Monday, August 29, 2011

Down on the Sidelines: Conestoga Valley

CV focusing on finishing games in preparation for the new season.

Last year Conestoga Valley competed for the section title and qualified for districts, but the feeling at camp is that they could have done so much more. An 0-3 start and some nail-biting losses left the Bucks playing catch up for most of the year.

We head down on the sidelines to see what the Buckskins are doing to stay in it in the fourth quarter.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Down on the Sidelines: Cocalico

Cocalico prepare for the 2011 season after losing 20 seniors from its squad.

Cocalico's 2010 football season was the definition of playing well when it matters most. What many expected to be a section contender stumbled though much of the season. But the Eagles hit their stride late, riding that momentum all the way to district final.

We go down on the sidelines to see what the Eagles have for an encore.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Down on the Sidelines: Ephrata

The Mountaineers look past the numbers in their second year in Section One.

The Ephrata Mounts had a fast start to the 2010 season, winning two of their first three games. But the real test was just beginning, a daunting first season in section one saw the Mounts lose their last seven.

We go down on the sidelines to see how the Mounts are preparing for their second season with the big boys.

Down on the Sidelines: Manheim Central

Manheim Central looking forward to the season but keeping the past in mind.

Manheim Central begins its 2011 football season in just under a week. The fact of the matter is no one knows what to expect from a program and a community still healing from January's tragic accident.

Click on the video below as we go down on the sidelines with the Barons.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Adult Dodgeball is a Hit in Lancaster

Lanco Fieldhouse offers a chance for adults to play dodgeball all year round.

Lanco Fieldhouse hosts Dodgeball Playoffs
The game many remember during their school days is attracting big kids now. The Lanco Fieldhouse adult dodgeball league is hitting the ground running as it continues to attract new players.

 In its first session, three years ago, there were only four teams. Now organizers say there might be as many as 20 teams signing up this upcoming fall session. Many around the area say they use the league to get together with friends and co workers; while others say they joined the league for the exercise and so that they can get their daily aggression out.

  There are five different leagues throughout the year, with games played on Monday nights. No membership is required, with the only requirement being that you must be 16 years old to play.

For more information head over to Lanco Fieldhouse for how you can sign up.

You can watch the entire story in the video below.


Sovereign Bank Stadium: A Tale of Two Fields

A Unique Sovereign Bank Stadium is Home Sweet Home for the Revs. 

 York is in the hunt for the second playoff spot in the Freedom Division, with their chosen battlefield being Sovereign Bank Stadium. And anyone that goes to the ballpark knows that the Revs have pretty big guns - literally.

 To the loud weaponry in a bit, but first it's the first thing you see when you come in to the park, and it hovers over left field intimidating batters. Arch Nemesis stands at 37 feet and eight inches tall, which is six inches taller than the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Revs' players it's both a blessing and curse having Nemesis on the left. "If you miss hit you get a single off the wall or a double, or sometimes you can get an outfielder who isn't used to it turning routine balls into hits," says Revs Infielder, Vince Harrison.

That's in left, but on the right, York places its heavy artillery. Like they say everyday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, this guy needs no introductions. Cannon Ball Charlie, or Jason Kreiger as his friends call him, fires his cannon after the top of the first inning and whenever the home team scores a home run.

 Kreiger is a lab instructor in York College when not shooting the cannon, and he says he is honored to be part of the Revolution family.

For more on the story and an interview with Charlie himself click on the video below.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Media Day Kicks Off Football Frenzy

The L-L holds Media Day as teams prepare for the preseason.

From Section one to three, all the L-L League was fully represented for Media Day in Manheim. Coaches and players answered questions about the upcoming season, giving many a chance to get a inside the lines peek at what the 2011 season will bring.

Below you will find a breakdown of each team with the respective coach's interview attached.

Cocalico (4-3 Section 2, 8-6 Overall)

-The Eagles sneaked into the playoffs last year, but had a great showing. Cocalico headed all the way to the district championship game. In the end though the Eagles lost to Bishop McDevitt 29-14.
-Key Returners: Spencer Moser, Brock Gosling, Kyle Felpel, Andrew Landis, Tyler Buckwalter.
-Key Losses: Austin Hartman*, Jordan Martin, Roman High, Kevin Antol, Ben Brugger.

*Broke three Cocalico records, and rushed for 1,947 yards last year despite not playing for two and a half games.

Ephrata (0-7 Section 1, 2-8 Overall)

-The Mounts struggled in their first season in Section One, dropping their last seven games.
-Ephrata posted back-to-back wins against rivals Cocalico (21-20) and Conestoga Valley (7-3).
-Key Returners: Jeremy Franck, Tucker Keefer, Tim Murray, Derek Burkholder, Alex Pstrak, Danny Matos, Derek Horst.
-Key Losses: Zach Sandoe, Gavin Hession, Stephen Hendrickson, Derrike Kulp.

Manheim Central (5-2 Section 2, 7-3 Overall)

-The Barons are still coping with the loss of four of their own after a tragic car accident in January.
-Lost to L-S in the district quarterfinals, ending their playoff campaign in a 25-20 defeat.
-Key Returners: Caleb Walton, Josh Good, Andrew Kauffman.
-Key Losses: Chase Moyer, Derek Hart, Brandon Artman, Michael Smith, Blake Kreider, Rob LaPorte, Peter Ireland, Tyler Griffith.

Warwick (4-3 Section 1, 6-4 Overall)

-The Warriors qualified for the Class AAAA playoffs, falling short against Central Dauphin in the first round 42-7.
-Key Returners: Tyler Farnan, Zach Hurst, Tom Devenney.
-Key Losses: Deron Thompson*, Bryan McCall, Matt Rissinger, DJ Johnson, Kurtis Zimmerman, John Devenney, Tony Venti.

*Rushed for 2,135 yards.

Conestoga Valley (5-2 Section 2, 5-6 Overall)

-The Buckskins lost in the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs in the first round 28-14 to Dallastown.
-Key Returners: Anthony Brown, Travis Good, Tyler Petri.
-Key Losses: Alex Dienner, Travis Switzer, Cole Dillman, Derek Burkholder, Diarie Brison.

Garden Spot (3-4 Section 2, 4-6 Overall)

-The Spartans were in contention for a playoff spot until back-to-back losses to end the season.
-Key Returners: John Armburst, Dakota Leid, Connor Schlegel, Vinny Borja, Ben Swarr.
-Key Losses: Anthony Huber, Vincent Heffner.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

News 11 Earns Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nomination

Department's High School Game Night up for best Sports Program Series.

The sports department here at Cable-11 is proud to announce that our weekly High School Game Night pregame show has been nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy.

Our Week Eight (October 22) show from the 2010 season was chosen as one of four finalists for the Sports Program Series category.

It is the first nomination for HSGN and we will await our fate at the awards show on September 24 in Philadelphia.

The Emmy nomination is a testament to the long hours and quality work put in by our entire staff here at Cable-11 and the excellent coaches, athletes and administrators we work with on a daily basis.

Watch the nominated show below:

Andrew Wenger Crowned Best in the Nation

Warwick grad named top underclassman prospect.

Warwick graduate Andrew Wenger has been named the number one underclassman prospect by Top Drawer Soccer. The defender is entering his junior year at Duke and already has many honors to his name.

Wenger was a first team All-American last year, as well as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Those honors followed an ACC Rookie of the Year award in  2009. 

Before heading to Durham, Wenger won a state title at Warwick and was named the National Player of the Year.

Duke is ranked in the preseason top 20 in a number of polls. Wenger and the Blue Devils will open their campaign on August 26th.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bobby Beers: How to Roll Like a Champion

An Enola inline skater is gaining national recognition.

Bobby Beers, a recent East Pennsboro High School graduate, is in full training mode. He is jetting off to Colorado for the Outdoor Inline Speed Skating Championships in mid-August in hopes of qualifying for the World Championships in South Korea.

Beers started skating at the age of two, and as the saying goes, never really looked back. Beers tried other sports like track and field and soccer, but says the adrenaline rush he feels in skating is what brings him back.

He won the National Indoor Novice Junior Speed Skating Championship in 2009, fulfilling a dream. But the dream almost never happened.

When Beers was just a baby, his parents were told that he may never walk after being born with a severely clubbed foot. But thankfully doctors were able to surgically fix his foot.

Now the obstacle in the way of Nationals and Worlds is Money.

A lot of money is needed for the travel expenses to each competition. The family is holding a lot of different fundraisers in the area. Donations are also being taken at Susquehanna Bank branches. Donations can also be sent to the Olympic Skating Center in Enola.

For the full story click on the video below:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bryce Harper's Motto: Never be Satisfied

The Washington Nationals' top prospect adjusts to Double-A baseball.

Harrisburg Senator Bryce Harper made his debut in front of Baseballtown's fans tonight in Reading. Harper has been put under the microscope every time he walks up to the plate after being selected first by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 Draft.

The 18-year-old began his season with the Hagerstown Suns before being promoted to the Sens on July 4th. With Hagerstown Harper's impressive numbers included 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 72 games.

In the last 19 games - before the series against Reading - the outfielder hit .250 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI.

Harper says he loves the challenge of going up against tougher competition in Double-A, and says "if you want to be the best, you have to face the best," adding that he is never really satisfied with his performance and will always look for perfection.

For the full interview on how the young baseball star is adjusting to Double-A baseball click on the video below:

Behind the Apron: The Crazy Hot Dog Vendor

The Crazy Hot Dog Vendor relishes every moment on the diamond in Reading.

During every second inning, Phrank and Rodrigo run out onto the field to an uproar of fans just waiting for a hot dog to be thrown their way. In his seventh season, the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor has become a tradition at the Reading Phillies.

The man behind those black frames and wig is Matt Jackson, the director of graphic arts and game entertainment. But once he dons the wig and wrangles up Rodrigo, the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor takes over.

Jackson says he loves doing the gig every game and loves the energy that the fans, kids and players bring to the ball park every time he goes out on the diamond.

For more on this story check out the video below: