Smith Middle School's teachers outscored the students 79-77 in the school's annual teacher-student basketball game on Friday night, February 20.
Smith principal Paul Gladfelter attributed the win to the staff's outstanding conditioning that allowed them to wear down the students in the game's final quarter.
Solanco's Bo Spiller won his second District Three/Southcentral Regional title and advanced to the state tournament. Spiller (285) once again defeated Warwick's Austin Maguire, this time by a 7-1 decision.
Spiller, who finished fourth in the state last year at 220 pounds, advanced to the finals with two falls and a major decision.
Solanco's junior varsity wrestling team ended its season taking second place behind Governor Mifflin in the Red Lion District 3 wrestling tournament.
Solanco placed six wrestlers scoring 70 points, just two points behind Governor Mifflin.
Placing for the Mules were: Patrick Woods, third place 160 lbs., Josh Boettcher second place, 220 lbs., Sheldon Peiffer first, 106lbs., Owen Stull first, 132 lbs., Joey Davis first, 138 lbs. and Brandon Wiggins first, 152 lbs.
The Solanco wrestling team crowned five individual champions and won its sixth straight sectional tournament title.
AJ Wilson (126), Wyatt Jennings (132), Kody Hart (138), Dalton Groff (145) and Bo Spiller (285) each won gold.
Wilson made a triumphant return to the lineup by beating Hempfield's Aidyn Miller 4-1 in sudden victory in the finals.
Solanco's girls basketball team concluded the season with a 53-37 loss to host Ephrata Tuesday, February 3.
The playoff-bound Mounts proved too tough a task for the Mules on a night where Ephrata honored their seniors and star Kelly Liebl reached the 1,000-point milestone.
Solanco's Taylor Stitz had a huge night in the final game of her career. Stitz collected 12 points and 15 rebounds, 10 of them coming on the offensive glass. "It's a testament to how hard she works," coach Chad McDowell said. "She does all the little things very well. I was glad to see her end her high school career with a night like that."
Solanco secured its sixth straight Section One wrestling title with a 46-24 victory over host Warwick last Wednesday night.
"It was a great match," Mules coach John Little said. "Our team went out and got it done. It's been a great season to this point. To not even be mentioned as a contender this year and to end up 6-0 in Section One is truly remarkable. It's a neat group of guys. Through all the injuries and sickness, moving them up and down weights, there was never any complaining or questioning."
It was a happy Senior Night for the Solanco girls basketball team.
After honoring their five seniors prior to the game, the Mules defeated Garden Spot 33-24.
The Spartans led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter before the Mules switched from man-to-man defense to a zone.