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Chargers Place 5th in District 3 Playoffs March 1, 2019

With a heartbreaking one-point loss in the opening round of the PIAA District III post-season, the Chargers were bumped into the consolation bracket, but rallied to take their next two wins, ending up in fifth place in the district and earning themselves a berth in the state tournament.

Wednesday's 70-57 triumph over Conestoga Christian was a milestone success for the Charger squad, being their 21st win of the season.

Winning over 20 games in the season wasn't a specific goal set by the Mount Calvary team, but comes as a result of their hard work and dedication towards the goals they did set for themselves at the very start of the season.

"We worked hard at every practice to reach our goals," explained head coach Kory Pruner. "We wanted to go unbeaten in the CCAC, win the conference, reach a district final, and a state championship. While we fell short of one goal, their determination to make states pushed us to two more wins this week."

Ball rotation and unselfish offense contributed to the win, with nine MC players tallying points, led by double digit contributions from Jack Hilsher (16), Aidan Masters (15), and Hunter Stewart (14).

"They played together as a team with multiple guys stepping up. It's been a joy to coach them," summarized Pruner after the victory.

The game that advanced the Chargers into the showdown against the Cougars was a head-to-head battle against Harrisburg Academy last Monday in which Mount Calvary prevailed, 72-41.

An evenly matched first quarter left the teams knotted at 11, giving little indication that the Chargers would eventually pull ahead to a 30-point lead, but a renewed MC squad took the floor with authority in the second frame to dominate the remaining three quarters and run away with the win.

"In the second quarter, we began to turn up the pressure and many of the guys brought more energy," noted Pruner.

Tyler Masters, who leads the team in steals and defensive contributions, continued to prove he's a threat on both ends of the floor, this time leading the Charger offense with 16 points, including four-of-six from the foul line.

A. Masters evenly dispersed his 15 points over the four quarters to diversify the offense.

Junior Chip Stambaugh had a quiet first half, but came alive in the second, registering all 10 of his points in the latter half helping the Chargers surge ahead. In addition, Evan Barnes netted a few crucial buckets, including a pair of treys, to boost the team's momentum just when they needed it.

"We got solid contributions off the bench which gave us fresh legs and a lot of confidence in each other for the second half," elaborated Pruner.

The explosion of offensive success lead to a 23-13 run in the third quarter which solidified the Charger lead, and increased pressure from the MC defense held the Spartans to only six points in the final period.

The playoff game held big ramifications, as a loss would have ended their season, but instead the win secured them a showing in the State tournament in early March.

"They were extra motivated because we knew that if we were to lose, our season would end. Nobody on our team wanted that," emphasized Pruner.

The week before, the team suffered a setback losing to Berks Christian by the slimmest of margins, 55-54. Having held a 33-23 halftime lead, the Chargers allowed their opponents to work their way back into contention, and Berks was able to grab the lead just before time expired.

Though the defeat altered the team's route through the District III playoffs, it also motivated them to respond with even more effort moving forward.

"It was a crushing loss," acknowledged Pruner. "But the guys responded well. We have had a great season and there are still some wins ahead for us. A loss like that comes with a lot of things to learn from and ways to grow-as players and as young men."

Turning their attention to those future prospects, the Charger team will embark on their State Tournament journey with a first round test on March eighth.

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Chargers Grab CCAC Championship February 21, 2019

After completing the regular season Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference schedule with a 12-0 sweep, the MC boys set their sights on the CCAC playoffs and claimed the postseason championship title with two more wins last week.

"I'm so proud of their hard work and am grateful to coach this team," commented head coach Kory Pruner after the title game. "There is still much more to strive for: becoming better players and better teammates; becoming more Christ-like and better ambassadors of Him on and off the court. So today we also strive for more, because there is always room for growth and another victory ahead."

The championship game was an intensely contested battle between the Chargers and the Lions of Lancaster County Christian, in which the Chargers prevailed, 54-41.

LCCS entered the tournament as the three seed in the CCAC East division, taking down West Shore Christian and Conestoga Christian, before succumbing to Mount Calvary in the final.

For the Chargers, the journey to the title contest included a first round bye, earned by their undefeated regular season, followed by a 59-43 victory over Berks Christian in the semifinal round.

The first half of the championship game was not a smooth one for the Charger squad, who trailed 9-7 after the first period, and managed to claw their way to a narrow one-point advantage at the half, 23-22.

"The first half was a grind," acknowledge Pruner.

Shots from downtown gave the Lions the initial edge as they shot 55% from beyond the arc in the first half, securing 15 of their points from three-point range.

Alterations to the second half, including a full-court press, produced a high level of execution from the Chargers as they worked themselves toward what resulted in a double-digit lead.

The additional pressure, evidenced by five steals from Tyler Masters as well as three more from Harrison Crick, was a vital component to turning the tide in favor of the MC team.

"Each guy in our rotation made a game-changing play at some point in the second half, and eventually we got a small cushion," credited Pruner.

Gaining their footing, the Chargers entered the final frame with a seven-point advantage, 39-32.

Jack Hilsher and Aiden Masters each notched 11 points in the victory, and T. Masters knocked in another 10. Hilsher and Hunter Stewart were also clutch from the line, shooting 75 percent in foul shots each going three-for-four.

Three days earlier, the Chargers overcame another first half deficit to top Berks Christian, 59-43, in the semifinal showdown.

Searching for their offensive rhythm, the Chargers found themselves playing from behind in the early minutes and having to rely on defensive efforts to churn the momentum that eventually led to their success.

"We played really stagnant on offense, and it was our defense that kept it close in the first half," described Pruner.

Utilizing full-court pressure that led to turnovers, which in turn, led to more successful offensive possessions for the Chargers.

Defensive energizer T. Masters came up with five steals to rejuvenate the MC efforts, and in the second half they began to reap the benefits of their hard work.

Sparking that offensive success was an explosive attack from sophomore Stewart who not only led the Chargers in scoring with 17 points, but showed outstanding composure at the line, and capitalized on nine-of-ten free throws.

Following Stewart's lead, the MC squad combined for 23-of-31 at the line, giving the team a 74 percent free throw average and sealing the outcome of the contest.

"Free throw shooting really won us the game," noted Pruner.

T. Masters accrued the second highest point tally for the Chargers with 15, and Hilsher's three-point threat kept the Berks' defense honest, netting three buckets from downtown and crediting a total of 11 to the Charger account.

Next up, the Chargers embark on their PIAA District III post-season journey.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

After injury and a rough end to their regular season that bumped the Lady Chargers out of contention for the CCAC playoffs, a big team win over Millersburg High School propelled them into District III playoffs, and the team got back on the court last Tuesday to face Christian School of York, but fell to a 38-23 loss bringing their season to a halt.

"We have a very young team, and we are very excited for the future," noted head coach Phil Ferrari. "All of the players showed tremendous growth this year."

In their 43-39 win over Millersburg High School, the MC squad laid it all on the line knowing their post-season prospects were dependent on their performance.

Rocketing out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Chargers showed they still had plenty of fight left after a grueling season. Millersburg responded in kind, claiming the second quarter 12-5, nearly leveling the score before the half, 22-19.

Digging deep for the endurance to hang on to their slim lead, the Charger offense was paced by a game-high 17 points from Naomi Ewing. Fellow junior Haley Witmer chipped in with another 13 points to diversify the Charger offense, and Brie Lehman netted a pair of treys drawing out the Millersburg defense.

Defensively, Julia Martin sparked the Charger cause, snatching up six steals, pulling down six rebounds, and then converting five assists on the opposite end of the floor.

"It was extremely important to come out and play good basketball in order to secure that spot," Ferrari described of the Millersburg win.

The triumph earned the Lady Chargers the ninth seed heading into District playoffs, but their subsequent loss to CSY bumped them out of contention and capped the season, giving them a CCAC record of 6-6 and overall record of 10-11.

Witmer, Ewing, and Kara Locker, who was forced to miss several end of season games due to injury, were each nominated for All Conference honors for their season contributions.

"We have seen tremendous growth from everyone in their basketball skills as well as the knowledge of the game and how we want to try to play," reflected Ferrari. "As a team, we bonded and grew closer together this year, and everyone genuinely enjoyed being together and working hard towards our common goals."

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Lady Chargers Take Harrisburg Christian to OT February 8, 2019

Having already suffered a team setback due to injury to their point guard, the Lady Chargers were dealt another two blows this week, experiencing losses to both Harrisburg Christian and Covenant Christian.

Last Monday, the team squared off against the Harrisburg Christian Knights, working their way into a first half lead of 15-11, before the Knights flipped the script and claimed the second half by the exact same differential, propelling the game into overtime knotted up at 26.

Harrisburg came out strong in the extended minutes, outshooting the Chargers 8-2 and taking the contest.

Haley Witmer's 10 points led the Charger offense, supplemented by seven from Naomi Ewing and five from Julia Martin.

Several freshman players were called upon to make contributions with Marlie Niedwick pulling down five rebounds, snatching five steals, and dishing two assists. Elena Hatfield got in on the scoring action with a field goal.

"The freshman in particular have really stepped up in their roles and have been playing some pretty significant minutes in recent games," acknowledged head coach Phil Ferrari. "I've told all of the freshman that we expect them to step in at a moment's notice and contribute just as if the starters were still playing."

Twenty-four hours later, the MC team succumbed to Covenant Christian by a similar score of 38-28.

The Chargers outscored Covenant 8-7 in the second period and matched them point-for-point in the fourth, but the Falcons built enough of an advantage in the first and third to claim the 10-point victory.

"We learned from both losses," noted Ferrari. "We didn't execute enough down the stretch and saw the importance of playing four quarters of consistent basketball."

The double dose of defeat puts the Lady Chargers conference record at an even 6-6 and overall record of 9-10, leaving them in a state of flux for a District playoff berth, having to wait to see how other teams conclude their season run to learn their final ranking.

Though facing some tough obstacles in the latter half of the season, character growth and team-mentality are still on display as the team makes this journey together, with that example set by veteran players.

"I continue to be impressed with our captains who are always working hard to go above and beyond, both on and off the court," credited Ferrari.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Charger boys' basketball blazed their way through two final CCAC competitors, picking up another two wins to wrap up their regular season conference record at a flawless 12-0.

"Hustle, humble, and hardworking" has been the mantra the team has been attempting to put into practice both on and off the court.

"We talk about what kind of team we want to be, and we cannot just say that's what we are-but we must actually show it," emphasized head coach Kory Pruner.

The back-to-back wins began on Monday with a home court victory over Harrisburg Christian, 77-30.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of passes per possession, which has an impact on how well we shoot and how efficient we are," noted Pruner.

The evening was also an opportunity to honor the contributions of the teams' one senior member, Tyler Masters.

Masters, a student of MCCS since kindergarten, has been involved in Media, Athletic Council, and Student Council in addition to his years playing basketball, golf, soccer, and baseball.

Having had the opportunity to coach Masters from the JV level all the way through his senior year, Pruner took a moment to point out the senior's strengths and contributions over his high school career.

"His speed and sheer determination to get the ball have made him one of the best defenders I have ever coached," elaborated Pruner. "His energy, effort, and hustle rubs off on his teammates, and will be his legacy as we look back on his career."

Fittingly, Masters had a big night for the Chargers, netting 15 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and three assists.

The sophomores also had an impressive showing, demonstrating the building of future Charger potential. Hunter Stewart put in a dozen points, followed by eight apiece from Damian Rutt, Leighland Olson, and Evan Barnes.

The following evening, the Chargers took down Covenant Christian by a margin of 59-27, rocketing out to an opening run of 16 unanswered points to begin the night.

Aidan Masters was the night's leading scorer with 14 points, shooting 86 percent from the field, and adding six steals and five assists to his resume. Jack Hilsher supplied another 11 points to the triumph.

"We have been encouraging our guys to use the last few games as a way to build momentum as we prepare to play tougher competition and in more high-stakes situations," explained Pruner as his team turns their attention to playoffs.

Thursday, the Chargers extended their win streak with a 39-31 win over York Country Day, and while the victory does not affect conference standings, it will have post-season ramifications in determining District III playoff rankings.

Brothers T. Masters and A. Masters combined for 24 of the Chargers point tally, with T. Masters going 4-for-4 at the line.

Stewart's seven points combined with defensive intensity was another major factor in the low scoring triumph.

Up next, the Chargers will enter the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference playoffs as the number one seed in the West division of the CCAC. Their unmarred record earned them a first round bye, giving them a few days to prepare for the semi-final round to be held on February 14.

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Chargers Move to 10-0 in Conference Play February 1, 2019

With two more wins last week, the MC Chargers continue their undefeated streak in the CCAC, now 10-0 in conference play, and boosted their overall record to 14-5.

Juniors Jack Hilsher and Chip Stambaugh paced the Chargers in last Monday's 58-32 win over Lebanon Catholic, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.

Stambaugh collected eight of his points in a first-quarter surge that provided the MC squad with an 18-11 lead after the period, which they managed to maintain throughout the physical contest.

"I thought the physical nature of the game was due to two teams who wanted to get the ball inside and also play tough man defense," described head coach Kory Pruner. "These are goals of our every game, so seeing the team respond to LC's physicality with some fight of their own was nice to see."

Hilsher and Damian Rutt (five points), each knocked down a three-pointer in the early minutes to aid in establishing the lead, and Tyler Masters spaced his nine-point contribution evenly over the four quarters for a well-balanced attack.

The second half was all about capitalizing on the lead already established, and improving their position.

"We continued to get the ball inside and had a great defensive quarter," Pruner described of the third period.

Hunter Stewart was a major component of that defensive game, picking off five steals, grabbing nine rebounds, and a block. Transitioning his efforts to the offensive end, Stewart secured six points, including two-of-two at the line, and dished out three assists.

With a good handle on the contest heading into the final frame, the Chargers dispersed their offense, outshooting Lebanon 17-11, but even more impressive was that eight different players netted those 17 points.

Evan Barnes continues to be a long-range threat, hitting a triple, and Sam Robinson and Wyatt Lamb each got on the scoreboard with a field goal.

"We have been preaching ball movement and getting good shots," elaborated Pruner. "As that happens, more guys naturally get involved in scoring. It's a combination of selfless play and working to transition quickly into our offense that gets more guys involved."

Thursday night, the Chargers took down Lancaster Mennonite Hershey, 79-28, led by 16 points from T. Masters.

Comfortably in the lead after the first quarter, the MC squad shared the ball and sought to execute a well-balanced game plan.

Stewart notched 13 points, A. Masters netted 10, while Leighland Olsen and Hilsher put in nine apiece.

Heading into the home stretch of the regular season, Mount Calvary looks to keep their CCAC record untarnished and set themselves up for an exciting post-season.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

With an injury plaguing the Lady Chargers' leading scorer, it was a good time for a slow week. Mt. Calvary made the most of their first game after a six-day break, picking up a big win against Lancaster Mennonite Hershey last Thursday, 59-29.

Heading into the contest without Kara Locker, who averages over ten points per game, the team made adjustments in an effort to not lose offensive momentum and at the same time, crank up the intensity of their defensive game play.

"We gave up 42 points to them in our first game which is the most we've given up against a league opponent," head coach Phil Ferrari reflected on the teams' meeting during the first week of January in which Mount Calvary triumphed 52-42.

"We wanted to play more aggressively and improve our defense," he summarized.

This time, holding LMH to only 29 points, the Lady Chargers achieved both their defensive and offensive goals.

That aggressive offense Ferrari described was spurred by a massive effort from junior Haley Witmer, who netted 23 points in the contest, followed by 12 from Naomi Ewing.

Freshman Marlie Niedwick also stepped up big for MC, netting a season-high 10 points.

"We are in contention for both league and district playoffs," noted Ferrari. "We are focused on taking care of what we control and trying to finish the season playing at our highest level."

With only four games to go, and a current CCAC record of 6-4, and overall record of 9-8, each upcoming game will be pivotal to accomplishing their post-season aspirations.

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Chargers Play Four Games in Seven Days January 25, 2019

In last week's packed schedule, the Lady Chargers got knocked down by three losses, but picked up a key CCAC conference win in the four-game mix.

Concluding the week in a 59-26 loss to Lancaster Country Day on Thursday, the Charger squad fought hard, battling sickness, missing players, and an intense schedule, but fell behind early in the contest and were unable to string together enough momentum to tighten up the scoreboard.

Tuesday's 29-23 loss to Harrisburg Christian was a tough one to swallow for the Lady Chargers, as they fought their way back to within two (25-23) in the final quarter after trailing by as much as eight, but were unable to find the equalizer before time expired.

After two unsuccessful Charger possessions that could have leveled the score, the Knights were able to extend their lead with free throw buckets and seal the outcome.

"We certainly did not play our best basketball, but I am proud of the effort that the girls showed in coming back to make it close at the end," encouraged head coach Phil Ferrari.

Monday's 36-10 win over West Shore Christian was only close for the first quarter, 11-7, before the Lady Chargers ran away with the victory, due in large part to their united defensive efforts.

"We started using our half court trap and changed how aggressive we were playing in the quarter court," described Ferrari. "We started guarding much higher and made it hard for them to initiate their offense, allowing us to trap and go for steals."

The adjustments paid off, as they Chargers held the Bobcats to only three additional points in the remainder of the contest.

Collectively the team's defense produced 20 steals, with Kara Locker and Naomi Ewing combining for 11 of them.

Locker paced the offense with 13, and Haley Witmer paired 10 points with 13 rebounds for a well-rounded contribution.

The previous Friday's home court loss to Christian School of York was a close match the entire way, but despite another strong offensive performance from Locker, the Lady Chargers came up just short, 27-25.

Locker's 17 points kept MC in contention for the win during all four quarters. CSY held a five-point lead just seconds before halftime, but Locker hit a buzzer beater from just inside the arc to cut the lead to 17-14 at the break.

After a back-and-forth third quarter where neither team found much offensive success, the outcome was to be determined by the efforts of the final eight minutes.

A jumper from Julia Martin midway through the fourth evened the scoreboard at 22 apiece, giving the Chargers their first glimpse at a possible lead, but CSY managed to secure two more field goals to put MC at a 26-22 disadvantage with mere seconds remaining.

Locker continued to strike down to the final second, knocking in another long-range bucket at the final buzzer to bring the team three points closer but just shy of enough, 27-25.

"She played really well, and shot 40 percent," credited Ferrari of Locker's performance when the rest of the team was struggling to get shots to fall.

"I think we learned a lot about ourselves, mainly that we cannot afford to take any opponent lightly, and that we need to bring our best all game, every game," continued Ferrari. "Sometimes these lessons are only learned in defeat, so our hope is that the loss will serve its purpose and propel us as we push to make league and district playoffs."

Currently holding an overall record of 8-7, and CCAC record of 5-4, the remaining four contests of the regular season will hold a great deal of weight when it comes to post-season prospects.

BOYS' BASETBALL

Inclement weather jumbled the Charger schedule a bit last week, but did little to slow down the team's momentum, as they dropped a non-conference contest but still managed to pick up an additional three CCAC victories, boosting their conference win streak to 9-0.

The team wrapped up the whirlwind week by hosting Country Day on Thursday evening and came up just short, 66-53.

Tyler Master registered nine of his 16 points in the second quarter, and Mount Calvary held the lead at the halfway point, 27-23.

Unfortunately, Country Day hit their stride in the third, and went on a 21-10 run to overtake the Chargers, and extended their lead in the fourth.

Hunter Stewart paced the offence in the second half, netting 11 of his 14 points after the break, and Jack Hilsher supplied a pair of treys in the fourth, but despite their strong efforts, the team was unable to erase the deficit.

Two days prior, the Chargers visited the Harrisburg Christian Knights and returned home with the 81-29 conference win.

"I was most pleased with the mentality of the team on offense; focusing on getting high-quality shots for each other," noted head coach Kory Pruner. "The positive attitudes of our guys as they all had to give up playing time for each other was really good to see."

Working all players into the rotation, 11 MC athletes notched points on the scoreboard, with three players hitting double digits. Aidan Masters led the charge with 24, while Damian Rutt and Hilsher netted 10 apiece.

Rutt balanced his scoring surge with contributions on both ends of the floor, grabbing four rebounds and three steals.

Chip Stambaugh netted nine points, but it was his shooting percentage that was a standout, hitting three-of-three field goals and three-of-three free throws for a perfect 100 percent shooting average in the contest. Sam Robinson was another high accuracy option for the Chargers, shooting 80 percent, nailing four of his five field goal attempts.

Harrison Crick had as many steals as points, tallying five of each, while handing out three assists.

Twenty-four hours earlier, though temps outside might have been in the single digits, the Chargers were on fire during Monday's 80-32 triumph over West Shore Christian in Shiremanstown.

"We pushed the ball and ran an organized fast break," explained Pruner regarding the team's explosive offense. "They worked to get the ball into the post, and did well staying organized which allowed us to continue to score points."

A. Masters may have blazed the way on offense with his game-high 18 points, but a diverse and shared offensive strategy was evident, as an impressive 13 different MC players contributed to the scoreboard.

Stambaugh netted 10 points, followed by Evan Barnes with eight. Stewart pulled down eight rebounds in addition to knocking in seven points.

T. Masters once again paced the defensive efforts picking up three steals, complimented by dishing out three assists on the other end of the floor.

During a home court appearance to kick off last week's hectic schedule, MC claimed their seventh conference win of the season with a 52-35 takedown of the Christian School of York Crusaders.

The final scoreboard, which tipped heavily in favor of the Chargers, gave little indication of the comeback story of the contest. After struggling to find their shot in the first half, the MC found themselves trailing the Crusaders, 19-15, at the halfway mark.

"I mentioned to them that we needed to finish better inside as we missed a lot of easy shots in the first half," described Pruner of his halftime talk to his team. "But the biggest thing I told them is that I believed in them."

A totally different Charger squad took the court for the second half. Boosted by an enthusiastic gym full of fans, they rocketed ahead of CSY on an 11-0 run to open the third quarter, and rode the momentum wave through the entire eight minutes, only allowing the Crusaders a single field goal in the period.

"We decided to run a full court press after made baskets, and then kept changing defenses to keep them off guard," elaborated Pruner.

A. Masters netted two triples in the third, churning momentum and adding to his game-high 22 points to lead the Chargers on the offensive end.

T. Masters' defensive intensity frustrated the Crusaders on the opposite end, coming up with a remarkable 10 steals which he took coast to coast, leading to 10 points of his own as well as four assists.

"The steals and layups resulted from our adjustments, and also increased effort and hustle," credited Pruner.

Stambaugh pulled down five rebounds and Stewart had the most consistent performance at the line for the Chargers sinking two-of-three as part of his eight-point contribution.

With conference and district playoffs only a few weeks away, the squad looks to finish out their season with the same intensity that has propelled them to an overall record of 12-5.

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Chargers Improve to 6-0 in Conference Play January 19, 2019

The Chargers split their results last week, adding both a win and a loss to their 9-4 record, but the win came at the right time, preserving the teams unblemished 6-0 record in conference play.

Tuesday's home court, 55-21 triumph over the New Covenant Flames belonged to the Chargers from the tip off through the final buzzer. MC rocketed ahead on an unanswered 15-0 run in the opening quarter.

"We were working on several of our offensive sets and concepts," explained head coach Kory Pruner. "We asked the guys to focus on setting good screens, making hard cuts, and doing things that go beyond just knowing where to go."

The cushion allowed the Chargers to give all players ample playing time and try new rotations, resulting in nine different players to contributing to the score count.

Tyler Masters led the offensive charge with 11 points accompanied by five steals. Sophomore Sam Robinson notched eight second half points matched by an additional eight from Jack Hilsher.

"Sam Robinson made a big impact in the game off the bench," credited Pruner. "He played really well on defense, and was able to get a lot of transition opportunities as well."

Another sophomore with a big contribution was Evan Barnes, who knocked down one of the Charger's three buckets from beyond the arc, bringing his total point count to seven.

Hunter Stewart and Chip Stambaugh controlled the boards pulling down a combined 18 rebounds, and Stewart also snatched up four steals.

The Flames made a resurgent effort in the final quarter, tallying double digits-their strongest frame of the contest, but the teamwide effort of the Chargers still allowed them to stay ahead, responding with 14 points of their own to squelch the comeback attempt.

The previous Friday, the Chargers went on the road to face the Millersburg Indians, and came up short, 59-41.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle displayed by a tight scoreboard reading 23-21 Millersburg advantage at the break, but from there the Indians put together two strong frames to extend their lead before the final buzzer.

"We had a good first half," acknowledged Pruner. "We played with them, but never really gained control."

Giving up position under the basket coupled with too many shooting fouls were MC flaws that led to second chance buckets and free throws for Millersburg. Capitalizing on these errors, Millersburg nailed 10-of-12 from the line and pulled down 36 rebounds collectively.

Recognizing areas of weakness provides opportunity for growth, as Pruner pointed out.

"I was proud of how the guys reacted to the environment. My hope is that we can take our downsides and improve for the next time we have a close game," he added.

Sophomores Aidan Masters and Hunter Stewart led the offense netting 13 and 10 points respectively. Stewart also pulled down eight rebounds extending his influence the span of the court.

T. Masters had a quiet day with only two points, but his energy was displayed in other efforts accumulating five steals, four assists, and four rebounds.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

The Lady Chargers experienced a similarly mixed bag of results last week, picking up a conference victory and slipping behind in a non-conference match.

Tuesday, the MC girls edged out the New Covenant Flames by a final score of 39-24, led by 17 points from sophomore Kara Locker.

Locker turned on the heat in the first and third quarters, accumulating 14 of her points in those periods. Naomi Ewing balanced Locker's efforts, dropping in all 10 of her points in the second and fourth quarters to propel the Charger offensive through all four frames.

"We definitely are getting closer," acknowledged head coach Phil Ferrari, when discussing the team goal of putting together four consistent quarters of solid basketball. "We knew they would make some adjustments and come out strong in the third quarter. The key was that we only allowed them to cut two points off of our lead."

The contest held a bit of redemption for the Lady Chargers, who had previously fallen to the Flames in a December loss.

"The key for us was to make them beat us from outside by not allowing them to get easy baskets in transition or by driving the ball into the paint," explained Ferrari.

Ewing and Haley Witmer each went two-of-two from the line, and Brie Lehman knocked in a triple to round out the scoring efforts.

"We played really well defensively, both individually and as a unit," praised Ferrari, referring specifically to the first half where the Chargers held the Flames to only six points.

A few days earlier, Columbia got the best of the Chargers in a 52-24 loss on the road.

The Crimson Tide built a substantial lead in the first half (26-6), but the Lady Chargers, known for their second half comebacks, refused to quit, and chipped away at the formidable lead in the second half but were ultimately unable to overcome the deficit.

Witmer had a big night for the MC club, netting 10 points along with nine rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal.

"To watch the girls go out in the second half against most of their starters and fight their way to a 26-20 score really showed us a lot," pointed out Ferrari. "We always talk about competing until the end, no matter what the score. It continues to point to how much the girls have grown since early in the year."

Freshman players Kacy Robinson and Ruth Hynum both got on the scoreboard with a field goal from each.

"We are very pleased with the progress of all of our freshman, each player has grown immeasurably in their knowledge of the game and their role on the team," encouraged Ferrari. "All of them have been instrumental in helping us win games and that has been a positive development to watch as they step up in key moments and confidently make plays."

The week brought the Charger overall record to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the CCAC. Without much time to regroup, the team expects to take on four additional competitors in the upcoming week, first hosting Christian School of York before three consecutive away contests.

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Lady Chargers Improve to 6-4 Overall January 11, 2019

In the thick of the mid-season, the Lady Chargers took on three straight CCAC opponents last week notching a pair of victories and a loss, which brings their conference record to 3-2 and overall, 6-4.

What looked like it might be another comeback win for the Lady Chargers ended in disappointment as they suffered a 33-30 setback against Covenant Christian last Thursday.

A rattled Charger squad got behind in the early minutes, plagued by turnovers and fouls, and found themselves trailing 8-4 after the first quarter.

Settling into a rhythm in the second quarter, MC worked their way back into contention sparked by some offensive success from Naomi Ewing who scored five of her 10 points in the second. Yet the Chargers still faced an uphill battle with the scoreboard reading 20-12 at the half.

Kara Locker and Haley Witmer began to find the net, posting nine points apiece, and the combined efforts narrowed the gap until the comeback was within reach. Locker nailed a jumper setting the scoreboard at 31-30 with one minute left to play, but both the lead and the win proved to be elusive. Covenant capitalized on a pair of free throws to bump their total to 33 and the final buzzer sounded before the Chargers could connect again.

Three days prior, the Chargers had another come-from-behind opportunity, this one ending in their favor. After trailing Lancaster Mennonite Hershey 9-2 in the first, the MC squad fought their way back to claim the contest, 52-42.

"We called a timeout and simply told the girls to take a deep breath and that there was a lot of time left in the game," explained head coach Phil Ferrari of the first quarter comeback.

The timeout recalibrated the MC club, who returned to the court to close the quarter on a 6-0 run, and trailed by a slim 9-8 margin headed into the second quarter.

Gaining their footing before the half, Mount Calvary overtook the lead and went into the break with a 26-18 advantage.

"We knew shots would start falling, and defensively we cleaned up some communication issues," explained Ferrari.

Pressure defense, including a half-court trap, flustered the Blazers, creating turnovers and transition buckets for the Lady Chargers, allowing them to extend their lead to 44-29 in the third.

The Blazers weren't done yet though, rallying for some back-to-back scoring possessions and cutting the lead to single digits again before the fourth.

"We challenged the girls to get back to playing the kind of basketball that built the lead," added Ferrari. "We've been through several games this year where we had to stay calm during hectic circumstances, so we were able to rely on those prior experiences."

Diversified offense helped MC maintain control, with four Lady Chargers posting double digits on the scoreboard. Witmer and Locker led with 12 apiece, while Julia Martin and Ewing each netted eleven.

Martin's energy spanned the length of the court adding 13 rebounds, six assists, and two steals to her contribution.

The previous weekend, Mount Calvary took down the West Shore Bobcats 46-19, dominating the game in all four quarters.

"Still a lot of work to do. We want to be more consistent within each quarter so we can try to avoid the wild swings that result in high peaks and low valleys," explained Ferrari encouraging his team to push for consistent gameplay and fewer turnovers.

Locker once again led the team with 13 points, and Martin chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

"We are starting to settle into our roles especially on offense," credited Ferrari. "The girls are beginning to feel comfortable with the number of shots they are taking as well as where on the floor, and where within the flow of our offense, they are taking them."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Scoring surges were contagious for the Chargers last week, as the boys club picked up three victories against three conference opponents, improving their flawless CCAC record to 5-0.

Wrapping up the three-game win streak with a 76-22 home court win over Covenant Christian last Thursday, the Chargers sought to put their mantra of "Expect Excellence, Earn Everything" into action on the court.

Ten different Mount Calvary players added to the point total, with Chip Stambaugh leading all scorers with 14.

Sophomore Evan Barnes knocked down three buckets from beyond the arc for a total of nine, and fellow sophomore Leighland Olsen netted another two from downtown.

On Monday, the Chargers were on the road for their fourth conference win, a 77-61 success over Lancaster Mennonite Hershey.

"We did a good job to pull off a road win against an improving team," credited head coach Kory Pruner. "Their defense made us work and make adjustments."

One of those adjustments was sending the ball inside to break up the Blazer's zone, getting the ball into the hands of Stambaugh (19 points) and Hunter Stewart (13 points).

In their highest scoring contest so far this season, the Chargers nearly hit triple digits in their 97-47 triumph over the West Shore Christian Bobcats.

Ten different players contributed to the point accumulation, with Jack Hilsher leading all scorers with 24, followed closely by Stewart's 20-point effort.

"Jack and Hunter both did a great job of finishing shots near the basket," acknowledged Pruner. "Harrison Crick also had a role in getting a lot of guys open. His unselfish play is very significant."

Stewart was a threat on both ends of the court, pulling down 13 rebounds and snagging three steals.

Brothers Tyler and Aidan Masters were responsible for setting up multiple successfully plays, dishing out five assists apiece.

"We wanted to push the ball more off of defensive rebounds and try to get easy baskets before the defense could recover. Friday was an example of what can happen when we work hard to push the ball and finish with made shots," elaborated Pruner.

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Chargers Win Shoot Out Tourney Title January 4, 2019

Charger basketball got off to a strong start in December, breaking into the new year with an overall record of 5-3, and sporting an unblemished 2-0 showing in conference play.

Among the early tests for the squad was the MCCS Varsity Shoot Out Tournament, hosted by the Chargers in mid-December. Following victories over New Covenant and Conestoga Christian, the Chargers were crowned tournament champs.

"I was really impressed with our attention to detail and execution," praised head coach Kory Pruner after the Chargers claimed the tournament.

Sophomore Aidan Masters tallied a two-game total of 38 points and nine steals to lead the charge and earn himself tournament MVP recognition.

Brother and teammate, Tyler Masters, a senior, chipped in with 13 points, 12 steals, and 14 rebounds over the course of the tourney and received All-Tournament team honors.

In the Championship showdown against the Conestoga Christian Cougars, the Chargers overcame a weak second quarter by outscoring the Cougars in the other three quarters, accruing an 18-point advantage before the final buzzer, 57-39.

"Against Conestoga, we saw a complete team effort to take away our opponent's strengths while at the same time selflessly sharing the ball until we got a good shot-and it also helped that we made those shots," Pruner pointed out.

Sophomore Hunter Stewart was another vital component in the victory over the Cougars, hitting five-of-six free throw attempts as a part of his 11-point contribution.

In night one's 56-10 overcoming of New Covenant, Jack Hilsher and A. Masters posted matching 13's to lead all scorers.

Chip Stambaugh and Harrison Crick each boosted the squad with 100 percent efforts from the line, both going two-for-two, and Stambaugh's performance also included five rebounds and two blocks.

"I challenged the team to do better defensively, and each player did that," noted Pruner. "Everyone played that night and everyone did well with a lot of the defensive principles we have worked on," he added.

In a preceding conference win on the road, the Chargers captured a 62-47 triumph over Christian School of York, with three MC players producing double digit figures. A. Masters' 18 points led the night, followed by Stewart's 14, and an additional 12 from Hilsher.

The trio combined for a successful 16 points accumulated at the line, spearheaded by 86 percent free throw shooting from Stewart, who nailed six-of-seven attempts. A. Masters nailed five-of-six, and Hilsher went five-for-ten.

The Chargers first loss of the sesason came at the hands of the Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes. The 71-47 defeat came during the championship game of the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament.

MC earned their admittance to the championship game by toppling the Upper Dauphin Trojans 54-45 the previous evening.

The Chargers were trailing the Trojans by nine at the half, but rallied for a third quarter comeback, spurred by defensive pressure, to take the lead.

"We decided to make a switch defensively to press during the second half," noted Pruner.

The changeup paid off, as pressure from the entire team lead to a game-high eight steals from T. Masters, who also led the team on the offensive end with 15 points.

Limiting Upper Dauphin's chances at easy buckets became a key factor and Charger center, Stambaugh, came up big on the boards, pulling down 11.

Heading into the heart of the season, the team knows that a balance of both skill and effort will be required for a truly successful season.

"Our theme is focused on how we can strive for more," explained Pruner. "Improving as a team on and off the court in strength, trust, reliability, integrity, victory, and excellence."

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

No one can say the Lady Chargers haven't provided their fans with an exciting early season, accruing a 4-1 record heading into Christmas break, characterized by thrilling, come-from-behind, final minute triumphs.

All four of the MC squad's victories were registered with only one- or two-point differentials, and in each case the Lady Chargers found themselves trailing, at times substantially, but through tenacious efforts fought their way back for the win.

On their final opportunity before the holiday hiatus, the Lady Chargers took down non-conference opponent York Country Day, 29-27.

The scoreboard looked bleak heading into the final quarter, reading 25-18, advantage York. No strangers to late-game success, the Lady Chargers refused to quit and dominated the final eight minutes, outscoring York 11-2 to take the game by two.

Holding their fragile two-point lead for the final 90 seconds tested the team's defensive gameplay, but despite several last-minute efforts from York, the Lady Chargers walked away with another one-possession triumph.

Naomi Ewing netted five of her 11 points during the fourth quarter push to lead the offensive charge, with fellow junior, Haley Witmer, tacking on an additional eight points. Witmer also dominated the boards grabbing 17 rebounds.

"The girls are taking to heart our challenge of competing hard until the end," explained head coach Phil Ferrari. "We have been able to find a way to score enough in the second half, while getting key stops on the defensive end."

Midway through December, the Lady Chargers placed third in the Varsity Shoot Out Tournament hosted at Mount Calvary.

After being bumped into the consolation game due to a 22-15 first round loss to New Covenant Christian, the girls fired back with a 29-28 win over Conestoga Christian.

Sophomore Kara Locker was named to the All-Tournament team for her contributions, tallying a total of 21 points, five steals, and five rebounds.

"Kara has been a huge offensive threat and is shooting the ball really well," credited Ferrari. "Our captains, Haley [Witmer] and Naomi [Ewing], have stepped up their leadership this year and have really played a huge role in our early success."

Early in December, the team kicked off their season on the road, with similar score victories over Harrisburg Academy (31-29), and Christian School of York (33-31).

Against CSY, the Chargers were forced to work their way out of a nine-point deficit, finding themselves behind 20-11.

Led by Brie Lehman's 11-point game, including three buckets from downtown, the Chargers worked their way back into contention. Sophomores Locker and Julia Martin chipped in with eight points apiece.

Getting the job done on the boards, Witmer pulled down 10 rebounds for the Chargers, and Martin's defensive efforts, including eight steals played a huge roll in turning the tide.

"Defensively, Julia [Martin] has been a real spark as she leads the team in deflections and steals and wreaks havoc flying all over the floor," praised Ferrari.

In their season opener against Harrisburg Academy, Locker blazed the way with a game high 15 points accompanied by four rebounds and three steals to help the Chargers hang on for the two-point victory.

Heading into the mid-season, the Lady Chargers look to convert their come-back pattern into a complete 32 minutes of excellence.

"We have struggled with playing four quarters of consistent basketball which is always a goal of ours," explained Ferrari. "We want to focus on cutting down unforced turnovers and look to be more consistent in shutting teams down and making them take the shots we want them to."

Along with their on-court goals, the team is focused on a spiritual emphasis of being "All-In".

"We're exploring what it truly means to be committed in our daily life," explained Ferrari, pointing the team's attention on the Old Testament book of Ruth and the lessons on commitment. "Our word for this season is 'compete' and we are certainly embracing the idea of competing no matter what the score and no matter what the circumstance."

With plenty of competitive opportunities on the horizon, the Lady Chargers head into 2019 with big goals and exciting potential, facing a lineup of four CCAC opponents this week.

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Mt. Calvary Ends Season With PIAA Semis Loss November 4, 2018

In a disappointing twist, the Mount Calvary girls' volleyball squad was knocked to an early exit from the PIAA District Three 1A tournament after a 3-0 loss to Covenant Christian in the semifinal round.

Thursday's determining game was held at Lower Dauphin with MC, the one seed, expected to advance to the championship match over fifth seeded Covenant Christian, but in an intense game with high stakes, Covenant got ahead early and held onto their momentum for the sweep (25-12, 25-23, 25-16).

The loss brought the Chargers' 2018 season to a halt, finalizing their overall record at an impressive 18-3.

Entering the week of the district playoffs as the top seed, the Lady Chargers were under pressure to deliver, and had to dig deep to hang on to their quarterfinal victory over Veritas Academy on Tuesday.

After handily claiming sets one and two, triumph appeared to be a sure thing for the Mount Calvary squad, but Veritas regrouped for a comeback surge and knotted the set score at two apiece, forcing a determining fifth set in which the Chargers prevailed (25-20, 25-8, 23-25, 5-25, 15-10).

In the early minutes of the contest, the teams traded points and gathered their bearings, but after the initial 3-3 scoreboard, Rachel Green stepped up for a four-point service run to help the Chargers pull away 7-3, a lead they held on to for the remainder of the set.

All was going well for the Chargers after two sets, including a dominate second game win where Kami Mummau was an offensive force. Mummau fired over a powerful kill to extend the MC lead to 11-5, catapulting the Chargers on a 4-0 run capped by a Mummau ace at 19-5.

The lopsided second set ignited a spark in the Monarchs, and a different Veritas team took the floor in the third. MC serving inconsistency coupled with a few Veritas rallies allowed the Monarchs to work their way back into contention and clinch the third set after a back-and-forth battle.

"We knew Veritas was going to come out with their best because it would be their season if they didn't win," acknowledged head coach Kate Ferrari. "They're a great team and we knew they would come out strong. That's just what we got."

Momentum was clearly churning in favor of the Monarchs, and the Lady Chargers faced a dismal game four in which Veritas ran away with the first nine points and ultimately took their second set 25-5 to level the playing field.

"After the second Veritas win, we told them it wasn't over and we needed to keep fighting," added Ferrari. "We told them to forget what happened in set four. The score was back to 0-0 and they needed to go out and play their game."

All the pressure was riding on the final 15 points, and after squandering their two-game lead, refocusing and reigniting the Charger momentum was a steep task, a leadership role that fell to upperclassmen such as Haley Witmer and Brie Lehman.

"Haley and Brie really tried to rally the girls. They encouraged them to play like they've never played before and to encourage each other in it all," credited Ferrari.

The efforts paid off, and winning the first two points of the final set was a huge confidence boost for the Chargers as they worked their way back into a rhythm.

Midway through the game Kara Locker helped propel MC ahead with one of her three blocks, giving the club a surge of adrenalin and the 8-4 advantage.

Locker continued her contribution, rotating to the service line when the scoreboard read 12-10, and fired over an ace to bring the Chargers within two points of victory. Locker remained at the service helm for the duration of the contest and the team fought for every dig and pass to win the final two points and earn their ticket to the semifinal round.

Mummau finished the contest with 18 digs, 11 kills, and 4 aces, and Witmer provided 29 setter assists.

"We've been trying to really work on that mental side of the game. Moving on past mistakes, speaking positively to ourselves despite mistakes," explained Ferrari.

Speaking of positive achievements, three Lady Chargers, Witmer, Mummau, and Grace Hilsher, were named to the CCAC first team all-star list for their season long efforts.

Though the season has reached its conclusion, reflecting back on 18 wins includes plenty of highlights to demonstrate the squad's growth. With no senior players on the roster, the entire team looks forward to returning and building on their successes.

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Lady Chargers Enter Playoffs With 16-1 Record October 22, 2018

The last three regular season games are in the books for the Lady Chargers, which meant an additional trio of victories to accrue an overall record of 16-1 headed into the post season.

Wrapping up their regular season schedule with a home court clash against Dayspring Christian last Friday, the Lady Chargers came out on top after three (25-14, 25-13, 25-19).

"The girls came pumped tonight, and the energy could be felt prior to the game," celebrated head coach Kate Ferrari after the sweep. "The girls were able to focus and get a good lead in the first set."

Contributing to that excitement from the start, Brie Lehman stepped up with a block to register the very first point of the contest, setting the tone for the Charger triumph.

Molly Bert and Haley Witmer provided four aces apiece to keep the Dayspring defensive line scrambling. Witmer also offered 18 assists and Grace Hilsher was there to finish attacks with six kills.

Defensively, Hilsher and Kara Locker supplied six digs apiece and Locker added a block to the effort.

"In the end, I am so proud of their efforts, not only tonight, but throughout the season," praised Ferrari.

The night before, the Chargers visited Fairfield High School and again took the contest in straight sets (25-14, 25-21, 25-20).

Witmer had an outstanding all-around game dishing out 7 aces, 23 assists, and 12 digs.

"I think one of the greatest highlights was Haley's ability to mix up the offense. She had a great setter/hitter connection with all of our hitters," elaborated Ferrari. "Being able to move the sets around to various places makes our offense more dynamic."

Kami Mummau and Locker were a tandem offensive force, trading off kills and racking up nine apiece.

Hilsher matched Witmer's ace count, firing over seven of her own to further spark the Charger offense.

In a previous weekend matchup at New Covenant Christian, the Lady Chargers set the tone with a dominate first set and never looked back, winning (25-2, 25-10, 25-12).

Witmer was nearly unstoppable from the service line, going on an opening run that secured all but two of the Chargers first set points.

Witmer amassed a total of 19 aces, 9 setter assists, and 5 digs.

Kami Mummau and Kara Locker combined for six kills apiece.

The lopsided contest allowed the MC underclassmen plenty of court time, gaining valuable experience in the win.

"Haley [Witmer] was a strong serving force, and freshmen Kacy Robinson and Grace Elder stepped up and made some good plays," noted Ferrari.

After the three-win week, the Lady Chargers face their first post season test this week, competing in the CCAC playoff tournament.

"They have shown what it means to run the race with endurance," credited Ferrari. "The race isn't over yet, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the girls continue on."

GIRLS' SOCCER

After four consecutive years of claiming the CCAC post-season tournament championship, in a heartbreaking twist, the Mount Calvary Chargers were bumped out of the tournament in the semifinal round and unable to defend their title in the championship game.

Hosting Harrisburg Christian in Tuesday night's semi, the contest came down to the wire, extending into overtime and ultimately a 4-3 advancement for the Harrisburg Christian Knights.

Regulation was a high intensity battle of strikers as the Knights' leading scorer, Anna Cardillo, notched all three Harrisburg goals while MC's top gun, Julia Martin, knocked in all three for the Chargers.

Mount Calvary was the first to strike, but Harrisburg produced a one-two punch response, going up 2-1 before the half, and seemed to be running away with the contest, netting another goal just after the break to make it 3-1 with 37 minutes left to play.

"We opened the door for Harrisburg by not stepping hard to loose balls and the result is clearly disappointing," explained head coach Kim Schmitkons.

Momentum began to shift when Martin netted the second Charger goal off a direct kick from well outside the 18.

The clock continued to wind down, but the Chargers weren't finished yet. Teagan Akers worked the ball up the right wing, creating space in center field for Martin to break free of her defender.

A well-placed cross from Akers found an open Martin who converted the equalizer with 20 minutes left to play.

"I was very encouraged by how the girls gritted it out even when they were behind and came back to tie the score. They competed with more intensity in the second half," credited Schmitkons. "The mentality, effort, and unity needed to do that is something we have been building throughout the season."

Riding their comeback surge, but unable to find the go-ahead goal, the Chargers were faced with heartbreak less than one minute into the sudden death overtime.

On their first possession down the field, the Knights earned a corner kick opportunity that rattled around in the box before ending up in the netting, and abruptly halted both the extended period and the Chargers' CCAC tournament run.

"We are constantly striving for excellence and have not yet achieved it. I am looking to continue building on these three aspects of our game; mentality to deal with whatever happens in the game, being able to give 80 minutes of consistent effort, and unity between players that enhances our ability to play the game and lift each other up," concluded Schmitkons.

The Lady Chargers will have more opportunity to achieve those goals, as they continue to hone their skills in a brief break before the start of PIAA District III post-season competition.

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Calvary Girls Tally 14 Goals With 2 Wins, 1 Tie October 14, 2018

There was no lack of scoring last week for the Lady Chargers, as they collectively netted 14 goals over the course of two shutout victories and one draw, and emerged from the week with an overall record of 11-3-1.

Mustering up the endurance needed for a third straight day of competition, the Lady Chargers blanked Harrisburg Christian, 5-0, on Wednesday.

"This week has been challenging in terms of game pace and being mentally prepared for the specific difficulties of each game," reflected head coach Kim Schmitkons. "With such a busy week and not having subs, we are trying to rotate players through positions and just take care of injuries as best we can."

Five different Chargers supplied the tallies against Harrisburg Christian, with Olivia Yordy, Elena Hatfield, Gabby Frost, Brittney Taylor, and Julia Martin each getting in on the scoring action.

Martin's goal marked her 25th of her sophomore season.

Tuesday's home clash with Lancaster County Christian reached an impasse at 1-1, giving the Lady Chargers their only draw thus far on their record.

Each team succeeded in notching a goal in the second half, but despite double overtime extensions neither club was able to repeat their success for the clincher.

"In overtime, we played some of our best minutes as a team," acknowledged Schmitkons. "Everyone was working defensively and trying to push offensively together. Unfortunately, we just couldn't find the net again."

On Monday, the Lady Chargers took down Christian School of York, 8-0, and again the MC offense displayed diversity, this time with seven Lady Chargers contributing to the goal count.

Yordy put in two of the goals while Ambria Good, Naomi Ewing, Frost, Taylor, Martin and Hatfield were each responsible for one.

"With playoffs less than a week away, I want the girls to really enjoy playing each game, keep striving for 80 minutes of intense play, and recognizing opportunities to support each other," concluded Schmitkons.

In addition to the slew of contests, the squad took a moment to honor their three senior players, Leah Hawryluk, Ambria Good, and Brittney Taylor for their contributions both on and off the field.

"My three seniors have very different personalities that compliment each other. They are leading with words and actions not only on the field but in building team relationships and focusing us spiritually," explained Schmitkons.

Hawryluk, the MC keeper, has spent a lot her time in goal, but has managed to gain enough field time to notch at least one goal on the offensive end each year of her varsity career.

"Leah [Hawryluk] leads by example, and is always looking for a way to contribute to the team," pointed out Schmitkons. "On the field she demands focus and our best effort, but is also consistently encouraging her teammates' efforts."

When not playing soccer, Hawryluk is active on student council, is the senior class president and has been involved in multiple school drama productions.

Hawryluk plans to attend Clarks Summit University to major in elementary education and Bible, with a minor in special education.

"I would love to teach first grade or in a special education classroom, travel the world, and seek God in my daily life," explained Hawryluk of her future aspirations.

Ambria Good has been attending MCCS since her sophomore year, and reflects back on her deep relationships forged, specifically through her experience on the soccer team.

"This team has been like a family to me ever since my first day at MCCS, and I couldn't ask for a better one," Good explained while reminiscing on three "unforgettable" seasons.

Schmitkons describes Good as a servant leader, someone who is constantly watching out for the needs of others, and a quick learner.

"She [Good] reads her teammates well and quietly comes alongside them to build them up," Schmitkons said of the defensive anchor.

Good has also been involved in student council, media, National Honor Society, and plans to pursue accounting at Grove City College.

Brittney Taylor has been attending Mount Calvary since she was in pre-school, and is currently class vice president, a member of National Honor Society, praise team, and a teacher's aide. She strongly desires to follow God's guiding in her life and pursue elementary education.

Taylor has been a part of the team for each of the past three consecutive CCAC championship wins.

"A favorite team memory is being a part of winning the league championship for the past three years-specifically last year when all our fans stormed the field," reflected Taylor.

"Brittney lifts our team energy and intensity. She set a goal to lead this team physically and spiritually, and she is achieving that goal," commended Schmitkons.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team didn't have a great deal of success on the field last week, only fitting in one contest and falling 8-1 in Tuesday's road trip to Conestoga Christian.

Junior Sam Robinson tucked in the lone Charger goal, his first of the season.

The club will lose two seniors at the culmination of this season, Jesse Rutt and Ethan Niedwick.

Rutt has attended MCCS since pre-k, has been a band member, and plans to study meteorology in college.

"Jesse has grown every year as a soccer player, and this year has been no different," noted Myers of the four-year forward. "He has always shown a servant attitude and understands how his role can help the team succeed."

Ethan Niedwick, the MC keeper, will also be leaving a lasting impact for his sacrificial actions and exemplary attitude on the field.

"Ethan started goalkeeper his sophomore year when we needed to fill a void in that position," explained Myers. "It is a big accomplishment to go from a novice to someone the team relies on to stay in the game. Ethan's biggest strength is his attitude as he always put the team first," continued Myers when describing Niedwick as a servant leader.

Niedwick is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Charger baseball team. His post-graduation plans included Mechanical Engineering while participating in ROTC and serving in the US Army.

GOLF

Facing their final match of the 2018 season hosted by High Point Baptist Academy, the Charger golf club did not notch a victory in the tri-match but focused on ending strong and reflecting on their growth over the course of the year.

Tuesday's nine-hole showdown with High Point and Lancaster County Christian took the Chargers to French Creek Golf Club where High Point came out on top with a 189, followed by LCCS' 217, and the MC club shooting a collective 260.

Danny Smullen carded the best Charger score of the day with a 52. Tyler Masters and Hunter Stewart contributed 66 and 69 respectively, and David Ellis rounded out the top four with a 73.

Scorecards can be deceiving, as they don't always reflect the growth of an individual, a concept the Chargers have learned over the year.

"The team has made improvements in consistent contact, playing out of the bunkers, and putting," encouraged head coach Matt Owlett.

And with even farther-reaching effects, the team's character growth outweighs their golf statistics.

"These young men showed tremendous perseverance even though this season was a struggle at times," pointed out Owlett. "They never gave up and maintained great strength in the face of adversity. Even on the golf course they were able to model our team verse in Ephesians."

The verse reads, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might." (Ephesians 6:10 ESV).

With two graduating seniors, David Ellis and Tyler Masters, the team will feel the loss of their leadership.

"David Ellis has been a great addition to the golf team. He has been a great leader and sets a great example for others to follow," described head coach Matt Owlett.

Ellis had only recently picked up the sport, playing golf on the varsity squad his senior year, but adding much to the team dynamic. Ellis' other extracurricular activities have included baseball, soccer, basketball, band, tech team, and class chaplain.

After graduating, Ellis feels God's call on his life to enter full-time ministry and will attend Lancaster Bible College to pursue Biblical Studies.

Masters, the team's other senior, will also leave a memorable imprint on the team.

"Tyler always brings life and energy to the team. He adds a large element of fun, always brightens up practice, and has grown so much as a person," elaborated Owlett.

Masters has also been a part of media, student council, athletic council, soccer, basketball and baseball.

When reflecting on golf memories, Masters and Ellis had many favorites to pick from, but the lasting impact of their coach was a standout for them both.

Masters described Owlett as "a coach that I can look up to as a spiritual leader and advisor", a sentiment echoed by Ellis.

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Lady Chargers Post Mixed Results in Soccer October 7, 2018

MC faced a bit of a heartbreak early last week, dropping their first conference matchup all season in a 5-4 slip to the New Covenant Flames, but ended the week on the upswing overcoming High Point by a score of 2-1.

The two conference games bumped the Lady Chargers to a CCAC record of 6-1 (9-3 overall).

The high scoring clash held at New Covenant last Tuesday displayed double digit shots on goal fired from both teams, 13 for the Flames countered by 12 from the Chargers.

All four MC successes came in the first 40, giving the Chargers the 4-3 advantage headed into the second half.

Earning nine corner kick opportunities, the girls made the most of them, converting three into goals.

Julia Martin supplied two goals, Naomi Ewing curved one corner kick directly into the net, and the fourth Charger goal came after ricocheting off a New Covenant defender.

"We were dangerous getting the ball down to the end line and aggressive on corner kicks," acknowledged head coach Kim Schmitkons.

But the tide turned in the second 40, and the Flame defense proved to be impenetrable.

After finding the back of the Charger net two more times for a total of five, regulation ended with the Flames pulling out the win.

"We fought hard, but in the end, New Covenant wanted the win more and worked as a stronger unit to secure it," credited Schmitkons.

"This will definitely be a defining moment as we face the mental disappointment of the game," continued Schmitkons. "We have to regroup and remember the purpose of why we play the game-to give our best effort, support our teammates, and give God the glory. We want to give our best in our next competition."

Putting that mental tenacity to the test, the next CCAC showdown on the Charger schedule was Thursday night's trip to High Point Baptist where MC rebounded with a 3-1 win.

Martin secured a hat trick, supplying all three Charger goals.

"Julia Martin has been consistent in finding the back of the net, but we have definitely had others stepping up on the score sheet also," credited Schmitkons. "Naomi Ewing has dug deep to win the midfield battle, and Ambria Good has been a vocal leader both in directing players on the field and supporting them emotionally off the field."

The win over the Eagles came at a pivotal time, boosting morale and rejuvenating the squad as they head closer to post-season play.

"It was good to be able to come back and win," acknowledged Schmitkons. "We had moments of excellent play along the side and in the corners. We are still working on connecting the final pass in the box and playing the whole 80 minutes with intensity."

With plenty of opportunity to work on those team aspirations, the Lady Chargers enter this week with four consecutive days of conference competition to put them to the test, facing a lineup that includes Christian School of York, Lancaster County Christian, Harrisburg Academy, and Lebanon Catholic.

VOLLEYBALL

After a brief hiatus in their schedule, the Lady Chargers volleyball club was back at it last week, taking down another three consecutive opponents, to emerge with an overall record of 12-1.

The squad capped the week with a win on the road, outplaying Lebanon Catholic in four sets (25-13, 25-10, 18-25, 25-8).

"Our team played well together and we were able to try some new things with our offense-things we've been practicing were able to be transferred into our game," reflected head coach Kate Ferrari.

Kami Mummau was all over the court scrambling for 13 digs defensively and turning the ball back on the Beavers, firing 13 kills and 6 aces over the net. Haley Witmer also produced some impressive numbers, putting up 23 assists and matching Mummau's ace count with six of her own. Working new formations gave Brie Lehman the opportunity to be a force at the net, making her presence known with two momentum shifting blocks.

On Tuesday, MC visited Covenant Christian Academy and triumphed over the Falcons in three sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-12).

Despite the sweep, the match was highly competitive and a redemptive game for Mount Calvary as their first meeting with New Covenant resulted in the single loss marring the Chargers record.

"Covenant battled hard tonight with some great offensive plays," acknowledge Ferrari. "They are definitely a great competitor we always look forward to a great athletic game."

After claiming the first set, the Chargers found themselves floundering in the second, but a service run by Mummau helped turn the tide back to MC, and the rest of the team rallied with strong defense to regain control.

"Molly Bert, Grace Hilsher, and Haley Witmer were an essential part of our defense," pointed out Ferrari. "Grace and Kami [Mummau] did a phenomenal job of covering their hitters and blockers, so when Covenant went to tip over the block they were right there to dig it up."

Witmer produced 19 setter assists along with 10 digs, and Mummau powered an impressive 11 kills and 9 aces over the net.

Reflecting back on their earlier season clash with the Falcons, the squad felt as though they had a bit of unfinished business to resolve in this second meeting.

"We have been anticipating this game, and the ladies came ready to play. They felt as though they hadn't left it all on the court the first time we met up and so they were ready to show them a different side to our team," elaborated Ferrari.

Twenty-four hours earlier the girls hosted Berks Christian School and once again went for the three-set sweep (25-12, 25-14, 27-25).

Working off some rust from a six-day stretch without a match, the Chargers started out slow, but found their rhythm quickly to easily secure sets one and two.

Sophomore Kara Locker was a dominate force at the net, registering two blocks and 10 kills, while defensive efforts by Hilsher (eight digs) also kept the Charger squad on top.

"Kara had consistent net play and was able to position the ball in open spots on Berks side of the court. Grace Hilsher covered her hitters and blockers, picking up some shots that helped us stay on top," commended Ferrari.

Mummau complimented Lockers' work at the net with 10 kills of her own, and Witmer supplied a well-rounded effort of 19 assists and five aces.

Berks showed some fire in the third set, rallying to make things close, and giving some of the younger Charger players some valuable game-time experience.

"We had put in some of our younger players, and they stuck it out and persevered, managing to pull out the win. Great lessons for them to learn," praised Ferrari.

BOYS' SOCCER

Packing in four contests in five days proved to be a test of stamina for MC boys' soccer, a challenge they embraced, but resulted in one win and three losses.

A 2-1 victory over the Covenant Christian Falcons last Tuesday was a boost to the Charger morale as well as validation of the hard work they have been putting in on the field.

Coming on the heels of the previous day's 2-0 loss to Lancaster Country Day, the Chargers applied lessons learned to advance their cause against the Falcons.

Making strategic formation adjustments, head coach Marc Myers utilized the midfield to promote offensive success and safeguard defensive action.

"We moved a midfielder to link up play with strikers out wide. This allowed both center-mids to help protect the back three defenders," explained Myers.

The adjustments paid off for the Chargers, and opened the field for sophomore Dane Kelley to give the Chargers the upper hand 11 minutes into the contest, converting his first varsity goal.

Holding the slim 1-0 advantage heading into the second half, the MC club was relentlessly seeking a second goal to establish their lead.

Freshman Isaac Good's quick footwork made him elusive to the Falcon defense as he set stage for the second Charger goal dishing a well-placed cross to Damian Rutt to finish into the back of the net.

"Isaac beat his defender and laid the ball into open space right in front of the goal for Damian to slot home," described Myers.

Though the Falcons were able to retaliate with a goal of their own, Charger defense was strong enough to thwart all their attempts at finding an equalizer.

"I am glad we limited their chances to score by doing a few things well, but our work rate and physical play was a step up that helped us get the win," praised Myers.

The day before the Chargers started the week with a 2-0 loss to Lancaster Country Day, where the Cougars got ahead early, notching two first half goals and holding on for the win.

MC cranked the intensity in the second half, registering six shots on goal, but were unable to connect with the netting.

The week concluded with double disappointment, back-to-back losses at home 4-0 to Harrisburg Christian followed by a heart wrenching 2-1 fall to Dayspring Christian.

In the final game of the week, the Charger boys left every bit of endurance they had on the field, and for a time appeared to have the advantage after Rutt received a dish from Leighland Olsen and tucked in the first goal of the game to lead 1-0 at the half.

Despite the promising start, things took a downward turn in the second half when Dayspring countered with not one, but two goals, while closing down the Charger offense.

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Weather Forces Schedule Changes For Soccer September 30, 2018

Weather postponements continue to jumble the Chargers soccer schedule, creating a frustrating week of rescheduling and delays and leaving the MC boys with only one contest last week, a 3-0 home field loss to New Covenant.

"Our team needs to make sure we get back to playing with heart," noted head coach Marc Myers. "We have had some low performance in the past few games-we need to give 100 percent."

The break in the action affords the team with a bit of valuable rest and prep time as they gear up for a four-game week that will both test their stamina and determine their playoff potential.

This week the team will use every bit of endurance they can muster, facing a non-conference opponent followed by three CCAC games, each holding a great deal of weight when it comes to the post-season.

"We will use the non-conference game to prepare for the rest of the week and try out some new things," explained Myers. "These games are close to must-wins if we want to have a chance to make playoffs. We will prepare the players to be at their best, but it will be a tough challenge."

GIRLS' SOCCER

Mount Calvary girls soccer was able to only get one game deeper into their season last week, but made the most of it blanking the High Point Baptist Eagles, 3-0.

It was another dismal night as far as weather was concerned. Playing in a constant drizzle on a saturated field, the Lady Chargers got the job done securing their first goal in the first half, followed by a pair in the second to seal the conference win.

Brittney Taylor knocked in the first MC goal, and supplied both assists for Julia Martin's second half pair.

Taylor capitalized on a loose ball rattling around the Eagle box to give the Chargers the 1-0 advantage in the first half.

Martin's first-of-two came at the conclusion of a passing sequence between Martin and Taylor that allowed them to work the ball from end to end.

"We were pushing to attack together and recover together," explained head coach Kim Schmitkons. "I think we did that well, although it is something we can continue to grow in."

Charger intensity kept most of the action on their offensive end, evidenced by the team earning 14 corner kicks in the contest.

"The girls are starting to understand each other better on the field which improves our passing and movement and leads to a more intense game all around," elaborated Schmitkons. "We were able to press high, getting to the end line frequently."

Though High Point kept pursuing opportunities and managed a few good looks at the Charger goal, freshman Marlie Niedwick continues to build her resume as a keeper, snatching up five saves.

One of the team themes has been giving full effort for the entire 80 minutes, and the Mount Calvary club display that determination down to the final seconds.

With less than half a minute on the clock Martin nailed her second goal of the contest from outside the 18 and into the back of the Eagle net.

"The girls didn't let down, achieving the mental goal that we set for ourselves before the game. Overall, I am proud of how the girls continue to step up to meet the team's needs every game," concluded Schmitkons.

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Charger volleyball only had one contest last week, but they certainly made it an exciting one, picking up their ninth victory of the season in the 3-2 win over Dayspring Christian Academy.

The contest might have looked like a lock for the Chargers after they claimed the first two sets, but the Warriors rallied for a comeback taking the next two and forcing the match into a determining fifth set where the Chargers prevailed (25-22, 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 15-7).

Sophomore Kami Mummau's offensive prowess helped propel the Chargers to their first two set victories as she collected 19 kills.

Though rattled by the first two set loses, the Warriors were on their home court and stabilized midway through the match. Beginning to churn some momentum their direction, Dayspring slowly began to creep back into contention.

With defense being paramount, the Chargers had to quickly implement some changes to stifle the Warrior comeback. Brie Lehman and Kara Locker both stepped up at the net, creating a formidable line and each earning two blocks to stem the Warrior surge.

"Brie Lehman and Kara Locker were an integral part of tonight because they shut down Dayspring's best hitter a couple times with momentum shifting blocks," pointed out head coach Kate Ferrari. "Getting a block has the power to really ignite a team, and Kara and Brie did just that."

Turning the tide back in their favor was a full-team effort that sometimes isn't clearly reflected by stats alone.

"Rachel Green and Grace Hilsher both had consistent play through all five sets," praised Ferrari. "Though they weren't top leaders necessarily in stats they were a constant force."

Hilsher did top one stat category, firing six aces at a scrambling Warrior defense.

Haley Witmer also got the job done, consistently setting up offensive opportunities by suppling 32 setter assists.

With the set count even at 2-2, the teams headed into the final set.

"Our girls were definitely discouraged to lose the middle sets, but they came out in the fifth set with sheer determination," acknowledged Ferrari. "They were ready to defend and once they caught fire they didn't let up. It was a well-fought game by both teams and we are grateful to have come out on top."

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Lady Charger Volleyball Collects Two Shutouts September 23, 2018

After an intense string of matches, Lady Charger volleyball had a slower-paced schedule last week with only two games, but their tempo on the court couldn't have been much more intense as they toppled both competitors in decisive 3-0 sweeps.

Capping the week with a home court victory over New Covenant Christian, the Lady Chargers took control from the onset and never let up (25-7, 25-9, 25-8).

"What I really liked about this game was that our girls came together and pulled out aggressive offensive plays even when we were out of system," explained head coach Kate Ferrari. "If the setter was taken out of the play by taking the first pass, we had girls who stepped right up to set up the aggressive attack at the net."

Heading up the attack was sophomore Kami Mummau whose 11 kills ignited the Charger offense, and Haley Witmer was pivotal in setting up the plays and doling out 14 assists.

Service was also key in the takedown with Kara Locker leading that charge firing eight aces to a scrambling New Covenant defense. Freshman, Kacy Robinson, also stepped up big from behind the line, taking the Chargers on a scoring run in the third set and delivering three aces of her own.

"I was really proud of our freshmen who stepped up in this game, it was another great night," celebrated Ferrari.

Kicking off their week in a dominate fashion, the Lady Chargers claimed their first victory of the week in three quick sets on a trip to Christian School of York (25-3, 25-4, 25-5).

The contest was all about the serve, led by Haley Witmer's outstanding 27 aces, the team never allowed CSY to gain their footing long enough to contend.

"I think the key here was that the girls played their game," noted Ferrari. "Lately we have been giving up runs in games because we get comfortable and let up. Today we played more evenly."

Witmer complimented her serving with five assists, and Kara Locker got on the board with three kills.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Their overall record reads 7-2, but last week's magic scoring combination seemed to be 6-1 for Lady Chargers soccer, as they took on three separate opponents and conquered each by the exact same count.

Saturday took the Lady Chargers on a trip to Halifax, where they claimed their third set of six goals while only allowing one.

Sophomore Julia Martin powered in an impressive four goals, bringing her 2018 goal count up to 15 only midway through the season.

Shuffling up player positions, Olivia Yordy, typically a defensive player, got her opportunity on the offensive end of the field and capitalized with two goals against Halifax.

Marlie Niedwick, a freshman, gained more experience in goal, collecting seven saves.

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Mount Calvary team took down Hershey Christian. This time five different players supplied the six goals. Yordy again claimed two, while Martin, Leah Hawryluk, Brittney Taylor, and Naomi Ewing each had one.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Chargers got off to a slow start, but an explosive second half allowed them to claim the first of their three 6-1 victories, this time over the Harrisburg Christian Knights.

After a relatively quiet first half, the Chargers were leading 1-0 thanks to a deep shot rocketed off the foot of Ewing, but stamina became the name of the game heading into the second 40.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the Lady Chargers were awarded a free kick from well-outside the 18. Ewing sent the ball soaring overhead dropping directing behind the HC keeper for her second goal and igniting a scoring surge for the Chargers.

Three minutes later it was Brittney Taylor who capitalized, maneuvering the ball through center field traffic and placing a low ball into the bottom right corner of the net, giving Mount Calvary a 3-0 advantage.

With 20 left to play, it was Julia Martin's turn to outwit her defender with some fancy footwork giving her space in the center of the goalbox which she finished with a high-powered shot to the left for the fourth MC goal.

Though in a deep deficit, the Knights retaliated with a charge of their own, taking advantage of their next possession to find the net, putting the score at 4-1.

Gaining momentum, Harrisburg Christian carried the ball down field again, seeking a repeat of their success, but defender Ambria Good stepped up to stop a Knight striker on a break-away, returning the action to the Charger offensive end of the field.

"Ambria Good and Olivia Yordy in back did a great job of preventing open shots and covering some fast breakaways," praised Schmitkons.

MC freshman, Elena Hatfield, found the ball at the right place and right time and placed a shot out of reach of the Knight keeper to knock in her first varsity goal.

To their credit, the Knights did not give up, though facing a 5-1 uphill battle, and continued to create offensive opportunities. On one attack the Knight striker collided with Charger keeper Hawryluk, resulting in an injury for Hawryluk that removed her from the game.

Niedwick stepped in to fill Hawryluk's position and a desperate HC team sought one more opportunity earning a corner kick.

After the Harrisburg corner flew into the goal box, Taylor gained possession. Taylor and Martin worked in tandem to take the ball coast to coast catching the Knight defense off guard and Martin slipped in the final goal of the contest minutes before time expired.

"It is exciting to see some of our younger players getting more involved in the last few games," explained Schmitkons. "All in all, this was one of our best full team efforts!"

BOYS' SOCCER

Rain postponed one of the boys games last week, but in the three remaining contests the Chargers treated their home fans to two exhilarating wins, and dropped one match on the road.

Sophomore Damian Rutt had a week of great success, registering six goals in the two wins.

Capping the week with a 3-2 sudden death overtime win over York Country Day, Rutt picked up a hat trick scoring all three MC goals.

Though the Chargers held the majority of possession, York capitalized on an early breakaway and were the first to score to lead most of the game. Rutt's first goal came after the ball rattled around the Greyhound goal box. Leighland Olsen dished to Rutt who connected to even the score.

York struck again and sought to hold onto their slim lead as the clock wound down, but Rutt knocked in the equalizer with 12 minutes left to play. Gaining momentum in the final minutes, the Chargers continued to rocket shots at the Greyhound keeper, but the buzzer sounded with no success.

Ignited by the urgency of a sudden death overtime period, it took Rutt just 53 seconds to drive the ball home and put an end to the contest.

Thursday night the Chargers tasted defeat at Lancaster County Christian, suffering a 5-0 loss to the Lions.

In Tuesday's 4-3 triumph over Christian School of York, a scoreless first half gave little indication of the slew of goals to come in the second half of the clash between the Chargers and the CSY Crusaders.

The Chargers broke the goal line first, when sophomore Damian Rutt netted the first goal of the contest 14 minutes in by utilizing a corner kick opportunity and curving the ball into the goal.

CSY retaliated hard, knocking in two goals within 60 seconds of each other to turn the advantage temporarily in favor of the Crusaders.

Hansen Crick chipped a shot into the goal to even the tally at two apiece, but neither team was close to done yet.

CSY struck next notching their third and final goal with 11 minutes left to play, but the Chargers had plenty of fight still in them-collecting a pair of goals, both supplied by Rutt, in the final five minutes of regulation to seal their victory.

"Overall, the game was quite exciting for the fans, nervous for the coaches, and a memorable one for the players," reflected head coach Marc Myers. "There were many things that we want to improve on, but we never gave up and kept pushing."

GOLF

Though the golf team came in fourth in last Tuesday's quad-match held at Four Seasons Golf Course, two Mount Calvary golfers claimed their own personal bests to give the Charger morale a boost.

Dayspring Christian Academy claimed the match followed by Lancaster County Christian and High Point Baptist. Though the Mount Calvary club came in last, they continue to keep focusing on team encouragement and personal improvement.

Danny Smullen led the team with the best carded score of the day, shooting a 93.

"Danny played very well, 93 is his personal best in a match," pointed out head coach Matt Owlett. "I'm hoping he will qualify for districts."

Also rising to a personal best was Hunter Stewart's 122 stroke game.

"Hunter [Stewart] continues to improve and seems to elevate his game in matches," added Owlett.

David Ellis (132) and Tyler Masters (139) contributed the other two top four scores to the team total of 486.

Wednesday, the Charger club got a chance to compete against Schuylkill Valley in a nine-hole match at Willow Hollow Golf Course.

Though collectively bested by Schuylkill, the team continued to encourage each other to compete. Smullen again carded the days lowest score for the Chargers with a 43. Ellis supplied a 51-stroke effort, Stewart a 53, and Hayden Merrick rounded out the top four with a 57.

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Young Chargers Battle and Look to Improve September 16, 2018

Despite two losses last week, the Mount Calvary boys' soccer team saw reasons to be encouraged, as the young squad battled through each contest.

In a 4-0 loss at home to Brandywine Heights, the team might not have netted a goal, but instead chose to focus on some valuable defensive lessons learned.

"It's encouraging to our team to continue to push towards a common goal of playing team defense," explained head coach Marc Myers. "Though there were a couple errors, the team can see and believe that if they work together to be disciplined they have a chance against every team they play."

The young team only has two seniors, with most starting players seeing a lot of varsity minutes for underclassmen.

Two freshman players, Wyatt Lamb and Noah Butler, make up two-thirds of the Charger back line of defense anchored by third member, junior Dakota Lamb.

"Dakota is continuing to grow in his leadership on the field by working with the entire team in helping to keep them organized," pointed out Myers. "Our freshman backs have stepped into a very important team role and have shown their willingness to work hard and be disciplined in order to try to stop the opposition from scoring."

The defensive lineup is completed with keeper, Ethan Niedwick in goal.

"Ethan is doing well as a goalkeeper, and when we limit the chances of the other team, he is able to make the saves need to keep us in the game," added Myers.

Heading into Saturday's conference match against West Shore Christian Academy, Myers laid out some expectations for areas the team hopes to improve.

"Our goal against West Shore was to continue to posses the ball more on offense and create opportunities to score. We have shown small sparks of possession in our few games, but we need to execute simple passes and keep the ball," he explained.

Taking the coaching to heart, the Chargers implemented much of that in their game against West Shore, resulting in a hard-fought 4-3 outcome.

After going down by one early in the contest, Mount Calvary rallied and sent not one but two shots into the Bobcat net to take a temporary advantage 2-1.

The Bobcats evened the score by tucking their second goal in just before the break, and then continued an aggressive attack with two quick goals in the second.

"We played with heart and all the players kept their heads up and battle hard," encouraged Myers. "We made the last minutes interesting by getting one back and pushed for a fourth, but weren't able to find the equalizer."

Damian Rutt and Hansen Crick each knocked in a first half goal for the Chargers, and Rutt supplied the final Charger goal with eight minutes left to play.

"Though we are all disappointed with the loss and allowing four goals, I'm very proud of the effort and fight of all the players," concluded Myers.

VOLLEYBALL

The only Mount Calvary team not greatly affected by the continually damp weather is the Lady Charger volleyball squad-and they are taking advantage of every opportunity to get on the court, improving their record to 6-1 with the addition of three wins and one loss last week.

Wrapping up the exhausting four-game week at West Shore Christian, the Chargers secured their third victory of the week in a four-set exchange (25-4, 24-26, 25-8, 25-17).

Haley Witmer served the first rotation, going up 13 points before surrendering the serve.

Passing errors and inconsistencies caused the Chargers to falter in the second set, but they regained control in the third.

"Haley was able to connect with both outside hitters, Kami Mummau and Kara Locker, to earn us a good lead," explained head coach Kate Ferrari.

A fourth set included more of the same great energy for the Lady Chargers with Witmer finishing the contest with 27 assist and 9 aces, Mummau nailed 28 kills and 9 digs, and Brie Lehman came up with two blocks.

Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Covenant Christian Falcons marked the first defeat for the Lady Chargers this season (25-23, 25-23, 25-13), and was a tough evening as the team played without two of their starters.

The Chargers narrowly lost set one after a back-and-forth battle of lead changes. Coming out hungry for redemption in set two, the Lady Chargers went on a 6-0 run with Witmer serving. After such a strong start, they managed to hold the lead until the Falcons fought back to even the score at 17 before going ahead to take set two by the same score.

"We struggled to get in a rhythm. When we got the ball back and had an opportunity to capitalize we struggled to keep our serves in the court," explained Ferrari.

Tuesday's 3-1 win over Veritas Academy was a highlight for the week, with both offense and defense clicking for the Chargers the more they communicated as a team (25-19, 25-20, 24-25, 25-13).

"Our offense was on in this match. Kami Mummau was smart with her plays, and we had strong defense with Gracie Hilsher and Kara Locker digging up the back line," noted Ferrari.

After dropping the third set, the Veritas momentum was building, but the Lady Chargers kept cool and amped up their communication, finishing the contest in four sets.

"Our girls truly play best when they communicate on the court," she added.

Key to turning the tide back to Charger favor was sophomore Rachel Green who dished out 10 aces over the match.

"Rachel's serves were just proving to be a challenge for the Veritas team to play back. She was an important part of the fourth set," acknowledge Ferrari.

Mummau fired 15 kills over the net, Witmer supplied 16 assists, and Locker contributed 15 digs.

Last Monday, the team kicked off their marathon week with a decisive 3-0 triumph over Fairfield (25-21, 25-17, 25-21).

"Our attacking game was strong and our serving game was as well," noted Ferrari.

Mummau was influential in multiple aspects racking up 11 kills, 8 digs, and 9 assists. Intense serving was contagious as Grace Hilsher, Kara Locker, and Molly Bert slammed three aces apiece.

After the whirlwind week, the team looks to catch their breath before next week's challenge of two more conference games and meanwhile seeks to continue growing as a team.

"Our leadership is strong; the upperclassmen have been so supportive. They keep in mind the big picture and know how important it is to encourage," summarized Ferrari.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Soggy fields and endless rain put a damper on soccer schedules, so the Lady Chargers experienced a five-day stretch of postponements before getting back into the action for back-to-back wins over the weekend.

Saturday, the Lady Chargers overcame the West Shore Bobcats, 3-2, with all three Charger goals coming from different players.

Brittney Taylor was first to strike, driving forward with the ball and sailing a shot past West Shore's keeper in the first half.

Minutes later, Taylor once again had the ball within striking distance and dished an assist to Julia Martin who finished with a well-placed shot.

The Chargers headed into the second half with a two-goal advantage, but having played an intense 80 minutes less than 24 hours before, fatigue became a factor and West Shore capitalized with back-to-back goals to level the score.

"We knew we need to maintain focus-we also knew we were tired," explained head coach Kim Schmitkons.

Digging deep to finish strong, Naomi Ewing pressured a West Shore possession, came up with the ball, and fired a shot from the top of the 18 to give the Chargers the golden goal with 14 minutes left on the clock.

Heading into Friday's clash with Lancaster County Christian, Schmitkons set the tone for what she expected to see from her players.

"I wanted to see us playing with passion and desire the whole 80 minutes. We have emphasized our need to communicate consistently with each other and become passing options to support each other. We played both games with low numbers, so every player needed to be giving their best effort," explained Schmitkons.

The Friday night contest ended up being a high scoring affair, with Mount Calvary rising to a 5-4 victory.

The Lady Chargers came out strong against the Lancaster County Lions, racking up a trio of unanswered goals in the first half, but the Lions found their footing and came roaring back with four second half goals.

The Chargers first two goals mirrored each other; Martin carried the ball up the flank before delivering a cross to the center of the field-both times finished by Taylor.

Martin complimented her two assists with a first-half goal of her own to give the Chargers a 3-0 advantage before the half.

"In the second half, LCCS pressed us hard and we lacked communication and energy in the back of the field," described Schmitkons.

Though the Lions succeeded in netting four goals in the half, the Chargers weren't done, and Martin secured two additional goals to complete a hat trick, as well as put the Chargers back on top before the final buzzer.

"All in all, both these games turned out to be the physical and mental challenge that we were expecting, and the girls gave their all to squeak out both wins in two very intense, well-played matches," summarized Schmitkons.

Moving forward, the team will take both impetus and lessons learned from the two wins and they head into the middle of their season.

"During each practice I try to be clear about what game aspect we are focusing on. Putting our practice into context helps motivate the girls to work harder. We are constantly drawing the parallel between that practice attitude and our Christian lives - maintaining focus on the prize of Jesus and ever striving to be more Christ-like," concluded Schmitkons.

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Charger Volleyball Opens With Three Wins September 9, 2018

Three up, three down-that was the rhythm of the Lady Chargers volleyball squad racking up three consecutive victories to open the season.

"Everyone is playing healthy and our girls have really come together as a team unit," explained head coach Kate Ferrari regarding the surge of momentum the Lady Chargers are experiencing.

Key to igniting that momentum has been freshman Kami Mummau, who has been a driving offensive force, firing double digit kills in all of the Chargers games thus far.

"Kami Mummau and Haley Witmer really seem to be in a zone in terms of setter/hitter combo," elaborated Ferrari. "If we're in a bit of a slump, heading to Kami with the set has made a huge difference. When she gets that kill it ignites the team."

Against West Shore Christian last Friday, Mummau nailed 15 kills over the course of the 3-0 contest (25-15, 25-14, 25-15). As demonstrated by the similarity of the set scores, the Chargers steadily held control of the contest.

Grace Hilsher's 15 digs were accompanied by four aces making her an all-around threat.

"Grace was hitting the center of West Shore's defense which really helped us to capitalize. Our girls were covering our hitters and blockers, and digging up plays that were close to the net," added Ferrari.

The night before, the Chargers hosted Linville Hill Christian School, and dropped their only set of the week, but still rose to a 3-1 triumph (25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18).

"Linville was a tough competitor-they had some intense servers who challenged our passing game," acknowledged Ferrari. "We had to make adjustments to be effective."

The adjustments paid off, as the Chargers toppled Linville, a team they have narrowly lost to in the past.

Mount Calvary struggled most in the first and third set making hitting errors that converted to Linville points, but the Chargers still managed remain on top for the first.

The third set loss was a setback the Chargers turned into incentive to close the game after set four. Using strong service, led by Kara Locker's four aces, the Lady Chargers worked their way back into control.

"Our girls have been really practicing various zones in serving and tonight it paid off," celebrated Ferrari. "After winning against Linville we really gained a morale boost and that sent us into West Shore's match ready to execute."

The team's first victory of the season came on the road with a visit to Columbia High School where they took down the Crimson Tide swiftly in three (25-7, 25-19, 25-15).

Molly Bert dished out eight aces, while Witmer used her 12 assists to provide a variety of attacks that kept the Tide defenders scrambling.

"Haley Witmer was able to mix up the sets in order to get everyone involved in the offense. Even when we had an off pass, Haley was able to set up the play and turn it into an aggressive attack in the back row. The girls did a nice job of covering and closing up any open spots on the court," summarized Ferrari.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Lady Charger soccer picked up a win and two losses, but provided plenty of positives to build on in the upcoming season.

"We've had a high player turn over this year, and many of our returners are in new positions as well," commented head coach Kim Schmitkons starting her second season at the helm.

Saturday's trip to Brandywine Heights resulted in a rainy 7-0 setback to end the week, but came on the heels of a shutout of their own less than 24 hours earlier.

On Friday night the Lady Chargers treated their home crowd to an exciting 4-0 victory over the New Covenant Christian Flames.

Mere minutes after the contest began, the teams were forced to take an unscheduled and lengthy break due to thunderstorms.

Rather than lose their focus, the Lady Chargers took advantage of the extra downtime to loosen up and subsequently owned the field in both halves, netting a pair of goals on both sides of the midway break.

"We started the game playing kind of panicky," noted Schmitkons. "We were able to regroup during the lightning delay and went back out to support each other on the ball and play each minute with intensity."

Brittney Taylor scored twice, while Julia Martin collected a goal and two assists, and Naomi Ewing chipped in both a goal and an assist.

The Flames didn't give up under the constant pressure, and managed to break away for several good looks at the Charger net, but MC keeper Leah Hawryluk was ready and waiting and scooped up six saves to stop the Flames from getting on the board.

In the first game of the season, Mount Calvary was paired against Susquenita, and resulted in a 4-3 loss. But the Chargers showed promise as they came from behind and nearly evened the score in the final minutes.

"We struggled with our intensity," acknowledge Schmitkons. "Naomi Ewing put in the effort to cover ground and held us in the game until we found a spark in the last 20 minutes."

The spark Schmitkons refers to was ignited by a pair of goals from Taylor and a penalty kick opportunity successfully converted by Julia Martin; all taking place in the latter end of the second half.

While it wasn't enough to overcome the four goals already secured by Susquenita, it proved the Lady Chargers have a lot to offer on the field.

"Going forward we will be looking to start with that intensity and keep everyone involved for the whole 80 minutes," added Schmitkons.

Taking down York Country Day 6-0, in a pre-season scrimmage gave the Lady Chargers a glimpse of what they are capable of-and now they are looking to implement that same work in their regular season schedule.

"We have been focused on maintaining our shape and communicating. Brittney Taylor and Julia Martin stepped up against York Country and gave us some creative offense. Olivia Yordy stepped into the central back position and took ownership there," reflected Schmitkons.

The Lady Chargers are emphasizing a team mentality as they approach their season, working together as a unit instead of as individuals.

Their team verse puts it this way, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

BOYS' SOCCER

Continuing with a nine-year tradition, the MC boys' soccer team kicked off their season with the Agape Cup, an annual matchup held against Lititz Christian emphasizing sportsmanlike conduct that brings honor and glory to the Lord.

While the score ended 1-0 in favor of Lititz, the competition still allowed the team to gain valuable experience heading into the heart of their season.

"The Agape Cup provides an opportunity for the teams to call attention to the Christian character they demonstrate on the field," noted head coach Marc Myers.

Agape is a Greek word meaning "love", and when used in the New Testament very specifically is referring to the type of love demonstrated by God Himself. This love is not merely a feeling, but an action and commitment, the type of love required for the Creator of the world to die for mankind-His creation.

Each year the dedication of this game serves as a reminder that while the athletes are opponents on the field, beyond the 80 minutes of competition, they are truly brothers in Christ serving their Savior.

"It is important to instill in players the principles of hard work, playing with heart and desire, discipline, sacrifice, and a team-focus," elaborated Myers. "Throughout the season they will be pushed and pulled, tackled and yelled at, both fail and succeed. Helping them learn how to compete in a Christ-like way will help them on their journey to become men of God."

GOLF

Charger golf club is attacking each match with a purpose-and it turns out, the biggest lessons don't always come from the final score.

Three matches into the season, the MC squad found themselves outshot by Dayspring Christian Academy 246-183, and fell to third place in a tri-meet against Millersburg and Pine Grove. Heading into that third match still seeking a victory, it was important to the team to keep their focus on the big picture of playing to the best of their abilities while honoring the Lord in their conduct.

"Golf is a great picture of life with its many challenges and struggles," explained head coach Matt Owlett. "Even when things are going well, it doesn't take much for them to turn south quickly. At times it is easy to quit, but the Lord provides strength-this important lesson is our focus for golf this year."

Refusing to quit, they showed a fighting spirit in their most recent match, and four-team event held at the Highlands of Donegal and were rewarded with a third-place finish.

Hosting Dayspring Christian, High Point Baptist and Lancaster County Christian for the nine-hole round, the scorching temperatures were hard to ignore. With a heat index reaching above 100 degrees, the Charger team plugged away and encouraged each other to a 207-stroke count, behind Dayspring's 187, High Point's 197, but enough to edge ahead of LCCS' 209.

"The team played great overall, and were happy to finish just ahead of LCCS for our first win of the season," celebrated Owlett.

Danny Smullen carded a 46 to led the team while David Ellis' 49, Tyler Masters' 55, and Hayden Merrick's 57 rounded out the team total.

"Hayden came up big for us, shooting a personal best," pointed out Owlett.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, the Charger club hopes to continue to climb the ranks in golf standings, but also plans to use the opportunities for personal growth.

"Varsity golf at MCCS operates with some basic tenets," elaborated Owlett. "Honor God in what we do, have fun, and improve in a game these students can enjoy for the rest of their lives."

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Mt. Calvary Baseball Falls in District Opener May 23, 2018

Mount Calvary baseball battled to the final inning of their 2018 season but bowed out of PIAA District III playoffs after a high-scoring, 9-7 showdown against Millersburg High School in round one.

The loss ended the Charger's playoff run and capped their season, giving them an overall record of 8-9.

"Finishing the season at 8-9 might not seem like a great accomplishment. However, for a team that only collected four wins in the previous season, it was a marked improvement," noted head coach Jim Sintic. "Our players developed and progressed nicely throughout the season. There were highs and lows but as a team we continued to communicate and focus on getting better," he continued.

Millersburg jumped out to an early lead in the final contest, racking up six unanswered runs by the end of the third inning, but the Chargers weren't done yet, and fired back with a five-run frame of their own in the fourth.

"In the fourth inning we were able to get things going, taking advantage of a Millersburg error and collecting three hits," pointed out Sintic.

Millersburg responded in kind, crossing three more to give them nine, and while the Chargers continued to churn momentum to gather another two runs, they ended up just short.

Hunter Stewart led the Charger attack at the plate with three hits, and defensively also picked up two strikeouts during his time pitching in relief.

Aidan Masters was tagged with the loss after two innings pitched but continued to contribute with his work on offense gathering two hits and an RBI.

"We battled as a team and hit the ball extremely well," praised Sintic.

David Ellis and Tyler Masters each supplied a pair of hits, and Dakota Lamb and Scott Lane each drove in two RBIs apiece.

Continuing to connect, Damian Rutt, Lamb, Lane, and Evan Barnes each supplied an additional hit to bring the Chargers to a season-high total of 13 hits in the loss.

"We know we need to improve defensively next season," noted Sintic. "We believe that as a team we can be successful if we continue to grow and improve."

The young team was comprised solely of underclassmen this year and have the advantage of returning and adding to their numbers next season.

"Our focus this season was building our knowledge of baseball and our relationship with the Lord," elaborated Sintic. "It is wonderful as a coach to see your team encouraging each other and building each other up spiritually. John the Baptist explained 'He [Christ] must increase, and I must decrease", and we are learning how that pertains both in life and being a part of a team."

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Chargers Fall Short in CCAC Playoffs May 17, 2018

Charger baseball faced the Lancaster County Christian Lions in the semi-final round of the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference playoffs last Monday and displayed tenacity and resilience but came up just short in the 3-2 clash that ended their conference run.

The two clubs faced off twice in the regular season, with each team claiming one of the contests, making the teams that much more eager to break the tie with this third meeting.

The Chargers struck first, with a run during their first turn at bat.

Lead-off batter, David Ellis singled, then worked his way around the bases on a steal and wild pitch to put himself on third. Tyler Masters grounded out to the second baseman giving Ellis the opportunity to cross the plate.

The Lions had a strong bottom of the second, bringing home two to runs push ahead, but strong pitching and good defense kept both teams in contention and Mount Calvary evened up the score with a run in the fourth.

With bases loaded, Scott Lane took one for the team and advanced after being hit by a pitch, pushing Aidan Masters home to level the scoreboard at two.

Still tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Lions took advantage of runners on second and third and produced a single-enough for the walk-off run to end the contest.

"We knew going into this one that it was going to be a tough game versus a good opponent," acknowledged head coach Jim Sintic. "We had a solid all-around game and played hard, we just came up a little short in the end."

Pitching was a highlight for the Chargers as, once again, the two freshman aces combined for a total of nine strikeouts. Hunter Stewart started on the mound, striking out five over four innings pitched. A. Masters pitched in relief, striking out an additional four.

Ellis and A. Masters supplied the two runs scored, while T. Masters and Lane were responsible for the teams two RBIs. Chip Stambaugh added a double to the team's batting resume.

Despite the disappointment of the loss that halted their CCAC playoff run, the Chargers keep their heads up with more baseball to play as they head to PIAA District III playoffs this week.

In the interim, the club is honing their skills and reflecting on all they've learned through the season.

"We have focused on communication, our attitudes, and our responsibilities," noted Sintic. "With communication, we need to be a step ahead at all times. With our attitude, we need to be an example of the Savior that we serve. Our responsibilities need to be taken care of on and off the field so that our team is as effective as possible."

The team has been studying John chapter three over the course of the season, taking note of how John the Baptist's role was to prepare the way for the coming Messiah.

On the baseball diamond, that same emphasis of reflecting Jesus Christ can have far reaching effects-much more lasting than the final count on the scoreboard.

"We know that as followers of Christ, our role and calling is to show people the love of Christ in our attitudes and the way that we play. At times this can be difficult and we all make mistakes, but we are encouraging each other to this goal. I'm thankful for the heart and attitude of this team, and I'm also proud of the progression we've shown in many areas of the game," concluded Sintic.

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Chargers Post Split Results, Prepare for Playoffs May 11, 2018

"Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical," - Yogi Berra.

In their final week of the regular season schedule, the Mount Calvary Chargers faced back-to-back conference clashes on the road and split the results.

After a disappointing 8-0 loss on Monday to High Point Baptist, the Chargers had to dig deep to turn things around for their 4-0 triumph over Christian School of York just 24 hours later.

A messy first inning led to a High Point scoring surge as they crossed five runs over the plate all with two outs against them.

"We are a young team still learning to play and communicate the right way," explained head coach Jim Sintic. "Giving up five runs in the first inning was obviously deflating and tough to come back from."

Tyler Masters was on the hill for the Chargers, throwing just over four innings and scattering two hits and striking out one.

"Defensively we must do a better job backing up our pitchers," noted Sintic. "After the game we talked about what is necessary for us to improve and grow as a team."

David Ellis, Aidan Masters, Evan Barnes, and Hunter Stewart each supplied a Charger hit in the loss.

Regrouping and looking for redemption the following afternoon, the Chargers flipped the script and it was their turn to deliver a shutout, taking down the CSY Crusaders 4-0.

The Mount Calvary intensity was evident from the first at bat. Coupling patience and teamwork, the Chargers worked as a unit to cross three runs.

"At times, as a team we have displayed a selfish attitude, but this game was a great way for us to turn that around and play for each other," explained Sintic. "I was impressed by the way our team communicated and encouraged each other throughout."

Taking their first turn in the field, the MC club backed up their offense with the defense they have been lacking.

"The first inning was one of the best we've played this season," praised Sintic. "Pitching and defense wins games and we did both well."

A. Masters earned the win on the hill throwing six and a third innings, scattering four hits and allowing zero runs, while striking out an impressive 10 batters.

Stewart pitched two thirds of an inning in relief, and did his job efficiently, striking out both batters he faced to end the contest.

"Over the course of the season, Hunter Stewart and Aidan Masters have combined to strikeout an incredible 105 batters in just 67 innings pitched," Sintic pointed out regarding the talented freshman duo. "Their individual performances have allowed us to compete any time they are on the hill."

At the plate the Chargers celebrated several noteworthy performances. Ellis reached twice on walks and scored two runs. Stewart highlighted his two-for-three day at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, and Barnes picked up a hit.

"I was extremely proud of our execution and communication," elaborated Sintic. "If we continue to play like this we can compete with anyone."

The MC club's 6-4 conference record places them as the number three seed heading into this week's Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference playoffs. Their first test will be a showdown against Lancaster County Christian having split results in their two regular season meetings.

Overall, the Chargers hold an 8-6 record, good enough to send them into PIAA District III playoffs to take place the week after the CCAC tournament.

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Chargers Jostling for Playoff Berths May 4, 2018

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are," - John Wooden, legendary NCAA basketball coach.

Last week's three-game lineup was packed with action for the Chargers as they split results in their two conference contests and stumbled in a non-conference loss, still jostling for a position in both Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference playoffs as well as the PIAA District III post season.

Thursday evening's clash with the Lancaster County Christian ended 9-3 in favor of the Lions and marked the final home game of the regular season for the Chargers.

Fielding mistakes plagued the Chargers throughout the contest and the Lions capitalized when it mattered and out-hit the Chargers 11-4.

"It's tough when you beat yourself at times," commented head coach Jim Sintic. "We feel like we're a team that can compete against anyone, but if you can't make plays in the field it's nearly impossible to have success."

David Ellis had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-4 to collect three of the team's four total hits.

"David hit the ball well, and as a team we put the ball in play. The difference was LCCS played solid defense and we struggled," summarized Sintic.

Hunter Stewart was saddled with the loss after four innings, allowing five hits and striking out four.

Earlier in the week, the club took a Monday trip to Greenwood High School to take on the Wildcats and came up short, 16-6.

Despite taking the early lead with a three-run first frame, the Chargers allowed the Wildcats to methodically edge ahead, registering runs in all innings but the fifth, finalizing the game with a two-run sixth that clinched the double-digit lead and halted the contest.

Things were looking promising for the Chargers when they were first to cross home in the top of the first, with a run batted in on a single from Tyler Masters.

Freshman Damian Rutt stepped up and sent a line drive double into centerfield pushing across two more Charger runs.

The Wildcats retaliated with two runs in the opposite frame but extended the damage with a five-run second and a four-run third to put the Chargers at an insurmountable deficit.

"Greenwood made us pay for our many defensive mistakes," reflected Sintic. "When you have errors in the field against a tough opponent they take advantage and that's what happened."

T. Masters took the loss for the Chargers, but it was his offensive performance that was the highlight, going 3-for-3 at the plate, including three RBI and a run scored.

In spite of the loss, the infectious Charger hitting evidenced they were in contention if they were able to eliminate fielding errors. Gathering a collective eight runs, other offensive highlights included Ellis' 2-for-3 day with two runs scored, a double from Chip Stambaugh, and a hit followed by a run scored from Nathan Lerro.

"Moving forward we know what we're capable of," elaborated Sintic. "If we play good defense and get timely hitting, we are confident we can compete.

"After the game we focused on being more team-oriented," continued Sintic. "It's easy at times to focus on your own personal mistakes and challenges, but with baseball you have to be able to learn and move on quickly."

The previous Friday, the Chargers treated their fans to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Conestoga Christian Cougars.

This time, it was the Chargers who found themselves behind early in the contest, with an error in the first frame allowing two Cougar runs to cross the plate, putting the Chargers at a deficit before their first at bat.

"After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, I was proud of the way we continued to battle," praised Sintic. "We never panicked or got down on ourselves but showed a great team spirit and never quit."

The scoreboard didn't reflect a Charger response until the bottom of the second. After Dakota Lamb reached on a walk, Rutt powered a sacrifice fly into right field to send Lamb home.

Still playing catchup, the Chargers allowed another Cougar run in the third, and the score read 3-1 Cougar advantage for the next three innings.

Aidan Masters' work on the mound limited the Cougar's offensive changes, throwing seven innings and collecting an impressive 12 strikeouts.

"Aidan pitched extremely well and commanded the strike zone," acknowledged Sintic. "He had Conestoga off balance and guessing throughout the game."

With opportunities starting to dwindle the Chargers made their move in the bottom of the sixth. The Masters brothers were the first two Chargers to bat with T. Masters leading off with a single and propelled home by the subsequent double from A. Masters.

Still trailing, it wasn't until the bottom of the seventh that the Chargers evened the score. This time, aggressive base running by Stambaugh allowed him to score on a Cougar error.

Advancing into extra innings, the Charger defense held strong, not allowing the Cougars to gain an edge. Pitching in relief, Stewart stuck out the final Cougar batter to end the inning.

Pressure was on to make their move in the bottom of the eighth, score knotted at three, having never held the lead in the game.

Lamb got things moving reaching on a walk. Scott Lane took one for the team got on base after being hit by a pitch. Meanwhile, Lamb's heads up baserunning allowed him to steal his way to third.

Once again, it was a freshman pulling through in a high-pressure moment for the Chargers as Rutt took his turn at the plate and with a 0-1 count crushed a single up the middle for a walk-off win.

"Damian Rutt has been a clutch player for us," noted Sintic. "He never seems to let the situation overwhelm him."

The Chargers continue their intense schedule with a three-game week to complete their regular season, each game holding playoff implications in both CCAC and district standings, as they currently sit with a 7-5 overall record.

"Getting a conference win like this was huge for our confidence," explained Sintic. "We're a very young team and to be in situations like this and have success is great for us moving forward."

With a three-game road trip to cap the season, a lot can happen before playoff time.

"We're hoping to get back on track this week," concluded Sintic.

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