My initial thoughts on upcoming fall season
It’s been a great summer.
The picnics have been outstanding, the summer baseball and swim teams were fun to cover, my golf game actually has been pretty good, and as a Phillies fan, how can you not be excited about what they’ve already accomplished and what lies ahead?
But with less than a week to go before high school team report for the first time, we are about to make the transition, sportswise anyway, from summer to the fall.
L-L Football Media Day is slated for Friday, which is the trigger to kickstart my brain into fall sports mode. With that in mind, here are a few of my initial thoughts on the season just ahead:
Ephrata’s New Turf Field
What a way to begin the new school year, getting the chance to play in a beautiful new facility like that… Sure there are still a few bugs to be worked out but I had no idea it was going to be this nice.
I don’t want to get too into it because I am going to have an in-depth story on it in the very near future but I know the kids, fans and players are going to love it. I’m definitely excited about watching games there, and the players can’t wait to get on it.
Ephrata Area School District did it right.
Going to be interesting to see how this team fares in its second (and final) season in Section One. With a 2-8 year under their belts, Coach Vieland’s boys should be better prepared for the physical rigors of playing with the "big boys."
I definitely feel the Mounts have the look of at least a .500 team. If things go well, Ephrata might be knocking on the door for a playoff spot. If the going gets tough, it could go in the two to four win range.
I’m leaning toward the plus side though, since this senior class has tasted success in the past having won a Jr. High title three years ago. And the fact that they will have six home games this year doesn’t hurt.
It’s also going to be an interesting year in Denver where some of the key pieces graduated from last year’s District finals squad.
The good news is Cocalico never re-builds, it re-loads. And a good point to start with this year is at quarterback where junior Brock Gosling and sophomore Spencer Moser are back with about a half a season each of experience.
Look for Cocalico to once again challenge in Section Two, although defending champion L-S appears on paper to be the odds-on favorite.
Field hockey should be very interesting as the Section Two championship could very well come down to Cocalico and Ephrata.
That’s right. Ephrata should be in the thick of things after heading into the off-season with a head of steam last year, going unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1). The Lady Mounts return all but two starters and a slew of talented underclassmen, and get to play on that brand-spanking new field.
Cocalico is still the champ though, and despite heavy graduation losses from its State finals team, is still the team to beat. With several key players returning, the Lady Eagles will be a tough team to dethrone in Section Two.
Odds & Ends
Ephrata will enter with a new cross country coach this season after the recent resignation of Ken Cislak.
Speaking of cross country, hopefully Cocalico can pick up the pieces following the recent death of runner Lauren Trefny, who I understand was a very nice, well-thought of girl. Such a tragedy.
The Ephrata boys soccer team always is competitive and this year shouldn’t be an exception. The same can be said for Cocalico, which has been right on the brink for the last few seasons.
The Ephrata girls tennis team should be competitive too, although it may be tough for Cocalico since the new gym construction has forced the Eagles to be on the road for the entire season.
Should be a great year…Can’t wait till they get started. Todd Ruth
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