Warriors Well Represented in PIAA Swimming March 18, 2018
High school swimmers from across the state gathered last week at Bucknell University to test themselves and find out who is the best in the pool during the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Three individual swimmers from Warwick were included in that group as well as two girls' relay teams.
Held over a period of four days with Class 3A schools competing Wednesday and Thursday and 2A schools on Friday and Saturday, each event took the best 16 swimmers out of a preliminary heat and broke them down into A and B groups with the top 8 making the championship finals and the next 8 the consolation finals.
Making an impressive mark on the field was Joe Moll who medaled in two events, breaking two Warwick school records along the way, both of which were held by Moll himself. He swam to a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM on Wednesday and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke the following night.
Knocking a full two seconds off his school record in the individual medley, Moll medaled with a time of 1:50.13, in turn shaving 2.10 off his preliminary heat, before returning a day later and swimming the backstroke in 50.08 to set the bar 0.37 above his Warwick record of 50.45 which he also swam at Bucknell in last year's PIAA Championship.
Tyler Mandrell also represented Warwick well by finishing 16th overall in the girl's 50 freestyle with a time of 24.26 on Wednesday and then placing 13th in the 100 backstroke on Thursday when she touched in 57.81 while taking 0.25 off her preliminary qualifier.
More impressive, however, was the feat accomplished by the 400 freestyle relay team of which Mandrell swam second leg.
With Catherine Chen leading and Lauryn Ober and Sophie Gutheridge finishing, the girls placed 11th in a time of 3:32.12 and broke their own school record for the third time this season. In fact, it was the third time in the last two weeks, and second of the day on Thursday.
Swimming in Districts two weeks prior at Cumberland Valley High School, the ladies set the new mark at 3:33.74 while finishing fourth. Then, during their PIAA preliminary heat, they finished 11th with a new record of 3:33.45 before besting it yet again in the consolation finals.
Mandrell, Ober, and Gutheridge were joined by Hannah Greenway on anchor during Wednesday's 200 medley relay in which they finished in 12th place with at time of 1:47.99, and Chen posted a time of 52.77 in the 100 freestyle preliminaries barely missing the cut by 0.63 behind North Penn's Caroline who claimed the 16th spot with a time of 52.14.
Moll, Mandrell Earn District Gold Medals March 5, 2018
Over the course of two days last week, swimmers from locations all throughout District Three converged on Cumberland Valley High School with hopes of earning a District medal and in turn extending their season by another two weeks with a PIAA qualification.
Ten Warwick swimmers took part in 14 events Friday and Saturday during the District Three meet and Joe Moll led the charge by winning two silver medals while Tyler Mandrell also scored a silver on the girl's side.
Mandrell's weekend was a busy one as she took part in two individual races as well as two of Warwick's three relays in which the ladies secured two fourth place and one seventh place finish.
Her silver medal came during Saturday's session in the 100 backstroke when she touched in 57.0 to hold off Hershey's Claire Ryland (58.12) and Tomomi Nakano (58.62) as well as teammate Sophie Gutheridge (59.0) who took sixth. Gutheridge also secured sixth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.12.
That followed Mandrell's eighth place finish on Friday in the 50 freestyle during which she finished with a time of 24.33 ahead of teammate Hannah Greenway (25.4) who was 26th.
During the relays, Mandrell teamed with Lauryn Ober, Sophie Gutheridge and Greenway in the 200 medley where the ladies were barely edged out for third place by Wilson's team of Emma Appler, Erin Moyer, Savannah Snyder, and Carolyn Pitorak which swam a 1:46.32, just over a second faster than Warwick's time of 1:47.27.
Catherine Chen then joined Mandrell, Ober, and Gutheridge on Saturday during the 400 freestyle to combine for the second fourth place finish of the meet for Warwick when they clocked in at 3:33.74 before Chen, Maya Hartzler, Greenway and Ober closed out the meet by taking seventh in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.79.
Chen also found success in the 100 freestyle where she and Sophie Lear of Hempfield put together one of the more exciting finishes of the weekend. Ending the race about as close to a tie as they could get with only .02 between them, Lear (52.62) just barely secured third place ahead of Chen (52.64).
Moll's accomplishments came in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM, the latter of which also included a tightwire finish with a little over a second separating the top three medal winners in Wilson's Donovan Curran (1:51.91), Moll (1:52.02), and Logan Brockway (1:52.98) of Dallastown.
In less exciting fashion, he also wrapped up second place in the backstroke with a time of 50.87 behind Chambersburg's Avery Barley (49.53) and was on the opening leg of the 400 freestyle team along with Reid Harpel, Cade Uhlin, and Adam Deckard which took fifth place in 3:14.9.
Meanwhile Uhlin also added a ninth place finish in the 500 freestyle by finishing in 4:46.46, Adam Deckard (48.37) was 12th in the 100 freestyle and also finished 14th in the 50 freestyle in 22.29, and Harpel (53.69) took 16th in the 100 butterfly.
Warwick's bowlers saw their season come to an end this past weekend during the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships as none of the five representatives made it past the singles qualifying round.
Ashley Sham had the best showing for the Warriors as she finished 17th with a 1020 total pin fall, missing the 12th and final qualifying position by 24 pins. Over the course of five qualifying games, she bowled a 204, 231, 217, 204, and 162.
Isaac Erickson's 58th place finish was tops for the boys as he rolled a 222, 248, 181, 135, and 234 for a matching 1020 series. He was followed by Carter Snavely (236, 156, 186, 192, 192-962) in 94th place, Tyler Miller (215, 214, 192, 159, 180-960) in 99th place, and Tony Lutz (224, 162, 179, 156, 202-923) in 122nd place.
Stewart Claims Bronze in District Wrestling February 26, 2018
Wrestling is a unique sport in that it is a compilation of individual bouts held within a team competition. Teams compete for Section, League, District, and State titles, but each wrestler is working towards the post-season where they have a chance to compete against some of the best wrestling talent in the country during the District and PIAA championships.
Warwick was represented by six wrestlers in last week's District Three tournament which was held over three days at Hershey's Giant Center. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the PIAA tournament which will take place March 8-10.
Ryan Stewart emerged as the lone Warrior to move on when he decisioned Jordan Espinosa of Governor Mifflin for a bronze medal at 285 in a rematch of a quarterfinal bout where Stewart sent the Mustang grappler into the consolation round via an 11-4 decision.
Two other wrestlers placed fifth when Logan Boring and Ethan Clark each wrestled back through the consolation bracket in their respective classes of 182 and 220. Both of them are now on the bubble for making the PIAA Championships and will sit and wait for a potential scratch from those classes. Should anyone ahead of them become injured or have any other circumstances occur that would keep them from competing then they would be bumped up into the fourth District seed.
Stewart used a first period fall over Northern York's Blake Sanchez in the round of 16 before his victory over Espinosa in the quarterfinals placed him against Central York's Michael Wolfgram.
In a rematch of last year's semifinals where Stewart lost to the eventual District champion before finishing fifth and missing the trip to states, revenge was not to be had by the Warrior as Wolfgram muscled his way to an 8-2 lead before earning a second period fall.
Unlike last year, however, Stewart won his consolation semifinal bout over Waynesboro's David Henke by utilizing a late takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second that led directly to a fall which in turn pushed him into the third-place bout opposite Espinoza.
Stewart had no problem taking Espinoza to the mat and played to that strength by allowing him back to his feet in a pattern that netted the Warrior a 6-3 lead heading into the second period.
Choosing the down position, Espinoza was again released and almost secured a head lock throw at the edge of the mat but Stewart was able to counter and secure his fourth takedown of the bout before going out of bounds.
Trailing in the third but still working for points, Espinoza continually tried for an outside trip but was unsuccessful and gave up another takedown with 12 seconds remaining giving Stewart third place.
Boring worked a 3-0 decision over Dover's Matthew Lehman in his opening bout of the tournament but ran into a buzz saw in the quarterfinals where he met Donovon Ball of Cedar Cliff who dropped him into the consolations with a 13-7 decision.
Ball was a takedown machine, notching six while Boring escaped five times before securing a takedown of his own with 24 seconds in the bout in a last-ditch effort for a fall that never materialized.
His trip through the consolations included a 1-0 decision over Michael Fortney of Gettysburg and a 7-1 loss to Lower Dauphin's Brendan Shaffer with an escape in each bout to account for his two points scored during that time.
Wrestling for fifth place against Garret Fittery of Manheim Central, Boring opened the scoring in the second period with an escape from bottom 14 seconds in that held through to the third.
After an attempt at rolling through to an escape resulted in an out of bounds reset, Fittery worked his way to a base before Boring caught him in a cross face and was able to secure two near fall points.
Fittery then escaped but fell victim to a double leg takedown by Boring who was then able to ride out the final 39 seconds of the bout for the 5-1 win.
After suffering an injury in each of the last two tournaments, Clark dominated in his first two bouts only surrendering one point to Reading's Xavier Rivera while racking up a 12-1 lead before securing the fall at 5:20, and then decking Tyler Gallagher of Gettysburg in 3:23 while holding a 3-0 second period lead.
Clark then gave up back-to-back falls in his next two matches, first to Dennis Karas of Exeter in the semifinals and then Milton Hershey's Dylan Byrd in the consolation semifinals.
In his final bout of the tournament and possibly his season, Clark utilized his quickness from bottom against Central Dauphin's Carter Urich to score the first point of the match with a second period escape followed by a successful single leg takedown attempt 54 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.
Urich quickly countered with an escape and finished off the period working for an outside trip that Clark was able to successfully defend.
In the third Urich was able to scramble to his feet for an early escape and both wrestlers kept it on the feet with neither able to crack the other's defense until Clark secured a takedown with 21 seconds on the clock for a 5-2 lead before Urich's escape finalized the 5-3 victory for Clark.
Haydn Shreiner (145), Luke Hirtzel (152), and David Hnasko (160) all wrestled as well with none of them making it past the first day of competition.
Shreiner suffered back-to-back falls to Garden Spot's Connor Finkey and Red Lion's Cole Daugherty, and Hnasko likewise lost his first two bouts first via a fall to Quinn Foley of Reading and then an 8-0 decision to Eddie Ocker of Shippensburg.
Hirtzel, meanwhile, after losing a close 4-3 decision to New Oxford's Matthew Poust on a third period escape by Poust to break a 3-3 tie, defeated Oley Valley's Dylan Lambert 3-0 with an escape and takedown in the third period.
That win placed him opposite Kolbe Eidle of Wilson where Hirtzel saw an early first period 2-0 lead disappear in the second when Eidle quickly escaped after choosing bottom and then secured a takedown with only 11 seconds remaining in the period to go up 3-2.
An escape from Hirtzel tied the bout at 3-3 but Eidle was able to score two more takedowns in the period for a 7-4 victory.
Four Warwick bowlers applied their talents this past Saturday at Berks Lanes in Sinking Springs during the District Three individual championships with one earning a medal.
Isaac Erickson used a 230 average to finish fourth overall in the boy's championships behind fellow L-L League competitor Ryan Graham (3) from Conestoga Valley, Conrad Weiser's Daniel Althouse (2), and District Three champion Alex Horton from Daniel Boone.
Erickson began his day by finishing third in the qualifying round which consisted of each bowler rolling six games with the top six overall pin totals advancing to the single elimination finals bracket.
His six game totals of 259, 234, 210, 243, 236, and 198 equaled 1380 and was 92 pins behind Graham who had the top qualifying total of 1472. Teammates Tony Lutz (228, 197, 207, 215, 207, 214-1268) and Tyler Miller (215, 222, 187, 199, 208, 184-1215) finished below the cut.
Once Erickson reached the finals bracket he was paired against another L-L bowler in Manheim Central's Tanner Michael whose qualifying score of 1307 placed him as the sixth and final seed.
Erickson bowled a 203 in that quarterfinals match, besting Michael's 184 and moving into the semifinals against Althouse who earned a first-round bye with his number two seeding. Althouse proved the better bowler in that game, winning 231-204 and handing Erickson his fourth-place medal.
Ashley Sham stood as the lone girl's competitor for Warwick and despite her best efforts, missed the cut by 91 pins. Sham bowled 178, 202, 186, 243, 171, and 196 for an 1176 and 18th overall.
Clark Captures Warwick's Lone Section 2 Gold February 19, 2018
Eight Warwick grapplers set out on the road to Hershey on Saturday when the District Three 3A Section Two tournament began at Hempfield High School and after the final whistle had blown, six remained standing. Only the top four finishers in each weight class advance to the District Three tournament which will be held this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Evan Clark defended his title at 220 pounds and stood as the only title winner for the Warriors while Ryan Stewart and Logan Boring each placed second in their respective weight classes of 285 and 182, Luke Hirtzel came in third at 152 pounds, and Haydn Shreiner and David Hnasko were fourth at 145 and 160.
No stranger to the Sectional finals, Clark made his third appearance in the title bout on Saturday when he faced Central Dauphin's Carter Urich and was able to come away with a slim 3-2 victory.
With Clark leading 1-0 after a second period escape, Urich chose down to start the third and eventually tied the bout when he managed to get back to his feet with 1:55 remaining.
On an ensuing front head lock attempt by Urich, Clark was able to swing behind him and gain control for the two-point takedown and a 3-1 lead before surrendering another escape with 1:09 on the clock.
Clark was able to defend against Urich's takedown attempts and despite receiving a stall warning with three seconds remaining, claimed his second straight Sectional crown.
Following a first-round bye, Clark used a third period takedown against Noah Myers of Elizabethtown to earn the fall with 1:14 left in a quarterfinal bout that he was comfortably winning 10-4.
Clark's win propelled him into the semifinals where he dramatically scored a takedown with only four seconds remaining in regulation against Manheim Township's Myles Desha to win 4-2, breaking a 2-2 tie which ensued when Desha scored his second escape of the bout with 15 seconds on the clock, negating Clark's two-point reversal in the second period.
Following his own first round bye, Boring worked his way through Central Dauphin's Cian Blythe and Manheim Central's Garrett Fittery to reach the finals where he dropped a 12-4 major decision against Lower Dauphin's Brandon Shaffer.
In the quarterfinals matchup with Blythe, who wrestled on despite suffering a dislocated finger in the first period, Boring built a 3-0 lead before surrendering a takedown at the end of the second and then held on for the 3-2 win.
In the semi's Boring gave up an escape early in the second period to fall behind Fittery 1-0 but then reached his feet in the third to tie things up and eventually send the bout into overtime where he secured the winning takedown with 12 seconds on the clock.
Shaffer proved too much for Boring to handle in the finals building a 7-0 lead before two escapes made it 9-2 heading into the third where he was able to corral Boring for the rest of the bout.
After securing a quick 40 second fall over Milton Hershey's Rajuan Boyd in the quarterfinals, Stewart decked Jaden Baylor of Central Dauphin in 3:06 while leading 4-0 to reach the finals against Lower Dauphin's Kyle Wuestner where the senior was bested 16-6.
Stewart trailed 7-6 after securing a two-point takedown following Wuestner's escape to begin the third period, but then the Lower Dauphin big man racked up another escape and hit a five point move from the feet with less than a minute remaining to jump ahead 13-6.
Wuestner then broke the hold and was able to turn Stewart again for another three points where he finished the bout.
Hirtzel's route to Districts took a little longer as he found himself in the consolation bracket following a 3-1 overtime loss in the semifinals to McCaskey's Joey Battle and eventually defeated Manheim's Austin Sauder 9-0 in the third-place bout.
Milton Hershey's Richard Coleman was Hirtzel's first opponent of the day and was easily dispatched in the first period via fall in 1:31 after Hirtzel had built a 7-0 lead.
Against Battle, he was only 1:25 seconds away from reaching the finals when the McCaskey wrestler managed an escape to tie the bout and then needed only 14 seconds in sudden victory to secure the winning takedown, dropping Hirtzel into the wrestle backs.
Once there, he earned a fall over Penn Manor's Kole Marley in 4:37 after rolling to a 9-0 lead before dominating once again over Sauder for the bronze.
Both Shreiner and Hnasko also found themselves wrestling back at 145 and 160, respectively, with Shreiner taking the same path as Hirtzel, losing in the semifinals, while Hnasko dropped down after losing in the quarterfinals.
Shreiner defeated Donegal's Dimitri Gonzales 6-2 and was leading Lower Dauphin's Joey Stoak 5-4 to start the third period of his semifinal bout before Stoak managed to turn him and pick up three near fall points with 1:05 remaining for the 7-5 win.
In the consolations, Shreiner defeated Andrew Vogerlbacher 3-1 to advance against Manheim's Ryan McKee who needed only 57 seconds to secure the fall.
Hnasko, without the benefit of a bye, opened his day with an easy 6-2 decision over Lower Dauphin's Buck Diacont in the round of 16 and then faced Timmy Smith of Central Dauphin in the quarterfinals where he fell behind 4-0 before giving up the fall at 3:03 and had to work his way back the rest of the day.
Hnasko went up 4-0 over Elizabethtown's Javan Thomas in his first consolation match before earning the fall at 3:23. That win pitted him against Donegal's Will Small who built a 6-2 lead with only 1:21 remaining in the bout before a Hnasko escape led to a takedown and bout wining fall with only 13 seconds left on the clock. He then faced Smith once again for third place, but succumbed to a fall at 2:17.
Steven Seepaul, who finished sixth at 195, and Andrew Morgan also represented Warwick but did not qualify for Districts.
The L-L League held its annual boys, girls, and team meets at three different venues across Lancaster County with six Warwick bowlers competing and Ashley Sham, Isaac Erickson, and Tony Lutz qualifying for Districts.
The team portion was held on Wednesday at Rocky Springs Lanes where Penn Manor edged out Warwick by a score of 5-2 for its fifth straight League title.
"My team battled hard," stated head coach Neal Vital. "The lanes played difficult, but fair. We had chances in game two to close out the match, but PM's experience came through late in the game and they eked out a 26 pin win."
Warwick won big in the first game with a 965-918 score, but the Comets battled back for a 938-912 win in the second, and 998-906 in the third.
Vital was very optimistic about his teams' chances in the future as well. "I am confident we can put this tough loss behind us and make a run at the eastern regional championship and a state berth in Pittsburgh on March 17th."
During the individual matches, every bowler began by rolling five games with the top 35 moving on to the second round of qualifying for the boys and the top 26 for the girls. During that second round, four games were bowled and the top five advanced to the final round where a stepladder format determined the champion.
Leisure Lanes hosted the girls on Thursday and Ashley Sham worked her way into the step-ladder finals where she finished third with wins over Manheim Township's Megan Lappa and Cocalico's KC Miller.
She finished third in the first qualifying round by rolling a 217, 202, 182, 210, and 205 for a 1016 series behind Cedar Crest's Paige Boyd (1103), and Hempfield's Katelyn Musselman (1039).
Sham qualified fourth for the finals when she rolled 181, 160, 237, and 146 which when combined with her first round series totaled 1740.
Going head-to-head with Lappa, Sham came out on top 182-162 and next faced Miller whom she beat 168-156. Musselman awaited her in the next game and the Black Knight bowler was able to pull off a three-pin win with a 170-167 score giving Sham the bronze.
Erickson finished Friday at Dutch Lanes in ninth place during the second round of qualifying, missing the finals by only 16 pins while Lutz finished in 11th.
The first round ended with Erickson taking seventh by rolling a 215, 195, 220, 183, and 248 for a 1061 series. That, combined with his four second round games of 173, 176, 171, and 186 gave him a 1767 total.
Lutz finished his first round of bowling with a 16th best 944 series by rolling a 175, 203, 168, 190, and 208. His second round of 235, 210, 179, and 170 added in for a 1738 overall total.
Carter Snavely (22nd-1599), Tyler Miller (23rd-1584), and Rylan Beebe (24th-1583) finished out the day for the boys.
Matmen Fall to Cocalico, Take Fourth at Leagues February 15, 2018
In their Wednesday matchup last week with Section One leader Cocalico (7-0), the Warriors struggled to find traction and despite winning six of the final eight bouts came away with a 47-25 loss.
Warwick (1-5) finally got on board when Haydn Shreiner (145) turned a second period takedown into six team points by decking Trevor Hale in 2:27 followed by Luke Hirtzel's 9-0 major decision over Alex May (152) to make it 35-10.
After a Cocalico major decision at 160, Andrew Morgan (170) came back from a 4-3 first period deficit to stick Owen Zimmerman with 43 seconds remaining, making it 39-16 before a one point deduction for misconduct against Zimmerman dropped the Eagles back to 38.
Logan Boring made it 38-19 with a 5-1 decision at 182 for Warwick's final three contested points before Ryan Stewart accepted a Cocalico forfeit at 285 to end the night.
Two days later the Warriors traveled to Garden Spot for L-L League Championships. With seven wrestlers medaling, the Warriors earned a fourth place team finish.
Hirtzel (152) and defending champion Ryan Stewart (282) each claimed gold for Warwick. Hirtzel took a 7-3 lead into the third period against Northern Lebanon's Stevie Herb before hitting a four point move at the end of regulation for the 10-3 decision and title while Stewart recorded three falls in a total time of 1:52 to finish on top.
Hirtzel earned a first period victory over Solanco's Tucker Pierson with a pin at 1:42 before decking Penn Manor's Kole Marley at the 2:39 mark in the quarterfinals. His 13-4 win over Joey Battle of McCaskey then propelled him into the finals.
For Stewart, his run began with a 14 second fall over Garden Spot's Jacob Warner in the quarters, and an 11 second pin over Austin Shaver of Cocalico in the semis, before finally breaking a sweat when Conestoga Valley's Tyler Oakley took him 1:28 into the first before turning his back as well.
With only one win in four regular season matches this year at 195, Steven Seepaul opened the tournament with a first period fall over Lampeter Strasburg's Johnny Franklin at the 1:39 mark in the first round.
He then knocked off Nick Yannutz who was the third seed out of Solanco with an 8-5 decision in the quarterfinals and followed that with another fall in the semifinals over Elizabethtown's Blake Andrews with 55 seconds left on the clock in the third period.
That set him up with a showdown against Manheim's Keegan McCord in the finals where the Baron eked out a 5-1 victory off a pair of takedowns to claim the championship and give Seepaul second place.
Ethan Clark, the returning 220 pound champion, had to face off against Cocalico's Ben Fromm who Clark defeated in last year's finals of the League tournament.
On Wednesday, Fromm slipped by Clark in a tense 6-5 decision victory during a dual meet in Lititz and it was Fromm on Saturday who once again found a way to win in a 3-2 finals showdown that went to ultimate tiebreak.
In working his way to the championships, Clark first pinned CV's Leo Marente in 51 seconds, then earned another fall against Noah Myers of Elizabethtown in 5:00 before a 9-3 decision over Garden Spot's Dustin Swanson in the semi's forced the rematch with Fromm.
Medaling in fourth place for Warwick was Mateo Chacon (126) and Logan Boring (182). Chacon earned a 13-3 major decision over Solanco's Zach Spade before a 7-1 loss to Kayde Althouse of Columbia sent him into the consolations where he pinned Manheim's Conner Zeamer in 4:13, took an injury default over L-S's Mason Blank at 3:16 and then lost 5-0 to Penn Manor's Nicholas Fafel in the third place bout.
Boring wrestled his way into the semifinals before a 5-3 loss to Manheim's Garret Fittery dropped him into a consolation bout with CV's Isiah Gantt which he won via fall at 1:31 seconds, sending him into the third place bout with Carter Hasson of Manheim Township who emerged with a 4-3 victory.
David Hnasko finished in fifth place at 160 pounds with a 1:30 fall over McCaskey's Gilbert Colon Valent after a quarterfinal loss to Solanco's A.J. Wilson placed him in the consolation bracket.
Once there, Hnasko worked a 2:50 fall over Cocalico's David Sensenig, and then lost to Donegal's William Small to set up the fifth place match.
Also wrestling but not medaling were Sebastia Oliveras who lost twice at 106, and Connor Espenshade who beat Ephrata's Tyler Hart 6-5 in the first tiebreaker before a round of 16 loss sent him into the consolations where he beat Christia Burdick of ELCO 8-3 before losing to Solanco's Sheldon Peiffer.
Meanwhile, Shaun Stafford defeated Carlos Nazzario from Lancaster Catholic at 132 by fall but then lost his next two. Preston Johnson lost his first round bout but then defeated A-C's Michael Moran 3-0 before bowing out, Shreiner used a bye and a fall to reach the quarterfinals and then pinned Hale in a consolation bout before taking a loss to A-C's Zachery Renninger, and Morgan lost his round of 16 bout to Joshua McNamara of CV and then was eliminated in a 5-3 loss to A-C's Evan Hellman.
Warwick's girls played two games last week and came away with a 50-22 loss to Elizabethtown and then almost knocked off Hempfield, 21-20.
Lailani Batty led the team with eight points against the Bears last Tuesday and Lauren Pyle added six with two 3-pointers in a game where Elizabethtown led 23-9 at the half.
Abby Rodgers, Tanner Armstrong, Reagan Longridge, and Julia Forsythe all contributed two points apiece on the night with Longridge going 2-2 at the line.
It was a scoreless fourth quarter that proved the difference in Friday's game against the Knights as both sides struggled offensively with Hempfield putting up zero points in the second as well.
Pyle scored a game high nine points as Warwick overcame a 10-6 Hempfield lead after one quarter to outscore the home team 11-0 for a 17-10 advantage at the break.
After pulling back in the third to make it 20-19, the lady Knights used a 2-0 fourth quarter to steal the victory from Warwick.
Rodgers, Sydney Weismandel, and Longridge all scored three points apiece and Armstrong added two.
"Throughout the season we have been focusing on working together as a team and making defensive stops," stated head coach Janelle Garber when asked about her young team's progress.
"We have a great group of girls who are buying into the program and that's the foundation for building the future."
The boys' team struggled last week as well, losing 62-52 to Lebanon last Tuesday and then 64-54 to Hempfield on Friday.
In the first quarter against Lebanon, the Cedars took a one-point margin and built it into a 54-43 lead heading into the fourth before holding on for the win.
Bryan Rottkamp's 13 points included a perfect 7-7 from the line while Ryan Shirk hit two 3-pointers and was 2-2 on free throws for a total of 12 points, but the Cedars' Luis Aquino-Rios negated both with a 25-point effort to lead all scorers.
Carter Forney scored nine, both Colby Martin and Trysten George scored six apiece, Joey McCracken scored four, and Brock Fassnacht added two for the Warriors.
Warwick came out like gangbusters in the first quarter against Hempfield on Friday as the boys hit seven 3-pointers on the way to a 24-9 lead, but were then outscored 55-40 over the next three as the Knights settled in and took control of the game.
Martin and Shirk each had 15 points on the night with Martin tallying his on five shots from behind the arc with four in the opening frame including a buzzer beater to make it 24-9, while Shirk's total included three from downtown.
Rottkamp added 10, McCracken had eight, and Clayton Mohler and Fassnacht each added three on the night.
Warwick's boys pulled even in Section One at 2-2 with a 100-70 win over Penn Manor last Tuesday while the girls improved to 3-1 with their 92-78 victory over the Comets.
Cade Uhlin, Oliver Lance, Joe Moll, and Adam Deckard won two events apiece in a meet where the Warriors claimed first in every event.
Winning the 200 (1:51.8) and 500 (5:02.39) freestyles was Uhlin, with Lance taking the 100 freestyle (52.78), and the 200 IM (2:05.18). Moll picked up first in the 50 freestyle (22.58) as well as the 100 breaststroke (1:04.53), and Deckard secured both the 100 backstroke (58.87) and 100 butterfly (57.29).
In the relays, Lance, Moll, Reid Harpel, and Deckard won the 200 medley with a time of 11:43.54, Lance Tanner Haines, Owen Campbell, and Moll swam to a winning time of 1:34.18 in the 200 freestyle, and in the 400 freestyle it was Harpel, Campbell, Uhlin, and Deckard winning in 3:29.97.
Only one relay was won by the girls as Catherine Chen, Tyler Mandrell, Maya Hartzler, and Hannah Greenway claimed the 200 medley (1:56.28) but they went 7-1 in the individuals with Chen, Hartzler, and Sophie Gutheridge each winning two.
Chen won the 200 IM (2:20.62) and the 100 freestyle (55.78), Hartzler took the 500 freestyle (2:06.114) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.83) while Gutheridge was first in both the 100 backstroke (1:02.7) and 100 butterfly (1:01.38). Mandrell represented the seventh win by taking the 50 freestyle (25.16).
After back-to-back 5-2 wins over Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley last week, Warwick (5-4) was sitting in second place behind Penn Manor (9-1) with no way of catching the Comets.
But if they can maintain their position, the Warriors will still qualify for the League tournament and a possible championship matchup with the Comets where head coach Neal Vital likes their odds.
"I do feel that my team has overcome its early season struggles, and seems to have found some consistency that was lacking in the first month of the season," said Vital. "If it plays out that way I believe we have what it takes to end their reign as league champs."
Tony Lutz led all bowlers against MT with a 680 series and a 227 average followed Rylan Beebe (637), Ashley Sham (628), Tyler Miller (615), and Isaac Erickson (605).
Sham was the high roller for Warwick against CV with a 680 series followed by Erickson (650), Lutz (637), and Carter Snavely (628).
Shirk, Martin Lead Warwick Over McCaskey February 5, 2018
Wins have been hard to come by this season for the Warwick boys' basketball team, but that hasn't kept them from competing in each game and six times this year that has resulted in a Warrior victory.
Last week the boys played two games, coming away with a split as they took down McCaskey 62-53 last Tuesday and then lost to Conestoga Valley 57-39 on Friday placing Warwick (5-8, 6-14) in sixth place in Section One.
The Red Tornado kept things close, pulling to within four points heading into the fourth quarter, but a strong finish by Warwick in which they outscored McCaskey 13-8 during that span nailed the game down for the Warriors.
Ryan Shirk (20) and Colby Martin (19) were the top two scorers on the court for the night with Shirk nailing three 3-pointers while going 7-8 from the line and Martin draining two from long range.
Warwick opened a 17-12 lead after one quarter of play but broke even in the second against a Tornado squad that was not going away, matching the Warriors' 15 points and heading into halftime still behind by five at 32-27.
Helped by Makai Ortiz (16) and Ajani Simmons (12), McCaskey gained slight ground on Warwick, pulling to within four in the third, but the Warriors came out strong to finish the game.
Brock Fassnacht scored six points, Joey McCracken and Bryan Rottkamp each had four, Nate Martin added three, and Clayton Mohler, Tyrsten George, and Conor Adams all scored two apiece in the win.
Warwick kept it close against Conestoga Valley during the second and third quarters during which time the Bucks only outscored the Warriors 24-23, but it was the other two quarters of the game that sealed their fate.
Although led by Mohler's 14 points, 12 of which came from long range, and Shirk's 13 point effort, Warwick trailed by five in the first quarter and then was outscored 20-8 in the fourth as the potent Conestoga Valley offense, fueled by Logan (22) and Austin (12) Monroe, proved too much for Warwick's defense.
Martin added six points on two 3's, Rottkamp scored four, and Caleb Smith added two in rounding out Warwick's scoring.
Momentum can either be a huge advantage or a dangerous adversary, depending on which end you fall on, and after winning both of their games last week the young lady Warriors were riding a huge wave of it heading into their final game of the season against Section One leader Manheim Township (11-2, 17-4).
Tied with Cedar Crest (11-2, 14-6) as of last week's standings, the Blue Streaks had to face a dangerous Warriors squad that has nothing left to lose in a game that was decided after this writing.
Warwick (3-10, 4-16) picked up the other half of its wins this season via a 33-32 squeaker on the road against McCaskey last Tuesday and a more emphatic 47-39 triumph at home on Friday over Conestoga Valley.
Neither team showed much offense last Tuesday in Lancaster as the first quarter ended in a 6-5 McCaskey advantage but led by Lauren Pyle's 10 points, including two 3-pointers, Warwick used a huge second quarter in which the girls turned a 1-point deficit into a 19-10 lead at halftime.
Sydney Weismandel added seven points for Warwick, while Abby Rodgers and Lailani Batty each tallied four, Jess Williamson and Elise Balmer both scored three, and Julia Forsythe contributed two.
Warwick spent the second half fending off a McCaskey comeback bid in which the girls were able to stay with the Red Tornado in the third, nearly matching their output in a 13-11 Tornado advantage to make the score 30-23, and then barely making it out alive in the fourth during a 9-3 run in favor of the home team.
Conestoga Valley's Amber High scored 13 and Savannah Generella added 12 while combining for a 10-13 effort from the line, but Pyle (13) and Batty (9) matched that with 10 free throws of their own while Rodgers (8) converted four of her six foul shots in a game that came down to the final quarter of play.
Tied at 12-12 after the first quarter, the Conestoga Valley offense crept ahead for a slim, 26-23 lead at the break before a determined Warrior's squad fought its way back in front where it stayed for the remainder of the game.
Warwick outscored the lady Bucks 8-6 in the third before using a stifling defense to hold them to only seven in the fourth while putting up 16 on offense end to pull off the come-from-behind victory.
Jess Williamson (6), Emily Williamson (5), and Reagan Longridge (3) each were good for one 3-pointer during the night, and Forsythe added two points to complete Warwick's scoring.
With only one meet before the L-L League Championship, Warwick's boys and girls took to the pool on the road at Cedar Crest and came home with a sweep as the boys won 97-67 and the girls claimed a 90-80 victory.
Cade Uhlin and Joe Moll accounted for four of the boy's five individual wins as each took first in two events and the relay teams went a perfect 3-3 on the night.
Uhlin posted top times in the 200 freestyle (1:51.61) as well as the 500 freestyle (5:01.27) and swam the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay with Adam Deckard, Reid Harpel, and Oliver Lance in which they finished with a time of 3:27.35.
Moll's two wins came in the 200 IM (2:03.41) and the 100 butterfly (53.06). While also taking part in Warwick's other two relay victories, Moll swam the second leg of the 200 medley with Lance, Harpel, and Deckard (1:43.86), and anchored the 200 freestyle with Owen Campbell, Connor Haines, and Joseph Sweigert in which they recorded a 1:39.51.
Lance's time of 0:55.05 netted him a first place finish in the 100 backstroke, accounting for Warwick's fifth individual victory.
The lady Warriors matched the boys by going 5-8 in the individuals and a perfect 3-3 in the relays with Sophie Gutheridge notching double victories.
Gutheridge's wins came in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.48 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.42 and she also swam the first leg of the 200 medley with Lauryn Ober, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hannah Greenway in which they logged the top time of 1:54.67, as well as the 400 freestyle with Ober, Catherine Chen, and Tyler Mandrell to win in a time of 3:49.75.
In the third relay victory, Chen, Mandrell, Maya Hartzler, and Greenway teamed up to win the 200 freestyle in 1:43.65 while in the individuals Chen won the 200 freestyle in 2:03.34, Mandrell was tops in the 100 freestyle with a time of 0:58.84, and Allison Wyand came out on top in the 500 freestyle, touching in 5:43.68.
With the victories, the boys were in third place in Section One at 3-2, 6-2 trailing Manheim Township (5-0, 9-0) and Hempfield (4-1, 7-1) while the girls held down second place at 4-1, 7-1 behind Section leader Manheim Township (5-0, 9-0).
Notching shut-out wins last week over Hempfield and McCaskey, the Warriors (7-4, 8-4) secured second place in Section One behind Penn Manor (11-1, 11-1) with one match remaining at home against Elizabethtown (7-5, 9-5).
While Hempfield's Tylor Fair nailed down the high series of the match by rolling a 247, 246, and 246 for a 739, it was Ashley Sham's 296, 234, 202 series for a 732 that helped lead Warwick to victory. Sham's series also matched the Black Knight's Nick O'Neil who rolled a 244, 209, and 279.
Following for the Warriors were Carter Snavely (255, 235, 238-728), Isaac Erickson (265, 189, 247-701), Tyler Miller (238, 185, 225-648) and Tony Lutz (98, 246, 194-638).
Traveling to McCaskey on Thursday, two Warwick bowlers topped the Red Tornado's Angel Almodovar who rolled a 246, 176, and 242 for a 664 series in the 7-0 Warrior victory.
Lutz ended as the high roller for the match by throwing a 217, 210, 245-672 series and was followed by Snavely (256, 204, 210-670), and Miller (206, 229, 217-652).
Trailing Lampeter-Strasburg at one point by a score of 21-13, Warwick clawed its way back into the lead by winning three straight bouts and six of the final seven to claim a 41-27 victory last Wednesday at home.
Ryan Stewart began the match with a 21-6 technical fall over Jack Eckman in 5:54 at 285 for a 5-0 Warwick lead before back-to-back pins by the Pioneers put them ahead 12-5.
Connor Espenshade's 9-2 decision over Riley Eckman at 120 was followed by Mateo Chacon earning a 21-6 technical fall in 5:36 over Michael Al-Sagga at 126 to put the Warriors ahead by a slim one-point margin (13-12), but L-S rebounded with a pin and a decision to go up 21-13.
That was when Warwick put together its 3-0 run with a 22-10 major decision by Haydn Shreiner at 145, a Luke Hirtzel pin in the third period at 152 and a 20-2 technical fall at 160 by David Hnasko for a 28-21 lead.
After Connor Penry's pin at 170 pulled the Pioneers back to within one point at 28-27, the Warriors finished with a Logan Boring 10-2 major decision at 182, a third period pin by Steven Seepaul at 195 and an 8-3 decision by Ethan Clark at 220.
Warriors Hold Off Penn Manor 58-49 January 22, 2018
With the regular season winding down, teams are beginning to focus on how to extend into the post-season. As of last week, Warwick (4-5, 5-11) was on the outside looking in at the District Three boys' basketball championship, as the Warriors were the 19th team out of 12 allowed.
In three games played the boys went 1-2 beginning with a 58-49 victory over Penn Manor last Wednesday followed by a 54-50 losing effort against Cedar Crest on Friday and a 58-42 non-league loss to Red Lion on Saturday.
Colby Martin and Clayton Mohler combined for seven of the ten 3-pointers Warwick drained against the Comets in a game where the Warriors trailed briefly but pulled away and never looked back.
Martin's three shots from downtown represented the only points he scored as were Mohler's until he converted two free throws in the fourth quarter for a game high 14.
Warwick sniped from the outside the entire first quarter to help open a 20-9 lead and weathered a Penn Manor rally in the second to head into the locker room ahead by nine, 33-24.
Any hope of a Comet comeback bid, however, was shut down in the third when a stiff defensive effort by the Warriors held them in check for only six points while the Warwick sharpshooters continued the onslaught from outside on the way to scoring 12 for a 45-30 lead.
Despite only hitting two shots from the field in the final frame, Warwick's eight points from the line kept them in the game as Reed Morrison led a Penn Manor charge that dropped 19 on the home team during that span in an unsuccessful effort.
Ryan Shirk's 12 points were second on the team followed by McCracken (10), Martin (9), Trysten George (4), Bryan Rottkamp (2), and Caleb Schmitz (2).
Cedar Crest steadily climbed out of a 22-14 hole in the first quarter and then used a stifling defense in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback win over the Warriors on Friday night in Lititz.
Sixteen points from Shirk, including a 5-6 effort at the foul line, were not enough to keep Warwick in the game as the Warriors let an eight point lead in the first quarter diminish into a 46-42 edge heading into the fourth where the Falcons outscored Warwick 12-4 for the win.
Mohler added 11 points on the night while George (8), Rottkamp (6), McCracken (5), Fassnacht (2), and Conor Adams (2) also contributed.
Both Red Lion and Warwick had trouble hitting their stride on Saturday as indicated by an 8-5 lead by the Warriors after one quarter, but the Lions proceeded to outscore the visiting team in each of the final three while holding the Warwick offense in check.
Holding onto a slim one point lead at halftime, 25-24, the Warriors came out flat in the third and relinquished it while being outscored 15-7 and 19-10 in the second half.
Shirk's 10 points again led the team while Mohler scored seven, Martin and Rottkamp each scored six, McCracken, Adams, and Justin Gerhart had three apiece and George and Fassnacht each added two.
With a very young team that has no seniors, the girls' basketball team has had some obvious struggles this season but continues to strive for improvement in an effort to build a strong base for next year.
Warwick (1-8, 2-14) played three games last week and came up short in all of them as they lost 54-34 against Penn Manor, 45-25 at Cedar Crest and 52-24 versus South Western on Saturday.
Lauren Pyle led the girls against Penn Manor with 10 points in a game where they played to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter before falling behind 23-16 at the break.
A strong press defense by the Comets kept Warwick in check during the second quarter in which Pyle's field goal and Lailani Batty's 3-point bucket represented the only points scored by the visiting Warriors.
After the break, Warwick's offensive struggles continued as Penn Manor outscored them 31-18 in the second half and cruised to the 20-point victory.
Batty scored eight on the night and tied with Pyle from long range as each player drained two while Abby Rodgers scored five, Julia Forsythe added four, Sydney Weismandel tallied three, and both Emily Williamson and Reagan Longridge put up two.
Cedar Crest jumped out to an early 11-4 lead on Friday night and never looked back as the Falcons outscored Warwick in all four quarters.
Batty led the lady Warriors with eight points. She was 2-4 from the line and the only Warwick player to attempt a free throw the entire game.
Warwick fell behind 25-13 at the half and managed only 12 points total in the second half. Weismandel scored seven for the game followed by Rodgers (4), Williamson (2), Longridge (2), and Forsythe (2).
South Western proved to be too much on both offense and defense for the Warriors to handle as they held the Warriors to only nine points in the first half and 15 in the second while widening the gap from 8-2 in the first to 21-9 at halftime, and 34-16 after three.
Batty again led with nine points followed by Williamson (6), Forsythe (4), Weismandel (2), Longridge (2), and Rodgers (1).
After last week's loss to Penn Manor Warwick has all but fallen out of contention in Section One. The Comets visited Lititz on Friday and came away with a very close 4-3 victory.
Warwick's Isaac Erickson rolled a match high 744 series with a 232, 244, and 268 but it was Penn Manor as a team that won both the first and third games with respective scores of 969-930, and 1032-988 for the one point win.
"The 1st and 3rd games were close, with PM coming through late in each of their wins," stated head coach Neal Vital. "We had a very strong second game to win by 139 pins, which gave us enough to win the total pins for the match."
Warwick's win in the second game by a score of 1132-993 also helped to provide the Warriors with a 3050-2994 total pin fall for the match resulting in the Warriors' three points on the day.
"Isaac continued his recent hot streak with his second 700 series of the season. Tony continued to bowl consistently well, and Rylan provided a big spark with his 232 second game," added Vital in reference to Tony Lutz and Rylan Beck. Ashley Sham rolled a 590, and Carter Snavely had a 538 as well.
In a battle of the lowest men on the pole in Section One, Warwick and Manheim Township battled to an exciting 35-31 finish in which Luke Hirtzel's 13-5 major decision over Ian McCoy at 152 broke a 31-31 tie and gave the Warriors a much-needed win.
Beginning with David Hansko's pin in the opening bout at 160, Warwick built a 24-4 lead at the halfway point in the match, but Manheim Township fought back into the thick of things with back-to-back falls at 132 and 138, giving the Blue Streaks a 31-27 lead with only two bouts remaining.
Credit 145 pounder Haydn Shreiner for working a 14-6 major decision over Charlie Leidig in the first of those pivotal matchups to tie things up and set the stage for Hirtzel's heroics.
Both the boys' and girls' teams recorded solid wins last week in their meet against visiting McCaskey. The boys came out on top 106-58 and the girls earned a 122-40 decision.
Warwick's boys won two of three relays and seven of eight individual events on the way to victory with Joe Moll and Oliver Lance both winning two events apiece.
Moll took the breaststroke in 1:05.46, and the butterfly with a time of :53.98 while Lance recorded winning times of :22.87 in the 50 freestyle and :54.03 in the backstroke.
In the relays, it was Ethan McSparran, Tanner Haines, Lance and Moll winning the 200 medley in 1:48.97, and Reid Harpel, Owen Campbell, Haines and Adam Deckard taking the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.33.
Other winners included Harpel (2:08.14) in the 200 IM, Deckard (:52.13) in the 100 freestyle, and Joseph Sweigert (5:02.15) in the 500 freestyle.
The girls also took two relays with Isabella Velez, Ava Warfel, Gionna Altenderfer and Brynne McNelis winning the 200 freestyle in 1:56.84 and Lauren Sabol, McNelis, Hannah Greenway and Leah McKay swimming to the win in the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:19.62.
Sophia Gutheridge and Tyler Mandrell helped lead the ladies to seven individual wins as well with both swimmers earning two victories apiece.
Gutheridge won the 50 freestyle in :25.68 before claiming the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.03 and Mandrell took the 200 freestyle in 2:02.60 as well as the 100 backstroke with a :59.44.
Other winners included Maya Hartzler in the 100 freestyle (:57.18), Catherine Chen in the 500 freestyle (5:35.92), and Lauryn Ober in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.18).
Lady Warriors Continue to Battle but Fall Short January 15, 2018
Warwick's girls (1-6) stood in seventh place in Section One after last week's games. On Tuesday Conestoga Valley (4-3) topped the Warriors 50-35 and a Friday night matchup with section leader Manheim Township (7-0) saw the Blue Streaks finish on top, 39-25.
Warwick played a strong first half of basketball in which the Warriors outscored Conestoga Valley in both the first and second quarter to take a 20-16 lead into the break. Emily Williamson and Lailani Batty both tallied 10 points to lead the team, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bucks who came out on fire to start the second half.
While holding Warwick to seven points in the third quarter, Conestoga Valley poured in 21 and added another 13 in the fourth for the victory.
CV's Kenzie Reed led all scorers with 19 while Warwick's Lauren Pyle (7), Abby Rodgers (5), and Sydney Weismandel (3) added to Williamson and Batty's totals.
Manheim Township has been tearing through opponents this season. If not for a strong first quarter by the section leaders, in which they held an 11-3 advantage, Warwick may have been able to pull off the upset of the season.
Factoring out the opening frame the ladies were able to keep pace over the course of the final three, holding MT's potent offense to only nine points in each of the second and third quarters and 10 in the fourth while totaling 22 points of their own during the same span for a deficit of only six points.
In addition, the Warriors were able to hold sharp shooter Megan Baldassarre, who just recently joined the 1000 point club, to only nine points on the night.
Pyle scored a team high 14 points for Warwick followed by Tanner Armstrong (6), Weismandel (2), Reagan Longridge (2), and Julia Forsythe (1).
This season has shaped up a bit better for the Warwick boys, although as of last week they were hovering just below .500 in a tight Section One race.
Hempfield, Cedar Crest, and Manheim Township were all sitting atop the standings with similar 6-1 records while Warwick (3-4) was sitting in second and looking for a way to sneak in to the mix.
They began last week with a 64-51 victory over Conestoga Valley, but then lost an 89-85 heartbreaker to Manheim Township on Friday in a four OT thriller on the road in Neffsville.
Commanding a 26-15 first quarter lead against the Buckskins last Tuesday, the Warriors rode a strong 20-point effort from Ryan Shirk all the way to the win column despite four CV players putting up 10 or more on the night.
Conestoga Valley turned up the pressure slightly in the second quarter as they outscored Warwick 15-11, however the Warriors withstood it easily enough and began the second half with a 37-30 lead which they steadily increased up until the end of the game.
Joey McCracken added 12 points for the Warriors and was pin-point accurate at the line, going 5-6 in that aspect. Clayton Mohler (8), Trysten George (8), Bryan Rottkamp (6), and Conor Adams (1) also contributed to the cause.
Looking to work their way up in the rankings, the Warriors took the floor on Friday with a determination to shake things up a little and came very close to knocking off one of the three top teams in Section One when they battled with Manheim Township through four overtime periods before succumbing.
After going up 14-10 in the first quarter, Warwick was left to play from behind when the Blue Streaks caught up in the second and eventually overcame the four-point deficit to lead 24-22 at the half.
After pulling to within one in the third at 39-38, Warwick used gritty playing to fight back onto contention in the fourth.
Ryan Shirk's layup in the final minute of regulation made it 53-52 in favor of Manheim Township setting up some heroics by Mohler when his shot from downtown tied the game at 53-53 with only one second on the clock, forcing overtime.
Those heroics continued when, with only 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime and trailing by one at 61-60, the Streaks came out of a timeout and were able to convert on a foul shot to send things into the second overtime.
A Brock Fassnacht 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining made it 70-69 and was followed by Manheim Township turnover and another converted foul shot, this time by Rottkamp, to extend the game yet again to a third overtime.
That alone was enough to make the game an all time classic, but the two sides were not finished as Rottkamp gave Warwick a 76-75 lead which was extended to 78-75 with nine seconds on the clock when Fassnacht hit two foul shots.
Next up was Manheim Township's Will Greiner who took his turn as superhero when he buried a buzzer beating 3-pointer to make it 78-78 extending the game yet again.
That, unfortunately, was the beginning of the end for the Warriors as MT was able to hold on for the four-point win in the fourth and final overtime period.
Rottkakmp led the Warwick charge with a game high 22 points while Mohler had 18 including four 3-pointers, followed by Colby Martin (13), Shirk (12), Fassnacht (10), Conor Adams (5), Trysten George (4), and Caleb Schmitz (2).
Warwick opened its League competition last week with a pair of meets against Hempfield on Tuesday and Manheim Township on Thursday.
The boys struggled as they took a 97-72 loss against the Black Knights and a 119-50 defeat to the Blue Streaks. With those losses Warwick (0-2) was in fifth place in Section One at the end of the week.
For the girls it was a split week as they beat Hempfield 92-78 but lost to Manheim Township 104-66 which placed them at 1-1 in Section One and in second place behind the undefeated Streaks.
Opening with wins by Oliver Lance, Joe Moll, Reid Harpel, and Adam Deckard in the 200 medley with a time of 1:52.36 and Moll, Owen Campbell, Harpel, and Deckard in the 200 freestyle, the Warwick boys were still trailing heading into the 50 freestyle before Deckard powered through to a first-place finish of :25.7 to tie things up.
From there it was all Hempfield as the Knights re-took the lead and extended it through the rest of the meet.
Moll won the 100 freestyle in :53.84 while it was Oliver Lance (1:04.08) taking the backstroke, and Harpel (1:02.7) winning the butterfly to close out the night.
In similar fashion the girls took the first two events against the Knights as Sophie Guthridge, Lauryn Ober, Morgan Stuhltrager, and Hannah Greenway won the 200 medley with a time of 2:08.07 and Tyler Mandrell, Ober, Greenway, and Catherine Chen won the 200 freestyle with a finish of 1:55.23.
Hempfield rebounded by winning the next three events but it was Warwick which finished out with wins in the final five beginning with Chen (4:57.98) in the 500 freestyle followed by Guthridge (1:10.08) in the backstroke, Mandrell (1:21.83) in the breaststroke, Stuhltrager (1:10.25) in the butterfly, and Ober (2:34.29) in the 200 IM.
Against the Streaks both teams struggled as the girls managed only four wins and the guys won two.
Lance, Deckard, Harpel, and Moll won the 400 freestyle in 3:18.87 while Lance took the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.69 to represent the boys while the girls began with relay wins by Mandrell, Ober, Guthridge, and Greenway in the 200 medley in 1:49.76 followed by Greenway, Ober, Guthridge, and Mandrell in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.14.
Mandrell won the 50 freestyle in :25.01, and Guthridge took the 100 freestyle with a time of :54.64 to finish it out for Warwick.
Solanco hosted the Warriors last Wednesday and came away with a 39-28 win in a match where the Warriors never led, but tied the score once and came back to within one point.
Luke Hirtzel's pin at 152 in the second period of the fifth bout of the night knotted the score at 12-12, but a subsequent technical fall and pin put Solanco back up 23-12.
Later in the match Ryan Stewart earned a first period fall at 285 to put the Warriors back into it at 29-28, but the Mules closed things out with a pin and major decision for the win.
Mateo Chacon earned a 6-4 decision at 132 followed by Renny Kline's 13-9 decision at 145, Logan Boring's 9-0 major decision at 182, and Evan Clark's forfeit win at 220 to round things out.
Warwick rolled its way past Ephrata and Lebanon last week in back-to-back shutout victories and improved to 3-3 in the process.
Isaac Erickson led the team in both matches with a 706 series and a 235 average against the Mounts and a 646, 215 average against the Cedars.
Warriors Host Penn Manor Matmen January 8, 2018
Now that the holiday tournament schedule is behind us it is time for teams to begin focusing on the heart of their season and last Wednesday night the Warwick wrestlers had the tall task of trying to topple the Penn Manor Comets from their third place perch in Section One.
Penn Manor, which was 2-1 heading into the meet, and Warwick, which was sitting without a win at 0-2, each surrendered two forfeits on the night, but the equality ended there as the visitors took it to the Warriors in the form of a 51-23 performance.
With each of the four forfeits coming in the final bouts of the evening it was Connor Espenshade who took to the mat first for Warwick at 120 pounds against Owen Rohrer and the two grapplers went after each other for the full six minutes with Espenshade battling from behind into the final seconds.
Down 5-4, he desperately worked for an escape that would have sent the bout into overtime, but Rohrer held on and claimed the three-point decision for the Comets to give them the early lead, which would continue to grow through most of the night.
In fact, only two Warriors earned wins and it wasn't until Luke Hirtzel stepped out for the bout at 152 that Warwick was able to crack the scoreboard.
While the Comets' Kole Marley put up a good fight, Hirtzel proved too much, eventually turning Marley and sticking him in the second period at the 3:41 mark to make the score 24-6.
Three bouts later Logan Boring and A.J Cox squared off at 182 pounds with the Warwick middleweight taking quick control with a flurry of three takedowns in the first period. In each instance Boring allowed Cox to escape before returning him back to the mat.
Boring finished off his 20-5 technical fall in the third period with 34 seconds remaining on the clock, adding five more team points for a 33-11 mark with only one more bout to wrestle.
Evan Clark's acceptance of the forfeit at 220 pounds followed by Ryan Stewart's at 285 preceded ended the night for Warwick.
At the end of 2017, Warwick's bowling team had only one win in four matches and with the holiday break they were able to regroup and prepare for a strong start to a new year which they kicked off with a 7-0 sweep of visiting McCaskey on Friday.
"We had struggled the first part of the season, so hopefully this is something we can build on," commented head coach Neal Vital.
Although they lost Ben White to graduation last year the Warriors still have some firepower in their lineup with Isaac Erickson who actually beat White in last year's Eastern Regional Championship, was runner up in the PA State Championship, and placed 46th in the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship which was held over the summer.
Erickson led all bowlers on Friday with a 247, 199, and 193 for a 639 pin fall and a 213 average. Tyler Miller followed with a 600, Carter Snavely rolled a 588, Tony Lutz threw a 580, and Ashley Sham recorded a 560. Lutz and Sham also join Erickson as returning bowlers with post-season experience.
"Our scoring was overall a little low, and the team knows they have some things to work on as we move toward the 2nd half of the season," added Vital about his team's performance, but he also sees positives in their approach to the rest of the season. "They are committed to doing what is necessary to get ready for the tough matches coming up."
In a wild Friday night on the hardwood, Warwick's girls and boys both played McCaskey with the ladies staying at home and losing a 46-45 heartbreaker while the guys traveled to Lancaster and came away with a 67-65 win.
Colby Martin was on fire for the Warriors as he led all scorers with 19 points including a blistering five 3-pointers and was one of three Warwick players to score in the double digits.
After trailing through three quarters of play, Warwick outscored the Red Tornado 19-13 in the fourth to rally and come away with the two point victory which placed Warwick (2-3) in fifth place in Section One.
McCaskey, led by Tallian Lehr's 13 points on the night, led by six at the half, 36-30, but the Warriors were able to gradually cut that lead down to four after the break before turning up the pressure in the final frame for the come from behind win.
Bryan Rottkamp was second on the team in scoring with 18 points and one 3-point shot made while going 5-11 from the line, Ryan Shirk had 10 points with two from downtown, with Clayton Mohler (9), Joey McCracken (6), Nate Martin (4), and Trysten George (1) also contributing.
With the McCaskey girls putting up a goose egg in the first quarter of Friday's game it appeared as if the lady Warriors were well on their way to victory number two in Section One, but in a stunning turn of action, the Red Tornado staged a second half comeback to steal the one point victory from the host team.
Warwick (1-4) led 8-0 heading into the second quarter and increased that lead to 11 points with a 20-9 score at halftime but wilted in the third, getting outscored 17-9 and allowing McCaskey back into the game.
Only leading by three points heading into the fourth quarte,r Warwick watched its slim 29-26 lead melt away as the rejuvenated Red Tornado out hustled the lady Warriors on the way to the upset.
Malia Taylor and Ahni-yah Parker each dropped in 15 points for McCaskey while Lailani Batty put up 14 for the Warriors and Lauren Pyle dropped in 12 including a team high two 3-pointers and went 6-7 from the line.
With the loss Warwick and McCaskey both were tied for fourth place in the Section with Hempfield (0-5) bringing up the rear.
Warriors Rally to Beat McCaskey, 66-28 November 6, 2017
After taking a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of the final game of the season against McCaskey on Friday night, Warwick allowed the Red Tornado to climb back into contention with 15 unanswered points before rattling off four straight touchdowns, including two defensive scores, to put the icing on a 66-28 victory.
Nick Fucci (20-121, 2TD) and Isaac Rissinger (18-106, 2TD) ran all over the field, as well as McCaskey's defense, in a game where the two sides put up a combined 836 yards of offense.
Rissinger and Fucci gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after respective touchdown runs of 14-yards and 1-yard before a little tom-foolery on the part of Warwick led to another scoring drive.
Pietro Elliot and the rest of the Warriors' kick-off team lined up following Fucci's score and proceeded to attempt an onside kick that was successfully recovered by Warwick.
On the ensuing possession, Adam Ricketts (6-9, 159YD's, 2TD) found an open Hayden Rucci (1-35, TD) for his lone score of the night to make it 21-0.
Carter Forney (3-97, TD) put the Warriors back up by 21 when he and Ricketts connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass in response to McCaskey's own touchdown minutes earlier. Another Fucci score and a McCaskey touchdown made it 35-13 in favor of Warwick at halftime.
After an Elliot 41-yard field goal early in the third quarter, McCaskey started to show signs of life by scoring a touchdown and then capitalizing on a botched kickoff return by Warwick to score again and pull within 10 points at 38-28.
Rissinger and Alex Lawerence (7-46, TD) finished the offensive side of things when they both scored on respective runs of 3-yards and 14-yards before the defense forced two straight fumbles in the end zone which were both recovered by the Warriors for touchdowns.
Noah Martin and Connor Shields consistently posted the top two finishes for the boys' cross country team over the course of the regular season. That success led to the Warwick duo finishing 11th and 23rd, respectively, in the L-L League meet and 29th and 26th respective finishes in the District Three Class 3A meet.
While their results in Saturday's PIAA Class 3A race held at Hershey on the Parkview course were not as favorable, the two stood as the lone Warwick representatives in the field. After the dust had settled, Martin had finished 100th with a time of 17:11 and Shields was 122nd, finishing in 17:20 on the 3.1 mile course.
Martin was in 104th after the first mile with a 5:11 pace but despite dropping by 18 seconds in the second mile with a pace of 5:29 he had actually moved up in position to 103rd before taking advantage of other runners falling back to jump up three more spots before the end.
Shields, on the other hand, showed a much steadier pace that only fluctuated by 10 seconds over the course of the race and made tremendous strides moving through the dwindling pack.
His first mile was run in 5:25 and placed Shields in 194th but by mile number two he only dropped to a 5:35 pace and had already moved into 148th for an impressive move of 46 spots before bumping up by another 26 at the finish.
With a challenging first round match against 12th seeded Chambersburg in the District Three Class 4A Volleyball Championships that went to the deciding fifth set, Warwick advanced to the quarterfinals where they met up with number four seed Exeter Township (19-0).
The two teams squared off last Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School where the Eagles got the better of fifth seed Warwick in a straight set win.
Exeter controlled much of the match in a 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 win where the Warriors barely missed out on a second set win that, had they come out on top, would have had a definite momentum change in their favor.
The Eagles started strong rattling off seven straight points in a first set where Warwick could not get into any kind of a rhythm due to Exeter's ability to handle the serve.
After dropping the first set, the Warriors again fell behind but were able to keep within striking distance at 24-18 before going on a 5-0 run to pull within one.
Exeter was able to break serve, however, and put an end to Warwick's comeback bid before cruising to victory in the third set and bringing Warwick's otherwise outstanding season to an end.
Warwick Tops CV in Homecoming Game October 30, 2017
On a night when a queen was crowned the Warriors put on a show for the packed house in Lititz with a 55-27 walloping of visiting Conestoga Valley and kept the slim chance of making the post-season alive for yet another week during their annual homecoming game.
Unloading on the Buckskins with 42 unanswered points, Warwick came back from a 13-7 deficit and totaled 435 yards of offense including a bruising 311 yards on the ground to thrill the Warrior fans.
After a defensive stand deep in their own territory, featuring some very good clock management, forced Conestoga Valley to lose yardage as well as turn the ball over on downs, the Warriors took advantage of the opportunity on their ensuing possession.
As Adam Ricketts dropped back to pass, the Buckskin defensive pressure forced him to scramble and the Warwick quarterback made something out of nothing, reaching the CV 38-yard line and converting the first down as well.
With only 44 seconds remaining in the half, Ricketts (5-10, 124YDS, 3TD's) found Patrick Quinn (2-53, 2TD's) in the flat and the speedy receiver, dodging a few defenders along the way, outran the defense for a 38-yard score to make it 14-13 before Conestoga Valley ran out the clock to end the half.
Warwick scored four more times in the third quarter including a well blocked 90-yard kickoff return by Trey Glass (4-39) and a 75-yard pick-six by Carter Forney to open up a commanding 41-13 lead heading into the final frame.
Jose Barbon's 3-yard touchdown catch in the fourth made it 48-20 and came on the heels of a keeper by Ricketts and an 8-yard run by Isaac Rissinger (12-102, TD) which closed out the scoring for Warwick.
It was very busy for Warwick last week as the ladies looked to reach the finals of the L-L League tournament and defend their crown as well as get ready for District Championship play.
They did reach the championship game by beating Elizabethtown 3-2 in the semifinal round with scores of 25-17, 23-25, 22-25, 25-16, and 15-12, but suffered a loss at the hands of a very familiar foe when Hempfield beat the Warriors in four games (25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 29-27) to claim its 16th League title.
Against the Black Knights, Warwick was led by McKenzie Cossette and Maddy Glouner who each had 14 kills and Olivia Gregory who fed the duo all night while compiling 41 assists, as well as libero Hailey Miller who had 24 digs.
"I was very pleased with our effort on Wednesday night, (we) just didn't finish game 4 at the end," commented head coach Brad Glouner in reference to a finish that saw Warwick take a 27-26 lead and then surrender three straight points. "I thought McKenzie and Maddy both played very well and Olivia did a nice job running the offense."
After dropping the first set, the ladies battled back in the second after falling behind 21-20 late in the game to rebound and tie the match at 1-1, however Hempfield dominated the third set to set up the wild finish for the crown.
Glouner knows Hempfield is skilled but believes his girls are just as tough and has seen improvement each time the two teams played this season. "It was a tough loss but each match against Hempfield has been closer and I told the girls that we could play Hempfield again and it would be in the District finals."
They got one step closer to that goal on Saturday when Warwick downed Chambersburg in the opening round of the District Three AAAA tournament in another five game match in which the ladies traded sets with the Trojans 25-20, 20-25, 25-14, and 18-25 before finally putting them away in the decisive fifth game 15-5
A 10-1 run at the end of the first set proved to be the difference as the ladies overcame a 19-15 Trojan lead to win, but saw a 13-8 lead slip through their fingers in the second.
Game three was firmly in the hands of Warwick as they enjoyed the lead through the majority of the set, but Chambersburg came on strong in the fourth, at one point going on an eight point run, before Warwick could break serve.
Glouner again led the team with 20 kills and, along with Rachel Adams, tallied three blocks. Gregory had 46 assists, Miller 36 digs, and Cossette three aces in helping Warwick advance to the quarterfinals against Exeter.
Both the boys' and girls' soccer teams qualified for the District Three AAAA tournament which started last Tuesday but each also suffered a first round loss. The boys fell to Cumberland Valley 2-1 and the girls dropped a heart breaking 2-1 loss to Manheim Township.
Cumberland Valley drew first blood when the Eagles scored in the 16th minute, but Brandon Perezous hit on the equalizer almost 16 minutes later for the Warriors to send the teams into halftime knotted at 1-1.
Neither team relented in the second half until the Eagles broke through the Warwick defense for the last time in the 55th minute with what would turn out to be the game winner.
Warwick fell short on both shots on goal (8-3) and corner kicks (6-4) while Connor Cowher was able to turn away six of the Eagle's scoring attempts.
For the girls, it was a penalty kick in the 69th minute that did them in when Alison Heckman's attempt went true after a collision between Gabi Brown and Warwick goal keeper Cat Reed set up the scoring opportunity for the Blue Streaks.
The eventual game winner came after Mickayla Harris tied things up on a corner kick in the 47th minute. She took the ball from Lily Shaffer and sent a shot into goal that rebounded off Manheim Township defender Julia Mason. Harris collected the ball and connected on the follow up shot to tie the game at 1-1.
Reed ended the day with seven saves on nine Blue Streak shots while her teammates fired off six shots and earned four corner kicks to three for Manheim Township.
Warwick qualified for this year's District Three AAA tournament as the number eight seed and faced the number nine seed, Palmyra, last Wednesday at Comet Field in Millersville, but came up just short in its effort to advance.
Katie Pyle had one final chance to send the game into overtime after Warwick was awarded a penalty corner with no time remaining in regulation and with Palmyra leading 3-2 in the Warrior's opening round game.
Already with two goals under her belt, Pyle took the insertion and fired a shot on goal, but keeper Ava Kristich made the save and sealed the victory for the Cougars.
Pyle recorded both of Warwick's goals in the second half and tied the game at 1-1 when she took a feed from Adrienne McGarrigle and beat Kristich with only 3:40 into the half.
Palmyra quickly answered, though, and Gabby Corricelli gave the Cougars the 2-1 lead 15 seconds later, but Pyle again tied the game with 18:01 remaining in regulation.
Eleven minutes later Palmyra's Alexis Smith scored the eventual game winning shot which ended the season for Warwick.
Catie Brubaker made nine saves on 12 Cougar shots while Warwick fired six shots on goal and enjoyed an 8-4 advantage in corners.
Brock Fassnacht had a pretty good year on the links for Warwick as the junior won a League and Regional title and placed third at Districts.
He and teammate Mason Wills both qualified for the PIAA Championship and the Warrior duo teed off last Monday in the opening round of the two day tournament with Fassnacht in the first pairing on hole one and Wills in the first pairing on the tenth.
Fassnacht shot an eight over 79 in his opening round and then carded an 11 over 82 on the second day for a total score of 161 placing him tied with Allentown Central Catholic's Matthew Kalamar at 28th for the tournament.
He struggled during the two day event notching only two birdies while netting 19 pars, 11 bogeys and four doubles over 36 holes.
Meanwhile, Wills finished 36th and shot a 15 over 86 on the first day and a 14 over 85 on the second for a total of 171 with one birdie 14 pars, 13 bogeys and 8 doubles.
Both the boys' and girls' teams sent a full complement of runners to the District Three meet which was held on Saturday at Big Spring High School with two qualifying for the state meet.
Connor Shields finished 26th overall with a time of 16:47 and Noah Martin was 29th with a time of 16:50 to land the 16th and 18th qualifying positions out of 20 designated for boy's class 3A.
As a team they took 11th place out of 38 scoring 335 points. Parker Kearse (58th, 17:22), Jeremy Bell (106th, 17:51), David Bach (122nd, 18:01), Zach Beale (138th, 18:09), and Jeremiah Hendrix (182nd, 18:36) finished out the field for Warwick.
In the girl's race, the ladies finished 18th out of 32 with 509 points scored and were led by Anna Martin who finished 42nd with a time of 20:19.
Following her were Caitlyn Wagner (57th, 20:41), Madison Leakway (127th, 22:00), Deirdre White (155th, 22:41), Sophia Nau (167th, 22:51), Leann Runkle (183rd, 23:21), and Jaylyn Wagner (188th, 23:25).
Warwick VB Advances in L-L League Playoffs October 23, 2017
Friday night saw the kickoff of this year's L-L League championship as half the field played its quarterfinal match and the second half, including Warwick, played on Saturday.
As the number two seed from Section One, the ladies faced off against Section Two runner up Garden Spot and while Warwick came away with a 3-0 win, it was anything but easy as the Lady Spartans gave them all they could handle in the 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 result.
McKenzie Cossette led both squads in kills with 14 while Olivia Gregory had 27 assists and Rachel Adams and Jackie Barilar each had one block apiece in the win which advanced the ladies into a semifinal matchup with Elizabethtown.
A second quarter goal line stand that culminated in a blocked field goal highlighted the defensive advantage Warwick held all night over host Penn Manor on Friday night in its 35-0 victory in Millersville.
Leading 14-0 and facing a first-and-goal situation with their feet in the end zone, Warwick's defense denied and eventually forced the Comets back to their own 19-yard line where Jordan Cruz burst through on the kick attempt and scooped up the blocked kick, advancing to the Penn Manor 49-yard line.
Warwick also forced six fumbles, three of which the Warriors recovered, and put pressure on quarterback Josiah Edwards all night.
Trey Glass (5-63, 2TDs) put Warwick on board early in the first quarter after Penn Manor lost its first fumble on the opening drive of the game.
Quarterback Adam Ricketts (12-20, 201YDs, 2TDs) found Glass on a short pass in the flat and with a few blockers in front of him the receiver sprinted 36 yards to pay dirt.
Carter Forney (5-104, TD) made it 14-0 when he took advantage of a blown coverage later in the quarter and caught a Ricketts pass with no defenders within 15 yards of him and easily took it in for the 39-yard score.
Glass found the end zone for the second time when, in the third quarter, Ricketts connected with him again in the flat. Glass bobbled the ball before securing it and then stumbled and almost fell before regaining his balance. Doing his best Shady McCoy impersonation, he left Comet defenders grasping at air as he weaved his way across the goal line for the 23-yard score and a 21-0 lead.
Warwick tallied 370 yards of offense with Isaac Rissinger leading the way on the ground gaining 92 yards with a touchdown on 13 carries and Alex Lawrence making his one catch count on a 46-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to ice the win.
Brock Fassnacht's sterling season continued on last week when the junior Warrior shot a 2-under 70 in the PIAA Class AAA East Region to claim gold. Fresh off a third place showing in the District Three AAA tournament, Fassnacht also won the L-L League title prior to that.
Playing last Monday at the Royal Oaks Golf Club under windy conditions, he and teammate Mason Wills both qualified for the PIAA Championship with their performances. Wills carded a 4-over 76 and tied for seventh place with the top 16 advancing.
"I am very proud and excited for both Brock and Mason," stated head coach Kevin McNece about his two golfers.
Beginning the shotgun start on the second tee, Fassnacht only bogeyed twice on the day while scoring birdies on numbers four and 10 to finish out his front nine and then again on holes 12 and 17.
"Honestly, we had just talked about qualifying and getting into states so winning the tournament was a bonus," commented McNece when asked about his expectations for Fassnacht heading into Regionals. "He has been playing really good golf of late. I hope that he and Mason both perform well this coming week."
The L-L League meet was held last Tuesday at Ephrata Middle School and both the boys and girls fared well with the ladies finishing seventh in the field of 18 with a score of 133 and the guys landing in fifth place out of 20 teams by scoring 190 points.
Noah Martin (11th, 16:47.2) finished first for the boys followed by Connor Shields (23rd, 17:03.5), Parker Kearse (38th, 17:23.4), Jeremiah Hendrix (55th, 17:40.1), and Jeremy Bell (63rd, 17:57.6) in the top five.
Also competing were David Bach (65th, 17:58.7), James Barnes (66th, 17:58.9) and Zachary Beale (70th, 17:59.9).
Meanwhile Caitlyn Wagner led the top five girls for Warwick finishing 17th in 19:54.1. The remaining four which finished in the top 60 in team scoring were Anna Martin (29th, 20:42.4), Madison Leakway (42nd, 21:30.8), Sophia Nau (57th, 22:06.8), and Deirdre White (59th, 22:11.9).
Placing sixth and seventh and acting as displacers were Jaylyn Wagner (63rd, 22:24.7), and Leeann Runkle (75th, 22:57.5) with Kirsten Espenshade finishing 84th overall in 23:00.
Warwick Booters Finish Second in Section One October 16, 2017
Warwick's boys' soccer team put the cap on a successful season with two wins last week before Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament to finish in second place behind Hempfield in Section One. The Warriors beat McCaskey 5-1 last Monday and then held off Manheim Township 3-2 on Thursday before a close 1-0 loss to Ephrata in their first round game.
Jason Cimpaglia scored twice against the Red Tornado while Andrew Acebo (3), Brendan Gates (2), and Brigham Rhoads (1) combined for six stops in goal for the Warriors.
Jack Hershey scored the lone goal for McCaskey in the 59th minute, but not before Warwick had built a 4-0 lead.
Cimpaglia's first goal came in the tenth minute and his second in the 52nd with Nino Efendic's score making it 2-0 before the half. Trey George gave Warwick its four-point lead when he beat Noah Bergey in the 58th minute before David Dieal iced things off almost six minutes later.
After taking a 2-0 lead over Manheim Township on Robbie Heckman's goal with under five minutes played in the second half, the Warriors surrendered two goals over the next 20 minutes before Brandon Perezous' second score of the night delivered Warwick the win.
Perezous quickly made things interesting when he scored in under a minute to start the first half. Warwick maintained that lead through the intermission until Heckman found a way past Blue Streak keeper Joshua Orndorff who stopped seven shots on the day.
Connor Cowher made two saves in goal for the Warriors while his team enjoyed a 10-4 edge in shots.
Fresh off a runner-up finish in Section Two and a loss to section champion Elizabethtown, Ephrata seemed ripe for the picking when Warwick took to the pitch against the Mounts in Saturday's opening round of the L-L League tournament.
Jacob Ellis Martin had a different idea, however, and his goal in the 23rd minute of the game held up through regulation to deliver the Warriors a heart breaking loss and eliminate them from the bracket.
"I thought we played well," commented head coach Gordy Cowher. "We possessed the ball very nicely, but we just couldn't find the back of the net. We created some good chances but just didn't finish."
Ephrata doubled up the Warriors in shots on goal with six attempts to Warwick's three, but Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined for three saves in the net while the rest of the defense did a good job of containing Ephrata's offense.
"We played very good defense, giving up only the one goal. Our midfield played very well," noted Cowher. "We did not give up and I really like the way we competed until the very end of the game."
When asked about the team's upcoming appearance in the District Three Championships which begin next week Cowher pointed out that there is still some work to do. "I am hopeful we can come up with some ideas to address the scoring issue. If we do, then we should be in good shape going into Districts."
Warwick fell to 1-3 in Section One with a 45-7 defeat at the hands of Manheim Township on Friday night. With the loss the Warriors find themselves in a two game skid.
Three costly errors in the first half led directly to 14 points for the Blue Streaks and took six points off the board for the Warriors as well when a Warwick holding penalty on Nick Fucci's 96-yard kickoff return negated the resulting touchdown.
Warwick did have some success through the air as quarterback Adam Ricketts threw for 214 yards on 13 completions including a 49-yard pitch and catch to Carter Forney that set up a Fucci touchdown from two-yards out Warwick's lone score of the night.
Despite ending the season in fourth place in Section One, the Lady Warriors soccer team gave second place Manheim Township a run for its money in the final regular season game on Friday.
Warwick took the Blue Streaks into overtime after a scoreless 80 minutes of play before Gabi Brown finally found a way to solve Cat Reed's defense in the net with a goal in the fourth minute of extra play delivering the win to MT.
Both sides took five shots on goal while the Streaks earned a two corner advantage at 4-2.
Earlier in the week the ladies traveled to McCaskey where five different players scored during Tuesday's 6-0 defeat of the Red Tornado.
Talia Bertrando doubled down on goals as Warwick blew a slim 1-0 lead wide open in the second half with five scores to secure the win. Jess Williamson, Abby Rodgers, Melissa Gibble, and Sydney Herrit all scored for Warwick as well while McCaskey's Brianna Allen turned away 13 shots and Reed denied two on the other end of the field.
Despite a sub-par year, Warwick's girls picked up two wins in their final tri-meet of the regular season upping their record to 3-7 with an 18-47 victory over Conestoga Valley and a 22-40 defeat of Solanco.
Caitlyn Wagner led all runners, finishing first overall in 20:44, with Anna Martin (21:20) in third, and Madison Leakway (22:32), Sophia Nau (22:46), Deirdre White (22:48), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:01) placing sixth through ninth, respectively, putting six runners in the top ten overall.
Warwick finished 1-2 against Conestoga Valley and then 4-6 and only needed those 18 points for the victory while they went back-and-forth with Solanco finishing 1, 3, and then 5-7 for the win.
Leann Runkle (23:38), Alexis Barge (23:48), Kristen Espenshade (24:10), Jillian Colebert (24:31), Alexa Zimmerman (24:47), Willow Forney (24:58), Morgan Leakway (25:04), Ella Simmons (26:01), Ara Ludwig (26:03), Isabella Velez (26:10), Kaitie Ciano (26:15), Alexis Kellogg (26:52), Valerie Hanna (27:05), Abigail Smith (27:31), and Mikayla Hiatt (28:29) rounded out the field for Warwick.
The boys picked up two wins to finish in the positive at 5-3, scoring a 19-48 victory over Conestoga Valley and an 18-49 win over Solanco.
Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 16:52, Connor Shields was third in 17:10, followed by Jeremiah Hendrix (17:45), Parker Keres (17:47), Jeremy Bell (18:03), David Bach (18:10), Zachary Beale (18:22), and James Barnes (18:26) finishing 5-10 to place eight runners in the top ten overall.
Conestoga Valley finished 2nd and then Warwick went 3-9 for the easy victory while Solanco managed to land 3rd with Warwick going 4-9 for the one point differential.
Ryan Horner (18:51), Corbin Kilgore (19:10), Marcus Wachira (19:23), Andrew Holbert (19:39), Josh Wenger (19:52), Mason Caleca (20:05), Brett Knudson (20:07), Alex Kunkle (20:27), Trevor Price (20:41), Lorenzo Velez (21:12), Asher Christner (21:41), Kenton Hertzog (21:42), Kody Bruhn (24:03), and Henry Stover (26:53) finished out the race for Warwick.
In its last game of the regular season, Warwick took a 7-1 non-league loss to Hershey and finished tied with Manheim Township for second place in Section One at 9-3.
After spotting Hershey four goals in the first half, Adrienne McGarrigle put Warwick on the board when she fired a shot past Hershey keeper Kit Olmstead after taking a Katie Pyle pass with 23:49 remaining in the game, giving some life to the Warriors.
Unfortunately the Hershey defense clamped down after that while the offense added three more goals to complete the victory.
Saturday marked the first round of play in the L-L League tournament and the Lady Warriors drew top seeded Donegal for their first matchup. Despite managing what most teams could not, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard for more than six minutes, the defending champions proved to be too much for Warwick and handed the team an 8-3 loss.
Mackenzie Allessie, Donegal's nationally ranked all-star, scored first with 24:21 remaining in the first half but Warwick tied things up two minutes later when Katie Pyle took a corner insert and beat keeper Katie Jean to the bottom left corner for the 1-1 tie.
However, Donegal scored five more before Maddie Behn made it 6-2 with 1:16 to go in the half on the first of her two goals on the day.
She scored again eight minutes into the second half when she scooped up a rebound off a Pyle shot and sent it home to make it 8-3.
Catie Brubaker ended up with 15 saves on the day while Donegal outshot the ladies 26-8 and held a 15-10 advantage in penalty corners.
With the regular season winding down, Warwick's girls' volleyball team is left chasing Hempfield and needs to continue winning to maintain its grip on second place after dropping a 3-1 loss to the Knights last Tuesday and then beating Cedar Crest 3-0 on Wednesday and Manheim Township 3-1 on Thursday.
After losing the first game against Hempfield 25-14, Warwick battled back and tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win in the second. The Knights answered right back by winning the third game 25-15 and forcing the Lady Warriors into a do-or-die fourth game. While they fought to the end, Hempfield came out on top 25-21 for the match win.
McKenzie led the team with 13 kills while Olivia Gregory tallied 26 assists and Rachel Adams served up two aces.
Cossette took over in the game against Cedar Crest as she registered 12 kills and six aces in the 25-17, 25-14, 25-20 shutout. Gregory notched 30 assists to lead both teams.
Against Manheim Township the ladies began and ended strong as they won in four games 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, and 25-12.
Maddy Glouner served up five aces, Jackie Barilar had three blocks, Gregory assisted on 19 while Cossette recorded 16 kills and Hiley Miller tallied 21 digs.
Warriors Maintain Second Place in FH Standings October 9, 2017
Looking to maintain its position in second place behind Penn Manor, Warwick's field hockey team lost its first game of last week 8-1 against the undefeated Comets, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over Conestoga Valley and a 5-1 victory over Hempfield.
Surrendering six goals in the first half and two in the second against the Section One leaders, Warwick got its lone goal in the first half off the stick of Maddie Behn but was only able to generate three shots over regulation.
Coming back strong last Wednesday against CV the lady Warriors scored three times in just over 15 minutes of play to break open an otherwise strong defensive battle between the two squads.
Leah Graybill deflected an Adrienne McGarrigle feed off a penalty corner insertion with 15:27 remaining on the clock in the second half for the first score of the game.
Kate Dickow followed nine minutes later when she put away a shot that went off the pads of CV goalie Brooke Eberly, and then McGarrigle took a Katie Pyle pass and smacked the backboard with only 35 seconds left for the final score.
With a 2-0 lead over Hempfield at halftime, thanks to goals by McGarrigle and Graybill, Biz Van Scoten iced the game with her own goal 6:26 into the second half.
"Adrienne McGarrigle had a good game with one assist and one goal," commented head coach Bob Derr when asked about his team's play.
"Also, Katie Pyle, nice game as always in the center of the field and Maleah Hess had a strong defensive game in the backfield."
In front of a home crowd on Friday night Alex Lawerence settled under the opening kickoff at his own seven-yard line and sent the throng into a frenzy when he took it all the way to the house for a quick 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Hempfield's Mark Himmelsbach was picked off by Brendan Martin and Adam Ricketts later connected with Carter Forney for the 14-0 lead.
15 unanswered points in the second half by Hempfield, however, completed the come-from-behind victory for the Black Knights who held on for an improbable 25-21 win.
Warwick was represented by five players in last week's L-L League tournament with Annie Rakos and Heather Mitchell participating in singles action playing in fights one and four, respectively.
Rakos came into the tournament unranked and drew number five seed Livia Jackson from Hempfield in the first round at CV. She got off to a quick start, downing Jackson 6-4 in the opening set but dropped the next two 6-3, 6-0 forcing her elimination.
Mitchell, likewise, was unranked but drew another unranked opponent in Pequea Valley's Ryleigh Kurtz. Despite keeping it close, Mitchell was forced to withdraw after dropping 6-3, 6-4 straight sets.
Entering the tournament ranked fifth in flight one, Rakos and Lillian Marino joined Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta in the doubles portion with Miller and Orta unranked in flight three.
Facing off with Ellie Hallquist and Paige Kemper of Garden Spot, Rakos and Marino had little trouble advancing with a 6-0, 6-0 straight set sweep.
The tables were turned against them in the second round, however, as they were bested 6-0, 6-0 by the third seeded team of Julia Darkey and Emily Garvin from Manheim Township.
Miller and Orta enjoyed the most success in the tournament, advancing to the semifinals of flight three before dropping a closely fought 8-6 decision to number one seeded Makayla Miller and Mary Moyer from Cedar Crest in the 8 game pro set format.
They were first paired against Manheim Central's Ellana Shenk and Courtney Weaver whom they beat 8-6 to advance into round two against forth seeded Paula Groff and Leah Strausser from Garden Spot in which an 8-1 victory set up the meeting with Mller and Moyer.
In the event of a tie in cross country, the team with the best time at sixth place wins and with a time of 18:11 Zachary Bale was that guy for the Warriors. Bale beat Gavin Collier who finished as McCaskey's sixth man with a time of 19:05 for a 28-28 win over McCaskey.
Over a span of 11 seconds Jeremiah Hendrix (17:47) and Parker Kearse (17:52) crossed the line with a pack of three McCaskey runners finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, and providing the difference in the tie.
Noah Martin finished second overall with a time of 17:01, followed by Hendrix, Kearse, Jeremy Bell (18:10), and David Bach (18:11) to score for the Warriors but against Cedar Crest it wasn't enough as the Falcons placed four runners in the top ten overall before Hendrix crossed the line in the 21-36 loss.
James Barnes (18:39), Ryan Horner (19:05) and Josh Wenger (19:24) all finished in the top 25 overall for Warwick.
In the girls' portion both McCaskey and Cedar Crest proved too much for Warwick as the ladies fell to the Tornado 18-39 and to the Falcons 24-31.
Caitlyn Wagner finished behind a trio of McCaskey runners with a time of 20:47 which was good enough for fourth overall and first for the Warriors.
Every runner who scored for Warwick finished in the top 20 overall as Anna Martin (22:03), Sophia Nau (22:45), Deirdre White (23:14), and Jaylyn Wagner (23:21) followed after Caitlyn Wagner.
Leann Runkle (23:42), Kristen Espenshade (24:29), Julian Colebert (24:40), Alexis Barge (25:00), Alexa Zimmerman (25:09), and Willow Forney (25:15) rounded out the top 25 overall finishers for Warwick.
Briarwood East Golf Club hosted the 2017 District Three golf championships Friday and Saturday where two of the three Warwick golfers who qualified advanced to the Regional tournament.
Brock Fassnacht and Mason Wills both finished in the top 16 to make the cut while Kathryn Pelensky failed to make the top eight for the girls. Her first round score of 84 was 12 over par but just good enough to move her into the second round where she shot a 43 on the front and a 42 on the back for a 13 over 85 and a total of 169 for the weekend.
Fassnacht, after carding a two over 74 in the first round, roared back in the second round with a 34 on the front and a 35 on the back for a three under 69 to total a one under 143 for the tournament.
That not only qualified him for Regionals, but was good enough for third place, seven strokes behind the champion Joe Parrini of Central York who carded a fantastic five under 67 on day one and a three under 69 on the second for an 8 under 136 on the weekend.
Mason Wills represented the third Warrior in the District tournament and his total score of nine over 153 for the two rounds put him right on the line at 16th and earned him a trip to Regionals as well.
Wills started out by shooting a front 39 and back 33 for an even 72 on Friday and followed with a 41 on the front and a 41 on the back for a nine over 81 on Saturday.
With a future rematch at Hempfield marked on the calendar, the Warwick volleyball team traveled to McCaskey last week and took care of business as the second place lady Warriors dispatched the Red Tornado 3-0 to remain one game behind the Black Knights.
Warwick's lone league loss came at the hands of first place Hempfield earlier in the season and since then they have gone 8-1 with one non-league loss to Central York.
A struggling McCaskey squad proved no match for the ladies as they posted 25-9, 25-8, and 25-9 win in the blowout. Haley Miller served up four aces and added 16 assists while Rachel Adams recorded four kills.
With the season coming to a close, the Warwick boys' soccer team knew it had to continue winning and receive a miracle to overtake Hempfield at the number one spot in Section One.
The winning came last week as they dispatched Conestoga Valley 1-0, and Penn Mabnor 2-0, but it ended along with any hopes of a miracle at home against the Knights when they lost 1-0 to their rivals on Saturday.
Jake Suchar sent a well-placed shot into the top left corner of the net in the fourth minute of the game to spot the Knights an early 1-0 lead that ended up sticking for the next 76 minutes of play to lock up the Section title.
Connor Cowher turned away the next five shots on goal by Hempfield before having to bow out at the break due to an injury. Andrew Acebo came into the net in relief and in turn stopped two shots, helping to give the Warriors a chance, but the breaks were not there for the home team.
Earlier in the week against CV, a Brandon Perezous goal in the 10th minute gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish in a defensive game that featured only six shots on goal between the two teams.
Against Penn Manor last Thursday, Robbie Heckman put up two goals, one in the first half and another in the second to lead Warwick past the Comets.
The Warriors peppered Blake Martin with 14 shots in the game but Martin was clutch in goal, even though the Comet offense was not, only generating five shots on the night.
In three games last week the girls' soccer team was only able to come away with one win, a 2-1 overtime decision over Penn Manor. They dropped a 3-2 double overtime heartbreaker to Conestoga Valley and lost 4-0 to Hempfield.
Scoring twice over a span of almost 13 minutes that stretched over halftime, Warwick certainly had an opportunity to come away with the win over CV, but Madison Delgado's second goal of the game knotted the score at 2-2 with over 30 minutes to play in regulation.
Caroline Hipple tied the game at 1-1 late in the first half when she beat Lauren Yoder in the 36th minute to answer Delgado's first score in the eighth minute of play.
After the break, Kassidy Reinoehl gave Warwick the lead when her shot found a home in the net in the 48th minute, but it was CV's Emma Weirich who ended it when she tallied the game winner with only 1:30 remaining in the second overtime period.
In their second extended game in three days the ladies used a goal from Abby Rogers in the 82nd minute to put away the Comets on Thursday. Emily Williamson scored first for Warwick in the fifth minute of the game and Cat Reed turned away two shots on goal in the win.
Fassnaacht Wins L-L League Golf Championship October 2, 2017
Brock Fassnacht took to the course at Honeybrook Golf Club last Monday looking to improve on last year's finish in the L-L League championship. Since he was runner-up in 2016 that meant that only an award winning performance would fit the bill, and the junior Warrior delivered.
Fassnacht carded an even par 70 for the course edging out Manheim Township's Jake Macinati by one stroke for the championship finish on an unseasonably hot day that also saw two of his teammates qualify for the District tournament as well.
After opening with a birdie on the first hole, Fassnacht hit his only speed bump on the day when he bogeyed the second. After that it was all on an even keel as he made par on every remaining hole to wrap up the title.
"Brock played pretty steady," commented head coach Kevin McNece. "He said if he could have made a few putts he could have shot three or four under."
In addition to the championship, players were vying for a trip to the District tournament. In AAA, the top 19 boys qualified while any girl who shot a 104 or better received a qualifying spot as well.
Mason Wills came in at an 8-over par 78, four strokes above the cut, ensuring he will make the trip to Districts, while Kathryn Pelensky carded an 82 which placed her third overall for the girls and guaranteed her spot in the District tournament as well.
"She said she hit the ball a lot better," McNece stated about Pelensky, "but her putting kept her from shooting in the 70's."
He also liked what he saw in his team, "I think we did very well this season and am looking forward to Districts, Regionals, and hopefully States."
When a team loses its starting quarterback for the season it is usually difficult to rebound, the depth is just not there in most cases. Don't tell that to Adam Ricketts who stepped up in place of Grayson Kline and amassed 201 yards on a night when he went 9-15 with three scoring strikes.
Add to that Nick Fucci's concentrated efforts, carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards and four touchdowns and you have the formula for a blow-out, which is exactly what the Warriors did to Lebanon in its 62-28 victory.
Warwick only held a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter until Fucci found an opening and took off on a 42-yard jaunt to make it 14-0.
After Lebanon fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Ricketts hit Carter Forney from 13-yards out to make it 20-0 after a failed PAT. Forney only caught three passes on the night but made the most of them as he scored twice while tallying 97 yards receiving.
By the time the second quarter ended Fucci had added two more scores, including a 37-yard punt return and Isaac Rissinger (7-31, 1TD) scored from a yard out to make it 42-7 at halftime.
Forney added another touchdown on a 57-yard hookup from Ricketts in the fourth and Patrick Quinn (1-26, 1TD) caught a 26-yard strike to finish the scoring on the night.
Continuing in their bid to qualify for Districts, the lady Warriors are staying right on the heels of Section One leader Penn Manor and put together three more wins last week to maintain their hold on second place.
The ladies began with a tough matchup against Manheim Township last Monday and went into overtime to pull out a 3-2 win before blanking McCaskey 8-0 on Wednesday and then finishing Cedar Crest 6-1 on Friday.
Utilizing a balanced attack, Warwick exchanged goals with the Streaks throughout the match with Biz Van Scoten putting the ladies on board early, with 28:18 remaining in the first half.
That lead remained until Katie Yoder tied things up with less than two minutes before the intermission.
Almost nine minutes into the second half Lindsey Koser gave Township the lead, but Maddie Behn evened the score once again with 20:36 remaining on the clock.
The score remained at 2-2 through regulation setting up some last minute heroics by Morgan Bomberger who smacked the hardwood in overtime to give Warwick the win.
Catie Brubaker turned away nine shots and Warwick held a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Against McCaskey, Van Scoten and Katie Pyle put on a scoring clinic as they accounted for seven of the eight goals on the night. Van Scoten scored four times while Pyle put away three. Meghan Quinn accounted for the eighth goal, all of which came in the first half.
Millie Rohr got the start in the cage and stopped both of McCaskey's shots while Warwick peppered Mecxalize Gonzaalez with 20.
Caitlyn Grodzicki scored a hat trick, all in the second half, to lead Warwick past the Falcons of Cedar Crest on Friday after Leah Graybill and Adrienne McGarrigle put the ladies in the lead 2-0 in the first.
Cedar Crest scored once before the break to pull within 2-1 but Grodzicki's three goals and another single score by Meghan Quinn put the game well out of reach.
Warwick hosted last week's tri-meet with Manheim Township and Penn Manor and came away with mixed results. While the girls lost 21-39 to the Comets and 15-55 to the Streaks, the boys won both, topping Penn Manor 25-34 and Township 24-32.
Placing eight runners in the top 10, the girls ran away with the meet while Anna Martin was the top finisher for Warwick placing 9th with a time of 21:50.
Madison Leakway (22:42) placed 13th, Leann Runkle (24:19) was 20th, Kristen Espenshade (24:59) was 24th, and Alexa Zimmerman (25:21) finished 26th to complete the scoring for Warwick.
In the boys meet, Noah Martin led the team with a third place finish in 17:16, while Jeremy Bell (17:40) was 5th, Parker Keares (17:44) was 7th, Jeremiah Hendrix (17:59) was 8th and David Bach (18:23) took 11th.
In what is becoming a race for second place in Section One between Warwick and Manheim Township, both of which trail Hempfield, the Warriors finished last week with a 2-2 tie against Dallastown, a 5-0 win over Lebanon and a 3-1 loss to Elizabethtown.
Dallastown's Zach Trepanier knotted the score in the 78th minute of regulation after Warwick stormed back in the second half to erase a 1-0 deficit, but neither side could finish through two overtime periods, forcing a draw.
After falling behind late in the first half on a Keegan Lambertson goal in the 39th minute, Warwick's Trey George tied the game at 1-1 when he found the back of the net in the 67th minute.
About three minutes later Alex Kerek put the Warriors in the lead before Trepanier's score in the final two minutes essentially ended the game. Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined in goal to stop eight Dallastown shots.
Five different players scored for Warwick and Brendan Gates and Brigham Rhoads each made a stop in goal as the Warriors overpowered Lebanon.
Scoring twice in the first half and three more times in the second while Warwick's defense shut down Lebanon offensively, the Cedars did not stand a chance in the lopsided affair.
Brandon Perezous put Warwick in the lead against Elizabethtown when his solo shot went true in the 33rd minute, but the Bears scored three unanswered goals to storm back for the win.
Neither side enjoyed much of an advantage as Warwick took eight shots to Elizabethtown's seven and both teams had one corner kick.
The girls' team split their two games last week with a 2-0 shutout of Cedar Crest and a 2-1 loss in overtime to Manheim Central.
Katie Oberholtzer broke open a scoreless game in the 71st minute and Talia Bertrando sent home the insurance goal two minutes later to come away with a win against the Falcons on Thursday night in Lititz.
Cat Reed started in goal for the ladies and stopped both of Cedar Crest's shots on the night.
Two days later, against Manheim Central, Kassidy Reinoehl answered Maddie Carper's first half goal with one of her own in the 39th minute to knot the score at 1-1.
Over forty minutes later and after heading into overtime it was Tori Fahnestock who found a way to beat Reed in the 86th minute to wrap up the victory for the Barons.
Last week marked the end of the regular season and Warwick ended it on a high note with shut out wins over Solanco and Ephrata.
In doubles play against the Mares, Warwick had a clean sweep as Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta, Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchel, and Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino all won with 8-0 scores.
In singles it was Miller winning 6-2, 6-2 over Elsie Zaborsky at number four, Mitchell defeated Faith Redcay 6-0, 6-1 at number three, Bell won at number two over Gabriella Griffonetti 6-0, 7-5, and Rakos beat Keirth Paine 6-0, 6-0 at number one.
Against Ephrata Miler and Orta won 8-2 at number three doubles, Bell and Mitchell teamed at number two to win 8-0, and Rakos and Marino won 8-0 at number one.
In singles, Mitchell won at number four 6-1, 6-4, Bell took number three in a tiebreak 6-4, 5-7, 10-8, Marino was a winner at number two 6-1, 6-1 and Rakos swept at number one 6-0, 6-0.
After a 3-1 setback against Central York last Monday, Warwick rebounded with a 3-0 win at Penn Manor followed by a 3-1 victory over Elizabethtown to end the week.
Falling behind to the Panthers after a 25-20 first set, the Warriors came back with a dominating 25-12 second set to tie things up at 1-1. The final two sets were heart breakers for Warwick as they lost 26-24 and then 29-27 in a defeat that was much closer than the final score showed.
With a strong bounce back against the Comets, McKenzie Cossette had 12 kills and Olivia Gregory 22 assists as the ladies cruised through a 25-16, 25-12, 25-10 victory. Hailey Miller recorded four aces in the shutout.
Finding themselves in another match in which the final score did not tell the whole story, the lady Warriors ended up on the right side of a 3-1 win in which Elizabethtown fought down to the wire.
In the end, however, it was Warwick that came away with the 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 victory as Gregory put up 30 assists and Maddy Glouner recorded nine kills with four aces on the night.
Warriors Holding Steady in Field Hockey Race September 25, 2017
It is essentially guaranteed that Penn Manor will be at the top of the standings in Section One field hockey as the Comets (6-0, 11-0) have secured sole possession of first place.
Warwick (4-2, 5-3), however, is having a pretty good season as well and with their only two blemishes coming courtesy of the Comets and second place Manheim Township (5-11, 8-2), the lady Warriors are within striking distance of both teams.
As time runs out on the season, all the ladies can do is continue to take care of what they can control, as they did in their only game last week when they put away Hempfield 1-0 on a late second half goal by Caitlyn Grodzicki.
With 10 shots on the day against the Knight's Alexa Pitts, it was a penalty stroke by Grodzicki with 4:54 remaining in the game that finally found a home in the back of the cage and stood as the lone score in the contest.
Meanwhile Catie Brubaker stood tall for Warwick as the junior goalie turned away all nine of Hempfield's shots on goal in the shut out win.
There is another race on in Section One and it involves the Warrior boys' soccer team as they are putting together a strong season of play and only trail Hempfield (6-0, 8-2) by two games.
Warwick (4-1-1, 6-2-1) suffered its only league loss to the Black Knights which, coupled with a tie to Penn Manor two weeks ago, has the Warriors hoping that Hempfield will stumble somewhere along the way.
A Hempfield loss would open up the possibility of Warwick taking over first place should they be able to avenge the first loss to the Knights when the two teams meet again in two weeks.
In three games last week the boys recorded two shutouts with a 2-0 win over McCaskey and a 3-0 victory at Reading while putting away Manheim Township 2-1.
Against McCaskey it took until the 60th minute for Jason Ciampaglia to put Warwick on the board but only ten minutes for Garett Springer to add the insurance goal in a game where the Warriors held an impressive 10-3 shot advantage.
"We possessed the ball really well and created several good scoring opportunities that we just didn't finish," stated head coach Gordy Cowher. "That is something we have begun to address and will continue to address. However, it is important to keep in mind that scoring in soccer is very difficult."
Warwick found a way to score a few more in Wednesday's matchup with Manheim Township as the Blue Streaks took a 1-0 lead a little over seven minutes into the second half before the Warriors answered with two of their own to complete the come-from-behind victory.
In a gut-check moment, Springer came through when the team needed it most and was able to tie the game in the 53rd minute when he grabbed a loose ball and, after working his way around two Blue Streak defenders, was able to fire a shot into the net to tie things up.
"That goal swung the momentum in our favor and we really controlled play afterward, finally breaking through with the winning goal by Alex Kerek at the 72nd minute," noted Cowher.
Kerek's game winner came off an assist by Ciampaglia while Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo both combined in goal to turn away eight total shots on goal by Hempfield.
Using strong defensive play and quality ball control against Reading, Warwick posted its second shutout of the week as three different players recorded goals. It was that style of play that garnered praise from the coach. "On Saturday, we played an outstanding game against Reading. Our possession was the best of any game we played so far," said Cowher.
It was Springer once again that gave Warwick the lead when he was able to beat Adrain Cuevas in the seventh minute for the 1-0 lead that held up through the break.
Robbie Heckman stretched that lead to 2-0 in the second half, beating Cuevas in the 44th minute and Ciampaglia finished things off about 60 seconds later when he found the back of the net in the 45th minute with what was the final score of the day.
Going forward, Cowher likes what he sees in the attitude of his team. "In regards to our mental focus, I really saw a difference in our last two games. We stepped onto the field and the lads are zeroed in on what they need to do," stated Cowher. "They are taking responsibility for their play and understanding what they need to do in order to be successful."
Fighting to stay even in the standings, Warwick (2-3-1), (4-4-1) racked up an impressive 5-0 win over McCaskey last Monday and then battled to a 1-1 draw with Manheim Township two days later.
The lady Warriors overwhelmed the Red Tornado during a five-goal onslaught in the first half while unleashing 16 shots on goal to McCaskey's four.
Warwick received goals from Talia Bertrando, Lily Shaffer, Emily Williamson, Lily Palacio-Lewis, and Lily Weidman in the shutout victory while Abby Rodgers put up two assists and Palacio-Lewis aided on one.
Manheim Township was back on its heels through much of the game on Wednesday after Bella Forgione gave Warwick a 1-0 lead early in the first half. Bertrando earned an assist on the play with a pass that Forgione netted in the 11th minute for the 1-0 lead.
Warwick held on to that lead until the 63rd minute when Emma Hagg offered up a pass to Alison Heckman who made it count while evening the score at 1-1. The ladies finished out regulation and still couldn't find a resolution through two overtime periods resulting in a draw.
Week one of league play presented a tough matchup for the Warriors as they traveled to Wilson to face a team which held a 64 game L-L League winning streak. Despite a scoreless first quarter and at one point being tied 7-7 with the Bulldogs, Warwick eventually fell too far behind and could not catch up, suffering a 56-24 loss.
Wilson transfer Grayson Kline led both teams through the air, throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome Wilson's high octane ground game as Iggy Reynoso chewed up 272 yards on 26 carries and scored five times on the night.
A 22-yard toss from Kline to Hayden Rucci (3-41, 1TD) in the second quarter knotted the score after a Reynoso plunge from the two yards out had Wilson ahead 7-0.
Two Reynoso scores later and the Warriors were trailing by 14 points until Kline called his own number from 16-yards out to make it 21-14. But a 43-yard pitch-and-catch from Bulldog quarterback Connor Uhrig to Troy Corson made it a 14 point game heading into halftime.
Wilson scored four times in the second half including an 89-yard kickoff return following a Pietro Elliot 32-yard field goal which made it 28-17 and a 75-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.
Carter Forney (6-118, 1TD) came a yard short of Wilson's total combined receiving yards with Trey Glass (4-76) also benefitting from a huge game by Kline. Nick Fucci (12-49) and Isaac Rissinger (7-22) led the Warriors on the ground.
It was a winning effort for the Warwick tennis team last week as they went 2-1 with a 7-0 win over Penn Manor, a 5-2 victory over Elizabethtown and a 7-0 loss to Conestoga Valley.
The ladies completed a clean sweep of the Comets last Monday at home with Heather Mitchell at number three singles as the only tight match of the day. Mitchell fell behind Julie Ward 5-7 in the first set but battled back to win the second set 6-1 and then held Ward off 10-4 in the tie-break.
In doubles play it was Selena Ort and Chloe Long winning at number three 8-1, Ashleigh Bell and Kaelan Miller were victorious at number two 8-1. And Annie Rakos and Lillian Marino teamed up at number one to win 8-1.
Miller won number one singles 6-1, 6-4, while Bell took number two 6-1, 6-1, and Rakos scored a shutout at number one 6-0, 6-0.
In their second win of the week, the ladies held off a surging Elizabethtown squad that won at number two doubles and number three singles before succumbing to Warwick's pressure.
Miller and Orta were 8-2 winners at number four doubles while Bell and Mitchell took home an 8-4 victory at number one. Miller handled her number four singles match 6-3, 6-1, Bell won at number two in a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, and Rakos picked up the win at number one due to retirement 6-0, 1-0.
Running to catch undefeated Section One leader Hempfield (4-0), Warwick (4-1) faced a tough challenge last week, playing five matches, but came away with five wins.
The ladies began with three straight set victories over Carlisle, Manheim Township, and Conestoga Valley before taking part in a tri-meet at Wilson on Saturday where they won 3-1 and then put away Ephrata in another 3-0 white-wash.
In the second game of the week Warwick was out for redemption as they traveled to Manheim Township on Tuesday.
"We went into that match 17-0 and left with a 13-15 five set loss," stated head coach Brad Glouner referring to last season.
This year went in favor of the Warriors as the ladies jumped out to a quick 19-0 lead in the first game, eventually winning 25-7 and then finishing 25-19, 25-21 for the win. "It was a nice to get everyone in even though Township did push us a little in game 3."
Glouner was also able to see his younger players get some work against CV as the 25-14, 25-16, 25-15 victory allowed him to rest his starters a bit as well.
While Manheim Township continues its undefeated run in Section One golf, Warwick (29-13) is holding its own in second place after a 332 finish last Tuesday at Conestoga Country Club in which the Warriors finished 25 strokes behind the Streaks.
MT's Jacob Macinati took first place with a 68 while Brock Fassnacht and Mason Wills paced the Warriors with both golfers carding a 79. Kyle Gibble followed with an 80 and Kathryn Pelensky shot a 95 to round out the field for Warwick.
Warwick Tennis Earns Shutout Over Lebanon September 18, 2017
With its second rainout of the early season, the tennis team only played two matches last week that provided mixed results. The ladies began with a 7-0 shutout of Lebanon on Monday, but had the tables turned when Manheim Township did the same to them on Friday.
Warwick, playing on its home court, easily handled the Cedars while conceding only six games on the day.
Kaelan Miller and Seiena Orta defeated the Maguire sisters 8-1, Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino downed Alexis Papson and Everia Gonzalez 8-0, while Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchell dispatched Emily Sheaf and Jena Aviles 8-2 to handle the doubles side of the match.
Meanwhile, Rakos beat Papson 6-0, 6-0, Marino defeated Gonzalez 6-1, 6-0, Bell handled Sheaf 6-0, 6-2, and Mitchell put away Aviles 6-0, 6-0 to notch the team win.
A glance at the standings in Section One girls' soccer and one might overlook the lady Warriors from Warwick. Sitting one game out of the basement at the end of last week, Warwick (1-3, 3-4) began an eight game stretch over 13 days by playing two undefeated section leaders as well as two teams in the top three and coming away with four losses.
However, what the standings do not show is that those games were decided by a combined deficit of only six goals. The ladies lost to Conestoga Valley (3-1, 6-1), and Penn Manor (2-3, 3-4) by identical 2-0 scores and then finished the week with 2-1 losses to both Hempfield (4-0, 8-0) and Ephrata (4-0, 6-1).
"When you look at the results of this past week, it was a rough week," stated head coach Wendell Hannaford. "It's a tough schedule with so many games and all the games are against top quality opponents."
Scoring once in the first half and again in the second, CV's defense held Warwick to only two shots on goal but the home team was anything but dominant as the Warriors contained the Buckskins offense in turn, only surrendering four shots. "It was a back and forth game that on any other day could have gone the other way," noted Hannaford.
Penn Manor ended in similar fashion with the Comets also splitting their two goals amongst the halves, but with Warwick out shooting the visitors 8-4 including a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Unfortunately those shots did not find the back of the net in yet another game that could just as easily gone in favor of the Warriors.
"It was a dip in form and play from us however we still managed to create more chances and shots in that game," said Hannaford.
It would have been fair to assume that the tides had to turn in favor of Warwick, but in back-to-back games with Hempfield and Ephrata, respective leaders in Sections One and Two, the hard-nosed play of the ladies still did not offer any return.
After the Knights added to their first half lead with a second goal in the 44th minute Talia Bertrando was able to send a feed from Katie Oberholtzer past Hempfield's Ally Rote in the final two minutes with what turned out to be the final score of the game.
Oberholtzer also put her mark on the Ephrata game when she scored in the 67th minute off an assist from Lily Shaffer to cut the Mount's lead in half. Warwick was unable to orchestrate another successful attack, but held Ephrata in check as well over the final minutes of play.
Hannaford knows the effort his players put forth and is certain that eventually their hard work will be rewarded. "They were games where as a coach, all you can say to the players is to stick together and the results will come. Sometimes things happen that we can't control, but our girls never quit, they play hard to the final whistle, and should hold their heads high. They've proven that we belong with the best in the league without a doubt."
For the boys' soccer team the results from last week were a bit more favorable while their schedule, which included seven games in 12 days, was just as tough as the girls.
They recorded a 2-0 victory over Conestoga Valley to begin the week, but then played to a scoreless draw with Penn Manor before losing 3-0 to Hempfield and 5-0 to Ephrata.
That landed them in third place in Section One, two games out of first behind Hempfield and Manheim Township, respectively.
In last Monday's game against the Buckskins the two teams logged almost an hour of play before Alex Kerek found pay dirt in the 56th minute to put the Warriors up 1-0 with Jason Ciampaglia adding the insurance goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to ice the win.
Connor Cowher and Andrew Acebo combined in goal to stop all six of CV's shots while Carter Lam turned away 12 of Warwick's 14.
Wednesday brought another challenge, just as much mental as it was physical. Through regulation and two overtime periods Warwick and Penn Manor played to a 0-0 tie on a hot and humid day that probably felt to the two squads as if it would never end.
Both sides had opportunities, more so Warwick, but Blake Martin came up huge for the Comets as he turned away all 10 shots the Warriors fired at him. In turn, Warwick only allowed three shots from Penn Manor with Cowher denying each one.
In a four team meet held at Hempfield last Tuesday both the girls and boys went 1-2 as the girls lost to Hempfield 21-42, and Elizabethtown 18-38, but out ran a two-member Lebanon squad 15-55. The boys lost to Hempfield 21-39 and Elizabethtown 24-32 but also emerged victorious over the undermanned Cedars 15-55.
Caitlyn Wagner paced the ladies with a time of 20:05, finishing 6th overall followed by Anna Martin (20:12) in 9th, Madison Leakway (21:16) in 14th, Sophia Nau (22:224) in 20th, and Leann Runkle (22:51) in 24th to round out the scoring for Warwick.
For the guys it was Noah Martin who led the way, finishing third overall with a time of 16:07 followed by Parker Keares (17:02) in 9th, Jeremy Bell (17:17) in 12th, Jeremiah Hendrix (17:19) in 15th, and David Bach (17:45) in 19th to complete the scoring.
Warwick traveled to Ephrata on Friday night and emerged not only with a 61-0 victory over the Mounts, but also laid claim to the George Male Trophy in a showdown between two longtime rivals.
Quarterback Grayson Kline connected with Carter Forney three times through the air while Nick Fucci scored three times on the ground to account for Warwick's first six TD's. Forney finished with six catches for 88 yards while Fucci ran the ball six times for 33 yards.
With the score 47-0 at the break Warwick was able to throttle down a bit in the second half before scoring its final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Isaac Rissinger led all rushers with 125 yards on 20 carries, scoring twice in the contest, the first coming in the second quarter from one yard out and the second in the fourth, also a one-yard scamper.
Sean Bedessa represented the final touchdown of the night, which was also the longest, taking a Kline hand-off and sprinting 37 yards to pay dirt. He ended the night with 44 yards on three carries.
Brock Fassnacht came in at a three-over par 74, good enough for sixth place, while teammate Mason Wills landed in 10 by carding a 76 to lead Warwick to a third place 321 in last Wednesday's match at Four Seasons in Landisville. The Warriors were four strokes better than host Hempfield and well off the 296 shot by winner Manheim Township.
The finish placed the Warriors in a tie with the Knights in second place at 24-12 while both squads are chasing the undefeated Streaks which are 36-0. Kathryn Pelensky shot an 83, and Kyle Gibble shot an 88 for the Warriors.
Suffering their first loss of the season last week, the lady Warriors came away with a 3-1 victory over Cedar Crest on Tuesday, but went down in straight sets to Hempfield on Thursday for the split.
Seemingly on its way to a 3-0 victory, Warwick hit a speed bump in the third set when Cedar Crest clawed back for a 25-20 win after the Warriors posted consecutive 25-18 scores in the first two. Warwick recovered in time, however, and put the hosts away 25-17 in the fourth.
Against Hempfield, the ladies battled back after they dropped the first set 25-16 but the Knights held them off 25-22 and 25-20 in the final two. McKenzie Cossette recorded 10 kills and Olivia Gregory had 19 assists in the loss.
There is a tight race taking place in Section One and Warwick (3-2) is right in the thick of it. At the end of last week only two games separated the top five teams with heavyweight Penn Manor (4-0) at the top followed by Manheim Township (3-1) in second and the lady Warriors in third.
Warwick went 2-1 in its slate of games, sandwiching a 5-1 loss to the Comets between a 7-2 victory over Cedar Crest and a 5-2 win over Conestoga Valley.
Warwick hosted the Falcons last Monday and used a seven goal second half to come from behind and earn the victory. Maddie Behn scored a hat trick and Adrienne McGarrigle added two goals to power the Warriors.
Penn Manor's Gabby Bitts was a one-woman wrecking crew on Wednesday as she tallied four of the Comet's five goals while Brubaker turned away 18 for Warwick.
McGarrigle's score at the 18:49 mark of the second half made it 3-1, but the Comets added two more to finish things off.
McCarrigle scored twice against CV on Friday while Warwick built a 4-1 lead in the first half to power past the visiting Buckskins.
Madi Handwerger put CV ahead 1-0 with 29:30 remaining in the first half before Pyle, McGarrigle, Caitlyn Grodzicki, and Biz Van Scoten each scored respective goals to open the three goal cushion.
McGarrigle's second goal with 2:29 remaining in the game, iced the victory for Warwick. Brubaker stopped nine of CV's 11 shots while the ladies fired off 18 of their own.
Perezous Notches Hat Trick in Win Over Cedars September 11, 2017
It may be a new name under the title of head coach but it is definitely a familiar face for the boys' soccer team as Gordy Cowher began his first season at the helm for Warwick by going 2-0 including last week's 7-0 victory over Lebanon.
A stalwart on the sidelines as long-time assistant coach, Cowher's squad benefitted from solid defense and a Brandon Perezous hat-trick in the Section One contest held Thursday in Lititz.
"Lebanon had trouble generating a consistent attack against us," stated Cowher. "This was due, in part, to the fact that we have a strong defense and a very solid midfield."
Perezous struck early against the Cedars, scoring his first goal within the first minute of play and adding two more in the 15th and 16th minutes, respectively.
Fellow forward Robbie Heckman netted two for the Warriors sandwiching them between the half time break while Ben Pennypacker and Alex Kerek both added one apiece.
Lebanon was not able to put any shots on goal during the contest and Cowher was quick to note that while the Warriors handled themselves well on defense, a building process is in place for the Cedars.
"Their coach, Andy Dornes, is really working hard to alter the culture in Lebanon... I am sure it will take time, but Andy is headed in the right direction with the program - he has to generate an interest first, then he can work to take the program to a higher level. I am relatively sure he does not have a lot of players who play club soccer, whereas, here at Warwick, nearly every one of our players is involved in club soccer. That makes a huge difference in the skill level of these players."
One week removed from almost upsetting Manheim Central in a come-from-behind effort, the Warwick gridiron Warriors found themselves in a first half shoot-out against Garden Spot, but eventually pulled away in the second for a 69-42 victory.
Trailing 28-20 early in the second quarter, Warwick's Nick Fucci (11-154, 2TD's) took a Grayson Kline hand-off and scampered 42 yards to pay dirt. A resulting missed PAT put the Warriors within two points, but that play marked the beginning of the end for the Spartans.
Carter Forney caught respective touchdown passes of five and nine yards and Jordan Cruz took an errant third quarter pass from Garden Spot's back-up quarterback Jesse Martin 20 yards for another Warwick score to cap off 31 unanswered points and put the Warriors up 49-28.
That marked the first of two pick-sixes for Cruz in the quarter, the second of which was returned 28 yards.
In total, 70 points were scored in the first half alone between the two teams with both sides benefitting from big plays in the first quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage Kline hooked up with Trey Glass for an exciting 73-yard pitch and catch that put the Warriors in the lead 6-0 before Garden Spot's Jeff Harley answered with a 10-yard score to put the Spartans ahead 7-6.
After Isaac Rissinger plunged in from six yards out to make it 14-7, Cameron Roth, who started the game at quarterback for the Spartans, took it upon himself to make something happen and turned a keeper into a 90-yard score and a tied ball game.
Forney's first score of the game came on a 45-yard catch-and-run to end the first quarter before Roth scored again for Garden Spot in advance of Warwick's string of unanswered touchdowns.
In action last week at Garden Spot, the girls' tennis team dropped only one game to the lady Spartans as they came away with a 6-1 victory on Thursday.
While Paige Kemper arose victorious in number two singles, Warwick cruised to straight set victories in the remaining singles and doubles match-ups.
Kaelan Miller and Selena Orta defeated Paula Groff and Leah Strausser 8-4, Annie Rakos and Lilian Marino emerged with on 8-0 win over Elle Hallquist and Kemper, while Ashleigh Bell and Heather Mitchell put away Katie Varley and Ashley Risser 8-4 to run the table in doubles play.
In singles Rakos won 6-2, 6-1 over Hallquist, Bell defeated Groff 6-2, 6-1, and Mitchell finished Risser 6-3, 6-3 to end the day.
In a tight and talented Section One, Warwick (1-0, 3-0) earned back-to-back shut out victories last week. The ladies put away Cedar Crest by a score of 2-0 on Thursday and then repeated the feat in a Section 2 cross-over game with Cocalico on Saturday morning with another 2-0 result.
Hempfield (2-0, 3-0) and Manheim Township (2-0, 3-0) joined them atop the standings at week's end as the only three teams in the section with league victories.
Four different players contributed in scoring for Warwick over the two games last week as the ladies scored twice in the first half both against the Falcons and the Eagles.
Jess Williamson joined Talia Bertrando against Cedar Crest as the duo represented the lone goals of the match while Lily Palacio-Lewis earned an assist.
Warwick out-shot the host Falcons 7-1 and earned a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Meanwhile, Warwick goal keeper Cat Reed tallied one save while Courtney Wysokowski turned away five for the Falcons.
In Saturday's contest it was Bella Forgione who found the back of the net as well as Caroline Hipple in a game where Warwick took 13 shots on goal to Cocalico's five.
Reed denied five of those attempts while her counter-part Adrienne McGallicher was able to stop 11. Lily Weidman assisted on one goal for Warwick.
Warwick played host to McCaskey on Thursday in the League opener for both teams and used a strong offensive assault to put the Red Tornado away in straight sets 25-7, 25-15, 25-11.
Madelyn Glouner and McKenzie Cossette teamed up for a match high five kills apiece to lead the ladies at the net, while Olivia Gregory led all players by serving seven aces.
Gregory also had 17 assists while Hailey Miller came through with six digs on the night.
Last week proved to be one of ups and downs for the lady Warriors, or rather downs and ups as they began with a 5-0 loss to Manheim Township on Wednesday but followed that with a 6-0 victory over McCaskey on Friday.
Against a tough Blue Streak squad that is fresh off an appearance in last year's PIAA tournament, goal keeper Catie Brubaker proved her worth in the cage by stopping 22 of 27 shots on goal with 17 of them coming in the first half.
Both teams earned six corners but it was Township that capitalized, tallying scores on two of those attempts.
In Friday's contest it was Katie Pyle who came through with a herculean effort as the seasoned senior scored a hat-trick in the first half and added two more in the second to lead the ladies in victory.
Biz Van Scoten put the Warriors on the board with her goal 5:36 into the match before giving way to Pyle's heroics.
Warwick piled up 13 shots on goal while McCaskey was shut down all day by a stiff Warrior defense.
In its first meet of the season Warwick met with mixed results as the girls dropped their opener 19-38 and the boys came away with a 21-40 victory.
Noah Martin finished first overall with a time of 17:05 which was nine seconds ahead of Ephrata's Andrew Foster and nearly one minute faster than teammate Parker Keares who clocked in at 18:02 for third overall.
Martin joined the team as a transfer and when asked about the addition, head coach Terry Lee praised the entire group, stating "Noah joins a team of boys who share a strong work ethic. His presence helps to complete the formula for a powerful cross country team. This formula is a strong front runner who can go head to head with the other team's front man, followed closely by a tight group of 7 runners."
Jeremiah Hendrix finished fourth with a time of 18:40 while Jeremy Bell (18:45) and Zachary Beale (18:56) came in sixth and seventh, respectively, to account for the remainder of Warwick's score.
With only five runners, Ephrata faced an uphill battle, but still placed three in the top ten for the day. Rounding out that group for Warwick was David Bach (19:19) in ninth and James Barnes (19:44) in tenth.
Finishing up for Warwick in order were Ryan Horner (19:45), Josh Wenger (19:55), Andrew Holbert (20:27), Marcus Wachira (20:28), Asher Christner (20:47) Alex Kunkle (21:33.6), Lornezo Velez (21:33.9), Corbin Kilgore (21:45), Trevor Price (22:01), Mason Caleca (22:28), Kenton Hertzog (23:00), Kody Bruhn (25:41), and Henry Stover (28:24).
In the girls' race Ephrata took the top three spots with the Mounts' Sydney Morgan and Warwick's Caitlyn Wagner sprinting to the finish in a battle for third.
In a photo finish ending Morgan (21:30.2) crossed the finish line a mere two hundredth of a second ahead of Wagner (21:30.4) for the three points.
"...Caitlyn came into the season following a disciplined summer of training. Her talent and tenacity were revealed in her race against Ephrata," Lee noted, adding, "She is leading a group of dedicated Warwick girls who are steadily improving."
Anna Martin followed in fifth place with a time of 22:29, but Ephrata's Lilly Riddle (22:33) and Sierra Zimmerman (23:56) took the next two spots to wrap things up for the Mounts.
Sophia Nau (23:57) finished eighth, Leann Runkle (24:34) was tenth, and Jaylyn Wagner (24:41) placed 11th to finish scoring for Warwick.
Rounding out the field for Warwick were Kaitie Ciano (26:19), Morgan Leakway (26:36), Isabella Velez (26:47), Kristen Espenshade (26:59), Alexa Zimmerman (27:03), Jillian Colebert (27:04), Willow Forney (27:112), Ara Ludwig (27:47), Abigail Smith (28:15), Alexis Kellogg (28:22), Valerie Hanna (30:25), and Mikayla Hiatt (31:11).
In a rain shortened affair at Lebanon Country Club last Tuesday that played through only nine holes, Warwick finished tied with Conestoga Valley in third place with a 168.
Brock Fassnacht led the Warriors by shooting a 37 and finishing fourth, only two strokes behind co-winners Jacob Macinati from Manheim Township and Penn Manor's Logan Hess. Macinati's teammate Trey Kuntz shot a 36 for third place.
Kyle Gibble (40), Mason Wills (43), Kathryn Pelensky (48), and Vaughn Samii (48) finished things up for the Warriors.
Barons Finish 4th in Districts, Just Miss States June 5, 2017
Warwick's baseball team completed its season on Thursday and just missed making the PIAA tournament with a tough 1-0 loss to Section One foe Penn Manor in the third place game of the District Three Class 6A championships.
After finishing in second place behind the Comets during the regular season, Warwick made an early exit from the L-L League playoffs with a first round loss to Lancaster Catholic and had a brief layover until the start of Districts on May 26th.
The fourth seeded Warriors matched up with number five seed Wilson in the quarterfinals after both teams sat out the first round with byes and scored a come from behind 5-3 victory.
That win moved them into the semifinals against top seeded Governor Mifflin which handed Warwick a 4-2 loss and sent them into the win-or-go-home contest with Penn Manor.
Wilson took the lead in the third inning when they scored twice against starting pitcher Zach Peters, the only two runs he would concede over five innings of work in which he gave up six hits while striking out two.
Scoreless heading into the fifth inning, Warwick got on the board when Ethan Heller crossed the plate on a Wilson error and then tied the game on an RBI single by Dagen Young (2-3, 1RBI) which scored Colby Martin (2-3) from third.
Two more Warrior runs crossed the plate courtesy of a RBI single by Nate Hess (2-4, 1RBI) and a misplayed ground ball by Justin Byler (1-3) before a fielder's choice by Peters (1 RBI)) plated Hess for the final run of the inning and put Warwick in the lead for good.
Governor Mifflin built a 4-0 lead over five innings before a two-run blast from Byler (1-3, 2RBI) into right field put the Warriors back in the hunt. Unfortunately it was not enough to catch the Mustangs as Peters took the loss giving up all four runs, only two of which were earned, while striking out two in a complete game effort.
That set up another meeting with the Comets, this time for the chance to advance to the next level. It was not meant to be, however, as a second inning home run off of starting pitcher Ethan Norman gave Penn Manor the margin of victory.
Norman pitched a strong game giving up five hits over five and two thirds innings with three strikeouts before Young came on in relief to record the final out.
Warwick's offense produced six hits and was powered by Martin (2-3, double) and Tyler Hess (2-3).
Memorial Day weekend not only represented a holiday observance, but the biggest meet of the school year as well as athletes from all across the state converged on Shippensburg University for the PIAA championships held over two days.
Warwick not only took part in seven events but had three athletes place in the top ten including a fourth and fifth place finish.
Eric Garner entered the boys AAA javelin throw fresh off his second consecutive District gold medal and put together a nice grouping of throws to wrap up fourth place during the Saturday portion of competition.
"Eric had some great throws. He actually didn't have a bad throw in the bunch; all his throws were between 180-194," said head coach Alex Daecher. "He just couldn't quite get that 200 footer out there to bring home gold."
Garner and the other top three throwers all cleared the 193' mark that qualified them for the NFHS honor roll as well. Daecher praised his senior's work ethic over his high school career as well. "... I am very proud of him. He is a great kid who worked so hard the past 4 years with me. He is 2-time district gold medalist and is going to an awesome college. His future could never look brighter. "
Trinity Bitting-Ellis finished fifth in the District Three AAA high jump and repeated that performance at states, bettering her District jump by two inches. She cleared 5-5 in Saturday's early session earning praise from her coach as well.
"Trinity had a fantastic day. To jump 5-5 at the state meet is awesome, "commented Daecher who credited her clean jumps early on as the reason she could stay strong in the latter stages of the competition. "I am very excited for her and proud of how she performed."
Taking part in the 3200 run, Kate Dickow set a personal record with her time of 10:56.7 which garnered her a ninth place finish and bettered her seed time by an impressive 6.46 seconds.
Daecher likes what he sees in his distance runner and her progression. "Kate ran an awesome race. She had a PR and improved considerably from her 3200 run at last year's state meet. She just keeps getting better every year. I know she was thrilled with her time, and her coaches were too. Kate is such a worker and I have no doubt she will be getting a medal next year. "
Leah Graybill locked up the 14th qualifying position in the 200 on Friday by clocking a 25.61 and then just missed out in the semifinals with a 25.3 which was agonizingly close to making the final cut for the finals. "I know she missed getting a medal by .02 seconds and that can be hard to swallow for a kid," commented Daecher, "but she is a strong willed individual who will train hard and be ready to go next year to bring home the medal."
Warwick also had two girls' relay teams participate in the meet with neither making it out of the prelims. Cassidy Kline, Jaylyn Wagner, Deirdre White, and Emily Williamson posted a time of 9:37.5 in the 3200 prelims and only missed the cut by 3.5 seconds while Kline, Williamson, Graybill and Wagner finished with a prelim time of 3:58.74 which was only 1.4 seconds off the last qualifiers.
Meanwhile Connor Shields represented the final athlete at the meet in the 1600 where he ran a 4:28.27 in Friday's prelims which was 8.13 second off the pace for qualifying.