Conestoga Boys Basketball

Lezanic and Conestoga in 'win or go home' mode as regular season ends

City of Love Basketball 01/30/2018, 1:30am EST By Owen McCue  Owen McCue (@Owen_McCue) — Zach Lezanic is very familiar with the recent tradition of the Conestoga basketball program. He’s been following the Pioneers closely since seventh grade, when his brother M.J. was a sophomore shooting guard for the team. Lezanic watched his brother go to the Central League playoffs twice before being part of two more playoff runs himself during the last two seasons, though he was kept out with a quad injury as a freshman. Conestoga is once again in the playoff picture, currently tied for fourth place, but Lezanic, now Read more…


JV uses basket in closing seconds to take 31-29 victory over crosstown rival Radnor

In a low-scoring first quarter the Pioneers struggled to find their rhythm. Thanks to strong defensive blocks from Emory and Piccone the team finally got fired up. Deshetler drove down the lane and threw strong assists. Despite a team record for offensive rebounds the half ended in a deficit, 11-18. Barczak started the second half with an athletic lay-up and a much-needed three. Stoga continued to show good ball movement. And the highlight came with a buzzer-beating long shot from Smith to end the 3rd quarter 23-20. DiMarino scored three and Steele took a Radnor charge to continue the lead. Read more…


Trinity stages late comeback to defeat Varsity 63-57

Jeffrey Kauffman For The Sentinel  LOWER ALLEN TWP. — Trinity came into Saturday’s Scholastic Play by Play Classic game against Conestoga short-handed. Missing two starters, the Shamrocks survived a first-quarter onslaught to rally to win 63-57 on their home court. Tresjon Ruiz and Kalen Veres were both not in uniform, but the Shamrocks used a balanced scoring approach and excellent foul shooting to withstand the first-period shooting barrage.  “We played a very good ballgame today despite their shooting in the first quarter,” Shamrocks coach Larry Kostelac Jr. said. “When we took care of the basketball, we moved the ball well and Read more…


On senior night Boys basketball slam dunk against Haverford

The SPOKE Photos and article by Claire Guo, Co-Student Life Editor On Jan. 26, the Conestoga varsity boys basketball team ended Senior Night with a bang. Our Conestoga Pioneers won against the Haverford Fords 53-44, and at the final buzzer, co-captain Charlie Schappell snagged the ball, raced across the court, and dunked. Here’s how it went down. The Breakdown: Senior co-captains Colin McFillin and Michael Erickson got the ball rolling and set the pace of the game in the first quarter. After an initial field goal, McFillin stole the ball twice, drove down the court and scored two points each. Read more…


JV falls to Haverford 51-34

Despite the senior night DJ spinning tunes, the team just couldn’t get into the groove against a pressing Haverford squad. The game started off quick with back-to-back baskets and a nice steal from Barzcak. Steele sunk several free throws and Deshetler played strong under the boards to end the quarter with the lead, 12-11. The only second-quarter points came from Smith as the rest of the team seemed to spend more time on the floor than on their feet. As a result, Stoga ended the half down 14-18. The guys came out hungry in the second half with Mayock leading Read more…


Varsity roars back against the panthers of Strath Haven for 61-53 victory

In an early afternoon tilt due to mid-term exams, Stoga came out aggressively and both teams traded baskets ending the period tied 11-11. Another second quarter swoon found the visiting Pioneers trailing 27-19 at the half. Zach came out of halftime and took control of the game on both the offensive and defensive ends, forcing steals and hitting 3 point baskets. Stoga doubled their output in the 3rd period and held a narrow 40-36 advantage after 3. The final quarter saw hard work by Charlie inside leading to a number of points in the paint. With Strath Haven forced to Read more…


Varsity outlasts Academy Park for 53-44 road win

On a rare Monday night game, Stoga traveled down to Academy Park HS and came away with an important non-league 53-44 victory. It was a fast-paced first quarter with Shane contributing to 8 of the team’s 13 points. A lid went on the basket for Stoga in the 2nd period as the team scored only 2 pts on 2 free throws by Mike and went into halftime trailing 20-15. The team came out of the locker room with a renewed sense of urgency and got it going in the third to trail 32-33. The final period saw Charlie (10 pts) Read more…


Varsity comes up short against Marple Newtown on Unite for Her night

Despite a large Pioneer Pit supporting the Unite for Her cause by wearing their pink, Conestoga was unable to find any offensive rhythm against Marple Newtown and fell to the Tigers 38-36. A scoring drought in the begiining of the fourth quarter kept the scoring under 30. But some late 3 pointer by Marple helped them take the tough road win. Leading scorers were Zach with 17 pts and Milt (7 pts) and Wes (4 pts and 7 boards). Next up, a rare Monday game at Academy Park.


JV pulls away for 45-26 victory over Marple Newtown

  The team sported their pink shirts and took a big win in support of local breast cancer group “Unite for Her.” Steele started the first quarter with a smooth three-pointer, while Deshetler, McGovern and mayock led the Stoga defense the entire length of the floor. Barzcak got hot in the second quarter with two three-pointers and several athletic drives to the basket to end the half with a 22-11 lead. Big man Emory made an appearance to start the second half, while Liedtke did what he does best from the three-point line. Marple Newtown didn’t know what hit them Read more…


Varsity pulls away from Harriton in the 4th quarter for 68-50 victory

It was a quiet gym at Harriton on Wednesday night but that didn’t bother Stoga as handled the Rams pressure defense in the 4th quarter to pull away with the 68-50 victory. Despite the lack of atmosphere, Stoga used some fast break baskets to stake a 17-12 1st quarter lead. The 2nd period was  a little bit back and forth with both teams having trouble converting shots around the basket. Stoga led at the half 33-26. The third quarter saw Harriton make a run and close the gap. Two late 3 pointers by Shane and Zach however, helped push the Read more…