Lebanon County H.S. Highlights: Oct. 4
Game of the Day
Palmyra girls volleyball 3, Hershey 1
The Cougars prevailed in yet another hard-fought rivalry game for their fourth straight victory, winning 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, and 25-23. Melanie Sheaffer led the Cougars with three aces, 13 kills, two assists, four digs, and four blocks. Rachel Hutchinson had seven digs, two aces, 11 kills, and two blocks. LeeAnn Baker followed with four blocks, six kills, two assists, and six digs, and Kailey Elrod had seven digs. The Cougars are currently in first place in the Mid-Penn Keystone at 8-2 overall and 7-0 in division play.
Player of the Day
Kirstin West, Palmyra girls volleyball
In the Cougars' big 3-1 win over rival Hershey, West also had a big night with 33 assists, seven digs, and four kills.
Mechanicsburg 3, Palmyra 0
Mathan Mayernick's goal 41 seconds in set the tone for the Wildcats. Tully Ryan made it a two-goal game in the 35th minute, then Chris Sosa put the game away in the 68th minute.
Harrisburg Academy 3, New Covenant 2
Nathan Dubble's two-goal effort wasn't enough as the Flames fell short. Dubble scored both goals in the second half - one coming on a penalty kick, and the other unassisted. Harrisburg Academy would match the Flames with two goals of their own in the second half to pull away - two of them generated by Markus Lervick, who finished with a goal and an assist.
Girls Cross Country
Manheim Township 16, Cedar Crest 45
Ephrata 17, Cedar Crest 38
Cate Strunk was the lone Falcon in the top 10, finishing ninth with a time of 21:13. Shayla Bonzelet was 12th with a time of 21:32, and Ashley Stalnecker was 14th in 21:47.
Conestoga Valley 15, Lebanon 55
Penn Manor 15, Lebanon 55
It what was a tough afternoon for the Cedars, but Shakira Lopez led the way with a 14th-place finish in 24:56.
Elco 15, Northern Lebanon 55
Elco 15, Columbia 55
Northern Lebanon NS, Columbia NS
Five Raiders runners and two Vikings runners were a part of the top 10. Lily Brubaker, Emily Williams, and Jalissa Nolt all finished in second, third, and fourth, respectively. Brubaker's time was 20:38, Williams was 24:46, while Nolt's was 26:26. Jaya Hackman and Danielle Nelson were seventh and eighth for Elco, respectively, in 29:10, and 29:30. Drashti Patel and Erin Ditzler were fifth and sixth, respectively, for NL. Patel finished in 27:08, and Ditzler in 28:25.
Donegal 17, Annville-Cleona 48
Manheim Central 21, Annville-Cleona 34
Mary Tshudy was the lone representative in the top 10 for the Dutchmen, finishing seventh in 23:41. Jess Gutekunst was 11th with a time of 24:45, while Sarah Domencic was 14th in 25:38.
Boys Cross Country
Conestoga Valley 22, Lebanon 40
Penn Manor 19, Lebanon 46
Derin Klick led the Cedars with a second-place finish in 16:22. Daryl Werni was the only other Cedar runner inside the top 15, finishing 11th with a time of 17:40.
Elco 20, Northern Lebanon 39
Northern Lebanon 15, Columbia 53
Elco 15, Columbia 15
The Raiders' Ryan McAllister won the race in a time of 18:53. Nick Madigan and Cole Nelson finished just a second a part in second and third, respectively, for Elco as well. Madigan's time was 18:54 and Nelson's was 18:55. Jordan Berger and Klayton Adams were fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 18:56 and 20:06.
Cedar Crest 15, Manheim Township 53
Cedar Crest 22, Ephrata 38
Six runners recorded top-10 finishes in what was a productive day for the Falcons. Jesse Cruise, Adam Wolfe and Jake Barrett finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Cruise's time was 17:13, Wolfe was 17:14, and Barrett 17:23. Devyn Stump, William Sheffield and Noah Bragunier were sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. Stump came in at 17:32, Sheffield at 17:41 and Bragunier at 17:54.
Donegal 22, Annville-Cleona 36
Manheim Central 15, Annville-Cleona 43
Anthony Frattarole led the Dutchmen with a seventh-place finish in 18:47. Sean Springer was the other A-C representative in the top 10, placing ninth with a time of 18:53.
Pequea Valley 1, Lebanon 0
A first-half goal was all the Braves needed to win by the slimmest of margins.
Lancaster Mennonite 3, Northern Lebanon 0
All three Blazers goals came in the first half, two of them generated by Cyleigh Hurst, who finished with a goal and an assist. Hurst's goal came 30 seconds into the game.
Mechanicsburg 2, Palmyra 1
In a battle for first place in the Mid-Penn Keystone, Isabelle Martin's goal in the 78th minute gave the Wildcats the win and the top spot in the division. Liz Huffman gave Mechanisburg its first lead in the 49th minute, but Hannah Bowman tied it for the Cougars just three minutes later. The Wildcats now lead by a half game.
Cedar Crest 4, Penn Manor 1
Sam Gerhart led the Lady Falcons with two goals in the 15th and 31st minutes. Carli Wasson and Ariel Jones added goals in the 26th and 47th minutes, respectively.
Lampeter-Strasburg 7, Annville-Cleona 0
It was a rough day for the Dutchmen, as they were shut out in every singles match.
Cocalico 3, Northern Lebanon 0
After grinding out a win in the first set 25-20, the Eagles cruised the rest of the way, winning the second and third sets 25-12 and 25-16. Brianna Hossler led the Vikings with 11 assists, three aces, four digs, and a kill.
Conestoga Christian 3, New Covenant Christian 0
Conestoga Christian earned the sweep with wins of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-19. Danielle Rudy led the Flames with eight kills.
Elco 3, Columbia 0
The Raiders breezed through the first two sets 25-4, and 25-8, before grinding to win the third set 25-22. Madelyn Stone led the way with 11 aces, 10 assists, and two digs.
Lancaster Mennonite 3, Lebanon 0
The Blazers earned the sweep with wins of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-21. Kaylani Ayala led the Cedars with three kills, three aces and four blocks.
Manheim Township 3, Cedar Crest 2
In what was literally a back-and-forth game, the Blue Streaks finally pulled away with a 15-11 win in the fifth set. The rest of the match went 25-21, 11-25, 25-14, and 20-25. Brooklyn Varner recorded 29 assists for the Falcons. Grace Miller also had 12 digs and 14 kills.