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By on January 11, 2012

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review

Sports Editor Just got back from Tuesday’s Section Two matchup between the Cocalico and Conestoga Valley boys and I must say that was the best basketball game I’ve seen this season.

My first thought after watching these two teams go after each other was, how in the world do these two teams have seven losses each? The level of execution was incredible Tuesday, especially from the CV side which shot close to 60 percent from the field on the night and committed just one turnover in the second half.

Amazing. I’m convinced after watching this game that both teams will be playing for something in the end.

My other thoughts at the game were about the gym, which is seeing it’s last season of basketball as home of the Eagles. Next season, Cocalico will be playing its games in a brand new gym which is scheduled to be completed some time this spring.

I couldn’t help but think about the countless times of being packed into the old gym, watching great basketball in an incredible atmosphere. The Cocalico gym and its fans over the years have made the experience always fun and well worth the $3 price of admission.

Here’s hoping the new place will rock like the old one did.

Lammers: Ephrata wrestling Coach Josh Clair forwarded me an awesome story about Ephrata wrestlers Chad and Mike Lammer, which appeared in a national magazine called, Wrestling Insider News (W.I.N.).

The story chronicles the obstacles the twins have overcome to become two of the top wrestlers on the team. Very inspiring and a great read.

Here is the link: http://www.win-magazine.com/2011/12/threat-of-blindness-and-diabetic-concerns-dont-stop-the-lammer-twins/

Enjoy.

Wrestling Rankings: In the latest District Wrestling Rankings, Cocalico senior Teddy Wolf is rated as the fifth best wrestler at 152 pounds in District Three.

Wolf, whose only loss of the season came to fourth-ranked Joe Welk of Solanco (by a 5-4 decision) in the season opening Mule Classic Tournament, is now 15-1 on the year.

Andrew Wenger: Local soccer fans may want to tune into ESPN2 Thursday at noon for the live coverage of the MLS SuperDraft. A bit of history will be made as 2009 Warwick High School grad Andrew Wenger will become what is believed to be the first former L-L player to be drafted into the MLS.

The Duke University product was recently awarded the Hermann Award (soccer’s version of the Heismann Trophy), which recognizes the top player at the Division One level.

The Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps have the first two picks in the draft, and Darren Mattocks, a sophomore forward at the University of Akron, is considered to be one of the top two players available along with Wenger.

According to the latest MLSsoccer.com 2012 Mock Draft, experts Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Travis Clark all have Wenger going second to Vancouver.

To read all about Wenger’s draft status and winning the Hermann Trophy, check out the article in this week’s Lititz Record-Express which is on sale in The Ephrata Review lobby or Lititz area news stands. More RUTH, page B-4

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