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  •  BY JEFF FALK PALMYRA – Fifth Ward has successfully made the transition from doormat to dark horse. So what’s the next step in the evolution? Underdog. On Monday evening at Palmyra High School, Fifth Ward looked very much like a team that will have to be dealt with when the postseason rolls around, as it [...]

  • BY JEFF FALK FREDERICKSBURG – Jimmy Gardner is an historian, a student of the game, and he displays a lot of respect for the tradition of the County Amateur. So when he was able to take a step back – and a deep breath –  he began to realize the magnitude of what he had [...]

  •  BY JEFF FALK FREDERICKSBURG – Jimmy Gardner has won the County Amateur by coming from behind. But he’d much rather be in the position he’s in now. The 58th annual Lebanon County Amateur Championship is pretty much the defending champion’s to lose, after Gardner posted a five-under 67 during Saturday’s opening round at the 6,037-yard, [...]

  • BY JEFF FALK LICKDALE – (Editor’s note: What follows is the third installment of a ten-part series dedicated to identifying Lebanon County’s top ten golf holes, which first appeared on Lebanon Sports Buzz in the summer of 2013. Based on an informal survey of the locale’s top amateur players, the countdown strives to feature the [...]


Between The Lines ››

  • “I think we’re either the second or third best team, behind Fredericksburg. Even they’re get-able. I hope people are starting to respect the fact that Fifth Ward is legitimate again. I think we have enough pitching to be a tough out. We have to elevate our game a little bit.”

    - Fifth Ward Head Coach Tony McDonnell
  • “Yeah, it is very good. At Blue Mountain, when I won my first one, it was 27 holes, so it wasn’t a full thing. Last year validated it. This one here, tops it off. Yeah, three, that’s pretty good. When your peers congratulate you, that’s the thing I love.”

    - Lebanon County Amateur Champion Jimmy Gardner
  • “I think it’s an important event, and not just because I’m on the committee. Everyone who enters is competitive. We all want to win, do our best and beat the field. It’s one of the top tournaments on my list, along with the County better-ball and the Sullivan.”

    - Lebanon County Amateur Tournament Director Justin Arnt

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  •  BY JEFF FALK Have you taken stock of Lebanon High’s overall athletic program lately? If you have, you know that the Cedars don’t need less Ben Brewers, they need more of him. That really has little to do with...

  •  BY JEFF FALK The difference in the definitions of the words is so subtle that some might have a hard time distinguishing between the two. ‘Semantics’ others might contend. But one has come to suggest the presence of outside...

  • BY JEFF FALK ANNVILLE – Paraphrasing the late great Yogi Berra here: ‘Ninety-nine percent of the sports enthusiasts in Lebanon County don’t know what the staff of the MAC does, and the other half doesn’t know where it’s office...

  • BY JEFF FALK MYERSTOWN – The Elco boys are enjoying arguably the best basketball season in program history. Colton Lawrence is arguably the best player in program history. Now, if you’d make some sort of connection between those two...

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