The fall sports season has come to a close for Elizabethtown Area High School. While there was plenty of highs and lows, all the teams should be proud of their achievements. Adding on to those, The Elizabethtown Advocate has decided to recognize several individuals with our very first set of seasonal sports awards.
Outstanding Girls Athlete: Katie Locker, cross country
2018 was for a milestone for the Lady Bears cross country team, and Locker was at the forefront of the success. Of the nine meets she competed across the regular season and postseason, she won five of them, including a victory at the L-L League Championships. Locker also placed fourth at districts and qualified for states for the third straight year, winning the L-L League Girls Runner of the Year award.
Honorable mentions: Madeline Quinn, cross country; Julia Rathsam, girls volleyball; Kaelynn Sheetz, girls soccer; Sydney Stewart, girls volleyball; Cat Shontz, cross country
Outstanding Boys Athlete: Cole Livingston, football
Livingston, better known by his nickname “Beeps,” was an all-around force for the Bears this season. He scored a whopping 19 touchdowns (11 receiving, 6 rushing and 2 interception returns), by far the highest on the team and sixth in the L-L League. He had a team-high 670 receiving yards and 5 interceptions and was second in rushing yardage (360) and catches (37).
Honorable mentions: Tyler Lanza, football; Jesse Myers, cross country; Cole Patrick, football; Evan Schneider, boys soccer; Alex Williams, golf
Outstanding Girls Senior: Julia Rathsam, girls volleyball
A three-year varsity starter, Rathsam did it all for the Lady Bears this year, finishing in the top five of every statistical category, an amazing feat considering that she switched positions from setter to outside hitter before the season began. Her efforts aided Elizabethtown in earning a sixth-straight spot in districts.
Honorable mentions: Ally DeBerry, girls soccer; Grace Murray, girls volleyball; Liz Ortiz, field hockey; Tori Pollock, girls tennis; Cat Shontz, cross country
Outstanding Boys Senior: Chris and Jon Gartley, boys soccer
It seems fitting to recognize the Gartley twins, who are among the last remnants of the state runner-up team from 2016. Chris and Jon anchored the Bears’ defense this season, which allowed just 18 goals. They were vocal leaders on the field as well, helping to guide the Bears to a sixth straight district playoff appearance.
Honorable mentions: Alex Diahn, football; Tyler Lanza, football; Nat McCloud, cross country; Brecken Musser, boys soccer; Cole Patrick, football
Outstanding Boys Underclassman: Alex Williams, golf
Elizabethtown’s golf team roared back to life in 2018, finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2015 and taking second in Section Two, its best since 2014. Williams was a key part in the turnaround, leading the team with an average of 83, second in Section Two and 18th in the L-L League.
Honorable mentions: Garrick English, cross country; David Fry, boys soccer; Jett Kelly, football; Luke Pierson, football; Daniel Tema, boys soccer
Outstanding Girls Underclassman: Sydney Stewart, girls volleyball
It’s a lot to ask a freshman to start from game one, but Stewart was up to the challenge. She finished the year with team highs in kills (over 200) and service aces (56). The sky’s the limit for her and the rest of the Lady Bears next season.
Honorable mentions: Kristin Geesey, girls volleyball; Sierra Kapcsos, cross country; Madeline Quinn, cross country; Kaitlyn Snyder, girls soccer; Alaina Telenko, field hockey
Boys Team of the Year: Football
Faced with a tough schedule and a 10-year playoff drought, the Bears went all-out this year and made districts for the first time since 2008. The newly installed spread offense was a major factor; Elizabethtown led the L-L League in nearly every passing category. Senior quarterback Cole Patrick finished the season with over 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air. While the defense struggled early in the year, it recovered in the final regular season games and helped the Bears secure a postseason berth. Hopefully, Elizabethtown will be able to stay consistent in 2019.
Team runner-up: boys soccer
Girls Team of the Year: Cross country
Head Coach of the Year: Mark Gallagher
The expectations were high for the girls cross country team this season, and the Lady Bears more than lived up to them, going undefeated in the regular season to win the first section title in program history. They later finished second at the league meet as well. Despite having just one senior on the team, the boys were competitive at 4-6. It was the cumulation of multiple years of work, and Gallagher and his staff deserve a lot of credit for the guidance they provided along the way.
Honorable mentions: Andy Breault, football; Jenna Griest, girls volleyball; Dave Kline, golf; Brian Ressler, girls soccer; James Sostack, boys soccer
Team runner-up: girls volleyball