Dell’s Column: Jan 2, 2022
Written by: Dell Jackson on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
Happy New Year…to all players, coaches, fans.
New Year’s resolution for players should always be to increase the FT % 🙂
Pick and Roll
The new show ‘rolls’ out (couldn’t help myself- apologies) Jan 12th. The show will be produced by our Berks Beat guy, Bruce Badgley. We will include some talk about District 3 PIAA power points, interviews with top coaches and go over past and current games. We will include both boys and girls in our program. The plan is to have the show run every Wed evening from 7 to 8ish live. We will also have the show recorded on our Youtube channel. Bert’s Bottle Shop in Millersville will be our host/base this season. The show will run up to and including the district finals. We have some sponsorship (Big 60, My Jersey, Dan Taylor Law, Spooky Nook Basketball) for the production, but we could use some more. Please contact us if interested in getting some love on the show. Bruce will be the main host, with Dell helping out as needed. Also, we plan on bringing in some of our analyst from LLhoops and other media outlets. Spread the word on our latest new adventure:) We will have a category on llhoops.com HERE.
Live stream me
This season we are using 2 different systems to bring you some games. We are producing some LL girls games as well this season. Sometimes there are some glitches- usually with wifi- but we are fine tuning the systems to continue to bring some games via YouTube to LLhoops fans. Here is the LINK for past games. We believe that the announcers make the games special…and let’s not forget the player of the game interview. We plan on 8n games in Jan. We release the schedule the week of the games due to possible cancellations (weather and covid issues). Special thanks to our announcers: Warren Goodling, Eric Thomas, Bruce Badgley and James Hein. We are looking forward to bringing you a B/G doubleheader Jan 11th at Warwick (TWP).
We have secured the rights to bring the LL finals to you again this year. We will produce both the boys and girls finals at TWP. The girl’s finals will be held Feb. 17th, and the boy’s will be held Feb. 18th. We will bring the games live and recorded. We hope to bring the games to you at no costs if we can procure more sponsorship 🙂
Points in Time..LL races
Hempfield continues to roll in Section 1. The Knights have had some close games (Gov. Mifflin and Wilson) but they have already faced all but McCaskey in Section 1. The Knights are led by 6’2” jn guard, Miguel Pena (14 ppg). Cole Overbaugh (13 ppg) , 6’5” sn, adds a little inside and outside scoring plus rebounding for the Knights. The battle for the second slot should be interesting – Crest, McCaskey, and TWP are all 1-1.
In Andy’s and Dell’s preseason podcast, we both predicted that Section 2 would be very competitive. Enter Warwick. The Warriors are not big, but they lean on their defense and ball movement, spear-headed by York College commit, Tate Landis, 5’11 sn (16 ppg). The Warriors are 3-0 in the LL as of this writing. They face a 2-0 Lebanon HS team on Jan. 4th on the road. The Cedars are 6-2 and could be called a bit of a surprise team as they have had to mold new players into their line-up due to graduation and injuries. The Cedars are led by Marquis Ferreira, a 5’11” speedsters, with supreme ball skills. Etown is lurking. CV is battling the injury bug- big-time. Ephrata has shown a lot of improvement so far this season.
LS is once again rolling. The Pioneers are fast..play fast…and score points in bunches. Ty Burton (5’10”- 20 ppg) is the engine driver for the run away train. Burton continues to improve his game: he now features a nice runner to go along with twisty drives, pull-ups and the three ball. The battle for the second slot in this race could be very interesting. Manheim Central got of to a rough start but now sit at 2-1: one game back of LS. Trey Grube, 5’10” jn, leads the Barons and the LL with a 22 ppg average. Spot, Cocalico, and Solanco are one game behind MC in the race for an LL slot.
ELCO leads the pack at this point. The Raiders have a big line-up. Corey Attivo, 6’8’ sn (14 ppg), has a variety of moves in the post- real soft hands as well. The Raiders can protect the rim area with the best of them- they are only giving up an average of 40 ppg. Lancaster Catholic (2-1) travels to Myerstown on 1/7 for an early season show down.
Columbia (6-0) and Lancaster Mennonite (5-2) are on a collision course. Their first scheduled meeting is Jan. 13 (an LLhoops live stream game). Columbia is led by a senior combo of Kerry Glover (6’1” , 15 ppg ) and J’von Collazo (6’1” ,13 ppg). LMHS features high-scoring Cam Hurst (6’2” jn, 21 ppg). the Blazers big-man, David Weaver, should be back on the courts soon as he is recovery from an injury. The next to last game on Feb 7 at Columbia might be the game that determines the Section 5 winner.
We can post team picts this year on each team’s team page. We only have a few so far.
If you send them to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) we will put them up.
Time for the LL schedule to kick in to high gear. With games on different nights, we can cover more games. The cross-overs might determine some of the races. This season we will go back to 2 teams form each section in the LL’s – more on that in the future. It’s a bit early to predict this and that 🙂
The plan for now is top have tournament games at the higher seeded teams up to the finals. The District finals will be held at Hershey. The Committee has procured the Hershey Giant Center for 2 days—lots of hoops those days..boys and girls. LLhoops might look into producing some live stream games involving LL teams. Stay tuned late Feb.
Andy Herr continues on his quest to cover each LL team at least once this season. His past re-caps can be found HERE. Last week, he hit 3 games in one day 🙂 . He also manned the scoring page last week. Last week’s wraps were Dallastown/ELCO, Tulpy/AC, and Warwick/Spot. Andy also gives some quick thoughts on the LL games after the games have been played on his twitter handle (@AndyBrackets)
We are very lucky to have the coverage we do for District 2 hoops with Jon K (@LLHoopsNEPbeat) and Phillip Trash (@Phil_LLHoopsNEP) providing re-caps, schedules, top teams, and players of the week.
Kehler on Hoops
The newest addition to LLhoops is provided by David Kehler. David is a bball junkie. He covers games in the S East part of the state, plus some wraps from live stream games. His wraps can be found HERE.
A Berks County special
Bruce Badgley will be live streaming Reading @ Gov. Mifflin this week (Jan 6th)
Happy New Year to all from the LLhoops crew to all!
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