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Youth Football Without the Competitive Stress

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Lancaster Recreation League Flag Football players in action.

Sponsored through a grant from the NFL “Play 60” initiative, the Lancaster Recreation Commission promotes sportsmanship and teamwork in their flag football league.

Nearly 200 young men and women came out for the league this year. The league gives children between six and twelve years old an opportunity to showcase their talents. Intramural games take place Saturdays at McCaskey East High School.

“I like football because I don’t have to sit at home all the time and I get to be with my friend,” Eagles quarterback Oliver Tongel said.

Eagles Quarterback Oliver Tongel attempts a pass during Saturday’s contest versus the Giants.

Coaches act as leaders for the players both on and off the field.

“Planning on having a good season out here and we hope everything goes good,” Eagles Coach Anthony Henson said. ” Always get your kids out, sports gets them motivated, keeps them in shape and it’s good overall health, both mentally and physically.”

Eagles Coach Anthony Henson watches the game with his players by his side.

Grouped into two divisions based on age, leaders stress fundamentals before game outcomes and scores.

With one game and practice each week, players can have fun without competitive stress.

While other sports leagues continue to increase competition, this league chose another path.

Recreation officials are excited for another fruitful year in 2020.  In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Christopher Tongel, Wetown.org.


I grew up surrounded by a family who loved sports, mostly wrestling and baseball. My dad was a baseball umpire and wrestling coach while my brother began wrestling at four years old. Being four years younger than my brother every winter of my life was spent in a gym watching wrestling matches. Most children learn how to write and do math in school, I learned how to do these by copying my dad’s managers. By the age of 6, I could do a better headlock than most of my brother’s teammates and my cross face could have probably broken a few noses.

When I entered middle school, I became the wrestling manager for the Lake Forest Spartans. From my very first day stepping into the practice room I received so many side glares and questioning looks from wrestlers and their parents. It took some time for me to realize everyone thought I was there for the wrong reasons. They assumed, since I was a female, I did not understand wrestling and I was only there for the guys. This could not have been further from the truth (and is still true to this day!). Sometimes, I know more about the rules than wrestlers or new coaches do. The whispers behind my back and glares from parents continued when I was a manger in high school. When I started looking at colleges it never occurred to me I should look for a school which had wrestling.

I attended Business Accepted Students Day at Elizabethtown College and was paired with an alumnus, Julie Eno. While we were eating lunch in the café she noticed the wrestling shirt I had on and mentioned her husband was an assistant coach at Etown. She handed me her business card and on the back wrote, “Jess, email Coach Eric Walker…I’m sure he’d love to have a manager.” Then it hit me, in college, I could change everyone’s opinion about wrestling managers and that is what I have done since my freshmen year.

Coach Walker introduced me to the team during their first-week meeting. Again, I got all the looks from the guys. The looks saying, “She’s only here to look at guys” or “I bet she is here to hook-up with us”. Over the next few weeks and until the season started I talked to the guys and showed them I knew as much, if not more about wrestling than they did. By the time the first tournament rolled around they knew I was there for the love of the sport, not to see sweaty guys rolling around in spandex. Since my freshmen year, I have become best friends with the wrestlers and talk to them about everything. It took some time, but they finally realized a female could love the sport of wrestling for more than just ogling over men.

My college experience would not have been nearly as amazing as it was if I had not been a part of the Etown wrestling team. To Coach Walker and all the guys, thank you for the best four years of my life.

Drew Rangers shoot down Juniata Eagles

A rainy day marked a dreary 2-1 loss for the Juniata College women’s soccer team. The Eagles failed to defend their home turf and fell to the Drew College Rangers. Fans crowded into Juniata’s newly-constructed Gibbel Stadium on Oct. 8 to watch this Landmark Conference game.

Prior to the match, the Eagles’ record stood at 3-4-1 and the Rangers at 4-4-1. With nearly identical records, spectators, totaling about 50, expected the game to be a close call. “They’re both talented teams,” said Jason Young, a Huntingdon resident and long-time Juniata fan. “I just hope we’re all braving the rain for something.”

As the rivals began playing, the Eagles held the clear upper hand. The ball seemed stuck on Juniata’s scoring side. In only 20 minutes of play, the Eagles had made three shots on goal. Relying on breakaways and headers, Juniata appeared to be the team to bet on. Drew continued to drag behind until Juniata forfeited the game’s first corner kick. Drew took this opportunity and scored the first goal of the game at 20:50. Drew’s Thalia Santacruz, assisted by Caroline Kelly, made her first goal of the season and lit a match under the seats of both the teams and the spectators alike. The Eagles immediately retaliated, growing more aggressive, but the Rangers answered forcefully, fighting back and maintaining possession of the ball.

Only seven short minutes later, Juniata’s Anna Kauffman made a breakaway that slipped past the Drew defensive line and landed a goal for the Eagles. At 27:02, the score was 1-1.

The ten-minute halftime did nothing to re-energize the players. In fact, as the half began it looked like neither team had practiced in weeks. Gameplay remained slow, but the athletes grew frustrated, shoving each other. The crowd amplified their own irritation as the referees ignored some fouls on the field.

With two minutes left in the game, the spectators were anticipating overtime. But, Drew’s Erin Connors, assisted by Alexis Castanheira, scored the game-winning goal off of a rebound with just 59 seconds left in the game. The Eagles did all they could to even the score in the remaining seconds, but the Rangers defended their goal and kept the ball in their possession, winning the game 2-1.

“The team really needs to work on their energy as a whole,” said Scott McKenzie, Juniata’s head coach. “There were sparks of drive, and they played well, but I’m not convinced they really wanted it until Drew scored that last goal.”

“We needed the Landmark win,” said Chris Condron, an assistant coach of Drew’s women’s soccer team. “The girls are all psyched, but, I have to say, all of the coaches thought this game was going into OT. Needless to say, this is a great win to bring home with us.”

Despite Juniata’s loss, the Eagles will play on. Their next home game is on Oct. 22 against Moravian College. Drew also goes on to face Moravian College on Oct. 18.

Legacy Sports Bar and Grill News Package


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There is a new hot spot hitting Elizabethtown that has sports fans cheering louder than they ever have before.  The Elizabethtown community is welcoming a new restaurant with  new atmosphere this town has not yet seen.  Legacy Sports Bar and Grill has recently opened its doors for sports fans and regular customers a like.  You can tell from the moment you walk into the building that this restaurant is the place to be for all sporting events.

“Yes, every Thursday and Saturday we’re going to have live entertainment.  The bands will be posted either in the internet or you could come in and see what bands are coming up.  We have a lot of classic rock, blues, jazz, blue grass, classic rock, and we had a reggae  band last night.” (Amy, Legacy Waitress)

From autographed jerseys of some of the best athletes hanging all over the walls, to certain memorabilia like bikes, kayaks, and tennis rackets, this  restaurant has really made a legacy of its own.

“The memorabilia in this restaurant takes it to a whole other level.  Its almost like your coming into a mini hall of fame.  Because when you arein here we have so many jerseys and memorabilia, things that the owners have collected over the years.  A lot of sentimental pieces to get backto the whole family atmosphere of the restaurant you’ll even see medals and pictures of the children of the families and the different sports they have excelled in.” (Amy, Legacy Waitress)

If your worried about not seeing one the six flat screen televisions hanging on the walls, its fine, there is also a massive projector screen that hangs down in the dining area playing the best sports game on that particular night.

Legacy Sports Bar and Grill packs personality and originality with an athletic- like atmosphere never seen before.

Reporting for We-town.org, I’m Jason Kelley.

Spring into the Season

Women’s volleyball is a fall sport at Elizabethtown College, but that doesn’t mean the Blue Jays throw in the towel when the weather turns cold. From early March to mid April, the team plays in a modified spring season in order to brush up on their skills, maintain team unity and just have some fun playing some volleyball.
What makes spring season different from the regular season? The fall season normally lasts about 16 weeks. The ladies practice nearly everyday of the week for 2 ½ hours a day. They play upwards of thirty home and away games and these games count towards their overall wins and losses record for the season. The spring season, on the other hand, lasts for roughly 6 weeks. The team only practices 3 to 4 days a week for and hour and a half to 2 hours a day. The ladies are working towards playing in only one tournament that does not count towards their overall wins and losses record.
The short spring season is not nearly as physically or mentally demanding of the players as the regular season is, but it is still important that they participate in it nonetheless. It gives the ladies a chance to stay involved with volleyball but at the same time keep up with school work and other extracurricular activities as the semester begins to wind down. Students at the College must maintain a certain GPA in order to participate on sports teams, so it is imperative that the ladies keep up their studies and maintain their grades even in the off season.
All the girls agree that participation in the spring season is beneficial to them as a team. This is the time where the players get to work on things they might not have had the chance to focus on in the busier fall season. Team Captain junior Kelsey Hayes said, “It’s always good to just get our hands on the volleyball again after taking a break from the regular season.” The back row players move forward and get a chance to work on their hitting and blocking skills at the net while the front row players drop back to practice their serve receive and defense.
The spring season also brings the teammates closer as friends. “I like the spring season because I get to see my friends all the time again,” says sophomore Lindsay Palm. “These girls are like my family.” First year player Erin Guarino feels the same way. “I get excited when I get to go to practice and see all my friends and just have fun,” she said.
The spring volleyball season may not be as intense as the fall season, but it looks like the Blue Jays don’t mind it one bit.

Find out more about Etown Volleyball

Watch a practice video

Listen to a podcast to find out how the ladies did in their spring tournament

Read a profile of player # 7 Kayla Timmer

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Kelly Frace
Elizabethtown College 2013