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Crystal Hartman on the Rise with Raiders


When an athlete excels at something in high school, the hope is that, when that person matriculates to college, one of the coaches there will have a background in that event. Maybe even be a former All-American.

That’s the case with Crystal Hartman.

In her years with the Ephrata High School girls track and field team, she competed in a number of events, but the javelin was her best and she finished fourth (2014) and seventh (2013) in the PIAA championships.

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Mounts Hold On For Win


The somewhat strange go-ahead run shouldn’t negate Ephrata’s comeback. In fact, in the Mountaineers’ three-hour Lancaster-Lebanon League baseball marathon against Donegal on Wednesday night, a quirky final run seemed fitting.

Down three at one point, Ephrata battled back and pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning, then watched as the Indians loaded the bases in the top of the seventh.

However, reliever Zac McGillan, the Mounts’ fifth pitcher of the game, induced a gentle comebacker for the final out of Ephrata’s crazy 8-7 victory.

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Eagles get by Mounts


Will there be a changing of the guard in Lancaster- Lebanon League Section Two boys volleyball this spring?

It’s the last week of March, and there’s a long, long way to go. But it’s certainly a distinct possibility, especially with stateranked Manheim Central lurking.

Ephrata steamrolled to the Section Two title last season, but the Mountaineers didn’t quite get off to the start they were hoping for on Tuesday night when they opened defense of their championship.

Cocalico spotted the host Mountaineers the first game, and then rattled off three games in a row for a 3-1 win over the defending section champs in the section opener for both squads. Game scores were 24-26, 25-17, 2513 and 25-18.

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Barons Drop Mounts


For Manheim Central’s boys volleyball team, it’s all about trusting the process.

Doing things the right way. Practicing hard. Playing matches even harder. And winning.

The Barons are taking that motto quite seriously: They have “trust the process” printed on the back of their warmup shirts.

“It’s the process of how they learn and what we’re teaching them in practice,” Manheim Central coach Craig Dietrich said. “It sounds kind of silly, but to be successful you have to do everything right in practice, and hope it translates into the games. If everybody does their job on the court, everyone is in synergy together. I think it’s working for us.”

Big time.

Manheim Central roared to 5-0 in Lancaster- Lebanon League Section Two play on Tuesday night, dropping defending section champ Ephrata 3-0 in Manheim. Game scores were 25-11, 25-6 and 25-10. The Mountaineers, who dipped to 0-4 in section play, never led, and there were two ties in the entire match — 1-1 and 2-2 in the first game.

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Ephrata Girls Start Strong


Ephrata’s Jennie Young picked up speed as she hit the turn of the 200-meter dash Monday at Eagle Stadium in Denver. The clouds that brought morning showers had broken, and a late-afternoon sun sent a mid-season warmth to the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two track and field opener between the Mountaineers and host Cocalico.

“You kind of expect the beginning to be a little cold,” Young said, “but there wasn’t much wind, so it felt good to come down that stretch.”

Young shot through the second half of the 200, finishing at 25.6 seconds to collect her second individual victory of the day. Ephrata’s Kyra Horst (28.5) and Olamide Fatusin took second and third place in the 200 to help Mounts along their way to a 113-37 team victory over their backyard rivals.

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