2024 A. Landis Brackbill Scholar-Athlete Award

Each year the Lancaster-Lebanon League is pleased to recognize the top female and male student athletes of the graduating senior class. The Brackbill Award qualifications include the words “exceptional student athletes within the greater community”. To be eligible the recipients must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and be participating in two or more varsity sports during their senior year.

A. Landis Brackbill was the first Executive Director of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. He was born and raised in Gap, attended Salisbury High School and graduated from the F&M Academy. Brackbill had a love for baseball and was a very talented left-handed pitcher.

He continued at Duke earning a degree to become a mathematics teacher and started his teaching career at Salisbury High School.  Brackbill continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania obtaining a Master’s Degree with certification as a secondary principal. He became Principal at Terre Hill High School and later moved to Millersville as principal of Manor High School, which is now Penn Manor.

The award is presented by the Brackbill family in honor of their father. Thank you to the Brackbill family for sponsoring the awards in honor of their father.

Brenna was a member of the Blue Streaks’ field hockey and girls lacrosse teams. She will attend Wake Forest University. Camden competed for ELCO in soccer, basketball, tennis and track. He will attend Lock Haven University.

To see each school’s nominees, check out this year’s program.

Brackbill Award 2024

2024 Softball Brackets (now) set

There is still some business to attend to in Section 3, but otherwise the bracket is set for the Lancaster Lebanon League Softball tournament, presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster.

Section Champions will host games starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10th.
Annville-Cleona at Solanco
Hempfield at Donegal
Manheim Central at Warwick
The exception is the Section 4 Champion Northern Lebanon. The Vikings hold their prom Friday evening, so Elizabethtown will travel to Northern Lebanon for an 11 a.m. start on SATURDAY May 11th.
Semifinals are Monday, May 13th at Millersville University, games at 4 p.m . and 7 p.m.
Finals are Wednesday, May 15th at Millersville University, 7 p.m.
2024 Softball Bracket

2024 Baseball Bracket is Set

The 2024 Lancaster Lebanon League Baseball tournament, presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, is set to kick off on Thursday, May 9th.

Section champions have earned home field advantage with all quarterfinal games to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Manheim Central at Hempfield
Lampeter-Strasburg at Northern Lebanon
Manheim Township at Donegal
Lancaster Catholic at Ephrata
Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday at Ephrata, and the Championship game will be Monday evening, May 13th at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Please note that if weather postpones a game on Thursday, it will be played on Friday and the Semifinals will still be played on Saturday.

Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Wrap Up

Temperate, cold, rainy, hot, humid-everything but snow could be found in the 2024 edition of the Lancaster-Lebanon Boys Tennis Flight Tournaments presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster.

Cooper Lehman of Hempfield repeated as AAA Singles Champion. That marks Lehman’s 3rd straight AAA Singles Championship. Other flight winners:

  • Flight 1 AAA Singles-Cooper Lehman, Hempfield
  • Flight 1 AA Singles-Michael Georgelis, Lancaster Country Day
  • Flight 2 Singles-Luke Main, Cocalico
  • Flight 3 Singles-Spencer Lehman, Lampeter-Strasburg
  • Flight 4 Singles-Canyon Curry Manheim Township
  • Flight 1 AAA Doubles-Lehman & Hurst, Hempfield
  • Flight 2 AA Doubles-Georgelis & Weigle, Lancaster Country Day
  • Flight 2 Doubles-Sheffield & Wolfe, Cedar Crest
  • Flight 3 Doubles-Reynolds & Hager, Manheim Township
  • 2024 Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Brackets

FREE PIAA Physicals for 24-25 Season at OAL

The LL League is grateful to have Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster as the sponsor of our league championships.

But OAL is not just for high school champions, they serve ALL interscholastic athletes. This year OAL is once again offering FREE PIAA Physicals for any junior high or high school athlete planning to compete in a PIAA sport next school year.

Long time parents and athletes might ask if the May 15th date would be valid for the 2024-2025 school year and the answer is YES! The PIAA recently updated their physical exam rules to make any physical exam administered May 1st of the prior school year or later a valid physical exam (in years prior June 1 was the earliest a physical could be complete).

2024 Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Day 2

Day 2 of the LL League Boys Tennis Flight Tournaments presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster is almost done.

But, rain intervened and several doubles matches were suspended. Play will resume as scheduled on Monday, April 29th at 12:30 at Conestoga Valley. The suspended doubles matches will be completed first. All doubles tournaments will be completed next, followed by singles championships and play backs.

2024 Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Bracket Day 2 Update

2024 Lacrosse Semifinals

The 2024 LL League Lacrosse Semifinals (both boys and girls), presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, are set.

And if the brackets look like deja vu all over again, it is not. The top two teams in each of the two sections in each of boys and girls lacrosse are the same. The pre-set game times for the semifinals based on section finishes have been adjusted so that fans can make the trip from Warwick to Penn Manor (or vice versa) to see both of their lacrosse teams.

The girls lacrosse semifinals will be Friday, May 10th at Penn Manor’s Comet Field. Section 1 Champion Manheim Township will play Cocalico at 5 p.m. and Section 2 Champion Lampeter-Strasburg will play Hempfield at 7 p.m.

The boys lacrosse semifinals will also be Friday, May 10th and contested at Warwick. Game times are reverse. Section 2 Champion Lampeter-Strasburg will play Hempfield at 5 p.m. and Section 1 Champion Manheim Township will play Cocalico at 7 p.m.

The finals will be Tuesday, May 14th at F&M’s Shadek stadium. The girls finals will be at 5 p.m. followed by the boys finals at 7 p.m.

2024 Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Brackets

The 2024 edition of the LL League Boys Tennis Flight Tournaments presented by Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster will kick off Thursday April 25th at Conestoga Valley and McCaskey.

Flight 1 Singles (AA & AAA) round of 16 and quarterfinals will be at Conestoga Valley. Flight 1 AAA features the only defending champion in Hempfield’s Cooper Lehman. Also at Conestoga Valley will be Flight 1 Doubles (AA & AAA) round of 16 matches. Interspersed amongst the Flight 1 matches will be Flight 2 singles round of 16 and quarterfinals, and the day at Conestoga Valley will conclude with the bottom half of the Flight 2 doubles round of 16 matches.

McCaskey will play host to Flight 3 (singles) and Flight 4 round of 16 and quarterfinals, Flight 3 doubles round of 16, and the top half of the Flight 2 doubles round of 16 matches.

Matches at both sites start at 8:30 a.m.

2024 Boys Tennis Flight Tournament Brackets

Action continues at Conestoga Valley on Saturday, April 27th at 8:30 a.m. Matches will be played in all flights through the semifinals and necessary playback matches in Flight 1 Singles.

Finals for all flights, and 3rd and 5th place matches in Flight 1 Singles, will be played at Conestoga Valley on Monday, May 1st at Conestoga Valley. The final session starts at 12:30 p.m.

National Athletic Training Month

March is National Athletic Training Month. NATM is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. On a cold and raw weekend like this one, with (OUTDOOR!) spring sports in full swing, the LL League encourages all coaches, athletes, parents and fans to be sure to say THANK YOU to the athletic trainers that are there keeping the athletes healthy.

Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster is the presenting sponsor of the LL League. In addition to their generous sponsorship, OAL has 10 athletic trainers providing services in seven different schools across Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, and counting! Thank you to OAL and all of the LL’s athletic trainers. We appreciate you!

2024 LL League Hall of Fame Inductions

The 2024 Lancaster Lebanon League Hall of Fame Inductions will take place on Friday, February 16th at halftime of the League Boys Basketball Tournament Finals hosted by Manheim Township. This year’s class:

Jane Hoover, coach.
She was the doyenne of “Hooverisms.”
“Play as a winner and you will be one.”
“Play to win but play fair.”
“Sometimes you have to take a step back to get ahead.”

Once upon a time, the late Elizabethtown field hockey coach Jane Hoover was one to inspire fear in her players. She also was able to flat- out inspire them.

A physical education teacher in the Elizabethtown district from 1949-87, Hoover coached the field hockey team to 299 wins. Her teams racked up 16 section titles, seven county championships, a district crown and the 1974 state championship. She also served as tennis coach, and her teams
won 196 matches and collected 11 county championships.

Hoover, who died on February 8, 2012, at the age of 84, in 1988 became the first woman to earn the prestigious George W. Kirchner Memorial Award. And in September 2001, Elizabethtown and its Big E Booster Club dedicated the school’s hockey field in her name.

At a 2011 gathering attended by more than 100 of her former players, Hoover was remembered for her cackling laugh, and her penchant for having players run laps. Ultimately, in her own remarks that day, she credited her players for their own success: “Without you I would be nothing,” she told them. “It was you who did the winning. I was just the backseat coach.”

Phil Kauffman, Coach

Around Cocalico High School, “Coach K” was Phil Kauffman, former history teacher, football coach and purveyor of the Eagles’ vaunted Veer.

During a head coaching tenure that lasted from 1975 through 2003, Kauffman’s football teams compiled a record of 184 wins against 112 losses over 28 seasons, including a stretch of 33 straight league wins in 1994- 97. Kauffman — himself a 1965 Cocalico grad and varsity football, basketball and baseball player — guided the Eagles to 11 L-L section championships, nine District Three playoff bids and two district titles. He was voted L-L League Coach of the Year seven times.

Along the way, he notes he was lucky to have a large cast of hardworking, talented assistant coaches and players who made everything go.

“High school football, to me, is where the game is pure.” he told LNP in 2009, after he’d moved on to what became a 14-year stint as a color commentator for Blue Ridge Cable 11.

“College and pro football, you have got to win. High school sports are not all about wins. It should be about discipline and trying to teach the kids. Your goal as a coach is to make your kids better, so when bad things happen in life they can overcome them.”

Kauffman also credits Cindy, his wife of 53 years, and their sons, Chad and Sean, for their support and sacrifice during his overall 36 years of coaching.

Melvin Newcomer, Official

As a practicing attorney in Lancaster County for the last 45 years, McCaskey graduate Mel Newcomer likely knows a thing or six about maintaining order and resolving conflicts.

In other words, he has been particularly well- suited for his subsidiary career: PIAA official.

Newcomer began officiating at soccer and baseball games in 1976, while he was still in law school at the University of Pennsylvania, and quickly branched out into basketball. That latter sport definitely stuck. He’s been calling games — including L-L, District Three and PIAA finals — for 48 years, and plans to retire at the end of this season.

A married father of two and grandfather of six, Newcomer also served as the L-L Basketball Officials Chapter rules interpreter for 29 years.

Douglas Bohannon, AD & Coach

Doug Bohannon’s CV is, in a word, jammed. District Three chairman. PIAA Board of Directors member. Lancaster-Lebanon League president. Elco athletic director. Assistant coach in football, basketball

and track. Thirty-two years as a teacher. Certifications, honors and memberships in athletic organizations aplenty. But when he stepped away in 2022, he was able to sum things up quite succinctly.

“I guess I did a lot of stuff,’’ he told LNP at the time.

In his 25 years as the Raiders’ AD, Bohannon, also an Elco graduate, handled the grind with aplomb, overseeing the administration of up to 49 teams across 13 sports in the course of a school year.

“His organizational skills are unmatched,’’ former L-L executive director Ron Kennedy said of the man many know simply as “Bo.” “His work ethic is unmatched. He was never afraid to speak his mind, but he knew the right time to do it.’’

2024 Hall of Fame Induction Program