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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.

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Volleyball Team Wins Championship November 9, 2018

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GEARS Posts Schedule November 9, 2018

GEARS has scheduled several upcoming programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate costs have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

Do It Yourself Day will be offered for first- through sixth-graders on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Donegal Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown. The program will offer an opportunity to get acquainted with science and creativity using items that can be found around the house.

Iddy Biddy Basketball, for 4- to 6-year-olds, is an instructional program that will take place on Saturdays, Dec. 1 to Jan. 26, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the gym at the East High Street Elementary School, 800 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Coaches will teach basic shooting, dribbling, and passing skills. The fee includes a T-shirt.

An American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course, for people age 11 and up, will be offered by certified American Red Cross instructor Dave Rosensteel on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Attendees will learn to supervise and care for infants through early teenagers, and they will be taught about child behavior, age-appropriate activities, emergency protocols, and professionalism. Those who complete the course will receive a two-year certification for first aid and CPR/AED.

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Soccer Team Wins Tournament November 9, 2018

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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.

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GEARS Posts Schedule November 2, 2018

GEARS has announced several upcoming programs and activities. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call the GEARS office at 717-367-0355.

A Princess Party will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Princesses must be chaperoned by an adult age 18 and up, and they are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess attire. The evening will include music, dancing, games, crafts, and a princess costume parade. Light snacks will be served. There is a set per-couple fee, with an extra cost for additional princesses. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

Medicare Madness: Intro to Medicare, led by human resource benefits specialist Jonathan Ebersole for individuals who are about to turn age 65, will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Recreation Room 2 at 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The basics of Medicare will be explained, including how and when to sign up for Medicare, what is covered by the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C, and D), and what the difference is between a Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) plan and a Medicare Advantage plan, along with how to find a plan that best fits one's needs. Several rounds of Medicare Bingo will be played. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.

A trip to New York City has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 26, and participants may spend the day on their own. Motorcoach transportation will depart the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., at 6:30 a.m. and will arrive in New York City at approximately 10:30 a.m. with a return time of 11 p.m. There is a cost for the trip, with a discount for GEARS members.

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Soccer Team Posts Undefeated Season October 26, 2018

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GEARS Sets Schedule October 26, 2018

GEARS has posted its upcoming programs and activities. To register or to obtain more information, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

A Men's and Women's Doubles Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with divisions of Open, AA/A, and BB. A coed doubles tournament will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held in the gymnasiums at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. First place in the Open division will receive cash awards, and others will receive volleyball merchandise. The team fee will be discounted for teams that preregister and full price on the day of the event.

Zumba Gold will be offered on Mondays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 10, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the gym at Memorial Hall at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The toned-down version of Zumba, an aerobics-type class that is part dance and part fitness, is geared toward deconditioned individuals, beginner exercisers, and active older adults. Licensed Zumba Gold instructor Judy McMillen will lead. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.

Hatha Flow Yoga will be taught by certified instructor Charla Lorenzen for people age 14 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Carpenter Chapel at Masonic Village. The multi-level class will incorporate seated and standing yoga poses, conscious breathing, and meditative focus. Participants should wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers for one day per week or both.

A Princess Party will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Princesses must be chaperoned by an adult age 18 and up, and they are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess attire. The evening will include music, dancing, games, crafts, and a princess costume parade. Light snacks will be served. There is a set per-couple fee, with an extra cost for additional princesses. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

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Figure Skater Advances In Competition October 23, 2018

Mia Eckels, 15, of Shrewsbury, competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Novice Ladies division at the 2019 South Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships in Coral Springs, Fla., from Oct. 3 to 6. Mia finished third, earning the bronze medal.

The top four skaters in each discipline qualify for one of three U.S. Sectional Figure Skating Championships - Eastern, Midwestern, or Pacific Coast - which will be held from Tuesday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 17. Mia will advance to the Eastern Sectionals, to be held in Wake Forest, N.C.

Mia is a member of White Rose Figure Skating Club.

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AGRA Announces Soccer Results October 23, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has announced the results of its fifth week of soccer play.

In the Mixed Elementary Division, Falcons beat Oxford Plumbing and Heating 1-0, with Andy scoring the goal, Meghan playing goalie and Natalia named player of the game for the Falcons (Newark Parks and Recreation). Oxford Plumbing and Heating's offense was led by Dan Olivere and Denton Hallman leading the way, and Johnny Aldana had several key defensive plays.

Also, BSN Sports tied Cosmos 0-0. BSN Sports' Thor DiCicco played well on offense, while James Williams helped make good moves on goal. Tyler Bowman, Ethan Lebo and Dylan Doyle were key on defense, and Amarvir Gill had good saves in goal. The Cosmos (Newark Parks and Recreation) were led on defense by Chase and Sydney and on offense by Anthony, Lucas, Morgan and Jazz.

In the Girls' Elementary Division, John Gallen Photographer tied Yerkes Insurance 1-1. John Gallen Photographer's goal was scored by Molly Chance, Emma McAfee was good in goal and Kim Rose was the key defensive player. Yerkes Insurance's scorer was Taylor Wright, with excellent hustle by Lila McCauley, Brooklyn Cooper and Miranda Todd and key defensive plays by Annie Kilcur.

In the Mixed Senior Division, Nowland Associates Contractors tied First Baptist Church Kennett Square 1-1. Billy McAfee scored for First Baptist Church Kennett Square, with midfield led by Ava Aldana and Krish Kochhar; great saves in goal by Aydin Fischer; key offensive plays by Mike Shatley, Luke Spatafora and Isaac Rose; and key defensive plays by Warren Simms, Keira Ollis and Brandon McAfee. Nowland Associates Contractors' goal scorer was Tejvir Gill, with Colin Zern strong on offense; Genalyn Mason, Sophia D'Isabella, Joseph D'Isabella and Xavier Reith good on both offense and midfield play; Milos Stevens, Griffith Swezey, Spencer Laswow and Jasmeet Gill strong on defense; and Kyalami Swezey excellent in goal.

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SECA Auction Sets New Time, Content October 18, 2018

When scheduling the upcoming annual fundraising auction, the leadership of Southern End Community Association (SECA) put the community at the forefront.

"We are planning for the Solanco (High School) football team to go to the playoffs," executive director Nicole Luecker explained. "The Southern End is football-proud, so, historically, when the auction coincides with a playoff game, the auction doesn't do well."

The Golden Mules are having another good season, so rather than plan a make-up date in case of a playoff game, the board of directors decided that the auction will be held solely on a Saturday this year, with the event planned for Nov. 10. On that day, the Hoffman Building, 172 S. Lime St., Quarryville, will open at 3 p.m. for a preview of auction items, and folks will be able to place bids on themed baskets in the silent auction, which will run until 8:45 p.m. The live auction will start and a pasta meal will be available for purchase to benefit the Solanco post prom at 5 p.m.

"We would like to invite the football players to help out as runners for our auction (as a show of) mutual support," said SECA board president Carol Gibson.

There will be fewer items for volunteers to deliver to winning bidders this year, as the board has opted to be selective of the things accepted for the sale. The leaders are striving to curate a collection of desirable items, Luecker said, adding, "We are hoping to raise the caliber of the auction and make it more upscale."

Some items will have reserves, but there should still be a variety of price points at the auction. Gibson noted that the board is accepting donations of artwork, themed gift baskets, gift certificates, quality antiques and collectibles, sports tickets, and new items. Sports memorabilia that will be up for bids include signed photos of Baltimore Orioles player Dylan Bundy and Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a photo of several Chicago Bears players inscribed with laser autographs. Tickets to a Harrisburg Senators game and other sports contests will be up for bids.

"Eagles tickets are back," Luecker said. "They're a key one that people have missed (at previous auctions). It should be a good game." The four tickets are for Monday, Dec. 3, when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins.

Luecker shared that the auction typically brings in about $12,000, which covers SECA's operating costs during the winter when fewer programs are running.

"We're planning to take a loss (at this auction) because we're changing things up a bit, but we hope it does well for us," Luecker commented.

"We decided to change the format this year because, as the saying goes, if one continues to always do things the same way, the results will stay the same," Gibson pointed out. "This (year's auction) will feel different, but we hope the community will enjoy the change and support our efforts to raise the bar."

For more information about the auction or to make a donation, readers may contact SECA at 717-806-0123 or seca@epix.net.

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YMCA Branch Programs Posted October 17, 2018

The Dover and York YMCA branches will accept registrations for several upcoming programs: a Basketball League for children ages 4 to 11 will be held at the York and Dover branches; a Hip-Hop Dance Class for youths ages 9 to 12; Girls' Intramural Volleyball for girls ages 8 to 10 at the Dover branch and ages 11 to 15 at the York branch; Nerf Tag for youths ages 6 to 11; Painting Class for children ages 6 to 10; and a fifth- and sixth-grade Night Out the second Friday of each month.

For more information, readers may contact dmarkel@yorkcoymca.org or 717-292-5622.

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Rec Center Plans Free Celebration October 12, 2018

Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, will hold a free Community Days celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On both days, land and aquatic group exercise classes will be free to the public. In addition to the classes, the public is invited to use the fitness center and enjoy family time in the indoor pool. Community partners will be on-site, bringing with them free samples, demonstrations, and wellness screenings.

Special activities on Oct. 20 will include a Zumba Dance Party in the gym from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., featuring prizes and giveaways; yoga featuring beverages and cheese from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with donations accepted for the Everyone Belongs financial aid program; and children's pumpkin decorating and games from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Special features on Oct. 21 will include Aqua Stand Up Yoga trial classes from 8 to 9 a.m., a children's meet-and-greet with police and fire first responders from noon to 4:30 p.m., free blood pressure screenings from a local EMS crew from noon to 4:30 p.m., and a giant inflatable Aqua Rock-It Splash Party from 2 to 5 p.m.

Coinciding with the weekend's event will be a membership special.

Details regarding Community Days, class descriptions, pool schedules, and more can be found at www.hempfieldrec.com. For more information on membership or how an organization can participate in the two-day event, readers may call 717-898-3102, ext. 41, or contact Catherine Hamby at chamby@hempfieldrec.com.

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GEARS Sets Schedule October 12, 2018

GEARS has posted its slate of programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call the GEARS office at 717-367-0355.

Sign-ups have been posted for BEARS Youth Basketball, which is open for girls and boys, with participation levels of grades one and two (instructional), three and four, five and six, and seven through nine. Registration fees vary by participation level. Registration forms are slated to be distributed to all first- through ninth-graders in Elizabethtown schools. Players will participate in practices and games from late November through the end of January.

Draft days will be as follows: girls in grades three and four, Monday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.; girls in grades five and six, Nov. 5 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; boys in grades three and four, Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and boys in grades five and six, Nov. 7 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All drafts will be held in the gym at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown.

Boys and girls in grades one and two will take part in a Saturday-only program at East High Street Elementary School, 800 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Boys and girls in grades three and four will practice one day per week and play games on Saturdays. Boys and girls in grades five and six and grades seven through nine will practice two days per week and play games on Saturdays.

GEARS is in need of volunteer coaches, referees, and supervisors for this program. Interested volunteers may email DougKnauss@GetintoGEARS.org or call 717-367-0355.

Mommy and Me Dance Class will take place in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, on Tuesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Geared for children ages 2 and 3 and a parent, the class will focus on the fundamentals of dance, music, and balance in a friendly and positive manner.

A Pokemon/YuGiOh/Buddyfight League, featuring friendly competition and updates, will be offered for first- through 10th-graders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 25 to Dec. 13, with no class on Nov. 22, in the GEARS Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Participants should bring their decks to battle other opponents as they find ways to improve their skills and decks.

Professional skateboarding lessons will be offered for 6- to 18-year-olds by sponsored skateboarder Luke Davis at the indoor skate facility at Cornerstone Youth Center, 95 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown, on Sundays, Oct. 28 to Dec. 2. Class for beginners will be from 6 to 7 p.m., with intermediate/advanced classes slated for 7 to 8 p.m.

The Pumpkin Plunge will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Patton Pool at the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Swimmers will be able to pick pumpkins from the floating pumpkin patch in the pool. The event will also include music, treats, and pumpkin-themed water games and activities. There is a fee per person. Only swimmers need to register. Readers may preregister by Tuesday, Oct. 23, to ensure an adequate supply of pumpkins is available.

Spin & Sculpt will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 30 to Dec. 18 in GEARS Recreation Room 4 at 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. One class will take place from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., and a second class will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be no class on Thursday, Nov. 22. Spin & Sculpt is a 45-minute indoor cycling class combined with 15 minutes of toning and core work. Attendees should bring a towel and water. People age 16 and up of all fitness levels are welcome to participate.

POUND, open to people age 14 and up, will be offered on Tuesdays from Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. Featuring lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise, POUND offers a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga- and Pilates-inspired movements. Instructor Courtney Lesnick is a certified POUND instructor. Attendees should bring a yoga mat.

Zumba classes will be offered on Wednesdays from Oct. 31 to Dec. 19, excluding Nov. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. The Latin-inspired dance fitness class fuses motivational musical rhythms and unique moves in routines that include interval training and resistance training. The classes will be taught by Emily Harlan, a certified Zumba fitness instructor. People age 14 and up may participate.

A Charming Charleston Plantation Holiday Tour will take place from Sunday to Friday, Dec. 9 to 14. Participants will depart on Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. from the MoviE-town parking lot, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. The trip will include a tour of historic Charleston, a trolley tour, and visits to Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, Middleton Place, and a tea plantation. Charleston will be decorated for the holidays.

A "day on your own" trip to New York City will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 22, with the motorcoach scheduled for a 6:30 a.m. departure from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. and arrival in New York City at approximately 10:30 a.m. The group will return at approximately 11 p.m.

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Golf Team Raises Funds For DES Foundation October 12, 2018

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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.

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Upcoming Holiday Events Announced October 9, 2018

East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will host three upcoming holiday events. All events are open to the public.

The sixth annual pie and soup sale will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21. A variety of pies will be available, and chicken corn soup will be sold by the quart. Whole pies and mini pies will be sold. All orders must be placed in advance by contacting EBACC. Orders may be picked up on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The 23rd annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature vendors, food, prizes, and more.

The fifth annual Christmas Festival in East Berlin will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and will continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The festival will include soup, sandwiches, apple crisp, wagon rides, activities for children, and more.

For more details or to place an order, readers may contact 717-259-8848 or info@ebacc.org or visit www.ebacc.org.

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AGRA Announces Soccer Results October 9, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) fall soccer program finished its fourth week of play with the following results:

In the mixed elementary division, BSN Sports and Oxford Plumbing and Heating played to a 0-0 tie. For BSN Sports, James Williams and Thor DiCicco played well on offense, and Zack Spatafora, Ethan Lebo, and Tyler Bowman played well on defense. Dylan Doyle played well in midfield helping the offense. Oxford Plumbing and Heating had Daniel Olivere and Jack LaFazia playing well on offense, and Benjamin Snodgrass and Lily Kearns doing a great job on defense.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer and Yerkes Insurance had a 1-1 tie. Piper Gagnon scored for John Gallen Photographer, Emme Gagnon was great in goal, Abby Chance and Molly Chance were key defensive players, and great midfield plays were made by Kim Rose and Maddie Snodgrass. Yerkes Insurance's goal scorer was Madison Gain. Key saves were made by Ava Skelley, and Brooklyn Cooper played great on offense and defense.

In the mixed senior division, First Baptist Church Kennett Square pulled out a 1-0 win over Nowland Associates Contractors. Brayden Foy scored the only goal of the game, with great goaltending by Brayden Foy and Michael Shatley and great defensive plays by Brandon McAfee, Warren Simms, Keira Ollis, Luke Spatafoara, and Ava Aldana. Billy McAfee, Isaac Rose, Aydin Fischer, and Krish Kochhar were key offensive players for First Baptist Church Kennett Square. Nowland Associates Contractors had great defense from Kyalami Swezey, Xavier Reith, Milos Stevens, and Joseph D'Isabella; Kyla Pennington, Sofia D'Isabella, Griffith Sweze, and Jasmeet Gill were great at midfield; and Tejvir Gill, Colin Zern, and Spencer Laskow were strong on offense.

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Soccer Team Honors Educators October 5, 2018

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AGRA Posts Soccer Results October 2, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results for the third week of its fall soccer program.

In the mixed elementary division, the Falcons defeated BSN Sports 5-0. Goal scorers for the Falcons were Natalia with two and Jude, Cameron, and Andy each with one. Jackson Cruice had the shutout in goal for the Falcons, and Kylie Cruice was the key offensive player of the game. BSN Sports had good offense from James Williams, who made some nice attacks. Ethan Lebo and Ryan Manley were key defensive players of the game. Dylan Doyle skillfully saved goals for BSN Sports.

Cosmos beat Oxford Plumbing & Heating Inc. 5-0. Goal scorers for Cosmos were Chase, Sydney, Morgan, Jazlyn, and Anthony. Key defensive players were McKayla, Lucas V. Preston, and Lucas for Cosmos.

In the girls' elementary division, Yerkes Insurance won 1-0 over John Gallen Photographer. Taylor Wright scored the goal. The offensive players made great passes and assists. Ava Skelley played well on defense. Madison Gain, Miranda Todd, and Ava Roux all defended the goal and blocked lost of shots for Yerkes Insurance. John Gallen Photographer had key offense from Emma McAfee, Abby Chance, and Maddie Snodgrass, with key defense from Kim Rose and Piper Gagnon. The key goalkeeper was Molly Chance, and the team had good midfield plays from Maura Mraz and Emme Gagnon.

In the mixed senior division, First Baptist Church Kennett Square took the win 2-1 over Nowland Associates Contractors. Billy McAfee and Isaac Rose each scored one goal. Warren Simms and Keira Ollis were key defensive players. Aydin Fischer and Michael Shatley were strong in goal for First Baptist Church Kennett Square. Nowland Associates Contractors' goal scorer was Tejvir Gill. Colin Zern was the key offensive player. Kayla Pennington, Genalyn Mason, Jasmeet Gill, Sophia D'Isabella, and Kyalami Swezey played well. Milos Stevens, Griffith Swezey, Xavier Reith, Spencer Laskow, and Joseph D'Isabella played well on defense for Nowland Associates Contractors.

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