Fuhrman Earns Recognition January 11, 2019
Mackenzie Fuhrman of Elizabethtown has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team. It was the second consecutive year Fuhrman was voted onto the first team. She is also a two-time first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) honoree.
Fuhrman started all 19 games during her junior season in the middle of the field, and she finished third on Kutztown with five goals and was second with 11 assists, which ranked second in the PSAC. Her 20 career assists ranks eighth all-time in program history.
Deihm Named As Player of the Week January 9, 2019
Lebanon Valley College's Jeremy Deihm of Honey Brook was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 6.
Deihm, a graduate of Twin Valley High School, netted a career-high 26 points on 13 of 17 shooting in LVC's 77-71 win over Widener on Jan. 5. The freshman added eight rebounds in the bounce-back victory. He opened the week by scoring 11 points and bringing down five boards in a setback to Dickinson to average 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week.
Deihm is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.
Basketball Players Aid CrossNet Ministries January 3, 2019
Garden Spot boys' basketball players recently gave back to the community by helping CrossNet Ministries with its Christmas gift-giving program. The effort provides an opportunity for community members to come together to make sure needs are met and families are empowered and loved during the Christmas season. All recipient families participate in a one-day gift pickup event CrossNet Ministries. Families may pick up their gifts, wrap the items themselves, talk to volunteers, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, pick out stocking stuffers, and take their gifts home to give to their children on Christmas Day.
Garden Spot boys' basketball parent and student advocate Donna Snader was involved with CrossNet before her death in August 2018.
CrossNet is also involved in other community outreach programs throughout the year. For more details, readers may visit https://elancocross.org/what-we-do/community-programs/.
Students Will Continue Athletic Careers December 27, 2018
Two Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their decisions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the University of Delaware. In a National Letter of Intent signing day ceremony in the school cafeteria held on Dec. 12, the student-athletes made their announcements before parents, coaches, teachers and classmates.
Will Bowen, son of Jane Lightner and John Bowen, is a four-year starter on the Falcons' football and basketball teams. He was second team all-state in football his junior year and was a two-time first team divisional all-star. In basketball, he was a first team divisional All-Star and topped the 1,000-point milestone on Dec. 15. He will attend the University of Delaware to major in finance and business administration and will play football.
Mayson Light, daughter of Julie and Fred Light, is a four-year varsity starter on the girls' soccer team and is a four-year member of the winter and spring track and field teams. She is a two-time first team divisional all-star in soccer. She is a state qualifier in pole vault and qualified for districts three times. She will attend the University of Delaware to major in civil engineering and compete in track and field in the pole vault.
Student-Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent December 7, 2018
Eight Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their college decisions at an early commitment day ceremony in the school cafeteria on Nov. 14.
Ryan Kutz, son of Eric and Meg Kutz, is a four-year member of the baseball and football teams. He was a first-team Mid-Penn All-Star last season in baseball and was a two-time first-team Keystone Division All-Star. He was also a two-time first-team Keystone Division punter in football. He will continue his baseball career at Davidson College and study biology on a premed track.
Grace Day, daughter of Steve and Michelle Day, is a three-year varsity starter on the girls' basketball and volleyball teams. She was a second-team Keystone Division All-Star last season in basketball and was a two-time second-team Keystone Division All-Star in volleyball. She will attend Lincoln Memorial University, where she will major in exercise science and play basketball.
Audrey Domovich, daughter of Andy and Linda Domovich, plays field hockey and lacrosse for Lower Dauphin. She is a captain on the field hockey team and was a first-team Mid-Penn All-Star the past two years. She also was named to the all-state first team and was a national academic award winner last year. She will continue her field hockey career at William & Mary, where she will major in biology on a premed track.
Maddie Gaughan, daughter of Jim and Susan Gaughan, earned second-team all-state honors last year in field hockey and is a two-time Mid-Penn and Keystone Division All-Star. She will attend the University of Maryland, where she will major in speech and hearing sciences and play field hockey.
Caitlin Holland, daughter of Eric and Kelly Holland, plays field hockey and lacrosse at Lower Dauphin and also plays club field hockey. She was a first-team Mid-Penn Conference All-Star in field hockey and was a three-time NIT champion and a two-time festival champion. She will continue her field hockey career at Kent State University and major in exercise science and pre-occupational/physical therapy.
Katie Nalesnik, daughter of Lynn Sassaman and Matt Nalesnik, is a three-time varsity letter winner in field hockey and lacrosse for Lower Dauphin, and she was named to the NFHCA all-academic squad. She will continue her education and field hockey career at Shippensburg University, where she will major in biology.
Andrew Burkhardt, son of Michelle and Paul Burkhardt, plays club soccer. He will attend Temple University, where he will study marketing and continue his soccer career.
Ally Townsend, daughter of Lori and Tom Townsend, plays volleyball and is a three-time first-team Mid-Penn All-Star and was all-state in her junior year. She will continue her volleyball career at Towson University, where she will major in psychology and business.
L-S Football Awards Posted November 23, 2018
After officially wrapping up the season with a second-round District 3 loss to Berks Catholic, the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) Pioneers football team celebrated its 6-6 season with an end-of-the-year banquet. The following award winners were announced.
Sophomore Zac Shelley was the Rookie of the Year, and Shaw Thomas and Jake Hines received Most Improved Player Awards. Senior Cam D'Imperio was the Unsung Hero of the season, and junior Jacob Kopelman was Special Teams Player of the Year.
The Offensive Lineman of the Year Award went to Jack Eckman, with Tyler Phenegar receiving the Defensive Lineman of the Year Award.
Sophomore quarterback Sean McTaggart was the Offensive Player of the Year, and senior Gabe Frederick was the Defensive Player of the Year.
Sharing the Hustle Award recognition were Johnny Franklin and Billy Heyser. This year's Rudy Award went to J.T. Hake, and the Most Valuable Player Award winner was senior Joey Underwood.
In the cheerleading department, Jordan Graybill and Paige Kuhns were co-MVPs.
Sale To Highlight CV Classic Apparel November 21, 2018
The Conestoga Valley (CV) School District school board has approved a CV Classic Apparel Holiday Sale. The sale will take place in the cafeteria at Conestoga Valley High School, 2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster. It will be open to students and staff on Friday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Items for sale will include vintage gently used CV items such as jerseys, sweatshirts, T-shirts, cheerleader uniforms, band uniforms, athletic bags, jackets, and more. All items will be nominally priced.
More information is available at www.conestogavalley.org.
L-S Students To Continue Athletic Careers November 16, 2018
On Nov. 14, a dozen Lampeter-Strasburg student-athletes took advantage of Early Commitment Day to pledge to their schools of choice.
The students, as well as their sports and colleges, are as follows: Aaron Snyder, baseball, Canisius College (Division I) in Buffalo, N.Y.; Kelsey Kimmel, lacrosse, Penn State University (Division I) in State College; Ezra Mellinger, track and field, Duke University (Division I) in Durham, N.C.; Kristen Herr, track and field, William & Mary (Division I) in Williamsburg, Va.; Brittney Zameroski, lacrosse, Campbell University (Division I) in Buies Creek, N.C.; Noah Patterson, lacrosse, Wagner College (Division I) in Staten Island, N.Y.; Mary Peticca, lacrosse, the University of Massachusetts Lowell (Division I) in Lowell, Mass.; Abigail Thorius, field hockey, Kutztown University (Division II) in Kutztown; Austin Lauver, golf at Millersville University (Division II) in Millersville; Emma Gochnauer, basketball at Holy Family University (Division II) in Philadelphia; Brynne Baker, softball at Messiah College (Division III) in Mechanicsburg; and Paige Weidman, lacrosse at Ursinus College (Division III) in Collegeville.
NCAA National Signing Day will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.
Solanco Cross-Country Runners Receive Recognition November 16, 2018
Solanco's cross-country teams officially capped their seasons with an end-of-the-year banquet held at the DoubleTree in Willow Street on Nov. 12. Head coach Craig Ausel and his staff recapped the season and presented awards.
The Coach Harrington Outstanding Runner Award went to seniors Ben Stickler and Aubree Roop. Hannah Wheeler and Dan Keller received the Waggoner Scholar Athlete Award. Receiving the Coach Haines Golden Mule Award were Colin Althoff and Chesley Ledesma. The Coach Rhodes 5th Runner Award recipients were Nathan Eller and Sarah Snyder, while freshmen Avery Jacobsen and Halle Brown received the Solanco XC Alumni Award. Evelyn Billings was presented with the Heart and Soul Award.
The banquet opened with the announcement of Sue Thomas and Nate Spangler as this year's Cross-Country Hall of Fame Award winners presented by former head coach Art Harrington.
In other cross-country news, Dan Keller, Angel Daniel, and Hannah Wheeler were recognized as Scholar Athletes (3.7 GPA or higher) at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Cross Country Banquet on Nov. 5.
Wheeler also received a standing ovation after receiving the L-L League Cross Country Coaches Association's Courageous Runner Award for her journey the past two years. In the spring of 2016, Wheeler underwent tarsal tunnel release surgery in hopes of alleviating foot pain, but the pain spread to her other foot and hands. She began to drop things and frequently tripped because she could not control her feet. As the stress built, her body started to hurt randomly, and within months, at least one part of her body was in pain all of the time.
In 2017, Wheeler visited A.I. duPont Medical Center and was diagnosed with amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS), which is similar to figromyalgia. Wheeler returned to duPont two to three times a week for treatments.
Wheeler's mother shared, "Thankfully, through God's grace, an amazing counselor, and running, she has been able to embrace the pain as a part of life that not only acts as her stress gauge, but as an unconscious comparison of how happy times are to be cherished. A genuine laugh is a joy-filled gift that should not be taken for granted."
Last spring, Wheeler trained for and ran a marathon as a fundraiser for the children of the AMPS unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but at mile 7 her AMPS pain level kicked in and she became violently ill. Although she added 20 minutes to her previous best marathon time, she finished.
Hanna shared that at mile 13 she was going to drop out because she hurt so bad, but when she got to mile 13, she said God reminded her that the children she was running for felt pain like this each and every day.
Running still hurts her feet, and the heat and stress affect her entire body during each and every race. She runs because it is her emotional escape and because she loves to run.
Ausel expressed how Wheeler's leadership and loving spirit contributed to the team this year, and he said that she continues to teach many valuable lessons. "Her courageous spirit teaches us all to be thankful for each and every day and the joy that surrounds us," stated Ausel.
It is because of this journey and her determination that Wheeler received the Courageous Runner Award.
Soccer Team Wins Championship November 7, 2018
On Nov. 3, the Villa Maria Academy Lower School varsity soccer team won its game 1-0 over St. Maximilian Kolbe School. The win marks the repeat title as Region 17 CYO Champions for Villa Maria, the No. 1 seeded team for the AOP championship tournament. The team was scheduled to play on Nov. 11 at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.
Villa Maria Academy aims to empower young women through leadership and service in the IHM tradition.