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Youth Travel Basketball: Turkey Tip Off

This past weekend, the annual two-day Turkey Tip Off Tournament saw Northern Lebanon play host to several area youth travel basketball teams.  Altogether, teams were sent from a total of ten programs, with five of them being from Lebanon County.  The Lebanon County communities that sent teams were Cedar Crest, ELCO, Lebanon, Northern Lebanon, and Palmyra.  Below are the results from each of the divisions.



Boys 5th Grade

This tournament consisted of five teams in a single pool.  Each team played three games each, with the top two teams with the best records advancing to the championship round.


Team Records

Cedar Crest 3-0

Ephrata 0-3

Lebanon 1-2

Manheim Central 1-2

Northern Lebanon 3-0

Championship Round

Northern Lebanon defeated Cedar Crest



Girls 5th Grade

This group consisted of four teams, which allowed each team to play three head-to-head games.  At the end, the team with the best record was determined to be the champion.


Team Records

Blue Mountain   2-1

Cedar Crest   2-1

Northern Lebanon (1)   2-1

Northern Lebanon (2)  0-3


Cedar Crest won the three-way tie with a better point differential




Boys 6th Grade

With eight teams competing, this was the largest division of the tournament.  The tournament consisted of two pools of four teams each.  Each team played three games in pool play, with the winner of each pool advancing to the championship game.


Pool 1

Cedar Crest (white)  0-3

Ephrata  2-1

Lebanon  1-2

Northern Lebanon  3-0

Pool 2

Cedar Crest (blue)  3-0

ELCO  2-1

Palmyra  1-2

Pine Grove  0-3


Cedar Crest defeated Northern Lebanon



LebCoSports caught up with ELCO’s Coach Leonard following the tournament.  He was proud of his boys for their 2-1 effort, especially given the unselfish offensive play that they exhibited in their three games.  His offense was led by Noah Williams, Jackson Leonard, and Alex Martin, while the defensive star was Branson Boyer.  He praised Cedar Crest – Blue’s ability to use their skill and size to win the tournament.



Girls 6th Grade

This was the smallest division, consisting of three teams.  This allowed for a head-to-head style tournament, with the best record winning the title.

Team Records

Cedar Crest  0-2

Northern Lebanon   2-0

North Schuylkill  1-1


Defeating both opponents, Northern Lebanon was crowned champion



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