Lions leave the Wildcats scoreless at second home game
By: Marissa Burd
The Lions got their offense started off early when a Senior, #3, 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, #34, singled up the middle and then junior, #58, Adam Naylor walked.
Another senior, Sean Gladfelter, #7, bunts to advance both runners. Then, senior Tyler Ness, #22, bunts as well and scores Hodgkinson. The Lions build their lead to 2-0.
Both teams failed to score again until the bottom of the 5th inning when the Lions added to their margin
The inning started when senior Cole Daugherty, #25, who hit a single. Shortly after, Czerwinski advanced and Daugherty ran to second base.
Ben Price, a senior sporting #45, hit a grounder to second and Daugherty made his way to third.
The score reaches 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
Supporting friends and families came out to cheer on Red Lion Varsity Baseball at their home-opener on 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, #42, Cameron Czerwinski, started off the bottom of the second inning with a walk.
Ben Price, senior #45, then advanced Czerwinski to third base with a double.
Another senior, Nate Hodgkinson #34, 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 5th inning, when Hodgkinson picked up his next hit of the day. Hodgkinson then advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Senior Jaylen Bell, #1, 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, #58, then scored Hodgkinson on an RBI double, making the score 5-4.
Senior Tyler Ness, #22, came in to pinch run for Naylor on second base.
Then tying the game, sophomore Kyle Daugherty, #2, singled to center to score Ness.
Daugherty stole to second, and then got to third on a wild pitch. Brother, senior Cole Daugherty, #25, 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.
It’s all about that Base: Lowe sets sights on College
By: Natalie Rentzel
It’s a brisk early Saturday morning, Megan Lowe stands beside the large purple mat as she and the Red Lion Coed Cheer prepares to perform at their first showcase of the season.
The Fitzkee Center is filled with rowdy supporters and the energy captivates the team.
They all huddle up and people inflict positive and motivational thoughts onto their teammates.
Red Lion Coed is announced and the team runs to take their place on the mat.
As nerves begin to settle in, senior Megan Lowe is not nervous because she has been doing this since she was 5 years old. To her it’s a routine that she’s become very familiar with.
As the music begins and the routine endures, Lowe charms the audience with her bubbly personality and proud smile. This spirit, while she performs, has created a drive for cheerleading that has lasted for the past 13 years of her life.
Lowe credits cheerleading for shaping her into the person she is today.
“Teamwork, pushing through the hard times and using them to get better, [while] never giving up” is the mindset Lowe follows.
The teammates and coaches Lowe has worked with, throughout her cheerleading career has helped her in her life outside of her sport.
One coach, named Shea Meyers, she had during her sophomore and junior year season at Cheer Tyme, has impacted not just her cheer career but her personal life as well.
“He saw the good in everybody and taught me to as well,” Lowe said.“His saying ‘Just be nice bro’ has stuck with me.”
Her teammates take note of the enthusiasm Lowe brings to the team.
“Megan contributes so much confidence and difficult skills to the cheer team, she always likes doing more than [the coaches] ask,” teammate Chloe Warner said. “[She] brings a lot of laughter and fun to the team.”
She is not done with cheerleading anytime soon, as she plans to cheer at the collegiate level.
Lowe plans to try out for the cheer team at Pennsylvania State University in the upcoming year.
After her acceptance into the University, she decided to work as hard as she can to hopefully secure a spot on the Penn State Cheer Team. In hopes of following through with her childhood dream of cheering in college.
Boys basketball finishes season with young team
By: Brody Patmore
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
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 redlionwrestling.org.
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
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