Baseball, Softball Camp Slated May 23, 2018
Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) will hold a baseball and softball camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily from Monday to Thursday, June 25 to 28. The camp is for students entering fourth through ninth grades; children of all ability levels may participate. The camp will be led by LCHS baseball coach Ty Book, LCHS softball coach Marv Adams, and the Crusader baseball and softball staff and players.
There is a fee to participate. Registration is required by visiting www.lchsyes.org/camps/.
Golf Tour Registration Posted May 16, 2018
The Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour (LCJGT) is open for registration.
The 2018 season will use new divisions. After its first year, which brought about highly competitive tournaments, the tour will continue with the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Futures divisions. As in 2017, players will start the year in a division based on last year's performance or play in other tournaments, but they can play their way up into higher divisions. There are also several changes for the 2018 season. Dauphin Highlands Golf Course will be added to the tournament schedule. Also, Gary Patton is the new LCJGT board president, and Jon Chronister is the new tournament director.
When registering for the tour, players may also register for one of the two rules clinic options. The clinics will review parent and player expectations when participating on the tour, as well as some of the critical rules of golf. The first LCJGT event will take place on Thursday, June 14, at Overlook Golf Course in Lancaster.
To register, readers may visit https://lcjgt.com/Public/Register.
Cheerleaders Win U.S. Finals May 15, 2018
The West Shore Shock cheerleaders recently participated in the U.S. Finals in Providence, R.I., on May 5. The U.S. Finals featured more than 25,000 athletes competing in eight cities across the U.S. Every season, teams must win a bid by placing first, second or third at qualifying events or by receiving Golden Ticket bids, meaning the U.S. Finals pays for the athletes to participate. This season, the West Shore Shock teams all won first-place bids, and three teams won Golden Ticket bids to the U.S. Finals of their choice. The teams are as follows: Lil Chargers, age 6 and under; Velocity, age 10 and under; Jolt, age 14 and under; Impulse, age 14 and under; Vortex, age 18 and under; Intensity, age 18 and under; and Blitz, age 18 and under.
All seven teams won their divisions, earning West Shore Shock seven U.S. Finals champion titles, seven golden trophies, and white champion jackets for all the athletes. The cheerleaders were scheduled to next participate in the Champions Challenge round, which means all teams in their division that won at the eight cities across the U.S. were to be judged by a panel, and the final winners were scheduled to be announced on May 23. If any teams win the Champions Challenge, they will be awarded rings.
This season, the West Shore Shock cheerleaders earned more than 37 first places, 13 national championships, and nine Grand Champion titles. They also won several specialty awards, including two Most Spirited Fans Awards, three Golden Ticket paid bids to the U.S. Finals, three paid bids to the Finale, one paid bid championship to The One, one Spirit of Excellence Award, one Best Choreography Award, and two Best Sportsmanship Awards.
West Shore Shock is part of the West Shore Youth Athletic Association. Since the association's formation in 2012, Tina Minkoff has been the head coach of West Shore Shock. This season, Minkoff and her fellow coaches, Jamie Shimko, Kathy Snow, and Lacie Winn, have been training the athletes at the PowerPlant facility in Etters five to six days per week. The coaches are all volunteers.
Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 season. West Shore Shock Cheerleading accepts boys and girls ages 4 to 18 from any area. The organization currently has cheerleaders from seven school districts. Every child who wants to join is placed on a competitive team. The West Shore Youth Athletic Association relies on fundraising and community sponsorships to fund its programs.
According to Minkoff, the organization aims to provide an environment in which children feel safe, have fun, and learn life skills, such as teamwork, communication, self-management, problem solving, resilience, and the importance of having a positive attitude and never giving up. In the future, the organization would like to have a place that is self-supported so parents do not have to pay for their children to participate.
Videos of the U.S. Finals award announcements may be viewed at www.facebook.com/WestShoreYouthAthleticAssociation/. For more information about West Shore Shock Cheerleading, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Shimko at 717-825-8768, call Minkoff at 717-215-2482, or visit www.westshoreyouthathletic.com.
Local Wrestler Wins Medal May 11, 2018
Shaun W. Scott of Millersville won his seventh national grappling medal on April 27 in Las Vegas. Scott won third place at the 92-kilogram weight category in no-gi grappling at the USA Wrestling's Grappling National Championships, which was also the World Team Trials Tournament. Scott also placed fourth in gi grappling at the 92-kilogram weight class.
This was Scott's 37th national medal. He had previously medaled in wrestling styles such as Greco-Roman, freestyle, combat, and belt, along with other grappling-type sports such as Sombo, judo, gi grappling, and no-gi grappling.
Scott has now competed in 14 World Championship tournaments. He has competed for both the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands, being a multiple-time captain of the U.S. Team in both Greco-Roman and Sombo in international and world competitions.
Scott wrestled in high school and at the University of Oklahoma, the Michigan Wrestling Club, and his own club, Team Palay.
Sports Hall Of Fame Relocates To Stadium May 9, 2018
The York County Sports Hall of Fame has permanently relocated to and reopened at the stadium of the York Revolution after several years without a home. The 126 individuals honored by the Hall are now represented on the walls of the skybox level of the ballpark.
The Hall of Fame - owned and sponsored by the York Sports Night organization - was established in 1973. Honorees are awarded plaques that are placed on the Wall of Honor.
Each year, the newest members of the Hall of Fame will be represented in a prominent location in the lobby of the skybox level. As new members are added, the previous year's members' plaques will be added to the end of the timeline along the skybox hallways.
According to York Sports Night board chair Mike Harvey, the Hall of Fame seeks to honor people with York roots who have impacted sports at local, national, and international levels. It consists of athletes, coaches, and other individuals who have achieved clear levels of excellence over an extended period of time and made significant contributions to the betterment of the York community. A committee of the Sports Night organization elects Hall of Fame members annually.
Midget Football Registration Dates Posted May 9, 2018
The Solanco Midget Football Association will host midget football registration from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, and Sunday, June 10, at the SECA Pavilion, 299 Park Ave., Quarryville.
All players must be 7 years old prior to Saturday, Sept. 1, and may not be 13 years old prior to Sept. 1. Each child's weight on the day of registration will determine the team on which he or she will be placed. Every first-year player, regardless of their age, must bring a copy of his or her birth certificate.
There is a fee to participate, as well as a volunteer fee. Discounts will be given for families with multiple children participating. The volunteer fee will be refunded if a family member volunteers one time in the concession stand. Only one refund per family will be issued. For more information, visit www.solancomules.com.
Field Hockey Clinics Posted May 4, 2018
The Manheim Central High School girls' field hockey team will host youth development clinics from Monday, May 21, to Thursday, May 24, at the athletic fields located behind Doe Run Elementary School, 281 Doe Run Road, Manheim.
The sessions for players in first through fourth grades will run from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m., and the sessions for players in fifth and sixth grades will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The clinic will focus on fundamental skills for new or returning players. The clinic will include competitions, games, and instruction. There is a cost to attend.
To register, readers may visit www.mcfieldhockey.net/youthhockey.html. The registration deadline is Monday, May 14.
Coralettes To Perform Annual Show April 27, 2018
The Hershey Coralettes team will perform its annual synchronized swimming show on Sunday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Ave., Hershey. The show, "The Coralettes' Time Machine," will feature routines originally choreographed to music from the 1920s through today's popular songs. The team consists of girls ages 8 to 18 from Dauphin, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties.
Admission will be by donation. For more information, readers may email email@example.com or call the Hershey Rec Center at 717-533-7138.
Hockey Team Wins Tournament April 25, 2018
The Central Penn Panthers (CPP) U10 A team took part in the 37th annual Hockey Valley Invitational Hockey Tournament, which was held on March 24 and 25 at the Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University.
The team won the U10 white division championship, beating the Old York Road Raiders 6-2 in the championship game. The CPP team scored 26 goals and gave up only 4 throughout the entire tournament. It is the team's first Hockey Valley championship. The Central Penn Panthers Youth Hockey organization plays out of the Regency Ice Rink in Lancaster.
DRFC Earns Triple Win April 25, 2018
The Downingtown Girls Rugby Football Club (DRFC) toured Scotland over spring break, with a full schedule including two professional training sessions and matches against Scotland's Livingston, Cartha Queens, and Melrose, birthplace of Rugby 7's, featuring seven players instead of the traditional 15. DRFC, a volunteer-run organization comprised of girls ages 13 to 18 from local middle and high schools, made history, sweeping all three matches. The triple win earned the girls their first international undefeated title since joining the tour in 2010. Previous tours included England/Wales and Ireland.
Downingtown teamed up with rugby mates from Doylestown in Bucks County and played together for the first time in Scotland. The tour included two games of 15's, with 15 players per side, and one game of 7's. The final and most challenging game verses Scotland's Cartha Queens ended 56-27, DRFC's third win in a row. The girls played through sun, hail, rain, and a rainbow during the 70-minute match, which featured two 35-minute halves. Locals explained that Scotland can experience four seasons in a day.
The games were followed by socials that included refreshments and opportunities to dance Scottish jigs. Co-captains and Downingtown West High School seniors Jana Jaran and Alex Martino, along with head coach Rich Bailey, presented the hosting teams with gifts including the DRFC team rugby crest.
The next DRFC girls' rugby tour is slotted for 2020, with the location to be determined. The regular rugby season runs through May. For more information and a local game schedule, readers may visit www.drfc.us.
Team Plans Girls' Soccer Camp April 18, 2018
The U17 girls' soccer team from Rage United Soccer Academy will offer a soccer camp for girls from Monday to Friday, June 25 to 29. A session for girls entering grades one through three will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, and a session for girls entering grades four through six will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The camp will take place at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster.
Seasoned coach Michelle Fisher and her team of U17 girls will help participants improve their technical and tactical skills, including dribbling, passing, and shooting. Training will be available for field players and keepers. Participants will practice playing one against one, two against one, two against two, and three against two. They will also play short-sided games. The camp will also explore nutrition, leadership and confidence, and sportsmanship and teamwork.
To register, readers may visit www.RageUnitedSoccerClub.com. The registration fee includes a camp T-shirt and a soccer ball. All proceeds will benefit the U17 girls' 2019 team trip to Costa Rica.
For more information, readers may contact Michelle Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.