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Township sweeps lacrosse District III Championships, Northern York claims 5A gold in softball

The Blue Streaks are in a familiar place heading into state playoffs.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Thursday was the final day to crown District III champions for the spring sports season. Teams showed their strength ahead of the state bracket.

A doubleheader took place at the home of the Blue Streaks. Manheim Township's girls were up first, hosting Wilson.

Just a freshman, Alivian Parmer led the team with five goals. She's as tough as nails: Township's Maddie Eckert with multiple big saves. Beast mode. She only let three by all day. The Blue Streaks stayed hot and won the District III title, 14-3.

Right after the girls, Township's boys took the stage against Central York.

The Panthers started hot with Macon Myers winding up and letting it rip. You could still see the pole smoking as Central got the first goal of the game.

A minute and a half later, Dayton Bagwell took the long way and was golden.
Ticking down to the end of the first, Blue Streaks' Simon Bowen is what sparked township to start scoring. 

Jake Laubach was the leading scorer for the Blue Streaks with six goals. He was the key in Township cruising to another District III title, 17-10—and right before graduation.

"It's been incredible. We've been working since the offseason for this and I don't know a group of guys that wants it more than us," said Rowen Myers, Manheim Township senior. "Carrying on the tradition of excellence, like the seniors did before us. We're just really proud to be in this position. You know, bring another one home and now we get to go to graduation after this, and we'll be wearing our medals and showing it proud."

That's their seventh district title since 2009.

At Messiah University, there was lots of energy on both sides for Mechanicsburg and Northern York in the 5A final of District III softball.

The Polar Bears growled early, with sophomore Sam MaGee booking seven K's through the first three innings.

At the dish, York stayed hungry as freshman Sabrina Paulin stepped in and she stepped out, with a deep blast to left field that cleared the fence easily to make it 2-0 Northern. 

That was enough for Sam Magee in the circle as she got a punch out to finish off the 4-0 victory.

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