Langhorne Lightning wins Suburban Travel League championship

The Langhorne Lightning 12U girls’ softball team won the Suburban Travel Softball League championship earlier this month. The Lightning won their first round game vs. the Upper Moreland Impact, and then went on to win games against Upper Moreland (in a come-from-behind 7-6 win), Middletown (10-7), and then Neshaminy (4-0). Fourteen travel teams from surrounding towns in Bucks and Montgomery counties participated in the league this season; Langhorne was the third seed coming into the playoffs. A number of the girls have been playing together for Langhorne Athletic Association since they were five and six years of age. They are all great teammates and very supportive of one another.

Pictured front row from left, Zoe Shimp, Mia Martin, Meryn Bellacima, Maria Gordon, Brynn Davis, and Noelle Wood; middle row, Sofia Shields, Caroline Croteau, Lauren Rebl, Abby Windish, Kendall Fletcher, and Christina Winkler; back row (coaches), Gianna Gordon, Bill Gordon, Bill Davis (head coach), Matt Winkler, and Joe Rebl.

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CB-CB West Hall of Fame awards athletic scholarships

On Thursday, May 26th, two graduating seniors each received $1,000 from the Central Bucks-Central Bucks High School West Hall of Fame Committee (CBW HOF) at the school’s annual awards ceremony.

Henry Hunt, CB West Athletic Director and HOF Board Member, presented the scholarships to Calvin Reichwein and Courtney Westover, both of Doylestown. The students were selected on the merits of their essays on the role of athletics in their lives. As the winners of HOF’s essay contest, each graduate will use the award toward their college expenses.

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Mojo tops at Battle of the Burbs III

The Pennridge Mojo 13U AAU Basketball team defeated the host Perkasie Knights in the third annual Battle of the Burbs held on April 16th-17th, winning the “A” division title. The Mojo was a convincing 2-0 by defeating East Side Youth Center (Allentown) and the Bensalem Chargers, clinching a spot in the final game. After an afternoon defeat, the Mojo returned to defeat the Knights.

Pictured from left, front row, Jake Stranix, Thomas Engard, Bobby Regan, Joey Ehrlich, and Tyler Zikul; back row, Coach Perry Engard, Shawn Gibbons, James Taylor, Dylan Main, Head Coach Bob Regan, Colin Monahan, Joey Poust, and coach Jim Taylor. Not pictured is Liam Huy.

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Kola Burke steps onto his ‘field of dreams’

by Matt Snider

Kola Burke always dreamed of stepping out onto a baseball diamond to play ball. Unfortunately, Kola had been diagnosed with autism, which made team sports difficult for him, due to the impaired social interaction and communication behaviors associated with the condition.

This has not stopped Kola from being an athlete. Through his time at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Lenape Valley, the 17-year-old ran track, swam, and even participated in cross-country. His mother, Maureen, described Kola as looking like a “Russian gymnast,” due in equal parts to his fit frame and his heritage.

However, when Kola began to suffer from shin splints that made prolonged running painful, he was faced with a difficult choice to make in where to take the next step in his athletic career.

“One day Kola said to me that he wanted to play baseball. I thought that was amazing,” Maureen said.

She knew of his love of the game from trips to Phillies spring training, backyard catches, and his interest in her own softball stories. “But my next thought was, ‘Where?’”

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Intramural champs!

The Council Rock Basketball Association fifth and sixth grade Girls Team was recently named intramural champions for the 2015-2016 winter season.

Pictured in the front row from left are Kate Pavlovcak, Anna Goldfarb, Maddie Deal, and Paige Doherty; back row, Adina Kelly, Carys Moore, Jennifer Bettelli, Taylor Donor, and Nandini Dasaka; Assistant Coach Bill Deal (left) and Head Coach Jon Pavlovcak (right). Assistant Coach Jenna Goldberg is not pictured.

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Lenape Valley Foundation hosting Seventh Annual Golf Outing

Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF) will host its Seventh Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 13th, at Doylestown Country Club, 20 Country lane, Doylestown.  Robert Rogala, LVF board member, of Doylestown, is the event chairperson. Registration for the outing begins at 9:30am.  An entry fee of $250 per golfer includes brunch, greens fees and cart, a cocktail reception, dinner and awards.

A highlight of the event will be a presentation by guest emcee/speaker Eric Kaplan, creator and founder of AXYSgolf.com. Eric studied with leaders in the fields of biomechanics and kinesiology to develop a more efficient swing method maximizing human motor coordination and minimizing innate physical barriers and deficits in those with Parkinson’s disease.

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CEC inducts new members into Sports Hall of Fame

The Fourth Annual Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place on Thursday, March 31st.

Former standouts Ray Sweeney ’70, Brian Townsend ’74, Adz Kozlowski ’78, Rick Burns ’83, Evelyn Edney ’85, Carrie McCarthy ’93, Shaun Kean ’01, Katie Kilker ’01, Genevieve Haney ’04, and Coach Dave Schafer were inducted in to the CEC Sports Hall of Fame.

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Yardley’s Mac Rushing named to National Junior Ultimate Frisbee Team

by Matt Snider

“When people think of Ultimate, there’s always a lot of predetermined ideas about what it actually is,” says Pennsbury High School senior James Rushing. “They often think it is just a bunch of people sitting in a field somewhere throwing around a Frisbee. It is so much more than that.”

If there is someone to talk about what Ultimate (originally known as Ultimate Frisbee) is, it’s someone who is putting together a resume in the sport like James Rushing. Called “Mac” to those who know him, Rushing is one of only 24 young men recently named to the USA National Junior Ultimate team. The team will compete this summer with 40 other teams from over 20 countries in the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Poland.

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Bucks Tennis named Premier Provider

For the second straight year the Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA) has been named a Premier Provider for tennis in the Pennsylvanian, New Jersey and Delaware region.

Thirty-four commercial and non-profit facilities and organizations were chosen by the US Tennis Association (USTA) Middle States section for providing adaptations and programs the USTA offers communities, including: 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis, USTA League Tennis, USTA Tournaments, Education and Workshops, Blended Line court upgrades, and other community outreach efforts.

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Upper Makefield HEAT are ICBA champs!

The Upper Makefield HEAT seventh grade girls’ basketball team, coached by Kari Cairone and George Long, completed their season by securing the championship in the Inter-County Basketball Association (ICBA) League.

This year’s seventh grade girls’ divisions included 25 teams from Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, and New Jersey as well.  With a tough start to the season, going 0-2 versus Springford and Upper Dublin, the HEAT then rallied to go on a 14-game winning streak. Their final opponent was arch-rival, Upper Dublin, a strong defensive presence who allowed the HEAT only 24 points in the final game.

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