Swim Team Honors Harold Billow August 21, 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 marshall 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.
Rollers Will Open Season August 16, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lacrosse Clubs Will Hold Golf Tournament July 28, 2017
Golfers are invited to enter a golf tournament to benefit the Black Knights Lacrosse Club and the Hempfield Girls' Lacrosse Club. The event will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Four Seasons Golf Course, 949 Church St., Landisville.
"Both clubs blended really nicely at the Kids-N-Trucks event, so we wanted to continue this joint venture for fundraising," said fundraising coordinator Christine Rhoads.
The idea for the golf outing came from the basketball booster club, which hosts a similar event. Rhoads hopes that golfers will also want to support the lacrosse clubs. A fundraising goal of $5,000 has been set; the proceeds will be evenly divided between the two lacrosse clubs. The clubs must pay for the use of their playing fields. New equipment is at the top of both clubs' shopping list, as the organizations offer loaner programs so that cost does not prohibit students from playing the sport.
"It does get expensive after a while (to buy personal equipment)," Rhoads said.
Both lacrosse clubs provide opportunities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to learn to play the sport and to compete.
Jase Gibbons, who is now a sophomore, expressed appreciation for his years spent with the Black Knights Lacrosse Club. "I learned basic skills really well," he said.
"It's great," said current Hempfield Girls' member Kelsea Dague. "Because it's a team sport, you get to know new people each year."
Julia Glass joined the girls' club after seeing a family friend enjoying the sport. Later, her younger sister, Siena Glass, picked up a lacrosse stick as well.
"When I watched (Julia's) games, it looked fun," Siena remarked.
Black Knights member Adam Rhoads underscored the thrill of lacrosse. "(Readers need to know) it's so fun because we need more people to join," he said.
Adam's sister, Autumn Rhoads, encouraged anyone with interest to try the sport. "Lacrosse is easy to pick up if you play other sports," she added.
Folks who want to learn more about the clubs may visit www.blackknightslax.com and http://hglaxclub.wixsite.com/hglaxclub.
Club members will help at the golf tournament. Check-in will open at noon, and play will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. Mulligans may be purchased for the scramble-format tournament. Cash prizes will be awarded to three teams with the lowest scores, and there will be several other contests as well. Other prizes may be added depending on sponsorships, Rhoads said.
The awards will be distributed during the buffet dinner, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. A silent auction will be held during the meal as well. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the awards dinner, and separate prices have been set for adults and for children age 10 and under.
There is a cost to enter the tournament, and registration forms may be accessed at www.blackknightslax.com/golftournament. The deadline for competitors to register is Saturday, Sept. 16, but sponsorships must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 18. For more information or to sponsor the event, readers may email email@example.com.
Anglers Place Second In Tournament July 27, 2017
Anthony "Bubba" Cicero, age 16, from Elizabethtown and Dusten Wevodau, age 16, from Central Dauphin, represented the Lancaster County Junior Hawg Hunters in the Bass Federation Quad State Championship tournament. The fishing event was held at Elk Neck State Park on the upper Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on July 9. Young anglers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland competed.
The Lancaster County Junior Hawg Hunters' boat captain was Barry Potteiger from Middletown. The team placed second overall in the tournament with a total weight of 16.01 pounds, and they nearly had a 5.43-pound largemouth bass. The second-place finish qualifies Bubba and Dusten for the Bass Federation National Tournament.
University Baseball Team Honored July 25, 2017
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has announced the recipients of its annual ABCA Team Academic Excellence Awards. Lincoln University's baseball team was among the 34 NCAA Division II institutions honored with this year's award.
A total of 141 four-year college baseball programs on all levels - NCAA I, II and III, as well as NAIA - were honored by the ABCA. The Lincoln University Lions were the only HBCU institution in the country to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award. Ten junior college and 70 high school programs were also honored.
In order to be honored, a college program needed to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year, and the head coach had to be an ABCA member. The GPA could not be rounded up.
The 2017 year is the second year the ABCA has presented the Team Academic Excellence Award, and it is the second time Lincoln's baseball team has been honored. Among this year's 34 programs honored, Lincoln is just one of 19 to receive the award twice. A total of 259 institutions sponsored baseball at the Division II level in 2016-17.
The Lions are also the only baseball program in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to have received the award in either of its first two years. The Lions are one of only two schools in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region to be honored with this year's award, with the other being Seton Hill University.
Nine of the 17 active players on the 2017 baseball squad have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with three others with cumulative GPA marks between 2.90 and 2.99. Rising junior Marcos Castillo leads the squad with a 3.87. In addition, 12 of the players on Lincoln's squad this year earned a 3.0 or higher during the spring semester, with eight of those earning dean's list honors by achieving a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Head coach Anthony Plá will enter his 10th season at the helm of the Lions baseball squad in 2018.
L-S Otters Claim Division Two Title July 22, 2017
With an "All In" attitude this season, members of the L-S Otters swim team turned last year's 3-4 record into an undefeated 6-0-1 mark that also left them as the Division Two champions.
"Our motto this season has been 'All In,'" said head coach Kylie Turner. "There is no limit to what you can accomplish when everyone - from the parents to the board members to the swimmers and numerous volunteers - is all in. Our record this season proves that."
The Otters, formerly Eden Manor, ended the regular season with a tie against Millersville.
"We still won Division Two because we beat Ephrata and Millersville (5-1-1) lost to them," Turner explained. "Next year we will move up to Division One.
"We've been the L-S YMCA Otters for eight years, and this is our first division title," she continued. "Previously we were the Eden Manor team. We competed in a four-lane pool in the Conestoga Valley School District. The Otters are predominately L-S swimmers now."
Turner and her three assistants - Megan Brubaker, Colin Anderson, and Karisa Turner - all grew up swimming for the Eden Manor team.
"I swam for 12 years with Eden Manor," said Turner. "We won the Division Two title in 2004. I was 9 years old. It's awesome to see our program rebuilding back into the competitive team it was a number of years ago."
The 145-member team, with members ranging in age from 5 to 18, has the opportunity to practice twice on Mondays through Fridays. "Some kids come to both practices," said Turner. "They have worked hard this summer to reach their potential, and it shows with our success."
The Otters are one of about 25 teams that make up the Lancaster County Summer Swim League.
"The league has been in existence for 50-plus years," noted Turner.
The Otters defeated the Ephrata Tidal Waves 234-193 on July 13.
Event winners include the following: 25-Meter Freestyle: Matthew Rota (9-10); 50-Meter Freestyle: Ashley Prouse (11-12), Breanna Fluhr (13-14), Catherine Horner, and Clint Wilson (15-18); 25-Meter Backstroke: Lilah Schwartz (8U), Jack Ross (9-10); 50-Meter Backstroke: Grace Schonour (11-12), Breanna Fluhr (13-14), Catherine Horner, Clint Wilson (15-18); 25-Meter Breaststroke: Avary Weiler (8U), Jack Ross, Piper Lazar (9-10); 50-Meter Breaststroke: Grace Schonour (11-12), Elizabeth Horner (13-14), Lexington Wagner, and Maximus Cummings (15-18); 25-Meter Butterfly: Matthew Rota (9-10); 50-Meter Butterfly: Ashley Prouse (11-12), Elizabeth Horner, and Owen Degenhard (13-14); 100-Meter Freestyle Relay: Willow Lazar, Lynae Weis, Avery Planck, and Lilah Schwartz (8U); Isaiah Shenk, Cole Myer, Cole Shehan, and Austin Evans (8U); and Chase Lauver, Preston Schonour, Jack Ross, and Matthew Rota (9-10); and 200-Meter Freestyle Relay: Chase Eckman, Quinn Degenhard, Josh Heisey, and Christian Rota (11-12); Elizabeth Horner, Emma Kury, Jessica Heisey, and Breanna Fluhr (13-14); Owen Degehard, Berkeley Wagner, Matthew Logan, and Nathan Eberly (13-14); Hailey Welchans, Abby Nagle, Lexington Wagner, and Catherine Horner (15-18); and Matthew Dougherty, Nathan Tobler, Everett Honert, and Clint Wilson (15-18).
The Otters concluded the regular season on July 18 where they settled for a 215-215 tie with the Millersville Sea Lions.
Event winners include the following: 25-Yard Freestyle: Avery Planck (8U), Ryann Logan, and Jack Ross (9-10); 50-Yard Freestyle: Breanna Fluhr (13-14) and Catherine Horner (15-18); 25-Yard Backstroke: Willow Lazar, Isaiah Shenk (8U), and Jack Ross (9-10); 50-Yard Backstroke: Grace Schonour (11-12), Breanna Fluhr (13-14), and Colin Anderson (15-18); 25-Yard Breaststroke: Avary Weiler (8U) and Jack Ross (9-10); 50-Yard Breaststroke: Quin Degenhard (11-12) and Elizabeth Horner (13-14); 25-Yard Butterfly: Matthew Rota (9-10) and Slayton York (9-10); 50-Yard Butterfly: Kara Scranton (11-12), Elizabeth Horner (13-14), and Colin Anderson (15-18); 100-Yard Freestyle Relay: Willow Lazar, Sora Anderson, Caroline Aungst, and Avery Planck (8U) and Ashton Reese, Stewart Geiser, Jacob Poyer, and Matthew Rota (9-10); and 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Ryan Smecker, Aiden Paterson, Kyle Spaulding, and Slayton York (11-12); Jessica Heisey, Ellie Parido, Emma Kury, and Breanna Fluhr (13-14); and Matthew Dougherty, Everett Honert, Avery Barton, and Colin Anderson (15-18).
"Faith At The Ballpark" Slated July 20, 2017
Faith at the Ballpark, featuring Bible2School, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Men of Iron, will take place during the Lancaster Barnstormers game on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at the team's home stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.
Children who register for Bible2School before Monday, July 31, will receive a free ticket voucher for the game while supplies last and will be entered into a drawing to throw out the first pitch. Bible2School students attending the game may stand with the players during the national anthem. At the organization's table, attendees may play a game and win a prize.
For Bible2School, registered children are picked up at their school once a week and transported to a local church, community center, or business for a Bible class before returning to school.
To register for Bible2School, visit www.bible2school.com/get-involved/student-registration/.
Lacrosse Camp Scheduled July 20, 2017
A lacrosse camp will be held at Cedar Crest High School, 115 East Evergreen Road, Lebanon, at Turtle Field from Monday to Friday, July 31 to Aug. 4, rain or shine. Seventh- and eighth-graders will attend from 9 to 11 a.m., and ninth- through 12th-graders will attend from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There is a fee to participate. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To register, readers may contact Claudia Ovchinnikoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-413-0777 by Friday, July 28.
Aco Selected To Soccer Program July 20, 2017
Penn Legacy has announced that Nicte Aco has been selected for one of the 32 spots for the generation adidas international Olympique Lyonnais Select Program. She will travel to Lyon, France, to train with Olympique Lyonnais Academy coaches.
Each year, the top adidas youth soccer clubs nationwide have the exclusive opportunity to nominate players and coaches to participate in the generation adidas international Select program. A total of 96 players have been invited to train this August at Real Madrid Foundation, A.F.C. Ajax, and Olympique Lyonnais.
Aco is 16 years old and plays for Penn Legacy. She anticipates developing her soccer skills and gaining knowledge. Olympique Lyonnais' trophies include 15 Division 1 Feminine titles, nine Coupe de France Feminine titles, and three Women's Champion's League titles. In addition to being trained by Olympique Lyonnais academy coaches, Aco will play in international friendly matches against Academy teams and receive individual evaluation from Olympique Lyonnais Academy coaches - an opportunity presented to very few American players.
For a more detailed player profile, readers may visit www.soccerscout.com/Player/nictemachadoaco/wall.
School Holds Spirit Night July 20, 2017
Resurrection Catholic School held its Spirit Night for students and families during the Lancaster Barnstormers game on July 8.
The event gave students access to the field before the game. They met and interacted with Barnstormers mascot Cylo and then formed the high-five tunnel, stretching out their hands to greet players as they ran onto the field. They also had the opportunity to stand with their favorite players at their field positions during the singing of the national anthem.
The school received a portion of ticket sales. Fireworks followed the game.
New Holland Swim Results Posted July 14, 2017
The New Holland swim team was defeated by Skyline, 189-241, on July 13. The first-place finishers for New Holland were as follows:
Girls: Open 50-Meter Freestyle, R. Gebhard, 29.03; 10U 25-Meter Backstroke, M. Parry, 19.62; 12U 50-Meter Backstroke, K. Parry, 36.00; Open 50-Meter Backstroke, M. Stone, 34.44; 10U 25-Meter Breaststroke, H. Horning, 21.86; 14U 50-Meter Breaststroke, M. Fritz, 37.76; Open 50-Meter Breaststroke, R. Gebhard, 36.69; Open 50-Meter Butterfly, R. Gebhard, 31.30; 10U 25-Meter Freestyle Relay, M. Parry, A. Ludwig, H. Horning, and J. Bills, 1:09.05; 14U 50-Meter Freestyle Relay, K. Gebhard, M. Fritz, E. Hasse, and A. Parry, 1:57.86; and Open 50-Meter Freestyle Relay, M. Caramenico, R. Fulford, S. Turoczi, and M. Stone, 2:04.14.
Boys: 8U 25-Meter Freestyle, M. Caramenico, 18.82; 12U 50-Meter Freestyle, C. Ludwig, 32.84; 8U 25-Meter Backstroke, B. Gascho, 27.89; 14U 50-Meter Backstroke, M. Lemishko, 30.24; 12U 50-Meter Breaststroke, E. Lloyd, 45.12; 10U 25-Meter Butterfly, A. Wanner ,18.15; 14U 50-Meter Butterfly, M. Lemishko, 27.77; 12U 50-Meter Freestyle Relay, Z. Delgado, P. Hasse, E. Lloyd, and C. Ludwig, 2:18.53; and 14U 50-Meter Freestyle Relay, A. Horning, G. Witmer, R. Troop, and M. Lemishko 1:52.08.
Solanco Wins 10U Championship July 13, 2017
The Solanco Black girls' softball team completed its season by winning the Donegal Rheems 10U Championship, beating the Warwick Typhoons 8-0 on June 22. Solanco finished the season 13-1. During those 14 games, Solanco outscored its opponents 105 to 17.
Holly Grube led the team both offensively and on the mound, where she started the bulk of Solanco's games. Zoey Evans made successful spot starts and pitched in relief. Both girls were supported by a solid infield, including Olivia Musser, Ella Sensenig, and Adrienne Dolan. Grube and Evans manned second base when not pitching. Hailey Stowe caught every pitch of the entire season.
The outfield was comprised of 10U rookies, including Isabella Carey, Jane Grube, Ava Martin, Gia Paredes, Kira Roark, and Quinn Wiley.
The entire team provided timely hitting and aggressive base running.
In addition to the 10U title, Solanco Black went 7-1 at the annual Molly Curtis 10U tournament, finishing in third place.
Joel Grube served as head coach. Assistant coaches included Brian Evans, Amy Grube, Andy Martin, Brian Musser, and Caley Roark. Alyssa Henretty served as a high school mentor for the team.