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BY ETHAN SWIECH

Photos from Jeff Falk

FREDERICKSBURG – Annville-Cleona has been in cruise control ever since the Columbia loss, winning four of its last five. This stretch also included Friday night’s 42-36 victory over Northern Lebanon, in the opening round of the Vikings’ annual Christmas tournament.

On the other hand, the Vikings’ trend of losing close games continued, as three of their six defeats have come by two possessions. 

With the result, the Little Dutchmen advanced to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. tournament championship game, opposite Littlestown. Prior to that, at 6 p.m., the Vikings will meet Tulpehocken in the consolation game of the event.

“We just have to keep pounding the rock and fight through the shooting slumps,” said Northern Lebanon head coach, Chris George. “We have to stay aggressive because you don’t get out of slumps by feeling sorry for yourself.”

As for the game itself, both teams had trouble finding their flow through the first three quarters and the score was tied at 21 in the fourth. Out of nowhere, Annville-Cleona senior forward, Josh Speraw, recorded a pair of lay-ups before accounting for six of the Dutchmen’s eight unanswered points to open the period.

Speraw finished with eight points, all of which came during the final quarter, and his offensive spark enabled Annville-Cleona to pull away from the Vikings. What truly made the difference for the Dutchmen was their shot selection, an area that head coach, Jason Coletti, preached following the Columbia encounter.

“They did very well and responded very well to what I told them,” stated Coletti. “Something like that, they take to heart, but they did well and did what was asked of them tonight.”

Senior guard, Andrew Long, lived up to his status as Annville-Cleona’s top scorer after inking a game-high 17 points. Most of Long’s scoring came from the foul line, where he connected on five of his nine attempts. Andrew also added a pair of threes to his stat line, while Adam Long chipped in with six points of his own.

“Those two have a feel for one another,” Coletti said. “Andrew scores more, but Adam makes the most of his chances whenever he has the ball in his hands. He doesn’t get a ton of credit, but he gets the job done.”

The Vikings got most of their scoring from sophomore, Peyton Wolfe, and junior, Owen Treadway. Wolfe sunk a pair of treys before finishing with nine points while Treadway added seven himself.

Both sides combined for 38 points in the fourth quarter and Coach George was impressed with his team’s effort despite the loss.

“I thought a lot of players, especially the guys we had on the bench, showed good signs,” stated George. “The starters were showing support, but if we don’t start hitting shots, we’re going to be in trouble. We just have to stay positive, knock those shots down and stay the course.”

George and the Vikings look to stay the course, especially when they face the Lancaster Catholic Crusaders in their next league contest, which takes place on January 3rd. Meanwhile, Annville-Cleona’s next league game takes place on January 2nd, when they face the Beavers of Lebanon Catholic High School.

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2019-20 Northern Lebanon Boys’ Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
6:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
Dover
at Bermudian Springs
55
51

Nonleague
12/07
TBD
Northern Lebanon
Camp Hill
at Bermudian Springs
40
89

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Williams Valley
48
50

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Northern Lebanon
67
34

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Cocalico
38
55

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Garden Spot
at Northern Lebanon
52
46

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Solanco
29
27

League
12/27
TBD
Annville-Cleona
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
12/28
TBD
TBA
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
1/03
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lancaster Catholic

League
1/07
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Pine Grove

Nonleague
1/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco

League
1/14
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/17
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Donegal

League
1/18
5:00 pm
Conrad Weiser
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
1/21
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/23
7:30 pm
Manheim Central
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/25
6:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
1/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/31
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Octorara

League
2/01
7:00 pm
Palmyra
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
2/04
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Northern Lebanon

League

2019-20 Annville-Cleona Boys’ Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
Brandywine Heights
at Hamburg
34
52

Nonleague
12/07
TBD
Annville-Cleona
Northern Lehigh
at Hamburg
53
50

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
49
70

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Annville-Cleona
59
50

League
12/17
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley
45
42

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Country Day
59
52

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Mennonite
51
54

League
12/21
3:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Hanover
67
56

Nonleague
12/27
TBD
Annville-Cleona
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
12/28
TBD
Annville-Cleona
TBA
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
1/02
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona

League
1/07
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Columbia

League
1/11
1:30 pm
Northern York
Annville-Cleona
at Manheim Central

Nonleague
1/15
7:30 pm
Palmyra
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
1/17
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley

League
1/21
7:30 pm
Lancaster Country Day
at Annville-Cleona

League
1/25
6:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
1/30
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Annville-Cleona

League
2/01
12:00 pm
Oley Valley
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
2/03
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Kennard-Dale

Nonleague
2/04
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic

League
2/06
7:30 pm
Middletown
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section Four Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Lancaster Catholic401.000610.857381294
Elco310.750520.714427374
Octorara220.500430.571392363
Northern Lebanon130.250250.286290391
Donegal040.000070.000272404

Section Five Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Lancaster Mennonite401.000530.625479455
Columbia401.000530.625501415
Annville-Cleona220.500440.500408435
Pequea Valley130.250250.286338414
Lebanon Catholic030.000440.500364440
Lancaster Country Day030.000440.500459358

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