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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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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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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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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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PM Comets HostYouth Football Camp April 28, 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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Lady Comets Capture Fourth Shutout This Season April 21, 2017

Crossover action continued last week and the Comets made short work of the visiting Mountaineers on Monday, grabbing their fourth shutout of the year with a 17-0, three-inning victory.

Brittany Hook faced nine batters and struck out eight on 37 pitches.

Offensively, the Comets sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored 10 runs. Cheyenne Ortman's (2-2) two-run homer and a pair of base hits by Morgan Yingling fueled a five hit first inning. They collected six more hits in the second inning and scored seven runs on a grand slam by leadoff hitter Pam Perez (2-3 4RBI) and a three run homer by Yingling (3-3, 6RBI).

A 19 strikeout, three-hitter by Hook on Wednesday propelled the Comets to a 9-1 victory in Elizabethtown. The Bears connected for two of those hits in the fourth inning when they prevented the shutout.

"E-town has been up and down and they haven't hit well against better pitching," said head coach Dave Stokes. "I was hoping we would have hit a little better but we were consistent up and down the line up and took advantage of some of their mistakes.

"Brit was fresh," he continued, "and we were working on better pitch location. She did better and some of their batters were just overmatched."

The Comets chipped away at the Bears, scoring two in the second, one in the third and fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh. Manor collected two hits in a three run fifth inning but were helped along by a pair of errors and a walk.

Julie Tappany, hitting in the seventh spot, went 2-4 with three RBI. Her two run base hit in the second put the Comets on the board. Other multiple hitters included Perez (3-4, 2 RBI), Yingling (2-4) and Ortman (2-3, 1RBI) while both Addie Long and Laruen Sensenich scored three runs.

The Comets were coming off a hard-fought 5-3 thriller over Solanco on April 13. Tied at 3-3 after fourth complete innings, the visitors took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth. Addie Long's two out hit plated Tappany and Hook who reached via walk.

Yingling's two out, three run home run in the third inning erased Solanco's leadoff homer and put the Comets in front 3-1.

Hook gave up six hits (2 homers), struck out 10 and walked two.

BOYS' LACROSSE

After Central Dauphin failed to show up for Monday's game, the Comets were more than ready to take on Conestoga Valley under the lights Tuesday. They posted an impressive 15-1 win over the struggling Bucks who fell to 2-8 overall.

"This was a good chance for us to stick to our game plan and not play down to their level," said head coach Zack Charles.

The Comets tallied five goals in each of the first two quarters for a dominating 10-1 lead at the break. They improved to 4-2 in league play and 6-3 overall with a 5-0 effort in the second half.

"It was a sloppy first quarter and we did not play as well as we wanted to, but a win is a win," said Charles.

Leading scorer Mason Garcia finished with four goals while Josh Heckman and Connor Black (1a) each netted hat tricks. Aiden Mahoney scored twice while Justin Schaefer (1a), Garrett Morgan (1a) and Ryan Arment added one goal each.

"Ian Hank and Billy Briegel led our team in ground balls and caused turnovers and played a great game on defense," Charles added.

Seth Wilton needed just five saves to earn the win.

The Comets were coming off a disappointing 10-7 non-league loss over Central York on April 13 when a slow start proved costly. Down 4-1 in the first quarter, the Comets matched CY goal-for-goal over the next three frames, outshot the visitors 35-29, but couldn't overcome the slow start.

Morgan led all scorers with a game-high five goals. Garcia and Heckman finished with one goal and one assist and Wilton was credited with 10 saves.

TENNIS

The Comet tennis team suffered another 7-0 shutout, this one against Pequea Valley but posted a number of solid efforts. Toby Singer suffered a 6-0 first set loss at No. 2 but almost drew even in the second set, falling short 7-6 (1). Playing No. 3, Petros Karpouzis took four games from Josh Heinrich.

In doubles play, Karpouzis and Nick Bernard came up short at No. 2 against Heinrich and Danny Gingrich 8-5.

BASEBALL

The Comets posted mixed results last week but, as of April 20, sit in second place in Section One tied with Hempfield at 5-3. Warwick leads the way at 6-2.

Grant Gale spearheaded the Comets 4-0 victory under the lights at Ephrata last Tuesday. The senior went 3-4 at the plate with a two run homer in the third, a run scoring double in the fifth and a RBI base hit in the seventh.

On the hill, Jeff Taylor fanned nine, walked three and scattered seven hits in six innings.

"In 11 games, we've given up 23 total runs," noted head coach Jim Zander. "We're getting great pitching."

Wednesday, however, the Comets managed just one hit, struck out 17 times and suffered a 2-0 loss to Section Two leader Elizabethtown (9-0).

"Nick Stoner is one of the best pitchers I've seen in a long time," said Zander. "He has a nasty curve ball. Offensively, Grant put the ball in play all three times he hit, and had our only hit of the game, a leadoff single.

"Nick Tulli struck out eight and walked two and pitched a nice game for us."

The Comets came into the week riding a 5-2 win over Solanco on Friday, April 14. Down 2-0 in the first inning, Manor rallied for a four-run second and never looked back.

TRACK

Junior sprinter Theoren McElheny had a standout performance last Tuesday and helped the Comets clinch a second straight two-point victory by the exact same score, 76-74. After nipping McCaskey on April 10, the Comets pushed their record to 4-0 with a hard-fought win over Hempfield.

McElheny clocked an 11.1 in the 100 and four events later took the 400 with a 52.7. He also recorded the top time in the 200 (23.2) and capped his day by running the opening leg of the winning 4x400 relay with Kramer, Chad Mowbray and Taraje Whitfield.

Whitfield had a solid day too, winning both hurdle races (14.3 and 39.1 respectively) to go along with the relay. He was also second in the long jump.

"Theoren and Taraje had an excellent meet," said head coach Dan Myers. "Doug Kramer and Malachi Lyon did well too and helped set a school record in the 4x800.

"In a meet like this, every point is important and the entire team worked hard, extremely hard," he added. "There were many outstanding performances."

The Comets continued to take charge on the track with Lyon winning the 800 (4:34.8) and anchoring the 4x800 relay with David Kramer, Doug Kramer and Dylan Terry.

Hempfield kept pace in the field winning four of seven events but couldn't get past Austin Diehl who earned top throws in the shot (51-3.5 PR) and discus (138-0). Alex Scheivert chipped in with a win in the javelin (188-2 PR) and was followed by Brandon Loreto (142-4) and Josiah Edwards (140-.5) who completed the sweep.

The girls' team, searching for their first win, again came up short, 98-52. They won six events on the day, three on the track and three in the field and had no double winners.

Sarah Stackhouse went 17-0 to win the long jump, was third in the triple (33-5) and third in the 100 (13.1) while Gilbert cleared 4-9 to take the high jump and Allison Murphy tossed the discus 93-7.

On the track, the girls' opened the meet with a first in the 4x800 relay with Allison Arters, Lindsey Lord, Greta Arters and Briana Harsh clocking the top time (10:24.7). Lord and Arters also went 2-3 in the mile while Harsh added a third in the 200.

Brittany Braun claimed the 100 hurdles in 15.9 but couldn't get Benedict in the 300's and settled for second (51.4) and Fiona Haines earned the top time in the 400 (60.0).

GIRLS' LACROSSE

In a L-L League clash against two teams searching for a second league win, the Comets reached double-digit scoring for the third time this season and doubled CV in goals, winning 16-8 on the road last Tuesday. Penn Manor improves to 2-3 in league play while the Bucks fall to 1-6.

Behind an eight-goal, two assist performance by AnnaKatherine Kirk, the Comets jumped out to a 9-3 lead at the break and settled for a 7-5 advantage in the second half to claim the win. Anna May Barbusca finished with five goals and one assist and Isabelle Sherman added two goals. Also contributing were seniors Emily Mackey, Jocelyn Bailey and Amanda Dicamillo with one goal each. Allison Hege added one assist.

In Wednesday's outing against Cumberland Valley, the Comets struggled offensively, netting just four goals, and were tested defensively, giving up 18 goals in a lopsided loss against Cumberland Valley.

The visitors took control with a 12-2 first half effort and outscored their hosts 6-2 after the break.

Barbusca finished with two goals while Kira Aston and Kirk scored one goal each.

Sara Wiker finished with a combined 14 saves in the two games.

VOLLEYBALL

A 3-0 sweep over Cedar Crest last Tuesday wraps up the first half of L-L League volleyball play and leaves the Comets all alone in second place at 6-1, behind Hempfield (7-0) and ahead of Township 4-2.

Dan Fry put down a game-high 11 kills and the Comets won handily, 25-10, 25-11, 25-14.

"Crest is having a down year and our match became a good opportunity to sharpen our starters a little and give our bench some serious court time," said head coach Chris Telesco. "By the end, we were playing some form of next year's team. It was exciting to see sophomore Dylan Zimmerman throwing down five aces with his jump serve, and sophomore Matt Schaefer causing a stir with his middle hitting. He finished with three kills," he added. "Offensively, the night belonged to Dan. He was exceptional."

Josh Hess and Schaefer led with three blocks apiece. Reuben Kemrer and Evan Ressler each finished with eight digs."

In Lancaster Thursday the Comets swept the series against McCaskey, winning 25-12, 25-13, 25-22 behind Zimmerman's eight kills. Fry and Kemrer (18 assists) added two aces each, Hunter Davis put up five blocks, and Hess hustled for eight digs.

The Comets were coming off a 3-1 non-league loss against Dallastown on April 13.

Back on April 8, the Comets defeated Manheim Central in the finals of their own tournament. They went undefeated in pool play and topped Township in the semifinals to get to Central.

"Central pushed us to the limit," said Telesco. "We won the first set, they won the second set and led the third set 12-8 in a game to 15. Somehow we pulled out a 15-13 win to take the tournament."

Kemrer recorded 10 aces and 91 assists on the day. Alex Newport tallied 19 kills and six blocks, and Ressler picked up 30 digs.

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Comets Top Crest in 12 on Mowery Homer April 13, 2017

Under sunny skies last Monday, the baseball team improved to 5-2 overall with a 6-4 victory over visiting Cedar Crest that took 12 innings (2 hours 50 minutes) to play out. Tied at 9-9 in the ninth, Manor's David Mowery cracked a two run walk off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning and the Comets improved to 3-1 in Section One play.

"I believe that's the first walk off home run we've had since I've been here," said head coach Jim Zander. "And it's our first homer this season."

Manor held a 3-2 lead after four complete innings and gave up a run in the top of the seventh, allowing the Falcons to knot the score.

Crest forged ahead in the top of the ninth on a walk, sacrifice, fielder's choice and an error but the Comets were up to the challenge. Grant Gale doubled to lead off the bottom half, was sacrificed to third and scored on a passed ball. Three innings later, Mowery sealed the deal.

Matt Tulli and Ryan Witmer each had two hits. Jeff Taylor pitched into the ninth inning with 13 strikeouts and two walks. Dalton Landis fanned six batters, walked two and picked up the win in relief.

"Jeff pitched a great game and Dalton was superb in relief," Zander said.

Wednesday found the Comets in another thriller, only this time the victory slipped away. Scoring two runs in the first inning and holding the advantage over their hosts for four complete innings, Hempfield finally broke the game wide open, plating eight runs in the bottom of the fifth and picking up two more in the sixth to finish on top 11-2.

"We knew that whoever won the freebie battle and did the little things right would win," said Zander. "Hempfield has a nice team but we beat ourselves today."

Hempfield took the lead with one error, six walks and three timely hits.

Both teams finished with seven hits and while the Comets committed five errors, it was the pitching staff yielding 10 walks that were most helpful to Hempfield. The Knights earned just four of those 11 runs.

Landis and Beiler finished with two hits each.

"We're not hitting as consistently as we need to right now," added Zander.

On a cold and windy Friday, April 7, Dylan Crook pitched a complete game shutout as the Comets defeated McCaskey 11-0 in Lancaster. Crook allowed just one hit, struck out two and walked four to earn the win.

Holding a 4-0 lead after four complete innings, Manor scored seven in the fifth to pull away. Singles by Beiler, Landis and Taylor, a walk by Mowery and Tulli, doubles by Tanner Simet and Gale contributed. Gale drove in four runs on the day, going 3-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a triple.

BOYS' LACROSSE

With their second highest offensive output of the season, the Comets improved to 5-2 overall (3-2 in league play) with an 18-6 victory over visiting Ephrata last Tuesday. After a back-and-fourth first quarter that saw the Comets hold a 4-3 advantage, they dominated the second frame 7-2 for an 11-5 lead at the break and cruised after that, winning the second half easily, 7-1.

Connor Black and Mason Garcia each tallied five goals with Black dishing out three assists and Garcia one. Aidan Mahoney finished with four scores, Justin Schaefer added two, and Garrett Morgan and Josh Heckman added one goal and one assist.

The Comets were coming off a non-league win over Exeter Saturday afternoon where the first quarter helped propel the locals to a 13-8 final. Manor, with a 39-24 advantage in shots on goal, jumped out to a 5-2 lead in that opening frame, outscored Exeter 2-1 in each of the middle frames and then settled for a 4-4 fourth quarter tie.

Justin Schaefer matched Exeter's Jason Metz with a game-best four goals. Mason Garcia (2a), Josh Heckman (1a), and Connor Black (1a) chipped in with two goals each while Morgan, Mahoney and Tony Dandridge each scored one.

On Friday, April 7, the Comets suffered their second league loss of the season, bowing out 12-4 in Landisville. Hempfield scored multiple goals in each quarter and held the Comets to just one in each frame. They outshot the visitors 34-24.

Morgan scored half of the team's goals and dished out one assist. Heckman and Garcia also scored while Schaefer added one assist.

Seth Wilton collected 26 saves in the three games combined.

SOFTBALL

With a nine-hit attack, and the Falcons of Cedar Crest committing six errors, the Comets pulled away for a 6-1 victory last Monday on the road.

The visitors got two hits each from Abby Busswood (2 runs scored), Morgan Yingling (2RBI) and three from Brittney Hook and scored three runs in the top of the seventh to extend a 3-1 advantage. Busswood reached on an error in the seventh, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on Hook's triple. With one out, Morgan Yingling singled in the second run of the game and a sacrifice by Kloe Sanchez plated the final run of the game.

Sam Duplissey doubled in the first run of the game in the top of the opening inning and Yingling's line drive to right plated Duplissey for a 2-0 edge.

The Falcons cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with a pair of doubles and a walk.

Manor got that run back in the top of the third with an error, a base hit by Hook, a walk and a passed ball.

Hook collected ten strikeouts, walked one batter and surrendered five hits and one earned run.

That 6-0 win streak came to a close Wednesday afternoon as visiting Hempfield used a seven-hit attack to score single runs in three different innings and topped the Comets 3-1 in Millersville.

Tied at 1-1 in the first, Hempfield scored again in the top of the fourth and added an insurance run in the sixth to improve to 7-0. Hook struck out eight and did not give up a walk. Her counterpart, Kara Cook, fanned 11 batters and walked one.

The Comets wrapped up the first week of April with a 17-2, four-inning win over McCaskey that pushed their overall record to 6-0. They pounded out 14 hits and scored five runs in the first, second and fourth innings.

"Addie's three-run homer in the fourth inning ended the game with a walk-off 15-run rule," noted head coach Dave Stokes.

Hook, Duplissey and M. Yingling all went 3-3 on the day.

Hook pitched her third straight game without giving up a walk. She fanned nine batters and gave up three hits.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

In a nightcap last Tuesday, the Comets were looking to break into the win column and finally did, earning an 18-11 league victory over Ephrata.

The visitors were solid from start to finish in this one, winning the first half 10-6 and taking the second half 8-5 to post their first win of the season.

Isabelle Sherman led all scorers with a double hat trick. AnnaKatherine Kirk netted four goals, Anna Mary Barbusca and Amanda DiCamillo combined for five and Emily Mackey and Alexis Hemmerly added one score each.

In goal, Sarah Wiker collected five saves as the Comets outshot the visitors 27-16.

The Comets were coming in after a 14-10 Saturday loss to Central Dauphin. Leading 7-5 at the break, the ladies were outscored 9-3 in the second half to fall behind. Kirk was the top Comet scorer with a hat trick while Jocelyn Bailey, Sherman and Barbusca each scored twice and Mackey once.

TRACK

The boys' track team ran its record to 3-0 with a tightly contested 76-74 win over visiting McCaskey last Monday afternoon. It was Penn Manor's first victory over the Red Tornado.

Both teams recorded nine total wins and the Comets Theron McElhany collected three of them. The junior picked up the 100 on a lean (11.1), secured the 400 with a 51.9 and capped his trifecta with the top time in the 200 (22.9) to lead the Comet scoring.

Senior Taraje Whitfield also placed in three events, winning the 110 high hurdles (14.4) and the 300's (41.3) and picking up a third in the long jump.

But the meet came down to the final event and "a second place finish by Miguel Rivera was the difference," said head coach Dan Myers. "We also got a lot of key second place finishes which were very important. It was a great effort by both teams."

Also on the track, Malachi Lyon won the 800 (2:02) and was second in the mile (4:45.9).

The Comets won three of the seven field events but claimed all but one second place finish. They outscored the Red Tornado 36-27 in the field and earned a sweep in the javelin with Alex Scheivert (176-1), Josiah Edwards (152-7) and Brandon Loreto (145-4).

Matt Julian and Trey Erisman went 1-2 in the pole vault, clearing 12-3 and 9-0 respectively and Austin Diehl (137-9) and Matt Brubaker (126-0) went 1-2 in the discus.

Chipping in with key seconds were Miguel Rivera in the triple (39-7.75), Blake Jacyszyn in the high (5-4), Casey McCollum in the shot (45-4), and Doug Kramer in the 3200 (9:58.4).

The girls' team, however, didn't quite have the speed to match McCaskey and dropped a 102-48 result after winning just four events. Sarah Stackhouse was the top point-getter with firsts in the long (17-6.5) and triple (33-3.5) jumps and a third in the 100 (13.0) behind Makayla Miller's second (12.7). Miller was also second in the 200 (26.6).

Brittany Braun's 15.9 in the 100 hurdles and Brooke Gilbert clearing 5 feet in the high jump rounded out the first place finishes for the Comets.

Finishing in second place was Fiona Haines in the 400 (60.8), Lindsey Lord in the 3200 (12:38.9), Sam Lui in the pole vault (8-0), Hannah Farabaugh in the javelin (82-4) and Alison Murphy in the discus (89-2).

Briana Harsh, with thirds in the 400 and long jump, was the third Comets to place in more than one event.

VOLLEYBALL

With a game-high 12 kills by Daniel Fry, the Comets worked their fourth 3-0 shutout of the season, blanking visiting Manheim Township 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 last Tuesday night.

Fry and Evan Ressler both served up a pair of aces and Reuben Kemrer distributed 25 assists to keep the offense flowing. Defensively, Alex Newport and Ressler were credited with 14 digs each and Coleman Raush put up two blocks.

The volleyball team rebounded from that 3-2 loss to Hempfield on April 11 with a 3-0 sweep of Warwick two days later, winning 25-17, 25-15, 25-20.

Kemrer dished out 29 assists with the bulk going to Newport who was the top hitter of the day, piling up 14 kills. Ressler anchored the defense with nine digs and Raush added a pair of blocks.

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Comets Hosts Knights in Section One Thriller April 7, 2017

In a match that lasted all but two hours, Penn Manor and Hempfield displayed what has become a typical battle on the volleyball courts. Both teams forged ahead, fought from behind, came up with big plays and missed key serves. And when the final point was delivered, the visiting Knights prevailed 3-2 (30-32, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9).

"While we would have loved the win, that wasn't our goal," said head coach Chris Telesco. "We are looking to be the best we can be so we can play in June, and these matches help us get there. We look forward to playing Hempfield now because we know that "iron sharpens iron."

Last spring, Manor topped the Knights in the District Three final, avenging Hempfield's win of the L-L League crown. The two teams met again in the PIAA finals where the Knights escaped in five hard-fought games. In all, Penn Manor lost to Hempfield six times last year.

This match picked up where that one left off. In front of a raucous crowd, the Comets fought off an early deficit and eventually settled for a 32-30 thriller. The next three games were every bit as close and exciting. The Comets actually held a four-point lead late in the fourth game before Hempfield fought back to not only tie the game at 20 but pull away to force the fifth and final set which proved to be the most lopsided of the night as the Comets just could not get the ball to bounce their way.

"I did thin we were going to take it in the fourth set," said Telesco. "We needed that one, but the calls and balls didn't fall our way and we couldn't regroup in time.

Daniel Fry put down a game-high 19 kills and added 16 digs. Alex Newport finished with 12 kills and Alex Krahulik 10. Even Ressler was tops with 17 digs and Reuben Kemrer recorded a match-high 48 assists.

"Dan Fry was superb in the first few sets and he got a ton of support from Alex Krahulik in the middle and Alex Newport on the right side - all thanks to Reuben spreading the ball around beautifully.

"Defensively, we were outstanding at picking up tips. Reuben and Josh Hess hardly let a ball hit the ground - an area that has been a weakness in the past. Dan Fry and Evan Ressler seemed to dig every hard-driven ball.

"Where we fell short was our passing and blocking," he added. "Nevertheless, the boys did what we set out to do. Our goal wasn't to be perfect; it was to be awesome. And they were."

BASEBALL

After pounding out 12 hits in a 9-0 win over Manheim Township at home on Monday, the Comets managed two Wednesday and dropped a 1-0 result against Warwick.

"We just seem to be up and down with our hitting," said head coach Jim Zander. "I just can't figure it out. We definitely took too many fastball strikes against Warwick."

The Warriors struck early. With one out, Matt Tulli gave up a single to right, a single to left and a single up the middle. "He was all but perfect for 6 2/3 innings," noted Zander. "He hit a batter in the sixth but we erased that with a double play. Matt pitched a fabulous game."

Warwick's No. 1, Zach Peters, struck out nine and did not give up a walk. Tulli struck out six and also failed to give up a freebie in a game that last just 75 minutes.

David Mowery doubled to lead off the second and Grant Gale doubled in the third.

Against Township on Monday the Comets plated six runs in the third and tacked on three more in the fourth to take control.

"They retired our first eight batters and then, with two outs in the third, we sent eight to the plate," noted Zander.

Ryan Witmer and Gale started the rally with back-to-back base hits. Jeremy Burkholder walked to load the bases. Jeff Taylor worked a RBI walk and Mowery doubled in two runs. Brett Beiler's base hit made it 4-0 and, after a walk by Dalton Landis, Tulli doubled in the last two runs.

Base hits by Witmer, Burkholder, Mowery and Beiler made it 9-0 after four complete.

"Jeff Taylor, with 12 strikeouts and one walk, was superb," stated Zander.

SOFTBALL

With three straight road wins last week the lady Comets improved to 5-0 overall.

"We're off to a good start," said head coach Dave Stokes. "I'm hoping this early success will push us through the season."

The Comets opened with a 3-0 win over Township on Monday, scoring all of their runs in the third inning. Pam Perez singled and scored on Brittany Hook's home run. Sydney Duplissey followed with a base hit and scored on Morgan Yingling's triple.

Hook, who fanned 12 batters and walked one, fueled the seven-hit offense, going 3-for-3 with two RBI.

"They have a lefty pitcher who threw strikes," stated Stokes. "That sometimes messes hitters up."

Tuesday the Comets faced another lefty at Cocalico. This time they pounded out 17 hits, took advantage of five errors and cruised to a 13-0 shutout. Up 7-0 after six innings, Manor exploded for six runs in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Perez went 2-for-5 with a 2 run homer in the second inning and finished with four RBI. Abby Busswood was 3-for-3 and Julia Tappany, Lauren Sensenich, Hook and Duplissey all went 2-for-4, and Yingling pushed in two runs and was 3-for-5.

"Pam's homer was one of the longest hit balls I have ever seen," said Stokes.

Hook tossed a two-hitter in the win, striking out 15 and not giving up a single walk.

In Lititz on Wednesday the Comets were out hit 5-4 but came away with a 3-2 thriller over Warwick.

Long's fielder's choice plated Yingling, who opened with a double, with the first run in the second inning. Two innings later, Long batted in Hook, who reached with a base hit, and pushed the lead to 2-0. A triple and a wild pitch in the bottom half allowed Warwick to cut the lead in half.

Manor extended the lead in sixth. Yingling tripled and scored on an error. Warwick answered with a homer in the bottom half. Neither team scored in the seventh, leaving the Comets in front.

Hook struck out nine, matching Warwick's Amanda Herr in that category.

"Three road games are tough," Stokes said. "But we got the results we wanted."

BOYS' LACROSSE

The Comets earned its second straight win last Tuesday, leading from start to finish in a 7-3 final against visiting Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic.

"We scored seven seconds into the game and never trailed," said head coach Zack Charles. "From our scouting report, we expected them to take their time on offense. Our defense hung tough and shut them down the majority of the game," he added.

"Offensively, we were sluggish. It was a sloppy game but a win is a win."

Mason Garcia finished with two goals and one assist. Josh Heckman had two assists and Aiden Mahoney, Justin Schaefer, Connor Black, Ryan Arment and Garrett Morgan all added one goal.

Minding the net, junior keeper Seth Wilson was solid, turning in 16 saves to earn the win.

TRACK

The Comet track teams hosted Conestoga Valley last Monday afternoon and, using their depth on the track, the boys' squad pulled away with an 89-61 victory while the girls' squad suffered a similar score only in reverse, losing 81-69.

"The team performed very well," said head coach Dan Myers. "The senior leadership of Sarah Stackhouse, Brittany Braun, Doug Kramer and Malachi Lyon have been important to our team success."

The boys won two of the three relays and swept the 3200 to take control. They won 10 of 18 events and grabbed 11 second place finishes while yielding just four. Malachi Lyon sparked the effort on the track with wins in the mile (4:42.4) and the 3200 (10:39.9) with Nick Fafel and Zach Schucker contributing to the shutout. He also anchored the winning 4x800 relay with Dylan Terry and the Kramer brothers. Doug Kramer also finished second in both the mile and 800.

Grabbing the 4x400 was Theoren McElheny, Isaac Novak, Chad Mowbray and Tazaiel Whitfield. McElheny also won the open 400 (52.7), with Mowbray taking second, and added seconds in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, just a lean behind CV's Jose Barbon.

Also on the track, Whitfield eked out a win in the high hurdles (13.7) over CV's Aanyah Bermudez but then settled for second in the 300's against CV's hurdle specialist. He was also second in the long jump (20-10).

Anchoring the field events were the Comet throwers. Casey McCollum (47-0.5) and Austin Diehl went 1-2 in the shot while Alex Scheivert (174-4) and Josiah Edwards did the same in the javelin. Diehl also won the discus (132-10) with McCollum taking third.

Sophomore Matt Julian cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault in rounding out the Comet firsts. Trey Erisman was third.

The girls' squad picked up eight wins with Lindsey Lord and Stackhouse getting two each. Lord dominated the middle distance runs taking the mile (5:45.8) and 800 (2:39.4) and anchoring the 4x800 with Arters, Briana Harsh and Brianna Ulaky.

Stackhouse commanded the long (16-7.5) and triple jumps (33-9-5) and was second in the 100 behind sophomore Makayla Miller (12.9). She also ran first leg of the 4x100 relay with Miller anchoring. Fionna Haines, who won the 400 and was third in the 200 behind Miller, and Alicia Pettis ran in between.

Braun also scored in three events, taking second in both the 100 hurdles (15.9) and the 300's (49.5) and grabbing third in the triple.

TENNIS

In their closest match to date, the young Comets came oh so close to picking up a win last Monday but couldn't quite get over the hump, bowing out 4-3 to Garden Spot.

Bryce Hanna earned a solid 6-2, 6-2 win over Sam Tiumach at No. 1 and then teamed with Toby Singer for a hard-fought 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles.

Petros Karpouzis also notched a team point, winning 7-7, 6-3 at No. 4.

"With a young team we have a lot of time to improve," said head coach Greg Hammond, "and we're gaining valuable experience. Plus we have some kids with a real fighting spirit. We also have some guys who are inspired to improve and work in the off-season. All of these things bode well for the future of Penn Manor tennis."

Wednesday the Comets put up a fight but dropped a 7-0 result against Cedar Crest. Singer, playing No. 2, put up the best numbers of the day, bouncing back from a 6-1 first set loss to win 6-1 in the second set but still fell short in the third set.

Alex Mowery, at No. 3 and Karpouzis both suffered 7-5, 6-2 losses.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

It was a tough week for the girls' lacrosse team. Monday they ran into Governor Mifflin, fell behind early and never recovered in a 23-5 loss at home. The visitors saw eight different player tally scores. Five of them had multiple goals.

Isabelle Sherman was tops for the Comets with two goals. Emily Mackey, AnnaKatherine Kirk and Anna May Barbusca each scored one. Sarah Wiker was credited with five saves.

One day later, the Comets again got off to a slow start, surrendering 11 first half goals and scoring just one against Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic. A competitive second half was more evident but the home team again suffered a double-digit loss, 20-6.

Barbusca's hat trick was tops for the Comets. Unfortunately, four different players from LCD/LCHS matched her effort. In goal, freshman Cara Jandizio recorded seven saves.

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Kirk Hat Trick Paces Comets in Loss to Cocalico March 31, 2017

With just one non-league win under their belt, the girls' lacrosse team opened league play last Tuesday afternoon against visiting Cocalico. In a game that see-sawed back-and-forth early, the Eagles rallied from a 3-2 deficit with six straight goals in the first half and never looked back. They led 12-4 at the break and, with the mercy rule in place early in the second half, went on to win 19-7.

Isabelle Sherman, taking a pass from AnnaKatherine Kirk, gave the Comets a brief 3-2 lead early in the first half. The visitors went on a 10-1 run to close the half. Kirk's goal with 12:23 left, cut the lead to 8-4 but that was as close as the Comets would get.

Kirk, who led the Comets with three goals and one assist, scored back-to-back goals with six minutes left in the game and a goal by freshman Anna May Barbusca made it 17-7 and was the last goal scored by the hosts. Sherman finished with two goals and Emma Batchelor added one.

"Our numbers are extremely low this season which is unfortunate," said head coach Jenn Forney. "And we had four key players from last season not play this year.

"On the upside, the girls didn't give up," she added. "They are learning and scored more goals in this game than our first game and we utilized different options in transitions."

In goal, Sarah Wiker racked up 17 saves.

"We are looking to build a group of girls who mesh together and put it out on the field on game days," Forney stated. "We have speed in the midfield and our defense should be strong. We are fairly young and will work on improvement game by game."

The Comets opened the season with a 16-5 loss against Exeter on March 24. Jocelyn Bailey's hat trick was tops for the home team.

TRACK

In a tightly contested battle last Monday in Neffsville, the Comets, who won 11 of 18 events, did enough damage on the track to run away with a 79-71 league meet victory over Manheim Township.

"It was a collective effort to beat a strong program," said head coach Dan Myers.

Junior Theo McElheny sprinted his way to a three-win day, taking the 100 (11.3), 400 (42.6) and 200 meter runs (23.3) while Taraje Whitfield was a double winner, securing both the 100 hurdles (14.4) and the 300's (40.2), and also anchored the winning 4x400 relay with McElheny, Chad Mowbray and Isaac Novak contributing to the 3:35.3. Doug Kramer also doubled, commanding the mile (5:07.9) and the 3200 (10:29.5) with Malachi Lyon and Zach Schucker, respectively, grabbing seconds.

Doug and brother David also teamed with Aidan Toomey and Lyon to win the opening race of the day, the 4x800 relay (8:25.9). Lyon also picked up a second in the 800 and Novak was third in the 100 hurdles.

The Streaks made their comeback in the field, winning five of the seven events contested. Alex Scheivert and Josiah Edwards went 1-2 in the javelin to break up Township's momentum while sophomore Matt Julian cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault by one foot.

Another key contributor was Casey McCollum with a second in the shot (45-6.5) and a third in the discus (127-11).

Despite a two-win performance by Sarah Stackhouse (long - 16.9 and triple - 33-5.75), the reigning Section One champ Streaks secured a solid 96-54 victory. Stackhouse also finished second in the 100.

Other first place finishers for the Comets included Alison Murphy in the discus (86-6), Fiona Haines in the 400 (1:03.3) and Brittany Braun in the 300 hurdles (51.2). Braun also finished second in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump while Haines was third in the 200.

Second place winners included Briana Harsh in the 400, Makayla Miller in the 200, Emily Sensenich in the shot, Callie MacDonald in the discus, Hannah Farabaugh in the javelin and Brooke Gilbert in the high jump.

"Despite coming up short, the girls put up some strong early season performances," said Myers.

BASEBALL

In Wednesday's non-league matchup with Wilson, the Comets managed just one hit, a leadoff single in the fifth inning by Ryan Witmer, but were able to pull off a 2-0 victory in Millersville.

Manor loaded the bases on walks in the sixth inning and Witmer returned to the plate with two outs and two strikes. His high pop between the mound and first base was eventually dropped by the second baseman, allowing the only two runs of the game to score.

Southpaw Jeff Taylor gave up just one walk, to the leadoff batter of the game, struck out seven and gave up four hits in the complete game victory. He retired nine of the last ten Wilson batters.

"Jeff's performance was definitely a highlight," said head coach Jim Zander. "And we made some outstanding defensive plays. Dalton Landis, in right field, threw a runner out at the plate to end the fourth and in the fifth, Ryan Witmer backhanded two plays at second base and Tanner Simet made a nice play in the seventh," he explained. "We lost our whole infield from last year but this group is progressing nicely."

The Comets opened the season with an 11-1 win over Spring Grove on March 25. Manor used an eight-run fifth inning to pull away. Grant Gale highlighted an 11 hit offense with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Dave Mowery added a pair of doubles. He and Gale finished with two RBI each.

"Last year we hit .240 as a team," noted Zander. "I think we'll be a better hitting team this year.

"Our outfield also came up with a couple big plays," he added. "Jeremy Burkholder made a great going away catch in center and Landis had a pair of diving catches in right."

At Lebanon Thursday afternoon a seven-hit attack wasn't enough as the Comets dropped a 2-1 final to the Cedars. The visitors struck out nine times and gave up two runs in the bottom of the fourth. They got one run back in the fifth but it wasn't enough. Matt Tulli and Dylan Crook combined for five strikeouts, four walks and gave up five hits.

BOYS LACROSSE

In league play last week, the Comets, who opened the season with a 14-2 win over Wyomissing, failed to score a single goal in the second half and dropped an 8-5 result at Cocalico on a rainy Tuesday.

The visitors, who got two goals from Aidan Mahoney and a goal and two assists from Mason Garcia, held a 3-2 lead in the first quarter and were up 5-3 at the break. The Eagles, however, buckled down at the defensive end in the second half, scored twice in the third quarter and added three more in the fourth to pick up the come-from-behind win.

"I thought we got a little selfish on the offensive side of the ball in the second half and stopped working as an offensive unit as a whole," said first year head coach Zack Charles. "And their goalie played a great second half. We only gave up eight goals but we could not stay out of the penalty box and when we were man up, we could not capitalize.

"We'll take this as a learning experience and work to improve," he added.

Garrett Morgan and Josh Heckman also chipped in with goals and Jacob Hollinger added an assist. Seth Wilton recorded five saves in a game where the Comets, who were 4-8 in league play last season, were outshot 18-15.

The Comets return their whole back end (Ian Hank, Billy Briegel, Riley Neuman and Set Wilton in goal) so they'll look to improve on their overall five wins last season. "We're fairly young but experienced," stated Charles. "Our defense will be what wins us games, with, in my mind, one of the top goalies in the area. We need to learn to win again."

Thursday's 20-3 win over Cedar Crest was a step in the right direction. "We came out on fire," said Charles. "The kids are buying into what we are preaching about hard work and doing all the small things to win games."

Morgan paced the offense with four goals and one assist. Mahoney notched a hat trick with one assist while Josh Heckman (2a) and Connor Black (3a) added two goals each.

VOLLEYBALL

The defending District Three champs and PIAA runner-up Comets opened league play last Tuesday night with a shutout over visiting McCaskey. Daniel Fry put down 10 kills, Josiah Hine came off the bench and finished with three aces and Alex Krahulik put up five blocks in the 25-20, 25-11, 25-20 win. Reuben Kemrer chipped in with 34 assists and four digs. Krahulik also recorded eight kills with Alex Newport and Coleman Raush collecting seven each.

"This was a solid team effort," said head coach Chris Telesco. "After we got past the jitters of the first match of the season, we settled in and eliminated many of the unforced errors of the first set. We still ended up committing almost 30 unforced errors - something we can't make a habit.

"It was nice to give our entire roster playing time against a more talented McCaskey squad than usual," he added. "The highlight of the night, though, was Krahulik's three consecutive blocks in the third set!

"We have high aspirations this year, and this was a good first step."

In a closer battle Thursday, the Comets held off CV 3-0 but two of those games were by a combined five points. Behind 17 kills by Fry, Manor opened with a 25-22 win in the first set, took control with a 25-14 verdict in set two and then survived a Bucks comeback in the final set, 25-23.

TENNIS

With six sophomores, two freshman and one lone senior, the tennis team is young and inexperienced this year. Bryce Hanna played No. 4 last year as a freshman. He has moved into the top spot. Toby Singer saw action at No. 3 doubles and will hold down the No. 2 slot. Petros Karpouzis is No. 3 and Nicholas Bernard and freshman Alex Mowery will battle for the fourth position and time in doubles.

The Comets opened the season against E-town where, despite a 7-0 loss, Hanna put up the best numbers of day, bowing out 6-3, 6-3. Singer and Karpouzis were tough in doubles but fell short 8-4 at No. 2.

Last Monday, March 27, they found the going even tougher against Hempfield and were denied a single team point. They suffered their third shutout of the week on Wednesday against McCaskey. Singer won the most games of the day but lost 6-4, 6-0.

SOFTBALL

The softball team opened the season with a pair of non-league wins last week. They blanked Lancaster Catholic 8-0 last Monday and then thumped visiting Lampeter-Strasburg, who finished second in states last year, 10-2 on Wednesday.

Brittany Hook dominated from the circle, fanning 17 Crusader batters and not giving up a freebie in a one-hit shutout. Manor used six hits and took advantage of four errors to score runs in six of the seven innings.

The Comets pounded out 13 hits, including home runs by Hook and Morgan Yingling, jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, and cruised to a 10-2 win over L-S on Wednesday. Hook finished with nine strikeouts on the day and did not walk a single batter. She scattered five hits as L-S scored single runs in the third and seventh innings.

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Comet Bowlers Win Second State Title March 20, 2017

With just one returning starter, Penn Manor's bowling team captured its second straight PIAA Championship with a solid performance this past Saturday at Dutch Lanes.

"That's back-to-back state champs," said head coach Chris Vitale. "It's pretty awesome."

With only 12 teams competing, the Comets needed to finish in the top four to make the stepladder finals.

"We kinda struggled early on," said Vitale. "I think we were barely in fourth after the first regular game but then we moved into second after the second game. We were right in the hunt but it was really tight between all the teams. There was no room for error."

The Comets bowled well in the final game and were tied for second place with Pennsbury with a 4115 total, following Ephrata with a 4119.

"We had to break the tie for second place with one baker playoff game and we beat Pennsbury to grab second," stated Vitale. "That gave us a good half-hour to practice. Kyle Shertz, who had a great day, Austin Curtiss and Tanner Simet, our only returning starter, all bowled something different from what they were previously doing. The practice paid off.

Manor defeated Pennsbury 199-191 in the first stepladder game and advanced with a 187-174 victory. They faced Ephrata in the finals and both teams rolled identical 161 opening game scores.

"For the tiebreaker we bowled the last five frames and Nick Fisher doubled in the tenth to win that five frame roll off," Vitale explained.

The Comets kicked it into high gear after that and ran away from the Mounts with a 194-160 final.

"About the seventh or eighth frame we pretty much knew we were going to win," Vitale stated. "It was really a total team effort all day long. Fisher came up pretty big against Pennsbury and Dan Mease, our lefty, came off the bench probably five times to finish up a spare. You're allowed to substitute bowlers on a spare and we brought Dan in five times and five times he was able to covert the spare."

Also competing was Austin Curtiss, Nick Mease, Nick Fisher, Mark Smith and Kyle Shertz.

WRESTLING

Penn Manor's Jonah Barley may have ended his high school career with a loss but it was a loss that left him with a PIAA fourth place medal. The senior is also the most decorated wrestler in Comet history. His 149-22 career record tops the Comet win list, breaking the 132 wins record set by Bobby Rehm.

"Jonah had an immediate impact as a freshman and just got a little tougher every single year," said head coach Mike Fowler. "I believe his is Penn Manor's only four-time Section One champ, three-time League champ and four-time district place winner (6th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st)," added Fowler. "He is also a two-time state place winner, finishing sixth last year."

At 39-2 coming in and wrestling at 160, Barley opened the state tournament, held at the Giant Center March 9-11, with convincing 4-0 win over Butler's Caleb Baxter (31-5), scoring a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second.

His quarterfinal match was a bit more exciting. Down 4-3 with a minute left, Barley got in deep on a low single and was trying to come out the back door when Cathedral Prep's Dazjon Casto did an illegal head scissor, tying the match at 4-4.

"With 30 seconds left, Castro had a reshot, but Jonah somehow slipped by the arm and came out on top, 6-4," explained Fowler. "He kept him down until there were 10-12 seconds left until he gave up an escape, but was still up 6-5. Castro came at him hard and got a shot at the edge of the mat for two points with three seconds left. The officials talked and realized that they were both out of bounds before the two was awarded, leaving Jonah with a 6-5 win. What a barnburner," Fowler added.

Saturday morning, in the semifinals, Barley lost 6-3 to Joshua Stillings of Pennridge (37-5) but came back strong in the consolations, defeating Chambersburg freshman Luke Nichter, the kid he beat in the district finals.

In his bout for third and fourth, Barley lost a tight 3-2 battle, giving up the only takedown in the third period when both guys shot but Allegheny's Eric Hong, a national Prep School champ at Georgetown Prep before transferring , shot a bit sooner and got in real deep to finish the shot and earn the bronze.

"With almost 300 AAA schools in the state, a fourth place finish is a great accomplishment," said Fowler.

Barley was the only returning L-L medalist in the tournament. He was undefeated against Class 3A competition this season. His two losses prior to states were against the 145 pound Southeast Region champ Edmund Ruth, of Susquehanna Township, and the Southwest champ at 160, Larry Brown of Moshannon Valley.

"Jonah has had an amazing career," praised Fowler. "He is a very hard worker with a big heart. He conditions hard, and I believe he has one of the best gas tanks in the state. He can go forever.

Jonah has been a rock in our lineup for four years and we are going to miss him, along with the other eight seniors we lose to graduation."

SWIMMING

The winter weather not only backed up the start of spring sports but delayed the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last week. Instead of competing Friday and Saturday, Manor's Jared Byrne and Alaina Breitbach hit the water at Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University Saturday and Sunday.

Byrne, a senior, earned lifetime best in the 100 freestyle with a 46.89.

"He was 13th so he scored," noted head coach Cece O'Day. "It was a terrific swim and a great way to close his high school career."

Competing in the breaststroke, Breitbach was making her PIAA debut. The freshman also registered a lifetime best and finished in 19th place.

"She was just out of the scoring but it's great for her to be in the top 20 in the state," said O'Day.

Byrne also competed in the 200 free on Saturday and finished in 30th place with a 1:45.45.

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Comet Bowlers Win Second State Title March 20, 2017

With just one returning starter, Penn Manor's bowling team captured its second straight PIAA Championship with a solid performance this past Saturday at Dutch Lanes.

"That's back-to-back state champs," said head coach Chris Vitale. "It's pretty awesome."

With only 12 teams competing, the Comets needed to finish in the top four to make the stepladder finals.

"We kinda struggled early on," said Vitale. "I think we were barely in fourth after the first regular game but then we moved into second after the second game. We were right in the hunt but it was really tight between all the teams. There was no room for error."

The Comets bowled well in the final game and were tied for second place with Pennsbury with a 4115 total, following Ephrata with a 4119.

"We had to break the tie for second place with one baker playoff game and we beat Pennsbury to grab second," stated Vitale. "That gave us a good half-hour to practice. Kyle Shertz, who had a great day, Austin Curtiss and Tanner Simet, our only returning starter, all bowled something different from what they were previously doing. The practice paid off.

Manor defeated Pennsbury 199-191 in the first stepladder game and advanced with a 187-174 victory. They faced Ephrata in the finals and both teams rolled identical 161 opening game scores.

"For the tiebreaker we bowled the last five frames and Nick Fisher doubled in the tenth to win that five frame roll off," Vitale explained.

The Comets kicked it into high gear after that and ran away from the Mounts with a 194-160 final.

"About the seventh or eighth frame we pretty much knew we were going to win," Vitale stated. "It was really a total team effort all day long. Fisher came up pretty big against Pennsbury and Dan Mease, our lefty, came off the bench probably five times to finish up a spare. You're allowed to substitute bowlers on a spare and we brought Dan in five times and five times he was able to covert the spare."

Also competing was Austin Curtiss, Nick Mease, Nick Fisher, Mark Smith and Kyle Shertz.

WRESTLING

Penn Manor's Jonah Barley may have ended his high school career with a loss but it was a loss that left him with a PIAA fourth place medal. The senior is also the most decorated wrestler in Comet history. His 149-22 career record tops the Comet win list, breaking the 132 wins record set by Bobby Rehm.

"Jonah had an immediate impact as a freshman and just got a little tougher every single year," said head coach Mike Fowler. "I believe his is Penn Manor's only four-time Section One champ, three-time League champ and four-time district place winner (6th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st)," added Fowler. "He is also a two-time state place winner, finishing sixth last year."

At 39-2 coming in and wrestling at 160, Barley opened the state tournament, held at the Giant Center March 9-11, with convincing 4-0 win over Butler's Caleb Baxter (31-5), scoring a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second.

His quarterfinal match was a bit more exciting. Down 4-3 with a minute left, Barley got in deep on a low single and was trying to come out the back door when Cathedral Prep's Dazjon Casto did an illegal head scissor, tying the match at 4-4.

"With 30 seconds left, Castro had a reshot, but Jonah somehow slipped by the arm and came out on top, 6-4," explained Fowler. "He kept him down until there were 10-12 seconds left until he gave up an escape, but was still up 6-5. Castro came at him hard and got a shot at the edge of the mat for two points with three seconds left. The officials talked and realized that they were both out of bounds before the two was awarded, leaving Jonah with a 6-5 win. What a barnburner," Fowler added.

Saturday morning, in the semifinals, Barley lost 6-3 to Joshua Stillings of Pennridge (37-5) but came back strong in the consolations, defeating Chambersburg freshman Luke Nichter, the kid he beat in the district finals.

In his bout for third and fourth, Barley lost a tight 3-2 battle, giving up the only takedown in the third period when both guys shot but Allegheny's Eric Hong, a national Prep School champ at Georgetown Prep before transferring , shot a bit sooner and got in real deep to finish the shot and earn the bronze.

"With almost 300 AAA schools in the state, a fourth place finish is a great accomplishment," said Fowler.

Barley was the only returning L-L medalist in the tournament. He was undefeated against Class 3A competition this season. His two losses prior to states were against the 145 pound Southeast Region champ Edmund Ruth, of Susquehanna Township, and the Southwest champ at 160, Larry Brown of Moshannon Valley.

"Jonah has had an amazing career," praised Fowler. "He is a very hard worker with a big heart. He conditions hard, and I believe he has one of the best gas tanks in the state. He can go forever.

Jonah has been a rock in our lineup for four years and we are going to miss him, along with the other eight seniors we lose to graduation."

SWIMMING

The winter weather not only backed up the start of spring sports but delayed the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last week. Instead of competing Friday and Saturday, Manor's Jared Byrne and Alaina Breitbach hit the water at Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University Saturday and Sunday.

Byrne, a senior, earned lifetime best in the 100 freestyle with a 46.89.

"He was 13th so he scored," noted head coach Cece O'Day. "It was a terrific swim and a great way to close his high school career."

Competing in the breaststroke, Breitbach was making her PIAA debut. The freshman also registered a lifetime best and finished in 19th place.

"She was just out of the scoring but it's great for her to be in the top 20 in the state," said O'Day.

Byrne also competed in the 200 free on Saturday and finished in 30th place with a 1:45.45.

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Breitbach, Byrne and Bowlers Qualify for States March 6, 2017

Freshman Alaina Breitbach and senior Jared Byrne punched their ticket to the PIAA Swimming Championships March 17-18 at Bucknell University with improved efforts this past weekend. A handful of Comet swimmers competed in the District Three Class AAA Championships at Cumberland Valley High School where Breitbach earned a bronze medal and Byrne grabbed a pair of fifth place finishes.

"Alaina automatically qualified for states with her third place finish while Jared qualified by time in both the 200 and 100 free," said head coach Cece O'Day.

Breitbach was a 10th seed in the breaststroke but finished third with a personal best 1:05.76. She also finished 11th in the 200 IM, moving up from 31st with another PR (2:14.21). She was the second freshman to place in that event.

"Alaina had a great swim, dropping nearly five seconds in the breaststroke," said O'Day. "I knew she'd drop her seed time in the breaststroke but never expected her to finish third."

Byrne was seeded 3rd in the 200 and 10th in the 100 but recorded PR's in both events, 1:44.46 and 47.28 respectively.

Byrne also competed with Tyler Lutter, Sam Lutter and Jared Stephen in the 200 free relay where they finished in 12th place with a 1:30.993. They were seeded 15th.

T. Lutter added a 7th place finish in the 50 free with a 21.75 PR and lowered his time in the 100 free, placing 17th with a 48.70.

S. Lutter, a freshman, moved from 25th to 13th with a 1:02.92 PR in the 100 breaststroke and Stephan, a sophomore, grabbed a pair of 20th place finishes with PR's in both the 500 free (4:59.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.09). He was seeded 31st in both events.

"To break five minutes in the 500 free is a milestone," lauded O'Day.

The girls 200 medley team of Erica Shaub, Breitbach, Laura Buckwalter and Anna Sugra swam a 1:54.48 PR for 12th place. Sugra, a sophomore, moved up four places to 22nd with a 55.62 PR in the 100 free while Shaub, also a sophomore, settled for 32nd place in the 100 back with a 1:04.05.

"This was a fabulous meet with many best times," O'Day stated. "Perhaps the most exciting thing is that that six of the eight swimmers were competing in districts for the first time. What a great experience for them!"

BOWLING

The Comet bowlers continued post-season action this past weekend competing in the Eastern PA Regional Championships in both singles and team competition.

In singles play on Friday, March 3, Tanner Simet, with a 1054 five game total, was Manor's highest finisher, placing 25th in a field of 90 bowlers. Austin Curtiss (1028) was 30th.

"The top 12 advance," noted head coach Chris Vitale. "It's a tough tournament. You needed an 1104, or better, to qualify for states. Tanner and Austin weren't too far off."

For the girls', Katelyn Welsh rolled an 813 and finished 78th out of 148. Carrie Shertz (717) was 118th.

In team play on Saturday, the Comets earned the top total in the qualifying round with a 4641 and advanced to the team bracket finals where they suffered a 2-0 (258-214, 236-212) semifinals loss to Pennsbury, the eventual champ. Simet, Kyle Shertz, Curtiss, Nick Mease and Nick Fisher each bowled two frames in the Baker Games.

"Nick Fisher pretty much led us through the qualifying rounds," said Vital. "He had a 300 in his second game and a 784 series which was high of all 40 teams. And our 4641 total is a record high," he added. "They started this format in 2011. The top six qualifying teams all advance to states so even though we didn't place in the bracket finals we have a chance to defend our state title March 17-18 at Dutch Lanes."

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Barley Wins District Gold, Advances to States February 27, 2017

With the league and sectional tournaments behind them, the Comet wrestlers are in the thick of the post-season. This past weekend five matmen competed in the District Three Class 3A wrestling championships at the new venue, the Giant Center, leaving behind the iconic Hersheypark Arena. All were in the hunt for a top four finish and the chance to get to the PIAA Championships, March 9, 10 and 11 back in Hershey. Unfortunately, only one, Jonah Barley, with a first place finish, will represent the Comets at the final wrestling tournament of the season.

"With the new realigning of sectionals, it is tougher to get to districts now," said head coach Mike Fowler. "I would have like to see another guy or two win another match or two, but it's tough."

Barley (160) who placed second in 2015 and third last year, got off to a strong start, pinning New Oxford's Evan Brown in 2:40. His quarterfinal opponent, Drevan Howard of Carlisle, went down even faster, losing in a quick 36 seconds.

Then, after a 0-0 first period score in the semifinals, Barley used an escape and a reversal to hold a slim 3-2 edge over Quentin Milliken, of Cumberland Valley. He went on to score a takedown and two nearfall points to forge ahead 7-3.

"Milliken beat Jonah in the semis here last year, 2-1 and beat him over the summer," explained Fowler. "He was determined to win."

Barley, who went 3-0 as the top seed in the sectional tournament, had another tight finals match to win gold. Up 4-1 late in the third, he gave up a takedown with about 15 seconds left and finished on top 4-3 over Luke Nichter of Chambersburg.

"Barley was aware Luke's ability to hit spladles and gave up that takedown to avoid risking giving up a big move," said Fowler. "He pushed the pace in this one."

Barley won the sectional gold with a 1-0 decision over Skitch Light, a returning state qualifier.

"This was the best I have ever seen Jonah wrestle," Fowler lauded. "I am proud of him and his accomplishments. He works harder than anyone I know, is very physical, and his conditioning is amazing."

Joining Barley in Hershey were Owen Rohrer, Jordan harsh, Alex Laughlin and Dante Jones.

Rohrer (106), a freshman making his district debut was pinned in 1:08 by Cole Wilson of Northeastern and then lost a 7-1 decision to Daniel Boone's Stephen Spitko. He finished fourth in the sectional tournament.

Harsh (120) qualified for districts with a bronze medal finish at sectionals. He also went 0-2 on the weekend, suffering a 15-6 loss to Mason Bennett of Twin Valley and then bowing out in a 9-7 sudden victory heartbreaker. Up 5-0 in the first, Harsh, a senior, gave up two takedowns and an escape in the second period but held a slim 6-5 lead. He opened the third period with an escape but gave up a takedown late in the bout to force overtime where Brennan scored the winning takedown and ended Harsh's season.

"Jordan lost his first sectional bout but came back with three wins, one via fall in overtime against Cade Zeamer, who beat him at leagues," noted Fowler. "Then in the finals he had a rematch against McCaskey's Nevin Estevez, who handed him the first loss, and beat him by four points."

Competing at 132, Laughlin, a ninth seed in sectionals who finished fifth, opened with a 9-0 district loss to Garden Spot's Christian Schilling. He advanced with a forfeit victory in the first consi bout but then was pinned by Jordan Hartranft, of Conestoga Valley.

"Alex, a senior, got to compete in districts as a result of an injury default by a higher place finisher," noted Fowler.

Jones also got off to a rough start, suffering a 3-1 loss against Connor Brinton, of Conestoga Valley. The 182-pound senior came back with a 1:28 fall over Josh Paul of Gettysburg but was pinned in his second consolation bout by Cedar Cliff's Emorson Wentz.

"Dante lost that first bout on a last second takedown to the kid who finished sixth," said Fowler. "He was a third place finisher at sectionals, beating Mitchell Talbott (21-11) twice and Lampeter's Josh Beiler (18-8) in order to do it."

BOWLING

The Comet bowlers are also in the thick of the post-season. This past Saturday they competed in the District Three Individual Championships at Clearview Lanes and failed to advance out of the qualifying rounds.

"We do very well as a team," said head coach Chris Vital. "But in singles and individuals we traditionally are not as strong. It's a mystery to me."

Thirty-six individuals competed and the top six advanced to the quarterfinals. Nick Fisher was Manor's highest finisher, placing seventh in the qualifying rounds with a 1296 pin total.

"That was a heartbreaker," said Vital. "Nick missed advancing by two pins.

"Tanner Simet was in sixth placing going into the fourth game," he added. "But he finished 17th overall with an 1163. Austin Curtiss was right behind him in 20th place (1161) and Nick Mease was 12th (1236). Fifteen bowlers from the Lancaster-Lebanon League qualified for districts and we had four of them," he added. "It's a tough event."

On the girls' side, freshman Katelyn Welsh represented the Comets. She finished 24th overall with a 1011 pin total. E-town's Bryanna Young, with an 1158, was the sixth place finisher and final qualifier.

"Katelyn didn't do badly for a ninth grader," said Vital. "She has a lot of heart and will only get better."

This weekend the Comets will compete in the Regional singles and team action on Friday and Saturday at Leisure and Dutch Lanes.

"A chance for back-to-back state titles is on the line this weekend," noted Vital. "We need to do well at Regionals to get to states and defend our title."

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Swimmers, Bowlers In L-L Championships February 17, 2017

The Comet swim teams opened their post season last week at the Lititz Rec Center pool. The girls competed in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships Thursday night while the boys' action took place on Friday and both teams came away with favorable results.

The girls' team finished in 7th place overall, just two points behind Elizabethtown but in the process set a new school record with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.82. The team of Erica Shaub (backstroke), Lani Breitbach (breaststroke), Laura Buckwalter (butterfly) and Anna Sugra (freestyle) was seeded fourth with a 1:57.42.

"That was the number one highlight of the meet," said head coach Cece O'Day. "Throughout the meet we had almost all best times and many of them were big drops."

Breitbach, a freshman, also competed in the 100 breaststroke where she finished fourth with a 1:07.39, improving her seed time of 1:08.31. She was also eighth in the 50 free (25.40).

Shaub also competed individually, placing seventh with a 1:03.45. She was seeded eighth with a 1:05.25.

The Comets also earned a fifth place finish in the 400 free relay with the team of Sugra, Shaub, Sydney Leakway and Breitbach with a 3:52.26. They were seeded eighth with a 3:58.30.

"Some of our other PR's included Sugra in both the 200 (15th, 2:08.17) and 100 free (10th, 56.17), Shaub in the 200 IM (10th, 2:20.34) and 100 back, Breitbach in both the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, Joyrdyn Kendig in the 500 free (12th, 5:50.17), Leakway in the 100 free (21st, 1:00.62), and Allie Steele in the 100 back (21st, 1:09.08)," noted O'Day. "It was a special meet for the girls."

The boys' team also had a solid showing in the League Championships, tying for sixth place with Conestoga Valley. They were led by senior Jared Byrne who earned a silver medal finish in the 100 free with a 48.68 and was sixth in the 50 free (22.45). He was also part of the 200 free relay that earned a bronze medal finish with a 1:31.77 PR. That team included Tyler Lutter, Jared Stephen and Sam Lutter.

That same group lowered their time in the 400 free relay and finished sixth with a 3:24.45.

"The boys are aiming for the school record in the 200 free relay," noted O'Day. "They have less than half a second to go."

Tyler Lutter, with a 22.36 in the 50 free, also earned a bronze medal. He went on to finish fifth in the 100 free (49.15).

Sam Lutter, a freshman, settled for ninth place in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.09. Stephan added a ninth place effort in the 500 free (5:08.99 PR) and was 15th in the 100 breaststroke, and freshman Andrew Purcell dropped nine seconds in the 500 free and finished in 15th place.

BOWLING

Despite dropping two regular season matches against Warwick, Penn Manor's bowlers rose to the occasion last Tuesday afternoon at Caine's Lanes in Manheim and snagged their fourth straight Lancaster-Lebanon League crown, defeating the Warriors 2-1.

The defending state champ Comets dominated the first game of the finals 967-890, dropped game two 857-795 but came back strong, cruising to a 949-690 in the clincher.

The Comets opened the tournament against Section Four champ Northern Lebanon and defeated the Vikings 877-800 and 967-847. Mease led the way with a 195-214. Simet rolled a 191-179 and Austin Curtiss finished with a 180-194.

"They hung with us through the first eight frames," said head coach Neal Vital, "but we were able to pull way. That 877 was the high score in the house in the opening game," noted Vital.

Their semifinal match was against a Cedar Crest squad that blanked the Comets back on January 9.

"I can't remember the last time we were shut out," said Vital. "Cedar Crest is a talented team and it was their house."

Manor dropped the first game 930-922 but came back with a pair of must wins, 892-860 and 961-853, to get to Warwick in the finals. Nick Fisher (216) and Mease (207) sparked the second win while Mease (244) and Curtiss (228) helped Manor pull away in game three.

After a break for lunch, Fisher (222), Simet (197) and Mease (193) propelled the Comets to a 967-890 game one result against Warwick.

"By the second game, everyone was getting tired and there weren't many strikes," said Vital. "We rolled our worst game of the day and lost 857-795.

"And by now, the lanes were extremely difficult," he continued. "We had a lot of strikes in the middle to get us going. I honestly feel that our senior experience helped pull us through. Austin actually played a role in all four of our League Championships. That's pretty special."

Contributing to the landslide victory was Simet, with a 200, and Kyle Shertz, who rolled a 197.

"I told my brother, the new Warwick head coach and my former assistant, that they won the battles but we won the war," said Vital.

On Friday at Clearview Lanes, the boys competed in the individual championships where Fisher, in a field of 96 bowlers, finished in 3rd place. "He bowled well," said Vital, "losing to the eventual winner, Kolby Bennett of Cedar Crest. And Kyle Shertz finished in the top 15."

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