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Soccer Team Wins Tournament November 9, 2018

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Figure Skater Advances In Competition October 23, 2018

Mia Eckels, 15, of Shrewsbury, competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Novice Ladies division at the 2019 South Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships in Coral Springs, Fla., from Oct. 3 to 6. Mia finished third, earning the bronze medal.

The top four skaters in each discipline qualify for one of three U.S. Sectional Figure Skating Championships - Eastern, Midwestern, or Pacific Coast - which will be held from Tuesday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 17. Mia will advance to the Eastern Sectionals, to be held in Wake Forest, N.C.

Mia is a member of White Rose Figure Skating Club.

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AGRA Posts Soccer Results October 2, 2018

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

In the mixed elementary division, the Falcons defeated BSN Sports 5-0. Goal scorers for the Falcons were Natalia with two and Jude, Cameron, and Andy each with one. Jackson Cruice had the shutout in goal for the Falcons, and Kylie Cruice was the key offensive player of the game. BSN Sports had good offense from James Williams, who made some nice attacks. Ethan Lebo and Ryan Manley were key defensive players of the game. Dylan Doyle skillfully saved goals for BSN Sports.

Cosmos beat Oxford Plumbing & Heating Inc. 5-0. Goal scorers for Cosmos were Chase, Sydney, Morgan, Jazlyn, and Anthony. Key defensive players were McKayla, Lucas V. Preston, and Lucas for Cosmos.

In the girls' elementary division, Yerkes Insurance won 1-0 over John Gallen Photographer. Taylor Wright scored the goal. The offensive players made great passes and assists. Ava Skelley played well on defense. Madison Gain, Miranda Todd, and Ava Roux all defended the goal and blocked lost of shots for Yerkes Insurance. John Gallen Photographer had key offense from Emma McAfee, Abby Chance, and Maddie Snodgrass, with key defense from Kim Rose and Piper Gagnon. The key goalkeeper was Molly Chance, and the team had good midfield plays from Maura Mraz and Emme Gagnon.

In the mixed senior division, First Baptist Church Kennett Square took the win 2-1 over Nowland Associates Contractors. Billy McAfee and Isaac Rose each scored one goal. Warren Simms and Keira Ollis were key defensive players. Aydin Fischer and Michael Shatley were strong in goal for First Baptist Church Kennett Square. Nowland Associates Contractors' goal scorer was Tejvir Gill. Colin Zern was the key offensive player. Kayla Pennington, Genalyn Mason, Jasmeet Gill, Sophia D'Isabella, and Kyalami Swezey played well. Milos Stevens, Griffith Swezey, Xavier Reith, Spencer Laskow, and Joseph D'Isabella played well on defense for Nowland Associates Contractors.

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Local Youths Take Part In Baseball Program September 27, 2018

In August, Aidan Masters and Wyatt Lamb, both of Elizabethtown, earned the opportunity to represent the Ohio Valley Region with the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) program. Aidan was part of the 15U group, and Wyatt was a member of the 14U team.

Both Aidan and Wyatt attend Mount Calvary Christian School in Elizabethtown. Aidan, the son of Erikk and Heather Masters, will be a sophomore on the school's baseball team this year, and Wyatt, the son of Nathan and Julie Lamb, will be a freshman.

They both traveled to the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C., to play in the NTIS Champions Cup Tournament and represent the Ohio Valley Region, which consists of four states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Michigan.

The NTIS program consists of local and regional tryouts and games that ultimately lead to the selection of 16 regional teams across the United States, each of which can have up to 18 players on the roster. All of these regional teams compete in the NTIS Champions Cup Tournament in Cary, N.C., in August each year.

The purpose of the NTIS program is to identify players who can be placed in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program. The USA Baseball program has teams at the following age levels: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U. At the 12U, 15U, and 17U levels, the national teams compete in the International Baseball Tournament, which is held at different locations around the world each year. This ultimately leads up to the selection and creation of the USA Baseball National Team, which will compete in major international tournaments and the Olympics.

To learn more about USA Baseball and NTIS, readers may visit www.usabaseball.com.

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AGRA Posts Soccer Results September 26, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results for its fall soccer program, including its Mixed Elementary Division, which played two teams from Newark Parks and Recreation with the following results.

BSN Sports was defeated by Cosmos 3-1. BSN Sports' goal scorer was Thor DiCicco. Ethan Lebo played well on defense and James Williams assisted on offensive attacks for BSN Sports. The Cosmos' goal scorers were Sydney with one goal and Chase with two goals. Lucas and Morgan were key defensive players of the game for the Cosmos.

Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. lost to the Falcons 0-4. Falcons' goal scorers were Natalia Lawson, Genevieve Duker, Meghan Gould, and Jude Watson. Doris Ouyang was the key offensive player and Andy Yang was the key defensive player of the game, with Cameron Riffel in goal for the Falcons. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. had several saves by the goalkeeper.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer and Yerkes Insurance played to a 0-0 tie. John Gallen Photographer had key offense from Maddie Snodgrass, Emma McAfee, and Kim Rose. Key defensive play was from Abby Chance and Molly Chance, and Maura Mraz played well in goal for John Gallen Photographer. Yerkes Insurance had great endurance and effort by Miranda Todd, Lila McCauley, and Ava Skelley.

In the mixed senior division, Nowland Associates Contractors tied First Baptist Church Kennett Square 0-0. Nowland Associates Contractors had Tejvir Gill and Colin Zern come close to making goals. Milos Stevens, Spencer Laskow, Genalyn Mason, and Joseph D'Isabella played great defense. Kayla Pennington, Jasmeet Gill, Xavier Reith, Sofia D'Isabella, and Griffith Swezey were fierce on midfield positions for Nowland Associates Contractors. Recognized for key offense for First Baptist Church Kennett Square were Billy McAfee, Mike Shatley, Aydin Fischer, and Isaac Rose. Great goalkeeping was handled by Brayden Foy. Key defense players were Warren Simms, Luke Spatafora, Brandon McAfee, Keila Ollis, Ava Aldana, and Krish Kochhar for First Baptist Church Kennett Square.

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Soccer Team Will Collect Coats September 21, 2018

The Manheim Township boys' soccer team is collecting donations of gently used or new youth and children's size winter coats that will be delivered at the end of the season to area dry cleaners participating in the local Coats for Kids campaign. Coats will be collected at all home games.

Home game dates, times and locations are available at www.mtboyssoccer.com. For more information, readers may contact natmundorf@hotmail.com.

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Team Sets Information Sessions September 13, 2018

The Dutchland Derby Rollers, Lancaster's roller derby league, are seeking skaters, referees, and non-skating officials. No experience is necessary, as participants will receive instruction.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about roller derby and becoming a part of the organization are invited to attend one of three information sessions at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster. Sessions will take place at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26; at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27; and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first practice will be on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. at Overlook Activities Center. For the first practice, participants should bring a mouth guard and the set nominal fee; everything else will be provided.

For more information, visit www.dutchlandrollers.com.

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Elks Present Donation To Football Program September 11, 2018

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Derby Rollers Post Event September 11, 2018

The Dutchland Derby Rollers will kick off the second half of its season on Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Greensboro B Team at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the action will begin at 6 p.m.

To learn more, readers may visit www.dutchlandrollers.com.

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SYC Warriors Win Championships September 11, 2018

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SOPA Athletes Receive Recognition September 5, 2018

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) offers training each year to interested athletes who would like to further their knowledge as a Global Messenger, Athlete Representative, Health and Fitness Coordinator, or Coach.

Athletes must attend workshops and complete the necessary requirements. Each year, athletes who have completed their specific training are then honored at SOPA Leadership Weekend and graduate as part of the Athlete University class.

Two York County athletes were honored as part of the 2018 Athlete University class. Noah Rinehart graduated and received a Global Messenger diploma. Michael Plappert graduated and earned his diploma in Healthy Lifestyles.

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Bocce Teams Finish Season August 30, 2018

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Barnstormers To Honor Douglass August 29, 2018

John Douglass, a resident at Faith Friendship Ministries in Mountville, will be signed as an honorary Lancaster Barnstormer for the day on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at the team's home stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Douglass was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. With the help of his care manager, he created a bucket list that includes items such as visiting his biological family, eating at local restaurants, and seeing a baseball game.

As an honorary member of the Barnstormers, Douglass will sign a contract, get his own jersey, join the team on the field, and throw out the first pitch. The team has also provided tickets so that the Faith Friendship Ministries family will be able to attend.

Individuals who would like to donate to Faith Friendship Ministries to help fulfill Douglass' bucket list may visit www.gofundme.com/ffmjohndouglass.

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Arch Street Center Day Planned August 29, 2018

Arch Street Center in Lancaster city has announced that Sunday, Sept. 16, will be Arch Street Center Day at the Lancster Barnstormers' 1 p.m. game at the team's home stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Proceeds from ticket sales that are purchased using the promotional code 18ARCH will benefit Arch Street Center, which supports adults living with mental illness in Lancaster County.

Individuals who are unable to attend may sponsor an Arch Street member by purchasing him or her a ticket using the promotional code. To sponsor a member, readers may call the box office at 717-509-3633 and tell the ticket representative that they would like to purchase a ticket as a sponsor using the promotional code.

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Archer Wins Tournament August 22, 2018

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Softball Team Wins Championship August 9, 2018

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Baseball Team Wins Championship August 8, 2018

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Farm Show Event Raises Funds August 8, 2018

During its Farm Show Weekend, the Lancaster Barnstormers raised $6,800 to support the mission of the youth program at the Lancaster County Agriculture Council. It is the third year the Lancaster County Agriculture Council has teamed up with the Barnstormers to organize the Farm Show, which took place from June 22 to 24.

Farmers, agriculture business owners and employees, and 4-H and FFA students were among the 15,000 who attended the three-day event. Outside of the stadium, modern and antique tractors and other machinery were on display for attendees to check out.

On June 23, live farm animals took over the outfield, including cows, sheep, pigs, alpacas and rabbits. Agriculture-themed games were highlighted in between innings, such as alpaca races. Local dairy princesses were on hand to answer questions from the crowd.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding was the guest of honor on June 23 at a pregame program. Redding also threw out the first pitch to start the game.

The Lancaster County Agriculture Council also presented its science fair winners with the Lancaster Agriculture Innovation Awards. A $500 donation also was awarded to Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Animal Production Science and Technology program.

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Lacrosse Club Slates Try-outs August 7, 2018

The York Invaders Girls Lacrosse Club will hold tryouts for club lacrosse for the summer of 2019 on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Hopewell Township fields on Althouse School Road in Stewartstown. The tryouts are open to girls who are experienced lacrosse players in the Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the tryouts will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information, readers may visit www.yorkinvaders.com.

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More Than A Workout Group July 26, 2018

F3 Lanco Focuses On Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

When Gary Fyke moved to Mount Joy from the greater Chicago area in 2017, he knew that he wanted to establish an F3 group in his new location. "Moving here, I couldn't not have F3 in my life," recalled Fyke, referring to the national network of free, peer-led workouts for men. While being part of an F3 site in his hometown, Fyke helped out with operations, leading workouts, and coordinating community involvements.

Three people showed up to the very first F3 Lanco workout on Oct. 21, 2017, and since then the gathering has grown to approximately 14 regular attendees. Men of all ages are invited to participate in F3 Lanco, which meets from 7 to 8 a.m. every Saturday at Rapho Township Community Park, 960 Strickler Road, Mount Joy. The free workouts are held outdoors, rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water and work gloves.

"The workouts are all peer-led, meaning the guys take turns each week on leading the group," explained Fyke. "When you first start, you won't lead for a while until you are comfortable and ready to do so. We will work with every guy to ensure they are ready." Fyke said the workouts are considered boot camp style, mainly because the group counts in cadence to each of the sessions. Body weight exercises make up a bulk of the time, including jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squats, burpees, push-ups, lunges, bear crawls, planks, and more. "It's different every week because a different PAX (person in attendance) leads, and each person brings their own flavor to it," said Fyke. "We do have bricks and cinder blocks for weights that we will use as well to help increase the intensity."

"We have guys of all abilities there. There is no physical fitness requirement for F3," added Fyke. "We leave no man behind and will always encourage you to become a better version of yourself. Part of F3 is that we work together because you are only as strong as your weakest link. So we want to make sure every link is as strong as possible so they are better for their family, the community, and themselves."

F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith. Although the organization is not specifically affiliated with a church, Fyke said many of those who attend the workouts are involved in a church of their own. "Our mission is to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership," stated Fyke. According to Fyke, the F3 founders came up with the idea when they noticed a strong lack of male community. "This provides an opportunity to get together with like-minded guys to become a better version of themselves," Fyke said.

Each workout ends with a Circle of Trust. "This is the time where PAX share what's going on in their lives - the good, the bad, and the ugly," Fyke said. "What we are going through, more than likely somebody else has gone through and (that) provides an opportunity for additional support. We lift these up in prayer. If you aren't a believer, that's OK; you can still be there to support your fellow man."

Another aspect of F3 that Fyke enjoys is choosing nicknames for each other. Fyke is known as Sunspot, and other monikers among the group include Eagle, the Fridge, Garden State, and Skater.

"F3 is what you make out of it. If you just want the free workout, that's OK; however, once you (show up) for a workout, you will see we are more than a workout group," remarked Fyke.

To learn more, readers may visit http://f3mustardseeds.com/f3lanco/ or www.f3nation.com. Interested individuals may email f3lanco@gmail.com with questions.

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