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CD Rams sports update for April 17, 2019

BOYS TENNIS

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.

BOYS LACROSSE

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.

GIRLS LACROSSE

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.

STATS
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.

STATS
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.

STATS
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

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
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.

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
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

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

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
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.

STATS
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

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
#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.

STATS
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

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

Lady Rams lax gets job done against Patriots

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

After a tough loss to Cumberland Valley, the Central Dauphin Girls Lacrosse team improved to a 3-1 record by taking down the Red Land Patriots 10-5.

After the Rams got off to a slow start, senior defender Emili Ihm fired up her team by leaping and stretching high for a one-handed interception. A few minutes later she followed up that amazing play by snaring another interception and turning it into the first goal of her career.

After going into halftime with a 4-3 lead, Rams junior attacker Sarah Doherty led a second half charge that resulted in her scoring a career high of four goals.

Senior goalkeeper Caroline Reichelderfer complemented a rock solid defense with five saves.

The JV squad also produced and exciting game with 6-5 victory. Freshman Charlotte Tenny had a great all-around game, scoring two goals and controlling two draws. Freshman Abby Grenoble continued her hot streak with two goals, giving her a total of six on the year.

The Rams visit Cedar Crest on Saturday at 10 a.m.

STATS
Sarah Doherty – 4 goals
Skyler Oken – 2goals, 1 assist
Erin Zieber – 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 draw controls
Haleigh Lackner – 1 goals, 2 assists, 1 draw control, 10 ground balls
Emili Ihm – 1 goal, 2 interceptions, 2 ground balls
Rylee Gabrielson – 2 assists, 2 ground balls

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
Senior defenders Hailey Pratt and Emili Ihm are interviewed by today’s leading scorer Sarah Doherty.

Rams lax overcomes slow start to defeat Patriots

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Boys Lacrosse Team. Pictured above (l. to r.) is senior Tyler Glass, #44, and senior Derrick Hillman, #34.

The Rams had a road trip on Thursday against the Red Land Patriots. Coming off a difficult loss Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley, the Rams play was sluggish at the start. The Patriots were looking to capitalize on this.

The Rams scored the first two goals and looked like they were getting the game in control. The Patriots repeatedly fought back and by halftime had brought the score within two at 5-3 in CD’s favor.

The third quarter went the Patriots way for most of the time and saw the score knotted at six goals apiece.

The Rams had enough by the opening of the fourth quarter and rattled off several goals midway through the frame. As the game drew closer to the end, the Rams keep-away strategy worked to seal the game. Final score was 10-6.

CD’s ability to consistency execute on ground balls and clears were critical throughout the day.

Boys Lacrosse moves to 4-1 on the season.

Rams will next face Cedar Crest at home on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

STATS
Max Anderson – 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 6 Ground Balls
Reese Tyndale – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Dawson Smith – 8 Ground Balls, 7 Takeaways, 8 Face-Off Wins

POST-GAME INTERVIEWS

Rams senior defender Carter Laporte, #50, and sophomore attack man Reese Tyndale comment on the team’s road win against Red Land Patriots.

2018-19 FAB15 All-Star B-Ballers Named

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By Joe Gilloway
Executive Editor, Linglestown Gazette Sports

Spring sports have sprung, and high school basketball season is behind us. So it’s time that we at Linglestown Gazette Sports unveil our 2018-2019 FAB15 all-star lists.

Five-member panels, comprised of individuals with an extensive knowledge of the area’s players, were assembled for both the boys and girls sides, and met at the conclusion of the District-3 tournament. They used very few outside sources to help compile the lists. Sitting in gyms and watching basketball games is primarily what brought about the results. Players were assessed on both offensive and defensive prowess, along with the value they brought to their team.

No member of the Linglestown Gazette Sports staff had any greater influence on the process than did any other panel members. Majority ruled, and in the case of ties there were thorough discussions amongst all members to decide who we ultimately felt deserved the recognition.

Players of the Year are denoted in parentheses. Please note there are four on the girls’ side. Our committee attempted to narrow it down to less, but despite all their labors could not remove any player from the list. If you follow local high school basketball, you’ll understand.

Below are our the FAB15 (including Players-of-the-Year), NEXT12 (Honorable Mention), and FUTURES (Freshmen and Sophomores), listed alphabetically.

BOYS FAB15

TY BANACH – 6’1″ Sr. G Cumberland Valley – Amongst the conference leaders in multiple offensive categories, Banach was instrumental in helping to put the Eagles’ program back on the Central PA boys basketball map. He has the size and strength to contribute in the paint, and the leadership skills to come up big in key moments. This multi-faceted player’s production and presence will be tough to replace.

 

WILL BOWEN – 6’6″ Sr. F Lower Dauphin – For years Bowen has been one of the most versatile players in the conference, and this season was no different. Averaging roughly 16pts and 12rb per game, he was a main focal point on every team’s scouting report. He was powerful down low, but also a threat from the perimeter. Basketball is not Bowen’s only sport, and he’s opted to play football at the University of Delaware. This is Will’s second year on the FAB15.

TYLER COLLIER – 6’8″ Sr. F/C Chambersburg – One of the most improved players in the area, Collier took on a leadership role this season, and was a major part of his Trojans team capturing the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division title. He can handle the ball, shoot the jumper, and take his man inside. Collier was a two-sport star at Chambersburg, and will be making a decision between playing basketball or football at the next level.

TARAJAE DAVIS – 5’10” Sr. G Bishop McDevitt – When watching Davis play, one word comes to mind….determination. He’s the backbone of a very successful ’18-’19 McDevitt team who captured this year’s District-3 4A title. Davis applies extreme pressure on defense, and attacks the basket with acrobatic finishes. He’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level, and could be a steal for college coaches looking for an “It” player.

BILL FOLK – 6’4″ Sr. F Susquehanna Township – Folk is a high-octane scorer who can heat up and hit from anywhere on the court. He was the leading scorer for an inexperienced Indians team who clawed their way into the PIAA state tournament. Bill has the tools to become a very enticing prospect, and we’ll watch closely to see where he ends up.

LUKE HEDRICK – 5’10” Sr. G Lower Dauphin – Hedrick plays at an incredible pace, and as hard as anyone we’ve seen, but always under control. He’s one of the best shooters in the Mid-Penn, and one of the toughest players to defend. His leadership presence and perimeter play helped his Falcons to the program’s first-ever District-3 championship gold.

AMIR JACKSON – 5’10” Jr. G Central Dauphin East – Jackson may have been the most versatile scorer in the entire conference. We like to call him “Backpack”, because he did all he could to keep his Panthers competitive in a season of challenges. The two-year starter is well on his way to back-to-back seasons as one of the Mid-Penn’s leading scorers. He’s crafty with the ball, and loves to use his mid-range game to his advantage.

JAKE KELLY – 6’4″ Jr. G/F Bishop McDevitt – Kelly is a tough matchup for defenses who can hurt you inside and out. He plays the offensive game based on what his opponents are giving him. Jake stepped into a leadership role this season, and took on the challenge of playing big on an undersized District-3 champion Crusaders team. His success this season elevated him from last years LG Sports “FUTURES” list straight to the FAB15.

DAVON LEE (PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR) – 6’1″ Jr. G Harrisburg – A relentless scorer who stays in attack mode, “Dink” has taken over as arguably the top player in the area. He has the ability to score 20+ on any given night, or play the facilitator on a team with multiple scoring threats. In his first season as a Cougar he and his team walked away with District-3 6A gold. The best is yet to come for this young man.

JOSH PARRA – 6’4″ Jr. F Milton Hershey – On a team depleted of top-level talent from 2018 graduation, Parra’s presence helped to keep his Spartans in the mix as one of the area’s top teams. He’s one of Central PA’s premier two-sport athletes, and still has a year remaining to represent his school on both the hardwood and gridiron.

JAKE PERRY – 5’10” Jr. G Camp Hill – Perry is a tough, athletic guard who knows how to help his team win in pressure situations. One of the area’s leading scorers, the three-year letterman has been a Lions team leader since his freshman season. Jake doesn’t take nights off, and it will be exciting to see what he adds to his game next year.

HOWIE RANKINE – 5’11” Sr. G Carlisle – On a team short on premier scorers, Rankine provided the spark needed to win some big games in a very competitive Mid-Penn Commonwealth division. We loved his energy and competitiveness, along with his ability to take over games offensively. Howie is a player that any coach would want in their lineup.

PATRICK WALKER – 6’4″ Sr. F Trinity – Walker is a guy who just finds ways to get the job done. He attacks the glass, plays great D, and connects from the free throw line. His leadership was invaluable for a Shamrocks team who enjoyed more success than the program has experienced in years. Patrick was the Mid-Penn tournament MVP for a team who won the Capital Division, Mid-Penn tourney, and District-3 trifecta.

CHANCE WESTRY – 6’4″ Fr. G Trinity – Westry is a player who everyone needs to see. He’s crafty with the ball in his hands, and sees the court as well as any player we’ve watched this season. A selfless distributor on offense, but can also score when his team needs it. Chance may have the highest ceiling of any player in the state. He currently holds offers from both Dayton and Penn State, with plenty more to come.

JOEY ZVORSKY – 6’1″ Jr. G Cedar Cliff – It wasn’t easy to replace the production lost from the departure of key players from last year’s Colts team, but Joey delivered a season which kept his young squad competitive. A great shooter and attacker of the basket, he will look to become one of the top players in the entire district next year.

NEXT12

SETH BROUSE – Chambersburg
DYLAN BUZALKA – Cumberland Valley
STEFFON CHAMBERS – Harrisburg
ERIC DICKEY – Steel-High
MEHKI FLOWERS – Steel-High
RYNELL GANTT – Harrisburg
MAKHI JONES – Susquehanna Township
RANCE RUSSO – Central Dauphin
ETHAN SHREFFLER – Chambersburg
JARAUD SMITH – Central Dauphin
BRIAN SWIST – Lower Dauphin
OMAR TANDIR – Cumberland Valley

FUTURES

KEVIN COLEMAN – Susquehanna Township
KENYON ELLIOT – Bishop McDevitt
DA’VON HAGGINS – Central Dauphin
AARON JONES – CD East
DERRICK LOVE – Cedar Cliff
JACKSON MASCARI – Hershey
JOHN McNEIL – Harrisburg
RYAN SMITH – Central Dauphin
VASHON SPENCER – Steel-High
CHRIS WALLS – Steel-High

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GIRLS FAB15

AMELIA BALDO – 5’6″ Sr. G Palmyra – All energy all the time at both ends of the court, this selfless point guard battled through regular season injury to help turn her team around and lead them on a magical district gold medal run. Baldo will go down as one of the top players in the history of the Palmyra program.

DAJAHNAE BRANNON (CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR) – 5’10” Sr. F Harrisburg – Runs the court as well as any forward you’ll see, Brannon has been playing at a high level since she broke into the varsity game as a freshman. She helped her team to three 20+ win seasons, which included a 2018 district title. Oh, and for an encore, this legendary Cougar broke her school’s all-time scoring record back in February.

RYLEE EVERETT – 5’5″ Sr. G Mechanicsburg – Everett helped turn around a Wildcats program who just a season ago finished six games under .500 and close to the bottom of their division. She earned first team Keystone division all-star honors, and guided her team to a huge victory over a Bishop McDevitt team who were 18-0 at the time.

OLIVIA FASICK (CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR) – 5’8″ Sr. G Bishop McDevitt – When you talk about players who can do it all, Fasick comes straight to mind. She helped lead her Lady Crusaders to a Mid-Penn Keystone division title, and finished amongst the conference leaders in every offensive and defensive category along the way. She’s a legend in a school known for girls basketball legends.

KATE FITZPATRICK – 5’5″ Jr. G Middletown – Fitzpatrick led the entire conference in scoring, and was called on to do a whole lot more for her inexperienced Blue Raiders squad. One of only three players on our FAB15 list not graduating this spring, she hit the 1,000 point mark for her career just over a month into the ’18-’19 season. She works as hard as any player we know, and the rewards keep coming.

TREASURE GEORGE-MORROW – 5’7″ Sr. G Bishop McDevitt – Along with teammate Fasick, George-Morrow was co-court general for a Crusaders team who captured their division, went to the 4A district championship game, and won two games in the state tourney. She capped off her career by scoring her 1,000th point in Reading High’s hallowed Geigle Complex gym.

SAM GRESS (CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR) – 5’9″ Sr. G Central Dauphin – Tasked this season with leading a Rams team very short on varsity-level experience, the area’s top multi-sport athlete improved her own game and everyone’s around her. She passed the career 1,000 point mark in January, after being nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team just days earlier. Gress opted for the diamond at the next level, and will pitch and play shortstop at North Carolina State after her stellar 3-sport high school career comes to an end.

ASHLEY HOAGLAND – 5’4″ Sr. G Cedar Cliff – Hoagland sees as many minutes on the floor as any player around, and never stops moving. She took over this season as the Colts’ team leader after an en masse loss of key players to graduation, and guided them to a top-4 finish in a very difficult District-3 6A tourney field. Along with Baldo (above), she’s our “Energizer Bunny Player of the Year”. Just all hustle.

KASSIDY INGRAM – 5’9″ Sr. F Trinity – “Forward” is just a label for this player, as she runs the court with the best of them. Ingram possessed the tools to help her talented Shamrocks team in the paint AND in the open court. When we think valuable offensive rebounds, Ingram comes straight to mind.

JULIE JEKOT – 5’10” Soph. G Cumberland Valley – Some players just want the ball in the most crucial situations, and Jekot is a first-teamer in this category. She made clutch play after clutch play with games on the line, and was a guiding force for her young team’s march to Mid-Penn Commonwealth and District-3 titles. The sky’s the limit for this multi-faceted pure baller.

KENNEDY KUFFA – 5’9″ Sr. G/F Cumberland Valley – One of the area’s more well-rounded players, Kuffa’s leadership was immeasurable on a team whose top eight players were predominantly underclassmen. She had the ability to contribute in whichever way her team needed her on a given night, and was usually assigned to cover the opposing team’s best offensive weapon.

SUNSHINE McCRAE (CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR) – 6’0″ Sr. F Trinity – On a team loaded with talent, McCrae was the player who stood on top. She had the size to battle down low, and a shot from the perimeter as good as many teams’ best shooters. She got better as the season progressed, and was a main cog in her Shamrocks trifecta of titles on the season…Mid-Penn Capital, Mid-Penn tournament, and District-3 3A.

ABBIE MILLER – 5’10” Soph. G Cumberland Valley – One of only two sophomores to make our list (along with teammate Jekot), Miller followed up a brilliant freshman campaign with an even better season this year. One of the area’s better mid-range shooters, she also has the strength to play well in the paint. And if you like a player who adds a bit of physicality, Miller is it.

OLIVIA RICHARDSON – 6’0″ Sr. F Palmyra – Richardson plays the game the way it was designed. Constantly moving on offense, she can contribute from both the perimeter and the paint. She’s as smart and hard-working as they come, and knows when her team needs her to step up. Richardson had a great ending to a great Palmyra career, as she hit the 1,000 point milestone in February, before helping her team to a district title the following month.

SERENITY VIDOT – 5’4″ Sr. G Steel-High – One of only three girls players in the Mid-Penn conference to average over 20 points per game, Vidot didn’t stop there. She was the leader of a Rollers team who finished the season at 17-3, and behind only Trinity in the Capital division. This is a player who will be tough to replace.

NEXT12

JASMINE CHISHOLM – Bishop McDevitt
MAHOGANY COLLINS – Steel-High
ALAYAH COWAN – Harrisburg
GRACE DAY – Lower Dauphin
MADDIE LaFRANCE – Central Dauphin
JAYLIN MOORE – Trinity
ARIEL PETERSON – CD East
SHERIDAN REID – Camp Hill
AZIYAH RORIE – Steel-High
NATALIE SASSANO – Cedar Cliff
HANNAH SAUVE – Cumberland Valley
AVA STEVENSON – Trinity

FUTURES

TAJA COLBERT – CD East
MARY COTTER – Hershey
TALIA GILLIARD – Mechanicsburg
LAUREN KIRSCH – Lower Dauphin
KENDAL McCALL – Camp Hill
MIRANDA KELLER – Bishop McDevitt
KAYLA LEMELLE – Harrisburg
CAROLINE SHIERY – Central Dauphin
ZOE SMITH – Hershey
LAUREN TRUMPY – Trinity
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Photo Credits: Photo of Sam Gress by Neil Renaldi. PennLive.com was the source of all other photos.

Lady Rams lacrosse rolls to win over Wildcats

Game report and post-game player interview video submitted by Central Dauphin Rams Girls Lacrosse Team.
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Central Dauphin Lady Rams lacrosse varsity team rolled over the Mechanicsburg Lady Wildcats on Saturday at home 18-5.

This contest was pretty much decided in the first half with the Rams breaking out to an 11-2 lead by the break.

The Rams had to start a freshman in goal, Tyler Hollister, who just took up the sport this year and earned the win with five saves.

Skyler Oken and Marley Kostelec each had four goals.

In the JV game, the Rams and Wildcats tied 7-7.

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
Doing the honors post-game for Lady Rams were (l. to r.) junior Haley Lackner, senior Sadie Smith and senior Erin Zieber.

Rams dominate Wildcats in road lacrosse win

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

By Mike Tyndale

The third game of the Ram’s season Saturday ended with a 19-6 victory over the Mechanicsburg Wildcats that improved the team’s record to 3-0.

The offense was sharp from the first whistle and put on a show for the CD fans in attendance with nine first-quarter goals.

The team was quick and physical all afternoon, keeping the game in their favor throughout. The defense had another strong performance, giving the Wildcats few scoring chances.

The Rams had eight players find the back of the net with six multi-goal scorers.

Next up is a road rivalry game with Cumberland Valley on Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m.

STATS
Brenden Yingling – 5 goals, 1 Assist
Max Anderson – 4 goals, 4 assists
Gavin Yingling – 2 goals, 3 assists
Derrick Hillman – 3 goals, 2 assists
Adam Burkhart – 1 goal, 7 ground balls
Kyle Tyndale – 4 ground balls, 4 takeaways

POST-GAME INTERVIEW
Senior midfielder Adam Burkhart, #46, and sophomore midfielder Brody Rock weigh in on Saturday’s win over Mechanicsburg.