Perhaps the Palmyra boys’ volleyball team overachieved. Maybe it arrived ahead of schedule. Or perhaps the Cougars just came together sooner than expected.
But no matter the reason, Tyler Sheaffer was in the middle of everything.
On Tuesday evening at Cumberland Valley High School, Sheaffer and the Cougars had their spring season ended by powerful Northeastern. The Bobcats took three straight games from the Cougars, 25-22, 25-11 and 25-18.
But what a season it was. The loss came in the semifinal round of the PIAA Class AA tournament and the campaign represented the most successful in the short history of Lebanon County boys’ volleyball.
As he has been for most of the season, Sheaffer showed the way for Palmyra. The junior blocker/hitter recorded eight kills, six digs and two blocks.
Sheaffer was especially active in the opening game, when Palmyra threw a scare into Northeastern. Sheaffer and Palmyra led early in that game and fought tirelessly throughout, before running out of steam at the end.
The Cougars, who finished third in the District Three tournament, concluded their surprsing campaign at 17-5 overall. In just their fourth year of competing in the sport, the Cougars had not dropped a state-playoff game in advancing to the semifinals.
- Jeff Falk