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All-Stars of the Future June 20, 2017

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Three Comet Teams Fall in State Tournaments June 12, 2017

With volleyball, softball and baseball all competing in the PIAA playoffs last week, the Comets were well represented despite season-ending losses.

SOFTBALL

It's the time of the year when the only team that finishes with a victory is the team that wins the state title. The Comets, in Class 6A action, opened their bid for that elusive crown last Monday afternoon at Patriots Park in Allentown. They suffered just a 2-0 loss, only their third of the season, to Bethlehem Liberty.

"I'm very proud of what this team accomplished," said head coach Dave Stokes. "We finished at 23-3, won the section and won our first ever Lancaster-Lebanon League championship for the best season ever for Penn Manor softball.

"So many things have to go right for a team to win the district and state tournaments," he added. "We played well. We executed and moved runners into scoring position, more often than they did, but we didn't get the key hit.

"Brittany Hook only had one strikeout, a season-low, but she threw well," he continued. "She had one of her lowest pitch counts of the season."

Hook, who has 780 career strikeouts to date, retired the first ten batters she faced before giving up a one out single in the fourth.

Back-to-back doubles in the fifth put Liberty on the board.

"Those two doubles were their hardest hits of the game," said Stokes.

They tacked on one more in the sixth, a manufactured run if you will. They singled, took advantage of an error and a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly.

"They had two opportunities to score and they scored on both of them," noted Stokes. "We had several opportunities and left seven base runners stranded."

Pam Perez connected for two of Manor's four hits.

"We lose four seniors (Perez, Morgan Yingling, Addie Long and Abby Busswood) and they will be missed," said Stokes. "They were all two year starters and some played as sophomores. But we'll have Brittany back, along with Sydney Duplissey and Julia Tappany as our core starters. Cheyenne Ortman, Kloe Sanchez and Lauren Sensenish also return. And we have 12 incoming freshman. I don't think we've ever had a freshman group that size. So we'll see what next year brings.

"This year's group was a pleasure to coach," he added. "They all got along and everyone was pulling in the same direction. That was definitely a key to our success."

BASEBALL

Penn Manor's three-plus weeks of playoff games came to a close last Thursday in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals at Newport High School. The Comets dropped a 3-1 final to State College. It's the first time Manor has reached the quarterfinals since 2005, when they won the state title.

"They just beat us," said head coach Jim Zander. "We have nothing to hang our heads about. We were down 3-0. Made it 3-1. We only struck out once but ran into a couple of double plays."

The District 6 champs jumped in front with one run in the second inning on two hits and a walk. They added two more runs on four hits one inning later.

The Comets got on board in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Witmer reached on an infield single and later scored on a Dalton Landis base hit. The Comets collected four hits that inning (Dalton Frey and Jeff Taylor also singled) but left the bases loaded.

The Little Lions loaded the bags in the top of the sixth but Jeff Taylor got out of the jam unscathed. With two outs and a runner on first, State College worked a pair of singles before Taylor earned his third strikeout of the inning.

The Lions (13-10) turned two double plays on the day, the last coming in the bottom of the seventh when Tanner Simet and Jeremy Burkholder reached on a single and an error, respectively.

"It's ironic the way the game ended," recalled Zander. "When we beat State College in '05 it was on the exact same 1-6-3 double play.

"They're a good hitting ball club with a .288 average but I thought Jeff pitched well," Zander continued. "He struck out seven and gave up eight hits."

The Comets opened the PIAA playoffs Tuesday morning at Somerset High School, topping Pine-Richand 6-4, and got home in time for graduation.

"We have nine seniors this year but they were all very focused," said Zander. "That's the most runs Pine-Richland had given up all year. Hitting has been our bug-a-boo this season but this was a solid victory. We scored six runs on 12 hits."

This one was back-and-forth from the start. The Comets jumped in front with one run in the top of the first. Grant Gale worked a leadoff walk, moved up on a Brett Beiler base hit and scored on Frey's liner to left field. Richland turned a double play to end the inning and then grabbed the lead in the bottom half with two runs, and picked up a third in the second inning.

Manor cut the lead to 3-2 when Cade Thourot's base hit plated Taylor in the fourth and a three run rally in the fifth gave them their biggest lead, 5-3. Witmer singled, Beiler reached on an error and Frey's base hit to right loaded the bags. A fielder's choice got Witmer out at home but Taylor's fly ball to right tied the game at 3-3. Simet was hit by the pitch, pushing in the go ahead run, and Thourot's two out base hit to left gave the Comets a 5-3 advantage.

Back-to-back walks in the bottom half set the stage for Richland's fourth and final run of the game.

Manor padded its lead with another run in the sixth. Witmer doubled and scored on Beiler's base hit. They left two runners on that inning and two more in the seventh.

The WPIAL Class 6A champs looked to rally in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles and a one out walk but the Comets turned a double play to preserve the win.

Matt Tulli, Dylan Crook and Jeff Taylor combined for four strikeouts and six walks. They gave up five hits and two earned runs.

"Dylan did a nice job in relief and gave us a chance to win," said Zander.

Beiler, Frey and Taylor each finished with two hits and one RBI. Witmer also collected two hits, including Manor's only double. Thourot and Simet were credited with one RBI each.

The Comets finished as the Section One champs and were District Three semifinalists.

"It was a good season," said Zander. "We won 18 games this year and 19 games the two years before this. We will definitely miss the seniors."

Grant Gale and Jeff Taylor were recently recognized as First Team all-stars while Dalton Landis, Dylan Frey and Ryan Witmer were Second Team all-stars.

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals opposite a familiar foe in Central Dauphin. The Comets defeated the Rams 3-2 early in May and the Rams returned the favor in the district semifinals, winning 3-1.

There was more on the line Saturday, June 3, however as both were fighting for a spot in the PIAA semifinals.

The rubber match went to Central Dauphin, 3-0, though not without a valiant effort by the Comets.

"We met our match," said head coach Chris Telesco. "CD proved themselves the stronger team at this point in the season. They played incredible ball, and though my guys played with heart, our defense and offense came up short. We had zero blocks in the match - a stat that will kill a team at this stage of the season."

The Comets got off to a good start, leading 7-0. They extended the advantage to 13-4 and 18-11 before the Rams rallied and eventually stole the victory, 27-25, and the momentum. They went on to win 25-21, 25-14 and ended Manor's season.

"Sophomore Matt Schaefer came up with two aces and just tough serving in general," stated Telesco.

Dan Fry led with 11 kills, and Alex Newport chipped in with nine. Reuben Kemrer dished out 24 assists and Evan Ressler hustled for 13 digs.

"As for our all-stars," said Telesco. "I'm proud to have four guys (Reuben, Dan, Alex Newport and Alex Krahulik) on the first team of one of the toughest sections in the state. Josh Hess and Coleman Raush were both second team all-stars."

The Comets finished third in the district bracket and advanced to the L-L League semifinals.

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Penn Manor Diamond Teams Qualify for States June 2, 2017

Penn Manor's softball team has met little resistance this season. With pitcher Brittany Hook in the middle of the action, the Comets ran off nine shutouts before the post-season opened. A pair of one run wins, 5-4 over Cumberland Valley and 3-2 over Central York pushed their winning streak to 16 straight and landed them back in the District Three Class 6A Championships opposite Chambersburg last Thursday afternoon at Messiah College's Starry Field. The Trojans nipped the Comets 1-0 in ten innings in the District Three Class 4A final a year ago. No. 3 Penn Manor was looking to even the score. Unfortunately the softball gods were not on their side.

No. 5 Chambersburg pounded out 18 hits, batted around in the seventh inning, and handed the Comets their most lopsided defeat of the season, 13-2.

"I feel real bad for Brittney right now," said head coach Dave Stokes. "She's the pillar of this team. We just had one of those games where it wasn't our day. Everything went right for them. They hit up-and-down the lineup, including their No. 9 hitter who went 4-for-4 for probably the first time this year," he added. "They're a very good squad with eight senior starters and three senior pitchers. And they brought the bats this time. They just hit everything that came at them," said Stokes. "In the top of the seventh Brittney threw 17 pitches and they scored six runs."

That was Chambersburg's biggest inning. They responded from Manor's two run first inning with three runs in the second inning, one in the fourth and three more in the fifth before breaking the game wide open in the sixth. A bases clearing double by Dori Loukopoulos (5 RBI) did the most damage that inning. She followed that up with a two run homer in the seventh as the Trojans batted around and plated six more runs to pull away.

The Comets struck for two quick runs in the first inning as they looked to take charge. Julia Tappany walked, was sacrificed to second by Sam Duplissey and moved to third on Hook's base hit. With two outs, Morgan Yingling walked to load the bases and Addy Long followed with a clutch two-run single.

"We committed two errors in the second inning that helped them take a 3-2 lead," noted Stokes. "After that first inning, we went three up, three down until the seventh when Morgan led off with a base hit but three straight outs ended the game."

Chambersburg starter Laken Myers allowed two earned runs on four hits while issuing two walks. She struck out five and helped her cause with two hits and two RBI in the complete game victory.

"Now we get to reboot," stated Stokes. "We open the state tournament against the District 11 champ.

The Comets will take on Liberty, who topped previously undefeated and 3-time defending champ Parkland 3-1, in the PIAA opener.

Penn Manor advanced to the title game with a 3-2 semifinals thriller that took two days to complete. Tuesday at Hershey High School, the Comets took an early lead compliments of Yingling's 3 RBI, bases clearing double in the first inning and held on to defeat Central York (22-2). The Panthers also scored their runs in that first inning on a two-run double by Briannah Dobson. But with two outs in the top of the third, and Pam Perez on first base, the game was suspended.

Wednesday, Yingling got the action rolling with a lead-off double but Perez was caught in a rundown at third base and failed to extend Manor's lead. Left-handed hurler Courtney Coppersmith retired 12 straight batters from that point on. She finished with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Hook, however, with nine strikeouts and three walks, earned the win.

"Having to come back and finish the next day made for an interesting experience," said Stokes. "Central York did not come close to scoring that second day. Morgan had the big hit and we made it stand. Both pitchers threw very well."

BASEBALL

Seeded third in the District Three Class 6A baseball tournament behind Governor Mifflin and Dallastown, the Comets received a first-round bye and opened quarterfinals action against Hempfield on Friday, May 26 at Comet Field and secured a 7-6 thriller that pushed them into last Tuesday's semifinal round opposite Dallastown. That game was played at Manheim Township and resulted in a 3-0 shutout and Manor's second loss to the Wildcats having dropped a 5-1 result on May 9.

"We just can't seem to get the timely hit when we need it," said head coach Jim Zander. "That's been our bug-a-boo here of late. We're struggling at the plate and it's not like we're striking out all the time either."

Both teams finished with three hits but the Comets committed three errors to aid the Wildcat cause.

Manor's Matt Tulli went the distance, striking out three hitters, as did Dallastown's Nick Parker, who fanned eight batters and got the Wildcats going early, scoring the winning run in the first inning. Tye Golden, with two strikes, doubled to right center and scored on Bryan Hoftzapple's grounder to third.

They scored again in the second on a walk, a hit, an error and a sac fly and capped the scoring in the fifth inning on a walk, and a bunt that was thrown into right field.

Grant Gale went 2-for-3 at the plate.

"We won the section, which I feel is the toughest to win because it involves so many games," said Zander. "In 2005 we won states but did not win the section, leagues or districts. We're using that as motivation."

That motivation worked on Thursday night as the Comets (17-8) blanked Warwick 1-0 to earn the district bronze and their first PIAA berth since 2012. The Section One champs will open states against the District Seven champions.

"I figured it would be a low-scoring game," said Zander. "They threw their ace, Zach Peters, the day before so I wasn't sure who we'd see. Jeff Taylor cracked a solo homer, the first of his high school career, in the second inning and made it stand.

"I just can't say enough about Jeff," he continued. "They loaded the bases with one out in the second inning and he worked out of the jam. They had two on with one out in the fourth and we turned a double play, Ryan Witmer to Cade Thourot to Grant Gale, and then put two more on in the fifth," Zander added. "He threw 89 pitches, struck out ten, and had everything working."

The Comets, who also finished with five hits, weren't without opportunities. Gale singled to lead off the first, Witmer sacrificed him to second and Brett Beiler singled to center field, pushing Gale to third. Back-to-back groundouts ended the inning.

Beiler and Dylan Frey, batting cleanup, collected two straight singles to start the sixth. Beiler advanced to third on a fielder's choice and was thrown out a home on a wild pitch that rolled to the back of the backstop.

"There's a lot of room behind the catcher on that Ephrata field but Brett hesitated a little and didn't make it," noted Zander.

Warwick, who caps its season at 14-9, nipped the Comets 1-0 back on April 5 but Manor split the series with a 6-1 victory on May 1. Zach Peters pitched both games for the Warriors.

VOLLEYBALL

While the softball and baseball teams were wrapping up the district competition, the volleyball team entered the first round of the PIAA playoffs last Tuesday night. The Section One champ Comets worked past District 11 runner-up Whitehall 3-1 at William Allen High School in Allentown and punched its ticket to the PIAA quarterfinals with a 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18 four-set victory.

"They have a talented outside hitter (Logan McGinley) that we had to stop," said head coach Chris Telesco. "Thanks to the incredible defense of Evan Ressler, we were able to at least slow him down a bit. Evan finished with 23 digs, one of which dropped for a rare libero kill," he continued. "He adapted to Whitehall's attack and read their hitters beautifully."

McGinley finished with 22 kills on the night, pushing his season total to 509 and career record to 1,213.

"Offensively, Reuben Kemrer spread the ball, and three guys found little resistance from Whitehall," Telesco said. "Alex Krahulik was virtually unstoppable in the middle and collected 11 kills. Dan Fry led with 18 and Alex Newport knocked down 15."

Along with his 46 assists, Kemrer also added five kills. Coleman Raush added a pair of blocks.

"We came out sluggish - maybe a product of a two-hour drive and little warmup time, or maybe just nerves," said Telesco. "We overcame that because we outmatched Whitehall in each area of the game."

Despite that advantage, the Comet dropped an error-filled second set.

"Thankfully, we collected ourselves in the third set and settled in," Telesco stated. "Whitehall made a run late in the third set, but we held them off and kept the momentum in to the fourth set."

Next up for the Comets is a familiar foe in Central Dauphin. Those results will appear in the June 14 edition.

TRACK

The track and field team completed its 2017 season with three members competing in the PIAA Championships Friday and Saturday, May 26-27 at Shippensburg University.

Alex Scheivert wrapped up a successful junior season with a silver medal finish in the 3A javelin. His best toss of the day was a 197-11, just seven inches behind Hayden Fox, of Hempfield Area (198-6).

Placing in two events was hurdler expert Taraje Whitfield. The junior, hampered by sore shins, grabbed a fourth place medal in the 110 highs with a 14.50. He also earned a seventh place finish in the 300 hurdles with a 39.66.

Sarah Stackhouse, a senior, competed in the long jump and fell short of a PIAA medal. She finished in 13th place with a 17-2.75.

"Sarah performed well and had a successful record-breaking season," noted head coach Dan Myers.

Long was second in the District championships with a school record 18-4.5. "The previous record of 17-11 was set in 1976 by Vanessa Evans," Myers pointed out.

"It was a good season for the team," he added. "We achieved our goal of showing growth from year to year."

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Comet Volleyball Competes in Districts May 25, 2017

After a surprising early exit from the Lancaster-Lebanon League volleyball playoffs, the Comets started working their way through the District Three Class 3A championships which got underway Thursday, May 18 with a fairly easy 3-0 victory over Red Land at Daniel Boone.

"The boys had led down their guard a little against Manheim Township, and we weren't about to do that again," said Comet boss Chris Telesco. "We knew Red Land came with firepower from the outside hitters, so we focused on stopping those two. We shut down their attack with hard serves and strong defense, and dominated the first and third sets. The second set saw them make an adjustment that made it a little closer, but we responded well."

Behind 11 kills from Alex Newport, the defending district champs and No. 5 seed worked a 25-10 first set win, eased up a bit in the second set but prevailed 25-21 and put the hammer down with a match-clinching 25-11 third set win.

Reuben Kemrer put up 23 assists and four blocks and served a pair of aces while Dan Fry hustled for seven digs and served up six aces.

"Dan was feeling it on his serve and bombed some jump serves that put them on their heels," said Telesco. "His aces were torpedoes."

Coleman Raush and Fry also added six kills each.

"Our block total was the most insane. We collected 17 in a short three-set match," noted Telesco. "That's unheard of."

Raush and Kemrer had four blocks each. Newport added three, and Alex Krahulik and Josh Hess each chipped in with two.

Last Monday, in the quarterfinals at Central Dauphin, the Comets, despite a comfortable 25-11 first set win, needed an extra set to get past Berks County champ Daniel Boone (14-1). They won 3-1. After dropping the second set 25-23, Manor rallied to win 25-17, 25-16 and clinched a spot in the PIAA playoffs.

"We knew they had not dropped a match in the Berks League so we were a bit surprised by the first set performance," Telesco said. "They played better in the second set, getting a matchup that favored them, and we didn't respond as well. We made some unforced errors that frustrated us - something we hope to eliminate as we go deeper into playoffs," he continued. "We came out fired up in the third set and started hitting our serves again. Except for a few moments in that second set, our passers - Josh Hess, Evan Ressler and Dan Fry - were putting every ball on Reuben's head. They have been outstanding all year. Daniel Boone just could not match our passing, defense or attack."

Kemrer, the L-L League Section One MVP, delivered 46 assists with 24 going to Newport for kills. Fry chipped in with 12 kills and picked up another eight digs, and Alex Krahulik added 6 kills. Evan Ressler anchored the defense with 17 digs while both Josh Hess and Kemrer served up two aces each.

The Comets took on a familiar foe and top seed Central Dauphin in Wednesday's District 3 Class 3A semifinals at Red Lion. The result, however, was a hard-fought 3-1 victory for the Rams, who, ironically were dealt a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Comets on April 27.

The Comets got off to a slow start and dropped the first set 25-18.

The second set appeared to be going the same way as CD pushed out to a 10-4 lead before the Comets regrouped, taking the lead at 17-15 and eventually the set, 25-18.

A slow start in the third set again proved costly. Manor fell behind 12-7 but close the gap before eventually bowing out 25-22.

The fourth set proved to be the closest of the night as neither team led by more than a couple of points and eventually tied at 20-20. The Rams, however, proved they're the top seed for a reason and prevailed 25-21.

The Comets will face Dallastown in the district's third-place match which will determine seeding for the PIAA tournament, which opens play this week.

TRACK

A handful of Comets qualified for the District Three Class 3A Track and Field Championships held at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium last Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 and they brought home a handful of silver medals.

Taraje Whitfield was second in both the 110 hurdles (14.46) and the 300's (39.25) finishing both behind CV's Aanyah Bermudez (14.31 in the 110's) and in front of (39.44 in the 330's) the local senior.

Sarah Stackhouse settled for second in the long jump but in the process set a PR and a new school record with an 18-4.5. The senior was seeded second with a 17-11.

Their final silver medal came at the hands of junior Alex Scheivert who tossed the javelin 193-11, following Warwick's top seed, Eric Garner's (200-06). Scheivert was seeded second with a throw of 205-10.

All three athletes qualified for the PIAA Championships, also at Seth Grove Stadium.

Also securing a district medal for the Comets was the 4x800 relay team of Doug Kramer, Malachi Lyon, Dylan Terry and David Kramer. The Comets were seeded sixth with an 8:05.5 but settled for an eighth place medal with their time of 8:10.95.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The Lancaster-Lebanon League all-stars were recently announced and the Comets were well represented.

Josh Heckman is a First Team All-LL League Face-off. He scored 18 goals, dished off 14 assists and won 60 percent of his face-offs.

Billy Briegel is a First Team All-LL League Defense. "Billy led the league in groundballs while orchestrating our entire defense," said head coach Zac Charles.

Garrett Morgan is a Second Team All-LL League Midfield. "Garrett started to hit his stride mid-season as we moved him from the attack position to midfield," Charles noted. "He really took over, scoring 28 goals to go with five assists."

Also voted as a Second Team All LL League was Tony Dandridge as Defensive Midfield. "Tony was a great addition to our team," said Charles. "He did all the dirty work and shut down opposing team's best midfielder every game. He never had any let down games and always played with 100% heart and hustle."

Honorable Mention selections are Joey Barbusca at Defensive Midfield and Seth Wilton in goal. "Joey also changed positions and picked up playing defensive midfield very effectively," Charles said. "He was always in the right position at all times and played with great intensity.

"Seth was our rock all year," he continued. "He saved 110 shots while only allowing a 6.32 goal against average."

Also recognized was Connor Black who received the Class Act Award and Mason Garcia who made the All-Academic Team for his 4.9 GPA.

SOFTBALL-BASEBALL

Due to the holiday deadlines, the highlights of the softball and baseball team's district openers will appear in the next issue.

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Track, Softball Earn Historic League Titles May 19, 2017

With softball, baseball, track and field and volleyball all competing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs last week, Comet fans had plenty to keep busy. And as the week wore on, two of those teams rose to the top. The boys' track team capped its first league championship since 1967 on Monday and the softball team claimed the school's first L-L League crown Wednesday.

The Lady Comets, who were runner's up in the league tournament a year ago, faced off against Section Two champ Solanco and came away with a 5-3 victory at Garrett Park in Willow Street, earning that coveted crown.

The Comets, winners of 16 straight, took advantage of four not so typical Solanco errors and led 4-0 after three innings. Julia Tappany walked to start the action and Sydney Duplissey's sacrifice bunt was thrown over first base. With one out, Pam Perez clubbed a two strike RBI single to center field.

Morgan Yingling plated courtesy runner Tori Malpica with a fielder's choice.

Two innings later it was 4-0 when Brittany Hook reached on a dropped fly ball. Cherish Frick, running for Hook, scored on a Perez single up the middle. Addy Long, with two outs, smacked a grounder up the middle that was backhanded by the second baseman but dropped at first, scoring Perez with the fourth run.

"Solanco has been playing well," said head coach Dave Stokes. "Their last loss was to us early in April. We struggled with the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday schedule and I think they did too. I think they showed the tensions of a big game and our seniors came through. Brit obviously is a special talent but she had some help," he continued. "Addy Long had that big two out single against Annville, Morgan Yingling shell-shocked Donegal with a two run homer and Pam Perez, batting cleanup, was 4-6 with four RBIs these last two games."

The Mares, in the meantime struggled at the plate, connecting for just two hits, both in the first inning.

Manor scored again in the fifth on a one out triple by Perez and Yingling's grounder to short that was thrown over first.

Solanco, who lost to the Comets by the same 5-3 score back on April 13, finally got going in the fifth, pushing in three runs with two outs on a Kara McClune two run single and Randi Rambo's bloop RBI double.

Hook anchored the Comets 16th straight win with eight strikeouts, two walks and six scattered hits.

Manor opened the tournament Monday night with a tight 2-1 victory over Annville-Cleona at Warwick. Long's two out, two run single with the bases loaded was all Manor could manage against A-C hurler Kayla Grubb.

The Comets had four of their nine hits in that first inning. Tappany singled, Duplissey's dribbler between the pitcher and catcher put her on first and Hook's bunt loaded the bags and set the stage for Long's timely hit.

Duplissey and Hook were both 2-3 and Hook recorded 15 strikeouts.

"Annville was just overmatched by Britney," Stokes said.

Tuesday, back at Garrett Park, the Comets, with another early lead, topped Section Three champ Donegal, 5-3. Perez knocked in Tappany with a sac fly and Morgan Yingling followed with a two-out, two run homer for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The Indians threatened in the fourth, loading the bases on a single, an error and a walk, but Hook bore down and delivered a full count strikeout to end the threat.

The momentum led to Cheyenne Ortman tripling and scoring on a fielder's choice by Kloe Sanchez.

Donegal scored on a solo homer in the fifth and on two singles and a walk in the sixth while a Perez triple plated Manor's last run in the fifth.

Hook gave up nine hits, struck out six and walked three as Manor advanced to the finals for the second straight season.

TRACK

The League Track and Field Championships got underway Friday at Hempfield and continued through less than desirable weather on Saturday. Only the pole vault was unable to compete. They wrapped things up on Monday at McCaskey where Matt Julian finished in third place with a personal best 13-0, pushing Manor's team total to 96 points, and well ahead of second place Conestoga Valley (65).

"This was our first championship since, I believe, 1967," said head coach Dan Myers. "It was an overall team effort."

Taraje Whitfield and Alex Scheivert won gold medals while Theoren McElheny picked up three silvers. Whitfield won the 300 hurdles (38.9) and settled for second in the 110 highs (14.62) just barely following CV's Aanyah Bermudez (14.61). He also finished fifth in the long jump (22-0.25).

McElheny finished second in the 100 (11.47), 200 (23.07) and 400 (51.70) and ran a leg of the sixth place 4x400 relay with Doug Kramer, Chad Mowbray and Isaac Novak.

Kramer also finished third in the 3200 (9:38.35) and was fifth in the mile (4:25.49) behind Malachi Lyon's fourth place 4:25.40.

"Taraje's long jump was a PR by over a foot and both Malachi and Doug recorded PR's in the mile," Myers noted.

Scheivert highlighted the field events with a first place throw of 198-4 in the javelin and Austin Diehl grabbed a bronze in the discus (136-2) and was fifth in the shot put (48-2.5) behind Casey McCollum's fourth place effort of 48-7.75.

The girls' team also had some solid performances but finished 16th overall. Sarah Stackhouse was the top place winner, taking fourth in the long jump with a 17-0.75. Fiona Haines added a fifth in the 400 (59.91) and teamed with Briana Harsh, Makayla Miller and Brianna Ulaky for fifth in the 4x400 relay. The Comets also got a sixth place finish from Sarah Harthan in the pole vault (10-0).

VOLLEYBALL

Also competing in the L-L League playoffs was the volleyball team. They faced off against Manheim Township, a team they defeated twice during the regular season, at Lancaster Mennonite in Monday's semifinals. They were dealt a surprising 3-2 loss (28-30, 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 15-13).

"We did not overlook them," said head coach Chris Telesco. "They came to play and kept us out of step the entire match. I was outcoached and we were outplayed. Township served tougher than normal, they hit smarter than normal and they passed more precisely than normal," he continued. "We did the opposite, committing more hitting, passing and serving errors than usual."

Dan Fry was impressive with 22 kills. Alex Newport had 10 and Josh Hess and Alex Krahulik each had nine.

"Dan, for a stint, was unstoppable," said Telesco, "but it seemed like only one of our hitters caught fire at a time.

"Krahulik and Coleman Raush each had three blocks and Newport added two - but we didn't shut down Township's opposite side of the court enough," he added. "Brian Hines (15 kills) took it to us."

Manor rallied from a 4-7 deficit in the final set to take a 10-7 lead. "I thought we were going to run it from there, but a mental error gave the ball back to Township's best server, and he tied the game," Telesco noted.

Township forged ahead by three, 14-11, and the Comets closed it to 14-13 before the Streaks closed it out.

BASEBALL

Like the softball tournament, the L-L League baseball playoffs also moved from Saturday to Monday. The Comets opened action against Annville-Cleona at Ephrata's War Memorial Field and, like the girls, found themselves in a tight one. This game went nine innings before Manor nipped the Little Dutchmen, 1-0, on an error.

Dalton Landis opened the ninth with a base hit to right, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error by Annville's catcher.

Jeff Taylor started on the hill. He struck out 11 and gave up three hits in eight innings. Landis earned the win, pitching the final inning.

The Comets finished with five hits and Brett Beiler collected two in four at bats. Grant Gale tripled in the third inning and Garrett Fry added a sixth inning double.

In the semifinals Tuesday back in Ephrata, the Comets, last year's L-L League runner-up, were again slow with the bat, collecting just four hits, surrendering 12 and bowing out of the tournament with a 12-4 loss to Section Three champ Garden Spot.

The Spartans took the early lead, scoring one in the first on a single, a two out walk and a line drive base hit.

The Comets looked to challenge in the bottom half. Gale singled, stole second and was out at third on a Ryan Witmers' fielder's choice. Witmer went to second on a passed ball and to third on Brett Beiler's double. A strikeout and pop out left Witmer stranded.

Manor left the bases loaded in the fourth and left one runner on in the fifth, a walk to Gale, and one in the sixth, a double by Frey but gave up three in the sixth and one in the seventh as their quest to reach the finals a second straight season ended.

Dylan Crook got the start and suffered the loss. He walked four and struck out one. Gale struck out three and walked two and Landis wrapped things up with one walk in the last inning.

BOYS LACROSSE

Also playing in the post-season was the boys' lacrosse team who opened District Three play Tuesday night in Landisville. The league runner-up Knights dealt the Comets a 12-4 defeat back on April 7. It was much closer this time around but Hempfield (12-7 overall) again held the upper hand, prevailing 12-8.

The Comets fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter and were down 6-1 in the second frame before scoring five unanswered goals and knotting the score at 6-6 at the half. The hosts, however, scored three goals in both the third and fourth quarters while holding the Comets to one in each frame.

"The guys never gave up," said head coach Zack Charles. "We have been preaching to them all year that we may not have as much talent as the other team but we will outwork them.

"Josh Heckman was huge, losing only four face-offs," he added. "And Justin Schaefer, Connor Black and Garrett Morgan each scored twice in that second quarter."

Also scoring was Aiden Mahoney and Reed Morrison.

In goal, Seth Wilson recorded seven saves in a game they were only outshot 28-27.

The Comets cap their first year under Charles with a 6-5 league record. They were 9-8 overall.

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PM Comets HostYouth Football Camp May 19, 2017

The Penn Manor varsity coaching staff will run a Youth Football Camp on June 13, 14, 15. Each session begins promptly at 9 am and will end at 11:45 am. The camp is open for all boys interested in playing for the Penn Manor Junior Comets or the 7-9th grade Jr. High Football program. Current boys in grades 2-8th are eligible.

The camp is designed for young boys to continue learning basic football skills and provide unity within the entire football program. This camp is a non-contact camp and all campers will be in age appropriate groups for drills. There will be a certified athletic trainer available.

Please complete the on-line Registration form at www.pennmanorcometsfootball.com or contact camp director Barry Groff at barry.groff@pennmanor.net for registration forms.

All registration forms and payment are due by May 26, 2017. All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt

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Three Comet Teams Capture Section One Titles May 12, 2017

Penn Manor's baseball and softball teams, along with the volleyball team were all in the hunt for their respective Section One crowns last week and all three accomplished that feat.

BASEBALL

After sandwiching a 5-0 shutout over Hempfield between losses to Cedar Crest (2-0) and Dallastown (5-1), the Comets entered the L-L playoffs losing two of three. Last year Penn Manor advanced to the finals of the league playoffs and settled for second place after suffering a 3-2, come-from-behind, 12 inning loss to Solanco.

Last Monday the Comets avenged an 11-2, April 11 road loss to Hempfield with a solid 5-0 shutout, ironically only the Knights' second. Their first was on March 29 against Dallastown, 8-zip.

Penn Manor left two on in the first and took a 1-0 lead in the second on a bases loaded error on a ball hit by Witmer. They left the bags loaded.

Three innings later the Comets took advantage of another Knight miscue, this time in the outfield, and pushed the lead to 2-0. Garrett Frey's base hit scored the second run that inning.

After back-to-back walks by Grant Gale and Ryan Witmer to start the sixth, Brett Beiler followed with a two-run double and just like that the Comets notched a 5-0 victory and improved to a section best 12-4. Warwick and Township finished in tie for second at 10-6.

"The last time we won a section title was in 2004," recalled head coach Jim Zander. "To win against a rival team, with a shutout on senior night made it special. Hempfield is always a tough customer."

In addition to honoring their seniors (Jeremy Burkholder, Andrew Butler, Garrett Frey, Grant Gale, David Mowery, Justin Robinson, Tanner Simet, Jeff Taylor, Matt Tulli and Ryan Witmer) the Comets paid tribute to the Wounded Warrior project with a fundraiser that netted close to $1300. Millersville's ROTC presented the colors before the game.

"Hempfield made a donation as well," noted Zander. "And two girls from the Manor Singers sang the Star Spangled Banner."

Last Tuesday, in the regular season finale, the Comets, coming off a seven-hit outing against Hempfield, managed just one and dropped a 5-1 result against hosting Dallastown.

The Comets went three up, three down in all but the fifth inning. Dalton Landis reached on an error, moved up on Dylan Frey's double and scored on Tanner Simet's sacrifice fly. By that time, though, the Wildcats had built a 5-0 lead against starter Matt Tulli who gave up three hits and walked three batters.

Dallastown scored once in the first inning and gained some distance with four runs on three hits in the third.

Tulli finished with three strikeouts. Dylan Crook and Grant Gale both struck out one in relief.

"We had one bad inning that cost us," said Zander. "We walked the leadoff in the first inning and he scored and we walked the leadoff in the fourth, who also scored. Plus we mishandled a double play grounder. We should have been out of the inning with one run.

"We may have been a bit flat after senior night and the win over Hempfield but I thought we swung the bats well," he added. "And for the most part, our pitchers threw well. Going into the game we were No. 2 in the District and Dallastown was third. We flip-flopped with the loss. And that was their 11th straight win.

"There are 24 teams in the L-L League and 16 of them are finished," stated Zander. "A new season starts today."

SOFTBALL

As a tune-up for the post-season, the Comets took care of business last Monday in Landisville, holding off Hempfield 3-2 with two runs in the top of the tenth inning. In doing so, they claimed the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section One title for the second year in a row.

"The last time we won back-to-back section titles was 1978 and 1979," stated head coach Dave Stokes. "Our goal coming into the season this year was to repeat as section champs. And we won one game more this year. Our next goal is to win the League Championship," he added. "We're just taking things one game at a time."

Tied at 1-1 after the second complete inning, the Comets took charge with two more in the top of the tenth. Courtesy runner Tori Malpica, running for catcher Sydney Duplissey, who made the last out of the ninth inning, started on second base with no outs.

Brittany Hook beat out a bunt that moved Malpica to third and was replaced by courtesy runner Cherish Flick. Pam Perez popped up and Morgan Yingling stepped to the plate and calmly put down another perfect bunt that had Malpica barreling into home plate for Manor's first lead of the night.

With Flick now at third, Addy Long put down yet another perfect bunt. Hempfield got the out at first but Flick was home for Manor's second run of the inning.

"Not many teams put down a suicide squeeze play," said Stokes. "Obviously you're taking a big chance. There are a lot of negatives that can happen but I know what we practice. We had two hits over nine innings. Those key hits just don't always come," he continued. "But we had the right combination of players coming to the plate. I think they were probably surprised that Brittany bunted. And Morgan can hit the ball but assured me she would get the bunt down. Addy is our best bunter and though she was out at first, the damage was done.

"Last year, in the District Championship game and in the first round of states, we lost on the international tiebreaker rule because we couldn't execute bunts," Stokes said. "We executed tonight."

Now all the Comets had to do was play defense. With Skylar Constabile on second, Anastasia Berardi's groundout moved the runner to third and Bree Wingett's grounder scored Constabile. Hook ended any doubt, recording her 13th strikeout of the game.

Hempfield took the early lead in this one, plating one in the bottom of the first with a two out walk. Manor responded in the top of the second with a Perez home run.

VOLLEYBALL

Also playing for the Section One title last week was the volleyball team. A 3-0 thumping of Cedar Crest on Thursday, combined with a Conestoga Valley's 3-2 upset over Hempfield Monday night, moved the Comets into sole possession of first place at 11-1 (12-2 overall), while the Knights fell to 10-2 (14-2 overall).

"The boys wanted to take care of business and earn the first Penn Manor boys' volleyball section title since 2012," stated head coach Chris Telesco. "I'm proud of them for this first step. They deserve it. But this is just the topping, not the main dish."

The Comets, behind four aces and 11 kills from Alex Newport, won handily 25-4, 25-16, 25-6.

"Although Alex had four aces, Dan Fry served up 18 straight serves in the first set, two of which were aces," noted Telesco. "And Alex was nearly perfect with his swings."

Reuben Kemrer dished out 17 assists and led with two blocks.

"Dan picked up three digs, yet it was Evan Ressler who seemed to be everywhere, keeping the ball off the floor," said Telesco. "It was nice to see some other guys mix in," he continued, "including backup setter Hunter Long, who keep developing as a setter. He came to life with some big hits, blocks and sets. I love seeing that!"

Also of note, six Comets were named Section all-stars. Coleman Raush and Josh Hess were Second Team All-Section, and Kemrer, Fry, Newport and Alex Krahulik were named First Team All-Section.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Two members of the girls' lacrosse team were named as Lancaster-Lebanon League all-stars this season. Anna-Katherine Kirk, a junior, was voted as a First Team all-star while freshman Anna-May Barbusca received Honorable Mention recognition.

Kirk was the team's leading scorer with 11 goals and five assists while Kirk followed with 41 scores and four assists.

The Comets finished the season with a 4-7 league record and were 4-13 overall.

BOYS LACROSSE

After three straight losses, the Comets wrapped up the season on a positive note, defeating Central Dauphin 10-6 on Saturday, May 6.

Penn Manor jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They led 6-2 at the break and 9-3 after three before succumbing to a little CD rally in the fourth that only closed the gap.

Justin Schaefer and Josh Heckman (1a) led a balanced attack with two goals each. Connor Black, Garrett Morgan, Aiden Mahoney (1a), Mason Garcia (1a), Tony Dandridge and Luke Cheston each scored once as the Comets improved to 9-7 overall. They finished with a 6-5 L-L League record.

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PM Comets HostYouth Football Camp May 12, 2017

The Penn Manor varsity coaching staff will run a Youth Football Camp on June 13, 14, 15. Each session begins promptly at 9 am and will end at 11:45 am. The camp is open for all boys interested in playing for the Penn Manor Junior Comets or the 7-9th grade Jr. High Football program. Current boys in grades 2-8th are eligible.

The camp is designed for young boys to continue learning basic football skills and provide unity within the entire football program. This camp is a non-contact camp and all campers will be in age appropriate groups for drills. There will be a certified athletic trainer available.

Please complete the on-line Registration form at www.pennmanorcometsfootball.com or contact camp director Barry Groff at barry.groff@pennmanor.net for registration forms.

All registration forms and payment are due by May 26, 2017.

All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt

Former "PM All -Stars" currently playing collegiate football will be in attendance!

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Big Week For Penn Manor Sports Teams May 5, 2017

It was a big week for Penn Manor sports teams. The track team won their first section title in 45 years. Brittany Hook went over the 700 career strikeout milestone in leading the softball team to sole possession of first place in Section One and the baseball team also moved into first place. Plus the volleyball team continues in the hunt for a section title as well.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

In an effort to move up in the standings, the Comets traveled to Elizabethtown Tuesday night and played a dead even first half with the Bears, 6-6. Unfortunately, the home team gained some momentum and key possession time in the second half and pulled away for a 16-12 win leaving both squads with 4-6 league records.

"We created turnovers in the first half and it was an even battle," said head coach Jen Forney. "The team fought to the end but we struggled to win the draw in the second half and without controlled possession of the ball it was hard to finish with a win."

The Comets edged the Bears in shots 30-29 and got a combined nine goals from AnnaKatherine Kirk and Anna May Barbusca. Izzy Sherman, Jocelyn Bailey and freshman Rylee Leakway added one score each while Sarah Wiker picked up 13 saves in goal.

Struggling to find the goal in the first half, the Comets fell behind 12-4 but regrouped after the break, outscoring Palmyra 11-5 only to run out of time in a 17-15 loss. Barbusca piled up six goals and one assist while Sherman and Emily Mackey added hat tricks. Kirk netted two scored and Amanda Dicamillo one in the April 29 loss.

TRACK

The Comets won 13 of 18 events and took care of business last Wednesday afternoon, pulling away from Cedar Crest, capping a perfect 6-0 season and securing the Section One crown.

"This is our first section title in 45 years," said head coach Dan Myers. "The throwers were the highlight, taking all 27 possible points. And Alex Sheivert broke his own school record in the javelin with a throw of 205-10!"

Junior Taraje Whitfield continued his domination of the hurdles, winning the 110 highs (14.2) and the 300's (43.6) and adding the top long jump (20-9.75) as Manor's only three win performer.

But he had solid help along the way. Junior teammate Theron McElheny cruised past the Falcons in both the 100 (11.1) and 200 (23.9) meter sprints while senior Malachi Lyon handled the middle distance runs, claiming the 800 (2:03.09) and the mile (4:35.9).

In the field, Levi Diehl, a senior, also added two wins, tossing the shot 49-11.5 and hurling the discus 133-9. Also in the field, Matt Julian cleared 12-3 to win the pole vault.

While the boys have worked their way to the top of the section, the girls have worked on improving their times and distances as the team wins have been hard to come by. Monday's visit to the 4-1 Lady Falcons proved challenging as the Comets came home on the short end of a 115-35 result.

Fiona Haines, a sophomore, clocked a 59.6 to win the open 400 and was second in the 200. Three events later, Andrea Funk posted the top time in the 3200 (12:58.3). They were the only Comets to come away with a victory.

BASEBALL

With the top spot in the Section One on the line, the Comets needed two extra innings to get past Warwick, 6-1, in Lititz last Monday.

Tied at 1-1 in the fourth, the visitors plated five runs on five hits to steal a victory and stand alone on top of the standings at 10-3. The Warriors fall to 9-4 with the post season just three games away.

Jeff Taylor's performance on the hill anchored the defense. He struck out 11, walked two and gave up just one hit, a two out, run scoring double in the bottom of the fourth that allowed Warwick to tie the game. The Comets went in front in the top of that inning on a Dalton Landis liner to right field, scoring Brett Beiler who worked a lead-off walk.

"Jeff pitched a great game and Dalton Landis picked up the win, throwing one and two-thirds innings," said head coach Jim Zander.

"Their pitcher (Peters) beat us 1-0 the first time," he added. "We put the ball in play, only struck out twice and bunched some hits together.'"

Those bunched hits came in the ninth. Dalton Frey singled, Tanner Simmet drew a walk and Jeremy Burkholder bunted to load the bags. Matt Tulli singled in Frey while Grant Gale and Taylor worked a pair of two run singles with Ryan Witmer drawing a walk in between.

Wednesday's game also had an interesting twist. The Comets, who stomped McCaskey 11-0 in their first meeting, eked out a 2-1 victory over that same McCaskey squad in Millersville.

The home team, held to three hits on the day, scored twice in the first inning. Gale singled, stole second and scored on Taylor's base hit. Beiler, who walked before Taylors single, scored when the pickoff at third went out of bounds.

"That was the only error McCaskey made," noted Zander. "They actually had runners on first and third with no outs in the first and we got out of it. That was huge."

McCaskey also scored on an error, cutting the lead to 2-1 in the sixth but went down in order in the seventh.

"Matt Tulli pitched six innings and did a great job," said Zander. "Grant picked up the save, striking out two and forcing a popup in the seventh.

Manor's six game winning streak ended with Thursday's 2-0 loss at Cedar Crest. The Falcons scored both runs in the fourth inning with two outs. The Comets went three up, three down in the fifth, and picked up a single by Gale in the sixth and one by Simet in the seventh. They collected just three hits on the day with a Beiler single in the fourth.

Dylan Crook got the start on the hill and gave up seven hits and two runs while striking out four and walking two. Landis pitched two thirds of an inning in relief.

SOFTBALL

Brittany Hook struck out ten batters Wednesday afternoon and went over the 700 career strikeout milestone in the process. She also went 3-5 at the plate, propelling the Comets to a 16-1 victory at McCaskey.

The visitors, with a 16 hit attack, scored four runs in each of the first two innings, tacked on three in the third and fourth frames and wrapped up the action with two in the fifth. The Red Tornado committed seven errors and walked five batters to help Manor's cause.

Julia Tappany (3-3) and Sydney Duplissey (3-5, 2RBI) joined Hook (3RBI) with three-hit outings. Morgan Yingling, Cheyenne Ortman and Lauren Sensenich also chipped in with two RBI each.

The Comets opened the week with a 2-0 thriller over Warwick on Monday. Manor broke in front in the bottom of the fourth. "With Duplissey on third and Yingling at the plate, I put the squeeze play on," said head coach Dave Stokes. "Morgan missed the bunt and Sydney was caught in the rundown and scored on a close play at the plate."

Tappany opened the sixth with a double and scored on a sac fly by Duplissey. Hook, who tossed a two hitter, struck out nine, walked one and, along with Addie Long, finished with two hits.

With 14 more hits on Thursday, the Comets blanked visiting Cedar Crest 9-0 and pushed their overall record to 17-1. They are 14-1 in Section One and one game ahead of Hempfield (13-2) with two games left in the regular season.

The Comets scored three runs in each of the first two innings to set the tone. Duplissey went 2-4 with 2RBI and two runs scored. Tappany (2-4) and Busswood (2-3) also recorded two hits.

Hook tossed a one-hitter, fanning 14 batters along the way. She also helped her cause, going 3-4 with 2RBI.

VOLLEYBALL

In a rare Monday night schedule, the Comets found themselves in just their third 3-2 final result of the season. Having battled Hempfield twice in five sets, the Comets went the distance against Cedar Dauphin and came away winners. They pulled out two straight 25-23 wins before the Rams recovered to win 25-18, 25-23. With their backs against the wall, the Comets rose to the occasion, winning 15-10 to seal CD's fate.

"They're one of the top teams in the state, if not ranked No. 1," said head coach Chris Telesco. "But we match up well with them and knew we had a shot. We barely pulled out those first two wins and then they picked up their passing and they killed us in the middle. It took us until the fifth set before we could get going," he added. "Dan Fry was huge down the stretch. Reuben Kemrer dished to him at the right times and Dan finished with 16 kills, including some game winners. Newport added 15 kills and came up with the match-winning block, one of six altogether.

"But I believe it came down to our defense," Telesco explained. "We didn't let the ball hit the floor easily; they had to earn it and that was evidenced by Reuben and Evan Ressler's 10 digs each. Dan added 8.

"This was a huge win and a giant confidence boost," he added.

The very next night the Comets took on Warwick and swept the series with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 road win.

"This was a good win because we got to rest two starters and give some second stringers some playing time," said Telesco. "We were able to build up some muscles we don't use as much. One of those muscles was Hunter Davis, who put up and impressive five blocks. Alex Newport led with eight kills and Josh Hess and Coleman Raush added five each. Josh also served up two aces.

"We did a fabulous job of not letting the ball hit the floor. That, along with tough serving and big blocks, was enough to frustrate a young yet talented Warwick squad."

The Comets earned another 3-0 win on Thursday, this time holding off a Township squad that got stronger as the match progressed. The visitors won 25-17, 25-20, and 25-22 behind Newport's 12 kills. Frey added nine more and both Raush and Kemrer, who dished out 36 assists, added seven each. Kemrer also recorded two aces and six digs, backing Ressler who was tops with ten.

The results leave them in a virtual tie with Hempfield for first place in the standings.

BOYS' LACROSSE

The Comets got off to a strong start last Tuesday night, netting three goals in each of the first two quarters and pushing out to a 6-3 lead over Elizabethtown at the break. The Bears, however, matched Manor's offense in the third frame and held them to just one second half score in a 9-7 victory.

Seth Wilton posted six saves in the loss. Mason Garcia and Garrett Morgan each scored three times and Connor Black added one.

In a low-scoring affair Thursday night, visiting Warwick (8-3) held the Comets (6-5) to a single goal and tallied four of their own in a 4-1 road win. Aiden Mahoney prevented the shutout with a fourth quarter score and Wilton recorded nine saves.

Saturday, April 29, the Comets were outscored 3-1 in every single quarter and dropped a 12-4 result against Palmyra. Justin Schaefer, Morgan, Black and Tony Dandridge each scored once with Josh Heckman and Garcia assisting. Wilton faced 24 shots and came away with 12 saves.

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PM Boys' Track Team Remains Undefeated April 28, 2017

In their last home meet of the season, the Comets kept their undefeated streak intact, toppling winless Warwick 89-61 last Monday.

"It was a great day to celebrate our seniors," said head coach Dan Myers. "Once again, we were able to score everywhere which contributed to our success."

The Comets, behind Taraje Whitfield and Theoren McElheny, outscored the Warriors 56-31 on the track and, behind senior Levi Diehl, they held a 33-30 edge in the field.

Diehl tossed a personal best 148-7 to win the discus and added a 48-7.75 to take the discus. Manor's only other field win was Whitfield's 20-0.5. The Comets did get a pair of seconds from Miguel Rivera in the long and triple jumps while Whitfield returned to the track where he did the most damage. The junior sprinter claimed the high hurdles in 14.4, won the 300's in 23.3 and anchored the 4x400 relay with Chad Mowbray, senior Isaac Novak and McElheny.

McElheny, also a junior, matched Whitfield's three wins with firsts in the 100 (11.5), the 200 (23.3) and the 400 where he led a sweep with Mowbray and Terry on his heels.

In the distance runs, senior Malachi Lyon won the mile (4:27.6) after anchoring the opening 4x800 relay with David Kramer, senior Doug Kramer, who was third in the mile, and Dylan Terry.

The Comets also swept the 3200 with Nick Fafel (10:45.2), Zach Schucker and Marco Rezkalla.

The girls' team, searching for its first win, found the going a bit tougher against a 3-2 Warrior squad and came out on the short end of a 101-44 final.

Winning just six events, the Comets found their strength in the field, claiming five of the seven events. Senior Sarah Stackhouse finished first in two of them, going 17-1.5 in the long jump and 34-3.75 in the triple. She was also third in the 100.

The shot putters went 1-2 with Gabreana Resch (28-2.5) and Emily Sensenich while Alison Murphy (90-1) and Hailey Magill, in the discus, finished first and third respectively.

Sarah Harthan added a win in the pole vault (10-0) and Brooke Gilbert cleared 5-0 for second in the high.

Picking up the only win on the track was Lindsey Lord in the 3200.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

After losing their first six games, the girls' lacrosse team has picked up four wins in their last seven outings, including two in a row with a 15-5 result against Garden Spot on April 21 and a 12-9 thriller over Cedar Crest last Monday.

Monday's win was a make-up game with the bulk of the action played way back on March 30 but delayed due to the weather.

"In the early part of the game, Amanda DiCamillo was solid on attack," said head coach Jenn Forney. "The final part of the game, played Monday, was also controlled by the attack. AnnaKatherine Kirk scored our goal and Sarah Wiker contributed key saves to keep us ahead."

Isabelle Sherman and Kirk each tossed in a hat trick and led a 23-16 advantage in shots. DiCamillo and Anna Barbusca notched two goals while Jocelyn Bailey and Allison Hege settled for one apiece.

With an 8-2 lead at the half, the Comets outscored the Spartans 7-3 after the break to post the 15-5 win.

Kirk let all scorers with seven goals and Alexis Hemmerly followed with three. Barbusca scored twice with Sherman, DiCamillo and Bailey adding one each.

That two game win streak was broken up when the Comets faced the undefeated Streaks last Tuesday and suffered a 19-2 loss. Sherman scored once in each half to account for Manors' scoring.

They hosted L-S, the second best team in the league on Thursday, and suffered a 17-8 defeat. The Pioneers took charge in the first half, jumping to a 10-3 advantage. Manor buckled down after the break and kept within two, 7-5, but still came up short.

Barbusca tossed in five goals while Sherman, Kirk and DiCamillo each scored once.

Wiker faced 25 shots and came away with eight saves.

TENNIS

The tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 7-0 loss against Cocalico on April 20. Freshman Alex Mowery put up a good fight at No. 4 but fell short 6-3, 6-4. He also teamed with freshman Jackson Heiney in No. 3 doubles. Despite a competitive effort, they fell on the short side of an 8-4 result.

SOFTBALL

After a 3-1 loss to Hempfield on April 12, the softball team has gotten back to their winning ways and pushed their winning streak to five straight with an 11-1 win over CV, and back-to-back 10-0 shutouts over Lebanon and Garden Spot. All three of those results were shortened to five innings.

On Friday, April 21, the Comets fought off a 1-0 deficit for two innings before plating 11 runs over the last three frames to top the Buckskins.

With a 13-3 advantage in hits, Pam Perez (3-4, 3 RBI), Brittany Hook (3-3, 1 RBI) and Abby Busswood (2-3, 3 runs scored) fueled the offense while Morgan Yingling capped a five-run fifth inning, and the game, with a two run double.

The Comets needed just ten hits to blank a two-win Lebanon squad last Monday on the road. Manor scored three in the first, two in the third, and ended the game with a five-run fifth.

For the second game in a row, Hook struck out seven batters as the Comets improved to 12-1 overall.

Hook not only fanned eight Garden Spot batters on Wednesday but helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3 with a two-run homer in a five-run third that saw the Comets blank the Spartans 10-0 in the last of the crossover games. A sac fly by Perez plated the first run in that third inning and a two-run single by Julia Tappany pushed the lead to 8-0 with Hook making it 10-zip and completing Manor's sixth shutout of the year.

"Brittany threw very well," said head coach Dave Stokes. "The team was very excited and goal focused after Solanco beat Hempfield."

Cheyenne Ortman, with a double, and Hook both went 2-3 on the day with Hook pushing in three runs. Tappany, Busswood and Duplissy, who also doubled, rounded out the seven hit attack.

The Comets are currently tied with Hempfield at 10-1 to lead the Section One standings.

VOLLEYBALL

The Comets hosted CV last Tuesday night and swept the series against the Bucks, winning 25-14, 25-9, 25-19.

"The first time we played them we were missing Evan Ressler and Alex Newport," said head coach Chris Telesco. "The scores were closer the first time around. Alex's impact was obvious with 11 kills."

Dan Fry finished with eight kills and four aces. Alex Krahulik, Fry, Coleman Raush and Newport all had one block and Reuben Kemrer distributed 25 assists as the Comets improved to 7-2 on the season.

"Josh Hess had seven digs on a night that very little hit the floor," said Telesco. "We were running smoothly all match. The boys are gearing up for the postseason."

And the biggest tune-up for the postseason came Thursday night when the Comets avenged their 3-2 first half loss to Hempfield with another 3-2 marathon, this time in Landisville.

The hard-fought 28-26, 27-25, 11-25, 19-25 and 15-6 results leave both teams tied for the top spot in Section One at 8-1.

Raush finished with 11 kills on the night, Newport put up four blocks, Ressler recorded 11 digs and Kemrer distributed the ball for 38 assists.

The Comets competed in the Wildcat Tournament on April 22 and knocked off the No. 1 team in the state, North Allegheny in two straight sets.

"We won our pool and then played three tough teams - all from District 3: Cumberland Valley, Northeastern and Dallastown," said Telesco. "We fought from behind to beat the No. 1 team in the state in AA in Northeastern. Then we hit Dallastown. They served and hit aggressively and we couldn't match it. However, I was thrilled with the performance of these boys all day."

Fry finished the tournament with six aces and led in kills with 34, followed closely by Newport who had 26, despite missing two matches. Newport led with six blocks. Ressler added 22 digs and Kemrer dished out 87 assists.

BASEBALL

In a crossover game that featured five hits by each team, the Comets took advantage of three errors and three walks by the home team Buckskins and scored a 5-1 rain-shortened victory on Friday, April 21. They hosted Donegal last Monday and came away with a second straight 5-1 result. This one featured a nine-hit attack and a season-high 15 strikeouts by Jeff Taylor.

Donegal scored its only run in the top of the first inning on a leadoff double, a walk, a passed ball and a steal of home.

The Comets came back with two in the bottom half on a leadoff single by Grant Gale, a run scoring triple by Brent Beiler and David Mowery's base hit.

"Grant is doing a great job at the plate and is batting well over .400," noted head coach Jim Zander.

Taylor struck out the side in the second inning and the Comets gained some breathing room with a three spot in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and Dalton Landis on first, Dylan Frey singled to left. Jeremy Burkholder singled in Landis and Matt Tulli's hard grounder to left field plated the last two runs.

"Dalton Landis, our No. 1 reliever, is doing a nice job," said Zander. "He came on with two outs in the seventh, gave up a hit and struck out the last batter of the game."

Under the lights in Lampeter, the Comets notched its second come-from-behind win of the week, erasing a 5-run bottom of the fifth rally by the Pioneers with a four spot in the sixth and finished with a 7-5 road win Wednesday.

Tulli finished with seven strikeouts and three walks and got his first win of the season.

"Matt has drawn some tough Wednesday assignments," said Zander, "but he has battled and given us the opportunity to win.

"Grant finished with three hits and scored the run to put us up 6-5," he continued. "He also pitched two scoreless innings which is all he's pitched except one third of an inning against Hempfield.

"And Dan Fry came up with a big RBI double to start our sixth inning rally. He's only had six at bats as a pinch hitter and this one was big."

BOYS' LACROSSE

Last Tuesday the Comets dropped a 12-6 final against the top team in the league, Manheim Township.

"We fought hard the whole game but the unforced errors cost us," said head coach Zack Charles. "And the transition game in the third quarter put us in a hole, but we fought hard in the fourth and actually outscored them," he added.

Garrett Morgan and Connor Black each scored twice with Mason Garcia and Josh Heckman getting one each.

The Comets topped hosting Lampeter-Strasburg 14-5 under the lights Thursday night and improved to 6-3 in the league and 8-4 overall. Morgan upped his season total to 27 goals with a game-high six. Black and Aiden Mahoney both recorded hat tricks and Garcia scored twice and assisted once as the Comets led 7-1 in the first half and poured in seven more in the third frame.

Seth Wilton and Ian Young combined for seven saves in goal.

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