Random thoughts

By on November 9, 2011

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review

Sports Editor How close did Cocalico come to qualifying for the District Three football playoffs? Less than .004 separated the Eagles from Donegal, which narrowly won the 16th seed and the right to face heavyweight Bishop McDevitt.

Donegal’s final power rating was .580085 while the Eagles finished with a rating of .576707. You couldn’t slide a piece of paper between those two numbers, but the percentage points definitely worked in the Indians’ favor.

Incidentally, here are the first-round match-ups for AAA, in case you are interested in taking in a game this week: Donegal at Bishop McDevitt; Northern York at Lampeter-Strasburg; Northeastern at West York; Palmyra @ Manheim Central; Red Land at Hershey; Susquehanna Twp. at Dover; Shippensburg at Greencastle Antrim; and Garden Spot at Conrad Weiser.

In AAAA, it looks like this: Dallastown at Cumberland Valley; Hempfield at Governor Mifflin; CD East at Central Dauphin; Chambersburg at Daniel Boone; Penn Manor at Wilson; Exeter at Cedar Cliff; Red Lion at Central York; and South Western at Manheim Township.

The AA first-round match-ups are as follows: Boiling Springs at Lancaster Catholic; Schuylkill Valley at Bermudian Springs; Littlestown at Wyomissing; and Delone Catholic at Trinity. And in single-A, York Catholic travels to Camp Hill while Millersburg takes on Columbia.

First Timers

Over in AAA, Northeastern’s story is interesting as the York County school qualified for the playoffs in just its fourth year of existence. A school known more for its soccer, football is suddenly relevant in that area, which is good to see. Incidentally, while it’s taken them just four years to make it to the post-season, Ephrata has only made it once (1988) in the history of the school.

Bright Future

One more thought on Cocalico before we close the book on the season. The Eagles’ absence from the post season could be a short one. A team that at times had just two seniors dressed this year, improved dramatically throughout the season and will be among the pre-season favorites to win Section Two next season.

Of course L-S and Manheim Central will have something to say about that, the future looks very bright in Denver.

Now, on to the fall…

College News

Recent Ephrata High School graduate Mark Lowrie is off to a good start playing baseball at Division One Winthrop.

The South Carolina school held a best of three intra-squad series to close out the fall season recently and Lowrie contributed to the victorious squad.

The freshman drove in three runs and hit .333 for the series. He broke up a no-hitter in the first game, ripping a two-strike double down the line, and then had a two-run single in the second game.

Lowrie played every inning of the three-game series, seeing time at first, second and third base. More RUTH, page B-3

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