By Corey Eyler
It was a dark cool morning when 5,000 people lined up to run the annual Turkey Trot race on the morning of Thanksgiving for the YMCA.
Caleb Gatchell, 21, of Red Lion won the race with a chip time of 15:00.08. Gatchell ran for the track team and cross country team for Red Lion during his high school career.
The fundraising for the Turkey Trot is very important because it goes to the YMCA Membership for all organization. This organization offers help to anyone who can not pay for the membership. Without the help it would cause them to not be able to stay fit in a comfortable and safe environment.
By Ian Adler
If you’ve ever shot a firearm, you know how difficult it can be to accurately hit the target. But what if it’s moving? Senior Sarah Simmons could tell you all about it.
Sarah earned second place in the categories of “Sporting Clays” and “Trap” shooting at this year’s ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships. Sarah is also a member of the Mason-Dixon Clay Busters shooting team, who brought seven other shooters to the competition.
“My dad thought it would be something for us to do together,” said Simmons, when asked what got her into shooting. “You meet new people, too”
Sarah has been shooting for around 3 years, and practices at many ranges but “prefers Glen Rock”. “You get good by going to ranges and practicing and learning how to shoot a gun” said Simmons.
Sarah uses a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun with 7/8 ounce loads, and is “working up to a more powerful, 1 ounce load.”
“There were a lot of college and some high school teams. Club teams too,” said Simmons. “There were people from as far as West Point and as far south as Georgia.”
Simmons plans to continue her competition shooting, and maybe even earn a first place ribbon next time around.
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.
By Ben Otte
The first-ever Kan Jam Tournament took place at Red Lion on Dec. 13 in the high school’s old gymnasium.
Eight teams participated and battled each other in Round Robin matchups determining seeding for teams in single elimination.
Mr. Small of the English department and Ms. Arvanites of the Math department combined skills to claim the tournament crown after topping seniors Harry Huffnagle and Alec Crawford.
“It feels great to win. There is going to have to be something like this next year so we can defend our title,” Arvanites said.
The event was hosted by the senior class and raised about $80.00.
"The goals have not changed, nor have the expectations..."
-Lady Lions head coach Don Dimoff
By Ben Otte
In high school sports, usually teams with high seniority reap much success.
Seniors Morgan Kuehne (verbal commit to York College) and Devan Horka will hightire the leadership position, but will not do so alone. During the off-season schedule, it was the underclassmen that stepped up and assumed key roles on the squad.
“Our goals for this year have not changed than from any others, and I think the girls really buy into that,” head coach Don Dimoff said. “They know how much success this program has seen and they want to continue just that.”
While guards Kasey Seitz and Kelsey Clever have graduated from the program, the Lady Lions’ perimeter game will not be put on hold. Sophomore Courtney Dimoff, a huge threat from behind the three-point arch, returns to the squad. Junior Julia Kendrick who highlighted tremendous high-pressure defense in her first varsity appearances last year looks to improve her game as one of this season’s starting five.
Coach Dimoff is fully aware that he has lost some inside presence with the graduation of Jenny Horvatinovic, who has moved on to play Div. I ball at Monmouth University, but rising underclassmen Taylor Funke and Kami Harvey can ensure offensive efficiency with accurate passing and quick ball-handling skills. Another new addition is junior LaDena Eames who should be able to provide valuable minutes at either guard spot as she has proven tough on-ball defense in both of the team's scrimmages.
Despite the fact the majority of the varsity squad has seen minimal varsity minutes, Dimoff says the same expectations he has had in years past remain the same. “I don’t believe in rebuilding years. The goals have not changed, nor have the expectations. We’re at a level we are capable of playing.”
In addition to the returning players, Dimoff added three freshmen to the mix: Kynslee Shepherd, Amy Maciejewski and Natalie Reba. “These girls have played a lot together and should really be able to help us out down the road,” Dimoff notes.
Looking ahead, Dimoff says his team has worked very hard in the off-season and is very eager to continue the work that has been started.
This article also appeared on the Lady Lions' official website and was reposted with permission.
By Shalah Ponder
An interview with basketball coaches two days before tryouts took place. Here’s what head coach Steve Schmehl had to say about the upcoming season.
The Leonid: What can we expect this basketball season?
Coach Schmehl: “A lot of the same guys so definitely some experience.”
The Leonid: What changes will occur as far as how you manage the team?
Coach Schmehl: With more experience comes more maturity, lighten up a little bit, they know what I expect. It just makes things run more smoothly with a group of guys that’s been around.
The Leonid: What’s one goal you expect to achieve this year?
Coach Schmehl: That we’ll be better than last year, definitely. We want to make the playoffs.
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