Immediately following the Solanco girls basketball team's milestone win over Lampeter-Strasburg, coach Chad McDowell started making sure his squad would avoid a letdown in its next game vs. Cocalico.
He was quite confident the Mules would be ready and his faith was rewarded with a 47-34 triumph over the Eagles Friday night.
The Mules experienced déja vu during a 53-36 loss to host Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday night, January 8.
It was the second straight game, Solanco struggled early against a zone fullcourt press and fell behind 10-0. The same thing happened in a lopsided loss to Garden Spot five days earlier.
Garden Spot scored the game's first 10 points and went on to an 81-58 victory over the host Solanco boys basketball team Friday night, January 4.
The Spartans' dynamic guard Keontae Nunn poured in 34 points with 16 coming in the first half and 16 more in the fourth quarter as the visitors pulled away.
The Solanco wrestling team is gaining valuable experience during the most challenging stretch of the dual meet season.
Facing some of the toughest opponents on its schedule, the Mules are 1-3.
Solanco lost 51-26 to visiting Conestoga Valley Wednesday, January 2.
Forced to play more minutes than usual because of teammates' foul trouble, Grace Kreider admitted she was exhausted during the final seconds of regulation.
Solanco's senior guard made sure she didn't have to work overtime.
Kreider drilled a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to lift the Mules to a Solanco Holiday Tournament championship with a 39-37 triumph over Red Lion in the title game Saturday, December 28.
PHOTOS: Solanco boys basketball defeats Conestoga Valley in overtime of holiday tournament consolation game
The Solanco boys basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime then scored the first eight points of the extra session to nip Conestoga Valley 66-64 Saturday, December 29, in the consolation game of the Solanco Holiday Tournament.
Dawson Kreider tallied a total of 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a clutch three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Zed Baker paced the Mules with 18 points, Kreider finished with 15. Zach Wiker supplied 12 points.
The Solanco girls basketball team turned up the defensive intensity to snap a two-game losing streak.
Seizing command with a second quarter spurt, the Mules downed perennial postseason participants Northern Lebanon 58-36 Friday night, December 21.
by Bud Hart
Going into the season coach Tony Mendez knew the season would be a challenge. “We are lacking experience,” wrote Mendez. “We lost seven seniors last year and with that lost a lot of experience. Losing Jackson Houghton doesn’t help as well.” The sophomore was nursing an injured hand and returned later in the week.
Photos from the Solanco JV and varsity boys basketball teams' games against Lancaster Catholic Monday night, December 17. The Mules lost the JV game 61-53 and fell in the varsity game 65-28.
With a 64-46 win in a crossover game with the Donegal Indians, the Mules opened their 2018-19 league season at Mount Joy, on Friday, December 14. Leading 30-25 at the half, Solanco outscored the home team 34-21 in the second half of play to win handily.