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PM Field Hockey Team Wins L-L League Crown October 22, 2017

Getting to the finals of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships is nothing new for Penn Manor's field hockey team. Winning it isn't either. Despite coming up empty in each of the last two title round bouts, the Comets took care of business last Thursday night at CV High School, earning a 2-0 shutout over Manheim Township for their sixth L-L League crown in nine years.

The Comets rolled through league opponents with 89 total goals for, three goals against, and 10 shutouts. Ironically, the closest was a 2-0 season-opener against Manheim Township.

In typical Comet fashion, Penn Manor spent a good portion of the first half attacking the Township circle. All good things take time and 24 minutes into the contest Anna May Barbusca corralled a Bri Harsh rebound and pushed it past Township keeper Cat Wilson for the 1-0 advantage.

Both teams battled through the second half with the Comets again controlling the bulk of possession time. They didn't record that second goal until the last two minutes of the game when Emma DeBerdine converted the team's ninth corner.

"I was happy with our teamwork and our passing game this week," stated head coach Matt Soto. "The girls are playing great hockey."

To get to the finals the Comets had to get past their nemesis, the undefeated Donegal Indians Tuesday night at Warwick. And to do that, they needed to stop league leading scorer Makenzie Allessie who has racked up 69 goals this season.

The Indians defeated the Comets in each of the last two L-L League finals. Their third post-season meeting, however, went in favor of Penn Manor, 2-1, as they handed Donegal its first loss of the season and ended a 48 game winning streak.

DeBerdine set the tone early in this one. After picking off a pass just outside the circle, the junior raced toward the goal, dodging anyone in her path and calmly fired a shot into the left corner of the net just 2:51 into play.

"Emma had some terrific individual plays, including that 70-yard scoring run," Soto noted. "The entire team played great."

Both teams attacked and defended and had opportunities, though the Comets carried the bulk of the action with 15 shots and ten corners. Donegal had five of each.

Allessie, despite being double and triple teamed all night, would not be denied. On Donegal's final corner of the game, the junior lifted the ball past Comet goalie Brit Hook (4 saves) and tied the game at 1-1 with 10:29 left on the clock.

"We tried to contain her with anyone available," said Soto.

That momentum was squashed just over a minute later. With 9:45 left, the Comets converted a corner when DeBerdine pushed the ball to Bri Harsh for the game-winner.

CROSS COUNTRY

Nick Fafel's seventh place finish at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships last Tuesday afternoon propelled the Comets to a fourth place team finish. The senior, who posted a 16:40.5 was right on the heels of Cedar Crest's Jake Barrett (16:40.1). The cross country postseason got underway at Ephrata's Middle School and saw the Comets finish behind Hempfield (72 team points), Cedar Crest (102) and Cocalico (109).

David Kramer also earned a top 25 medal placing 20th in 17:00. Seniors Aidan Toomey and Zach Schucker supported each other throughout the race and finished 47th (17:30.8) and 48th (17:34.5) respectively while freshman Lou Lindsley rounded out the top five with a 17:39.2 for 54th place in a field of 163 runners.

"The boys ran very well, improving on last year's fifth place team finish," noted co-head coach Tom Ecker. "Our upperclassmen came through with strong performances."

Fafel, Kramer, a junior, Toomey and Schucker all ran faster times than last season with Kramer showing the biggest drop at 2:13.

The girls' ran a solid race as well and matched last year's eighth place effort. Freshman Arden Morgan was the top finisher of the day, placing 32nd in 20:53 with junior Madison McCanna just eight seconds back in 37th place.

"Arden stepped up to lead the way," said Ecker. "She and Maddie had their best races of the season."

Like Toomey and Schucker, freshman Lauren Zink (48th, 41:36.7) and Andrea Funk (49th, 21:37.5) finished together with another freshman, Becky Kramer, rounding out the top five in 66th place (22:15.5).

The Township girls were the overall winners with Elizabethtown and Hempfield rounding out the top three.

GOLF

Logan Herr was Manor's lone representative at the PIAA Class 3A East Regional Championship's held last Monday at the Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood. The junior was hoping to qualify for the PIAA Championships and extend his season but a round of 83 just missed the 79 cut to advance.

"Logan has worked so hard this year and truly deserved to be at states," said head coach Tom Reustle.

"But sometimes you just don't have it and unfortunately, his day came at the wrong time. He hasn't shot in the 80's for six months or more. Regardless, I'm proud of what he has accomplished this season," he continued. "He can't be defined by one round. I know he'll be back next season and will make it to states."

VOLLEYBALL

The volleyball team closed its season with a win over Manheim Township and loss to second place Warwick last week. They finish the year in fourth place in Section One with a 5-6 mark and are 5-9 overall.

Monday, behind an 11 kill night by Emily Cummings and four aces each by Shayna Warfel and Sydney Leichliter, the Comets avenged a 3-2 first half loss to Manheim Township with a 3-1 thriller in Millersville.

"This was probably the highlight of the season," said head coach Tim Joyce. "It was our Senior Night and we had a touching ceremony for Emily Cummings, Ava Dunford-Groves, Tiana Ferko, Sydney Leichliter, Miranda Phelan and Mikiah Sangrey."

Manor battled their way to identical 25-22 wins in each of the first two sets only to be stopped by the Streaks 25-23 in the third set. Wanting to go out with a final home victory, the Comets took control down the stretch, winning the match with a 25-16 fourth set result.

"The girls just refused to lose," stated Joyce. "We moved Sangrey to hitting on the right side and Shanya Warfel, a junior, to the left. Warfel heated up during the second half of the season, causing teams to commit more effort towards her. She only had six kills against Township but freed up Sangrey (8 kills) and Cummings."

Leichliter distributed the ball for 31 assists, Ava Dunford-Groves (3 aces) anchored the back row with 15 digs and both Cummings and Elizabeth Kubicar (5 kills) put up one block each.

"We pressured their passing with tough serving from Warfel, Leichliter and Dunford-Groves and gave a much more intense defensive effort," Joyce said. "Mikiah, our captain, had some tremendous defensive saves. In the end, we played a cleaner match this time around and our senior leadership led the charge."

That momentum, however, failed to carry over to the Warwick match on Wednesday. The Warriors were tuning up for playoffs and won 25-17, 25-14, 25-18.

"We put up a good effort," said Joyce, "but they were the better team that night."

Cummings paced the action at the net with 10 kills while Dunford-Groves recorded double-digs again with a dozen. Jordan Schucker added three aces.

"Jordan is our freshman serving specialist," Joyce noted. "She served well against a tough serve receive team.

"Ultimately, their service pressure was too much for us, compounded by the fact that they have several offensive weapons."

FOOTBALL

Coming off an impressive 427-yard rushing effort that resulted in a 33-17 over Conestoga Valley, the Comets felt confident going into this past Friday's home game against Warwick. Turnovers, however proved to be the difference in this one as the Warriors raced to a 35-0 victory and forced a three-way tie for third place in Section One. CV, Warwick and Penn Manor all sit at 2-3. The Comets are 2-6 overall.

"It was a disappointing loss," said head coach John Brubaker. "Five turnovers doomed us. Despite our miscues, we were only down 14-0 at the half but we failed to grab the momentum. Having some guys out with injuries hurt us a bit."

Manor's first series took the Comets deep into Warwick territory but instead of putting the pressure on the visitors, a fumble set up the Warriors first score, giving them early momentum. The Comets never got on track, finishing with 67 rushing yards and 76 through the air while giving up 396 total yards.

After a scoreless second quarter, the visitors extended the advantage with a lone TD in the third quarter and two more in the fourth.

"Ayden Hinkle and Logan Legenstein, along with Josh Gibson got some good experience and played well on defense," Brubaker pointed out.

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PM Football Spoils CV's Homecoming, 33-17 October 15, 2017

Friday the 13th did not cast its spell on Penn Manor's football team. The Comets rolled in to Witmer and rolled over the favored Buckskins of CV, 33-17, and spoiled their Homecoming.

"It was a fantastic night," praised head coach John Brubaker. "This was the start of a new four game season. We wanted to be physical on the offensive line and swarm the ball on defense. The guys were enthusiastic and they executed our game plan."

Manor went in front early and often in the first half and led 25-3 at the break. Taking advantage of a Tanner Schwilk interception, the Comets needed just six plays and a one-yard plunge from Ben Wright to get on board.

After blocking the extra point, CV looked to counter with Schwilk finding a couple of open receivers but the Comets not only forced but recovered a fumble and took advantage of another turnover. This one resulted in a 3-yard scamper by Wright and a 12-0 first quarter lead.

After giving up a 30 yard field goal early in the second quarter, Comet QB Josiah Edwards extended the advantage with a pair of TD's, racing 25 and two-yards to pay dirt and that commanding lead.

"Josiah ran some counter plays to open things up," said Brubaker. "He finished with 170 rushing yards and as a team, we rushed for 427, a season-high."

CV gained its footing in the second half, outscoring the visitors 14-8 but it wasn't enough.

"We had Taraje Whitfield covering Jose Barbon and he did a great job," noted Brubaker. "He tipped a pass in that first series that was a huge play. And Jake Hollinger came up with that early interception and added a first half sack as well. Evann Jones also played well, adding two sacks and a couple tackles for a loss," he continued. "Ben and Cole Heckaman ran hard and Casey McCullough dominated the offensive line. We had numerous guys step up. Everyone worked hard."

BOYS' SOCCER

Coming off an overtime victory over McCaskey, the boys' soccer team knew Thursday night's home match with Conestoga Valley was a 'must win' to qualify for the district playoffs. Unfortunately, CV was in the same situation, though the Bucks were sitting inside the 16 team Class 4A field that advances.

The visitors struck early and often, scoring three times in a period of three minutes and went on to win 4-1.

"I have never experienced getting scored on three times in three minutes," recalled head coach Paul Taylor. "We were very flat and weren't pressuring the ball and we weren't marking up inside the 18. It was surreal for that brief moment of time."

But that was all CV needed. The Bucks came in with 38 goals scored but 21 of them were courtesy of Robbie Krasinski. The junior would not be denied though Manor's Jared Harvey, a senior, did his best to slow him down. Krasinski finished with a hat trick, including two of those three early tallies, and the only second half goal.

"Krasinski is fast and crafty," said Taylor. "He was only able to get the ball a few times and he made those times count."

After the Comets settled in, the possession of play and opportunities favored the hosts. Manor cut the lead to 3-1 when senior Conlin Groft juked a pair of defenders and fired a shot into the upper left corner in the 36th minute.

With momentum building in favor of the Comets, CV was awarded a PK just four minutes into the second half. Backup keeper Fahri Sivri (5 saves) not only stopped Krasinski's initial kick but the rebound shot as well, adding to Manor's momentum.

Try as they might, the shots on goal by Mitch Martin, who actually hit a post, Hunter Enck, Liam Hart and Groft were just wide or just high. Manor held an 11-9 edge in shots.

"The boys played extremely hard and created a number of dangerous opportunities," stated Taylor. "The better team did not win. We beat ourselves. We had a solid game plan and felt good we would get the win. We have been on the wrong side of good luck for a number a years now. The tide will turn," he added. "I feel badly for the seniors."

Penn Manor entered the game ranked 17th in the district. Last year they finished 17th in the 16 team field. In 2015, they missed the 20 field playoff bracket by one spot.

CROSS COUNTRY

The harrier teams traveled to Lebanon last Tuesday for their last duel meet of the season. Both squads dominated the undermanned Cedars with 15-55 wins on the day.

The boys, competing against just three runners, were led by Nick Fafel and David Kramer both clocking an 18:02, with Lou Lindsey literally on their heels and one second back for third. Zach Shucker added a fourth place finish in 18:20 with Marco Rezkalla grabbing the final counting position with a sixth place 19:14.

Also placing for the Comets: Dylan Terry (8th, 20:05), Trevor Charles (9th, 20:05), Jordan Photis (10th, 20:07), Brady Lehman (11th, 20:11), Jesse Kanagy (12th, 20:29) and Emmitt Richey (13th, 20:45).

The girls' squad evened their league mark to 4-4 by claiming the first 10 places. Andrea Funk was the overall winner with a 22:09. Arden Morgan was second in 22:23 and Maddy McCanna took third with a 22:45. Lauren Zink, with a 23:01, ran fourth for the Comets while Brianna Ulaky rounded out the top five with a 24:05.

Rounding out the top ten was Puja Neopaney (6th, 24:20), Julianne West (7th, 25:07), Carly Wall (8th, 25:32), Becky Kramer (9th, 25:49) and Libby Sullivan (10th, 26:32).

"Both teams performed well as we overpowered a developing team from Lebanon," said co-head coach Tom Ecker. "The meet provided the runners a chance to work together at a set pace in preparation for the League Championships."

GIRLS' SOCCER

Needing to win out for even a chance to get to the post-season, the girls' soccer team was dealt a 6-1 loss to Hershey last Monday in a game rescheduled from September 23.

"That knocked us out of playoff contention," said head coach Jacob Marino.

The girls fell behind 4-0 in the first half and couldn't regroup. The Trojans improved to 5-8-1 overall while the Comets fell to 4-9 overall.

Last Thursday on the road, the Comets ended their season with a hard-fought 2-0 loss to Section One champ Conestoga Valley, leaving them with a 3-9 league record.

The 10-1-1 Bucks needed 44 minutes to post their first goal and three minutes later they picked up an insurance goal by leading scorer Emma Weirich.

"We created three opportunities early on where we were one-on-one with the keeper and just could not finish," said Marino. "The level of play was even from both sides. It was a great last game of the season."

The wins have not come easy for the Comets this season so they were more than happy with their 9-1 victory over McCaskey Saturday morning, October 7.

Scoring two goals in each half and dishing out three assists on the day, Susan Porambo sparked a 6-0 first half rally for the Comets. Kara Huber tallied the second goal of the game and opened the second half scoring ten minutes in. Kylee Hess, Aislyn Evans and Danielle Heisey, who also added an assist, rounded out the scoring.

Miriam Badri needed just four saves to secure the victory.

"Anne Shoelkopf, Danielle Heisey, Jenna Mylin, Megan Sangrey and Susan Porambo deserve nothing but praise for what they did this season," Marino stated. "I have never seen a team dominate play in so many games and not come out with a winning result. But at the end of the day, being really good at kicking a ball around pales in comparison to being able to make a positive impact in the lives of others, which is what they did," he continued. "These seniors will go on to do much bigger things than win soccer games. I believe they will see the fruits of their labor in the coming years as they watch the girls coming up take lead."

VOLLEYBALL

Playing three matches in four days, the volleyball team came away with one win on the week and saw their record slip to 4-6 in the L-L and 4-9 overall.

Shayna Warfel put down a match high 17 kills but it wasn't enough to propel the Comets past Spring Grove last Monday. Tied at 1-1 after two sets, Spring Grove rebounded from their 25-12 loss with a 25-19 win and then pulled out a 25-23 thriller to steal the win.

"We were able to serve them out of system in that second set, forcing a number of errors," said head coach Tim Joyce. "But in the end, they just had too many weapons.

Emily Cummings served up four aces, Ave Dunford-Groves worked the back row for 19 digs, Sydney Leichliter directed the offense with 32 assists and Tiana Ferko put up one block.

The Comets faced second place Cedar Crest one night later but didn't have what it takes to pull out the win. They suffered 25-15, 26-24, 25-19 set results.

"We got off to a hesitant start but by the end of the first, we were playing at full speed, but it was too late at that point," said head coach Tim Joyce. "We led for a portion of that second set mostly due to tough serving. Both teams had a chance for game-point, but Crest was able to finish. The third set was back-and-forth for a while but they proved to be the tougher team."

Warfel was again tops with 14 kills but the Falcons led in aces, digs, assists and blocked shots.

Jordan Schucker served up three aces, Dunford-Groves led with six digs, Sydney Leichliter added 21 assists and Elizabeth Kubican recorded two blocks.

The Comets wrapped up the week with a sweep over McCaskey, winning 25-8, 25-18, 25-12.

Warfel needed just seven kills and two blocks to lead the way. Schucker finished with six aces and 11 assists, Kendra Weiss added 5 digs and Krahulik chipped in with a pair of blocks.

"Shayna had strong passing and hitting performances," noted Joyce. "And Jordan Schucker, a freshman recently pulled up to varsity, stepped in and had an immediate, positive impact as a serving specialist. Senior captain Mikiah Sangrey also had strong nights defensively."

FIELD HOCKEY

The Comets opened the playoff portion of their schedule this past Saturday morning when they hosted Manheim Central in the quarterfinals round of the L-L League playoffs. The Section One champs, with 22 corners and 15 shots, blanked the Section Two runners-up with a balanced effort and a 3-0 final.

Gabby Bitts led the way with a second half goal and assisted both Briana Harsh and Emma DeBerdine to put the Comets in front 2-0 at the half. The win pits the Comets against the Indians in the semifinals October 17 at Warwick. The two teams have met in the L-L Finals each of the past two years.

With a pair of goals from Harsh and a three assists, one goal effort from DeBerdine, the Comets capped their undefeated run through the regular season with their ninth league shutout (13th overall) last Tuesday at Comet Field. The home team piled up six first half tallies en route to an 8-0 sweep over Cedar Crest. Harsh scored once in each half but it was Mia Clancy, on a feed from Gabby Bitts that opened the scoring about eight minutes in.

Hannah Brown, Bitts, Alyssa Schriver and Anna May Barbusca also found the back of the cage with Brown and Bitts (2) contributing assists.

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Fafel, Kramer Lead Comets Over Solanco October 8, 2017

The Comet harriers matched Elizabethtown with four runners in the top ten but dropped a close one to the Bears Tuesday afternoon. The hosts claimed four of the top six places, interrupted only by the Comets, to pull out a 28-20 victory. The Comets, who worked a 20-35 win over Solanco, improved to 3-4 in league competition.

Nick Fafel clocked a personal best 16:23 and finished four seconds ahead of E-town' third place winner, Charles Scharf, in a determined final 400 sprint. David Kramer finished in fourth (17:00) and ahead of E-town's third and fourth runners.

Aidan Toomey (8th, 17:51) and Zach Schucker (9th, 18:00) ran together for the bulk of the race and Marco Rezkalla rounded out the top five counters while Lou Lindsey (15th, 18:33), Dylan Terry (16th, 18:34), Evan Lyon (17th, 18:37) and Jordan Photis (18th, 18:43) earned top 20 finishes.

"Nick had an outstanding race against two of the top runners in the league in E-town's Christopher and Charles Scharf," said co-head coach Tom Ecker. "His time was faster than the previous course record.

"Marco Rezkalla and Brady Lehman (20th), both sophomores, also raced well finishing much higher because of their effort," he added. "The boys ran well overall, we just lacked sufficient strength in the mid-pack to overtake E-town."

The girls' team, giving up the first four places to the Bears, went 1-1 on the day, posting a 21-39 win over Solanco and a 22-39 loss to third place Elizabethtown.

The Comets were led by senior Andrea Funk and freshman Arden Morgan who finished 5th (20:48) and 6th (21:01) overall.

"Both girls keep improving and we look forward to the post-season competition," stated Ecker.

Maddy McCanna (9th, 21:21), Lauren Zink (10th, 21:45), and Brianna Ulaky (11th, 22:20) rounded out the top five while Julianne West (12th, 22:27) and Carly Wall (14th, 23:30) finished in the top 15.

The Comets competed in the Champions race at the Carlisle Invitational on September 30.

"Both teams ran their best races of the year with the boys placing 5th out 50 teams and the girls finishing 12," said co-head coach Bob Ulmer. "Hopefully that bodes well for the league championship race."

FIELD HOCKEY

The Comets continued their march through the second half of the league schedule last week, piling up three more wins and clinching the Section One title for the 11th straight season.

Monday night in Lititz, Hannah Brown sparked a six goal first half with her first hat trick of the year and chipped in with one assist, as the Comets swept the series with a convincing 8-1 road win.

Brown got the action rolling, scoring the first goal of the game in the sixth minute. The Warriors, having lost 5-1 the first time around, were determined to keep this one closer and scored 2:30 later. That only got Penn Manor's attention. The Comets went to work after that, tallying five more goals, including four in the last six minutes to take control.

Holding a 6-1 lead at the break, Manor got second half goals by Briana Harsh and Jasmine Miller.

Emma DeBerdine's goal at 24:02 sparked a flurry of Comet scoring. Gabby Bitts, the team's leading scorer, scored less than one minute later and picked up her second goal 2:18 after that. Brown's goal at 29:34 closed the first half scoring.

Alyssa Schriver, Bitts, DeBerdine, Brown and Anna May Barbusca were credited with assists.

In goal, Brittney Hook needed just two saves to preserve Manor's undefeated record but gave up her fourth goal to date, a league low.

At home Wednesday, in a night game honoring ten seniors, the Comets made short work of Hempfield and clinched the Section One crown. DeBerdine, the team's second leading scorer, took over for Brown and almost single-handedly dismantled the Knights (4-11 overall). The senior tallied four first half goals with Anna Katherine Kirk adding one as they made a 5-0 first half lead stand.

An offense that fired off 21 shots and worked 16 corners left little for the defense. The Knights were denied in both shots and corners.

Barbusca's two goal effort on Friday fueled a tightly contested 3-0 outing against CV. Despite 20 corners for the game, the Comets were held scoreless in the opening half but then ripped off three goals in a span of seven minutes. Bitts tallied the first goal of the half and DeBerdine (2) and Alyssa Schriver chipped in with assists.

BOYS' SOCCER

The boys' soccer team used a balanced attack Tuesday afternoon to sweep the series with another 7-0 shutout against winless Lebanon. Scoring four times in the first half and three after the break, six different Comets found the back of the net. Liam Hart led the way with a pair of first half tallies with Conlin Groft, who led with two assists, and Connor Mayers (1a), who notched his first goal of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0 at the break.

Ryan Mowery opened the second half scoring and Shane Tapani scored his first goal of the season just over nine minutes later. Hunter Enck capped the action in the final minute of play.

Despite the lopsided final, keeper Blake Martin was not without action, needing ten saves to preserve Manor's third league shutout.

A lot has happened since the Comets took second place Warwick to a double overtime tie two weeks ago and most of it has been injuries. The depleted Comet squad traveled to Lititz Thursday night and came home with a closer than it may seem, 2-0 loss.

"We made some bad mistakes and they capitalized," said head coach Paul Taylor. "And we had some great opportunities. Hunter Enck was dangerous.

"But we are hit very badly with injuries," he continued. "With three starters out and three more injured, that leaves us very strained. This is affecting our performance. With two games left, and possibly a bid to districts, we need to win out. That's the bottom line. We need to find a way to win."

On Saturday, they did just that, though it took over 90 minutes. Enck not only capped his hat trick but tallied the game winner early in the second extra period, lifting the Comets to a 3-2 win over McCaskey.

Gifted with a penalty kick when Conlin Groft was tripped in the box, Enck converted early in the second half to put the Comets in front 1-0. His breakaway goal later in the half made it 2-0.

The hosts cut that lead in half when they converted a corner and then knotted the game with seven minutes remaining, setting up Manor's sixth overtime game of the season.

GIRLS' SOCCER

The going has been tough for the girls' soccer team. Coming into Tuesday's game with Cedar Crest, the Comets were on a four game losing streak, suffering losses to CV, Township, Hempfield and Central Dauphin.

"I think sometimes we forget how hard our schedule really is," said head coach Jacob Marino. "These last four games were against top teams not only in the district, but also the state."

Tuesday the Comets were looking to split the series against Cedar Crest. The Falcons (5-8-1 overall) had won a high scoring 4-2 verdict the first time around. In Millersville, however, it was a different story. With not a lot of action at either end of the field, the game featured a combined two corners and six shots and a disappointing 1-0 loss for the home team. Crest's goal by Jade Rolon midway through the first half proved to be the game-winner.

After four scoreless games, the Comets finally found the back of the net. Unfortunately, Warwick did too, and twice as they got past the hosts 2-1 in overtime Thursday night.

Tied at 1-1 in the first half, the Warriors broke through just two minutes into the extra period.

Kylee Hess, on a setup from Kara Huber, prevented the shutout for the Comets.

TENNIS

Marly Rohrer and Julie Ward competed in the L-L League Tennis Tournament this past Friday afternoon. Ward, playing in Flight 3 at Warwick, opened with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Solanco's Faith Redcay but dropped a 6-2, 6-0 result against No. 2 seed Sophie Granbois, of Hempfield.

In Flight 2 at Ephrata, Rohrer ran into No. 3 seed Serena Cheng of Cedar Crest and suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss.

In doubles play, Ward and Morgan Smoker suffered an 8-0 first round loss to Kassie Nichols and Angel Strickler of Cocalico.

GOLF

Logan Hess, Manor's lone representative in the PIAA District Three tournament, advanced to the second day of competition at Briarwood Golf Course with an opening round 77 on the par 72 course. It was the ninth lowest score of the day. He did even better on Saturday, tying for the third lowest score of the day, a 72 and punching his ticket to the PIAA Championships. Central York's Joe Parrini won the title with a two-day, eight under 67-69.

VOLLEYBALL

It's always a tall task when you go up against Hempfield. Last Tuesday on the road proved to be just that for the Lady Comets who suffered a 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 loss to the 8-0 Knights.

"We didn't play as well as we would have liked," said head coach Tim Joyce. "They kept us off balance most of the match. We did take the opportunity to play all of our younger varsity players to get them some experience."

Sydney Leichliter turned in a solid game with 17 assists, 10 digs and one ace while Mikiah Sangrey was strong at the net with six kills. Emily Cummings, Kendra Weiss and Logan Adams also served up one ace and Tiana Ferko added one block.

"Ferko, our middle hitter, had a strong night putting pressure on Hempfield with her attacks and blocks," noted Joyce. "And Mikiah, our senior captain, hit very efficiently at .222 and played tough defense."

FOOTBALL

On the road Friday night the Comets gave up three first half touchdowns and never quite recovered, dropping a 35-12 Section One result against Wilson.

Despite the finish, the game opened in Manor's favor. After stopping the Bulldogs on their first series, a high snap on the punt gave the Comets the ball on the Wilson 9. The hosts stopped three run attempts and then not only blocked the field goal attempt but ran the ball back 89 yards for a 7-0 first quarter lead. Wilson (3-0 L-L, 4-2 overall) then ran off four unanswered touchdowns, two in the second frame, to take a commanding 28-0 lead. They were led by Iggy Reynoso and Connor Uhrig. Reynoso became the 4th player in Berks Co. history to pass the 4,000 career rushing mark, going 165-yards on 21 carries while Uhrig became the 4th Wilson QB to throw over 3,000 career yards, passing for 202 against the Comets.

The Comets scored the final two TD's of the game with Josiah Edwards hitting Josh Gibson with a 55-yard strike and Zach Banta hooking up with Logan Legenstein on a 42-yard toss. Both two point conversion attempts were denied.

The Comets finished with 232 total yards while the Bulldogs piled up 395 in a game that featured zero turnovers by either team.

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Comets Push Streaks, Knights but Fall Short October 1, 2017

The second half of the L-L League Section One season opened Tuesday night in Millersville where the Comets, on Senior Night, hosted Manheim Township in hopes of splitting the series. A pair of early goals, however, lifted the Streaks to 4-3 and dropped the hosts to 2-3-2.

"Defensively we just didn't apply enough pressure in the midfield, and the result was their early goals," said head coach Paul Taylor. "We also have a number of injuries which limits what we can do. We did make appropriate adjustments in the second half and had better opportunities."

On the road Thursday, a goal by Conner Braun, set up by Conlin Groft midway through the first half knotted the score at 1-1 against Hempfield. The Knights, however, scored twice over a span of 13 minutes early in the second half to sweep the series.

Coming in, the Comets had the second toughest defense in the league, yielding 8 goals. Hempfield leads that category, having given up just four to date.

The Comets were coming off a 2-0 victory over Carlisle in the Lower Dauphin Tournament on Saturday, September 30. Hunter Enck and Mitch Martin were the goal scorers with Liam Hart and Kyle Mowery providing the setups.

Manor opened play with a 4-0 loss against Lower Dauphin.

"It was a good opportunity to play against a former state champ," said Taylor of LD.

In an up-tempo, non-league game Saturday, September 30, the Comets, despite twice holding the lead, settled for a 2-2 double OT tie against visiting Central Dauphin. Martin put the locals on the board just 90 seconds in. The Rams knotted the score with a penalty kick early in the second half while Hunter Enck made good on a PK for the Comets (5-6-3 overall), putting the home team back in front. The visitors, however, tied the game before the end of regulation.

It was Manor's fourth OT game of the season and third tie.

FOOTBALL

Falling behind quickly by two scores early, Penn Manor's hopes of topping visiting Hempfield on homecoming night were dwindling. A fourth quarter rally, however, improved their momentum. The Comets scored a pair of TD's and took and 14-10 lead with two minutes left but couldn't hold on.

"We didn't generate much offense in that first half but we definitely played better after that," said head coach John Brubaker. "We had more fire in the second half but we need that for four quarters. We showed signs of doing things right. We just need more of it."

Josiah Edwards threw touchdown passes of 16 and 58 yards to Taraje Whitfield and Josh Gibson, respectively, to put the Comets in front. The Knights, however, countered with a five-play, 79-yard drive and secured the win with a 33-yard passing TD.

CROSS COUNTRY

The boys' cross country team traveled to Warwick last Tuesday to face two teams ahead of them in the Section One standings, Manheim Township and the host Warriors. And when the final runner crossed the line, the Comets came up short. The Streaks (3-3) not only had the top individual but placed all five counters in the top 14 to edge Manor 25-30. The 4-2 Warriors had five of the top 11 runners and finished on top 25-34. The Comets are currently 3-4.

"The course is a long loop, out in the sun, making it a challenge for all runners with the temperatures we had," said co-head coach Tom Ecker.

"We knew the boy's race would be tight," he continued. "Our front runners finished well but our mid-pack did not finish as strongly as we needed."

Nick Fafel once again was the top Comet to finish, just five seconds out of first with a 16:51. David Kramer was fourth (17:24) and Aidan Toomey placed 10th in 18:15.

The Comets packed it in after that with Lou Lindsey (16th, 18:50), Zach Schucker (17th, 18:55), Dylan Terry (18th, 19:03), and Evan Lyon (19th, 19:03) cracking the top 20.

The girls had a tougher challenge going up against the undefeated Streaks, who earned the top seven places to win 15-54. Warwick, on the other hand, was an obtainable goal and Manor pulled through with a 21-39 win to improve to 3-4.

"The girls performed as we had planned," Ecker stated. "We knew we could not beat Township so we focused on Warwick and each girl came through, finishing in their target place or better."

Andrea Funk was right behind the Township pack and finished 9th in 21:40. Arden Morgan (11th, 21:55) and Maddy McCanna (12th, 22:19) ran as Manor's second and third runners while Lauren Zink (17th, 23:26) and Brianna Ulaky (18th, 23:35) rounded out the top five.

"Maddy had her strongest race of the year, adding strength to our squad when we needed it," added Ecker.

GOLF

On a balmy Monday the golf team competed in the L-L League Tournament at Honeybrook Golf Course with the hopes of extending their season. With nine chances to advance, only Logan Hess qualified for the District Three Tournament which will be held October 6-7 at Briarwood Golf Course in York.

Hess carded the fifth lowest score of the day, a 75, to lead the Comets to a fifth place team finish.

"We actually had a great day," said head coach Tom Reustle. "Sometimes you play great and still miss the cut by a few strokes."

A total of 19 AAA boys carding 81 or lower, and 13 girls shooting 104 or better advanced.

"Erin Purzycki (106) and Amanda Wolf (107) both had solid rounds and just missed the cut," Reustle noted. "The rest of the team put in a great effort. It one of our best performances as a team. There are a lot of good players at this level and sometimes it truly comes down to a few strokes.

"I'm proud of the way we competed this year," he continued. "We have a tremendous group of student athletes."

Also competing were Hunter Long (82), Griffin Rineer (83), Max Forrey and Kaden Peart (87 each) and Josh Heckman and Drew Greenawalt (88 each).

TENNIS

While the wins have been hard to come by, the girls' tennis team hasn't stopped working. Their efforts last week left them with a 5-2 loss to Garden Spot last Wednesday, the first time this season they've scored a pair of team points. And Thursday they capped the regular season with their best effort yet, a hard-fought, 4-3 loss to Solanco.

Emma Bachelor and Morgan Smoker pulled out a 9-7 thriller at No. 2 doubles while Julia Ward earned a 6-2, 2-6 (10-6) result at No. 3 singles over Paula Groff.

"Emma and Morgan had to shake off some nerves to come away with the GS victory," said head coach Allie Fetter. "They played aggressively and used angled volleys to their advantage. I think the spirit of senior night motivated them to leave with a win."

The top doubles team of Maddy Groff and Marly Rohrer and the No. 3 team of Ward and Liv Chipriano put up good numbers but fell short 8-4, and 8-3 respectively.

"Julie took an early lead in the tiebreaker and ended up letting a few points go before securing her win," noted Fetter. "Her great footwork and consistency gave her the edge. She has been involved in a few tie breakers and I'm happy to see her win one."

Also in singles play, Groff fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1, Rohrer bowed out 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 and Batchelor lost 6-1, 6-1.

On Thursday the Mares took a 2-1 lead in doubles with Batchelor and Smoker putting up a 7-5 win at No. 2. Singles play was incredibly close. Groff won a tie breaker (5-7, 7-6 (13-11)) at No. 1 and Batchelor pulled out a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 4 to account for the scoring. In between, Ward dropped a heartbreaker at No. 3 (2-6, 6-2 (10-7)) and Rohrer fell 6-3, 7-5.

The team opened the week with a 7-0 loss to Cedar Crest.

FIELD HOCKEY

After cruising through the first half of league play with a Section One best 88 goals for and a league low 3 against, the Comets opened the second half of the regular season with a sweep over visiting Manheim Township on Pink Night. The Comets defeated the Streaks 2-0 in Neffsville but doubled that effort on Comet Field.

While the Streaks may have been focused on Gabby Bitts, the section scoring leader coming in (20 goals), the Comets have a handful of players ready to step into the scoring action. Bitts finished with two assists while Emma DeBerdine put the home team on the board midway through the half and Mia Clancy padded the lead with another penalty corner opportunity with two minutes left.

Brianna Harsh handled the second half scoring, beating Township keeper Cat Wilson (10 saves) in the 22nd and 29th minutes.

"As we move through the second half we'd like to continue to play great defense and improve our penalty corner output," said head coach Matt Soto.

The Comets were coming off a hard-fought non-league battle against Lower Dauphin Monday. Bitts provided all the offense needed, scoring on DeBerdine's setup at the 7:36 mark in the second half.

"This was great field hockey from both teams," said Soto, "but it showed that we need to produce more scoring opportunities."

Friday's two goal efforts from DeBerdine and Bitts highlighted Manor's third straight shutout, a 7-0 result over McCaskey, and pushed their unbeaten streak to 14-0. Harsh, Clancy and Autumn Gager also scored.

VOLLEYBALL

Fresh off a disappointing five set loss to Manheim Township, the Comets hosted the second place Warriors (5-1) in Section One Tuesday night and, try as they may, came up short 25-16, 25-12, 25-10.

Shayna Warfel matched Warwick's McKenzie Cossette with 12 kills and both teams recorded 20 digs with Warfel and Ava Dunford-Groves collecting ten each. Sydney Leichliter chipped in with 16 assist and one ace and Tiana Ferko put up one block as their record fell to 3-4 (3-6).

"Shayna had another good night as one of our top passers and kill leader," said head coach Tim Joyce.

The Comets righted the ship on Thursday, pulling out a hard-fought 25-21, 28-26, 25-21 result against a one win CV squad.

Warfel and Emily Cummings put down five kills each, compliments of Leichliter, who tallied 16 assists. Mikiah Sangrey collected the only ace and added 15 digs while Elizabeth Kubicar recorded two blocks.

"Emily had a very consistent night," said Joyce. "She only had one error on 20 attempts. Tiana set an aggressive block, getting three stops and Mikiah kept had several tough serving runs that scored us 11 points through the match."

GIRLS' SOCCER

On the pitch last week the lady booters were denied in league play against two of the top three teams in Section One, falling to Manheim Township (2-0) on Tuesday and Hempfield (4-0) on Thursday.

The Comets gave up two second half goals to the Streaks and three to the Knights in bowing out.

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PM Volleyball Makes Quick Work of McCaskey September 24, 2017

The volleyball team split back-to-back games last week, falling short in a 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 23-25, 15-8) marathon on the road at L-S before coming home and taking care of a winless McCaskey squad 3-0.

"We had the same goal both days: to play our best," said head coach Tim Joyce. "We were pretty close to achieving that goal on both nights, but with different results."

Shayna Warfel racked up a match and career-high 20 kills Monday but it wasn't quite enough.

"LS is a tough team and it took until the third set to get our offense firing," recalled Joyce. "By the fourth set, we were finally believing, but in the end, they were more experienced, having gone five sets already this season."

Warfel collected those kills on 37 attempts with only four errors. She also served up five aces. Sydney Leichliter chipped in with 15 digs and 32 assists. The Comets also had three other players (Mikiah Sangrey, Ava Dunford-Groves and Kendra Weiss) with double-digit digs.

"Our level of defense made us tough to defend," said Joyce.

Tuesday's outing was far less intense as the Comets cruised to a 27-8, 25-18, 25-8 victory that took just about an hour.

"McCaskey was a fun match because everyone got playing time," noted Joyce. "In that second set we had the most subs, and the most performance fluctuation, but we got it together by the end.

"Warfel had six kills in 10 attempts with only two errors which is excellent," he added. "Sangrey also had a strong hitting night with five kills and two errors, and junior Lizzy Kubicar had four kills on nine attempts."

Thursday the locals found themselves in another five set thriller and for the second time on the week fell short. Manor jumped in front 28-26, 25-19 but the Streaks rallied for three straight and took the match 25-17, 25-23, 25-14.

Leichliter dished out a match-high 31 assists with 15 going to Warfel for a match-high in kills.

FOOTBALL

Taking advantage of five Lebanon turnovers, the gridiron team ground out a 35-20 win over the visiting Cedars this past Friday night to collect their first win of the season.

"I thought we played well," said head coach John Brubaker. "Lebanon is pretty talented and might have one of the best quarterbacks in the league."

The league opener featured 226 yards and three touchdowns by Ben Wright as the Comets broke a 20-20 third quarter tie with a dominating 15-0 final frame. Wright also stopped the Cedars with a goal line interception and recovered a fumble.

Manor started strong, scoring first quarter TD's on short runs by Josiah Edwards and Wright and led 13-0 at the break.

The Cedars regrouped and put together a solid game plan in the third, outscoring the hosts 20-7 to tie the game heading into the fourth.

"We definitely controlled the first half," said Brubaker. "But then a few errors let them back in. It was frustrating but we got a positive response to that adversity."

The Comets, behind Wright's 25-yard scamper and Edwards with a 28-yard run to the end zone, capped the fourth quarter scoring.

Lebanon countered Manor's 324-yard rushing game with 310-yards in the air. Liam Hart successfully booted three field goals and Nick Baker hauled in a two-point conversion pass that put the Comets in front for good, 28-20.

"Casey McCollum had a fantastic game on the offensive line," praised Brubaker. "He's the guy we like to run behind. Josiah, Cole Heckaman, Theoren McElheny and Ben accounted for all 340 of our rushing yards so we have some diversity in our backfield.

"And we moved Evan Jones to defensive end this week and, with three sacks, he made a positive response to the move," he continued. "Mike Brown, a first year starter, added two interceptions. He's been consistent in the secondary."

GOLF

The Comets hosted the Section One contingent in last Tuesday's regular season finale and settled for a middle of the road finish. Their 338 team score handled Hempfield (349), Cedar Crest (393) and Lebanon (536) easily. The tough part was finishing just six strokes behind second place Warwick (332) and three behind CV (335). Township remained undefeated with their 307. Manor settled in for fourth place (18-24).

"All in all it was a good day," said head coach Tom Reustle.

Logan Hess turned in a solid outing. His 71 was the second lowest score of the day, following Township's Jacob Mancinati (68). Drew Greenawalt was second for the Comets with an 82 while Hunter Long (92) and Griffin Rineer (93) rounded out the counting four.

"Logan continued his great play," said Reustle. "What's amazing about his is how humble he is and what a great team player.

"Drew shot a solid round," he added. "He's been working hard and really wants to qualify for districts this year. I know he can do it.

"We have nine players who have qualified for leagues. That is a true testament to their hard work and dedication," stated the coach.

BOYS SOCCER

The Comets battled the third place Bucks on the road last Wednesday night and came away with their second league overtime tie of the season, moving their league record to 2-2-2.

After a scoreless first half, the Bucks jumped in front with a goal in the 51st minute and put the pressure on Manor's struggling offense. With about one minute left in regulation, Mitchell Martin successfully converted Liam Hart's feed on a breakaway to extend the game.

"I thought we had the better chances in the first half and both overtimes," said head coach Paul Taylor. "Liam, Mitch and Kyle Mowery were just inches off in a few of their shots.

"We have the least amount of goals allowed in Section One which speaks volumes for our backs and our goalie, especially in this tough section," he added. "Our holding midfielder, Jackson Hostetter, played a great game and held his own against a very physical opponent.

"As our attack improves, the goals should start coming," the coach continued. "We have another half of the regular season and plenty of opportunities to score goals. These guys are capable of scoring them."

CROSS COUNTRY

The harrier teams were off last week but competed in the Ben Bloser Invitational at Big Springs High School on September 16.

Nick Fafel (18:23) and David Kramer (18:25) were Manor's top two finishers, placing 77th and 78th overall.

"We ran the meet to provide the team with exposure to the District course," said co-head coach Tom Ecker, "and to give them experience participating in a large invitational. With the warmer temperatures and high humidity, we chose not to push the runners given that our race was held in the heat of the afternoon."

Aidan Toomy (18:50), freshman Lou Lindsey (19:02) and Marco Rezkalla (19:12), in a field of 220, rounded out Manor's top five.

Andrea Funk earned the best finish of the day, placing 56th with a 22:04. Freshmen Arden Morgan (87, 23:13) and Lauren Zink (96th, 23:32) also placed in the top 100. Maddy McCanna (23:44), Brianna Ulaky (23:58) and freshman Becky Kramer (24:37) also competed.

TENNIS

While the tennis team isn't racking up the wins, they certainly are working at it. Last week the girls played Warwick, undefeated Manheim Township and third place Hempfield on back-to-back-to-back days and suffered two 7-0 losses.

"Our team is new to tennis but we have witnessed a lot of growth throughout the season," said head coach Allie Fetter. "We are proud of how far they have come since preseason."

At No. 4, Julie Ward turned in the toughest battle of the day against Warwick, bowing out 5-7, 6-1, 10-4 against Heather Mitchell. Emma Batchelor, at No. 5, was also competitive, shrugging off a 6-1 first set loss and closing the gap to 6-4 in the second set.

"Julie was very consistent," stated Fetter. "She hustled and had many long rallies."

Against the Streaks, Ward and Liv Chipriano secured the only games of the match for the Comets, dropping an 8-2 result at No. 3 doubles.

GIRLS SOCCER

On the heels of two straight shutouts, the girl's soccer team battled Conestoga Valley, tied for the top spot in Section One, but didn't quite have the horses to pull out the upset. The Bucks, holding a slim 1-0 lead at the break, pulled away with a three goal second half.

"They played a direct kick and run style of soccer," noted head coach Jacob Marino. "We played a great passing game and possessed the ball nicely, but when a team plays kick and run it's difficult to develop a rhythm. Down the stretch, fatigue and injuries took its toll. But the girls maintained their composure to the end and showed no let down or lack of intensity.

"This game would have been a big ask even if we were completely healthy and rested," he added.

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team piled up 21 goals in two league games last week and ran their league unbeaten streak to 6-0 (10-0 overall).

Briana Harsh tallied her first hat trick of the season and sparked another dominating victory as Manor steamrolled yet another opponent Tuesday afternoon. Scoring five goals in each half, the Comets reached a double-digit offensive effort for the third time this season, cruising past Conestoga Valley 10-1.

Emma DeBerdine (1a) broke the ice in just 54 seconds and Gabby Bitts made it 2-0 about two minutes later. Harsh notched her first score of the day midway through the half and then made it 4-0 at the 18:01 mark. Hannah Brown (1a) capped the first half scoring with 1:28 left.

The second half was more of the same. Harsh got things rolling, taking a cross from Bitts and pushing it past CV's freshman keeper Brooke Eberly (10 saves) and AnnaMay Barbusca, who dished out a pair of assists, scored twice in 31 seconds and extended the lead to 8-0.

CV cracked the Comet defense with 10 minutes left as senior keeper Brit Hook gave up just her second goal to date.

Manor, however, went back to work, getting goals from Mia Clancy and Alyssa Schriver, finishing the day with 10 goals on 20 shots. Lisa Schaefer and Brook Spezialetti chipped in with assists.

Thursday afternoon it was Barbusca with a hat trick while Bitts and DeBerdine scored two goals each and added two assists to fuel an 11-0 shellacking over visiting Cedar Crest. The Comets pounded out 27 shots, were awarded 24 corners and led 5-0 by the midway point of the half.

Mia Clancy's two goal effort sparked a six goal second half. Brown (1a) and Shriver also added goals and Taylor Lefever and Lisa Schaefer dished out assists.

Hook earned the shutout with making a single save and the defense denied the Falcons in both corners and shots.

The Comets gave up just their third goal of the season but their undefeated record remained intact with a 2-1 nod over Hershey Saturday morning. A first half goal by Harsh put the hosts on the board and a second half tally by Brown proved to be the game-winner.

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Lady Comets Again Score 14 Goal Victory September 17, 2017

With nine players contributing at the offensive end last Monday afternoon, it's safe to say the Comets have more than a handful of weapons. Those nine players accounted for 14 goals in a 14-0 train wreck over McCaskey. In fact, it was the second time the Comets, who advanced to the District finals and the PIAA AAA Final Four last year, netted 14 goals, having crushed Daniel Boone in their second game of the season.

"We never expected to score 14 goals once, let alone twice at this point," said head coach Matt Soto, "but we do have some very skilled goal scorers."

Anna May Barbusca's hat trick effort spear headed the attack. Emma DeBerdine and Hannah Brown both scored one goal in each half while Gabby Bitts, who also recorded three assists, netted a pair of second half goals. The junior almost single handedly dismantled Warwick Wednesday night at Comet field, tallying four of the teams five goals in their 5-1 final. Bitts, who leads the team in scoring, found the back of the net twice in less than a minute to push Manor's lead to 2-0 with 18:07 left in the first half. DeBerdine's goal with 8:58 left in the game rounded out the scoring. Barbusca's timely passing set up three of her team's goals.

"Emma is doing a great job controlling the middle of the field and directing penalty corner offense," said Soto, "and Gabby is off to a great start, with goals in every game. Lisa Schaefer has also been solid on the defensive side of the ball."

The Warriors prevented the shutout when Adrienne McGarrigle beat senior keeper Brit Hook with a good strike at the 18:49 mark of the second half. It was the first goal Hook and the defense have given up to date as they pushed their record to 5-0.

Also contributing to the McCaskey victory was Briana Harsh (2a), AnnaKatherine Kirk, Addison Ewing, Jasmine Miller and Schaefer each with one goal. Dishing out assists were DeBerdine, Brown, Autumn Gager, Alyssa Schriver and Brooke Spezialetti.

"Every game has been a total team effort," Soto said. "We have strength at every position and skillful reserves but we need to work on speeding up the attack and having more skill inside the offensive circle."

The domination continued Friday afternoon as the Comets rolled past Hempfield 9-0 and on Saturday they blanked Central York 8-0 and Hershey 5-zip to win the Hershey Tournament. Bitts, with a hat trick against CY, was the top Comet scorer of the day. Clancy, DeBerdine, Harsh and Barbusca each scored twice.

CROSS COUNTRY

The harrier teams hosted McCaskey, CV and Ephrata on their new home course last Tuesday afternoon and pulled away with three victories. Nick Fafel's second place finish in 17:02 led Penn Manor to a hard-fought 26-29 victory over McCaskey. David Kramer (6th, 17:48), Lou Lindsey (7th, 18:02) and Aidan Toomey (8th, 18:03) helped widen the margin against Conestoga Valley (20-44) while Zach Schucker (15th, 18:55), Graham Thomas (16th), Dylan Terry (17th) and Marco Rezkalla (18th) helped seal the deal against the Mounts (22-39).

"This was the first time on our new course," noted co-head coach Tom Ecker. "Changes at Herr Park, along with planned changes on school property prompted the change and gave us the opportunity to add two long gradual hills. This makes it much more challenging for all runners, but we're hoping it will result in some form of a home-field advantage."

The PM - McCaskey races are always tight. Two years ago the Comets edged the Red Tornado 27-28 and last year survived a 28-28 tie on the sixth runner rule.

"We knew it would be tight again and require five runners to perform well," Ecker stated. "This was our strongest showing against them.

"Nick had a great race and an excellent time," he added.

The girl's team faced two strong teams in McCaskey and Ephrata and hoped to pull out a win over CV. They did just that, topping the Bucks 21-34 behind Andrea Funk's seventh place finish (21:29). McCaskey (18-38) and Ephrata (20-35), however, prevailed.

"Our goal was to run a strong race against CV and we were able to do that," stated Ecker.

Rounding out the top five Comets were Arden Morgan (10th, 21:56), Maddy McCanna (13th, 22:47), Brianna Ulaky (14th, 23:09) and Becky Kramer (20th, 24:20).

BOYS SOCCER

Having scored just three goals in their first four games, the Comet offense is starting to find its groove. They netted three goals in a non-league win over Red Lion and last Monday exploded for seven in a shutout over winless Lebanon.

The hosts needed just 14 shots to corral those seven goals. Hunter Enck, with two first half goals and a pair of assists, fueled the offense. Kyle Mowery knocked home two second half goals and Conlin Groft chipped in with two assists as the Comets extended their 4-0 first half advantage. Conner Braun's goal in the ninth minute opened the flood gates. Ryan Mowery and Mitchel Martin (1a) also contributed.

At home again Wednesday the boys faced a bigger challenge against the undefeated Warriors. But with their offense building confidence and a defense that seemed to bend but not break, the Comets settled for a double OT scoreless tie.

"It was a disappointing final result," stated head coach Paul Taylor, "but our ball movement is really improving. Once the concepts we are showing them click, it will be exciting."

With just three shots on goal for the day, the Comets actually had the best opportunity, a penalty kick by Hunter Eck with 8:42 remaining. That attempt sailed wide of the post.

The Warriors kept Comet keeper Blake Martin and his defense busy. Martin was credited with 10 saves as he recorded his second shutout of the week and had plenty of help from his defense.

"Jared Harvey, Conlin Groft, Zach Bailey, Connor Braun and Ethan Nace are the back line and are doing great," Taylor said.

Harvey, in fact, headed one of Warwick's attempts out of harm's way.

The play in both extra periods was back-and-forth with neither team mounting an exceptional threat.

"Offensively we had better possession of the ball and our good team defense and physicality stood out," added Taylor.

The Comets pushed their record to 4-3-1 overall with a hard-fought 2-1 nod over visiting McCaskey on Friday. Mitchell Martin's first half goal knotted the score at 1-1 while Paul Karpouzis delivered the game winner in the 53rd minute. Kyle Mowery and Enck were credited with assists.

VOLLEYBALL

In their only match of the week, the volleyball team dropped a closer than it appeared 3-1 result at Cedar Crest Thursday. They lost the first and fourth sets by identical 25-22 margins, lost 25-15 in the second and rebounded with a 25-17 win in set three.

Shayna Warfel was solid at the net with 11 kills and one block. Sydney Leichliter directed the offense with 25 assists and served up three aces while Ava Dunford-Groves hustled for a dozen digs.

TENNIS

Manor's tennis team battled a 3-1 CV squad last Monday in Millersville but failed to pull off the upset, suffering instead a shutout.

Friday's outing against Ephrata was a bigger battle. Though the Comets lost 6-1 they were able to put more numbers on the board. At No. 1, Maddy Groff earned her first singles victory of the season, holding off Kachel for a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win.

Julie Ward played a tough match at No. 3 but fell short 7-5, 6-4. She teamed with Nicole Rudy at No. 3 doubles but bowed out 8-4.

GOLF

One week after their best performance of the season, the Comets found the going a bit tougher at Four Seasons last Wednesday afternoon. Their 326 team total left them in fifth place overall but just one stroke behind Hempfield and five behind third place Warwick.

"This was definitely a close one," said head coach Tom Reustle. "We had a few players who left some shots on the course, but that's golf."

Township, with a 296, against led the contingent while CV was second with a 312. The Comets were way ahead of Cedar Crest (367) and Lebanon (524).

A consistent Logan Hess tied Warwick's Brock Fassnacht with a 74, the third lowest score of the day. Griffin Rineer carded an 82, Max Forrey an 84, and Hunter Long's 86 rounded out the counters.

"Max and Griffin both played well and qualified for leagues," Reustle noted. "We have nine players now who have qualified."

FOOTBALL

Despite a slow start Friday night, the gridiron team found itself tied at 14-14 against visiting Dallastown with 7:47 left in the second quarter. The Wildcats, however, ran off four unanswered touchdowns, including three in the second frame and left Millersville with a 49-20 win.

"It was a sloppy start," said head coach John Brubaker. "We committed two turnovers and they capitalized. But we seemed to respond after that."

Manor answered with an 80-yard pass and run from Josiah Edwards to Cole Heckaman with 7:41 left in the first and knotted the score early in the second on Heckaman's 30-yard scamper.

"Cole did a nice job and Ben Wright ran close to 100 yards as well," praised Brubaker. "Theoren McElheny also had some success.

"Ben was tough on defense too as was Greg Zanowiak," he continued. "He's a bit undersized but he battles. Jake Hollinger, at outside linebacker, also looked good. Overall, though, our unforced errors (3 fumbles) and penalties (93 yards) hurt."

The Comets stopped the bleeding early in the fourth quarter when Heckaman picked up his third TD on a 16-yard run, but the Wildcats, despite being out-rushed 265-209, wrapped up the scoring with a 54-yard jaunt.

This week the Comets host Lebanon and will once again support Coach to Cure MD. Text "cure" to 50555 to donate $10 in honor of their team captain, Adam. Coach to Cure is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

GIRLS SOCCER

The lady Comets battled the two teams in front of them in the Section One standings and settled for mixed results. They were dealt a 4-2 loss to Cedar Crest (2-3-1) on Monday but rebounded with their first shutout of the season, a 2-0 result against the hosting Warriors Wednesday.

"Susan Porambo stepped it up in the attack and scored both of our goals against Cedar Crest," said head coach Jacob Marino. "The first came on a great cross from Ella Hart that Susan put away with one minute left in the first half. In the second half, she took on a few defenders and finished the ball past the keeper."

Wednesday the girls set the tone early when freshman Kylee Hess found the back of the net just 1:30 gone in the game.

"We had some great passing in the midfield to set up that goal," said Marino. "Kylee played well throughout the game."

Manor's second goal came when Anne Shoelkopf sent a corner kick to Hart who finished as the ball came off the ground.

"We began to tire as the game wore on," said Marino. "Warwick subbed consistently in key places on the field while most of our starting 11 played 80 minutes.

"Megan Sangrey (senior) and Miriam Badri (keeper, 8 saves) were both back from injury and a solid presence on the field," he added. "This was an important result and our best game to date."

Friday the Comets blanked McCaskey behind two goal efforts from Evans and Porambo. Hart, S. Hess and K. Hess also scored.

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Golfers Go 5-1 at Lebanon, Hess Cards Low Round September 10, 2017

Last Tuesday afternoon at Lebanon Country Club, the Comets, in a nine-hole event, competed in their fifth L-L League golf match of the season and came away with their best finish yet.

"This was a great match for us," said head coach Tom Reustle. "We went 5-1 which brought us to 13-17 overall. We've been so close to putting it all together and today it showed."

Logan Hess, who carries a 73 average, tied Township's Jacob Macinati for the low round of the day, a 1-under par 35. Hunter Long followed with a 42 while Drew Greenawalt and Max Forrey both carded 45's, leaving the Comets in second place with a 167 total, just one stroke in front of both CV and Warwick, and two strokes ahead of second place Hempfield (21-9). Cedar Crest (192) and Lebanon (200) rounded out the field.

"We have eight returning players and five have qualified for leagues to date," stated Reustle. "Joining Hess will be Long, Greenawalt, Erin Purczyiki and promising freshman Amanda Wolf. She has a tremendous work ethic and a bright future.

"It's just a matter of time for Forrey, Griffin Rineer, Josh Heckman and Kaden Peart to have a breakout round," he added. "They show true grit and determination."

GIRLS SOCCER

First year head coach Jacob Marino and his young Comets not only battled wet and soggy conditions Wednesday afternoon but the visiting Streaks of Manheim Township as well. After 80 minutes of sloshing around Comet field, Township's Alison Heckman spear-headed a 5-0 victory over Manor with a hat trick.

"They deserved the victory," stated Marino, "but our girls played some quality soccer when on the ball. A few careless mistakes in the back, due to inexperience, proved costly as Township capitalized. And we weren't able to make the most of our opportunities."

Six of Manor's starters are freshman and sophomores. They have just four healthy seniors on the squad of 26.

"We're not only young, but injured," Marino said. "Three of our four keepers are out, including senior Mary Ellen Campanaro who will miss the entire season due to a shoulder injury. Freshman Brooke Hinkle (3 saves) was asked to step in. She kept her head up and the girls rallied around her.

"We also have several players that make up our back line out," he continued.

Heckman scored all three of Township's first half goals, including two in less than two minutes.

"Sophomore Ella Hart was a standout up front, but Danielle Heisey and Anne Shoelkopf anchored the middle of the field and created some attacking opportunities for us," noted Marino. "And Kylee Hess, a freshman, has stepped up in the center of the field. We're an entirely new team from last year.

"The girls know that on paper we're the underdogs," he stated. "But they have embraced that. They are determined not to settle for a "rebuilding" season. Section One is tough, every opponent is a challenge, but we wouldn't have it any other way," Marino continued. "We're going to take it one challenge at a time. I was happy with our intensity and how the girls carried themselves with class."

The Comets fell to 0-2 in Section One play when they dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker against Hempfield on Thursday. Meghan Greenawalt's first half goal knotted the score in the 32nd minute, but a 2-1 deficit in the second half was the difference. Ella Hart's goal in the 71st minute came after the Knights forged ahead 3-1.

Hinkle faced 11 shots on the day and recorded 8 saves.

VOLLEYBALL

Senior Mikiah Sangrey dished up nine aces to lead the Comets to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) Section One opening victory over Conestoga Valley last Tuesday at home. They were coming off a 3-0 season opening defeat against Section Two power Garden Spot.

"We had control of the match most of the time," noted head coach Tim Joyce. "CV is developing a good team but they're young."

The victory over the Bucks included senior-heavy contributions, starting with seven kills from Emily Cummings and three blocks by Tiana Ferko. Ava Dunford-Groves anchored the defense with 19 digs and Sydney Leichliter paced the offense with 20 assists.

"Sydney did a nice job spreading the ball to Mikiah Sangrey and Shayna Warfel," stated Joyce. "Sangrey also had a staggering nine aces and Dunford-Groves played some lights out defense.

"I was pleased that our starters got us into a comfortable enough lead to put some of our substitutes in. All 12 players on our roster got to play at some point. This was a confidence builder heading into Hempfield."

Unfortunately, that confidence did not lead to an upset over the Knights Thursday night. Hempfield swept the action, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-15.

Cummings matched Hempfield's Jailene Lugo with eight kills and Leichliter put up a match-high 21 assists. Warfel (1 blocks) served up a pair of aces but couldn't match Natalie Virts who dished out eight for the Knights. Dunford-Groves was tops for the Comets with four digs.

FOOTBALL

Despite forcing Lampeter-Strasburg into five turnovers, Penn Manor failed to capitalize and eventually dropped a 25-21 thriller on the road this past Friday night.

"You don't typically win a game when you turn the ball over as much as we did," said Pioneer boss John Manion. "Our defense did a nice job of putting pressure on the quarterback."

L-S took a slim 2-0 lead in the first quarter when Cam D'Imperio sacked PM QB Josiah Edwards in the end zone with 2:59 left in the quarter. That and a 23-yard field goal by Peyton Denlinger in the third quarter proved to be the difference as both teams managed three touchdowns through the final three quarters.

The hosts pushed out to a 9-0 advantage early in the second quarter on Todd Shelley's five yard strike to Kris Pirozzi. Denlinger's PAT was good.

Manor closed the gap in the final seconds of the opening half. Michael Brown's interception with 4:44 on the clock set up a nine-yard keeper by Edwards, cutting the lead to 9-7 at the break.

The Comets got off to a good start in the second half. Jacob Hollinger fell on yet another L-S fumble, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Michael Morris.

That lead, however, was short-lived. L-S answered back when Shelley found Connor Blantz in the corner of the end zone, putting the home team in front 15-14. A 23-yard field goal by Denlinger with 16 seconds left in the quarter extended the lead to 18-14.

Both teams turned the ball over to start the fourth quarter. Manor capitalized on Ben Wright's fumble recovery when Edwards hit Taraje Whitfield with a 38-yard strike and Liam Hart cashed in on the PAT kick with 10:27 left.

Lampeter quickly countered. Marc Wilson's 54-yard run up the middle put the home team on the one-yard line and Shelley followed with a two-yard toss over the top to Alex Knapp.

BOYS SOCCER

Four games into the season the Comets sit at 1-4 with a pair of overtime losses. They dropped a 1-0 result against Lampeter-Strasburg in the 96th minute. The following morning they rebounded against Solanco and pulled out a 1-0 win on a first half goal by Mitchell Martin.

Last week the Comets again found themselves in a back-to-back scenario. Due to Tuesday's storms, Manor battled Manheim Township Wednesday afternoon and came back to host Hempfield the following night. Both games were one goal losses.

The Streaks dominated play, putting up 11 corners and 12 shots while holding the visitors to 1 and 3 respectively. But they needed overtime to break Manor's defense. Greyson King got the job done in the 89th minute.

Liam Hart, assisted by Conlin Groft, tallied Manor's second goal of the season but it wasn't enough. Tied at 1-1 in the first half, Hempfield's Drew Johnson scored his second goal of the game in the 79th minute, lifting the Knights to victory.

"Our defensive back line is strong," said head coach Paul Taylor. "And Blake Martin is a great goalkeeper. We are sorting our attack and are close to having it complete. We didn't lie down, and won't lie down for any team," he added. "We are fighters and will continue to improve.

"We have four returning starters in Hunter Enck, Jared Harvey, Conlin Groft and Blake Martin," noted Taylor. "Newcomers Zach Bailey played great while fighting a cold and Ethan Nace filled in nicely in a variety of positions.

"We have missed playoffs by one spot each of the last three years," he continued. "The expectation is to get there this year. They can do it. I believe in them."

In non-league play Saturday, Martin's hat-trick performance lifted the Comets to a 3-1 victory over Red Lion. Tied at 1-1 at the half, Martin scored twice in a period of seven minutes to help ice the win. Conner Braun (2) and Groft were credited with assists.

CROSS COUNTRY

The harriers opened their season with a tri-meet on Thursday at Cedar Crest. The girls' squad, behind Andrea Funk's second place finish (19:72) went 1-1 on the day, defeating the hosts 25-31 but falling short against Hempfield, 21-38.

Freshman Arden Morgan was solid in placing fifth overall. Lauren Zink (10th), Maddy McCanna (12th) and Becky Kramer (19th) rounded out the top five.

"We are optimistic that the addition of several freshmen will help our overall team strength," said head coach Tom Ecker.

On the boy's side, league powers Hempfield and Cedar Crest handed the Comets a pair of losses. Returning starters Nick Fafel (4th, 15:47), David Kramer (8th,) and Aiden Toomey (12th) led Manor's scorers with freshman Lou Lindsley working his way to 13th place.

"We lost our top two runners in Doug Kramer and Malachi Lyons," said Ecker. "That will have a definite impact on our depth but we expect to do well based on a good off-season training program."

TENNIS

Four matches into the season the Comets are still searching for their first win. While three of those losses are shutouts, the Comet line scores have been pretty competitive and rarely feature shutouts.

With four seniors and a pair of sophomores in the lineup, the Comets dropped a 7-0 result against McCaskey last Thursday. One of those sophomores, Julie Ward, put up the best numbers of the day. Playing No. 3 singles, Ward battled to a 6-3, 6-2 loss.

At No. 1 doubles, seniors Madison Groff and Marly Rohrer dropped an 8-4 result while Emma Batchelor and sophomore Olivia Chipriano fell 8-3 at No. 3.

Groff lost a 6-4, 6-0 result at No. 1 singles and Rohrer fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. Batchelor played No. 4 and fell short 6-2, 6-0.

"The girls are enjoying their season so far and have been making improvements each match," said head coach Allie Fetter. "They are using what they learn in practice and applying it on the court. I am proud of their sportsmanship and desire to persevere."

FIELD HOCKEY

The field hockey team opened league play Friday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Manheim Township. The Comets dominated at the offensive end, piling up 10 corners and a dozen shots but only broke the defense twice. Briana Harsh put Manor on the board with a first half goal while Gabby Bitts provided a second half insurance goal.

Senior keeper Brit Hook needed just two saves to preserve the shutout.

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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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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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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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Three Comet Teams Capture Section One Titles May 12, 2017

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS LACROSSE

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

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

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

BOYS LACROSSE

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

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

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

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PM Comets HostYouth Football Camp May 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

All campers will receive a free camp T-shirt

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

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Big Week For Penn Manor Sports Teams May 5, 2017

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

TRACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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PM Boys' Track Team Remains Undefeated April 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIRLS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiker faced 25 shots and came away with eight saves.

TENNIS

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

SOFTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

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

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

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

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

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

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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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