Another high school sports season has come and gone. With summer kicking into high gear, now seems like a good time to reflect on some of the best moments caught on video this season. Here is my completely subjective top ten videos list of the 2015-16 L-L sports season.
10. Solanco football advances to District 3 Class AAA semifinals
The Golden Mules defeated Lampeter-Strasburg 54-20 to advance to the District 3 Class AAA semifinals. John Buffone
In the most historic season in Solanco football history, the Mules defeated Lampeter-Strasburg, 54-20 to advance to the district semifinals.
9. McCaskey claims 2016 L-L boys’ basketball title
The Red Tornado defeated Section One rival Cedar Crest, 54-47 and claimed the L-L at Manheim Township High School. John Buffone
In the final matchup between L-L stars Kobe Gantz and Evan Horn, the Red Tornado finally got over the hump and defeated the Falcons, 54-47 to cut down the nets.
8. Lancaster Catholic’s Jon Ware hits buzzer beater vs Columbia.
Lancaster Catholic's Jon Ware drained a game-winning shot to push Lancaster Catholic past Columbia 58-57 Patrick Blain
Lancaster Catholic's Jon Ware drained a game-winning shot to push Lancaster Catholic past Columbia 58-57 on January 28.
7. Hempfield defeats Penn Manor in extra innings to win L-L softball title
The Knights defeated Penn Manor, 3-2 in extra innings to claim the 2016 L-L softball title. Video by John Buffone.
This game had star power, drama and needed an extra inning before Hempfield pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Comets. Both of these teams have an enormous amount of respect for each other and the game reflected that before, during and after.
6. Northern Lebanon basketball upsets Lancaster Catholic in PIAA playoffs
After suffering three losses to the Crusaders earlier in the year, the Vikings were finally able to defeat Lancaster Catholic, 54-45 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals. Video by John Buffone
After suffering three losses to the Crusaders earlier in the year, the Vikings were finally able to defeat Lancaster Catholic, 54-45 to advance to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals.
5. The Ballers vs Bloggers series
This is a package deal as I must send huge thanks to Emily Zwiercan (Cocalico), the Pequea Valley football team and the Lancaster Mennonite boys’ volleyball team. These segments are just plain fun to make while highlighting the exceptional skills of L-L athletes.
4. Ephrata claims first ever district title in baseball
History was made Thursday afternoon when Ephrata claimed its first ever District 3 Class AAAA title with a 7-4 win over Governor Mifflin. By John Buffone.
History was made on June 2 when Ephrata claimed its first ever District 3 Class AAAA title with a 7-4 win over Governor Mifflin.
3. Solanco shocks Penn Manor in L-L baseball title game
In a 12-inning thriller, Solanco’s Mike Worthington crossed the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning vs Penn Manor to clinch The Mules’ first league title since 2007.
2. Hype videos
This is another package deal. These are some of my favorite videos as big games approach and L-L teams are involved. Whether you’re a player, coach or fan, we could all use a pre-game shot of adrenaline.
1. Nate Trimble offers starting spot to teammate after his father passes away
Hempfield senior Nate Trimble offered his Week 1 starting spot to sophomore Evan Pritchard, whose father passed away a week before. Video by John Buffone,
This one was a no-brainer for me. Hempfield senior defensive lineman Nate Trimble offered his Week 1 starting spot to sophomore Evan Pritchard, whose father passed away a week before. Not only did Pritchard start, he put his stamp on the game when he tallied a sack as time wound down.
Duplissey's HR pushes Penn Manor past Waynesboro
Penn Manor held off a huge comeback by Waynesboro when Samantha Duplissey hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the eight inning to push the Comets into the second round of the District 3 Class AAAA softball playoffs on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Video by John Buffone.
Lancaster Catholic's Thomas Gonzalez hits buzzer beater to defeat James Buchanan in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs
Lancaster Catholic's Thomas Gonzalez put back a miss with 2 seconds left as the Crusaders defeated James Buchanan , 52-50 to advance in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. Patrick Blain
Lampeter-Strasburg falls just short of state softball title
The Pioneers were edged out by Yough, 1-0 in the PIAA Class AAA softball finals on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Video by John Buffone.