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USA Field Hockey Posts Games March 20, 2019

The USA Field Hockey women's national field hockey team has announced it will return to Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, for the remainder of its FIH Pro League home games. The team returned from the Southern Hemisphere earlier in March following two close defeats against No. 3 Australia and No. 6 New Zealand. USA will host No. 13 Belgium on Friday, March 29, and No. 2 Great Britain on Sunday, March 31.

Additionally, USA Field Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will hold a joint press conference between the U.S. women's national field hockey team and opponents Belgium and Great Britain on Thursday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports.

The FIH Pro League is a new annual global home and away league that features 13 different nations between men's and women's national field hockey teams. More than 20 venues across different nations will host 144 international matches from January to June, providing a global spread of world-class hockey across multiple time zones.

For more information about the FIH Pro League and to purchase tickets to games, readers may visit


Hockey Team Wins Championship February 8, 2019


New Owner Named For Reading Royals February 4, 2019

The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA) recently announced that it has agreed to purchase the assets of the Reading Royals from team owner Jack Gulati. The Royals are the ECHL's affiliate of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The purchase is contingent upon the approval by the ECHL's board of governors. The acquisition of assets will take place on or before Sunday, June 30, and will ensure the Royals will remain in Reading and play at Santander Arena.

The BCCCA, with SMG as the management company, oversees the operation of Santander Arena and the Santander Arena Performing Arts Center in Reading. Combined, the two buildings have seen more than 7.6 million fans enjoy shows, sporting events, conventions and public gatherings since 2001. Last year more than 435,000 people attended events between the two venues, with 20 percent of those crowds attending Reading Royals games.

The BCCCA previously co-owned the Royals with SMG from 2011 to 2014. The team won the ECHL's Kelly Cup in 2013.


Senior Softball League Seeks Players January 14, 2019

Ches-Del Senior Softball League is looking for new players for the 2019 season. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from April through July in the West Chester and Delco area. Players must be age 60 or older anytime during 2019.

For more information, contact Joe Morgan at 484-840-1644 or


Basketball Team Wins Tournament January 9, 2019

The Twin Valley Basketball Association (TVBA) fourth-grade boys' travel team won the New Year's Buzzer Beater Tournament hosted by Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia on Dec. 30, 2018. The Raiders went 3-1 in pool play and were the third seed entering the playoff round on Dec. 30.

In the playoff round, the Raiders defeated Holy Child (Staten Island) and the Exeter Eagles, avenging an earlier loss in the tournament, and advanced to the final game. The victory in the championship game was against Springfield (Delaware County) by a score of 37-25.

The championship game was a total team effort. Lucas Myers led the team with 14 points, and Tyler Rhode had eight points. Kieran Proska contributed seven points, including a three-pointer to swing momentum early. Braden Rice scored four points, with Andrew LaBruto and Grant Moser contributing two points each and excellent defense. Dom Minitti grabbed numerous rebounds, which led to many of the Raider fast-break points. Both Carter Borkowski and Grant Altman, two key members of the team, missed this particular tournament, but they were cheering for their teammates.

This is the third tournament victory in the past year by this TVBA team, which previously won the 2017 King of the Court Tournament hosted by Inter County Basketball Association in December 2017 and the Urban Youth MLK Invitational at West Chester University in February 2018.


Learn, Set, Spike December 20, 2018

New Program Will Introduce Youngsters To Volleyball

A new instructional volleyball program open to girls and boys in grades three through six in the Hempfield School District will start on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Hempfield Coed Elementary Volleyball practices will be held in the gymnasium of Centerville Middle School, 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster, on Tuesdays through Feb. 26, 2019.

The program was created when two former volleyball players from a Hempfield High School state championship girls' team, after successful college careers, approached the Hempfield Volleyball Parents Alumni Association (HVPAA) about starting a new initiative for elementary-age students. Brittany McMullen and Morgan Buterbaugh both have graduated from college and now are teachers. Their goal is to provide basic instruction in the three basic skills - passing, setting, and hitting - all while helping youngsters develop a love for the game.

Each session will run for two hours, and participants should bring water bottles. A registration fee has been set, with a maximum amount per family. Early registration is encouraged. A Facebook page has been created for the program, and readers may find it by visiting

The sponsoring organization, HVPAA, is a nonprofit that was established in 2007 to support the sport of volleyball in the Hempfield community. The objectives were to provide support for the middle school and junior varsity programs and to create a scholarship program to help Hempfield High School volleyball players further their education in a technical school, college, or university. Since its inception, the HVPAA has awarded 40 graduating seniors with scholarship awards valued at more than $30,000. The association's work is coordinated through the efforts and many years of leadership provided by Gary Dimm and Karren Wonders.

For more information about the HVPAA, readers may email president Grant Shultz at Questions about Hempfield Coed Elementary Volleyball may be emailed to McMullen at or Buterbaugh at


Rugby Club Breaks Ground On Future Home December 19, 2018

On Nov. 30, 2018, Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, in conjunction with Londonderry Township in Dauphin County, broke ground to begin construction of Perseverance Fields, the future home of the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club. These types of facilities will help to secure field space for various events and opportunities designed to help grow the game of rugby, as well as create a community resource for various events.

There will be three fields, one at international rugby standards that will be unlike any other field set up within the region. The fields are anticipated to be ready by the fall of 2019.

The Harrisburg Rugby Football Club was founded in 1969 and is approaching its 50-year anniversary. The men and women of Harrisburg Rugby Football Club provide support for community development through recreational activities and aim to encourage and promote the ethos of camaraderie, discipline, and respect to other underserved entities. Growth and development of the rugby community is the club's goal.

To contribute to the further development of the field complex, readers may make a donation through the GoFundMe or with recurring payments through Just Giving. Links to both fundraising websites are available by visiting For additional information, readers may contact Jeffrey Cook, chair of the Harrisburg Rugby Football Club, at


2019 FestivICE Celebration Set December 19, 2018

FestivICE, presented by York Traditions Bank and Eventive, will expand for 2019 to three days and fill Cherry Lane in downtown York with music, family fun, and live sculpting of thousands of pounds of ice. The free winter celebration will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Jan. 19.

Chainsaw-wielding artists will again turn more than 20,000 pounds of ice into frosty pieces of art throughout the three-day event, including a 40-foot ice slide for the celebration's youngest attendees to ride for free. Ice sculpture artists will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King on his holiday weekend by paying tribute to him and heroes inspired by his message in their ice sculptures. A record-setting 20 ice sculptures will be featured, including 15 creations sponsored by local businesses to support Children's Aid Society.

Vendors will offer handmade and vintage wares in Central Market, joining a number of Beaver Street and Market Street shops and restaurants that will be open.

The expanded winter party will kick off on the night of Jan. 17 with a make-your-own-superhero-cape event by Creative York from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a free screening of "The Incredibles" at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m., both part of CelebrateARTS, an initiative of the Cultural Alliance of York County. York Young Professionals will host a social at Cherry Lane from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The ice slide will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The schedule on Friday, Jan. 18, to date includes live ice carvings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a free silent disco after-party at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts from 8 to 11 p.m., also part of CelebrateARTS. The ice slide will be open at noon.

Jan. 19 will feature a full day of family-friendly activities, live music, fire pits, s'mores, and more. Family Day at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and vendors will be set up in Central Market from noon to 3 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., the ice slide will be open, children's activities will be offered in Central Market, there will be live music at a local eatery, Anna and Elsa character appearances will take place, and there will be appearances by the FestivICE Yeti and the York Revolution's DownTown.

The "Yeti Stomp" interactive dance in Cherry Lane will take place at noon and at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. A free screening of "The Incredibles" will take place at the Capitol Theatre at 3 p.m. Show Me How to Live Band will perform in Cherry Lane at 4:15 p.m.

Details and ice sculpture sponsorships are available at, which will be updated as more elements are added to the event. Children's Aid Society will receive a portion of each sponsorship of the ice sculptures. For more information, readers may call 717-801-4489 or visit


Roller Derby Posts Schedule December 12, 2018

Dutchland Derby Rollers will hold recruitment events in 2019. Participants can be involved as referees, non-skating officials, or game-playing skaters. Events will be at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster, at 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 10, and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Dutchland Derby Rollers have also posted their home games for 2019, which take place on Saturdays, March 9, April 13, and May 4. All home games will be held at Overlook Activities Center.


Soccer Team Wins Tournament November 9, 2018


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.


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.


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


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.


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 For more information, readers may contact


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


Elks Present Donation To Football Program September 11, 2018


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


SYC Warriors Win Championships September 11, 2018


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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