Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Sport Preview: Conestoga Valley Softball

The Lady Buckskins are ready to go... hoping this could be their year.

Spring Sport Preview: Manheim Central Softball

After a great season in 2011, the Lady Barons look forward to 2012.

Spring Sport Preview: Warwick Soccer

The Warwick girls soccer team hopes for continued success in 2012.

Spring Sport Preview: Manheim Central Soccer

The Lady Barons hope to attack the goal in 2012 and storm through the L-L league.

Spring Sport Preview: Manheim Central Boys Volleyball

The Baron boys look to win their fourth Section 2 title in a row.

Spring Sport Preview: Cocalico Girls Lacrosse

After the most successful season in their history in 2011, the girls look forward to 2012.


Spring Sport Preview: Morgan Mummau

Manheim Central's star sprinter gears up for the track season.

Monday, March 19, 2012

DeVaughn Lee's Memorial Basketball Tournament Hopes to Send Kids to Camp [VIDEO]

A local basketball tournament hopes to send kids to camp in tribute to a local player. 

The second annual DeVaughn Lee Memorial Basketball Tournament tipped off Friday, in hopes of sending local kids to a summer basketball camp.

This tournament is organized in tribute to DeVaughn Lee, who passed away in a tragic car accident last year. Lee always enjoyed playing at the summer camp at Alvernia College; and Lee's parents wanted to send kids to the same camp, in hopes that their dream of playing basketball can continue. That's where the tournament comes in.
Cocalico and Manheim in the 6th grade final 

On Saturday, local fifth and sixth grade teams played in a tournament, with Lee's Stepfather, John Terenchin, selecting the MVPs -which will then be given scholarships to attend the camp. Lee's parents hope to send four kids this year, and will use any donations they receive for the expenses.

For for more information on how you can donate, and for the complete video story (including interviews) click below.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

PIAA Swimming Championships Updates

The PIAA meet finishes up this weekend with AA swimming.

On Thursday and Friday, the AAA swimmers took their turn in the pool...

Warwick's Emily Cameron won two races (and broke two state records) in the 50 freestyle (22.75) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.54). She has now won five PIAA state golds in her career and holds 3 state records, the third in the 200 individual medley.

Manheim Central's Paige Daniel touched the wall fourth in the 200 IM in Double A on Friday, and earned a silver medal in the 500 free on Saturday, finishing 2nd with a time of 4:56.76.

On the AA boys side, Lancaster Catholic's Everett Albert took home a bronze medal for third place in the 200 IM on Friday. In the 500 free, he added another bronze, finishing 3rd with a time of 4:42.53.

Second Annual DeVaughn Lee Memorial Tournament

The Manheim community honors the memory of DeVaughn Lee.

The second annual DeVaughn Lee Memorial Basketball Tournament tipped off this weekend, with all donations going to help fund four young basketball players to head to Alvernia College for a four day camp.

Video after the jump.

PIAA Bowling Results

The highschool bowling season concludes with the PIAA state tournament.

Results from out west, where local bowlers traveled out to Pittsburgh to take on the state tourney:


Aerika High, Manheim Central: 7th (1,078 series)

Sirena Rowland, Garden Spot: 21st (997 series)

Johanna Joseph, Warwick: 23rd (949 series)


Trey Hoffman, Ephrata: 18th (1,064 series)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Local Teen Tries to "Roll" in Awareness for Tourette's Syndrome [VIDEO]

Warwick's  Joseph rolls to the state tournament, overcoming all the odds stacked against her. 

Warwick's Johanna Joseph is quite the bowler. The senior averages 190 a game, and rolled a season high of 280 earlier this season. These stats placed her among the top bowlers in section one, and ultimately lead to her to the mecca of PA bowlers, the State Championships in Pittsburgh.

All this success despite suffering from Tourette Syndrome and Asperger Syndrome.

 Joseph suffered minor tics at 13; but in 2010, the tics got worse and more constant. Her twitches sometimes so violent, Joseph says sometimes she can't even eat by herself. And earlier this year, during an episode, Joseph hit her left hand on a door, breaking bones in her left hand.

But that doesn't stop Joseph. She qualified for the state competition after finishing in the top 12 at the Regional Tournament. Now she is hoping to bring awareness to the nervous system disorder  with her facebook blog, "Life with a Twitch." (click here for a link to her blog)

Click on the video after the jump for the full story, including interviews with Johanna, her parents, and Warwick Bowling Coach, Bill Bernstein.

PIAA Swimming Championships, Day 1 [VIDEO]

Day 1 of the PIAA championships saw Emily Cameron claim another gold medal (and a state record).

Emily Cameron diving
to a new state record
Plenty of action at the state meet from Wednesday...

-Warwick's 200 medley relay team won the Consolation Final.
-Warwick's Emily Cameron won the 50 free with a state record time of 22.75.
-Ephrata's Kylee Parsons made the podium after a 6th place finish in the 200 freestyle.
-Manheim Township's Katie Diller took home the gold in the 100 butterfly, time of 55.40.

Video highlights after the jump.

Porscha Speller Nets 1000th Point in Catholic Win [VIDEO]

Lancaster Catholic defeats Southern Lehigh 65-58, with guard Porscha Speller scoring her 1000th career point in the game.

Speller celebrates with team
after 1000th point.
A free throw in the third quarter for Speller have her 1000 points for her career. She scored a game-high 25 against Southern Lehigh as the Crusaders continue to move on in the AAA state basketball bracket.

Highlights of the game, including Porscha's landmark point, after the jump.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Porscha Speller

Lancaster Catholic guard Porscha Speller named Athlete of the Week after her scorching recent stretch of games.

Porscha Speller has been on fire, averaging 26.3 points per game in her last three contests... including the win over Oley Valley to clinch the district title.

She sits at 987 career points, only 13 away from 1000. She'll try to reach that mark--and help Catholic High move on in the state tournament--when they take on Southern Lehigh on Wednesday.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Crusader Sisters Net Championships [VIDEO]

Lancaster Catholic has a new girls basketball legacy netting rewards. 

The Holt sisters are leaving their mark on the Lancaster Catholic program. Older sister, Beth Holt, a former Crusader and a Franklin and Marshall graduate, began her first season as the assistant coach under Coach Lamar Kauffman; while her sister, Erin, has grown in her role in the varsity squad.

Beth, a Crusader legend, won two district championships with Catholic and was a 1,000 point scorer, but her sister, Erin, isn't shy either. Erin, only a freshman, already is a distirct champion, and played a big role in winning the AAA title.

Click on the video after the jump to find out more how the sisters handle their new relationship as coach and player.  (Includes interviews with Beth and Erin Holt, and Coach Lamar Kauffman)

Friday, March 9, 2012

PIAA Wrestling Day 2 [VIDEO]

Action continues in the quarterfinals and consolation brackets in Hershey.

Only 3 L-L leaguers remain alive in the tournament. They will all wrestle in the AAA semifinals tomorrow morning:

L-S Jeff Pickel loses 3-2 to Dennis
Zanitsev, Cumberland Valley
113: Matt Grossmann, Manheim Township
170: Connor Moran, Solanco
220: Thomas Haines, Solanco

In AAA...Warwick's Tom Devenney, Lampeter-Strasburg's Jeff Pickel, Solanco's Joe Welk and Manheim Township's Cortlandt Schuyler all lost their matches in the consolation bracket and were eliminated from contention.

In AA... Lancaster Catholic's Stephen Loiseau, Pequea Valley's Mitchell Ball and Northern Lebanon's Ryan Daub were also eliminated.

Some quick video highlights from the Day 2 consolations after the jump.

PIAA Wrestling Day 1 [VIDEO]

Only the strong survive after the always-hectic Day 1 of the PIAA state tournament.

In AAA action, only 4 L-L leaguers have moved on to the quarterfinals:

113: Matt Grossmann, Manheim Township
120: Cortlandt Schuyler, Manheim Township
170: Connor Moran, Solanco
220: Thomas Haines, Solanco

3 remain alive in the consolation bracket:

152: Joe Welk, Solanco
195: Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg
285: Tom Devenney, Warwick

Cocalico's Kam Mueller was eliminated from the competition after losing his first two bouts.

AAA wrestling continues tomorrow with the quarterfinals at 1:30 PM, followed by the second round of consolations at 3:15.

In AA 3 remain alive in the consolation bracket:

152: Stephen Loiseau, Lancaster Catholic
160: Mitchell Ball, Pequea Valley
170: Ryan Daub, Northern Lebanon

AA wrestling continues Friday starting at 10:45 am.

Full brackets and results can be found here.

Video highlights from Day 1 after the jump.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Jeff Reinhart Talks PIAA Girls Basketball [VIDEO]

Jeff Reinhart of came in to chat about the girls PIAA state basketball tournament. 

L-L League Sports E -News' Jeff Reinhart came in to break down the PIAA state  girls basketball tournament.

Watch below to find out his take on the week long break, Lancaster Catholic's winning streak, Lancaster Mennonite's recent form, and of course his take on who can make a deep run.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Local Softball Team "Storms" Through Competition [VIDEO]

A local softball team is headed to the USSSA Softball World Series. 

The Lady Stormers Under 16 team is headed to the USSSA Softball World Series at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando this summer. The girls qualified for the tournament after winning the Winter Challenge at the Net in Palmyra.

Lady Stormers' Katie Adams
working the batting cage
During that tournament, the team went  4-0 in the tournament; only allowing 3 runs while scoring 16. The wins included a no hitter and a one hitter.

These ladies though are not the only game in town. The group is made up of five teams which range from under 12s to 18 year olds that come from various teams around the area including many from the L-L League.

 The main mission of the Lady Stormers, is to create better high school athlete that in turn create college athletes.

Click on the video to see interviews with some local players (Lancaster Mennonite's Katie Adams, Manheim Central's Katie Fair, and Annville-Cleona's Chrisi Lerchen) and to learn more on the program.

To learn more on the Lady Stormers or if you would like to sponsor an athlete or the team click here.

L-L Stars Gain Recognition

A couple of L-L League stars gain national and state recognition.
This week some L-L league athletes receiving recognition on the national and state level.

We start on the diamond, where ESPN released its preseason list of the top prep baseball players from around the country, and seven players from the L-L League made the Pennsylvania list; including Garden Spot's John Armbrust, Warwick's Tyler Morris, and Lancaster Catholic's Chris Mattison.
Armbrust and Mattison will begin their senior seasons on March 23, and will both head to East Stroudsburg University in the fall. While Morris will start his junior year at the Warriors, and has verbally committed to Liberty University.

Other L-L athletes on the list include, Cedar Crest's Dan Black, Hempfield's Shaun Corso, Solanco's Luke Emling, and Cedar Crest's Logan Fullmer.

Clay in State Final
On the gridiron, Lancaster Catholic's Roman Clay was one of the finalists for the second annual PA Mr. Football award. The award handed out in Harrisburg this past weekend, was claimed by Clairton junior running back, Tyler Boyd, in the small division.

Clay is the reigning Eastern Pennsylvania Football small school Player of the Year, after he helped the Crusaders clean house this year, rushing 1,899 yards and scoring 32 touchdowns.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Crusaders Tame Lynx to win the District 3 "AAA" crown [VIDEO].

Lancaster Catholic girls win the AAA District 3 crown over Ole Valley.  

Lancaster catholic rallied from a five point deficit with 1:30 to play to beat Ole Valley 72-69 to win the Crusaders' 15th district championship.

Catholic wins 15th District Crown
Alyssa Aichele hit the triple to tie things up at 68 with 27 seconds left on the board; with Erin Holt nailing a jumper with 12 seconds to go to give the Crusaders the lead. Porsha Speller netted 29 points in the win.

The Crusaders also getting a little payback against the Lynx - who beat the Crusaders in last season's finale.

The ladies will get back to work, Saturday, when the girls start their PIAA campaign.

Here are highlights from the game with interviews with Alyssa Aichele, Erin Holt, and Coach Lamar Kauffman.

Athletes of the Week: Alyssa Aichele and Erin Holt

Lancaster Catholic's Alyssa Aichele and Erin Holt are our Athletes of the Week.

 The Lancaster Catholic duo of Alyssa Aichele and Erin Holt carried the Crusaders to victory late in the 4th quarter. Aichele drained a clutch 3 pointer to tie the game at 68 with just 28 seconds left in the game. Holt added a long two-pointer with just 12 seconds left to give them the lead and propel Catholic High to their 15th District Title.

Aichele's triple ties it up at 68
with 27 seconds left.
Erin Holt's double makes it
70-68 Catholic

Next up... the PIAA State Tournament... Catholic will play Freire Charter in the first round... game set for 4:30 PM on Saturday at Garden Spot High School.

State Swimming Qualifiers

Local swimmers are state bound after impressive swims in the District 3 Meet.

The L-L League represented well come the PIAA state championship on March 14. A lot of swimmers winning automatic berths to the competition, which means a lower seed in a faster heart.

Warwick's Emily Cameron named the number one seed in both the 50 free and 100 breastroke, and she will also be joining her teammates in two relays.

Here is a breakdown of who qualified in the Blue Ridge Coverage Area:

Warwick's Emily Cameron and Ephrata's Kylee Parsons
Automatic Qualifiers
Paige Daniel, Manheim Central – 200 IM (6th; 2:10:52), 500 free (6th; 5:07.88)
Timed Qualifiers
Rachael DePietro, Lancaster Catholic – 50 free (25.19), 100 backstroke (1:00.96)
Automatic Qualifiers
Emily Cameron, Warwick – 50 free (1st; 23.19), 100 breaststroke (1st; 1:02.34)
Olivia Evans, Cocalico – 100 backstroke (8th; 58.03)
Warwick – 200 medley relay (6th; 1:48.69)
Warwick – 200 free relay (11th; 1:3856)
Timed Qualifiers
Kylee Parsons, Ephrata – 200 free (1:55.51), 500 free (5:04.95)
Morgan Haney, Warwick – 50 free (24.62), 100 free (52.91)
Samantha Marino, Cocalico – 100 backstroke (59.66).
Olivia Evans, Cocalico – 100 butterfly (58.67)
Automatic Qualifiers
Everett Albert, Lancaster Catholic – 200 IM (4th; 1:59.14)
Timed Qualifiers
Aaron Eckman, Lancaster Mennonite – 200 free (1:50.53), 500 free (4:59.67)
John Corbett, Lancaster Catholic – 100 butterly (59.54)
Zack Miklos, Lancaster Catholic – 500 free (5:00.09)
Everett Albert, Lancaster Catholic – 500 free (4:52.05)
Lancaster Catholic – 400 free relay (3:23.98)
Automatic Qualifiers
Andrew Schrantz, Garden Spot – 100 butterfly (9th; 50.96), 100 backstroke (11th; 52.51).
Timed Qualifers
Sawyer Martin, Cocalico – 200 free (1:45.08)
Justin Mitchell, Warwick – 200 free (1:45.58), 500 free (4:45.93)

Complete list of L-L League Swimmers heading to the PIAA Meet check Jeff Reinhar's blog here
Complete boys’ and girls’ PIAA swimming psych sheets right here.

PIAA Wrestling Pairings

PIAA releasing first round pairings and brackets for the PIAA Individual Tournament. 

 12 L-L Wrestlers will head to Hershey this week for the PIAA state championships set for March 8-10 in the Giant Center. That group includes two of our area grapplers, Cocalico's Kam Mueller and Warwick's Tom Devenney.

Here are the first round pairings with Blue Ridge area wrestlers in bold. 

Cocalico's Kam Mueller
113 – Matt Grossman, Manheim Township (34-7) vs. Blake Cardill, Butler (35-4)
120 – Cortlandt Schuyler, Manheim Township (36-4) vs. Christian Stone, Clearfield (27-6)
152 – Joe Welk, Solanco (38-6) vs. Cole Sheptock, Northampton (32-5)
170 – Connor Moran, Solanco (39-3) vs. Geno Morelli, DuBois (32-4)
182 Kam Mueller, Cocalico (37-5) vs. Jarred Lux, North Allengheny (40-2)
195 – Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg (36-3) vs. Perry Hills, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (31-0)
220 – Thomas Haines, Solanco (38-0) vs. Tanner Hahn, Greensburg-Salem (44-6)
285Tommy Devenney, Warwick (34-3) vs. Josh Duplin, Westmont-Hilltop (34-1)
Warwick's Tom Devenney

138 – Drew Jackson, Pequea Valley (37-7) vs. Ty Dively, Claysburg-Kimmel (36-2)
152 – Stephen Loiseau, Lancaster Catholic (36-9) vs. Zack Ripic, Towanda (37-3)
160 – Mitchell Ball, Pequea Valley (38-6) vs. Cody Law, Forest Hills (33-1)
170 – Ryan Daub, Northern Lebanon (38-10) vs. Troy Hembury, Muncy (39-1)

Complete “AAA” and “AA” state brackets right here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

District 3 Swimming Championships [VIDEO]

Local swimmers hit the pool hoping for District gold and state meet qualification.

Big weekend in the water for our area swimmers...

Day 1

Girls AA 200 IM: Manheim Central's Paige Daniel finishes in 2:10.52, good for second place and spot in States.

Boys AA 200 IM: Lancaster Catholic's Everett Albert takes home District gold, taking first place in 1:59.15.

Girls AAA 200 Freestyle: Ephrata's Kylee Parsons finishes sixth.

Girls AAA 50 Freestyle: Warwick's Emily Cameron zooms for first place... time of 23.19 to claim first place.

Boys AAA 200 Freestyle: Cocalico's Sawyer Martin claims third place and locks up a spot in States.

The Warwick girls also took two relay medals: a silver in the 200 Medley Relay and a bronze in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Check out the highlights (including reaction from Cameron and Daniel) below:


Area Bowlers are State-Bound [VIDEO]

8 L-L League Bowlers are heading to Pittsburgh for the PIAA State Tournament. 

Area bowlers gathered for the Eastern Regional singles competition on Friday at both Leisure Lanes and Dutch Lanes, with only 8 L-L leaguers making the cut to continue state bound.

Three boys and five girls including the reigning league champs.

Here is the complete list:

Brandon Yarnall, Penn Manor
Daylan Mowrer, ELCO
Trey Hoffman, Ephrata

Aerika High, Manheim Central
Sirena Rowland, Garden Spot
Johanna Joseph, Warwick
Liz Burkholder, Penn Manor
Brittany Rittle, Lebanon

For the complete boys bracket click here

For the complete girls bracket click here

Here are some highlights from Friday's competition:

The state individual tournament is set for March 16, and team regionals is set for Saturday.

Garden Spot Seniors Announce College Choices

Garden Spot High School recognizing senior athletes that will continue their craft at the college level.

9 Garden Spot High School seniors announcing their college choices...

Zach Brier: Millersville, soccer.
Roy Harmon, Misericordia, soccer.
Cody Shirk,  Alvernia College (not pictured)

Ryan Connell, Clarion, football.
Robbie Barrett, Bloomsburg, football.

Lauren Horst, Eastern, volleyball.
Brittany Lantz, Alvernia, volleyball.
Stephanie High, Elizabethtown, volleyball.

Jimmy Brackett, Wilkes, basketball.

Tasha Becker, Messiah, cross country.