Thursday, June 30, 2011

Field Hockey Stars Fight For Jr. Championship

USA Field Hockey Women's Junior National Championship.

Jordan Page (right) won the Jr. National Championship last weekend.

USA Field Hockey's recently wrapped up Women's Junior National Championship had a decidedly local flavor. The week-long tournament, which ended last Saturday, featured a number of athletes with L-L ties.

Recent Cocalico grad Jordan Page was on the winning New Jersey team. Page, who will play at Syracuse in the fall, helped defeat Pennsylvania 4-3 in the final.

That runner-up team featured former Warwick standout Whitney Reddig, now playing at Penn State, and Lancaster Mennonite's Katie Andrews, who will join Reddig in State College this fall.

Page is on the USA Field Hockey's U-19 Junior National team while current Warwick player Alyssa Manley is on the U-17 roster.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

2011 Eastern League All-Stars Announced

Three Reading Phils and five Harrisburg Senators make the cut.

The Eastern League announced the rosters for this year's All-Star game. The contest will be held July 13th in New Hampshire.

The Reading Phillies have three representatives on the Eastern Division roster while the Harrisburg Senators placed five on the Western Division squad. The full teams can be viewed here.

Two-time All-Star Rizzotti.
Reading Phillies 2011 All-Stars

P Austin Hyatt
INF Matt Rizzotti
OF Michael Spidale

Harrisburg Senators 2011 All-Stars

P Erik Arnesen
P Brad Peacock
INF Tyler Moore
OF Bill Rhinehart
OF Archie Gilbert

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Butch Hobson Autographs 1st Base

Lancaster skipper takes manager ejections to another level.

In case you missed this over the weekend Lancaster manager Butch Hobson added a new wrinkle to baseball managers taking a base when they get ejected.

After Gilberto Mejia was called out at first on a bunt attempt (replays showed he was safe) Mejia and Hobson were tossed by the umpire.

Hobson walked off with first base, got a pen from the dugout and autographed the bag for one lucky - and confused - fan.

Apparently this is not Hobson's first experience with stealing a base, as this video from his time in Nashua shows (start around 3:00 for the good stuff).

This takes what York manager Andy Etchebarren did a few weeks ago to a whole new level, enjoy!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Express Train to 'Titletown'

Reading battles Green Bay in conference semis tomorrow.

The Reading Express continues its quest for the IFL championship tomorrow night in 'Titletown' itself.

The Express take on Green Bay Blizzard in the United conference semifinals at 7:30 CT (8:30ET) Saturday night.

Reading put together probably its best performance of the season last week. The Express eliminated Chicago in the first round of playoffs with a 76-33 victory. The defense held the Slaughter to 59 yards of total offense while quarterback Chris Malleo accounted for seven touchdowns.

Green Bay finished the year 11-3 and had a first round bye. The Express lost two games in Green Bay during the regular season by scores of 62-19 and 72-40.

Malleo, head coach Chris Thompson and linebacker Michael Thompson discuss round three with the Blizzard:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Athletes of the Week: Manheim Central Softball

Barons finish most successful season in school history.

Seniors Sam Ginder (left) and Alexa Campbell show off the trophy.

Manheim Central's phenomenal postseason run finally came to an end Friday night in the state championship game.

The Barons fell 3-1 to Valley High School out of District Seven.

Manheim Central (26-5) won the first district title in school history this season, made just the third trip to states in program history and got farther in the bracket than ever before.

Watch senior stars Alexa Campbell, Sam Ginder and head coach Steve Ginder reflect on their remarkable year.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Express Open Playoffs Tomorrow

Reading hosts Chicago in rematch of early-season shootout.

The Reading Express won the Atlantic Division and qualified for postseason play in its first season in the IFL.

The team opens its playoff run at home against the Chicago Slaughter tomorrow night at 7pm. Chicago won the only meeting between the pair this season 59-55 in early March.

The division crown guaranteed a home playoff game for the Express. Watch quarterback Chris Malleo and head coach Chris Thompson discuss the Sovereign Center's home-field advantage ... and what it is like to play in front of Philly fans.

Local Cheerleader Prepares for Big 33 Game

Cocalico's Alyssa Martin is one of four cheerleaders from the L-L.

Pennsylvania and Ohio's annual gridiron battle, the Big 33 Football Classic, is this Saturday in Hershey.

While the Lancaster-Lebanon League has no players in the contest, there are four local teens participating from the sideline.

Here is the story on Cocalico graduate and high-flying cheerleader Alyssa Martin.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baron Softball 'Under the Lights' Feature

Check out the latest installment of our Under the Lights series, featuring the state finalist Manheim Central softball team.

Just click on the Under the Lights tab under 'Pages' on the right-hand side of this blog.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Etchebarren's Antics

York manager gets ejected ... then the real fun begins.

York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren put on one of the great ejection performances last night.

In bottom of the third inning last night the Revs' Scott Grimes was called out on an attempted steal of second base.

It is safe to say Etch did not agree with the call, attempting to eject the umpire before leaving the playing field with second base. Enjoy!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cocalico Seniors Say Goodbye

Best lacrosse season in school lacrosse ends in PIAA Quarterfinals.

The Cocalico girls' lacrosse team put together a number of firsts this year.

First time in the District 3 championship game (a silver-medal finish against Manheim Township) and the first time qualifying for the state tournament.

The run finally ended on Saturday in the PIAA quarterfinals. District 1 power Downingtown East eliminated the Eagles 19-4. After the loss three of Cocalico's seniors reminisced on a historic season.