MASH spring sports teams find early success at the start of their seasons

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MASH spring sports teams find early success at the start of their seasons

Tyler Schwarzman, Sports Editor

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With only a little over two months left in the school year, it is hard to believe that spring sports here at MASH have just begun. That being said, almost every team’s season has gotten off to a promising start.

Currently, the boys track and field team is undefeated (3-0), and—despite the team’s youthfulness—performing extremely well. Jr. speed demon Joseph Bruno has been turning in some sensational times. He hopes to “win both districts and states in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.” Moving on, the girls track and field team (1-2) just earned their first victory in two years over Susquehanna Township, 119-31, last Thursday—a huge team morale and confidence booster. Despite losing some of their most reliable point scorers to graduation last year, Jr. Molly Gulden said “everyone on the team has really stepped up” and that she is “very excited to see how everyone progresses throughout the season.”

On the lacrosse field, the boys lacrosse team (3-3) secured a dominant win over Cedar Cliff in their season opener, 17-2. Fr. midfielder Pierce Hart has been leading the way for the Cats thus far, scoring 13 goals and tallying 14 assists. His personal goal for the rest of the season is to “acquire at least 50 points.” As for the girls (3-4), Jr. Ana Plastina and the rest of the team really want to “keep developing and holding [their] own against difficult teams.” Despite losing their season opener, the Lady Cats quickly turned things around the next day at home by defeating CD East 15-5.

Staying on the field, the softball team (4-3) won their season opener 13-12 over CD East as well. In spite of the fact that there is no junior varsity team this year, Sr. and Penn College commit Maddie Hurst firmly believes that the varsity softball team can “make history this season by making it past the first round of districts.” Coached by Clay McAllister, the varsity baseball team has also been hard at work. A walk off sacrifice fly won a wild game for the Cats in their season opener over the Shippensburg Greyhounds. The team is currently 5-1. Sr. pitcher and Pitt-Greensburg commit Zach Russell credits much of the success to “fantastic mental stability and clutch hitting, pitching, and fielding.”

On the courts, boys tennis (3-6) has picked up three wins, sweeping CD East, Cedar Cliff, and Chambersburg. Finally, let’s move from the outside to inside the gym. Although 0-3, the boys volleyball team has been playing much better than their record indicates. With no seniors or a major height advantage on the team, Jr. Ethan Smith said the team has been “relying heavily on their endurance and quick acts.”

With all the hard work during the preseason in the rearview mirror, it will be exciting to see how the rest of these teams’ great seasons shape out in the weeks to come.

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MASH spring sports teams find early success at the start of their seasons