Phillip Powell looks forward to the challenge of the upcoming season as Funkstown American Legion's new manager. But maybe not as much as he looks forward to the opportunity to win the championship of the expanded Western Maryland District.
"I want to bring the program back up," the 21-year-old Powell said. "The team is coming off a difficult season and we want to turn things around."
Funkstown suffered an uncharacteristic losing season in 2007, but Powell is still optimistic about 2008, even with its challenging schedule.
"The Western Maryland District League has expanded from three to seven teams. ... I'm really excited about that," Powell said. "There's still Funkstown, Williamsport and Frederick but four other teams have been added -- Urbana, Brunswick, Thurmont and Mt. Airy. The league is always competitive, the rivalries have been established and the games are tough."
Funkstown will tune up for the league schedule with difficult non-league tests.