By STEVE HEISER
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Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss is one of six Class AA all-state boys’ volleyball players on the Bobcats’ team. The junior is a three-time
Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss is one of six Class AA all-state boys’ volleyball players on the Bobcats’ team. The junior is a three-time all-state selection. The all-state team is selected by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

It’s the middle of July.

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team hasn’t hit a spike in anger in more than a month.

Yet, the accolades keep pouring in for the Bobcats.

That is what you call excellence.

Northeastern has been nothing but excellent over the last three years en route to winning three straight PIAA Class AA state championships.

The latest evidence of the Bobcats’ dominance came when the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced their all-state teams.

The AA all-state squad included six Northeastern players. That’s not a misprint.

When you consider that there can only be six players on a volleyball court at one time, that’s a truly staggering accomplishment. The six Bobcats represented more than 27 percent of the 22-player AA all-state team.

But the state volleyball coaches knew what they were doing. The honors were definitely deserved.

After all, Northeastern didn’t drop a single game all season in a best-of-five match. In the 25-9, 25-22, 25-12 state final beatdown vs. Saegertown, the Bobcats set a championship match record for fewest points allowed (43) since the change to rally scoring began in 2004.

The 2015 all-state Bobcats were outside hitter Reese Devilbiss, outside hitter Brandon Arentz, libero Chris Lee, middle hitter Jeff Reynolds, setter Matt Schaeffer and outside hitter Philip White.

Devilbiss, of course, was no surprise. The 6-foot, 3-inch Ohio State recruit is now a three-time all-state performer and he still has one year of eligibility remaining. Devilbiss was also recently named one of 25 underclassmen to watch nationally by Volleyball Magazine.

The 6-2 Arentz and the 6-3 White are repeat all-state selections. Lee (5-10), Reynolds (6-3) and Schaeffer (6-0) are first-time selections.

But you want to know something truly scary?

Devilbiss, Arentz, Lee, Reynolds and Schaeffer are all heading into their senior seasons. The Bobcats may be even better next spring.

Northeastern head coach Matt Wilson addressed the 2016 Bobcats’ expectations shortly after they won the 2015 state crown.

“I don’t know what to expect yet,” Wilson said. “But here’s what I do expect. I expect that they (the players) will push us (the 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.”

Yes, “greatness” is what the Northeastern program is all about. They now own six overall state titles and No. 7 could very well come next spring.

And next July, the Bobcats will likely again dominate when the 2016 all-state selections are announced.

Central York trio also honored: While Northeastern garnered most of the headlines this past season, the Bobcats were certainly not the only outstanding York-Adams League team to take to the court.

The Central York Panthers had a pretty fair season themselves, finishing second to the Bobcats in both the York-Adams regular season and playoff tournament. The Panthers then won the District 3-AAA title and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Coach Brad Livingston’s crew landed three players on the PVCA all-state AAA team: Jeremiah Dadeboe (6-2, senior, outside hitter), Jason Gardner (6-3, senior, outside hitter/middle hitter) and Landon Shorts (6-3, senior, setter/outside hitter). All three are repeat selections. A total of 32 players earned all-state recognition in AAA.

The Panthers, of course, have a pretty fair volleyball tradition of their own, having earned six state championships, with the most recent one coming in 2014.

Braswell recognized: In a related note, Northeastern graduate Luke Braswell was selected among the top 50 recruits in the nation by Volleyball Magazine in the class of 2015.

He was one of three Pennsylvania players honored.

The 6-foot, 5-inch setter is bound for Penn State. He graduated from Northeastern after the 2014 state championship season, but opted to defer on attending PSU until 2015.

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

CLASS AAA ALL-STATE LIST

FROM DISTRICT 3

• Chris Booth, 6-3, sr., OH, Hempfield

• Jeremiah Dadeboe, 6-2, sr., OH, Central York

• Michael Fisher, 6-3, sr., OH, Cumberland Valley

• Dawson Funk, 6-2, sr., S, Penn Manor

• Jason Gardner, 6-3, sr., OH/MH, Central York

• Sam Greenslade, 6-5, jr., OH, Penn Manor

• Jacob Kerschner, 6-4, sr. S, Central Dauphin

• Ben Naumann, 6-3, sr., OH, Hempfield

• Nick Oleksa, 5-8, jr., LIB, Hempfield

• Landon Shorts, 6-3, sr. S/OH, Central York

FROM DISTRICT 1

• Ben Chinnici, 6-4, so., OH, Pennridge

• Mark Elias, 6-3, sr., S, North Penn

• Josh Hinton, 6-2, sr., OH, Council Rock North

• Jake Milnazik, 6-2, jr., OH, William Tennent

• Bradley Nase, 6-2, sr., S, Pennridge

• Devon Rice, 6-1, sr., OH, Pennridge

• Jason Yakimiv, 6-7, jr., MH, Council Rock North

FROM DISTRICT 7

• Ben DePellegrini, 6-1, sr., OH, Fox Chapel

• Max DePellegrini, 6-1, sr., S, Fox Chapel

• Jake Dixon, 6-6, jr., OH, Bethel Park

• Tyler Herrmann, 6-2, sr., OH, Seneca Valley

• Steve Jones, 5-9, sr., LIB, Seneca Valley

• Taylor Matthews, 6-4, sr., MH, Seneca Valley

• Andrew Tublin, 6-4, sr., OH, Fox Chapel

• Jaysen Zaleski, 6-3, sr., MH, Fox Chapel

FROM DISTRICT 11

• Pat Bryan, 6-5, sr., OH, Emmaus

• Jake Heyer, 6-6, jr., MH, Parkland

• Andrew Hillman, 6-2, sr., S/OPP, Parkland

• Sean Lewis, 6-2, sr., OH, Parkland

• Jared Silverstein, 5-8, jr., LIB, Parkland

• Kyle Stout, 6-6, jr., OH, Parkland

• Gabe Woffindin, 6-4, sr., OH, William Allen

CLASS AA ALL-STATE LIST

FROM DISTRICT 3

• Brandon Arentz, 6-2, jr., OH, Northeastern

• Reese Devilbiss, 6-3, jr., OH, Northeastern

• Chris Lee, 5-10, jr., LIB, Northeastern

• Frank Melvin, 6-6, sr., OH, Schuylkill Valley

• Jeff Reynolds, 6-3, jr., MH, Northeastern

• Jarred Sands, 6-4, sr., MH, Lancaster Mennonite

• Matt Schaeffer, 6-0, jr., S, Northeastern

• Mitch Stauffer, 6-4, sr., MH, Cocalico

• Philip White, 6-3, sr., OH, Northeastern

FROM DISTRICT 2

• John Carr, 6-8, jr., MH, Holy Redeemer

• Mike Conlon, 6-0, sr., S/OH, Holy Redeemer

• Mike Gatusky, 6-2, sr., OH, Holy Redeemer

FROM DISTRICT 7

• Anthony Baronio, 6-1, jr., OH, Ambridge

• Capen Brendle, 5-11, jr., S/OH, Ambridge

• Ray Cascio, 6-5, sr., MH, Obama Academy

• Connor Claussen, 6-4, jr., S, Obama Academy

• Nico Latta, 6-0, sr., OH, Derry

• Ian Malis, 6-2, sr., MH, Derry

FROM DISTRICT 10

• Alex Barclay, 6-4, sr., OH, Saegertown

• Brendon Barclay, 6-5, sr., OH, Saegertown

• Peter Mattocks, 6-2, jr., MH, Saegertown

• Walker Stone, 6-3, jr., S, Fort LeBoeuf

By JOBY FAWCETT
(Scranton) Times-Tribune (TNS)

PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi.PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi. (FILE PHOTO)

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a significant change to its enrollment policy and is inching closer to a decision on classifications for high school football.

While a decision has not been made whether to expand to six classifications or stay at four for football, the PIAA passed the 10 percent rule during a meeting of its board of directors Wednesday. What that means is public schools will only need to count 10 percent of students who are home schooled, cyber schooled, vocational schooled or charter schooled toward its enrollment for classification in all sports.

The motion, which passed on suspended protocol by a vote of 27-2 and is effective immediately for all sports, will have an impact when enrollments are submitted in late October for classification for the next two-year cycle that begins with the 2016-17 school year.

“I think that the Strategic Planning and Football Steering committees did a real good job here,” PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said. “With the board passing a change in the way that we classify schools it is an outstanding step, historic really. The board listened to concerns and acted in what it thought was the best interest of the membership.”

Three proposals: In addition, the board also passed on a second read basis three proposals for discussion that would increase the number of classifications for football from four to six.

“Now, every district has firm talking points and data that it can go back to its member schools and say what do you support, and then bring that back to the board,” Lombardi said.

Talks began Tuesday when the Strategic Planning and Football Steering Committees voted down a six-classification format with a Super 800 class for schools with an enrollment larger than 800.

They also declined a late proposal for a six-classification format that used a bell-curve enrollment formula.

Once the move to change how the PIAA formulates the enrollment number based on classification using a 10 percent factor had been recommended and accepted, that eliminated three football proposals for a change from four to six classes that used the straight enrollment as options.

That leaves three proposals put together by Bob Tonkin, a representative of District 9, that all passed on a second-read basis.

The first is maintaining the status quo in place since 1988 with four equal classifications.

The second outlines six equal classifications.

And the third has six classifications with the largest being a Super 700 class for schools with enrollments larger than 700.

A motion must pass three reads to be adopted.

“It’s a positive move,” said Mike Ognosky, who is a member of the PIAA Football Steering Committee. “There is still work to be done, but it is encouraging.

“I also want to make sure that we all get a chance to have our schools really take a close look at the proposals and see the direction each district wants to go.”

District chairmen are being instructed to schedule informational meetings for their member schools before the Strategic Planning and Football Steering Committees will reconvene Sept. 16 to vote on what it will recommend to the Board of Directors at an Oct. 7 meeting.

While most of the discussion for increased classes surrounds football, Lombardi said he expects there to be more calls for reform from the other state-sponsored sports.

“I applaud what the board has done,” Lombardi said. “There has been some discussion about other sports. We aren’t ignoring that. Our focus right now is football, because there has been a lot of legwork and a lot of scenarios already worked out and in place for discussion.

“The people who have put in the work formulating this and giving the board a snapshot of the data have done a great job.”

Other matters: In other matters from the PIAA:

• An idea of shortening the football season from 16 to 15 weeks never got to a vote. It was only discussed, “but that doesn’t mean it’s dead,” said Lombardi.

• Passing on a second vote was a new plan that allows schools, leagues and districts around the state to have a second football scrimmage or play a game. It must pass one more vote.

• Passing a first vote was making boys and girls lacrosse two classifications at the PIAA level. The PIAA has had only one class for each in the past.

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By STEVE HEISER
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Another York-Adams high school is looking for a new varsity head football coach.

York Tech athletic director Rob Caruso sent out a notice on Monday that the Spartans were in need of a new leader.

Caruso said that Matt Glennon resigned recently for personal reasons after two seasons as York Tech’s head coach.

The Tech AD faces an extremely tight deadline to find a replacement. The Spartans’ season opens Saturday, Sept. 5, at home against Pequea Valley. In addition, the heat acclimation period this year starts Monday, Aug. 10, and the first day for fall practice is Monday, Aug. 17.

Because of the late resignation, Caruso is asking that potential candidates contact him immediately at (717) 747-2147.

When asked for a timeline for finding a new coach, Caruso said: “ASAP.”

Glennon, a West York High School graduate, spent two years at Tech, compiling a 4-16 overall record and a 4-12 mark in York-Adams Division III. Last year’s Spartans finished 1-9 and 1-6.

Tech has traditionally struggled on the field, largely because it has struggled with continuity. The school lacks a feeder system and is now looking for its seventh head coach in the last dozen years.

The Spartans have enjoyed one winning season since 1985, a 6-4 mark in 2009. Tech’s only championship came in 1976, when it shared the York-Adams Division II title with Spring Grove at 7-3.

Glennon had previously been the head coach at Westmont-Hilltop in Johnstown, compiling a 10-30 record over four seasons.

Efforts to reach Glennon were not immediately returned.

The Tech job is just the latest head football coaching position to come open since the end of last season.

Lots of turnover: New Oxford recently hired Jason Warner to replace Jason Thurston as the Colonials’ head coach. Warner took the job on an interim basis.

Thurston had earlier announced his decision to resign at the end of the 2015 season. Once he made that announcement, however, Thurston said the school administration was uncomfortable with his commitment level and gave him two choices — resign immediately or be fired. He opted to resign.

Because of the changes at Tech and New Oxford, the York-Adams League will have eight different head coaches this coming 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.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

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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.

LOCAL GOLF

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
505-5446/@yaiaascores

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
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

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


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