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Tyler Alessandroni

Royersford Wide Receiver Assists Dutchmen

ANNVILLE PA – Royersford resident Tyler Alessandroni, a freshman wide receiver, helped the Flying Dutchmen football team of Lebanon Valley College finish its season with a 5-5 record, the college reported Monday (Nov. 22, 2021). The team picked up wins in its last two games of the season, defeating rival Albright in its final game.

A Spring-Ford Area High graduate, Alessandroni is majoring in exercise science.

Alessandroni photo provided by Lebanon Valley College

Motorsports Trade Show Returns to Oaks in 2022

Motorsports Trade Show Returns to Oaks in 2022
A view of the trade show floor during 2020

OAKS PA – Penn National Speedway, once one of the state’s most successful short tracks, will be remembered Jan. 21-22 (2022; Friday and Saturday) when the Pioneer Pole Buildings’ 37th annual Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave. The event is presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, and distributed by Insinger Performance.

The two-day motorsports show produced by Len Sammons Productions is back in Oaks for a 12th year, following a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. A Penn National Speedway reunion, featuring many of the top racers who performed at the half-mile dirt oval formerly located in Grantville PA, will be among its highlights.

The show again offers those who attend a close-up opportunity to see more than 200 race cars of all types spread across thousands of square feet of space. Everything imaginable for racers and fans in motorsports will be on exhibit in a new format created for the two-day schedule, Sammons said.

Speedway and race organizations often release new schedules at the show, and occasionally make special announcements. Many well-known figures in the sport are expected to attend. Additionally, Aqua-Duck Water Transport is also returning as sponsor of the popular Ms. Motorsports Pageant, which will be held during the evening of Jan. 21.

Show hours will run Jan. 21 from 2-9 p.m., and Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is free and plentiful. More information is available at its website, here.

Out-of-town visitors are being offered a special $98 room rate through the Crowne Plaza hotel in nearby King of Prussia, while inventory lasts. Reservations are available by calling the hotel at 610-265-7500 and asking for the special; or by making reservations online.

Show exhibitors are still being welcomed to participate. Vendor information is available online; by sending an e-mail to Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com; or by calling the show office at 609-888-3618.

The Penn National connection

Penn National Speedway, considered by many as a state-of-the-art facility, was shuttered in November 1996 after 25 years of operation. The flat dirt track was constructed on the grounds of the one-mile Penn National Race Course, where horse racing also was featured. The speedway was designed and built by Reading Fairgrounds promoter Lindy Vicari.

It was forced to close when promoter Rick Carlino was informed that horse racing event schedules would change, and auto racing could no longer be fit into the line-up. After the track closed, a Hollywood Casino was built on the property.

Those attending the Oaks show can see cars from many divisions that raced at Penn National. They’ll be on display, and participants from its Modifieds, Sprints and Super Sportsman classes will be on hand. A colorful, special edition Penn National collector’s autograph card will be available too. Interviews featuring drivers and other well-known personalities are planned during the two days of activities.

The Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Historical Society is assisting to put the reunion together, and also will have a display available at the show.

Photo provided by MotorsportsTradeShow.com

Gilbertsville Swimmer Earns Third-Place at Invitational

Gilbertsville Swimmer Earns Third-Place at Invitational
Hannah Shaner

POTSDAM NY – Gilbertsville resident, Boyertown Senior High graduate, and Norwich University freshman swimmer Hannah Shaner earned a third-place finish Saturday (Nov. 20, 2021) in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:07.98, as the Norwich Cadets men’s and women’s teams competed on the second day of the North Country Invitational.

The Norwich men won the Invitational with a final score of 572 points, while the women finished third out of five teams with 299 points, the university athletics office reported. The event was hosted by the State University of New York at Pottsdam.

The Invitational served as the final competition for the Cadets in the first semester. Norwich is back in the pool on Jan. 6 (2022) at 1 p.m. in Goodyear Pool for a Northfield VT home duel against St. Michael’s College.

Shaner photo provided by Norwich University

Limerick Resident Volunteers at Boston Marathon

ANNVILLE PA – Kaylee Scheirer, a Limerick resident, was one of six Lebanon Valley College graduate students who worked Oct. 8-10 (2021) during the Boston Marathon as a volunteer medical worker.

Scheirer is pursuing a master’s degree in athletic training degree at the college, located in Annville. She is a Spring-Ford Area High School alum.

She and her colleagues continued a long-time Lebanon Valley tradition that traces back to 2011, the college said. That’s when Dr. Joe Murphy, who serves as its director and associate professor of athletic training, began volunteering as a medical advisor for the historic race.