Gingrich Leads Towship Swimmers at States March 18, 2019
Senior Charlie Gingrich earned a pair of medals and was part of a relay team that medaled as the Manheim Township boys' and girls' swim teams competed in the PIAA Class 3A state championships at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16.
In Friday's preliminaries, Gingrich finished second with a time of 48.35 in the 100-yard butterfly event. In doing so, he improved on his qualifying time of 48.79. He then went on to claim a third-place tie in the finals against very tough competition, which included Conestoga High School's Brendan Burns, the state record holder in the 100 fly.
Gingrich tied Kimani Gregory of Penn Hills for third as both swimmers clocked in at 48.50.
"Charlie swam a very good, consistent race," said head coach Dan Graybill. "He had good underwaters in his turns. That's what you look for in that competitive level.
"If you come off your turns and have an outstanding underwater, you can catch up with the individual ahead of you," Graybill added.
Burns swam at a record pace of 46.79, breaking his 2018 record of 47.04.
"Brendan Burns is very good," Graybill agreed.
In the 200 freestyle relay finals on Friday, Gingrich, Connor Paladino, Conor Brenton and Jackson Prevost finished eighth with a time of 1:26.62. This quartet's qualifying time was nearly identical at 1:26.16, which was good for sixth place in the prelims.
"Both Conor Brenton and Connor Paladino split 21.0 in the 200 freestyle relay," Graybill noted. "That was good for the 50 free.
"We had Charlie lead off because when you're a leadoff leg, you can break any kind of record for the 50 since you're doing it from a flat start. He had a split of 20.36. That was under the qualifying time for All-American.
"Paladino is a sophomore and I anticipate he will be making more appearances at states. Brenton is going to Arizona next year," Graybill added.
Gabby Stramara also medaled, taking eighth place in the girls' 100 butterfly on Friday. She had a seventh-place time of 56.44 in the preliminaries and posted a time of 57.36 in the finals.
"Anytime a freshman makes the state meet, it's a really big deal," Graybill said of Stramara's accomplishment. Gabby finished eighth. There was only one freshman ahead of her.
I think she's going to have a bright future."
In Saturday's preliminaries, Gingrich and fellow senior Rob Perot qualified for the finals in the 100- and 500-free events, respectively. Gingrich's time of 45.61 was slightly higher than his seed time of 45.35. Perot shaved five seconds off his seeding time of 4:41.66 by recording a 4:36.51 in the prelims. Both boys finished eighth.
In the finals, Gingrich earned an eighth-place finish at 46.20 while Perot stayed consistently under 4:40 with his eighth-place time of 4:36.80 in the 500.
"Rob Perot broke our school record in the 500 freestyle," Graybill noted. "He had a favorable drop from the district meet. He finaled and finished eighth. It's always a big deal to finish in the top eight. Our state is one of the top-five in the nation.
"Anybody who gets into the 4:20's or 4:30's has to have a lot of stamina and endurance," added Graybill, referring to the long-distance freestyle event. "That's great for a school time.
"Rob Perot, last year in the states was in the consolation heat," Graybill said. "This year he graduated to the A-final. He's going on to Vassar College next year and plans to swim there."
The time for Gingrich in the 100 fly also qualified him for another honor in addition to earning a medal at states.
"One of the nice things about Charlie's time is that not only did it break out existing school record, it made him eligible for automatic All-American status," said Graybill. "His time ensured him a place in that. With the All-American certification, it's the top 100 relay and individual times in the country."
Township also had state qualifiers in the 200 medley relay for both the girls' and boys' squads. In Friday's preliminaries, Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott, Stramara and Morgan Wylie-Thal took 23rd place at 1:49.88. Stramara and Magrini both being freshmen and Pyott a sophomore gives the team continued hope for the future.
Pyott swam the breaststroke, Magrini the backstroke, Stramara the fly and Wylie-Thal the freestyle at 50 yards each.
"Olivia tied her best time in the breaststroke split with 29.7 seconds in the medley relay," said Graybill. Morgan Wylie-Thal split a 24.7 and that's a very good time for her. She has been working hard to get her time under 25 seconds."
The boy's 200 MR team consisted of senior Gage Mandrell, the Gingrich brothers- Charlie and Henry - along with Prevost at the anchor position. This foursome finished 21st at 1:37.54.
The girls' squad also featured Pyott's performance in the 100 breaststroke and freshman Liz Perot's 500 freestyle. Pyott's time of 1:08.79 was good for 31st place in the prelims while Perot earned 22nd place at 5:10.73.
"The fact that they qualified is pretty great," said Graybill. "Lizzie Periot had her second best time in the 500 free. It's difficult for a freshman to go into the state meet and drop a significant amount of time. Our District Three championship meet is a very competitive one."
In the diving competition, sophomore Nico Billoni finished 23rd, missing the chance to move on to semis. In his five dives, Billoni finished with 146.10 points.
"The fact that he made it is amazing, because he just started diving this year," said Graybill. "He is the first boy from the Lancaster-Lebanon League in seven years to make it to states in diving."
Shannon O'Hara made it into the semis but came up less than one point shy of making it to the finals.
The Township senior scored 160.30 in the prelims and finished 18th. In the semis, the top 16 made the cut. O'Hara racked up 256.05 points while Lower Merion's Amani Brown Swint finished 16th with 256.95 points - less than a point better than O'Hara.
The Township bowling team competed in the state championships on Friday and Saturday at Ephrata's Dutch Lanes. The boys' team finished eighth in the qualifying rounds with 3678 overall total.
The Streaks' face Ambridge and topped the Bridgers 3678 to 3654, but weren't able to qualify for the finals.
Drew Jaquith led the Blue Streaks with 572 points, scoring 195 in his first game and posting a score of 206 in his third game of the day.
Jordan Schell and Riahhon Kott finished second and third with respective scores of 547 and 542. Schell's top game was a 234. Kott was consistent with scores of 176, 185 and 181.
Finishing close to 500 was Matt Iseman. His aggregate score of 485 included a top game of 179.
In the Baker sets, the Streaks bested the Bridgers 569-533 while the Bridgers won the second Baker set 548-498.
Ryan Adams led Ambridge with a score of 607.
Township Drops PIAA Opener to Mt. Lebanon March 11, 2019
The Manheim Township boys' basketball team traveled to Peters Township to tip off the PIAA 6A state playoffs on Saturday evening. Their opponent at this neutral site was Mount Lebanon's squad, which was coming off a District Seven championship and bringing a 22-3 record into states.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick start, outscoring Township 20-12 in the opening period. They extended that lead to 34-24 by halftime and managed to hang on, despite a strong third-quarter effort by the Blue Streaks, whose season came to an end following the 67-57 loss.
Dating back to a non-league regular season game at Governor Mifflin on Groundhog Day, it was the Blue Streaks' eighth game on the road out of the last 10, including Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three 6A playoffs.
Hayden Mitchell of Mt. Lebanon led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Blaine Gartley, with a pair of threes, finished with 18.
Zach Oldac collected a team-high 15 points for Township. He and Will Greiner (six points on two treys) made the only three-pointers for the Streaks. Tyler Vicidomini poured in 12 points while the Blue Devils held the Streaks' leading scorer Tyler Crespo to eight points. Mickey Stokes also scored eight.
The Blue Devils move on to the round of 16 where their next game will feature a battle between the District Seven champ and District Eight champion Taylor Allderdice. The Dragons (22-5) topped Canon-McMillan in overtime on Saturday in a game actually played at Mt. Lebanon.
In closing out a season that saw the Blue Streaks claim the L-L League championship, there were five players putting on a Township basketball uniform for the last time on Saturday, including Crespo and Greiner. Another of the team's top scoring threats Brendan Mellott is one more senior who'll bid farewell to the Streaks as will Braydon Alaimo and a key role player Colin Yablonski.
The Streaks look forward to the return of Vicidomini, Oldac, Stokes, Jon Engel and many more for the 2019-20 campaign.
Streaks Finish 5th in Districts, Qualify for States March 3, 2019
That 20th victory was oh so nice for the Manheim Township boys' basketball team.
It wasn't a milestone win for head coach Matt Johns or for the program. It wasn't simply a nice round number to have 20 wins.
Rather, the victory was one which helped the Blue Streaks claim fifth place in the District Three Class 6A playoffs, which concluded on Friday, March 1 when Harrisburg topped Reading for the district title.
The previous day, in the third- and fifth- place consolation games, which were held respectively at Wilson and at Cumberland Valley, the Township squad topped CV 54-39. Meanwhile, Wilson shaded Chambersburg 53-51 in overtime to claim third.
"I'm proud of the way the kids came out and played," said head coach Matt Johns. "We were definitely focused on what we were going to do each night."
The top six teams from the district advance to the PIAA 6A state playoffs. The Streaks will face Section Seven champ Mount Lebanon in the opening round of PIAA's. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at Peters Township.
Asked about the distance the team will have to travel, Johns gave a response in line with the squad's workmanlike attitude.
"We're traveling about three hours and forty-five minutes," he replied. "But we've been on the road since districts started. It's just another gym - just slightly father away."
Earlier in the week, victory number 19 was crucial for the Streaks in order to keep their season alive.
On Tuesday, Township's Tyler Crespo could not be stopped. The senior scored 38 points, 15 of which came on the five three-point baskets he sized up perfectly. He was also 9-for-11 at the foul line.
"In the second half of that game he was absolutely amazing," said Johns. "He willed us to victory, scoring 31 of his points in the second half."
That 19th victory was nearly a nervous breakdown as the Panthers clawed ahead to a 30-21 halftime advantage. Township responded with a 22-15 run in the third and managed to pull even at 61-61 at the end of regulation. The Streaks outscored the Panthers 13-8 in the extra period.
"We got outscored in the second quarter," Johns added. "We didn't have a lot of energy or flow."
Also contributing to the Township offense were Tyler Vicidomini (14 pts.) and Brendan Mellott (13 pts.), the latter of whom made a pair of treys.
"Tyler Vicidomini had a very good second half as did Brendan Mellott and Zach Oldac," added the coach. "Jon Engel, Ben Mann, and Colin Yablonski did some nice stuff for us defensively."
The Blue Streaks' strong second quarter helped them pull ahead 26-10 in Thursday's contest at Cumberland Valley. Despite an Eagles comeback effort in the third period, the Streaks finished strong with a 16-11 run in the fourth.
Senior Will Greiner dropped in a game-high 17 points.
"He was unreal," Johns commented. "That was a season high for him and was one point off his career high.
"His career high came in a triple overtime game last year," continued the coach. "This was 17 points in regulation."
Crespo and Vicidomini poured in 12 and 11, respectively. Mickey Stokes, Engle and Oldac each finished with four points.
Gabby Stramara, Charlie Gingrich and the Blue Streaks made quite a splash at the District Three Class-AAA swimming and diving championships at Cumberland Valley High School on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.
Gingrich, who was also part of the boys' 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay squads, earned the gold in the 100-yard butterfly in record-setting fashion. He won the event in 48.79 seconds on Friday.
"He has been determined and looking to reach this goal of his," said head coach Dan Graybill. "He was trying to get under 50 seconds and he not only achieved that, he broke the district record and our school record."
Stramara won the girls' 100 fly with a time of 56.22. Graybill explained that the victory wasn't as clear cut, however.
"There was another girl breathing down her neck and no time came up when Gabby finished because she didn't hit the wall firmly enough," he explained. "It was determined that she had a faster time by 67 one-hundredths of a second."
Like Gingrich, she too was part of a 200 medley relay team that earned a medal. Stramara teamed up with Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott and Morgan Wylie-Thal to take fifth place (1:49.14).
The boys' 200 medley relay team was made up of Gingrich, Gage Mandrell, Henry Gingrich and Jackson Prevost. They had a strong third-place finish at 1:36.84.
The boys' 200 freestyle relay team included Gingrich, Connor Paladino, Conor Brenton with Prevost also anchoring the group. They took second at 1:25.92, a new school record.
Graybill was asked about Prevost's contribution as the anchor in both events.
"Jackson really stepped up for us," replied the coach. "You can count on him to do a very good split when he's anchoring the relay."
Prevost's split in the medley relay was 21.89 seconds while he did a 21.66 in the 200 free relay.
Also on the first day of competition, the Township girls' 200 free relay team of Wylie-Thal, Stramara, Faith Forman and Diana Lamont posted an eighth-place time of 1:41.49.
On Saturday, Pyott was in the top-five for the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.11. Liz Perot finished fourth in the 500 free.
"She dropped 10 seconds with a time of 5:09.60," Graybill noted.
Rob Perot took fifth in the boys' 500 free with a time of 4:41.66 while Gingrich earned fourth (46.35) in the 100 breaststroke.
Shannon O'Hara finished in the top-five for the girls' 1-meter diving competition. The senior scored 373.50 and narrowly missed fourth place, which was claimed by Governor Mifflin's Morgan MacMahon.
Meredith Gould of Hershey won the girl's diving with 431.40.
Nico Billoni finished fourth with 360.90 points in the boys' diving competition.
Both Billoni and O'Hara qualified for states.
In the team standings, the girls finished in a fifth-place tie with Cumberland Valley at 140 points. The boys' team finished fourth with 173 points. The Wilson boys (339) and girls team (363.50) were the winners.
While the Wilson girls and boys swim teams won the district bowling titles, the boys' bowling team came out on top in the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Bowling Championships, which were held at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on Saturday.
In the quarterfinals, Manheim Township lost 2-1 to Danville. The top two seeded teams - Cedar Crest and Warwick - had each earned a bye in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Wilson blanked Warwick 2-0 while Cedar Crest topped Danville by the same count. Wilson then edged Crest 2-1 to win the tournament.
In the individual rankings Jordan Schell had a total score of 1124, which included a second game that ended at 277. In the first game out, Schell recorded a 242.
Among the Township boys, Drew Jaquith scored 945 and Matt Iseman finished with a score of 919.
Township qualifying for the quarterfinals came on the strength of the team's 4165 total points, which seeded the Streaks sixth in the regional tournament.
Township Boys Top CD, Fall to Reading February 24, 2019
The Blue Streaks, coming off a huge victory over Central Dauphin in the first round of the District Three Class 6A playoffs, were unable to get past the Reading Red Knights on Friday night in a quarterfinal game at the Geigle Complex in Reading. The Knights gained momentum late in the first half. Despite a fairly solid third quarter by the visitors, Reading managed to hang on for a 68-55 win.
"In the last three minutes of the second quarter they had a few steals that they turned into layups," head coach Matt Johns explained. "We missed a few free throws and they closed the quarter with a couple of three-pointers. So it stretched it out pretty quickly."
Reading went on a 21-12 run in the second quarter, taking a 34-23 halftime lead. Township fought back and narrowed that margin before the end of the third.
"The rest of the game was pretty even," Johns said. "We won the third quarter and were winning the fourth quarter until we started having to foul."
Manheim Township (18-8) stays alive, however, and will play in this week's district consolation semifinal game. The Streaks, who entered the playoffs as the number 11 seed, will play at seventh-ranked Central York. The Panthers (18-7) lost to Chambersburg in their quarterfinal game.
"We have to win to qualify for states," said Johns. "Only six teams (from the district) get to go."
Wesley Butler led the Knights with a game-high 22 points on Friday night, teammate Daniel Colter finished with 20 points.
Zach Oldac led the Blue Streaks with 20 points. He and Tyler Crespo (13 pts), who wasn't playing at 100 percent due to an ankle injury, as well as Will Greiner (11 pts) each finished with two three-pointers.
The opening-round win for Township came against a team higher than the Streaks in the district power rankings. The Rams entered the district playoffs as the sixth seed and played host to Township on Tuesday, February 19.
The score was nearly identical to the Reading game, but in Township's favor of course. The Streaks topped the Rams 69-55 with Brendan Mellott scoring a game-high 19 points.
It was in that game that Crespo, who had the highest number of three pointers, got hurt. Crespo's night included three treys and 13 points. He also went 4-for-4 at the foul line.
"He had an offensive rebound and when he came down, he hurt his ankle," said Johns. "Mickey Stokes, and Colin Yablonski came off the bench and did a nice job for us. Zach Oldac had to be the primary ball handler. He was able to take it to the hole a few times and was able to get contact and make some foul shots. He has been a primary ball handler for us with Crespo hurt."
Oldac contributed 12 points while Tyler Vicidomini scored nine.
The offense that was having difficulty getting on track in an anemic first quarter (six points) went on a 23-11 tear in the second quarter. The Streaks placed an exclamation point on the final period, outscoring the Rams 24-14 to secure the decisive margin of victory.
"We were down 16-6 at the end of the first quarter," Johns recalled. "We played more aggressive and got it done at the foul line the rest of the game. We had the free throw shooting advantage throughout the game, but especially in the fourth quarter."
As for Crespo's injury going from Tuesday's game to Friday, the head coach said, "We had a couple of days off, so he did some therapy and rehab on it. But he still wasn't 100 percent."
Micah Sams and David Over competed in the District Three Class-AAA Championships, which were held at Hersheypark Arena on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23.
Sams, who competed at the 106-pound weight class, had qualified for the district championships thanks to a third-place finish in the District Three 3A Section 2 sectionals the previous weekend at Hempfield.
Over earned second place at sectionals, coming up short in the title match of the 145-pound weight class.
Jacob Fetrow of Gettysburg won a close bout against Sams in the opening round, posting a 2-0 victory. Sams responded with a 5-0 triumph in the first round of the consolations before a loss to Ayden Bertoldi of Hershey ended the Township junior's quest.
The previous week, Bertoldi, the 106-pound champ in the sectionals, had pinned Sams and forced him to battle through the wrestle backs. Sams, who had a first-round bye and had topped Hempfield's Gio Luciano in a 7-2 decision before falling to Bertoldi, battled back with an 8-2 decision over Wyatt Mummaw of Elizabethtown and a second-period pin over Ethan Herr of Donegal in the third-place match.
In the districts, Over finished fifth. In the first round, the Township senior suffered a first-period pin at the hands of Dallastown junior Sam Druck. The two grapplers were tied 2-2 at the 1:29 mark when Druck registered the pin.
Over rebounded with a 15-0 technical fall and kept up the strong momentum with a 10-0 defeat of Mitchell Arch of Central Dauphin.
Following another shutout victory - a 2-0 win against Christian Prestil of Cedar Cliff - he lost a consolation semifinal match by a 7-2 score, but won the fifth-place match over Hunter Gregoris of Big Spring. Gregoris had qualified for districts with by earning gold at the Section 3 sectionals the previous week. Over pinned the Big Spring wrestler 3:41 into the bout.
Getting past Arch was a bit of revenge for Over. The previous week Over settled for second place because of a 12-4 win by Arch in the sectional title match.
Incidentally, the MT senior earned his way to the championship on February 16 with pins against Hayden Shreiner of Warwick and Anthony Glessner of Penn Manor.
Also competing and advancing in the sectionals was Hayden Brennan at 113. He pinned Janyssa Barrios of McCaskey 2:34 into the first match before being sent to the consolations by Ethan Ketner of Hershey.
In the consis, he pinned Skyler Nagle of E-town in the first period before being edged out 4-2 by eventual fifth-place finisher Hunter Erb of Lampeter-Strasburg.
Cade Clancy (152) finished fifth at in the sectional tournament. The sophomore stayed solid following his 1-0 loss to Cole Rice of E-town. He pinned Zhiwel Zhang of Palmyra at the 3:00 mark and pinned Donegal's Mason Ober before facing Hunter Bentz of Central Dauphin. In that consolation semifinal, Bentz prevailed 8-6, giving Clancy another chance at Rice. This time it was the Township wrestler winning as he claimed fifth place with a 5-3 win.
Charles Leidig opened with a major decision against Hector Colon of L-S in the 160 pound weight class. A close 3-2 loss sent him to the consolations where Leidig first registered a pin (Kaiden Heaps, E-town) before losing on a fall to eventual third-place finisher Kole Marley of Penn Manor.
Sophomore Hank Farrell went 1-2 in the sectionals. Wrestling at 182, he pinned Tyler Lanza of E-town before eventual champ Nylem Flucas of Hershey registered a second-round pin.
In the consis, Farrell lost to Hempfield foe Gordy Hoover, who went on to finish sixth.
Township tallied 66 team points at the sectionals and finished in 11th place - only two points shy of Donegal, who finished 10th.
The Wilson Bulldogs defeated Manheim Township in an opening-round game of the District Three Class 6A girls' basketball playoffs on Monday, February 18.
The Streaks entered districts with a 15-7 record and a 10th-place seeding. Wilson, ranked seventh, hosted the match.
It was a slow start for both sides as the game went into the second quarter with Wilson up 8-6. The Bulldogs, who improved to 16-10, extended their lead to eight points by halftime and held off the Streaks in the fourth quarter, claiming a 53-40 win.
Katie Bushong led the Streaks with 15 points while Alexcia Bryant scored 10. Alijiah Bonano, who sank the only three-pointer for MT, finished with five points.
MT Tops Spartans, Bears in LL League Playoffs February 15, 2019
The Manheim Township boys' basketball team reached the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game for the first time in 14 years with a 63-52 defeat of Elizabethtown on Thursday night. In the semifinal game held at Conestoga Valley, the Blue Streaks (16-7) won the first game of a doubleheader with Cedar Crest and Warwick squaring off in the nightcap.
Playing in the championship game has special meaning for the Blue Streaks head coach Matt Johns.
"It has been played at Manheim Township for the past 10 or 11 years," Johns said. "It's means a lot for our kids to get to the championship game."
The Streaks' win in the semis was the team's sixth straight L-L League victory, including a stretch that helped the team claim the Section One title by one game over Cedar Crest.
"It was great to see our kids respond when we were down a couple of weeks ago," said Johns. "We played it one game at a time."
Thanks to a big second quarter, the Streaks went into the locker room at halftime leading 36-27. The second half was much closer with E-town nearly matching Township point-for-point.
"We got ahead with a nice lead in the first quarter and stretched it out by halftime," Johns explained.
The Bears' comeback made it a closer game down the stretch, however.
"We were up by only one in the fourth quarter," Johns continued. "We knocked down some key baskets.
"We had a few three's against them," he added. "Will Greiner had three three-pointers and finished with 11 points. Zac Oldac and Tyler Crespo each had a big game."
Oldac finished with a game-high 20 points and Crespo poured in 18.
The championship game will have the Streaks facing Warwick. The Warriors defeated Cedar Crest 72-47 in the other semifinal game. Results of that game will appear in the February 27 edition.
On Tuesday, Township took advantage of several Garden Spot turnovers in a 70-34 victory that advanced the Streaks into the Lancaster-Lebanon League semifinals.
"We gave away the ball 13 times in the first quarter, and had 27 turnovers in the game," said Garden Spot head coach Nate Musselman. "Give Manheim Township credit, certainly, but you can't turn the ball over in a playoff game at that rate."
"It was definitely a key factor in the game," Johns said of the high turnovers by Township's opponents.
"We started the game by pressing," Johns explained. "We've done that a handful of times where we've had success and stuck with it."
The quarterfinal match was actually played on the Streaks' home court, having been rescheduled twice due to weather conditions until it was finally played on Wednesday.
Therefore, the Streaks as well as the opposition - the Section Two runner-up Elizabethtown Bears - didn't have any off days before the semis. E-town eked by Lampeter-Strasburg 47-44 on Wednesday.
The Streaks jumped out to a 23-11 lead and extended that to 39-16 by halftime. Township finished strong with a 17-8 run in the fourth quarter.
Brendan Mellott led all scorers. The Streaks' senior guard poured in 18 points, including a three-point basket. Zach Oldac added 14 points which also included a three-pointer. Tyler Crespo, who went 5-for-5 at the foul line, and Mickey Stokes each scored seven points.
"Tyler Crespo was distributing the ball well. He had a lot of assists," said Johns. "He was making the right reads and getting them the ball. It was a game where the guys were unselfish."
Andrew Zentner and Keontae Nunn each scored 10 for the Spartans.
Township's top finisher in the L-L League bowling championship was Rhiannon Kott. In the championships, which were held at Leisure Lanes on Wednesday, Kott finished eighth to earn a medal. The winner on the day was Cedar Crest's Paige Boyd, who defended her title.
Township Tops Crest, Wins Section Title February 11, 2019
The chase was on for the Section One title. Would anyone catch Cedar Crest's boys' basketball team in the standings. For most of the season, it seemed that teams like McCaskey, Hempfield and Manheim Township would finish close.
The team that kept itself the closest and took advantage of a three-game losing streak by the Falcons (all by two or fewer points) was Manheim Township. The Streaks, in their last league game of the season, defeated Cedar Crest on the road 61-60 last Tuesday night. The win put Township at 9-4 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League while the Falcons finished second at 8-5 (17-5 overall).
"McCaskey beat them at the buzzer. Penn Manor scored on them with about five seconds left in that game and we beat them with no time left on the clock in the last game of the season," summed up head coach Matt Johns. "They went on a three-game skid right when we went on a four-game winning streak."
Of course it did not come easily, as one might expect in a highly-competitive section and in a game that ended on a one-point margin of victory.
"It was our goal at the beginning of the season to win the section," said Johns. "We had our future in our hands. We wanted to win it outright. Hempfield beating McCaskey helped us do that."
Hempfield topped McCaskey 60-45 on Tuesday.
"If McCaskey had won, then we might have had to play a one-game playoff for the section," Johns pointed out.
On Tuesday night, the Streaks bolted out to a 35-27 halftime lead and held on for the one-point victory. The Falcons outscored the visitors 21-15 in the fourth quarter.
"They got pretty aggressive in the fourth quarter and drew some fouls," Johns explained. "They hit a few three pointers and we missed a couple of layups.
"Down the stretch Tyler Crespo and Brendan Mellott hit some key free throws for us," he added. "Will Greiner drew a charge that was also big."
Part of what helped the Streaks eke out the win was their higher shooting percentage from the foul line. Township shot 67 percent to Crest's 57 percent.
In fact, the Falcons missing a free throw ultimately proved to be the difference.
"We fouled them and they had the opportunity to tie the game with no time left on the clock," Johns noted. "They missed the last one."
So as far as scripts go, can it get any better than this?
"Last game of the season with the last shot coming with no time left on the clock?" Johns agreed.
Tyler Crespo led everyone in scoring, pouring in 30 points, including four treys. Brendan Mellott and Tyler Vicidomini added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Logan Horn led Cedar Crest with 15 points.
Township played two undefeated teams last week in L-L League girls' basketball. By the end of the week, one of those teams no longer had an unblemished league record.
Cedar Crest entered Tuesday night's game with a 12-0 mark in the L-L League. The Streaks held the Falcons to 33 points in a 37-33 overtime victory, wrapping up the regular season with an 11-2 league record (one game shy of winning the section title). The Streaks improved to 14-7 overall while Crest fell to 16-5.
Township held its visitors scoreless in the extra period after regulation play ended at 33-33. It was a see-saw battle in the second half. After MT had taken a 17-14 lead heading into the third quarter, the Falcons went on a 12-5 run only to see Township win the fourth quarter by a four-point margin.
Katie Bushong led all scorers with 15 points. Ali Quinn, who was 6-for-6 at the free throw line, scored nine points.
The Falcons were led by Molly Bucher and Morgan Thomson with 10 points each.
The Streaks' next game was in the L-L League playoffs. The runners-up of Section One were pitted against Section Four champion Lancaster Catholic on Saturday evening. The Crusaders, who came into the game averaging nearly 70 points, went on an 18-7 run in the second quarter to build 20-point halftime advantage. They held off a strong Township comeback bid in the final stanza to win the game 83-51. The Crusaders improved to 19-4 overall.
There was little that could be done to stop Lancaster Catholic's Kiki Jefferson, who finished with 29 points, including three from three-point range.
Bushong's 16 points and 13 scored by Alijiah Bonano led Township. Bonano nailed three treys on the night.
The Streaks, who finished 10th in the District Three Class 6A power rankings will next play on Monday, February 18 when they face seventh-ranked Wilson on the road in the district opener.
The Lancaster-Lebanon League swimmers and divers converged on the Roy G. Snyder Natatorium in Wilson West Lawn for the league championship meet on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9. When the two-day meet was all in the books, the Township boys had won the team championship convincingly with 150 points to Cedar Crest's second-place total of 65. Meanwhile the MT girls' team came up just short with 80.5 points while Warwick, with 85.5 points, was first.
"I certainly expected a very close meet with Warwick," said head coach Dan Graybill "It's not that we swam poorly, they swam slightly better."
"The boys' wound up winning all three relays and that itself was good for 54 points," he added. "And that gave us an advantage.
"In the 200 free relay the 1:27.45 established a new league record and our school record," Graybill noted.
When the Streaks are competing in a league or district championship meet, no record is safe.
Charlie Gingrich was one of the swimmers to prove that on Friday. The senior not only repeated as the 50-yard freestyle champ, he topped his own league record by registering a time of 20.81.
In the girls' 100 butterfly, Gabby Stramara was on pace to break a record as well. Former Township standout Amy Yunginger had set the record a year ago. Stramara, a freshman, put her stamp on the 100 fly with a record time of 55.27. Donegal's Jenna Park was second (57.64).
"She broke Amy's record by a whole second," said Graybill.
Stramara was also part of the winning 200 medley relay squad, teaming up with Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott and Morgan Wylie-Thal for a first-place time of 1:50.77.
Meanwhile, the 200 freestyle relay team Stramara, Wylie-Thal, Faith Forman and Diana Lamont earned second at a 1:41.06 pace.
"I had Gabby lead off because I needed another good 50 freestyle for her," Graybill noted. "I was hoping we would win that one, but it just wasn't in the cards. But it was our best time for them and for our team this season."
Hope Boldizar was sixth (1:59.54) in the 200 freestyle.
Also on the first day, the boys' 200 medley relay team of Elijah Gocotano, Gage Mandrell, Gingrich and Jack Prevost posted a winning time of 1:37.15.
Mandrell took second in the 200 freestyle (1:46.91) with Prevost promptly placing third at 1:47.85.
Also taking third on the first day's events was Rob Perot in the 200 individual medley. He posted a time of 2:00.31. Freshman Henry Gingrich (55.48), Gocotano (56.47), and sophomore Alonos Borrero (57.00) took fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 fly.
The boys held the team lead after the first day of competition with 82 points. The girls' team was second (49) behind Warwick (55).
Stramara placed fourth in the 100 freestyle on Saturday, recording a 54.34. Perot placed fifth (5:19.37) in the 500 free. Magrini's time of 1:01.46 was good for fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Forman, Pyott, Perot and Lamont's time of 3:47.12 was good for third in the 400 free relay on Saturday.
On the second day, more record-breaking performances took place, including Charlie Gingrich's time of 46.63 in the 100 freestyle - a meet record time.
"Charlie broke the 50 free record and the 100 free record," Graybill noted. "The 50 free also broke our school record at 20.81. The 100 free also broke the league record and by one-hundredths of a second broke our school record."
Also claiming first in the boys' meet was the foursome of Mandrell, Connor Paladino, Henry Gingrich and anchor Rob Perot, who posted a 3:18.28 in the 400 free relay.
In addition, Perot claimed a second-place finish in the 500 free (4:41.33) and third-place time of 4:48.25 by Gage Mandrell in the same race.
"We gained a lot of points in the boys' meet because we had multiple finishers," Graybill noted.
Mitchell Calhoun came through with a third-place finish (55.55) in the 100 backstroke.
It was an exciting finish for freshman Brian Nguyen, who took third in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 1:02.56 was slightly better than teammate Adrian Waplinger (1:02.59), who finished fourth.
Prevost's sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke registered a time of 55.89 seconds. Junior Tyler Besnoff took seventh (5:01.37) in the 500 free.
"Tyler had a lifetime best in the 200 freestyle, even though he didn't finish in the top 10, with his 1:54.52," said Graybill "In the 500 freestyle he had a big drop in time - about 13 seconds. He was in the top-eight. That event had a large field of seniors."
The swim teams weren't the only ones competing in a championship this past weekend. The L-L League air rifle championships were held at Conestoga Valley on Saturday.
From a field of 48 shooters, junior Jada Bender finished on top with a perfect score of 200. Hitting the center target four times on the day, Bender edged Ephrata's Briana Bowers, who also recorded a 200.
Teammate Ben Fahrney had five centers, but narrowly missed the 200-point mark. It was the most centers on the day.
Their efforts lifted Township to the team championship with 994 points. Ephrata finished second (988) while Elizabethtown (987) finished a close third - one point ahead of Manheim Central.
With a tight match to the very last shot, the Streaks held on to first place in the L-L League air rifle standings, mounting a 499-497 win at Ephrata on Tuesday.
Both sides featured four sharpshooters who reached the 100-point mark, including Bowers from Ephrata's squad. Fahrney, Hunter Modene, Eli Torres and Hannah Musser reached the century mark for Manheim Township. The difference proved to be Graham Wolf's near-perfect score of 99 to Ephrata's number five shooter finishing at 97.
The win improved Township's record to 12-2 while Ephrata fell to 9-4.
As the regular season and the championships wrapped up, the Streaks had four members of the squad named as league all-stars. Fahrney, Musser, Modene and Wolf were four of the 10 all-star selections. Bowers of Ephrata has the highest average (99.67) among the all-stars with Fahrney (99.33) and Musser (99.25) fifth and sixth, respectively.
Lady Streaks Top Hempfield, Penn Manor February 4, 2019
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team topped two Section One rivals this past week, including arch rival Hempfield. The Blue Streaks topped the Knights on the road Wednesday night - the first of three straight road games for the Streaks, who improved to 14-6 by week's end. They lost a close one at Red Lion on Thursday night in non-league competition and downed Penn Manor on Friday, 54-32 score.
The freezing conditions in the region not only prompted postponements of some Lancaster-Lebanon League events, it also made it difficult to hold practices.
"The Hempfield game was tough to get going because we didn't get a chance to practice the day before and had some weird schedules," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "The first half was a little sloppy and we needed some time to get going."
Coming out for the second half, the Streaks held a 23-15 lead over Hempfield. They had to hang on for the 36-26 victory as the Knights' defense tightened up.
"Once we adjusted to the flow of the game, we settled in and were able to do some things that helped us beat them," added Burkhart. "We got some stops on defense and were able to convert them into points at the other end."
Despite the low scores, Township's Katie Bushong scored 20 points on the night, including a 10-for-12 effort at the foul line. Alexcia Bryant scored eight.
The Knights, who fell to 5-14 (4-7 league) were led by Lindsey Durkota with nine points.
The Red Lion game was close throughout. The Lions came away with a 49-42 win. Though they limited Bushong to 11 points, the Streaks' offensive production was shared by Alijiah Bonano and Bryant as well. They scored nine points each with Bonano's nine points all coming from three-point field goals. Ali Quinn (7 pts) also hit a three-pointer.
"They're a well-coached and team and their pressing defense gave us a little trouble early on until we settled in and figured out how to attack it," Burkhart said.
Township trailed 22-18 at the half. The Streaks poured it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points. But the home team staved off the comeback.
Township improved to 10-2 in the L-L League with the win at Penn Manor. Bushong and Bonano scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, with Bonano nailing three three-point jumpers. Ella Hart led the Comets with 15 points.
Burkhart expressed how proud he was of the squad putting together a winning effort following two games on two consecutive nights, including the Red Lion game that included a long bus ride.
"Coming off back-to-back road games, we really got a chance to see what we were made of," he said. "We did a very good job of getting defensive stops and securing rebounds to let us go on offense. We did a good job running the floor and getting to the basket - not just settling for the first available shot.
"Finishing the week 2-1 after playing three straight games on the road is a really good week," Burkhart added. "It's something we will need to get used to if we are going to make any kind of a run during the postseason," he added.
Manheim Township clinched the Section One title in both boys' and girls' swimming as the Blue Streaks topped Warwick last Wednesday. The boys' team won 131-42 while the Township girls edged Warwick 108-72 in a home dual meet. The Streaks wrapped up their regular season with both the girls' and boys' squads undefeated (5-0) in league competition. The Warwick girls finished at 4-1 while the boys fell to 2-3.
In the girls' meet, the Streaks won two of the relay events. Hope Boldizar, Diana Lamont, Liz Perot, and Faith Forman finished with a time of 3:49.29 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The foursome of Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott, Gabrielle Stramara, Morgan Wylie-Thal claimed first in the 200 medley relay at 1:51.00.
Magrini's 100 backstroke (1:03.78) win along with Perot's first-place finishes in the 200 free (2:02.07) and 500 free (5:23.78) were helpful in placing the Streaks ahead of the Warriors
Stramara also had multiple wins, grabbing first in the 200 IM (2:17.91) as well as a winning time of 58.0 seconds in the 100 butterfly. Pyott took the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.21.
Shannon O'Hara won the diving with a final score of 220.2 points.
The boys' team won all three relay events with Jackson Prevost and Elijah Gocotano participating in two of those winning quartets.
Gocotano anchored the 200 medley relay that was led off by Prevost and included Luke Brandsema and Henry Gingrich. They posted a winning time of 1:45.74.
Prevost led off the 400 free relay followed by Gage Mandrell, Rob Perot and Charlie Gingrich. They triumphed with a time of 3:51.93.
The 200 free relay team of Conor Brenton, Mitchell Calhoun, Alonso Borrero and Gocotano posted a time of 1:34.84.
Charlie Gingrich swam the 100 butterfly, flying to a first-place finish in 50.30 seconds. Brian Nguyen went on to win the 100 breaststroke (1:04.42) and Breton sprinted to victory in the 50 free at 23.43 seconds.
The 100 free went to Connor Paladino at 51.27 seconds. Mandrell (1:50.03) and Perot (4:44.88) won the 200 and 500 freestyle events, respectively.
Nico Billoni complied 176.9 points to win the diving competition.
Keeping pace with Cedar Crest has been the priority for teams in Section One. And with the Township boys' team winning two league games this past week, the Blue Streaks found themselves only half a game behind the Falcons in the section standings.
In addition, this week's Township boys' basketball team fans were watching for an individual accomplishment - that of senior guard Tyler Crespo chasing the all-time scoring record in the program.
Township topped Penn Manor and Hempfield in L-L League action and lost to Governor Mifflin in a non-league game. The Falcons split their two league games, losing by a basket to McCaskey. The result is a season-ending showdown between the Streaks and the Falcons on February 5 at Cedar Crest.
Last Wednesday night, the Streaks topped the Knights 54-40, holding Hempfield to single digits in each of the first two periods. With a 30-16 halftime lead for the host Streaks, the two sides each scored 24 points in the second half.
Crespo came away with 19 points, leaving him only eight points shy of setting the school record for most career points. The senior scored three treys and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the foul line.
Brendan Mellott scored 14 while Mickey Stokes tacked on another six.
Hempfield's Eli Washington led all scorers with 21 points.
In the high-scoring game against Section One foe Penn Manor on Friday night, the Streaks didn't get off to a good start. The Comets went into the second quarter with an 18-4 lead.
The comeback victory in overtime, however, included a 34-18 run by the Blue Streaks over the next two periods. They also outscored the visitors 13-7 in overtime to win, 69-63.
As for Crespo, he peppered the basket with 32 points to break Clay Scovill's 14-year-old record.
Zach Oldac also supported the comeback with 16 points, including a pair of treys. Tyler Vicidomini scored 12.
Ethan Hine led the Comets with 20 and Ty Erisman poured in 19, including four treys.
The Mustangs topped the Streaks 43-37 at Governor Mifflin on Saturday afternoon. The Streaks overcame an early deficit to take a 22-21 halftime lead. Mifflin inched ahead and then went on a 12-7 run in the fourth.
Mifflin's Bryce Black led all scorers with 15 points. Crespo and Vicidomini each put up nine points for the Streaks. Oldac and Mellott scored eight and six points, respectively.
The Township air rifle team won two matches this past week and improved to 12-2. The Streaks topped Governor Mifflin and Wilson with Hunter Modene scoring 100 points in both matches.
Ben Fahrney also hit the century mark in the 497-487 defeat of Wilson on Friday. In that win, Andy Nguyen, Ethan Demlar and Hana Musser each scored 99's.
Modene and Jade Lehman each struck the 100-point mark in the Mifflin match on Thursday. Musser, Jada Bender and Eli Torres provided 99's to give the Streaks a solid victory.
Township edged Penn Manor 4-3 at Leisure Lanes on Monday.
Jordan Schell, who was coming off a spectacular game against Conestoga Valley, bowled a 225 and a 251 in the first two games, ultimately finishing with a 680 series.
Drew Jaquith finished with 441 on the day.
The Comets were led by Mark Smith, who bowled a 279 in his third game and finished with a 709.
Ephrata topped Township 5-2 at Dutch Lanes on Friday. Jaquith was MT's top bowler with a score of 581. Cameron Zwally of Ephrata finished with a score of 605.
Bushong Nets 25 Points in Win Over McCaskey January 28, 2019
The Blue Streaks split their two contests last week, defeating Section One rival McCaskey on Tuesday but coming up short against Lampeter-Strasburg in a non-league game Saturday afternoon.
With Katie Bushong lighting up the scoreboard to the count of 25 points and Alijiah Bonano pouring in another 18, the Streaks topped McCaskey, improving their league mark to 8-2.
Township held a 31-12 lead at halftime. Despite a 19-15 run by the visitors, the Streaks halted the Red Tornado comeback bid in the fourth quarter.
Bonano hit four three-pointers on the night and Alexcia Bryant scored seven points.
The Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers came into Saturday's game with the same league mark as the Streaks. In what was considered a non-league game, the Pioneers topped Township 56-44 after getting off to a fast 23-13 start in the opening period. The Pioneers improved to 15-4 overall while the Streaks fell to 12-5.
Bushong (13) and Ali Quinn (12) led the scoring. The Streaks hurt themselves at the foul line, going 7-for-16 on free throws.
In a clash between two strong Section One swimming programs, the Manheim Township boys' and girls' squads outdid the Penn Manor Comets on Tuesday afternoon at Millersville University. The scores were nearly identical with the girls' team winning 112-58 while the boys' meet ended at a 116-53 final score. Both Township teams improved their league mark to 4-0, 8-0 overall.
They'll wrap up the regular season at home against Warwick - a section rival with a girls' team that is also 4-0 (8-0 overall).
Charlie Gingrich and Jackson Prevost were among the leaders for the boys' team. Gingrich won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.18 seconds. He also took the 500 freestyle in 4:52.91. The time he posted in the 500 was a very pleasant surprise to him as well as Township coach Dan Graybill.
"He did very well in the 500 free," Graybill said. "I don't think he expected to go 4:52. I thought if he went five minutes, it would be good. We were both in disbelief."
There was a very strong motive for Graybill to assign Gingrich the 500 free on Tuesday. He explained that it was about the Most Valuable Swimmer nomination.
"In order to achieve enough points for the most valuable swimmer, you have to have taken part in each of the strokes," said Graybill. "That was the reason Charlie was swimming the 500 freestyle. You had to swim all of the events."
Prevost not only won the 200 freestyle (1:50.82), he also took first in the 100 backstroke in 57.36 seconds.
"I think those are the two events where he might place in the league championship," Graybill said.
Henry Gingrich joined fellow freshman Brady Schwartz, sophomore Connor Paladino and senior Adrian Waplinger for a win in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome, which was anchored by Paladino, won in 1:34.54.
"Connor Paladino is a very reliable swimmer," Graybill remarked. "Adrian Waplinger went first because I needed to get a good time for him in the 50 free. If he leads off a relay, you can use that time in the leagues.
"Also, Henry had a good split," the coach continued. "Brady Schwartz, who's only a freshman, takes his swimming very seriously. He works very hard and has done a good job."
Rob Perot posted a winning time of 52.43 seconds in the 100 freestyle. He also won the 200 individual medley in 2:01.36.
Elijah Gocotano swam the butterfly in a 57.12 pace to earn first place.
Faith Forman, Olivia Pyott and Diana Lamont were among the multiple winners in the girls' meet. Lamont anchored the winning foursomes of the 200 medley relay (1:55.77) as well as the 400 freestyle relay (3:51.42).
"In the 400 free relay, Diana Lamnt had a lifetime best split of 56.86," he added. "The four girls that made up that relay had their best time as a group."
Those four girls also included Forman, Liz Perot and Morgan Wylie-Thal.
"Diana also swam the 200 IM for the first time this season," he noted. "It was her lifetime best at 2:24.6. It was a very good time for her. She took third."
In the 200 medley relay, Lamont anchored Olivia Pyott, Hope Boldizar and Samantha Bennett.
"Samantha Bennett did really in the butterfly portion of the 200 medley relay," said Graybill. "You can't help thinking about her future. She was also second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:06.36."
The winning foursome (1:46.34) of the 200 free relay was made up of Hallie Speitel, Brynn Magrini, Bennett and Wylie-Thal.
Forman won the 50 free (25.67) and the 100 free (57.56) while Boldizar captured the 100 backstroke in 1:03.72.
"Faith Forman had one of her best times in the 50 free," Graybill said. "She was off by maybe one second in the 100 free."
Perot's pace of 5:24.44 earned her a win in the 500 free while Pyott pulled off a win in the 200 IM in 2:19.81.
"Penn Manor's girls' team gave us great competition," said Graybill.
The Lancaster-Lebanon League wrestling championships took place at Garden Spot on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26. The Blue Streaks as a team finished in a two-way tie for 13th with Elco in the team standings. Both finished with 71.5 points while Manheim Central squeaked by Northern Lebanon 184.5 to 183.5 for the top team honors. Penn Manor (177) finished third.
David Over finished second in the 152-pound weight class, which was where Micah Sams finished in the 106-pound class. Cade Clancy (145) suffered a 6-3 defeat in the third-place match, facing Hempfield's Joel Dionne.
Over pinned Franklin Liriano of Lebanon in only 51 seconds and followed with a second-period pin of Pequea Valley's Aiden Cooke.
The semifinal match at 152 was a grudge match between Over and Conestoga Valley's Taylor Sheaffer with Over pulling off a 15-14 win. However, Colt Barley (Penn Manor) won on a forfeit in the title match.
Clancy battled back from a second-round loss to finish fourth at 145. The opening bout was a 12-6 defeat of Logan Hess of Manheim Central. His next opponent was CV's David Dariychuk. The Buckskin grappler grabbed a 13-8 win, sending Clancy to the consolation brackets.
He posted a 7-4 win and had a 13-1 major decision over Donegal's Joseph Fox. After he pinned Anthony Glessner of Manor, he went up against Hempfield's Dionne, resulting in a fourth-place finish for the Township sophomore.
Sams won the first bout with a 17-2 technical and topped Hempfield's Gio Luciano 8-2 before defeating Donegal's Ethan Herr 7-6. However, Dominic Flatt of Solanco came away with an 8-1 decision and the championship.
Charles Leidig lost an 8-5 decision (160) but won a consolation match 9-4 before suffering an 11-5 defeat.
Hayden Brennan (113) also opened with a defeat but came back with a consolation pin in only 42 seconds. His next opponent was Ephrata's Austin Brass, who earned a 14-6 major.
Samuel Crist bounced back from a pin in his first match at 195. He pinned Ray Perez of Elizabethtown in only 15 seconds. However, a loss to Larson Stichler ended Crist's quest.
Township had its final dual meet of the regular season on Wednesday, wrestling Section One foe Penn Manor on the road. The Comets won by a 67-9 score, claiming 24 of those points via Township forfeits.
Trenton Jones, who suffered two defeats in the L-L's at the 170-pound weight class, started this dual meet with a tough 7-4 loss to Manor's Cole Shenk.
Penn Manor posted pins at 182, 195 and 220 plus another six points via forfeit at 285.
The Blue Streaks' lone points came on a forfeit at 285 as well as Clancy's 6-4 victory at 145.
In keeping pace with Elizabethtown for first place in the L-L League air rifle standings, the Blue Streaks came away with a 497-484 victory over Garden Spot on Thursday at Township. The Streaks featured three shooters who reached the 100-point mark. While Jada Bender, Ben Fahrney and Andy Nguyen helped Township win with their perfect scores, Hana Musser and Graham Wolf shot 99 and 98, respectively. The Spartans were led by Karlee Hartman's score of 99.
On Tuesday, the rifle squad edged Conestoga Valley 498-492 as Fahrney, Bender and Ethan Demler all struck 100. Hunter Modene's 99 and Wolf's 98 were key scores in this win.
Darren McGallicher registered a 100 for the Buckskins.
The Blue Streaks improved to 9-2 on the year with these wins.
Following a victory over its Section One rival McCaskey, the boys' basketball team's league mark improved to 6-4 (11-6 overall).
Township traveled to McCaskey and pulled off a close 74-68 win on Tuesday. The Red Tornado came on strong in the third quarter after facing a 36-30 deficit at intermission. However, the margin of scoring was balanced in the second half - 38 points per side, giving the Streaks a six-point margin of victory.
Tyler Crespo hit seven field goals, including a three-pointer, and 15 free throws, giving him 30 on the night. Brendan Mellott also had a big night, finishing with 26 points - 12 of which came on treys.
Tyler Vicidomini added eight points in this balanced offense.
The Blue Streaks defeated Conestoga Valley 7-0 on Friday at Dutch Lanes with Jordan Schell bowling a 670 series to lead all bowlers.
Schell had a 241 in the second of three games. Also leading the Blue Streaks was Matt Iseman with a 585 while Drew Jaquith finished at 553.
The Streaks improved to 32-38 on the year.
Streaks Top Comets, Fall in OT to Falcons January 20, 2019
The Blue Streaks needed this one.
The Township boys' basketball team went into Thursday night's game against Section One foe Cedar Crest trailing the Falcons by one game in the section standings. Township came in with a 5-3 record while the visiting Falcons held a 6-2 mark.
The Streaks were unable to hang on, after taking a 47-42 lead into the final quarter. The Falcons tied it at the end of regulation and narrowly outscored the Streaks 12-9 in the extra period for a 69-66 overtime victory.
It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the middle two quarters of the game. First, Crest outscored Township 19-14 in the second quarter. The Streaks went on a 19-11 run following halftime.
Tyler Crespo led the way with a game-high 31 points, connecting six times from three-point range. The 5-foot-10 senior was also a perfect 5-for-5 at the foul line.
Zach Oldac contributed 10 points, hitting from the inside as well as from beyond the arc. Will Greiner, Brendan Mellott and Tyler Vicidomini each scored six.
Cedar Crest's Logan Horn led his team with 25 points.
Township's previous game was on the road, facing Penn Manor in another section battle. The Streaks came out on top in Tuesday night's contest, defeating the Comets 66-57.
The Comets did come out with a more efficient offense in the second half, after having been held to only 25 first-half points. They outscored the Streaks 19-14, cutting the 10-point halftime deficit in half. The Streaks regained momentum in the final stanza as Mellott finished with a game-high 29 points.
Crespo's offensive contribution was 13 points, including another perfect night (4-for-4) at the charity stripe. Vicidomini finished with eight points.
Ethan Hine (20) led the Comets.
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team lost a tough match at Cedar Crest on Friday night as the Falcons held back the Blue Streaks with a strong fourth quarter. Crest prevailed 46-34, improving to 13-3 while the Streaks fell to 11-4.
"We knew going in that it would be a tough match-up with the first place team in the section," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "While we battled for four quarters, we had some shots not fall in for us. Once you're playing from behind, it can be too much to battle back."
The Falcons took a 13-10 lead into the second quarter where they limited the Streaks to only four points, making it a 23-14 halftime edge. The Streaks weren't able to shave much off that deficit in the third.
Leading all scorers on the night was Township junior Katie Bushong with 18 points. Alijiah Bonano added seven points and six by Ali Quinn chipped in with six.
"I'm proud of the way the girls played hard for 32 minutes," said Burkhart. "Though not happy with the outcome, we made Cedar Crest earn it.
And just like the closeness in the overall records of these two teams, the standings in Section One has the Falcons (9-0) two games ahead of the Streaks (7-2) with their regular season finale scheduled at Manheim Township on February 5.
"We have put ourselves in good position, going down the stretch, to battle for a league and district playoff spot in a few weeks," Burkhart said.
Township was coming off a victory over Penn Manor the previous night at home. With Bushong pouring in 21 points and Alexcia Bryant scoring 11 points, the Streaks topped the Comets 51-41 at home. They outscored the visitors 32-20 over the course of the second and third quarters following only six points in the first period.
"We got off to a slow start and found ourselves in the hole early," said Burkhart, referring to the 14-6 deficit. "But we were able to find a way to grind one possession at a time to get ourselves back in front.
"Penn Manor was a tough physical team and we had to find a way to attack their zone," continued the coach. "We were able to do that successfully."
Bonano hit a pair of three-pointers during the turnaround. She finished with eight points.
"Alijiah hit a couple of big three's for us," said Burkhart. "Alexcia had 10 rebounds, many of which came on key stops we needed to make."
SWIMMING & DIVING
Township stayed undefeated in both boys' and girls' swimming and diving. The boys' team topped Cedar Crest 116-57 while the girls' team doubled up the Section One foe 121-62. The Streaks improved to 7-0 (3-0 league).
For a change, Streaks' head coach Dan Graybill used 11 different swimmers for the three relay events in the boys' meet, only utilizing Alonso Borrero more than once. Borrero, Elijah Gocotano, Luke Brandsema, and Jackson Prevost won the medley relay with a time of 1:44.18.
The 200 freestyle relay went to Borrero, Nick Boomsma, Jack Sheehan and Adrian Waplinger (1:35.38).
"I tried to mix them up because we have such a deep team this year," Graybill said. "I like to keep them competitive and on their toes. They also get to have competition among each other to stay in top form.
"I had three good freestylers leading off in each of the relays," he added.
Sergio Borrero, who's Alonso's older brother, Rob Perot, Aidan Buckwalter, and Brian Nguyen posted a 3:35.45 for second place in the 400 free relay.
Prevost was also second in the 100 free (50.58)
Henry Gingrich sprinted to a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.36. It was older brother Charlie Gingrich who won the 100 backstroke (52.26) as well as the 100 butterfly (50.64) while Perot claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:47.47.
The diving competition went to Nico Billoni with 190.45 points.
"He had his best score," Graybill pointed out.
In the girls' meet, Township won two of three relays as well. Brynn Magrini, Olivia Pyott, Samantha Bennett and Morgan Wylie-Thal took the 200 medley relay (1:55.98). Wylie-Thal anchored the 200 free relay team, helping Gabrielle Stramara, Faith Forman and Diana Lamont clock a winning 1:45.71.
"Backstroker Brynn Magrini and Sam Bennett, who did the butterfly, are a couple of freshmen on the medley relay team," Graybill noted. "Bennett also does the 50 freestyle for us."
Magrini went on to win the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.46.
Forman won two individual events - the 50 free (26.14) and 100 free (57.33) - while Lamont took the 200 freestyle in 2:05.65.
"Faith Forman did very well in her individual events," said the coach.
Freshman Liz Perot notched a first-place finish in the 500 free.
"That was her lifetime best," Graybill said of Perot's 5:27.36 time. "I know she was very happy about that."
In the 100 fly, the Streaks claimed the top three spots with Stramara winning it in 1:01.26, Lamont (1:05.10) placing second and Bennett (1:06.82) taking third.
Speaking of second-place finishes, Pyott placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.25.
"This was the first time Olivia didn't win the 100 breaststroke," Graybill said. "We knew it was going to go down to the wire with Krysta Welk from Cedar Crest. She was closing in on Welk, but lost by four-tenths of a second."
Also winning was Shannon O'Hara, who took the diving competition with 135.5 points.
"Shannon has only had one loss this season," Graybill pointed out.
Manheim Township handed Elizabethtown's air rifle team its first loss of the season, defeating the Bears 496-494 on the road Thursday. With each team featuring two shooters hitting the 100-point mark, it was the third, fourth and fifth scores on each team that were key.
Graham Wolf and Eli Torres registered the perfect scores for MT while Arabella Albino and Matt Risbon did so for E-town.
The Streaks' Ethan Demler and Hana Musser each recorded a 99 while Hunter Modene tallied 98 on the day. Elizabethtown had only one person reach 99 while fifth place dipped to 97 for the Bears.
The win improved Township's record to 7-2 while Elizabethtown fell to 8-1.
The Streaks had a near perfect team score earlier in the week, defeating Manheim Central 499-492. The four shooters reaching the century mark were Musser, Wolfe, Demler and Jada Bender. Torres recorded a 99.
The Blue Streaks kept pace with a tough Solanco squad in an L-L League wrestling match on Wednesday night, climbing to within six points at 30-24 and again within six points at 36-30 before the Mules pulled off a 42-30 victory.
The loss dropped Township to 0-6 while the Mules improved to 3-3.
The match opened with a Nate Neuhauser pin in the 285-pound weight class, giving Solanco a 6-0 lead. Micah Sams pulled the Streaks even with a pin at the 106, putting Dominic Flatt on his back 1:46 into the match.
The Mules pushed ahead with three consecutive pins leading up to the midway point of the match. Township's Cade Clancy halted the momentum with a pin at 145, followed by David Over's pin at 152, cutting the deficit to 30-18.
The Mules' forfeit at 160 made it 30-24. Two tough decision losses by Oscan Villada (170) and Trenton Jones (182) followed. Sam Crist claimed those six points back with a Solanco forfeit at 195.
Shaneef Carter sealed the victory for the Mules with a third-period pin at 220.
With a victory over Hempfield at Dutch Lanes on Friday, the Township bowlers pulled to a close fourth behind the Black Knights in the Section One standings. Township's 7-0 win improved the Streaks to 25-38 with the Knights at 26-30 as a result.
The biggest game of the day was Drew Jaquith's 687. He was consistent throughout, finishing with scores of 223, 216 and 248.
Second on the day was senior Jordan Schell (643) followed by Matt Iseman's 634 tally. Chaz Eavenson finished with 600.
On Tuesday, Township came up short against Cedar Crest at Palmyra Lanes with the Falcons winning 5-2.
Kolby Bennett was the leader for Crest, starting with a 258 and finishing with a total of 695.
Schell, with a 784 series, had an outstanding 279 in the second game of the day. Iseman rolled a 640.
Lady Streaks Extend Winning Streak to Four January 14, 2019
The Manheim Township girls' basketball team managed to keep pace with Cedar Crest in the Lancaster-Lebanon League standings by extending its win streak to four games. Coming off a win at Section One rival McCaskey the previous week, the Blue Streaks topped Lebanon on Monday, bested non-league foe Central York on Wednesday and defeated arch rival Hempfield on Friday, improving to 6-1 in the L-L League (10-3 overall). Cedar Crest finished the week with its league mark at 7-0.
The 51-31 defeat of Lebanon was technically a comeback win for the Streaks, who went into the second quarter trailing 11-6. They outscored the Cedars 30-13 over the next two stanzas and closed it out with a 15-7 run in the fourth.
Katie Bushong finished with a game-high 22 points while Ali Quinn tallied 13 points and Alexcia Bryant added 10.
"We got off to a slow start," said head coach Sean Burkhart. "Sometimes it's a little harder to get going on Mondays after having that extra day off on Sunday.
"But once we settled in and figured some things out, we got into a better rhythm," he added. "We had some great looks in the first quarter, but they weren't going in."
It was a second-half offensive outburst that helped Township top Central York two nights later. The Panthers led 19-18 coming out of the locker rooms for the start of the second half. The Streaks outscored the visitors 14-4 in the second half on the way to a 44-30 victory.
The defense held the opposition to a total of 11 points in the second half.
"The difference in the Central York game was just us sticking to our game plan and looking to put pressure on them," said Burkhart. "We fell into man defense pretty much the whole second half and were able to generate some turnovers with our press that led to points," he continued. "We got some stops when we needed them."
Bushong's 22 points again led all scorers. Alijiah Bonano scored seven points, hitting her team's only three-pointer. Bryant and Quinn each scored six.
The defense was particularly strong in the game against Hempfield. In fact, it was a low-scoring game which Township won 39-22. The Streaks held the Knights to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.
Bushong scored 19 points, including a 9-for-10 night at the foul line, to lead the way. Bryant added nine points while Bonano added four points.
The Blue Streaks posted a huge Section One win over Hempfield in Tuesday's swim meet at Manheim Township. In claiming all three relays, the Streaks forged ahead and claimed a 131-49 win in the boys' meet.
Elijah Gocotano, Gage Mandrell, Henry Gingrich and Jackson Prevost combined for a winning time of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay.
"Gocotano specializes in the backstroke and the 100 butterfly," said head coach Dan Graybill. "He was the backstroker in the medley relay team that early this year broke our pool record with a time of 1:37.9. Charlie did the butterfly, Jackson Provost was the freestyler and Gage Mandrell breaststroke.
"Gage Mandrell is a versatile swimmer who has done a tremendous job," Graybill added. "He would consider himself a mid- to long-distance freestyler. His breaststroke has really come along. He hit 27.6 in the breaststroke in the medley relay."
In the freestyle relays, Adrian Waplinger joined both Henry and Charlie Gingrich as the trio contributed to wins in both the 200-yard and 400-yard events. In the 200, Conor Breton helped them post a winning time of 1:30.49. In the 400, Waplinger and the Gingrich brothers were anchored by Mitchell Calhoun to take the event in 3:20.96.
"Adrian Waplinger is a senior who's very flexible," said Graybill. "You can almost put him in any stroke and he'll come through."
Graybill talked about the strong work ethic of both Gingrich brothers.
"Henry is a determined kid," said the coach. "He's a good butterfly and freestyle swimmer. As a freshman, he might make districts, which is hard to do for a freshman. He has lots of promise.
"Charlie is back and swimming as well as he ever has," continued the coach. "He's a team player. He'll ask you to put him in anywhere."
The Gingrich brothers weren't finished yet. Charlie won the 50 free in only 20.96 seconds. Henry Gingrich and Rob Perot both finished first (50.42) in the 100 free.
In the mid-distance freestyle, Perot was a winner again, taking the 200 in 1:47.78.
Mandrell outlasted the competition in the 500 free, registering a time of 4:56.71. Calhoun's backstroke time of 57.24 was good for first and Gocotano won the 100 butterfly in 56.21 seconds.
Taking the 1-meter diving with 181.15 points was Nico Billoni.
Sophomore Faith Forman and freshman Gabby Stramara joined senior Morgan Wylie-Thal for a convincing 137-49 win in the girls' meet against Hempfield.
Stramara, Forman and Wylie-Thal teamed up with Samantha Bennett for a winning time of 1:46.02 in the 200 freestyle relay. Forman anchored the foursome that also included Diana Lamont, Brynn Magrini and returning sophomore Hope Boldizar for the 400 free relay. They posted a winning time of 4:00.63.
"Diana Lamont is one of those swimmers who comes through for you in whatever event you put her," said Graybill. "She swims all of the strokes well. She's quiet, but leads by example, giving a 100 percent effort.
"Faith is only a sophomore and has really improved since last season," Graybill commented. "She has shown lots of potential in the 50 and 100 free. She will be a candidate for districts this year."
The 200 medley relay also went to Township as Boldizar, Stramara, Lamont and Liz Perot posted a time of 1:53.67.
"Hope Boldizar made it to districts last year," Graybill noted. "She is holding her own. She has been proficient in the middle distance and also her 100 backstroke has shown improvement."
Perot won two individual events - the 200 and 500 freestyle with respective times of 2:05.24 and 5:29.17. Forman finished first in the 50 free (25.80) and 100 free (56.27).
Stramara's wins came in the 200 IM, where she posted a time of 2:16.46, and 100 fly (59.08).
"Gabby doesn't have a weak stroke," said Graybill. "She is very proficient in all of her strokes as evidenced by her time in the 200 IM. The butterfly is probably her best; she might even make it to states."
Magrini's 1:03.08 pace was tops in the 100 backstroke while Pyott (1:09.25) won the 100 breaststroke.
Senior diver Shannon O'Hara won the diving competition with 192.4 points.
Both the boys' and girls' teams improved to 2-0 in the league.
While the girls' team is only one game out of first place in the Section One basketball standings, the boys' team is in the middle of a wild race with a 4-3 league record - only one game out of second place.
The week's slate of games included L-L League contests against Lebanon and Hempfield as the Blue Streaks went 2-1 to improve to 9-5 overall.
On Friday night, a strong 11-0 start helped Township top Hempfield by a 51-41 score. Only a late surge helped the Knights make it a closer game after Township had taken a 44-26 lead into the final frame.
The previous time these teams had met was in District Three playoffs back on March 1 with Hempfield winning 67-53.
On Friday night, two Township teammates scored 16 points each. Tyler Crespo's sweet 16 included four three-point field goals. Brendan Mellott also matched the game-high total.
Zach Oldac contributed 11 points and Tyler Vicidomini added eight.
The Knights, who fell to 4-3, 9-4, had a team-high 15 by Eli Washington.
In the non-league game against Northeastern two days earlier, the Streaks let one slip away as the Tigers roared back with 23 fourth-quarter points to nip Township 47-46. The Streaks had taken a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter following a 15-7 run in the third.
Crespo, who nailed a pair of three-point jumpers, finished with a game-high 23 points. He was a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe. Oldac and Mellott each scored eight points while Vicidomini added seven.
With four different players scoring in double digits, the Streaks defeated Lebanon 69-59 on the road last Tuesday. With each side scoring 18 points in one quarter and 14 in the other, the first half ended in a 32-32 tie. The Streaks then outscored the Cedars 25-16 and held off the home team in the final period.
The four leading scorers for the Streaks were Crespo (21), Mellott (17) Vicidomini (14) and Oldac (12). Crespo's 21 included four treys.
The air rifle team topped Ephrata 494-487 on Thursday as Hana Musser, Ben Fahrney and Graham Wolf each scored 100 points. Hunter Modene and Jada Bender finished with 97 points each.
The Mountaineers were led by Nicole Johnson's perfect score of 100.
It was the Streaks' fourth straight win, improving the team's record to 5-2.
Musser's 100 helped the Streaks win 493-484 on Tuesday at Governor Mifflin. Modene's 99 and 98's by Fahrney, Wolf and Mitch Burkholder helped the team come away with the win.
The Streaks earned two tough decisions plus a forfeit in their Section One wrestling match at Hempfield on Wednesday. The Knights worked in eight pins, however, going on to win 57-12.
The Streaks fell to 0-6 (0-5 in L-L).
Micah Sams had a strong battle at 106, earning a 6-4 decision while his team was down 12-0. Cade Clancy's 3-1 win at 145 earned three more team points for the Streaks who went on to claim six more points via forfeit at 170.
The bowling team split its two matches against league foes last week. With a 7-0 loss to Warwick and a 7-0 defeat of McCaskey, the Streaks' record went to 16-33.
In Tuesday's clash at Dutch Lanes, Warwick was led by Isaac Erickson's score of 776, which included outstanding scores of 287 and 277 in his final two games.
The Streaks were led by Matt Iseman, who stayed over 220 in his first two games (221 and 229) and finished at 643 for his total score.
Iseman and Jordan Schell led the Streaks against McCaskey. Iseman rolled a 247 in his first game and 224 in the next, en route to a 688 score for the day. Schell's top game score was 242, finishing with a total tally of 658.
Township Matmen Struggle Against Cocalico January 7, 2019
David Over registered a pin at the 152-pound weight class in Wednesday's wrestling match against Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Cocalico. The Manheim Township senior's win wrapped up the match that the Eagles won by a 51-18 score.
The Blue Streaks fell to 0-5 on the season (0-4 in league), though two of their losses were by three points or less, including a 42-39 defeat at McCaskey back on December 20.
In the Cocalico match, the Eagles did gain 18 points via forfeits. On the Township side, Micah Sams, who wrestled at 106, earned himself six team points on a forfeit as did Hank Farrell (182).
That McCaskey match in December was in MT's home gym. The Red Tornado had forged ahead to a 42-12 lead, including back-to-back forfeits at 120 and 126.
Alex Emerich regained half of those points for Township, earning six points via forfeit at 132. Vishal Win registered a second-period pin and, following a McCaskey forfeit at 145, Over (152) pinned Gilbert Valentin in just 59 seconds to make it 42-36.
Charles Leidig's impressive 5-1 overtime victory at 160 was not enough to catch McCaskey.
In a big Section One girls' basketball showdown at McCaskey on Friday night, the Blue Streaks carried the momentum of a strong first half into the second half and finished on top 61-42. Township improved to 4-1 in the league (7-3 overall) while McCaskey fell to 0-11 (0-5 league).
The Blue Streaks bolted out of the gate with 20 points in the opening period. They added 14 more before halftime, making it 34-19 at intermission. The Streaks didn't take their collective foot off the accelerator, outscoring McCaskey 18-12 in the third.
Katie Bushong's 20-point performance led all scorers. Ali Quinn, who had a pair of three-point field goals, and Alexcia Bryant each added 12 while senior guard Alijiah Bonano sank a pair of treys and finished with nine points.
The Red Tornados were led by Malia Taylor, who scored 12 and Alani Bosque, with 11.
In a tight Section One race, the Blue Streaks fell to 2-3 in the league following a 60-57 setback on Friday. McCaskey won on a last-second basket at Township, improving to 4-1 (6-4 overall) and staying tied for first with Cedar Crest.
"We have dropped basically three games at the buzzer - two in overtime and one at the buzzer," said head coach Matt Johns. "We have some work ahead of us to get back into the section hunt."
The Streaks trailed 25-20 at the half, but closed that gap to only two points by the end of the third quarter.
"We played better in the second half," said Johns, who also pointed out that his squad took the lead past the midway point of the fourth quarter, which was when the Red Tornado stormed back.
"We were up by eight or nine points with a few minutes to go," he explained. "They were fouling us and we weren't making our free throws. They then got a steal on the last possession of the game and hit a buzzer beater.
"The biggest part was not making the free throws," he continued. "We were 1-for-8 down the stretch."
The cast of returning seniors helped lead Township in this game, including Tyler Crespo, who scored a game-high 24 points. Crespo also drilled a pair of three-point shots. On a night where the Streaks were 10-for-19 in free throws, he was 6-for-7.
Will Greiner's nine points all came from his three long-range field goals. Brendan Mellott, another returning senior starter, scored eight.
"We have four seniors with sophomore Zach Oldach starting for us," said Johns. "Our bench does a lot of good things, especially defensively."
The Blue Streaks bounced back the next day, defeating Central York in the War of the Roses Showcase. This game was played at Conestoga Valley.
"We played in York County the last two years," Johns explained.
"We played a very good Central York team and we came out very strong - outscored them 20-9 in the first quarter," he added. "Zach Oldach scored 11 or 12 points in the first quarter. We held the lead and stretched it out in the fourth."
Township wrapped up the 61-43 victory, improving to 7-4 overall.
"We have done well in our non-league games," said Johns. "I thought it was nice to show their mental toughness after Friday night. We came back and had a great game."
Leading 44-34 heading into the fourth quarter, the Streaks outscored the Panthers 17-9.
Crespo and Oldac tied for the top scoring honors with 18 points each. Oldac converted on four three-point shots. Tyler Vicidomini scored nine more while Mellott added seven.
"Tyler had several blocks and Will Greiner threw in a couple of three's," added the coach.
With an impressive 498-490 victory over Wilson on Thursday, the Blue Streaks improved to 3-2 in L-L League air rifle competition. Township had a trio of shooters finish with a perfect score of 100 as Cesar DeJesus, Hana Musser and Graham Wolf each hit the century mark. Ethan Demler and Ben Fahrney were very close at 99 each.
The Bulldogs, who were led by Gabe Messersmith's score of 100, fell to 1-4.
It was the second straight match in which DeJesus scored 100. He was also perfect in a December 19 victory over Garden Spot, helping his teammates outscore the Spartans 495-486. In that match, Hunter Modene also reached 100 while Jada Bender recorded a 99. Both Demler and Mitch Burkholder shot 98's.
The Township boys' and girls' swim teams topped McCaskey on Thursday in a Section One meet. The girls won 136-23 while the boys triumphed 123-46 in a meet held at Franklin & Marshall College.
Faith Forman was among the multiple winners on the girls' side, posting wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:08.59 and the 100 backstroke (1:05.39) while also participating in the 400 freestyle relay.
In that relay, Diana Lamont, who also won the 100 freestyle (1:05.10), joined Forman, Sarah Charles and Hope Boldizar for a combined winning time of 3:59.66
The Blue Streaks won all three relays. In the 200 medley relay, Boldizar, Lamont, Liz Perot and Alexis Stramara swam at a 1:56.15 clip. The 200 free relay (1:53.14) went to Mackenzie Weeks, Hallie Speitel, Alyssa Womeldorf and Morgan Wylie-Thal.
Perot also captured the 100 free in 58.09 seconds while freshman Gabby Stramara sprinted to first in the 50 free at 28.39 seconds.
Other winners for MT were Alice Gaalswyck in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.84), Brynn Magrini in the 500 free (5:34.64) and Olivia Pyott (2:21.76) in the 200 individual medley.
The boys' meet also featured a sweep of the relays as well as multi-winners like Jackson Provost, Gage Mandrell and Connor Paladino.
In the 50 freestyle, it was Charlie Gingrich sprinting to victory at 21.04 seconds. Mandrell then joined Henry Gingrich, Provost and Paladino to win the 400 free relay at 3:22.55. Charlie Gingrich, Paladino, Elijah Gocotano and Adrian Waplinger combined for a winning time of 1:30.56 in the 200 free relay while Waplinger and Provost teamed up again with Charlie Gingrich and Alonso Borrero for the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:41.11.
Mandrell took the 200 free (1:48.76) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.73). Perot won the 100 backstroke and 200 IM with respective times of 57.92 and 1:59.55, and Tyler Besroff outlasted the competition in 5:20.04 in the 500 freestyle.
The Elizabethtown bowlers claimed Friday's game at Dutch Lanes over Manheim Township by a 7-0 score. The Bears' Katelyn Garman bowled a 743 on the day, including a score of 268 in her third game.
Jordan Schell had an outstanding day, recording a 248 in the third game en route to a 679 total. Matt Iseman's 621 score included a 235 in his third game.
Streaks Slip Past Chambersburg in District Opener November 4, 2018
Manheim Township's 10th win of the season was a gritty, ugly, intense battle and it came at a point in the season where losses are out of the question unless you want your season to end. The Blue Streaks' defense, special teams, and the offensive line, which continually opened paths for running back Jaden Floyd, would not let that thought enter their minds. Township stopped Chambersburg by a close 20-17 margin in a District Three Class 6A quarterfinal battle under the veil of a steady downpour Friday night at War Memorial Stadium. The victory improved the Streaks' record to 10-1. The defending district champs, who are the second-seeded team in this year's playoffs, advance to the semifinals where they'll again play host, this time to third-ranked Central Dauphin.
"It rained the entire game. I don't think I've been associated with a game like that in all of my years as a head coach," commented head coach Mark Evans. "Your hands are wet; the football is wet and it just requires extra focus. As much as it was ugly, our guys played well."
The focus went to the running game as Floyd racked up 150 yards of wet turf under his feet.
"It changed the dynamics of our game plan," Evans added. "Floyd was a workhorse. He took some hard licks, but he was tough as nails."
The offense wasn't entirely one-dimensional as Harrison Kirk completed six passes for 113 yards, including a 50-yarder to Hilton Ridley.
Floyd scored one of the two Township touchdowns. Following a 33-yard field goal by Trojans kicker Tyler Luther in the first quarter, Floyd capped a drive with his 11-yard run to the end zone, making it 7-3. Jack Rodenberger added a 21-yard field goal later in the second quarter, making it 10-3 at halftime.
In a close football game, especially one that ends with a three-point winning margin, one looks to the contribution made by the kicker.
"Jack has been stellar," Evans said. "He has hit when has had to and has done a great job."
The Trojans, whose season ended at 7-4, tied the score on a 91-yard touchdown dash by Keyshawn Jones.
"We gave up too many big plays," Evans remarked, also referring to Tyeshawn Worrell's 90-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. "We also fumbled on the goal line in our first possession. If we're going to be a championship football team again, we have to do the little things right."
Rodenberger added a 40-yard field goal in the second half, which was critical in getting past the Trojans. The Streaks also scored on a Bryce Casey three-yard run in the fourth. He finished with 21 rushing yards.
But the big defensive plays - two timely quarterback sacks and Matt Mikulka's interception return which set up Casey's three-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter, were key. Albeit, the 20-10 lead was reduced by Worrell's kickoff return, but the Streaks held on for the final two minutes.
"We had some big defensive plays," Evans said. "There were timely plays on both sides of the ball that helped us out. It goes back to doing the little things right."
Another big break was on yet another big play by the Trojans. It was a touchdown that was called back by the officials.
"That was an illegal formation on their part," Evans explained. "I'm glad the officials called it right."
Evans talked about the upcoming opponent - the Central Dauphin Rams who crushed Central York 49-21 on Friday night in similar weather conditions.
"They're a familiar opponent," Evans said of the non-league foe. "We played them twice in 2017 and twice in 2016."
The two games in 2017 included a season-opening non-league victory as well as a district playoff win by the Streaks. This year, Township topped CD 22-12 back on September 12, making it a three-game win streak over a team that had beaten them the previous six meetings.
"Last year we got over that hump by beating them at home," Evans said. "This year we beat them at their place for the first time in school history."
Evans was asked about how much of last year's district championship - the first in MT football history - has carried over to inspire the 2018 squad.
"Without a doubt it carried over," he responded. "The sophomores and juniors from last year got a lot of late-game action - experienced that Friday night intimidation. They made that walk 14 times last year and 11 times this year. That bodes well in terms of experience, which can be a tough teacher. Experience tests you and teaches you.
"This group of kids is resilient," he added.
Evan Dorenkamp was coming off a district championship performance the previous week when he raced against competitors from across the Commonwealth on Saturday at Hershey. The Township senior finished seventh in the PIAA Class-AAA championship meet, recording a time of 16:36.00 while Mount Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson won the race at a 16:03.00 clip.
Racing with Dorenkamp was fellow senior Ian Miller, who also had a strong finish. He crossed the finish line in 13th place, registering a time of 16:45.00.
Chloe Kline was the only member of the girls' team to qualify for states. The sophomore ran the course in a time of 21:30.00 and finished in 129th place. Winning the Class-AAA girls' championship was West Chester Henderson freshman Jenna Mulhern (18:42.00), helping the Warriors finish second as a team.
The PIAA Class-AAA girls' tennis championships continued at the Hershey Racquet Club on Friday with the doubles competition taking place.
The Blue Streaks featured the top seed and the second seed out of District Three, thereby being represented by two sets of doubles teammates.
"Once you're in the state tournament, the quality of play is phenomenal," head coach John Briner remarked. "It's the best of the best in Pennsylvania."
And among the best in Pennsylvania were two Township duos - Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade as well as Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian.
The top seed in District Three was the pairing of Honrade and Reynolds. The Township twosome took on Lily Nowak and Alyssa Mazurek of Hazleton on Friday afternoon. In a battle against the top-seeded doubles team of District Two, Reynolds and Honrade bounced back from a 6-4 defeat to win the next two sets, 6-1, 6-2.
"When you come back and win that second set and force a third set, you feel you can go on and win it," Briner said.
Dina Nousime and Tina Prince of Methacton were next. The two seniors had topped their first opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. They stopped Reynolds and Honrade in the quarterfinals and made it all the way to the championship match. Reyonlds and Honrade came up short in 6-0, 6-2 sets.
Palandjian and Garvin entered states as the second seed from their district. They opened with a 6-1, 6-1 victory, defeating top-seeded Anna Marie Degman and Caroline Lynch of Cardinal O'Hara.
Gavin and Palandjian came up just short in their next test, which was against eventual third-place finishers Tashanna Smith and Natalie Sinai of Freedom High School. Smith and Sinai edged the Streaks' teammates 6-4, 7-5 before losing in the semis.
"They were down 4-0 in that second set and came back to tie it 5-5," Briner noted. "Losing the first set 6-4, it's close enough to come back and win the second. They gave it their best. We knew there were going to be some tough battles at states.
"One of the doubles teams we lost to made it to the finals and another one finished third," Briner pointed out.
Briner also remarked on the Blue Streaks as a team, also addressing the opening-round loss to Unionville on October 23 in the PIAA Class-AAA team championships.
"It was an amazing season for them," he said. "We wanted to win the league and district championships, which we did. Winning those are our goals each year. Unfortunately, we lost in the first round of team championships at states. That was a tough loss for us. We had a chance to win that match but we just fell short."
MT Football Wins Share of Section One Title October 29, 2018
Manheim Township's football team claimed its second straight Section One championship as it defeated Hempfield in a Lancaster-Lebanon League clash of arch rivals on Friday night in Landisville. The Blue Streaks won 48-13 to finish 5-1 in their section (9-1 overall), thus sharing the title with Warwick and Wilson, both of whom won convincingly on Friday.
"It's a three-way tie, but we're still section champs," head coach Mark Evans said. "It could be co-champ or tri-champion. It's the first time we've won back-to-back section titles since 1976-77."
It was a team effort as the offense racked up over 300 yards passing and more than 160 on the ground. The defense allowed only two touchdowns and held Hempfield's star running back Matt Heuston to only 20 yards rushing.
The three-pronged effort of a football team performing well on a given night also included the special teams.
"In the grand scheme of things, you want two of the three phases to be successful," said Evans, referring to defense, offense and special teams. "It's always nice when all three are working. It was good to see us firing on all cylinders.
"Everything seemed to click," Evans went on. "The guys were on track in every phase of the game. They complemented each other very well. They were dominant because they put their minds to it."
And what of the special teams' contribution?
"Jack Rodenberger became the all-time leading kicker in Manheim Township history," Evans noted. "He needed six points to do it."
Rodenberger could have taken care of that with the two field goals he kicked in the first half. But he also claimed six points on the PAT kicks, going 6-for-6 on the night.
Jaden Floyd, who finished with a game-high 93 yards rushing, scored the game's first touchdown. He followed his blockers from three yards out to put Township up 7-0. The Knights did cut the lead to 7-6 on a 77-yard TD pass from Colin Peters to Darien Ressler. However, before the first quarter ended, Harrison Kirk hit Brett Benjamin from 14 yards out to make it 14-6. Kirk finished with 280 yards passing on 19 completions. Cameron Horst also completed a pass, connecting with Matt Stokes on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second half.
"Jaden Floyd being back healthy was a positive thing for us, being able to run the ball effectively," said Evans. "The offensive line was doing a good job coming off the ball."
Benjamin ended up on the receiving end of six passes, compiling 68 aerial yards. Hilton Ridley was the Streaks' leading receiver, catching five passes for 98 yards. Stokes had three receptions for 53 yards.
"Harrison Kirk had a good game and his receivers made some nice catches," said Evans.
The second of three touchdown passes landed in the hands of Stokes - a seven-yard toss in the second quarter. Also in that period, Rodenberger was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts - both spotted from 32 yards away.
Cameron Horst hauled in Kirk's third touchdown pass. Bryce Casey added a 22-yard rushing TD. He had seven rushing attempts for 60 yards.
The defense had to key in on Hempfield's Heuston - the dangerous tailback, who had put two straight games of 100-plus rushing yards under his belt.
"That was a challenge to our defense," Evans said. "Our kids went after the challenge because he had had two consecutive 100-yard rushing games."
While the Streaks' regular schedule ended, the season isn't over yet. They will host Chambersburg in a District Three Class 6A playoff game on Friday.
"We play Chambersburg out of the Mid-Penn League," Evans noted. "They play a similar style of offense and defense that we do."
In what may be remembered as a classic boys' soccer match between Palmyra and Manheim Township, the visiting Cougars upset the top-seeded Streaks in the first round of the District Three Class6A playoffs on Tuesday. The match was intense in that each side scored twice; the game went into overtime and the Cougars (12-6-1) downed the home team 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The heartbreaking loss ended Township's season at 13-5.
"It was one of those games where the momentum went back-and-forth, end to end," head coach Kevin Baker stated. "We knew they would be physical. They tended to play to the level of their competition, playing well in the big games. They approached the game similar to us tactically."
The Streaks grabbed a 2-0 lead thanks to an early goal by Colton Pierson and one by Andrea DiSomma just after the midway mark of the first half. Nolan Ross assisted on both scores.
The Cougars cut the lead in half five minutes prior to halftime on T.J. Caton's first goal of the game. He finished not only with two goals during regulation, but also one of the five in the shootout stage.
The penalty rounds began with goalie Quinn McCarty saving Palmyra's first attempt.
"Quinn saved their first one," Baker said. "It was one of his best games of the season. When the play is going back and forth and they're putting a lot of pressure on you, he definitely came up big for us. Their goalie also made a couple of saves."
Ross made one for the Streaks, who won the coin toss and chose to kick second in each round. Colton Pierson made the second shot for MT, but DiSomma's shot in the third frame went awry. Zach Brubaker and Ayden Lee came through, making it 4-4 after the allotted five rounds.
"It went into sudden death for a sixth kicker," Baker explained.
Mitch Dowling scored for Palmyra on that sixth penalty kick while the Streaks missed the chance to extend the sudden death to a seventh round.
Baker talked about his thoughts on the team's achievements as well as what his post-game words were to the players.
"We came together and took a few minutes," he said. "I talked about how proud I was of them - they came out to win each game.
"My slogan for the past few years has been 'Leave a legacy,'" he added. "Once they look back on the season, they have a lot to be proud of - the way they carried themselves on the field, knocking off five of the top six teams in the district, and off the field academically and with good character."
The girls' soccer team had a Herculean task of taking on Cumberland Valley in the opening-round of the District Three Class 4A playoffs. The Eagles entered the playoffs as the second seed. Township was 15th. Cumberland Valley went on to defeat Township 3-0 in Tuesday's match at CV, improving to 14-1-1 and continuing its winning ways with a quarterfinal round victory over Exeter by the same score.
Sophomore Kyra Place broke a scoreless tie with two minutes to play in the first half, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Emily Mashinski doubled that lead seven minutes into the second half. Junior Alexa Baker capped the scoring, thus ending the Blue Streaks' season with a 6-8-2 record.
Ali Quinn did have seven saves for Township.
Senior Evan Dorenkamp led a rather large pack of runners as he crossed the finish line. He was in first place in Saturday's District Three Class-AAA Cross Country championship. Dorenkamp won the gold with a time of 16:30.7. Fellow senior Ian Miller earned 15th place with a time of 17:06.8.
As a team, the MT boys finished seventh with 279 points in the championship meet at Big Spring. Cedar Crest's team won with 145 points while Warwick took second with 189 points. .
Drew Sassaman registered a time of 17:51.9 to earn 48th place in the meet. Riley Horton's time of 18:24.5 was good for 104th. Freshman Tyler Stevens (18:32.3) finished 119th while junior Keven Perez (18:34.4) and Dieter Geib (18:48.4) came in at 122nd and 145th, respectively.
The girls' team was 11th overall with 334 points. The winning team was Dallastown with only 115 points.
Chloe Kline (24th, 20:18.3) led the Township girls' team with Anabelle Lapp (32nd, 20:32.7) not far behind. Avery Ebersole also finished in the top 100, earning 76th place with a time of 21:29.2. Freshman Paige Laurence and sophomore Aurelia Huss ran together down the stretch, finishing 108th (21:56.6) and 109th (21:57.2) respectively. Emma Dieterle (112th, 21:58.9) and Kyra Dean (125th, 22:26.7) rounded out the lineup.
Manheim Township entered the District Three Class-AAA playoffs as the ninth seed and went on to edge Cedar Cliff 3-2 on Wednesday at Lower Dauphin. Township moved on to the field hockey quarterfinals where top-seeded Lower Dauphin, which had a first-round bye, blanked the Streaks 2-0 at Milton Hershey on Saturday afternoon.
That opening-round win featured a huge second half by the Streaks. Trailing 2-0 at the half, the Township got on the board with Ashlyn Campagna's goal 12:28 into the second half. Sophia Rockwell scored the tying goal five minutes later and Julia Romano prevented overtime with a late goal.
Katie Labezius chipped in with an assist as Township out-shot Cedar Cliff 11-8.
Cat Wilson made five saves for the Streaks, with Maddie Kurtz also earning a save.
Lower Dauphin denied the MT offense any shots on goal. Wilson did make eight saves in a losing cause with Emma O'Neil scoring both goals for the Falcons (17-1-1). The Streaks' season ends with a record of 13-9.
Township faced Unionville in the opening round of the PIAA Class-AAA team tennis championships on Tuesday. The unbeaten Blue Streaks, who claimed the District Three crown, were eliminated by the Indians - the fourth-seeded team from District One - by a 3-2 score at Hershey Racquet Club.
Scotland Reynolds was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at third singles. Nicole Honrade and Julia Briner won the number one doubles by a 7-6, 6-4 score, giving the Streaks their only other team point. Township finished the season at 15-1.
The PIAA Class 3A golf championships took place at Heritage Hills Golf Club on October 22 and 23 with Shaun Fedor and Ellen Wager representing Manheim Township.
Wager finished in a four-way tie for fifth place, recording a 79 on the par-72 course. Jade Gu of Pennsbury won the girls' championship with a score of 71.
Fedor, a senior, finished in a tie with six other golfers for 20th place, shooting a 5-over-par 77.
In Wednesday's team championships at Heritage Hills, the Township squad finished third with 318 points, equaling Erie Cathedral Prep.
Fedor shot 71 on the day, making par 10 times. Connor Strine shot an 81 while Wager and David McNaughton both finished at 83. Graham Calhoun, a freshman, carded an 85.
Lady Harriers Win L-L League Championship October 22, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' cross country team won the L-L League team championship on Tuesday as 22 schools converged on Ephrata for the league meet. The Streaks finished with 105 team points, edging Elizabethtown by 12 points while Warwick finished a close third at 124.
Meanwhile, the Township boys finished third in the team standings with their 112 points, narrowly missing second place by three points. Warwick (95) and Cedar Crest took the top two spots.
Anabelle Lapp and Chloe Kline paced the Township girls, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 20:04.9 and 20:19.10. Another pair of MT runners kept pace with one another as Paige Laurence earned 26th place (20:59) and Aurelia Huss (21:02) claimed 27th.
Also helping the Streaks cement their team victory were Avery Ebersole (35th, 21:15) Kyra Dean (39th, 21:30.6) and Emma Dieterle (41st, 21:35.8) while Cecelia Walker took 87th with a time of 23:04.90.
It was Conestoga Valley's Nathan Grucelski winning it all with his time of 16:15.20 in the boys' race. However, Township's Evan Dorenkamp was a close second at 16:17. Fellow senior Ian Miller claimed fourth place at 16:19.20.
Drew Sassaman's time of 1729.6 was good for 29th place while junior Riley Horton (17:36) had a solid pace for 33rd place.
Township's Keven Perez and Tyler Stevens kept pace with one another also as Perez (17:47.3) took 44th and Stevens (17:51.1) earned 48th place. Dieter Geib ran the course in 18:08.80, finishing 67th.
Sometimes you walk off the field following a game, realizing you have taken part in a classic battle. Though the agony and shock of defeat, especially following a hard-fought game, is eclipsed by the other team's thrill and celebration, you know this was a game to remember.
Such was the case in Tuesday night's Lancaster-Lebanon League boys' soccer playoff game at Conestoga Valley where Manheim Township met Cocalico in the semifinal round.
"I felt both teams deserved to win that game; it was a hard-fought game," said Kevin Baker. And that was coming from the Township head coach whose team suffered a 3-2 double overtime loss to eventual L-L League champion Cocalico.
"It was one of those games where we left the field knowing we had played a good game," Baker said. "Both sides had chances and it ended up being them. They scored with about three minutes left in the second overtime. It was like it caught everyone off-guard almost. The ball took a nice bounce for them and their kid had a nice finish."
The Section Two champion Eagles improved to 17-1-0 and went on to defeat Lancaster Mennonite for the league trophy. They took a 2-1 lead into the second half thanks to goals by Danny Harrington and Aaron Weitzel. Township's lone goal came on a penalty kick by Andrea DiSomma which was the game-tying goal at that juncture. Weitzel's goal made it 2-1 five minutes later.
DiSomma helped send the game into overtime with his second equalizer of the game, this one coming in the 72nd minute.
"He turned and hit a rocket shot from 25 yards out," Baker described. "It was a beautiful shot."
Township goalie Quinn McCarty made eight saves as his teammates out-shot the Eagles 12-11.
Joe Zimmerman scored the golden goal 107 minutes following the opening whistle of this match.
"It was just a good soccer game," Baker said. "They played a physical game."
The Streaks, who fell to 13-4-0 overall, head into the District Three playoffs, scheduled to host a first-round game against Palmyra this week.
Baker was asked if having a few extra days to rest up for districts could be a blessing in disguise.
"We obviously had a goal to win the leagues," he replied. "Districts and states are in a sense bigger prizes. After a real hard-fought game, we were starting to get some guys with nagging injuries. So, there is a silver lining for having a few extra days."
The Blue Streaks scored in three different ways - touchdowns, field goals and a safety - for a total of 36 first-half points in their 49-13 victory over Section One rival McCaskey on Friday. The Streaks' offense found the Red Tornado end zone four times; senior place kicker Jack Rodenberger booted two field goals and the special teams forced a safety - all in the first half - handing McCaskey (1-8) its fifth league loss of the year. The Streaks improved to 4-1 in the league (8-1 overall) with a Section One showdown scheduled at Hempfield in the regular season finale.
"Every week we keep getting better," said head coach Mark Evans. "We have one more regular season game and after that you have to win to stay in. I'm trying to get the kids to be realistic and see that they don't have that many chances. It's imperative to take advantage of all of the opportunities."
Cameron Horst scored the game's first touchdown, carrying the ball in from three yards out. Rodenberger added two field goals to make it 13-0 before the Streaks poured it on for the remainder of the second quarter. Harrison Kirk hit Hilton Ridley, Mickey Stokes and Braydon Alaimo with touchdown passes from 10, 42 and 3 yards out.
Xzavier Silva's eight-yard TD run and a 29-yard interception return by Stokes accounted for 13 more points after intermission.
As for the safety, it came on a punt formation by the Tornado deep in their own end zone.
"We were coming after it," Evans explained. "We were going to block it. So, rather than give us a touchdown, they took a safety."
As for the offensive opportunities, the Streaks were given many by McCaskey
"We were given a short field, taking possession of the ball on the 30 or 40, for example," Evans added. "Our defense shut them down and we had a good game returning punts. It made things easier for our offense."
The leaders on offense included Kirk, who completed 11 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Donovan Ivey had the most rushing yards, compiling 57 on seven carries. Horst ran the ball eight times for 39 yards.
Kirk found six different receivers for his 11 completions, including three passes to Ridley for 47 yards and two to Stokes for 55. Brett Benjamin had two catches for 26.
The Blue Streaks opened the week with a 2-1 overtime victory over Manheim Central in an L-L League playoff match at Donegal on Tuesday. The victory advanced Township into the next round where they faced Donegal - the Section Two champions, who brought a 19-1-0 overall record into that playoff game.
The Streaks, who had wrapped up the regular season with a 10-2-0 league record, triumphed over the Barons thanks to two goals by Sophia Rockwell. The junior forward scored at the 13:29 mark of the first half and 12:20 into the overtime period, getting assists from Katie Labezius and Ashlyn Campagna.
Sandwiched in between was a Central goal by Jenna Lutz late in the first half. It was one of only two shots allowed by the Township defense while on the offensive end, the Streaks had 10 shots on goal and eight corners.
In Thursday night's semifinal game at Conestoga Valley, the Indians stopped the Streaks thanks two goals each by Lily Saunders and Catherine Moran, winning it 5-1.
The Indians (20-1-0) scored three times in the first nine minutes of the match. Cayla Homsher scored the game's first goal followed by Moran's two goals before the Streaks got on the board. Township's only shot on goal was Rockwell's score at the 11:40 mark of the first half, cutting the deficit to 3-1. She was assisted by Labezius again.
Cat Wilson made nine saves against the Donegal attack.
Nicole Honrade and Scotland Reynolds of Manheim Township defeated Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian of..., wait... also of Manheim Township? That's true.
Garvin and Palandjian entered the tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club as the top seed with Reyonlds and Honrade as the second seed of the District Three Class-AAA tournament.
After putting aside their respective opponents on Friday as well as Saturday's semifinals, the four Township players met on the same court.
"They were the top two seeds, so them meeting in the finals was not unexpected," head coach John Briner said. "From a perspective of my two doubles teams battling it out, it's tough as a coach. You want to be happy for the winner but you're sad for the losing side. It's complicated for a coach."
Reynolds and Honrade came up short in the first set, losing 7-5. They came back for a 7-5 win and a 6-4 win to take the gold medal.
"It was an unbelievably close match," Briner remarked. "The winning side won 18 games and the losing side won 16."
Reynolds and Honrade won their opening match 6-0, 6-0 and went on to defeat Catherine Scala and Rachel Eby of Conestoga Valley 6-2, 6-4. They prevailed 6-0, 6-4 in the semis.
Their teammates, who were actually the top seed, defeated Hershey's Manisha Kodavatiganti and Caroline Corcoran 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 and went on to win their next two matches in straight sets.
The Streaks also claimed the team championship, posting a 3-0 win over Conrad Weiser on Thursday at HRC.
They first defeated Hempfield at Racquet Club West before going on to win two more matches, including the district finale.
On Monday, the Streaks squared off against league rival Hempfield. Amanda Hagino, who won the district singles championship the previous week, gave the Knights their lone team point in a 3-1 MT victory that day. She won the first singles 6-2, 6-1.
Reyonlds won the third singles 6-1, 6-2 while the second singles was still being played with Palandjian in the lead 6-2, 5-3.
In doubles competition Honrade and Julia Briner won 6-1, 6-1 while Camille Henneman and Lauren Martin posted a 6-0, 6-2 win.
The Streaks topped Dallastown 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon back Racquet Club West, earning a trip to the Hershey Racquet Club for the District title match. In Tuesday's win, Honrade and Briner teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 win along with a win by Henneman and Martin, who posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at second doubles.
Singles matches went to Palandjian (6-0, 6-1) and Reynolds (6-0, 6-0).
In the 3-0 defeat of Conrad Weiser for the district trophy, the Streaks won both doubles matches thanks to Honrade and Briner at first doubles (6-1, 6-1) and Henneman pairing up with Martin for a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles. Reynolds wrapped it up with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sets win at third singles while teammate Palandjian (6-3, 5-2) was leading her match and Garvin was coming off a 6-4 win at the first set.
With 3-1 victories over Conestoga Valley and Elizabethtown, the Streaks surged into the L-L League girls' volleyball semis opposite Garden Spot. That match takes place this week.
On Thursday, Township topped CV 25-14 in the first set and came back following a 25-16 loss to win 26-24 and 25-14 at Conestoga Valley.
Alice Thorsen led the Streaks with 13 kills and tied Emma Krewson with 13 digs on the night.
Katie Bushong's 19 assists were tops in the match as were her seven aces. Trinity Tull registered two blocks.
Playing at Garden Spot, the Streaks topped E-town 25-18 and 25-14 in the first two sets before the Bears claimed one set (25-19). Township responded with a 25-22 triumph.
Tull and Thorsen had 10 kills each with Thorsen also leading the team in digs (13). She and Bushong had two aces each as did Lucy Svetec. Bushong came through with 27 assists.
In the East Regional PIAA Class 3A golf championships, Shaun Fedor finished with a 5-over-par 77 and qualified for the state championships.
Also at Heritage Hills, MT senior Ellen Wager also qualified for states with an outstanding score of 79.
Field Hockey Finishes Second in Section One October 15, 2018
There is a belief that if your team is destined for post-season play, it is a great idea to finish the regular season on a high note - to grab some momentum heading into the playoffs.
Though Manheim Township suffered a 6-0 non-league loss to Exeter Township on Monday, the Blue Streaks came back and dominated Ephrata in a Lancaster-Lebanon League match the very next evening by a 7-0 score, wrapping up the regular season at 11-7-0, which included a solid 10-2-0 league record.
In shutting out the Mountaineers, Streaks goalie Cat Wilson did not need to make any saves. On offense, the star of the game was Katie Labezius, who tallied four goals and one assist. She scored the Streaks' second goal of the game, 4:43 after Allison Cubell had put the team ahead 1-0. Her second goal was sandwiched between scores by Rea Fox and the team's leading scorer Sophia Rockwell's only goal of the game. Rockwell and Cubell also dished out assists while Ashyln Campagna registered two.
Labezius went on to score twice more in the second half.
The Streaks finished the regular season in second place while Penn Manor (12-0-0, 16-1-1 overall) claimed the crown in Section One. The Streaks' league playoffs are scheduled to begin on October 16 against Section Two runner up Manheim Central.
Manheim Township's Emily Garvin and Avery Palandjian topped the Hempfield duo of Amanda Hagino and Grace Lehman 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles finale of Monday's L-L League Championships at Conestoga Valley. Also on Monday, Hagino and Garvin battled for the league's Flight One singles championship. Hagino the defending champion, prevailed 6-1, 6-0.
In other matches, the Flight Two doubles victory went to MT's sophomore twosome of Julia Briner and Camille Henneman, who posted an 8-3 winning score.
The Streaks enter the District Three Class-AAA team championships with Hempfield as the first opponent at the Hershey Racquet Club this week.
Manheim Township's 16-10 overtime victory on Friday night was a testament to this football team's ability to respond under pressure.
"The resiliency of our guys is remarkable," head coach Mark Evans stated. "They stayed the course. When it was crunch time, they locked in and got it done."
The Blue Streaks and their Section One rivals have been in a battle for the section lead, given that Township suffered a loss to Wilson two weeks earlier - their lone loss thus far - and the fact that Warwick downed Wilson 38-12 on Friday night.
The intensity that came with Friday night's game at Cedar Crest was indicative of the fight for first place in the standings.
Jack Rodenberger kicked a 35-yard field goal with the final seconds ticking off in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime. The Streaks (7-1, 3-1 in league) then won it on a bizarre touchdown in overtime as Cameron Horst pounced on his quarterback's fumble in the end zone.
"Their defender did a good job ripping the ball away from Harrison Kirk," explained the coach. "Cameron jumped in there and recovered it in the end zone."
The two sides came out of the locker rooms with no points on the scoreboard. The Streaks marched downfield and scored on quarterback Harrison Kirk's one-yard touchdown run. Rodenberger's extra-point kick made it 7-0. The Falcons (4-4, 2-3) cut the lead to four points on Jack Beasley's 22-yard field goal. The home team took the lead in the fourth quarter on Logan Horn's 14-yard rushing TD, making it 10-7. The Crest quarterback finished with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries. He threw for 121 yards on 12 completions. However, part of what kept the scoring low in this game was that Township's defense snagged three interceptions, including an end zone pick by Brett Benjamin and another by junior cornerback Matt Mikulka.
Other missed opportunities came in the forms of dropped passes, two missed field goals, and a holding penalty by Township while the Falcons had the three interceptions and a fumble.
The turning point was most likely the Falcons' decision to go for a touchdown when they had a fourth-and-goal on the Streaks' two-yard line with 1:09 to play.
"We had a huge goal line stance," Evans said. "They went for it to put the game out of reach; they could have kicked a field goal.
"We got the ball back with 98 yards to go," continued the coach. "Harry Kirk and the rest of the guys - Brett Benjamin, Hilton Ridley and the offensive line - were like surgeons, cutting their way expertly down the field. They thrived in the two-minute drill."
Kirk's passes beamed through the night sky for a total of 219 yards as he completed 19 of 31 attempts. Benjamin caught six of those passes for a total of 93 yards while Ridley racked up 43 receiving yards on four catches. Anthony Ivey had 39 receiving yards on five catches.
The Streaks drove downfield to set up the game-tying field goal.
"We spiked the ball with seven seconds left to stop the clock," Evans explained.
"Jack went out with no hesitation from me or the coaching staff," he added, alluding to the two missed field goals. "I had complete confidence in Jack."
The conversion sent the game into overtime where each team is positioned at the 10-yard line with one set of downs.
"We practice overtime plays every week," said Evans. "We put the kids in the mindset of putting the ball on the 10 and taking four plays to score."
The Township defense held once again and on their first play from the 10-yard line, the Streaks scored with Kirk's scramble, eight-yard gain and a serendipitous fumble that Horst recovered.
There were several variables regarding the Section One boys' soccer standings coming into the season's final week. The head-to-head competition and goal differentials between the top teams - Hempfield, Warwick and Manheim Township - were all being weighed and considered.
"Out of the big mix of 'what ifs,' the one thing we knew was that if we won, we were fine," head coach Kevin Baker said. "We had our minds set on that."
And win they did, defeating Cedar Crest on Monday and Penn Manor on Thursday night to earn the co-championship of Section One.
However, in terms of which team - Warwick or Township - entered the league playoffs as the top seed, the Streaks won the tiebreaker.
"We both made it to leagues but we were seeded first because we beat Warwick in both times we played them," Baker explained.
On Monday, Township improved their league mark to 6-3-0 with a 2-0 shutout of Cedar Crest on the road.
"We scored twice in the first half and controlled the game in the second half," Baker said. "They did have a couple of shots on goal, but overall we controlled possession."
Ayden Lee scored in the 35th minute of the match and Andrea DiSomma doubled that lead one minute later. Nolan Ross and Matthew Russinko provided the assists while goalie Quinn McCarty (two saves) helped make certain the Falcons were held scoreless.
Penn Manor was up next and Township handled the Section One rival with a 3-1 victory. DiSomma scored twice and Colton Pierson added one more goal.
"We controlled the majority of the game and had lots of chances," Baker said.
The winning streak carried Township into the league playoffs where they faced Section Four runner-up Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders, who finished a game behind Pequea Valley, brought in a 9-2-1 league record.
"Once you hit leagues, you know that every team has done something right to get to that point," Baker said. "The score line wasn't expected, but it was a good game for us. We played well."
That score the Township coach referred to was the 5-0 dominant win on Saturday at Manheim Central. DiSomma's goal was the only scoring in the first half. However, Lee and Pierson each scored twice in the second half - all within a nine-minute span - to go up by five. DiSomma provided a pair of assists while Ross and Russinko each earned one.
Huy Nguyen's three saves helped seal the shutout win.
Speaking of shutouts, Baker was asked about a defensive corps that had allowed only four goals in the team's last 10 games, including Saturday's playoff match. In that 10-game stretch - all victories - the Streaks had six shutouts and four wins in which they allowed one goal each.
"We've talked about that in our post-game huddles," he said. "We obviously have a lot of fire power. But the defensive crew we have is probably the best of any team. They're playing well together and take pride in it too."
The credit goes to center backs Shane Mundorf and Liam Wright as well as Russinko and Zac Brubaker in addition to David Wolfers who has been rotating in.
With the District Three Class 4A playoffs not far away, Manheim Township finds itself first in the power rankings. However, Section One rivals Hempfield and Warwick are third and fifth in said rankings.
"I think that's great," Baker said. "It goes to show how good the teams in our section are. It has been like playoff games for us throughout the season. Our players are battle tested."
Manheim Township wrapped up the 2018 girls' soccer campaign, evening its league mark at 4-4-1 and finishing 5-6-2 overall. The team topped Cedar Crest on Monday night by a 1-0 score on Gabi Brown's first-half goal (Lauren Pettoni assist) and the stellar goalkeeping of Ali Quinn (six saves).
The Falcons (5-6-3, 3-5-2 league) out-shot the Streaks 6-5.
As the season concluded, the Streaks found themselves 15th in the District Three 4A power rankings.
The Streaks stopped Warwick in a hard-fought Section One girls' volleyball match on Thursday night in Lititz. The Streaks won the first two sets by the same score, 25-18. Following the Warriors' 25-21 victory to avoid a sweep, Township posted a 25-23 win, raising its record to 8-2 in the league.
It was a team effort for Township. Three different players tied for the team lead in service aces. Every one of them also led the team in a different category - Nicolina Kondos, who had 19 digs, Katie Bushong, who also recorded 21 assists, and Alice Thorsen, who led the way in kills with 10, each served up a pair of aces.
Lucy Svetec, Amanda Hertzog, Olivia Hauck and Faith McGowan each registered a solo block.
Streaks Top Knights in Key Section One Clash October 8, 2018
Hempfield and Manheim Township. When those two high schools are mentioned in terms of Lancaster-Lebanon League competition, nearly every match in each of the athletic programs has significance.
In boys' soccer action, the two teams met for the second time this season with Township claiming a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night, avenging a September 13 loss to Hempfield.
The Streaks edged the Knights and went on to record a crucial 2-0 Section One victory at Warwick on Friday. The wins improved Township's league mark to 5-3-0 (10-3-0 overall).
The win over Warwick was important in that it dropped the Warriors to 6-2-0 in the section - only a game ahead of three different teams fashioning a record of 5-3-0 - the Streaks, Hempfield and Conestoga Valley. The head-to-head results come into play, of course, and Township's streak of winning six of its seven previous games included a defeat of Conestoga Valley.
"We all have two games left in the section and we'll have absolutely no idea until the last game is over," head coach Kevin Baker marveled. "They're only taking two teams from our section for league playoffs.
"We've won both games against Warwick; we lost both with CV and head-to-head we're even with Hempfield," added the coach.
The defense played a solid match against Hempfield, limiting the Knights to four shots on goal. Hempfield didn't break through until the 78th minute on Drew Johnson's penalty kick.
"Our guys played really well," Baker remarked. "It was one of those games where you're playing a very good team and it was back-and-forth. They were pushing, but our defense withstood their attack. In a battle against a really good team our guys stepped up."
Ayden Lee put the Streaks ahead 1-0 in the 25th minute off a Nolan Ross assist. Andrea DiSomma added a goal three minutes before halftime and the team coasted with the 2-0 advantage until the closing minutes of regulation.
"Colton Pieerson was on the outside and beat his defender nicely," Baker explained. "He played a ball for Andrea, who was running with him."
Quinn McCarty had three saves for Township.
The Streaks blanked a Warwick team that had edged Conestoga Valley 5-4 in a wild match earlier in the week. Liam Wright's goal in the 50th minute broke a scoreless deadlock. He added another goal in the 54th minute while Ross and Zac Brubaker were credited with assists on the night. Both goals came off corner kicks.
"I didn't think we played well in the first half," said Baker. "We regrouped at halftime. The guys came out and put the pressure on them."
The District Three Team Golf Championships took place at Briarwood East on Tuesday with Township's team taking first place. The Streaks shot 302 as a team. Graham Calhoun, a freshman, and David McNaughton both shot a 74 with Shaun Fedor finishing third at 76 and Wager shooting 78.
Central York, the defending district champ, finished with a score of 326.
The District Three Class-AAA Individual Championships were held at Briarwood East on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. Fedor, a senior, finished third in the two-day tournament, recording a 1-under-par 71 on his second day and compiling 144 over the two days.
The top 16 golfers qualified for the PIAA East Regionals, which will be held at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood on October 16.
Narrowly missing the cut was junior Connor Strine. His score of 81 was just shy of the top 16. Also shooting well in the tournament but missing the cut was Calhoun and Hamilton McNaughton.
In the girls' championships, Ellen Wager will travel to regionals with her two-day total of 148, finishing a close second behind Chambersburg's Mary Kate Norcross. Erica Corey finished 10th and missed the cut for regionals. She had a two-day total of 164, which included an 81 on her first day on the course.
Friday night's Section One game against Warwick - as any football game against a section rival would be - was crucial for the Streaks. The team was coming off its first loss of the season, falling to Wilson a week before. Warwick came into Friday night's game with a 3-0 league mark.
Township took a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a 28-20 triumph, improving to 2-1 in league play and 6-1 overall.
"I felt that it was an important win for us," head coach Mark Evans said. "The kids responded well to the challenge."
The Streaks have three games ahead of them, all of which are against league rivals and two of which will be on the road.
"One at a time is exactly how we're taking them right now," Evans added.
The Streaks had 158 rushing yards, spearheaded by Cameron Horst's 78 yards on 17 carries, and 247 passing yards riding on the arm of Harrison Kirk, who threw for two touchdowns. However, two offensive series that went for naught and a missed field goal gave Evans the impression that they could have won this game by a greater margin.
"We hung in there offensively," he said. "But we left some points on the field. There were two drives that we turned over on downs deep in their territory; we also had a missed field goal. I would say we missed 17 points in the first half. But we were in control.
"Our guys played very well on defense," he added.
That first half ended with the score tied 7-7. Township scored on Hilton Ridley's 22-yard touchdown catch and Jack Roenberger's extra-point kick. The Warriors tied it in the second quarter on Joey Callahan's two-yard toss to Nick Fucci.
In the second half, Warwick took a lead on Fucci's one-yard surge over the goal line. With 3:29 to play in the third, Kirk's two-yard quarterback keeper tied the score. Less than two minutes later, the offense capped a drive that ended on Kirk's 27-yard TD strike to Anthony Ivey, giving Township that 21-14 edge.
Joey McCracken threw a 12-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. However, a missed extra point prevented the Warriors from tying the score. Township padded its lead on another two-yard keeper by Kirk.
Manheim Township claimed the L-L League team title with a 4-0 defeat of Conestoga Valley on Wednesday at Ephrata. The Streaks blanked the Buckskins with four matches - one doubles match and three singles - that were decided in straight sets.
Camille Henneman and Lauren Martin posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory in doubles competition. Scotland Reynolds downed CV's Rachel Eby 6-2, 6-1, Avery Palandjian topped Jacquelyn McBride 6-1, 6-2 and Emily Garvin came through with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Township was coming off a semi-final round win over Lampeter-Strasburg on Tuesday afternoon at Racquet Club West. The best-of-five format required that only three team points be earned and the Streaks easily managed that thanks to victories by Palandjian (6-4, 6-0) and Reynolds (6-1, 6-3) in singles matches as well as Julia Briner teaming up with Nicole Honrade for a 6-0, 6-0 win.
In the L-L League Flight Tournament, the Streaks were well-represented. In the opening round of Flight One singles, Reynolds won 6-0, 6-1 while Palandjian topped Cedar Crest's Serean Cheng 6-0, 6-3. In the second round, it was Streak versus Streak as Palandjian topped her teammate 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Furthermore, Garvin advanced to the semifinals with a straight set win in the first round and a 6-1, 6-0 victory over CV's Catherine Scala.
In Flight Two, Honrade topped Naomi Feister of Pequea Valley and Kassie Nichols of Cocalico in straight sets to reach the semis, where she'll face Hempfield's Grace Lehman.
Reynolds and Honrade were first-round winners (6-0, 6-0) at Flight One doubles while Garvin and Palandjian also advanced, winning 6-3, 6-0.
Briner and fellow sophomore Camille Henneman surged into the second round with an 8-0 win in Flight Two.
Following their 4-1 triumph at Cedar Crest on Tuesday, the Streaks welcomed Penn Manor on Thursday afternoon. In that match, the Streaks came up short as Penn Manor (10-0-0) stayed undefeated in league play. Township fell to 9-2-0 after the 3-1 loss.
Emma DeBerdine scored twice for the Comets and assisted on Anna May Barbusca's first-half goal that put Manor up 2-0 at that point.
The Streaks cut the deficit to 2-1 on Julia Romano's goal 2:40 into the second half (Rea Fox assist) before DeBerdine made it 3-1 off a Briana Harsh assist.
Cat Wilson, who had 13, shared the goalie duties with Vanessa Daniels on Tuesday. Daniels made two saves and Wilson one more in the win.
Township goals were scored by Rockwell, Allison Cubell and Katie Labezius, who scored two times. Rockwell, Cubell, Fox and Ashlyn Campagna each provided an assist.
It was an up-and-down week for the Streaks, who suffered two defeats including a 2-1 overtime loss to Hempfield, falling to 4-6-2 (3-4-1 league).
On Tuesday, Hempfield's Gabi Hollinger scored eight minutes in, giving her team the victory at Township. It was one of only six shots on goal by the Knights.
Lauren Weaver gave Hempfield a 1-0 edge 14 minutes into the first half. And at 14 minutes into the second half, Gabi Brown scored the equalizer for Township off a Caroline Wood assist. It stayed that way until the goal in extra time.
The 1-0 victory at home over Warwick did not involve any overtime goals or, for that matter, any late goals. Emma Hagg scored six minutes into the match and the defense, along with goalie Ali Quinn (7 saves) kept the Warriors scoreless. Hagg was assisted by both Sydney Hoover and Lauren Pettoni.
In a non-league game at Governor Mifflin on Saturday, the Streaks managed only two shots on goal in a 2-0 defeat. Quinn had five saves while one of the two goals allowed was on a penalty kick.
The Streaks won Section One matches last week. They topped Penn Manor 3-1 on Monday followed by a 3-0 triumph over Cedar Crest the next night. On Thursday they posted a 3-0 victory at McCaskey.
Each set was a close one against Penn Manor with the Comets winning the first one 25-22 before MT held Manor off 25-23 and 29-27 as well as the deciding fourth set (25-17).
Lucy Svetec and Alice Thorsen came through with nine kills each while Svetec and Olivia Hauck each registered five blocks. Katie Bushong led the way in assists (26) while Nicolina Kondos compiled 15 digs. Faith McGowan had a team-leading six aces.
Township showed resilience in topping Cedar Crest 34-32 in the first set. The Streaks won the second one more easily (25-16) before finishing the sweep 25-20.
Thorsen drilled eight kills and three aces. Bushong came away with three aces as well as 18 assists while Kondos added 12 digs and Hauck registered one block.
Township won the McCaskey match 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 with Emily Stevens getting four kills, Emma Krewson registering 10 digs and McGowan serving up seven aces. Thorsen had a block and Bushong tallied 10 assists.
Township topped Elizabethtown and Lebanon in Tuesday's boys' cross country meet at home. Meanwhile, the girls' team dominated Lebanon 15-55 but came up short against E-town (28-30).
Evan Dorenkamp, who posted a time of 16:43, and Ian Miller (16:44) were the best times on the day, giving Township's boys the top two spots in the race. Keven Perez earned eighth place at 17:37 while Drew Sassaman's 17:41 earned him ninth place followed immediately by Riley Horton (18:00). Also in the top-15 were Dieter Geib (14th, 18:37) and Tyler Stevens (15th, 18:40).
A pack of five Township runners claimed fourth through eighth as Anabelle Lapp (4th, 20:10), Chloe Kline (5th, 20:39), Paige Laurence (6th, 21:41), Aurelia Huss (7th, 21:42) and Avery Ebersole (8th, 21:44) occupied those spots.
Kyra Dean's time of 21:48 earned her 10th on the day. Emma Dieterle (22:17), Cecelia Walker (22:54), Carleigh Roche (23:02), Jenny Weiss (23:13) and Ella Sheaffer (23:22) finished 11th through 15 respectively.
Lady Booters Blank Penn Manor 2-0 October 1, 2018
In a Section One girls' soccer match, Manheim Township posed a 2-0 victory over Penn Manor on Tuesday evening. The Blue Streaks improved their Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 2-2-1 (2-3-2 overall) with the shutout.
Ali Quinn saved seven shots by the Comets, helping to cement a shutout. On the offensive end, Quinn's teammates finally broke through the Manor defense with Caroline Wood's goal 14 minutes into the second half. Samantha Bennett added another goal with five minutes remaining in the game. Sydney Hoover provided an assist.
"They were both very well-struck balls from the 30-yard range," head coach Terry Law explained. "We have kids who can hit 'em, we just don't always get the open look."
Law mentioned that Township needed to make some halftime adjustments, which helped put the goal scorers in those scoring opportunities.
"We struggled a little bit in the first half to get ourselves going," he said. "We weren't playing the style that suits us - a lot of long balls rather than our style.
"We made the adjustment at halftime and played particularly well after halftime," he added. "We kept the ball on the ground and knocked it around more, creating and building more chances. When we build, our offense tends to function better."
Quinn played another excellent game on a drizzly Thursday night at Conestoga Valley. The Buckskins scored in the 18th minute for the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Section One win. However, Law remarked that the Streaks played a technically sound game.
"That was probably the best total game we've played," he said. "We dominated the time of possession and level of play. We just didn't finish.
"They scored on a restart and we weren't able to capitalize," continued the coach. "Ali has been playing well for us."
Township suffered a non-league loss in overtime on Saturday at Lower Dauphin. Wood and Gabi Brown scored second half goals that actually put the Streaks ahead 2-1 with just over 12 minutes to play in regulation. The Falcons scored the equalizer late in the match and Mayson Light scored the game winner three minutes into extra time.
"We weren't able to close it out. It was a game we should have won," said Law.
As far as District Three Class-AAAA is concerned, the Streaks (3-4-2 overall) are holding on to the final spot with six more games to play, including four in the L-L League.
"We are sitting right on number 16 and they take 16 [for district playoffs]," Law remarked. "We have been playing much better."
In the L-L League Championships, Township's Ellen Wager came up just short in competing with Cocalico golfer Ammala Moua on Monday at Conestoga Country Club. Moua won the girls' championship with a score of 81 - only one stroke ahead of defending champ Wager.
Meanwhile Shaun Fedor earned aa individual title for the Blue Streaks who also won the team crown.
Township compiled a team score of 318 as Fedor shot a 2-over-par 72. Penn Manor's Logan Hess finished second with a 74. Brock Fassnacht shot a 77 to take third place.
Hamilton Naughton scored 81 on the day. The MT junior finished eighth. Connor Strine was in a four-way tie for 11th place, shooting an 83. Among the three other golfers with that score was sophomore teammate Sean Cliff.
Graham Calhoun, who finished with a score of 84, was in the top 25 and made the District Three Class-AAA cut. Matt Bilsoon recorded 89 on the day
The Blue Streaks suffered their first loss of the season as the Wilson Bulldogs held on for a 16-14 final Friday night in a clash of Section One rivals. It helped the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 in Section One and 4-2 overall while the Streaks fell to 1-1, 5-1.
Anthony Futrick put the ball in the air 18 times for Wilson, completing 11 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Fry caught that touchdown from Futrick - a 20-yarder in the second quarter. The Blue Streaks, who continued driving downfield time and again, evened the score on Cameron Horst's 22-yard TD run in the second half.
The Bulldogs' quick response was crucial. They had a scoring drive that ended with Jack Wagner's 28-yard field goal and another that was capped by Elijah Morales pushing it over the goal line from a yard out.
Township quarterback Harrison Kirk found Mickey Stokes for a scoring pass in the fourth quarter. Jack Rodenberger's PAT kick cut the deficit to two points. However, the Bulldogs took enough off the clock to hold back the Streaks.
Jaden Floyd again led the Streaks in rushing, compiling 71 yards on 17 carries. Horst's only rushing attempt was the 22-yard dash for six points. He also had a 41-yard reception.
Kirk connected twice with Stokes for a total of 35 yards while Hilton Ridley had a 49-yard reception.
In keeping pace with first-place Penn Manor atop the Section One field hockey standings, the Blue Streaks posted three consecutive 2-0 victories in a busy week which ended with a non-league loss at home. The Streaks topped league rivals Hempfield, Warwick and Conestoga Valley by the identical 2-0 margin, winning the first two at home before going on the road for Friday's CV match.
They improved to 8-1-0 in Section One (9-5-0 overall) while Penn Manor stayed in first place at 8-0-0.
Julia Romano's first-half goal and Sophia Rockwell's goal in the second half came off assists by Rea Fox and Ashlyn Campagna on Monday against Hempfield. Cat Wilson needed to make two saves to record a shutout.
The Streaks out-shot the Knights 12-2.
Township had another dozen shots on goal against Warwick on Wednesday with scoring shots coming off the sticks of Romano and Rockwell again. They were both assisted by Katie Labezius.
Rockwell broke a scoreless tie at the 15:31 mark of the second half. Romano added insurance to that lead 11 minutes later.
The defense allowed only one shot on goal, making it easier for Wilson (one save) to earn a shutout.
The same crew was involved in the offensive side of Friday afternoon's win at Witmer. Rockwell scored 12:29 into the game and Fox padded the lead nine minutes later. Assists came courtesy of Campagna and Romano.
The Buckskins penetrated the Streaks' defense more and launched seven shots on goal. Wilson was up to the task however, making it three shutouts in a row.
Wilson had 13 more saves on Saturday as the Streaks faced the Wilson Bulldogs. However, those saves came against an onslaught of 19 shots on goal. The Bulldogs improved to 12-1-1 overall as they stayed atop the District Three Class-AAA power rankings while MT slipped to sixth in the rankings.
As the Manheim Township boys' soccer team wrapped up the week, it stood at 8-3-0, which was good for fourth in the District Three 4A power rankings behind Warwick, Wilson and Hempfield.
On the week, Township topped Penn Manor and lost to Conestoga Valley in L-L League action, falling to 3-3-0 in the league. The team also topped Wilson on Saturday, handing the Bulldogs (10-1-1) their first loss of the year.
In the Penn Manor match, the Streaks had 15 shots on goal with Shawn Larroza recording the only goal of the game.
In the home game with CV, it was Robbie Krasinski's goal in the 79th minute - one minute before the end of regulation - that spelled defeat for Township. Ethan Bredeman also scored for the Buckskins, who came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The Streaks took the lead on Gabe Silva's goal 29 minutes into the game.
Quinn McCarty had three saves in a losing cause.
The Streaks put it all together against the top team in the district on Saturday. They scored three times in the first half. The defense and McCarty (3 saves) held on for the 3-1 win.
Andrea DiSomma scored twice after Ben Banzhof had given the Streaks a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. DiSomma also provided an assist for Banzhof's goal while Nolan Ross dished out two assists.
Township played a tough match against unbeaten Hempfield on the road Thursday night. The Knights managed to stay unbeaten (7-0, 6-0 league) by sneaking past Township 25-21, 25-21 and 25-20.
Lucy Svetec led the Streaks in kills with seven. Nicolina Kondos had 10 digs while Olivia Hauck had a team-high three blocks.
The Streaks, who were coming off a 3-0 defeat of Conestoga Valley, fell to 4-2 (4-3 overall).
Manheim Township didn't let up after the 25-15 opening set victory. The Streaks topped CV 25-20 in each of the next two sets.
While Alice Thorsen had a team-high six kills, she and three other players drilled two aces each. Svetec, who also had seven digs, Kondos and Thorson tied Emily Stevens for the team lead in aces. Stevens also finished with three blocks while Katie Bushong had a match-high 22 assists.
The Blue Streaks wrapped up an undefeated regular season in girls' tennis. They topped league rivals Penn Manor and Conestoga Valley before posting a 5-0 non-league win against Donegal on Thursday.
In Monday afternoon's match against Manor, the Comets only managed three total points in the doubles sets and lost all four singles matches in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets.
Emily Garvin, Avery Palandjian, Scotland Reynolds and Nicole Honrade did the honors in singles play. Lauren Martin and Camille Henneman posted an 8-1 win at first doubles followed by Julia Briner and Sarah Pestan's 8-0 win at second doubles.
Seniors Olivia Sterenfeld and Lauren Poff claimed the third doubles by an 8-2 margin.
Palandjian, Reynolds, Honrade and Briner all contributed to both doubles and singles match victories.
Against CV, Reynolds and Palandjian came away with an 8-2 win at number one doubles while Honrade and Briner battled their way to a 9-7 victory before the twosome of Martin and Henneman completed doubles play with an 8-4 win.
Palandjian (6-1, 6-1), Reynolds (6-1, 6-2), Honrade (6-3, 6-0) and Briner (6-1, 6-1) each claimed their singles matches in straight sets.
The momentum carried into the Donegal match where the non-league format had two doubles matches and three in singles.
Briner and Honrade were 6-1, 6-0 winners at number one doubles with Henneman and Martin winning easily (6-0, 6-0) at second doubles.
Garvin (6-0, 6-1), Palandjian (6-0 6-0) and Reynolds (6-0, 6-0) all cruised to singles victories.
Township Volleyball Blanks Warwick September 24, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' volleyball team's Section One match against Warwick was a classic demonstration of resilience. The Blue Streaks topped the Warriors 3-0 on Tuesday night and improved their Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 3-1 (3-2 overall) while Warwick fell to 2-4 (1-3 league).
The tenacity shown by this squad came from holding on for 26-24 victories in both the second and third sets of this match at home.
The Streaks opened with a 25-18 victory, regaining momentum whenever necessary. On the strength of 10 kills by Alice Thorsen and two service aces each by Thorsen, Nicolina Kondos, and Faith McGowan, the Streaks were on the winning end of the two sets requiring extra serves and swings.
Kondos came through with 18 digs while Katie Bushong led everyone with 19 assists. Thorsen, not only had a match-high 10 kills, she also tied Warwick's Jackie Barilar for most blocks - three.
Cocalico scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night's Section One and Two crossover football game at Manheim Township. However, by that final stanza, the Streaks had already built a 33-9 lead thanks to all facets of the football team working like a fine-tuned machine. Township hung on for a 36-24 victory and improved to 5-0 while Cocalico fell to 4-1.
"I felt like we were in complete control," said head coach Mark Evans. "It was a good combination of special teams, defense and offense working together.
"We scored on our first possession and, after they kicked a field goal in the first quarter, they kicked off and Anthony Ivey took it to the house," Evans added.
That 85-yard kickoff return by Ivey was the freshman's first play on the varsity squad. It gave MT a 14-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
The disciplined and tactical offensive unit, led by quarterback Harrison Kirk, put together an 80-yard drive, which made it 21-9 Township. Place kicker Jack Rodenberger, who was 4-for-4 on PAT kicks, converted on a 35-yard field goal that made it 24-9 before halftime.
"He had plenty of leg on it," Evans remarked. "It might have been good from 50 yards.
"The kids did a great job on the two-minute drill," continued the coach. "Scoring just before halftime was huge.
"Jack did a phenomenal job kicking the ball - he put a couple of kickoffs into the end zone," he added.
Township's first score came on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kirk to Bret Benjamin. Ivey's kickoff return came with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Cocalico quarterback Noah Palm's eight-yard TD run cut the deficit to 14-9, but the Eagles missed the two-point PAT attempt.
The 80-yard drive engineered by Kirk and his crew ended on a five-yard TD pass to Mickey Stokes. Kirk completed nine of 13 pass attempts for 233 yards and those two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 30 yards and a rushing TD.
"Harry Kirk has had four 200-yard games in a row passing," Evans noted. "He is doing very well."
Jaden Floyd led the ground game with 137 yards on 18 carries. Benjamin had two catches for 91 yards and Cameron Horst's two catches went for 30 yards while Ivey caught two passes for 50 more and Hilton Ridley hauled in a 42-yard reception.
"Ivey had a key reception on a third-and-19 conversion; Hilton Ridley continues to do a great job," Evans added. "Blake Hoffmaster and Sean Marks both did a nice job on the offensive line. Tyler Kurtz, our middle linebacker, did a great job on their fullback.
"The Emge brothers - Sam and Josh - continue to do a good job on defense," Evans added. "Everybody is pulling together."
The Streaks return to Section One play and will host Wilson this week.
The girls' soccer team is hitting its stride in league play. The Streaks edged Warwick 2-1 on the road Tuesday afternoon followed by a tough 1-1 draw at Cedar Crest on Friday.
The matches lifted the Streaks to 1-2-1 in league play (2-2-2 overall).
Gabi Brown converted on a penalty kick in the 57th minute to give her team the lead and eventual winning margin at Warwick. The home team had taken a 1-0 lead on Jess Williamson's goal in the 15th minute but Avery Rathman had tied it for Township two minutes prior to halftime.
The Warriors maintained the offensive pressure, out-shooting MT 9-6. Ali Quinn's eight saves helped the Streaks prevail.
Quinn went the distance in a match that did not net a winning goal despite two overtime periods. She finished with six saves with only Hailey Shillabeer's shot getting past her in the 63rd minute. That goal tied the score after the Streaks had grabbed a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half on Emma Hagg's goal (Brown assist).
The boys' soccer team played a dominant match at Central Dauphin on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Rams 3-0 in non-league action. The Streaks stayed hot and improved to 6-2-0 with a 4-1 triumph over Section One foe Cedar Crest the following day. The win evened Township's league mark at 2-2-0.
Leading scorer Andrea DiSomma netted two goals in the match at CD, giving the team a 1-0 lead midway into the first half and capping the scoring in the 74th minute. Sandwiched in between was Shawn Larroza's goal, which came 18 minutes into the second half.
Providing assists were Nolan Ross, who had two, and Gabe Silva.
Township goalie Quinn McCarty snagged two saves in the shutout.
Back on their home turf the next day, the Streaks scored four times with four different goal scorers. DiSomma's goal was the first. But he went on to assist on two more scores as Ayden Lee made it 2-0 two minutes prior to halftime. Adam Sadek upped the lead to 3-1 13 minutes into the second half after Cedar Crest had cut the deficit in half. Matt Russinko capped the scoring in the 74th minute.
Larroza and Greyson King also provided assists.
The Township defense limited the Falcons' shots on goal, requiring only one save for McCarty to notch another win.
The golfers were on top of their game Wednesday afternoon at Conestoga Country Club as they defeated league rivals Penn Manor, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Crest, Hempfield and Lancaster Catholic.
The Streaks swung a team score of 314, which topped second-place Penn Manor by 23 strokes. Lancaster Catholic (357) finished third followed by Crest and Hempfield.
Always a tough competitor, Penn Manor's Logan Hess finished atop the leader board with a score of 72. The Streaks captured the next four places, however, with Graham Calhoun shooting a 75 on the day followed by Shaun Fedor (78), Hamilton McNaughton (80) and Ellen Wager (81).
The Streaks improved to 16-0 in the league and 20-0 overall.
In what is often a highly-anticipated Section One tennis match, Township visited Hempfield on Wednesday afternoon. The Streaks were already on a win streak in L-L League play, having beaten Cedar Crest, McCaskey and Warwick earlier in the season and having topped Ephrata on the road Tuesday afternoon.
Hempfield held strong, winning one of the doubles matches plus Amanda Hagino winning the number one singles 6-3, 6-3. However, the Streaks had enough to turn the match in their favor, winning 5-2.
"I think Hempfield and Conestoga Valley are our biggest league matches of the year," said head coach John Briner. "We have Conestoga Valley coming up this week and have indoor courts reserved in case it rains.
"I think the final score wasn't too far from what we anticipated," Briner added.
Emily Garvin, who came came up short against Hagino in that singles match, teamed up with Scotland Reynolds for an 8-5 win at first doubles. The Streaks also claimed the third doubles thanks to Nicole Honrade and Julia Briner posting an 8-0 score.
Avery Palandjian faced a tough foe in Grace Lehman at second singles, but peaked at the right time for a 7-5, 7-6 triumph. Reynolds won the third singles in 6-0, 6-0 straight sets and Honrade claimed the fourth singles 6-3, 6-0.
"Emily is our number one singles player. She has lettered all four years," Briner, the first-year head coach, remarked. "She's one of our three captains along with Nicole Honrade and Lauren Martin. They're all team leaders and handle their responsibilities of being captains."
Township improved to 5-0 in the league.
The Ephrata match ended in a 7-0 score with Garvin and Palandjian both winning straight sets of 6-1, 6-0 in the first two singles matches. Reynolds claimed another 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles, which was the same score as Honrade's win at number four.
Garvin and Reynolds were unstoppable at number one doubles, winning 8-1. Palandjian and Camille Henneman paired up for an 8-2 win while Briner and Honrade blanked their opponents 8-0.
That crucial league match with Hempfield was sandwiched between the Ephrata match and a non-league match at home on Friday. In hosting Altoona, the Streaks claimed a 7-0 win thanks to a pair of 8-1 doubles victories as well as Martin teaming up with Henneman for an 8-0 win at third doubles.
Briner and fellow sophomore Sarah Pestana won 8-1 while Megan Welsh teamed up with Sophia Georgelis for the other 8-1 victory.
"In doubles, we won't always repeat players," Briner explained. "We have so much depth and great players even from number five through ten in our varsity squad. It's great to have other players contribute.
"Between all of our starters, there have only been two losses and they were both in the Hempfield match," he noted.
It was the usual cast of characters in singles play with Honrade winning the first singles (6-0, 6-1) while Reynolds took the second singles 6-1 6-1.
Palandjian was solid at number three singles (6-3, 6-2) with Garvin finishing the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
The win gave Township an overall mark of 7-0.
Manheim Township can keep on keeping up with Penn Manor in the Section One field hockey standings by continuing to play the way it did at Ephrata on Tuesday afternoon. The Streaks improved to 6-4-0 overall and to 5-1-0 in the L-L League - only one game behind Manor with the dominant 7-0 victory.
The Streaks scored three goals before the game was 10 minutes old. Katie Labezius opened the scoring 3:48 into the match followed by Katie Kreider's goals which came at 6:11 into the game and the 8:44 mark.
Sophia Rockwell didn't think the scoring was enough. She added another at 14:09 and made it 5-0 at the 23:24 juncture. She also added an assist on the day.
Township went on to score two more in the second half thanks to Kayte Moist and Rea Fox.
Ashlyn Campagna dished out four assists while fellow senior Ameera Syed and junior Julia Romano each added one more.
Goalie Cat Wilson needed to make only one save to secure the shutout.
Girls' Soccer Battles CV, Hempfield and L-S September 17, 2018
The Manheim Township girls' soccer team, which hadn't played a game since the September 1, hosted Conestoga Valley on Tuesday. In the Lancaster-Lebanon League match that came 10 days following the Blue Streaks' season opener, Conestoga Valley posted a 2-0 victory.
The Buckskins broke a scoreless tie in the 30th minute of the match as Madison Delgado found the Township net. She later assisted on Gabriella Barone-Graybill's goal, which came six minutes after halftime.
CV out-shot Township 4-2 with Ali Quinn making two saves between the posts for MT and Alyson Riggle recording the shutout for the Buckskins.
Quinn was magnificent in goal in the Streaks' next match - another Section One clash on the road. This time, the Streaks and the Hempfield Black Knights battled through 80 minutes of scoreless soccer with Quinn making nine saves.
On the other side of the pitch, Hempfield's Meg Yoder denied the Streaks on their two scoring chances, sending this game into overtime.
The heartbreak for Township came with just 22 seconds having expired on the clock. Johnna Adams scored off an assist by Kaitlin Deck, spoiling Quinn's tremendous effort. The loss dropped Township to 1-2 (0-2 in league).
Back on their home turf for a Saturday afternoon non-league game, the Blue Streaks played Lampeter-Strasburg to a scoreless draw. Quinn stopped every one of the seven shots that came her way while Bella DiCamillo was steady in the Pioneers' goal, making five saves.
Having that first league game on your schedule is sometimes a date that can give you the proverbial butterflies in the stomach.
The Blue Streaks and Penn Manor Comets kicked off their Lancaster-Lebanon League slate of games with a Friday night clash at Millersville.
The result was a 41-0 trouncing by Manheim Township, raising the team's overall record to 4-0. Quarterback Harrison Kirk threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, finishing the night with 212 passing yards and no interceptions.
"Harrison Kirk is still doing a lot of on-the-job training," said head coach Mark Evans. "There's a lot for him to process, but his pocket presence is really that of a three-year starter. He does a very good job, moves his feet. When he relaxes and lets it flow, we are in good shape."
Four different receivers had two catches each with Brett Benjamin (76) and Jaden Boyd (72) having the most yardage. Jon Engle and Hilton Ridley also grabbed two passes each. Brandon Alaimo's five-yard reception was for a touchdown.
"He spread the ball around to so many receivers," Evans remarked. "He is very good at that."
Kirk scored on a two-yard QB keeper in the first quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 7-0. The touchdown pass to Alaimo and an 18-yard scoring pass to Floyd increased the lead to 21-0 at the half.
"They were challenged at halftime and responded to that challenge," he said. "We took the opening kickoff in the second half and returned it for a touchdown."
Benjamin went 94 yards with that kickoff to make it 28-0. Engle's seven-yard TD catch and Donovan Ivey's 32-yard dash to the end zone gave Township 20 more points - all in the third quarter.
The defense held Penn Manor to only 115 yards all night.
"I think our defense continues to play stellar," said Evans. "Our offense moved the ball when we had to.
"Our coaches are doing a great job," he continued. "Given the fact that we lost so many good players from last year's squad, these new guys are buying into what is being taught to them and the coaches are doing one heck of a job. We're growing and learning every day."
Township will host Cocalico in a crossover game this week. The Eagles and the Streaks are two of the four undefeated (4-0) teams across the league.
"We're the number one seed in the district at the Class 6A level; they're the number one seed in Class 5A," Evans pointed out. "We will continue to impress upon the kids that we need to play at our level."
What started out as a rough and heartbreaking week for the Township boys' soccer team ended with a Saturday morning non-league match that the Streaks won by an 8-2 score over Reading. By week's end, the Streaks were 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The score was actually tied 1-1 in that Reading game. The Streaks were up 1-0 at the half thanks to a Gabe Silva goal in the game's 26th minute. Oldy Dielce scored the first of his two goals for the Knights, tying it at 1-1 a minute into the second half.
One minute later, Andrea DiSomma decided he would go after a hat trick. He scored at the 42-minute mark as well as the 47th minute and the 71st minute of the game.
Sandwiched in between his second and third goals was one by teammate Oliver Butz and Deilce's second goal for Reading.
Nolan Ross, Ayden Lee and Shawn Larroza packed in three more goals along with DiSomma's third goal. All four scores coming in the final 10 minutes of play.
Lee, Ross, Silva, Matthew Russinko, Dave Wolfers, and Shea Miller Smith each notched an assist. Quinn McCarty grabbed two saves in goal.
Hempfield scored two early goals and held on for a 3-1 defeat at Township on Thursday afternoon. The Streaks were only able to get one shot past Black Knights' goalie Brady Ross (9 saves) and it was a goal by DiSomma.
Eddie Pohl scored the two first-half Hempfield goals. Jake Edmonds added another 16 minutes into the second half. McCarty finished with five saves.
On Tuesday, Township held Conestoga Valley to only two shots on goal. Unfortunately, Logan Weaver's shot in the 37th minute was the only shot that found either net, giving CV a 1-0 league win. Township had four shots on goal - all saved by Corey Spotts.
Township's cross country squads both improved to 3-1 on the year following Tuesday's race against L-L League rivals Conestoga Valley and Hempfield.
In the girls' race, Hempfield edged MT 23-34 and ran past CV by a 20-41 count. The Blue Streaks, who were led by Cloe Kline's first-place finish, topped the CV Buckskins 20-35.
In the boys' race, the story was similar. Township's Ian Miller paced the pack with a winning time of 16:55 as the Streaks defeated CV 23-32 but fell to Hempfield by a 20-35 score.
The Hempfield boys had five runners occupying positions 3 through 7. The next runner to cross the finish line was eighth-place finisher Drew Sassaman, who recorded a time of 18:22. Not far behind (18:30) was Keven Perez.
Also finishing strong were Tyler Stevens (11th, 18:32) and Deiter Geib (14th, 18:48)
The Township girls had a trio of runners cross the finish line in order. Taking seventh was Avery Ebersole (22:04) followed one stride later by Aurelia Huss (22:05) and Paige Laurence (22:11) in ninth place.
Emma Dieterle's time of 22:34 was good for 14th place.
In all four of its outings - each of which has been against four other L-L League teams - the Township golf team has scored under 300. In fact, in each match, the Blue Streaks have been the only team to break the 300 threshold and thus top all opponents.
Manheim Township improved to 16-0 by topping Penn Manor, Lancaster Catholic, Cedar Crest and Hempfield on Wednesday in a game played at Fairview.
The Streaks carded a 292 team score while Penn Manor's 332 was the second-best score on the day.
Ellen Wager led all golfers with a score of 70. Shaun Fedor shot a 73 and finished third overall.
Hamilton Naughton and Graham Calhoun claimed the fifth and sixth spots, respectively, with scores of 74 and 75.
It was a busy week for the Township field hockey team. The Streaks notched a solid 5-0 victory over league rival Conestoga Valley and added another win against Cedar Crest, lifting the team's league record to 4-0-0.
Penn Manor stayed unbeaten in league play with a shutout of Township on Friday at Millersville. The Streaks met the Comets again, but this time in tournament play at Hershey. Though the Comets won 4-0, it didn't count as a league match.
Goalie Cat Wilson had four saves in the victory over CV. The Streaks featured eight players who either had a goal or an assist in the game.
Sophia Rockwell scored 4:15 into the game and added another goal in the 24th minute of the second half. Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored in the first half while Katie Kreider added a second-half goal.
Kayte Moist dished out two assists while Allison Cubell, Katie Labezius and Priya Hans provided one assist each.
The Streaks' attack racked up 14 shots on goal against visiting Conestoga Valley on Wednesday. On the defensive end, Wilson made five saves to preserve the victory.
Cubell scored a first-half goal and Labezius doubled the lead at the 13:27 mark of the second half. Fox and Rockwell provided the assists.
Wilson's bid for a shutout was thwarted on a Hanna Lewis goal 28:17 into the second half. Buckskin goalie Katie Knapp held her own, making 12 saves in a losing cause.
Wilson had 10 saves against Penn Manor on Friday. The five Comet goals came from five different goal scorers.
Emma DeBerdine, who had one of the five goals on Friday, scored twice in Saturday's match at Hershey, leading the Comets to the 4-0 win. She also assisted on goals by Briana Harsh and Anna May Barbusca.
Wilson racked up 9 saves despite the barrage of shots.
Facing McCaskey in a Section One volleyball match, the Streaks posted a 3-0 victory on Wednesday evening at home, winning 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18.
Faith McGowan came through with six kills and served up four aces, equaling teammate Alice Thorsen's (9 digs) team-leading total, and notched one block. Lucy Svetec, who led the team in digs with nine, also registered a block. Katie Bushong dished out 16 assists.
Township also hosted Central York in a non-league match on Monday. The Panthers prevailed 2-1 despite a very strong effort by the Streaks.
After winning the first set 25-10, the Panthers managed to hold off the Streaks 25-19. Township played its strongest set in the third one, winning 26-24.
Streaks Come From Behind to Top C. Dauphin September 10, 2018
Manheim Township's football team put together its first scoring drive of Friday night's non-league game just before halftime, cutting the deficit to 12-7 at Central Dauphin. The momentum carried into the second half and the Blue Streaks' defense held the Rams scoreless the rest of the way in a 22-12 Township win.
Harrison Kirk connected with Brett Benjamin for a 41-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Jack Rodenberger's extra point kick made it 12-7.
Early in the third quarter, the Streaks (3-0) scored on Jayden Floyd's 42-yard dash to the end zone, which the visitors followed with a two-point conversion.
"We settled down and kept our composure," stated head coach Mark Evans. "The drive before the first half ended was probably the biggest thing. In the opening drive of the second half we scored again and went up 15-12."
Township capped the scoring in the fourth on 10-yard toss from Kirk to Josh Emge. Rodenberger's kick made it 22-12.
Kirk captained the offense, completing 14 passes for 212 yards and the two touchdowns. Hilton Ridley caught four of those passes for a total of 54 yards. Benjamin and Cameron Horst each had 52 yards on the night in receiving yards. Jon Engle caught two passes for 22 yards.
The remarkable thing about defeating a tough foe such as Central Dauphin (1-2) on the road on this particular Friday was that it was not the Blue Streaks' first game of the week. That was because the previous Friday's game was postponed due to weather conditions and was played on Monday night.
"That gave us only three days to prepare for Central Dauphin after we played Dallastown," Evans pointed out. "We talked about endurance all week as we prepped for one of our toughest games on the schedule."
The football team is coming off a 2017 campaign that brought the District Three trophy to Manheim Township for the first time in the program's history. Township is off to a 3-0 start and the younger players are trying to maintain the strong foundation.
"We're doing it with a lot of underclassmen," said Evans. "Our roster does have a lot of juniors, which is good. They're doing well right now and we're getting better as the days go by.
"Our offensive line is revamped with an entirely new crew and they're starting to gel," he added. "We have two juniors at guard and three seniors."
The hockey team faced a tough Donegal team on Tuesday in a non-league match at home. The Streaks didn't realize they were welcoming the Mackenzie Allessie show. The Indians' forward scored five times in an 8-2 triumph. She also added an assist.
Township scored twice in the first half on goals from Ashlyn Campagna and Katie Labezius. Sophia Rockwell provided an assist.
Allessie scored 7:05 into the first half and added another goal less than seven minutes later. She made it 3-0 at the 17:08 mark. She and Reagan Clark each added one more first-half goal.
The Indians racked up 13 shots on goal. Township goalie Cat Wilson finished with five saves.
The Streaks, which fell to 0-2 with this loss, needed to bounce back in a big way. Their next game was a key Section One battle at Hempfield the following evening.
This time the defense held the opposition to only two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Wilson. On offense, Labezius, Rea Fox and Julia Romano each scored - thanks to assists by Campagna, Rockwell and Allison Cubell.
Needing another great performance by Wilson and the defense, the Streaks traveled to Warwick for a Friday afternoon Section One clash. Both Katie Brubaker and Julie Healy were tough in front of the Warriors' cage, recording five and four saves, respectively. However, Katie Kreider's goal at the 3:14 mark of the first half was all the offense Township needed in this 1-0 victory. Wilson needed to make only three saves for the shutout, improving the Streaks' record to 2-2 (2-0 in league).
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams are off to a 2-0 start. The Streaks played host to Cedar Crest and Solanco in Tuesday's race.
The girls' team topped Crest 25-36 and dominated Solanco 15-55.
In the boys' race the results were similar - 25-34 over Cedar Crest and 15-54 over Solanco.
Ian Miller paced all runners, taking first place with a time of 16:53. Evan Dorenkamp's third-place finish (17:48) strengthened the hold for a top team finish. Taking sixth through 10th, respectively, were Tyler Stevens (18:14), Keven Perez (18:27), Drew Sassaman (18:36), Dieter Geib (18:46) and Riley Horton (18:47).
The girls' team had three of the race's top five finishers as Anabelle Lapp took second (20:36) ahead of third-place finisher Chloe Kline (20:40) while Aurelia Huss finished fifth at 22:21.
There was a strong pack of eight straight Streaks crossing the finish line from seventh-place finisher Cecelia Walker (22:49) through 14th-place runner Jenny Weiss (24:13).
Paige Laurence (8th, 22:53), Emma Dieterle (9th, 22:57), Carleigh Roche (10th, 23:25), Avery Ebersole (11th, 23:34), Lillian Reynolds (12th, 24:09) and Kyra Dean (13th, 24:12) made up the rest of this impressive group.
Manheim Township played host to one of the traditionally tough teams in District Three on Saturday and came away with a 5-3 defeat of Cumberland Valley, improving their record to 2-0.
Andrea DiSomma scored a hat trick, converting a penalty kick in between two goals that came late in each half. DiSomma scored in the 40th minute and again in the 79th minute of the game while the PK came four minutes into the second half.
Having a part in three goals was Nolan Ross, who recorded three assists.
Colton Peterson scored the Streaks' first goal of the match. The Eagles evened the score on an own goal by the Township defense four minutes later. However, DiSomma's first goal of the game made it a 2-1 halftime advantage for the home team.
Shea Miller-Smith made it 4-2 after the Eagles had cut the deficit to only one goal. Miller-Smith's goal came at almost the midway mark of the second half.
Quinn McCarty held off CV with seven saves in goal.
With victories over McCaskey and Warwick, the Streaks improved to 4-0 on the year, including a 3-0 mark in Section One.
Tuesday's match at McCaskey was a 7-0 victory in which Avery Palandjian and Emily Gavin opened with an 8-1 win at doubles. Seniors Olivia Sterenfeld and Megan Welsh were winners at number two doubles by the same score. Lauren Poff and freshman Sophia Yost won the third doubles 8-2.
Camille Henneman won the first singles 6-1, 6-2. In the next three singles matches, Julia Briner, Nicole Honrade, and Scotland Reynolds each posted straight set wins of 6-0, 6-0.
Playing on their home court on Thursday, the Streaks blanked Warwick 7-0. In this match, the doubles pairings were Garvin and Reynolds, Lauren Martin and Sarah Pestana and Welsh with Sophie Georgelis. All three matches ended with an 8-0 MT win.
In singles, Briner and Honrade both had 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins. Henneman triumphed 6-1, 6-2 at first singles while Palandjian won the fourth singles 6-2, 6-0.
The Streaks opened the season with a 4-0 victory over Hershey in a non-league road game on September 1.
They then went on to.... No, they didn't. Instead they played.... No, they didn't do that either. So far this season, it has been the Blue Streaks' lone match in girls' soccer action. In fact, the team's schedule has a 12-day stretch between the first and second games.
"It isn't the desired approach," said head coach Terry Law. "We played at Hershey and are not scheduled again until Thursday the 13th. We lost some field time due to the heat and the rain. But we've been able to have some walk-through times in the gym."
Regardless, Law was happy with the tremendous defensive effort
"They didn't get a shot on goal the entire game," Law noted. "It was a great defensive effort.
"Our defense, if you look at the backs, is very young," continued the coach. "Ali Quinn, our goalie is a junior but has only ever played one varsity game. We have two sophomores - Kyra Rishell and Sydney Hoover - who were starters as freshmen. They're our outside backs. We have Noa Blumenthal and Gianna Smith - both freshmen - as our center backs."
The Trojans and Streaks played nearly an entire half without putting a point on the scoreboard. Emma Hagg scored with two minutes left before halftime. Gabi Brown added two goals in the second half - both in a 12-minute span. Sandwiched in between was Lauren Pettoni's goal in the 58th minute. Pettoni and Samantha Bennett each notched an assist as well.
"We got on a roll and were able to pin them in their own half," Law said. "It was nice to see us knock the ball around in our first game out."
Following a season-opening loss to Hempfield on Tuesday, the Streaks (1-1) visited another Section One rival and came away with their first win of the year, topping Cedar Crest 3-0 on Thursday.
The games were all close with the Streaks winning 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20.
The effort was shared with strong performances coming from Alice Thorsen, Lucy Svetec and others.
Thorsen registered eight kills and served up three aces - equaling Faith McGowan, Nicolina Kondos and Svetec for the team lead in that category. Thorsen also had 15 digs on the night.
Katie Bushong distributed 21 assists and recorded one block. Emily Stevens also had a solo block.
In Tuesday's loss at home, the Knights won the opening game 25-12 and the third one by a 25-15 score. Township put up a resilient battle in the second game before Hempfield claimed it 25-23.
Thorsen led the team in kills with five. Bushong notched 12 assists while Svetec came through with 14 digs, and Kondos served up five aces.