L-S Students To Continue Athletic Careers November 16, 2018
On Nov. 14, a dozen Lampeter-Strasburg student-athletes took advantage of Early Commitment Day to pledge to their schools of choice.
The students, as well as their sports and colleges, are as follows: Aaron Snyder, baseball, Canisius College (Division I) in Buffalo, N.Y.; Kelsey Kimmel, lacrosse, Penn State University (Division I) in State College; Ezra Mellinger, track and field, Duke University (Division I) in Durham, N.C.; Kristen Herr, track and field, William & Mary (Division I) in Williamsburg, Va.; Brittney Zameroski, lacrosse, Campbell University (Division I) in Buies Creek, N.C.; Noah Patterson, lacrosse, Wagner College (Division I) in Staten Island, N.Y.; Mary Peticca, lacrosse, the University of Massachusetts Lowell (Division I) in Lowell, Mass.; Abigail Thorius, field hockey, Kutztown University (Division II) in Kutztown; Austin Lauver, golf at Millersville University (Division II) in Millersville; Emma Gochnauer, basketball at Holy Family University (Division II) in Philadelphia; Brynne Baker, softball at Messiah College (Division III) in Mechanicsburg; and Paige Weidman, lacrosse at Ursinus College (Division III) in Collegeville.
NCAA National Signing Day will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.
Solanco Cross-Country Runners Receive Recognition November 16, 2018
Solanco's cross-country teams officially capped their seasons with an end-of-the-year banquet held at the DoubleTree in Willow Street on Nov. 12. Head coach Craig Ausel and his staff recapped the season and presented awards.
The Coach Harrington Outstanding Runner Award went to seniors Ben Stickler and Aubree Roop. Hannah Wheeler and Dan Keller received the Waggoner Scholar Athlete Award. Receiving the Coach Haines Golden Mule Award were Colin Althoff and Chesley Ledesma. The Coach Rhodes 5th Runner Award recipients were Nathan Eller and Sarah Snyder, while freshmen Avery Jacobsen and Halle Brown received the Solanco XC Alumni Award. Evelyn Billings was presented with the Heart and Soul Award.
The banquet opened with the announcement of Sue Thomas and Nate Spangler as this year's Cross-Country Hall of Fame Award winners presented by former head coach Art Harrington.
In other cross-country news, Dan Keller, Angel Daniel, and Hannah Wheeler were recognized as Scholar Athletes (3.7 GPA or higher) at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Cross Country Banquet on Nov. 5.
Wheeler also received a standing ovation after receiving the L-L League Cross Country Coaches Association's Courageous Runner Award for her journey the past two years. In the spring of 2016, Wheeler underwent tarsal tunnel release surgery in hopes of alleviating foot pain, but the pain spread to her other foot and hands. She began to drop things and frequently tripped because she could not control her feet. As the stress built, her body started to hurt randomly, and within months, at least one part of her body was in pain all of the time.
In 2017, Wheeler visited A.I. duPont Medical Center and was diagnosed with amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS), which is similar to figromyalgia. Wheeler returned to duPont two to three times a week for treatments.
Wheeler's mother shared, "Thankfully, through God's grace, an amazing counselor, and running, she has been able to embrace the pain as a part of life that not only acts as her stress gauge, but as an unconscious comparison of how happy times are to be cherished. A genuine laugh is a joy-filled gift that should not be taken for granted."
Last spring, Wheeler trained for and ran a marathon as a fundraiser for the children of the AMPS unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but at mile 7 her AMPS pain level kicked in and she became violently ill. Although she added 20 minutes to her previous best marathon time, she finished.
Hanna shared that at mile 13 she was going to drop out because she hurt so bad, but when she got to mile 13, she said God reminded her that the children she was running for felt pain like this each and every day.
Running still hurts her feet, and the heat and stress affect her entire body during each and every race. She runs because it is her emotional escape and because she loves to run.
Ausel expressed how Wheeler's leadership and loving spirit contributed to the team this year, and he said that she continues to teach many valuable lessons. "Her courageous spirit teaches us all to be thankful for each and every day and the joy that surrounds us," stated Ausel.
It is because of this journey and her determination that Wheeler received the Courageous Runner Award.
Soccer Team Wins Championship November 7, 2018
On Nov. 3, the Villa Maria Academy Lower School varsity soccer team won its game 1-0 over St. Maximilian Kolbe School. The win marks the repeat title as Region 17 CYO Champions for Villa Maria, the No. 1 seeded team for the AOP championship tournament. The team was scheduled to play on Nov. 11 at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.
Villa Maria Academy aims to empower young women through leadership and service in the IHM tradition.
High School Athletes Share Stories With Children October 9, 2018
Pequea Valley High School (PVHS) athletes held their second annual Read Under the Lights event on Sept. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PVHS stadium. More than 120 students and their families attended. The goal of the event was to provide a fun, positive family experience for elementary students and families as they interacted with high school athletes who read children's stories.
Participants rotated between sports stations where athletes read children's books and got to know the families. During intermission, athletes demonstrated their sports to the attendees and invited them to participate as well. Attendees were able to practice taking shots on a field hockey net and watch cheerleaders demonstrate stunts and cheers. Members of the basketball team demonstrated how to pass a ball, and attendees practiced along with them. Every child went home with one free book.
Read Under the Lights was brought to Pequea Valley after LeeAnn Wenger, Marie Johnston, and Katie Beiler attended the Literacy Is for Life Conference in 2017. At the conference, another Pennsylvania school district shared an event called Reading Under the Lights that it held in its community. Wenger, Johnston, and Beiler decided the event was something they wanted to bring to the Pequea Valley community.
Teams Raise Funds For ALS Association September 27, 2018
The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) and Garden Spot field hockey teams joined together at the third annual ALS Awareness Game on Sept. 19. The teams raised money to support the Greater Philadelphia ALS Association in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.
L-S community member Kimberly Kurau designed a shirt for both teams to purchase and wear as their warm-up shirts for game day. Both schools' junior high teams purchased the shirts and planned to wear them for their game as well.
The 7 p.m. high school game took place under the lights on the turf at L-S. Both teams met on the field for a group picture before warm-ups. The game was a close one, and L-S won with a score of 3-1. After the game, both teams met in a circle to pray before ending the event.
Through the shirt purchases, sponsorships and fan donations, the teams together raised $1,000 for the ALS Association.
Soccer Teams Join "Red Card Cancer" Initiative September 27, 2018
Soccer teams from Conestoga Valley (CV) and the entire Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League will join forces to support cancer research. From Monday through Saturday, October 1 to 6, all L-L League soccer games will be deemed Red Card Cancer games, and fans attending those games will have the opportunity to donate to the cause.
CV boys' soccer coach Dave Hartlaub has organized the Red Card Cancer initiative for the past five seasons with the CV soccer programs, and last year he worked alongside several others in the L-L League to expand the initiative.
Proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, which is working to transform cancer medicine to detect, manage, and eradicate cancers.
School Announces Homecoming Court September 26, 2018
Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock, has announced its 2018 homecoming court. The court will be introduced during the school's annual homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 12.
The members of the court are senior students Hannah Dorr, Theresa Falzone, Jessica Fox, Kenna Hancock, Alyson Houska, Alexandra Krahl, Elizabeth Minacci, Samantha McGuire, Gillian Snader, Alaina Stomgren and Audra Thomas. An alumni reception will be held from 6 p.m. until halftime at the Dale R. Keagy Plaza, located at the Susquehannock Alumni Field House. Alumni are invited to visit the Alumni Association's registration booth to receive free gifts, including a collectable alumni homecoming button. Alumni are also encouraged to wear their varsity jackets.
Homecoming festivities will begin on the field at 6:25 p.m., and the game against Eastern York High School will start at 7 p.m. In addition, the annual Alumni Spirit Award will be presented at halftime. Last year, Southern York County School District former athletic director, teacher, and coach Chuck Abbott received the award.
Spectators for homecoming should enter the stadium at the east ticket booth. Game tickets must be purchased for admittance.
Solanco Names New Wrestling Head Coach September 26, 2018
John Little recently retired as Solanco varsity wrestling coach, ending a successful 36-year head coaching career. The Solanco school board has hired Tony Mendez as the new varsity wrestling coach.
Following graduation from Solanco and Millersville University and a brief stint as the head coach of junior high wrestling at Elizabethtown, Little came to Solanco and served as an assistant coach under Ivan Steele. In 1982, Little began what would become a long award-winning career as Solanco's varsity wrestling head coach. Little's career record is 321-164-1, and his accomplishments as coach and the achievements of many of his wrestlers are respected throughout the Lancaster-Lebanon League and beyond. While a student and wrestler at Solanco, Little was District III Southcentral Regional Champion and a qualifier for the PIAA State Tournament. He graduated from Solanco in 1974, and at Millersville University he earned Division III All America wrestling honors in 1977 and 1978. Little was also a longtime teacher in the Solanco School District.
Mendez was Solanco's assistant varsity coach for 18 years and also has two years of experience as junior high wrestling head coach. A 1993 Solanco graduate, Mendez was a wrestler at Solanco and Millersville University. At Solanco, where he was coached by Little, Mendez was a two-time qualifier for the PIAA State Tournament. Mendez's Millersville career included undefeated dual meet seasons in 1997 (14-0) and 1998 (13-0) and recognition as the Millersville University Male Athlete of the Year in 1998.
Mendez is the multi-media technology lead teacher at Solanco High School. In 2014, he was inducted into Solanco's Distinguished Teacher program, an award that honors a teacher's instructional excellence, success working with students, and professional leadership.
Penn Manor Posts Pink Out Campaign September 20, 2018
The Penn Manor community is raising funds for cancer care and research efforts through its Pink Out campaign. Fall sports teams are selling pink and blue Penn Manor Fighting for the Cure T-shirts to support the cause and will raise additional funds at special Pink Out home games. Pink Out home games will take place on the following dates: Monday, Oct. 1, field hockey; Tuesday, Oct. 2, boys' soccer; Tuesday, Oct. 9, girls' volleyball; and Friday, Oct. 26, football, cheerleaders, and Penn Manor Marching Unit.
In addition, field hockey team members will raise money through a coin drive, a bake sale, memory markers and a special game following the varsity game on Oct. 1 at Comet Field. The girls' volleyball team will dedicate time and energy to a community service project in early October in collaboration with Grace Cancer Care in Millersville. The high school MiniTHON Club plans to raise awareness of childhood cancer through a Gold Out game. The Pink Out will culminate with a dress-down day on Friday, Oct. 26, at all Penn Manor schools.
Over the past four years, the Pink Out has raised nearly $60,000 thanks to the generosity of students, staff and community members. Donations have benefited organizations such as the Children's Miracle Network, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Velvet's Totes for Hope and Help the Fight.
Field Hockey Team Sets ALS Game September 12, 2018
The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) field hockey team will hold its third annual ALS game on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L-S stadium, located on Book Road. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. The players and their opponents from Garden Spot will wear special warm-up shirts.
Proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, who passed away in January 2017 at age 44 after a five-year battle with ALS. She was the aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.
In the ALS game's first two years, L-S and its opponents, Solanco in 2016 and Cocalico in 2017, have raised a total of approximately $1,300.
Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018
The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.
In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.
Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at email@example.com or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.
Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.
Fundraiser To Support Soccer Program September 12, 2018
The third annual bingo event supporting the Garden Spot boys' soccer program will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the New Holland Fire Hall, 339 E. Main St. Doors will open at noon, and bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Prizes will include designer purses and bags.
To purchase tickets, contact Angie at 717-445-4478 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
CV To Induct Former Athletes September 6, 2018
On Friday, Sept. 21, Conestoga Valley (CV) will welcome three former athletes into its 20th Athletic Hall of Fame Class. A reception and induction ceremony will be held in the Conestoga Valley High School lobby and auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. Following the ceremony, this year's honorees will be introduced to the CV community during halftime of the football game against Solanco. The newest members of CV's Athletic Hall of Fame include James Bounds, Robert Cardina, and Tony Franciscus.
Bounds, a 1997 graduate, earned seven varsity letters while a member of the football and wrestling teams. On the gridiron, Bounds received Section II Honorable Mention recognition his junior year, was named a Section II All-Star his senior year, earned the team's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and participated in the War of the Roses Game. As a wrestler, he was a Section II All-Star his junior and senior years, won a Section Title, and finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Tournament. Following high school, Bounds played football for the University of Richmond.
Cardina, a 2012 graduate, earned 14 varsity letters through his involvement in track and field, soccer, basketball, and football. On the track, Cardina captained the team that won the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He scored numerous top 10 finishes and registered a school record of 761 career points. As the football team's punter and place kicker, he was Special Teams Player of the Year three times and a Section II All-Star. On the basketball court, Cardina captained the 2012 team, was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First All-Star Team, and helped the Bucks win an L-L League Championship in 2009. On the soccer pitch, he was a four-year starter, recorded 38 goals and 19 assists, and was a member of the Section II Championship Team. He was named to the Section II All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was Section II Player of the Year in 2011. At Penn State University, Cardina participated in the decathlon and heptathlon and was named NCAA First Team All-American in the decathlon.
Franciscus, a 1985 graduate, was a scholastic standout in football and wrestling, earning five varsity letters. As a football player, he was selected to the Second Team All-State, received the Lineman of the Year Award, and played in the Big 33 Game in 1984. As a wrestler, Tony won a Section Championship his junior year. At the University of Maryland, he earned two varsity letters.