Solanco is rebuilding its boys basketball program one grade level at a time with the Junior High varsity team leading the way.
The Mules' squad finished the year with a 13-5 record after defeating Pequea Valley 39-14 in the season finale Tuesday, February 4.
Jenna Dombach saved her best performance for possibly the final home game of her stellar career.
Solanco's senior guard served as the primary ball-handler against Northern Lebanon's stifling defense and poured in 22 points to pace the Mules to a 41-32 victory in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament quarterfinal contest Saturday night, February 8.
Solanco swept the final three bouts by fall to defeat Donegal 37-30 Thursday evening, February 8 in the final wrestling dual meet of the season.
Solanco girls basketball coach Chad McDowell, speaking in the preseason: "There is that factor there that we did lose so many players, I think a lot of teams in the league think, well Solanco lost [five seniors, including three starters] and they're not going to be there again. Well I've got news for them. We are going to be there again. We're not rebuilding. We're reloading. We've got the potential here to compete like we have in the other years. I've heard it in distant conversations, 'Well Solanco is not going to be where they were the last two years.' I just sort of smile and say, 'You may be right." But deep down I know we've got the making to have a team just as good as we've had the last two years if we put all the pieces together."
Solanco seized command of the girls basketball Section Three championship chase.
The Mules downed visiting Lampeter-Strasburg 47-40 Thursday night, January 23.
The Solanco boys basketball team suffered its 13th straight loss, a 61-41 setback to host Lampeter-Strasburg Thursday night, January 23.
The Solanco wrestling team enters this weekend's Lancaster-Lebanon League tournament with a great deal of momentum following a 48-24 victory over host McCaskey Wednesday, January 22.
Solanco's wrestling team is putting it together at the right time.
The Mules have won eight straight dual meets after dropping the first two of the season.
Solanco improved to 3-2 in section competition with a 42-27 triumph over visiting Manheim Township Wednesday, January 15.
The Solanco girls basketball team won two of three games last week. Saturday's game at Daniel Boone was postponed. A makeup date has not yet been set.
Solanco 66, Octorara 22
Paige Phillips scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter and added four steals. Ilynd Rapant recorded 11 points and six rebounds and Jade Eshelman notched nine points and seven rebounds. Jenna Dombach delivered six points and six assists and Angela Cylc contributed six points. Twelve different Mules scored.
The Solanco boys basketball team's losing streak is up to 11 following three losses last week.
Octorara 61, Solanco 52
Zed Baker led the Mules with 16 points and Colesen Sheaffer supplied 13. Ryan Smith scored 11 and Tyler Burger chipped in eight.
Solanco eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the second time all season but Octorara pulled away late.