Hempfield Boys Varsity Summer League Schedule
Delaware Boys High School Basketball
Top 50 Juniors Class of 2019
2017-2018 Season (Updated)
Curtis Watkins (Editor)
|1||Nah’Shon Hyland||6’4″||St. George’s Tech|
|2||Kvonn Cramer||6’6″||Mount Pleasant|
|4||Shaft Clark||6’7″||Caesar Rodney|
|5||Fah’Mir Ali||5’11”||Mount Pleasant|
|6||Jordan Brown||5’9″||St. Elizabeth|
|8||Absalom Bowling||6’5″||William Penn|
|9||Jamier Felton||6’4″||Indian River|
|10||Mike McCants||6’6″||St. George’s Tech|
|12||Timothy Farley||6’3″||Wilmington Friends|
|15||Justin Money||6’1″||St. Elizabeth|
|17||Rhylee Matthews||6’2″||Sussex Central|
|19||Perren Gyan||6’1″||Newark Charter|
|26||Eric Ludman||6’2″||St. Mark’s|
|27||Charles Russell||6’4″||Mount Pleasant|
|28||Trevon Alderman||5’9″||William Penn|
|32||Ryan Davis||6’5″||Newark Charter|
|33||Kysair Hall-Murphy||6’0″||Early College|
|35||Kyle Motley||6’2″||Tower Hill|
|41||Brandon Troyer||6’6″||Sussex Tech|
|44||Ahmad Taylor||6’6″||St. George’s Tech|
|45||Luke Harrington||6’5″||St. Mark’s|
|46||Davide DePina||6’1″||First State Military|
|48||Desmond Bagley||5’10”||William Penn|
|49||Jamir Dantley||6’0″||A. I. DuPont|
|50||Voshon Wharton||6’6″||St. George’s Tech|
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!
Jay Bittner (Dallas, 6-0, Senior, G, 11.5 ppg)
Jawane Buckner (W-B Meyers, 5-9, Senior, G, 18.7 ppg)
Jackson Danzig (Abington Heights, 6-6, Senior, G, 17.3 ppg)
Mason Deakin (Susquehanna, 6-0, Junior, G, 14.8 ppg)
Anthony DeGori (Honesdale, 6-2, Senior, G, 13.8 ppg)
Tyler Faux (Tunkhannock, 5-11, Junior, G, 17.5 ppg)
Pat Galvin (Holy Cross, 5-10, Senior, G, 13.7 ppg)
Blake Gearhart (Delaware Valley, 6-0, Junior, G, 14.2 ppg)
J.J. Glinsky (Mid Valley, 5-11, Senior, G, 14.1 ppg)
Ky’Ron Harbin (Scranton, 6-4, Senior, G, 17.8 ppg)
Will Johnson (W-B GAR, 5-11, Junior, G, 19.9 ppg)
Nate Kreitzer (Nanticoke Area, 5-9, Junior, G, 19.4 ppg)
Marc Kudrich (Valley View, 6-3, Junior, G, 15.0 ppg)
Jeff Planutis (Hazleton Area, 6-4, Senior, G, 15.7 ppg)
Rierdan Reyan (Elk Lake, 5-10, Senior, G, 18.9 ppg)
Collin Cook (Holy Redeemer, 6-3, Junior, F, 14.7 ppg)
Dimitri Gnall (Wyoming Seminary, 6-2, Junior, F, 17.1 ppg)
San Greenfield (Wyoming Area, 6-3 Senior, F, 19.5 ppg)
Joey Grula (Hazleton Area, 6-5, Senior, F, 13.0 ppg)
Leo O’Boyle (Scranton Prep, 6-8, Junior, F, 21.0 ppg)
Joey Parsons (Dallas, 6-4, Senior, F, 13.7 ppg)
Zach Rovinsky (Western Wayne, 6-6, Soph., F, 14.8 ppg)
Draig Ruff (Wyoming Valley West, 6-1, Senior, F, 25.9 ppg)
George Tinsley (Abington Heights, 6-5, Junior, F, 18.2 ppg)
Josh Samec (Hazleton Area, 6-8, Senior, C, 15.2 ppg)
Boys Player of the Year – George Tinsley (Abington Heights)
Boys Freshman of the Year – Michael Rickert (Riverside)
Boys Coach of the Year – Ken Bianchi (Abington Heights)
Boys #1 Teams of the Year – Abington Hts. / Hazleton Area
Toni Amato (Wyoming Valley West, 5-3, Soph., G, 12.6 ppg)
Brenna Babcock (Northwest Area, 5-5, Junior, G, 16.8 ppg)
Gracie Guarino (Western Wayne, 5-5, Junior, G, 11.4 ppg)
Megan Guerrieri (Wallenpaupack, 5-7, Junior, G, 13.9 ppg)
MacKenzie Hartman (Forest City, 5-5, Senior, G, 13.2 ppg)
Sarah Holweg (Wyoming Area, 5-6, Senior, G, 16.0 ppg)
Sara Hopkins (Crestwood, 5-4, Senior, G, 12.3 ppg)
Taylor Huyck (Susquehanna, 5-10, Soph., G, 14.8 ppg)
Hannah Kowalski (Abington Heights, 5-8, Senior, G, 13.8 ppg)
Julia Makowski (Crestwood, 5-5, Senior, G, 18.1 ppg)
Reese Mensinger (Berwick, 5-6, Senior, G, 19.1 ppg)
Maddie Mrochko (Hazleton Area, 5-7, Senior, G, 15.4 ppg)
Alexa Noone (Pittston Area, 5-7, Senior, G, 18.7 ppg)
Kelly Quinn (Dunmore, 5-3, Senior, G, 11.1 ppg)
Lisa Radziak (Nanticoke Area, 5-2 Senior, G, 13.7 ppg)
Rachel Rose (Scranton Prep, 5-4, Fr., G, 15.4 ppg)
Lexi Walsh (Holy Cross, 5-7, Senior, G, 15.0 ppg)
Julia Andrejko (Holy Redeemer, 5-7, Junior, F, 12.1 ppg)
Victoria Benning (Hanover Area, 5-11, Senior, F, 12.1 ppg)
Shelby Funchess (Scranton, 6-0, Senior, F, 13.8 ppg)
Cassie Ksiazek (Abington Heights, 6-0, Senior, F, 11.1 ppg)
Lindsey Welsh (Old Forge, 5-8, Soph., F, 12.9 ppg)
Samantha Yencha (Holy Redeemer, 5-11, Soph., F, 13.4 ppg)
Colette Mulderig (Scranton, 6-2, Soph., C, 12.8 ppg)
Victoria Toomey (Dunmore, 6-1, Junior, C, 16.6 ppg)
Girls Player of the Year – Victoria Toomey (Dunmore)
Girls Freshman of the Year – Rachel Rose (Scranton Prep)
Girls Coach of the Year – Bob Beviglia (Scranton Prep)
Girls #1 Team of the Year – Dunmore Lady Bucks
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|
(Lancaster Mennonite’s Geoff Geoff Helped Lead The Blazers To Their First Trip To The State Semifinals Since 2002)
All LLHoops.com Section 3 Honors
Coach of the Year- Geoff Groff (Lancaster Mennonite)
Noah Myers – Annville-Cleona
John Gillespie – Lancaster Mennonite
RJ VanTash – Lancaster Catholic
Jeff Lorah – ELCO
Caleb Light- Northern Lebanon
Devon Colyer- Pequea Valley
Elijah Terry- Lancaster Mennonite
Braden Bohannon- ELCO
Hummy Valerio – Lebanon Catholic
Johnny Besecker- Lancaster Catholic
Alex Yeager- Northern Lebanon
Carter Hurst- Lancaster Mennonite