Boys Athlete of the Year
Chris Barrett, sr., throws, Northern — Barrett became the only Sentinel-area athlete to win a state championship in May, tossing a 203-11 in boys Class 3A javelin. The distance was an NFHS Honor Roll mark and beat second play by more than 4 feet. Barrett finished with silver (192-11) in the District 3 javelin championships and 11th in the discus (135-11). All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Girls Athlete of the Year
Marlee Starliper, jr., distance, Northern — It’s no longer a surprise with the phenom. Starliper didn’t win a state title this year, but her head-to-head showdown with Greencastle-Antrim’s Taryn Parks in the PIAA Class 3A 1600 was something to watch. Even without state gold, there was no questioning Starliper’s greatness. She set multiple records in the 1600 and 3200 and won both in the District 3 championships. All-Sentinel AOTY 2018.
Coach of the Year
Ed Boardman, Carlisle — Boardman's tenure has been marked by dozens of medals and future college athletes, and his Thundering Herd continued to add to the program's legacy with another large medal haul. The welcomed development came in the relays, where the girls ended a decades-long PIAA medal drought with two state podium trips. As long as Boardman's in control of the Herd, there will be success.
Boys First Team
Casey Padgett, jr., distance/relays, Carlisle — Padgett shocked many with his District 3 Class 3A-winning run in the 3200 (9:25.96), beating a large local contingent. He medaled at states (8th, 9:23.14) in the same event to cap a breakout May. Padgett. He also ran on the 4x800 relay that claimed district fifth and was 14th in the mile. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention 2018.
Jack Wisner, sr., distance/relays, Carlisle — The Pitt pledge missed out on a state medal in his final year, but he did leave districts with three around his neck. His best medal was bronze in the Class 3A 800 (1:56.72). He added fifth-place medals in the 4x800 relay and the 1600 (4:22.28). All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Brandan Knepper, sr., distance, Mechanicsburg — Knepper missed a state medal by four spots, but he picked up two final District 3 medals to close his career. He nearly won 3200 gold until Padgett’s impressive last-lap push. But Knepper added that silver (9:27.59) to his eighth-place finish in the mile (4:24.26). All-Sentinel Honorable Mention 2018.
Will Bucher, sr., distance, Trinity — Bucher toiled in the Class 2A distance field, but he picked up multiple postseason medals as a consistent presence in the mile and 800. He took home silver in both of those events at districts — 2:00.17 in the 800, 4:30.2 in the 1600. He also claimed eighth in the 800 (1:57.53) at states. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention 2018.
James Jaisingh, so., sprints/relays, Cumberland Valley — It was a breakout year for the 400 specialist. Jaisingh made for an entertaining anchor leg in CV’s 4x400, helping to finish fourth (3:18.48) at states and win gold at districts. He was no slouch on his own, getting silver at districts in the 400 and fourth (48.64) in the PIAA championships.
Joseph Bruno, jr., sprints, Mechanicsburg — Bruno has proven a versatile sprinter these past two years, once again taking on the top three disciplines for much of the year. It led to a big medal haul: fifth in the 100 (11.02) and seventh in the 200 (21.97), plus fifth (100), third (400) and fourth (200) in the District 3 championships. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Brody Myers, so., pole vault, Camp Hill — 14-0 was the magic number for Myers this year. That was the height he reached both at states and districts. It was more than enough in the district Class 2A championships to win the gold, and he went on to tie for fourth at that height the following week at Shippensburg University.
Michael Ginder, sr., pole vault/jumps, Northern — It was a good year for Polar Bears field events. Ginder barely missed out on two District 3 podiums, claiming silver in the pole vault (15-0) and tying for ninth in the high jump (6-0). In states he didn’t quite reach the same heights, finishing t-9 in the pole vault at 14-0. All-Sentinel Honorable Mention 2018.
Kevin Suero, sr., jumps, Shippensburg — Suero was the only jumper in the area to qualify for both the triple and long jumps in states. He finished off the podium that weekend in both disciplines, but he took home a fifth-place medal at District 3 in the long jump (21-5.5) and eighth in the triple (45-2.75).
Boys Honorable Mentions
Noah Jack, sr., hurdles/jumps, Camp Hill; Brendan Foerster, jr., hurdles, Camp Hill; Connor Trumpy, jr., jumps, Camp Hill; Kurtis Ravenel, sr., jumps/relays, Carlisle; Rashad Jefferies, so., jumps, Carlisle; Cole Boback, sr., sprint, Carlisle; David Williams, so., sprints/relays, Cumberland Valley; Luke Klingenberg, sr., distance, Cumberland Valley; Tyler Rossi, fr., jumps, Cumberland Valley; Michael Ginder, sr., pole vault/jumpers, Northern; Jon Barrett, so., throws, Northern; Shamar Hunt, jr., hurdles, Red Land; Nick Gustafson, jr., throws, Shippensburg; Andrew Mott, jr., throws, Trinity; D'Amonte Porter, jr., sprints, Trinity; Alex Rosenberry, sr., distance, West Shore Christian; Terrance Quaker, sr., sprints, West Perry; Ben Radonovich, sr., throws, West Perry.
Girls First Team
Sophia Toti, jr., distance, Carlisle — Toti’s breakout season is complete. Next year she’ll be expected to carry the distance and cross country squads, and deservedly so. The junior came in fifth in the 3200 (10:23.84) at states after finishing fifth in the mile and third in the two mile at districts. Also helped the 4x800 relay to eighth in states. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Laura Sakol, jr., distance, Camp Hill — The only local Class 2A girl to make noise in the distance races come postseason time, Sakol proved a medal threat in the distances. She finished eighth at states in the 3200 (11:27.42). That came a week after she won the event at districts and also claimed gold in the mile (5:21.86).
Meg Tate/Meg Lebo, sr., middle distance/relays, Carlisle — The two are too intertwined to not lump together here. The Thundering Herd don’t win two state relay medals for the first time in decades if not for the senior pair. They helped the 4x800 to eighth (9:26.25) that weekend, a week after that relay and the 4x400 finished Top 5 at districts. Both finished on the District 3 podium in the 800. Tate: All-Sentinel First Team 2018. Lebo: All-Sentinel Honorable Mention 2018.
Ava Bechtel, jr., hurdles, Cedar Cliff — Bechtel could be in line for a big senior season after getting on the District 3 podium in the 100 hurdles, picking up silver (14.68) on Shippensburg University’s track. She didn’t medal at states, but that could just be a matter of time. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Taylor Jede , sr., hurdles/relays, Cumberland Valley — Jede never could quite crack the top half of the podium in the 300 hurdles, but she’s been consistent for years and the best hurdler in the county. The future Penn Stater came in fifth at states in 43.99 after claiming silver in the same event at the District 3 championships. Also helped the 4x400 relay to district bronze. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Mia Kilroy, sr., hurdles/sprints/relays, Trinity — Kilroy was as versatile as they come, competing in four different disciplines at the district championships. Her best finish was gold in the 300 hurdles (46.08), but she also picked up two more medals in the 400 (fourth, 1:01.0) and 4x400 relay (eighth, 4:19.03). Also tied for ninth in the high jump (4-8). All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Meredith Engle jr., hurdles/jumps, Northern — Engle was the top jumper in the Sentinel area this year, picking up a fourth-place medal in the PIAA championships in the long jump (18-10.75). She won bronze the week before in the same event and 15th in the triple jump. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Rileigh Cardin, so., pole vault/relays, Carlisle — The trained gymnast made her debut with the Thundering Herd track team, making an impact right away. She helped the 4x100 to a sixth-place medal and finished tied for 10th in the pole vault (11-0) at states. At districts, she led the same relay to third and got a fourth-place medal with a vault of 11-6.
Erin Miller, jr., throws, Cumberland Valley — Miller just missed the podium at the PIAA championships, tossing a 123-11 in the javelin to finish 10th. That throw topped her District 3 performance by an inch, but she finished districts with a bronze medal. All-Sentinel First Team 2018.
Girls Honorable Mentions
Savanah Million, jr., sprints, Big Spring; Brinn Mancuso, jr., jumps, Boiling Springs; Christi Fertich, jr., jumps/relays, Boiling Springs; Sydney Hemler, sr., jumps, Boiling Springs; Kyla Carothers, sr., throws, Boiling Springs; Ashley Rothfus, sr., throws, Boiling Springs; Ava Brackett, so., hurdles/relays, Camp Hill; Hannah Brosius, jr., pole vault, Camp Hill; Patrice Forcey, fr., middle distance/relays, Camp Hill; Kaitlyn Vorkapich, fr., middle distance/relays, Camp Hill; Sophie Salomone, so., distance/relays, Carlisle; Corinne Firestone, sr., distance, Cedar Cliff; Molly Gulden, jr., hurdles, Mechanicsburg; Annika Hummel, so., pole vault, Mechanicsburg; Emily McKenzie, jr., jumps, Northern; Reiley Freed, jr., sprints, Trinity; Braylee Fetterolf, jr., distance, Trinity; Maria Ferraro, jr., hurdles, Trinity.
Cards produced by Joshua Vaughn.
All-Sentinel teams are selected by the sports staff at the end of each season with the input of area coaches as needed. Stats and information provided by the teams or from the information provided to The Sentinel throughout the year.
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