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2023 Sweep the Streets Tournament Results – High School Boys Basketball

On Wednesday, the 8th annual High School Boys Basketball Sweep the Streets Tournament was held at Coleman’s Park.  This year’s edition welcomed eight teams, with seven hailing from within Lebanon County. Each of the public high school’s were represented in addition to the junior varsity team from Cedar Crest.  The lone participant from outside of county was Blue Mountain.

After winning their first two games, the two teams who made the Championship Round were Cedar Crest and ELCO.  These are both programs who made appearances in the District 3 Playoffs last season and relied heavily among talent that is returning this season.  The Raiders led most of the way, but the Falcons pulled it back to an even matchup with about eight minutes left of the thirty-minute game.  The game remained a back-and-forth affair for about the next five minutes before Crest was able to build a lead on their way to finishing the game.

A major factor in the win for Crest was that Coach Smith was able to use his depth, going ten or eleven deep in his talented line-up. This is a team that returns many of its key players from last season and was looking poised to run it back. The players who made up the winning unit were: Aiden Schomp, Owen Chernich, Leo Tirado, Fernando Marquez, Alex Abreu, RJ Young, Jackson Custer, Danny Speaks, Jack Waranavage, Dylan Groff, Kayden Tirado, Isaac Wolfe, Owen Reager, and Evan Kitchen.

In the Third Place Game, Annville and Lebanon met in what would be an exciting finish to cap off the day. The Cedars were leading by two and looking to close out the game, but Annville’s Elisha Slabach had other ideas.  Having hit twenty-five threes during his sophomore season, the rising junior was given the opportunity for another make when the ball left his hands as time on the clock was expiring. It was good, giving the chance for the Dutchmen to celebrate as they left court as victors.

In the highly anticipated three-point shooting contest, Cedar Crest’s Chernich won the with eight made shots in thirty seconds.  This was a feat that was made more difficult by the windy conditions.

This event, which offered a good check-in as teams prepare through the summer in anticipation of the winter season, was organized by Sweep the Street’s George “G-Zo” Rodriguez and local basketball referree Gary Morinchin. Catching up with Rodriguez after the event, he stated, “It’s awesome to see high school teams compete in a street ball environment with music and huge crowds.  It’s just great to watch.”

Rodriguez also stated the organization’s goal of establishing a Girls’ tournament for next year.  But before we can look ahead to 2024, Sweep the Street’s flagship event will be held on August 5th and 6th  when the 16thannual Men’s Tournament will be played at Coleman’s Park.  As an added bonus, Rodriguez will be playing one-on-one against Lebanon’s Kailah Correa.  (Here is a recently released promo video for that match-up.)

Round-By-Round Results

1st Round

Cedar Crest defeated Northern Lebanon

Lebanon defeated Palmyra

ELCO defeated Cedar Crest JV

Annville-Cleona defeated Blue Mountain

Semifinals Round

Cedar Crest defeated Lebanon

ELCO defeated Annville-Cleona


Cedar Crest defeated ELCO

3rd Place Game

Annville-Cleona defeated Lebanon

1st Consolation Round

Blue Mountain defeated Cedar Crest JV

Palmyra defeated Northern Lebanon

2nd Consolation Round

Blue Mountain defeated Palmyra






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