March 14

PIAA 3rd round 3A

Gov. Mifflin Middle School:


Lancaster Cath. 74 Harriton 69 (OT)


In a battle of Eastern heavy weights (District 3 Champ vs District 1 Champ), this game was destined for some exciting moments and excellent play. LCHS looked almost beaten...almost, but the Crusaders hung in late in the fourth quarter as Harriton missed some shots and missed some foul shots to set up some heroics for the Catholic faithful. Once in OT, LCHS went to the line and nailed 8 of 12 to secure a rematch with Steel High. Could LCHS be heading for Reading yet another time? Stay tuned....


The game...In a game highlighted by runs, LCHS had the first big run. After Harriton's all star guard, Marcus Harley, put the Rams up by a 6-4 count, the Crusaders ripped off 17 straight- highlighted by three's from Zach Shedleski and 2 in a row from Keith Keller. 21-6 LCHS. The Rams Harley scored the 7, but Greg Testa did his end of the quarter magic and nailed a "j" at the buzzer. 23-13 after one....Some back and forth in the second. Harriton closed to 29-24 on a basket from, who else, Harley. Testa got fouled on a three ball,, made 2, 31- 24 LCHS....Harriton then went on another run. The Rams started trapping all over the floor forcing some unaccustomed turnovers for LCHS. Some zone traps and some run and jump got the Rams going...Harley for 2, Zach Goldman pops a three, Haley again, Jeremy Wesley scored on a dunk (missed his foul shot) and forced LCHS into a timeout late in the second. Eugene Bright scored a bucket for the Rams as they completed a 11-0 run. 37-33 at the half....


2nd half....LCHS turned the three ball in the third quarter as the shots were being fired from everywhere behind the arc, and usually missing. Harriton took control of the boards and LCHS had some more turnovers. Harriton scored at the end of the quarter on a drive by Eugene Bright. 57-49 heading into the "last" quarter... The fourth turned into something of a fouls shooting/ chess match as Harriton would only score 7 in the quarter. With the Rams leading 60- -49 early in the fourth, Mason Weeks scored on a drive, followed by Testa getting fouled on a three ball. This time he made all three and cut the lead to 60-54. In a spectacular drive to the bucket, Harley goes around three Crusaders , scores and gets fouled, but he missed his foul shot. LCHS missed 3 of 4 fouls also at this point. Testa stole the ball at the 3:20 mark as LCHS cut it to 5 at 62-57...Harley makes one and misses one for the Rams. Purvis scores. Miss for the Rams. Shedleski scores and the place is going wild...Harley for the Rams misses one plus. Shedleski makes one and misses one for LCHS. Then comes a key play and call...With Harriton in the "freeze" mode, Shedleski stepped in front of Harriton dribbler, took it in the chest and got the call. Charge. 1:14 to go...LCHS would missm and Harriton did the keep away thing again. Bright for the Rams misses a 1 plus ..LCHS would get the ball down by 1 but turn it over while trying to feed the post. ..Weisbrot for Harriton makes the first foul with :12 on the clock but misses the second..LCHS gets the ball to Testa, he falls or losses the dribble, gets up splits the double/triple / quadruple team and finds Keller all alone for a layup as the buzzer sounds...We're in OT baby!


OT...Both teams missed early. LCHS seemed to be more patient and took care of the ball much better. the Crusaders also started to pound the glass. Purvis hit a lay-in at the 2:58 mark of OT. Testa gets a steal and feeds Shedleski for a break away but he gets fouled before he has a chance for the bucket. He sank both. LCHS 68-64. Bright for the Rams scores on a drive 68 - 66 LCHS...Catholic hit four fouls in a row to stretch the lead to 72-66 with 54 ticks left. Harley scores for the Rams and gets fouled, but misses his foul shot. Testa misses 2 fouls, and the Rams are still alive. Harley makes one of 2 as Shedleski fouls out. 72-69 with 23 seconds to go...Andrew Koehler, a reserve guard for LCHS made the second of a two shot foul, putting the Crusaders up by a comfortable 4 points. Purvis finished the scoring with 10 ticks on the clock for the final 74-69..




Marcus Harley 30

Eugene Bright 17




Greg Testa 21

Keith Keller 18

Zach Shedleski 14

Ryan Purvis 14


Sidelines...At the end of the game, the Crusaders fans stormed the court only to be greeted by plastic bottles flying out from the Harriton side. ...the scene was ugly for awhile as both sides were facing down...The security at this 3A Eastern semi game was terrible. I counted 4 " guards", who had security jackets on but were in no hurry to restrain fans both after the game and during the game. ..Why no uniformed cops were in the gym is really a question for the PIAA. .I talked to and thanked a principal from Harriton for his efforts to keep the lid on the crowd at the end of the game. He did more than security. A tough job even while trying to enjoy a game....The game was a sell out as Gov. Mifflin closed the doors after the tix were gone. this as always caused problems outside of the gym. I been there and done that. Could have had double header at Hershey but......the crowd kept entering the game during the game and this could have caused some trouble on the baseline but did not....the refs were from Wilkes Barre region.....Lots of college scouts at the game. Lancasters own DeSalles assistant, Doug Kraft, was in attendance and helping us sort out where players went in college and who is D3 and D2 material. thanks Coach Kraft!... .On a more pleasant note, LLHoops.com will endorse the pizza/ restaurant joint on 222 near Reading called Paulo's. They run a special of wings and Pizza- all you can eat for $5.50 until 10 pm. We stopped there on Wed. and again on Friday. The Karaoke is good too :)


~Dell Jackson








March 11

Albright College- PIAA 2nd round 3A


Lancaster Catholic 61 Allentown Central Cath. 57



The score looked close as ACC bombed some threes late, but LCHS got out to a comfortable 10 point lead, and, for the most part, maintained it throughout the game. Some foul trouble on Ryan Purvis found LCHS using some different combinations as Stephen Schmalhofer contributed with 5 block shots during the contest.


The game..ACC started out cold , missing its first 3 shots, but still led 4-3 early on baskets by Larry Kich and Jim Curran. LCHS went on a tear with about 4:30 to go in quarter number 1. Purvis post move, Zach Shedlesksi a three ball, Mason Weeks a drive and Keith Keler a follow and just like that the Crusaders were up 14-5. ACC steadied itself to close to 16-14 but Greg Testa score at the end of the quarter to give LCHS an 18-14 lead after one. The second quarter was very slow to start, something ACC coach stated they wanted in the Lancaster New Era on game day. Catholic again goes on another run. Ian Giblin, a 6' guard off the bench, nailed a three, Keller a drive, Schedlesksi a three and two fouls and another three. 31-17 and the game was slipping away from the Vikings. 33-21 at the half. ACC went inside in the second half trying to and getting Ryan Purvis in foul trouble. The inside game netted ACC a 4 point advantage in the quarter , 46-38 with Purvis picking up his third at the 1:58 mark. ..Another mini run by LCHS- Shedleski 3, Giblin layup and Testa jumper. 53-38. Purvis picked up foul number 4 with 7:27 in the game. ACC cut it to 8 and it stayed that way until very late as ACC hit some bombs to make it appear closer than the score. ..LCHS delay game was ok but they have not had to run it too much in game conditions. This game should help if they ever have to use it again. With Purvis on the bench it hindered the running of the delay game. Catholic hit enough fouls down the stretch to move on to the next round vs. highly regarded Harriton from D1.




Chris Pathering 14

Jim Curran 17

Larry Kich 20


Lanc. Cath.

Zach Shedleski 22

Greg Testa 15

Ryan Purvis 11


Sidelines:... Albright College met the demands for the double header. A nice crowd but not a standing room only crowd...Reading was busy this evening as Reading HS had Steel High up the road...The top 2 D3 teams- LCHS and Steel High - take on the top 2 D1 (Harriton and Holy Ghost) teams friday..Lots of LL players and coaches in attendance for the game. I spotted three D3 coaches amongst the crowd:)..Scotland won the first game of the evening.

~Dell Jackson








March 1

Final 4A - Hershey


Harrisburg 58 McCaskey 54


The last time these two powers met were in the Eastern Finals of 4A last year. Harrisburg won that one going away. This game was different. McCaskey took control of the game in the third only to see Harrisburg storm back in the fourth to beat the Tornado. McCaskey lost both Dustin Salisbery and Akeem Washington to fouls in the fourth, and Harrisburg took advantage as Camar Hall took the ball to the rack at will in the final stanza to lead the Cougars to the 4A championship.


The game...Dustin Salisbery lead the Tornado early in scoring. He hit a drive, a dunk and a triple to keep McCaskey close in the first period. Harrisburg got scoring from 5 players as the Burg led 12-9 after one. After a bucket by Hall to put the lead at 15-11, Harrisburg, McCaskey went on a 11-0 run to take command of the game. The Tornado put on a 2-2-1 trap and fell into a 3-2 zone for most of the period. Harrisburg countered with a 1-3-1 half court trap. A Salisbery dunk got the Cougars out of that defense.McCaskey was leading 29-22 at the half as both coaches were riding the refs at the end of the half. McCaskey had 7 blocks in the period.


2nd Half...The Tornado came out strong and forced some early turnovers. McCaskey also did well vs Harrisburg's press/. A drive by Salisbery put the Tornado up 44-28 forcing a Cougar timeout. 45-33 entering the fourth. Both Washington and Salisbery picked up their 3rd in the middle of the 3rd. Washington was called for his 4th with 1:35 remaining on the clock. Coach Powell took Akeem out and tried to get him in and out for the rest of the game. Dustin Salisbery picked up his 4th at the 6:36 mark of the 4th. Harrisburg repeatedly took the ball to the basket against the 3-2 zone. With Salisbery in foul trouble and Washington coming in and out, the Cougars were cutting into the lead on drives and boards. Harrisburg cut the lead to 5 at 50-45 on a drive by Mikell Simpson with over 4 minutes to go. Then the key play of the game. Salisbery was driving baseline and three Cougars around him. Contact, bodies, and....a charge. Salisbery was out. Then a T was called on Harrisburg for taunting Salisbery. McCaskey missed by foul shots. Got the ball back - a miss. Harrisburg's Hall back to work . He got fouled on a drive and made both. 50-47. Hall scores again and again and makes 1 of 2 fouls as Washington is called for over the back and he is gone at the 1:57 mark. McCaskey committed 5 turnovers down the stretch to Harrisburg's zero. The game is now tied. Hall again! A bucket by Harrisburg's Laurence Polk put the Cougars up by 4 at 56-52. A drive by McCaskey's Patrick Menedez pulled the Tornado to within 2. McCaskey fouled and Harrisburg missed both foul shots but regained the reb., made a few foul shots, and claimed the gold.





Dustin Salisbery 24

Patrick Menedez- 11



Camar Hall - 30


Sidelines:.... Rumor that games played next weekend will be at the old Arena as PIAA wrestling will be in the Giant Center..... 5895 paid for the triple header...McCaskey fans must have had a strange sense of deja vu as a few years ago vs Chambersburg, the Tornado had key members foul out in the finals. ..York refs for this game. ...McCaskey plays Cheltenham and Harrisburg opens with Downingtown....6 made it from 4A. CD East gets D1 Champ Chester...Lancaster Cath. opens with Oxford. Steel High gets Danville and Lebanon opens with Holy Ghost ...attendance seemed to be down a bit from past years- snow?, TV?, internet coverage? cost of tix? cost of gas?..or maybe the Giant Center is more open and seats more than the Arena that it does not get as loud? Just thinking:)...Speaking of web coverage. Got a chance to listen to PennLive.com radio coverage the other night. Excellent, unbiased and descriptive coverage of the game...Harrisburg claims its 7th. 4A title in since the 4A was added in 1984 - the last one in 1999 vs Hempfield from the LL. ...McCaskey was playing in its 4th straight final, having won in 2002 and 2002.....Trinity boys were pushed by RCC in the first game.....Trinity girls put on a great display of passing and cutting as they took apart Lancaster Cath girls 76-30... Trinity completes a rare boy/girl double gold in district play.


~Dell Jackson









Feb. 27

Final 3A - Hershey


LCHS 81 Steel High 67

Lancaster Catholic rolled over the Rollers for a first ever 3A Championship..LL Champ Catholic hit threes early and broke Steel High's press with ease as the Crusaders raced out to a 20-15 lead after one. Cath posted 25 in the second period as Steel High had trouble stopping LCHS as Greg Testa and Zach Shedleski bombed away. Shedleski had 12 points, all threes at half and Testa had 19. The Crusaders took a 45-34 lead into the locker room. Steel High was hoping for a fast start in the third, but LCHS started with an 8-0 run to sprint out to a 19 point lead in the middle of the third. LCHS handled the 4th with good passing and good foul shooting to nail down the victory. Steel High picked up some steals and cut the lead to 71-63 on a layup by Greard Madden, forcing LCHS to call a TO at the 2:48 mark. Catholic seemed to regain its composure after the TO. Shedleski hit 2 fouls. Purvis added 2. Keller scored on a goal tend. Now the lead was back to the 12 point range, and Steel High could do nothing back chase and foul.




Greg Testa 31

Zach Shedleski 23

Ryan Purvis 11

Keith Keller 10



Steel High

Tristan Crawford 23

Tramayne Hawthorne 21


Sidelines: The last time an LL team beat the Rollers in the districts finals it was a 4A game in 1989 as Manhiem TWP captured the gold. ...The LL claims its 2nd. 3A title in a row as last year LS beat Sus TWP. LCHS puts its unbeaten record on the line next week as it enters the PIAA Championship vs District 1 number 3. Steel High gets District 4 number 2.


Feb. 21

2nd round 3A - Hershey


Lebanon 48 C Weiser 37


The Lebanon Cedars made its way into the semis against LL Section 3 Lancaster Cath. by beating Berks County champ CW. The Cedars used a stingy 2-3 zone, some patience on off. , and excellent inside play to score the win. The Cedars came out firing as they took a 9-2 early lead. Weiser cut it to 11-8 at the end of one. Lebanon jumped out again to 23-14 at half. CW switched its def. from a 1-3-1 to some 1-3-1 half court trap but the Cedars pounded the ball inside. At the other end the Scouts could not get it going from the perimeter. The Cedars Franklin Manaya went to the bench in the 3rd with foul trouble, and CW trimmed a 31-16 lead to 31-24 going into the fourth. The Scouts got it as close as 6 but Manaya scored 10 of the Cedars first 10 points of the final stanza to ensure a trip to the states and a chance to play LCHS in the semis.




Franklin Manaya- 18


Conrad Weiser

Greg Brizek - 15



Lancaster Cath. 63 West York 52


Lancaster Cath found itself behind in the fourth quarter. Not to worry. Catholic finished the game on a 15-2 run in the last 6 minutes to take control and move on to the semis. LCHS's "off" guard hit 3 threes, a drive and 4 fouls down the stretch to ensure the win. Mason Weeks also came up big in the third with a three ball and drive to ignite a 10-2 run in the third. Point guard Greg Testa had an off night shooting but still managed to contribute 20 points. West York got out of the gates fast taking a 21-12 lead after one. LCHS tightened up its def. and, as usual scored the half's last bucket as the trailed 31-29 at half. Catholics D held W York to 18 total points in the second half as they pulled away at the end.




Zach Shedleski - 23

Greg Testa - 20

Mason Weeks - 12


West York

Tom McQuire - 16

Quin Howard- 14


Steel High 73 LMHS 57


Steel High came out hot..way hot as the ran out to a 17-2 lead in the middle of the first. LMHS's Coach Groff called timeout., settled the troops , and the Blazers went on a 16-0 run to take the lead 18-17 after one. Back and forth it went..for awhile, but then the Rollers went on a 11-0 run to take command. The Rollers took a 44-32 lead into the locker room. Steel High played some 3-2 zone as they had some foul trouble. LMHS used the three ball to close the gap to 55-50. Steel high went on yet another run and closed out the game. LMHS goes into the loser s bracket against N.Eastern. Steel high gets D. Boone a 2OT winner over NEastern. The Rollers had a dominate game from Soph guard - Tramayne Hawthorne. He shot drove and got steals to lead the Rollers into the semis vs. D . Boone.




Justin Weaver - 17

Clinton Simmons - 15

Jared Yoder - 16


Steel High

Tramayne Hawthorne - 30

Jeremy Kable - 14

Tristan Crawford - 17


Feb. 19

1st round 3A


Lancaster Cath 59 Eastern York 51


LCHS headed into the first round game fresh off an LL title. The Crusaders opened the game with a 9-0 run and it looked as though the game was just a formality. ...Not! ..Eastern York switched from a 3-2 zone to man to a 2-1-2 zone and settled in. As usual, Greg Testa hit a bucket at the end of the quarter to give LCHS a 20-12 lead after one. Eastern popped three 3's in the quarter to keep it close. Catholic went cold in the second as they scored their first bucket on a drive by Mason Weeks with 3:26 on the clock. Eastern got it to 4 at 25-21 and then spread the floor, however, Eastern had a turnover and LCHS took a 27-12 lead at the break on a bucket by Zac Shedleski.


Eastern's Travis Strausbaugh scored 9 points in a row in the third, including a three shot foul shot, to keep the Eastern hopes alive. Eastern tied it in the third at the 2:55 mark at 34-34. LCHS went on an 8-0 run to end the quarter, again scoring at the buzzer to take a 44-36 lead. Testa hit a three ball to start the fourth, jacking the lead up to 11. Eastern never could put a run together, and LCHS survives to play at the Giant Center Friday against a tough West York team at 6:30




Greg Testa 17

Ryan Purvis 15

Zach Shedleski 14



Brina Winter 16

Travis Strausbaugh 16

Jared Andrews 14




Feb. 19

1st round 3A


L. Mennonite 52 LS 49 (OT)


The first round of the District 3 tournament is very dangerous. Once and done...LS almost sent number one seed LMHS packing for the playoff season. With a game plan of packing the lane and daring the Blazer shooters to shot, LS hung around and hung around and sent the game into OT on a driving layup by Nick Brubaker of an out abounds play with :01 seconds on the clock.


42-42 OT...In OT LS took control early on a basket by David Person and 2 foul shots by Caleb Stiger at the 3:30 mark of the extra period. LS stole the ball off an in bounds play. Nick Brubaker was driving towards a bucket when Justin Weaver ran him down and stripped the ball preventing a large 6 point lead. LMHS gathered itself and got the ball inside to one of the best post players in the LL, Clinton Simmons. He made 3 of 4 fouls to tie the game at 45 with 2:49 on the clock. Weaver for LMHS drained a huge three off a mad scramble for the ball to put LMHS up by a 48-45 count. LS would not die. 2 fouls by Mike Herr and 2 more by Caleb Stiger put the Pioneers back on top 49-48. Jared Yoder for LMHS made one foul shot to tie and Mennonite got the off rebound. Simmons got fouled and made one of 2 as the Blazers held a 1 point lead. LS fouled Mitch Hostetter with :11 on the clock. He sank both for a 3 point lead. Person got off a desperation shot which hit the rim at the other end as the clock expired.


The game...Both teams played man. 8-8 after one. 19-17 LMHS at half. Shot blockers dominated this one as each team registered over 10 blocks. Yoder for LMHS had 7 and Person and Herr split their blocks between themselves as neither team could find a flow. LMHS top shooter, Weaver, had early foul trouble as he sat out most of the second period. . Trevor Rank hit some big shots to keep LMHS in the game early...LMHS opened up a 10 point lead in the third and looked to be out of the woods. LS kept plugging away as Herr scored 8 points in the final stanza. The Pioneers held the Blazers to 6 points in the quarter to set up a wild finish with these Section 2 LL foes.




Mike Herr - 14

David Person - 14



Clinton Simmons - 14

Jared Yoder - 14

Trevor Rank - 10


Sidelines:... The refs for the first game were from Berks County. The Berks refs took some heat in the papers this week as in the Berks championship, as C Weiser went to the line 42 times. This game, in my opinion, was called very well...So, who do we get in the second game? The SAME refs! I talked with one of the refs, and he said he had never seen it before. Seems that with all the games being played due to snow, the district felt that this needed to be done. Overall they did an excellent job with few complaints from the coaches....LS got an extra 2 minutes to warm up after halftime. Seems that no one told Coach Cave Baltzer about how much time he had left. He asked for and received time for his troops to warm-up....Anyone who is against having a new Rt 23 must be crazy. I got behind a truck, a buggy, and a 25 MPH tourist on the trip in. Ouch... On the way home town snow removal had us detour. The men just point. Some went left some went right. No one said where to get back on:)....Not huge crowds for the games...triple headers on Friday and Sat. at Giant Center...Close games in District play (Harrisburg by a few, Steel high by a few, LMHS in OT) but no major upsets...LMHS plays Steel High Friday. Lancaster Cath. plays W. York and Lebanon plays C. Weiser. A strong showing for the LL in 3A. ..With the exception of McCaskey, a relatively down yr. for the LL in 4A, although Penn Manor, Cv, and Hempfield were all in close games Wed...Columbia wins big in 2A and Leb Cath. wins in 1A.