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Written by Bradley Schlegel
July 27, 2016


Braves pitcher Bobby Lynch, attempts to tag a Plains runner out at the plate in Saturday night's game against Plains Post 558. The game was part of the Pennsylvania Youth Legion Eastern Regional Tournament held at Upper Perk High School.

   Facing elimination Sunday in the Pennsylvania Youth Legion Upper Perkiomen Eastern Regional Tournament, the host Braves played loose and relaxed, according to Manager Perry Breyer.

     "They really settled in," he said. "Everything seemed to come together. It's the way I expected them to play all year."

     Upper Perk rebounded from an opening round loss Saturday night to post a 19-3, five-inning victory over Abington VFW on Sunday at Bonekemper Field. The following day, the team snapped a 1-1 tie against Beech Creek on an RBI single by Chalmers Stroup in the top of the sixth inning. 

     "I thought we had it," Braves first baseman Garrett Perlstein said. "We were hitting the ball and making the plays. I really thought we were going to win."

     But in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday, Beech Creek scored twice to rally for a 3-2 victory. Ross Glossner and pinch hitter A.J. Smith delivered consecutive run-scoring hits off Upper Perk pitcher Jaydon Young.

     Perlstein finished with two hits and scored both runs for Upper Perk (6-20), which finished with three hits....

Written by Bradley Schlegel
July 27, 2016

     Though the Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA swim team ended its dual meet regular season earlier this month, its top performers continue to compete on a larger stage. This past weekend, six Gators participated in the Middle Atlantic Swimming Junior Olympics at Franklin & Marshal College in Lancaster.


Members of the Upper Perk YMCA Gators swim team participating in the Junior Olympics are (front row) Kai Hang and Tommy Saeger; (back row) Justin Heimes, Owen Miller, Noel Fresa and Kyle Kovalenko.

     Justin Heimes posted the best results during the meet. Swimming in the 13-14 year-old division, he finished third in the 100-meter backstroke and fifth in the 200-meter backstroke.

     Two other male competitors in the same age group reached the finals at the meet. Kyle Kovalenko finished 13th overall in the 100 breaststroke. Owen Miller took 20th place overall in the 200 freestyle.

     Noel Fresa, competing in the girls' 13-14 division, finished 28th overall in the 100 backstroke.

     Kai Hang (10 and under) finished eighth in the 50 Breaststroke and 10th in the 100 butterfly. Tommy Saeger (10 and under) finished 17th overall in the 50 freestyle and 18th overall in the 50 butterfly.

     "I'm very happy with the overall performance," Gators Head Coach Michele Himes said. "Everyone did their best times."  According to Himes, the team will wrap up its summer season with three additional meets....



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