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Spring Sports

Hempfield Handles Ephrata

Before battling Ephrata Friday in his first mound start this spring, Hempfield right-hander Andrew Corso acknowledged he battled some inner butterflies.

“It was nerve-wracking,” he said after going four solid innings and earning the win in a 9-4 final in sun-splashed Landisville. “Once I settled down I started throwing strikes.”

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Manheim Central comes back to beat Ephrata

Nick Farlow's emphatic kill from the middle of the net that gave Ephrata a 2-1 lead in its Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two match with Manheim Central and seemed to say that, yes, Ephrata was going to grab and hold the momentum

So, the Barons needed to win the fourth set to say alive in the match and they did so rather easily, which was surprising and yet not so surprising at the same time.

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Bears Find Momentum

On paper, Monday’s 16-8 loss to Hempfield appears bad on paper for the Elizabethtown boys’ lacrosse team. Look closer, though, and you’ll see that the Bears battled back in the second half of the defeat, outscoring the Knights, 7-6.

“I think we didn’t have the intensity we needed when we started coming out at the beginning of games,” E-town junior midfielder Tom Poulos said. “After Hempfield we really set a tempo to stay up there and come out hard and be ready to go.”

E-town carried that momentum into Thursday’s home matchup against visiting Ephrata. The Bears took an early four-goal lead in the opening period, and stretched their advantage to seven goals by halftime in rolling to a 16-8 Lancaster-Lebanon League win over the Mounts (2-1 league, 3-2 overall).

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Cocalico downs upstart Ephrata

The Ephrata girls’ lacrosse team earlier this week earned its fifth win of the season, matching last year’s win total (5-13) in just the team’s sixth game this spring.

That was notable in its own right, but even more so when considering Mounts head coach Kirstin Schneider had previously said she only returned about half her starters and had other starters new to the sport this year.

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Ephrata Girls Surge Past Pioneers

Ephrata's Sarah Holtz glanced over a her coach, John Keller, before she took the baton for the third leg of the 4 x 400 relay against Lampeter-Strasburg Monday afternoon at Ephrata Middle School.

The Mountaineers already clinched a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two victory but trailed by a few paces in the final event of the blustery afternoon.

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