From Dallastown girls’ volleyball coach Shannon Werner:

The YAIAA girls volleyball senior all-star match will be this Sunday (11/23) at 2:00 p.m. at Dallastown HS.  It went away for a few years, but I am trying to bring it back.  I thought it was a special match to play in when I played and I think it was a shame that it disappeared for a few years.

All proceeds are going towards The Alzheimer’s Association.

The Roster is attached below:

#YAIAA Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game Program

Former York College players dominate the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team.

Three-time first-team all-star and two-time CAC Player of the Year Chad McGowan leads a conference-best seven members from York. McGowan, a Dallastown High School graduate, was also the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Other Spartans named to the Silver Anniversary team who were CAC Player of the Year award winners include Nick Brady (2010) and Paul Kouvaris (2012). Jeff Mann (1991-93) and Andy O’Brien (2001-03) joined McGowan as three-time first-team All-CAC players for the Spartans. Brady and O’Brien are Delone Catholic High School graduates. The other York players honored were Dan Johnson (1995) and Dave Martins (2000).

No other CAC team had more than four players on the Silver Anniversary Team.

Entering its 25th year of varsity competition, the CAC selected a Silver Anniversary Team in 19 championship sports, primarily based on season-ending conference awards as voted by the conference coaches. The Silver Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team features 25 standouts.


York basketball fans may get to see some future Olympians — or even some future NBA players — on Sunday evening.

The touring Spanish under-18 national team is set to take on the Hilda Goodling Impact Academy prep team at 8 p.m.

The contest will played at the Goodling facility at 459 W. King St., which was formerly home to New Hope Academy.

“(The Spanish team) has three kids that are looking to be on the (next Spanish) Olympic team,” Goodling athletic director David Archer said. “… Some of these kids are going to be future pros. It’s a chance to see some great basketball.”

Spain has traditionally produced some of the top basketball talent in Europe. Among the Spaniards currently playing in the NBA are the Gasol brothers (Marc and Pau) and Ricky Rubio.

The Spanish adult national team is ranked No. 2 in the world, behind only the United States.

The Goodling prep team, meanwhile, is in its first year of existence. Its roster is largely made up of post-high school players. The Goodling team has already compiled a 4-1 record against other prep squads from the East Coast. Prep schools typically serve as a bridge between high school and college.

“We’re trying to create a second chance for kids,” Archer said. “We’re also trying to get them exposure. But’s it’s about more than basketball. We’re trying to teach kids skills to be successful, on the court and in life. We’re also stressing academics and community service.”

There are no York County players on the Goodling team, but there are a number of athletes from central Pennsylvania, including: Reading’s Angel Flores, Steelton’s Miko Jenkins, Lancaster’s Antanee Pinkard and Mount Calvary’s Jason Kuntzelmann.

The Goodling team doesn’t lack for size. Flores is listed at 7 feet, 3 inches tall on the team roster, while Jenkins is 6-8 and Pinkard is 6-5. There’s also another 6-8 guy on the roster.

Some of the other players on the Goodling team come from New York, the Virgin Islands, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The Goodling team is coached by Will Cabrera, a former Messiah College and Mansfield University assistant. Former Steel-High head coach Mike Pilsitz and former Steel-High all-state guard Ryan Hill are Cabrera’s assistant coaches. Hill also played at Bucknell.

The Goodling-Spain game will be preceded by a youth game at 6 p.m. Featuring Harrisburg and York players.

Ticket for Sunday’s game are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

— Reach Steve Heiser at


Northeastern setter Luke Braswell was has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play men’s volleyball at Penn State.

He will join the Nittany Lions at the start of the 2016 season. Braswell had previously verbally committed to PSU.

The 6-foot, 5-inch Braswell helped Northeastern to back-to-back PIAA state championships in the Class AA division. Coached by Matt Wilson, Braswell earned 2014 all-state honors. He also played with the USA junior national A2 team during the summer of 2014. Braswell’s brother, Stephen, is a sophomore outside hitter at Saint Francis University.

“Anytime you have an incoming setter with multiple state championships on his resume you know you’re getting someone who understands what it takes to be successful at this level,” Penn State coach Mark Pavlik said. “Luke also comes from a solid high school coaching background.”

Penn State men’s volleyball is set to open the 2015 season on the road at the Outrigger Invitational on Jan. 8-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Widely regarded as one of the top early-season tournaments, the Nittany Lions will make their 20th appearance in the annual event with matchups against UC Irvine and Hawaii.

The Lions are traditionally ranked among the top men’s volleyball programs in the nation.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 P-1 P-2 PF PA
York Catholic 17 36 17 29 35 56 41 21 42 26 23 343 214
Opponent 20 0 51 27 19 18 10 42 19 0 8
Ne Sus Bk Cath DC Han Lit Big BS F YT Steel-Hi C Hill


Hakeem Kinard 201 1448 7.2
Gregory Bennett 66 341 5.2
Jack Burnside 43 271 6.3
Jakkar Kinard 35 175 5.0
Andrew Polson 8 46 5.8
Sean Lamont 7 37 5.3
Ulysses Smith 1 21 21.0
Qua’Shawn Grooms 4 20 5.0
Brandon Creisher 1 5 5.0
Daniel Yokemick 1 3 3.0
Scott Bartkowiak 1 1 1.0
Luke Brennan 1 0 0.0
Joseph Bauhof 1 -3 -3.0
370 2365 6.4


Hakeem Kinard 104 210 9 17 1606
Qua’Shawn Grooms 1 1 0 1 5
105 211 9 18 1611


Qua’Shawn Grooms 30 536 17.9
Joseph Bauhof 18 324 18.0
Daniel Yokemick 20 274 13.7
Luke Brennan 18 257 14.3
Scott Bartkowiak 10 158 15.8
Gregory Bennett 4 41 10.3
Jack Burnside 3 10 3.3
Jakkar Kinard 1 6 6.0
Brandon Creisher 1 5 5.0
105 1611 15.3


Hakeem Kinard 14 0 0 0 84
Luke Brennan 2 39 1 3 62
Jack Burnside 7 0 0 0 42
Qua’Shawn Grooms 6 0 1 0 38
Daniel Yokemick 6 1 0 0 37
Gregory Bennett 6 0 0 0 36
Joseph Bauhof 4 0 0 0 24
Jakkar Kinard 3 0 0 0 18
Team Safety (York Catholic) 0 0 1 0 2


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 P-1 P-2
Total Offense 305 563 171 373 411 318 597 292 362 410 246 4048
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 P-1 P-2
Total Defense 343 112 504 419 337 354 264 447 251 115 172 3318
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 P-1 P-2
Turnovers lost 0 2 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 0 1 14
Turnovers received 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 4 12
Plus/Minus -2


Northeastern 54 280 5 9 63
Susquehannock 19 53 10 32 59
Berks Catholic 48 414 7 12 90
Delone Catholic 59 409 2 6 10
Hanover 29 198 13 37 139
Littlestown 53 301 6 17 53
Biglerville 43 220 4 13 44
Bermudian Springs 61 447 0 2 0
Fairfield 32 103 17 37 251
York Tech 29 92 6 15 23
Steel-High 31 106 7 16 66
Camp Hill
Total 458 2623 77 196 798





Shea Wassel has helped York College get off to a 2-0 start this season. The 6-foot, 1-inch senior is averaging 13.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.

Shea Wassel has helped York College get off to a 2-0 start this season. The 6-foot, 1-inch senior is averaging 13.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

Success can sometimes be taken for granted.

You come to expect it, rather than celebrate it.

And you forget how much blood, sweat and tears went into building it.

Then you get a reminder — a much-needed reminder — that causes you to step back and reflect on often overlooked accomplishments.

That reminder came Tuesday morning, when the Capital Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Basketball Silver Anniversary Team. The league is celebrating its 25th year this season and is naming silver anniversary teams in all of its sports.

The 25-person women’s basketball team includes a whopping seven former York College players — meaning 28 percent of the silver anniversary players are former Spartans. No other program had more than five.

The Spartans who were recognized are familiar names to local hoop nuts: Mandy Crabbs, 2004; Kristen Daly, 2008; Kristin Haley, 2014; Brittany Hicks, 2014; Heather Kessler, 2005; April Sparkman, 2012; and Keli Ward, 2009. All seven left lasting legacies on the York College women’s program. But you may notice that all seven played since the turn of the century.

There’s a reason for that. York College women’s basketball hasn’t always been the powerhouse it is today.

Building a program: Back in the 1990s, the Spartans typically struggled to compile winning seasons. During its first seven years in the CAC, the Spartan women had just two winning campaigns, and they were both 13-12 teams. The program’s overall mark during that time frame was 80-93, a .462 winning percentage.

Then Betsy Witman arrived as the head coach in 1997. The former Hanover High School and James Madison University standout came to York after four seasons as an assistant at Millersville University.

It didn’t take her long to make an impact. After an 11-14 record in her first year, Witman did not have another losing season until 2004-2005. She then ran off four more winning seasons, culminating with a standout 27-3 mark in 2008-2009.



Following a 12-15 rebuilding season in 2009-2010, Witman’s crew reeled off four more winning seasons, including three 20-victory campaigns in the last three years. That includes last year’s stellar 26-3 CAC champion outfit.

Overall, entering her 18th season, Witman is 296-193 at York, a .605 winning percentage. In her last three years, the Spartans are even better, going 70-16, good for an .813 winning percentage.

After losing four starters from last year’s team, there was speculation that York could struggle this season. But they’re off to a 2-0 start after winning the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic over the weekend.

It’s become clear that Witman — a four-time CAC Coach of the Year — knows what she’s doing. She’s recruits good players and coaches them up once they arrive in York.

Local flavor: It helps that many of her better players were once stars at central Pennsylvania high schools, which helps to generate local interest.

Hicks, for example, was a York Catholic grad, while Crabbs came from Littlestown and Daly hailed from Trinity. And it looks like another area grad, Susquehannock’s Katie Wagner, may be poised to join that list. In her first two games at York, the freshman is averaging 13.0 points and five rebounds per game.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Witman can attract local talent. After all, Witman is one of the better female basketball players to ever emerge from York County, after piling up more than 1,000 career points at both Hanover High and James Madison.

Now, however, Witman has also established herself as one of the better basketball coaches — male or female — to come out of these parts. The record she’s compiled, the players she’s produced and the accolades she’s garnered are proof of that.

Her program’s success has come to be expected, but it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of that.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at

Dallastown High School graduate George Christas, a senior defensive back at Lock Haven University, has earned a spot on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Second Team.

On Saturday at California, Christas capped his career with a bang. He finished with a game-high 10 tackles and put an exclamation point on his all-conference season with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The 10 tackles marked the fifth time this season where Christas recorded 10 or more in a game. In Week 6, he made a career-high 17, including 13 solo stops.

Christas finished the season with 100 tackles, the most in a single season for a Bald Eagle since 2002. His 100 tackles were the fourth most in the PSAC during the regular season and his 9.1 tackles per game ranked fifth in the league.

He finished the season with four interceptions, nine pass breakups, 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

The 2014 Preseason All-American finished his career with 13 interceptions, tying him for fifth most in school history.


York High graduate Jordan Zackery finished his career with 262 receptions at Franklin & Marshall University and set the Centennial Conference career reception mark that was previously held by Johns Hopkins’ Dan Wodicka.

Zackery set the record in F&M’s season-ending 26-14 loss to Gettysburg. Zackery finished that game with seven receptions for 45 yards.

The former Bearcat finished his senior season with 71 catches for 718 yards (10.1 yards per catch). He had six TD catches. He also 11 kickoff returns for 281 yards (25.5 yards per return) and 15 punt returns for 164 yards (10.9 yards per return). The 5-foot, 7-inch 165-pounder finished with 1,165 all-purpose yards (116.5 yards per game). He led F&M in all of those categories.

F&M finished 5-5.

Central York loses to Cumberland Valley: The Central York Tier 1 hockey team dropped to 0-5 on the season with a 6-2 loss to Cumberland Valley on Wednesday night. Trailing only 2-1 after the first period, the Panthers gave up four goals in the second period and that proved to be the difference. Cody Rumsey and Harrison Batt were the goal scorers for Central.

Dallastown routed by Hershey: Dallastown surrendered five unanswered goals in a 20-minute span en route to an 11-2 Tier 1 defeat to Hershey on Wednesday night. The onslaught by the Trojans took a game that was tied 1-1 and broke it opened, creating a deficit that the Wildcats couldn’t overcome. Ben Kelkis scored both goals for Dallastown (1-1-1).


York Catholic running back/defensive back Greg Bennett takes the ball during practice on Tuesday. Bennett and his Irish teammates take on Camp Hill in the

York Catholic running back/defensive back Greg Bennett takes the ball during practice on Tuesday. Bennett and his Irish teammates take on Camp Hill in the District 3-A title game on Saturday in Hershey. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

A week ago, the talk among this bunch of York Catholic High School football players was proving the Fighting Irish could stop the run in a District 3-A semifinal against a ground-oriented Steel-High offense.

The Irish, of course, answered the call en route to a 23-8 victory to advance to the district title game for the second year in a row.

Now, the York Catholic defense will have to prove it can stop the pass this Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium in the District 3-A championship game (noon kickoff) against Camp Hill’s third-year starting quarterback Michael Schuster. The junior phenom entered this year having thrown for 3,800 yards the previous two seasons. In 11 games this fall, Schuster has tallied 2,932 passing yards on 63.8 percent passing, throwing 36 touchdown passes to only eight interceptions.

Although No. 2 seed York Catholic (8-3) has only allowed 100-plus passing yards three times this season (to Hanover, Fairfield and Littlestown, all blowout wins by the Irish), it hasn’t encountered anything like top-seeded Camp Hill (9-2).

“A lot of people are saying ‘Camp Hill is bringing something we haven’t really seen. What are you guys gonna do against that?’ Well, we think we’re all right,” York Catholic senior running back/cornerback Greg Bennett said before Wednesday’s practice. “We definitely want to prove that (we can stop the pass).”

It’s a bit surprising to think there are still question marks for a team 13 weeks into a football season. But for this York Catholic defense, do we truly know if it can, indeed, defend the pass? Sure, the Irish have the second-best passing defense in the 23-team York-Adams League this season, holding opponents to 72.5 passing yards a clip. But they’ve mostly faced ground-and-pound offenses. And against the few teams with a strong passing game, York Catholic had no trouble winning.

York Catholic running back Jack Burnside takes the ball during practice on Tuesday. Burnside, who is also a defensive back for the Irish, will try to stop

York Catholic running back Jack Burnside takes the ball during practice on Tuesday. Burnside, who is also a defensive back for the Irish, will try to stop a high-flying Camp Hill passing attack on Saturday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

But even those teams usually had a one-sided offense with one star receiver.Camp Hill, meanwhile, has four receivers with at least 20-plus receptions, led by 6-foot, 1-inch senior Michael Hope (67 receptions, 1,176 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns). The remaining cast of receivers includes 5-5 sophomore Bill Williams (31 receptions, 746 receiving yards, 12 TDs), 6-7 freshman Zach Kuntz (35 receptions, 462 receiving yards, 3 TDs) and 5-11 junior Logan Vallati (22 receptions, 372 receiving yards, one TD).

Williams is also Camp Hill’s leading rusher with 1,046 rushing yards and 12 TDs, six times going for 100-plus yards this season. Plus, Schuster is agile and fast enough to run for first downs if no one is open on pass plays.

“What we’ve seen on him is he (Schuster) gets that corner, that edge … that’s something we can’t allow to happen,” York Catholic coach Eric Depew said.

Not unstoppable: Still, this Camp Hill offense can be slowed. Steel-High and Delone Catholic have proven as much. Those are the only two teams to hold Camp Hill under 200 passing yards this season. Camp Hill went 1-1 in those matchups, losing to Steel-High in Week 6, 20-14, and beating Delone in last week’s semifinal, 17-0. The Squires, though, had their top-two running backs — basically their entire offense — out with injuries. So, while the Delone defense showed up, the offense couldn’t generate anything offensively.

That shouldn’t be a problem for York Catholic, with York-Adams Division III Player of the Year Hakeem Kinard (1,448 rushing yards, 1,606 passing yards, 31 total TDs) at QB and a supporting cast of talents, such as wideout Qua’Shawn Grooms (536 receiving yards, six touchdowns). And Camp Hill, which finished runner-up to Milton Hershey in the Mid-Penn Capital Division in the regular season, doesn’t exactly rely on its defense to win. The Lions have given up 20-plus points eight times this year.

Oh, and York Catholic this season owns victories over Delone and Steel-High, the two opponents Camp Hill had trouble with. In addition, the weather forecast in Hershey on Saturday is calling for temperatures around 40 degrees and 5-10 mph winds, something Depew said could be in York Catholic’s favor.

“In this weather, you get into the playoffs it’s more teams that can run the ball. It is gonna be harder to throw when it’s colder, especially if you have wind,” Depew said.

Still, the difference between gold and silver for the Irish this Saturday will likely come down to their secondary.

“I like our secondary. That was our strength going in (to this season),” Depew said. “They’re a senior-oriented group of guys. We just have to be sound in coverage, know where we’re at in certain formations. When that ball is in the air we have got to treat it like it’s ours. Force some turnovers.”


Coaching connection: Depew coached under Camp Hill coach Frank Gay at Red Land when Red Land won the District 3-AAA title in 2006. Gay was hired at Camp Hill and Depew at York Catholic the same year (2011) and they faced each other for the first time in the District 3-A semifinals that season, with Camp Hill winning, 27-0.

“Eric won’t let me forget it,” Gay said by phone earlier this week. “He keeps needling me, saying we ran up the score.”

Experienced: That was the last year Camp Hill competed in the district title game until now. As a result, York Catholic senior running back/safety Jack Burnside believes competing in the district title game for the second year in a row will gave the Irish an edge over Camp Hill.

“We got a little more experience from last year, so we know how to handle the hype a little better than they would,” Burnside said. “So that will be an advantage for us.”

District 3 history: Camp Hill last won a district championship in 2004, completing a run of three district titles in four seasons — the Lions beat York Catholic in the 2002 District 3-A championship game, 25-13. Camp Hill has won seven district titles overall stretching back to 1986. York Catholic is 1-4 all-time in the District 3-A title game stretching back to 1982, the only year the Irish won district gold.

“It would mean the world,” Bennett said of possibly winning district gold. “We’ve been wanting that ever since we started playing high school football. That’s the goal every year. Especially after getting a silver medal last year, it’s would mean everything to us getting a gold medal.”

— Reach John Walk at


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