Was very impressed with the Warwick baseball team Monday night, who I think may be the best team in the L-L League this year.
The Warriors boast a lineup that can rake one through nine, and have as much or more quality pitching than any team in the league.
At the midway point of the season, they look like the team to beat in Section One and possibly the league.
• As for Ephrata, what the Mounts have done thus far, going 6-2 out of the gates is quite remarkable as well. With just a few parts remaining from their Section Two title of a year ago, and no returning pitchers, Ephrata has found kids to step in and step up.
It’s pretty neat to see some of the older kids who bided their time the last few years awaiting their opportunity, now making the most of it. Add to those guys a handful of talented underclassmen and Ephrata is currently tied atop the standings.
No one saw that coming prior to the year, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Adrian Shelley has done an amazing job throughout the years getting the very most out of his talent, and this might be his best coaching job to date.
• Switching gears, two local athletes have qualified for the prestigious Penn Relays, which will be held April 24-26 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.
Ephrata’s Crystal Hartman will join Jhet Janis of Cocalico at the meet. Hartman will compete Thursday at 1:15 p.m. while Janis will go Friday at 2:45 p.m.
I’ve been to Franklin Field for several events before, but the Penn Relays is definitely on my bucket list before I go.
• Both the Ephrata and Cocalico girls basketball teams recently were well-represented on area all-star team squads.
Cocalico’s 1000-point scorer Marissa Gingrich topped that list. Gingrich was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First Team, was selected as the Section Two MVP and was a Big 15 First Team All-Star.
Fellow Eagles Emily White, sister Megan Gingrich and Natalie Sukanick all received Honorable Mention in Section Two while White was named to the Big 15 First Team Underclassman All-Star.
At Ephrata, freshman guard Caroline Stauffer was selected to the First Team in Section Two and is the first ninth grader to do so under Coach Mike Garman. Her backcourt mate Kelly Liebl received Honorable Mention in Section Two.
• Interesting fact: Since 2005, the Villanova men’s basketball team has made the NCAA Tournament nine times, and in five of those year’s the Wildcats were eliminated by the eventual champion. Those year’s include: 2005- North Carolina; 2006- Florida; 2008- Kansas; 2009- North Carolina; and 2014- Connecticut.
• My picks for the NHL Playoffs: First Round East- Boston over Detroit; Tampa Bay over Montreal; Pittsburgh over Columbus; Philadelphia over NY Rangers; First Round West- Colorado over Minnesota; Chicago over St. Louis; Anaheim over Dallas; LA over San Jose; Eastern Semifinals: Boston over Tampa Bay; Philadelphia over Pittsburgh; Western Semifinals- Chicago over Colorado; LA over Anaheim; Eastern Finals- Boston over Philadelphia; Western Finals- LA over Chicago; Stanley Cup Finals- Boston over LA.
Now grow those playoff beards.