With the fall sports season officially over for Elizabethtown Area High School, it’s time to find out which Bears athletes earned All-Star honors in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. With the exception of football, whose year-end banquet won’t occur until the last week of November, all of the sports have either officially announced the honorees or are preparing to release the winners.
Four Elizabethtown teams saw four of their players receive All-Star honors: boys soccer, field hockey, girls soccer and girls volleyball. Cross country had three total runners awarded as well, while golf had two and girls tennis had one.
For girls volleyball, sophomore Sydney Stewart and senior Ashley Nyesmith made the first team for the Lady Bears at outside hitter and libero, respectively. Stewart, a third-team All-Star in Class 4A for the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, led all players in the section with 244 regular-season kills in addition to 177 digs and 45 service aces, both second on the team. Nyesmith had team-highs in both of those statistics, topping the section with 281 digs. She also had 65 service aces.
Senior Hayden Calaman was a second-team setter; she was second in the section behind Garden Spot senior Abby O’Neill with 449 assists and also made the Academic All-Star team. Sophomore Kallee Locker got a second-team honor at middle hitter as well, leading the Lady Bears with 49 blocks and finishing second with 217 kills.
For girls soccer, seniors Kaelynn Sheetz and Alicia Underkoffler were each named to the first team for Section Two All-Stars. Sheetz led the team with 11 goals and was second with 7 assists. Underkoffler was one of the top defenders in the section; she previously was a second-teamer in 2018.
Senior Olivia Shuck was a second-team All-Star as well. She was third on the team with 6 goals and led the way with 9 assists. Freshman Taryn Hummer also earned a second-team spot at midfielder, while senior Lydia Moynihan was an Academic All-Star.
Boys soccer saw two of its players make the first team in Section Two: senior Adam Evans, who led the team with 7 goals, and junior Daniel Tema. Senior Ben Oyler and junior David Fry (second on the team with 5 goals) were both second-team All-Stars, while senior Jake Sevcik was an Academic All-Star.
Field hockey also had two players earn first-team All-Star spots in Section Two: senior Mackenzie Hammaker, who had a team-high 14 goals and 4 assists, and sophomore Alaina Telenko, who was second in the section with 153 saves. Sophomore Hailey Mertz was a second-teamer at midfielder, while senior Cat Duncan was an honorable mention on defense. Hammaker and Duncan were also awarded Academic All-Star honors, as were seniors Mackenzie Atticks, Emily Epps, Haley Hoffman and Ivy Loy.
Senior Katie Locker capped off her high school career with a first-team All-Star spot in Section One for girls cross country, the fourth straight year she’s earned a spot. She won four out of the five regular-season meets for the Lady Bears, going on to place second at leagues, eighth at districts and 31st at states.
Sophomore Sierra Kapcsos was also a first-team All-Star for the Section One girls. While she had no wins, she finished in the top four in all five regular-season meets, as well as sixth at leagues. Senior Jesse Myers nabbed a second-team spot for the boys; he won three out of five meets. Elizabethtown’s entire senior class (Locker, Myers, Lauren Duffitt, Alex Hartman and Dustin Sauder) made the Academic All-Star team as well.
Junior Alex Williams was named to the first-team for Section Two All-Stars in golf. He led Elizabethtown with a scoring average of 81, good for third overall in the section. Fellow junior Westin Kolaric was an honorable mention as well. Lastly, senior Kate Weissend was the lone Section Two All-Star for girls tennis; she finished the year with a 7-7 singles record.
Elizabethtown is well on its way to having more total All-Stars compared to last season. Thus far, 12 Bears have received first-team honors, up from nine the previous year. Across the board, 22 athletes have made an All-Star team in 2019, with football still to be announced. In 2018, 27 Bears were named All-Stars (nine were second-teamers, eight were honorable mentions).
In addition to Katie Locker’s fourth straight All-Star honor, eight Bears earned their second All-Star nod in fall sports; Calaman, Fry, Hammaker, Myers, Stewart, Underkoffler and Williams were all All-Stars last season. Weissend was previously a second-team All-Star for cross country in 2016 as well. Five football players (senior Tristan Mabee, senior Cole Rice, senior Joe Sikora, senior Adnan Traore and junior Cade Denlinger) have the potential to join them.