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Central Dauphin’s Sam Gress Captures LG Sports Top Award

A panel of local high school sports experts unanimously chose Central Dauphin’s 3-sport star, Sam Gress, as “Linglestown Gazette Sports 2018-2019 Female Athlete of the Year.” Gress played softball, basketball and golf, all at high levels, and capped off her Rams sports career by leading her softball team to a PIAA class 6A state championship. She ended the season with a 20-1 record and earned run average of .34 in the pitcher’s circle, while batting .420 with 10 home runs on the offensive side.

Over her career, Sam helped lead her teams to five District-3 titles … two softball, two basketball, and one golf. Her individual accomplishments this year included eclipsing 1,000 career points and a McDonald’s All-American nomination in basketball, along with the PennLive Softball Player of the Year award.

Said LG Sports director Joe Gilloway of Gress, “Athletes like Sam come around once in a generation, and that’s if we’re lucky. To play three altogether different sports at such high levels doesn’t just happen. It takes a great deal of dedication and preparation, and hers is unmatched. I’ll really miss watching her compete. I’d pay good money for four more years of it.”

Gress will continue her academic and softball careers at North Carolina State University.


Photos by Neil Renaldi

LG Sports Honors Harrisburg High’s Kane Everson

A panel of local high school sports experts chose Harrisburg High quarterback Kane Everson as “Linglestown Gazette Sports 2018-2019 Male Athlete of the Year.” Everson was the offensive leader of a phenomenal Cougars team who went 14-2, and captured both the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division and District-3 class 6A titles before finishing the season as runners-up in the state.

He was a two-way threat in the pocket, passing for 2,472 yards and 28 touchdowns, while adding 925 yards and 8 more TDs on the ground. He also recorded two interceptions as a defensive back on the Cougars vaunted “Darkside Defense.” Some of his many individual accomplishments include a spot on the Class 6A All-State team, along with PennLive’s “Football Offensive Player of the Year” and “Male Athlete of the Year” awards.

Said LG Sports director Joe Gilloway of Everson, “I had a great time covering high school football this past year, but nothing was more gratifying than watching Kane Everson play quarterback. He stood alone in [the Central PA] area. I didn’t see an individual defender bring him down in the open field all season. That’s saying something. And he played at the highest level against the best defenses in the state. No one slowed him down.”

Everson will continue his academic and football careers at The College of William & Mary.


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Rams lax ends regular season with road win

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team. Photo was provided by Neil Renaldi.

The Rams traveled to Kreiser-Hallman field Thursday evening in Hummelstown to face the Falcons of Lower Dauphin. Central Dauphin came out strong and looked ready to play.

The Rams dominated the early going by controlling the ball and the ground game most of the half. The defense was stellar causing the Falcons to continually give up the ball. When the Falcons did get shots off, they were either wide or unable to get past the goalie. At halftime the score was 6-1

Lower Dauphin came out in the third quarter with a counter punch, took control, and was able to creep up making the score 6-4.

The fourth quarter looked like more of the same when Falcons scored early to bring the score within one. The Rams survived several late man down stretches and were able to execute when it mattered most winning 8-5.

Notable performances were turned in by Derek Krug scoring four goals and David DeSousa coming up with 19 saves in goal.

With the victory, the Rams end the season over the .500 mark at 9-8.

The Rams JV team had added another win to bring their record to 13-1-1 for the spring.

Senior midfielder and captain Dylan Hess (on left) and sophomore attackman Ethan Hoover talk about the season-ending win.

Rams boys lax steamrolls East Panthers

By Jeff Kolakowski

The Rams faced off against the CD East Panthers Monday evening and found themselves in the semi-annual position of being the visiting team at Landis Field against their cross-district rivals.

The Rams continually won the face off battle and ground ball game. Controlling the ball for 80-85% of the game gave them a distinct advantage. They were able to get off shot after shot. The Panther goalies gave a great effort trying to slow the scoring.

CD ended the half with 10 shots hitting the back of the net. The second half was a slight mirror of the first – different players – same result. Younger players filled in for most of the half and were able to score nine more as the clock moved to running time. Both CD goalies stopped a handful of shots each to complete the shutout and put the final score at 19-0.

The JV team continues to play well as they won 13-0 and move to 12-1-1 on the season.

The final regular season game is schedule for Thursday, 7 p.m. at Lower Dauphin.

Derek Krug: 3 goals, 1 assist
Brody Rock: 3 goals
Dylan Hess: 2 goals
Ethan Hoover: 2 goals
Chance Glass: 2 goals
Luke Nissley: 2 goals
Tyler Faust: 1 goal, 15 of 19 on face-offs

Lady Rams lax regains form in two Ws

Game reports and post-game player interview videos submitted by Central Dauphin Rams girls lacrosse team.

The Central Dauphin Rams girls lacrosse team rebounded from a tough mid-season stretch to win two games in a row. The Rams have improved their record to 9-4 and are well positioned to make the PIAA District III playoffs.

In their game against Red Lion on Thursday, the Lady Rams were able to regain their early season form and control the game from start to finish. In earning a 10-4 victory against the Lions, the CD produced a strong team effort on both sides of the field.

In a breakout game against the Lions, sophomore Julia Franklin provided a much needed spark to the offense and scored her first varsity goal of the year. The attack fed off of her energy and went on a second half run to put the game away.

Senior goalie Caroline Reichelderfer anchored a shutdown defense that held the Lions attack at bay for the entire game. Reichelderfer collected eight saves in picking up the win.

The Lady Rams continued their winning ways on Monday evening in Carlisle, dominating the Thundering Herd in a 16-2 win. From the opening draw until the final horn, the Rams were clicking in all facets of the game.

Senior Marley Kostelec was absolutely unstoppable on the attack side of the field as she netted five goals and added two assists before giving way to some of her younger teammates. Senior midfielder Erin Zieber produced her best all-around game of the year. Zieber scored five goals and an assist while playing shutdown defense on the other side of the field.

In their best overall team effort of the season, the defense was impenetrable as turned back the Herd’s attack time and again. Seniors Hailey Pratt and Emili Ihm, along with juniors Liza Szobocsan, Kayla “Q” McHugh, and Lexi McMinn absolutely shutdown the territory within the eight-meter arc.

The JV Rams also continued their dominant ways, improving their record to 11-2-1 with a 13-2 victory over Red Lion and an 11-4 victory over Carlisle. Julia Franklin and Riley Yonchiuk have led the way for the Junior Rams with six and four goals respectively.

The Rams host Penn Manor Wednesday evening. The JV will play at 4:00 p.m. and the Varsity at 5:30 p.m. at Central Dauphin High School’s sports complex located off of Piketown Road.

Red Lion
Skyler Oken
– 3 goals Marley Kostelec – 5 goals, 2 assists
Marley Kostelec
– 2 goals
Rylee Gabrielson
– 2 goals, 1 assist
Sarah Doherty
– 2 goals, 1 assist
Julia Franklin
– 1 goal
Sadie Smith
– 1 assist, 4 draw control, 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Marley Kostelec – 5 goals, 2 assists
Erin Zieber – 5 goals, 1 assist
Skyler Oken – 4 goals, 3 assists
Rylee Gabrielson – 1 goal, 1 assist
Sarah Doherty – 2 goals, 1 assist
Sadie Smith – 1 assist, 6 draw control, 1 caused turnover

Red Lion game — Junior defender Kayla “Q” McHugh and sophomore attacker Julia Franklin are interviewed by senior defensive stalwart Emili Ihm:

Carlisle game — Senior co-captains Skyler Oken, Marley Kostelec, and Hailey Pratt are interviewed by speedy junior midfielder Haleigh Lackner:

CD Rams sports update for April 17, 2019


The Rams boys team traveled to State College and swept the Little Lions 5-0.

In singles, Jason Kline and Sammy Schwab won in straight sets and Joshua Schmidt prevailed in a three-set match. In doubles, Nolan Marolf and Zachary Green won a three-setter, and the team of Joseph Kass and Henry Gold in straight sets.

The Rams are 5-0 in Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division play and 11-1 overall.


Central Dauphin hosted the Hershey Trojans and were defeated 9-7. It was a tight contest that saw a late push from the Rams that ultimately fell short.

Reese Tyndale and Derrick Hillman each had three goals.


The Lady Rams took a short bus ride to Hershey and lost a heartbreaker by a count of 9-7. CD was ahead 7-6 with four minutes to go but couldn’t hold off the Lady Trojans in the closing moments.

CD’s JV team, however, did come home with a 5-2 victory.

Lady Rams lax too much for E-town

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.

The Central Dauphin girls lacrosse team upped their record to an impressive 7-1 with a 15-11 victory over the Elizabethtown Lady Bears on Monday evening at Landis Field. In a hard-fought battle, the Bears stayed within striking distance throughout the game, but the Lady Rams were able to outlast the visitors with a strong defense and a deliberate offense.

With a close score in the early going, a determined CD senior attacker Skyler Oken took over the game with some timely goals and strong leadership in running the offensive sets. She ended up leading all scorers with six goals. Erin Zieber added three goals while Marley Kostelec and Rylee Gabrielson each aided their teammates scoring efforts with two assists.

Midfielders Haleigh Lackner and Sadie Smith played key roles in the win by allowing the Rams to consistently maintain ball possession through draw controls and ground ball pickups. Smith also took on the task of defending the Bears best offensive threat, shutting her down after some early success. Defenders Liza Szobacan and Hailey Pratt led a defense that turned the Bears away whenever they seemed to be mounting a comeback.

The JV team also had a successful night, chalking up a 10-2 victory over the JV Bears. Riley Yonchiuk led the younger Rams with two goals and seven draw controls.

Up next for the Rams is an away game at Hershey on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The field is located at 550 Homestead Road in Hershey. Both teams have a 2-0 Mid-Penn Keystone Division records, according to The (Carlisle) Sentinel.

Skyler Oken – 6 goals, 1 assist
Marley Kostelec – 2 goals, 2 assists
Erin Zieber – 3 goals, 6 draw control
Haleigh Lackner – 1 goal, 1 assist, 8 draw control, 2 ground balls
Sadie Smith – 1 goal, 3 caused turnovers, 4 ground balls, 4 draw control
Cassie Sellen – 1 goal
Rylee Gabrielson – 2 assists
Sarah Doherty – 1 goal

Rams boys lax splits against Lancaster County foes

Game notes submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team.

By Jeff Kolakowski

The Rams dropped an away game 13-5 Saturday against the Penn Manor Comets. Their second trip into Lancaster County on Monday resulted in a 6-3 win over the Elizabethtown Area on a cold and blustery evening.

The Bears were ready to play and found the back of the net first. Despite multiple opportunities, it took until the second quarter for the Rams to settle in and score. Defense and goalie play held strong and the Rams were up 3-1 going into the third.

After some halftime adjustments by both coaches, the teams traded goals and went 4-2 into the fourth quarter. The Bears were unable to seize the ball from the Rams and only scored once more as the Rams hit the back of the net two more times, securing the 6-3 win.

The Bears played a similar style that the Rams play. It was easy to see first-year head coach Cassidy Bender – and CD coach Bob Miller’s former assistant – has the Bears on the right track. (Caution should be taken in future games … you heard it here first!)

Standout performances for CD were turned in by Kyle Tyndale on defense and David DeSousa in goal, said Miller.

The Rams JV squad also was victorious by a count of 4-3, which improves their record on the year to 7-1.

Based on a report published by The (Carlisle) Sentinel on April 15, the Rams varsity squad’s Mid-Penn Keystone Division record is 1-1 (7-3 overall), so it’s still early in the season. The division currently is led by Palmyra and Bishop McDevitt with 3-0 records.

Next up is a home game with Keystone Division opponent Hershey at the CD High School field on Wednesday, April 17. Faceoff for varsity is scheduled at 4:00 p.m., and the JV game at 5:45 p.m. The public is welcome to attend for free.

Derrick Hillman – 2 goals
Reese Tyndale – 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 ground balls
Dawson Smith – 7 ground balls, 4 takeaways
David DeSousa – 12 saves, 1 ground ball

Lady Rams lax clips wings of Dover Area Eagles

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.

The Central Dauphin Girls Lacrosse team improved to a record of 6-1 with a convincing 17-6 home win at Landis Field under the lights over Dover Area Lady Eagles out of York County.

The Lady Rams were able to overcome a defensive strategy aimed at taking one player out of the offense by using open lanes to take the ball to the goal. Marley Kostelec led all scorers with five goals, while Skyler Oken and Sarah Doherty each added four.

The Rams defense, led by an outstanding effort from senior midfielder Sadie Smith, was stifling. Senior goalie Caroline Reichelderfer stopped eight shots in picking up the win.

Collectively the team garnered 29 ground balls, allowing the Lady Rams to dominate time of possession.

The JV team was also dominant in a 7-0 win. Freshman midfielder Charlotte Tenny contributed two goals and five other players scored once. In their best effort of the year, the JV defense completely shut down the Dover attack, allowing only two shots on goal.

The Lady Rams play Penn Manor Lady Comets at the Central Dauphin High School field off of Piketown Road at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Marley Kostelec – 5 goals, 2 assists
Sarah Doherty – 4 goals, 1 assist
Skyler Oken – 2 goals
Erin Zieber – 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 draw controls
Haleigh Lackner –1 goals, 1 assists, 5 ground balls
Sadie Smith – 4 ground balls, 3 draw control, 4 forced turnovers
Rylee Gabrielson – 1 assists, 1 ground balls

During post-game interview time the team was occupied with the task of assisting teammate Emili Ihm in executing a “promposal” video. Wow!

Lady Rams lax lasso Colts in season’s 5th win

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.

Central Dauphin Girls Lacrosse improved Tuesday to a record of 5-1 with a dominant performance against Cedar Cliff.

The Rams entered halftime with a 15-0 lead en route to a 19-3 victory. In the overall outstanding team effort, the Rams excelled in all facets of the game.

Senior Marley Kostelec led all scorers with five goals, while senior Skyler Oken was right behind her with four. Senior Erin Zieber dominated the draw circle with 12 draw controls.

With the game well in hand, the Rams pulled most of their starters early while allowing others to try different positions. Starting defenders Hailey Pratt, Liza Szobacan and Kayla McHugh tried their hands at attack and each scored their first career varsity goal.

The JV team was also able to earn an impressive victory, improving to 4-1-1 after defeating the Colts by a score of 9-1. Maggie Doherty scored her first career goal in the win.

The Rams will play Dover at Landis Field on Thursday evening.

Junior attacker Anna Caputo and sophomore attacker Cassie Sellen are interviewed by senior defender Emili Ihm after their first varsity start.

Rams lax overpowers Colts at home

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team.

Article By Jeff Kolakowski

The Cedar Cliff Colts visited the Rams on Monday at Central Dauphin High School. The Colts young program started out of the gate strong while the Rams faltered early on with penalties and substitution errors.

The Colts struck first and were able to keep pace early on. The Rams held an early 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Rams found new life in the second quarter as the offense got into gear rattling off a string of goals. By halftime the score was Rams 13–Colts 2.

The second half was all Rams again as it seemed they could score at will. The opportunity to season some young players was wisely taken by the coaches and the final was Rams 19–Colts 2

Next up is a road game at Bishop McDevitt at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

Reese Tyndale – 4 Goals, 3 Assists
Max Anderson – 3 Goals, 5 Assists
Derek Krug – 3 Goals
Brody Rock – 2 Goals

Rams sophomore Tyler Faust (#41) and junior Connor Sanders (#25) evaluate their team’s play against Cedar Cliff.

CD Rams lax finishes strong to down Falcons

By Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse

Central Dauphin Rams boys lacrosse team won another closely contested game Saturday at home over Cedar Crest Falcons by a count of 9-6 to move to 5-1 on the season.

The Rams got the early 3-1 lead and were in control most of the afternoon, leading 6-3 in the third. Cedar Crest was able to get momentum on an extra-man opportunity at the end of the third followed by two quick scores at the start of the fourth quarter.

CD regrouped and got back in rhythm on offense with a key goal by Tyler Glass to get the lead to 8-6 Rams. A methodical extra-man opportunity ended with a goal from Derrick Hillman to extend the lead to 9-6. That would be the final score as the Rams were able to run out the clock down the stretch.

Next up is a game with Cedar Cliff on Monday, 4:00 p.m. at Central Dauphin High School.

The JV team also won 4-3 and move to an impressive record of 5-0.

Derek Krug – 2 goals
Reese Tyndale – 2 goals
Dylan Hess – 8 ground balls
Dawson Smith – 4 takeaways and 7 ground balls
David DeSousa – 2 saves

#13 senior midfielders Dylan Hess (#13), Derrick Hillman (#34) and Tyler Glass talk about the their latest win.

Lady Rams lax adds win against Lady Falcons

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.

The Central Dauphin girls lacrosse team continued their hot streak with a 15–9 victory over the Cedar Crest Lady Falcons. They improved their record to 4-1 with this hard-fought victory. The Rams were in control of the game from start to finish, winning 23 ground balls and maintaining possession of the ball for extended stretches of the contest.

After having to sit out the Red Land game with an injury, senior Marley Kostelec came back strong by scoring five goals. Senior Skyler Oken led all scorers with six goals, senior Erin Zieber added three, and junior Rylee Gabrielson rounded out the scoring with one goal.

With senior goalkeeper Caroline Reichelderfer out, freshman Taylor Dillman stepped up in her first varsity start and earned nine saves.

The Junior Varsity team improved their record to 3-1-1 with a 5-3 victory. In a strong team effort, five Lady Rams scored one goal in this contest. Riley Yonchiuk and Simmy Grewal each picked up five ground balls in a successful effort to control the ball possession battle in this game.

The Rams visit Cedar Cliff on Monday at 4 p.m.

Skyler Oken – 6 goals, 2 assists
Marley Kostelec – 5 goals, 1 assist
Erin Zieber – 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 draw controls
Rylee Gabrielson – 1 goal, 1 assist
Sadie Smith – 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Hailey Pratt– 5 ground balls, 1 draw control

(l. to r.) Junior attacker Ryler Gabrielson and senior sttackers Skyler Oken and Marley Kostelec are interviewed by high-motor junior midfielder Haleigh Lackner.