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Basketball Leagues Announced April 28, 2017

Manheim Township Recreation Department will offer four summer basketball leagues for Manheim Township residents. Leagues will be available for boys and girls in fifth and sixth grades and for boys and girls in seventh and eighth grades.

The goal of the leagues is to provide a fun atmosphere in which youths may enhance their basketball skills. Teams will be chosen by the recreation coordinator, with a schedule and team roster distributed on Monday, May 29. Games will be played at the basketball court at Stauffer Park, located along Route 501, on Tuesdays from June 6 to July 18, (except July 4) at 6, 7, or 8 p.m. There is a registration fee.

For more information and registration procedures, contact the Recreation Department office at 290-7180, ext. 3100,on Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Caln Little League April 20, 2017

Caln Little League held its annual opening day ceremonies to kick off the 2017 season on April 8.

During the event, the organization also collected nonperishable food items. With help from the Chester County Food Bank and community volunteers, Caln Little League was able to accumulate more than 1,500 pounds of food to help the families in the surrounding area. The purpose of the collection event was to give back to the community and teach the Little League players to help others in need.

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Team Earns Success, Supports Community April 19, 2017

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AGRA Posts Game Results April 11, 2017

Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results of the first two weeks of play for the spring high school basketball league.

In the high school division, Tom's TV beat Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. 54-43. Tim Mattern netted 12 points and Zach Canavin netted 10 points for Tom's TV. Sam and Marcus each scored 11 points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc.

Filacheck's Furniture took the win 99-78 over Tom's TV. Jeremey Nuckles popped in 21 points and Brandon McCullough scored 33 points for Filacheck's Furniture. Liam Donohue had 11 points and Emidio Sciaretta had 15 points for Tom's TV.

Yerkes Insurance defeated Kelly's Sports Ltd. 94-34. Ali Sar netted 33 points and Ben Heess netted 28 points for Yerkes Insurance. A.J. McWilliams scored 12 points and Shiv Patel scored 11 points for Kelly's Sports Ltd.

Filacheck's Furniture won 87-36 over Kelly's Sports Ltd. Josh Morefield popped in 11 points and Steven Lange contributed 12 points for Filacheck's Furniture. Michael Robinson netted seven points and Augustine Nudy netted 14 points for Kelly's Sports Ltd.

Filacheck's Furniture pulled out the win 72-67 over Yerkes Insurance. Aldred Russo popped in 13 points and Karl Forst popped in nine points for Filacheck's Furniture. Ryan Looney put in six points and Andrew Brady netted 21 points for Yerkes Insurance.

Yerkes Insurance defeated Tom's TV 76-54. Adam Qureshi and Eric Anderson each contributed seven points for Yerkes Insurance. Tom Cavalucci scored four points and Joey Kendrick popped in seven points for Tom's TV.

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GEARS Posts Softball League March 23, 2017

GEARS is accepting team registration for its spring/summer coed slow-pitch softball league. Games will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from May 16 through mid-August. Each team will play a 10-game schedule with playoffs.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 10. There is a per-team entry fee. Interested teams may register at www.getintogears.org or call 367-0355.

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Softball League Plans Season March 16, 2017

Elizabethtown Senior Modified Softball team is seeking players who are at least age 59. Six to eight practices will be held in April, and 19 league games will take place between May and July. Home games and practices will take place at Wolgemuth Park on Elizabethtown Road. Modified pitching is used.

For more information, contact Dave Royer at 468-9304.

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Softball League Plans Season March 16, 2017

Elizabethtown Senior Modified Softball team is seeking players who are at least age 59. Six to eight practices will be held in April, and 19 league games will take place between May and July. Home games and practices will take place at Wogelmuth Park on Elizabethtown Road. Modified pitching is used.

For more information, contact Dave Royer at 468-9304.

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Softball League Plans Season March 16, 2017

Elizabethtown Senior Modified Softball team is seeking players who are at least age 59. Six to eight practices will be held in April, and 19 league games will take place between May and July. Home games and practices will take place at Wogelmuth Park on Elizabethtown Road. Modified pitching is used.

For more information, contact Dave Royer at 468-9304.

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Baseball Tryouts Announced March 8, 2017

Oxford American Legion baseball will hold tryouts on Saturday, March 18, at the varsity baseball field at Oxford Area High School, 705 Waterway Road, Oxford. Tryouts for Prep and Sandlot teams will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by tryouts for Youth and Senior players from noon to 2 p.m.

The program consists of four levels: Prep, age 13, with a birthdate between May 1, 2003, and April 30, 2004; Sandlot, age 14, birthdate between May 1, 2002, and April 3, 2003; Youth, ages 14 and 15, birthdate between May 1, 2001, and April 30, 2002; and Seniors, ages 16 to 18.

The league is currently accepting registrations for the spring 2017 program. For more information, contact Bruce Michalski at michfam7@aol.com.

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S3DA Archery Forms In Lancaster March 8, 2017

When elementary student Kendall Hohenwarter approached archery coach Heather Pfeil on a recent Thursday evening to show Pfeil her new glasses, Pfeil turned her full attention to the girl. "I can't wait for you to shoot in them," said Pfeil. "That's awesome. Now you will really be able to see the target."

Encouraging youngsters as they work on their archery skills is a big part of what Pfeil does as adviser with JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) and Scholastic 3D Archery Association (S3DA) at the Lancaster Archery Academy. The groups, which each have a membership of about 40 students, ranging in age from 6 years old through high school-age, meet at the Lancaster Archery Academy, located at Lancaster Archery Supply, 20195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. The groups are broken into elementary, middle school, and high school, with newer members meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and older and more experienced students practicing from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

While JOAD has been active in the area for several years, the S3DA program only kicked off in January. The national S3DA program is an offshoot of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). S3DA was founded by a former NASP coach who wanted to expand student archers' opportunities into other areas. The program works with three-dimensional targets that are replicas of animals with scoring rings on them.

Pfeil has seen interest in archery increasing among area students since the academy was founded in September 2013. "That was around the time the 'Hunger Games' (movie) came out," said Pfeil. "There were people coming into the shop looking for lessons. Since then, we have been growing."

According to Pfeil, the growth of SD3A means there are many tournaments to challenge members. "Each state holds a state tournament, and the clubs can raise money based on regional and local tournaments," she noted. Archers who qualify at the state level can go to national level tournaments. Competitions are broken into age divisions and then further divided based on equipment style and gender.

The Lancaster group sent 15 members to the Western National Championship held in Las Vegas in February. Twelve team members placed in the top three of their contests. Two students won in their divisions at that tournament. Casey Kaufhold of Lancaster and Tyler Heritage of Mannington, N.J., placed first in their divisions in a competition that involved 3,500 participants. Other winners who are members of area clubs included Katie Collier of Pennsville, N.J.; Alyssa Artz of Lititz; Holt Alberton of Denver; Gracelyn Chambers of Hertford, N.Y.; Alissa Brossman of Lancaster, and Danielle Woodie of Elkton, Md.

Three students won college scholarships to Union College in Kentucky. Those students included Woodie, Heritage, and Amanda Newland.

Pfeil said that with beginning students, the academy will work to guide each student into the program that is the best fit. With more experienced archers, she likes to meet with the student to discuss which program would be the best match. "If they are interested in a particular program, we can tell them what we have to offer," she said. "We are always accepting new members. It's the best way to grow the sport."

Readers who would like more information about the local JOAD or S3DA club may visit www.lancasterarcheryacademy.com.

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