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Posts tagged "General McLane basketball"
Posted: November 20th, 2013

General McLane Lancers
Coach: Brian Schulz (1st season)
2012-13 overall record: 22-6
2012-13 region record: 12-2 (co-champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Farrell 70-55, East 76-50 and Girard 47-44 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. General McLane then defeated Thomas Jefferson 67-42 in the PIAA first round and Beaver 69-54 in the second round. General McLane lost to Montour 42-40 in the PIAA quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Jaymon Mason, Quinn Thompson
Top returning players: Lukas Hallett, Clay Smith, Brett Kulka
Assistant coaches: Kellen O’Neill, Tim Banks, Kevin Wible, Luke Jahn
Outlook: General McLane had several big losses from last year’s District 10 Class AAA championship team. The Lancers graduated District 10 Player of the Year Jaymon Mason along with big man Quinn Thompson and legendary coach Andy Schulz. Mason is one of the top scorers in General McLane history and is at Edinboro this winter. Thompson is playing football at UConn, while Schulz’s son Brian is taking over as the new head coach. Brian Schulz will have to deal with plenty of pressure from replacing his dad to keeping the program at a high level. Mason and Thompson were voted to the all-region first team as seniors as Mason scored 26.8 points per game, and Thompson averaged 13 ppg. The two combined for more than half of McLane’s scoring last year and will be tough to replace. The Lancers return three starters in Lukas Hallett, Clay Smith and Brett Kulka. Hallett is a quick point guard that scored 8 points per game last winter, while Smith scored 9.2 ppg. Kulka emerged as a threat in the paint, especially in the playoffs. The three bring back plenty of experience, but the Lancers will need some help from the lower levels to remain competitive in Class AAA. Cullen McKissock is back as a senior and saw some playing time on the varsity last season along with juniors Greg Streiff, Paul Jones and Peter Solberg. The Lancers, once again, loaded up their schedule with brutal non-conference games and will be battle-tested in region play. McLane has plenty of work to do in replacing Mason, Thompson and its coach. The Lancers will likely run a similar system under Brian Schulz and the players know him well as he was the junior varsity coach over the past few years. If McLane can get some help from the younger players, the Lancers could stay in contention for the region title and maybe surprise a few teams late in the season.

6 Fairview tournament
7 Fairview tournament
10 at Central Tech 7:30
13 Union City 7:30
20 East* 7:30
27 Northwestern tournament
28 Northwestern tournament
3 at McDowell 7:30
6 Harbor Creek* 7:30
9 at Warren* 7:30
11 Cathedral Prep 7:30
14 Corry* 7:30
17 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 Strong Vincent* 7:30
24 at Girard* 7:30
28 at East* 7:30
31 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
4 Warren* 7:30
6 at Corry* 7:30
8 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
10 at Strong Vinent* 7:30
14 Girard* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Coach: Sarah Jay (3rd season, 40-12)
2012-13 overall record: 23-4
2012-13 region record: 13-1 (champion)
2012-13 playoff results: Defeated Saegertown 54-25 in the District 10 Class AA quarterfinals and Mercer 56-42 in the semifinals. General McLane then lost to North East 38-36 in the District 10 Class AA championship. General McLane defeated Jeanette 51-34 in the PIAA first round before losing to Bishop Canevin 54-36 in the second round.
Top players lost: Lindsey Jahn, Katie Clark
Top returning players: Louisa Lytle, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn, Laura Schaefer, Celeste Seidel
Assistant coaches: Kelsey Agresti, Kelly Lewis
Outlook: General McLane had plenty of success last winter, making its way to the District 10 Class AA championship game before falling to North East. The Lancers also won their first PIAA playoff game, building experience for this season. McLane will have to replace all-region selections Lindsey Jahn and Katie Clark. Jahn averaged 11.2 points per game last season to be voted to the all-region first team, while Clark scored nine points per game to make the second team. Both leave big holes for the experienced Lancers to fill. McLane returns Louisa Lytle, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn, Laura Schaefer and Celeste Seidel. Michelle Jahn led the Lancers with 12.7 ppg game last winter to be voted to the all-region first team, while Rodrigues scored 8.2 ppg to make the second team. Seidel chipped in for the Lancers with 5.2 ppg last year. Rodrigues has 424 career points, while Michelle Jahn is at 502 as a junior and is on her way to reaching 1,000 next year. Laura Schaefer and Louisa Lytle are also back for the Lancers, while junior Lisa Yoder and sophomore Katie Browning could contribute as well this season. Another loss was Bethany Miller, who moved out of the district. The Lancers’ program has managed to stay at a high level recently and they are a likely contender for the D-10 Class AA title this season. McLane needs someone to step up as a leader to replace Lindsey Jahn, who is on the roster at Edinboro. If the Lancers can develop leadership and find a few new players to help, they will be a tough team to beat in the region and in the playoffs.

6 Sharon tournament
7 Sharon tournament
10 East 7:30
14 at Strong Vincent 3:30
16 Fairview* 7:30
20 at Girard* 7:30
27 Hickory tournament
28 Hickory tournament
2 Union City* 7:30
6 at Fairview* 7:30
10 at North East* 7:30
13 Iroquois* 7:30
16 at Seneca* 7:30
20 Northwestern* 7:30
23 Girard* 7:30
25 at Corry 7:30
27 at Union City* 7:30
30 at McDowell 7:30
3 North East* 7:30
6 at Iroquois* 7:30
10 Seneca* 7:30
13 at Northwestern* 7:30
*Region 4 games

Later today: Girard

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: June 17th, 2013

General McLane graduate and District 10 Player of the Year Jaymon Mason finally ended his search and signed with Edinboro to play basketball for new head coach Pat Cleary. Mason had gone on several visits this spring, including Penn State and Florida Gulf Coast, but settled on his hometown by playing for the Fighting Scots. More on his signing in Tuesday’s Erie Times-News.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: May 16th, 2013

Brian Schulz has been named the new head boys basketball coach at General McLane High School. Schulz was approved Wednesday night at a school board meeting. Schulz takes over for his dad, legendary coach Andy Schulz, who retired after this past season. Andy Schulz coached the Lancers for 29 years, including several years with Brian as a player. Brian Schulz, 27, became an assistant coach at McLane in 2006 and has spent every year next to his dad on the bench.

More details to come in Friday’s edition of the Erie Times-News.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: January 3rd, 2013

General McLane senior Jaymon Mason scored 43 points in an 81-73 loss to McDowell Wednesday night. He had 10 points at halftime before scoring 20 in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth. Mason’s performance was a school record and it was the sixth 40-point game in McLane boys history. Here is a list of the all-time performances at McLane.

Points Name Opponent Date
43 Jaymon Mason McDowell Wednesday
42 Jeff Madara Central Dec. 27, 1997
42 Dan Locke East Dec. 15, 1993
42 Dave McDonald Strong Vincent March 8, 1988
41 Jeff Madara Central Dec. 29, 1998
40 Jeff Madara Fort LeBoeuf Jan. 5, 1999

Val Majewski holds the McLane girls record with 42 points against Indiana on Jan. 29, 2010.

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball
Posted: November 5th, 2012

General McLane Lancers
Coach (season, record): Andy Schulz (29th season, 578-173)
2011-12 overall record: 26-1
2011-12 region record (place): 14-0 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Franklin 49-37, Hickory 66-41 and Warren 56-49 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. General McLane then defeated Central Valley 47-35 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs and Beaver 68-54 in the second round. McLane lost to Montour 48-38 in the quarterfinals.
Top players lost: Josh Ponsoll, Chad Kulka, Matt Astorino, J.R. Mountain
Top returning players: Jaymon Mason, Quinn Thompson
Assistant coaches: Brian Schulz, Roy Stauffer, Tim Banks, Kevin Wible, Kellen O’Neill
Outlook: General McLane could be a dangerous team this season. The Lancers were gutted by graduation as Josh Ponsoll, Chad Kulka, Matt Astorino and J.R. Mountain are gone. To most teams, that would spell rebuilding. To McLane and longtime coach Andy Schulz, it could mean new leaders emerging. All four graduates were big-time contributors and part of the main six-man rotation that Schulz used last year. Standouts Jaymon Mason and Quinn Thompson are back this year to lead a young Lancer team. Mason was named to the all-district team last winter and voted the Region 7 Player of the Year. He was also voted to the all-region first team, while Thompson was voted to the second team. Mason provides a constant scoring threat at the guard position and Thompson is a force inside. The two could receive help from Clay Smith, Lukas Hallett, Brett Kulka, Ryland Luciano and Marcus Erdman. The Lancers will have several young guards step into starting roles and Brett Kulka could provide help for Thompson underneath. With only two experienced players back, the Lancers will need to develop several starters to stay competitive. McLane hasn’t truly gone through a rebuilding season in a long time and don’t be surprise if the Lancers are in the playoffs, once again, in March.

7-8 Fairview tournament
11 Central Tech 7:30
18 Conneaut (Ohio) 7:30
27-28 Northwestern tournament
2 McDowell 7:30
4 at East* 7:30
8 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
10 Warren* 7:30
12 at Cathedral Prep 7:30
15 at Corry* 7:30
18 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
21 at Strong Vincent* 7
25 Girard* 7:30
29 East* 7:30
1 Harbor Creek* 7:30
5 at Warren* 7:30
7 Corry* 7:30
9 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
12 Strong Vincent* 7:30
15 at Girard* 7:30
*Region 6 games

Coach (season, record): Sarah Jay (2nd season, 17-8)
2011-12 overall record: 17-8
2011-12 region record (place): 11-3 (second)
2011-12 playoff results: General McLane defeated Slippery Rock 37-34 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals before losing to Hickory 58-51 in the semifinals. McLane then lost to Mercyhurst Prep 53-36 in the third-place game.
Top player lost: Leah Hansen
Top returning players: Lindsey Jahn, Katie Clark, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn
Assistant coaches: Kelsey Conklin, Kelly Lewis
Outlook: General McLane put together a terrific season under first-year coach Sarah Jay last winter. The Lancers made the playoffs and won 17 games. McLane could be a contender once again this season. The Lancers lost Leah Hansen to graduation but everyone else is back. McLane dropped to Class AA in the offseason and with Villa moving to AAA, the D-10 championship race will be wide open. Hansen was a 1,000-point scorer and first-team all-region selection last year and her leadership leaves a big hole for the Lancers. McLane returns four starters in Lindsey Jahn, Katie Rodrigues, Michelle Jahn and Louisa Lytle. Add in Katie Clark and McLane has a loaded returning lineup this year. Lindsey Jahn was voted to the all-region second team last year and could go over 1,000 career points as a senior if the Lancers make a deep playoff run. Hailey Higham, Laura Schaefer and Celeste Seidel could contribute right away this year for McLane. McLane needs to replace the lost leadership with Hansen but with five returning varsity veterans, the Lancers could contend for D-10 right away.

7-8 Sharon tournament
11 at East 7:30
15 Strong Vincent TBA
21 Girard* 7:30
27-28 Conneaut tournament
4 at Union City* 7:30
7 Fairview* 7:30
11 North East* 7:30
14 Iroquois* 7:30
17 Seneca* 7:30
19 MLK Showcase
21 at Northwestern* 7:30
24 at Girard* 7:30
28 Union City* 7:30
31 at Fairview* 7:30
4 at North East* 7:30
7 at Iroquois* 7:30
9 Corry 6
11 at Seneca* 7:30
14 Northwestern* 7:30
*Region 4 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: March 15th, 2012

This week’s Varsity Letter takes a look at the postseason success of the three remaining Erie County basketball teams: Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria and the General McLane boys.

We’ll also examine what’s ahead this weekend in the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships.

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Posted: February 26th, 2012

General McLane and Hickory are 67 miles apart, but over the past few years, the two schools have developed into rivals. The Lancers and Hornets boast successful football and basketball programs each year and have met in several crucial games. Here is a look at their head-to-head matchups from the past two school years.

2010 – Hickory 29, General McLane 28 in the District 10 Class AA semifinals.
2011 – Hickory 35, General McLane 13 in the District 10 Class AA championship.

Boys basketball
General McLane 62, Hickory 30 – Second round of the Fairview tip-off tournament.
General McLane 55, Hickory 49 – District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
General McLane 52, Hickory 38 – Opening round of the Fairview tip-off tournament
Tuesday – District 10 Class AAA semifinals.

Girls basketball
General McLane 50, Hickory 46 in the District 10 Class AAA quarterfinals.
Wednesday – District 10 Class AAA semifinals.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Basketball, Football
Posted: November 8th, 2011

General McLane Lancers
Coach (season, record): Andy Schulz (28th season, 552-169)
2010-11 overall record: 20-6
2010-11 region record (place): 12-2 (co-champion)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Hickory 55-49 and Sharon 69-68 before losing 59-56 to Franklin the District 10 playoffs. General McLane then lost 51-39 to South Fayette in the PIAA playoffs.
Top players lost: Luke Jahn, Kyle Shinn
Top returning players: Josh Ponsoll, Chad Kulka, Matt Astorino, J.R. Mountain, Quinn Thompson, Jaymon Mason
Assistant coaches: Brian Schulz, Tim Banks, Bobby Stauffer, Kevin Wible
Outlook: General McLane might be a little behind when the season begins depending on how far the football team can go in the playoffs. Almost every top returner plays football and might need a week or so to heal and get in basketball shape after the season. Josh Ponsoll, Matt Astorino, Jaymon Mason and J.R. Mountain are solid guards and will have to help replace Luke Jahn. Jahn was explosive to the hole and a steady point guard. Kyle Shinn also graduated leaving some depth issues for the Lancers. Quinn Thompson could be one of the top forwards in District 10 this season if he continues to progress. Thompson has shown signs of dominating the paint and could become a force with a 6-foot 5-inch frame. McLane is balanced on most aspects of the floor but might run into a problem with depth. Legendary coach Andy Schulz could go with six players for most of the time but that could come back to hurt McLane late in the season. The Lancers made the D-10 championship last season and should be a contender to get back there this winter.

9-10 Fairview tournament
13 Cathedral Prep 7:30
16 at Girard* 7:30
20 at Corry* 7:30
27-28 Northwestern tournament
3 East 7:30
6 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
10 Warren* 7:30
13 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
17 at Central Tech* 7:30
19 Girard* 7:30
21 Corry* 7:30
24 at Conneaut (Ohio) 6:30
27 at East* 7:30
31 Harbor Creek* 7:30
3 at Warren* 7:30
7 at McDowell 7:30
11 Montour 12:30
13 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
17 Central Tech* 7:30

Coach (season): Sarah Jay (1st season)
2010-11 overall record: 17-8
2010-11 region record (place): 10-4 (third)
2010-11 playoff results: Defeated Hickory 50-46 before losing to Mercyhurst Prep 70-52 and North East 44-36 in the District 10 playoffs.
Top player lost: Val Majewski
Top returning players: Leah Hansen, T.L. Wreh-Wilson, Lindsey Jahn, Katie Rodrigues
Assistant coaches: Tori Hansen, Kelsey Conklin
Outlook: General McLane went through plenty of changes in the offseason. The Lancers lost all-time leading scorer Val Majewski to graduation and coach Nick Petrarca’s position was opened up. Sarah Jay takes the program over and is looking to use the experience McLane has as an advantage. Without Majewski, the Lancers will need a big year from four-year varsity player Leah Hansen. Hansen is less than 300 points from 1,000 and has been a McLane fixture from her freshman year. T.L. Wreh-Wilson, Lindsey Jahn and Katie Rodrigues can be big-time contributors this season, while Jay will look for more help from the underclassmen. McLane is in a brutal region but a region that is in transition. If the Lancers can come together in camp under a new coach, they could be an intriguing team to watch.

9-10 Sharon tournament
17 Indiana 4:30
19 McDowell 7:30
23 at East 7:30
29-30 McDowell tournament
4 at Girard 7:30
9 Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
12 at Corry* 7:30
16 Warren* 7:30
18 Fairview* 7:30
21 North East* 4:30
24 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
26 Harbor Creek* 7:30
30 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
2 Corry* 7:30
7 at Warren* 7:30
9 at Fairview* 7:30
11 at North East* 1
14 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
16 at Harbor Creek* 7:30

Tuesday: Girard

– Tom Reisenweber

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