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By on August 7, 2013

Todd Ruth

Ephrata Review Sports Editor

The summer, along with the Phillies’ playoff chances, flew by oh so fast.

Seems like last week we were celebrating graduations, and now we are just mere weeks from embarking on another exciting fall sports season.

Wow…

One of the great new things the PIAA has adopted for this year is a pre-season heat acclimation program for football. The fact that 52 football players, including 41 high schoolers, have died since 1995 because of heat related causes has raised the awareness nationally to provide for a pre-season football acclimatization program.

Most teams will begin theirs in the latter part of this week, in preparation for the official first day of practice which is set for Monday. They will go three consecutive days late this week, with just helmets and shoulder pads with shorts the first two days and full gear on the third day, although no contact is allowed.

The rationale is instead of being thrust right into full practices in normal August temperatures, players’ bodies will now be able to slowly adapt to wearing the equipment in the heat, and hopefully reduce heat-related illnesses when the pads finally get cracking sometime next week.

Interesting concept.

Legion Update: For those of you who followed the Ephrata American Legion team through the Regional playoffs, and want to know how it all played out, here is what happened after Ephrata was eliminated by Spring Grove on the final day of regionals..

Spring Grove, which finished fourth in its own division in the York League this year, went on to capture the Region Four title with a victory over Hampden Township in the finals.

With the win, Spring Grove advanced to States, and kept up its winning ways. Spring Grove won its first three games in the State Tourney, and found itself opposite host Boyertown in the Winner’s Bracket Final. Unfortunately, a loss to Boyertown, then another to Twin Valley the next day ended the Region four champs’ season.

Boyertown went on to capture its 23rd State title in its illustrious history with an 11-1 win over Twin Valley in the finals. The Bears now move on to National Regionals where they’ll open the tournament opposite New York champ West Seneca Thursday in Camden NJ.

Fall Sports Preview: With the fall season fast approaching, wanted to give you plenty of heads-up that our annual Fall Sports Preview section will be appearing in the issue of August 28.

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Review that week for in-depth previews of your favorite local teams, as well as other useful information to help you get set for another great high school sports season.

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