Fri Dec 22
Lebanion Cath. 77 High Point 16
Palmyra 31 Cocalico 41
Wed Dec 20
Mon. Dec 18
Column – Dec. 10th
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Tip off…Dec. 8th and 9th
Most teams got started this weekend. Big tourney wins by Donegal, Crest, TWP, Lancaster Cath., Spot and AC. Congrats to getting off to fantastic starts. Splits include Penn Manor, CV, LMHS, Northern Lebanon, Lebanon, Columbia, PV, Ephrata, and Etown. Warwick championship game at Octorara was ppd due to weather as was Leb. Catholic’s first game. Make-up dates for these games TBD.
LLhoops was at Lancaster Catholic this weekend – subbing for the veteran scorekeeper Joe Herman on the score-book for Penn Manor. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that we use pencils on the score-book. Lots of scratch but the good thing is when calling in scores to LNP they using typed words. Lancaster Catholic’s admin. (Rich Hinnenkamp @LCHS1022) was great to work with, the crowd was awesome (@CrusaderCrazy), seeing old friends (Tony Arcudi (sp?) and our go-to guy for Lanc. Cath. scores – Micheal Rudy @Rudedogg23) and the teams played hard. I learned a new PIAA rule this weekend (the refs can give a warning to a coach for….???), and we saw it implemented as Penn Manor’s JV Coach Bill Southward (ex head coach of Lancaster Cath.) got a warning this weekend. In typical Bill-speak, “I’ve never been warned before” = priceless! I spent 10 minutes trying to find a math-adding mistake when dealing with the newspaper. Two sets of numbers added up but a third did not—quarters and players totals were right on…the foul totals were off. (Confession – appropriate as doing a Lancaster Catholic game- this score-keeper taught math for 36 years, did not use a calculator, and thinking too much common core and not enough adding in recent years!)
Lanc. Cath. … the Crusaders are coming off an historical year 2016-17 as they won Section 4,the LL, and District 3 titles. They practically lost their entire team…and as history reveals to us – the Crusaders reload. Joe Klazas has led Lancaster Cath for the last 12 years. He earned his 242nd win this weekend. LC beat down Spring Grove in the first game using a 19-1 run the second quarter to put the game away. LC pushed Spring Grove to the baseline and let its big back-line swat shots and contest anything inside. The back-line of Dwayne Caine (6’4” jn), RJ Van Tash (6’2” sn) and David Kamwanga (6’6” soph) would dominate both games over the weekend (69-31 over Spring Grove and 58-48 over Central York) Central York features a perimeter oriented , 3 ball shooting team. The Panthers got down early 19-6 after one and made a very late push but basically the Crusaders rode the emotional wave of the first quarter to claim the championship.
High scorers for the weekend:
vs Spring Grove Johnny Besecker (5’11” jn) 12, Dwayne Cain 11, RJ Van Tash 10
vs C. York David Kamwanga (6’6” soph) 14, Van Tash 14, Miles McCaskey( 5’10” sn )10
Penn Manor split this weekend. Central York used a three point barrage in the first half (8 of them) and pretty much coasted to the win: 59-35.
The Comets earned a W in second game as PM held Spring Grove to 2 points in the 4th quarter turning a 33-32 deficit into a 42-35 win. Penn Manor pounded the off. glass to keep the game close. Alex Arias, 5’6” jn, provided a huge spark (7 pts all in the second half) as point guard Kevin Roldan, 5’9” jn, was in foul trouble. Spring Grove had a good look at a 3 ball late, but it was short. The Comets finished it out on the line. PM had no players hit double figures.
All with 7 points :
Ty Erisman, 6’ jn, Colin Morrison, 6’4” sn, , Alex Arias, Kevin Roldan
- Standings need to be sorted. We might or might not keep it that way.
- Berks Beat coming soon.
- Podcast? You like or not? We’ll put up survey on twitter soon.
- Re-design—takes some time and adjustments on viewers and authors.
- Andy Herr—starting his All LL hoops tour with wrap on Spot.
- Scores: our followers help us so much getting the scores up quickly.
- Links—needs to be added. I find myself looking for info from LNP and other places.
- Double team? Andy and Bruce Badgley (Berks Beat) will be doing some work together this year- some periscope and tweeting from the same game- capped off by Andy’s weekly wrap of the game.
- Picts—we hope to have some game shots in the future
- Comments sections- must be approved by LLhoops staff. Keep it clean and we’ll probably allow 🙂
- periscope…excuse us if not real good- yet. Will try to do a clip or 2 each game we cover.
- Rosters–check out the team pages. We have most. Need some tweaking.
Looking ahead ..
Some key match-ups this week. All games are big for the schools involved but here are a few that caught our eye. Follow @llhoops this week as we will tweet out which games our staff is attending.
Monday: Crest @ M Central, Chester @ McCaskey
Tuesday: Columbia @ Donegal, Lanc Cath @ LS
Wed: TWP @ CD
Thurs: LL openers for Warwick @ PM and Crest @ McCaskey
Friday: ALL LL play except for Crest vs York at Philly
Sat: McCaskey @ Harrisburg
Predictions…ok I’m cheating as we have had a weekend to evaluate. Bring on the Bulletin boards (do teams still have B Boards or blogs, twitter sites, huddle and instant gram protected sites? )!
Section 1…The big boys will be beating on each other all season long. Front-runners include Hempfield, TWP, Crest. Sleepers will be McCaskey and Lebanon.
Bulletin Board material: Crest, Hempfield, TWP, Lebanon, McCaskey..
Section 2…A lot of talent coming back in this section..plus a lot lost.
Bulletin Board material: LS, Spot, Ephrata…sleepers Etown, Donegal
Section 3…LL History leads us to believe LMHS and Lancaster Cath. will battle for the title…Not a bad conclusion.
Bulletin Board material: Lanc. Cath, Columbia, LMHS…sleepers AC, NL, ELCO.
Looking way ahead
Thanks to Warwick AD, Ryan Landis, for providing us with the 2018-19 section breakdown.
Here it is…
Basically, the LL is getting ready for possible expansion of smaller class teams into the LL. The playoffs are to be determined. So… we will see the return of crossover games in Sec 1 and 2, Sec 3 and 4, and no crossovers for section 5. The re-alignment should help with power points for district placement. For example, Lancaster Cath. would now be playing higher power point teams and not playing 1A teams such as Lebanon Cath. The smaller teams would be playing a much more level playing field. The big boy schools (Section 1 and 2) are mostly 6A classification so would not be hurt too much by cross-over games. We believe there will be more movement in the LL in the future as far as adding teams.
Opens for some Thursday..most teams will be opening Friday.
Thought of the week:
“You can’t undo the past… all you can do is face what’s ahead. It’s up to you to change. No one else” Jay Williams, ESPN @RealJayWilliams
LL trivia: Coach Joe Klazas has over 200 wins in the LL. Besides Coach Powell, McCaskey (over 400), what coach has the most LL victories with his CURRENT team?
Check out some High School hoops games this week!
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ed note: LLhoops.com re-introduces Rocky Parise..Rocky is currently in his second year with Etown HS.. LLhoops thought it might be interesting to get some insights to how a coach deals with his/her summer program.
1) How do you plan out your summer hoops schedule?
Being at a school like E-Town, the first thing I do is contact the football coach to make sure our schedules don’t conflict too much. The second thing I do is to talk to our players’ AAU coaches to see if I can work around their schedules as well. This is the world we live in today, and, to be stubborn and not work around conflicts would hurt our team and our players.
After I figure out which days work best, I schedule our weight lifting, open gyms, workouts, summer league, and team camp. As a novice head coach, I have learned that the quicker I get things scheduled, the more likely we are to have good attendance.
This has all been trial and error for me as we never really had a set off-season workout regimen before. However, I’m starting to see what works and what doesn’t work, which just comes with experience.
2) Do your players play AAU?
I have been trying to get our players involved more and more with AAU. I want to make sure they are with the right program and a coach who will help them. We have had very positive results so far with Larry Locker playing for someone I respect a ton in Doug Kraft. I also placed a very talented incoming Freshman we have, Luke Pierson, with a close friend of mine and former Lower Dauphin Head Coach, Mark Hofsass. I have tried to get our younger players involved as well, but a lot of them have been reluctant due to playing a spring sport, which I completely understand.
I embrace the AAU movement and people need to understand that playing an extra season of basketball puts those guys so far ahead of the competition, that they are ready to play High School basketball at a much earlier age than in the past. The High School teams that have the most players, who play AAU, are usually the best, that’s just a reality.
3) What is the balance between workouts and playing games?
This is something I am very passionate about. In the past, we have had players who can’t make it to any open gyms, weightlifting or workouts, but their schedule is magically clear for summer league. It’s very frustrating. I would rather see a player, if he can only make 1 night per week, go to an open gym. The reason? In a game, he will spend 30 min driving to the game, 1 hour at the game and 30 min driving home. In that 2-hour time, he will have taken MAYBE 5 shots and played 20 minutes of basketball. Compare that to an open gym where they are getting at least 100 shots, working on skills and playing for a full 2 hours. It’s not complicated to figure out.
I do feel you need all 3 to become a better player and a better team: Weights/Open Gyms/Summer League. The players who also believe in that philosophy have improved immensely over the past 3 months and have overtaken the kids who rarely show up. It’s been a good life lesson for our players…the harder you work the better you are. Not very complicated.
4) What do you think is most important aspect of player development in the off-season?
There is no 1 important aspect. It’s the combination of the 3 I stated above: Weights/Open Gyms/Summer League. As a new Head Coach last year taking over a program that never had a weight lifting program, that was my main focus. I had to figure that all out and get that moving. So if you asked me last year, weight lifting was a main focus.
However, this year it’s just the buy in. We have had really good, talented players buy in to working hard and getting better for the sake of the team/program. There are some that are on the fence, and I feel that those guys need to decide if they are in or out, because we are moving along regardless.
After a tough year last year, for a group of guys to work hard for 2 to 3 months and see the results by having success in the Spooky Nook Summer League was really cool to see. Bigger programs and schools that are successful year in and year out don’t have to worry about wins in the off season…but we do. Going 7-1 in the Nook League was huge for our program and our kids and it meant a lot to us. Hopefully we can carry that confidence over into the season.
Bonus: How do you balance hoops, work and family during the summer? 🙂
It’s really difficult. I’m not going to lie. You can email Ang(my wife) and that could be an entirely separate interview! However it is a little easier as a Head Coach, because I coordinate with her first before I even call the football or AAU coaches! As an assistant, you are kind of at the mercy of the schedule. I have had to leave family vacation 3 days early 2 years in a row now for team camp. That’s difficult but everyone is very supportive. I know it’s a good example of work ethic for my sons Ryan and Dylan, who are involved in all aspects of that, but hopefully it’s a good example to our players that you have to sacrifice fun sometimes to achieve your goals.
Work is business as usual during the summer. All of our workouts are either at night or early in the morning, so it never overlaps with my job. I’m blessed to work for such a great. local, community oriented company in Donegal Insurance, that encourages me and empowers me to be a leader in our community and make a difference in our student athletes.
~ Dell Jackson