Get out and play some tennis!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost countywide community tennis programs begin its third of four outdoor seasons in early July at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities.

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Aysia Grondahl plays for All-State Rugby Team

New Hope-Solebury High School senior Aysia Grondahl was recently chosen for the Pennsylvania Girls High School All-State Rugby Team. Aysia plays for the Doylestown Girls High School Rugby Club, which recently became the PA State Girls High School Rugby Champions.

On June 1st, the team played in the College Rugby Championships at PPL Park in Philadelphia. This is a nationally televised tournament that selects the best teams from across the country to compete. Although Doylestown lost to New Jersey Blaze by 28-19, it gets an automatic bid to next year’s challenge, which is held in conjunction with the Collegiate Rugby Championships.

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CB West student-athletes head to college

by Sami Evans, senior, Central Bucks High School West

As the school year comes to a close, there is only one thing on seniors’ minds: college. And for some student-athletes at Central Bucks High School West, the excitement has already begun, as they look forward to continuing to play their sport throughout college.

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Banshees win USSSA Spring Storm in Quakertown

The Banshees Red (U13) softball team won the United States Specialty Sports Association Spring Storm World Series Qualifier, held at Veterans Park in Quakertown on April 6th. The Banshees Red went a perfect 4-0 and were seeded number one heading into the final day of the tournament. They overwhelmed the Blue Valley Mountain Lions in the semi-finals 11-1 and came back, after falling behind 4-0, to defeat the Delco Force in the championship game 11-8.  The Banshees had great pitching most of the weekend, which included a no-hitter by Tessa Prushan, and had one of its better hitting tournaments as well, which included a home run by catcher Britney Hubler.

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Laura Canfield receives prestigious tennis award

Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA) Board Member Laura Canfield, of Langhorne, was recently recognized with United States Tennis Association (USTA) Middle States section’s prestigious Mangan Award at the section’s board meeting in King of Prussia.

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Little Bulldogs announce registration dates

The Morrisville Little Bulldogs has announced registration dates for its upcoming season. Registration takes place at Bulldog Hall, 38 Hillcrest Avenue, Morrisville.

The dates are as follows:

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CRBA 9U Girls Travel Basketball team win championship

by Matt Snider

The girls of the Council Rock Basketball Association 9U Girls Basketball travel team began their inaugural season within the Inter County Basketball Association this past year. Although they may not have had the experience of the other teams in the league, in the end it never mattered as the girls finished the year as champions.

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Play ball!

Plumstead Little League held its Opening Day parade at Tohickon Middle School on April 12th. During the day team photos were taken and players were introduced one by one in the gym, where Plumstead Little League President Mike Harte gave a few words reflecting on the past year, and welcoming in the new one.

Pictured are Connor Sokol and William Varcoe during the ceremonies. Photo by Matt Snider.

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CRBA 9U Girls Travel Basketball team win championship

by Matt Snider

The girls of the Council Rock Basketball Association 9U Girls Basketball travel team began their inaugural season within the Inter County Basketball Association this past year. Although they may not have had the experience of the other teams in the league, in the end it never mattered as the girls finished the year as champions.

“I’m really proud of the girls this year,” said Bob Wright, coach of the team. “Everyone on the team really improved over the year and earned it.”

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Dasia Pressley pushes ahead at state championships

by Natalie Pietrowski, freshman, Neshaminy High School

March 1st brought a new month and excitement for the overly anticipated season of spring. And this year it also produced unforgettable moments for the Neshaminy High School Winter Track team. Records were broken and dreams became reality at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) Indoor State Championships at State College, PA. 

Neshaminy’s own Dasia Pressley ran the 200-meter dash and not only placed first, capturing the title of PA State Champion, but also qualified for nationals. With a record-breaking time of 24.42 seconds, she is ranked fifth in the entire nation. It is the first time in Neshaminy history a sprinter has done this well. “It’s a great feeling and something I will never forget,” Dasia said. 

Pressure was high at the state competition, but Dasia kept calm and kept the faith. “I just prayed and remembered that I deserved to be here like every other girl. It still hasn’t really hit me how serious this is,” she said. Dasia also ran in the women’s 60-meter dash and placed third. Her time of 7.66 seconds is currently the new Winter Track record.

It wasn’t just the 200-meter champ who set new records on the track at Penn State; many other competitors gave it everything they had and left it all on the track that day. High jumper Lisa Patterson finished 15th overall, with a total height of 1.52 meters. Lisa was just a few inches shy of beating the school record. Junior Alyssa Zukowski also finished the season nicely placing seventh overall in the 60m hurdles. With a time of 9.15 seconds, Alyssa now holds the school record.

The 4×200 meter relay team made up of Dasia, Cheyenne Oswald, Alex Jackson and Saloni Hebron finished ninth overall with a time of 1 minute and 45.63 seconds.

Moving from ninth to fifth place in the nation in just one year takes as much motivation as it does dedication, and no one knows this the way Dasia does. She admitted that when she got comfortable she wasn’t working as hard as she wanted to. She decided to step things up and take it more seriously.  “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” she said, explaining her motivation.

The sprinter is already planning to qualify for outdoor state championships and hopes to win big again. “My goal for spring is to maybe win state champ again in the 200 and even place in the 100,” she said.

“Work hard, and never get comfortable because there is always someone out there trying to take your spot,” Dasia said, advising other athletes. “Always stay humble and never arrogant, because attitude is everything.”

PHOTO CAP: Dasia Pressley

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