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GEARS Posts Schedule October 20, 2017

GEARS has posted its upcoming schedule. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.

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. 15, 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.

Zumba will be led for individuals age 14 and up by licensed Zumba instructor Emily Harlan on Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gym in Memorial Hall on the campus of Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Zumba is a dance fitness class that fuses musical rhythms and unique moves to create a workout system.

Various yoga classes will be taught for people age 14 and up by Michelle Pelna in the Masonic Village Lodge meeting room on Thursdays, Nov. 2 to Dec. 21, with no class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Gentle/Beginner Yoga will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will focus on fundamental yoga postures using safe alignment and modifications. Vinyasa Yoga will take place from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and previous yoga experience is beneficial but not required, as modifications will be offered.

Strong by Zumba will be led by licensed Zumba fitness instructor Amy Fleming for people age 14 and up in the Memorial Hall gym at Masonic Village from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 2 to Dec. 21, with no class on Nov. 23. The class will utilize a combination of HIIT, body weight exercises, and strength conditioning led by music.

GEARS will offer an "on your own" trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 9. Motorcoach transportation will depart the Elizabethtown Area High School parking lot, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, at 7 a.m. and will arrive in New York City at approximately 11 a.m., with a return time of 11 p.m.

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Golf Team Wins Recognition October 18, 2017

The Susquehannock High School golf team was recently named York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division II champions. The team also finished in second place in the league at the YAIAA Team Championship on Sept. 27.

The Warriors finished first in YAIAA Division II at Honey Run Golf Course in York, with a total score of 336. Dover High School, York Suburban High School, Eastern York High School, and West York Area High School rounded out the top five teams in the competition.

Only two golfers in the tournament broke 80. Dover High School's Logan Snyder scored a 70 and took first place. Susquehannock's Kendel Abrams scored a 78, earning the second lowest score. The Warriors finished their championship season 42-0.

The YAIAA Team Championship took place at Briarwood East Golf Course in York. The Warriors earned second place with a score of 337. Abrams, Spencer Beran, Andrew Roberts, Greyson Daviau, Brody Cain, and Tucker Stoll represented Susquehannock in the competition. Abrams tied for fourth place overall with a score of 78.

Abrams, Beran and Roberts qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District III Golf Championship. The tournament took place from Oct. 4 to 7 at Briarwood Golf Course.

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Lacrosse Coach Receives Honor October 18, 2017

York County's Dan China has been awarded US Lacrosse's top national youth award, Outstanding Contribution to the Game: U15 and Under. The youth game's highest honor is given to a US Lacrosse member who is a longstanding contributor to the youth game and who has had a lasting impact by supporting the US Lacrosse mission and vision.

China was selected jointly by both Men and Women Recognition Committees and was surprised with the award presentation in September at York Catholic High School among fellow coaches and regional leadership, players, alumni, friends, family, and the community.

For more information, readers may visit www.uslacrosse.org/players/youth/youth-awards.

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Baseball Team Honored October 18, 2017

Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized the KAU Little League Baseball Team on winning the 2017 U.S. Junior League World Series. Dinniman invited the team to the State Capitol in Harrisburg and presented players and coaches with a special Senate citation in honor of the achievement.

The team, which includes players from both the Kennett Consolidated and Unionville Chadds-Ford school districts, won the national title after a run that fell just short of the world championship title.

Team players include Cory Burns, Andrew Tucker, Dan Kane, Nick Patterson, Louis Sharp, Joey Wolf, Jack Regenye, Levi Jones, Thomas Edmonds, Matt Haggerty, Scott Hansen, and Patrick Methlie. Team coaches include Matt Patterson, Brian Regenye, and Sean Burns.

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AGRA Posts Game Results October 18, 2017

Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results of the fifth week of play for the fall soccer program.

In the mixed elementary division, Nowland Associates Contractors and Kelly's Sports Ltd. tied 0-0. Kelly's Sports Ltd. had good offense from Spencer Laskow and good defense from Alex Chase. Nowland Associates Contractors key midfielders were Brandon McAfee and Joey D'Isabella. Luca Covatta and Tyler Bowman had good offensive plays, and Maverick Maybray, Cameron Kearns and Nathaniel played well in goal for Nowland Associates Contractors.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer took the win 2-0 over Tom's TV. Emma Anthony scored one goal for John Gallen Photographer. Goalkeepers were Maddie Snodgrass, April Allaband, and Taylor Wright. Key midfielders were Ava Aldana and Evangeline Alasin, and key defensive players were Molly Chance and Abby Chance for John Gallen Photographer. Tom's TV had strong play in goal by Ally Bennett, who allowed no goals. Evelyn Boyle played midfield with good ball possession and steals for Tom's TV.

In the boys' junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. tied Yerkes Insurance 2-2 in a very well-played game. Yerkes Insurance goals were scored by Ben Hollis. Trey Nielsen and Tejvir Gill helped to make nice moves offensively. Michael Shatley played well on defense. Collin Zern played well as goalkeeper for Yerkes Insurance. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. goal scorers were Isaac Rose and Krish Kochhar. Key defensive plays were provided by Kyalami Swezey, Griffith Swezey, and Milos Stevens. Key goalkeeping was provided by Xavier Reith. Key offense came from Connor Hershey, Jonathan LeStourgeon, and Billy McAfee for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc.

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Team Wins Championship October 17, 2017

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Soccer Team Wins Tournament October 13, 2017

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Athletes Inducted Into Hall Of Fame October 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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GEARS Sets Programs October 13, 2017

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

GEARS will be accepting registrations for the BEARS Youth Basketball Program, set for late November through the end of January. Draft days will be as follows: Monday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. for boys in third and fourth grades; Nov. 6 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. for boys in fifth and sixth grades; and Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. for girls in grades three to six. All drafts will be held in the gym at the Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St.

Boys and girls in grades one and two may take part in a Saturday-only basketball program at East High 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 fifth and sixth grades and seventh through ninth grades will practice two days per week and play games on Saturdays. Individuals interested in serving as volunteer coaches, referees, or supervisors may call GEARS or email john_myers@etownschools.org.

A trip to see the 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 23, with a departure time of 5 a.m. from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St. The motorcoach will drop the group off as close to the parade route as possible.

A Finger Lakes trip will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, with a 7 a.m. departure from the EAHS parking lot. The trip will include several stops, as well as the option to travel to Seneca Falls from Watkins Glen. The cost for the trip is based on double occupancy.

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Wrestling Program Sets Parent Night October 12, 2017

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

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

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OARA To Host Haunted Park Hayride October 11, 2017

The Oxford Area Recreation Authority (OARA) will hold its Haunted Park Hayride event on Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28, at the Oxford Area Regional Park, 900 Locust St., Oxford.

Haunted hayrides through the park will begin at 6:30 p.m. each evening, with scares designed for children under age 12 offered until 8 p.m. From 8 to 10 p.m., the event will be more appropriate for older children, teenagers and adults; parental discretion is advised.

As a special attraction on Oct. 27 only, there will be a display of hearses by the Mohnton Professional Car Club.

For those who would like to celebrate the season without scares, the OARA will host a Family Harvest Fest at the park on Oct. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

A hand stamp may be purchased for children, which will allow them to enjoy face painting, receive a goodie bag with candy and get a small pumpkin for painting that they can take home. Other children's activities will include crafts, games and a hay bale maze.

Admission for adults is free to visit a small selection of local vendors and food booths. The OARA will also sell pumpkins, corn stalks and more for home decor.

Event organizers seek volunteers to help with the events. To volunteer, readers may contact Chip Benke at chipskins@zoominternet.net.

Tickets will be sold at the gate. Proceeds from the events will help the OARA with operating expenses and capital projects.

For more information, readers may visit www.oxfordrecreation.org, www.oaraevents.wixsite.com/hauntedpark or www.facebook.com/RecAuthority.

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Swim Club Offers Discount October 11, 2017

Penn Oaks Swim Club, a family-friendly nonprofit organization located in the East York neighborhood, is again offering an early bird pool membership for 2018. Discounted membership rates are available. Rates are based on the number of family members joining. Senior discounts and rates for child care providers are also available.

For membership fees, applications, and further information, readers may contact Lori at 717-757-1021 or jcardone500@comcast.net. The deadline for reduced rates is Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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AGRA Posts Game Results October 11, 2017

Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results of the fourth week of play for the fall soccer program.

In the mixed elementary division, Kelly's Sports Ltd. tied Nowland Associates Contractors 0-0. Spencer Laskow and Alex Chase played good offense while Nicholas Hafich played good on defense for Kelly's Sports Ltd. Nowland Associates Contractors Nathaniel Cross, Maverick Maybray, and Joey D'Isabella were great in goal and key midfield play was by Hayden Thornton and Tyler Bowman.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer defeated Tom's TV 3-0 with two goals from Emma Anthony and one goal from Evangeline Alasin. Abby Chance was the key defensive player of the game and Megan Callihan was the key offensive player of the game. Ava Aldana and Taylor Wright played strong at midfield for John Gallen Photographer. Tom's TV had key saves from Alaina Jarom in goal. Alexa Navarrete had a great shot on goal while Brielle Bertotti was the key defensive player of the game for Tom's TV.

In the boys' junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. took the win 9-3 over Yerkes Insurance. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. goals were scored by Billy McAfee, Isaac Rose, and Griffith Swezey with assists from Connor Hershey, Jonathan LeStourgeon, and Krish Kochhar. Defense rocked with Kyalami Swezey, Milos Stevens, and Xavier Reith for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. Yerkes Insurance had key offense by Michael Shatley and Ben Hollis. Colin Zern and Tejvir Gill played key defense and Sophia D'Isabella played strong in goal for Yerkes Insurance.

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Hempfield Rec To Offer Free Admission October 7, 2017

"Instead of trying to entice people to come in with (an advertising campaign), we are going to throw them a party," said Hempfield Area Recreation Commission membership administrator Shawn Murphy. "Instead of charging a guest fee at the door, we will be welcoming them, asking them how they would like to participate in the events, and answering any questions they may have face to face."

The party will be a three-day event - Community Days - which will take place from Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 22. During those days, the Hempfield Rec Center, 950 Church St., Landisville, will be open to the public free of charge, so guests can try the fitness center, experience group exercise classes, and take a dip in the indoor pool.

There will not be any shortage of activities during Community Days. The event will kick off with a social time at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, followed at 6 p.m. by a yoga class led by Todd and Jane Grice. Refreshments will be served after the class.

The rec center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, and a special group exercise schedule will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kidz Korner will provide child care while adults are elsewhere in the building. Additionally, children may enjoy bounce houses with their parents, face painting, caricature drawings, and more. The pool will be open for a family swim from 2 to 6:30 p.m., and a family-friendly, fall-themed movie will be shown in the gymnasium at 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

The facility will again be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. Special features will include Rocket - the inflatable seesaw from the East Petersburg Community Pool - which will be placed in the indoor pool from 2 to 6 p.m. A flag football event has been scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m., and spectators are welcome.

Food trucks will be stationed in the parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22.

The Hempfield Rec Center is located on 22 acres. It offers 10 outdoor and six indoor tennis courts, a full gymnasium, an indoor pool, several outdoor wading pools, and a 3,800-square-foot fitness center. The center also operates the East Petersburg Community Pool.

Murphy expressed his hope that area residents will visit during Community Days and get a feeling for what Hempfield Rec is all about.

"We're family-oriented. We put on programs for families that kids will remember when they're grown up," Murphy said.

Children's programming includes tennis lessons, swimming lessons, and other events that teach youngsters the fundamentals of numerous sports. Hempfield Rec also offers summer day camps, and the organization provides before-school and after-school child care at local elementary schools.

"Our programming includes as many people as possible," Murphy added. "We're here, and we want to provide all-encompassing programs for families, kids, and individuals in the Hempfield community." He noted that several trainers are skilled in working with people who have disabilities or mobility challenges, and while Silver Sneakers classes are ostensibly for older folks, younger people are welcome to participate as well. Additionally, caregivers are admitted free when accompanying people who need their assistance.

A special offer on the price of membership will be available during Community Days. Financial aid is available, and applications are available at www.hempfieldrec.com. For more information about membership, readers may contact Murphy at smurphy@hempfieldrec.com or 717-898-3102, ext. 41.

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GEARS Sets Schedule October 6, 2017

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

GEARS will offer a class on Wills, Trusts and Estates. This class is designed to be an introductory course to provide a working knowledge of the law in the estate area. Questions about particular circumstances will be welcome. Thomas S. Beckley will be the instructor for this class, which will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the GEARS Recreation Room 2 in the basement of Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown.

The Discover Dance class is designed to encourage younger children to express themselves through creative movement and ballet. Dancers will develop body awareness, gross motor skills, rhythm and flexibility. The class will meet on Mondays, from Oct. 30 through Dec. 4. The 3- and 4-year-olds will meet from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. and the 5- and 6-year-olds will meet from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Shaye DiPasquale will be the instructor. The class will be held in the GEARS Community Center Lobby, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.

The Mommy and Me Dance Class will bring both parent and children ages 2 to 3 into an environment of creativity. Participants will learn the fundamentals of dance, music and balance. The class will include mothers or another loved one participating in the class along with their little dancer. The class will meet on Tuesdays, from Oct. 31 through Dec. 5, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. DiPasquale will be the instructor. The class will be held in the GEARS Community Center Lobby.

Pound is the world's first cardio jam session inspired by playing the drums. Using Ripstix, lightly-weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise, the class will transform drumming into an effective way of working out. This full-body workout will combine cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Courtney Lesnick will be the instructor. Participants age 14 and up should bring a yoga mat. The class will meet on Tuesdays, from Oct. 31 through Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

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Alumni Field Hockey Game Held October 4, 2017

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

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

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

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AGRA Posts Game Results October 4, 2017

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

In the mixed elementary division, Kelly's Sports Ltd. defeated Nowland Associates Contractors 3-1 with one goal each from Alex Chase, Spencer Laskow, and Nicholas Hafich, while Brooklyn Hafich and Aubree McCummings were key defensive players of the game. Nowland Associates Contractors' goal scorer was Luca Covatta, and Hayden Thornton was key defensive player.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer won 1-0 over Tom's TV. Ava Aldana was the goal scorer for John Gallen Photographer. Emma McAfee and April Allaband were the key defensive players of the game for John Gallen Photographer. Tom's TV had strong offense from Evelyn Biehn and strong defense from Alaina Jarom.

In the mixed junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. took the win 2-1 over Yerkes Insurance in a well-played game. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. had one goal each from Krish Kochhar and Billy McAfee.

Key keepers in goal were Milos Stevens and Griffith Swezey. Key offensive players were Isaac Rose and Connor Hershey. Key defensive players were Kyalami Swezey and Xavier Reith for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Yerkes Insurance goal scorer was Graham Raymond. Trey Nielsen and Tejvir Gill were aggressive on offense. Michael Shatley played good defense. Sophia D'Isabella saved several shots as goalkeeper for Yerkes Insurance.

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YMCA Branches Slate Programs October 2, 2017

York YMCA branches will accept registrations for several youth and teen sports programs. Programs include Girls Intramural Volleyball for players ages 11 to 15, which will begin on Monday, Nov. 20. Girls interested in learning the sport for the first time or who have some experience and wish to have their skills enhanced are invited to participate. Other programs include a Dodgeball League for youths ages 10 to 14, which will begin on Saturday, Oct. 28, and a Basketball League for children ages 4 to 11, which will start on Saturday, Dec. 2.

For further information, readers may contact dmarkel@yorkcoymca.org or 717-843-7884, ext. 263.

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GEARS Plans Fall Festival October 2, 2017

GEARS will hold its eighth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, located on East High Street. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is one of the sponsors.

The Fall Festival will offer a variety of activities for people of all ages. Activities will include a hayride, a barrel train, pumpkin golf, pumpkin painting and inflatable rides. Other attractions will include the Activity Fun Fair, which is held in conjunction with Elizabethtown College's Into the Streets program. Various groups from the college will help out.

Other groups scheduled to offer activities at the Fall Festival will include the Elizabethtown Area Middle School Student Council, the Elizabethtown Area High School Key Club, the Elizabethtown Area High School Mini-THON, GEARS Kids Center, and the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center. New this year will be Rock 'n' Roll Racing with remote-controlled race cars.

To become a sponsor or vendor, readers may contact Doug Knauss, program/sponsorship coordinator, at 717-367-0355 or dougknauss@getintogears.org.

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College Athlete Recognized September 29, 2017

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

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

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

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