Zach Dixon shot a 74 at Bon Air Country Club on Thursday to take medalist honors and help lead the Golden Knights (320) to a first-place team finish at the York-Adams Division II event.

Teammates Kevin Crumbling and Andrew Davis each carded 77s to tie for second place. West York (345) took second place in the team standings with Matt Dellorfano shooting an 84 and Isaiah Lingenfelter scoring an 85 to lead the Bulldogs.

Susquehannock (361) took third place, while being lead individually by Kendel Abrams’ 80, placing her in tie for fourth. Dover (361) finished fourth and was lead by Logan Snyder’s 80. Gettysburg (394) came in fifth place, York Suburban was sixth and Kennard-Dale finished seventh.

In other high school action Thursday:

GIRLS’ tennis

South Western 6, Kennard-Dale 1: At Kennard-Dale, the Mustangs received singles victories from Michaela Sentz, Brooke Treadway, Regan Ford and Sabrina Lam to allow the Mustangs to capture the non-divisional York-Adams League victory. For the Rams, Alyssa Miller won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets (7-5, 6-3).

By PATRICK STROHECKER

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This is the 18th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4.

Who: Northeastern Bobcats.

2014 record: 5-5 overall, 2-5 Division I.

Coach: Jon Scepanski, third season.

READ THE FULL PREVIEW AT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/latestsports/ci_28714494/countdown-kickoff-northeastern-bobcats-football-preview

By PATRICK STROHECKER
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

This is the 17th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4.

Who: Spring Grove Rockets.

2014 record: 3-7 overall, 1-5 Division I.

Coach: Kyle Sprenkle, first year.

READ THE FULL PREVIEW AT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/localsports/ci_28705847/countdown-kickoff-spring-grove-rockets-football-preview

By LORI NICKEL
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS)
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) is a Dover High School graduate. He has a one-year contract with the Packers for the veteran minimum.
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) is a Dover High School graduate. He has a one-year contract with the Packers for the veteran minimum. (MICHAEL DWYER — The Associated Press)
GREEN BAY — Aaron Ripkowski’s proudest moment in college was actually someone else’s.

But isn’t that how life is for a fullback?

When Ripkowski blocked for Oklahoma teammate Samaje Perine last November against Kansas for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 427 yards, the plays of the game became seared in his memory — not because Ripkowski blew up a linebacker or leveled a giant, but because he was right where he was supposed to be while the running back made history.

“It’s about the team, not ‘look at me,’ not ‘look at what I have done,'” Ripkowski said. “It’s all about trying to help the guy next to you.”

But ever since Green Bay took him in the sixth round of this year’s NFL draft, Ripkowski, 22, has been receiving an assist from Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, the Packers’ longtime Pro Bowl fullback.

That’s the thing about the people who play this position. They’re more selfless than selfish.

And so that’s why, after a good preseason debut last week at New England, and an otherwise respectable training camp, Ripkowski is making a good first impression. But if Ripkowski continues to play better and better, he could potentially take snaps — and someday a job — away from the veteran stalwart.

He just can’t think about it. It’s too conflicting for a team-first guy.

“I just don’t even go there,” Ripkowski said. “Don’t try to bring feelings in to it. There’s too much to think about. There’s too many reads, and too much going on in the offense, that you don’t have to bring emotion into it.”

Emotion fuels Kuhn: Emotion fuels so much of the energy that comes from Kuhn, who will turn 33 next month. He has played in 123 games since 2007, more than any other offensive player on the Packers. His contract was extended in April for one year at the veteran’s minimum. He’s been a rock at the position, a riot on the sideline and an authority on the playbook. The undrafted free agent from Shippensburg has no reason to train a draft pick from Oklahoma, but he is.

“He’s been a great mentor,” Ripkowski said. “He’s sort of like a second coach. Sam Gash (Packers running back coach) tells me what to do. At the same time John is right there on my hip telling me exactly what to do.”

When Ripkowski arrived in Green Bay with the other rookies in May, he benefited from the gradual installations of playbook over several weeks.

“I wouldn’t call it extremely complicated,” Ripkowski said. “But there’s a lot of stuff — it’s our job.”

What he did get after right away was the pasta and the potatoes. At 238 pounds on his pro day, the 6-foot-1 Ripkowski was not big enough for blocking in the NFC’s black and blue division, so he’s been carbohydrate loading.

He now weighs 255, a gain of 17 pounds in about a half a year.

“I got up here and the coach was like, ‘no way, you’re a little too light’ — so I started eating,” Ripkowski said. “So that’s all I really do is just eat. My intake has gone up. A lot.”

The good news? Ripkowski doesn’t have to be as fast as running back Eddie Lacy, and he didn’t lose any speed with the added pounds.

“I still feel just as fast,” Ripkowski said. “If you’re moving just as fast and you have more weight, you have more pop behind a hit.”

Other duties: Ripkowski’s other duties are protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, especially his blind side, reading the defense and decoding the pressure. It’s not always easy for him, but the job hasn’t been too big yet either.

And he has shown an ability to be a good lead blocker.

“Rip’s a great guy, and a hard hitter, and a guy who is not afraid to put his hand in the dirt and really go out and hit somebody,” Packers center Corey Linsley said.

“He’s taken up the offense extremely well. We hear him day in and day out in meetings. Coach (Edgar) Bennett calls on him all the time. He rarely misses a question.”

Once again this season, special teams play will factor in to Green Bay’s final decisions on who makes the 53-man roster. Against New England, Ripkowski did well.

He crushed a Patriot on a kickoff and then he had two other solid tackles as well. He did miss one tackle but his debut was solid.

“What I would expect for a young guy,” said special teams coordinator Ron Zook said.

“Great attitude guy, great effort guy. He seeks contact. And on special teams, he has to be the kind of guy who does seek contact.”

That’s all Ripkowski ever did at Oklahoma, and he did get a few handoffs and receptions. Otherwise, he’s been a lineman on the move.

In Green Bay he hasn’t gotten any running back reps in the team portion of practice yet, but he has caught all of the few passes thrown his way.

What it all means? He’s not sure. He knows the NFL game doesn’t call for a fullback to block on every play. But at least in Green Bay the coaches value the position.

“I can’t show up every day thinking, ‘oh it’s going to be tough to get snaps,'” Ripkowski said. “You’ve got to show up, you’ve got to do what you’re told, do what you can — and everything you can — to get a niche and a spot.”

Lauren Moyer, a 2013 Central York High School graduate, has been named to 2015-16 USA Field Hockey Under-21 National Team.

Moyer is a 5-foot, 5-inch junior forward at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is coming off successful freshman and sophomore seasons which resulted in Final Four appearances both years by the Tar Heels. She is one of three North Carolina players on the team.

She was previously selected to the 2014-15 Under-21 National Team, the 2013-14 Under-19 National Team and the US Indoor National Team.

As a sophomore at North Carolina, Moyer appeared in 21 games and started 13, scoring one goal.

As a true freshman, she appeared in all 24 games and started five, collecting six goals and four assists for 14 points.

At Central, she served as team captain as a senior, was a four-year varsity starter and earned all-state recognition, among many other honors.

The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team has a full schedule in the coming months in preparation for the Junior Pan American Championship from March 29 through April, 10 2016 in Trinidad & Tobago. Training camp weekends will be held in November, February and March, with two of those consisting of games against college teams in their spring seasons. The team will play host to Great Britain’s Under-21 team for a five-game test series from January 4-12, 2016, at Spooky Nook Sports in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before heading to the Junior Pan American Championship, a qualification for the 2016 Junior World Cup in November.

By ELIJAH ARMOLD

505-5406/@EADispatch

Central York’s Greta Plapper takes a shot during field hockey practice Tuesday. The senior captain scored 10 goals and added 12 assists last season

Central York’s Greta Plapper takes a shot during field hockey practice Tuesday. The senior captain scored 10 goals and added 12 assists last season and looks to lead (Elijah Armold — earmold@yorkdispatch.com)
Abbie Timperio is back in goal for her senior season with Central York field hockey.

Abbie Timperio is back in goal for her senior season with Central York field hockey. (Elijah Armold — earmold@yorkdispatch.com)

In sports, as in life, confidence is key.

And one thing that can help build that crucial poise is experience.

The Central York field hockey team will use the awareness gained during last year’s successful season as it looks to capture its first division title since 2007. To do so, Central will have to first dethrone powerhouse Dallastown — a team with which it shared that ’07 crown.

The Panthers bolstered their aplomb most thanks to a victory against the Wildcats in last season’s District 3 Class AAA tournament. Central avenged two regular-season losses with a tight 0-0 game that was won 4-3 in penalty strokes before seeing its season end in the quarterfinals against Penn Manor.

TO READ ELIJAH’S FULL PREVIEW VISIT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/latestsports/ci_28708563/armold-central-york-field-hockey-enters-season-newfound

By DICK VanO’LINDA
505-5403/@ydsports

Yvonne Peters-Washington practices at the net at Central York High School on Tuesday. She will be the Panthers’ No. 1 player this season after

Yvonne Peters-Washington practices at the net at Central York High School on Tuesday. She will be the Panthers’ No. 1 player this season after recently moving to the area. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Yvonne Peters-Washington started playing tennis when she was only 3 years old.

“My parents met on a tennis court, and I was born into a tennis family,” the Central York High School senior said following practice on Tuesday.

Peters-Washington is 17 now, and the game she picked up as a child is still very much a part of her life as a teenager.

Along with playing on her high school team, Peters-Washington competes against elite players in the Middle States Section of the United States Tennis Association.

Peters-Washington is currently preparing for her final high school season, but it will be unlike any of her three previous seasons.

READ DICK’S FULL STORY AT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/localsports/ci_28702919/after-death-her-mother-new-central-york-girls

By ELIJAH ARMOLD
505-5406/@EADispatch

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

This is the 16th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4. Today, we’re spotlighting the New Oxford Colonials.

Who: New Oxford Colonials.

2014 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 Division I.

Coach: Jason Warner, first season.

READ THE FULL PREVIEW AT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/localsports/ci_28699248/countdown-kickoff-new-oxford-colonials-football-preview

By ELIJAH ARMOLD
505-5406/@EADispatch

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

This is the 15th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4.

Who: West York Bulldogs.

2014 record: 10-2 overall, 6-0 Division II.

Coach: Jeremy Jones, first season.

READ THE FULL PREVIEW AT http://www.yorkdispatch.com/localsports/ci_28692973/countdown-kickoff-west-york-bulldogs-football-preview

Eastern York got its York-Adams Division II golf season off to a strong start on Monday at Meadow Brook Golf Course near Gettysburg.

The Golden Knights had three golfers shoot 73 or better. Andrew Davis led the way with a 70, while teammates Kevin Crumbling and Zach Dixon each added 73s. The only other golfers to break 80 on the day were Susquehannock’s Kendel Abrams (78), Susquehannock’s Mike Passio (79) and Dover’s Logan Snyder (79).

Eastern finished first as a team with a 306 total, followed by Susquehannock (338), Dover (349), West York (353), Gettysburg (362), York Suburban (395) and Kennard-Dale (428).

York Catholic takes Division III event: York Catholic took its second straight York-Adams Division III match on Monday at South Hills Golf Course near Hanover.

York Catholic’s Dimitri Amalfitano was the individual medalist with an even-par 71. His teammate, Andrew Forjan, shot a 75 and was the only other player to break 80.

The Fighting Irish finished with a 309 total, followed by York Tech (338), Delone (348), Hanover (388), Fairfield (415) and Bermudian (432).


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