May Day came on March 29.
Mile May belted two home runs and Cory Stively tossed a one-hit shutout to power the Solanco baseball team to a 10-0 five-inning triumph over visiting Lebanon Friday afternoon.
Solanco boys and girls track and field teams opened the season with a home meet against Manheim Central Wednesday, March 27.
The Barons won the boys competition 101-49 and took the girls meet 84-66.
It was an inauspicious opening act for the Solanco softball coach, but coach Brett Miller is confident the Mules will improve drastically once they get more rehearsals and performances under their belts.
Section rival Elizabethtown posted a 13-2 triumph over host Solanco in five innings in the curtain-jerker Wednesday, March 27.
Solanco's boys and girls track and field teams will be judging this season's success on the athletes' individual goals, coach Ivan Haines said.
Solanco baseball coach Tom Fish frequently uses the word "excited" when discussing his team's prospects this spring.
Solanco has been building toward this season for three years and Fish fully expects the Mules to reap the rewards of their preparation.
"I'm excited to see what these guys can do," the coach said. "We've given them a lot of instruction. Now they get an opportunity to show what they've learned."
Solanco's softball team will look different than originally planned, but the Mules' lofty expectations never change.
"The goal for the team is always the same," coach Brett Miller said. "Win the game. Players can have individual goals but the team's goal is to win the game. If you put enough of those wins together people start handing you hardware."
Solanco Youth Basketball has been providing kids with a fun, competitive hoops program for 25 years.
SYB celebrated its silver anniversary with three championship games and a free throw shooting contest Saturday, March 9.
Children in grades kindergarten through 9th grade who live within the Solanco School District are eligible to participate in the league. This season, Solanco Youth Basketball had 346 players on more than 35 teams with a total of 60 volunteer coaches. There were 335 basketball players last year compared to 317 in 2017 and 295 in 2016.
"We are growing each season," league president Scott Bailey said.
The Solanco girls basketball team had an uncharacteristically awful shooting night at the most inopportune time.
The Golden Mules made just one of 28 three-point attempts during a 49-39 loss to Mount St. Joseph in a PIAA Class 5A first round game at Upper Dublin High in Fort Washington Saturday afternoon.
Section Three champion and District III fourth place finisher Solanco (20-8) ends the season on a three-game losing streak.
Parmer provides link between first Solanco girls basketball team to make states and the 2018-19 team
There is a direct link between the first Solanco girls basketball team to qualify for the state tournament and this year's squad which will make the third PIAA appearance in program history.
Emily Parmer has been part of the program both times, albeit in much different roles.
Parmer, a seventh grade math teacher at Swift Middle School, was a sophomore reserve guard on the 2012 squad which earned a state berth for the first time. Seven years later, she is coaching at her alma mater. Parmer guided Solanco's seventh grade team this season and is serving as one of several assistants on the varsity staff.
PHOTOS: Solanco girls basketball loses to Twin Valley in District III third place game, will start PIAA tournament play Saturday against Mount St. Joseph
Four was the magic number in the Solanco girls basketball team's 45-37 loss to visiting Twin Valley in the District III third place game Thursday night.
The Golden Mules mustered just four points in the fourth quarter and finished fourth in the district tournament.