Down to the wire

By on January 30, 2013

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review

Sports Editor If Tuesday’s Section Two boys basketball showdown in Lebanon was any indication of what the atmosphere is going to be like in the post-season, then we are in for a treat.

It was flat-out excitement from the opening tip until the last shot by Lebanon’s Josh Spaulding rattled home, giving the Cedars the all-important win over Cocalico.

Must say both teams went after each other, matching clutch basket with an even bigger shot at the other end. And the biggest star of the night happened to be Eagle freshman Tucker Lescoe, who stepped up like a senior down the stretch, albeit in a losing cause.

And that game only whets the appetite for Friday, which is round two of Ephrata and Cocalico.

Both games are extremely juicy. On the boys’ side, which is set for in Ephrata, the Eagles face a must win as far as their L-L and District playoffs are concerned. And they will be out to avenge their last-second overtime loss to Ephrata played back on Jan. 7.

The Mounts have played a lot better than their record would indicate, and should give the Eagles everything they can handle, and then some.

And while the boys’ game has a ton of juice, the girls game to be played in Denver just happens to be the biggest one of the year for both teams.

With first place on the line, Ephrata can even it up in the section with a win and set up what could be an equally-crazy next Tuesday.

The good news is both squads have already qualified for the league playoffs, and should both be in Districts as well.

Really looking forward to it. Friday can’t get here fast enough.

Sarah Shearer: Some bad news coming out of York County…Sarah Shearer, who spent her freshman and sophomore years as a starter for the Ephrata girls team before transferring to West York, recently became the fourth player in that WY school’s history to surpass the 1,000-point mark.

Then last week, Shearer had her season come to a crashing halt. Shearer went down with a knee injury and according to several reports, is out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured ACL.

What a tough blow to a nice kid who hopefully can rebound from this and find her way onto a college roster.

She certainly has the talent to do so.

Another throwing star on the rise?: Cocalico has a history or producing great throwers in track. Certainly Troy Burkholder and recent grad Kyle Felpel come to mind, having won State titles before moving on to the Division One ranks in college.

Could the next great thrower at Cocalico be too far behind? Well, Lady Eagle freshman Emily Stauffer, who turned in an outstanding season in the cage as goalie for the CHS field hockey team this past fall, may just be the "next one" when it comes to track.

Stauffer, who is the daughter of Cocalico football assistant Mark Stauffer and wife Ann Marie, has been training with Coach Scott Krall and recently pushed out a throw of 41-7.5 in the shot at the F&M Invitational to take over the State indoor lead.

She will compete in the PTFCA State Championships set for Feb. 23 at Penn State University.

Good luck to Emily, as well as all of the other local athlete who will compete in that meet! More RUTH, page B-3

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