21 Student-Athletes make their college choices official

21 Mechanicsburg student-athletes made their college choices official on Wednesday, February 13 during the annual Signing Day.  See below for the complete list.  Congratulations!

Last NameFirst NameSportSchool
LukerKarliSoccerPenn State Berks
MorefieldAnnieField HockeyHarvard


2012 – 2013 Athletic Physical Information

Seniors Make College Choices Official

Front Row: Katelyn Bohn, Holly Burgard, Shelby Koch, Josh Thomson, Hannah Jones, Hayley Cowoski & Jaimie Wharton Back Row: Bryton Barr, Rustin Barrick & Nick Neverman

Congratulations to the following seniors who made their college choices official on Wednesday, February 1:

2012 National Letter of Intent Signees

NameSchool AttendingSport
Bryton BarrTowson UniversityFootball
Rustin BarrickBucknell UniversityWrestling
Katelyn BohnUniversity of Pittsburgh - JohnstownSoccer
Holly BurgardMessiah CollegeSoccer
Hayley CowoskiMessiah CollegeVolleyball
Hannah JonesLiberty UniversityField Hockey
Shelby KochBloomsburg UniversitySoccer
Nick NevermanLycoming CollegeSoccer
Josh ThomsonMessiah CollegeWrestling
Jaimie WhartonMillersville UniversityGolf

Lift for Life Set for March 5

Lift for Life is the signature event of “Uplifting Athletes,” a nonprofit organization created by Penn State Football student-athletes.  Their mission is to align college football with rare diseases and recognize them as a national priority.  MASH students have joined the effort of the Penn State chapter to raise money and promote awareness for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney cancer. This rare disease has directly affected several staff members at MASH in recent years.  Don Shirley, the inspiration behind the Lift for Life initiative, lost his decade long battle with kidney cancer in October, 2006.  His death has strengthened our resolve to continue his work. All proceeds raised by the Lift for Life event benefit the Kidney Cancer Association.  Since 2003, over $300,000 has been raised for this cause, and as a result, a number of new breakthroughs have been developed in the fight against this deady disease.  The Lift for Life competition consists of an eleven-event competition, wherefour-member male or female teams compete.  The exercises vary from traditional fitness and lifting activities such as the bench press, to more extreme challenges, such as the giant tire flip.  We are inviting you to join us in the fight against kidney cancer.

For more information, please contact Clay McAllister or Tony Lougee.

Golf: Jesse Hazam named to Patriot-News Big 7

Article by Brad Kane, The Patriot-News/Photo by Sean Simmers, The Patriot-News

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For details on one of the biggest upsets in local high school sports this year, look no further than what happened Oct. 5 at Briarwood Golf Club in York.

Yes, that says “sports”, not just golf.

Maybe it wasn’t on the scale of Villanova beating Georgetown, but what the Cumberland Valley boys’ golf team pulled off that cold and windy day at the District 3 team championships was pretty impressive.

In one corner, David, aka the Eagles, led by the senior trio of Matt Plummer, Bryan Jordan, and Nick Lombardi.

And in the other, Goliath, aka Manheim Twp., alma mater of PGA Tour star Jim Furyk.

The Blue Streaks featured six players that had already qualified for the District 3 individual tournament, led by Lancaster-Lebanon League champ Brandon Hartranft.

Four would go on to the PIAA East Regional, and two, J.D. Dornes and Seth Johnston, made it all the way to the PIAA Championship.

To put that number into perspective, the Eagles had four players qualify for Districts, and none would eventually make it to the state finals.

But that’s why they put the peg in the ground.

Thanks to six birdies and an eagle Jordan posted an unreal round of 71. Unreal because it topped his previous season-best score by four shots.

Toss in a solid 74 from Plummer, along with decent numbers from junior Jordan Harlacher (83) and Lombardi (84), and the Eagles were looking good.

After waiting what seemed like an eternity for the final Blue Streak score to get posted, the numbers told the story.

Manheim Twp. had no player worse than an 82, but only one score better than 78.

Cumberland Valley 312, Manheim Twp. 313.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say we were all a bit nervous and eventually shocked in the scoring area,” said Eagles’ coach Erik Novak.

“Our total was posted early so it was a waiting game for the last Manheim Twp. score.”

What makes this even better for Novak is that the title comes in his first season at the helm, after a year as an assistant. But it’s the culmination of something even bigger for CV’s prodigious batch of seniors.

“I could not have been happier for our three seniors, Matt, Bryan and Nick, who I’ve watched the last two years grind it out everyday at practice,” Novak said.

“Add (sophomore) Wil Bachinsky and Jordan Harlacher into the group and I can honestly say that this group made coaching more fun that it should be.

“Great team chemistry and great friendships among the guys. An unforgettable moment for us all.”

Jake Brawley,
Bishop McDevitt, Sr
PIAA qualifier; 75.2 regular season average tied for second overall in the MPC.

Mallory Cortis, Chambersburg, Sr
Led all girls in Mid-Penn scoring (79.3); PIAA qualifier headed to St. Francis (Pa.)

Mike Esworthy, Bishop McDevitt, So
Posted 78.4 scoring average in regular season; lost in District 3 playoff for East Regional spot.

Matt Hardman, Gettysburg, Sr
Mid-Penn individual champ posted conference-best scoring average of 72.4.

Madison Houseal, Northern, Sr
Second-best scoring average among girls in the MPC (84.3); PIAA qualifier.

Jesse Hazam, Mechanicsburg, So
Tied for 13th at PIAA Championship; shot 76 or better at Districts, East Regional, and States.

Matt Plummer, Cumberland Valley, Sr
Four-time medalist for District 3 team champs; 75.2 regular season average tied for second in the MPC

C.J. Foust, Palmyra, Sr
District qualifier posted 77.6 regular season average, good for second in MPC Keystone

Jack Goyette, Trinity, Jr
One of four Trinity players to post sub-78 average; District qualifier

Bryan Jordan, Cumberland Valley, Sr
Excelled in team events, posting 71 and 74 at District and East Regional team championships

Colin King, Trinity, Sr
District qualifier averaged 77 in regular season, good for third in MPC Capital

Nick Lombardi, Cumberland Valley, Sr
Shot the round of the year with a 70 on day two of the District 3 championship, earning a spot in the East Regional

Tyler Shank, Palmyra, So
Chatty soph posted runner-up finish at Mid-Penn Championship.  78.6 regular season average.

Ryan Torresin, Trinity, Sr
Tied for second best scoring average in the Mid-Penn with a 75.2

Charles White, Palmyra, Jr
Leader of MPC Keystone champ Palmyra, led MPC Keystone with 76.4 average