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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."


Yoder Earns All-American Designation August 3, 2017

Solanco's Alana Yoder recently turned in two All-American track and field performances. Yoder, who will be a sophomore this fall, finished second in the 15 to 16 age division of the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.78 at the USAFT Junior Olympic Nationals in Kansas on July 29. One day later, she clocked a 4:50.82 in the 1500-meter run and settled for eighth place overall. Fifty-one girls from across the country competed in each event. The top eight places are considered All-American performances.

Last year Yoder finished seventh in the nation in the 800 and did not run the 1500. She qualified for the national meet after winning the mid-Atlantic championship at Widener University in June and then, early in July, she won the regional championship held in Brockport, N.Y.


Abrams Takes Part In Golf Academy July 26, 2017

Susquehannock golfer Kendel Abrams recently participated in the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy in Atlanta through The First Tee of Greater Baltimore.

The Drive Your Future Academy is a new all-girls' program that focuses on leadership development, volunteerism, teamwork, and the value of being active in golf. A total of 24 girls were selected from across the United States to participate in this year's academy. To be chosen to participate, athletes were required to submit an essay and an activities list as well as a First Tee chapter letter of recommendation.

Abrams said one of the biggest lessons she learned during the program was to be adaptable. Her favorite part was teaching residents at an Atlanta retirement home how to play golf.

The program also motivated Abrams to help girls through her own nonprofit organization. She noted that she has been inspired to teach girls the fundamentals of golf, the benefits of networking, and the importance of scholarships and internships as they further their education.

Abrams is a starter on Susquehannock's varsity golf team and a 2016 GameTime Pennsylvania Golf All-Star. In 2016, she placed sixth during the District 3 Class 3A championships and finished second at the YAIAA individual championships.


University Baseball Team Honored July 25, 2017

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has announced the recipients of its annual ABCA Team Academic Excellence Awards. Lincoln University's baseball team was among the 34 NCAA Division II institutions honored with this year's award.

A total of 141 four-year college baseball programs on all levels - NCAA I, II and III, as well as NAIA - were honored by the ABCA. The Lincoln University Lions were the only HBCU institution in the country to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award. Ten junior college and 70 high school programs were also honored.

In order to be honored, a college program needed to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year, and the head coach had to be an ABCA member. The GPA could not be rounded up.

The 2017 year is the second year the ABCA has presented the Team Academic Excellence Award, and it is the second time Lincoln's baseball team has been honored. Among this year's 34 programs honored, Lincoln is just one of 19 to receive the award twice. A total of 259 institutions sponsored baseball at the Division II level in 2016-17.

The Lions are also the only baseball program in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to have received the award in either of its first two years. The Lions are one of only two schools in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region to be honored with this year's award, with the other being Seton Hill University.

Nine of the 17 active players on the 2017 baseball squad have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with three others with cumulative GPA marks between 2.90 and 2.99. Rising junior Marcos Castillo leads the squad with a 3.87. In addition, 12 of the players on Lincoln's squad this year earned a 3.0 or higher during the spring semester, with eight of those earning dean's list honors by achieving a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Head coach Anthony Plá will enter his 10th season at the helm of the Lions baseball squad in 2018.


Hempfield Names New Coaches June 28, 2017

The Hempfield School District Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Kendra Beittel as high school girls' basketball head coach and John Walizer as high school wrestling head coach.

Beittel graduated from Hempfield High school in 2010. During her time at Hempfield, she was known for her success in the classroom and on the basketball court as point guard. After graduating from Hempfield, Beittel attended Elizabethtown College to major in occupational therapy. As a college student, she also served as the captain of the women's basketball team her junior and senior years and was assistant coach of the women's basketball team as a graduate student. Currently, Beittel is an occupational therapist at Mennonite Homes.

Walizer is a 1987 graduate of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School, where he was recognized locally, statewide and nationally for his achievements in wrestling. After graduating high school, Walizer attended Bucknell University as an education major. During his time at Bucknell, he served as a team captain.

Walizer has more than 23 years of experience as a football and wrestling coach. After graduating from Bucknell University, Walizer returned to his alma mater as a teacher and head wrestling coach. He has also served as the head varsity wrestling coach and an assistant varsity football coach at Hershey High School, where he is currently a math teacher. For the past two seasons Walizer has been the head junior high wrestling coach for the Hempfield School District.


Dearing Receives Scholar Athlete Award June 26, 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.


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.


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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Cheerleaders To Take Part In "Big 33" Event May 4, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School senior cheerleaders Morgan Walters and Taylor Zerphey have been chosen to be part of Pennsylvania's cheerleading squad at the 60th annual Big 33 football game. The all-star game will be played on Saturday, June 17, at Speed Ebersole Stadium in Harrisburg and will pit players from the Commonwealth against all-stars from Maryland.

To be selected to the team, Walters and Zerphey were first nominated by their coach. Each then competed in tryouts earlier this year for one of only 68 spots on the squad. During tryouts, Walters and Zerphey were judged in various categories, including jumps, cheer, dance, tumbling, and stunts.

As members of the team, Walters and Zerphey will learn sideline cheers and a halftime routine. They will also be teamed up with Cheer Buddies, who are children with special needs, throughout the week.

Walters is the daughter of Lee and Jennifer Walters of Elizabethtown. Zerphey is the daughter of Tim and Sue Zerphey of Elizabethtown.

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