Swimmers, Bowlers Cap Seasons in States March 18, 2019
The 2018-2019 swimming season officially hit the books with the conclusion of the PIAA championships which were held this past weekend at Bucknell University. Warwick was represented in four events, split evenly between Friday and Saturday.
Oliver Lance stood as the lone Warrior to advance out of the qualifying rounds when he placed 12th in Saturday's preliminary heat of the 100 backstroke. Lance's finish in 51.27, which came in just under a second of his 51.44 seeding time, earned him a spot in the consolation finals later that same day.
Once there, Lance dropped slightly off his pace with a finish in 51.68 which landed him 14th overall. That followed his appearance in Friday's 200 IM prelims where the senior swam to an 18th place finish with a time of 1:54.78, just barely missing the 16th and final qualifying position which Paul Brosky of Lasalle College clinched with his time of 1:54.35.
On the girl's side, the 200-freestyle relay team of Catherine Chen, Morgan Stuhltrager, Maya Hartzler, and Hannah Greenway also came within a fingertip of making the consolations. Their time of 1:38.33 came just behind the Upper St-Clair team of Taylor Connors, Lauren Connors, Elinor Connor, and Abby Rutkowski which advanced with a finish of 1:38.21. Chen also took part in Saturday's 100 freestyle event where she finished 28th with a time of 53.65 which shaved a little over a second off her seeding time of 52.73.
The weekend also saw an end to the bowling season as 48 bowlers from around the state converged on Dutch Lanes for the Pennsylvania High School State Championships. One Warwick bowler made it out of Friday's qualifying round as Tony Lutz landed the fifth seed, but fell in the first round 268-192 to Pennsbury's Jake Feher.
His six-game total of 1254, which included scores of 233, 212, 189, 211, 237, and 172, gave him a 17-point advantage over Middletown's Cody Brunner whose six-game total of 1237 fell just below the cut. In the finals, Lutz failed to find his traction against Feher who was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Kolby Bennet of Cedar Crest.
Isaac Erickson rolled a 224, 184, 119, 199, 171, and 191 for a 1088 series which placed him below the cut in qualifying at 22nd. Ashley Sham also represented the Warriors, but her qualifying series of 1186 which included games of 194, 163, 174, 189, 278, and 188 landed her in eighth place, three places away from advancing.
In the team competition which was held on Saturday, Warwick pulled together to roll the tournament high total of 4182 in the qualifying round of three games along with two Baker sets, earning the top seed in the finals. L-L rival Cedar Crest finished slightly behind the Warriors with a 4177 pinfall to lock up the second seed and eventually came back to beat Warwick 2-0 in the championship match after defeating third seed Norwin in the semifinals 2-0.
Facing a stacked Cedar Crest squad that included both boy's and girl's individual champions in Kolby Bennett and Paige Boyd, the Warriors put up a good fight but could not fend off the Falcons who racked up a 204-192 win in the first game of the best-of-three series and followed with a 196-169 victory in the second to wrap things up.
Erickson Grabs 2nd East PA Regional Title March 4, 2019
Meatloaf once sang, "two out of three ain't bad," and for Isaac Erickson those words rang true as the senior collected his second Eastern Pennsylvania Regional championship in three years this past weekend at Lancaster's Leisure Lanes. Teammate Tony Lutz landed in seventh place while Ashley Sham reached the semifinals of the girls' bracket before bowing out against Kiearra Saldi of Holy Cross. All three advance to the state championship in two weeks.
Erickson entered as the number one seed after blowing through the qualifying round of five games with a 289, 226, 257, 206, and 277 to record a 1255 pinfall and earn a quarterfinal bye. Although, his semifinal matchup was anything but easy as he drew defending state champion Kolby Bennett from Cedar Crest.
In that match, it all came down to the final frame as both bowlers went head to head through the first nine. "Isaac threw the last eight strikes in his semifinal match versus Kolby Bennett of Cedar Crest. Kolby matched Isaac until his last shot when he needed nine pins to win, and got six giving Isaac a 247-245 win," stated coach Neal Vital. Erickson then out bowled Daniel Boone's Alex Horton 220-190 to lock up his third Regional title.
Sham, meanwhile, also locked up the top seed after rolling a 226, 254, 279, 263, and 202 for a 1224 and set a new state record along the way. According to Vital, her 1022 pinfall through the first four qualifying games beat the previous mark of 1000. Her semifinal matchup with Saldi was a tough one, though, as Sham rolled an impressive 247 but was eliminated anyway by Saldi's equally impressive 267.
Lutz's path to states was a little more difficult as he had to battle through the opening round to make it into the quarterfinals. His 288, 203, 227, 206, 236 qualifying series of 1160 gave him the seventh seed and as such, Lutz faced a four man bowl off with Caden Mutchler (Danville), Aidan Dsouza (Wilson), and Cody Brunner (Middletown) which he won with a 238.
"Tony Lutz bowled great all day, qualifying seventh to punch his ticket to states," noted Vital. "He defeated three bowlers in the first round of quad matches, before falling to Horton in the quarterfinals."
Saturday saw the team competition take place at both Leisure and Dutch Lanes with Warwick locking up the top seed with a field high 4555 qualifying pinfall through three regular games and six baker style games. The venue then shifted to Dutch Lanes for the rest of the team bracket where the Warriors lost 2-0 to eventual champion Wilson.
"Personally, though a little disappointed for the kids that we didn't win the regional championship, the main goal of qualifying for states was accomplished," stated Vital. "We have two weeks of serious practice ahead before we mix it up with the top 11 teams and individuals in the state."
The 2019 District Three swimming and diving championships took place this past weekend at Cumberland Valley High School and while no Warwick swimmer earned gold, there were three events in which Warwick placed sixth or better. Oliver Lance accounted for two of those three with the girls 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams locking up other two.
Lance's meet began with a third-place finish in the 200 IM on Friday with a time of 1:54.87, three seconds off the pace of second place finisher Chris Guilliano (1:51.90) of Daniel Boone. The second day of competition proved even better for Lance who swam a personal best 51.44 in the 100 backstroke to finish second behind Chambersburg's Avery Barley (51.01).
Meanwhile, Lydia Hocker, Morgan Stuhltrager, Isabel Miller, and Hannah Greenway came a fingertip away from securing a bronze medal, finishing Friday's 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.61. Greenway found herself in a frenzied dash for the wall with Wilson's Shelby Kahn in the final leg but fell less than a second short as the lady Bulldog's locked up third place with a time of 1:35.34, while Catherine Chen, Miller, Kendal Eby, and Maya Hartzler claimed sixth in the 400 with a time of 3:41.26.
Just missing a spot on the podium in the 200 freestyle was Hartzler who finished ninth with a time of 1:52.53 as well as Chen who also finished ninth in the 100 freestyle, touching in 52.73.
Shreiner, Hnasko Compete in District Wrestling February 24, 2019
Haydn Shreiner (145) and 170 pounder David Hnasko both represented the Warriors last weekend in the District Three 3A wrestling championship held at the Hersheypark Arena with Shreiner falling in the consolation bracket and Hnasko wrestling back to place fifth which places him as alternate to the upcoming PIAA championships.
With the top four in each weight class advancing, Hnasko could potentially make it to states should one of the four from District Three be disqualified for any reason. His path to fifth place was anything but easy and began with three-time District and PIAA champion Edmund Ruth of Susquehanna Township.
In that first round matchup Hnasko managed to avoid a pin, but like many before him who also fell to the perennial favorite, eventually succumbed to a 19-3 technical fall. In the consolations he racked up three straight wins with a fall over Daniel Boone's Colby Pyle, an 8-2 decision over Darius Briggs of Milton Hershey and a 7-6 decision over Isaiah Auman from Cedar Crest before falling 8-0 to Tanner Schaller from Central York. That loss set up his fifth-place victory over New Oxford's Luke Larderello.
Shreiner, meanwhile, lost his opening round bout to Spring Grove's Thomas Dressler via a third period fall and dropped into the consolation bracket where he then defeated Exeter's Connor Lender 5-4. In his next bout with Cedar Crest's Christian Prestil, however, Shreiner came up short in an 11-1 defeat.
Both wrestlers used strong showings at the District Three sectional tournament in the week prior to Districts to earn their berths with Shreiner locking up a third-place finish and Hnasko finishing fourth with the top four from each weight class advancing. In addition, Roland McClune placed fifth at 195 pounds as did Haydn Benner at 220 while at 132 pounds, Mateo Chacon took sixth.
Using both an aggressive defense and a strong offensive effort, Manheim Township stopped the Warriors 69-58 in the L-L championship game that was played on Saturday, February 16 in Neffsville. In that contest, Warwick's normally potent long-distance game was held in check as the Warriors only connected on four three-pointers and trailed the Blue Streaks for almost the entirety of the night.
Township's Tyler Crespo exploded for 26 points to lead both teams, while Joey McCracken (17) and Ryan Shirk (11) led in scoring for Warwick. Falling behind 26-22 by halftime, Warwick tied things up at 34-34 near the end of the third quarter, but after a 12-4 run by the Streaks to end the frame, the Warriors faced an eight-point deficit, trailing 46-38 to begin the fourth, and couldn't find an answer in the 11-point loss.
Trysten George, Colby Martin, and Caleb Schmitz all scored eight apiece for Warwick, while Brock Fassnacht put up four and Conor Adams added two.
Three days later Warwick's dream season officially ended when Central York defeated the Warriors 82-51 in the first round of the District Three 6A tournament. Unable to keep pace with the Panthers on offense and succumbing to a slow start in the first half, Warwick quickly fell behind 42-16 by halftime and despite putting up 35 points in the second half, were outscored by four points during that span.
Warwick's bowling team completed another successful regular season which ended in a Section Two title for the Warriors as they were able to edge out Elizabethtown in the final match of the year. Now, well on their way into the post-season, several individual bowlers have shown continued success through last week's District Three Championship as well as helping the team to secure a League Title in the weeks prior.
Isaac Erickson has led the way for the boys all season and in the individual League championships held on Friday, February 15 he battled his way into the finals versus Kolby Bennet of Cedar Crest. As the number one seed with a 1,950 total pinfall through nine preliminary games, Erickson waited through the three step ladder matches for Bennett who defeated Cameron Zwalley of Ephrata in the semifinals.
In the finals match against the second seeded Bennett, Erickson began with an open frame while Bennett opened with a strike which he turned into a string of four on his way to a 214-177 victory and the League crown. Tyler Miller finished sixth overall for the Warriors as well.
The L-L team championship took place the following Monday, February 19 at Cains Lanes in Manheim where a showdown between Warwick and Penn Manor, respectively coached by brothers Neal and Chris Vital, was almost inevitable. The two have faced off for the title the past three years, including this one, with the Comets taking the first two before Warwick was finally able to nab the crown with a 2-0 victory in the best of three format.
"Overall, it was a total team effort, with all five bowlers coming through in big moments throughout the day," stated brother Neal who now has stature as top dog at the family table. Three years ago, he took over the reins at Warwick after coaching with his brother at Penn Manor where the two won three consecutive titles, and the friendly rivalry has been alive ever since.
Warwick began the tournament with a matchup against Garden Spot in the quarterfinals where the Warriors outlasted the Spartans 877-771 in the first match before running away with it in the second, 1023-915. "After a slow start, the three seniors, Ashley Sham (192), Tony Lutz (224) and Isaac Erickson (240) came through to overcome Trevor Courtney's 277, which was the high game of the day," noted Vital on the win which sent them into a semifinal scrap with Cedar Crest.
In that battle for the finals, the two teams needed a third game to decide the outcome with Warwick pulling through with a 2-1 win. Down 0-1 after dropping the first game 1029-1013, Sham (247) and Erickson (232) led the charge in the second for a 1015-897 Warrior victory, forcing a third game where Carter Snavely (233) helped put them over the top, 1026-981 against a top rival. "We finished second to Cedar Crest in the last four tournaments we bowled. They have a very strong team, and it was a big relief to clear that hurdle and get that monkey off our backs," commented Vital.
In the final, both teams struggled to maintain consistency but it was a strong ending by Erickson (202) in the first game that helped put Warwick in the driver's seat with a 922-907 advantage. "The first game went down to the last bowler on each team," noted Vital. "Penn Manor's anchor bowler suffered a very bad break on his first ball, leaving the 10 pin and Isaac Erickson's spare sealed the win."
With both sides scores dropping in the second game, no bowler topped 200, it was Warwick that prevailed with an 852-778 result that gave them the long-awaited title. "Game two saw both teams succumb to the pressure of the moment, and the challenging lane conditions, stated Vital. "Again, seniors Sham, Lutz and Erickson came through in the end to secure the championship. I'm proud of my team and look forward to the district singles tournament..."
This past Saturday marked the District Three tournament held at ABC Lanes North in Harrisburg and those three seniors showed that they deserved to be there as Sham finished second in the girl's individuals and Lutz and Erickson placed second and third, respectively, in the boy's competition.
Sham rolled a combined total of 1212 in the six qualifying games to finish as the fourth seed with the top six advancing into the step-ladder formatted championship brackets. Once there, she first faced off with Central Dauphin's Desiree Dent in the quarterfinals whom she topped 196-173 to reach the semifinals against the number one seeded Paige Boyd of Cedar Crest.
Taking advantage of an average game by Boyd, Sham left no doubt as she blasted through to the championship match with a 234-175 result. In her finals appearance, she took on number two seed Charlize Wanner of Muhlenberg who topped her by a score of 256-207.
Both Erickson and Lutz finished near the top of the boy's preliminaries with respective scores of 1309 and 1265 with Erickson securing the number two seed and Lutz the third spot. Meanwhile, teammates Carter Snavely (1157-14th), and Tyler Miller (1106-21st) came up short in their bids for the championship bracket.
In a unique situation brought on by Lutz's 254-221 quarterfinal win over Central Dauphin's Desmond Brown, the two teammates briefly became rivals when they faced off in the semifinals. The two went after each other, though, with Lutz eking out the 209-204 victory to advance into the final match with Darren Zombro of Cedar Crest who took the crown with a 212-163 win.
Warwick Tops Blazers, Falcons in LL Playoffs February 15, 2019
Go big or go home. Warwick's boys' basketball team is certainly claiming that as their mantra in a season for the ages, or at least the past three decades. That is how long the Warrior's drought of not winning a single game of the L-L League tournament ran, but the dam burst Wednesday night when Joey McCracken's coast-to-coast layup barely fell through the net before the final buzzer sounded on Warwick's 64-62 quarterfinal victory over Lancaster Mennonite.
Playing on their home court, the Warriors trailed by seven after the first quarter before shaving one point of that deficit by halftime where they trailed 25-19. But whatever transpired in the locker room during the break brought out an inspired McCracken who was held scoreless in the first half but opened up for 17 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the foul line, in the second to lead the team.
With the score tied and Lancaster Mennonite controlling the final seconds of the game, the Blazer's Elijah Terry, with McCracken contesting, put up a three-point shot with only seven seconds remaining. Standing in the key, McCracken gathered the resulting rebound of Terry's failed attempt and with just under six seconds showing on the clock dribbled the length of the court to deliver the game winner.
Warwick followed a lackluster first half, in which the Warriors only scored eight points in the second quarter, with 22 in the third and 23 in the fourth. Brock Fassnacht tallied 16 followed by Colby Martin and Ryan Shirk who each scored nine, Trysten George with seven and Conor Adams, Caleb Schmitz, and Broden Price contributing two apiece.
With that win, the Warriors advanced to Thursday's semifinal matchup against Cedar Crest at Conestoga Valley. Playing the late game following Manheim Township's 63-52 victory over Elizabethtown, Warwick continued its winning ways with a definitive 72-47 win over the Falcons to earn a finals showdown with the Blue Streaks which was played on Saturday following press time.
The trio of Martin (16), Fassnacht (13) and McCracken (12) led the Warriors who jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. With a barrage of treys raining down on them, 11 to be exact, the Falcons couldn't find traction and wilted under Warwick's offensive attack as its top three scorers accounted for nine of those three-pointers alone.
A strong second half, in which they held a 39-21 advantage, helped cement the Warrior's dominant effort as did a solid showing by Warwick's bench in a total team effort. George, Adams, and Kai Cipalla all tallied seven points each, while Shirk and Schmitz each had five.
Looking to improve on her third-place finish in last year's L-L League bowling championships, Warwick's Ashley Sham worked her way up to take on defending champ Paige Boyd of Cedar Crest in the ladder formatted semifinals at Clearview Lanes last Wednesday. Despite her efforts, she came up just short of making the finals and again finished third when Boyd barely edged the Warrior 180-179 before defeating Northern Lebanon's Aliza Shirk 203-200 to maintain her crown.
Sham's 218 average heading into the tournament was a league best and she and teammate Isaac Erickson, whose 229 average was tops for the guys, will look to help Warwick claim a team title on the 19th of this month. Originally scheduled to precede the girl's and boy's championship, the team meet was postponed due to weather and Erickson will have already taken part in the boy's meet which took place on Friday the 15th, also after press time.
Warriors Gear Up For L-L League Tourney February 11, 2019
With a newly minted Section Two title resting in Lititz, the Warwick boys' now have their sights set on bigger and better things. The second stop on the championship line is a League title and with their final game of the season complete, a 72-40 defeat of Solanco at home last Tuesday, the Warriors began gearing up for the L-L League tournament
"We are excited to have a home game for the first round of the L-L League Playoffs," noted head coach Chris Christensen. "It should be a great atmosphere with a lot of energy in the gym." The game of which Christensen spoke was played after press time and featured the number one seeded Warriors from Section Two versus Section Five's number one seed, Lancaster Mennonite with the winner playing in the semifinals.
Backtracking to last Tuesday's game in which Warwick hosted the Golden Mules, Ryan Shirk led all scorers with 19 points while Corbin Horst followed with 12, all from beyond the arc as the Warriors took control early and never looked back. In the second half alone, Warwick outscored Solanco 40-23 including a 24-point third quarter.
The Mules' Dawson Kreider netted 14 points to pace the visitors who never recovered from a dismal five point start to the game thanks in part to tough defensive play by the Warriors. Solanco was held to only 19 points in the first half, a total that the Mules could only better by four in the second half.
Colby Martin (11) put in a double-digit performance with Joey McCracken and Caleb Schmitz both adding eight, while Brock Fassnacht scored six, and a quartet of players consisting of Trysten George, Conor Adams, Broden Price, and Nolan Rucci added two apiece.
"We had a lot of contributions from a bunch of different players in the Solanco game," stated Christensen. "It is always nice to have a team win where everyone has the opportunity to contribute."
Regardless of what the team does in the League Championships in its first appearance in 12 years, the Warriors have already secured a spot in the upcoming District Three tournament as the No. 10 seed. "We are excited about the opportunity to compete in the post-season," commented Christenson. "Our team is confident and excited to make a run."
Warwick's girls' basketball team wrapped up its season last week with a split between Solanco and Wyomissing. The lady Warriors (5-8, 8-13) played out the schedule on the road with a 59-31 loss to the Mares on Tuesday and followed up with a 50-40 victory over the Spartans the following night.
Solanco's offense proved too much for the visitors, while its defense stifled the Warriors, holding leading scorers Abby Rodgers and Sydney Weismandel to only nine points each and the team to only 12 in the first half. Solanco outpaced Warwick by nine in the first half, and headed into the break leading 21-12.
It was more of the same in the third and fourth quarters with Solanco outscoring the Warriors 38-19 during that span. Lauren Pyle added six, Emily Williamson had four and Reagan Longridge put up three for Warwick.
Leading by four points over Wyomissing last Wednesday heading into the fourth quarter, Warwick distanced itself with a 20-point effort in the final frame to pull out the 10-point victory. Pyle piled on 23 for the ladies, including a 5-for-6 effort at the foul line which helped Warwick withstand a 14-7 scoring advantage for the Spartans to start the second half.
Warwick's bench teamed with the starters for a total of eight contributing players in the outcome. They included Longridge (7), Rodgers (6), Jess Williamson (4), Emily Williamson (3), Tanner Armstrong, (3), Weismandel (2), and Abby Finkill (2).
In its final match of the season, the Warwick wrestling team dropped to 3-4 when it suffered a 51-17 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg at home last Monday. Beginning at 152 pounds, the Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead when Preston Johnson's 8-4 decision over Nick Salgado was followed by another decision win, this time a 6-4 victory by DeVonte Hess over Hector Colon at 160 pounds for the 6-0 score. David Hnasko then earned a 12-0 major decision at 170 over Parker Owen to open up the 10-point lead.
L-S responded by winning nine of the remaining bouts, four of which were forfeited by Warwick. Roland McClune decisioned Johnny Franklin at 195 by a score of 6-4 and Mateo Chacon earned his own major by scoring an 18-5 win over Riley Eckman at 132 to round out the match for Warwick.
Despite splitting its final two matches last week, a 5-2 loss to Cedar Crest and a 7-0 win over Lebanon, Warwick won the Section Two crown in the third game of the matchup with the Falcons who also clinched a Section One title with the overall victory.
"Needing to win one game to assure winning the section one title, Cedar Crest came out strong and went on to hand us just our second loss of the season," noted head coach Neal Vital. "They outlasted us in game two, before we finally put up a big third game."
In that third and final game, Tyler Miller capped a huge 709 series by rolling a 290 to go with his 205 in the first game and the 214 he rolled in the second. Cedar Crest's Kolby Bennett (790) and Darren Zombro (739) led all bowlers but along with Ashley Sham (639), Isaac Erickson (634), Carter Snavely (628) and Tony Lutz (571) the Warriors pulled out the 1168-1098 pinfall advantage to clinch their own title.
In the second match of the week versus the Cedars, which also happened to be senior night for Warwick, Nick Raubenstine and Kyle Morris were promoted from the junior varsity roster to finish out their high school careers. With scores of 130, 182, and 134 for a 446 series for Raubenstine and 181, 159, and 161 for a 501 for Morris, the Warriors were able to gain a 2858-2613 pinfall advantage to complete the clean sweep.
Ready to begin the post-season run, Warwick will meet Garden Spot in the first round of the L-L League team tournament this week. The boy's and girl's individual tournaments also take place this week.
"We've practiced well the past couple weeks, and we'll be ready to go at the L-L team championships," said Vital when asked about his team's outlook on the upcoming playoffs. "Individually, I have three hungry seniors, Ashley Sham, Isaac Erickson and Tony Lutz who want to finish their high school careers on a positive note, so I know they are determined to do well. Junior Carter Snavely and sophomore Tyler Miller are also ready to make their mark in the post season."
This past weekend the L-L League championships for swimming and diving were held at Wilson High School where Warwick's girls completed a second successful defense of their title and avenged a Section One title loss to Manheim Township by edging the Streaks 85.5-80.5. The boys finished out the weekend with a fifth place finish, scoring 48 points with Manheim Township winning it all at 150 points.
Through two days of competition, Warwick's championship hopes rested on the final event of the meet as it came down to the 400 freestyle relay to determine who would leave as top dog. With the Streaks leading by one point and Warwick needing the win, Maya Hartzler, Catherine Chen, Izzy Miller, and Kendall Eby not only stepped up to the challenge, they buried it with a time of 3:39.71, eight seconds better than Manheim Township which finished third and six seconds ahead of second place Conestoga Valley.
It was in the relays where the ladies outshone the opposition as Chen, Hannah Greenway, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hartzler teamed to win the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.71, and Lydia Hocker, Stuhltrager, Miller, and Greenway finished the 200 medley in 1:53.76 to place third, less than a second behind Cedar Crest which placed second at 1:53.17.
No individual swimmers claimed gold for Warwick, however there were nine medal winners.
Hartzler finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.77 and also placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:00.73) behind Stuhltrager (59.87) in fourth and Miller (1:00.2) who earned a sixth place finish to go with her fourth place time of 1:01.28 in the 100 backstroke.
Chen also picked up a silver medal in the 100 freestyle, finishing with a 53.35 ahead of eighth place Greenway (56.41) who also took fourth in the 50 freestyle in 25.08. Stuhltrager (2:16) also finished the 200 IM in sixth place.
Although the boys ended up in the middle of the pack in the team standings, they did have a dual champ in Olly Lance who won both the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. Lance (1:58.25) had some stiff competition in Hempfield's Andre Fissella (1:58.53) who pushed him to the limit in the IM, but it was the Warrior that was able to find that little bit extra at the end to claim gold.
Things went a bit smoother in the backstroke for the senior as Lance (53.50) was able to gain a bit of breathing room ahead of Cedar Crest's Cameron Hain (55.52), finishing two seconds ahead, while teammate James Moll (56.14) touched seventh.
While not a dual champ, brother Theo Lance claimed two fifth place finishes touching in 1:49.37 in the 200 freestyle and clocking a 4:56.12 in the 500 freestyle. Warwick also medaled in two relays as Theo, Olly, Moll, and Ethan Hershey finished sixth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:33.46, and also placed fifth in the 400 freestyle in 3:26.85.
Warwick Grabs Section Crown, First Since 1991 February 4, 2019
Warwick's boys (12-1, 14-6) only needed one more league win to clinch the outright Section Two crown heading into last Wednesday's matchup with Conestoga Valley (1-11, 3-17) and led by Ryan Shirk's 15 points, the Warriors did just that with a 69-32 win over the Buckskins. It also marked the first section title won by Warwick since 1991.
The Warriors wasted no time in showing exactly what their intentions were by racing out to a 13-5 first quarter lead which had expanded to 36-9 by halftime thanks to a huge 23-point second quarter. Defensively, Warwick gave no breathing room to the visiting Bucks and only sent one CV shooter to the foul line while the Warriors went 10-16 on foul shots.
Both Colby Martin and Caleb Schmitz joined Shirk in putting up double digits with each scoring 11 apiece. Martin nailed two from long range, only one behind game leader Shirk who had three. Jordan Ransing (7) led the Bucks who had no answer for Warwick's fast paced offensive attack that outscored them 33-23 over the final two quarters of play. Trystan George (6), Conor Adams (6), Nolan Rucci (5), Broden Price (4), Joey McCracken (3), Ethan Minnich (3), Justin Gerhart (2), and Brock Fassnacht (1) all contributed.
On the other end of the spectrum, Warwick needed a 16-point fourth quarter to seal a four-point, 60-56 victory over Lebanon (4-7, 9-11) on the road Friday night. Leading by two points to start the final frame of a closely contested matchup, the Warwick defense held Lebanon in check, allowing the Cedars 14 in the slim margin of victory.
Shirk again led as the game high scorer with 20 points and dropped in four three-pointers as did McCracken (18). Warwick opened a small, one-point margin to lead 9-8 after one quarter of play before both offenses found their groove in the second with the Warriors posting an 18-17 advantage to lead 27-25 at the break.
Both teams matched the other in the third with each putting up 17 before Warwick was able to barely edge the host Cedars in the fourth. Three Lebanon players notched double digits, Jean Carlos Gonzalez Belen had 18, followed by Raylin Pena (17), and Isaiah Rodriguez while for Warwick, Martin (6), Schmitz (6), George (4), Fassnacht (3), and Adams (3) all added to the winning effort.
For one of the Warwick swimming teams, perfection and a Section One title were on the line last Wednesday against Manheim Township while the other was looking to keep its head above water. For the lady Warriors, a chance at the top spot in the section was thwarted when the Blue Streaks, who were also undefeated heading into the meet, came away with a solid, 108-72 victory. The boys, who were 2-2 at the time, were handed a 131-42 defeat.
Both Catherine Chen and Hannah Greenway represented the lone individual wins for Warwick and played equal parts in the only relay win of the night for Warwick as well. Greenway struck first for Warwick, touching in 25.10 to nab the top finish in the 50 freestyle while Chen and teammate Maya Hartzler finished 1-2 in the 100 freestyle with Chen finishing in 55.51.
All three also held a spot on the winning 200 freestyle relay team which finished in a time of 1:43.29. The trio joined forces with Katie Jeans in claiming the lone relay win for Warwick and Chen just missed another victory when Manheim Township's Liz Perot caught her in the 200 freestyle, a race in which Chen led most of the way.
There was not much that went the way of the Warrior on the boy's side of the meet as Warwick's Oliver Lance stood as not only the lone victor, but was top finisher in two events. With none of the boy's relay teams winning, Lance won both the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke with respective times of 2:02.54 and 56.09.
The lady Warriors (5-8, 7-12) watched a promising season slowly slip away as they lost six in a row including a loss to Ephrata (7-4, 8-12) that knocked them out of the L-L League playoffs. Number six came on the road last Wednesday against Conestoga Valley (3-9, 5-16), although the pendulum easily could have swung in favor of Warwick in the tightly contested 42-40 defeat.
Reagan Longridge's 11 points, which included a trio of three-pointers, and Lauren Pyle's 10, with a trey thrown in as well, paced the Warriors who trailed 19-13 at halftime and then rallied late in the fourth, but fell just short. Both teams scored nine in the third to make it 28-22 heading into the final frame. In all, seven players scored for Warwick including Abby Rodgers (5), Sydney Weismandel (4), Lailani Batty (4), Tanner Armstrong (4), and Jess Williamson (3).
Lebanon (2-9, 3-16) proved to be Warwick's lucky charm as the Warriors, who trailed by five heading into the second quarter, turned it on by outscoring the Cedars 42-21 over the course of the final three frames. Led by Rodgers' 14 points, Warwick never let up on offense as well as defense, holding Lebanon to only two points in the third. Pyle added 11 and went 3-4 at the foul line for Warwick with Weismandel (8), Longridge (6), Batty (5), Emily Williamson (3), Haley Delgiacco (2), and Julia Forsythe (2) getting in on the action as well.
Warwick's bowling team also clinched a section title with a 7-0 sweep of Elizabethtown (62-15, 92-20) last Monday at Dutch Lanes. Warwick (75-2, 82-2) held a 13-game lead over the Bears at the end of last week with no chance of getting caught as the Warriors had two League matches remaining while Elizabethtown only had one.
Ashley Sham's 743 series led all bowlers as she rolled a 228, 236, and 279. She was followed closely by Isaac Erickson's 266, 258, and 199 for a 723. Tyler Miller (246, 229, 188-663), and Carter Snavely (204, 203, 227-634) rounded out Warwick's scoring while Katelyn Garman's 591 series led the Bears. She rolled a 202, 225, and 164 in the loss.
Lady Warriors Top McCaskey, Remain Undefeated January 28, 2019
Warwick's girls have had an amazing run this season in the pool, swimming roughshod through the league and maintaining a perfect record, at least through the end of last week, after defeating McCaskey (0-4, 1-7) 101-47. Warwick (4-0, 8-0), this week, will face one more challenge in Section One co-leader Manheim Township (4-0, 8-0) in the final meet of the season to determine the outright winner.
McCaskey's best efforts came in the relays where the Red Tornado took two of the three events, however Warwick took over in the individuals. Winning six out of eight events, the Warriors did not have any swimmers double up, instead they used a full team effort in earning the win.
Lydia Hocker, Brynne McNelis, Maya Hartzler, and Katie Jeanes began by swimming a 2:01.69 in the 200-medley relay to open up an early Warwick lead. Rachel Olson (2:02.11) then won the 200 freestyle for the Red Tornado after which the Warriors racked up five consecutive victories before McCaskey's team of Jane Womble, Riley Kraft, Alexa Alhadeff, and Olson swam a top time of 1:52.67 in the 200-freestyle relay.
Morgan Stuhltrager (2:18.78) won the 200 IM, Hartzler (0:25.96) took the 50 freestyle, Maria Poliski (1:02.26) was victorious in the 100 butterfly, Sophie Brandywine (0:56.05) won the 100 freestyle, and Kendall Eby (5:39.88) ended the run by winning the 500 freestyle.
Hocker represented the final win of the night for Warwick when she touched in 1:07.01 to take the 100 backstroke as McCaskey won the final two events, the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay.
In boy's swimming, Warwick (2-2, 2-6) has taken some lumps, but a meet with McCaskey (1-3, 5-3) was just what the doctor ordered. In winning two relays, the Warriors helped themselves to a 91-68 victory, their second of the season. Warwick also had two individuals double up on victories in Ethan Hershey and Oliver Lance.
Lance, Nicolas Altenderfer, Robby Sabol, and Nate Young set the pace early by winning the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:51.03. Hershey then won the first of his two events when he touched in 2:11.56 to take the 200 IM before winning the next-to-last race, the 100 breaststroke, in 1:07.59.
Lance's two event effort began when he logged a 1:07.59 in the 100 breaststroke, and ended with a top race time of 0:53.5 in the 100 butterfly. Earlier, he teamed with James Moll, Hershey, and Theodore Lance to win Warwick's second relay of the night, the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:35.89.
McCaskey did win the 400-freestyle relay with Christian Fulton, Cameron MacKilligan, Owen Woodard, and Ed Freeman ending in 3:44.58 while Freeman (0:23.25) also took the 50 freestyle as well as the 500 freestyle (5:03.90). Theodore Lance (1:58.09) won the 200 freestyle for Warwick while Moll (0:53.15) took the 100 freestyle.
For the Warwick girls, the playoff watch is over. They concluded last week with their fifth loss in a row and their fourth consecutive league defeat in a 48-43 come back win by Ephrata on Friday night that clinched the second playoff spot for the Mounts.
Needing to win out and have Ephrata lose each of the final three league matchups, the lady Warriors turned a one-point deficit into a 43-36 Warwick advantage in the fourth quarter but were unable to overcome the Mount's defense which took advantage of eight turnovers during that span to pull out the victory.
Led by Lauren Pyle's 20 points, Warwick slowly chipped away at Ephrata's lead which began at 18-12 in the first quarter and dwindled to 28-25 by the half, before the ladies were able to tie the game at 33-33 with just under three minutes on the clock in the third. Reagan Longridge (8) drained her lone three-point shot of the night to start the fourth and put Warwick ahead 38-36 before Ephrata's last-minute heroics put the game to bed.
Pyles point total included four three-pointers and a 2-5 effort at the line. Lailani Batty added seven while Jess Williamson, Emily Williamson, Abby Rodgers, and Elise Balmer each had two apiece.
Earlier in the week Warwick took on Section Two leader Elizabethtown in an attempt to gain some traction in its downward slide, but to no avail. Marena Lonardi's game high 17 points helped the Bears to a 43-29 defeat of the Warriors.
A stingy defense held Warwick to single digit scores in each quarter of the game and allowed only one player to reach higher as well. Pyle, who bucketed only two shots from the field, one from long range, went 5-6 at the line to lead the Warriors with 10 points.
The Bears had Warwick back on its heels early, turning an 11-5 first quarter lead into 25-11 at the break. While just barely getting the better of them in the third with an 8-6 advantage, Warwick had no answer for the Bears who kept rolling through the section.
Meanwhile, the boys suffered their first league loss of the season when the Bears scored a 59-51 upset over the Warriors last Tuesday in Elizabethtown. On a tear since losing to Warwick earlier in the month, the home team managed a 30-20 lead at the break and were able to hold on despite a spirited effort by the Warriors at the end of the game.
Joey McCracken scored 16 for Warwick and Brock Fassnacht added 11 in a game where the Warriors began inching closer after halftime, knocking the score lead down to 39-35 near the end of the third quarter, but a 6-0 run by the Bears to close out the frame made it 45-35 to start the fourth.
Warwick attacked all game from the outside sending 27 shots from behind the arc but only sinking eight of them, half of which came from McCracken alone. Warwick's chance came late in the game when they were able to pull within four points with just under a minute remaining but failed to score after that.
A win over Elizabethtown would have given Warwick the Section Two Crown, but with the loss, the boys needed to win two more league games in order to give the Warriors sole possession of the title. On Friday they took one step closer to winning the section for the first time in 28 years with a 68-41 victory over Ephrata.
McCracken exploded for 30 points with a trio of treys and a 7-10 night at the foul line to push Warwick one win closer to that elusive championship. Opening up a 41-23 lead by halftime, the Warriors wanted to leave no doubt about just what they are looking to accomplish.
Seemingly leaving their latest loss in the rearview, Warwick never allowed Ephrata to hit stride, despite a 13-point effort by Xavian Rodriguez and a perfect 8-8 team effort on free throws. Warwick opened up its lead to 56-27 at the end of the third and had no problems closing the deal on another victory.
Trysten George and Ryan Shirk each netted nine points in support of the win with each draining one three-pointer. Fassnacht (7), Colby Martin (3), Nolan Rucci (3), Tate Landis, (3), Caleb Schmitz (2), and Conor Adams (1) all contributed.
With only two losses on the season, Warwick (68-2, 75-2) has its sights set on a Section Two championship and a key cross-over matchup with Section One rival Penn Manor (42-21, 42, 21) last Thursday was a critical step towards that goal. Despite a tight first game that coach Neal Vital called a, "...classic battle of attrition," the Warriors finished strong and came away with a 7-0 victory. "From there, we took control and won the last two games by big margins," added Vital.
It was Isaac Erickson's 254, which included seven consecutive strikes, and a seventh frame in which all five Warwick bowlers struck, that helped push them to a slim, 11 pin win in that first game, 967-956. Ashley Sham rolled a 224 along with Carter Snavely (119), Tyler Miller (172), and Tony Lutz (198) as well.
Gaining momentum from there the Warriors won games two and three handily, 1001-905, and 1063-900. Rylan Beebe substituted for Snavely after the first game, rolling a 170 and 188, while Erickson finished with a 199 and 233 for a match high 686 series followed by Sham (180, 244-648), Lutz (234, 202-634), and Miller (218, 196-586)
"The 7-0 sweep allows us to maintain our six-point lead over Elizabethtown heading into (our) showdown with the Bears at Dutch Lanes," noted Vital. "It's going to be an exciting last two weeks of the regular season."
Second place Elizabethtown (62-8, 78-13) was the next match scheduled for Warwick with the two teams not yet having played at press time.
Warwick (3-4, 4-6) had one match last week before heading into the L-L League tournament this past weekend. The Warriors hosted Hempfield (5-2, 9-3) last Wednesday night and briefly held the lead before the Knights reclaimed it and used a trio of falls in the middle weights to pull away for good, defeating Warwick 42-22.
A 12-3 major decision by Charles Lumene at 182 pounds to start the match put Warwick up 4-0 before a Chase Mathias pin at 195 and a 6-3 Luke Dreyer decision at 220 opened up a 9-4 Hempfield advantage. Hayden Benner brought it back to 9-7 with a 3-0 decision over Zach Bicevskis at 285, however, it was 21-7 before Warwick scored another team point.
Logan Bortner earned a 12-7 decision at 126 and Christopher Connor got the fall over Jake Chasser at 138 to make it 24-10, but then Hempfield owned the next three bouts, with falls from 145-160 to pull ahead 42-16. Warwick received a forfeit at 285 to close down the match.
Warwick has a new League Champion and it is Roland McClune. Wrestling at 195 in this year's L-L League Championship which was held Friday and Saturday at Garden Spot High School, McClune secured gold by defeating L-S's Johnny Franklin 5-3 in Saturday's finals. On the way to securing the title, McCLune beat McCaskey's Justin Pacheco 12-0 in the first round, then took out Ben Sola of Cocalico 9-0 in the quarterfinals and decisioned Hempfield's Chase Mathias 9-6.
David Hnasko scored a fourth-place finish in a 7-6 loss to Donegal's Will Small at 170 pounds after falling 10-7 to Lebanon's Dallin Ocasio in the semifinals. Hnasko advanced to the quarterfinals after scoring an :18 fall over Columbia's Derek Neil where an injury to Elizabethtown's Javan Thomas sent him into the semis.
Lumene also scored a fourth-place finish at 182 after his semifinal loss to Penn Manor's Nicholas Baker placed him in the third-place bout against Logan Davidon from L-S. Lumene took him into the third period, but succumbed to a fall at the 4:40 mark. Lumene earned a fall over Hempfield's Gordy Hoover in the pigtails before beating Isiah Grant from CV 5-2, and pinning Trey Donmoyer from ELCO in the quarterfinals.
Lady Warriors Fall Short Against Lebanon, PM January 21, 2019
Warwick's girls' basketball team took a step backward last week with losses to Lebanon 53-41 and Penn Manor 42-37. Last Tuesday's loss to the Cedars combined with Ephrata's 37-28 victory over Conestoga Valley landed them in third place in Section Two and elevated the Mounts into second.
Lebanon, working on a five-game losing streak at the time, upset the Warriors with a 16-point game from Avry Torres-Gutierrez and a 12-point effort from Destiny Infante. Meanwhile, Sydney Weismandel netted a trio of three pointers and posted 12 points and Abby Rodgers scored 10 to lead Warwick.
After falling behind 19-11 in the first quarter, Warwick's defense clamped down and held Lebanon to only seven in the second frame. The Warriors battled back to within three points at halftime, trailing 26-23 to start the third. It was a weak fourth quarter that helped seal Warwick's fate, however, when after matching the Cedars 16 points in the third and with the score at 42-39 they were outscored 10-6 for the loss.
Warwick had eight players contribute points on the night with Lauren Pyle (7) and Jess Williamson (6) each scoring once from long range. Lailani Batty added four while Emily Williamson, Tanner Armstrong, and Abbey Finkil all scored two apiece.
The ladies hosted Penn Manor on Friday in a Section One crossover game, falling behind early and rallying late. The loss once again placed them in third place after Ephrata's Thursday loss to Elizabethtown had tied the two teams for second in the standings.
Led by Pyle's 14 points, which included two three-pointers, and a 4-5 effort from the foul line, Warwick turned in a 26-point second half in an attempt to overcome a slow start in which they only put up five points in the first quarter followed by six in the second. Despite the low score, the Warriors only trailed 18-11 at the break, but ran out of time in the fourth.
Weismandel dropped six for Warwick which also received help from Batty (4), Emily Williamson, Rodgers, and Armstrong who each scored three, and two apiece from Jess Williamson and Finkill.
Maintaining their hold on first place in Section Two, the boys remained undefeated in L-L League play with a 53-41 victory over Lebanon last Tuesday and then followed up with a 41-38 cross over defeat of Penn Manor on Friday. Colby Martin nailed a trio of long-range shots and was a perfect 2-2 at the line while netting a game high 13 points to lead the Warriors.
Warwick poured it on the in the second quarter turning a slim 15-14 lead into a 12-point deficit for the Cedars to lead 31-19 at halftime. Consistent defensive play by the Warriors in the second half resulted in back-to-back 11-point quarters for Lebanon who rallied in the fourth but could not capitalize on a meager four-point fourth quarter by Warwick.
Warwick had eight players contribute on the court as Joey McCracken scored nine followed by Conor Adams (8), Ryan Shirk (7), Trysten George (6), Caleb Schmitz (6), Brock Fassnacht (2), and Kai Capalla (2).
Fortunately for the Warriors, another low scoring output in the fourth quarter in their game with the Comets did not harm them, however it nearly provided Penn Manor with a come from behind victory. Due in part to a strong 22-point third quarter, the Warriors were able to weather the storm as the Comets scored 21 in the second half to no avail.
Warwick led by only one at the break, 17-16, but received a double-digit effort from both Shirk (11), and McCracken (10) to help them over the top. Martin scored seven points and joined Shirk with two three pointers, while Adams put up five, Fassnacht had four and both George and Schmitz each added two.
Continuing their run at the top of Section Two, Warwick's bowling team notched another two key victories last week in preparation for an upcoming showdown with number two Elizabethtown. The Warriors began last week with a 7-0 sweep of Conestoga Valley and finished off Ephrata in similar fashion, 7-0, on Friday.
"My team has exploded this week, led by Isaac Erickson's perfect 300 game and 821 series," commented an excited Neal Vital, head coach for the Warriors. "Tyler Miller and Tony Lutz also contributed big scores against the Buckskins."
Anchored by his perfect second game of the series in which he bowled a 253 to begin and a 268 to end, Erickson's 821 represented just the second 800 series recorded in L-L League history according to Vital. Warwick's total pin fall of 3269 easily eclipsed the Buckskin's 2243 with CV getting out bowled by all but two Warriors.
Miller (184, 216, 288-688) and Lutz (277, 186, 222-685) joined Erickson in out bowling the entire CV squad while Matthew Geib (198, 217, 192-607) and Rylan Beebe (166, 137, 1165-468) anchored the winning effort.
In what Vital said was his team's best effort of the season, Warwick easily took down Ephrata on Friday with a 3416-2728 pin fall advantage. "This was a huge team effort with everyone contributing big scores," said Vital. "Led by sophomore Tyler Miller, we topped the 1100 mark each game."
Miller rolled a 221, 242, and 279 for a 742 series to lead all bowlers while Carter Snavely (263, 260, 176-699), Erickson (198, 267, 218-683), Ashley Sham (232, 206, 243-681) and Lutz (243, 163, 205-611) followed. Warwick outscored Ephrata 1157-867, 1138-885, and 1121-876, respectively, in the three-game match.
With only one win on the season Warwick's boys are still trying to find their groove and had a tall task in front of them last Tuesday when they traveled to Hempfield Rec Center to take on the second place Black Knights. Only three swimmers claimed individual wins, and the Warriors went 1-3 in the relays during their 107-59 loss.
James Moll turned in a best 1:05.18 in the 100 backstroke to win the event by a whisker over Aidan Turner who touched in 1:05.23, while Oliver Lance won the 100 freestyle in 57.08 and Theodore Lance swam a pool best 2:08.66 in the 200 freestyle to lead the Warriors.
Warwick managed to earn a victory in one of the three relays as well, taking the 400 freestyle. Both the Lance's and anchor Moll were joined by Ethan Hershey in the relay where the Warrior's team finished in 3:56.47.
In contrast, the Warwick girls finished out the week tied with Manheim Township for first place after taking down the winless Knights. In a meet dominated by the lady Warriors, who won 10 of 11 events while sweeping the relays, Warwick came away with a 110-57 win.
Catherine Chen stood as the lone multi event winner for Warwick, taking the 200 freestyle in 2:17.32 as well as the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.59. She also swam the first leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay team along with Kendall Eby, Jaime Nolt, and Hannah Greenway.
Greenway, who was a part of all three winning relays, took the 50 freestyle as well. She also swam with Katie Jeanes, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Maya Hartzler in the 200-freestyle relay, which the girls won in 2:02.25, as well as the 200 medley with Isabell Miller, Stuhltrager, and Hartzler with a time of 2:08.83.
Stuhltrager (1:10.05) was first in the 100 butterfly, Eby (5:01.48) won the 500 freestyle, Miller (1:10.62) was tops in the 100 backstroke, and Lydia Hocker (1:23.95) won the 100 breaststroke.
Warwick got a much needed win last Wednesday when the Warriors traveled to Lancaster and upended the Red Tornado of McCaskey 39-30. Trailing at one point by 12, Warwick went on a four-bout win streak in the middle weights to pull off the victory over the seventh ranked Red Tornado. McCaskey was hungry for a win, but came up just short in a match where they controlled their own destiny but could not hold on for the victory.
When David Hnasko stepped onto the mat for his 170 pound bout with Pablo Beltran the Warriors were down 24-12 and in dire straits and looking for any kind of momentum they could find. Hnasko answered by collecting the fall at 1:42 in the first period to pull Warwick within six at 24-18.
Charles Lumene picked up an 18-2 technical fall over Timothy Fredrick at 182 and was followed by Roland McClune's 11-1 major decision of Justin Pachecoll at 195. Heyden Benner then put the seal on things when he decked Kyler Rodriguez in 2:47 of their 220 pound bout making it 33-24 before both teams traded forfeits and ended the match with a no contest at 113.
The first bout of the evening began at 120 where Jose Tirado put McCaskey on the board with a second round pin before the Warriors sandwiched a decision by McCaskey' Noel Montanez between two forfeits to make the score 12-9 in favor of Warwick. Two Tornado pins and one decision between 145 pounds and 160 pounds doubled up the score, and put them in the lead 24-12.
Warriors Remain Undefeated in Section Two January 14, 2019
Undefeated in League play at the end of last week, Warwick (7-0, 9-5) is running roughshod over Section Two where the closest team is Elizabethtown (4-3, 8-7) and the final three teams have two wins between them. The boys opened up last Tuesday with a 55-46 road victory over Ephrata and followed it on Friday with a 71-53 win at Conestoga Valley.
Three Warriors hit double digit scores against the Mounts and all three lit it up from three-point land as well. Joey McCracken led all scorers with 18, including three treys, and hit two out of five free throws while Brock Fassnacht (14, 2, 2-3) and Colby Martin (13, 3, 0-2) helped build a 33-13 lead by halftime.
Ephrata came out swinging in the second half, however, as Xavian Rodriguez (14, 1, 3-3), Lyle Kopp (11, 1, 0-1), and the rest of the Mounts exploded for a 20-point third quarter while holding Warwick to just seven to make it 40-33 to start the fourth quarter. In that final frame the Warrior's defense was able to slow Ephrata's attack down just enough to maintain the lead while outshooting them 15-13 to end the game.
A huge 24-9 run to begin the game versus Conestoga Valley on Friday built a lead big enough to ensure a victory even though the Buckskins outscored Warwick 33-26 in the second half. Ryan Shirk's 16 points and Martin's 12 led both teams in a game that was 45-20 in favor of the Warriors heading into the break.
Each team received substantial help from their respective benches as Warwick had 11 players score on the night while Conestoga Valley had help from ten, but it was too much too early for the Buckskins to overcome in the end. Warwick's McCracken added 10 points, followed by Caleb Schmitz (8) Fassnacht (7), Kai Cipalla (6), Conor Adams (5), Justin Gerhart (3), Trysten George (2) and Nolan Rucci (2).
On Friday January 4, the Warwick girls' rallied late against Elizabethtown to pull off a 46-42 victory. In their first two games last week they continued that trend of keeping things close with a 38-37 loss to Ephrata followed by a 36-33 win over Conestoga Valley before ending with a 43-27 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on Saturday.
"We've had some close games and we've been able to win some close games because we've done a good job executing late in games," commented head coach Danny Cieniewicz. "In the Ephrata game, we battled but couldn't quite make enough plays. Give credit to Ephrata, as they did an excellent job taking good shots, playing tough straight up defense, and making their foul shots."
Indeed, foul shots played a big part last Tuesday's contest. The Mount's aggressiveness in attacking the net resulted in a 15-26 night at the foul line while double digit scoring from Ephrata's Jocelyn Umana (12) and Gabi Gerola-Hill (11) kept them in the game long enough for a final surge in the fourth with the score tied 24-24.
Warwick fell behind 14-5 early, but returned the favor in the second quarter by tying things up at 19-19 at the break. Both teams played tough defense in the third, holding each other to only five points apiece, before Ephrata managed to eke out the single point advantage in the final frame.
Reagan Longridge posted a season high 10 points for the Warriors and was 5-6 at the line while draining one three-pointer on the night. Lauren Pyle joined the top scorer with nine and also accounted for a long-distance strike while Abby Rodgers and Lailani Batty each added six, Haley Delgiacco had four and Tanner Armstrong accounted for two, going a perfect 2-2 at the line.
Taking a cue from their previous upset over the Bears, Warwick came back from a 24-13 halftime deficit to defeat the Buckskins on Friday night. This time, however, it was a 16-29 effort on free throws that played in Warwick's favor.
"We did a great job attacking the basket in the second half," noted Cieniewicz. "It led to a lot of foul shots for us, and we were able to make enough that it allowed us to pull through. We also did a nice job pressuring their ball handlers and turning defense into offense."
Batty netted nine points in pacing the lady Warriors who saw a slim one-point CV lead in the first quarter balloon to an 11-point deficit at halftime. By the end of the third, however, Warwick closed the gap to six, outscoring CV 9-4 to make it 28-22 before going on a 14-5 run to finish the game and seal the three-point victory.
Jess Williamson joined Pyle in scoring six points each While Rodgers, Longridge, and Sydney Weismandel tallied three. Williamson and Abbey Finkel each added two points apiece, as well, and Armstrong and Elise Balmer each added one.
Tied 10-10 at the end of the opening frame with L-S on Saturday, Warwick could not keep up with the Pioneers as they watched the game slowly get away from them on the back of a 17-point effort by Emma Gochnauer. L-S went up by four to lead 20-16 at halftime but had widened the gap to 34-21 by the end of the third.
Warwick was essentially shut down in the second half by the Pioneer's defense which only allowed 11 points during that span while offensively they tallied 24. Rodgers led the Warriors with 8 points scored including four-of-six from the foul line.
Cieniewicz sees that his team is on the cusp of breaking, noting, "We're playing good team defense and we're still catching our stride on offense, but I feel encouraged by the direction the team is trending. Our girls are bringing good effort and a positive outlook on a nightly basis. We hope we start playing our best basketball in this stretch run."
Leading Section One along with Manheim Township (2-0), the girls' swim team came away with a resounding 112-58 victory over Penn Manor (1-1) last Tuesday at the Lititz Rec Center. Warwick (2-0) swept the Comets in all three relays and won five of eight individual events as well.
Hannah Greenway took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.16, just ahead of teammate Katie Jeanes who touched in 26.99, and also swam on each of the winning relay teams. She swam the final leg of the 200 medley with Lydia Hocker, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Isabel Miller (1:58.20), and was third in the 200 freestyle along with Catherine Chen, Stuhltrager, and Miller (1:46.02), as well as the 400 freestyle along with Chen, Miller, and Maya Hartzler (3:54.96).
Chen also garnered a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 57.43, with Hartzler (57.83) right behind her in second. The two then switched places in the 200 freestyle where Hartzler touched second in 2:06.47, followed by a third-place finish by Chen in 2:06.8, and Jenna Ober in fourth with a 2:12.07.
Warwick also had a multiple winner in the individuals as Miller (1:03.09) won the 100 butterfly with teammate Jaime Nolt (1:06.18) coming in second, as well as the 100 backstroke (1:03.78). Stuhltrager also won the 200 IM in 2:18.79 with Kendall Eby (2:21.19) second.
Warwick's boys, facing a decline in numbers, have struggled to find their groove this season and stumbled against Penn Manor (1-1) in a losing 97-67 effort. Warwick (1-1) did have a multiple winner in Oliver Lance who won both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 butterfly with respective times of 1:04.43 and 53.42, and was also on the winning 200 freestyle relay team where he was first leg along with Robert Sabol, James Moll, and Theodore Lance who touched in 1:336.57.
Theodore Lance also represented the only other individual winner for the boys when he recorded the top time of 1:55.54 in the 200 freestyle. He was also second in the 500 freestyle finishing in 5:06.03, with Brendan Hohman (5:51.49) coming in third. Hohman (2:26.35) also placed third in the 200 IM. James Moll (53.12) and Sabol (57.92) came in first and second, respectively, in the 100 freestyle as well, and Ethan Hershey (1:03.67) placed third in the 100 backstroke.
Warwick fell to 2-3 last week with a loss to Solanco Wednesday night. Hosting the Golden Mules, the Warriors fell behind 27-0 and then pulled to within nine points before Solanco shut the door on a 49-21 loss.
Beginning the match with a no-contest at 113, Solanco racked up three pins, a decision and a forfeit before the Warriors received their own forfeit at 152 to make it 27-6. Devonte Hess then took Connor Swarner into the second period of their 160 pound bout before recording a fall at 3:22.
David Hnasko's third period pin of Rashawn Carter in 4:44 of the 170 pound matchup made it 27-18, but Solanco won four of the final five bouts with Roland McClune's 7-1 decision over Shaneef Carter at 220 representing Warwick's final win of the night.
Maintaining its grip on first place, Warwick (47-2) took down Manheim Township (16-33) in a clean, 7-0 sweep last Tuesday and then kept Elizabethtown (41-8) in second place with a 5-2 victory on Thursday. Isaac Erickson led all bowlers against the Blue Streaks with a 212, 287, and 277 for a 776 series, followed by Tony Lutz (224, 191, 247-662), and Ashley Sham (211, 243, 191-645).
In the match with the Bears, it was Elizabeth Vuxta (221, 216, 234-671), and Katelyn Garman (228, 224, 202-654) who kept things competitive for the home team, but the Warriors proved too much for them to handle. Sham (245, 246, 207-698) was high roller for both squads, followed by Lutz (236, 215, 205-656), Erickson (230, 205, 200-635), Carter Snavely (192, 225, 195-612), and Tyler Miller (207, 202, 191-600).
Warwick Matmen Sit at 2-2 in Section One Race January 7, 2019
Heading into the new year, Warwick (2-2, 3-4) was right in the thick of things in Section One wrestling with two wins and only one loss in league matches. In the first of those two wins, against Cocalico (2-2, 2-3), a key major decision by Mateo Chacon over Toby Haldeman in the second to last bout at 132 pounds broke a 30-30 tie before Shaun Stafford stepped on to the mat at 138 and earned the match clinching fall over Dean Gehman 35 seconds into the second period for a 40-30 victory.
Win number two came in a more convincing fashion over Manheim Township (0-4, 0-5) as the Warriors utilized three Blue Streak forfeits and pins by Charles Lumene at 182 pounds, Roland McClune (195), Chacon (132), Stafford (138), Preston Johnson (160), and David Hnasko (170) to take the match 54-24.
Conestoga Valley (4-0, 7-1) provided the lone loss in the section as the Buckskins, who are currently tied for first place with Penn Manor (4-0, 4-0), overpowered the Warriors 55-15.
In their first match of 2019 Warwick faced off with the co-leaders from Penn Manor last Wednesday in Millersville and despite an early lead eventually fell to the Comets 52-21. With five forfeits between the two squads in the opening seven bouts, the first being at 220, a Hayden Benner fall for Warwick at 285 which was answered by the Comets' Caleb Banzof at 106 gave the Warriors the advantage at 12-6 before things swung back to the home team, 24-18.
With seven bouts remaining and no more forfeits to give by either side, Penn Manor won the next four before Hnasko outlasted Colt Shenk at 170 pounds to make the score 43-21. After a scoreless first period, Hnasko hit a reversal in the second to go up 2-0 heading into the third, however a penalty for an illegal hold and a surrendered reversal put the Warrior behind 3-2 but he was able to score the two-point reversal at the end for the decision and Warwick's final three points of the match.
Both the girls' and boys' swim teams recorded wins on Thursday over Cedar Crest as the ladies prevailed 101-69 and the guys came out on top with an 84-77 victory. Both are at the top of section one with 1-0 records as the girls are tied with Manheim Township and Penn Manor and the boys are deadlocked with Manheim Township and Hempfield.
James Moll emerged as the only dual winner for the boys as he topped out in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly with respective times of 59.71 and 1:01.49. Theo Lance also won the 500 freestyle in 5:08.65 while Oliver Lance posted the top time in the 200 IM with a 2:01.15. Warwick's 200 freestyle relay team also finished first with a time of 1:47.10.
The girls took two of the three relay events, winning the 200 medley in 1:56.24 as well as the 400 freestyle with a 4:02.51 and won five of the eight individuals on their way to victory over the Falcons. A sweep of the 200 IM helped lead the lady Warriors as Isabel Miller (2:22.52), Maya Hartzler (2:23.24) and Lydia Hocker (2:24.45) touched 1-2-3 while Hartzler also won the 100 freestyle in :57.81. Other winners included Kendall Eby (5:49.64) in the 500 freestyle, and Morgan Stuhltrager (1:03.1) in the 100 butterfly.
It was a showdown for first place Friday night in Elizabethtown and though the lady Warriors took some lumps early, they came back swinging and pulled off a late fourth quarter comeback victory to stun the Bears 46-42. With the win, Warwick (3-2, 5-5) jumped into a tie with Elizabethtown (3-2, 64) in Section Two as both squads began to pull away from the rest of the pack.
At one point, down 10 points in the third quarter, Warwick narrowed the margin to seven heading into the fourth with the Bears leading 33-26. However, Elizabethtown widened the gap and led 40-30 with only 3:19 to go in the game when back-to-back treys by Lailani Batty, who had 18 points for the game, and Sydney Weismandel (3) suddenly had Warwick back in the game at 40-36.
Warwick's clutch play at the foul line in those waning minutes helped boost the Warriors into the lead as Lauren Pyle and Batty both went 4-4 during that stretch with Batty's first two giving Warwick a 42-40 advantage and Pyle's final two making it 45-42.
Neither side was able to get much going offensively to begin the game as the first quarter ended with a 6-4 Bears advantage, but warmed up later in the second to make it 23-17 at halftime. Pyle ended the night with 16 points while Regan Longridge added six and both Weismandel and Abby Rodgers put up three apiece.
In another exciting matchup, also versus Elizabethtown, the boys turned a two-point lead early in the second quarter into a 26-point victory over the second place Bears. With the 71-57 win, Warwick (5-0, 6-4) stayed well ahead of both Elizabethtown (2-3, 5-6) and Lebanon (2-3, 5-5) as the Warriors maintained sole possession of first place in Section Two.
Making the win even more memorable was the fact that Brock Fassnacht torched the Bears for a career high 22 points, all in the second half. When he entered the game in the second quarter Warwick led 12-10. Scoring the next 10 points on his own, including back-to-back three pointers, Fassnacht opened the lead to 22-14 and added another 12 before the final buzzer.
Warwick led 12-8 after one quarter of play but the Bears slowly began chipping away at that lead during the second, pulling to within three at halftime, 29-26. Fueled by Larry Locker, who scored 22 points for the Bears, the visitors came out in the second half and were met by the Fassnacht buzz saw and a Warriors defense that held them to 12 points in the third frame for a 54-38 score heading into the fourth.
In the final quarter of play, the Bears outscored Warwick 19-17 but it was too little too late for Elizabethtown. In addition to Fassnacht, Ryan Shirk dropped 18 points on the night including a trio of three pointers while Joey McCracken also reached double digits with 12 and two from long range. Trysten George (7), Colby Martin (5), Kai Cipalla (3), Caleb Schmitzz (2), and Broden Price (2) all contributed as well.
Making a road trip to Reading, the boys traveled to play Exeter on Saturday in a non-league contest in which the Warriors were bested 48-37. Fassnacht led the team in scoring with 10 points followed by George and McCracken who posted seven points apiece. The Warriors were outshot in every quarter except the third where they boasted a 9-7 advantage to trail by a score of 35-30 before Exeter pulled away for good in the fourth.
Section Two of the L-L League basically has a two-team race early in the season. Warwick (35-0, 42-0) and Elizabethtown (32-3, 41-8) are well ahead of third place Ephrata (15-20, 19-23) and the Warriors solidified that lead with a 7-0 shutout of the Mounts on Friday at Dutch Lanes.
Ashley Sham led all bowlers with a 238, 182, and 256 for a 676 series with fellow Warrior Tyler Miller following closely with a 259, 212, and 203 for a 674 series. Carter Snavely's 646 pinfall on a 185, 248, and 213 three game series scored third highest while Ephrata's Andrew Barnica rolled a 187, 204, and 192 for a 583 series in the loss.
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.