Swim Team Plans Meeting March 21, 2018
The Millersville Sea Lions Swim Team will hold its registration and informational meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville. Attendees should use the back entrance.
Any interested swimmers and parents are invited to attend to learn more about the swim team and how to register for the 2018 summer season. Swimmers must be members of the Millersville Pool to join the swim team.
For more information, visit www.millersvilleswimteam.org.
Vintage Baseball Team Seeks Players, Spectators March 14, 2018
"It's historical re-enactment combined with competitive baseball," said team member Rick Stratton when describing the Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester, which is currently seeking players for its upcoming season. The team, which formed in 2013, portrays the game of "base ball" as it was played (and spelled) in 1864 by competing with other vintage clubs in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.
According to Stratton, teams follow the rules and customs established in 1864 by dressing in historically similar attire and using period-appropriate equipment, including handmade wooden bats and hand-stitched balls made exclusively for vintage play.
Unlike modern baseball, players do not wear gloves in the field. "(The ball is) slightly bigger than a modern baseball and a little bit softer. It is stitched differently," said Stratton. "A modern baseball uses a figure eight stitching. Vintage baseballs use a lemon peel stitch. The round ball is covered by one piece of leather stitched at four quarters. There is a gentleman in New York who makes them by hand, and most of the clubs order them from him."
In addition, only one baseball is used during the entire game. "During the game, you start with a brand-new ball and you use that ball until the end of the game. At the end of the game, the winning club gets to keep it," Stratton explained. "A concerted effort is made to not lose (the ball during the game). Unless it deformed or the seams are busted open, we use the same ball."
The games have one umpire, and all pitching is underhand. Team members do wear cleats, but all modern-day logos are covered with black tape.
The current club consists of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Some have no prior experience playing competitive baseball, while others have college-level experience. Men and women 18 years or older are invited to participate as players.
"The barehandedness and old-school rules are a great equalizer," Stratton stated. "It kind of puts everyone on the same playing field, regardless of ability."
Home matches are played at East Goshen Park, and games are free to attend by spectators. "We play on an open expanse of grass," said Stratton. "There are canvas bags or sacks for bases. We fill ours with rubber chips. Traditionally they filled them with sawdust."
He noted that old-fashioned baseball also has its own lingo. "Players are called ballists; the batter is called the striker," Stratton said. "They don't call them outs; they call them hands. Fielders will say two hands down (meaning there are two outs)."
Since the team formed, the club has improved its level of play. "Our first year we were learning the game and getting used to it. Our first season we only had three or four wins out of 25 games," Stratton stated. "At one point last year, we won 10 in a row.
"It's more about educating the public, having fun and getting the exercise," he added. "It's fun to win, but we love getting out there and playing the game."
In addition to players, the team is also recruiting umpires and scorekeepers. "The historically accurate way to keep score is (to record) if someone scores an out or a run," he pointed out. "We do keep a modern tally of the score for our own record keeping."
Team players are asked to pay a fee to participate. Full- and part-time memberships are offered. "As the year goes on and people get busy and go on vacation, we need reinforcements," Stratton said. "The more people we get out, the better."
He also encourages non-players to check out a game. "(It's for anyone) who appreciates baseball and history," Stratton added. "It looks like a baseball game, but slightly different."
For more information, readers may email email@example.com or visit www.brandywinebbc.org or www.facebook.com/BrandywineBBC.
Cheerleading Teams Earn Honors February 8, 2018
Cheerleaders from LA All Stars earned honors at Epic Brands Under Armour Tour event at the Lancaster Convention Center on Jan. 27. More than 100 teams participated.
Results from the competition include the Starbursts, first place; Shimmer, first place and Grand Champions of Level 1 Prep; Starlites, first place, Grand Champions of Level 2 Prep and bid to U.S. Finals; Starstruck, first place; Showstoppers, first place, Grand Champions of Level 1; Stardom, first place; Legends, first place; Legacy, second place; and Icons, first place and bid to U.S. Finals.
Mrakovich Will Compete At Daytona February 1, 2018
Tony Mrakovich has teamed up with Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing to run the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.
Mrakovich, a native of Elizabethtown, made his ARCA Racing Series stock car debut in April 2017 after spending the early years of his career competing in Karting and Legends throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He finished eighth in his first ARCA start at Nashville and followed it up with a ninth-place finish at Salem. A few weeks later, Mrakovich joined Fast Track Racing and finished 15th at Pocono Raceway.
The race will begin at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Live timing, scoring and and a chat board is available at arcaracing.com.
Soccer Club Posts Registration January 24, 2018
Conestoga Valley (CV) Youth Soccer Club has announced that spring soccer registration will be open until Saturday, Feb. 24. The club is open to boys and girls (U6-U19) who reside in the CV School District and is designed to teach basic and advanced soccer skills. Practices will begin around the second half of March. Games will be played on weekends in April and May.
To register, readers may visit www.cvysc.org. For more information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheerleading Team Places Third January 19, 2018
The Kutztown University (KU) cheerleading team placed third in the NCAA Division II Small Coed Division on Jan. 13 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. It was the highest finish in program history.
The team includes Brooke Zerphey of Elizabethtown and Ashley Kahl of Dallastown.
Kutztown competed against 11 teams in the semifinal round. Of those 11, six advanced to the final round. KU made it through with zero deductions.
In addition, the team preformed a routine in the first-ever Game Day Division of UCA College Nationals, earning another top-10 national ranking.
KU Cheer last made it to finals in 2015, while also placing fourth in 2012.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Soccer Team Wins Tournament December 1, 2017
The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) Youth Soccer U12 Boys Travel team went undefeated this fall season after an undefeated spring 2017 season. They were crowned champions at the Lanco League Travel Tournament on Nov. 4 where they went undefeated as well. They had a record of 18-0-1.
The team members attend school at L-S, Penn Manor, Solanco, and St. Anne's.
Horse Show Results Posted November 30, 2017
Crescendo Training Centre in Ephrata has posted the results of its first show of the 2017-18 Jack Frost Jubilee Winter Fun Show Series. A total of 45 horses and riders competed at the show on Nov. 18 and 19.
Many different disciplines were offered, including Dressage and Western Dressage, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Pleasure, Hunter Over Fences, English Equitation and Pleasure, Open Leadline, Games and Gymkhana. Amanda Krall of Lebanon was the judge for both days of the show. Alexis Clelan-Liskey judged the huge turnout in the hunter over fences division. Exhibitors earned double points.
November's show included 44 dressage rides, 142 hunter over fences trips, 26 western entries, 39 English entries and 53 in gymkhana/games. A drawing was held to benefit the Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center in Leola.
The series includes one show per month, November through March. The dates of the remainder of the shows will take place on Dec. 9 and 10, 2017; Jan. 20 and 21, Feb. 10 and 11, and March 10 and 11, 2018. The judge for the December and March's shows will be Clelan-Liskey. January's show will be adjudicated by Darcy Miller, with February's judge to be announced.
High Point Standing are as follows, and high point awards will be given out at the March show; participants must be present to win their awards.
Dressage: Champion: EAF Kidmann+ and Beth Dinich with 56 points; Reserve(s): Levi Smartchic+/ and Teresa Grogan and Ladies Man and Alexa Weidner are tied with 32 points.
Walk/Trot/Jog: Champion: Blackberry Pearl and Rebecca Danko with 102 points; Reserve: Big Stars Design and Dustin Bowles with 88 points; Third: EAF Kidmann+/ and Taylor Richard with 32 points.
Hunter Over Fences: Champion: My Quest and Jess Confer with 170 points; Reserve: O'Riley Rocket and Wendy Bowles with 102 points; Third: O'Riley Rocket and Dustin Bowles with 76 points.
Leadline: Co-Champions: Blackberry Pearl and Ben Gruber and Royal Chaos and Brighton Renninger both with 22 points.
English: Champion: EAF Kidmann+ and Kylie Hodge with 50 points; Reserve: O'Riley Rocket and Wendy Bowles with 44 points; Third: Leavem Talkin and Kristen Bittner with 20 points.
Western: Champion: EAF Kidmann+/ and Beth Dinich with 64 points; Reserve: Levi Smartchic+// and Teresa Grogan with 52 points; Naaquinos San Peppy and Virginia Myers with 40 points.
Gymkhana/Games: Champion: Hammer and Rachal Gagliardi with 68 points; Reserve: O'Riley Rocket and Wendy Bowles with 62 points; Third: Morrian and Morgan DiaGiosia with 60 points.
Overall: Champion: O'Riley Rocket and Wendy Bowles with 208 points; Reserve: Blackberry Pearl and Rebecca Danko with 124 points; Third: EAF Kidmann+ and Beth Belack with 120 points.
For more information, readers may visit www.CrescendoTrainingCentre.com.
Girls Lacrosse Signups Open November 29, 2017
Registration for the Lampeter-Strasburg Youth Girls Lacrosse Club spring 2018 season is open. Interested players may register at www.lsyouthgirlslax.weebly.com. Teams are available for girls in grades seven and eight, grades five and six, and grades two to four.
No experience is necessary. Players of all skill and experience levels are encouraged to play. Some lacrosse sticks and goggles are available to borrow.
For details, contact Wendy Kimmel at 717-917-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents of kindergartners and first-graders may also contact Kimmel.
Softball Team Earns Success November 22, 2017
The 2017-18 Panthers Select 14U Maroon team, which competes primarily in USSSA tournaments in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, has played in three fall softball tournaments to start the season.
The first tournament was the Fall Brawl in Glen Burnie, Md., in which the team went 3-1 to win the championship. In the second tournament, which supported a cure for breast cancer, the team went undefeated and won its second straight championship. The last tournament, Trick or Treat South, was cut short due to rain. The Panthers lost one game and took third place. The team is looking forward to the spring/summer season ahead.
In addition to practicing and playing games, team members aim to give back to the community. One recent project involved working at the York County Food Bank to prepare boxes of food for the elderly.
The team is based in York and consists of 12 players from four school districts, all of whom have made their school honor roll. Team members include Matti Shandlay of Dallastown, catcher and outfielder; Britt Bear of Dallastown, pitcher and outfielder; Katelyn Meli of Dallastown, shortstop; Paige Damon of Northeastern, catcher and infielder; Jolie Hoppes of Kennard-Dale, pitcher and outfielder; Kyra Shultz of Central, second base; Morgan Toot of Central, pitcher and infielder; Emily Reutter of Central, first base; Jaylin Belton of West York, catcher and outfielder; Skylar Forella of Dallastown, outfielder; Kyleigh Arnold of Dallastown, third base; and Lily Schneider of Central, pitcher and outfielder. Head coach Lou Meli is assisted by assistant coach Lanny Toot, pitching coach Dr. Dave Schneider, and bench and outfield coach Doug Arnold.