Streaks Top Comets, Fall in OT to Falcons January 20, 2019
The Blue Streaks needed this one.
The Township boys' basketball team went into Thursday night's game against Section One foe Cedar Crest trailing the Falcons by one game in the section standings. Township came in with a 5-3 record while the visiting Falcons held a 6-2 mark.
The Streaks were unable to hang on, after taking a 47-42 lead into the final quarter. The Falcons tied it at the end of regulation and narrowly outscored the Streaks 12-9 in the extra period for a 69-66 overtime victory.
It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the middle two quarters of the game. First, Crest outscored Township 19-14 in the second quarter. The Streaks went on a 19-11 run following halftime.
Tyler Crespo led the way with a game-high 31 points, connecting six times from three-point range. The 5-foot-10 senior was also a perfect 5-for-5 at the foul line.
Zach Oldac contributed 10 points, hitting from the inside as well as from beyond the arc. Will Greiner, Brendan Mellott and Tyler Vicidomini each scored six.
Cedar Crest's Logan Horn led his team with 25 points.
Township's previous game was on the road, facing Penn Manor in another section battle. The Streaks came out on top in Tuesday night's contest, defeating the Comets 66-57.
The Comets did come out with a more efficient offense in the second half, after having been held to only 25 first-half points. They outscored the Streaks 19-14, cutting the 10-point halftime deficit in half. The Streaks regained momentum in the final stanza as Mellott finished with a game-high 29 points.
Crespo's offensive contribution was 13 points, including another perfect night (4-for-4) at the charity stripe. Vicidomini finished with eight points.
Ethan Hine (20) led the Comets.
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team lost a tough match at Cedar Crest on Friday night as the Falcons held back the Blue Streaks with a strong fourth quarter. Crest prevailed 46-34, improving to 13-3 while the Streaks fell to 11-4.
"We knew going in that it would be a tough match-up with the first place team in the section," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "While we battled for four quarters, we had some shots not fall in for us. Once you're playing from behind, it can be too much to battle back."
The Falcons took a 13-10 lead into the second quarter where they limited the Streaks to only four points, making it a 23-14 halftime edge. The Streaks weren't able to shave much off that deficit in the third.
Leading all scorers on the night was Township junior Katie Bushong with 18 points. Alijiah Bonano added seven points and six by Ali Quinn chipped in with six.
"I'm proud of the way the girls played hard for 32 minutes," said Burkhart. "Though not happy with the outcome, we made Cedar Crest earn it.
And just like the closeness in the overall records of these two teams, the standings in Section One has the Falcons (9-0) two games ahead of the Streaks (7-2) with their regular season finale scheduled at Manheim Township on February 5.
"We have put ourselves in good position, going down the stretch, to battle for a league and district playoff spot in a few weeks," Burkhart said.
Township was coming off a victory over Penn Manor the previous night at home. With Bushong pouring in 21 points and Alexcia Bryant scoring 11 points, the Streaks topped the Comets 51-41 at home. They outscored the visitors 32-20 over the course of the second and third quarters following only six points in the first period.
"We got off to a slow start and found ourselves in the hole early," said Burkhart, referring to the 14-6 deficit. "But we were able to find a way to grind one possession at a time to get ourselves back in front.
"Penn Manor was a tough physical team and we had to find a way to attack their zone," continued the coach. "We were able to do that successfully."
Bonano hit a pair of three-pointers during the turnaround. She finished with eight points.
"Alijiah hit a couple of big three's for us," said Burkhart. "Alexcia had 10 rebounds, many of which came on key stops we needed to make."
SWIMMING & DIVING
Township stayed undefeated in both boys' and girls' swimming and diving. The boys' team topped Cedar Crest 116-57 while the girls' team doubled up the Section One foe 121-62. The Streaks improved to 7-0 (3-0 league).
For a change, Streaks' head coach Dan Graybill used 11 different swimmers for the three relay events in the boys' meet, only utilizing Alonso Borrero more than once. Borrero, Elijah Gocotano, Luke Brandsema, and Jackson Prevost won the medley relay with a time of 1:44.18.
The 200 freestyle relay went to Borrero, Nick Boomsma, Jack Sheehan and Adrian Waplinger (1:35.38).
"I tried to mix them up because we have such a deep team this year," Graybill said. "I like to keep them competitive and on their toes. They also get to have competition among each other to stay in top form.
"I had three good freestylers leading off in each of the relays," he added.
Sergio Borrero, who's Alonso's older brother, Rob Perot, Aidan Buckwalter, and Brian Nguyen posted a 3:35.45 for second place in the 400 free relay.
Prevost was also second in the 100 free (50.58)
Henry Gingrich sprinted to a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.36. It was older brother Charlie Gingrich who won the 100 backstroke (52.26) as well as the 100 butterfly (50.64) while Perot claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:47.47.
The diving competition went to Nico Billoni with 190.45 points.
"He had his best score," Graybill pointed out.
In the girls' meet, Township won two of three relays as well. Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott, Samantha Bennett and Morgan Wylie-Thal took the 200 medley relay (1:55.98). Wylie-Thal anchored the 200 free relay team, helping Gabrielle Stramara, Faith Forman and Diana Lamont clock a winning 1:45.71.
"Backstroker Brynn Magrini and Sam Bennett, who did the butterfly, are a couple of freshmen on the medley relay team," Graybill noted. "Bennett also does the 50 freestyle for us."
Magrini went on to win the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.46.
Forman won two individual events - the 50 free (26.14) and 100 free (57.33) - while Lamont took the 200 freestyle in 2:05.65.
"Faith Forman did very well in her individual events," said the coach.
Freshman Liz Perot notched a first-place finish in the 500 free.
"That was her lifetime best," Graybill said of Perot's 5:27.36 time. "I know she was very happy about that."
In the 100 fly, the Streaks claimed the top three spots with Stramara winning it in 1:01.26, Lamont (1:05.10) placing second and Bennett (1:06.82) taking third.
Speaking of second-place finishes, Pyott placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.25.
"This was the first time Olivia didn't win the 100 breaststroke," Graybill said. "We knew it was going to go down to the wire with Krysta Welk from Cedar Crest. She was closing in on Welk, but lost by four-tenths of a second."
Also winning was Shannon O'Hara, who took the diving competition with 135.5 points.
"Shannon has only had one loss this season," Graybill pointed out.
Manheim Township handed Elizabethtown's air rifle team its first loss of the season, defeating the Bears 496-494 on the road Thursday. With each team featuring two shooters hitting the 100-point mark, it was the third, fourth and fifth scores on each team that were key.
Graham Wolf and Eli Torres registered the perfect scores for MT while Arabella Albino and Matt Risbon did so for E-town.
The Streaks' Ethan Demler and Hana Musser each recorded a 99 while Hunter Modene tallied 98 on the day. Elizabethtown had only one person reach 99 while fifth place dipped to 97 for the Bears.
The win improved Township's record to 7-2 while Elizabethtown fell to 8-1.
The Streaks had a near perfect team score earlier in the week, defeating Manheim Central 499-492. The four shooters reaching the century mark were Musser, Wolfe, Demler and Jada Bender. Torres recorded a 99.
The Blue Streaks kept pace with a tough Solanco squad in an L-L League wrestling match on Wednesday night, climbing to within six points at 30-24 and again within six points at 36-30 before the Mules pulled off a 42-30 victory.
The loss dropped Township to 0-6 while the Mules improved to 3-3.
The match opened with a Nate Neuhauser pin in the 285-pound weight class, giving Solanco a 6-0 lead. Micah Sams pulled the Streaks even with a pin at the 106, putting Dominic Flatt on his back 1:46 into the match.
The Mules pushed ahead with three consecutive pins leading up to the midway point of the match. Township's Cade Clancy halted the momentum with a pin at 145, followed by David Over's pin at 152, cutting the deficit to 30-18.
The Mules' forfeit at 160 made it 30-24. Two tough decision losses by Oscan Villada (170) and Trenton Jones (182) followed. Sam Crist claimed those six points back with a Solanco forfeit at 195.
Shaneef Carter sealed the victory for the Mules with a third-period pin at 220.
With a victory over Hempfield at Dutch Lanes on Friday, the Township bowlers pulled to a close fourth behind the Black Knights in the Section One standings. Township's 7-0 win improved the Streaks to 25-38 with the Knights at 26-30 as a result.
The biggest game of the day was Drew Jaquith's 687. He was consistent throughout, finishing with scores of 223, 216 and 248.
Second on the day was senior Jordan Schell (643) followed by Matt Iseman's 634 tally. Chaz Eavenson finished with 600.
On Tuesday, Township came up short against Cedar Crest at Palmyra Lanes with the Falcons winning 5-2.
Kolby Bennett was the leader for Crest, starting with a 258 and finishing with a total of 695.
Schell, with a 784 series, had an outstanding 279 in the second game of the day. Iseman rolled a 640.
Lady Streaks Extend Winning Streak to Four January 14, 2019
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team managed to keep pace with Cedar Crest in the Lancaster-Lebanon League standings by extending its win streak to four games. Coming off a win at Section One rival McCaskey the previous week, the Blue Streaks topped Lebanon on Monday, bested non-league foe Central York on Wednesday and defeated arch rival Hempfield on Friday, improving to 6-1 in the L-L League (10-3 overall). Cedar Crest finished the week with its league mark at 7-0.
The 51-31 defeat of Lebanon was technically a comeback win for the Streaks, who went into the second quarter trailing 11-6. They outscored the Cedars 30-13 over the next two stanzas and closed it out with a 15-7 run in the fourth.
Katie Bushong finished with a game-high 22 points while Ali Quinn tallied 13 points and Alexcia Bryant added 10.
"We got off to a slow start," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "Sometimes it's a little harder to get going on Mondays after having that extra day off on Sunday.
"But once we settled in and figured some things out, we got into a better rhythm," he added. "We had some great looks in the first quarter, but they weren't going in."
It was a second-half offensive outburst that helped Township top Central York two nights later. The Panthers led 19-18 coming out of the locker rooms for the start of the second half. The Streaks outscored the visitors 14-4 in the second half on the way to a 44-30 victory.
The defense held the opposition to a total of 11 points in the second half.
"The difference in the Central York game was just us sticking to our game plan and looking to put pressure on them," said Burkhart. "We fell into man defense pretty much the whole second half and were able to generate some turnovers with our press that led to points," he continued. "We got some stops when we needed them."
Bushong's 22 points again led all scorers. Alijiah Bonano scored seven points, hitting her team's only three-pointer. Bryant and Quinn each scored six.
The defense was particularly strong in the game against Hempfield. In fact, it was a low-scoring game which Township won 39-22. The Streaks held the Knights to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.
Bushong scored 19 points, including a 9-for-10 night at the foul line, to lead the way. Bryant added nine points while Bonano added four points.
The Blue Streaks posted a huge Section One win over Hempfield in Tuesday's swim meet at Manheim Township. In claiming all three relays, the Streaks forged ahead and claimed a 131-49 win in the boys' meet.
Elijah Gocotano, Gage Mandrell, Henry Gingrich and Jackson Prevost combined for a winning time of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay.
"Gocotano specializes in the backstroke and the 100 butterfly," said head coach Dan Graybill. "He was the backstroker in the medley relay team that early this year broke our pool record with a time of 1:37.9. Charlie did the butterfly, Jackson Provost was the freestyler and Gage Mandrell breaststroke.
"Gage Mandrell is a versatile swimmer who has done a tremendous job," Graybill added. "He would consider himself a mid- to long-distance freestyler. His breaststroke has really come along. He hit 27.6 in the breaststroke in the medley relay."
In the freestyle relays, Adrian Waplinger joined both Henry and Charlie Gingrich as the trio contributed to wins in both the 200-yard and 400-yard events. In the 200, Conor Breton helped them post a winning time of 1:30.49. In the 400, Waplinger and the Gingrich brothers were anchored by Mitchell Calhoun to take the event in 3:20.96.
"Adrian Waplinger is a senior who's very flexible," said Graybill. "You can almost put him in any stroke and he'll come through."
Graybill talked about the strong work ethic of both Gingrich brothers.
"Henry is a determined kid," said the coach. "He's a good butterfly and freestyle swimmer. As a freshman, he might make districts, which is hard to do for a freshman. He has lots of promise.
"Charlie is back and swimming as well as he ever has," continued the coach. "He's a team player. He'll ask you to put him in anywhere."
The Gingrich brothers weren't finished yet. Charlie won the 50 free in only 20.96 seconds. Henry Gingrich and Rob Perot both finished first (50.42) in the 100 free.
In the mid-distance freestyle, Perot was a winner again, taking the 200 in 1:47.78.
Mandrell outlasted the competition in the 500 free, registering a time of 4:56.71. Calhoun's backstroke time of 57.24 was good for first and Gocotano won the 100 butterfly in 56.21 seconds.
Taking the 1-meter diving with 181.15 points was Nico Billoni.
Sophomore Faith Forman and freshman Gabby Stramara joined senior Morgan Wylie-Thal for a convincing 137-49 win in the girls' meet against Hempfield.
Stramara, Forman and Wylie-Thal teamed up with Samantha Bennett for a winning time of 1:46.02 in the 200 freestyle relay. Forman anchored the foursome that also included Diana Lamont, Brynn Magrini and returning sophomore Hope Boldizar for the 400 free relay. They posted a winning time of 4:00.63.
"Diana Lamont is one of those swimmers who comes through for you in whatever event you put her," said Graybill. "She swims all of the strokes well. She's quiet, but leads by example, giving a 100 percent effort.
"Faith is only a sophomore and has really improved since last season," Graybill commented. "She has shown lots of potential in the 50 and 100 free. She will be a candidate for districts this year."
The 200 medley relay also went to Township as Boldizar, Stramara, Lamont and Liz Perot posted a time of 1:53.67.
"Hope Boldizar made it to districts last year," Graybill noted. "She is holding her own. She has been proficient in the middle distance and also her 100 backstroke has shown improvement."
Perot won two individual events - the 200 and 500 freestyle with respective times of 2:05.24 and 5:29.17. Forman finished first in the 50 free (25.80) and 100 free (56.27).
Stramara's wins came in the 200 IM, where she posted a time of 2:16.46, and 100 fly (59.08).
"Gabby doesn't have a weak stroke," said Graybill. "She is very proficient in all of her strokes as evidenced by her time in the 200 IM. The butterfly is probably her best; she might even make it to states."
Magrini's 1:03.08 pace was tops in the 100 backstroke while Pyott (1:09.25) won the 100 breaststroke.
Senior diver Shannon O'Hara won the diving competition with 192.4 points.
Both the boys' and girls' teams improved to 2-0 in the league.
While the girls' team is only one game out of first place in the Section One basketball standings, the boys' team is in the middle of a wild race with a 4-3 league record - only one game out of second place.
The week's slate of games included L-L League contests against Lebanon and Hempfield as the Blue Streaks went 2-1 to improve to 9-5 overall.
On Friday night, a strong 11-0 start helped Township top Hempfield by a 51-41 score. Only a late surge helped the Knights make it a closer game after Township had taken a 44-26 lead into the final frame.
The previous time these teams had met was in District Three playoffs back on March 1 with Hempfield winning 67-53.
On Friday night, two Township teammates scored 16 points each. Tyler Crespo's sweet 16 included four three-point field goals. Brendan Mellott also matched the game-high total.
Zach Oldac contributed 11 points and Tyler Vicidomini added eight.
The Knights, who fell to 4-3, 9-4, had a team-high 15 by Eli Washington.
In the non-league game against Northeastern two days earlier, the Streaks let one slip away as the Tigers roared back with 23 fourth-quarter points to nip Township 47-46. The Streaks had taken a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter following a 15-7 run in the third.
Crespo, who nailed a pair of three-point jumpers, finished with a game-high 23 points. He was a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe. Oldac and Mellott each scored eight points while Vicidomini added seven.
With four different players scoring in double digits, the Streaks defeated Lebanon 69-59 on the road last Tuesday. With each side scoring 18 points in one quarter and 14 in the other, the first half ended in a 32-32 tie. The Streaks then outscored the Cedars 25-16 and held off the home team in the final period.
The four leading scorers for the Streaks were Crespo (21), Mellott (17) Vicidomini (14) and Oldac (12). Crespo's 21 included four treys.
The air rifle team topped Ephrata 494-487 on Thursday as Hana Musser, Ben Fahrney and Graham Wolf each scored 100 points. Hunter Modene and Jada Bender finished with 97 points each.
The Mountaineers were led by Nicole Johnson's perfect score of 100.
It was the Streaks' fourth straight win, improving the team's record to 5-2.
Musser's 100 helped the Streaks win 493-484 on Tuesday at Governor Mifflin. Modene's 99 and 98's by Fahrney, Wolf and Mitch Burkholder helped the team come away with the win.
The Streaks earned two tough decisions plus a forfeit in their Section One wrestling match at Hempfield on Wednesday. The Knights worked in eight pins, however, going on to win 57-12.
The Streaks fell to 0-6 (0-5 in L-L).
Micah Sams had a strong battle at 106, earning a 6-4 decision while his team was down 12-0. Cade Clancy's 3-1 win at 145 earned three more team points for the Streaks who went on to claim six more points via forfeit at 170.
The bowling team split its two matches against league foes last week. With a 7-0 loss to Warwick and a 7-0 defeat of McCaskey, the Streaks' record went to 16-33.
In Tuesday's clash at Dutch Lanes, Warwick was led by Isaac Erickson's score of 776, which included outstanding scores of 287 and 277 in his final two games.
The Streaks were led by Matt Iseman, who stayed over 220 in his first two games (221 and 229) and finished at 643 for his total score.
Iseman and Jordan Schell led the Streaks against McCaskey. Iseman rolled a 247 in his first game and 224 in the next, en route to a 688 score for the day. Schell's top game score was 242, finishing with a total tally of 658.
Township Matmen Struggle Against Cocalico January 7, 2019
David Over registered a pin at the 152-pound weight class in Wednesday's wrestling match against Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Cocalico. The Manheim Township senior's win wrapped up the match that the Eagles won by a 51-18 score.
The Blue Streaks fell to 0-5 on the season (0-4 in league), though two of their losses were by three points or less, including a 42-39 defeat at McCaskey back on December 20.
In the Cocalico match, the Eagles did gain 18 points via forfeits. On the Township side, Micah Sams, who wrestled at 106, earned himself six team points on a forfeit as did Hank Farrell (182).
That McCaskey match in December was in MT's home gym. The Red Tornado had forged ahead to a 42-12 lead, including back-to-back forfeits at 120 and 126.
Alex Emerich regained half of those points for Township, earning six points via forfeit at 132. Vishal Win registered a second-period pin and, following a McCaskey forfeit at 145, Over (152) pinned Gilbert Valentin in just 59 seconds to make it 42-36.
Charles Leidig's impressive 5-1 overtime victory at 160 was not enough to catch McCaskey.
In a big Section One girls' basketball showdown at McCaskey on Friday night, the Blue Streaks carried the momentum of a strong first half into the second half and finished on top 61-42. Township improved to 4-1 in the league (7-3 overall) while McCaskey fell to 0-11 (0-5 league).
The Blue Streaks bolted out of the gate with 20 points in the opening period. They added 14 more before halftime, making it 34-19 at intermission. The Streaks didn't take their collective foot off the accelerator, outscoring McCaskey 18-12 in the third.
Katie Bushong's 20-point performance led all scorers. Ali Quinn, who had a pair of three-point field goals, and Alexcia Bryant each added 12 while senior guard Alijiah Bonano sank a pair of treys and finished with nine points.
The Red Tornados were led by Malia Taylor, who scored 12 and Alani Bosque, with 11.
In a tight Section One race, the Blue Streaks fell to 2-3 in the league following a 60-57 setback on Friday. McCaskey won on a last-second basket at Township, improving to 4-1 (6-4 overall) and staying tied for first with Cedar Crest.
"We have dropped basically three games at the buzzer - two in overtime and one at the buzzer," said head coach Matt Johns. "We have some work ahead of us to get back into the section hunt."
The Streaks trailed 25-20 at the half, but closed that gap to only two points by the end of the third quarter.
"We played better in the second half," said Johns, who also pointed out that his squad took the lead past the midway point of the fourth quarter, which was when the Red Tornado stormed back.
"We were up by eight or nine points with a few minutes to go," he explained. "They were fouling us and we weren't making our free throws. They then got a steal on the last possession of the game and hit a buzzer beater.
"The biggest part was not making the free throws," he continued. "We were 1-for-8 down the stretch."
The cast of returning seniors helped lead Township in this game, including Tyler Crespo, who scored a game-high 24 points. Crespo also drilled a pair of three-point shots. On a night where the Streaks were 10-for-19 in free throws, he was 6-for-7.
Will Greiner's nine points all came from his three long-range field goals. Brendan Mellott, another returning senior starter, scored eight.
"We have four seniors with sophomore Zach Oldach starting for us," said Johns. "Our bench does a lot of good things, especially defensively."
The Blue Streaks bounced back the next day, defeating Central York in the War of the Roses Showcase. This game was played at Conestoga Valley.
"We played in York County the last two years," Johns explained.
"We played a very good Central York team and we came out very strong - outscored them 20-9 in the first quarter," he added. "Zach Oldach scored 11 or 12 points in the first quarter. We held the lead and stretched it out in the fourth."
Township wrapped up the 61-43 victory, improving to 7-4 overall.
"We have done well in our non-league games," said Johns. "I thought it was nice to show their mental toughness after Friday night. We came back and had a great game."
Leading 44-34 heading into the fourth quarter, the Streaks outscored the Panthers 17-9.
Crespo and Oldac tied for the top scoring honors with 18 points each. Oldac converted on four three-point shots. Tyler Vicidomini scored nine more while Mellott added seven.
"Tyler had several blocks and Will Greiner threw in a couple of three's," added the coach.
With an impressive 498-490 victory over Wilson on Thursday, the Blue Streaks improved to 3-2 in L-L League air rifle competition. Township had a trio of shooters finish with a perfect score of 100 as Cesar DeJesus, Hana Musser and Graham Wolf each hit the century mark. Ethan Demler and Ben Fahrney were very close at 99 each.
The Bulldogs, who were led by Gabe Messersmith's score of 100, fell to 1-4.
It was the second straight match in which DeJesus scored 100. He was also perfect in a December 19 victory over Garden Spot, helping his teammates outscore the Spartans 495-486. In that match, Hunter Modene also reached 100 while Jada Bender recorded a 99. Both Demler and Mitch Burkholder shot 98's.
The Township boys' and girls' swim teams topped McCaskey on Thursday in a Section One meet. The girls won 136-23 while the boys triumphed 123-46 in a meet held at Franklin & Marshall College.
Faith Forman was among the multiple winners on the girls' side, posting wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:08.59 and the 100 backstroke (1:05.39) while also participating in the 400 freestyle relay.
In that relay, Diana Lamont, who also won the 100 freestyle (1:05.10), joined Forman, Sarah Charles and Hope Boldizar for a combined winning time of 3:59.66
The Blue Streaks won all three relays. In the 200 medley relay, Boldizar, Lamont, Liz Perot and Alexis Stramara swam at a 1:56.15 clip. The 200 free relay (1:53.14) went to Mackenzie Weeks, Hallie Speitel, Alyssa Womeldorf and Morgan Wylie-Thal.
Perot also captured the 100 free in 58.09 seconds while freshman Gabby Stramara sprinted to first in the 50 free at 28.39 seconds.
Other winners for MT were Alice Gaalswyck in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.84), Brynn Magrini in the 500 free (5:34.64) and Olivia Pyott (2:21.76) in the 200 individual medley.
The boys' meet also featured a sweep of the relays as well as multi-winners like Jackson Provost, Gage Mandrell and Connor Paladino.
In the 50 freestyle, it was Charlie Gingrich sprinting to victory at 21.04 seconds. Mandrell then joined Henry Gingrich, Provost and Paladino to win the 400 free relay at 3:22.55. Charlie Gingrich, Paladino, Elijah Gocotano and Adrian Waplinger combined for a winning time of 1:30.56 in the 200 free relay while Waplinger and Provost teamed up again with Charlie Gingrich and Alonso Borrero for the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:41.11.
Mandrell took the 200 free (1:48.76) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.73). Perot won the 100 backstroke and 200 IM with respective times of 57.92 and 1:59.55, and Tyler Besroff outlasted the competition in 5:20.04 in the 500 freestyle.
The Elizabethtown bowlers claimed Friday's game at Dutch Lanes over Manheim Township by a 7-0 score. The Bears' Katelyn Garman bowled a 743 on the day, including a score of 268 in her third game.
Jordan Schell had an outstanding day, recording a 248 in the third game en route to a 679 total. Matt Iseman's 621 score included a 235 in his third game.
Streaks Slip Past Chambersburg in District Opener November 4, 2018
Manheim Township's 10th win of the season was a gritty, ugly, intense battle and it came at a point in the season where losses are out of the question unless you want your season to end. The Blue Streaks' defense, special teams, and the offensive line, which continually opened paths for running back Jaden Floyd, would not let that thought enter their minds. Township stopped Chambersburg by a close 20-17 margin in a District Three Class 6A quarterfinal battle under the veil of a steady downpour Friday night at War Memorial Stadium. The victory improved the Streaks' record to 10-1. The defending district champs, who are the second-seeded team in this year's playoffs, advance to the semifinals where they'll again play host, this time to third-ranked Central Dauphin.
"It rained the entire game. I don't think I've been associated with a game like that in all of my years as a head coach," commented head coach Mark Evans. "Your hands are wet; the football is wet and it just requires extra focus. As much as it was ugly, our guys played well."
The focus went to the running game as Floyd racked up 150 yards of wet turf under his feet.
"It changed the dynamics of our game plan," Evans added. "Floyd was a workhorse. He took some hard licks, but he was tough as nails."
The offense wasn't entirely one-dimensional as Harrison Kirk completed six passes for 113 yards, including a 50-yarder to Hilton Ridley.
Floyd scored one of the two Township touchdowns. Following a 33-yard field goal by Trojans kicker Tyler Luther in the first quarter, Floyd capped a drive with his 11-yard run to the end zone, making it 7-3. Jack Rodenberger added a 21-yard field goal later in the second quarter, making it 10-3 at halftime.
In a close football game, especially one that ends with a three-point winning margin, one looks to the contribution made by the kicker.
"Jack has been stellar," Evans said. "He has hit when has had to and has done a great job."
The Trojans, whose season ended at 7-4, tied the score on a 91-yard touchdown dash by Keyshawn Jones.
"We gave up too many big plays," Evans remarked, also referring to Tyeshawn Worrell's 90-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. "We also fumbled on the goal line in our first possession. If we're going to be a championship football team again, we have to do the little things right."
Rodenberger added a 40-yard field goal in the second half, which was critical in getting past the Trojans. The Streaks also scored on a Bryce Casey three-yard run in the fourth. He finished with 21 rushing yards.
But the big defensive plays - two timely quarterback sacks and Matt Mikulka's interception return which set up Casey's three-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter, were key. Albeit, the 20-10 lead was reduced by Worrell's kickoff return, but the Streaks held on for the final two minutes.
"We had some big defensive plays," Evans said. "There were timely plays on both sides of the ball that helped us out. It goes back to doing the little things right."
Another big break was on yet another big play by the Trojans. It was a touchdown that was called back by the officials.
"That was an illegal formation on their part," Evans explained. "I'm glad the officials called it right."
Evans talked about the upcoming opponent - the Central Dauphin Rams who crushed Central York 49-21 on Friday night in similar weather conditions.
"They're a familiar opponent," Evans said of the non-league foe. "We played them twice in 2017 and twice in 2016."
The two games in 2017 included a season-opening non-league victory as well as a district playoff win by the Streaks. This year, Township topped CD 22-12 back on September 12, making it a three-game win streak over a team that had beaten them the previous six meetings.
"Last year we got over that hump by beating them at home," Evans said. "This year we beat them at their place for the first time in school history."
Evans was asked about how much of last year's district championship - the first in MT football history - has carried over to inspire the 2018 squad.
"Without a doubt it carried over," he responded. "The sophomores and juniors from last year got a lot of late-game action - experienced that Friday night intimidation. They made that walk 14 times last year and 11 times this year. That bodes well in terms of experience, which can be a tough teacher. Experience tests you and teaches you.
"This group of kids is resilient," he added.
Evan Dorenkamp was coming off a district championship performance the previous week when he raced against competitors from across the Commonwealth on Saturday at Hershey. The Township senior finished seventh in the PIAA Class-AAA championship meet, recording a time of 16:36.00 while Mount Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson won the race at a 16:03.00 clip.
Racing with Dorenkamp was fellow senior Ian Miller, who also had a strong finish. He crossed the finish line in 13th place, registering a time of 16:45.00.
Chloe Kline was the only member of the girls' team to qualify for states. The sophomore ran the course in a time of 21:30.00 and finished in 129th place. Winning the Class-AAA girls' championship was West Chester Henderson freshman Jenna Mulhern (18:42.00), helping the Warriors finish second as a team.
The PIAA Class-AAA girls' tennis championships continued at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday with the doubles competition taking place.
The Blue Streaks featured the top seed and the second seed out of District Three, thereby being represented by two sets of doubles teammates.
"Once you're in the state tournament, the quality of play is phenomenal," head coach John Briner remarked. "It's the best of the best in Pennsylvania."
And among the best in Pennsylvania were two Township duos - Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade as well as Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian.
The top seed in District Three was the pairing of Honrade and Reynolds. The Township twosome took on Lily Nowak and Alyssa Mazurek of Hazleton on Friday afternoon. In a battle against the top-seeded doubles team of District Two, Reynolds and Honrade bounced back from a 6-4 defeat to win the next two sets, 6-1, 6-2.
"When you come back and win that second set and force a third set, you feel you can go on and win it," Briner said.
Dina Nousime and Tina Prince of Methacton were next. The two seniors had topped their first opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. They stopped Reynolds and Honrade in the quarterfinals and made it all the way to the championship match. Reyonlds and Honrade came up short in 6-0, 6-2 sets.
Palandjian and Garvin entered states as the second seed from their district. They opened with a 6-1, 6-1 victory, defeating top-seeded Anna Marie Degman and Caroline Lynch of Cardinal O'Hara.
Gavin and Palandjian came up just short in their next test, which was against eventual third-place finishers Tashanna Smith and Natalie Sinai of Freedom High School. Smith and Sinai edged the Streaks' teammates 6-4, 7-5 before losing in the semis.
"They were down 4-0 in that second set and came back to tie it 5-5," Briner noted. "Losing the first set 6-4, it's close enough to come back and win the second. They gave it their best. We knew there were going to be some tough battles at states.
"One of the doubles teams we lost to made it to the finals and another one finished third," Briner pointed out.
Briner also remarked on the Blue Streaks as a team, also addressing the opening-round loss to Unionville on October 23 in the PIAA Class-AAA team championships.
"It was an amazing season for them," he said. "We wanted to win the league and district championships, which we did. Winning those are our goals each year. Unfortunately, we lost in the first round of team championships at states. That was a tough loss for us. We had a chance to win that match but we just fell short."
MT Football Wins Share of Section One Title October 29, 2018
Manheim Township's football team claimed its second straight Section One championship as it defeated Hempfield in a Lancaster-Lebanon League clash of arch rivals on Friday night in Landisville. The Blue Streaks won 48-13 to finish 5-1 in their section (9-1 overall), thus sharing the title with Warwick and Wilson, both of whom won convincingly on Friday.
"It's a three-way tie, but we're still section champs," head coach Mark Evans said. "It could be co-champ or tri-champion. It's the first time we've won back-to-back section titles since 1976-77."
It was a team effort as the offense racked up over 300 yards passing and more than 160 on the ground. The defense allowed only two touchdowns and held Hempfield's star running back Matt Heuston to only 20 yards rushing.
The three-pronged effort of a football team performing well on a given night also included the special teams.
"In the grand scheme of things, you want two of the three phases to be successful," said Evans, referring to defense, offense and special teams. "It's always nice when all three are working. It was good to see us firing on all cylinders.
"Everything seemed to click," Evans went on. "The guys were on track in every phase of the game. They complemented each other very well. They were dominant because they put their minds to it."
And what of the special teams' contribution?
"Jack Rodenberger became the all-time leading kicker in Manheim Township history," Evans noted. "He needed six points to do it."
Rodenberger could have taken care of that with the two field goals he kicked in the first half. But he also claimed six points on the PAT kicks, going 6-for-6 on the night.
Jaden Floyd, who finished with a game-high 93 yards rushing, scored the game's first touchdown. He followed his blockers from three yards out to put Township up 7-0. The Knights did cut the lead to 7-6 on a 77-yard TD pass from Colin Peters to Darien Ressler. However, before the first quarter ended, Harrison Kirk hit Brett Benjamin from 14 yards out to make it 14-6. Kirk finished with 280 yards passing on 19 completions. Cameron Horst also completed a pass, connecting with Matt Stokes on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second half.
"Jaden Floyd being back healthy was a positive thing for us, being able to run the ball effectively," said Evans. "The offensive line was doing a good job coming off the ball."
Benjamin ended up on the receiving end of six passes, compiling 68 aerial yards. Hilton Ridley was the Streaks' leading receiver, catching five passes for 98 yards. Stokes had three receptions for 53 yards.
"Harrison Kirk had a good game and his receivers made some nice catches," said Evans.
The second of three touchdown passes landed in the hands of Stokes - a seven-yard toss in the second quarter. Also in that period, Rodenberger was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts - both spotted from 32 yards away.
Cameron Horst hauled in Kirk's third touchdown pass. Bryce Casey added a 22-yard rushing TD. He had seven rushing attempts for 60 yards.
The defense had to key in on Hempfield's Heuston - the dangerous tailback, who had put two straight games of 100-plus rushing yards under his belt.
"That was a challenge to our defense," Evans said. "Our kids went after the challenge because he had had two consecutive 100-yard rushing games."
While the Streaks' regular schedule ended, the season isn't over yet. They will host Chambersburg in a District Three Class 6A playoff game on Friday.
"We play Chambersburg out of the Mid-Penn League," Evans noted. "They play a similar style of offense and defense that we do."
In what may be remembered as a classic boys' soccer match between Palmyra and Manheim Township, the visiting Cougars upset the top-seeded Streaks in the first round of the District Three Class6A playoffs on Tuesday. The match was intense in that each side scored twice; the game went into overtime and the Cougars (12-6-1) downed the home team 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The heartbreaking loss ended Township's season at 13-5.
"It was one of those games where the momentum went back-and-forth, end to end," head coach Kevin Baker stated. "We knew they would be physical. They tended to play to the level of their competition, playing well in the big games. They approached the game similar to us tactically."
The Streaks grabbed a 2-0 lead thanks to an early goal by Colton Pierson and one by Andrea DiSomma just after the midway mark of the first half. Nolan Ross assisted on both scores.
The Cougars cut the lead in half five minutes prior to halftime on T.J. Caton's first goal of the game. He finished not only with two goals during regulation, but also one of the five in the shootout stage.
The penalty rounds began with goalie Quinn McCarty saving Palmyra's first attempt.
"Quinn saved their first one," Baker said. "It was one of his best games of the season. When the play is going back and forth and they're putting a lot of pressure on you, he definitely came up big for us. Their goalie also made a couple of saves."
Ross made one for the Streaks, who won the coin toss and chose to kick second in each round. Colton Pierson made the second shot for MT, but DiSomma's shot in the third frame went awry. Zach Brubaker and Ayden Lee came through, making it 4-4 after the allotted five rounds.
"It went into sudden death for a sixth kicker," Baker explained.
Mitch Dowling scored for Palmyra on that sixth penalty kick while the Streaks missed the chance to extend the sudden death to a seventh round.
Baker talked about his thoughts on the team's achievements as well as what his post-game words were to the players.
"We came together and took a few minutes," he said. "I talked about how proud I was of them - they came out to win each game.
"My slogan for the past few years has been 'Leave a legacy,'" he added. "Once they look back on the season, they have a lot to be proud of - the way they carried themselves on the field, knocking off five of the top six teams in the district, and off the field academically and with good character."
The girls' soccer team had a Herculean task of taking on Cumberland Valley in the opening-round of the District Three Class 4A playoffs. The Eagles entered the playoffs as the second seed. Township was 15th. Cumberland Valley went on to defeat Township 3-0 in Tuesday's match at CV, improving to 14-1-1 and continuing its winning ways with a quarterfinal round victory over Exeter by the same score.
Sophomore Kyra Place broke a scoreless tie with two minutes to play in the first half, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Emily Mashinski doubled that lead seven minutes into the second half. Junior Alexa Baker capped the scoring, thus ending the Blue Streaks' season with a 6-8-2 record.
Ali Quinn did have seven saves for Township.
Senior Evan Dorenkamp led a rather large pack of runners as he crossed the finish line. He was in first place in Saturday's District Three Class-AAA Cross Country championship. Dorenkamp won the gold with a time of 16:30.7. Fellow senior Ian Miller earned 15th place with a time of 17:06.8.
As a team, the MT boys finished seventh with 279 points in the championship meet at Big Spring. Cedar Crest's team won with 145 points while Warwick took second with 189 points. .
Drew Sassaman registered a time of 17:51.9 to earn 48th place in the meet. Riley Horton's time of 18:24.5 was good for 104th. Freshman Tyler Stevens (18:32.3) finished 119th while junior Keven Perez (18:34.4) and Dieter Geib (18:48.4) came in at 122nd and 145th, respectively.
The girls' team was 11th overall with 334 points. The winning team was Dallastown with only 115 points.
Chloe Kline (24th, 20:18.3) led the Township girls' team with Anabelle Lapp (32nd, 20:32.7) not far behind. Avery Ebersole also finished in the top 100, earning 76th place with a time of 21:29.2. Freshman Paige Laurence and sophomore Aurelia Huss ran together down the stretch, finishing 108th (21:56.6) and 109th (21:57.2) respectively. Emma Dieterle (112th, 21:58.9) and Kyra Dean (125th, 22:26.7) rounded out the lineup.
Manheim Township entered the District Three Class-AAA playoffs as the ninth seed and went on to edge Cedar Cliff 3-2 on Wednesday at Lower Dauphin. Township moved on to the field hockey quarterfinals where top-seeded Lower Dauphin, which had a first-round bye, blanked the Streaks 2-0 at Milton Hershey on Saturday afternoon.
That opening-round win featured a huge second half by the Streaks. Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Township got on the board with Ashlyn Campagna's goal 12:28 into the second half. Sophia Rockwell scored the tying goal five minutes later and Julia Romano prevented overtime with a late goal.
Katie Labezius chipped in with an assist as Township out-shot Cedar Cliff 11-8.
Cat Wilson made five saves for the Streaks, with Maddie Kurtz also earning a save.
Lower Dauphin denied the MT offense any shots on goal. Wilson did make eight saves in a losing cause with Emma O'Neil scoring both goals for the Falcons (17-1-1). The Streaks' season ends with a record of 13-9.
Township faced Unionville in the opening round of the PIAA Class-AAA team tennis championships on Tuesday. The unbeaten Blue Streaks, who claimed the District Three crown, were eliminated by the Indians - the fourth-seeded team from District One - by a 3-2 score at Hershey Racquet Club.
Scotland Reynolds was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at third singles. Nicole Honrade and Julia Briner won the number one doubles by a 7-6, 6-4 score, giving the Streaks their only other team point. Township finished the season at 15-1.
The PIAA Class 3A golf championships took place at Heritage Hills Golf Club on October 22 and 23 with Shaun Fedor and Ellen Wager representing Manheim Township.
Wager finished in a four-way tie for fifth place, recording a 79 on the par-72 course. Jade Gu of Pennsbury won the girls' championship with a score of 71.
Fedor, a senior, finished in a tie with six other golfers for 20th place, shooting a 5-over-par 77.
In Wednesday's team championships at Heritage Hills, the Township squad finished third with 318 points, equaling Erie Cathedral Prep.
Fedor shot 71 on the day, making par 10 times. Connor Strine shot an 81 while Wager and David McNaughton both finished at 83. Graham Calhoun, a freshman, carded an 85.
Lady Harriers Win L-L League Championship October 22, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' cross country team won the L-L League team championship on Tuesday as 22 schools converged on Ephrata for the league meet. The Streaks finished with 105 team points, edging Elizabethtown by 12 points while Warwick finished a close third at 124.
Meanwhile, the Township boys finished third in the team standings with their 112 points, narrowly missing second place by three points. Warwick (95) and Cedar Crest took the top two spots.
Anabelle Lapp and Chloe Kline paced the Township girls, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 20:04.9 and 20:19.10. Another pair of MT runners kept pace with one another as Paige Laurence earned 26th place (20:59) and Aurelia Huss (21:02) claimed 27th.
Also helping the Streaks cement their team victory were Avery Ebersole (35th, 21:15) Kyra Dean (39th, 21:30.6) and Emma Dieterle (41st, 21:35.8) while Cecelia Walker took 87th with a time of 23:04.90.
It was Conestoga Valley's Nathan Grucelski winning it all with his time of 16:15.20 in the boys' race. However, Township's Evan Dorenkamp was a close second at 16:17. Fellow senior Ian Miller claimed fourth place at 16:19.20.
Drew Sassaman's time of 1729.6 was good for 29th place while junior Riley Horton (17:36) had a solid pace for 33rd place.
Township's Keven Perez and Tyler Stevens kept pace with one another also as Perez (17:47.3) took 44th and Stevens (17:51.1) earned 48th place. Dieter Geib ran the course in 18:08.80, finishing 67th.
Sometimes you walk off the field following a game, realizing you have taken part in a classic battle. Though the agony and shock of defeat, especially following a hard-fought game, is eclipsed by the other team's thrill and celebration, you know this was a game to remember.
Such was the case in Tuesday night's Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' soccer playoff game at Conestoga Valley where Manheim Township met Cocalico in the semifinal round.
"I felt both teams deserved to win that game; it was a hard-fought game," said Kevin Baker. And that was coming from the Township head coach whose team suffered a 3-2 double overtime loss to eventual L-L League champion Cocalico.
"It was one of those games where we left the field knowing we had played a good game," Baker said. "Both sides had chances and it ended up being them. They scored with about three minutes left in the second overtime. It was like it caught everyone off-guard almost. The ball took a nice bounce for them and their kid had a nice finish."
The Section Two champion Eagles improved to 17-1-0 and went on to defeat Lancaster Mennonite for the league trophy. They took a 2-1 lead into the second half thanks to goals by Danny Harrington and Aaron Weitzel. Township's lone goal came on a penalty kick by Andrea DiSomma which was the game-tying goal at that juncture. Weitzel's goal made it 2-1 five minutes later.
DiSomma helped send the game into overtime with his second equalizer of the game, this one coming in the 72nd minute.
"He turned and hit a rocket shot from 25 yards out," Baker described. "It was a beautiful shot."
Township goalie Quinn McCarty made eight saves as his teammates out-shot the Eagles 12-11.
Joe Zimmerman scored the golden goal 107 minutes following the opening whistle of this match.
"It was just a good soccer game," Baker said. "They played a physical game."
The Streaks, who fell to 13-4-0 overall, head into the District Three playoffs, scheduled to host a first-round game against Palmyra this week.
Baker was asked if having a few extra days to rest up for districts could be a blessing in disguise.
"We obviously had a goal to win the leagues," he replied. "Districts and states are in a sense bigger prizes. After a real hard-fought game, we were starting to get some guys with nagging injuries. So, there is a silver lining for having a few extra days."
The Blue Streaks scored in three different ways - touchdowns, field goals and a safety - for a total of 36 first-half points in their 49-13 victory over Section One rival McCaskey on Friday. The Streaks' offense found the Red Tornado end zone four times; senior place kicker Jack Rodenberger booted two field goals and the special teams forced a safety - all in the first half - handing McCaskey (1-8) its fifth league loss of the year. The Streaks improved to 4-1 in the league (8-1 overall) with a Section One showdown scheduled at Hempfield in the regular season finale.
"Every week we keep getting better," said head coach Mark Evans. "We have one more regular season game and after that you have to win to stay in. I'm trying to get the kids to be realistic and see that they don't have that many chances. It's imperative to take advantage of all of the opportunities."
Cameron Horst scored the game's first touchdown, carrying the ball in from three yards out. Rodenberger added two field goals to make it 13-0 before the Streaks poured it on for the remainder of the second quarter. Harrison Kirk hit Hilton Ridley, Mickey Stokes and Braydon Alaimo with touchdown passes from 10, 42 and 3 yards out.
Xzavier Silva's eight-yard TD run and a 29-yard interception return by Stokes accounted for 13 more points after intermission.
As for the safety, it came on a punt formation by the Tornado deep in their own end zone.
"We were coming after it," Evans explained. "We were going to block it. So, rather than give us a touchdown, they took a safety."
As for the offensive opportunities, the Streaks were given many by McCaskey
"We were given a short field, taking possession of the ball on the 30 or 40, for example," Evans added. "Our defense shut them down and we had a good game returning punts. It made things easier for our offense."
The leaders on offense included Kirk, who completed 11 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Donovan Ivey had the most rushing yards, compiling 57 on seven carries. Horst ran the ball eight times for 39 yards.
Kirk found six different receivers for his 11 completions, including three passes to Ridley for 47 yards and two to Stokes for 55. Brett Benjamin had two catches for 26.
The Blue Streaks opened the week with a 2-1 overtime victory over Manheim Central in an L-L League playoff match at Donegal on Tuesday. The victory advanced Township into the next round where they faced Donegal - the Section Two champions, who brought a 19-1-0 overall record into that playoff game.
The Streaks, who had wrapped up the regular season with a 10-2-0 league record, triumphed over the Barons thanks to two goals by Sophia Rockwell. The junior forward scored at the 13:29 mark of the first half and 12:20 into the overtime period, getting assists from Katie Labezius and Ashlyn Campagna.
Sandwiched in between was a Central goal by Jenna Lutz late in the first half. It was one of only two shots allowed by the Township defense while on the offensive end, the Streaks had 10 shots on goal and eight corners.
In Thursday night's semifinal game at Conestoga Valley, the Indians stopped the Streaks thanks two goals each by Lily Saunders and Catherine Moran, winning it 5-1.
The Indians (20-1-0) scored three times in the first nine minutes of the match. Cayla Homsher scored the game's first goal followed by Moran's two goals before the Streaks got on the board. Township's only shot on goal was Rockwell's score at the 11:40 mark of the first half, cutting the deficit to 3-1. She was assisted by Labezius again.
Cat Wilson made nine saves against the Donegal attack.
Nicole Honrade and Scotland Reynolds of Manheim Township defeated Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian of..., wait... also of Manheim Township? That's true.
Garvin and Palandjian entered the tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club as the top seed with Reyonlds and Honrade as the second seed of the District Three Class-AAA tournament.
After putting aside their respective opponents on Friday as well as Saturday's semifinals, the four Township players met on the same court.
"They were the top two seeds, so them meeting in the finals was not unexpected," head coach John Briner said. "From a perspective of my two doubles teams battling it out, it's tough as a coach. You want to be happy for the winner but you're sad for the losing side. It's complicated for a coach."
Reynolds and Honrade came up short in the first set, losing 7-5. They came back for a 7-5 win and a 6-4 win to take the gold medal.
"It was an unbelievably close match," Briner remarked. "The winning side won 18 games and the losing side won 16."
Reynolds and Honrade won their opening match 6-0, 6-0 and went on to defeat Catherine Scala and Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley 6-2, 6-4. They prevailed 6-0, 6-4 in the semis.
Their teammates, who were actually the top seed, defeated Hershey's Manisha Kodavatiganti and Caroline Corcoran 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 and went on to win their next two matches in straight sets.
The Streaks also claimed the team championship, posting a 3-0 win over Conrad Weiser on Thursday at HRC.
They first defeated Hempfield at Racquet Club West before going on to win two more matches, including the district finale.
On Monday, the Streaks squared off against league rival Hempfield. Amanda Hagino, who won the district singles championship the previous week, gave the Knights their lone team point in a 3-1 MT victory that day. She won the first singles 6-2, 6-1.
Reyonlds won the third singles 6-1, 6-2 while the second singles was still being played with Palandjian in the lead 6-2, 5-3.
In doubles competition Honrade and Julia Briner won 6-1, 6-1 while Camille Henneman and Lauren Martin posted a 6-0, 6-2 win.
The Streaks topped Dallastown 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon back Racquet Club West, earning a trip to the Hershey Racquet Club for the District title match. In Tuesday's win, Honrade and Briner teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 win along with a win by Henneman and Martin, who posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at second doubles.
Singles matches went to Palandjian (6-0, 6-1) and Reynolds (6-0, 6-0).
In the 3-0 defeat of Conrad Weiser for the district trophy, the Streaks won both doubles matches thanks to Honrade and Briner at first doubles (6-1, 6-1) and Henneman pairing up with Martin for a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles. Reynolds wrapped it up with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sets win at third singles while teammate Palandjian (6-3, 5-2) was leading her match and Garvin was coming off a 6-4 win at the first set.
With 3-1 victories over Conestoga Valley and Elizabethtown, the Streaks surged into the L-L League girls' volleyball semis opposite Garden Spot. That match takes place this week.
On Thursday, Township topped CV 25-14 in the first set and came back following a 25-16 loss to win 26-24 and 25-14 at Conestoga Valley.
Alice Thorsen led the Streaks with 13 kills and tied Emma Krewson with 13 digs on the night.
Katie Bushong's 19 assists were tops in the match as were her seven aces. Trinity Tull registered two blocks.
Playing at Garden Spot, the Streaks topped E-town 25-18 and 25-14 in the first two sets before the Bears claimed one set (25-19). Township responded with a 25-22 triumph.
Tull and Thorsen had 10 kills each with Thorsen also leading the team in digs (13). She and Bushong had two aces each as did Lucy Svetec. Bushong came through with 27 assists.
In the East Regional PIAA Class 3A golf championships, Shaun Fedor finished with a 5-over-par 77 and qualified for the state championships.
Also at Heritage Hills, MT senior Ellen Wager also qualified for states with an outstanding score of 79.
Field Hockey Finishes Second in Section One October 15, 2018
There is a belief that if your team is destined for post-season play, it is a great idea to finish the regular season on a high note - to grab some momentum heading into the playoffs.
Though Manheim Township suffered a 6-0 non-league loss to Exeter Township on Monday, the Blue Streaks came back and dominated Ephrata in a Lancaster-Lebanon League match the very next evening by a 7-0 score, wrapping up the regular season at 11-7-0, which included a solid 10-2-0 league record.
In shutting out the Mountaineers, Streaks goalie Cat Wilson did not need to make any saves. On offense, the star of the game was Katie Labezius, who tallied four goals and one assist. She scored the Streaks' second goal of the game, 4:43 after Allison Cubell had put the team ahead 1-0. Her second goal was sandwiched between scores by Rea Fox and the team's leading scorer Sophia Rockwell's only goal of the game. Rockwell and Cubell also dished out assists while Ashyln Campagna registered two.
Labezius went on to score twice more in the second half.
The Streaks finished the regular season in second place while Penn Manor (12-0-0, 16-1-1 overall) claimed the crown in Section One. The Streaks' league playoffs are scheduled to begin on October 16 against Section Two runner up Manheim Central.
Manheim Township's Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian topped the Hempfield duo of Amanda Hagino and Grace Lehman 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles finale of Monday's L-L League Championships at Conestoga Valley. Also on Monday, Hagino and Garvin battled for the league's Flight One singles championship. Hagino the defending champion, prevailed 6-1, 6-0.
In other matches, the Flight Two doubles victory went to MT's sophomore twosome of Julia Briner and Camille Henneman, who posted an 8-3 winning score.
The Streaks enter the District Three Class-AAA team championships with Hempfield as the first opponent at the Hershey Racquet Club this week.
Manheim Township's 16-10 overtime victory on Friday night was a testament to this football team's ability to respond under pressure.
"The resiliency of our guys is remarkable," head coach Mark Evans stated. "They stayed the course. When it was crunch time, they locked in and got it done."
The Blue Streaks and their Section One rivals have been in a battle for the section lead, given that Township suffered a loss to Wilson two weeks earlier - their lone loss thus far - and the fact that Warwick downed Wilson 38-12 on Friday night.
The intensity that came with Friday night's game at Cedar Crest was indicative of the fight for first place in the standings.
Jack Rodenberger kicked a 35-yard field goal with the final seconds ticking off in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime. The Streaks (7-1, 3-1 in league) then won it on a bizarre touchdown in overtime as Cameron Horst pounced on his quarterback's fumble in the end zone.
"Their defender did a good job ripping the ball away from Harrison Kirk," explained the coach. "Cameron jumped in there and recovered it in the end zone."
The two sides came out of the locker rooms with no points on the scoreboard. The Streaks marched downfield and scored on quarterback Harrison Kirk's one-yard touchdown run. Rodenberger's extra-point kick made it 7-0. The Falcons (4-4, 2-3) cut the lead to four points on Jack Beasley's 22-yard field goal. The home team took the lead in the fourth quarter on Logan Horn's 14-yard rushing TD, making it 10-7. The Crest quarterback finished with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries. He threw for 121 yards on 12 completions. However, part of what kept the scoring low in this game was that Township's defense snagged three interceptions, including an end zone pick by Brett Benjamin and another by junior cornerback Matt Mikulka.
Other missed opportunities came in the forms of dropped passes, two missed field goals, and a holding penalty by Township while the Falcons had the three interceptions and a fumble.
The turning point was most likely the Falcons' decision to go for a touchdown when they had a fourth-and-goal on the Streaks' two-yard line with 1:09 to play.
"We had a huge goal line stance," Evans said. "They went for it to put the game out of reach; they could have kicked a field goal.
"We got the ball back with 98 yards to go," continued the coach. "Harry Kirk and the rest of the guys - Brett Benjamin, Hilton Ridley and the offensive line - were like surgeons, cutting their way expertly down the field. They thrived in the two-minute drill."
Kirk's passes beamed through the night sky for a total of 219 yards as he completed 19 of 31 attempts. Benjamin caught six of those passes for a total of 93 yards while Ridley racked up 43 receiving yards on four catches. Anthony Ivey had 39 receiving yards on five catches.
The Streaks drove downfield to set up the game-tying field goal.
"We spiked the ball with seven seconds left to stop the clock," Evans explained.
"Jack went out with no hesitation from me or the coaching staff," he added, alluding to the two missed field goals. "I had complete confidence in Jack."
The conversion sent the game into overtime where each team is positioned at the 10-yard line with one set of downs.
"We practice overtime plays every week," said Evans. "We put the kids in the mindset of putting the ball on the 10 and taking four plays to score."
The Township defense held once again and on their first play from the 10-yard line, the Streaks scored with Kirk's scramble, eight-yard gain and a serendipitous fumble that Horst recovered.
There were several variables regarding the Section One boys' soccer standings coming into the season's final week. The head-to-head competition and goal differentials between the top teams - Hempfield, Warwick and Manheim Township - were all being weighed and considered.
"Out of the big mix of 'what ifs,' the one thing we knew was that if we won, we were fine," head coach Kevin Baker said. "We had our minds set on that."
And win they did, defeating Cedar Crest on Monday and Penn Manor on Thursday night to earn the co-championship of Section One.
However, in terms of which team - Warwick or Township - entered the league playoffs as the top seed, the Streaks won the tiebreaker.
"We both made it to leagues but we were seeded first because we beat Warwick in both times we played them," Baker explained.
On Monday, Township improved their league mark to 6-3-0 with a 2-0 shutout of Cedar Crest on the road.
"We scored twice in the first half and controlled the game in the second half," Baker said. "They did have a couple of shots on goal, but overall we controlled possession."
Ayden Lee scored in the 35th minute of the match and Andrea DiSomma doubled that lead one minute later. Nolan Ross and Matthew Russinko provided the assists while goalie Quinn McCarty (two saves) helped make certain the Falcons were held scoreless.
Penn Manor was up next and Township handled the Section One rival with a 3-1 victory. DiSomma scored twice and Colton Pierson added one more goal.
"We controlled the majority of the game and had lots of chances," Baker said.
The winning streak carried Township into the league playoffs where they faced Section Four runner-up Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders, who finished a game behind Pequea Valley, brought in a 9-2-1 league record.
"Once you hit leagues, you know that every team has done something right to get to that point," Baker said. "The score line wasn't expected, but it was a good game for us. We played well."
That score the Township coach referred to was the 5-0 dominant win on Saturday at Manheim Central. DiSomma's goal was the only scoring in the first half. However, Lee and Pierson each scored twice in the second half - all within a nine-minute span - to go up by five. DiSomma provided a pair of assists while Ross and Russinko each earned one.
Huy Nguyen's three saves helped seal the shutout win.
Speaking of shutouts, Baker was asked about a defensive corps that had allowed only four goals in the team's last 10 games, including Saturday's playoff match. In that 10-game stretch - all victories - the Streaks had six shutouts and four wins in which they allowed one goal each.
"We've talked about that in our post-game huddles," he said. "We obviously have a lot of fire power. But the defensive crew we have is probably the best of any team. They're playing well together and take pride in it too."
The credit goes to center backs Shane Mundorf and Liam Wright as well as Russinko and Zac Brubaker in addition to David Wolfers who has been rotating in.
With the District Three Class 4A playoffs not far away, Manheim Township finds itself first in the power rankings. However, Section One rivals Hempfield and Warwick are third and fifth in said rankings.
"I think that's great," Baker said. "It goes to show how good the teams in our section are. It has been like playoff games for us throughout the season. Our players are battle tested."
Manheim Township wrapped up the 2018 girls' soccer campaign, evening its league mark at 4-4-1 and finishing 5-6-2 overall. The team topped Cedar Crest on Monday night by a 1-0 score on Gabi Brown's first-half goal (Lauren Pettoni assist) and the stellar goalkeeping of Ali Quinn (six saves).
The Falcons (5-6-3, 3-5-2 league) out-shot the Streaks 6-5.
As the season concluded, the Streaks found themselves 15th in the District Three 4A power rankings.
The Streaks stopped Warwick in a hard-fought Section One girls' volleyball match on Thursday night in Lititz. The Streaks won the first two sets by the same score, 25-18. Following the Warriors' 25-21 victory to avoid a sweep, Township posted a 25-23 win, raising its record to 8-2 in the league.
It was a team effort for Township. Three different players tied for the team lead in service aces. Every one of them also led the team in a different category - Nicolina Kondos, who had 19 digs, Katie Bushong, who also recorded 21 assists, and Alice Thorsen, who led the way in kills with 10, each served up a pair of aces.
Lucy Svetec, Amanda Hertzog, Olivia Hauck and Faith McGowan each registered a solo block.
Streaks Top Knights in Key Section One Clash October 8, 2018
Hempfield and Manheim Township. When those two high schools are mentioned in terms of Lancaster-Lebanon League competition, nearly every match in each of the athletic programs has significance.
In boys' soccer action, the two teams met for the second time this season with Township claiming a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, avenging a September 13 loss to Hempfield.
The Streaks edged the Knights and went on to record a crucial 2-0 Section One victory at Warwick on Friday. The wins improved Township's league mark to 5-3-0 (10-3-0 overall).
The win over Warwick was important in that it dropped the Warriors to 6-2-0 in the section - only a game ahead of three different teams fashioning a record of 5-3-0 - the Streaks, Hempfield and Conestoga Valley. The head-to-head results come into play, of course, and Township's streak of winning six of its seven previous games included a defeat of Conestoga Valley.
"We all have two games left in the section and we'll have absolutely no idea until the last game is over," head coach Kevin Baker marveled. "They're only taking two teams from our section for league playoffs.
"We've won both games against Warwick; we lost both with CV and head-to-head we're even with Hempfield," added the coach.
The defense played a solid match against Hempfield, limiting the Knights to four shots on goal. Hempfield didn't break through until the 78th minute on Drew Johnson's penalty kick.
"Our guys played really well," Baker remarked. "It was one of those games where you're playing a very good team and it was back-and-forth. They were pushing, but our defense withstood their attack. In a battle against a really good team our guys stepped up."
Ayden Lee put the Streaks ahead 1-0 in the 25th minute off a Nolan Ross assist. Andrea DiSomma added a goal three minutes before halftime and the team coasted with the 2-0 advantage until the closing minutes of regulation.
"Colton Pieerson was on the outside and beat his defender nicely," Baker explained. "He played a ball for Andrea, who was running with him."
Quinn McCarty had three saves for Township.
The Streaks blanked a Warwick team that had edged Conestoga Valley 5-4 in a wild match earlier in the week. Liam Wright's goal in the 50th minute broke a scoreless deadlock. He added another goal in the 54th minute while Ross and Zac Brubaker were credited with assists on the night. Both goals came off corner kicks.
"I didn't think we played well in the first half," said Baker. "We regrouped at halftime. The guys came out and put the pressure on them."
The District Three Team Golf Championships took place at Briarwood East on Tuesday with Township's team taking first place. The Streaks shot 302 as a team. Graham Calhoun, a freshman, and David McNaughton both shot a 74 with Shaun Fedor finishing third at 76 and Wager shooting 78.
Central York, the defending district champ, finished with a score of 326.
The District Three Class-AAA Individual Championships were held at Briarwood East on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. Fedor, a senior, finished third in the two-day tournament, recording a 1-under-par 71 on his second day and compiling 144 over the two days.
The top 16 golfers qualified for the PIAA East Regionals, which will be held at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood on October 16.
Narrowly missing the cut was junior Connor Strine. His score of 81 was just shy of the top 16. Also shooting well in the tournament but missing the cut was Calhoun and Hamilton McNaughton.
In the girls' championships, Ellen Wager will travel to regionals with her two-day total of 148, finishing a close second behind Chambersburg's Mary Kate Norcross. Erica Corey finished 10th and missed the cut for regionals. She had a two-day total of 164, which included an 81 on her first day on the course.
Friday night's Section One game against Warwick - as any football game against a section rival would be - was crucial for the Streaks. The team was coming off its first loss of the season, falling to Wilson a week before. Warwick came into Friday night's game with a 3-0 league mark.
Township took a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a 28-20 triumph, improving to 2-1 in league play and 6-1 overall.
"I felt that it was an important win for us," head coach Mark Evans said. "The kids responded well to the challenge."
The Streaks have three games ahead of them, all of which are against league rivals and two of which will be on the road.
"One at a time is exactly how we're taking them right now," Evans added.
The Streaks had 158 rushing yards, spearheaded by Cameron Horst's 78 yards on 17 carries, and 247 passing yards riding on the arm of Harrison Kirk, who threw for two touchdowns. However, two offensive series that went for naught and a missed field goal gave Evans the impression that they could have won this game by a greater margin.
"We hung in there offensively," he said. "But we left some points on the field. There were two drives that we turned over on downs deep in their territory; we also had a missed field goal. I would say we missed 17 points in the first half. But we were in control.
"Our guys played very well on defense," he added.
That first half ended with the score tied 7-7. Township scored on Hilton Ridley's 22-yard touchdown catch and Jack Roenberger's extra-point kick. The Warriors tied it in the second quarter on Joey Callahan's two-yard toss to Nick Fucci.
In the second half, Warwick took a lead on Fucci's one-yard surge over the goal line. With 3:29 to play in the third, Kirk's two-yard quarterback keeper tied the score. Less than two minutes later, the offense capped a drive that ended on Kirk's 27-yard TD strike to Anthony Ivey, giving Township that 21-14 edge.
Joey McCracken threw a 12-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. However, a missed extra point prevented the Warriors from tying the score. Township padded its lead on another two-yard keeper by Kirk.
Manheim Township claimed the L-L League team title with a 4-0 defeat of Conestoga Valley on Wednesday at Ephrata. The Streaks blanked the Buckskins with four matches - one doubles match and three singles - that were decided in straight sets.
Camille Henneman and Lauren Martin posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory in doubles competition. Scotland Reynolds downed CV's Rachel Eby 6-2, 6-1, Avery Palandjian topped Jacquelyn McBride 6-1, 6-2 and Emily Garvin came through with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Township was coming off a semi-final round win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday afternoon at Racquet Club West. The best-of-five format required that only three team points be earned and the Streaks easily managed that thanks to victories by Palandjian (6-4, 6-0) and Reynolds (6-1, 6-3) in singles matches as well as Julia Briner teaming up with Nicole Honrade for a 6-0, 6-0 win.
In the L-L League Flight Tournament, the Streaks were well-represented. In the opening round of Flight One singles, Reynolds won 6-0, 6-1 while Palandjian topped Cedar Crest's Serean Cheng 6-0, 6-3. In the second round, it was Streak versus Streak as Palandjian topped her teammate 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Furthermore, Garvin advanced to the semifinals with a straight set win in the first round and a 6-1, 6-0 victory over CV's Catherine Scala.
In Flight Two, Honrade topped Naomi Feister of Pequea Valley and Kassie Nichols of Cocalico in straight sets to reach the semis, where she'll face Hempfield's Grace Lehman.
Reynolds and Honrade were first-round winners (6-0, 6-0) at Flight One doubles while Garvin and Palandjian also advanced, winning 6-3, 6-0.
Briner and fellow sophomore Camille Henneman surged into the second round with an 8-0 win in Flight Two.
Following their 4-1 triumph at Cedar Crest on Tuesday, the Streaks welcomed Penn Manor on Thursday afternoon. In that match, the Streaks came up short as Penn Manor (10-0-0) stayed undefeated in league play. Township fell to 9-2-0 after the 3-1 loss.
Emma DeBerdine scored twice for the Comets and assisted on Anna May Barbusca's first-half goal that put Manor up 2-0 at that point.
The Streaks cut the deficit to 2-1 on Julia Romano's goal 2:40 into the second half (Rea Fox assist) before DeBerdine made it 3-1 off a Briana Harsh assist.
Cat Wilson, who had 13, shared the goalie duties with Vanessa Daniels on Tuesday. Daniels made two saves and Wilson one more in the win.
Township goals were scored by Rockwell, Allison Cubell and Katie Labezius, who scored two times. Rockwell, Cubell, Fox and Ashlyn Campagna each provided an assist.
It was an up-and-down week for the Streaks, who suffered two defeats including a 2-1 overtime loss to Hempfield, falling to 4-6-2 (3-4-1 league).
On Tuesday, Hempfield's Gabi Hollinger scored eight minutes in, giving her team the victory at Township. It was one of only six shots on goal by the Knights.
Lauren Weaver gave Hempfield a 1-0 edge 14 minutes into the first half. And at 14 minutes into the second half, Gabi Brown scored the equalizer for Township off a Caroline Wood assist. It stayed that way until the goal in extra time.
The 1-0 victory at home over Warwick did not involve any overtime goals or, for that matter, any late goals. Emma Hagg scored six minutes into the match and the defense, along with goalie Ali Quinn (7 saves) kept the Warriors scoreless. Hagg was assisted by both Sydney Hoover and Lauren Pettoni.
In a non-league game at Governor Mifflin on Saturday, the Streaks managed only two shots on goal in a 2-0 defeat. Quinn had five saves while one of the two goals allowed was on a penalty kick.
The Streaks won Section One matches last week. They topped Penn Manor 3-1 on Monday followed by a 3-0 triumph over Cedar Crest the next night. On Thursday they posted a 3-0 victory at McCaskey.
Each set was a close one against Penn Manor with the Comets winning the first one 25-22 before MT held Manor off 25-23 and 29-27 as well as the deciding fourth set (25-17).
Lucy Svetec and Alice Thorsen came through with nine kills each while Svetec and Olivia Hauck each registered five blocks. Katie Bushong led the way in assists (26) while Nicolina Kondos compiled 15 digs. Faith McGowan had a team-leading six aces.
Township showed resilience in topping Cedar Crest 34-32 in the first set. The Streaks won the second one more easily (25-16) before finishing the sweep 25-20.
Thorsen drilled eight kills and three aces. Bushong came away with three aces as well as 18 assists while Kondos added 12 digs and Hauck registered one block.
Township won the McCaskey match 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 with Emily Stevens getting four kills, Emma Krewson registering 10 digs and McGowan serving up seven aces. Thorsen had a block and Bushong tallied 10 assists.
Township topped Elizabethtown and Lebanon in Tuesday's boys' cross country meet at home. Meanwhile, the girls' team dominated Lebanon 15-55 but came up short against E-town (28-30).
Evan Dorenkamp, who posted a time of 16:43, and Ian Miller (16:44) were the best times on the day, giving Township's boys the top two spots in the race. Keven Perez earned eighth place at 17:37 while Drew Sassaman's 17:41 earned him ninth place followed immediately by Riley Horton (18:00). Also in the top-15 were Dieter Geib (14th, 18:37) and Tyler Stevens (15th, 18:40).
A pack of five Township runners claimed fourth through eighth as Anabelle Lapp (4th, 20:10), Chloe Kline (5th, 20:39), Paige Laurence (6th, 21:41), Aurelia Huss (7th, 21:42) and Avery Ebersole (8th, 21:44) occupied those spots.
Kyra Dean's time of 21:48 earned her 10th on the day. Emma Dieterle (22:17), Cecelia Walker (22:54), Carleigh Roche (23:02), Jenny Weiss (23:13) and Ella Sheaffer (23:22) finished 11th through 15 respectively.
Lady Booters Blank Penn Manor 2-0 October 1, 2018
In a Section One girls' soccer match, Manheim Township posed a 2-0 victory over Penn Manor on Tuesday evening. The Blue Streaks improved their Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 2-2-1 (2-3-2 overall) with the shutout.
Ali Quinn saved seven shots by the Comets, helping to cement a shutout. On the offensive end, Quinn's teammates finally broke through the Manor defense with Caroline Wood's goal 14 minutes into the second half. Samantha Bennett added another goal with five minutes remaining in the game. Sydney Hoover provided an assist.
"They were both very well-struck balls from the 30-yard range," head coach Terry Law explained. "We have kids who can hit 'em, we just don't always get the open look."
Law mentioned that Township needed to make some halftime adjustments, which helped put the goal scorers in those scoring opportunities.
"We struggled a little bit in the first half to get ourselves going," he said. "We weren't playing the style that suits us - a lot of long balls rather than our style.
"We made the adjustment at halftime and played particularly well after halftime," he added. "We kept the ball on the ground and knocked it around more, creating and building more chances. When we build, our offense tends to function better."
Quinn played another excellent game on a drizzly Thursday night at Conestoga Valley. The Buckskins scored in the 18th minute for the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Section One win. However, Law remarked that the Streaks played a technically sound game.
"That was probably the best total game we've played," he said. "We dominated the time of possession and level of play. We just didn't finish.
"They scored on a restart and we weren't able to capitalize," continued the coach. "Ali has been playing well for us."
Township suffered a non-league loss in overtime on Saturday at Lower Dauphin. Wood and Gabi Brown scored second half goals that actually put the Streaks ahead 2-1 with just over 12 minutes to play in regulation. The Falcons scored the equalizer late in the match and Mayson Light scored the game winner three minutes into extra time.
"We weren't able to close it out. It was a game we should have won," said Law.
As far as District Three Class-AAAA is concerned, the Streaks (3-4-2 overall) are holding on to the final spot with six more games to play, including four in the L-L League.
"We are sitting right on number 16 and they take 16 [for district playoffs]," Law remarked. "We have been playing much better."
In the L-L League Championships, Township's Ellen Wager came up just short in competing with Cocalico golfer Ammala Moua on Monday at Conestoga Country Club. Moua won the girls' championship with a score of 81 - only one stroke ahead of defending champ Wager.
Meanwhile Shaun Fedor earned aa individual title for the Blue Streaks who also won the team crown.
Township compiled a team score of 318 as Fedor shot a 2-over-par 72. Penn Manor's Logan Hess finished second with a 74. Brock Fassnacht shot a 77 to take third place.
Hamilton Naughton scored 81 on the day. The MT junior finished eighth. Connor Strine was in a four-way tie for 11th place, shooting an 83. Among the three other golfers with that score was sophomore teammate Sean Cliff.
Graham Calhoun, who finished with a score of 84, was in the top 25 and made the District Three Class-AAA cut. Matt Bilsoon recorded 89 on the day
The Blue Streaks suffered their first loss of the season as the Wilson Bulldogs held on for a 16-14 final Friday night in a clash of Section One rivals. It helped the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 in Section One and 4-2 overall while the Streaks fell to 1-1, 5-1.
Anthony Futrick put the ball in the air 18 times for Wilson, completing 11 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Fry caught that touchdown from Futrick - a 20-yarder in the second quarter. The Blue Streaks, who continued driving downfield time and again, evened the score on Cameron Horst's 22-yard TD run in the second half.
The Bulldogs' quick response was crucial. They had a scoring drive that ended with Jack Wagner's 28-yard field goal and another that was capped by Elijah Morales pushing it over the goal line from a yard out.
Township quarterback Harrison Kirk found Mickey Stokes for a scoring pass in the fourth quarter. Jack Rodenberger's PAT kick cut the deficit to two points. However, the Bulldogs took enough off the clock to hold back the Streaks.
Jaden Floyd again led the Streaks in rushing, compiling 71 yards on 17 carries. Horst's only rushing attempt was the 22-yard dash for six points. He also had a 41-yard reception.
Kirk connected twice with Stokes for a total of 35 yards while Hilton Ridley had a 49-yard reception.
In keeping pace with first-place Penn Manor atop the Section One field hockey standings, the Blue Streaks posted three consecutive 2-0 victories in a busy week which ended with a non-league loss at home. The Streaks topped league rivals Hempfield, Warwick and Conestoga Valley by the identical 2-0 margin, winning the first two at home before going on the road for Friday's CV match.
They improved to 8-1-0 in Section One (9-5-0 overall) while Penn Manor stayed in first place at 8-0-0.
Julia Romano's first-half goal and Sophia Rockwell's goal in the second half came off assists by Rea Fox and Ashlyn Campagna on Monday against Hempfield. Cat Wilson needed to make two saves to record a shutout.
The Streaks out-shot the Knights 12-2.
Township had another dozen shots on goal against Warwick on Wednesday with scoring shots coming off the sticks of Romano and Rockwell again. They were both assisted by Katie Labezius.
Rockwell broke a scoreless tie at the 15:31 mark of the second half. Romano added insurance to that lead 11 minutes later.
The defense allowed only one shot on goal, making it easier for Wilson (one save) to earn a shutout.
The same crew was involved in the offensive side of Friday afternoon's win at Witmer. Rockwell scored 12:29 into the game and Fox padded the lead nine minutes later. Assists came courtesy of Campagna and Romano.
The Buckskins penetrated the Streaks' defense more and launched seven shots on goal. Wilson was up to the task however, making it three shutouts in a row.
Wilson had 13 more saves on Saturday as the Streaks faced the Wilson Bulldogs. However, those saves came against an onslaught of 19 shots on goal. The Bulldogs improved to 12-1-1 overall as they stayed atop the District Three Class-AAA power rankings while MT slipped to sixth in the rankings.
As the Manheim Township boys' soccer team wrapped up the week, it stood at 8-3-0, which was good for fourth in the District Three 4A power rankings behind Warwick, Wilson and Hempfield.
On the week, Township topped Penn Manor and lost to Conestoga Valley in L-L League action, falling to 3-3-0 in the league. The team also topped Wilson on Saturday, handing the Bulldogs (10-1-1) their first loss of the year.
In the Penn Manor match, the Streaks had 15 shots on goal with Shawn Larroza recording the only goal of the game.
In the home game with CV, it was Robbie Krasinski's goal in the 79th minute - one minute before the end of regulation - that spelled defeat for Township. Ethan Bredeman also scored for the Buckskins, who came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The Streaks took the lead on Gabe Silva's goal 29 minutes into the game.
Quinn McCarty had three saves in a losing cause.
The Streaks put it all together against the top team in the district on Saturday. They scored three times in the first half. The defense and McCarty (3 saves) held on for the 3-1 win.
Andrea DiSomma scored twice after Ben Banzhof had given the Streaks a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. DiSomma also provided an assist for Banzhof's goal while Nolan Ross dished out two assists.
Township played a tough match against unbeaten Hempfield on the road Thursday night. The Knights managed to stay unbeaten (7-0, 6-0 league) by sneaking past Township 25-21, 25-21 and 25-20.
Lucy Svetec led the Streaks in kills with seven. Nicolina Kondos had 10 digs while Olivia Hauck had a team-high three blocks.
The Streaks, who were coming off a 3-0 defeat of Conestoga Valley, fell to 4-2 (4-3 overall).
Manheim Township didn't let up after the 25-15 opening set victory. The Streaks topped CV 25-20 in each of the next two sets.
While Alice Thorsen had a team-high six kills, she and three other players drilled two aces each. Svetec, who also had seven digs, Kondos and Thorson tied Emily Stevens for the team lead in aces. Stevens also finished with three blocks while Katie Bushong had a match-high 22 assists.
The Blue Streaks wrapped up an undefeated regular season in girls' tennis. They topped league rivals Penn Manor and Conestoga Valley before posting a 5-0 non-league win against Donegal on Thursday.
In Monday afternoon's match against Manor, the Comets only managed three total points in the doubles sets and lost all four singles matches in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets.
Emily Garvin, Avery Palandjian, Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade did the honors in singles play. Lauren Martin and Camille Henneman posted an 8-1 win at first doubles followed by Julia Briner and Sarah Pestan's 8-0 win at second doubles.
Seniors Olivia Sterenfeld and Lauren Poff claimed the third doubles by an 8-2 margin.
Palandjian, Reynolds, Honrade and Briner all contributed to both doubles and singles match victories.
Against CV, Reynolds and Palandjian came away with an 8-2 win at number one doubles while Honrade and Briner battled their way to a 9-7 victory before the twosome of Martin and Henneman completed doubles play with an 8-4 win.
Palandjian (6-1, 6-1), Reynolds (6-1, 6-2), Honrade (6-3, 6-0) and Briner (6-1, 6-1) each claimed their singles matches in straight sets.
The momentum carried into the Donegal match where the non-league format had two doubles matches and three in singles.
Briner and Honrade were 6-1, 6-0 winners at number one doubles with Henneman and Martin winning easily (6-0, 6-0) at second doubles.
Garvin (6-0, 6-1), Palandjian (6-0 6-0) and Reynolds (6-0, 6-0) all cruised to singles victories.
Township Volleyball Blanks Warwick September 24, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' volleyball team's Section One match against Warwick was a classic demonstration of resilience. The Blue Streaks topped the Warriors 3-0 on Tuesday night and improved their Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 3-1 (3-2 overall) while Warwick fell to 2-4 (1-3 league).
The tenacity shown by this squad came from holding on for 26-24 victories in both the second and third sets of this match at home.
The Streaks opened with a 25-18 victory, regaining momentum whenever necessary. On the strength of 10 kills by Alice Thorsen and two service aces each by Thorsen, Nicolina Kondos, and Faith McGowan, the Streaks were on the winning end of the two sets requiring extra serves and swings.
Kondos came through with 18 digs while Katie Bushong led everyone with 19 assists. Thorsen, not only had a match-high 10 kills, she also tied Warwick's Jackie Barilar for most blocks - three.
Cocalico scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night's Section One and Two crossover football game at Manheim Township. However, by that final stanza, the Streaks had already built a 33-9 lead thanks to all facets of the football team working like a fine-tuned machine. Township hung on for a 36-24 victory and improved to 5-0 while Cocalico fell to 4-1.
"I felt like we were in complete control," said head coach Mark Evans. "It was a good combination of special teams, defense and offense working together.
"We scored on our first possession and, after they kicked a field goal in the first quarter, they kicked off and Anthony Ivey took it to the house," Evans added.
That 85-yard kickoff return by Ivey was the freshman's first play on the varsity squad. It gave MT a 14-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
The disciplined and tactical offensive unit, led by quarterback Harrison Kirk, put together an 80-yard drive, which made it 21-9 Township. Place kicker Jack Rodenberger, who was 4-for-4 on PAT kicks, converted on a 35-yard field goal that made it 24-9 before halftime.
"He had plenty of leg on it," Evans remarked. "It might have been good from 50 yards.
"The kids did a great job on the two-minute drill," continued the coach. "Scoring just before halftime was huge.
"Jack did a phenomenal job kicking the ball - he put a couple of kickoffs into the end zone," he added.
Township's first score came on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kirk to Bret Benjamin. Ivey's kickoff return came with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Cocalico quarterback Noah Palm's eight-yard TD run cut the deficit to 14-9, but the Eagles missed the two-point PAT attempt.
The 80-yard drive engineered by Kirk and his crew ended on a five-yard TD pass to Mickey Stokes. Kirk completed nine of 13 pass attempts for 233 yards and those two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 30 yards and a rushing TD.
"Harry Kirk has had four 200-yard games in a row passing," Evans noted. "He is doing very well."
Jaden Floyd led the ground game with 137 yards on 18 carries. Benjamin had two catches for 91 yards and Cameron Horst's two catches went for 30 yards while Ivey caught two passes for 50 more and Hilton Ridley hauled in a 42-yard reception.
"Ivey had a key reception on a third-and-19 conversion; Hilton Ridley continues to do a great job," Evans added. "Blake Hoffmaster and Sean Marks both did a nice job on the offensive line. Tyler Kurtz, our middle linebacker, did a great job on their fullback.
"The Emge brothers - Sam and Josh - continue to do a good job on defense," Evans added. "Everybody is pulling together."
The Streaks return to Section One play and will host Wilson this week.
The girls' soccer team is hitting its stride in league play. The Streaks edged Warwick 2-1 on the road Tuesday afternoon followed by a tough 1-1 draw at Cedar Crest on Friday.
The matches lifted the Streaks to 1-2-1 in league play (2-2-2 overall).
Gabi Brown converted on a penalty kick in the 57th minute to give her team the lead and eventual winning margin at Warwick. The home team had taken a 1-0 lead on Jess Williamson's goal in the 15th minute but Avery Rathman had tied it for Township two minutes prior to halftime.
The Warriors maintained the offensive pressure, out-shooting MT 9-6. Ali Quinn's eight saves helped the Streaks prevail.
Quinn went the distance in a match that did not net a winning goal despite two overtime periods. She finished with six saves with only Hailey Shillabeer's shot getting past her in the 63rd minute. That goal tied the score after the Streaks had grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half on Emma Hagg's goal (Brown assist).
The boys' soccer team played a dominant match at Central Dauphin on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Rams 3-0 in non-league action. The Streaks stayed hot and improved to 6-2-0 with a 4-1 triumph over Section One foe Cedar Crest the following day. The win evened Township's league mark at 2-2-0.
Leading scorer Andrea DiSomma netted two goals in the match at CD, giving the team a 1-0 lead midway into the first half and capping the scoring in the 74th minute. Sandwiched in between was Shawn Larroza's goal, which came 18 minutes into the second half.
Providing assists were Nolan Ross, who had two, and Gabe Silva.
Township goalie Quinn McCarty snagged two saves in the shutout.
Back on their home turf the next day, the Streaks scored four times with four different goal scorers. DiSomma's goal was the first. But he went on to assist on two more scores as Ayden Lee made it 2-0 two minutes prior to halftime. Adam Sadek upped the lead to 3-1 13 minutes into the second half after Cedar Crest had cut the deficit in half. Matt Russinko capped the scoring in the 74th minute.
Larroza and Greyson King also provided assists.
The Township defense limited the Falcons' shots on goal, requiring only one save for McCarty to notch another win.
The golfers were on top of their game Wednesday afternoon at Conestoga Country Club as they defeated league rivals Penn Manor, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Crest, Hempfield and Lancaster Catholic.
The Streaks swung a team score of 314, which topped second-place Penn Manor by 23 strokes. Lancaster Catholic (357) finished third followed by Crest and Hempfield.
Always a tough competitor, Penn Manor's Logan Hess finished atop the leader board with a score of 72. The Streaks captured the next four places, however, with Graham Calhoun shooting a 75 on the day followed by Shaun Fedor (78), Hamilton McNaughton (80) and Ellen Wager (81).
The Streaks improved to 16-0 in the league and 20-0 overall.
In what is often a highly-anticipated Section One tennis match, Township visited Hempfield on Wednesday afternoon. The Streaks were already on a win streak in L-L League play, having beaten Cedar Crest, McCaskey and Warwick earlier in the season and having topped Ephrata on the road Tuesday afternoon.
Hempfield held strong, winning one of the doubles matches plus Amanda Hagino winning the number one singles 6-3, 6-3. However, the Streaks had enough to turn the match in their favor, winning 5-2.
"I think Hempfield and Conestoga Valley are our biggest league matches of the year," said head coach John Briner. "We have Conestoga Valley coming up this week and have indoor courts reserved in case it rains.
"I think the final score wasn't too far from what we anticipated," Briner added.
Emily Garvin, who came came up short against Hagino in that singles match, teamed up with Scotland Reynolds for an 8-5 win at first doubles. The Streaks also claimed the third doubles thanks to Nicole Honrade and Julia Briner posting an 8-0 score.
Avery Palandjian faced a tough foe in Grace Lehman at second singles, but peaked at the right time for a 7-5, 7-6 triumph. Reynolds won the third singles in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets and Honrade claimed the fourth singles 6-3, 6-0.
"Emily is our number one singles player. She has lettered all four years," Briner, the first-year head coach, remarked. "She's one of our three captains along with Nicole Honrade and Lauren Martin. They're all team leaders and handle their responsibilities of being captains."
Township improved to 5-0 in the league.
The Ephrata match ended in a 7-0 score with Garvin and Palandjian both winning straight sets of 6-1, 6-0 in the first two singles matches. Reynolds claimed another 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles, which was the same score as Honrade's win at number four.
Garvin and Reynolds were unstoppable at number one doubles, winning 8-1. Palandjian and Camille Henneman paired up for an 8-2 win while Briner and Honrade blanked their opponents 8-0.
That crucial league match with Hempfield was sandwiched between the Ephrata match and a non-league match at home on Friday. In hosting Altoona, the Streaks claimed a 7-0 win thanks to a pair of 8-1 doubles victories as well as Martin teaming up with Henneman for an 8-0 win at third doubles.
Briner and fellow sophomore Sarah Pestana won 8-1 while Megan Welsh teamed up with Sophia Georgelis for the other 8-1 victory.
"In doubles, we won't always repeat players," Briner explained. "We have so much depth and great players even from number five through ten in our varsity squad. It's great to have other players contribute.
"Between all of our starters, there have only been two losses and they were both in the Hempfield match," he noted.
It was the usual cast of characters in singles play with Honrade winning the first singles (6-0, 6-1) while Reynolds took the second singles 6-1 6-1.
Palandjian was solid at number three singles (6-3, 6-2) with Garvin finishing the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
The win gave Township an overall mark of 7-0.
Manheim Township can keep on keeping up with Penn Manor in the Section One field hockey standings by continuing to play the way it did at Ephrata on Tuesday afternoon. The Streaks improved to 6-4-0 overall and to 5-1-0 in the L-L League - only one game behind Manor with the dominant 7-0 victory.
The Streaks scored three goals before the game was 10 minutes old. Katie Labezius opened the scoring 3:48 into the match followed by Katie Kreider's goals which came at 6:11 into the game and the 8:44 mark.
Sophia Rockwell didn't think the scoring was enough. She added another at 14:09 and made it 5-0 at the 23:24 juncture. She also added an assist on the day.
Township went on to score two more in the second half thanks to Kayte Moist and Rea Fox.
Ashlyn Campagna dished out four assists while fellow senior Ameera Syed and junior Julia Romano each added one more.
Goalie Cat Wilson needed to make only one save to secure the shutout.
Girls' Soccer Battles CV, Hempfield and L-S September 17, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' soccer team, which hadn't played a game since the September 1, hosted Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. In the Lancaster-Lebanon League match that came 10 days following the Blue Streaks' season opener, Conestoga Valley posted a 2-0 victory.
The Buckskins broke a scoreless tie in the 30th minute of the match as Madison Delgado found the Township net. She later assisted on Gabriella Barone-Graybill's goal, which came six minutes after halftime.
CV out-shot Township 4-2 with Ali Quinn making two saves between the posts for MT and Alyson Riggle recording the shutout for the Buckskins.
Quinn was magnificent in goal in the Streaks' next match - another Section One clash on the road. This time, the Streaks and the Hempfield Black Knights battled through 80 minutes of scoreless soccer with Quinn making nine saves.
On the other side of the pitch, Hempfield's Meg Yoder denied the Streaks on their two scoring chances, sending this game into overtime.
The heartbreak for Township came with just 22 seconds having expired on the clock. Johnna Adams scored off an assist by Kaitlin Deck, spoiling Quinn's tremendous effort. The loss dropped Township to 1-2 (0-2 in league).
Back on their home turf for a Saturday afternoon non-league game, the Blue Streaks played Lampeter-Strasburg to a scoreless draw. Quinn stopped every one of the seven shots that came her way while Bella DiCamillo was steady in the Pioneers' goal, making five saves.
Having that first league game on your schedule is sometimes a date that can give you the proverbial butterflies in the stomach.
The Blue Streaks and Penn Manor Comets kicked off their Lancaster-Lebanon League slate of games with a Friday night clash at Millersville.
The result was a 41-0 trouncing by Manheim Township, raising the team's overall record to 4-0. Quarterback Harrison Kirk threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, finishing the night with 212 passing yards and no interceptions.
"Harrison Kirk is still doing a lot of on-the-job training," said head coach Mark Evans. "There's a lot for him to process, but his pocket presence is really that of a three-year starter. He does a very good job, moves his feet. When he relaxes and lets it flow, we are in good shape."
Four different receivers had two catches each with Brett Benjamin (76) and Jaden Boyd (72) having the most yardage. Jon Engle and Hilton Ridley also grabbed two passes each. Brandon Alaimo's five-yard reception was for a touchdown.
"He spread the ball around to so many receivers," Evans remarked. "He is very good at that."
Kirk scored on a two-yard QB keeper in the first quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 7-0. The touchdown pass to Alaimo and an 18-yard scoring pass to Floyd increased the lead to 21-0 at the half.
"They were challenged at halftime and responded to that challenge," he said. "We took the opening kickoff in the second half and returned it for a touchdown."
Benjamin went 94 yards with that kickoff to make it 28-0. Engle's seven-yard TD catch and Donovan Ivey's 32-yard dash to the end zone gave Township 20 more points - all in the third quarter.
The defense held Penn Manor to only 115 yards all night.
"I think our defense continues to play stellar," said Evans. "Our offense moved the ball when we had to.
"Our coaches are doing a great job," he continued. "Given the fact that we lost so many good players from last year's squad, these new guys are buying into what is being taught to them and the coaches are doing one heck of a job. We're growing and learning every day."
Township will host Cocalico in a crossover game this week. The Eagles and the Streaks are two of the four undefeated (4-0) teams across the league.
"We're the number one seed in the district at the Class 6A level; they're the number one seed in Class 5A," Evans pointed out. "We will continue to impress upon the kids that we need to play at our level."
What started out as a rough and heartbreaking week for the Township boys' soccer team ended with a Saturday morning non-league match that the Streaks won by an 8-2 score over Reading. By week's end, the Streaks were 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The score was actually tied 1-1 in that Reading game. The Streaks were up 1-0 at the half thanks to a Gabe Silva goal in the game's 26th minute. Oldy Dielce scored the first of his two goals for the Knights, tying it at 1-1 a minute into the second half.
One minute later, Andrea DiSomma decided he would go after a hat trick. He scored at the 42-minute mark as well as the 47th minute and the 71st minute of the game.
Sandwiched in between his second and third goals was one by teammate Oliver Butz and Deilce's second goal for Reading.
Nolan Ross, Ayden Lee and Shawn Larroza packed in three more goals along with DiSomma's third goal. All four scores coming in the final 10 minutes of play.
Lee, Ross, Silva, Matthew Russinko, Dave Wolfers, and Shea Miller Smith each notched an assist. Quinn McCarty grabbed two saves in goal.
Hempfield scored two early goals and held on for a 3-1 defeat at Township on Thursday afternoon. The Streaks were only able to get one shot past Black Knights' goalie Brady Ross (9 saves) and it was a goal by DiSomma.
Eddie Pohl scored the two first-half Hempfield goals. Jake Edmonds added another 16 minutes into the second half. McCarty finished with five saves.
On Tuesday, Township held Conestoga Valley to only two shots on goal. Unfortunately, Logan Weaver's shot in the 37th minute was the only shot that found either net, giving CV a 1-0 league win. Township had four shots on goal - all saved by Corey Spotts.
Township's cross country squads both improved to 3-1 on the year following Tuesday's race against L-L League rivals Conestoga Valley and Hempfield.
In the girls' race, Hempfield edged MT 23-34 and ran past CV by a 20-41 count. The Blue Streaks, who were led by Cloe Kline's first-place finish, topped the CV Buckskins 20-35.
In the boys' race, the story was similar. Township's Ian Miller paced the pack with a winning time of 16:55 as the Streaks defeated CV 23-32 but fell to Hempfield by a 20-35 score.
The Hempfield boys had five runners occupying positions 3 through 7. The next runner to cross the finish line was eighth-place finisher Drew Sassaman, who recorded a time of 18:22. Not far behind (18:30) was Keven Perez.
Also finishing strong were Tyler Stevens (11th, 18:32) and Deiter Geib (14th, 18:48)
The Township girls had a trio of runners cross the finish line in order. Taking seventh was Avery Ebersole (22:04) followed one stride later by Aurelia Huss (22:05) and Paige Laurence (22:11) in ninth place.
Emma Dieterle's time of 22:34 was good for 14th place.
In all four of its outings - each of which has been against four other L-L League teams - the Township golf team has scored under 300. In fact, in each match, the Blue Streaks have been the only team to break the 300 threshold and thus top all opponents.
Manheim Township improved to 16-0 by topping Penn Manor, Lancaster Catholic, Cedar Crest and Hempfield on Wednesday in a game played at Fairview.
The Streaks carded a 292 team score while Penn Manor's 332 was the second-best score on the day.
Ellen Wager led all golfers with a score of 70. Shaun Fedor shot a 73 and finished third overall.
Hamilton Naughton and Graham Calhoun claimed the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, with scores of 74 and 75.
It was a busy week for the Township field hockey team. The Streaks notched a solid 5-0 victory over league rival Conestoga Valley and added another win against Cedar Crest, lifting the team's league record to 4-0-0.
Penn Manor stayed unbeaten in league play with a shutout of Township on Friday at Millersville. The Streaks met the Comets again, but this time in tournament play at Hershey. Though the Comets won 4-0, it didn't count as a league match.
Goalie Cat Wilson had four saves in the victory over CV. The Streaks featured eight players who either had a goal or an assist in the game.
Sophia Rockwell scored 4:15 into the game and added another goal in the 24th minute of the second half. Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored in the first half while Katie Kreider added a second-half goal.
Kayte Moist dished out two assists while Allison Cubell, Katie Labezius and Priya Hans provided one assist each.
The Streaks' attack racked up 14 shots on goal against visiting Conestoga Valley on Wednesday. On the defensive end, Wilson made five saves to preserve the victory.
Cubell scored a first-half goal and Labezius doubled the lead at the 13:27 mark of the second half. Fox and Rockwell provided the assists.
Wilson's bid for a shutout was thwarted on a Hanna Lewis goal 28:17 into the second half. Buckskin goalie Katie Knapp held her own, making 12 saves in a losing cause.
Wilson had 10 saves against Penn Manor on Friday. The five Comet goals came from five different goal scorers.
Emma DeBerdine, who had one of the five goals on Friday, scored twice in Saturday's match at Hershey, leading the Comets to the 4-0 win. She also assisted on goals by Briana Harsh and Anna May Barbusca.
Wilson racked up 9 saves despite the barrage of shots.
Facing McCaskey in a Section One volleyball match, the Streaks posted a 3-0 victory on Wednesday evening at home, winning 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18.
Faith McGowan came through with six kills and served up four aces, equaling teammate Alice Thorsen's (9 digs) team-leading total, and notched one block. Lucy Svetec, who led the team in digs with nine, also registered a block. Katie Bushong dished out 16 assists.
Township also hosted Central York in a non-league match on Monday. The Panthers prevailed 2-1 despite a very strong effort by the Streaks.
After winning the first set 25-10, the Panthers managed to hold off the Streaks 25-19. Township played its strongest set in the third one, winning 26-24.
Streaks Come From Behind to Top C. Dauphin September 10, 2018
Manheim Township's football team put together its first scoring drive of Friday night's non-league game just before halftime, cutting the deficit to 12-7 at Central Dauphin. The momentum carried into the second half and the Blue Streaks' defense held the Rams scoreless the rest of the way in a 22-12 Township win.
Harrison Kirk connected with Brett Benjamin for a 41-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 12-7.
Early in the third quarter, the Streaks (3-0) scored on Jayden Floyd's 42-yard dash to the end zone, which the visitors followed with a two-point conversion.
"We settled down and kept our composure," stated head coach Mark Evans. "The drive before the first half ended was probably the biggest thing. In the opening drive of the second half we scored again and went up 15-12."
Township capped the scoring in the fourth on 10-yard toss from Kirk to Josh Emge. Rodenberger's kick made it 22-12.
Kirk captained the offense, completing 14 passes for 212 yards and the two touchdowns. Hilton Ridley caught four of those passes for a total of 54 yards. Benjamin and Cameron Horst each had 52 yards on the night in receiving yards. Jon Engle caught two passes for 22 yards.
The remarkable thing about defeating a tough foe such as Central Dauphin (1-2) on the road on this particular Friday was that it was not the Blue Streaks' first game of the week. That was because the previous Friday's game was postponed due to weather conditions and was played on Monday night.
"That gave us only three days to prepare for Central Dauphin after we played Dallastown," Evans pointed out. "We talked about endurance all week as we prepped for one of our toughest games on the schedule."
The football team is coming off a 2017 campaign that brought the District Three trophy to Manheim Township for the first time in the program's history. Township is off to a 3-0 start and the younger players are trying to maintain the strong foundation.
"We're doing it with a lot of underclassmen," said Evans. "Our roster does have a lot of juniors, which is good. They're doing well right now and we're getting better as the days go by.
"Our offensive line is revamped with an entirely new crew and they're starting to gel," he added. "We have two juniors at guard and three seniors."
The hockey team faced a tough Donegal team on Tuesday in a non-league match at home. The Streaks didn't realize they were welcoming the Mackenzie Allessie show. The Indians' forward scored five times in an 8-2 triumph. She also added an assist.
Township scored twice in the first half on goals from Ashlyn Campagna and Katie Labezius. Sophia Rockwell provided an assist.
Allessie scored 7:05 into the first half and added another goal less than seven minutes later. She made it 3-0 at the 17:08 mark. She and Reagan Clark each added one more first-half goal.
The Indians racked up 13 shots on goal. Township goalie Cat Wilson finished with five saves.
The Streaks, which fell to 0-2 with this loss, needed to bounce back in a big way. Their next game was a key Section One battle at Hempfield the following evening.
This time the defense held the opposition to only two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Wilson. On offense, Labezius, Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored - thanks to assists by Campagna, Rockwell and Allison Cubell.
Needing another great performance by Wilson and the defense, the Streaks traveled to Warwick for a Friday afternoon Section One clash. Both Katie Brubaker and Julie Healy were tough in front of the Warriors' cage, recording five and four saves, respectively. However, Katie Kreider's goal at the 3:14 mark of the first half was all the offense Township needed in this 1-0 victory. Wilson needed to make only three saves for the shutout, improving the Streaks' record to 2-2 (2-0 in league).
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams are off to a 2-0 start. The Streaks played host to Cedar Crest and Solanco in Tuesday's race.
The girls' team topped Crest 25-36 and dominated Solanco 15-55.
In the boys' race the results were similar - 25-34 over Cedar Crest and 15-54 over Solanco.
Ian Miller paced all runners, taking first place with a time of 16:53. Evan Dorenkamp's third-place finish (17:48) strengthened the hold for a top team finish. Taking sixth through 10th, respectively, were Tyler Stevens (18:14), Keven Perez (18:27), Drew Sassaman (18:36), Dieter Geib (18:46) and Riley Horton (18:47).
The girls' team had three of the race's top five finishers as Anabelle Lapp took second (20:36) ahead of third-place finisher Chloe Kline (20:40) while Aurelia Huss finished fifth at 22:21.
There was a strong pack of eight straight Streaks crossing the finish line from seventh-place finisher Cecelia Walker (22:49) through 14th-place runner Jenny Weiss (24:13).
Paige Laurence (8th, 22:53), Emma Dieterle (9th, 22:57), Carleigh Roche (10th, 23:25), Avery Ebersole (11th, 23:34), Lillian Reynolds (12th, 24:09) and Kyra Dean (13th, 24:12) made up the rest of this impressive group.
Manheim Township played host to one of the traditionally tough teams in District Three on Saturday and came away with a 5-3 defeat of Cumberland Valley, improving their record to 2-0.
Andrea DiSomma scored a hat trick, converting a penalty kick in between two goals that came late in each half. DiSomma scored in the 40th minute and again in the 79th minute of the game while the PK came four minutes into the second half.
Having a part in three goals was Nolan Ross, who recorded three assists.
Colton Peterson scored the Streaks' first goal of the match. The Eagles evened the score on an own goal by the Township defense four minutes later. However, DiSomma's first goal of the game made it a 2-1 halftime advantage for the home team.
Shea Miller-Smith made it 4-2 after the Eagles had cut the deficit to only one goal. Miller-Smith's goal came at almost the midway mark of the second half.
Quinn McCarty held off CV with seven saves in goal.
With victories over McCaskey and Warwick, the Streaks improved to 4-0 on the year, including a 3-0 mark in Section One.
Tuesday's match at McCaskey was a 7-0 victory in which Avery Palandjian and Emily Gavin opened with an 8-1 win at doubles. Seniors Olivia Sterenfeld and Megan Welsh were winners at number two doubles by the same score. Lauren Poff and freshman Sophia Yost won the third doubles 8-2.
Camille Henneman won the first singles 6-1, 6-2. In the next three singles matches, Julia Briner, Nicole Honrade, and Scotland Reynolds each posted straight set wins of 6-0, 6-0.
Playing on their home court on Thursday, the Streaks blanked Warwick 7-0. In this match, the doubles pairings were Garvin and Reynolds, Lauren Martin and Sarah Pestana and Welsh with Sophie Georgelis. All three matches ended with an 8-0 MT win.
In singles, Briner and Honrade both had 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins. Henneman triumphed 6-1, 6-2 at first singles while Palandjian won the fourth singles 6-2, 6-0.
The Streaks opened the season with a 4-0 victory over Hershey in a non-league road game on September 1.
They then went on to.... No, they didn't. Instead they played.... No, they didn't do that either. So far this season, it has been the Blue Streaks' lone match in girls' soccer action. In fact, the team's schedule has a 12-day stretch between the first and second games.
"It isn't the desired approach," said head coach Terry Law. "We played at Hershey and are not scheduled again until Thursday the 13th. We lost some field time due to the heat and the rain. But we've been able to have some walk-through times in the gym."
Regardless, Law was happy with the tremendous defensive effort
"They didn't get a shot on goal the entire game," Law noted. "It was a great defensive effort.
"Our defense, if you look at the backs, is very young," continued the coach. "Ali Quinn, our goalie is a junior but has only ever played one varsity game. We have two sophomores - Kyra Rishell and Sydney Hoover - who were starters as freshmen. They're our outside backs. We have Noa Blumenthal and Gianna Smith - both freshmen - as our center backs."
The Trojans and Streaks played nearly an entire half without putting a point on the scoreboard. Emma Hagg scored with two minutes left before halftime. Gabi Brown added two goals in the second half - both in a 12-minute span. Sandwiched in between was Lauren Pettoni's goal in the 58th minute. Pettoni and Samantha Bennett each notched an assist as well.
"We got on a roll and were able to pin them in their own half," Law said. "It was nice to see us knock the ball around in our first game out."
Following a season-opening loss to Hempfield on Tuesday, the Streaks (1-1) visited another Section One rival and came away with their first win of the year, topping Cedar Crest 3-0 on Thursday.
The games were all close with the Streaks winning 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20.
The effort was shared with strong performances coming from Alice Thorsen, Lucy Svetec and others.
Thorsen registered eight kills and served up three aces - equaling Faith McGowan, Nicolina Kondos and Svetec for the team lead in that category. Thorsen also had 15 digs on the night.
Katie Bushong distributed 21 assists and recorded one block. Emily Stevens also had a solo block.
In Tuesday's loss at home, the Knights won the opening game 25-12 and the third one by a 25-15 score. Township put up a resilient battle in the second game before Hempfield claimed it 25-23.
Thorsen led the team in kills with five. Bushong notched 12 assists while Svetec came through with 14 digs, and Kondos served up five aces.
Streaks Split in PIAA Lacrosse Championships June 11, 2018
There's a PIAA lacrosse trophy at a District Three school.
After years of taking a back seat to District One or District Twelve schools, the trophy case of a District Three school will be boasting a state championship - Manheim Township, 2018.
The Blue Streaks wrapped up a tremendous campaign with a 6-4 victory over District XII champ La Salle College High School on Saturday afternoon in the PIAA Class-AAA state championship match at Harold Zimmerman Stadium at West Chester East High School. The boys' match was actually part of multiple championship games on the day - one of which was the Township girls' Class-AAA title game against Unionville at noon.
"It's awesome! District Three is here to stay," said Township senior Grayson Sallade, whose heads-up, almost acrobatic goal gave the Streaks (25-1) the final margin of victory after Ethan LaMond's goal had cut the lead to 5-4 with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter.
"Everyone on this team has been working hard," he added. "We rose to the occasion.
And rising to the occasion was something so many individuals did on this team. Sallade himself came away with a loose ball after a wild scrum on the right sideline on the Explorers' side of the field. He then raced along the end line and quickly switching the stick to his left hand, fired a shot past goalie Michael Clibanof.
"We were up by one, we had a scrap for the ball that had popped out," he described. "I grabbed it righty, I spun and switched hands when I came across the middle. Then it stuck in the back of the net."
Earlier in the match, Township sophomore Eddie Newman scored two goals - one of which was on a Sean Curcio assist. The Explorers (19-5) opened the scoring after a slightly slow going at the outset by Township. Brendan Meagher tallied a goal 2:19 into the game. With only 2:35 left in the first quarter, Newman evened the score while Township goalie Caton Johnson (12 saves) kept the Explorers from discovering the net.
"The defense starts with him in the cage, making the saves we needed him to make," said head coach Dan Lyons following the ceremonial dousing by players hoisting a cooler over his head. "Our defense played a fantastic game. Caton was dialed in all day and wasn't going to let anyone take this from us."
"He's the best goalie in the state," Sallade said of his teammate, who has committed to the University of North Carolina. "He makes playing defense easy. We trust him so much."
The Explorers evened the score with 4:13 to play in the second quarter. Meager's second goal of the match came 6:34 after Newman had given Township a 2-1 lead. Earlier in the period, a goal by the Explorers was disallowed due to a crease violation.
The Explorers gained possession with 1:01 to play in the half and called timeout. In trying to get off the final shot, the Township defense held strong.
"One of the things that has been a tradition at Township, long before I was there - the idea of a deep pride about not giving up a goal in the last 30 seconds or minute of a quarter," said Lyons, whose record at MT improved to 67-9. "These guys own it and did it today."
Township regained the lead less than three minutes after intermission. Sallade scored off another Curcio assist, making it 3-2 at the 9:22 mark of the third quarter. Zach Diamond added to that lead less than four minutes later.
The Explorers cut the deficit to 4-3 with 2:48 left in the third. Matt Clibanoff - the goalkeeper's twin brother - was the goal scorer on this one, making it a one-goal game heading into the fourth.
Lyons explained that he and his staff anticipated a relatively low-scoring game.
"We knew that LaSalle plays a slower game," said Lyons "We needed to be prepared and stay sharp all day, work through their formations and work time off the clock.
"All post season we've taken a lot of time and energy to focus on doing the things as well as we possibly can and knowing what our opponent is going to try and do," continued the coach. "We come into these games with a huge amount of confidence of, 'Yeah we know exactly what they are going to do'"
He credited the scouting reports for helping the squad be prepared for its ultimate test.
"Our scouts did everything La Salle was going to do on offense - so our defense was well prepared," he said. "Our scouts also did a good job helping us run defense in La Salle's style to give our offense a taste of what they were going to do."
"I think the most important thing was that we stuck to our game plan," said Sallade.
The fourth quarter was not without drama. Township pulled ahead by two goals as Bryce Hutchinson scored with 8:30 left to play. The Explorers' second disallowed goal of the game took place prior to LaMond's score.
"They went into the crease a couple of times on goals that got waived off," Lyons said. "We made them pay on the other end."
Sallade's second goal of the game was the insurance Township needed against a tough Explorers squad. La Salle regained possession on a Township turnover with 1:02 left in regulation, but could not convert.
As for the now expelled stigma about a team representing anyone other than District One or XII winning the state title, Lyons said, "I think it says if you're willing to put in the hard work, like these guys did - from top of the roster to the youngest freshman, there's no difference between us and them."
And as he stood there, drenched in ice cold water while answering questions, Lyons added, "I was so confident we were going to win that I packed an extra set of clothes."
The boys' team also defeated a District One team handily in the state semifinal match, which was played on Tuesday at Exeter.
The Streaks scored six times in the opening period of a 15-6 victory over Garnet Valley. Johnson was solid with 10 saves in goal.
Curcio was the leading goal scorer with four goals and one assist. Sallade had a hat trick and two assists. Hutchinson and Diamond each tallied two goals while Tre Freeman dished out two assists and scored once and Newman chipped in with one goal and one assist.
In the girls' title match, the Streaks came up short against Unionville - the third-place team out of District One. The Streaks (25-2) were coming into the championship match following a remarkable comeback victory in their semifinal contest against District One runner-up Springfield earlier in the week. However, the Indians (23-2) cooled the momentum in an 11-6 victory.
"First state championship lacrosse game in our program's history," pointed out head coach Mark Pinkerton. "I couldn't be more proud of these girls."
Unionville, controlling the ball by winning the majority of the draws, helped them spread out their offense and find the open shots. On the other end, the U-ville defense, anchored by goalie Madison Doucette, kept the potent Township attack in check until Lucy Svetec finally broke through midway into the first half.
"They're really tough on the draw and we knew that," Pinkerton remarked after the game. "Plus they've got great speed. We struggled against them, though that's no reflection on our effort.
"They go hard and give it everything they've got," continued the coach. "But Unionville was just better today."
The big story of the game was senior midfielder and University of Michigan commit Erin Garvey of the Indians. She scored six of her team's goals as well as providing one assist.
Emma Malone started the scoring, putting Ches-Mont League champ Unionville on the scoreboard at the 21:14 mark in the first half. It was Malone's 40th goal of the season.
"The first few minutes sets the tone - especially in the playoffs," Garvey said. "Scoring the first goal was important and to keep the momentum going was even more important.
"It was important to win the draw," she continued. "We knew we had to get big and spread out, move the ball quickly."
Garvey, who had already passed the 200-goal mark on her career, managed to score twice and Veronica Hinerman added one more to give Unionville a 4-0 lead at the 13:32 mark of the first half. Dotted in between some of those scores were some excellent saves by Township goalie Haley McCullough, who registered five on the day. One of Garvey's goals was on a second effort after a quick deflection by McCullough.
"We were coming up with a lot of draw controls," Unionville head coach Suzanne Sheehan pointed out. "Manheim Township has a very talented group in the midfield.
"Erin had a great game," Sheehan continued. "She always seems to get us going. She kept our attack going."
Svetec put Township on the board at the 12:11 mark. Facing a wall of Unionville defenders, she managed to fire a shot past Doucette to make it 4-1. It was her team-leading 76th goal of the year.
Unionville scored four unanswered goals before Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan scored two quick ones before halftime. McBride's goal (60th on the year) came with 1:07 to play in the first half. On a late attack, Liz Musser helped Township retain possession and Kopan finished it nicely with only 1.7 seconds before intermission.
The Streaks' momentum did not translate to a second-half comeback. However, Township did respond to Unionville's 3-0 run by scoring the final three goals of the contest. Shannon Elias scored on a free position opportunity with 9:08 left to play. Only nine seconds later, Svetec scored a quick one off the draw. Maris Large, who also had an assist on the day, capped the scoring with her first goal of the game, shooting one past Doucette with 2:30 to play. It was Large's 65th goal of the year. Doucette had denied Large on a great save at the midway point of the second half.
"Without a doubt, from what I've seen, she's one of the best goalies in the state," Pinkerton commented on Doucette, who is a Northwestern University commit. "You have to pick your shots and drill it or you're not going to get it passed her."
"Madison came up with a lot of key saves," Sheehan noted. "Early in the game they had a nice shot and she had a save. She and Taryn [Burke] are the only seniors. We have a few sophomores and a freshman on defense. It's a young unit, but a good cohesive group."
Township's road to the title match included an incredible comeback against Springfield (Delco) on Tuesday evening at Exeter in the PIAA Class-AAA semifinal round. The Streaks were trailing 8-4 with 17 minutes to play. They roared back for a 12-10 victory.
Large, who's an NCAA Division I commit to University of Vermont, scored five of Township's goals in the second half after having been held in check by the Cougars. She finished with a game-high five goals while Svetec notched a hat trick. Elias added two more goals plus an assist. Ashlyn Campagna, who also notched an assist, and Kopan each scored once.
Just as the Streaks (19 shots on goal) were firing them in for their comeback, McCullough rose to the occasion and racked up 15 saves in the match.
The group that helped Township finally reach the state title match will have several members saying good-bye.
"It was a large diverse group of seniors," Pinkerton said. "From the goalie to three defenders, one of the starting midfielders plus Lizzie and Maris. We had a large senior group. They'll be missed but that's high school sports. We'll reload and be ready to go next year."
Township Lax Teams Advance in State Playoffs June 4, 2018
In the quest to reach the state championship in lacrosse, most teams across Pennsylvania have to compete with and win against one of the formidable District One opponents.
In the first round of the PIAA Class-AAA state playoffs, the Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team did just that, defeating Owen J. Roberts by an 8-7 score on Tuesday.
"Beating any District One team in the 3A PIAA state tournament is a quality win," said head coach Mark Pinkerton. "We came out hot in the second half and took control of the game when we needed to. All in all, it was an effort to be proud of and one to build on going forward."
The Blue Streaks and the Wildcats were tied 4-4 at halftime. Township improved to 23-1 as Maris Large continued to pour on the scoring, racking up a four-goal match. Lucy Svetec added two goals and an assist while Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan each netted a goal and an assist.
"Lucy and Maris handled the draws well, winning 11 of 17 and the offense did a nice job of staying patient," said Pinkerton.
In a tight game like this, the play of the defense was going to be paramount.
"They had possession with a minute and half to play," said Pinkerton. "We did a great job staying dedicated to pressing out and applying aggressive ball side pressure. We got a big save from Haley with 10 seconds left on the clock."
Haley McCullough had four saves on the day.
Large had a huge game against State College on Saturday in what was a quarterfinals doubleheader at Cumberland Valley with the MT boys' game scheduled as the nightcap.
Large scored five times and assisted on another goal in the Township's 14-10 defeat of the Lions. Svetec came through with four more goals plus an assist. Kopan (2g, 1a) also chipped while both Shannon Elias and Ashlyn Campagna had two assists.
Anchoring the defense was McCullough with five saves.
The boys' team will take a 23-1 record into its semifinal game with District One foe Garnet Valley on Tuesday. The Streaks are coming off two victories over teams from western Pennsylvania.
First up was North Allegheny on Tuesday at Penn Manor.
"They are always competitive," head coach Dan Lyons said of the Tigers. "We played them two years ago in states and we won in overtime in the first round."
Following a first period that ended with the score tied 2-2, the Township offense scored seven of the next eight goals. The Streaks took a 6-3 lead into the second half and increased that to 9-3 by the end of the third quarter.
"We started out pretty strong," said Lyons. "Their goal keeper played an exceptional game - a ton of saves. He kept us off the board for a while. We were down 2-1."
When the offense did catch on, Tommy Mann went on to register a hat trick while Tre Freeman led the way with four goals and an assist.
"Eventually we were able to find the back of the net," Lyons added. "We played a smart and patient game and we took some good shots."
Lyons added that even though some of the players' names didn't make the box score, the help they provided off the bench was key in outlasting the Tigers.
"We also had a lot more depth on the bench than they did," he explained. "It was very hot and we were able to wear them down with our second midfield. As we moved down the depth chart everybody played smart and sound lacrosse."
Also coming through on the offensive end was Zach Diamond with two goals and an assist. Noah Weddigen, Tyler Kurtz, Bryce Hutchinson and Will Hurley each netted one goal while Sean Curcio had an assist to go with one score.
And what about defense?
"Caton Johnson played a fantastic game in goal," said Lyons. "North Allegheny was getting some good shots in the first half. As the game went on, our defense was dialed in on what their offense was trying to do. We started to dictate where they could and couldn't go offensively. We were shutting them down in the second half and their only goal was on a fourth-quarter penalty."
In Saturday's doubleheader nightcap at Cumberland Valley, the Streaks outscored Pine-Richland 11-6 to earn their fourth trip to the state semifinals in the past 10 years.
It was the Streaks getting out to a quick start with three first-quarter goals. They led 7-3 at the half.
"They were the District Seven number three seed," said Lyons, whose team captured the District Three crown earlier in the post season. "They've played some very good teams on their schedule."
The Rams (19-4) put together a comeback bid in the second half. But it was not enough.
The Streaks distributed their goal scoring with Mann, Curcio and Newman (1a) each scoring twice. Single goals came from Ben Mann, George Hetrick, Grayson Sallade (1a) as well as Freeman (1a) and Diamond. Hurley also added an assist.
Johnson's eight saves stymied the Rams' offense.
The PIAA Class-AAA Track & Field Championships took place on Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 where McKenzie Horn earned a gold medal while setting a state record in the pole vault.
She cleared 13-3 to set a state meet record. Horn was coming off a District Three Class-AAA championship from the previous week at Shippensburg where she cleared 13-7.25 in the same event.
Younger sister Sydney Horn earned a bronze medal in the pole vault, clearing 12-0.
"She tied her season best performance," said head coach Mark Linn.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the foursome of Peter Carrigan, Noah Tull, Anderson Velozwong and Gavin Maurer took eighth with a time of 3:22.46. They won their prelim on Friday to make the finals, doing so with a school record 3:21.02.
Township Lacrosse Teams Claim District Titles May 25, 2018
That is what you can call the Manheim Township lacrosse teams - District Three champions.
On Thursday night, the Township girls' team battled past Wilson for a 13-9 triumph to claim its first district crown since 2014. In doing so, the Blue Streaks exacted revenge against the team that had beaten them 10-9 in overtime a year ago for the district trophy.
Township now takes its 22-1 record into the PIAA Class-AAA state playoffs. Wilson will do so with a 21-2 mark.
What was also remarkable in the Township championship run was their 16-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in the semifinal match at Hershey on Tuesday. The defense stopped one of the most potent offensive units in the district.
"We have players on defense who are very fast and athletic," stated head coach Mark Pinkerton. "This allows us to play an aggressive zone that is hard for teams to drive against.
"We anticipate well and work together as a unit, which is a key to playing our aggressive scheme."
As she has done throughout the season, Township senior goalie Haley McCullough anchored the defense in both the CV game and the win over Wilson.
"Haley runs the defense and is playing at a high level in the post-season," said Pinkerton. "There are very few goalies at any level who can do what Haley does with the ball in her stick. She does a great job of getting us out and running on breaks. She's the complete goalie."
She had eight saves in the Cumberland Valley match while the offense was led by Maris Large, Lizzie McBride and Taylor Kopan.
Large had four goals and an assist. McBride also scored four times while Kopan had two assists to go along with a hat trick.
Single goals were scored by Liz Musser (2a), Lucy Svetec, Megan Rice, Ashlyn Campagna (2a) and Shannon Elias.
In the title game, the Streaks took a slim one-goal lead into the second half then reeled off five goals to open things up.
Kopan scored four times while Large (3 goals, 2 assists) contributed to five scores. Svetec and McBride each scored twice and dished out an assist.
"It's a truly balanced team throughout with no weak links," Pinkerton said. "The offense knows how to move the ball quickly in motion with excellent stick work. All seven are a threat as feeder or finisher. I can't mention a standout player or two because everyone on the field is a significant talent."
As for the boys' team, after having missed the opportunity to hoist the District Three Class-AAA championship trophy for two consecutive years, the Blue Streaks reclaimed the district title.
Their last one came on May 21, 2015 with a defeat of Cumberland Valley. Two years and two days later, on the turf at Central Dauphin Middle School, the Streaks defeated the same opponent - this time by an 11-5 margin.
Wednesday night's victory improved Township's record to 22-1 on the year - a season where the second victory of the year was a 12-4 defeat of Cumberland Valley in a non-league battle.
Township struck early and carried a 4-1 lead into the second quarter of Wednesday's finale. The two teams exchanged goals before halftime, but the Blue Streaks increased the lead to 7-3 by the end of the third.
Zach Diamond, with six goals, was the leading scorer in the match. Sean Curcio dished out four assists and added one goal. Also contributing: Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Grayson Sallade (1g, 1a) and Solen Layser (1g).
Though the Eagles out-shot the Streaks, it was goalie Caton Johnson (11 saves) anchoring the defense for Township.
The Streaks were coming off a semi-final round victory over the Wilson Bulldogs on Monday. The game was played at Penn Manor's Comet Field while Penn Manor was facing Cumberland Valley in the other semifinal game at Hershey High School.
For Township, beating the Bulldogs was payback for Wilson winning the district title each of the past two seasons, beating the Blue Streaks in the championship match.
The Streaks broke out of a 2-2 tie and carried a 4-2 lead into the second half. They poured on five more goals in the second half, registering a 9-3 win. In fact, it was only 5-2 Township heading into the fourth quarter.
Defending against Township was not easy for the Bulldogs as Diamond recorded a hat trick while Sallade (2a) and Tre Freeman added two goals each. Curcio (1g, 3a), Tommy Mann (1g), and Newman (1a) also contributed.
Cameron Magalotti's hat trick accounted for Wilson's three goals.
Johnson made five saves for Township.
MT Boys' Lax Team Advances to District Semis May 21, 2018
The Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team has made its way to the District Three Class-AAA semifinals thanks to a second-round victory over Red Lion on Thursday evening. The Blue Streaks, who entered the district playoffs as the number two seed, crushed the 10th-seeded Lions 16-2, taking an 8-0 lead into the second half and continuing to pour it on.
"We got out to a slow start. It was 1-0 after the first quarter," said head coach Dan Lyons. "The guys were really dialed in after the first quarter."
From Sean Curcio's four-goal game to hat tricks by Zach Diamond, who also had an assist, and Tre Freeman, the offense was firing on all cylinders.
"Tre Freeman is a great off-ball attacker," Lyons remarked. "He knows how to get into dangerous places so other guys can set him up.
"He's automatic anywhere from eight yards out," continued the coach. "He's a smart off-ball player and he has great hands. So, we'll sometimes jam the ball inside to him."
Two more players - Grayson Sallade and Bryce Hutchinson - had multiple goals, tallying two each, helping the Streaks improve to 19-1 on the year. Sallade and Will Hurley chipped in with one assist each. Hurley and Tommy Mann each slipped in one shot past Lions' goalie Nick Serrano.
"Their goalie was spectacular," said Lyons, giving credit to Serrano's effort. "He made 27 saves in the game."
Caton Johnson saved nearly everything that came his way, denying eight of Red Lion's 10 shots on goal.
"Caton has been consistently good all year long - not too many ups and downs," Lyons commented. "That's how he has been for all four years."
Lyons even complimented his goalie in looking back to Township's lone loss of the season so far - a non-league loss at Avon Grove on April 21.
"He played great in some of our tougher games - like Avon Grove and Parkland," Lyons said. "We lost to Avon Grove but he kept us in the game. They got some goals when we pulled the goalie."
Being the second seed, the Blue Streaks rested while other lower-seeded teams played the first round on Monday. The Township match with Red Lion was actually scheduled for Wednesday but was rescheduled due to rain.
"It definitely helped," Lyons said of the additional days of rest. "We played in the league final, so the extra day of rest was key."
The Streaks will be on a familiar turf in their semifinal match. They'll be at Penn Manor's Comet Field where they'll face the third-seeded Wilson Bulldogs.
Meanwhile, Penn Manor's team, which upset top-seed Central York by a 9-8 score on the road in the first round, will face Cumberland Valley. The losing teams will square off in a consolation match, which will decide the district's third-seeded team in the PIAA's.
The girls' lacrosse team has also made it to the semifinals in similar fashion. On Thursday, the top-seeded Blue Streaks (20-1), who had a first-round bye earlier in the week, demolished Central Dauphin 21-5. Manheim Township played host to the eighth-seeded Rams. They started with 14 goals in the first half and finished off the dominant victory.
Lizzie McBride was remarkable, scoring four goals and assisting on four more. Lucy Svetec was one of four players to register a hat trick. She also assisted on three goals.
Hat tricks came off the sticks of Liz Musser, Taylor Kopan and Maris Large, who also added an assist. Also scoring was Ashlyn Campagna (2 goals, 1 assist), Shannon Elias, (2g, 3a) and Ariana Bablitz (1g).
Abbie Moist assisted on two goals while Grier Walker and Erica Scott each registered one.
Meredith Cardina came through with seven saves in goal. Haley McCullough and Isabella Drolet finished with one save each.
The semifinal match will be held at Hershey where the Blue Streaks will play Cumberland Valley.
Mackenzie Horn not only finished first in the pole vault event in Friday's District Three Class-AAA championships, she also set a district and state record with her 13-foot-7.25 gold medal effort. In doing so, she qualilfied for the state championships this weekend. Sydney Horn also qualified for states with her seventh place, 11-foot effort.
Horn also went on to earn a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, registering a time of 14.87 seconds.
The two-day district championships, which were held at Shippensburg University on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, placed the Township girls' team eighth overall with 25 team points while L-L League rival Warwick claimed the team title with 73 points.
The Township boys' team also compiled 25 points and finished sixth while Mechanicsburg's 51 team points earned the Wildcats first place.
Other top finishers for the Township girls included Leah Sassaman, who earned third place in the 300m hurdles (45.33) and Delaney McKnight's 4-10 high jump, which was good for seventh. McKnight also earned 10th in the long jump at 16-4.5.
Kyra Rishell triple jumped 35-5.5 for 11th place.
In the boys' field events, Township's Titan Cox took fifth in the long jump at 21-1.75. Pat Cloonan tossed the discus 142-0 to take seventh and Cloonan, who's a senior, claimed 12th in the shot put with a 46-1.5 heave.
In the boys' relays, Township's 4x400 team was made up of Velozwong, Maurer, Peter Carrigan and Noah Tull combined for a time of 3:24.38 and finished in fifth place.
The 4x800 relay, which was made up of Tim Antonacci, Ian Miller, Anderson Velozwong and Gavin Maurer, finished in eighth-place with a time of 8:12.90.
The 4x100 team of Carrigan, Cox, Carrigan and Huy Nguyen clocked a 43.86, finishing ninth.
Miller starred in the 3,200 with his third-place time of 9:35.92. Antonacci went on to claim eighth in the 800, with a time of 2:00.38.
Russinko earned fifth place, sprinting 200 meters at a 22.73 clip. Evan Dorenkamp's pace of 4:24.69 in the 1,600 was good for sixth place.
Township Battles Section One Champ Comets May 15, 2018
Township hosted Penn Manor in a Section One softball game on Tuesday afternoon in Neffsville. With consecutive three-run innings to start the ballgame, the Comets went on to defeat the Streaks 12-5. It was Manor's ninth consecutive victory over a Lancaster-Lebanon League opponent, improving their league mark to 14-2, and 10th straight win overall. Township fell to 6-10 in the league (7-10 overall).
"They scored three unearned runs in the first," head coach Kirk Luther pointed out. "We gave up six unearned runs. We actually haven't been sloppy with the ball for most of the season."
Township's offense was led by Juliana Lueders, who slugged a double and a solo homer, going 2-for-3.
"Juliana has had a great year," Luther said. "She led the team with a .512 batting average and 18 RBI's."
Emily Smyth, who went 2-for-3, and Mikayla Brennan each had a double and two RBI's
"When you're facing Brittany Hook, you don't want to give away runs," said Luther. "It's a shame because we were actually hitting her well. She's a tough pitcher and if we hadn't given up those runs early on, it would have been a much closer game."
Casey Martin was one of the stars of the game in Monday's defeat of Cedar Crest. She pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out 12, as Township posted a 7-0 victory at home.
"She pitched probably her best game of the season," said Luther.
The Streaks scored three times in the home half of the second inning and added three more in the third. All but one of their hits were singles. Bri Rinier (2-for-4, 1 RBI) stroked a double.
"We have struggled in some games where we don't get those early runs," Luther said. "It puts pressure on the team when you don't get out front early. The game gets tighter and tighter."
Smyth came away with three hits and scored twice. Emily Kmiec went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Martin also helped herself with a RBI single.
The season ends for Township, who missed qualifying for the district playoffs.
"That Penn Manor game may have put us over the hump," said Luther.
Among the individual accomplishments this season was that five players were named to the L-L League All-Stars.
"We had three players, who made first team - Juliana, Casey and Mikayla," Luther explained. "Honorable mention went to Maddie Rinier and Emily Smyth.
"Maddie is a freshman, who had a great year, batting .375 and playing great defense," added the coach.
The Streaks pulled off a victory over L-L League rival Conestoga Valley in Monday's meet at Township. The girls' team won 89-61 while the boys won 106-44.
"It was a great ending to our regular season for both teams," said head coach Mark Linn.
The boys' earned the Section One title with a 6-0 record while the girls' team improved to 4-2 in the league.
In fact, the boys' team went on to finish first in the L-L League Championships over the weekend at Hempfield while the girls' team finished second at leagues.
In the CV meet, the Streaks swept the relay events and took four of the field events as well.
In the javelin, Jack Rodenberger's 162-foot-11 heave was best on the day. Patrick Cloonan won the discus (150-3) and the shot put (48-8.5). Wayne Robinson, who was a top-three finisher in both hurdling events, won the pole vault at 11-6 while Charles Leidig finished second at 11-6.
The 4x800-meter relay featured Keven Perez, Hayden Severe, Riley Horton and Aden Hunt. They combined for a time of 11:05.1.
The 4x400 foursome of Gavin Maurer, Anderzon Velozwong, Noah Tull and Peter Carrigan won in 3:27.7 while Carrigan, Titan Cox, Matt Russinko and Huy Nguyen needed 43.7 to take the 4x100.
Cox and Russinko were first and second, respectively, in the 100 with times of 11.2 and 11.3 whereas Tull took the 110 hurdles (15.2) with Robinson (16.1) finishing third.
Russinko also dashed to a second-place finish in the 200- an event that Cox captured in 22.7. Russinko's 22.9 was sandwiched between Cox's time and Carrigan's 23.0.
Maurer ran another 400-m leg, this time an individual one, winning in 52.2 while Severe was second at 53.9.
Robinson's time of 41.8 was second-best in the 300 hurdles with Elvis Morara taking third (43.8).
Morara also took third in the triple jump at 39-8.25 while Tull was second in both the triple (39-11) and jump (20-10.5).
Rounding out the field events, Micahel Steger was second in both the discus (120-4) and javelin (140-4).
In the distance events, Evan Dorenkamp won the 1,600 at a 4:32.8 clip with Ian Miller (4:36.1) taking second while Tim Antonacci won the 800 in 2:00.
In the girls' meet, Emily Antonacci, Aurelia Huss, Nya Oster and Grace Weaver took the 4x800 relay in 11:58.9.
The highlights included Leah Sassaman setting a stadium record with a 45.6 finish in the 300-m intermediate hurdles. Sassaman also had a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles at 15.9.
Mackenzie Horn, who was second in the 100 hurdles (14.7) and the 100 dash (12.8) was the story of the day in the pole vault.
"Mackenzie Horn set a new school record, stadium record and league record in the pole vault at 13-6," said Linn. "That is number one in Pennsylvania in 2018 and second all-time in the state. She also tied for number four in the U.S."
Incidentally, Sydney Horn took second in the pole vault at 12-0.
Alison Buckwalter won the discus (87-0) and took third in the javelin (85-2). The Streaks had Gabriella Brown (97-2) and Kate Grohotolski (97-2) finish in the top two spots for javelin.
Delaney McKnight (17-1.5) was second in the long jump and freshman Kyra Rishell's 15-5.5 was good for third. Rishell's 35-6.5 earned her second in the triple jump while Claire hummel (32-5) took third.
McKnight won the high jump at 5-2 while Trinity Tull took third at 4-6.
The long-distance skills that earned the 4x800 relay for MT translated into individual events as well. Anabelle Lapp's time of 11:27.6 was a few strides ahead of the second-place time of 11:28.9 by Kyra Jenkins in the 3,200 while Chloe Kline (13:00.7) took third.
Jenkins won the 1,600 in 5:26.8 and Sam Side took second (5:29.9) with Kline (5:31.9) taking third.
Paige Newman (2:28.2) and Side (2:28.6) were the top finishers in the 800.
Sade Weaver-Falls was third in both the 200 (26.8) and the 100 (13.1).
In the league championships, the boys' team scored 102 points, which was 19 ahead of Penn Manor's second-place finish. Top three place-winners included Cloonan (second in the shot -51-00.25 and discus- 138-7), the 4x100 team of Nguyen, Carrigan, Russinko and Cox (second at 43.79) and the 4x800 team of Antonacci, Perez, Volzwong and Maurer (third in 8:10.95).
Horn won the girls' pole vault at 13 feet as the team tallied 71 points to edge third-place McCaskey by a single point. Warwick won with 123 points.
Horn also took second in the 100 hurdles at 14.56 and Sassaman won the 300 hurdles at 44.75. McKnight's 5-2 high jump was good for second place and Side, Newman, Lapp and Ava Pasewicz had a third-place time of 10:05.16 in the 4x800 relay.
In a key regular-season showdown at the end of April, the Streaks topped the Knights in a battle of two unbeaten L-L League lacrosse teams.
Fast forward to Thursday, May 10 at Lebanon Valley College - the site of the league championship match.
Township came out on top once again, beating Hempfield 18-4 to increase their streak to five straight league titles.
Junior midfielder Bryce Hutchinson scorched the Knights' net five times while four different teammates, Thomas Freeman, Sean Curcio, Zach Diamond and Tommy Mann scored two each.
Grayson Sallade and Eddie Newman each dished out three assists while scoring one goal. Louis Geyer and Tristan Kruse also netted one goal each while Caton Johnson led the defense with 10 saves.
Township scored five goals in the first quarter and six more in each of the next two periods.
The victory improved Township's overall record to 18-1.
Victory number 17 was also a post-season win. The Streaks needed to get past Penn Manor on Tuesday in the league semis and did so with a 19-shot attack that netted a dozen goals in a 12-3 win at Warwick.
Curcio and Diamond each registered a hat trick while Sallade scored twice and assisted twice. Eddie Newman was tops with three assists and scored one goal.
Freeman, Hutchinson and Mann each scored once while the goalkeeping of Johnson (seven saves) kept the Comets in check.
Nick Kurtz did not hit a game-winning home run in Monday's game against Cedar Crest. However, the southpaw freshman earned a victory with his arm against the Section One rival that managed to hang on to first place.
Township topped the Falcons 8-0 with a two-hit shutout by Kurtz, who struck out four and walked two. He also knocked in a run on a fielder's choice.
Brenden Moshos had a double and two RBI. Ben DeMarco had two key hits and scored twice as Township improved to 7-9 in the league.
The Township girls took an 8-1 lead into the second half of Thursday's L-L League lacrosse title match at Lebanon Valley College. They went on to defeat Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic 14-6 for their ninth straight title.
Maris Large's five goals and two assists led the way. The team also got two goals each from Liz Musser, Taylor Kopan, Lucy Svetec, and Ashlyn Campagna, who also had three assists. Svetec also chipped in with two assists while Shannon Elias added one goal.
The Streaks faced only 15 shots with Haley McCullough making nine saves on the night.
Tuesday night's payoff game at Penn Manor saw the Streaks double up Cocalico 18-9, firing 30 shots on goal.
Picking up hat tricks were Kopan, who also had four assists, Elias and Lizzie McBride. Svetec racked up four goals plus two assists.
Musser and Large added two goals each while Megan Rice had a goal and an assist.
McCullough recorded five saves in the win.
Carson Schreiber and Tom Chairs reached the semifinals of the District Three Class-AAA doubles championships at the Hershey Racquet Club this past week. On Friday, the Township twosome topped two pairs of opponents before their championship quest was halted by Central Dauphin's Jason Kline and Sammy Schwab in Saturday's semis.
Entering the tournament, Chars and Schreiber were the second seed while Kline and Schwab were seeded third. In the opening round, Chairs and Schreiber downed Sebastian Ponce and Hugo Ramos of Muhlenberg in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. They topped Daniel Boone's Cole Reinert and Griffin Adams in a tough 7-6(4), 6-4 match before coming up short against Kline and Schwab.
The consolation match, which would who advanced to the PIAA state championships, was against Nate Shaw and J.T. Mullins of Hershey. The Township teammates lost the first set, 6-2 and in a gutsy second second, came up short 7-5.
The Blue Streaks faced the top-seeded Trojans in the quarterfinals, coming up short 3-0. In the district playoff format, three team points decide the match thus causing other matches to not be necessary to finish.
In the victory, Hershey's Chen topped Max Pan 6-2, 6-2 while the doubles pair of Mullins and Shaw topped T.J. Kade and Charlie Gingrich 6-2, 6-0. Chairs fell just short of recording a team point in singles competition against Falcucci, who posted a 7-6(2) opening set victory. Falcucci led 1-0 when the match was decided elsewhere on the courts.
In the opening round, Township had played host to Wilson and won 3-0.
In that victory Chairs posted a 6-0, 6-1 singles victory and Pan posted a 6-1, 6-3 win while Schreiber, despite leading in the second set, did not need to finish. The twosome of Gigrich and Drew Ketcham prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at number two doubles. It made the doubles match of Kade and Tom Woratyla unnecessary after a 6-0 win and a 5-4 second set advantage.
Township Boys Crush Hempfield 20-8 May 8, 2018
In a clash of two strong lacrosse programs, Manheim Township came out ahead in Monday's home match with Hempfield, 20-8. The victory improved the Blue Streaks' mark to 10-0 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and 15-1 overall. The Knights fell to 9-1.
The Streaks' attack caught fire in the second quarter with six goals, increasing a 7-3 lead to 13-3 by halftime.
Sean Curcio scored six times and added an assist. Grayson Sallade (3a) and Zach Diamond each scored four. Thomas Freeman (2g, 3a), Eddie Newman (2g, 2a), Tommy Mann (2g) and Bryce Hutchinson (1a) also contributed.
The Streaks beat Ephrata 16-2 on the road Thursday. Curcio was a scoring machine with five goals and an assist. Diamond added a hat trick while Mann again scored two.
Single goals came from Zach Dotter, George Hetrick, Anthony Gugluizza, Freeman (2a), Hutchinson and Newman (2a). Nick Gutierrez added one assist.
Caton Johnson had two saves in goal and Mason Sensenig grabbed one.
Having defeated the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squad the previous Friday, the Streaks visited Hempfield to face the other L-L League team chasing them in the standings.
Given that the LCD/LC victory was by a 13-goal margin, the question was whether or not the Blue Streaks could be as dominant against the Knights on Monday night.
The Streaks' 21-4 defeat of Hempfield followed by two more victories, improved the team's record to 17-1 (11-0 league).
Township scored 10 times in the first half.
Shannon Elias scored a hat trick and dished out six assists. Lucy Svetec led with five goals and four assists. Lizzie McBride's hat trick came with three assists.
Taylor Kopan (2a), and Maris Large each scored four times. Megan Rice also added a goal.
Haley McCullough came up with three saves in the win.
There were seven different goal scorers in the Kennard-Dale match on Wednesday afternoon with McBride leading the way with four goals and two assists.
Kopan and Svetec each notched a hat trick and one assist. Elias (2g, 2a) and Liz Musser (2g), Large (1g, 1a) and Rice (1g, 1a) also contributed. McCullough snagged five saves.
In the 19-1 crushing of Ephrata on Thursday night, Meredith Cardina and Isabella Drolet shared time I goal, registering five saves and one save, respectively.
On the offensive end, McBride (4 goals) and Abbie Moist (3g, 2a) were the top scorers.
Musser notched a hat trick with one assist, Claudia Newell, Julianne Walker and Erin Gingrich each found the net twice while McCullough and Ashley Wenger each scored once. Ariana Baubitz and Ashlyn Campagna contributed with one assist each.
Township split its slate of four Section One games last week, including a dramatic 7-5 victory over McCaskey on Friday.
The win came after back-to-back tough defeats on Tuesday and Wednesday against Penn Manor and Warwick.
"Against Penn Manor, we were down 6-3 and came back to take an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning only to lose 9-8," noted head coach Matt Kirchoff.
"We went to Warwick the next day where we got solid pitching performance by Will Greiner," he continued. "We just couldn't put the ball in play enough. They're a good team."
Brenden Moshes went 2-for-3 with a double. Matt Peipher also doubled and scored Township's lone run. Greiner went 4.1 innings and allowed eight hits while striking out two.
At Comet Field, the seventh-inning rally that resulted in five runs for Township started with back-to-back singles by Drew Sassaman and Colin Morrisette. The RBI single by Nick Kurtz and a deep drive by Ethan Kile (3-for-4) resulted in two more RBI's. It was Kile's second double of the game.
Moshos (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Rece Bender gave the Streaks what seemed like insurance for the Comets' final at bat. But the home team came back with a three-run seventh to win the game.
However, some heroics were in store for Township, who returned home to face McCaskey on Friday.
Township freshman Colin Fitzgerald made a prediction of said heroics.
"I was coaching at third base and Colin Fitzgerald was on third," Kirchoff said. "He said, 'Nick is gonna hit a grand slam,'"
Fitzgerald made the right call. Kurtz slugged a 0-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off grand slam, giving MT the 7-5 win. The Streaks trailed 5-1 going into the home half of the seventh.
"They got our leadoff guy out," Kirchoff explained. "We were down to our last out and Fitzgerald drew a walk; [Tom] Cesarone singled, which scored Bender who had reached on an error. Morisette struck out and Ben DeMarco forced a walk to load the bases.
"They made the pitching change and Nick was buried in the count 0-2," continued the coach.
"It says a lot about our kids," Kirchoff added. "Things were not going our way. One of our seniors said to everyone on the bench that in his four years here, he had not lost to McCaskey. He said, 'Let's go win the game.'"
Morrisette earned the victory, tossing two innings in relief.
The week started with a home game against Hempfield. The Streaks won 8-6, responding to the Knights' three-run fourth-inning rally by scoring three of their own in the home half of the inning, making it 7-5 Township. The two teams swapped runs in the next inning and it stayed that way for the final two frames.
The 15-hit offense included a 3-for-4 game by Bender, who drove in three runs. Moshos (2-for-4, 2 RBI) had a double as did Cesarone. Kile also went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving one in. Kurtz's 2-for-4 day included a double as well. He scored three runs.
"We've lost five one-run games," Kirchoff noted. "We moved to 7-10 overall. We play one of the tougher schedules around."
Both the Manheim Township and McCaskey boys' track teams were unbeaten (4-0) heading into Monday's Section One showdown at Township. The girls' teams came into the meet with McCaskey hanging on to third place in the Section at 3-1 and the Streaks at 2-2.
The Streaks came away with a sweep of their section rival as the girls' team eked out a 76-74 win. The boys topped the Red Tornado 82-68.
"It was a great team effort," said head coach Mark Linn. "As a result of winning the meet, we now have our goal set on winning our section."
The victory by the girls' team was an example of the old "Never give up" axiom. Linn explained.
"We won as a result of taking 13 of the 15 third-place finishes and outscoring them by 11 points in those finishes," he said.
Sade Weaver-Walls and Kira Jenkins were two of the runners to finish first for Township. Weaver-Walls won the 200-meter dash in 26.6 and Jenkins set the winning pace of 11:41.4 in the 3,200.
"Kira Jenkins is one of the top distance runners in the league," Linn commented.
Leah Sassaman and Mackenzie Horn each claimed one of the hurdling events with Horn taking the high hurdles (14.8) and Sassaman coming out on top in the 300's (46.3).
"Leah has been a great leader for us and a very valuable runner for our team," said Linn.
Horn also went on to win the pole vault with an 11-foot effort.
"In the pole vault and high hurdles, Mackenzie has been a leader," said Linn. "She is the top pole vaulter in the league."
In the field events, Kate Grohotolski's 108-foot-9 javelin throw was the longest heave of the day. Allison Buckwalter won the shot put (29-7.75) while Kyra Richell's triple jump of 35-6.75 was tops. Delaney McKnight's 17-4.75 long jump was also good for a first-place finish.
"Kyra Rishell is second in the league in the triple jump and she's only a freshman," Linn remarked.
The boys' victory included a first-place finish in the 4x800 relay. Tim Antonacci, Keven Perez, Anderson Velozwong, and Gavin Maurer ran a combined time of 8:32.9.
"Gavin Maurer has been a strong runner in the 800, is our anchor in the 4 x800 and a strong part of our 4x400 relay," Linn said.
Indeed, Maurer came through with a victory in the 800, posting a time of 2:05.9.
"Ian Miller has been a very strong runner for us in both the 1,600 and 3,200," Linn added. The junior distance runner went on to capture both of those events against McCaskey, posting a time of 4:39.6 in the 1,600 and 10:08.8 in the 3,200.
Matt Russinko sprinted to a first-place finish in the 100 (10.8). Noah Tull ran the high hurdles in 14.9 for another first.
"Noah has also been a consistent point scorer and is the anchor of our 4x400 relay," said Linn.
In the shot put and the discus, the Streaks watched as Patrick Cloonan earned two more victories, taking the shot put with a 48-4.25 and the discus at 141-6.
"Pat is ranked number one in the league for both events," Linn pointed out. "He has been a great leader and performer this spring."
Jack Rodenberger launched the javelin 153-5 to win that event while Elvia Morara (39-1.5) and Titan Cox (20-11) won the triple- and long-jump events, respectively.
With a pole vault of 11-6, Wayne Robinson finished first.
The Streaks topped McCaskey 11-8 on Friday in a game that had a wild sixth inning. Trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, the Red Tornado scored seven times only to have the Streaks plate eight in the bottom half.
The Streaks' leadoff hitter Emily Kmiec went 2-for-4 with a steal, two runs and a RBI. Andrea Acosta also scored twice while Casey Martin drove in three. Juliana Lueders was 3-for-4 in the nine hole, scoring two and driving in three.
Township improved to 5-8 in league play (5-9 overall) while McCaskey fell to 2-11.
Earlier in the week, Township suffered a 9-3 loss to Warwick.
The L-L League Tennis Championships doubles flight came down to the Township twosome of Tom Chairs and Carson Schreiber facing Ben Cooke and Jake Curtin of Hempfield in the final match on Monday at Conestoga Valley.
The Hempfield pair prevailed 6-1, 6-1, which were the same scores by which Chairs and Schreiber had won their semi-final round match over Hempfield's Nishant Balepur and Rishi Pandey.
The Streaks were also represented in Flight Two doubles as Tom Woratyla and T.J. Kade blanked Ethan Horning and Aaron Bowman of Garden Spot 8-0 before falling to Hempfield's Dillon Otto and Adeet Parikh by an 8-4 score.
Charlie Gingrich and Drew Ketchem recorded an 8-4 victory in the Flight Three finale.
Meanwhile, Jackson Muraika of Cedar Crest won his second Class-AAA title in the league, defeating Chairs 6-1, 6-0 in the Flight One singles championship at Conestoga Valley on Monday.
Chairs had battled Trent Martin of Manheim Central, forcing him to take a seat after 6-1, 7-5 straight sets in the semis. Chairs had in fact defeated Cooke in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-2.
Also, Schreiber was the Flight Two winner, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Balepur.
In Flight Three, Max Pan was stopped by Cocalico's Danny Engle in a tough 7-5, 6-2 title match. Pan had won the semis by 6-2, 7-5.
Chairs made it to the District Three Class-AAA tournament and advanced to the semi-finals where he was defeated by Dallastown's Holden Koons. Up to that point, Chairs won in straight sets in Friday's opening round at the Hershey Racquet Club and edged Cumberland Valley's Max Kluger 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.
In the third-place match, Chairs came up short against Palmyra's Ben Clary, who was the second seed.
Township Girls Improve to 9-0 in Lacrosse April 30, 2018
With three more victories in the books, the Streaks improved to 9-0 in L-L League girls' lacrosse competition. This past week's victories came against Penn Manor, Garden Spot and Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic - all played at home.
Friday night's victory over LCD/LC Liz McBride and Maris Large each tallied four goals with McBride adding two assists. Taylor Kopan and Lucy Svetec recorded hat tricks.
Shannon Elias had a goal and two assists and Liz Musser assisted on one goal and scored one in the 16-3 victory.
On the Township side of the field, Haley McCullough saved four shots.
The Tuesday win over Penn Manor and Thursday's defeat of Garden Spot were by an aggregate score of 44-8. Elias scored four times and added three assists in each game.
Freshman Megan Rice scored five times and assisted once in the 21-5 defeat of Penn Manor. She added a hat trick in the 23-3 defeat of Garden Spot.
Svetec had identical scoring numbers in the two matches - four goals and an assist.
Ashlyn Campagna and Claudia Newell each posted two assists and scored once against Manor. Newell added another goal against the Spartans.
Kopan had a goal and an assist while Grier Walker scored twice in the Manor match. McBride (2 g, 1a) also added to the tally versus Manor while Ariana Baubitz found the back of the net once.
Baubitz also scored one against Garden Spot as did freshmen Erica Scott and Bella Grandrimo along with senior Abbie Moist.
Musser (2g, 1a) and Sophie Ilkhanof (2g) also contributed.
McCullough, who had two saves against Manor, recorded five saves against the Spartans. Meredtih Cardino was credited with two saves in each match. Isabella Drolet scooped up one save against Manor.
Lampeter-Strasburg eked out a 4-3 victory over Manheim Township's baseball team on Monday, giving the Blue Streaks their fourth straight one-run defeat. Coming into Monday's Lancaster-Lebanon League game, the Blue Streaks had suffered losses by that slim margin to Elizabethtown, Conestoga Valley and Donegal.
The Pioneers scored the winning run in the home half of the seventh inning - their final at bat. Township starter Will Greiner went five innings and allowed three runs - only one of which was earned - on three hits.
"We had some good starting pitching the past few games," said head coach Matt Kirchoff. "We lost to two good teams.
"We are making some small mistakes that show up later in the game," added Kirchoff, whose team fell to 4-8 overall (3-7 league). "The kids are probably pressing for the big hit and to do well.
"This was a good quality game. We had opportunities to do well and didn't take advantage of them."
Ben DeMarco had two of Township's four hits. He scored one run, drove in another and had one stolen base.
"Ben DeMarco is hitting over .500," said Kirchoff. "He has been that guy - whether at the top of the lineup or just below the middle - he has been carrying us offensively."
Nick Kurtz slugged a two-run home run. Greiner also walked, singled and scored a run.
"Nick is a freshman who hit his third home run of the year," Kirchoff noted. "He is hitting well over .300."
The Streaks ended their losing skid, which had actually reached eight games with the L-S game, by defeating Solanco on Saturday morning. Township batters smashed four doubles and scored a dozen runs on 11 hits in a 12-2 win, bringing their league mark up to 4-8.
The two-baggers came off the bats of Colin Yablonski, Ethan Kline, Matthew Peipher and Brenden Moshos.
Moshos, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI, has also been contributing defensively.
"Brenden has done a great job behind the plate," Kirchoff said. "Because we have a big area to the backstop of our field, you can't have a lot of passed balls.
Kline, who was the winning pitcher with a five-inning complete game, went 2-for-3 at the plate. He also drove in three runs. Kline struck out six and allowed only two walks in the five-hit effort.
Greiner (2-for-3) knocked in a pair and Rece Bender had two RBI from the leadoff spot. He went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Also helping manufacture runs, which included four runs in the first and four more in the third, the Streaks had two steals courtesy of DeMarco as well as steals by Yablonski and freshman Drew Sassaman.
The boys' lacrosse squad rebounded from a non-league loss the previous week by dealing back-to-back decisive defeats to two L-L League opponents. The Streaks held both Penn Manor and the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squads to only three goals in those games while scoring a combined 28 themselves.
The victories improved Township's mark to 9-0 in the L-L League and 14-1 overall.
Tuesday's match at Penn Manor featured a four-goal performance by Zach Diamond while Tommy Mann notched a hat trick.
With Caton Johnson making 10 saves, the Blue out-shot the Comets 36-20 on their way to a 13-3 victory.
Grayson Sallade had two more of those goals while Sean Curcio (3assists), Eddie Newman (2a), Bryce Hutchinson (1a) and Jeffrey Sturla each tallied one goal.
There were eight different Township scorers in the 15-3 defeat of the Cougars on Friday. The goals came as a product of 43 shots on goal.
Sallade and Thomas Freeman each put up three goals. Curcio, however, had a hand in six of the team's goals, scoring two and assisting on four others. Newman also provided four assists while scoring one.
Diamond (1g), Tyler Kurtz (1g), Hutchinson (1g, 2a) and Mann (1g, 2a) also contributed.
Johnson made 11 saves in goal.
With his victory over Trent Martin of Manheim Central in Saturday's semifinals round, Township senior Tom Chairs advanced to the flight one singles championship match of the L-L League Flight Tournament. Chairs topped Martin 6-1, 7-5 while Jackson Muraika of Cedar Crest punched his ticket to the championship, defeating Hempfield's Jake Curtin 6-3, 6-3.
In flight two singles, Carson Schreiber posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ephrata's Ellis Martin to reach the finals of that flight.
Max Pan made it a third Township tennis player to appear in the singles championships as he posted a 6-2, 7-5 win on Saturday.
In doubles action, T.J. Kade and Tom Woratyla defeated Garden Spot's Ethan Horning and Andrew Bowman to earn a trip to the flight two championship match. Drew Ketcham and Charlie Gingrich claimed the semis in flight three with an 8-1 win.
In a Section One action last week, Township topped Cedar Crest while the Crest girls defeated Township's squad 81-69.
Mackenzie Horn sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash in 13.1. She took that sprinting prowess to the hurdles and won the high hurdles at 15.3 before winning the pole vault with an 11-foot effort.
Leah Sassaman was the 300-m hurdles winner in 48.2.
The quartet of Samantha Side, Paige Newman, Anabelle Lapp and Chloe Kline captured the 4x800 relay in 10:50.0. Speaking of 3,200 meters, the individual race saw senior Kira Jenkins set a winning pace of 11:50.5.
The Streaks, who fell to 2-2 on the year, won two more field events. Kate Grohotolski tossed the javelin 107 feet while Delaney McKnight's went 16-2 in the long jump.
The boys' team improved to 4-0 with its 97-53 victory. Noah Tull, Titan Cox and Gavin Maurer were multiple winners.
Tull not only claimed the high hurdles (15.2), he teamed up with Maurer, Anderson Velozwong, and Tim Antonacci to grab the 4x400 in 3:29.0. Maurer also went on to win the 800 in 2:06.2.
Cox dashed away with the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.5) and in the field, took the long jump (20-3).
Ian Miller, Patrick Cloonan and Wayne Robinson also finished first in multiple events while senior Peter Carrigan won the 400-m in 52.1 seconds.
Miller distanced himself from the pack in the 1,600- and 3,200, winning the former in 4:39.1 and the long-distance race in 9:52.3.
Cloonan claimed the shot put with a 51-4 toss and the discus (149-1).
Robinson won the 300 hurdles in 42.4 as well as pole vaulting a 10-6 height.
The Streaks played four matches this past week, resulting in two victories that improved the team's mark to 6-6 on the year. One of those victories was a 3-0 shutout at Cedar Crest while the two losses were close 3-2 setbacks against Section One rivals McCaskey and Warwick.
Chris Paladino had 15 kills and nine aces in the 3-0 defeat of Avon Grove on Monday. The Streaks won two of the games convincingly, taking the first one 25-15 and the third one by a 25-8 margin with a 25-20 win sandwiched in between.
Alex Newkirk led the squad in blocks with four, Drew Chieppor chipped in with eight digs and Zach Johnson distributed 28 assists.
Tuesday was Township's second home match in as many nights as the Streaks welcomed the Red Tornado. In a tough match between Section rivals with similar records, the McCaskey squad prevailed 25-16, 13-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14.
Paladino put down a match high 26 kills. Johnson had 37 assists and Tyler Vicidomini added nine digs. Johnson, who had a match-high six aces, also put up six blocks.
Township fell to 2-4.
Attempting to not have close results end up costing them another league match, Township held off Crest 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 on the road Thursday evening.
Paladino pounded 22 kills and put up six blocks while Johnson delivered four aces and 29 assists in the win.
Warwick was the site of another heartbreaking defeat for the Streaks as Friday night's match also went to a tiebreaker. In this match, Township came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Warwick 25-21 and 25-19 after the Warriors (10-2 overall) had opened with a grueling 27-25 win and another by 25-19.
The Warriors managed to send the home crowd away happy with a 15-10 win in the tiebreaker.
Vicidomini and Paladino each recorded 10 digs. Paladino also led the team with six aces and posted a match-high 25 kills. Plakans was tops in blocks with eight.
The Streaks came up empty against Garden Spot and a hard-hitting Hempfield squad this past week. The Spartans dealt MT an 11-1 home defeat on Monday. The following afternoon, the Knights left Township with a 12-4 win under their belts.
The Hempfield game was a see-saw battle in the early going. In fact, the Streaks held a 2-1 lead after two innings. The Knights' five-run third inning was not even enough at that point as the Streaks chipped away with single runs in the home half of the third and another in the fourth to make it 6-4 on Maddie Rinier's solo home run.
Hempfield's four-run sixth and two added runs in the seventh made it 12-4. Hempfield also took advantage of five Township errors on a day where Township actually out-hit Hempfield 11-10.
Brennan and Juliana Lueders scored the first two Township runs.
Township Spikers Win Two-of-Three April 23, 2018
Manheim Township's volleyball team played three tough matches this past week, winning one Lancaster-Lebanon League clash as well as taking a non-league battle against Daniel Boone over a four-day span.
Tuesday's match was against league rival Conestoga Valley at Witmer. Township took a 2-1 lead in this match before the Buckskins evened it with a tough 25-23 victory in the fourth set. The Buckskins, who improved to 4-2 in the league, took the tiebreaker by a 15-12 score.
CV had opened the match with a 25-21 win. The Streaks matched that score in winning the second set. They won the third one 25-22.
Conestoga Valley's Aver Barton led the match in kills with 24 and had three blocks. He edged MT's Chris Paladino in kills (23). Zach Johnson recorded 14 digs and two aces for the Streaks while Nick Plakans had a match-high six blocks.
The Wednesday night match against Daniel Boone consisted of three close sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-18) going in Township's favor.
Paladino posted 21 kills and served up one ace. Johnson also had one ace while helping his team with 36 assists. Drew Chieppor chipped in with 11 digs. Plakans registered four blocks.
Resuming their league competition, the Streaks won a key 3-0 match at Elizabethtown on Friday. They had a tough first set, yet prevailed 25-20. They cruised to 25-17 and 25-14 victories to post a solid win.
Paladino was the leader in kills (20) and tied Johnson in total aces with four. He also had eight digs.
Johnson added 30 assists and Tyler Vicidomini and Josh Orndorf each notched three blocks.
The baseball team had difficult back-to-back losses this week, losing by one-run margins to both Elizabethtown and Conestoga Valley, and falling to 3-6 in the league (4-7 overall). The Buckskins pushed across the tie-breaker in the bottom of the fifth inning of Wednesday's game to grab a 4-3 victory.
Despite overcoming an early 6-0 deficit the previous day against visiting Elizabethtown, the Streaks came up short in an 8-7 game in extra innings.
The Bears were up 6-0 in the middle of the second inning. Tom Cesarone singled in one run. Nick Kurtz, who was relieved and moved to play first base after two-thirds of an inning as the Streaks' starter redeemed himself with a three-run home run, cutting the deficit to 6-4.
Township tied the game and after an E-town run made it 7-6, the Streaks sent the game into extras with a run in the seventh.
Kurtz, who also had a double, and Colin Fitzgerald finished with two hits each. Cesarone had three base knocks and drove in two runs. Ben DeMarco (2-for-5) doubled and finished with three runs scored.
Josh Long provided solid long relief for the Streaks, going 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.
Ethan Kile's 2-for-4 game against CV included a double and two runs batted in. He also scored one run. Colin Morrisette went 2-for-3 while Brendan Moshos went 1-for-4 with one RBI.
DeMarco was tagged with the loss in relief. Connor Vucovich started and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
The Streaks rebounded from their first loss of the year, a non-league defeat at Agnes Irwin on April 12, by posting four straight wins and improving to 11-1. The four wins included triumphs over L-L League rivals Cocalico and Elizabethtown. The team outscored opponents by a collective 71-22 count.
Sandwiched between a 17-5 win on Saturday morning over York Catholic on the road and Monday's 17-6 defeat of Parkland at home, the Streaks defeated Elizabethtown 18-4 on Tuesday and Cocalico by a 19-7 margin on Thursday.
In the first two matches alone, Taylor Kopan scored seven goals, including a five-goal output against Parkland. Lizzie McBride had four goals and five assists against E-town while assisting on four goals in the Parkland match.
Lucy Svetec had four goals in each game in addition to two assists vs. E-town.
Also scoring against Parkland were Shannon Elias (2g), Maris Large (2g), Megan Rice (2g) and Liz Musser (1g, 1a) while Haley McCullough racked up eight saves. Scoring two goals and assisting on one goal each were Elias, Large and Kopan. Claudia Newell and Ashley Campagna each had a goal and two assists. Musser and Grier Walker each netted one goal.
Isabella Drolet had three saves.
After 10 goals in the first half, the Streaks added nine more against Cocalico.
The scoring leaders were Svetec (5g, 1a), Large (4g, a1), McBride (3g, 4a) and Elias (2g, 2a). Musser and Campagna each had two goals and an assist while Rice dished out two assists. Kopan had one of each.
Out of 25 shots on goal, the Streaks scored 17 times against Daniel Boone. The scoring included hat tricks by Kopan, Elias, Mussser and Svetec. McBride, who scored twice, and Elias each had three assists. Rice (2g, 1a) and Large (1g) also chipped in.
Township's batters scored 14 runs in the top of the third inning of Friday's game at Lebanon, going on to defeat the Cedars 22-6 in L-L League action.
The Streaks had only 13 hits, four of which were extra base hits, and took advantage of eight walks in the offensive onslaught. Mikayla Brennan, Casey Martin and Juliana Lueders doubled. Lueders scored three runs and drove one in. Maddie Rinier went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs and one RBI. Martin drove in four of the 22 runs and scored three herself.
Rinier and Emily Kmiec, who scored four times, each had two hits and three RBI.
Brennan and Emily Smyth each scored two runs as did Julie Hollingsworth.
Martin pitched three of the four innings to pick up the win. Brennan added one more inning in relief.
The Streaks also had a 6-1 victory over Conestoga Valley last week. They started the week with an 8-2 loss at Manheim Central.
Township only managed four hits in the game, including two by Brennan, who drove in a run. Smyth and Casey Martin scored the runs for MT.
Township's boys' increased their win streak to 12-0 before suffering their first loss of the year - a non-league match at Avon Grove on Saturday.
Prior to the game against the Red Devils, the Streaks edged Parkland 10-9 and rolled over L-L League foes Elizabethtown and Cocalico on the road.
Parkland had a five-goal second quarter to take a 6-4 halftime lead. The Streaks came back and claimed a 10-9 overtime victory. They out-shot Parkland 16-15.
Bryce Hutchinson had a hat trick while Sean Curcio (2g, 1a) and Will Hurley (2g) had multiple goals as well. Eddie Newman and Zach Diamond each netted one goal as did Grayson Sallade, who also assisted on one.
The games against E-town and Cocalico finished with respective scores of 17-1 and 16-3.
Along with hat tricks by Newman (3g, 2a) and Tyler Kurtz (3g, 1a), Thomas Freeman scored four and assisted on another.
Curcio assisted on four goals and Anthony Gugluizza dished out two more. Also adding to the goals were Tommy Mannn (2g), Zach dotter (1g, 1a), Jeff Sturla (1g), Aidan Arnold (1g) and Diamond (1g).
Caton Johnson, who had six saves versus Parkland, and Mitchell Burkholder shared time in goal and came away with three saves each.
Curcio's six goals and four assists helped pace Township's 16-goal attack on Friday. Sallade (3a) and Freeman (2a) grabbed hat tricks while Hutchinson and Diamond each scored twice. Gugluizza also had a goal while Newman and Mann dished off one assist.
The Township girls' team suffered its first defeat of the season as Warwick won 81-69 at Township on Wednesday. The Streaks fell to 2-1
In relays, Samantha Side, Chloe Kline, Kira Jenkins, Anabelle Lapp put together a winning effort in the 4x800 with a 10:00.8.
Side also took first in the 800 (2:28.4). Mackenzie Horn high hurdled to first place in 15.2.
Horn's 12-foot-6 pole vault was also good for first place - just shy of her 12-7 achievement earlier in the year, which earned her top spot in the L-L League Honor Roll.
Kate Grohotolski hurled the javelin a 101-11 distance to take first while Adiranna Bryant's 29-7 shot put also earned a first.
Delaney McKnight had a 17-0.5 in the long jump and a 5-foot high jump to win those events.
With their 94-57 win, the boys' team improved to 3-0 to stay tied with McCaskey in the Section One standings.
Tim Antonacci, Peter Carrigan, Anderson Velozwong and Noah Tull had a combined winning time of 3:31.9 in the 4x400 relay. Velozwong and Antonacci teamed with sophomore Kevin Perez and senior Gavin Maurer in the 4x800 relay, winning it in 8:23.8.
Maurer (800 in 2:04.7), Velozwong (400 in 51.9) and Carrigan (200 in 23.0) were winners in individual events.
Ian Miller came through in the 1,600 (4:47.9) and the 3,200 (9:40.1)
In field events, Jack Rodenberger won the javelin at 156-10 while Titan Cox long jumped 20 feet for a first in that event. Wayne Robinson won the pole vault at 11-6.
Following back-to-back 7-0 victories, the Streaks' streak of wins against league opponents ended on Friday at Hempfield. Township (8-1) lost to the other unbeaten team in the L-L League as the Black Knights (9-0) won by a 4-3 score.
The twosome of Drew Ketcham and Charlie Gingrich was unbeaten over the three matches. In the Garden Spot match on Tuesday, they were the second doubles team, posting an 8-3 win. Their win was sandwiched between the Jacob Zagorski and Jackson Hilbert 8-3 win and the 8-2 win by Ryan Norton and Pacey Kashar.
In singles play, T.J. Kade won 6-1, 6-1, Max Pan posted two 6-0 wins. Carson Schreiber (6-2, 6-1) and Tom Chairs (6-0, 6-0) were also straight set winners against Spot.
Chairs and Schreiber won 8-2 while Kade joined Tom Woratyla for an 8-1 win at second doubles in the Ephrata match on Wednesday. Ketcham and Gingrich came up with an 8-2 win.
In singles play, Chairs (6-1, 6-3) Schreiber (7-5, 6-3), Pan (6-4, 6-1) and Woratyla, who won 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0, were straight set winners.
Ketcham and Gingrich had an 8-5 victory in third doubles against Hempfield. Pan and Woratyla were on the short end of an 8-4 final.
In singles play, the Knights won two singles matches to clinch the match, including a close 6-3, 1-6, 10-8 win by Ben Cooke over Schreiber. Chairs won 6-2, 6-4 and Woratyla took the fourth singles 6-3, 6-3 to cut it close.