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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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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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