Friday, December 30, 2011

Top11 Sporting Moments of 2011 #1-5

As another year comes to a close, we are counting down the Top 11 Sports Moments of 2011. Here is the second half of our countdown, we have the full list on the "Top 11 of 2011" page on the right. 


5. John Armbrust and Connor Schlegel 

Garden Spot duo, John Armbrust and Connor Schelgel quite the double threat for Garden Spot with both the QB and wideout racking up some impressive numbers. 


4. Manheim Central Softball

The Lady Barons had a season for the books, winning their first District crown in program history and making a run at states.


3. Warwick Field Hockey

The Lady Warriors win a league title over section rival, and go far into November with a trip to the state final.



2. Lancaster Mennonite Boys Soccer

LMH soccer not only got back to back district crowns in 2011 to add to its trophy case, but the Blazers added state gold to their collection, winning the school's first ever PIAA title.



1. Lancaster Catholic Football

The Crusaders had the perfect season, literally. A 16-0 record, a 7th consecutive section title, a district title, and their second PIAA title in three years.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 11 Sporting Moments of 2011 # 11 to 6


As another year comes to a close, we are counting down the Top 11 Sports Moments of 2011. Here is the first half of our countdown, we have the up to date list on the "Top 11 of 2011" page on the right. 

11. Atlantic League Dominance

The York Revolutions and the Lancaster Barnstormers had quite the season. Both battled it out for prestige, with the Revs winning its second consecutive championship.


10. F&M's Glenn Robinson

Franklin and Marshall's Men's Basketball Coach,  Glenn Robinson reached a milestone this season, notching his 800th win:


9. Lancaster Catholic Boys Basketball

The Lancaster Catholic boys basketball team had a season for the books; remaining perfect in the regular season, and winning its first district title in program history.


8. Emily Cameron

Warwick swimmer, Emily Cameron continued where she left off in 2010, breaking state records and adding some gold medals to her mantle:


7. Warwick Boys Soccer

Warwick boys soccer did what was 13 years coming, the Warriors won league championship gold:


6. Manheim Central Football

The Manheim Central football team fought one of its hardest battles on September 2nd when the Barons went on the field for the first time without their four fallen teammates. Coach Mike Williams called their win over Lower Dauphin that night, one of the best.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Athlete of the Week: Roman Clay

Roman Clay rushes for 154 yards to help Lancaster Catholic win state gold. 

Clay gets the first down
Lancaster Catholic's Roman Clay gets the nod for "Athlete of the Week," after his performance on Saturday helped his team get its second PIAA state title in three years. 

Clay escapes a tackle
Clay steamrolled through the Tyrone defense rushing for 154 yards and 1 touchdown. The running back's performance gave him 1,899 yards and 32 touchdowns this season, which are both Lancaster Catholic single season school records.

The running back finished as the top rusher in the L-L.

And by the way, Roman Clay is just a junior.



Lancaster Catholic Wins State Crown

Lancaster Catholic beats Tyrone to win its second PIAA state title in three years.

Lancaster Catholic made it a clean sweep Saturday, adding  the "AA" PIAA State title to its trophy case along with the District 3, and Section title the team won earlier in the year.

The Crusaders held off Tyrone to win 17-7. This is the second title in three years for the Crusaders, who made it 2 for 2 in state championship appearances.

The Crusaders ended the season 16-0, and for more on how much this win meant to the team click on the video below.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Under the Lights: Lancaster Catholic Football


Our Under the Lights feature takes a look at one local athlete or team and shows who they are on and off the playing field. Watch our past stories below:

12/16//11 Lancaster Catholic Football
Lancaster Catholic Football is one game away from having the perfect season. The Crusaders will fight for their second PIAA state crown in three years. On the gridiron they get the job done, and it might even get a little "wild".


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jeff Reinhart on Lancaster Catholic vs. Tyrone

Lancaster Catholic faces Tyrone in the PIAA "AA" final in a defensive showdown.

 Lancaster Catholic is one game shy of making it a clean sweep; winning every game and every trophy up for grabs in the 2011 season. But the Crusaders meet Tyrone, who have quite the pedigree in the state championships, and have quite a few threats themsevles.

L-L Leaguesports e-news' Jeff Reinhart breaks down the game.

Lancaster Catholic Football: A Brotherhood

Lancaster Catholic football players reflect on the season and their bond together.

The Lancaster Catholic football team has had quite the season. The Crusaders are 15-0, one game shy from having a perfect season, but most importantly one game away from maybe adding a new trophy to its case,

Catholic returns to Hershey for the second time in three years to fight for the PIAA "AA "state crown.

Click on the story below to see how at Lancaster Catholic blood isn't thicker than this gridiron gang.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kyle Felpel Commits to University of Alabama

Cocalico's Kyle Felpel is headed to University of Alabama next fall.

He was named the defensive linebacker of the year this fall, and amazed us with quite a few amazing catches.  But Kyle Felpel will be using his arms a little differently this season.

The throwing specialist will have to get used to the warmer climate, with the Eagles senior giving a verbal commitment to the University of Alabama.

Felpel had been linked to a couple other colleges, including Penn State and Oklahoma. 

Last spring, Felpel won the district three triple A shot put title, and claimed silver in states.

The senior said he still hasn't picked an event to specialize in yet, and that he'll worry about that when he'll worry about that when he gets to Tuscaloosa.

Athlete of the Week: Warwick Girls Bowling

Warwick Girls Bowling rolls to win Athlete of the Week.

Warwick's Brianna Weaver
The athlete of the week for the week of December 9th comes from the bowling lanes, with the Warwick bowling team having quite the week.

This week the team rolled to a 2-0 start for the season with wins over Manheim Township and Cedar Crest.

The girls then showed off a little in the Ice Breaker Tournament, where they beat 12 high school teams from Central Pennsylvania, Allentown and Philadelphia for the gold.

Crusaders Win a Spot in State Title Game

Lancaster Catholic beats West Catholic to land a spot in state final.


Harbach and team celebrate after win

Lancaster Catholic is going to the state title game after its 23-20 win against West Philadelphia Catholic. The Crusaders will now face Tyrone in Hershey for the state title.

And the Crusaders had to dig deep for the win against the Burrs. The Crusader D stepping up after a Lancaster Catholic fumble, holding West Catholic to get back the ball after a botched punt. From there the offense took over, and in the same style Lancaster Catholic won in 2009 in Coatsville, Sean Titus brings in the winning touchdown with less than a minute on the clock.

Click on the video below to see all the reaction from Coatsville.

Athlete of the Week: Charles Sweigert

Sweigert Celebrating after TD
Charles Sweigert Sparks Crusaders' Offense in Quarterfinals. 

"Athlete of the Week" for the week of December 3rd  is Lancaster Catholic's Charles Sweigert, after his performance against Mount Carmel in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Sweigert hauling in the TD
The game in Shamokin was all about nailing the big plays, with Mount Carmel keeping the Crusader offense more quiet than usual. So when the Crusaders offense needed a spark,  Sweigert sprung into action.  The wide out helped the Catholic offense in the second quarter, hauling in a 78 yard catch all the way to the end zone.

Sweigert finished the day with four catches for 157 yards.








Lions Club Honors Trio

John Armbrust, Robbie Gillin, and Johnnie Martin awarded Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award

Lions Club Awards Trio
The Lions Clubs of Columbia, Elizabethtown, and Lititz recognized three of the leagues most outstanding football players.

With one honoree from each L-L League Section, Garden Spot's John Armbrust,Wilson's Robbie Gillin, and Donegal's Johnnie Martin  were the 2011 recipients of the Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award.

The Spartan earned the honor after working the option this season, throwing for 29 touchdowns and rushing for over 500 yards.

Armbrust was joined by his parents and coach Matt Zamperini while receiving the award.

Click on the video below to hear from the honoree Spartan.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

LL League Football All Stars: Section Two

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Williams, Manheim Central
OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR: John Armbrust, Garden Spot
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg
WIDE RECEIVER OF THE YEAR: Connor Schlegel, Garden Spot
DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR: Tyler Stitz, Solanco
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Kyle Felpel, Cocalico
LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR: Andrew Kauffman, Manheim Central
OUTSTANDING BACK OF THE YEAR: John Armbrust, Garden Spot
OUTSTANDING LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg 


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - John Armbrust, Garden Spot
RB - Anthony Brown, Conestoga Valley
RB - Joe Welk, Solanco
RB - Jordan Groff, Lampeter-Strasburg
WR - Connor Schlegel, Garden Spot
WR - Ray Lopez, Lampeter-Strasburg 
WR - Kirby Breault, Elizabethtown
TE - Taylor Geib, Manheim Central
C - Austin Good, Manheim Central
OG - Eric Price, Solanco
OG - Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg
OT -Matt Boulden, Solanco
OT - Robbie Barrett, Garden Spot
K - Bryant Myer, Manheim Central
KR - Joe Welk, Solanco

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Nate Henry, Manheim Central
DE - Kyle Felpel, Cocalico
DT - Josh Cooper, Elizabethtown
DT - Andre Dienner, Lampeter-Strasburg 
DT - Derek Shaub, Manheim Central
ILB - Andrew Kauffman, Manheim Central
ILB - Jason Lindlsey, Lampeter-Strasburg
OLB - Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg 
OLB - Joe Welk, Solanco
DB - Ray Lopez, Lampeter-Strasburg
DB - Reid Pavlik, Manheim Central
DB - Tyler Stitz, Solanco
DB - Ryan Connell, Garden Spot
DB - Kirby Breault, Elizabethtown 
P - Bryant Myer, Manheim Central

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Caleb Walton, Manheim Central
QB - Nate Shank, Lampeter-Strasburg
RB - Dan Neff, Lampeter-Strasburg
RB - Spencer Moser, Cocalico
RB - Nick Reitenbach, Cocalico
WR - Kyle Felpel, Cocalico
WR - Alex Kuhn, Labanon
WR - Josh Good, Manheim Central
TE - Mike McNelis, Lampeter-Strasburg
C - Shae McGarvery, Conestoga Valley
OG - Tyler Good, Conestoga Valley
OG - Logan High, Cocalico
OG - Ben Sensenig, Garden Spot
OT - Manny Del Carpio, Manheim Central
OT - Erick Caba, Lebanon
K - Robbie Cardina, Conestoga Valley
KR - Ryan Connell, Garden Spot

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Matt McCrudden, Lampeter-Strasburg
DE - Eric Price, Solanco
DE - Chris Lynn, Manheim Central
DT - Shae McGarvery, Conestoga Valley
DT - Matt Christie, Garden Spot
DT - Austin Fromm, Cocalico
ILB - Jed Murray, Lebanon
ILB - Dalton Kern, Cocalico
OLB - Mark Pyles, Lebanon
OLB - Jason Nolt, Garden Spot
DB - Anthony Brown, Conestoga Valley
DB - Steven Padillas, Lebanon
DB - Jordan Groff, Lampeter-Strasburg
DB - Dan Neff, Lampeter-Strasburg
DB - Spencer Moser, Cocalico
P - Tanner Reed, Garden Spot

HONORABLE MENTION: OFFENSE
QB - Alex Trautman, Lebanon
RB - Dakoda Leid, Garden Spot
RB - Ryan Connell, Garden Spot
RB - Matt McCrudden, Lampeter-Strasburg
WR - Andrew Seiverling , Manheim Central
C - Tyler Ayers, Solanco
C - Ben Weaver, Garden Spot
C - Chad Harrison, Lampeter-Strasburg
C - Josh Cooper, Elizabethtown
OT - Drew Stauffer, Lampeter-Strasburg
OT - Tony Lonardi, Elizabethtown
K - Troy Harmon, Garden Spot
K - Wyatt Dungan, Cocalico
KR - Drew Murray, Lebanon
KR - Ryan Connell, Garden Spot

HONORABLE MENTION: DEFENSE
DE - Dan Mullins, Cocalico
DT - Trent Lilley, Manheim Central
ILB - Tyler Petri, Conestoga Valley
ILB - Rob King, Garden Spot
OLB - Caleb Martin, Manheim Central
OLB - Nate Shank, Lampeter-Strasburg
OLB - Tanner Leid, Garden Spot
DB - Tyler Kolb, Conestoga Valley
DB - Josh Good, Manheim Central
P -  Robbie Cardina, Conestoga Valley
P - Kyle Felpel, Cocalico
P - Nate Shank, Lampeter-Strasburg
P - Steven Padillas, Lebanon

LL League Football All Stars: Section One

COACH OF THE YEAR: Doug Dahms, Wilson
OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR: Rodney Gillin, Wilson
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Ethan Werner, Wilson
WIDE RECEIVER OF THE YEAR: Diante Cherry, McCaskey
DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR: Daulton Parmer, Penn Manor
LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR: Dominic Moyer, Wilson
OUTSTANDING BACK OF THE YEAR: Rodney Gillin, Wilson
OUTSTANDING LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Tom Devenney, Warwick


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
 QB - Brennan Scott, Manheim Township
RB - Rodney Gillin, Wilson
RB - Joey Gamble, Hempfield
RB - Brady Forney, Warwick
WR - Diante Cherry, McCaskey
WR - Daulton Parmer, Penn Manor
WR - Daulton Ritter, Cedar Crest
WR - Jacob Morgan, Wilson
TE - Matt Rothrock, Wilson
C - Mike Farley, Manheim Township
OG - Cody Stryker, Penn Manor
OG - Isaiah Brown, Wilson
OT - Ethan Werner, Wilson
OT - Clayon Schannauer, Wilson
K - Mark Hoffman, Hempfield
KR - Chase Miller, Manheim Township

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Kevin Sollenberger, Ephrata
DE - Matt Rothrock, Wilson
DT -Austin Young, Hempfield
DT - Jordan Mayes, Manheim Township
DT - Tom Devenney, Warwick
ILB - Dominic Moyer, Wilson
ILB - Scott Sallade, Manheim Township
OLB - K.J. Pederson, Hempfield
OLB - Noel Burgos, McCaskey
DB - Chase Miller, Manheim Township
DB - Daulton Parmer, Penn Manor
DB - Diante Cherry, McCaskey
DB - Rodney Gillin, Wilson
P - Adam Sahd, Penn Manor

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Garrett Levengood, Cedar Crest
RB - Tim Murray, Ephrata
RB - Alex Pstrak, Ephrata
RB - Brandon Stone, Penn Manor
RB - Dillon O'Dell, Manheim Township
WR - Kyle Bushong, Manheim Township
WR - Chase Miller, Manheim Township
TE - Darin Kline, Cedar Crest
C - J.D. Aument, Hempfield
OG - Marcus Grant, Manheim Township
OG - Chris Bishop, Cedar Crest
OT - Tom Devenney, Warwick
OT - Clayton Hoffmaster, Manheim Township
K - Shawn Mearig, Warwick
KR - Daulton Parmer, Penn Manor

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Junior Joseph, Wilson
DE - Trent Crider, Penn Manor
DT - Deshon Giddens, Wilson
DT - Dante Swinton, McCaskey
DT - Errol Hammond, Penn Manor
ILB - Dylan Weber, Penn Manor
ILB - Will Hollis, Hempfield
OLB - Alex Opp, Manheim Township
OLB - Jimmy Waters, Wilson
DB - Garrett Levengood, Cedar Crest
DB - Collin Harrop, Wilson
DB - Tyler Karpinski, Manheim Township
DB - Daulton Ritter, Cedar Crest
P - Brennan Scott, Manheim Scott

HONORABLE MENTION: OFFENSE
QB - Adam Sahd, Penn Manor
QB - Johnathan Hulyo, McCaskey
QB - Seth Klein, Wilson
RB - Josh Ransing, McCaskey
RB - Anthony Boak, Warwick
RB - Dominic Moyer, Wilson
TE - Kevin Sollenberger, Ephrata
TE - Dylan Weber, Penn Manor
C - Dalton Bollinger, Warwick
OG - Dante Swinton, McCaskey
OG - Harry Schenberger, Hempfield
OG - Jared Good, Warwick
OG - David Sanchez, Manheim Township
OG - Austin Noss, Wilson
OT - Matt Sollenberger, Hempfield
OT - Xavier Solis, McCaskey
OT - Mitch Sweigart, Penn Manor
K - Daulton Ritter, Cedar Crest
K - Alex Woolley, Manheim Township
K - Blaise Glover, McCaskey
KR - Tim Murray, Ephrata
KR - Diante Cherry, McCaskey
KR - Daulton Ritter, Cedar Crest
KR - Jacob Morgan, Wilson

HONORABLE MENTION: DEFENSE
DE - Matt Sourber, Manheim Township
DE - Xavier Solis, McCaskey
DE - Simon Williams, Manheim Township
DE - Alex Quinn, Penn Manor
DE - Dalton Bollinger, Warwick
DE - Luke Deffenderfer, Hempfield
DT - Gregg Jones, McCaskey
ILB - Corey Shirk, Ephrata
ILB - Demetrius Young, Wilson
ILB - Albert Powell, Warwick
OLB - Adam Hess, Penn Manor
OLB - Bobby Nye, Ephrata
OLB - Madison Miller, Wilson
OLB - Chad Messimer, Warwick
DB - Evan Weaver, Ephrata
DB - Stu Helgeson, Hempfield
DB - Austin Minnich, Warwick
DB - Mike Bucek, Penn Manor
P - Madison Miller, Warwick
P - Blaise Glover, McCaskey