By Ben Otte
Eyeing up another shot at the league championship is undoubtedly a goal for this year’s Lady Lions field hockey squad.
The memories of last year’s dramatic overtime loss to Dallastown in the YAIAA championship game is still resonating for many of the returning players.
Regardless of the past, players are very familiar with the high standards head coach Carol Gillmen demands. It is these standards that have given the program tremendous success in the past and has laid the path for the future.
“Last year is in the past,” says Gillmen. “The loss to Dallastown is motivation for our team, especially to those who were out on the field at the time then.”
An early loss to Dallastown this season may have taken place, but the team realizes it takes a whole season to work toward a goal of another championship.
It all starts with senior Ali Posey, a commit to West Chester University, who brings a strong and familiar presence to the field and a threatening agile ability to get to the goal.
“Some teams will double team or even triple team her because of the ability she brings to the field,” Gillmen says.
Morgan Kuehne will also return as a tremendously strong forward, another big threat to the opponents’ defense. Formerly playing forward, Alyssa Castle moved to a critical center mid-field role, a role that Gillmen feels may give her an opportunity to be one of the best at in the league.
Defensively, Olivia Uberti will play a vital part as an agressive and vocal shrine of the dark side. Jess Everett now stands inside the cage as goalie, a position she has been mentored in under last year’s graduating Gabby Uberti.
Gillmen still has six other positions on the field to fill, but it is a number she doesn’t show too much anxiety about. “We have a talented group coming through and they should be able to do big things for us,” she said.
With a 1-9 season behind them, the Lions football team showed promise in their first game of the season and look forward to beginning a new era under head coach Jesse Shay.
By Adrianna Clinton
Although it seems in the past several years Cumberland Valley has been a powerhouse contender for Red Lion, the Lions’ attitude towards the Eagles changed for this year’s week one matchup.
After an energized and confident entrance by the Lions, the team made great progress down the field despite a poor kickoff return. With the help of an Eagle penalty, the boys made it down to the 22 yard line, only to have a blocked field goal on 4th and 1.
Unfortunately, Cumberland Valley’s recovery led to their first of several touchdowns.
However, the Lions wasted no time on their next possession with a significant pass from senior quarterback Blake Cahill to fellow senior wide receiver Chris Knorr for 36 yards. Even with their great field position, an incomplete pass led to a turnover on downs.
Poor tackling was a major cause of many Cumberland Valley touchdowns, but there was a great offense present for Red Lion.
In spite of a lacking running game, the Lions had no problem making it down the field, largely thanks to Cahill’s arm and the protection he received from his offensive line enabling him to get to his receivers.
Cahill threw for 300 yards and completed 24 of 44 passes, ranking him second in the YAIAA passing leaders.
He can also run, as he had 6 rushes for 36 yards on the night.
The final score of 44-14 truly does not serve this year’s Lions football team justice, for Cumberland Valley made many mistakes.
Not only did the Lions recover both of the Eagles’ fumbles and did not make any themselves, but they were fortunate to only receive two penalties, whereas Cumberland Valley was penalized six times for 45 yards.
The Lions fought hard for tough yardage, which is a level of determination they haven’t always shown in the past.
Red Lion was disciplined and prepared very well, greatly in part due to new head coach Jesse Shay.
This game was his first ever as a head coach, and Shay described it as “surreal, walking out and seeing the great fans of Red Lion.”
Without a doubt, we were equally as happy to see him.
Red Lion Football alumnus and 2012 graduate Brooks Arnold received a great first impression of the new coachsaying he “demands respect” and is good for this group of players.
For this season, Shay wants Red Lion to be known as a “tough football team, physically and mentally...and tough to beat.”
With the ultimate goal of playoffs, Shay made it clear that this seemingly crushing loss is only one game of nine and more.
Quarterback Blake Cahill, who has been nominated as YAIAA Week 1 Player of the Week, says they will “be ready for Manheim Township” next week.
And to the fans of a community so involved with football, Shay says the team takes their role very seriously.
“We’ll get better. We owe it to them.”
Cumb. Valley 14 9 14 7 -- 44
Red Lion 0 7 0 7 -- 14
CV -- Tyler Updegraff 34 run (Connor Long kick), 4:55
CV -- Tyler Heisey 20 run (Long kick), 0:00
RL --Chris Knorr 7 pass from Blake Cahill (Evan Miller kick), 9:45
CV -- Chris Galbraith 3 run (Long kick), 7:34
CV -- Safety, 4:15
CV -- Heisey 5 run (Long kick), 11:07
CV -- Heisey 2 run (Long kick), :31.3
RL -- Knorr 7 pass from Cahill (Miller kick), 10:25
CV -- Timothy Spinelli 4 run (Long kick), 7:20
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By Ben Logan
As with every time of the year, Fall offers a rave of fresh sports. These include big-time attention grabbers such as football and soccer. It’s safe to say that these teams are looking forward to a successful season, but what about the other sports such as golf? Well, they too are looking forward to a great year, as they strive to drive to the top of the ranks, this season.
Placing fourth overall in the pre-season bracket, the Red Lion golf team has already made a nice impression on the other teams of York County. An impression that has held ground already at the start of the regular season, as the team placed second, and third at the South Hills, and Outdoor Golf Clubs respectively. Currently, the Lions hold second place in the Division I standings with 27 points, tied with Central York.
This year the team is led by seniors James Caskey, Jake Linn, junior Dylan Reichart, and rising sophomore Kevin Crumbling. “We expect big things this year,” says coach Don Dimoff, “It should be a good season.”
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