Girls Track Looks to Make History

By David Mohimani-

The champs are here.

No not the song by Jadakiss, the Penn Manor girls 4 x 800 team.

The girls have already captured gold in both the league championship meet as well as in the district III championship meet at Shippensburg University this past Saturday. Also they were able to set a school record for the 4 x 800 at the Hempfield Invitational.

Girls 4 x 800 after caputuring gold ( top left Emily Novak, top right Kate Maisel, Bottom left Meghan Maisano, bottom right Greta Lindsley)

Senior Kate Maisel, junior Emily Novak, and freshmen Meghan Maisano and Greta Lindsley make up the championship squad.

Coming into the season the Comets knew they returned a solid squad that would be able to compete, but to take home a district title with a two unknown and inexperienced freshmen did not seem likely.

Lindsley was a stand out during the cross country so to say she was an unknown may not be totally accurate, but you never know how skills in one sport will translate to another, but Maisano came from left field to have an impressive freshmen campaign with a promising future.

Now the girls are preparing to make a run, no pun intended, at the state title.

The girls will run Friday at Shippensburg University, they are seeded eight out of the the top twelve teams advance to the finals which take place on Saturday, and the top seven teams place.

“Yeah (I’m nervous ),” said Lindsley

However competing in cross country may have helped Lindsley ,who finished first in league playoffs for cross country,diminish some of her nerves.

“It sure helped,” said Lindsley.

While they’ve had a magical season their chances of winning seem a little bleak.

“If we want to win we have to drop 15 seconds,” said Lindsley.

While a state title may be out of reach, a new record could be possibility.

“If we have people in front of us pushing we could do it.

Being a freshmen has not put any added pressure on Lindsley, “I think it’s more pressure on the senior.”

Maisano is also nervous for the race, ” Yes( I’m nervous) because he ( their coach) told us that we have to run a second faster.”

Unlike Lindlsey, Maisano does feel a little added pressure being just a freshman, “I guess so because I want do better.”

Maisano claims that she is not competing against Lindsley and that they are a team, no one is trying to out- do each other.

Senior captain Maisel does not seem scared of the bright lights of the state championship meet, “I’m confident that we will make it to the finals but nervous because we have to run all out, and it’s going to hurt,” said Maisel

Win or lose, this will be Maisel’s last track meet ever.

“I feel like I need to leave it all on the track because it’s my last meet ever,” said Maisel.

Maisel a four-year varsity letter earner is at the end of a remarkable career.

“I feel proud because I worked hard and it paid off, especially the last few years. I’m really thankful, I’ve had great teammates.



Girls Soccer on the Road to Victory

By Lyta Ringo photos by Jen Felegi-

Due to their recent 2-0 loss to Lower Dauphin, the Penn Manor Girl’s Soccer team was on the verge of not making it to states.

Julia Rios commented that after the game the coaches were “definitely disappointed.”

Rios also commented that the coaches exact comment was, “We’re not gonna talk at all about it today, we’ll talk on Monday.”

The girls had a game at Cedar Crest High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday night against Hershey. The game was for district consolation status.

“We have to win one game and we qualify for states,” said senior Veronica Willig.

As they always do, the girls pulled it off again. The team’s goalie, Willig, was out for the game with an ankle injury. In place of her was sophomore Stacey Groff.

The team won the District 3-AAA consolation round 1, game 1, with a score of 1-0. This brings the girls overall score to 20-3-2.

Girls Soccer Stays Alive

By Connor Rowe –

On May 10th the Penn Manor girls soccer took on Donegal for their opening round in league playoffs. The comets won 1-0 which puts them into the semifinals vs. Conestoga Valley to be held Thursday at 7:00 pm at Manheim Central High School. Coach Zapata and his girls are already passed last seasons mark, but are not settling yet as they hope to reach a state championship. This game meant everything, senior offensive star, Emmy Hess said. “We have not won a league game in five years,” Hess said.

Penn Manor Girls Soccer Team


Girls Soccer Forsees Glory

By Connor Rowe –

The season continues.

The Penn Manor girls Soccer team just finished their regular season with a record of (14-3-1). This season the Comets had something to prove with their last season ending without a playoff birth.

The soccer club proved their franchise had a fluke year and that they are back on their mark as they qualified for both league and district playoffs.

The improvement from seasons wasn’t a surprise for the girls.

Lindsay Hutchinson #6

“Our team chemistry is a lot better,” senior Emily Hutchinson said.

“There aren’t any clicks on our team; we’re a family,” she added

The Comets will open up their playoffs with Donegal tonight at 7 pm at Warwick High School

“This is the first time we played Donegal in about 10 years and we want to beat them. They were back to back state championships,” Hutchinson said.

“We need to play hard, but more importantly, play smart,” Sophomore Lindsay Hutchinson said.