The Northern Lebanon boys’ basketball teams isn’t thinking the unthinkable. But those who’ve seen them play are.
Under head coach Gary Bouchette, the Vikings have been a stranger to the postseason. It’s been so long since Northern Lebanon has visited the District Three Class AAA playoffs that no one can remember the last time its happened.
But the Vikings seem to have a legitimate shot of getting there this season, especially if they continue down the improvement path they’re currently headed.
As the calendar turns to a new year, Northern Lebanon is sitting at 4-4 overall. To qualify for the District Three postseason, the Vikings would have to finish the regular season with a record better than .500.
That would mean Northern Lebanon would have to go at least 8-6 the rest of the way. A bit ambitious perhaps, but certainly not out of the question.
For his part, Bouchette seems to be more concerned with ‘getting his own house in order’ and letting the peripheral stuff work itself out.
“We jump right back into it,” said Bouchette of the Vikings’ post-holiday break schedule. “We’ve got to take it one game at a time. We play Garden Spot, who I believe is the best team in the section (Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League) and then we play who I believe is the second best team in Manheim Central. We’ll see what we’re made of.”