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In the second event of the 2015 York County Junior Golf Association season, Logan Snyder captured his first victory in the Boys’ 15-18 Division by shooting a 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday at Honey Run Golf Club.

Snyder, who will be a junior at Dover High School in the fall, was playing on his home course.

Snyder’s winning score was good to enough to hold off fellow playing partner Trevor Sweitzer and Zach Dixon, who both shot 75, tying for second. James Davis finished fourth with a score of 76.

Rounding out the top five was a collection of golfers who shot 77 — Nick Geiman, Andrew Forjan, Kevin Crumbling and last week’s winner, Axel Hartman.

Girls’ Division: Julianne Lee won her second straight Girls’ Division title by shooting a 74. After posting a 74 in last week’s first event of the summer at Grandview Golf Club, Lee backed up last week’s performance by shooting 2-over par on Tuesday at Honey Run.

White Division: In the 15-18 age group, playing from the white tees, Carson Bacha blew away the field by firing a 1-over, 73, to record his second straight victory this summer.

Bacha’s 73 was six strokes better than the runner-up, William Gekas, who shot 79. They were the only two players in the group to break 80.

Brady St. Pierre came in third with an 84.

In the 14-and-Under Division, Matthew Minkin’s 84 edged out Ty Gladhill’s 85 to earn the one-stroke victory.

Yellow Division: In the nine-hole Yellow Division, Spencer Beran took home first place by shooting a low round of 40, four strokes better than runner-up Cole Sevick. Beran also had a hole in one on No. 17, a 137-yard par 3. He used an 8-iron.

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York County Junior Golf Association

AT HONEY RUN GOLF CLUB

Blue Division

1.Logan Snyder 74

2. Trevor Sweitzer 75

2. Zach Dixon 75

4. James Davis 76

5. Kevin Crumbling 77

5. Axel Hartman 77

5. Nick Geiman 77

5. Andrew Forjan 77

9. Andrew Davis 78

9. Justin Gruver 78

Girls Division

1. Julianne Lee 74

2. Victoria Downey 105

3. Cailey Roman 107

4. Jessica Tushingham 123

White Division (15-18 age group)

1. Carson Bacha 73

2. William Gekas 79

3. Brady St. Pierre 84

4. Jacob Withers 85

4. Jarrett Meuller 85

4. Jun Lee 85

4. Jacob Mueller 85

8. Caleb Sevick 86

9. Victoria Ross 87

9. Joshua Stewart 87

White Division (14-and-under age group)

1. Matthew Minkin 86

2. Ty Gladhill 87

3. John Hanson 90

4. Devin Peart 98

5. Andrew Roberts 100

6. Garen Middleton 106

7. Corbyn Keller 108

8. Aiden Fissel 118

Yellow Division (9 holes)

1. Spencer Baren 40

2. Cole Sevick 44

3. Jimmy Hook 49

3. Zachary Jones 49

5. Jake Gay 50

6. Matthew Carpenter 51

6. Trevor Snyder 51

8. Nicholas Carpenter 52

9. Lillian McNally 54

10. Joshua Sherdel 56

By ELIJAH ARMOLD
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York Tech winners of the 2015 Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Awards are Donte Grim, left, and Keevon Rice. Each received a 7,500 scholarship from the

York Tech winners of the 2015 Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Awards are Donte Grim, left, and Keevon Rice. Each received a 7,500 scholarship from the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award committee. (SUBMITTED)

The annual sports awards night at York Tech on June 3 was extra special this year for Donte Grim and Keevon Rice.

The seniors benefited from the boys’ basketball team having won its first Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award at the end of the season. Grim and Rice recently won the two individual $7,500 scholarships awarded to senior members of the program.

The Spartans’ program was selected after the basketball season in a vote of the York Chapter of the PIAA Basketball Officials. The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund board of directors then selected the individual scholarship winners in May.

Although Rice went to the ceremony knowing he had won something, the scholarship and what it was for came as a complete surprise.

“When we found out we got invited to the awards, and that everyone had won something, I thought mine would be for my attendance,” said Rice, who only missed one day of school from kindergarten through his high school graduation.

Grim had a slight idea that the scholarship was a possibility, but was still surprised to hear his name called.

“It was a nice surprise,” said Grim of winning the award. “I had a little bit of an idea it might come. It really means a lot.”

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

Each year, at season’s end, the York-Adams basketball officials vote to recognize one boys’ and girls’ program. The winning program displays the highest conduct all season long on many levels, including its players, fans, faculty, students, managers, coaches and cheerleaders, ranging from junior high through varsity.

This was the first year the Tech boys were chosen. The Biglerville girls’ program was also honored this season. Rebecca Isaac and Maddie Wenk were also awarded $7,5000 scholarships. The Canner girls were previously honored in 2007 and 2011. The Biglerville boys received the award in 2009.

Grim was not only delighted with winning the scholarship, but proud he could help the program win the award as well.

“It was a real honor because me and Keevon were the first to ever get it from Tech,” Grim said.

Rice echoed his teammates’ sentiments.

“That was a big thing, knowing that it was our first time ever winning,” Rice said. “And it was a big help to my college funds.”

Grim said he is leaning toward attending Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to study either mechanical engineering or machining. He is also considering playing basketball for the school.

Rice, who also played football for the Spartans, is temporarily putting aside his athletic career to focus on architectural drafting at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. He is open to the possibility of a transfer to pursue college basketball in a few years.

Biglerville High School winners of the 2015 Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Awards are, front, from left, Rebecca Isaac and Madeline Wenk. In the back,

Biglerville High School winners of the 2015 Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Awards are, front, from left, Rebecca Isaac and Madeline Wenk. In the back, from left, are Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award board members Pat Gebhart and Coni Wolf, and Biglerville athletic director Anthony Graham. (SUBMITTED)

This year’s $30,000 in total scholarships reflects a significant increase over last year, when one member from each winning team won a $7,500 scholarship, and another from each team won a $2,500 scholarship.

The first scholarships – both in the amount of $1,000 – were awarded in 2001. More than $50,000 in scholarship dollars have since been awarded.

— Reach Elijah Armold at earmold@yorkdispatch.com

 

By ELIJAH ARMOLD

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West York’s Hunter Betz, left, moves with the ball while Susquehannock’s Kevin Clapp, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse

West York’s Hunter Betz, left, moves with the ball while Susquehannock’s Kevin Clapp, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse championship game at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock. West York would win the game 16-7. Betz finished the season with 45 goals and 66 assists and was named York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year. (Dawn J. Sagert — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)
Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day moves the ball down the field as Susquehannock’s Gena Speights, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day moves the ball down the field as Susquehannock’s Gena Speights, right, defends during the York-Adams League lacrosse championship game at Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock. Kennard-Dale would win the game 14-11. Day finished her career as the national goal-scoring leader at 469. She was named the York-Adams League Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year. (Dawn J. Sagert — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)

The York-Adams League lacrosse coaches released their all-star teams following the 2015 season, and leading the way on the boys’ list was an All-American who led his team to historic heights.

Hunter Betz was instrumental in West York capturing its first-ever York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse title this season. Betz graduates as the all-time points leader in program history with 305 (134 goals, 171 assists).

This season, Betz recorded 45 goals and a York-Adams-high 66 assists. Not surprisingly, the coaches selected him the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

A team captain for the past two seasons, Bulldogs coach Rodney Tamblin says the strength in Betz’s game lies in his vision and unselfishness.

“His head is always up, looking for his teammates, looking to make that extra pass,” Tamblin said. “The team comes first. He will be the first to tell you that nothing is possible without your teammates.”

Tamblin points to the York-Adams championship game as the best example of Betz’s abilities. Having lost in that game during his sophomore season, Betz and his fellow seniors weren’t going to let themselves feel that disappointment again.

Betz also capped his career by recently garnering a U.S. Lacrosse All-America honor, as voted on by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named York-Adams Defensive Player of the Year. Silk racked up 196 saves on the season to go along with a save percentage of 62.

The Warriors’ senior captain allowed 118 goals and will play his college lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan.

Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler was named Coach of the Year. He led the Lions to a 9-2 mark in the York-Adams league and a 13-5 mark overall. The Lions saw their season end with a first-round loss to Wilson in the District 3 playoffs.

Striffler was also named Coach of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named the York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with a save percentage of 62

Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named the York-Adams League Boys’ Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with a save percentage of 62 and finished with 196 saves.

Dallastown’s Franklin Marquet was also a York-Adams recipient of an All-America honor. Joe Dashler Jr. of Red Lion and Josh Eaton of Kennard-Dale were named Academic All-Americans. Eastern York’s Conrad Rhein was given the organization’s Bob Scott Award.

Girls’ standouts: On the girls’ side, the Player of the Year winner was of little surprise.

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day completed the most prolific career in York-Adams history this season.

Day’s major accomplishment was setting the new national career goal-scoring record, finishing with 469 to surpass the 459 of North Carolina prep standout Megan Shortt.

She also helped the Rams reclaim the York-Adams title this season, as well as earning the school a third-place finish at the District 3 level and a PIAA tournament appearance. Day also earned a U.S. Lacrosse All-America nod.

The St. Francis-bound Day was incredibly efficient in her shot selection as well, scoring 126 goals on 142 shots. She also added 33 assists for 159 points on the season.

“Morgan has been that player, that if all else fails, she will help the troubled player and/or score. She has been steady in her play and has played the game the right way – unselfishly,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “She is almost always in the right place at the right time and her teammates relied on that.”

Wetzel cites the Rams’ first of three games against Susquehannock as the best display of Day’s abilities. According to the coach, the Warriors employed a faceguard defense on Day in order to deny her the ball. But Day would have none of it, scoring three times to frustrate the Warriors.

Susquehannock coach Steve Marshner was named Coach of the Year. The Warriors finished with a 10-1 record in the York-Adams League and an 18-4 mark overall. Susquehannock’s season came to a close with a loss to Kennard-Dale in the District 3 third-place game, leaving the Warriors a win shy of a PIAA berth.

The York Catholic trio of Lindsey China, Maura Palandro and Lisa Casagrande were all named to the Academic All-America Team.

— Reach Elijah Armold earmold@yorkdispatch.com.

High school lacrosse

York-Adams lacrosse

2015 All-league selections

Boys

Offensive Player of the Year: Hunter Betz, attack, West York.

Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Silk, goalie, Susquehannock

Coach of the Year: Stefan Striffler, Red Lion.

Attack

First Team: Hunter Betz, West York. Sam Emig, Red Lion. Collin Riley, Susquehannock

Second Team: Tanner Reif, Red Lion. Anthony DeVincent, South Western. Brian Prats, Dallastown

Honorable mention: Jac Gemmill, Red Lion. Jacob Norton, York Catholic. Aidan Kirkendall, Susquehannock. Bryce Kephart, Spring Grove. Jack Allred, Susquehannock

Midfield

First Team: Collin Mailman, York Suburban. Conrad Rhein, Eastern York. Tanner Bolton, Spring Grove

Second Team: Dorian Faster, Susquehannock. Tyler Dunlap, Red Lion. Cade Gold, Dallastown

Honorable mention: John Wilson, New Oxford. Conner Hoch, Central York. Christian Castle, Red Lion. Seth Wise, West York. Joseph Saddock, York Suburan

Defense

First Team: Franklin Marquet, Dallastown. Hunter Sterner, Spring Grove. Andrew Kollasch, Central York

Second Team: Alex Keough, Red Lion. Ben Hollinger, South Western. Tanner Hale, West York

Honorable mention: Eric Schlough, York Catholic. Cody Hopta, West York. Sam Pollock, Eastern York. Jordan Stahm, Susquehannock. Josh Eaton, Kennard-Dale. Foster Hoyt, York Suburban

Goalies

First Team: Shane Silk, Susquehannock

Second Team: John Marks Jr., Dallastown

Honorable mention: Nick Raynor, South Western. Jorge Medine, New Oxford

GIRLS

Most Outstanding Player: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale

Coach of the Year: Steve Marshner, Susquehannock

Attack

First Team: Lindsey China, York Catholic. Shannon Moore, York Catholic. Ashley Valway, Susquehannock. Katelyn Welch, Susquehannock

Second Team: Peyton Shima, Red Lion. Addison Billings, Central York. Alyssa Layton, Dallastown

Honorable mention: Jenna Godfrey, Red Lion. Anna Linthicum, York Catholic. Aggie Phillips, New Oxford

Midfielders

First Team: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale. Braxtin Reddinger, New Oxford. Gena Speights, Susquehannock. Lyndsey Duty, Kennard-Dale. Lauren Schmidt, South Western. Riley Toomey, Easter York

Second Team: Ally Williams, West York. Emmie Dressel, Kennard-Dale. Raleigh Bateman, New Oxford. Erin Brown, South Western. Jordyn Miller, Spring Grove

Honorable mention: Alexa Gladfelter, Central York. Bri Pfieffer, Eastern York. Emily Robbins, Red Lion. Karlee Wasilewski, York Suburban Defenders

First Team: Rachel Marshner, Susquehannock. Maura Palandro, York Catholic. Kayleigh Pokrivka, York Catholic. Brooke Davis, Kennard-Dale. Haley Martinez, Susquehannock

Second Team: Samantha Richards, Spring Grove. Lisa Casagrande, York Catholic

Goalies

First Team: Amber Orner, Susquehannock. Laure Silver, South Western

Second Team: Clare Boone, Kennard-Dale

Honorable mention: Mary Eckert, Dallastown. Tori Gross, West York

By STEVE HEISER
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The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA state championship match. The

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA state championship match. The 43 points allowed is the fewest by a team in a title game since the change to rally scoring in 2004. (DAWN J. SAGERT — The York Dispatch)
Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is new national goal-scoring leader in women’s lacrosse with 469.

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is new national goal-scoring leader in women’s lacrosse with 469. (DAWN J. SAGERT — The York Dispatch)

The York-Adams League absolutely saved its best for last.

A 2014-2015 high school sports season that had already produced its fair share of memorable moments, soared to another level in the past month.

First, Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day shattered the national girls’ lacrosse scoring record with a mind-blowing 469 goals. The NCAA Division I recruit (Saint Francis University) led the Rams to an unbeaten regular season, a York-Adams League championship and a state playoff berth. It was a career that won’t soon be forgotten in southeastern York County.

Then, a few weeks later, the Northeastern Bobcats capped off the local prep campaign by winning a third straight PIAA Class AA boys’ volleyball state title with frightening ease. They didn’t lose a single game in the postseason and set a state record with the fewest points allowed in a state final (43) since the change to rally scoring in 2004.

It was the sixth overall state crown in Northeastern’s illustrious volleyball history, and it would surprise absolutely no one if the Bobcats won their seventh state championship next season. They’re expected to return the bulk of their starting lineup, including Ohio State recruit Reese Devilbiss.

Almost overlooked in Northeastern’s dominant postseason run was the fact that the Bobcats also picked up their 15th District 3 title.

There’s no doubt that Northeastern cast a very large shadow this season in boys’ volleyball, but the accomplishments of the Central York team should not be overlooked. The Panthers won the District 3-AAA title with an scintillating comeback from a 2-0 deficit vs. Penn Manor, including a dramatic 35-33 Game 3 triumph. It was Central’s 22nd district championship — more than any other boys’ volleyball team.

Yes, there’s no doubt that the spring prep season provided several unforgettable highlights, but the rest of 2014-2015 scholastic sports year wasn’t too shabby, either.

Here are a few other items of note from the past York-area high school sports season:

Basketball: The local hoops season was packed with significant achievements, most notably York Catholic’s 10th-straight District 3-AA girls’ championship. Coach Kevin Bankos’ classy program is a model for all others to emulate.

The York High Bearcats may not have won 10 district titles in a row, but they did pick up their second straight District 3-AAAA boys’ crown and their third in the past five years. That’s an impressive feat in the most high-profile and competitive district division. Coach Troy Sowers turned the Bearcats into a program that’s earned state-wide respect.

The Hilda Goodling Impact Academy also made news by capturing the District 3-A championship in the first year of the school’s existence. Unfortunately, the school closed before the state playoffs began because of financial difficulties, denying the team a much-deserved chance to compete in the state playoffs.

Swimming: York Suburban’s Carson Gross brought home a state swimming gold medal in the AA 200 freestyle to highlight a strong York-Adams season in the pool during the winter. She helped the Trojans finish third in the state AA team race. They also finished first in the state among public schools. The Suburban boys, meanwhile, finished fifth in the state AA standings.

The Dallastown swimming teams, meanwhile, continued to dominate York-Adams competition. The girls have won 11 straight league titles, while boys have earned seven straight York-Adams crowns. That qualifies as a dynasty in anyone’s estimation.

Cross country: The York Suburban boys’ cross country outfit used a pack mentality to capture the state AA championship in November in Hershey.

The Trojans simply overwhelmed the competition throughout the season, including at the state meet, where they finished a whopping 31 points ahead of runner-up Grove City.

Coaching news: It was big season for York-Adams coaching changes, especially in football.

The league will have six new coaches for the 2015 season. Most significantly, Ron Miller stepped down as the leader of the powerhouse West York program, replaced by one of his former assistants, Jeremy Jones, who was the head coach at York Suburban for the past couple of years. Former Kennard-Dale coach Andy Loucks takes over at Suburban.

Spring Grove (Kyle Sprenkle, replacing Russ Stoner), Delone Catholic (Corey Zortman, replacing Steve Wiles), Susquehannock (Steve Wiles, replacing J.C. Lewis) and Dover (Wayne Snelbaker, replacing Eric Lam) will also have new football coaches.

The coaching news wasn’t limited to football. In boys’ basketball, Ryan Luckman wasn’t rehired after a single season at his alma mater, York Catholic. The storied Fighting Irish program will have its third head coach in three years this winter as the program continues its efforts to regain its former glory. Another former York Catholic standout, Blaine Claiborne, was hired to replace Luckman.

In baseball, West York’s Roger Czerwinski decided to step down after seven hugely successful seasons with the Bulldogs, citing family reasons. His replacement will have big shoes to fill. West York won three York-Adams League and two PIAA Class AAA state titles during Czerwinski’s stint with the Bulldogs.

New addition: Gettysburg became the 23rd York-Adams member this season and immediately made an impact as a competitive entry in a number of sports, including championships in field hockey and track and field.

Illnesses: Finally, several high-profile York-Adams athletes were sadly forced to deal with forms of cancer this season, including Dover girls’ soccer player Maddie Hill, Central York boys’ basketball player Peter Falci and Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey.

On more upbeat notes, however, the athletes in question dealt with their illnesses with strength and dignity, and the York-Adams athletic community rallied to support them in numerous, heart-felt ways.

It was inspiring to watch.

Really, the entire 2014-2015 high school season was inspiring to watch.

The opportunity to report on teen athletes, on the cusp of adulthood, performing wondrous deeds is what keeps this job constantly interesting.

There’s just one problem — the 2014-2015 high school sports season is over.

But there’s good news. The 2015-2016 season is just a couple months away.

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

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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SPRY — There was a high level of expectation coming into the 2015 season for the Northeastern High School baseball team.

With a number of returning starters back from a team that finished 16-10 and qualified for the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs in 2014, the Bobcats were the hot pick to dominate the York-Adams League.

The Bobcats, however, didn’t quite live up to expectations.

What happens during the high school campaign, however, doesn’t always produce similar results in the American Legion season.

Northeastern is proving that so far.

Winners of six in a row to begin the York-Adams American Legion season, the Northeastern players appear a lot more relaxed, and they’re playing the way everyone expected before the prep season.

“We’re just out here having a lot more fun than we were (in high school),” Jonah Latshaw said. “We’re a lot more relaxed. Just going out and playing baseball, the way we have our whole lives, and not worrying so much about the pressure of going so far, which we had coming into the high school season.”

The high school team finished this season at 11-9, which wasn’t good enough to crack the District 3-AAA field. As a result, any dreams of chasing a state championship were over a lot sooner than anyone anticipated.

“Yeah, we missed it by one or two spots,” Latshaw said. “We were close, but it’s really unfortunate to go out the way that we did. We lost a couple of games late in the year that we probably shouldn’t have and that probably kept us from going.”

Given a chance to make amends, the Northeastern crew is making the most of it during the Legion season. The team leads the York-Adams standings by a half game over South Western (5-0).

“We knew that we just had to come out here and relax,” Latshaw said. “That’s what Legion season is for … just to have more fun, and that’s what we’re focusing on from here.”

If the hot start wasn’t enough good news for the Northeastern Legion gang, the team was lucky enough to be given a bit of a mulligan Monday evening. Against a Dallastown outfit that was 3-1 coming into the evening, Northeastern took an early one-run lead in the first. But a three-run bottom of the frame by the home team put a damper on things.

Fortunately for Northeastern, Mother Nature came to the rescue. With the wind picking up and dark clouds roaming overhead, the umpires called for a delay with Northeastern about to bat in the top of the second.

The delay eventually turned into a postponement after a heavy downpour ripped through the area, causing the teams to hurriedly scatter for cover.

As a result, the 3-1 deficit will be erased when the teams make up the contest at a time and date yet to be decided.

“It’s unfortunate to come all this way,” Latshaw said. “Actually, me and my friend got lost on our way here. We only showed up like 20 minutes before the game started. And then 20 minutes into the game it got canceled.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA championship match. The 43

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA championship match. The 43 points allowed is the fewest by a team in a title game since the change to rally scoring in 2004. (Dawn J. Sagert – The York Dispatch)
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STATE COLLEGE – There was just one thing on Philip White’s mind during match-point of the PIAA Class AA boys’ volleyball title match against Saegertown Saturday at Rec Hall in State College.

And it was probably the same idea floating around the head of fellow Northeastern senior Matt Thorton as well.

With the Panther senior Alex Barclay about to strike the ball, Thorton and White anticipated what they were going to make happen next.

“I was like, ‘let’s block this kid’,” said White, who finished with 11 kills, an ace and three blocks. “And we did.”

That block set off a wild celebration from the Northeastern players on the court, capping off a 25-9, 25-22, 25-12 triumph.

The victory marked the third PIAA Class AA title in a row, and sixth overall, for the Bobcat program.

Reese Devilbiss slams down one of his team-high 14 kills for the Northeastern boys’ volleyball team Saturday.

Reese Devilbiss slams down one of his team-high 14 kills for the Northeastern boys’ volleyball team Saturday. (Dawn J. Sagert – The York Dispatch)

It also set a championship match record for fewest points allowed (43) since the change to rally scoring back in 2004.”It’s a really good feeling to get to that last point,” White said.

And it was only fitting that those two seniors had a hands-on effect in securing a three-peat for the storied program.

Probably a little bit more for Thorton, who had to sit back and bide his time before finally cracking the starting rotation this season.

“Yeah, I think it’s awesome,” Thorton said. “When I had a (chance) to take over Casey (Winand’s) spot, I took it as a challenge.”

A challenge is definitely what the Panthers faced throughout Saturday’s contest. Saegertown, the team anointed as the preseason favorites by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll, never was able to get on track in Game 1. After briefly tying the match at 1-1, the Panthers were done in by a 14-4 run by the Bobcats.

Junior Reese Devilbiss, an Ohio State recruit, led the way in that game where he tallied many of his team-best 14 kills for the contest.

Saegertown, however, rebounded to give Northeastern a serious scare in Game 2.

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after winning their third PIAA Class AA title in a row.

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after winning their third PIAA Class AA title in a row. (Dawn J. Sagert – The York Dispatch)

The Panthers evened the score on five occasions in Game 2 before a 12-5 run by Northeastern had them on the cusp of taking a 2-0 lead in the match.The District 10 champs were able to make a run of it behind a string of impressive serves by Brendon Barclay. Down 24-17, the Panthers used a 5-0 run to draw within 24-22, forcing Wilson to call a pair of timeouts in the process.

Those 22 points scored by Saegertown were also the most the Bobcats allowed in a single game since Central York scored 23 in the York-Adams League championship contest.

Any sense of a anxiety along the Northeastern side, however, was relieved when Barclay’s last serve sailed into the net.

“One of the big differentiators between this team and the one’s in the past is that (this team) doesn’t give up runs of points,” Wilson said. “And that’s because they minimize their errors. We don’t commit a lot of errors, so that was a bit uncharacteristic for us in terms of giving up three or four points in a row. And the first thing I said in the second timeout is that he (Barclay) still needs to get his jump-serve in. And, fortunately for us, (he) did miss the serve.”

The Bobcats quickly took charge in Game 3, racing out to a 10-5 lead early. They continued to extend the lead up until championship point, when White and Thorton capped off the triumph.

It didn’t take long afterward for Wilson to get asked about the future. Winning three state titles in a row is extremely uncommon. In fact, the Bobcats became just the fifth school to pull off the feat.

In order for Wilson and his talented group of assistants to pull that off takes more than just one special class of athletes. So it’s no surprise that Wilson gave credit to players like Thorton and junior Brandon Arentz as examples of players seizing control of their opportunities.

Thorton finished with two kills and three blocks for the match while Arentz tallied seven kills and a block.

“Brandon has been flying under the radar, not with us (coaches),” Wilson said. “He is probably our best kept secret outside of Matt Thorton. Those two our most improved and consistent players that have shown up. And that, I think, is what really has propelled us to be in a very dominant situation.”

That dominant situation figures to see the Bobcats as the favorites to make it four titles in a row come next season. With only two starters, Northeastern should be in great shape with the likes of Devilbiss, Arentz, Jeff Reynolds, Chris Lee and Drew Landis returning.

As for Wilson, well he was a bit coy on setting any precise expectation this early.

“I don’t know what to expect yet,” Wilson said. “But here’s what I do expect. I expect that they will push us (coaches). It won’t be long, and I’ll want my little break and they won’t allow it to happen. They’ll start texting, ‘hey, when can we get into the gym?’ And that’s the DNA of these guys. They’re thirsty for more, they want more and they’re willing to do more. And that striving to be great and seeking greatness and a legacy of greatness, that’s what they’re about.”

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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George Shue did his best not to date himself.

The only problem was, with his lengthy resume of jobs within the York-Adams League, it was hard to not. But, after several decades, that list is finally complete. Shue decided to step down from his position as executive director of the Y-A League on May 31.

“Well, I just thought maybe it’s time that I cut back on some of my activities,” he said on Thursday.

And that list of activities? Just as extensive as his resume within the Y-A League. Before stepping down last week, along with being the league’s executive director, Shue was also an executive director of the Pennsylvania High School Football Coaches Association, on the board of directors for the Big 33 and a driving instructor at Bermudian Springs High School.

Shue got his first taste of the Y-A League back when he coached the Littlestown and Red Lion football teams. But, when he took over as executive director in 2010, he was tasked with a much more complicated job than he ever faced as a football coach.

Replacing Herb Schmidt, who served as executive director of the league for 20 years, Shue dealt with much more than just high school athletes. He also dealt with athletic directors, principals and officials, as well as organizing championships in each sport.

On top of all the day-to-day work, Shue helped grow and stabilize the league during his tenure. Through constant conversation and some help from Schmidt before he fully phased himself out of the equation, the league added its 23rd member, Gettysburg before this past school year.

“I’ll give part of that credit to Herb,” Shue admitted. “…They inquired before and when they started to inquire again, I think they first inquired with Herb.”

It doesn’t matter who deserves most or any of the credit for adding Gettysburg to the league. All that matters is that the move not only grew the league, but it also added more competitive balance to it. The Warriors were a strong team in a number of sports, both boys and girls, including finishing second behind West York in Division II football.

Along with expansion, Shue also found a way to help limit membership costs for schools, now and moving forward. The Y-A League is partnered with OSS Health, which sponsors the league championships, which is a major reason why membership dues are so low.

“With rising costs and everything else that goes on with running our championships,” he said, “I was able to keep the cost factor for the schools at the same place, and there really hasn’t been an increase in dues for the league.”

Interested applicants: For candidates interested in becoming the new executive director, the job posting on the league website reads: “Applicants must have proven leadership skills, knowledge of school policies and procedures as they pertain to athletics, high skill level in the use of technology and the ability to build interpersonal relationships.”

Applicants interested in applying for the position are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume to league president Janet May at JMMay@wyasd.k12.pa.us by June 10.

Shue said he won’t have any input in helping the league find his successor, fully removing himself from the position when his tenure expired on May 31. He served his time with the league and it dates back much further than when he became executive director in 2010. Now, he’ll use his time moving forward to focus on his other endeavors.

As for whoever gets hired to replace him, they’ll have a tough act to follow.

Shue may not have served as long as Schmidt did before him, but he made an impact in the time that he did. He set the league up for continued success in years to come, and that’s all he could’ve ever expected.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Senior Matt Thornton, seen here in action from earlier this season, helped Northeastern win its third straight PIAA Class AA state title.

Senior Matt Thornton, seen here in action from earlier this season, helped Northeastern win its third straight PIAA Class AA state title. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
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When the fire trucks carrying the victorious PIAA Class AA state champion Northeastern boys’ volleyball team made their way through Manchester Saturday evening, it was very special to all the players and coaches.

But if may have been a little more special to one person in particular — Bobcat senior Matt Thornton.

Sure, it was Thornton’s third time aboard the convoy of champions. But this was the first one in which Thornton played a big role.

The middle hitter finished with two kills and three blocks to help his team to a record-setting 25-9, 25-22, 25-12 victory over Saegertown Saturday in State College.

So as Thornton waved his hands at the Northeastern fans who lined the street to celebrate the program’s third state title in a row, he savored the feeling.

We caught up with Thornton, who plans to attend North Carolina-Charlotte in the fall, to discuss his volleyball career, his future and a number of other things for this edition of Sports Q&A.

Q: Now that 24 hours have passed since the victory, what are your emotions and thoughts on everything that happened Saturday?

A: “It feels good. We drove through the town where our school is and we were in fire trucks. And that’s pretty unreal. And to do it for a third time in a row is just an unbelievable feeling at this point.”

Q: What was your favorite moment from Saturday?

A: “I’d have to say riding the fire trucks. When you’re sitting up there and going through town, you just sort of notice that you just won the state championship and that everyone recognizes you. That’s just a really cool feeling.”

Q: Was this time more special since you were one of the starters on the team?

A: “Yeah, I think it was. Last year I was sitting on the bench. Now every year is special, but it’s just that this year I felt like I was more involved. Last year I was Casey Winand’s backup and I was still having fun, but this year was definitely a lot more exciting being on the court and being a part of it.”

Q: Did you guys do anything extra to celebrate other than riding those fire trucks?

A: “Every year the day after states we have an outdoor doubles tournament and that’s our way of celebrating. I played with Drew Landis. We did pretty good. I think we finished in the semifinals of the tournament. They’re still playing right now, but Drew had to go to work, so I went home. But our whole team plays and it’s pretty fun.”

Q: So who were the teams?

A: “Reese (Devilbiss) played with Chris Lee, Phil (White) played with Matt Schaeffer, Nic Destevens played with Wyatt Holder, Jeff Reynolds played with Brandon Arentz.”

Q: Who was the best team out of the bunch?

A: “Phil and Matt were undefeated and I believe Chris and Reese were right behind them.”

Q: What was your perspective of the final point of the match Saturday? Did you get a part of that block?

A: “No, it was just Phil by himself. But when we were up at the net, we knew it was going to come out to No. 5 (Alex Barclay). So I said to Phil, ‘hey, you know it’s going to come out here.’ And Phil just said, ‘yeah, let’s block this kid.’ It was definitely an unreal thing. I had a feeling that he was going to get it and he got it and that was pretty cool.”

Q: How tough was it for you to be a backup the past two years?

A: “It was pretty tough. Now Casey Winand was an effective middle. So being his backup, I knew I had big shoes to fill when he would leave. I knew that I would have to be just as effective. So it was tough trying to keep up, but it was fun because it was challenging at the same time.”

Q: How do you get through that? Was it just you having to believe that next year is mine?

A: “I didn’t know it was mine because I knew I had to compete for it, but you just have to keep trying and keep pushing forward. Yeah you’re going to get some playing time here and there and playing time is what makes you better, so the little time that you get, you have to make the most out of it and try your hardest. And that’s what got me through it … just trying my hardest. And I knew if I did that I would get my playing time at some point.”

Q: There were four other seniors that really didn’t get much of an opportunity to start. How difficult was it for them?

A: “It had to be really tough. I mean, all of us seniors are fantastic players. They helped us all in practice on the other side of the court hitting, blocking. Now I guarantee that had to be tough for them. I was in the same situation as them last year when I sat on the bench. And I give them a lot of credit because they were there supporting us and cheering every moment of it.”

Q: Who are you most going to miss on the team?

A: “I think I’m going to miss Phil the most. We had a really tight bond. To both be seniors and playing up front all those years we just developed a tight bond. Now I’m going to miss everybody, but probably Phil the most. I would know where he was going to be to set up a block so I could get over. We just had that kind of chemistry.”

A: What is Reese like as a person?

Q: “Reese is really cool. Some people might think he’s quiet and everything but he’s not. He’s just like everybody else. He’ll talk and tell stories and stuff. He’s a very nice person and everything like that. He’s not arrogant. He worked hard for where he’s at. He worked hard in off seasons, middle school, all the way up through. He’s just all-year, everything volleyball.”

Q: Did you play any other sports?

A: “Yeah, when I was real small, probably 5 or 6, I played soccer. I played up until my sophomore year. But I kind of got out of it. I was getting hurt a lot. I had a broken nose and stuff like that. But then I started to notice that I was really liking volleyball a little more and started leaning toward that. After that I quit soccer and just started only playing volleyball.”

Q: When did you start playing volleyball?

A: “I started late, in my eighth-grade year. Some of the other seniors were a year ahead of me when I started. I knew people were playing it in middle school, but I just wasn’t sure. It’s just like everything in life. People are scared (to play) because they don’t think they’re going to do good and, yeah, that’s true. The first time you play you’re not going to play as good as everybody else. So I just came out and tried it and I liked it and stuck with it.”

Q: Coach (Matt) Wilson said Saturday after the game that he kind of cozied up to this team more than he did with teams in the past. Did you get a sense of that at all?

A: “We had a practice Friday night before the game on Saturday and I think he was more relaxed that night than he was in the past. We kind of had a scrimmage for a little bit, where as before he was all about drills and drills and stuff like that. So Friday he was a bit more relaxed and he did that even throughout the season and that kind of relaxed us as a team. I think he trusted us a lot and I think that’s why he was able to have one of those relaxed practices right before the state championship match.”

Q: From a fan’s perspective that is hard to tell, especially when he’s yelling at the team like he did in the York Suburban match (during districts). So he doesn’t really give off the vibe that he will put up with a lot of nonsense, right?

A: “Yeah, he won’t put up with that. We know what we need to do and if we’re not doing what we need to do, he’s there to remind us. And that’s good because we do need someone to help us get to where we need to be.”

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you learned from playing volleyball?

A: “I think it’s the discipline thing. For soccer you never really had to dress up for games, but, for volleyball, every time you would go to a game you had to dress in a shirt and tie. And that kind of makes sense because you don’t want to look like you’re not totally about business going into a match. And I think that how you’re perceived it really important. Even for jobs, you want to look your best going in there so you let them know that you mean business and this is what you want to do.”

Q: So what’s the future look like for you? Are you going to college? Playing volleyball?

A: “Yeah, I’m going to college. I’m actually going to UNC-Charlotte for motorsport engineering, to deal with race cars and that sort of stuff. Now they don’t really have a men’s volleyball team, but they do have a women’s. But they do have intramural and stuff like that. So I might stay active in it.”

Q: Are you related to family that owns Thornton Chevrolet there in Manchester?

A: “Yeah that’s us. My dad’s cousin owns it so that would be my second cousin. My dad and I both work at the Chevy store so we’ve both stayed involved.”

Q: So the motorsports … what kind of racing are you looking to be involved with?

A: “I’m very involved with the Indy Car and stuff like that. I’m a person that is more about how things work, like with the engines and the suspensions and stuff like that. So I’m into how it works and that’s why I want to go down there because they have their own race team and they build their own cars and race them and stuff like that.”

Q: So do you have any aspirations to be a driver someday?

A: “Yeah, at points. I just am not sure about what I would want to be a driver of, be it NASCAR or Indy Car. At one point I wanted to actually be in professional motocross because I was big into racing ATVs and stuff like that at one point. I’ve always been involved with racing and that’s just something that’s always interested me.”

Q: Finally, what’s the most memorable moment of this season?

A: “I’d have to say Senior Night (vs. West York). We have six seniors and we didn’t get to play with each other very many times at all. So for that night we got to play as a senior class and produce and play well. That was just so cool. I’ll always remember that one.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Stevenson University senior baseball player Troy Miller was chosen for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic Second Team.

Miller, a Susquehannock High School graduate, is the eighth Mustang that has been selected for an ABCA All-Region team, and is the first player to be chosen since 2012. He is one of only 12 players selected from the Middle Atlantic Conferences, and one of the eight chosen from the Commonwealth Conference, to receive all-region honors.

Miller led his team as an All-Commonwealth Conference First Team selection, with 57 hits including 17 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs, a .491 slugging percentage and a batting average of .341. He was also third on the team with an on-base percentage of .405. Miller completed his baseball career after only three seasons, where he was ranked as sixth in school history with an on-base percentage of .428, seventh in walks and batting average with totals of 54 and .353, and 10th with 91 RBIs and 445 at-bats.

 

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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Delone Catholic players celebrate during the Squirettes’ PIAA Class AA first-round state softball game vs. Philadelphia Academy Charter School on

Delone Catholic players celebrate during the Squirettes’ PIAA Class AA first-round state softball game vs. Philadelphia Academy Charter School on Wednesday at York College. Delone won the game, 6-0. (DAWN J. SAGERT — dsagert@yorkdispatch.com)

On Wednesday, Delone Catholic’s softball team finished what it started on Monday.

There was little or no drama in the completion of the first-round state Class AA state playoff game. Delone Catholic shut out Philadelphia Academy Charter, 6-0, to secure a berth in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The District 3 champion Squirettes will take on District 2 champion Holy Redeemer, of Wilkes-Barre in the next round at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Lebanon Valley College. Holy Redeemer beat District 4 champion Wellsboro on Wednesday, 3-2.

Delone (19-4) opened a 4-0 lead in the first inning on Monday before a thunderstorm rolled through York College and caused the umpires to suspend the game.

When action resumed on Wednesday at York College (Tuesday was also a washout), the Squirettes tacked on two more runs in the second inning and then turned things over to pitcher Cassie Rickrode and her defense.

Delone collected seven hits in the game, with four of the hits, including both doubles, coming on Monday. Delone packed its other three hits into the third inning on Wednesday while going hitless in its other four at bats.

“We won the game, but we didn’t hit,” Squirettes’ head coach Don Smith said. “We had one of these (suspended) games before where we didn’t play well when we picked it up in the second inning. I don’t know why.”

Delone didn’t need to crush the ball the way that Rickrode was pitching and the way the defense was playing behind her. Delone committed just one error.

The junior right-hander held the visiting Chargers to three hits, all singles. Rickrode had a no-hitter going for 3 2/3 innings before Philadelphia Academy Charter’s Riley Walker broke up the bid by stroking a 3-1 pitch into left-center field.

Rickrode struck out six and walked two against the District 12 runner-up.

“It was definitely nice to know we had four runs when we started today,” she said. “It seemed like we were starting a new game, but we weren’t.”

Despite not allowing any runs, Rickrode saw room for improvement.

“My pitches need to be sharper and harder for (Thursday),” said Rickrode, who wasn’t pleased with her off-speed pitch. “Same with the hitters. All of us need to hit more as we go on. This year, we’ve hit the whole way through the lineup, and I’ve relied on my defense a lot.”

Delone’s Karley Coleman collected two hits in the unusual two-day contest. Rickrode and Mikayla McCleaf drilled doubles for the York-Adams Division IV champion, with McCleaf’s two-bagger in the first inning scoring two runs.

Walker, the Philadelphia Academy Charter pitcher, allowed just two runs in Delone’s final five at bats, and both runs were unearned.

Having passed their first test rather easily, the Squirettes’ goal of a state title remains alive. The quarterfinals are the furthest a Delone softball team has advanced in states.

“We’re hoping to make school history and go as far as we can ” Rickrode said. “It’s always an exciting bus ride going up to these games.”

Asked after the game what he knew about Holy Redeemer, Smith said: “Not a thing. We knew more about Wellsboro than we knew about Holy Redeemer.”

Smith knows one thing for sure: His team has the potential to make a deep run in the state playoffs.

“They have the ability to do it, but, of course, if you lose one game, you’re done,” he said.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.


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