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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.

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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.

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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 philabos@gmail.com.

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Senior League Invites Men To "Play Ball!" February 12, 2019

Men age 60 and over who enjoy playing softball and are not quite ready to give up the game are invited to join the Brandywine Valley Senior Softball Association (BVSSA), which is currently enrolling players for the 2019 spring and summer season.

BVSSA is registered with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), and eligible players may turn age 60 anytime during 2019. The men's slow-pitch softball teams follow the rules of senior softball, which means that bunting and stealing bases are not permitted.

Other safety measures have also been put into place, according to BVSSA commissioner John Lundell. "We have a double first base. There is an inside bag and an outside bag. The runner goes to the outside bag so that he does not collide with the first baseman," explained Lundell. "We also have a double home plate. When you run down the third-base line, the second home plate is off to the right, so there is no interference with the catcher."

Lundell noted that players in the league come from the tri-state area, which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. "Players come from Delaware County; Berks County, including Reading; and from Chester County, including the West Chester area, Downingtown, Coatesville and Honey Brook," he said.

Players range in age from 60 to their 90s. "There are guys this year who will turn 89 and are still playing," Lundell noted. "Our oldest player was 96."

New players must attend one of the two skill analysis sessions, which will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at United Sports Complex, 1426 Marshallton Thorndale Road, Downingtown.

"Basically, we have a guy go out and we hit ground balls to him, and we see how he runs, catches and fields the ball. That will determine which division he competes in," Lundell said. "The gold division is more competitive. They are really good players who do especially well for their age. The silver division is more relaxed. They are good ballplayers, but their skills have diminished. The managers determine which division (a player) would fit in."

The gold division will play on Mondays and Wednesdays and the silver division will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-April through July at fields located in the West Chester area. Game time is at 10 a.m. "We play nine innings," Lundell noted. "Sometimes we play double-headers. If a game gets rained out, you would play that team in two seven-inning games."

Lundell say that many of the team members play softball year-round. "We are constantly playing. Our spring/summer league ends in July and then we have pickup games, and our fall league goes from September to November," he said, noting that several players travel to play in warmer climates during the winter. "Some are in Florida playing softball right now. They leave after the holidays and stay in Florida and return in April right before the season."

The guiding principles of the BVSSA are player safety, fun, excellent competition through team parity within divisions and healthy and abiding respect for the game and its rules with continuous improvement of the quality of play.

"Everyone is there to have a good time. If we're not playing softball, most of the guys in the league get together to go golfing," Lundell said. "Guys have barbecues and parties at the end of the season."

He noted that for some players, softball is what keeps them going. "Some guys are widowed, and it is something they want to do," he said. "It is something they look forward to. It is good for them."

For more information or to register for the upcoming skills sessions, readers are asked to contact Lundell by Friday, March 15, at 484-766-3959 or dtpd6751@yahoo.com.

More information about the league is available by visiting www.wcasasports.com, selecting Leagues and choosing Brandywine Valley Senior League.

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Registration Deadline Set February 7, 2019

SECA (Southern End Community Association) reminds the public that the coed flag football registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

Visit http://secarec.org/2019/01/03/co-ed-flag-football to register.

Opportunities are available for adults to volunteer as coaches. Call SECA at 717-806-0123 to learn more.

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Little League Opens Registration February 6, 2019

Registration is now open for Twin Valley Little League's 2019 spring season. The league will offer baseball, softball and tee ball for boys ages 4 to 16 and girls ages 4 to 12.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the league will conduct player evaluations at Honey Brook Elementary Center, 1530 Walnut Road, Honey Brook, starting at 12:30 p.m. Players registering for the Rookies and Minors divisions and 6-year-olds wishing to play up to the Rookies division should attend. In-person registration will also be available at this session. To learn in which age division a child belongs, as well as the cost per division, readers may visit the Parents' FAQs page at www.twinvalleylittleleague.com.

Practices will begin in mid-March, and games will begin in April and finish in mid-June. Home games will be held at James Umble Memorial Park in Honey Brook and at Honey Brook Elementary Center.

Registration fees will vary. For more information or to register, readers may visit the league's website. Details are also available by emailing TwinValleyLittleLeague@hotmail.com.

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Vintage "Base Ball" Players Seek Teammates January 30, 2019

Members of the Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester, who come from all walks of life, are eager to talk about the reasons they love to play 1860s-style vintage "base ball," which is how it was spelled in the 1860s, and to encourage others to join the team. The team will begin its competitive season in April.

"It's a gentlemen's game. All the players are very friendly and passionate about the history and rules they played by," said Jordan "Woody" Rajan of Glenmoore, an environmental specialist. "I enjoy dressing the part and re-enacting how games were played back in the 1860s."

Brian "King" Kraeer of Exton, who currently teaches fifth-grade English, language arts and social studies, said because of his background in teaching history, his participation was a perfect fit due to the historical significance. "Overall I enjoy the camaraderie associated with the game. It's an awesome opportunity to exercise and play ball with likeminded folks," he commented. "Everyone that I have met in this sport has been respectful to the game and its participants."

Alex "Cardigan" Marmelstein of Havertown, a data analyst, explained that vintage base ball is the perfect balance between (modern) competitive baseball and slow-pitch softball. "One cannot be overpowered by high-speed pitching, but it still maintains a competitive atmosphere," he said.

According to the rules of vintage base ball, players dress in historically similar attire and use period-appropriate equipment, including handmade wooden bats and hand-stitched balls made exclusively for vintage play.

The ball is slightly bigger than a modern baseball and a little bit softer. In addition, only one ball is used during the entire game.

Unlike modern baseball, players do not wear gloves when playing in the field. "Fielding without having a mitt requires a greater emphasis on poise and discipline when fielding balls in play," Marmelstein explained.

"Even the most routine ground or fly ball isn't a given when playing on a grass field and catching with your bare hands," added Rajan.

Kraeer said that some challenges associated with the vintage game are similar to the modern game of baseball. "A lot of it is mental: realizing the different scenarios when you're in the field, knowing what to do on the base paths and not beating yourself up over a strikeout or muffed play," he stated.

Despite the challenges, all of the team members agree that playing the sport is rewarding and does not require that participants be seasoned athletes. "I would most certainly recommend this sport to any baseball fan that is looking to get some healthy exercise and meet some awesome people while re-creating America's pastime," said Kraeer.

Marmelstein added, "I highly recommend it to others as it provides the balance of competitiveness of a club team with a more casual in-game, playing experience."

The Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester plays its home matches at East Goshen Park in West Chester, and games are free for spectators to attend. The team competes with other vintage clubs in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.

"If you are looking for some fun, friendly competition with a great group of men and women, come out for a game or two at East Goshen Park and see for yourself," Rajan said.

A meeting for all individuals interested in the club will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at noon at Levante Brewing, 208 Carter Drive, Suite 2, West Chester. For more information, readers may email brandywinebbc@gmail.com or visit www.brandywinebbc.org or www.facebook.com/BrandywineBBC.

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Basketball Scores Posted January 29, 2019

The Avon Grove Recreation Association has posted its results for the youth basketball program's second week.

Girls' Elementary Division: First Baptist Church of Kennett Square defeated John Gallen Photographer 8-2. Hayley Henley and Kaylee Robertson each scored two points for First Baptist, while Brooklyn Hafich scored two points for Gallen. BSN Sports won 18-4 over Linda's Hair Techniques. Samantha Glatts netted four points for BSN, while Sienna Warner and Mia DeLio each scored two points for Linda's.

Boys' Elementary Division: Filacheck's Furniture pulled out an 18-16 win over Oxford Plumbing and Heating. Gavin Wise, Aaron Felts and Jack Tison each scored two points for Filacheck's, while Caleb Reeves popped in eight points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating. Davis Accounting beat Nowland Associates Contractors 16-8. Luke Martin, Wyatt Smith and Louis Ihrig each scored two points for Davis, while Nowland had two points each from Hayden Duckworth, Reilly Duckworth, Connor Jacoby and Dylan Gallick. Yerkes Insurance squeezed out a 12-10 win over Cari Orthodontics. Logan Brazell and Garrett Brockson each contributed two points for Yerkes, while Will McKamey netted two points for Cari.

Girls' Junior/Senior Division: McCormick Orthodontics won 18-12 over Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse Dental Associates. Jessica Ziegler and Andrea Ouijano each netted eight points for McCormick, while Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse Dental Associates had four points from Katherine Albietz.

Boys' Junior/Senior Division: DuVall Bus Services defeated McCormick Orthodontics 33-14. Brady Bollacker popped in 14 points for DuVall, while Gavin Robertson netted six points for McCormick. K&T Automotive and Towing took the win 24-15 over Tom's TV. Spencer Needam and Tyler Gent each contributed six points for K&T, while Tom's TV had two points each from Tejvir Gill, Dougie Kleintop, Michael Kent, Rider Nicholl and Colton Edwards.

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Applications For Bike Grants Sought January 18, 2019

"We have given out $350,000," said John Mullineaux of the Lancaster Bicycle Club (LBC). "The single biggest (amount) was for municipal and EMS (emergency medical services) bike patrols. We've purchased bicycles and equipment (for those organizations)." Mullineaux added that Lancaster police and police stations in a number of county boroughs have received funds from the club to purchase bikes.

LBC is currently seeking applicants so that the club can give away another $25,000 in grants. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The application form may be found at https://lancasterbikeclub.net/grant-program. Completed applications are due to the club by Friday, Feb. 15.

"It is a simple application process," said Mullineaux. "We ask for a short description of what they will do (with the funds) and how much they want." Mullineaux said that the application form also asks what the organization will do if it does not receive the grant.

"I pull all the applications together and do a presentation for the board, and they (usually) vote up or down," said Mullineaux, who added that sometimes the amount of the grant request is modified by the group. Those receiving grants must initiate their projects during the 2019 calendar year.

The grants were first given in 1990. Over the years, the types of requests that have been granted have varied. "We have spent money on bicycle advocacy," recalled Mullineaux. "We have spent more than $30,000 on bicycle racks." Mullineaux said many bicycle racks seen in Lancaster city and around the county were provided by the club. The club has also purchased road signs and bicycles for elementary school gym classes that were used to teach bicycle safety.

Mullineaux said that one of the most unusual awards was to the mural project at the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail near Columbia. A part of the 250-foot-long mural will show a bicycle rider on the trail.

In addition to the $25,000 grants, LBC also donates $5,000 to the county to help defray costs of maintaining covered bridges and $5,000 to HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, for student scholarships. The scholarship program grew out of the 450-member club's annual Covered Bridge Ride. The ride, which dates back 40 years, was originally just for club members. "We expanded (the ride) to include visitors because of the great place Lancaster County is," said Mullineaux. Originally, the intention of the ride was to raise funds to augment the club's budget, but in the 1990s, Bicycling magazine listed the ride as the best in Pennsylvania.

"Attendance exploded," said Mullineaux. "One year, we hit 4,000 (riders)." The ride is now restricted to 2,300 participants. It begins at the HACC Lancaster campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Several routes will be offered. The 62-mile metric century route will head north to New Holland, Farmersville, Terre Hill, and Reamstown, before turning south to return to HACC. Seven covered bridges will be part of the route. Additional routes include a 31-mile course with four covered bridges and a 15-mile ride with two covered bridges. One option adds a loop at Stevens that travels 32 difficult miles for riders who wish to complete a more challenging ride.

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League Sign-Ups Set January 16, 2019

Eastern York Recreation Authority (EYRA) will hold walk-in registration for the spring softball and baseball seasons on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30 and 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hellam Township Municipal Building, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York. Online registration is currently unavailable. Fees will be accepted by cash and check at sign-ups.

Softball programs are available for youths who are ages 5 to 18 as of Jan. 1, 2019; players new to the program should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Player evaluations will be held in March. Details may be obtained at registration or by contacting hellamrecsoftball@gmail.com.

Baseball programs are available for youths who are ages 5 to 16 as of Wednesday, May 1. Details may be obtained at registration or by contacting leapcolts@yahoo.com.

Separate fees have been set for residents of Hallam Borough and Hellam and Lower Windsor townships, as well as for nonresidents. Families with multiple children participating will receive a discount.

For details, contact EYRA at 717-487-5295 or eyrecauthority@gmail.com.

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Basketball Results Posted January 16, 2019

The Avon Grove Recreation Association began its 38th year of Youth Basketball with the following results:

Girls/ Elementary Division: BSN Sports defeated First Baptist Church of Kennett Square 16-4. Emily Sullivan scored 12 points for BSN. Deisy Rose and Kaylee Robertson each contributed two points for First Baptist. John Gallen Photographer won 14-8 over Linda's Hair Techniques. Adriana Velez netted eight points for Gallen. Aubrey Ferraro popped in six points for Linda's.

Boys' Elementary Division: Oxford Plumbing and Heating took the win 11-8 over Cari Orthodontics. Sean Chapin and Alex Outridge each contributed four points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating. Cari had six points from Landon Willey. Davis Accounting won 30-4 over Filacheck's Furniture. Aaron Moran put in 12 points for Davis. Keegan Johnston and Grant McCauley each contributed two points for Filacheck's. Yerkes Insurance and Nowland Associates Contractors tied 12-12. Julien Okenczyc and Connor Jacoby each contributed four points for Nowland. Kyle Richards and Mason O'Connor each contributed four points for Yerkes.

Girls' Junior/Senior Division: McCormick Orthodontics defeated Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse Dental Associates. Erin Chapin netted 12 points for McCormick. Julianna Igo popped in three points for Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse.

Boys' Junior/Senior Division: Tom's TV pulled out a 27-24 win over DuVall Bus Service. Jackson Colonna popped in 13 points for Tom's TV. Ryan Campbell netted 12 points for DuVall. K&T Automotive and Towing beat McCormick Orthodontics 34-23. Sam Balick put in 14 points for K&T. Chris McKinney scored seven points for McCormick.

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Softball League Seeks More Teams January 2, 2019

Tri-County 50 and Over Senior Modified Men's Softball League is looking for continued expansion in 2019 for southern Berks, eastern Lancaster, and Chester counties. Most fields are located within 25 minutes of the southern Berks County and eastern Lancaster County lines.

The league is nine-man Modified, 10 players in the field. New teams are being accepted, and a few teams need additional starting players. The 2019 new team registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 21. If interested, contact modifiedsoftballrct@gmail.com or 717-314-1505. All teams must have a home field available on Mondays and/or Wednesdays and some Fridays.

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Hall Of Fame Vote Slated December 18, 2018

The Tri-County Softball League will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, to select former players for the Tri-County Softball League Hall of Fame. All current and former players are invited to attend the meeting and vote on the nominees. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 6170 Morgantown Road, Morgantown, at 7 p.m.

Twenty-eight players have been nominated for the Hall of Fame. Fifteen players will be selected. For more details, readers may call Ernie Devlin at 484-624-2720.

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Soccer Event Announced December 5, 2018

Registration for the 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Indoor Cup will close on Friday, Dec. 21. The Eastern Pennsylvania Indoor Cup is a series of one-day tournaments that determines state champions from the U9 to U19 age groups. With two levels of play in each age group, teams challenge themselves against statewide competition between the fall and spring seasons.

To register, readers may visit www.youthleaguesusa.com/epys/18-19/IndoorCup.html.

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Basketball Sign-Ups Posted November 15, 2018

The Penn Manor Rec will hold the final basketball sign-ups for this year on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Sign-ups will take place at Marticville Middle School, 356 Frogtown Road, Pequea, in the school cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration is open to any Penn Manor resident from seventh grade through 12th grade. A fee is due at the time of registration. Penn Manor Rec is not affiliated with the Penn Manor School District.

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Volleyball Team Wins Championship November 9, 2018

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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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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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Registration Open For Basketball Programs September 27, 2018

The Hempfield Youth Association has announced that online registration for the 2018-19 intramural and travel basketball programs is now open.

Hempfield School District residents may access information regarding the programs and initiate the registration process by visiting www.playhya.com.

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Sign-Ups Posted For Basketball Program September 21, 2018

All boys and girls in third through sixth grades in Manheim Central School District are invited to sign up for the elementary basketball program. Registration is free.

Sign-ups will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at H.C. Burgard Elementary School, 111 S. Penn St., Manheim.

Readers with questions may email Jason Bosch at jmbosch@ptd.net.

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