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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Warriors Rally to Beat McCaskey, 66-28 November 6, 2017
After taking a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of the final game of the season against McCaskey on Friday night, Warwick allowed the Red Tornado to climb back into contention with 15 unanswered points before rattling off four straight touchdowns, including two defensive scores, to put the icing on a 66-28 victory.
Nick Fucci (20-121, 2TD) and Isaac Rissinger (18-106, 2TD) ran all over the field, as well as McCaskey's defense, in a game where the two sides put up a combined 836 yards of offense.
Rissinger and Fucci gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after respective touchdown runs of 14-yards and 1-yard before a little tom-foolery on the part of Warwick led to another scoring drive.
Pietro Elliot and the rest of the Warriors' kick-off team lined up following Fucci's score and proceeded to attempt an onside kick that was successfully recovered by Warwick.
On the ensuing possession, Adam Ricketts (6-9, 159YD's, 2TD) found an open Hayden Rucci (1-35, TD) for his lone score of the night to make it 21-0.
Carter Forney (3-97, TD) put the Warriors back up by 21 when he and Ricketts connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass in response to McCaskey's own touchdown minutes earlier. Another Fucci score and a McCaskey touchdown made it 35-13 in favor of Warwick at halftime.
After an Elliot 41-yard field goal early in the third quarter, McCaskey started to show signs of life by scoring a touchdown and then capitalizing on a botched kickoff return by Warwick to score again and pull within 10 points at 38-28.
Rissinger and Alex Lawerence (7-46, TD) finished the offensive side of things when they both scored on respective runs of 3-yards and 14-yards before the defense forced two straight fumbles in the end zone which were both recovered by the Warriors for touchdowns.
Noah Martin and Connor Shields consistently posted the top two finishes for the boys' cross country team over the course of the regular season. That success led to the Warwick duo finishing 11th and 23rd, respectively, in the L-L League meet and 29th and 26th respective finishes in the District Three Class 3A meet.
While their results in Saturday's PIAA Class 3A race held at Hershey on the Parkview course were not as favorable, the two stood as the lone Warwick representatives in the field. After the dust had settled, Martin had finished 100th with a time of 17:11 and Shields was 122nd, finishing in 17:20 on the 3.1 mile course.
Martin was in 104th after the first mile with a 5:11 pace but despite dropping by 18 seconds in the second mile with a pace of 5:29 he had actually moved up in position to 103rd before taking advantage of other runners falling back to jump up three more spots before the end.
Shields, on the other hand, showed a much steadier pace that only fluctuated by 10 seconds over the course of the race and made tremendous strides moving through the dwindling pack.
His first mile was run in 5:25 and placed Shields in 194th but by mile number two he only dropped to a 5:35 pace and had already moved into 148th for an impressive move of 46 spots before bumping up by another 26 at the finish.
With a challenging first round match against 12th seeded Chambersburg in the District Three Class 4A Volleyball Championships that went to the deciding fifth set, Warwick advanced to the quarterfinals where they met up with number four seed Exeter Township (19-0).
The two teams squared off last Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School where the Eagles got the better of fifth seed Warwick in a straight set win.
Exeter controlled much of the match in a 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 win where the Warriors barely missed out on a second set win that, had they come out on top, would have had a definite momentum change in their favor.
The Eagles started strong rattling off seven straight points in a first set where Warwick could not get into any kind of a rhythm due to Exeter's ability to handle the serve.
After dropping the first set, the Warriors again fell behind but were able to keep within striking distance at 24-18 before going on a 5-0 run to pull within one.
Exeter was able to break serve, however, and put an end to Warwick's comeback bid before cruising to victory in the third set and bringing Warwick's otherwise outstanding season to an end.
Warwick Tops CV in Homecoming Game October 30, 2017
On a night when a queen was crowned the Warriors put on a show for the packed house in Lititz with a 55-27 walloping of visiting Conestoga Valley and kept the slim chance of making the post-season alive for yet another week during their annual homecoming game.
Unloading on the Buckskins with 42 unanswered points, Warwick came back from a 13-7 deficit and totaled 435 yards of offense including a bruising 311 yards on the ground to thrill the Warrior fans.
After a defensive stand deep in their own territory, featuring some very good clock management, forced Conestoga Valley to lose yardage as well as turn the ball over on downs, the Warriors took advantage of the opportunity on their ensuing possession.
As Adam Ricketts dropped back to pass, the Buckskin defensive pressure forced him to scramble and the Warwick quarterback made something out of nothing, reaching the CV 38-yard line and converting the first down as well.
With only 44 seconds remaining in the half, Ricketts (5-10, 124YDS, 3TD's) found Patrick Quinn (2-53, 2TD's) in the flat and the speedy receiver, dodging a few defenders along the way, outran the defense for a 38-yard score to make it 14-13 before Conestoga Valley ran out the clock to end the half.
Warwick scored four more times in the third quarter including a well blocked 90-yard kickoff return by Trey Glass (4-39) and a 75-yard pick-six by Carter Forney to open up a commanding 41-13 lead heading into the final frame.
Jose Barbon's 3-yard touchdown catch in the fourth made it 48-20 and came on the heels of a keeper by Ricketts and an 8-yard run by Isaac Rissinger (12-102, TD) which closed out the scoring for Warwick.
It was very busy for Warwick last week as the ladies looked to reach the finals of the L-L League tournament and defend their crown as well as get ready for District Championship play.
They did reach the championship game by beating Elizabethtown 3-2 in the semifinal round with scores of 25-17, 23-25, 22-25, 25-16, and 15-12, but suffered a loss at the hands of a very familiar foe when Hempfield beat the Warriors in four games (25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 29-27) to claim its 16th League title.
Against the Black Knights, Warwick was led by McKenzie Cossette and Maddy Glouner who each had 14 kills and Olivia Gregory who fed the duo all night while compiling 41 assists, as well as libero Hailey Miller who had 24 digs.
"I was very pleased with our effort on Wednesday night, (we) just didn't finish game 4 at the end," commented head coach Brad Glouner in reference to a finish that saw Warwick take a 27-26 lead and then surrender three straight points. "I thought McKenzie and Maddy both played very well and Olivia did a nice job running the offense."
After dropping the first set, the ladies battled back in the second after falling behind 21-20 late in the game to rebound and tie the match at 1-1, however Hempfield dominated the third set to set up the wild finish for the crown.
Glouner knows Hempfield is skilled but believes his girls are just as tough and has seen improvement each time the two teams played this season. "It was a tough loss but each match against Hempfield has been closer and I told the girls that we could play Hempfield again and it would be in the District finals."
They got one step closer to that goal on Saturday when Warwick downed Chambersburg in the opening round of the District Three AAAA tournament in another five game match in which the ladies traded sets with the Trojans 25-20, 20-25, 25-14, and 18-25 before finally putting them away in the decisive fifth game 15-5
A 10-1 run at the end of the first set proved to be the difference as the ladies overcame a 19-15 Trojan lead to win, but saw a 13-8 lead slip through their fingers in the second.
Game three was firmly in the hands of Warwick as they enjoyed the lead through the majority of the set, but Chambersburg came on strong in the fourth, at one point going on an eight point run, before Warwick could break serve.
Glouner again led the team with 20 kills and, along with Rachel Adams, tallied three blocks. Gregory had 46 assists, Miller 36 digs, and Cossette three aces in helping Warwick advance to the quarterfinals against Exeter.
Both the boys' and girls' soccer teams qualified for the District Three AAAA tournament which started last Tuesday but each also suffered a first round loss. The boys fell to Cumberland Valley 2-1 and the girls dropped a heart breaking 2-1 loss to Manheim Township.
Cumberland Valley drew first blood when the Eagles scored in the 16th minute, but Brandon Perezous hit on the equalizer almost 16 minutes later for the Warriors to send the teams into halftime knotted at 1-1.
Neither team relented in the second half until the Eagles broke through the Warwick defense for the last time in the 55th minute with what would turn out to be the game winner.
Warwick fell short on both shots on goal (8-3) and corner kicks (6-4) while Connor Cowher was able to turn away six of the Eagle's scoring attempts.
For the girls, it was a penalty kick in the 69th minute that did them in when Alison Heckman's attempt went true after a collision between Gabi Brown and Warwick goal keeper Cat Reed set up the scoring opportunity for the Blue Streaks.
The eventual game winner came after Mickayla Harris tied things up on a corner kick in the 47th minute. She took the ball from Lily Shaffer and sent a shot into goal that rebounded off Manheim Township defender Julia Mason. Harris collected the ball and connected on the follow up shot to tie the game at 1-1.
Reed ended the day with seven saves on nine Blue Streak shots while her teammates fired off six shots and earned four corner kicks to three for Manheim Township.
Warwick qualified for this year's District Three AAA tournament as the number eight seed and faced the number nine seed, Palmyra, last Wednesday at Comet Field in Millersville, but came up just short in its effort to advance.
Katie Pyle had one final chance to send the game into overtime after Warwick was awarded a penalty corner with no time remaining in regulation and with Palmyra leading 3-2 in the Warrior's opening round game.
Already with two goals under her belt, Pyle took the insertion and fired a shot on goal, but keeper Ava Kristich made the save and sealed the victory for the Cougars.
Pyle recorded both of Warwick's goals in the second half and tied the game at 1-1 when she took a feed from Adrienne McGarrigle and beat Kristich with only 3:40 into the half.
Palmyra quickly answered, though, and Gabby Corricelli gave the Cougars the 2-1 lead 15 seconds later, but Pyle again tied the game with 18:01 remaining in regulation.
Eleven minutes later Palmyra's Alexis Smith scored the eventual game winning shot which ended the season for Warwick.
Catie Brubaker made nine saves on 12 Cougar shots while Warwick fired six shots on goal and enjoyed an 8-4 advantage in corners.
Brock Fassnacht had a pretty good year on the links for Warwick as the junior won a League and Regional title and placed third at Districts.
He and teammate Mason Wills both qualified for the PIAA Championship and the Warrior duo teed off last Monday in the opening round of the two day tournament with Fassnacht in the first pairing on hole one and Wills in the first pairing on the tenth.
Fassnacht shot an eight over 79 in his opening round and then carded an 11 over 82 on the second day for a total score of 161 placing him tied with Allentown Central Catholic's Matthew Kalamar at 28th for the tournament.
He struggled during the two day event notching only two birdies while netting 19 pars, 11 bogeys and four doubles over 36 holes.
Meanwhile, Wills finished 36th and shot a 15 over 86 on the first day and a 14 over 85 on the second for a total of 171 with one birdie 14 pars, 13 bogeys and 8 doubles.
Both the boys' and girls' teams sent a full complement of runners to the District Three meet which was held on Saturday at Big Spring High School with two qualifying for the state meet.
Connor Shields finished 26th overall with a time of 16:47 and Noah Martin was 29th with a time of 16:50 to land the 16th and 18th qualifying positions out of 20 designated for boy's class 3A.
As a team they took 11th place out of 38 scoring 335 points. Parker Kearse (58th, 17:22), Jeremy Bell (106th, 17:51), David Bach (122nd, 18:01), Zach Beale (138th, 18:09), and Jeremiah Hendrix (182nd, 18:36) finished out the field for Warwick.
In the girl's race, the ladies finished 18th out of 32 with 509 points scored and were led by Anna Martin who finished 42nd with a time of 20:19.
Following her were Caitlyn Wagner (57th, 20:41), Madison Leakway (127th, 22:00), Deirdre White (155th, 22:41), Sophia Nau (167th, 22:51), Leann Runkle (183rd, 23:21), and Jaylyn Wagner (188th, 23:25).
Warwick VB Advances in L-L League Playoffs October 23, 2017
Friday night saw the kickoff of this year's L-L League championship as half the field played its quarterfinal match and the second half, including Warwick, played on Saturday.
As the number two seed from Section One, the ladies faced off against Section Two runner up Garden Spot and while Warwick came away with a 3-0 win, it was anything but easy as the Lady Spartans gave them all they could handle in the 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 result.
McKenzie Cossette led both squads in kills with 14 while Olivia Gregory had 27 assists and Rachel Adams and Jackie Barilar each had one block apiece in the win which advanced the ladies into a semifinal matchup with Elizabethtown.
A second quarter goal line stand that culminated in a blocked field goal highlighted the defensive advantage Warwick held all night over host Penn Manor on Friday night in its 35-0 victory in Millersville.
Leading 14-0 and facing a first-and-goal situation with their feet in the end zone, Warwick's defense denied and eventually forced the Comets back to their own 19-yard line where Jordan Cruz burst through on the kick attempt and scooped up the blocked kick, advancing to the Penn Manor 49-yard line.
Warwick also forced six fumbles, three of which the Warriors recovered, and put pressure on quarterback Josiah Edwards all night.
Trey Glass (5-63, 2TDs) put Warwick on board early in the first quarter after Penn Manor lost its first fumble on the opening drive of the game.
Quarterback Adam Ricketts (12-20, 201YDs, 2TDs) found Glass on a short pass in the flat and with a few blockers in front of him the receiver sprinted 36 yards to pay dirt.
Carter Forney (5-104, TD) made it 14-0 when he took advantage of a blown coverage later in the quarter and caught a Ricketts pass with no defenders within 15 yards of him and easily took it in for the 39-yard score.
Glass found the end zone for the second time when, in the third quarter, Ricketts connected with him again in the flat. Glass bobbled the ball before securing it and then stumbled and almost fell before regaining his balance. Doing his best Shady McCoy impersonation, he left Comet defenders grasping at air as he weaved his way across the goal line for the 23-yard score and a 21-0 lead.
Warwick tallied 370 yards of offense with Isaac Rissinger leading the way on the ground gaining 92 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries and Alex Lawrence making his one catch count on a 46-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to ice the win.
Brock Fassnacht's sterling season continued on last week when the junior Warrior shot a 2-under 70 in the PIAA Class AAA East Region to claim gold. Fresh off a third place showing in the District Three AAA tournament, Fassnacht also won the L-L League title prior to that.
Playing last Monday at the Royal Oaks Golf Club under windy conditions, he and teammate Mason Wills both qualified for the PIAA Championship with their performances. Wills carded a 4-over 76 and tied for seventh place with the top 16 advancing.
"I am very proud and excited for both Brock and Mason," stated head coach Kevin McNece about his two golfers.
Beginning the shotgun start on the second tee, Fassnacht only bogeyed twice on the day while scoring birdies on numbers four and 10 to finish out his front nine and then again on holes 12 and 17.
"Honestly, we had just talked about qualifying and getting into states so winning the tournament was a bonus," commented McNece when asked about his expectations for Fassnacht heading into Regionals. "He has been playing really good golf of late. I hope that he and Mason both perform well this coming week."
The L-L League meet was held last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School and both the boys and girls fared well with the ladies finishing seventh in the field of 18 with a score of 133 and the guys landing in fifth place out of 20 teams by scoring 190 points.
Noah Martin (11th, 16:47.2) finished first for the boys followed by Connor Shields (23rd, 17:03.5), Parker Kearse (38th, 17:23.4), Jeremiah Hendrix (55th, 17:40.1), and Jeremy Bell (63rd, 17:57.6) in the top five.
Also competing were David Bach (65th, 17:58.7), James Barnes (66th, 17:58.9) and Zachary Beale (70th, 17:59.9).
Meanwhile Caitlyn Wagner led the top five girls for Warwick finishing 17th in 19:54.1. The remaining four which finished in the top 60 in team scoring were Anna Martin (29th, 20:42.4), Madison Leakway (42nd, 21:30.8), Sophia Nau (57th, 22:06.8), and Deirdre White (59th, 22:11.9).
Placing sixth and seventh and acting as displacers were Jaylyn Wagner (63rd, 22:24.7), and Leeann Runkle (75th, 22:57.5) with Kirsten Espenshade finishing 84th overall in 23:00.
Warwick Booters Finish Second in Section One October 16, 2017
Warwick's boys' soccer team put the cap on a successful season with two wins last week before Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament to finish in second place behind Hempfield in Section One. The Warriors beat McCaskey 5-1 last Monday and then held off Manheim Township 3-2 on Thursday before a close 1-0 loss to Ephrata in their first round game.
Jason Cimpaglia scored twice against the Red Tornado while Andrew Acebo (3), Brendan Gates (2), and Brigham Rhoads (1) combined for six stops in goal for the Warriors.
Jack Hershey scored the lone goal for McCaskey in the 59th minute, but not before Warwick had built a 4-0 lead.
Cimpaglia's first goal came in the tenth minute and his second in the 52nd with Nino Efendic's score making it 2-0 before the half. Trey George gave Warwick its four-point lead when he beat Noah Bergey in the 58th minute before David Dieal iced things off almost six minutes later.
After taking a 2-0 lead over Manheim Township on Robbie Heckman's goal with under five minutes played in the second half, the Warriors surrendered two goals over the next 20 minutes before Brandon Perezous' second score of the night delivered Warwick the win.
Perezous quickly made things interesting when he scored in under a minute to start the first half. Warwick maintained that lead through the intermission until Heckman found a way past Blue Streak keeper Joshua Orndorff who stopped seven shots on the day.
Connor Cowher made two saves in goal for the Warriors while his team enjoyed a 10-4 edge in shots.
Fresh off a runner-up finish in Section Two and a loss to section champion Elizabethtown, Ephrata seemed ripe for the picking when Warwick took to the pitch against the Mounts in Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament.
Jacob Ellis Martin had a different idea, however, and his goal in the 23rd minute of the game held up through regulation to deliver the Warriors a heart breaking loss and eliminate them from the bracket.
"I thought we played well," commented head coach Gordy Cowher. "We possessed the ball very nicely, but we just couldn't find the back of the net. We created some good chances but just didn't finish."
Ephrata doubled up the Warriors in shots on goal with six attempts to Warwick's three, but Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined for three saves in the net while the rest of the defense did a good job of containing Ephrata's offense.
"We played very good defense, giving up only the one goal. Our midfield played very well," noted Cowher. "We did not give up and I really like the way we competed until the very end of the game."
When asked about the team's upcoming appearance in the District Three Championships which begin next week Cowher pointed out that there is still some work to do. "I am hopeful we can come up with some ideas to address the scoring issue. If we do, then we should be in good shape going into Districts."
Warwick fell to 1-3 in Section One with a 45-7 defeat at the hands of Manheim Township on Friday night. With the loss the Warriors find themselves in a two game skid.
Three costly errors in the first half led directly to 14 points for the Blue Streaks and took six points off the board for the Warriors as well when a Warwick holding penalty on Nick Fucci's 96-yard kickoff return negated the resulting touchdown.
Warwick did have some success through the air as quarterback Adam Ricketts threw for 214 yards on 13 completions including a 49-yard pitch and catch to Carter Forney that set up a Fucci touchdown from two-yards out Warwick's lone score of the night.
Despite ending the season in fourth place in Section One, the Lady Warriors soccer team gave second place Manheim Township a run for its money in the final regular season game on Friday.
Warwick took the Blue Streaks into overtime after a scoreless 80 minutes of play before Gabi Brown finally found a way to solve Cat Reed's defense in the net with a goal in the fourth minute of extra play delivering the win to MT.
Both sides took five shots on goal while the Streaks earned a two corner advantage at 4-2.
Earlier in the week the ladies traveled to McCaskey where five different players scored during Tuesday's 6-0 defeat of the Red Tornado.
Talia Bertrando doubled down on goals as Warwick blew a slim 1-0 lead wide open in the second half with five scores to secure the win. Jess Williamson, Abby Rodgers, Melissa Gibble, and Sydney Herrit all scored for Warwick as well while McCaskey's Brianna Allen turned away 13 shots and Reed denied two on the other end of the field.
Despite a sub-par year, Warwick's girls picked up two wins in their final tri-meet of the regular season upping their record to 3-7 with an 18-47 victory over Conestoga Valley and a 22-40 defeat of Solanco.
Caitlyn Wagner led all runners, finishing first overall in 20:44, with Anna Martin (21:20) in third, and Madison Leakway (22:32), Sophia Nau (22:46), Deirdre White (22:48), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:01) placing sixth through ninth, respectively, putting six runners in the top ten overall.
Warwick finished 1-2 against Conestoga Valley and then 4-6 and only needed those 18 points for the victory while they went back-and-forth with Solanco finishing 1, 3, and then 5-7 for the win.
Leann Runkle (23:38), Alexis Barge (23:48), Kristen Espenshade (24:10), Jillian Colebert (24:31), Alexa Zimmerman (24:47), Willow Forney (24:58), Morgan Leakway (25:04), Ella Simmons (26:01), Ara Ludwig (26:03), Isabella Velez (26:10), Kaitie Ciano (26:15), Alexis Kellogg (26:52), Valerie Hanna (27:05), Abigail Smith (27:31), and Mikayla Hiatt (28:29) rounded out the field for Warwick.
The boys picked up two wins to finish in the positive at 5-3, scoring a 19-48 victory over Conestoga Valley and an 18-49 win over Solanco.
Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 16:52, Connor Shields was third in 17:10, followed by Jeremiah Hendrix (17:45), Parker Keres (17:47), Jeremy Bell (18:03), David Bach (18:10), Zachary Beale (18:22), and James Barnes (18:26) finishing 5-10 to place eight runners in the top ten overall.
Conestoga Valley finished 2nd and then Warwick went 3-9 for the easy victory while Solanco managed to land 3rd with Warwick going 4-9 for the one point differential.
Ryan Horner (18:51), Corbin Kilgore (19:10), Marcus Wachira (19:23), Andrew Holbert (19:39), Josh Wenger (19:52), Mason Caleca (20:05), Brett Knudson (20:07), Alex Kunkle (20:27), Trevor Price (20:41), Lorenzo Velez (21:12), Asher Christner (21:41), Kenton Hertzog (21:42), Kody Bruhn (24:03), and Henry Stover (26:53) finished out the race for Warwick.
In its last game of the regular season, Warwick took a 7-1 non-league loss to Hershey and finished tied with Manheim Township for second place in Section One at 9-3.
After spotting Hershey four goals in the first half, Adrienne McGarrigle put Warwick on the board when she fired a shot past Hershey keeper Kit Olmstead after taking a Katie Pyle pass with 23:49 remaining in the game, giving some life to the Warriors.
Unfortunately the Hershey defense clamped down after that while the offense added three more goals to complete the victory.
Saturday marked the first round of play in the L-L League tournament and the Lady Warriors drew top seeded Donegal for their first matchup. Despite managing what most teams could not, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard for more than six minutes, the defending champions proved to be too much for Warwick and handed the team an 8-3 loss.
Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's nationally ranked all-star, scored first with 24:21 remaining in the first half but Warwick tied things up two minutes later when Katie Pyle took a corner insert and beat keeper Katie Jean to the bottom left corner for the 1-1 tie.
However, Donegal scored five more before Maddie Behn made it 6-2 with 1:16 to go in the half on the first of her two goals on the day.
She scored again eight minutes into the second half when she scooped up a rebound off a Pyle shot and sent it home to make it 8-3.
Catie Brubaker ended up with 15 saves on the day while Donegal outshot the ladies 26-8 and held a 15-10 advantage in penalty corners.
With the regular season winding down, Warwick's girls' volleyball team is left chasing Hempfield and needs to continue winning to maintain its grip on second place after dropping a 3-1 loss to the Knights last Tuesday and then beating Cedar Crest 3-0 on Wednesday and Manheim Township 3-1 on Thursday.
After losing the first game against Hempfield 25-14, Warwick battled back and tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win in the second. The Knights answered right back by winning the third game 25-15 and forcing the Lady Warriors into a do-or-die fourth game. While they fought to the end, Hempfield came out on top 25-21 for the match win.
McKenzie led the team with 13 kills while Olivia Gregory tallied 26 assists and Rachel Adams served up two aces.
Cossette took over in the game against Cedar Crest as she registered 12 kills and six aces in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 shutout. Gregory notched 30 assists to lead both teams.
Against Manheim Township the ladies began and ended strong as they won in four games 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12.
Maddy Glouner served up five aces, Jackie Barilar had three blocks, Gregory assisted on 19 while Cossette recorded 16 kills and Hiley Miller tallied 21 digs.
Warriors Maintain Second Place in FH Standings October 9, 2017
Looking to maintain its position in second place behind Penn Manor, Warwick's field hockey team lost its first game of last week 8-1 against the undefeated Comets, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over Conestoga Valley and a 5-1 victory over Hempfield.
Surrendering six goals in the first half and two in the second against the Section One leaders, Warwick got its lone goal in the first half off the stick of Maddie Behn but was only able to generate three shots over regulation.
Coming back strong last Wednesday against CV the lady Warriors scored three times in just over 15 minutes of play to break open an otherwise strong defensive battle between the two squads.
Leah Graybill deflected an Adrienne McGarrigle feed off a penalty corner insertion with 15:27 remaining on the clock in the second half for the first score of the game.
Kate Dickow followed nine minutes later when she put away a shot that went off the pads of CV goalie Brooke Eberly, and then McGarrigle took a Katie Pyle pass and smacked the backboard with only 35 seconds left for the final score.
With a 2-0 lead over Hempfield at halftime, thanks to goals by McGarrigle and Graybill, Biz Van Scoten iced the game with her own goal 6:26 into the second half.
"Adrienne McGarrigle had a good game with one assist and one goal," commented head coach Bob Derr when asked about his team's play.
"Also, Katie Pyle, nice game as always in the center of the field and Maleah Hess had a strong defensive game in the backfield."
In front of a home crowd on Friday night Alex Lawerence settled under the opening kickoff at his own seven-yard line and sent the throng into a frenzy when he took it all the way to the house for a quick 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Hempfield's Mark Himmelsbach was picked off by Brendan Martin and Adam Ricketts later connected with Carter Forney for the 14-0 lead.
15 unanswered points in the second half by Hempfield, however, completed the come-from-behind victory for the Black Knights who held on for an improbable 25-21 win.
Warwick was represented by five players in last week's L-L League tournament with Annie Rakos and Heather Mitchell participating in singles action playing in fights one and four, respectively.
Rakos came into the tournament unranked and drew number five seed Livia Jackson from Hempfield in the first round at CV. She got off to a quick start, downing Jackson 6-4 in the opening set but dropped the next two 6-3, 6-0 forcing her elimination.
Mitchell, likewise, was unranked but drew another unranked opponent in Pequea Valley's Ryleigh Kurtz. Despite keeping it close, Mitchell was forced to withdraw after dropping 6-3, 6-4 straight sets.
Entering the tournament ranked fifth in flight one, Rakos and Lillian Marino joined Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta in the doubles portion with Miller and Orta unranked in flight three.
Facing off with Ellie Hallquist and Paige Kemper of Garden Spot, Rakos and Marino had little trouble advancing with a 6-0, 6-0 straight set sweep.
The tables were turned against them in the second round, however, as they were bested 6-0, 6-0 by the third seeded team of Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin from Manheim Township.
Miller and Orta enjoyed the most success in the tournament, advancing to the semifinals of flight three before dropping a closely fought 8-6 decision to number one seeded Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer from Cedar Crest in the 8 game pro set format.
They were first paired against Manheim Central's Ellana Shenk and Courtney Weaver whom they beat 8-6 to advance into round two against forth seeded Paula Groff and Leah Strausser from Garden Spot in which an 8-1 victory set up the meeting with Mller and Moyer.
In the event of a tie in cross country, the team with the best time at sixth place wins and with a time of 18:11 Zachary Bale was that guy for the Warriors. Bale beat Gavin Collier who finished as McCaskey's sixth man with a time of 19:05 for a 28-28 win over McCaskey.
Over a span of 11 seconds Jeremiah Hendrix (17:47) and Parker Kearse (17:52) crossed the line with a pack of three McCaskey runners finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, and providing the difference in the tie.
Noah Martin finished second overall with a time of 17:01, followed by Hendrix, Kearse, Jeremy Bell (18:10), and David Bach (18:11) to score for the Warriors but against Cedar Crest it wasn't enough as the Falcons placed four runners in the top ten overall before Hendrix crossed the line in the 21-36 loss.
James Barnes (18:39), Ryan Horner (19:05) and Josh Wenger (19:24) all finished in the top 25 overall for Warwick.
In the girls' portion both McCaskey and Cedar Crest proved too much for Warwick as the ladies fell to the Tornado 18-39 and to the Falcons 24-31.
Caitlyn Wagner finished behind a trio of McCaskey runners with a time of 20:47 which was good enough for fourth overall and first for the Warriors.
Every runner who scored for Warwick finished in the top 20 overall as Anna Martin (22:03), Sophia Nau (22:45), Deirdre White (23:14), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:21) followed after Caitlyn Wagner.
Leann Runkle (23:42), Kristen Espenshade (24:29), Julian Colebert (24:40), Alexis Barge (25:00), Alexa Zimmerman (25:09), and Willow Forney (25:15) rounded out the top 25 overall finishers for Warwick.
Briarwood East Golf Club hosted the 2017 District Three golf championships Friday and Saturday where two of the three Warwick golfers who qualified advanced to the Regional tournament.
Brock Fassnacht and Mason Wills both finished in the top 16 to make the cut while Kathryn Pelensky failed to make the top eight for the girls. Her first round score of 84 was 12 over par but just good enough to move her into the second round where she shot a 43 on the front and a 42 on the back for a 13 over 85 and a total of 169 for the weekend.
Fassnacht, after carding a two over 74 in the first round, roared back in the second round with a 34 on the front and a 35 on the back for a three under 69 to total a one under 143 for the tournament.
That not only qualified him for Regionals, but was good enough for third place, seven strokes behind the champion Joe Parrini of Central York who carded a fantastic five under 67 on day one and a three under 69 on the second for an 8 under 136 on the weekend.
Mason Wills represented the third Warrior in the District tournament and his total score of nine over 153 for the two rounds put him right on the line at 16th and earned him a trip to Regionals as well.
Wills started out by shooting a front 39 and back 33 for an even 72 on Friday and followed with a 41 on the front and a 41 on the back for a nine over 81 on Saturday.
With a future rematch at Hempfield marked on the calendar, the Warwick volleyball team traveled to McCaskey last week and took care of business as the second place lady Warriors dispatched the Red Tornado 3-0 to remain one game behind the Black Knights.
Warwick's lone league loss came at the hands of first place Hempfield earlier in the season and since then they have gone 8-1 with one non-league loss to Central York.
A struggling McCaskey squad proved no match for the ladies as they posted 25-9, 25-8, and 25-9 win in the blowout. Haley Miller served up four aces and added 16 assists while Rachel Adams recorded four kills.
With the season coming to a close, the Warwick boys' soccer team knew it had to continue winning and receive a miracle to overtake Hempfield at the number one spot in Section One.
The winning came last week as they dispatched Conestoga Valley 1-0, and Penn Mabnor 2-0, but it ended along with any hopes of a miracle at home against the Knights when they lost 1-0 to their rivals on Saturday.
Jake Suchar sent a well-placed shot into the top left corner of the net in the fourth minute of the game to spot the Knights an early 1-0 lead that ended up sticking for the next 76 minutes of play to lock up the Section title.
Connor Cowher turned away the next five shots on goal by Hempfield before having to bow out at the break due to an injury. Andrew Acebo came into the net in relief and in turn stopped two shots, helping to give the Warriors a chance, but the breaks were not there for the home team.
Earlier in the week against CV, a Brandon Perezous goal in the 10th minute gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish in a defensive game that featured only six shots on goal between the two teams.
Against Penn Manor last Thursday, Robbie Heckman put up two goals, one in the first half and another in the second to lead Warwick past the Comets.
The Warriors peppered Blake Martin with 14 shots in the game but Martin was clutch in goal, even though the Comet offense was not, only generating five shots on the night.
In three games last week the girls' soccer team was only able to come away with one win, a 2-1 overtime decision over Penn Manor. They dropped a 3-2 double overtime heartbreaker to Conestoga Valley and lost 4-0 to Hempfield.
Scoring twice over a span of almost 13 minutes that stretched over halftime, Warwick certainly had an opportunity to come away with the win over CV, but Madison Delgado's second goal of the game knotted the score at 2-2 with over 30 minutes to play in regulation.
Caroline Hipple tied the game at 1-1 late in the first half when she beat Lauren Yoder in the 36th minute to answer Delgado's first score in the eighth minute of play.
After the break, Kassidy Reinoehl gave Warwick the lead when her shot found a home in the net in the 48th minute, but it was CV's Emma Weirich who ended it when she tallied the game winner with only 1:30 remaining in the second overtime period.
In their second extended game in three days the ladies used a goal from Abby Rogers in the 82nd minute to put away the Comets on Thursday. Emily Williamson scored first for Warwick in the fifth minute of the game and Cat Reed turned away two shots on goal in the win.
Fassnaacht Wins L-L League Golf Championship October 2, 2017
Brock Fassnacht took to the course at Honeybrook Golf Club last Monday looking to improve on last year's finish in the L-L League championship. Since he was runner-up in 2016 that meant that only an award winning performance would fit the bill, and the junior Warrior delivered.
Fassnacht carded an even par 70 for the course edging out Manheim Township's Jake Macinati by one stroke for the championship finish on an unseasonably hot day that also saw two of his teammates qualify for the District tournament as well.
After opening with a birdie on the first hole, Fassnacht hit his only speed bump on the day when he bogeyed the second. After that it was all on an even keel as he made par on every remaining hole to wrap up the title.
"Brock played pretty steady," commented head coach Kevin McNece. "He said if he could have made a few putts he could have shot three or four under."
In addition to the championship, players were vying for a trip to the District tournament. In AAA, the top 19 boys qualified while any girl who shot a 104 or better received a qualifying spot as well.
Mason Wills came in at an 8-over par 78, four strokes above the cut, ensuring he will make the trip to Districts, while Kathryn Pelensky carded an 82 which placed her third overall for the girls and guaranteed her spot in the District tournament as well.
"She said she hit the ball a lot better," McNece stated about Pelensky, "but her putting kept her from shooting in the 70's."
He also liked what he saw in his team, "I think we did very well this season and am looking forward to Districts, Regionals, and hopefully States."
When a team loses its starting quarterback for the season it is usually difficult to rebound, the depth is just not there in most cases. Don't tell that to Adam Ricketts who stepped up in place of Grayson Kline and amassed 201 yards on a night when he went 9-15 with three scoring strikes.
Add to that Nick Fucci's concentrated efforts, carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards and four touchdowns and you have the formula for a blow-out, which is exactly what the Warriors did to Lebanon in its 62-28 victory.
Warwick only held a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter until Fucci found an opening and took off on a 42-yard jaunt to make it 14-0.
After Lebanon fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Ricketts hit Carter Forney from 13-yards out to make it 20-0 after a failed PAT. Forney only caught three passes on the night but made the most of them as he scored twice while tallying 97 yards receiving.
By the time the second quarter ended Fucci had added two more scores, including a 37-yard punt return and Isaac Rissinger (7-31, 1TD) scored from a yard out to make it 42-7 at halftime.
Forney added another touchdown on a 57-yard hookup from Ricketts in the fourth and Patrick Quinn (1-26, 1TD) caught a 26-yard strike to finish the scoring on the night.
Continuing in their bid to qualify for Districts, the lady Warriors are staying right on the heels of Section One leader Penn Manor and put together three more wins last week to maintain their hold on second place.
The ladies began with a tough matchup against Manheim Township last Monday and went into overtime to pull out a 3-2 win before blanking McCaskey 8-0 on Wednesday and then finishing Cedar Crest 6-1 on Friday.
Utilizing a balanced attack, Warwick exchanged goals with the Streaks throughout the match with Biz Van Scoten putting the ladies on board early, with 28:18 remaining in the first half.
That lead remained until Katie Yoder tied things up with less than two minutes before the intermission.
Almost nine minutes into the second half Lindsey Koser gave Township the lead, but Maddie Behn evened the score once again with 20:36 remaining on the clock.
The score remained at 2-2 through regulation setting up some last minute heroics by Morgan Bomberger who smacked the hardwood in overtime to give Warwick the win.
Catie Brubaker turned away nine shots and Warwick held a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Against McCaskey, Van Scoten and Katie Pyle put on a scoring clinic as they accounted for seven of the eight goals on the night. Van Scoten scored four times while Pyle put away three. Meghan Quinn accounted for the eighth goal, all of which came in the first half.
Millie Rohr got the start in the cage and stopped both of McCaskey's shots while Warwick peppered Mecxalize Gonzaalez with 20.
Caitlyn Grodzicki scored a hat trick, all in the second half, to lead Warwick past the Falcons of Cedar Crest on Friday after Leah Graybill and Adrienne McGarrigle put the ladies in the lead 2-0 in the first.
Cedar Crest scored once before the break to pull within 2-1 but Grodzicki's three goals and another single score by Meghan Quinn put the game well out of reach.
Warwick hosted last week's tri-meet with Manheim Township and Penn Manor and came away with mixed results. While the girls lost 21-39 to the Comets and 15-55 to the Streaks, the boys won both, topping Penn Manor 25-34 and Township 24-32.
Placing eight runners in the top 10, the girls ran away with the meet while Anna Martin was the top finisher for Warwick placing 9th with a time of 21:50.
Madison Leakway (22:42) placed 13th, Leann Runkle (24:19) was 20th, Kristen Espenshade (24:59) was 24th, and Alexa Zimmerman (25:21) finished 26th to complete the scoring for Warwick.
In the boys meet, Noah Martin led the team with a third place finish in 17:16, while Jeremy Bell (17:40) was 5th, Parker Keares (17:44) was 7th, Jeremiah Hendrix (17:59) was 8th and David Bach (18:23) took 11th.
In what is becoming a race for second place in Section One between Warwick and Manheim Township, both of which trail Hempfield, the Warriors finished last week with a 2-2 tie against Dallastown, a 5-0 win over Lebanon and a 3-1 loss to Elizabethtown.
Dallastown's Zach Trepanier knotted the score in the 78th minute of regulation after Warwick stormed back in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit, but neither side could finish through two overtime periods, forcing a draw.
After falling behind late in the first half on a Keegan Lambertson goal in the 39th minute, Warwick's Trey George tied the game at 1-1 when he found the back of the net in the 67th minute.
About three minutes later Alex Kerek put the Warriors in the lead before Trepanier's score in the final two minutes essentially ended the game. Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined in goal to stop eight Dallastown shots.
Five different players scored for Warwick and Brendan Gates and Brigham Rhoads each made a stop in goal as the Warriors overpowered Lebanon.
Scoring twice in the first half and three more times in the second while Warwick's defense shut down Lebanon offensively, the Cedars did not stand a chance in the lopsided affair.
Brandon Perezous put Warwick in the lead against Elizabethtown when his solo shot went true in the 33rd minute, but the Bears scored three unanswered goals to storm back for the win.
Neither side enjoyed much of an advantage as Warwick took eight shots to Elizabethtown's seven and both teams had one corner kick.
The girls' team split their two games last week with a 2-0 shutout of Cedar Crest and a 2-1 loss in overtime to Manheim Central.
Katie Oberholtzer broke open a scoreless game in the 71st minute and Talia Bertrando sent home the insurance goal two minutes later to come away with a win against the Falcons on Thursday night in Lititz.
Cat Reed started in goal for the ladies and stopped both of Cedar Crest's shots on the night.
Two days later, against Manheim Central, Kassidy Reinoehl answered Maddie Carper's first half goal with one of her own in the 39th minute to knot the score at 1-1.
Over forty minutes later and after heading into overtime it was Tori Fahnestock who found a way to beat Reed in the 86th minute to wrap up the victory for the Barons.
Last week marked the end of the regular season and Warwick ended it on a high note with shut out wins over Solanco and Ephrata.
In doubles play against the Mares, Warwick had a clean sweep as Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta, Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchel, and Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino all won with 8-0 scores.
In singles it was Miller winning 6-2, 6-2 over Elsie Zaborsky at number four, Mitchell defeated Faith Redcay 6-0, 6-1 at number three, Bell won at number two over Gabriella Griffonetti 6-0, 7-5, and Rakos beat Keirth Paine 6-0, 6-0 at number one.
Against Ephrata Miler and Orta won 8-2 at number three doubles, Bell and Mitchell teamed at number two to win 8-0, and Rakos and Marino won 8-0 at number one.
In singles, Mitchell won at number four 6-1, 6-4, Bell took number three in a tiebreak 6-4, 5-7, 10-8, Marino was a winner at number two 6-1, 6-1 and Rakos swept at number one 6-0, 6-0.
After a 3-1 setback against Central York last Monday, Warwick rebounded with a 3-0 win at Penn Manor followed by a 3-1 victory over Elizabethtown to end the week.
Falling behind to the Panthers after a 25-20 first set, the Warriors came back with a dominating 25-12 second set to tie things up at 1-1. The final two sets were heart breakers for Warwick as they lost 26-24 and then 29-27 in a defeat that was much closer than the final score showed.
With a strong bounce back against the Comets, McKenzie Cossette had 12 kills and Olivia Gregory 22 assists as the ladies cruised through a 25-16, 25-12, 25-10 victory. Hailey Miller recorded four aces in the shutout.
Finding themselves in another match in which the final score did not tell the whole story, the lady Warriors ended up on the right side of a 3-1 win in which Elizabethtown fought down to the wire.
In the end, however, it was Warwick that came away with the 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 victory as Gregory put up 30 assists and Maddy Glouner recorded nine kills with four aces on the night.
Warriors Holding Steady in Field Hockey Race September 25, 2017
It is essentially guaranteed that Penn Manor will be at the top of the standings in Section One field hockey as the Comets (6-0, 11-0) have secured sole possession of first place.
Warwick (4-2, 5-3), however, is having a pretty good season as well and with their only two blemishes coming courtesy of the Comets and second place Manheim Township (5-11, 8-2), the lady Warriors are within striking distance of both teams.
As time runs out on the season, all the ladies can do is continue to take care of what they can control, as they did in their only game last week when they put away Hempfield 1-0 on a late second half goal by Caitlyn Grodzicki.
With 10 shots on the day against the Knight's Alexa Pitts, it was a penalty stroke by Grodzicki with 4:54 remaining in the game that finally found a home in the back of the cage and stood as the lone score in the contest.
Meanwhile Catie Brubaker stood tall for Warwick as the junior goalie turned away all nine of Hempfield's shots on goal in the shut out win.
There is another race on in Section One and it involves the Warrior boys' soccer team as they are putting together a strong season of play and only trail Hempfield (6-0, 8-2) by two games.
Warwick (4-1-1, 6-2-1) suffered its only league loss to the Black Knights which, coupled with a tie to Penn Manor two weeks ago, has the Warriors hoping that Hempfield will stumble somewhere along the way.
A Hempfield loss would open up the possibility of Warwick taking over first place should they be able to avenge the first loss to the Knights when the two teams meet again in two weeks.
In three games last week the boys recorded two shutouts with a 2-0 win over McCaskey and a 3-0 victory at Reading while putting away Manheim Township 2-1.
Against McCaskey it took until the 60th minute for Jason Ciampaglia to put Warwick on the board but only ten minutes for Garett Springer to add the insurance goal in a game where the Warriors held an impressive 10-3 shot advantage.
"We possessed the ball really well and created several good scoring opportunities that we just didn't finish," stated head coach Gordy Cowher. "That is something we have begun to address and will continue to address. However, it is important to keep in mind that scoring in soccer is very difficult."
Warwick found a way to score a few more in Wednesday's matchup with Manheim Township as the Blue Streaks took a 1-0 lead a little over seven minutes into the second half before the Warriors answered with two of their own to complete the come-from-behind victory.
In a gut-check moment, Springer came through when the team needed it most and was able to tie the game in the 53rd minute when he grabbed a loose ball and, after working his way around two Blue Streak defenders, was able to fire a shot into the net to tie things up.
"That goal swung the momentum in our favor and we really controlled play afterward, finally breaking through with the winning goal by Alex Kerek at the 72nd minute," noted Cowher.
Kerek's game winner came off an assist by Ciampaglia while Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo both combined in goal to turn away eight total shots on goal by Hempfield.
Using strong defensive play and quality ball control against Reading, Warwick posted its second shutout of the week as three different players recorded goals. It was that style of play that garnered praise from the coach. "On Saturday, we played an outstanding game against Reading. Our possession was the best of any game we played so far," said Cowher.
It was Springer once again that gave Warwick the lead when he was able to beat Adrain Cuevas in the seventh minute for the 1-0 lead that held up through the break.
Robbie Heckman stretched that lead to 2-0 in the second half, beating Cuevas in the 44th minute and Ciampaglia finished things off about 60 seconds later when he found the back of the net in the 45th minute with what was the final score of the day.
Going forward, Cowher likes what he sees in the attitude of his team. "In regards to our mental focus, I really saw a difference in our last two games. We stepped onto the field and the lads are zeroed in on what they need to do," stated Cowher. "They are taking responsibility for their play and understanding what they need to do in order to be successful."
Fighting to stay even in the standings, Warwick (2-3-1), (4-4-1) racked up an impressive 5-0 win over McCaskey last Monday and then battled to a 1-1 draw with Manheim Township two days later.
The lady Warriors overwhelmed the Red Tornado during a five-goal onslaught in the first half while unleashing 16 shots on goal to McCaskey's four.
Warwick received goals from Talia Bertrando, Lily Shaffer, Emily Williamson, Lily Palacio-Lewis, and Lily Weidman in the shutout victory while Abby Rodgers put up two assists and Palacio-Lewis aided on one.
Manheim Township was back on its heels through much of the game on Wednesday after Bella Forgione gave Warwick a 1-0 lead early in the first half. Bertrando earned an assist on the play with a pass that Forgione netted in the 11th minute for the 1-0 lead.
Warwick held on to that lead until the 63rd minute when Emma Hagg offered up a pass to Alison Heckman who made it count while evening the score at 1-1. The ladies finished out regulation and still couldn't find a resolution through two overtime periods resulting in a draw.
Week one of league play presented a tough matchup for the Warriors as they traveled to Wilson to face a team which held a 64 game L-L League winning streak. Despite a scoreless first quarter and at one point being tied 7-7 with the Bulldogs, Warwick eventually fell too far behind and could not catch up, suffering a 56-24 loss.
Wilson transfer Grayson Kline led both teams through the air, throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome Wilson's high octane ground game as Iggy Reynoso chewed up 272 yards on 26 carries and scored five times on the night.
A 22-yard toss from Kline to Hayden Rucci (3-41, 1TD) in the second quarter knotted the score after a Reynoso plunge from the two yards out had Wilson ahead 7-0.
Two Reynoso scores later and the Warriors were trailing by 14 points until Kline called his own number from 16-yards out to make it 21-14. But a 43-yard pitch-and-catch from Bulldog quarterback Connor Uhrig to Troy Corson made it a 14 point game heading into halftime.
Wilson scored four times in the second half including an 89-yard kickoff return following a Pietro Elliot 32-yard field goal which made it 28-17 and a 75-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.
Carter Forney (6-118, 1TD) came a yard short of Wilson's total combined receiving yards with Trey Glass (4-76) also benefitting from a huge game by Kline. Nick Fucci (12-49) and Isaac Rissinger (7-22) led the Warriors on the ground.
It was a winning effort for the Warwick tennis team last week as they went 2-1 with a 7-0 win over Penn Manor, a 5-2 victory over Elizabethtown and a 7-0 loss to Conestoga Valley.
The ladies completed a clean sweep of the Comets last Monday at home with Heather Mitchell at number three singles as the only tight match of the day. Mitchell fell behind Julie Ward 5-7 in the first set but battled back to win the second set 6-1 and then held Ward off 10-4 in the tie-break.
In doubles play it was Selena Ort and Chloe Long winning at number three 8-1, Ashleigh Bell and Kaelan Miller were victorious at number two 8-1. And Annie Rakos and Lillian Marino teamed up at number one to win 8-1.
Miller won number one singles 6-1, 6-4, while Bell took number two 6-1, 6-1, and Rakos scored a shutout at number one 6-0, 6-0.
In their second win of the week, the ladies held off a surging Elizabethtown squad that won at number two doubles and number three singles before succumbing to Warwick's pressure.
Miller and Orta were 8-2 winners at number four doubles while Bell and Mitchell took home an 8-4 victory at number one. Miller handled her number four singles match 6-3, 6-1, Bell won at number two in a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, and Rakos picked up the win at number one due to retirement 6-0, 1-0.
Running to catch undefeated Section One leader Hempfield (4-0), Warwick (4-1) faced a tough challenge last week, playing five matches, but came away with five wins.
The ladies began with three straight set victories over Carlisle, Manheim Township, and Conestoga Valley before taking part in a tri-meet at Wilson on Saturday where they won 3-1 and then put away Ephrata in another 3-0 white-wash.
In the second game of the week Warwick was out for redemption as they traveled to Manheim Township on Tuesday.
"We went into that match 17-0 and left with a 13-15 five set loss," stated head coach Brad Glouner referring to last season.
This year went in favor of the Warriors as the ladies jumped out to a quick 19-0 lead in the first game, eventually winning 25-7 and then finishing 25-19, 25-21 for the win. "It was a nice to get everyone in even though Township did push us a little in game 3."
Glouner was also able to see his younger players get some work against CV as the 25-14, 25-16, 25-15 victory allowed him to rest his starters a bit as well.
While Manheim Township continues its undefeated run in Section One golf, Warwick (29-13) is holding its own in second place after a 332 finish last Tuesday at Conestoga Country Club in which the Warriors finished 25 strokes behind the Streaks.
MT's Jacob Macinati took first place with a 68 while Brock Fassnacht and Mason Wills paced the Warriors with both golfers carding a 79. Kyle Gibble followed with an 80 and Kathryn Pelensky shot a 95 to round out the field for Warwick.
Warwick Tennis Earns Shutout Over Lebanon September 18, 2017
With its second rainout of the early season, the tennis team only played two matches last week that provided mixed results. The ladies began with a 7-0 shutout of Lebanon on Monday, but had the tables turned when Manheim Township did the same to them on Friday.
Warwick, playing on its home court, easily handled the Cedars while conceding only six games on the day.
Kaelan Miller and Seiena Orta defeated the Maguire sisters 8-1, Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino downed Alexis Papson and Everia Gonzalez 8-0, while Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchell dispatched Emily Sheaf and Jena Aviles 8-2 to handle the doubles side of the match.
Meanwhile, Rakos beat Papson 6-0, 6-0, Marino defeated Gonzalez 6-1, 6-0, Bell handled Sheaf 6-0, 6-2, and Mitchell put away Aviles 6-0, 6-0 to notch the team win.
A glance at the standings in Section One girls' soccer and one might overlook the lady Warriors from Warwick. Sitting one game out of the basement at the end of last week, Warwick (1-3, 3-4) began an eight game stretch over 13 days by playing two undefeated section leaders as well as two teams in the top three and coming away with four losses.
However, what the standings do not show is that those games were decided by a combined deficit of only six goals. The ladies lost to Conestoga Valley (3-1, 6-1), and Penn Manor (2-3, 3-4) by identical 2-0 scores and then finished the week with 2-1 losses to both Hempfield (4-0, 8-0) and Ephrata (4-0, 6-1).
"When you look at the results of this past week, it was a rough week," stated head coach Wendell Hannaford. "It's a tough schedule with so many games and all the games are against top quality opponents."
Scoring once in the first half and again in the second, CV's defense held Warwick to only two shots on goal but the home team was anything but dominant as the Warriors contained the Buckskins offense in turn, only surrendering four shots. "It was a back and forth game that on any other day could have gone the other way," noted Hannaford.
Penn Manor ended in similar fashion with the Comets also splitting their two goals amongst the halves, but with Warwick out shooting the visitors 8-4 including a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Unfortunately those shots did not find the back of the net in yet another game that could just as easily gone in favor of the Warriors.
"It was a dip in form and play from us however we still managed to create more chances and shots in that game," said Hannaford.
It would have been fair to assume that the tides had to turn in favor of Warwick, but in back-to-back games with Hempfield and Ephrata, respective leaders in Sections One and Two, the hard-nosed play of the ladies still did not offer any return.
After the Knights added to their first half lead with a second goal in the 44th minute Talia Bertrando was able to send a feed from Katie Oberholtzer past Hempfield's Ally Rote in the final two minutes with what turned out to be the final score of the game.
Oberholtzer also put her mark on the Ephrata game when she scored in the 67th minute off an assist from Lily Shaffer to cut the Mount's lead in half. Warwick was unable to orchestrate another successful attack, but held Ephrata in check as well over the final minutes of play.
Hannaford knows the effort his players put forth and is certain that eventually their hard work will be rewarded. "They were games where as a coach, all you can say to the players is to stick together and the results will come. Sometimes things happen that we can't control, but our girls never quit, they play hard to the final whistle, and should hold their heads high. They've proven that we belong with the best in the league without a doubt."
For the boys' soccer team the results from last week were a bit more favorable while their schedule, which included seven games in 12 days, was just as tough as the girls.
They recorded a 2-0 victory over Conestoga Valley to begin the week, but then played to a scoreless draw with Penn Manor before losing 3-0 to Hempfield and 5-0 to Ephrata.
That landed them in third place in Section One, two games out of first behind Hempfield and Manheim Township, respectively.
In last Monday's game against the Buckskins the two teams logged almost an hour of play before Alex Kerek found pay dirt in the 56th minute to put the Warriors up 1-0 with Jason Ciampaglia adding the insurance goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to ice the win.
Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined in goal to stop all six of CV's shots while Carter Lam turned away 12 of Warwick's 14.
Wednesday brought another challenge, just as much mental as it was physical. Through regulation and two overtime periods Warwick and Penn Manor played to a 0-0 tie on a hot and humid day that probably felt to the two squads as if it would never end.
Both sides had opportunities, more so Warwick, but Blake Martin came up huge for the Comets as he turned away all 10 shots the Warriors fired at him. In turn, Warwick only allowed three shots from Penn Manor with Cowher denying each one.
In a four team meet held at Hempfield last Tuesday both the girls and boys went 1-2 as the girls lost to Hempfield 21-42, and Elizabethtown 18-38, but out ran a two-member Lebanon squad 15-55. The boys lost to Hempfield 21-39 and Elizabethtown 24-32 but also emerged victorious over the undermanned Cedars 15-55.
Caitlyn Wagner paced the ladies with a time of 20:05, finishing 6th overall followed by Anna Martin (20:12) in 9th, Madison Leakway (21:16) in 14th, Sophia Nau (22:224) in 20th, and Leann Runkle (22:51) in 24th to round out the scoring for Warwick.
For the guys it was Noah Martin who led the way, finishing third overall with a time of 16:07 followed by Parker Keares (17:02) in 9th, Jeremy Bell (17:17) in 12th, Jeremiah Hendrix (17:19) in 15th, and David Bach (17:45) in 19th to complete the scoring.
Warwick traveled to Ephrata on Friday night and emerged not only with a 61-0 victory over the Mounts, but also laid claim to the George Male Trophy in a showdown between two longtime rivals.
Quarterback Grayson Kline connected with Carter Forney three times through the air while Nick Fucci scored three times on the ground to account for Warwick's first six TD's. Forney finished with six catches for 88 yards while Fucci ran the ball six times for 33 yards.
With the score 47-0 at the break Warwick was able to throttle down a bit in the second half before scoring its final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Isaac Rissinger led all rushers with 125 yards on 20 carries, scoring twice in the contest, the first coming in the second quarter from one yard out and the second in the fourth, also a one-yard scamper.
Sean Bedessa represented the final touchdown of the night, which was also the longest, taking a Kline hand-off and sprinting 37 yards to pay dirt. He ended the night with 44 yards on three carries.
Brock Fassnacht came in at a three-over par 74, good enough for sixth place, while teammate Mason Wills landed in 10 by carding a 76 to lead Warwick to a third place 321 in last Wednesday's match at Four Seasons in Landisville. The Warriors were four strokes better than host Hempfield and well off the 296 shot by winner Manheim Township.
The finish placed the Warriors in a tie with the Knights in second place at 24-12 while both squads are chasing the undefeated Streaks which are 36-0. Kathryn Pelensky shot an 83, and Kyle Gibble shot an 88 for the Warriors.
Suffering their first loss of the season last week, the lady Warriors came away with a 3-1 victory over Cedar Crest on Tuesday, but went down in straight sets to Hempfield on Thursday for the split.
Seemingly on its way to a 3-0 victory, Warwick hit a speed bump in the third set when Cedar Crest clawed back for a 25-20 win after the Warriors posted consecutive 25-18 scores in the first two. Warwick recovered in time, however, and put the hosts away 25-17 in the fourth.
Against Hempfield, the ladies battled back after they dropped the first set 25-16 but the Knights held them off 25-22 and 25-20 in the final two. McKenzie Cossette recorded 10 kills and Olivia Gregory had 19 assists in the loss.
There is a tight race taking place in Section One and Warwick (3-2) is right in the thick of it. At the end of last week only two games separated the top five teams with heavyweight Penn Manor (4-0) at the top followed by Manheim Township (3-1) in second and the lady Warriors in third.
Warwick went 2-1 in its slate of games, sandwiching a 5-1 loss to the Comets between a 7-2 victory over Cedar Crest and a 5-2 win over Conestoga Valley.
Warwick hosted the Falcons last Monday and used a seven goal second half to come from behind and earn the victory. Maddie Behn scored a hat trick and Adrienne McGarrigle added two goals to power the Warriors.
Penn Manor's Gabby Bitts was a one-woman wrecking crew on Wednesday as she tallied four of the Comet's five goals while Brubaker turned away 18 for Warwick.
McGarrigle's score at the 18:49 mark of the second half made it 3-1, but the Comets added two more to finish things off.
McCarrigle scored twice against CV on Friday while Warwick built a 4-1 lead in the first half to power past the visiting Buckskins.
Madi Handwerger put CV ahead 1-0 with 29:30 remaining in the first half before Pyle, McGarrigle, Caitlyn Grodzicki, and Biz Van Scoten each scored respective goals to open the three goal cushion.
McGarrigle's second goal with 2:29 remaining in the game, iced the victory for Warwick. Brubaker stopped nine of CV's 11 shots while the ladies fired off 18 of their own.
Perezous Notches Hat Trick in Win Over Cedars September 11, 2017
It may be a new name under the title of head coach but it is definitely a familiar face for the boys' soccer team as Gordy Cowher began his first season at the helm for Warwick by going 2-0 including last week's 7-0 victory over Lebanon.
A stalwart on the sidelines as long-time assistant coach, Cowher's squad benefitted from solid defense and a Brandon Perezous hat-trick in the Section One contest held Thursday in Lititz.
"Lebanon had trouble generating a consistent attack against us," stated Cowher. "This was due, in part, to the fact that we have a strong defense and a very solid midfield."
Perezous struck early against the Cedars, scoring his first goal within the first minute of play and adding two more in the 15th and 16th minutes, respectively.
Fellow forward Robbie Heckman netted two for the Warriors sandwiching them between the half time break while Ben Pennypacker and Alex Kerek both added one apiece.
Lebanon was not able to put any shots on goal during the contest and Cowher was quick to note that while the Warriors handled themselves well on defense, a building process is in place for the Cedars.
"Their coach, Andy Dornes, is really working hard to alter the culture in Lebanon... I am sure it will take time, but Andy is headed in the right direction with the program - he has to generate an interest first, then he can work to take the program to a higher level. I am relatively sure he does not have a lot of players who play club soccer, whereas, here at Warwick, nearly every one of our players is involved in club soccer. That makes a huge difference in the skill level of these players."
One week removed from almost upsetting Manheim Central in a come-from-behind effort, the Warwick gridiron Warriors found themselves in a first half shoot-out against Garden Spot, but eventually pulled away in the second for a 69-42 victory.
Trailing 28-20 early in the second quarter, Warwick's Nick Fucci (11-154, 2TD's) took a Grayson Kline hand-off and scampered 42 yards to pay dirt. A resulting missed PAT put the Warriors within two points, but that play marked the beginning of the end for the Spartans.
Carter Forney caught respective touchdown passes of five and nine yards and Jordan Cruz took an errant third quarter pass from Garden Spot's back-up quarterback Jesse Martin 20 yards for another Warwick score to cap off 31 unanswered points and put the Warriors up 49-28.
That marked the first of two pick-sixes for Cruz in the quarter, the second of which was returned 28 yards.
In total, 70 points were scored in the first half alone between the two teams with both sides benefitting from big plays in the first quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage Kline hooked up with Trey Glass for an exciting 73-yard pitch and catch that put the Warriors in the lead 6-0 before Garden Spot's Jeff Harley answered with a 10-yard score to put the Spartans ahead 7-6.
After Isaac Rissinger plunged in from six yards out to make it 14-7, Cameron Roth, who started the game at quarterback for the Spartans, took it upon himself to make something happen and turned a keeper into a 90-yard score and a tied ball game.
Forney's first score of the game came on a 45-yard catch-and-run to end the first quarter before Roth scored again for Garden Spot in advance of Warwick's string of unanswered touchdowns.
In action last week at Garden Spot, the girls' tennis team dropped only one game to the lady Spartans as they came away with a 6-1 victory on Thursday.
While Paige Kemper arose victorious in number two singles, Warwick cruised to straight set victories in the remaining singles and doubles match-ups.
Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta defeated Paula Groff and Leah Strausser 8-4, Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino emerged with on 8-0 win over Elle Hallquist and Kemper, while Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchell put away Katie Varley and Ashley Risser 8-4 to run the table in doubles play.
In singles Rakos won 6-2, 6-1 over Hallquist, Bell defeated Groff 6-2, 6-1, and Mitchell finished Risser 6-3, 6-3 to end the day.
In a tight and talented Section One, Warwick (1-0, 3-0) earned back-to-back shut out victories last week. The ladies put away Cedar Crest by a score of 2-0 on Thursday and then repeated the feat in a Section 2 cross-over game with Cocalico on Saturday morning with another 2-0 result.
Hempfield (2-0, 3-0) and Manheim Township (2-0, 3-0) joined them atop the standings at week's end as the only three teams in the section with league victories.
Four different players contributed in scoring for Warwick over the two games last week as the ladies scored twice in the first half both against the Falcons and the Eagles.
Jess Williamson joined Talia Bertrando against Cedar Crest as the duo represented the lone goals of the match while Lily Palacio-Lewis earned an assist.
Warwick out-shot the host Falcons 7-1 and earned a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Meanwhile, Warwick goal keeper Cat Reed tallied one save while Courtney Wysokowski turned away five for the Falcons.
In Saturday's contest it was Bella Forgione who found the back of the net as well as Caroline Hipple in a game where Warwick took 13 shots on goal to Cocalico's five.
Reed denied five of those attempts while her counter-part Adrienne McGallicher was able to stop 11. Lily Weidman assisted on one goal for Warwick.
Warwick played host to McCaskey on Thursday in the League opener for both teams and used a strong offensive assault to put the Red Tornado away in straight sets 25-7, 25-15, 25-11.
Madelyn Glouner and McKenzie Cossette teamed up for a match high five kills apiece to lead the ladies at the net, while Olivia Gregory led all players by serving seven aces.
Gregory also had 17 assists while Hailey Miller came through with six digs on the night.
Last week proved to be one of ups and downs for the lady Warriors, or rather downs and ups as they began with a 5-0 loss to Manheim Township on Wednesday but followed that with a 6-0 victory over McCaskey on Friday.
Against a tough Blue Streak squad that is fresh off an appearance in last year's PIAA tournament, goal keeper Catie Brubaker proved her worth in the cage by stopping 22 of 27 shots on goal with 17 of them coming in the first half.
Both teams earned six corners but it was Township that capitalized, tallying scores on two of those attempts.
In Friday's contest it was Katie Pyle who came through with a herculean effort as the seasoned senior scored a hat-trick in the first half and added two more in the second to lead the ladies in victory.
Biz Van Scoten put the Warriors on the board with her goal 5:36 into the match before giving way to Pyle's heroics.
Warwick piled up 13 shots on goal while McCaskey was shut down all day by a stiff Warrior defense.
In its first meet of the season Warwick met with mixed results as the girls dropped their opener 19-38 and the boys came away with a 21-40 victory.
Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 17:05 which was nine seconds ahead of Ephrata's Andrew Foster and nearly one minute faster than teammate Parker Keares who clocked in at 18:02 for third overall.
Martin joined the team as a transfer and when asked about the addition, head coach Terry Lee praised the entire group, stating "Noah joins a team of boys who share a strong work ethic. His presence helps to complete the formula for a powerful cross country team. This formula is a strong front runner who can go head to head with the other team's front man, followed closely by a tight group of 7 runners."
Jeremiah Hendrix finished fourth with a time of 18:40 while Jeremy Bell (18:45) and Zachary Beale (18:56) came in sixth and seventh, respectively, to account for the remainder of Warwick's score.
With only five runners, Ephrata faced an uphill battle, but still placed three in the top ten for the day. Rounding out that group for Warwick was David Bach (19:19) in ninth and James Barnes (19:44) in tenth.
Finishing up for Warwick in order were Ryan Horner (19:45), Josh Wenger (19:55), Andrew Holbert (20:27), Marcus Wachira (20:28), Asher Christner (20:47) Alex Kunkle (21:33.6), Lornezo Velez (21:33.9), Corbin Kilgore (21:45), Trevor Price (22:01), Mason Caleca (22:28), Kenton Hertzog (23:00), Kody Bruhn (25:41), and Henry Stover (28:24).
In the girls' race Ephrata took the top three spots with the Mounts' Sydney Morgan and Warwick's Caitlyn Wagner sprinting to the finish in a battle for third.
In a photo finish ending Morgan (21:30.2) crossed the finish line a mere two hundredth of a second ahead of Wagner (21:30.4) for the three points.
"...Caitlyn came into the season following a disciplined summer of training. Her talent and tenacity were revealed in her race against Ephrata," Lee noted, adding, "She is leading a group of dedicated Warwick girls who are steadily improving."
Anna Martin followed in fifth place with a time of 22:29, but Ephrata's Lilly Riddle (22:33) and Sierra Zimmerman (23:56) took the next two spots to wrap things up for the Mounts.
Sophia Nau (23:57) finished eighth, Leann Runkle (24:34) was tenth, and Jaylyn Wagner (24:41) placed 11th to finish scoring for Warwick.
Rounding out the field for Warwick were Kaitie Ciano (26:19), Morgan Leakway (26:36), Isabella Velez (26:47), Kristen Espenshade (26:59), Alexa Zimmerman (27:03), Jillian Colebert (27:04), Willow Forney (27:112), Ara Ludwig (27:47), Abigail Smith (28:15), Alexis Kellogg (28:22), Valerie Hanna (30:25), and Mikayla Hiatt (31:11).
In a rain shortened affair at Lebanon Country Club last Tuesday that played through only nine holes, Warwick finished tied with Conestoga Valley in third place with a 168.
Brock Fassnacht led the Warriors by shooting a 37 and finishing fourth, only two strokes behind co-winners Jacob Macinati from Manheim Township and Penn Manor's Logan Hess. Macinati's teammate Trey Kuntz shot a 36 for third place.
Kyle Gibble (40), Mason Wills (43), Kathryn Pelensky (48), and Vaughn Samii (48) finished things up for the Warriors.
Barons Finish 4th in Districts, Just Miss States June 5, 2017
Warwick's baseball team completed its season on Thursday and just missed making the PIAA tournament with a tough 1-0 loss to Section One foe Penn Manor in the third place game of the District Three Class 6A championships.
After finishing in second place behind the Comets during the regular season, Warwick made an early exit from the L-L League playoffs with a first round loss to Lancaster Catholic and had a brief layover until the start of Districts on May 26th.
The fourth seeded Warriors matched up with number five seed Wilson in the quarterfinals after both teams sat out the first round with byes and scored a come from behind 5-3 victory.
That win moved them into the semifinals against top seeded Governor Mifflin which handed Warwick a 4-2 loss and sent them into the win-or-go-home contest with Penn Manor.
Wilson took the lead in the third inning when they scored twice against starting pitcher Zach Peters, the only two runs he would concede over five innings of work in which he gave up six hits while striking out two.
Scoreless heading into the fifth inning, Warwick got on the board when Ethan Heller crossed the plate on a Wilson error and then tied the game on an RBI single by Dagen Young (2-3, 1RBI) which scored Colby Martin (2-3) from third.
Two more Warrior runs crossed the plate courtesy of a RBI single by Nate Hess (2-4, 1RBI) and a misplayed ground ball by Justin Byler (1-3) before a fielder's choice by Peters (1 RBI)) plated Hess for the final run of the inning and put Warwick in the lead for good.
Governor Mifflin built a 4-0 lead over five innings before a two-run blast from Byler (1-3, 2RBI) into right field put the Warriors back in the hunt. Unfortunately it was not enough to catch the Mustangs as Peters took the loss giving up all four runs, only two of which were earned, while striking out two in a complete game effort.
That set up another meeting with the Comets, this time for the chance to advance to the next level. It was not meant to be, however, as a second inning home run off of starting pitcher Ethan Norman gave Penn Manor the margin of victory.
Norman pitched a strong game giving up five hits over five and two thirds innings with three strikeouts before Young came on in relief to record the final out.
Warwick's offense produced six hits and was powered by Martin (2-3, double) and Tyler Hess (2-3).
Memorial Day weekend not only represented a holiday observance, but the biggest meet of the school year as well as athletes from all across the state converged on Shippensburg University for the PIAA championships held over two days.
Warwick not only took part in seven events but had three athletes place in the top ten including a fourth and fifth place finish.
Eric Garner entered the boys AAA javelin throw fresh off his second consecutive District gold medal and put together a nice grouping of throws to wrap up fourth place during the Saturday portion of competition.
"Eric had some great throws. He actually didn't have a bad throw in the bunch; all his throws were between 180-194," said head coach Alex Daecher. "He just couldn't quite get that 200 footer out there to bring home gold."
Garner and the other top three throwers all cleared the 193' mark that qualified them for the NFHS honor roll as well. Daecher praised his senior's work ethic over his high school career as well. "... I am very proud of him. He is a great kid who worked so hard the past 4 years with me. He is 2-time district gold medalist and is going to an awesome college. His future could never look brighter. "
Trinity Bitting-Ellis finished fifth in the District Three AAA high jump and repeated that performance at states, bettering her District jump by two inches. She cleared 5-5 in Saturday's early session earning praise from her coach as well.
"Trinity had a fantastic day. To jump 5-5 at the state meet is awesome, "commented Daecher who credited her clean jumps early on as the reason she could stay strong in the latter stages of the competition. "I am very excited for her and proud of how she performed."
Taking part in the 3200 run, Kate Dickow set a personal record with her time of 10:56.7 which garnered her a ninth place finish and bettered her seed time by an impressive 6.46 seconds.
Daecher likes what he sees in his distance runner and her progression. "Kate ran an awesome race. She had a PR and improved considerably from her 3200 run at last year's state meet. She just keeps getting better every year. I know she was thrilled with her time, and her coaches were too. Kate is such a worker and I have no doubt she will be getting a medal next year. "
Leah Graybill locked up the 14th qualifying position in the 200 on Friday by clocking a 25.61 and then just missed out in the semifinals with a 25.3 which was agonizingly close to making the final cut for the finals. "I know she missed getting a medal by .02 seconds and that can be hard to swallow for a kid," commented Daecher, "but she is a strong willed individual who will train hard and be ready to go next year to bring home the medal."
Warwick also had two girls' relay teams participate in the meet with neither making it out of the prelims. Cassidy Kline, Jaylyn Wagner, Deirdre White, and Emily Williamson posted a time of 9:37.5 in the 3200 prelims and only missed the cut by 3.5 seconds while Kline, Williamson, Graybill and Wagner finished with a prelim time of 3:58.74 which was only 1.4 seconds off the last qualifiers.
Meanwhile Connor Shields represented the final athlete at the meet in the 1600 where he ran a 4:28.27 in Friday's prelims which was 8.13 second off the pace for qualifying.
Warwick Softball Bows in District 5A Opener May 26, 2017
Despite a third place finish in Section One, Warwick (13-7) held some momentum heading into the first round of the District Three 5A softball championships last Tuesday as they finished out the regular season by winning nine of their final ten games including a redemptive win over Hempfield that helped erase a 17-1 nightmare loss earlier in the year.
The Warriors entered as the number seven seed and opened at home with Dallastown (12-8) who was seeded tenth. Warwick overcame a 1-0 deficit in the first inning by tying the score in the fourth, but eventually gave up the winning run in the sixth and was eliminated in a 2-1 defeat.
Nicole Mengel took the loss despite only giving up one earned run over seven innings while surrendering seven hits. She recorded seven strikeouts and walked two over the span of the game.
Down 1-0 in the fourth inning with one out and needing a spark, Amanda Herr (2-3) drove a 0-1 pitch into left field for her second double of the game and then scored when Mengel (1-3, 1RBI) singled sharply to right.
Julia Forsythe then hit into a fielder's choice at third with Mengel forced out at second before Jolyssa High (1-3, double) flied out to short to end the inning tied at 1-1.
Dallastown threatened in the fifth with a runner in scoring position and two outs, but a laser by catcher Leann Runkle to Forsythe at third cut down the steal attempt and ended the inning.
Unfortunately the Dallastown offense finally got to Mengel in the sixth when they opened up with back-to-back doubles to go ahead 2-1.
However, later in the inning with one out, Herr executed a text book relay to second baseman Catie Brubaker after a Dallastown single to right field that was rifled home to Runkle who put the tag on the advancing runner to stop a potential two-run lead.
It turned out for naught, though, as Warwick sent only four batters to the plate in the final inning and could not force in High who doubled to right field with two outs but was left stranded to end the game.
Warriors Top Red Lion in District Lax Opener May 22, 2017
While the boys' lacrosse team was bumped from the previous week's L-L League tournament by the eventual League champion Blue Streaks of Manheim Township, the Warriors who finished in a tie for third place in Section One with Cocalico, were good enough to qualify for the District Three tournament which began play last Tuesday.
Warwick opened first round play against Red Lion and utilizing a strong offensive surge early in the first half went on to stem a surging Lions' team in the second to earn a quarterfinal rematch against the second seeded Blue Streaks on Thursday.
Defensively the Warriors, led by Josiah Jewell's 11 saves in goal, held Red Lion to only one first half score while building on a 2-0 first quarter to take a 6-1 lead into halftime.
With Connor Brechbill and Joshua Croyle leading the way and each scoring a hat trick and adding an assist as well, Warwick peppered the Red Lion goal keepers with 33 shots during the match.
With a renewed vigor in the second half the Lions outscored Warwick 6-4, scoring three in both of the final quarters, but it was not enough to overcome the visiting Warriors.
Luke Hirtzel added two goals while Caleb Davis and Evan Crawford each had one apiece to round out the scoring for Warwick.
Thursday brought the heat, both from the temperature as well as the sticks. Unfortunately for Warwick, even though they once again played their Section One rivals close, it was more of a Blue Streak fire than it was Warrior as Warwick was bounced again from competition in a 10-5 affair.
Only down 2-1 after the first quarter, the boys scored again in the second to trail by only two goals at the break with MT leading 4-2. A four goal barrage by the Blue Streaks in the third out shadowed Warwick's lone score and provided more than enough cushion for the MT victory.
Croyle scored twice along with Caleb Davis and Conor Adams added the fifth while Jewell made five saves for the Warriors.
Originally scheduled to play Lancaster Catholic Saturday, May 13, the Warriors and Crusaders had to wait until Monday to faceoff in the quarterfinals of the L-L League playoffs as bad weather forced a postponement.
In that game Lancaster Catholic came back from a 1-0 Warwick lead to score twice in the second and once in the fifth for an insurance run in defeating the Warriors 3-1.
Zach Peters got the start for Warwick and went five and two thirds innings, surrendering three runs on five hits while striking out six in the loss. Ethan Norman came on in relief in the sixth inning with runners on first and third and two outs before forcing a ground out to end the inning.
Nate Hess (1-4, 1RBI) came to the plate in his first at bat with Bryce Zimmerman (0-2) on second and Brendan Martin (1-3) on first after two consecutive walks to start the first inning. A wild pitch sent Zimmerman to third before Hess singled on a 0-2 pitch, plating Zimmerman and sending Martin to second.
That was the only time the Warriors would score as they stranded seven runners over the final six innings of play. Tyler Hess (1-3) and Dagen Young (1-1) represented the remaining hits for Warwick.
Last Friday and Saturday marked two days of fierce competition between athletes from all across District Three as Shippensburg University once again hosted the annual District meet.
Warwick was represented well in both the boys' and girls' events with one champion crowned and seven individuals qualifying for the PIAA Championships. Four boys and three girls will be moving on to the next level of competition as well as two girls' relay teams.
Eric Garner knows what is like to wear District gold as the Warwick javelin thrower returned in his senior year to defend his title which he did so successfully during Saturday's round of field events.
His throw of 200-6 was just about seven feet longer than runner-up Alex Scheivert from Penn Manor who recorded a 193-11 for the silver. It was also 9 feet 9 inches longer than his opening throw of 190-9.
Leah Graybill had a stellar weekend on the track as she not only qualified to advance in the 200, but also in the 300. Her time of 57.44 in the latter was good enough to grab the silver while her finish of 25.05 in the 200 gave her the bronze.
Graybill also earned a silver medal by running anchor on the girls' 1600 relay team along with Jaylyn Wagner, Cassidy Kline, and Emily Williamson which took the second place spot by finishing in 3:58.74.
Three of those ladies also took fifth place in the 3200 relay as Kline, Williamson, and Wagner were joined on the second leg by Deirdre White and ran to a fifth place finish of 9:33.95.
As the final track qualifier on the weekend, Kate Dickow ran the 3200 in a time of 11:03.16 to claim seventh place overall.
Warwick's lone girl in the field to qualify was Trinity Bitting-Ellis who cleared 5-3 in the high jump to claim fifth place.
Joining Garner in the field was John Wilson who placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-2, while on the track Drayk Cassamajor placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:36.89 and Connor Shields posted a sixth place time of 4:23.67 in the 1600.
Meanwhile, Caleb Christner did not qualify but still posted a respectable eighth place finish in the pole vault by clearing 13-3.
When asked his thoughts on what his teams accomplished over the weekend coach Alex Draecher responded with praise for his athletes. "We had a great day. The kids did awesome. Their work ethic has been great all year and it paid off in the post season."
In advance of the District Three tournament the L-L League Coaches All-Star team was announced and three players from Warwick found their way on to the 1st team.
Nicole Mengel was named as a pitcher, Amanda Herr as first base, and Danielle Jones as an outfielder. Also earning an honorable mention was Leann Runkle as a catcher and Jolyssa High as on outfielder.
Young Warriors Put Up a Fight Against MT May 15, 2017
To the naked eye the Warwick boys' volleyball team did not have very many noteworthy moments during this year's 2-10 campaign. However, if you look a little closer you will see that with a few exceptions they were in almost every game that they lost and but for a few missteps here and there could very easily have been above .500.
This is especially encouraging considering the fact that the Warriors are a young team, very young. During their senior night ceremony last Monday before the final match of the season with Manheim Township only one player, Justin Sensenig, was recognized. The rest of the roster contains two juniors, 10 sophomores and seven freshmen.
With Manheim Township (8-4) finishing third in Section One behind Penn Manor (11-1) and Hempfield (10-2), the fact that Warwick only lost by a combined 10 points in the 25-10, 25-22, 25-23 defeat shows what potentially lies in store for the Warriors down the road as they gain more experience.
Foster Lobb led offensively for Warwick as he recorded 10 kills on the night in the fore-mentioned match and Noah Miller served up three aces while Mateo Chacon tallied 13 digs.
After dropping a 10-4 game to McCaskey last Monday Warwick was faced with a must-win situation on Tuesday against Hempfield in order to gain a berth in the L-L League tournament and the Warriors answered the call with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Black Knights. They also downed Conrad Weiser 5-0 in the final game of the regular season on Wednesday.
Scoring three times in the first inning against the Red Tornado, Warwick looked poised to earn a victory but after pulling to within 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning, McCaskey exploded for eight runs in the third to take a commanding lead which they did not relinquish.
Ethan Norman took the loss for the Warriors giving up eight runs on of six hits over two innings.
In the first inning of Tuesday's game with Hempfield, Zimmerman (2-3, 1RBI) doubled down the first base line and then came home for the 1-0 Warwick lead when Young (1-3, 2RBI) followed with another double that went into center.
With the score tied 1-1 in the fourth inning and the bases loaded again, Brendan Martin (1-3, 1RBI) gave the lead back to the Warriors when his single into center plated Evan Clark (1-3) from third before two hit batters with two outs added two more to make it 4-1.
Byler (2-3) provided Warwick more cushion in the fifth when he singled up the middle and subsequently scored later in the inning on a Hempfield error for the final score of 5-1.
Zach Peters (2-3) got the start going five innings and surrendering one run on five hits while striking out four before Young came on in the sixth, giving up only one hit for the save.
Martin and Nate Hess teamed up to throw a three-hit shutout against Conrad Weiser in the final game of the regular season on Wednesday with Martin accounting for the three hits over six innings for the win and Hess earning the save by retiring three of the four batters he faced in the seventh.
Peters (1-3) put Warwick in the lead early when his first inning ground ball single to left field was misplayed allowing Patrick Quinn to score from third to make it 1-0.
In the fourth, Tyler Hess (2-3, 1RBI) ripped a line drive single into center field which sent Byler (2-3, 1RBI) sprinting home from second for the 2-0 lead and in the fifth the Warriors got three more when Nate Hess (1-4, 2RBI) tripled, scoring Josh Weachter (0-2) and Zimmerman (1-3), and then Hess crossed the plate during the next at bat on a left field single by Byler.
In their final game of the regular season, the lady Warriors (12-4) overcame an early 1-0 deficit against McCaskey (0-15) by scoring 11 unanswered runs over five innings to force the 10-run rule and securing third place in Section One behind Penn Manor (15-1), and Hempfield (13-3).
Nicole Mengel gave up four hits in the start, striking out 10 and walking none while Julia Forsythe (3-3, 3RBI), Amanda Herr (1-3, homerun, 2 RBI), Marissa Triebley (1-3, double, 2RBI), and Nikki Shirk (2-4, 1RBI) led the offensive charge for the home team.
Finishing the season tied in second place with Cedar Crest (4-2), Warwick (4-2) had high hopes heading into the girls' portion of the L-L League meet which was held this past weekend at Hempfield. After all was said and done, the lady Warriors had surpassed their expectations, coming away with first place overall in the team standings and setting an L-L league record in the process.
With a daunting task ahead of them and the weather making it seem as if it were early March instead of mid-May, they placed in the top-10 in 18 events with 16 of those scoring team points by landing in the top-eight.
"It was a great victory for the girls. It is an amazing accomplishment for a program that only won 5 dual meets in the past 6 years, " stated head coach Alex Daecher. "The girls were mentally tough for the day. They fought through the poor weather conditions and overcame all the ups and downs of the meet. All credit goes to the girls and my assistant coaches."
Scoring 107 points on the day the girls easily took the top spot in the team standings ahead of the 90.5 points garnered by second place Cedar Crest.
"Lily Palacio-Lewis (freshman) and Leah Graybill (sophomore) came through huge with their performances," added Daecher, commenting on the crop of young talent Warwick has. "We have a couple girls here who can place in the top of every race they run. Cassidy Kline (freshman) and Megan Quinn (freshman) really toughed it out and performed awesome. Kate Dickow (sophomore) and Emily Williamson (sophomore) also put in some impressive performances on the distance side that won us some much needed points. Trinity Bitting-Ellis (sophomore) and Nia Allen (senior) also had a solid day in the field events."
Perhaps the greatest win of the day came when the 1,600 relay team of Kline, Palacio-Lewis, Quinn, and Williamson ran to victory with a new League record time of 3:28.25, breaking the long-standing record of 3:58.8 from 2002 which was also held by a Warwick team.
Palacio-Lewis won the 100 with a time of 12.52 and was followed by Graybill in fourth with a 12.7, and Quinn who placed fifth with a 12.98. Palacio-Lewis also placed first in the 200 with a time of 25.26 with Graybill coming in a close second at 25.47. Graybill (57.64) also won the 400, with Kline (58.97) finishing in third.
Adding to the mix was Dickow who finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:13.23 as well as third in the 1,600 (5:15.33). The 3,200 relay team of Kline, Jaylyn Wagner, Deirdre White, and Williamson also ran to a third place time of 9:40.92, as did Juliette Delmotte, Graybill, Lewis, and Quinn in the 400 relay in 50.21. Williamson (2:24.32), White (2:25.35), and Wagner (2:32.50) respectively finished sixth, ninth, and 15th in the 800.
Warwick also had a good day in the field with Bitting-Ellis (5-0) placing second in the high jump, as well as Allen (36-0.5) taking third in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump (16-2.75) behind eighth place Mathilda Zartman (16-4.5).
Alexis Sheeley was 13th in the discus (85-4), and 21st in the shot put (24-4) and Abby Vance placed 16th in the javelin (86-0).
Finishing in 10th overall with 33.75 points, the boys' team placed 11 athletes in the top ten with nine scoring points.
John Wilson found himself in a four-way tie, matching the height of 6-2 against Derek Heisey from Elizabethtown, Rob McHugh from Solanco, and Juan Maldonado from Lebanon, and Eric Garner, who is looking to return to championship form in the District meet, threw a 190-8 as they both led in the field with second place finishes.
"Eric Garner had some good javelin throws, but I know he was not satisfied with getting the silver medal," Daecher said of his star athlete. "Eric is a tough kid and I know that it is going to make him work even harder this week to repeat as District Champion."
Christian Hess, who finished 13th behind Wilson in the high jump (18-4.5), also placed 21st in the long jump (38-8.25), Ryan Fegley (38-8.25) was 18th in the triple, and Matthew Ensinger (98-10) took 18th in the discus and was 20th in the shot put (37-9.5) to round out the field events.
Connor Shields had a team high third place finish in the 1600 (4:24.99) and was followed by Drayk Cassamajor in seventh (4:29.74). The two also finished sixth and seventh in the 800 with Cassamajor timing out in 1:59.83 and Shields clocking a 2:00.07, respectively.
Fegley fared well on the track as well, finishing sixth in the 200 (23.44) and teaming with Charles Lumene, Preston Simmons, and Patrick Tocci to place eighth in the 400 relay (45.17).
Brendan Gates (41.11) was third in the 300 hurdles, Noah Martin (10:09.17) placed 16th in the 3,200, and Hess (56.02) finished 20th in the 400 to round out the individual races.
Meanwhile, Cassamajor, Hess, Shields, and Wilson placed 10th in the 1600 relay 3:37.74, and Jeremy Bell, Gage St. Pierre, Wilson, and Parker Keares were ninth in the 3200 (8:33.08).
Daecher acknowledged the hard work of both his teams and believes they have more in them for the upcoming weeks. "It is great to have such young kids on the team and have them perform in the rain and slop, and not have the conditions get to them. We are very excited for Districts and states and we are hoping to have similar success."
Warwick earned their way into the L-L boys' Lacrosse tournament by beating Penn Manor last week and as a result of their number four seed, were paired up with number one seed Manheim Township. The Streaks scored three unanswered goals to break a 1-1 tie and eventually won 8-3.
Like Hirtzel scored the game tying goal with 1:39 left in the first quarter but could only manage two more in the second half when Conor Adams and Evan Crawford both added one.
Warwick Girls' Lax Caps 6-5 League Record May 8, 2017
Scoring two victories last week the Warwick girls' lacrosse team was able to end the season with a winning record. At 6-5 the lady Warriors ended up in sixth place in Section One, one game ahead of Elizabethtown (5-6) and one game behind Cocalico (7-4).
While they were able to finish out the season with a 19-10 win over Conestoga Valley and an 18-11 outcome over Penn Manor, Warwick did not qualify for the L-L League tournament.
Sullivan Herritt led the offensive charge against Conestoga Valley with four goals, and Jenna Rodgers stopped eight shots as the ladies used a 14 goal first half to open up a huge 10-point lead at the break.
No less than nine players got in on the scoring action for Warwick which slowed down in the second half and was actually outscored 6-5 by the Buckskins, but had built enough of a cushion to absorb the blow.
With Talia Bertrando and Olivia Robinson adding three goals apiece, Warwick also benefitted from two goals each from Carson Armstrong, Katie Pyle, and Zoey Winters, while Madison Wagner, Morgan Bomberger, and Abby Care each accounted for one goal.
Thursday's game with Penn Manor again included a double digit first half as Warwick outscored the Comets 11-6 during that span while Rodgers' strong play in goal resulted in 10 saves and combined to help lead the ladies to victory. A 7-5 scoring advantage in the second half added extra insurance.
Herritt bested her previous performance, scoring six goals against the visiting Comets but was closely trailed by Bertrando (5), and Armstrong (4). Wagner, Winters, and Robinson contributed one goal each.
Warwick's boys' team also fared well last week as they racked up two victories to end the season at 8-3 and tied in third place with Cocalico who actually owns the tiebreak advantage over the Warriors with a head-to-head victory earlier in the season.
The only advantage provided the Eagles is that they earned a third place seeding in the L-L League tournament while Warwick ended up as number four when they defeated Penn Manor 4-1 in the final game of the season. They preceded that win with a 16-3 drubbing of Conestoga Valley on Tuesday.
Two players accounted for over half of the Warrior's goals versus the Buckskins as Joshua Croyle and Caleb Davis each tallied five to spearhead the charge. Josiah Jewell provided four saves on seven CV shots on goal.
With defensive shutouts in both the first quarter (6-0) and third quarter (4-0), Warwick held CV to two goals in the first half and only one in the second in the easy victory. Connor Brechbill and Conor Adams each scored twice for the Warriors while Trey Glass and Justin Minnich each had one.
With the final spot in Leagues up for grabs, Warwick and Penn Manor faced off in Millersville on Thursday and both teams showed up ready to go but in the end the day went to Warwick and the play of goal keeper Jewell.
With each team taking over 20 shots, the Warrior keeper turned away 15 to help secure the playoff spot. He blanked Penn Manor in the first half while Warwick took a slim 1-0 lead into the break and held the home team to only one goal in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late as the Warriors added one in the third and two more in the final frame for the victory.
Luke Hirtzel took charge on offense as the junior put up a hat trick. Glass provided the difference with one goal, adding an assist along the way.
Warwick (2-9) dropped both of its matches last week putting the Warriors in sixth place in Section One. They lost to Penn Manor and Hempfield by identical 3-0 scores.
Noah Miller had nine kills and one ace while Mateo Chacon, Foster Lobb, and Connor Baer each added one ace apiece against the Comets on Tuesday.
Although it was a sweep by the visiting team, the match was closer than the score made it appear. Warwick played the Comets tough but unfortunately came up short in the 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 loss.
In the 25-17, 25-14, 25-14 defeat at the hands of Hempfield, both Miller and Chad Meeder led on offense, racking up four kills apiece while Meeder joined with Evan Troop to account for two Warrior aces. Baer chipped in with 12 assists as well.
Four Warwick players played in last week's L-L League flight tournament to end the season for the Warriors. Nate Deimler, Cam Moody, Garrett Nissley and Jonathon Martin all took in both the singles and doubles portion of the championships.
In flight one singles, Deimler drew seventh seeded Jarod Snader from Cocalico and fell in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 while Moody began his play in flight two with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over McCaskey's Tyler Coder to set up a match with number three seed Daniel Scala from Conestoga Valley. Moody was able to pull off a 7-5, 6-3 upset, but then lost 6-0, 6-1 to second seed and eventual champion Colby Martin from Cocalico. Garrett Nissley finished out singles play for the Warriors in flight three but lost to McCaskey's William Fenimore in straight sets.
Deimler and Moody teamed up in flight one doubles where they opened play against Hempfield's sixth seeded team of Damion Deck and Ben Cooke. They took the Knight duo to the limit but dropped out with a heart breaking 6-2, 6-7 (4), 11-9 loss.
Nissley and Martin won their first doubles match in flight two, defeating Garden Spot's Nathan Nguyen and Matthew McCormick 8-3, but then lost to Dawson Smith and Adam Omar of ELCO 8-3.
While Penn Manor (14-1) and Hempfield (13-2) locked up spots in the L-L League championships last week leaving Warwick (11-4) on the outside looking in, it was the final game of the week that made all the difference to the lady Warriors.
After losing to the Comets 2-0 on Monday, Warwick rebounded with a 10-4 win over Manheim Township to set up a rematch with Hempfield on Thursday. The 2-1 victory redeemed an early season smack down and locked up third place in Section One.
To start the week, Warwick struggled offensively against the Comets only managing two hits, both of them singles by Danielle Jones and Catie Brubaker while Penn Manor got to starting pitcher Nicole Mengel for five hits and two runs, only one of which was earned.
Penn Manor broke the scoreless tie by notching a run in the fourth and then added some insurance in the sixth with another to seal the victory.
Amanda Herr got the start against the Blue Streaks and went seven innings while allowing four runs on six hits and striking out four. Mengel went 3-4 at the plate with two doubles and a home run while driving in four runs.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning off of Mengel's first double of the game which scored Leann Runkle (1-5), Herr held Township to one hit through three innings before surrendering the lead on three hits and an error in the fourth to fall behind 4-1.
Warwick's bats responded, however, as Abby Erickson (2-3, 3RBI) scored Jolyssa High (1-3) from second on a single in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-2 and the ladies added four more in the fifth and sixth innings.
After Mengel doubled again in the fifth to put Herr (1-1) on third, Julia Forsythe (2-4, 2RBI) sent them both home on a line drive double to center field before scoring later in the inning when Erickson sent her and High both home on a base hit.
Jones (1-4) started the sixth with a single followed by a Herr walk, setting up a long line drive over the left field fence by Mengel to put the Warriors up 9-4. Marissa Triebley (3-3, 1RBI) later singled to center scoring Forsythe for the final run of the game.
Back on April 10, Herr was on the rubber when Hempfield pounded out 13 runs in the seventh inning to blow open a 4-1 lead. While Herr (1-2, 2RBI) wasn't pitching on Thursday, she exacted her revenge with the bat in the top of the third inning when she stepped to the plate with two outs and Brubaker (0-3) on third.
After taking a called strike on the first pitch, she connected on the second and sent a screamer over the center field fence for what turned out to be the deciding two runs in the game.
Not only did Warwick avenge the former loss, the win also knocked Hempfield out of first place with Penn Manor.
Mengel pitched a gem of a game only giving up three hits while striking out five for the complete game and the win.
With only two league games remaining on the schedule, Warwick (9-5) ended up tied with Hempfield (9-5) in second place after two heart-breaking losses last week. They dropped an extra inning contest to Penn Manor 6-1 on Monday and then lost 6-4 to Manheim Township on Wednesday.
Monday's loss was especially hard to swallow as both teams scored once in the fourth before the Comets blew up for five runs in the top of the ninth to take first place in Section One.
With ace Zach Peters dealing through seven and two thirds innings, the Comets put up only one run on six hits, but the Warriors could only manage one run of their own off of one hit over the same span.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth and with two outs, Justin Byler (1-2, 1RBI) smoked the first pitch he saw for a double, scoring Nate Hess and tying the game at 1-1.
After Peters maxed out his pitch count in the eighth, Colby Martin came on in relief and retired the side. However, Hempfield was able to figure him out in the ninth, touching Martin for five runs on five hits and securing the victory.
Evan Clark (2-3, 3RBI) stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning against Township and ripped a 3-2 line drive double that cleared the bases to extend the lead to 4-0, but that was the last time Warwick would score.
Brendan Martin surrendered six runs on seven hits over three innings before Dagen Young came on in the fourth and shut Township down for the rest of the game, only giving up two more hits.
Warwick Track Teams Post Mixed Results May 1, 2017
In their fifth meet of the regular season, the boys' and girls' teams of Warwick took on Penn Manor with mixed results. The girls improved their record to 3-2 with a 101-44 triumph while the boys remained winless in an 89-61 loss.
While no one on the boys' team won multiple events several athletes did win individual events.
Drayk Cassamajor took the 800 with a time of 2:01.3, Ryan Fegley's distance of 39-6 in the triple jump placed him in first, John Wilson won the high jump by clearing 6-1, Caleb Christener cleared 12-0 to win the pole vault, and Eric Garner threw the javelin 201-5 for first place.
For the girls, two athletes won multiple events on the track as Warwick only conceded first place in the 3200.
Leah Graybill led with three wins on the day, taking the 100 with a time of 12.4, the 400 in 58.22, and the 200 with a best time of 26.5. Cassisdy Kline followed with a two-win performance by taking the high hurdles (16.2) as well as the 300 hurdles (49.1).
Deirdre White ran the fastest time in the 1600 with a 5:50.4 and Kate Dickow topped out in the 800, running a 2:28.
Penn Manor ruled the day in the field events by winning five of seven with Warwick's Trinity Bitting-Ellis winning the high jump by clearing 5-2 and Abigail Vance taking the javelin with a throw of 89-9.
Warwick played two matches last week and came away with a split. They visited Cedar Crest on Tuesday and earned a 3-0 win but lost 3-0 to visiting McCaskey on Thursday.
Nick Miller led with eight kills against Cedar Crest while Lucas Sauder served up five aces and Connor Baer put up 23 assists in a match that Warwick controlled from the outset. The Warriors put away the Falcons 25-17, 25-15, and 25-10 in the shutout.
After losing 25-13 against McCaskey in the first game, Warwick battled hard over the next two losing a 28-26 heartbreaker in the second and falling 25-23 in the third. Noah Miller had nine kills and Chad Meeder had one ace.
With a logjam at the top of Section One with Hempfield (11-1) and Penn Manor (11-1), third place Warwick (9-3) can only do one thing and that is take care of what they can control. With a little luck, things could go their way and last week was exactly what the Warriors needed.
In three games they came away with three wins and remained in the hunt. They began by downing Conestoga Valley in a dominant 15-3 victory, then shutout Lebanon 10-0 and followed that act by blanking Cocalico 6-0.
While Amanda Herr was dealing a seven hit complete game against the lady Buckskins and only surrendering three runs in the process, Nicole Mengel (3-4, 2HR, 4RBI) and Marissa Triebly (1-4, HR, 4RBI) were getting it done at the plate.
After Danielle Jones (2-4, double, 2RBI) sent Leann Runkle (1-3, 1RBI) home in the first inning with her two-bagger to left-center Mengel came to the plate with one out and went yard on a 1-1 pitch to put Warwick up 3-0.
With the score 7-0 in the second inning after a few errors and a bases clearing double by Herr and the bases juiced, it was time for Triebly to flex some muscle as she sent an 0-1 pitch deep into left center field for the grand slam and an 11-0 Warwick lead.
Mengel's final act came in the fifth inning with the 13-0 game already firmly in hand. With one out and Jones on second she again went deep into left center for the two-run blast that ended the scoring.
In the game with Lebanon it was Runkle (1-3, 3RBI) who put the ladies on the board first, but it wasn't until the third inning of a scoreless game with the Cedars when her sacrifice fly to deep short scored Catie Brubaker (1-3) to make it 1-0 before Herr (1-3, 1RBI) tripled home Jones (1-2, 1RBI), and then scored on a single by Mengel (1-2, 2RBI).
Warwick scored seven more runs in the fourth, giving more cushion to Mengel who pitched the complete game shutout while only giving up three hits.
Herr stole the spot light against the Falcons by throwing a five hit shutout and backing it up with a 3-4 performance at the plate that included a RBI triple in the first inning. Julia Forsythe (2-3, 2RBI) doubled in the fifth and drove in two runs in a three-run inning that helped seal the victory.
Using three wins last week, the Warwick baseball team was tied with Penn Manor at 9-3 atop the standings in Section One. The Warriors completed the perfect week by beating Conestoga Valley 3-2, Donegal 11-5, and Cedar Crest 5-2.
It doesn't get any better than it did on Monday for Zach Peters. In a classic shot at redemption, he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after surrendering the game-tying run in the top half of the inning.
With the bases loaded and one out, CV's Trevor High worked the count to 1-2 in an effort to work his way out of a very bad situation when Peters took the next pitch to right field for the walk off single.
After Colby Martin retired the side in a sixth inning relief position to preserve a 2-1 Warwick lead, Peters (1-3, 1RBI) was called on to close out the game and, after retiring the first two batters, a trio of singles tied it at 2-2 and set up the celebratory ending.
After Donegal erased a 1-0 Warwick lead by scoring twice in the third, an Evan Clark (1-1, 1RBI) RBI single in the fourth tied the game at 2-2 before the Warriors exploded for a nine-run sixth inning and then held off a late three-run rally by the Indians in the seventh to ice the victory.
Peters took the mound to start the game and went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out five before Colby Martin came on in the seventh. Brendan Martin (2-2, double, 3RBI) helped lead the Warriors at the plate.
Ethan Norman got the start against Cedar Crest on Friday earning the win. He went six and a third innings and gave up two runs on four hits while striking out three while Colby Martin recorded the save.
The Falcons touched Norman in the second for a run to take a 1-0 lead but Warwick scored twice on errors in the third to lead 2-1.
In the seventh inning the Warriors capitalized on more Cedar Crest miscues to score three more times and then held them to only one run in the bottom half of the inning to secure the victory. Dagen Young (2-4), Justin Byler (1-3), and Adam Ricketts (1-2) represented the only hits for Warwick.
Warwick's boys ended last week by going 2-1 and earned a fourth place tie with Penn Manor as both teams shared a 6-3 record. They sandwiched a 13-2 loss to Hempfield with an 11-2 win over Lancaster Country Day/Lancaster Catholic and a 17-9 victory over Ephrata.
Joshua Croyle blew up the LCD/LC defense for five goals on Monday and Josiah Jewel stopped 13 shots on goal as the Warriors cruised to the easy victory.
Scoring four unanswered first quarter goals, the Warriors took a 6-1 lead into the break and then scored five more over the final two while holding the visitors to one goal per half.
Corey Snyder scored two for Warwick and Evan Crawford, Connor Brechbill, Luke Hirtzel, and Trey Glass each scored one goal apiece.
The Warriors had the tables turned on them against Hempfield as the Black Knights' defense held them to only one goal in the first quarter and one more in the third.
Snyder and Hirtzel each scored for Warwick while Jewel made eight saves.
With a slim 5-3 lead over Ephrata after one quarter of play, the Warriors offense took off, scoring 12 more times throughout the game while holding the Mounts to only six goals over the same span.
Caleb Davis came up big, scoring four goals while Crawford and Croyle each added three apiece. Also scoring for Warwick was Brechbill and Glass with two apiece, and Hirtzel, Conor Adams, and Hilton Michael each had one.
Warwick's girls have fought hard all season, and last week was no different as they lost to LCD/LC 19-5, and Hempfield 18-12, but rebounded with a 24-13 win over Ephrata. That placed them in sixth place in Section One with a 4-5 record.
After a huge 15 goal first half by LCD/LC, the lady Warriors held them to only four in the second while scoring four of their own in the loss.
Zoey Winters scored two goals for Warwick, while Katie Pyle, Talia Bertrando, and Carson Armstrong each scored one. Jenna Rodgers saved nine shots on goal.
Bertrando's four goals led the ladies against Hempfield in a game that saw them down only 8-7 at halftime. However, the Knights put up 10 in the second while Warwick only scored five.
Armstrong and Sullivan Herritt each added three for Warwick and Winters put away two.
Putting up double digit numbers in consecutive games is bound to net some success and the lady Warriors found it against the Mounts. With Bertrando's seven goals boldly leading the way, Warwick jumped out to a 16-7 first half lead and continued with eight more goals in the second to gain the victory.
Superb efforts by Herritt (5), Pyle (3), and Olivia Robinson (3) were supported by Armstong's two scores and single goals by Madison Wagner, Winters, Emma Leister and Emalie Martzall.
Rodgers (2) was joined in the net by Zoe Stauffer (4) as the two combined to hold the Mounts at bay.
Warriors Tied With Comets on Top of Section April 24, 2017
After winning two of its three games in last week's slate, Warwick's baseball team landed a seat in first place in Section One, tied with Penn Manor at 6-3. An 11-3 win over Solanco (2-6) and a tight 3-2 victory over Ephrata (5-4) preceded an 8-2 Warrior loss to Elizabethtown who was undefeated at 9-0.
Brendan Martin started the game against Solanco and held the Mules to three runs on three hits over six innings while recording four strikeouts. He also drove in two runs at the plate while going 1-3 with a single and two walks.
A huge seven run second inning gave the Warriors an early lead, but only one of those runs came off of a hit when Tyler Hess (1-3, 1RBI) hit a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Zach Peters (1-1, 1RBI) from third for the final score of the inning. One hit batter and five walks accounted for the first six.
Warwick added another run in the fourth When Martin's hard grounder to third was misplayed, sending Ryan Aukamp (2-3, 1RBI) home. That run answered a three-run third inning by Solanco making the score 8-3 in favor of the Warriors who added three more in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
With the score tied at 2-2 against Ephrata in the bottom of the fifth inning and the bases loaded, Peters (1-3, 3RBI) stepped to the plate and hit a fielder's choice ground ball to short, scoring what turned out to be the winning run for Warwick.
Peters' heroics began in the first inning, however, when he singled to center field scoring Bryce Zimmerman (2-3, double) from third and Nate Hess (3-3) from second for an early 2-0 lead.
He then proceeded to the mound where he stymied the Mounts for six and a third innings, giving up two runs in the third while only allowing three hits and striking out five before Ethan Norman came on for the save.
Warwick's game against Section Two leader Elizabethtown was a heartbreaker as the Warriors gave up five runs in the bottom of the sixth after battling back to within one run at 3-2 in the fourth.
Norman took the loss while giving up three runs, two earned, off of five hits over three innings of play. Justin Byler came on in the fourth and gave up five runs, four earned, off of four hits while Warwick came up with eight hits on the day.
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning and with two runners in scoring position, Byler (0-3, 1RBI) hit a sharp fielder's choice ground ball to second base that scored Zimmerman from third to tie the game, but Elizabethtown answered with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead at 3-1.
Adam Ricketts (1-2, 1RBI) hit a two-out double to left field in the fourth to score Colby Martin (2-2) and pull Warwick back into the game at 3-2, but the disastrous sixth inning loomed for the Warriors and stopped any come-back bid.
Warwick (6-3) dropped a 7-1 loss against Solanco (6-3) early last week but rebounded with three straight victories winning 6-3 against Manheim Central (4-4), 11-1 against Ephrata (1-7), and 10-0 against Elizabethtown (4-5). That placed the ladies in third place in Section One behind Hempfield and Penn Manor.
Nicole Mengel got the start against Solanco on Monday and pitched a complete game surrendering 11 hits while striking out four.
Warwick managed five hits in the game but its only run came in the first inning when Mengel (1-4, 1RBI) sent a 2-2 pitch into left field which scored Leann Runkle to tie the game at 1-1. Solanco then scored one in the second, four in the fourth and once more in the seventh for the win.
Julia Forsythe (2-2), Marissa Triebley (1-3), and Abby Erickson (1-3) accounted for the remaining Warrior hits.
Three Warwick home runs and three lead changes highlighted the game against Manheim Central. Amanda Herr pitched a complete seven inning game, striking out eight and surrendering eight hits that resulted in three runs, only one of which was earned.
A two-hit third inning put Warwick in the lead after falling behind 1-0 in the first as Danielle Jones (2-4, 1RBI) and Mengel (1-3, 1RBI) each hit solo shots, however the Barons responded by tying the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Forsythe (1-4, 1RBI) gave Warwick the lead for good in the fifth, singling with two outs and sending Jones home from third. An error by the center fielder on the same play allowed Herr (2-4, 2RBI) to score from second and advanced Forsythe to third where she was stranded, ending the inning with Warwick leading 4-2.
Herr came to the plate with two outs in the sixth and blasted a 2-2 pitch for a home run that scored Runkle (2-4) from first making it 6-2 and rendering Manheim's one run in the seventh moot.
A five-run first inning which featured a two-run home run by Jones (3-3, 4RBI) signified the beginning of the end for Ephrata as Warwick put up three more runs in both the second and third innings to end the game via mercy rule after five.
Herr (1-3, triple) got the start and went three innings giving up one run on four hits while striking out four before Mengel (1-2, 1RBI), who had a solo home run in the second inning, came on in relief, throwing two innings of no hit ball to end the game.
In the shut-out of Elizabethtown on Friday, Mengel threw a complete five inning game and only surrendered one hit while recording six strikeouts. Warwick put up three runs in the first before scoring five in the second and two more in the fourth.
Runkle (1-2, 1RBI) got things started with a solo shot to left-center field in the game's first at bat and then Herr (2-2, 3RBI) sent a two-run blast to the same spot, scoring Jones (1-2) who had singled previously. Forsythe (2-3, 3RBI), Triebley (1-3, 1RBI), and Mengel (1-3, 1RBI) contributed at the plate as well.
Warwick took on Manheim Township last week with mixed results as the boys lost 84-66 and the girls won 79-71. With the win, the lady Warriors improved their record to 2-2 and found themselves tied with Hempfield in fourth place while the boys remained winless on the season.
The boys won four events on the track and three in the field with no multiple winners. Preston Simmons won the 100 with a time of 11.6 and Brendon Gates was first in the 300 hurdles finishing in 42.9 while Drayk Cassamajor's winning time of 1:59.1 in the 800 and Ryan Fegley's 22.8 in the 200 wrapped up the race winners for the Warriors.
In the field it was Christian Hess who won the long jump with a 40-10 followed by Caleb Christner clearing 13-0 in the pole vault and Eric Garner throwing the javelin 198-7.
Leah Graybill led the girls in their thrilling victory accounting for two of the Warriors' six wins on the track. She won both the 400 (60.3) and the 200 (25.5).
Lily Palacio-Lewis won the 100 (12.2), Kate Dickow (5:26.4) won the 1600, Cassidy Kline (48.6) was first in the 300 hurdles, and the 1600 relay team of Emily Williamson, Palacio-Lewis, Kline, and Jaylyn Wagner ran to victory in 4:07.5.
Three girls won field events for Warwick as well with Trinity Bitting-Ellis taking first in the high jump, clearing 5-2, Abigail Vance winning the javelin with a throw of 92-11, and Alexis Sheely throwing the discus 89-5.
In what was a rough week, the Warwick boys lost two matches as Conestoga Valley won 27-25, 25-23, and 25-19 in a closely contested 3-0 shutout and Exeter won 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21 for a 3-1 victory.
Noah Miller recorded 12 kills and Connor Baer had 26 assists against the Buckskins while Miller added another 15 kills and Aaron Morrissey had 12 assists in the match with Exeter.
Warwick played one away match last week at Conestoga Valley and came away with a 5-2 loss. Nate Deimler defeated Andy Wang 6-2, 6-3 and Garrett Nissley beat Nathan May 6-4, 6-4 for the Warriors.
With three matches last week the boys began with an 8-4 loss to Cocalico but earned a 19-4 victory over Danville and an 8-4 win over Exeter for a 4-2 record on the season and a share of fifth place with the Eagles.
Four players scored goals for Warwick against Cocalico last Tuesday but the Warriors were playing from behind the entire game as the Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and withstood a Warwick rally in the second.
Despite putting up two goals just before halftime the Warriors were down 6-2 heading into the third. They scored two unanswered during that time, but surrendered two in the fourth for the loss. Kyle Weaver, Connor Brechbill, Joshua Croyle, and Conor Adams all scored for Warwick.
Luke Hirtzel and Caleb Davis each scored four against Danville in a lopsided affair where Warwick held a 41-7 shot advantage. A 10-goal explosion in the second put Warwick ahead 14-1 and the game out of reach for the visitors who had no answer for the Warrior offense.
Croyle scored three, followed by Brechbill (2), Adams (2), Evan Crawford (1), Corey Snyder (1), and Hayden Rucci (1).
Exeter held a 3-1 lead after one quarter of play and led 4-2 at halftime but Warwick's defense clamped down in the second half allowing no goals while the offense put up three in the third and fourth quarters for the come from behind victory. They were led by Coyle's' three goals and seven saves by Josiah Jewel.
Also playing three games but coming away with much different results were the girls who lost 18-14 to Wyomissing, 17-6 to Cocalico, and 16-6 to Exeter. The losses dropped them to 3-3 on the season and a tie for sixth place with Penn Manor.
Talia Bertrando was on fire for the ladies scoring 11 goals through those three games while both Katie Pyle and Carson Armstrong scored five apiece during the same span.
Jenna Rodgers and Zoe Stauffer split duties in goal for the team with Stauffer stopping 18 shots on goal while Rodgers denied 13.
Softball Team Improves to 4-2 With Two Wins April 17, 2017
Maintaining their hunt for gold in Section One, Warwick's softball team completed a 2-1 run last week and came away with a 4-2 record on the season.
Unfortunately, the one loss came at the hands of section leader Hempfield which widened the gap between them and the third place Warriors to two games with a 17-1 victory last Monday.
Warwick ended the week strong, however, with a 24-6 shellacking of McCaskey on Wednesday and a 9-1 win over Garden Spot on Thursday.
Amanda Herr got the start for Warwick on Monday night and had only given up one run on three hits when Leann Runkle sent a 3-2 pitch rocketing over the fence in left-center field to tie things up in the bottom of the third inning.
That stood as the only run the ladies would score as Hempfield used a 13 run seventh inning to put any hopes of a Warwick comeback on ice.
Herr went six and a third innings while giving up 14 runs on 19 hits, 13 of which were earned, before Nicole Mengel came on in relief surrendering three runs on three hits before retiring the side.
Herr led the team at the plate going 2-3, while Catie Brubaker, Julia Forsythe and Runkle all were 1-3.
Looking to rebound, the ladies took it to the Red Tornado of McCaskey, scoring 11 runs in the first inning, five in the second, and eight in the third to end the game on runs.
Marissa Treibley took the ball first for Warwick earning the win while giving up six runs on five hits over two innings before Herr came on in the third to end the game.
Jumping out to their huge lead in the first inning, the ladies only needed three hits as McCaskey walked in two runs, gave up two more on hit batters, and surrendered one on an error.
Treibley helped her cause at the plate, going 2-2 with 4RBI including a two-run double to center field in the third inning with Herr (1-4, 4RBI), Abby Erickson (3-4, 4, RBI), and Forsythe (1-2, 3RBI) leading the charge.
Using 10 hits behind a one-hit shutout by Nicole Mengel, Warwick blanked Garden Spot in a game that was scoreless through four innings before Runkle's RBI triple to left field put the ladies on board in the fifth.
Danielle Jones, who reached second on a double to right-center, raced home on Runkle's hit, and two batters later Herr drove a 2-2 pitch into right field for a triple, which scored Runkle, and then crossed the plate herself when Mengel singled to center.
In the sixth, Forsythe singled and reached third on an error which placed Erickson on first. Nikki Shirk laid down a sacrifice bunt that sent Forsythe home and Erickson to third who then scored when Jones singled. Treibley sealed the victory in the seventh with a two-run blast that cleared the fence in right-center.
Despite a 9-1 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday, the Warwick baseball team used a 2-1 victory over Hempfield and a 9-0 defeat of McCaskey to grab first place in Section One behind the Black Knights and Penn Manor.
Monday's game at Hempfield needed only one inning to decide the outcome as the Warriors collected two runs on three hits in the fifth and held the Knights to only one run in the bottom half of the inning.
With two outs, Bryce Zimmerman (2-4) singled and Nate Hess (2-4, 1RBI) and Justin Byler (1-3, 1RBI) each followed with an RBI double to account for the Warriors' runs.
Zach Peters pitched a complete game for the win, surrendering only one run on five hits while striking out six.
An eight-run outburst in the third inning helped Warwick to surge past McCaskey while Brendan Martin and Nate Hess combined for the four-hit shutout. Martin went four innings striking out four while Hess pitched three innings and struck out two.
Peters' (2-3, 2RBI) sacrifice fly to center scored Zimmerman in the first and he added another RBI in the eighth as Byler (3-4, 2RBI), Colby Martin (1-4, 1RBI), Adam Ricketts (1-3, 1RBI), and Tyler Hess (3-3, 1RBI) all combined to help the Warriors to victory.
After Peters scored in the fifth inning against L-S on an error to cut the lead to 2-1, the Pioneers scored twice more in the sixth and added five in the seventh to secure the win.
Ethan Norman took the loss for Warwick, throwing five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Colby Martin took over in the sixth and finished the game with six runs scored on three hits with one strikeout.
Warwick took on Conestoga Valley last Monday with mixed results as the boys lost 83-67 while the girls earned a 103-46 win.
While the boys only won three events on the track, they were able to sweep the throwing events and split even on the jumps.
Nick Coomer stood as the only multiple winner as his toss of 47-2.75 in the shot put garnered a first place finish as did his throw of 131-0 in the discus.
Drayk Casssamajor, Connor Shields, Christian Hess, and David Bach teamed up in the 3200 relay to out-run the Buckskins with a time of 8:34 for the lone relay victory while Shields' time of 10:04.1 in the 3200 and Jeremy Bell's 4:47.9 in the 1600 also stood as the fastest times.
In the girls' blowout victory the ladies earned wins in all events excluding the high and 300 hurdles, the shot put, and the discus.
Two athletes won multiple events as Kate Dickow won the 800 (2:32.14) and the 1600 (5:36.7), and Lily Palacio took the 100 (12.4) and the 200 (26.1). Palacio also ran second leg on the winning 1600 relay team with Leah Graybill, Emily Williamson, and Cassidy Kline in 4:04.
Graybill was also a winner in the 400 with a time of 60.0, while Leigha Martin won the 3200 (12:34.2). Other winners included: Abigail Vance in the javelin (87-9), Mathilda Zartman in the long jump (16-2), Juliette Delmotte in the triple jump (32-9.5), Trinity Bitting-Ellis in the high jump (5-4), Samantha Delmont in the pole vault (7-3), and the team of Caitlyn Wagner, Martin, Isabella Forgione, and Katherine Parker in the 3200 relay (11:31).
It was a tough week for the boys as they lost 3-1 to Hempfield and 3-0 to Manheim Township.
After dropping the first game to Hempfield 25-14, the Warriors rallied in the second to pull out a close 27-25 win to tie the match. From there on out it was all Hempfield as they won the final two games with identical 25-12 scores.
Noah Miller and Foster Lobb each had eight kills for the Warriors while Mateo Chacon served up one ace.
Manheim Township took a commanding 2-0 lead and then fought off a hard charge by Warwick in the third for a 25-21 win in the set. Lobb, Miller, Chad Meeder, and Lucas Sauder all had three kills apiece for Warwick with Meeder putting up 10 assists and Sauder securing one service ace.
Warwick played four matches last week and came away with only one win as they defeated Penn Manor 7-0, but lost 7-0 to Hempfield, 4-3 to McCaskey, and 5-0 to Cocalico.
Hosting McCaskey on Tuesday the Warriors' Nate Deimler and Cameron Moody accounted for each of the three Warwick wins as they teamed up in doubles to down Tyler Trump and Tyler Coder 8-3 and then won their respective singles matches as Moody dispatched Coder 6-0, 7-5 and Deimler took care of Trump 6-3, 6-1.
In the sweep of Penn Manor, Garrett Nissley and Jonathon Martin beat Petros Karpouzis and Nick Bernard 8-1, Deimler and Moody took down Bryce Hanna and Toby Singer 8-5, and Zach Bomberger and Jaron Weidler defeated Alex Mowery and Cole Shenk 8-2 to close out the doubles.
In singles play, Bomberger had his work cut out for him as he and Bernard went to two tie-breakers in the match with Bomberger emerging victorious with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 1-0 (5) win.
With much easier results, Nissley defeated Mowery 6-2, 6-1, Moody beat Singer 6-0, 6-1, and Deimler took out Hanna 6-1, 6-0.
It was a good week for the lady Warriors as they faced off three times and came away with three wins, two in dominating fashion. They dismantled Garden Spot 26-3, ran by Elizabethtown 13-5, and held on to beat Palmyra 14-10 to improve to 3-2 and hang onto sixth place in Section One.
Katie Pyle scored eight times and the Warwick defense held Garden Spot to only four shots on goal in Tuesday's blow-out win.
With 37 shots on the day, the ladies put up 13 goals in each half and completely shut down the Spartan offense in the second, holding them scoreless to end the game.
Talia Bertrando scored five goals, while Zoey Winters (4), Carson Armstrong (3), Sulivan Herritt (2), Olivia Robinson (2), Emma Leister (1), and Morgan Bomberger (1) all contributed as well.
After putting up 11 goals in the first half against Elizabethtown, Warwick settled in with only two in the second, but it was more than enough to handle the Bears.
Jenna Rodgers stopped nine shots on goal and Herritt and Pyle led on offense with four goals apiece while Bertrando tallied three and Winters added two for the Warriors.
With a 10-5 lead at halftime at Palmyra on Thursday, Warwick had to fend off the Cougars in the second half as the Warrior offense cooled with only four goals in the final frame.
Pyle led again with seven scores, followed by Bertrando (4), Herritt (1), Armstrong (1), and Robinson. Defensively, Rodger finished with 14 stops in the net.
Meanwhile the boys kept pace with Hempfield (6-0), and Manheim Township (5-0) as they split last week with a 10-8 win over Elizabethtown and an 11-6 non-league loss to Palmyra, leaving Warwick (4-1) in third place in Section One.
Wednesday's game with the Bears did not start off well as the home team quickly took a 5-1 lead in the first quarter. Warwick battled back to make it 5-4 at halftime and took the lead for good in the third at 7-6.
Joshua Croyle led with five goals and Josiah Jewell stopped three shots in goal for the Warriors.
Against Palmyra, Warwick broke a 3-3 tie in the second quarter to lead 5-3 at the half but were outscored 8-1 in the second half for the loss.
Warwick Boys' Lax Tops Pioneers, Spartans April 10, 2017
With a 15-7 win over Lampeter-Strasburg, a 17-2 blowout of Garden Spot, and a 5-4 non-league loss to Governor Mifflin last week, the boys' lacrosse team landed in third place behind Hempfield and Manheim Township which were both undefeated at 4-0.
Warwick (3-1) received four goals from Joshua Croyle and three from Evan Crawford to lead the charge over the Pioneers in last Tuesday's matchup.
The Warriors blew things wide open by breaking a 2-2 tie with 5 goals in the second quarter to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. Josiah Jewell's nine saves on the day helped the visiting Warwick team to hold L-S to only one goal in the third and two in the fourth while they scored eight over the same span.
Corey Snyder, Caleb Davis, and Trey Glass each scored twice while Luke Hirtzel and Evan Popalis added one apiece in the win.
Ten different Warriors scored in Friday's big victory over Garden Spot while Warwick outshot the Spartans 42-9.
With a 9-0 lead at the break, Warwick's defense let up just the tiniest bit by allowing two second half goals by the visitors, but the offense added eight more in the landslide win.
Led by Snyder and Conor Adams who each had three goals, it was Connor Brechbill, Croyle, and Davis with two apiece, and Evan Crawford, Hirtzel, Christian Springer, Hayden Rucci, and Popalis each with one to round out the scoring.
Warwick led 3-1 at the half against Governor Mifflin but gave up two unanswered in the third quarter that spelled the difference in the one point loss. Snyder and Croyle each had two while Jewell stopped 10 shots on goal.
The lady Warriors held an early 7-6 advantage after the first half in their lone match against L-S but only managed one goal in the second as they fell 10-8 at home. Katie Pyle led with four goals.
It has been a rough start to the season for Warwick's boys' volleyball team so far with the Warriors falling to 1-3 while dropping into sixth place in section one after last week's play.
McCaskey (1-3) sat just above Warwick in the standings due to a Warrior loss that came at the hands of the Red Tornado last Tuesday via a 3-1 verdict in Lancaster and a subsequent 3-0 loss to Penn Manor at home on Wednesday.
The evening started out in Warwick's favor against McCaskey as the Warriors scored a 25-19 first game win, but the home team began to rally in the second holding on for a 25-21 win and riding that momentum through a 25-15 third before closing things out in the fourth with a 25-20 finish.
Noah Miller's nine kills combined with Mateo Chacon's 2 aces and 17 assists helped to keep it close for the Warriors in the tightly contested match.
Wednesday's match proved a much taller task as the boys traveled to Millersville, home of the Comets who finished as last year's District Three AAA champions and PIAA runners up.
Chad Meeder provided the Warriors with six kills and two aces on the evening while Chacon added 11 assists. Miller racked up six kills as well but it was not enough to slow down the red hot Comets who swept Warwick 25-17, 25-15, and 25-20.
Warwick went 3-1 last week to keep pace with undefeated Hempfield and secure second place in Section One while maintaining a one game lead over third place Penn Manor.
After sustaining a 7-4 loss to Cedar Crest on Monday, the Warriors responded by defeating the Comets 1-0 on Wednesday, Manheim Township 3-2 on Friday, and South Western 11-1 on Saturday.
Justin Byler took to the mound for the start against the Cedars and threw four innings giving up four runs on five hits while striking out three.
With the score 3-2 in favor of Cedar Crest after a run in the third and two in the fourth erased a 1-0 first inning lead by Warwick, Colby Martin came on in relief but gave up two runs in the fifth before Reed Martin spelled him for the final inning and a third.
The Cedars scored two more runs in the sixth before a two run rally by Warwick in the bottom of the seventh fell short.
Zach Peters threw a two-hit shutout against Penn Manor while the Warriors only managed three against Matt Tulli, all in the first inning, culminating in an RBI single by Peters that scored Bryce Zimmerman with two outs to give Warwick the one run lead that held through the rest of the game.
Peters struck out nine and gave up no walks in his complete game gem while Zimmerman and Byler both went 1-3 along with Peters.
Nate Hess arose as the hero against Manheim Township when he not only tied the game in the fifth with a two-out RBI triple, but topped it with a 2-run walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the come from behind victory.
Trailing 1-0 after the Streaks scored in the fourth, Hess drove a 1-2 pitch into center field which scored Josh Weachter from second making it 1-1.
After Manheim Township re-took the lead in the seventh, Warwick quickly gave up two outs before Weachter singled up the middle and was replaced on the bases by pinch runner Tyler Hess who then scored on Hess's game ending shot to right center.
Using 12 hits in their non-league matchup with South Western, the Warriors utilized the 10-run rule in the sixth inning to take the lopsided victory.
Byler hit a three-run home run in the third to break a scoreless tie and Warwick added four more in both the fifth and sixth innings to end the game.
Brendan Martin got the win, going five innings while giving up one run and striking out five before giving way to Reed Martin in the sixth who surrendered one hit and no runs.
Byler was 2-4 on the day with 3 RBI while Zimmerman went 3-3 with an RBI to lead the team offensively at the plate.
Behind strong pitching by Nicole Mengel and solid hitting at the plate, Warwick was able to go 2-1 last week as they sandwiched a 3-2 loss to Penn Manor between an 11-0 win at Cedar Crest and a 9-0 victory against Manheim Township. The two wins helped the third place Warriors (2-1) keep pace with both the Comets and Hempfield who were tied at 3-0.
While Mengel worked her way through a no-hit shutout against Cedar Crest last Monday in which she went six innings with seven strike outs, Amanda Herr went 3-3 with 2RBI on a double and two triples to lead the ladies at the plate.
Warwick scored three times in the first inning, twice in the third, once in the fifth and five more times in the sixth to end the game.
Mengel helped her own cause by going 3-4 at the plate with a triple and 2RBI and Marissa Treibley chipped in as well, going 3-4 with 2RBI.
Herr got the start against Penn Manor going the full seven innings while surrendering three runs on seven hits and striking out nine. She also continued to shine at the plate where she drove in one run while hitting a home run and a triple.
Penn Manor took a 2-0 lead after scoring once in the second and again in the fourth before Herr scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning, shortening the lead to 2-1.
The teams traded runs in the sixth with Herr's solo shot to left center pulling Warwick back to within a run, but the ladies were retired in order in the seventh to end the game. Treibley, Mengel, and Danielle Jones all went 1-3 for the Warriors.
Continuing with their on-field success, the dynamic duo of Herr and Mengel teamed up once again on Friday when Mengel threw a two-hit shutout against Manheim Township while both went 2-3 with 2RBI and a home run.
After Mengel's two-run blast to center field put Warwick ahead 2-0 in the third, Leann Runkle made it 3-0 when she singled home Julia Forsythe in the fourth. Her sacrifice bunt in the sixth scored Abby Erickson, and a one-run triple to right field in the seventh completed a 2-3, 3RBI day for the freshman catcher. Catie Brubaker was 2-1 with a run scored to help lead the ladies to victory.
Both track teams took a hit last week in their meet with Hempfield as the boys lost 98-52 and the girls followed suit with a 96-54 defeat.
While none of the boys came out as multiple winners they were able to win five events, including the 1600 relay where Christian Hess, Jeremy Bell, Connor Shields, and Drayk Cassamajor timed out at 3:40 for the victory.
Cassamajor also took first place in the 400 with a time of 53.3 while Matthew Weber won the 200 in 24.8, Nick Coomer threw a 45-7.75 to win the shot put, and Michael Rawlings' throw of 137-6 was good enough to win the javelin.
Lily Palacio-Lewis earned two wins for the ladies when she ran a 12.4 in the 100 and followed that up with a 26.2 in the 200. Kate Dickow won the 800 with a time of 2:30.4, and Trinity Bitting-Ellis took the high jump by clearing 4-10 to round up the individual winners.
Warwick dominated in the relays by taking two out of three on the day. Cassidy Kline, Wagner, Deirdre White, and Leah Graybill won the 1600 with a time of 4:13, while White, Wagner, Emily Williamson and Dickow took the 3200 in 10:18.4.
Warwick squared off against Ephrata and Elizabethtown on the hardcourts last week and emerged with respective victories of 6-1, and 4-3.
Zach Bomberger and Jaron Weidler found themselves in a tight battle with Ephrata's Jaron Wenger and Jared Groff, but pulled out an 8-5 win before Garrett Nissley and Jon Martin made short work of Ellis Martin and Dan Mantsevich with an 8-0 whitewash. Nate Deimler and Cameron Moody ended doubles play with an 8-2 victory over Ryan McKim and Nick Ohline for a commanding lead.
In singles, Martin worked a 6-4, 6-4 win over Wenger, Moody swept Martin 6-0, 6-0 and Deimler defeated McKim 6-4, 6-1.
Elizabethtown split with Warwick in singles matches, but they were out matched 2-1 in doubles as Deimler and Moody defeated Lucas Overmoyer and RJ Smith 8-2, and Bomberger and Martin took down Ethan Lown and Conner Babinchak in a tie breaker, 9-8 (8-6).
Deimler then earned a 6-2, 6-1 win against Overmoyer and Moody defeated Lown by a score of 6-4, 6-2 to nail down the victory.