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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.

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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 football@solancomules.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.

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Township Squads Win Red Rose Titles December 20, 2017

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Soccer Team Wins Showcase December 13, 2017

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Travel Team Wins Tournament December 8, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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 wrkimmel@live.com. Parents of kindergartners and first-graders may also contact Kimmel.

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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.

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Baseball Team Wins League Championship November 22, 2017

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School Supports Local Nonprofit November 17, 2017

Members of the Downingtown East Cougar athletics and student body presented a check to Unite for HER as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. With the combined efforts of girls' and boys' soccer, field hockey, and football teams, along with cheerleaders, the school raised $6,500 through a variety of fundraisers and Pink Games. For the first time, a home football game, held on Oct. 13, was designated a Pink Out.

Unite for HER is a local nonprofit committed to helping women diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their way through treatment by providing complementary therapies designed to promote physical and emotional wellness. Its goal is to be a continued resource and support system for those affected by breast cancer.

All of the money raised will go directly to breast cancer patients and their families within the organization's 22 partnering hospitals and cancer centers. Based upon dollars raised through the school events, the organization will award a grant to a staff member or family at Downingtown East High School immediately affected by breast cancer.

For more information about Unite for HER, readers may visit www.uniteforher.org.

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Soccer Team Completes Undefeated Season November 17, 2017

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Soccer Team Wins Tournament November 15, 2017

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Team Wins First Place November 9, 2017

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Roller Derby Team Posts Event November 3, 2017

Dutchland Derby Rollers will hold their next home event on Saturday, Nov. 11. All home games of the flat-track roller derby team are held at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the action starting at 6 p.m.

The Dutchland Home team will take on the Black Rose Rotten Cherries from Hanover. The second half of the evening will feature local skaters as the Freedom Fighters take on the Liberty Ladies during the Red, White, and Bruise Mixer.

For a full season schedule and ticket outlets, readers may visit http://dutchlandrollers.com. Tickets may be purchased by searching for "Dutchland Rollers 2017 Season Game #6" on www.brownpapertickets.com.

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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.

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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.

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Team Wins Championship October 17, 2017

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EBYA All-Star Teams Recognized September 27, 2017

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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.

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