Jerry Shenk- in memory

                     Jerry Shenk’s pict for his media pass- 2017.

Jerry Shenk

I have been conflicted, saddened, and duty bound about writing in past tense about Jerry Shenk.

Jerry’s obitutary From LNP

I dubbed Jerry – “the Guru of PA HS boys basketball”.

Jerry created a newsletter and rankings – The Middle Atlantic Sporting News before anyone else was thinking about rankings. I wish I could tell you the exact dates, but I do not know. I do know he contacted me in the late 80’s when I was Penn Manor’s coach. Perhaps he was selling me a subscription (I did), but we always talked at least once a year on HS hoops. He would get newspapers from York, Reading, Harrisburg and Lancaster to keep up with his rankings and standings. He complied everything. I could ask him about a year and who won this and that, and he would check his binders on teams, years, districts, and states. Donyell Marshal, of Reading HS, helped with supporting the newsletter after he got to the NBA.

Jerry helped compile the District 3 and PIAA boys basketball records. LLhoops used to try to keep up with the history of the District using Jerry as a source, but the folks at the district level finally used his work to incorporate into their site/programs. Anywhere you see old records, think of Jerry as he probably had a huge part in the stats.

As things began to change for his newsletter – and folks starting to get involved in the internet- Jerry helped with rankings. He would rank District 3 teams and for a few years did state rankings. His ranking system included all classes and public and private schools. The Pittsburgh Post picked up his state rankings for a few years.

Jerry also compiled Mid Penn records for the old Central Penn. He wrote a booklet and sold it (I have a copy somewhere- but could not find it L). If anyone has a copy and wants to sell it to LLhoops…J

On the old site, we had pre 1972 LL records (coaches, scoring etc). While I was an assistant at PM a few years back, we had a player (Marc Summy) put up 48 in a game. A few asked me about the 50 pt. games in the LL, and Jerry had the list for me!

We finally had Jerry post his on info. In the last 2 years on llhoops. In the past he would send me his updated lists very late on Sunday night- like 2 am Monday morning. I was glad he could post when he wanted as working at 7 am and making sure I had the postings up by that day made things a bit challenging. Jerry was also very active in hoops bulletin boards as a moderator and contributor.

The last time I visited Jerry was this past spring. He called me up to help him with his telephone. After a few calls to the phone company, we got things straightened out. I was more than happy to help Jerry.

He was a fixture at High School games for many years. Although sometimes the mainstream media had some issues with him at the games, he came to be a respected source of info as acceptance of online media took effect. He would cover districts games like no other. The last few years, Jerry did not get around as well, but would get to a few games: he would ask me to get him a table for games (PM always helped us with the tables). At LS he would get in the box using the elevator. The staff shirts he wore made him happy for sure- his payment for all the years of service to our site:)

The last few years, Jerry has been hooked on checking out HS games online – streaming, replays, summations. Last year he told me he watched over 400 games on his bigger screen computer at his house…and wondered why our area did not do this? …again he was thinking ahead. With some new NCAA rules involving dead times, streaming of AAU tournament games will take front and center stage (if a coach can’t be there in person, he can tell recruit he was watching him on the net).

Jerry told me a story about Readings legendary Coach, Jim Gano. He told me what impressed Jerry is that Coach Gano would take notes on the Jv players (the opponents) while he was talking to Jerry before the games. Coach Gano said he was looking for tendencies (one wonders what Coach would do with tapes available today 🙂

Longtime hoops historian, City of Basketball Love, and organizer for PA ALL-State teams, Mike Bullock (@thebullp_n), stated this in a tweet earlier:
“RIP, Jerry. You’ve got the best seat in the house now.”


“While I didn’t know Jerry at all when I first started covering high school basketball, I soon learned of his vast reputation — and, of course, his rankings.

Once I started working on state-wide rankings for PennLive and then for City of Basketball Love, I’d always take a peek at Jerry’s listings just to see if I was in the ballpark with him. Especially since I know of several guys in the business who regularly made use of his stuff.

Eventually, once I introduced myself to Jerry at Giant Center, we used to spend all sorts of time talking about different teams and the difficulty both of us would encounter trying to find oft-elusive and unreported results. Sometimes we’d commiserate together, but other times we’d laugh because he was just as determined as I was to be spot-on with the records we used to supplement our rankings packages.

Bottom line is he and I, despite the generational difference, became kindred spirits.

Now that he has the best seat in the house to watch Pennsylvania hoops, I definitely will miss him because he was always so terrific to me and quick to share information that I might have been unable to locate. I won’t be the only one in this business who misses him, because there are plenty of others out there who valued his work along with his tireless dedication to his work. Thanks Jerry, for everything.”

Dave Burman (@BurmanDave)– Radio/TV sports broadcaster and sports historian.
“One of the greatest of all-time!! Had many, many, many long high school basketball chats over the last 4 decades!!!”

Tigh Savercool (@tsave31)– Head Coach at Cedar Cliff
“Jerry loved high school hoops. The definition of a junkie…in today’s day and age of games being streamed, he’d watch hundreds of games per month! A genuine good soul.”

Paul Blackburn (@P_Blackburn43)– Head Coach at Hershey HS
“RIP Jerry. Met him in the mid-80’s when he covered our Carlisle teams. Always kept in touch with him throughout my coaching career to talk hoops. Had a great passion for HS basketball and covered it thoroughly. He will be missed.”

“Jerry would see things with his own eyes, others took others words on teams. He saw for himself most of the time…I knew it was a special game when Jerry was in the gym”

Jerry’s rankings sometimes leaned towards Reading High and LS.:) Hard to argue with Reading ..and LS, well, the LS grad always had a soft spot for the Pioneers….

Ex-Pioneer boss, John Achille…“Jerry is a GREAT person.  When I got the head job at L-S many years ago, Jerry attended one of our games and came up and introduced himself to me (I did not know him at all), he remembered me from my playing days at Erie Cathedral Prep.  He recalled us winning the AAA State Championship in 1980 vs. Allentown Central Catholic.  He was just a SINCERE person.  He attended many L-S games during my tenure and I always looked forward to speaking with him.  He CARED about people.  He would always ask about how my family and how my boys were doing.  He will be missed!”

And this from Jerry’s last llhoops post 2018:

“Lampeter-Strasburg 50 Lancaster Catholic 40 – This one was special to me. Way back in the early 1950’s there was no Lampeter-Strasburg. There was a West Lampeter HS, a Strasburg HS, that burned down in 1942 and was never rebuilt. I lived in Strasburg Township and all we had were 10 one room school houses that only went to eighth grade if you wanted to go farther there were three high schools that bordered Strasburg, including West Lampeter. In 1953 the three-school district’s merged to become Lampeter-Strasburg. When I was in fifth grade at Walnut Run, I started to read the AP story every Monday in the paper that would give a rundown of the whole state and started to follow high school basketball throughout the state three years before I ever knew I would be going to Lampeter-Strasburg. In September of 1956 the doors of L-S were to open but it was not ready so they put us all in West Lampeter High until L-S was ready in October. The new high school was to be 7th to 12th grade but West Lampeter did not have enough room so for that month and a half, some of us went to school from 8 to noon and the other half went from noon to 4 pm. That was nice.”

Some pre – LL links from Jerry:
Pre LL 1000 point scorers
Top coaches- pre LL 1972
Top players – pre LL 1972

Bottom line: Jerry was a High School Hoops junkie. The time he dedicated to the sport was legendary. His knowledge of the history of the sport will be sorely missed. His help with was key to helping us start and progress with the site, rankings, and acceptance as a legit source of information for the LL, District 3, and the PIAA.

~Dell Jackson










Coach Jonathan Shultz- Lancaster Country: Interview

LLhoops caught up with the new head coach from Lancaster Country Da,y,  Jon Shutlz.
LCDay will enter the LL for its first season 2018-19 and play in the new section – 5. He shares some thoughts below.
1) What were the keys to applying for the LCDay job?
When the position opened up, I knew that this would be a great opportunity.  I attended a non-public high school and teach (and coached) in a public school setting, so I was familiar with the pros and cons of each.  I believe that athletics is an extension of the classroom and that dovetails nicely with the high academic standards which Lancaster Country Day holds.  The inclusion of LCDS in the LL League gives Country Day a much stronger footprint in the local athletic community, and I am fortunate to be able to lead them in this endeavor.  
2) You got in late for summer work, knows you are working hard with your group. 
How are things going for the summer?
We’ve had a very solid turnout this summer for open gyms and summer league games.  We were fortunate to get a few games in the Spooky Nook League even though the season had already started.  I told the kids at the start that I do not care what the scores of these games are, but what is important is that we are improving and working on the things we need to do to be successful during the season.  We are also taking a group of kids to Alvernia for team camp.  I threw a lot of basketball at these kids just as their summers were getting started, so I appreciate that they have made accommodations to make it out to as many events as possible. 
3) What style can we expect from Lancaster Country Day this upcoming year?
There will be a good amount of experience returning to the LCDS team this year.  We have a nice mix of size, speed, and athleticism so we want to get the right lineups out on the floor to maximize our skill sets.  We definitely plan to be an aggressive and opportunistic defensive team and a smart, disciplined offensive team.  In my brief time at LCDS I’ve been impressed with the senior leadership as well as the dedication of some of the younger players to improve their game so that they can crack the lineup.  So while these kids are competing for minutes, they also pull for each other.  I’m expecting to see more of that during the season.    
 4) What are your thoughts on the LL’s 5 section format?
I think the 5-section format is a great idea because it allows the smaller schools to have competitive games throughout the entire season.  I truly believe that top to bottom, Section 5 is going to be ultra-competitive and has the opportunity to create some fun rivalries for the future.  You are going to see different styles of basketball as everyone competes to hang that first “Section 5 Champions” banner.  It will be a lot of fun.  
5) What are the current and long term goals for the team?
In the present, our goal is to compete every game and see where we stand when the dust settles.  We have a lot of guys returning from a team that went to the District 3 finals and won a state game, so understandably their expectations are high.  However, we are going to have to work hard to meet those expectations because Country Day is not going to sneak up on anybody this year.  Between last year’s success and being new to the LL League, we need to get our guys prepared to see the best of everybody we play.  In the long term, our goal is to build a program and a basketball culture that permeates LCDS.  We are a small school, but our building houses students K-12.  We have some youth clinics planned for this summer and we want to incorporate more ways to have our varsity players work with the young students at LCDS and create a feeling of family and have these lower school students look forward to the day when they can wear the Cougar uniform. 
6) Is your staff set? If so, who will be helping you this season?
We are not fully staffed yet, but I can proudly say that Bob Porter is going to be the lead varsity assistant.  He is a Country Day alumnus and has been a coach in the program for many years.  The kids love Coach Porter and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program.  I could not be happier to have him.
~Dell Jackson

Hempfield Summer League: playoffs July 17 & 19

Playoff schedule for Hempfield Summer league- starts July 17.


Tuesday July 17 Thursday July 19 Tuesday July 17
    Semis Finals Semis    
  Landisville       Millersville  
  CMS 7PM       LIC 7PM  
York vs. Manheim 5PM CMS           Lincoln Highway vs. Lebanon 5PM LIC
  CMS 6PM CMS 7:30PM LIC 6PM  
  Shillington       Lampeter  
  CMS 6PM       LIC 8PM  
            Lancaster vs. Ephrata 6PM LIC