Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: May 10
Game of the day
Palmyra boys volleyball 3, Lower Dauphin 1
The road pressure heightened, and the Cougars rose to meet it.
Dispatching a division rival in four sets, the Palmyra boys volleyball team secured itself at least a .500 season Tuesday, one year after going 4-11 overall. The Cougars won 25-21, 18-25, 25-11 and 27-25 in Hummelstown, surviving a late push from the Falcons (10-4).
Ben Rusling, Mike Hall, Joey McInerney and Tyler Schaefer all fired at least seven kills. Hall also added a half-dozen blocks, while Rusling racked up 20 assists.
Now at an even 8-8, the Cougars are scheduled to host Mechanicsburg on Thursday in their regular-season finale.
Player of the day
Eric Thomas, Palmyra boys lacrosse
Thomas netted a game-high and season-best five goals for the Cougars, who put Mechanicsburg to bed early in their regular-season finale. The Palmyra senior previously achieved hat tricks this spring in games against Chambersburg and Central Dauphin. He owns 25 goals and eight assists on the year.
Annville-Cleona 6, Lancaster Mennonite 3
Alec Barr threw his fifth complete game in as many starts this season, putting the Little Dutchmen one win shy of an L-L playoff tournament berth. Annville-Cleona travels to Lebanon Catholic on Wednesday.
Elco 5, Trinity 3
Four runs in the first three innings supplied the Raiders with all the offense they needed in a non-league home victory. Elco's Clay Hain earned the win on the hill, and senior shortstop Travis Zimmerman clubbed two triples.
Palmyra 6, Middletown 1
The Cougars never trailed and surrendered only four hits behind starter Dylan Spagnolo. Tyler Julian and Evan Hallowell each had two hits.
Penn Manor 8, Cedar Crest 7
The Falcons clawed back from an early four-run deficit and led heading into the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't hold on in Millersville. Wilfredo Rivera swatted two hits and earned three RBIs. Joe Carpenter, who also recorded two hits, took the loss.
Penn Manor 11, Cedar Crest 1
Emma Spang accounted for the Falcons' only hit and run in a tough regular-season finale. Cedar Crest finished at 9-11 overall.
Trinity 7, Elco 0
The Raiders mustered just three hits in a road loss troubled by three errors. Elco's Amaya Phillips struck out seven.
Middletown 10, Palmyra 7 (9 innings)
Extra innings proved unkind to the Cougars, who entered the seventh inning ahead two runs and then gave up three unanswered in the ninth. Palmyra's Rebecca Randall recorded a game-high three RBIs.
Palmyra 13, Mechanicsburg 3
The Cougars ended their regular season having won nine of their last 10, the latest a blowout decided well before the fourth quarter. In addition to Thomas' efforts, Ethan Gain tallied three assists, matching the three-point outputs of Kyle Nolen and Pete Robertson.
Palmyra 16, Mechanicsburg 1
Cheyenne Sprecher and Nikki Bowman combined for 10 goals, guiding the Cougars to an even 8-8 mark on the season. If Palmyra beats Lewisburg on Thursday, it will notch the first winning campaign in program history.