Items from the notebook

By on January 18, 2012

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review

Sports Editor Must say it was nice to see the Ephrata-Cocalico rivalry bring out the fans Friday night.

Attendance seems to be down across the L-L League. I can’t base this on any other fact than I haven’t been in a crowded gym all year. Friday night, Ephrata’s gym was filled to the rafters which was good to see.

I actually covered the girls game in Denver, and while there was a decent crowd there to witness an exciting girls’ game, it couldn’t match what went on at Ephrata.

Thanks to our friends at Cable 11, as well as the great tool known as DVR, I was able to come home from the girls game and watch the entire boys’ game.

What an atmosphere that must have been. It’s been several years since I’ve been in a crowd like that. Those of us north of 30 remember that kind of draw each and every night.

My kids think I’m nuts when I tell them you used to have to get there an hour before the JV game just to guarantee a seat. Even on Tuesdays.

It was nice, at least for one night, to see that kind of interest and support.

Cocalico and Ephrata will usually do that.

Tim Rice: Just learned the other day that Tim Rice, the former Ephrata High School wrestler, is now the head coach at Manheim Township.

I did not know that.

My buddy, Dave Byrne of Lancaster Newspapers told me this is Tim’s first season as the head man, having taken over for Joe Narkiewicz this season.

The Blue Streaks are off to a good start, and nearly knocked off L-L heavyweight Solanco last week. That match came down to the final bout which Solanco won to pull out a 37-34 victory.

Rice, whose wife Joy assists Rhoda Mountz with the Ephrata varsity field hockey team, is assisted at Township by former Warwick great Eric Narkiewicz (Joe’s son), along with Mark Grossmann, the former Pequea Valley coach.

Way to go, Tim!

Central Dauphin: While I don’t usually reserve this space for teams that are out of the immediate local area, if you’re like me, you have to be amazed at what the Central Dauphin wrestling team has done.

This past weekend, the Rams established the Pennsylvania record for consecutive wrestling dual meet victories with a 70-3 win over Central Bucks East in the opening round of the CD Duals. The Rams added four more wins later in the day and now own an 82-match win streak going into Wednesday’s match vs. Big Spring.

Central Dauphin broke the previous record of 77-straight victories set by Dallastown from the 1983-84 season through the 1988-89 season. The winning streak began on Jan. 12, 2008, with a victory over Council Rock South. It has spanned exactly four years and two days.

Along the way, Central Dauphin became the first District Three team to win four consecutive District Three AAA team championships and four straight State AAA team titles.

Considering the level of competition they plowed through to get this record, all I can say is, amazing.

CV Boys: I’ve seen them play twice in the past week and I’m now convinced the CV boys have a chance to be something special.

A month from now, I could be completely wrong….Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time but I just really love the way they play.

They have shooters, they have good guards and can throw down on the block with success too. And they also play great defense.

I’m still not quite sure how they lost seven games this year, but they have now won five in-a-row and are tied atop the Section Two standings with E-town.

I’m not saying they are going to cut the nets down in the end, but I think I can safely say they will be a tough out come playoff time. More RUTH, page B-4

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