Red Devils open basketball season with a bang

Lancaster’s Tyson Henderson (10) makes his move by defender Mike Hammond (12) of Middlesex during a varsity game last week. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Boys basketball fans in Lancaster had nothing to cheer about last year when the Red Devils’ season was canceled due to COVID-19. They’re making up for it now.

Both the varsity and junior varsity teams are off to an unbeaten start behind a new coaching regime. Coach Tim Rice, who claimed two state championships during his tenure, retired in 2020. Dwayne Pinn, who has led Lancaster’s middle school program for seven years, was named the head coach but never stepped foot on the court in that role during the 2020-21 school year.

Pinn and his coaching staff are all familiar faces to longtime Devil fans. He played at LHS from 1995-99 under both Rice and the late Lloyd Carrier. Along with his middle school coaching job, he’s also coached Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel teams for nine years.

Assuming the role of head varsity coach is a dream job, according to Pinn…. [to-view-more]