Jr. High Teams

  Parents are reminded to complete the required COVID district workout form for each training session. 

Game and Practice Schedule:  Jr. High Boys Game Schedule

The 2020-21 preseason for Jr High will begin September 8th.    It will be at East High Elementary School Fields #2 & #3.  . Daily practice time is 5 to 7pm. There will be a parent meeting on Tuesday, September 8th  ( at 6:45pm).   Please make sure to bring a large water container with a name clearly printed on it.  Also, all boys are to wear proper soccer shorts (above the knee), a grey or blue t-shirt, proper soccer socks, and shin guards.   Parents and Players are strongly encouraged to read the core values program as well as program guidelines found on this homepage (tabs in menu).  Please visit the “Jr. High Page” for ongoing information throughout the season.  Get ready to train and have a great season.  Go Bears!!!

*** please note that practice times are NOT arrival times but that the program expects players to be on the field…..ready to train ****.

JR. High  Regular Season 2020

Jr. High games are played “back to back” beginning with the A Team.  Start times for home games are 4:15pm / away games are 4pm.  We wear blue jerseys for home games, and white jerseys for away games. All home games are played on East High Elementary School Field #1

Players and Parents make sure to review the Program Guidelines and the Core Values located on this website.

For information regarding the Jr. High program please contact Junior High  Head Coach David Hershey at david_hershey@etowschools.org

Junior High Head Coach:  David Hershey

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David Hershey’s lifetime passion for soccer shows through playing, coaching and studying the beautiful game. He holds a class-E coaching license and is a licensed referee.  David has volunteered coached and consulted at Rheems Athletic Association/ Elizabethtown United (EU) for the past 15 years. He is a community soccer advocate and appreciate EU’s mission to offer quality, affordable soccer to all.   Dave helped coach the girl’s Rheems Rhythm and boy’s Blue Lightning from U9 to U14. Both teams were very fun and successful, with the boy’s team making it to the semifinals of last year’s state cup tournament. 

A 1993 graduate of EAHS, David was a 3-time varsity letterman, LL League All-Star and co-captain of the 1992 team that brought home the school’s first Section Championship.  David also played midfield for Susquehanna University starting every game as a freshman and helping the team to a record number of wins in a season. David then graduated from Penn State University. He enjoys raising his family and working in Elizabethtown. 

He appreciates all styles of soccer, his current favorite teams are Barcelona and Etown High School.    His coaching philosophy reflects players gaining sound fundamentals, learning possession-style soccer and developing a love for the game and their team.  David looks forward to a fun and rewarding experience this season with the junior high. 

JUNIOR HIGH 7TH/8TH GRADE TEAM COACH: KENNY BURKE

Kenny HeadshotKenny has been a teacher at Elizabethtown Area High School since 2016.  He has been a volunteer soccer coach with Rheems Athletic Association / Elizabethtown United since 2011.  He was a board member for Rheems for several years and is currently the elementary wrestling commissioner for the Elizabethtown Boys Cub.

Although Kenny has been drawn into the community of soccer through his kids’ participation, his own primary sport has been rugby.  He has been playing, coaching and refereeing rugby for nearly thirty years.

After beginning his rugby career in high school, Kenny continued playing during his enlistment in the US Navy with a dream of playing at Penn State University.  Kenny went on to be a three-year starter for Penn State, playing in the Division I National Championship against Cal Berkely his junior year.  He also represented the Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU) at the collegiate All-American camp his junior and senior years.

After graduating from Penn State, Kenny was invited to play rugby for Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) in San Diego, CA.  During his involvement with OMBAC, he lived with, trained and played with players from all over the world.

Kenny is committed to helping kids throughout the Elizabethtown community find positive opportunities for them to develop skills that will translate to their experiences as students, co-workers, and family members.  He looks forward to watching the players grow and develop throughout the season and is looking forward to helping each player have a fun and rewarding soccer experience.

JUNIOR HIGH VOLUNTEER COACH:  BRIAN BELL

IMG_20200913_202302 (1)Brian’s soccer career began when his youngest son asked him to be his coach playing U6 soccer for Rheems AA.  Brian has coached him every year until last year, when work commitments did not allow for the time required to coach.  Brian received his Class-E coaching license when he started coaching travel soccer at U9 age level.  In his last year of coaching his son, the team made it to the semifinals of the state cup tournament.
Brian has also volunteered as a board member of Rheems AA since 2013 holding various roles during his tenure.  In 2017, soccer reorganized their structure under Rheems AA and he was elected as president of Elizabethtown United Soccer.
Brian also received his referee license in 2018 with his oldest son.  He enjoys reffing in the area for travel leagues and local tournaments with his son.  His is still waiting to give out his first red card.
Brian graduated from Manheim Central High School in 1991.  Brian earned four varsity letters in track and two in cross country.  Brian set school records in the 400 meter run and 1600 meter relay.  Brian attended main campus at Penn State University for four years earning his degree in Civil Engineering.  He ran track at Penn State his junior year and was a Big-Ten scholar athlete.
Brian has enjoyed coaching, reffing, and watching Elizabethtown United games during his tenure with Rheems AA.  He hopes to continue being able to help our youth learn the beautiful game at the junior high level.

2019/20 9th Grade Team Season Record (A Team)

Varsity 10 – 1 – 3

JV  8 – 3 – 2

Ephrata – Varsity – won 4-0

JV – lost 2-0

Garden Spot –  Varsity – won 1-0

JV – won 4-0

Cedar Crest – Varsity – won 3-1

JV – won  1-0

Cocalico – Varsity – won 1-0

JV – won 2-1

Solanco – Varsity – won 7-0

JV – won 4-0

Lampeter Strasburg – Varsity won 2-0

JV tied 0-0

Manheim Central – Varsity tied 0-0

JV won 1-0

Ephrata – Varsity won 2-0

JV won 1-0

Garden Spot – Varsity won 5-0

JV – no game.

Cedar Crest – Varsity won 2-0

JV – won 2-0

Cocalico – Varsity won 3-0

JV – tied 1-1

Salanco – Varsity lost 1-0

JV – lost 2-1

Lampeter Strasburg – Varsity lost 1-0

JV lost – 1-0

Manheim Central – Varsity lost 3-2

JV tied 0-0