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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


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.

RL hosting NCAA wrestling match

By Brody Patmore

Senior Editor

Red Lion is hosting a NCAA Division I wrestling match this Friday, January 25 in the Fitzkee Center. The match is between Arizona State and Lock Haven University, two top-15 ranked schools in the nation. An event like this, at least in recent history, has not taken place in York County.

“The match on Friday has a bunch of ranked guys in the country on each team and some exciting match ups individually,” said Red Lion senior wrestler Cole Daugherty.

Red Lion wrestling coach Mike Catullo was a former assistant coach at The University of Maryland and was the one who had the connections to bring an event like this to Red Lion.

There have been 1,700-1,900 tickets sold so far as of January 22. There are still some left, tickets can be bought at

The expected revenue total is estimated to be around $25,000 when all said and done according to Red Lion athletic director Arnold Fritzius.

The match will feature Kennard-Dale graduate and now star Lock Haven wrestler Chance Marsteller. Marsteller was a perfect 166-0 in his high school career and in 2018 placed fourth at NCAA championships and hopes to win a national championship in 2019.

Although in a different weight class as Marsteller, Arizona State will also bring their own national powerhouse. Zahid Valencia, a redshirt junior, who has many accomplishments that include winning the NCAA championship last year, will make an appearance.

Arizona State practiced in the wrestling room at the senior high on Wednesday in front of some of Red Lion’s wrestlers.

“It was amazing seeing a national champion wrestle so close, and seeing what he goes through every day to get to the top,” said Daugherty about Valencia.

“It is a great opportunity to host this event. It confirms our districts willingness to take on new and large challenges,” said Fritzius. “We know the wrestling community is excited to have an event, of this quality, at our district.”

Football beats Dallastown and becomes division I champions

By Brody Patmore

Sports Editor

Red Lion football won the Division I title last Friday. That’s now the third Red Lion fall sports team that’s won the Division I title this 2018 season. 

Red Lion, Central York, and William Penn all began the day with a 5-1 divisional record and any of the three could’ve been champions. After a 17-10 victory over cross town rivals Dallastown the team advanced to 6-1 in the division and celebrated winning their share of the YAIAA 
Division I title.

While a win for Red Lion secured them a share of the title Central York and William Penn battled for the other half of the title. William Penn beat Central York and became co regular season champions with Red Lion.

The Lions will head to Wilson this Friday to take on the 7-3 bulldogs in the first round of districts for a spot in the next

Cole Renfro attempts to make a diving catch in the endzone for Red Lion against Dallastown Friday, Oct. 26. Photograph: Carol Kelkis.
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