Lacrosse: Mars girls hope to close out section with perfect record

Written by Joe Koch on .

Heading into next week, the Mars girls lacrosse team is 9-2 overall. But for playoff positioning, the Planets are in the hunt for a favorable seed in the postseason tournament with a 6-0 record against Division 2, Section 3 opponents.

Mars only losses have come against Division 1 stalwart Pine-Richland, 15-7, and 2015 WPIAL Division 2 finalist Blackhawk, 12-9. The game was the second in a home-and-home match. Blackhawk won the first game, the season opener, 9-7.

Mars has a challenging schedule this week with successive section road games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday against Butler, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Knoch.


Baseball: Mars nearly knocks off defending champs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Mars almost had enough in the tank to hand defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champion Knoch its fourth loss of the season on Monday.


Instead, the Planets three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh brought them up just short as they took a tough 5-4 loss to the Knights in an early battle for first place in Section 5.

Their loss spoiled a solid outing by Dave Anderson, who struck out nine and allowed seven hits. The Planets also committed four errors in the game.


Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Mars' Aaron Gruber

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Aaron Gruber
School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Gruber is the No. 1 player for the Planets this season after playing No. 2 behind Josh Raymundo last season. He teamed with Raymundo to win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles title and finished third in the state in 2015.



Boys Basketball: Mars' emotional run comes to an end

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles the Mars boys basketball team.

2016 0325 Mars BBasketball(Photo: Mars' Robby Carmody dunks against Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class AAA boys championship game at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"It was 20 minutes after the finish of the game, and some Mars players were still in the stands, hugging fans, shaking hands, and shedding a few tears.

It was one big thank you party.

The season for the Mars Planets ended last Friday night with a 99-66 loss to powerful Neumann-Goretti of Philadephia in the PIAA Class AAA title game. It was a sad ending at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., for a Mars team that came up one win short of winning a state title.

After the medals ceremony, some Mars players went into the stands with the many Mars supporters who had made the four-hour trek to Hershey. The fans said thanks for the memories and the players said thanks for the support. Silver medals hung around the players' necks. But to many in Mars, this team set a gold standard."


Swimming: Mars junior wins second consecutive PIAA diving title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes covered Saturday's PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships.

"LEWISBURG, Pa. — Taylor Hockenberry was never more grateful that running scores are not posted during the PIAA Class AA diving finals.

"I watch my scores, but I don't watch anyone's total scores or anything," Hockenberry said. "Otherwise you start playing math games and start thinking that I should be getting 40 points or 50 on the next dive."

Hockenberry had a slim lead over West York junior Erica Sarver throughout the state finals at the state championships at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium. But at the end of the day, the Mars junior held on and finished with 439.85 points to beat Sarver by 13.25 and capture her second consecutive title.

"It's pretty good," Hockenberry said. "It's just reassuring that I'm working hard and it's paying off.""