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Red Lion’s Nick Shima gains possession with Susquehannock’s Tucker Devilbiss (11) in pursuit during lacrosse action at Red Lion on Thursday.

Red Lion’s Nick Shima gains possession with Susquehannock’s Tucker Devilbiss (11) in pursuit during lacrosse action at Red Lion on Thursday. Red Lion handed Susquehannock its first York-Adams League loss of the season, 17-8. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

RED LION — On paper, Thursday night’s match with Susquehannock was just another game on the regular-season schedule for the Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team.

In reality, however, that would be underestimating its importance just a tad.

The truth was, the game was a huge deal for a Lions outfit seeking to extend its season into the York-Adams League and District 3 playoffs.

The significance of the contest (a win would clinch a berth in the four-team York-Adams League playoffs), combined with the added importance of Senior Night, made for a very memorable evening for the home side.

Especially those seniors.

After falling behind by a couple of goals early, Red Lion rallied back with a five-goal run that seized momentum. The Lions refused to give it back, cruising to an impressive 17-8 triumph over the Warriors.

Susquehannock (9-2 overall and 9-1 league) suffered its first league loss of the season. The Lions (11-2, 8-2), meanwhile, clinched that coveted league playoff berth.

The joy of knocking off the top team in the 12-team league was especially meaningful to seniors such as Tanner Reif, who missed some games early in the season. Losses earlier in the season to Dallastown and West York forced the Lions into catch-up mode and they’ve responded.

“We had a rough start to the season,” said Reif, who finished with two goals and three assists. “But we’ve all played together and picked it up. We never quit.”

That was also the case in the early going, when the Warriors raced out to a 2-0 lead just a few minutes into action. But it was junior Jac Gemmill (two goals, two assists) that sparked a 5-0 blitz by the home side that got the Lion fans and players alike pumped up.

While Gemmill started the blitz, it was ultimately sophomore Sam Emig who proved to be the big difference maker on Senior Night. The Lion attacker shredded the Warrior defense for six goals, including a trio in the third quarter, when the Lions all but put the game away.

Emig’s six tallies pushed his season mark to 54.

“Sam is a heck of a player,” Reif said. “He means everything to us. He’s the third man on the attack and it’s great to have a young guy come up the ranks and perform.”

Another youngster on the Red Lion side is goalie Nick Serrano. Just a freshman, Serrano (10 saves) came up with some big stops.

“Our goalie played fantastic tonight,” Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler said. “He gave up those two goals early but he definitely helped out a lot.”

Striffler, who noted that his team had some injury woes earlier in the season, feels that his team’s confidence level has grown along with its health.

“When we get on a roll, we’re tough to stop,” he said. “And tonight we were on a serious roll and we can just pump them in.”

The setback marked the second loss in a week for the Warriors, who have a huge contest against Dallastown next Tuesday. Susquehannock coach Russ LeBlanc was not pleased with his team’s defense at all Thursday. The 17 goals allowed were the most his team allowed all season.

“Tonight really came down to our team defense,” LeBlanc said. “We had multiple breakdowns. I didn’t think that we made the plays that we needed to make tonight.”

Jack Allred led the Warriors with three goals while teammate Aiden Kirkendall chipped in two goals. Goalie Shane Silk, who faced 35 shots on the night, recorded 17 saves.

OTHER BOYS’ LACROSSE

West York 19, Spring Grove 11: At West York, Hunter Betz and Devyn Roehm each had four goals and two assists to lead the Bulldogs. Seth Wise added four goals and one assist, while Tanner Brannon collected two goals and two assists and Nick Cintron chipped in two goals and an assist. Bryce Kephart led the Rockets with three goals and an assist. Dylan Griffiths and Tanner Bolton each added three Spring Grove scores. Cole Rinehart made seven saves to get the win in goal. Landon Ballou had eight saves for the Rockets.

Eastern 17, Kennard-Dale 1: At Wrightsville, Dom Particelli and Conrad Rhein led the Golden Knights by each scoring three goals and adding five assists. Also for Eastern, Brian Lehman had four goals and one assist, Tate Adamson had two goals and one assist and Nate Smith and Jimmy Kurnik each scored one goal and added one assist.

Central York 14, New Oxford 6: At Central York, the Panthers got four goals from Connor Hoch to cruise past the Colonials. Katon Yantek added a pair of goals and a pair of assists to the victorious cause. New Oxford’s John Wilson scored three goals and added an assist.

York Suburban 10, Dallastown 9 (overtime): At Dallastown, Collin Mailman led the Trojans by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Also for Suburban, Joseph Sadock scored three goals, while Michael Sipes scored two goals and had one assist. For the Wildcats, Cade Gold scored three goals, Braven Morris scored two goals and Brian Prats had one goal and one assist. Suburban improved to 6-3 in the league and 8-4 overall, while Dallastown fell to 8-2 and 11-2.

York Catholic 14, South Western 9: At Hanover, Stevie Brenneman led the Irish by scoring four goals. Also for the Irish, Jacob Norton had three goals and two assists, Tommy Bowser had two goals and two assists, Tanner Yanick had four assists and Eddie Smith had two goals and one assist. For the Mustangs, Anthony DeVincent had five goals and one assist.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Kennard-Dale 24, Eastern York 5: At Fawn Grove, Morgan Day moved over the 400-goal mark for her career with an eight-goal, two assist performance. The senior now has 405 goals in her career. Lyndsey Duty (four goals, assist), Gillian Zimmerman (two goals, two assists), Emmie Dressel (three goals) and Maggie Biedermann (goal, two assists) also excelled for the winners. Riley Toomey had two goals and an assist for Eastern. K-D improved to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the York-Adams League.

Susquehannock 20, Red Lion 2: At Glen Rock, Gena Speights (six goals, two assists), Ashley Valway (five goals, three assists) and Katelyn Welsh (four goals, four assists) powered the Warriors, who improved to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in the York-Adams League. Amber Orner made five saves to get the win in goal. Taylor Griffith made eight saves for the Lions.

Dallastown 18, Northern 9: At Dillsburg, the Wildcats dominated both halves, doubling up the Polar Bears in non-league play. Alyssa Layton’s six-goal effort led the way for Dallastown, while Amber Dubois chipped in with four goals and an assist.

York Catholic 14, South Western 5: At York Catholic, a strong defensive effort in the second half by the Irish led them to a bounce-back victory over the Mustangs. Lindsey China had a five-point night for York Catholic, scoring four goals and adding an assist, while Shannon Moore continued her impressive senior campaign with a three-goal and three-assist performance. Lauren Schmidt led South Western with three goals, while Erin Brown and Gabriella DiRienza each added one.

West York 15, Spring Grove 5: At Spring Grove, Ally Williams turned in a four-goal, two-assist effort in leading the Bulldogs to victory. Teammate Amanda Lehman chipped in with three goals and an assist. Marisa Landaverde and Casey Franklin each scored two goals for the Rockets.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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Dallastown’s John Schmitt is the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the York-Adams League Class AAA Singles Boys’ Tennis Tournament.

Dallastown’s John Schmitt is the No. 1 seed and defending champion in the York-Adams League Class AAA Singles Boys’ Tennis Tournament. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

There was a time when Dallastown tennis star John Schmitt considered not even playing the game in high school.

“Freshman year, I was thinking of not playing tennis, but one of my friends came out for the team, and since he was playing, I thought, ‘why not give it a try?'” Schmitt said.

Schmitt wasn’t exactly a newcomer to tennis when reporting for his first practice as a freshman. He played a lot of tennis when he was younger, but then got away from the game.

“I enjoyed soccer, and I was playing that. Also, there weren’t a bunch of my friends playing tennis at the time, so I stayed away from it for a while,” he said.

Schmitt rediscovered his love for tennis, and his strokes, particularly his strong forehand, after joining the varsity. In his second year with the Wildcats, he helped the team win the York-Adams Division I title while finishing third in the York-Adams Singles Tournament.

After earning the bronze medal in 2013, Schmitt won the singles gold last year. He’s the top-seeded player for this year’s Class AAA league singles tournament, which begins Friday at South Western High School.

Meanwhile, York Suburban senior Elliot Diehl will open his defense of the Class AA singles crown on Friday at Red Lion High School. Diehl is the No. 1-seeded player in the AA bracket.

“Being top seeded doesn’t really change a thing,” Schmitt said. “You still have to win four matches.”

One thing has changed. Schmitt is not the same player he was a year ago.

“I’ve really improved my backhand, and last year, that was a real weakness,” he said. “My serve is more of a weapon, and I can put it in different parts of the box.”

Schmitt’s toughest match of the regular season came against Red Lion’s Sam Innerst. The Dallastown senior lost the first set before rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory.

Schmitt vs. Innerst is a rivalry within a long-standing rivalry (Dallastown vs. Red Lion).

“He’s a great player,” Schmitt said. “I know I have to bring it every time I play him.”

Of course, both Schmitt and Innerst, who holds the No. 2 seed, will have to win three matches in order to meet in the final, and there are formidable challengers waiting for both players in the earlier rounds.

“John knows all the top kids in this tournament, I would say the first seven or eight, and on any given day, they can beat each other,” Dallastown coach Mark Koons said. “He knows he’ll need to come out fired up and ready to go.”

Schmitt is hoping to join Andrew Holmes, Phil Bayliss, Billy Heird and Gavin Smith on the list of Dallastown players who have won two York-Adams singles crown. Oliver Merrill is the Wildcats’ leader in York-Adams singles gold medals with three.

“It would be a great way to finish my career,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for more.”

Tennis isn’t the only sport in which Schmitt has excelled. He was selected Co-Player of the Year last fall in Division I of the York-Adams Boys’ Soccer League.

“It (playing two sports) was sort of difficult, but, at the same time, I’m glad I did it,” Schmitt said. “I definitely had a lot of fun playing soccer and tennis.”

Schmitt has narrowed his college choices to the University of Pittsburgh and McDaniel College.

Diehl, meanwhile, will attend Goucher College.

The Suburban standout joined his father, Craig, on the list of York-Adams singles tennis champions when he won last year.

Diehl and Michael Peck will also aim to win the Class AA doubles championship for the second straight year.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

The Susquehannock boys’ volleyball team remained alone in third place in the York-Adams League on Thursday night with a come-from-behind 20-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 victory at West York.

The Warriors improved to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the league, trailing only unbeaten state powers Northeastern and Central York.

A.J. Schaeffer had a monster night on offense and defense for Susquehannock, coming away with team highs in kills (21) and digs (27). Quinlan Kauffman contributed to the offensive effort with 13 kills, while Stephen Rouse passed the ball well, finishing with 35 assists. For West York, Brett Strickler paved the way with 18 kills and 21 digs, while Kenton Meckley chipped in with a 14 and 12 effort in the same categories.

OTHER BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Kennard-Dale 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, The Rams knocked off the Golden Knights, 25-19, 16-25, 15-25. Kyle Wooldridge paced the K-D offense, finishing with 20 kills, while Luke Criswell had 11 kills and nine assists. Greg Houck was the big performer for Eastern with 10 assists and seven digs.

Dallastown 3, Red Lion 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won three, hard-fought games, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20. Dallastown got strong contributions from a number of players. Aaron Ward had 12 kills and 12 digs, Peyton Ranck had 27 assists and 10 digs and Owen Terroso had 21 digs. Meanwhile, Red Lion got a 22-assist, 10-dig effort from John Longnecker, while Cole Brillhart led the team with 12 kills.

York Suburban 3, Spring Grove 1: At Suburban, the Trojans came back from a game down, rallying to win the final three to knock off the Rockets, 21-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-20. Suburban’s Sepehr Vakili led the team with 13 kills, while Gavin Dean came up with 30 digs. Spring Grove got 42 assists from Austin Muff and 22 kills from Dalton Forbes.

New Oxford 3, Dover 1: At Dover, Ryan McMaster led the Colonials to the 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-22 victory with 22 kills and 15 digs. Teammate Trey Noble had 43 assists and six digs. For the Eagles, Koleman Hoffman had 32 kills, eight digs and three blocks, while J.T. Crossan had 20 digs, five assists and three aces, and Zach Noll had 35 assists and seven digs. New Oxford won the JV match, 25-14, 25-15.

 

SOFTBALL

Dallastown 8, South Western 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats rolled behind a complete-game two-hitter from pitcher JaeLynn Harbold, who struck out eight and walked two. Lyndee Anders was 4-for-4 for the winners. Haylee Anders, Kayla Collins, Madisyn Johnson and Kayla Flemmens each added two hits for Dallastown. Haylee Anders and Johnson tripled, while Harbold and Kayla Collins doubled. Katelin Willingham had both South Western hits. Dallastown (10-2 overall) moved into a first-place tie with Central York in York-Adams Division I at 9-1.

Red Lion 16, Northeastern 6: At Manchester, the Lions used two big innings (six runs in the fourth and five runs in the seventh) to grab the win. Megan Teal led the Lions, going 2-for-5, including a three-run homer. Also for the Lions, Brynn Leiphard went 2-for-4, Serena Zearfoss went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Hayley Taylor went 2-for-5, including a double. For the Bobcats, Katelynn Reed went 3-for-5.

Kennard-Dale 15, Hanover 0: At Fawn Grove, the Rams rolled to a three-inning, mercy-rule triumph, helped by 13 walks allowed by Hanover pitching. Brittany Orwig pitched three shutout innings to get the win, allowing two hits. She struck out two and walked none. K-D needed just four hits to plate 15 runs. K-D improved to 12-1 overall and 9-0 in York-Adams Division III.

By DICK VANO’LINDA
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Eastern York’s Maddie McLain, left, and Maddie Nalls hug Katie Myer, center, after the 1,600-yard run against visiting York Suburban. McLain won the

Eastern York’s Maddie McLain, left, and Maddie Nalls hug Katie Myer, center, after the 1,600-yard run against visiting York Suburban. McLain won the event and Myer finished third. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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WRIGHTSVILLE — In 22 seasons as head coach of the Eastern York girls’ track and field team, Joel Jacobs has worked with quite a few talented young athletes.

This year’s group of varsity newcomers, though, may be the best yet.

“The talent with this young group is incredible,” Jacobs said after Eastern defeated York Suburban, 91-59, in a match-up of unbeaten York-Adams Division II teams. The Golden Knights also won the boys’ meet, 79-71.

“This is probably the best team we’ve ever had. We had a group in 2000 that was pretty good, but to be this good, this young, probably not.”

The Golden Knights’ freshmen phenoms delivered another set of winning performances on Wednesday.

Maddie McLain captured the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, Hannah Myers won the 200 and 400 dashes and Maddie Nalls recorded the best time in the 800.

“Also, we have a really good freshman thrower (Maura DeRemer), who probably scored in all of her throws today,” Jacobs said. “We have a lot of young kids, but we also have some key seniors who have decided they want to pull this group together.”

Eastern almost determined the outcome of the meet in the track events by compiling 67 points (76 are needed to guarantee a victory).

“I told the girls in the meeting last night that’s what we needed to do (dominate on the track),” Jacobs said. “I knew in the field events they had us in some of those events.”

On the track, McLain dueled with Suburban standout Olivia Gettle for the four laps of the 1,600 before winning by two seconds.

“I look to her (Gettle) for competition, I knew it was going to be tough,” McLain said. “I love competition because it makes you run faster. I didn’t run faster today, but I ran OK, and I was happy with it.”

The runners were forced to battle both cold and wind.

“I was trying to get warm,” McLain said. “The wind held me back, and my legs really hurt.”

McLain was happy that she was able to help her team win the Senior Night match-up with the Trojans, who have won four of the past five Division II titles. Eastern’s victory was its first over Suburban since 2009.

“The seniors said we wanted this for four years, we know we can do it,” McLain said. “We all cheer for each other.”

McLain draws inspiration when she’s running from her aunt, Donna McLain, a multi-state champion in track and state champion in cross country during her career at Eastern.

“She came here tonight,” Maddie McLain said. “I thought I have to run my best. She set really good goals, and I really appreciate it because if she didn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Eastern improved its record to 6-0-0. The Golden Knights can clinch the title outright next Tuesday with a victory at Gettysburg. The Warriors, who will enter with a 5-0-1 record, are also in the hunt for the division crown.

Jordan Shoff placed first in two events (discus and javelin) for Suburban’s girls in Tuesday’s meet.

In the boys’ meet, Eastern won 10 of 18 events, including two of three relays.

The Golden Knights’ Nathan Lopez took firsts in the 400 dash and triple jump.

Philip Marshall had an outstanding day for Suburban, winning four events (100 dash, 200 dash, high jump and long jump). The Trojans’ Brady Wilt completed a distance double by capturing the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

York Suburban cruised to a 25-10, 25-14, 25-20 non-league boys’ volleyball victory over Palmyra on Wednesday.

Matt Hogg (eight kills, four blocks) and Kaleb Ansell (29 assists) paced the Trojans, who improved to 5-4 overall.

New Oxford plated six unearned runs to knock off first-place Dover 6-5 on Wednesday in York-Adams softball action.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 9-5 overall and 7-3 in Division II. New Oxford improved to 4-7 overall and 3-7 in Division I.

Alanna Molz got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and allowing four earned runs. Ivy Becker (two hits, one RBI) and Bryanna Parks (two hits, one run) led the New Oxford attack.

Dover was paced by Jordan Baum (three hits, one RBI), Cierra Hockensmith (two hits, two runs, one RBI) and Alyssa Lawton (two hits, one RBI).

OTHER SOFTBALL

Eastern York 17, York Tech 9: At York Tech, Sierra Arnold got it done at the plate and in the circle for the victorious Golden Knights. Arnold tossed all seven innings, scattering nine runs on 11 hits while striking out six and walking two to collect the win. She was also 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs and a double and a triple. Ashley Tolley was 3-for-4 with a double for Tech.

South Western 13, Northeastern 4: At South Western, Mustangs catcher Allie Zombro led the way with a 4-for-4 effort from the plate. That outburst included four RBIs, two home runs and a double. Allie Fleming came on in relief, pitching two innings, striking out four and walking two to collect the win. She also went 3-for-4 with two triples and a double. Ciara Coombes was 2-for-3 for the Bobcats.

Central York 6, West York 3: At Central York, Kelsey Wisner and Briannah Dobson were each 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Panthers. Wisner also scored a run. Kayla Resh scattered 10 hits over seven innings to collect the win, She struck out three and walked two. West York received a 3-for-4, two-RBI effort from Jossalin Shipley. Central improved to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in York-Adams Division I.

Delone Catholic 7, York Suburban 4: At Delone Catholic, Shelbee Holcomb and Lori Sheaffer had three hits each to lead the Squirettes. Lauryn King slammed a two-run homer, highlighting a four-run sixth for Delone.

Kennard-Dale 7, Fairfield 6: At Fairfield, the Rams trailed 6-3 entering the top of the seventh, but plated three runs in their final at bat to capture the win. Kaila Beach and Alexis Valentine led the Rams by each going 2-for-3, including a solo homer. Rhiannon McGlone also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Rams. K-D improved to 11-1 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division III. For the Green Knights, Kaitlin Barron went 2-for-4, including a three-run double.

Spring Grove 7, Susquehannock 4: At Spring Grove, Julia Wivell’s dual effort helped the Rockets get past the Warriors. Wivell tossed a complete game in the circle, scattering 10 hits over seven innings, striking out one and walking three to get the win. Wivell also added a pair of home runs to her own victorious cause. Ally Kerr and Kristi Langhans doubled for the Warriors.

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York Catholic earned a wild 10-9, eight-inning victory over visiting Bermudian Springs on Wednesday.

The Irish rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to push the game into extra innings at 6-6.

Bermudian, however, scored three times in the top of the eighth to regain the lead, 9-6. York Catholic, however, responded with four runs in the bottom of the eight to grab the win.

Brenden Kennedy tossed all eight innings to earn the win on the mound, giving up nine hits while striking out five and walking two. He was also 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored to help his own cause. Bryce Floyd was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Deporter also drove in two runs for the Irish.

York Catholic improved to 7-3 overall and 7-2 in York-Adams Division IV.

OTHER BASEBALL

West York 11, Central 9: At Central, Nicholas Traettino led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4, including three RBIs. Traettino also came on in relief of starting pitcher Logan Stover to pick up the win on the mound, striking out four, walking none and allowing one earned run in three innings. Also for West York, Andrew Copeland went 2-for-3, including a triple. For the Panthers, Elzir Stroman went 4-for-4, including a double, while teammate Ben Reed went 2-for-4 with a double. West York improved to 10-0 in York-Adams Division II and 11-0 overall.

Red Lion 10, Kennard-Dale 2: At Red Lion, the Lions plated six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding lead. Brett Landis led the Lions by going 2-for-3, including a double. Also for the Lions, Hank Shultz went 2-for-3, while Alex Zelger went 2-for-4 with a double.

Dover 3, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, the Eagles broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the third when they plated two runs. Joe Morrett led the Eagles by going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Also for Dover, Nate Sennett and Jaret Hilbert combined on the mound to strike out three, walk two and allow no extra base hits. For the Colonials, Keegan Romanoff went 4-for-4.

Spring Grove 6, Susquehannock 3: At Spring Grove, Cameron Starner led the way for the Rockets with a 1-for-2 day at the plate with a run batted in and a run scored. Dakota Dennis hit a solo home run for the Warriors. First-place Spring Grove improved to 9-4 overall and 8-2 in York-Adams Division I.

Delone Catholic 8, York Suburban 0: At McSherrystown, Austin Roth was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Austin Kuntz was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Squires. Thomas Merkle and Brad Smith had two hits each for Suburban.

Eastern York 4, York Tech 3: The Golden Knights trailed their hosts 3-0 before scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning to steal the victory. Colby Shimmel was 2-for-3 with a double for Eastern. He also came in to pitch a scoreless seventh, striking out the side to earn the win. Luke Greisler was 2-for-3 with a double for the Spartans. First-place Eastern improved to 8-4 overall and 8-1 in York-Adams Division III.
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By ELIJAH ARMOLD
505-5406/@EADispatch

Moyer

Moyer

Like most standout athletes, West York’s Andrew Moyer is always pushing for more.

In an effort to round out his track and field resume for the next level, the reigning York-Adams League 110 hurdles champion placed an emphasis on improving his skills in another discipline this year — the pole vault.

Moyer possesses an athletic versatility he plans to utilize as a college decathlete next year at Kutztown University. He combines that athleticism with a constant desire to improve, and the result has been a strong senior season as the Bulldogs’ captain.

It’s one that he hopes will culminate in taking his third-place league finish in the pole vault last season to greater heights, as well as success at the district level.

According to West York head coach Julia Haynes, the ascension of Moyer’s pole vault skills had less to do with him grasping the basics, but more with a matter of timing. She was long confident in his technical abilities, having seen consistent improvement over his career.

“(Pole vaulting) is a lot of timing,” Haynes said. “Once he figured out the timing, got him on a little better pole, he was golden.”

Golden, indeed.

Moyer’s timing really clicked over an impressive stretch recently when he broke the Bulldogs’ record on three consecutive occasions.

His run on the record book began when he first took down Andrew Allen’s nine-year-old mark of 12-feet, 9-inches by clearing 12-10 April 7 against Dover.

A leap of 13-0 came April 11 at the Black Knight Invitational at Hempfield. The current record, 13-3, was posted April 14 on the road against Northeastern.

Not bad for an athlete in a high-flying discipline who admits to having a fear of heights.

Pushed to try pole vault his freshman year by older brother Alex, sibling rivalry provided Andrew with the initial spark needed to quickly push the fear aside.

Moyer credits gaining weight and strength in the offseason to his improvements in his craft.

A great debut: Another great illustration of Moyer’s athletic talents came Tuesday, his 18th birthday, during his Senior Day performance against Susquehannock.

Having had a desire to compete in the triple jump for a number of years, Moyer appealed to Haynes for the opportunity to give it a go against the Warriors in his last home meet.

He was long held out of the event for fear the steps and timing of the triple jump stride might interfere with the precise footwork needed in pole vault.

With a spot open after a regular was unable to participate because of illness, and Moyer having expressed his willingness to participate, Haynes entered Moyer in the event.

On his final attempt, Moyer leapt to a new school record of 43-7.75. He bested Tyler Reisinger’s 2008 mark of 43-4. Reisinger is currently a junior high coach with West York.

“I said I wanted to do it on Senior Night and she said: ‘OK, I’ll throw you in,'” Moyer said. “I was thinking 40 (feet), because I’m an athlete. But I wasn’t thinking record, no,” he said when asked if he thought he’d perform at the level he did.

Giving the Bulldogs bite: Haynes is quick to laud Moyer’s ability to perform all over a meet as a huge asset to the team.

Aside from being a frequent victor in his mainstay hurdle races (110, 300) and pole vault, Moyer has filled in at high jump, long jump and now triple jump throughout his career. He’s even offered to run relays if needed, although he’s skeptical of his own speed.

“I couldn’t ask for a better leader,” Haynes said. “Kids look to him for an example. He works hard, takes everything in stride. Excellent athlete, I know I can get points from him in whatever.”

As for the remainder of this season, Moyer hasn’t forgotten about that hurdles crown, one he fully intends on keeping. But, he also wouldn’t mind adding another title to his resume. However, he faces tough competition in reigning pole vault champ Danny Stoner of Biglerville.

“If I can,” Moyer said, when asked if he’d like to add the league title. “But Danny Stoner is tough, he’s a good vaulter.”

Moyer is confident in his abilities. He’s gone higher in practice. But he’s also quick to point out that was only in practice, and that he needs to “do it when it counts.”

Down the road: Having shown himself adroit at hurdles, jumps and pole vault, Moyer admits the throws will be the toughest test for him when he tries the decathlon with the Golden Bears.

“I’ve never touched a discus, shot or javelin,” he said. “That’s going to be a beast to conquer.”

Haynes says plans are to one day have a series of record boards near the track to recognize the best Bulldogs.

Haynes, a standout athlete in her own right during her time at West York (1982 grad), then playfully added another mark for Moyer to chase, stating: “I teased him, I said: ‘You’ve got to get your name on there three times,’ he said ‘Why?’ I said ‘Because my name will be on three times.'”

— Reach Elijah Armold at earmold@yorkdispatch.com; @EADispatch on Twitter

Northeastern 3, Red Lion 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats made quick work of the Lions, winning in three games, 25-16, 25-20, 25-15, to remain unbeaten in regular-season competition. Reese Devilbiss had a match-high 13 kills, while Brent Williams passed the ball well, completing 27 assists. Red Lion was led by Cole Brillhart, who finished with a team-high nine kills and five digs.

Central York 3, Dover 0: At Central, the Panthers continued their strong season, rolling past the Eagles, 25-11, 25-8, 25-12. Central had six different players register at least two kills, with Landon Shorts leading the team with 11. Dover had a tough time getting anything going offensively, only recording nine total kills, five of which came from Koleman Hoffman.

Spring Grove 3, Eastern 0: At Spring Grove, Dalton Forbes pounded 10 kills to highlight the Rockets’ 25-14, 25-10, 25-16 sweep of the Golden Knights. Forbes also supplied eight digs. Austin Muff delivered 28 assists for the winners, and Luke Huffnagle recorded 10 digs. Ryan Kalke had two kills and two blocks for Eastern. The Golden Knights won the JV match, 25-18, 25-20.

New Oxford 3, West York 0: at New Oxford, the Colonials swept to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 victory over the Bulldogs. Ryan McMaster ripped 10 kills and made seven digs for the winners, and Trey Noble delivered 28 assists and nine digs. Cal Meyer and Alex Neiderer teamed for 16 New Oxford kills. Brett Strickler (four kills, 10 digs), Kenton Meckley (six kills, five digs) and Jacob May (13 assists and four digs) led West York. New Oxford also won the JV match, 25-14, 25-22.

Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 0: At Glen Rock, A.J. Schaeffer had a highly productive night for the Warriors as they swept the Trojans, 25-18, 25-10, 25-21. Schaeffer finished with 15 kills and 20 digs. Schaeffer’s teammmate, Stephen Rouse, provided 20 assists and 17 digs, and Quinlan Kauffman added seven kills, 20 digs and three blocks. Sepehr Vakili ripped 14 kills for Suburban, and Kaleb Ansell assisted on 28 Trojans’ points. Suburban won the JV match, 25-23, 25-14.

Dallastown 3, Kennad-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, the Wildcats won, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18. Aaron Ward (10 kills), Zach Zerr (six kills, six blocks) and Peyton Ranck (27 assists) led the Wildcats. Dallastown also won the JV match, 2-0.


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