Manheim Central has its new head girls varsity basketball coach, and if you’re a Lancaster-Lebanon League hoops buff, his name should sound familiar.

Former Annville-Cleona standout Tyson Hayes gained school board approval on Monday night, and he’ll take over the Barons’ program.

Hayes played basketball and football for the Little Dutchmen during his prep days. The 2012 A-C grad was an all-star in both sports, including quarterback on the gridiron, and he went on to play hoops for Lebanon Valley College. He comes to Manheim Central after a coaching stint at New Covenant Christian.

Hayes succeeds Amanda Burns, who spent the last four seasons on the Barons’ bench. Manheim Central went 25-62 over that span, including an 8-6 league mark and a 10-12 overall record in the 2017-18 season, when the Barons just missed out on a postseason bid.

This past winter, Manheim Central went 3-10 in L-L play and 4-18 overall, but Burns had zero seniors on her roster. So Hayes — whose father, Roger Hayes, also coached basketball in A-C’s program — will inherit a squad set to return all five starters and several key bench players.

In many games this past season, Burns had at least three freshmen in her starting lineup, so Hayes will take over a young squad.

Key players due back next season for Manheim Central include Laura Good (11.4 points, 8 3-pointers this past season), Kassidy Michael (7.7, 6 3’s) and Rachel Nolt (7.2, 26 3’s), who had a breakout freshman season for the Barons.

Good, Michael and Nolt all earned LNP all-star nods this past winter.

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