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.
By Alex Zelger
After a tough season, the Lions golf team were able to claim fifth place in the division.
Hopeful for next year, upcoming junior Jake McIntyre and sophomore Dalton Gray have a big hole to fill with the loss of seniors and co-captains Ian Schaeffer, Grant Fickes, and Micah Osenbach.
“It will hurt,” said coach Ryan McCleary. “Ian and Grant were our top two (players) and losing them will make a big impact on the team next year.”
When asked on how the team performed this year coach McCleary explained, “We placed about where we expected.” The Lions finished fifth out of seven teams. “We were consistent with our scores throughout the year and that is important.”
The team was lead by three co-captains, including Ian Schaeffer, who placed at the top of his team and was ranked 12th in the division, Grant Fickes, who finished 17th, and junior Jake McIntyre who finished 21st. All three captains made it to Counties.
Bringing pride to Red Lion on and off the course, the golf team came together this year and held a benefit event for former teammate and friend Jake Linn, who passed away in a tragic car accident in January of this year. After a home match held at Pleasant Valley Golf Course, the Lions held a fundraiser to raise money for Jake Linn’s memorial scholarship.
The team’s family members all pitched in and donated food items to sell during the match. The team raised over $100 for the scholarship.
By Ian Adler
Despite various injuries, ranging from concussions, to muscle injuries, to split lips, and even illnesses, the girls volleyball team has fought to earn a respectable 13-3 regular season record.
“I think the girls realize that they have to step it up,” said Head Coach Heather Schoemaker. “We continually tell them you need to do your job. We have a deep bench that is capable of being ready to go into a new position.”
The girls are led by their three senior captains, Emily Sterner, Brooke Gladfelter and Rachel Groff. Amongst their responsibilities during the plays, the seniors have to keep the girls motivated and ready to adjust to change.
“You just have to keep the girls calmed down,” said Groff. “When it’s 24-23, they’re looking at you and you have to tell them ‘calm down, we got this, take a deep breath.’”
“Being a senior, a lot of the younger people look up to us,” said Gladfelter. “And I think we need to show that everything we went through to get to where we are it all pays off. “
Although Coach Schoemaker is focused on taking “one game at a time”, both the seniors and underclassmen can’t help but look forward to their place in playoffs.
“I think that we can make it to counties, districts and if we set our minds to it, we can go to states,” said Gladfelter. “But we need to have the mindset that we can make it there, we can’t just think it, we have to actually execute.”
There will be a ferocious fight for the playoff spots between Red Lion, Central and Dallastown, the division’s most competitive and rivaled teams.
“I can’t say too much because it’s still an open book,” said Sterner. “But if everything goes well, then everything should be in place for maybe districts, possibly further.”
Adjusting to change and properly preparing for a sport most definitely requires a lot of hard work, which Coach Schoemaker says “this group has done very well. I haven’t seen that in my four seasons at Red Lion.”
“Their hard work is showing off, that they can persevere through adversity when we are given an injury or the flu or infections or whatever we’re given,” said Schoemaker. “They’re continually getting better.”
“We’ve come a pretty long way from last year,” said Groff. “We lost some players, we lost some height, but we also gained a lot of players. A lot of players have also gotten more ability and more skill, so I think the start of the season was a little rough, but we’ve definitely improved and I see big things for us in the future.”
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.
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