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Number 1 Minor League Team in Central PA

Posted in Central PA Minor League with tags on January 15, 2011 by birdbytes

Well, it’s finally time to unveil the top minor league team in Central PA.

Considerations for this list included overall success, game atmosphere, and honestly getting multiple sports (something for everyone).

Drum roll, please…

5. Central Penn Piranha
4. Harrisburg Horizon
3. Harrisburg City Islanders
2. York Revolution

1. Hershey Bears

The Bears are about as close to a professional atmosphere as you can get in the area.  The Giant Center is a great arena for watching a hockey game.  As farm team of the Washington Capitals, you often see soon-to-be Caps or former Caps coming and going from the team.  Not only that, but the Bears do nothing but win Calder Cups.  They are back-to-back defending champions, have won 3 out of the last 5 titles and made it to the finals four out of the last five.  Playoff hockey in Hershey is electric, and the stadium sells out most home games in the regular season.

If you want to catch a great hockey game this season, check out the home of the Hershey Bears.

Top 5 Teams, Central PA (Number 2)

Posted in Central PA Minor League with tags on January 14, 2011 by birdbytes

Are you getting excited to find out who is number one on this list?  Any guesses?  These teams are being judged (by me) based on their ability to win as well as their atmosphere at the games. Just a quick recap.

5. Central Penn Piranha – the winning-est minor league football team
4. Harrisburg Horizon – they’ve won multiple titles since 2002
3. Harrisburg City Islanders – 2007 champs and great atmosphere

The top two teams are recent champions and have state-of-the-art minor league stadiums.  The #2 slot was a tough call, but…

2. York Revolution

I attended one of the games in the playoff series last year and it was electric.  Towel-waving, cheering on the home team in York.  I also took my entire family with me and my 3 year old and 2 year old sons really had a nice time.  We got to watch some playoff baseball and the stadium is probably the most family-friendly in the area. 

I like that the playground in the outfield still allows parents to be able to see the game while the kids play.  York also won the championship last year, which is another reason they come in at number two on the list.  Sovereign Bank stadium is a beautiful minor league park and the Revolution are fun to watch play ball.  Brooks Robinson plaza reminds you of Camden Yards, too, and I have a special place in my heart for the Orioles connection to York baseball.  Visit them on their web site if  you want to learn more about the Revolution.

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out who is number 1 on my list and some honorable mentions.

5 Teams in Central PA (Number 3)

Posted in Central PA Minor League with tags on January 13, 2011 by birdbytes

This is the third entry in the five part series essentially suggesting five minor league teams that you should check out if you live in or are visiting Central PA this year.  Not a popularity contest, these teams have a tradition of winning.  The first two were the Central Penn Piranha football team at #5 and the Harrisburg Horizon basketball team (men’s and women’s) at #4.

3. Harrisburg City Islanders

Let me be quite up front.  I am not really a soccer fan.  However, this past summer I had the opportunity to attend two MLS games down at PPL Park in Chester County to see the Philadelphia Union (who happen to be the parent club of the City Islanders).  Really great atmosphere down there.  The “Sons of Ben” make the games feel like you’re in Europe, watching futbol.

The City Islanders are a perennial playoff contender and won a championship in 2007.  They’ve played against MLS teams such as the Union (now I suspect this will be an annual event on the island), and even Manchester United.  If you want to see some good soccer, head out to the City Islanders web site for more info, and head to Skyline stadium this season.

Top 5 Minor League Events in Central PA: Number 4

Posted in Central PA Minor League with tags on January 12, 2011 by birdbytes

Today I am continuing the top 5 minor league teams you have got to check out in Central PA.  I just wanted to note that the purpose of this is to highlight some great (winning) teams that you may or may not have known much about.  Yesterday, coming in at number 5, was the Central Penn Piranha.

4. Harrisburg Horizon

Harrisburg HorizonThe Horizon are the local semi-pro men’s and women’s basketball organization.  They play in the Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) against teams from New York, New Jersey and other regional states.  The men have won the league every season since 2002 and the women have been champs all but one year in the existence of the women’s league.  Their home games are played at Rowland Middle School on Derry Street and you can get tickets for $8.  That’s a decent price to see a championship team play.  You can learn more about the Horizon by checking out their web site.

Five (Semi) Pro Teams to Check Out in Central PA

Posted in Central PA Minor League with tags on January 11, 2011 by birdbytes

Living in Central Pennsylvania, we have plenty of choices when it comes to rooting for pro sports teams.  We’re a few hours from Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. and New York City.  If you want to drive for a day, we are not far from the Ohio cities (Cleveland and Cincinatti) and even Buffalo, NY.

In the wake of a recession, aside from catching an occasional Orioles game from the nosebleed seats, I do not always have the luxury of heading to a pro event.  So over the course of the next five days, I wanted to share with you what I feel are the top five minor league teams you need to check out in 2011.  The best thing is, these teams are all in our own backyard.

5. Central Penn Piranha

The Piranha play their home games at East Pennsboro High School in Enola, PA and are the winningest team in minor league football history.  In sixteen seasons, they have compiled a 227-16 record and won 2 National championships.

For more information about the Piranha and to check their schedule, visit their web site.

Check back tomorrow for number 4.

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