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 BY JEFF FALK PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHICAGO STEEL Why would a teenager move hundreds...

 BY JEFF FALK SOUTH LEBANON – Lebanon County has certainly held its own in...

BY JEFF FALK Counselors agree that ‘keeping score’ could be a sign of dysfunction...

  • BY JEFF FALK NEW HOLLAND – ‘Are we having fun yet?’ It is not enough to simply remember the journey, no matter the destination. It is extremely important to take a step back, enjoy the moment and experience it – sense it, taste it, feel it. The Lebanon Catholic girls’ basketball team genuinely seems to [...]

  •  BY JEFF FALK READING – Northern Lebanon didn’t set out to become the best girls’ basketball team in school history. It happened quite by accident. The Vikings figured to achieve success they had to come together, work together, play together. But somewhere along the way that cohesion took on a life of its own. Wins [...]

  • BY JEFF FALK HAMBURG – Not all teams with great chemistry are great. But all great teams possess great chemistry. The Lebanon Catholic girls’ basketball team has had good chemistry throughout this 2016-16 season. But when the Beavers’ chemistry became great, so did they. On Saturday afternoon at Hamburg High School, Lebanon Catholic’s pursuit of [...]

  •  BY JEFF FALK READING – Perhaps the best compliment a team can be paid is to say that it did the best it could. That it got the most out of itself. That it improved everyday. That it controlled all of the things it could control. With very few exceptions, that was the type of [...]

YOUR'S TRULY, JEFF FALK ››

Between The Lines ››

  • “I think we’ve become very business-like. But I think they’ve been able to enjoy it. I don’t care who we play (in the state final). It’s been 22 years. This is a great group of kids. I want them to enjoy this. It’s a lifelong experience. We’ve got to take advantage of the opportunity.”  

    - Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball Coach Patti Hower
  • “This team will be remembered as the best basketball team at Northern Lebanon. I don’t see how it’s debatable. A lot of them are going to have their names on the wall. Before this team came along there was never a playoff win at Northern Lebanon. No championships, and now there are three.”

    - Northern Lebanon Girls’ Basketball Coach Ken Battistelli
  • “I think it’s pretty good. I wanted my guys to work at getting better every single day. I know human nature says you can’t be perfect. But these guys did a heck of a job with that. I’m pretty proud of how these guys worked.”

    - Palmyra Boys’ Basketball Coach Pete Conrad

Game Time ››

RESPECTFULLY, Jeff Falk ››

  • BY JEFF FALK MYERSTOWN – Some aren’t basketball first. Some are other sports first. Some aren’t any sport first. Others don’t even pick up a basketball out of season. But do you know where they are first? They’re athletic...

  • BY JEFF FALK PALMYRA – There are really only two ways to go with goal-setting in highly competitive team sports – pursuing internal goals or pursuing external goals. This season, the Palmyra boys’ basketball team has chosen to focus...

  • BY JEFF FALK FREDERICKSBURG – From the outside looking in it may appear that somewhere along the way that the Northern Lebanon girls’ basketball team gained a leader. But from within the parameters and confines of the team, the...

  • BY JEFF FALK SOUTH LEBANON – A point guard. And a post player. Miss Inside. And Miss Outside. For as much as Ariel Jones and Alyssa Austin are linked to Cedar Crest girls’ basketball, they will always be linked...

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