Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An Exchange Student Dives Right into a New Culture

Eprhata Senior, Katrin Goebel joins the high school swim team to learn about a new culture. 

Its always hard making new friends as the new girl at school. But how about making new friends in another country, far from your family. Foreign Exchange student, Katrin Goebel came to Ephrata for her senior year to immerse herself in American culture. And Goebel dived head first and joined the Ephrata swimming team to get the full experience.

Athlete of the Week: Josh Bloom and Nick Cook

Josh Bloom and Nick Cook took down challengers in the Wrestling League Championships. 

Nick Cook at the podium
Garden Spot wrestlers, Josh Bloom and Nick Cook representing their school when during the two day League Championships this past weekend. 

Bloom pinning LaFever
 Cook had one pin on his route to league gold, and took down reigning champ Conestoga Valley's Nate Musser in the semi-finals to win the precious 126 pound medal.

His fellow Spartan, Bloom pinned all that was in front of him on his way to the 285 pound title. He took down number 1 seed, Manheim Central's Aaron Lefever to win the championship, and his first tournament win. 

Both guys helping their squad attain third place in the League Championships. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Schedule Freeze

Updated Basketball Schedule: 

Ephrata @ Middletown PPD. (no date set)

Elco at Pine Grove @ PPD until February 7, 7:30 p.m.

The boys games Hempfield at Red Land and Central Dauphin at Cedar Crest  are a go. No word on the other games on the slate today. 

L-L League Wrestling Championships Day 1

L-L League Wrestling Championships wraps up day one.

The threat of snow not freezing competition on the mats Friday. After Day 1 reigning champs, Solanco leads the team championships, with a lot of our area high schools in the top 10.

Here is a breakdown:

1. Solanco 118
2. Manheim Township 110.5
3. Garden Spot 86
4.Hempfield 81.5
5. Manheim Central 75.5
6. Conestoga Valley 74
7. Elizabethtown 71
8. ELCO 70.5
9. Ephrata 67
10. Lancaster Catholic 63
12. Warwick 60.5
17. Cocalico 43.5

For the full brackets Click here (compliments of L-L League E-news' Jeff Reinhart)

Athlete of the Week: Derrick Shields

Warwick's Shields leads the Warriors to second in the section. 

Warwick's Derrick Shields helped his team win three of four games this past week, nabbing the honor of Athlete of the Week.

 Shields scoring 17 points against Cedar Crest and then turning back around two nights later and scoring 19 points over Warriors' section rival Penn Manor- to help Warwick get sole possession of the second spot in Section 1. The senior captain averaged 19.5 points over that time period.

In 12 games, Shields averaged 15 points a game, scoring 180 points for the Warriors.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Warwick's Wenger Picked #1 in MLS Draft

Warwick grad Andrew Wenger is going Pro.

Warwick High School grad, Andrew Wenger picked first overall in the MLS Superdraft by the Montreal Impact. Here is the AP story along with a video link with reaction from Wenger and Warwick Soccer Coach Dale Stoltzfus.

Andrew Wenger as a Reading United
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Montreal Impact selected Duke forward Andrew Wenger with the first overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, choosing  the most complete player available as the expansion franchise pieces together its first roster.

Wenger won the Hermann Trophy as the top NCAA player. He was the ACC defensive player of the year last season and offensive player of the year this past season, finishing with 17 goals and eight assists in 22 games.

“It’s an honor, but it’s exciting,” said Wenger, who plans to join the new MLS club in a couple weeks, once his responsibilities with the U.S. men’s national under-23 team are through.

The Impact were expected to choose between Wenger and Akron forward Darren Mattocks, who many believe has greater long-term potential. Club officials wavered between the two until a couple days ago, ultimately going with Wenger’s versatility over Mattocks’ scoring punch.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Wenger said. “I’ve never lived in a big city. I’ve been watching a lot of the Travel Channel lately, so at least I know of some nice places to eat.”

Montreal coach Jesse Marsch, a longtime MLS star, said he doesn’t know where  Wenger will fit on the field. He’s shown ability at forward and midfield and as a lockdown defender.
“I think he was the best soccer player available,” Marsch said. “We followed  him very closely, and we just felt he had the best future, short term and long term, in the draft.”

Children Derserve a Chance

A local foundation helps children tackle their school work head on. 

The "Children Deserve a Chance" foundation is trying to make sure children have the opportunity to further their education by going to college. The organization helps 4th to 12th graders receive the necessary tools to understand the college application process and of course get the grades necessary.

Check the video below to find out how the foundation helped Lancaster Catholic's Running Back, Roman Clay, score a touchdown in his school work.

If you are interested in the program check out their website at www.childrendeserveachance.com.
You can also email Jordan Steffy at jsteffy@childrendeserveachance.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rheinheimer Nets 1,000th point

Lancaster Mennonite's Jess Rheinheimer nets her 1,000th career point for the Blazers.

LMH's Jess Rheimheimer wrote her name in Blazer program history after netting her 1,000th career point in Mennonite's win over Lebanon Catholic.

It was a tale of two halves for the forward. The senior sat on the bench for a good bit of the first half because of foul trouble, only scoring four points of the 15 needed to reach the milestone. And then the second half happened.

She scored 15 points in the second half, and with 5:15 left to go, she needed three points to reach the mark. Rheimheimer found the space behind the arc, and the rest is history. She ended the night with 19 points, giving her 1,004 in her career, and helping her team beat the Beavers 74-54, knocking Lebanon Catholic out of the top spot.

Rheinheimer is the sixth Lancaster Mennonite girls’ player to hit 1,000 points. L-L Leage E-News' Jeff Reinhart caught the moment on his trusty flip cam and to see the moment click here video of her 1,000th point.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Jess Rheinheimer

Rheinheimer Scores her way to the Athlete of the Week Nod

Lancaster Mennonite's Jess Rheinheimer didn't quite reach her a thousand point mark this past week but it wasn't because she wasn't lighting up scoreboards.

Rheimheimer on a breakaway against Columbia

The senior forward averaged 15 points in the last three games for the Blazers including that season high of 28 points against Lancaster Catholic. Rheinheimer then helped her team rebound quick from that Crusader loss, by getting the win over Columbia two days later - keeping the Blazers in the section race.

Rheinheimer still needs 15 points to reach that big milestone. And she will look to get her 1,000th career point against Northern Lebanon on Thursday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Bryan Rivera

 Lancaster Catholic's Bryan Rivera lights up the board for the Crusaders.

Rivera in a trademark drive

Lancaster Catholic's Bryan Rivera continues to cement himself as one of the league's  scoring leaders.

  During the week of December 30th, Rivera reached the 100 point mark by helping his team arrive at a holiday tournament final.

Rivera helped the Crusaders beat Warwick in the Josh Monpetit Holiday Tourney with a 15 point performance.

 In seven games, the senior has 107 points with 13 triples- which by the way is also among the leaders.

 His game high so far this season is 28 points.

Athlete of the Week: Morgan Mummau

Manheim Central's Mummau continues her hot streak on the court.

Manheim Central's Morgan Mummau continues to shine for the Barons this season.
Mummau unleashing a triple against the Dutchman

For the week of December 21, she helped her team get their fourth and fifth straight wins and helped the Barons snag the top spot in Section 3.

Just take a look a these stats. The senior lit up behind the arc in Central's win over Pequea Valley by drilling six treys and scoring a season high of 19 points. The forward then continued the charge and nailed two more triples in Manheim Central's win over Annville Cleona, leading the Barons as well as the L-L League with 14 triples.

To sum it up, Mummau had a great week on the hardwood!