MILLERSBURG - Jeremy Pannebaker's 79 led the Tri-Valley League field Thursday, something he's done all season.
But the Tigers ended the afternoon a stroke behind Newport, which won the league's golf outing at Lykens Valley, 360-361; host Millersburg (374) and Lancaster Country Day trailed.
"It was playing tough today," East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said. "It was pretty dry. Scores overall were higher."
The Tigers had one in the 80s, but the third- and fourth-best golfers in were high. That allowed Newport to stay close, creating a tie at the top of the league standings as the TVL heads into its finale at Lancaster Country Day.
"Unfortunately we're playing a nine-hole match," Zendt said of Wednesday's match.
He expects a battle with the Buffaloes.
"We have been very close to them," he said. "It's been one or two strokes numerous times."
East Juniata is 16-6-3 overall, 13-6-2 in the league.
Lewisburg 4, Midd-West 1
LEWISBURG - Tricia Martin put Midd-West on the board quickly in the first half of a Heartland Conference field hockey game against Lewisburg Thursday.
But the Mustangs, who could muster only three shots on goal in the contest, saw the lead evaporate when the Green Dragons scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half, and added two more before it was over.
Midd-West hosts Mifflinburg Monday.
Mifflin County 3, Central Dauphin East 1
HARRISBURG - Kezia Loht scored twice to lead Mifflin County's field hockey team to its third victory this week, a 3-1 win over Central Dauphin East in a Commonwealth Division game Thursday.
Loht's first tally came late in the opening half on a setup by Marissa Byler. Sarah Neff delivered the ball to Loht for her second, just minutes into the second half. Hannah Kerstetter made it 3-0 before another 20 seconds ticked away.
"It's a pretty good week," Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. "I thought we came out in the second half, made some adjustments and it created a lot of opportunities."
Mifflin County (5-5, 4-3) travels to Chambersburg Monday.
East Juniata 3, Newport 1
COCOLAMUS - The East Juniata field hockey team might have started the game a little bit slower than coach Billie Haines was comfortable with, but a 3-1 win at the end of the game put any worries to rest.
In the Tri-Valley League contest, Lydia Koser and Megan Yeager each scored for the Tigers in the first half, while Yeager connected again in the second to put the game away.
"We came out slow tonight which has been a problem of ours lately," Haines said, explaining that Newport got a few chances in the second half that made her nervous - including a goal by Alyscia Smith at 16:21 - but Yeager's second goal gave East Juniata the crucial 3-1 lead.
Steph Dressler was responsible for assisting both first-half goals, and Haines was pleased with what she saw from her.
"Steph had a really nice game and set up plays for both Lydia and Megan Yeager. They both played really well," she said.
East Juniata (5-2, 3-0) will travel to Belleville Mennonite Monday for a non-league matchup.
Belleville Mennonite 3, Southern Huntingdon 0
THREE SPRINGS - Belleville Mennonite picked up its second field hockey win of the season Thursday, a 3-0 victory over Southern Huntingdon fueled by goals from three different players.
Tori Galloway scored the only goal the Thunder needed barely 10 minutes into the game. Leah Peachey and Tori Byler each scored in the first five minutes after the break.
"Leah Peachey really stood out in this game," Thunder coach Morgan Foote said, especially for her fast breaks. But the coach saw room for improvement, too.
"It really wasn't the type of game I was looking for," she said. "We had a lot of little mistakes that cost us a lot of goals."
Belleville Mennonite (2-4) hosts East Juniata Monday.
Midd-West 4, Milton 2
MILTON - Tyler Arbogast and Tanner Ebright each scored in the second half and had an assist to keep Midd-West ahead of Milton, as the Mustangs won their Heartland Conference boys soccer game Thursday, 4-2.
Midd-West's Trevor Stuck scored the only first-half goal; Milton and Midd-West traded tallies to open the second-half scoring.
"It was very disappointing giving up two goals," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. "On the positive side we showed more life and creativity on the attack in the second half."
Midd-West (5-3, 3-2) hosts Selinsgrove Tuesday.
Emmanuel Baptist 1, Mifflin County Christian Academy 1
MECHANICSBURG - Mifflin County Christian Academy's Luke Todd tallied a goal 13 minutes into the second half against Emmanuel Baptist Christian Academy Thursday to bring his team back from a 1-0 deficit, but neither team could break the tie during the remainder of the game, resulting in a final score of 1-1.
Jordan Crews had taken the lead early for Emmanuel Baptist, and the Eagles couldn't even the score until Todd's goal in the second half.
Eagles goalkeeper Brad Smith had four saves, while his team outshot Emmanuel Baptist 7-4 and collected 15 corner kicks to the home team's two.
Mifflin County Christian Academy (1-2-1) will host Centre County Christian on Monday.
Carlisle 9, Mifflin County 1
CARLISLE - Mifflin County's Haley Predix scored her team's only goal, the lone highlight in a 9-1 loss to Carlisle in a Commonwealth Division girls soccer game Thursday.
The Huskies were in a difficult spot, having already been hit by the injury bug, when Mackenzie Bressler had to make her first start in goal for Sage Heckendorn-Fike, who was lost during the team's State College match earlier in the week.
Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said while she was overmatched in her debut, there were other factors that led to his team's struggles.
"(We're) not winning balls again. We're not hitting the right passes," he said.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin Saturday.
Halifax 3, East Juniata 2
HALIFAX - Kristina Kelley's hat trick was all Halifax needed to upend East Juniata 3-2 in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer game Thursday.
The Tigers were ahead 2-1 at the break, but Kelley put two more away in the second half.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County's volleyball team showed signs of improvement despite the outcome on a trip to Chambersburg Thursday, with the home school winning the Commonwealth Division match, 3-0.
Huskies' coach Jill Zeger said she was pleased with the defensive effort her team put forth.
"The girls did so much better. It was like a new team," she said.
Zeger said the ball was moved consistently to the setter, and there was better communication on her side.
For the Huskies, Anna Aurand had three service points, including two aces, plus five kills. Kaitlyn Dreese had 11 assists and four service points. Bryn Ferguson had a pair of blocks.
Chambersburg won the JV game, 25-7, 25-5.
Mifflin County travels to Central Dauphin East Monday.