By Adrianna Clinton
As seniors begin to prepare to wear a graduation gown for the first time, many are now recalling when they wore their black and gold uniforms for the last time.
For some, they did their activity for almost their entire lives. It became a part of how they defined themselves. They knew for certain they would be doing it all over again the same time next year.
Until this year, that is. When some seniors had their last game or performance, that was the end of their career forever.
They may have dreaded practice, had thoughts of quitting, and the urge to vent their frustrations to their coaches, but they showed up anyway and still put in long, hard hours. Some may be finding now they wished they had worked just a little bit harder and they had words of wisdom for next year’s seniors.
Boys tennis standout Sam Innerst, who will play Division III tennis at York College this fall, wishes he would have practiced more during the summer.
Wrestler Luke Joines would go back and “wrestle more in the offseason and get more experience” if he could change anything about the time he spent in wrestling.
Girls tennis player Elizabeth Anderson said, “If I could go back, I would have started playing tennis sooner, it’s a great sport that allows for competition as an individual and as a team.”
“The Red Lion football program has a bright future...next year’s seniors, enjoy every moment this season and take nothing for granted because it all goes too fast. Give everything you have because you don’t want to have any regrets,” defensive end Sam Lowe said. He will continue his career at the collegiate level, playing next year for the United States Coast Guard Academy.
During the seniors’ high school careers, they all tasted how sweet it is to win.
A highlight of Lowe’s career is when the football team defeated Central this year. Swimmer Courtney Schaefer reached States her freshman year. Elizabeth Anderson won a close doubles match to secure a team win with junior Alison Miller.
Some were even deemed “champions.”
The Marching Lions were victorious at the Cavalcade of Bands championships, which was the highlight of drum major Anna Lorenzen’s career.
“I will never forget that feeling...I want this band to be remembered as a hard working group of smart and amazing kids. They are nothing less than that,” Lorenzen said.
They also experienced the stomach-wrenching feeling of defeat.
Despite the varsity softball team’s struggles this season, Riley Warner said, “I want our team to be remembered for never giving up and always giving it our all.”
For next year’s seniors who hope to have a more successful year, Warner tells them to “never give up and always remember why you started..senior year goes by like a blink of an eye.”
Few will continue their careers at the collegiate level. Senior Joe Dashler of the boys lacrosse team is going to try to walk on at Penn State and Elizabeth Anderson plans to join the club tennis team at Villanova University, while Paige Taylor will play Division III field hockey at York College alongside her older sister Alexa.
Quincy Palmer will be running at East Stroudsburg University.
“I’d like to finish my career with times faster than the women’s world records. Those times are pretty fast,” Palmer said of moving on to the next tier of competition.
Swimmer Courtney Schaefer and sprinter Angelica Gonzalez will both be going Division I at Georgia Southern and East Carolina, respectively.
Regardless of if their career will continue beyond Red Lion, they all experienced great highlights in their time.
Sam Innerst got his “main man Dylan Reichard to play” and they had a good time.
Elizabeth Anderson played in the number one position.
Sam Lowe formed camaraderie between teammates.
Joe Dashler was selected as First Team All-County and was selected to play in the Blue Chip 225 Showcase.
Paige Taylor and Riley Warner made great friendships on their respective teams.
A few seniors are on the cusp of having the best moments of their career.
“I feel like the highlight is yet to come. I’ve been a part of back-to-back championship teams, and won back-to-back relay titles,” Quincy Palmer said.
After a season full of hard-fought games and long matches, the boys’ tennis team ended their season with an even record of four wins and four losses in their division. They finished in 5th place for the YAIAA Division 1, behind Southwestern, who was undefeated in the division, Dallastown, Central York, and New Oxford.
The team finished in a strong position despite the loss of a key player, Alec Gayrama, in the middle of the season.
Sam Innerst, the first seed on the team, finished his last season with the Lions with a 12-3 record.
Alec Shue, the second seed on the team, finished his first season on the court with a record of 7-8.
The fourth seed, Alex Ohme, ended up with a record of 7-7.
Dylan Reichard, although he was pushed to varsity mid-season, finished with a 9-3 record.
Innerst went to the championship round in the YAIAA County Tournament and placed second, losing to Dallastown’s John Schmitt.
Innerst paired up with Alec Shue for the YAIAA Doubles Tournament and earned 4th place.
Overall, the team had a successful season of happy endings and fresh beginnings.
By Taylor Bosley
Red Lion’s track team participated in their last home meet of the season April 27, and for seniors their last home meet ever. The girls and boys team both saw victories as the girls won 88-62 and the boys won 80-70. This win for the girls gave them a three way share of the York-Adams Division I title showing evidence of their overall successful season.
Senior thrower Hailey Gunnet looks back at every meet and every season thus far as a huge success.
“In my four years of high school track we won three county championships,” Gunnet said. “I think that’s really awesome and shows how hard we work as a team.”
The three county championships showed the tenacity the team had over the years.
“We may not have a big team but we can still measure up with teams much bigger than ours,” Gunnet said.
On her senior night Gunnet got first in shot put and javelin and finishing third in discus.
Senior sprinter Quincy Palmer differs in emotions when it comes to his last season.
“There might be a little more emotion in each race but I don’t really think about it that much,” Palmer said. “Sometimes it hits me, sometimes it’s like any other meet.”
Palmer expressed gratitude towards being a member of the Red Lion track team also.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be apart of some of the most dominant and versitile track team’s that Red Lion has ever had,” Palmer said. “The teams I’ve been apart of were exceptional. We’ve been apart of something that will be remembered and that means the most to me.”
A number of athletes moved on to participate in District III competition.
By Rachel Lau
This year the softball team finished with a record of 1-17. “Our league is very tough, and a lot of the girls are great pitchers,” said Coach Megan Tyson.
The girls weren’t getting along very well at the start, according to Tyson, but then the coaches got everyone to spend time together and work together.
The weather did not cooperate with them either. “The field started out as a puddle,” said Tyson.
Although their record was not the best, Coach Tyson is still very happy with the team. “I’m most proud of the fact that throughout everything this season, they have never given up,” Tyson said.
Seniors Keisha Martinez, Kira Fossbenner, Paige Taylor, Riley Warner, Lindsey Teal, and Taylor Dewees will be leaving this year.
“It was a rough season, we didn’t win as many games as we expected, but we never quit as a team,” said Paige Taylor. Next year she’ll be attending York College and has her mind set on playing field hockey, and continuing softball.
“It was a fun and good season,” Riley Warner said. “We played as a team and tried our best.”
The team worked off the field as well, pulling their efforts together for charity.
On Sunday, April 27, the varsity softball team raised $1,237 during a carwash with the softball team from Red Lion’s rivals, Dallastown. Red Lion gave their money to a boy named Trey, and Dallastown gave their money to Breast Cancer Foundation.
By Bella McCarey
When compared to last year, this season the Red Lion baseball team is seeing brighter days, both figuratively and literally. Due to several rain outs and schedule changes last spring, many sports teams’ records showed signs of suffering because of the limited number of practices and games.
Baseball was no exception, running into the problems of not having enough pitching and going weeks without practice on the turfed diamond on Horn Field.
This season, however, the team was able to focus more how they were going to play as opposed to when they would be able to play.
“I would say we were pretty even with our last season,” senior centerfielder Dan Waldrup said. “We finished around the same spot as last year in the league and districts.”
Ending 8-7 in the league, the team displayed a balance between the offense and the defense, playing off each’s strengths.
“We were a pretty well rounded team,” Waldrup said. “Our hitting was great when everyone was on a roll. Even though we had some injuries, we still found a way to make it work.”
Senior catcher Jon Smith agreed that the offensive and defensive plays were well balanced, making it for an “interesting season.”
While parts of the season may have felt like a seventh inning stretch for the players, as losses added up as quickly as wins, the team can count on the potential of improvement for next year.
“In the offseason and at practice, they [the team] need to put in the hours to get better,” Waldrup said. “And reach the goals set at the beginning of the season.”
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