It took the majority of the month of May, but all the spring team sports All-Stars for the Lancaster-Lebanon League have been released, sans track and field, which doesn’t hand out traditional awards. Elizabethtown Area High School came out well represented in the end, with 17 athletes receiving honors overall, 10 of them on the first team, and each program getting represented.
The softball team led the way with five total All-Stars in Section Two, four of them first-teamers. Sophomore Kristin Geesey got her second straight first-team honor at pitcher; she finished with 73 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.25 on the season, along with a team-high 42 hits, 36 RBIs and a batting average of 0.525.
Juniors Hayden Calaman (shortstop) and Alyssa Hamilton (outfielder) also earned their second straight first-team honor. Calaman tied for fifth on the team in hits (26) and was third in RBIs (21) and runs (20). Hamilton led the Lady Bears in runs (30) and stolen bases (12) and was second behind Geesey in hits (33) and batting average (0.4648).
Sophomore Megan Gray rounded out the first-teamers at third base, the first All-Star nod of her career. She tied Calaman in hits (26) and was second in runs (29) and home runs (2). Senior Sadie Seaman made the honorable mention list as well, leading Elizabethtown with 3 home runs and finishing second in RBIs (24) and third in hits (29).
The boys volleyball team saw four of its players get selected as section All-Stars. Junior Jacques Mortha made the first team as an opposite hitter; he led the Bears with 157 kills in addition to finishing second in blocks (18) and third in digs (86). Junior libero Jake Sevcik was also a first-teamer; he led Section Two with 258 digs and was second on the team with 44 assists and 16 service aces.
Senior Nick Chapman and junior Nate Seeger were each named to the second team. Chapman was second on the team in kills (127) and service aces (16), as well as fourth in digs (79). Seeger was tops for the Bears in assists (473) and service aces (25) and was third in digs (92).
The girls lacrosse team also had four players receive league All-Star honors. Junior midfielder Kate Weissend was the lone first-teamer for the Lady Bears, her second straight and third of her career. She finished second on the team in goals (59), assists (14) and points (73). Those figures respectively ranked 10th, 16th (tied) and 14th in the L-L League. Weissend also had 38 ground balls, second on the team.
Seniors Cyrose Conteh (midfielder) and Sami Shutt (defender) each made the second team. Conteh led the team in goals (73) and points (83), which were sixth and 10th in the league, respectively. She was also third on the team with 10 assists. Shutt had 10 goals on the season, fifth on the team, and led the Lady Bears with 52 ground balls. Senior Jaide Epler, who had a team-high 17 assists (tied for 11th in the league) and was fourth in goals with 26, was an honorable mention at attack.
Section Two had just five All-Star spots for boys tennis, but Elizabethtown managed to take two of them thanks to juniors Ethan Lown and Nacho Bartolome. Lown was also named the co-section player of the year along with Cocalico senior Danny Engle; he finished with a record of 15-7 en route to qualifying for districts in singles and doubles (the latter with freshman Trent McBride). Meanwhile, Bartolome had just two losses on the season, going 15-1 in singles and 9-1 in doubles.
Both the baseball and boys lacrosse teams managed to have one section All-Star each despite difficult seasons. Senior Kyle Welch made the Section Two first team for the former, leading the Bears in nearly every major offensive category with 23 hits, 9 RBIs (tied with sophomore Jake Black), 8 runs (tied with senior Cole Livingston) and a 0.365 batting average. He also had the lone home run for the team this season.
For boys lacrosse, junior goalkeeper Duncan Keller was a second-teamer in Section One after leading the league with 293 saves in the net. Senior Matt Pottgeiser received a Class Act award as well, while senior Chad Heisey made the academic All-Star list.