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- January 12, 2024
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Ranotta Ahrensfield has recently joined he ranks of MCA girls basketball players who have netted over 1000 points during her career. Ahrensfield achieved the mark in a career-high 31 point effort in a win over Lewisburg 81-44. She becomes only the 9th female in MCA history to surpass this mark, joining teammate Kim Andruscavage. Notta has helped restore the MCA program to prominence ever since she emerged as a freshman starter during the 2008-09 season, a season in which the girls would go 11-11 and qualify for District play for the first time since 2000. During her sophomore year, the MCA girls would improve to 17-10 overall and a third place finish in District IV, qualifying for their first state playoff game since 1998. She would average 11.9 points per game and was named to the second team of the Heartland Conference.
As a junior, Ahrensfield would help lead the Tornadoes to a terrific 22-4 record and their first District IV championship since the 1985 Maria Fantanarosa-led team. The girls would post a 14-game win streak along the way before losing in the state quarter finals to Mid Valley. The 2011-12 season saw the Tornadoes go 22-0 during the regular season and the number 1 seed in District IV. In the opening round of District IV play against Lewisburg, Ranotta moved past Shannon Guinan’s 1181 points into 7th place on the all time list at MCA with 1182 points. The girls went on to win their second consecutive District IV Championship in a 63-36 win over Wyalusing. Ranotta would finish her career with a terrific 22 point effort in the Eastern semi-final loss to York Catholic and concluded her career with 1255 points (6th all time). Ahrensfield was named to the first team by the Heartland Conference.
Ranotta was also recognized as the News-Item Soccer All-Area Player of the Year by virtue of her 29 goals and career total of 99 – second only to Holly Ibanez (2006-07). She has been chosen the Athlete of the Month for January by the Ed Romance Chapter. Ranotta is the daughter of Mike and Tammy Ahrensfield of Mount Carmel.