By JOHN WALK
505-5406/@yorksportsguy

West York quarterback Ross Campbell earned York-Adams League Division II Player of the Year honors this season after rushing for 1,289 yards, passing for

West York quarterback Ross Campbell earned York-Adams League Division II Player of the Year honors this season after rushing for 1,289 yards, passing for 1,516 yards and accounting for 37 total touchdowns. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
-

In the second quarter of the District 3-A title game at Hersheypark Stadium last Saturday, York Catholic nursed a 35-28 lead as Camp Hill was driving with time winding down before halftime.

Camp Hill quarterback Michael Shuster took the snap out of the shotgun, back-pedaled a couple of steps and fired a pass to his left into the hands of standout wide receiver Michael Hope.

Hope caught the ball near the sideline and shrugged off defensive back Jakkar Kinard by spinning inside. Two steps later, Hope’s chin met the left shoulder pad of Kinard’s older brother, Hakeem, popping Hope’s helmet up in the air and launching Hope onto his back out of bounds. The hit sent the York Catholic fans into a frenzy.

Dallastown running back Addison Quinones was also a force on defense for the Wildcats en route to winning York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year

Dallastown running back Addison Quinones was also a force on defense for the Wildcats en route to winning York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year honors. He rushed for 1,111 yards and also had 96 tackles. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
-

It may be a bit odd to hear of this. After all, Hakeem Kinard is more known for dual-threat abilities as the Irish quarterback. But the two-way starter played an important role on the defensive side, too, as York Catholic’s free safety. His efforts made it an easy choice for York-Adams Division III coaches to select Kinard as this year’s Division III Player of the Year.

Kinard played a large factor in the Irish going 8-4 this season, finishing as the Division III runner-up and making it back to the District 3-A title game for the second year in a row, where York Catholic lost in the highest-scoring playoff game in District 3 history, 63-49. Like he has all year, Kinard once again put up video-game numbers, throwing for 329 yards, running for 96 yards and accounting for six total touchdowns.

“I don’t want to say I expected it because that would be kind of cocky,” Kinard had said in an interview earlier this season when asked about his eye-popping statistics. “I expected to do whatever I needed to do to help the team win. If that means going out every week and busting up the stats, then that’s what it is.”

York Catholic quarterback Hakeem Kinard was named York-Adams League Division III Player of the Year after passing for 1,935 yards, running for 1,544 yards

York Catholic quarterback Hakeem Kinard was named York-Adams League Division III Player of the Year after passing for 1,935 yards, running for 1,544 yards and accounting for 37 total touchdowns. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
-

Dallastown senior running back and safety Addison Quinones (1,111 rushing yards, 194 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns; 96 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery) earned Player of the Year honors in Division I. The Wildcats won the Division I title with a 7-0 league mark and reached the District 3-AAAA playoffs, losing in the opening round to finish 9-2 overall.

“Him (Quinones) and Justin Tindull really stepped up to be the leaders of this team,” Dallastown coach Kevin Myers said earlier this month when asked about Quinones. “It’s not just what he does off the field, it’s what he does in that locker room. He was a scrawny kid in ninth grade. If you would look at him from ninth grade to now, you’d see the work he’s put in.”

West York’s Ron Miller was named the York-Adams Division II Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the division title and a 10-2 overall

West York’s Ron Miller was named the York-Adams Division II Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the division title and a 10-2 overall record. He announced his resignation earlier this week. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
-

Coaches in Division II tabbed West York senior quarterback Ross Campbell (1,435 rushing yards, 1,630 passing yards, 39 total touchdowns) as the Player of the Year. Campbell steered the Bulldogs to the Division II title with a 7-0 league record and helped West York reach the District 3-AAA quarterfinals, finishing with a 10-2 overall record.

“Ross is the first freshman I ever brought up. I’ve had him for four years,” Ron Miller said earlier this season when asked about Campbell.

Miller stepped down as the West York coach earlier this week following nine years at the helm.

Dallastown’s Kevin Myers guided the Wildcats to a 9-2 season in 2014, including the York-Adams Division I championship. He was selected the

Dallastown’s Kevin Myers guided the Wildcats to a 9-2 season in 2014, including the York-Adams Division I championship. He was selected the division’s coach of the year. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
-

“To watch how he (Campbell) has matured socially and mentally … his football IQ, his talent. He (Ross) had some mechanical issues (early on his high school career). He’s really tightened things up,” Miller had said. “His command of the offense … he was there with (former West York QBs) Kaden Hepler and Brandon Kinneman. All the meetings that kid has sat through, offseason stuff has paid off.”

Here’s the full list of York-Adams League all-stars, with stats provided for first-team selections (defensive stats were unavailable for Gettysburg, York Catholic and Dover players):

Division I:

Player of the Year: RB-DB Addison Quinones, Dallastown, sr. (1,111 rushing yards, 194 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns; 96 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery).

Co-Coaches of the Year: Kevin Myers, Dallastown and Jesse Shay, Red Lion.

First team offense:

Quarterback: Brock Geiman, South Western, jr. (1,508 passing yards, 128 rushing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns).

Running backs: Addison Quinones, Dallastown, sr. (1,111 rushing yards, 194 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns); Antwan Jackson, Red Lion, sr. (736 rushing yards, six touchdowns); Shay Feulmer, Spring Grove, sr. (988 rushing yards, 215 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns); Terrance Carter, Central York, sr. (835 rushing yards, 436 receiving yards, 16 touchdowns).

Receivers: Sae’Quan Whitaker, York High, sr. (424 receiving yards, four touchdowns); Logan Hall, Spring Grove, sr. (419 receiving yards, three touchdowns); Drew Hartlaub, South Western, so. (502 receiving yards, 14 total touchdowns); Noah Staub, South Western, jr. (433 receiving yards, five touchdowns).

Tight end: Owen Ritter, Dallastown, sr. (17 receptions, 387 receiving yards, five touchdowns).

Tackles: Owen Jacobs, Spring Grove, so.; Tray Noye, Dallastown, sr.

Guards: Justin Tindull, Dallastown, sr.; Andrew Lawson, Spring Grove, jr.

Center: Sam Lowe, Red Lion, sr.

Kicker: Andrew Luckenbaugh, Spring Grove, jr. (34 extra-point kicks, six field goals).

Second-team offense: QB James Way, YH, sr.; RB Bryshon Sweeney, YH, sr.; RB Pearson Hinkle, CY, sr.; Drew Hartlaub, SW, so.; RB Kody Reeser, NE, jr.; WR David Ankney, NE, jr.; WR Jake Jansen, Dt, jr.; WR Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, RL, jr.; WR Jeremiah Dadeboe, CY, sr.; TE Robert Romey, CY, sr.; T Matt Helwig, SW, sr.; T Nick Argento, RL, so.; G Peyton Wolgamuth, NE, sr.; G Max Lippy, NO, sr.; C Ziba Topper, SG, sr.; K Mac Curran, Dt, sr.

First-team defense:

Ends: Kristoffer Phennicie, Dallastown, sr. (39 tackles, 11 sacks, one fumble recovery); Tate Lau, Northeastern, jr. (55 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries).

Tackles: Justin Tindull, Dallastown, sr. (51 tackles, seven sacks); Nick Argento, Red Lion, so. (79 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble), Jake Whitfield, York High, sr. (33 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble).

Outside linebackers: Antwan Jackson, Red Lion, sr. (113 tackles, five sacks); Ryan Krebs, South Western, sr. (70 tackles, six interceptions, one forced fumble).

Inside linebackers: Zack Stauffer, Spring Grove, sr. (105 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries); Lasmir Mitchell, York High, sr. (101 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble).

Defensive backs: Ian Slaven, Spring Grove, jr. (38 tackles, one forced fumble, six pass deflections); Nate Orji, Red Lion, sr. (38 tackles, two interceptions); Bryshon Sweeney, York High, sr. (53 tackles, one interception); Addison Quinones, Dallastown, sr. (96 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery).

Punter: Jacob Garrity, Dallastown, jr. (16 punts for 652 yards, 40.8 average, one 68-yard punt).

Specialists: Bryshon Sweeney, York High, sr. (53 tackles, one interception, three pass deflections); Keegan Romanoff, New Oxford, sr. (22 kickoff returns for 680 yards for 30.9 average, one 99-yard kick return).

Second-team defense: DE Seth Janney, SW, so.; Sam Lowe, RL, sr.; DT Jordan Burns, Dt, jr.; DT Andrew Lawson, SG, jr.; Jordan Farmer, NE, sr.; OLB Nick Erickson, SG, jr.; OLB William Reilly, Dt, jr.; ILB Tyler Jachelski, SW, sr.; ILB Stone Hill, RL, jr.; DB Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, RL, jr.; DB Daulton Snyder, NO, sr.; DB Hunter Palmer, SW, sr.; DB Jeremiah Dadeboe, CY, sr.; P Brock Geiman, SW, jr.; Sp Drew Hartlaub, SW, so.

Division II

Player of the Year: QB Ross Campbell, West York, sr. (1,435 rushing yards, 1,630 passing yards, 39 total touchdowns).

Coach of the Year: Ron Miller, West York.

First-team offense:

Quarterback: Ross Campbell, WY, sr (1,435 rushing yards, 1,630 passing yards, 39 total touchdowns)

Running backs: Durran Ledbetter, Dover, jr. (691 rushing yards, eight touchdowns); Lucas Barshinger, Eastern York, sr. (987 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns); Lane Sherman, Gettysburg, sr. (757 rushing yards, 140 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns).

Receivers: Diego Torres, West York, sr. (797 receiving yards, nine touchdowns); Collin Mailman, York Suburban, jr. (976 receiving yards, eight touchdowns); Tyler Lampe, Gettysburg, sr. (365 receiving yards, 268 rushing yards, six touchdowns); Kyle Woolridge, Kennard-Dale, jr. (295 receiving yards, three touchdowns).

Tight end: Ian Lichty, West York, sr. (108 receiving yards, one touchdown).

Tackles: Giovani Almanza-Alvarado, Gettysburg, sr.; Levi Murphy, Dover, sr.

Guards: Nick Kniery, West York, sr.; Garret Ishman, Eastern York, sr.

Center: Logan Stover, West York, sr.

Kicker: Michael Heeschen, Gettysburg, sr. (45 extra-point kicks, four field goals).

Second-team offense: QB Thomas Merkle, YS, jr.; RB Keegan Corwell, EY, so.; RB Cadence Thomas, WY, so.; RB Liam McWilliams, YS, sr.; WR Kobe Wansel, G, sr.; WR Dorian Faster, S, jr.; TE Jordan Turner, G, sr.; T Hunter Mummert, WY, sr.; T Wyatt Smith, EY, so.; G Micah Sunholm, G, sr.; G Tyler Jacobson, D, sr.; C Sam Fetter, G, sr.; C Lee Dice, EY, sr.; K Damian McKinsey, EY, sr.

Honorable mention offense: QB Jake Myers, G, sr.; QB Josh Stoneberg, S, jr., RB Tyrel Jones, Dover, sr.; RB Wade Laudeman, G, sr.; RB Mitchell Hoffman, G, sr.; WR Terry Cains, WY, jr.; WR Jimmy Daglaris, YS, sr.; WR Michael Ingalsbe, G, sr.; TE Kevin Moats, YS, sr.; T Quincy Noland, KD, jr.; T William Peters, YS, sr.; T Alex Wiencek, Susquehannock, so.; G R.J. Myers, Susquehannock, jr.; G Jonathan McKenna, G, jr.; C Matt Farr, Dover, jr.; K Brett Strickler, WY, sr.

First-team defense:

Tackles: Nick Kniery, West York, sr. (51 tackles, seven sacks, one fumble recovery); Mitchell Hoffman, Gettysburg, sr.

Ends: Shawn Orchard, Dover, sr.; Giovani Almanza-Alvarado, Gettysburg, sr.; Mike Messersmith, West York, so. (46 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries).

Outside linebackers: Noah Townsley, West York, sr. (62 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery); Wade Laudeman, Gettysburg, sr.

Inside linebackers: Lucas Barshinger, Eastern York, sr. (86 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries); Sawyer Robinson, York Suburban, sr. (85 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery); Garrett Stauffer, West York, sr. (62 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery).

Defensive backs: Austin Jenkins, Kennard-Dale, jr. (24 tackles, two interceptions); Dalton Lyons, Gettysburg, sr.; Dustin Knaub, York Suburban, jr. (64 tackles, two interceptions); Brett Kinneman, WY, sr.; P Kyle Woolridge, Kennard-Dale, jr. (65 punts for 2,122 yards, 32.6 average, one 50-yard punt).

Second-team defense: DT Garret Ishman, EY, sr.; DT Tyler Jacobson, Dover, sr.; DT Alex Wiencek, S, so.; DE Dylan Bitonti, EY, sr.; DE Malik Allen, D, sr.; OLB Nathan Sharrah, G, sr.; OLB David Cassel, EY, sr.; ILB Ray Wenger, Susquehannock, sr.; ILB Sam Fetter, G, sr.; ILB Durran Ledbetter, D, jr.; ILB Derek Brenneman, D, jr.; DB Gavin Toomey, WY, sr.; DB Ryan Kalke, EY, jr.; DB Damian McKinsey, EY, sr.; DB John Sterner, Dover, sr.; P Tyler Jacobson, Dover, sr.; Michael Heeschen, G, sr.

Honorable mention defense: DT Wyatt Smith, EY, so.; DT R.J. Myers, S, jr.; DT Jonathan McKenna, G, sr.; DT Micah Sunholm, G, sr.; DE Chet Brockett, G, jr.; OLB Tyler Buckley, S, sr.; ILB Tyler Wilt, G, jr.; ILB Jake Sharrah, G, sr.; ILB Ryan Narber, WY, jr.; ILB Chase Carlile, KD, jr.; DB Nick Workinger, G, sr.; DB Tyler Lampe, G, sr.; DB Lane Sherman, G, sr.; DB Sawyer Richardson, EY, jr.; DB Dorian Faster, S, jr.; P Jake Kessler, EY, sr.

Division III

Player of the Year: QB-CB Hakeem Kinard, York Catholic, sr. (Offense: 1,935 passing yards, 1,544 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns).

Coach of the Year: Jon DeFoe, Bermudian Springs.

First-team offense:

Quarterback: Ryan Markle, Bermudian Springs, sr. (1,055 passing yards, 178 rushing yards, 14 total touchdowns).

Running back: Briton Shelton, Bermudian Springs, sr. (1,234 rushing yards, 229 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns).

Fullback: Colton Dull, Bermudian Springs, sr. (1,438 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns).

Wide receivers: Qua’Shawn Grooms, York Catholic, sr. (683 receiving yards, seven touchdowns); Dylan Krieger, Hanover, sr. (1,279 receiving yards, nine touchdowns); Lucas Reynolds, Littlestown, sr. (637 rushing yards, 446 receiving yards, seven touchdowns).

Tight end: Antijuan Washington, Fairfield, jr. (392 receiving yards, four touchdowns).

Tackles: Noah Hakes, Bermudian Springs, sr; Victor Lopez, Biglerville, jr.

Guards: Sam McCollum, Bermudian Springs, sr.; Garrett Reichart, Hanover, sr.

Center: Silas Hall, Bermudian Springs, sr.

Kicker: Jorden Trostel, Biglerville, sr. (42 kickoffs for 1,630 yards, 38.8 average, one 68-yard punt, four touchbacks).

Second-team offense: QB Mason Flickinger, F, sr.; RB Scott Cooper, Big, jr.; RB Jake Kadis, DC, sr.; FB Zach Brown, Lt, sr.; WR Wyatt Gearheart, BS, sr.; WR Alex Irwin, F, sr.; TE Justin Gobrecht, DC, sr.; T Devin Faisal, H, sr.; T Conor Scherle, F, sr.; G Ryan Hovis, F, sr.; G Nate Mentzer, Big, sr.; C Jimmy O’Boyle DC, sr.; K Luke Brennan, YC, jr.

Honorable mention offense: QB Kyle Krout, H, jr.; QB Brian Shermeyer, DC, so.; RB Greg Bennett, YC, sr.; RB Jack Burnside, YC, sr.; FB Alex Little, DC, sr.; FB Colton Sentz, Big, jr.; WR Joe Bauhof, YC, jr.; TE Luke Brennan, YC, jr.; T Dustyn Lauver, BS, sr.; T Michael Sterling, YC, sr.; G Ryan Ratchford, YC, jr.; C Joe Heldrich, YC, jr.; Juan Martinez, Big, sr.; K Connor Zahm, BS, jr.

First-team defense:

Tackles: Noah Hakes, Bermudian Springs, sr. (58 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble); Zach Macleod, Littlestown, sr. (76 tackles).

Ends: Justin Gobrecht, Delone Catholic, sr. (60 tackles, seven sacks, one fumble recovery); Cody Rowland, Bermudian Springs, sr. (52 tackles, nine sacks, one forced fumble).

Inside linebackers: Qua’Shawn Grooms, YC, sr.; Brennan Waltermyer, Bermudian Springs, sr. (47 tackles, one sack, three interceptions).

Cornerbacks: Greg Bennett, York Catholic, sr.; Wyatt Gearhart, Bermudian Springs, sr. (26 tackles, five interceptions, one fumble recovery).

Safeties: Ryan Markle, Bermudian Springs, sr. (41 tackles, nine interceptions); Mason Flickinger, Fairfield, sr. (75 tackles, three forced fumbles, four interceptions with three returned for touchdowns).

Punter: Connor Zahm, Bermudian Springs, sr. (12 punts for 526 yards, 43.8 average, four touchbacks).

Specialists: Wesley Storey, Littlestown, so. (five kickoff returns for 239 yards, one 91-yard return); Jibri Bones, YT, so. (played four defensive positions, tallying 63 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries).

Second-team defense: DT Nate Mentzer, Big, sr.; DT Tom Shultz, F, jr.; DE Isaiah Colon, YT, so.; DE Brandon Hummell, F, sr.; ILB Chase Kint, DC, jr.; ILB Garrett Reichart, H, sr.; ILB Dan Yokemick, YC, so.; OLB Nashid Bones, YT, sr.; OLB Ben Hurda, Big, jr.; CB Scott Cooper, Big, jr.; CB Aaron Moore, F, jr.; S Tyler Loucks, DC, sr.; S Brady Mentzer, Big, sr.; P Jordan Trostel, Big, sr.; Sp Jakkar Kinard, YC, so.

Honorable mention defense: DT Luke Brennan, YC, jr.; DE Joe Heldrich, YC, jr.; DE Sam McCollum, BS, sr.; ILB Logan Luckenbaugh, BS, jr.; ILB Brandon Selman, F, sr.; OLB Scott Bartkowiak, YC, sr.; S Mike Quealy, F, sr.; P Luke Brennan, YC, jr.

—Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

York’s Brad Wesner is pressured by Messiah’s Luke Cable, a West York grad, during action at York on Tuesday. Cable had 14 points to help

York’s Brad Wesner is pressured by Messiah’s Luke Cable, a West York grad, during action at York on Tuesday. Cable had 14 points to help Messiah to a 75-69 victory. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
-

Finding a college basketball home hasn’t been easy for former West York High School standout Luke Cable.

But after transferring to Messiah this season — his third college stop in three years — the former Bulldog is starting to feel comfortable.

Cable showed some of that comfort level in front of a number of family and friends Tuesday night when his Falcons visited York College in a men’s basketball battle. The 5-foot 10-inch guard looked at ease, pouring in a team-high 14 points to help Messiah to a 75-69 victory over the Spartans.

“I love it here,” Cable said of the school in northern York County. “It’s a perfect fit for me.”

Cable’s “homecoming” was a bit intriguing. It marked the first time he ever play at the Grumbacher Center. While the York-Adams League holds its playoff championship games on that court, the Bulldogs failed to make it to the finals during Cable’s high school career.

“Yeah, I’ve never actually played here before,” said Cable, who played a year at Susquehanna and then at Eastern University before coming to Messiah. “Never. Never made it to the championship as a player. So it was good to play here. My brothers (Jordan and Ben) and my whole family were here. And all my friends are home for Thanksgiving break so they were there too. And it was good to get a win.”

While Cable was all smiles with the outcome, it was a different story for the Spartans, who remained winless (0-4). Head Coach Matt Hunter’s club played another quality opponent tough only to find themselves on the short end.

“That team (Messiah) wins,” Hunter said of the 4-0 Falcons. “And I just told my team that if we compete like (Messiah) that we’ll win basketball games. We have to learn a couple lessons, but we have to keep our chin up.”

York was able to stymie the Falcons with a defense that forced Messiah to shoot from the perimeter for much of the contest. Combined with some early foul trouble that plagued Falcon standout forward David Fernandez-Bravo (10 points, seven rebounds), the Spartans’ defense was able to keep the team either ahead or within a few points all night.

“They run a zone and our offense … we usually run it against man,” Cable said. “Their zone took us out of what we normally try to do and it was tough. And David seems to get into foul trouble every single game. If we can keep him on the floor we’re obviously a way better team.”

Good teams such as Messiah, which was ranked in the top 15 in NCAA Division III a year ago, seem to have a knack of playing well in the clutch. And that’s exactly what the Falcons did. After York took its biggest lead of the night at 63-56 with 4:53 left, the visitors responded with a 10-0 run over the next 89 seconds.

Hunter wasn’t disappointed in his team’s defense for that stretch as much as he was impressed with how Messiah’s role players stepped up.

“I can’t fault our defense,” he said. “We stopped the ball and they kicked it out to a guy (Neil Murren) who hadn’t made a 3-point shot all year and he knocked it down. So that’s why you tip your cap. That’s the game of basketball. It was a great effort by (Murren).”

Murren’s triple ignited the run, which was further fueled by five points from Cable.

“We realized that there wasn’t much time left,” Cable said. “We knew we had to pick it up and just play through it.”

The Spartans, though, got a big 3-pointer from South Western grad Mike Duffy, who set a new career high with 19 points on the night. Duffy’s shot tied the score at 66 with 3:06 left.

“He’s solid,” Hunter said of Duffy. “He’s a tough kid, he’s a strong kid and a competitive SOB. And I mean that as the best compliment that a coach can give to a player. He’s been great for us and he’s making a lot of plays for us.”

The Spartans had their chances down the stretch to regain the edge but fell short. While the outcome was disheartening for Hunter, he was nevertheless pleased with his team’s efforts.

“I love our team,” he said. “That group, right there, they just compete. It was awesome to watch and it was awesome to be a part of. I couldn’t be prouder of a group of guys than I am of that group right there.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By STEVE HEISER
505-5446/@ydsports

This is a week for giving thanks.

So it seems appropriate to thank a group of area men and women who are normally overlooked and under appreciated — high school sports officials.

It’s a group that nearly everyone — fans, players and coaches alike — seems to enjoy pounding.

Go to any scholastic event and you can usually hear officials accused of blindness, bias and ineptitude, often in colorful language.

That kind of behavior wouldn’t be accepted in most any other walk of life, but it’s become business as usual at some high school sports events.

It doesn’t seem to matter that the officials are also your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Or that they’re working for nominal pay. The abuse still rains down on them.

It’s usually a thankless job. In fact, it’s downright amazing that the PIAA can recruit enough officials to do all of the games in all of the sports at all of the different levels (junior high, junior varsity and varsity).

Still, these dedicated men and women return game after game, year after year.

Why?

Because without them, the competitions couldn’t be played, and that’s unacceptable to them.

Almost all of the local officials are former athletes themselves, and they know the important role that athletics can play in the development of young people. They know there are crucial lessons to be learned. They know that physical activity can grow into a habit that can improve long-term health. And they know the life-long friendships that can be fostered.

So the officials shrug off the criticism, develop a thick hide and do the best job they can.

Ask any official, and his or her No. 1 goal is always to get the call right. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Officials are human, after all. But they get it right most of the time. And when they get it wrong, they are often the first to admit it.

The No. 2 goal would be to be invisible. If, after the game is over, no one remembers the officiating, then they’ve done their job.

To achieve those goals, the local officials are constantly striving to improve. They regularly attend meetings and seminars to talk about rules, mechanics and points of emphasis. They work hard at their jobs and they take it very seriously. They don’t just show up, blow the whistle a few times and reach out their hand for a paycheck.

Going above and beyond: Also, officials don’t just officiate. They also try to encourage sportsmanship and help our young athletes in other ways.

For example, the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund announced last week that it would award four $7,500 Sportsmanship Awards to local athletes in 2015 who have honored “honesty, integrity, cooperation, courage, teamwork and discipline.”

That’s a total of $30,000 in scholarships. That’s not chump change.

Gretchen Wolf Swartz was a York County basketball official from 1981 to 1995. Following her untimely death from leukemia in 1997, her fellow officials created the scholarship fund to promote and honor the sportsmanship she so effectively displayed.

The first Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Scholarships — both in the amount of $1,000 — were awarded in 2001. More than $70,000 in scholarship money has been awarded overall.

That’s called going above and beyond your job description.

It’s something that officials do all the time — quietly and without fanfare.

Yes, officiating can be a thankless job. The pay is low and the stress is high.

But in this time of Thanksgiving, that should change.

The next time you attend a high school event, don’t berate the officials for every perceived blown call. Instead, tell them you appreciate all their hard work. Tell then they got the call right. Tell them they were invisible.

Most importantly, tell them thanks for a job well done.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

The third annual West York High School Boys’ Basketball Alumni Games are set for Saturday night.

This year’s games will have special significance because it represents the last year the high school team will play in the current gym, which has been home for a number of championship squads over the past five decades. Ground has broken on the construction of a new gym, which will be located behind the old gym, in the back parking lot of the high school. Completion is set for November, 2015. The new gym will hold close to 1,800 fans and will include an indoor track, two regulation-sized courts and many other upgrades.

The focus on Saturday, however, will be on celebrating the past, and in this case a structure that was home for most of West York’s storied basketball history. To celebrate, the Booster Club will hold a silent auction that offers pieces of Bulldog basketball lore in the form of past uniforms, championship banners and warm-ups worn by some of the top basketball players in York County history. For a full list of what is available for purchase, visit a special website set up for the occasion: http://westyorkboysbasketball.eflea.ca/

Gift baskets will also be raffled off at the event, while with new Bulldog gear will also be available for sale.

All proceeds will go to the boys’ basketball program.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

Penn State York’s Logan Steckel shoots a jumper against Harford’s Charlie Kwarteng on Monday. Steckel had 26 points in PSY’s 70-67 win.

Penn State York’s Logan Steckel shoots a jumper against Harford’s Charlie Kwarteng on Monday. Steckel had 26 points in PSY’s 70-67 win. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

With the clock winding down late in the contest against visiting Harford Community College, Penn State York guard Tyler Martin was hoping to find a path into the paint.

What he found was actually so much better.

With two Fighting Owl defenders crashing on Martin near the top of the key, the senior found Roger Schumann wide open in the paint. Schumann finished off Martin’s pass with an easy layup with 13.9 seconds left to give the Lions the lead.

A Harford miss on the other end of the court was corralled on the defensive boards by Logan Steckel, who made one of two free throws to cap off a 70-67 victory for the home squad.

Penn State York, the defending Penn State University Athletic Conference champion, improved to 3-2 overall with the victory.

“I was surprised,” said Martin, a Lancaster McCaskey graduate. “Then I was like, ‘just make the layup.'”

The effort offensively and defensively by PSY in the final minute is something that the Lions and Head Coach Parrish Petry are hoping to extend for longer stretches during games in the future.

“We’ve had this style of game against Central Penn and Manor College where we came up on the short end,” Petry said. “So it’s nice to see the guys get rewarded for their effort. I was happy for them.”

Martin, a captain along with fellow senior Josh Jamison this year, thinks that the lessons learned from a tough early season schedule in which the squad has been in close contests will only help down the road.

“Every game is a learning point,” Martin said. “We’re small. A lot smaller then we were last year, but we have to keep running the floor, rebound the basketball and shoot well.”

Steckel, a Red Lion Christian graduate, led the Lions with a game-high 26 points, including a big 3-pointer with 62 seconds left that briefly gave his team a 67-66 advantage. Jamison, who surpassed 1,000 points for his career Friday in a victory over Penn State Hazleton, added 16 while Martin finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Malachi Seney led Harford with 20 points.

PSY women handed lopsided setback: While the PSY men’s team was locked in a tight contest all night, the women’s team was behind the proverbial 8 ball all night. Facing a talented Harford squad that shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the floor, the Lions were blitzed, 95-31.

Zana Godoy led the Fighting Owls with a game-high 22 points. Harford raced out to a 50-10 lead by the intermission.

Lion forward Hannah York led the home team with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while her sister, Molly, scored 10 more for PSY (1-3).

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

For David Archer, the sport of basketball is not so much about points, steals, wins and losses.

For Archer, it’s more about one thing: opportunity.

The opportunity to stay engaged in something productive.

The opportunity to advance beyond what a player could have imagined for himself.

And the opportunity to get away from a troubling situation.

So Archer, the athletic director at the Hilda Goodling Impact Academy, wanted to find a way to deliver those same opportunities, which he credits for saving his own life, to the next generation of young adults. And thus the HGIA prep school basketball team became a reality.

“If I didn’t play basketball, I would be dead,” said Archer, who was the head coach for the New Hope Academy boys’ basketball team last spring. “Or in jail. It gave me an avenue. My mother was on drugs and my father was a drug dealer. Basketball gave me an opportunity and all I want to do is be able to give these next set of kids that same opportunity.”

The tragic tale of a former New Hope basketball player also helped Archer put some additional perspective on his cause.

“We started this program because of Na’Gus Griggs,” Archer said of his former New Hope player who was murdered in September. “He was a kid that wasn’t going to be able play (in college) this year. He was beginning to turn his life around and we want to be able to help the next kid just like that. And in the process of doing this, we found that there’s kids all over just looking for an opportunity.”

While basketball certainly draws the most attention with many prep schools, playing is not the sole focus at HGIA.

“People think that prep schools are basketball factories,” Archer said. “But I invite people to come here and look at the academics. These kids are being pushed and they don’t even have to. Most of them already graduated high school. So why would you want to come back and take English, why would you want to take science, why would you want to take math if it’s only about basketball?”

Getting young adults ready for the rigors of NCAA Division I basketball while also growing accustomed to high-level academics is what HGIA is all about, Archer said.

“A lot of these kids have already graduated from school and are looking for some structure,” Archer said. “So what we’ve done is created a program that is academically based, but also gives them opportunity athletically. We have some kids who are Division I-caliber athletes, but they needed a little bit more development and a little more preparation.”

Win over Spanish team: The school was able to show off its new prep team — a level between high school and college — Sunday night when it defeated the Canarias Basketball Academy, essentially the feeder program for the Spain under-18 national squad, 60-53. The packed house and atmosphere at the school’s gym — the same one in which Archer coached New Hope a year ago — gave Archer an extra jolt of excitement.

“To walk into a gym like the one tonight and see them, and they brought 25 kids over from Spain, and five or six of them are looking to be on their Olympic team in the next couple of years, is amazing,” Archer said. “And that’s very exciting to bring that type of team here to York.”

The roster for the HGIA prep team, which improved to 5-1, features no York-area players, but is peppered with some names from schools around District 3. McCaskey’s Antanee Pinkard, Steel-High’s Miko Jenkins and Mount Calvary’s Jason Kuntzelmann headline a nine-player squad that also includes players from places such as New York City, Washington D.C. and even the Virgin Islands.

Notes: In addition to the prep team, the school will also field a high school boys’ basketball team. Archer will coach that team a year after guiding New Hope to the District 3-A crown. He expects to have around five players he coached at New Hope on his roster this season.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

DALLASTOWN — Abby Bentz has been one of the most feared outside hitters throughout the York-Adams League during her girls’ volleyball career at Susquehannock High School.

The truth is, however, that she would like to dish the ball to a teammate rather than slam it down on the opposite side of the court.

Fortunately for Bentz, she’ll be able to do just that next year when she attends the University of Maryland to play NCAA Division I college volleyball.

Until then, she was satisfied tallying up kills during Sunday’s York-Adams League Senior Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game at Dallastown High School. Bentz played a key role for her Light Purple squad, which swept the Dark Purple side, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15.

The teams — which were split up randomly — wore variations of purple because all donations raised from the event were given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“I started out as a setter when I was really young in club,” Bentz said. “And that’s always been my favorite position to play. Being able to control the court, control what happens and be a real leader with a prominent role on the court. So I’m excited to go back and play the position that I’m most comfortable in.”

One place Bentz was pretty uncomfortable in during this season was on the bench. The Warrior star suffered a leg injury early in the season and was forced to miss significant time because of it.

“I’ve never experienced an injury that took me out of the game,” she said. “Watching the team play … I was trying my best to cheer them on and be kind of like another coach or manager, but it was driving me crazy.”

Back from hiatus: Bentz, the Division II Player of the Year as well as a District 3-AA first-team all-star, was more than happy to participate in Sunday’s event, which returned after a two-year hiatus. Her sister, Hannah, played in the last all-star event back in 2011, so to get the chance to take part in it helped make her high school experience complete.

“That was my freshman year,” Bentz said. “And my sister played in one so I wanted to play in one too. I’m so glad (Dallastown coach Shannon Werner) got this together.”

Werner, who enjoyed participating in this event back in her high school days, had two goals for the event: keep it fun and make it something worthwhile. Both goals were definitely met. The girls, coaches, officials and even Werner, who played the part of emcee, all had smiles on their faces throughout.

“Yeah, it was definitely a lot of fun,” Bentz said. “You don’t really get a lot of opportunities where you can have a more fun atmosphere. And it was fun to play together with the girls, who I’m so used to playing against during the season.”

In addition to that, nearly $300 was raised for a cause that is important to Werner, whose grandmother suffers from the disease.

“(Officials) Sue Masenheimer and Cindy Rinehart used to run this,” Werner said. “And they just couldn’t take all the responsibilities with this any longer so it just kind of diminished. So I just decided that since I have the ability to get the gym, and Dallastown provided it for free, that I might as well. And I wanted to put a cause with it as well.”

Werner is hoping to continue this event on an annual basis with the goal to exceed the previous year’s donation level.

“I’m hoping that, if we continue this, that we can get into the $500 to $1,000 range,” she said.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

A pair of former York-Adams League basketball standouts put on a show on Sunday in West Long Branch, N.J.

Dallastown HighSchool graduate Four McGlynn scored a career-high 27 points and Alex Gavrilovic drilled a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in overtime to lift Towson to a 79-75 win over Monmouth on Sunday to capture the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Andrew Nicholas’ sixth 3-pointer with 28 seconds left had given Mounmouth (2-2) a 75-74 lead, setting up Gavrilovic’s heroics. Nicholas is an Eastern York High School graduate.

The Hawks turned the ball over after consecutive timeouts and McGlynn, whose three free throws with 12 seconds left forced the overtime, made two more to clinch the game.

John Davis added a career-high 22 points, including the first five of overtime, for the Tigers (4-1).

Towson and Monmouth both beat Central Connecticut State and Bethune-Cookman in the tournament

Monmouth built a 41-29 lead in the first half as Nicholas hit 5 of 8 3-pointers. He finished with 24 points, going 6 of 10 behind the arc. Deon Jones added 16, Justin Robinson 14 and Brice Kofane 10 with seven blocks.

For the season, McGlynn, a 6-foot, 2-inch junior, leads Towson with a 14.2 points-per-game average. Nicholas, a 6-6 senior, is Monmouth’s second-leading scorer at 13.5 points per game.

By JOHN WALK
505-5406/@yorksportsguy

Ron Miller had a lot of reasons to celebrate during his tenure as the West York High School head football coach. In nine seasons, his teams went 86-25,

Ron Miller had a lot of reasons to celebrate during his tenure as the West York High School head football coach. In nine seasons, his teams went 86-25, including a 47-4 mark in York-Adams League competition. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
 -

He had made the decision back in February that the 2014 football season would be it.

In his ninth year at the helm of the West York football program, Ron Miller planned to give it his all for one more campaign as the Bulldogs’ head coach and then call it quits.

“My daughter is 11. It’s been a grind — coaching 111 games in nine years. That’s in addition to all the years I coached college. That’s a tough life on a family, too. It’s just one of those things where it’s kind of been in the back of my mind,” Miller said by phone Monday evening. “We said this would be our last year. Then I had a little heart scare during camp this year. That woke me up. I remember the day they put me on the gurney and in the ambulance on the way to York Hospital. My daughter is crying. I said I couldn’t do this. The demands and stress of running a football program, I don’t have what it takes to deal with it all anymore.”

Miller made his move official Friday when he handed his letter resignation to athletic director Roger Czerwinski.

“Coach and me have been in communication about this for awhile,” Czerwinski said by phone Monday. “The final decision was made after the season. He had to look at the big picture, look at what’s best for his future and his family. He thought now is the best time to walk away.”

Becoming a Bulldog: Miller is married and has a daughter in elementary school in the Northeastern School District. He moved to West York with them from Selinsgrove back in 2006 when he was hired to be the next Bulldogs’ football coach.

Miller compiled a 86-25 overall record in nine years at West York, including a 47-4 mark in York-Adams League competition. In those nine seasons, Miller steered West York to seven Division II titles and seven appearances in the District 3-AAA Tournament, where the Bulldogs reached the semifinals four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), the title game twice (2008, 2012) and won it once (2008).

Cumberland Valley, a Class AAAA powerhouse, offered its head coaching spot to Miller in 2012 after he steered the Bulldogs to the District 3-AAA title game, but Miller instead opted to continue the winning tradition at West York.

“I think one thing I’ll take away from the experience is the very first thing I ever said was it’s impossible to do it all on your own,” Miller said. “The community and the parents bought into it. To watch those parents drive those kids in at 6 in the morning to lift weights before school or bring them in during the summer time at 7 or 8 in the morning, the commitment from the parents is unbelievable. Just that whole thing of we did it together. West York is a magical place.”

Miller plans to continue to work full time as the dean of students at West York, a position in which he’s touched the lives of several students over the years, according to Czerwinski.

“For me personally what I’ll remember most is when we won our first state title (in baseball) he was the first one to send a text to congratulate our kids,” said Czerwinski, who is also West York’s baseball coach. “It shows what kind of individual he is. He’s concerned about all of our kids and not just his kids.”

Journey to West York: A 1989 graduate of Mount Carmel High, Miller had an outstanding playing career at Susquehanna University, during which he earned NCAA Division III All-America honors at guard, according to York Dispatch archives. Miller graduated from Susquehanna in 1993 with a political science degree.

He then spent the next 12 years as a college assistant coach, with stops at Wagner (N.Y.), Emporia State (Kan.) and Wilkes before returning to coach at his alma mater, Susquehanna University, where he stayed for seven seasons before taking the West York job.

“When I first started (coaching) my goal was to coach in front of 100,000 people,” Miller said. “It’s a tough profession to get into. You don’t make any money at the beginning. At 23 years old, being offensive coordinator, I started to get an itch to be a head coach. Things didn’t work out the way I thought they would at Susquehanna. The stars were just aligned perfectly at West York. A perfect place for me at a perfect time. It’s become home for us. I think we’ve created a heck of a program. That was the goal.”

Miller originally took over the West York gig in place of Terry Bupp, who resigned following 24 seasons as the head man for the Bulldogs. Bupp’s teams posted winning records in league competition in 18 of those 24 seasons, eight times winning a Division II title.

The search: Czerwinski said he will begin the search for the next West York football coach beginning Dec. 2.

“We’ll sit down next Tuesday and decide on what we’re looking for and then open up the search and we’ll leave it open. Our procedure is to find candidates over those next two to three weeks. When we get back (from holiday break) we’ll start interviewing again.”

Miller, meanwhile, will continue helping students at the high school while also working toward a principal certification, which he hopes will eventually lead to an assistant principal position in the future.

Would he ever think about getting back into coaching down the road?

“I said in 2012 that I’m proud to be a Bulldog and I’m gonna end my coaching career as a Bulldog,” Miller said. “Now, I don’t wanna say if 10 years from now if my daughter’s in college and something opened up I’m gonna be 44 next week. That’s a long time to be in the game. It’s time to get out.”

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

By JOHN WALK, 505-5406/@YorkSportsGuy
York Catholic wide receiver and outside linebacker Qua’Shawn Grooms is tended to by the team trainer Saturday during the District 3-A championship

York Catholic wide receiver and outside linebacker Qua’Shawn Grooms is tended to by the team trainer Saturday during the District 3-A championship game at Hersheypark Stadium. (Bil Bowden photo, The York Dispatch)
-

York Catholic senior wide receiver Qua’Shawn Grooms had been throwing up at halftime of Saturday’s District 3-A championship game against Camp Hill. Irish quarterback Hakeem Kinard needed to be helped off the field by the team trainer in the second half when his left calf cramped up. Camp HIll quarterback Michael Schuster went down with a cramp at one point in the second half as well.

All players ultimately returned to the field to finish out the high-scoring affair. So high-scoring, in fact, the combined 112 points set a new District 3 playoff record, with Camp HIll’s 63 points the most scored in a District 3-A contest and York Catholic’s 49 points the most scored by the losing side in a District 3-A playoff game. With so much scoring, so many big plays, and the small rosters on both sides causing most starters to go both ways, it’s no wonder players were exhausted before the clock even hit zeroes.

Really, Saturday’s matchup (to check out the full game story, stats and video highlights, click here) had everything except defense in the first half (halftime score: 35-35) and a dramatic finish in the second half, as Camp Hill pulled away down the stretch to win the program’s seventh District 3 title, leaving the Irish on the doorstep of district gold for the second year in a row.

This is just one moment burned into my memory bank from this past high school football season, one filled with many unforgettable moments. With the football season officially over for York-Adams League teams, what better time than now to reflect a bit on these last 13 weeks?

Everyone will remember the 2014 campaign differently, of course. And it would be unfair of me to attempt to recap every notable occurrence for each of the 23 football teams in the York-Adams League because, frankly, I’d likely end up accidentally leaving out someone or something along the way. So, in addition to York Catholic’s run to the district title game, here are other moments I’ll personally remember from the 2014 season

West York head coach Ron Miller celebrates winning the Bulldogs winning the York-Adams Division II title at Gettysburg in Week 10.

West York head coach Ron Miller celebrates winning the Bulldogs winning the York-Adams Division II title at Gettysburg in Week 10. (John A. Pavoncello file photo – jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
-

EARNING THEIR STRIPES: Dallastown had the slugfest victory at West York in Week 2 (Final score: 21-20), came back from a 21-0 deficit to beatvisiting South Western in Week 7 (28-27) and hung on at Red Lion to win the York-Adams Division I crown in Week 10 (20-15). It’s fair to say the Wildcats earned every bit of those nine wins in the regular season.

TURNAROUNDS: Central York started slow (0-3), got hot in the middle of the year (winning four in a row) then ran into Red Lion and Dallastown in two of the final three weeks of the regular season to end the year with a 5-5 overall record and miss the postseason by one spot, finishing at No. 17 in the final District 3-AAAA power rankings (the top-16 make it).

Right behind them were the Mustangs of South Western, who began the year 1-4 but finished with a 5-5 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in league competition. The two league losses were an overtime defeat at Central and a one-point setback at Dallastown, where the Mustangs scored the final touchdown with 1:35 to play, only to have the ensuing game-tying extra-point kick blocked. Maybe if a couple plays here and there would’ve went their way, the Mustangs would’ve had no trouble getting into districts. I know you could probably say that about a lot of teams, but it would’ve been interesting to see how South Western would’ve done with its high-powered offense and a defense that seemed to improve the second half of the year.

BECOME A RIVALRY?: Perhaps it was because they were squaring off in the regular season finale for the Division II title, or maybe it was because West York was avenging the 2007 loss to Gettysburg in the District 3-AAA quarterfinals (the last time these two programs had met). Either way, the West York-Gettysburg matchup turned out to be rather chippy, with the teams combining for 200-plus penalty yards, and four of the 16 penalties being for unsportsmanlike conduct. By night’s end, it felt like Dover was no longer the lone rival to West York.

West York quarterback Ross Campbell dives for a touchdown at Gettysburg in the Bulldogs’ Week 10 win over the Warriors.

West York quarterback Ross Campbell dives for a touchdown at Gettysburg in the Bulldogs’ Week 10 win over the Warriors. (John A. Pavoncello file photo – jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
-

Anyway, West York won that game, 49-26, with senior quarterback Ross Campbell scoring three second-half touchdowns. Campbell was understandably emotional afterwards. It was Campbell’s older brother, Blake, who was whistled for a holding call late in the district playoff loss to Gettysburg back in 2007, resulting in a West York (potentially game-winning) touchdown being called back. So little brother, Ross, made good on his promise to fulfill the payback request from big brother, Blake, with his performance at Gettysburg in Week 10.

OFF THE FIELD: For as many memories forged on the field, this season afforded me the opportunity to meet a few inspirational folks off of it, including Campbell’s dad, Steve, who played football for York Catholic in the 1970s. Steve’s father, Bill, won a state championship for the York Catholic boys’ basketball team in 1948 by sinking a 55-foot heave at the buzzer. Bill died when Steve was only 15, a tragedy for any teenager to deal with. Steve has since gone on to become a successful business man and, more importantly, family man to three Campbell boys (Ross the youngest of the bunch).

A day I’ll never forget, though, came on Oct. 10. The night before, I left the office after hearing about how Dallastown intended to honor a student named Tristan Schilling at the game (thanks to York Dispatch education reporter, Nikelle Snader, who learned of this from that night’s Dallastown school board meeting). I awoke early the next morning and contacted longtime Wildcats’ coach Kevin Myers, who told me the pre-game plans had really just come together in the 48 hours. Myers put me in touch with Tristan’s mom, Vicki, who informed me of Tristan’s many health complications and battles to this point in his young life that has left him wheelchair-bound. Tristan, a Dallastown senior who has cerebral palsy, always wanted to score a touchdown. So before that night’s game, Dallastown and South Western lined up near the goalline and Wildcats’ quarterback Cade Gold put the ball in the lap of Tristan, who rolled the rest of the way into the end zone.

Vicki Schilling and Myers had told me earlier in the day about Tristan being known for his sense of humor. He showed it after the game – following Dallastown’s comeback win over South Western – when Myers was done chatting with his players on the field and asked Tristan to say a few words.

“I know you guys think this game was for me,” Tristan said. “But you know what? Every game here has been for me.”

Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 103 other followers