Last season, Cornell had the unique distinction of having a winning record but not reaching the playoffs. The Raiders are looking to avoid that distinction this year and are off to a good start, winning their first section game of the season, 67-51 over Western Beaver.
It's the way the Raiders won, more than that they did, that means the most of their playoff chances. Cornell had four different players score in double figures, led by Dane Jackson. Jackson was well-known to local fans during football season but in a different uniform – he was the quarterback at Quaker Valley as part of a co-op arrangement and will play football at Pitt next season.
Jackson, though, wasn't forced to score anywhere near half his team's points as Blake Lipke had 17 points, Shawn Puskar had 12 and Devin Hines 11. The 6-6 Hines played at Moon last year and was one of the better big men in that Class AAAA section. He'll definitely be a difference in a Class A section (without Lincoln Park).