The seniors of Penn Manor's state champion field hockey team: Carolyn Sloss, Brionna Kline, Emma Evarts and Cassie Kline.
FALL ALL-STARS 2014
AUTUMN BRINGS TITLES
Lancaster-Lebanon League teams garnered their share of gold and silver medals and trophies in the fall, with Penn Manor's field hockey team claiming a state championship. Hempfield's girls' volleyball team advanced to the title match at states after winning district and league titles. Lancaster Mennonite's boys' soccer team was a runner-up at states, too. Donegal's field hockey team grabbed district gold and Penn Manor's Katina Jones and Lancaster Catholic's Lil Veronis won district tennis titles. In all, a strong L-L showing across the fall sports landscape.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Field Hockey: Cassie Kline, Penn Manor
Out for almost four weeks with a broken thumb that required surgery, Kline made a difference in just her first game back, scoring both goals as the Comets claimed their third consecutive Lancaster-Lebanon League title. No goal was bigger than her game-tying score with 4:20 left in the state championship that earned the Comets a share of the PIAA crown.
Kline, who will play at Penn State next year, led Penn Manor in scoring (21 goals, 9 assists) and finished just two goals short of the league leader, Donegal's Rachel Robinson. For her career, the forward finished with 48 goals and 42 assists.
Football: Jake Templin, Wilson
Wilson's senior QB set a program mark for TD passes in a season this fall, surpassing the record set by former Michigan star and current NFL QB Chad Henne. Templin also led the Bulldogs to a record seventh straight L-L League Section One championship, a District Three Quad A title and at time of writing, a 14-0 record and berth in the state semifinals. And Templin has accomplished all of this in his first season as a starter.
Boys' Soccer: David Alejos, Lancaster Mennonite
An explosive senior forward who was the spark of the Blazers' offense, Alejos finished the season with 22 goals and 11 assists, powering Mennonite to a second straight Section Three title, to the semifinals of the L-L and District Three Class AA playoffs and to a berth in the PIAA Class AA championship game. Alejos, who was an All-State pick for the second straight year, will continue his playing career next fall at NCAA Division III power Messiah College.
Girls' Soccer: Jenna West, Manheim Central
Senior midfielder Jenna West was the driving force in a history-making season for the Barons.
Her career-best 14 goals, along with 6 assists, were an integral part of a 20-5-2 Barons season that included an L-L Section Two championship, a third-place finish in the District Three Class AA tournament and a first-ever appearance — and victory — in the PIAA tournament.
A two-time All-State honoree and three-time All-L-L selection, West will continue her playing career collegiately at Division I Mount Saint Mary's. She finished her scholastic career with 41 goals and 31 assists.
Boys' Golf: Ryan Dornes, Manheim Twp.
In addition to winning four Section One tournaments this fall, when the Blue Streaks captured their 10th straight section title and their eighth L-L League team crown in the last nine years, Dornes became the first player in history to win the L-L boys' individual title four consecutive times. After finishing runner-up in the District Three Class AAA Championships, Dornes ended his stellar career by losing in a playoff at the PIAA Class AAA Championships. Dornes has committed to play golf at Penn State next fall.
Girls' Golf: Haley Goodling, Manheim Central
The only female player to make the L-L's All-League team, Goodling finished second in the L-L League Girls' Championships and third in the District Three Championships before earning a tie for 10th in the PIAA Class AAA East Regional and a tie for 13th in the PIAA Class AAA tournament. It was the third straight Lancaster Newspapers Female Player of the Year honor for Goodling, who has committed to play golf at Monmouth University next fall.
Boys' Cross Country: Nathan Henderson, McCaskey
The sophomore won four races during the regular season and claimed the Lancaster-Lebanon League title at 16:28 in the league meet. Henderson continued into the postseason, finishing fifth at districts and earning the only state medal for L-L runners with a 13th-place finish in 16:11 at the PIAA meet.
Tennis: Elizabeth Veronis, Lancaster Catholic
A senior at Lancaster Catholic, “Lil” Veronis went undefeated in her Lancaster-Lebanon League matches, winning her second consecutive league title in Class AA. She topped Lin Robertson of Berks Catholic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to earn the District Three title and anchored Lancaster Catholic in a run to the district team final.
Tennis: Katina Jones, Penn Manor
The Penn Manor senior went undefeated in singles and doubles through the regular season and became the third three-time Lancaster-Lebanon League Class AAA champion. Jones added district gold to her collection, defeating Exeter's Ali Snyder 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in the final.
Volleyball: Marissa Wonders, Hempfield
Wonders made a smooth transition from part-time setter as a sophomore to full-time this past season, directing the Black Knights offense. She was deft at moving her sets to various spots on the net to avoid the block. She chipped in with enough dumps to keep from telegraphing her sets. She was also a presence along the net as one of the Black Knights' blockers.