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Bits and pieces
Sports Editor I love the spring sports season for the simple fact that every day there is something going on.
However, dealing with the unpredictability of spring weather is another thing. Just last week, I decided to head into Hempfield to see the Ephrata boys lacrosse team face the Black Knights in what turned out to be a fantastic early season showdown between two of the L-L heavyweights.
I got out of the office around 3:15 p.m. and thought I’d stop home quickly to get a jacket. However, once I to my place, I made the decision that I did not have to prepare for the cold temperatures since the sun was out with no wind and the temps hovering around 55.
Perfect lax weather.
Big mistake. As I made my trek to the other side of the county, the skies got a little grey and before too long the sun had disappeared altogether. When I arrived, it was a "balmy" 40 degrees with about a 20-mile-an-hour wind…
Froze my tail off for the next two hours or so.
The only thing that saved me was the fact that the game was so good, I was somewhat able to take my mind off of just how cold I was.
Here’s to warmer weather…
Big Changes: I learned recently that there could be some big changes in store as far as section alignment is concerned for the next two-year cycle which begins for the 2014-15 seasons.
And no place will be affected more than Cocalico where two of the school’s prominent teams appear to be on the move.
The L-L League aligns its sections, based on enrollment. And because of the recent co-op agreement between Lancaster Catholic and Lancaster Mennonite in football, the Crusaders, who opted to play in Section One this current cycle despite having Section Three enrollment numbers, will move down to Section Two.
This will create a domino effect and bump Cocalico, the school with the lowest numbers currently in Section Two, down to its former home in Section Three.
The Eagles, under former Coach Phil Kauffman, dominated Section Three from 1975 to 2003, winning 12 section titles. Cocalico finally moved up to Section Two in 2004 under then-first-year Coach Dave Gingrich, and the transition has been painless. The Eagles have maintained their winning ways, and just last year won a section title.
This move will affect the team, not only because they will lose the rivalries that have been built the last eight seasons in Two, but also in the fact that the Eagles will lose key District power points in playing the smaller schools.
There still is a slight chance Cocalico can remain in Section Two, but only if they can invoke the Hornberger Rule, which allows teams to switch sections with another school from a different section.
Unfortunately, from what I’ve been hearing, Cocalico hasn’t had any takers so far.
Cocalico football isn’t the only Eagle team on the move. I’m also hearing the school’s up-and-coming girls basketball team will be heading down to Three after this current season. With many underclassmen returning from its team which finished second to Ephrata, they will be the odds-on favorites to cut down the nets this season in what figures to be their last season in Section Two.
As for Ephrata, I believe the only team that will be affected in the latest re-alignment will be the field hockey team, which will move up to the highly-competitive Section One.
Geoff Kahler: An Ephrata graduate recently played a big part in Spring-Ford’s State championship in girls basketball.
Talked to his folks the other day and they informed me that the 1993 EHS grad and Penn State Alum was a varsity assistant coach for this year’s squad.
Geoff teaches seventh grade science at Spring-Ford and has served as the girls head JV Coach the past several seasons.
Congratulations Geoff! More RUTH, page B-3