Exciting times

By on February 12, 2014

Todd Ruth

Todd Ruth

What an exciting week!

After months of planning, we unveil the “new” and hopefully improved Ephrata Review for all to enjoy.

As you’ll see, there is color on every page, which is a great improvement over the previous product. Also, with the change, we will unveil new features in the coming weeks, as we did this week with the “Getting To Know,” piece on Marissa Gingrich located on page B-4.

All in all, I think it’s a great look for the Review, and we are all very proud of it!

Hope you enjoy it too!

Cocalico girls: What a shame for the Lady Eagles, who unfortunately got off to that dreadful start Monday night. Even if it would have been a 10-point deficit after one, the way they played the rest of the way they would have had a shot, I believe.

But, give Catholic credit. The Crusaders’ ball movement in the offensive front court is quite impressive. Speaking of impressive, watch out for 5-11 sophomore Caroline Scarff in the future.

She was really, really good Monday on her way to a 21-point night. What impressed me most was she has more than just an inside game. She can run the floor, pull up from 10-15 feet and drain the shot on a consistent basis.

Don’t see many big girls doing that.

Any way, I do believe Cocalico is playing some of its best basketball on the season, despite Monday’s loss. And if they can dictate the pace next Tuesday, I believe they can advance past Lebanon.

Ephrata boys: There are times when I can’t wait for teams to end their seasons, and then there are teams I thoroughly enjoy watching and wish they would keep going…That is the case for the Ephrata boys basketball team, which saw its season come to a close last Thursday with a win at home over Section Two champion Lebanon.

This was a squad that was very gifted offensively, and never was out of a game until the end. I think that is what endured me to this group.

They could fill it up, and that was fun to watch.

This was a team that probably deserved a better fate. They played in five overtime games (went 2-3 in those) and all but two of their losses were by single digits. Really, their only blowout loss came in a 71-49 decision at Cedar Crest.

If only they could have figured out a way to win one or two of those…Oh well, even though that team just missed out on the playoffs, they did make it fun to watch Ephrata again.

The did make serious strides, improving from a 5-17 year last season to 11-11 this year. And in the process, got people excited about the Ephrata boys program again.

Kudos to them.

Emily Stauffer: Had a quick chat with Cocalico sophomore thrower Emily Stauffer in the hallway Friday, and asked if what I heard was true–that she will have to go under the knife to repair an injury in her right shoulder.

The sophomore, who captured L-L and District gold in the shot put before finishing second in the state a year ago, confirmed the news and that she’ll only be back to 100 percent in August. I was bummed, figuring she’d miss the upcoming track season.

Then she told me she’s planning to learn how to throw left-handed.

I thought she was kidding, but apparently not. Saw Jeff Reinhart of Pennlive posted the same info in his blog Friday night.

That will be interesting to see how she does, and I wouldn’t put it past her to be among the top throwers again this spring. She is as dedicated as anyone to her sport, and if I were a betting man, she’ll figure out a way to do it and be successful.

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