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AGRA Posts Basketball Results January 16, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) began its 38th year of the youth basketball program with the following results.

In the boys' elementary division, Davis Accounting defeated Filacheck's Furniture 26-18. Jack Calio netted 12 points for Davis Accounting. Evan Kyle popped in 10 points for Filacheck's Furniture.

Yerkes Insurance came away with a 10-6 win over Kelly's Sports Ltd. Trey Nielsen scored eight points for Yerkes Insurance. Gabriel Parkinson put in four points for Kelly's Sports Ltd.

In the girls' elementary division, Whitford Insurance Network pulled out a 12-8 win over Tom's TV. Jessica Ziegler scored six points for Whitford Insurance Network. Lily Martin contributed four points for Tom's TV.

In the girls' junior/senior division, Cari Orthodontics tied Linda's Hair Techniques 19-19. Hannah Hollis netted 13 points for Cari Orthodontics. Andrea Quijano scored six points for Linda's Hair Techniques.

In the boys' junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. defeated John Gallen Photographer 33-14. Sam Balick popped in eight points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. Joseph Lewis and Garrett Anderson each contributed four points for John Gallen Photographer.

Nowland Associates Contractors took the win 30-25 over DuVall Bus Service. Luke Watson netted 15 points for Nowland Associates Contractors. Jackson Colonna, Hagan Nagle, and Zachary Hudson each contributed six points for DuVall Bus Service.

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YMCA To Offer Winter Programs January 16, 2018

The Dover and York YMCA branches will accept registrations for several youth and teen programs. Programs include introductory lacrosse classes for youths ages 6 to 14, art classes for children ages 4 to 14, intramural volleyball for girls ages 11 to 15, a seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league that begins Thursday, Feb. 8 (Dover YMCA), and an indoor soccer league for youths ages 4 to 11.

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

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GEARS Posts Schedule January 11, 2018

GEARS has posted its programs 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 is accepting teams for its winter Coed Sixes Volleyball League scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 12, and conclude in mid-April. Games will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Daubert Gym, GEARS Community Center gym and Elizabethtown Area Middle School gym. The league will feature a 10-match season with playoffs. Rosters must have a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 players. There is a per-team fee, and teams should submit a team roster and registration fee no later than Friday, Feb. 2, to be included in the league schedule. Teams must have two females on the court at all times.

GEARS will offer an Iddy Biddy Indoor Soccer Program for children ages 3 to 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 24, except March 3 and 10, at the GEARS Community Center gym, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown College soccer players will teach basic soccer skills such as dribbling, passing and trapping. Emphasis will also be placed on social skills. The registration fee will include a T-shirt. Shin guards are recommended.

A Youth Indoor Soccer Program will be led by Elizabethtown College soccer players for students in grades one through three at the GEARS Community Center from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 24, except March 3 and 10. The program will be instructional, providing an opportunity for youths to participate in low-key games.

An Indoor Field Hockey Clinic, set for Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 10 at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, will teach a modified version of field hockey for younger participants. Individuals will learn fundamentals. Hockey sticks and balls will be provided, and shin guards are recommended. The registration fee will include a T-shirt and a mouthguard. Students in grades one through three will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., and students in grades four through six will meet from 2 to 3 p.m.

A trip to see a production of "The Lion King" on Broadway will take place on Monday, Feb. 19. The show will begin at 2 p.m. The group will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot of MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown.

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CV's Coach Gerdes Retires January 11, 2018

Conestoga Valley (CV) head girls' field hockey coach Lee Gerdes recently retired after leading the Buckskins for more than 37 years. Gerdes began her coaching career at CV in 1981. During her time at the district, she had an unofficial career record of 298 wins, 282 losses and 49 ties. In 2003, Gerdes led the Buckskins to the L-L League Championship.

"The overall record is deceiving because for many years, we competed in Section 1 when we could have been in Section 2 based on our student enrollment numbers," said CV athletic director Zac Kraft. "Coach Gerdes never defined success for her program in terms of wins and losses; it was always about the journey and improvement."

Gerdes was named Coach of the Year several times and made an impression on her students and the field hockey community on the local, state and national levels.

Gerdes retired from her job as a physical education teacher at CV at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Now Gerdes plans to spend retirement traveling, with the hope to one day see the Hockey World Cup. Gerdes also plans to continue her scorebook duties for CV girls' basketball and softball teams.

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Sacred Heart Boys' Basketball Team Wins First Trophy January 10, 2018

For the first time in school history, Sacred Heart School in Oxford now has a trophy that honors a boys' athletic team.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) boys' varsity basketball team, composed of seventh- and eighth-grade boys who attend the school or are members of Sacred Heart Parish, recently captured second place in the 14th annual St. Agnes CYO Christmas Tournament held in West Chester in December 2017.

"For them to win second place in a tournament and get their first trophy for the school is a big deal," said coach Dan Clinton. "A lot of other teams have 50 or 60 kids try out, and their A team will be the top 12 kids and then they will have a B team. We have 12 or 14 kids try out."

Although the tournament lasted three days, the CYO team from Sacred Heart, named the Saints, played all its games on Dec. 28.

In the first game, Sacred Heart defeated the St. Thomas the Apostle CYO team from Glen Mills by a score of 33-31. Dan noted that keys to the victory were the performance of the defense and Anthony Nudy's 14 points.

In the second game, Sacred Heart outlasted the St. Simon and Jude team by a score of 50-48 in overtime. "Wesley Clinton made two foul shots to put Sacred Heart ahead with 12 seconds and, seconds later, took a charge to end the game and send the Saints to their first championship game," Dan reported. "Matt Alesi scored 6 of the 10 overtime points."

In the championship game against St. Agnes, Sacred Heart trailed by as many as 16 points but was able to make a comeback led by Dom Kendrick and Aidan Dearing, tying the game at 46-46. However, the Saints fell short by a score of 51-47 in the end.

Dan, who is in his fifth year coaching Sacred Heart CYO basketball, said that he would have liked the outcome of the final game to have been different, but he was pleased with the results nonetheless. "We played three consecutive games, and the team we played in the championship had a two-hour break," he noted. "It was a tie game with a minute (and) 40 seconds left, but we (were exhausted)."

The CYO season runs from November through February, during which Sacred Heart plays CYO teams from various parishes such as St. Philip and James in Exton, St. Maximillian Kolbe in West Chester, St. Joseph in Downingtown and Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary in West Grove. "We play one tournament at the end of the season and the Christmas tournament at St. Agnes," Dan stated. "We have about 20 games during the season, with one or two practices a week."

Dan credits the boys' determination and teamwork for earning the trophy. "They have been playing together since first grade. They play well together," said Dan. "I am so proud of the unselfishness of this team and the commitment they have to each other."

He also expressed appreciation to assistant coach Jack Canavin and athletic director Chris Dearing.

In addition to the trophy, the team members received medals and were honored during morning announcements at Sacred Heart School.

Dan hopes that the team's tournament success will inspire other players to join the group. "For kids playing at local Ys or the rec league, if they are parishioners, they are welcome to come out," he stated. "We want to create a fun, team-oriented atmosphere where we can have a successful program. It's making sure the kids are having fun, and it's nice to win, too."

Sacred Heart School is located at 205 Church Road, Oxford. For more information, readers may call 610-932-3633 or visit www.shsoxford.us.

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Association Plans Meeting January 10, 2018

The Solanco Midget Football Association invites the community to attend its open board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. To express interest in attending, email football@solancomules.com by Wednesday, Jan. 31. Once the association determines the location based on how many people are attending, it will provide the information to attendees.

Solanco Midget Football Association's mission is to instruct youths in the skills of football, providing a setting where children may play, have fun and make friends without fear of discrimination and where all participating organizations have a standard set of rules for fair play.

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GEARS Posts Schedule January 5, 2018

GEARS has posted its programs 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.

Two dance classes will be offered on Mondays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 26, at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, in the lobby.

The Mommy and Me Dance Class will be offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Children ages 2 and 3 will learn the fundamentals of dance, music and balance in a friendly and positive manner. One adult should participate with each child.

Discover Dance will be available from from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and 4 and from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for children ages 5 and 6. The class is designed to encourage younger children to express themselves through creative movement and ballet. Shaye DiPasquale will instruct, helping dancers to develop body awareness, gross motor skills, rhythm and flexibility.

A Diva to Diva: From Ella to Adele trip will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28, departing at 11:45 a.m. from the parking lot of Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The group will travel to Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Md., to see Broadway star Ann Hampton Callaway perform a unique blend of jazz and pop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

A trip to the Franklin Institute to see the "Terracotta Warriors" exhibit will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The group will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot of MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St. The exhibit features some of the more than 8,000 terracotta statues that stood guard over the tomb of China's first emperor for more than 2,000 years before being discovered in 1974. The trip will also include free time at Liberty Place and time for lunch at the food court.

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GEARS Plans Girls' Lacrosse Clinic January 4, 2018

GEARs will offer a girls' lacrosse clinic on Friday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, in the Old Gym.

Girls in grades five through eight are invited to participate in the free clinic, which will introduce girls to the game of lacrosse. Participants will be instructed by Michelle Fuller, girls' lacrosse club coach. Girls will learn the basics skills of the game, such as stick handling, passing, and defense.

Registration is required. For more information, visit www.GetintoGEARS.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

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Field Scheduling Meeting Posted January 4, 2018

GEARS will hold its 2018 Elizabethtown area field scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 2, beside the GEARS office at the lower level of the Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The meeting is mandatory for leagues, associations and groups interested in using Elizabethtown Borough, West Donegal Township, Mount Joy Township or Elizabethtown Area School District athletic fields and facilities. Organizations should have a representative attend to review regulations and facility stipulations and to discuss facility requests. Representative should bring specific dates, times and field requests to the meeting for consideration.

For request forms or additional information, call 717-367-0355 or email karen_eberly@etownschools.org.

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Volleyball Team Provides Christmas Gifts January 3, 2018

The Penn State Harrisburg women's volleyball team was able to aid more than four families this Christmas season through the team's Adopt-a-Family program. The team raised $1,200 in donations and used the funds to provide food items, clothes, shoes and games for the families. The goal was to provide a real holiday for people who would otherwise go without one.

Team captain Brittany Wolf said, "The community service that we do as a team is a top priority for us. We strive to do all that we can for the people who need it most. Service is something that changes our lives, not just the lives of others."

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YMCA Sets Kids Gym December 27, 2017

YMCA at New Holland, 123 N. Shirk Road, New Holland, will offer Kids Gym on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kids Gym is an ongoing program offered throughout the year in eight-week sessions.

The program will offer a unique and fun approach for children to enjoy being physically active and develop healthy habits. Kids Gym will focus on nutrition education and strength and cardiovascular training by incorporating structured play and games. The class will be led by a Y exercise instructor. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.

The program is free for YMCA members, though there is a cost for nonmembers.

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ODU Inducts Benner Into Sports Hall of Fame December 22, 2017

Old Dominion University (ODU) athletics inducted five former student-athletes, including former field hockey player Janelle Engle Benner, into the ODU Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

Benner was a First-Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American in 2005. She also earned CAA Player of the Year and ODU Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In 2005, Benner scored 20 goals and added 10 assists to help lead the team to a Division 1 Final Four appearance. She won the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award, given to the top senior athlete at ODU, and was one of nine finalists for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She graduated with a 4.00 GPA in music education and was the first violinist in the Deihn String Quartet and concertmaster of the ODU Symphony.

Benner is a 2002 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and is currently head field hockey coach at Ursinus College.

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OAHS Seniors Will Continue Athletic Careers December 22, 2017

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Field Hockey Team Aids Foster Children December 22, 2017

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Township Squads Win Red Rose Titles December 20, 2017

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Winter Recreation Opportunities Posted December 20, 2017

Lititz recCenter, 301 W. Maple St., Lititz, is offering a new Winter Adventure Combo Pass that may be used to access indoor and outdoor adventures at recROC and Iron Valley Tubing. Guests may redeem visits to both attractions on the same or different days.

The recROC facility, 201 Rock Lititz Blvd., Suite 10, Lititz, offers bouldering opportunities. To participate in the sport, climbers need only shoes and chalk, which they may rent or bring from home. The indoor recROC space offers multiple levels of challenge on a 2,000-square-foot, 3-D boulder. The recROC facility also features a "Ninja Warrior"-style obstacle course for obstacle course racing and parkour.

Recreation activities are also available at Iron Valley Tubing, 201 Iron Valley Drive, Lebanon. Each winter, the Iron Valley Golf Club transforms its driving range into a family snow tubing park featuring a 133-foot drop over a 900-foot run.

Both recROC and Iron Valley offer dining opportunities on site. Both attractions are open on weekends and in the evenings during the week, with varying hours, weather permitting.

Combination visitor passes are available to purchase at Lititz recCenter, recROC, and Iron Valley Tubing locations and at www.ironvalleytubing.com. For more information, readers may contact Lititz recCenter at 717-626-5096, recROC at 717-874-3281, or Iron Valley Tubing at 717-279-7409 or find details on the facilities' websites and social media pages.

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GEARS Sets Schedule December 20, 2017

GEARS has posted its programs 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.

Various yoga classes will be taught for people age 14 and up by Michelle Pelna in the Masonic Village Lodge meeting room on Thursdays, Jan. 4 to March 1. 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. The Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

Zumba Gold will take place on Mondays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 26, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym. The aerobics-type class is part dance and part fitness, and it is based primarily on Latin American and international-style music. The class is geared toward deconditioned people, beginner exercisers, and active older adults. Judy McMillen, a licensed Zumba Gold instructor, will lead.

Cardio Sculpt will be offered for people age 14 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 28, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. ACE-certified instructor Charla Lorenzen will lead the 45-minute, low impact, high-intensity class. Attendees should bring a yoga or exercise mat, a sweat towel and a water bottle.

Spin and Sculpt will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 to March 1, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 1 at 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Spin and Sculpt is a 45-minute indoor cycling class combined with 15 minutes of toning and core work. Participants should bring a workout towel and water. People age 16 and up of all fitness levels are welcome.

Tai chi classes will be held from Tuesday, Jan. 9, to Tuesday, March 13, in the gym at Rheems Elementary School, 130 Alida St. Introduction to Tai Chi, for people new to tai chi or those who have not practiced in years, will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advanced Tai Chi (Forms, Weapons, and San Shou) will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A trip to see "Wicked" on Broadway will be offered on Monday, Jan. 15. The group will depart at 6:30 a.m. from the parking lot of MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St. The fee includes transportation, orchestra seating, a department store coupon and a New York City map.

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Eastern York Receives Safe Sports Award December 20, 2017

Eastern York (EY) High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletics. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

"Eastern York is honored to receive this Second Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student-athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," said Donnie Knaub, EY director of athletics.

"We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," said NATA president Dr. Scott Sailor. "This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur."

With the award, the school has received a certificate and a banner, which has been placed in the high school gymnasium.

For more information, readers may visit www.athletictrainers.org.

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WSRec Will Mark 50 Years December 19, 2017

The West Shore Recreation Commission (WSRec) has announced that 2018 will mark its 50th anniversary. As WSRec celebrates this milestone throughout the year, it has several promotions planned to thank its customers and the communities it serves.

Prior to 1968, each municipality within the West Shore School District ran its own summer recreation programs. After a study was conducted, multiple municipalities came together to form West Shore Recreation Board (currently known as West Shore Recreation Commission) to provide year-round recreation.

WSRec began with a small set of programs. The first programs offered to the public were Ladies' Slimnastics and men's basketball. In the 1970s, WSRec offered Microwave Cooking and Slimnastics; in the 1980s, Macrame and racquetball lessons were available; in the 1990s, programs were Get Fit, computer lessons, and Stress Management. Within the first year, WSRec was offering more than 135 activities; currently, it offers nearly 500 programs each year.

Today, Goldsboro, Lemoyne, Lewisberry, and New Cumberland boroughs, along with Fairview and Lower Allen townships, are the participating municipalities that form WSRec. The majority of programs are held in local schools, churches, community rooms, fire stations, municipal parks, and private business facilities throughout the region. WSRec is governed by a representative from each municipality and operates on an annual budget, with four staff members and more than 100 instructors.

WSRec's focus is on innovation and growth, with 24-hour capability and expanding services and initiatives, including the launch of a new mobile smartphone app. The goal of the new app is to provide customers with an easy and convenient way to learn about WSRec's programs. The app will provide program registration, directions to facilities, cancellation notifications, and more. Integrated social media buttons for Facebook and Twitter will also foster improved communication.

Additionally, customers are invited to share their favorite experiences and photos with WSRec over the years through the smartphone app or at www.facebook.com/WestShoreRec. Select submissions and photos are eligible to win a prize.

Current year-round offerings include Pilates, Step Challenge, and tai chi, as well as the latest Pi-Yo, Tabata and Booty Barre, ballroom dancing, horsemanship, and yoga. Aquatic cardio classes for adults include Aquacise, Water Workout, Hydro Hike, and, in the summer season, AquaFit Under the Stars. Sports classes offered include basketball, soccer, archery, martial arts, golf, tennis, and pickleball.

Other educational opportunities for adults and youths include arts and crafts, Medicare Basics, college financial planning, babysitting certification, nature studies, first aid/CPR, puppy/dog training, and more.

The spring and fall seasons offer a variety of nature and educational outings at Gifford Pinchot Park, including discovery walks, kayaking, and pontoon boat tours.

WSRec partners with Red Cross Learn to Swim programs for youths and lifeguard certification and water safety instructor courses. All swim lessons are conducted at the Natatorium located in Red Land High School.

Recently added to the WSRec lineup are several programs sponsored by SYLVAN Learning promoting STEM concepts through activities such as robotics, coding, and engineering.

WSRec's summer day camp program, PlayZone, provides a structured full-day camp experience for elementary children including organized activities and special events such as games, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, sports, educational activities, and more. WSRec has also offered bus trips to many destinations.

The WSRec office is currently located in the West Shore School District's Administrative Center for Education building, 507 Fishing Creek Road in Fairview Township.

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Soccer Team Wins Showcase December 13, 2017

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