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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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