By Paul Jones
While the girls soccer team has gone through a tough stretch early this season, the team is still going strong. Standing at 2-11, the girls can still bounce back and be a spoiler in the division.
Led by their team captains, juniors Jackie Matthews and Glori Keough, as well as sophomore Abby Castle, the Lady Lions can still ruin the season of their cross-town rival, Dallastown.
There have been, however, some players who have stepped up into big roles. Freshmen Emily Tollinger, Paige Fry, and Gabby Young have all become key players in the Lady Lions efforts.
Understanding that this is an extremely young team, the record in future years will improve. Some other players have also stood out this season and have shown that Red Lion’s girls soccer will be good for years to come.
By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
On October 7, Red Lion’s girls field hockey team took the win against Spring Grove. Goals were scored by Amy Maciejewski and Gillian Orwig. The team defeated West York in a battle of 3-0 in the tournament. The team has had a solid season so far, with great progress.
The goal to be “uncommon” remains as a constant motivator for the team. “I think we are a solid team with a lot of love for the sport,” Captain Emily Gillmen says.
On October 14, the team had an unfortunate loss against Central High school in overtime, resulting in a score of 1-0. They headed to Spring Grove on October 15, to take home a win for their final official game of the season.
Luckily, no major injuries occurred for any of the athletes. “We made 14th in districts” Captain Gillmen says. Based on the current progress, there is a positive outlook on the wrap-up of this season. Next year, the same goal will be strived for.
This field hockey season was a representation of hard work and being motivated to achieve a goal. The team stayed committed and dedicated, resulting in a solid season. The next scrimmage is on October 21, against Susquehannock. If the progress continues, the team will proudly take home yet another win for Red Lion.
By Ali Kochik
Penn State fans’ hope for the 2015 football season came to a roaring stop at the beginning of September when the Nittany Lions suffered a devastating 10-27 loss to Temple University.
The loss came as a big shock to most of the fans as they watched the team lose big in their season opening game.
“I was very disappointed in the team’s performance,” said sophomore, Josh Taylor. “In 74 years, they have never played like that against Temple.”
Since that game, Penn State has done much better with wins against Buffalo, San Diego, Rutgers and Army. However, they will have to face some much harder teams like Michigan and Ohio State in the near future.
Some of the players have a lot of proving to do such as third year starting quarterback, Christian Hackenberg. Though he was projected first in the 2016 draft, he has yet to display that talent on the field.
“I think he needs to make better decisions with his passing, but it is not all his fault.” said freshman, Ben Hornberger. “The play calling is bad and the line can’t block.”
Many fans haven’t been all too thrilled with the calls from Head Coach James Franklin either. “To be honest, every single game, I question Franklin’s offensive play calls.” said sophomore, Micah Davis. “But he’s got a fire in his heart for the game and he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever seen.”
Though PSU got off to a bit of a rocky start, their fans continue to support them and hope that they can finish out their season better than the way it started.
“Go Blue!” said Davis.
By Shawn Gunarich
News & Features Editor
It has been a defining year in Red Lion boys soccer as the boys went up against Gettysburg in counties, while they lost an upset 1-0 it was in all a good game. “It was hard fought, by far hardest game of the season,” Colby Myers Junior said, “It’s been seven years since we have went to counties”.
The boys had a memorable year beating their rival Dallastown 3-2, this is the first time Red Lion boys soccer have beaten Dallastown at soccer in seven seasons.
They also beat South Western in a 6-2 game to boost the boys motivation. “We could keep up with the other teams but it was hard because we are a small team,” Myers said, “We couldn’t get physical.”
Red Lion boys closed down their season with a varsity record of 8-4-3 in the regular season and a postseason record of 8-5-3. Junior varsity wrapped up their season with a record of 14-3. “We had a few misses, but that’s part of life,” Junior Roger Shultz said, “But we still had an overall good season.”
The boys are not done yet with districts right around the corner, and they are set to play rescheduled games in the coming future. “This season will be the most remembered season of my career,” Junior Cameron Gebhart said.
By Helen Zeidman
Despite multiple setbacks, the girls tennis team had a successful season.
With a total of 11 players, the girls tennis team is not one of the biggest teams. The team is tiny compared to Dallastown’s team of thirty players. But they do have a lot of determination and won matches against key opponents such as Spring Grove, West York, and Northeastern. Many other matches were close to victory, like the score of 3-4 against Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock.
“I think the season went well,” Ryan Small, the team’s coach, said. “We grew as a team and individuals grew as well.”
The team ended with a record of 5-7, which is respectable considering that they spent the first two weeks, which ended up being five matches, of the season without their number one seeded player Kristina Snyder.
Snyder, a home schooled sophomore and a new walk-on for the team, performed well with most of her matches. She made up for her absence in the beginning of the season with consistent matchplay that earned her victories during her first year on the team.
The team’s only senior, Alison Miller, the second seed on the team, finished her last year with the Lions on a strong note. Her career with the tennis team over the course of her four years was quite impressive, with three of those years being on varsity.
Junior Tori Austin, the third seeded player on the team, had a season full of over-time three set matches. She managed to fight through the two-hour long matches to secure multiple wins for the team.
By fighting through a tough start at the beginning of the season, Snyder and Austin earned a qualification for the county tournament as a doubles team. Snyder also qualified for singles in the county tournament. Austin qualified as an alternate for the singles tournament.
Coach Ryan Small is happy with his first complete year of coaching the team. “The girls on the team are just great, they try their best and have a good sense of humor. They always remain positive, which is why I love coaching them.” Small said.
By Isaiah Workiner
Led by coach Nate Stetter, Red Lion’s boys and girls cross country teams hope to continue to dominate their divisions in the following years to come.
This season the girls team was led by senior runner Tristan Schluderberg, but followed up by several other strong teammates who contributed to a great start to the season. The girls came into the season with high hopes coming off an undefeated season.
The boys team was led by senior Alex Miller and Junior Micah Bodish who have stepped up their performances from last year to boost the boys team to close to the top of their rankings. The boys also came off a hot season as they were 15-5 near the top of their division.
After an undefeated season last year, the girls team all chipped in to make up for the lost ground. “ We lost a lot of our team,” said senior Macy Owens “ but we all trained really hard.” Macy Owens also spoke about talented up and coming freshman who will keep the team strong next year.
The boys team will have to recover from the loss of seniors Alex Miller and Joel Gatchell in the 2015 season. “We’re gonna lose Joel and I who’re a part of our top three” said senior captain Alex Miller “but they’ll be alright.”
Several runners from both teams have a strong outlook for Counties, and even Districts. Over the course of the 2015 season players went to invitational races and placed well. Both teams strive to keep their teams strong in the upcoming seasons.
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