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Derbyshire Recognized For 50 Years Of Service June 15, 2017

The Manheim Central School District honored athletic director George Derbyshire for his 50 years of service to the district at the Maroon and Grey banquet on May 31.

Local businessman and longtime friend Dennis Enck presented Derbyshire with a memento recognizing his service. In addition, former Manheim Central head football coach Mike Williams presented Derbyshire with a football signed by University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Derbyshire is a fan of the Wolverines.

Derbyshire began his career as a junior high business teacher and retired from teaching in 2007. After retirement, he became the full-time athletic director. Derbyshire also coached junior high wrestling and football.


Dearing Receives Scholar Athlete Award June 15, 2017

Brendan Dearing received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Philadelphia Area Chapter's Scholar Athlete Award on May 24 at Villanova University. He and 33 other high school scholar-athletes from throughout the tri-county region were recognized for their outstanding performance in football, academic achievement, school leadership and citizenship.

Dearing graduated from Bishop Shanahan High School this year and had attended Sacred Heart School in Oxford. He demonstrated academic achievement and was a member of the Bishop Shanahan Student Council for four years. At Shanahan, he was a two-time First Team all-conference, area, and county player, as well as a First Team all-state recipient during his senior season. He played varsity basketball, helping lead Shanahan's boys' basketball team to its first state playoff berth in 22 years.

Dearing plans to continue his education and football career at Franklin & Marshall College.


Ober Earns Recognition June 9, 2017

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has named Danielle Ober, a 2015 graduate of Manheim Central High School, to the 2017 CRCA National Scholar Athlete Team for women's rowing. To be selected, the athlete must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher throughout the current competition year and have rowed in at least 75 percent of the spring races or raced in a regional conference event.

Last spring, when Ober was a freshman, her boat earned Temple University a gold medal in the American Conference Championships in California. As a sophomore, she earned a seat in the top varsity boat. Ober was also named to the president's honor roll by Temple University's athletics department in the Celebration of Champions in April. Ober is studying education, majoring in both early childhood education and special education.


L-S Holds Alumni Soccer Game June 8, 2017

Thirty alumnae and current players took part in the second annual Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) girls' soccer alumni game on May 20. The players' high school graduation years ranged from 1995 to 2021.

Through donations of parents, players, and fans, the event raised $500 to help support Celebration for Life's Camp Can Do!, a camp for cancer patients. Celebration for Life is an organization founded by former L-S teacher Mariam Witmer. The organization seeks to give hope and resources to cancer fighters.

Jessica Shaub Morris was Celebration for Life's guest of honor this year. Morris is an alumni soccer player from L-S and a surviving cancer patient. The event was meant to raise funds and breast cancer awareness.

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Students Compete In Track And Field June 8, 2017

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which includes 118 parishes across Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties, held its track and field championship meet on June 3 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

Sacred Heart track and field team members Gavin Fitzgerald and Bridgette Kelly both won their respective events at the meet, becoming Philadelphia Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Champions.

Bridgette, an eighth-grader at Sacred Heart School, placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 6.5 inches. Gavin, an eighth-grader at Penn's Grove School, placed first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of four minutes and 46 seconds.

Bridgette plans to attend Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, where she will continue to compete in track and volleyball. Gavin plans to attend Oxford Area High School, where he will continue to compete in track and cross-country.


McComb Chosen To Coach Aquatics Program June 7, 2017

Messiah College has announced the appointment of Katie McComb as the next head swim coach and aquatics director. McComb swam for Hershey High School and NCAA Division I University of North Carolina (UNC). She most recently has been working as an assistant swim coach and communications manager at the Hershey Aquatic Club. She will start full-time with the Falcons on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

McComb will take over the men's and women's swim programs from Nancy Luley, who coached the Falcons through their first nine years of NCAA competition. This season, Luley led the women's program to a fourth consecutive MAC Commonwealth Championship, and over her nine seasons with the Falcons, she has coached five Rookies of the Year, two Swimmers of the Year, and the Messiah program's first NCAA Qualifier.

At Hershey, McComb was a 12-time PIAA gold medal winner, including four-time champion in the 100 butterfly and three-time champion in the 100 freestyle. She was a National Junior Team member in 2007 and in her senior year was awarded Scholastic All-American honors.

At UNC, McComb's accolades included ACC Championships in both the 200 and 400 medley relays during her sophomore year and in the 400 medley relay during her junior season. She won several Honorable Mention All-American honors throughout college and, during her senior campaign, she was an All-American, finishing fifth in the 100 butterfly. She also finished 10th in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division I National Championships and was named the program's Most Valuable Swimmer.

In 2012 McComb participated in the US Olympic Trials and finished 14th in the 200 meter butterfly with a personal record and then-school record time of 2:12.16. That year, she also swam in the US Open, finishing 12th in the 200 meter butterfly and 14th in the 100 meter butterfly.

At Hershey Aquatic Club, she worked for head coach Greg Fastrich, who coached her and her younger brother, David Nolan, while they attended high school. David also swam at the Division I level in college, winning the NCAA Division I National Championship in the 200 yard IM during his senior year. He holds the current American record in the event with a time of 1:39.38.


Students Announce College Choices June 6, 2017


Haberstroh, Wakefield Compete in States June 2, 2017

The 2016-17 sports season ended the way it started at Columbia High School (CHS) - with Crimson Tide athletes attempting to win a state title.

The season, which ended May 27, saw two CHS athletes compete in the state track and field championships.

In each of the three seasons - fall, winter, and spring - Tide athletes represented the Crimson and Gold at the state level. In the fall, Jordan Haberstroh represented Columbia in the PIAA cross-country championships, and during the winter, both the Tide boys' and girls' basketball teams qualified for the state tournament.

During Memorial Day weekend at Shippensburg University, Haberstroh, a junior, and Joelleen Wakefield, also a junior, participated in the two-day PIAA championships after qualifying the previous week at the District Three Class AA championships.

Wakefield entered the state meet as a District 3 champion in the javelin, while Haberstroh qualified in one of her two signature events, the 3,200-meter run. Wakefield was 21st in the javelin with a toss of 105-8; Maura Fiamoncini was the overall winner with a toss of 144-8. Haberstroh was 13th with a time of 11:20.1; the top eight runners received medals.

The District 3 championships, held the previous week, served as a coming-out event for the Crimson Tide. Seven Columbia athletes made the trip to the event in Shippensburg, and all seven of the athletes brought home medals, led by Wakefield.

Wakefield, who was seeded in the javelin, brought home her first District 3 gold medal by winning the event with a throw of 111-6, three feet better than second-place finisher Lauren Brownyard of Trinity.

Wakefield also participated in the high hurdles and 300 hurdles, placing fifth in the 300 meters. She did not advance to the finals in the high hurdles.

Haberstroh competed in the two distance events at districts, placing third in both behind Rebecca Snyder of Oley Valley and longtime rival Maddie McLain of Eastern York. Only her qualifying time in the 3,200 of 11:17.81 was good enough to qualify for states.

The third Columbia girl participating at the District Three championships was sophomore Tierre Jordan, who ran in the sprint events and competed in the long jump.

In both sprint events, Jordan made the medal stand. She was sixth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200. In the long jump, Jordan placed 13th.

On the boys' side, four athletes qualified for districts, two of them competed in multiple events, and all of them came home with district medals.

The best finisher was the 4x100 meter relay team of Xaiver Jackson, Ishmel Wright, Ahmad Kamara, and Yamil Rodriguez, which placed third with a time of 45.57 behind teams from Schuylkill Valley and Bermudian Springs.

In other events, both Kamara and Rodriguez qualified for the 100-meter dash, but Rodriguez was eliminated from the event in the semifinals. Rodriguez also participated in the 200, where he placed fifth. Kamara also enjoyed success in the field, placing sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.

Of the Tide athletes who qualified for districts, just two, Rodriguez and Jackson, are seniors.

So that ends the athletic season on the hill, and with a number of top athletes coming back, next season should be another good one at Columbia High School.

The 2017-18 school year on the hill will start with a new athletic director in Karl Heimbach, who comes to the school from Maryland with an impressive resume, and a new football coach in Daryl Kyle, who took over the keys to the program last week. Kyle was an assistant coach at Steel-High. The annual inductions of the newest class of the Athletic Hall of Fame will take place in September. During the winter season, watch for details on the 100-year celebration of Columbia boys' basketball.


Johnson Selects College May 23, 2017


Manheim Central Receives Sportsmanship Award May 12, 2017

Manheim Central recently received the overall Lancaster-Lebanon League Sportsmanship Award for the 2016-17 winter sports season. Athletic director George Derbyshire noted that this is the second time the district received the distinction, as Manheim Central also received the award for the 2013-14 winter season. Derbyshire credited the coaching staff for emphasizing etiquette in sports and student-athletes for taking the initiative to prioritize it.

A new banner recognizing the accomplishment is now hanging in Athletes Alley at Manheim Central High School. The Lancaster-Lebanon League Sportsmanship Award was created in the 1999-2000 school year to recognize the member schools that exemplify the quality of sportsmanship throughout each sport season and throughout the school year.

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