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GEARS Posts Programs March 22, 2019

GEARS has posted its schedule of programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate costs have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers, and registration is required. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.

The Elizabethtown Area Youth Soccer Program will operate on Saturdays from April 6 through May 18 (except April 20) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Elizabethtown Area High School Field 3, 800 E. High St. This program is designed to be instructional as well as provide a chance to participate in low-competitive games. Both boys and girls in grades one through three are invited.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Advanced Tai Chi classes will meet on Tuesdays from April 9 through June 11 in the gymnasium at Rheems Elementary School, 130 Alida St. The introductory class will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the advanced class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Canine classes will be offered on Tuesdays, April 9 through 30, at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, 900 E. High St. Canine Fast Track Basic Obedience will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., with Advanced Canine Fast Track from 8 to 9 p.m.

The 13th annual four-person Spring Mix Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 26, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Sunset Golf Course, 2601 Sunset Drive, Middletown. Tournament proceeds will benefit the GEARS Summer Playground Program.

A trip to Washington, D.C., to watch the Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets is set for Saturday, April 13. Departure will be at 6 a.m. from the Elizabethtown Area High School parking lot.


Wolfe Receives Athletic Honor March 22, 2019

Sarah Wolfe, Lancaster, is one eight Lebanon Valley College student-athletes to be named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's 2019 Winter Sportsmanship Teams. Wolfe, a graduate of Manheim Township High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and is a member of the women's swimming team.

One student-athlete in each winter sport was nominated by his or her coach for inclusion on the team, which recognizes student-athletes who exemplify great character and demonstrate sportsmanship both on and off the field of play. They represent their team, their institution and the conference with high integrity and exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches and opponents.


Elizabethtown Bowlers Finish Sixth In States March 22, 2019

As the majority of central Pennsylvania high school athletes battle the elements, attempting to squeeze in as much outdoor practice time as possible before the spring season kicks off, there are a few remaining still tackling their winter sport. For Elizabethtown Area High School, those athletes belong to the Lady Bear bowling team, which made the 30-minute trek east to 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on March 16 to partake in the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships.

Behind the work of Abby Chaffins, Eryn Moore, Alaina Telenko, Hannah Griffie and Elizabeth Vuxta, the Lady Bears claimed sixth place once all the qualifying dust settled from the 12-team field. Elizabethtown's qualifying score of 3,469 put the Lady Bears just over 200 pins outside the four finalists and a mere 14 pins behind fifth-place Burrell.

Chaffins paced the team during the three regular qualifying games, posting scores of 177, 201 and 167 for a 545 series. Moore finished one pin back thanks to her games of 169, 190 and 185. Telenko was the final kegler to crack the 500-pin barrier, finishing with 500 on the nose after games of 189, 169 and 142. Griffie and Vuxta finished within two pins of each other after posting matching 144 scores in their respective opening games. Griffie followed with games of 139 and 140 to collect a 423 series while Vuxta closed out with games of 130 and 147 for a 421 series.

The Lady Bears were unable to change their fortunes once the Baker format games started with their 1,036 tally in the two Baker sets cementing Elizabethtown's sixth-place finish. Elizabethtown started strong with a 214 in the first Baker game, where all five bowlers take turns bowling a frame. The Lady Bears continued their first set push with games of 170 and 195, for a 579 in the first Baker set. The Lady Bears were consistent through the second Baker game, with all three scores coming in within seven pins of each other. Those scores of 156, 152 and 149 gave Elizabethtown a 457 in the second Baker series and a 3,469 final tally.


Solanco Wrestlers Win Awards March 22, 2019

Several awards were presented at the Solanco wrestling program banquet on March 14 at the Fireside Inn in Strasburg.

High school award winners included Chase Charles, Ivan Steel Ironman Award; Joey Vandegriff, Ray Long Most Improved Wrestler Award; and Dominic Flatt, Carlton Schindler Outstanding Wrestler Award. Flatt, who finished with a 33-9 record with 12 pins, was a Mule Classic champion, an L-L League champion, a District/Regional qualifier, a second team All-Star and a Section Two runner-up.

Donavan Myers and Charles, team captain and first team All-Star with 60 career wins and 30 pins, received Senior Four-Year Dedication Awards.

Junior high award winners included Weston Bare and Wade Adams, Three-Year Dedication Awards; Justin McCauley, Keith Kreider Award; Andrew Smith, Team Leadership Award; and Jaden Summers, Coaches' Choice Award.


Lentz Competes In State Diving Event March 21, 2019


Soccer Team Earns Academic Award March 20, 2019

The Penn Manor boys' soccer team has been named an Academic Award winner by the United Soccer Coaches for the fourth time since 2013.

The 2017-18 team was one of just 107 teams nationwide to receive the honor for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.25 or better. The Comets exceeded that threshold, with an average GPA of 3.6.

The Penn Manor boys' team previously achieved the honor in 2013, 2015 and 2016.


USA Field Hockey Posts Games March 20, 2019

The USA Field Hockey women's national field hockey team has announced it will return to Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, for the remainder of its FIH Pro League home games. The team returned from the Southern Hemisphere earlier in March following two close defeats against No. 3 Australia and No. 6 New Zealand. USA will host No. 13 Belgium on Friday, March 29, and No. 2 Great Britain on Sunday, March 31.

Additionally, USA Field Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will hold a joint press conference between the U.S. women's national field hockey team and opponents Belgium and Great Britain on Thursday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports.

The FIH Pro League is a new annual global home and away league that features 13 different nations between men's and women's national field hockey teams. More than 20 venues across different nations will host 144 international matches from January to June, providing a global spread of world-class hockey across multiple time zones.

For more information about the FIH Pro League and to purchase tickets to games, readers may visit


Quinones Named Football Coach March 18, 2019

Ivan A. Quinones has been named the new West York Area High School football head coach. His appointment was approved at the Feb. 12 board of school directors' meeting.

Quinones brings an extensive coaching and athletic management background dating back to 1998. He has held positions with the Severn Athletic Club in Maryland, the Dallastown Youth Athletics football programs, and the York County Youth Football Association. Most recently, he served as assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Dallastown Area High School.

Quinones a former commander for the Maryland State Police, is currently the director of public safety and security for all of the campuses of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a master's degree in public safety and administration from the Arizona State University.


Jump For Joy Plans Session March 15, 2019

Jump for Joy, a nondenominational Christian fitness program, was slated to begin its spring session on March 19. There will be 12 classes this session. This is the 31st year that Jump for Joy is providing area women opportunities for regular fitness and fellowship.

Classes are set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:05 to 7:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Trinity United Church of Christ, 40 W. Pine St., Palmyra, on the corner of South Railroad St.

The instructor and program creator, Lynn Kuhn, will lead class participants through a complete body workout via aerobic dance routines choreographed to upbeat Christian and positive mainstream music. The one-hour workout will combine stretches, cardio, strength, and balance moves. The dance routines will always be followed by a core workout, stretches, and acool-down.

Each class will begin with a 10-minute devotional and prayer time as the program aims to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Individuals are invited to try their first class for free. For more information, readers may call Kuhn at 717-838-4682 or email


Come On In; The Water's Fine March 15, 2019

As temperatures rise, so does the excitement for the season's opening of the Landisville Pool, 50 Elmwood Ave., Landisville.

"We love the pool because it's a wonderful place to be," enthused co-manager Nancy Neff. "It's a fun, happy, healthy environment."

The pool will open for the summer on Saturday, May 25, and it will close on Labor Day. While school is in session, the pool will be open on weekdays from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on weekends. An open house will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

"We want the pool to be pristine, and it takes until then to make it happen," explained co-manager Kelley Tonkay.

The board members and employees of the Landisville Pool Association will be working up until opening day to have the facility ready for members and their guests. During the open house, folks may tour the facility, meet the staff members and board of directors, and purchase memberships. The pool will not be open for swimming during the event.

"(Open house guests) can purchase their memberships and begin swimming at noon," suggested board member Kim Reinfried.

Admission to the pool is restricted to members, and folks may visit only if they accompany someone who has purchased a membership. Currently, last year's members are able to renew their memberships and other families and individuals may join the waitlist. Beginning on Monday, April 1, those on the waitlist will be offered the chance to buy memberships. Those who do so by Monday, April 15, will pay a discounted rate. Memberships will be sold until capacity is reached, which has been set at 525 family memberships.

"(The waitlist) is filling up fast," observed vice president Mark Fitzgerald.

There are many things to like about the Landisville Pool, the board members said. The swimming pool is supplemented by a toddler-friendly feature pool. A lifeguard trainer is on staff to help ensure everyone's safety. The pavilions may be rented by members for special occasions. Lounge chairs are provided, and a snack bar is on-site. The pool association is financially stable, and as a private club, there is no cost to local taxpayers.

Additionally, ice cream is served on "Sundae Mondays," and burger night is held on Wednesdays, with board members taking turns manning the grill. Rafts may be used in the pool at set times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Moonlight swims take place on the second Friday of every month. To celebrate Independence Day, special games are held on the lawn and in the water, and burgers, hot dogs, and watermelon are available. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit during Christmas in July, which also features cookie decorating and Christmas music. A campfire night is held in August.

Secretary Amy Roth listed basketball, volleyball, and ample shade as among her favorite amenities at the pool. Neff related that one particular tree on the grounds has become a popular landmark for seniors, who gather in its shade to relax, chat, and interact with each other and with younger pool members.

"They've had such a positive impact (on the pool community)," Neff said. "It's a very caring, nurturing place. We've had a few older members who cannot come anymore, and they're missed. People still look for them. It's such a nice atmosphere for everyone."

"The pool is not just for families," board member Bob Roth concurred. "It's a great place for old guys like me to sit and read, then nod off."

Nonmembers are welcome to join the Dolphins swim team and to learn to swim. SwimAmerica offers lessons for children age 3 and up at the Landisville Pool.

For more information about pool membership and the Dolphins, readers may visit or email


Football Players Selected For All-Star Game March 15, 2019


CYO All-Star Game Held March 12, 2019

The inaugural Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) All-Star game was held on March 9 in Oxford at Sacred Heart School. The game featured 40 of the top seventh- and eighth-grade basketball players in Chester County. The event raised more than $300 for Coaches vs. Cancer.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that came down to the last second, with the Blue team defeating White team 83-82. The MVP of the game was Aidan Dearing, Sacred Heart, and the defensive MVP was Liam Horan of St. Maximillian Kolbe School, West Chester.

The game featured a three-point contest featuring 12 of the best shooters in league play. The winner was Tommy Manning of Saints Simon and Jude School, West Chester; second place was Danny Hankee of Saints Philip and James, Exton; and third place was Wesley Clinton of Sacred Heart.

Coaches of the event were Dan Clinton from Sacred Heart and Tim Heckman from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) School, West Grove, for the Blue team and Ryan Todd from St. Elizabeth Parish School, Chester Springs, and Bryan Wilcox of Saints Peter and Paul School, West Chester, for the White team.


Field Hockey Clinic Slated March 7, 2019

The Donegal Field Hockey Booster Club will sponsor Weed Whackers field hockey clinics for beginner and intermediate players on Thursdays, April 11 to May 9, at the Donegal High School stadium, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy. The sessions will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. for students in kindergarten through third grade and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for fourth through sixth grades.

Required gear includes athletic attire, shin guards, sneakers, a field hockey stick, and a mouth guard. Cleats will be prohibited. The clinics will be coached by Sheri Robinson, Kayla Waldrup, Jessica Swingle, and members of the 2018 Donegal state champion field hockey team.

The deadline for early registration is Sunday, April 14. For more details or to register, readers may contact Robinson at 717-653-6871 or


Fostering Friendships In Young Girls March 7, 2019

Renee Rogers has a set of fifth-grade twins, a boy and a girl. As the children grew older, Rogers noticed that the siblings handled friendships in much different manners.

"It might be their personalities, but I have found that my son is more comfortable moving in and out of friendships and adjusting when friendships don't go well. What I've found with my daughter is she has a more emotional reaction when things don't go well in friendships," Rogers related. "When I talked with (other mothers), they said their daughters had difficulty adjusting too."

To remedy that difficulty, Rogers created a group called "Solanco GIRL friends," which is hosted monthly by the Southern End Community Association (SECA) for fourth- and fifth-grade girls. "The goal is to give girls an opportunity to build healthy friendships while having fun in preparation for going to middle school," Rogers said. Quarryville Elementary School guidance counselor Mary Humphries provided resources and ideas of things to teach and do with the girls.

Solanco GIRL friends meets on the third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the SECA building, 299 Park Ave., Quarryville. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21. There is no cost to attend.

At the inaugural meeting of the group on Feb. 21, five girls were present. To break the ice, the girls interviewed each other and then used stickers and markers to decorate nametags for their interviewees. They also decorated cupcakes, with supplies donated by local supermarkets. Rogers said she briefly explained to the girls that just as the cupcakes and icing are the same under the decorations, so are people similar, and it is important to see everyone's value, no matter the external differences.

Rogers noted that she is seeing results already after that first meeting. Of the five girls at the first meeting, four already knew each other. Now that they have been introduced to the fifth girl, they are waving at her when they pass in the hallways. It is the start of a personal connection.

"We hope they will build a support network as they transition into sixth grade," Rogers said, noting that the move to middle school can be challenging.

When planning future meetings, Rogers has quite a lot of ideas, many of which were provided by the girls at the Feb. 21 meeting. They expressed a desire to do science experiments and also suggested that picnics, pool and dance parties, and crafts would be fun things to do together. Rogers is also considering games, a spa theme, and outside activities. "I want to take advantage of SECA's facilities," Rogers remarked. "SECA has been great (to work with)."

None of the meetings will be too elaborate. "I found with the cupcake thing, it doesn't need to be overly complicated," Rogers related. "It's (about) providing girls the opportunity to have fun and a forum to connect. They figured the rest out. It's (about) the conversations and the shared experiences."

Girls in fourth and fifth grades are welcome to join the Solanco GIRL friends. Although it is free to attend, girls are asked to register with SECA by emailing

Donations to support the program will be appreciated. As the program grows, adults with child protective clearances will be welcome to volunteer. For more information, readers may email SECA or find the "SolancoGirl Friends" page on Facebook.


Summer Bocce League Announced March 6, 2019

The Londonderry Township Bocce League is accepting regular and substitute players for the summer. Men and women are invited to participate. Games will take place between Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 20. Games will be played on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in May; on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 a.m. in June, July, and August; and on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from May to August. A picnic for everyone will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. at Sunset Park Golf Clubhouse.

Interested persons can sign up as individuals, couples or four-player teams No experience is necessary, and no fee is charged. For more information, readers may call 717-944-6518.


Horseshoe Group Plans Meetings March 5, 2019

New Holland horseshoe pitchers meet at New Holland Park, Jackson Street, on Mondays at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting, with alternate days for weather conditions. Teams are picked for evenly matched competition on a weekly basis.

For more information, call 717-371-9020, 717-940-1271 or 610-458-5391.


Fissella Qualifies For PIAA Championships March 4, 2019

The District Three Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championships were held at Cumberland Valley High School on March 1 and 2. Andre Fissella's performances in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley qualified the Hempfield senior to compete in the PIAA Class AAA state championships scheduled for March 15 and 16 at Bucknell University.

"In the 100 breaststroke he was just short of winning by two-tenths of a second," pointed out head coach Brittany Bertoli. "He dropped his time by almost a second."

Fissella registered a time of 57.54 seconds.

In the 200 IM, he finished fourth and also qualified for states. He posted a time of 1:55.71.

Bertoli explained that in determining district placing and times qualifying for states can often be a game of wait-and-see, depending on achievements in other districts across the commonwealth.

"In the 100 breaststroke he's currently sitting at the fourth-fastest time," she said. "District One was waiting to swim its second day on Sunday. We're waiting for the state (PIAA) website to post the psych sheets."

On Friday in the girls' competition, sophomore Maggie Shaffer swam in the 200 freestyle while Katie Yoder swam in the 50 free. The following day Shaffer and Yoder were part of the 400 freestyle relay with sophomore Sophia Vitko and junior Katelyn Wiglesworth.

"Maggie was right at her best time in the 200 freestyle," said Bertoli. "She dropped 15 hundredths of a second."

Shaffer posted a time of 1:59.10 and finished in 14th place.

She also swam the 100 butterfly and finished 17th with a time of 1:00.73.

"She put in a great effort even though she didn't have her best time," said Bertoli.

Yoder's time of 24.82 seconds was her best time in the 50 freestyle. She placed 16th in the event.

"The district meet is just so fast," Bertoli noted. "You really have to have some fast swims to get into states."

Wiglesworth and Yoder both swam in the 100 freestyle, finishing 21st and 26th, respectively, with times of 54.89 and 55.53.

In the 400 free relay, the foursome put up an impressive ninth-place finish at 3:45.44.

"They all had great splits," said Bertoli. "Maggie split a 55.54. Sophia Vitko had a 1:00.19, her best split of the season. Katelyn and Katie had almost exactly the same split."

Wiglesworth's split was 54.86 and Yoder's 54.85 in the relay. The foursome dropped three seconds from the time they posted in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championships. In the league championship weekend, which took place Feb. 8 and 9, this quartet's time of 3:48.41 had given the Black Knights fourth in the 400 free relay.

On Saturday, Wiglesworth took part in the 100 backstroke with her best time of the season at 1:02.26. She placed 22nd in the race by dropping over one second in her best time.

"This has been a great group of girls," Bertoli commented. "Every one of them will be back next year.

"Everyone was happy with their district meet times, and they plan on putting in hard work next year to get there.

"We talk a lot about having a direction and a purpose - knowing where you want to go and how you're going to get there," continued the coach. "They have set some great goals for next year and are willing to put in the effort to get there."

In the boys' competition, there were two relays that made districts - the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relay. Both were anchored by Fissella.

The 200 free relay placed 13th, featuring Josh Sahd, Shawn Splain, Nate Stuckey and Fissella.

"All of their splits were great," Bertoli said. The group finished with a time of 1:30.93.

The 200 medley relay, which finished at 1:43.32, placed 16th. Sophomores Johnathan Sescilla and Xander Hughes joined seniors Splain and Fissella for this event.

Stuckey also took part in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

"Nate is a hard worker," said Bertoli. "He has been working hard all season. It was awesome to see him drop his time in leagues and to come back and drop his time at districts."

He had a time of 4:59.22 in the 500 free relay in the league championships but lowered it to 4:58.26 in the district meet. He took 19th in the race. He also finished at 1:50.26 in the 200 freestyle - good for 24th place, dropping his best time by about half a second.

"He's a senior and we're going to miss his hard work and leadership, his positive attitude," said Bertoli.


Barons Earn Bowling Success March 4, 2019

The future looks great for Manheim Central bowling.

The team should return six juniors and three sophomores, and two juniors ended the season on a high note last week.

On March 1, Brandon Henry finished 35th out of 191 male bowlers and Lauren Michael finished 92nd out of 145 female bowlers in the Regional Tournament. The girls' tourney was at Clearview Lanes, and the boys' tourney was at Leisure Lanes.

Henry, the Barons' anchor for much of the season, rolled scores of 206, 169, 203, 257, and 225 for 1060 and a 212 average while Michael, who finished 15th in league play, bowled regional scores of 166, 137, 187, 151, and 130 for a 771 total, averaging a 154.

Barons' coach Alan Sides liked the way both bowlers finished their seasons.

"I was pleased overall with both Lauren and Brandon's season," Sides said. "Lauren started the year strong and got her average up to 166. Later in the season she was releasing her ball wrong. Our assistant coach Marcus Michael (also her dad) worked hard with her, and she seems to have corrected it. Still, she finished well enough to make 15th in the league."

In regionals, she started well, Sides said, but had a slight hiccup with the 137 then came on strong with the 187. Her last two games were a struggle, he said.

For Henry, he started well, had a bad game, and then finished great with three 200 games to end above his 195 league average.

"He bowled the way I felt he could," Sides said. "I am extremely proud of them both.

"They bowled well and positioned themselves to be able to participate in the postseason."

Henry also finished third in Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tournament at Clearview Lanes on March 3, earning a $50 scholarship.

Sides, in his first season as head coach, expressed his thanks to all his bowlers, who overcame a huge rebuilding year to finish third in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

The entire team is slated to return next year, plus Sides said he knows of two eighth-grade boys who may be joining the team who have junior league experience.

"It was a job well done," Sides said about his team's effort this season. "I look forward to seeing what next year brings for our team."


GEARS Posts Program Slate March 1, 2019

GEARS has posted its upcoming programs and activities. Registration and fees apply unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, readers may call GEARS at 717-367-0355 or visit

Mommy and Me Tea, for people of all ages, will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village Lodge Dining Room, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Attendees are invited to dress up and enjoy a program that will include crafts, a photo to take home, hot tea and treats. The registration deadline is Monday, March 18.

Deep Water Workout classes for people age 14 and up will be held on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from March 12 through May 16 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Village Patton Pool. Participants will use water exercise equipment to enhance the workout, and they should feel comfortable in the water while wearing a flotation belt. Dave Rosensteel will instruct.

Buns, Guns and Cardio, a class for people age 14 and up, will be offered on Thursdays from March 14 through May 16, except April 4 and May 9, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. The class is suitable for all levels, and it will feature dumbbells, step boxes and body weight exercises. Cheryl Dohner, a certified personal trainer, will instruct.

The Pokemon/YuGiOh/Buddyfight League for youths in grades one through 10 will be held on Thursdays from March 14 through May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. It will offer friendly competition and updates on Pokemon, YuGiOh and Buddyfight. Participants should bring their own card decks.


Ladies' Golf League Slated February 27, 2019

Ladies from all around Lancaster County gather on Tuesday mornings at Overlook Golf Course, 2040 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, for a nine-hole league, with new members welcome every season. This season's organization meeting will be held on April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Overlook restaurant.

Weather permitting, golf will follow immediately after the meeting, and lunch will be available at the restaurant. For membership details, readers may contact Linda Wilson at 717-285-7824 or

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