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Run/Walk Event To Support Scholarships August 3, 2017

Solanco cross-country teams will kick off the 2017 season on Saturday, Aug. 19, when they face off against Octorara and Oxford. The run at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, will benefit the Coach Art Harrington Cross-Country and Track Scholarship and the Coach Lee Rhodes Cross-Country Scholarship.

The two-mile race/walk will begin at 5 p.m. with the boys' varsity scrimmage. The varsity girls will race at 5:30 p.m., with the alumni, family and friends race/walk beginning 6 p.m. Joggers and walkers are welcome to participate in the alumni, family and friends event. Preregistration is encouraged. The alumni, team, family and friends picnic will follow.

For more information, readers may visit www.solancoxc.org or contact Coach Ausel at causel410@comcast.net.

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Yoder Earns All-American Designation August 3, 2017

Solanco's Alana Yoder recently turned in two All-American track and field performances. Yoder, who will be a sophomore this fall, finished second in the 15 to 16 age division of the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.78 at the USAFT Junior Olympic Nationals in Kansas on July 29. One day later, she clocked a 4:50.82 in the 1500-meter run and settled for eighth place overall. Fifty-one girls from across the country competed in each event. The top eight places are considered All-American performances.

Last year Yoder finished seventh in the nation in the 800 and did not run the 1500. She qualified for the national meet after winning the mid-Atlantic championship at Widener University in June and then, early in July, she won the regional championship held in Brockport, N.Y.

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Hall Of Fame Nominees Sought August 2, 2017

The Lincoln University Athletics Department is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

Nominees must have served the university as an athlete, coach, or through meritorious service. Meritorious service is designated for those individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and well-being of student-athletes, the Department of Athletics, Lincoln University and the community.

Student-athletes must be out of competition for at least five years in order to be eligible, while a coach must have served as a head coach for a minimum of five years. The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, Aug. 19.

Nominations may be submitted at www.lulions.com/sb_output.aspx?form=15. More information about Lincoln's Athletic Hall of Fame is available at www.lulions.com.

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Abrams Takes Part In Golf Academy July 26, 2017

Susquehannock golfer Kendel Abrams recently participated in the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy in Atlanta through The First Tee of Greater Baltimore.

The Drive Your Future Academy is a new all-girls' program that focuses on leadership development, volunteerism, teamwork, and the value of being active in golf. A total of 24 girls were selected from across the United States to participate in this year's academy. To be chosen to participate, athletes were required to submit an essay and an activities list as well as a First Tee chapter letter of recommendation.

Abrams said one of the biggest lessons she learned during the program was to be adaptable. Her favorite part was teaching residents at an Atlanta retirement home how to play golf.

The program also motivated Abrams to help girls through her own nonprofit organization. She noted that she has been inspired to teach girls the fundamentals of golf, the benefits of networking, and the importance of scholarships and internships as they further their education.

Abrams is a starter on Susquehannock's varsity golf team and a 2016 GameTime Pennsylvania Golf All-Star. In 2016, she placed sixth during the District 3 Class 3A championships and finished second at the YAIAA individual championships.

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Farwell Earns First Place In National Bowling Championship June 30, 2017

The members of the Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) girls' bowling team have been bowling nearly nonstop since preseason practices began in October, and all of that hard work and commitment paid off at the 2017 United States High School Bowling National Championship on June 24 and 25 in Smyrna, Tenn.

Led by coach Frank Telenko Jr., teammates Elizabeth Vuxta, Olivia Farwell, Bryanna Young, Nicole Lee, Katelyn Garman, and Abigail Chaffins spent the weekend competing against 30 high school bowling teams from throughout the country. A series of regular games and baker games whittled things down to the top eight teams, with EAHS in sixth place. The team played another three baker games and ultimately finished in seventh place for the team competition.

In the singles tournament, 230 girls participated in the qualifying round. Olivia took second place, and Telenko said that through another series of regular and baker games, the playing field went down to 115 girls, then 55, 28, 14, eight, and the final four.

Mary Orf, of O'Fallon High School in O'Fallon, Ill., earned an automatic bye into the two-player championship round since she was in first place for the final four, and Olivia shot a 245 to win against the other two girls and earn her spot in the championship round. In the final match, Olivia scored 235 to beat Mary's 211 and claim the title of 2017 Girls' National Champion.

"I was there until 3 a.m.," Olivia said. "All of my teammates were there watching, so doing it for them kept me motivated and awake."

Olivia, the daughter of EJ and Lisa Farwell of Elizabethtown, said she has been bowling with her family since as soon as she started walking. Practice is the key to success, she said, adding, "I like the person I am when I bowl. I'm more focused and patient."

In addition to the national championship, Olivia earned the district, regional, and state titles this year as a senior. As a team, EAHS claimed the regional and sectional titles for the 2016-17 season.

According to Telenko, this was the second year for the national high school bowling competition. The local team held fundraisers to make the trip more affordable, and Telenko noted that the Elizabethtown community stepped up to offer generous support through donations as well. "One lady I bowl with came to me and said, 'I'd like to sponsor two of your girls (to go to nationals),'" Telenko recalled.

The players had a blast supporting one another all season long and especially during their memorable weekend in Smyrna. They credit their coach, whom they affectionately call "T," with a lot of their success. "T is always right," said Nicole.

"T wears the same outfit whenever we win at a tournament," Bryanna noted. Telenko admitted that he does indeed get superstitious about winning and does not want to risk switching outfits in case it could affect future wins.

Telenko, who teaches math at EAHS, has coached the coed EAHS bowling team since it was established in 2005. The team is coed during the regular season; however, depending on the number of players each year, the team often splits into boys' and girls' divisions for postseason competition.

The team will lead its second annual bowling training camp on Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14, at Clearview Lanes, 1990 W. Main St., Mount Joy. The program is open to students entering grades four through nine and will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each day. There is a cost, and interested individuals may register by contacting Telenko at 717-475-7473 or frank_telenko@etownschools.org.

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Hempfield Names New Coaches June 28, 2017

The Hempfield School District Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Kendra Beittel as high school girls' basketball head coach and John Walizer as high school wrestling head coach.

Beittel graduated from Hempfield High school in 2010. During her time at Hempfield, she was known for her success in the classroom and on the basketball court as point guard. After graduating from Hempfield, Beittel attended Elizabethtown College to major in occupational therapy. As a college student, she also served as the captain of the women's basketball team her junior and senior years and was assistant coach of the women's basketball team as a graduate student. Currently, Beittel is an occupational therapist at Mennonite Homes.

Walizer is a 1987 graduate of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School, where he was recognized locally, statewide and nationally for his achievements in wrestling. After graduating high school, Walizer attended Bucknell University as an education major. During his time at Bucknell, he served as a team captain.

Walizer has more than 23 years of experience as a football and wrestling coach. After graduating from Bucknell University, Walizer returned to his alma mater as a teacher and head wrestling coach. He has also served as the head varsity wrestling coach and an assistant varsity football coach at Hershey High School, where he is currently a math teacher. For the past two seasons Walizer has been the head junior high wrestling coach for the Hempfield School District.

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New Holland Swim Results Posted June 28, 2017

Following are the New Holland swimmers who won their events in New Holland's 264-166 loss to Woodridge on June 27.

Girls: 10U 25M Backstroke - M. Parry 19.79; 12U 50M Butterfly - K. Parry 33.94; 10U 25M Freestyle Relay - M. Parry, A. Ludwig, H. Horning, J. Bills 1:08.55; 12U 50M Freestyle Relay - M. DeTrempe, I. Caramenico, P. Rideout, L. Horning 2:34.01; 14U 50M Freestyle Relay - K. Gebhard, M. Fritz, E. Hasse, A. Parry 1:58.84

Boys: 8U 25M Freestyle - M. Caramenico 20.83; 10U 25M Freestyle - C. Simes 15.75; 14U 50M Backstroke - M. Lemishko 30.25; 10U 25M Breaststroke - C. Simes 20.81; 10U 25M Butterfly - C. Simes 19.64;14U 50M Butterfly - M. Lemishko 27.59; 8U 25M Freestyle Relay - M. Caramenico, G. Reeser, B. Gascho, C. Simes 1:36.89; 14U 50M Freestyle Relay - G. Witmer, A. Horning, R. Troop, M. Lemishko 1:52.15.

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Girls Attend Field Hockey Camp June 28, 2017

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Dearing Receives Scholar Athlete Award June 26, 2017

Brendan Dearing received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Philadelphia Area Chapter's Scholar Athlete Award on May 24 at Villanova University. He and 33 other high school scholar-athletes from throughout the tri-county region were recognized for their outstanding performance in football, academic achievement, school leadership, and citizenship.

Dearing graduated from Bishop Shanahan High School this year and had attended Sacred Heart School in Oxford. He demonstrated academic achievement and was a member of the Bishop Shanahan Student Council for four years. At Shanahan, he was a two-time First Team all-conference, area, and county player, as well as a First Team all-state recipient during his senior season. He played varsity basketball, helping lead Shanahan's boys' basketball team to its first state playoff berth in 22 years.

Dearing plans to continue his education and football career at Franklin & Marshall College.

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Ober Earns Recognition June 9, 2017

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has named Danielle Ober, a 2015 graduate of Manheim Central High School, to the 2017 CRCA National Scholar Athlete Team for women's rowing. To be selected, the athlete must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher throughout the current competition year and have rowed in at least 75 percent of the spring races or raced in a regional conference event.

Last spring, when Ober was a freshman, her boat earned Temple University a gold medal in the American Conference Championships in California. As a sophomore, she earned a seat in the top varsity boat. Ober was also named to the president's honor roll by Temple University's athletics department in the Celebration of Champions in April. Ober is studying education, majoring in both early childhood education and special education.

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L-S Holds Alumni Soccer Game June 8, 2017

Thirty alumnae and current players took part in the second annual Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) girls' soccer alumni game on May 20. The players' high school graduation years ranged from 1995 to 2021.

Through donations of parents, players, and fans, the event raised $500 to help support Celebration for Life's Camp Can Do!, a camp for cancer patients. Celebration for Life is an organization founded by former L-S teacher Mariam Witmer. The organization seeks to give hope and resources to cancer fighters.

Jessica Shaub Morris was Celebration for Life's guest of honor this year. Morris is an alumni soccer player from L-S and a surviving cancer patient. The event was meant to raise funds and breast cancer awareness.

To learn more about Celebration for Life, readers may visit http://www.c4life.org/.

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McComb Chosen To Coach Aquatics Program June 7, 2017

Messiah College has announced the appointment of Katie McComb as the next head swim coach and aquatics director. McComb swam for Hershey High School and NCAA Division I University of North Carolina (UNC). She most recently has been working as an assistant swim coach and communications manager at the Hershey Aquatic Club. She will start full-time with the Falcons on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

McComb will take over the men's and women's swim programs from Nancy Luley, who coached the Falcons through their first nine years of NCAA competition. This season, Luley led the women's program to a fourth consecutive MAC Commonwealth Championship, and over her nine seasons with the Falcons, she has coached five Rookies of the Year, two Swimmers of the Year, and the Messiah program's first NCAA Qualifier.

At Hershey, McComb was a 12-time PIAA gold medal winner, including four-time champion in the 100 butterfly and three-time champion in the 100 freestyle. She was a National Junior Team member in 2007 and in her senior year was awarded Scholastic All-American honors.

At UNC, McComb's accolades included ACC Championships in both the 200 and 400 medley relays during her sophomore year and in the 400 medley relay during her junior season. She won several Honorable Mention All-American honors throughout college and, during her senior campaign, she was an All-American, finishing fifth in the 100 butterfly. She also finished 10th in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division I National Championships and was named the program's Most Valuable Swimmer.

In 2012 McComb participated in the US Olympic Trials and finished 14th in the 200 meter butterfly with a personal record and then-school record time of 2:12.16. That year, she also swam in the US Open, finishing 12th in the 200 meter butterfly and 14th in the 100 meter butterfly.

At Hershey Aquatic Club, she worked for head coach Greg Fastrich, who coached her and her younger brother, David Nolan, while they attended high school. David also swam at the Division I level in college, winning the NCAA Division I National Championship in the 200 yard IM during his senior year. He holds the current American record in the event with a time of 1:39.38.

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Students Announce College Choices June 6, 2017

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Haberstroh, Wakefield Compete in States June 2, 2017

The 2016-17 sports season ended the way it started at Columbia High School (CHS) - with Crimson Tide athletes attempting to win a state title.

The season, which ended May 27, saw two CHS athletes compete in the state track and field championships.

In each of the three seasons - fall, winter, and spring - Tide athletes represented the Crimson and Gold at the state level. In the fall, Jordan Haberstroh represented Columbia in the PIAA cross-country championships, and during the winter, both the Tide boys' and girls' basketball teams qualified for the state tournament.

During Memorial Day weekend at Shippensburg University, Haberstroh, a junior, and Joelleen Wakefield, also a junior, participated in the two-day PIAA championships after qualifying the previous week at the District Three Class AA championships.

Wakefield entered the state meet as a District 3 champion in the javelin, while Haberstroh qualified in one of her two signature events, the 3,200-meter run. Wakefield was 21st in the javelin with a toss of 105-8; Maura Fiamoncini was the overall winner with a toss of 144-8. Haberstroh was 13th with a time of 11:20.1; the top eight runners received medals.

The District 3 championships, held the previous week, served as a coming-out event for the Crimson Tide. Seven Columbia athletes made the trip to the event in Shippensburg, and all seven of the athletes brought home medals, led by Wakefield.

Wakefield, who was seeded in the javelin, brought home her first District 3 gold medal by winning the event with a throw of 111-6, three feet better than second-place finisher Lauren Brownyard of Trinity.

Wakefield also participated in the high hurdles and 300 hurdles, placing fifth in the 300 meters. She did not advance to the finals in the high hurdles.

Haberstroh competed in the two distance events at districts, placing third in both behind Rebecca Snyder of Oley Valley and longtime rival Maddie McLain of Eastern York. Only her qualifying time in the 3,200 of 11:17.81 was good enough to qualify for states.

The third Columbia girl participating at the District Three championships was sophomore Tierre Jordan, who ran in the sprint events and competed in the long jump.

In both sprint events, Jordan made the medal stand. She was sixth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200. In the long jump, Jordan placed 13th.

On the boys' side, four athletes qualified for districts, two of them competed in multiple events, and all of them came home with district medals.

The best finisher was the 4x100 meter relay team of Xaiver Jackson, Ishmel Wright, Ahmad Kamara, and Yamil Rodriguez, which placed third with a time of 45.57 behind teams from Schuylkill Valley and Bermudian Springs.

In other events, both Kamara and Rodriguez qualified for the 100-meter dash, but Rodriguez was eliminated from the event in the semifinals. Rodriguez also participated in the 200, where he placed fifth. Kamara also enjoyed success in the field, placing sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump.

Of the Tide athletes who qualified for districts, just two, Rodriguez and Jackson, are seniors.

So that ends the athletic season on the hill, and with a number of top athletes coming back, next season should be another good one at Columbia High School.

The 2017-18 school year on the hill will start with a new athletic director in Karl Heimbach, who comes to the school from Maryland with an impressive resume, and a new football coach in Daryl Kyle, who took over the keys to the program last week. Kyle was an assistant coach at Steel-High. The annual inductions of the newest class of the Athletic Hall of Fame will take place in September. During the winter season, watch for details on the 100-year celebration of Columbia boys' basketball.

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Johnson Selects College May 23, 2017

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Wrestling Event Benefits VA Hospital May 10, 2017

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Tufano To Continue Lacrosse Career May 10, 2017

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Lacrosse Teams Hold Fundraiser May 5, 2017

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Cheerleaders To Take Part In "Big 33" Event May 4, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School senior cheerleaders Morgan Walters and Taylor Zerphey have been chosen to be part of Pennsylvania's cheerleading squad at the 60th annual Big 33 football game. The all-star game will be played on Saturday, June 17, at Speed Ebersole Stadium in Harrisburg and will pit players from the Commonwealth against all-stars from Maryland.

To be selected to the team, Walters and Zerphey were first nominated by their coach. Each then competed in tryouts earlier this year for one of only 68 spots on the squad. During tryouts, Walters and Zerphey were judged in various categories, including jumps, cheer, dance, tumbling, and stunts.

As members of the team, Walters and Zerphey will learn sideline cheers and a halftime routine. They will also be teamed up with Cheer Buddies, who are children with special needs, throughout the week.

Walters is the daughter of Lee and Jennifer Walters of Elizabethtown. Zerphey is the daughter of Tim and Sue Zerphey of Elizabethtown.

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Student-Athletes To Continue Careers April 28, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) recently held its Spring Sports Recognition Day. The celebration was for EAHS athletes who plan to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. Joining the athletes in the high school auditorium were their families, teammates, coaches, faculty members, and administration.

As part of the program, the 12 honorees were saluted by their coaches for the contributions each made to his or her sports program. The coaches read off the accolades earned by each student-athlete, with common themes including Lancaster-Lebanon League all-stars, team captains, and MVP awards, as well as leadership qualities.

The honorees were as follows: Charles Alessi, lacrosse, King's College; Ryleigh Edmonds, track, Susquehanna University; Elise Forry, soccer, Slippery Rock University; Talia Grynkewicz, soccer, Millersville University; Hannah Keener, soccer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Jamie Marsico, soccer, Bloomsburg University; Bri Polites, basketball, Penn State - Altoona; Braydon Shuck, soccer, Lebanon Valley College; Lauryn Six, soccer, Penn State - Harrisburg; Megan Stoltzfus, soccer, Houghton College; Nick Stoner, baseball, Bloomsburg University; and Logan Yohn, football, Bloomsburg University.

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