Been a great year so far

By on July 3, 2012

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review

Sports Editor Wow, Fourth of July already…

Where has the time gone?

If the latter half of 2012 is as good as the first half, then this year will go down as one of the better in my 25 years covering sports here at the Review.

Yup, been here one-quarter of a century. Doesn’t seem it, other than the fact that both my hair and waist lines have changed quite a bit since my first column headshot.

You know you’ve been in a place a long time when you cover kids of athletes you covered years before. That is now a regular occurrence.

But enough about me.

A lot has happened since this column last appeared. For one, the Ephrata boys’ lacrosse team had an unbelievable run. The Mounts not only won their first L-L League and District titles, they finally got over the hump and defeated Manheim Township for the first time in school history.

Quite an accomplishment for a program that has only been in existence for a little more than a decade. And while this senior class was one for the ages, there is a lot of talent in the lower ranks which should fill the gaps in nicely in the coming years.

Congrats on an outstanding year.

As for the other exciting news from the spring, the Ephrata baseball and Cocalico girls lacrosse teams both hung another section banner while the Cocalico girls soccer team captured the school’s first title of any kind in that sport this past spring.

And, there was quite a lot of noise made in track and field locally. First, led by junior Mary Witmer, the Ephrata girls track team won its first section title since 1987. Then, Witmer and Cocalico’s outstanding senior thrower Kyle Felpel went on to incredible post-seasons, culminating with State gold, silver and bronze for Felpel, and a silver for Witmer.

Can’t wait to see what Felpel does in his first season at Alabama and Witmer in her final year at EHS.

While we spend the next few weeks re-charging the engines, I’m really looking forward to what our local athletes can do in the fall.

Speaking of Fall…: The high school football season kicks off in less than two months. With that said, here is a sneak peak at the schedules for both Ephrata and Cocalico:

Ephrata- @ Exeter; Garden Spot; @ Warwick; Lebanon; Lampeter-Strasburg; @ Conestoga Valley; Elizabethtown; @ Manheim Central; @ Solanco; and Cocalico.

Cocalico- Daniel Boone; @ Reading; Governor Mifflin; Conestoga Valley; Solanco; @ Manheim Central; @ Lebanon; Lampeter-Strasburg; Elizabethtown; and @ Ephrata.

Looking forward to it.

Firecracker: Hard to believe but the Ephrata Firecracker Run is turning 35 this season. It has become such a great way to kick off the Fourth, a tradition that seems to only get better and better with each passing year.

Race Director Dave Lloyd expects one of the bigger turnouts this year. Looking forward to meeting everyone at the finish line…Good luck! More RUTH, page B-2

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