Cassandra Wilk (20:48), Chloe Kline (20:58) and Shannon Elias (21:05).
Emily Antonacci's 21:50 earned her ninth while Emma Dieterle (22:59, 14th), Taylor Orr (23:19, 15th), and Aurelia Huss (23:21, 16th) also contributed.
Township Gridders Earn Road Win Over Knights September 25, 2017
The Blue Streaks earned a huge victory on Friday night at Hempfield, defeating Section One rival Manheim Township. The football team improved to 3-1, posting a win in its first Lancaster-Lebanon League game of the season.
Township got out to a 35-0 halftime lead and went on to win 56-0. Grayson Sallade scored three rushing touchdowns, including a 94-yard dash. Sallade ran for 168 yards on nine carries and quarterback Luke Emge had seven carries for 45 yards.
Emge also completed seven passes for 136 yards, including touchdown passes to Hilton Ridley, Xavier Roman and Rece Bender. In addition, Sam Emge caught a 14-yard TD pass from backup QB Harrison Kirk - his only pass attempt of the game.
The Streaks opened the scoring in the first quarter with two touchdowns- Sallade ran it in from three yards out and Ridley hauled in a 17-yard scoring pass from Emge. Jack Rodenberger's PATs made it 14-0. Rodenberger made all seven of his PAT attempts and Jackson Wright made his only kick attempt after the game's final touchdown.
In the second quarter, Bender caught an 11-yarder from Emge for one score. Roman was on the receiving end of an eight-yard TD pass also. In between these scoring catches was another Sallade three-yard TD run.
That was how Township went up 35-0 at intermission.
Sallade's 94-yard run put the game out of reach. Kirk's TD pass and a 12-yard rushing TD by Bryce Casey rounded out the scoring.
The boys' soccer team scored in each of their three matches last week, coming up short by one goal in each of them.
The Streaks were on the road, taking their 4-2-1 record (4-2-0 league) to Hempfield and Warwick for Section One games followed by a non-league game at Wilson.
Against Hempfield, it looked like Township was going to pull off a 2-1 win on Monday night against the first-place team in Section One. Hempfield's Christian Benedict had other ideas. He scored the equalizer with about two minutes left in regulation. Jake Suchar scored four minutes into overtime to give Hempfield a 3-2 victory.
Township and Hempfield each scored an early goal. Dan Hester gave Hempfield a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. Matthew Sickler tied it for Township only two minutes later.
Anderson Velozwong gave Township the 2-1 edge in the 55th minute, getting an assist from Ben Banzhof. It stayed that way until Benedict's equalizer.
Goalkeeper Joshua Orndorff went the distance for Township and made nine saves.
The match at Warwick on Wednesday was also a heartbreaker. The Streaks had a 1-0 lead thanks to Sickler's goal in the 48th minute - Velozwong assisting.
Back came the Warriors, evening the score in the 54th minute. It stayed that way until Alex Kerek got the eventual game-winner with eight minutes to play.
Orndorff had seven saves and Huy Nguyen secured five more saves as goalie.
At Wilson on Saturday morning, the Streaks staged a comeback of their own. The Bulldogs had grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but Velozwong's goal in the 30th minute tied it. It stayed that way for nearly 39 minutes. That was when Matteo Tallarico broke the deadlock for Wilson.
Nobody has been able to stop the Township girls' tennis team. The Streaks are now 12-0 and 9-0 in the league after last week's victories over Hempfield, Penn Manor and Cedar Crest. In fact, Amanda Hagino's 6-4, 1-6, 11-9 victory in number four singles on Monday was the only team point for any of MT's opponents thus far.
At Hempfield, Township got a close 8-4 victory at first doubles thanks to Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore. In the second doubles, Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin won it 8-0 while Lizzie McBride and Nicole Honrade edged their opponents 8-6 at third doubles.
Garvin was a 6-3, 6-0 winner at number one singles and Darkey took her singles match 6-2, 6-1. Moore posted identical scores in her straight sets win at third singles.
One night later, he Streaks didn't show any wear as they cruised past the Comets. All four singles matches were 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins - namely by Moore, Kopan, Darkey and Garvin.
In doubles competition, it was Lauren Martin and Scotty Reynolds winning the first doubles 8-0. It was the same score for Nicole Honrade and Lizzie Musser while Cami Henneman and Julia Briner won the third doubles match 8-2.
Wednesday's match was on the road at Cedar Crest. The result? Another 7-0 win.
Reynolds and Henneman were given the first doubles slot, which they won 8-3. McBride teamed with Lauren Martin for an 8-1 win and Garvin partnered with Honrade in an 8-2 win at third doubles.
In singles play, Garvin's 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles matched Moore's score at third singles. Darkey and Kopan won their singles matches in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets.
Playing at Conestoga Country Club on Tuesday, the Streaks posted a team score of 307, which was 25 strokes better than the second-best team, Warwick. Finishing a close third and fourth were Conestoga Valley (335) and Penn Manor (338), with Hempfield (349), Cedar Crest and Lebanon rounding it out.
Their efforts leave them with a 42-0 record.
"We have four seniors playing for us," said head coach Steve Brenner. "They bring a ton of experience, which has been the biggest thing. Three of them have been playing for us since their freshman year.
"With all of the success we've had this year, it helps that with the senior leadership they've stayed focused," he added.
One of those seniors, Jacob Macinanti, bested all golfers with a score of 68. Shaun Fedor was fifth overall with a score of 78.
"Shaun is a junior with a lot of natural talent," said Brenner. "He made the team for the first time as a sophomore.
"Jacob has had a great year - great career to be honest," added the coach. "He has been so consistent. He has a great approach. He's a positive player and such an asset to have on our team."
Jack Marchant came through with a score of 80. Fellow senior Trey Kuntz had an 81.
"Trey has been a great player - has been since his freshman year," commented the coach. "He almost won districts last year and made it to regionals.
"Jack has been a consistent player - great in that sixth spot," Brenner continued. "He has played well and with a great attitude.
"I've had the same six playing the entire year," he added. "Occasionally, on some teams you have players swapping out.
"Hopefully we can get through districts and to states as a team," said the coach. "All the kids want to advance individually, but they also want the team to advance. That's our goal."
With a gutsy performance on Thursday night, the Streaks topped Penn Manor 3-2 in Section One volleyball action and improved to 2-3.
Playing at home, Township was undaunted by a 2-0 deficit in games. The Comets opened with a hard-fought 28-26 win and took the second game 25-19
Township came back with a 25-17 win and edged Manor 25-17 in the next match. In the tiebreaker, Township won 16-14.
Megan Baldassarre led the Streaks with 10 kills. Fellow senior Claire Hummel registered six blocks while Simone Saker led the team in both digs (16) and aces (5) and Eva Mancini racked up 18 assists.
In the 3-0 loss to Warwick on Monday, the Streaks rebounded from a 25-7 loss to play a tighter second game. But Warwick managed to shade Township 25-19 and 25-21.
Baldassarre again led the team in kills, recording seven. Nicolina Kondos had five aces and a team-high 12 digs while Eva Mancini added nine assists and Trinity Tull delivered eight blocks.
The field hockey squad earned a pair of Section One wins to keep pace behind Penn Manor. The Streaks improved to 5-1 in the league and stayed one game behind the undefeated Comets.
Tuesday the Streaks defeated Cedar Crest on the road. Asia Weaver scored both of Township's goals in a 2-1 squeaker. Weaver, who got assists from Sophia Rockwell and Lexi Smith, scored at the 15:46 mark of the first half and another at the 26:12 juncture of the second half.
A second-half tally by Rachel Gantz was Hempfield's only shot of the game.
It has been a tight Section One race in girls' soccer. The Streaks improved to 7-1-1 but more importantly to 4-1-1 in the league with two wins and a draw last week, keeping pace with Hempfield and Conestoga Valley - both of whom are 5-1-0.
Sandwiched around a 1-1 draw with Warwick on Wednesday, the Streaks defeated Hempfield 2-1 on Monday and edged Wilson with the same margin in a non-league Saturday game.
Delaney McKnight had four saves while Alison Heckman and Anna Gurdak provided the scoring in the home victory over Hempfield.
Only three minutes after Gurdak's goal early in the second half, the Knights tied it at 1-1. Heckman, who assisted on Gurdak's goal, broke the tie in the 66th minute.
McKnight made five saves and Heckman scored off an Emma Hagg assist in the 64th minute to help Township gain a point on Wednesday. The Warriors were unable to get any of their other five shots past McKnight following the goal that came 11 minutes into the match.
The scoring was reciprocal for Heckman and Kiersten Scott in the Wilson match. Heckman's goal 29 minutes into the game was made possible by a Scott assist. Eight minutes into the second half, Scott assisted on Heckman's goal.
McKnight's eight saves preserved the slim victory.
Adding to their already successful campaign thus far, the Township girls' cross country runners earned a Section One win at Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. The Streaks improved to 4-0 by dominating CV 15-53 and nipping E-town 28-30.
Though Etown's Katie Locker won the race in 20:02, MT's Sam Side was only a couple of strides behind at 20:04, earning second. Finishing fourth was Ava Pasewicz (20:12) while Cassandra Wilk (20:48) and Anabelle Lapp (20:55) earned sixth and seventh, respectively.
Also cracking the top 10 were Chloe Kline (9th, 21:10), and Shannon Elias (10th, 21:35).
Emily Antonacci (12th, 22:29, 12th), Taylor Orr (13th, 23:36), Carleigh Roche (19th, 24:10) and Grace Weaver (20th, 24:20) also competed.
Coming up just short against Elizabethtown, the boys' fell to 2-2 in the league. The Bears edged the Streaks 26-32. Township, meanwhile, ran by the Buckskins 22-39.
Ian Miller's second place finish (17:02) was tops for Township. Timothy Antonacci claimed seventh at 18:16 and taking eighth in 18:21 was Drew Sassaman. Eddie Newman followed in 10th (19:22) and Elias Fox (12th, 19:25) rounded out the top five.
Hayden Severe (13th, 19:35), Braden Schuyler (14th, 19:42), Jarrid McKenzie (15th, 19:44), Elvis Morara (16th, 19:51) and Dieter Geib (20th, 20:12) also contributed.
MT Netters Post Four Wins in Five Days September 18, 2017
It was a very busy week for the Blue Streaks, who posted four victories in a span of five days. On Monday, the team posted a 7-0 win over Solanco followed by another 7-0 triumph at Ephrata on Wednesday. Exeter Township visited the Streaks on Thursday in a match that MT won 5-0. On Friday, playing on their home court again, the Streaks blanked Warwick 7-0.
The wins improved the Streaks to 6-0 in the league and 9-0 overall.
All straight set wins in singles play ended in 6-0, 6-0 wins for the Streaks on Monday.
In doubles action, Sarah Pestano and Juli Briner were 8-1 winners while Cami Henneman and Lizzie Musser claimed an 8-0 win at number two doubles. Megan Welsh and Alex Frey came through with an 8-1 win.
Emily Garvin, Julia Darkey, Kate Moore and Taylor Kopan were singles winners.
In the match at Ephrata, singles players Garvin, Darkey, Moore and Kopan again went 6-0, 6-0.
Lizzie McBride and Scotty Reynolds took the first doubles 8-0, Garvin and Nicole Honrade won theirs 8-3 while Henneman and Briner claimed an 8-1 victory.
In the win against Warwick, the difference was that the number one singles (6-1, 6-0) by Kopan and the fourth singles (6-1, 6-1) by Garvin were not 6-0, 6-0 straight sets. However, Moore and Darkey did blank their respective opponents in the second and third singles.
Moore and Kopan paired up for number one doubles, winning 8-0 while Darkey and Garvin, and McBride and Honrade also finished with 8-0 wins.
The Manheim Township football team gears up for a big Section One match with rival Hempfield on Friday. After three non-league games, the Blue Streaks are 2-1, matching the Black Knights' record.
"I feel good about where we are even though I would certainly rather be 3-0," said head coach Mark Evans in a phone interview.
That preference for the team's lone loss having been a different result referred to this past Friday's 42-14 loss to Governor Mifflin. It was a minor setback from which the team can rebound, according to the coach.
"We are a better football team than we showed Friday night," Evans expressed. "We'll get over it and work on getting some more intensity going.
"We are going to need that game to bounce back," he said when asked about the big Section One match with league rival Hempfield.
The Mustangs got to a 7-0 lead on Township's turf. But the Streaks executed a scoring drive which ended with quarterback Luke Emge going over the goal line on a one-yard keeper. Jack Rodenberger's kick tied it at 7-7.
But in the second quarter, the Streaks allowed three touchdowns. The third of those was by running back Isaac Ruoss, ended up scoring three more rushing TD's on a night that he gained 279 yards of real estate on 31 carries.
"We just didn't play very well," Evans remarked. "Take nothing away from Governor Mifflin."
The Mustangs' defense didn't allow another score. Township's only other touchdown came on Grayson Sallade's exciting 84-yard kickoff return after Ruoss scored his second TD of the night.
In the third quarter, he added an 80-yard touchdown dash and had a 16-yard scoring run in the fourth.
"Everything is a growing and learning experience," Evans added. "Sometimes you learn more from failing than success. We need to take care of our business. You have to work hard to win.
"We're a good football team," continued the coach. "We get a chance to prove it again this week."
The team's successes so far include a hard-fought 17-14 victory over Central Dauphin in the season opener.
"We had not beaten them in the regular season ever," Evans pointed out. "We didn't have a letdown against South Western [42-0 win in week 2]. But Friday night, we got humbled a little bit."
The harrier teams raced against Cedar Crest and Solanco in a Section One meet last Tuesday. The Township boys were 18-41 winners over Solanco but suffered a close loss to Cedar Crest, 25-30.
In the girls' race, the Streaks dominated Solanco 15-55 and did the same to Cedar Crest (15-53).
The key to the girls' team's domination was having eight runners finish in the top-10. The first seven places were claimed by Sam Side (19:48) Kira Jenkins (20:10), Anabelle Lapp (20:33) Ava Pasewicz (20:44) Chloe Kline (21:08) Shannon Elias (21:25) and Cassandra Wilk (21:52). Paige Newman crossed the finish line at 22:04, finishing 10th.
Evan Dorenkamp (16:51) and Ian Miller (17:01) finished as the top two runners overall in the boys' race. It just wasn't enough to top Cedar Crest. The Falcons earned five of the top eight spots lead by Jake Barrett's third-place finish at 17:22.
Timothy Antonacci (18:23) and Drew Sassaman (18:30) were ninth and 10th, respectively, for MT, with Elias Fox (18:33) a close 11th. Eddie Newman's 18th-place finish registered a time of 19:22 while 19:24 was good for 20th for Elvis Morara.
When you're on Hempfield's heels in the section standing for boys' soccer, its' a good thing to take care of business until you have that head-to-head match with the arch rival Black Knights.
And the Blue Streaks, who are now 4-1-0 in L-L League play, did just that, blanking Lebanon 7-0 on Wednesday.
Despite a 1-0 Friday setback to another Section One contender - Conestoga Valley - they came back and beat Exeter in a non-league match on Saturday, improving to 4-2-1 overall.
In the Lebanon game, Andrea DiSomma and Anderson Velozwong each had a pair of goals. Velozwong, who scored both of his goals prior to the midway point of the first half, also had an assist.
The Streaks got another one from Matthew Sickler, whose goal in the 12th minute made it 2-0. Velozwong's second goal of the game made it 3-0 and sandwiched between DiSomma's two goals was one by Colton Pierson.
Shawn Larroza scored the only goal of the second half. Ben Banzhof and Alex Dombach each had an assist.
Looking at the results of Township's games through the first seven matches, they've outscored opponents 19-4. The loss to the Buckskins on Friday - one where MT goalie Joshua Orndorff grabbed seven saves until Robbie Krasinski's shot got by in the 73rd minute - was one of two 1-0 losses. The other goals scored on this team were in a 2-2 season-opening draw.
In the Exeter match on Saturday, Orndorff had five saves for a shutout. Velozwong's goal seven minutes into the second half broke the scoreless tie and DiSomma added another with three minutes left in regulation.
The girls' soccer team also split its two league games this week, losing to Conestoga Valley after a 3-0 victory at Cedar Crest on Wednesday. It was MT's first loss of the season. The Streaks had shut out every opponent up to that point by an aggregate score of 17-0.
Kyra Rishell converted on two opportunities at Crest, scoring nine minutes into the match and again in the 68th minute. Alison Heckman assisted on one of those scores.
At the 31:00 mark, Anna Gurdak made it 2-0 Township. The Streaks got assists from Heckman Kiersten Scott and Caroline Wood while Delaney McKnight denied the Falcons to the count of six saves.
After the 3-0 loss at CV, where the Streaks actually out-shot the Buckskins 9-6, the team came home for a non-league game against Exeter. In the Saturday morning match, Katherine Lopez got the scoring started. Emma Hagg doubled the lead 10 minutes later. Wood made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute. Heckman, Addie Moore and Gabi Brown provided the assists while six more saves by McKnight assured Township of another shutout win.
In trying to keep pace with the first-place Comets, the Streaks posted one league victory and split their two non-league games last week. They improved their league mark to 3-1 - just a game behind Penn Manor - and their overall record to 6-2.
The win at McCaskey featured a first half hat trick by Township's leading scorer, Asia Weaver.
Sophia Rockwell and Allison Cubell also netted first half goals. Cubell also dished out an assist.
In the second half, the Streaks added to their lead with goals by Katie Kreider, who also had an assist, and Rea Fox. Also assisting on the day were Lexi Smith and Katie Yoder as well as Ashlyn Campagna, who had two.
Cat Wilson needed to make only one save to record the shutout.
Wilson had 10 more saves in the non-league game at Hershey on Saturday. The Trojans edged the Streaks 2-0 as both teams put up 12 shots on goal.
Also on Saturday, Township faced Central York and defeated the Panthers 5-0, out-shooting them by a 14-1 margin. Yes, one save and a shutout for Wilson.
Weaver had another hat trick with two goals in the first half. She also added an assist.
Smith had three assists and Yoder one more while Lindsey Koser and Emily Kurtz netted the other two goals.
The Blue Streaks are unbeaten this year (36-0) and they remained that way with a match at Four Seasons on Wednesday afternoon. Township was the only team to break 300, finishing with a best score of 296. CV (312), Warwick (321), Hempfield (325), and Penn Manor (326) followed closely.
Cedar Crest (367) and Lebanon (524) rounded out the field.
Jacob Macinati shot a72 and Trey Kuntz finished with a 73 for Township while CV's Owen Miller posted the best score of the day at 71.
Township teammates Shaun Fedor (75) and Ellen Wager (76) also helped the team's cause.
In looking to get their first league win of the season, the volleyball team traveled to McCaskey on Tuesday. Thanks to some consistent play, they topped the Tornado 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.
Trinity Tull led the team with five kills and three blocks. Township got a whopping eight service aces from Haley McCullough while Eva Mancini had that many in assists. Nicolina Kondos registered eight digs.
Streaks Top PM, McCaskey in League Play September 17, 2017
Manheim Township's match at Penn Manor on Wednesday night was not under the ideal conditions for a girls' soccer game. But the Blue Streaks put together another winning effort and defeated their Lancaster-Lebanon League foe by a 5-0 count.
"It was a downpour and we had standing water," said head coach Terry Law. "We were frustrated by that in the first half. But we got our bearings in the second half and played significantly better."
The dominant attack included a hat trick by senior Alison Heckman. She had a goal in the first half and two more in the second half.
"Alison is a very talented kid," said Law of the team's leading scorer who has committed to James Madison University. "She is a two-time all-league player. She is just a great player who has been a starter since she was a freshman and does whatever she can to make the team be successful and that's how she's playing now."
Out of their eight shots on goal, the Streaks got the three goals from Heckman plus one goal each by Julia Mason, who also notched an assist, and Gabi Brown.
Delaney McKnight made three saves to record the second of Township's three shutouts so far this year.
"Our keeper has been playing very well," Law commented. "Delaney is a very athletic player."
The following day, the Streaks were back on their home pitch, facing McCaskey in another Section One match. They defeated the Red Tornado 6-0 to improve their record to 3-0 and 2-0 in the L-L League.
Emma Hagg had a pair of goals for the Streaks. Heckman and Mason each had one goal as did Kiersten Scott and Anna Gurdak, who also got an assist.
Also contributing to the offense was Rachel Wright, who dished out an assist. Brown also assisted on a goal while Caroline Wood chipped in with two assists.
If you're winning games by shutouts (14-0 aggregate scoring over three games), then your defense must be doing a great job.
"Lindsay Kohl is a returning starter at center back," Law noted. "Gabi Brown moved back there last year. Also Marissa Bennett is a senior who has really stepped up - couldn't be happier with the way she is playing.
"Also, Kyra Rishell is a freshman who has stepped in and done a bang-up job," he added. "She's a talented young player."
But it isn't merely a defensive role or a specific role each player does.
"We continue to take the approach that we have for a long, long time," Law explained. "We play defense and offense with 11 players. We get good defensive performances all over the field."
Township suffered its first loss of the year in a close 1-0 decision at Lampeter-Strasburg on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers got a goal in the 73rd minute by Derek Eckman to eke out a non-league win.
"That was a tough game," said head coach Kevin Baker in a phone interview. "It was a heartbreaker."
Both teams got five shots on goal. Josh Orndorff and Huy Nguyen shared goalie duties with Nguyen getting one save and Orndorff grabbing three.
Speaking of tough games, the Streaks were on the winning side of a tough defensive match on Wednesday at home. They prevailed 1-0 in overtime, defeating Section One foe Penn Manor.
"We won it with nine seconds left in overtime," Baker said. "Our guys kept grinding it out, just waiting for that one to go in and it took a while."
The one that did go in was scored by Greyson King with Matthew Sickler providing the assist. It was the 12th of 12 shots on goal.
"That was a tough game," said Baker. "Penn Manor was organized well defensively. We were able to break through and get the game-winner."
Orndorff went the distance, recording three saves in the shutout.
"Josh is our returning goalie," Baker commented. "He has been doing a nice job."
On Thursday, Township's offense produced seven goals at McCaskey in a Section One match. The Streaks had 14 shots on goal while Orndorff made two saves on the MT side of the pitch.
"Our guys did really well at McCaskey," said Baker. "We did well in front of the goal."
But the match wasn't just about Sickler's two goals along with single goals scored by Ian Rothfus, Ayden Lee, Nolan Ross, Andrea DiSomma and Zac Brubaker plus assists by King, Rothfus and Ben Banzhof.
The game was of historical significance for the Township program.
"It was our 600th win as a program," Baker explained. "We have played around 1,000 games since we started. This was win number 600."
With shutout victories and the only loss being by a 1-0 margin, the defense has been playing well.
"Defense has been working on things," said Baker. "They have been outstanding, really stepping it up. I'm proud of them and how they're clicking together."
Baker alluded to his team playing the brand of "total football" that requires each player to be versatile offensively and defensively.
"I think pretty much every team, even in high school level, has to have fit and complete footballers," he explained. "The teams that play in our section, in our league, play that way. It makes for a fun entertaining sport."
Another football team - the one of the gridiron variety - has also been doing well in the early going. The Streaks improved to 2-0 with a convincing 42-0 defeat of South Western in a non-league game on the road.
The offense compiled 358 total yards and quarterback Luke Emge completed all six of his pass attempts, including two touchdown tosses.
Senior wide receiver Tom Cesarone caught the first of Emge's touchdown passes, hauling in a 20-yarder in the first quarter. Jack Rodenberger's point-after kick made it 7-0.
In the second quarter, Township really turned it on, scoring four touchdowns. Running back Riley Morgan scored on a one-yard carry, Emge scampered 31 yards for another touchdown and threw a 15-yard TD pass to Ryan Fluck.
Cameron Horst capped the first-half scoring with a 40-yard dash to pay dirt. Rodenberger converted his fifth PAT and made it 35-0.
Harrison Kirk added one late score - a seven-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jackson Wright kicked that extra point to make it 42-0.
The Streaks had 17 first downs while the defense allowed the Mustangs to scrape together only two. In fact, the Mustangs had only 15 yards on offense in the first half.
It was feast or famine in Township's two league matches last week. The Streaks lost a Section One game to Penn Manor by a 2-0 score at Neffsville. However, they were coming off a 5-0 defeat of Warwick - also at home.
These were the team's first two league games, making MT's overall record 3-1-0.
The Streaks' offense got open for 27 total shots on goal in the Warwick game. Lexi Smith had a big day, scoring twice in the first half and adding an assist.
Also accounting for two goals was Allison Cubell, who scored both of hers in the second half.
Asia Weaver had a goal and assisted on another. Katie Yoder had two assists while Emily Kurtz added one.
Cat Wilson had 11 saves in the shutout. Warwick goalie Catie Brubaker racked up 22 saves in a losing cause.
On Tuesday, it was Exeter Township at Manheim Township for a non-league game.
Tied 1-1 at the break, the Streaks scored three times in the second half to take the match by a 4-2 score.
Wilson stopped five shots while the offensive force came from Weaver (2 goals), Sophia Rockwell and Abby Laubach.
Yoder assisted on three of these goals and Ashlyn Campagna had one more.
The Streaks have finished on top in each of their five league games played so far. Even a storm that cut their most recent outing short couldn't stop the Streaks on the golf course.
At Lebanon Country Club, the Streaks had a team score of 149, which topped second-place Penn Manor by 18 strokes. The teams, which also included Lebanon, Cedar Crest, Hempfield, Warwick and Conestoga Valley, played only nine holes due to the weather. Conestoga Valley and Warwick finished a close third with 168 points each. Hempfield shot 170 while Cedar Crest (192) and Lebanon (200) rounded out the rest.
The top golfers on the day were Township's Jacob Macinati and Penn Manor's Logan Hess, who shot a 35. Trey Kuntz shot a 36 for the Streaks.
Also coming through with impressive scores were Shaun Fedor (38) and Tommy Mann (40).
Township put together a great team effort in Thursday's league match at Conestoga Valley. The team improved to 5-0 (3-0 league) with the 7-0 victory.
Emily Garvin, who won the number one singles later in the match, teamed up with Julia Darkey at number one doubles. They came through with an 8-4 defeat of CV's Jackie McBride and Ellie Kready.
At number two doubles, Taylor Kopan and Kate Moore cruised to an 8-0 win. The third doubles match went to Nicole Honrade and Lauren Martin (8-2).
Garvin won the opening singles match 6-0, 6-1. Darkey came away with a 6-3, 6-0 victory followed by Moore's straight set win (6-1, 6-0) at number three singles. Kopan picked up another team point at fourth singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.
The Blue Streaks played two Section One matches this past week, facing Hempfield at home and Cedar Crest on the road.
The three sets at Cedar Crest were all close. But the Streaks were on the short end of a 25-18 opening set; they got closer in a 25-23 loss and came up short again in a 25-20 loss.
Simone Saker had six kills for Township. The team got a pair of aces and 13 assists from Eva Mancini.
Nicolina Kondos added seven digs while Trinity Tull registered three blocks.
Hosting Hempfield, the Streaks were unable to unseat the first-place Black Knights in a 3-0 loss Tuesday.
Megan Baldassarre had six kills and five digs. Claire Hummel added five blocks.
The Streaks, who lost 25-16, 25-20 and 25-13, got five digs each from Mancini and Kondos. Township fell to 0-2 on the year.
MT Lax Teams Fall in PIAA Quarterfinals June 5, 2017
There is a somewhat accepted opinion that the District One level of lacrosse is one of the stronger ones in the Commonwealth.
There is also a generally accepted school of thought that Manheim Township's lacrosse teams are among the strongest from District Three schools.
In the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class-AAA playoffs, both the Township boys' and girls' teams squared off against District One opponents in a doubleheader at Governor Mifflin on Saturday.
Both teams battled their respective opponents, but came up short.
The Springfield (Delco) girls' team downed Township 9-7 in the opener of the twin bill followed by the Conestoga Pioneers topping Township 12-6 in the nightcap.
The girls' game was a battle between the runners up in the Districts One and Three. Skylar Dorenkamp and Sarah Elias each had two goals and one assist for Township before the Cougars' (19-4) defense was able to stop them. The Streaks (21-4) tied the game on multiple occasions, but never took the lead. They fell behind 5-3 early in the second half, but battled back to even it at 5-5.
Shannon Elias added one goal as did Maris Large. Lucy Svetec netted one goal and assisted on two others. Liz Musser also dished off one assist.
Haley McCullough grabbed nine saves in goal, keeping the score close for much of the match.
Springfield junior Dana Carlson notched a hat trick. The Cougars out-shot the Blue Streaks 18-10.
The Township girls were coming off a first-round victory over the Pine Richland Rams - the District Seven champions. The match was played at Greensburg on Tuesday afternoon. Sarah Elias and Svetec each scored four goals to keep the Township momentum going. The team led 9-5 in the first half and had to regain the scoring spark after the Rams (15-5) cut the deficit to one goal.
Musser had a hat trick and Taylor Kopan added two more goals.
The boys' team was coming off a 14-5 thumping of Peters Township. This too was part of a doubleheader as the boys' game followed the girls' match with Pine Richland at Hempfield Area H.S. in Greensburg.
The Streaks, who improved to 21-3 with the win, took an 8-3 lead into the second half. They got solid goal tending by Caton Johnson (10 saves) while Owen Miller led the team in scoring with four goals and an assist.
Bruce Hutchingson added a hat trick for the Streaks and Grayson Sallade scored two goals while assisting on another. Tyler Kurtz, Tre Freeman, Ben Mann, Zach Diamond and Jack Kingsbury each scored one goal. Giving out assists to the count of three was Sean Curcio. Freeman and Eddie Newman each had one assist.
In the game against Conestoga, the Streaks were hot on the Pioneers' heels for much of the game. It was a successful first quarter for Conestoga (21-3), the District One champ. The Pioneers scored four times, but only took a 5-2 lead into the second half. The Streaks scored three times in the third quarter and trailed by only four going into the final stanza.
Hutchinson and Sallade each scored twice. Freeman and Diamond added one goal each. Curcio chipped in with an assist. Johnson recorded eight saves.
An eight-run fifth inning was the big difference in Friday's District Three 6A quarterfinal game at Dallastown. The Wildcats came back from a 2-1 deficit to score eight in the home half of the fifth, ending Manheim Township's season.
The game had been postponed to Friday because of steady rain on Thursday, May 25. Dallastown, the second seed in the district, had gotten a first-round bye while MT had defeated Cumberland Valley by a run in the opening round.
Nick Parker had a double and a run batted in as he went 2-for-4 for the Wildcats. Tye Golden also had two hits and an RBI.
The Streaks got on the board with a run in the top of the first. After the Wildcats tied it, the Streaks went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth - a short-lived lead until that eight-run explosion in the home half of that inning.
Ethan Kile and Rece Bender drove in the Township runs. Kile had two hits, including a triple. Hunter McClintock, who had a steal, scored one of Township's runs and Colin Yablonski scored on Kile's triple.
Dallastown improved to 16-4 and went on to win the district title. Township's season ended at 12-10.
MT Girls' Lax Settles for District Silver May 26, 2017
The Blue Streaks claimed their 20th victory of the season with a decisive 19-10 defeat of Exeter on Monday, thus earning their eighth ticket to the District Three Class-AAA girls' lacrosse championship game.
In the semifinal match played at Penn Manor, the Streaks (20-2) out-shot the Eagles 24-16, getting 13 of their goals from Sarah Elias and Lucy Svetec. Also, Skylar Dorenkamp registered a hat trick.
Elias tallied seven goals and Svetec added six more. Maris Large (1a) added two goals and sophomore Ashlyn Campagna (1a) added one more.
Haley McCullough gave Township six saves in goal.
As for the championship match, it was a battle between the top seed and the second.
It was expected to be a classic.
And it was.
The top-ranked Wilson Bulldogs took on number two seed Manheim Township in Wednesday's District Three Class 3A girls' lacrosse championship match at Hersheypark Stadium. When the final minute of regulation had expired, the two teams were tied 9-9.
Then comes the overtime. And as things go, the first overtime period ended without a winner being decided.
In the second overtime, Wilson's Julia Strobel finally untied the score, getting the Bulldogs (22-1) the game-winning goal. With the 10-9 defeat, the Streaks will take a 20-3 record into the PIAA Class 3A state playoffs.
Wilson took an early lead and held a 5-4 edge at halftime. The Streaks came back and outscored Wilson by a goal in the second half. They were led by Large, a junior midfielder, who scored four times. Svetec got three of her shots past Wilson goalkeeper Haley Kline (11 saves). Township got single goals off the sticks of Dorenkamp, who also had three assists, and Elias, who assisted on one goal.
The Streaks had a 9-7 lead before the Bulldogs came back to tie it in the final minutes of regulation.
Township found out whom they would be playing in the opening round of states thanks to another exciting finish for the District Seven 3A championship match, which was played at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium on Thursday evening. The Pine Richland Rams edged Fox Chapel 12-11 with 23 seconds left in the first overtime, claiming their first ever district crown.
There is an old sports adage that refers to teams with apparently little hope left for their comeback - be it in a given game or a hope for turning a losing record into a winning season. The axiom suggests that despite said odds, the determination is the intangible which gets that team to come out on top.
Such has been the Manheim Township baseball season.
The team only won one of its first six games and now finds itself in the District Three Class 6A quarterfinals.
The 10th-seeded Streaks defeated seventh seed Cumberland Valley on the road Monday afternoon to advance to what was going to be a Thursday game at Dallastown. The game was rescheduled to Friday due to rain.
"We got in a brief workout inside," head coach Matt Kirchoff said in a phone interview. "This time of year it's tough to get a whole lot accomplished indoors. But thankfully, our guys are focused. We reviewed our game plan for Friday.
"If we win this, we play either Penn Manor or Hempfield in the semifinals," Kirchoff pointed out, referring to another game postponed until Friday due to rain. Both are teams the Streaks faced twice during the regular season in Section One action.
In the Cumberland Valley game, the Streaks were facing another familiar foe - of sorts. They had lost a regular-season finale to the Eagles, which was a make-up from a mid-season rainout. The Eagles won that one 4-3.
This one would belong to Township (12-9) who came back from a 4-2 deficit with a three-run sixth. Though the Eagles (13-8) tied the game, the Streaks got the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh.
"We had a 2-1 lead early and worked out of a few jams," said Kirchoff. "Ryan Barbee did a heck of a job for us, getting through four and two-thirds innings. We turned it over to the pen.
"We made an error and fell behind 4-2," added the coach. "Suddenly, we come back and it's 5-4 us. It's what we've been doing the past month. We have been playing elimination baseball for three and a half weeks now."
The Streaks, who started the season at 1-5 and eked out some key Section One victories along the way, went through a 9-1 stretch that included a win against Donegal where they were one out away from losing. Yes, a microcosm of the "Down but not out" attitude.
The seventh-inning rally at Cumberland Valley started with leadoff man Rece Bender getting on base. "He beat out a ground ball to their third baseman," Kirchoff explained. "He did it with his speed.
"We did a delayed steal and got Rece to second," continued the coach. "Hunter McClintock, who was in a lefty versus lefty matchup, hit a 0-2 pitch for a double that scored Rece.
"Down but not out; it's a good team," said Kirchoff."I don't think anybody thought we were going to be where we are."
Ethan Kline also doubled and went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Tom Cesarone also knocked in a run. Senior Zach Schaefer went 1-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored. Luke Emge knocked in two runs and Colin Yablonski (1-for-3) drove in one run out of the ninth spot in the lineup.
Ben DeMarco, who relieved Joey Rudinski in the sixth inning, tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and recording one strikeout. He earned the victory. Barbee allowed only two earned runs in his 4.2 innings and didn't allow a walk.
This is a team that is on the upswing. Kirchoff, the second-year coach, pointed to the growth since last season.
"We were 9-11 and just one game under .500 a year ago," he noted. "It was a learning curve for everybody. We struggled out of the gate and nobody gave us a shot this year."
It was another heartbreaker on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium Thursday evening as the Wilson Bulldogs (22-1) topped the Township boys' team 12-6 in the championship game.
It was actually comeback victory for Wilson. They trailed Township 4-2 after one quarter, but went on a 7-1 run before the half.
Township got two goals from Grayson Sallade and single goals from George Hetrick, Owen Miller, Sean Curcio, who also had an assist, and Bryce Hutchinson. Tre Freeman and John Grandrimo each assisted as well.
Just as in the girls' title match, this was a battle between the top seeds. Township will take its 19-3 record into states opposite District Seven champ - either Peters Township or the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.
Just as Emily Magalotti led Wilson's offense in the girls' district title game, Cameron Magalottie led the Bulldogs' boys' team with five goals.
Streaks Top Warriors in District Quarterfinals May 22, 2017
The Blue Streaks find themselves in familiar territory - the District Three Class-AAA lacrosse playoffs.
This past week, the Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team topped Warwick 10-5 in a district quarterfinal match, improving to 18-2. The second-seeded Streaks, who had a first-round bye, will take that impressive mark up against second round opponent Central York this week.
The Panthers are coming off a 10-9 victory over Hempfield in their quarterfinal match.
"Because the top three teams qualify for states, we have to win one game to be guaranteed making it in," head coach Dan Lyons explained. "It's us, Wilson, Central York, and Cumberland Valley in the semifinals. The losers will play in the third-place game."
In getting to the semis, Township had to defeat a familiar foe - league rival Warwick. Twice this year they had defeated the Warriors on the road, including an 8-3 victory in the L-L League playoffs. Lyons was asked if familiarity with this opponent helped ease the tension for his squad in its districts opener.
"It didn't come into play," Lyons replied. "If anything, it actually made it more challenging because Warwick knew us. They threw a lot of things at us defensively that we hadn't seen before."
The match was a close one for the first half, going into intermission with Township ahead 4-2.
"We had done our work to try and be as prepared as possible - their zone defense and lock-offs," Lyons added. "So, it was a matter of being patient and making in-game adjustments."
For the lock-off, Lyons explained that the Warriors tried assigning a point man to guard Township's top scorer Grayson Sallade.
"They take a player and completely lock off one of our players," he said. "So, one of their players would stand in front of Grayson most commonly. It almost made it a five-on-five game.
"When they weren't locking us off, they were using zone defense," added the coach. "So, we found the gaps in the zone and we found shots when we weren't double-teamed."
Sean Curcio turned out to be the leading scorer, finishing with three goals and two assists. Sallade added a pair of goals and an assist, which matched Tre Freeman's scoring production. Owen Miller also scored twice while Zach Diamond had a goal and an assist.
The Streaks out-shot the Warriors 15-9 and Caton Johnson made four saves.
"Our defense has played well consistently the whole post-season so far," said Lyons. "Caton has made all the saves we would expect him to make."
The league champion girls' lacrosse team also earned a first-round bye in districts and didn't let the extra time off get the offense rusty. Township, the second seed in the tournament, pummeled Central Dauphin 21-5 at home on Wednesday. The Streaks will face third-seed Exeter in a semifinal match at Penn Manor this week.
The Streaks (19-2) launched 34 shots on goal with Sarah Elias scoring on eight of her shots and tallying one assist.
Skylar Dorenkamp also came up big, scoring five and assisting on four more while Lucy Svetec chipped in with four goals and one assist.
Also contributing with goals and assists were Maris Large (2, 1) and Shannon Elias (1, 1), Julianne Walker (1g) and Liz Musser (2a).
"We were preaching that we wanted our seniors to leave the program better than they started with," said head coach Jack Damiano.
And have they ever done so.
The Streaks got to hoist the first league championship trophy in the history of their boys' volleyball program, making for some history in the 2017 L-L League post-season play. Manheim Township blanked Manheim Central on Wednesday evening in a championship match that happened to be on the Blue Streaks' home court - the previously selected sight for the league's finale. Township topped Central by the identical score of 25-22 in all three sets.
"It was a close match," Damiano said, referring to the three-point margins of victory. "We eked them out.
"We typically host the league championship match every year," he noted. "So it was great that we got a chance to be in it this year. We wanted to win it in our house.
"I think our serve and blocking took them out of their game plan," Damiano remarked.
As for scouting the Barons, Damiano admitted he and his coaching staff and the players had limited exposure.
"We played them in a one match tournament earlier this year and lost to them," he said. "After the Penn Manor match, we watched their first set against Hempfield in the semifinals."
The Streaks got nine kills each from Chris Paladino, who also had three aces, and Mark Leaman. Zachary Keating helped get the ball to these front hitters, racking up 31 assists on the night. Nick Vicidomini pounded five blocks.
Part of what's exciting in a championship season is the road taken to the finale.
The Streaks had finished the regular season 8-4 and were the third playoff seed out of Section One. They had lost to Penn Manor 3-0 in the latter half of the season, but went on to post five straight victories through and including the championship over Central.
Township cruised by Cocalico in the first round and faced Penn Manor in the semis on Monday night at Lancaster Mennonite.
This time it was much more different than that 3-0 loss on the May 4 when the force was with the Comets. Skywalker was going to remind Darth Vader that the underdog would have his day.
The Streaks stopped the Comets 3-2 in what Damiano described as an intense all-out effort by everyone.
"That was an unbelievable match - good volleyball on both sides of the net," he commented. "With our guys, everybody played every play well; we executed. Penn Manor adjusted and we would adjust to their adjustments. Our kids were diving and playing hard. Everybody on the court played every single point whether it was making a dig, serving, blocking.... They all hustled."
It could have been disheartening to rebound from a 30-28 defeat in the opening set - especially against the Section One champs. But the Streaks won 25-13 only to let the Comets take a 2-1 edge. In the fourth set, it was MT winning 25-16 before sneaking past Manor 15-13.
Despite Daniel Fry drilling 22 kills for Penn Manor, Alex Krahulik adding nine more kills plus three blocks and Reuben Kemrer dishing out 45 assists, the Streaks held on.
Both Leaman and Brian Hines had 15 kills. Leaman had three aces and Hines served up a pair. Vicidomini had a match-high seven blocks while Keating racked up nearly as many assists (43) as Kemrer. Zach Musser came through with 21 digs.
The season would come to an end the following day, however, as the Streaks faced Hempfield at Cumberland Valley High School in the District Three Class-AAA opening-round match.
"That was a tough task for anyone to do - to compete on 21 hours' rest," said Damiano. "The kids in school all day and driving in that heat."
The Knights won it 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15.
Township had 10 kills each from Hines and Paladino while Keating had a match-high 26 assists. Leaman and Musser had 10 and eight digs, respectively.
Even Hempfield head coach Mike Vogel agreed.
"I'm happy for Manheim Township winning the league title," said Vogel in a phone interview. "They had a great match against Central in the league championship. One day later they turned around to play us.
"It was the luck of the schedule - having a huge match one day and a bigger one the next night," added Vogel. "It was bigger because if you lose, you're done."
"We literally were just exhausted," Damiano said. "Our warm-ups didn't go as well as I would've liked. We didn't have the spring in our legs. The coaches were trying to fire up our guys and it was tough. We competed, but they were the better team that day."
But the team's accomplishments included beating section champ Penn Manor in the playoffs and also defeating Conestoga Valley along the way - a team that had stunned Hempfield 3-2 late in the season.
"We tended to get a little better each week," Damiano remarked. "Winning the championship? I wouldn't trade it."
The District Three Class-AAA track & field championship meet was held at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Featured among the Manheim Township participants were a number of athletes whose performances qualified them for the PIAA 3A state championships.
Ben Viau, who recently claimed the L-L League gold medal in the javelin and shot put, claimed fourth place in the discus toss with a 169-foot-8 heave, which qualified him for states. He also took second in the shot put with a 55-06.5 distance - also good for states. Both of those events were held on Friday.
Also in Friday's field events, Mackenzie Horn had a third-place pole vault effort of 11-06, which also put her in states.
On Saturday, the boys' and girls' 4x800 relay teams both earned their ticket to the PIAA's. The foursome of Leah Sassaman, Samantha Side, Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk put together a fourth-place finish at 9:28.01, which was better than their seeding time of 9:36.88.
The boys' relay team was comprised of Gavin Maurer, Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, and Evan Dorenkamp. This quartet qualified with a time of 7:58.26, which was good for fifth place.
Also finishing fifth (3:27.35) was the 4x400 relay team of Patterson, Velozwong, Jacob Gaydos and Noah Tull.
The girls' 4x400 relay had Pasewicz, Sassaman, Wilk and Courtney German running a combined time of 4:05.72 - good for 11th place.
German was among the top finishers in both the 100- and 200-m races. In the 100, she posted a seventh-place time of 12.78. In the 200, she took eighth at 26.17.
In other individual events, Sassaman was ninth in the 300-m hurdles (47.30) while Wilk (2:24.12) and Dorenkamp (2:24.53) were 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 800-m. Also, Hannah Dieterle raced across the finish line in the 3,200 at an 11:26.99 pace, claiming 11th place.
Streaks Advance In L-L League Playoffs May 15, 2017
Manheim Township rode a winning streak into the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs by beating Warwick and Conestoga Valley to close out the regular season. In Friday's opening round of the league playoffs at Lancaster Mennonite, they blanked Cocalico 3-0.
Township's 8-4 league mark (13-4 overall) earned them the third-place playoff seed out of Section One. The Streaks were pitted against Section Two runner up Cocalico (9-3, 15-4).
As one might anticipate, the match opened with two playoff teams battling it out. The Streaks eventually prevailed 26-24 in the first set. They overcame a deficit in the second set and won that 25-21 before eliminating the Eagles from the L-L League playoffs with a 25-16 win.
"They were close games," said head coach Jack Damiano in a phone interview. "At times we would get the momentum and take a big lead. Other times, when one error would turn into three errors, we would give up a few points.
"They're a very good team," Damiano said. "They're well-coached. I think we were just stronger and bigger."
Brian Hines registered nine kills and two blocks. He and Zachary Keating each served two aces. Keating also finished with eight digs and 30 assists.
Chris Paladino also had an ace and notched six kills plus 11 digs. Mark Leaman and Nick Vicidomini added eight and five kills, respectively, with Leaman also getting in eight digs and three blocks. Vicidomini led the team with seven blocks and Zach Musser recorded 16 digs.
"That's one of the good things with us - if one guy is having a lesser night than normal, someone else steps up," Damiano added. "Keating has been able to get the ball to whoever is hot."
It was the third 3-0 victory of the week for the Streaks. They opened the week with a Section One win at Warwick on Monday, posting scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23.
Paladino poured it on with 12 kills while Hines delivered two aces and nine digs. Township got 31 assists from Keating and five blocks by Vicidomini.
"Warwick has a lot of underclassmen," Damiano noted. "But they have a good group of hustlers. They dug a lot of balls and were hitting the floor for a lot of balls.
"I think our height and strength got to them as well," continued the coach. "They had very good technique but it's hard to coach against height."
Township traveled to Conestoga Valley for the final regular season match. Unwilling to give up a single set, they topped the Buckskins 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 on Wednesday.
Paladino put up another dozen kills while Keating put up 29 assists and tied for the team lead in blocks with Nicholas Plakans and Vicidomini - each with three. Musser added 11 digs.
Regardless of how Township's L-L League playoff quest turns out, the team will move on to the District Three Class-AAA playoffs. In the opening round, which will be Thursday, May 18, they'll face a familiar foe - Hempfield.
"They beat us 3-0 in the first match we played them and beat us 3-2 in the second one," Damiano recalled. "We won the first two sets of that second match and were ahead in the third set, but Hempfield clawed back."
Asked if the close match against the Knights can serve as motivation to prepare for districts, Damiano deferred, "Right now we're focused on Penn Manor. We're not going to look past that."
It was a championship night for both Manheim Township lacrosse programs. The girls' team won the league championship with a 12-8 defeat of the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squad on Thursday night. Earlier that evening, the boys claimed the crown by a 9-6 margin over Hempfield. Both matches were played at Conestoga Valley.
The girls' team opened the week with a 16-2 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in the first round of league playoffs at Ephrata. The Streaks had finished the regular season unbeaten and so the playoff seeding had them facing fourth-place L-S.
Township topped L-S 16-2, scoring 10 times in the first half. Maris Large and Sarah Elias each scored five times while Elias also recorded two assists. Skylar Dorenkamp dished off five assists and scored a pair of goals. Also scoring twice was Lucy Svetec, who also had an assist. The Streaks got goals from Taylor Kopan and Shannon Elias (2 assists) as well. They out-shot the Pioneers 31-3.
It was a closer match against LCD/LC and the score was actually knotted at 4-4 by halftime. The Streaks pulled off a 12-8 victory, led by Lucy Svetec's five-goal, two-assist offensive production.
Large posted a hat trick while Dorenkamp poured in four goals and an assist.
Haley McCullough grabbed three saves to help her team clinch the title.
The boys' team scored less than 10 goals in each of its post-season wins - an 8-3 win over Warwick in Tuesday's semis and the 9-6 defeat of Hempfield on Thursday.
Hempfield led Township after the first quarter by a 3-2 score and was up 4-3 at the half. The Streaks scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to help win that game.
A variety of goal scorers eventually were able to get the ball past Hempfield keeper Tanner McAlpine, who finished with 11 saves. Tre Freeman and Sean Curcio each had two goals and an assist. Owen Miller had one goal and two assists while Anthony Gugluizza, Bryce Hutchinson and Grayson Sallade netted one each. Zach Diamond chipped in with an assist.
Caton Johnson had nine saves in the victory and seven in the win over Warwick.
Miller came through with a hat trick in that win while Freeman scored twice. He also dished out an assist as did Sallade. Curcio, who dished out two assists, Diamond and Nicolas Gutierrez each added one goal.
With their overall 18-2 record, the Township girls earned the second seed in the District Three 3A standings. They earned a first-round bye and on Wednesday will host the winner of the Central Dauphin vs. Carlisle match.
The boys' team (18-2) earned a second-seed ranking behind Wilson (19-1) in Class-AAA. On Thursday the Streaks will play at home, facing either Warwick or Red Lion.
The Streaks improved their record to 11-8 while extending their win streak to four games this past week. Back-to-back one-run wins over Section One rivals Cedar Crest and McCaskey improved the team's league record to 10-6.
In a game that did not have any homers, Township and Cedar Crest plated a combined 27 runs. The Streaks won 14-13 with two in the bottom of the seventh inning. The double by Zach Andrews was the only extra-base hit for Township.
By the end of the second inning, it was 8-7 Township. The Falcons scored five in the top of the first and the home team rallied for three in the bottom of that frame. Township put up five runs in the second only to see Cedar Crest score four in the third, making it 11-8.
Ryan Barbee, who came in as a reliever with two on and nobody out in the third, was charged with two of those runs. He yielded two more, but his teammates continued to battle and got him the victory. Barbee went five innings. The Streaks scored two runs in each of the final three innings.
Rece Bender went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. He also stole a base as did Seth Boyer, who scored twice. Hunter McClintock went 2-for-3 plus a walk. He had a RBI and scored three. Zach Shaefer also scored three runs on a 2-for-3 afternoon. Colin Yablonski kept the offense recycling as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI's out of the ninth spot. Luke Emge was 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Tom Cesarone had a patient bat at the plate, drawing four of the seven walks issued by Cedar Crest pitching.
Tuesday's game at McCaskey saw some stellar relief pitching as Ben DeMarco came on in the fourth and pitched scoreless, hitless baseball the rest of the way. DeMarco got the win as Township got the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory.
The Red Tornado scored three unearned runs off Yablonski, the starting pitcher, who gave up two hits, and six walks.
The Streaks also used speed in their offense. Bender, Schaefer, McClintock and Ethan Kline each swiped a bag. Schaefer went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. Brendan Moshos also doubled. Kline went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Cesarone added a hit to drive in one run. Andrews walked and came around to score on one of Schaefer's doubles.
The Township boys posted a 98-52 victory at Conestoga Valley in an L-L League track and field meet on Monday. The win improved the team's record to 2-4 while CV fell to 1-5.
In the girls' meet, Manheim Township improved to 3-3 with a 91-59 win.
Among the multiple winners for the girls was Courtney German. Not only did she win the pole vault with her 10-foot effort, she won the 100-meter dash in 13.0 and had almost exactly the same pace (26.1) in the 200. German anchored a foursome that included Ava Pasewicz, Leah Sassaman and Cassandra Wilk in the 4x400 relay (4:04.9).
Hannah Dieterle, Emma Rogers, Emily Antonacci and Grace Weaver ran the 4x800 relay in a winning time of 11:06.3.
Wilk, Dieterle and Pasewicz proved to be multiple winners also. Dieterle won the 3,200 in 11:36.8. Also Pasewicz took the 400 in 60 seconds and Wilk won both the 800 (2:25.7) and the 1,600 (5:14.8)
Delaney McKnight captured the high jump (4-10) and the long jump (16-10.5). Katie Grohotolski's javelin throw was 102-7, also good for first.
Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, Riley Horton and Gavin Maurer ran the 4x800 in a first-place tie of 8:57.3. Velozwong, Jacob Gados, Noah Tull and Gavin Patterson claimed the 4x400 in 3:26.6
Evan Dorenkamp was a multiple winner as were Gaydos, who won the pole vault at 11-0, and Tull (41-3 triple jump). Dorenkamp won both the 800 and 1,600 with respective times of 1:59.4 and 4:29.9. Velozwong won the 400 in 52.6.
Jack Rodenberger won the discus with a 166-9 throw. That was the same distance Ben Viau's javelin heave traveled. Viau also won the shot put (57-11).
Isaiah Gillespie's 5-9 high jump was also good for first.
In the L-L League Championship meet at Hempfield on Friday and Saturday, the MT girls finished fourth with 60.5 points and the boys third at 60.
Gaydos, Velozwong, Patterson and Tull won the 4x400 (3:26.78) while Velozwong, Antonacci, Maurer and Dorenkamp took third in the 4x800 (8:13.57).
Viau claimed gold in both the shot put (58-1.5) and discus (177-6).
On Friday, German was second in the girls' pole vault (10-6). She was third (25.66) in Saturday's 200. McKnight (5-0) was second in the high jump.
The girls' 4x800 (Sassaman, Pasewicz, Wilk and Samantha Side) took second at 9:37.61.
Carson Schreiber and Tom Chairs came up short in the first round of District Three Class-AAA doubles competition. They opened with a 6-2 win against their counterparts from Central Dauphin - Jason Kline and Matt Plesco. However, the CD twosome bounced back with 6-4, 6-4 wins in Friday's first-round match at Hershey Raquet Club.
MT Earns Come-From-Behind Win over Knights May 8, 2017
The Blue Streaks were down 2-0 in Tuesday's Lancaster-Lebanon League clash with arch rival Hempfield. Heading into the second half, the Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team was holding a slim 5-4 lead before going on a 10-3 scoring run to claim the match 15-7.
With the big win, the Streaks stayed unbeaten in the league (10-0) and would go on to claim first place in the final regular season standings. Hempfield fell to 7-2.
Haley McCullough's goalkeeping was a factor in Township's win. She grabbed 11 saves while the offense was awakened in the second half.
Leading that offense was Skylar Dorenkamp who scored six times and dished out two assists. Maris Large poured in five goals while Lucy Svetec and Sarah Elias each added a pair.
In their next league game, the Streaks needed a strong second half to overtake their opponent. Ephrata had a 9-8 halftime lead before Township went on a 13-2 tear in the second half. They outshot the Mountaineers 32-19 for a 21-11 victory.
Grier Walker led the scoring with five goals. Julianne Walker had four goals and three assists. Trinity Tull, who opened the season on the junior varsity roster, also had four goals. Abbie Moist scored two goals, equaling Taylor Kopan. Both Claudia Newell and Sophie Rockwell had one goal each.
McCullough had four saves while Meredith Cardina and Isabella Drolet also snagged saves - three and two, respectively - to keep Township on top.
In a season-ending match with William Penn Charter, the Streaks posted an 8-7 win at Church Farm School in Exton. They outshot Wm. Penn 17-13, getting five goals from Svetec and two from Elias, who also had an assist. Large had one goal and Dorenkamp provided one assist.
McCullough came through with 10 saves in the close win.
The first time Manheim Township faced Hempfield, it didn't go very well at Landisville. The Knights defeated the Streaks 15-0 on April 5.
The rematch took place last Monday at home.
"We kind of had a chip on our shoulders going in," head coach Jen Breton said in a phone interview. "We really wanted to prove that we weren't the same team they faced the first time. We tried to string things together and come out strong."
The Streaks held Hempfield to five runs on just seven hits. Starter Casey Martin struck out six and allowed four walks in a complete game.
The Knights won this Section One game 5-2, however, improving to 12-1 in the league while Hempfield fell to 3-9 (4-10 overall).
"It was a huge improvement from the last time," Breton said. "Hempfield is a great hitting team. Casey Martin was able to minimize the damage."
Freshmen Emily Smyth and Julianna Leuders each drove in a run. Leuders also drew two walks. Smyth had two of the four hits for Township.
"Julianna and Emily have been instrumental in pushing our team offensively," Breton remarked. "Julianna has power and is extremely fast. "You can see her quickness in her catching."
After a 13-0 loss at home to Solanco on Tuesday, the Streaks visited Warwick for another Section One game. They led 4-2 in this one until the Warriors scored four in each of the next two frames for a 10-4 win.
"Warwick made some mistakes in the fourth inning and we were able to take advantage of those," Breton said. "But they started to hit the ball hard over the next two innings."
Breton looks at this young team and sees promise for the coming years.
"Casey has been pushing herself hard and working with a fairly young team behind her," she said. "It's a matter of getting her confidence up.
"We have a young, talented team," the coach added. "So, it's also a matter of getting the girls comfortable and working well with each other. They just need to be in tune on the field."
The boys' team also clinched first place as the regular season drew close to a finish. On Monday the Streaks handed Hempfield its first league loss of the year and went on to top Ephrata Thursday night by a 19-5 score. Their league record finished at 11-0 as they improved to 14-2 overall.
After a 2-1 opening period, the Streaks poured it on with six goals in each of the next two quarters on the way to a 17-4 win at Hempfield.
Grayson Sallade had five goals while both Owne Miller and Sean Curcio not only had hat tricks but also two assists each. Single goals came off the sticks of Zach Diamond, Will Hurley and George Hetrick.
Caton Johnson made nine saves while his teammates launched 24 on the Knights' net.
The 19-goal attack on the Mounts included a nine-goal second quarter. Township actually had over 50 shots on goal.
The goals and assists came from Curcio (5, 1) Miller (4, 1) Diamond (2, 1) Eddie Newman (1, 2) and Sallade (1, 1) while Anthony Gugluizza and Bryce Hutchinson each scored twice and Ben Mann and Louis Geyer added one each. Hurley added one assist and Jack Kingsbury chipped in with two.
In a Section One clash at Hempfield, the Knights edged the Blue Streaks 3-2. The loss dropped Township to 5-4 in the league.
The Streaks edged the Knights 25-23 and topped the defending state champs 25-19 in the second set. Hempfield came back for 25-22 and 25-14 victories before taking the tiebreaker 15-9.
Chris Paladino led Township with 12 kills while both Zachary Keating, who also had 37 assists, and Brina Hines had four aces. Nick Vicidomini registered five blocks and Zach Musser added 17 digs.
First-place Penn Manor topped Township 3-0 in Thursday's Section One match. The sets were fairly close - 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22.
Paladino and Mark Leaman each had 11 kills with Paladino also serving up one ace. Keating added one ace and 25 assists. Musser had 11 digs while Vicidomini put up five blocks.
In McCaskey's 78-58 victory over the boys on Monday, MT's Noah Tull, Anderson Velozwong and Tim Antonacci grabbed first place in their track events. Tull ran the high hurdles in 15.4 and Velozwong (52.7) won the 400-meter race. Antonacci paced himself to the 3,200 win at 10:21.1.
Ben Viau again claimed two field events, tossing the shot put a 59-8 and the discus 185-9.
Both Tull and Isaiah Gillespie cleared 5-6 in the high jump to tie for first.
In the girls' meet, McCaskey won 82-63, dropping MT's record to 2-3.
Courtney German won the 100 in 12.6 and Cassandra Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:20.7. Kyra Jenkins ran the 3,200 at an 11:50.8 winning pace while Leah Sassaman came through in the high hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (48.8).
German won the pole vault with a 10-foot effort while Delaney McKnight's 5-1 high jump and 15-6 long jump were also winners.
In the Blue Streak Relays at Neffsville on Saturday, the foursome of Wilk, Jenkins, Hannah Dieterle and Sam Side won the girls' 4x1600 relay in 22:07. The 4x800 team of Jenkins, Dieterle, Emma Rogers and Annabelle Lapp posted a winning time of 10:33.17.
McKnight was the winner in the high jump at 9-8.
There were 12 total teams competing in the invitational with Township's girls finishing third. Palmyra had 77 team points followed by Hempfield (73) and Township (72).
The boys finished second with 67 points while Manheim Central won with 98.
The 4x800 relay went to MT's Gavin Maurer, Hayden Severe, Riley Horton and Jarrid McKenzie in 8:52.46.Viau and Pat Cloonan took the shot put at 98-9.5
In baseball action last week, the Streaks won 6-1 at Hempfield on Monday. They were at home two days later and topped Warwick 6-4.
Zach Andrews had two RBI at Hempfield. He drove in Ethan Kline and Rece Bender, both of whom went 1-for-3. Bender also stole a base.
Colin Yablonski singled twice and scored both times. In fact, all six of Township's hits were singles. They also took advantage of five walks. Hunter McClintock was hit by a pitch twice and took revenge both times by stealing a base.
Joey Rudzinksi got the start and went 6.2 innings to get the win. He allowed five walks and was relieved by Ryan Barbee for the final out of the game. Rudzinski recorded three strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
Warwick got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. But that would be all the scoring the visitors would get. Township cut the lead in half with two runs in the home half of the first and then plated two more in each of the next two frames.
Evan Clark had the big blow for Warwick in the first - a bases-loaded double to drive in three.
Kline had a double and three RBI's for Township. McClintock drove in two and scored a run. Bender went 3-for-4 with a run.
Barbee's relief pitching was being the long man out of the bullpen after the Warriors' four-run first. He pitched six shutout innings for the win.
Township Track Teams Host Cedar Crest May 1, 2017
Manheim Township was in a close battle with Section One rival Cedar Crest on Monday with the Falcons winning the boys' meet 77-73 and the girls' meet 88-62. The boys fell to 1-3. The girls are 2-2.
Included in the boys' successful events were two of the relays. The 4x100 relay went to Zeb Gregory, Peter Carrigan, Gavin Patterson and Sean Killian, with a time of 45.0. The 4x400 relay was won by Jacob Gados, Evan Dorenkamp, Noah Tull and Patterson in 3:29.9.
Tull also dashed off with a first-place time of 15.4 in the 100-meter race. Dorenkamp won the 800-m (2:01.2) while Patterson was first in the 200-m (22.8). Matt Russinko was third (11.6) in the 100 as well as the 200 (23.7) and Tim Antonacci took third in the 3,200 (10:25.1).
Anderson Velozwong was second in the 400 (53.7) while Gados was third (53.9).
Ben Viau was first in the discus (170-4), and the shot (55-07.5) while Pat Cloonan was second in the discus (125-6) and third in the shot (42-9.25).
Tull, who also won the high jump at 6-2, took second in the triple jump at 41-9.5. In the pole vault, Eli Skacel and Gados went 1-2, both clearing 11-0.
In the girls' meet, Samantha Side, Annabelle Lapp, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz won the 4x800 relay (10:17.7), and Pasewicz, Cassandra Wilk, Kate Yoder and Leah Sassaman won the 4x400 (4:14.1).
In individual events, Hannah Dieterle won the 3,200 (12:00.6) and Sassaman not only took the 300 hurdles in 48.0 but was second (17.6) in the 100-m. Jenkins was second in that 3,200 with a 12:05.7 pace.
Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:13.7 with Dieterle (5:31.9) taking second. Pasewicz was second in the 400-m (1:00.8) with Wilk (2:26.3) taking second in the 800. Yoder was second in the 200 at 27.9.
Tynina Williams, who was second in the 100 (13.2) finished third in the long jump at 15-9.
Sydney Horn was the lone field event winner, taking the pole vault at 8-foot-6.
Claire Hummel's 31-11 triple jump was good for third while Delaney McKnight's 5-foot high jump was second. Katerina Grohotoski had a third-best distance of 94-8 in the javelin while Gabrielle Valentin claimed third in the shot put (28-10).
How often does a week of baseball include a week with an 11-1 victory and an 11-1 defeat? That was Manheim Township's week as the Streaks opened the week with a 5-2 defeat of Lampeter-Strasburg, beat Solanco two days later 11-1 and lost to Penn Manor by the aforementioned 10-run deficit on Friday.
When the infield dirt had settled, the Streaks ended with a 6-6 league record
In the L-S game, a three-run first inning was all the offense needed for starting pitcher Ben DeMarco. The sophomore allowed two runs on two hits, striking out eight, but walked six batters. However, Colin Yablonski pitched the final 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the save. He struck out two.
Ethan Kline, who had a triple, drove in and scored a run. Zach Andrews and Tom Cesarone also drove in one run each. Luke Emge had a single and a stolen base.
The Streaks only had six hits on the day.
In another Section One and Two crossover game, the Streaks and the Mules were battling in a close contest through three innings at Solanco. It was 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Township plated three runs. They repeated this in the fifth and sixth innings as well, putting the game away for Joey Rudzinski, who tossed a three-hit complete game.
Township had 13 hits, including a pair of doubles off the bat of Cesarone. Emge, who had a steal and two runs scored, drove in two runs. Zach Schaefer had two hits and two RBI's. Kline had a double and a triple plus an RBI. He and leadoff man Rece Bender (two steals) each scored two runs as did McClintock (2-for-4, 1 RBI).
Against the Comets, Bender had the lone RBI and McClintock had two of the three Township hits. The game was 3-1 after three. The Comets added two in the top of the fourth and six more in the fifth as four different batters had two RBI's each.
Township's tennis players took to the courts at Conestoga Valley, Warwick and other venues for the L-L League Individual Tournament, which started on Thursday.
Carson Schreiber, T.J. Kade and Tom Woratyla all advanced to Saturday's semifinals thanks to their opening-round and quarterfinal victories in singles competition. Also, all three doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals.
In Flight One, which was played at CV, Tom Chairs opened with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Hempfield's Rishi Pandey before losing in the quarterfinals to Cedar Crest's Dylan Tull.
In Flight Two at Manheim Central, Kade opened with 6-2, 6-1 wins against Ethan Lown of Elizabethtown and claimed the quarterfinal match with a pair of 6-0 sets against Garden Spot's Ethan Horning.
Warwick was the sight of Flight Three matches with Schreiber winning both the opening round (6-0, 6-0) and finishing with a quarterfinals win against Lampeter-Strasburg's Max Paich in exciting comeback fashion - 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-6.
Tom Woratyla also advanced through the quarterfinal round. He downed Lancaster Mennonite's Charlie Gish 6-0, 6-3 after he had won his opening-round match 6-0, 6-0.
Chairs and Schreiber won the opening round doubles as did Kade and Woratyla. Max Pan and Charlie Gingrich won the Flight Three doubles.
In Saturday's quarterfinals of the doubles, Kade and Woratyla posted an 8-1 win. Pan and Gingrich, whose first-round match was a 9-7 victory, won the quarterfinal match but lost to Cocalico's Danny Engle and Jared Gluck in an 8-5 semifinal match.
Chairs and Schreiber won their Flight One doubles over Cocalico's Conor Martin and Jarad Snader 6-3, 6-4.
Not only did they remain unbeaten (9-0) in league play, the Township girls also posted a 21-13 non-league win last week.
The Streaks topped Penn Manor 19-2 on the road Tuesday. They stayed on the road and beat Lampeter-Strasburg 16-4 the following day and won another away game 13-5 on Friday versus Lancaster Catholic/Lancaster Country Day.
In these big victories, the Streaks got tremendous scoring output from the likes of Sarah Elias, Lucy Svetec, Skylar Dorenkamp and Maris Large.
Svetec scored four goals in each of the contests plus an assist in the L-S match. In both the Penn Manor match and the L-S match, Dorenkamp had two goals and two assists. She poured in four goals on Friday at LCD. Large, who had two assists in the Penn Manor match, had a hat trick at L-S and scored four goals against LCD.
Elias was the leading scorer on Tuesday, tallying six goals to go with one assist. She had four goals and an assist at L-S and netted one goal on Friday.
Liz Musser also had a hat trick in the Penn Manor game. Scoring single goals were Grier Walker, Ellen Connolly, Shannon Elias and Julianne Walker. Both Walker and Shannon Elias had single goals in the L-S game as did Taylor Kopan.
Meanwhile, goalie Haley McCullough posted three league wins, grabbing a total of 18 saves in the three matches.
In Saturday's non-league game against Kennard Dale, the Streaks got six from Sarah Elias, who also assisted on one goal.
The Streaks outscored the visitors 11-5 in the first half and went on to win 21-13.
Dorenkamp notched a hat trick as did Svetec, who also had one assist.
Kopan, Musser and Ashlyn Campagna (1a) each had one goal.
McCullough faced 22 shots and saved nine. The Streaks improved their overall record to 13-2.
The boys also improved to 9-0 in the league. They doubled up Penn Manor 12-6 and blanked LCD/LC 18-0 on Friday.
In the Manor match, the scoring was shared among the Township attackers as seven different players got into the goal column. Sean Curcio did it four times while Grayson Sallade had an assist to go with his three goals. Owen Miller dished out three assists while netting one goal.
Bryce Hutchinson, Zach Diamond, Eddie Newman and Tre Freeman each had one goal. Freeman also dished out three assists while Ben Mann had one.
Caton Johnson got eight saves in the win.
Johnson saw only five shots on goal in the game against the Cougars on Friday.
Freeman had a hat trick plus an assist. Newman, Sallade and Jack Kingsbury were the only others with multiple goals, each scoring twice.
Though not scoring, Curcio dished out seven assists in the win.
Individual goals were scored by Mann, Miller, Diamond, Zach Dotter, Anthony Gugluizza, Nicolas Gutierrez, Solen Layser, Dan Klotz and George Hetrick.
The Streaks crept closer to the top of the Section One standings with two more league victories. With only a handful of matches to go, the standings have Penn Manor 8-1, Hempfield 7-1 and Manheim Township 6-2 (10-2 overall).
The Streaks blanked both McCaskey and Cedar Crest last week.
In the win at McCaskey, they won 25-19, 26-24, 25-14.
Chris Paladino led the way with 10 kills and four aces. Mark Leaman tied Paladino for the top total in kills. Zachary Musser delivered 15 digs while Zachary Keating had 30 assists. Nicholas Plakans registered three solo blocks.
Against Crest, the Streaks allowed the visiting Falcons scores of 12, 9 and 15 in the 3-0 win.
Leaman, Paladino and Nick Vicidomini each had seven kills while Paladino, Leaman and Brian Hines each registered three aces and Vicidomini finished with four blocks.
Keating and Musser recorded eight digs each and Keating had 26 assists.
Township also played a non-league match, beating Avon Grove 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) on Monday.
Paladino's nine kills and four aces led the team. Keating dished out 27 assists and tied Hines and Vicidomini with three blocks each. Musser came away with another 11 digs.
In a Section One and Two crossover game at Garden Spot, the Streaks came up short, 4-2.
Spartans starter Elizabeth King allowed only three hits in the win. One of those hits was a Juliana Lueders solo home run in the first inning. King settled down and pitched a complete game.
MT's Casey Martin also pitched a complete game, allowing only four Spartan hits.
On Thursday, the Streaks took advantage of nine errors by Lebanon and posted a 13-1 victory on five hits in another crossover game.
Mikayla Brennan was the winning pitcher for the Streaks, who improved to 6-5 in the league.
Friday was a tough pitchers' duel with Township falling short 2-0 at Penn Manor. Brennan's double was the only hit for the Streaks. Lueders also reached on a walk.
Martin's five-hit gem in which she allowed only one earned run while striking out five was not enough.