Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nelson Weit "Playing for Hope" Cup Classic

Donations needed for 1st ever scholarship contest between Coc. and Eph.

On Thursday, September 9th the Cocalico and Ephrata field hockey teams will compete in the first ever Nelson Weit Playing for Hope Cup Classic.

Weit, who died of cancer last November, was the father of Cocalico head coach Krista Page, the grandfather of Eagle senior Jordan Page and also the uncle of Ephrata head coach Rhoda Mountz. He was an avid supporter of field hockey and closely followed Cocalico's run to states.

The teams are selling t-shirts and will also ask for donations at the game to support an annual scholarship awarded in Weit's name to a Cocalico or Ephrata senior going on to play in college.

For more information and to purchase a t-shirt contact Krist Page at kpage@cocalico.org. Orders must be placed by Friday.

Down on the Sidelines: Manheim Central

With a new cast, Barons once again aim for playoff-worthy performance.

2009 Recap: Manheim Central was truly a force in 2009. The Barons scored 40 or more points nine times while shutting out opponents on six different occasions. Manheim went a perfect 15-0 (7-0 in Section 2) en route to the school's 16th District title and a berth in the state final. But the magic ran out in a heartbreaking 10-7 loss to Selinsgrove in the championship.

2010 Outlook: Both sides of the ball were wiped out by graduation. But the Barons will yet again reload, relying on an experienced line to protect new quarterback Chase Moyer.

Key Player Lost: Tons to choose from but Justin Gorman gets the nod after becoming just the sixth player in Pennsylvania history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 in a single season.

Key Returner: Senior wideout/defensive back Derek Hart is one of the few playmakers left this year. Hart caught six touchdowns last season and intercepted four passes as a safety.

Games on Cable-11: September 17 vs. Selinsgrove; October 1 vs. Solanco; October 15 vs. Conestoga Valley.

Quotable: Coach Mike Williams, senior center Blake Kreider and Hart discuss how they will fill the many roster holes...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Down on the Sidelines: Cocalico

Eagles will rely on ground game in Section 2 race.

2009 Recap: Cocalico road the L-L League's top-ranked offense (391 yds/gm) to a 9-3 record (5-2 in Section 2) and a trip to the second round of Districts.

2010 Outlook: Senior guard/defensive tackle Ben Brugger (2009 Section 2 Defensive Lineman of the Year) leads a strong group of experienced linemen. That base should put the Eagles right in the middle of the Section 2 race.

Key Player Lost: Quarterback Matt Carty was a three-year starter in the middle of the Cocalico offense. Ryan Schweitzer has the inside track for the starting spot after filling in for Carty last year. But he will be pushed by freshman Spencer Moser.

Key Returner: Senior fullback Austin Hartman is coming off back-to-back 1,500-plus-yard seasons. He will be the main man again on the offensive side of the ball and will get to return some hits in 2010, becoming a full-time starter at linebacker.

Games on Cable-11: September 10 at Ephrata; September 24 vs. Manheim Central; November 5 vs. Solanco.

Quotable: Coach Dave Gingrich and Brugger discuss the Cocalico defense...


Friday, August 27, 2010

Down on the Sidelines: Conestoga Valley

Buckskins will battle for District return without Kevin Kelley.

2009 Recap: Tom Nichols took over a 1-9 Conestoga Valley team and in one season turned them into a force to be reckoned with in Section 2. The Buckskins finished 7-5 (4-3 in Section 2), losing to West York in the second round of Districts on a two point conversion in double overtime.

2010 Outlook: The Buckskins are without offensive leader Kevin Kelley but do return two stalwarts on the line. Seniors Travis Switzer and Cole Dillman will continue to pave wide lanes as CV tries to contend for a Section title.

Key Player Lost: Kevin Kelley shattered the L-L League rushing record with 2,327 yards. Enough said.

Key Returner: Senior quarterback Alex Dienner enters his third year leading the Buckskin offense. He is an efficient passer and an effective rusher. That sort of experience is invaluable.

Game on Cable-11: October 15 at Manheim Central.

Quotable: Switzer and Nichols discuss how they will replace Kelley...

College Update: Gridiron Stars at the D-1 Level

Gorman back at QB; Royer, Hall will also redshirt; Smith in QB competition.

Gorman is the 4th QB for the Buffaloes
It did not take long for the University of Colorado coaching staff to realize Justin Gorman's athleticism could be a huge asset to their Division 1 program. During the preseason they decided not only to redshirt the freshman, but also move him back to his familiar role under center.

"We have a thing called a crossover period which is where they try different guys out at different positions," Gorman told News 11 Sports on the phone Tuesday.

Gorman joined the Buffaloes as a preferred walk-on slotted to be a wide receiver and punt returner. He is now listed fourth on the depth chart at quarterback.

"I can play receiver but I'm so much more comfortable with quarterback just because that is what I've done my entire life," he said. "My biggest thing right now is going to be learning the system. I proved already to the quarterback coach [Eric Kiesau] and [head coach Dan] Hawkins that I can compete."

Gorman accounted for 40 touchdowns last season with Manheim Central. He lead the Barons to their 20th Section 2 title and a 16th District 3 Triple-A crown. He became just the sixth player in Pennsylvania history, and the first Baron, to rush for more than 1,000 yards and throw for more than 2,000 in a single season.

Colorado opens the season September 4th against Colorado State.

In the Big Ten, former Baron teammate Dakota Royer will also redshirt his freshman season at Penn State. The highly recruited defensive end says he hopes to put on weight during the offseason and make a contribution to the Nittany Lion defense in 2011.

2009 PIAA Double-A State Champ and state record-holding quarterback Kyle Smith is one of five signal callers on the roster at Central Michigan this season. Former Crusader teammate Ross Hall suffered a broken foot last week, ending hopes of playing time at Villanova. Hall said he was practicing with the second string offensive line. He will take a medical redshirt for 2010.

Down on the Sidelines: Garden Spot

Spartans look to erase memories from 0-10 2009.

2009 Recap: Garden Spot stumbled through an 0-10 season (0-7 in Section 2), scoring a total of 41 points the entire year. The Spartan defense was not much better, giving up 35.2 points-per-game.

2010 Outlook: The upside of the ugly 2009 season is that plenty of young players saw the field, including four now-juniors in the secondary. The line will rely on the play of seniors Vinny Heffner and Anthony Huber.

Key Player Lost: Jared Fox was a Section 2 Honorable Mention All-Star at running back, rushing for 462 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. Fox was second in tackles with 52, behind Chad McGarvey who totaled 64.

Key Returner: Junior quarterback Jon Armbrust started much of last year before breaking his hand. That in-game experience will be crucial for the signal-caller, who will carry even more of the load as the Spartans add the option to their playbook.

Game on Cable-11: September 3 vs. Twin Valley, tape delayed at 9 pm.

Quotable: Coach Matt Zamperini (above), Heffner and Armbrust discuss the team's expectations after a disappointing 2009...

Down on the Sidelines: Warwick

Warriors aim for playoff run with new man under center.

2009 Recap: After a promising 3-1 start, the Warriors went 2-4 down the stretch to finish 5-5 (3-4 in Section 1) and out of Districts.

2010 Outlook: With last year's quarterback Jordan Donmoyer focusing on baseball instead of returning to the gridiron, coach Bob Locker is preparing junior Tyler Farnan to take over the reins. Farnan is surrounded by talent at the skill positions, most notably senior and 1st Team All-Star wideout Matt Rissinger.

Key Player Lost: Chris Shaffer was a bruising force on both sides of the ball, scoring 14 touchdowns as a fullback and leading the defense from the linebacker position.

Key Returner: Senior Bryan McCall will try to fill those shoes, suiting up as a fullback and linebacker for the Warriors. The team could have a dangerous tailback tandem in seniors Deron Thompson and Andrew Newsome.

Games on Cable-11: October 8 vs. Ephrata; October 22 vs. Penn Manor.

Quotable: Locker, Rissinger, Farnan and McCall discuss the new quarterback's prospects...

Down on the Sidelines: Ephrata

New offense and new Section for the 2010 Mountaineers.

2009 Recap: After a winless 2008, Ephrata began 2009 with six straight losses but won two of four games down the stretch to finish 2-8 (2-5 in Section 2). That included a Week 10 34-24 victory over District-bound Conestoga Valley.

2010 Outlook: The Mounts will play with the big boys this season after a move to Section 1. Coach Jim Vieland will implement the triple-option offense this year in an attempt to play on the strengths and mask the weaknesses of this squad.

Key Player Lost: Ephrata has more than a half-dozen starters from last year's team playing college ball. Andrew Donnelly (California University of Pa.) was a Section 2 All-Star tight end and defensive end.

Key Returner: Junior quarterback Jeremy Franck took over for Lance Kopp midway through last season. But he must learn the ins and outs of a new offense that will require him to run the ball more and make good decisions.

Games on Cable-11: September 10 vs. Cocalico; October 8 at Warwick; October 29 vs. Cedar Crest.

Quotable: Franck and coach Jim Vieland discuss the move to Section 1...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cameron Excited to Compete at Jr. Pan Pacs

15-year-old will represent the United States in Maui.

Emily Cameron takes her next step to stardom tomorrow at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii.

The 15-year-old Warwick sophomore was chosen as one of the top swimmers age 18 and under in the country. She is part of a team of 23 girls representing the red, white and blue against nine other countries August 26-30.

She is slotted to swim seven different events: the 200 and 400 Individual Medley, the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, the 50 and 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. For rosters, psych sheets and links to video of the upcoming meet click here.

Her 200 IM performance on the final day of the Junior National Championships earned her a place on this elite team.

Here Emily talks about the moment right after that race and what it could mean for her career development:

Hershey Bears Release 2010-11 Schedule

Calder Cup banner will be raised at first home game October 16th.

The two-time defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears released their schedule for the 2010-11 season today.

The lineup includes special road games to Pittsburgh and the new Consol Energy Center (December 30 versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) as well as Atlantic City (February 4 against Albany).

The Bears begin their quest for a three-peat on the road October 9th while the first home game is set for October 16th. The Giant Center will also host the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic January 30-31.

For the complete schedule click here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Express join IFL

2009 National Champs leaving AIFA

The Reading Express Football Team announced today the organization will join the Indoor Football League, starting in 2011.
The IFL Board of Directors approved the franchise addition to the growing league last week. The IFL is considered the Double-A level of professional football, with close to 30 teams across 15 states. In 2009, the average IFL team had 6 players with NFL experience.
"It's exciting because we're going to have some access to some new players that we maybe haven't had in the past," said Head Coach/Asst. General Manager Chris Thompson.

The Manheim Central graduate was promoted to head coach in July, after serving as interim coach over the final three games of the 2009 AIFA regular season. Thompson served as Offensive Coordinator/Asst. GM for the past three seasons and quarterbacked the Express in their inaugural season. He still holds a franchise record for longest pass at 49 yards (the field is 50 yards long).
Head Coach Chris Thompson address the media
Reading will play in the Atlantic East Division of the IFL, along with the developing Lehigh Valley franchise. (UPDATE: They will be called the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fall Sports Underway

2010 Preseason kicks off

With two weeks until school starts, sports teams across the county rejoined their teammates for the start of preseason practice today.

The Cocalico field hockey team wasted no time getting started, their first workout underway when the clock struck midnight last night. Following a team dinner and movie, the Lady Eagles hit the track for a team mile run.

Cocalico field hockey's midnight run
"It gets them all together, gets them on a same page", says Head Coach Krista Page. "It gives us a chance to get to know each other before we're out there on the field, talking about X's and O's."

Cocalico claimed the Section 2 title in 2009 and finished 5th in District 3.

The L-L League's 23 football teams also starting official preparations for the 2010 season today. With Reading's departure to join the Berks league, the Ephrata Mounts make the move from Section 2 to Section 1 this year. Their brand new schedule coupled with a new offense scheme, the triple-option flexbone.
"We're excited about it and hope the kids are too, says Head Coach Jim Vieland. "We're the little guys on the block, the smallest team in Section 1 and this is our equalizer."

Manheim Central opens the season with heavy hearts, following the untimely death of teammate Evan Heiser on Friday. Heiser, 18, was killed in a car accident early Friday morning and would have been a senior with the Barons.

Stay tuned for more on the upcoming fall season, plus you can find our Cable 11 telecast schedule here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cameron Selected for Jr. Pan-Pacific Team

15-year-old chosen after 2nd place swim in 200 IM.

Warwick's Emily Cameron saved the best for last. The 15-year-old had her best performance of the week on the final day of the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in Irvine,CA.

After swimming the fastest preliminary time in the 200 Individual Medley (2:17.39), Cameron finished second in this evening's A Final with a personal-best 2:15.93.

After the race Casey Coble, Cameron's coach at the Lancaster Aquatic Club, told us Emily was selected to the USA National Youth Team and will compete at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in Maui at the end of this month.

Jasmine Tosky, a 16-year-old who set a meet record in the 400 IM, won the 200 as well.

Cameron (right) and Tosky
Cameron was among the leaders after the butterfly leg, but fell back to the pack on the backstroke. She swam the fastest breaststroke leg of anyone in the finals to take over second place and held off Meghan Hawthorne on the last 50 meters of freestyle to claim silver by 0.2 seconds.

The Junior Pan-Pacific Championships take place August 26-30 in Maui, Hawaii.

You can view full results and watch all the finals on demand at swimnetwork.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Perry Retires From Baseball

Lancaster loses the Atlantic League home run leader.

Jason Perry: .295, 22 HR, 72 RBI
The Barnstormers lost arguably their team MVP yesterday. Outfielder Jason Perry retired from baseball after the team's 19-4 win over Bridgeport.

Perry was taken out of the lineup after hitting a home run in the 4th inning. Fitting for the man that led the Atlantic League in homers with 22 this season. He was hitting .295 with 72 RBI for the Barnstormers in 2010.

Originally drafted in 2002, Perry played for five Major League organizations and debuted in the bigs in 2008 for the Atlanta Braves.

The 29-year-old will return home to Georgia to finish his undergraduate degree in Management at Georgia Tech. Perry and his wife are expecting their first child in the fall.

Note: the team released Cocalico graduate Eric Ackerman. The left-handed reliever had an 8.81 ERA this season.

Perry hits a HR July 28th against Newark.

Grosh Field Ready to Go for 2010

Fall sports begin practice Monday on new turf.

Warwick's new Grosh field athletic complex.

The new and improved Grosh Field was officially dedicated at Warwick yesterday.

The $2.5 million renovation project included new lights and a turf field for Warrior football, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams.

Practices start Monday. The boys soccer team will christen the field with its first official game September 3rd. The first varsity football game will be September 17th (Week 3) against Garden Spot.

Here is Athletic Director John Kosydar and Football Coach Bob Locker on the new facility:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

4th Place Finish for Cameron in 400 IM Finals

Emily Cameron had her best performance yet at the Junior National Championships in Irvine, California tonight. The 15-year-old came in fourth in the 400 Individual Medley Final.

Needing a top-two finish to qualify for the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships, Cameron was in the middle of a three-way race for second place. Her time of 4:47.25 was less than a quarter of a second behind the second place finisher.

16-year-old Jasmine Tosky won the Final with a meet-record 4:44.85.

Cameron also qualified for the Bonus Final in the 100 Free. She will race in the 100 Fly tomorrow.

Live results and streaming video of the meet can be found here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cameron competes at the Jr. Nationals

Warwick swimmer finishes 4th in 200 Breast Consolation Finals.

Emily Cameron's pursuit of a national team spot began today at the Junior National Championships in Irvine, California.

The 15-year-old will swim eight events over the five-day meet. She needs a top-two finish in any of those to make the USA's team at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships later in the month.

Cameron began her quest today with the 200 Fly and 200 Breast. In the morning Prelims she finished 48th in the Fly (2:19.43) and 11th in the Breast (2:35.32). That second performance qualified her for this evening's Consolation Finals, where she finished 4th with a time of 2:34.90.

On the schedule for Tuesday, the 400 IM and the 100 Free.

You can watch a live stream of the Junior National Championships on swimnetwork.com.

For live results from Irvine, go here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Espinosa Called Up to Triple-A Syracuse

Shortstop continues climb through Nationals system.

Danny Espinosa, a top-five prospect in the Washington Nationals organization, got the call to Triple-A today. The shortstop was putting together a strong season in Harrisburg, including three home runs in his final game as a Senator.

In his first season in Double-A the 23-year-old was batting .262 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 99 games. Espinosa, a switch-hitter, has been outstanding since the All-Star break. In 20 games since representing the Western Division he boasts a .318 average, eight home runs and a 1.007 OPS.

A California native, Espinosa played college ball at baseball factory Long Beach State, and hopes to follow former-Dirtbag infielders Troy Tulowitzki, Bobby Crosby and Evan Longoria to the Major Leagues.

Espinosa's chances at getting to the show got even better last week when Washington traded second baseman Cristian Guzman to Texas. Many think Espinosa and Ian Desmond will form the Nationals double play combo of the future.

Here is Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr, Batting Coach Troy Gingrich and Espinosa discussing the shortstop's prospects:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nagy Never Happier

Central grad enjoying full-time gig as Eagles' Coaches Assistant

"We're out here having so much fun, and literally I feel like I'm a kid in a candy store every day I'm out here."

It's season number three in Philadelphia for Matt Nagy, with preseason camp in full force. After spending the last two seasons as a coaching intern, the 32-year-old was promoted in February to full-time Coaches Assistant.

"I knew it was going to be something in my future", Nagy says of coaching. "When I got the call from Coach Reid, two days later here I was and I'm going to hopefully not look back."

The former Baron brings in 24 years of playing experience as a quarterback. A career that includes four District 3 titles, and records at both the University of Delaware and in the Arena Football League. He also spent time coaching at the high school level with Cedar Crest, Manheim, and Palmyra.

Nagy's day-to-day responsibilities with the Eagles, include anything from administrative office work to training with the players to get them ready for game-time. "I'm just trying to soak it all up like a sponge and learn, learn, learn."

Offensive Coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg says Nagy's playing experience has made all the difference in his coaching ability. "He's got to have the quarterback progression down, the reads, and he's fit for that type of thing. I really think highly of Matt, or we wouldn't have hired him."

Despite growing up a Minnesota Vikings fan, Nagy "bleeds green" now, believing whole-heartedly with Coach Andy Reid and company, this could the year Philadelphia wins the Superbowl.


The big question coming into camp was if QB Kevin Kolb would impress or depress as the team's new leader. A concern about whether or not he could fill the shoes of 11-year veteran Donovan McNabb.

So far, he's done all of that and more.

Despite losing receivers Jeremy Maclin (knee) and DeSean Jackson (back) to minor injuries, Kolb's shown consistency, accuracy, and leadership on the field. The 25-year-old has what Matt Nagy calls the "it" factor.

Click on the video below to hear Kolb's thoughts on dealing with the pressure, and Nagy's optimistic outlook on what he can do to help the team win.

Rizzotti Debuts for Lehigh Valley

Prospect called up to AAA yesterday; in lineup tonight.

Matt Rizzotti made his Triple-A debut for Lehigh Valley tonight.

Former RPhil Matt Rizzotti got the call to Triple-A late last night and is batting cleanup in the Lehigh Valley lineup tonight against Gwinnett.

The first baseman owned Eastern League pitching, batting .362 with a stellar 1.089 OPS in 76 games. The 24-year-old led Reading with 16 home runs and 61 RBI since his May call up.

While in Reading he was named an Eastern League All-Star, Player of the Week (June 27), Player of the Month (June) and Philadelphia's Minor League Player of the Month (May).

Rizzotti finished 1-4 with a single in the fifth inning.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Notes From the Diamond on a Day Off

Monday was an off-day for the Eastern League and most of the Atlantic League. Here are a few notes on the area's professional baseball teams.

Lancaster finishes homestand 5-2 - The Barnstormers took 2 of 3 from Long Island over the weekend, ending a successful seven-game stay at Clipper Magazine Stadium ... Lancaster is now 11-3 at home in the second half ... It took the Barnstormers twice as many games to win 11 home games in the first half ... They finished 18-29 at home in the first half ... Lancaster goes on the road for eight days, beginning Tuesday night in Somerset.

Harrisburg owns Portland in 2010 - The Senators swept Portland in a four-game series, improving to 9-2 against the Sea Dogs this season ... Harrisburg has three more games against Portland, August 23-25 on City Island ... The Sens travel to Binghamton for three games ... Second baseman Michael Martinez was called up to AAA Syracuse on Sunday.

Reading salvages split with Akron - The RPhils won two weekend road games to split their series in Akron ... Reading opens a six-game homestand tomorrow night, beginning with three against Trenton.