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Bill Bostic

About Bill Bostic

Bill Bostic is the founder and publisher of the Linglestown Gazette.

Rams football faces much improved Trojans

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT – Week #8

Central Dauphin at Chambersburg

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
7 pm kickoff

Here’s this week’s CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING for Friday, 10/19/18, when the Rams (5-3 overall 3-2 conference) meet the Chambersburg Trojans (6-2 overall, 3-2 conference) in noisy Trojan Stadium. Go Rams!

So noisy is the gridiron at Chambersburg High that the Rams used recorded band music played at a high volume and had players yelling and screaming during their Wednesday practice to simulate game conditions.

LAST WEEK: The Rams lost a slugfest at Landis Field against the State College Little Rams 35-28. State College clicked off a handful of big plays that made the difference in this one – none bigger than a fake punt and pass that kept a third-quarter scoring drive by the Little Lions alive.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – TYLER LEISHER, #25

COACH INTERVIEW – GLEN MCNAMEE
Coach Mac previews the Chambersburg game and shares insights on Defensive Coach Paul Linn’s side gig.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

Senior running back Adam Burkhart, #46, was the player of the game despite the Rams’ loss with a bone-crushing 194 yards on 28 carries and three rushing TDs.

 

Lower Paxton has new top gun

Lower Paxton Township supervisors voted 4-1 last night to hire Bradley Gotshall, as the township’s new manager. He currently is the manager of Millersville Borough in Lancaster County.

For details, click here for a story by Bill Bostic that was published by PennLive.com. And here’s a link to Gotshall’s resume on LinkedIn.

Bostic did a quick interview with Gotshall following his hiring.

 

 

Rams to face Little Lions on gridiron

CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT – Week #8

Central Dauphin vs State College

Senior Night & Pink Out

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
Landis Field
7 pm kickoff

The final phase of the 2018 season starts off with a bang as the Little Lions (6-1 overall, 3-1 conference) roll into Landis for a key Mid-Penn Commonwealth contest with the Rams (5-2 overall, 4-2 conference).

LAST WEEK: State College took it on the nose losing 32-17 against the hard-charging Harrisburg Cougars at Severance Field. Meanwhile, CD spoiled Altoona’s homecoming by easily rolling over Mountain Lions by a count of 49-7.

This week’s Linglestown American Legion Post 272’s Scouting Report includes an interview with one the 2018 season’s most surprising players, a look at the Little Lions with a coach, and a tribute to a fallen warrior.

PLAYER INTERVIEW – DEREK KRUG, #92

COACH INTERVIEW – SEAN ROSLER

Tribute to #62

PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY NEIL RENALDI

The Rams O line blew open big holes all night for Rams running backs last week at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.

GO RAMS!

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Get ready for the Rams–Mountain Lions game

Here’s this week’s CD RAMS FOOTBALL SCOUTING for the week #7 match-up with the Altoona Mountain Lions.

This week’s report features a Coach Spotlight segment with Thom Carmo, Ram special teams coordinator, and a Player Interview with #3, junior slot receiver and defensive safety Nick Chimienti.

Looking ahead to next week’s Pink Out game at Landis Field against State College, this report will feature photography from the Neil Renaldi who is affiliated with Linglestown Gazette Sports.

Finally, please ask you friends and family members to sign up for this free service. Here’s the link to send them:

http://bit.ly/RamsScoutingReport

Go Rams!
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CORRECTION: Correct spelling of Coach Carmos’ first name is Thom. It’s shown incorrectly on the video.

 

 

 

 

Rams bang the gong to a big gridiron win

By Bill Bostic
Gazette sports columnist

Believe or not, sideline reporting at Central Dauphin Rams games is worthy of a hazardous pay rate.

CD Ram Shamarr Joppy gets a hand on a Berks Catholic’s punt in the first period of CD’s 7-0 win.

I nearly got mowed down by a herd of stampeding Rams defenders Friday night in Reading after they blocked a field goal attempt by the Berkshire Catholic Saints.

Next they huddled near the bench to hold a celebration that was capped off by the banging of a newly purchased Chinese gong.

The gong got plenty of use in a shutout win over a team that finished second in the PIAA 4A classification last season and reportedly has a better team this year.

By the way, the Rams have only given up seven points in the first two games, but the first team has not allowed a point.

Let me tell you, Friday night’s 7-0 Rams win is one that will stick with me for a long time – maybe until my dying day.

Tyler Leisher, #25 in white, runs for 35-yards during the Rams’ winning drive.

For starters, the Rams were the underdog in this one because the Saints had the upper hand in most skill positions, including a big dude playing running back and middle linebacker who is headed to the Pitt Panthers. (His name is Brandon George for those of you keeping score at home.)

Plus, the Saints seemed to be bigger than the Rams, and believe me size matters in football.

I reported after the game that the Rams gutted out this win by dominating the line of scrimmage, but it was more than that – they won the psychological battle that is waged in all sporting events.

Coach Glen MacNamee had the Rams mentally and physically ready to take on Berks Catholic.

Give credit to the coaching staff and team leaders for mentally being at the zenith of their game for the entire 48-minute contest. Anything less could have easily resulted in a loss.

Keep in mind the Rams entered this one without starting quarterback and linebacker Noah Hoffman due to an ankle injury suffered in the first game against Wilson.

Plus, a significant number of players got nicked up against Berks Catholic, forcing second and a few third stringers into action.

For whatever reason, all the pieces came together for the Rams on the brand new artificial turf at Forino Sports Complex in a win that will cause their Mid Penn Commonwealth foes to take notice.

I went to sleep Friday night – actually early Saturday morning – with the sound of a gong going off in my brain. I bet some Berks Catholic coaches and players did the same thing.

GAME BALLS

  • CD’s defense for pitching a shutout that included a partially blocked punt and a blocked field goal in the first period.
  • Adam Burkhart, #46, for scoring the game’s only touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the third period, and then keeping Berks Catholic off the field late in the game with a series of runs.
  • Fill-in quarterbacks junior Tyrese Fuller, #1, and freshman Max Mosey, #16, for playing steady and not turning over the ball.
  • Senior kicker Derek Krug for nailing a point-after-touchdown after the Rams got hit with a 15-yard penalty following Burkhart’s touchdown.
  • And the coaching staff for a stellar job getting the team ready to play.

NEXT UP for the Rams (2-0) is the start of the so-called “Revenge Tour” against teams that slapped losses on CD last year. First up is a non-conference game against the defending District 3 6A champs Manheim Township Blue Streaks (2-0), who doled out losses to the Rams in 2017 in week #2 of the season and in a first-round playoff game. The game will be played at Landis Stadium in Colonial Park this Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 pm.

The Blue Streaks downed Central Dauphin East 17-10 at Landis Field during week #1 this season.
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Photos by Neil Renaldi

Photo at the top of this article shows Adam Burkhart scoring the winning touchdown Friday against Berks Catholic.

 

 

 

 

Gazette Sports Chat with George Chaump

Gazette Sports Chat host Joe Gilloway had the pleasure of spending a few minutes with storied football coach George Chaump.

If you love football, this is a must-see video no matter if you know Coach Chaump or have never heard of him. (Recorded on July 22, 2018 at Ted’s Bar & Grill in Harrisburg, Pa.)

 

 

 

 

Longtime LP leader passes away

Longtime Lower Paxton Supervisor Bill Hawk passed away Saturday.

He served as a supervisor for over 20 years and was the board chairman during most of those years. This spring he was elected as president of a statewide association of township officials.

“Hawk was proud that the Lower Paxton supervisors always tried to be a ‘listening board’ whenever citizens had opinions and ideas to share at meetings or during private conversations,” said Bill Bostic, publisher and editor of Linglestown Gazette. “He was a true public servant and a man that I count as a role model. Bill will be greatly missed.”

“Bill’s impact on Lower Paxton has been immeasurable,” said Lowman Henry, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors. “Lower Paxton developed into a major township over his years in office.”

“Bill made sure the township grew in an orderly fashion. He touched every facet of life in Lower Paxton over the last 20 years, and he was supportive of the effort to develop George Park and worked to assist the township’s first responders.”

Township Supervisor Chris Judd remembered Hawk in a Facebook post: “Politics can harden the heart, but I don’t know anyone who could detect an ounce of cynicism in Bill over his many years as a civic leader.”

No funeral plans were available at the time this update was published.

The township will have to fill Hawk’s seat during the next month or so. Contact the township office if you want to apply for the position.

 

 

Linglestown gets auto detailer

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette intern

CR Automotive Detailing is opening its doors in the Linglestown village in a beautifully remodeled garage in the square.

While it is not fully opened yet, customers can come and get car washes at 50-percent off this Friday and Saturday only.

“You get all our CR wash packages and any à la carte items” said Cameron Shirk, a manager at the store.

This will only apply to car washes, as there will not be price drop for car detailing. He also said this week is a training week, so service will be a little slower than when the business is fully up and running.

Karl Martin of Lower Paxton Township said he was very pleased with the car washes at CR and is considering getting a membership for his household.

“Our grand opening is still up in the air. We’re not sure yet, but our soft opening is this upcoming Monday,” said Shirk. He expects the grand opening to happen sometime around July.

The doors will officially open up at CR Automotive Detailing this Monday, but if you’re looking to get your car washed at a lower price, make sure to stop at the shop either today or tomorrow!
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Photos provided by CR Automotive Detailing

Wegmans coming to East Shore?

By Bill Bostic

Linglestown Gazette summer intern Charles Zinn has gotten to the bottom of the ongoing controversy over Wegmans adding a second store in our area. In short, it’s not happening anytime soon.

A Wegmans official in the public relations department said there are no plans for building a Wegmans on the East Shore, unless you count the Lancaster area as part of the shore area.

Not only that, but the rumor that Wegmans doesn’t build stores within a 50-mile radius of each other has been debunked.

Here are the main criteria that must be met for a second store to be added to an area like the Harrisburg region:

1. The site must be large enough to accommodate a big-box store and have adequate parking, which requires a huge lot.

2. The location must be easy to find and get to.

3. When it comes to population density, the company looks for a high volume of people, both for customers and the employees that will serve them.

The East Shore at a minimum doesn’t meet #3 because out-of-towners don’t consider the Susquehanna River to be a dividing line when figuring out population density. The store on the West Shore counts folks on the East Shore as potential customers.

So, get used to driving the 25-30 minutes it takes in light to moderate traffic to get to Wegmans in Silver Spring Township for the foreseeable future.
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Charles Zinn contributed to this story.
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Photo from The Carlisle Sentinel

 

 

Gazette Sports Chat – Meet CD Rams new boys b-ball coach

For the first time in a decade, the Central Dauphin Rams have a new head coach for the boys basketball team – and there’s a buzz around town that good things are in the works.

Gazette Sports Chat host Joe Gilloway recently set up shop at St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House in Linglestown to interview Wayne Fletcher.

Without a doubt, investing 20 minutes to watch this video from state to finish will be a worthwhile use of your precious time.

Why? Because Coach Fletcher is the real deal and has a plan for sometime soon putting a product on the floor that will fill the CD High gym with fans like days gone by.

By the way, this episode was recorded in late April 2018.

 

 

 

 

‘For Sale’ sign concerns youth soccer group

The appearance of a “for sale” sign at Sports City Harrisburg indoor soccer facility has raised eyebrows among parents and coaches affiliated Capital Area Soccer Association, or CASA. The area’s largest youth soccer organization has been based at Sports City for about three years.

Concerns that the group would lose its home base went through the roof when an article in Central Penn Business Journal quoted the landlord saying CASA may be leaving the facility.

To get the full story, CLICK HERE for a report filed with PennLive.com by independent journalist Bill Bostic.