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Delaney Bittner Dominates the Poll for GameTimePA YAIAA Athlete of the Week

Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

Soccer attacking center midfielder Delaney Bittner won the October 15 GameTimePA YAIAA Athlete of the Week. Each week people get the chance to vote for the GameTimePA YAIAA Athletes of the Week at https://www.ydr.com/gametimepa/

This is the second week that senior Delaney Bittner has been nominated. 

She finished with four goals in last Thursday’s YAIAA win against South Western, which earned her a nomination. As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Bittner came in first place out of the seven girls on the poll. She won with a total of 4,750 votes. 

Bittner has played on varsity all four years of her high school career. She started playing when she was four years old and has since been playing for the last 13 years. 

Bittner has also accumulated multiple awards and accomplishments over the years. She won 2x First-Team All-County, 2x Varsity Captain, 2017 Varsity Newcomer of the Year, 2018 Outstanding Effort Award, and the 2019 Red Lion Player of the Year. 

“I am honored to have been nominated twice,” said Bittner. “The support I got from my teammates, friends, and family was unreal.”

In previous years Bittner said that she struggled to move into an offensive role, but this year she has fully embraced it.“My biggest triumph this season has been my switch into more of an attacking role,” said Bittner. “I feel like in the previous years I have been more defensive minded, and didn’t really transition much into offense.” 

Her success thus far was not always guaranteed. “My biggest struggle this season has been all the uncertainty with COVID,” Bittner said. “We didn’t know if we would even have a season for a long time, so it was hard to keep the intensity up while we would only be allowed to play each other.” 

Her confidence since the beginning of the season has changed. “I also feel like the confidence my coach has in me has made a huge difference in my play,” Bittner said. “He believes in me which makes it easier to believe in myself.” 
“I would like to give a huge shoutout to my awesome teammates for being my personal hype up crew,” said Bittner. “And being amazing per usual.”

Senior attacking center midfielder Delaney Bittner prepares to score a goal against Central High School on Horn Field during the Fall 2020 season Bittner won GameTimePA’s YAIAA athlete of the week in mid October. Photographed submitted by Chris Riddle, Northeastern Photography.

Lanius and Lakatosh Combine Skills To Dominate on the Tennis Court

Genevieve Turner 

Sports Editor

“There is no I in team,” is a common saying within many sports. Tennis, on the other hand, has its players compete in order to be ranked. While this happens on every team, every year, it still insights competitiveness between teammates. 

Junior Sophie Lanius and freshman Alexis Lakatosh were two such competitors. At the beginning of the 2020 season they competed against each other for the number one ranked spot on the team. Lakatosh came out victorious taking the number one spot on the team.

Since then, Lanius and Lakatosh have been working together in doubles matches against rivaling schools. They are both 7-1 this season and plan on continuing to dominate on the court. 

The relationship between Lanius and Lakatosh developed over time. “I knew it was going to be tough beating her in the challenge matches,” said Lanius. 

“Sophie and I have been friends for around two years now since I’ve been playing since seventh grade,” Lakatosh said. “Sophie and I knew it was going to be tough battling each other, head to head.” 

After the initial competition, the two have grown closer together and have been victorious in many matches against competing schools. But this teamwork did not come easily. 

“Since we have been together every day over the summer and we’ve been playing all this time, it’s been really good,” said Lakatosh. “Our relationship has gotten a lot better.” 

Lanius said that the hardest part for her was that they were not yet familiar with each other’s playing styles. 

Lanius and Lakatosh competed in the county finals Friday, August 9, 2020. Both won their bracket and faced off for the champion title. Lakatosh beat Lanius in both matches, 6-2, 6-3.

Even though they started out as competitors, they have grown closer as teammates, with many nice things to say about each other. Lakatosh describes Lanius as energetic, caring, and funny.

 “I see Lexie as a little sister and I have seen how hardworking, competitive and resilient she is,” said Lanius. “I really admire that about her.”

Teammates junior Sophie Lanius, left, and freshman Alexis Lakatosh, right, joined forces against Dover school district. Red Lion dominated 5-0. 
Photographed by Angie Lanius.

Mrs. Gillmen Wins 300th Game Coaching Varsity Field Hockey

Shana Carey

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

Haley McCartney fights for the ball against Susquehannock on Senior Night. A week before the 300th win, Red Lion lost 2-1 with an unassisted score by Kennedy Bratton.

Cheers echoed throughout Spring Grove as the field hockey team celebrated Coach Carol Gillmen’s 300th win Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The team painted a poster to run through, signed a framed picture for Coach Gillmen, and wore matching yellow shirts to honor their coach’s hard work. According to Coach Gillmen, this was a pleasant surprise. 

“That’s what people want,” Coach Gillmen said. “They want to work hard, be successful, and have fun.”

The lions earned that 300th win 4-1 against Spring Grove with their strategic and balanced offense. Kennedy Bratton, Hannah Downs, and Paige Griffin all scored that Wednesday night. 

“Emma Waltemyer did a great job getting the ball off to her offense and trying to control her midfield,” Coach Gillmen said.

Though single players score a goal, Coach Gillmen emphasizes teamwork both on and off the field.

“One of the things we try to preach is that we’re going to be there for each other as a team,” Coach Gillmen said.

Her players notice her drive to meet the challenge. “Coach Gillmen is dedicated to what she does,” junior JV player Bryn Hughes said.  “She’s in it to win it.”

Coach Gillmen started coaching at Red Lion in 1995 and says the time has flown by. She remembers former players.

“Over the years, there have been some really awesome families and athletes in the program.” she said. “It’s been really cool to hear from them, saying they have a lot of good, fond memories from playing field hockey.” 

Having passion for the sport is vital to being a good player or coach. “Being an athlete is not an easy job,” Gillmen said. “Dedication and perseverance are needed to be successful,” Gillmen said.

The 300th win milestone gave Gillmen reason to reflect on her career as both a teacher and a coach.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be at Red Lion School District, teaching and coaching and (having) a lot of support over the years from the administration and the community,” Gillmen said. “I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else.” 

The Red Lion Field Hockey team congratulates Coach Gillmen for 300 wins in her 25 year coaching career. After the Spring Grove game, the team gifted Coach Gillmen a signed picture in order to commemorate her successful coaching.

Missing Spring Sports: Seniors Savor Last Moments

By Julia Beiler, Sports editor

Springtime is filled with blooming flowers, rainy days, and rising temperatures. With the start of new life is also the start of spring sports all across high schools. Student athletes prepare through the long winter to be ready for their spring sport to finally begin. 

For seniors, this is the year that they will most likely remember forever. This is their last year of high school and participating on a high school level. For those who won’t be playing on a collegiate level, their high school careers as an athlete will be coming to an end. The Senior Season is something that is special to those athletes, something that they will remember forever, and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Although senior seasons should be a glorious and unforgettable time, this year’s seniors are facing upset as schools have closed for the remainder of the year. 

The recent COVID-19 outbreak is the result of sports seasons getting cut short. On April 9,  PIAA announced that the spring and winter sports season ended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 year. This took in effect after Governor Tom Wolf declared that schools were closed to in-person learning for the rest of the school year. 

Disappointed seniors all across high schools are facing the fact that they will never get their last practice, their last game, their last bus ride, and they won’t get their senior nights. 

Dedication and commitment has gone into preparing for the season to begin, and it has all been washed away for so many student athletes. For those athletes that have been doing their sports for a long time and worked so hard for so many years, are now feeling the pain of not earning their senior season. 

“Senior year is what you look forward to,” senior Kaiya Edwards said. “We had a really good group of girls this year and we can’t get to play with them.”

Kaiya Edwards has been playing lacrosse since the fifth grade. In those seven years of playing, never did she think that her senior year playing for Red Lion would not happen because of a global pandemic.  

One of the values of the spring season, according to Athletic Director, Mr. Arnold Fritzius, is for scouts to check out up-and-coming athletes.  

“There would have been some volleyball coaches coming out to see the boys play this spring to see ‘Is Johnny as good as they says he is’ or “Should we take a shot a Jimmy…everyone says he can set, but we’ve never seen it,’” Fritzius said.  “[Coaches] are pretty sure of what they think, but for them to come to a Northeastern or Central volleyball game and see kids play at their highest level, they might take a chance on somebody.”

Nothing was set in stone for this season. There was no way of knowing how successful each team would be, but they never got to prove their worth this year.

“We don’t know if lacrosse was going to have a good season,” Fritzius said. “We don’t know how well baseball, or volleyball, or track was going to be, but it doesn’t matter.  We wanted to let those kids have a chance to compete and see if they could beat some teams they aren’t supposed to beat and beat some teams they were supposed to beat. But now they lose that chance.” 

Schools want to honor their senior sports players. At Red Lion, Fritzius is working hard with other athletic directors across the state to find a way to show admiration for the seniors at Red Lion. “Nobody has a clear-cut answer to what we’re going to do, but all we know we’re going to do something,”

This isn’t just something that is affecting these certain seniors, coaches and administration are seeing the pain the sports seniors are going through and they want to do something for them, even if they don’t know what that will be yet. 

“We are all just talking about what can we do to send these kids off with as good of a send-off as we possibly can,” Fritzius said. 

Something that can be taken away from this worldwide pandemic is you are never guaranteed another game or another practice. No one ever knows what just might happen tomorrow. 

“Appreciate the four years,” Edwards said. “Because you never know when your last high school game will be.”

Bald Eagles sink Navy at second annual Rumble in the Jungle

By Margaux Rentzel

Red Lion hosted their second Rumble in the Jungle on Friday, Dec. 13 in the Fitzkee Center. Lock Haven and Navy went head to head for an NCAA Division 1 wrestling match. 

Lock Haven took the lead in the first half with a score of 12 to 6 at intermission. Before the last match, Navy almost caught up with a score of 16-15 as fans from both teams cheered on their wrestlers.

“The support from this area has been really big,” Scott Moore, the head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University said. “We are excited for the community to embrace wrestling.”

The last match between Casey Cobb and DJ Fehlman finished the score off with 19-15 for Lock Haven. 

“To be able to win a match like that,” Coach Moore said, “feels pretty good.”

The crowd was entertained during intermission with the Red Lion coed cheerleaders performing their routine.  This was followed by an exhibition freestyle match between junior Tiffani Baublitz from Kennard Dale and junior Seda Tsarni from Watkins Mill High School, Montgomery County, Maryland.. 

“I was excited they even asked us to wrestle,” Baublitz, an assistant junior high wrestling coach for Red Lion, said. The girls were glad to bring awareness to women’s wrestling.

“A couple years ago,” Seda Tsarni said, “You would’ve never thought that high school girls would be wrestling at a college match.”  

Plans for the third annual event are already in the works.

Red Lion Football: Team bonds like FAMILY in Fall 2019

By Ryelee Stone

Editor

The lights were brightly shining, the commentator’s voice was booming, and spectators of all ages were beginning to form a crowd for a Friday night football game.

The highly anticipated senior night football game between Red Lion and Dallastown on Friday, Oct. 25. was the last game of the 2019 football season, so the pressure was on the Lions to win. 

It was 14-7 going into halftime.  Dallastown got the ball back and scored on their first possession of the second half.  The Wildcats scored again and went into the fourth quarter with a 21-20 lead .

The Lions would get a few defensive stops and score one last time to take the lead 28-21, and they didn’t look back.

“The best part of the game was beating Dallastown on senior night on our home field in front of a big crowd,” said cornerback and captain Kobe Martin. “The key was everyone working together as a team, and everyone doing their assignments.”

“Ending the year beating Dallastown is always a success,” head coach Jesse Shay said. “Of course we wanted to make the playoffs, but that is not the only measure of success.” 

Even though the Lions won their last game, the overall record for the season was 6-4. 

Red Lion was undefeated for the first part of the season with the hopes that  their fate would be as good as last year’s record when the team advanced to the playoffs.  

The blowout game against Central York that ended with a score of 58-7 changed that momentum.

Red Lion’s student section was quiet and sat down during the middle of the game, while some spectators left early. 

“The game was mostly dull,” junior Mauriana Lower said. “There just wasn’t much happening that the student section could be excited about.”

The football team was not able to connect their passes, which ultimately hurt them in the end.

“We need to fix what’s wrong and move forward,” coach Shay said in his post-game speech. “Let it sting. Let this one sting.”

The Red Lion vs. Central York football game was a loss, but the turning point of the season was the SouthWestern game. 

“We didn’t execute well,” senior captain Kobe Martin said. “It seemed like people were down the whole time and we couldn’t get anything going.”

This loss may have discouraged the team and affected how they played from that point on. The South Western game was an opportunity for the Lions to prove themselves, but they lost the game 17-14.

The Lions had one more chance to redeem themselves on their Homecoming game against New Oxford. They lost with a score of 27-0 on Oct. 11.

“All hope was lost,” said wide receiver Randy Fizer. “You’re supposed to win your homecoming game, but we didn’t.” 

There were more losses throughout the season. On Oct. 4, Red Lion lost to William Penn 18-0 at their field. There were still wins that the team could be proud of during the season.

The Lions topped the Bobcats with a score of 41-28 on Sept. 27 at Horn field. Red Lion also won at Spring Grove on Oct. 18 with a score of 26-13.

“I think overall the boys played well together and really embraced the ‘FAMILY’ motto this year,” football manager Starr Sandt said. “They played for each other, with each other even though the outcome was not what they had hoped for.”

Red Lion’s football team had to overcome many injuries from starting players. During this time, the seniors continued to lead the team while some underclassmen had to fill in certain roles.

Even though the Lions did not have a perfect season and did not make the playoffs, the team bonded together. 

“When you lose a football game, it’s devastating,” coach Shay said. “But you have a whole team to lean on to get through that feeling.”

Lions leave the Wildcats scoreless at second home game

By Marissa Burd

Editor-in-Chief

Red Lion Baseball played rival Dallastown on Wed., Apr. 3.

Senior CJ Czerwinski started at pitcher for the Lions and the defense holds the Wildcats scoreless.

The Lions got their offense started off early when a Senior Channing Bratton lead the game off with a walk and Czerwinski followed by singling to left center to put the Lions up 1-0 in the bottom of the first.

During the bottom of the second, senior Nate Hodgkinson singled up the middle and then junior Adam Naylor walked.

Another senior, Sean Gladfelter, bunted to advance both runners. Then, senior Tyler Ness, bunted as well and scored Hodgkinson. The Lions built their lead to 2-0.

Both teams failed to score again until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lions added to their margin.

The inning started when senior Cole Daugherty hit a single. Shortly after, Czerwinski advanced and Daugherty ran to second base.

Ben Price, a senior, hit a grounder to second and Daugherty made his way to third.

The score reached 3-0 after Hodgkinson hit a center field single and scored Daugherty.

The remaining innings were scoreless and the Lions took the win with the final score of 3-0.

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