Morrisville Little League hosting ‘Pitch, Hit, & Run™’ competition

Morrisville Little League will host a free Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ competition for area youth on Sunday, April 27th, from noon to 6:00pm at Williamson Park on Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville.

Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: ages 7 and 8 (report time of noon), ages 9 and 10 (report time of 1:30pm), ages 11 and 12 (report time of 3:00pm), ages 13 and 14 (report time of 4:30pm); and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2014 MLBTM All-Star Game®.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, contact local coordinator, Tom Rossi, at tdrossi@verizon.net or 215.292.2911, or access Morrisville Little League’s website at www.morrisvillell.org.

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Patriot FC U13 Girls Red Win Fustol Championship

 

The Patriot FC U13 Girls Red won the SMG Futsol League Division Championship in Warminster earlier this month. Fustol is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller indoor field.

“Futsol is fast-moving and a good complement to our regular soccer training,” said Tony Ries, head coach of the U13 girls. “The smaller, fast-paced format forces the players to have tight ball control, and improves their overall ball skills. We are thrilled our team won the division, we worked hard to get here.” Headquartered in Washington Crossing, Patriot FC has nearly 500 intramural players between the ages of four to 18, as well as more than 300 travel players representing 23 teams.

Pictured, back row, are Celina Varion, Nicole Millman, Caroline Erlandsen, and Sydney Blum; front row, Abbey Kollar, Lilly Ries, and Paige Columbo. Not pictured, Bailee Matthews.

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Patriot FC U-11 Boys Take Central Bucks South Soccer Championship

 

The Patriot FC U-11 Boys’ White and Blue teams recently won the Central Bucks South Soccer Championship in Warrington.

Pictured from left, back row, Coach Mike Guerrero, Coach Tim Thomas, Ryan McCaffery, Xavier Guerrero, CJ Horan, Nathan Ra, Shree Kumar, Luke Sill, Coach Mike Phillips, and Coach Gene Fatula; front row, Aron Skoze, Adam Browning, Luke Fatula, Andy Phillips, Kyle Stretch, and Andrew Thomas. Not pictured are Danny Krier, Will Newman and Sam Walters.

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Bucks Tennis Association ready to serve to you!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Registration deadline for Season 1 is April 8th. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Programs run in Bensalem Township, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown (Camp Curiosity), Durham Township (Palisades Community School), Falls Township, Frosty Hollow (Levittown), Hilltown Township, Langhorne (Core Creek Park), Middletown Township, New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury), Newtown Township, Plumstead Township, Quakertown Borough, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

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Mystx U-16 Force wins gold l at National Hockey Festival

 

Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U16 Mystx Force team took home gold at the National Hockey Festival over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The National Hockey Festival, put on by USA Field Hockey, is the largest amateur field hockey event in the world. In total, 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams in 28 pools competed at the 2013 National Hockey Festival held on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club.

The Mystx Force, with five wins and a tie, claimed the gold medal. The team comprises many players from the Suburban One League.  Council Rock North coach Heather Whalin served as Head Coach and William Tennant coach Kaitlin Rauchut served as Assistant Coach for the Force tournament team. “It was a total team effort, from the keepers all the way up to the forwards. It’s nice to see girls from all different high schools come together and gel as a team. Coach Rauchut was a great asset to have as an assistant coach and the players played a high level of hockey. It reminded me just how much I love this game,” says Coach Whalin.

PHOTO CAP: The U16 Mystx Force, back row from left, Coach Heather Whalin, Jennica Jonovich, Chelsea Duggan, Christen Pennington, Cameron Costello, Caroline McGovern, Gabrielle Acker, Brenna Reilley, Maria Palmieri, Macella Molenari, and Coach Kaitlin Rauchut; front row, Maddie Keppel, Margaret Lynch, Amanda Blum, Chloe Verweil, Gigi Tutoni, Emily Alexis, Rachel Pomerantz, and Marlena Koellner.

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Tournament winners

 

The Hulmeville U-19F select soccer team recently won the Souderton Sisl’r Slam, Montgomery Roger Erb, and Langhorne United Soccer Club fall select tournaments.

Pictured front row from left are Jennifer Cuentes, Kylie Leff, Jenna Ferri, Kelsey Fuller, Harper Wunder, and Brayden Wunder (mascot); back row, Sydney Joiner, Stephanie Altimari, Kinsly Cash, Coach Todd Joiner, Brooklynn Smith, Elizabeth Roberts, Molly McDonald, Nicole Hirsch, Mary Hebbel, Coach Steve Hirsch, and JoAnne Mamie. Not pictured are Kellianne Dalton and Kayela Worthington.

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Four time Bux-Mont champions and a trip to Pop Warner Nationals!

 

The Lenape Valley Midget Cheerleaders recently won their fourth straight Bux-Mont Competition and earned a trip to Pop Warner Nationals at their regional competition in Albany. 

In December, they placed third in their division at Pop Warner Nationals in Disney World! Congratulations to the entire team on this amazing accomplishment!

Pictured top row, Jen Gale, Sarah Wenner, Lexi Masny, Olivia Armour, Audrey Cain, Morgan Funk and Emily Patterson; middle row, Mykal-Michele Longino, Sarah LePitre, Marin Bradley, Maria Fehr, Hannah Cleland, Kennedy Farrior, Julia Fagan and Lauren Hughes; bottom row, Audrey Cole, Gianna Darreff, Christine Curran, Erin Dwyer, Tailei Lanigan, Anna Bakas, Devin O’Brien, Kate Bensing and Marissa Ginel.

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Poquessing Girl’s Varsity Basketball team goes undefeated

by Matt Snider

As the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, the girls of the Poquessing Middle School Varsity Basketball team had left everything on the court. Their grueling game against bitter rival Maple Point rendered the girls with sore limbs and bruises. Only they did not know it yet.

“They would say ‘Miss Rich look at my arm’ or ‘Look at my knee,’” said Christine Richardson, head coach of the team. “They would be pointing out the different bruises and bumps they got during the game that they were only just starting to feel on the ride home.”

The collective heart that helped push them to a win that night had been one of the major factors in contributing to an undefeated season for the team from Feasterville.

“No basketball team in recent history has gone undefeated,” said Christine. “Basketball just hasn’t been one of our stronger sports in years past. This year though we just had something special.”

It is no doubt that the girls had something special this season. In addition to going undefeated, they also managed to defeat three middle schools from the Pennsbury School District, which boasts a good basketball program.

“I knew from watching tryouts that we had a great squad from the beginning. But it wasn’t until we beat that first Pennsbury team that I realized that this was something else,” said Christine of the matchup. “I have been coaching for a long time now and I’ve never beaten them once. I don’t think I’ve ever even come close.”

Word did not take long to spread for the team’s success, and soon the games were drawing fans that included faculty and students alike. In support of the girls, the attendees would organize different colors to be worn at games. One game in particular, the staff organized a “white-out” for supporters of Poquessing to wear white, while at another game fans were encouraged to wear red.

“It was really great for the girls,” said Christine when talking about the hype for the team. “The faculty and students would fill the stands almost every game and those that couldn’t make it would find us the next morning and ask ‘Did you win? Did you win?’”

No game generated more hype than the showdown between Poquessing and their fellow undefeated Neshaminy School District rival, Maple Point Middle School. The mid-December matchup pitted the smaller Poquessing against a school approximately twice their size and who Poquessing has had trouble with in the past. However, in another showcase of drive and desire, the girls from Poquessing would continue to roll on. 

“The girl’s just fought tooth and nail to the bitter end,” said Christine of her team’s scrappy performance. “As it turned out our win gave Maple their first loss in basketball in the past two years.”

In addition to the memories and bragging rights, the girl’s would also get the opportunity to be recognized during the halftime of a Neshaminy High School’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball game for their outstanding achievement. This occasion not only gave the girls a chance to be congratulated for their hard work, but also a chance to see the next step in their playing careers.

“It was just the perfect group of girls this year,” said Christine. “I know a lot of times kids are looking forward to the winter break but we just wanted to keep playing. I’m just excited now to see these girls move on and continue to play.”

It will no doubt be a big step to go from the small school, where athletes would miss half of the practice to help out in the school play, to a school with five times as many students. Fortunately for the girls of the Poquessing Middle School Varsity team, they have shown the drive and desire to overcome their humble beginnings and more.

PHOTO CAP: The Poquessing Middle School Girls Varsity Basketball team, back row from left, Meghan Ansel, Alyssa Gerdy, Maddy McCullough, Jordyn Fehrle, Allison Harvey, Annie Rienzi, Destiny Pastore, Coach Richardson, and Jules Zamorano; front row, Taylor Kelly, Logan Ricciardi, Jacqueline Zeigler, and Maria Tunney. The managers (not pictured) are: Clint Housel, Gabe McIlvaine, and Emily Abrams.

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Super Duper Bowl at Roosevelt Elementary School

 

by June Portnoy

The snow covered field and cold temperatures didn’t deter fifth graders at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School from participating in the annual Super Duper Bowl IV held Friday, January 31st, the last school day prior to the NFL Super Bowl.

“If anything these students were more motivated than ever to brave the muddy, wet outdoors after being indoors for recess much of the winter due to the unusually harsh climate,” said fifth grade teacher Jason Miller, who co-founded this flag football tournament four years ago with fellow fifth grade teacher Roger Kean.

Beginning the week after winter break, students began practice for the big game during several recesses a week. Leading up to the Super Duper Bowl they participated in competitions such as relay races and football throwing contests.

This year there were five classes competing and as always each class created its own name and mascot using their homeroom teacher’s name as their inspiration. The faculty member’s names and their respective class teams included: Joe Melnick (Melnick Mashers dressed in green shirts); Sandra Raybuck (Radical Raging Raybucks dressed in light blue shirts); Maureen Janthor (Janthor Panthers dressed in purple shirts); Miller (Miller’s Mean Machine dressed in red shirts); and Kean (Kean Kongs dressed in yellow shirts).

Although fifth graders were the football stars for the day, the Super Duper Bowl is a school-wide event supported by all teachers and students.

“During the month of January, we try to apply the Super Duper Bowl to all subjects we teach,” said Mr. Miller. “Linking the upcoming football game to classroom activities helps build enthusiasm throughout the school.”

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Tri-Township Baseball

Tri-Township Baseball is home of the National World Series runner-ups. It attributes its longstanding success to offering baseball opportunities for players of all ages and abilities through its fun, family friendly in-house program offering competitive travel, tournament, and national trail. Few local programs offer National Tournament trails through age 18, and Tri-Township is proud to be one of them.

More important than winning is teaching the children to exercise tolerance and modesty in victory and to accept defeat graciously. A key focus begins with developing a spirit of cooperation and team play for all players.

The youngest players are in a purely instructional program. As players progress through the age groups, instruction is continually emphasized, although the competitiveness of sports increases as the child’s age increases.

Tri-Township offers the Cal Ripken Boundaries program for children 12 and under. The program is open to children from the following towns: Newtown Borough and Township, Northampton Township, Wrightstown Township, Buckingham Township, Solebury and New Hope. 

The Babe Ruth program is for kids 13 and older. It’s open to children from the following towns: Newtown Township, Northampton Township, Upper Makefield, Wrightstown, Solebury, Buckingham, Doylestown, Upper Southampton, Upper Moreland, Warrington and Warwick. 

The Senior Babe Ruth, Collegiate Baseball, and Classic Baseball leagues have much broader boundaries, including all of Bucks County, as Tri-Township Baseball remains the only local league to offer these opportunities. 

Tri-Township also supplements its in-house program and school baseball by participating with local, regional, and even national tournaments that expose players and families to incredible experience and opportunities including, Cooperstown, Sports at the Beach, Diamond Nation, Berkshire, Aberdeen, professional baseball stadiums like the Trenton Thunder, and the even the collegiate World Series. 
 


Tri-Township baseball offers baseball programming year-round, so feel free to check their website, www.tritownship.com, to register for this spring or learn more about the program, history, and tradition. For more information, you can also e-mail homeplate2008@aol.com or call Jim Barlow at 215-598-0311.

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