Coach Ream must have been smiling

By on May 18, 2011

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review Sports Editor It wasn’t quite on the level of Villanova-Georgetown, but last Wednesday’s upset of Hempfield in the L-L League Semifinals was indeed the biggest one in the history of the Ephrata boys lacrosse program.

Late Coach Mike Ream had to be looking down with a great big smile on his face.

Just last year, when Ream’s sudden death shocked not only the team but the entire community, this program could have gone north, or it could have gone south.

Had it gone the other way, who would have blamed them? Afterall, their leader and mentor was gone. That’s about impossible for any teenager to handle.

But that’s when I knew things would turn out fine for this team and program. The way they handled his death, going forward and winning the section as a tribute to Ream showed these guys literally were mature beyond their years.

Kevin Pletz and his staff deserve a great deal of credit. Thrust into head coaching duties, which is tough in itself because now all the decisions, paperwork, parent’s phone calls, suddenly were his responsibilities, this team didn’t skip a beat under the young coach.

And they haven’t yet.

But very few gave Ephrata much of a chance against mighty Hempfield last Wednesday, especially with top scorer Tucker Keefer nursing an injury on the sidelines. Perhaps the only ones who truly did believe they could do it were the 20-some players and coaches, and that’s pretty neat to then go out and accomplish it.

I remember exactly where I was the day Villanova shocked the world when it knocked off Georgetown. And while this may not quite be that, I’m still quite sure last Wednesday’s game at Comet Field will stick in my memory bank for a long, long time as well.

Congratulations guys on a truly amazing win!

Jason Colletti: My counterpart at the Lititz Record Express, Bruce Morgan, gives a big "thumbs up" to Ephrata’s hiring of former Manheim Central girls coach Jason Colletti to run their boys basketball program.

Morgan, who regularly covers Manheim Central, had nothing but good things to say about the new coach and was really disappointed for Manheim when he made the move to Ephrata. Must say I got a good vibe as well in talking to him on the phone for a few minutes on Tuesday.

I think with a little time to get his feet wet, and with a good nucleus of young talent returning, the Mounts will soon be heading in the right direction.

Soccer All-Stars: The L-L just released its girls soccer all-star team, and several local players are represented.

In Section Two, Ephrata seniors Caitlin Davies and Kristy Liebl were named to the squad. Davies was named a first team star while Liebl was a second-team selection. The Lady Mounts’ Amber Shober also made the All-Academic Team in Section Two.

In Section Three, Cocalico landed three all-stars and one on the All-Academic Team. Sophomores Shannon Hoeveler and Kathleen Lawver both were first team selections while Brittany Simmons was named to the second team squad. Leah Newman landed on the All-Academic Team.

New Wrestling Weight Classes: In case you haven’t heard, high school wrestling will sport a major change, beginning next season as the NFHS has approved a new weight class system.

The 14 new weight classes that will be used are as follows: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. More RUTH, page B-5

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