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The Messiah College softball team is soaring to the top of the Middle Atlantic Conference standings thanks to the strong efforts of some former York-Adams League standouts.

The Falcons sit at 21-4 and are currently ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division III. They also lead the MAC Commonwealth Division with a 7-1 mark.

Messiah’s offense this season is receiving a large boost from Dallastown High School graduate Amanda Jones and York Catholic grad Carrie Fix.

Jones, a senior shortstop, has the second-best average on the team at .390. Her team-leading 30 hits are fourth best in the conference and her Messiah-best 21 runs scored rank tied for second in the MAC.

The junior Fix is fourth on the Falcons roster with a .372 average and second on the squad in hits (29) and runs scored (17). Jones and Fix are tied for third on the team with 14 RBIs each.

Fix is also a standout performer in the circle for the Falcons, compiling an 8-2 record with a 1.41 ERA and eight complete games. She has also struck out 37 batters while allowing only 20 walks on the year.

Jones and Fix aren't the only York-Adams names on the Messiah roster. The Falcons also feature two other Dallastown grads in freshman pitcher Jaelyn Harbold and sophomore second baseman Haylee Anders. Sophomore infielder Kyla Caruso, a Central York grad, is the other local player on the team.

Harbold has yet to give up an earned run in her 3.2 innings pitched. Anders and Caruso have seen limited action.

Saturday will bring a big test for the Falcons, when they travel to Arcadia (15-5, 5-1 MAC) in a battle of Commonwealth Division leaders.

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Arentz earns another honor: Penn State Altoona men's volleyball's freshman outside/opposite hitter Brandon Arentz was recently named the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Division III South Region Rookie of the Week.

The Northeastern High School grad had a solid week in helping his team lock up the North Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title and clinching the top seed in the conference's upcoming postseason tournament.

Arentz first had 11 kills, eight digs, one solo block and one block assist in a 3-2 non-conference loss at Thiel College on March 28. On April 1, in a 3-0 NEAC win against Lancaster Bible College that locked up the conference’s top spot, Arentz posted seven kills, four digs, one solo block and one block assist. Later that day, in a 3-0 victory over NEAC foe Wilson College, Arentz had nine kills, 12 digs and one solo block.

This marks the third time this season that Arentz has been recognized as the ECAC's Division III South Region Rookie of the Week.

Area grads shining for Spartans: A pair of York-Adams League grads are having solid seasons so far for the York College baseball team.

York Catholic’s Patrick Clement has the team’s fourth-best average at .314 and leads the team with two triples. He also has nine RBIs.

Kennard-Dale’s Collin Crowell is hitting .299 on the year and is second on the team with 19 hits.

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