WEEKEND BOYS' BASKETBALL: Jayden Weishaar pours in 38 points in Littlestown boys' win
It had been 319 days since Jayden Weishaar got to put on his Littlestown basketball jersey.
Friday night, it appeared as if he was trying to score a point for each day he went without a game.
The Thunderbolts’ senior standout tied his career high with 38 points in a season-opening 66-60 victory at West York. It was a night that marked the first York-Adams League basketball games since the 2020 state postseason was ended early because of the COVID-19 pandemic last March.
“It felt amazing,” Weishaar said. “(The) last year has been so long, it feels like it’s been forever. It’s great to be back.”
Weishaar admitted that when this season also appeared to be in jeopardy after the mandated three-week pause from mid-December through this past Monday, he was concerned about being able to play his final Littlestown hoops season. It stressed him out.
He kept busy during the break by searching for any open gym or court he could find, which impressed his coach, Jonathan Forster. It was evident that search proved beneficial. He played nearly every minute and had the energy to score 15 fourth-quarter points to close out the victory, all while wearing a mask.
“I can’t be more proud of that kid,” Forster said. “He has busted his butt this offseason. This is the most time I have seen him spend in the weight room and the gym. He is finding any private gym that he can work out in (or) going down to the local park and shooting by himself. He’s been unbelievable this offseason and obviously it showed tonight. He was fantastic tonight.”
Dominant finish: Littlestown controlled the game early on and came out of the halftime break with a seven-point lead. Weishaar had a solid first half with 15 points, but it was a pair of shots he hit in the third quarter that unlocked his dominant finish.
The Bulldogs started the second half with an 8-0 run to go ahead for the first time. Littlestown responded and the teams spent the quarter trading the lead.
After West York again pulled ahead, Weishaar delivered back-to-back Stephen Curry-length 3-pointers to give the 'Bolts a five-point advantage and some breathing room.
“When I hit those two, I knew I had to keep pushing and getting my shots,” Weishaar said.
In the fourth, he added another shot from beyond the arc and closed out the win at the foul line, tying his career high of 38 points, which he set last season vs. York Tech.
He got help: Weishaar wasn’t alone in leading Littlestown to the win, although only three of his teammates recorded a point during the game. Senior Rachard Holder added 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
West York junior Jaden Walker led his team with 16 points and senior Ty Nalls chipped in 12 for the Bulldogs. Walker kept the Bulldogs close in the second half with three of his four 3-pointers coming after halftime, but Weishaar’s heroics were too much to overcome.
Weishaar was just happy to be back on the court again, but starting the season off with a career-high performance made the season-opener even sweeter and he isn’t expecting this to be his last big scoring performance of the season. He's attempting to chase down former Littlestown basketball star Logan Collins’ all-time scoring record.
“It’s amazing just knowing I played a really good game in the first game,” Weishaar said. “More to come.”
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
Red Lion 57, Exeter 38: At Red Lion, the Lions took control with a 15-6 first-quarter surge to improve to 2-0 in nonleague action. Davante Dennis (14), Evan Watt (13) and Mitchell Burchett (10) each hit double digits in scoring for Red Lion.
Kennard-Dale 63, Camp Hill 58: At Fawn Grove, Pierce Ragland (15), Koy Swanson (12), Drew Dressel (11) and Carter Day (10) each hit double digits for K-D in the opening nonleague victory.
Susquehannock 71, Donegal 67: At Glen Rock, Susquehannock jumped out to a 44-33 halftime lead and held on for the win. Jalen Franklin's 21 points paced the Warriors. Josh Franklin added 18 points.
Hempfield 52, Dallastown 41: At Hempfield, Dallastown led 12-8 after one quarter but was outscored in each of the next three quarters. Michael Dickson (16) and Jadon Green (10) led Dallastown's offense.
Conestoga Valley 64, Eastern York 63: At Wrightsville, Eastern's fourth-quarter rally fell just short in the nonleague loss. The Golden Knights outscored CV 17-12 in the final period. Eastern's Austin Bausman had a monster game in the loss with 31 points, six rebounds and five assists. Micah Myers added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Knights, including 10 offensive boards.
Reading 90, York High 58: At York, the powerhouse Reading team rolled to the nonleague victory. Rashim Lee (17) and Antoine Beard (14) combined for 31 of York's points in its season opener.
Cedar Cliff 62, Gettysburg 27: At Cedar Cliff, Mike Hankey scored 15 of Gettysburg's 27 points in the nonleague loss.
Waynesboro 69, York Tech 29: At Waynesboro, Abdias Hernandez had 12 points for York Tech in a losing cause.
Red Lion 59, Solanco 38: At Red Lion, A.J. Virata (18), Davante Dennis (14) and Evan Watt (10) reached double digits in scoring in Red Lion's season-opening nonleague victory. The Lions used a 20-7 second-quarter surge to take control.
Bermudian Springs 57, New Oxford 51: At York Springs, Jacob Schriver (17) and Brandt Yurich (14) combined for 31 points for the Eagles. Connor Jenkins (17) and Braden Craver (14) led New Oxford. A 17-8 fourth-quarter Bermudian surge erased a 43-40 New Oxford lead.
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