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Warwick Softball Falls in PIAA Opener June 11, 2018

Warwick's softball journey came to a screeching halt last week as Hempfield Area's Maddie Uschock, who gave up only two hits in defense of their PIAA Class 6 title in a first round showdown, led the way to a 7-0 shutout of the Warriors.

That final score was not indicative of how the game played out, however, as Warwick's Amanda Herr battled Uschock through five innings until the Spartans exploded for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-0 lead wide open.

Warwick only had two baserunners advance past first the entire game but attempted a final two-out rally in the seventh when Marissa Treibley (1-1, 2BB) walked and then advanced to third on a single into right field by Mackenzie Stewart (1-3).

Katelyn Minney came to the plate next with runners on the corners but hit into a fielder's choice which resulted in Stewart being forced out at second for the final out of the game.

Up until the Spartan's big inning, Herr had only surrendered three hits to Hempfield Area, the first was a double in the opening frame which led to the first run of the game which scored on a wild pitch.

A triple to start the fourth inning put Herr in danger of giving up another run, but she worked her way out of trouble by putting away the next three batters to end the inning. And a two-out double in the fifth was nullified when Catie Brubaker scooped up a ground ball at second on the next play and connected with Treibley at first for out number three.

Warwick finished out the season with a record of 17-7 including a post-season that saw the lady Warriors drop a League championship game to eventual co-champion Solanco, beat Dallastown in the quarterfinals of the District Three tournament and then fight back from a semifinal loss to Central York to claim bronze as well as the final qualifying spot in the PIAA Championships.

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Warwick SB Claims Final Berth for States June 4, 2018

The Warwick District Three Championship train was derailed last Tuesday when Central York's Courtney Coppersmith pitched a no-hit gem in their semifinal matchup at Millersville helping the Panthers to an 8-0 victory.

In that game, only Katelyn Seibert reached base for the Warriors when she was walked in the fourth inning and then subsequently stole second. That was as far as she got, however, as Coppersmith's wizardry in the circle continued unchecked from that point on.

While she stymied the Warriors, Central York used a six-run third inning to pull away and added two more over the fifth and sixth for good measure. The Panthers got to starting pitcher Amanda Herr for 12 hits as she struck out six and walked one.

That loss dropped Warwick into the third-place game against fellow Section One rival Penn Manor where it was win or go home for both teams as they vied for the final berth in the PIAA tournament.

A suicide squeeze by Mackenzie Stewart in the sixth inning, which followed a two-run double by Marissa Treibley (1-3, 2RBI) in the fourth to open the scoring for both teams, plated Julia Forsythe (2-4, RBI) with what proved to be the game winner as the Warriors held off a seventh inning rally by the Comets for the 4-2 win and a ticket to States.

"I was extremely proud of the way we bounced back from being no hit Tuesday and striking out 17 times," commented head coach Mark Hough. "To turn around and only strike out seven times, log 12 hits and four runs against Brittany Hook was outstanding."

Herr and Penn Manor's Hook have led the two rivals to an even 4-4 record over their high school careers and in the end, it was their connection on one final play that closed out the final chapter of the story between the two.

Penn Manor scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth inning in response to Stewart's RBI to make the score 3-2. Julia Tappany and Hook both doubled to open the frame and Maddie Trout also doubled with two outs to score Hook.

Warwick added its final run of the game in the seventh when Forsythe's two-out single into left field allowed Danielle Jones (2-4) to score from second, but the Comets worked two runners into scoring position with two outs in the bottom half bringing Hook to the plate where her dribbler reached Herr who made the throw to first to end the game.

"The girls have worked so hard since January to reap this reward and I hope the ride continues," added Hough.

VOLLEYBALL

Warwick's amazing season came to an end last week when they suffered a 3-0 loss to North Allegheny in the opening round of the PIAA Championships. In order to reach states, the Warriors first had to play Governor Mifflin in a PIAA qualifier for fifth place in the District Three tournament, a match Warwick won 3-0.

Led by Foster Lobb who registered 11 kills, one ace, and 12 digs, Warwick ran out to a 2-0 lead with identical 25-17 wins and then battled through a spirited last stand by the Mustangs in a 26-24 final game. Chad Meeder and Aaron Morrissey each recorded one ace apiece with Meeder adding 12 digs as well.

With that victory Warwick earned its way into states where they opened with a first round matchup against District Seven champs North Allegheny.

Despite Noah Miller's 11 kills the Tigers proved too much for the Warriors to handle and eliminated them with a straight set shut-out 25-15, 25-21, 25-21.

TRACK

The efforts of Warwick's girls in the PIAA Championship, which was held Memorial Day weekend, were richly rewarded as they brought home six medals and a new school record to boot. "I am very proud of our girls," commented head coach Alex Daecher. "They are unbelievably hard working and resilient. They really stepped up to the challenge facing the pressure (and the weather)."

Leah Graybill's fourth place finish during Saturday's 200 finals with a time of 24.70 not only represented her personal best finish, but also put her in the Warwick record book as well as the all-time leader in the event. The mark bested both her semi final run of 24.87 earlier in the day and her preliminary time of 25.36 from Friday.

Her teammate Lily Palacio-Lewis ran with her as well and posted an 11th best time of 25.42 in the semis which was not enough to advance beyond. However, the two also ran in the 100 where Lewis (12.35) took home the fifth-place medal and Graybill (12.38) finished eighth.

Graybill also teamed with Meghan Quinn, Cassidy Kline and Emily Williamson for the most successful event of the day in the 4x400 where the ladies placed third with a time of 3:50.98 while Deirdre White, Caitlyn Wagner, Williamson, and Cassidy Kline posted a seventh best 4x800 time of 9:18.8.

Unfortunately, a missed handoff in the 4x100 finals led to a disqualification for the team, but their gut check moment certainly impressed Daecher. "After getting DQ'd from the 4x100, most kids would have stuck their head in the sand and not been able to perform any more. Not our girls, they are tough as nails, physically and mentally."

Yet another medal came in the form of a seventh-place finish by Kate Dickow in the 3200 when she finished with a time of 110:54.8. Kline (45.66) also placed 14th overall in the 300 hurdles on Friday and Quinn (12.73) was 22nd in her 100 preliminary heat held the same day.

Only two Warwick boys competed in the meet as Brendan Gates and Conor Shields represented the Warriors in three events. Gates posted a 19th best time of 15.56 in the 1110 hurdles and was 18th overall in the 300 hurdles finishing in 40.62 while Shields ran 17th best in the 1600 with a final time of 4:23.31.

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Warwick Vollebyall Advances to States May 25, 2018

After winning a first round match against Daniel Boone in Districts, the sixth seeded Warwick boys' volleyball team squared off against the number three seed Lower Dauphin last Monday in the early half of a double header held at Hempfield High School.

Despite battling to a 24-24 tie in the first game, Warwick couldn't get over the hump and went down 1-0 when the Falcons scored the final two points of the set (26-4) and then lost the next two games by scores of 25-17 and 25-20.

Noah Miller and Chad Meeder each recorded nine kills and Meeder also had 11 digs to go with Adam Kurtz's two blocks in the loss which sent them into the consolation round versus Mechanicsburg where the Warriors still had an opportunity to advance into the PIAA Championship but needed two wins to do it.

They got the first win via a crazy come from behind win over the Wildcats in which the Warriors rallied from two games down to win 3-2 and move into the fifth-place game against Governor Mifflin in which the final PIAA berth is at stake.

After losing a marathon of a first game against Mechanicsburg, 36-34, that's not a misprint, Warwick dropped the second 25-20, but led by strong defensive play by Adam Kurtz who had seven blocks and Foster Lobb's 19 digs they were able to claw their way back.

Winning the next three games 25-21, 25-17 and 15-9, Warwick extended the season by at least one more match thanks in part to Meeder's 17 kills and three aces by Mateo Chacon as well.

SOFTBALL

Ten days after losing to eventual League Co-Champion Solanco in the L-L semifinal game, the lady Warriors took to the field in the quarterfinal round of the District Three tournament.

Entering as the number four seed, Warwick hosted fifth seeded Dallastown Thursday night and jumped out to a quick start scoring six runs in the first two innings while starting pitcher Amanda Herr was able to contain the Wildcats in an 11-6 victory.

Things got going early for Warwick in the first when two walks and a single by Katelyn Seibert (3-4) loaded the bases for Danielle Jones (1-4, 3RBI) whose fielder's choice ground ball to second brought home both Leann Runkle (3-3, 2RBI) and Seibert for a 2-0 lead.

With one out after Herr was thrown out, advancing to third on the hit by Jones, Julia Forsythe (1-4, RBI) doubled to center and was then thrown out trying to extend into a triple, but not before Jones scored to make it 3-0.

Warwick scored three more runs in the second after Kate Minney (1-2) tripled and then crossed the plate on a single by Runkle who then scored when Seibert's line drive into left was mishandled by Kyndall Hopkins bringing the score to 5-0 before Jones brought Seibert home on a single to center.

Helping herself in the fourth, Herr (1-2, 2RBI) drove a 2-1 pitch by Dallastown's starting pitcher Kelsie Merriman deep into center field and out of the park scoring Runkle, who reached first on a line drive into center, and widened the gap to 8-1.

A three-run fifth briefly gave the Wildcats some hope, but the Warriors scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning which included two errors and a passed ball, as well as a successful double steal by Runkle and Minney to make it 11-4.

Dallastown continued to fight, however, putting up two more in the seventh before stranding two runners when Ashton Crump sent the first pitch she saw into right field where Minney snagged it for the final out of the game.

Warwick tallied 11 hits off Merriman while Herr surrendered six to the Wildcats and recorded six strikeouts while walking two.

BASEBALL

Likewise, the baseball team began their District Three adventure Thursday on the road at Cumberland Valley but suffered a different fate when the Eagles scored ten runs on seven hits and held the Warriors to only two hits in a 10-1 defeat.

Justin Byler got the start for Warwick, but gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on three hits over two innings before handing the ball to Dagen Young who was treated just as poorly by the Eagles as they got to him for five runs on four hits.

Three errors in the first inning by Warwick led to Cumberland Valley scoring four runs before adding one more in the second for a 5-0 lead.

The Warriors found some success in the third when C Beech doubled to begin the inning and then scored on a two-out triple by C Martin into right field, but that turned out to be the only offense Warwick was able to manufacture on the day.

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Warwick Softball Falls in L-L League Semifinals May 21, 2018

With an 11-0 loss to Solanco earlier in the season still on the brain, the Warwick softball team was hoping an opportunity at redemption would present itself during the L-L playoffs. As luck would have it, that chance showed up in the form of a semifinal game on its home field.

Playing for a spot in the League title game last Monday, Warwick hosted the Golden Mares in a matchup where the Warrior's struggles at the plate when it mattered directly affected the outcome of the game and cost them an exit from the show with a 5-2 loss.

Warwick scored a run in the top of the first and third innings, but both times Solanco answered as the Mares got to starting pitcher Amanda Herr for 13 hits on the day. Herr stuck out one and walked one.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, despite six hits of their own, they had issues advancing runners in key situations. "I think we all were frustrated we couldn't get the big hit to score more runs and make the game more competitive," stated head coach Mark Hough. "Leaving 11 runners on base hurt our chances for a comeback."

As it was, Solanco took advantage of a wild pitch by Herr with two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth to grab the lead and then added another on the ensuing at bat with a clutch RBI single by Jade Eshelman.

Another unanswered Solanco run in the sixth resulted in what would be the final score of the game and gave the Warriors 11 days to prepare for their first game in the District tournament. They host Dallastown Thursday as the number four seed following a first round bye.

BASEBALL

Turnaround is fair play, so they say, and Warwick found out the hard way how it feels to have the tables turned when Ephrata repaid a nine inning, regular season loss with an eighth inning, 4-3 walk-off victory in last week's L-L semifinal matchup at home on Monday.

Dagen Young got the start for Warwick, going four innings and surrendering three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and six walks. But it was Brendan Martin who came on in the seventh with the score tied at 3-3 that took the loss with zero strikeouts and four walks when he surrendered the final run.

It was the free bases in the eighth that helped set up the dramatic victory for the Mounts. After getting the first batter to ground out, Martin began to struggle with his control and walked the bases loaded before Nate Young came through with the game winning RBI on a fly ball single to left.

"It was a very well-played game between two good high school baseball teams," said head coach Bob Locker. "Unfortunately, we came up just a little short."

Warwick struck first in the second inning after back-to-back pick off plays at first base left the Warriors with two outs and no runners on base. Two walks sandwiched around a Ryan Aukamp (1-2) single loaded the bases before another walk to Bryce Zimmerman (1-2, RBI), which brought Evan Clark (1-2) home, was followed by a passed ball that allowed Patrick Quinn to score, making it 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.

Beginning with the bottom of the second, Ephrata scored three unanswered runs to take the lead in the fourth, but a ground ball out to second by Young plated Zimmerman from third to tie things up again at 3-3 in the top of the fifth.

LACROSSE

After one quarter of play in last week's first round game of the District Three tournament against Red Lion, the seventh seeded Warriors found themselves in front, 3-1. However, the Lion's defense took over from there and held them without a goal throughout the remainder of the contest while adding eight during that span to complete the 9-3 come-from-behind upset.

Warwick outshot the Lions 27-21 but were foiled by Nick Serrano who put up 11 saves. The Warrior's Josiah Jewell stopped eight, but allowed two in the second quarter, four in the third and two more in the fourth.

Warwick's goals came from Corey Snyder, Trey Glass, and Conor Adams who scored one apiece while Justin Gerhart assisted on one.

VOLLEYBALL

Two games last week with results at opposite ends of the spectrum marked the end of one run and the beginning of another that the Warwick boys' volleyball team has been patiently waiting on.

The Warriors reached the semifinals of the L-L tournament where they were turned away by Manheim Central 3-0 last Monday and eliminated from the playoffs. Three days later they opened the District Three championships by downing Daniel Boone in straight sets marking the first time in three years that they have won such a game.

Led by Chad Meeder's nine kills and seven digs, Warwick put up a spirited fight versus the Barons, forcing a 26-24 opening set followed by a 25-17 second set and another closely contested 25-23 score in the third.

Meeder again came up big in the Daniel Boone victory with another 12 kills and Noah Miller served up two aces in a match in which Warwick was never in any real type of danger.

With scores of 25-14, 25-10, and 25-18 the sixth seeded Warriors punched their ticket to a quarterfinal matchup with number three seed Lower Dauphin.

TRACK

To say that the Warwick girls have had a good year would be a gross understatement. After winning the L-L League championship the lady Warriors did nothing less than win a District Three AAA title last weekend with help from a clean sweep in the relays. The Warriors also added a 2-3-4 finish in the 100, a 2-3 finish in the 200, and second place in the 300 hurdles. Throw in a seventh-place finish in the 3200 for good measure and call it a day.

For those not counting that makes 10 overall medals and doesn't include top ten finishes in the triple jump, 800, and 1600 as well as 15th place finishes in both the 400 and javelin throw, all of which pleased head coach Alex Daecher who had high praise for his athletes.

"The girls did an exceptional job. They all performed at a high level and where unfazed by pressure of districts," said Daecher.

Warwick's meet best 73 points more than doubled that of second place Central Dauphin (36) and was spearheaded by its highly talented group of runners, namely its sprinters Leah Graybill, Lily Palacio-Lewis, and Meghan Quinn who all played important roles in other ways as well.

After going 1-2-3 in the 100 at Leagues in the above-named order, Lewis (2nd, 12.03), Graybill (3rd, 12.11), and Quinn (4th, 12.47) made a splash in Saturday's event. Later, in the 200, Graybill (24.73) and Lewis (24.77) went 2-3 for a whopping total of 33 team points.

However, the real excitement came in the relays where Warwick completely dominated the field and racked up 30 points to seal the District title.

It all began with the first event of the second day when Deirdre White, Caitlyn Wagner, Emily Williamson, and Cassidy Kline won the 3200 with a time of 9:26.45 on Kline's final kick which overtook McCaskey's Rachelle Tejada at the end.

Later, building on that energy, Graybill opened up a lead in the first leg of the 400 which grew wider as Lewis, Quinn, and finally Juliette Delmotte ran to a first-place finish of 48.65, setting the stage for Kline, Graybill, Williamson, and Lewis who finished the 1600 in 3:54.04 to complete the sweep.

Kline's prior second place finish in the 300 hurdles at 44.63 also gave Warwick another nine points on the day.

"Winning all three relays is especially exciting and was our key to winning in the meet," said Daecher. "The girls should be very proud of their performances."

Dickow's seventh place finish of 10:55.12 in Friday's 3200 got the ball rolling for Warwick as she put up the first two points of the meet for the lady Warriors while also nabbing 10th place in Saturday's 1600 with a time of 5:11.21. Delmotte (35-09) placed ninth in the triple jump and Quinn, whose preliminary time of 25.87 in the 200 moved her into the semifinals where she ended her competition with a 25.92, rounded out the first day of events.

Finishing out on Saturday were Williamson (15th, 1:01.58) in the 400, White (10th, 2:22.69) in the 800, and Abigail Vance (15th, 100-4) in the javelin.

While the boys did not crown any champions over the weekend they did earn four medals, including two each from Brendan Gates and Connor Shields, to tally 18 points which landed them in 13th place overall.

The big day for Gates came on Saturday where he began by posting a sixth best time of 15.13 in the 110 hurdles to give Warwick its first team points with three. The senior later edged out Manheim Central's Zach Reed (40.04) in the 300 hurdles to claim fourth place with a time of 39.77 for a total of eight team points.

Shields added the remaining 10 by finishing third in the 1600 at 4:22.09 and then ending his weekend with a fifth best time of 1:58.40 in the 800.

Rounding out the competition for Warwick were Noah Martin (11th, 10:01.46) in the 3200, Caleb Schmitz (9th prelims, 15.64) in the 1110 hurdles, and Christian Hess (12th, 5-10) in the high jump.

"The coaches are proud of all the athletes we took to districts this weekend," added Daecher.

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Warwick Baseball on a 14-2 Roll May 15, 2018

After dispatching McCaskey 18-6, Cedar Crest 7-3, and Conrad Weiser 15-3 last week, the Warwick baseball team decided it was best to keep doing what worked and continued with its winning ways by downing Manheim Central 4-0 in the opening round of the League playoffs on Saturday.

With those four wins, the Warriors have now gone 14-2 since losing to Manheim Township back in the second week of April and beating the Section champion Falcons last Tuesday was a culmination of what the team has accomplished since losing its first three games of the season.

Dagen Young started against the Falcons and got the win going four-and-a-third innings with three runs scored on 10 hits as the visitors tied the game in the fifth at 3-3 after Warwick had built a 2-1 lead in the third.

But in the bottom half of the inning Jeff Kline (2-2, 3RBI) delivered a bases loaded single into center field scoring both Brendan Martin (3-3) and Josh Farina (1-4, RBI). Bryce Zimmerman (2-3, RBI) singled home pinch runner Max Bright, and Colby Martin (1-4, RBI) brought Kline home on a line drive to center field for the winning runs.

Justin Byler and Colin Brubaker combined for the shutout of Manheim on Saturday with Byler getting the win. Warwick racked up 10 hits, scoring one in the first, two in the second and once more in the third on hits by Farina (2-4, RBI) Colby Martin (1-4, RBI), Young (2-4, RBI), and Evan Clark (1-3, RBI).

Softball

Likewise, the lady Warriors went undefeated last week with wins over McCaskey 18-6, Cedar Crest 18-0, and Lampeter-Strasburg 6-2 in the opening game of the League playoffs.

With the advantage of being able to examine L-S during a one-game playoff with Donegal last week, Warwick head coach Mark Hough had a good idea what to expect when they faced off with the Pioneers on Saturday.

"We prepared for their speed offensively and tried to look at Baker's tendencies when pitching. She goes to her curve frequently on her first pitch and likes to get ahead in the count," said Hough, "though on her fifth pitch Leeann Runkle knocked it over the left centerfield fence."

That home run by Runkle off Brynne Baker in the first at bat of the game led to a five-run first inning and allowed Warwick's starting pitcher Amanda Herr to settle in on a six-hit, eight strikeout outing.

"Defensively we were strong but some errors lead to two unearned runs in the seventh to spoil the shutout," added Hough. Danielle Jones, Julia Forsythe, and Marissa Treibley all drove in runs in the first and Herr smacked a solo shot of her own in the seventh to seal the deal.

VOLLEYBALL

After winning a hard-fought battle with Manheim Township 3-1 last Monday, Warwick began preparations for the first round of the L-L playoffs where they faced Garden Spot on Friday and punched its ticket to the semifinals with a commanding 3-0 victory.

Easily winning the first game 25-15 against the Blue Streaks, the Warriors found themselves in a war as Manheim Township battled back for a 25-23 win in game two and fought tooth-and-nail over the final two, falling short in both 25-21, and 25-23.

Chad Meeder had 18 kills and Aaron Morrissey assisted on 17 wile Mateo Chacon added 24 in the victory.

The Spartans tried valiantly to make a stand on Friday, but stellar defense by the Warriors kept them at bay in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 quarterfinal win. Meeder and Foster Lobb each had 10 kills apiece, Morrissey had 12 digs and Adam Kurtz added two blocks.

TRACK

Last week was a busy and productive week for the Warwick girls' track team. They opened with the final meet of the regular season last Monday, not only earning a 99-50 win over the Falcons, but also clinching the Section One title. The week ended with the L-L League meet which was held over two days at Hempfield High School where Warwick came away with the overall team championship.

The week was not as kind to the boys. They lost to the Falcons 91-59 in Monday's meet, but did finish in the top ten at the League meet by securing the number eight spot.

The lady Falcons were only able to win three events against Warwick with none of them coming on the track as the Warriors dominated the day of races led by three event winner Leah Graybill in the 100 (12.0), the 400 (57.5), and the 200 (25.3).

Joining her as a multiple event race winner was Cassidy Kline who swept the hurdles with a 15.8 in the 100 and a 45.7 in the 300. Warwick also won all three relays with Emily Williamson, Caitlyn Wagner, Anna Martin, and Deirdre White in the 3200 (9:54.4), Graybill, Lily Palacio-Lewis, Meghan Quinn, and Juliette Delmotte in the 400 (50.1), and Kline, Emily Williamson, Jessica Williamson and Wagner in the 1600 (4:21.6).

It was more of the same in the field events with the exception of the shot, discus, and high jump, which Hannah Woelfing single handedly controlled for the Falcons, as two more lady Warriors came up big. Abigail Vance won both the javelin (113-9) and the pole vault, and teammate Delmotte leapt her way to victory in both the long jump (15-4.5) and the triple jump (35-5).

Warwick's boys, while taking the loss, went 3-4 in the jumps with Nathan Good coming through in the high jump (5-11) and the pole vault (11-6) and Ryan Fegly winning the triple jump with a distance of 39-7.

On the track they managed three wins in the individuals, two of them courtesy of Brendan Gates. The senior hurdler won both the 100 (15.0) and the 300 (39.1) while Connor Shields represented in the 400 with a time of 52.7 and also ran anchor with Mark Langat, Gates and Jeremy Bell on the way to winning the 1600 relay (3:31.12).

During the two-day League meet, the Warwick ladies roared into first place and really showcased what a special group of athletes they have by not only winning the team title but setting new meet records as well.

"I am very proud of our girls," commented head coach Alex Daecher when asked about his star runners. "They have worked so hard to get to this point."

No other event summed up that sentiment more than the 100 where Graybill (12.26), Lewis (12.34), and Quinn (12.75) pushed each other on to finish 1,2,3 to set the tone for the rest of the meet. "They are a very hard-working group of girls, very coachable and selfless," added Daecher.

Two meet records fell at the feet of Warwick runners as well. Graybill first bested the 16-year-old mark of 24.8 in the prelims of the 200 on Friday with a time of 24.73 and then returned on Saturday to do it again when she crossed the line in the finals at 24.72. Lewis (25.12) was hot on her trail in second and Quinn (26.3) came across in seventh.

On an individual level, Graybill also came in second in the 400 (57.64) with Williamson (59.95) placing seventh, and also opened the 400 relay ahead of Lewis, Quinn and Delmotte in a race they won in 48.56.

"Leah Graybill is an amazing athlete and we are very proud of her success," added Daecher about his star pupil. "She works very hard and deserves all the accolades she gets."

The second record to fall was in the 1600 relay when Lewis, Williamson, Quinn and Cassidy Kline ran a 3:57.06, over a second faster then the previous mark of 3:58.80 which also stood for 16 years. Deirdre White, Wagner, Williamson, and Kline finished second in the 3200 with a time of 9:31.11 to round out the relays.

Representing the final first place finish was Delmotte who used her final attempt in the triple jump to capture gold with a distance of 37-01.75, just barely eclipsing second place finisher Aviona Saunders (37-01.25). She also landed in 14th place in the long jump with a 15-05.50 behind teammate Mathilda Zartman who took 10th with a 15-08.25.

"We have a very strong girls team with some great talent. We are ready for the next step (Districts and States)," added Daecher.

Kate Dickow took second in the 3200 (10:56.02) ahead of Ana Martin (12:09.03) who was 16th, and finished sixth in the 1600 (5:11.49) where Martin (5:23.54) also placed 12th. Kline finished second in the 300 hurdles with a 45.55 and was eighth in the 100 hurdles with a 17.16.

Other place-winners included White, who second in the 800 (2:24.71) ahead of Jaylyn Wagner (2:28.78) who finished ninth, Trinity Bitting-Ellis (4-10) with a sixth in the high jump where Katy Kramer (4-08) finished 10th before clearing 8-06 to take ninth in the pole vault, Madelyn Snavely (29-07.5) finished 23rd in the shot put, and Abby Vance (97-00) took ninth place in the javelin throw to finish out the meet.

No Warwick boy finished first, but there were some bright spots during the meet for the guys one of which was Gates who garnered second place finishes in the 110 hurdles (15.20) as well as the 300 hurdles (39.03).

Another was Shields (4:23.63) finishing second in the 1600 while teammate Noah Martin (4:41.04) took 11th, and then finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:00.20 with all three receiving praise from Daecher. "The boys team has many great athletes. Brenden Gates has come so far in the hurdle events and Connor Shields and Noah Martin are great distance runners."

Finishing out the weekend were Bell, David Bach, Marcus Wachira, and Neil Martin (8:31.73) taking eighth in the 3200 relay, Nate Good (11-00) 13th in the pole vault, and Ryan Fegley (41-01) ninth in the triple jump. Matthew Ensinger (40-04.5) was 15th in the shot put, 14th in the discus (117-06) and 17th in the javelin (135-02), and in the high jump Tanner Haines (6-0.00) and Good (6-0.00) finished third, and Caleb Schmitz (5-10.00) was ninth.

LACROSSE

Getting a tough draw to start the League playoffs, Warwick faced off against Hempfield last Tuesday. They gave up five goals in the first six minutes of play before settling in, but the Knights outscored the Warriors 9-3 in the first half and they never truly recovered despite pulling to within three at 10-7 in the third.

Warwick was a beneficiary of hat tricks from Luke Hirtzel and Conor Adams as well as one apiece from Carter Davis and Hilton Michael. Corey Snyder added four assists and Josiah Jewell turned away 15 shots on goal while Hempfield outshot the Warriors 30-22.

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Warwick's Boys' Lax Hold Off Penn Manor May 7, 2018

Trailing by two goals in the fourth quarter against Penn Manor, Warwick scored four times over a span of five and a half minutes to not only take the lead but hold on for the comeback boys' lacrosse victory and a matchup with number two seeded Hempfield in Leagues.

"A defensive battle from start to finish," commented head coach Wayne Hummer. "Both teams came to play and put forth a great effort. A four goal 4th quarter proved to be the difference maker as Warwick came from behind in the final 12 minutes to take the game 5-4."

Luke Hirtzel, who scored twice in the fourth, played a pivotal role in the victory beginning with his first goal of the day at the 9:56 mark of the final frame to make it 3-2. Nine seconds later Josh Swift tied the game when he found the back of the cage with his lone goal.

Warwick's third goal of the quarter came from Connor Adams who put the Warriors ahead with under seven minutes on the clock, but it was Hirtzel's second of the contest to put them up 5-3 that proved to be the game winner after the Comets managed to find a way past Josiah Jewel with only two seconds on the clock.

"We had big efforts defensively from Nate Forbes who marked up with Penn Manor's Aidan Mahoney and limited the big attackman to one goal," stated Hummer. "And Austin Barto was crucial on the faceoffs winning 9 of 13."

Jewel finished with nine saves on the day and Warwick got assists from Josh Swift (2), Trey Glass (1), Corey Snyder (1), and Justin Minnich (1).

"Penn Manor's stellar defense and solid keeper Seth Wilton forced us to be precise with passes and shots," added Hummer. "It was a great team win."

In order for the Penn Manor game to carry any meaning at all, Warwick had to first get by Conestoga Valley last Tuesday which the Warriors did in a commanding fashion, 20-2.

"We started off a bit slow, but really turned it on offensively as the game progressed," commented Hummer. "We finished with 20 goals (season high) and only gave up two."

Finishing out their season last week, the girls' lacrosse team came away with two losses to finish in tenth place in Section One. They suffered a 15-12 defeat against Conestoga Valley last Tuesday followed by a 19-7 loss to McCaskey on Thursday.

Katie Miller scored a hat-trick and Zoe Stauffer turned away 13 shots in the road loss to the Bucks. Both sides put up seven in the first half but CV pulled away in the second outscoring Warwick 8-5. Talia Bertrando, Sullivan Herritt, Emma Leister and Olivia Robinson each scored twice and Carlie Martin added one goal for the Warriors.

Penn Manor used a quick 11-3 first half advantage to take control of Thursday's game. Warwick peppered the Comets goal with 20 shots to no avail as the Warriors only managed three goals in the first half and four in the second.

Herritt's hat-trick and Bertrando's two goals led Warwick offensively while Stauffer turned away 12 of Penn Manor's 31 shots on goal. Both Leister and Robinson scored once and came away with one assist apiece.

BASEBALL

It was a busy stretch for a red-hot Warwick team that had won eight in a row, including five last week, before losing to Hempfield 14-2 on Friday. Leading up to that loss, the Warriors were winners over Penn Manor 9-2, Donegal 11-8, Manheim Township 7-1, and South Western 8-1.

Taking advantage of two fielding errors and a hit batsman in the fifth, Penn Manor rallied with two outs to tie the score 2-2 before Brendan Martin, who went six and a third innings with three strikeouts and only one walk before Colin Brubaker came on with one out in the seventh for the save, retired the side.

A run scoring single by Bryce Zimmerman (3-4, 2RBI) and an error on a Colby Martin (2-4, 2RBI) fly ball to center that scored both Zimmerman and Evan Clark (1-3) gave the Warriors a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth.

In the seventh Martin (1-3) helped his cause by hitting a one-out triple to right field, courtesy runner Adam Ricketts scored on a passed ball to make it 6-2 before a bases loaded walk and a two RBI single by Colby Martin resulted in the final runs of the game.

Justin Byler took to the mound for the start against Donegal and got the win giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk over five innings before Colin Brubaker and Reed Martin combined to close things out.

Leading 6-1, Warwick tacked on four more in the third when Colby Martin (2-3, 3RBI) brought home Clark and Jeff Kline (2-4, RBI) on a line drive single to center before a double from Byler (1-4, 2RBI) scored both Zimmerman (1-1, RBI) and Martin to make it 10-1.

An 11-hit effort against Manheim Township resulted in a three-run fourth inning followed by four more in the fifth to easily cover the one run scored by the Streaks in the seventh, giving starting pitcher Dagen Young the complete game win.

A solo shot to right field from Byler (2-3, RBI) and a two-run triple by Kline (1-3, 2RBI) put Warwick ahead 3-0 in the fourth while Young (1-3, RBI) and Farina (2-3, RBI) each had run scoring singles in the fifth to go with a double by Jeff Seibert (1-1, 2RBI) giving the Warriors four more insurance runs in the win.

With the score tied at 1-1 in Thursday's game with South Western, Warwick blew things wide open in the fifth by scoring six runs on five hits including RBI singles by Farina (2-4, 2RBI), Clark (1-3, RBI), and Seibert (1-3, RBI) and tacked on another for good measure in the sixth with a double by Farina that plated Colby Martin (2-2, RBI).

Despite racking up seven hits the Warriors only scored twice against Hempfield, once on a fielder's choice by Zimmerman (1-3, RBI) that plated Seibert (1-2) in the third, and again in the fifth when Young (1-2, RBI) sent a sac-fly ball into left field that brought home a tagging Kline (2-2) from third base.

SOFTBALL

Dropping a key 7-3 game to Section One leader Penn Manor (11-2, 12-2) last Monday proved detrimental to the second place Warriors (11-3, 12-4) who trailed the Comets at the end of last week after finishing out with wins over Lebanon 11-0, Manheim Township 9-3, and Hempfield 2-1.

After spotting the Comets a four-run lead, Warwick scored once in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1 but starting pitcher Amanda Herr surrendered one more in the fourth and two more in the fifth to fall behind 7-1 before the Warriors scored again with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth.

Three Warwick fielding errors resulted in five unearned runs for Herr who pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and two walks and also went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the team at the plate. Marissa Treibley (1-3, RBI) and Julia Forsythe (2-3) also contributed.

Herr (2-4, 2RBI) homered to left field in her first at bat against the Cedars last Tuesday and the Warriors scored five more in the third, two in the fourth and three in the run-shortened fifth for the easy victory. Katelyn Minney (1-3, 2RBI) and Danielle Jones (1-3, 1RBI) also contributed while Treibley got the start and the win from the circle allowing no hits or runs over one inning.

With the game tied at 2-2 and the bases loaded in the fourth inning against Manheim Township, Herr (2-3, 5RBI) launched a first-pitch offering deep into right field to break the game open with a grand slam, giving Warwick a 6-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

Three more runs in the sixth on a single by Jones (2-4, RBI), an infield grounder by Forsythe (1-4, RBI), and an error on a fly ball from Treibley (3-4) sealed the win for Warwick and Herr who gave up five hits over seven innings.

On Friday Warwick had a chance to pay Hempfield back for a big loss earlier in the season and they cashed in with a 2-1 win.

After getting roughed up in the first outing, Herr rebounded well, throwing seven innings and allowing only one run on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

"Friday night Amanda had more control of her pitches and was able to spin the ball with more ease," commented head coach Mark Hough. "As for the stranded runners, it was a little frustrating, but we were attacking Turner's pitches, and though breaks weren't going our way I was confident the girls would make something happen."

That something came in the fifth inning in the form of Forsythe (3-3, 2RBI) who, with the Knights leading 1-0, sent a line drive into right field scoring both Herr (1-2) and Jones while landing her on third to give the Warriors both the lead and the eventual win.

"Julia was incredible, going 3-3, but she wasn't pleased with her play at third and getting doubled off third to end an inning," Hough said in reference to an earlier miscue on the bases. "But redemption is a wonderful thing and with two outs she had lightning in her bat and came through for the team."

VOLLEYBALL

Back-to-back 3-1 losses last week against Penn Manor and Hempfield dropped Warwick out of contention for Section One but still put them in second place, one game ahead of McCaskey.

Foster Lobb drove the Warwick offense with 12 kills against Penn Manor while Mateo Chacon served up two aces and had 15 assists. Despite winning the first set 25-20, the Comets stormed back 25-18, 25-15, and 25-18 for the comeback victory.

In a battle of top teams in which the highest margin of victory was five, Warwick avenged a 25-21 opening game loss with a 25-23 win in the second but fell short in the third and fourth 25-22 and 25-20 to take the slim loss.

Chad Meeder led with 14 kills and two aces while Aaron Morissey came up with 19 digs and Adam Kurtz added two blocks.

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Warwick Softball Remains on Top of Section One April 30, 2018

Warwick began play last week on top of the standings and ended it the same, although the Warriors suffered their third overall loss on the season when Solanco steamrolled them 11-0, two days after a 3-1 win over Conestoga Valley.

"Scoring started in the top of the second," stated head coach Mark Hough referencing CV's early lead that lasted until the fourth inning. "With two out Michele Lopez tripled to left center and scored when Danielle Jones' throw hit Lopez and went out of play."

Katelyn Seibert (2-3) and Jones (1-3) led off in the fourth with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for Julia Forsythe (1-3, 2RBI) and Catie Brubaker (1-3).

"Julia Forsythe then doubled to left center scoring Seibert and Jones," commented Hough. "Forsythe reached third on Catie Brubaker's single to left field, and two pitches later Forsythe scored on a passed ball."

Amanda Herr earned the win for Warwick as the senior logged the complete game giving up one run on four hits while striking out four and walking none.

One of only two teams in the League that were still undefeated at the end of last week, the Golden Mares amassed 15 hits against Herr while Warwick only managed one on a Brubaker bunt in the fifth inning before the game ended via mercy rule.

TRACK

Still sitting in first place and with an unblemished record after soundly defeating Penn Manor 107-42 last Monday, the Warwick girls control their own destiny while the boys have kept themselves within striking distance of undefeated Section leaders Manheim Township and McCaskey with their 83-67 win over the Comets.

Leah Graybill's three-win day combined with double event winner Cassidy Kline helped lead Warwick to a clean sweep in the running events.

Outpacing fellow teammate Meghan Quinn (12.8) by less than a second, Graybill began her day by winning the 100 with a time of 12.1, followed by the 400 (58.7) and then won the 200 in 25.3, exactly one second faster than teammate Lilly Palacio-Lewis (26.3).

Prior to the 200, however, she opened the 400 relay with Palacio-Lewis, Quinn, and Juliette Delmotte, winning in 49.0.

Kline's wins in the 100 hurdles (15.3) and the 300 hurdles (47.7) combined with Graybill's three accounted for five of the eight individual races. She also finished third in the 200 (27.0) and contributed to Warwick's relay efforts by anchoring the 1600 team with Palacio-Lewis, Deirdre White, and Quinn for a time of 4:06.2. Caitlyn Wagner, Jessica Williamson, White, and Emily Williamson won the 3200 in 10:48.6 to begin the day's events.

Anna Martin (5:41) earned a win in the 1600 and also finished second in the 800 (2:33), only one second behind winning teammate Jaylyn Wagner (2:32).

Other winners included Caitlyn Wagner (12:52.6) in the 3200, Abigail Vance (95-5) in the javelin, Mathilda Zartman (16-2.5) in the long jump as well as second in the triple jump (31-1.5), and Delmotte (34-11.5) in the triple jump as well as third in the long jump with a 15-8.25.

Second place winners included White (5:44.4) in the 1600 and Palacio-Lewis (15-9) in the long jump while finishing third were Williamson (1:05.6) in the 400, Ashtyn Price (52.4) in the 300 hurdles, Madelyn Snavely (27-3 .5) in the shot put, and Quinn (30-9.25) in the triple jump.

Penn Manor's boys fared much better in their races taking six of the eight individuals, but it was Warwick's Christian Hess that stood out as the only Warrior to win multiple events when he took the long jump with a distance of 19-9, the triple jump with a 39-9 and the high jump by clearing 6-1.

It was also a good day for the boys' relay teams as they completed a sweep of the team races with Marcus Wachira, Neil Martin, Connor Shields, and Noah Martin winning the 3200 in 9:16.6, followed by Ryan Fegley, Brendan Gates, Sean Badessa, and Mahki Mejias taking the 400 with a time of 45.11, and Hess, Shields, Mark Langat, and Jeremy Bell crossing the line in 3:40.2 in the 1600.

Fegley and Gates also contributed to the victory by racking up individual wins as well. Fegley finished the 200 in 23.6 and landed a second-place triple jump of 38-11.5 behind Hess. Gates barely edging out a three-tenths of a second win in the 100 (11.2) while also tying for first in the 100 hurdles (15.2). He was also second in the 300 hurdles (40.7). Nick Coomer won the shot put with a distance of 49-7.25 and also came in third in the discus (121-0).

Second place finishers included Martin (4:44) in the 1600, Shields (51.4) in the 400, Jeremy Bell (2:07.7) in the 800, Matthew Ensinger (126-0) in the discus as well as third in the shot put (40-9.25), Caleb Schmitz (5-11) in the high jump as well as third in the 100 hurdles (16.6) and the 300 hurdles (45.4), and Nathan Good (10-0) in the pole vault as well as third in the high jump (5-9).

And finishing in third were Bell (4:46) in the 1600, Wachira (2:14.4) in the 800, Ryan Horner (11:15.2) in the 3200, Tanner Haines (18-5) in the long jump, Nathan Good (5-9) in the high jump, and Drew Weller (10-0) in the pole vault.

BASEBALL

Winning both of its games last week and five of its last six, the Warwick baseball team sat comfortably in second place heading into this week. Following an 8-2 win over Conestoga Valley last Monday, the Warriors mercy ruled Solanco 14-2 at home on Thursday, running their record to 6-4.

Brendan Martin got the start for Warwick against CV and earned the win with two runs surrendered on seven hits over six innings with one strikeout before Reed Martin came on for the save in the seventh.

Warwick scored twice in the first inning and once more in the third before the Buckskins cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth. The Warriors then used a four run sixth inning to pull away and added one more in the seventh for insurance.

Leading by only one run, Martin (1-4, RBI) and Josh Farina (1-4) both reached base to start the fourth before John Seibert (3-4, RBI) singled home courtesy runner Adam Ricketts and moved Farina to second.

A misplayed bunt by J Kline brought home Farina allowing Ryan Aukamp (1-3, 2RBI) to score both Seibert and Kline when he blasted a line drive single into center field for the 7-2 score that held up until the end of the inning.

After Justin Byler (1-4, RBI) doubled in the top of the sixth, Martin brought him home on another line drive single to left field for the insurance run.

After falling behind 2-0 to Solanco in the top of the third inning, Warwick's bats caught fire in the bottom half as they plated 11 runs on 10 hits, sending 16 batters to the plate and then adding three more runs in the fourth, bringing the mercy rule into play in the fifth.

Dagan Young (2-3, 4RBI) singled to right field with the bases loaded in the third and scored both Evan Clark (2-2, RBI) and Kline (2-2) to tie the game at 2-2.

A wild pitch brought Patrick Quinn home from third and a dropped third strike on Byler (1-3, 2RBI) allowed Colby Martin (2-3, 2RBI) to score giving Warwick the lead with two outs. Seibert's two-run double three batters later made it 6-2. Clark, Bryce Zimmerman (2-4, 2RBI), Young, and Byler all drove in runs to finish out the inning.

LACROSSE

The boys' team began last week by losing their first two games, 9-4 to Lancaster County Day/Lancaster Catholic and 20-12 to Hempfield before picking up an 8-7 gut-check victory over Ephrata in overtime.

Tied at 2-2 with LCD/LC to end the second quarter, Warwick was shutout to start the third and only managed one goal in the fourth while LCD/LC scored six over the same span to close out the victory.

Warwick only managed seven shots on goal while Josiah Jewel came through with 11 saves. Luke Hirtzel, Carter Davis, Justin Gerhart, and Jon Bergh all scored once for the Warriors.

In similar fashion, the Warriors actually held an 8-6 advantage at halftime, fueled by Conor Adams' four goals on the day, but were outscored 14-4 in the second half by the Black Knights in a shoot out that saw Hempfield with a 50-35 advantage in shots on goal.

Davis was second in goals with three followed by Corey Snyder (2), Hirtzel (1), and Trey Glass (1).

After scoring five goals in the first quarter, Warwick only scored twice more during regulation but it was the eighth score that mattered as the Warriors went in to overtime after being outscored 4-1 in the second half.

Hirtzel led all players with four goals followed by Adams (2), Snyder (1), and Davis (1). Jewell turned away seven shots in goal.

Likewise, the girls also began their week with two losses after dropping an 18-8 affair with LCD/LC and then lost 17-5 to Hempfield but rebounded with a 15-5 win over Ephrata.

Three lady Warriors tallied two goals apiece as Sullivan Herritt, Tanner Armstrong, and Emma Leister led Warwick, but a monster 14 goal first half by LCD/LC proved too much for Warwick to overcome.

Hempfield scored eight goals in the first half and nine in the second while holding Warwick to only five for the game. The Knights outshot Warwick 32-17 while Zoe Stauffer stopped 15 Hempfield shots on goal. Talia Bertrando scored twice with Emma Leister, Olivia Robinson, and Zoe Sheppard each scoring once.

Warwick's offensive attack unloaded on Ephrata during Friday's matchup as Bertrando's six goals helped propel the lady Warriors to victory.

Warwick outscored Ephrata 7-1 in the first half and then expanded the lead in the second, doubling the Mount's four goal output.

Receiving goals from six other players, Warwick's help came from Herritt, Robinson, and Sheppard who all scored twice, and Katie Miller, Leister, and Meghan Keeney who each had one apiece.

VOLLEYBALL

Warwick continued its stellar run last week beating Cedar Crest 3-0, and both McCaskey and Manheim Township with 3-2 scores.

Chad Meeder paced the Warriors last week as he recorded eight kills and seven aces to lead Warwick against Cedar Crest (25-7, 25-17, 25-9) on Tuesday. He added 25 kills and 4 aces to go along with Mateo Chacon's 35 assists and Noah Millers 22 digs in the 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11 battle with McCaskey, and then recorded 20 kills to go along with Aaron Morrissey's 37 digs in the 27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10 war with Manheim Township.

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Lady Warriors Hold Off MT, Improve to 4-0 April 23, 2018

It is not an easy task, winning the League Championship. It is even harder to defend one, but the Warwick girls have been putting themselves in a good position to do just that as they have jumped out to an early 4-0 record and were sitting at the top of Section One after holding off the Manheim Township Blue Streaks 81-69 last Wednesday in Neffsville while the boys dropped to 2-2 with a 94-57 loss.

Leah Graybill led the way by sweeping the sprints as the junior took the 100 in 12.1, the 200 (25.7), and the 400 (58.9), but the lady Warriors didn't lock up the win until Madelyn Snavely's discuss throw landed at the 85-4 mark late in the meet, giving her first place and ensuring the team's perfect record remained intact.

She also ran the first leg on the winning 400 relay team along with Lily Palacio-Lewis, Meghan Quinn and Julliette Delmotte (49.7) which joined Jaylyn Wagner, Quinn, Dierdre White and Cassidy Kline, winners of the 1600 in 4:07.1, in taking two out of three of the relays.

Manheim Township only managed two individual wins on the track in the 800 and high hurdles as Warwick's Kate Dickow wrapped up the remaining distance runs. Her victories in the 1600 (5:25.9), and 3200 (11:23.5) placed her with Graybill as Warwick's only two multiple event winners on the day.

Meanwhile, Delmotte's winning distance of 35-9.5 in the triple jump represented the only win for Warwick in the jumps.

For the boys it turned out to be the Brendan Gates and Nick Coomer show as they represented five of Warwick's seven wins.

With Manheim Township sweeping the relays as well as the individual distance events, it was Gates coming through with three wins to lead the Warriors.

Gates's win in the 100 (11.2) complemented his sweep of the hurdles as the senior won both the 100 (15.2) and 300 (40.9) while Coomer's win in the shot put (50-6.5) and discus (136-5) cemented the two as the team leaders on the day.

Also winning for the Warriors were Ryan Fegley who sailed 39-3.25 in the triple jump and Christian Hess who cleared 5-10 in the high jump.

VOLLEYBALL

Warwick defeated New Oxford 3-0 in straight sets during a non-league matchup last week and then beat CV 3-1 to remain in second place.

Receiving 14 kills and four aces from Chad Meeder and another four aces from Foster Lobb, Warwick pulled away in the first game against New Oxford last Monday to win 25-14 and then overcame a strong comeback by the Colonials in the second game to win 27-25 before dispatching them 25-19 in the third.

Adding another16 kills and three aces in the match with Conestoga Valley, Meeder helped lead the Warriors to a hard earned, four set victory.

The Buckskins showed up ready to battle, taking the Warriors to the limit in the first set before Warwick pulled out the 29-27 win and then returned the favor in the second with a 25-23 advantage. The Warriors slammed the door on the visitors, though, easily winning the final two frames 25-11 and 25-16.

BASEBALL

Winning twice last week with a 9-8 extra inning affair at Ephrata (6-3) and a 7-5 victory over Elizabethtown (7-2), Warwick (4-4) maintained its hold on third place in Section One.

"Beating two good Section 2 teams was important for us as we try to climb back into the Section One race," commented head coach Bob Locker about his team knocking off two of the top three teams in Section Two.

After trading runs with Ephrata in the second and third innings, Warwick plated five in the sixth for a 6-1 lead before the Mounts stormed to an 8-6 advantage by scoring seven over the next two innings.

Warwick managed to tie the game in the seventh on a Bryce Zimmerman (2-3, 2RBI) double that scored Zach Shertzer from third and forced extra innings where the winning run was scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Jeff Kline (2-5, RBI).

Josh Farina (3-4, 2RBI) began the top of the ninth by driving a 2-2 pitch into center field for a triple before a Brendan Martin (3-5, RBI) strikeout brought Kline to the plate where he hit the first pitch he saw into right field to score Farina, giving Warwick the lead.

After Ryan Aukamp (1-4) hit into an inning ending double play, pitcher Colby Martin worked his way into a two-out situation with runners on first and second in the bottom half of the ninth when he combined with Zimmerman at second base to pick off N Young for the game ending out.

A quick start to Friday's game with Elizabethtown built a 5-1 lead over the first three innings that eventually was extended to 7-1 and helped sustain the victory as the Bears mounted a four-run rally in the top of the seventh that fell short.

Winning pitcher Justin Byler threw five strong innings in which he surrendered only one run on one hit with seven strikeouts while his offense tallied seven hits on the day.

Warwick extended its 3-0 lead in the third when Aukamp hit a grounder to third that was misplayed, allowing Clark to score from second and Kline to advance to second before scoring on a Zimmerman single to left field to make it 5-0.

Scoring again in the fourth and sixth innings, Elizabethtown roared back in the seventh, but it was a little too late for the Bears as Warwick's defense clamped down to end the comeback bid.

"We have started to hit the ball - batting .348 as a team (with) 4 players hitting over .400 - Josh Farina .684, Brendan Martin .440, Dagen Young .429, and Bryce Zimmerman .429," noted Locker who also gave a nod to his hurlers. "This week we also got quality pitching from Justin Byler, Dagen Young and Colby Martin."

SOFTBALL

Making short work of Ephrata in a four inning, 15-0 affair earlier last week, Warwick found itself in an eight-inning dogfight with Elizabethtown on Friday but came out on top in that one as well with a 5-3 victory. With the two wins, Warwick maintained control of first place in Section One, staying one game ahead of Penn Manor.

Marissa Treibley earned the start against Ephrata last Tuesday and proved her worth as the junior held the Mounts to three hits over four innings while allowing only one runner to advance beyond second.

Scoring in each of the four innings, Warwick put up one run in the first, four in the second, seven in the third and three in the fourth for the mercy-rule ending.

Katelyn Minney (1-2, 2RBI) homered in the second inning, while Leann Runkle (4-4) hit two doubles and Danielle Jones (4-4, 3RBI) helped lead the team at the plate.

Giving up three runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits, Amanda Herr pitched a complete game on Friday for the victory over the Bears.

After Elizabethtown scored once in the fifth inning and twice in the sixth to tie the score at 3-3, Warwick took advantage of some throwing miscues and a wild pitch to score twice in the eighth.

With two outs and nobody on base, Mackenzie Stewart (1-4) singled to center field and reached second on the resulting throw. Minney (1-2, RBI) worked a walk in the next at bat, placing runners at first and second.

Stewart and Kinney both advanced on a wild pitch and Runkle walked to load the bases for Katelyn Seibert (2-5, 2RBI) who hit a sharp ground ball to third and reached second on an errant throw, allowing both Stewart and Minney to score what would be the winning runs.

LACROSSE

Warwick's boys earned two wins last week, beginning with a 15-6 victory over visiting Cocalico and ending with one truly earned as the Warriors outlasted Exeter Township in overtime for the 12-11 win.

With the wins Warwick (5-1) was alone in fourth place in a tight Section One behind Penn Manor (6-1), Hempfield (7-0), and Manheim Township (7-0).

Led by Carter Davis who scored five times and Corey Snyder who had three goals with five assists, Warwick used strong starts to both halves scoring six in the first quarter and five in the third on the way to a commanding win.

Out shooting the Eagles 22-11 and receiving four saves in goal from Josiah Jewell and one from Nick Reedy, the Warriors never allowed Cocalico into the game holding them to only two goals in the first half and four in the second.

In addition to Davis and Snyder, Warwick's offense came from Conor Adams (4), Luke Hirtzel (2) and Trey Glass (1).

In non-league action on Saturday, Warwick allowed Exeter back into the game after leading 8-3 at halftime with a third quarter in which the Eagles outscored the Warriors 5-1. They tied the game in the fourth to force an overtime period where Warwick took home the sudden-death victory.

Both Davis and Glass scored three goals for the visiting Warriors while Hirtzel and Adams both tallied two, and Snyder, and Justin Gerhart each added one. Jewell made 11 saves while Warwick held a 31-27 advantage in shots taken.

Struggling to reach .500 on the season, the lady Warriors lacrosse team took two more losses last week as they fell 14-8 to Cocalico and lost 21-9 to Wyomissing in a non-league matchup.

Sulivan Herritt (4) scored half of Warwick's goals against the Eagles last Tuesday in a game where Cocalico jumped ahead early and never let up on defense, allowing Warwick only four goals in both the first and second half.

Cocalico outshot the Warriors 28-15 with Zoe Stauffer stopping 14 of them and Talia Bertrando (2), Emma Leister (1), and Lindsay Quinn (1) adding to the Warwick offensive tally.

Wyomissing quickly built a 16-4 lead in the first half and coasted through the second, matching Warwick's five goals last Wednesday in what was a road trip for the Warriors. Bertrando (5) and Herritt (4) accounted for all of Warwick's offense.

TENNIS

Hosting Conestoga Valley on Wednesday the boy's tennis team fell to 1-8 with a 6-1 loss to the Buckskins. While Garrett Nissley represented the lone win for Warwick with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-2 victory over Daniel Scala, Jon Martin battled back in the second set of his match with Matthew Hoy to also force a tie-breaker in which Foy won 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.

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Warwick Girls' Lax Tops Garden Spot, Palmyra April 16, 2018

Picking up two wins last week, Warwick's girls' lacrosse team found itself sitting in the middle of the Section One pack at 2-3 with a legitimate chance to crack the top five sometime in the coming weeks.

In all, the Warriors played three matches and came away with a 17-10 victory over Garden Spot, a 17-13 non-league win against Palmyra and finished with a 16-9 loss to Elizabethtown to end the week.

Talia Bertrando and Sullivan Herritt led the team's charge as the duo combined for 10 goals in their win over the Spartans last Tuesday.

Warwick's advantage came early as they doubled up on the Spartans in the first half and headed into the break leading by a score of 8-4 and then finished things off by outscoring the visitors 9-6 to end the game.

All-in-all, Warwick out shot Garden Spot by a 28-17 margin and received help offensively from Emma Leister's two goals as well as single scores by Katie Miller, Tanner Armstrong, Olivia Robinson, Zoe Sheppard, and Zoe Gooding.

Bertrando led all scorers versus Palmyra on Thursday when she put eight through the pipes and assisted on one in a shootout where both teams fired off 23 shots on goal.

She was helped out by Herritt who was able to score five times, Sheppard (3), and Robinson (1), while Zoe Stauffer recorded 10 saves in goal.

Warwick held onto a slim 9-7 lead at halftime and carried that same type of play through the second half as the ladies held the Cougars to six goals while hitting pay-dirt eight times for a little insurance to pull out the victory.

Elizabethtown hosted the Warriors on Friday and trailed 6-5 heading into the second half before the Bear's offense found a way to crack Warwick's defense, exploding for 11 goals while holding them to only three.

Bertrando led Warwick with four goals followed by Herritt (3), Miller (1), and Emma Leister (1).

TRACK

Warwick's girls remained perfect on the season last week at 3-0 when they were able to easily handle Conestoga Valley on the road 103-42. The win kept them in first place in Section One with Manheim Township (2-0) nipping at their heels.

While the ladies had three multiple event winners on their way to a commanding 7-1 advantage on the track, it was the effort of Leah Graybill that stood out as the junior went home with three victories and also joined forces with Meghan Quinn, Cassidy Kline, and Jaylyn Wagner to win the 1600 relay with a time of 4:07.6. It was one of the two Warwick relay wins on the day.

Emily Williamson, Kate Dickow, Jaylyn Wagner, and Dierdre White teamed up to win the 3200 relay by finishing in 10:49.9.

Graybill literally sprinted her way to three wins as she took the 100 with a time of 11.9, then ran away with the 200 in 25.22, and finally finished the 400 with a top time of 59.3.

Kline also won two individual events as she ran the 800 in 2:24.6 and also took the 100 hurdles with a 16.3, while Anna Martin ran to victory in the 1600 (5:40.5) as well as the 3200 (13.45).

Conestoga Valley had better luck in the field taking two of three in throws and also went 2-2 in the jumps with Warwick's Abby Vance winning the javelin by throwing 99-1, Trinity Bitting-Ellis clearing 4-10 in the high jump, and Katy Kramer clearing 7-0 in the pole vault.

Sitting in third place at 2-1 after beating the Buckskins 89-61, the boys held on to third place in the section and right on the tail of McCaskey (3-0), and Manheim Township (2-0).

Brendan Gates and Nick Coomer helped lead the team as the only two event winners in the meet with Gates taking both the 100 hurdles (15.3) and the 300 hurdles (41.5) and Coomer winning the shot put with a toss of 47-6.5 as well as the discus with a distance of 123-9.

Gates also was a part of one of the two winning relay teams, running first leg of the 1600 with Connor Shields, Mark Langat, and David Bach in the top time of 3:43.6 while Parker Keares, Bach, Noah Martin, and Shields won the 3200.

Rounding out the winners on the track were Ryan Fegley (23.8) in the 200, Martin (2:08.6) in the 800, and Shields (4:32.8) in the 1600, while in the jumps it was Tanner Haines (40-3) taking the triple jump and Nathan Good (9-0) winning the pole vault.

BOYS' LACROSSE

After recording a 14-3 win at Garden Spot, a 13-5 loss to Palmyra and a 12-3 win against Elizabethtown last week, Warwick improved to 4-1.

Carter Davis had five goals and Warwick outshot Garden Spot 36-14 last Tuesday as the Warriors cruised to victory with a punishing offensive attack.

Warwick put up five goals in both quarters of the first half while defensively only surrendering one and then added four more in the second half to the Spartan's two.

Luke Hirtzel and Conor Adams each scored three, while Corey Snyder, Hayden Rucci, and Declan McCarthy all added one apiece.

Palmyra turned the tables in Thursday's match when they only allowed Warwick to score once in each of the first three quarters and then twice in the fourth while surrendering eight goals in the first half and five more in the second.

Adams led with three goals and Snyder and Rucci each scored once while Josiah Jewell made 12 saves.

Warwick returned to form against the Bears on Friday using four total goals from Davis and a five-score effort in the third quarter while giving up none in the first half to earn the victory.

Elizabethtown managed to put up two in the third and one in the fourth, but by then the damage was done. Warwick held a 24-10 advantage in shots and Jewell turned away seven as Hirtzel, Rucci, and Trey Glass each scored two, and Snyder and McCarthy added one apiece.

SOFTBALL

Overcoming a 17-7 loss to Hempfield last Monday, Warwick rallied for three straight wins as they downed McCaskey 16-1, squeaked by Penn Manor 2-0, and bested Garden Spot by a score of 9-4 to maintain control of first place in Section One.

Suffering their first league loss of the season, Warwick jumped ahead twice in the game and watched Hempfield come back both times including an 11-run fifth inning that sealed their fate.

Danielle Jones (3-3, RBI) gave Warwick an early lead in the first inning on an RBI single, but Hempfield responded in the bottom half with three and added three more in the second for a 6-1 advantage.

Herr's second double of the game made it 6-3 in the third and jumpstarted a five-run burst before a solo homerun by Katelyn Minney (2-2, RBI) in the fourth made it 7-6 and marked the final time Warwick held the lead.

Minney started the run-shortened game against McCaskey and went three innings, striking out six and walking none while giving up three hits. The ladies scored 12 in the second inning, and four in the third to force the mercy rule.

Penn Manor played the Warriors to a scoreless tie through seven innings before Jones (1-4, 2RBI) plated two in the eighth and set the stage for Herr to retire three of four batters faced in the bottom half to preserve the win.

Marissa Treibley started the game against Garden Spot and gave up one run on two hits before Herr came on in relief and surrendered three runs on six hits, only one of which was earned, while striking out five.

Warwick scored three times in the first to make it 3-0, but the Spartans came back to tie things up in the third before the Warriors added two runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to put the game away.

BASEBALL

With wins over Hempfield 10-3, and Penn Manor 10-2, Warwick earned its first two victories of the season but also lost to McCaskey 5-4 and Lampeter-Strasburg 7-6 to finish out the week.

Fueled by Evan Clark (2-3, 2RBI) and Jeff Kline (1-3, 3RBI) the Warriors made the most of their nine hits as Reed Martin pitched four innings of two-hit ball and struck out six to earn the win.

Warwick scored three times in the second inning, twice in the third, and five in the fourth to quell a comeback bid by the Knights in which they made it 5-3 in the fourth.

Despite outhitting McCaskey 11-6 on Wednesday, the Warriors fell on a Dylan Esh double in the sixth which gave the Tornado the one-run win.

Warwick tied the game in the fourth when Ryan Aukamp (1-3, RBI) scored Josh Farina and again in the fifth on a single by Farina (3-3 RBI) that score Patrick Quinn.

Jackson Davies started on the mound against the Comets and went five innings giving up one run on seven hits while striking out one for the win.

Led by Dagen Young (2-3, 3RBI) and Colby Martin (3-3, RBI) Warwick scored six unanswered runs before Penn Manor plated one in the third inning and then added three more in the bottom of the frame and another insurance run in the fifth to secure the win.

The Pioneers answered Warwick's four runs in the first two innings by tying the game in the fourth and then added three more in the sixth for a 7-4 lead that the Warriors almost overcame by scoring twice in the seventh before leaving two stranded to end the game.

Young (2-3, 3RBI) stayed hot at the plate as did Martin (2-3, RBI), each with a home run and Justin Byler and Collin Beech combined for seven runs on seven hits and three strikeouts on the day.

TENNIS

Beginning the week with a 5-2 win over Lebanon, the Warwick boys then lost 7-0 to Hempfield, 6-1 to Cedar Crest, and 5-2 to Penn Manor and improved to 1-9 on the season.

Winning all three doubles against the Cedars were Jake Simmons and Jack Evans (8-1), Maxwell Davis and Mark Class (8-5) and Garrett Nissley and Jon Martin (8-5) while Martin won 6-2, 6-1 and Class won 6-2, 6-1 in singles play.

Martin's 6-0, 6-3 win over Adam Brightbill marked the lone win for the Warriors against Cedar Crest on Thursday and his 6-0, 6-2 victory in the match with Penn Manor combined with a 7-5, 7-6 win by Davis accounted for Warwick's two wins on Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

Facing off against Hempfield last Tuesday, the Warriors lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-10) but were still in second place behind the Knights in Section One.

Chad Meeder came up big at the net with 11 kills and eight assists while both Aaron Morrissey and Foster Lobb had nine digs, and Lobb, one ace.

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Warwick VB Tops McCaskey, Penn Manor April 9, 2018

Looking to keep pace with Section One leader Hempfield (3-0), Warwick's volleyball team (3-1) hosted McCaskey last Tuesday and then welcomed Penn Manor on Thursday and added two more victories to their season with identical 3-1 scores.

While the Red Tornado did take Warwick to the fourth game, the Warriors rode Noah Miller's seven aces and 12 kills to a 25-11, 21-25, 25-10, 25-18 win.

Making quick work of the visitors in the first game, Warwick allowed McCaskey to gain momentum and confidence by battling back to take the second before wrapping up the final two for the match.

In addition to Miller, Aaron Morissey contributed 17 digs while Adam Kurtz came through defensively for the home team with four blocks at the net.

Playing tough on the road and riding 11 kills and three aces from Dylan Zimmerman, Penn Manor forced the Warriors into a 28-26 win in the first game before turning the tables in the second to tie the match with a 26-24 result.

Warwick was then able to settle in and take care of business by closing the door with back-to-back 25-15 scores in the final two games for their second win in a row.

Miller added four more aces while Morissey and Foster Lobb came up with 13 digs apiece with Lobb and Simon Gerdsley adding three blocks each.

TRACK

While the lady Warriors stayed perfect at 2-0 with a 91-58 victory over Hempfield at home on Friday, the boys dropped a 75-75 meet due to tie-breaking criteria and fell to 1-1 on the early season.

Winning 10 of the 18 events, the Warwick girls were led by Leah Graybill's three victories which led the team to a 4-6 advantage in the running events.

Graybill owned all of the sprints by winning the 100 in 12.1, the 200 in 25.3 and the 400 in 58.7 while teammate Kate Dickow finished first in the 3200 with a time of 11:18.8.

Both girls were also members of winning relay teams with Graybill running the first leg of the 1600 alongside Lily Palacio-Lewis, Jess Williamson, and Meghan Quinn for a top time of 4:13.6. Dickow lead the 3200 with Williamson, Jaylyn Wagner and Emily Williamson adding to a winning finish of 10:22.8.

Cassidy Kline came within a whisper of joining Graybill as a multiple winner in the hurdles but Hempfield's Kara Benedict foiled her attempts in both the 100, where Graybill finished .10 behind her with a time of 16.2 and again in the 300 where a photo finish gave Benedict the win at 46.1.

Warwick's Abby Vance provided the team with their only win in the throws when she took the javelin with a toss of 105-3 while Mathilda Zartman went 15-5 in the long jump and Trinity Bitting-Ellis cleared 4-10 in the high jump to split with the Black Knights.

In the boys' competition the Warriors went 4-2 in the individual runs with Ryan Fegley and Connor Shields each earning two wins apiece, but it was Hempfield's sweep in the relays that helped the Black Knights earn the tie-breaker victory with more first place finishes than Warwick.

Fegley took both the 100 (11.6) and the 200 (23.5) while Shields won the 800 in 2:01.5 and the 1600 with a time of 4:27.3.

Two more Warriors joined them as double event winners as Brendan Gates swept the hurdles, going 15.6 in the 100 hurdles and then taking the 300's in 40.3 while Coomer was first in the shot put with a toss of 49-1.5 and then followed with a discus throw of 136-2.

BASEBALL

It has been a rough start to the season for Warwick which officially began League play last Thursday with a 4-3 loss to Cedar Crest and then dropped a heart breaking 8-5 come-from-behind affair to Manheim Township on Friday.

Justin Byler's (1-3, 2RBI) bases loaded single into left field with one out in the top of the third scored both Patrick Quinn (1-1) and Bryce Zimmerman (0-1) to put Warwick on the board and cut Cedar Crest's lead to 3-2.

Warwick tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth when Dagen Young (1-3) scored on a Collin Beech (1-1, RBI) left field single but Cedar Crest scored the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Byler began the game on the mound for Warwick and pitched two innings giving up three runs on two hits while striking out three before Beech took over in the third.

In Friday's matchup with Manheim Township the Warriors watched a three-run lead evaporate before the Blue Streaks put up four runs in the third inning and added one more in the fourth for good measure.

Jackson Davies got the start for Warwick and gave up seven runs including a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first before giving way to Colin Brubaker in the bottom of the fifth after relinquishing the lead.

Three Manheim Township errors in the first inning allowed Warwick to plate three runs beginning with a bases-loaded blunder by Colin Morrisette at second base that sent Zimmerman (0-3) and Colby Martin (1-3) home and moved Byler (1-2) from first to third.

On the next at bat, Young (1-3, RBI) reached first on an error by third baseman Ethan Kile that allowed Byler to cross the plate for a 3-0 lead.

After Manheim Township cut the lead to 3-2 on a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Streaks then tied the game on a passed ball in the second.

Warwick regained the lead in the third when Ryan Aukamp (1-3, RBI) hit a hard line drive into center field scoring Young from third to make it 4-3 before giving up the winning five runs over the next three innings.

LACROSSE

Warwick's boys went 2-0 last week with a 13-2 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday followed by a 7-5 non-league victory over Governor Mifflin on Saturday.

With the two wins Warwick improved to 2-1 in the League and kept within striking distance of the four-way logjam at the top of Section One between Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Ephrata, Hempfield, and LCD/LC all of which stood undefeated at the end of the week.

Led by Carter Davis, who scored five goals and had two assists in the game against L-S, the Warriors broke open a 2-2 tie after the first quarter by outscoring the Pioneers 7-1 over the second and third frames while holding them scoreless in the latter.

Warwick more than doubled the shots on goal by L-S putting up 32 to the Pioneer's 18 while Josiah Jewell turned away 10 of those on the way to victory as the Warriors put up three more goals in the fourth while Jewell was beat for one.

Luke Hirtzel scored two while Corey Snyder, Hayden Rucci, Trey Glass, Conor Adams and Evan Popalis all scored one apiece.

A strong second and fourth quarter by the Warriors against the Mustangs, in which they scored three and two goals, respectively, ultimately made the difference in the close contest at Governor Mifflin.

Tied 1-1 heading into the second, the Warriors took a 4-2 lead into the break but Governor Mifflin, led by Griffin Ganster and his three goals, came back in the third to pull within one at 5-4 before the Warriors iced it in the fourth.

With only one game last week, the girls dropped to 1-2 on the season after taking a 13-2 defeat at the hands of undefeated Lampeter- Strasburg on Thursday.

Both of the Warriors' goals came in the second quarter and were accounted for by Tanner Armstrong and Olivia Robinson while Zoe Stauffer stopped 10 shots on goal.

SOFTBALL

Jumping out to an extremely strong start to the season, Warwick won both of its games last week defeating Cedar Crest 16-1 on Thursday and Manheim Township 13-0 on Friday for a 2-0 record and a first-place spot in the standings along with Hempfield (2-0).

With Marissa Treibley dealing against the Falcons, Warwick put up 11 runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second, and two more in the third to earn the early stoppage.

Treibley gave up her lone hit in the top of the third which resulted in the only run Cedar Crest generated while striking out two and walking none.

The junior hurler helped her cause at the plate going 2-3 with two RBI and a double and was aided by team leader Amanda Herr (3-3, 5RBI), Mackenzie Stewart (3-3, RBI and a triple), Katelyn Minney (3-3, 2RBI), and Julia Forsythe (2-3, 3RBI).

While it took a little longer to put away the Blue Streaks, the ladies still forced a mercy rule stoppage in the sixth, racking up 15 hits while senior pitcher Herr threw a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking one.

It was Herr's show all around as she also dealt damage with her bat going 3-3 with 5RBI and two home runs as the Warriors poured it on in the later innings, scoring four in the fifth and six in the sixth after they scored two in the third inning to increase their lead to 3-0.

Warwick's bats really came alive in the contest as Leanne Runkle (3-4, 3RBI) smacked two doubles and a triple, Danielle Jones (1-3, 3RBI) tripled, Forsythe (1-3) also tripled, and Catie Brubaker (2-3), and Katelyn Minney (2-3) both doubled in the win.

TENNIS

With two matches last week that ended in 7-0 losses to Ephrata and McCaskey, the Warwick tennis team continued to search for its first win of the season.

Despite being shut out in both matches, Garrett Nissley took Ephrata's Chase Wilson into deep waters as he won the first set 6-4, lost the second set 6-0 and then lost 10-6 in the tie-break.

Mark Class and Jack Evans also nearly pulled out a win at McCaskey in their doubles match with Christian Roderiguez and Chad Haiges as they took the team to the limit before falling 9-7.

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Warriors Well Represented in PIAA Swimming March 18, 2018

High school swimmers from across the state gathered last week at Bucknell University to test themselves and find out who is the best in the pool during the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Three individual swimmers from Warwick were included in that group as well as two girls' relay teams.

Held over a period of four days with Class 3A schools competing Wednesday and Thursday and 2A schools on Friday and Saturday, each event took the best 16 swimmers out of a preliminary heat and broke them down into A and B groups with the top 8 making the championship finals and the next 8 the consolation finals.

Making an impressive mark on the field was Joe Moll who medaled in two events, breaking two Warwick school records along the way, both of which were held by Moll himself. He swam to a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM on Wednesday and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke the following night.

Knocking a full two seconds off his school record in the individual medley, Moll medaled with a time of 1:50.13, in turn shaving 2.10 off his preliminary heat, before returning a day later and swimming the backstroke in 50.08 to set the bar 0.37 above his Warwick record of 50.45 which he also swam at Bucknell in last year's PIAA Championship.

Tyler Mandrell also represented Warwick well by finishing 16th overall in the girl's 50 freestyle with a time of 24.26 on Wednesday and then placing 13th in the 100 backstroke on Thursday when she touched in 57.81 while taking 0.25 off her preliminary qualifier.

More impressive, however, was the feat accomplished by the 400 freestyle relay team of which Mandrell swam second leg.

With Catherine Chen leading and Lauryn Ober and Sophie Gutheridge finishing, the girls placed 11th in a time of 3:32.12 and broke their own school record for the third time this season. In fact, it was the third time in the last two weeks, and second of the day on Thursday.

Swimming in Districts two weeks prior at Cumberland Valley High School, the ladies set the new mark at 3:33.74 while finishing fourth. Then, during their PIAA preliminary heat, they finished 11th with a new record of 3:33.45 before besting it yet again in the consolation finals.

Mandrell, Ober, and Gutheridge were joined by Hannah Greenway on anchor during Wednesday's 200 medley relay in which they finished in 12th place with at time of 1:47.99, and Chen posted a time of 52.77 in the 100 freestyle preliminaries barely missing the cut by 0.63 behind North Penn's Caroline who claimed the 16th spot with a time of 52.14.

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Stewart Sixth In PIAA Wrestling March 11, 2018

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Moll, Mandrell Earn District Gold Medals March 5, 2018

Over the course of two days last week, swimmers from locations all throughout District Three converged on Cumberland Valley High School with hopes of earning a District medal and in turn extending their season by another two weeks with a PIAA qualification.

Ten Warwick swimmers took part in 14 events Friday and Saturday during the District Three meet and Joe Moll led the charge by winning two silver medals while Tyler Mandrell also scored a silver on the girl's side.

Mandrell's weekend was a busy one as she took part in two individual races as well as two of Warwick's three relays in which the ladies secured two fourth place and one seventh place finish.

Her silver medal came during Saturday's session in the 100 backstroke when she touched in 57.0 to hold off Hershey's Claire Ryland (58.12) and Tomomi Nakano (58.62) as well as teammate Sophie Gutheridge (59.0) who took sixth. Gutheridge also secured sixth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.12.

That followed Mandrell's eighth place finish on Friday in the 50 freestyle during which she finished with a time of 24.33 ahead of teammate Hannah Greenway (25.4) who was 26th.

During the relays, Mandrell teamed with Lauryn Ober, Sophie Gutheridge and Greenway in the 200 medley where the ladies were barely edged out for third place by Wilson's team of Emma Appler, Erin Moyer, Savannah Snyder, and Carolyn Pitorak which swam a 1:46.32, just over a second faster than Warwick's time of 1:47.27.

Catherine Chen then joined Mandrell, Ober, and Gutheridge on Saturday during the 400 freestyle to combine for the second fourth place finish of the meet for Warwick when they clocked in at 3:33.74 before Chen, Maya Hartzler, Greenway and Ober closed out the meet by taking seventh in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.79.

Chen also found success in the 100 freestyle where she and Sophie Lear of Hempfield put together one of the more exciting finishes of the weekend. Ending the race about as close to a tie as they could get with only .02 between them, Lear (52.62) just barely secured third place ahead of Chen (52.64).

Moll's accomplishments came in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM, the latter of which also included a tightwire finish with a little over a second separating the top three medal winners in Wilson's Donovan Curran (1:51.91), Moll (1:52.02), and Logan Brockway (1:52.98) of Dallastown.

In less exciting fashion, he also wrapped up second place in the backstroke with a time of 50.87 behind Chambersburg's Avery Barley (49.53) and was on the opening leg of the 400 freestyle team along with Reid Harpel, Cade Uhlin, and Adam Deckard which took fifth place in 3:14.9.

Meanwhile Uhlin also added a ninth place finish in the 500 freestyle by finishing in 4:46.46, Adam Deckard (48.37) was 12th in the 100 freestyle and also finished 14th in the 50 freestyle in 22.29, and Harpel (53.69) took 16th in the 100 butterfly.

BOWLING

Warwick's bowlers saw their season come to an end this past weekend during the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships as none of the five representatives made it past the singles qualifying round.

Ashley Sham had the best showing for the Warriors as she finished 17th with a 1020 total pin fall, missing the 12th and final qualifying position by 24 pins. Over the course of five qualifying games, she bowled a 204, 231, 217, 204, and 162.

Isaac Erickson's 58th place finish was tops for the boys as he rolled a 222, 248, 181, 135, and 234 for a matching 1020 series. He was followed by Carter Snavely (236, 156, 186, 192, 192-962) in 94th place, Tyler Miller (215, 214, 192, 159, 180-960) in 99th place, and Tony Lutz (224, 162, 179, 156, 202-923) in 122nd place.

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Stewart Claims Bronze in District Wrestling February 26, 2018

Wrestling is a unique sport in that it is a compilation of individual bouts held within a team competition. Teams compete for Section, League, District, and State titles, but each wrestler is working towards the post-season where they have a chance to compete against some of the best wrestling talent in the country during the District and PIAA championships.

Warwick was represented by six wrestlers in last week's District Three tournament which was held over three days at Hershey's Giant Center. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the PIAA tournament which will take place March 8-10.

Ryan Stewart emerged as the lone Warrior to move on when he decisioned Jordan Espinosa of Governor Mifflin for a bronze medal at 285 in a rematch of a quarterfinal bout where Stewart sent the Mustang grappler into the consolation round via an 11-4 decision.

Two other wrestlers placed fifth when Logan Boring and Ethan Clark each wrestled back through the consolation bracket in their respective classes of 182 and 220. Both of them are now on the bubble for making the PIAA Championships and will sit and wait for a potential scratch from those classes. Should anyone ahead of them become injured or have any other circumstances occur that would keep them from competing then they would be bumped up into the fourth District seed.

Stewart used a first period fall over Northern York's Blake Sanchez in the round of 16 before his victory over Espinosa in the quarterfinals placed him against Central York's Michael Wolfgram.

In a rematch of last year's semifinals where Stewart lost to the eventual District champion before finishing fifth and missing the trip to states, revenge was not to be had by the Warrior as Wolfgram muscled his way to an 8-2 lead before earning a second period fall.

Unlike last year, however, Stewart won his consolation semifinal bout over Waynesboro's David Henke by utilizing a late takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second that led directly to a fall which in turn pushed him into the third-place bout opposite Espinoza.

Stewart had no problem taking Espinoza to the mat and played to that strength by allowing him back to his feet in a pattern that netted the Warrior a 6-3 lead heading into the second period.

Choosing the down position, Espinoza was again released and almost secured a head lock throw at the edge of the mat but Stewart was able to counter and secure his fourth takedown of the bout before going out of bounds.

Trailing in the third but still working for points, Espinoza continually tried for an outside trip but was unsuccessful and gave up another takedown with 12 seconds remaining giving Stewart third place.

Boring worked a 3-0 decision over Dover's Matthew Lehman in his opening bout of the tournament but ran into a buzz saw in the quarterfinals where he met Donovon Ball of Cedar Cliff who dropped him into the consolations with a 13-7 decision.

Ball was a takedown machine, notching six while Boring escaped five times before securing a takedown of his own with 24 seconds in the bout in a last-ditch effort for a fall that never materialized.

His trip through the consolations included a 1-0 decision over Michael Fortney of Gettysburg and a 7-1 loss to Lower Dauphin's Brendan Shaffer with an escape in each bout to account for his two points scored during that time.

Wrestling for fifth place against Garret Fittery of Manheim Central, Boring opened the scoring in the second period with an escape from bottom 14 seconds in that held through to the third.

After an attempt at rolling through to an escape resulted in an out of bounds reset, Fittery worked his way to a base before Boring caught him in a cross face and was able to secure two near fall points.

Fittery then escaped but fell victim to a double leg takedown by Boring who was then able to ride out the final 39 seconds of the bout for the 5-1 win.

After suffering an injury in each of the last two tournaments, Clark dominated in his first two bouts only surrendering one point to Reading's Xavier Rivera while racking up a 12-1 lead before securing the fall at 5:20, and then decking Tyler Gallagher of Gettysburg in 3:23 while holding a 3-0 second period lead.

Clark then gave up back-to-back falls in his next two matches, first to Dennis Karas of Exeter in the semifinals and then Milton Hershey's Dylan Byrd in the consolation semifinals.

In his final bout of the tournament and possibly his season, Clark utilized his quickness from bottom against Central Dauphin's Carter Urich to score the first point of the match with a second period escape followed by a successful single leg takedown attempt 54 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.

Urich quickly countered with an escape and finished off the period working for an outside trip that Clark was able to successfully defend.

In the third Urich was able to scramble to his feet for an early escape and both wrestlers kept it on the feet with neither able to crack the other's defense until Clark secured a takedown with 21 seconds on the clock for a 5-2 lead before Urich's escape finalized the 5-3 victory for Clark.

Haydn Shreiner (145), Luke Hirtzel (152), and David Hnasko (160) all wrestled as well with none of them making it past the first day of competition.

Shreiner suffered back-to-back falls to Garden Spot's Connor Finkey and Red Lion's Cole Daugherty, and Hnasko likewise lost his first two bouts first via a fall to Quinn Foley of Reading and then an 8-0 decision to Eddie Ocker of Shippensburg.

Hirtzel, meanwhile, after losing a close 4-3 decision to New Oxford's Matthew Poust on a third period escape by Poust to break a 3-3 tie, defeated Oley Valley's Dylan Lambert 3-0 with an escape and takedown in the third period.

That win placed him opposite Kolbe Eidle of Wilson where Hirtzel saw an early first period 2-0 lead disappear in the second when Eidle quickly escaped after choosing bottom and then secured a takedown with only 11 seconds remaining in the period to go up 3-2.

An escape from Hirtzel tied the bout at 3-3 but Eidle was able to score two more takedowns in the period for a 7-4 victory.

BOWLING

Four Warwick bowlers applied their talents this past Saturday at Berks Lanes in Sinking Springs during the District Three individual championships with one earning a medal.

Isaac Erickson used a 230 average to finish fourth overall in the boy's championships behind fellow L-L League competitor Ryan Graham (3) from Conestoga Valley, Conrad Weiser's Daniel Althouse (2), and District Three champion Alex Horton from Daniel Boone.

Erickson began his day by finishing third in the qualifying round which consisted of each bowler rolling six games with the top six overall pin totals advancing to the single elimination finals bracket.

His six game totals of 259, 234, 210, 243, 236, and 198 equaled 1380 and was 92 pins behind Graham who had the top qualifying total of 1472. Teammates Tony Lutz (228, 197, 207, 215, 207, 214-1268) and Tyler Miller (215, 222, 187, 199, 208, 184-1215) finished below the cut.

Once Erickson reached the finals bracket he was paired against another L-L bowler in Manheim Central's Tanner Michael whose qualifying score of 1307 placed him as the sixth and final seed.

Erickson bowled a 203 in that quarterfinals match, besting Michael's 184 and moving into the semifinals against Althouse who earned a first-round bye with his number two seeding. Althouse proved the better bowler in that game, winning 231-204 and handing Erickson his fourth-place medal.

Ashley Sham stood as the lone girl's competitor for Warwick and despite her best efforts, missed the cut by 91 pins. Sham bowled 178, 202, 186, 243, 171, and 196 for an 1176 and 18th overall.

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Clark Captures Warwick's Lone Section 2 Gold February 19, 2018

Eight Warwick grapplers set out on the road to Hershey on Saturday when the District Three 3A Section Two tournament began at Hempfield High School and after the final whistle had blown, six remained standing. Only the top four finishers in each weight class advance to the District Three tournament which will be held this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Evan Clark defended his title at 220 pounds and stood as the only title winner for the Warriors while Ryan Stewart and Logan Boring each placed second in their respective weight classes of 285 and 182, Luke Hirtzel came in third at 152 pounds, and Haydn Shreiner and David Hnasko were fourth at 145 and 160.

No stranger to the Sectional finals, Clark made his third appearance in the title bout on Saturday when he faced Central Dauphin's Carter Urich and was able to come away with a slim 3-2 victory.

With Clark leading 1-0 after a second period escape, Urich chose down to start the third and eventually tied the bout when he managed to get back to his feet with 1:55 remaining.

On an ensuing front head lock attempt by Urich, Clark was able to swing behind him and gain control for the two-point takedown and a 3-1 lead before surrendering another escape with 1:09 on the clock.

Clark was able to defend against Urich's takedown attempts and despite receiving a stall warning with three seconds remaining, claimed his second straight Sectional crown.

Following a first-round bye, Clark used a third period takedown against Noah Myers of Elizabethtown to earn the fall with 1:14 left in a quarterfinal bout that he was comfortably winning 10-4.

Clark's win propelled him into the semifinals where he dramatically scored a takedown with only four seconds remaining in regulation against Manheim Township's Myles Desha to win 4-2, breaking a 2-2 tie which ensued when Desha scored his second escape of the bout with 15 seconds on the clock, negating Clark's two-point reversal in the second period.

Following his own first round bye, Boring worked his way through Central Dauphin's Cian Blythe and Manheim Central's Garrett Fittery to reach the finals where he dropped a 12-4 major decision against Lower Dauphin's Brandon Shaffer.

In the quarterfinals matchup with Blythe, who wrestled on despite suffering a dislocated finger in the first period, Boring built a 3-0 lead before surrendering a takedown at the end of the second and then held on for the 3-2 win.

In the semi's Boring gave up an escape early in the second period to fall behind Fittery 1-0 but then reached his feet in the third to tie things up and eventually send the bout into overtime where he secured the winning takedown with 12 seconds on the clock.

Shaffer proved too much for Boring to handle in the finals building a 7-0 lead before two escapes made it 9-2 heading into the third where he was able to corral Boring for the rest of the bout.

After securing a quick 40 second fall over Milton Hershey's Rajuan Boyd in the quarterfinals, Stewart decked Jaden Baylor of Central Dauphin in 3:06 while leading 4-0 to reach the finals against Lower Dauphin's Kyle Wuestner where the senior was bested 16-6.

Stewart trailed 7-6 after securing a two-point takedown following Wuestner's escape to begin the third period, but then the Lower Dauphin big man racked up another escape and hit a five point move from the feet with less than a minute remaining to jump ahead 13-6.

Wuestner then broke the hold and was able to turn Stewart again for another three points where he finished the bout.

Hirtzel's route to Districts took a little longer as he found himself in the consolation bracket following a 3-1 overtime loss in the semifinals to McCaskey's Joey Battle and eventually defeated Manheim's Austin Sauder 9-0 in the third-place bout.

Milton Hershey's Richard Coleman was Hirtzel's first opponent of the day and was easily dispatched in the first period via fall in 1:31 after Hirtzel had built a 7-0 lead.

Against Battle, he was only 1:25 seconds away from reaching the finals when the McCaskey wrestler managed an escape to tie the bout and then needed only 14 seconds in sudden victory to secure the winning takedown, dropping Hirtzel into the wrestle backs.

Once there, he earned a fall over Penn Manor's Kole Marley in 4:37 after rolling to a 9-0 lead before dominating once again over Sauder for the bronze.

Both Shreiner and Hnasko also found themselves wrestling back at 145 and 160, respectively, with Shreiner taking the same path as Hirtzel, losing in the semifinals, while Hnasko dropped down after losing in the quarterfinals.

Shreiner defeated Donegal's Dimitri Gonzales 6-2 and was leading Lower Dauphin's Joey Stoak 5-4 to start the third period of his semifinal bout before Stoak managed to turn him and pick up three near fall points with 1:05 remaining for the 7-5 win.

In the consolations, Shreiner defeated Andrew Vogerlbacher 3-1 to advance against Manheim's Ryan McKee who needed only 57 seconds to secure the fall.

Hnasko, without the benefit of a bye, opened his day with an easy 6-2 decision over Lower Dauphin's Buck Diacont in the round of 16 and then faced Timmy Smith of Central Dauphin in the quarterfinals where he fell behind 4-0 before giving up the fall at 3:03 and had to work his way back the rest of the day.

Hnasko went up 4-0 over Elizabethtown's Javan Thomas in his first consolation match before earning the fall at 3:23. That win pitted him against Donegal's Will Small who built a 6-2 lead with only 1:21 remaining in the bout before a Hnasko escape led to a takedown and bout wining fall with only 13 seconds left on the clock. He then faced Smith once again for third place, but succumbed to a fall at 2:17.

Steven Seepaul, who finished sixth at 195, and Andrew Morgan also represented Warwick but did not qualify for Districts.

BOWLING

The L-L League held its annual boys, girls, and team meets at three different venues across Lancaster County with six Warwick bowlers competing and Ashley Sham, Isaac Erickson, and Tony Lutz qualifying for Districts.

The team portion was held on Wednesday at Rocky Springs Lanes where Penn Manor edged out Warwick by a score of 5-2 for its fifth straight League title.

"My team battled hard," stated head coach Neal Vital. "The lanes played difficult, but fair. We had chances in game two to close out the match, but PM's experience came through late in the game and they eked out a 26 pin win."

Warwick won big in the first game with a 965-918 score, but the Comets battled back for a 938-912 win in the second, and 998-906 in the third.

Vital was very optimistic about his teams' chances in the future as well. "I am confident we can put this tough loss behind us and make a run at the eastern regional championship and a state berth in Pittsburgh on March 17th."

During the individual matches, every bowler began by rolling five games with the top 35 moving on to the second round of qualifying for the boys and the top 26 for the girls. During that second round, four games were bowled and the top five advanced to the final round where a stepladder format determined the champion.

Leisure Lanes hosted the girls on Thursday and Ashley Sham worked her way into the step-ladder finals where she finished third with wins over Manheim Township's Megan Lappa and Cocalico's KC Miller.

She finished third in the first qualifying round by rolling a 217, 202, 182, 210, and 205 for a 1016 series behind Cedar Crest's Paige Boyd (1103), and Hempfield's Katelyn Musselman (1039).

Sham qualified fourth for the finals when she rolled 181, 160, 237, and 146 which when combined with her first round series totaled 1740.

Going head-to-head with Lappa, Sham came out on top 182-162 and next faced Miller whom she beat 168-156. Musselman awaited her in the next game and the Black Knight bowler was able to pull off a three-pin win with a 170-167 score giving Sham the bronze.

Erickson finished Friday at Dutch Lanes in ninth place during the second round of qualifying, missing the finals by only 16 pins while Lutz finished in 11th.

The first round ended with Erickson taking seventh by rolling a 215, 195, 220, 183, and 248 for a 1061 series. That, combined with his four second round games of 173, 176, 171, and 186 gave him a 1767 total.

Lutz finished his first round of bowling with a 16th best 944 series by rolling a 175, 203, 168, 190, and 208. His second round of 235, 210, 179, and 170 added in for a 1738 overall total.

Carter Snavely (22nd-1599), Tyler Miller (23rd-1584), and Rylan Beebe (24th-1583) finished out the day for the boys.

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Matmen Fall to Cocalico, Take Fourth at Leagues February 15, 2018

In their Wednesday matchup last week with Section One leader Cocalico (7-0), the Warriors struggled to find traction and despite winning six of the final eight bouts came away with a 47-25 loss.

Warwick (1-5) finally got on board when Haydn Shreiner (145) turned a second period takedown into six team points by decking Trevor Hale in 2:27 followed by Luke Hirtzel's 9-0 major decision over Alex May (152) to make it 35-10.

After a Cocalico major decision at 160, Andrew Morgan (170) came back from a 4-3 first period deficit to stick Owen Zimmerman with 43 seconds remaining, making it 39-16 before a one point deduction for misconduct against Zimmerman dropped the Eagles back to 38.

Logan Boring made it 38-19 with a 5-1 decision at 182 for Warwick's final three contested points before Ryan Stewart accepted a Cocalico forfeit at 285 to end the night.

Two days later the Warriors traveled to Garden Spot for L-L League Championships. With seven wrestlers medaling, the Warriors earned a fourth place team finish.

Hirtzel (152) and defending champion Ryan Stewart (282) each claimed gold for Warwick. Hirtzel took a 7-3 lead into the third period against Northern Lebanon's Stevie Herb before hitting a four point move at the end of regulation for the 10-3 decision and title while Stewart recorded three falls in a total time of 1:52 to finish on top.

Hirtzel earned a first period victory over Solanco's Tucker Pierson with a pin at 1:42 before decking Penn Manor's Kole Marley at the 2:39 mark in the quarterfinals. His 13-4 win over Joey Battle of McCaskey then propelled him into the finals.

For Stewart, his run began with a 14 second fall over Garden Spot's Jacob Warner in the quarters, and an 11 second pin over Austin Shaver of Cocalico in the semis, before finally breaking a sweat when Conestoga Valley's Tyler Oakley took him 1:28 into the first before turning his back as well.

With only one win in four regular season matches this year at 195, Steven Seepaul opened the tournament with a first period fall over Lampeter Strasburg's Johnny Franklin at the 1:39 mark in the first round.

He then knocked off Nick Yannutz who was the third seed out of Solanco with an 8-5 decision in the quarterfinals and followed that with another fall in the semifinals over Elizabethtown's Blake Andrews with 55 seconds left on the clock in the third period.

That set him up with a showdown against Manheim's Keegan McCord in the finals where the Baron eked out a 5-1 victory off a pair of takedowns to claim the championship and give Seepaul second place.

Ethan Clark, the returning 220 pound champion, had to face off against Cocalico's Ben Fromm who Clark defeated in last year's finals of the League tournament.

On Wednesday, Fromm slipped by Clark in a tense 6-5 decision victory during a dual meet in Lititz and it was Fromm on Saturday who once again found a way to win in a 3-2 finals showdown that went to ultimate tiebreak.

In working his way to the championships, Clark first pinned CV's Leo Marente in 51 seconds, then earned another fall against Noah Myers of Elizabethtown in 5:00 before a 9-3 decision over Garden Spot's Dustin Swanson in the semi's forced the rematch with Fromm.

Medaling in fourth place for Warwick was Mateo Chacon (126) and Logan Boring (182). Chacon earned a 13-3 major decision over Solanco's Zach Spade before a 7-1 loss to Kayde Althouse of Columbia sent him into the consolations where he pinned Manheim's Conner Zeamer in 4:13, took an injury default over L-S's Mason Blank at 3:16 and then lost 5-0 to Penn Manor's Nicholas Fafel in the third place bout.

Boring wrestled his way into the semifinals before a 5-3 loss to Manheim's Garret Fittery dropped him into a consolation bout with CV's Isiah Gantt which he won via fall at 1:31 seconds, sending him into the third place bout with Carter Hasson of Manheim Township who emerged with a 4-3 victory.

David Hnasko finished in fifth place at 160 pounds with a 1:30 fall over McCaskey's Gilbert Colon Valent after a quarterfinal loss to Solanco's A.J. Wilson placed him in the consolation bracket.

Once there, Hnasko worked a 2:50 fall over Cocalico's David Sensenig, and then lost to Donegal's William Small to set up the fifth place match.

Also wrestling but not medaling were Sebastia Oliveras who lost twice at 106, and Connor Espenshade who beat Ephrata's Tyler Hart 6-5 in the first tiebreaker before a round of 16 loss sent him into the consolations where he beat Christia Burdick of ELCO 8-3 before losing to Solanco's Sheldon Peiffer.

Meanwhile, Shaun Stafford defeated Carlos Nazzario from Lancaster Catholic at 132 by fall but then lost his next two. Preston Johnson lost his first round bout but then defeated A-C's Michael Moran 3-0 before bowing out, Shreiner used a bye and a fall to reach the quarterfinals and then pinned Hale in a consolation bout before taking a loss to A-C's Zachery Renninger, and Morgan lost his round of 16 bout to Joshua McNamara of CV and then was eliminated in a 5-3 loss to A-C's Evan Hellman.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Warwick's girls played two games last week and came away with a 50-22 loss to Elizabethtown and then almost knocked off Hempfield, 21-20.

Lailani Batty led the team with eight points against the Bears last Tuesday and Lauren Pyle added six with two 3-pointers in a game where Elizabethtown led 23-9 at the half.

Abby Rodgers, Tanner Armstrong, Reagan Longridge, and Julia Forsythe all contributed two points apiece on the night with Longridge going 2-2 at the line.

It was a scoreless fourth quarter that proved the difference in Friday's game against the Knights as both sides struggled offensively with Hempfield putting up zero points in the second as well.

Pyle scored a game high nine points as Warwick overcame a 10-6 Hempfield lead after one quarter to outscore the home team 11-0 for a 17-10 advantage at the break.

After pulling back in the third to make it 20-19, the lady Knights used a 2-0 fourth quarter to steal the victory from Warwick.

Rodgers, Sydney Weismandel, and Longridge all scored three points apiece and Armstrong added two.

"Throughout the season we have been focusing on working together as a team and making defensive stops," stated head coach Janelle Garber when asked about her young team's progress.

"We have a great group of girls who are buying into the program and that's the foundation for building the future."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

The boys' team struggled last week as well, losing 62-52 to Lebanon last Tuesday and then 64-54 to Hempfield on Friday.

In the first quarter against Lebanon, the Cedars took a one-point margin and built it into a 54-43 lead heading into the fourth before holding on for the win.

Bryan Rottkamp's 13 points included a perfect 7-7 from the line while Ryan Shirk hit two 3-pointers and was 2-2 on free throws for a total of 12 points, but the Cedars' Luis Aquino-Rios negated both with a 25-point effort to lead all scorers.

Carter Forney scored nine, both Colby Martin and Trysten George scored six apiece, Joey McCracken scored four, and Brock Fassnacht added two for the Warriors.

Warwick came out like gangbusters in the first quarter against Hempfield on Friday as the boys hit seven 3-pointers on the way to a 24-9 lead, but were then outscored 55-40 over the next three as the Knights settled in and took control of the game.

Martin and Shirk each had 15 points on the night with Martin tallying his on five shots from behind the arc with four in the opening frame including a buzzer beater to make it 24-9, while Shirk's total included three from downtown.

Rottkamp added 10, McCracken had eight, and Clayton Mohler and Fassnacht each added three on the night.

SWIMMING

Warwick's boys pulled even in Section One at 2-2 with a 100-70 win over Penn Manor last Tuesday while the girls improved to 3-1 with their 92-78 victory over the Comets.

Cade Uhlin, Oliver Lance, Joe Moll, and Adam Deckard won two events apiece in a meet where the Warriors claimed first in every event.

Winning the 200 (1:51.8) and 500 (5:02.39) freestyles was Uhlin, with Lance taking the 100 freestyle (52.78), and the 200 IM (2:05.18). Moll picked up first in the 50 freestyle (22.58) as well as the 100 breaststroke (1:04.53), and Deckard secured both the 100 backstroke (58.87) and 100 butterfly (57.29).

In the relays, Lance, Moll, Reid Harpel, and Deckard won the 200 medley with a time of 11:43.54, Lance Tanner Haines, Owen Campbell, and Moll swam to a winning time of 1:34.18 in the 200 freestyle, and in the 400 freestyle it was Harpel, Campbell, Uhlin, and Deckard winning in 3:29.97.

Only one relay was won by the girls as Catherine Chen, Tyler Mandrell, Maya Hartzler, and Hannah Greenway claimed the 200 medley (1:56.28) but they went 7-1 in the individuals with Chen, Hartzler, and Sophie Gutheridge each winning two.

Chen won the 200 IM (2:20.62) and the 100 freestyle (55.78), Hartzler took the 500 freestyle (2:06.114) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.83) while Gutheridge was first in both the 100 backstroke (1:02.7) and 100 butterfly (1:01.38). Mandrell represented the seventh win by taking the 50 freestyle (25.16).

BOWLING

After back-to-back 5-2 wins over Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley last week, Warwick (5-4) was sitting in second place behind Penn Manor (9-1) with no way of catching the Comets.

But if they can maintain their position, the Warriors will still qualify for the League tournament and a possible championship matchup with the Comets where head coach Neal Vital likes their odds.

"I do feel that my team has overcome its early season struggles, and seems to have found some consistency that was lacking in the first month of the season," said Vital. "If it plays out that way I believe we have what it takes to end their reign as league champs."

Tony Lutz led all bowlers against MT with a 680 series and a 227 average followed Rylan Beebe (637), Ashley Sham (628), Tyler Miller (615), and Isaac Erickson (605).

Sham was the high roller for Warwick against CV with a 680 series followed by Erickson (650), Lutz (637), and Carter Snavely (628).

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Shirk, Martin Lead Warwick Over McCaskey February 5, 2018

Wins have been hard to come by this season for the Warwick boys' basketball team, but that hasn't kept them from competing in each game and six times this year that has resulted in a Warrior victory.

Last week the boys played two games, coming away with a split as they took down McCaskey 62-53 last Tuesday and then lost to Conestoga Valley 57-39 on Friday placing Warwick (5-8, 6-14) in sixth place in Section One.

The Red Tornado kept things close, pulling to within four points heading into the fourth quarter, but a strong finish by Warwick in which they outscored McCaskey 13-8 during that span nailed the game down for the Warriors.

Ryan Shirk (20) and Colby Martin (19) were the top two scorers on the court for the night with Shirk nailing three 3-pointers while going 7-8 from the line and Martin draining two from long range.

Warwick opened a 17-12 lead after one quarter of play but broke even in the second against a Tornado squad that was not going away, matching the Warriors' 15 points and heading into halftime still behind by five at 32-27.

Helped by Makai Ortiz (16) and Ajani Simmons (12), McCaskey gained slight ground on Warwick, pulling to within four in the third, but the Warriors came out strong to finish the game.

Brock Fassnacht scored six points, Joey McCracken and Bryan Rottkamp each had four, Nate Martin added three, and Clayton Mohler, Tyrsten George, and Conor Adams all scored two apiece in the win.

Warwick kept it close against Conestoga Valley during the second and third quarters during which time the Bucks only outscored the Warriors 24-23, but it was the other two quarters of the game that sealed their fate.

Although led by Mohler's 14 points, 12 of which came from long range, and Shirk's 13 point effort, Warwick trailed by five in the first quarter and then was outscored 20-8 in the fourth as the potent Conestoga Valley offense, fueled by Logan (22) and Austin (12) Monroe, proved too much for Warwick's defense.

Martin added six points on two 3's, Rottkamp scored four, and Caleb Smith added two in rounding out Warwick's scoring.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Momentum can either be a huge advantage or a dangerous adversary, depending on which end you fall on, and after winning both of their games last week the young lady Warriors were riding a huge wave of it heading into their final game of the season against Section One leader Manheim Township (11-2, 17-4).

Tied with Cedar Crest (11-2, 14-6) as of last week's standings, the Blue Streaks had to face a dangerous Warriors squad that has nothing left to lose in a game that was decided after this writing.

Warwick (3-10, 4-16) picked up the other half of its wins this season via a 33-32 squeaker on the road against McCaskey last Tuesday and a more emphatic 47-39 triumph at home on Friday over Conestoga Valley.

Neither team showed much offense last Tuesday in Lancaster as the first quarter ended in a 6-5 McCaskey advantage but led by Lauren Pyle's 10 points, including two 3-pointers, Warwick used a huge second quarter in which the girls turned a 1-point deficit into a 19-10 lead at halftime.

Sydney Weismandel added seven points for Warwick, while Abby Rodgers and Lailani Batty each tallied four, Jess Williamson and Elise Balmer both scored three, and Julia Forsythe contributed two.

Warwick spent the second half fending off a McCaskey comeback bid in which the girls were able to stay with the Red Tornado in the third, nearly matching their output in a 13-11 Tornado advantage to make the score 30-23, and then barely making it out alive in the fourth during a 9-3 run in favor of the home team.

Conestoga Valley's Amber High scored 13 and Savannah Generella added 12 while combining for a 10-13 effort from the line, but Pyle (13) and Batty (9) matched that with 10 free throws of their own while Rodgers (8) converted four of her six foul shots in a game that came down to the final quarter of play.

Tied at 12-12 after the first quarter, the Conestoga Valley offense crept ahead for a slim, 26-23 lead at the break before a determined Warrior's squad fought its way back in front where it stayed for the remainder of the game.

Warwick outscored the lady Bucks 8-6 in the third before using a stifling defense to hold them to only seven in the fourth while putting up 16 on offense end to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

Jess Williamson (6), Emily Williamson (5), and Reagan Longridge (3) each were good for one 3-pointer during the night, and Forsythe added two points to complete Warwick's scoring.

SWIMMING

With only one meet before the L-L League Championship, Warwick's boys and girls took to the pool on the road at Cedar Crest and came home with a sweep as the boys won 97-67 and the girls claimed a 90-80 victory.

Cade Uhlin and Joe Moll accounted for four of the boy's five individual wins as each took first in two events and the relay teams went a perfect 3-3 on the night.

Uhlin posted top times in the 200 freestyle (1:51.61) as well as the 500 freestyle (5:01.27) and swam the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay with Adam Deckard, Reid Harpel, and Oliver Lance in which they finished with a time of 3:27.35.

Moll's two wins came in the 200 IM (2:03.41) and the 100 butterfly (53.06). While also taking part in Warwick's other two relay victories, Moll swam the second leg of the 200 medley with Lance, Harpel, and Deckard (1:43.86), and anchored the 200 freestyle with Owen Campbell, Connor Haines, and Joseph Sweigert in which they recorded a 1:39.51.

Lance's time of 0:55.05 netted him a first place finish in the 100 backstroke, accounting for Warwick's fifth individual victory.

The lady Warriors matched the boys by going 5-8 in the individuals and a perfect 3-3 in the relays with Sophie Gutheridge notching double victories.

Gutheridge's wins came in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.48 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.42 and she also swam the first leg of the 200 medley with Lauryn Ober, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hannah Greenway in which they logged the top time of 1:54.67, as well as the 400 freestyle with Ober, Catherine Chen, and Tyler Mandrell to win in a time of 3:49.75.

In the third relay victory, Chen, Mandrell, Maya Hartzler, and Greenway teamed up to win the 200 freestyle in 1:43.65 while in the individuals Chen won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.34, Mandrell was tops in the 100 freestyle with a time of 0:58.84, and Allison Wyand came out on top in the 500 freestyle, touching in 5:43.68.

With the victories, the boys were in third place in Section One at 3-2, 6-2 trailing Manheim Township (5-0, 9-0) and Hempfield (4-1, 7-1) while the girls held down second place at 4-1, 7-1 behind Section leader Manheim Township (5-0, 9-0).

BOWLING

Notching shut-out wins last week over Hempfield and McCaskey, the Warriors (7-4, 8-4) secured second place in Section One behind Penn Manor (11-1, 11-1) with one match remaining at home against Elizabethtown (7-5, 9-5).

While Hempfield's Tylor Fair nailed down the high series of the match by rolling a 247, 246, and 246 for a 739, it was Ashley Sham's 296, 234, 202 series for a 732 that helped lead Warwick to victory. Sham's series also matched the Black Knight's Nick O'Neil who rolled a 244, 209, and 279.

Following for the Warriors were Carter Snavely (255, 235, 238-728), Isaac Erickson (265, 189, 247-701), Tyler Miller (238, 185, 225-648) and Tony Lutz (98, 246, 194-638).

Traveling to McCaskey on Thursday, two Warwick bowlers topped the Red Tornado's Angel Almodovar who rolled a 246, 176, and 242 for a 664 series in the 7-0 Warrior victory.

Lutz ended as the high roller for the match by throwing a 217, 210, 245-672 series and was followed by Snavely (256, 204, 210-670), and Miller (206, 229, 217-652).

WRESTLING

Trailing Lampeter-Strasburg at one point by a score of 21-13, Warwick clawed its way back into the lead by winning three straight bouts and six of the final seven to claim a 41-27 victory last Wednesday at home.

Ryan Stewart began the match with a 21-6 technical fall over Jack Eckman in 5:54 at 285 for a 5-0 Warwick lead before back-to-back pins by the Pioneers put them ahead 12-5.

Connor Espenshade's 9-2 decision over Riley Eckman at 120 was followed by Mateo Chacon earning a 21-6 technical fall in 5:36 over Michael Al-Sagga at 126 to put the Warriors ahead by a slim one-point margin (13-12), but L-S rebounded with a pin and a decision to go up 21-13.

That was when Warwick put together its 3-0 run with a 22-10 major decision by Haydn Shreiner at 145, a Luke Hirtzel pin in the third period at 152 and a 20-2 technical fall at 160 by David Hnasko for a 28-21 lead.

After Connor Penry's pin at 170 pulled the Pioneers back to within one point at 28-27, the Warriors finished with a Logan Boring 10-2 major decision at 182, a third period pin by Steven Seepaul at 195 and an 8-3 decision by Ethan Clark at 220.

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Warriors Hold Off Penn Manor 58-49 January 22, 2018

With the regular season winding down, teams are beginning to focus on how to extend into the post-season. As of last week, Warwick (4-5, 5-11) was on the outside looking in at the District Three boys' basketball championship, as the Warriors were the 19th team out of 12 allowed.

In three games played the boys went 1-2 beginning with a 58-49 victory over Penn Manor last Wednesday followed by a 54-50 losing effort against Cedar Crest on Friday and a 58-42 non-league loss to Red Lion on Saturday.

Colby Martin and Clayton Mohler combined for seven of the ten 3-pointers Warwick drained against the Comets in a game where the Warriors trailed briefly but pulled away and never looked back.

Martin's three shots from downtown represented the only points he scored as were Mohler's until he converted two free throws in the fourth quarter for a game high 14.

Warwick sniped from the outside the entire first quarter to help open a 20-9 lead and weathered a Penn Manor rally in the second to head into the locker room ahead by nine, 33-24.

Any hope of a Comet comeback bid, however, was shut down in the third when a stiff defensive effort by the Warriors held them in check for only six points while the Warwick sharpshooters continued the onslaught from outside on the way to scoring 12 for a 45-30 lead.

Despite only hitting two shots from the field in the final frame, Warwick's eight points from the line kept them in the game as Reed Morrison led a Penn Manor charge that dropped 19 on the home team during that span in an unsuccessful effort.

Ryan Shirk's 12 points were second on the team followed by McCracken (10), Martin (9), Trysten George (4), Bryan Rottkamp (2), and Caleb Schmitz (2).

Cedar Crest steadily climbed out of a 22-14 hole in the first quarter and then used a stifling defense in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback win over the Warriors on Friday night in Lititz.

Sixteen points from Shirk, including a 5-6 effort at the foul line, were not enough to keep Warwick in the game as the Warriors let an eight point lead in the first quarter diminish into a 46-42 edge heading into the fourth where the Falcons outscored Warwick 12-4 for the win.

Mohler added 11 points on the night while George (8), Rottkamp (6), McCracken (5), Fassnacht (2), and Conor Adams (2) also contributed.

Both Red Lion and Warwick had trouble hitting their stride on Saturday as indicated by an 8-5 lead by the Warriors after one quarter, but the Lions proceeded to outscore the visiting team in each of the final three while holding the Warwick offense in check.

Holding onto a slim one point lead at halftime, 25-24, the Warriors came out flat in the third and relinquished it while being outscored 15-7 and 19-10 in the second half.

Shirk's 10 points again led the team while Mohler scored seven, Martin and Rottkamp each scored six, McCracken, Adams, and Justin Gerhart had three apiece and George and Fassnacht each added two.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

With a very young team that has no seniors, the girls' basketball team has had some obvious struggles this season but continues to strive for improvement in an effort to build a strong base for next year.

Warwick (1-8, 2-14) played three games last week and came up short in all of them as they lost 54-34 against Penn Manor, 45-25 at Cedar Crest and 52-24 versus South Western on Saturday.

Lauren Pyle led the girls against Penn Manor with 10 points in a game where they played to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter before falling behind 23-16 at the break.

A strong press defense by the Comets kept Warwick in check during the second quarter in which Pyle's field goal and Lailani Batty's 3-point bucket represented the only points scored by the visiting Warriors.

After the break, Warwick's offensive struggles continued as Penn Manor outscored them 31-18 in the second half and cruised to the 20-point victory.

Batty scored eight on the night and tied with Pyle from long range as each player drained two while Abby Rodgers scored five, Julia Forsythe added four, Sydney Weismandel tallied three, and both Emily Williamson and Reagan Longridge put up two.

Cedar Crest jumped out to an early 11-4 lead on Friday night and never looked back as the Falcons outscored Warwick in all four quarters.

Batty led the lady Warriors with eight points. She was 2-4 from the line and the only Warwick player to attempt a free throw the entire game.

Warwick fell behind 25-13 at the half and managed only 12 points total in the second half. Weismandel scored seven for the game followed by Rodgers (4), Williamson (2), Longridge (2), and Forsythe (2).

South Western proved to be too much on both offense and defense for the Warriors to handle as they held the Warriors to only nine points in the first half and 15 in the second while widening the gap from 8-2 in the first to 21-9 at halftime, and 34-16 after three.

Batty again led with nine points followed by Williamson (6), Forsythe (4), Weismandel (2), Longridge (2), and Rodgers (1).

BOWLING

After last week's loss to Penn Manor Warwick has all but fallen out of contention in Section One. The Comets visited Lititz on Friday and came away with a very close 4-3 victory.

Warwick's Isaac Erickson rolled a match high 744 series with a 232, 244, and 268 but it was Penn Manor as a team that won both the first and third games with respective scores of 969-930, and 1032-988 for the one point win.

"The 1st and 3rd games were close, with PM coming through late in each of their wins," stated head coach Neal Vital. "We had a very strong second game to win by 139 pins, which gave us enough to win the total pins for the match."

Warwick's win in the second game by a score of 1132-993 also helped to provide the Warriors with a 3050-2994 total pin fall for the match resulting in the Warriors' three points on the day.

"Isaac continued his recent hot streak with his second 700 series of the season. Tony continued to bowl consistently well, and Rylan provided a big spark with his 232 second game," added Vital in reference to Tony Lutz and Rylan Beck. Ashley Sham rolled a 590, and Carter Snavely had a 538 as well.

WRESTLING

In a battle of the lowest men on the pole in Section One, Warwick and Manheim Township battled to an exciting 35-31 finish in which Luke Hirtzel's 13-5 major decision over Ian McCoy at 152 broke a 31-31 tie and gave the Warriors a much-needed win.

Beginning with David Hansko's pin in the opening bout at 160, Warwick built a 24-4 lead at the halfway point in the match, but Manheim Township fought back into the thick of things with back-to-back falls at 132 and 138, giving the Blue Streaks a 31-27 lead with only two bouts remaining.

Credit 145 pounder Haydn Shreiner for working a 14-6 major decision over Charlie Leidig in the first of those pivotal matchups to tie things up and set the stage for Hirtzel's heroics.

SWIMMING

Both the boys' and girls' teams recorded solid wins last week in their meet against visiting McCaskey. The boys came out on top 106-58 and the girls earned a 122-40 decision.

Warwick's boys won two of three relays and seven of eight individual events on the way to victory with Joe Moll and Oliver Lance both winning two events apiece.

Moll took the breaststroke in 1:05.46, and the butterfly with a time of :53.98 while Lance recorded winning times of :22.87 in the 50 freestyle and :54.03 in the backstroke.

In the relays, it was Ethan McSparran, Tanner Haines, Lance and Moll winning the 200 medley in 1:48.97, and Reid Harpel, Owen Campbell, Haines and Adam Deckard taking the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.33.

Other winners included Harpel (2:08.14) in the 200 IM, Deckard (:52.13) in the 100 freestyle, and Joseph Sweigert (5:02.15) in the 500 freestyle.

The girls also took two relays with Isabella Velez, Ava Warfel, Gionna Altenderfer and Brynne McNelis winning the 200 freestyle in 1:56.84 and Lauren Sabol, McNelis, Hannah Greenway and Leah McKay swimming to the win in the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:19.62.

Sophia Gutheridge and Tyler Mandrell helped lead the ladies to seven individual wins as well with both swimmers earning two victories apiece.

Gutheridge won the 50 freestyle in :25.68 before claiming the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.03 and Mandrell took the 200 freestyle in 2:02.60 as well as the 100 backstroke with a :59.44.

Other winners included Maya Hartzler in the 100 freestyle (:57.18), Catherine Chen in the 500 freestyle (5:35.92), and Lauryn Ober in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.18).

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Lady Warriors Continue to Battle but Fall Short January 15, 2018

Warwick's girls (1-6) stood in seventh place in Section One after last week's games. On Tuesday Conestoga Valley (4-3) topped the Warriors 50-35 and a Friday night matchup with section leader Manheim Township (7-0) saw the Blue Streaks finish on top, 39-25.

Warwick played a strong first half of basketball in which the Warriors outscored Conestoga Valley in both the first and second quarter to take a 20-16 lead into the break. Emily Williamson and Lailani Batty both tallied 10 points to lead the team, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bucks who came out on fire to start the second half.

While holding Warwick to seven points in the third quarter, Conestoga Valley poured in 21 and added another 13 in the fourth for the victory.

CV's Kenzie Reed led all scorers with 19 while Warwick's Lauren Pyle (7), Abby Rodgers (5), and Sydney Weismandel (3) added to Williamson and Batty's totals.

Manheim Township has been tearing through opponents this season. If not for a strong first quarter by the section leaders, in which they held an 11-3 advantage, Warwick may have been able to pull off the upset of the season.

Factoring out the opening frame the ladies were able to keep pace over the course of the final three, holding MT's potent offense to only nine points in each of the second and third quarters and 10 in the fourth while totaling 22 points of their own during the same span for a deficit of only six points.

In addition, the Warriors were able to hold sharp shooter Megan Baldassarre, who just recently joined the 1000 point club, to only nine points on the night.

Pyle scored a team high 14 points for Warwick followed by Tanner Armstrong (6), Weismandel (2), Reagan Longridge (2), and Julia Forsythe (1).

BOYS' BASKETBALL

This season has shaped up a bit better for the Warwick boys, although as of last week they were hovering just below .500 in a tight Section One race.

Hempfield, Cedar Crest, and Manheim Township were all sitting atop the standings with similar 6-1 records while Warwick (3-4) was sitting in second and looking for a way to sneak in to the mix.

They began last week with a 64-51 victory over Conestoga Valley, but then lost an 89-85 heartbreaker to Manheim Township on Friday in a four OT thriller on the road in Neffsville.

Commanding a 26-15 first quarter lead against the Buckskins last Tuesday, the Warriors rode a strong 20-point effort from Ryan Shirk all the way to the win column despite four CV players putting up 10 or more on the night.

Conestoga Valley turned up the pressure slightly in the second quarter as they outscored Warwick 15-11, however the Warriors withstood it easily enough and began the second half with a 37-30 lead which they steadily increased up until the end of the game.

Joey McCracken added 12 points for the Warriors and was pin-point accurate at the line, going 5-6 in that aspect. Clayton Mohler (8), Trysten George (8), Bryan Rottkamp (6), and Conor Adams (1) also contributed to the cause.

Looking to work their way up in the rankings, the Warriors took the floor on Friday with a determination to shake things up a little and came very close to knocking off one of the three top teams in Section One when they battled with Manheim Township through four overtime periods before succumbing.

After going up 14-10 in the first quarter, Warwick was left to play from behind when the Blue Streaks caught up in the second and eventually overcame the four-point deficit to lead 24-22 at the half.

After pulling to within one in the third at 39-38, Warwick used gritty playing to fight back onto contention in the fourth.

Ryan Shirk's layup in the final minute of regulation made it 53-52 in favor of Manheim Township setting up some heroics by Mohler when his shot from downtown tied the game at 53-53 with only one second on the clock, forcing overtime.

Those heroics continued when, with only 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime and trailing by one at 61-60, the Streaks came out of a timeout and were able to convert on a foul shot to send things into the second overtime.

A Brock Fassnacht 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining made it 70-69 and was followed by Manheim Township turnover and another converted foul shot, this time by Rottkamp, to extend the game yet again to a third overtime.

That alone was enough to make the game an all time classic, but the two sides were not finished as Rottkamp gave Warwick a 76-75 lead which was extended to 78-75 with nine seconds on the clock when Fassnacht hit two foul shots.

Next up was Manheim Township's Will Greiner who took his turn as superhero when he buried a buzzer beating 3-pointer to make it 78-78 extending the game yet again.

That, unfortunately, was the beginning of the end for the Warriors as MT was able to hold on for the four-point win in the fourth and final overtime period.

Rottkakmp led the Warwick charge with a game high 22 points while Mohler had 18 including four 3-pointers, followed by Colby Martin (13), Shirk (12), Fassnacht (10), Conor Adams (5), Trysten George (4), and Caleb Schmitz (2).

SWIMMING

Warwick opened its League competition last week with a pair of meets against Hempfield on Tuesday and Manheim Township on Thursday.

The boys struggled as they took a 97-72 loss against the Black Knights and a 119-50 defeat to the Blue Streaks. With those losses Warwick (0-2) was in fifth place in Section One at the end of the week.

For the girls it was a split week as they beat Hempfield 92-78 but lost to Manheim Township 104-66 which placed them at 1-1 in Section One and in second place behind the undefeated Streaks.

Opening with wins by Oliver Lance, Joe Moll, Reid Harpel, and Adam Deckard in the 200 medley with a time of 1:52.36 and Moll, Owen Campbell, Harpel, and Deckard in the 200 freestyle, the Warwick boys were still trailing heading into the 50 freestyle before Deckard powered through to a first-place finish of :25.7 to tie things up.

From there it was all Hempfield as the Knights re-took the lead and extended it through the rest of the meet.

Moll won the 100 freestyle in :53.84 while it was Oliver Lance (1:04.08) taking the backstroke, and Harpel (1:02.7) winning the butterfly to close out the night.

In similar fashion the girls took the first two events against the Knights as Sophie Guthridge, Lauryn Ober, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hannah Greenway won the 200 medley with a time of 2:08.07 and Tyler Mandrell, Ober, Greenway, and Catherine Chen won the 200 freestyle with a finish of 1:55.23.

Hempfield rebounded by winning the next three events but it was Warwick which finished out with wins in the final five beginning with Chen (4:57.98) in the 500 freestyle followed by Guthridge (1:10.08) in the backstroke, Mandrell (1:21.83) in the breaststroke, Stuhltrager (1:10.25) in the butterfly, and Ober (2:34.29) in the 200 IM.

Against the Streaks both teams struggled as the girls managed only four wins and the guys won two.

Lance, Deckard, Harpel, and Moll won the 400 freestyle in 3:18.87 while Lance took the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.69 to represent the boys while the girls began with relay wins by Mandrell, Ober, Guthridge, and Greenway in the 200 medley in 1:49.76 followed by Greenway, Ober, Guthridge, and Mandrell in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.14.

Mandrell won the 50 freestyle in :25.01, and Guthridge took the 100 freestyle with a time of :54.64 to finish it out for Warwick.

WRESTLING

Solanco hosted the Warriors last Wednesday and came away with a 39-28 win in a match where the Warriors never led, but tied the score once and came back to within one point.

Luke Hirtzel's pin at 152 in the second period of the fifth bout of the night knotted the score at 12-12, but a subsequent technical fall and pin put Solanco back up 23-12.

Later in the match Ryan Stewart earned a first period fall at 285 to put the Warriors back into it at 29-28, but the Mules closed things out with a pin and major decision for the win.

Mateo Chacon earned a 6-4 decision at 132 followed by Renny Kline's 13-9 decision at 145, Logan Boring's 9-0 major decision at 182, and Evan Clark's forfeit win at 220 to round things out.

BOWLING

Warwick rolled its way past Ephrata and Lebanon last week in back-to-back shutout victories and improved to 3-3 in the process.

Isaac Erickson led the team in both matches with a 706 series and a 235 average against the Mounts and a 646, 215 average against the Cedars.

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Warriors Host Penn Manor Matmen January 8, 2018

Now that the holiday tournament schedule is behind us it is time for teams to begin focusing on the heart of their season and last Wednesday night the Warwick wrestlers had the tall task of trying to topple the Penn Manor Comets from their third place perch in Section One.

Penn Manor, which was 2-1 heading into the meet, and Warwick, which was sitting without a win at 0-2, each surrendered two forfeits on the night, but the equality ended there as the visitors took it to the Warriors in the form of a 51-23 performance.

With each of the four forfeits coming in the final bouts of the evening it was Connor Espenshade who took to the mat first for Warwick at 120 pounds against Owen Rohrer and the two grapplers went after each other for the full six minutes with Espenshade battling from behind into the final seconds.

Down 5-4, he desperately worked for an escape that would have sent the bout into overtime, but Rohrer held on and claimed the three-point decision for the Comets to give them the early lead, which would continue to grow through most of the night.

In fact, only two Warriors earned wins and it wasn't until Luke Hirtzel stepped out for the bout at 152 that Warwick was able to crack the scoreboard.

While the Comets' Kole Marley put up a good fight, Hirtzel proved too much, eventually turning Marley and sticking him in the second period at the 3:41 mark to make the score 24-6.

Three bouts later Logan Boring and A.J Cox squared off at 182 pounds with the Warwick middleweight taking quick control with a flurry of three takedowns in the first period. In each instance Boring allowed Cox to escape before returning him back to the mat.

Boring finished off his 20-5 technical fall in the third period with 34 seconds remaining on the clock, adding five more team points for a 33-11 mark with only one more bout to wrestle.

Evan Clark's acceptance of the forfeit at 220 pounds followed by Ryan Stewart's at 285 preceded ended the night for Warwick.

BOWLING

At the end of 2017, Warwick's bowling team had only one win in four matches and with the holiday break they were able to regroup and prepare for a strong start to a new year which they kicked off with a 7-0 sweep of visiting McCaskey on Friday.

"We had struggled the first part of the season, so hopefully this is something we can build on," commented head coach Neal Vital.

Although they lost Ben White to graduation last year the Warriors still have some firepower in their lineup with Isaac Erickson who actually beat White in last year's Eastern Regional Championship, was runner up in the PA State Championship, and placed 46th in the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship which was held over the summer.

Erickson led all bowlers on Friday with a 247, 199, and 193 for a 639 pin fall and a 213 average. Tyler Miller followed with a 600, Carter Snavely rolled a 588, Tony Lutz threw a 580, and Ashley Sham recorded a 560. Lutz and Sham also join Erickson as returning bowlers with post-season experience.

"Our scoring was overall a little low, and the team knows they have some things to work on as we move toward the 2nd half of the season," added Vital about his team's performance, but he also sees positives in their approach to the rest of the season. "They are committed to doing what is necessary to get ready for the tough matches coming up."

BASKETBALL

In a wild Friday night on the hardwood, Warwick's girls and boys both played McCaskey with the ladies staying at home and losing a 46-45 heartbreaker while the guys traveled to Lancaster and came away with a 67-65 win.

Colby Martin was on fire for the Warriors as he led all scorers with 19 points including a blistering five 3-pointers and was one of three Warwick players to score in the double digits.

After trailing through three quarters of play, Warwick outscored the Red Tornado 19-13 in the fourth to rally and come away with the two point victory which placed Warwick (2-3) in fifth place in Section One.

McCaskey, led by Tallian Lehr's 13 points on the night, led by six at the half, 36-30, but the Warriors were able to gradually cut that lead down to four after the break before turning up the pressure in the final frame for the come from behind win.

Bryan Rottkamp was second on the team in scoring with 18 points and one 3-point shot made while going 5-11 from the line, Ryan Shirk had 10 points with two from downtown, with Clayton Mohler (9), Joey McCracken (6), Nate Martin (4), and Trysten George (1) also contributing.

With the McCaskey girls putting up a goose egg in the first quarter of Friday's game it appeared as if the lady Warriors were well on their way to victory number two in Section One, but in a stunning turn of action, the Red Tornado staged a second half comeback to steal the one point victory from the host team.

Warwick (1-4) led 8-0 heading into the second quarter and increased that lead to 11 points with a 20-9 score at halftime but wilted in the third, getting outscored 17-9 and allowing McCaskey back into the game.

Only leading by three points heading into the fourth quarte,r Warwick watched its slim 29-26 lead melt away as the rejuvenated Red Tornado out hustled the lady Warriors on the way to the upset.

Malia Taylor and Ahni-yah Parker each dropped in 15 points for McCaskey while Lailani Batty put up 14 for the Warriors and Lauren Pyle dropped in 12 including a team high two 3-pointers and went 6-7 from the line.

With the loss Warwick and McCaskey both were tied for fourth place in the Section with Hempfield (0-5) bringing up the rear.

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