First NHS senior athletes commit to colleges

by Anna Sirianni

Two New Hope-Solebury High School senior students committed to play on college athletic teams on National Signing Day, November 11th.

Cameron Costello signed a National Letter of Intent and an Athletic Grant-In-Aid Agreement to play Division I Women’s Field Hockey at Lafayette College. She was joined by her parents, John and Kristen Costello, her brother, Patrick Costello, NH-S Principal Charles Malone, Athletic Director Ted Harrington, and the NH-S field hockey coach, Gwen Smith.

Mr. Costello said that Cameron’s signing brings the family, “a big sense of relief that this process is over with…She is more relaxed.” Cameron is a four-year varsity athlete on both the NH-S field hockey and lacrosse teams. She plans to use what she learned as a New Hope Lion to help her become a Lafayette Leopard.

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Bucks Tennis continues indoors through March

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA) continues its popular low-cost county-wide community tennis programs with two more five-week indoor seasons running January through March at four locations: Doylestown, Newtown, Richboro and Quakertown.

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CRUSA U8 Girls – Intramural Champions!

The Council Rock United Soccer Association U8 Girls were Intramural Champions for the fall 2015 season, with an overall 9-2-1 record.

Pictured in front from left are Katelyn Deal, Diana Zhang, Aubrey Shaulis, and Melinda He; back row, Coach Eddie Mendham, Coach Bill Deal, Macy Laidlaw, Samantha Hughes, Amber Yuan, Juliette Mattia, Abriel Mendham, Reya Sedam, Jane Rajnic, Sophia Procaccino, Delilah Greenberg, and Coach Tim Laidlaw. Congratulations, girls!

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Lightning Fastpitch 14U team wins in Quakertown

The Lightning FastPitch 14U Elite softball team, based out of Langhorne, played their first tournament of the season in September.

The event was the United States Specialty Sports Association 2015 Fall Extravaganza, held in Quakertown. The girls took first place, and are gearing up to play in the Softball USSSA Road to Orlando World Series in July 2016.

Pictured in front, from left, are Carter Ramos, Lea Jones, Tori Yorgey, Greta Wilkinson, and Kailea Heston; back row, Coach Mike Kohler, Becca Minnichbach, Alex Lerro, Rachael Kohler, Manager Tim McClave, Hailey Sauer, Emily Mangold, Samantha McClave, Liz Tuttle, and Assistant Coach Jim Heston.

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Langhorne Legacy excels in fall tournament play

Fall Amateur Athletic Union team, the Langhorne Legacy team, has been tearing up the autumn tournament scene, winning three consecutive tourneys in the past couple of months. They won the ultra-competitive Diamond Nation Grand Slam tournament in Flemington, NJ on September 13th, won The Newtown Classic on September 27th, and won the 17th annual Elite Championship Tournament Baseball Columbus Day Bash on October 11th in Bally, PA (near Allentown).

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Northampton players selected for Little Quakers

Pictured from left are Nick Schrager and Jake Wszolek, from Holland Middle School, and Jason Schrager, from Richboro Middle School, who are eight graders that play for Assumption CYO Football and have been chosen to play on the Philadelphia Little Quakers team this fall.

Only 35 boys age 15U were chosen to play this year from the surrounding area. Nick plays fullback/linebacker, Jake plays on both offensive and defensive lines, and Jason also plays fullback/linebacker.

The boys will play in November at Penn Charter and Franklin Field in Philadelphia, and will travel to Dallas, TX in December to play.

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Cobras clinch Columbus Cup

by Matt Snider

After five years of participating in the Columbus Cup Soccer Tournament, the Langhorne Neshaminy Cobras took home first place this past Columbus Day.

“This is a great group of boys,” said Kevin Heltzel, coach of the Cobras for five years now. “They’re real respectful and hardworking kids. Everyone is just excited to come home with the trophies.”

According to Gotsoccer, the Columbus Cup is ranked 28th-best boys soccer tournament in North America, and held annually by Yardley Makefield Soccer. Competitors have ranged across the U.S. to provide some stiff competition for the boys to play against.

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Patriot FC teams win at local tournament

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    1. The Patriot FC U11 Girls team took home the championship in the U11 8 vs. 8 bracket, in the seventh annual Council Rock United Soccer Association/FC Bucks Invitational Tournament on August 2nd. Pictured in front from left are Jessica Phillips, Payton Lennon, Julia Puckett, Payten Lowry, and Katie Cressman; middle row, Maura Ott, Emma Tobias, Chelsea Bennett, Ashley Smith, Kate Thomson, and Demmi Fox; back row, Coaches Rich Thomson and Chris Bennett.

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Brendan Harte crowned Phillies Home Run Derby Champ

by Matt Snider

Brendan Harte has a few things in common with Ryan Howard that not everyone can share. He likes the Phillies, has set foot on the field at Citizen’s Bank Park, and also has been crowned the winner of a home run derby.

“It was so much fun and exciting,” Brendan said. “To spend the day there and meet a couple of Phillies was really cool.”

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Victoria Hill: Syracuse’ next soccer star

by Matt Snider

For Victoria Hill, soccer has always been her passion. With her senior year of high school on the horizon, this Newtown resident and Council Rock North student has committed to the University of Syracuse to continue playing the game she loves.

The soccer bug bit Victoria when she was young. As many sports families know, it isn’t an uncommon sight for parents to look out the back door to see their kids having a catch or shooting hoops. For Maureen Hill, Victoria’s mother, it was seeing her four-year-old daughter kicking a soccer ball around with pretty much whoever would oblige.

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