Lancaster Catholic vs Bishop McDevitt-D3 4A Boys Championships

Lancaster Catholic's Johnny Besecker (4) makes a lay up against Bishop McDevitt during first half action of the District 3 4A Boys Basketball Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019.

Below are the first- and second-team boys basketball all-star selections for each of the Lancaster-Lebanon’s League five sections from the 2018-19 season.

The selections were determined based on voting by the L-L head coaches in each of those sections. A Coach of the Year from each section was also voted upon.

SECTION ONE:

First team:

  • Tyler Crespo, Manheim Township (unanimous)
  • Eli Washington, Hempfield (unanimous)
  • Logan Horn, Cedar Crest (unanimous)
  • Brian McKenzie, McCaskey
  • Brendan Mellott, Manheim Township

Second team:

  • Kevin Roldan, Penn Manor
  • Ileri Ayo-Faleye, Cedar Crest
  • Zach Oldac, Manheim Township
  • Makai Ortiz-Gray, McCaskey
  • Ty Erisman, Penn Manor

Honorable mention: Tyler Vicidomini, Manheim Township; Brody Dunlop, Cedar Crest; Ajani Simmons, McCaskey; Austin Groft, Hempfield; Isaiah Thomas, McCaskey; Ethan Hine, Penn Manor

Coach of the Year: Matt Johns, Manheim Township

While this selection is deservedly going to Blue Streaks’ fourth-year skipper Matt Johns, it should be noted the voting for this honor was nearly evenly split across the board, with Hempfield’s Danny Walck and Penn Manor’s Larry Bellew also having received a vote, while another coach abstained because, “everyone did an amazing job this year.” Township this season first captured the L-L Section One title for the first time since 2012 before winning the L-L tournament for the first time in program history. The Streaks have since made a District 3-6A quarterfinal appearance and are now preparing for this week’s state tournament.

SECTION TWO:

First team:

  • Xavian Rodriguez, Ephrata (unanimous)
  • Larry Locker, Elizabethtown (unanimous)
  • Joey McCracken, Warwick (unanimous)
  • Ryan Shirk, Warwick (unanimous)
  • Scottie Porter, Lebanon

Second team:

Note, six players voted in here because three players had an equal number of second-team votes

  • Elijah Eberly, Elizabethtown
  • Ryan Parise, Elizabethtown
  • Jean Carlos Gonzalez Belen, Lebanon
  • Brock Fassnacht, Warwick
  • Jahlil Young, Lebanon
  • Colby Martin, Warwick

Honorable Mention: Joe Cardina, Conestoga Valley; Trysten George, Warwick; Lyle Kopp, Ephrata; Amos Kollie, Elizabethtown

Section Two Coach of the Year: Chris Christensen, Warwick

This was a near unanimous vote for Christensen if not for Christensen himself humbly giving his vote for someone else. In his fourth year as the Warriors’ coach, Christensen took Warwick from a six-win team the year before to a 17-win team this winter, with the program claiming a section crown for the first time since 1991, and then winning an L-L playoff game and reaching the L-L tourney title game for the first time since 1990. Oh, and the Warriors also beat every Section One team in their crossover matchups early in the season.

SECTION THREE:

First team:

  • Keontae Nunn, Garden Spot (unanimous)
  • Connor Mack, Cocalico (unanimous)
  • Seth Beers, Lampeter-Strasburg (unanimous)
  • Dawson Kreider, Solanco
  • Andrew Zentner, Garden Spot

Second team:

Note, six players here because three players each had the same number of second-team nominations

  • Chase Broderick, Lampeter-Strasburg
  • Adam Stoltzfus, Lampeter-Strasburg
  • Cameron Sell, Manheim Central
  • Pat Holmes, Lampeter-Strasburg
  • Chase Marquette, Marquette
  • Zach Kingsley, Lampeter-Strasburg

Honorable mention: Brady Nuneville, Cocalico; Zach Wiker, Solanco; Peyton Stetter, Cocalico; Ben Karbe, Cocalico

Coach of the Year: Nate Musselman, Garden Spot

Musselman had quite the shoes to fill this season in taking over for longtime coach Ryan Trupe, especially with the Spartans having come a historic 2017-18 campaign. But Musselman kept the winning ways going at Spot. The program qualified for the L-L tournament for the second year in a row, the first time since 2000-2001 that the Spartans made the league dance in consecutive years. Spot also placed second in the L-L Section Three regular season standings, reached the District 3-5A quarterfinals and is now preparing for this week’s state tournament.

SECTION FOUR:

First team:

Note, six players were named here because two players had an equal number of nominations

  • Dwayne Caine, Lancaster Catholic (unanimous)
  • Braden Bohannon, Elco (unanimous)
  • Johnny Besecker, Lancaster Catholic
  • Naji Hamilton, Octorara
  • Josh Bowers, Northern Lebanon
  • Asher Kemble, Elco

Second team:

Note, six players were named here because Wolfe and Zuch had an equal number of nominations

  • Alex Lantz, Octorara
  • David Kamwanga, Lancaster Catholic
  • Keith Lambert, Octorara
  • Bryce Coletti, Elco
  • Peyton Wolfe, Northern Lebanon
  • Ryan Zuch, Donegal

Honorable mention: Reed Licopoli, Donegal; Denzel Kabasele, Lancaster Catholic

Coach of the Year: Joe Klazas, Lancaster Catholic

Battling through injuries and illnesses, Lancaster Catholic was left shorthanded for much of the season. But that didn’t stop veteran skipper Joe Klazas from putting a winning team on the floor, with the Crusaders often going deep into their bench. Sure, Catholic may have lost 10 games this year, but eight of those were decided by single-digit margins. The Crusaders captured the L-L Section Four crown, made an appearance in the L-L tournament and reached the District 3-4A title game. Catholic is now preparing for this week’s state tournament.

SECTION FIVE:

First team:

  • Elijah Terry, Lancaster Mennonite (unanimous)
  • Andrew Williams, Lancaster Country Day (unanimous)
  • Andrew Long, Annville-Cleona
  • Elijah Bynum, Lancaster Mennonite
  • Devon Colyer, Pequea Valley

Second team:

  • Matt McCleary, Columbia
  • Michael Poole, Jr. Columbia
  • Devin Root, Lebanon Catholic
  • Kerry Glover, Columbia
  • Dashaun Archer, Annville-Cleona

Honorable mention: Sam Heagy, Lebanon Catholic; Lance Lennon, Lancaster Country Day; Luke Walling, Lancaster Country Day; Naim Taylor, Lancaster Mennonite

Coach of the Year: Kerry Glover, Columbia

The Crimson Tide didn’t have a single senior on the roster. And the Columbia starting five was made up of a freshman, three sophomores and one junior. But third-year Tide boss Glover pushed his young squad to a second-place finish in the L-L Section Five regular season standings, triple-overtime in the L-L tourney play-in game and to a District 3-3A tourney appearance.