Hempfield Boys Varsity Summer League Schedule
Coach Berryman was recently named LLhoops.com coach of the year in section 2. He shares with us some thoughts about his program, the year that was and looking ahead.Enjoy!
1) Congrats on a great season and being named LLhoops Section 2 Coach of the Year. Was there a time when you thought this team was going to be special or was the thought process – lets get better each game?
I think we first recognized that this team had great potential during our team camp at Albright College. We won all of our games and that included teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and DC. What I saw was a group who was unselfish and did not care who scored. They all accepted their role and rarely did they try and do things they weren’t capable of doing. Everyone played tough defense! We also knew that we had great leadership from our senior class.
At the beginning of the year, as we do every year, we set our goal to win the section. Winning the section will lead us to post season opportunities. This year though, we added the LL League Championship to our goals. There has been an empty space on the Boys Basketball Banner hanging in the gym under League Champion. We felt that this was the year to fill in that space!
2) LS wins its first ever LL title. Can you take us thru some hi-lights of the LL tournament?
By winning the section we were able to play the first round at home. We played LMH who we had played and beaten earlier in the year in a tough game. We knew they were better than they were the first time we played. Anytime LS plays LMH, you know that it is going to be a high intensity game. We trailed after each of the first three quarters. John Gillespie was shooting the lights out and Carter Hurst was also on fire. We kept competing and leaned on our big man Ryan Smith. He played with a determination that I hadn’t seen before. He was dominant and led us that night with 39 points.
In the semifinals we played Hempfield. We started strong and led 19-2 after the first quarter with Isaac Beers scoring 15 of his game high 22 points. I remember telling the team that this game was far from over and I reminded them that Hempfield had scored 35 points in one quarter this past season. As expected, they came back and had us on our heels. We did not handle their half court 1-2-2 trap very well and the game was tight. Zack Kingsley made a huge 3 point shot and then later penetrated the baseline to make a nice pass to Ryan. There was a definite sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded.
In the championship game against Catholic, we started slow and fell behind early in the first quarter. Like our first game against LMH, we had already played Catholic as it was our first game of the year. Again, we knew it was going to be a tough game as they always get better as the season progresses. Isaac had a great game and scored the ball inside and outside. As happened most of the season, we were led by Ryan and Isaac and everyone else made key contributions. Another highlight in the game was listening to the LS and LC student sections going back and forth. As expected, they both did it with class! It felt great as a coach to put those Gold Medals around the neck of each player. We dreamt big and we were able to realize that dream!
3) Where do you go from here? Program plans, adjustments, etc?
As we continue to grow our program, I have to mention our youth program. We have great parents/coaches who love the game and volunteer their time to teach the fundamentals of the game. In fact, John Achille started the in house program in 2004-2005 and I was the sixth grade coach with my son playing. My assistant, Bob Sweger, has been instrumental in the growth of our youth program. We feel good about our program and feel that next season can be another successful campaign. We had 14 players on the varsity roster last year. That will leave us with 8 players returning and half of them being key contributors this past season. The JV team had a strong year and ended their season 16-3. Obviously when you graduate 6 significant seniors you will need to make adjustments. The core of our program does not change, we will continue to play hard, play together, and have fun. I always enjoy the challenge of understanding each player’s strengths, and putting them in the best positions so that we can all be successful as a group.
4) What are your thoughts on the new LL format next season?
I really don’t have much to say about the new 5 section format. We will see how it plays out next year. I just know that we will be setting our goal to win section 3
5) What were/are key components of the success you have had at LS the last 2 seasons as head coach?
One of the key components of our success the last two years is the fact that we have had good players. A lot of the guys are playing basketball all year round. They are focused and have an individual determination to get better.
We preach team consistently. We look to move the ball on offense so that we as a team can get the best shot. We will play tough team defense by being in proper help position and communicating well.
I have a dedicated group of coaches. Bob Sweger, my assistant, and Pete Kingsley, the freshman coach, are always keeping the boys playing in the off season. We also have consistency in our middle school program with Bob Rosensteel who has been a fixture at LS for over 30 years.
We have a consistent message, which is PLAY HARD, PLAY TOGETHER, and HAVE FUN!
Coach Geoff Groff has been a fixture in the LL for many years. LMHS had a fantastic year (PIAA run that fell a second short of playing for in a PIAA title game). Coach Groff shares with us some of his thoughts. Enjoy!
1) Congrats of a great season- 400 win mark, great run in post season, and LLhoops.com Section 3 Coach of the Year. Was there anything/game/moment when you thought that you had a “special team”?
I felt like this could be a solid team because John Gillespie and Carter Hurst were 3-year starters and in my opinion were as good as any guard combo we were going to face this year. I also felt like with Roman Ali we had a very good player who if he could stay healthy would surprise a lot of people. We needed to stay healthy as a group and we needed both Elijah’s to make the transition from solid JV players to contributing Varsity players. It took us a little longer than I had hoped to find our stride, but the second time we played N. Lebanon at our place was a game where I felt like we could build on to make a solid post season run! York Catholic District game was a major concern, because we have flip-flopped with them the last number of years. The team that won in the regular season, and then got beat when played in Districts! Elijah Bynum came up big and in some ways that was the most pressure game of the year for me. We needed a win to have a chance to move on! It also showed we had new guys who were not afraid to step up and make plays! Another characteristic, unique to this team, is that they responded so well to timeouts! I am not so good at using all my timeouts, but when I do, I usually have something very direct to say! To their credit, they more often than not rose to the occasion, even if the execution was not always perfect, they found a way to make a play and regain momentum or stop our opponents momentum.
2) Your team traveled to the Western part of the state for a few of your PIAA games….Was the style any different? How did you get get information on the western schools?
We don’t make many adjustments when it comes to scouting. I try to keep the focus on “us” and “our” strengths, but it is nice to have video for players and coaches to see. My wife and I traveled to the District 6 Championship tournament so we got to see Ligonier Valley play Richmond! – It was hard to get anything on Westinghouse, except that they had a 7′ who was really good (He was). We had tape on Greenville because we had an arrangement with the Charter school that Greenville beat to exchange video after the Westinghouse game and to the coach’s credit he sent me video of their game even though they lost! As far as style of play the biggest difference was in the defensive end. We saw more zone, and a more passive approach with an emphasis on keeping the ball out of the paint as opposed to keeping it on one side or another. Passive may not be a good word, I guess it is more of the college style defense of pressure on the ball, and everyone else getting into the paint.
3) Has the high school changed from the time you first were head coach at LMHS to now? If so, how?
Not sure what you are looking for in that question? I know as a coach I am more structured especially on the defense and more focused on doing a few things better and planning our system and practices around potential post-season games. More time is spent on half court situations and less time on using a press. As a school we are more diverse (good), and it has gotten harder to get athletes to play multiple sports(not as good). Support from the students, to the parents, to the administrators continues to be there. When I started we did not have any Jr. High program! Now we have three teams! Not many schools our size have a separate 7th grade team!
4) We heard a story about a relative providing some medical attention in a playoff game- can you share some of that story?
My son-in-law who is an emergency room doctor saved the day for us against Westinghouse. One of our players got a serious cut on the eye lid and cheek bone area shortly into the second half, and the Altoona trainer did not feel good about letting our guy continue in the game. It was a bigger gash than could be fixed with a band aid or butterfly. Dr. Dave Landis came to the rescue with a small FA kit he keeps in his car that had the glue that can be used as a substitute to stitches in certain injuries. He was given permission by the trainer and he took care of our player. He was able to return to action and we won the game by two.
5) What advice would you give to young assistant coaches to strive to be head coaches at the High School level?
Be willing to put in the time. You will learn more from losing than from winning. Find a way to enjoy the journey! Stay focused on what you can control and don’t get caught up in what you can’t control. x’s and o’s will only take you so far-communication and player buy in, especially your best players will give you the best chance of exceeding expectations.
Delaware Boys High School Basketball 2017 – 2018
All State Teams
Curtis Watkins (Editor)
|Nah’Shon Hyland||St. Georges||6’4″||Jr|
|Ian Robertson||Cape Henlopen||6’6||Sr|
|Jordan Harding||William Penn||6’6″||Sr|
|Randy Rickards||Cape Henlopen||6’5″||Sr|
|Jaquan Burton||Sussex Tech||5’11”||Sr|
|Shaft Clark||Caesar Rodney||6’7″||Jr|
|Nathan Thomas||St. Elizabeth||6’5″||Sr|
|Khalil Bolden||Sussex Tech||5’9″||Sr|
|Jordan Brown||St Elizabth||5’9″||Jr|
|Jameir Felton||Indian River||6’4″||Jr|
|Thomas Hoskins||Lake Forest||6’4″||Sr|
|Nick Leski||St. Marks||6’3″||Sr|
|Davione Robinson||Caesar Rodney||5’11”||Sr|
|Justin Thomas||Newark Charter||6’4″||Sr|
|Gerald Wall||William Penn||6’3″||Sr|
Top scorers by Section by average. Compiled with info from LNP and LLhoops.com. There is no exact cut-off for each section. We rounded to the nearest whole number.. We used average for all games. Enjoy!
|RJ VanTash||Lanc Cath||11||6'2"||12|
|LL Wins||LL loss||Overall - W||L|
|Hempfield # *||13||1||24||4|
|C Crest *||11||3||18||7|
|#= Section champ|
* = qualified for LL
|LL Wins||LL loss||Overall - W||L|
|#= Section champ|
* = qualified for LL
&= LL Champ
|LS # * &||12||2||26||4|
|Garden Spot *||8||6||15||14|
|LL Wins||LL loss||Overall - W||L|
|Lancaster Catholic * #||14||0||24||5|
|Lancaster Mennonite *||11||3||20||10|
|Northern Lebanon *||10||4||17||10|
|#= Section champ|
* = qualified for LL
PIAA swing- LL style:
The LL results from the first round on the PIAA.
Lancaster Catholic 58 Huntingdon 60 final
L-S 54 Bangor 42 final
Garden Spot 46 Abington Heights 75 final
Lancaster Mennonite 65 Ligonier Valley 60 – final
Manheim Township 86 Lower Merion 88 OT
Hempfield 66 Coatesville 53
and…this weeks schedule- so far
Lampeter-Strasburg vs Archbishop Carroll at Governor Mifflin (Intermediate School), 7:30
Lancaster Mennonite vs Westinghouse Academy at Altoona HS, 6:00
Hempfield vs Abraham Lincoln at Pottstown HS, 7:30
LS Coach Berryman told Andy last weekend, “It’s hard,” he admitted regarding the layoff in between games. “That’s the hard part is keeping (the team) motivated,” LS seemed to be able to shake of any rust and cruised to 54 – 42 first round victory. Ryan Smith, 6’10” sn, was dominant with a 26 point performance.
We got a chance to talk with Danny Walck after the Hempfield win vs. Coatesville – link
Check out Bruce Badgley’s twitter account (@BadgleyBruce) and llhoops.com Berks beat for videos and wraps of the Berks county teams.
Jon K – Neastbeat has the right hand corner of PA covered like a Noreaster 🙂
PIAA tournament is different than any other as teams travel and play against other style and – to be honest- other types of officiating. It’s a one and done thing. Exciting (LMHS, LS, Hempfield) and heartbreaking (Lanc Cath, TWP).
We got a hold of TWP’s boss, Matt Johns, this week. His thoughts on a tough OT lose to District 1 traditional power- Lower Merion and moving forward with his mostly underclassmen group.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our kids. We were pressed for 36 minutes, faced 8 different defenses, and only had 11 turnovers. We continued to battle and make plays the entire game. Unfortunately, we came up one play short. We were proud to go toe to toe with a state powerhouse who’s only loss in districts was to District 1 Champ Abington.
Its exciting to know that we have six of our top nine players returning and four of our top five leading scorers. Our JV team had a very successful season and several players developed to the point where we can see them stepping up to fill the void of the loss of three important seniors. We certainly know we will have an enormous bulls-eye on our chest next year but we are excited for the future and for putting in the work in the off-season to take another step forward as a program. “
Hempfield has the recipe to move on…
Last year we witnessed the Knights advance in the PIAA by winning 2 games. Even With a 4-loss team, the Knights haven’t been given a lot of love by those outside the D3 area. Coach Danny Walck has a ton of coaching experience in the PIAA games. He gets his teams to execute and basically controls the tempo and shortens the game. The use of his various zone concepts mixed in with some man usually keeps the opponent off balance. He said to us after the last game “you have to make foul shots”—the Knights certainly did that vs. Coatesville (31/36).
Ryan Moffatt (29 points- 21/24 from the stripe) talked about “next play” after the game- a Duke sayingJ Moffatt was outstanding vs Cville. He handled, directed, rebounded drove and made a ton of foul shots as he drove to the bucket when the opportunity was there—and nailed most of his shots when Cville had to foul late in the game. Moffatt was the glue down the stretch and for the entire game as Hempfield lost 3 starters to fouls.
Speaking of refs, we had a Mid Penn crew at the Hempfield game. One thing you can count on when the Mid Penn boys take the floor is that they will call 2 hands on the dribbler- automatic no matter what the time is on the clock. Cville seemed very frustrated by some of the calls. In fact after one call, a Coatesville player got nailed with a T – Hempfield made 3 out of 4 of its fouls and got the ball back effectively keeping a bit of a distance between the teams very late in the game. Coatesville put a lot of pressure on Hempfield with various traps but their fouls were counter balanced by the turnovers (15) they produced. The Knights out-rebounded Coatesville 25- 17.
LMHS traveled to the western part of the state and came away with a big W. They get to do it again Wed!
Coach Groff on his game last week and some thoughts on this week:
Ligonier Valley game was a grinder! Maybe one of the most physical games we were in all year! We were solid on defense all game long, but did a poor job of converting turnovers into points in the first half. Second half we made some shots and started converting the turnovers.
Our opponent Wednesday is Westinghouse High from Pittsburgh. District 8 champ. They have a 6’11 player who is putting up almost a triple double in pts, reb, and blocked shots. We will need to make some shots from the perimeter and handle their team speed as well as the big guys presence. Good news is our bus ride will be almost an hour shorter! Still over 2 hours away.
Things are slowing down a bit for the site, as expected. We are looking at breaking 200k page views before we wrap up the season.
PIAA coverage…we should get some coverage at the PIAA finals in 2 weeks. Between Andy, Dell , Bruce and Jon K, we will be tweeting live at various games if we get our annual credentials from the PIAA. It’s exciting to see future D1 players show their craft on the Giant Center floor.
LLhoops.com all stars….will be posted AFTER the PIAA concludes.
I want to thank the LL coaches for supporting our site and taking time to talk with us when we are on the road. Coaching is a tough job and time is precious for any coach.
LLhoops will get out a post-season wrap after the PIAA concludes.
Many thanks to our LLhoops.com crew fro covering the District 3 tournament like no other organization.
I had a chance to sit with PIAA official observer at Warwick. We discussed some rules and she took a bunch of notes. It was interesting to see the amount of effort put into the evaluation process. We witnessed a delay of game warning. Right after that I said to Mike Bullock of City of Basketball, ‘ I’ve never seen a second warning result in a T’…so a few minutes later, Coatesville broke the plane or hit the ball out of bounds and was called for a Tech. The hitting of the ball out of bounds is automatic Tech…if the ball was not touched, then a delay of game – warning if the first time and a tech the second. Always something new to write about 🙂
Best to all our seniors out there. Hoping your hoops experiences helps to prepare you for the future! Saw a tweet the other day saying that only 3% of high school players go onto to play at the college level.
LLhoops will be evolving as usual. Next season we will try to have a video utube channel. Would LOVE to have an LL girls writer…..and would also welcome a York beat and a Mid Penn beat writer to our platform. The pay is terrible, but the accolades are GREAT! 🙂
Major props to LNP for covering the LL teams and locals (Linden Hall GIRLS – and Lancaster Country BOYS). The coverage of playoff games has been outstanding- tweets, videos , wraps…excellent. @MikeGrossLNP @JWalkLNP , @JoelSchreiner
BTW…after much discussion in the post season about a BLARGE, thankfully, we did not see one of these called. I asked interpreters at District 3 if the word BLARGE is in the rule book= no. ..so really a BLARGE is nothing more than a double foul- block/charge, which I guess doesn’t make everyone upset at the call? I also asked if it is called at the NCAA = yes…so, if you see one during march madness, please contact us! Would love to hear Charles Barkley explain that 🙂
Enjoy March—PIAA and NCAA madness—what could be better?
(5th Place Win Or Go Home Game) Northern Lebanon 42 Lancaster Catholic 57
(5th Place Game) L-S 52 Hershey 64
(7th Place Game) Garden Spot 67 Greencastle-Antrim 77
6A (3rd Place Game) Manheim Township 53 Hempfield 67
(3rd place game): Lancaster Mennonite 59 Steel High 60
(Consolation Semis): Lancaster Catholic 64 Littlestown 49
(Consolation Semis): Northern Lebanon 62 Boiling Springs 54
(Consolation Semis): L-S 62 Garden Spot 53
(9th Place Bracket): Ephrata 37 Shippensburg 53
Hempfield 35 Chambersburg 52
Manheim Township 49 Reading 57
Cedar Crest 46 Dallastown 62