Warwick Crushes Palmyra in District Opener November 5, 2018
With a mini-monsoon moving through the region, Warwick took to the field Friday night against Palmyra in the opening round of District Three playoff football and, with the entire team firing on all cylinders, handed the Cougars a lopsided, 64-0 loss. Joey McCracken threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns with Trey Glass on the receiving end of 155 of those yards and two scores while Nick Fucci ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns of his own.
Defensively the Warriors completely shut down Palmyra's running game, holding the Cougars to negative-seven yards and limiting them to only 38 yards of passing on 8 completions. The unit flexed its muscle from the opening drive forcing a three-and-out before Hilton Michael recovered a blocked punt setting Warwick up on the Palmyra nine-yard line.
McCracken found a wide-open Glass on the first play from scrimmage and connected again with the speedster on a 77-yard touchdown on Warwick's second play to make it 15-0 after a successful two-point conversion. Following a three-yard scoring plunge by Fucci, Michael then recovered the ensuing onside kick and on the very next play caught a 39-yard touchdown pass to make it 29-0. A 22-yard scoring strike to Haydn Rucci with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter then gave Warwick a commanding 36-0 lead.
After that opening flurry of activity things slowed down a bit on offense for Warwick, however the Warriors still put up points in each of the remaining quarters. Justin Gerhart picked off a Cougar pass midway through the second quarter and took it 15 yards to the house before Fucci's touchdown plunge from the 8-yard line with 17 seconds before the half made it 50-0.
In the second half, and with the mercy rule in effect, Fucci scored again on a five-yard run with 8:15 to go in the third and Sean Bedessa closed things out with a three-yard score with 7:59 remaining in the game. The fourth seeded Mustangs of Cedar Cliff wait for the Warriors in this Friday's quarterfinal showdown in Camp Hill.
Warwick's boys took part in the PIAA championship meet in Hershey on Saturday with the Warriors placing 10th as a team in the field of 19 schools. They scored 273 points, edging out Carlisle which placed 11th with 275 points.
A second-place finish in the District Three AAA race at Big Spring High School qualified Warwick for last week's race as they secured the second of only three spots offered to the District. Connor Shields and Noah Martin crossed the line neck-and-neck with each other with Shields claiming 20th place and Martin 21st place overall, but 11th and 12th in team scoring, respectively, while finishing with identical times of 16:54.
Because not all runners in the race are running with a school team, those that do are scored based on the field of team runners. Shields was awarded 11 points and Martin 12 based on their positional finish within that field, even though their overall finish was farther back.
Both Warwick runners crossed the line before any Carlisle runner, however, the Bison scored on the next four team positions of 21st, 36th, 46th, and 66th to push the issue. The Warwick trio of Parker Keares (70th, 17:56), Jeremy Bell (75th, 17:58), and Marcus Wachira (105th, 18:27) followed, but it was Wachira that clinched it for Warwick by edging out Carlisle runner Jacob Morris (106th, 18:28) by one second.
Had Morris, instead, claimed 105 points and Wachira 106, then both teams would have tied at 274 and it would have fallen on each team's sixth finisher in which case Warwick would have dropped a point due to David Bach (116th, 18:43) finishing before Carlisle's Andrew Booths who was 117th, which would have resulted in the Warrior's maintaining 10th in the team standings. Jeremiah Hendrix (128th, 19:04) rounded out the field for Warwick.
Booters Bow in District Quarterfinals to CV October 29, 2018
On a chilly Tuesday evening, the Warwick boys' soccer team took to the pitch with one goal in mind, to still be playing soccer at the end of the week. With nine years gone since the Warriors last walked off as winners in a district playoff game, Warwick took a 1-0 lead into the second half and added two more for insurance on the way to a 3-0 victory over visiting Ephrata last week.
An early Mount onslaught to start the match netted zero results before the Warriors came to life offensively and took a 1-0 lead when Robbie Heckman found David Dieal in front on a crossing pass. Dieal's shot went true with just under 13 minutes gone in the opening frame and the Warwick defense did the rest, sending the Warriors into the locker room with the lead.
"Drew Stief did a great job in goal putting up a shutout, but our entire defense also played a great game," stated head coach Gordy Cowher. "Ephrata put a lot of pressure on us in those first five minutes and Drew came up with several huge saves that kept Ephrata off of the scoreboard."
In the second, freshman Jacob Smith scored twice to ice the victory as Stief, who made four saves on the night, gave way to Boston Libhart (1) late in the half. Smith's first goal came on a quick pass from Jay Destinoble in the 56th minute with the second coming almost 14 minutes later on a soft pass that caught the wind and carried just over the outstretched hands of keeper Cole Hummel.
That win propelled the Warriors into a quarterfinal showdown with Cumberland Valley on Saturday where, in an evenly played match, the Eagle's Dominik Nitecki scored the only goal in the 1-0 Cumberland Valley victory. Patryk Nitecki found Dominik on a crossing pass that he was able to sneak by Stief in the 20th minute for the game winner.
Both Stief and Eagles goalie Matt Zambetti turned away six shots for their respective teams with Cumberland Valley getting off seven shots while Warwick managed six. The Eagles also enjoyed a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
"We had a couple of decent opportunities, but we just could not put one in the back of the net," noted Cowher. "Our kids played their hearts out, and in light of what has happened to our community on Friday, it speaks a lot about the types of kids we have. They have incredible character."
With a share of the Section One crown on the line, Warwick scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter alone and ran out to a 47-7 lead by halftime over Penn Manor on the way to a 53-20 victory. That placed them in a three-way tie with Manheim Township and Wilson for the section crown.
Although the Warriors surrendered 306 passing yards to Penn Manor quarterback Luke Braas, the defense overpowered the Comet's running game, holding them to negative 24-yards on only 10 carries. Warwick tallied 449-yards of offense with 213 of those yards coming on the ground and 236 from the arms of Adam Ricketts (9-12, 99 YDS, TD) and Joey McCracken (9-12, 137 YDS, 3TD).
Receiver Trey Glass (7-85, TD), who also ran for 48-yards and a touchdown, finished the regular season with 1,131 receiving yards which set a new Warwick school record and also leads the L-L League. He also leads the league in catches (64), and touchdown receptions (12) through 10 games.
His first score of the game came on a 22-yard reception from McCracken after the defense held the Comets to a punt on their first possession of the game. A Warwick interception by Brendan Martin on Penn Manor's ensuing possession led to another Warrior drive that was capped by McCracken's second touchdown pass off the game, this one to Hayden Rucci (5-86, TD) from 28-yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Hilton Michael (5-59, 2TD) was the recipient of McCracken's third touchdown of the day, all in the first quarter, when he caught an 18-yard pitch-and-catch to make it 21-0 before a 38-yard scramble by Glass stretched the lead to four touchdowns by the start of the second.
Braas put the Comets on the board in the second quarter when he plunged in from the one-yard line for the 28-7 score, but two more Warwick scores from running back Nick Fucci (18-86, 2TD), and a third from Michael pulled the Warriors away with a 47-7 halftime lead. A 6-yard run by Sean Bedessa (7-48, TD) in the fourth quarter marked the end of scoring for Warwick while Braas passed for two more before the end of the game.
Brock Fassnacht stood as the lone Warwick representative when he took to the course last Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York for the PIAA Championship and the junior golfer didn't disappoint coming out of the two-day tournament with an 11th place finish.
Fassnacht started the first round on the back nine and recorded three pars and two birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th for a 3-over par, but he recovered, playing his final nine at 2-over, with the help of a birdie on the par-5 seventh. He ended the round by scoring a 5-over 76 heading into Tuesday's final round.
Beginning on the front nine, Fassnacht bogeyed the third and recorded another double bogey, this time on the par-3 5th, which along with birdies on the second and seventh gave him a 1-over 37 at the turn. Four more bogeys on holes 10, 14, 16, and 17 married with five pars on the rest netted him a 4-over 39 for another 5-over 76 for the round giving him a 152 for the tournament.
Warwick's boys earned a trip to this week's PIAA Championship meet by placing second in the team standings of the District Three meet which was held on Saturday at Big Spring High School. Cedar Crest finished first with 145 points while Warwick scored 189 ahead of third place Carlisle which posted 217 points.
Despite miserable conditions in which a steady cold rain fell for most of the day, Connor Shields pulled away for fifth place overall with a time of 16:46.5, edging out Conestoga Valley's Nathan Grucelski (6th, 16:47.5) by one second. Noah Martin finished 12th in 17:03.3 and was neck-and-neck with Hershey's Brendan Shea (13th, 17.03.5) at the line and joined Shields as the only two Warrior runners to finish in the top 20.
As a pack, Warwick finished with a split of 1:29 between its top five runners to score team points. Jeremy Bell (42nd, 17:48.6), Parker Keares (47th, 17:51.3), and David Bach (87th, 15.5) represented the final points for Warwick with Jeremiah Hendrix (150th, 18:49.8) and Marcus Wachira (153rd, 18:30.7) rounding out the field for the Warriors.
In the girl's race it was Anna Martin with a 27th place finish in 20:21.5 that helped lead them to 438 points and a 15th place finish to end the season for the Lady Warriors. The girls finished with a 1-5 split of 3:46.
Sophia Nau finished second for Warwick with a 52nd place time of 21:00.3 followed by Caitlyn Wagner (56th, 21:08), Alexa Wenger (130th, 22:35.7), Clara Ford (202nd, 24:07.8), and Jaylyn Wagner (209th, 24:21.4).
Warwick Wins L-L League XC Championship October 22, 2018
And the beat goes on for Warwick's boys as the Warriors, fresh off a Section One championship, wrapped up a League title as well last Tuesday at the Ephrata Middle School. Noah Martin and Connor Shields finished neck-and-neck, going fifth and sixth with respective times of 16:39.1 and 16:39.8, to lead a scoring pack that was only separated by a little over one minute.
Parker Keares (18th, 17:08.5), Jeremy Bell (25th, 17:15.9), and David Bach (39th, 17:38.8) joined Martin and Shields in posting points for the Warriors while Jeremiah Hendrix finished 55th overall in 17:57.8, followed by Marcus Wachira (75th, 18:29.2), and Corbin Kilgore (91st, 18:54.5).
"Our team is really moving in the right direction and team and individual performances are coming to a peak for the season," stated head coach Matt Bomberger. "Our boys' team really came together with our spread from our number one runner to our number five runner and the girls did the same as well."
Along with the boys winning the team gold with 95 points, the girls finished third, scoring 124 points led by Anna Martin who finished sixth overall with a time of 19:35.5. Adding to the overall team score were Caitlyn Wagner (10th, 20:20.4), Sophia Nau (12th, 20:24.6), Alexa Wenger (37th, 21:19.6), and Jaylyn Wagner (59th, 22:15.6) with a spread of 2:22, while Clara Ford finished 89th overall with a time of 23:23.4, Jill Colebert (93rd,23:31.8), and Alexa Zimmerman (104th, 23:54.6) rounded out the field for Warwick.
Bomberger acknowledged the hard work and dedication his team has put in since June workouts began and the results that have come from it. "Nine of our 16 runners that competed set personal records. That hasn't happened at the League championships in quite some time and they should be very proud of that! The team heads into the district meet this Saturday with a lot of confidence and good energy."
Conestoga Valley waltzed onto Grosh Field Friday night acting like a team with upset on its mind. After driving downfield on their opening possession of the game and kicking a field goal for a 3-0 lead, the Buckskins turned around and recovered an onside kick. Then, perhaps feeling their oats a bit, they went for it on fourth-and-one at the Warrior's 45-yard line but were denied by the Warwick defense.
All they managed to do was punch the bear in the face -the bear being Warwick's offense. The Warriors then erupted for 42 unanswered points on the backs of Nick Fucci, who rushed 23 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, adding two catches for 87 yards, and quarterback Joey McCracken who threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns while going 11-19.
"Nick Fucci is a talented RB, he has great vision," commented head coach Bob Locker. "(The) O line played very well and has been improving each week."
After the stop on fourth down, the Warriors drove 85 yards on 14 plays and scored the go-ahead touchdown when McCracken connected with tight end Haydn Rucci (2-9, TD) from the five-yard line to make it 7-3. Forcing a Buckskin punt, Warwick went back to work and put together a 10 play, 67-yard drive which was capped by a McCracken nine-yard touchdown to make it 14-3.
"We were not sharp early on but found our rhythm in the second quarter," added Locker. "That fourth down stop helped shift the momentum, our offense picked up the pace, and we did some good things." Those good things also included three more touchdown passes from McCracken who hooked up twice with Trey Glass (4-72, 2TD's), once for 37-yards and the second time from seven-yards out while fitting a 44-yard scoring strike to Hilton Michael (5-93, TD) in between for a 35-3 halftime lead.
Warwick put up 502 total yards of offense, the second time in as many weeks they went over 500, with 224 on the ground and 278 through the air while holding the Bucks to 202 total yards and no touchdowns. Conestoga Valley was only able to manage 34 yards on the ground and 168 passing on the night.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Fucci gave the Warriors their final score of the game when he rumbled in from the one-yard line.
After grabbing a share of the Section One crown with Manheim Township and blanking Pequea Valley 1-0 in the League quarterfinals, Warwick's boys met up with Section Three runner-up Lancaster Mennonite in the semifinals last Tuesday at Conestoga Valley High School. Outshooting the Blazers 8-7, but yielding in corners 11-4 the Warriors could not find the back of the net and were eliminated 2-0.
"LMH played solid defense against us, but we did generate a few good chances," noted head coach Gordy Cowher, referencing a shot that caromed off the post and some missed opportunities in front of the Blazer net.
Lancaster Mennonite did take advantage, twice in fact. Ben Lefever's goal in the 15th minute broke the scoreless tie before Mesa Dula added a little insurance in the 56th when Warwick keeper Drew Stief's block on a corner kick by Tyler Wagner rebounded off the crossbar in front of the goal where Dula was able to head it in.
"The bottom line is that when LMH had their opportunities, they put the ball in the back of the net and when we had our opportunities, we didn't," observed Cowher. "Hopefully, as we move forward, we will be more focused so that when those scoring opportunities arise, we will capitalize."
Next, the Warriors face off against Susquehannock to open the District Three tournament.
Two Warwick golfers, Brock Fassnacht and Kathryn Pelensky, earned a trip to the East Regional playoffs which were held last Monday at Golden Oaks golf course in Fleetwood, with Fassnacht advancing to the PIAA championship.
Fassnacht, who finished 13th at districts, shot a front nine 38 and followed with a 37 on the back for a three-over par 75 which put hm in a six-way tie for 12th. The qualifying cut for states was five-over 77.
The senior golfer opened the front half by carding par through the first two holes and added two more on seven and eight, but a double bogey on three and bogeys on five and nine negated his back-to-back birdies on five and six. Making the turn, Fassnacht bore down and turned in seven pars on the back nine with a bogey on the 17th hole standing as his only flaw.
Pelensky struggled all through the round with a par on the first hole and another on 13 standing as her best scores for the day. Coming into regionals with an eighth-place finish in districts, the senior carded a 22 over par 94 to finish out her career.
One half was all Warwick needed when it squared off against ELCO in the quarterfinals of the L-L League tournament last Tuesday. Outplaying the Raiders with a 22-3 corner advantage and a 9-3 shot count, Warwick punched its ticket to the semifinals when Caitlyn Grodzicki and Emily Behn posted the lady Warriors to a 3-0 lead before halftime, a score that held through regulation.
Grodzicki finished off a rebounded corner shot with 11:56 gone in the game to put Warwick up 1-0 and Behn followed with the first of her two goals six minutes before halftime when she took a corner insertion and fired a rocket into the cage. Her second came with 13 seconds remaining in the half.
That win placed Warwick into the semifinals against Penn Manor which overpowered the lady Warriors on the way to posting a 4-0 lead. Briana Harsh scored twice while Gabby Bitts, and Emma DeBerdine each added one in the first 20 minutes of play in the 5-1 Comet victory. Behn took a Grodzicki corner insertion and made it 4-1 when she blasted a shot past Cecily Charles with 22:04 gone in the half.
That shot wound up being the only one that Warwick could generate while the Comets plastered Catie Brubaker with 26, of which the Warrior keeper stopped 20. A final goal by Gabby Bitts early in the second half ended the scoring for both teams.
Warwick closed out its regular season at home last Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to Penn Manor in a gritty match that saw the home team push the Comets to the edge in the first set before falling 25-23. In the second, Penn Manor pulled away for a 25-18 win, but in the third a tenacious attack by Warwick forced the set to 27-25 in the losing effort.
On offense, Jackie Barilar led the lady Warriors at the net with six kills while on defense Rachell Adams recorded two blocks. Two aces by Allison Forsythe set the pace as well as her 20 assists while Ashley Glouner managed 21 digs on defense in the strong effort by the ladies.
McCracken Sets Record in Win over Wilson October 15, 2018
If you want to be the best, then you have to beat the best and that is just what Warwick did Friday night when powerhouse Wilson came to town. Behind an historic night by sophomore quarterback Joey McCracken, who set the Lancaster-Lebanon League single-game passing record with 530 yards and five touchdowns, the Warriors sent the Bulldogs packing with a 38-12 victory and took over first place in Section One in the process.
When you throw five touchdowns and the shortest is for 53-yards, you know things are going your way. Making his first varsity start, McCracken lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter when he connected with Nick Fucci on a 53-yard score and again in the second with a 59-yard strike to Conor Adams for a 14-0 lead.
Not known as a team that gives up, the Bulldogs responded with two unanswered touchdowns of their own, both passes from quarterback Anthony Futrick to Brady Gibble, the first for 42 yards and the second for 22 yards. Deciding to go for the two-point conversion due to a missed PAT on the first score, Wilson couldn't convert and were still behind 14-12.
With the offense firing on all cylinders Warwick in turn drove 67 yards on the final possession of the half, fueled by a 52-yard pitch-and-catch from McCracken to Haydn Rucci. Pietro Elliott then nailed a 32-yard field goal as time ran out for the 17-12 lead.
"Kids played a great game," stated head coach Bob Locker. "Wilson played man coverage at times and our WR's beat the coverage - Joey made throws."
In all, Wilson didn't play poorly putting up 356 yards of offense, 211 through the air and 145 on the ground, but the Warwick defense withstood the pressure and made some big plays including two interceptions, three punts, and forcing three turnovers-on-downs. None resonated louder than in the third quarter when, after expanding the lead to 24-12 on an 85-yard touchdown catch by Rucci, Justin Gerhart made a huge stop at the Warwick one-yard line on fourth down after Wilson's drive began at the Warwick 29-yard line following a 36-yard kick return.
Throwing from his own end zone on the next play, McCracken hit Trey Glass who streaked down field for a 99-yard score giving Warwick a commanding 31-12 lead. Glass also caught an 85-yard strike from McCracken later in the quarter for the final score of the game.
"Defense played well," added Locker. "The fourth down stop was huge (and) the 99-yard pass to Glass was outstanding. It took the wind out of their sails."
Now sitting alone atop the section at 4-1 with Manheim Township (3-1) and Wilson (3-1) tied for second place, all the Warriors have to do to be co-champs at the very least is win their next two games. "We control our fate for a share of the section - we need to stay focused and work hard," Locker stated.
Warwick played a spirited but lopsided game against Penn Manor last Tuesday night in which the lady Warriors gave up two goals in each half in the 4-0 defeat. It was Catie Brubaker, however that stood strong for Warwick as the keeper was peppered with 20 shots on goal but turned away 16 of them.
It was the second game of the week that helped the girls out as they not only scored a 2-1 win over Hempfield, but also clinched the final spot in the League Playoffs that began this week. Julia Eshelman deflected a Caitlyn Grodzicki shot into the back of the cage with 1:19 gone from the second half before Kate Ayers tied the game on a successful penalty shot with 21:39 to go in regulation.
Looking to take the lead, Hempfield scored again with 10:00 on the clock, but had the goal waved off and then gave up the game winner as Warwick transitioned to the Knight's end where Emily Behn put the final score across.
Warwick's girls ended their season last week by splitting the final two games with a 3-0 loss to Hempfield and a 1-0 win over Cedar Crest. The lady Warriors (2-6-2, 4-9-2) ended up in fifth place in Section One.
Giving up one goal in the first half and two in the second against the Knights, Warwick's Kendall Morgan made four saves on seven shots on the night. Hempfield earned a five to one advantage in corners while holding Warwick to three shots on offense.
After playing 55 minutes of scoreless soccer last Wednesday at home versus Cedar Crest, Mickayla Harris found a way past Falcon's keeper Desiree Leffler for the only goal that was needed. Leffler was peppered by six Warwick shots on goal while Morgan turned away three for the lady Warriors who ended the season on a good note with the one goal victory.
In similar fashion, the boys also split their final two games of the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Hempfield last Monday followed by a 2-1 victory over Cedar Crest. However, Warwick (7-3, 11-3) finished the season as Section One co-champions with Manheim Township (7-3, 12-3) which defeated Penn Manor (1-8, 5-10) 3-1 in the final game of the season on Thursday night.
As a result, the Streaks also earned the first-place seed from Section One in the L-L League tournament via the head-to-head tiebreaker from the regular season. Warwick, the number two seed from the section, played the Section Four champion Pequea Valley in the quarterfinals of the tournament and advanced to the semifinals opposite Section Three's number two seed, Lancaster Mennonite, with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
On a hot and humid Monday night last week, the Warriors hosted the Black Knights who were looking to mix things up in the section race. Scoring two unanswered goals over a stretch of 54 minutes that spanned both halves, Hempfield overpowered Warwick for the win.
After going down 1-0 in the 24th minute, Warwick's Robbie Heckman had an opportunity to tie the game early in the second half when his shot was deflected up by keeper Tristan Green. A Black Knight defender was able to clear the rebound however before the attacking Warriors could capitalize.
In the 76th minute Ryan Hepler added an insurance goal to put Hempfield up 2-0 before Jacob Smith was able to put Warwick on the board with only 3.5 seconds remaining in the match. Drew Stief made five saves in goal for Warwick.
Against Cedar Crest on Thursday Heckman scored in the 55th minute and Smith in the 66th after a scoreless first half to secure the win for Warwick. Josh Donnachie made it interesting for the Warriors when he beat Stief for the Falcon's lone goal, but Cedar Crest's other three shots were turned away by the Warrior keeper.
In the L-L League quarterfinal matchup with Pequea Valley it was Jay Destinoble's score in the 48th minute that broke a scoreless tie and proved to be the game winner as well. Warwick's defense held the Braves to only three shots on goal while the offense generated five against keeper Nehemiah Glick who stopped four.
In a rare, two meet week the Warwick cross country teams took on Solanco in a dual meet on Tuesday and then returned to the course on Thursday for a tri-meet with Manheim Township and Ephrata. With a 15-49 win over the Mares, the lady Warriors then lost to the Blue Streaks 28-30 and the Mounts 26-29 while the boys won the Section One championship with an 18-47 win over the Golden Mules, a 27-28 victory over the Streaks, and a 26-29 defeat of the Mounts.
The boys finished the season with a 9-1 record while both Hempfield (8-2) and Manheim Township (8-2) tied for second place. Their one-point victory over the Streaks ensured them of the title outright while a loss would have meant sharing with Manheim Township.
Both teams placed four runners in the top ten and while MT's Evan Dorenkamp finished first overall with a time of 16:21, it was Connor Shield's two second advantage over Ian Miller that spelled the difference in the meet. Shields finished third with a time of 16:26 and Miller placed fourth in 16:28. Had Miller finished ahead of Shields the score would have tipped in MT's favor and the two teams would be tied for first place.
Noah Martin (5th, 16:38), Parker Keares (6th, 17:15) and Jeremy Bell (7th, 17:16) crossed after Miller and represented the final scores for Warwick while Drew Sassaman (8th, 17:27), Keven Perez (10th, 17:42) and Tyler Stevens (11th, 17:47) finished scoring for the Streaks.
Rounding out the field were Jeremiah Hendrix (12th, 17:52), David Bach (1th, 18:00), Marcus Wachira (21st, 18:39), Josef Bach (22nd, 18:53), James Barnes (23rd, 19:12), Mateo Chacon (24th, 19:12), Corbin Kilgore (26th, 19:333), Trevor Price (27th, 19:40), Jonathon Martin (28th, 19:53), Colby Richard (29th, 19:54), Logan Mull (31st, 20:02), Mason Caleca( 32nd, 20:07), Asher Christner (36th, 20:58), Cole Halderman (39th, 21:44), Ben Dubosq (40th, 21:48), Kenton Herzog (41st,21:54), Mason Ludwig (44th, 22:14), and Henry Stover (49th, 27:35).
Dropping out of contention for second place in Section One with their two close losses, the girls landed in third place with a record of 7-3 while Elizabethtown (10-0) won the title and Cedar Crest (8-2), Hempfield (8-2), and Manheim Township (8-2) tied for second.
Anna Martin and Caitlyn Wagner finished third and fourth overall with respective times of 19:55 and 19:57 to lead the lady Warriors while Sophia Nau finished seventh in 20:33, and Alexa Wenger came in 12th at 21:42. However, it was the Streak's trio of Emma Dieterle (13th, 21:47), Kyra Dean (14th, 21:59), and Cecelia Walker (15th, 22:04) that sealed the deal as all three displaced Clara Ford (19th, 23:20) who represented the final score for Warwick.
Ephrata placed three in the top ten including Mary Campbell who finished first in 19:39 and Alyssa Fedorshak who was second with a time of 19:43 on the way to victory over Warwick. Rounding out the field for the Warriors were Jill Colebert (22nd, 23:41), Isa Velez (29th, 25:222), Willow Forney (30th, 25:24), Chloe Nightengale (31st, 25:26), Mariel Deibert (32nd, 25:50), Lindsey Cammauf (33rd, 26:08), Morgan Leakway (35th, 26:17), Mackenzie Rohrer (36th, 26:20), Abby Smith (38th, 27:32), Lexie Kellogg (39th, 28:45), Alyssa Eberly (41st, 29:48), Montana Heil (42nd, 30:11), and Katy Kramer (44th, 32:32).
With two matches last week, a 3-0 loss to Hempfield and a 3-1 loss to Manheim Township, the Warwick girls only had two remaining on the regular season as of Thursday. After the Manheim Township match they were 4-6, 4-8 and sat in fifth place in Section One.
Taking on powerhouse Hempfield last Tuesday, the girls tallied one ace by Marissa Treibley, two kills by Jackie Barilar and eight digs and three blocks from Rachall Adams. Hempfield won 25-13, 25-6, and 25-15.
On Thursday the lady Warriors faced off Manheim Township and fell behind 2-0 but surged in the third and forced the match to a fourth game by winning 25-21. Riding the momentum, Warwick took the Streaks deep before falling 25-23.
Adams recorded nine kills and a block while Barilar served up three aces, Ashley Glouner had 21 digs and Allison Forsythe assisted on 21.
Lady Booters Play Tough Despite Losses October 8, 2018
Warwick (1-5-2, 3-8-2) has struggled to get into the win column this season, but it is not from lack of effort. "Record wise, it's definitely been a tough season," stated head coach Wendell Hannaford. "The girls have lost every game by only one goal." That includes two that ended in a draw. "As much as the record isn't what we hoped for, the girls have truly played some really exciting and strong soccer," continued Hannaford.
Indeed, the two games they played last week, a 2-1 loss to CV and a 1-0 defeat at Manheim Township were very close to tipping the W-L column in Warwick's favor.
Conestoga Valley was awarded a penalty kick in the 37th minute and Gabriella Barone-Graybill made it count, tying the game at 1-1 just before halftime. The goal negated Warwick's slim lead that Emma Oberholtzer provided when she found the back of the net in the 14th minute.
While Kendall Morgan made four saves on seven CV attempts on goal, Ana Weis found a way by her in the 92nd minute to give the Buckskins the comeback in overtime.
Manheim Township was a different story as Emma Hagg put the Streaks up 1-0 in the sixth minute and the defense stifled the Warwick offense, even though they held a 7-5 advantage in shots. Johanna Martin turned away seven shots on goal for the day.
"I'm extremely proud of the girls for the improvements we've made each year," added Hannaford. "The play style is fun to watch and we consistently carry the play in games."
Hannaford's frustration at not getting the finishing goals is tempered by knowing that even in the losses, his team has controlled the action and stuck together through the hardships. "The record doesn't show how good this group is, and anyone that has seen these kids play would agree. The girls will be a force for years to come."
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the boys have compiled a Section One best record of 6-2, 9-2 overall and but for a 2-0 loss to Manheim Township (5-3, 10-3) last week would be two games ahead of Hempfield (5-3, 11-3). They opened the week with a 5-4 victory over Conestoga Valley.
"Against CV we made too many mental mistakes and that is what led to us giving up four goals against them," stated head coach Gordy Cowher. "From an offensive standpoint, we played very well." In that game both Robbie Heckman and Jay Destinoble scored twice with Heckman giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead in the first half before CV scored in the 40th minute to pull within one at the break.
Destinoble scored twice in the second half and the Warriors scored once more to pull off the victory. Drew Stief turned away two of the Buck's six shots while Warwick placed nine shots on goal.
Township scored twice in the second half of a scoreless game and made it stick, even though Warwick was able to place six shots on goal. "We possessed the ball, we played good defense and we created a couple of good scoring opportunities that we didn't finish," said Cowher. "When MT scored their first goal off of a header, it seemed to take most of our energy away. For some reason, we did not respond like we have earlier in the season."
Four turnovers, two of which directly led to Manheim Township touchdowns, still were almost not enough to keep the Warriors from defeating the Blue Streaks Friday night, but the host team managed to do what it had to do to win 28-20. With the loss and a Wilson (3-0, 5-2) win, Warwick (3-1, 5-2) dropped into sole possession of second place in Section One.
Tied at 7-7 after one half of play following a Joey McCracken two-yard touchdown pass to Nick Fucci (2-10 yards, TD), the Warriors opened the second with a scoring drive that ended with another Fucci score, this time on a 1-yard run to lead 14-7. Fucci ended the game with 41 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Two interceptions on consecutive Warwick possessions led to 21 unanswered points on the part of Manheim Township and a 28-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. McCracken (11-18, 142 yards, TD) later connected with Hilton Michael (5-97, TD) from 12-yards out to pull within 28-20 when the PAT failed, but Warwick was not able to do any better over the final 4:41 of the game.
Warwick split a pair of shutouts last week beginning with a 5-0 win over Ephrata and ending with a 7-0 non-league loss to Conestoga. Meghan Quinn scored twice against the Mounts while Biz Van Scoten, Caitlyn Godzicki, and Julia Eshelman each added one apiece in the win.
Jumping out to a 3-0 lead by halftime the Warwick defense clamped down allowing Ephrata only four shots on goal, all of which Catie Brubaker stuffed, while the offense peppered Mounts keeper Annika Galen with ten of its own.
Brubaker stopped a whopping 19 of Conestoga's shots on Saturday, but Warwick could not contain Charlotte DeVries who scored four times in the Warriors loss.
Warwick posted a 3-0 shutout of McCaskey last Tuesday on the road putting its record at 3-4, 4-5 overall for the season. Ashley Glouner and Lauren Lefever each recorded four kills with Lefever also serving up three aces in the 25-8, 25-16, 25-9 win. Shannon Morrisey added 13 assists, Marissa Treibley also had three service aces and Megan Zook added two blocks for Warwick.
Warwick (2-4, 5-7) has had its share of struggles this year resulting in a fifth place standing in Section One, but that didn't keep them from sending five girls to the League Tournament held last weekend at Conestoga Valley. Selena Orta led the girls in singles, reaching the semifinals as did Erin Fleurant and Chloe Long in doubles.
Orta began her tournament in flight four singles with a solid 6-2, 6-2 win over Solanco's Elsie Zaborskiy and advancing to the quarterfinals where she met number three seed Janae Bright from Manheim Central and scored another victory 6-4, 7-5. In the semi's she had another stiff test in second seed Claire Andrews of Cedar Crest who proved to be too much, handing Orta a 6-1, 7-5 loss.
Fleurant and Long worked their way through flight three doubles, meeting a two and three seed along the way as well. Sophia Baker and Erin Dobson from Solanco were the first to fall in an 8-2 win for the Warwick duo who then faced Manheim Central's second ranked Olivia Good and Julia Myers and came away with an 8-0 victory and a trip to the semis. Once there they took on Sophia Steed and Hannah Kapchinske, the number three seed from CV, and were turned away 8-1.
In other singles play Lilian Marino fell to Lampeter Strasburg's Sarah Capoferri 6-0, 6-3 in flight one, Heather Mitchell lost to Eliana Shenk of Manheim Central 6-0, 6-3 in flight two, and in flight three Kaelan Miller advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over McCaskey's Mia Graupera before falling to fourth seed Adelie Clemmer of Pequea Valley 6-4, 6-7 (5) 11-9.
In flight one doubles Marino and Mitchell lost to CV's Catherina Scalo and Rachel Eby 6-1, 6-1 while Mille and Orta reached the quarterfinals with an 8-2 win over Hannah Smith and Alayna Adams of Penn Manor before falling 8-0 to Manheim Township's Julia Brine and Cami Henneman.
With both the boys and girls winning last week's tri-meet at CV the Warwick harriers owned identical 6-1 records. Winning 21-40 over Conestoga Valley and 19-38 over Penn Manor the boys were in first place and one meet ahead of Manheim Township (5-1) while the girls were one game behind first place Elizabethtown (7-0, 7-0) as they beat CV 25-31 and Penn Manor 19-36.
Anna Martin led all runners on the girl's side with a first-place finish of 20:34 while Caitlyn Wagner (3rd, 20:52), Sophia Nau (4th, 21:07), and Alexa Wenger (7th, 21:55) all finished in the top ten. Emily Castronova (15th, 23:27) placed as the final scorer for the lady Warriors and was followed by Alexa Zimmerman (21st, 25:14), Jill Colebert (23rd, 25:33), Willow Forney (25th, 25:53), Morgan Leakway (26th, 25:54), Isa Velez (27th, 25:56), Mariel Deibert (28th, 25:57), Mackenzie Rohrer (29th, 26:15), Chloe Nightingale (30th, 26:18), Abby Smith (33rd, 29:34), and Lexie Kellogg (34th, 30:51).
All five of the boys who scored for Warwick finished in the top ten as Connor Shields (17:00) and Noah Martin (17:07) finished 1-2, followed by Jeremy Bell (5th, 17:46), Parker Keares (6th, 17:47), and Jeremiah Hendrix (9th, 18:30). Rounding out the field were David Bach (11th, 18:31), Marcus Wachira (15th, 19:09), Jonathon Martin (19th, 19:28), Josh Wenger (20th, 19:38), Corbin Kilgore (21st, 19:50), Josef Bach (24th, 20:07), Trevor Price (26th, 20:29), Logan Mull (28th, 20:39), Colby Richard (31st, 20:51), and Mason Caleca (34th, 20:59).
Two weeks ago, the Lancaster-Lebanon League golf tournament was held at the Conestoga Country Club and the chase was on to see who was able to make the cut and advance to Districts. Only the top 20 out of 69 boys in AAA would advance and on the girl's side anyone shooting a 104 or better moved on.
Kathryn Pelensky came in at 20 over par for a 90 and fifth place on the final leaderboard. She stood as the lone Warrior in the field of 16 girls and was rewarded with a trip to Briarwood.
On the boy's side five golfers represented Warwick in the tournament with four coming in over the cut of 20 which equated to an 88 on the scorecard. Brock Fassnacht finished fourth in the AAA field with a six over 77 on the day with Kyle Gibble (9th, 83), Zach Stoyer (14th, 85), and Ethan Minnich (18th, 87) also advancing to Districts. Brant Bomberger shot an 11 over 89 to finish 25th in AAA which was under the cut.
This past weekend the five Warwick golfers traveled to Briarwood where the best in District Three AAA converged for a chance to advance to the Regionals. In order to accomplish that goal, Pelensky had to finish in the top 18 while the boys had to make the top 36 for them to move on to the final round where the cut was set at 18 or better for boys and nine for the girls.
Pelensky proved up to the task as she carded a 5 over 76 on the first day, easily making the cut. She came back the second day and struggled a bit, but shot a 19 over 90 which tied with Greencastle's Amanda Steir and placed her as the eighth Regional qualifier.
In what turned out to be a tougher day for the boys, Fassnacht stood as the only Warrior to finish above the cut of 81 when he carded a seven over 79 to land in 24th in order to make the second round. On the second day he improved to a 2 over 74 and nailed the 13th qualifier out of 18. Missing the cut on the first day, Gibble shot an 83 as did Minnich while Stoyer carded an 85.
Warwick Nips CV in OT for Derr's 600th Win October 1, 2018
A goal that wasn't, two missed corners with the game on the line, and a penalty stroke to win it in overtime. That is what it took for Warwick to hand coach Bob Derr his 600th win in a coaching career that has spanned 36 years as his team topped Conestoga Valley 1-0 in Lititz last Monday night.
With no time on the clock in regulation the Warriors lined up for their 12th corner of the game. Biz VanScoten took the insert but with no clear shot tried to create some space but had the ball knocked away to set up overtime.
With about three minutes off the clock in the first overtime period Conestoga Valley lined up for a corner but whiffed on the insert. Warwick immediately moved the ball downfield and came out of a scrum in front of Conestoga Valley's cage with a penalty stroke opportunity with 3:44 gone.
Caitlyn Grodzicki lined up and sent her shot past Brooke Eberly and into the left corner for the game winner.
In a game that was played partially in weather more befitting the fall sports season with a fine rain falling at times, it was Warwick that controlled much of the action, although they held only a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal despite earning 12 corners to Conestoga Valley's five.
Earlier in the second half the Buckskins scored the go-ahead goal but had their celebration cut short when it was waved off. Trying to capitalize on their good fortune, the lady Warriors worked into Conestoga Valley's end but came up short on two corner tries.
Three more games remained on the docket after the historic win and the girls ended the week winning two of those final three. Against Manheim Township they lost 2-0 and then won 3-0 over Cedar Crest and 5-0 versus Elizabethtown.
Catie Brubaker's 10 saves on 12 shots kept Warwick alive last Wednesday at Manheim Township but the Blue Streak's defense held them to only one shot on the day. Scoreless through the first half, Sophia Rockwell put Manheim Township on the board midway through the second and Julia Romano added some insurance about 12 minutes later to wrap things up.
Twenty-five minutes into the first half against Cedar Crest, Morgan Bomberger blasted a shot past Falcon keeper Katie Knapp for the eventual game winner before Emily Behn followed with her own score only two minutes later to give Warwick a 2-0 lead at halftime. Still not content, Grodzicki added one of her own 10 minutes into the second frame for the final goal of the game.
Brubaker (4) teamed with Julia Healy (1) in turning away all of the Falcon's shots while Kate Knapp stopped four on the other side.
Meghan Quinn turned in a two-goal performance versus Elizabethtown on Saturday as the lady Warriors opened a 3-0 lead at the break and added two more in the second half of a lopsided game that saw Warwick outshoot the Bears 21-3 and earn a 13-3 advantage in corners. Despite the attacks on goal, Ivy Loy (1), Mackenzie Atticks (5), Alaina Telenko (8), and Alyssa Hamilton (2) combined in goal to limit the damage for Elizabethtown.
Quinn drew first blood 2:40 into the game and added her second 10 minutes later for a 2-0 Warwick lead before Leah Graybill connected on a shot that smacked the backboard with 9:21 remaining in the half. Julia Eshelman scored 9:03 into the second and Grodzicki sent the final insurance of the game into the back of the cage with just under 19 minutes left to play.
Adding three more wins last week by beating Cedar Crest 2-1, Penn Manor 4-1, and Reading 6-4, Warwick (5-1, 8-1) was able to distance itself from the logjam at the top of Section One. In sole possession of first place at the end of last week, the Warriors gained a game on Hempfield (4-2, 9-2) and Conestoga Valley (4-2, 7-5) which remained tied for second.
Ryan Bernard scored in the 72nd minute for Cedar Crest last Monday to pull within one with the score 2-1 but the Warwick defense finished what it started by shutting the Falcons down for final seven minutes of play. In a game that was evenly played, both sides managed five shots while the Falcons earned five corners to Warwick's four.
Robbie Heckman scored in the ninth minute of the first half and Ash Deery in the ninth minute of the second for all the offense Warwick needed. Meanwhile, in goal Drew Stief turned away four Falcon shots.
Holding onto a slim 1-0 lead over Penn Manor at halftime after Jay Destinoble netted a shot in the 29th minute of the game, Warwick came out and scored three in the second half while stifling the Comets offense. Stief held Penn Manor to only one goal when Hunter Enck made it 3-1 in the 74th minute, but turned away four on the night.
Deery quickly found success in the 41st minute for the 2-0 lead and Evan Troop extended it with his goal in the 54th. Following Enck's score, Deery tallied his second score in the 76th minute for some added insurance.
With both sides scoring three times in the second half in Saturday's contest with Reading, it was Heckman's two goals in the fourth and 12th minutes along with Garrett Nissley's score in the 20th that proved the difference in the game. Offensively the Warriors doubled up Reading on shots 16-8 but gave way in corners 10-4.
Holding on to a 3-1 lead to start the second half, Deery scored twice and Destinoble added another in the 68th minute for the win after Reading narrowed the score to 5-4.
Warwick's girls went 1-2 on the week, losing 2-1 to Cedar Crest and 1-0 to Penn Manor before getting the best of Lampeter-Strasburg 3-1. It has been a long season for Warwick (1-3-2, 3-6-2) as the girls have struggled to get wins and were in fifth place in Section One at the end of last week.
It was almost two wins for the lady Warriors as they went into double overtime against Cedar Crest last Monday. Warwick trailed 1-0 after the first half, but Jess Williamson's goal that knotted the score in the 51st minute held over 45 minutes until Daniele Hess scored the game winner in the fourth minute of the second overtime period.
Kendall Morgan stopped two of four Falcon shots on the night while Courtney Wysolowski turned away four of five Warwick attempts.
Facing off against Penn Manor on Thursday, the girls used a tight defense which held the Comets to only three shots on goal while their offense fired off 11. Despite the disparity, however, it was Penn Manor's Isabelle Barton that scored the lone goal in the 78th minute while Miriam Badri tallied 11 saves and Morgan recorded two.
Taking advantage of two penalty kicks, Warwick recorded goals on both for the non-league win over L-S on Saturday. Caroline Hipple made it 1-0 when she blasted her kick past Bella DiCamillo in the first half.
Emma Houck tied the score at 1-1 when she scored in the 33rd minute, but Williamson got her chance in the second half with a penalty kick in the 52nd minute that stood as the game winner. Morgan stopped five as Warwick outshot the Pioneers 8-6 and enjoyed a 5-2 advantage in corners.
Allison Forsythe led the lady Warriors last Tuesday against Penn Manor by recording four aces nine digs and 15 assists, however the Comets proved to be too much as they swept Warwick in straight sets, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20. Applying pressure in the first and third sets, Warwick made the host team work, but came up just short both times as Jackie Barilar notched six kills and Rachall Adams blocked three.
Playing two matches last week, Warwick first struggled against Hempfield last Monday at home as the Black Knights earned a 7-0 victory, and then rebounded with a 4-1 win over Elizabethtown on Wednesday. Only dropping one singles match, the lady Warriors swept doubles play as Chloe Long and Jania Weist defeated Mia Giordano and Anna Bert 8-6 and Selena Ort and Erin Fleurant beat Kay Hackenberg and Araya Fahnestock 8-2. In singles it was Kaelan Miller defeating Tori Pollock 6-2, 7-6, (4) and Marino defeating Lauren Masser 6-1, 6-1.
With the amount of yardage put up Friday night, 415 total yards for Cedar Crest and 387 for Warwick, the score was a little lopsided at 58-17 but that was just fine for Warwick as it was tilted in the Warrior's favor. Nick Fucci carried the ball 15 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns while Hayden Rucci had four receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors.
Both factored in early as Rucci caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Adam Ricketts (10-14, 168 yards, 2TD) to put the Warriors ahead 7-0 and Fucci took a Ricketts hand off 46 yards to the house to make it 14-7 in answer to the Falcon's first score of the game which tied things at 7-7. But it was Fucci's two fourth down conversions on Warwick's next scoring drive that set him up for his second score of the night when he plunge into the end zone from the Falcon's one-yard line early in the second quarter for the 21-7 lead.
Defensively, the Warriors had four interceptions on the night with Justin Gerhat and Caleb Schmitz both turning in a pick-six to help the cause. Gerhart's 25-yard romp into the end zone came after Fucci's heroics in the second and made it 28-7 while Schmitz had a 63-yard score on his pick in the third which made the score 42-17.
A Cole Miller (3-52, TD) 33-yard pitch and catch from Cedar Crest quarterback Logan Horn (19-37, 241 yards, 2TD) and a 29-yard field goal from kicker Jack Beasley marked the final points the Falcons scored, all in the first half. Meanwhile, Trey Glass (6-40, TD), Pietro Elliot (31 YD FG), Fucci and Patrick Tocci (1-22, TD) finished out the scoring for Warwick.
Warwick Volleyball Drops to Township, Tops CV September 24, 2018
Splitting their two games last week with a 3-0 loss to Manheim Township and a 3-0 win over Conestoga Valley, the lady Warriors (2-3, 3-4) found themselves alone in fifth place in Section One volleyball at the end of last week's play.
Allison Forsythe recorded six kills and 10 assists on the road against the Streaks last Tuesday in a match that was much closer than the final score showed. After the first set went to Manheim Township 25-18 the lady Warriors forced back-to-back 26-24 sets in the 3-0 loss. Ashley Glouner served up four aces and Jackie Barilar had three blocks for Warwick.
"We definitely played better this week and are coming together as a team more," noted head coach Brad Glouner who, in reference to the Manheim Township game, added, "We had a chance to win two games and just let them slip away. In the third game we were up 24-21 but couldn't finish it off."
Against Conestoga Valley both Barilar and Forsythe aced three serves apiece with the latter recording 20 assists as well. Rachell Adams finished with eight kills and Bella Peters came up with nine digs. Warwick easily handled the first set 25-13, but a game Conestoga Valley squad, taking advantage of some Warrior miscues, turned up the pressure in the second and third sets which Warwick won 25-23, and 25-20.
"We need to control our errors and let the other team make the errors," added Glouner. "We are starting to play good defense which we focus on each year at Warwick."
The girls also won the first annual Warrior Classic tournament which was held on Saturday by beating Daniel Boone 2-1 in the finals after finishing off Section One rivals Penn Manor in the semi-finals. The win over the Comets gave them a boost of confidence as well as the two teams were in preparations to play each other on Tuesday. "With a win there we would be 3 -3 in the first half of Section One play and I feel we can make a run in the second half," added Glouner.
Holding McCaskey to only 89 yards on the ground, Warwick's defense effectively shut the Red Tornado down and turned in its second straight shutout. Meanwhile, the offense churned out 351 yards and scored seven touchdowns during a 49-0 blowout in Lititz on Friday night.
With the win, Warwick (2-0, 4-1) trails only Manheim Township (1-0, 5-0) in Section One and has outscored its opponents 221-33. And the Warriors are scoring from everywhere, on offense, defense as well as special teams.
After Hayden Rucci (2-17, TD) put Warwick ahead 7-0 on a 10-yard touchdown catch from Adam Ricketts (7-13, 69 yards, 2 TD) in the first quarter, the Warriors offense scored on each of their next five possessions and ended the game with a 35-yard interception return by Caleb Schmitz into the end zone.
Quarterback Joey McCracken (8-10, 152 yards, 2 TD) came into the game in the second quarter and threw touchdowns to Conor Adams (1-28, TD) and Hilton Michael (4-104, TD) of 28 yards and 62 yards, respectively, for a 21-point lead at halftime. Warwick then added three more touchdowns in the third quarter before Schmitz's pick-six in the fourth.
A Nick Fucci (10-54, TD) scoring plunge from three yards out was followed by a 12-yard hookup from Ricketts to Trey Glass (5-44, TD) and a 2-yard score from Sean Bedessa (4-21, TD) which lengthened the lead to 42 points put an end to the third quarter. Schmitz's interception return in the fourth marked his second pick of the night.
Warwick's girls suffered their first loss of the season 23-32 last week to undefeated Elizabethtown in a tri-meet held at Hempfield but defeated the home team 24-31 to remain in second place in Section One at 4-1. While Warwick placed four runners in the top ten to Elizabethtown's three, all of the Bears' top runners finished 1-2-3 overall with their final two scorers landing in 11th and 12th and Warwick's final score coming in 19th. Hempfield's top finishers, meanwhile, came in 7th, 9th, and 10th.
Caitlyn Wagner (4th, 20:47), Sophia Nau (5th, 21:06), and Anna Martin (6th, 21:14) led the lady Warriors with Alexa Wagner (8th, 21:48) and Clara Ford (19th, 23:15) rounding out the scoring. Finishing things out were Alexa Zimmerman (27th, 25:31), Jill Colebert (28th, 25:39), Morgan Leakway (29th, 25:47), Chloe Nightingale (30th, 25:50), and Isa Velez (31st, 25:52).
Also remaining in second place in Section One with a 24-31 win over Elizabethtown and a 21-36 victory against Hempfield, the boys improved to 4-1 as well. Placing four runners in the top 10, Warwick's Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 16:51 while teammate Connor Shields came in second place five seconds later at 16:56.
Parker Keares (6th, 17:18), Jeremy Bell (7th, 17:24), and David Bach (14th, 18:12) each scored for the Warriors as well and were followed by Jeremiah Hendrix (15th, 18:37), Marcus Wachira (16th, 18:40), Josh Wenger 18th, 18:47), Corbin Kilgore (19th, 18:48), Mateo Chacon (27th, 19:41), Josef Bach (28th, 19:42), and Logan Mull (30th, 20:04).
Despite a 3-2 loss to Manheim Township (2-2, 6-2) to start the week, Warwick (3-1, 5-1) rebounded with a 2-1 victory over Hempfield (3-1, 8-1) to end it tied with the Black Knights for first place in Section One boys' soccer. And both contests were decided in overtime.
Township's Andrea DiSomma sent his second goal of the game past Warwick's Drew Stief in the 86th minute of play to secure the victory for the Streaks after both teams scored twice in regulation. DiSomma's first goal came only moments before as he notched the tying score in the 79th minute to force the overtime period.
Facing 12 Manheim Township, shots Stief turned away nine of them while Quinn McCarty stood strong in goal for the Streaks as well, stopping six of Warwick's eight shots.
Garett Springer put the Warriors on the board first when he found the back of the net in the 15th minute, but three minutes later, Ayden Lee scored for a 1-1 tie. Through most of the second half the two defenses clamped down until Nicholas Williams also found a way past McCarty for the 2-1 Warrior lead in the 73rd minute before DiSomma finished it for the host Streaks.
After a scoreless first half, Hempfield's George Claxton broke the tie when he headed in a corner kick in the 59th minute for a 1-0 lead. Rob Heckman returned the favor about ten minutes later with his own header to tie the game
In the end, however, it was Ben Pennypacker who led the rejuvenated Warriors when he took a perfect crossing pass from Heckman in front of the goal and sent it, and the team, home to victory in the 82nd minute.
Warwick's girls played a trio of games last week and came away with a 2-1 loss to Manheim Township, a 3-3 tie with Hempfield, and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Garden Spot. That dropped the lady Warriors (1-1-2, 2-4-2) into third place in Section One.
Jess Williamson gave Warwick an early 1-0 lead against the Streaks last Tuesday when she sent a Caroline Hipple feed into the back of the net in the 14th minute. Just before halftime, however, Avery Rathman tied the game on a solo shot in the 38th minute and then in the 57th minute Gabi Brown scored the game winner on a penalty kick, beating Kendall Morgan who had five saves on the day for Warwick.
Warwick outshot Hempfield 10-6 and Abby Rodgers scored twice but it was a hat-trick by Kaitlin Deck that helped the Knights to the tie. Deck and Rodgers exchanged first half goals in the 11th and 25th minutes, respectively before Deck scored twice more in the second half and giving Hempfield a 3-1 lead.
Mickayla Harris answered almost three minutes later when she scored in the 53rd minute to make it 3-2 and then Rodgers tallied the equalizer in the 62nd minute. Morgan (2) and Carlie Martin (1) combined in goal for the Warriors while Meg Yoder turned away seven for Hempfield.
Following a scoreless first half at Garden Spot, the Spartan's Payton Shirk took a feed from Anna Armbruster and sent it home for what turned out to be the game winner. Marissa Spacht stopped eight Warwick shots while Morgan turned away three on the day.
Making up for a washed-out match, Warwick played twice last week and remained unbeaten at 30-0 in Section Two. The Warriors, led by Brock Fassnacht, shot a 160 at Meadia Heights last Monday and followed with a 328 at Tanglewood on Friday.
Fassnacht finished on top of the leader board both days as the senior carded a 33 and 72, respectively, while no Warrior finished out of the top ten on either day.
On Monday, Kyle Gibble shot a 40 followed by Brant Bomberger (42), Ethan Minnich (45), and Zach Stoyer (45). In Friday's round Gibble finished directly behind Fassnacht with an 82 while Clayton Hartman (87), and Stoyer (87) followed.
Warwick's girls played three matches last week and came away with one win as they downed Ephrata 6-1 but lost to Cedar Crest 5-2 and McCaskey 7-0 along the way. That placed Warwick (2-33, 4-6) in fifth place in Section One.
Cedar Crest dropped only two matches last Wednesday, one singles and one doubles. Lillian Marino and Kaelan Miller defeated Serena Cheng and Hallie Koslowski 8-5 while Marino handled Cheng 6-11, 6-4.
Facing Ephrata on Thursday, the girls won six matches on the way to victory. In doubles, Marino and Heather Mitchell defeated Kandice Liebl and Katelyn Wenger 8-4, Miller and Selena Ort downed Alyssa Meier and Ashlyn Mazzocchi 8-2 and Erin Fleurant and Chloe Long bested Jamie Chon and Amanda Nolt 8-2. In singles play, Marino beat Liebl 6-22, 6-44, Miller defeated Meier 6-44, 7-5 and Orta defeated Mazzocchi 6-1, 6-0.
A 6-0 loss to Penn Manor and a 2-1 win against Hempfield in overtime is what the Warwick hockey team came away with last week which placed them fourth in Section One. Following the shut out versus Penn Manor, the lady Warriors were led by Biz VanScoten against the Knights on Thursday who scored twice including the game winner 6:38 into overtime.
Her first goal came in the second half when she smacked the boards at the 16:38 mark in answer to Kiley Yurchak's tally, tying the game at 1-1 until the end of regulation. Warwick outshot Hempfield 14-7 and Catie Brubaker made six saves in goal for the victory.
Warwick Football Blanks Visiting Hempfield September 17, 2018
On Friday versus Hempfield, Trey Glass scored on a 64-yard pass play from scrimmage to put Warwick ahead 7-0 with just under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter and ended the game with 11 catches for 159 yards. He also ran a punt back for a 95-yard score which put the Warriors ahead 21-0 in the second quarter as Warwick laid 463 yards of total offense, only 50 of which came on the ground, on a thunderstruck Hempfield squad.
"Our defense is playing very well - they are flying to the ball," commented head coach Bob Locker. "Special teams are truly playing in a "special" way and our offense was good at times but we need to clean up some mistakes."
Hempfield, despite the 27-0 loss, was able to generate some offense, they put up 186 yards through the air, but the Warrior's defense always seemed like it was there to make plays at pivotal times, including five stops in the Warwick red zone.
While Nick Fucci (15-57) was the only Warwick running back to finish with positive yardage, it was quarterback Adam Ricketts who scored from three yards out in the second quarter to make it 14-0 before the Glass punt return. Hilton Michael (3-118, TD) added the final insurance in the fourth quarter when he caught a 55-yard score from Ricketts (15-25, 342, 2TD).
Opening League play in less than desirable conditions, Warwick's boys overcame a first half deficit and rallied past visiting Penn Manor 3-1 last Monday night. They also edged both Conestoga Valley and Ephrata by 1-0 scores for a perfect week on the pitch. Winning in overtime against the Mounts on Saturday placed Warwick (2-0, 4-0) in a two-way tie with Hempfield (2-0, 6-0) atop Section One.
After playing almost 30 minutes of scoreless soccer versus the Comets, the Warwick defense cracked slightly under pressure allowing Hunter Enck to secure a turnover in Warrior territory and put Penn Manor on the board 1-0 in the 28th minute. That proved to be the only goal allowed by the Warriors who clamped down on defense and got three saves from keeper Drew Stief through the remainder of the game.
Robbie Heckman put Warwick back into the mix near the end of the first half when he was able to work around a pair of Comet defenders and put one in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1 in the 36th minute.
"Our first 2 games (9/6 vs. Lampeter-Strasburg and 9/10 vs. Penn Manor) saw us do some really nice things offensively. We generated 3 goals in each game and had some other really good scoring opportunities," stated head coach Gordy Cowher.
The second Warwick goal came halfway through the second half when Ash Deery set up for a free kick from 20 yards out and sent a shot on goal that was blocked by Penn Manor's Fahri Sivri. The Comet keeper recovered in time to stop the rebound but was not able to repeat a third time when Jay Destinoble sent the second deflection into the open net for the game winner in the 61st minute.
A successful Deery penalty kick in the 66th minute provided some insurance for the Warriors in a game where they out shot the Comets 8-4 and held a 7-0 advantage in corners. Stief turned away three Penn Manor shots on goal as well.
"On Thursday, against CV we played very well defensively, giving up no goals and no shots on goal," noted Cowher. "However, we struggled to possess the ball at times and as a result we did not create as many scoring opportunities as we did during our first two contests."
One was all they needed, though, as Heckman struck early off an assist by Garrett Springer in the fourth minute, beating Corey Spotts for the 1-0 lead that held up over the course of the game. Spotts turned away five Warwick shots while his team failed to generate much offense under the defensive pressure of Warwick.
Facing a counter-attacking Ephrata team on Saturday that tried to cash in on Warwick miscues, the Warriors failed to hit their stride through regulation before a Heckman blast in the 85th minute ended the contest with a Warwick win. Stief turned away each of the five shots he faced while his counterpart Cole Hummel stopped 13.
"We controlled the flow of the game and had a lot of possession," Cowher noted. "We created a few good scoring opportunities, but again, not as many as we did during our first two games. Part of that was due to the strategy Ephrata employed during the game. The defense is beginning to gel the past two games, so I am hopeful we can start putting the two phases together."
Warwick's girls covered all three columns of the standings last week when they beat Penn Manor 1-0, tied Conestoga Valley 1-1, and lost to Ephrata 1-0 on the way to a 2-0-1, 2-2-1 record on the season. At the end of last week they found themselves in second place behind Hempfield (2-0, 3-3) in the Section One standings.
Jess Williamson, with a solo goal in the 55th minute, came through in the clutch last Monday when the lady Warriors traveled to Penn Manor. She broke a scoreless tie with the Comets. Her goal stood as the game winner as the Warwick defense pitched a shutout, allowing only two shots on goal, both of which Kendall Morgan turned away.
Scoring early in Thursday's game with Conestoga Valley, Lilly Palacia-Lewis utilized a Williamson pass to put the Lady Warriors on the board 1-0 in the third minute, a score that stood until CV's Gabriella Barone-Graybill tied the game in the 53rd minute. Neither side was able to score again through regulation and two overtime periods as Morgan stopped four shots on the day and Alyson Riggle turned away three of Warwick's attempts.
Saturday's game with Ephrata turned into another defensive battle in which both sides managed eight shots on goal with Jocelyn Umana pitching the shutout while Morgan surrendered one goal to Reagan McCarty in the 27th minute.
Warwick's girls placed three runners in the top five last week at Cedar Crest, but faced stiff competition from the Falcons who placed three in the top ten, including first overall, and McCaskey which had four runners finish top ten as well. Anna Martin (2nd, 21:46), Caitlyn Wagner (3rd, 21:54) and Sophia Nau (4th, 21:56) helped lead Warwick to a 24-33 win over Cedar Crest, a thrilling 27-28 victory over McCaskey and a 15-55 win over Lebanon which tied them with Elizabethtown for first place in Section One.
Alexa Wenger finished 11th with a time of 23:17 and Jaylyn Wagner came in 13th in 24:21, representing the final scores of the day for Warwick. Also finishing were Clara Ford (14th, 24:56), Mariel Deibert (19th, 26:13), Jill Colebert (20th, 26:19), Lindsay Cammauf (22nd, 26:31), Mackenzie Rohrer (24th, 26:50), Alexa Zimmerman (27th, 27:22), Isa Velez (28th, 27:48), Willow Forney (29th, 27:48), Morgan Leakway (30th, 27:52), Chloe Nightingale (31st, 27:57), Alyssa Eberly (32nd, 31:01), Abby Smith (33rd, 31:03), Lexie Kellogg (34th, 31:35), Katy Kramer (35th, 32:08), and Isabel Mejia (36th, 32:14).
With three top ten finishes from Noah Martin (1st, 17:33), Connor Shields (2nd, 17:34), and Parker Kearse (8th, 18:08) as well as Jeremy Bell's 11th place finish in 18:24 and Jeremiah Hendrix's 20th place time of 18:51 the boys went 2-1 on the day including a close 26-33 loss to Cedar Crest, a 16-51 win over Lebanon and a 21-34 victory versus McCaskey. That placed them in a tie for fifth place in Section One with Elizabethtown (2-1, 2-1).
David Bach (23rd, 19:09), Ryan Horner (26th, 19;32), Marcus Wachira (27th, 19:33), Josh Wenger (34th, 19:57), Corbin Kilgore (36th, 20:03), Mateo Chacon (37th, 20:03), Jonathon Martin (40th, 21:03), Logan Mull (44th, 21:25), Trevor Price (46th, 21:27), Josef Bach (47th, 21:30), Colby Richard (48th, 21:37), Asher Christner (53rd, 22:27), Kenton Hertzog (57th, 23:08), Ben Dubosq( 58th, 23:49), Cole Halderman (62nd, 27:06) and Henry Stover (63rd, 29:41) finished things up for Warwick.
With a 4-1 loss to Cedar Crest, a 3-0 win over Ephrata, and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cedar Cliff, Warwick (2-2, 2-4) ended last week in third place in Section One tied with Hempfield (2-2, 2-5).
Emily Behn scored 5:41 into the second half versus Cedar Crest last Monday putting Warwick on the board at 3-1, but at the 19:27 mark Laney Faiola beat Julia Healy, who had six saves on the day, for the fourth and final goal for the home team. Hanna Lewis scored three times in the first half while Cedar Crest peppered Healy with 10 shots and six corners on the way to the win.
Scoring twice in the first half and once more in the second, Warwick held Ephrata to only two shots on goal while firing off 12 and held a 10-6 advantage in corners as well. Caitlyn Grodzicki got the juices flowing early with a goal 2:19 into the first half, followed by a Kate Dickow score in the 10th minute before Behn finished things off by smacking the boards off a corner insert in the fifth minute of the second half for the 3-0 Warwick lead and eventual victory.
Combining for six saves, Catie Brubaker (1) and Julia Healy (5) helped shut down the Cedar Crest offense, but it only took one Falcon goal from Katie LaFaver in the third minute of the second half to seal the deal for the visitors. Warwick was only able to put one shot on goal as the Cedar Crest defense shut them out in the loss.
A 7-0 blanking of Penn Manor combined with a 6-1 loss to Conestoga Valley last week kept Warwick (1-1, 3-4) in the middle of the pack in Section One. Erin Fleurant and Chloe Long's 8-5 doubles win over Sophia Steed and Mallary Groff of CV stood as the lone victory for Warwick on Thursday.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday everybody got in on the act against the Comets. In doubles play Fleurant and Long were 8-5 winners, Lillian Marino and Heather Mitchell won 8-0, and Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta pulled off a close 9-7 victory, and in singles Marino (6-1, 6-0), Mitchell (6-1, 6-0), Miller (6-0, 6-1), and Orta (6-11, 6-3) completed the shutout.
Warwick lost both of its matches last week as Cedar Crest won 25-17, 25-20, and 25-16 and Hempfield posted 25-10, 25-17, and 25-21 wins in back-to-back shut outs for the lady Warriors. Rachell Adams recorded eight kills and one ace to lead the girls against the Falcons, while posting three kills versus the Black Knights along with Ashley Glouner's three aces and six assists from Allison Forsythe.
Warwick Softball Falls in PIAA Opener June 11, 2018
Warwick's softball journey came to a screeching halt last week as Hempfield Area's Maddie Uschock, who gave up only two hits in defense of their PIAA Class 6 title in a first round showdown, led the way to a 7-0 shutout of the Warriors.
That final score was not indicative of how the game played out, however, as Warwick's Amanda Herr battled Uschock through five innings until the Spartans exploded for six runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 1-0 lead wide open.
Warwick only had two baserunners advance past first the entire game but attempted a final two-out rally in the seventh when Marissa Treibley (1-1, 2BB) walked and then advanced to third on a single into right field by Mackenzie Stewart (1-3).
Katelyn Minney came to the plate next with runners on the corners but hit into a fielder's choice which resulted in Stewart being forced out at second for the final out of the game.
Up until the Spartan's big inning, Herr had only surrendered three hits to Hempfield Area, the first was a double in the opening frame which led to the first run of the game which scored on a wild pitch.
A triple to start the fourth inning put Herr in danger of giving up another run, but she worked her way out of trouble by putting away the next three batters to end the inning. And a two-out double in the fifth was nullified when Catie Brubaker scooped up a ground ball at second on the next play and connected with Treibley at first for out number three.
Warwick finished out the season with a record of 17-7 including a post-season that saw the lady Warriors drop a League championship game to eventual co-champion Solanco, beat Dallastown in the quarterfinals of the District Three tournament and then fight back from a semifinal loss to Central York to claim bronze as well as the final qualifying spot in the PIAA Championships.
Warwick SB Claims Final Berth for States June 4, 2018
The Warwick District Three Championship train was derailed last Tuesday when Central York's Courtney Coppersmith pitched a no-hit gem in their semifinal matchup at Millersville helping the Panthers to an 8-0 victory.
In that game, only Katelyn Seibert reached base for the Warriors when she was walked in the fourth inning and then subsequently stole second. That was as far as she got, however, as Coppersmith's wizardry in the circle continued unchecked from that point on.
While she stymied the Warriors, Central York used a six-run third inning to pull away and added two more over the fifth and sixth for good measure. The Panthers got to starting pitcher Amanda Herr for 12 hits as she struck out six and walked one.
That loss dropped Warwick into the third-place game against fellow Section One rival Penn Manor where it was win or go home for both teams as they vied for the final berth in the PIAA tournament.
A suicide squeeze by Mackenzie Stewart in the sixth inning, which followed a two-run double by Marissa Treibley (1-3, 2RBI) in the fourth to open the scoring for both teams, plated Julia Forsythe (2-4, RBI) with what proved to be the game winner as the Warriors held off a seventh inning rally by the Comets for the 4-2 win and a ticket to States.
"I was extremely proud of the way we bounced back from being no hit Tuesday and striking out 17 times," commented head coach Mark Hough. "To turn around and only strike out seven times, log 12 hits and four runs against Brittany Hook was outstanding."
Herr and Penn Manor's Hook have led the two rivals to an even 4-4 record over their high school careers and in the end, it was their connection on one final play that closed out the final chapter of the story between the two.
Penn Manor scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth inning in response to Stewart's RBI to make the score 3-2. Julia Tappany and Hook both doubled to open the frame and Maddie Trout also doubled with two outs to score Hook.
Warwick added its final run of the game in the seventh when Forsythe's two-out single into left field allowed Danielle Jones (2-4) to score from second, but the Comets worked two runners into scoring position with two outs in the bottom half bringing Hook to the plate where her dribbler reached Herr who made the throw to first to end the game.
"The girls have worked so hard since January to reap this reward and I hope the ride continues," added Hough.
Warwick's amazing season came to an end last week when they suffered a 3-0 loss to North Allegheny in the opening round of the PIAA Championships. In order to reach states, the Warriors first had to play Governor Mifflin in a PIAA qualifier for fifth place in the District Three tournament, a match Warwick won 3-0.
Led by Foster Lobb who registered 11 kills, one ace, and 12 digs, Warwick ran out to a 2-0 lead with identical 25-17 wins and then battled through a spirited last stand by the Mustangs in a 26-24 final game. Chad Meeder and Aaron Morrissey each recorded one ace apiece with Meeder adding 12 digs as well.
With that victory Warwick earned its way into states where they opened with a first round matchup against District Seven champs North Allegheny.
Despite Noah Miller's 11 kills the Tigers proved too much for the Warriors to handle and eliminated them with a straight set shut-out 25-15, 25-21, 25-21.
The efforts of Warwick's girls in the PIAA Championship, which was held Memorial Day weekend, were richly rewarded as they brought home six medals and a new school record to boot. "I am very proud of our girls," commented head coach Alex Daecher. "They are unbelievably hard working and resilient. They really stepped up to the challenge facing the pressure (and the weather)."
Leah Graybill's fourth place finish during Saturday's 200 finals with a time of 24.70 not only represented her personal best finish, but also put her in the Warwick record book as well as the all-time leader in the event. The mark bested both her semi final run of 24.87 earlier in the day and her preliminary time of 25.36 from Friday.
Her teammate Lily Palacio-Lewis ran with her as well and posted an 11th best time of 25.42 in the semis which was not enough to advance beyond. However, the two also ran in the 100 where Lewis (12.35) took home the fifth-place medal and Graybill (12.38) finished eighth.
Graybill also teamed with Meghan Quinn, Cassidy Kline and Emily Williamson for the most successful event of the day in the 4x400 where the ladies placed third with a time of 3:50.98 while Deirdre White, Caitlyn Wagner, Williamson, and Cassidy Kline posted a seventh best 4x800 time of 9:18.8.
Unfortunately, a missed handoff in the 4x100 finals led to a disqualification for the team, but their gut check moment certainly impressed Daecher. "After getting DQ'd from the 4x100, most kids would have stuck their head in the sand and not been able to perform any more. Not our girls, they are tough as nails, physically and mentally."
Yet another medal came in the form of a seventh-place finish by Kate Dickow in the 3200 when she finished with a time of 110:54.8. Kline (45.66) also placed 14th overall in the 300 hurdles on Friday and Quinn (12.73) was 22nd in her 100 preliminary heat held the same day.
Only two Warwick boys competed in the meet as Brendan Gates and Conor Shields represented the Warriors in three events. Gates posted a 19th best time of 15.56 in the 1110 hurdles and was 18th overall in the 300 hurdles finishing in 40.62 while Shields ran 17th best in the 1600 with a final time of 4:23.31.
Warwick Vollebyall Advances to States May 25, 2018
After winning a first round match against Daniel Boone in Districts, the sixth seeded Warwick boys' volleyball team squared off against the number three seed Lower Dauphin last Monday in the early half of a double header held at Hempfield High School.
Despite battling to a 24-24 tie in the first game, Warwick couldn't get over the hump and went down 1-0 when the Falcons scored the final two points of the set (26-4) and then lost the next two games by scores of 25-17 and 25-20.
Noah Miller and Chad Meeder each recorded nine kills and Meeder also had 11 digs to go with Adam Kurtz's two blocks in the loss which sent them into the consolation round versus Mechanicsburg where the Warriors still had an opportunity to advance into the PIAA Championship but needed two wins to do it.
They got the first win via a crazy come from behind win over the Wildcats in which the Warriors rallied from two games down to win 3-2 and move into the fifth-place game against Governor Mifflin in which the final PIAA berth is at stake.
After losing a marathon of a first game against Mechanicsburg, 36-34, that's not a misprint, Warwick dropped the second 25-20, but led by strong defensive play by Adam Kurtz who had seven blocks and Foster Lobb's 19 digs they were able to claw their way back.
Winning the next three games 25-21, 25-17 and 15-9, Warwick extended the season by at least one more match thanks in part to Meeder's 17 kills and three aces by Mateo Chacon as well.
Ten days after losing to eventual League Co-Champion Solanco in the L-L semifinal game, the lady Warriors took to the field in the quarterfinal round of the District Three tournament.
Entering as the number four seed, Warwick hosted fifth seeded Dallastown Thursday night and jumped out to a quick start scoring six runs in the first two innings while starting pitcher Amanda Herr was able to contain the Wildcats in an 11-6 victory.
Things got going early for Warwick in the first when two walks and a single by Katelyn Seibert (3-4) loaded the bases for Danielle Jones (1-4, 3RBI) whose fielder's choice ground ball to second brought home both Leann Runkle (3-3, 2RBI) and Seibert for a 2-0 lead.
With one out after Herr was thrown out, advancing to third on the hit by Jones, Julia Forsythe (1-4, RBI) doubled to center and was then thrown out trying to extend into a triple, but not before Jones scored to make it 3-0.
Warwick scored three more runs in the second after Kate Minney (1-2) tripled and then crossed the plate on a single by Runkle who then scored when Seibert's line drive into left was mishandled by Kyndall Hopkins bringing the score to 5-0 before Jones brought Seibert home on a single to center.
Helping herself in the fourth, Herr (1-2, 2RBI) drove a 2-1 pitch by Dallastown's starting pitcher Kelsie Merriman deep into center field and out of the park scoring Runkle, who reached first on a line drive into center, and widened the gap to 8-1.
A three-run fifth briefly gave the Wildcats some hope, but the Warriors scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning which included two errors and a passed ball, as well as a successful double steal by Runkle and Minney to make it 11-4.
Dallastown continued to fight, however, putting up two more in the seventh before stranding two runners when Ashton Crump sent the first pitch she saw into right field where Minney snagged it for the final out of the game.
Warwick tallied 11 hits off Merriman while Herr surrendered six to the Wildcats and recorded six strikeouts while walking two.
Likewise, the baseball team began their District Three adventure Thursday on the road at Cumberland Valley but suffered a different fate when the Eagles scored ten runs on seven hits and held the Warriors to only two hits in a 10-1 defeat.
Justin Byler got the start for Warwick, but gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on three hits over two innings before handing the ball to Dagen Young who was treated just as poorly by the Eagles as they got to him for five runs on four hits.
Three errors in the first inning by Warwick led to Cumberland Valley scoring four runs before adding one more in the second for a 5-0 lead.
The Warriors found some success in the third when C Beech doubled to begin the inning and then scored on a two-out triple by C Martin into right field, but that turned out to be the only offense Warwick was able to manufacture on the day.
Warwick Softball Falls in L-L League Semifinals May 21, 2018
With an 11-0 loss to Solanco earlier in the season still on the brain, the Warwick softball team was hoping an opportunity at redemption would present itself during the L-L playoffs. As luck would have it, that chance showed up in the form of a semifinal game on its home field.
Playing for a spot in the League title game last Monday, Warwick hosted the Golden Mares in a matchup where the Warrior's struggles at the plate when it mattered directly affected the outcome of the game and cost them an exit from the show with a 5-2 loss.
Warwick scored a run in the top of the first and third innings, but both times Solanco answered as the Mares got to starting pitcher Amanda Herr for 13 hits on the day. Herr stuck out one and walked one.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, despite six hits of their own, they had issues advancing runners in key situations. "I think we all were frustrated we couldn't get the big hit to score more runs and make the game more competitive," stated head coach Mark Hough. "Leaving 11 runners on base hurt our chances for a comeback."
As it was, Solanco took advantage of a wild pitch by Herr with two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth to grab the lead and then added another on the ensuing at bat with a clutch RBI single by Jade Eshelman.
Another unanswered Solanco run in the sixth resulted in what would be the final score of the game and gave the Warriors 11 days to prepare for their first game in the District tournament. They host Dallastown Thursday as the number four seed following a first round bye.
Turnaround is fair play, so they say, and Warwick found out the hard way how it feels to have the tables turned when Ephrata repaid a nine inning, regular season loss with an eighth inning, 4-3 walk-off victory in last week's L-L semifinal matchup at home on Monday.
Dagen Young got the start for Warwick, going four innings and surrendering three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and six walks. But it was Brendan Martin who came on in the seventh with the score tied at 3-3 that took the loss with zero strikeouts and four walks when he surrendered the final run.
It was the free bases in the eighth that helped set up the dramatic victory for the Mounts. After getting the first batter to ground out, Martin began to struggle with his control and walked the bases loaded before Nate Young came through with the game winning RBI on a fly ball single to left.
"It was a very well-played game between two good high school baseball teams," said head coach Bob Locker. "Unfortunately, we came up just a little short."
Warwick struck first in the second inning after back-to-back pick off plays at first base left the Warriors with two outs and no runners on base. Two walks sandwiched around a Ryan Aukamp (1-2) single loaded the bases before another walk to Bryce Zimmerman (1-2, RBI), which brought Evan Clark (1-2) home, was followed by a passed ball that allowed Patrick Quinn to score, making it 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.
Beginning with the bottom of the second, Ephrata scored three unanswered runs to take the lead in the fourth, but a ground ball out to second by Young plated Zimmerman from third to tie things up again at 3-3 in the top of the fifth.
After one quarter of play in last week's first round game of the District Three tournament against Red Lion, the seventh seeded Warriors found themselves in front, 3-1. However, the Lion's defense took over from there and held them without a goal throughout the remainder of the contest while adding eight during that span to complete the 9-3 come-from-behind upset.
Warwick outshot the Lions 27-21 but were foiled by Nick Serrano who put up 11 saves. The Warrior's Josiah Jewell stopped eight, but allowed two in the second quarter, four in the third and two more in the fourth.
Warwick's goals came from Corey Snyder, Trey Glass, and Conor Adams who scored one apiece while Justin Gerhart assisted on one.
Two games last week with results at opposite ends of the spectrum marked the end of one run and the beginning of another that the Warwick boys' volleyball team has been patiently waiting on.
The Warriors reached the semifinals of the L-L tournament where they were turned away by Manheim Central 3-0 last Monday and eliminated from the playoffs. Three days later they opened the District Three championships by downing Daniel Boone in straight sets marking the first time in three years that they have won such a game.
Led by Chad Meeder's nine kills and seven digs, Warwick put up a spirited fight versus the Barons, forcing a 26-24 opening set followed by a 25-17 second set and another closely contested 25-23 score in the third.
Meeder again came up big in the Daniel Boone victory with another 12 kills and Noah Miller served up two aces in a match in which Warwick was never in any real type of danger.
With scores of 25-14, 25-10, and 25-18 the sixth seeded Warriors punched their ticket to a quarterfinal matchup with number three seed Lower Dauphin.
To say that the Warwick girls have had a good year would be a gross understatement. After winning the L-L League championship the lady Warriors did nothing less than win a District Three AAA title last weekend with help from a clean sweep in the relays. The Warriors also added a 2-3-4 finish in the 100, a 2-3 finish in the 200, and second place in the 300 hurdles. Throw in a seventh-place finish in the 3200 for good measure and call it a day.
For those not counting that makes 10 overall medals and doesn't include top ten finishes in the triple jump, 800, and 1600 as well as 15th place finishes in both the 400 and javelin throw, all of which pleased head coach Alex Daecher who had high praise for his athletes.
"The girls did an exceptional job. They all performed at a high level and where unfazed by pressure of districts," said Daecher.
Warwick's meet best 73 points more than doubled that of second place Central Dauphin (36) and was spearheaded by its highly talented group of runners, namely its sprinters Leah Graybill, Lily Palacio-Lewis, and Meghan Quinn who all played important roles in other ways as well.
After going 1-2-3 in the 100 at Leagues in the above-named order, Lewis (2nd, 12.03), Graybill (3rd, 12.11), and Quinn (4th, 12.47) made a splash in Saturday's event. Later, in the 200, Graybill (24.73) and Lewis (24.77) went 2-3 for a whopping total of 33 team points.
However, the real excitement came in the relays where Warwick completely dominated the field and racked up 30 points to seal the District title.
It all began with the first event of the second day when Deirdre White, Caitlyn Wagner, Emily Williamson, and Cassidy Kline won the 3200 with a time of 9:26.45 on Kline's final kick which overtook McCaskey's Rachelle Tejada at the end.
Later, building on that energy, Graybill opened up a lead in the first leg of the 400 which grew wider as Lewis, Quinn, and finally Juliette Delmotte ran to a first-place finish of 48.65, setting the stage for Kline, Graybill, Williamson, and Lewis who finished the 1600 in 3:54.04 to complete the sweep.
Kline's prior second place finish in the 300 hurdles at 44.63 also gave Warwick another nine points on the day.
"Winning all three relays is especially exciting and was our key to winning in the meet," said Daecher. "The girls should be very proud of their performances."
Dickow's seventh place finish of 10:55.12 in Friday's 3200 got the ball rolling for Warwick as she put up the first two points of the meet for the lady Warriors while also nabbing 10th place in Saturday's 1600 with a time of 5:11.21. Delmotte (35-09) placed ninth in the triple jump and Quinn, whose preliminary time of 25.87 in the 200 moved her into the semifinals where she ended her competition with a 25.92, rounded out the first day of events.
Finishing out on Saturday were Williamson (15th, 1:01.58) in the 400, White (10th, 2:22.69) in the 800, and Abigail Vance (15th, 100-4) in the javelin.
While the boys did not crown any champions over the weekend they did earn four medals, including two each from Brendan Gates and Connor Shields, to tally 18 points which landed them in 13th place overall.
The big day for Gates came on Saturday where he began by posting a sixth best time of 15.13 in the 110 hurdles to give Warwick its first team points with three. The senior later edged out Manheim Central's Zach Reed (40.04) in the 300 hurdles to claim fourth place with a time of 39.77 for a total of eight team points.
Shields added the remaining 10 by finishing third in the 1600 at 4:22.09 and then ending his weekend with a fifth best time of 1:58.40 in the 800.
Rounding out the competition for Warwick were Noah Martin (11th, 10:01.46) in the 3200, Caleb Schmitz (9th prelims, 15.64) in the 1110 hurdles, and Christian Hess (12th, 5-10) in the high jump.
"The coaches are proud of all the athletes we took to districts this weekend," added Daecher.
Warwick Baseball on a 14-2 Roll May 15, 2018
After dispatching McCaskey 18-6, Cedar Crest 7-3, and Conrad Weiser 15-3 last week, the Warwick baseball team decided it was best to keep doing what worked and continued with its winning ways by downing Manheim Central 4-0 in the opening round of the League playoffs on Saturday.
With those four wins, the Warriors have now gone 14-2 since losing to Manheim Township back in the second week of April and beating the Section champion Falcons last Tuesday was a culmination of what the team has accomplished since losing its first three games of the season.
Dagen Young started against the Falcons and got the win going four-and-a-third innings with three runs scored on 10 hits as the visitors tied the game in the fifth at 3-3 after Warwick had built a 2-1 lead in the third.
But in the bottom half of the inning Jeff Kline (2-2, 3RBI) delivered a bases loaded single into center field scoring both Brendan Martin (3-3) and Josh Farina (1-4, RBI). Bryce Zimmerman (2-3, RBI) singled home pinch runner Max Bright, and Colby Martin (1-4, RBI) brought Kline home on a line drive to center field for the winning runs.
Justin Byler and Colin Brubaker combined for the shutout of Manheim on Saturday with Byler getting the win. Warwick racked up 10 hits, scoring one in the first, two in the second and once more in the third on hits by Farina (2-4, RBI) Colby Martin (1-4, RBI), Young (2-4, RBI), and Evan Clark (1-3, RBI).
Likewise, the lady Warriors went undefeated last week with wins over McCaskey 18-6, Cedar Crest 18-0, and Lampeter-Strasburg 6-2 in the opening game of the League playoffs.
With the advantage of being able to examine L-S during a one-game playoff with Donegal last week, Warwick head coach Mark Hough had a good idea what to expect when they faced off with the Pioneers on Saturday.
"We prepared for their speed offensively and tried to look at Baker's tendencies when pitching. She goes to her curve frequently on her first pitch and likes to get ahead in the count," said Hough, "though on her fifth pitch Leeann Runkle knocked it over the left centerfield fence."
That home run by Runkle off Brynne Baker in the first at bat of the game led to a five-run first inning and allowed Warwick's starting pitcher Amanda Herr to settle in on a six-hit, eight strikeout outing.
"Defensively we were strong but some errors lead to two unearned runs in the seventh to spoil the shutout," added Hough. Danielle Jones, Julia Forsythe, and Marissa Treibley all drove in runs in the first and Herr smacked a solo shot of her own in the seventh to seal the deal.
After winning a hard-fought battle with Manheim Township 3-1 last Monday, Warwick began preparations for the first round of the L-L playoffs where they faced Garden Spot on Friday and punched its ticket to the semifinals with a commanding 3-0 victory.
Easily winning the first game 25-15 against the Blue Streaks, the Warriors found themselves in a war as Manheim Township battled back for a 25-23 win in game two and fought tooth-and-nail over the final two, falling short in both 25-21, and 25-23.
Chad Meeder had 18 kills and Aaron Morrissey assisted on 17 wile Mateo Chacon added 24 in the victory.
The Spartans tried valiantly to make a stand on Friday, but stellar defense by the Warriors kept them at bay in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 quarterfinal win. Meeder and Foster Lobb each had 10 kills apiece, Morrissey had 12 digs and Adam Kurtz added two blocks.
Last week was a busy and productive week for the Warwick girls' track team. They opened with the final meet of the regular season last Monday, not only earning a 99-50 win over the Falcons, but also clinching the Section One title. The week ended with the L-L League meet which was held over two days at Hempfield High School where Warwick came away with the overall team championship.
The week was not as kind to the boys. They lost to the Falcons 91-59 in Monday's meet, but did finish in the top ten at the League meet by securing the number eight spot.
The lady Falcons were only able to win three events against Warwick with none of them coming on the track as the Warriors dominated the day of races led by three event winner Leah Graybill in the 100 (12.0), the 400 (57.5), and the 200 (25.3).
Joining her as a multiple event race winner was Cassidy Kline who swept the hurdles with a 15.8 in the 100 and a 45.7 in the 300. Warwick also won all three relays with Emily Williamson, Caitlyn Wagner, Anna Martin, and Deirdre White in the 3200 (9:54.4), Graybill, Lily Palacio-Lewis, Meghan Quinn, and Juliette Delmotte in the 400 (50.1), and Kline, Emily Williamson, Jessica Williamson and Wagner in the 1600 (4:21.6).
It was more of the same in the field events with the exception of the shot, discus, and high jump, which Hannah Woelfing single handedly controlled for the Falcons, as two more lady Warriors came up big. Abigail Vance won both the javelin (113-9) and the pole vault, and teammate Delmotte leapt her way to victory in both the long jump (15-4.5) and the triple jump (35-5).
Warwick's boys, while taking the loss, went 3-4 in the jumps with Nathan Good coming through in the high jump (5-11) and the pole vault (11-6) and Ryan Fegly winning the triple jump with a distance of 39-7.
On the track they managed three wins in the individuals, two of them courtesy of Brendan Gates. The senior hurdler won both the 100 (15.0) and the 300 (39.1) while Connor Shields represented in the 400 with a time of 52.7 and also ran anchor with Mark Langat, Gates and Jeremy Bell on the way to winning the 1600 relay (3:31.12).
During the two-day League meet, the Warwick ladies roared into first place and really showcased what a special group of athletes they have by not only winning the team title but setting new meet records as well.
"I am very proud of our girls," commented head coach Alex Daecher when asked about his star runners. "They have worked so hard to get to this point."
No other event summed up that sentiment more than the 100 where Graybill (12.26), Lewis (12.34), and Quinn (12.75) pushed each other on to finish 1,2,3 to set the tone for the rest of the meet. "They are a very hard-working group of girls, very coachable and selfless," added Daecher.
Two meet records fell at the feet of Warwick runners as well. Graybill first bested the 16-year-old mark of 24.8 in the prelims of the 200 on Friday with a time of 24.73 and then returned on Saturday to do it again when she crossed the line in the finals at 24.72. Lewis (25.12) was hot on her trail in second and Quinn (26.3) came across in seventh.
On an individual level, Graybill also came in second in the 400 (57.64) with Williamson (59.95) placing seventh, and also opened the 400 relay ahead of Lewis, Quinn and Delmotte in a race they won in 48.56.
"Leah Graybill is an amazing athlete and we are very proud of her success," added Daecher about his star pupil. "She works very hard and deserves all the accolades she gets."
The second record to fall was in the 1600 relay when Lewis, Williamson, Quinn and Cassidy Kline ran a 3:57.06, over a second faster then the previous mark of 3:58.80 which also stood for 16 years. Deirdre White, Wagner, Williamson, and Kline finished second in the 3200 with a time of 9:31.11 to round out the relays.
Representing the final first place finish was Delmotte who used her final attempt in the triple jump to capture gold with a distance of 37-01.75, just barely eclipsing second place finisher Aviona Saunders (37-01.25). She also landed in 14th place in the long jump with a 15-05.50 behind teammate Mathilda Zartman who took 10th with a 15-08.25.
"We have a very strong girls team with some great talent. We are ready for the next step (Districts and States)," added Daecher.
Kate Dickow took second in the 3200 (10:56.02) ahead of Ana Martin (12:09.03) who was 16th, and finished sixth in the 1600 (5:11.49) where Martin (5:23.54) also placed 12th. Kline finished second in the 300 hurdles with a 45.55 and was eighth in the 100 hurdles with a 17.16.
Other place-winners included White, who second in the 800 (2:24.71) ahead of Jaylyn Wagner (2:28.78) who finished ninth, Trinity Bitting-Ellis (4-10) with a sixth in the high jump where Katy Kramer (4-08) finished 10th before clearing 8-06 to take ninth in the pole vault, Madelyn Snavely (29-07.5) finished 23rd in the shot put, and Abby Vance (97-00) took ninth place in the javelin throw to finish out the meet.
No Warwick boy finished first, but there were some bright spots during the meet for the guys one of which was Gates who garnered second place finishes in the 110 hurdles (15.20) as well as the 300 hurdles (39.03).
Another was Shields (4:23.63) finishing second in the 1600 while teammate Noah Martin (4:41.04) took 11th, and then finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:00.20 with all three receiving praise from Daecher. "The boys team has many great athletes. Brenden Gates has come so far in the hurdle events and Connor Shields and Noah Martin are great distance runners."
Finishing out the weekend were Bell, David Bach, Marcus Wachira, and Neil Martin (8:31.73) taking eighth in the 3200 relay, Nate Good (11-00) 13th in the pole vault, and Ryan Fegley (41-01) ninth in the triple jump. Matthew Ensinger (40-04.5) was 15th in the shot put, 14th in the discus (117-06) and 17th in the javelin (135-02), and in the high jump Tanner Haines (6-0.00) and Good (6-0.00) finished third, and Caleb Schmitz (5-10.00) was ninth.
Getting a tough draw to start the League playoffs, Warwick faced off against Hempfield last Tuesday. They gave up five goals in the first six minutes of play before settling in, but the Knights outscored the Warriors 9-3 in the first half and they never truly recovered despite pulling to within three at 10-7 in the third.
Warwick was a beneficiary of hat tricks from Luke Hirtzel and Conor Adams as well as one apiece from Carter Davis and Hilton Michael. Corey Snyder added four assists and Josiah Jewell turned away 15 shots on goal while Hempfield outshot the Warriors 30-22.
Warwick's Boys' Lax Hold Off Penn Manor May 7, 2018
Trailing by two goals in the fourth quarter against Penn Manor, Warwick scored four times over a span of five and a half minutes to not only take the lead but hold on for the comeback boys' lacrosse victory and a matchup with number two seeded Hempfield in Leagues.
"A defensive battle from start to finish," commented head coach Wayne Hummer. "Both teams came to play and put forth a great effort. A four goal 4th quarter proved to be the difference maker as Warwick came from behind in the final 12 minutes to take the game 5-4."
Luke Hirtzel, who scored twice in the fourth, played a pivotal role in the victory beginning with his first goal of the day at the 9:56 mark of the final frame to make it 3-2. Nine seconds later Josh Swift tied the game when he found the back of the cage with his lone goal.
Warwick's third goal of the quarter came from Connor Adams who put the Warriors ahead with under seven minutes on the clock, but it was Hirtzel's second of the contest to put them up 5-3 that proved to be the game winner after the Comets managed to find a way past Josiah Jewel with only two seconds on the clock.
"We had big efforts defensively from Nate Forbes who marked up with Penn Manor's Aidan Mahoney and limited the big attackman to one goal," stated Hummer. "And Austin Barto was crucial on the faceoffs winning 9 of 13."
Jewel finished with nine saves on the day and Warwick got assists from Josh Swift (2), Trey Glass (1), Corey Snyder (1), and Justin Minnich (1).
"Penn Manor's stellar defense and solid keeper Seth Wilton forced us to be precise with passes and shots," added Hummer. "It was a great team win."
In order for the Penn Manor game to carry any meaning at all, Warwick had to first get by Conestoga Valley last Tuesday which the Warriors did in a commanding fashion, 20-2.
"We started off a bit slow, but really turned it on offensively as the game progressed," commented Hummer. "We finished with 20 goals (season high) and only gave up two."
Finishing out their season last week, the girls' lacrosse team came away with two losses to finish in tenth place in Section One. They suffered a 15-12 defeat against Conestoga Valley last Tuesday followed by a 19-7 loss to McCaskey on Thursday.
Katie Miller scored a hat-trick and Zoe Stauffer turned away 13 shots in the road loss to the Bucks. Both sides put up seven in the first half but CV pulled away in the second outscoring Warwick 8-5. Talia Bertrando, Sullivan Herritt, Emma Leister and Olivia Robinson each scored twice and Carlie Martin added one goal for the Warriors.
Penn Manor used a quick 11-3 first half advantage to take control of Thursday's game. Warwick peppered the Comets goal with 20 shots to no avail as the Warriors only managed three goals in the first half and four in the second.
Herritt's hat-trick and Bertrando's two goals led Warwick offensively while Stauffer turned away 12 of Penn Manor's 31 shots on goal. Both Leister and Robinson scored once and came away with one assist apiece.
It was a busy stretch for a red-hot Warwick team that had won eight in a row, including five last week, before losing to Hempfield 14-2 on Friday. Leading up to that loss, the Warriors were winners over Penn Manor 9-2, Donegal 11-8, Manheim Township 7-1, and South Western 8-1.
Taking advantage of two fielding errors and a hit batsman in the fifth, Penn Manor rallied with two outs to tie the score 2-2 before Brendan Martin, who went six and a third innings with three strikeouts and only one walk before Colin Brubaker came on with one out in the seventh for the save, retired the side.
A run scoring single by Bryce Zimmerman (3-4, 2RBI) and an error on a Colby Martin (2-4, 2RBI) fly ball to center that scored both Zimmerman and Evan Clark (1-3) gave the Warriors a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth.
In the seventh Martin (1-3) helped his cause by hitting a one-out triple to right field, courtesy runner Adam Ricketts scored on a passed ball to make it 6-2 before a bases loaded walk and a two RBI single by Colby Martin resulted in the final runs of the game.
Justin Byler took to the mound for the start against Donegal and got the win giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk over five innings before Colin Brubaker and Reed Martin combined to close things out.
Leading 6-1, Warwick tacked on four more in the third when Colby Martin (2-3, 3RBI) brought home Clark and Jeff Kline (2-4, RBI) on a line drive single to center before a double from Byler (1-4, 2RBI) scored both Zimmerman (1-1, RBI) and Martin to make it 10-1.
An 11-hit effort against Manheim Township resulted in a three-run fourth inning followed by four more in the fifth to easily cover the one run scored by the Streaks in the seventh, giving starting pitcher Dagen Young the complete game win.
A solo shot to right field from Byler (2-3, RBI) and a two-run triple by Kline (1-3, 2RBI) put Warwick ahead 3-0 in the fourth while Young (1-3, RBI) and Farina (2-3, RBI) each had run scoring singles in the fifth to go with a double by Jeff Seibert (1-1, 2RBI) giving the Warriors four more insurance runs in the win.
With the score tied at 1-1 in Thursday's game with South Western, Warwick blew things wide open in the fifth by scoring six runs on five hits including RBI singles by Farina (2-4, 2RBI), Clark (1-3, RBI), and Seibert (1-3, RBI) and tacked on another for good measure in the sixth with a double by Farina that plated Colby Martin (2-2, RBI).
Despite racking up seven hits the Warriors only scored twice against Hempfield, once on a fielder's choice by Zimmerman (1-3, RBI) that plated Seibert (1-2) in the third, and again in the fifth when Young (1-2, RBI) sent a sac-fly ball into left field that brought home a tagging Kline (2-2) from third base.
Dropping a key 7-3 game to Section One leader Penn Manor (11-2, 12-2) last Monday proved detrimental to the second place Warriors (11-3, 12-4) who trailed the Comets at the end of last week after finishing out with wins over Lebanon 11-0, Manheim Township 9-3, and Hempfield 2-1.
After spotting the Comets a four-run lead, Warwick scored once in the bottom of the second to make it 4-1 but starting pitcher Amanda Herr surrendered one more in the fourth and two more in the fifth to fall behind 7-1 before the Warriors scored again with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth.
Three Warwick fielding errors resulted in five unearned runs for Herr who pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and two walks and also went 2-4 with an RBI to lead the team at the plate. Marissa Treibley (1-3, RBI) and Julia Forsythe (2-3) also contributed.
Herr (2-4, 2RBI) homered to left field in her first at bat against the Cedars last Tuesday and the Warriors scored five more in the third, two in the fourth and three in the run-shortened fifth for the easy victory. Katelyn Minney (1-3, 2RBI) and Danielle Jones (1-3, 1RBI) also contributed while Treibley got the start and the win from the circle allowing no hits or runs over one inning.
With the game tied at 2-2 and the bases loaded in the fourth inning against Manheim Township, Herr (2-3, 5RBI) launched a first-pitch offering deep into right field to break the game open with a grand slam, giving Warwick a 6-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
Three more runs in the sixth on a single by Jones (2-4, RBI), an infield grounder by Forsythe (1-4, RBI), and an error on a fly ball from Treibley (3-4) sealed the win for Warwick and Herr who gave up five hits over seven innings.
On Friday Warwick had a chance to pay Hempfield back for a big loss earlier in the season and they cashed in with a 2-1 win.
After getting roughed up in the first outing, Herr rebounded well, throwing seven innings and allowing only one run on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
"Friday night Amanda had more control of her pitches and was able to spin the ball with more ease," commented head coach Mark Hough. "As for the stranded runners, it was a little frustrating, but we were attacking Turner's pitches, and though breaks weren't going our way I was confident the girls would make something happen."
That something came in the fifth inning in the form of Forsythe (3-3, 2RBI) who, with the Knights leading 1-0, sent a line drive into right field scoring both Herr (1-2) and Jones while landing her on third to give the Warriors both the lead and the eventual win.
"Julia was incredible, going 3-3, but she wasn't pleased with her play at third and getting doubled off third to end an inning," Hough said in reference to an earlier miscue on the bases. "But redemption is a wonderful thing and with two outs she had lightning in her bat and came through for the team."
Back-to-back 3-1 losses last week against Penn Manor and Hempfield dropped Warwick out of contention for Section One but still put them in second place, one game ahead of McCaskey.
Foster Lobb drove the Warwick offense with 12 kills against Penn Manor while Mateo Chacon served up two aces and had 15 assists. Despite winning the first set 25-20, the Comets stormed back 25-18, 25-15, and 25-18 for the comeback victory.
In a battle of top teams in which the highest margin of victory was five, Warwick avenged a 25-21 opening game loss with a 25-23 win in the second but fell short in the third and fourth 25-22 and 25-20 to take the slim loss.
Chad Meeder led with 14 kills and two aces while Aaron Morissey came up with 19 digs and Adam Kurtz added two blocks.
Warwick Softball Remains on Top of Section One April 30, 2018
Warwick began play last week on top of the standings and ended it the same, although the Warriors suffered their third overall loss on the season when Solanco steamrolled them 11-0, two days after a 3-1 win over Conestoga Valley.
"Scoring started in the top of the second," stated head coach Mark Hough referencing CV's early lead that lasted until the fourth inning. "With two out Michele Lopez tripled to left center and scored when Danielle Jones' throw hit Lopez and went out of play."
Katelyn Seibert (2-3) and Jones (1-3) led off in the fourth with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for Julia Forsythe (1-3, 2RBI) and Catie Brubaker (1-3).
"Julia Forsythe then doubled to left center scoring Seibert and Jones," commented Hough. "Forsythe reached third on Catie Brubaker's single to left field, and two pitches later Forsythe scored on a passed ball."
Amanda Herr earned the win for Warwick as the senior logged the complete game giving up one run on four hits while striking out four and walking none.
One of only two teams in the League that were still undefeated at the end of last week, the Golden Mares amassed 15 hits against Herr while Warwick only managed one on a Brubaker bunt in the fifth inning before the game ended via mercy rule.
Still sitting in first place and with an unblemished record after soundly defeating Penn Manor 107-42 last Monday, the Warwick girls control their own destiny while the boys have kept themselves within striking distance of undefeated Section leaders Manheim Township and McCaskey with their 83-67 win over the Comets.
Leah Graybill's three-win day combined with double event winner Cassidy Kline helped lead Warwick to a clean sweep in the running events.
Outpacing fellow teammate Meghan Quinn (12.8) by less than a second, Graybill began her day by winning the 100 with a time of 12.1, followed by the 400 (58.7) and then won the 200 in 25.3, exactly one second faster than teammate Lilly Palacio-Lewis (26.3).
Prior to the 200, however, she opened the 400 relay with Palacio-Lewis, Quinn, and Juliette Delmotte, winning in 49.0.
Kline's wins in the 100 hurdles (15.3) and the 300 hurdles (47.7) combined with Graybill's three accounted for five of the eight individual races. She also finished third in the 200 (27.0) and contributed to Warwick's relay efforts by anchoring the 1600 team with Palacio-Lewis, Deirdre White, and Quinn for a time of 4:06.2. Caitlyn Wagner, Jessica Williamson, White, and Emily Williamson won the 3200 in 10:48.6 to begin the day's events.
Anna Martin (5:41) earned a win in the 1600 and also finished second in the 800 (2:33), only one second behind winning teammate Jaylyn Wagner (2:32).
Other winners included Caitlyn Wagner (12:52.6) in the 3200, Abigail Vance (95-5) in the javelin, Mathilda Zartman (16-2.5) in the long jump as well as second in the triple jump (31-1.5), and Delmotte (34-11.5) in the triple jump as well as third in the long jump with a 15-8.25.
Second place winners included White (5:44.4) in the 1600 and Palacio-Lewis (15-9) in the long jump while finishing third were Williamson (1:05.6) in the 400, Ashtyn Price (52.4) in the 300 hurdles, Madelyn Snavely (27-3 .5) in the shot put, and Quinn (30-9.25) in the triple jump.
Penn Manor's boys fared much better in their races taking six of the eight individuals, but it was Warwick's Christian Hess that stood out as the only Warrior to win multiple events when he took the long jump with a distance of 19-9, the triple jump with a 39-9 and the high jump by clearing 6-1.
It was also a good day for the boys' relay teams as they completed a sweep of the team races with Marcus Wachira, Neil Martin, Connor Shields, and Noah Martin winning the 3200 in 9:16.6, followed by Ryan Fegley, Brendan Gates, Sean Badessa, and Mahki Mejias taking the 400 with a time of 45.11, and Hess, Shields, Mark Langat, and Jeremy Bell crossing the line in 3:40.2 in the 1600.
Fegley and Gates also contributed to the victory by racking up individual wins as well. Fegley finished the 200 in 23.6 and landed a second-place triple jump of 38-11.5 behind Hess. Gates barely edging out a three-tenths of a second win in the 100 (11.2) while also tying for first in the 100 hurdles (15.2). He was also second in the 300 hurdles (40.7). Nick Coomer won the shot put with a distance of 49-7.25 and also came in third in the discus (121-0).
Second place finishers included Martin (4:44) in the 1600, Shields (51.4) in the 400, Jeremy Bell (2:07.7) in the 800, Matthew Ensinger (126-0) in the discus as well as third in the shot put (40-9.25), Caleb Schmitz (5-11) in the high jump as well as third in the 100 hurdles (16.6) and the 300 hurdles (45.4), and Nathan Good (10-0) in the pole vault as well as third in the high jump (5-9).
And finishing in third were Bell (4:46) in the 1600, Wachira (2:14.4) in the 800, Ryan Horner (11:15.2) in the 3200, Tanner Haines (18-5) in the long jump, Nathan Good (5-9) in the high jump, and Drew Weller (10-0) in the pole vault.
Winning both of its games last week and five of its last six, the Warwick baseball team sat comfortably in second place heading into this week. Following an 8-2 win over Conestoga Valley last Monday, the Warriors mercy ruled Solanco 14-2 at home on Thursday, running their record to 6-4.
Brendan Martin got the start for Warwick against CV and earned the win with two runs surrendered on seven hits over six innings with one strikeout before Reed Martin came on for the save in the seventh.
Warwick scored twice in the first inning and once more in the third before the Buckskins cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth. The Warriors then used a four run sixth inning to pull away and added one more in the seventh for insurance.
Leading by only one run, Martin (1-4, RBI) and Josh Farina (1-4) both reached base to start the fourth before John Seibert (3-4, RBI) singled home courtesy runner Adam Ricketts and moved Farina to second.
A misplayed bunt by J Kline brought home Farina allowing Ryan Aukamp (1-3, 2RBI) to score both Seibert and Kline when he blasted a line drive single into center field for the 7-2 score that held up until the end of the inning.
After Justin Byler (1-4, RBI) doubled in the top of the sixth, Martin brought him home on another line drive single to left field for the insurance run.
After falling behind 2-0 to Solanco in the top of the third inning, Warwick's bats caught fire in the bottom half as they plated 11 runs on 10 hits, sending 16 batters to the plate and then adding three more runs in the fourth, bringing the mercy rule into play in the fifth.
Dagan Young (2-3, 4RBI) singled to right field with the bases loaded in the third and scored both Evan Clark (2-2, RBI) and Kline (2-2) to tie the game at 2-2.
A wild pitch brought Patrick Quinn home from third and a dropped third strike on Byler (1-3, 2RBI) allowed Colby Martin (2-3, 2RBI) to score giving Warwick the lead with two outs. Seibert's two-run double three batters later made it 6-2. Clark, Bryce Zimmerman (2-4, 2RBI), Young, and Byler all drove in runs to finish out the inning.
The boys' team began last week by losing their first two games, 9-4 to Lancaster County Day/Lancaster Catholic and 20-12 to Hempfield before picking up an 8-7 gut-check victory over Ephrata in overtime.
Tied at 2-2 with LCD/LC to end the second quarter, Warwick was shutout to start the third and only managed one goal in the fourth while LCD/LC scored six over the same span to close out the victory.
Warwick only managed seven shots on goal while Josiah Jewel came through with 11 saves. Luke Hirtzel, Carter Davis, Justin Gerhart, and Jon Bergh all scored once for the Warriors.
In similar fashion, the Warriors actually held an 8-6 advantage at halftime, fueled by Conor Adams' four goals on the day, but were outscored 14-4 in the second half by the Black Knights in a shoot out that saw Hempfield with a 50-35 advantage in shots on goal.
Davis was second in goals with three followed by Corey Snyder (2), Hirtzel (1), and Trey Glass (1).
After scoring five goals in the first quarter, Warwick only scored twice more during regulation but it was the eighth score that mattered as the Warriors went in to overtime after being outscored 4-1 in the second half.
Hirtzel led all players with four goals followed by Adams (2), Snyder (1), and Davis (1). Jewell turned away seven shots in goal.
Likewise, the girls also began their week with two losses after dropping an 18-8 affair with LCD/LC and then lost 17-5 to Hempfield but rebounded with a 15-5 win over Ephrata.
Three lady Warriors tallied two goals apiece as Sullivan Herritt, Tanner Armstrong, and Emma Leister led Warwick, but a monster 14 goal first half by LCD/LC proved too much for Warwick to overcome.
Hempfield scored eight goals in the first half and nine in the second while holding Warwick to only five for the game. The Knights outshot Warwick 32-17 while Zoe Stauffer stopped 15 Hempfield shots on goal. Talia Bertrando scored twice with Emma Leister, Olivia Robinson, and Zoe Sheppard each scoring once.
Warwick's offensive attack unloaded on Ephrata during Friday's matchup as Bertrando's six goals helped propel the lady Warriors to victory.
Warwick outscored Ephrata 7-1 in the first half and then expanded the lead in the second, doubling the Mount's four goal output.
Receiving goals from six other players, Warwick's help came from Herritt, Robinson, and Sheppard who all scored twice, and Katie Miller, Leister, and Meghan Keeney who each had one apiece.
Warwick continued its stellar run last week beating Cedar Crest 3-0, and both McCaskey and Manheim Township with 3-2 scores.
Chad Meeder paced the Warriors last week as he recorded eight kills and seven aces to lead Warwick against Cedar Crest (25-7, 25-17, 25-9) on Tuesday. He added 25 kills and 4 aces to go along with Mateo Chacon's 35 assists and Noah Millers 22 digs in the 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11 battle with McCaskey, and then recorded 20 kills to go along with Aaron Morrissey's 37 digs in the 27-25, 25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10 war with Manheim Township.
Lady Warriors Hold Off MT, Improve to 4-0 April 23, 2018
It is not an easy task, winning the League Championship. It is even harder to defend one, but the Warwick girls have been putting themselves in a good position to do just that as they have jumped out to an early 4-0 record and were sitting at the top of Section One after holding off the Manheim Township Blue Streaks 81-69 last Wednesday in Neffsville while the boys dropped to 2-2 with a 94-57 loss.
Leah Graybill led the way by sweeping the sprints as the junior took the 100 in 12.1, the 200 (25.7), and the 400 (58.9), but the lady Warriors didn't lock up the win until Madelyn Snavely's discuss throw landed at the 85-4 mark late in the meet, giving her first place and ensuring the team's perfect record remained intact.
She also ran the first leg on the winning 400 relay team along with Lily Palacio-Lewis, Meghan Quinn and Julliette Delmotte (49.7) which joined Jaylyn Wagner, Quinn, Dierdre White and Cassidy Kline, winners of the 1600 in 4:07.1, in taking two out of three of the relays.
Manheim Township only managed two individual wins on the track in the 800 and high hurdles as Warwick's Kate Dickow wrapped up the remaining distance runs. Her victories in the 1600 (5:25.9), and 3200 (11:23.5) placed her with Graybill as Warwick's only two multiple event winners on the day.
Meanwhile, Delmotte's winning distance of 35-9.5 in the triple jump represented the only win for Warwick in the jumps.
For the boys it turned out to be the Brendan Gates and Nick Coomer show as they represented five of Warwick's seven wins.
With Manheim Township sweeping the relays as well as the individual distance events, it was Gates coming through with three wins to lead the Warriors.
Gates's win in the 100 (11.2) complemented his sweep of the hurdles as the senior won both the 100 (15.2) and 300 (40.9) while Coomer's win in the shot put (50-6.5) and discus (136-5) cemented the two as the team leaders on the day.
Also winning for the Warriors were Ryan Fegley who sailed 39-3.25 in the triple jump and Christian Hess who cleared 5-10 in the high jump.
Warwick defeated New Oxford 3-0 in straight sets during a non-league matchup last week and then beat CV 3-1 to remain in second place.
Receiving 14 kills and four aces from Chad Meeder and another four aces from Foster Lobb, Warwick pulled away in the first game against New Oxford last Monday to win 25-14 and then overcame a strong comeback by the Colonials in the second game to win 27-25 before dispatching them 25-19 in the third.
Adding another16 kills and three aces in the match with Conestoga Valley, Meeder helped lead the Warriors to a hard earned, four set victory.
The Buckskins showed up ready to battle, taking the Warriors to the limit in the first set before Warwick pulled out the 29-27 win and then returned the favor in the second with a 25-23 advantage. The Warriors slammed the door on the visitors, though, easily winning the final two frames 25-11 and 25-16.
Winning twice last week with a 9-8 extra inning affair at Ephrata (6-3) and a 7-5 victory over Elizabethtown (7-2), Warwick (4-4) maintained its hold on third place in Section One.
"Beating two good Section 2 teams was important for us as we try to climb back into the Section One race," commented head coach Bob Locker about his team knocking off two of the top three teams in Section Two.
After trading runs with Ephrata in the second and third innings, Warwick plated five in the sixth for a 6-1 lead before the Mounts stormed to an 8-6 advantage by scoring seven over the next two innings.
Warwick managed to tie the game in the seventh on a Bryce Zimmerman (2-3, 2RBI) double that scored Zach Shertzer from third and forced extra innings where the winning run was scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Jeff Kline (2-5, RBI).
Josh Farina (3-4, 2RBI) began the top of the ninth by driving a 2-2 pitch into center field for a triple before a Brendan Martin (3-5, RBI) strikeout brought Kline to the plate where he hit the first pitch he saw into right field to score Farina, giving Warwick the lead.
After Ryan Aukamp (1-4) hit into an inning ending double play, pitcher Colby Martin worked his way into a two-out situation with runners on first and second in the bottom half of the ninth when he combined with Zimmerman at second base to pick off N Young for the game ending out.
A quick start to Friday's game with Elizabethtown built a 5-1 lead over the first three innings that eventually was extended to 7-1 and helped sustain the victory as the Bears mounted a four-run rally in the top of the seventh that fell short.
Winning pitcher Justin Byler threw five strong innings in which he surrendered only one run on one hit with seven strikeouts while his offense tallied seven hits on the day.
Warwick extended its 3-0 lead in the third when Aukamp hit a grounder to third that was misplayed, allowing Clark to score from second and Kline to advance to second before scoring on a Zimmerman single to left field to make it 5-0.
Scoring again in the fourth and sixth innings, Elizabethtown roared back in the seventh, but it was a little too late for the Bears as Warwick's defense clamped down to end the comeback bid.
"We have started to hit the ball - batting .348 as a team (with) 4 players hitting over .400 - Josh Farina .684, Brendan Martin .440, Dagen Young .429, and Bryce Zimmerman .429," noted Locker who also gave a nod to his hurlers. "This week we also got quality pitching from Justin Byler, Dagen Young and Colby Martin."
Making short work of Ephrata in a four inning, 15-0 affair earlier last week, Warwick found itself in an eight-inning dogfight with Elizabethtown on Friday but came out on top in that one as well with a 5-3 victory. With the two wins, Warwick maintained control of first place in Section One, staying one game ahead of Penn Manor.
Marissa Treibley earned the start against Ephrata last Tuesday and proved her worth as the junior held the Mounts to three hits over four innings while allowing only one runner to advance beyond second.
Scoring in each of the four innings, Warwick put up one run in the first, four in the second, seven in the third and three in the fourth for the mercy-rule ending.
Katelyn Minney (1-2, 2RBI) homered in the second inning, while Leann Runkle (4-4) hit two doubles and Danielle Jones (4-4, 3RBI) helped lead the team at the plate.
Giving up three runs, one of which was earned, on eight hits, Amanda Herr pitched a complete game on Friday for the victory over the Bears.
After Elizabethtown scored once in the fifth inning and twice in the sixth to tie the score at 3-3, Warwick took advantage of some throwing miscues and a wild pitch to score twice in the eighth.
With two outs and nobody on base, Mackenzie Stewart (1-4) singled to center field and reached second on the resulting throw. Minney (1-2, RBI) worked a walk in the next at bat, placing runners at first and second.
Stewart and Kinney both advanced on a wild pitch and Runkle walked to load the bases for Katelyn Seibert (2-5, 2RBI) who hit a sharp ground ball to third and reached second on an errant throw, allowing both Stewart and Minney to score what would be the winning runs.
Warwick's boys earned two wins last week, beginning with a 15-6 victory over visiting Cocalico and ending with one truly earned as the Warriors outlasted Exeter Township in overtime for the 12-11 win.
With the wins Warwick (5-1) was alone in fourth place in a tight Section One behind Penn Manor (6-1), Hempfield (7-0), and Manheim Township (7-0).
Led by Carter Davis who scored five times and Corey Snyder who had three goals with five assists, Warwick used strong starts to both halves scoring six in the first quarter and five in the third on the way to a commanding win.
Out shooting the Eagles 22-11 and receiving four saves in goal from Josiah Jewell and one from Nick Reedy, the Warriors never allowed Cocalico into the game holding them to only two goals in the first half and four in the second.
In addition to Davis and Snyder, Warwick's offense came from Conor Adams (4), Luke Hirtzel (2) and Trey Glass (1).
In non-league action on Saturday, Warwick allowed Exeter back into the game after leading 8-3 at halftime with a third quarter in which the Eagles outscored the Warriors 5-1. They tied the game in the fourth to force an overtime period where Warwick took home the sudden-death victory.
Both Davis and Glass scored three goals for the visiting Warriors while Hirtzel and Adams both tallied two, and Snyder, and Justin Gerhart each added one. Jewell made 11 saves while Warwick held a 31-27 advantage in shots taken.
Struggling to reach .500 on the season, the lady Warriors lacrosse team took two more losses last week as they fell 14-8 to Cocalico and lost 21-9 to Wyomissing in a non-league matchup.
Sulivan Herritt (4) scored half of Warwick's goals against the Eagles last Tuesday in a game where Cocalico jumped ahead early and never let up on defense, allowing Warwick only four goals in both the first and second half.
Cocalico outshot the Warriors 28-15 with Zoe Stauffer stopping 14 of them and Talia Bertrando (2), Emma Leister (1), and Lindsay Quinn (1) adding to the Warwick offensive tally.
Wyomissing quickly built a 16-4 lead in the first half and coasted through the second, matching Warwick's five goals last Wednesday in what was a road trip for the Warriors. Bertrando (5) and Herritt (4) accounted for all of Warwick's offense.
Hosting Conestoga Valley on Wednesday the boy's tennis team fell to 1-8 with a 6-1 loss to the Buckskins. While Garrett Nissley represented the lone win for Warwick with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-2 victory over Daniel Scala, Jon Martin battled back in the second set of his match with Matthew Hoy to also force a tie-breaker in which Foy won 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Warwick Girls' Lax Tops Garden Spot, Palmyra April 16, 2018
Picking up two wins last week, Warwick's girls' lacrosse team found itself sitting in the middle of the Section One pack at 2-3 with a legitimate chance to crack the top five sometime in the coming weeks.
In all, the Warriors played three matches and came away with a 17-10 victory over Garden Spot, a 17-13 non-league win against Palmyra and finished with a 16-9 loss to Elizabethtown to end the week.
Talia Bertrando and Sullivan Herritt led the team's charge as the duo combined for 10 goals in their win over the Spartans last Tuesday.
Warwick's advantage came early as they doubled up on the Spartans in the first half and headed into the break leading by a score of 8-4 and then finished things off by outscoring the visitors 9-6 to end the game.
All-in-all, Warwick out shot Garden Spot by a 28-17 margin and received help offensively from Emma Leister's two goals as well as single scores by Katie Miller, Tanner Armstrong, Olivia Robinson, Zoe Sheppard, and Zoe Gooding.
Bertrando led all scorers versus Palmyra on Thursday when she put eight through the pipes and assisted on one in a shootout where both teams fired off 23 shots on goal.
She was helped out by Herritt who was able to score five times, Sheppard (3), and Robinson (1), while Zoe Stauffer recorded 10 saves in goal.
Warwick held onto a slim 9-7 lead at halftime and carried that same type of play through the second half as the ladies held the Cougars to six goals while hitting pay-dirt eight times for a little insurance to pull out the victory.
Elizabethtown hosted the Warriors on Friday and trailed 6-5 heading into the second half before the Bear's offense found a way to crack Warwick's defense, exploding for 11 goals while holding them to only three.
Bertrando led Warwick with four goals followed by Herritt (3), Miller (1), and Emma Leister (1).
Warwick's girls remained perfect on the season last week at 3-0 when they were able to easily handle Conestoga Valley on the road 103-42. The win kept them in first place in Section One with Manheim Township (2-0) nipping at their heels.
While the ladies had three multiple event winners on their way to a commanding 7-1 advantage on the track, it was the effort of Leah Graybill that stood out as the junior went home with three victories and also joined forces with Meghan Quinn, Cassidy Kline, and Jaylyn Wagner to win the 1600 relay with a time of 4:07.6. It was one of the two Warwick relay wins on the day.
Emily Williamson, Kate Dickow, Jaylyn Wagner, and Dierdre White teamed up to win the 3200 relay by finishing in 10:49.9.
Graybill literally sprinted her way to three wins as she took the 100 with a time of 11.9, then ran away with the 200 in 25.22, and finally finished the 400 with a top time of 59.3.
Kline also won two individual events as she ran the 800 in 2:24.6 and also took the 100 hurdles with a 16.3, while Anna Martin ran to victory in the 1600 (5:40.5) as well as the 3200 (13.45).
Conestoga Valley had better luck in the field taking two of three in throws and also went 2-2 in the jumps with Warwick's Abby Vance winning the javelin by throwing 99-1, Trinity Bitting-Ellis clearing 4-10 in the high jump, and Katy Kramer clearing 7-0 in the pole vault.
Sitting in third place at 2-1 after beating the Buckskins 89-61, the boys held on to third place in the section and right on the tail of McCaskey (3-0), and Manheim Township (2-0).
Brendan Gates and Nick Coomer helped lead the team as the only two event winners in the meet with Gates taking both the 100 hurdles (15.3) and the 300 hurdles (41.5) and Coomer winning the shot put with a toss of 47-6.5 as well as the discus with a distance of 123-9.
Gates also was a part of one of the two winning relay teams, running first leg of the 1600 with Connor Shields, Mark Langat, and David Bach in the top time of 3:43.6 while Parker Keares, Bach, Noah Martin, and Shields won the 3200.
Rounding out the winners on the track were Ryan Fegley (23.8) in the 200, Martin (2:08.6) in the 800, and Shields (4:32.8) in the 1600, while in the jumps it was Tanner Haines (40-3) taking the triple jump and Nathan Good (9-0) winning the pole vault.
After recording a 14-3 win at Garden Spot, a 13-5 loss to Palmyra and a 12-3 win against Elizabethtown last week, Warwick improved to 4-1.
Carter Davis had five goals and Warwick outshot Garden Spot 36-14 last Tuesday as the Warriors cruised to victory with a punishing offensive attack.
Warwick put up five goals in both quarters of the first half while defensively only surrendering one and then added four more in the second half to the Spartan's two.
Luke Hirtzel and Conor Adams each scored three, while Corey Snyder, Hayden Rucci, and Declan McCarthy all added one apiece.
Palmyra turned the tables in Thursday's match when they only allowed Warwick to score once in each of the first three quarters and then twice in the fourth while surrendering eight goals in the first half and five more in the second.
Adams led with three goals and Snyder and Rucci each scored once while Josiah Jewell made 12 saves.
Warwick returned to form against the Bears on Friday using four total goals from Davis and a five-score effort in the third quarter while giving up none in the first half to earn the victory.
Elizabethtown managed to put up two in the third and one in the fourth, but by then the damage was done. Warwick held a 24-10 advantage in shots and Jewell turned away seven as Hirtzel, Rucci, and Trey Glass each scored two, and Snyder and McCarthy added one apiece.
Overcoming a 17-7 loss to Hempfield last Monday, Warwick rallied for three straight wins as they downed McCaskey 16-1, squeaked by Penn Manor 2-0, and bested Garden Spot by a score of 9-4 to maintain control of first place in Section One.
Suffering their first league loss of the season, Warwick jumped ahead twice in the game and watched Hempfield come back both times including an 11-run fifth inning that sealed their fate.
Danielle Jones (3-3, RBI) gave Warwick an early lead in the first inning on an RBI single, but Hempfield responded in the bottom half with three and added three more in the second for a 6-1 advantage.
Herr's second double of the game made it 6-3 in the third and jumpstarted a five-run burst before a solo homerun by Katelyn Minney (2-2, RBI) in the fourth made it 7-6 and marked the final time Warwick held the lead.
Minney started the run-shortened game against McCaskey and went three innings, striking out six and walking none while giving up three hits. The ladies scored 12 in the second inning, and four in the third to force the mercy rule.
Penn Manor played the Warriors to a scoreless tie through seven innings before Jones (1-4, 2RBI) plated two in the eighth and set the stage for Herr to retire three of four batters faced in the bottom half to preserve the win.
Marissa Treibley started the game against Garden Spot and gave up one run on two hits before Herr came on in relief and surrendered three runs on six hits, only one of which was earned, while striking out five.
Warwick scored three times in the first to make it 3-0, but the Spartans came back to tie things up in the third before the Warriors added two runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to put the game away.
With wins over Hempfield 10-3, and Penn Manor 10-2, Warwick earned its first two victories of the season but also lost to McCaskey 5-4 and Lampeter-Strasburg 7-6 to finish out the week.
Fueled by Evan Clark (2-3, 2RBI) and Jeff Kline (1-3, 3RBI) the Warriors made the most of their nine hits as Reed Martin pitched four innings of two-hit ball and struck out six to earn the win.
Warwick scored three times in the second inning, twice in the third, and five in the fourth to quell a comeback bid by the Knights in which they made it 5-3 in the fourth.
Despite outhitting McCaskey 11-6 on Wednesday, the Warriors fell on a Dylan Esh double in the sixth which gave the Tornado the one-run win.
Warwick tied the game in the fourth when Ryan Aukamp (1-3, RBI) scored Josh Farina and again in the fifth on a single by Farina (3-3 RBI) that score Patrick Quinn.
Jackson Davies started on the mound against the Comets and went five innings giving up one run on seven hits while striking out one for the win.
Led by Dagen Young (2-3, 3RBI) and Colby Martin (3-3, RBI) Warwick scored six unanswered runs before Penn Manor plated one in the third inning and then added three more in the bottom of the frame and another insurance run in the fifth to secure the win.
The Pioneers answered Warwick's four runs in the first two innings by tying the game in the fourth and then added three more in the sixth for a 7-4 lead that the Warriors almost overcame by scoring twice in the seventh before leaving two stranded to end the game.
Young (2-3, 3RBI) stayed hot at the plate as did Martin (2-3, RBI), each with a home run and Justin Byler and Collin Beech combined for seven runs on seven hits and three strikeouts on the day.
Beginning the week with a 5-2 win over Lebanon, the Warwick boys then lost 7-0 to Hempfield, 6-1 to Cedar Crest, and 5-2 to Penn Manor and improved to 1-9 on the season.
Winning all three doubles against the Cedars were Jake Simmons and Jack Evans (8-1), Maxwell Davis and Mark Class (8-5) and Garrett Nissley and Jon Martin (8-5) while Martin won 6-2, 6-1 and Class won 6-2, 6-1 in singles play.
Martin's 6-0, 6-3 win over Adam Brightbill marked the lone win for the Warriors against Cedar Crest on Thursday and his 6-0, 6-2 victory in the match with Penn Manor combined with a 7-5, 7-6 win by Davis accounted for Warwick's two wins on Friday.
Facing off against Hempfield last Tuesday, the Warriors lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-10) but were still in second place behind the Knights in Section One.
Chad Meeder came up big at the net with 11 kills and eight assists while both Aaron Morrissey and Foster Lobb had nine digs, and Lobb, one ace.
Warwick VB Tops McCaskey, Penn Manor April 9, 2018
Looking to keep pace with Section One leader Hempfield (3-0), Warwick's volleyball team (3-1) hosted McCaskey last Tuesday and then welcomed Penn Manor on Thursday and added two more victories to their season with identical 3-1 scores.
While the Red Tornado did take Warwick to the fourth game, the Warriors rode Noah Miller's seven aces and 12 kills to a 25-11, 21-25, 25-10, 25-18 win.
Making quick work of the visitors in the first game, Warwick allowed McCaskey to gain momentum and confidence by battling back to take the second before wrapping up the final two for the match.
In addition to Miller, Aaron Morissey contributed 17 digs while Adam Kurtz came through defensively for the home team with four blocks at the net.
Playing tough on the road and riding 11 kills and three aces from Dylan Zimmerman, Penn Manor forced the Warriors into a 28-26 win in the first game before turning the tables in the second to tie the match with a 26-24 result.
Warwick was then able to settle in and take care of business by closing the door with back-to-back 25-15 scores in the final two games for their second win in a row.
Miller added four more aces while Morissey and Foster Lobb came up with 13 digs apiece with Lobb and Simon Gerdsley adding three blocks each.
While the lady Warriors stayed perfect at 2-0 with a 91-58 victory over Hempfield at home on Friday, the boys dropped a 75-75 meet due to tie-breaking criteria and fell to 1-1 on the early season.
Winning 10 of the 18 events, the Warwick girls were led by Leah Graybill's three victories which led the team to a 4-6 advantage in the running events.
Graybill owned all of the sprints by winning the 100 in 12.1, the 200 in 25.3 and the 400 in 58.7 while teammate Kate Dickow finished first in the 3200 with a time of 11:18.8.
Both girls were also members of winning relay teams with Graybill running the first leg of the 1600 alongside Lily Palacio-Lewis, Jess Williamson, and Meghan Quinn for a top time of 4:13.6. Dickow lead the 3200 with Williamson, Jaylyn Wagner and Emily Williamson adding to a winning finish of 10:22.8.
Cassidy Kline came within a whisper of joining Graybill as a multiple winner in the hurdles but Hempfield's Kara Benedict foiled her attempts in both the 100, where Graybill finished .10 behind her with a time of 16.2 and again in the 300 where a photo finish gave Benedict the win at 46.1.
Warwick's Abby Vance provided the team with their only win in the throws when she took the javelin with a toss of 105-3 while Mathilda Zartman went 15-5 in the long jump and Trinity Bitting-Ellis cleared 4-10 in the high jump to split with the Black Knights.
In the boys' competition the Warriors went 4-2 in the individual runs with Ryan Fegley and Connor Shields each earning two wins apiece, but it was Hempfield's sweep in the relays that helped the Black Knights earn the tie-breaker victory with more first place finishes than Warwick.
Fegley took both the 100 (11.6) and the 200 (23.5) while Shields won the 800 in 2:01.5 and the 1600 with a time of 4:27.3.
Two more Warriors joined them as double event winners as Brendan Gates swept the hurdles, going 15.6 in the 100 hurdles and then taking the 300's in 40.3 while Coomer was first in the shot put with a toss of 49-1.5 and then followed with a discus throw of 136-2.
It has been a rough start to the season for Warwick which officially began League play last Thursday with a 4-3 loss to Cedar Crest and then dropped a heart breaking 8-5 come-from-behind affair to Manheim Township on Friday.
Justin Byler's (1-3, 2RBI) bases loaded single into left field with one out in the top of the third scored both Patrick Quinn (1-1) and Bryce Zimmerman (0-1) to put Warwick on the board and cut Cedar Crest's lead to 3-2.
Warwick tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth when Dagen Young (1-3) scored on a Collin Beech (1-1, RBI) left field single but Cedar Crest scored the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the fourth.
Byler began the game on the mound for Warwick and pitched two innings giving up three runs on two hits while striking out three before Beech took over in the third.
In Friday's matchup with Manheim Township the Warriors watched a three-run lead evaporate before the Blue Streaks put up four runs in the third inning and added one more in the fourth for good measure.
Jackson Davies got the start for Warwick and gave up seven runs including a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first before giving way to Colin Brubaker in the bottom of the fifth after relinquishing the lead.
Three Manheim Township errors in the first inning allowed Warwick to plate three runs beginning with a bases-loaded blunder by Colin Morrisette at second base that sent Zimmerman (0-3) and Colby Martin (1-3) home and moved Byler (1-2) from first to third.
On the next at bat, Young (1-3, RBI) reached first on an error by third baseman Ethan Kile that allowed Byler to cross the plate for a 3-0 lead.
After Manheim Township cut the lead to 3-2 on a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Streaks then tied the game on a passed ball in the second.
Warwick regained the lead in the third when Ryan Aukamp (1-3, RBI) hit a hard line drive into center field scoring Young from third to make it 4-3 before giving up the winning five runs over the next three innings.
Warwick's boys went 2-0 last week with a 13-2 triumph over Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday followed by a 7-5 non-league victory over Governor Mifflin on Saturday.
With the two wins Warwick improved to 2-1 in the League and kept within striking distance of the four-way logjam at the top of Section One between Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Ephrata, Hempfield, and LCD/LC all of which stood undefeated at the end of the week.
Led by Carter Davis, who scored five goals and had two assists in the game against L-S, the Warriors broke open a 2-2 tie after the first quarter by outscoring the Pioneers 7-1 over the second and third frames while holding them scoreless in the latter.
Warwick more than doubled the shots on goal by L-S putting up 32 to the Pioneer's 18 while Josiah Jewell turned away 10 of those on the way to victory as the Warriors put up three more goals in the fourth while Jewell was beat for one.
Luke Hirtzel scored two while Corey Snyder, Hayden Rucci, Trey Glass, Conor Adams and Evan Popalis all scored one apiece.
A strong second and fourth quarter by the Warriors against the Mustangs, in which they scored three and two goals, respectively, ultimately made the difference in the close contest at Governor Mifflin.
Tied 1-1 heading into the second, the Warriors took a 4-2 lead into the break but Governor Mifflin, led by Griffin Ganster and his three goals, came back in the third to pull within one at 5-4 before the Warriors iced it in the fourth.
With only one game last week, the girls dropped to 1-2 on the season after taking a 13-2 defeat at the hands of undefeated Lampeter- Strasburg on Thursday.
Both of the Warriors' goals came in the second quarter and were accounted for by Tanner Armstrong and Olivia Robinson while Zoe Stauffer stopped 10 shots on goal.
Jumping out to an extremely strong start to the season, Warwick won both of its games last week defeating Cedar Crest 16-1 on Thursday and Manheim Township 13-0 on Friday for a 2-0 record and a first-place spot in the standings along with Hempfield (2-0).
With Marissa Treibley dealing against the Falcons, Warwick put up 11 runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second, and two more in the third to earn the early stoppage.
Treibley gave up her lone hit in the top of the third which resulted in the only run Cedar Crest generated while striking out two and walking none.
The junior hurler helped her cause at the plate going 2-3 with two RBI and a double and was aided by team leader Amanda Herr (3-3, 5RBI), Mackenzie Stewart (3-3, RBI and a triple), Katelyn Minney (3-3, 2RBI), and Julia Forsythe (2-3, 3RBI).
While it took a little longer to put away the Blue Streaks, the ladies still forced a mercy rule stoppage in the sixth, racking up 15 hits while senior pitcher Herr threw a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking one.
It was Herr's show all around as she also dealt damage with her bat going 3-3 with 5RBI and two home runs as the Warriors poured it on in the later innings, scoring four in the fifth and six in the sixth after they scored two in the third inning to increase their lead to 3-0.
Warwick's bats really came alive in the contest as Leanne Runkle (3-4, 3RBI) smacked two doubles and a triple, Danielle Jones (1-3, 3RBI) tripled, Forsythe (1-3) also tripled, and Catie Brubaker (2-3), and Katelyn Minney (2-3) both doubled in the win.
With two matches last week that ended in 7-0 losses to Ephrata and McCaskey, the Warwick tennis team continued to search for its first win of the season.
Despite being shut out in both matches, Garrett Nissley took Ephrata's Chase Wilson into deep waters as he won the first set 6-4, lost the second set 6-0 and then lost 10-6 in the tie-break.
Mark Class and Jack Evans also nearly pulled out a win at McCaskey in their doubles match with Christian Roderiguez and Chad Haiges as they took the team to the limit before falling 9-7.
Warriors Well Represented in PIAA Swimming March 18, 2018
High school swimmers from across the state gathered last week at Bucknell University to test themselves and find out who is the best in the pool during the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Three individual swimmers from Warwick were included in that group as well as two girls' relay teams.
Held over a period of four days with Class 3A schools competing Wednesday and Thursday and 2A schools on Friday and Saturday, each event took the best 16 swimmers out of a preliminary heat and broke them down into A and B groups with the top 8 making the championship finals and the next 8 the consolation finals.
Making an impressive mark on the field was Joe Moll who medaled in two events, breaking two Warwick school records along the way, both of which were held by Moll himself. He swam to a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM on Wednesday and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke the following night.
Knocking a full two seconds off his school record in the individual medley, Moll medaled with a time of 1:50.13, in turn shaving 2.10 off his preliminary heat, before returning a day later and swimming the backstroke in 50.08 to set the bar 0.37 above his Warwick record of 50.45 which he also swam at Bucknell in last year's PIAA Championship.
Tyler Mandrell also represented Warwick well by finishing 16th overall in the girl's 50 freestyle with a time of 24.26 on Wednesday and then placing 13th in the 100 backstroke on Thursday when she touched in 57.81 while taking 0.25 off her preliminary qualifier.
More impressive, however, was the feat accomplished by the 400 freestyle relay team of which Mandrell swam second leg.
With Catherine Chen leading and Lauryn Ober and Sophie Gutheridge finishing, the girls placed 11th in a time of 3:32.12 and broke their own school record for the third time this season. In fact, it was the third time in the last two weeks, and second of the day on Thursday.
Swimming in Districts two weeks prior at Cumberland Valley High School, the ladies set the new mark at 3:33.74 while finishing fourth. Then, during their PIAA preliminary heat, they finished 11th with a new record of 3:33.45 before besting it yet again in the consolation finals.
Mandrell, Ober, and Gutheridge were joined by Hannah Greenway on anchor during Wednesday's 200 medley relay in which they finished in 12th place with at time of 1:47.99, and Chen posted a time of 52.77 in the 100 freestyle preliminaries barely missing the cut by 0.63 behind North Penn's Caroline who claimed the 16th spot with a time of 52.14.