The middle Tuesday of October is a great day to be a fan of league playoffs as Cross Country, Field Hockey and Soccer combine to put on a playoff decuple header.
It all starts while the sun is up at Ephrata Middle School for the league Cross Country Championships. The boys ran first, and Nathan Grucelski of Conestoga Valley broke the tape first, running 16:15.2. In the team competition Warwick put 4 runners in the top 25 and out paced runner up Cedar Crest by 24 to take home the trophy.
In the girls race, Katie Locker of Elizabethtown was a second off her pace from 2017 but that was still fast enough to win gold at 18:41.6. Manheim Township hung on to defended their 2017 championship, finding the depth to overcome the Bear’s 1-3-4 finish 105 to 117.
Field Hockey opened their league tournament with the quarterfinal round:
Warwick 3, ELCO 0
Manheim Township 2, Manheim Central 1 (OT)
Penn Manor 11, Lampeter-Strasburg 0
Donegal 9, Annville-Cleona 0
Semifinals are Thursday, 10/18 at Conestoga Valley, games at 5 and 7 pm
Soccer is in the Semifinals:
Lancaster Mennonite 2, Warwick 0
Cocalico 3, Manheim Township 2, (2OT)
Conestoga Valley 2, Manheim Central 1 (2OT)
ELCO 1, Hempfield 0
Both soccer finals are at Warwick in Thursday, 10/18, ladies first at 5:30 with boys to follow.