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By on January 7, 2015

Two of the more talented local basketball players have an excellent shot at reaching 1,000 career points before the current high school season is complete.

Ephrata girls senior Kelly Liebl and Cocalico boys junior Tucker Lescoe are both within 200 points of the prestigious mark with plenty of games remaining.

Liebl, who recently signed her national letter of intent to run track at St. Joseph’s, has been a four-year starter for the Lady Mounts and is averaging 13.4 points per game this year through 11 games.

She had 807 career points heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Conestoga Valley. She has 11 regular season games left, plus any additional playoff game.

As for Lescoe, who received his first college scholarship offer recently from American International, he was sitting on 818 points heading into Tuesday’s huge match-up at Manheim Central.

Lescoe is averaging almost 19 points per game through his three-year varsity career. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Lescoe sat out the first half of last year with a hand injury. He is averaging 20.9 points per game this year, and is first in the entire district in three pointers made with 53.

The good news for both Lescoe and Liebl is the fact that both the Ephrata girls and Cocalico boys should have a shot at making both the L-L and District playoffs, which will give them a couple extra games to play with.

The College Courts: Two local players are making an impact for their respective teams at the collegiate level. At Franklin & Marshall College, Ephrata graduate and sophomore Sarah Haddon has started all 10 games for the Lady Dips, and leads the team in both scoring (11.6 p.p.g.) and rebounding (8.1 per game). Back on Nov. 25, Haddon scored a game-high 26 points in a loss at Johns Hopkins.

As a freshman, Haddon started 23 of the 25 games F&M played a year ago, averaging seven points a game.

At E-town College, Cocalico graduate and freshman Marissa Gingrich has gotten some quality minutes for the Blue Jays, who are 8-1 as of this writing. Gingrich has played in seven of her team’s nine games and has scored 32 points on the year. She had a season-high nine points on December 13 vs. Merchant Marine.

Spring Fever?: For those who have spring fever, Ephrata will play its first-ever home game on it new turf field at War Memorial on Saturday, March 21 against Hershey. The Mounts actually open the season with four-straight home games as the Hershey game will be followed by Cumberland Valley on March 26, Solanco on March 30 and L-S on April 1.

Key Dates: For those wrestling and swimming fans, here are some dates to remember.

The L-L Wrestling Tournament will be held Jan. 23-24 at Garden Spot High School. That tourney heads to New Holland after being held the last few seasons up the road at Conestoga Valley.

There will also be a change to the L-L League Swim Meet this year. The Lititz Rec Center will still play host, but the meet has been moved to the middle of the week instead of the weekend as it has been for years. The girls meet will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. while the boys will take the pool Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m.

My NFL Picks: Take this for what it’s worth, which is not much considering my standing in the Armchair Forecast. But now that we are through one week of playoffs in the NFL, here are my predictions on how it’s going to go the rest of the way:

Divisional Playoffs: New England over Baltimore; Denver over Indianapolis; Seattle over Carolina; Dallas over Green Bay.

Championship Weekend: New England over Denver; Seattle over Dallas.

Super Bowl: New England over Seattle.

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