By Taylor Bosley
Seniors Taylor Sprenkle and Blake Cahill are among ten Red Lion athletes who will continue their sports careers at the next level. The athletes made their official commitments along with eight other classmates Friday, Feb. 7, at the Red Lion Athletic Department Winter Signing Day.
Both Sprenkle and Cahill will be moving on to Millersville University.
Sprenkle said she looks forward to join her older sister, Tori Sprenkle, at Millersville University to play soccer.
“I’m really looking forward to it since we’ve always played together,” she says.
Sprenkle remarked that the number of Red Lion athletes going to the next level to play sports reflects positively on the athletic program. She says that having eight sports recognized reflects positively and demonstrates balance between all programs.
“These signings show the strength of Red Lion in all sports. There is a large variety of athletes from different sports and it definitely is beneficial to the school,” Sprenkle said.
Sprenkle isn’t the only senior bringing their talents to “The ‘Ville”. Football standout quarterback Blake Cahill will be attending the university in the fall to take part in their Division. II football program. After Cahill suffered a torn ACL, MCL and sprained meniscus versus Dallastown in a rival showdown at the end of last football season, he was worried colleges who have shown interest in him prior would not be any longer.
“Millersville stayed strong on talks with me through the injury,” Cahill is healing ahead of schedule.
Cahill, the latest football recruit since 2011 grad Andrew Zeller, also said he feels blessed for the opportunity to represent Red Lion at the collegiate level.
In addition to the Millersville Cahill-Sprenkle duo, other signings included Hayden Jennings (Arcadia University-Lacrosse), Ali Posey (York College-Field Hockey), Alyssa Castle (Slippery Rock-Field Hockey), Zach Neff (McDaniel College-Soccer), Morgan Kuehne (York College-Basketball), Jared Warner (Kean University-Volleyball), Andrew Erickson (York College-Cross Country/Track) and Kylie Strong (Drexel University-Soccer).
Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius said he was very proud of all of the student athletes who signed for they demonstrated excellence among the athletic program and among the school as a whole. “All of these students are as active on the field as they are in the classroom.”
By Ben Otte
The Red Lion Competitive Spirit squad tumbled, flipped and danced their way to a fifth place award in state level competition in January.
They didn’t arrive there without a fight, one that brought back memories of last year’s disappointing result.
Just a year ago, in 2013’s district level competition, the team was guaranteed a spot at the state competition. But then head coach Ashleigh Reinert was informed her team wouldn’t continue their season at states because of a scoring error that was made with another team in their bracket.
The error put the other team ahead, kicking Red Lion out of state tournament.
This year it was a similar story but on a bigger stage.
Flash forward one year to the first round of the 2014 PIAA state competition at the Giant Center in Hershey on Jan. 24. This time, scorers made a mistake, but it was in Red Lion’s favor. The team received three-point time deduction, just enough to kick them out of finals.
It was then when head coach Ashleigh Reinert realized though that the deduction that was made was not valid. “I just thought for a moment and realized the rule didn’t make any sense. I asked them to show the rule to me then.”
As it turns out, state competition has no time limit rule.
The three point addition put the team back in the running by guaranteeing a second trip to the championship round to Chocolate Town.
Red Lion entered the final championship round as the sixth squad behind New Oxford, Methacton, McDowell, Central Dauphin and St. Mary’s. None of the other previously qualified teams were eliminated from the final round when the scoring error was discovered.
The trip itself was an accomplishment for Reinert. “I wanted them to them to have a good performance the second time around. We were making history for just being there. I was going to be proud no matter what.”
Cheerleading powerhouse New Oxford took control of the competition right away locking in scores that pushed the squad ahead to first place with 79.53 points. Methacton was awarded second while McDowell got third place followed by Central Dauphin. Red Lion was awarded fifth place.
“It’s an accomplishment in itself to be ranked so high,” senior cheerleader Whitney Johnson said. “This team has been thrnough a lot and I’m just so happy to be a part of it all.”
The state rank the squad earned wasn’t their final achievement of the season. To close it off, the squad earned first place at the Reach the Beach National Championships in Ocean City, MD on Feb. 22.
200 Free - Dylan North (1) 1:45.85
200 IM - Callum Brandt (7)
100 Fly - Chance King (5)
Callum Brandt (8)
200 Relay - Eli Aggen, Dylan North, Callum Brandt, Chance King (5) (Beat school record)
100 Free - Eli Aggen (8)
500 Free - Dylan North (2)
Nick Petrella (7)
100 Back - Chance King (4)
400 Relay - Dylan North, Callum Brandt, Eli Aggen, Chance King (1) 3:21.38
200 Medley - Amira Washington-Myers, Jessica Sun, Courtney Schaefer, Anne Mitzel (5)
200 IM - Courtney Schafer (1) 2:07.11
50 Free - Amira Washington-Myers (8)
100 Free - Courtney Schaefer (3)
100 Breast - Jessica Sun (1) 1:09.73
Anne Mitzel (5)
100 Freestyle Relay - Courtney Schaefer, Anne Mitzel, Amira Washington-Myers, Jessica Sun (3)
By Ben Otte
The Red Lion boys basketball team opened up the YAIAA county tournament Friday night with plenty of ease.
The Lions said goodbye to the Trojans early after jumping to a 15-2 lead in the game’s opening minutes. Mike Fox poured in 16 points in the first half alone, while teammate Stone McCreary sunk three 3-pointers to further boost the offensive rhythm.
Senior guard Evan Miller was inactive because of a broken hand he suffered a few days prior on the road at William Penn. Miller’s absence gave sophomore Bennett Frey his first start of the season.
“We really didn’t know what to expect with our point guard Evan Miller not playing,” head coach Steve Schmehl said. “But other guys stepped up and played really well.”
As it turned out, sophomore Jason Rebuck was one the players to calm Schmehl’s uncertainty.
Rebuck added 15 points en route to a 65-40 win. The starting forward proved equally effective on the defensive end, beating Suburban’s 6-foot-7 big man Malique Lewis on the glass time and time again.
Following the dominating performance, Schmehl received word that his team will play top-seeded Central York in the semifinals on Tuesday at home.
“They got us in two close ones already and you learn something every time you play a games close like that. I would say it’s hard to beat a team three times.”
Red Lion (65) vs. York Suburban (40)
Frey 1 0-0 2, Godfrey 1 0-0 2, Gillispie 0 0-0 0, Huson 1 2-4 4, Stone McCreary 4 0-0 11, Mike Fox 12 4-5 28, Tyson 0 1-2 1, Schreckengast 0 0-0 0, Rebuck 7 1-4 15, Wanbaugh 1 0-1 2. Totals 27 8-16 65.
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