Lacrosse Coach Receives Honor October 18, 2017
York County's Dan China has been awarded US Lacrosse's top national youth award, Outstanding Contribution to the Game: U15 and Under. The youth game's highest honor is given to a US Lacrosse member who is a longstanding contributor to the youth game and who has had a lasting impact by supporting the US Lacrosse mission and vision.
China was selected jointly by both Men and Women Recognition Committees and was surprised with the award presentation in September at York Catholic High School among fellow coaches and regional leadership, players, alumni, friends, family, and the community.
For more information, readers may visit www.uslacrosse.org/players/youth/youth-awards.
Baseball Team Honored October 18, 2017
Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized the KAU Little League Baseball Team on winning the 2017 U.S. Junior League World Series. Dinniman invited the team to the State Capitol in Harrisburg and presented players and coaches with a special Senate citation in honor of the achievement.
The team, which includes players from both the Kennett Consolidated and Unionville Chadds-Ford school districts, won the national title after a run that fell just short of the world championship title.
Team players include Cory Burns, Andrew Tucker, Dan Kane, Nick Patterson, Louis Sharp, Joey Wolf, Jack Regenye, Levi Jones, Thomas Edmonds, Matt Haggerty, Scott Hansen, and Patrick Methlie. Team coaches include Matt Patterson, Brian Regenye, and Sean Burns.
Special Olympians Receive Honors September 21, 2017
Bobbi Jo Rhen of Jonestown was recognized as Special Olympics Pennsylvania Female Athlete of the Year on Aug. 26 at the annual Leadership Conference. Every year only a few awards are given at the conference, with only one given for Female or Male Athlete of the Year.
Rhen was nominated by manager/mentor, Joan Sechrist. According to Sechrist's nomination, Rhen's involvement in Special Olympics started when she was 8 years old. She is encouraging to teammates, and she shows them techniques. Additionally, she has a positive attitude toward sports and teammates and is friendly with opponents, wishing them good luck. She also thanks referees, officials, and volunteers. Rhen takes her training seriously, asking many questions about techniques and applying what she is told.
Rhen shares her pictures and experiences on Facebook.
Also, Rhen and Kristine Progin have received the diploma as Athlete Representative 1 from Olympics Pennsylvania's Athlete Leadership University at the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Leadership Conference banquet cap and gown ceremony. They have attended trainings and then completed three practicums in a year to receive their diplomas. Rhen and Progin are now enrolled in training for Global Messenger, which will give them opportunities to speak to the community about Special Olympics and what it means to them.
HYA Opens Basketball Registration September 21, 2017
The Hempfield Youth Association (HYA) has announced that online registration for the 2017-18 intramural basketball season is now open. Hempfield School District residents may access information regarding the program and initiate the registration process by visiting www.hyasports.countmein.com.
Programs are available for boys in first through 12th grades and for girls in first through ninth grades.
It is strongly recommended that the basketball information pages be reviewed prior to registration, as there are changes new to this coming season.
Registrations Are Available September 13, 2017
Penn Manor Rec Basketball will hold sign-ups for the upcoming season. All boys and girls from second through 12th grades in the Penn Manor School District are eligible. Registration will take place on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25 and 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Manor Middle School, 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster, and Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Marticville Middle School, 356 Frogtown Road, Pequea. There is a fee to play, which must be paid at registration time.
More information is available at www.pennmanorrec.com. Penn Manor Rec is not affiliated with the Penn Manor School District.
Rollers Will Open Season September 12, 2017
Dutchland Rollers will begin its home team season on Saturday, Sept. 16. The season will kick off with a matchup against the Bux-Mont Roller Derby Dolls of Hatfield, followed by a mixer game with local skaters.
All home games will be held at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the action will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available through Brown Paper tickets or members of the team.
In addition, Dutchland Rollers is seeking skaters, referees, and non-skating officials. No experience is necessary. Information sessions will be held at Overlook Activities Center at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 21, and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Boot camp for skaters will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. Skaters should bring their own mouth guard, and there is a nominal fee to participate.
For the latest information, readers may follow Dutchland Rollers on Facebook.
Horse Show Results Posted September 6, 2017
The Open Fun Show, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association-South Central District, was held at the Friendly Horseman's Club in Denver on Aug. 27. Participating were 32 horses and 33 riders entered in a large selection of classes including halter, Western and English pleasure, gymkhana, fun classes and dressage.
Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center was the recipient of the proceeds from the prize drawing.
The main ring judge was LizAnn Barlett. Ginny Harze and Nancy Longenbach handled the entries. Linda Manwiller processed the high point tabulations. Judy Rutt was the announcer as well as producer of the show program, and Kriss Phelps served as show manager, Gymkhana Judge and dressage scorer. Nancy Longenbach served as ringmaster for the morning classes and scribe for gymkhana, and Cindy Castaldi was the scribe for the dressage judge, Katie Weagley-Ware, and also served as afternoon ringmaster. Joe Gagliardi assisted with ring crew duties, and Kara Grube and others from Lower Hopewell Farm ran the main ring gate. Rebecca Richard was trail judge, and Rachael Wendel ran the dressage/sport horse/gymkhana gate as well as assisting with ring crew.
The high point division's results for the show are as follows:
High Point 19 and over Grand Champion: Levi Smartchic+// ridden by Teresa Grogan of Ephrata; Reserve Champion: Vasari AF ridden by Rebecca Richard of Douglassville.
High Point 18 and under Grand Champion: Chipped In Stone ridden by Heather Burkholder of Lititz; Reserve Champion: Spot Tramps Majesty ridden by Rylei Geib of Manheim.
High Point Walk-trot division Grand Champion: TRF A Trace of Lace ridden by Aspen Grube of Lititz; Reserve Champion: Pretty Hot N' Tempting ridden by Hannah Guare of Lititz.
High Point Gymkhana division Grand Champion: Cutter ridden by Rachael Weik of Lancaster; Reserve Champion: Hammer ridden by Rachel Gagliardi of Willow Street.
High Point Gymkhana Walk-Trot division Grand Champion: Pretty Hot N' Tempting, ridden by Hannah Guare of Lititz; Reserve Champion: TRF A Trace of Lace ridden by Aspen Grube of Lititz.
High Point Sport Horse/Western Performance division Grand Champion: Dark Prankster+++//, ridden by Radene Gordon-Beck of Mohnton; Reserve Champion: Altruistyk IA ridden by Kylie Hodge of Lancaster.
High Point Dressage division Co-Grand Champions: Altruistyk IA ridden by Kylie Hodge of Lancaster; and Dark Prankster+++// ridden by Radene Gordon-Beck of Mohnton.
High Point Western Dressage division Grand Champion: Levi Smartchic+// ridden by Teresa Grogan of Ephrata; Reserve Champion: Naaquinos San Peppy ridden by Virginia Myers of Enola.
High Score Dressage: Dark Tabe ridden by Kelsey Shewmaker of Lebanon with a score of 67.969 percent.
High Score Western Dressage: Levi Smartchic+// ridden by Teresa Grogan of Ephrata with a score of 75.192 percent.
Soccer Team Makes Donation August 31, 2017
In the game of soccer, getting a red card can stop a player in his tracks and even remove him from the game if the offense is serious enough.
This past spring, Sean Karpel, coach of the Donegal Thunder 07 U10 boys team, met Paul Payne, the coach of Bloomsburg University men's soccer team, at a coaches' training course hosted by Donegal Youth Soccer.
Following a friend's passing in 2009, Payne founded Red Card Cancer. Payne explained that 100 percent of all funds raised through Red Card Cancer go directly to life-saving research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
When Karpel learned about Red Card Cancer, he decided to pledge $100 for every goal scored by the team this season. One of Karpel's TransCore co-workers had recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. After hearing Karpel's idea, his company's president, Tracy Marks, suggested making it $500 per goal.
Throughout the season, players wore red wristbands at each game. At the end of each game, instead of exchanging team patches with the opposing team, they would give the opposing players a Red Card Cancer wristband.
The team scored 31 goals this season.
"I could not be more proud of my company and our kids," Karpel said. "This was a great opportunity to teach our kids the power of community, of working together for something bigger than themselves."
Karpel and the soccer team presented Red Card Cancer with a check for $15,500 on Aug. 17.
Figure Skating Classes Posted August 25, 2017
The Hershey Figure Skating Club will offer six-week classes on Thursdays beginning Sept. 7 at the Hersheypark Arena. Classes will include TOTS Learn to Skate for preschoolers from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Homeschool Learn to Skate from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., and Family Learn to Skate for people of all ages from 5:45 to 7 p.m.
Each skater must hold an annual Learn to Skate USA membership that is valid through Saturday, June 30, 2018. There is a fee for the membership. Also, skates will be available to rent for a per-class fee. Discounts are available for families with multiple skaters.
For more information or to register, readers may visit www.hersheyfigureskating.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swim Team Honors Harold Billow August 23, 2017
The Mount Joy Lions swim team recently held an event to honor local resident and World War II veteran Harold Billow. He was made an honorary member of the swim team.
Known to team members as "the fireworks man," Billow sets off a fireworks display that is presented at the end of each of the swim team's home meets at the Lions Club pool. Both home and visiting team members and spectators look forward to the display after each home meet. Win or lose, team members say that Billow makes them feel special, and they are grateful for his support.
Billow is the last living survivor of the Malmedy Massacre. He has received Congressional recognition and he has been honored by the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum and Fort Indiantown Gap. He has shared his experience as a guest speaker at Donegal High School and at veterans events, and he was a past grand marshal for the Mount Joy Memorial Day parade.
Building Character Through Bicycling Adventures August 17, 2017
"Changing lives one ride at a time" is the bumper sticker slogan for Lifecycles, and founder Lee DeRemer said that sentiment has been the organization's aim from day one. When DeRemer's nephews lost their father to cancer in 2009, DeRemer planned a bicycle trip with them as a way to spend time together and provide some of the male leadership they were now missing in their lives. They traveled 11,000 miles through Montana and Wyoming and had the time of their lives. DeRemer saw a transformation of sorts in his nephews as they took on the adventure together. "I concluded that if I could somehow do this on a larger scale, it could potentially help a lot of young men," he shared.
So DeRemer established Lifecycles, a nonprofit mentoring program committed to building young men of character through bicycling and outdoor adventures. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, trained volunteers and teenage boys set off for a bicycle ride and return to eat a meal together. Before the ride, DeRemer or another leader shares a Bible verse and word of encouragement and prays.
Approximately 50 youths and 18 leaders are currently involved in Lifecycles. Everyone splits into five teams based on ability level, and each group travels on a different route. "Everybody's welcome. You don't need to try out," noted DeRemer. "We are here for any teenage boy." Lifecycles provides bikes, helmets, a T-shirt, and a hot meal free of charge. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up ahead of time if they would like to join a ride, and they may do so at www.lifecyclesteam.org. Walk-ins are welcome too.
The website lists a detailed schedule of rides along with the starting locations. Currently, the weekly events run from 6 to 8 p.m., with Tuesdays beginning and ending at East Donegal Riverfront Park, 551 Vinegar Ferry Road, Marietta, and Thursdays beginning and ending at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, Landisville.
Most participants find out about the program by word-of-mouth, and DeRemer said all the volunteers are men from York and Lancaster counties who are attracted to the mission of Lifecycles. "We have incredible leaders," reflected DeRemer. "Watching the leaders selflessly speak into the lives of the boys is so encouraging."
In addition to the weekly rides, Lifecycles plans a three-week challenge ride each summer. On the first challenge ride, nine teenagers and seven adult guides pedaled 290 miles to Niagara Falls. This year the group drove to New Hampshire to bicycle a route to the White Mountains.
Watching the sense of community on any of the weekly rides, but particularly on the capstone events that bring a whole new set of challenges, is a joy for DeRemer. The trips yield a huge boost in each individual's confidence as they recognize what they are capable of accomplishing, and a sense of maturity develops quickly.
"To get to see the kids laughing and celebrating their achievements and to have them ride many more miles than they ever thought they could is just wonderful," DeRemer said.
DeRemer is a retired United States Air Force colonel and lives outside Wrightsville with his wife, Marcie. He said he has been continually blown away by the way that God is at work through all the people involved in Lifecycles and the way God provides and protects. "If a boy shows up, we believe he's there by appointment and it's our job to meet him where he's at with encouragement and love," DeRemer said. "We just really are trying to be a positive force in their lives."
To sign up to participate or inquire about serving as a leader, readers may visit www.lifecyclesteam.org. Financial donations and meal contributions are also welcome.
Lacrosse Club Posts Tryouts August 2, 2017
The York Invaders Girls Lacrosse Club will hold tryouts for 2018 summer club lacrosse on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Hopewell Township fields on Althouse School Road in Stewartstown. Experienced girls' lacrosse players in graduating years 2021, 2022, and 2023 may try out. Registration will take place from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and tryouts will be held from 9 to11 a.m.
For more information, readers may visit http://www.yorkinvaders.com/ or email at email@example.com.
S3DA Archery Forms In Lancaster July 28, 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.