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By on June 26, 2013

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review Sports Editor

War Memorial Field will be a busy place in early July.

In addition to being the epicenter for the annual Firecracker Run coming up on July 4, which is the perfect venue for fans to watch and enjoy the action by the way, the War will also play host to the entire District 10 American Legion playoffs.

The double-elimination tournament is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, July 11 and run to Tuesday, July 16.

Defending champion Ephrata, with one of the deepest pitching staffs around, has to be the favorite going in. The Post 429ers, who are one win or one Lititz loss away from wrapping up the North Division title, boast four legitimate starters.

That is especially key in a double-elimination format.

Ephrata’s lineup should be capable of scoring runs too. It’s going to take a real good team to steal it away from the Post 429ers.

One team to watch out for is Penn Manor, which has quietly run out to a 9-2 mark and handed Ephrata its lone league loss.

The top three teams in each division qualify for the District 10 playoffs, with the two champs earning first-round byes. Currently, if the season would end today, Ephrata and Penn Manor would be those two teams, while the other four teams to make it would include: Lititz and Marietta in the North, and New Holland and Lancaster in the South.

Ready for Football?: It’s never too early to start planning out your Friday nights in the fall. So with that in mind, here is your sneak peek of the high school football schedules for both Ephrata and Cocalico.

Ephrata: Aug. 30 Exeter; Sept. 6 @ Garden Spot; Sept. 13 Warwick; Sept. 20 @ Lebanon; Sept. 27 @ Lampeter-Strasburg; Oct. 4 Conestoga Valley; Oct. 11 @ Elizabethtown; Oct. 18 Manheim Central; Oct. 25 Solanco; Nov. 1 @ Cocalico.

Cocalico: Aug. 30 @ Daniel Boone; Sept. 6 Reading; Sept. 13 @ Governor Mifflin; Sept. 20 @ Conestoga Valley; Sept. 27 @ Solanco; Oct. 4 Manheim Central; Oct. 11 Lebanon; Oct. 18 @ Lampeter-Strasburg; Oct. 25 @ Elizabethtown; Nov. 1 Ephrata.

Time to Break Up: While I’m the eternal optimist, I think I’ve seen all I’ve needed to see to know that it really is time to blow up the Phillies’ roster and start over.

If I still held a glimmer of hope, that all was dashed with Monday night’s late inning debacle in San Diego.

This team is a shadow of its former self. With aging veterans who have rapidly declined, the best scenario I feel is to trade off its best assets (Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon), bring up a couple of their remaining prized prospects, and start the rebuilding process.

Hard to believe, Harry.

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