Follow us on Twitter

You might have noticed, in an earlier tweet this week, that I mentioned how there is a direct correlation between fall and winter success. Particularly, that the Colt Shootout has been known to be an indicator of winter success for District III’s big school divisions. Central York, the 2019 Champion will look to continue the past successes of both Reading and Manheim Township in league and district play. The Panther’s would love nothing better than to be the next champion on the verge of a 20 win season. Lets take a look at how -the bracket unfolded and the Panthers were crowned King…

The Semifinalists were Cedar Cliff, who got there behind solid team play and a stellar 2 game morning for 6’3 sr. guard Joey Zvorsky to knock off Waynesboro and Dallastown. 6’5 sr wing Elijah Eberly’s 21.5 ppg fueled the Bears of Elizabethtown past Susquehanna Township and Central Dauphin to victory. Central York and Chambersburg both only had to win one game to round out the Final Four. In Central York’s 54-43 victory over Cumberland Valley, 6’3 Gabe Guidinger and teammate Evan Eisenhart combined for 35 points. Chambersburg moved past Cedar Crest, behind the long ball of sr. guard Ethan Shreffler.

Elizabethtown moved into the finals taking down Cedar Cliff 56-38 with a balanced attack. Brody Beach had 17 points, with three- 3’s, pacing a Coach Parise’ squad , that had two other players score 15 or more, in Eberly 16 and Luke Pierson 15. In the other matchup Central York prevailed 45-37 over Chambersburg. Central York’s theme in the afternoon was everyone contributes. Mitch Saxton led a balanced attack, in which 7 Panthers scored, with 10pts. Evan Eisenhart tossed in 9 and Shiloh Johnson and Gabe Guidinger added 8 apiece.

Coach Schieler knows momentum is good, but come winter he will need his guys fully engaged to reach their goals.

In the Championship game both teams battled back and forth in the first half. The game was deadlocked at 21-21 but Central York outscored Elizabethtown 22-12 in the final 20 minutes of the day, to take the crown. Although the Panthers won by double figures, only one player in the game scored in double figures… and he wasn’t one of them. The Panthers suffocating defense held Elijah Eberly to only 9 points and teammate Luke Pierson managed the 10. For the Champions the leading scorers were Nolan Hubbs and Mitch Saxton with 9 apiece, followed by Gabe Guidinger 8 and Tejesh Chundura’s 7.

PREP SCENE’S 2019 Colt Shootout Champions


Elijah Eberly, Elizabethtown

Elijah Eberly

6’4 Senior Forward

Elijah played like a scholarship worthy player this Saturday. Offensively, he was outstanding in the role of point foward, when the teams PG tweaked his ankle. His high for the day was 28pts in a 40 min running clock game against Central Dauphin. However, the most impressive aspect of his game was his ability to set the offensive table for others. He asserted himself when needed and trusted teammates in crucial moments, showing a poise and maturity that coaches will love. He made everyone around him better on the offensive end. Defensively, he used his length and quickness in passing lanes all day long. Good anticipation on steals and blocks.


Gabe Guidinger, Central York

Solid performances at both ends of the floor all day long. Gabe showcased his multi-talented (Dribble, Pass, Shoot, Defend) skill set relentlessly over his three games. He was an inside out juggernaut for opponents. He not only demonstrated the ability to score the ball from mid-range or at the rim, he defended all 5 positions effectively.

Joey Zvorsky, Cedar Cliff

Zvorsky was phenomenal in the morning session. He was already a very good player but the level he played at in his first two games was different than anything we had seen previously. Confident, poised, consistently on the attack, scoring efficiently, impacting the game at the defensive end. He was flat out the best player we seen in the AM. He fizzled a little late in game three but bounced back for a solid performance in the 3rd place game.

Ileri Ayo-Faleye, Cedar Crest

Ayo-Faleye was electric as always in transition. Today he demonstrated a real knock for getting the ball off the rim at the offensive end. He was quick off of his feet, often engaged in his second and third effort as opponents were landing their first. This obviously lead to multiple seond chance scoring opportunities for his team. Highlight reel dunks, with top of the block athleticism keeps him in our list even though play is inconsistent and not senior mature at times.


Nick Peters, Cedar Cliff

Nick Peters

The German transfer student is a Division I project. However, at 6-11 and with a stretch four skill set, he will be a hot commodity this winter. He appears to be adjusting to the physicality of the American game well; this will take some time. His passing and feel for the game are definite strengths we quickly noticed. He made an athletic play when running the floor that did show an upside that was very exciting. With 25+ high school games and an entire season of adjustment and improvement he could be the type of talent that gets a low major coach a pay bump 4 years from now.


Brody Beach, Elizabethtown – shot it lights out

Justice Easter – Central Dauphin – impacted game both ends

Jason Eberhart, Cedar Crest – solid inside and out

Evan Eisenhart, Central York – when engaged excellent

Nolan Gilbert, Cumberland Valley – consistent, effective

Jadon Green, Dallastown – scored the ball effortlessly

Kobe Green, Dallastown – performed at both ends

De’von Haggins, Central Dauphin – defense led to offense

Nate McGill, Northern – not his best but better than the rest

Luke Pierson, Elizabethtown – strong force for Bears

Cole Rhyne, Waynesboro – see McGill

Rance Russo, Central Dauphin – elevates teammates

Mitchell Saxton, Central York – put together 3 good games

Sam Sherry, Cumberland Valley – skilled big with upside

Ethan Shreffler, Chambersburg – dribble, pass, shoot- impactful


Michael Pilsitz


10.27.18   9:00 AM   GYM 1

The Cedar Cliff Colts will be moving to 5-A this season after posting thirteen wins and qualifying for District III’s 6-A playoffs last season. Coach Tigh Savercool welcomes back starters Joey Zvorsky, Deandre Dorsey, and Chris Dare. Other key contributors returning for the Colts include Derrick Love, Daelen Dorsey, Tommy Reilly, and Maurice Clark. Coach Andre Anderson and his Thurdering Herd Cagers are excited to begin their quest for their fourth straight District III playoff berth in a newly-renovated gymnasium this season. Returning starter, Howie Rankine; key reserves, Trevor Hamilton, Hunter Hargraves, Quentin Meyers, James Barlow; and newcomer, PREP SCENE 2022 Dylan Young will be holding down the fort Saturday until a handful of fall sport-athletes return to the team.

To view all game previews click here.

Colt Shootout Observations

Best Group: Champions of the 2017 Colt Shootout, the Defending 6-A State Champion Reading Red Knights led by the guard Trio of 5-11 Wesley Butler (2019), 5-10 RJ Dixon (2018), and 6-0 Xavier Starks (2018).  A major defensive contribution came from Bobby Heath, offensive spark by Juan Matos and post presence was provided by Ricky Lopez and Daniel Colter.

Best Group of newcomers:  Tigh Savercool and his Cedar Cliff staff hit the Pick 5 Lottery when 2 year starter at Susquehanna Twp.,  Gerald Jarmon (2019) showed up on their door step.  Jarmon is a veteran, with tons of experience and the ability to score points in bunches.  “Newcomer” is a bit of a stretch for a starter of 40+ games, but he is the cornerstone of what’s new for the Colts including 6-3 Derek Young (2021), a strong rebounder, post defender and screener-wide body with great feet and a lot of upside, 6-0 Guard Joey Zvorsky (2020), a steady guard.  Add a returner to the program after a year off in senior 6-4 220 lbs. Justin Carter (2018), with what returns from last season’s core group and check ball.

Will have the Most Impact this season: Tyler Crespo (2019) can exert the kind of influence at both ends of the floor that could have Manheim Twp in the State playoff mix.  Shot the ball extremely well today, was feeling it… pull up three’s in transition type feeling it!   Lambo Speed with the ball in his hands combined with the body control and finishing skills to make you come out of your seat.

Best Shooter: Antonio Rizzuto (Northeastern, 2018) is instant offensive firepower, terrific shooter… catch and shoot it or off the dribble, the results are the same… Get it out of the net!!   Impressive range, he can shoot it from all over the map.  Pick your poison, if forced off the three point line he makes plays attacking the rim for himself and dishing to others.

Best Playmaker/Passer: Aley Zangari (Red Land, 2020) didnt find his team having much success but he impressed with his ability to run an offense well; got the ball to a variety of teammates in scoring position. Exceptional passer that sees the play three steps ahead.

Will take you by surprise: Ryan McGill (Northern, 2019) very good passing and shooting skills for a big guard.  Soft touch, ability to knock down the open three off the dribble or catch and shoot.  Dominant low post presence in high school, forceful rebounder, impact as shot blocker