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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.

Lions win home-opener in walk off fashion

By Marissa Burd

Editor-in-Chief

Supporting friends and families came out to cheer on Red Lion Varsity Baseball at their home-opener Mon., Apr. 1.

In the top of the second inning, opponents the Spring Grove Rockets scored two runs, leaving the score at 2-0.

Senior Cameron Czerwinski, started off the bottom of the second inning with a walk.

Ben Price, a senior, then advanced Czerwinski to third base with a double.

Another senior, Nate Hodgkinson put the Lions first run on the board with an RBI single to score Czerwinski.

The game was then scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Hodgkinson picked up his next hit of the day. Hodgkinson then advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Senior Jaylen Bell tied the game at 2-2 with an infield single to score Hodgkinson.

In the bottom of the sixth Czerwinski singled to centerfield, and Price then hit an RBI triple to score Czerwinski to bring the score to 3-2.

During the top of the seventh, the Rockets strung together a couple hits, making the score 5-3.

To start the bottom of the seventh, Hodgkinson tripled to right field on his third hit of the day.

Junior Adam Naylor then scored Hodgkinson on an RBI double, making the score 5-4.

Senior Tyler Ness came in to pinch run for Naylor on second base.

Then tying the game, sophomore Kyle Daugherty singled to center to score Ness.

Daugherty stole to second, and then got to third on a wild pitch. His brother, senior Cole Daugherty, walked.

C. Daugherty then stole second and Czerwinski was intentionally walked to load the bases for the Lions.

Price then came up huge for the Lions with a walk-off single to right field, and the Lions win their first home game of the season 6-5.

Boys basketball finishes season with young team

By Brody Patmore

Sports Editor

Red Lion boys basketball season started early December with a 58-40 win against Mifflin County. Just under two months later the season came to an end Wednesday, Feb. 5 as the Lions fell to Dallastown by a final score of 56-46.

The teams season ended with a 10-12 overall record and 4-10 in YAIAA Division I play.

The team scored a total of 1,185 points through their 22 games averaging just under 54 points a game. On the defensive side they gave up 1,144 points averaging exactly 52 points against per game. Head coach Steven Schmehl completed his 12th year of coaching. “I felt like we were very competitive in each and every game and not far away from being a playoff team” said Schmehl.

The future for the team has some good potential. Next year the team will return three starters that will all be juniors. “We will return four of our top six scorers and anticipate being very competitive in the next couple seasons.” said Schmehl.

“We need to shoot the ball better and take care or it better next year” said Schmehl on what the team needs to improve. As for the teams strengths, Schmehl felt toughness was a trait the team carried through the whole season.

A true testimony of that toughness came on Jan 22 when the lions faced York High, the eventual county champions. Red Lion played one of their best games of the season lead by senior Phillip Douglass who had 30 points. They took the best team in the league to two overtime periods before losing by a final score of 79-69.

Douglass was one of the top scorers on the team and will be missed next season. “I’ll miss the free feeling I get when playing the game,” said Douglass, “When I’m in the zone I feel like everything slows done, I have no care in the world but playing with all my effort.”

Rumble in the Jungle invited thousands to Fitzkee Center

By Marissa Burd

Editor-in-Chief

The Lock Haven University vs. Arizona State University “Rumble in the Jungle” NCAA Division I wrestling match has been the talk at Red Lion for the past couple of months.

For the first time ever, Red Lion High School hosted a college wrestling match.

Just tonight, Fri. Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. was time for the event.

Thousands of spectators including students, players, and coaches filled Red Lion High School’s Fitzkee Center.

Within the first few matches, Lock Haven took lead.

The last match of the night was between Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller, a former Kennard Dale High School graduate and wrestler, and Arizona State’s Josh Shields, who is also from Pennsylvania.

Marsteller fought hard and took the last match into overtime. Shields then won the match 2-1.

After a busy night of cheerleading performances, engaged crowds, and a number of tough matches, the final score was 23-14 with Lock Haven taking the winning title.

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