Blazer Nation is the Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS) alumni athletic booster now in its second season. John Denlinger, Lancaster Mennonite School advancement associate, said that the fledgling organization has already begun to honor alumni during scheduled games. "The purpose is to recognize LMHS athletes over the years that have done significant things," said Denlinger. "We have had some really exceptional individual athletes who are noteworthy, and we have several standouts whom we will recognize."
Among the alumni who will be honored with a display at the school will be Reagan Bender, Janelle (Engle) Benner, David Denlinger, Rachel Dickinson, Anne Lehman Dillman, Matthew Eby, Jess Rheinheimer, and Keegan Rosenberry.
Bender is a member of the LMHS Class of 1996. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and now owns his own business. "Reagan was our first athlete to play on a professional team," said Denlinger, adding that Bender played soccer with the Hershey Wildcats.
Benner is a member of the LMHS Class of 2002. Benner was first team Division 1 All-American for field hockey in 2005 at Old Dominion University in Richmond, Va., where she was also the university's Player of the Year in 2006. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006. She is now head field hockey coach at Ursinus College in Collegeville. She said that she is honored to be inducted into Blazer Nation. "The field hockey program at LMHS laid a great foundation for the success that I experienced at Old Dominion University," she said. "The lifelong qualities that were instilled in me at LMHS, such as having a strong work ethic, working with others, being selfless, and keeping everything in perspective, allowed me to enter my collegiate field hockey career as well as now my professional career with confidence."
David Denlinger is a member of the LMHS Class of 2008. David played at Charleston Southern University on a scholarship, after winning the PIAA state golf championship. He was named All Big South for two years, and he now plays professionally on West Florida Golf and Swing Thought Tours.
Dickinson is a member of the LMHS Class of 2011. After graduating, she played field hockey at Millersville University, where she was the 2015 NCAA Division II field hockey Player of the Year and served as captain of the Millersville team that won the 2014 national championship, the first national title for any Millersville women's team.
Lehman Dillman is a member of the LMHS Class of 1989. She attended Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She was a three-time All-Ivy League field hockey player and Ivy League Player of the Year in 1992, when she served as team captain. She received the Nellie P. Elliott Award in 1993 and was named to the Yale Field Hockey Silver Anniversary Honor Roll in 1998. She has coached field hockey for Lancaster programs and schools, and she was named to the U.S. Women's Masters National Team and played in the Master's World Cup in Rotterdam, Holland, in 2014 and in Canberra, Australia in 2016. Of her recent accomplishments, she noted that representing the U.S. was an exciting opportunity. "I was honored to be able to participate with such a group of accomplished women," she said.
Eby is a member of the LMHS Class of 2003. He was a Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star in soccer and basketball. He played on the U.S. Deaf National Soccer Team and took part in the Deaf Football World Championships and Deaflympics. He also played professional soccer with the United Soccer League (USL) for the Real Maryland FC team in 2008. He graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in 2007. He is currently the director of athletics at Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
Rheinheimer is a member of the LMHS Class of 2012, who went on to play basketball at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg. At EMU, she was a Josten's Trophy Winner, a Division III Academic All-American, and a two-time All American. "It's an honor to be part of the Blazer Nation and be recognized for all the hard work I put into my four years of high school ball as well as my four years at EMU," Rheinheimer said.
Rosenberry is a member of the LMHS Class of 2012 and a December 2015 graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Rosenberry was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Union soccer team, which has posted a respectable 2016 season thus far.