• Coach Pinn takes Red Devils to the state semifinals

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After each game this season the varsity Red Devils would form a circle at center court for a prayer. Often the opposing teams would join in. By the end of the season, the cheerleaders and fans would gather there as well. Photo by Emily Webb

Lancaster alum Dwayne Pinn said early in the season he remembered the good ole’ days when fans couldn’t find a seat at an LHS basketball game. Well, as the 2021-22 season went on and the Red Devils upped their winning streak with every game, the crowds got bigger. By the regional tournament, there wasn’t a seat to be had in the 1,200-capacity gymnasium.

“It was good to see that, to see that excitement again,” said Pinn, who assumed the head coach role in 2020 when longtime coach Tim Rice retired.

However, Pinn, his assistant coaches and his players never took the court in 2020 courtesy of COVID-19. Lancaster, as well as many other divisions, opted out of winter sports and basketball season as a precaution.

Lancaster hit the court this year with a new coaching staff and a young team, including 11 juniors, a freshman, sophomore and two seniors. The majority of juniors were playing junior varsity ball two years ago. Two of Pinn’s players went out for the season early with injuries. It could have been what coaches and fans like to call a rebuilding year. It was far from that.

The Devils dominated almost from the start….

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