Expansion - 1980-89
Although the building of Lionville Park
was scheduled for completion over a 10-year-period, on July 4, 1980, the park
was formally dedicated at the flag pole area of the new Little League Field
A. Supervisor Sam Matthews officiated.
Seven Eagle Projects in Lionville Park:
Pat Kane -
Troop 216 cut in by hand Field J for girls softball.
- Troop 216 built the first base
bleachers at Senior Field
Pulsifer Troop 23 built the 3rd base bleachers at Senior Field.
- Troop 23 - built a new tot lot,
sandbox, horseshoe pits and sitting
Kirkbride - Troop 23 - designed and installed curbing in the parking lot.
Ben Tharp -
Troop 216 - rebuilt 6 bleacher sections
Carter - Troop 89 - built erosion ditch at end of driveway
1980 a milestone year
Major Little Field A was christened with a Rookie All-star game in June and was
used for tournament play the rest of the season.
fields were ready for play Main Soccer, Pipeline and Field J
received a $10,000 grant from revenue-sharing money from Uwchlan Township.
Rodgers, Clair and Butch Koser built a new tractor/maintenance shed at Field C. George Rogers, on his backhoe, installed a
full drainage system under the bases at Senior Field. Giant drainage pits were installed in Senior
Evangelista cut in new windows, paneled and re-wired the Concession Stand.
Telephone installed a pay phone at the entrance to the park and lights were added to the parking lot.
took 156 Major Little Leaguers to Williamsport
for the week-end.
added a 9-year-old girls rookie program and registered 52 teams.
moved registration to June because the program was too big to organize in
September and play a full schedule.
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After three years of construction - Lionville Park
was officially open and LYA held Super
Sunday on the new Senior Field.
New Field A
was renamed Foster Field to honor Dorothy Fosters work in Lionville Park.
Evangelista became President of the newly formed Lionville Babe Ruth League-
replacing LYAs affiliation with Senior Little League.
Hankin donated a water line and fountain
Park and the LYA
Concession Stand. A Travelers Insurance grant helped build a new picnic area.
Cages, overhang and electric scoreboard were installed at Foster Field. The
scoreboard was installed by Jim Fitzmier and Rich Evangelista in the rain.
Little League Majors spent its second
weekend in Williamsport.
a working Operations Manual.
LYA had 68
baseball teams playing on 11 fields and 74 soccer teams playing on 9 fields
Senior Chesmont Travel Team League for boys 16-18.
McDonalds Side-Kick Soccer Program.
moved its annual tournament to Downingtown
added three new fields Two at Uwchlan
and one at Acker Park. QYX Office Equipment donated
$5,000 to the park. With the money, QYX
volunteers helped LYA build a new
softball field at the Main Soccer area. Uwchlan
Township donated money
LYA formed a committee to address increasing equipment and
maintenance costs and to devise a way to insure a small capital surplus each
year for expansion. Charging a
refundable maintenance fee had not worked and was too hard to administer.
LYA developed and adopted a new accounting procedure that
would raise all registration fees to a conforming level and put all revenue
into a general fund. Each budget line
item was assigned a specific number.
All sports would net out or
produce income. Maintenance and operating expenses would now be a general
expense. This accounting system is still
in use and produced great results.
officially changed Opening Day from Sundays to Super Saturdays in order to play
more games on Opening Day.
introduced LYA to its 6th sport - Girls Field Hockey.
Softball hosted its first ASA/LYA softball week-end tournament. Chairman:
Little League was invited back to Williamsport
for a weekend of fun and baseball.
LYA won the
District 23 "First Place Tournament - Coach Otto Preikszas and his "Purple
Yards Minor A Team won the 50-team District
28 Minor A Tournament.
built a new LYA sign at the Devon
Drive/ Field C area.
A new Press
Box at Foster Field was built with grants from the Huston Foundation ($2500),
Deluxe Check Writers ($1,000) and donations of material from Certainteed. Dick Shreiner donated the cement floor, Don
Anders and Dorothy Foster finished the inside.
Al Foster and Elmer Talierco built the first floor storage shelves.
addition doubled the size of the concession stand. Rich Evangelista wired both the press box and
permission to build a parking lot on the grassy area across from Field B.
Donor Option Plan netted LYA $6,000.
Wrestling Tournament moved back to Lionville
Junior High School.
LYA again tried to institute better money control. A new computerized budgeting number system
was adopted, equipment was centralized, and storage boxes were installed at all
outer fields. From that point on, sports produced a positive cash flow.
was elected President and presented a
$3500 check from Sun Oil for a
of Directors expanded membership from 17 to 21.
two Soccer teams from Newport,
England, in 4-day soccer jamboree. The boys stayed
with LYA families.
Coldren introduced LYA to its 7th sport TRAVEL SOCCER and LYA joined EPYSA
with five teams. LYA fielded 70 Intramural soccer teams in 10 leagues.
LYA hosted the Field Hockey Olympic Team.
16-18s took first place trophy at its
Tournaments for - 44-team District 23 Minor A, District 23 International games
(LYA places 2nd in Districts),
13-Year-Old Babe Ruth, and week-end softball.
Soccer was reopened for girls in grades 4-6 after a years hiatus.
LYA built a
float and marched in the Uwchlan Tri-Centennial Celebration Parade.
A first -
LYA hosted the 13-year-old Babe
the District 23 Minor League (44 team) tournament with Exton LL., and its
annual softball tournament
teams participated in a Celebrity Event to raise money for the Bob McKee
medical fund - including the Villanova
Big 5 Championship Team, the Eagle Cheerleaders, Channel 6 Scott Palmer,
and the 76ers Big Shot. McKee had a near fatal heart attack on Field B.
installed two soccer fields (Eagle #1
& Eagle #2) in Hickory Park in Upper Uwchlan. These fields were abandoned when Hickory Park was closed for major renovations.
built a 20-station jogging trial through Lionville Park.
SOCCER added two girls teams. GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY added program for grades 7-9.
It lasted for one year. LYA was running
out of field space.
received permission from West Pikeland to
build a soccer field at the Hallman Field area.
the 13-year-old Districts, a 50-team Minor A Tournament and the ASA Softball
11th - Don Anders. Jack McSherry and
Dorothy Foster traveled to Harrisburg
to give testimony before the Judiciary Subcommittee on House Bill 1625 -
extending Good Samaritan immunity to volunteers and organizations involved in
Shreiner poured a new floor for tractor shed addition to house a new
Travel Soccer finished lst in their league
U16s finished 2nd. U10 boys entered the State Cup Championships.
was elected President and commissioned girls softball.
purchased 37 acres for Shamona Main and Shamona Peck
In May, LYA
officers (Bill ONeil, Don Anders, Jack McSherry and Dorothy Foster) and their
kids in uniform were invited to Harrisburg
by Governor Thornburg for the signing of House Bill -1625 and Senate Bill -
1197 which protected volunteers from lawsuits.
the PA Babe Ruth 14-15 Year-Old State Finals. LYA housed 80 players from the
9-team tournament LYA took second place.
Lionville Little League - hosted a Minor A Tournament -50 teams on five
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softball hosted the PA State Title Tournament.
Soccer Teams - Boys 10U- lst place in Delco League, 16U - lst place winter
league GIRLS - 14U & 16U - First place at Harrisburg Tourney.
Edition Restaurant donated $1100 for safety masks, which LYA made mandatory.
Dockstader built a portable concession stand for LYA.
LYA added a
$5,000 French drain system at Hallman Field to alleviate ground water coming
from the ground up from nearby stream.
New rookie baseball
fields were developed at Acker Park in Uwchlan
and Hickory Park in Upper Uwchlan
cages were constructed at Foster Field.
Bill Cleary and crew hung the nets.
trophy policy and added special recognition policy.
Little League won 36-team John Kline Invitational: Coaches Jim Harkins and Tim Carroll
Softball travel team won the ASA U12 PA State Title. Coach:
Fennimore and Jim Quirk led the U15 Blues to a first place title in the
Lionville Ches-mont Regionals.
Softball developed Senior A program for 16-18, Senior B for 13-15 and Rookie
Soccer U12 boys went 7-0 - took three first place tournaments - Coaches Jim
Harkins and Darrell Nagle.
Kurt Haines won a gold medal at Keystone Games.
Babe Ruth 14-15s take infield practice at the Vet on Lionville Night. The Phils beat the Mets.
In 1988 a milestone year
1. LYA LL
International All Stars take District 23 Championship
first since 1979 -
coaches Jim Harkins and Jack McSherry.
Evangelista installed hot water in the concession stand.
3. Uwchlan Township announced additional open space
for playing fields in two new developments The Seasons and Arbordayle.
4. New Dugout
covers and seats for Field J.
5. Eagle #3
soccer field is developed in Upper Uwchlan.
6. LYA Girls
softball entered two travel teams in the Tri-County summer league and added 30
games to its schedule. U12s placed 2nd in State Finals.
7. LYA revised
trophy policy for first place teams only.
No other trophies authorized.
abandoned Hallman Soccer field because of problems with ground water, insects
from adjacent stream, poor parking and dangerous bridge crossing.
9. Because LYA
had a record registration, it appointed a committee to define new territorial
boundaries and project a time schedule for a territorial by township division.
Chairman Bill Gavin turned in a record $18,225 in sponsor money.
Soccer won A-division Delco League Coaches Harkins and Nagle, 1978 team won the
"BDelco Division - Coaches Ken Cooper and John Webb.
80 baseball/softball teams, 65 soccer teams, 7 travel soccer teams, 6 field
hockey teams, 50 basketball teams and 100 wrestlers. 8 teams in Babe Ruth got new uniforms.
resigned from the LYA 16-18 team to coach Downingtown Legion Team. New
coaches Bruce Jordan and Ed Brownly.
Travel Soccer team won State Finals.
the Babe Ruth Prep League PA State Championship.
On To The 1990's