This & That
With construction set to begin any day now, thought it would be good to take a look at the football schedule for the fall. The first thing I noticed is Cocalico will help Ephrata break in its new artificial turf in Week Two of the high school football season in the fall.
Ephrata opens on the road in Week One at CV before hosting the Eagles on the “new and improved” War in the annual battle for the Ephrata Review Cup on September 5.
It will also mark the first of two straight “trophy games” as the Mounts head to Warwick the following week to battle the Warriors for the George Male Trophy.
That game vs. Cocalico will be the first of five Mountaineer games that are slated for War Memorial. The others include: Sept. 19 vs. Northern Lebanon; Sept. 26 vs. York Suburban; Sept. 17 vs. Pequea Valley; and Oct. 24 vs. Elco.
That’s certainly looks strange, doesn’t it? Hopefully that Section Three schedule will be what the Dr. ordered to right the Mounts’ ship and get people excited about football in Ephrata again.
As for Cocalico’s schedule, it, on paper at least, is as imposing as the Eagles’ have ever had. Their two-year contract with Governor Mifflin is up, so the Eagles have added Mid-Penn stud Cedar Cliff to take the Mustangs’ place in Week Three.
Cocalico will also face Daniel Boone, in addition to Ephrata, in non-league play before getting into the section. They’ll open with home games vs. Lebanon (Sept. 19) and L-S (Sept. 26) before heading over to New Holland to take on Garden Spot, which returns to Section Two play next season. They’ll then host E-town Oct. 10, before tough road games at Manheim Central (Oct. 17) and Solanco (Oct. 24. The Eagles will close out section play against section newcomer Lancaster Catholic at home on Oct. 31.
That’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
Kyle Felpel: The 2012 Cocalico grad had an outstanding Redshirt freshman year at Alabama this spring. The former State shot put champ advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time, and performed very well, earning 12th place in the country.
Felpel set a personal record of 19.18 meters (62 feet, 11.25 inches) at the NCAAs, although that mark did not get him into the finals.
Felpel’s best throw came on his second attempt of the day after an initial throw of 18.91 meters (62 feet, 0.5 inch). He concluded the day–and a stellar postseason–with a third and final throw of 18.75 meters (61 feet, 6.25 inches). Felpel’s top six marks of the season in the shot put came in the final two postseason meets–the NCAA East Preliminary and the NCAA Championships.
He definitely put himself on the national map this year and should be an even bigger force next year for the Crimson Tide.
Tucker Lescoe: Sunday was the first day college coaches could contact players in the class of 2016, and already the soon-to-be Cocalico junior is hearing from a number of Division One schools.
According to cityofbasketballlove.com, the 6-1 sharpshooter has gotten phone calls from Holy Cross, Brown, Cornell and Boston University where former Cocalico guard Dylan Brossman plays. Lescoe has already visited BU and has a visit scheduled to Bucknell next weekend.
Currently, Lescoe is participating in the two-day West Reading Summer League-Sacramento (Calif.) Exchange All-Star Games held Tuesday night and Wednesday at Berks Catholic High School. Lescoe is playing with Cocalico teammate Dante Haines on the L-L All-Star team that is coach by his dad and Cocalico Assistant Marc Lescoe.
Tuesday’s losers will play at 6 p.m. and the winners will face off at 8 p.m.