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."
In the boys race, freshman Anthony Solis-Morales crossed the line first for Solanco in 12th with a time of 18:02. "Anthony is a talented runner who had a decent summer of training and is now learning how to race," said Ausel.
Avery Jacobsen was 13th with a time of 18:06. "Avery is working hard to overcome the lack of solid miles in June and July but we anticipate consistent improvement as the season moves forward," the coach said.
Nathan Eller and Tate Fisher both had strong races at 18:48 and 19:04 respectively. "We do believe that Tate and Nathan can run consistently in the 18-minute range on flatter courses than ours," said Ausel.
Newcomer Joey Hartigan made a big step in establishing himself as a top five runner with a 26th place finish in 19:33.
Rounding out Solanco's squad: Mason Sinclair 20:47, Evan Hasting 20:56, Liam Findley 21:01, Adam Noel 21:18, Brandon Daniel-Morales 21:28, Jimmy Hartigan 21:28, Sean Keller 21:41, Ryan Vanover 25:44, Eamon Kreider 25:45, and Edward Billings 29:01.
In the girls race, freshman Daria Neaves, coming off an outstanding 9th place finish at Lock Haven, struggled but ran a solid 22:04 to finish 10th in a very strong field.
Another freshman, Emma Baxter, continued to surprise the coaching staff with a solid 18th place finish in 23:22.
Rounding out the scoring for the ladies was Nicole Dodson 23:54, Halle Brown 24:01, and Chesley Ledesma 25:25.
Other finishers for Solanco were Stella Woy 26:14, Elaina Kreider 26:25, and Evelyn Billings 28:03.
"Our ladies squad ran well," said Ausel. "We are not deep, so we do struggle to beyond the four position."
Solanco volleyball photos
The inexperienced Solanco volleyball team dropped its first two matches of the season.
Elizabethtown topped the host Mules 25-10, 25-9, 25-12 Thursday night, September 5.
"We had good spurts where there were some good volleys back and forth," Solanco coach Meghan Cross said. "Our passing definitely hurt us and our coverage on the court. We're still working through lineups. We've had some injuries. We're still trying to find the lineup that's going to work best for us."
Nathaly Molinarez paced Solanco with a pair of kills. Madi Davis collected five assists, eight digs, and an ace. Emma Canale contributed three blocks and Molinarez and Anya Fisher each added two.
"We have some very young players and [experience] comes with playing a lot of games," said Cross.
Solanco lost 25-10, 25-14, 25-9 to host Manheim Central Tuesday night, September 3.
Cheyanne Cutler, Natalie Diamond, and Jada Dow each had a kill for the Mules.
Canale recorded two blocks and an ace. Maggie Perry provided a team-high seven digs.
Solanco girls soccer photos
The Solanco girls soccer team (3-2) lost a pair of overtime games sandwiched around a victory over Penn Manor.
Mataya Hostetter scored six minutes into the extra session to give Garden Spot a 1-0 triumph over the host Mules Saturday morning.
Solanco goalie Gabi Dolan made five saves.
The Mules nipped visiting Penn Manor 4-3 Thursday, September 5.
Solanco built a 3-0 halftime lead before fighting off the Comets' comeback bid.
The Mules took the lead in the 13th minute on a goal by Paige Balliet. Alana Yoder's long shot was deflected by a Penn Manor defender and the ball caromed right to the Balliet.
Solanco tallied twice in less than two minutes to up the edge to 3-0. With 7:23 left in the half, Meg Bailey stole the ball from a Comet defender, dribbled around a second defender, and buried a left foot shot into the net.
One minute 47 seconds later, Yoder slammed home a perfectly-placed corner kick by Balliet.
"I thought we looked flat coming right out of the gate, then started to put some things together," Mules coach Ken Yoder said. "I think we were able to work some passes and start to take advantage of their back line a little bit and use some of our speed to break things up a little bit. It was a good game overall. I was happy to come out with a win."
Penn Manor scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to get back into it. The Mules finally got some breathing room with 10:36 remaining when Yoder scored her second goal of the game on a free kick from 30 yards away. The Comets countered five minutes later but could not come up with the equalizer.
"It was kind of crazy," Ken Yoder said. "We had some momentum going and I was warning the girls at halftime 3-0 up I knew the game was far from over and [Penn Manor] came out just clicking. That's what I expected and our girls were kind of on their heels. We're still young. We're still learning how to weather some of the storms and the ups and downs of the game. But I thought they played great. The free kick gave us some cushion but they came right back. It's tough with the younger girls giving me a heart attack here."
Solanco dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to host Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday night, September 3.
Balliet scored the Mules goal off an assist from Yoder.