CV's Coach Gerdes Retires January 11, 2018
Conestoga Valley (CV) head girls' field hockey coach Lee Gerdes recently retired after leading the Buckskins for more than 37 years. Gerdes began her coaching career at CV in 1981. During her time at the district, she had an unofficial career record of 298 wins, 282 losses and 49 ties. In 2003, Gerdes led the Buckskins to the L-L League Championship.
"The overall record is deceiving because for many years, we competed in Section 1 when we could have been in Section 2 based on our student enrollment numbers," said CV athletic director Zac Kraft. "Coach Gerdes never defined success for her program in terms of wins and losses; it was always about the journey and improvement."
Gerdes was named Coach of the Year several times and made an impression on her students and the field hockey community on the local, state and national levels.
Gerdes retired from her job as a physical education teacher at CV at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Now Gerdes plans to spend retirement traveling, with the hope to one day see the Hockey World Cup. Gerdes also plans to continue her scorebook duties for CV girls' basketball and softball teams.
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.
Volleyball Team Provides Christmas Gifts January 3, 2018
The Penn State Harrisburg women's volleyball team was able to aid more than four families this Christmas season through the team's Adopt-a-Family program. The team raised $1,200 in donations and used the funds to provide food items, clothes, shoes and games for the families. The goal was to provide a real holiday for people who would otherwise go without one.
Team captain Brittany Wolf said, "The community service that we do as a team is a top priority for us. We strive to do all that we can for the people who need it most. Service is something that changes our lives, not just the lives of others."
ODU Inducts Benner Into Sports Hall of Fame December 22, 2017
Old Dominion University (ODU) athletics inducted five former student-athletes, including former field hockey player Janelle Engle Benner, into the ODU Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.
Benner was a First-Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American in 2005. She also earned CAA Player of the Year and ODU Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In 2005, Benner scored 20 goals and added 10 assists to help lead the team to a Division 1 Final Four appearance. She won the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award, given to the top senior athlete at ODU, and was one of nine finalists for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year.
She graduated with a 4.00 GPA in music education and was the first violinist in the Deihn String Quartet and concertmaster of the ODU Symphony.
Benner is a 2002 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and is currently head field hockey coach at Ursinus College.
Eastern York Receives Safe Sports Award December 20, 2017
Eastern York (EY) High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletics. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
"Eastern York is honored to receive this Second Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student-athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," said Donnie Knaub, EY director of athletics.
"We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," said NATA president Dr. Scott Sailor. "This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur."
With the award, the school has received a certificate and a banner, which has been placed in the high school gymnasium.
For more information, readers may visit www.athletictrainers.org.
Locker Named All-Star November 16, 2017
Elizabethtown Area High School sophomore Katie Locker was recently selected as a Pennsylvania second team cross-country All-Star. She is the only Lancaster-Lebanon League runner, boy or girl, to be selected to a cross-country State All-Star team in 2017.
The statewide Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches' Association selected a total of 10 runners from a combination of all schools (A, AA, and AAA) for the first team and an additional 10 runners for the second team. The complete listing of state All-Stars is available at www.pa.milesplit.com.
Volleyball Teams Recognized November 15, 2017
The Solanco girls' volleyball teams capped the 2017 season with an end of the year banquet at Solanco High School. The following award recipients were recognized.
For the high school varsity team: Coach's Award - Lydia Fetterman, Heart and Character Award - Brianna Langley. Academic Scholar Awards: third place - Brianna Langley and Georgia Ewing, second place - Kara McClune, first place - Ally McDowell, Liz Mowrer, and Lydia Fetterman.
JV awards: most improved - Cheyanne Cutler, most valuable player - Nathaly Molinarez, and Coach's Award - Emma Canale.
Junior high varsity awards: most valuable player - Jada Dow, Coach's Award - Trinity Erisman, and most improved - Lindy Wilson.
Junior high JV awards: most valuable player - Chasity Reineer, Coach's Award - Jackie Peterson, and most improved - Marissa Cannizzaro.
EAHS Honors Former Athletes, Coach November 10, 2017
At a special ceremony, Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) inducted two former student-athletes and one coach into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. Enshrined were Jenna Ahern (Class of 2006), Janelle Garber (Class of 2006), and retired longtime teacher and wrestling coach Mike Sernoffsky. More than 75 people attended the event.
Ahern was an outstanding athlete in field hockey and softball. As a Lady Bear field hockey player, she lettered all four years and was co-captain of her team her senior year. She was selected as a 2003 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section I Honorable Mention. In 2004 and 2005, Ahern was a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section I All-Star. She was named an All-State Field Hockey Player her junior and senior years. She also was a 2005 Silver Medalist on the Keystone State FH Team. She also proved herself on the softball diamond as second baseman. She was selected as a Lancaster-Lebanon League Section II All-Star in 2005 and 2006. Ahern co-captained her team her senior year in 2006, and was a 2003 State Junior Olympic Champion as a member of the FORCE softball team. In 2006, she continued her field hockey career at the University of Louisville and played for the nationally-ranked Cardinals for four years. Ahern was named vice-captain of her team her junior and senior years. Upon graduation, Ahern was an assistant field hockey coach at Manual High School and helped steer the team to a 2011 Kentucky state championship, the school's first public championship since the 1940s.
Garber tallied 1,190 points in her four-year varsity basketball career at EAHS. Garber was a Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star and during her senior year was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Co-MVP. She captained her team during her junior and senior years. Garber also earned varsity letters in her four years playing field hockey for EAHS. Upon graduation, Garber attended West Chester University where she continued her basketball career and scored 1,092 points. She was named to the All PSAC East First Team in 2008-09. She was recognized in 2007-08 and 2009-10 as a Second Team All-PSAC East. Garber has coached at various schools across the Lancaster-Lebanon area. She was Lebanon Valley College's assistant women's basketball coach during the 2010-11 season. Her high school head girls' basketball varsity coaching career began at EAHS for two years, from 2011 to 2013. Garber then accepted a head coaching position at Solanco for the 2013-14 season before heading to Warwick High School in 2015.
Sernoffsky served as head wrestling coach at EAHS for 32 years. His record is 250 wins against 222 losses and 5 ties. He retired from teaching at EASD in 2016, and stepped up to take on the role of assistant wrestling coach that year. During Sernoffsky's tenure, he coached 28 Sectional Champions, 20 Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament Champions, 6 District III Champions, 25 PIAA State Qualifiers, 10 state medalists, four state finalists, and one state champion. His team won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section II title five times and in 2008 won the Lancaster-Lebanon League Team Tournament. In 2011, Sernoffsky was inducted into the District III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2012 the Elizabethtown Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sernoffsky started EAHS's junior high soccer program in 1983 and coached three different teams during a 16-year stint. He also coached EAHS boys' junior varsity lacrosse for four years.
The Athletic Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of those who have excelled in the past and inspires its youth to achieve greatness of their own in the future. The ceremony gave special recognition to outstanding former student-athletes, coaches and supporters for their athletic achievements and/or contributions to the athletic programs.
Wrestling Club Opens Registration November 3, 2017
Penn Manor Youth Wrestling Club has announced that registrations are available at www.PMWrestling.com.
The club places an emphasis on wrestling basics, building self-confidence, work ethic, sportsmanship and fun. The program will teach the basic skills required to wrestle competitively. Participants will compete against other schools' wrestlers of similar skill, age and weight in a free wrestling league.
Cheerleaders Plan Craft Show October 25, 2017
The Northeastern High School cheerleaders will hold a craft show at Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester, on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The craft show has more than 100 vendor spaces available to rent. Food will be available.
Admission is free, but the cheerleaders will accept nonperishable food donations for the Northeastern Food Pantry. In addition, the cheerleaders will accept gift cards and monetary donations to help the families affected by the Oct. 23 house fire in the Northeastern School District. A giveaway drawing will be held for only people who donate to these efforts. Anyone who gives food, gift cards, or monetary donations will receive a ticket for the drawing.
For more information and the vendor application, readers may visit www.nesd.k12.pa.us.
Golf Team Wins Recognition October 18, 2017
The Susquehannock High School golf team was recently named York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division II champions. The team also finished in second place in the league at the YAIAA Team Championship on Sept. 27.
The Warriors finished first in YAIAA Division II at Honey Run Golf Course in York, with a total score of 336. Dover High School, York Suburban High School, Eastern York High School, and West York Area High School rounded out the top five teams in the competition.
Only two golfers in the tournament broke 80. Dover High School's Logan Snyder scored a 70 and took first place. Susquehannock's Kendel Abrams scored a 78, earning the second lowest score. The Warriors finished their championship season 42-0.
The YAIAA Team Championship took place at Briarwood East Golf Course in York. The Warriors earned second place with a score of 337. Abrams, Spencer Beran, Andrew Roberts, Greyson Daviau, Brody Cain, and Tucker Stoll represented Susquehannock in the competition. Abrams tied for fourth place overall with a score of 78.
Abrams, Beran and Roberts qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District III Golf Championship. The tournament took place from Oct. 4 to 7 at Briarwood Golf Course.
Athletes Inducted Into Hall Of Fame October 13, 2017
Tracey Lynch, Katie Lynch, Meredith Chura Maher, and Jeremy Hess were inducted into the Lampeter-Strasburg Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Lampeter-Strasburg's 61-6 win over Ephrata on Sept. 29.
Tracey Lynch, a member of the Class of 2005, was a member of the varsity softball, basketball, and cheerleading teams and earned 10 varsity letters. She helped lead the softball team to back-to-back winning seasons and the team's first district playoff appearances in program history in 2004 and 2005. Tracey became the first Division I female athlete from L-S, playing softball at Liberty University. She is currently coaching at NC Greensboro.
Katie Lynch, a member of the Class of 2009, was a member of the varsity softball, basketball, and cheerleading teams. She earned eight varsity letters, was named softball MVP in both 2008 and 2009, and earned softball All-Section honors for four consecutive years, 2006 to 2009, and All-State honors for three years, 2007 to 2009.
Meredith Chura Maher, a member of the Class of 2006, earned 11 varsity letters as a member of the cross-country, basketball, and track teams. She earned MVP in cross-county in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and competed in districts all three years. She also joined the 1,000 club in basketball with 1,079 total points.
Jeremy Hess, a member of the Class of 2001, was a member of the football, wrestling, and baseball teams. He served as captain of those teams in 2001 and was named MVP for baseball. Jeremy earned nine varsity letters and advanced as a four-time sectional qualifier, four-time district qualifier, and one-time state qualifier in wrestling. He was also named an LL League All Star in baseball in 2000 and First Team All Section as a shortstop in 2001.