Andy’s Take


Grube, Reyes-Vega, Fellow Seniors Torch The Nets As Offensive Showcase Breaks Out In Annual Lancaster-Lebanon All-Star Game

April 7, 2023 Andy Herr

By any objective measure, when describing the 2022-23 Lancaster Lebanon League boys’ basketball season in all its totality, you’d have to say it was largely shaded in some sort of hue resembling that of success. After all, we bore witness to more than a few storylines that will surely resonate around the local hoops landscape […]

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Lancaster Mennonite Achieves Immortality As Blazers Hold Down Aliquippa To Claim Program’s First-Ever State Title In PIAA-2A Championship Game, End Lancaster-Lebanon League’s 20-Year Quest In The Process

March 26, 2023 Andy Herr

First of all, regardless of what the eventual outcome was going to be at the end of 32 minutes of play Friday afternoon at Hershey’s Giant Center, let’s not make any mistake about it. This season for the Lancaster Mennonite Blazers quickly went from promising in the preseason, sensational during the season, historical during the […]

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Lancaster Mennonite Turns In Golden Performance, Earns The Right To Compete For State Gold As Blazers Topple Holy Cross To Clinch First-Ever State Championship Berth In Program History

March 22, 2023 Andy Herr

At last check, the state of Pennsylvania is estimated to have a population of just under 13 million residents residing inside its borders. Beyond that, there are a whopping 715 schools across the commonwealth who field high school boys’ basketball teams. However, even for a state that covers over 46,000 square miles with a population […]

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Lancaster Mennonite ‘Trusts The Situation’ As Blazers Withstand Wild Momentum Swings To Prevail Past Mahanoy, Surge Into First State Semifinal Since 2018

March 18, 2023 Andy Herr

There’s a phrase out there that says, “Two things can be true at once.” Simple and innocuous, yes, but never has a quote personified a high school boys’ basketball team more than this 2022-23 Lancaster Mennonite bunch perhaps. Yes, while it remains as true as ever that making your conference tournament, winning three-straight district championships, […]

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Hempfield Meets Its Match As Spring-Ford Halts Black Knights’ Postseason Run, Advance Onward Into PIAA-6A Round Of Eight Thanks To Staunch Defensive Effort

March 16, 2023 Andy Herr

Death, taxes, and Hempfield Basketball making a deep run in the state playoffs. Okay, maybe that’s not the exact the verbiage of the phrase, but as far as a local audience is most concerned, it isn’t a notion all that farfetched. Remember if you will to a time not all that long ago, say five, […]

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West Catholic Stakes Its Claim Alongside State Powerhouses In Dominant 36-Point Opening Round Victory Over Columbia As Burrs Advance Onward In PIAA-3A Tournament

March 12, 2023 Andy Herr

While the logic of it all may seem a little bit unconventional at least on the surface, sometimes the best medicine that a team can find for itself is getting firmly pushed up against the metaphorical ropes while tasked with having only two options– to either sink or swim. And if ever there was a […]

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Warwick Goes Down Swinging As Warriors Stare Down Unbeaten Radnor Before Relinquishing 20-0 Third Quarter Rally As Raptors Advance In PIAA-5A State Tournament

March 11, 2023 Andy Herr

There’s no denying it. There is just something intrinsically special about the state basketball tournament. After all, while the Twitter debates, looking at unscientific polls and everything of the like are fun in the interim, having the opportunity to settle the score as for who and what pockets of the commonwealth are truly the best […]

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Exeter Makes Up For Lost Time As Caccese’s Dominant Day Fuels Eagles, Helps Program Claim First-Ever District 3 Title In 14-Point Victory Over Manheim Central In 5A Championship Affair

March 4, 2023 Andy Herr

When you reach this stage, that of course being the highest level of achievement as far as high school basketball inside the mid-state is concerned with the dandy dozen known as the District 3 championships, you typically would like if the occasion would be rather large and significant in stature. Shall we say historic even? […]

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Lancaster Mennonite Hits The Trifecta As Blazers Top Antietam For Third Straight Year To Claim District 3-2A Supremacy

February 28, 2023 Andy Herr

Full disclosure, but we must start this piece by laying out an inquiry that most in basketball circles would consider to be completely blasphemous given the months of hard work that each team puts in year-round to try and reach this particular summit. Even still, we must ask—Was it possible that Tuesday afternoon’s District 3-2A […]

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Cumberland Valley Grinds Up Hempfield As Heady And Mature Eagles Make History, Advance To Program’s First District 3 Title Game In 21st Century

February 28, 2023 Andy Herr

When you reach this point of the season where the month of March is literally only a handful of hours away and the basketball postseason is only heating up with even more fervor, this is usually when Cinderella typically awakes from her slumber. Now sure, while underdogs with their can-do narratives typically end up stealing […]

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Hempfield Completes Successful Encore As Black Knights Follow League Championship By Eliminating Central York, Readies For Battle Against Cumberland Valley In District 3-6A Final Four

February 26, 2023 Andy Herr

If it’s true what they say that the truest mark of someone’s character is how they respond in the aftermath of adversity, you can best believe that the Hempfield Black Knights boys’ basketball team has done plenty of that and then some over the last few years. But also, it’s possible that two things can […]

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Mechanicsburg Does Not Buckle As Wildcats Upend Warwick, Surge Into District 3-5A Semifinal Round Thanks To Frantic Late-Game Rally And Assistance From A Knowledgeable Source

February 24, 2023 Andy Herr

Before we begin, is there a word for déjà vu that doesn’t exactly come to completion? Say, kinda vu? Either way, that likely had to be the feeling that the Warwick Warriors possessed when they loaded up the bus in Lititz on Thursday afternoon before coming across the Susquehanna to meet up with the Mechanicsburg […]

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Wilson Encounters Much Improved Cedar Crest Team, Responds With Same Familiar Toughness As Bulldogs Mount Key Late-Game Rally To Move Into District 3-6A Quarterfinal Round

February 22, 2023 Andy Herr

There are some out there who will say that the postseason is in theory a “second season.” Or, more succinctly put, a second chance to try and make amends for previous shortcomings that occurred earlier during the season. And man alive, did Cedar Crest’s trip over to Wilson on Tuesday night fit ever that description […]

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Warwick Takes Tough Initial Punch, Responds With Lethal Blitzkrieg As Warriors Cruise Past Donegal, Into District 3-5A Quarterfinal Round

February 20, 2023 Andy Herr

When we make comments that usually are along the lines of “The future of Lancaster-Lebanon League boys’ basketball is incredibly bright,” yes, while we may indirectly be talking about the players inside of the conference most specifically, it’d be extremely foolish to overlook the work of the many young coaches that the league can also […]

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Hempfield Vanquishes Demons, Superb Manheim Central Squad As Black Knights Finally Take Lancaster-Lebanon League Title Behind Pivotal Late-Game Finish

February 18, 2023 Andy Herr

In order to accurately move forward in helping to better tell this story, we must first go back. Like two years’ worth of going back that is. Sure, while seeing the Hempfield Black Knights emerge to the surface of the eventual Lancaster-Lebanon League title game isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon by any stretch of the […]

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Fifty Years of Lancaster-Lebanon League Boys’ Basketball


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April 6 – Thursday @ 7 pm
LL Boys Senior All-Star Game


March 24- Friday2A- PIAA Finals
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