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PV Baseball Bows to Catholic, Tops Columbia April 13, 2017

The baseball nine dropped a 4-0 league game to Lancaster Catholic on April 10 at home in Kinzers, but bested Columbia two days later, 10-0, in a mercy rule shortened five inning game.

Against the Crusaders, a three run third inning burst by the visitors would be enough, but they tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh for the 4-0 final.

Joe Olanovich was the unfortunate loser for the Braves, giving up the three runs on nine hits, while Austin Smoker, in relief, allowed the seventh inning run.

The Braves failed to help their cause at the plate, managing just two hits against winning pitcher Dontel Marsh.

Smarting from the loss to the Crusaders, the Braves showed no mercy against the Crimson Tide nine, plating five in the first, and adding four more in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 9-0 lead.

The game ended by the PIAA ten-run rule when they tallied another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Senior Joey Buonomo was the benefactee of the offensive outburst by his team, allowing no hits and striking out six in his four innings of work. Freshman Adryan Youthers worked an inning-plus of relief, striking out three, coming from his starting catchers' position where he guided Buonomo's outing.

In a game originally to be played April 7th, but rescheduled to the 11th, the team traveled to Lebanon Catholic and was involved in another mercy-shortened game, this time only having to go three innings in a 31-0 besting of the host Beavers.

A 20-run explosion in the first inning (yes 20!!) was followed by another four in the second, and seven more in the third. All that starting pitcher Cameron Yoder had to do was record the necessary outs. This he did, facing only six batters in his two innings of work, the lone blemish, a walk, while allowing no Lebanon batter to reach by a hit. Yothers worked the third inning for PV, striking out all three batters he faced, and was also a sensation at the plate, going three-for-three with two runs scored and six RBI. All three of his hits were doubles, all with the bases loaded. He was also the lone Brave not to be walked in the game that featured 24 free passes.

PV now sports a 4-4 season record, and is 3-2 in Section Four play in the Lancaster-Lebanon league

SOFTBALL

The girls continued their run of success on the softball diamond with a 17-0 thumping of Lebanon Catholic at home on April 7th, and a 9-2 decision at Lancaster Catholic last Monday.

Just like their male counterparts, the Lebanon game was shortened to three innings under the PIAA mercy rule when the Braves' plated 12 runs in the first inning, and surpassed the needed 15 run mercy limit with a seven run outburst in the second inning.

Allowing leading pitcher Sabrina Ryan an unusual day of rest, Sarah Burns took the hill and allowed no hits while striking out four in three innings of work.

Going up against a tougher foe in Lancaster Catholic, pitcher Ryan was unfazed by the Crusaders batting order, striking out 18 of the 21 recorded outs, while allowing only three hits and walking none.

Her teammates assisted her offensively with four runs in both the second and fifth innings. They had taken an early first inning lead on a solo run.

The Braves were also aided by sloppy fielding by the host Crusaders, who were charged with five fielding miscues.

Wednesday's score against Columbia was unavailable by press time.

The Braves are currently 5-1 overall, and 4-0 in league play.

BOYS TENNIS

The tennis team dropped back-to-back-to-back matches against Lancaster Mennonite last Monday, Cocalico on Tuesday, and Manheim Central Wednesday, all by 7-0 scores.

The losses dropped their overall record to 3-5, and their league record to 1-5.

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PV Softballers Top Annville, Blank LMH April 8, 2017

The girls' softball team increased their L-L record to 2-0 with wins over Annville-Cleona, 10-2, and Lancaster Mennonite, 10-0, last week.

Against the Little Dutchmen on April 3rd in Annville, Sabrina Ryan picked up where she left off in league play last year as one of the premier pitchers in the L-L league.

Ryan fired a six hitter while striking out 15 and only walking a pair.

If first year head coach Doug High didn't know what kind of an ace he was inheriting after a long stint as former coach Amy Shay's assistant, she let him know two days later at home when she no-hit Lancaster Mennonite's Blazers in a game shortened to six innings by the PIAA mercy rule.

Again whiffing 15 batters, this time she walked none, and only allowed five base runners, three by way of hit batsmen and two on defensive errors.

Offensively, she got all the help she needed in the second inning when outfielder Sierra Glick chipped a single to right to score a teammate for a 1-0 lead.

The lead increased in the third on a pair of runs knocked in by third baseman Kayla Diluzio, and another unearned run for a 4-0 score.

In the fourth inning, shortstop Claudia Shaubach slapped a home run to boost the margin to 5-0, and a four run outburst nearly put the game away in the fifth.

The game ended on the mercy rule on another Braves run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

BASEBALL

First year head coach Dwayne Reiter has had some problems adjusting his squad to his system, but his 2-3 Braves (1-1 league) never seem to be out of any game they have played so far.

Last Wednesday, April 5th, the team had one bad inning, the second, allowing four unearned runs in a 5-1 loss to the hosting Blazers of Lancaster Mennonite.

Sophomore Devon Clemmer took the loss, giving up only one earned run of the five scored against him. He struck out four and only walked a pair, with eight hits registered against him.

Clemmer also knocked in the only Braves run in the fifth inning.

Austin Smoker came on in relief in the sixth, and held the Blazers scoreless in his two innings of work.

Annville-Cleona visited the Braves on Monday, April 3rd, and were sent home losers by the Braves, 8-7

A six run outburst by PV in the bottom of the second inning put them out in front to stay. The Little Dutchmen mounted a comeback with four runs in the top of the seventh innings, cutting the lead to 8-7.

Dalton Temple got the save, coming on in the seventh for starter Joe Olanovich and recording the final two outs.

Olanovich was also the star hitter for the Braves, going 3-for3 at the plate with a walk, a run scored and two batted in.

Six of the other eight starters plated runs for the team, while Temple also snatched two of the four bases stolen by the Braves.

BOYS TENNIS

The netters moved their overall record to 3-2 with a 7-0 shutout hosting the other local Braves team, Octorara, on April 4th.

Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer started the sweep for the Braves, besting the duo of Jason Murphy and Jimmy Dagney 8-3.

On the court at No. 2 doubles, Josh Heinrich and Hunter Winey were victors over David Myers and Matthew Michalski 8-2, while Danny Gingrich and Evan Esh capped the sweep by defeating the visitors' Sellers Ward and Mark Distalfo 8-5.

At No. 1 singles for the Kinzer Braves, Heinrich defeated Ward 6-3, 7-6 (4).

At No. 2, Elmer defeated Dagney 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7) in one of the longer matches of the day.

Glick, playing No. 3, bettered Murphy 6-2, 6-1, and in the day's final singles, Winey was a straight sets winner, 6-0, 6-3.

One day before, the Braves visited Lampeter-Strasburg and were shut out by the Pioneers.

A match against Tupehocking, postponed from the 30th of March has yet to have a makeup date scheduled.

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Spring Sports Slowed By Weather March 31, 2017

"It's been challenging," Athletic Director Dan Meyers said of the springtime weather problems facing his school's teams this March. "We had that great February, and then got hit with another kind of 'March Madness'. We lost almost all of our scheduled scrimmages, and already are behind on games to be played. We just have to struggle on and get creative."

SOFTBALL

After losing one of two of their scrimmages due to the weather, the Braves started their 2017 season at home against Schuylkill Valley on Friday, March 24th, and were doubled up 22-11 by the visiting team.

The Braves defense was mostly to blame in the lopsided loss, committing 10 errors in the contest shortened to five innings by the PIAA mercy rule.

The girls fell behind 6-1 after the first inning, and had climbed back to within four at 14-10 at the end of four innings before the visitors plated eight in the fifth to pull away. PV mustered one more in the bottom of the inning, but needed two more to keep the game going.

A game scheduled for the 28th against Kennard-Dale was postponed to the 30th, while a contest against Solanco was moved to May 10th.

BASEBALL

On the baseball side, the boys were rained out of their two scheduled scrimmages on the 14th and 20th, and were coming in with little outdoor practice before opening day.

The diamond nine opened their season against Schuylkill Valley with a 9-6 loss at home on the 24th.

After falling behind 4-0 in the third, the boys chipped away with a quartet of their own to tie at 4-4 after four complete.

The visitors answered in the top of the fifth with a trio of runs, and added two more in the seventh for their final. PV attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, rallying for two runs but it wasn't enough.

Playing at home last Wednesday, March 29th against Lampeter-Strasburg, the team lost 13-3 after being in the game up to the seventh inning.

The Pioneers had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Braves responded with their own trio in the second to tie. A solo score by the visitors held at 4-3 until the seventh inning disaster, when PV allowed nine runs in on just three hits.

A game to be played at Kennard-Dale on March 28th was postponed due to the weather.

BOYS TENNIS

The only scrimmage scheduled for the netters was cancelled on March 14th.

A scheduled match against Penn Manor was postponed with no date set for the rescheduling. Also postponed was a match against Cocalico on the 20th.

On Thursday, March 23rd, the team finally opened the season at home with a 5-2 loss to Elco.

No. 3 doubles partners Danny Gingerich and Hunter Winey defeated Wyatt Woelfling and Brett Bohannon 8-2, and at No. 4 singles Josh Heinrich bested his opponent, Adam Omar 6-3, 6-4 to account for Pequea's final team point.

Visiting Lancaster Catholic on the 27th, the Braves again lost 5-2 to the Crusaders.

The second doubles duo of Elliot Esh and Parth Patel won over Matthew Idoeta and Peyton Schaefer by 8-4, while first singles player Winey took his opponent Idoeta 6-4, 6-0.

The tennis team finally got a win in their season at Annville-Cleona on the 29th with a 5-2 win.

The Braves swept the doubles matches, with first doubles Esh and Patel winners by 8-5 over Dan Tobias and Liam Nyce.

Second doubles players Heinrich and Winey won a close one, 8-7 over Drew Speraw and Sam Mintz.

In the doubles finale, Micah Glick and Garrett Elmer defeated William Klatchko and Koy Alwine 8-1.

The boys dropped the first two singles matches, but at third singles, Elmer defeated Alwine 4-6, 6-2, (10-5) to assure the Braves winning the contest.

Fourth singles Glick added on an extra point for PV by winning 6-3, 6-3 over Klatchko.

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Braves Compete In District Playoffs March 3, 2017

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Lady Braves Win District Three Hoop Opener February 23, 2017

The Hanover coaching staff was worried about the Braves ability to shoot the three-point shot in the game at Hanover on Tuesday, February the 21st. Sommer Reeser had won the league title with an amazing 70 shots made from behind the arc, followed by Marlena Ferry with 35. They should have worried more about the shots coming from inside.

Although putting in four treys to none for the Nighthawks, PV scored 13 additional two-pointers, many on baseline drives to the basket.

The girls ran out to a 13-5 first quarter lead, and were never challenged from that point on, outscoring their opponents 10-4 in the second, and 12-8 in the third.

In the last eight minutes, the Braves were outscored by the home team by a point, 14-13 for a final of 48-31.

Senior Megan Stoltzfus led the assault on the rim with 16 points on four deuces, a three, and 5-for-10 from the foul line to lead the Braves. Caroline Horst and Reeser each chipped in with 10. Lydia Cacciola added four points, Tonia Holmes and Ferry scored three each and Clara Neff rounded out the scoring with two.

The Nighthawks got a team-high eight points from their leading scorer.

The Braves will face top seed York Catholic in a semifinal matchup.

Depending on the semifinal and consolation results, the girls will still have a chance to qualify for the state tournament

WRESTLING

At the District Three Sectional Wrestling Tournament held at Hamburg High School on February 18, the Braves walked away with five gold medals out of the 14 weight classes in AA schools.

Tanner Ball at 126 and Gabe Miller at 132 continued their undefeated streaks, while Dylan Jackson (145), Dan Wanner (152), and Joe Coblentz (220) also won their respective classes.

Ball, starting the action for the Braves, pinned his second round opponent Hunter Smith of Kutztown in 1:16. He followed that up with an even quicker pin of just 40 seconds on Fabian Adameses of Wyomissing to advance to the championship against Jethro Solomon of Schuylkill Valley. Solomon proved to be the toughest opponent for Ball, but fell to the undefeated Brave 6-1.

Miller had an easier road than his teammate, getting two byes in rounds one and two to automatically enter the semifinals. In his first match, he pinned Noah Reesover from Kutztown in 3:35 to set up a championship bout against Payton Gonzales of Wyomissing, whom he bested by a pinfall in the second period at 3:23.

Jackson also was awarded two byes, and entered the semis against Brandywine Heights' Dylan Miller. Although not advancing by pinfall like his teammates, Jackson easily defeated his opponent by a 9-0 major decision, putting him in the championship round.

In the gold medal match, Jackson met Schuylkill Valley grappler Carlos Altimiriano, who took Jackson into the last seconds of the match before falling short, 5-3.

Dan Wanner continued the Braves unimpeded entries into the semis with two byes, and then took on Brendon Hamilton of host Hamburg. In the third period, Wanner flipped Hamilton and neatly finished him off with a pin in 4:37.

His championship round was against another wrestler from the Wyomissing Spartans, Jakob Naylor, who brought a 22-4 record into the match. The Spartan wrestler gave Wanner a long, hard-fought match, but ended up on the short end of a 3-1 score.

The last gold medalist for PV Coblentz, like three of his teammates, entered the day with an automatic berth in the semis. He first took on a familiar foe in Elco's Quentin Weaver, whom he had met during the regular season. Knowing his opponent's weaknesses, Coblentz dropped the Raider to the mat and pinned him in just 1:21, setting up his championship against Tupehocking's Josh Daub. The Brave heavyweight was pushed into the third period before pinning in 5:02.

The boys finished in fourth place in the team standings with their five wins totaling 107 points.

All five boys are seeded in their respective classes for the District Three finals at the Giant Center in Hershey on February 23-25th, and gain first round byes.

Ball, now with a 31-0 record, will await the winner of a match with familiar foe Hayden Funck from Annville-Cleona (21-11 record) or Jacob Coniglio of Camp Hill (17-10).

Miller takes his 34-0 record up against either Jalin Hankerson from Boiling Springs (3-1), or Justin Cameron Miller of Kennard-Dale (17-8).

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PV Girls Wrap Up Regular Season at 9-13 February 10, 2017

The girls split their season ending games against league foes Annville-Cleona and Columbia, and now wait to see if their record will qualify them for District Three play.

Battling Columbia at home on the February 7th, the Braves were without leading scorer Sommer Reeser (15.38 ppg), and had to rely on her teammates to try for the win.

Down only one in the first quarter, 11-10, the girls saw the visiting Crimson Tide pull away with a 12-7 run in the second to go into the locker room at halftime behind 23-17.

Although matching the visitors point for point in the third quarter, the team was unable to gain enough momentum for a last quarter comeback, and fell by a 45-34 final.

Tonia Holmes, playing one of her best games of the year, led the girls with 11 points.

Senior Megan Stoltzfus, in her last home court appearance, added in seven, while Caroline Horst was responsible for six more. Marlena Ferry had five, and Abbey Leslie contributed three.

Visiting the Little Dutch Ladies on the February 3rd, and with scoring leader Reeser leading the way, the Braves jumped out to a 16-5 first quarter margin, and were never threatened, although the hosts tried to make a late fourth quarter comeback.

Reeser was firing from the field, putting in four from behind the arc, three from inside, and adding a foul shot for a game high 21 points.

Ferry followed with 11 points, including three more treys, and Stoltzfus contributed ten, including four-for-six from the line. Horst almost made it a foursome of double-digit scorers, ending with nine points. Abbey Leslie with three, and Regan Donecker with two finished up the PV scoring.

The team finishes the regular season in fifth place in Section Three with a 4-10 record. Overall, they are 9-13.

In District Three power ratings, they hold fifth place for seeding purposes as of the game against Columbia.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The boys ended their season with losses to league foes Annville-Cleona and Columbia and finished 2-12 in the league, and 6-16 overall.

Visiting Columbia on the 7th, the Braves let a 32-29 halftime lead evaporate with a forgettable four point third quarter to fall behind 50-36.

Battling back, the team ran out of time pulling to within seven for the final at 63-56.

Malachi Glick led the Braves with 15, followed by Grant Gaynor's 13. Josh Stoltzfus added nine, and Luke Purcell seven. Justin Torres and EJ Stoltzfus chipped in with six each.

Against Annville-Cleona at home on senior night February 3rd, a 36-33 halftime lead was overcome by the visiting Little Dutchmen, as they pulled within one at 44-43 after the third, and moved in front of the Braves by outscoring them 17-10 in the final eight minutes for a final of 60-54.

Seniors Josh Stoltzfus and Albert Hanna led the team with 18 and 17 points, respectively while a third senior, Emmanuel Stoltzfus, added 10.

Purcell, a junior, netted four, Glick three, and Torres, also a senior, finished with two.

WRESTLING

The Braves grapplers await seedings for the upcoming Sectional Tournament.

Expected to get high positions due to their undefeated records are 126-pound wrestler Tanner Ball, and 132-pound Gabe Miller.

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Lady Braves Top Elco 59-56 in Overtime February 3, 2017

The Braves took visiting Elco into overtime before coming away with a 59-56 win at Kinzers last Tuesday, January 31st.

The team looked like they were in for a hard time after the first quarter, falling behind 16-7.

"We were flat coming out," said head coach Jason McDonald. "They played hard though after that opening eight minutes, and came back for a nice halftime tie."

In the second quarter, the Braves ran off eight straight points and 12 overall, while shutting down the Raiders, limiting them to just a three-point shot by normally high scoring Taylor Bossert, and went into the locker room tied at 19-all.

"Lydia (Cacciola) plays her best on defense, even if she's not a scorer. She shut down their high scorer (Bossert), and kept us in the game," said McDonald.

The second half saw the teams trading baskets and turnovers, with the visitors holding a one-point lead after three, 35-34.

In the fourth period, it appeared to be over for the Braves, as they found themselves trailing by two, 50-48 and Elco in control of the ball.

A drive to the baseline by the Raiders seemed sure to end the game on a layup, but Tonia Holmes had other thoughts. Reaching as high and straight as she could, she blocked the shot, and deflected it to teammate Megan Stoltzfus.

"She played her best game of the year," said McDonald. "She not only scored, but collected eleven rebounds, and three blocked shots as well."

Stoltzfus, after grabbing the deflected rebound by Holmes, sprinted upcourt with the ball, and appeared to be driving in for a shot, but found a barely open Sommer Reeser, who got off a jumper from about 10 feet out as the clock expired.

The ball rolled once around the rim before falling through, and the teams were headed into the overtime.

"Megan just seems to find the right person at the right time, and this was an important one," stated the coach.

The overtime belonged to Pequea, as they ran off the first five points, jumping out to a 55-50 lead, and from there on held it until the buzzer sounded, ending the thriller.

Reeser, along with her game-ending heroics, also was the game high scorer, finishing with 24 points, including adding to her league lead in treys with four more.

Stoltzfus, along with the game-saving assist, added three more helpers, and was second in scoring with 15.

Holmes tacked on eleven to go with her boards and blocks, while Cacciola, when not shutting down the Raider offense, put in four important points, all in the overtime. Bethany Bills and Caroline Horst finished off the Braves scoring with three and two points respectively.

"All around, after that first quarter, they played a very well, very hard game," said McDonald. "Something we really needed to keep pace in the districts."

As of that game, the girls are fifth in District Three among the six qualifying positions for post-season play. Their league record is now 3-9. They are 8-12 overall with two games left on the schedule.

Prior to the Elco game, the girls were challenged in a game against Northern Lebanon on January 27, and lost 62-41.

"Considering the score didn't show it, the girls were in this game all the way against one of the best teams around for the past several years," commented McDonald. "Again, they played hard and well. They were not over awed by them. Marlena Ferry played one of her best games all year, looking like a pro at times."

Ferry ended up with a game high 19 points, 15 of which came on five bombs from outside the arc.

After breaking out to a 16-13 first quarter lead, the patient home court Vikings slowly caught up, and eventually passed the Braves, going into the halftime ahead 30-23.

The second half belonged to Northern Lebanon, as they pulled away in the third, 46-31, and dropped in 16 more in the fourth for the final scoing difference.

Along with Ferry's scoring fireworks, Reeser added 11 points, and Stoltzfus three. Cacciola, Holmes, Horst, and Jamie Stephan all finished with two points each.

WRESTLING

Gabe Miller, wrestling at 132, and Tanner Ball, on the mats at 126, won their weight classes at the Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament on January 27th and 28th at Garden Spot High School.

"Tanner and Gabe, what can I say," said an elated head coach Dave Finger. "These two boys never cease to amaze me. I think right now the two of them are focused on just one thing, standing on that podium at the end of the year."

Both wrestlers, along with Dan Wanner at 152, were seeded first, and proved their worthiness of their rankings.

Miller, a sophomore, starting his bouts in the second round because of his top seeding, made short work of his first opponent, Andrew Neally of Lancaster Christian, putting his shoulders on the mat in just 1:18.

Moving on to the quarterfinals, Hayden Schreiner of Manheim Central, found Miller too tough to handle, and was pinned in 1:40.

In the semifinals, Miller was again a winner by pinfall, stopping Justin Shelly of Elizabethtown in 5:14, setting up a finals match with a familiar foe.

Northern Lebanon's senior and returning champion Trevor Leonard, higher ranked than Miller in District Three, had previously lost to the PV grappler on their two previous meetings (10-7 and 2-0), and was looking for revenge. That revenge will have to wait until their probable meeting in the districts, as Miller took no prisoners, stopping Leonard on a technical fall 17-2, in 5:49.

"Gabe made a statement with his performance in the finals. It seemed nothing was going to get in his way," said Finger.

Ball, a junior, had little problem running the board in his matches, gaining a pinfall against a familiar foe in Annville-Cleona's Dave Fiebig in 1:38, followed by a pair of technical falls. In his quarterfinal match, Ball faced Ryan Keider from Manheim Central.

The Braves grappler jumped right out in front with a takedown, and went on to pick what looked like an easy 16-1 technical fall in 3:48.

In the semifinals, Bell met Conestoga Valley's Seth Martin, and picked up another technical fall, this one 16-0 in 4:53.

Eagle wrestler Nate Fritz went the distance with Ball before dropping a 9-1 decision to the new champion. Bell held Fritz to the defensive bottom position for almost the entire match after gaining a first period takedown.

"I think Tanner really wanted this one, after finishing third the past two years," stated Finger. "It's going to be fun following these young men into the post season. I can't wait to see what they accomplish."

The other PV first seed, Wanner, cruised through his first two matches, pinning Trent Martin of Conestoga Valley in 1:45, and Dallin Ocasio from Lebanon in 5:57, after building up an impressive 13-3 advantage.

Wanner met Max Martin from Cocalico in the semifinal match, and in a hard-fought bout, came out on the losing end of an 8-6 decision, relegating him to the wrestle backs to try for better than 8th place.

He did do better, but only by two places, settling for sixth out of the 20 competitors in his class, losing both consolation matches by scores of 4-2 and 8-5 to wrestlers from Warwick and Ephrata, Luke Hirtzer and Tyler Mentzer, respectively.

Joe Coblentz, a 220 pound sophomore, showed he will have two more seasons of great wrestling ahead of him, as he finished in 5th place in his division.

Coblentz, after besting his first two opponents, was pinned by eventual champion Evan Clark from Warwick in the third period.

In his wrestlebacks, he lost his bid for third place, being pinned by Cocalico's Austin Shaver in 2:16, but then won the fifth place match, pinning Connor Gill of E-Town, in 4:21.

Dylan Jackson finished in seventh place for the Braves with a record of 3-2 for the weekend at his weight of 145.

"I'm very proud of all my boys after this weekend," stated head coach Finger. "It's not too shabby to enter only six wrestlers, and place all six in the top eight, and finish seventh in the team standings. I keep telling the boys that this is preparation for the post season, and this is a good time of the year to get on a roll."

On February 1, the team hosted cross-section rival Lampeter-Strasburg, and lost 48-28.

Seven weight forfeits for 42 points made the diference, as in the classes wrestled, PV took five of the six matches.

Ball continued his win streak, besting Michael Hazboune (126) in a 19-1 technical fall in 5:01.

Miller also ran his undefeated string at 132 further, pinning Collin Guilder in just 1:47.

The only loss for the team was at 138, where Connor Walsh lost by pinfall.

Jackson pinned Kaden Campbell in 4:43 at 145.

Wanner, at 152, also won by tech fall, with the match stopped at 5:00 with a 19-2 final, and Coblentz ended the PV collection with a 3:11 fall over Tyler Phenegar..

BOYS BASKETBALL

Two more losses against league opponents dropped the Braves to 2-10 in Section Three, and 6-14 overall.

In Myerstown last Tuesday, January 31st, the Braves battled the Raiders but came home with a 66-43.

Although matching their opponents in field goals made with 17 each, the Elco outside shooting proved a large difference as they made nine from behind the arc, as compared to PV's two.

Josh Stoltzfus actually ended up as the game's high scorer, dropping in 16 for the visitors. Justin Torres added nine points, with Malachi Glick and EJ Stoltzfus chipping in with six each. Luke Purcell had four, and Dalton Al Temple finished up the Braves scoring with two.

On the 27th, the Braves hosted Elco, and lost to the visiting Raiders 64-57.

In this contest the difference was at the charity stripe, as Elco went to the line 30 times, making 20, while the home team was 11-for-12.

Josh Stoltzfus shot the lights out for the home team, pouring in a game-high 28 points including three treys, and seven-for-eight from the line. Glick tallied nine points with Grant Gaynor adding seven and Albert Hanna five. Emmanuel Stoltzfus and Purcell contributed four points each.

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Undermanned PV Matmen Host Donegal January 26, 2017

The grapplers took on the Indians from Donegal on January 25th at home, and not only had to forfeit nine matches, but were without top wrestler Tanner Ball, and lost 54-28.

"We knew tonight was out of reach for us, because Donegal had a full roster," commented head coach Dave Finger. "Tanner Ball was out with skin issues, and we only suited up five wrestlers. I told the boys tonight that even though the match was out of reach for them, the only matches they (Donegal) win tonight are the forfeits."

PV took what the coach said to heart, and responded with four pins and a major decision.

Gabe Miller continued his undefeated streak at 132, dropping Jarad Brown in 1:32.

Connor Walsh needed almost three full periods but pinned his foe, Christopher Daecenzo, with only thirty seconds left in the 138 class.

At 145, Dylan Jackson took the entire match, but registered the team's four point major decision with a 10-1 victory over William Small.

The night was also Senior Night, and the lone senior, Daniel Wanner, celebrated with a flattening at 152 over Dmitri Gonzales in the fastest time, 1:20.

Closing out the sweep of matches wrestled for PV was 220 pound Joey Coblentz, who ended his bout with a 1:35 fall over Cael Rapp.

"I'm very proud of all five wrestlers," said a smiling Finger.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The tough season continues for the cagers, as they dropped a pair of league games, leaving them in 5th place in Section Three of the L-L league with a 2-8 record, and 2-12 overall.

Playing the Lancaster Mennonite Blazers at home last Tuesday, the 24th, the Braves fell behind 18-8 at the end of the first quarter, and were forced to play catch up the remainder of the game. Another big gap in the second period scoring put the team further behind at halftime, 40-22.

The boys played the visitors fairly even in the second half, only being outscored by one, 31-30, but the early deficit was just too much to overcome.

Josh Stoltzfus tossed in a game-high 21. Albert Hanna chipped in with 11, including three treys and two-for-two from the foul line. Malachi Glick added eight, Justin Torres and EJ Stoltzfus accounted for five each, with Luke Purcell putting in a field goal for two points.

On Friday, January 20th, the team visited league foe Lancaster Catholic, and were dealt a 68-50 loss.

The game was decided mostly at the foul line, with the Crusaders stopping there for 25 attempts, making 20, while the Braves only visited the charity stripe six times, converting on three.

Josh Stoltzfus was the leader for PV, scoring 16. Glick added 15 as the team's only other player in double figures. Hannah chipped in with eight points and Purcell connected on two from the field for four. Other scorers included Grant Gaynor with three, and both Brody Mann and Nate Kovalick with two points each.

GIRLS BASKETBAL

In two league games over the last weeek, a pair of losses dropped the Lady Braves' Section Three record to 2-8.

Two games against league opponents met with losses by PV over the last week.

The Braves were hosted by Lancaster Mennonite on Tuesday, January 24th and were defeated 62-58.

In this latest contest, the team was down 18-13 after the first period, but came within a bucket at halftime, 28-26 by outscoring their hosts 13-10 in the second eight minutes.

After coming out of the locker room, the Braves were met by a full-court press from the Blazers that slowed down their attack, and at the end of three, they found themselves down by five, 45-38.

"They play hard, but it's still a learning process for them," stated head coach Jason McDonald on their play. "When they miss shots, they start to lose their intensity. They are young. With five freshman playing and getting time, it gets hard for them to understand you don't have to make every shot."

PV came charging back in the final eight minutes, mostly on the hot hand of Sommer Reeser, even taking the lead halfway through the quarter, 54-52.

"She can shoot from anywhere, along with several others," commented the coach. "She doesn't need much space. If she's open just a little bit, she'll launch one."

Reeser hit a game high 22 points in the contest, including a trio of three-point shots late in the game.

Reeser's heroics were just not enough though, as the Blazers answered her baskets with points of their own and a few more to come back and gain the lead with just under a minute to play, 60-56.

"Offensively, we are doing very well, we just are not playing very well on defense," said Mc Donald. "In that respect, we're not doing as well as I would have hoped."

With the possession arrow in favor of the home squad, PV was forced to foul to try to gain the ball back, but the Blazers hit a crucial one-and-one to extend the lead, 62-56.

The Braves were pressured on the ensuing inbound, but worked the ball up court where Megan Stoltzfus hit a shot from just inside the arc to pull them within striking distance again, 62-58.

After a timeout was called, the Blazers inbounded the ball, and with good ball handling, ran out the final seconds on the clock, not allowing the Braves to send them to the line in an attempt to regain possession for any last second scoring attempts.

Caroline Horst was the only other Brave in double figure scoring, depositing 11. Stoltzfus and Abbie Leslie contributed nine each, with Marlena Ferry adding five and Lidia Cacciola tossing in a bucket to round out the scoring.

"Any time you score 58 in a game, you expect to win. We just didn't play as well on the defensive side of the basketball, we had too much dribble penetration," McDonald added.

On the 20th, the game was much more one-sided, as co-Section Three leader Lancaster Catholic handed the hosting Braves a 79-42 defeat.

"We played hard," said McDonald. "They just have a lot more experienced talent than we do."

"I play five freshmen," he added. "We're very young, but we're developing fast. I just keep hoping to make that jump over that two or three minute hiccup we have in a game that usually decides it. If we can eliminate those two or three minutes, we'll be fine."

Missing Reeser for the game, the Braves had to rely on another frosh, Horst, to try to fill the scoring gap.

Her team high 13, along with Lesley hitting 11 and Ferry's 10 gave the team three double-digit scorers for the game.

Also scoring, and playing well under the boards was another of the frosh five, Bethany Bills, who added in four points. Cacciola and Jaime Stephan finished up the Braves scoring with two each.

The team is now 7-11 overall.

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Stoltzfus Nets 21 In Win over Lebanon Catholic January 20, 2017

Breaking a losing streak feels good. Breaking a seven-game losing streak feels better. And breaking it against a league team feels best, especially on an away court.

For the Braves, all three happened on Wednesday night January 17th as they traveled to Lebanon Catholic and brought home a 62-51 win.

Senior Josh Stoltzfus connected for a game-high 21 points, including a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line to lead his team to their second win in Section Three, and sixth win overall.

He was aided by a pair of teammates, junior guard Malachi Glick and senior forward Albert Hanna, who dropped in 14 each as the team ran out to a 31-22 halftime edge over the Beavers.

In the third quarter, the boys opened up the lead even further, outscoring the home team 22-9 for a commanding 22 point advantage. Not to be outdone, the Beavers mounted a fourth quarter rally, outscored the Braves 20-9 but ran out of time.

Also tallying points in the win were Emmanuel Stoltzfus (4), Tyrell Stoltzfus (3), and Grant Gaynor, Justin Torres, and Timothy Malloy with two points each.

The needed win, the team's second of the year over Lebanon Catholic, came on the heels of a 71-53 loss to Columbia on Friday the 13th at home.

Down by only four points at the end of the first quarter, the Braves held even with the visiting Tide in the second period to trail 30-26 at the break.

Sloppy ball handling, along with hot shooting by the visiting squad, saw the deficit deepen to 54-39 at the end of the third, and the Braves couldn't mount any form of comeback in the remaining minutes of play.

Stoltzfus, starting at shooting guard, was the team and game high star again for the Braves, hitting three field goals, a pair of three-pointers, and four-for-five from the charity stripe for 19 tallies.

Senior guard and sibling Emmanuel Stoltzfus (12), and Glick (10) were also in double digit scoring. Luke Purcell (6), Hanna (5), Torres, and Nate Kovalic (2 each) rounded out the PV scorebook.

With six league games remaining on the schedule, Josh Stoltzfus leads the team in points scored (324) and per game average (20.25). Hanna has tossed in a team high 29 three-point bombs for 87 of his 207 points, while holding second place behind Josh in total points. Glick's contribution includes 144 points for team third place scoring honors.

The Braves are 2-6 in league play, and 6-10 overall for the season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Lady Braves, like their male counterparts, are also having their problems in league play, dropping games this past week at Columbia 71-59 on the 13th, and at home to Lebanon Catholic, 75-50 on the 17th.

Last Wednesday, January 18, the team hosted Twin Valley in a non-league contest, and lost 56-37.

Sommer Reeser led the team with 11 points, including three from behind the arc.

Marlena Ferry was next with 10, including a perfect five-for-five from the free throw line. Tonia Holmes added nine, and Megan Stoltzfus seven for the other PV scores.

Visiting Lebanon Catholic jumped out in front 14-4 in the first quarter and never allowed the Braves a chance to catch up, taking a 31-22 lead into the locker room at halftime, and outscoring PV by 22-14 in each of the second half stanzas.

Reeser led the home squad with 14 points, including a quartet of three-pointers. Ferry, well scouted and guarded tightly by the Beavers, ended up her night with nine points, and connected on the only free throw for the team, who was outshot 11-3 from the charity stripe. Stoltzfus and Holmes combined for 15 points.

Also scoring for the Braves were: Abbey Leslie and Clara Neff (3 each), Lydia Cacciola, Bethany Bills, and Caroline Horst (two each).

Playing away at Columbia, the team found themselves down by 33-25 at halftime, but came storming back to cut the deficit to one at the end of the third quarter, 47-46.

They even took a brief lead in the game at 51-49 before the Tide's star player took charge and guided her team to the league win.

Reeser tallied 25 points for her team in a losing cause, including an incredible seven made shots from behind the arc. Stoltzfus chipped in with 11, while Ferry finished with eight and Horst added seven. Cacciola (4 points), Bills (3), and Holmes (1) were the other scorers for the team.

With six league games left on the schedule, the Braves will try to improve on their 2-6 league and 7-9 overall records.

WRESTLING

The wrestling team traveled to Elco on January 18th to visit the Raider's mats, and the badly undermanned squad lost 60-20, with the home team getting 48 free points on forfeits in eight of the 14 classes.

"It's really tough to win when you are undermanned and come up against teams with full rosters like we do," stated head coach Dave Finger. "But with the guys we do have, they compete their best, and give very good showings for themselves."

In the remaining classes, the team did do very well, winning four of the six weights that were wrestled.

After opening the meet with a forfeit at 120, junior Tanner Ball continued his hot streak of wins (21) with a pinfall in just one minute, tying the score at 6-6.

"He's now won 85 career matches, and is on track to hit 100 this season," said Finger of Tanner Ball.

Gabe Miller also continued his winning ways at 132, also pinning his foe in just 42 seconds. He has now notched wins in 23 straight for the team.

Columbia countered with a fall at 138 before Dylan Jackson took a 10-3 decision over Cam Krow at 145 to move the Braves out in front, 15-12.

Daniel Wanner then won at 152 with a technical fall, 19-2 over Trey Donmoyer to end the scoring for PV, who at that point led 20-12.

The Raiders then were awarded four successive forfeits, a pinfall at 220, and three more forfeits to end the night.

Back on the weekend of January 7th competing in the Lancaster Catholic duals, the team lost to fuller squads from Hershey High (51-29), Central York (42-24), West York (48-27), and Bishop McDevitt (58-17).

They did earn one win on the weekend, handling Hanover 28-18.

According to Finger, the boys still did very well there, winning 26 of the 30 individual matches they were in.

Bell won all five of his bouts, as did Miller, Connor Walsh (138 pounds), and Wanner.

In his five wins, Bell posted two pinfalls, two technical falls and a decision.

Miller bested his teammate with four pins, a tech fall, and a decision while Wanner registered a pin and two techs. Joe Coblentz, wrestling at 220 went 4-1 with three pins.

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Ferry, Reeser Hit Double Figures in Loss to A-C January 13, 2017

Playing in a game at home on Wednesday, January 10th, the quintet of cagers from Kinzers sent the visitors from Annville-Cleona home with a 53-42 loss.

After a close contest in the first quarter that saw the Braves with a single point lead at 16-15, coach Jason McDonald's crew opened up on the visiting Dutchmen, pulling away to a 30-22 halftime advantage.

They continued the game in the second half by outscoring the visitors 23-20 for the final score.

Marlena Ferry and Sommer Reeser both finished in double figures to lead the Braves. Ferry was one off Michaela Singer's game-high honor of 18 points with 17, including four three pointers. Reeser, who also canned four triples, was one point back with 16. Tonia Holmes chipped in with eight points, and Megan Stoltzfus followed with five.

Bethany Bills heaved in a three-pointer for her only score while Lydia Cacciola and Caroline Horst each finished with two points.

On Monday, the Braves hosted Schuylkill Valley and continued their dominance over the visitors 72-34. In the season opener at Tulpehocken against Schuylkill, the Braves had won that game 68-28.

In their home matchup, Pequea sprinted out to a 21-4 first quarter advantage and never let up, outscoring the visitors 20-9, 17-11, and 14-10 the rest of the way out.

Stoltzfus and Reeser, who dropped in four treys on the night, tied for game high honors, both connecting for 16 points in the one-sided contest.

Caroline Horst balanced the inside-outside duo with 14 points.

To start their current three game win streak, the Braves visited Elco on Friday, January 6th and came home 63-45 winners.

Again, a fast start caused their opponents to try to play catch up, as the team ran out to a quick 20-12 first quarter lead, and held onto that lead the rest of the contest.

The long-range sights were active for the Braves, with Ferry dropping in six, Reeser hitting four, helped out by Tonia Holmes and Horst who also connected once from outside the three-point arc. Ferry easily ended up the game's high scorer, as her 18 from long range were added to her three field goals for 24 points. Reeser also hit for double figures with 14 points. Bethany Bills and Abbey Leslie each finished with eight points, Marlena Ferry scored four, and Cacciola, Kyrstin Jarvis and Clara Neff added one field goal each.

BOYS BASKETBALL

While the girls' team went on a three game winning streak, the boys have now dropped three straight games dating back to January 6th. They are, as of January 12, 1-5 in Section Three of the L-L league, and 5-9 overall.

In their latest loss, the team bus took them to Annville-Cleona where they dropped a close contest by a 58-56 score to the Little Dutchmen.

Down 36-21 at halftime, the Braves stormed back in the third quarter with 22 points to cut A-C's margin to 46-43.

In the last few minutes of the contest, the team cut the Dutch's margin down to a single field goal, but found themselves unable to put in the needed two to tie.

Senior guard Josh Stoltzfus was battered by the A-C defense, spending most of his time in the game at the foul line. He went 11-for-16 from the line and finished with 15 total points.

Malachi Glick ended up as the game's high scorer in the loss, garnering 17 on five from the field, a pair of threes, and one-for-two from the foul line.

Albert Hanna chalked up 11, including a game-high three 3-pointers and Grant Gaynor chipped in with 6.

In Berks County against Schuylkill Valley, the team took a lead of 15-11 into the second quarter, and led 33-32 before sagging in the second half defensively and losing 66-49.

Josh Stoltzfus again drew most of the defensive ire from the home team, scoring six field goals from close in, and racking up a perfect eight-for-eight from the charity line for a game high 20 points.

Emmanuel Stoltzfus, Grant Gaynor, Luke Purcell, and Glick tallied nine, seven, six, and five points for the Braves in the loss.

Visiting Elco started Pequea's three game skid by besting their hosts by 74-57 back on January 6th.

The Braves fell behind 22-11 after the opening minutes, but rallied back in the second quarter to take a 30-28 lead into halftime.

They visitors regrouped at the break and opened the floodgates by outscoring the Braves 27-11 in the third to break out to a 55-41 advantage. The gap got larger in the last eight minutes, as the Raiders put in 19 more to the Braves 12.

Josh Stoltzfus again led the home team with 19, finding the basket for eight field goals and three-for-four from the line.

Hanna and Dalton Al Temple scored eight each, with Gaynor and Emmanuel Stoltzfus tallying seven apiece.

WRESTLING

According to the latest information available from District Three, the Braves are listed as having a record of 6-8 overall, and are 2-2 in league meets.

The Braves competed in a quad meet on Saturday January 7th at Lancaster Catholic. Scores available have the team losing to Bishop McDevitt 58-17 and West York Area 48-27. Individual results were not posted.

No score or individual results were given for the league match against the host Crusaders.

A league meet at Norther Lebanon had Pequea losing to the host Vikings 58-13.

No individual results have been made available at press time.

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