Monday, January 31, 2011

Athlete of the Week: Josh Robeson

Senior guard scores 17 points against both Donegal and Palmyra.

Part of the healing process and return to normalcy for the Manheim Central community last week was a return to the court by the basketball team.

Playing without one of their own (freshman DeVaughn Lee was one of the four Central student-athletes killed in a car accident January 16th) the Barons had a rough first game back against undefeated Lancaster Catholic.

But Manheim Central, led by senior standout Josh Robeson, won two games over the weekend to stay in the Section Three race as well as the hunt for a district berth.

Robeson, the team's leading scorer, had 17 points in both of the Barons' double-digit victories over Donegal and Palmyra. Manheim Central improved to 8-7 on the year, 6-3 in league play.

The team will play five straight games this week, beginning tonight at section-leader Lampeter-Strasburg. Including last weekend's wins, this stretch of seven games in eight days could decide the outcome of an emotional season in Manheim.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Robinson Reaching for 800

F&M Men's Basketball Coach creeps up on milestone

Glenn Robinson became the winningest coach in Division III basketball history in 2004, and this year can join an elite group of 12 who have won 800 games in their careers.

In his 40th season, the Diplomats are 14-4 overall after Thursday night's win over Johns Hopkins bringing the longtime leader within 4 victories of the 800-win feat.

 F&M Athletics counts down Glenn Robinson's top five moments leading up to the big day.

Career Record - 40 Seasons - 796 Wins, 300 Losses - .726 Winning Percetage

Weather Forces More Schedule Changes

Back-to-back snow days cause more postponements and cancellations.

Boys' and Girls' Basketball

Postponed to Monday January 31st:
Warwick at Ephrata doubleheader - boys 6:30, girls 8pm*
Penn Manor vs. Cocalico - girls away, boys home 8pm
Elco vs. Lancaster Mennonite - girls away, boys home 8pm
Hempfield vs. Conestoga Valley - girls away, boys home 8pm
Donegal vs. Lancaster Catholic - girls away 8pm, boys home 7:30pm
Columbia at Garden Spot girls - 7pm (Girls game vs. Elco rescheduled for 2/2)

Postponed to Saturday January 29th:
Garden Spot at Columbia boys - 7pm
Lebanon Catholic at Manheim Central girls - 1pm

Postponed to Wednesday February 2nd:
Manheim Central at Lebanon Catholic boys - 8pm


Postponed to Wednesday February 2nd:
L-S at Manheim Central - 7pm

Manheim Township vs. Garden Spot will not be rescheduled.


Postponed to Monday January 31st:
Ephrata vs. Cocalico

Postponed to Thursday February 3rd:
Elizabethtown vs. Manheim Central

*Both games live on Cable-11

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fittery continues reign as #1

2006 Cocalico grad undefeated in his senior season at American University

 In his final collegiate season, Steve Fittery is a perfect 17-0 at Division I American University and continues his reign at #1 in the country at 157lb for the tenth straight week. News 11 caught up with the Eagle senior in the midst of his run towards a national title.

Cocalico's Antol Headed to East Stroudsburg

Eagle WR/DB will play for the Warriors next fall.

Just two weeks before signing day, Cocalico senior Kevin Antol committed to play football at Division II East Stroudsburg University.

Antol, who played offense, defense and special teams for the Eagles this season, was recruited as a wide receiver. The Warriors finished the 2010 season 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the PSAC Eastern Conference, tying the school record with five losses by a touchdown or less.

Antol rushed for 3 touchdowns on 150 yards, averaging 12.5 yards per carry this fall. As the team's top receiver, he hauled in 11 passes for 204 yards and 4 touchdowns. The senior also added a pick-six as a defensive back.

Watch highlights from Antol's season below:

Antol will join former Manheim Central placekicker Taylor Groff on the team. The true freshman kicked a school record 16 field goals this past season, one of just two Division II kickers nationwide to make at least one field goal in every game.

Groff also ranked 10th in the nation in points per game by a kicker in the regular season with 87, second-most in school history. His season-long field goal of 48 yards came at the end of the first half vs. Kutztown. Watch that highlight below:

Phillies Caravan comes to Reading

Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel hosts annual event.

With spring training just weeks away, the Phillies' 2011 Winter Banquet brought fans together Tuesday night in Reading. Watch the story below, including interviews from optimistic fans and managers Charlie Manuel and Ryne Sandberg.

The Reading Phillies open the 2011 season at the newly-renovated FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, April 14 for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Akron Aeros.


See below for a list of changes reported

Boys & Girls Basketball postponed to:

Thursday January 27th:
Warwick @ Ephrata Doubleheader - 6:30 & 8pm
Penn Manor vs. Cocalico - Girls away, Boys home 8pm
Lebanon Catholic vs. Manheim Central - Boys away 8pm, Girls home 7pm
Elco vs. Lancaster Mennonite - Girls away, Boys home 8pm
Hempfield vs. Conestoga Valley - Girls away, Boys home 8pm
Donegal at Lancaster Catholic Boys - 7:30pm

Saturday January 29th:

Garden Spot Boys at Columbia - 7pm

Monday January 31st:

Columbia at Garden Spot Girls - 7pm (Girls game vs. Elco rescheduled for 2/2)
Lancaster Catholic Girls at Donegal - 8pm

Other Postponements:

Manheim Central vs. L-S PPD to Tuesday February 1st

College Basketball

East Stroudsburg at Millersville - Doubleheader PPD to Saturday January 30th

AHL Hockey

Springfield Falcons vs. Hershey Bears - PPD to Thursday 7pm @ Giant Center

Monday, January 24, 2011

Manheim Central Returns to the Court

Barons play first basketball games since car accident.

DeVaughn Lee's jersey is raised during the starting lineups.

Eight days removed from a tragic car accident that affected the entire Manheim community, the Baron basketball teams returned to action tonight.

The boys, who lost one of their own in freshman DeVaughn Lee, played host to Lancaster Catholic. They wore headbands with Lee's number three, began the game with only four players on the court in honor of their fallen starter and presented Lee's family with the game ball.

T-shirt worn at the boys game.
The undefeated Crusaders proved too much for the Barons, who fell 50-25.

On the road the Lady Barons wore warm-up shirts with pictures of Lee, John Griffith, Cody Hollinger and Nicolas Bryson on the front. A Lancaster Catholic coach led a prayer at the beginning of the game, asking especially to keep Central sophomore point guard Kristin Robeson, Lee's girlfriend, in your thoughts.

Both teams came out hot in the first half, with the Barons trailing 27-25 at half. Catholic pulled away to win 59-40.

Watch senior guard Josh Robeson and head coach Chris Sherwood talk about getting back on the court below:

Note: Cable-11 will broadcast tomorrow's Garden Spot-Manheim Central wrestling match live at 7pm. Both teams are 5-0 in league meets.

Athlete of the Week: Cole Dillman

CV senior claims L-L Wrestling gold two years in a row.

Wrestling in his final L-L Championship, Conestoga Valley senior Cole Dillman defended his home turf once again, claiming his second straight 285-pound gold medal.

Dillman used two falls and a shutout to make Saturday night's championship final. There he handed Penn Manor senior Evan Singleton his first loss of the season with a 3-1 decision.

The pairing was a rematch of last year's finals. In the 2011 edition Dillman got a third-period escape point, as well as two penalty points against the Comet for locked hands and unsportsmanlike conduct. Singleton had his silver medal vacated after a post-match blow up, for which he was assessed a flagrant misconduct penalty.

Dillman, who was a District III runner-up and state-qualifier a season ago, next wrestles for the Buckskins tomorrow against Lebanon.

Sr. G Cody Bransby
Cody Bransby, Cocalico - 1/17/11

Last week, Cocalico senior Cody Bransby claimed his first-ever Athlete of the Week honor.

The guard hit the game-winning field goal in double overtime against Conestoga Valley. Then two days later he poured in a career-high 30 points against Ephrata.

Bransby is neck and neck with Kevin Antol for the team scoring lead. The Eagles have won nine straight games.

L-L League Wrestling Championships

The Solanco Golden Mules claim their second straight team title

For the second straight year the Solanco Golden Mules are the kings of the L-L Wrestling scene, winning this weekend's Championship with 226 points.

Solanco wrestlers won four gold medals, including three-time champ Dan Neff at 140 lbs. Garden Spot finished second with 203.5 points.

Three wrestlers from the Blue Ridge coverage area claimed gold: Garden Spot senior Anthony Huber at 189 lbs., CV's senior heavyweight Cole Dillman and fellow Buckskin Nate Musser, a sophomore, at 103 lbs.

View the complete brackets here. And click here for for the final team standings.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

L-L Wrestling to Sell Wristbands

Maroon and grey bands to be sold during league tournament at CV

To benefit the families of four Manheim Central student-athletes killed in Sunday's accident, organizers of the L-L League wrestling championships will sell bands for $2 Friday and Saturday.

All proceeds will be donated to the social services fund in Manheim assisting the families of DeVaughn Lee, Nicolas Bryson, John Griffith, and Cody Hollinger.

The L-L championships begin at 4pm Friday at Conestoga Valley H.S. and continue 10am Saturday morning. The finals will be held Saturday at 4pm.

Click here to view a the video tribute posted on Facebook by former Baron football teammate, Shaun Buller.

Impending Weather Moves up Games

A snowy forecast for the night has moved up a number of basketball games today. Here are the details:

Warwick - JV at 5pm, varsity at 6:30pm.
Ephrata - JV at 5pm, varsity at 6:30pm.
Garden Spot - JV at 5pm, varsity at 6:30pm.

No Changes:
Conestoga Valley - 8pm games as scheduled.
Cocalico - 8pm games as scheduled.
Lancaster Catholic - Girls' basketball at L-S at 8pm, boys home at 7:30pm.
Lancaster Mennonite - 8pm games as scheduled.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Remembering the Baron Four

Reflecting on the joy DeVaughn, Cody, John, and Nick brought to their teams, friends, and families on and off the playing field.

See below for funeral service details. *Updated 1/20/11

Memorial Services

Combined Funeral Service
Friday January 21, 2011 - 5pm

LCBC Church
2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim

Public viewings

Thursday - 5-8pm
Friday - 3-4:30pm

Individual Services

For John Griffith
Saturday January 22 - Penryn Cemetery, 8am
Corner of Locust Grove Road and Newport Road, Penryn

For DeVaughn Lee
*Saturday January 22 - Manheim Brethren in Christ Church
333 East High Street, Manheim
Viewing at 9am, Service at 10am
Internment: Penryn Cemetery

For Cody Austin Hollinger
Saturday January 22 - Manheim Brethren in Christ Church
54 North Penryn Road, Manheim
Viewing at 1pm, Service at 2pm
Internment: Penryn Cemetery

For Nicolas Bryson
Sunday January 23 - LCBC Church
2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim
Service at 2pm
Private Internment

Donate to Family Members

Weather Forces Postponements Across County

With snow and icy conditions canceling school today, all athletic events have been postponed as well.

All basketball games scheduled for today will be played tomorrow at the same site and time. The Lancaster Mennonite girls will make up their game with Annville-Cleona on Friday.

*Most Manheim Central sporting events for the week have been postponed. Here are the make-up dates:

Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Lampeter-Strasburg - ppd. until 1/31.
Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Columbia - ppd. until 2/3.

Wrestling vs. Lampeter-Strasburg - ppd. until 2/3.

Swimming vs. Conestoga Valley - ppd. until 2/1.
Swimming at Cocalico - ppd. until 1/28.

*Bowling and Rifle teams will compete as scheduled.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Manheim Mourns Students' Deaths

Hundreds attend evening prayer vigil as the grieving continues.

Nicolas Bryson, John Griffith, Cody Hollinger and DeVaughn Lee.

A day has passed since four Manheim Central student-athletes lost their lives in a car crash and the community is struggling to cope.

Counselors were available for students at the high school today and will be throughout the week. Manheim Brethren in Christ Church hosted a prayer vigil tonight attended by hundreds of people.
Downtown Manheim.

Freshman DeVaughn Lee, sophomores Nicolas Bryson and Cody Hollinger, and junior John Griffith passed away when their car went out of control and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

All four young men were members of the Baron football team, with Lee playing hoops for Central, Griffith wrestling and Hollinger swimming for the Barons this winter.

All Manheim Central athletic events scheduled for this week have been postponed. 

Watch football coach Mike Williams, basketball coach Chris Sherwood and athletic trainer Renee Rieker talk about the tragedy and the four boys:

In the fall we profiled Lee the freshman phenom. While difficult to watch now, it shows what a gifted and humble young athlete we've lost. View the piece here.

Gifts left in memory outside Manheim Central High School.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Four Central Football Players Die in Car Accident

Four Manheim Central students, all of them members of the football team, died today after a car accident around noon.
DeVaughn Lee

Sophomore Nicholas Bryson, junior John Griffith, sophomore Cody Hollinger and freshman DeVaughn Lee.

Lee also played varsity basketball for the Barons.

According to police reports, the four were driving in South Londonderry Township on Mount Wilson road when their vehicle slid sideways and was struck an oncoming vehicle.

Police said three of the teens were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver died later at Hershey Medical Center.

The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were taken to Hershey Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition Sunday evening.

For more on these tragic events, read Lancaster Online's report and watch WGAL's coverage.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday Schedule Changes

With snow on the way, schools change game start times

Boys' Basketball
Elizabethtown at Ephrata - 6:30pm (No JV)
Lebanon Catholic at Lanc. Mennonite - 7pm (JV at 5:30)
Lebanon at Solanco - PPD to Thursday 8pm
Penn Manor at Hempfield - 6pm (No JV)
Cedar Crest at Warwick - 6:30pm (No JV)
Manheim Central at Garden Spot - 6:30pm
Cocalico at Conestoga Valley - 6:30pm (JV at 5pm)

Girls' Basketball
Ephrata at Elizabethtown - 6:30pm (No JV)
Lanc. Mennonite at Lebanon Catholic - 7pm (JV at 5:30)
Solanco at Lebanon - PPD to Wedesday 8pm
Hempfield at Penn Manor - 6pm (No JV)
Warwick at Cedar Cerst - 6:30pm (No JV)
Garden Spot at Manheim Central - 6:30pm *LIVE ON CABLE 11
Conestoga Valley at Cocalico - 6:30pm (JV at 5pm)

Manheim Township/Warwick - PPD to 1/20

Monday, January 10, 2011

Athlete of the Week: Vince Soto

Senior point guard puts up 26 points in four-point loss to McCaskey.

Warwick boys' basketball has skidded out of the gates, 2-3 in league play and just 3-6 overall, but don't blame Vince Soto.

Last Friday against McCaskey the point guard scored a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the first half. Soto nailed four three-pointers on the night in the 76-72 loss.

That outburst bumped his team-high scoring average to 14.8 points per game. Soto, a senior captain, has hit 13 three-point shots so far.

Warwick hosts Cedar Crest on Tuesday and next appears on Cable-11 January 26th at Ephrata.

L-L League Boys' Basketball Standings

Nearing the midway point of the winter season, here is a look at the L-L League Boys' Basketball standings. League records are followed by overall records.

Section 1

Penn Manor (5-0, 9-1)
Hempfield (5-0, 8-3)
Manheim Township (4-1, 8-2)
Section 2 leaders Cocalico
McCaskey (4-1, 5-5)
Warwick (2-3, 3-6)
Cedar Crest (1-4, 2-7)
Section 2       
Cocalico (3-2, 9-2)
Lebanon (2-3, 6-4)
Solanco (2-3, 3-7)
Elizabethtown (1-4, 3-6)
Conestoga Valley (1-4, 2-9)
Ephrata (0-5, 0-10)
Section 3
Lampeter-Strasburg (5-0, 9-2)
Northern Lebanon (4-1, 5-5)
Garden Spot (3-2, 7-3)
Undefeated Lancaster Catholic
Manheim Central (3-2, 4-6)
Donegal (2-3, 5-6)
Elco (0-5, 1-9)
Section 4
Lancaster Catholic (5-0, 10-0)
Annville-Cleona (4-1, 8-2)
Columbia (3-2, 5-6)
Lebanon Catholic (1-4, 4-7)
Lancaster Mennonite (0-5, 3-8)
Pequea Valley (0-5, 1-9)

*Overall standings are compiled through reported scores. If you have an update, please send us an email.

L-L League Girls' Basketball Standings

Nearing the midway point of the winter season, here is a look at the L-L League Girls' Basketball standings. League records are followed by overall records.

Warwick's Emily Osborne
Section 1

Manheim Township (5-0, 9-1)
Warwick (3-2, 8-3)
Hempfield (3-2, 4-4)
Cedar Crest (2-3, 4-4)
Penn Manor (2-3, 4-6)
McCaskey (1-4, 1-10)

Section 2
Solanco (5-0, 8-1)
Lebanon (4-1, 5-1)
Elizabethtown (3-2, 7-3)
Conestoga Valley (1-4, 4-7)
Ephrata (1-4, 2-8)
Cocalico (0-5, 2-8)
Section 3
Lampeter-Strasburg (5-0, 6-3)
Manheim Central (3-2, 4-7)
Jen Roehm of 1st-place Catholic
Northern Lebanon (2-3, 5-4)
Garden Spot (2-3, 5-5)
Elco (1-4, 2-7)
Donegal (0-5, 0-9)
Section 4
Lancaster Catholic (5-0, 7-1)
Lebanon Catholic (4-1, 7-4)
Lancaster Mennonite (3-2, 5-5)
Pequea Valley (2-3, 4-7)
Annville-Cleona (2-3, 2-6)
Columbia (1-4, 1-8)

*Overall standings are compiled through reported scores. If you have an update, please send us an email.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bears' Charity Calder Cup Jerseys Anger '09 Runner-Up

Winnipeg Free Press call Bears' use of logos 'boastful and disgraceful'

On October 23rd, the Bears wore one-time specialty jerseys with the logos of Manitoba (2009 Calder Cup Runner-Up) and Texas (2010 Runner-Up) as part of a charity auction that raised over $30,000 for youth hockey 

Without contacting the Bears, writer Gary Lawless wrote this article for the Winnipeg Free Press on the morning of tonight's game in Manitoba: Boastful Bears disgrace rich heritage.


Cable 11 contacted Hershey Bears PR Director John Walton by phone inWinnipeg this afternoon, click below for his reaction to the printed story.

The Bears and Moose meet tonight and Saturday in Winnipeg at 8:30pm EST.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Athlete of the Week: Nate Musser

Sophomore Buckskin earns title of Classic Champion

Weighing in at 103 pounds is our first Athlete of the Week in the new year, Conestoga Valley's Nate Musser.

The sophomore pinned two of three opponents at the 10th Annual CV Holiday Classic last week, including a first round fall in 28 seconds. In the finals, he edged Jamie Scarantino (Pittston) by a 2-0 decision.

Musser takes down Alec Pupo (OJR) on Day 1
 Musser is 10-1 with four falls this season and was the first Buckskin since 2003 to be named the Tournament Classic Champion.

CV's Cole Dillman also won the 285 lb title, while as the team the Buckskins finished tenth out of 25 teams.