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PV Posts Red White Game Day November 12, 2018

The Pequea Valley (PV) girls' basketball program will hold its first Red White Game Day on Friday, Nov. 30. The games will be as follows: 5:30 p.m., fifth-grade Red Rush Team; 5:40 p.m., sixth-grade Red Rush Team; 5:55 p.m., junior high team; 6:20 p.m., high school team; and 6:55 p.m., alumni. After the alumni game, all players participating in the event and their families will be invited to attend a reception in the cafeteria.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The event will also include concessions and a giveaway drawing. Attendees will have opportunities to meet the members of the girls' high school basketball team.


Soccer Team Wins Championship November 7, 2018

On Nov. 3, the Villa Maria Academy Lower School varsity soccer team won its game 1-0 over St. Maximilian Kolbe School. The win marks the repeat title as Region 17 CYO Champions for Villa Maria, the No. 1 seeded team for the AOP championship tournament. The team was scheduled to play on Nov. 11 at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.

Villa Maria Academy aims to empower young women through leadership and service in the IHM tradition.


Soccer Team Posts Undefeated Season October 26, 2018


LCDS Honors Alumni Athletes October 25, 2018

Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) inducted Nicolas Accomando of the Class of 2000 and Jacqueline Smith of the Class of 2003 into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Oct. 12. The pair was honored at a ceremony and reception at the school.

Accomando was a four-year letter winner in soccer, basketball, and tennis, who went on to compete in soccer at Ithaca College. In 1998, Accomando won the school's Tennis Singles Award. The following year, he added the Doubles Award, won the Defensive Player Award in basketball, and was named soccer MVP. In his senior year, Accomando was named captain and MVP of the soccer, basketball, and tennis squads, and he won the PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award, the first time the prize was awarded.

Smith earned 12 varsity letters in four years playing field hockey, basketball, softball, and lacrosse, and she went on to play rugby for four years at Bates College. As a freshman, she helped lead the field hockey squad to an SIAC League championship, a feat she repeated in her senior year. Twice named field hockey MVP, Smith also won awards as defensive player of the year in field hockey and lacrosse, and she was voted captain of the field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball teams her senior year. That year, she also earned the Female Athlete of the Year Award.


High School Athletes Share Stories With Children October 9, 2018

Pequea Valley High School (PVHS) athletes held their second annual Read Under the Lights event on Sept. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PVHS stadium. More than 120 students and their families attended. The goal of the event was to provide a fun, positive family experience for elementary students and families as they interacted with high school athletes who read children's stories.

Participants rotated between sports stations where athletes read children's books and got to know the families. During intermission, athletes demonstrated their sports to the attendees and invited them to participate as well. Attendees were able to practice taking shots on a field hockey net and watch cheerleaders demonstrate stunts and cheers. Members of the basketball team demonstrated how to pass a ball, and attendees practiced along with them. Every child went home with one free book.

Read Under the Lights was brought to Pequea Valley after LeeAnn Wenger, Marie Johnston, and Katie Beiler attended the Literacy Is for Life Conference in 2017. At the conference, another Pennsylvania school district shared an event called Reading Under the Lights that it held in its community. Wenger, Johnston, and Beiler decided the event was something they wanted to bring to the Pequea Valley community.


Soccer Team Honors Educators October 5, 2018


Softball Team Visits State Capitol October 5, 2018


Concussion News Posted October 1, 2018

Students, parents, and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize, and manage 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 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.


Former Athletes Named To Hall Of Fame September 27, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) athletic community inducted six alumni into the Lampeter-Strasburg Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 21. Inductees included Chad Sensenig, Class of 1991; the 1998 boys' 1600-meter relay team; and Lauren McHale, Class of 2008.

The Hall of Fame Committee partnered with the High School Varsity Club to facilitate the induction banquet. Varsity Club officers Hayley Phenegar, Ben Beiler, and Noah Patterson introduced the inductees. The inductees were also honored on Pioneer Field at halftime of the Hall of Fame Game, which the Pioneers won 42-0.

Sensenig was First Team Section 4 All-Star quarterback as a senior and was nominated for the Big 33 football team. In baseball, he was Freshman of the Year in 1988, was First Team All Section Pitcher as a senior, and played on the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League All Star Team. He went on to play baseball at Millersville University, where he was selected as the university's Freshman of the Year.

Members of the relay team include Oliver Manosane, Class of 1999; Jeremy Osborne, Class of 1998; Jared Schnapf, Class of 1999; and Jansen Rudy, Class of 1998. The team won L-L, district, and state medals.

McHale was a member of the varsity field hockey and softball teams. In 2006 and 2007, she was selected as a LL League First Team All-Star for field hockey and participated in the National Field Hockey Festival. In softball, she was named LL League First Team All-Star as a pitcher and shortstop and was voted Female Athlete of the Year at L-S in 2008. McHale played field hockey for three years at American University before transferring to Millersville.

The awards began in 1992. To nominate an individual to the L-S Athletic Hall of Fame, readers may contact Tina Byler at or Branden Lippy at


Teams Raise Funds For ALS Association September 27, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) and Garden Spot field hockey teams joined together at the third annual ALS Awareness Game on Sept. 19. The teams raised money to support the Greater Philadelphia ALS Association in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.

L-S community member Kimberly Kurau designed a shirt for both teams to purchase and wear as their warm-up shirts for game day. Both schools' junior high teams purchased the shirts and planned to wear them for their game as well.

The 7 p.m. high school game took place under the lights on the turf at L-S. Both teams met on the field for a group picture before warm-ups. The game was a close one, and L-S won with a score of 3-1. After the game, both teams met in a circle to pray before ending the event.

Through the shirt purchases, sponsorships and fan donations, the teams together raised $1,000 for the ALS Association.


Soccer Teams Join "Red Card Cancer" Initiative September 27, 2018

Soccer teams from Conestoga Valley (CV) and the entire Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League will join forces to support cancer research. From Monday through Saturday, October 1 to 6, all L-L League soccer games will be deemed Red Card Cancer games, and fans attending those games will have the opportunity to donate to the cause.

CV boys' soccer coach Dave Hartlaub has organized the Red Card Cancer initiative for the past five seasons with the CV soccer programs, and last year he worked alongside several others in the L-L League to expand the initiative.

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.


School Announces Homecoming Court September 26, 2018

Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock, has announced its 2018 homecoming court. The court will be introduced during the school's annual homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 12.

The members of the court are senior students Hannah Dorr, Theresa Falzone, Jessica Fox, Kenna Hancock, Alyson Houska, Alexandra Krahl, Elizabeth Minacci, Samantha McGuire, Gillian Snader, Alaina Stomgren and Audra Thomas. An alumni reception will be held from 6 p.m. until halftime at the Dale R. Keagy Plaza, located at the Susquehannock Alumni Field House. Alumni are invited to visit the Alumni Association's registration booth to receive free gifts, including a collectable alumni homecoming button. Alumni are also encouraged to wear their varsity jackets.

Homecoming festivities will begin on the field at 6:25 p.m., and the game against Eastern York High School will start at 7 p.m. In addition, the annual Alumni Spirit Award will be presented at halftime. Last year, Southern York County School District former athletic director, teacher, and coach Chuck Abbott received the award.

Spectators for homecoming should enter the stadium at the east ticket booth. Game tickets must be purchased for admittance.


Solanco Names New Wrestling Head Coach September 26, 2018

John Little recently retired as Solanco varsity wrestling coach, ending a successful 36-year head coaching career. The Solanco school board has hired Tony Mendez as the new varsity wrestling coach.

Following graduation from Solanco and Millersville University and a brief stint as the head coach of junior high wrestling at Elizabethtown, Little came to Solanco and served as an assistant coach under Ivan Steele. In 1982, Little began what would become a long award-winning career as Solanco's varsity wrestling head coach. Little's career record is 321-164-1, and his accomplishments as coach and the achievements of many of his wrestlers are respected throughout the Lancaster-Lebanon League and beyond. While a student and wrestler at Solanco, Little was District III Southcentral Regional Champion and a qualifier for the PIAA State Tournament. He graduated from Solanco in 1974, and at Millersville University he earned Division III All America wrestling honors in 1977 and 1978. Little was also a longtime teacher in the Solanco School District.

Mendez was Solanco's assistant varsity coach for 18 years and also has two years of experience as junior high wrestling head coach. A 1993 Solanco graduate, Mendez was a wrestler at Solanco and Millersville University. At Solanco, where he was coached by Little, Mendez was a two-time qualifier for the PIAA State Tournament. Mendez's Millersville career included undefeated dual meet seasons in 1997 (14-0) and 1998 (13-0) and recognition as the Millersville University Male Athlete of the Year in 1998.

Mendez is the multi-media technology lead teacher at Solanco High School. In 2014, he was inducted into Solanco's Distinguished Teacher program, an award that honors a teacher's instructional excellence, success working with students, and professional leadership.


Penn Manor Posts Pink Out Campaign September 20, 2018

The Penn Manor community is raising funds for cancer care and research efforts through its Pink Out campaign. Fall sports teams are selling pink and blue Penn Manor Fighting for the Cure T-shirts to support the cause and will raise additional funds at special Pink Out home games. Pink Out home games will take place on the following dates: Monday, Oct. 1, field hockey; Tuesday, Oct. 2, boys' soccer; Tuesday, Oct. 9, girls' volleyball; and Friday, Oct. 26, football, cheerleaders, and Penn Manor Marching Unit.

In addition, field hockey team members will raise money through a coin drive, a bake sale, memory markers and a special game following the varsity game on Oct. 1 at Comet Field. The girls' volleyball team will dedicate time and energy to a community service project in early October in collaboration with Grace Cancer Care in Millersville. The high school MiniTHON Club plans to raise awareness of childhood cancer through a Gold Out game. The Pink Out will culminate with a dress-down day on Friday, Oct. 26, at all Penn Manor schools.

Over the past four years, the Pink Out has raised nearly $60,000 thanks to the generosity of students, staff and community members. Donations have benefited organizations such as the Children's Miracle Network, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Velvet's Totes for Hope and Help the Fight.


Field Hockey Team Sets ALS Game September 12, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) field hockey team will hold its third annual ALS game on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L-S stadium, located on Book Road. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. The players and their opponents from Garden Spot will wear special warm-up shirts.

Proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, who passed away in January 2017 at age 44 after a five-year battle with ALS. She was the aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.

In the ALS game's first two years, L-S and its opponents, Solanco in 2016 and Cocalico in 2017, have raised a total of approximately $1,300.


Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018

The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.

In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.

Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.

Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.


Fundraiser To Support Soccer Program September 12, 2018

The third annual bingo event supporting the Garden Spot boys' soccer program will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the New Holland Fire Hall, 339 E. Main St. Doors will open at noon, and bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Prizes will include designer purses and bags.

To purchase tickets, contact Angie at 717-445-4478 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


SYC Warriors Win Championships September 11, 2018


CV To Induct Former Athletes September 6, 2018

On Friday, Sept. 21, Conestoga Valley (CV) will welcome three former athletes into its 20th Athletic Hall of Fame Class. A reception and induction ceremony will be held in the Conestoga Valley High School lobby and auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. Following the ceremony, this year's honorees will be introduced to the CV community during halftime of the football game against Solanco. The newest members of CV's Athletic Hall of Fame include James Bounds, Robert Cardina, and Tony Franciscus.

Bounds, a 1997 graduate, earned seven varsity letters while a member of the football and wrestling teams. On the gridiron, Bounds received Section II Honorable Mention recognition his junior year, was named a Section II All-Star his senior year, earned the team's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and participated in the War of the Roses Game. As a wrestler, he was a Section II All-Star his junior and senior years, won a Section Title, and finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Tournament. Following high school, Bounds played football for the University of Richmond.

Cardina, a 2012 graduate, earned 14 varsity letters through his involvement in track and field, soccer, basketball, and football. On the track, Cardina captained the team that won the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He scored numerous top 10 finishes and registered a school record of 761 career points. As the football team's punter and place kicker, he was Special Teams Player of the Year three times and a Section II All-Star. On the basketball court, Cardina captained the 2012 team, was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First All-Star Team, and helped the Bucks win an L-L League Championship in 2009. On the soccer pitch, he was a four-year starter, recorded 38 goals and 19 assists, and was a member of the Section II Championship Team. He was named to the Section II All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was Section II Player of the Year in 2011. At Penn State University, Cardina participated in the decathlon and heptathlon and was named NCAA First Team All-American in the decathlon.

Franciscus, a 1985 graduate, was a scholastic standout in football and wrestling, earning five varsity letters. As a football player, he was selected to the Second Team All-State, received the Lineman of the Year Award, and played in the Big 33 Game in 1984. As a wrestler, Tony won a Section Championship his junior year. At the University of Maryland, he earned two varsity letters.


Volleyball Team Wins Tournament September 6, 2018

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