Tournament winners

The Council Rock Newtown Little League Eight-Year-Old team won the 2016 Philly Bash Baseball Tournament over Father’s Day weekend at Valley AA in Bensalem. The team went 5-0 to clinch the title.

Pictured in the back row are Justin Freed, Jude Hamilton, Michael Godonis, Owen Crowne, Grey McLaughlin, Will Kamp, and Chase Palsky; front row, James Halikman, Chase Gillie, Owen Mullen, Declan Polhamus, Dean Hamilton, and Kyle Book. Not pictured are Ryan Phillips, Andrew Broadway, Kathan Desai, and Xander Seeds.

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Students have a Field Day

The students at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary in Morrisville recently had a chance to kick field goals and catch screen passes from several members of the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL Play 60 Field Day. The partnership with the American Heart Association and the NFL allows children in the Delaware Valley and across the country to participate in a four-week challenge urging them to play outside at least 60 minutes a day and to log those hours.

The reward for the top 25 highest performing students in the schools? They get to play even more, but with the team. The NFL Play 60 Challenge encourages kids of all ages to eat healthy and to put down the electronic devices and go outside and move.

This year students from around the area went to the NovaCare Center to run some drills with (from left) Najee Goode, Marcus Smith, Chris Maragos, Travis Long and Taylor Hart.

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12U Doylestown Tigers win SE PA States

The 12U Doylestown Tigers have done it again! They beat Pennsbury 3-2 on July 5th in Harleysville, to become Southeast PA State Champs for the fourth year in a row!

Pictured from left in the front row, Jonathan Cawley, EJ Wentz, Cole Fehrman, Brett Young, Alec Kennedy, and Gavin Morgan; back row, Coach Ed Wentz, Josh Shiller, Andrew Whinney, Coach Scott Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Sajan Shah, Coach Kevin Murphy, Justin MacCain, Coach Marshall Whinney and Braden Murphy.

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Hawks are back-to-back champs!

The Northampton Hawks Inter-Township League girls softball team has won back-to-back 2015- 2016 championship titles!

Pictured back row from left are Julia Moritz, Katelyn Pugliesi, Evelyn Lewis, Kyleigh Bowmen ,Anna Pagano, Ciara Constance, Margaret Hensel and Hailey Dreyer; middle row, Allisn Kitson, Madelyn Ralston, Ava Ralston, Julie Barron and Ashley Shup; reclining in front is Jadyn Schmitz, aka Ping Pong. Not pictured are Taylor Mueller and Mackenzie “Moment” Mohr. Congratulations, girls!

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Daredevils go undefeated!

The Council Rock United Soccer Association U10 Daredevils Girls team went undefeated in the Shoot for the Cause Select Soccer Tournament to win the championship in their division on Sunday, May 15th, at the Montgomery United Soccer Club in North Wales, PA. This is the last time the girls will play together as most are moving on to travel teams.

Pictured in the back row from left are Caitlin Pera, Madison Conte, Mia Blake, Lana Leiter, Coach Dave Schlosser, Nicole Muradov, Ava Perri and Taylor Gearhart; front row from the left, Riley Schlosser, Kaleigh O’Leary, Sammi Herpel and Paige Kuechler; seated in front is Cailey Doyle.

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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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