New Solanco varsity boys basketball coach David Long has already embarked on a long-range plan to build a successful program.
Long, his assistant coaches, and several Mules players provided instruction for incoming second through eighth graders during the Solanco Basketball Boys Youth Camp held last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at the high school.
Solanco High School's new varsity boys basketball coach is a recognizable face with a familiar last name.
Most significantly, David Long is familiar with the student-athletes he will be coaching. That's why Long and Mules athletic director Anthony Hall feel Long is the ideal fit for the position.
David Long replaces his brother, Scott Long. Scott Long will take over as Solanco High principal on July 1.
The Solanco boys basketball team did not have any answers for Cocalico's potent offense.
The Mules tried a zone defense in the first half and then switched to a man-to-man after halftime.
It wasn't for lack of effort, but neither worked.
After a closely-contested first quarter, the visiting Eagles pulled away for a 75-54 victory for the Mules Monday night, February 4.
The Solanco boys basketball team lost 58-48 to visiting Lampeter-Strasburg Thursday night, January 24.
The Solanco boys basketball team lost 58-53 to visiting Manheim Central Tuesday night, January 15.
The Mules experienced déja vu during a 53-36 loss to host Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday night, January 8.
It was the second straight game, Solanco struggled early against a zone fullcourt press and fell behind 10-0. The same thing happened in a lopsided loss to Garden Spot five days earlier.
Garden Spot scored the game's first 10 points and went on to an 81-58 victory over the host Solanco boys basketball team Friday night, January 4.
The Spartans' dynamic guard Keontae Nunn poured in 34 points with 16 coming in the first half and 16 more in the fourth quarter as the visitors pulled away.
PHOTOS: Solanco boys basketball defeats Conestoga Valley in overtime of holiday tournament consolation game
The Solanco boys basketball team overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime then scored the first eight points of the extra session to nip Conestoga Valley 66-64 Saturday, December 29, in the consolation game of the Solanco Holiday Tournament.
Dawson Kreider tallied a total of 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a clutch three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Zed Baker paced the Mules with 18 points, Kreider finished with 15. Zach Wiker supplied 12 points.
Photos from the Solanco JV and varsity boys basketball teams' games against Lancaster Catholic Monday night, December 17. The Mules lost the JV game 61-53 and fell in the varsity game 65-28.
With a 64-46 win in a crossover game with the Donegal Indians, the Mules opened their 2018-19 league season at Mount Joy, on Friday, December 14. Leading 30-25 at the half, Solanco outscored the home team 34-21 in the second half of play to win handily.