The Solanco JV football team routed visiting Elizabethtown 35-8 Monday, October 21.
Quarterback Tyler Turpen and running backs Austin Polizzi, Prosper Eguzouwa and Kyle Allen each turned in a strong performance. Allen and Eguzouwa both scored two touchdowns and Polizzi punched in a score behind the dominant performance of the offensive line – Curtis Herr, Hayden Herr, Christian Weder, JJ Gamber, and Dawson Gote.
Cody Kauffman, Keith Carnrike, Blade Sedner, and Jarrett McGuire led a stout Mules' defense.
"Overall, it was a great team effort," coach Chris Lenhart said.
Lenhart said it may be the final game of the season for Solanco (2-2).
"Each week the guys have improved and remained patient, waiting for opportunities to come their way" the coach said. "This group of young players takes pride in battling the varsity offense and defense every week, and were just as much a part of the win (against Elizabethtown in the varsity game) as the guys who were on the field. Coach Hammel, Coach Glackin, and myself are proud of their effort, dedication, hard work, and positive contributions to the Solanco football program."
Solanco's Connor Sheehan made history at the eighth annual PIAA East Regional Golf Tournament, held at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood on Tuesday, October 15.
Sheehan shot a one-under 71 to finish in a tie for third, earning the first-ever region medal for a Mules' golfer.
The Solanco boys and girls cross country teams turned in a solid showing at the Lancaster-Lebanon League meet Tuesday, October 15 in Ephrata.
"It was a very good day," coach Craig Ausel said.
The Solanco Junior High football team lost 24-14 to Elizabethtown.
Jayson Hopkins returned a kick 63 yards for a touchdown and Nate Kellenberger hauled in a 31-yard pass for the other score.
"We continued to show improvement and work together as a team," Solanco coach Todd Brown said. "We had a few good stands on defense and our offense was able to consistently move the ball. This week we installed a no-huddle attack which kept Elizabethtown off-balance and unable to blitz their linebackers. David Baughman and Nate Kellenberger played very well on defense and both had key catches on offense."
The Solanco girls soccer team earned its second win of the season before losing the season finale.
Manheim Central downed the Mules 2-0.
"We had possession in their half but we missed some chances and it came back to hurt us," Solanco coach Rob Bramble said. "Overall there was some improvement in the girls' play."
Solanco routed Lebanon 7-1 Tuesday, October 8.
Rauna Curry-Saner tallied twice for the Mules and Megan Bleacher, Becca Trimble, Anna Shoemaker, Taylor Fabian, and Abby Yoder each added a goal.
Shoemaker headed home a pass from Molly Briggs.
Alexis Garnica made several nice passes which led to goals.
Bramble is encouraged by the play of his mostly inexperienced squad.
"I saw some improvement in the way we played and the competitiveness of our squad," the coach said. "The reality is most of our players are underclassmen and will be more experienced next year. I'm strongly encouraging them to play in offseason tournaments on travel teams or at some level. I think next year the improvement will be reflected more in games won."
The Solanco girls soccer team suffered three setbacks last week.
Annville-Cleona edged the Mules 2-1 Saturday morning.
The Solanco cross country squad faced some of the other top teams in the league at Manheim Central Tuesday, September 24.
"Cross country is a great sport in which you can often be very successful and yet not always attain the desired outcomes," Mules coach Craig Ausel said. "We had some outstanding times on this very flat and fast course but so did our competition."
The Solanco JV football team suffered a 19-16 setback to Lampeter-Strasburg Monday, September 23.
The Mules "played with great emotion and energy" and with the ball at the end of the game, came up just short of the go-ahead score, coach Chris Lenhart said. Vince Ortiz tossed two touchdown passes, one to Troy Berry and another to Billy Cooney. Prosper Eguzouwa punched in a two-point conversion. The Solanco defense, anchored by J.J. Gamber, Kyle Allen, and Zab Eshleman, recorded their first safety of the season.