This ‘n that

By on March 19, 2014

Todd Ruth, Staff Writer

I have a mind that is still quite youthful. However, I also have the body of a middle-aged 50-year-old.


Turning 50 this week…Doesn’t seem possible, but I’m officially there Thursday.

Seems like just yesterday I was new on the job, covering some great athletes such as Kim Eppinette (Lescoe) in track, Sean Lees in wrestling, and Eric Martin in baseball, to name a few. Now I’m writing about their kids…some in college.

Where did the time go?

It truly is amazing (and somewhat depressing) how fast life speeds by us…But here’s hoping I’ll have the privilege to continue to sit in this chair and hopefully provide you coverage at least for several more years.

I do know one thing…it’s been a great ride so far!

Spring kicks off: The spring sports season officially teed off Tuesday with the Ephrata tennis team hosting Warwick in a Section one match. What a winter it was (or still is depending on which forecast you believe)!

I remember we had some rough winters in the early-to-mid 90s, but it’s been a long time since the winter had such an impact on the start of spring sports as it has had this year.

If relatively new ADs Steve Sweigart (Ephrata) and Whitney Seltzer (Cocalico) weren’t settled into their seats through the winter season, they are now as they try to squeeze all of these games into a month-and-a-half window.

They have to be going crazy.

As for on the field action, most teams are scheduled to get underway this weekend. And with the forecast looking decent for a change, there is a shot that most of the events will be able to take place as scheduled.

All I can say is, “stay tuned.”

March Madness: While not always the case, I’m really looking forward to the NCAA Tournament this year. With a daughter in college, I got into the regular season a little more this year and actually feel like I have a clue when it comes to filling out my bracket.

That may all change when you check back with me in two weeks (probably will), but I like Louisville, Florida, Arizona and MichiganState to reach the Final Four.

Some teams that wouldn’t surprise me to be there are: Creighton in the West; Michigan in the Midwest (I’m not sold on Wichita St.); Syracuse in the South; and Villanova in the East. Would love to see Nova there, and they are in one of the weaker brackets so that should help.

If I had to pick a champion, I’m going to go with Michigan St. They are healthy now and have been on a roll. The Spartans, to me, look like the toughest out.

Kyle Felpel: University of Alabama Red Shirt freshman Kyle Felpel is starting to flex his muscles against some of the best competition in America. Recently, the 2012 Cocalico graduate was one of nine Alabama athletes to earn a spot on All-SEC Teams for the Indoor Track and Field seasons.

The All-SEC first team consists of the winner of each event; the All-SEC second team is comprised of the second and third-place finishers in each event, while the SEC All-Freshman Team consists of the top freshman finisher in each event.

Felpel finished second in the shot put at the recent SEC Indoor Championships, the best SEC indoor finish by a Bama shot putter since 1977. His best throw of the day came in round five, a 19.23 meters toss (63 feet, 1.25 inches) that is a personal best by two inches beyond his prior PR of 61-1.25. Kentucky’s Brad Szypka won the event with a throw of 19.47 (63-10.50) on his first attempt of the day. Felpel had four legal throws, all of which exceeded 60 feet. His first attempt went 18.47 (60-7.25), this second throw traveled 18.65 (61-2.25) and his fourth attempt (after a foul on his third try) went 18.87 (61-11). Hayden Reed was 12th with a mark of 17.36 (56-11.50) while Nathan Karrwas 17th (14.67/48-1.75).

With his second-place finish, Felpel officially qualified for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships which were held March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. There, he placed 15th overall with a mark of 17.95 meters (58 feet, 10.25 inches), which came on his second throw of the day. Felpel’s first throw spanned 17.01 meters (55-9.75). He fouled on his third attempt and did not qualify for the finals.

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