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MT Lax Teams Fall in PIAA Quarterfinals June 5, 2017

There is a somewhat accepted opinion that the District One level of lacrosse is one of the stronger ones in the Commonwealth.

There is also a generally accepted school of thought that Manheim Township's lacrosse teams are among the strongest from District Three schools.

In the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class-AAA playoffs, both the Township boys' and girls' teams squared off against District One opponents in a doubleheader at Governor Mifflin on Saturday.

Both teams battled their respective opponents, but came up short.

The Springfield (Delco) girls' team downed Township 9-7 in the opener of the twin bill followed by the Conestoga Pioneers topping Township 12-6 in the nightcap.

The girls' game was a battle between the runners up in the Districts One and Three. Skylar Dorenkamp and Sarah Elias each had two goals and one assist for Township before the Cougars' (19-4) defense was able to stop them. The Streaks (21-4) tied the game on multiple occasions, but never took the lead. They fell behind 5-3 early in the second half, but battled back to even it at 5-5.

Shannon Elias added one goal as did Maris Large. Lucy Svetec netted one goal and assisted on two others. Liz Musser also dished off one assist.

Haley McCullough grabbed nine saves in goal, keeping the score close for much of the match.

Springfield junior Dana Carlson notched a hat trick. The Cougars out-shot the Blue Streaks 18-10.

The Township girls were coming off a first-round victory over the Pine Richland Rams - the District Seven champions. The match was played at Greensburg on Tuesday afternoon. Sarah Elias and Svetec each scored four goals to keep the Township momentum going. The team led 9-5 in the first half and had to regain the scoring spark after the Rams (15-5) cut the deficit to one goal.

Musser had a hat trick and Taylor Kopan added two more goals.

The boys' team was coming off a 14-5 thumping of Peters Township. This too was part of a doubleheader as the boys' game followed the girls' match with Pine Richland at Hempfield Area H.S. in Greensburg.

The Streaks, who improved to 21-3 with the win, took an 8-3 lead into the second half. They got solid goal tending by Caton Johnson (10 saves) while Owen Miller led the team in scoring with four goals and an assist.

Bruce Hutchingson added a hat trick for the Streaks and Grayson Sallade scored two goals while assisting on another. Tyler Kurtz, Tre Freeman, Ben Mann, Zach Diamond and Jack Kingsbury each scored one goal. Giving out assists to the count of three was Sean Curcio. Freeman and Eddie Newman each had one assist.

In the game against Conestoga, the Streaks were hot on the Pioneers' heels for much of the game. It was a successful first quarter for Conestoga (21-3), the District One champ. The Pioneers scored four times, but only took a 5-2 lead into the second half. The Streaks scored three times in the third quarter and trailed by only four going into the final stanza.

Hutchinson and Sallade each scored twice. Freeman and Diamond added one goal each. Curcio chipped in with an assist. Johnson recorded eight saves.

BASEBALL

An eight-run fifth inning was the big difference in Friday's District Three 6A quarterfinal game at Dallastown. The Wildcats came back from a 2-1 deficit to score eight in the home half of the fifth, ending Manheim Township's season.

The game had been postponed to Friday because of steady rain on Thursday, May 25. Dallastown, the second seed in the district, had gotten a first-round bye while MT had defeated Cumberland Valley by a run in the opening round.

Nick Parker had a double and a run batted in as he went 2-for-4 for the Wildcats. Tye Golden also had two hits and an RBI.

The Streaks got on the board with a run in the top of the first. After the Wildcats tied it, the Streaks went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth - a short-lived lead until that eight-run explosion in the home half of that inning.

Ethan Kile and Rece Bender drove in the Township runs. Kile had two hits, including a triple. Hunter McClintock, who had a steal, scored one of Township's runs and Colin Yablonski scored on Kile's triple.

Dallastown improved to 16-4 and went on to win the district title. Township's season ended at 12-10.

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MT Girls' Lax Settles for District Silver May 26, 2017

The Blue Streaks claimed their 20th victory of the season with a decisive 19-10 defeat of Exeter on Monday, thus earning their eighth ticket to the District Three Class-AAA girls' lacrosse championship game.

In the semifinal match played at Penn Manor, the Streaks (20-2) out-shot the Eagles 24-16, getting 13 of their goals from Sarah Elias and Lucy Svetec. Also, Skylar Dorenkamp registered a hat trick.

Elias tallied seven goals and Svetec added six more. Maris Large (1a) added two goals and sophomore Ashlyn Campagna (1a) added one more.

Haley McCullough gave Township six saves in goal.

As for the championship match, it was a battle between the top seed and the second.

It was expected to be a classic.

And it was.

The top-ranked Wilson Bulldogs took on number two seed Manheim Township in Wednesday's District Three Class 3A girls' lacrosse championship match at Hersheypark Stadium. When the final minute of regulation had expired, the two teams were tied 9-9.

Then comes the overtime. And as things go, the first overtime period ended without a winner being decided.

In the second overtime, Wilson's Julia Strobel finally untied the score, getting the Bulldogs (22-1) the game-winning goal. With the 10-9 defeat, the Streaks will take a 20-3 record into the PIAA Class 3A state playoffs.

Wilson took an early lead and held a 5-4 edge at halftime. The Streaks came back and outscored Wilson by a goal in the second half. They were led by Large, a junior midfielder, who scored four times. Svetec got three of her shots past Wilson goalkeeper Haley Kline (11 saves). Township got single goals off the sticks of Dorenkamp, who also had three assists, and Elias, who assisted on one goal.

The Streaks had a 9-7 lead before the Bulldogs came back to tie it in the final minutes of regulation.

Township found out whom they would be playing in the opening round of states thanks to another exciting finish for the District Seven 3A championship match, which was played at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium on Thursday evening. The Pine Richland Rams edged Fox Chapel 12-11 with 23 seconds left in the first overtime, claiming their first ever district crown.

BASEBALL

There is an old sports adage that refers to teams with apparently little hope left for their comeback - be it in a given game or a hope for turning a losing record into a winning season. The axiom suggests that despite said odds, the determination is the intangible which gets that team to come out on top.

Such has been the Manheim Township baseball season.

The team only won one of its first six games and now finds itself in the District Three Class 6A quarterfinals.

The 10th-seeded Streaks defeated seventh seed Cumberland Valley on the road Monday afternoon to advance to what was going to be a Thursday game at Dallastown. The game was rescheduled to Friday due to rain.

"We got in a brief workout inside," head coach Matt Kirchoff said in a phone interview. "This time of year it's tough to get a whole lot accomplished indoors. But thankfully, our guys are focused. We reviewed our game plan for Friday.

"If we win this, we play either Penn Manor or Hempfield in the semifinals," Kirchoff pointed out, referring to another game postponed until Friday due to rain. Both are teams the Streaks faced twice during the regular season in Section One action.

In the Cumberland Valley game, the Streaks were facing another familiar foe - of sorts. They had lost a regular-season finale to the Eagles, which was a make-up from a mid-season rainout. The Eagles won that one 4-3.

This one would belong to Township (12-9) who came back from a 4-2 deficit with a three-run sixth. Though the Eagles (13-8) tied the game, the Streaks got the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh.

"We had a 2-1 lead early and worked out of a few jams," said Kirchoff. "Ryan Barbee did a heck of a job for us, getting through four and two-thirds innings. We turned it over to the pen.

"We made an error and fell behind 4-2," added the coach. "Suddenly, we come back and it's 5-4 us. It's what we've been doing the past month. We have been playing elimination baseball for three and a half weeks now."

The Streaks, who started the season at 1-5 and eked out some key Section One victories along the way, went through a 9-1 stretch that included a win against Donegal where they were one out away from losing. Yes, a microcosm of the "Down but not out" attitude.

The seventh-inning rally at Cumberland Valley started with leadoff man Rece Bender getting on base. "He beat out a ground ball to their third baseman," Kirchoff explained. "He did it with his speed.

"We did a delayed steal and got Rece to second," continued the coach. "Hunter McClintock, who was in a lefty versus lefty matchup, hit a 0-2 pitch for a double that scored Rece.

"Down but not out; it's a good team," said Kirchoff."I don't think anybody thought we were going to be where we are."

Ethan Kline also doubled and went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Tom Cesarone also knocked in a run. Senior Zach Schaefer went 1-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored. Luke Emge knocked in two runs and Colin Yablonski (1-for-3) drove in one run out of the ninth spot in the lineup.

Ben DeMarco, who relieved Joey Rudinski in the sixth inning, tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and recording one strikeout. He earned the victory. Barbee allowed only two earned runs in his 4.2 innings and didn't allow a walk.

This is a team that is on the upswing. Kirchoff, the second-year coach, pointed to the growth since last season.

"We were 9-11 and just one game under .500 a year ago," he noted. "It was a learning curve for everybody. We struggled out of the gate and nobody gave us a shot this year."

BOYS LACROSSE

It was another heartbreaker on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium Thursday evening as the Wilson Bulldogs (22-1) topped the Township boys' team 12-6 in the championship game.

It was actually comeback victory for Wilson. They trailed Township 4-2 after one quarter, but went on a 7-1 run before the half.

Township got two goals from Grayson Sallade and single goals from George Hetrick, Owen Miller, Sean Curcio, who also had an assist, and Bryce Hutchinson. Tre Freeman and John Grandrimo each assisted as well.

Just as in the girls' title match, this was a battle between the top seeds. Township will take its 19-3 record into states opposite District Seven champ - either Peters Township or the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.

Just as Emily Magalotti led Wilson's offense in the girls' district title game, Cameron Magalottie led the Bulldogs' boys' team with five goals.

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Streaks Top Warriors in District Quarterfinals May 22, 2017

The Blue Streaks find themselves in familiar territory - the District Three Class-AAA lacrosse playoffs.

This past week, the Manheim Township boys' lacrosse team topped Warwick 10-5 in a district quarterfinal match, improving to 18-2. The second-seeded Streaks, who had a first-round bye, will take that impressive mark up against second round opponent Central York this week.

The Panthers are coming off a 10-9 victory over Hempfield in their quarterfinal match.

"Because the top three teams qualify for states, we have to win one game to be guaranteed making it in," head coach Dan Lyons explained. "It's us, Wilson, Central York, and Cumberland Valley in the semifinals. The losers will play in the third-place game."

In getting to the semis, Township had to defeat a familiar foe - league rival Warwick. Twice this year they had defeated the Warriors on the road, including an 8-3 victory in the L-L League playoffs. Lyons was asked if familiarity with this opponent helped ease the tension for his squad in its districts opener.

"It didn't come into play," Lyons replied. "If anything, it actually made it more challenging because Warwick knew us. They threw a lot of things at us defensively that we hadn't seen before."

The match was a close one for the first half, going into intermission with Township ahead 4-2.

"We had done our work to try and be as prepared as possible - their zone defense and lock-offs," Lyons added. "So, it was a matter of being patient and making in-game adjustments."

For the lock-off, Lyons explained that the Warriors tried assigning a point man to guard Township's top scorer Grayson Sallade.

"They take a player and completely lock off one of our players," he said. "So, one of their players would stand in front of Grayson most commonly. It almost made it a five-on-five game.

"When they weren't locking us off, they were using zone defense," added the coach. "So, we found the gaps in the zone and we found shots when we weren't double-teamed."

Sean Curcio turned out to be the leading scorer, finishing with three goals and two assists. Sallade added a pair of goals and an assist, which matched Tre Freeman's scoring production. Owen Miller also scored twice while Zach Diamond had a goal and an assist.

The Streaks out-shot the Warriors 15-9 and Caton Johnson made four saves.

"Our defense has played well consistently the whole post-season so far," said Lyons. "Caton has made all the saves we would expect him to make."

GIRLS LACROSSE

The league champion girls' lacrosse team also earned a first-round bye in districts and didn't let the extra time off get the offense rusty. Township, the second seed in the tournament, pummeled Central Dauphin 21-5 at home on Wednesday. The Streaks will face third-seed Exeter in a semifinal match at Penn Manor this week.

The Streaks (19-2) launched 34 shots on goal with Sarah Elias scoring on eight of her shots and tallying one assist.

Skylar Dorenkamp also came up big, scoring five and assisting on four more while Lucy Svetec chipped in with four goals and one assist.

Also contributing with goals and assists were Maris Large (2, 1) and Shannon Elias (1, 1), Julianne Walker (1g) and Liz Musser (2a).

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

"We were preaching that we wanted our seniors to leave the program better than they started with," said head coach Jack Damiano.

And have they ever done so.

The Streaks got to hoist the first league championship trophy in the history of their boys' volleyball program, making for some history in the 2017 L-L League post-season play. Manheim Township blanked Manheim Central on Wednesday evening in a championship match that happened to be on the Blue Streaks' home court - the previously selected sight for the league's finale. Township topped Central by the identical score of 25-22 in all three sets.

"It was a close match," Damiano said, referring to the three-point margins of victory. "We eked them out.

"We typically host the league championship match every year," he noted. "So it was great that we got a chance to be in it this year. We wanted to win it in our house.

"I think our serve and blocking took them out of their game plan," Damiano remarked.

As for scouting the Barons, Damiano admitted he and his coaching staff and the players had limited exposure.

"We played them in a one match tournament earlier this year and lost to them," he said. "After the Penn Manor match, we watched their first set against Hempfield in the semifinals."

The Streaks got nine kills each from Chris Paladino, who also had three aces, and Mark Leaman. Zachary Keating helped get the ball to these front hitters, racking up 31 assists on the night. Nick Vicidomini pounded five blocks.

Part of what's exciting in a championship season is the road taken to the finale.

The Streaks had finished the regular season 8-4 and were the third playoff seed out of Section One. They had lost to Penn Manor 3-0 in the latter half of the season, but went on to post five straight victories through and including the championship over Central.

Township cruised by Cocalico in the first round and faced Penn Manor in the semis on Monday night at Lancaster Mennonite.

This time it was much more different than that 3-0 loss on the May 4 when the force was with the Comets. Skywalker was going to remind Darth Vader that the underdog would have his day.

The Streaks stopped the Comets 3-2 in what Damiano described as an intense all-out effort by everyone.

"That was an unbelievable match - good volleyball on both sides of the net," he commented. "With our guys, everybody played every play well; we executed. Penn Manor adjusted and we would adjust to their adjustments. Our kids were diving and playing hard. Everybody on the court played every single point whether it was making a dig, serving, blocking.... They all hustled."

It could have been disheartening to rebound from a 30-28 defeat in the opening set - especially against the Section One champs. But the Streaks won 25-13 only to let the Comets take a 2-1 edge. In the fourth set, it was MT winning 25-16 before sneaking past Manor 15-13.

Despite Daniel Fry drilling 22 kills for Penn Manor, Alex Krahulik adding nine more kills plus three blocks and Reuben Kemrer dishing out 45 assists, the Streaks held on.

Both Leaman and Brian Hines had 15 kills. Leaman had three aces and Hines served up a pair. Vicidomini had a match-high seven blocks while Keating racked up nearly as many assists (43) as Kemrer. Zach Musser came through with 21 digs.

The season would come to an end the following day, however, as the Streaks faced Hempfield at Cumberland Valley High School in the District Three Class-AAA opening-round match.

"That was a tough task for anyone to do - to compete on 21 hours' rest," said Damiano. "The kids in school all day and driving in that heat."

The Knights won it 25-19, 25-19 and 25-15.

Township had 10 kills each from Hines and Paladino while Keating had a match-high 26 assists. Leaman and Musser had 10 and eight digs, respectively.

Even Hempfield head coach Mike Vogel agreed.

"I'm happy for Manheim Township winning the league title," said Vogel in a phone interview. "They had a great match against Central in the league championship. One day later they turned around to play us.

"It was the luck of the schedule - having a huge match one day and a bigger one the next night," added Vogel. "It was bigger because if you lose, you're done."

"We literally were just exhausted," Damiano said. "Our warm-ups didn't go as well as I would've liked. We didn't have the spring in our legs. The coaches were trying to fire up our guys and it was tough. We competed, but they were the better team that day."

But the team's accomplishments included beating section champ Penn Manor in the playoffs and also defeating Conestoga Valley along the way - a team that had stunned Hempfield 3-2 late in the season.

"We tended to get a little better each week," Damiano remarked. "Winning the championship? I wouldn't trade it."

TRACK

The District Three Class-AAA track & field championship meet was held at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Featured among the Manheim Township participants were a number of athletes whose performances qualified them for the PIAA 3A state championships.

Ben Viau, who recently claimed the L-L League gold medal in the javelin and shot put, claimed fourth place in the discus toss with a 169-foot-8 heave, which qualified him for states. He also took second in the shot put with a 55-06.5 distance - also good for states. Both of those events were held on Friday.

Also in Friday's field events, Mackenzie Horn had a third-place pole vault effort of 11-06, which also put her in states.

On Saturday, the boys' and girls' 4x800 relay teams both earned their ticket to the PIAA's. The foursome of Leah Sassaman, Samantha Side, Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk put together a fourth-place finish at 9:28.01, which was better than their seeding time of 9:36.88.

The boys' relay team was comprised of Gavin Maurer, Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, and Evan Dorenkamp. This quartet qualified with a time of 7:58.26, which was good for fifth place.

Also finishing fifth (3:27.35) was the 4x400 relay team of Patterson, Velozwong, Jacob Gaydos and Noah Tull.

The girls' 4x400 relay had Pasewicz, Sassaman, Wilk and Courtney German running a combined time of 4:05.72 - good for 11th place.

German was among the top finishers in both the 100- and 200-m races. In the 100, she posted a seventh-place time of 12.78. In the 200, she took eighth at 26.17.

In other individual events, Sassaman was ninth in the 300-m hurdles (47.30) while Wilk (2:24.12) and Dorenkamp (2:24.53) were 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 800-m. Also, Hannah Dieterle raced across the finish line in the 3,200 at an 11:26.99 pace, claiming 11th place.

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Streaks Advance In L-L League Playoffs May 15, 2017

Manheim Township rode a winning streak into the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs by beating Warwick and Conestoga Valley to close out the regular season. In Friday's opening round of the league playoffs at Lancaster Mennonite, they blanked Cocalico 3-0.

Township's 8-4 league mark (13-4 overall) earned them the third-place playoff seed out of Section One. The Streaks were pitted against Section Two runner up Cocalico (9-3, 15-4).

As one might anticipate, the match opened with two playoff teams battling it out. The Streaks eventually prevailed 26-24 in the first set. They overcame a deficit in the second set and won that 25-21 before eliminating the Eagles from the L-L League playoffs with a 25-16 win.

"They were close games," said head coach Jack Damiano in a phone interview. "At times we would get the momentum and take a big lead. Other times, when one error would turn into three errors, we would give up a few points.

"They're a very good team," Damiano said. "They're well-coached. I think we were just stronger and bigger."

Brian Hines registered nine kills and two blocks. He and Zachary Keating each served two aces. Keating also finished with eight digs and 30 assists.

Chris Paladino also had an ace and notched six kills plus 11 digs. Mark Leaman and Nick Vicidomini added eight and five kills, respectively, with Leaman also getting in eight digs and three blocks. Vicidomini led the team with seven blocks and Zach Musser recorded 16 digs.

"That's one of the good things with us - if one guy is having a lesser night than normal, someone else steps up," Damiano added. "Keating has been able to get the ball to whoever is hot."

It was the third 3-0 victory of the week for the Streaks. They opened the week with a Section One win at Warwick on Monday, posting scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-23.

Paladino poured it on with 12 kills while Hines delivered two aces and nine digs. Township got 31 assists from Keating and five blocks by Vicidomini.

"Warwick has a lot of underclassmen," Damiano noted. "But they have a good group of hustlers. They dug a lot of balls and were hitting the floor for a lot of balls.

"I think our height and strength got to them as well," continued the coach. "They had very good technique but it's hard to coach against height."

Township traveled to Conestoga Valley for the final regular season match. Unwilling to give up a single set, they topped the Buckskins 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 on Wednesday.

Paladino put up another dozen kills while Keating put up 29 assists and tied for the team lead in blocks with Nicholas Plakans and Vicidomini - each with three. Musser added 11 digs.

Regardless of how Township's L-L League playoff quest turns out, the team will move on to the District Three Class-AAA playoffs. In the opening round, which will be Thursday, May 18, they'll face a familiar foe - Hempfield.

"They beat us 3-0 in the first match we played them and beat us 3-2 in the second one," Damiano recalled. "We won the first two sets of that second match and were ahead in the third set, but Hempfield clawed back."

Asked if the close match against the Knights can serve as motivation to prepare for districts, Damiano deferred, "Right now we're focused on Penn Manor. We're not going to look past that."

LACROSSE

It was a championship night for both Manheim Township lacrosse programs. The girls' team won the league championship with a 12-8 defeat of the Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic squad on Thursday night. Earlier that evening, the boys claimed the crown by a 9-6 margin over Hempfield. Both matches were played at Conestoga Valley.

The girls' team opened the week with a 16-2 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in the first round of league playoffs at Ephrata. The Streaks had finished the regular season unbeaten and so the playoff seeding had them facing fourth-place L-S.

Township topped L-S 16-2, scoring 10 times in the first half. Maris Large and Sarah Elias each scored five times while Elias also recorded two assists. Skylar Dorenkamp dished off five assists and scored a pair of goals. Also scoring twice was Lucy Svetec, who also had an assist. The Streaks got goals from Taylor Kopan and Shannon Elias (2 assists) as well. They out-shot the Pioneers 31-3.

It was a closer match against LCD/LC and the score was actually knotted at 4-4 by halftime. The Streaks pulled off a 12-8 victory, led by Lucy Svetec's five-goal, two-assist offensive production.

Large posted a hat trick while Dorenkamp poured in four goals and an assist.

Haley McCullough grabbed three saves to help her team clinch the title.

The boys' team scored less than 10 goals in each of its post-season wins - an 8-3 win over Warwick in Tuesday's semis and the 9-6 defeat of Hempfield on Thursday.

Hempfield led Township after the first quarter by a 3-2 score and was up 4-3 at the half. The Streaks scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to help win that game.

A variety of goal scorers eventually were able to get the ball past Hempfield keeper Tanner McAlpine, who finished with 11 saves. Tre Freeman and Sean Curcio each had two goals and an assist. Owen Miller had one goal and two assists while Anthony Gugluizza, Bryce Hutchinson and Grayson Sallade netted one each. Zach Diamond chipped in with an assist.

Caton Johnson had nine saves in the victory and seven in the win over Warwick.

Miller came through with a hat trick in that win while Freeman scored twice. He also dished out an assist as did Sallade. Curcio, who dished out two assists, Diamond and Nicolas Gutierrez each added one goal.

With their overall 18-2 record, the Township girls earned the second seed in the District Three 3A standings. They earned a first-round bye and on Wednesday will host the winner of the Central Dauphin vs. Carlisle match.

The boys' team (18-2) earned a second-seed ranking behind Wilson (19-1) in Class-AAA. On Thursday the Streaks will play at home, facing either Warwick or Red Lion.

BASEBALL

The Streaks improved their record to 11-8 while extending their win streak to four games this past week. Back-to-back one-run wins over Section One rivals Cedar Crest and McCaskey improved the team's league record to 10-6.

In a game that did not have any homers, Township and Cedar Crest plated a combined 27 runs. The Streaks won 14-13 with two in the bottom of the seventh inning. The double by Zach Andrews was the only extra-base hit for Township.

By the end of the second inning, it was 8-7 Township. The Falcons scored five in the top of the first and the home team rallied for three in the bottom of that frame. Township put up five runs in the second only to see Cedar Crest score four in the third, making it 11-8.

Ryan Barbee, who came in as a reliever with two on and nobody out in the third, was charged with two of those runs. He yielded two more, but his teammates continued to battle and got him the victory. Barbee went five innings. The Streaks scored two runs in each of the final three innings.

Rece Bender went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. He also stole a base as did Seth Boyer, who scored twice. Hunter McClintock went 2-for-3 plus a walk. He had a RBI and scored three. Zach Shaefer also scored three runs on a 2-for-3 afternoon. Colin Yablonski kept the offense recycling as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI's out of the ninth spot. Luke Emge was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Tom Cesarone had a patient bat at the plate, drawing four of the seven walks issued by Cedar Crest pitching.

Tuesday's game at McCaskey saw some stellar relief pitching as Ben DeMarco came on in the fourth and pitched scoreless, hitless baseball the rest of the way. DeMarco got the win as Township got the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the fourth inning of a 4-3 victory.

The Red Tornado scored three unearned runs off Yablonski, the starting pitcher, who gave up two hits, and six walks.

The Streaks also used speed in their offense. Bender, Schaefer, McClintock and Ethan Kline each swiped a bag. Schaefer went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI's. Brendan Moshos also doubled. Kline went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI. Cesarone added a hit to drive in one run. Andrews walked and came around to score on one of Schaefer's doubles.

TRACK

The Township boys posted a 98-52 victory at Conestoga Valley in an L-L League track and field meet on Monday. The win improved the team's record to 2-4 while CV fell to 1-5.

In the girls' meet, Manheim Township improved to 3-3 with a 91-59 win.

Among the multiple winners for the girls was Courtney German. Not only did she win the pole vault with her 10-foot effort, she won the 100-meter dash in 13.0 and had almost exactly the same pace (26.1) in the 200. German anchored a foursome that included Ava Pasewicz, Leah Sassaman and Cassandra Wilk in the 4x400 relay (4:04.9).

Hannah Dieterle, Emma Rogers, Emily Antonacci and Grace Weaver ran the 4x800 relay in a winning time of 11:06.3.

Wilk, Dieterle and Pasewicz proved to be multiple winners also. Dieterle won the 3,200 in 11:36.8. Also Pasewicz took the 400 in 60 seconds and Wilk won both the 800 (2:25.7) and the 1,600 (5:14.8)

Delaney McKnight captured the high jump (4-10) and the long jump (16-10.5). Katie Grohotolski's javelin throw was 102-7, also good for first.

Tim Antonacci, Anderson Velozwong, Riley Horton and Gavin Maurer ran the 4x800 in a first-place tie of 8:57.3. Velozwong, Jacob Gados, Noah Tull and Gavin Patterson claimed the 4x400 in 3:26.6

Evan Dorenkamp was a multiple winner as were Gaydos, who won the pole vault at 11-0, and Tull (41-3 triple jump). Dorenkamp won both the 800 and 1,600 with respective times of 1:59.4 and 4:29.9. Velozwong won the 400 in 52.6.

Jack Rodenberger won the discus with a 166-9 throw. That was the same distance Ben Viau's javelin heave traveled. Viau also won the shot put (57-11).

Isaiah Gillespie's 5-9 high jump was also good for first.

In the L-L League Championship meet at Hempfield on Friday and Saturday, the MT girls finished fourth with 60.5 points and the boys third at 60.

Gaydos, Velozwong, Patterson and Tull won the 4x400 (3:26.78) while Velozwong, Antonacci, Maurer and Dorenkamp took third in the 4x800 (8:13.57).

Viau claimed gold in both the shot put (58-1.5) and discus (177-6).

On Friday, German was second in the girls' pole vault (10-6). She was third (25.66) in Saturday's 200. McKnight (5-0) was second in the high jump.

The girls' 4x800 (Sassaman, Pasewicz, Wilk and Samantha Side) took second at 9:37.61.

TENNIS

Carson Schreiber and Tom Chairs came up short in the first round of District Three Class-AAA doubles competition. They opened with a 6-2 win against their counterparts from Central Dauphin - Jason Kline and Matt Plesco. However, the CD twosome bounced back with 6-4, 6-4 wins in Friday's first-round match at Hershey Raquet Club.

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MT Earns Come-From-Behind Win over Knights May 8, 2017

The Blue Streaks were down 2-0 in Tuesday's Lancaster-Lebanon League clash with arch rival Hempfield. Heading into the second half, the Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team was holding a slim 5-4 lead before going on a 10-3 scoring run to claim the match 15-7.

With the big win, the Streaks stayed unbeaten in the league (10-0) and would go on to claim first place in the final regular season standings. Hempfield fell to 7-2.

Haley McCullough's goalkeeping was a factor in Township's win. She grabbed 11 saves while the offense was awakened in the second half.

Leading that offense was Skylar Dorenkamp who scored six times and dished out two assists. Maris Large poured in five goals while Lucy Svetec and Sarah Elias each added a pair.

In their next league game, the Streaks needed a strong second half to overtake their opponent. Ephrata had a 9-8 halftime lead before Township went on a 13-2 tear in the second half. They outshot the Mountaineers 32-19 for a 21-11 victory.

Grier Walker led the scoring with five goals. Julianne Walker had four goals and three assists. Trinity Tull, who opened the season on the junior varsity roster, also had four goals. Abbie Moist scored two goals, equaling Taylor Kopan. Both Claudia Newell and Sophie Rockwell had one goal each.

McCullough had four saves while Meredith Cardina and Isabella Drolet also snagged saves - three and two, respectively - to keep Township on top.

In a season-ending match with William Penn Charter, the Streaks posted an 8-7 win at Church Farm School in Exton. They outshot Wm. Penn 17-13, getting five goals from Svetec and two from Elias, who also had an assist. Large had one goal and Dorenkamp provided one assist.

McCullough came through with 10 saves in the close win.

SOFTBALL

The first time Manheim Township faced Hempfield, it didn't go very well at Landisville. The Knights defeated the Streaks 15-0 on April 5.

The rematch took place last Monday at home.

"We kind of had a chip on our shoulders going in," head coach Jen Breton said in a phone interview. "We really wanted to prove that we weren't the same team they faced the first time. We tried to string things together and come out strong."

The Streaks held Hempfield to five runs on just seven hits. Starter Casey Martin struck out six and allowed four walks in a complete game.

The Knights won this Section One game 5-2, however, improving to 12-1 in the league while Hempfield fell to 3-9 (4-10 overall).

"It was a huge improvement from the last time," Breton said. "Hempfield is a great hitting team. Casey Martin was able to minimize the damage."

Freshmen Emily Smyth and Julianna Leuders each drove in a run. Leuders also drew two walks. Smyth had two of the four hits for Township.

"Julianna and Emily have been instrumental in pushing our team offensively," Breton remarked. "Julianna has power and is extremely fast. "You can see her quickness in her catching."

After a 13-0 loss at home to Solanco on Tuesday, the Streaks visited Warwick for another Section One game. They led 4-2 in this one until the Warriors scored four in each of the next two frames for a 10-4 win.

"Warwick made some mistakes in the fourth inning and we were able to take advantage of those," Breton said. "But they started to hit the ball hard over the next two innings."

Breton looks at this young team and sees promise for the coming years.

"Casey has been pushing herself hard and working with a fairly young team behind her," she said. "It's a matter of getting her confidence up.

"We have a young, talented team," the coach added. "So, it's also a matter of getting the girls comfortable and working well with each other. They just need to be in tune on the field."

BOYS LACROSSE

The boys' team also clinched first place as the regular season drew close to a finish. On Monday the Streaks handed Hempfield its first league loss of the year and went on to top Ephrata Thursday night by a 19-5 score. Their league record finished at 11-0 as they improved to 14-2 overall.

After a 2-1 opening period, the Streaks poured it on with six goals in each of the next two quarters on the way to a 17-4 win at Hempfield.

Grayson Sallade had five goals while both Owne Miller and Sean Curcio not only had hat tricks but also two assists each. Single goals came off the sticks of Zach Diamond, Will Hurley and George Hetrick.

Caton Johnson made nine saves while his teammates launched 24 on the Knights' net.

The 19-goal attack on the Mounts included a nine-goal second quarter. Township actually had over 50 shots on goal.

The goals and assists came from Curcio (5, 1) Miller (4, 1) Diamond (2, 1) Eddie Newman (1, 2) and Sallade (1, 1) while Anthony Gugluizza and Bryce Hutchinson each scored twice and Ben Mann and Louis Geyer added one each. Hurley added one assist and Jack Kingsbury chipped in with two.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

In a Section One clash at Hempfield, the Knights edged the Blue Streaks 3-2. The loss dropped Township to 5-4 in the league.

The Streaks edged the Knights 25-23 and topped the defending state champs 25-19 in the second set. Hempfield came back for 25-22 and 25-14 victories before taking the tiebreaker 15-9.

Chris Paladino led Township with 12 kills while both Zachary Keating, who also had 37 assists, and Brina Hines had four aces. Nick Vicidomini registered five blocks and Zach Musser added 17 digs.

First-place Penn Manor topped Township 3-0 in Thursday's Section One match. The sets were fairly close - 25-17, 25-20 and 25-22.

Paladino and Mark Leaman each had 11 kills with Paladino also serving up one ace. Keating added one ace and 25 assists. Musser had 11 digs while Vicidomini put up five blocks.

TRACK

In McCaskey's 78-58 victory over the boys on Monday, MT's Noah Tull, Anderson Velozwong and Tim Antonacci grabbed first place in their track events. Tull ran the high hurdles in 15.4 and Velozwong (52.7) won the 400-meter race. Antonacci paced himself to the 3,200 win at 10:21.1.

Ben Viau again claimed two field events, tossing the shot put a 59-8 and the discus 185-9.

Both Tull and Isaiah Gillespie cleared 5-6 in the high jump to tie for first.

In the girls' meet, McCaskey won 82-63, dropping MT's record to 2-3.

Courtney German won the 100 in 12.6 and Cassandra Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:20.7. Kyra Jenkins ran the 3,200 at an 11:50.8 winning pace while Leah Sassaman came through in the high hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (48.8).

German won the pole vault with a 10-foot effort while Delaney McKnight's 5-1 high jump and 15-6 long jump were also winners.

In the Blue Streak Relays at Neffsville on Saturday, the foursome of Wilk, Jenkins, Hannah Dieterle and Sam Side won the girls' 4x1600 relay in 22:07. The 4x800 team of Jenkins, Dieterle, Emma Rogers and Annabelle Lapp posted a winning time of 10:33.17.

McKnight was the winner in the high jump at 9-8.

There were 12 total teams competing in the invitational with Township's girls finishing third. Palmyra had 77 team points followed by Hempfield (73) and Township (72).

The boys finished second with 67 points while Manheim Central won with 98.

The 4x800 relay went to MT's Gavin Maurer, Hayden Severe, Riley Horton and Jarrid McKenzie in 8:52.46.Viau and Pat Cloonan took the shot put at 98-9.5

BASEBALL

In baseball action last week, the Streaks won 6-1 at Hempfield on Monday. They were at home two days later and topped Warwick 6-4.

Zach Andrews had two RBI at Hempfield. He drove in Ethan Kline and Rece Bender, both of whom went 1-for-3. Bender also stole a base.

Colin Yablonski singled twice and scored both times. In fact, all six of Township's hits were singles. They also took advantage of five walks. Hunter McClintock was hit by a pitch twice and took revenge both times by stealing a base.

Joey Rudzinksi got the start and went 6.2 innings to get the win. He allowed five walks and was relieved by Ryan Barbee for the final out of the game. Rudzinski recorded three strikeouts and allowed only three hits.

Warwick got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. But that would be all the scoring the visitors would get. Township cut the lead in half with two runs in the home half of the first and then plated two more in each of the next two frames.

Evan Clark had the big blow for Warwick in the first - a bases-loaded double to drive in three.

Kline had a double and three RBI's for Township. McClintock drove in two and scored a run. Bender went 3-for-4 with a run.

Barbee's relief pitching was being the long man out of the bullpen after the Warriors' four-run first. He pitched six shutout innings for the win.

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Township Track Teams Host Cedar Crest May 1, 2017

Manheim Township was in a close battle with Section One rival Cedar Crest on Monday with the Falcons winning the boys' meet 77-73 and the girls' meet 88-62. The boys fell to 1-3. The girls are 2-2.

Included in the boys' successful events were two of the relays. The 4x100 relay went to Zeb Gregory, Peter Carrigan, Gavin Patterson and Sean Killian, with a time of 45.0. The 4x400 relay was won by Jacob Gados, Evan Dorenkamp, Noah Tull and Patterson in 3:29.9.

Tull also dashed off with a first-place time of 15.4 in the 100-meter race. Dorenkamp won the 800-m (2:01.2) while Patterson was first in the 200-m (22.8). Matt Russinko was third (11.6) in the 100 as well as the 200 (23.7) and Tim Antonacci took third in the 3,200 (10:25.1).

Anderson Velozwong was second in the 400 (53.7) while Gados was third (53.9).

Ben Viau was first in the discus (170-4), and the shot (55-07.5) while Pat Cloonan was second in the discus (125-6) and third in the shot (42-9.25).

Tull, who also won the high jump at 6-2, took second in the triple jump at 41-9.5. In the pole vault, Eli Skacel and Gados went 1-2, both clearing 11-0.

In the girls' meet, Samantha Side, Annabelle Lapp, Kira Jenkins and Ava Pasewicz won the 4x800 relay (10:17.7), and Pasewicz, Cassandra Wilk, Kate Yoder and Leah Sassaman won the 4x400 (4:14.1).

In individual events, Hannah Dieterle won the 3,200 (12:00.6) and Sassaman not only took the 300 hurdles in 48.0 but was second (17.6) in the 100-m. Jenkins was second in that 3,200 with a 12:05.7 pace.

Wilk won the 1,600 in 5:13.7 with Dieterle (5:31.9) taking second. Pasewicz was second in the 400-m (1:00.8) with Wilk (2:26.3) taking second in the 800. Yoder was second in the 200 at 27.9.

Tynina Williams, who was second in the 100 (13.2) finished third in the long jump at 15-9.

Sydney Horn was the lone field event winner, taking the pole vault at 8-foot-6.

Claire Hummel's 31-11 triple jump was good for third while Delaney McKnight's 5-foot high jump was second. Katerina Grohotoski had a third-best distance of 94-8 in the javelin while Gabrielle Valentin claimed third in the shot put (28-10).

BASEBALL

How often does a week of baseball include a week with an 11-1 victory and an 11-1 defeat? That was Manheim Township's week as the Streaks opened the week with a 5-2 defeat of Lampeter-Strasburg, beat Solanco two days later 11-1 and lost to Penn Manor by the aforementioned 10-run deficit on Friday.

When the infield dirt had settled, the Streaks ended with a 6-6 league record

In the L-S game, a three-run first inning was all the offense needed for starting pitcher Ben DeMarco. The sophomore allowed two runs on two hits, striking out eight, but walked six batters. However, Colin Yablonski pitched the final 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the save. He struck out two.

Ethan Kline, who had a triple, drove in and scored a run. Zach Andrews and Tom Cesarone also drove in one run each. Luke Emge had a single and a stolen base.

The Streaks only had six hits on the day.

In another Section One and Two crossover game, the Streaks and the Mules were battling in a close contest through three innings at Solanco. It was 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Township plated three runs. They repeated this in the fifth and sixth innings as well, putting the game away for Joey Rudzinski, who tossed a three-hit complete game.

Township had 13 hits, including a pair of doubles off the bat of Cesarone. Emge, who had a steal and two runs scored, drove in two runs. Zach Schaefer had two hits and two RBI's. Kline had a double and a triple plus an RBI. He and leadoff man Rece Bender (two steals) each scored two runs as did McClintock (2-for-4, 1 RBI).

Against the Comets, Bender had the lone RBI and McClintock had two of the three Township hits. The game was 3-1 after three. The Comets added two in the top of the fourth and six more in the fifth as four different batters had two RBI's each.

TENNIS

Township's tennis players took to the courts at Conestoga Valley, Warwick and other venues for the L-L League Individual Tournament, which started on Thursday.

Carson Schreiber, T.J. Kade and Tom Woratyla all advanced to Saturday's semifinals thanks to their opening-round and quarterfinal victories in singles competition. Also, all three doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals.

In Flight One, which was played at CV, Tom Chairs opened with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Hempfield's Rishi Pandey before losing in the quarterfinals to Cedar Crest's Dylan Tull.

In Flight Two at Manheim Central, Kade opened with 6-2, 6-1 wins against Ethan Lown of Elizabethtown and claimed the quarterfinal match with a pair of 6-0 sets against Garden Spot's Ethan Horning.

Warwick was the sight of Flight Three matches with Schreiber winning both the opening round (6-0, 6-0) and finishing with a quarterfinals win against Lampeter-Strasburg's Max Paich in exciting comeback fashion - 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-6.

Tom Woratyla also advanced through the quarterfinal round. He downed Lancaster Mennonite's Charlie Gish 6-0, 6-3 after he had won his opening-round match 6-0, 6-0.

Chairs and Schreiber won the opening round doubles as did Kade and Woratyla. Max Pan and Charlie Gingrich won the Flight Three doubles.

In Saturday's quarterfinals of the doubles, Kade and Woratyla posted an 8-1 win. Pan and Gingrich, whose first-round match was a 9-7 victory, won the quarterfinal match but lost to Cocalico's Danny Engle and Jared Gluck in an 8-5 semifinal match.

Chairs and Schreiber won their Flight One doubles over Cocalico's Conor Martin and Jarad Snader 6-3, 6-4.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Not only did they remain unbeaten (9-0) in league play, the Township girls also posted a 21-13 non-league win last week.

The Streaks topped Penn Manor 19-2 on the road Tuesday. They stayed on the road and beat Lampeter-Strasburg 16-4 the following day and won another away game 13-5 on Friday versus Lancaster Catholic/Lancaster Country Day.

In these big victories, the Streaks got tremendous scoring output from the likes of Sarah Elias, Lucy Svetec, Skylar Dorenkamp and Maris Large.

Svetec scored four goals in each of the contests plus an assist in the L-S match. In both the Penn Manor match and the L-S match, Dorenkamp had two goals and two assists. She poured in four goals on Friday at LCD. Large, who had two assists in the Penn Manor match, had a hat trick at L-S and scored four goals against LCD.

Elias was the leading scorer on Tuesday, tallying six goals to go with one assist. She had four goals and an assist at L-S and netted one goal on Friday.

Liz Musser also had a hat trick in the Penn Manor game. Scoring single goals were Grier Walker, Ellen Connolly, Shannon Elias and Julianne Walker. Both Walker and Shannon Elias had single goals in the L-S game as did Taylor Kopan.

Meanwhile, goalie Haley McCullough posted three league wins, grabbing a total of 18 saves in the three matches.

In Saturday's non-league game against Kennard Dale, the Streaks got six from Sarah Elias, who also assisted on one goal.

The Streaks outscored the visitors 11-5 in the first half and went on to win 21-13.

Dorenkamp notched a hat trick as did Svetec, who also had one assist.

Kopan, Musser and Ashlyn Campagna (1a) each had one goal.

McCullough faced 22 shots and saved nine. The Streaks improved their overall record to 13-2.

BOYS LACROSSE

The boys also improved to 9-0 in the league. They doubled up Penn Manor 12-6 and blanked LCD/LC 18-0 on Friday.

In the Manor match, the scoring was shared among the Township attackers as seven different players got into the goal column. Sean Curcio did it four times while Grayson Sallade had an assist to go with his three goals. Owen Miller dished out three assists while netting one goal.

Bryce Hutchinson, Zach Diamond, Eddie Newman and Tre Freeman each had one goal. Freeman also dished out three assists while Ben Mann had one.

Caton Johnson got eight saves in the win.

Johnson saw only five shots on goal in the game against the Cougars on Friday.

Freeman had a hat trick plus an assist. Newman, Sallade and Jack Kingsbury were the only others with multiple goals, each scoring twice.

Though not scoring, Curcio dished out seven assists in the win.

Individual goals were scored by Mann, Miller, Diamond, Zach Dotter, Anthony Gugluizza, Nicolas Gutierrez, Solen Layser, Dan Klotz and George Hetrick.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Streaks crept closer to the top of the Section One standings with two more league victories. With only a handful of matches to go, the standings have Penn Manor 8-1, Hempfield 7-1 and Manheim Township 6-2 (10-2 overall).

The Streaks blanked both McCaskey and Cedar Crest last week.

In the win at McCaskey, they won 25-19, 26-24, 25-14.

Chris Paladino led the way with 10 kills and four aces. Mark Leaman tied Paladino for the top total in kills. Zachary Musser delivered 15 digs while Zachary Keating had 30 assists. Nicholas Plakans registered three solo blocks.

Against Crest, the Streaks allowed the visiting Falcons scores of 12, 9 and 15 in the 3-0 win.

Leaman, Paladino and Nick Vicidomini each had seven kills while Paladino, Leaman and Brian Hines each registered three aces and Vicidomini finished with four blocks.

Keating and Musser recorded eight digs each and Keating had 26 assists.

Township also played a non-league match, beating Avon Grove 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) on Monday.

Paladino's nine kills and four aces led the team. Keating dished out 27 assists and tied Hines and Vicidomini with three blocks each. Musser came away with another 11 digs.

SOFTBALL

In a Section One and Two crossover game at Garden Spot, the Streaks came up short, 4-2.

Spartans starter Elizabeth King allowed only three hits in the win. One of those hits was a Juliana Lueders solo home run in the first inning. King settled down and pitched a complete game.

MT's Casey Martin also pitched a complete game, allowing only four Spartan hits.

On Thursday, the Streaks took advantage of nine errors by Lebanon and posted a 13-1 victory on five hits in another crossover game.

Mikayla Brennan was the winning pitcher for the Streaks, who improved to 6-5 in the league.

Friday was a tough pitchers' duel with Township falling short 2-0 at Penn Manor. Brennan's double was the only hit for the Streaks. Lueders also reached on a walk.

Martin's five-hit gem in which she allowed only one earned run while striking out five was not enough.

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Township Hardballers Top CV 13-7 April 24, 2017

The Streaks played three games this past week, winning Wednesday's L-L League contest over Conestoga Valley but losing the other two on the road.

With Friday's loss at Donegal, the Blue Streaks fell to 4-8 on the year.

Wednesday, there were plenty of runs in a 13-7 defeat of the Buckskins. Rece Bender had a big day for the Streaks, stroking two singles and driving in three. He also scored once. Hunter McClintock went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI's and Luke Emge also drove in two runs. Ethan Kline, who scored three runs, went 2-for-4 with a double.

Township led this game early on with two runs in the home half of the first inning. It was a game with several momentum shifts as the Buckskins had a five-run third only to have the Streaks trim the deficit to 5-4 with two in their half of the frame.

After Township had tied it in the fourth, the Buckskins got a two-run lead in the sixth inning. It would be their last lead. The Streaks had a huge eight-run sixth. Overall, they took advantage of five CV errors plus 13 walks. That was why the Streaks needed only eight hits to plate 13 runs.

Sophomore Ben DeMarco came on in relief. He earned the victory, striking out two and allowed three hits in 4.2 innings.

Two days earlier, the Streaks played at Elizabethtown. The Bears' six-run fifth inning proved to be the difference in the 9-3 win.

Solen Clark had three hits and a RBI for the Bears, who used a 13-hit attack.

The Bears were up 3-0 after four. The Streaks came back with a three-run fifth inning to tie the score. However E-town's six runs in the bottom half proved to be the difference.

Of the seven Township hits, Emge had a double as did McClintock, who drove in all three runs. Bender, Schaefer and Zach Andrews each scored a run.

TRACK

The girls' track and field team lost its first meet of the season in a close finish at Warwick on Tuesday. The Warriors edged the Blue Streaks 79-71, evening their Lancaster-Lebanon League record at 2-2 while the Streaks fell to 2-1.

Warwick winning two of the three relays may have been the difference. The only relay won by Township was the 4x800, captured by Ava Pasewicz, Kira Jenkins, Cassandra Wilk and Annabelle Lapp with a 9:49.5.

Running the final 800 meters of this event was not the only 800 meters by Wilk, who anchored the relay. She also won the 800-m individual event in 2:29.1.

Going the distance, Jenkins had the winning pace of 12:12.4 in the 3,200.

In the 100 high hurdles, Leah Sassaman posted a winning time of 17.6.

The Streaks hung tough in the field events as well. Mackenzie Horn's 8-foot-6 pole vault was good for first as was Delaney McKnight's 16-2 long jump. Alison Buckwalter won the shot put with a 30-5 heave while fellow junior Claire Hummel topped the triple jump at 32-11.5.

While the girls' team suffered its first defeat, the boys claimed their first L-L League victory, topping Warwick 84-66. Noah Tull, Gavin Patterson, Peter Carrigan and Anderson Velozwong teamed for the 4x400 relay, winning in 3:31.8. In the 4x800, Township got a winning time of 8:28.7 from Gavin Maurer, Riley Horton, Velozwong and Tim Antonacci.

Velozwong, Antonacci and Tull were multiple winners. Along with his contributions to the two relays, Velozwong ran off with the 400 in 53.2 seconds.

Antonacci took the 3,200 in 10:56.9 and Evan Dorenkamp won the 1,600 in 4:40.8.

Tull, who also won the triple jump (40-10) and the high jump (6-2), clocked a 16 flat to win the 110 high hurdles.

Also in the field, Ben Viau won both the shot put and the discus with a 52-2.25 and 167-8 respectively.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Winning three matches in which they scored in the neighborhood of 20 goals, the Streaks moved up to 9-2 on the season and 6-0 in the league.

All three of Township's wins were on the road, beginning with a 19-9 Monday afternoon contest at Parkland. The Streaks got six goals and four assists from Sarah Elias.

"Sarah is our one returning offensive starter from last year," head coach Mark Pinkerton noted. "She is our most versatile attacker. She can feed, drive or shoot."

Township topped the Trojans 28-14 in shots on goal. Included in those shots were four goals each by Lucy Svetec and Maris Large (1a).

"Maris handles a lot of the draws along with Lucy Svetec," Pinkerton explained. "They're strong in that aspect of the game. Anytime you gain possession [on the draws] you try to look for the high-percentage opportunity.

"Maris has developed into a strong scoring threat on the attack," continued the coach.

Skylar Dorenkamp turned in two goals and three assists while juniors Claudia Newell and Liz Musser each scored one. Shannon Elias added one goal and one assist.

"Shannon Elias has done well," Pinkerton said of his up-and-coming freshman. "We lost Lizzie McBride, who's a junior, to a season-ending injury. Shannon has stepped in nicely."

Defensively, Haley McCullough made seven saves. She made four more saves in the Elizabethtown game the next afternoon.

The Streaks downed the Bears 19-3. Sarah Elias scored six more goals while Taylor Kopan came off the bench with four. In addition, Large notched a hat trick.

Scoring twice was senior Ellen Connolly while Dorenkamp, Musser, Shannon Elias and Chloe Cronin each scored one.

Township clipped the Eagles 20-8 on Friday in a league game that was 14-3 by halftime. McCullough made four saves for MT.

Large had the lion's share of the scoring, piling up seven goals. Sarah Elias poured in five more.

Musser, Dorenkamp and Julianne Walker each added two goals with Musser assisting on two more while Dorenkamp dished out three assists. Kopan and Newell each netted one goal.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Township's win streak reached four matches after the team wrapped up the previous week with a win over Warwick and posted three more wins following Easter.

Ask head coach Jack Damiano the key to the success and he'll tell you in very plain words - teamwork.

"We are just playing well," Damiano said in a phone interview. "Everybody is contributing. The setters and the hitters are doing an unbelievable job."

In a non-league battle at Daniel Boone on Monday night, the Streaks won 3-2. After MT took a 2-1 lead with a 25-23 win in the third set, the Indians forced a tiebreaker. MT won the fifth set 15-11.

Chris Paladino led with 27 kills. He and Nick Vicidomini each served up two aces. Zach Keating led the match in assists with 53 while Zachary Musser recorded 21 digs. Adding three blocks was Nicholas Plakans.

"The whole team has been contributing," Damiano emphasized. "We probably have one guy who's dominating as a hitter like Chris Paladino. But Nick Vicidomini and Brian Hines our opposite are factors. Mark Leaman is also doing well; it isn't just one or two individuals."

In Tuesday's home match against Conestoga Valley, the Streaks won 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-21). The all-out team contribution was evident in the stats.

Paladino had 26 kills while Vicidomini added 14 and Leaman another 13. Plankans had four kills as did Hines. Keating racked up 53 assists plus one block. Paladino served two aces.

Township blanked E-town 3-0 on Friday night at home, 25-8, 25-16, and 25-15.

Paladino put down 17 kills plus two aces. Keating contributed 40 assists while Musser led the way in digs with 11. Leaman also had a pair of aces and Vicidomini added two blocks.

SOFTBALL

In a Section One and Two crossover game, Township came up short at Conestoga Valley on Wednesday. The Buckskins, who are in hot contention for the Section Two crown, defeated the Streaks 5-1.

Township plated a run in the top of the first inning on a Juliana Lueders sacrifice fly RBI.

Casey Martin, who only allowed five singles in the game, was cruising along. She allowed the game-tying run in the bottom of the fourth. The Buckskins added four more in the sixth.

Martin, who went 1-for-3 with a double at the plate, struck out 12 batters in her complete game.

The Streaks got two doubles from Mikayla Brennan. She scored Township's lone run. Nicole Molenhauer went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot, also stroking a double. Despite the four doubles, the Streaks were not able to produce more runs. With the loss, Township fell to 2-6 in the L-L League and 3-7 overall.

Monday's crossover game with Elizabethtown resulted in an 18-14 loss.

The Streaks did not succumb to an early deficit when the Bears scored five times in the top of the first. Township got one back in the home half and tied it with a four-run second.

E-town went on to score 11 over the next three frames while the Streaks chipped away with six of their own. Township added three more in the sixth inning. The tremendous comeback effort was just not enough.

Of their 13 hits, Martin's double was the only extra-base hit. Multiple hitters included Molenhauer and Brennan, each of whom singled twice, drove in a run and scored three times out of the one-two spots in the batting order.

Martin drove in two with a double and also scored thanks to one of Emily Smyth's three singles. Lueders had a pair of singles and three RBI's, Andrea Acosta also drove in a run and scored twice. Though she didn't get a base hit, Cassidy Colyer also drove in a run.

BOYS LACROSSE

Parkland posted a 15-8 victory at Township on Monday, handing the Streaks only their second loss of the year. But Township rebounded with back-to-back L-L wins, improving to 10-2 and 7-0 in the league.

The key period may have been the third quarter when the Trojans outscored the Streaks 3-0. Township trailed 9-6 at the half.

Grayson Sallade and Zach Diamond, the team's leading scorers, notched four and two goals respectively. Bryce Hutchinson and Sean Curcio each netted one goal while Sallade and Owen Miller each added an assist.

In Tuesday's home game, the 15-goal total belonged to Township. The Streaks got four saves from Caton Johnson and five by Matt Chess in the 15-6 defeat of Elizabethtown. They out-shot the Bears 38-28.

Leading 2-1 heading into the second quarter, Township went on a 4-0 run before the half. The Streaks outscored the Bears 5-1 in the third quarter.

Curcio and Miller each had a hat trick while Sallade's two goals were complemented with three assists. Diamond also had a pair of goals. Also contributing with single goals were Hutchinson, Louis Geyer, Solen Layser, George Hetrick as well as Tre Freeman, who also had an assist. Cameron Chambers and Eddie Newman also provided one assist each.

In Friday's 13-6 defeat of Cocalico, the Streaks got a four-goal output by Sallade, who assisted on two more. Miller, who had one assist, recorded a hat trick while Curcio contributed two goals and an assist.

Also, Hetrick, Hutchinson, Newman and Anthony Gugluizza each scored once. Johnson recorded seven saves.

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MT Hardballers Post 15-0 Shutouts April 17, 2017

The funny thing about the game of baseball is that the team which bashes one opponent's pitching on a given day might struggle to give its own pitching much run support the next.

The Blue Streaks' batters slugged their way to back-to-back 15-0 victories this week over Lancaster-Lebanon League foes McCaskey and Cedar Crest on Monday and Wednesday.

Oh yes, the "funny thing about the game of baseball" adage did raise its hand and make itself known on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Ephrata. In fact, the 15-0 victories were sandwiched between that loss and another one by the same margin the previous Friday.

In Monday's home game, the Streaks took advantage of six walks and five fielding errors by the Red Tornado, needing nine hits to plate 15 runs. The biggest inning was the home half of the first where Township scored six times. The offense added three more in the second.

Joey Rudzinski needed to go only four innings to record a two-hit shutout.

Rudzinski and Tom Cesarone each doubled and drove in two runs. Ethan Kline scored two of the 15 runs and Hunter McClintock, who had a walk and a single, crossed the plate three times.

The Streaks bolted out of the gate quickly at Cedar Crest, scoring 12 runs in the first two frames. After a five-spot in the first, they added seven more in the second on eight hits, including doubles by McClintock (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 steal, 2 runs), Wade and Zach Schaefer, who scored three runs. Township also took advantage of five walks and four Falcon errors.

Ethan Kline and Brenden Moshos each drove in two runs in support of sophomore starter Colin Yablonski, who pitched four innings for the win. Ryan Barbee had a strikeout in his one shutout inning in relief to finish the combined one-hitter.

Ephrata's league record improved to 4-2 with the one-run victory at Manheim Township on Thursday. The Streaks outhit the Mountaineers 8-7, including a solo homer by Moshos, a triple by Luke Emge and a two-bagger by Kline, who went 2-for-4. Schaefer also went 2-for-4 and stole a base. He scored the other Township run as Rudzinski's RBI single chased him home.

Township tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth only to give up the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh.

SOFTBALL

The softball team won two of its three league games this past week and improved to 2-4 on the year (3-5 overall).

The week began with what seemed to be a football score. But the 18-0 victory was not a gridiron clash between Section One foes Township and McCaskey; it was on the softball field.

Just as instrumental to the 10-hit attack was the total of 14 walks Township batters drew in this game.

Emily Smith had a huge game. The freshman had a pair of singles and drove in five runs. Smith, who also reached base by being hit by a pitch, scored three runs on the day. Another freshman who had a great day was Juliana Lueders. She drew three walks and hit a single, driving in three runs and scoring one more.

Senior Nicole Moldenhauer went 4-for-5 with three runs and a pair of RBI's. Casey Martin (2-for-3) also had a pair of RBI's. She walked twice and scored three runs, giving herself run support as she pitched a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts.

Wednesday's game against visiting Cedar Crest did not involve double-digit scoring, but with two runs in their final at-bat, the Streaks edged the Falcons 3-2.

Leuders led the way with three hits, including a RBI double and a run. Martin also drove in a run as did Mikayla Brennan, who went 2-for-4.

The two-run seventh inning helped make a winner out of Martin, who went the distance with three strikeouts while scattering five hits.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Township senior setter Zachary Keating dished out 26 assists in helping his team power past Warwick 3-0 in an L-L League clash at home on Wednesday.

The Streaks dominated the match, winning the three sets 25-12, 25-16, 25-21.

Christopher Paladino had eight kills and five aces, including a pair of aces in the first set. Brian Hines had two aces in that opening set and registered two blocks on the night. Also recording two blocks each were Mark Leaman, Nick Vicidomini, and Nicholas Plakens, while Zachary Musser led with 11 digs.

The win improved Township's record to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in Section One.

The Streaks were coming off a 3-0 loss at Penn Manor on Tuesday night. The Comets sneaked past the Streaks 25-19 in the opener and 25-20 in the third set with a 25-15 final sandwiched in between.

Keating had 17 assists while Paladino poured in nine kills and added one ace. Vicidomini also served one ace to go with five blocks. Township got eight digs from Musser.

GIRLS LACROSSE

In girls' lacrosse, the Streaks split their two games played last week, which included a non-league battle with the Agnes Irwin School on Wednesday.

The visitors from Bryn Mawr scored 10 goals in the first half and went on to top Township 17-9.

Sarah Elias led the Streaks with three goals. Sophomore Lucy Svetec and junior Maris Large each scored two while Shannon Elias and Dkylar Dorenkamp netted one goal each.

Township fell to 5-2 overall, but improved to 6-2 with its 21-1 defeat of L-L League opponent Garden Spot on the road Thursday night.

Taylor Kopan and Grier Walker notched hat tricks with the latter also putting up an assist while Sarah Elias scored two goals and assisted on one other. Shannon Elias had one goal and five assists. Svetiec, Julianne Walker and Ellen Connolly each scored twice.

As the Streaks out-shot the Spartans 27-6, they also got single goals from Chloe Cronin, Alyssa Penny, Claudia Newell, Haley McCullough, Grace Torrance and Lindsey Mellott.

Meredith Cardina and Izzie Drolet each had saves in goal.

TRACK & FIELD

The boys' track came up short against Section One rival Hempfield on Monday, but posted a non-league victory at Exeter on Thursday afternoon.

In the 83-67 loss to visiting Hempfield, the Streaks got first-place finishes from Evan Dorenkamp in the 800 (2:00.1) and 1,600-meter (4:41.8) races. Fellow sophomore Titan Cox won the 200-m dash in 23.4 seconds.

Another sophomore shined in the field events as Jack Rodenberger won the javelin with a 139-foot-8 throw. Ben Viau's 157-8 discus toss and 55-7 shot put throws were best on the day as well.

The high jump went to Noah Tull who cleared 6-0.

Tull also triple-jumped to victory in the Exeter meet, winning at a 40-01.25 measure and won the high jump at 6-1. He also anchored the 4x400 relay squad in the 86-64 win at Exeter. Along with Dorenkamp, Anderson Velozwong and 200-m dash winner Gavin Patterson (22.8) the relay team posted a time of 3:36.2.

Tull also won the high hurdles in 15.3 seconds. Dorenkamp ran the 1,600 in a first-place tie of 4:43.0 and the 800-m in 2:00.1.

Velozwong, who took first place (54.0) in the 400, was also part of the winning 4x800 relay team that included Jarrid McKenzie, Riley Horton and anchor Gavin Maurer.

It was business as usual for Viau, who won the shot put (57-8) and the discus (166-5) while Cox claimed the long jump (18-7).

The talented Township team topped Hempfield 79-71 in a close girls' meet on Monday. The meet turned into a close one as Knights nearly swept the field events with the exception of Township's Delaney McKnight winning the high jump at 4-10.

Ava Pasewicz, Kate Yoder, Claire Hummel and Leah Sassaman were one of two winning relay teams in this meet. They won the 4x400 in 4:16.8.

Emma Rogers, Emily Antonacci, Grace Weaver and freshman Hayley Astheimer claimed the 4x800 in 11:29.6.

Cassandra Wilk and Courtney German each won multiple events. Wilk set the winning pace of 5:24.3 in the 1,600 and won the 800 in 2:26.6. German dashed to victory in the 100- and 200-m events with respective times of 12.6 and 25.2, and also won the 400 in 59.3.

Hannah Dieterle went the distance in the 3,200, clocking an 11:50.8.

Dieterle also helped the 4x800 relay team post a victory in the Exeter meet. She teamed up with Wilk, Pasewicz and Kira Jenkins for a time of 10:07.0. Dieterle also won the 3,200 in 11:42.0.

The Eagles, however, would go on to win the meet 90-60 winning all but two field events in the process.

McKnight won the high jump again clearing 4-10 while junior McKenzie Horn won the pole vault at 8-6.

On the track, German came through with a winning time of 12.2 in the 100. Wilk won the 800 in 2:24.0 and Samantha Side ran the 1,600 in 5:42.0.

BOYS LACROSSE

Just as the girls' team had done, the boys' lacrosse team played a non-league opponent on Tuesday before facing Garden Spot in a league match on Thursday.

Academy New Church hosted the Streaks in Bryn Athyn in a non-league game. The Streaks doubled up their hosts 12-6 in District One territory. They out-shot the Lions 32-24.

Township took a 6-2 lead into the half and extended that lead to 10-3 by the end of the third quarter.

Owen Miller and Sean Curcio each scored three times and assisted once. The team's top goal scorer, Grayson Sallade, scored twice and assisted on two more.

Speaking of assists, Jack Kingsbury was the model of unselfishness, providing four assists to no goals of his own.

Zach Diamond also had two goals while Eddie Newman, Bryce Hutchinson and junior Dan Klotz each netted one goal. Tommy Mann contributed with one assist.

MT goalie Caton Johnson had 12 saves to keep the Streaks ahead.

The 17-1 defeat of Garden Spot improved the Streaks' record to 8-1 and upped the league mark to 5-0.

Playing on their home turf, the Streaks got goals from 12 different players. The only hat trick came from Zach Dotter, who also had an assist. The goals and assists in multiple counts also came from Sallade (2, 3), Lou Geyer (2, 1) and Jeff Sturla (2, 0)

Single goals came from Hutchinson, Colton Pierson, John Grandrimo and Solen Layser. Mann, Diamond, Ben Mann and Tre Freeman also had one goal each to go along with one assist.

Matt Chess manned Manheim Township's goal, recording three saves in the win.

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MT Boys' Lax Tops Cedar Crest, L-S April 10, 2017

Manheim Township is running alongside Hempfield and vice versa as the two teams sit atop the boys' lacrosse standings in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Both teams are 4-0 as Township (6-1 overall) put up two more league wins this past week.

"At the moment, our two teams are sizing each other up and figuring out which of us has the better pieces," head coach Dan Lyons remarked on the standings. "We have one senior starter and two other seniors contributing as we are putting the pieces together."

One thing that is for sure about Township's game this year is the offense. The Streaks outscored their league opponents by a combined 34-8 score, with 17 goals in each win.

"We have a pretty good shooting percentage," Lyons pointed out. "We went back and looked at our stats from last year. We were between 25 and 30 percent in putting shots on the cage. This year we are shooting between 30 and 40 percent."

On Monday, the Streaks defeated Cedar Crest on the road by a 17-4 count. They out-shot the Falcons 39-18 with Grayson Sallade scoring a game-high five goals. Zach Diamond added four more goals while Sean Curcio, Brian Hutchinson and Tom Freeman each scored twice.

"Sean Curcio, Zach Diamond, Grayson Sallade and Owen Miller are our top scorers," Lyons said.

Owen Miller and Louis Geyer each added one goal while goalkeeper Caton Johnson made four saves.

Township scored five in each of the first two quarters and added six more in the third.

In Friday's home game against Lampeter-Strasburg, the leading scorer was Diamond with four goals. Sallade had a goal and three assists.

"Grayson and Zach are strong athletic midfielders," commented the coach. "When they have the chance to step into a shot, it has a good chance of going in."

Hutchinson and Miller each had a hat trick and one assist. Geyer, Dan Klotz, Jeff Sturla and Eddie Newman each scored one goal and Jack Kingsbury came through with two.

The distribution of the scoring is something that has made this team's offense click.

"Sharing the scoring is not just something that works for this year's team; it's a Manheim Township tradition," said Lyons.

BASEBALL

Nate Hess hit a two-run home run to give the Warriors a walk-off 3-2 victory over Township on Friday in a Section One game at Warwick. Hess had hit a triple and drove in Warwick's other run of the game earlier, tying the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

The Streaks, who fell to 0-3 in the league (1-5 overall) got a nice start out of freshman Colin Morrisette. He went the distance, giving up nine hits and no walks, while getting one strikeout. Ethan Nomran got the complete game win for Warwick, allowing four hits and only one earned run.

Rece Bender got one of those four hits - an RBI double. He drove home Hunter McClintock, who had singled. Also scoring a run was Luke Emge, who went 1-for-3. Zach Andrews also had a hit, and Joey Rundzinski drove in the other Township run.

In a 13-1 loss to Hempfield on Wednesday, the Streaks were held to four base hits, including Ethan Kline's RBI double. Seth Boyer scored the lone Township run. Ener and Zach Schaefer each got one hit.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Township had a dominant victory over league rival Cedar Crest on Monday afternoon, outscoring the visiting team 20-2. The Streaks scored 13 goals in the first half alone with the final shots tally at 25-7 in their favor.

The leading scorer for Township was Lizzie McBride with four goals and two assists. Lucy Svetec also got four goals and Sarah Elias added three more to go with three assists.

The rest of the scoring was shared among eight players with Liz Musser being the only one with two goals. Skylar Dorenkamp had four assists and netted one goal. Ashlyn Campagna, Grier Walker, Ellen Connolly, Shannon Elias, Maris Large and Taylor Kopan each had one goal with Kopan also dishing out two assists.

Haley McCullough had five saves in the win.

The Streaks fell to non-league foe Owen J. Roberts on Saturday. The visiting Wildcats came back from an 8-5 halftime deficit to edge Township 12-11. They out-shot the Streaks 18-16.

Svetec put up four goals while Large added a hat trick plus one assist. The Streaks got two assists each by Musser and McBride, the latter of whom also had one goal. Shannon Elias scored one and assisted on another.

McCullough came away with nine saves.

TRACK

Cumberland Valley High School was the site of the Bruce Dallas Invitational on Saturday, April 1, where two dozen teams converged. The Township boys finished fourth with 42.5 team points while the girls took third with 33.25 team points. Hershey won the girls' competition with 69 points with Cumberland Valley (67) taking second. Milton Hershey's 93 points topped all teams in the boys' standings.

Ben Viau had an outstanding day with a first-place 53-foot-7 distance on his shot put throw and also took second with a discus distance of 161-08.

In those very same events, Patrick Cloonan took fifth in the shot put (43-08.50) and was in a tie for 11th place in the discus, sending it 115-08.

Mackenzie Horn, who had a first-place time of 15.75 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, finished second in the event with a time of 16.45. Horn also joined freshman Ava Pasewicz, Kate Yoder and Samantha Side for the 4x400 relay. This foursome finished sixth at 4:26.45.

Pasewicz (2:25.34) and Side (2:29.05) finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 800. Kira Jenkins took sixth (5:35.29) in the 1,600. Yoder was 12th (29.00) in the 200 dash. Hannah Dieterle (11:54.20) and Jenkins (11:56.9) crossed the line in successive order in the 3,200, placing seventh and eighth place respectively.

In the field events, Delaney McKnight earned fifth in the high jump, clearing 4-foot-8. McKnight earned ninth in the long jump with a 16-footer.

In the pole vault, Sydney Horn finished in a four-way tie for 10th place at 8-06. The javelin that Kate Grohotolski threw traveled 94-06 for 12th place.

In the boys' track events, two relay teams each finished fourth. Timothy Antonnacci and fellow junior Anderson Velozwong joined sophomores Evan Dorenkamp and Hayden Severe in the 4x800 to post a time of 8:33.76. The other fourth-place finish was the 4x400 (3:37.71) with Peter Carrigan, Titian Cox, Noah Tull and Dorenkamp.

Dorenkamp won the 800 in 2:01.49. Tull took fourth (16.42) in the 110 hurdles and was sixth in the high jump (5-08).

Gavin Patterson was seventh in the 400 in 53.27 seconds.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team won its first match of the week - a 3-0 triumph at Cedar Crest - to improve its league mark to 2-0 on the year. But two days following Tuesday's win, the Streaks faced unbeaten Hempfield at home, resulting in the Streaks' first loss of the year.

Township took command of the match at Cedar Crest and claimed the first set 25-11. The Streaks topped the Falcons 25-18 and 25-15 to complete the sweep.

Chris Paladino, who has led the team in kills so far this year, topped everyone with nine. He also had a match-high five aces.

Leading the way in assists was Zachary Keating (26) while Nick Vicidomini had five blocks.

In the Hempfield match, the Knights pulled off a 25-18 victory in the opening set before going on to win the next two 25-15 and 25-16.

While Gavin Hanzelman led Hempfield with 10 kills and two blocks, Township's Paladino led the match with 13 kills. The Streaks got one ace each from Keating, who also had 19 assists, and Brian Hines. Vicidomin registered a pair of blocks.

SOFTBALL

It was a tough week for the Manheim Township softball team. The squad suffered losses in each of its games this week as the L-L League slate of games got underway. Township fell to 0-3 in the league and 1-5 overall.

In Monday's game at Penn Manor, junior pitcher Mikayla Brennan went the distance and struck out seven batters. But she was the hard-luck losing pitcher in this one as Manor held Township to two hits in a 3-0 victory.

The only baserunners were Emily Smith and Nicole Moldenhauer with singles and Juliana Leuders, who walked.

Township's next game was a 15-0 loss at Hempfield on Wednesday followed by a 9-0 loss at home to Warwick on Friday.

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Township Boy's Lax Off To 4-0 Start April 3, 2017

The Manheim Township girls' lacrosse team is off to a fast start with four wins right out of the gate. The Streaks have outscored opponents by a combined 69-21 over those four games, which have included a pair of Lancaster-Lebanon League victories.

According to head coach Mark Pinkerton, the front line is beginning to gel as new players are getting accustomed to playing together.

"We lost a lot of starters on the offensive side from last year," said Pinkerton in a phone interview. "We are still trying to build chemistry on offense. Six of the seven starters on offense are gone.

"We have a lot of talent, but a group that hasn't played much together in the past," he added.

One of the returning players is Sarah Elias. In the season opener, which was a Saturday afternoon game at home, Elias scored five goals and added an assist to lead Township in a 12-8 victory over York Catholic.

Lucy Svetec added a hat trick while Lizzie McBride had two goals and two assists. Maris Large and Skylar Dorenkamp each had one goal while Taylor Kopan chipped in with one assist.

"We have a solid attack group in Sarah Elias, Lizzie McBride and Maris Large," said Pinkerton. "Lucy and Maris are both back and give us two strong options on the draws."

Haley McCullough grabbed four saves for the win. And with the Township defense limiting the opponents to minimal shots on goal, McCullough recorded a total of five saves in the other three wins combined.

Svetec scored four times in Monday's 14-4 win at Cumberland Valley. She also gave out two assists. McBride and Large each notched a hat trick with McBride adding two assists and Large getting one.

Elias had two goals and two assists. Dorenkamp and Kopan had one goal each.

In Tuesday's match at Township, the Streaks, with 14 goals at the half, defeated league foe Conestoga Valley 23-3.

Ashlyn Campagna, a sophomore, scored four goals to lead the squad. McBride had a hat trick to go with two assists. There was a quintet of players with two goals each - Elias, Kopan, Dorenkamp, Large and junior Claudia Newell. In addition to her two goals, Elias also had three assists while Large, Dorenkamp and Kopan each had one.

Also chipping in with one goal each were Ashley Wenger, Shannon Elias, Lindsey Mellott, and Liz Musser.

Chloe Cronin and Abby Laubach each had one assist as did Musser and Wenger. Shannon Elias had two.

Township played host to Warwick in Thursday's league game. The offensive load was shared as 10 different players netted at least one goal. Hat tricks came courtesy of McBride, who also had three assists, Large (2 assists), and Svetec. Sarah Elias led the team in assists with five. She was one of four players with two goals each along with Dorenkamp, Musser and Campagna. Shannon Elias had a goal and two assists while Cronin and freshman Grier Walker each had one goal.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

The Streaks have two wins on the books to open the 2017 campaign. They defeated Garden Spot and McCaskey to close out March.

After a close 25-20 win over Garden Spot on Tuesday, they won 25-18 and 25-16.

Chris Paladino led the Streaks in kills with 10.

Zach Musser and Hines each had two service aces. Musser also led the team in digs with 11. Zachary Keating racked up a match-high 25 assists, Nick Vicidomini registered five blocks, and Carter Eby put down a match-high 11 kills. Colin Elliott got 21 assists for the visitors.

In Thursday night's league match against the Red Tornado, the Streaks got a match-best 13 kills from Paladino and posted winning sets of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-16. They got four blocks from Vicidomini and a pair of aces as well as 31 assists from Keating.

BASEBALL

Following a victory in their season opener, the Streaks played two other non-league games but came up short in both Monday's game against Cedar Cliff and Wednesday's game versus Governor Mifflin.

Ben DeMarco got the win in that season-opening victory. The Streaks got eight hits against Exeter pitching, including two hits by Zach Andrews who had one RBI.

Seniors Hunter McClintock and Joey Rudzinski each drove in a run. McClintock, Alex Wade, Brenden Moshos, Zach Schaefer and Seth Boyer each scored as Manheim Township came back from an early 1-0 deficit to score twice in the bottom of the second and one more in the third to break a 2-2 tie - a lead they didn't relinquish.

Schaefer had a double and a steal while McClintock and Rece Bender each swiped two bases.

DeMarco got the win in relief, going 3.1 innings and yielding two unearned runs. He struck out three and allowed only two hits. Rudzinski came in to shut the door for the save.

Cedar Cliff got a combined shutout from four pitchers as they held Township to two hits in an 11-0 victory. Only six of the runs Township pitchers allowed were earned. Four fielding miscues proved costly for the hosts. Tom Cesarone and McClintock got the only two Township hits.

In Wednesday's game at Township, the Streaks led two times before a wild seven-run fifth inning by Mifflin turned the tide in the visitors' favor. The Streaks led 2-1 after the first inning and again by a 3-2 score after three frames. Governor Mifflin went on to win 19-6.

The Streaks got nine hits, including doubles by Cesarone, McClintock, Rudzinski and freshman Colin Morrisette, and two hits each for Schaefer and McClintock, who scored three of the runs.

Morrisette drove in two as did Luke Emge. Rudzinski also got a RBI.

TRACK

The Streaks faced Penn Manor in L-L League track and field last Monday. The Comets won the boys' meet 79-71 while the Township girls won 96-54.

The girls won all three relays. Mackenzie Horn, Tyrina Williams, Kate Yoder and Courtney German sprinted to a first-place finish in 50.1 seconds in the 4x100 relay.

German joined Clair Hummell, Ava Pasewicz and Cassandra Wilk in the 4x400 relay victory (4:18.3) whereas Pasewicz, Julia Mason, Paige Newman and Samantha Side took the 4x800 in 10:20.20.

Horn claimed both the 100-meter dash (12.6) and the 100 hurdles (14.8)

Wilk won both the 1,600 (5:33.8) and the 800 (2:31.5) - both of which had MT runners in the top three positions. Hannah Dieterle (5:40.7) and Kira Jenkins (5:41.1) were behind Wilk in the 1,600 while Pasewicz (2:32.2) and Side (2:32.7) were second and third, respectively, in the 800.

Dieterle won the 3,200 (12:02.0) with Jenkins (12:28.3) and Emily Antonacci (12:31.3) in tow. The 300 intermediate hurdles had Lillian Reynolds (57.3) in second place and Shannon Horn (57.9) third.

German claimed the 200 in 25.4 seconds.

Ali Buckwalter won both the javelin with a 93-6 toss and the shot put (27-03) while Delaney McKnight cleared 5-0 to win the high jump.

The pole vault had Mackenzie Horn first (11-00), German second (11-0) and Shannon Horn third (8-06).

The quartet of Matt Russinko, Peter Carrigan, Rozario Gerard and Gavin Patterson won the 4x100 relay for the boys in 45.7 seconds.

Patterson had a second-place finish in the 400 (53.9) while Noah Tull (15.4) and Titan Cox (11.5) were second in the 100 hurdles and 100 dash, respectively. Cox was also second in the 200 dash (24.0) and Hayden Severe secured second in the 300 hurdles at 45.1.

The Streaks did well in field with the long- triple- and high-jump events. Also, Ben Viau won the shot put (52-00.25) and the discus (170-02).

Tull took the triple (40-06.25) and the high jump (5-10) with Isaiah Gillespie taking second in the high (5-08) while Elvis Morara's 18-11 long jump and 38-10.50 triple were also good for second.

BOYS LACROSSE

The Streaks improved to 3-1, posting three straight wins following their season-opening defeat. In that opening game, non-league opponent Loyola Blakefield of Towson, Maryland, topped the Streaks 12-7. The Dons outshot their hosts 38-32.

Grayson Sallade led Township with a game-high four goals. Jack Kingsbury, Owen Miller and Bryce Hutchinson each netted one goal with Miller and Kingsbury each recording an assist.

Caton Johnson racked up 12 saves in goal for Township.

Monday was a new week and it was time for MT to enter the "W" column. The Streaks hosted Cumberland Valley in another non-league match. After taking an 8-1 lead by halftime, the Streaks went on to get a 12-8 victory.

Johnson did a fine job in goal, recording 10 saves.

Sallade came through with a hat trick and two saves while Zach Diamond had one assist to go with his three-goal performance. But it was Miller, who led the team in goals, scoring four times on the Eagles' trio of goalies - Kenlon Wells, Ben Herbster and Alex Dudziak. The three combined for eight saves against the 34 shots by the Township offense.

Hutchinson had a pair of assists while Zach Dotter and Sean Curcio were each credited with one. Kingsbury and sophomore midfielder Anthony Gugluizzza each netted one goal.

In Wednesday's 19-3 victory at Conestoga Valley, the Streaks got great results with their 24 shots on goal.

Curcio, who had a pair of assists, was the lone player with a hat trick. Scoring two goals each were Miller, who also had two assists, Kingsbury, Hogan Glick, Drake Amspacher, and freshman Eddie Newman, who also had an assist.

Diamond, Dotter and Will Hurley each scored once as did Jeff Sturla, Tom Freeman and Matthew Kissel.

Johnson had two saves in goal and freshman goalie Matt Chess had one more.

Thursday evening, in a well-played game at Warwick, Township improved their L-L League mark to 2-0 with a 10-1 win.

In a match where they got 16 shots on goal, the Streaks got out to a strong start with five goals in the first quarter.

Curcio, Diamond and Kingsbury each scored twice while Hutchinson, Miller, Sallade and Glick each added one goal.

Of the five shots on goal by the Warriors, Johnson saved four.

SOFTBALL

The softball team split its two games in the first week of the 2017 season. The 3-2 victory over Manheim Central and the 10-1 defeat to Central York were sandwiched around a rainout scheduled for Wednesday at Exeter Township.

On March 24, the Streaks held on for a one-run victory over the Barons, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and hanging on despite a rally by the visitors in the seventh.

Casey Martin pitched through a couple of jams and finished with a complete game victory. She allowed seven walks and a couple of Township errors led to two unearned runs by Central. But the sophomore buckled down and struck out eight batters.

The Streaks themselves faced tough pitching as they managed only two hits. They manufactured three runs on singles by Mikayla Brennan and Juliana Lueders, the latter of whom drew the only walk for Township. Brennan, Lueders and Hannah Dinsmore each scored a run.

In the Central York game, the Panthers got out to an 8-0 lead before the Streaks got on the board. Martin went 1-for-3 with a run. Emily Smyth drove Martin home on a double in the home half of the fourth inning.

The Streaks got six hits on the day, including Martin's base hit, two singles by Brennan, another hit by Lueders and one by Andrea Acosta.

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Yuninger Fourth In PIAA Championships March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yuninger Fourth In PIAA Championships March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Township Swimmers Compete in Districts March 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lady Streaks Meet CD East in District Opener February 27, 2017

In their opening-round game of the District Three Class 6A girls' basketball playoffs, the eighth seeded Blue Streaks faced Central Dauphin East, seeded ninth, on Monday night.

"In an eight-and-nine game, you're usually playing a team that's a mirror image of you," said head coach Sean Berkhart in a phone interview. "The teams are evenly matched up."

And sure enough, the Streaks came in with a 14-8 record and the Panthers were 13-8.

Township having narrowly missed the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, hadn't played a game since the regular season finale, which was a victory at Warwick on February 7.

With no competition for 13 days, the Streaks didn't get into the rhythm of the game right away, according to the coach's observation. They went on to overcome the deficit, but lost a close one, 46-41, and ended their season at 14-9.

"It was us getting off to a slow start," Burkhart said. "Not sure what to attribute that to - we have had a few games in which we did that. It was two weeks since we had played our last game. You can't replicate game speed in practice."

When the Streaks did get up to speed, some of the strategies that Burkhart had planned were executed nicely. Township, which trailed 13-8 after the first quarter, came back and took a 23-22 lead by halftime.

"I thought one of the things we needed to do in order to be successful was to take advantage of their aggressiveness," Burkhart explained. "Watching them on film, I noticed they get out in the passing lanes and go for steals. They use their speed and athleticism to disrupt what other teams are doing. We tried to spread them out and make them take their gambles. They began fouling us and we got the foul line a bunch of times in the second quarter."

The Streaks did make 12 of their foul shots on the night.

Another strategy was the way the Streaks would defend the Panthers on their possessions.

"My thought was that they weren't a great shooting team, but they were big, athletic and quick," he explained. "From what I had heard and seen on film, they give people fits with four or five shot opportunities with one possession.

"So we were going to give them shots they weren't comfortable with and hopefully get the rebounds," Berkhart went on. "We packed the paint and did what we had to do - forced them to be shooters. In the fourth quarter when they needed to make some key shots, they made them and did what they had to in order to regain the lead. Credit goes to them."

Manheim Township outscored CD East 13-9 in the third quarter as well, extending the slim one-point edge to a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Burkhart explained that from late in the third quarter, the Panthers went on perhaps the most crucial run of the game and overcame that five-point deficit.

"We were up by five points with about a minute to play in the third," Burkhart said. "You take away that spurt and how we were one or two possessions away from tying it in the fourth and it would have been us playing Cumberland Valley [in the next round]."

Olivia Matto had a game-high 16 points, including 5-for-6 free throws, to lead the Township offense. Megan Baldassarre poured in 13 more points.

"Olivia and Megan did the bulk of the scoring during the year, so they did what they had been doing."

Taylor Evans added five points. Delaney McKnight put up two baskets and Katie Bushong went 3-for-4 at the foul line to round out the scoring.

Burkhart was asked to comment on this squad as he looked back on a winning season.

"The team has only one senior on it. This is a good sign going forward," he said. "We were on the right direction. There is always room for improvement and these kids are willing to work hard and put in the time."

BOYS BASKETBALL

There is no question that there is a huge rivalry between Manheim Township and Hempfield.

They play each other twice during the regular season schedule of Section One games. But this year, the District Three Class-6A rankings caused the twain to meet a third time.

The Streaks had defeated Hempfield in both regular season meetings - each win by a margin of less than five points. So, why should it be expected that their third meeting, which came in the opening round of districts, would be a runaway?

The only thing that was different, however, was which side got the "W" this time. Hempfield won Tuesday's tightly-contested game in overtime, 62-56.

Hempfield, which came into the districts as the seventh-ranked team, improved to 17-8 and went on to defeat Governor Mifflin in the quarterfinal round. Township, the number 10 seed, ended its season at 14-10.

The top scorers in the game were Hempfield's Ryan Moffatt, with 24 points, and Township's Ryan Crespo, who drilled four three-pointers on his 22-point night.

Nick Vicidomini was perfect at the charity stripe, going 4-for-4. He also hit a three- point jumper and finished with 15 points. Brendan Mellott scored 10 points.

In each of the first two quarters, Township outscored Hempfield and took a 26-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Knights got back that two-point deficit and took a one-point edge into the final stanza before finding themselves knotted with the Streaks 51-51 at regulation's end.

WRESTLING

Wrestlers Jose Lao-Cooper and Malcolm Schuyler went to Hershey for the District Three Class-AAA South Central Region Tournament this past weekend. Lao-Cooper, a junior, finished sixth in the 160-pound weight class. Schuyler, a freshman, competed in the 113 weight class.

In Thursday's opening-round matches, Schuyler suffered a 9-0 loss to Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley and was unable to get past the consolation first-round match.

Lao-Cooper was vying to qualify for states as well.

"The top four finishers go to states," said head coach Tim Rice. "Unfortunately, Jose finished sixth. He lost in the consolation semis and that was where he hurt his leg. So, it wasn't really the injury that prevented him from qualifying."

After an opening-round pin, Lao-Cooper battled by Bailey Funk of Wilson by a slim 2-1 margin, reaching the semis. But Luke Nichter of Chambersburg notched a second-period pin to end the Township junior's quest for states.

Devyn Gurreri of Red Lion defeated Lao-Cooper in the consolation semis on Saturday.

Looking back on what these two contributed to the team, Rice remarked, "Malcolm had a nice freshman year. He had over 20 wins which is always nice," Rice added. "Getting into districts was important for Malcolm and seeing the level of wrestling there was eye-opening for him, I think. He has great abilities.

"Jose, I'm sure is disappointed," continued the coach. "I thought he had a chance at states. Next year he'll be back as a senior. He is a dedicated kid and committed to the sport."

DIVING

The District Three Class-AAA Girls' Diving Championships were held at Wilson on Saturday. Township sophomore Shannon O'Hara finished 12th with 310.90 total points.

"She is only a sophomore who just started diving," said head coach Dan Graybill in a phone interview. "I think that's fantastic."

Graybill went on to explain that with her 12th-place finish, O'Hara has already given the Streaks team points ahead of next weekend's District Three 3-A swimming championships at Cumberland Valley.

"The top 16 earn points for their teams," he said. "So we go into district competition with points for our girls' team already. It's combined swimming and diving points for the championship."

Each of the top 16 places have different point values associated with them.

Wilson's Mary Warker, diving off the platform of her home school, finished first in districts with 468.25 points. Meredith Gould of Hershey was second with 432.50 points while L-L League representative Kierstan Lentz of Elizabethtown finished fifth with 377.05.

"Shannon has been working hard under our diving coach Jenine Nicholas and she also participates in the Hershey Diving Program, which is one of the best in the state," Graybill added.

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Streaks to Face Knights in District Opener February 20, 2017

In an epic battle between two strong teams, Lancaster Mennonite defeated Manheim Township in Monday's opening-round game of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. Mennonite played host to Township and managed to hold on for a 77-70 victory.

After the teams played to a 33-33 halftime tie, the Blazers inched ahead and took a slim three-point lead into the fourth quarter where they outscored the Blue Streaks 26-22 for a wild finish.

"Offensively we played a nice game - got the ball inside whenever we had to," said head coach Matt Johns in a phone interview.

"But with 70 points, we should have won that game," Johns added. "Mennonite made some tough shots so a lot of credit goes to them. Their guards really got hot in the second half."

The loss dropped Township's overall record to 14-9. The Streaks had clinched third place in Section One of the L-L League with a 9-5 league mark.

The Blazers, who had won Section Three with a perfect 14-0 league record, improved to 21-2. Mennonite went on to lose in the semi-finals while the Township side started preparing for a District Three Class 6 A playoff game against Hempfield - another L-L League foe.

Tyler Crespo led all scorers with 31 points on the night. The Township sophomore scorched a pair of three-pointers in the process and added nine free throws. Brendan Mellott added 18 points while Nick Vicidomini poured in 14 points - all from the floor.

"Tyler Crespo was really hot in that game," Johns said. "Brendan Mellott, especially from the second quarter on, had an excellent game. Nick Vicidomini went over his per-game average."

The team-leading total of 19 points for the Blazers was shared by John Gillespie and Isaac Beers, the latter of whom scored a dozen points off his four three-pointers. Tim Stefanosky scored another 18.

"Stefanosky gave us a tough time," Johns commented. "He had a knack for getting the ball off the backboard. He did a nice job finishing. He also hit a 15-footer and a 17-footer. Just played a nice game."

With the game against Hempfield coming up in district play, Johns was asked about facing the Section One rival for a third time.

"A game against Hempfield is going to have a lot less possession," he said. "Mennonite likes to get up and down the court with a lot of possession and scoring. Hempfield has much longer possessions and you're not going to see either one of us get into the 70's."

Hempfield will be coming off a freakish game, which was a 35-19 loss to Lancaster Catholic in the L-L League semi-finals - a game in which they trailed the Crusaders 9-2 at the half.

"My assistant and a couple of my players went to the game," Johns said. "They said the shots just weren't going in for Hempfield. It wasn't for a lack of running their offense. Sometimes you have nights like that. You just hope it doesn't happen during the playoffs."

WRESTLING

Malcolm Schuyler claimed the gold medal in Saturday's District Three Class-AAA Section Two sectionals at Hempfield. In the 15-team competition, Schuyler helped Township finish 10th overall with 71 team points while Central Dauphin (200), Lower Dauphin (165) and L-L League foe Solanco (140) finished in the top three.

Schuyler will go on to regionals along with Colby Kenderdine and Jose Lao-Cooper, both of whom finished fourth in their respective weight classes. Just missing the top four in the 170-pound weight class was junior Carter Hasson.

Schuyler claimed the top honors in the 113-pound class, defeating Elizabethtown sophomore Luke Snyder in the title bout. Snyder entered the tournament as the second seed while Schuyler was ranked fifth. He opened by posting a pin against fellow freshman Josh Minners of Milton Hershey School while Snyder got an opening-round bye.

Schuyler had another freshman up next - Sean Donnelly of Lower Dauphin. He earned a 7-1 decision and pinned top-seeded Connor Zeamer of Manheim Central in the semis. He doubled up Snyder in an 8-4 decision.

Kenderdine made it to the semifinal round of the 132-pound brackets before taking a loss on an injury default. In the previous round, he pinned Jarad Brown of Donegal in less than 30 seconds after getting through the first round on a bye.

The loss in the championship semifinals propelled Kenderdine into the consolation semis, where he notched a 4-1 win before losing the third-place match.

Ranked third coming into the tournament, Lao-Cooper finished fourth in the 160-pound brackets. Solanco's Tucker Pierson was his first victim after an opening-round bye. Lao-Cooper pinned his opponent in 49 seconds but was on the short end of a 12-3 major decision against eventual second-place finisher Skitch Light of Central Dauphin. Light, ranked second in the weight class, lost a 1-0 bout to top-seeded Jonah Barley of Penn Manor in the finale.

Lao-Cooper topped Tyler Snyder of Donegal 6-4 in the consolation semis. But Nayim Flucas of Hershey claimed the third-place match 11-2.

Competing in the tournament but not making it past the opening round of the 138-pound class was Anthony Berneiri and 126-pounder David Over.

Myles Desha (182) did win his first-round bout over Hershey junior Austin Courchaine, registering a pin at 3:46. But top-seeded Leo Higgins of Palmyra got a pin at almost exactly the same juncture in the second round, defeating Desha 3:45 into the match.

Josh Beiler of Lampeter-Strasburg won the consolation match 8-3, preventing Desha from wrestling back to claim a fifth or better finish.

BOWLING

The L-L League bowling championships took place over a two-day span with the boys' tournament taking place at Clearview Lanes on Thursday and the girls competing at Dutch Lanes on Friday.

Township junior Tyler Lappa got off to a great start on Thursday, finishing atop the field of competitors following the first round. After those five games, Lappa had 1,214 points, which was 13 points ahead of eventual champion Kolby Bennett of Cedar Crest.

Lappa slipped to seventh after the second round, which involved four more games. Only the top five bowlers following the two rounds (nine total games) go on to the elimination brackets. Had a couple of frames gone Lappa's way, he would have been in the thick of things for the championship games. He finished only 24 points behind fifth-place bowler Scott Garrett - also of Cedar Crest.

Jordan Schell finished with over 1,000 points through the first five games - good for 19th place. His total for all nine games came to 1,719.

The girls' competition resulted in a Cedar Crest sweep as Allison Hresko defeated Olivia Farwell of Elizabethtown 186-178 in the final round. Farwell actually finished the first two rounds by knocking down a total of 2,113 pins - the highest total in the tournament. Hresko tallied 1,975.

Emily Scheurich, a junior, was ranked eighth with 965 points after the first round. Meghan Lappa was 23rd in the standings with 795 points following the first round.

Scheurich did not slip far in the second round, finishing the day in ninth place with 1,748 points - narrowly missing eighth place by two pins. Lappa rose to 17th place as she racked up 1,478 total points.

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Streaks Clinch Third With Win Over Warwick February 13, 2017

The Tuesday night victory over Warwick helped the Manheim Township boys' basketball team clinch third place in Section One and earn a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff berth.

As the regular season drew to a close, the 79-60 win at home, improved the Blue Streaks' League record to 9-5 (14-9 overall) while the Warriors finished with the exact same records, 5-9; 9-14.

The Streaks also finished as the 10th seed in the District Three Class 6A power rankings. Following the league playoffs, they'll move on to districts.

Township jumped out to a huge lead in the first quarter and carried a 25-10 advantage into the next period where the Streaks outscored the Warriors 13-7. Warwick put on a burst in the third quarter. But already trailing by 21 at the half, the visitors were only able to shave six points off that deficit.

Tyler Crespo was lights out Tuesday night. He scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Included in his arsenal of scoring was four three-pointers and a 6-for-6 effort at the foul line.

Nick Vicidomini also had a huge night netting 18 points while Brian Hines and Brendan Mellott scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Township will face Section Three champ Lancaster Mennonite in the opening round of the league playoffs.

The Streaks, who have defeated arch rival Hempfield twice this season despite the Knights finishing a game ahead of them in the section standings, will face the Section One foe again in districts when those playoffs get underway on February 21.

AIR RIFLE

The L-L League Air Rifle championships took place on Saturday morning at Conestoga Valley High School. Township senior Zach Musser finished first with a score of 200.

It was what head coach coach Tom Rutledge called the product of hard work and dedication by Musser, who had finished 42nd a year ago - yes, going from last to first.

"That was an anomaly for him," Rutledge said. "I've never seen him shoot that poorly. For him to come back and go up 41 or 42 spots, it shows he didn't let that impact him.

"It's never a downward spiral for him when he makes a mistake. It's more like 'OK, what did I do wrong? Let me fix it," Rutledge added. "He is really a hard worker and incredibly intelligent. He focuses on every single detail at practice. He is very analytical and treats each shot independently."

Compared to the regular season matches where the shooters each work on one target, the championship match has two targets with 10 shots on each. Musser scored 100 on both targets and had two centers.

Those proved to be the difference. Garden Spot's Jeremy Hershey also had a 200, but didn't have any centers.

"It's like hitting the middle of the bull's eye," Rutledge explained. "You have the center ring that is going to give you 10 points. If you hit the center, it's still a 10-point shot, but it's used as a tie-breaker."

The Streaks got a 197 from Robert Wenger and a 196 from Alex McFarland. Wenger also had a center shot and finished 11th overall. McFarland had two centers and came in 14th.

Lauren Katch gave MT an 18th-place finish with her 196, which had one center.

"Robert and Zach made all-stars in the league along with Hana Musser, a sophomore," said Rutledge. "Hana is Zach's sister. She had an average of 99.2 this year.

"We take your match scores and average out your best ten scores," he explained. "We drop your two worst scores in the 12-match season."

Hana Musser shot a 195 with no centers to finish 26th in the league championships. Drew Cheipper shot a 189 with one center.

"I was happy overall with how they did," Rutledge added. "They all worked very hard. Even though a score might be low sometimes, it doesn't mean they shot poorly.

"Overall they've been great kids and put in great work," continued the coach. "We had the highest average we've had in the past several years. We can really rely on one another if somebody has a bad day. Others have stepped up and picked up the slack."

SWIMMING & DIVING

The girls' swimming and diving team finished second with a strong showing at the L-L League Championships on Thursday at Hempfield. The Streaks compiled 102 team points while Warwick had 158 to win the league championship. Hempfield finished third with 50 points and Cedar Crest (48) was a close fourth.

The Hempfield boys claimed first place, narrowly defeating Warwick by a margin of 115.5 to 113, while the Blue Streaks took third with 90 points.

"I was extremely pleased with both teams," said head coach Dan Graybill. "Our girls' team more than doubled the third-place finisher. Even though at one point they knew that we couldn't catch Warwick, our girls kept fighting the whole way through.

"Both teams had lots of best times, which will help them with their district seedings - top 16 in relays get into districts and top 32 in the individual events," Graybill explained. "In fact, you can automatically qualify for districts, which is new, and some of the kids have made it."

Among those who will go on to districts is diver Shannon O'Hara.

"It has been years since we've had a diver in the district meet," Graybill said. "They have to have a certain number of dives in their repertoire and a certain number of points."

In the league championship meet, the Township girls took second in the 200-yard medley relay thanks to Eva Salembier, Griffin Relford, Amy Yunginger, and Morgan Wylie-Thal who put together a time of 1:54.82.

The 200-freestyle relay team of Relford, Jordyn Rowe, Paige Newman and Alexandra Angheloiu finished third at 1:43.01. Newman, Salembier, Yunginger and Wyle-Thal were second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:40.26.

Yunginger won the 100 butterfly in 57.37 seconds and finished second (59.44) in the 100-yard backstroke. Salembier was third in the event at 1:01.32.

Newman swam the 200 freestyle in 1:57.73, claiming second place. She also had a second-place finish (5:15.73) in the 500 freestyle. Relford (2:11.63) and Salembier (2:15.34) were second and third, respectively, in the 200 individual medley.

"Paige Newman and Amy Yunginger qualified in the 200 freestyle," said Graybill. "Griff Relford and Jordyn Rowe are qualifiers in the 200 IM. Amy is also in the 100 fly.

"Paige Newman is automatic qualifier in the 500 free," he added. "Relford is in the 100 breaststroke. She really had a wonderful league championship with her season's best time."

The Township boys got a first-place effort of 1:39.65 from Charlie Gingrich, Derek Jones, Stephen Gingrich and Noah Turk in the 200 medley relay. Charlie Gingrich also claimed the 50 free, sprinting to first place in 21.47 seconds, in addition to winning the 100 fly at 52.09 seconds. In the latter of those events, his brother Stephen took third at 53.57 seconds.

Jones had a fourth-place finish (4:56.97) in the 500 free.

The 400 free relay squad of the two Gingrich brothers as well as Jones and Turk took second place at a 3:16.83 clip.

In addition, Mitchell Calhoun was fifth in the 200 IM at 2:04.28 and Stephen Gingrich grabbed fifth (56.45) in the 100 backstroke.

"Charlie Gingrich would be an automatic qualifier in the 50 free and the 100 fly," said Graybill. "Also, Stephen Gingrich was an automatic qualifier in the 100 fly along with Christian Strine."

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Blue Streaks couldn't capture one of the L-L League playoff berths from Section One as they finished a strong fourth in the standings (9-5). But their 14-8 overall mark helped them earn eighth place in the District Three Class 6A power rankings. The Streaks will face number nine seed Central Dauphin East in the playoffs, which are scheduled to begin on February 20.

Whichever playoff bracket Manheim Township will be entering, it will be doing so on the momentum of a four-game winning streak to close out the regular season. On Tuesday, the Streaks topped the Warriors 55-34 in Lititz.

Their scoring run was highlighted by a 17-2 domination in the second quarter. They took a 27-8 lead into the second half and extended that lead to 39-17 before the start of the fourth quarter.

Megan Baldassare scored a game-high 18 points and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Oliva Matto added 14 points, including her team's lone three-pointer. Katie Bushong added seven points while Delaney McKnight and Eden Miller scored six and five points, respectively.

Rylee Derr scored a team-leading 10 points for Warwick.

WRESTLING

Donegal defeated Township 48-24 on Wednesday as the Blue Streaks had to forfeit six weight classes.

Township did get two pins on its home mats and even some outstanding efforts that resulted in Donegal decisions.

Carter Hasson opened the action at 170 with a 7-4 decision to give Township a 3-0 lead. After Donegal's only forfeit gave the Streaks a 9-0 lead, the Indians got on the board with Keegan McCord's close 5-2 decision over Myles Desha at 195.

Township went on to forfeit the 220, 285, 106 and 113 weight classes before another close bout gave the visitors three more points. At 120, Donegal's Devan Brantley earned a 7-4 decision over Malcolm Schuyler.

David Over (126) notched a pin for Township at the 3:00. Two more forfeits - one from each team - were sandwiched around Charlie Leidig's first-period pin for Township and a Dmitri Gonzales pin for Donegal in the 138 and 145-pound weight classes, respectively. At 160, Jose Lao-Cooper wrapped things up with a 7-2.

Without those six forfeits, the Streaks would have avoided gifting 36 team points.

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Lady Streaks Run Away From Comets, 49-29 February 6, 2017

When the regular season is winding down, you can watch the scoreboard to see how the other teams vying for playoff spots are doing. But more importantly, you need to take care of the things that you can control.

The Manheim Township girls' basketball team did just that, winning three straight games including Tuesday's key Section One game at Penn Manor before returning home to top McCaskey 59-48 on Friday. The wins improved Township's league record to 8-5. The Streaks tacked on a non-league win on Saturday, winning 37-35 at Exeter.

In the 49-29 win at Penn Manor, the Streaks held the Comets to single digits in points per quarter. Meanwhile, they opened with a 17-point assault in the opening period and went on to outscore the home team 26-14 in the second half.

Megan Baldassarre scored a game-high 17 points while Olivia Matto poured in 15, including three triples. Katie Bushong scored eight points and Delaney McKnight added four.

The McCaskey game was a big one. The Streaks beat the second-place team in the section Friday night.

Baldassarre lit up the scoreboard for a game-high 26 points, including an 11-for-12 night at the foul line.

While making five three-point field goals, Matto scored 21 points.

In the Exeter game, the Streaks took a 13-5 lead into the second quarter but saw the Eagles come back to close the gap at 18-14 by halftime. Going into the final stanza, the Eagles were down by a basket, but Township held on for the 37-35 win.

Finishing with nearly half of her team's points, Baldassarre scored 18. Taylor Evans finished with nine points while Bushong added seven.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The boys' basketball team has turned things around since its January 21st loss to Manheim Central dropped the team's overall record to 7-8. The Streaks have since gone on a six-game winning streak, which has included four wins against Section One foes.

"The kids are playing really well," said head Matt Johns in a phone interview. "I told them that we had a tough road ahead of us because of all the road games we were facing. But we've been taking care of our games the past two weeks."

After close victories at Cedar Crest and Hempfield in the first of those two weeks and closing that week out with a two-point margin of victory at Governor Mifflin, the Streaks opened the week of January 30 with a Tuesday night home game against Penn Manor. Earlier in the season they had topped the Comets 55-32 on the road. On Tuesday, they dominated again 61-37.

"Our size gives them a lot of trouble and we seem to defend them pretty well," said Johns.

The only period in which the Comets reached double figures was the third quarter with 15 points.

Nick Vicidomini was virtually unstoppable, finishing the night with 25 points, including four three-pointers.

"Nick came out on fire - he scored our first 12 points," Johns remarked. "He added 12 rebounds and four blocks for us. It was just a totally dominant performance by him."

Michael Brockaway scored nine points and Brendan Mellott and David Engel each added six points.

Tyler Crespo finished with five points and five assists.

Friday's game at McCaskey was senior night for the hosts. The Streaks scored 47 second-half points on their way to a 78-58 win. They held a narrow four-point edge at halftime before outscoring the home team by 16 points after the break.

Crespo poured in 27 points to lead all scorers. He was good on four of his three-point attempts. Brian Hines finished with 17 points while Mellott and Vicidomini (9 rebounds) poured in 14 and 13 points, respectively.

"Midway through the second quarter we went on an 8-0 run," Johns explained. "We just continued to shoot the ball great as we came out for the second half.

"It was a great team effort," added the coach. "When Hines, Mellott, Crespo and Brockaway are playing well, we're pretty hard to defend."

Speaking of being hard to defend, the Streaks came out and scored 24 points in the first period at Exeter on Saturday. They went on to defeat the non-league foe 80-64, putting up another 21 points in the third quarter.

Crespo, who was a perfect 8-for-8 at the stripe, scored 27 more in this game. He and Vicidomini (17 points) each nailed three triples.

Mellott finished with 10 points while Hines added nine.

"Brockaway had eight points off the bench," Johns said. "Sometimes he comes into a game and just has a good feel for the game."

As for the District Three Class 6-A playoffs, the Streaks are the number 10 seed with one game left to play - Tuesday's regular season finale at home against Warwick. They're looking to hold on to one of the top 12 spots in order to make district playoffs.

"We are tied for third place in the section with Cedar Crest," Johns pointed out.

Both Township and Cedar Crest are 8-5 in the section and are tied for third place. Top three teams from the section will make the league playoffs.

"If Lebanon beats Cedar Crest and we beat Warwick, we make the league playoffs," he said. "All we have to do is go out and beat Warwick and see what happens between Lebanon and Cedar Crest."

WRESTLING

Jose Lao-Cooper had a second-place finish in the 160-pound weight class of the L-L League Wrestling Championships at Garden Spot on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28.

The Township junior opened with a pin, defeating McCaskey's Zach Fortney in 1:27. Following a decisive 17-2 technical over Devin Sensenig of Cocalico, Lao-Cooper posted an 11-5 victory in the semifinal match. He came up short against Jonah Barley of Penn Manor in the championship bout.

The Streaks got fifth-place finishes at 113 and 170 while David Over took sixth in the 126-pound bracket.

Freshman Malcolm Schuyler (113) notched big victories over more experienced wrestlers on his way to a fifth-place finish. In the first round, he downed Dylan Bulzer of Warwick 3-0 but was pinned by Ephrata's Cameron Terry, the eventual second place finisher, in the second round.

In the consolation brackets, Schuyler pinned Elco sophomore Levi Brooks and notched a 6-1 win against Elizabethtown sophomore Luke Snyder.

After a pin by Central's Connor Zeamer derailed his hopes of finishing third, Schuyler won a 5-3 decision over Northern Lebanon's Brandon Breidigan.

Carter Hasson won his fifth-place bout by injury default. On his way there, he pinned his first opponent CV's Dustin Horn, in a mere 38 seconds.

In the next round, he lost to Ben Root of Solanco - the eventual 170-pound champ.

Hasson was propelled into the third round of the consolations where he posted a 6-1 win and pinned Kole Stout of A-C before suffering a 7-1 loss to CV sophomore Josh MacNamara.

Over (126), who had an opening-round bye, pinned Chase Bressler 5:52 into a tough opening-round match. After a 9-3 loss, Over posted an 11-5 win against McCaskey senior John Pascheco and lost a tough one to CV's Seth Martin, 7-4, in the consolation semis.

Nick Fafel of Penn Manor edged Over 5-2 in the fifth- and sixth-place match.

Charles Leidig, a freshman, made off with eighth place in the 138 weight class. He rebounded after a loss to eventual champ Gary Clark of Garden Spot by registering a pin 2:12 into his first consolation match. Following a 10-5 defeat of CV's Kyle Houston and a 6-5 victory in the next round, he lost 13-3 to McCaskey's Joey Battle. Leidig had to settle for eighth place after he was pinned by Central's Austin Sauder.

In the 145-pound weight class, junior Ian McCoy opened with a 7-4 win but failed to get much further. The 182-pound weight class saw sophomore Michael Steger open with a 7-2 win only to be pinned by eventual champ Luke Funck of Northern Lebanon. Steger was on the short end of a 4-0 decision in his first consolation match.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Both the boys' and girls' swim teams finished the regular season with a 4-1 league record.

They hosted McCaskey in the regular season finale. The MT girls won 145-39, sweeping the three relay events and winning all but one of the individual events.

The 200-yard medley relay was won by Eva Salembier, Kristen Geib, Hallie Speitel and Megan Slusser with a 2:02.43.

Slusser also swam in the 200 freestyle relay, joining Griffin Relford, Morgan Wylie-Thal and Amy Yunginger. They posted a time of 1:47.52.

Alexis Stamara, Hannah Rodenberger, Paige Newman joined Wylie-Thal for a 400 free victory (4:02.76).

Relford, Newman, Yunginger, Wylie-Thal, Speitel and Salembier all won individual events as did Jordyn Rowe, who won the 100 freestyle in 58.74 seconds.

Wylie-Thal sprinted to victory in the 50 free (25.22 seconds) while the 200 and 500 freestyle events went to Yunginger (1:57.27) and Newman (5:16.89), respectively.

Speitel's pace of 1:05.30 was the best in the 100 butterfly. Relford took the 100 backstroke in 1:05.33. The 200 IM went to Salembier (2:20.79). Shannon O'Hara won the diving with 182.5 points.

The Township boys won 126-50 as Stephen Gingrich helped win two relay events and posted a winning time of 50.02 in the 100 freestyle.

Derek Jones was also on two winning relays. He joined Gingrich, Christian Strine and Benjamin Chang for a first-place time of 1:47.75 in the 200 medley relay. Stephen and Charlie Gingrich were bookends in the 200 free relay, teaming up with Chang and Noah Turk.

Jones, Alex Paparo, Nicholas Boomsma and Mitchell Calhoun won the 400 free relay in 3:39.14.

Turk took the 50 free in 23.24. Aiden Cliff won the 100 backstroke in 59.43 while Paparo snagged the 200 IM in 2:09.79.

Charlie Gingrich took two individual events - the 100 fly (52.02) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.59). John Stanavage had 137.1 points for the diving event.

AIR RIFLE

Township improved to 5-2 with a 496-492 defeat of Garden Spot on Tuesday. Despite two Spartans shooting perfect scores of 100, the Streaks eked out a win.

Zach Musser shot a 100 for Township while Alex McFarland, Lauren Katch, Travis Kraft and Hana Musser each shot 99's.

Township finished the regular season with a 498-491 win at Wilson on Thursday. Hana Musser shot a 100 as did Graham Wolf and Robert Wenger while Zach Musser and Katch recorded 99's.

BOWLING

The bowlers posted a 5-2 win over McCaskey at Rocky Springs Lanes on Friday. Tyler Lappa led the Streaks with a 637 score, rolling a dominant 265 in his final game of the day.

Township was coming off a 7-0 loss to Cedar Crest at Dutch Lanes on Monday. Lappa rolled a team-leading 645, which included his best game of 227. Brian Bracero had a 637 as his total score and Jordan Schell finished with 632, including a 246 for his middle game.

The result of the games ended Township's regular season at 4-7.

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Lady Streaks Host Hempfield, Central York January 27, 2017

It was a clash between a pair of arch rivals in Section One. The Manheim Township girls' basketball team hosted Hempfield on Tuesday night as both teams battled to keep a share of second place in the section standings.

The Streaks took take a six-point lead into the second quarter only to have it erased for a 22-22 halftime deadlock. The visiting Hempfield team outscored Township in the second half and won this meeting 50-36.

The loss dropped Township's record to 6-4 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and 10-6 overall. Hempfield improved to 8-2.

"We got off to a quick start," said head coach Sean Burkhart, in a phone interview. "They were able to come up with a couple of loose balls in key spots and got buckets off those. They wound up tying it up at the half. Somehow, for some reason, there seems to be five minutes to a full quarter gap in our games that seem to come back to bite us - the ones we lose anyway.

"In the third quarter, we again got off to a good start," Burkhart continued. "They made some adjustments defensively which, as a coach, I should have figured out more quickly. Hempfield is a good, well-balanced team," he added.

Olivia Matto gave the Streaks 16 points, scoring a pair of three-point field goals in the process. Katie Bushong scored eight and Megan Baldassarre added six points.

"Hempfield had such a concentrated effort to take Megan away," said Burkhart. "It kind of neutralized her and opened up the opportunity for other players to score.

"We tried to give Olivia a three to open it up early," Burkhart continued. "She knocked them down when we got her open shots. She was able to move the ball and get to the rim in other offensive sets. Olivia is a smart player and knows how to read defenses and get to the bucket."

Julianna Clark scored a game-high 17 points for the Black Knights.

"We got a good defensive effort from Delaney McKnight," Burkhart commented. "We put her at point guard. I thought that for a good chunk of the game they really had to earn their points on possessions. In the first half, a lot of their points were coming from loose balls. But Delaney did a good job defensively. Keeping their point guard at bay."

Earlier in the season it was the Streaks who had outscored the Knights on the road by a 38-29 margin in the second half. But Hempfield had eked out a victory in that meeting as well.

Burkhart referred to his team's 0-2 mark against Hempfield and how it affects the District Three seeding.

"Hempfield, McCaskey and we are sitting in a spot where we might wind up playing one or the other in districts," he said. "The first tie-breaker in districts is head-to-head. So we have to hope to beat McCaskey the second time around and win the rest of our games.

"Both Hempfield and McCaskey are well-coached, quality teams," he added referring also to the close contest the Streaks had with the Red Tornado earlier in the season - one in which McCaskey prevailed 77-73 despite Township pouring on 56 second-half points.

"We are taking it one game at a time right now," he said. "We want to take care of the league business and get some help to sneak into districts."

In a non-league game at home on Thursday, Central York topped Township 54-32, dropping the Streaks to 10-7 overall.

The Panthers got a game-high 20 points from Emma Saxton.

Baldassarre had the scoring touch for Township on this night, putting up 17 points. But the Panthers limited the rest of the team to single-digit production.

Central York went into the second half leading 24-20, but poured it on with a 19-8 run in the third quarter.

SWIMMING & DIVING

The Blue Streaks defeated Cedar Crest on the road Tuesday night as the boys' team won 107-63 and the girls defeated this Section One foe 112-58. Both squads improved to 3-1 in the L-L League.

The girls' team got another top-notch performance from L-L League Most Valuable Swimmer candidate Amy Yunginger. The senior made a big splash by helping the 200-yard freestyle relay team capture first. She joined Kristen Geib, Griffin Relford, and anchor Morgan Wylie-Thal who notched a winning time of 1:56.66. Yunginger also won the 50-free in 24.95 seconds.

"Amy Yunginger had her best time of the year in the 50 free," said head coach Dan Graybill. "She has a better 50 freestyle time now going into that MVS contention. She had some good competition and got a faster time."

Yunginger also took the 100 backstroke in 1:00.70.

Relford went on to claim two individual events, taking the 100 butterfly (1:04.75) and the 200 individual medley (2:16.57).

"She won both events handily," said Graybill. "Butterfly isn't her specialty; the breaststroke and the 200 IM are her best events."

The 100 breaststroke went to junior Kristen Geib with a winning 1:13.41.

"She won the breaststroke and out touched the other girl from Cedar Crest," Graybill noted.

Paige Newman won the 100 freestyle in 55.13 and took the 200 freestyle in 1:59.74.

"Paige Newman had a very good race in the 100 freestyle," said Graybill. "In the 200 freestyle she won by 12 seconds. She was challenged in the 100 but she emerged in the final 25yards."

Township won the 400 freestyle relay with Jordyn Rowe, Diana Lamont, Alexandra Angheloiu and Eva Salembier putting together a winning time of 3:58.55.

"Diana Lamont, one of the rising freshmen, was in the relay," Graybill noted. "She had a nice split in her leg of the relay."

Salembier went on to capture the 500 free with a time of 5:30.47.

The boys' team also got contributions from underclassmen in its win. The 200 medley relay, which Township won in 1:43.71, included freshman Elijah Gocotano and sophomore Charlie Gingrich who joined junior Christian Strine and senior Alex Paparo.

Paparo also went on to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.75. Derek Jones took the 200 free in 1:50.15.

Stephen Gingrich led the 200 free relay, setting the pace for George Hetrick, Chris Xakellis and Jones as the foursome went on to win in 1:34.50. Stephen Gingrich also went on to win the 50 free in 22.48 and the 100 fly in 55.22 while Charlie Gingrich won the 200 IM in 2:06.19 and the 500 free in 5:05.43.

"Stephen Gingrich had his career best in the 50 freestyle," said Graybill. "Also, it was Charlie's best time in the 500 for us."

The 500 free also had other highlights that Graybill touched upon.

"Drew Lemon is a freshman, who received his varsity letter swimming in the 500 free," added the coach. "He dropped 12 seconds from his best time, which was tremendous. That got him his two points and nine for the season and earned him a varsity letter.

"Gage Mandrell had his best time in the same event," explained Graybill. "He had a 5:09.87 [second place] and Drew did a 5:42.76 for fourth place."

BOYS BASKETBALL

Township evened both its league and overall records at the .500 mark with Tuesday's Section One win at Hempfield. The Streaks edged the Knights 57-54 despite the home teams' 19-14 run in the fourth quarter.

Township improved to 8-8 (5-5 league) while Hempfield fell to 11-6, 6-4

It was a tale of two entirely different halves. The Streaks outscored the Knights 37-20 in the first half. But their offense managed only 20 second-half points - just enough to hold off Hempfield's comeback.

The Streaks out-shot the Knights at the free-throw line and made more three-pointers. Leading all scorers on the night were a pair of Blue Streak sophomores - Brendan Mellott and Tyler Crespo, who scored 19 each. Crespo netted a pair of three-point shots while Mellott drilled three.

Brian Hines added 11 points and Nick Vicidomini had six.

Township was coming off a non-league game from Saturday, January 21 at Manheim Central. The Barons, who came into the game atop the Section Two standings with an 8-1 L-L League mark, improved to 15-1 overall as they topped the Streaks 59-38.

Central carried a 16-12 lead into the second quarter and doubled that lead to 27-19 by halftime.

With a game-high 29 points from Taylor Funk, the Barons stayed hot through the second half.

Vicidomini, who scored a pair of treys, led Township with 10 points. Crespo and Zach Oldac each had nine points and Tyler Vicidomini added four.

WRESTLING

The Township wrestlers, coming off an exciting edge-of-your-seat Section One victory by a single point over Warwick the previous week, hosted Conestoga Valley on Wednesday night.

The Buckskins took advantage of six weight classes that the Streaks forfeited for 36 of their points in a 57-9 win. CV took the 145-pound weight class as well as 160, 220, 285, 106 and 126 uncontested.

At 152 and 195, the Buckskins claimed close decisions, both by the identical score of 7-4. At 152, Trent Martin edged Ian McCoy and Thomas Weideman did the same over Myles Desha. Sandwiched in between their battles was Carter Hasson's 7-4 decision over CV's Isiah Gant in the 170 battle.

Malcolm Schuyler's battle for victory in the 113-pound bout was an intense one. He prevailed by a 10-9 score over Austin Rider. Colby Kenderdine (132) claimed a 7-2 decision.

AIR RIFLE

The air rifle team has put together a winning campaign this winter. However, the one team that has given Township trouble is L-L League foe Elizabethtown. The Bears improved to 7-0 with a 497-493 defeat of Township on Tuesday.

The Bears were led by Madison Garner and Gage Schatz, both of whom finished with a perfect score of 100. Caleb Flores, Braydon Shuck and Matt Risbon each shot 99's.

Township had three shooters finish with a 99 - Alex McFarland, Graham Wolf and Zach Musser. Drew Chieppor and Hanna Musser both shot 98's.

On Thursday, the Streaks took aim at and hit their targets convincingly in a 496-489 defeat of Conestoga Valley.

Zach Musser had the only 100 for the Streaks. The team got four 99's, including Wenger, McFarland, Hanna Musser and Graham Wolf.

BOWLING

The Streaks bowled against Hempfield at Dutch Lanes on Monday in an L-L League clash. Township's Jordan Schell bowled a 237 in his second game and finished with a 203 average in three games bowled.

Hempfield won with a 5-2 score, getting a top score of 249 from Tylor Fair, who finished with a total of 660. Nick O'Neil had a 229 in his third game and finished with a 614 (204.67 average).

Township fell to 2-6 on the year while Hempfield improved to 3-4.

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MT Matmen Nip Warriors in Lititz, 34-33 January 20, 2017

The Manheim Township wrestling team edged Warwick 34-33 on the road Wednesday night, claiming the Whisler-McDonald trophy, named after two legendary wrestling coaches. "Ken Whisler was the coach here and Jerry McDonald was a very successful coach at Warwick," said Township head coach Timothy Rice in a phone interview.

The Blue Streaks improved to 2-4 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League by beating their Section One foe. Warwick fell to 1-5.

There were several key matches, including two pins at the end to seal an exciting Township comeback.

"When you win by one point, everyone's match matters," Rice said. "We were down 21 and won the final five matches in a row. Those final two pins gave us the win."

Senior Colby Kenderdine pinned Shaun Stafford 49 seconds into the 132-pound match and freshman Charlie Leidig got the celebration going with a third-period pin at 138.

"It was good to see him get that win," Rice commented. "Charlie has been working hard and hadn't gotten a win yet. It was a great opportunity for him to not only get the pin, but to win the match for us."

The Warriors put up 12 points to start the match. Following a Township forfeit to start things, Luke Hirtzel notched a pin in the 152-pound bout.

Jose Lao-Cooper got the Blue Streaks on the scoreboard with a pin at 160.

"Jose has been doing well this year," Rice commented.

Carter Hasson claimed six more team points on an injury default at 170. But the home team went on to post four straight victories - two by forfeit, one via pin and the hard-fought 1-0 win that Logan Boring recorded against Myles Desha at the 195 tussle.

There were two freshmen, actually, serving as bookends to the Township comeback. Malcolm Schuyler won a close 4-3 decision at 113 to get the comeback underway. It cut the deficit to 33-15.

Anthony Berneri's 4-1 decision at 120 made it 33-18 and David Over grabbed a major decision for four more Blue Streak points.

"David Over has been continually improving," said Rice. "He got a bonus point for us with that major decision."

Kenderdine's pin made it 33-28, setting the stage for Leidig's wining takedown.

"Colby Kenderdine was Section One wrestler of the week," Rice pointed out. "He was out the first week of the season because of a concussion. He has won all of his matches since he came back."

BOYS BASKETBALL

In the event you have missed the goings-on in Section One boys' basketball, there is a mad dash for the three playoff spots and it doesn't seem like anyone wants to slow down.

This past week, the boys' team hosted Lebanon, the first-place team in the section, for a showdown on Tuesday.

The Cedars stayed unbeaten in Lancaster-Lebanon League play (8-0, 11-3 overall) by topping Township 73-68. The Blue Streaks fell to 3-5 (6-7 overall).

This one was a one-point game heading into the fourth quarter. The Cedars outscored the Streaks 24-20 in the final frame.

"We were right there - down by one point going into the fourth quarter," said head coach Matt Johns. "They went on a run and we came back again - got to within three. But their senior leadership and experience took over. They have seven seniors and two juniors that played a big part for them getting into states last year."

Tyler Crespo lit up the scoreboard on his home court to the count of 28 points on the night. He scored 12 of those points on the four three-pointers he sank. He also went a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. Brendan Mellott came through with 15 points on the night while Brian Hines added 11.

Luis Aquino-Rios led Lebanon with 21 points while Saquell Ortiz and Camryn Shaak each tallied 11.

"We have so many key games coming up that we can't dwell on this in a negative way," he said. "I told our kids that Lebanon is knocking off everyone they play."

Playing a Thursday night game instead of the usual Friday night clash, the Streaks played host to the Conestoga Valley Buckskins.

"Because there is going to be a junior high wrestling tournament over the weekend at our gym, they needed Friday to get it set up," Johns explained. "We didn't have access to the gym, so we played the game Thursday instead."

Township inched ahead in the second quarter to hold a four-point halftime lead, increased that lead in the third quarter and won by a 57-47 margin. The Streaks improved to 4-5, 7-7.

Crespo apparently knew the best spots to shoot from on his home court and turned in another stellar night. This time he scored nearly half of his team's 57 points by putting up 25. And fouling him wasn't a good idea either because each of his 12 free throw attempts were successful.

"He is shooting 93 percent from the free throw line," Johns pointed out. "In the fourth quarter he is 29-for-29 on the year."

The Streaks got eight points from Michael Brockaway and seven from Reese Sachs while Zach Oldac scorched a pair of three-pointers for his six points in the game. Nick Vicidomini added four more points.

"Tyler Crespo had a great second half," said Johns, "scoring 20 of his points there.

"We also got some huge help off the bench," continued the coach. "Zach Oldac, who's only a freshman, has been playing some nice minutes for us lately. Michael Brockaway also gives us good minutes off the bench. He and Crespo worked nicely together in the second half."

Also contributing off the bench was Tyler Vicidomini - Nick's younger brother. He had four rebounds and two assists.

The Buckskins got 15 from Logan Monroe and 11 from Grant Stoltzfus while Austin Monroe added nine points.

"Conestoga Valley has struggled, but has been in almost every game," said the Township coach. "They have some pretty good players.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Blue Streaks topped two Section One opponents in girls' basketball action and improved to 6-3 in the L-L League (10-5 overall). Following Thursday's 57-51 victory at Conestoga Valley, Township was half a game out of second place in the section.

On Tuesday, Township was dominant in its 68-31 defeat of Elizabethtown on the road. The Streaks built a 37-14 halftime lead and never looked back.

Megan Baldassarre led all scorers and reached the 20-point mark on the night. She scored 16 of her 20 points from the floor and went 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Olivia Matto, who converted a pair of three's, and Katie Bushong each finished with 12 points while Taylor Evans added nine more. Trinity Tull added six points while Delaney McKnight and Eden Miller each chipped in with four.

The Bears got a team-high 10 points from Sydney Pierson as they fell to 6-9 on the year (2-6 league).

Another strong start helped Township in its victory at Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. They took a 23-16 lead into the second quarter and extended that lead to nine points by halftime.

The Buckskins, who fell to 3-6 in Section One, attempted a second-half comeback, outscoring Township 25-22. But it was not enough.

Matto's 24 points led all scorers. Half of those points came on the four three-pointers she nailed. Baldassarre had a good night, scoring 14. Bushong backed the leading scorers by contributing nine more points while Evans added eight, including a 4-for-4 night at the foul line.

Rachel Robinson had 15 points for CV.

SWIMMING & DIVING

The boys' swimming and diving team battled the Black Knights at Township on Tuesday, but finished on the short end of a 97-88 score in a Section One meet. Hempfield improved to 3-0 while MT fell to 2-1.

The Knights won two of the three relay events. In the 200 medley relay, Charlie Gingrich, Stephen Gingrich, Noah Turk and Derek Jones pulled off a first-place finish in 1:39.33. Charlie Gingrich went on to claim the 50- and 100-free events with respective times of 21.56 and 48.14 seconds.

Nicholas Glass, who contributed to both Hempfield relay wins, took the 200 freestyle in 1:49.51

In the 500 free, Jones outlasted the competition with a winning time of 4:58.12, and Stephen Gingrich came through with a winning time of 56.51 in the 100 backstroke.

John Stanavage compiled 140.35 points to win the 1-meter diving.

The Township girls improved to 2-1 (6-1 overall) while Hempfield fell to 1-2 following Tuesday's 118-68 victory by the Streaks.

The victory included two relay wins - the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle.

Eva Salembier was part of both winning quartets. She swam to a first-place finish (1:56.64) with Griffin Relford, Hallie Speitel and Morgan Wylie-Thal in the 200 MR. Paige Newman, Jordyn Rowe and anchor Amy Yunginger joined Salembier for a combined winning time of 3:47.28 in the other.

Salembier also claimed the 100 backstroke in 1:02.70.

Newman was the winning swimmer in the 200- and 500-free events with respective times of 2:01.11 and 5:17.69. Yunginger, who also claimed the 200 IM in 2:11.46, and took the 100 free (53.87) while Wylie-Thal sprinted away with the 50-free in 25.05 seconds.

Speitel's time of 1:05.98 in the 100 butterfly was good for first, and Sara O'Hara took the diving with 195.15 points.

BOWLING

The Streaks fell to Penn Manor on Tuesday in L-L League bowling at Dutch Lanes. The Comets had two bowlers finish with over 760 points in the 7-0 win.

Included in the Comets' win was a near-perfect game by Nick Mease. He missed it by one pin, finishing with a 299 in the first game. He finished with a 765 aggregate over three games. Zach Bowers finished with 769.

The Blue Streaks got a 613 from Tyler Lappa and 604 by Shawn Mertz.

AIR RIFLE

It was a close match between rivals Manheim Central and Manheim Township on Thursday. The Barons were one point better in this one, defeating the Streaks 492-491.

Robert Wenger gave Township a perfect score of 100 while sophomore Hana Muser and junior Alex McFarland both shot 99's. Allison Scheler finished with a 97 while Lauren Katch shot 96.

The Barons were led by Josh Burkhart, Cade Grinder and Alex Stone - all of whom scored 99

In Tuesday's 497-493 defeat of Ephrata, Travis Kraft was one of three shooters to hit the 100 mark. Muser and Wenger each had 100's while McFarland (99) and Katch (98) also had good performances.

Molly Kamide led the Mountaineers with a 100 and Madison Miller shot a 99.

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Lady Streaks Fall to McCaskey, Edge Warwick January 16, 2017

The Manheim Township girls' basketball team has won two out of its last three games and improved its Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 4-3 on the year.

Coming off a victory over Penn Manor on Friday, January 6, the Blue Streaks visited McCaskey for another Section One clash last Tuesday night. The home team poured in 24 points in the fourth quarter to keep up with Township's surging offense and eked out a 77-73 victory over the Streaks.

The Streaks went into the locker room at halftime trailing 39-17. But they outscored the Red Tornado by a whopping 32-14 margin in the third quarter alone. The home team somehow kept pace with Township point-for-point in a final period that saw each team put up 24. Jaileen Short scored a team-high 19 for McCaskey.

Though the Streaks did not make a three-point shot in the entire game, they had two players finish with over 20 points. Megan Baldassarre scored 26, including 12 from the foul line, while Olivia Matto scored 23 more. Also, Katie Bushong poured in 17 points.

In their return home from the McCaskey game, the Blue Streaks out-jinxed Friday the 13th as they edged Warwick 44-39. The Warriors fell to 1-6 in the L-L League (4-9 overall) while Township improved to 7-6 overall.

Once again, Baldassarre and Matto were the team's top scorers. They each tallied 15 points with Matto making all nine of her free throw attempts. Evans added six while McKnight scored five.

Rylee Derr scored 13 points to lead Warwick.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Blue Streaks and head coach Matt Johns knew that the week held for them a very tough schedule with two crucial Section One games.

On Tuesday, the Streaks came up short against McCaskey in an edge-of-your-seat contest at home, which the Red Tornado won 67-65. On Friday night, the team visited Warwick and came up empty 55-49.

The two setbacks dropped Township's league record to 3-4 (6-6 overall).

Township actually held a five-point halftime edge in the McCaskey game. But the visiting Red Tornado went on a 30-12 run in the third quarter and held back the Streaks' fourth-quarter run.

Each team had four players reach double digits in scoring. McCaskey was led by Isiah Speller, who scored 17. The Streaks got a game-high 21 from Tyler Crespo. His two three-point field goals were the only ones by the Streaks. He also went 5-for-5 at the foul line.

Brendan Mellott added 18 points - all from the floor. Also hitting double digits were Nick Vicidomini and Brian Hines with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Township took an early lead at Warwick on Friday. The 14-7 advantage was cut to 20-17 by halftime and though the Streaks doubled that three-point advantage before the final period, the home team did more things right down the stretch to win this one by a score of 55-49. The Warriors, who inched ahead of Township in the standings with their now 4-3 Section One record (7-7 overall), got a game-high 24 from Alex Lalovic.

Mellott topped Township with 18 points while Hines added 10. Crespo came through with nine points and Vicidomini added eight more.

SWIMMING & DIVING

The girls' team captured its first Section One win and improved to 5-1 overall following a 136-47 defeat of Penn Manor on Tuesday. The boys' team stayed unbeaten (2-0 league, 6-0 overall) with a 120-56 win over the Comets.

"I was able to put different combinations together," head coach Dan Graybill said of the girls' meet. "There were three or four girls in that meet who earned varsity letters. You have to earn nine points in a given season and some of them were able to do that."

Township took all three relays. Amy Yunginger, who went on to win two freestyle events, contributed to the victory in the 200 medley relay. Yunginger, along with Mackenzie Weeks, Griffin Relford and Alexandra Angheloiu, combined for a winning time of 1:57.23.

"It's nice to give other girls a chance, and that's what I did," said Graybill "Mackenzie Weeks - the backstroke on that team, is a freshman. She got an opportunity to help the relay team grab first place."

Angheloiu went on to race with Jordyn Rowe, Avian Gethis and sophomore Alyssa Womeldorf in the 200 freestyle relay. They posted a first-place time of 1:50.46. The 400 free relay went to Paige Newman, Morgan Wylie-Thal, Diana Lamont, and Eva Salembier, winning with a 3:55.64 pace.

Wylie-Thal came out for the 50- and 100-free events as well, sprinting to victory in 25.18 seconds in the 50 and taking the 100 in 56.14.

"Morgan had her season-best times in both of the freestyles," Graybill noted.

Salembier won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.94 and Hallie Speitle took the 100 butterfly in 1:06.21.

"Hallie had a chance to shine in the 100 fly," said Graybill. "That was her best time of the season. I attribute that to all her hard work.

"Eva Salembier is one of those individuals you can literally put in everywhere," Graybill said of the swimmer's versatility. "She doesn't really have a weak stroke. She's very reliable and you can count on her. She works very hard."

Yunginger, who often dominates the butterfly, won the 200 free (1:57.94) and 500 free (5:15.35). The head coach had a purpose for where he placed her on Tuesday.

"I'm putting Amy into a variety of events," he said. "You have to have exposure in all of the strokes if your coach is going to nominate you for league MVP. You have to have been in all eight events."

Graybill did the same thing with class of '16 alumna Meredith Newman and she was selected as L-L League MVP last year.

Speaking of the Newman family, younger sister Paige Newman is still swimming for MT. She finished a close second to Yunginger in the 500 freestyle.

"Paige got her best time of the year in that race," Graybill said. "She was 24 hundredths off the pace - 5:15.35 for Amy and 5:15.59 for Paige."

In the 200 individual medley senior Jordyn Rowe got a season best 2:22.64. In the 1-meter diving, Shannon O'Hara won with 177.3 points and qualified for districts in doing so.

Stephen Gingrich, a senior, and his sophomore brother Charlie, helped the Streaks win the 200 medley relay. The winning foursome (1:42.82) also included Alex Paparo and Noah Turk.

In the 200 free relay, the Gingrich brothers again swam with Turk as well as Derek Jones for a winning time of 1:31.68.

"We won the 200 free relay with our season's best time," Graybill said. "Charlie won his signature 50 free in 21.87," said Graybill. "He also captured the 100 backstroke with his season best 55.82."

Township also won the 500 with Jones clocking a 5:04.10.

Paparo was a multiple winner with the 100 breaststroke (1:04.01) and the 200 IM (2:09.10) while Stephen Gingrich's 53.11 earned him first in the 100 fly. It was a season-best for him.

John Stanavage won the diving with 124.95 points.

WRESTLING

Township won a tough Section One battle over Hempfield on Wednesday, topping the arch rival 41-30. There were close decisions and a total of five forfeits in this match. But along with strong battles won by Jose Lao-Cooper, Carter Hasson, David Over and senior Colby Kenderdine, the Blue Streaks claimed victory.

Lao-Cooper won by a technical fall, 19-4, at 160 after Ian McCoy had come up short, 7-2, at 152.

Hasson's third-period pin (170) and Michael Steger's 6-4 decision over Chase Mathias (182) gave the Streaks a 14-3 edge before they had to forfeit at 195.

The momentum was regained by the Streaks, however, as they got a 7-1 decision at 220 by Myles Desha and offset another forfeit by claiming two of their own.

Hempfield's Jared Loose got a pin at 120 to cut Township's lead to 29-21. Over's pin at the 3:00 mark of 126 pound bout and Kenderdine's second-period pin at 132 upped the lead to 41-24 before the Knights took 145 on Township's third forfeit of the match.

At the Dallastown Duals on Saturday, the Streaks won two of three matches, defeating Marple Newtown 43-18 and slipping past Hatboro-Horsham 36-33 while they fell to Methacton 49-18.

In the Methacton match, Over and Kenderdine registered pins at the 126 and 132 weight classes, respectively, while Malcolm Schuyler turned the trick 36 seconds into the 113 for MT's 18 points.

Anthony Berneri opened the Marple Newtown match with a 16-5 major decision at 120. Kenderdine (132) downed his opponent by an 11-5 margin and McCoy won a 10-4 decision at 152.

Lao-Cooper and Hasson had pins at 160 and 170, respectively, followed by an 11-6 win by Michael Steger at 182.

The 10-4 win by Micah Sams at the 106 weight class broke a 33-33 tie against Hatboro-Horsham. By means of Township forfeits at 220 and 285, the Hatters had evened the score heading into the 106 bout.

Schuyler opened the match with a quick pin at 113. Anthony Berneri claimed 120 with a 10-8 score.

Kenderdine pinned his foe in less than a minute into the 132 pound bout. Lao-Cooper (160) won 10-4 and Hasson posted a pin at 170. Desha's decision was also instrumental in keeping Township in the match. He slipped past Jalen Edwards 6-5 at 195 to give his team that 12-point cushion prior to the two forfeits.

AIR RIFLE

With a perfect score of 100 by Zach Musser and three 99's by teammates Micheal Buffa, Robert Wenger and Drew Chieppor, the air rifle team topped Wilson 495-486 on Wednesday. Alex MacFarland shot a 98.

The Bulldogs got a 100 from Kayleigh Lanphar and a 98 by Sam Swope.

The Streaks improved to 4-1.

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