Both the Solanco boys and girls lost to Elizabethtown in the first track meet of the season.
"It has been a short cold two and half weeks for practice," coach Ivan Haines said. "It was difficult trying to practice in the weather. Our number of athletes is up this year for both teams which is great providing us with many inexperienced athletes. With only two senior girls and eight guys we will be depending on our underclassmen."
The reviews are in.
The Solanco softball team is a big hit.
The Mules banged out 18 base-knocks to raise the curtain on the season with a 9-1 triumph over host Pequea Valley Friday. Winning pitcher Kortnee Kreider delivered a two-out, two-run hit in the first to plate Kerri Mauger and Emily Parmer.
When the Solanco baseball team scored nine runs in the fourth inning to take the lead against Spring Grove they could not have suspected the visitors would counter with an inning nearly twice as big.
But that's precisely what happened as Spring Grove exploded for a whopping 17 runs in the sixth inning to down the Mules 25-11 Saturday.
The Solanco baseball team surprised some people last season.
This year, the Mules are embracing their role as section and league title contenders.
The Solanco boys and girls track and field teams have a higher number of athletes this year which could lead to both individual and team success.
Despite the increase in numbers, the girls squad will still rely heavily on underclassmen, coach Ivan Haines said.
District qualifiers Jillian Eberly and Kristina King graduated and the Mules will be counting on underclassmen Natalie Crum, Carly Allport, Abby Yoder, and Morgan Perry. Crum, Allport, and Yoder each have track experience and Perry is a member of the cross country squad. Junior Essi Glah-Fisher and senior Dakota White will also contribute.
As usual, the Solanco softball team expects to compete for a section title and a district playoff berth.
Senior Kortnee Kreider will lead the Mules' pitching staff and is expected to carry the load while sophomores Cait Armstrong and Kalyn Berger battle back from injuries.
Senior Emily Parmer returns behind the plate. "She receives the ball very well and is a good defensive catcher," coach Brett Miller said.
Solanco's Thomas Haines captured his fourth PIAA wrestling title Saturday night.
Haines defeated Pottsgrove's Pat Finn 6-1 in the 285-pound title bout at the Giant Center in Hershey.
He is the 12th wrestler to win four PIAA championships.