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York County, as a whole, is 911 square miles.

But, in the realm of high school athletics, it might as well be broken into 15 separate entities, with each of the 15 York County schools that compete in the York-Adams League like their own island. Rarely, when you step inside one of those 15 areas, will you find someone who supports a team other than the school in his or her own district.

The fan bases are passionate, filling gyms and stadiums to cheer on their beloved athletes, while rival supporters aren’t afraid to venture into enemy territory for a road contest. It’s one of the many things that make high school sports something that athletes remember forever.

But, make no mistake about it, even though their rooting interests may differ, there is still a common bond between every single person in the area — they are all York County residents. There hasn’t been a more perfect example of that bond than when the county fans put their individual rooting interests aside and rally around an athlete, or any other student, who’s suffering from severe health problems.

The area has seen a number of teenagers fall ill to the horrors of cancer just in the past couple of years. It’s an illness so destructive to the mental and physical health of a human, that it can leave anyone remotely associated with someone diagnosed with cancer feeling devastated.

Four get our support: So, when four local teens each received the horrifying news from their doctors that they had cancer, the entire county felt the impact and the need to help. The four kids affected — Maddie Hill, Brandon Hohenadel, Peter Falci and Marcus Josey — were not only outstanding students at four different high schools, but also athletes.

Hill, a senior at Dover High School, suffers from myelodysplastic syndrome. In short, it’s caused by dysfunctional blood cells and forced her to undergo a bone marrow transplant back in the fall of 2013. She encountered problems earlier this year and needed to undergo another transplant.

Hohenadel, now a graduate of Eastern York, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2013, which affects the blood and bone marrow. He played basketball through his freshman year with the Golden Knights before stopping. Still, it was basketball, which he continues to play for fun, that helped him get through his treatment and help him rebuild his strength.

Falci, a senior basketball player at Central York, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in early March, just days before the Panthers took part in the PIAA state tournament.

And Josey, a junior at Northeastern and the quarterback for the Bobcats’ football team, was the most recent athlete to find out he had cancer, diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia on April 10, the most common form of childhood cancer.

Those four graced York County with their excellence on the court and field when they were healthy, so it was only fitting that the county came together to support them in their time of greatest need.

Raising money: T-shirt drives were the biggest source of fund raising for each of the patients’ families. The Dover community sold “Fight Like Hill” shirts for Hill, while Eastern sold “Brandon’s Battle” shirts with a cancer ribbon on them in support of Hohenadel. Central started a drive by selling “Play for Pete” shirts for Falci that the basketball team wore for warm-ups before its state tournament game and Northeastern is selling “#MarcusStrong” T-shirts for Josey’s fight.

But, instead of settling for the bare minimum to help, the York community continued to help these kids in any way possible. On top of the T-shirt drives, Dover held a marrow donor registry drive on March 14, so more victims like Hill don’t have to wait as long to find a match. This June will be the second annual Brandon’s Battle golf outing to help raise money for Hohenadel’s continuing medical expenses and for other pediatric cancer patients. Just in the last year, there’s been more than $12,000 raised for him and his family. And to show how the entire county is rallying around these kids, even York Suburban took part in helping raise money and awareness for Hohenadel’s fight, by holding a white out during the Trojans’ boys’ volleyball match against the Golden Knights in 2013.

In Josey’s case, a GoFundMe account was set up online under the name “Keep #MarcusStrong” to raise money for his treatment. Just in the week since it was created, more than 100 donors contributed more than $6,000 to his fight. It’s hard to imagine that other communities, besides Northeastern, haven’t helped contribute to that total.

Looking out for them: Josey said it best last week after he underwent his first day of chemotherapy: “The support is amazing,” he said. “I honestly didn’t think I had that many people out there caring for me and looking out for me. The people at my school are amazing. They’re honestly helping me get through this a lot better than I think I would without all that support.”

The outreach and support for these kids extends much further than the walls of their school and district. When any member of York County falls ill, the entire community rallies around them.

Individually, you’ve rooted them on during their athletic endeavors, but this is a battle for which the entire county can, and has, rallied around them. Now, more than ever, these kids need your support in a fight much bigger than anything they could’ve ever endured on the fields or courts.

And that’s something we can all come together and support.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at




Blaine Claiborne knows better than most about the storied history of York Catholic basketball.

A 1993 grad of the school and a standout player for the Irish basketball program, Claiborne played for the team during some of its greatest heights. He was a guard on the 1990 PIAA Class AA state championship team and is a member of the York Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame.

Now, he’s in charge of resurrecting a program coming off an 11-13 season — a program that has hovered around the .500 mark for most of the last decade.

Claiborne has been named the next head basketball coach at York Catholic, replacing Ryan Luckman, who was not rehired after only one season. He’ll be the team’s third head coach in as many seasons.

“I’m honored that the principal and the committee had the faith in me to give me the opportunity,” he said. “It’s special because the thing we accomplished as a program before I was there, while I was there and even afterward for a few years, they were still good and competing for district and state championships. So, it’s just an honor to be given the responsibility to try to get back to those levels.”

On the surface, the hiring of Claiborne looks like the typical homecoming for a former student-athlete now hoping to give back to his alma mater. But it’s much more than that.

Prior experience: Claiborne is a guy with past coaching experience, spending five years as the girls’ varsity coach at York High and last season as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant at York Suburban. But it’s the job that he encountered at York High that made him seem like a good fit to become the next Irish head man.

When he first signed on to coach the Bearcats six years ago, the girls’ program was in a shambles.

“I think the York High girls, which was a totally broken program when I took over, (had) maybe eight, nine or 10 girls were in the total program,” Claiborne said. “We’re talking about varsity, JV, junior high and freshman team. We didn’t have teams, coaches, anything.”

Claiborne spent five seasons at York High, eventually building the program to the point where up to 40 girls were involved from the varsity level down to the junior high level. So, while the Irish program isn’t quite in the same boat the Bearcats were when Claiborne took over, it’s in a state where changes need to be made.

“York Catholic is not broken at all, but it needs repaired,” Claiborne said. “It’s not where it should be, but it’s not broken.”

So, now it’s up to Claiborne to repair it.

Expectations: He understands that the success he had as a player raises expectations of him as a coach, especially after showing glimpses of promise at rival schools. But nothing quite matches the intensity that comes with coaching your alma mater, and the hope that comes along with it of returning the program to its glory days, which include four state championships and 11 District 3 crowns.

“I was a little cautious of (coming home) because sometimes going home is not always the best thing,” Claiborne said. “… It wasn’t a large concern for me, but it was something that I did consider. Like, will that be a good move?”

If nothing else, York Catholic is hoping that Claiborne can give it some consistency. Three coaches in three years isn’t the best path for success of a program.

Finding a middle ground: After Joe Keesey was let go two years ago, he said it was because he wasn’t charismatic enough. Last year, the more fiery Luckman was dismissed. So, it’ll be up to Claiborne to find a middle ground as he tries to turn around the program.

“My main job is to have my guys organized and ready to play and we take care of that at practice,” he said. “… In a game, if it takes for me to get excited and I need to put a charge in my guys, then that’s what I’ll do. If they’re playing well, then I’ll sit down on the sidelines and watch the game as an active spectator.”

Claiborne’s name is part of York Catholic’s lore. Some of the best years the basketball program ever had came during his time as a player.

He knew there would be expectations and pressure surrounding him when he took the job. Now, it’s up to him to block all of that out and help repair the program.

“I needed to do it,” Claiborne said, “and not be worried about what might go wrong and just think about the possibilities of what will go right.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


The great thing about sports is that they can often give you some relief from the harsh realities that every day life can bring.

Whether it’s engulfing yourself in an event on television for a couple hours or playing a pick-up game with friends in the park, athletics can help you escape many problems.

Such was the case for Brandon Hohenadel, when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2012 as a senior at Eastern York High School. In between chemotherapy sessions and his bone marrow transplant last spring, Brandon’s outlet was basketball, a sport he played up through his freshman year at Eastern.

While he was still too frail to play the sport, he watched it on television, following two of his favorite teams, Villanova and Syracuse. When he finally worked up the strength to begin exercising again, the basketball court served as his gym.

It was there that he got back to, not only living a much more typical life, but back to his normal strength. He regained his strength and stamina to the point where playing pick-up games with his friends hardly affected him anymore.

“At first, I’d get really winded pretty quick and I wasn’t able to do very much,” he said. “I didn’t really have any leg strength and I’d get fatigued really easily. But now I can do pretty much what I always could before — jump and run like I used to. So my conditioning is pretty good now. Back to normal.”

Brandon even had the opportunity to go up to Syracuse this past December and got to meet the men’s basketball team before one of its practices and then sit court side at the Dec. 22 game against Colgate.

But that was all information that he revealed when The York Dispatch first did a story on his condition last year.

Since then, his condition has only improved. The Eastern York grad has been in remission now for more than a year and just a year removed from his transplant, both of which are giant milestones in his path to recovery.

Brandon’s Battle: The one-year mark is monumental not just from a health standpoint, but also serves as the moment when Brandon could get in touch with his donor and finally put a name and a face to the person who saved his life.

“We have been able to contact the donor now and that’s something that’s very touching for us because without him, Brandon probably wouldn’t be here right now,” Brandon’s mom, Lisa Hohenadel said. “He literally saved Brandon’s life. So, that’s something that we’re really pleased that we were able to find out about him too.”

“It was one more part of the recovery process that Brandon could cross off his checklist. The next might be taking up another sport, besides basketball.

Brandon hasn’t played a whole lot of golf since his childhood, but now might be the time to rekindle those memories. Brandon’s family began the Brandon’s Battle Foundation as a way to raise money to pay for his treatments, but also to help other pediatric cancer patients.

When Brandon was holed up inside Hershey Medical Center, there wasn’t a whole lot for him to do in the time between chemo sessions. So, part of the foundation’s purpose was to raise money to buy activities to give to patients to help pass the time. Puzzles, drawings, paintings and other small, but precious, activities are bundled together in goody-bags that can be bought and donated to pediatric patients.

Between Brandon’s monthly doctor appointments and gathering items for the goody-bags, bills became expensive. That’s where golf comes into play.

This year, the Hohenadel family will hold the second annual “Brandon’s Battle” Golf Tournament at Cool Creek Golf Club, the main event for Brandon’s Battle Foundation in its fund-raising efforts to help foot the bill for Brandon’s numerous check-ups and to make sure that other patients can still receive their goody-bags. The outpouring of support and donations have led to Brandon’s Battle raising more than $12,000 since it began in January 2013.

The event is only a small token of appreciation from the Hohenadel family.

“You don’t hear about so many pediatric patients until you become the family to a pediatric patient,” Lisa said. “And there’s so many people in this area that have sick children, or have had sick children, that have lost the fight and it’s just amazing how many people reach out to you. …It’s just amazing how so many become your personal contact.”

As of right now, entries for this year’s golf outing are off to a slow start, but Lisa believes that as the June 27 date nears and families coordinate vacation plans, it will again get a nice turnout, like last year’s event. As for Brandon, he’s looking toward the next chapter in his life. With his health steadily improving every day, he’s turned his attention to enrolling in college and starting his pursuit of becoming a sports agent in the fall 2015 semester. He’s currently waiting to hear back about acceptance into the University of Miami and, of course, Syracuse.

For more information on how you can donate and support the Brandon’s Battle Foundation and this summer’s golf outing, visit

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly, center, battles Dallastown’s Samantha Smith, left, and Debria Hendricks this past season. Comly was named to

Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly, center, battles Dallastown’s Samantha Smith, left, and Debria Hendricks this past season. Comly was named to the Class AA all-state girls’ basketball team. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

Three York-Adams League players and two more from the now-closed Hilda Goodling Impact Academy have been named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Basketball Teams.

Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly was selected to the Class AA Girls’ First Team, while Dallastown’s Amari Johnson was picked for the AAAA Girls’ Second Team.

On the boys’ side, York High’s Jahaire Wilson named to the AAAA Third Team. In Class A boys, Caesar DeJesus from the Goodling prep team was selected for second-team honors, while Juwan Gooding, from the Goodling scholastic squad, made the third team in Class A.

The 5-foot, 7-inch Comly was the leading girls’ scorer in the York-Adams League at 22.8 points per game. The senior moved up to the AA First Team after earning second-team honors as a junior.

Comly helped the Squirettes to a 21-7 overall record, a share of the York-Adams Division III championship and a berth in the York-Adams League championship game.

She finished her career with 1,648 points and has earned an NCAA Division I scholarship from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Comly was also an all-state volleyball player and helped Delone to the AA state girls’ volleyball title as a junior.

Johnson has also earned an D-I scholarship with Rhode Island.

The 6-1 senior averaged 16.8 points per game this past season, helping Dallastown to an 18-7 overall record, including a York-Adams Division I crown.

She moved past the 1,000-point mark for her career against rival Red Lion in early February.


Wilson, meanwhile, was a do-everything performer for the Bearcats (26-5), leading them to York-Adams Division I, York-Adams League Tournament and District 3-AAAA titles. The 6-4 senior averaged 18.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

He topped the 1,000-point mark for his career in mid-January against Spring Grove.

DeJesus, a 6-3 senior, pumped 23.4 points per game for the Goodling prep team. He’s now finishing his high school studies at Steel-High.

Gooding, a 6-foot senior, poured in 23.8 points per game for the Goodling scholastic team, helping them to a 12-8 record and a District 3-A crown. Shortly after winning the district championship, the Goodling school closed down because of financial difficulties and the Goodling scholastic team forfeited its right to compete in the state playoffs.

— Reach Steve Heiser at




PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kelly Jekot, Cumberland Valley

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Wolf, Cumberland Valley


Jackie Benitez, Poncono Mountain West, 5-9, Sr., 26.3

Cecily Carl, Mechanicsburg, 6-3, Sr., 15.8

Alayna Gribble, Norwin, 6-0, Sr. 17.5

Kyla Irwin, State College, 6-2, Jr., 20.0

Kelly Jekot, Cumberland Valley, 6-0, Jr., 19.2

Nicole Munger, Central Bucks West, 5-10, Sr., 17.5


Michaela Gelbaugh, Central Dauphin East, 5-10 Sr., 14.3

Amari Johnson, Dallastown, 6-1, Sr., 16.7

Ashley Jones, Cheltenham, 5-7, So., 22.6

Amanda Kalin, Pine-Richland, G, 5-8, So., 21.4

Maria Palarino, Penn-Trafford, 5-10, Sr., 17.5

Deja Rawls, Abington, 5-7, Sr., 12.3

Brittany Robinson, Central Dauphin East, 6-2 Sr., 17.2


Mackenzie Carroll, Central Bucks West, 5-10, Sr., 11.4

Julie Cross, Upper Dublin, 6-2, Sr., 15.0

Abby Gonzales, North Allegheny, 5-7, Jr., 11.6

Andi Lydon, Shaler, 6-2, Sr., 16.4

Mary Sheehan, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-10, So., 12.5

Kristen Smoluk, Palmyra, 5-10, Sr., 11.9

Courtney Zezza, Plum, 6-3, Sr., 16.9


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk

COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Lodovico, Blackhawk


Aubree Brown, Archbishop Wood, 6-0, Sr., 12.1

Bailey Greenberg, Archbishop Wood, 5-11, Jr., 13.3

Alyssa Monaghan, Bonner-Prendergast, 5-7, Sr., 18.0

Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk, 5-5, Sr., 27.1

Kalista Walters, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, Sr., 22.1

Sammie Weiss, McGuffey, 5-11, Sr., 25.9


Jenay Faulkner, Greencastle-Antrim, 5-11, So., 17.0

Jess Genco, Scranton Prep, 5-4, Sr., 15.2

Alexa Golden, Chartiers Valley, 5-9, Sr., 16.0

Kaitlyn Lewis, North Pocono, 5-7, Sr., 21.0

Devon Merritt Berks Catholic, 6-2, Jr., 17.2

Claire Oberdorf, Greensburg Salem, 5-7, Sr., 27.1

Maddie Ritsick, Crestwood, 6-0, Jr., 24.3


Miranda Hoover, Susquenita, 5-10, Sr., 18.5

Kayla Kline, Mifflinburg, 5-10, Jr., 21.0

Kayley Kovac, Jim Thorpe, F, 5-11, Fr., 24.6

Allison McGrath, South Park, 5-10, Jr., 17.8

Lexi Posset, Beaver, 5-7, Sr., 22.7

Kaitlyn Slagus, Belle Vernon, 6-2, Sr., 22.6

Courtney Vannoy, Blackhawk, 5-11, Sr., 12.2


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ciani “C.C.” Cryor, Neumann-Goretti

COACH OF THE YEAR: Andrea Peterson, Neumann-Goretti


Sydney Bordonaro, Burrell, 5-7, Sr., 20.6

Maddie Comly, Delone Catholic, 5-7, Sr., 22.8

Ciani “C.C.” Cryor, Neumann-Goretti, 5-5, Sr., 11.5

Alexis Lewis, Holy Redeemer, 5-9, Sr., 27.1

Sianni Martin, Neumann-Goretti, 5-8, Sr., 12.5

Cassidy Walsh, Seton-LaSalle, 5-9, Sr., 11.3


Megan Eripret, Salisbury, 6-3, Sr., 18.3

Theresa Fachetti, Harbor Creek, 5-8, Sr., 20.6

Brooke Hinderliter, Redbank Valley, 5-8, Jr., 20.0

Ana Hollen, Bellwood-Antis, 5-7, Sr., 17.1

Deja Reynolds Imhotep Charter, 5-8, Sr., 11.3

Kayleigh Semion, Dunmore, 5-6, Sr., 13.8

Ahnje “A.J.” Timbers Neumann-Goretti, 5-11, Sr., 10.6


Christina Aborowa, Neumann-Goretti, 6-4, Sr., 6.0

Becca Gravatt, Franklin, 5-9, Sr., 22.4

Karlee Krchnavi, Palisades, 6-0, Jr., 17.9

Tiffany Lapotsky, North Schuylkill, 5-6, Jr., 15.8

Nicolette Newman, Seton-La Salle, G, 5-7, Sr., 14.0

Conor Richardson, Carlynton, 5-10, Sr., 20.8

Haley Thomas, Bishop McCort, 5-10, Sr., 16.1


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brenna Wise, Vincentian

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ron Stacchiotti, Old Forge


Martine Fortune, Shipley, 6-4, Sr., 12.9

Madison Johnson, Keystone, 5-9, Sr., 20.5

Chelsey Koren, Blairsville, 5-11, Sr., 18.1

Maria Morgan, Bucktail, 5-6, Sr., 28.0

Tori Tansley, Old Forge, 5-7, Sr., 17.0

Brenna Wise, Vincentian, 6-1, Sr., 20.8


Lili Benzel, Bishop Guilfoyle, 5-8, So., 19.3

April Bocian, Kennedy Catholic, 6-3, Jr., 11.4

Maci Bower, Millville, 5-11, Jr., 22.8

Sam Breen, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 6-2, So., 22.8

Ali Hillson, North Penn-Mansfield, 5-8, Jr., 14.3

Nia Holland, Shipley, 5-5, Sr., 11.9

Emma Spinelli, Shade, 5-4, Jr., 21.6


Torrieoanna Cash, Vincentian, 5-9, Jr., 8.4

Keyen Green, Phil-Mont Christian, 6-1, Jr., 20.9

Lexi Griggs, Vincentian, 6-0, Jr., 7.9

Bronwyne Mellott, McConnellsburg, 6-0, So., 22.2

Maci Thornton, Clarion, 5-5, Jr., 21.0

Mikayla Vaughn, Friends Central, 6-3, So., 17.6

Lexi Wozniak, Portage, 5-4, Jr., 14.8



PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tony Carr, Philadelphia Roman Catholic

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris McNesby, Philadelphia Roman Catholic


Levan “Shawn” Alston, Haverford School, 6-4, sr, 19.4 ppg

Tony Carr, Philadelphia Roman Catholic, 6-4, jr, 12.8 ppg

Chris Clover, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-3, sr, 20.7 ppg

Sammy Foreman, Martin Luther King, 6-1, sr, 14.2 ppg

Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 6-2, sr, 29.5 ppg

Jahaad Proctor, Harrisburg, 6-3, sr, 24.4 ppg


Cole Constantino, North Allegheny, 6-2, sr, 23.4 ppg

Kobe Gantz, McCaskey, 6-4, jr, 17.8 ppg

Kason Harrell, Hempfield (D-7), 6-2, sr, 25.2 ppg

Amir Hinton, Abington, 6-4, sr, 19.8 ppg

Lamar Stevens, Haverford School, 6-7, jr, 18.3 ppg

Lonnie Walker IV, Reading, 6-4, so, 17.0 ppg

Derrick Woods, Pennsbury, 6-8, sr, 16.3 ppg


Nazeer Bostick, Philadelphia Roman Catholic, 6-3, jr, 12.5 ppg

Luke Connaghan, Archbishop Wood, 6-5, sr, 19.0 ppg

Ramon Creighton, Taylor Allderdice, 6-1, jr, 12.0 ppg

Jonny David, Mount Lebanon, 6-2, sr, 18.5 ppg

Gemil Holbrook, Philadelphia Roman Catholic, 6-4, sr, 13.9 ppg

David Krmpotich, La Salle College, 6-7, sr, 13.7 ppg

Jahaire Wilson, York, 6-4, sr, 18.1 ppg


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll

COACH OF THE YEAR: Greg Lezanic, Indiana


Milik Gantz, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-4, sr, 18.3 ppg

Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti, 5-11, so, 17.8 ppg

Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll, 6-7, sr, 19.3 ppg

Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble, Neumann-Goretti, 6-0, sr, 14.5 ppg

Nehemiah Mack, Susquehanna Twp., 6-0, jr, 14.1 ppg

Daron Russell, Imhotep Charter, 5-10, so, 16.5 ppg


Sam Allen, Lewisburg, 6-8, jr, 21.9 ppg

Tarojae Brake, Octorara, 6-2, sr, 22.5 ppg

Daylon Carter, Ambridge, 6-4, sr, 24.0 ppg

John Castello, Mars, 6-5 jr, 17.8 ppg

Zane Martin, Neumann-Goretti, 6-2, jr, 16.5 ppg

Riley Stapleton, Indiana, 6-4, sr, 13.1 ppg


Travis Blankenhorn, Pottsville, 6-2, sr, 16.6 ppg

Josh Creach, Beaver Falls, 6-6, so, 17.7 ppg

DaShon Giddings, Delaware Valley Charter, 6-4, sr, 16.5 ppg

Donovan Jeter, Beaver Falls, 6-5, so, 17.5 ppg

Dom Keyes, Steel Valley, 6-7, sr, 19.4 ppg

David Morris, Erie Strong Vincent, 6-1, so, 20.1 ppg

Tim Rose, Scranton Prep, 6-0, sr, 15.2 ppg

Josh Sharkey, Archbishop Carroll, 5-10 jr, 12.4 ppg


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stevie Jordan, Conwell-Egan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Frank Sciolla, Conwell-Egan


Jair Bolden, Westtown, 6-4, jr, 17.0 ppg

Nelly Cummings, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-0, so, 24.5 ppg

De’Andre Hunter, Friends Central, 6-7, jr, 20.8 ppg

Stevie Jordan, Conwell-Egan, 5-10, jr, 16.8 ppg

Stephon McGinnis, Aliquippa, 5-9, sr, 17.0 ppg

Trey Staunch, West Middlesex, 6-5, sr, 23.6 ppg


Kyle Datres, Loyalsock Twp., 5-10, sr, 10.2 ppg

Noah Davis, Bellwood-Antis, 6-3, jr, 24.7 ppg

Tim Guers, Germantown Academy, 6-3, sr, 16.4 ppg

Jason Kenny, Mid Valley, 6-2, sr, 21.4 ppg

LaPri McCray-Pace, Conwell-Egan, 6-2, jr, 11.4 ppg

Ryan Norkus, Seton-La Salle, 6-3, sr, 18.1 ppg

Kody Trude, West Branch, 6-4, jr, 21.4 ppg


Julian Collazo, Lancaster Mennonite, 6-0, sr, 23.2 ppg

Vinny Dalessandro, Conwell-Egan, 6-7, jr, 10.5 ppg

Austin Gilbertson, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-2, so, 17.8 ppg

Sam Lindgren, Germantown Academy, 6-6, sr, 12.6 ppg

Matthew Miller, Upper Dauphin, 6-1, jr, 24.1 ppg

Romano Sebastiani, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-4, sr, 22.7 ppg

Ben Sosa, Loyalsock Twp., 6-2, sr, 15.9 ppg


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution

COACH OF THE YEAR: Robert Moore, Constitution


Samir Doughty, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-4, sr, 24.5 ppg

Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution, 6-7, sr, 17.6 ppg

Brandon Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 5-9, sr, 22.4 ppg

Malik Miller, Farrell, 6-3, jr, 20.0 ppg

Nate Sestina, Cameron County, 6-8, sr, 21.5 ppg

Kimar Williams, Constitution, 6-1, sr, 16.2 ppg


Chad Andrews-Fulton, Constitution, 6-7, sr, 11.0 ppg

Julian Batts, Jeannette, 5-11, sr, 22.4 ppg

Caesar DeJesus, Goodling Impact Academy, 6-3, sr, 23.4 ppg

Dane Jackson, Cornell, 6-1, sr, 28.0 ppg

Sagaba Konate, Kennedy Catholic, 6-8, jr, 16.1 ppg

Tyerell Mann, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg, 6-4, sr, 23.0 ppg

Lavelle Rush, Monessen, 6-1, jr, 18.1 ppg


Kevin Anderson, St. John Neumann, 6-1, so, 19.1 ppg

Michael Bryja, Portage, 6-4, sr, 20.5 ppg

Bo Burleigh, North Penn-Mansfield, 6-2, sr, 18.3 ppg

Juwan Gooding, Goodling Impact Academy, 6-0, sr, 23.8 ppg

R.J. Laugand, Clarion-Limestone, 5-11, sr, 17.6 ppg

Nasza Short, St. John Neumann, 6-2, sr, 18.9 ppg

Jeff Yordy, Pottsville Nativity, 6-2, sr, 22.4 ppg

Girls: Team#1

Emily Clinton – NO

Taryn Crone – NO

Jensen Sneeringer – NO

Debria Hendricks – Dtown

Amari Johnson – Dtown

Katie McGowan – Dtown

Kelsey Wisner – CY

Kayleigh Thomas – SW

Maddie Comly – DC

Rebecca Issac – Bville

Shannon Kuhn – BS

Coaches: Scott Wisner – CY

Mike Sanders – NO

Team #2

Kari Lankford – WY

Emily Wood – WY

Sela Fuhrman – WY

Claudia Mingora – YS

Ashley Meyer – NE

Payton Hauck – NE

Leah Myers – EY

Haley Nalls – EY

Annie Lehr – YC

Marissa Ressler – YC

Hannah Laslo – YC

Coaches: Marley Klunk – Dover

Cheryl Land – EY

Boys: Team #1

Jahaire Wilson – YH

D’Montie Shaw – YH

CJ Boxley – YH

Peter Falci – CY

Sam Saxton – CY

Stone McCreary – RL

Austin Albright – DTown

Darius Rowlette – SW

Jimmy O’Boyle – DC

David Riley – Fairfield

Donte Grim – YTech

Coaches: Kevin Schieler – CY

Scott Motter – Ltown

Team #2

Diego Torres – WY

Kyle Einsig – WY

Ryan Beck – Dover

Derrick Hoffman – NE

Michael Coleman – NE

Colin Bortner – Gburg

Tyler Lampe – Gburg

Dylan Krieger – Han

Paul Martello – YC

Josh Stroup – BS

Coaches: Brian Schmoyer – Dover

Jeff Bair – Gburg

Division I Division Overall
W L W L Off PPG Def PPG 3’s Games L Games Diff
York High 11 1 26 4 74.8 57.7 128 30 12 17.1


York High 375 582 64.4

Year Player # Total Points Games Avg 3-pointers FT Made FT Att. FT%
D’Montie Shaw sr 1 180 30 6.0 2 24 47 51.1
Brandon Smallwood jr 2 372 29 12.8 0 45 81 55.6
Bryshon Sweeney sr 3 3 3 1.0 1 0 0
C.J. Boxley sr 4 82 29 2.8 1 32 45 71.1
Kristopher Johnson jr 5 274 30 9.1 34 36 61 59.0
Napolean Snellings jr 10 8 3 2.7 0 1 2 50.0
Jacquez Cesiano soph 11 180 30 6.0 35 17 25 68.0
Montrel Morgan jr 13 322 30 10.7 22 84 111 75.7
Nathan Delmotte sr 14 39 16 2.4 4 5 9 55.6
Trey Shiflett jr 15 296 30 9.9 25 29 41 70.7
Jeremiah McCarter soph 21 16 16 1.0 1 5 8 62.5
Messiah Anderson soph 22 4 3 1.3 0 0 2 0.0
Jahaire Wilson sr 23 470 26 18.1 3 97 150 64.7
YAIAA Div I W L W L Off PPG Def PPG 3’s Games L Games Diff
Central York 10 2 20 9 59.9 50.2 156.0 29.0 12.0 9.7

Year Player # Total Pts Games Avg 3-pointers FT Made FT Att. FT %
sr 0 Mitch Marino 94 25 3.8 4 10 18 55.56
sr 3 Peter Falci 91 28 3.3 11 15 27 55.56
sr 5 Brandon Shaffer 162 29 5.6 27 15 20 75.00
sr 12 Griffen Harter 48 19 2.5 0 4 8 50.00
sr 15 Calvin Luckenbuagh 87 29 3.0 11 12 15 80.00
jr 20 Onterio Edmonds 21 12 1.8 0 5 5 100.00
sr 21 Sam Saxton 451 29 15.6 57 54 83 65.06
jr 24 Jared Wagner 319 28 11.4 20 69 98 70.41
jr 25 Nathan Markey 175 29 6.0 30 17 26 65.38
soph 31 Niko Sobestanovich 5 10 0.5 0 1 2 50.00
soph Carter Luckenbaugh 2 1 2.0 0 2 2 100.00
soph Evan Czulada 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 #DIV/0!
soph Thomas O’Neill 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 #DIV/0!
fr Garrett Markey 2 1 2.0 0 0 1 0.00
jr 40 Charlie Gingerich 278 28 9.9 0 72 98 73.47


2014-15 York-Adams League Boys’ Basketball Standings
Division I Division Overall
W L W L Off PPG Def PPG 3’s Games L Games Diff
York High 11 1 18 4 76.8 58.5 99 22 12 18.3
Central York 10 2 16 6 60.0 48.5 114 22 12 11.5
Spring Grove 7 5 14 8 53.5 49.9 111 22 12 3.5
Dallastown 6 6 12 10 55.4 54.0 79 22 12 1.4
Red Lion 6 6 13 9 56.4 48.5 76 22 12 7.9
South Western 2 10 6 15 50.0 59.2 107 21 12 -9.2
New Oxford 0 12 4 18 43.0 60.6 89 22 12 -17.6
Division II Division Overall
W L W L Off PPG Def PPG 3’s Games L Games Diff
Northeastern 13 1 20 2 64.6 43.2 157 22 14 21.5
West York 11 3 16 5 59.0 49.2 61 21 14 9.9
Dover 9 5 12 10 54.9 51.7 89 22 14 3.2
Eastern York 9 5 14 8 56.7 49.6 74 22 14 7.1
Gettysburg 8 6 14 8 54.1 43.2 116 22 14 10.9
York Suburban 4 10 6 16 53.9 57.4 74 22 14 -3.5
Kennard-Dale 1 13 6 16 43.6 57.5 90 22 14 -13.9
Susquehannock 1 13 1 21 37.2 60.9 46 22 14 -23.7
Division III Division Overall
W L W L Off PPG Def PPG 3’s Games L Games Diff
Hanover 14 0 20 1 66.8 40.9 83 21 14 25.9
York Catholic 11 3 11 11 56.6 56.4 71 22 14 0.2
Delone Catholic 10 4 11 11 55.0 50.9 96 22 14 4.2
Bermudian Springs 9 5 12 10 39.4 39.7 28 22 14 -0.3
Fairfield 4 10 9 13 43.5 55.7 44 22 14 -12.2
York Tech 4 10 4 17 49.8 59.4 71 21 14 -9.6
Biglerville 3 11 7 15 47.5 56.1 104 22 14 -8.6
Littlestown 1 13 1 21 36.7 57.7 14 22 14 -21.0

Team Offense PPG
York High 22 1690 76.8
Hanover 21 1402 66.8
Northeastern 22 1422 64.6
Central York 22 1320 60.0
West York 21 1240 59.0
Eastern York 22 1248 56.7
York Catholic 22 1245 56.6
Red Lion 22 1241 56.4
Dallastown 22 1219 55.4
Delone Catholic 22 1211 55.0
Dover 22 1207 54.9
Gettysburg 22 1191 54.1
York Suburban 22 1186 53.9
Spring Grove 22 1176 53.5
South Western 21 1049 50.0
York Tech 21 1046 49.8
Biglerville 22 1045 47.5
Kennard-Dale 22 959 43.6
New Oxford 22 945 43.0
Fairfield 22 957 43.5
Bermudian Springs 22 867 39.4
Susquehannock 22 818 37.2
Littlestown 22 808 36.7

Team Defense PPG
Bermudian Springs 22 873 39.7
Hanover 21 858 40.9
Northeastern 22 950 43.2
Gettysburg 22 951 43.2
Red Lion 22 1067 48.5
Central York 22 1068 48.5
West York 21 1033 49.2
Eastern York 22 1092 49.6
Spring Grove 22 1098 49.9
Delone Catholic 22 1119 50.9
Dover 22 1137 51.7
Dallastown 22 1188 54.0
Fairfield 22 1225 55.7
Biglerville 22 1234 56.1
York Catholic 22 1240 56.4
York Suburban 22 1262 57.4
Kennard-Dale 22 1264 57.5
Littlestown 22 1269 57.7
York High 22 1288 58.5
South Western 21 1243 59.2
York Tech 21 1247 59.4
New Oxford 22 1333 60.6
Susquehannock 22 1339 60.9

Team FT %
School FT Made FT Attempt FT%
Eastern York 272 384 70.8
Spring Grove 220 313 70.3
Dallastown 304 447 68.0
New Oxford 166 245 67.8
Central York 215 318 67.6
York Catholic 210 311 67.5
Dover 256 385 66.5
York High 286 436 65.6
Delone Catholic 278 426 65.3
Bermudian Springs 157 242 64.9
West York 248 388 63.9
Susquehannock 155 243 63.8
Northeastern 276 441 62.6
Kennard-Dale 190 304 62.5
Gettysburg 174 279 62.4
Red Lion 187 310 60.3
Biglerville 212 351 60.4
Littlestown 189 317 59.6
Hanover 187 318 58.8
South Western 166 295 56.3
York Suburban 162 295 54.9
York Tech 166 305 54.4
Fairfield 170 320 53.1

Individual PPG
Player Name School Games Points PPG
Dylan Krieger Han 21 533 25.4
Ryan Beck Dov 22 485 22.0
Broguen Nicholas EY 22 450 20.5
Eli Brooks SG 22 443 20.1
Jahaire Wilson YH 19 355 18.7
Noah Ayers Big 22 399 18.1
Paul Martello YC 22 383 17.4
Stone McCreary RL 22 345 15.7
Sam Saxton CY 22 337 15.3
Cheyzae Carter YS 21 319 15.2
Donte Grim YT 19 288 15.2
Jimmy O’Boyle DC 22 325 14.8
Brock Geiman SW 21 307 14.6
Josh Bailey WY 21 303 14.4
Brandon Smallwood YH 21 302 14.4
Kobi Nwandu Ne 22 313 14.2
Darin Gordon SG 22 307 14.0
Devon Duvall NO 21 278 13.2
Marquise Camel Get 22 286 13.0
Ty Brown YT 18 234 13.0
Jared Wagner CY 21 258 12.3
Ryan Trott KD 12 145 12.1
Josh Stroup BS 22 259 11.8
Kyle Wooldridge KD 22 239 10.9
Darian McCauley WY 21 227 10.8
Jake Rhodes Han 21 227 10.8
Colin Bortner Get 22 237 10.8
Jason Rebuck RL 22 235 10.7
Jonny Sutton Dal 9 96 10.7
Kyle Krout Han 21 223 10.6
Logan Alexander DC 22 233 10.6
Najah Fink Dov 22 232 10.5
Darius Rowelette SW 21 219 10.4
Wyatt Tyson RL 22 229 10.4
Donovan Mears YS 22 227 10.3
Charlie Gingerich CY 21 214 10.2
Austin Albright Dal 22 224 10.2
Jared Achterberg EY 22 223 10.1
Aaron Ward Dal 22 222 10.1
Montrel Morgan YH 22 218 9.9
David Riley F 22 213 9.7
Kristopher Johnson YH 22 211 9.6
Tavian Dorsey DC 22 209 9.5
Cody Shaffer Big 22 206 9.4
Blake Kratz Dal 20 186 9.3
DeAireus Brown Ne 21 195 9.3
Andrew Forjan YC 22 204 9.3
Max Lampe Get 21 192 9.1
Derrick Hoffman Ne 22 200 9.1
Trey Shiflett YH 22 199 9.0
Adam Freese KD 22 198 9.0
Jared Woods EY 22 190 8.6
Tyler Lampe Get 22 188 8.5
Bryce Mondorff DC 22 188 8.5
John Wessel NO 22 186 8.5
Michael Coleman Ne 22 183 8.3
Donovan Catchings Dal 22 181 8.2
Nick Grams F 22 181 8.2
Brady Topper Lit 22 175 8.0
Tanner Fuhrman SW 21 165 7.9
Will Mcqueen Han 21 165 7.9
Mason Flickinger F 22 169 7.7
Brandon McGlynn Dal 22 168 7.6
Josh Stoneberg Sus 21 156 7.4
Jerry O’Neal Dov 22 163 7.4
Avery Eyler Lit 21 155 7.4
Jacob Deppen KD 20 146 7.3
Chandler Dashiell F 20 144 7.2
Luis DeLeon YT 20 144 7.2
Ian Lalic WY 21 147 7.0

Individual FT%
Player Name School FTM FTA FT %
Jase Etzler Han 14 15 93.3
Jordan McMillion Sus 35 40 87.5
Benjamin Lehman NO 20 23 87.0
Broguen Nicholas EY 137 162 84.6
Brandon McGlynn Dal 85 101 84.2
Russell Livesay Lit 10 12 83.3
John Wessel NO 28 34 82.4
Avery Eyler Lit 50 61 82.0
Christian Ellis YC 14 18 77.8
Brandon Shaffer CY 14 18 77.8
Montrel Morgan YH 57 74 77.0
Aaron Ward Dal 65 85 76.5
Eli Brooks SG 105 138 76.1
Andrew Forjan YC 34 45 75.6
Alex Tweardy BS 37 49 75.5
Ian Lalic WY 43 57 75.4
Adam Freese KD 30 40 75.0
Ryan Schreckengast RL 12 16 75.0
Matt Peters Dov 9 12 75.0
Charlie Gingerich CY 56 75 74.7
Colin Bortner Get 46 62 74.2
Devon Duvall NO 63 85 74.1
Noah Ayers Big 83 112 74.1
Joe Giannotto NO 20 27 74.1
Jake Rhodes Han 31 42 73.8
Kyle Wooldridge KD 14 19 73.7
Josh Bailey WY 66 90 73.3
Ryan Beck Dov 125 171 73.1
C.J. Boxley YH 27 37 73.0
Donovan Mears YS 24 33 72.7
Calvin Luckenbuagh CY 8 11 72.7
Tavian Dorsey DC 53 73 72.6
Matt DellOrfano WY 21 29 72.4
Josh Stroup BS 26 36 72.2
Nick Geiman YC 18 25 72.0
Najah Fink Dov 38 53 71.7
Darin Gordon SG 68 95 71.6
Jacob Deppen KD 35 49 71.4
Nick Bartkowiak YC 20 28 71.4
Lane Nye Lit 22 31 71.0
Derrick Hoffman Ne 56 79 70.9
Matias Bowman DC 29 41 70.7
Austin Albright Dal 29 41 70.7
Lucas Thomas Sus 19 27 70.4

3-Point Leaders
Player Name School 3’s
Ryan Beck Dov 57
Noah Ayers Big 56
Brock Geiman SW 53
Stone McCreary RL 52
Kyle Krout Han 44
Sam Saxton CY 43
Broguen Nicholas EY 42
Cody Shaffer Big 42
Max Lampe Get 41
Ty Brown YT 38
Donovan Mears YS 35
Paul Martello YC 31
Marquise Camel Get 31
Adam Freese KD 30
Erik Myers SG 30
John Wessel NO 29
Kristopher Johnson YH 29
Jacquez Cesiano YH 29
Kobi Nwandu Ne 29
Michael Coleman Ne 29
Jimmy O’Boyle DC 28
Josh Stoneberg Sus 28
Donovian Maxfield Ne 28
Tanner Fuhrman SW 27
Joe Giannotto NO 25
Josh Bailey WY 25
Nathan Markey CY 24
Matias Bowman DC 23
Aaron Ward Dal 22
Ryan Trott KD 20
Brandon Shaffer CY 20
Mason Flickinger F 20
Collin Conaboy SW 20
Darin Gordon SG 20
Liam Flaherty SG 20
Donovan Catchings Dal 20
Nick Sprenkle Ne 20
Austin Albright Dal 19
Eli Brooks SG 19
Colin Bortner Get 18
Andrew Forjan YC 18
Jordan Zirkle Ne 18
Connor Weikert Get 18
Ryan Schreckengast RL 18
Cam Bosserman Han 18
Benjamin Lehman NO 17
Tavian Dorsey DC 17
Trey Shiflett YH 17
Aaron Portner Sus 17
Josh Stroup BS 17
Kyle Wooldridge KD 17
Grant Weirman SG 16
Brady Topper Lit 15
Montrel Morgan YH 15
Logan Alexander DC 15
Jacob Deppen KD 14
Jared Wagner CY 14
Thomas Merkle YS 14
Chandler Dashiell F 13
Brady Wilt YS 13
Jeff Reynolds Ne 13
Eddie Smith YC 13
Will Mcqueen Han 13
Brady Bowman Dov 12
Alec Maitland DC 12
Kyle Einsig WY 12
Luis DeLeon YT 11
Avery Eyler Lit 11
Bobby Weikert Get 10
Bryson Eyler Lit 10
Joe Stiles NO 10
Ian Lalic WY 10
Calvin Luckenbuagh CY 10
Jared Woods EY 10

Eastern York’s Broguen Nicholas reached a career milestone on Thursday night in the Golden Knights’ 61-48 boys’ basketball triumph at York Suburban.

The junior scored his 1,000th career point in the York-Adams Division II contest. Nicholas scored a game-high 19 points, while teammate Jarred Achterburg added 16 points.

Suburban was led offensively by Donovan Mears, who had 14 points.

Eastern improved to 12-6 overall and 8-3 in Division II. Suburban fell to 5-15 and 3-9.


Red Lion Christian 87, Blue Mountain Christian 57: At Red Lion, Jake Myers had 25 points and 16 rebounds to pace RLC. John Keenan (16), Tate Pendell (13) and Zach Mercy (10) also hit double digits for the winners. That balance offset a 31-point effort from BMC’s Sebastian Fisher. RLC improved to 10-6.

Bermudian Springs 45, York Catholic 33: At York Springs, Josh Stroup scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Eagles to the victory over the Irish in York-Adams Division III play. Paul Martello led York Catholic with 11 points. York Catholic fell to 9-9 overall and 9-3 in the division. Bermudian improved to 11-7 and 9-2.

York Country Day 54, Conestoga Christian 45: At Morgantown, Jordan Ray led the Greyhounds to the road victory by scoring a game high 19 points, including three from behind the arc. Also for YCD, Tom Wymard scored 11 points, while Lance Gertz knocked in 10.

No JV game at York High on Friday: Capitol Christian Academy will not bring a junior varsity boys’ basketball team to York High on Friday night. As a result, the doors to the gym will not open until 6:30 p.m. Friday. The varsity game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.


Northeastern’s Kobi Nwandu dribbles against West York’s Matt Dellorfano on Tuesday night. Pennsylvania does not have a shot clock, which allows

Northeastern’s Kobi Nwandu dribbles against West York’s Matt Dellorfano on Tuesday night. Pennsylvania does not have a shot clock, which allows teams to hold the ball for an indefinite period of time. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

As I sat and covered the boys’ basketball game between Northeastern and Eastern York a few weeks back, I began to look around the Northeastern High School gymnasium and observe the fans.

The Golden Knights were giving the then-undefeated Bobcats all they could handle in a game that I’m sure many didn’t expect to be close. As the fourth quarter began, Eastern held a slight advantage, forcing the Northeastern fans to rally behind their team in an effort to will the Bobcats to victory.

Sure enough, the Bobcats went on an 8-2 run, erasing a five-point deficit and taking the lead. The excitement and energy level of both the players and the fans during that run was nothing short of electric. Northeastern fans were euphoric at the run their team was making, while the Eastern fans were doing whatever they could to keep their team in the game. And then, it all just stopped.

Donovian Maxwell brought the ball over midcourt after a steal and just held the ball. With more than four minutes to go in a one-point game, the Bobcats, with momentum fully on their side, were content in taking the air out of the ball. And the worst part? The Golden Knights were letting them.

Both teams sat there and just looked at each other, while fans around me grew restless and irritated at the lack of action. Here was a good game that had the makings of a great finish, only to be stalled by the fact that there was nothing preventing the two teams from simply not playing.

No shot clock: In high school basketball in Pennsylvania, there is no shot clock. It allows teams to possess the ball for, sometimes, minutes on end without even sniffing a shot attempt. It’s a rule that puts the winning team in the driver’s seat and forces the losing team to make a decision: start fouling or pressure and try to cause a turnover.

The end result of that odd sequence wound up playing out like this: After about two minutes of holding the ball, Northeastern called a timeout. Out of the timeout, both teams went back to what they were doing before and just stood around. Then, with Eastern pressuring, the Bobcats turned the ball over, then got it right back after forcing a turnover of their own, made a few free throws and the game ended with Northeastern still unbeaten. It was about as anticlimactic a finish as you could’ve had in a game that saw the home favorite erase an 11-point deficit and hold on to win.

Afterward, Northeastern coach Jon Eyster said: “We wanted them to come out and play us man-to-man. They would have trouble matching up with us.”

It was an understandable response, playing on the idea of match-ups and trying to force the opposition to do something it wasn’t comfortable doing.

Fast forward ahead two weeks and the same thing happened in another Bobcats game, only this time Eyster’s team was on the wrong side of a team sitting on the ball and killing the clock.

Down by as many as eight in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s game at West York, the Bulldogs chose to eat away at the clock, just in a less blatant way. Rather than simply holding the ball, they passed it around, forcing Northeastern to chase and start fouling with about 2 1/2 minutes to play. It extended the game for the Bobcats to the point where they cut the deficit to as little as four points, but ultimately suffered their first defeat of the season, 63-58.

After the game, West York coach Bill Ackerman said: “All we wanted to do was make them play defense … and let their aggressiveness hurt them in the end.”

I have no problem with the concept that Ackerman used. All he was doing was using the lack of a shot clock to his advantage.

Hurting the game: Unfortunately, this type of tactic is hurting high school basketball in Pennsylvania. While this isn’t a new thing — the non-existent shot clock — it might be time for the PIAA to think about putting one into play and I’d be hard pressed to believe that I’m the only one who thinks this. A number of states do use a shot clock for high school boys’ and girls’ games, including California, Massachusetts and New York. Most states, however, do not.

Fans in that Northeastern-vs.-Eastern game were just as emphatic in their cries of “let’s play basketball,” as they were when they were cheering on their teams. It’s a simple rule change that could greatly benefit the high school game. While many may believe that the lack of a shot clock now allows the kids more time to get better shots, by adding a shot clock, you’ll most likely get better basketball during crunch time.

And to be honest, the shot clock doesn’t even need to be as long as the one in the college game. In my opinion, 35 seconds is too long at that level. A 30-second clock could at least allow a team a couple more minutes before having to foul, while it also prevents teams from holding onto the ball.

Leagues and other sports organizations are always looking for ways to improve their respective sports. Implementing a shot clock is the next step that the PIAA needs to take if it wants to continue growing high school basketball in the state. It can’t hurt the game, even if it’s a failed concept that doesn’t wind up working.

But, for now, just like myself and all the fans did at the end of the Northeastern-vs.-Eastern game two weeks ago, we must sit around and wait for some sort of action to happen.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at


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