Gabe Miller Finishes Sixth in State Wrestling March 16, 2018
Pequea Valley featured five wrestlers at the PIAA Class-AA Southeast Region Championships, which were held at Wilson High School on March 2-3. Of the five wrestlers, junior Gabe Miller and senior Tanner Ball moved on to the state championships the following week at the Giant Center with Miller finishing in sixth place.
In the Southeast Region championships at Wilson, Ball finished strong in the 132-pound weight class with consolation bracket victories over Jack Coulston of Boiling Springs and Zach Rupp of Upper Dauphin.
Earlier in the tournament, Ball beat Pierce Demetriates - a sophomore out of Tamaqua - by a 4-0 score. Following a gritty battle and 7-4 victory over Sebastian Corrales of Church Farm School, Ball suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Ryan McGuire of Notre Dame Green Pond - the top seed out of District XI.
Ball battled back through the consolations with the 5-1 defeat of Coulston and a 12-4 major in the third-place match with Rupp.
Connor Walsh suffered a one-point loss to Zavery Lester of Wilson Area in the opening round of the 138-pound bracket. The PV senior pinned T.J. Alderfer of Faith Christian Academy 2:56 into the first consolation match and pinned Lucas Shoop just 2:41 into the second-round consi battle.
However, a loss to Colin Rex of Northwestern Lehigh ended the quest for Walsh. Rex would go on to claim fifth place.
Miller's finish in the Southeast Region was in fourth place at 145 pounds. He opened with a powerful 18-3 technical fall, defeating Lehightown's Chris Whiteman. He downed a tough opponent in Bermudian Springs sophomore Trenton Harder, winning 11-4.
Though he suffered a loss to eventual champ Nathan Haubert of Palisades, he pinned Newport's Mike Capozzoli in only 55 seconds before losing the third-place match in a shootout. Lucas Christman of Palmerton won 16-12.
The 220 and 285 pound weight classes had Joey Coblentz and Nate Miller, respectively, battling for Pequea. Coblentz pinned Quinn Moyer of Northwest Lehigh but suffered a tough 10-7 loss to Bishop McDevitt's Nessir Pettus.
The consolation victory over Micah Springer of Camp Hill came in overtime by a 6-4 score. However, Wilson Area's Kolby Plank - the third-place finisher - eked out a 3-2 victory.
Nate Miller also opened with a win, registering a pin in 3:42 against Eddie Goldsmith of Springfield Township. Though he was pinned by eventual champ Dan Scheib of Tri-Valley, he did post a 5-4 consolation win before bowing out.
Ball would earn his 120th career victory before being ousted in the state championships in Hershey. Though he started in the hole with a 7-0 loss to Rocco Bartolo of Reynolds, he pinned Northwestern's Caiden Mooney in only 57 seconds and blanked Coulston - the same Coulston he had defeated in the Southeast Region consolation semis - by a 5-0 score. That was victory 120.
However, a tough 4-2 loss to Mark-Samuel Sallot of Harbor Creek - the eventual fourth-place wrestler - ended Ball's season.
Gabe Miller's season would end on a heartbreaking 8-6 overtime loss in the fifth-place match of states. He extended his wrestling competition into a third day after going 4-2 over the first two days.
Miller gained an 8-0 major over St. Joseph Academy's Evan Courts and blanked Montoursville freshman Dylan Bennett 7-0 on March 8. The following day had the first of three close losses for Miller. Tyler Griffiths of Southmoreland edged the PV junior 6-5. The pin versus D.J. Erickson of Hanover Area righted his path in the consolations and he strengthened his hold with a pin against Mike Doerfinger of Slippery Rock only 10 seconds into the second period.
Caleb Hetrick of Brookville shaded Miller 1-0 in the consolation quarterfinals and the 8-6 overtime loss to Hunter Michaels of Reynolds resulted in the sixth-place finish.
Lady Braves Finish 4th in District Three Playoffs March 2, 2018
The Pequea Valley girls' basketball team had to settle for fourth place in the District Three Class-AA playoffs, suffering a close 48-47 loss to Delone Catholic in the district consolation match at Warwick on Tuesday night.
The Squires hung on despite an intense comeback bid by the Braves, whose season came to a close with a 13-12 record. The top three teams from Class 2A advance to the PIAA state playoffs, eliminating the Braves.
Pequea Valley led from start to finish in the first quarter, taking a 13-8 lead into the second period. The Squires outscored the Braves by 10 points in the second stanza, heading to the locker room with a 25-20 advantage.
The Braves did hit a pair of three-point shots to make it close before the half. Bethany Bills and Sommer Reeser finished with 10 points each with Bills hitting from three-point range three times.
Reeser and Abbey Leslie, who had eight points, each connected twice on three-pointers. Caroline Horst finished with seven points.
Looking to erase the five-point halftime deficit, the Braves edged DC 17-16 in a high-scoring third quarter. They held the Squires to only four points in the fourth quarter, evening the score at 45-all with 3:44 left to play.
Delone Catholic's Brooke Lawler, who scored a game-high 21 points, hit a key three-pointer to give her team its final lead - one that the Squires would not relinquish.
The Braves were coming off a 61-53 loss to the district's top-seeded team from Friday, February 23. In that semifinal match at West York, Trinity's early 20-3 lead was nearly matched by the Braves in the second quarter as PV outscored Trinity 23-8, making it only a two-point game at the half - Trinity on top 28-26.
Another fourth-quarter comeback fell short in this game after the Braves saw the Shamrocks go on a 16-11 run in the third quarter.
Reeser led the Braves with 15 points, hitting from three-point range three times and going 2-for-2 at the foul line. Bills poured in 13 more points while Leslie also hit double digits with 10 points - six of those on three-point baskets.
The Pequea Valley wrestlers battled like champions in last week's District Three Class-AA championships at the Giant Center. The will and heart of champions resulted in five of the six wrestlers qualifying for the PIAA Class-AA Southeast Region championships.
Pequea head coach Dave Finger pointed to the great efforts, which resulted in a third-place finish in the 285-pound weight class and four second-place finishes.
Freshman Nate Miller, who took third at 285, punched a ticket to the PIAA Southeast Regionals with seniors Tanner Ball and Conner Walsh as well as juniors Gabe Miller and Joey Coblentz.
Ball opened with a 10-0 major decision over Brogan Loudon, a senior from Susquenita. He went on to defeat Upper Dauphin's Zach Rupp 9-4 in the semifinals before losing a tough 4-3 decision to Bishop McDevitt senior Brodee Tolbert in the 138-pound title bout.
"He has run into him a couple more times," Finger noted. "I really believe that with him being 100 percent healthy, that match goes a different way.
"He has had a nagging shoulder injury for the past couple of weeks," Finger explained. "Hopefully he gets a repeat of the match in states."
Making his way through the 138-pound bracket and reaching the championship was Walsh. He suffered a 10-6 loss to another Bishop McDevitt foe - sophomore Tyler Martin.
"What it really came down to was he gave up some takedowns," Finger explained. "It was one of those things where you take the wrong step and wind up in the wrong position. He went for a takedown and gave one up. Hopefully, we correct those issues in practice."
Walsh won his opening match by a 5-2 margin over Susquenita's Jacob Hammaker. He notched a pin 3:52 into the semis before facing Martin.
"Conner Walsh wrestled very well," Finger added. "I'm very pleased to see him advance."
Miller's final was another close battle. Following two pins that advanced him to the 145-pound championship match, he came up short in an 8-4 decision to Kollin Myers of Boiling Springs.
Following a pin at the 3:00 mark of the opening match, Miller pinned Middletown's Devin Martin - an opponent who was coming off a 20-5 technical fall and a 9-4 victory. The pin for Miller came 3:15 into the semifinal match.
"Gabe is tough," said Finger. "He's amazing to watch. He's never out of a match. The Middletown kid got the first takedown. Gabe is tough on top. He worked hard on his riding."
Coblentz pinned in his opening match also, ending the battle with Ken Norfleet of Susquehanna Township after 5:28.
He earned a 4-0 victory over Walker Klinger of Newport in the semis.
"He actually lost to that Newport kid earlier in the season by a couple of points," Finger said. "We had a tournament at Lancaster Catholic and it was a fairly close match."
In the championship, he was pinned by Boiling Spring's Austin Taylor - a formidable opponent according to the PV coach.
"Coblentz ran into someone who I think placed in states last year," said Finger. "He was a really solid kid."
Miller came on strong and pinned Dave Brennan of Camp Hill. Following a loss to Tanner Harkins of Kennard-Dale, he took the consolation route and wrestled his way back to an impressive third-place finish.
"He ran into Tanner Harkins, who's a state qualifier," Finger commented. "Nate is probably giving up 60 pounds to him. That was a big, strong wrestler who had an early takedown in the match.
"Nate is a freshman and has been doing well for us in the upper weight classes," continued the coach. "He followed it up with two pins to take third place," he added. "That's great to see. So many times in wrestling, a kid loses a match and he knows he can't go for first place; he can go on a downhill slide. He picked himself up and kept advancing."
Miller pinned Nate Raudenbush of Kutztown in 3:36. He then pinned Northern Lebanon's Kyle Sonner in the third-place match.
Winning his opening match in the 106-pound class was freshman Jace Beegle. He posted an 11-4 victory.
Following a loss via fall to eventual champ Patrick Damark of Trinity, he suffered a 9-4 loss to Ryan Stahl of Halifax to end his tournament.
"How well we did shows that we have quality wrestlers on our team," Finger remarked.
Lady Braves Crush Hanover in District Qtrs February 23, 2018
There are many ways to express the domination levied by Pequea Valley's basketball team in its Tuesday night victory over Hanover.
In the quarterfinals of the District Three Class-AAA girls' basketball playoffs, the Braves defeated the Nighthawks by a one-sided margin of 69-18 on the Braves' home court, sending Pequea Valley (13-10) back to the district semifinals. It was so one-sided that the game's leading scorer - Pequea Valley sophomore Sommer Reeser - had more points (20) than the entire Hanover squad.
The Braves' defense held Hanover to single-digit scoring in each quarter. Having not qualified for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, PV had not played since their 73-47 victory over Columbia in the regular season finale two weeks ago.
"In the second quarter we went on a 20-2 run," said head coach Jason McDonald. "It was all started by our press and by forcing turnovers."
Speaking of turnovers, sophomores Caroline Horst and Abbe Leslie combined for a total of 18 steals with Horst nabbing 10 of them.
By halftime, the Braves were up 35-10 and retained the momentum in the second half, outscoring the Nighthawks 23-6 in the third quarter.
"We played good fundamental half-court defense and pressed them in the full court," said McDonald.
The Pequea offense kept pouring it on. Reeser's game-high 20 points included four three-point baskets. Marlena Ferry's 11 points included three treys while Leslie added eight points. Reeser also had four assists to go along with her game-leading points total. Ferry added five rebounds.
Helping keep the rock away from the Nighthawks were the likes of Clara Neff and Bethany Bills, who led PV with 11 and seven rebounds, respectively.
"We moved the ball and shot well, which was huge," McDonald added. "Fatigue became a huge factor for Hanover and our depth was a huge advantage. We started the third quarter on an 8-2 run and just stayed in charge from there."
The top three teams from Class-AAA advance to states from District Three. The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at The Giant Center
Tanner Ball, Conner Walsh, Joe Coblentz, Gabe Miller, Nate Miller and Jace Beegle earned a trip to the district's regional tournament. For Beegle it was based on his second-place finish in the District Three Class-AA Section I wrestling championships on Saturday, February 17.
In all, five Pequea wrestlers finished first on the day.
Beegle, who was the third seed in the 106-pound weight class pinned Wyomissing's Nathan Lord in the semis but the Braves freshman came up short against Bailey Gimbor of Brandywine Heights in the title match.
Walsh came into the tournament as the second seed at 138. He showed his championship worth by defeating Carlens Lapaix of Schuylkill Valley on a technical fall before winning the title bout 6-0 over third-seeded Brant Mason of Hamburg.
Ball, a senior, was the top-seeded wrestler in the 132-pound class. He showed his championship pedigree and earned the gold medal with a technical fall over Matt Deysher of Brandywine Heights. In the semis, Ball pinned his opponent in only 50 seconds.
Coblentz (220), a junior, also claimed the gold. He pinned Austin Strunk of Hamburg and won the title match with a 6-1 decision, defeating Wyomissing's George Nanouh.
Gabe Miller cruised from his entry as the top seed in the 145-pound class through the championship bout. He notched a pin in only 40 seconds in the semis and earned a 10-3 victory in the title match.
Nate Miller, who was the third seed at 285, coerced a pin in the final seconds of the semifinal match. The freshman heavyweight won the championship with a pin 3:30 into the bout against Kutztown's Nate Raudenbush.
Sophomore Michael Beals was the fourth seed in the 113-pound class. He suffered a tough 11-9 loss in the quarterfinals against Cody Reimert of Hamburg.
Trevor Huber competed in the 152-pound bracket. The fourth-seeded sophomore suffered a loss in the semis and also came up short in the third-place match, losing to Elco's Carson Nell. Huber finished fourth in the weight class.
Braves Cap Season Against A-C and Columbia February 9, 2018
The Pequea Valley boys' basketball team finished strong despite two season-ending losses. The Braves faced Lancaster-Lebanon League opponents Annville-Cleona and Columbia last week.
The Braves were holding a 37-29 lead after three quarters. The Crimson Tide overcame the deficit with a 20-7 run in the fourth for a 49-44 victory at Kinzers on Wednesday night.
"It was the best defensive game we've played all season," said Thad Rittenhouse, the head coach of the Braves, who fell to 2-12 in the league (3-19 overall). "What hurt us in the game was fouls."
Senior Luke Purcell led the Braves offensively, scoring a game-high 19 points, including a three pointer.
"Luke's performance offensively was his best all season," Rittenhouse remarked. "Most of his shots were from the inside. He was able to drive and finish.
"He also rebounded well," added the coach. "His best game he saved for the last game of his high school career."
Malachi Glick also hit a three-pointer and finished with 13 points. Nathan Kovalick scored six points and Devon Colyer went 4-for-4 at the foul line for four points.
"Devon fouled out in the third quarter and that hurt us," said Rittenhouse. "He's a great ball handler. Ryan Lockhart was out too. He's our big center."
In a Friday night game at Annville-Cleona on February 2, the Braves came up short in a 66-52 final. PV came on strong in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Dutchmen 27-15, but it was too little too late in a game where the Braves did not get off to a good start.
"We couldn't buy a bucket in the first half," Rittenhouse lamented. "We didn't shoot well. When we would get a good look, the ball wouldn't go in. We also had too many turnovers.
"We scored 39 in the second half," he added. "It was a tale of two halves."
Glick scored a game high 22, draining three treys on the night.
"Malachi shot the ball extremely well - especially in the second half," stated Rittenhouse. "That was part of what helped bring us back. The players rebounded well too."
Colyer, another one of the Braves' offensive threats, scored 18 on the night. Half of those points came on three-point field goals. Lockhart had four points, putting up two layups.
"They played a zone defense on us and we struggled with that," Rittenhouse explained.
With their second highest point total of the season, the girls' basketball team improved to 7-7 in Section Three and 12-10 overall with a dominating 73-47 home victory over Columbia last Tuesday. The team had previously scored 72 points against Lancaster Mennonite, and Columbia in their first half meeting.
The girls got off to a solid start, winning the first quarter 19-14 but took charge for good over the middle two frames, outpointing the Tide 45-21. Columbia, behind a game-high 22 points from Janeah Neal, did win the final quarter, 12-9, but the damage was done.
Sommer Reeser led four Braves in double figures with 18 points, including four triples. Clara Neff added 14 points and Abbey Leslie hit ten. Both dropped in a pair of treys as the Braves hit nine times from long range. Caroline Horst also hit double figures with 11 while Bethany Bills was just off the mark with nine.
The Braves were coming off another crushing result, this one a 64-42 victory over Annville-Cleona on Friday, February 2.
Unlike the Columbia game, Pequea used a strong first and fourth quarter effort to pull away from the Dutchmen. Behind 20 point performances by both Neff and Reeser, the Braves jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead and, after winning the middle frames 31-26, pulled away with a 16-8 advantage down the stretch.
Neff and Reeser also accounted for seven of Pequea's ten made three's with Marlena Ferry's nine points coming on three triples. Lydia Caciola, Bills and Leslie each added four points.
The girls will enter the District Three Class 3A playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
Miller Wins Outstanding Wrestler Award February 2, 2018
The L-L League Wrestling Championships took place at Garden Spot High School on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27.
And the athlete who came away with the D. Kenneth Ober Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament was Pequea Valley's Gabe Miller.
In a classic bout against Garden Spot's Connor Finkey, the PV junior was the winner in an 8-3 decision at 138. He was last year's 132-pound champ.
As a team, the Braves compiled 106.5 points and finished ninth overall in team standings. Manheim Central finished first with 219 points while 2017 champ Northern Lebanon finished second with 203 team points.
Miller pinned Hector Colon of Lampeter-Strasburg 2:52 into the opening-round bout. He pinned Hayden Shreiner of Warwick in half that time (1:21) before defeating Finkey in the title match.
Junior Joey Coblentz opened with a 5-3 loss in overtime to Zac Bicevskis of Hempfield in the 285-pound bracket. Coblentz defeated Eddie Torres of Lebanon on a quick pin, 38 seconds into the consolation quarterfinals. He then topped Austin Shaver of Cocalico 5-1 and in a rematch with Bicevskis got a pin at 2:45 of the third-place match.
Conner Walsh also had a third-place finish, earning it in the 138-pound class. The PV senior pinned Bobby Walters of Elizabethtown and Ramon Estevez of L-S in the first two rounds.
After a 9-6 loss to Gunner Gehr of Garden Spot in the semis, Walsh came on strong in the consolation matches, topping David Over of Manheim Township in another pin. He recorded his fourth pin of the tournament, topping Chad Mowbray of Penn Manor 2:13 into the third-place bout.
Jace Beegle lost a close 5-2 decision to Garden Spot's Mason Casey at 106. The loss came after Beegle's 7-2 victory over Hunter Erb of L-S. Beegle battled back and won the fifth-place match 14-0 - a major decision over Jordan Holland of McCaskey.
Nate Miller earned seventh for Pequea, doing so in the 220-pound class. He pinned his first opponent but came up short against Cocalico's Ben Fromm. In the consi's he topped Conestoga Valley's Leo Marente 3-0 and won the seventh-place match, pinning Noah Myers of E-town in 3:53.
The Elco Raiders edged the Braves 42-39 at Pequea Valley on Wednesday night in a Section Three match.
Walsh and Gabe Miller opened with pins at 138 and 145 respectively, followed by Trevor Huber's 7-4 decision at 152, giving the Braves a 15-0 lead.
The Raiders charged back with two pins and a pair of Pequea forfeits, taking the lead at 24-15 before Nate Miller's pin cut that deficit to 24-21.
Coblentz won the heavyweight bout on a first-period pin and Beegle pinned at 106, making it 33-24 Braves.
Mike Beals added another pin for the Braves, making it 39-24 before three straight forfeits gave the match to the Raiders.
The Pequea Valley boys' basketball team came up short in a non-league game against Schuylkill Valley on Monday. The Panthers posted a 56-38 victory over the Braves at Pequea Valley.
"We struggled offensively from the floor," said head coach Thad Rittenhouse. "We also had a lot of turnovers that hurt us."
The score was close at the midway point as the Panthers took a 31-22 advantage. In the third quarter, they held Pequea to only four points, helping build a bigger lead.
"We were competitive in the first half," Rittenhouse said. "The second half got away from us."
Pequea's Dalton Temple led the squad with 13 points, including three three-point field goals.
"Dalton shot well in that game," Rittenhouse said.
Malachi Glick added eight points and Devon Colyer scored seven, including a three-pointer.
"A lot of teams will collapse on Devon and try to take away from him driving," noted Rittenhouse.
The Braves fell to 3-16 overall with the loss to Schuylkill Valley.
The Elco Raiders posted a Lancaster-Lebanon League victory over the Braves on Tuesday, using a strong 20-7 third-quarter run en route to a 54-34 win.
"We struggled in terms of shooting the ball - especially in the third quarter," Rittenhouse remarked. "We also had some key turnovers."
Pequea Valley fell to 3-12 in the league while the Raiders improved to 7-5 (10-10 overall).
Colyer tied Elco's Braden Bohannon for the top-scoring honors in the game with 13 points. He made a pair of three-point shots. Glick scored all seven of his points from the foul line.
The girls' basketball team poured it on against Schuylkill Valley on Monday, winning the non-league game 61-48. It improved the Braves' record to 10-8.
"We played very well in the second half as we extended our three-point lead in the third quarter," said head coach Jason McDonald. "We hustled and rebounded the ball very well. With our great defensive rebounding, we were able to get into transition very well."
A big part of the rebounding came from Caroline Horst, who hauled in 15 boards and also scored 12 points. Clara Neff had seven rebounds while Marlena Ferry grabbed six boards.
Sommer Reeser led all scorers with 23 points. She made five three-pointers. Ferry scored 17 points, including a three-pointer. She also nabbed four steals and dished out three assists.
Jamie Stephan scored five points, grabbed two rebounds and a steal. Abbey Leslie led the team in assists with eight, and also helped with two steals and four boards.
The Braves lost their lone league game of the week, falling to Elco in a close 56-50 final on the road Tuesday. The Braves fell to 5-7 in the league and 10-9 overall.
"We played hard, but were out rebounded, and we struggled making shots," McDonald remarked. "This was the type of game that will get us ready for the post-season. It showed us that we have to come out aggressive every night if we want to win."
It was an up-and-down first half as the Braves took a 19-16 lead into the second quarter but found themselves behind 34-28 at halftime. The six-point margin translated into the winning one for Elco as both teams scored 22 in the second half.
Reeser led Pequea with 13 points, including a pair of treys. The rest of the offense was evenly distributed. Bethany Bills scored nine as did Neff, who had 10 rebounds. Horst, who had a team-high 13 rebounds, and Leslie each scored eight.
Ferry had four rebounds while Lydia Cacciola grabbed five boards.
In another non-league game, the Braves lost 56-47 to Twin Valley on the road Wednesday night. The Raiders scored 14 in each of the final two periods.
"We played hard and with great energy," McDonald said. "Unfortunately, we did not make enough shots. "On nights like this, we have to limit the opposing team's offensive rebounds. We gave up 20 offensive boards.
"We played great defense initially, but struggled finishing the possession," continued the coach. "On the offensive end, we executed our plays. We just missed the shots, which was uncharacteristic of us."
Reeser led the way with 19 points and Horst scored 10 more while hauling in 10 rebounds and assisting on seven baskets. Leslie had seven points and seven boards. Neff added nine points and seven rebounds. Bills also had seven rebounds.
Braves Sit at 5-5 in Section Three, 9-7 Overall January 26, 2018
It has been an up-and-down season for the Pequea Valley girls' basketball team. And the Braves' 5-5 record in the Lancaster-Lebanon League exemplifies that description.
This past week, prior to a non-league loss at Kennard-Dale, the Braves took on league rivals Lancaster Catholic and Lancaster Mennonite. The games against Lancaster Mennonite and Kennard-Dale were on successive nights with Pequea posting a 72-45 L-L League win against LMH.
In an away game with Section Three foe Lancaster Catholic on Friday, January 19, the Braves held their own and, in fact, took a 33-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
"We were leading in the third quarter and were just out-rebounded in the fourth," said head coach Jason McDonald. "We played extremely well and the kids put together a tremendous game."
The Crusaders outscored the Braves 24-13 in a wild third quarter and held back the Braves in the fourth.
"We pressed them and changed defenses constantly," McDonald said. "I was very proud of how focused the kids were."
Sommer Reeser had a team-high 21 for Pequea, racking up a dozen of those points on the four three-pointers she drilled. She also had five rebounds, five assists, one block as well as a steal.
Bethany Bills, who led the team with seven rebounds, and Caroline Horst scored eight points each. Horst also had five rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Marlena Ferry (4 points) added three steals.
Kiki Jefferson led Catholic with 27 points.
Pequea evened its league record at 5-5 with the victory over Lancaster Mennonite on Tuesday. The first half saw the Braves outscore the Blazers by 10 points in each of the first two quarters, taking a 35-15 lead into the locker room.
"We played an amazing game," McDonald said. "We pressed all over the floor and the kids hustled to make steals or to make LMH play out of their comfort zone or pace. We contested shots and worked hard as team."
Reeser had a game-high 20 points and Horst added 15. The hustle was evident in Reeser's stats as she came away with eight steals and four rebounds.
Clara Neff, who finished with six points, pulled down 10 rebounds. Lydia Cacciola and Abbey Leslie (5 points) each had five rebounds and three steals. Bills and Ferry each scored eight points with six of Ferry's points coming on a pair of three-point baskets. She also had four rebounds while Bills grabbed five and dished out four assists.
"We out-rebounded them 46-35," McDonald noted. "If we keep playing this way, we again will be tough to beat. This may be the best we've played as far as tempo and moving the ball."
Against Kennard-Dale one night later, the Braves suffered a 73-54 loss. The visiting Braves made a comeback bid early on, outscoring the Rams by seven points in the second quarter. It closed a nine-point gap to only a 33-31 deficit by halftime. The Rams, however, outscored the Braves 40-23 after the break.
The team's leading scorer again was Reeser, this time putting up 16 points, including two treys. Leslie added 13, Bills had a 10-point game, and Horst netted nine.
The team's overall record fell to 9-7.
The boys' basketball team opened the week with its second L-L League win of the season. The Braves defeated Lebanon Catholic 80-61, earning their second win over the Beavers this season and improving to 3-14 overall.
"We shot the ball well and worked better as a team," said head coach Thad Rittenhouse. "We rebounded well and limited our turnovers."
Freshman Devon Colyer scored a game-high 27 points, netting 12 of those points on three-point shots. He was also a perfect 5-for-5 at the foul line.
"He had a good game on both ends of the court," commented Rittenhouse. "Devon took good quality shots and made them. He was consistent throughout the game, shooting at a high percentage. And when he would get fouled, he would make the shots."
Malachi Glick was also on fire, finishing with 19 points. His scoring included a three-pointer as did Luke Purcell's points total of 17.
"Malachi played well," said Rittenhouse. "Devon, Malachi and Luke shot the lights out. Luke drove to the baskets and made his foul shots too."
Ryan Lockhard and junior Jaylan Neff scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Humberto Valerio led the Beavers with 24 points. Kyle Kauffman, who hit four three-pointers, finished with 22.
Pequea Valley suffered a 77-34 loss at Lancaster Mennonite on Tuesday. The Blazers improved to 7-2 in the L-L League.
"Mennonite is a very strong team with a lot of solid basketball players," said Rittenhouse. "It's very tough in our league because the top three teams are among the top five in the district too."
Glick led the Braves with 13 points, shooting three three-pointers, and Colyer scored eight points.
"Other teams are usually all over him - they really key on him with a lot of pressure," Rittenhouse said of Colyer.
Kennard-Dale downed the Braves 66-28 on Wednesday night as Joey Thomas scored a game-high 20 for the Rams. Glick again led the team with 13 points while Purcell chipped in eight more.
"Kennard Dale is a very good team at Quad-A level," Rittenhouse remarked. "It's tough to play teams that go nine or ten players deep."
The Braves suffered a 52-27 loss at Donegal on Wednesday as the Indians claimed five of their wins via PV forfeits.
Conner Walsh won the first bout that was contested. At 138, he claimed a 19-8 major decision over Mason Ober. By that time, the 120, 126 and 132 had gone to the Indians by way of forfeits, giving them a quick 18-0 lead.
Gabe Miller (145) got back three more points for Pequea, winning an 18-2 technical fall, and cutting the deficit to 18-9.
Dylan Jackson, at 152, had a solid outing, posting a pin at the 3:17 mark, making it 18-15 Donegal.
Will Small (160), Ryan Stalnecker (170) and Kyle Bixler (182) actually earned the next 18 points for Donegal, registering pins in their respective weight classes. Another Pequea forfeit (195) had the Braves in a 42-15 hole before Nate Miller pinned Joe Sheaffer 54 seconds into the 220-pound bout.
The Braves fell to 3-2 in league competition.
Glick Nets 24 for Braves Against Annville-Cleona January 12, 2018
In a battle between Section Three rivals, the Pequea Valley boys' basketball team welcomed Annville-Cleona on Tuesday evening.
The Little Dutchmen overcame an early deficit to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. The visitors came out of the gate even faster in the second half, outscoring the Braves 19-4 en route to a 65-47 victory.
Pequea Valley, which fell to 1-5 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League (2-10 overall) did turn it on in the fourth quarter, outscoring A-C by a 24-20 margin. The Dutchmen had come into the game without a league win. With this win they improved to 5-7 overall.
The one player for whom the Dutchmen could not find an answer was PV senior Malachi Glick. He scored 24 of his team's 47 points, hitting from three-point range three times.
Jaylan Neff had a pair of three-point field goals and finished with eight points while teammate Devon Colyer scored six points.
The Dutchmen had a balanced attack as four different players finished with double digits in points. Andrew Long led the team with 14 points while Noah Myers and Donald Friday each tallied 13. Ryan Matthews connected twice from three-point land and had a total of 12 points.
In their previous game, which was played on Saturday January 6, the Braves faced the high-scoring Elco Raiders, who were coming off a 75-68 win at Annville-Cleona.
The Raiders improve to 3-2 in the L-L League with an 83-38 victory over Pequea Valley. They went on to score over 80 points in their next game - an 84-48 defeat of Columbia on Tuesday.
In the Elco game, Glick had the hot hand again, scoring 17 points for PV. He drilled four three-pointers while Colyer connected on one three-point shot and finished with nine points. Nathan Kovalick added six more points.
Asher Kemble made eight baskets and went 4-for-4 at the foul line for his game-high 20 points on the Elco side.
For the Pequea Valley wrestling team, it has been quite an accomplishment forging ahead to a 3-1 league record despite injuries, illnesses and weather conditions being such negative factors.
"We haven't been able to get into practice much with the snow," head coach David Finger said in a phone interview. "It showed last night."
The night in question where effects of minimal practice time were evident was Wednesday evening when the Braves faced Northern Lebanon at Kinzers. The Vikings posted a 72-6 victory as three of the weight classes were forfeited by the Braves while two others - 126 and 132 - went to Northern Lebanon on injury defaults.
"Obviously the injuries didn't help us plus the three forfeits," Finger added.
Gabe Miller notched a pin at the 145-pound weight class. Pequea's Nate Miller had a tough battle at 220 before coming up short in a 5-2 decision against the Vikings' Luis Negrerios.
One of the team's top wrestlers has also been suffering through an injury.
"Tanner Ball has been battling a sore shoulder," Finger explained. "He may be out another week.
"With sore shoulders and knees, we haven't been able to get our groove," continued the coach. "The flu bug has hit us too."
Also, sophomore Lexi Batton has been out with an injury.
"It certainly has hurt having Tanner and Lexi out," said Finger.
"But we've done fairly well in the league so far," he added. "We have two more league matches coming up. If everybody gets back, we have a good solid team and a shot."
Aside from the Lancaster Catholic Duals where the Braves went 3-2, beating Hanover, LC and Western York, the team's prior match was back on December 21 against L-L League foe Columbia.
With a pin by Nate Miller at 195 and a 6-4 decision by Dylan Jackson, the Braves went on to post a 45-0 victory, collecting 36 points via Crimson Tide forfeits.
Finger did remark that despite the injuries, he is more fortunate this year as he has a potentially complete roster of kids.
"We only had six kids last year - six very tough kids," he recalled. "Even with 14 kids in the room this year, it can be tough keeping them all healthy."
The Pequea girls' basketball team earned its second league win of the season, topping Annville-Cleona on the road Tuesday. The Braves posted a 66-39 victory, taking a 33-17 lead into the second half and continuing to add to the lead. The exclamation point on this win was a 19-9 fourth quarter run. The win improved the Braves' league record to 2-3 (6-4 overall).
"We played very well in the first half, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds," commented head coach Jason McDonald. "In the second half we played a cleaner game and rebounded better."
Pequea's Sommer Reeser made seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 29 points. She also grabbed two steals and registered a block.
Caroline Horst dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. In her all-purpose basketball clinic, Horst also had eight steals and three blocks while finding time to score nine points.
Bethany Bills, who hauled in six rebound, had 10 points, three of which came on a long-range field goal.
Marlena Ferry was also part of the reason McDonald was impressed with the rebounding. She had six boards while also giving out four assists. She nabbed the ball from the A-C side three times and also put up five points.
Clara Neff scored six and pulled down five rebounds.
"Annville-Cleona struggled with our full-court pressure and the pace of our game," McDonald said. "When we trap hard and run the floor like we did in this game, we are tough to beat.
"This is a great group of kids," the coach commented. "They listen, they play hard and they're very scrappy. They want to win."
Pequea Valley improved to 3-3, 7-4 with a Thursday win at home, beating Elco 49-42. The Braves held the Raiders to only five points in the second quarter and six in the fourth.
The third quarter of this game was a wild one. Both teams scored 19 points, heading into the final stanza with the Braves on top 40-36.
Reeser's 18-point production was tops in the game while Julia Nelson led the Raiders with 17.
Bills added 13 more for the Braves and Clara Neff finished with seven points.
PV Lady Booters Fall in District Semis to Top Seed November 5, 2017
The Pequea Valley girls' soccer team was coming off a 2-1 triumph over Trinity in the District Three Class-AA quarterfinals when it traveled to Lower Dauphin Middle School on Tuesday for a semifinal match against Boiling Springs.
The Braves took an 11-6-2 record into the game, but their bid for reaching the district finals was denied by the top-seeded Bubblers (15-5) in a 3-0 final.
The game was close at the half as the Braves trailed by a 1-0 margin.
"We had to push forward to try and get ourselves a goal and get us back into the game," explained head coach Kent Buohl. "Unfortunately, we gave one up. They added another one on a direct kick late in the game.
"I thought we played a good game against a good team," continued the coach. "They capitalized on their shots. We gave them four good scoring opportunities and they scored on three. We couldn't get that final push to give ourselves a chance."
Olivia Olsen scored the first-half goal for Boiling Springs. Kayla Garman added another goal midway into the second half and Maddie Hughes capped the scoring in the 71st minute of the match.
The Braves' season ended at 11-7-2 as the district doesn't offer a consolation match for Class 2A or allow more than the two finalists into the PIAA state championships.
"Unfortunately they don't have that for double-A," Buohl noted. "This is the furthest our program has gone. We're trying to build a stronger program and each year we can hopefully continue to go further into the playoffs. You try to do a little better each year. We're building a culture where we expect to win every year - to be competitive. Over the past three years we've done a little better each year than the one before."
The Trinity game was a testament to Pequea Valley's success this year. The Braves defeated one of the strongest programs in the state when they edged the fourth-seeded Shamrocks (11-7-1) at Camp Hill on Saturday, October 28.
"They won the state championship three of the last four years," Buohl noted. "So they have a pretty good squad. We played extremely well against them."
Grace Martin gave PV a 1-0 lead six minutes into the match. Lydia Cacciola scored the team's second goal, which came in the 60th minute. Kalyn Keen and Alyssa Yoder each had an assist.
"Grace Martin broke free and put the ball into the corner of the net after three one-touch passes," Buohl explained. "Katelyn Keen had the assist.
"It was back-and-forth the rest of the game," he added. "We didn't give up too many chances. Their one goal came on a really nice shot from 20 yards out. It got inside the far post and tied the score."
Junior goalkeeper Kyrsten Jarvis made eight saves to help Pequea Valley advance to the semis.
"With 10 minutes left, she made a beautiful save," Buohl said. "For the final seven minutes they didn't get any shots. We closed out the game."
One of the keys to the Braves' victory was taking away the style of soccer the Shamrocks like to play.
"We played a very high-pressure game all over the field," Buohl explained. "They like to possess the ball and knock it around. We pressured it and didn't give them a chance to do that. One of our girls challenged them each time they got the ball."
Buohl addressed the team's returning talent as well as graduating class for 2018.
"I'm losing six seniors, but I have quality players coming back and coming up - some freshmen and sophomores," he said.
Cacciola is one of the seniors who'll be leaving the team along with Leona Stoltzfus and Danielle Byers.
"They were my starting seniors," Buohl said. "Lydia will be playing at Messiah College next year and that shows that we are growing.
"Our goalie and three of four defenders are coming back as well as our entire midfield."
Pequea Valley wrapped up its 2017 campaign on a winning note, defeating Elco in a Section Three road game on Friday night.
The box score showed that the Braves topped the Raiders 28-27, stopping the home team's attempt for a two-point conversion after a Braden Bohannon touchdown pass had pulled Elco to within one point with 13 seconds to play.
The victory that improved the Braves' record 3-7 overall and to 2-4 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, was more than just an addition in the "W" column, however, according to head coach Mike Choi.
"It's one of those games that we've been waiting for a long time because we haven't been able to close out games," said Choi.
"You have a tough year but have an opportunity at the end of the year to play a game that means so much," Choi continued. "We had a long drought against those guys; we hadn't beaten them since 2002. Therefore, it was a wonderful way for our seniors to end their careers at Pequea."
The Raiders (2-8, 1-5 Section Three) and the Braves were tied 14-14 at the half. Bohannon scored both Elco touchdowns in the first half while Ryan Smith scored two for the Braves - both on scoring passes from senior quarterback Jordan Lapp, who finished the game with eight completions for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
"Offensively we were keeping them off-balance," Choi commented. "Jordan Lapp was able to complete eight of 17 passes for three touchdowns. What set those up was our ability to run the ball effectively.
"It was a collective effort," continued the coach. "Everyone ran the ball well, putting pressure on their defense. It then opened up our passing game. Our offensive line - whether we asked them to run block or protect for the passing game - did a tremendous job."
Smith caught an eight-yarder and a 23-yard pass from Lapp for Pequea's second-quarter touchdowns. Senior Ryan Lockhart converted on both PAT kicks.
In the second half, the Braves pulled ahead by 14 points thanks to a 33-yard TD pass from Lapp to Dalton Temple and another scoring drive capped by Tim Malloy's one-yard surge over the goal line.
"Dalton has come up big for us all year," Choi said. "He came out this year after we did all we could to convince him to come out for the football team. He has been averaging significant yards on receptions.
He finds ways to get open, running excellent routes.
"He's our starting corner and we match him up against the toughest receiver for every opponent," Choi added.
Following the first touchdown, the Braves were unable to convert the PAT. So, Dylan Jackson scored on a two-point conversion to make it a 14-point game following Malloy's TD.
The Raiders came back thanks to two Bohannon touchdown passes - both to John Reynolds. The second one came with only 13 seconds on the clock, making it 28-27 Braves.
"We fumbled the ball with 58 seconds left," Choi explained. "They came down and scored with 13 seconds to go. The Elco coach decided to go for two points to win the game."
Choi gave credit to how the defense stood up to the Raiders' attempt to score on a two-pointer for the win rather than kicking the PAT for the tie.
"You've given up a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter," he said. "It's easy to hang your head and a lot of teams may do that. It was nice to see our kids make the play in that key moment. We stayed with our assignment. Tanner Ball came on and made a big defensive play."
Bohannon tossed a lateral back to one of his offensive linemen who, in turn, was going to find an open receiver in the end zone.
"Their quarterback threw the ball back behind him to their tackle, who had dropped back, so that gave him the ability to throw the ball," Choi said, explaining the eligibility of the lineman in that play. "The quarterback had rolled out to the right and tried to get us to pursue the play that way.
"With a lot of moving parts like that, it's hard to stay disciplined," he added. "We didn't hang our heads; we responded in a positive way - not just for the outcome of the game, but for the growth of our program."
Braves Battle Dutchmen, Fall Just Short October 29, 2017
Pequea Valley head coach Mike Choi had anticipated a close contest between his Braves and the Little Dutchmen for Friday night's football game at Annville-Cleona. Choi's prediction was fairly accurate.
"We're two similar teams - we both run a triple option," Choi had said prior to the game. "It's going to be a quick game. It could come down to the fourth quarter."
In the Section Three clash, the Dutchmen came back from a 14-8 halftime deficit with a third-quarter touchdown and carried the slim one-point lead into the fourth quarter where a 49-yard sprint to the Braves' end zone by Noah Myers gave them their 22-14 margin of victory.
"It was exactly what I thought it was going to be," Choi said a week after the prediction quote above. "Both teams run similar styles. On film it looked like we matched up pretty well. And you know, we went into the fourth quarter with the score 15-14."
For Myers, it was his third touchdown of the game. He had scored on a one-yard carry in the first quarter - a touchdown after which the Dutchmen successfully converted a two-point PAT - and had scored on a 27-yard run that gave his team the 15-14 lead just over four minutes into the second half.
The victory improved Annville-Cleona's record to 6-3 and upped it to 3-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League while the Braves fell to 2-7 and 1-4.
The Braves jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening period, capping their drive on quarterback Jordan Lapp's five-yard rushing touchdown. Ryan Lockhart kicked the ball through the uprights to make it 7-0.
After the TD and two-point PAT gave the home team an 8-7 lead, the Braves responded with another scoring drive which ended on Lapp sneaking it over the goal line from a yard out. Lockhart's kick made it 14-8 in the second quarter, giving PV a halftime edge.
"We had the ball in the red zone four times," Choi pointed out. "We missed a field goal and we were knocking on the door near the end of the game also. We couldn't make that one play to tie the game.
"Offensively we couldn't make that one big play to get us over the top," continued the coach.
Choi gave credit to Myers and his performance.
"Their senior quarterback stepped up and made a big play," said the Pequea coach. "He's a tough kid who made good plays.
"But on top of that, a couple of missed assignments defensively hurt us," Choi continued. "When you're playing the triple option you can't have missed assignments or the opponent will take advantage. We needed to be a little tighter. You make 50 or 60 plays and make mistakes on three of them, it ends up in your end zone."
The Braves were able to move the ball effectively despite an injured running corps. Both Tim Malloy and Ryan Smith left last week's game with injuries.
"Dylan Jackson, a junior who doesn't have a lot of carries, had over 100 yards," Choi pointed out. "He stepped up for us.
"Ryan Smith played a limited role because of his shoulder being banged up," added the coach. "Tim Malloy was playing with a club on his hand, so carrying the ball was not something we could do with him.
"Given the issues we had, we still did a good job moving the ball up and down the field," said Choi "I give our offensive line lots of credit. "But when you have an opportunity to score, you have to score. Annville is a really good football team and we put together a good game. So, if we are a little more consistent, we can beat a good football team."
Braves Battle Indians in Section Three Football October 22, 2017
Pequea Valley's football team visited Donegal on Friday night for a Section Three football game. The Braves, with two key injuries, struggled to contain the Indians' offense as Donegal posted a 49-0 victory. The win evened Donegal's overall record at 4-4 while improving the Indians' Lancaster-Lebanon League record to 3-1. The Braves fell to 2-6, 1-3.
"It was a frustrating game," said head coach Mike Choi. "Our game plan was to come in and start fast. Unfortunately, it worked the other way.
"We had them on a third-down and 15 and we blew a coverage," Choi said of the team's first defensive stance. "Otherwise, we get the stop and get the ball back after their initial possession."
Donegal instead marched down the field and scored on Nick Kettner's first touchdown of the game. The senior running back finished with five touchdowns as he gained 170 yards on 10 carries.
The injuries to Pequea running backs Timothy Malloy and Ryan Smith stalled the Braves' offense early in the game. For Smith, it was a lingering injury from the previous week's game with Lancaster Catholic. With Malloy, it was a broken finger that sidelined him in the first quarter of Friday night's game.
"Ryan had a separated shoulder in the Lancaster Catholic game," Choi explained. "He rested it during the week and he tried to play Friday night, but it hurt too much. There was no way I was risking his health."
Smith is one of the two-way players on this depleted roster for Pequea Valley.
"Ryan was on his way to 100 tackles for us this year," continued the coach. "He and Nate Kovalick are the heart and soul of our defense. Without those guys we struggled on defense. Without them on the field it hurts - especially against a team that runs a Wing-T as Donegal does."
Malloy made attempts to return to the game, but eventually had to bow out.
"Tim tried to come back a couple of times after resetting his broken finger," Choi said. "He eventually said that he thought he was hurting the team more than helping with his injured finger.
"He has it in a cast," Choi added. "If he gets permission from the doctors to play, he'll have to play the next game with a cast."
After Kettner scored on a 40-yard run to spark the Indians' attack in the first quarter, the team came right back and made it 14-0 on Kettner's three-yard TD run.
"When we couldn't hold them on their initial possession, we had to now go back and answer," said Choi. "We felt good about what we had planned, but we threw an interception. They went down and scored, making us play catch-up."
Keeryen Stevens, who had that interception on PV's first drive of the game, caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter. By that time, the Indians had already taken a 35-0 lead on four Kettner touchdowns and a three-yard TD run by Tyler Rupp.
The Indians scored 21 points in each of the first two periods. Kettner capped the scoring with a third-quarter TD to make it 49-0.
"Their offense did a good job isolating one of our young linebackers - releasing their guards on him," said Choi. "They took advantage of our issues with a good game plan."
The Braves' next game will be at Annville-Cleona. The Little Dutchmen are 2-2 in the league and 5-3 overall.
"We're two similar teams - we both run a triple option," Choi noted. "Their coaches do a good job.
"It's going to be a quick game," he continued. "It could come down to the fourth quarter. Two years ago it was a heck of a game when we were both very balanced. This year they've started the year off pretty well but have fallen off over the past couple of weeks. So, you don't know what to expect."
There may also be a revenge factor involved, Choi added.
"Last year they put up 55 points on us," he said. "Those of us who were here haven't forgotten last year's game."
PV Booters Cap Season With Two League Wins October 15, 2017
The boys' soccer team accomplished a few positive things in closing out the 2017 season. Not only did the Braves finish with a winning record of 9-8-0, they were 8-6-0 in the L-L League. They finished strong by beating two league rivals.
And the other thing they achieved? It had to do with one of the Section Three opponents they beat this past week.
"In the Elco game, we were out for a little revenge, having lost to them in overtime before," said head coach Peter Bennett. "Going into that game, we were motivated for the revenge factor and hoping that getting a good win would help us leapfrog over them in the district standings."
Josh Heinrich and T.J. Hershey not only scored, but assisted in the final 20 minutes of the second half and Malachi Glick saved all 11 shots that came his way, all assuring the Braves that no overtime minutes would be needed. Pequea held on for a 2-0 win.
"The boys were pretty confident going into that game," Bennett added. "We looked back at the first time we played them. We had the lead at 1-0 and 2-1. Unfortunately, they beat us in overtime.
"We addressed our fixable mistakes not just in regards to that game and that loss, but for the second half of our season."
Indeed, the Braves went on to win four of their next five league games.
"Also, it was senior night, so their energy was up there," Bennett added.
In the regular-season finale, which was played at Northern Lebanon on Wednesday, the Braves beat the Vikings 7-1.
Hershey scored twice - both in the first half - and had an assist as well. Heinrich also scored twice and assisted on another. Al-Hassan Mozab, Bennett Nordhoff, James and James Diluzio each chipped in with one goal.
As for the post-season, the Braves narrowly missed the District Three Class-AA playoffs.
"We were just short," Bennett explained. "We ended up a game behind in the league standings [fourth instead of third in Section Three] and in the districts we were 11th.
Though 2017 is ending, there is a great deal of hope for next season.
"Hershey and Heinrich - our top two goal scorers - are coming back," Bennett noted. "The spine of our team should be back. Winston Thomas, the anchor of our defense, and sophomore Brandon Ratjavong, who had a few assists, should be back.
"We were disappointed to miss out on the playoffs," continued the coach. "But as close as we were and the strong wins we had give us something to build on, something to be excited about."
Pequea Valley's football team, coming off a bye week, hosted a strong Lancaster Catholic team in Friday night's Section Three showdown at Kinzers. In a game where the Braves were the underdogs, they kept things close until two Crusader touchdowns helped the visitors pull off a 38-14 win.
"It was 17-7 with about four or five minutes left in the third quarter," said head coach Mike Choi. "We had the ball and the opportunity to go down field and tighten up the game even more.
"But they did their job defensively and made us punt," Choi continued. "After that, they adjusted offensively and instead of a power running game, they started hitting their passes, working their way down the field with a couple of big passing plays on third down."
Pequea Valley fell to 2-5 overall and to 1-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League while the Crusaders improved to 3-4, 3-0.
Lancaster Catholic quarterback Gavin Sullivan completed 10 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Miklos, who was on the receiving end of six Sullivan completions, caught a 21-yard TD pass for the Crusaders' first score of the fourth quarter. Prior to the end of the third quarter, the Crusaders capped a scoring drive on a five-yard TD toss from Sullivan to Andrew Kirchner, making it 24-7 going into the final period.
"We had to pen it up once it got to 24-7," Choi explained. "In so doing, you open yourself up to having short drives. We also had a couple of dropped passes and had to turn it over to them."
Pequea Valley scored on Tim Malloy's six-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Ryan Lockhart converted the first of his two PAT kicks.
In the fourth quarter, after Catholic had pulled ahead by a 31-7 margin, Jordan Lapp led the Braves to their second TD of the game. Lapp (12-for-22, 72 yards) hit Dylan Jackson on a nine-yard scoring pass.
"We just made too many mistakes to beat that team," Choi said. "They did a good job at limiting their mistakes and not giving us more opportunities.
"Anybody who watched that game would tell you that it was a tighter game than the score indicated," added the coach. "I was proud of our guys. They were mentally disciplined, especially on defense and special teams. We struggled in execution - dropped passes, a play here or there."
Choi also pointed out that Pequea Valley's roster is slim compared to most teams in the league.
"We are stretching 19 guys and taking on Lancaster Catholic," he noted. "That's another reason to be proud of them."
The Braves' 2017 field hockey season came to an end with head coach Erin Lewis seeing some positive signs.
"The girls are getting better at reading the field, anticipating what's coming and anticipating what their teammates are doing," Lewis explained.
The Braves (0-16-1) closed out the season with a pair of L-L League losses, including a Tuesday night Section Three match with Elco. The Raiders (10-6-1, 7-2-1 LL) pulled off a 7-0 victory at Kinzers.
"Elco is toward the top of our section," Lewis said. "They are definitely a challenge for us. The girls played well, though the scoreboard did not reflect that.
"We really did well on offense, trying to get the ball more in our favor," she added. "Overall, we've really grown in that aspect this season."
Lewis explained that the team is putting together good offensive possessions though not necessarily finishing them with goals scored. Part of that has to do with the limited roster in which the necessary versatility takes away from consistency at some positions.
"With fifteen girls on the team, we have trouble trying to keep them in the same exact position all of the time," she added. "They're not mastering any one position on the field. That has been a challenge for us."
One of the positions that has been solid has been that of goalkeeper. Jordan Melson, a junior who should bring back some experience next year, has held her own, despite the team's winless record.
"Jordan Melson's save percentage is near 70," Lewis noted. "Though our scores are shutouts on the other team's parts, in some of these games she has had 20, 25 or 30 shots on goal. She has saved the majority of what comes her way. Eventually, the percentages catch up with you when you're facing so many shots."
She had 16 saves against Elco. Melson also recorded 16 more in the regular-season finale at Lancaster Mennonite on Wednesday. The Blazers had 23 shots on goal and earned a 6-0 victory.
The girls' soccer team earned a playoff berth thanks to its L-L League 9-3-2 record (10-6-2 overall) and a solid third-place finish in Section Three. The Braves kept the foot on the proverbial gas pedal with back-to-back wins against Section Three rivals Elco and Northern Lebanon to close out the regular season
Three weeks prior to Monday's match at Elco, the Raiders had come to Kinzers and blanked the Braves 5-0. But the Braves were having none of that on Monday. They got out to a 2-0 halftime lead and were on cruise control until they exited with a 2-1 win.
Alyssa Yoder and Grace Martin scored for PV, who had four shots on goal. Megan Rogers provided an assist.
On the Pequea end of the pitch, goalie Kysten Jarvis faced seven shots and saved six in the close victory.
Wednesday night's match featured 13 shots on goal with a pair of goals by Lydia Cacciola, another by Kalyn Keen, who also had an assist, and one by Leona Stoltzfus. The Vikings also helped with an own goal.
Stoltzfus broke the scoreless tie 31 minutes into the match. Only two minutes later, Cacciola made it 2-0. She increased that lead with PV's third goal of the game seven minutes into the second half. Keen's goal capped the scoring. Rogers had two assists. Yoder had one.
Jarvis needed only one save to record this shutout.
With those wins under their belts, the Braves opened the L-L League playoffs on Saturday. They faced Conestoga Valley in a morning match on a drizzly day in Denver.
The lone goal in that match didn't come in the first half; it didn't come in the second half. In fact, it wasn't until 18 minutes into overtime that Gabrielle Barone gave the Buckskins a 1-0 win over the Braves. It was the 13th of 13 shots on Jarvis, who had saved the previous dozen.
The quest for a league title stopped in that first round, but the season didn't end. The Braves are fifth in the District Three Class-AA power rankings and look forward to the start of districts.
In the L-L League Tennis Tournament singles championships played at Conestoga Valley on Monday, Sophia Weaver claimed fifth place in the Flight One Class-AA brackets.
Though she suffered an early loss to eventual semi-finalist Meg Grasberger of Lancaster Catholic, she fought back with a 6-3, 6-3 win in the first round of consolations and followed with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of LC's Meredith Debord. Meanwhile, Grasberger won her consolation match to take third place.
Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus were the number two doubles seed in Class-AA. They defeated the LC twosome of Debord and Angelle San Jose by a 6-3, 6-2 score to reach the title match, but Lancaster Catholic's Riley Smith and Isabel Midcap, who came in as the top seed, prevailed 6-0, 6-2.
Grasberger also earned a District Three Class AA victory over Weaver, winning 6-2, 6-1 on Friday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club.
Braves Even League Record With Mixed Results October 8, 2017
The theme for the Pequea Valley boys' soccer last week could be described in two different ways - feast or famine; heartbreaking.
The heartbreaking part came from the 3-2 setback at Lancaster Catholic on Monday afternoon. Despite a pair of goals by Josh Heinrich, Pequea's push to even the score in the second half of this Lancaster-Lebanon League game fell just short.
The Braves opened the scoring with Heinrich getting his first goal in the ninth minute of the match. The Crusaders, who also had a multiple goal scorer in the person of Connor Engle, tied it 12 minutes later on Engle's first of the game.
"We took an early lead and it was kind of back-and-forth in the first half," head coach Peter Bennett explained. "We felt pretty good at halftime, tied 1-1."
The Crusaders took the lead and added on with two quick goals in the first five minutes of the second half - Engle and Chris Richards, who got an assist from David Kamwaga.
"We came out kind of slow after halftime and they got two goals on us," Bennett added. "We kind of checked out for a little while."
With 26 minutes left in regulation, the Braves cut the deficit to 3-2. The Crusaders out-shot the Braves 13-4
"I was proud of the boys for how they rallied," commented the coach. "We got one goal back and had a few chances. Going down 3-1 so quickly in the second half and for as young as we are, it was nice to see the boys rally.
"I'm glad to see our players buying into the idea of being in it together and working together," Bennett added. "We're a young team and Lancaster Catholic is almost exclusively seniors and juniors."
Two days later, playing on their home pitch, the Braves put six goals in the net by halftime on their way to a 10-0 defeat of Lebanon Catholic. The "feast" theme for the week.
"We were at both ends of the spectrum," Bennett said. "It was a frustrating loss against Lancaster Catholic, but Wednesday we got our confidence up with that win."
The Braves had 20 shots on goal with James Diluzio scoring twice. He was the lone player with multiple goals, however, as many others got into the scoring column.
"We were fortunate that our success allowed us to get different players in throughout the game," he said. "It got guys experience playing different spots and positions. Things were working well all over the field.
"We stuck with the game plan on Wednesday," he added. "As frustrating as Monday's loss was, it was good to not see the frustration carry over."
Diluzio scored three minutes into the second half to make it 7-0 at that juncture. His first goal came 23 minutes into the game.
The Braves got on the scoreboard with Bennett Nordhoff's goal and Heinrich added another to make it 2-0. T.J. Hershey's goal in the 11th minute, made it 3-0. Heinrich and Hershey each had an assist on the day.
Evan Johns and Al-Hasszn Mozab tacked on goals of their own, making it 6-0.
Following Diluzio's goal, Hunter Winey made it 8-0 five minutes into the second half. Jafeth Arrieta and Mason Smucker rounded out the scoring. Elijah Elkins and Connor Walsh each had an assist.
Chase Riehl needed to make only one save in recording the shutout.
Lancaster Mennonite held the Braves to two shots on goal in a 4-0 shutout at PV on Friday - the famine. The Blazers improved to 16-0-0 overall (12-0-0 league), getting two goals from Matthew Lynch, a goal and an assist by Tyler Wager and another goal by Ben Lefever.
Malachi Glick stopped 11 of the 15 shots on Pequea's goal. The Braves fell to 6-6-0 in the league and 7-8-0 overall.
Pequea Valley's field hockey team held its ground in a hard-fought L-L League game against Lebanon on Tuesday evening.
The defense was rather stingy in this home game for the Braves, allowing only one shot on goal. The Cedars made that one shot count, however, getting the game's lone goal off the stick of Barb Pyles in the first half.
The Braves had six corners, but couldn't get a good shot on goal to record the equalizer.
Lebanon improved to 3-9-2 (1-7-1 league). The Braves fell to 0-13-1, 0-8-1.
On Thursday, Pequea visited Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders had 22 shots on goal and recorded a 6-0 victory. Jordan Melson recorded 16 saves in the loss.
The girls' soccer team grabbed a key Section Three win at home on Monday night, defeating Lancaster Catholic 2-0. The Braves went on to crush Lebanon Catholic 8-1 on Wednesday only to come up on the short end of a 2-1 loss Friday at Lancaster Mennonite.
Following the week's slate of games, the Braves hold a 7-3-2 league record (8-5-2 overall) and hold down third place in the section. Looming over the horizon is a game against Elco (15-0-1, 11-0-1 league).
"It's going to be a tough one," Kent Buohl replied when asked about the upcoming Elco game. "I think if we go up there and we're in the right mindset, we can really give them a game. We tied them there last year in overtime."
Lancaster Mennonite inched closer to Pequea Valley with their 2-1 win, improving to 6-5-0 in the section.
Shae Stoltzfus scored in the final minutes of the first half and added another goal 24 minutes into the second half for Mennonite. Pequea's lone goal came courtesy of Brittany Shirk.
Alyssa Yoder had a sensational game against Lebanon Catholic on Wednesday. She scored four times and opened the scoring three minutes into the game. She scored again in the 18th minute and added one more 30 minutes into the match.
"As long as I've been here, nobody has scored four in a game," remarked third-year head coach Buohl.
The Beavers lone goal was scored by Neesha Pierre. By halftime it was Yoder 3, Beavers 1.
Yoder made it 4-1 Braves two minutes into the second half. Only one minute later Grace Martin added another.
Pequea Valley got goals from Lydia Cacciola, Camryn Davies and Makenzie Dienner to close out the scoring. Krysten Jarvis finished with two saves for PV.
As is the case with many decisive wins, more players got an opportunity to gain experience.
"It was good to play a lot of the younger players with the older players," said Buohl. "They did a nice job. We possessed the ball very well that day."
Jarvis had 10 saves and recorded a shutout in the Lancaster Catholic match to open the week for Pequea. Cacciola and Brittany Shirk scored while Megan Rogers added an assist. Carriola's goal came just four minutes into the match, giving the team a lift.
"The Lancaster Catholic victory was a big win for us," Buohl commented. "We tied them the first time."
The Braves out-shot the Crusaders 14-13.
Braves Win Homecoming Battle Against Columbia October 1, 2017
The Braves hosted Columbia in Friday night's Lancaster-Lebanon League football game. On Homecoming night at Pequea Valley, the Braves rose to the occasion and defeated winless Section Three rival Crimson Tide, 55-22. The victory evened PV's record at 1-1 in league play (2-4 overall).
"It was a great win for us," head coach Mike Choi stated. "Our guys have worked really hard and they all made an effort to be tougher mentally and to not miss assignments."
Whether it was the defense, the offense or the special teams, the Braves played a balanced game to earn a victory. Not only did quarterback Jordan Lapp throw for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, he ran for two more touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion, utilizing the old quarterback sneak.
Senior running backs Tanner Ball and Timothy Malloy scored the Braves' first two touchdowns, giving the home team a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
But don't just look at the so-called "skill players" giving PV a strong offensive performance; the head coach felt the offensive line deserved recognition.
Sophomore Seth Gray joined the offensive line unit when Nathan Kovalick was moved to fullback early this year. Ray Chilcote, Austin Sage, Sean Gray and center Joe Coblentz were solid in Friday's win.
"We have some outstanding skill guys and we can keep getting better when we block for them up front," said Choi. "We really play our offensive game when we block well up front.
"We moved Kovalick from offensive tackle to backfield," he said of the 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior. "It has really been a good move since the Kutztown game. He has provided a true fullback in front of Tim [Malloy]."
Pequea Valley took the four-point lead in the first quarter, coming back from an early deficit. The Tide had gone up 8-0 after quarterback Maleik Crenshaw connected with Kobie Wakefield on a 14-yard TD pass in addition to tacking on the two-point PAT. That touchdown would be the first of two Crenshaw-to-Wakefield scoring plays. After trailing 28-16 at the half, the only points the Tide would go on to score would be Wakefield's third-quarter TD catch.
Lapp scored on a 64-yard dash and added that two-point conversion himself to make it 20-8 Braves. Columbia rolled right back and completed a scoring drive that ended with a rushing TD and Crenshaw carrying it in for the two-point PAT. It was suddenly 20-16. But something was waiting to put a spark back into Pequea Valley.
Enter Tanner Ball.
He returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards and Lapp added another two-point PAT to make it 28-16 before halftime.
"What a momentum swing!" Choi remarked. "High school football can be all about momentum. That was huge for us. We get a touchdown and a two-point conversion so we were able to breathe easier."
Three more touchdowns came in the third quarter - Malloy's seven-yard rushing TD, Lapp's 25-yard scoring pass to Dylan Martin and a 74-yarder to Brody Mann.
Lapp added a 24-yard scamper for a final score in the fourth quarter. Ryan Lockhart kicked his third straight extra point, making it 55-22.
"Another thing was that the extra efforts on plays were outstanding," Choi explained. "Our downfield blocks were key and our yards after catches were outstanding."
The defense was also more focused in this game, limiting the Tide to less than 20 yards total offense in the second half.
"I give Rob King, our defensive coach, a lot of credit," Choi said. "In the Northern Lebanon game [40-6 loss on Sept. 22] we felt good coming in. We had some mental breakdowns and gave up some big plays.
"Rob King did a great job with our kids, getting them to focus on their assignments and trusting the guy next to them," Choi continued.
"We are only 25 strong," he added, referring to the roster. "We are constantly putting guys in. It didn't matter if you were first or second team, each of the players who went in there did an amazing job."
Ball was one of the players Choi wanted to praise on defense.
"The hidden key to our success was Tanner Ball," commented the coach. "We asked Tanner to handle their number one guy, Edwin Ramos, out of the backfield. He handled this quick kid as soon as they put the ball in his hands."
The Braves return to the gridiron on Friday, October 13, hosting Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders got their first win of the year on Friday (1-4, 1-0 league) and have been a perennially tough opponent for Pequea.
"We have some big games coming up - Lancaster Catholic, Donegal and Annville-Cleona," Choi pointed out. "Those are league games for us and the next step in our program is to beat teams like that. It would be a signature win.
"I love the make-up of this team and I like where we are," Choi continued. "The next three games are going to be a challenge."
Pequea Valley came up short in a Section Three game at Donegal on Wednesday. The Indians took advantage of a couple of PV infractions to go up 2-0 en route to a 3-0 victory.
"It was scoreless and we had a handball called on us," head coach Kent Buohl explained. "It gave them a direct kick and that was their first goal.
"They got a penalty kick on another handball in the penalty box," Buohl added.
The Indians, who improved to 6-1-1 in the league, added a late goal when the Braves were pushing forward as many players as possible.
"We were pressing late in the game and they got one more because we were pushing people forward," Buohl explained. "You almost have to.
"I thought we played well. It was a closer game than the score indicated," he added. "They're a good team. Give credit to Donegal."
Friday found the Braves at Annville-Cleona for another Section Three match. They out-shot A-C 11-2 and posted a 1-0 victory, improving their league mark to 5-2-2 (6-4-2 overall). The team is in a spot where Buohl hopes the momentum would carry them into post-season play.
"We are ranked fourth in the district for AA teams," he explained. "We are hoping to make the district playoffs for the second straight year.
"And if we can stay at or improve on where we are in the section, we can make the league playoffs for the first time," he added.
As for the game itself, Lydia Cacciola's goal four minutes into the second half broke a scoreless tie and stood up for the margin of victory.
Kyrsten Jarvis, who had six saves in the Donegal game, snagged three shots away from the goal to record a shutout.
"That's her seventh shutout of the year and fifth league shutout," Buohl noted.
"We played very well," continued the coach.
The Braves' barrage of shots on the Annville-Cleona goal resulted in a close 4-3 victory over the Little Dutchmen in Friday's Section Three win at home. Pequea Valley put up four goals in the first half alone and held on for the win in an exciting match.
It was a see-saw battle in terms of both sides converting on scoring opportunities. The Braves went up 1-0 five minutes into the game on a goal by Josh Heinrich. About four minutes later, Lucas Guzman evened the score with his first goal of the game. The Little Dutchmen enjoyed that for all of two minutes as Connor Walsh put Pequea back on top 2-1.
That lead lasted 15 minutes until the Dutchmen tied it one last time. T.J. Hershey's first goal of the game came in the 29th minute. Hershey, who had an assist earlier in the match, increased that lead less than three minutes later, giving PV a 4-2 advantage.
The only scoring of the second half was Guzman's second goal of the match.
Malachi Glick grabbed seven saves to help the Braves hang on and to improve their league mark to 5-4-0 (6-6-0 overall).
That win was the Braves' second straight league win at home. On Wednesday, Josh Gingerich and Brandon Ratjavong scored first-half goals to give the Braves a 2-0 win over Donegal. Hershey and Walsh each got an assist.
Glick came through in a huge way, getting a shutout with 11 saves.
On Monday afternoon, golfers from around the league converged on Honeybrook Golf Course for the L-L League Championship. The Braves' leading golfer was Ty Stoltzfus. The sophomore shot a 93, finishing 55th overall, but 10th among the Class-AA schools.
Tied for 58th on the day was Austin Deforest, who shot 94. Nate Miller (106) was third on the team.
The Pequea Valley tennis team has been in contention with the top teams in Section Two. This past week, the Braves improved their league mark to 7-2 (10-3 overall) by beating Annville-Cleona and Cocalico.
In the 7-0 win Monday, the Braves got straight set victories from each of the singles players. Only one of the doubles matches against A-C was contested and the twosome of Ryleigh Kurtz and Naomi Feister came through 9-7.
This was sandwiched between an 8-0 win by Sophia Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus at first doubles and an 8-1 win by Kristen Huenink and Hope Fisher at number three doubles.
Weaver and Stoltzfus each won their sets 6-1, 6-0 at first and second singles, respectively. Kurtz won hers by the same scores at fourth singles while Feister claimed the third singles 6-0, 6-0.
The 4-3 victory at Cocalico on Wednesday was a tougher match for the Braves. The matches involved some extra intensity with both sides featuring players that answered the challenge.
Weaver and Stoltzfus were 8-4 winners in the first doubles, topping Jacquie Lagaza and Cara DiCiano.
Kurtz and Feister, however, were on the losing end of an 8-5 match at second doubles.
The third doubles ended in a 9-8 (7-3) final with Fisher and Huenink coming through with a team point.
Lagaza and Angel Stricker got team points for the Eagles in singles play with Stricker winning a tight 7-6 (8-6) first set against Kurtz and the next one 6-2.
Stoltzfus battled to a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 10-6 triumph over DiCiano at second singles and Feister edged Nichols 6-4, 6-3.
Hockey Team Improves Despite W-L Record September 24, 2017
The Pequea Valley field hockey team keeps on gaining momentum with the players' strong work ethic and commitment to the program.
The Braves, who got their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Lebanon the previous week, had two Lancaster-Lebanon League matches this past week - playing host to Lancaster Catholic on Monday and visiting Elco on Wednesday. They scored a goal in each match, but came up short.
"It was a touch match against Elco," said head coach Erin Lewis. "They're a good, skilled team. The girls learned a lot."
And sometimes when one fails at something, there are lessons to be learned from it. Therefore, playing a highly-skilled team can almost be a hands-on coaching tool.
"We always learn something new in our games," said Lewis. "We also take it to practice to teach the girls new strategy and skills. The girls use those in games and it makes us better each time."
In an 8-1 loss to LC at Kinzers, Emily Bologa scored a goal at the 19:45 mark of the second half, taking an assist from Olivia Ammon. The Braves got in five shots against the Crusaders, who had a hat trick from Alexis Howe.
Jordan Melson was tough in goal for the Braves, making 12 saves.
Katie Fisher scored her team's lone goal of the game at Elco on Wednesday in a 10-1 loss. Elco improved to 4-2-0 in the league while the Braves fell to 0-4-1.
The team is scheduled to play Annville-Cleona on Tuesday, September 26. The undefeated Dutchmen turned away Pequea by a 9-0 score nearly three weeks prior to this upcoming game.
"They're a tough team," said Lewis. "Our goal is to definitely score on them and get a better outcome than earlier in the season."
On the strength of Steve Herb's ball carrying and his two interceptions, the Northern Lebanon Vikings spoiled Pequea Valley's Section Three season opener at Kinzers on Friday night. The Vikings topped the Braves 40-6 as both teams got their Lancaster-Lebanon League schedule underway.
Herb rushed for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns - both from 85 yards out. It was part of a 229-yard rushing night for the Vikings, who improved to 3-1 (1-0 in league). Quarterback Mitch Daub completed 11 passes for another 197 yards, hitting Christian Trader for two of his three TD passes.
Isiah Davis, who hauled in Daub's other TD pass, also contributed to the scoring, running one in from 17 yards out in the second quarter.
The game went into the second quarter with the Vikings up 7-0 on Trader's first TD reception of the night. The two touchdowns by Davis both came in the second quarter, giving the visitors a 20-0 halftime lead.
All it took for Herb to get his first touchdown of the game was a small opening from his own 15-yard line. He got through the defensive backfield and out for an 85-yard sprint to the end zone.
The Braves responded with their only touchdown, cutting the deficit to 27-6. Jordan Lapp ran it in from 44 yards out.
Sometimes the measure of a team isn't in the wins or losses, but the way it attains its wins - the conditions under which the players have to come through with not just a good performance, but a winning one.
Though the PV boys' soccer team has a respectable record in the L-L League, the Braves' 5-0 victory over Northern Lebanon on Thursday was one of those character-building wins. The team was coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss at Elco on Tuesday night.
"I was pleased to see how they responded against Northern Lebanon after a frustrating loss on Tuesday," said head coach Peter Bennett. "It's hard to refocus after a loss like that and only one night of practice."
The victory improved PV's league record to 3-4-0.
The Braves scored two early goals and doubled that lead for a 4-0 halftime edge. They finished with 14 shots on goal to only a pair of shots by the Vikings. Chase Riehl saved both shots for PV.
"We got off to a good start and were able to control things," Bennett said. "We locked it up defensively."
The two early goals came in the first five minutes of the match. Bennett Nordhoff scored them both.
"Bennett Nordhoff has been our center back and we moved him up in the midfield," explained the coach. "He did well for us. He got his first two goals of the season. I was pleased to see him get rewarded."
Nordhoff's goals were less than three minutes apart. The same went for T.J. Hershey's two goals, which he scored in the 25th minute and also 27:00 into the game. Brandon Ratjavong added a fifth goal 13 minutes into the second half. Joseph Gingerich provided an assist.
Playing at Elco on Tuesday night, the Section Three match went into overtime as the Braves lost a one-goal lead twice in the contest.
Elijah Elkins gave visiting Pequea Valley a 1-0 lead with just over two minutes played. With less than a minute to play in the first half, however, Mason Bennetch tied it for Elco.
"I thought we played very well in the game - got out to a lead twice," Bennett noted.
"We started the game strong," continued the coach. "But it seemed Elco, in the later part of the first half, put some pressure on us and scored on us toward the end. We played pretty well for a good part of the second half as well."
The Braves regained the lead 16 minutes into the second half thanks to Connor Walsh. But only seven minutes later, Gabe Kiene scored the equalizer, which stood until overtime where Trey Donmoyer's goal was the game-winner in the 88th minute of the match.
"We wanted to get off to a good start in overtime," said Bennett. "I thought we controlled the first five minutes. They came down and got through on a breakaway. I think it was their first shot on goal of the overtime.
"It was a hard pill to swallow - to see us control and then see them score on their first shot," added Bennett.
"It was a good section game between two good teams," Bennett remarked. "I think we have been playing well in those tight games."
The Braves had a non-league game on Saturday afternoon at home. With a pair of second-half goals by AJ Gradwell, the Trojans posted a 2-0 victory.
Following a 5-0 league loss, the girls' soccer team bounced back with a 5-2 win at Northern Lebanon and a 3-0 shutout victory over Tuplehocken at home, improving to 5-3-2 (4-1-2 league) on Saturday.
The Braves had 18 shots on goal while PV keeper Kyrsten Jarvis needed to make only one save to preserve the shutout.
Goals came courtesy of Megan Rogers, whose two goals were sandwiched around one scored by Leona Stoltfus late in the first half. Stoltzfus assisted on both goals Rogers scored - one in the 21st minute and another in the 54th minute of the game. It was a day of reciprocal offensive contributions because when Stoltzfus scored four minutes before halftime, it was Rogers providing the assist.
At Northern Lebanon on Thursday, the Vikings got a couple of their nine shots past Jarvis (7 saves). But thanks to a hat trick by Lydia Cacciola plus two more goals, which were part of a second-half scoring barrage, and two more Stoltzfus assists, the Braves posted a 5-2 league victory.
Cacciola scored the lone goal of the first half. It came at the 31:46 mark of the game. The Vikings evened the score on Brianna Seip's first goal of the game, which came at the 37:50 mark. Cacciola helped her team regain the lead with a score just 3:45 into the second half.
Within a five-minute span, which started in the 56th minute, the Braves scored three times. Cacciola (55:01), Grace Martin (60:26) and Camryn Davies (64:30) scored. It was, in fact, part of a four-goal stretch because Seip's second goal of the game for the Vikings was sandwiched between the ones by Davies and Martin.
In last Monday afternoon's Section Three match at Honeybrook, Lancaster Catholic edged Lancaster Mennonite by four strokes. The Crusaders shot 333 as a team while Mennonite finished with 337.
The Braves just missed fifth place by five strokes as Northern Lebanon claimed that spot with a 383 and the Braves ended at 388.
Cameron Yoder had an impressive afternoon, shooting an 85 and finishing tied for ninth place with Jonathan Glick of Mennonite. Ty Stoltzfus shot a 97 for the Braves. Nate Miller (102) and Ambrose Shirk (106) rounded out the counting four.
Mason Moore of Annville-Cleona led all golfers with a 74.
The girls' tennis team improved its L-L League record to 5-2 with a win at Elco on Monday. With a sweep of the singles matches and two out of three doubles matches going in the visitors' favor, Pequea Valley won it 6-1.
Sophia Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus posted an 8-4 win at first doubles while Naomi Feister and Ryleigh Kurtz won the second doubles match 8-5.
The Raiders posted an 8-3 victory at third doubles for their lone team point.
Weaver was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at number one singles. Stoltzfus claimed the second singles 6-3, 6-4. Feister (6-0, 6-4) was the winner at third singles. Nash gave Kurtz a good battle at number four singles, but the Pequea junior prevailed 6-1, 4-6, and 10-6.
Kurtz and Fisher had a good doubles match in PV's trip to Lancaster Catholic on Tuesday. They came up on the short end of an 8-5 decision. The Crusaders defeated the Braves 7-0 in a non-league match, dropping the Braves to 8-3 overall.
PV Booters Rebound With Win Over L. Catholic September 17, 2017
The Pequea Valley boys' soccer team was coming off a tough 1-0 defeat when it took on Lebanon Catholic on the road Thursday afternoon. The loss was at home on Monday night to Lancaster-Lebanon League rival Lancaster Catholic.
"They came out and probably had the better of the play in the first half," said head coach Peter Bennett of the Lancaster Catholic game. "I thought we really played well in the second half and created some good chances. We just couldn't score. They scored with a pretty good shot from a distance with about three minutes left. It ducked just under the cross bar."
Scoring was not a problem, however, when the Braves visited Lebanon Catholic on Thursday. They scored four times in the first half and defeated the Beavers 5-0. That win evened Pequea Valley's record at 3-3-0 (2-2-0 league).
"The boys were disappointed after the loss to LC, but we rebounded pretty well," said Bennett. "Glad to see that. We were looking for a chance for a confidence boost. We lost a close one Monday night and another one last Saturday. The boys got up for this game. They got after it and scored some goals."
Of the 29 shots on goal by PV, a pair of T.J. Hershey shots went in. Hershey also assisted on another goal. He scored one minute into the match and Elijah Elkins made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later.
James Deluzio and Evan Johns also scored in the first half and Hershey capped the scoring eight minutes into the second half. Deluzio was also credited with an assist.
"Our offense has been pretty balanced so far," said Bennett. "We're getting the scoring from a few different guys."
The Braves had another league game on Saturday, playing Lancaster Mennonite on the road. The Blazers took a 1-0 lead into the second half and scored two more for a 3-0 victory.
The Blazers stayed unbeaten in both league (4-0-0) and overall competition (7-0-0).
Sometimes the result of a game isn't a win or a loss; it's a draw.
However, depending on how well you've played that game, perhaps even against a formidable foe, coming away with only a point in the standings isn't a bad thing.
That was what the Pequea girls' soccer team did against Lancaster Catholic on the road Monday night. The two teams played to a scoreless draw.
"They're a very good team and that was a good result for us," said head coach Kent Buohl. "Coming away with a tie there was a good game for us. Both teams are close in abilities."
Pequea goalkeeper Krysten Jarvis made eight saves in helping keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard.
"She has played well for us," said Buohl.
The Braves had 14 shots on goal. According the head coach, the team turned it up a notch in the second half.
"I thought the first half of the game was pretty even," Buohl said. "We had the better of the play in the second half, I thought. We had a couple of good scoring opportunities, but could not convert.
"Defensively, we had an opportunity to engage them higher up in the field," continued the coach. "So, we didn't give them many shots on goal. They had two opportunities in the second half and our goalkeeper made one save and the other hit the cross bar."
Pequea went on to post a 9-0 victory over Lebanon Catholic in a Section Three game at Kinzers on Thursday. Camryn Davies and Leona Stoltzfus each scored twice in the victory, which improved the Braves' record to 2-2-2 while the team remains unbeaten (2-0-2) in its section.
It was a contest in which the Braves kept it coming. They actually scored more in the second half than they did in the first half, even though it wasn't a case of trying to run up the score.
"Our varsity played the first 10 or 12 minutes of the game," Buohl explained. "I had a lot of younger, junior varsity players play the rest of the game and they did quite well. Everybody saw significant minutes in that game."
Davies and Kylin Keen each scored a goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation as PV put up five in the second half.
The Braves got on the board with a Lydia Stoltzfus goal four minutes into the match. Five minutes later Leona Stoltzfus doubled that lead. Megan Rogers would make it 3-0 in the 26th minute and Hannah Huyard, a jayvee player who also chipped in with an assist, gave the Braves a 4-0 lead five minutes before the half.
After an own goal by the Beavers made it 5-0, Davies scored her first goal of the game. Only a minute later, Leona Stoltzfus made it 7-0. It stayed that way until the 73rd minute when Davies made it 8-0 and Keen, who had already assisted on an earlier goal, capped the scoring with her goal in the final minute.
Gwen Markell, from the jayvee squad, Lydia Cacciola and Makenzie Dienner each notched an assist as the Braves recorded 29 shots on goal.
Jarvis made seven saves in notching a shutout.
"We are playing very well as a team right now," Buohl added.
Pequea Valley's football team got its first win of the season in a big way. The Braves topped Kutztown on the road in a non-league game, coming back from an early 6-0 deficit to tie the game and adding 33 unanswered points before the home team crossed the goal line again with a meaningless fourth-quarter score. It was 39-14 Braves.
Jordan Lapp, who ran for a first quarter touchdown from 10 yards out, connected with Dalton Temple on a 12-yard TD toss in the second quarter, giving the Braves a 13-6 lead - one they would not relinquish.
Lapp had a 25-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Lockhart before the end of the half. Sandwiched between his two TD passes was a fumble recovery by PV's Tim Malloy, who returned it 45 yards to the Cougars' end zone.
The victory improved Pequea Valley's record to 1-3. Kutztown fell to 0-3.
In the third quarter, Lapp found Temple again for a seven-yard touchdown pass. He also had a 32-yard touchdown run on a QB keeper.
The Cougars' scores were like bookends on the night. Charlie Maddocks threw for a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, connecting with Tyler Fisher for a 6-0 lead and found Fisher again for a short TD pass in the fourth.
Next up the Braves will host Northern Lebanon in their first L-L League Section Three game of the year.
The Braves seemed poised to deny the Cedars in Thursday's Section Three field hockey match at Lebanon. Pequea Valley kept the opposition scoreless in a 0-0 tie.
The defense allowed six shots on goal and Jordan Nelson was up to the challenge, with stellar play that helped her keep Lebanon off the scoreboard.
The Braves were unable to capitalize on their shots on goal. With the draw, Pequea went to 0-5-1 (0-2-1 league).
On Monday, PV hosted Northern Lebanon in a league match. The Vikings got a burst of offense in the second half and went on to post a 7-0 victory.
The tennis team came up huge in two league matches last week, defeating Lancaster Mennonite on Monday and Manheim Central on Friday.
In the Mennonite match, Pequea Valley swept the doubles matches and won three singles matches for a 6-1 victory. The pairing of Sophia Weaver and Natalie Stoltzfus resulted in an 8-5 win at first doubles. Naomi Feister and Ryleigh Kurts had a tough time against Bethany Bronkema and Yang Huang, yet outlasted their LM counterparts 9-7. In fact Bronkema won the number two singles for LM's lone team point.
The number three doubles went to the team of Hope Fisher and Kristin Huenink, who won 8-1.
Weaver took the first singles 6-4, 7-5. Feister was a 6-0, 6-1 straight sets winner at third singles and Kurtz took the fourth singles 6-4, 6-2.
The match at Manheim Central ended in a 5-2 final for Pequea. Feister (6-4, 6-0), Stoltzfus (6-4, 6-1) and Weaver (6-1, 6-2) were straight set winners at second, third and fourth singles, respectively.
Kurtz came up short at number one singles 4-6, 3-6. However, in pairing up with Feister, the Braves got a team point at number one doubles thanks to an 8-6 victory there.
Weaver and Stoltzfus played a strong second doubles, but were on the short end of an 8-5 match. Huenink and Fisher prevailed by an 8-5 margin at third doubles.
These victories raised the Braves' league mark to 4-2 and 7-2 overall.
On Wednesday afternoon, league rivals Annville-Cleona, Pequea Valley, Lebanon Catholic, Elco, Lancaster Catholic, Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Mennonite gathered at Iron Valley Golf Club in Lebanon.
The winning team was Lancaster Mennonite as the Blazers edged Lancaster Catholic by three strokes, 341 to 344. Elco finished third with 357. The Braves, led by Cameron Yoder's score of 88, finished with a team score of 395.
Though his team lost by three strokes, LC's R.J. Vantash topped Mennonite's Jonathan Glick by three, shooting a 76 to Glick's 79.
The Braves got a 96 from Josiah Nissley. Ty Stoltzfus and Austin Deforest shot 105 and 106, respectively.
Pequea Booters Top A-C, Even Overall Record September 10, 2017
Pequea Valley's boys' soccer team won convincingly on Friday, topping A-C by a 3-0 score on the road. The victory evened the Braves' record to 2-2 (1-1 in league).
The Little Dutchmen actually out-shot the Braves 10-7. But each of their shots found Malachi Glick's sure hands ready to make a save.
Taking care of things on the offensive end were Evan Johns, T.J. Hershey and Josh Heinrich, each of whom scored one goal, as well as James Diluzio, who had one assist. The Braves took a 2-0 lead before halftime. Heinrich scored his goal midway through the second half.
Donegal came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to edge the visiting Braves 2-1 on Tuesday. Glick recorded four saves in a losing cause.
Octorara High School was the site this year for what has become known as the Braves Bowl. Two schools, which have picked the same name for their sports teams, play annually in an early season non-league football game for Brave bragging privileges.
This year's victory went to the Octorara Braves (2-1). In a game that was 14-13 in the home team's favor going into the fourth quarter, Octorara quarterback Trent Pawling tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to help give his team a 21-13 victory over Pequea Valley. For Pawling, who also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, it was the second TD pass of the night.
He also picked off two passes, making it difficult for the PV Braves (0-3) to tip the scales in their favor in a close football game.
"We turned the ball over five times," said PV head coach Mike Choi in a telephone interview. "When you do that, it's really tough to win a football game.
"We thought we could take advantage of them with our passing game," added Choi, who welcomed back starting QB Jordan Lapp from a high ankle injury in the season opener two weeks prior. Lapp threw for 115 yards, some of which helped set up his own three-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. The Braves scored on that drive and another, which culminated with senior running back Tim Malloy punching it across the goal line from two yards out. Pawling's nine-yard rushing TD was sandwiched in between those, making it 13-7 Pequea Valley heading into the second quarter. Pequea had 114 rushing yards as a team.
Pawling's 20-yard scoring toss gave Octorara a 14-13 lead before the half. It stayed that way until the final stanza.
"We got off to a great start," Choi pointed out. "We had the lead twice in the first quarter."
Pawling, picking off two passes, and Nick Mattingly, intercepting another, were examples of how the PV Braves hurt themselves Friday night.
"We made some mistakes and they made some good plays," Choi remarked. "Their linebackers made some good plays, dropping back on pass plays. Two of their interceptions were after deflections by their linebackers. We also fumbled twice.
"You're in tight games, you need to execute properly throughout the game," added the PV coach. "There were a host of holding calls on offense and a blown assignment on defense that allowed them to score their last touchdown."
Under Choi's leadership, the Pequea program went 15-15 overall in the previous three years combined. That included a 6-4 season, a .500 year (5-5) and a 4-6 campaign. The culture of winning is instilled in a number of upper classmen on this roster, which includes some inexperienced players as well.
"We have kids who have a lot of experience and that makes up seven or eight of our starters on each side," he pointed out. "But we have an interesting dichotomy because there are the three or four young players on each unit who are in their first season with varsity.
"We've done a god job of teaching these kids how to win games," he continued. "We expect to be in the game in the fourth quarter."
All in all, the coach is happy to have Lapp back on the active roster.
"Jordan is our leader," Choi said. "He's our senior, three-year starting quarterback. He is very important to us. We need to sometimes put this team on his shoulders. He understands our offense."
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Braves, who will have another non-league road game at Kutztown before embarking on their Lancaster-Lebanon League slate of games. On September 22, they'll play Northern Lebanon in a Section Three clash.
For the Pequea Valley squad, 2017 is a rebuilding year, according to head coach Erin Lewis.
"Pequea is coming off only playing junior varsity for us," Lewis explained in a phone interview. "It's a rebuilding year."
Though the Braves suffered a 9-0 league loss at home to Annville-Cleona on Wednesday, Lewis saw some bright spots in the team's next game - a road match at Reading on Saturday.
"We played Reading and lost 4-1, but got much better play from the girls," she stated. "Our defense - Alexis Melson and Jamie Stephan - really kept us in the game. They blocked a few shots. Alexa Fritz had a breakaway and scored our goal."
The Braves, who fell to 0-4 overall, had been blanked in each of their first four defeats.
"Our next big thing is to work offensively to get the line down the field to score some goals," Lewis said.
In the Annville-Cleona game, which is the only league game thus far, the Braves saw Emily Brightbill and Liz Matusiak each record a hat trick. Brightbill also notched an assist for the Little Dutchmen, who had 13 shots on goal.
"Finding those offensive players and making sure that defense is keeping double-man coverage on them is a work in progress for us," added the coach.
In the Reading game, Jordan Nelson made 12 saves in front of the PV cage.
"We're sticking with Jordan," said Lewis. "She is a sophomore. This is her first year playing varsity. She did fantastic [in the Reading match]. We worked closely with her and she listens.
"Every game they try what we teach them in practice and as they see that's successful, we'll get better going forward," Lewis added.
The Braves hit the links twice this past week. In a Tuesday afternoon game at Bent Creek, they finished with 208 team points in a day that 18 holes were not played. Cameron Yoder and Josiah Nissley led the Braves with respective scores of 45 and 48.
Austin Deforest shot a 55 and Ty Stoltzfus finished with a 60.
Two days later the Braves were at Pine Meadows, facing teams from Northern Lebanon, Annville-Cleona, Lancaster Mennonite, Elco, Lancaster Catholic and Lebanon Catholic.
R.J. Vantash of Lancaster Catholic led all golfers with a 72 followed by three Elco golfers, who occupied second, third and fourth places.
Stoltzfus led the Braves with a score of 101. Deforest shot 104 on the day while Matt Vaughn scored 116 and Nate Miller came away with a 121.
The day following the football team's game against the Octorara Braves, another football team faced Octorara in a non-league match at Parkland. The Octorara Braves edged Pequea 1-0 in girls' soccer action Saturday morning, handing PV its second setback of the season.
Pequea's attackers were unable to get any of their 17 shots past Octorara keeper Paige Strausser. On the Pequea side of the pitch, Kyrsten Jarvis held off the opposition except for Emily Watson's unassisted goal in the first half. Pequea fell to 1-2-1.
On Friday afternoon the Braves were assured they wouldn't be blanked thanks to Lydia Cacciola's goal just one minute into the Section Three match versus Annville-Cleona. Cacciola added another goal in the 68th minute, making it 3-0 - the final margin of victory. Sandwiched between the senior's two goals was Makenzi Dienneer's goal in the 32nd minute. Megan Rogers, Alyssa Yoder and Kalyn Keen each provided assists while Jarvis snagged seven saves.
Donegal and Pequea Valley went into the second half scoreless in Tuesday evening's L-L League match. The visiting Indians got on the board thanks to Kasey Buchmoyer's goal eight minutes into the second half. Jarvis, however, saved 13 other shots and kept her team in the game. In the 66th minute, Rogers scored the equalizer and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
It was a sweet 7-0 triumph for the Braves' tennis team at Columbia on Wednesday. In two of the singles' matches, the Braves went 6-1, 6-0 with straight set wins.
Ryleigh Kurtz and Sophia Weaver won by those margins in the second and fourth singles matches, respectively. Hope Fisher claimed the number one singles 6-0, 6-2 and Natalie Stoltzfus won the third singles 6-2, 6-0.
Weaver and Stoltzfus were a winning pair at number two doubles, winning 8-1. At first doubles, the Braves put together Naomi Feister and Kristen Huenink, who proved to be a formidable pair in an 8-0 win. The third doubles featured an 8-0 win by Kurtz and Fisher.
The victory evened Pequea Valley's league mark at 2-2 (4-2 overall).
The team was playing on its home court on Wednesday and defeated Northern Lebanon in a non-league match 6-0.
Weaver and Stoltzfus were 8-0 winners at first doubles. Huenink and Fisher won by the same margin at number two doubles.
In singles competition, Weaver took the first singles 6-1, 6-1 and Stotlzfus won 6-0, 6-2 at number two singles. Also winning in singles were Feister and Kurtz - both by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
PV Softball Settles for Second Place in District June 2, 2017
There are sayings that we hear when in hindsight, we are coping with either defeat or victory. The expressions include the luck of being the hammer or the nail and the one about "sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug."
Whichever of these diametrically opposing forces you feel you are, there are times that you can be the one which is in the more favorable position.
For instance, a year ago, in the District Three Class-AAA softball playoffs, the Pequea Valley Braves knocked off the Brandywine Heights Bullets with a 1-0 win in the semifinals.
This year, in the district championship game, the Braves weren't so bulletproof, losing 6-1 Tuesday night at Muhlenberg High School and finishing as the district runners up for the second season in a row.
"They're a good-hitting team," said Pequea Valley head coach Doug High in a phone interview. "They average 10 runs per game. They're solid hitters up and down the lineup.
"We had some hits and opportunities, but not many," he added.
The Bullets (23-2) were the top-seeded team in Class 3A this year and the Braves (17-6) were the second seed.
Included among the Braves' opportunities were getting the leadoff batter on base two innings in a row.
"We had three hits," High noted. "Sarah Moore led off one inning with a double. The next inning we had a leadoff walk. Both got picked off."
Moore scored the lone Pequea run. She reached on a walk and moved up on a single. Sophomore shortstop Makenzie Dienner laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in Moore.
Another factor involved was that of revenge. You know, when you're the nail or the bug, you want to crack the windshield in your next encounter.
"I think they were looking forward to this day because last year's loss was a hard one to swallow," said High. "They were the number one seed and we beat them 1-0."
Sabrina Ryan, who was a junior in 2016 when both teams were in Class 2A, led the fourth-seeded Braves to that 1-0 victory with her rising fast ball.
"They chased more high balls last year," High commented. "In this year's game, they were more disciplined."
Jess Davidheiser got the win for Brandywine Heights. The sophomore hurler allowed three hits and two walks and helped herself by driving a shot over the wall for a two-run homer in the third inning.
"That home run hurt us," High remarked.
Taylor Sweigart's RBI triple in the first inning brought in the first run for Brandywine Heights. Corinne Mammarella stroked another RBI triple in the second inning.
As for the Braves reaching the championship game, High was disappointed about the team coming up short for a second straight year.
"We have never won a district title," said High, who is a first-year head coach but has been with the program for a lot longer. "We have some kids that worked really hard this year and we were hoping to make something special come out of it.
"I'll never forget my first year as head coach and reaching the district title game," he added. "Now it's on to states."
On Thursday, May 31, the Philipsburg Osceola Mounties blanked Ligonier Valley 2-0 in the District Six 3A championship game played at Penn State. Kamryn Harris struck out seven as she held the Rams (20-3) to four hits. The PIAA 3A state playoffs, scheduled to begin on June 5, will pit Pequea against Philipsburg-Osceola.
The victory that earned Pequea Valley the right to advance to the championship was a semifinal game at home against Kutztown. That also was a hammer and nail comparison of sorts. The reason PV had to settle for second place in the 2016 districts was because of Kutztown.
"They beat us 2-0 in the championship, so we were gunning for them," High pointed out.
The Braves posted a 10-1 win on their own ball field, getting a gem from Ryan, who struck out 12, and offensive support throughout the lineup.
"Everything was working for us," said High. "There was a 30 mile-per-hour wind blowing, so anything that had any air on it was dead. We didn't have any extra-base hits; we had nine singles."
Ryan helped herself with two hits and two runs batted in. Dienner went 2-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base. Moore got on base three times - all via walks. She also swiped two bags and scored a run.
"We were aggressive on the base paths," High noted. "We stole four bases.
"Also, their pitcher struggled," he continued. "They gave up nine walks. In our lineup, everybody contributed one way or another."
Braves Face Knights in L-L League Playoffs May 18, 2017
By virtue of locking up its tenth Section Four title, the Pequea Valley (14-1, 16-5 overall) girls' softball team opened Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff action last Monday opposite Section One runner-up Hempfield (13-3, 18-4 overall) at Garrett Park in Willow Street. Despite facing a 6-1 deficit after four complete innings, the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh only to fall short, 6-4.
While the loss knocks the Braves out of the League playoffs, their season will continue with District Three tournament action which gets underway May 23.
"We committed two of our three errors in the third inning and they only scored once," said head coach Doug High. "But we only had five hits so hitting-wise we were a bit flat.
"Overall, I was happy with the way we played," he added. "But in moving forward we have to sure up the defense."
After yielding a leadoff single to Asaysha Raihl, Sabrina Ryan struck out the next three batters and quickly sent the Braves to the plate. Pequea took advantage and jumped in front when Sarah Hill beat out a dropped third strike and scored on a two out, two strike double by Lexie Unangst.
Hempfield came back with single runs in the second and third innings before breaking the game open with a four run, two out rally in the fourth. After giving up a walk and a bloop single, Ryan struck out the first two batters in the lineup before the Knights cracked a RBI triple, a two run double and a run scoring base hit over second. A strikeout ended the rally.
Hempfield came up empty over the next three innings, including striking out four times.
Pequea finally got rolling in their last at bat. Sierra Glick worked a one out walk, Naomi Feister singled up the middle and Makenzie Dienner's bunt base hit loaded the bags. Sophia Weaver's walk cut the lead to 6-2 and Tara Doratt followed up with a two run single. Hempfield pitcher Kara Cook then picked up her second strikeout of the inning (12th of the game), and forced a ground out to end the game.
The Braves finished with five hits on the day, three in that seventh inning. Ryan fanned 12 batters, surrendered one walk, and gave up nine hits.
PV Softball Prepares for the Post-Season May 12, 2017
The Pequea Valley girls completed their regular season games, splitting decisions against section foe Columbia and crossover opponent Solanco. They end the regular season as Section Four champions with a record of 14-2, three games in front of second place Annville-Cleona. Overall, they enter the post season with a 16-4 mark
In the contest against the Red Tide at home on Monday, May 8th, the Braves upped their final league record to 14-2 with a 7-1 win.
After dropping behind 1-0 to the Tide in the top of the fourth inning, the Braves answered right back with a six-run outburst, and added an insurance tally in the fifth for the final score of the game.
Sabrina Ryan started for the girls, and was credited with the win, but in a rarity for her, did not complete the game, giving way to Sarah Moore to finish. Ryan added another 10 strikeouts to her season total. Her impressive statistics also include a league-leading 1.55 earned run average, and 13 wins in 15 decisions.
She is being backed by an offense that includes Moore with an impressive .410 batting average, and Claudia Schauback with a .687 slugging percentage.
In a game originally scheduled for March 29th, the girls lost to Section Two champ Solanco at the Mare's home field, 2-0 on Wednesday, May 10th.
Ryan only gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out eight, but was undone in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Solanco's leadoff batter, Abby Heidelbaugh, reached on an error, stole second base and scored on Kara McClune's home run shot to center field.
In a game not reported until recently, PV beat the Lebanon Catholic Beavers on May 3rd by a 21-2 mercy shortened three-inning meeting in Lebanon.
Moore, a freshman, pitched for the Braves, and struck out five while walking none.
The offense scored seven, nine, and five runs in their three innings of at bats, while the defense allowed two runs (one earned) by the Beavers in the bottom of the third with the game well out of reach.
Using only underclassmen as starters, the team was led by freshman Jordan Melson, who plated three teammates on a triple and a walk in her three plate appearances. She was also hit by a pitch in her other at bat.
Junior and sister Alexis Melson batted in a pair with her double, while sophomore Katelyn Wesley and freshman Ariana March pushed across one each.
Most of the rest of the scoring came on walks (nine) and Lebanon errors (8) in the quickly finished game.
The baseball team ended their 2017 season with a 6-1 win over non-league opponent Kutztown (re-scheduled from March 31st to Friday, May 5th), and a loss to league opponent Columbia 4-3 at the Red Tide's home field on Monday, May 8th.
In the Kutztown matchup, a five run outburst by the PV offense in the fourth proved to be enough for the victory, with an insurance run in the sixth to offset the Cougar's bottom of the fourth run.
Junior Ryan Tobleman and freshman Adryan Youthers both had two hit games to lead the offense, and both knocked in one and scored one as well. Tobleman's RBI was the result of the game's only extra base hit, a double in the fourth inning outburst.
Eight walks by seven batters also contributed to the victory.
Joe Olenovich got credit for the win, tossing all seven innings, scattering four Cougar hits.
Against Columbia, the boys came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth before watching as the Tide come back with their own two run response for the win. Yothers took the loss for the Braves, relieved by Brody Mann in the fifth inning.
The boys end their season in fourth place with a 5-11 record in Section Four of the L-L league, and finished 7-13 overall.
PV Baseball Falls Short Against Blazers May 12, 2017
The Pequea Valley baseball team was shut out at home playing the Blazers on Monday, May 1st by a 5-0 score.
The team struggled at the plate, held to just five hits for the day, two of which were by Chad Kunkle. Ryan Tobleman, Dalton Temple, and Terrell Stoltzfus had the other three PV hits.
Junior Joe Olanovich took the loss, pitching into the sixth, and up until then limiting the Blazers to a single unearned run. He was relieved in the inning by Devon Clemmer, who finished the game.
The Blazers took advantage of three PV errors in the sixth inning, resulting in three additional runs.
Playing at home against Lebanon Catholic on Wednesday, May 3rd, the PV offense came alive as they beat the Beavers 18-3 in a mercy-shortened three-inning game.
After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, the Braves answered with four in the bottom of the inning, exploded for 12 runs in the second, and ended the game with a pair in the third.
CV garnered only eight hits, all singles, but were aided by five walks and a pair of hit batsmen by the Beavers pitching staff. In the infield, the Lebanon team was guilty of four errors, and two dropped balls in the outfield accounted for two more errors.
Joey Buonomo was 2-2 at the plate, swatting in three runs to lead the team. He also earned the win, pitching the first two innings before being relieved by freshman Jack Olonovich, who was credited with a pair of pickoffs for two of his three recorded outs.
Nick Patrone, Stoltzfus, and Adryan Youthers each knocked in a pair in the Braves attack. Joe Olonovich was one-for-one at the plate with a walk and a run batted in, and led five Braves (Tobleman, George Detore, Chad Kunkle, and Clemmer) with a stolen base each.
Winston Thomas had a bases-loaded walk for another PV RBI.
The team met Section Four leader Lancaster Catholic at Clipper Stadium on Thursday, May 4th, and lost 4-2, dropping their league record to 4-10, and their season mark to 5-12.
Continuing their run for the Section Four title, and tuning up for District play, the girls beat Lancaster Mennonite on Monday, May 1st at the Blazers home field 2-0.
Solo runs in the first and seventh innings accounted for the scoring.
Sarah Moore went two-for-three with a RBI double in the first to score Sophia Weaver (also two-for-three), and Tara Doratt added an insurance run in the seventh by plating Sierra Glick.
Sabrina Ryan tossed a one-hitter for the Braves, striking out 16 of the 24 batters she faced to run her record this year to 12-2.
On Wednesday, May 3rd, the team traveled to Lebanon Catholic and came home with a 21-2, three-inning victory. The Braves led from start to finish, plating seven runs in the first, nine in the second and five more in the third before yielding two in the bottom half.
Thursday, May 4th, the girls hosted Lancaster Catholic and won the Section Four title by shutting out the Crusaders 10-0 in a five inning game shortened by the PIAA mercy rule.
Ryan not only pitched a shutout, but gained her second no-hitter of the season, shutting the visitors down with 14 of 15 outs made by strikeouts.
She lost her perfect game bid on a third inning walk, her only mistake of the game.
The win put PV's league record at 12-2, and overall at 14-3.
As of May 4th, the girls are ranked second in District Three's AAA teams, trailing only Brandywine Heights.
The boys wrapped up L-L League tournament competition on Tuesday May 2nd.
Malacai Glick finished in sixth place in AA singles, losing his semifinal match to Joseph Jing of Lancaster Mennonite 6-1, 6-1.
In the playbacks, he defeated Danny Bomberger of Lancaster Catholic 6-4, 6-2, but had to default in the play for fifth place to Andrew Ashley of Donegal due to injury.
After earning a first round bye, Glick and Garrett Elmer lost their second round AA doubles match to Manny Brubaker and Jing from Lancaster Mennonite 6-1, 6-2.
In Flight Two singles play, Elmer lost to Conestoga Valley's Daniel Scala 7-5, 6-2 in his first round match.
Flight Three doubles had Evan Esh and Danny Gingrich beating R.J. Smith and Lawrence Hoover from Elizabethtown 9-8 (8) in their first round matchup, but dropping their second round to Darville Engle / Josh Glick from Cocalico 8-4.
Josh Heinrich dropped his first round match in Flight Three singles to Colin Hinkley from Cocalico, 7-5, 6-1.
Finally, Hunter Winey dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Manheim Central's Trent Martin in Flight Four singles play.