Solanco is rebuilding its boys basketball program one grade level at a time with the Junior High varsity team leading the way.
The Mules' squad finished the year with a 13-5 record after defeating Pequea Valley 39-14 in the season finale Tuesday, February 4.
The Solanco boys basketball team suffered its 13th straight loss, a 61-41 setback to host Lampeter-Strasburg Thursday night, January 23.
The Solanco boys basketball team's losing streak is up to 11 following three losses last week.
Octorara 61, Solanco 52
Zed Baker led the Mules with 16 points and Colesen Sheaffer supplied 13. Ryan Smith scored 11 and Tyler Burger chipped in eight.
Solanco eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the second time all season but Octorara pulled away late.
The Solanco boys basketball team lost twice last week.
Palmyra topped the Mules 57-41 in a game at Manheim Central Saturday, January 11.
The Solanco boys basketball team dropped a pair of games in its holiday tournament including a heartbreaker in the opening round.
The Solanco boys basketball team dropped three games last week.
Lancaster Catholic 68,
Colesen Sheaffer led the Mules with 12 points Saturday. Ryan Smith supplied 11.
The Solanco boys basketball team tallied the game's first 10 points and cruised to a 46-27 triumph over visiting Donegal Friday night, December 13.
The Mules (2-3) enter the week on a two-game winning streak.
Solanco's boys basketball team (3-19 last season) is determined to establish a new identity under first-year head coach David Long.
"The big thing is we want to change our identity from what we've been," said Long, who took over from his brother, Scott Long, now the school's principal. "We want to have an identity that shows who we are and what we do. The idea is to be the toughest team on the court every game. I think we can be competitive with everyone we play."
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.