Cocalico to get home cookin’

By on October 30, 2013

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review Sports Editor

The highly-anticipated District Three football playoffs will get underway next Friday night with the higher seeds playing host.

That means that Cocalico should have a home game, however its opponent will be determined after the conclusion of the Week 10 schedule.

The Eagles got a boost this past week as Bishop McDevitt and Conrad Weiser, both teams previously seeded higher than Cocalico, suffered key losses. Cocalico is now ranked third behind McDevitt and second-seeded Manheim Central.

If the playoffs would start now, the Eagles would face Red Land (4-5) next Friday at home. However, things undoubtedly will change until then, so we will not speculate. However, if Cocalico can maintain the third spot with a win over Ephrata, and if things play out as they should, the Eagles could get another shot at Manheim Central in the semifinals.

Wouldn’t that be fun?

College News: Two college field hockey coaches with Ephrata ties are enjoying quite a bit of success this year.

At Messiah College, Head Coach Brooke Good has led the Falcons to a 12-3 record which included a victory over then Division Three number one Franklin & Marshall.

In her second year at the helm, Good is looking to take her team to its second-straight NCAA Tournament.

And at the University of Massachusetts, Ephrata grad Callie Sweigart is in her first year as an assistant for the 16th ranked Minutewomen, who lead the Atlantic 10 with a 14-4 mark.

Sweigart was a three-year starter on defense for the Minutewomen, before taking on her first coaching role this season.

The Minutewomen can wrap up the A-10 regular season crown with wins at Lock Haven Friday and St. Francis Sunday.

How ironic…: In perusing our year’s ago section, it was exactly 20 years ago that the Ephrata field hockey team faced Cumberland Valley in the District quarterfinals played at Lower Dauphin. Same thing happened this past Saturday, everything except unfortunately it was a different outcome.

In 1993, the Lady Mounts defeated Cumberland Valley, 1-0, on their way to a second-place in the District and advanced all the way to the State semifinals where they were ousted in a 1-0 thriller against Council Rock. They, along with the 1981 Ephrata squad, remain the only two EHS field hockey teams to advance as far as the State semis.

That squad was also coached by Rhoda Mountz, who was in her second of three stints as EHS coach. Some of the key players included: Jamie Balmer; Jen Brown; Tonya Horst; Sarah Weaver; and Erin Schmid, to name a few.

One Final Note: How bad is it for Philadelphia fans? After a dreadful Phillies’ season and inauspicious starts by both the Eagles and Flyers, Vegas oddsmakers Tuesday released their over-under for the Sixers this year at 16.5 victories.

And just think, it was five years ago yesterday that Brad Lidge was raising his arms to the Heavens moments after clinching the World Series title.

Ugh…

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