The Solanco football team suffered an excruciating 42-35 loss to undefeated Shippensburg in the first round of the district playoffs at Veterans Memorial Park Friday night, November 1.
Solanco senior Keirra Laird wanted one final goal before she concluded her high school career.
She got it at the last possible second.
Laird scored just prior to the final buzzer in the Mules' season-ending 3-1 loss to visiting Cocalico Friday, October 11.
The Solanco girls soccer team bounced back from a disappointing defeat by pulling out a victory in the final five minutes.
Alana Yoder scored in the 75th minute to lift the Mules to a 2-1 triumph over host Kennett Saturday morning.
Solanco coach Meghan Cross saw some positive signs in her team's 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 loss to visiting Lancaster Catholic Monday night, September 9.
"We scored a lot more points as a whole," Cross said. "We made some improvements on our coverage and we had a lot of play at the net which are two things we really focused on at the end of last week after our matches."
Nathaly Molinarez led the Mules with five kills and Jada Dow added three. Emma Canale contributed five blocks and Anya Fisher chipped in two. Molinarez led Solanco with nine digs and Madi Davis and Alondra Quinonez each added five. Davis dished out seven assists.
"We're still working on the passing," said Cross. "A lot of it is positioning and confidence. We've got to keep confidence in ourselves. Volleyball is a mental game."
Solanco boys soccer loses to Octorara
Solanco's boys soccer team lost to visiting Octorara 6-1 Tuesday, September 10.
After Octorara went ahead 3-0, Nic Cozzone scored the Mules' lone goal with 7:48 left in the first half.
Cozzone's long shot hit the left goal post then caromed off the Braves' goalie and into the net.
The Solanco cross country team performed well in a home meet Tuesday, September 3, coach Craig Ausel said.
The boys squad lost to Cedar Crest 15-53 and to Manheim Township 17-45. The girls fell to Cedar Crest 15-49 and to Township 16-51.
"Coming off a fast and hard race [the previous] Saturday at Lock Haven our squads responded very well to our difficult course," Ausel said. "Our team goal is be competitive and improve with every race and we did that. Manheim Township and Cedar Crest are by far the two strongest teams in our league."
The Solanco tennis team lost to visiting Octorara 7-0 in the season opener Tuesday, August 20.
Many of the names have changed, but the expectations are the same.
The Solanco football team lost 27 seniors from last year's team which finished 7-5 including a district playoff win.
The Mules still envision competing for another postseason berth this fall.
"We're really young," Solanco coach Tony Cox said. "We brought five freshmen up so a lot of kids don't have experience for Friday night games, yet."
New Solanco tennis coach Bob Walrath has a couple simple goals for the season.
"I want us to get more competitive and continue to grow," Walrath said. "We have a young team. They are coachable people who want to learn. If we keep pushing ourselves in practice I'll be very content with that. They've done everything I've asked and I'm pleased with the progress."
A sign advocating good sportsmanship and a persistent son are just two of the reasons Bob Walrath is the new Solanco High School tennis coach.
An impressive resume didn't hurt.
As Director of Buildings and Grounds for the Solanco School District, Bruce Bennett is a busy man.
In addition to overseeing construction projects and maintenance of district facilities, Bennett is also responsible for preparation and upkeep of Solanco High School's athletic fields.
He trusts a vast majority of that work to a crew of four part-time employees – Ron Altoff, Jimmy Ulrich, John Bishop, and Dennis Kreider.