Quick hitters

By on February 26, 2014

Todd Ruth

Todd Ruth

I was faced with a difficult challenge this week.

Try putting thoughts together and writing complete sentences with a head cold that fights like Joe Frazier in a 15-round title bout.

When your mind is on meds, warm blankets and noodle soup it’s tough to do this. But I’ll be a gamer and try my best.

One last thing on the cold. Was sitting with my pal, Bruce Morgan of The Lititz Record Friday night at the District Three Wrestling Meet in Hershey. I was in an end seat, trying to contain my coughs to one every few minutes, when a guy basically said he would do mean things to me if I didn’t stop hacking away.

The nerve of some people. Bruce, to his credit, diffused the situation before it could escalate any further so I, and my face, thank him for that.

Any way, here are a few thoughts from the week:

Manheim Central- The Barons’ run for a District boys basketball title seems a surprise to some, but Ephrata Coach Jason Coletti saw this was a team that could do some damage in the post-season from the very opening tap of the season.

I remember after the Barons pulled out a tight 66-59 victory over Ephrata on the first night of the season, Coletti told me he was pleased with the way his team played, considering the opponent. He saw big things from the Barons, and I must admit I have come around on them as well.

Matt Walsh is a kid who may end up playing Division One basketball. Watching the last two games on Blue Ridge, the 6-6 junior not only can do damage from the inside on out, but he is one of several leaders that have emerged from that team.

And their role players have come up big. Tanner0 Brenize hit the biggest shot of his life when he nailed a buzzer-beating three Friday to knock off West York. And Dan Wiederrecht, Tony Staffieri and Josh Flanagan are players who are filling their roles very well.

The Barons face a difficult task in Susquehanna Township Thursday night at the Giant Center. The Indians are talented and athletic, and are coming off a monumental upset of top-seeded Bishop McDevitt in the semifinals.

Look for Manheim to try to dictate the pace, and if the Barons can do that and play the kind of defense they displayed Monday night in their win over Bermudian Springs, they have a great shot at being crowned District champs.

Kyle Felpel- The former Cocalico High School star and University of Alabama Redshirt Freshman recently became the first Alabama shot putter since 1980 to throw over 60 feet when his best mark landed at 18.46m (60 feet, 6.5 inches) at the Indiana University Relays.

Felpel’s personal best throw was good enough for him to earn seventh place at the competition. He also recently placed fifth in shot put at the Auburn Invitational with a mark of 55-6¼.

Alabama is ranked 10th in the country according to the latest polls.

EHS Coaching Search- Checked in with Ephrata A.D. Steve Sweigart, who updated me on his search to find a replacement for former field hockey coach Rhoda Mountz, who resigned following this past season.

According to Sweigart, he is in the process of setting up interviews with potential candidates. If things go as planned, a new coach should be in place in the next few months.

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