All good things must come to an end at some point. After starting the season with eight straight victories, the Elizabethtown Area High School rifle team finally lost its first match of the year.
The Bears hosted Manheim Township on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the second matchup of the season between the two teams. Elizabethtown had previously won by three points in the first match but was not so lucky this time around, losing 496-494.
Elizabethtown had two 100s from senior Matt Risbon and junior Bella Albino. However, the rest of the team struggled, with just two other shooters scoring above a 98; sophomore Cole Ginder shot a 99, while freshman Rachel Broomell had a 98. Sophomores Jagger Gilleland, Tyler Chapman and Evan Kready each finished with a 97.
Meanwhile, the Blue Streaks were much more consistent; all but one of their shooters scored at least a 96. Graham Wolf and Eli Torres both turned in 100s, with the other three qualifying scores being contributed by Ethan Demler (99), Hana Musser (99) and Hunter Madene (98).
Things got back on track somewhat for Elizabethtown during an away match at Governor Mifflin on Tuesday, Jan. 22. However, things didn’t start so smoothly. The Bears were down entering the final round of shooting, with Gilleland (98), Chapman (98) and Risbon (97) leading the way.
Thankfully for them, Albino and freshman Marrie Smith both stepped up, shooting 99s to give Elizabethtown a narrow 491-488 win. Megan Kleinsmith, Vince Moore and Sydney Mechion each had 98s for Governor Mifflin.
The team (9-1, still first in the Lancaster-Lebanon League) is scheduled to stay on the road Thursday, Jan. 24, for a match at Ephrata, followed by a home battle vs. Manheim Central on Tuesday, Jan. 29.