BY JEFF FALK
Lebanon and Manheim Township played at Lebanon Valley College on Monday night. But one was left with the impression that there was a whole lot more going on than a Lancaster-Lebanon Section One-Two girls’ basketball crossover game.
The most important thing about the early league tilt wasn’t necessarily that the powerful Blue Streaks defeated the Cedars 40-19. It may have been that the two squads raised awareness, as well as funds, for cancer.
Billing the affair as ‘Lancaster-Lebanon League Cancer Awareness Night’, the two programs spearheaded an effort that sold 1,300 t-shirts league-wide and raised over $5,000 for local units of the American Cancer Society. In all, 27 basketball programs from the L-L participated in one form or another.
The concept was hatched a few years ago by then Lebanon High head coach Carlos Sanchez and then Manheim Township head coach Lance Wagner. After both stepped aside, the two programs decided to continue the tradition.
As for the game, the Cedars stayed close for about eight minutes of action, before the Blue Streaks opened up a 13-point halftime bulge with a 15-3 run through the second stanza. The loss dropped the Cedars to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Section Two.