Nate Musselman- Garden Spot : Interview

LLhoops contacted the latest hire for the LL- Coach “Muss” of Garden Spot. Coach Muss has been a fixture on the Spot bench.He replaces Coach Trupe, who recently resigned . Enjoy!

1) What is your coaching/playing background? 
I have been on Coach Trupe’s staff for the past 9 years.  The past couple of years I have been VA and was in charge of calling our offenses/in bounds plays throughout our games.  I grew up playing basketball and played throughout my high school career. 

2) The position opened up late. Were you surprised that Coach Trupe resigned? 
Coach had spoke to his staff about the possibility of resigning due to his twin girls, he then came to us and said he made a decision.  We fully supported him and his family. 

3) You know the players and the program. What if any changes to you foresee? Style? Etc.
The one selling point I had going into the interview was I knew the program/offense/defenses/youth program/etc.  The plan was to keep the continuity for the players and program.  That is my intention.  

4) The LL is entering a new 5 Section set-up. What are your thoughts about the crossovers and new sections?
The LL changes constantly, I’m fine with whoever is on our schedule. 

5) How different will it be for you to be standing this season instead of sitting 🙂 
In the off-season programs we participated in Coach Trupe encouraged his staff to head coach our teams in each tournament.  I have been standing a lot in those games, so it will be nothing new.  However, I’m sure I’ll be extremely excited/nervous/ready to go for our first game with me standing.  I plan to rely heavily on my staff, Marsh Usner has been on staff with us for the past 9 years as well.  He brings a high level of comfort for me and our players.  

Bonus: What changes if any would you propose for LL playoffs, PIAA playoffs. Or rule changes?
I would love to eventually see a shot clock in high school.  For the playoffs, I like the idea of each team bringing their own ball to play with for a half, not forced to play with a certain brand of ball.  


~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

LMHS Names Seth Buckwalter as Boys Head Coach

Lancaster Mennonite main campus would like to introduce you to our new Boys and Girls Varsity basketball coaches.   
Mr. Seth Buckwalter:
He is currently a teacher in the science department at LMS main campus and has been under Coach Groff’s tutelage as the JV coach for over a decade now. Seth is ready to take the reins of the varsity team. We welcome Seth to his new role and wish the best to Coach Groff. After over two and a half decades and over 400 wins Coach Groff is ready to close this chapter on LMS boys basketball program.

Rodney Bond: Hempfield (95) fundraiser

Ex-Hempfield basketball player Rodney Bond (Class of 1995)

Rodney was an outstanding player and leader in our program and as many of you know recently passed away unexpectedly in late November. As a player, Rodney was a true student/athlete that modeled teamwork and sportsmanship in his play. As an adult, he contributed to society in his role with the Delaware State Police. He was the ultimate family man for his wife and three young children His friends are having a benefit for his family and they wanted me to inform the L/L League officials.
~From Warren Goodling

Info/Tix information for fundraiser

All funds received through ticket sales and raised at the benefit auction held on April 28th from 7 pm-11 pm at Lancaster Marriott will benefit Rodney’s children’s educational 529 fund. This event will be a reflection of the types of parties Rod held at his house. Klock Entertainment will provide DJ services. Cash bar with light appetizers. Live auction, silent auction and more.

Pa State Police from Troop J and Lancaster City Mounted Police will be honoring this event.

Any one that knew Rodney growing up, classmates, parents of his classmates, friends in general, co-workers, ect. would want to attend this event.

Your $15/person or $25/couple donation here on gofundme is YOUR TICKET TO THE EVENT . Or $25/person at door.

**all money received is withdrawn into an account ( jason charles) and will be transferred to the children in their 529 acct via a check given to the mother( T. bond. )