By Brianna Lehr
The Red Lion Competition Cheer is making outstanding accomplishments this season.
In fact, on Jan 20., The team competed in prelims, which allowed the top five teams to go straight to finals, and the teams that placed sixth through twelfth would go to semi finals.
Red Lion competed using their original routine and placed fifth after just one day, which meant they were going straight to finals.
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.
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 Paul Jones
The boys volleyball team has a tough schedule planned for this season, but the young team is up for the challenge. Only two players are returning from a very experienced team from last year.
Juniors John Longnecker and Bennett Frey are the only returning starters from the 2014 season.
Head Coach Ashleigh Reinert talked about about how they fared their league and said, “We have a real good shot at being top three in the league.” Both Central York and Northeastern won state championships, so the Lions are in an extremely tough division.
Coach Reinert said that in their league the team could go from third to seventh. The lions are in an extremely tough division with two state champion teams.
“All my starters except for Bennett (Frey) and John (Longnecker). And John is going to be playing a different position than he did last year,” said coach Reinert. The team does have some very talented players here and should win a lot of games.
This is a team filled with juniors, so while it may look a little inexperienced, it is built for the future. Juniors Dillon Hildebrand, Bennett Frey, and John Longnecker will be some major threats on the court this year.
The team also has a very promising freshman, Cole Brillhart, that will be a staple in Red Lion Volleyball for years to come.
By Bella McCarey
With a 13-10 finish to their 2014-2015 regular and postseason, the boys’ basketball team looks ahead at next season as they say goodbye to their seniors.
If anything, the one thing that has been lacking all season long for the Red Lion boys basketball team has been consistency. The team propelled their way into the New Year on a 5-game winning streak, but a dramatic 5-point loss to crosstown rival Dallastown was the first of a 4-game losing streak. Since then, the team has found ways to keep themselves at the top of the PIAA Districts III power rankings, until losing against Spring Grove in the first round of districts 66-55.
“Toward the end of the season we all started to come together and just have fun out on the court, while playing hard and to the best of our ability,” junior Bennett Frey said.
Putting wins and losses aside, earning a district playoff berth still tasted sweet for the Lions.
As far as their formula on the court, the team displayed a balanced force on both sides of the ball. It hasn’t been just one or two players that helped this team along, but a variety. Double digit tallies have been averaged not just from forwards Wyatt Tyson, Jason Rebuck and shooting guard Stone McCreary, but also from point guards Austin Huson and Bennett Frey. It’s been this multi-weapon presence that’s only fueled the Lions’ postseason chances even higher.
Not only has the team improved as a whole since last year, despite graduating 1,000-point scorer Mike Fox, but junior Wyatt Tyson, who averaged a 74 percent shooting accuracy from the foul line, cites that individual growth has come a long way on the team as well. “We are doing really good right now and I feel I improved a lot since last year.”
Another mild improvement who hasn’t been hard to notice is large-framed power forward Jason Rebuck. Using his 6’3” height to his advantage, Rebuck has brought an intimidation factor and an ability to run the court to get to the rim.
With the season now officially over, the team now has time and some chances to reflect on memorable moments from the season.
“The highlight of this year was probably taking York High (William Penn) into double overtime in their gym,” Huson said. The boys ended up losing the game 69-75. One of the game’s most cherished moments, however, was senior McCreary turning a field goal attempt into a slam dunk that wowed the crowd.
Both Tyson and Frey agree that watching a fellow teammate and friend make himself known as a varsity player was definitely a highlight of the season. “[It] was when Brian Treible scored his first varsity points and the bench went crazy,” Tyson said.
Treible made a two-point shot in a game against Greencastle-Antrim, earning him his first scoreboard recognition. Treible posted to Twitter later that night, “Thanks to everyone who cheered me on tonight #998moretogo.”
McCreary became a stronger leader as the season progressed, finishing out plays his teammates hand off to him and scoring the most points per game at an average of 16.
“This year has been a blessing to me. I love the coaches and especially the players,” McCreary said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I’m really gonna miss the guys when I’m gone.”
Graduating McCreary, Huson and Skyler Godfrey will be noticeable to the otherwise fairly young team, however the seniors developed a great postseason exit strategy to leave their mark.
“Win or go home,” McCreary said.
By Taylor Bosley
The girls’ basketball team looks back at a season of county playoff eligibility and also a spot in District playoffs.
Despite a loss to York Catholic in the first round of the county playoffs, the girls came out of the first round of District Three playoffs with an overtime win against Lebanon, 45-42.
As the Lions ended the season and headed into the postseason, Coach Dimoff hoped the girls had a “This is why we play” attitude.
Sophomore Kynslee Shepherd is proud of how the girls fought through the adversity they faced these season.
“We had a few injuries that set us back but in the end we came out stronger with a lost more experience and confidence,” Shepherd said.
Shepherd views these over comings of setbacks faced as a confidence booster for the next season.
Another hope of hers is for the team to continue to work together.
Courtney Dimoff had an attitude of “We want to continue encouraging each other on and off the floor,” Dimoff said.
She liked the encouragement throughout the team this season to have the girls continue to work together throughout the regular season and postseason.
The girls finished with a 13-6 record and a win in the first round of District Three playoffs but ultimately fell to number two seed Cumberland Valley.
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