Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Maddy Novak

The junior guard averaged 17.5 ppg in two Manheim Central wins.

Maddy Novak, Jr. G
Entering this season, after a Section 3 Title and appearance in states last year, Baron head coach Jason Coletti knew he had to replace his two leading scorers from that squad.

He also knew he had Maddy Novak with a year of starting experience coming back.

The junior guard and classmate Renee Wiegand have done the bulk of the scoring for the Barons this year. And Novak led the way in two Central wins last week.

She scored 17 points against Pequea Valley last Monday and 18 against Annville-Cleona on Wednesday.

So far this season Novak is averaging 12.5 points, 4 rebound and 2.5 steals per game. Central has played four of its first six games on the road and is a game back of Lampeter-Strasburg in the Section 3 standings.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Top 11 Sports Moments of 2010

As 2010 comes to a close we are counting down the Top 11 Sports Moments of the past year. After they air on News 11 we will put the stories on the Top 11 of 2010 Page on the right column of this blog.

Enjoy the look back and what a year it has been!

Friday, December 24, 2010

District 3 Volleyball All-Stars

13 Lancaster-Lebanon League girls volleyball players were named to the District 3 AA and AAA All-Star Teams.

Warwick's Lauren Sproles and State Champion Hempfield.

AA Team
Jess Rheinheimer (Lancaster Mennonite) - Jr. MH
Renee Wiegand (Manheim Central) - Jr. S

AAA First Team
Rachel Lenz (Hempfield) - Jr. MH
Garden Spot's Julia O'Brien
Morgan Lowe (Hempfield) - So. OH
Elly Raush (Penn Manor) - Sr. OH
Cassidy Sangrey (Penn Manor) - Jr. S
Brittani Young (Hempfield) - Sr. Lib.

AAA Second Team
Lauren Horst (Garden Spot) - Jr. OH
Devon Schneider (Manheim Twp.) - Jr. MH
Lauren Sproles (Warwick) - Sr. OH

AAA Third Team
Jessie Greenslade (Penn Manor) - So. MH
Julia O'Brien (Garden Spot) - Sr. MH
Erika Schlager (Manheim Township) - Jr. S

For the complete list of District 3 All-Stars, click here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cocalico's Austin Hartman Named All-State

Record-setting fullback earns Second Team honors.

Hartman 2nd Team All-State
Austin Hartman received a well-earned honor this week, chosen for the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAA All-State Second Team.

Hartman rushed for 1,947 yards this season and 28 touchdowns as the Eagles made it to the District 3 Championship Game.

The fullback leaves as Cocalico's all-time leader in rush yards (5,116), carries (699) and touchdowns (57). He amassed the second most career rush yards in Lancaster-Lebanon League history.

Lancaster Catholic offensive lineman Adam DePietro was named to the Class AA Second Team. The junior paved the way for a powerful offense. The Crusaders were a perfect 10-0 during the regular season before losing in the second round of Districts.

The L-L had seven All-State athletes this year. Columbia wide receiver Mike Burke IV made the Class A First Team. In Class AAAA Manheim Township's Quint Miller made the First Team as a punter while teammate Alex Vigilante was a Second Team offensive line selection. Wilson also had two players make All-State. Defensive back Connor Mathias was a First Team selection and linebacker Cody Simcox made the Second Team.

Giorgio, Pearsall Continue Success

Warwick grads making mark on collegiate wrestling world

After four years of success at the high school level, Antonio Giorgio's picked up where he left off at the University of North Carolina. Leaving behind a legacy that included three league and district titles, and a trio of state medals, Giorgio is the school's all-time career wins leader with 147.

Giorgio works out with brother Dante at Warwick

Giorgio quickly transitioned to the Division I level, starting at 184lb. for the Tar Heels, and competing with some of the best in the nation. The true freshman kicked off his career with a second place finish at the Hokie Open, defeating #10 Austin Trotman (Appalachian St.) in the effort.

Giorgio's currently ranked 32nd in the country, according to wrestlingreport.com.

Bryan Pearsall is a redshirt sophomore at Penn State University, wrestling at 133lb. and ranked 29th by the same DI rankings. Pearsall, a 2008 Warwick graduate, left as a two-time league and sectional champ, with 136 career wins (at the time, a new record).

Pearsall battles former teammate Ross Stockdale (Elizabethtown)

Pearsall's won his last three dual meet matches, including an upset over 10th ranked Ian Paddock (Ohio State) this past weekend. He's currently second on the Nittany Lion team with 6 falls.

Click below for comments from Pearsall and Giorgio at Warwick wrestling practice today.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Chloe Hayter

Warwick senior leads way in 4 game stretch

Offensively, Chloe Hayter has carried the Lady Warrior team this season, averaging 14 points a game as the team's top forward. Standing 6'0, Hayter can find the hoop from outside the arc and inside the paint.

In four games last week, Hayter scorer 54 points, bringing her season total to 70 points in five games. On Saturday, she tallied a game and season high 20 points against Cumberland Valley.

Warwick is 3-2 this season and host Cocalico tonight at 8pm. You can see the full game on Cable 11 starting on a brief tape delay at 8:30pm. For our full winter schedule click here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Weachter Prepares for State Championship

Warwick-grad Jeff Weachter leads powerhouse Bishop McDevitt.

Calling Jeff Weachter's run as head coach at Bishop McDevitt a success is quite the understatement. The Warwick graduate (class of 1983) won the school's eighth District Title two weeks ago over Cocalico.

Tomorrow he takes aim at the program's second State Championship when the Crusaders face Allentown Central Catholic in the AAA title game.

Weachter has seen countless Crusaders receive Division 1 scholarships and has three players currently in the NFL: Philadelphia running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy, Detroit's Aaron Berry and Indianapolis Colt Jamie Thomas.

One of his current McDevitt stars, senior running back Jameel Poteat, is following in the footsteps of McCoy. Having already broken Shady's school record for career touchdowns, Poteat will attend the same college as McCoy, Pittsburg, next season. Listen to Weachter compare his past and present Crusader runners below:

Note: No Mid-Penn school has ever won a AAA state title. In fact, District 3 schools are just 1-3 all-time in AAA state championships.

Monday, December 13, 2010

All-American Eagle

Cocalico's Jordan Page named 1st Team High School All-American.

Jordan Page: All-American
Jordan Page put the final touch on an illustrious career today. The Cocalico senior was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School All-American First Team.

In her final season as an Eagle she scored 26 goals and added 26 assists, leading Cocalico to the State Championship game.

In four years on varsity Page totaled 66 goals, 72 assists, three All-State selections, two All-Region teams and now one All-American honor. Page will play at Syracuse next year.

Donegal's Laura Gebhart, Page's teammate on the USA's U-17 team last spring, was also named a First Team All-American. Penn Manor's Renee Suter was a Second Team selection.

Athlete of the Week: Kevin Antol

Senior honored for second time in three weeks, this time on the hardwood.

Antol blocks a shot during Friday's win.
Just three weeks ago Kevin Antol was named Athlete of the Week for touchdowns and interceptions. Today it's for buckets and an MVP award.

On Friday (just one week after playing in the District 3 AAA Football Championship) the senior started a new season in style. Antol dropped 21 points on Bloomsburg as Cocalico's basketball team won its season-opener in the Hamburg Tip Off Tournament 65-34.

The following night he scored ten points as the Eagles won the tournament with a 58-29 victory over Fleetwood. Antol was named tournament MVP.

The Eagles won Section 3 a year ago and were bumped up to Section 2 this season.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Page named to NFHCA All-Region Team

The season is over but the accolades keep rolling in for Cocalico's Jordan Page. On Monday the senior was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Mideast All-Region team.

Page posted 26 goals and 26 assists this season, leading the Eagles to the PIAA Championship Game. She will play at national powerhouse Syracuse next year.

Fellow L-L seniors Laura Gebhart of Donegal and Renee Suter of Penn Manor also made the team.

High school All-American teams will be announced Monday, December 13th.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Austin Hartman

Senior fullback finishes career as Cocalico's all-time leading rusher.

Hartman runs away from two Crusader defenders for his second TD.

Our final Athlete of the Week for the fall season is awarded to Austin Hartman not only for his effort in the District 3 AAA Championship Game, but for a season's and career's worth of accomplishments.

Hartman rushed for a game-high 132 yards and two touchdowns as Cocalico's (8-6) unlikely postseason run came to a 29-14 end against Bishop McDevitt.

Despite missing a couple games due to injury, the senior fullback rushed for 1,947 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2010, accounting for 44% of the Eagles' total offense.

Hartman finishes his career as Cocalico's all-time leader in rush yards (5,116), touchdowns (57) and carries (699). His career yards-per-carry average of 7.3 is seventh best.

Next year's Eagles will have to replace 21 seniors from the 2010 roster, with the biggest shoes to fill at fullback.

Friday, December 3, 2010

District 3 Football: Championship Results

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District III AAA Championship

(13) Cocalico - 14 (3) Bishop McDevitt - 29 FINAL

District III AAAA Championship

(8) Red Lion - 7 @ (7) Cumberland Valley - 35 FINAL

Watch highlights from Bishop McDevitt's Championship win over Cocalico below, followed by interviews with Eagle seniors Kevin Antol and Austin Hartman and head coach Dave Gingrich.

District Championship on Cable 11

Watch Cocalico vs. Bishop McDevitt on a tape delay, 9pm Friday

Playing the role of underdogs for another week, 13 seed Cocalico aims for their 4th straight district playoff upset (4, 5, and 8 seeds), squaring off with No. 3 Bishop McDevitt.

The Eagles (8-5) are making their first appearance in the Triple-A District 3 title game since 1997 when they lost to league rival Manheim Central. A win would mark their first crown since 1994 (Class AA winners over Juniata). Coincidentally, Cocalico downed McDevitt in the '94 semis en route to the championship.

The Crusaders (11-2) are heavy favorites, winners of 9 straight games and loaded with Division I recruits. McDevitt dropped a double overtime decision in the 2009 Quad-A Championship to Cumberland Valley, 34-27.

Cocalico RB Austin Hartman is 16 yards shy of 5,000 for his career, already a school record. For the season, Hartman's amassed 1,815 yards on 263 carries this season, with 26 scores. His 55 career touchdowns are another Eagle program record. McDevitt RB Jameel Poteat has 8 rushing touchdowns in the Crusaders three playoff games to date.

Cable 11 will have the full game broadcast on a tape delay start at 9pm. At halftime, News 11 (local news and sports) will be live as scheduled, followed by the second half of action at 10:30pm.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lions Club Honors L-L Trio

Thompson, Hartman, Snyder awarded Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award

The Lions Clubs of Columbia, Elizabethtown, and Lititz recognized three of the leagues most outstanding football players tonight, all excelling at the running back spot.

Deron Thompson
With one honoree from each L-L League Section, Warwick's Deron Thompson , Cocalico's Austin Hartman, and Ricky Snyder of Annville-Cleona were the 2010 recipients of the Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award.

All three earned Outstanding Offensive Back and Outstanding (Overall) Back of the Year for their respective sections, voted on by league coaches Wednesday night.

Austin Hartman
Thompson rushed for 2,135 yards on 331 carries in his senior season, plus 25 touchdowns. Snyder tallied 1,726 rushing yards on 13 scores for the 4-6 Little Dutchman. Hartman set school records for career touchdowns (55) and rushing yards (4,984), exceeding 1,800 yards with 26 scores this season (so far).

Austin and the (13) Eagles meet (3) Bishop McDevitt tomorrow night for the Triple-A District 3 Championship, 7pm @ Hersheypark Stadium.
Tune in to Cable 11 at 9pm for the game on a tape-delay start.

2010 L-L League Football Coaches' All-Stars

Deron Thompson named Section One Outstanding Back of the Year

The Lancaster-Lebanon League's annual Football Coaches' All-Star banquet was last night. Here are the winners for the 2010 season:

Section One

Offensive Back of the Year: Deron Thompson, Warwick
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Derek Jackson, Wilson
Wide Receiver of the Year: Lucardy Jean-Francois, Cedar Crest
Defensive Back of the Year: Connor Mathias, Wilson
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ryan Metsger, Wilson
Linebacker of the Year: Cody Simcox, Wilson
Outstanding Back of the Year: Thompson, Warwick
Outstanding Lineman of the Year: Alex Vigilante, Manheim Township
Coaches of the Year: Rob Monzon, McCaskey and Doug Dahms, Wilson

Austin Hartman
Section Two 

Offensive Back of the Year: Austin Hartman, Coc.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Travis Switzer, CV
Wide Receiver of the Year: Derek Hart, MC
Defensive Back of the Year: Tyler Stitz, Solanco
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Switzer, CV
Linebacker of the Year: Jason Capello, Lebanon
Outstanding Back of the Year: Hartman, Coc.
Outstanding Lineman of the Year: Switzer, CV
Coach of the Year: John Manion, Lampeter-Strasburg

Section Three 

Trevor St. Clair
Offensive Back of the Year: Ricky Snyder, Annville-Cleona 
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Adam DePietro, Lancaster Catholic 
Wide Receiver of the Year: Mike Burke IV, Columbia 
Defensive Back of the Year: Josh Henning, Annville-Cleona 
Defensive Lineman of the Year: DePietro, Lancaster Catholic 
Linebacker of the Year: Trevor St. Clair, Lancaster Catholic 
Outstanding Back of the Year: Snyder, Annville-Cleona 
Outstanding Lineman of the Year: DePietro, Lancaster Catholic 
Coach of the Year: Bruce Harbach, Lancaster Catholic

For a list of the Section First Team Offense and Defense All-Stars, click here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Jordan Martin

Senior outside linebacker leads resurgent Cocalico defense.

Sr. OLB/RB Jordan Martin
Every week at Eagle football practice we can count one thing: coach Dave Gingrich telling us what a good game Jordan Martin played the previous Friday night. Well we are finally listening to the man in charge, J-Mart is our Athlete of the Week.

The senior had ten tackles against Conrad Weiser on Friday, as Cocalico held an offense that was averaging 40 points per game to just 16. The Eagles earned a berth in the District 3 AAA Championship Game for the first time since 1997.

Martin leads Cocalico with 30 tackles (17 solo) through three postseason wins. 13-seed Cocalico will face number three Bishop McDevitt at Hersheypark Stadium at 7pm Friday.

*Note: Cable-11 will broadcast the AAA Title game on a tape delay beginning at 9pm. The second half will air at 10:30 following News 11's Evening Report.

Sr. WR/DB Kevin Antol
Kevin Antol, Cocalico - 11/22/10

Apologies to the senior wideout and defensive back. In our Thanksgiving anticipation we failed to post last week's winner.

Antol earned Athlete of the Week honors for his all around performance in Cocalico's 28-7 District 3 quarterfinal victory over Susquehanna Township.

He scored on an 18-yard carry, picked off his first pass of the season and returned it for a 42-yard touchdown and also posted five tackles in the victory.

Friday, November 26, 2010

District 3 Football: Playoff Results

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District III A Championship

(3) Millersburg - 20 @ (1) Holy Name - 27 FINAL

District III AA Championship

(5) Wyomissing - 0 @ (3) Trinity - 28 FINAL

District III AAA Semifinals

(13) Cocalico - 17 @ (8) Conrad Weiser - 16 FINAL

(3) Bishop McDevitt - 40 @ (2) Lampeter-Strasburg - 10 FINAL

District III AAAA Semifinals

(8) Red Lion - 14 @ (5) Daniel Boone - 0 FINAL

(7) Cumberland Valley - 28 @ (6) Central Dauphin - 7 FINAL

*Cable-11 will broadcast Cocalico's District Championship game against Bishop McDevitt next Friday on a tape delay.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Warwick Athletes Seek Help for Adopted Child

Members of the Warwick football team are raising money to help bring a Filipino orphan home to her new family by Christmas.

The boys are helping Brian and Stephanie Carpenter adopt their third child with cerebral palsy. Watch this effort that quickly became a community-wide success:

The Warwick football players will be selling t-shirts Wednesday 3-5pm and Saturday 9-11am at the Bath Barn in Lititz.

Visit www.tenfortintin.blogspot.com for more information.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cable-11 Will Air Cocalico at Conrad Weiser

Tape delay broadcast of District semifinal will begin 9pm Friday.

Eagles at Scouts - 9pm Fri.
Cable-11 will be there as the Cocalico Eagles look to make it three upsets in a row in the District 3 AAA playoffs. Blue Ridge will broadcast the team's semifinal game at Conrad Weiser this Friday.

Kickoff is at 7pm but our coverage will begin on a tape delay at 9pm. The News 11 Evening Report will air during halftime at 10:00, followed by second half action at 10:30.

The 13 seed Eagles knocked off District rival and 5 seed Susquehanna Township 28-7 on Friday. 8th seeded Conrad Weiser took down the top seed Greencastle Antrim 34-20 in the quarterfinals.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Emmaus Beats Cocalico in PIAA Championship

Eagles tie game in 2nd half before Hornets' late game-winner.

The Cocalico field hockey team's dream of a state championship came to an end this afternoon as the Eagles fell in the Triple-A title game 2-1 to Emmaus.

After falling behind 1-0 early in the first half, Taylor Kidwell tied the game off a penalty corner twelve minutes into the second period. Emmaus scored the deciding goal off their own corner with just three minutes left.

Cocalico finished the year 21-6, making it farther than any field hockey team in school history. Emmaus completed their undefeated season (27-0), winning the school's 10th PIAA Championship.

Watch highlights from the championship game followed by reaction from coach Krista Page and seniors Jessica Lawville and Jordan Page:

--Emmaus' Lena Phillips gets one past Eagle keeper Haley Mitchell 9:28 into the match. 1-0 Green Hornets.

--Off an Eagle penalty corner, Carissa Witmer assists Taylor Kidwell's game-tying goal with 18:26 left in the second half.

--Off an Emmaus corner, Allison Mikelson swipes in the game winning goal with 3:08 left in the match.

Friday, November 19, 2010

District Three Football: Playoff Results

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District III AAAA Quarterfinals

(7) Cumberland Valley - 28 @ (2) Wilson - 14
(6) Central Dauphin - 35 @ (3) Governor Mifflin - 26

(8) Red Lion - 14 @ (1) Dallastown - 6
(5) Daniel Boone @ (4) Harrisburg - Saturday

District III AAA Quarterfinals

(13) Cocalico - 28 @ (5) Susquehanna Township - 7
-- Austin Harman (Coc): 167 yds, 2 TDs.
(8) Conrad Weiser - 34 @ (1) Greencastle Antrim - 20

(7) Manheim Central - 20 @ (2) Lampeter-Strasburg - 25
(11) Hershey - 0 @ (3) Bishop McDevitt - 63

District III AA Semifinals

(5) Wyomissing - 21 @ (1) Lancaster Catholic - 14
(7) Bermudian Springs - 12 @ (3) Trinity - 48

District III A Semifinals

(4) Steel High - 7 @ (1) Holy Name - 42
(3) Millersburg - 13 @ (2) York Catholic - 12

Although not confirmed yet, Cable-11 will likely broadcast Cocalico's semifinal game versus eight seed Conrad Weiser next Friday. Details to come.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

L-L Field Hockey All-League Team

The Lancaster-Lebanon League announced its All-League team for the 2010 Field Hockey season. Warwick's Bethany Ashworth made the squad, as did Cocalico's Jordan Page, who has 22 goals and 23 assists entering Saturday's PIAA Championship.

For a full list, including the All-Section teams click here.

Warwick's Bethany Ashworth
Bethany Ashworth, Warwick
Lauren Brooks, Hempfield
Maddy Hess, Penn Manor
Mary Lynam, Donegal

Katie Breneman, Penn Manor
Laura Gebhart, Donegal
Jordan Page, Cocalico
Renee Suter, Penn Manor

Katie Andrews, Lancaster Mennonite
Rachel Dickinson, Lanc. Mennonite
Helen Doolittle, Penn Manor
Olivia Leaman, Donegal

Amanda Hooven, Manheim Twp.

Cocalico Secures Bid in State Championship

2-0 victory leads to 1st State Final appearance in school history.

With a 2-0 win over Mount Saint Joseph last night, the 2010 Cocalico Eagles are the most successful field hockey team in the school's history.

The Eagles used a first half goal from Courtney Ueberroth, a second half insurance goal from Liza Morgan (both assisted by Jordan Page), and fifteen saves from goalie Haley Mitchell to eliminate the Magic.

Cocalico (21-5) had never made it past the opening round of States as a Triple-A school and has never been to the State Championship game until now.

The Eagles will face undefeated Emmaus (26-0 and winners of 10 PIAA crowns in school history) at 1pm Saturday at Whitehall High School. The Hornets beat Hempfield 3-0 in the early game.

Watch highlights from Cocalico's win and hear from the team:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Field Hockey and Soccer Postponed

PIAA Semifinals pushed back a day

Wednesday November 17 

Triple-A Field Hockey @ Exeter H.S.
Hempfield vs. Emmaus - 4pm
Cocalico vs. Mount Saint Joseph - 6pm

Double-A Boys' Soccer
LMH vs. Archbishop Wood, 8pm West Chester East H.S.

Hempfield vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 6pm Mansion Park - Altoona

Monday, November 15, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Jessica Lawville

Senior forward scores overtime game-winner in PIAA Quarterfinal.

The Cocalico Eagles are in the midst of their finest field hockey season as a Triple-A school. And right in the middle of the action is senior Jessica Lawville.

The forward tallied two assists and one goal in the team's two state victories last week.

In overtime of Saturday's state quarterfinal game against Hershey, Lawville broke up a Hershey corner attempt, then led a fast break down the field. After passing the ball to Courtney Ueberroth, whose shot was denied, Lawville knocked in the rebound for the game-winner (see highlight below).

The Eagles will play District 1 runner up Mount St. Joseph in the semifinals tomorrow evening at 6pm at Exeter High School.

District 3 Football Survivors

L-L League reps cut from 11 to 5 after first round

District 3 Quarterfinal Matchups - Friday November 19th

(8) Red Lion @ (1) Dallastown
(5) Daniel Boone @ (4) Harrisburg
(7) Cumberland Valley @ (2) Wilson
(6) Central Dauphin @ (3) Governor Mifflin

(8) Conrad Weiser @ (1) Greencastle-Antrim
(13) Cocalico @ (5) Susquehanna Township* 
(7) Manheim Central @ (2) Lampeter-Strasburg
(11) Hershey @ (3) Bishop McDevitt 

*Cable 11 Broadcast - Tape Delay 9pm 

(5) Wyomissing @ (1) Lancaster Catholic
(7) Bermudian Springs @ (3) Trinity

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Final Four

Cocalico field hockey wins revenge game, advances to PIAA semifinals

Against the same Hershey field hockey team that bounced them from the District 3 tournament, Cocalico returned the favor today in the PIAA quarterfinals. And once again it took overtime to declare a winner.

Cocalico 3, Hershey 2 - Final/OT

1. Hershey's Alyssa Voelmle starts the scoring off a penalty corner, 8:41 into the contest.

2. Tied at 1 at halftime, Cocalico's Jordan Page uses the same tactic off the corner serve from Taylor Kidwell, puts the Eagles ahead 2-1 with about 13 minutes left in the game.

3. Trojans get an equalizer with 8:31 to play from Lauren Wilson, forcing overtime.

4. OT - After breaking up a Hershey corner, Jessica Lawville starts the counter attack, gets it forward for Courtney Ueberroth, then follows up her teammate's shot for the game-winning goal with 4:18 left in the extra period.

The Eagles (20-5) meet Mount Saint Joseph in Tuesday's semifinal at Exeter H.S., 6pm.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vote for the Play of the Week: Dist. 3 1st Round

Use the poll on the right side of our blog to vote for the best play from the first round of Districts. The poll will remain open through Tuesday. Here are the choices in order of appearance: 

1. Brandon Artman jumps the Dover route for an interception and takes it 20 yards to the endzone. Manheim Central won their opener 64-14 over Dover.

2. Lancaster Catholic's Charles Sweigert returns a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown as the defending state champs opened their title defense with a 56-21 dismantling of Schuylkill Valley.

3. Cocalico's Austin Hartman refuses to go down, dragging multiple tacklers for a 22 yard gain. The senior rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Cocalico's 28-21 upset of West York.

4. CV's Diaire Brison hauls in a nine yard touchdown catch against Dallastown. The Bucks fell 28-14 to the top seed.

District 3 Football Results: 1st Round

District III AAAA

(16) Conestoga Valley - 14 @ (1) Dallastown - 28
(9) McCaskey - 13 @ (8) Red Lion - 14
(13) Penn Manor - 28 @ (4) Harrisburg - 75
(15) Manheim Township - 21 @ (2) Wilson - 48
(11) Warwick - 7 @ (6) Central Dauphin - 42

District III AAA 

(13) Cocalico - 28 @ (4) West York - 21
(15) Big Spring - 13 @ (2) Lampeter-Strasburg - 41
(10) Dover - 14 @ (7) Manheim Central - 64

District III AA

(8) Schuylkill Valley - 21 @ (1) Lancaster Catholic - 56

District III A

(5) Columbia - 32 @ (4) Steel High - 41

L-L League Football: Playoff Live Scores

Refresh this post for live District scores updated throughout the night. Follow us on Twitter @News11Sports for updates from the sidelines.

District III AAAA

(16) Conestoga Valley - 14 @ (1) Dallastown - 81 FINAL

(11) Warwick - 7 @ (6) Central Dauphin - 42 FINAL

District III AAA

(10) Dover - 14 @ (7) Manheim Central - 64 FINAL

(13) Cocalico - 28 @ (4) West York - 21 FINAL

District III AA

(8) Schuylkill Valley - 21 @ (1) Lancaster Catholic - 56 FINAL

Cable-11 will broadcast the Dover-Manheim Central contest. Kickoff is at 7pm. For highlights from the rest of these games and scores from around the District tune in to the postgame show at 10:30pm.

High School Game Night Blue Ribbon Awards

The final installment includes Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year.

With ten weeks of L-L football behind us, we are handing out awards for the regular season. We call them the "HSGN Blue Ribbon Awards" for the teams in our coverage area. Today's winners:

Most Valuable Player - Deron Thompson, Warwick RB

Deron Thompson - MVP
The key to any MVP discussion is to picture the team without the candidate. Where would Warwick be without Deron Thompson this season? That is a scary thought for any Warrior coach, player or fan.

With props to an excellent offensive line and the lead blocking of fullback Bryan McCall, Thompson was the Warwick offense in 2010. He became just the second player in Lancaster-Lebanon League history to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in the regular season (along with Ephrata Athletic Director Tommy Long in 1996).

Entering tonight's District 3 Quad-A opener at Central Dauphin, Thompson has rushed for 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns. And he's done that with opposing defenses knowing precisely who to stop week in, week out.

Even more impressive, Thompson is the team's second leading tackler from his linebacker position. He takes quite a beating every Friday night, averaging 30 carries and 9 tackles per game.

While Thompson would probably need another game or two, he still has an outside shot to break Kevin Kelley's L-L record of 2,327 yards set a year ago (in twelve games). It all starts tonight for 11 seed Warwick against the 6th seeded Rams. 

Coach of the Year - Mike Williams, Manheim Central

Mike Williams, 309 career wins
As the saying goes in Baron Nation, Manheim Central does not rebuild. They reload.

Despite incredible roster upheaval with most of the starters from last year's state finalist squad gone to graduation, the Barons are yet again a dangerous team heading into Districts. While Williams spent all year telling us his team wasn't that good, we know a lot of teams that would happily take a 7-3 record and home game in the first round of playoffs.

The Barons three losses came by a total of 12 points. They were the closest to knocking off undefeated Wilson this season, losing by three in West Lawn.

While Central lost Justin Gorman, Dakota Royer, Dan Trafford and the rest, Williams and his staff made Chase Moyer, Derek Hart and Brandon Artman stars of Section 2's second-best passing offense.

The 7 seed Barons (who host 10th seeded Dover tonight on Cable 11) have won four in a row entering playoffs and don't forget they, not upstart Lampeter-Strasburg or top ranked Greencastle Antrim, are the defending Triple-A champs.

In addition to the Blue Ribbon Awards, we are having a little fun with some Season Superlatives. Look for a few added on to each new award post:

Most Likely to Confuse a Tackle for a 2pt. Takedown - Garden Spot

So. FB Adam Haas
After a winless 2009, the Spartans began their turnaround this year with a 4-6 season that kept them in the District picture until the final week.

We attribute this to the fighter mentality exhibited by the wrestlers on the team (including coach Matt Zamperini used to coach wrestling) including fullback Adam Haas, center and defensive end Anthony Huber and more.

Now we will see if the Spartans can complete the reversal (2 points) with a young roster that will return standouts like Haas and quarterback John Armbrust in 2011.

Jim Vieland
Most Ingenious Quotes - Jim Vieland, Eph.

Ephrata's head honcho had by far the most creative sound bites. It made Mounts practice that much more exciting, we never knew what we would get.

The top two from 2010: After two early wins, Vieland described the momentum as a tidal wave that they had to keep riding. Later in the season, when asked what it to be a good offensive line, he said the unit should be like a pack of pit bulls going after a piece of raw meat. Priceless!

Under the Lights: Bryan McCall

Warwick's senior LB/FB is the heart and soul of the playoff-bound Warriors.

Our Under the Lights feature takes a look at one athlete and shows who they are on and off the playing field.

Today we feature Warwick linebacker and fullback Bryan McCall. The senior is leading the Warriors in tackles for the third year in a row. He is the emotional leader of this team ... and also the subject of some pretty good pranks, enjoy:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

High School Game Night Blue Ribbon Awards

The honors continue with Rookie of the Year, Play of the Year and more.

With ten weeks of L-L football behind us, we are handing out awards for the regular season. We call them the "HSGN Blue Ribbon Awards" for the teams in our coverage area. Today's winners:

Rookie of the Year - DeVaughn Lee, Manheim Central

Central Fr. DeVaughn Lee
Earning a starting spot at Manheim Central is no easy task. Not to mention doing it as a freshman.

DeVaughn Lee burst onto the scene for the Barons this year at running back, outside linebacker and on special teams. At 5'11", 180 pounds he doesn't look like a 9th grader and  he didn't play like one either.

Despite playing most of the year with a cast on his right hand, Lee posted almost eight tackles per game, averaged more than eight yards per carry and returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in Week Eight against Elizabethtown.

Lee also plays basketball and we can't wait to see the impact he has on Central's hoops team this winter.

Coach Mike Williams says Lee was one of the teams best players as a freshman and with three more seasons to star could very well be a scholarship athlete by the time his Baron career is over. Here is our "Under the Lights" piece we ran on the freshman, featuring Lee, Williams and Tyler Griffith:

Play of the Year - Cocalico Tops CV in Double OT

Hands down the most incredible, outrageous, ridiculous (and a whole lot of other outlandish adjectives) play of the year happened Week Nine in Witmer.

With playoff hopes in the balance for both teams, Cocalico and Conestoga Valley went to double overtime. With the Eagles attempting a game-winning field goal the Bucks Anthony Brown comes up with the block ... and then things get really crazy.

In the scramble for the ball sophomore kicker Wyatt Dungan, a soccer player, scoops it up and throws a pass all the way across the field. Senior wideout Kevin Antol comes back to the ball, catches it despite the cast on his hand and goes untouched for a 25 yard touchdown and a 41-35 Cocalico victory.

The win kept Cocalico's playoff chances alive (they would qualify in Triple-A as the 13 seed) while putting CV's season on the brink (The Bucks needed a Week 10 upset of L-S to get in to the Quad-A field as the 16 seed).

In addition to the Blue Ribbon Awards, we are having a little fun with some Season Superlatives. Look for a few added on to each new award post:

Most Likely to be on TV - John Roda, Lancaster Catholic

The senior quarterback told us he would love to be a sportscaster someday, and here are some reasons why he could excel:

3. Sports Knowledge - Roda can follow the likes of Troy Aikman and Steve Young from under center to the broadcast booth.

2. Solid Sound Bite - Always willing to talk to Cable-11, Roda walked the fine line between confident and cocky. His best analysis came when he said, based on an improved defense, that this year's Catholic team was actually stronger than last year's state champs.

1. Handles Expectations - Doesn't matter who Roda replaces at his first job, there is no way that person will be nearly as good as Kyle Smith was. And Roda has been just fine replacing the state record holder this year.

Least Likely to Sugarcoat - Mike Williams, Manheim Central

The face of Baron Nation is one heck of a football coach (his 309 career wins are the most in District 3 history) and tells it how it is during interviews. His answers range from the funny ("The Billies and the Joes, the X's and the O's") to the brutally honest ("We're just not that good"). Here are some highlights:

Best Accessory - Kevin Antol's Cast

The senior receiver broke his hand midway through the season and was forced to wear a cast. This raised the level of difficulty and made his three touchdowns against Lebanon, his catch on the Play of the Year and plenty of other highlights that much more entertaining.

District 3 Football Preview: CV vs. Dallastown

Buckskins try for two upsets in two weeks against undefeated Wildcats.

Details: (16) Conestoga Valley at (1) Dallastown - 7pm

Sr. RB Derek Burkholder
About the Bucks: Entering the final week of the regular season CV needed a win and a whole lot of help to get in to the Quad-A District 3 bracket. They got the victory, handing L-S its first loss of the season 33-21, and then learned that Central York, South Western and Central Dauphin East had all lost. The Bucks were in.

Conestoga Valley (5-5, 5-2 in Section 2) had a heart attack-inducing regular season, with seven games decided by a touchdown or less. The Bucks average 267 yards per game on offense, while allowing 291. The offense is led by dual-threat quarterback Alex Dienner (961 yards passing, 454 yards rushing, 17 total TD) and running back Derek Burkholder (819 yards, 5.4 avg, 7 TD).

CV won the District 3 Triple-A title in 1991 and has played in four other championship games.

Top-seed Dallastown (10-0)
About the Wildcats: Starting with a Week One comeback victory over Warwick, Dallastown went undefeated during the regular season en route to the York-Adams Division I title. The Wildcats have never played in the District 3 championship game.

Dallastown averages 28.0 points per game while the Wildcats give up just 11.7 points per game. Their leading rusher is Ryan Behrmann (757 yards, 5.8 avg, 8 TD) and linebacker Ben Kline, the leading tackler, is a Pitt recruit.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

High School Game Night Blue Ribbon Awards

With ten weeks of L-L football behind us, we are handing out awards for the regular season. We call them the "HSGN Blue Ribbon Awards" for the teams in our coverage area. Tonight's winners:

Team of the Year - Lancaster Catholic

The Crusaders dominated their opposition this year, beating everyone by double-digits. They won their sixth straight Section 3 title this season and have won 23 straight games dating to last season.

Entering the year with plenty of holes to fill after a State Championship season, the 2010 roster did something last year's group couldn't: go undefeated through the regular season.

A well balanced offense and stifling defense helped Catholic top the L-L in turnover ratio (+15) and scoring margin (an unreal +336). The Crusaders are second in the league in both team offense and team defense (behind another unbeaten, Wilson).

Lancaster Catholic begins its District 3 and PIAA title defense Friday at home against Schuylkill Valley.

Biggest Upset - Ephrata 21, Cocalico 20

The Ephrata Mounts had not beaten Cocalico since 2003. At least until Week Two this of the 2010 season.

It took a Jeremy Franck 67-yard keeper on the game's second play, an Andrew Burkholder halfback-pass to Evan Weaver for another touchdown, a missed extra point and finally a Scott Liebl field goal block to seal it.

The win was part of a fast start for Ephrata, while it took Cocalico the rest of the season to climb back into the playoff picture after that defeat.

In addition to the Blue Ribbon Awards, we are having a little fun with some Season Superlatives. Look for a few added on to each new award post:

Most Riveting Locker Room Speech - Bob Locker, Warwick

Before the Warriors Section-opener against Cedar Crest, head coach Bob Locker had this to say to fire up the troops. High grades for intensity and results, Warwick demolished the Falcons 52-20.

Best Nickname - Cocalico's "Three-Headed Dragon"

Way back in the preseason Eagle senior Jordan Martin warned us about a dangerous monster threatening any opponents' attempts to halt the Cocalico ground game. The three-headed dragon of senior tailbacks Austin Hartman, Roman High and Martin.

Now apparently this nickname was news to the other two, but don't worry they ran with it. Hartman leads the way with 1,289 yards this season (and a school record 4,458 for his career), while High and Martin both average almost six yards per carry (352 and 301 yards this year, respectively).

Most Likely to Show Up at Your Door with Knives - Alex Dienner, CV

Strange as that may sound this is not a Buckskin-version of the latest Hollywood thriller.

When he isn't leading CV to upset victories over the likes of Lampeter-Strasburg, the senior quarterback sells CUTCO cutlery.

His toughest customer? Coach Tom Nichols, who figures Alex makes more money selling sets of knives than Nichols does coaching the Bucks.

PIAA Update

Field Hockey, Boys Soccer Quarterfinal Games

LMH edges S. Lehigh 2-1 to advance to the AA quarterfinals


Double-A Boys' Soccer
(3-1) Lanc. Mennonite vs. (4-1) Lewisburg, Milton Hershey H.S. 3pm 

Triple-A Boys' Soccer
(1-4) Pennsbury vs. Hempfield (3-4), Hamburg H.S. 7pm

Triple-A Field Hockey
(3-4) Hempfield vs. (1-4) Council Rock North, Exeter H.S. 3pm
(3-2) Penn Manor vs. (11-1) Emmaus, Exeter H.S. 5pm
(3-5) Cocalico vs. (3-1) Hershey, Governor Mifflin H.S., 1pm

Cocalico shuts out N. Allegheny 4-0

L-L League Field Hockey All-Star Team

Bethany Ashworth earned 1st Team All-Section Honors.

 The Lancaster-Lebanon League released its All-Star teams for the 2010 Field Hockey season. Listed below are the 1st Team All-Section selections for area teams. For a full list, including 2nd Team and Honorable Mention, click here.

Taylor Kidwell
Jessica Lawville
Haley Mitchell
Nine Eagles earned All-Section honors.
Jordan Page
Courtney Ueberroth
Carissa Witmer

Conestoga Valley
Taylor Higgins
Alyssa Martin

Rachel Stauffer

Garden Spot
Britt Horst

Manheim Central
Sarah Bomberger
Morgan Mummau

Bethany Ashworth
Alexis Charles
Emily Harting
Alyssa Manley