Girls’ Top Performers from 12/19-12/20

As we head into the holiday break, a handful of Hanover-area players had big games before getting a few days off. Take a look at our top performers from 12/19-12/20


1) Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic) – 24 pts vs York Catholic1214_SPT_SD-gettysdelone-6.jpg
1) Rebecca Isaac (Biglerville) – 24 pts vs Bermudian Springs
3) Ally Shipley (Delone Catholic) – 15 pts vs York Catholic
4) Aley Abate (Fairfiled) – 12 pts vs Littlestown
4) Kaelyn Long (New Oxford) – 12 pts vs Dallastown
6) Liz Burke (Biglerville) – 11 pts vs Bermudian Springs
7) Cierra Brown (Gettysburg) – 10 pts vs Northeastern
7) Gabby Emeigh (Bermudian Springs) – 10 pts vs Biglerville
7) Abby Herring (Fairfield) – 10 pts vs Littlestown010713_sd_bigbbgirls2.jpg

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Happy Holidays: What should local hoops teams put on their holiday wishlist?

The holidays are upon us. So it’s time for a holiday-themed hoops blog post! We’re looking at what should be on each team’s holiday wishlist. What should each team ask for this season? Enjoy.



Hanover Nighthawks

What should the Nighthawks put on their holiday wishlist? — Bubble wrap.

Hanover will not see much of a challenge from its schedule outside of a few key games. So the key will be to stay healthy until playoff time. Wrap the entire starting lineup in bubble wrap to keep them healthy for February/March.

Delone Catholic

What should the Squires put on their holiday wishlist? –Wooden cutouts of “DE-” and “FENSE” 1213_SPT_SD-delbig-10-XL

Coach Williams already earned his first two victories at the helm, so other than a fresh, new paint job in the gym (I kid, I kid), maybe some defense signs for the fans to help encourage the young Squires will be best. They’ve proven they can score, but Delone is also giving up 60 points per game, which ranks in the lower-third of the league. DE-FENSE, clap clap, DE-FENSE.

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Boys and girls basketball leaders from 12/16

Tuesday’s hoops schedule was jam-packed. Here are the Hanover-Adams top performers from Tuesday night games.


1. Liz Burke (Biglerville vs Fairfield) – 22010713_sd_bigbbgirls2.jpg
2. Rebecca Isaac (Biglerville vs Fairfield) – 22
3. Haley Luckabaugh (New Oxford at Spring Grove) – 17
4. Ally Shipley (Delone Catholic at Littlestown) – 16
5. Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic at Littlestown) – 15
5. Devetche Johnson (Gettysburg at Dover) – 15


1. Dylan Krieger (Hanover at York Tech) – 270223_SPT_JL-hanover-districts-03-L
2. Eli Brooks (Spring Grove at New Oxford) – 19
2t. Nick Grams (Fairfield vs. Biglerville) – 19
2t. Jimmy O’Boyle (Delone Catholic vs. Littlestown) – 19
5. Brock Geiman (South Western vs. Red Lion) – 18
5t. Marquise Camel (Gettysburg vs. Dover) – 18
7. Darin Gordon (Spring Grove at New Oxford) – 16
7t. Tavian Dorsey (Delone Catholic vs. Littlestown) – 16
9. Four tied at 14 pointsEli Brooks


1. Cody Shaffer (Biglerville at Fairfield) – 3
1t. Marquise Camel (Gettysburg vs. Dover) – 3
1216_SPT_CB-hoops-3-XL1t. Colin Bortner (Gettysburg vs. Dover) – 3
4. Six tied at two made 3-pointers

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On Tuesday, the Spring Grove and New Oxford boys and girls basketball teams met. The girls played in Spring Grove and the boys played in New Oxford. In a crazy turn of events, both games were forced to be played at the respective middle schools due to last minute technical issues.

At Spring Grove High School, one of the dividers in the gym that is used for Phys Ed classes was stuck and could not be lifted up, forcing the girls game to be moved to Spring Grove Middle. At New Oxford High School, the scoreboard would not work, forcing the game to be moved to New Oxford Middle School. The change may have eliminated home court advantage as the visiting team won both games.

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Hanover-Adams area boys’ basketball power rankings

We’re 11 days into basketball season now, so the first edition of our Hanover-Adams area power rankings are here. Undefeated Hanover takes the top spot with Spring Grove and Gettysburg rounding out the top three. Enjoy.

1. Hanover (4-0) The Nighthawks’ four wins have come against teams with a combined 3-16 record. So what? They’ve taken care of business and they’re outscoring opponents by an average of 33 points per game. Games at York Catholic on Friday and back home against Trinity on Saturday will help erase the easy-schedule talk.

More good news for the Nighthawks: They have four guys averaging at least 8.0 points including Dylan Krieger, who is leading the league with 26 points a game.

2. Spring Grove (2-2) The Rockets’ two losses have come against Boiling Springs and William Penn, who both lead their divisions and have a 7-1 combined record. So there’s nothing to be ashamed of Rockets fans, especially after Spring Grove came one possession from ending a 25-game losing streak to William Penn.1209_SPT_CB-spring-grove-2-XL

The fans were into it, the team didn’t back down and the Rockets controlled that game for about 25-30 minutes before the Bearcats surged ahead and won 45-43.



Eli BrooksThe Eli Brooks-Darin Gordon duo is one of the best in the league and scattered contributions from Grant Wierman, Erik Myers and Drew Gordon have helped as well.

A big test awaits on Friday when Red Lion (3-1, 1-0 YAIAA Div. I) visits the Grove.

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Hanover-area top swimming times through 12/14

The swimming season is underway and after two weeks of meets, here is our first look at top times:

Girls 200 relay: Spring Grove (Rebekah Keller, Emily Jenkins, Olivia Lecrone, Ashton Miller) – 2:03.79
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Hanover-area girls’ basketball leaders from 12/12-13

We are a week in the books and Friday and Saturday gave us a full slate of quality games. Here is a look back at the leaders from this weekend.


Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic vs Biglerville) – 251214_SPT_SD-gettysdelone-6.jpg
Taryn Crone (New Oxford vs South Western) – 20
Jill Novak (Delone Catholic vs Gettysburg on Saturday) – 19
Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic vs Gettysburg on Saturday) – 15
Kaelyn Long (New Oxford vs South Western) – 13
Kayleigh Thomas (South Western vs New Oxford) – 12
Ashton Ball (Spring Grove vs William Penn) – 11
Abby Marquette (Spring Grove vs William Penn) – 11




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Analysis/Awards from Friday’s Spring Grove vs. William Penn game

In some cases, there is simply too much about a game to fit into a game story. That was the case last night when William Penn erased a 13-point second half deficit and escaped Spring Grove with a narrow 45-43 victory. You can check for video and a recap. Here, I’ll delve a little deeper into the game and hand out a few awards as well. Enjoy.

Best performance in a losing effort: The Rockets’ role players.

Yes, Eli Brooks and Darin Gordon filled the stat sheet. They’ve proven that they’re going to do that on most nights. They both looked composed, made big plays and carried the team through stretches of the first half. Coming into Friday’s game, no other player on the roster had more than nine points total on the entire season. But against William Penn, Grant Wierman scored 10, including a big put-back late in the fourth quarter that gave the Rockets a 43-40 lead. Erik Myers scored five points including a deep 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Freshman Drew Gordon capped off a 17-1 Spring Grove run with an and-1 on a layup. Even more importantly, they did not look rattled facing one of the league’s toughest teams.

Biggest run: Bearcats’ third-quarter performance.

While the Rockets’ 17-1 run in the first half was a huge confidence boost and got the home crowd into the game, the Bearcats ending the third quarter on a 14-4 run brought them all the way back. William Penn’s leading scorer Jahaire Wilson, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored 10 points in the quarter and capped off the run with a high-flying dunk. The Bearcats finally found their offense and seemed to realize that they excel in the transition game. A few Rockets turnovers resulted in fastbreaks for William Penn and prevented Spring Grove from setting up their zone-D that had been so successful in the first half.

Most important number: 26.

26 consecutive wins for William Penn over Spring Grove and the streak was this close to coming to an end. The last time a Rockets team knocked off the Bearcats? December 2001. Spring Grove leading-scorer, sophomore Eli Brooks was an infant when that happened. Yikes.

Coaching genius part one: Spring Grove using a 2-3 zone.

The Rockets immediately went into a 2-3 zone on defense when the game started. It worked. It bogged the Bearcats down and kept them from getting out and running. The Bearcats, who came in averaging 77 points per game, were held to a season-low 45.

After the game, head coach Troy Sowers complimented the Rockets’ defense and said the Bearcats were too content firing away from long range, while Spring Grove sat back in the zone. Three of the Bearcats’ leading scorers – Montrel Morgan, Brandon Smallwood and Trey Shifflett – were held to a combined seven points.

Coaching genius part two: William Penn holding the ball for 2 minutes, 30 seconds late in the fourth quarter.

This one was a little more controversial.

The Bearcats gained possession while leading 44-43 with 3:01 to go in the game. Instead of having his team run a play, Sowers told his guards to pull back to halfcourt and dribble the air out of the ball. His guards obliged and held the ball until there was less than a minute remaining in the game. The home crowd hated it. They booed loudly, but this was a staring contest between the two teams and since the Bearcats had the luxury of a one-point lead, they weren’t going to blink first. After originally telling his team to sit back in the zone and not break out, Spring Grove head coach James Brooks eventually had to tell his team to foul.

“I wish they would’ve attacked us and fought it out,” Brooks said of the Bearcats’ strategy. “But credit to them, that was good coaching.”

It definitely stalled a very entertaining fourth quarter, but you play to win the game and that’s what York High did. Maybe there should be a shot clock?

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Hanover-area girls’ basketball leaders from 12/9


Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic) – 330208_SPT_KP-cy-ghoop-2.jpg
Jacey Shipley (South Western) – 23
Devetch Johnson (Gettysburg) – 21
Alana Bortner (Gettysburg) – 21
Ashley Caster (Spring Grove) – 16
Kaelyn Long (Littlestown) – 16




Alana Bortner (Gettysburg) – 5
Jacey Shipley (South Western) – 5
Jensen Sneeringer (New Oxford) – 2
Maddie Comly (Delone Catholic) – 2

Other notes…

Devetche Johnson continues to stay hot. After a 27 point performance in the New Oxford Tip-Off consolation game, she added 21 points in the Warriors win over Kennard-Dale…Despite being 1-2, the one statement Littlestown has made so far this season is that they are going to win with defense. After limiting Biglerville to 22 points on Tuesday, the Bolts are allowing an average of 26 points per game. That’s 22 points to a Biglerville team that came in averaging 48.5…Earlier this week in a blog post, I wondered where Bermudian’s offense would come from. For one night at least the answer was everyone. They defeated Fairfield 65-30 and had contributions from nine players including 13 points from Mackenzie Farley and Gabby Emeigh…Hanover may be 0-3 but as a whole they are the most talented Hanover team I have covered in three years. Everyone knows about Soukaina Tracy, but the Hawkettes have several players who can play. They only have one senior on the roster and once the young players gain some experience I think Hanover will be a tough team to play.

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Week one of basketball: Who is trending up or down?

It’s a bit too early to start hammering out some power rankings (they’ll come later this week), but today we take a look at which boys basketball teams in the Hanover-Adams area are trending up or down so far this season? Which teams are we buying, which are we selling? Enjoy.1209_SPT_CB-spring-grove-2-XL

Trending UP

-The Canners.

Don’t look now but there could be a good team up there in Canner Country. Biglerville is off to a 4-0 start, good enough for first place in the division.

We named Noah Ayers, who is averaging 20 points a game, to our preseason all-Division III team (we’ll pat ourselves on the back now). Mason Unger and Jon Borth have defended the paint and rebounded well. In the preseason rankings, we mentioned that if Ayers could step up his scoring and someone else could contribute on the offensive end, then the Canners could be a dark horse to contend in the division. Well Ayers has doubled his scoring average from last year and freshman Cody Shaffer has been a pleasant surprise.

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