Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shelley Gets Board Approval

The Ephrata School Board voting "yes" to Scott Shelley becoming the new football coach.

The Ephrata School Board officially handing over the reigns to Scott Shelley on Monday night, to become Ephrata's new football coach.

Shelley, an Ephrata high school grad, will help his alma-mater shift from section one to section two this season. He has spent years coaching special teams, defensive backs, and wideouts at Ephrata. As well as a stint as a defensive coordinator under Phil Kauffman at Cocalico. Now the two will reverse their roles, and Kauffman will now coordinate the offense for Shelley at Ephrata.

Shelley succeeds Jim Vieland. Vieland resigned from the post earlier this season, and is not an assistant coach at Franklin and Marshall College.

Coach Shelley talked to us after the board meeting:

Athlete of the Week:Kam Mueller & Tom Devenney

Cocalico's Kam Mueller and Warwick's Tom Devenney are the "Athletes of the Week" after qualifying for States.

Mueller pinning Wuestner in first round
District 3 wrestling dominated this past weekend's headlines, with local mat men having exceptional runs through their brackets. Cocalico's Kam Mueller and Warwick's Tom Devenney, both headed to the PIAA state tournament.

Mueller earning runner-up honors at 182 pounds, his signature win an upset over previously undefeated Dylan Hickernell in the semifinals.
Devenney takes down Wilson's Dierolf

Meanwhile, in the heavyweight bracket, Tom Devenney wrestling back through consolations to finish in 3rd place and claim that last precious spot in the state tourney.

Both Devenney and Mueller will hit the mats for the state tournament on March 8th at Hershey.

District 3 Bowling Singles Championships [VIDEO]

District 3's most talented rollers converge upon Berks Lanes in Reading for the championships.

Some local bowlers and their final finishes:


Sara Strausbaugh, Lancaster Catholic: 6th
Aerika High, Manheim Central: 4th
Bryanna Nihoff, Warwick: 3rd


Matt Martin, Garden Spot: 3rd

Check out the highlights below:

Next up for all these bowlers... the Regional Tournament... happening this Friday and Saturday in Lancaster at both Leisure and Dutch Lanes.

District 3 Wrestling Championship Saturday [VIDEO]

Quite a few L-L league wrestlers involved in the championship finals last Saturday evening.

Manheim Township's Cortlandt Schuyler, Cocalico's Kam Mueller and Solanco's Connor Moran and Thomas Haines all in action in the final matches.

All finalists earned a berth in the PIAA state tournament.

Warwick's Tom Devenney wrestled back through the 285 pound consolation bracket to claim 3rd place and his own spot in the state tourney.

Check out the highlights below:

Friday, February 24, 2012

L-L Wrestlers Remain on the Hunt for District Glory

17 L-L League wrestlers punch their ticket into Saturday's District 3 semi-final round. 

Kam Mueller pins to move on
District 3 Individual Wrestling Tournament beginning today up at Hersheypark Arena, and after a long day the L-L continues to be well represented.

Here is the full break down of every L-L Leaguer that will feature in the semi final round tomorrow with our area guys in bold:

Nick Cook pins his man
in the first period
132 – T.J. Renninger, Annville-Cleona vs. Laike Gardner, Biglerville
138 - Drew Jackson, Pequea Valley vs. Tyler Shaffer, Hanover
152 – Stephen Loiseau, Lancaster Catholic vs. Noah Blasone, Bermudian Springs
160 – Mitch Ball, Pequea Valley vs. Tyler Fitzkee, Bermudian Springs
170 – Ryan Daub, Northern Lebanon vs. Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs
182 – Jon Ross, Pequea Valley vs. Joe Hurda, Biglerville

106 – Connor Sheehan, Solanco vs. Zach Elvin, Central Dauphin
113 – Matt Grossman, Manheim Township vs. Zach Ulerick, Middletown
120 – Cortlandt Schuyler, Manheim Township vs. Zach Snow, Muhlenberg
126 – Scott Lopez, Manheim Township vs. Tyson Dippery, Central Dauphin
126 – Nick Cook, Garden Spot vs. Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley
152 – Teddy Wolf, Cocalico vs. Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauhin
Benn Swarr in the middle
of a takedown
170 – Connor Sheehan, Solanco vs. Ben Swarr, Garden Spot
182 – Kam Mueller, Cocalico vs. Dylan Hickernell, Elco
220 – Thomas Haines, Solanco vs. Joe Giorgio, Exeter

Ephrata's Todd Dumas and Mike Lammer, Garden Spot's Rob King and Tanner Leid, Warwick's Tom Devenney and Cody Shoenberger, Conestoga Valley's Brad Erb, and Manheim Central's Ben Metzler remain alive in the consolation bracket.

Here are  highlights of some of the first round matches:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Milligan Reaches Dip Milestone

F & M's Milligan breaks James McNally's record to become the new Diplomats' all time leading scorer. 

Franklin and Marshall's point guard, Georgio Milligan, is now in the Diplomat record books. The senior scored 26 points in the Dips' last win over Dickinson to make him F & M's all time leading scorer with 1,807 points- breaking James McNally's old mark of 1,796 points.

Millgan Dunks against Ursinus
Milligan this season also becoming the first player in CC history to earn First Team All-CC honors four times; and the third player in F&M history, and fifth player in CC history, to earn back-to-back Player of the Year awards.

Milligan also a jokester off the court.

Check out the story below to hear interviews from Brandon Beckford, Max Brewer and Coach Glenn Robinson.

 The 13th ranked Dips will now host the Centennial Conference Championships Friday. F&M tips things off against Washington in the Semi-finals.

L-L League All-Defensive Team

Postseason honors for our local hoopsters continue to roll in.

As voted on by the L-L league boys basketball coaches... the All-Defensive team:

Section 1

Matt Engle, Warwick

Section 2

Louis Swan, Conestoga Valley

Section 3

Connor Schlegel, Garden Spot
Zach Schnitzler, Manheim Central

Section 4

Matthew Hess, Lancaster Mennonite
Robby Rowe, Lancaster Catholic 

Check out the rest of the defensive stalwarts who made the list here, courtesy of Jeff Reinhart's L-L League News.

Two Garden Spot Seniors Commit

Ryan Connell to Clarion; Rob Barrett to Bloomsburg

Two Spartan football players recently made their college decisions. Defensive back and late-season running back replacement Ryan Connell heads to Clarion, who went 3-8 last fall.

Connell was voted L-L league Section 2 First Team at defensive back.

Rob Barrett will join him in the PSAC conference after committing to Bloomsburg. The offensive lineman was a key factor in Garden Spot's improvement this year, protecting QB John Armbrust and making tons of key blocks.

The 6'3, 300 pounder was voted AAA Second Team All-State on the offensive line by the Pennsylvania Football News.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Updated District 3 Basketball Brackets

Check out the results after a wild second night of District 3 basketball.

AAAA Brackets:

-McCaskey moving on after taking down LL rival Hempfield, 60-47.
-Elizabethtown beats Southwestern 67-52.
-Manheim Township loses to Dover.

Full brackets here.


-Manheim Township, Solanco and Wilson all advanced to the quarterfinals after wins last night. Play resumes on Friday.

Full brackets here.

AAA Brackets:


-Lampeter-Strasburg the only L-L team alive; will face Bishop McDevitt in the quarters.

Full brackets here.


-Lancaster Catholic with a win over Big Spring, 62-42 to advance.
-Manheim Central loses to Susquehanna Township, 47-34.

Full brackets here.

AA Brackets:


-Lancaster Mennonite scores an upset win over Tulpehocken, 60-47.

Full brackets here.

-Quarterfinal play begins Friday.

Full brackets here.

District 3 Wrestling Pairings

District 3 Wrestling Individual Tournament begins this Friday at the Giant Center

Our Area L-L League wrestlers in the “AAA” field:

106 – Josh Charles, Warwick (22-10) vs. Logan Feeser, South Western (25-5)

120 – Todd Dumas, Ephrata (26-4) vs. Kenny Arentz, Governor Mifflin (27-7)
Beegle vs. Bucher earlier
in the season

126 – Ben Metzler, Manheim Central (31-10) vs. Tylson Dippery, Central Dauphin (41-2)

126 – Nick Cook, Garden Spot (32-4) vs. Jesse Stouch, Gettysburg (29-12)

126 – Scott Lopez, Manheim Township (24-5) vs. Nick Cain, Middletown (23-9)

126 – Nate Musser, Conestoga Valey (31-8) vs. Ross Drawbaugh, Dover (27-5

132 – Tim Beegle, Garden Spot (29-10) vs. Cody Bucher, Manheim Central (23-15)

Chad Lammer in the
L-L Champs
138 – Chad Lammer, Ephrata (18-8) vs. Mason Bentzel, Spring Grove (33-3)

138 – A.J. Votano, Manheim Central (27-10) vs. Nick Varndell, Central Dauphin (14-5)

138 – Will Finkey, Garden Spot (18-8) vs. Adam Smith, Manheim Township (28-4)

145 – Rob King, Garden Spot (32-8) vs. Troy Ernest, Elizabethtown (20-6)

145 – Mike Lammer, Ephrata (25-3) vs. Josh White, Hamburg (30-10)

145 – Cody Lloyd, Cedar Crest (35-4) vs. T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley (27-6)

152 – Ben Wise, Manheim Central (27-16) vs. Jake Colello, Cedar Cliff (24-7)

152 – Teddy Wolf, Cocalico (36-3) vs. J.P. Kramer, Conestoga Valley (26-14)

152 – Tanner Leid, Garden Spot (26-8) vs. Tyler Miller, Spring Grove (23-12)

160 – Cody Shoenberger, Warwick (37-6) vs. Cumberland Valley’s Wills Long (17-8)

170 – Ben Swarr, Garden Spot (38-2) vs. Boe Barrick, Cumberland Valley (26-7)

182 – Kam Mueller, Cocalico (34-4) vs. David Wuestner, Lower Dauphin (12-16)
Devenney and Lafever brawling

220 – Brad Erb, Conestoga Valley (31-9) vs. Aram Moffitt, South Western (21-6)

285 – Joey Bragg, Conestoga Valley (26-14) vs. Dawson Peck, Chambersburg (6-0)

285 – Tommy Devenney, Warwick (29-2) vs. James Sturdivant, Muhlenberg (26-13)

285 – Aaron Lefever, Manheim Central (26-7) vs. Nick Lucchesi, York Suburban (33-1)

For full district AAA pairings click here

Athlete of the Week: Aerika High

 Manheim Central's Aerika High is the "Athlete of the Week" after rolling to league singles gold.

Manheim Central's Aerika High winning the L-L League singles bowling championships in convincing fashion.  High steam rolling her way past four bowlers in the step ladder finals. 

High in her stride in the League Championships
She survived four straight one on one matches, even rolling a near perfect game. High defeated Warwick's Bryanna Nihoff 225-171,Ephrata's Keith Sholly 258-256, and Penn Manor's Will Welsh 278-211 to reach the finals, where she squeaked out the win against number one seed, Pequea Valley's Eric Erb.

 Next up for High, the District 3 Singles Championships this weekend.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Highlights from the Hempfield Wrestling Sectional Tournament

The majority of L-L matmen were in action this past Saturday in Landisville, hoping to qualify for the District 3 tournament.

What a night for some of our local wrestlers at the Hempfield meet. Ephrata's 145 pounder Mike Lammer took the title, as did Warwick teammates Cody Shoenberger at 160 and Tommy Devenney at 285. Highlights below:

There were also five local title winners from the Governor Mifflin meet:

126: Nick Good, Garden Spot
132: Tim Beegle, Garden Spot
152: Teddy Wolf, Cocalico
170: Ben Swarr, Garden Spot
182: Kam Mueller, Cocalico

McCaskey Defeats Lancaster Catholic for L-L Title

The Red Tornado take down their city rivals Lancaster Catholic 71-57 in the L-L championship game.

Riveting game on Saturday, as the rivalry was renewed between McCaskey and Lancaster Catholic. The game was back-and-forth until the second half, when the Red Tornado pulled away for the comfortable 14 point win. The Catholic backcourt certainly came to play: Bryan Rivera dropped 25 points, while Eric Goldbach chipped in 17. Check out the highlights below:


List of Local District 3 Wrestling Qualifiers

A large number of local grapplers have made the cut for this weekend's District 3 tourney.


120: Todd Dumas
138: Chad Lammer
145: Mike Lammer


152: Teddy Wolf
182: Kam Mueller


106: Josh Charles
160: Cody Shoenberger
285: Tommy Devenney

Manheim Central

126: Ben Metzler
132: Cody Bucher
138: AJ Votano
152: Ben Wise
285: Aaron Lefever

Garden Spot

126: Nick Cook
132: Tim Beegle
138: Will Finkey
145: Robbie King
152: Tanner Leid
170: Ben Swarr

Conestoga Valley

126: Nate Musser
152: JP Kramer
220: Brad Erb
285: Joey Bragg

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lancaster Catholic Girls Win L-L Title

The Crusaders claim the title after a big 55-33 win over Lancaster Mennonite.

Just two days after claiming his 700th victory, Lancaster Catholic coach Lamar Kauffman lead his Crusaders to league gold once again. It's his 10th title at the school. Guards Porcha Speller and Danielle Atkinson outpaced Jess Rheinheimer and the Lancaster Mennonite Blazers.

The game one for the history books: it was the only time two Section 4 teams have played for the L-L title. Check out the highlights and postgame reaction below:

Lamar Kauffman 700th Win Reaction

Lancaster Catholic head coach Lamar Kauffman and his team react to his historic 700th win.

On Wednesday night, Lamar Kauffman did something no L-L coach had ever done... win 700 games in his career. The win over Manheim Township gave him the milestone, but he prefers to give the credit to his girls and how hard they work.

News 11 Sports Director Jacquie Franciulli takes a closer look at the man who averages 23 wins a season.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

District 3 Singles Bowling Qualfification

Next up for L-L bowlers... the District 3 singles tournament.

After impressive performances in L-L singles competition, the following local bowlers have qualified for the District 3 tourney:


Aerika High, Manheim Central
Kelsey Hammond, Manheim Central
Johanna Joseph, Warwick
Bryanna Nihoff, Warwick
Brandi Witmyer, Warwick
Sirena Rowland, Garden Spot
Nancy Reichert, Lancaster Catholic
Sara Strausbaugh, Lancaster Catholic


Ronnie Kingsboro, Manheim Central
Matt Martin, Garden Spot
Rodney Rippy, Conestoga Valley
Keith Sholly, Ephrata
Matt Pleger, Lancaster Catholic
Tom Mattaini, Lancaster Catholic

The District competition is set for February 25th.

L-L Bowling Team Championship Finals

Penn Manor wins title over Garden Spot in finals.

The L-L Bowling Championships continued today, with eight teams battling for first place. Section 2 champion Garden Spot took down Manheim Central in the quarterfinals on their way to the final match against Penn Manor, where the Comets won a hard-fought 3 game match.

Section 3 winner Lancaster Catholic was eliminated in the semifinals.

Photo courtesy Dale Pannebecker

Lancaster Catholic's Juliano and Sweigart Commit

Center Anthony Juliano chooses Gettysburg College... while teammate Charles Sweigart signs with Juniata College.

Anthony Juliano
Crusaders center Anthony Juliano, the anchor of the offensive line, heads to Gettysburg College. The 6'2, 250 pounder joins the Bullets after a campaign in which they finished 6-4. He'll join another local athlete on the team: Cocalico grad Jon Smoker, who is currently on the squad as a running back.

Juliano was named to the L-L League's section 3 all-star first team at center.

Charles Sweigart has signed with Juniata College after logging an impressive season at both defensive back and wide receiver. He earned a slew of postseason awards, including Double A First Team All State defensive specialist and Double A Third Team All State at wideout.

Charles Sweigert
Juniata finished off a rough season last year (1-9 overall) as they look to turn things around in the fall.


L-L Bowling Singles Championship Results

Aerika High from Manheim Central steamrolls through the step-ladder finals on her way to a dramatic first-place finish.

5 bowlers were good enough to make the step-ladder finals, where Manheim Central's Aerika High caught on fire. High winning four straight games against the L-L League's finest to claim the singles championship.

Your top 5 finishers:

1. Aerika High, Manheim Central
2. Eric Erb, Pequea Valley
3. Keith Sholly, Ephrata
4. Will Welsh, Penn Manor
5. Bryanna Nihoff, Warwick

Other local notables:

8. Ronnie Kingsboro, Manheim Central
9. Matt Martin, Garden Spot
10. Tom Mattaini, Lancaster Catholic

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Court with Olivia Stone

Olivia Stone and her squad going for a championship crown at Doe Run Elementary School. 

Following up on a local star we introduced last week, in Manheim. Manheim Central's coach Tom McCabe and his lady Barons out to support Olivia Stone and the girls from Jimbo's Deli, as they take on the Zern's Beverage Distributors.

Check out Olivia's basket on this video below.

Jeff Reinhart Talks L-L Girls Semi-Finals

Jeff Reinhart of llleaguesports.com came in to chat about the girls L-L league semi-finals.

Watch below to find out his take on the Manheim Township/Lancaster Catholic tilt, as well as who can get the upper-hand in the Lancaster Mennonite versus Hempfield match up. 

Play of the Night: Cardina Slam Dunk!

Conestoga Valley's Robbie Cardina getting some air time in CV's quarter-final game. 

Conestoga Valley's Robbie Cardina showing off his skills tonight in his team's quarter-finals match up against Lancaster Catholic.

Cardina with a dunk in the second quarter to help his team gain a 4 point lead against the Crusaders.

Check it out:

Lancaster Catholic though take the win at the end of the night, winning 55-47.

NY Giants Sign Lancaster Catholic Grad

Lancaster Catholic Grad, Ryan Purvis, signs with the New York Giants. 

Courtesy: cfn.scout.com
Former Lancaster Catholic football standout, Ryan Purvis has a new NFL home. Purvis signed a reserve/future contract with the Superbowl Champs, the New York Giants.

After playing college ball at Boston College, Purvis had a stint at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here is the AP Wire for the full details:

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY — The New York Giants have signed veteran guard Chris White and two other players to reserve/future contracts. Also added to the roster were defensive end Craig Marshall, who was briefly a member of the Giants’ practice squad last season, and former Tampa Bay tight end Ryan Purvis. White has played in 33 games during his seven-year NFL career, including eight starts for the Houston Texans in 2009. He’s also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, and was in the Giants’ training camp last summer. Purvis played five games with the Buccaneers during the 2010 season, making five catches for 28 yards. Marshall, a former teammate of Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul at South Florida, also was in Giants training camp last summer.

Hollister Commits to Shippensburg

Lancaster Catholic's Brandon Hollister commits to Shippensburg University.

 Hollister running for a TD in the
District Championships.
State Champions, Lancaster Catholic, sending another senior to play football at the collegiate level. Running back and linebacker, Brandon Hollister choosing Shippensburg University as his next stop.

The Red Raiders coming off a 7-4 season, will now gain the services of one of the best athletes in the state. Hollister rushing for over 1500 yards and 26 touchdowns in his senior campaign.

But his talents are also used on the other side of the ball. On defense, he was named the L-L League linebacker of the year in Section 3, also making first team All-State in "AA" as an all round athlete.

3 Men's Sports Teams Eliminated at Millersville University

Millersville cuts its men's track and field team and men's cross country team. 

Millersville University cuts three sports after citing financial challenges, Tuesday.

The men's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs will be eliminated, affecting around 30 students.

"This direction was made after careful deliberation when trying to concentrate diminishing budget dollars," said Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Aminta Breaux. "The university cannot sustain intercollegiate teams and be responsive to growing needs that affect all student-athletes."

School officials say this move will save around $200,000; with that money being spread out throughout the other remaining sports. Officials also say scolarships will continue to be honored or the school will work with students that wish to transfer.

The women's team for all three teams will continue at the university.

L-L All Stars Boys Basketball Team Announced

The rosters for the L-L All Star boys basketball team released.

The Lancaster Lebanon League's seniors will hit the hardwood one more time, before they hang up their high tops for good, in the league's all star game at the end of the month.

The all star game features a team made up of section one and section two stars taking on a team made up of section three and four. There will also be a 3 point shooting competition at halftime featuring eight of the league's sharp shooters.

The All Star game will be played on March 28th at Hempfield at 7PM.

Here are the team rosters for the game:
Warwick's Derrick Shields

Section 1 and Section 2

Landon Alecxih, Penn Manor
Evan Belczyk, Solanco
Robbie Cardina, Conestoga Valley
Calvert Gantz, McCaskey
Christian Graybill, Cocalico
Jomar Guerrero, Manheim Township
Kasey Koser, Elizabethtown
Josh Lopez, Lebanon
Dylan Manning, Hempfield
Derrick Shields, Warwick
Cory Stoltz, Manheim Township
Marc Summy, Penn Manor 
Billy Vaughan-Geib, Manheim Township 

Lancaster Catholic's Bryan Rivera
Section 3 and Section 4

Jimmy Brackett, Garden Spot
Mike Burke IV, Columbia
Mark Dunn, Garden Spot
Jordan Groff, Lampeter-Strasburg
Tyson Hayes, Annville-Cleona
Jordan Mellinger, Manheim Central
Josh Miller, Lampeter-Strasburg
Bryan Rivera, Lancaster Catholic
Robby Rowe, Lancaster Catholic
Adam Siegrist, Garden Spot
Tayler Wilson, Lancaster Mennonite
Alec Wizar, Annville-Cleona
Drew Gerberich, Elco
Anthony Rosado, Columbia 

Garden Spot's Mark Dunn, Lancaster Catholic's Bryan Rivera, and Lancaster Mennonite's Tayler Wilson will feature in the 3 point shoot out along with five other shooters. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Athlete of the Week: Emily Cameron

Warwick swimmer Emily Cameron named Athlete of the Week after winning 4 gold medals and breaking two meet records at the L-L swimming championships.

Emily Cameron on her way to win the 200 freestyle.

Cameron claimed gold in the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, breaking meet records in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle.

Her win in the 100 backstroke was doubly impressive, as she had never competed in that race in the L-L meet before.

She'll be back in the pool on March 2nd at the District 3 swimming championships.

Jeff Reinhart Talks Boys L-L Hoops

Jeff Reinhart of llleaguesports.com came in to chat about the boys L-L league playoffs.

Watch below to find out his take on the Conestoga Valley/Lancaster Catholic tilt, a discussion about Section 1 and their historic dominance in the tourney as well as his final predictions.


Monday, February 13, 2012

LMH's "Dynamic" D Probst

D Probst continues to embrace life as a basketball player; even after her first love, volleyball, was taken away from her due to health concerns. 

Lancaster Mennonite's D Probst is the prime example of someone embracing life. Probst overcoming a tragic car accident to become a standout student athlete. The senior once told she wouldn't be able to walk, now runs the floor for the Blazers, but some days not without difficulty.

Probst had to give up her first love, volleyball, after suffering six concussions and severe  back pains. And then last summer, the forward had to overcome one more obstacle; moving to a new school for her senior year.

But as you will see in the video, Probst is a girl you would never bet against.

L-L League Bowling All-Stars Announced

The 2011-2012 L-L League bowling All-Stars were announced prior to this week's singles and team championships.

First Team

Section One

Brendon Yarnall, Penn Manor (221.81)
Keith Sholly, Ephrata (221.78)
Cody Simet, Penn Manor (218.39)
Will Welsh, Penn Manor (211.36)
John Mertz, Manheim Township (209.13)

Section Two

Matt Martin, Garden Spot (220.67)
Kurtis Stidd, Elizabethtown (208.64)
Mike Enck, Lebanon (206.94)
Nate Wallace, Garden Spot (206.61)
Cody Henry, Garden Spot (203.38)

Section Three

Tom Mattaini, Lancaster Catholic (213.45)
Keith Harris, Elco (206.20)
Matt Pleger, Lancaster Catholic (205.37)
Branson Wagner, Elco (197.48)
Sara Strausbaugh, Lancaster Catholic (195.79)

Second Team

Section One

John Dooley, Manheim Township (209.12)
Austin Young, Hempfield (208.31)
Bryanna Nihoff, Warwick (208.20)
Tyler Bitts, Penn Manor (207.88)
Davis Arnold, Cedar Crest (205.00) 

Section Two

Austin Kuhn, Elizabethtown (202.12)
Nick Martin, Garden Spot (201.52)
James Enck, Lebanon (201.06)
Dave Mooney, Lebanon (200.94)
Rodney Rippy, Conestoga Valley (198.81)

Section Three

Dylan Mowrer, Elco (195.37)
Josh Rittle, Elco (194.73)
Mike Strosser, Lancaster Catholic (190.97)
Austin Wolf, Northern Lebanon (190.79)
Zack Nash, Lebanon Catholic (181.63) 

L-L Rifle Championship Results/All-Stars

Manheim Township claims the league title by only a single point over runner-up Ephrata; Manheim Central takes third place.

The Top 5 individual finishers:

1. Jonathan Kraft, Manheim Township
2. Nathan Lapp, Ephrata
3. Brody Hoshour, Ephrata
4. Jeremy Whitton, Manheim Township
5. Ryan Fritz, Manheim Township

The L-L League Rifle All-Stars were also announced:

Manheim Central

Brandon Guffey
Mandy Herr
Alyssa Keefer
Kate Miller
Mitch Saylor

Manheim Township

Jonathan Hoh
Jonathan Kraft
Connor Valan

Garden Spot

Jarisa Zimmerman
Julia Irvin


Brody Hoshour

Mitch Saylor from Manheim Central also claimed the Marksman of the Year award.

Friday, February 10, 2012

L-L League Girls Swimming Final

Manheim Township claims the girls league crown, with Warwick taking second place.

Manheim Township adds another trophy to its trophy case, winning the team league championship with 111 points, closely followed by Warwick with 96 points. 

Here are the full list of winners:

200 Medley Relay: Warwick 1:50.24 (L-L League Record)
200 Freestyle: Emily Cameron, Warwick 1:52.81 (Meet Record)
50 Freestyle: Katie Diller, Manheim Township, 24.52
100 Butterfly:  Kasey Mann, Manheim Township, 52.82
200 IM: Paige Daniel, Manheim Central, 5:11.59
100 Freestyle: Katie Diller, Manheim Townshp, 52.82
500 Freestyle: Paige Daniel, Manheim Central, 5:11.59
200 Freestyle Relay: Warwick, 1:39.82
100 Backstroke: Emily Cameron, Warwick, 58.57
100 Breaststroke:Maddie Schouten, Warwick, 1:09.35
400 Freestyle Relay: Manheim Township, 3:42.30

Warwick's Emily Cameron & Ephrata's Kylee Parsons
dueling it out in the 200 Freestyle

Thursday, February 9, 2012

L-L League Boys Swimming Final

Manheim Township boys wins team gold but area schools represented well. 

 Manheim Township captured the boys' championship with 135 team points.

Here are the other winners tonight:

200 Medley Relay: Manheim Township 1:42.80
200 Freestyle:  Sawyer Martin, Cocalico, 1:44.16
50 Freestyle: Kameron Kubicki, Manheim Township, 22.44
200 IM: Everett Albert, Lancaster Catholic, 2:00.28
100 Butterfly: Andrew Schrantz, Garden Spot, 52.65
100 Freestyle: Sawyer Martin, Cocalico, 48.31
500 Freestyle: Dan Ross, Manheim Township, 4:44.24
200 Freestyle Relay: Hempfield, Manheim Township (tie) 1:32.20
100 Backstroke: Andrew Schrantz, Garden Spot, 54.88
100 Breastroke:  Nick Beard, Warwick, 1:02.41
400 Freestyle Relay: Manheim Township, 3:19.65

Photo Finish in the 200 Freestyle; Cocalico's Sawyer Martin touches the wall .200
ahead of Manheim Township's Dan Ross

L-L League Basketball Brackets Set

Both Boys and Girls League Championship Brackets Set

Boys Bracket
Quarterfinals-Tuesday, February 14
Donegal @ Manheim Township 7PM
Conestoga Valley @Lancaster Catholic 7PM
Columbia @ Elizabethtown 7PM
McCaskey @ Lampeter-Strasburg

Semifinals-Thursday February 16
Donegal/Manheim Township vs. CV/Lancaster Catholic  7PM @ Penn Manor
Columbia/Elizabethtown vs. McCaskey/L-S  7PM @ Hempfield

Championship-Saturday, February 18
Semifinal winners @ Manheim Township 1PM

Girls Bracket
Quarterfinals-Monday,February 13
Northern Lebanon @ Manheim Township 7PM
Elizabethtown @ Lancaster Catholic 7PM
Lancaster Mennonite @ Solanco 7PM
Hempfield @ Manheim Central 7PM

Semifinals-Wednesday, February 15
Northern Lebanon/Manheim Township vs. Elizabethtown/Lancaster Catholic 7PM @ Hempfield
Lancaster Mennonite/Solanco vs. Hempfield/Manheim Central 7PM @ Conestoga Valley

Championship-Friday, February 17 
Semifinal winners @ Manheim Township 7PM

Under the Lights: Kelly Liebl

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: 

2/8/12 Ephrata Girls Basketball: Kelly Liebl
There is a buzz surrounding Ephrata Girls Basketball. Although their season ended, this young team is developing a chemistry that will certainly shine next season. And the youngest member of the team has some skills. Get ready for Liebl Time!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lancaster Mennonite Boys Soccer Honored

Lancaster Mennonite's receives a letter of commendation by the Board of the County Commissioners.

Lancaster Mennonite's boys soccer team continues to have a season to remember. The Blazers received a letter of commendation by the Board of County Commissioners of Lancaster City. The honor was given to the team after LMH won its first state title in program history this past fall season.

Click on the link below for reactions from Seniors Benji Kennel and Keegan Rosenberry.

Manheim's Sweetheart: Olivia Stone

Lady Barons' Manager, Olivia Stone, defies the odds everyday; inspiring a whole community. 

The Manheim Central Girls Basketball team is fighting to win its playoff berth, and the Lady Barons have a special member to help in the campaign. She isn't on the roster, but anyone who goes to a Central home game spots her. Olivia Stone is the Lady Barons' manager. She not only offers water and towels to the girls, she also offers inspiration.

Stone born with a birth defect, but the nine year old does not let that define her. She is a student athlete who has speed, rhythm, and spirit. She not only won the MVP award at a summer basketball camp, but she is also training for a cheerleading national competition.

Ephrata Football Set to Hire New Coach

Eprhata School Board will vote to name Scott Shelley the new Ephrata football coach.

The campaign for a new football coach at Ephrata high school might be over. Today, Ephrata's Athletic Director, Tommy Long,  confirming Ephrata grad. Scott Shelley is the new coach, pending a school board vote.

Shelley is an Ephrata grad and a former defensive coordinator under Phil Kauffman at Cocalico.  He would replace Jim Vieland, who resigned at the end of last season.

The school board will vote on the matter on February 27.

Next season the Mounts will move down to Section 2.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Conestoga Valley Signing Day

Conestoga Valley holding their signing day today, with two Bucks inking their future. 

CV seniors Jesse Brior and Lauren Pezzica signing their letters of intent accepting scolarships at California University (PA).

They both plan to study Graphic Design at Cal.

Here is the interview with both soccer studs.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lammer Twins: Defying the Odds

Two Ephrata wrestlers battle the odds to hit the mats everyday. 

Ephrata wrestlers, Chad and Mike Lammer are quite the double threat. Chad, a runner up in this year's Wrestling League Championships, while Mike leads his team in takedowns so far this season.

And they both do it overcoming challenges. Both brothers told they might never get to wrestle; Chad with a corneal transplant at the age of four, and Mike diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 11.

But as you can see these boys wrestle, and are pretty good at it. Take a look:

Jordan Page Named into USA U19 Squad

Former Cocalico field hockey star is named once again to the USA U-19 Squad. 

Jordan Page continues to put Denver on the map. The former L-L League field hockey star has been picked for the United States Under 19 squad.  Page will play for the USA in a series of games against the Canadian National Team the first week of April.

The college freshman currently practices her trade at Big East power, Syracuse University. Page helped her team grab the Big East title, finishing the season with the Orange grabbing five goals and four assists.

The full segment is below and includes an interview with the former Eagles star.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crusaders Commended

Lancaster Catholic receives a letter of commendation by the Board of the County Commissioners. 

Seems like the awards never stop rolling in for the PIAA "AA" Football State Champion, Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders today accepting a letter of commendation by the Board of County Commissioners of Lancaster County.

The team received a similar award in 2009 after their state title win that year. Click on the line below to hear reaction from both Adam and Bobby Depietro about the honor. And also to hear the Depietro brothers' reaction on signing day -with Adam committing to Northwestern, and Bobby heading to Lafayette.

National Signing Day

Senior athletes across the area putting pen to paper as they decide their scholastic and playing future.

Manheim Central
Morgan Mummau, field hockey - Liberty University.
Caleb Walton,  football - Lock Haven University.
Ryan Wilson, baseball -Kutztown University.

Alexis Charles, field hockey - East Stroudsburg University.
Bethany Han, field hockey - Ball State University.
Emily Harting, field hockey - Old Dominion University.
Kayla Laughman, field hockey – Temple University.
Alyssa Manley, field hockey - Syracuse University.
Jenica Miller, field hockey – LaSalle University.
Emma Rissinger, field hockey - University of Maryland 
Derek Adams, soccer – Shippensburg University.
Ryan Bertrando
, soccer – Lehigh University.

Asher Klahold, soccer – Lock Haven University.
Shawn Mearig, soccer - LaSalle University.
Jonathan Wenger, soccer – Elon University.
Morgan Heckel, swimming – Mansfield University.
Jake Watson, lacrosse – Florida Institute of Technology.
Brittany Hasson, soccer – St. Francis University.

Kyle Felpel, track and field - University of Alabama.
Avery Longstaff, lacrosse – Temple University
Kari Longstaff, lacrosse – Temple University
Taylor Kidwell, field hockey – Villanova University
Jordan Miller, field hockey – Ursinus College
Liz Morgan, field hockey – University of Albany

Here is video of these athletes signing their letters of intent, along with interviews with Morgan Mummau, Ryan Wilson, Caleb Walton, Alyssa Manley, Emma Rissinger, Jonathan Wenger, Taylor Kidwell, and Kyle Felpel. 

Stephanie Bebko, soccer – Bridgewater College
Josh Frey, lacrosse – Bridgewater College
Jonathan Husson, swimming – Ithaca College
Tucker Keefer, lacrosse – Elizabethtown College
Nate Muckle, lacrosse – Bridgewater College
Tim Murray, football – Clarion University
Brian Neff, lacrosse – Ursinus College
Kylee Parsons, swimming – Georgia Southern University
Alex Pstrak, lacrosse – Messiah College
Joey Sellers, lacrosse – Elizabethtown College
Tyler Sensenig, cross country/track and field – Messiah College
Kyle Smith, soccer – Lycoming College
Kevin Sollenberger, football - Towson University
Rachel Stauffer, field hockey – Indiana University

Lancaster Mennonite High School
Abby Bassom, field hockey - Liberty University
Benji Kennel, soccer – Messiah College
Keegan Rosenberry, soccer - Georgetown University

Video of these athletes signing their letters, along with interviews with Rachel Stauffer, Kylee Parsons, and Keegan Rosenberry.