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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 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 Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


SYC Warriors Win Championships September 11, 2018


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.


Volleyball Team Wins Tournament September 6, 2018


McFadden Competes At Swimming Event September 5, 2018

Susquehannock High School swimmer Logan McFadden recently placed at the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championships at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. McFadden, who is a junior at Susquehannock, swims for the Warriors and the York YMCA.

McFadden competed in five long-distance events during the meet, which took place from July 30 through Aug. 3. He placed higher than ever before at the national level, earning fifth in the 800 free, sixth in the 1500 free, eighth in the 400 free, 10th in the 200 free, and 16th in 200 individual medley. It was his second time competing in the YMCA Long Course National Championships and his fourth time completing in YMCA National Swimming Championships overall. He plans to swim in the 2019 YMCA Short Course National Championships in April 2019 in Greensboro, N.C.

McFadden has been swimming competitively for four and a half years. He trains daily at the York YMCA before school and after school from 4 to 7 p.m. in addition to practices from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. He commends his Susquehannock swim coach and teacher, Brian Wingert, for keeping him motivated. Following high school, McFadden hopes to swim at a large Division 1 university.


Hall Of Fame Names Inductees August 30, 2018

Four former standout Solanco athletes and one longtime supporter of sports programs have been selected for induction into the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees include former athletes John Glackin, Richard Herr, Robert Martin, and Ronnie Perry, along with supporter Ronald Althoff. They have had a positive impact on local youths as coaches and through their leadership in the development of local youth athletic programs.

Glackin, Class of 1974, earned two varsity letters in both soccer and basketball and was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 First Team All-Star in both sports. A goalkeeper in soccer, he was Most Outstanding Player in Section 2 and was named to the Pennsylvania All-State Team. As a goalkeeper at Kutztown University, Glackin tied the school's all-time record for most shutouts in a season. Additional accomplishments include 23 years of fast-pitch softball for Peach Bottom and other local teams, serving as the Solanco boys' JV basketball coach, and serving as an assistant varsity coach for Solanco girls' basketball. Glackin lives in Mount Joy.

Herr, Class of 1957, earned three varsity letters in football, was captain of Solanco's 1956 football team, and earned all-county honors during his junior and senior years. His talents were recognized on offense, defense, and special teams. As a senior, he was named the "Ballplayer's Ballplayer." He played center on the Lancaster County Mohawks 1964 semiprofessional football team. In 1972, Herr was involved in the creation of the Solanco Midget Football program and coached the A team. In 1985, he was named to the Solanco All-Time All-Star Football Team. Herr and his wife, Norma, have been married for 60 years and live in Quarryville.

Martin, Class of 1976, earned two varsity letters each in track and football and was captain of both teams during his senior year. In 1976, Martin earned a District III Class AA gold medal in javelin and a silver medal in the javelin at the Lancaster-Lebanon meet. He coached track and field at Solanco High School for 10 years and was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1978 to 1982 and guarding American embassies in several countries. Martin lives in Quarryville.

Perry, Class of 2013, earned three varsity letters in wrestling. He was a two-time champion at the Mule Classic wrestling tournament and earned a second-place finish in districts and seventh in states. Following his Solanco career, Perry wrestled at Lock Haven University, where he was the 2018 national runner-up at 149 pounds, earned 2018 All-America recognition and 2018 Academic All-America recognition, was named 2018 Male Senior Student Athlete at Lock Haven, was a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion, and earned 2018 PSAC Wrestler of the Year honors. Perry is currently a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Lock Haven, where he is studying in the master's program for sports and exercise psychology.

Althoff, who received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a master's degree in agriculture education from Penn State University, was an agriculture teacher at Solanco from 1973 to 2003. He was a part-time bus driver for Solanco sports during much of his teaching career, and he has driven more frequently in retirement. From 2012 to the present, he has participated in Solanco athletic field maintenance and preparation. He served as the scorekeeper for varsity and JV girls' basketball from 2002 to 2012. Althoff and his wife, Deborah, live in Quarryville.

The honorees will be officially inducted on Friday, Sept. 7, during the Hall of Fame football game against New Oxford, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the football field at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.


Volleyball Team Earns Honors August 30, 2018

For the second year in a row, the Penn Manor girls' volleyball team has been named to the Academic All-American Honor Roll by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2017 team qualified by earning a cumulative grade-point average of 4.11, which ranks among the top 25 of girls' high school teams in the United States.

Eight of 13 Penn Manor varsity players earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher, including seniors Emily Cummings, Ava Dunford-Groves, Tiana Ferko, Sydney Leichliter and Mikiah Sangrey, juniors Nicole Krahulik and Erica Shaub and freshman Jordan Schucker.


Athletic Hall Of Fame Sets Induction August 17, 2018

The Columbia High School (CHS) Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 11th annual induction and reception on Friday, Sept. 7, when the Crimson Tide football team hosts Donegal, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

A reception for the Class of 2018 will be held in the cafeteria at the high school, 901 Ironville Pike, beginning at 5 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the football game. The public is invited to attend both events.

Those to be inducted into the Hall of Fame include Jerry Afari, Class of 2003; Michael Burke IV, Class of 2012; Joe Fry, Class of 1975; the late Charles Reinhart, Class of 1964; Dr. Frederick Sample, Class of 1948; and the 1975 PIAA Class B track and field championship team.

Afari won nine letters in football, wrestling, and track. In football, he was a first team selection at linebacker for three years, Linebacker of the Year in 2002, and third team All-State as a linebacker in 2003. On the mats, Afari was 105-16 and recorded 66 pins. In 2002, he set a school record with 117 takedowns. He was a first team All Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League selection, a L-L League and Sectional champion, and a District Three and Regional champion. He finished second at the PIAA Class AA championships in the 215-pound weight class. In track, he participated in the 400-meter run, 300 hurdles, discus, and 400-meter relay. On a wrestling scholarship to the University of Maryland, he was a four-year starter and team captain and a third-place finisher in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Currently, he lives in Maryland and is a detective with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.

Burke received 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. In his football career, Burke caught 181 passes for 2,662 yards and 32 touchdowns, rushed for 459 yards and six scores, and had 160 tackles, 10 sacks, and six interceptions. Among the honors he received are Columbia's Offensive Player of the Year, first team Section Three defensive back and wide receiver, and Section Three Receiver of the Year. In basketball, Burke was a team captain and first team Section Four All-Star and participated in the East-West All-Star game in 2012. In baseball, he hit .400 with 11 home runs, earning a first team All-Star nod in 2011. As a senior on the track team, he qualified for the District Three championships in the 100, high jump, and javelin. He played football on a scholarship at Villanova University. He currently lives in Philadelphia and works as a financial adviser.

Fry won three letters in football and three in baseball. He was a tri-captain of the football team in 1974. He appeared in the Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star game in 1974 and was a first team All-League defensive back in 1974. In 1998, he was honored as one of the school's all-time best defensive backs. In baseball, he was a centerfielder and co-captain in 1975. He played football at Franklin & Marshall College, where was a three-time College Division All-American and received Academic All-American honors. Fry lives in Florida, where he serves as CFO for Famous Tate's and also works for the NFL and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Reinhart, who died in March, is being honored as a friend of the athletic program and Columbia High School. The Hall of Fame program is dedicated in his honor. Reinhart played football for a year and was a commencement speaker. After graduating from college, Reinhart returned to CHS, where he spent 35 years as a chemistry, biology, and physics teacher. He was a charter member of the Tide Pride Club and Columbia Education Foundation and was chairman of the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame from its inception in 2008 through 2018. Reinhart served as public address announcer for Columbia football for 25 years and also announced track meets.

Sample won six letters in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, Sample was the first CHS quarterback to run out of the T-formation and served as co-captain in 1947. Sample's basketball teams had a two-year record of 41-5 and were Section champs in 1947 and Section and League champs and District Three runners-up in 1948. He was a catcher for the baseball team. He played football and baseball at Lebanon Valley College, after which he served as a football coach, teacher, principal, and school superintendent before serving as president of Lebanon Valley College from 1968 to 1984.

The 1975 track team, coached by Jack Yohe and Les Schoelkoph, finished the regular season with a 6-2 record and was involved in a tight team state championship battle with Solanco. State qualifiers were Mike Keiper (high jump and pole vault), Scott Zeamer (100, 200, and 880 relay), Neal Howard (300 hurdles and mile relay), Rick Bowers (mile relay), Paul Meshey (880 relay and mile relay), Terry Proctor (880 relay and mile relay), Oscar Plowman (880 relay and mile relay), and Bob Holdsworth (triple jump and long jump).

Keiper brought home the gold in the high jump, and Zeamer won the Tide's second gold in the 100. The team title came down to the mile relay, and the team of Bowers, Proctor, Meshey, and Howard pulled out the win, coming from behind in the last leg to win the gold. The Tide and Solanco each had three gold medals, but Keiper's fourth-place finish in the pole vault was good enough to give the Tide the state team title.

Committee members are Jim Smith, chairman; Karen Kuhn, secretary; and Jeff Deascenti, Mike Burke Jr., Jack Yohe, Mark Wisler, Don Arndt, Brandi Gambler, Abby Smith, and Barry Ford.


Penn Manor Alumni Soccer Game Posted August 1, 2018

The Penn Manor Alumni Soccer Game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Comet Field on Millersville Road, Lancaster. Players should arrive between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m.

Each player should bring a blue shirt and a white shirt. Participants must sign waivers prior to playing. Post-game festivities will be announced on game day.

To register, players may email or call Ryan Butzer at 717-615-7140 or Nate Acker at 717-413-4010.


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, by emailing, 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


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


Softball Team Wins Tournament June 14, 2018


Senior-Athletes Commit To Universities June 7, 2018


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.

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