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CV's Coach Gerdes Retires January 11, 2018

Conestoga Valley (CV) head girls' field hockey coach Lee Gerdes recently retired after leading the Buckskins for more than 37 years. Gerdes began her coaching career at CV in 1981. During her time at the district, she had an unofficial career record of 298 wins, 282 losses and 49 ties. In 2003, Gerdes led the Buckskins to the L-L League Championship.

"The overall record is deceiving because for many years, we competed in Section 1 when we could have been in Section 2 based on our student enrollment numbers," said CV athletic director Zac Kraft. "Coach Gerdes never defined success for her program in terms of wins and losses; it was always about the journey and improvement."

Gerdes was named Coach of the Year several times and made an impression on her students and the field hockey community on the local, state and national levels.

Gerdes retired from her job as a physical education teacher at CV at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Now Gerdes plans to spend retirement traveling, with the hope to one day see the Hockey World Cup. Gerdes also plans to continue her scorebook duties for CV girls' basketball and softball teams.

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Volleyball Team Provides Christmas Gifts January 3, 2018

The Penn State Harrisburg women's volleyball team was able to aid more than four families this Christmas season through the team's Adopt-a-Family program. The team raised $1,200 in donations and used the funds to provide food items, clothes, shoes and games for the families. The goal was to provide a real holiday for people who would otherwise go without one.

Team captain Brittany Wolf said, "The community service that we do as a team is a top priority for us. We strive to do all that we can for the people who need it most. Service is something that changes our lives, not just the lives of others."

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ODU Inducts Benner Into Sports Hall of Fame December 22, 2017

Old Dominion University (ODU) athletics inducted five former student-athletes, including former field hockey player Janelle Engle Benner, into the ODU Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

Benner was a First-Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American in 2005. She also earned CAA Player of the Year and ODU Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In 2005, Benner scored 20 goals and added 10 assists to help lead the team to a Division 1 Final Four appearance. She won the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award, given to the top senior athlete at ODU, and was one of nine finalists for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She graduated with a 4.00 GPA in music education and was the first violinist in the Deihn String Quartet and concertmaster of the ODU Symphony.

Benner is a 2002 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and is currently head field hockey coach at Ursinus College.

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OAHS Seniors Will Continue Athletic Careers December 22, 2017

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Eastern York Receives Safe Sports Award December 20, 2017

Eastern York (EY) High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletics. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

"Eastern York is honored to receive this Second Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student-athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," said Donnie Knaub, EY director of athletics.

"We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," said NATA president Dr. Scott Sailor. "This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur."

With the award, the school has received a certificate and a banner, which has been placed in the high school gymnasium.

For more information, readers may visit www.athletictrainers.org.

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School Makes Donation December 20, 2017

Lititz Christian School recently invited Ann Barshinger to be the guest of honor at its Ann B. Barshinger Tip-Off Tournament. Barshinger toured the school, specifically the STEAM Lab and science rooms, where she drove robots and participated in a Christmas-themed chemistry experiment.

The school has partnered with the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute in the past, helping to sponsor its Relay For Life team. This year, teachers and students raised $1,800 for the Cancer Institute as part of the Iron Sharpens Iron school wide campaign promoting kindness and generosity.

On Dec. 15, the school presented the check to Barshinger to help individuals fighting cancer at the LGH Cancer Institute.

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Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent December 12, 2017

Nine Lower Dauphin student-athletes announced their college choices at a Letter of Intent signing ceremony in the school cafeteria on Nov. 8.

Kayla Hoffer, daughter of Tim and Leslie Hoffer, was 13th in the archery IBO World Championships in 2016 and ninth in 2015. In 2014, she was third at Indoor Nationals FITA-style. In addition to archery, she is a member of several national honor societies, a buddy in Special Olympics, and a mentor in Lower Dauphin's Outdoor Education program. She will continue her archery career at Pennsylvania College of Technology and study in the physician's assistant program.

Baseball player Thomas Bramley, son of Harry and Karen Bramley, was a first-team divisional all-star in the Mid-Penn Keystone last season and was an honorable mention in the 2016 campaign. He also plays ice hockey. He will continue his baseball career at Mount St. Mary's University and major in criminal justice.

Connor Buggy, son of Deb and Jim Buggy, is a varsity infielder for the Falcons baseball team. He was also the starting goalkeeper on the soccer team this season. He is a buddy in Special Olympics and with the Diamond Days baseball program. He will attend Mount St. Mary's University, where he will continue his baseball career.

Derek Wyld, son of Steven and Dani Wyld, is a 2018 baseball preseason All-American and was a Mid-Penn all-star last season. He is also a member of the golf team and was a district qualifier this fall. He is a member of the Mini-THON committee. He will attend Hood College, where he will major in computer science and play baseball and potentially golf for the Blazers.

Amber Schweiger, daughter of Melissa Turner and Troy Schweiger, was basketball team captain in her junior year and was a first-team divisional all-star in the Mid-Penn Keystone. She was also an honorable mention all-star her first two seasons. She is involved in yearbook and is a buddy with Special Olympics. She will continue her basketball career at the University of Findlay as part of its pre-veterinary medicine program.

Tori Tredinnick, daughter of Dan and Dorian Tredinnick, is an academic All-American in field hockey. She is also a member of the softball team, a buddy in Special Olympics, and a member of the National Art Honor Society. She will attend Queens University of Charlotte and major in exercise and sports science while continuing her field hockey career.

Karina Long, daughter of Chris and Kelly Long, is a two-sport athlete with District 3 gold medals in field hockey, long jump, and triple jump. She is the school record-holder in both long jump and triple jump. She is a member of the yearbook staff and coaches youth field hockey and track and field. She will attend Lock Haven University to continue her education and compete in both sports.

Paige Hollinger, daughter of Michael and Carol Hollinger, is an infielder, pitcher, and designated hitter on the softball team, which was a three-time district and state qualifier. She is a member of several honor societies and volunteers with Special Olympics, Study Buddies and Relay For Life. She will attend Geneva College, where she will major in biology and continue her softball career.

Hannah Swartz, daughter of Robert and Doris Swartz, is a captain and four-year starter at catcher on the softball team. She is a member of several honor societies and is a mentor in the Study Buddies program. She will attend Mansfield University, where she will major in biology and continue her softball career.

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LaCesa Will Continue Volleyball Career December 6, 2017

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China To Continue Lacrosse Career November 29, 2017

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Myer To Continue Field Hockey Career November 22, 2017

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School Hosts Field Hockey Camp November 22, 2017

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Locker Named All-Star November 16, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School sophomore Katie Locker was recently selected as a Pennsylvania second team cross-country All-Star. She is the only Lancaster-Lebanon League runner, boy or girl, to be selected to a cross-country State All-Star team in 2017.

The statewide Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches' Association selected a total of 10 runners from a combination of all schools (A, AA, and AAA) for the first team and an additional 10 runners for the second team. The complete listing of state All-Stars is available at www.pa.milesplit.com.

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Volleyball Teams Recognized November 15, 2017

The Solanco girls' volleyball teams capped the 2017 season with an end of the year banquet at Solanco High School. The following award recipients were recognized.

For the high school varsity team: Coach's Award - Lydia Fetterman, Heart and Character Award - Brianna Langley. Academic Scholar Awards: third place - Brianna Langley and Georgia Ewing, second place - Kara McClune, first place - Ally McDowell, Liz Mowrer, and Lydia Fetterman.

JV awards: most improved - Cheyanne Cutler, most valuable player - Nathaly Molinarez, and Coach's Award - Emma Canale.

Junior high varsity awards: most valuable player - Jada Dow, Coach's Award - Trinity Erisman, and most improved - Lindy Wilson.

Junior high JV awards: most valuable player - Chasity Reineer, Coach's Award - Jackie Peterson, and most improved - Marissa Cannizzaro.

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EAHS Honors Former Athletes, Coach November 10, 2017

At a special ceremony, Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) inducted two former student-athletes and one coach into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. Enshrined were Jenna Ahern (Class of 2006), Janelle Garber (Class of 2006), and retired longtime teacher and wrestling coach Mike Sernoffsky. More than 75 people attended the event.

Ahern was an outstanding athlete in field hockey and softball. As a Lady Bear field hockey player, she lettered all four years and was co-captain of her team her senior year. She was selected as a 2003 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section I Honorable Mention. In 2004 and 2005, Ahern was a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section I All-Star. She was named an All-State Field Hockey Player her junior and senior years. She also was a 2005 Silver Medalist on the Keystone State FH Team. She also proved herself on the softball diamond as second baseman. She was selected as a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section II All-Star in 2005 and 2006. Ahern co-captained her team her senior year in 2006, and was a 2003 State Junior Olympic Champion as a member of the FORCE softball team. In 2006, she continued her field hockey career at the University of Louisville and played for the nationally-ranked Cardinals for four years. Ahern was named vice-captain of her team her junior and senior years. Upon graduation, Ahern was an assistant field hockey coach at Manual High School and helped steer the team to a 2011 Kentucky state championship, the school's first public championship since the 1940s.

Garber tallied 1,190 points in her four-year varsity basketball career at EAHS. Garber was a Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star and during her senior year was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Co-MVP. She captained her team during her junior and senior years. Garber also earned varsity letters in her four years playing field hockey for EAHS. Upon graduation, Garber attended West Chester University where she continued her basketball career and scored 1,092 points. She was named to the All PSAC East First Team in 2008-09. She was recognized in 2007-08 and 2009-10 as a Second Team All-PSAC East. Garber has coached at various schools across the Lancaster-Lebanon area. She was Lebanon Valley College's assistant women's basketball coach during the 2010-11 season. Her high school head girls' basketball varsity coaching career began at EAHS for two years, from 2011 to 2013. Garber then accepted a head coaching position at Solanco for the 2013-14 season before heading to Warwick High School in 2015.

Sernoffsky served as head wrestling coach at EAHS for 32 years. His record is 250 wins against 222 losses and 5 ties. He retired from teaching at EASD in 2016, and stepped up to take on the role of assistant wrestling coach that year. During Sernoffsky's tenure, he coached 28 Sectional Champions, 20 Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament Champions, 6 District III Champions, 25 PIAA State Qualifiers, 10 state medalists, four state finalists, and one state champion. His team won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section II title five times and in 2008 won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Team Tournament. In 2011, Sernoffsky was inducted into the District III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2012 the Elizabethtown Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sernoffsky started EAHS's junior high soccer program in 1983 and coached three different teams during a 16-year stint. He also coached EAHS boys' junior varsity lacrosse for four years.

The Athletic Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of those who have excelled in the past and inspires its youth to achieve greatness of their own in the future. The ceremony gave special recognition to outstanding former student-athletes, coaches and supporters for their athletic achievements and/or contributions to the athletic programs.

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Nalls Signs Letter Of Intent November 9, 2017

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Salim Named Athletic Director November 8, 2017

Nasser Salim has been named athletic director for Lancaster Mennonite School's Lancaster Campus.

Salim is a 1995 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, where he played basketball. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in recreation and leisure management at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and has 15 years of experience working with students with Devereux Foundation, Advantage Lancaster, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster.

Salim will coordinate 18 varsity sports at the high school and middle school levels.

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Wrestling Club Opens Registration November 3, 2017

Penn Manor Youth Wrestling Club has announced that registrations are available at www.PMWrestling.com.

The club places an emphasis on wrestling basics, building self-confidence, work ethic, sportsmanship and fun. The program will teach the basic skills required to wrestle competitively. Participants will compete against other schools' wrestlers of similar skill, age and weight in a free wrestling league.

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Butler Reaches Soccer Milestone November 1, 2017

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Solanco Lacrosse Club Will Hold Interest Night October 19, 2017

The Solanco Lacrosse Club will host an interest night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the cafeteria of Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. Current and potential coaches, sponsors, and players and their families are invited to attend.

The club's mission is to ensure that every boy and girl living in Solanco and neighboring areas has the opportunity to learn and play the sport of lacrosse. The interest night will include information about the sport, as well as the teams and competition available to youths.

This year, girls in second grade and older may play on an organized team. Second-graders through eighth-graders will compete in the Lancaster Area Girls' Lacrosse Association, and girls in high school will play club lacrosse against other high school clubs.

The teams for boys will start with fifth-graders. Up through eighth grade, the boys will play in the Lancaster-Lebanon Youth Lacrosse League. High school players will compete in club lacrosse.

Although lacrosse is a spring sport, a girls' team also plays in a winter league, and a boys' team has participated in a winter league as well. If there is enough interest, a winter team for boys will be formed.

"We are trying to grow the sport at the lower level so we have a feeder program so we can eventually become a PIAA team," said Solanco Lacrosse Club president Becky Akerley.

Currently, the high school teams have to travel great distances to compete against other club teams, as an increasing number of area teams are joining the PIAA. When the club can sustain a program and join the association, opportunities for competition will significantly increase.

"Lacrosse in Solanco is still a newer sport," said youth and assistant high school coach Brian McNamara. "That's why we're trying to get exposure (by hosting the interest night)."

Akerley is a fan of the sport, as she has seen her children benefit from participation.

"It's awesome! There's team building and great exercise, and it builds confidence," she said. "They learn teamwork and sportsmanship, and they become great friends during the season."

The Solanco Lacrosse Club was formed in 2009 by Mike Minchhoff, who coaches the high school boys' team, and April Ennis-Pierson. Doug Dalrymple is the head girls' coach, with middle-school coaching by Kevin Bunnell and Jean Ross. Dalrymple expressed his excitement that as lacrosse has gained popularity in Solanco, more parents have become involved. An active board of directors has been established, freeing up the coaches to focus on training their athletes instead of running fundraisers.

The club holds fundraisers in order to pay for field and gym time and to purchase equipment that players can use. By lending equipment such as helmets, pads, and lacrosse sticks, the club can lessen the financial impact involved with starting to play the sport. Separate fees have been set for participation on the boys' and girls' high school and youth teams.

To learn more, folks are invited to attend the interest night, or they may contact Akerley at info@solancolax.org or 717-823-8734. Registration forms for the spring 2018 season may be downloaded at www.solancolax.org.

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Golf Team Wins Recognition October 18, 2017

The Susquehannock High School golf team was recently named York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division II champions. The team also finished in second place in the league at the YAIAA Team Championship on Sept. 27.

The Warriors finished first in YAIAA Division II at Honey Run Golf Course in York, with a total score of 336. Dover High School, York Suburban High School, Eastern York High School, and West York Area High School rounded out the top five teams in the competition.

Only two golfers in the tournament broke 80. Dover High School's Logan Snyder scored a 70 and took first place. Susquehannock's Kendel Abrams scored a 78, earning the second lowest score. The Warriors finished their championship season 42-0.

The YAIAA Team Championship took place at Briarwood East Golf Course in York. The Warriors earned second place with a score of 337. Abrams, Spencer Beran, Andrew Roberts, Greyson Daviau, Brody Cain, and Tucker Stoll represented Susquehannock in the competition. Abrams tied for fourth place overall with a score of 78.

Abrams, Beran and Roberts qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District III Golf Championship. The tournament took place from Oct. 4 to 7 at Briarwood Golf Course.

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