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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 or 717-823-8734. Registration forms for the spring 2018 season may be downloaded at


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.


Athletes Inducted Into Hall Of Fame October 13, 2017

Tracey Lynch, Katie Lynch, Meredith Chura Maher, and Jeremy Hess were inducted into the Lampeter-Strasburg Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Lampeter-Strasburg's 61-6 win over Ephrata on Sept. 29.

Tracey Lynch, a member of the Class of 2005, was a member of the varsity softball, basketball, and cheerleading teams and earned 10 varsity letters. She helped lead the softball team to back-to-back winning seasons and the team's first district playoff appearances in program history in 2004 and 2005. Tracey became the first Division I female athlete from L-S, playing softball at Liberty University. She is currently coaching at NC Greensboro.

Katie Lynch, a member of the Class of 2009, was a member of the varsity softball, basketball, and cheerleading teams. She earned eight varsity letters, was named softball MVP in both 2008 and 2009, and earned softball All-Section honors for four consecutive years, 2006 to 2009, and All-State honors for three years, 2007 to 2009.

Meredith Chura Maher, a member of the Class of 2006, earned 11 varsity letters as a member of the cross-country, basketball, and track teams. She earned MVP in cross-county in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and competed in districts all three years. She also joined the 1,000 club in basketball with 1,079 total points.

Jeremy Hess, a member of the Class of 2001, was a member of the football, wrestling, and baseball teams. He served as captain of those teams in 2001 and was named MVP for baseball. Jeremy earned nine varsity letters and advanced as a four-time sectional qualifier, four-time district qualifier, and one-time state qualifier in wrestling. He was also named an LL League All Star in baseball in 2000 and First Team All Section as a shortstop in 2001.


Wrestling Program Sets Parent Night October 12, 2017

The Hempfield Youth Wrestling Program will hold Parent Night on Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville.

There is a registration fee for the program, and registration is now completely online at Readers with questions may contact Shane Mack at 717-982-0174.


Alumni Field Hockey Game Held October 4, 2017

The Susquehannock High School field hockey team recently hosted an alumni field hockey game. The game included 15 alumni as well as current players.

Team members Lauren Schefter and Madison Bateman came up with the idea for the alumni field hockey game and organized the project. The game was open to Susquehannock field hockey alumni as well as current high school, middle school, and elementary school players.

Through admission sales and concessions, the event raised $385 for Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (K-PETS).


College Athlete Recognized September 29, 2017

Central Penn College has honored Kyle Stauffer of Elizabethtown as the male Athlete of the Month for September. Stauffer, a sophomore, plays soccer as both a forward and center attacking midfielder. Stauffer was nominated for the honor by men's soccer coach Doug Fisher,

In the first match of the season, away against Patrick Henry, he recorded a goal and two assists. Away against Penn State Schuylkill, Stauffer again found himself on the scoresheet to help the Knights win 6-5.

Stauffer attended and played soccer at Elizabethtown Area High School. At Central Penn College, he maintains a 2.89 GPA in the physical therapist assistant (PTA) program.


Field Hockey Team Raises Funds September 28, 2017

On Sept. 26, the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) field hockey team played a game to benefit the ALS Association.

The team played against Cocalico in a game where both teams purchased special warm-up shirts. Proceeds will go to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia chapter, including the team of Delaney Strong, which is named for the goalkeeper's aunt, who passed away from ALS in January.

This is the second year that L-S has played a game to benefit the ALS Association, which supports area patients and research to find a cure. The teams raised $728 for the cause.


Soccer League Plans Fundraiser September 28, 2017

For the first time, soccer teams from Conestoga Valley (CV) and the entire Lancaster-Lebanon League are joining forces to support cancer research. During the first week of October, all L-L League soccer games will be deemed Red Card Cancer games, and fans attending those games will have opportunities to donate to the cause.

The Red Card Cancer fundraising drive at CV began on Oct. 3 when CV boys' soccer took on Warwick at home. The event will continue when the girls' soccer team hosts McCaskey on Thursday, Oct. 5. The final Red Card Cancer CV home game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, when the boys' team takes on Manheim Township. Attendees may place their donations in the Red Card Cancer donation buckets that will be located near the booster concession stand.

CV boys' soccer coach Dave Hartlaub organized the Red Card Cancer initiative for the past four seasons with the CV soccer programs, and this year, he decided to expand the initiative to the entire L-L Soccer League.

Proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, which is working to transform cancer medicine to detect, manage and eradicate cancers before patients even know they have them.


Five Athletes Set For Solanco Hall Of Fame Induction September 28, 2017

Five successful athletes will be inducted into the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame during the Solanco High School home football game versus Lampeter-Strasburg High School on Friday, Oct. 6. Solanco graduates Mark Prokay, Scott Reilly, Kenneth Walton, Doris "Cooky" Hess Howett, and the late Joe Habecker will be honored.

Prokay graduated in 1996. He earned four varsity letters in track and field, two in basketball, and two in football. In 1996, Prokay was named to the all-state indoor track and field team for long jump and high jump, finished 10th in the high jump at the National Indoor Track and Field Meet, and received the Most Outstanding Award in track and field. He earned many first-, second-, and third-place finishes in district and league meets as well as in Solanco and other invitational tournaments. Prokay was a fullback for the Lancaster Lightning football team for three years. He is currently the director of Octorara Youth Football and B team head coach. His wife, Jessica, is a teacher at Solanco High School.

Before graduating in 1986, Reilly earned four varsity letters in outdoor track, one in indoor track, and three each in wrestling and football. Reilly was class president and Varsity Club president, and he participated in two high school musicals. Reilly graduated from Rider University, where he was on the Rider Division I indoor and outdoor track teams. He won multiple ECC Conference championships in pole vault, was a New Jersey collegiate champion in the decathlon, and was an IC4A qualifier in the decathlon. He was the previous Rider University record holder in the pole vault.

Walton also graduated from Solanco in 1986. He was an all-section team basketball player, and he earned three varsity letters in baseball and one in soccer. He was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Larry E. Hart Award, the William W. Avis Memorial Scholarship, and a Solanco Education Association Scholarship. At Elizabethtown College, Kenneth played basketball and soccer and was named one of only eight Distinguished Seniors. As an adult, Walton has been active in Solanco High School sports, Solanco Youth Basketball, Solanco Little League, and Solanco Youth Baseball.

Habecker graduated from Solanco in 1963. He earned multiple letters in basketball, and for 30 years he held Solanco records for highest scoring average (22.7 points per game) and foul shooting average (82.9 percent). Habecker was named to the all-league and section teams in 1962 and 1963. Following high school, Habecker graduated from Elizabethtown College, where he was a member of the school's first Mid-Atlantic men's basketball championship team. He died in 2009.

Howett is a 1955 graduate of Solanco. In 1954 and 1955, she lettered in field hockey, which was the only girls' sport at Solanco at the time. Howett was named to the National Honor Society, was a Solanco Quill, and presented Eleanor Roosevelt with a corsage, which was broadcast on a local television station. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College (now West Chester University), where she participated in field hockey, basketball, softball, and lacrosse. Howett has also officiated basketball and field hockey games in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.

For more information about the Athletic Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony, readers may contact Keith Kaufman at 717-786-5617 or


Team To Hold Fundraiser September 27, 2017

Susquehannock High School's girls' volleyball team is raising money to increase breast cancer awareness through the team's Dig Pink Side-Out Foundation fundraising campaign. The team hosted a Southern York County School District luncheon and a car wash, and the team is selling Dig Pink T-shirts to raise money for the foundation. The team will host a Dig Pink volleyball game against Kennard-Dale High School on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock.

The team has raised more than $1,835 so far during various fundraisers. The group will continue to sell the Dig Pink T-shirts until the volleyball game on Oct. 10 to add to its fundraising total.

The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink initiative encourages high schools and colleges across the nation to raise funds at their matches in October. The foundation supports health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men who are diagnosed with breast cancer, enabling them to regain control of their lives.

For more information or to order a T-shirt, readers may contact Darla Pennewill at


Bingo To Benefit Soccer Team September 27, 2017

The Garden Spot Boys' Soccer Booster Club will hold its second annual bingo fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 15, at New Holland Fire Hall, 339 E. Main St., New Holland. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and games will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Bingo prizes will be name-brand handbags. Additionally, there will be food and door prizes, with items donated by many local businesses.

Tickets are available for a fee, which will be discounted in advance and full price at the door. For more information, readers may contact booster club president Angela Bowman at 717-445-4478 or


Concussion Tips Posted September 19, 2017

With many student-athletes taking part in fall sports, students, parents, and coaches should be vigilant at preventing, recognizing, and managing concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people whose brains are still developing. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student-athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches.

Readers may visit the Department of Health's website at and search for "Traumatic Brain Injury" for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources. Most importantly, if parents think their child has a concussion, they should seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach, and not allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.


CHS Alumni To Join Athletic Hall Of Fame September 14, 2017

The Columbia High School (CHS) Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Friday, Sept. 22, during the Crimson Tide's Section 3 opener home football game against Donegal. The school is located at 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia.

In addition to the induction ceremony honoring three former CHS athletes, the program will be dedicated to former Crimson Tide student-athlete Ronnie Smith, who recently passed away. Smith was a four-time state track champion.

The event will start with a social in the CHS cafeteria beginning at 5 p.m., which will include an informal induction of the inductees. Before attendees go to the football field for the game, the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame Wall of Fame will be unveiled in the lobby of the Elmer Kreiser Gym at 6:30 p.m.

The Wall of Fame will feature plaques of former inductees into the Hall of Fame. A fundraising effort to purchase the plaques for the inductees was spearheaded by former CHS coach, athletic director, teacher and assistant principal Steve Wisler.

The actual induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the football game.

The CHS Class of 2017 consists of Dennis Bachman, Class of 1962; Thomas Smith, Class of 1964; and Michael Seibert, Class of 2008. Also to be honored are members of the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 who were unable to be inducted a year ago because the induction night football game was canceled. Those inductees are Jim Leddy, Kelly McCarty Brommer, Renee Groft Aston, Dave Mountz, the late Andy Swingler and the 1956 boys' basketball team.

Bachman was a three-year letterman in football and a member of the 1960 Conference of Roses co-championship team, which finished with an 8-2 record. He won the 1961 Offensive Lineman Award and was Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 16.7 tackles a game. That year, he had 167 tackles for the year with a season-high of 27 tackles against Elizabethtown.

He participated in the Wheatland Sertoma All-Star game and served as captain of the 1962 wrestling team and had a record of 8-4-2.

Bachman was voted Best Linebacker in 1998 for the 100th anniversary of CHS football and served as an assistant coach for the 2011 CHS football team that won the District Three Class A championship.

Smith is a five-time varsity letter winner, three times in track and two in basketball. He was captain of the 1963-64 basketball team and 1964 track tram. The 1963 Crimson Tide basketball team won the county championship. Smith was a member of the CHS basketball team that went to the District Three finals in 1962-63 and 1963-64.

Smith was a member of the 1963 mile relay team that won a state title and a gold medal at the Penn Relays. Smith was also a member of the 1962, 1963, and 1964 mile relay team that won the county championship and also won the mile relay at the Hanover and Shippensburg relays.

Seibert was a two-time captain of the football and basketball teams and also was captain of the baseball team in 2008. He received an Honorable Mention All-State in football, was honored three times as the Quarterback Club's Player of the Week, and twice was selected as Player of the Week by a local newspaper.

In basketball, he was an All-Section, All-League and All-State selection, as well as a First Team All-District selection in 2008. He also received the Danny Monk Memorial Award.

In baseball, Seibert was a First Team All-League selection in 2007 and 2008.

The public is invited to attend the social as well as the Wall of Fame unveiling and the halftime induction ceremony.

Jim Smith is chairman of the Hall of Fame committee. Other members are Karen Kuhn, Jeff Deascenti, Mark Wisler, Jack Yohe, Donald Arndt, Brandi Gambler, Mike Burke, Abby Smith, Charles Reinhart and Barry Ford.


Elementary Basketball Signups Posted September 14, 2017

The Manheim Central elementary basketball program will hold signups on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at H.C. Burgard Elementary School, 111 S. Penn St., Manheim, in the cafeteria. All third- through sixth-grade boys and girls in Manheim Central School District are invited to participate.

For more information, email Jason Bosch at


Athletic Hall Of Fame Honorees Named September 13, 2017

The Conestoga Valley (CV) Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome five new members on Friday, Sept. 22. The Class of 2017 will consists of Nick Beisker, Robert Harker, David Hornberger, Doug Myer, and Harry "Kip" Zechman. The new inductees will be honored in a ceremony in the high school auditorium beginning at 4:30 p.m. and then introduced to the CV community at halftime of the football game.

Beisker is a 1998 graduate who earned six varsity letters in the sports of basketball and football. During his senior year, he was co-captain of the football team. In 1997, he was selected to play in the War of Roses Game and was named to the Section II Second team as a defensive back and wide receiver. Also during his senior year, Beisker was named co-captain of the Bucks basketball team. At the end of his senior season, he was selected to the Lancaster-Lebanon First All-Star team and received CV's Most Valuable Player Award for the second year. After high school, Beisker continued his athletic career at East Stroudsburg, where he earned three varsity letters in football, led the team in interceptions, was named to the PSAC's First Team as a defensive back, received the ESU Redshirt Award, and ended his collegiate career by being named a Verizon Academic All-American.

Harker was a coach and math teacher at CV from 1968 to 2003. While he served as the head junior high football coach, his teams recorded four undefeated seasons and five section titles. When he was the Bucks head junior high basketball coach, his team claimed seven section titles. Harker had a winning percentage of .805 and an overall record of 128-31. Harker also assisted with the junior high wrestling program, the track team, and the baseball team.

Hornberger is a 1982 graduate who earned seven varsity letters in the sports of football, track, baseball, and volleyball. As CV's quarterback, Hornberger set eight school records during his senior year and helped CV win a section title. He accumulated a career 3,847 total yards on offense, completed 60 percent of his passes, had the least interceptions of a quarterback in a three-year span, recorded 260 passing yards in a half, kicked seven extra points in a single game and 34 extra points in a season, and was named Player of Week by the Lancaster-Lebanon League six times. Hornberger's other gridiron honors include being named senior co-captain, being selected to the Lancaster-Lebanon All-Star team as a quarterback two years in a row, receiving the Bill Frantz Award for best back in Section II, and receiving Lancaster-Lebanon's Player of the Year Award. As a member of CV's track team, Hornberger placed second in the shot put and discus throw in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Meet, which qualified him for District III competition. After graduating high school, Hornberger attended Juniata College, where he earned seven varsity letters in football and track. His collegiate honors include being named to the MAC and ECAC conferences's First Team and receiving Division III All-American honors. To cap his senior year at Juniata, Hornberger received the Founder's Award, which is given to a student-athlete who excels in academics and athletics and demonstrates strong leadership skills.

Myer is a 1993 graduate who earned five varsity letters in the sports of football, wrestling, and track. In 1990, his performance on the football field earned him recognition as CV's Special Teams Player of the Year, and he was named a Lancaster-Lebanon Section II All Star as a defensive end. In 1991, he was again honored by the Lancaster-Lebanon League, being selected to the Section II All-Star Team. The UPI named Myer to its First Team as an All-State defensive end, and his teammates elected him their Defensive Player of the Year. In 1992 as a Bucks captain, Myer set six school records as a defensive player. His postseason honors included being named Lineman of the Year, being selected to the Lancaster-Lebanon Section II All-Star Team as a defensive end and tight end, and being named Defensive Player of the Year in Section II. At the conclusion of his senior year, Myer received CV's Outstanding Male Athlete Award.

Zechman is a 2009 graduate who earned eight varsity letters in the sports of soccer and tennis.

Zechman was co-captain of the Bucks soccer team in his junior and senior years. In 2008, his efforts on the pitch helped CV win a Section 2 Championship. Zechman was CV's all-time leader in assists; had the most assists in a season; is third on the all-time goals list; was selected a Lancaster-Lebanon All-Star in 2006, 2007, and 2008; was elected to the All-League team in 2008; and capped his senior year by being named Section 2 Player of the Year. In 2009, Zechman received CV's Outstanding Male Athletic Award. After graduation, he attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he received an athletic and academic scholarship to play soccer and study chemistry. While at VMI, he was a four-year starter, was named team captain in his senior year, and finished his career as a Keydete fourth in assists and seventh for overall goal points.


Field Hockey Clinics Planned September 7, 2017

The Manheim Central High School girls' field hockey team will host youth development clinics on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the field at Doe Run Elementary School, 281 Doe Run Road, Manheim, and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the stadium at the high school, 400 Adele Ave., Manheim.

There will be a youth game at halftime during the Manheim Central game against Garden Spot on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

The cost includes a Manheim Central field hockey T-shirt. All players should bring equipment, though some will be available to borrow if needed. Mouthguards will not be provided, and players should bring their own.

For more information and guidance on selecting equipment, email


CV Soccer Alumni Game Supports Scholarship August 31, 2017

Gearing up for a new season, the Conestoga Valley (CV) boys' soccer team dedicated an evening of friendly competition to honor past players and promote the future of its young athletes. On Aug. 26, head coach Dave Hartlaub organized and hosted the annual Buckskin alumni game, an event he has been heading up since 2002.

Kicking off the event at 6 p.m., Buckskin alumni were invited to take the field to reminisce on days gone by. Eighteen alumni, along with their families and friends, traveled from around the state, some coming from as far as New York, to take part in the good-natured contest. This year, the alumnus holding the distinction of oldest participant was a graduate of the Class of 1990.

"We had another successful alumni game this weekend," said Hartlaub, who has held the position of head coach at CV since 2000. "It is a great night of CV soccer, and we have loved the tradition for many years."

The evening's festivities also benefited an important cause as proceeds generated through the event supported the DiGamberdini/Papadopoulos Memorial Scholarship. The soccer scholarship was established in 2003 to honor the memory of two previous contributors to the Buckskin team, and since that time the memorial has been assisting Buckskin players as they pursue higher education.

Accompanying the athletic itinerary, a dinner was sponsored by the booster club. After the alumni had their fill of field time, the current Buckskin squad took a turn displaying its talents in a customary match that divided the players into teams led by the assistant and junior varsity coaches, with this year's friendly rivalry tipping 2-1 in favor of assistant coach Mike Seigfried's team.


Mules Sit Fourth In Section Two Golf August 25, 2017

Three matches into the 2017 season, Solanco's golfers sit in fourth place overall (11-7) behind undefeated Cocalico (18-0), Lampeter-Strasburg (13-5), and Manheim Central (12-6).

On Aug. 24 at Iron Valley, Jon Rush continued to lead the Mules in scoring with the second-lowest score of the day, just two strokes off Cocalico's leader, Nolan Hesko (75). Rush was the low man of the day in the Mules' first two outings, carding a 74 at Foxchase Golf Course and a 76 at the Par Line Course in Elizabethtown. The senior, averaging 75.67 to date, captured the Section Two scoring title last year.

"Jonathan is back to where he left off last year," said head coach Greg Minnich. "We dropped a one-point match to Manheim Central in the opener, which was disappointing. Then at Par Line we finished in front of them. I think we will battle them all year for third place," he continued. "Cocalico and L-S are very solid and should lead the section."

At Iron Valley, the Mules finished third overall with a 358 and followed Cocalico (332) and Manheim Central (348) but upended the Pioneers (367). Backing Rush was Tim Schmitt (90), Reid Balliet (95), and Evan Wagoner (96).

Rush, Schmitt, and Balliet contributed to a 28-14 record last year, which was good for third place. Joining them this season will be Wagoner, Isaac Nadu, Sheldon Peiffer, Jessie Spangler, and Eric Bowman.


Students Enjoy Cross-Cultural Experience August 17, 2017

When Garden Spot High School (GSHS) German teacher Laura Trimble took 19 students to Germany on June 17, the group knew that plans included a week with German host families in Worms followed by a week of sightseeing, which included a visit to Munich. When they returned to the United States on July 2, the students had a deeper understanding of some of the casualties of the Holocaust coupled with meaningful connections with the German host families they had met.

A few of the students who visited Germany, including Rachel Hooley, Makaela Smith, Christian Schilling, Jeremy Hershey, and Tacey Sauder, noted that the relationships they developed with their host families topped their lists of experiences in the Rhineland.

Much of the time the students spent with host families was dedicated to discussing similarities and differences between the German and American cultures. "Living with host families was both different and similar (to living here)," explained Hooley. Differences students noticed included the common use of public transportation in Worms and the ways they expressed concern about trash disposal. "I was struck by how cautious they are about waste," said Smith. "Every time we ate outside the house, they brought dishes with them."

Students were also impressed with the differences they noted in schools and homes in Germany. While the school they visited still used blackboards, overhead projectors, and older-model televisions, the German homes they visited were modern. "All the decor and furniture matched, and all the homes looked like they jumped out of a magazine," said Smith.

Cars and driving are generally important topics for teenagers, and the students took note of the attention that Germans paid to vehicles and their use during their visit. Hershey stated that visiting BMW World in Munich was among his favorite activities. "I could have spent all day there," said Hershey, who described the destination as a large showroom full of the latest the car manufacturer has to offer.

Schilling's eyes were opened to the seriousness that Germans apply to driving when his host family took him on a visit to France. "We went on the Autobahn, and they drove 115 miles per hour, and people were passing us," said Schilling, who noted that the high speed on narrow roads made him somewhat nervous. He explained that Germans who wish to learn to drive must attend an expensive driving school and return for more lessons if they fail the test. Sauder added that although there is no speed limit on the Autobahn, drivers obeyed the speed limit without exception in the towns and villages.

The students paid special attention to the cultural differences, and they said that their host families were fascinated to learn about American culture as well. "Our host families were interested to know what stereotypes we have about Germans, and I was interested to know the ones they have about Americans," Schilling said, adding that his hosts told him that travel books informed them that Americans engage in small talk that is nonconsequential. "They think when we say, 'Hey, come over later,' we don't mean it," said Schilling with a chuckle. "I said, 'No, we mean that.'"

Hershey noted that he has stayed in touch with his host family. "I am still texting and sending them pictures," he said. Sauder added that her host family said that she was welcome to make a return visit whenever she can. "I might take them up on that offer," she said.

The day after the students left their host families, they visited the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. "It was heavy," noted Smith. Hooley described the visit as surreal. "It took a while to set in. It didn't seem like we were really there," she said.

"I would suggest that anyone who visits that area should go to (Dachau). It opens your eyes," Smith advised.


Field Hockey Team Will Introduce New Coach August 12, 2017

The Hempfield High School field hockey program will kick off its season with a "Meet the Team and Coaches Night" on Friday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville. The doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and folks may drop in at any time.

A small fee will be charged for admission of adults, and college-age and younger individuals will be admitted free with paid adult tickets. Attendees may dress in casual attire. Snacks and beverages will be served.

The event will include silent and live auctions, as well as prize drawings. Some of the auction offerings will include Penn State football and basketball tickets, jewelry, gift cards to local entertainment venues and restaurants, Phillies tickets, gift baskets filled with various items, and field hockey items. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

The proceeds from the event will be used by the field hockey booster club to support the athletes and the team throughout the year.

Also, folks will be introduced to the new varsity coach, Tesla Atkins, during the evening.

"Hempfield is where I began my career as a field hockey player, and I am excited to be home," Atkins said.

Atkins played field hockey at Hempfield as a freshman before transferring to Penn Manor for the rest of her high school career. She was selected to the Lancaster-Lebanon conference team and was named academic All-American in 2006-07. Atkins graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2011 with a degree in health and physical education. During college, she was a four-time academic All-American, and she had two appearances in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference on Final Four and runner-up squads.

As an adult athlete, Atkins has played in countless tournaments throughout the country, including the National Indoor Tournament hosted by USA Field Hockey, and she was drafted to the Harrow Cup.

Atkins coached several field hockey clubs from 2009 to 2014, and she served as an assistant coach for high school teams in Charlotte, N.C., from 2013 to 2016. Atkins' teams won two North Carolina state championships and placed second twice. Additionally, Atkins created the Carolina Evolution club team in 2014 and coached teams that were successful in numerous tournaments. She subsequently represented North Carolina at the 2017 U.S. Field Hockey League tournament.

After returning to Pennsylvania, Atkins coached 11 Hempfield players at the 2017 Limelight college showcase, finishing in second place overall. She has also coached several youth field hockey teams that competed in the National Futures Tournament.

Atkins has high hopes for the future of Hempfield's field hockey team, and she has created goals for the group.

"We will create a positive, encouraging, and uplifting environment where the athletes can work as a unit to achieve their goals," she remarked. "We (will) focus on the tactics necessary for success on the field, but also concepts like problem-solving, teamwork, and sacrifice, which will benefit our athletes throughout their lives. Our team is also focused on the growth of the program and implementing opportunities for elementary players to learn and love the sport."

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