Dell’s Column Jan. 11, 2018

Column Jan 11

Catching up…

Section 1
Big week for Crest. The Falcons (11-2) beat Hempfield 41-39 in a classic battle.….and followed it up with a convincing win vs. Penn Manor. With these games sandwiched between a stressful 2OT win vs. Lower Dauphin. Crest is led by the dynamic duo of Cole Laney (15 ppg) and Blake Thompson (14 ppg)

Blake Thompson: Crest

TWP (9-2) is now tied for first with wins over Penn Manor and McCaskey…..The Streaks feature a 1- 2 scoring punch of guards Tyler Crespo (16 ppg) and Brandon Mellot (13ppg). The inside bigs are young and improving with each game.

Hempfield (11-1) split this week in LL play. A last second shot by Ryan Moffatt(19ppg) vs.Lebanon and a close loss on the road to Crest.

As earlier predicted by LLhoops, Section 1 will be a three-team race.

Section 2…
Manheim Central (5-4) and LS (11-1) are the top teams as of now.

LS is pounding the ball into 6’10” sn, Ryan Smith (23 ppg). Smith’s scoring average jumped up 4 pts. per game in the last 2 weeks. LS uses a lot of cutting to basket as Smith gets doubled team, which results in a lot of layups for the Pioneer guards. LS also employs the 3 ball as most of the players can hit from the perimeter- including Smith.

MC features a multiple defense attack. Although not big, the Barons get after it on the defensive end. Caleb Hostettler (19ppg) is an all-around talent.

Section 3…
We have Lanc. Cath. (9-2) and Lanc. Mennonite (9-4) battling it out – no surprises there.

BUT….Northern Lebanon (8-2) has created a stir in this Section. The Vikings beat LMHS 63-62 earlier in the week. NL is led by the highest scoring tandem guards in the L ….they play Lanc Cath Jan 11th.. LLhoops plans on being at this game and doing a wrap/gallery.

LLhoops info..
We continue to increase viewers on our twitter platform and in the site itself. We have many return visitors, who are averaging 4-5 page views per visit (Checking out multiple pages)

Team pages will be updated at least once a week and usually 2 to 3 times a week.

Standings and scores are updated on most game days.

Check out Bruce Badgley’s Berks Beat. He is introducing some new technology on games he is shooting. We will try to get Andy and Bruce on a common game soon. Last week Bruce had a video that produced over 1800 views.

Periscope—new camera= better shots. The last phone camera was …well getting old (and after spending an hour or 2 submerged in the Susquehanna river it was time for new dry model. Welcome Pixel2. I gave it a try at an NCAA game and was amazed at the stopping of action (less blur). I gave it a trial run on TWP/McCaskey.

Galleries…they will remain up for short periods of time due to server space. Contact webmaster if you would like originals sent to you. We are finding out that you cannot just copy them… The new camera helps but I’m still in the learning stages…some blur is what we’ll get but folks are checking it out.

Comcast Channel 66

If you have Comcast, some of the games are taped and re-broadcast. Games are filmed by Frank Altdoerffer

“TWP/ McCaskey will be on Friday  on the 12th at 8:30PM and January 13th at 11:30 PM. The December game MT vs, Hempfield will be on again on January 13th at 10AM at also that night at 8:30PM.”

We are adding new links as we find them.
We found this link a few weeks ago for York County info

Our long-time friend and historian, Mike Bullock of COB updates his rankings weekly

Cancel me…
When the snow/ice and cold hits, we will try to update postponements as we get them. Thanks to AD’s use of twitter, we can usually find all we need to update.

MOST of the make-ups will be taken care of by the end of this weekend—until the next storm 🙂

LL brackets..
Can be found here

Looking ahead, this year’s play-in game is slated to be between Sec 1 third team vs. Section 2 third team. At this point there are way too many iterations to consider.

Getting around..

Petterson Event Center: Home of the Panthers

Andy and Dell took a trip to Pittsburgh to check out Duke vs Pitt. The Dukies rolled. Parking and travel in Pittsburgh is not an easy task , as there are several roads with no street signs, congestion all over the place, closed and one-way roads that are not marked on GPS. However, the people in the area were very helpful, kind, and proud of their city.

We took Uber rides to and from the game- the drivers were truly about their city. A 3-5 mile trip took us 30 minutes as traffic around the Petterson Event Center was grid locked.

As always, we heard from our UNC fans- who turned Pitt fans for the evening (@swave1966 and @Ridedogg23). We tried to find some Pitt hi-lights for these 2 flip flop fans but could only find this.:)

Bagley tip vs Pitt 1/10/18

Notice how “into” the game the Oakland fans are….but they have some neat looking t’s.

This weekend, Andy travels to Penn State to check out his Huskers in big Ten play. I’m sure he’ll comment on the level of play in the Big10.

Kirk N will take over posting scores Friday. Andy will back on the trail Sat. Dell will hit it hard next week.

LAST WEEKS Trivia #3… tied to the New Year 🙂
Which boys’ team has the most LL championships in the 2010 decade?
Answer = McCaskey with 3.

Trivia #4
Who is the all time leading scorer for the LL?

Enjoy some HS hoops this week!

~Dell Jackson






Dell’s Column: Jan 2, 2018

Happy New Years!

As we enter 2018, the leagues get into full swing. With a few Saturday games, mixed in, we will pretty much be on the Tuesday/Friday schedule. LLhoops will try to post up the next weeks schedule on Sunday. With weather issues, we’ll try to update as soon as we find out cancelations and make-ups.

The week ahead..
Section 2 and 3…have 2 games on Tuesday. Andy is heading to MCentral to check out Cocalico and Manhiem Central (both a bit surprising at this point in the season).

Wed.: features LS @ LMHS in a NON-league game.

Friday is a full slate of LL games. Highlight games include : Hempfield @ Crest, M< Central at LS, and Northern Lebanon @ Lancaster Cath.

Saturday= games galore. Check out the schedules for times. Basically, the Battle of the Roses (Games at M. Central and W. York) involves LL teams vs. York County teams. Lebanon Valley host 3 of the LL teams (AC, Crest, and Lebanon) on Saturday as well.

Holiday Tournaments…past tense

Andy and I saw a bunch of games this past week. Andy wrote wraps (Andys Take) on all the games he saw. I (Dell’s column) took some pictures and re-capped some of the games on the podcasts part of

Double winners this weekend: Crest, Columbia, Ephrata, Hempfield, LMHS, Penn Manor, Lancaster Cath. and CV.









Thoughts on LL teams so far…

Section 1…
Hempfield is rolling. The team is like a big old snake (anaconda ?) in that they seem to slowly but surely take the air out of you. The exception being the fast pace win vs. TWP on Dec 20th (67-36)

Crest and TWP are tied for 2nd and both teams looking for more consistency in order to challenge Hempfield.

McCaskey is sitting one game out of the playoff race at this point.

CV is making a charge as they have won 3 in a row.

With Lebanon and Penn Manor having good showings this past week, there should be some hotly contested games in the near future for Section 1.

Section 2…
Who’s in first? Well, that would be Manhiem Central at 2-0 🙂 Most of the Section teams have 4 games at this point. MC had one re-schedule (Solanco) and are playing Jan 2 vs Cocalico. The Barons are led by Connor Hostettler (6’2″ sn 21ppg)

All of the teams in this section have something to offer. LS is 3-1 (lone loss to Etown) and Cocalico is lurking at 2-1 as well.

There will be interesting games in this section for the rest of the year. It looks to be the most balanced Section in the LL.

Section 3..
Who’s in first? Well that would be the Northern Lebanon Vikings (4-0) ..and Lancaster Cath (4-0)..and LMHS (3-0). We got some input on the Vikes earlier in the year when posting players to watch. NL features one of the best scoring tantum guards in the LL (Alex Yeager, 5’11” sn 17 ppg and Caleb Light 5’11” sn 16 ppg)

Lancaster Cath. does what it does: play great def and scores when and by whom the opportunities present itself. RJ Van Tash (6’2” sn), David Kamwanga (6’6” soph) and Johnny Besecker (5’11” jn) are all in low double figures.

Lancaster Mennonite is led by all everything John Gillespie (6’1” sn, 14 ppg)…

Rank me!
Jerry Shenk shares his expertise with LLhoops this season as he produces his LLhoops District 3 rankings. All teams are included regardless of classification. The LL has 4 teams in this weeks top 15 : Hempfield, LS, Crest, and Lancaster Catholic.

Mike Bullock covers the entire PIAA. Check it out here.

PIAA District 3 has their power points updated as well.

LL trivia
Last weeks
LL trivia: McCaskey has the most wins (785) since the LL started in 1972. Can you name the next TWO programs with the most W’s?

That answer would be Hempfield (732) and Lanc Cath. (706) coming into this season.

Zero, none, nada folks got that right.

Seems we need to give prizes out? : )..perhaps LLhoops lanyards? Twitter polls? A, B, C questions 🙂 ?

Trivia #3… tied to the New Year 🙂
Which boys’ team has the most LL championships in the 2010 decade?

Tweet(s) of the week
From Betty Crespo “The coolest thing about this extreme cold weather, is this snowflake stuck on our screen.”

From Falcon Nation 2018 “Shout out to @LLhoops for the sick key chains!!! He knows who is the best student section in the LL! #FalconNation #BirdGang

Motivation quote of the week
From @sportsmotto
“Don’t worry about being cool. Worry about being the best. – Jeff Van Gundy”

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Enjoy the week!
~Dell Jackson