Garber Earns Softball Honors July 6, 2018
Bri Garber, a 2016 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School and the daughter of Todd and Diana Garber of Willow Street, earned a number of softball honors this season as a member of the West Chester University (WCU) softball team. The honors are as follows: Division II CCA All-American Honorable Mention, DII CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year and First Team NFCA All-Region honors in the outfield, PSAC East Player of the Year and First Team All-PSAC honors in the outfield, First Team All-ECAC honors in the outfield, and finalist for DII National Player of the Year voted by the fans on Hero Sports.
After being 2017 PSAC Rookie of the Year, All-PSAC, and All-ECAC last season as a freshman, Garber had another strong season in 2018 as she led her West Chester team and the PSAC conference in a host of major statistical categories, including batting average, where she hit .436 on the year. Garber recorded 85 hits on the season, which sets a new WCU single-season hit record for the Golden Rams. She also scored 59 runs, which is also good enough to lead the team. Garber compiled 12 doubles, four triples, one home run, and 34 runs batted in. The sophomore ended the year leading the PSAC in batting average, runs, hits, walks (31), on-base percentage (.515), and at-bats (195).
Garber was a big part of the West Chester softball team's success as the team finished No. 8 in the nation and competed in the DII World Series. The Golden Rams ended the season with an overall record of 45-15 and a mark of 14-2 in conference play. They captured a fifth straight PSAC East regular season title prior to entering postseason play. In the postseason, West Chester went 9-4, finishing the PSAC Tournament as the runner-up before going 5-0 through the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament to capture the Atlantic Regional title and advance to Salem, Va., for the National Finals. This NCAA Division II National Finals appearance marked the second appearance in team history and the first since the end of the 2014 season
Fundraiser To Show Bobcat Pride June 25, 2018
The Northeastern basketball cheerleaders will hold a fundraiser in the Northeastern School District this summer. The cheerleaders will be available to paint pawprints and sports balls on driveways in the community. Local residents are encouraged to show their Bobcat pride to the community and support their favorite sports team.
All requests must be made by Wednesday, Aug. 1. Order forms can be obtained by visiting www.nesd.k12.pa.us, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by the Bobcat Creamery, 117 S. Main St., Manchester, or the the high school office, 300 High St.
Parade To Celebrate State Softball Title June 22, 2018
A victory parade for the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) softball team's state championship title will be held on Thursday, June 28, beginning in Strasburg at 6:30 p.m. The parade will keep with the tradition of how past L-S state championship titles have been celebrated.
The parade will consist of the varsity team, the junior varsity team, the players' parents and extended family members, members of the 2016 state runner-up L-S softball team, and members of the L-S 1994 and 2005 baseball teams that won state titles. Also participating will be Strasburg Borough and West Lampeter Township police; Lampeter, Strasburg, Willow Street, and Refton fire companies; school administration, community organizations, SWS Baseball/Softball Association, various businesses, government officials, and more.
Departing from the Strasburg Railroad parking lots, the parade will travel through Strasburg on Route 741 to Lampeter, where it will go left at the Lampeter Cafe onto Lampeter Road to Penn Grant Road and right onto the northbound route of Willow Street Pike. It will continue to the intersection of Willow Street Pike and Beaver Valley Pike, taking a right at the Willow Street Restaurant. The procession will proceed onto Route 741 East and continue to the square in Lampeter before turning left onto Lampeter Road and making a right onto Pioneer Road to the first entrance to the L-S campus.
Between 8 and 8:30 p.m., the group will end up at the varsity softball field, where the players will have a meet-and-greet with the community and will be available to sign autographs and get pictures taken. Community members are encouraged to meet up with the team after watching the parade travel through the school district.
Questions may be directed to parade organizer Tina Byler at email@example.com.
Students Compete At Archdiocese Event June 20, 2018
Several student-athletes from Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford competed at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Track and Field Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Championship Meet on June 2 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. The meet included 111 Catholic parishes across Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties.
Ryan Latsch, Jack Campbell, Aidan Dearing, Abbey Chan, Elizabeth Wolfe, and Corinne Snopkowski represented Sacred Heart at the event. Corinne, a seventh-grader, placed fourth and medaled for minor girls' shot put. She reached her personal record at 30 feet, 7 inches. Her goal in the beginning of the season was to throw 30 feet.
The Sacred Heart Saints have been represented in the meet every year since 2009. Two athletes won their events last season, and many finished within the top five in the past nine seasons. To compete at the meet, athletes must be top qualifiers in a region and then area championship meet.
Sacred Heart's track and field program includes students from first to eighth grades who train from March through May. Head coach Chris Dearing started the program in 2009. Assistant coaches have included Roger Hilaman, Matt McCarry, Joe Kelly, Mike Marks, Mike Latsch, and Kevin Schaible.
For more information, readers may visit https://shsoxford.us.
MAHS Student-Athletes Select Colleges, Universities May 31, 2018
Eight Raider athletes were recognized at the Middletown Area High School (MAHS) College Commitment Ceremony on May 29. The honorees, their sports, and their colleges or universities are as follows: Ashley Barni, track, Washington and Jefferson College; Donovan Brady, football, Susquehanna University; Thomas Einolf, soccer, Washington and Jefferson College; David Alcock, soccer, Lebanon Valley College; Ryan Hughes, basketball, Ursinus College; Matt Schopf, baseball, Hood College; Tre' Leach, football, Lycoming College; and Alex Kolish, volleyball, Alderson Broaddus University.
The spring athletic commitment ceremony is not an official collegiate Signing Day. The athletes are committing to attending the college of their choice to play their sport, but they may not have been pursued by the college or have received a scholarship. Their commitment is not binding.
Softball Team Honors Teachers May 18, 2018
The Manheim Township High School softball players held Honor an Educator Day at their game on May 7. The players honored all the teachers in the Manheim Township School District, particularly four teachers chosen by the seniors as their favorite teachers during their time in the school district.
Andrea Acosta honored Betsy Cook, who was her second-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School. Acosta honored Cook for her kind and loving heart, compassion, patience, excellent communication skills, and ability to make her class feel like a family and her classroom feel like home. Acosta said that even on tough days Cook had a special way of connecting with her students to let them know that everything was going to be OK.
Tahj Charles honored high school English teacher Judy Lepore, who was one of Charles' teachers in 11th grade. Charles recognized Lepore because of her honesty, sense of humor, and equal and respectful treatment of all students. Charles said Lepore listens to and supports her students, but she also requires everyone in her classes to respect her and each other. Charles said she learned a great deal from Lepore in the one year she studied with her.
Breeze Brown recognized Kathy Costello, her fourth-grade teacher at Brecht Elementary. Brown said Costello came to school every day with a smile on her face and had a way of making her day better when she was feeling down. She said Costello had high expectations for her students and worked with each of them to help them reach their full potential in the classroom. Brown also remembered a time Costello made cookies for the class, proving that the most memorable things in life are often the little things that are done in kindness.
Mikayla Brennan recognized Nicole Eshelman, who taught her 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. History class. Brennan honored Eshelman for her smile, positive attitude, and unique way of teaching history that makes her class fun and the material memorable. No matter what kind of day Brennan was having, she always looked forward to Eshleman's class.
Tennis Camp Posted May 18, 2018
Solanco High School will offer a summer youth tennis camp on Mondays and Wednesdays, from July 9 to 25, for students entering grades two through nine. The session for grades six through nine will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the session for grades two through five will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
There is a cost per participant. The camp is designed to teach skills and fundamentals and to allow students to play matches with other campers. Coach Annie Hammel and coach Todd Brown, along with members of the high school tennis team, will lead the camp. The registration deadline is Friday, June 1.
Youths Invited To Football Camp May 18, 2018
The Manheim Township football team, which won the District 3 6A championship, will hold a summer youth camp for youths who will be in grades two through seven in the fall of 2018. The camp will be held on Monday, July 30, through Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gene Kruis Memorial Stadium at Manheim Township High School, 115 Blue Streak Blvd., Lancaster.
The camp is organized and run by head coach Mark Evans, who was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Coach of the Year, District 3 Coach of the Year, and Eastern Pennsylvania Football 6A Coach of the Year. He will be assisted by members of his coaching staff and Blue Streak varsity players.
Campers will participate in skills and drill development, as well as games and skills contests. All campers will receive a T-shirt and have the chance to win various prizes. Campers are encouraged to bring a snack; water will be provided.
All proceeds will benefit the Manheim Township Football Association (MTFA).
Registration may be completed at www.mtwp.net under Athletics by scrolling down to Athletics Downloads and clicking on the 2018 Youth Football Camp link. Registration forms are also available at all Manheim Township School District school offices. Readers with questions may email Dona Ridley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Byers Receives Award May 17, 2018
Pequea Valley High School senior Danielle Byers received the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 Courageous Athlete of the Year Award during the annual banquet on May 5 at the Four Seasons Golf Club in Landisville.
The William "Bill" Mable Courageous Athlete Award and Scholarship is given to a courageous athlete who has not allowed an injury or disability keep him or her from enjoying sports and reaching a goal.
Danielle began playing soccer at the age of 4 at Paradise Park. By the age of 17, she had undergone seven major surgeries. The first two surgeries were at the age of 7 and took place at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City to remove a benign tumor from her left femur. She endured three additional surgeries between 2009 and 2015.
In April 2016, she was diagnosed with Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) of the right hip as well as a torn labrum. She was told that after surgery she may never run, play soccer, or perform physical activities the same as before. Hearing this only made her more determined. After spending months on crutches and wearing a hip brace as well as undergoing physical therapy, she was ready to get back in the game. Knowing that time on the field was going to be minimal during her junior year, she continued to focus on conditioning and strengthening to prepare for her senior year.
Unfortunately, after playing only a few games her senior year, she began experiencing excruciating pain in her left hip. After an appointment with the surgeon, she was diagnosed with FAI on her left hip. Determined to finish her senior year on the soccer field and not the sideline, she chose to delay her surgery and work through the pain. On Dec. 26, 2017, she underwent surgery to repair her left hip and torn labrum.
She continues to recover and is looking forward to playing soccer in college. In the fall, she plans to study in the nursing program at Drexel University. Danielle is the daughter of Kelly Byers of Paradise.
Football Team Plans Camp May 10, 2018
The Manheim Township football team will offer a Blue Streak Football Camp from Monday to Wednesday, July 30 to Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. daily. The camp will take place at the Manheim Township High School football stadium, 115 Blue Streak Blvd., Lancaster. It is open to children who will be in grades two through seven in the fall.
There is a fee to participate. To obtain a registration form, visit www.mtwp.net, click on Athletics, and scroll to Athletic Downloads.
Solanco Track And Field To Celebrate 60 Years May 3, 2018
Sixty years of anything is cause for celebration. With that in mind, Solanco's Cross-Country and Track and Field Alumni Association is sponsoring a picnic to celebrate the 60th anniversary of track and field at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, on Saturday, June 9.
The first year Solanco had a track team was 1958. Former head coach and longtime track and field assistant coach John Waggoner was a member of that team. He is probably the one person who has been involved with Solanco's program the longest. He was first a participant and then a coach, and he currently can be found as the official who starts the running events for most home meets.
"I may have been involved the longest, but Art Harrington, the head coach for 22 years, was the essence of why Solanco track was so successful," said Waggoner. "He knows all the events and what you need to do to excel in those events."
And so from the first head coach, Clyde Sweigart, to current head coach Ivan Haines (18 years), as well as everyone involved in between, the celebration will commemorate the history of Solanco's program. It will be held in the cafeteria and great hall and will open with a social hour at 4 p.m., with dinner following at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
"We had almost 200 for the cross-country celebration," noted Harrington. "We're hoping for 300 or more. A lot of the kids still keep in touch, and many from out of state returned for cross-country."
Everyone attending the picnic will receive a program commemorating the 60 years of Solanco track and field.
Reservations must be made by Friday, May 18, by contacting coach Jennifer McDowell at 717-371-3447 or email@example.com.
Youth Football Camp Announced May 3, 2018
The Penn Manor football coaching staff and players will offer a summer youth camp for players currently in grades two through eight. Camp sessions will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, June 12 to 14, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. outside the Penn Manor High School West gym, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The camp is designed to help boys continue learning basic football skills and to provide unity within the entire football program.
The camp is non-contact, and all campers will be in age-appropriate groups for drills. All areas of the camp will emphasize proper techniques, stances, starts, and ball handling skills. Basic speed training and form running will be drilled daily. Campers will receive instruction in all positions on both offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Water will be available; however, campers may also bring their own. Each camper should bring sneakers or rubber molded athletic cleats.
All campers will receive a free T-shirt. To register, readers may complete the form at www.pennmanorcometsfootball.com. Forms and payment should be returned by Tuesday, May 29, to the address listed on the form.
Wrestler Headed To Lock Haven April 27, 2018
Solanco wrestler AJ Wilson recently signed a letter of intent to attend and wrestle for Lock Haven University. In March, Wilson earned a sixth-place finish at 160 pounds in the PIAA State Tournament at Hershey.
Thomas Haines, a Solanco graduate and four-time state high school champion, will be among Wilson's teammates at Lock Haven. Other standout Solanco graduates who have wrestled for Lock Haven recently include Dan Neff and Ronnie Perry. The latter finished second in the nation at 149 pounds this spring.