LL playoffs, Misc–Dells Column Feb 11, 2018

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Feb 11th Column

Nothing but the LL playoffs…
Sat. Feb 10 – Spot 70 – TWP 67 (recap) Quotes from Coach Trupe

Let’s start out with Crests’ Coach Smith (winner of 2 LL crowns) on the 2018 LL tournament

“I think the playoffs are loaded with talented teams this year, and on any given night any team could win this thing. I would think that Hempfield and L-S are probably the favorites and if they get the opportunity to play in the semi’s it will be one heck of a game. We have been here before and know it is a one game at a time season.”

Schedule for the week
Monday- Feb 12, 2018
LL playoffs
Northern Lebanon @ Hempfield
Lancaster Mennonite @ LS

Spot @ Lancaster Cath
Crest vs Ephrata @ Warwick

(Northern Lebanon @ Hempfield) vs. (Lancaster Mennonite @ LS) TBD
(Spot @ Lancaster Cath) vs. (Crest vs. Ephrata) TBD

Finals @ TWP

LL preview
Northern Lebanon (3-3) 15-7@ Hempfield (1-1) 20-2

Hempfield is entering the contest on a 6 game winning streak. The Knights claimed the Section 1 title early last week. Their only LL loss was coming at Crest. Key wins for the Knights include Carlisle, Wilson and Crest. This will be Hempfield’s 4th trip to the LL’s since 2010. The Knights the title in 2010 and 2011. Hempfield can play at a fast of slow tempo, has strong players, and feature 1000 point scores Ryan Moffatt. The Knights are coming off a great run in the PIAA’s last year and have the most playoff experience on the floor.





Northern Lebanon is the 3rd place qualifier from Section 3. We received some notification early in the season about players to watch from followers- “Watch Light and Yeager” Well, the Vikings overcame some injuries and proved to be a tough out most nights in LL play. They took Lanc Cath to the wire 2 weeks ago and split with LMHS. Key wins for the Vikes: LMHS, Palmyra, Manheim Central. This is the first trip to the LL’s for Coach George, but the Vikings second appearance since 2010. The Vikings are led by the top-scoring duo of Caleb Light and Alex Yeager.









LMHS (3-2) 16-6 @ LS (2-1) 20-2

LMHS is no stranger to the LL’s. This is the Blazers 7th appearance since 2010 in the brackets. Coach Groff enters his 11th year as a coach of an LL playoff team. Keys wins this season: NL, York Catholic, Boiling Springs. The Blazers played and lost to LS on Jan 3rd – 60-49. LMHS has played against LS’ 6’10” Ryan Smith and that will help them as they play the second time.

Coach Groff on playing LS, “We know firsthand how good they are!  Good teams can make you tentative, so we will need to find a way to overcome that tendency.”

LMHS likes to get it up and down. They feature a returning ALL LLhoops player in John Gillespie (13ppg) and a steady guard in Caleb Hurst (12ppg).






LS has 6 tournament appearances since 2010. The Pioneers won Section 2 for the second straight year under Coach Berryman. The Pioneers suffered 2 close losses in LL play (Etown and Epharta). Key wins this season include: Dover, Middletown, and Lancaster Catholic. No one can discuss LS without huge props to top scoring 6’10” Ryan Smith (20 ppg). Smith can dominate at both ends, has great hands, a double- double machine, and an excellent passer. BUT, this team features excellent guard play (led by Issac Beers (13 ppg) and three snipers.






Spot (2-3) 14-9 @ Lancaster Catholic (3-1) 20-2

Spot had to win a game vs. Solanco on Wed. just to qualify. The Spartans lost a key player (Jacob Arndt -11ppg) in the game. No problem as the Spartans beat TWP (70-67) at Hempfield Saturday in the playin for 3-section format. Spot features guard play- fast. Keontae Nunn (12ppg) delivered a 29 pt performance vs. TWP backed up by silky smooth Jordan Skewbridge (15ppg). Key wins for Spot this season: TWP, Ephrata, Kennard Dale. The Spartans mix it up on the defensive end. This is a fun team to watch as they produce “wow” moments.








Lancaster Catholic went unbeaten in LL play. The Crusaders had some close calls (NL and LMHS) but rolled to a Section 3 crown. This is the most balanced scoring team in the LL, which makes them one of the most difficult teams to scout and key in on. LCHS has appeared in each LL tournament since 2010 (all). Coach Joe Klazas’ bunch won a district title last season, but this team is a new group. Catholics defense is outstanding. Key wins include: Bishop McDevitt, Spot, Central York. Key players = all but Johnny Besecker (11ppg) and Dwayne Caine (8ppg) are tough outs. BTW, Lancaster Catholic won the LL crown last season.



Cedar Crest (1-2) 18-4 vs. Ephrata (2-2) 17-5

Crest, as always, is battle tested. The Falcons aren’t afraid to step out of the LL to get good non-league competition (York , Lower Dauphin, Williamsport). This will be Coach Smith’s 5th trip to the LL’s. The Falcons have 2 LL crowns in the last 9 years. Key wins this season include: Hempfield, Williamsport, and TWP. Crest will feature its patented dribble drive offense, keyed by Blake Thompson and Cole Laney.

Coach Smith on the Ephrata
Ephrata is an experienced bunch of kids who really compete on both ends of the court. They have won a lot of games the past two years and are really hot right now winning 8 of 9 down the stretch. They can do a lot of things offensively which makes them a difficult team to defend.”

Ephrata enters the LL’s hot. Coach Treese has the Mounts primed entering the brackets. The Mounts are going back-to back as far as getting into the dance. They have their last 6 games. Key wins this season: LS, Etown and Warwick. Brad DaBella (13ppg) and Xavian Rodriguez (14ppg) are Epharata’s top player but is surrounded by battled tested mates. With the win vs. LS, Ephrata has the moxy to compete in this tournament.






LLhoops and the LL’s…
Of course we’ll be out and about. We will re-tweet scores and updates from games we are not at- as usual. We should be getting some game shots up on the site as well. We will try to get write-up/podcast/coaches quotes up on the site as soon as well.

From the sidelines: Busy week for LLhoops. Traveled to Spot, Donegal, Solanco, Hempfield to name a few. I had a nice chat with Donegal’s AD, Ron Kennedy about the Indians and the district playoffs. Donegal made a big jump this year by qualifying for District 3 play under new Coach Kevin Dolan. Coach Dolan USED to think LLhoops jinxed his team when covering a game- I officially proclaim the jinx OVER.

Spot rolled up M Central on senior night. I had a good time catching up with Kirk N at the game and he provided us with some shots for the site.

Spot at Solanco—first time for a while that I got to see a game in Quarryville. Coach Long took some time to talk with me after the game about his team the their future.
He has helped llhoops with info and scores-a class act for sure. Desiree DeHaven, Solanco, provided us with a photo gallery that day.

Spot/TWP…it has to be playoff time as the fans can get a bit “testy”. The game at Hempfield on a Saturday at 2 pm produced a small crowd but fans from both sides got into as the game progressed. The intensity was playoff quality. Thanks to Hempfield admin for setting us up with tables and rosters.

As always, thanks to the LL coaches for giving us time at games and answering emails. The LL Boys Basketball Coaches are now a sponsor of LLhoops.com

Twitter Poll
“What LL boys team has the most APPEARANCES in the LL plahyoffs since 1973?”
LL fans said Lanc. Catholic. 46% and that would be correct. Lanc Cath will apprear in 22 LL’s. Hempfield will be in it’s 21st this season. McCaskey has a total of 30, but the Tornado was not included in the question 🙂

Which LL boys team wins the “last” LL playing game under current 4 section format?
84% voted on TWP—we assume Andy H did as well 🙂

Our non-paid edititor, Bob Swavely, and others pointed out we only have 3 section this year. So true. Eeech. Fake news? 🙂 – note disclaimer at the top of the page 🙂

Check out LL history only on Llhoops!

LL trivia #6
Last season Lancaster Cath. won the LL crown as a rep from Section 3. What was the last Section 3 team to play for an LL title?

Berksbeat….Bruce had over 5k hits ona dunk video last week. Check out his in game shots as he covers Berks Co playoffs this week. We are hoping to get Bruce and Andy together on some district 3 games.

Districts—more next week
Unoffical qulaifiers from @lanclebsports
“Unofficial district pairings involving LL League teams…
6A: No. 12 CV at No. 5 Manheim Twp

5A: No. 16 Northern York at No. 1 L-S; No. 15 Donegal at No. 2 Greencastle Antrim; No. 13 Garden Spot at No 4. Dover; No 9. Ephrata at No 8. Lower Dauphin

4A: No 10. ELCO at No 7. Northern Lebanon;

3A: No. 5 York Catholic at No 4. Lancaster Mennonite

6A: No. 2 Hempfield, No. 4 Cedar Crest; 4A: No. 1 Lancaster Catholic all have byes for the first round of district playoffs”

More District info next week.

Pict of the week/year! Coach Trupe after game.

Enjoy the games this week!

~Dell Jackson









TWP/Garden Spot playin game preview

LL playin game
Feb 10 at Hempfield HS 2 pm.
TWP (1-3) LL= 10-4 Overall 17-5   vs. Spot (2-3) LL= 8-6 Overall 13-9

 Numbers:…updated Feb 9
TWP is averaging 63 ppg                     
Spot is averaging 57 ppg

TWP is giving up 56 ppg        
Spot is giving up 53 ppg

Foul %
TWP= 69%                                             Spot= 65%
Total 3’s
TWP= 110, 5 pg                Spot = 135, 6.1 pg

Key Wins
TWP defeated Crest (1-2)  Holy Ghost, Red Lion                     

beat Etown, Epharta (2-2) twice, and Warwick

Top Scorers:
= Tyler Crespo (5’9” jn) 18 ppg, Bredan Mellot (6’1” jn) 12ppg, Tyler Vicidomini (6’6” jn) 8ppg

Spot= Jordon Shewbridge (6’ sn) 15 ppg, Keontae Nunn (5’6” jn) 11ppg, Jacob Arndt (5’9” sn) 11ppg

Misc thoughts:

Both TWP and Spot like to get it up and down. Both teams are dominated by guard play. Both teams had some tough losses.

Tyler Crespo, 5’9” sn, hit 1000 points as a jn. earlier in the year. He is a special talent. He is coming off a career high game of 37 pts vs. Lebanon.

Spot has a high scoring guard in Jordan Shewbridge. Jordan can drive and pop the 3 ball with the best of them.

Spot will mix some different defenses, but they are primarily a man team. They will throw a ¾ court trap. TWP will use a packed in man with some pressure on the ball.

Spot is very fast on both the defensive end and offensive end.

TWP has a stronger inside game.

Can TWP control the boards and score off of offensive boards?
Can Spot get up early and spread out TWP on the offensive end?
Which sets of guards will be better on the offensive end?
Which team will have the fewest turnovers?

~Dell Jackson

LL thoughts: Stretch drive, LL playoffs, D3, misc.

Column- Feb. 4, 2018

This is it..
Final LL regular season games this week. All teams play Tuesday and TWP/Lebanon play on Wed.

Feb. 6
LL games
CV @ Penn Manor
Hempfield @ McCaskey
Warwick @ TWP

Sec 2
Cocalico @ LS
Ephrata @ M .Central
Garden Spot @ Solanco

Lebanon Cath @ AC
Columbia @ Pequea Valley
N Lebanon  @ ELCO 
LMHS  @ Lanc. Cath.

Feb. 7
LL games
 TWP @ Lebanon

Most of the LL boys bracket is filled in – the exception being Section 2. There cold be a major mess after Tuesday with the possibility of a 4 way tie. However, it seems more likely that the third slot will be determined by games involving Etown and Spot.

Etown travels to Donegal. If Etown wins, they will be the third place finisher- assuming Spot wins as well. This will be based on Etown defeated Spot 2 times.

If Etown losses and Spot wins, then the Spartans would claim the 3rd slot out right.

If both Spot and Etown lose, then Cocalico and MCentral could enter the picture. The Eagles play LS and MCentral has Ephrata. Losses by Etown and Spot and a W by either MC or Cocalico would take us to the mini bracket scenario. As there are a lot of combo’s to be looked at, we will wait until Tuesday evening to interpret the results.

Some would say Section 3 third place is to be determined. Lancaster Mennonite plays at Lancaster Catholic Tuesday. Catholic beat LMHS by a slim margin earlier. Northern Lebanon travels to Lebanon County foe, ELCO. ELCO’s young gun-slingers are on a roll and are scratching and clawing their way to a District 3 berth. LMHS is one game up on NL.

IF LMHS loses, and NL wins, then we would go to tie-breakers. Head to head= split. Wins vs section champ= none, power points? –well, LMHS has a large lead going into the games Tuesday. We won’t know till the results of Tuesdays games are posted on the D3 website, but the lead currently is very large statistically. Either way, both teams have qualified for the LL’s.

LL brackets
Top half:
Hempfield (1-1) vs PROBABLY Northern Lebanon (3-3)
LS (2-1) vs PROBABLY Lancaster Mennonite (3-2)

Bottom half
Lancaster Cath. (3-1) vs Winner of playin’ TWP (1-3) vs Section 2 third TBD
Crest (1-2) vs. Ephrata (2-2)


Congrats 1000 points:

Manheim TWP’s Tyler Crespo- 5’10” Jn Guard

AC’s Noah Myers- 6’5″ Sn center

D3 info…
Posted on main page- number of teams, dates of the rounds, PIAA berths.

For some teams, districts start this week. All championship games are played at Giant Center in Hershey. Due to a conflict with Hershey entertainment (concert), most semis will be played at neutral sites. In the future, we might be headed for ALL rounds played at the higher seeds except for finals. First and some second round games are like that now.

District games will begin, for most classes, Feb. 19. All game this week count towards power points. We were told that any playoff games would NOT count- LL playin game. Interesting that power points are a tiebreaker but the final points wont be out till next week…but if there is a gap, it should be not be a problem. The problem would occur if 2 teams are very close and their opponents are playing AFTER the playin date.

Last call for Eagle picts by our followers this weekend. If you send us a pict. of Eagle garb or food spreads, we will post in a photo gallery. We’ll even post Patriots stuff…eeeech.

LLhoops site info.
Last week, llhoops past the 100k mark for page views. Usually as playoffs hit, we get more folks from outside the LL/Berks hit the site. Twitter followers continue to grow for all our staff- Andy, Bruce, Jon, Mark and Kirk.

Last week at each game I attended, I had at least one or 2 fans talk with me about the site -always positive. AT LMHS I had a parent complain about lack of coverage by media. I gave him my card and said “check it out tonight”- photo gallery and wrap.

John Gillespie- LMHS

Last week, I saw 5 games, Andy covered 2 games and Bruce was out to 3 games in Berks Co….and Jon k? = several 🙂 Please remember that wraps are archived so you can just type in the name of the team and see what we have on the site. Our content is being updated constantly. If someone wants a photo of Dell’s galleries, please email.

Look for LL playin game update Wed,

Comments: remember that the staff gets to preview ALL comments. We will seldom comment on “why is this team ranked? “. We have received a few comments that help us produce a better product and appreciate them greatly. We will not get into “hater” tweets – refs, teams, fan bases etc.


Photos: remember when Dell shoots, its amateur hour. When our pros (Kirk and Mark) shoot, its GREAT 🙂

Wraps/soundcloud/videos…mixed reviews here: Some say they never listen to audio..other say its great. ..same for the written word… the thought with the staff is keeping trying out things and see the results.

Video’s on periscope. Some turn out great and others very pixeled. Video of Tyler Crespo’s 1000 point was over 3k hits the last we checked. Video on the phone cam and then posted to twitter turns out much better for quality. I try to get some game shots in during the game I’m covering.

Coaches…sometimes I get to chat with LL coaches before and after games. The coaches have been sooooo good to us. I can’t thank them enough for input and sharing of their time. All of the coaches work hard – regardless of the W/L record. I know that we get some scores directly form coaches/scorekeepers.

     Coaches Rocky and Sigman

Players…for some of our players, this will be the last time they put on a uniform. Few will remember their stats and W/L records as time passes (even LLhoops does not keep that) but playing the game and being on a team, will be memories that last and can be related to in their lives as the grow older – heck one might even be media for LLhoops in the future!

Advertisers—can’t say enough about the folks who help us out. If you are in the market for new uniforms for teams, please check out H&L sports. “O” is a great guy. I’ve been a customer of his business for over 30 yrs. The quality and service is outstanding. He makes great staff shirts too 🙂  I also have a few passes left for Iron Valley Tubing!

LL girls….we are still looking for a writer to help us with the LL girls side of things. Email us at webmaster@llhoops.com. The pay ain’t great, but you might get a cool llhoops staff shirt 🙂

            LLhoops Staff shirts by H & L

Coverage..should be more concentrated during the playoffs. Andy and I will be out and about. Bruce B will have his video magic going on the Berks Co. playoffs. We are hoping to have some picts, videos, and wraps of games in the future- some double and perhaps triple teams of games.

Happy Super Bowl weekend!

Enjoy the last week of regular season games and the beginning of the playoff season.

~Dell Jackson










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Posted by LLHoops on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LL playoff picture as of Jan 31, 2018: Crest/Hemp recap: misc

LL playoffs:

Section 1
Hempfield can clinch the Section title with a win in either of their last 2 games or a Crest loss.
Crest can clinch a slot win a win in either of their last 2 games or a TWP loss.
TWP can clinch a slot with 2 wins in any of their last 3 games or a Lebanon loss.

Section 2
LS is Section 2 champ- congrats to the Pioneers (LLhoops picked LS early )
Curently Ephrata is in 2nd place – one game front of MCentral
Manhiem Central plays Solanco Wed. MC is one game in front of Spot, Cocalico, Etown.

* Ephrata has 2 tough games with LS and at MCentral. Both of these games will be key for the Mounts and the rest of Section 2.

Here is the schedule the rest of the way for section 2.
Jan 31
 M .Central @ Solanco

Feb 2
Cocalico @ Etown
Solanco @ Donegal
LS @ Ephrata
 M .Central @ Garden Spot

Feb 6
Cocalico @ LS
Ephrata @ M .Central
Garden Spot @ Solanco

If we have a tie for 3rd– quite possible, then the tie breakers will come into play. Head to head is the first tiebreaker. IF multiple teams are tied then teams are placed into a mini bracket. So, if 3 way tie, then records vs. all those teams count. If there is still a tie- say all teams win at home- then games vs section champ. As of now, Etown is the only team that has a W vs LS. But they would have to be tied at the top of a mini bracket to earn this tiebreaker. Power points are the last tie breaker.

LL tie-breakers

LL brackets

A few games to be played. LLhoops will address this again next week..or perhaps this weekend.

Aside: LLhoops has always thought a W vs top team should have more weight..and then just go to power points.

Section 3
Lancaster Cath. clinched a playoff berth. They will clinch a title with a W in either of their last 2 games.

NL has clinched an LL berth. The Vikes could wind up in a tie with LMHS. NL plays at LMHS and at ELCO

LMHS has clinched an LL berth. The Blazers could wind up in a tie with NL. LMHS plays NL at home and then travels to Lanc Cath.

Crest/Hempfield recap. 72-55

In a battle of LL/District 3 heavy weights, the Knights took out Crest. Hempfield hit a bunch of threes and twos on their home floor to post a W.

In the first quarter, Hempfield jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, just as Crest had in the first game played at Crest. The Falcons called an early timeout and settled a bit. In fact Crest took a 17-15 lead on a Melendez jumper towards the end of the first. The Knights answered on a half court shot by Ryan Moffatt (could have been the turning point for the game) 18-17 Kinghts after 1.

Hempfield would score the next 4 points to stretch a lead. Crest would answer at 22-19. …and then the fires were lit as Hempfield went on a 12-0 run fueledc by Anthony Alston 8 pts (2 three balls and a layup). Blake Thompsons drive stopped the onslaught at 34-21 only to have the Knights stretch the lead to 41-23 at the half.

Crest would cut it to 13 at 41-28 but the Knights would rip off another run (13-0) to put the game on ice. 58-32 after 3.

Both teams subbed a bit down the stretch. The seniors at Hempfield enjoyed a special day as they coasted home with a 72-55 win.

Hempfield Ryan Moffatt 23, Anthony Alston 16, Eli Washington 10 Donovan Green 10
|Crest : Blake Thompson 12, Cole Laney 11, Jaiden Melendez 10

Sidelines: A slew of media reporters were noticed at the game. Check out the LDN (@phuggsports) and LNP for write-up, videos, and quotes. @JWalkLNP caught the halfcourt shot on video. We got a chance to talk with Mike Bullock (thebulip_n) of City of Basketball web site on his state rankings on a podcast= great info. Thanks to Jeff Falk (@JeffFalk1) for sharing some of his insights. He covers Lebanon Sports – both boys and girls on his site – http://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/ Here is Jeff’s take on the game https://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/cedar-crest-boys-basketball/

Cedar Crest alum, Mike Gross (@MikeGrossLNP) was court-side as well as “kaboom” is on its way to his twitter site as he warms up his patented saying. Mike also does some radio work.

Channel 66 – Comcast was at the game. Coach Warren Goodling and Dell got a chance to talk on air.

Click here for photo gallery.
Click here for Coach Walck’s thoughts after the game.
Mike Bullocks interview

Looking ahead…
We will include LL brackets on the main page for the next 3 weeks.

Also District 3 power points/rankings come into play. We have a link to the D3site under links. The scores are updated daily. IF you are really really into numbers, this is how the power points are calculated. Thanks to Ron Kennedy AD Donegal:

“This season, District III has added four new columns to the Fan Page rankings to provide schools, coaches and fans with more information.  These columns are labeled as such:

TWPW:  A team’s own cumulative weighted win points

OWPW:  A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted win points

TWPL:  A team’s own cumulative weighted loss points

OWPL:  A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted loss points

These totals provide a school’s TWP (team weighted winning percentage) and OWP (opponents weighted winning percentage.

To calculate TWP, add the TWPW total and the TWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the TWPW total by the team total to calculate the TWP number shown under the TWP column on the Fan Page.

To calculate OWP, add the OWPW total and the OWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the OWPW total by the team total to calculate the OWP number shown under the OWP column on the Fan Page.

To calculate the final power ranking, multiply the TWP number by .55.  Multiply the OWP number by .45.  ADD those two numbers: that is the power ranking figure.”


As always, games going down the stretch give us a lot to write/talk about.

~dell jackson




Preview Crest at Hempfield Jan 30

Jan. 30 preview

Crest @ Hempfield 

District 3 rankings: (6A)
Hempfield   2     Crest 3

LL standings: Section1
Hempfield   1      Crest 2

Hempfield is 10-1   overall 16-2
Losses to Crest, Dallastown
Top scorers:
Ryan Moffatt 18, David Martin-Robinson 11, Elijah Washington 10, Anthony Alston 10
Team avg: 57 ppg and giving up 45 ppg

Crest is 9-2 overall 16-3
Losses to TWP, McCaskey, York
Top Scorers:
Blake Thompson 16 ppg, Cole Laney 16 ppg Logan Horn 9 Jaiden Melendez 9
Team Avg. 61 ppg and giving up 49 ppg.

Last game: Crest 41   Hempfield 39 : Jan 5th
Crest up early; Hempfield comeback and short lead; Crest steal and basket by Logan Horn: Hempfield last shot. Dylan Miller, Crest was LLhoops star of the game= scoring and defense.
Dell’s recap / podcast from last game.

Points- last game:
Hempfield :Moffatt 17, Robinson 11
Crest: Dylan Miller 12, Laney 12, Thompson 11

What to look for:
Crest likes to get it up and down. Hempfield seems to be comfortable playing fast or slow, but their tempo vs. top teams tends to be more controlled. That said (written), the Knights lit it up at home vs. TWP on a big early season game. I believe a faster tempo will favor the Falcons.

Crest got out to an early lead in the last game. This forced Hempfield to go to their ½ court trap, which bothered the Falcons. Look for Hempfield to hold back the trap until they need it or not at all if in the lead.

Both teams defensively played man most of the time, using the arc as the pickup line. The idea is to make teams hit from the perimeter. The thinking here is that the team that hits the most 3 balls will win. Crests’ top 3-ball shooter is Cole Laney. Hempfield counters with Anthony Alston and Ryan Moffatt. Hempfield played some zone the last game. With both teams packing it in the paint and talking away the middle, the game will probably be a low scoring affair.

Both teams are physically strong. The battle of the boards should be a push, but if one team gets more offensive boards than the other, it could tip the game.

Foul me: Sometimes a Section 1 game will come down to the foul line. Crest has a bit of the edge there as they are shooting 69% as a team. The Knights come in around 65%. Top foul shooters in this game are Thompson, Crest and Alston, Hempfield.

Top teams…both of these teams have seen their share of big games the last few years. Hempfield had a great run in the PIAA last season. Crest had a three year stretch before last year that was the best run in school’s history (LL, District 3, and PIAA berths). There should be no jitters here. Both coaches veterans of the LL wars.

Media magnet…big game = media galore. Channel 66 comcast will be tape delaying the game (Warren Goodling and John Graham providing the call); LNP’s John Walk (@JWalkLNP) will be there (we assume a great photographer too), Lebanon Daily’s Pat Huggins (@phuggsports)..and of course LLhoops (@llhoops) will be there. Basically, fans will get video, picts, tweets and write-ups…and perhaps a podcast from LLhoops:)

~Dell Jackson





Dell’s column: Jan 25, 2017

Column Jan 25

LL standings
With 4-5 games to go, most sections are shaping up for slotting in the LL playoffs.

The playin date has been set for Feb 8 or 9th– depending on weather and make-ups. This year the teams playing on the boys’ side will be Sec 1 third place vs. Sec 2 third place. Its difficult to predict who will be there for either section, although Section 1 third place could come down to Crest/TWP. Section 2 is a royal mess. (M Central, Spot, and Ephrata appear to be battling for 2 slots: Donegal and Cocalico need to put together a string of W’s in their last games to push into the conversation.)

Remember that each Section gets 3 slots in the LL’s. There will be multiple tiebreakers to calculate non-section winners. IF there is a tie for first place, that/those games will be played. Check out the tiebreakers HERE.

Section 1
Hempfield continues to be the top team. The Knights have been living on the edge as they fall behind in many games; only to come back and eke out a W. Case in point was their game with TWP on Jan 23rd. The Knights were down by 12 in the last quarter and rallied for a 3-point win – scoring an unreal 35 points in the 4th quarter. LLhoops spoke with Coach Walck after the game for his thoughts. He usually has little voice left after a game, and this was no exception.

Crest lost a close game at home to McCaskey 55-54 Jan 18th. The Falcons are 1 game back of Hempfield and play the Knights on Jan 30th at Hempfield. Crest travels to TWP this Friday for a big game that will help determine placement for the LL’s.

TWP– heartbreak city for the Streaks vs. Hempfield earlier this week. Section 1 hoops will provide the Steaks another chance to improve their lot vs. Crest. This team has come back from tough losses before (after last Hempfield game they beat Crest at Crest). TWP has a tough 1 -2 punch with their guards – Tyler Crespo and Brendan Mellot.

LS is dominating this section. After a close loss to Etown on Dec. 18th, the Pioneers have ripped off 13 straight W’s. and, get this, by an average of 19 point spread per game. LS is taking care of business, while enjoying the other Section 2 teams smack each other around.

Next up? Manheim Central, Ephrata, and Spot. Basically, these teams are battling for 2 slots. LLhoops will cover this section race in the next few weeks.

Lancaster Catholic and the rest: The Crusaders survived a scare at LMHS, but otherwise have been handling every team they come up against. Lancaster Cath. racked up a nice win vs. Bishop McDevitt 61-49 on 1/22/18. I have seen LCHS a few times this year and really like their D.

Northern Lebanon continues to hold on to the second slot in this section. The Vikes feature the high scoring guard combo of Caleb Light (18 ppg) and Alex Yeager (16 ppg). NL plays Lanc. Cath. at home and travels to LMHS down the stretch. Probably not a surprise to NL fans/players/coaches, but the Vikings have to be considered the surprise team in the LL this season.

LLhoops got some quotes from Coach Chris George:

“Our slogan for the season is “United We Play”. The other night at Annville we had a season high 15 assists on 21 shots, 70+% is awesome…. That’s huge for us… our kids aren’t selfish, but they’ve grown so much in terms of seeing the floor and how to make each other better, and getting each other good looks. We aren’t winning a section title or making any noise in leagues or districts if we don’t play together.  

Things are going fairly well for us; it’s been a grind though for sure. This week is the first time we’ve have our whole team healthy all season together. Michigan Cam and Yeager have all missed many games due to injuries, so it’s been a struggle at times, even now, figuring out new roles. But the kids have really stepped up. Folmer, Trader, Bowers, and Hubbard have been unsung heroes for us, doing all the dirty work, of course Cam, Caleb, and Alex have been leaned on heavily to shoulder much of the scoring. It’s exciting for the kids to finally start hitting some of the goals we identified 2 years ago when I arrived here. It’s been an awesome process thus far, and it’s taken a lot of help from the kids, parents, community, and of course, my staff that does an awesome job, year round! “

Lancaster Mennonite has dropped 2 LL games: OT to Lanc Cath and a 1-point loss to NL. Coach Groff quietly has LMHS prepped for another D3 run. LMHS continues to improve. The Blazers are not real big as far as height goes, but get after it on the defensive end and love to run. They are led by John Gillespie (12 ppg) and Carter Hurst (12ppg).


District 3
The LL has a bunch of teams listed in the D3 power points page. We are very impressed with the site as scores are posted quickly. Here’s the site.

We will do more breakdown on the Districts in the next few weeks.

As of 1/25/18
1A: 1 Lancaster Country Day, 7 Conestoga Christian, 10 Lancaster Christian
3A: 5 LMHS
4A: 1 Lanc. Cath., 5 N Lebanon
5A: 1 LS, 11 Ephrata, 12 Spot, 14 Donegal, 15 Manhiem Central
6A: 2 Hempfield, 3 Crest, 6 TWP

LLhoops news:
We continue to do some post game interviews with coaches. We are averaging about 100 plays per interview on soundcloud.

Andy Herr completed the LL tour last week. He saw EVERY LL team play at least one time for the 4th season in a row. Congrats to him.

Bruce Badgley continues his berks beat videos. He is introducing replay locker at various games he attends. This is ground breaking technology that he used for football. Basically, fans at the game can use their phones for replays on his video shots.

Thanks to Mark22 for some GREAT game shots the last few weeks.

Jerry Shenk, PA guru for HS hoops, is producing his district 3 rankings every week. The newest listings appear, usually on Mondays.

Jon K is leading the pack as far as number of hits per week for LLhoops.com. He has a great following in the NEast.

Breaking records: Last week, llhoops set records for twitter impressions and hits on the website on the same day. Thanks to all our followers. I’m thinking come playoff time, we’ll being seeing more and more followers.

Advertisers: If anyone wants to join us, please email.

Our current list includes:
Scott Lucas: Horace Mann Insurance, John Lichty CPA services, Steve Lewis: Nationwide , SportyFox, PJ Whelihans, Iron Valley Tubing, Liberty Bell Drone

LL trivia
Last week: Trivia #4
Who is the all time leading scorer for the LL?
Mike Wisler, Columbia : 2837..and Columbia had a 100 year celebration this week!

Trivia #5
How many times has Northern Lebanon appeared in the LL playoffs since 2010?

Tweet of the week
“January is exhibiting a sort of bipolar behavior” @MUweather
Thinking LL AD’s would agree with that …🙂

This and that:
How neat is it to see a ex-District 3 player light it up on a national stage? Lonnie Walker IV had Dickie V’s attention Jan 24, 2018. The connection LLhoops.com made with Coach P of Reading led Andy and Dell to court-side of the PIAA finals last year.








Coach Perez: Reading, soon after PIAA championship


We have been having some fun handing out LLhoops lanyards to student section twitter handles. Always good meeting tomorrows leaders. …and getting some love as we give out some passes for Iron Valley Tubing.

Small world…I gave out a pass at TWP last week. The recipient was Steve Taylor, ex-PM star. ..that same night our friend at LNP, John Walk, snapped a pict. and posted it to his twitter handle – only to be repeated and replied to by an ex-student and current teacher, Alissa Bradfield: @Bradfield_Etown .

LNP’s John Walk is doing some video on game nights, post game and a weekly video with Jeff Rienhart on the LL. I enjoy his weekly features a LOT. The LL is lucky to still have a media outlet that is covering/posting/featuring hoops on their site. We use the site to check out standings/schedules/scores.

Tick tock…
That my friends is the playoff clock!

Enjoy some hoops the next few weeks!

~Dell Jackson