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Ephrata Oks Treese as New Coach

Ephrata has found its new head boys basketball coach in former Muhlenberg coach Jonathan Treese, who has been approved by the district’s school board.

The move comes just a month after Charlie Fisher resigned from the Ephrata post in order to become the new Manheim Central coach. The quick turnaround by Ephrata likely came about because the 201718 season is less than two months away.

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Mounts 2nd at States!

Last year, Penn Manor won its first boys bowling state team championship in school history.

It’s now two in a row for the Comets.

Penn Manor defeated Ephrata, 2-0, in the Baker Game finals of the state tournament on Saturday afternoon at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata to defend its crown.

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Cedars Rally Past Mounts

LEBANON — At least Charlie Fisher, Ephrata’s young boys basketball coach, knows now that his young, resurgent team isn’t afraid.

The fearless Mounts played what had to have been their best game in years Monday. It wasn’t enough, however, because Camryn Shaak wouldn’t let Lebanon lose.

Shaak, a senior guard, scored 19 second-half points to help the Cedars rally to a 52-50 win in a dramatic quarterfinal game of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.

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Pioneers Rally for Slim Win

Mired in foul trouble, Lampeter-Strasburg junior guard Jordan Swegar sat the bench for most of Monday’s District Three Class 5A boys basketball firstround playoff game against visiting Ephrata.

Didn’t matter. He made up for it by re-entering the game in the fourth quarter and coming up with the gamedeciding plays.

After host L-S came back from down 11 points in the second half only to fall behind by three, a Swegar free throw followed by a layup tied the game with 1:50 left.

Later, a Swegar offensive board —and the smarts to call a timeout as he was falling out of bounds — gave his team a shot down two with 39.6 left. Finally, on the ensuing inbounds play, Swegar’s assist to teammate Ben Sandberg for the game-tying layup and ensuing go-ahead free-throw with 36.8 left was the gamewinner, as No. 7 L-S escaped with a 38-37 victory over No. 10 Ephrata.

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Mounts edge Tide

Ephrata was playing its first postseason boys basketball game in 12 years Friday, after its first winning season in 12 years.

Early on, as coach Charlie Fisher admitted afterward, “We were as nervous as could be."

The Mounts got over it. They held off a spirited Columbia rally to advance to the main bracket of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs with a 43-39 win at Conestoga Valley.

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