Dell’s column – Jan 5th

Written by: on Monday, January 6th, 2020



Week that was…LLhoops coverage

Congrats to Elijah Terry on 1000 pts and counting

Elijah and Coach Ramos

Crest @ CV
Dallastown @ Penn Manor

Columbia/LMHS soundcloud wrap
Coach Glover interview- video
Battle of the Roses @ Hempfield—-via twitter updates/videos @LLHoops


Bruce- Berks Beat
Berks Cath / Wyomissing

NeastBeat- Jon K. Misc.

LL misc thoughts

Section 1….Crest continues to lead the pack. The Falcons beat CV. (52-46) on Thursday , but they lost to a very good Lower Dauphin team at the Rhoades classic at LVC (58-46). With all the unbeaten nonsense out of the way, the Falcons can concentrate on getting better and trying to win Section 1. McCaskey garnered a W vs TWP (79-60). Elijah Terry scores his 1000 pt which includes his time at LMHS.

Section 2…Warwick. …The Warriors scored a very big win at Etown (76-54) and followed it up by a nice win vs. a tough Exeter (71-61) team on Saturday. Coach Christiansen told us that he is pleased on how the team is coming together and improving. …and Lebanon climbs into a 3 way tie for first with a win vs. Ephrata (59-22). The Cedars claimed a close W vs Palmyra (42-41). This section, at this time, features 3 top teams- should be fun going down the stretch.

Section 3…LS continues to dominate Section 3. The Pioneers topped Manheim Central (47-36) in LL play. LS uses the three-ball more than most. In fact, they are leading all LL Section leaders with 63 triples for the season. The ‘mighty mites’ include Seth Beers, 5’11” sn, Darin Landis 5’11” sn, Caleb Smoker, 5’11” sn, and Isaiah Parido, 5’10” soph. – all 4 players have double digit threes made for the season. LS holds a 2 game lead over Spot and Cocalico.

Section 4….Lancaster Catholic sits alone at 5-0 in LL play. The Crusaders have ripped off 8 W’s in a row after losing to Wilson in their first game of the season. As usual for a Coach Joe team, Catholic has balanced scoring with 6 players ranging from 6-12 ppg.

Section 5…Roll Tide! Columbia earned a win vs. Lancaster Mennonite (55-48). The Blazers have pretty much dominated this section recently. Columbia, like most Section 5 teams, is not the deepest team, but they cobble together minutes and keep themselves out of foul trouble. The Tide is led by a quartet of players that are coming in between 9 and 16 ppg : Michael Poole , 6’1” jn, Luis Cruz, 6’1” Jn, Kerry Glover 6’ Soph, and Matthew McCleary 6’2” sn. The Tide will switch up its defenses throughout the game, using man, and a variety of zones.

Welcome to LLhoops!
We have another writer in the N.East beat. Phillip Thrash ( @Phil_LLHoopsNEP) joins Jon K. He will provide us with some game wraps for the NEAST Beat.

Lee Vivian (@SportsImage_lee) will help Llhoops with some photo galleries. Lee is well known at McCaskey. He has done a lot of work on the football side of high school sports.

Sponsors… Welcome!
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The National Guard will be sponsoring some of our live-stream games this season. They will be there in person to provide information to those who might be interested in joining the guard and the benefits of such.


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From the sidelines…
Well, we released our all decade team on Jan 1 this past week. We enlisted the help of coaches, media and some LL historians. We are always up to considering others but the case must be made:) What we normally do is check records and check with locals that have seen players play during that time frame. We have seen a bunch of games during the last decade and tried to get the best of the best. We believe it’s important to have a positive view of the LL- both current and in the past. Finally, we appreciate the passion of our fans for their teams and players – wouldn’t have it any other way. The LL has been in existence since 1973—a lot of great players and teams during that time frame. Check out our past ALL decade teams HERE.

Tweet me..Just heard @LLhoops hit 3000 followers. Thanks to all that made this happen.
It seems that our “footprint” keeps growing and growing thanks to our staff- Andy, Jon K, Bruce, Phil, and Lee

Milestones…like way tall mountains!
Congrats to Harrisburg’s Kirk Smallwood “Cougar head coach Kirk Smallwood career win # 600 as Harrisburg head coach (27th season)” from Dave Burman via Twitter.

PennLive Article


Coach Patti Hower- 750 career wins- via LC Athletics

Lebanon Catholic Girls

Pat Huggins article via Lebanon Daily News


How many high school live games can one see in a day? That would be a 6-spot on Sat. Jan 5th. I parked myself at Hempfield from noon till about 7:15. Special thanks to Hempfield staff for taking care of LLhoops during the game especially some wifi connections. ..then ran over to Penn Manor to catch Dallastown playing the night game. I can’t say I got any write-ups, sound clouds, or video interviews, but I did a decent job of tweeting out scores…AND with the help of our friend at LNP, John Walk, improved our video via twitter – always learning. I got to talk to a few LL coaches and watch a bunch of teams (York and LL) play. This always helps us when we start covering the District 3 games. Heck, we even spotted an “LLhoops” t-shirt on one of our adopted non-LL teams!….Hanging out with PM’s local hoops historian, Donnie Martin, is always a great time—-Wally Walker stories are priceless. Andy Herr got his first exposure to Don holding court.

Dallastown’s Kobe Green

It’s always interesting to hear from coaches outside our area on feedback about LLhoops. Usually it goes like this, “you guys do a great job….I wish we had something like this in our league” ..almost makes me cry 🙂

January is make or break month for most LL teams: either to make Districts or leagues or just improve.

Looking ahead
Schedule for for the Week of Jan 6-12. Games every night!

LLhoops will be live-streaming Friday Jan 10 – Hempfield @ TWP.

Saturday shootouts- Games at Spot and Manheim Central. A great way to catch multiple games for the price of one.

District 3 power rankings link- is it too early to start projecting? 🙂

We plan to do a half-way of the regular season live-stream with Andy and Bruce on Jan. 20th on Small Player and Youtube.

Thanks to various booster clubs for donating to the cause…there is still time to do so for those who missed the deadline 🙂

LLhoops has procured the rights to live-stream the LL boys and Girls finals. We are always looking for sponsorship of those games. Sponsorship helps us provide live-stream games to our followers and pay fees and the bills- server, names, space, IT, and some give away swag 🙂

If interested, please contact us:

Big week (aren’t they all?) coming up.


~Dell Jackson


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