Often in sports, the team that can go the longest before suffering a loss is the one to find itself with all the glory by the end of the season. The Elizabethtown Area High School rifle team is hoping that holds true this year.
The Bears traveled to Manheim Township on Thursday, Dec. 13, pulling off a 496-493 win. The Blue Streaks seemed to have the advantage through the first two rounds of shooting; while Elizabethtown had a pair of 100s from senior Matthew Risbon and sophomore Cole Ginder, as well as a 99 from junior Bella Albino, Manheim Township held a slim lead thanks to better overall performances, aided by a 100 from Ben Fahrney and a 99 from Ethan Demler.
However, two underclassmen for the Bears pulled through in the final round. Freshmen Rachel Broomell and Emily Bonsall had a 99 and a 98, respectively, which was higher than any of the Blue Streaks’ three shooters, enough to push Elizabethtown into victory.
The good times continued on Tuesday, Dec. 18, as the Bears hosted Governor Mifflin, coasting to a 497-486 victory. None of Elizabethtown’s nine shooters finished with a score less than 96, while just three Mustangs shot higher than that number.
Broomell, Albino and sophomore Tyler Chapman each shot their first career 100s, while Risbon had a 99. Sophomore Jagger Gilleland was the final qualifier for the Bears at 98, though sophomore Emma Kreiser and freshman Luke Barton both matched that result. Natalie Jones led Governor Mifflin with a 100.
At 3-0 on the season, Elizabethtown is now the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The Bears are set to stay home on Thursday, Dec. 20, against Ephrata (2-1).