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Cocalico turns to Tony D.
Todd Ruth Ephrata Review Sports Editor I have learned that Tony DiMatteo has been tabbed to succeed Rich Kohler as the new girls basketball coach at Cocalico. Pending school board approval, DiMatteo will get his first L-L coaching job at his Alma Mater, where he is currently employed as the Instructional Technology Coach. From what I ve heard, DiMatteo was selected from a group of several outstanding candidates who had applied for the job. He’ll inherit a team that struggled through the 2010-2011 season, finishing last in Section Two (0-16) with an overall mark of just 2-19. While Cocalico School Board meets April 18, his appointment isn’t expected to be approved until the July meeting, I have been told. As for the other big opening locally, I m hearing Ephrata has also attracted some solid candidates for its vacant boys basketball position. Although I don’t have any names, from what I hear, they hope to have a new coach in place by the beginning of June. Stay tuned. Turf Update: Heavy machinery will soon be moving dirt over at the Ephrata Middle School as the turf field project is set to get under way. The new turf field, which will host field hockey, soccer and lacrosse games in the fall, is slated to begin by the end of this month. From what I m told, the process takes about three months from start to finish so look for the field to be ready by the beginning of August. Throwers: The L-L League Track Meet is always exciting, but this year should be extra special because of all of the talented throwers who will be there. Normally it s the 100 that garners the most attention at this meet. And while there are some talented sprinters this year, the main event will happen in the pits. Discus figures to be an unbelievable competition with four of the top throwers in the state competing in that one event. To give an example of the L-L talent, former Cocalico great Troy Burkholder won a State gold medal in 1995 with a throw of 172-0. This year, four guys in the L-L League have all but equaled or bettered that mark already and the season isn’t even a month old. Hempfield junior Kyle Long has launched a league best throw of 198-8 while defending champion Kyle Felpel of Cocalico is currently second at 185-11. Jesus Asencio of McCaskey is the third to best Burkholder s mark with a PR throw of 174-2, and Northern Lebanon’s Charlito Iwuagwu is on the doorstep at 170-11. Of course my money s on the local guy but it should be great entertainment, especially if everyone is one his respective game. Can’t wait. More RUTH, page B-2