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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.

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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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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 ridleydo@mtwp.net.

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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.

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Lake To Continue Playing Lacrosse May 16, 2018

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Saylor Throws No-Hitter May 16, 2018

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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.

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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 slctrackalumni@gmail.com.

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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.

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Dormer To Continue Football Career May 2, 2018

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Hoffman To Continue Playing Volleyball May 2, 2018

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Volleyball Team Holds Fundraiser May 2, 2018

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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.

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Pilkey To Continue Volleyball Career April 25, 2018

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Wright To Continue Basketball Career April 25, 2018

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Landis To Continue Playing Football April 25, 2018

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Students To Continue Athletic Careers April 25, 2018

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Tanner To Continue Baseball Career April 25, 2018

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Mattern Selected As Athletic Director April 19, 2018

The Penn Manor board of school directors has appointed Jason Mattern as the district's new athletic director, effective Sunday, June 18. Mattern, currently athletic administrator for Prince George's County Public Schools, will replace Jeff Roth, who has served as Penn Manor athletic district since 2001.

Mattern taught social studies at Bowie High School in Maryland from 2006 to 2014 and served as assistant athletic director at the school from 2012 to 2014. He has served in his present position since 2014. He also has coached varsity baseball at Broadneck and Bowie high schools in Maryland and was a pitching coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his bachelor's degree from Muskingum College in 2006 and his master's degree in athletic administration from Grace College this year.

A native of Cleveland, Mattern has lived in Annapolis, Md., for 12 years. He and his wife, Allison, have a 3-year-old daughter, Addison, and are expecting a second daughter in early August.

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Kordaz To Continue Athletic Career April 18, 2018

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