York Catholic High School graduate Kady Schrann, seen here during her playing days at Vanderbilt University, has transferred to Florida Gulf Coast

York Catholic High School graduate Kady Schrann, seen here during her playing days at Vanderbilt University, has transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University. (PHOTO COURTESY OF VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY)

Injuries are part of the risk of playing a sport.

One never knows when a freak play, a tough pivot or a mere accident may occur that turns a player’s path upside down.

Such was the case for former York Catholic basketball standout Kady Schrann. Highly coveted by many NCAA Division I universities during her time with the Fighting Irish, Schrann settled on Vanderbilt.

During her first year at Vanderbilt, things seemed on track. Schrann’s playing time was growing and she was turning into a valuable asset for the Commodores on the court. She was even named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.

Then the dreaded injury bug hit. An ankle injury — the first of many as it would turn out — occurred just before her sophomore season and set off a domino-like effect. Never one to quit on her team, Schrann played through the injury as best as she could, but she never fully recovered. She spent considerable time away from her teammates while rehabbing her injuries.

As it turned out, those hours came at a cost to her level of enjoyment. On the court, she was no longer the happy young woman with a smile on her face — a vision many York Catholic fans can remember. Something had to change.

That something came about earlier this year. Schrann began the process of seeking out a fresh start at a new school in February. Looking to rekindle her excitement, Schrann stumbled upon exactly what she was looking for while watching an NCAA tournament game between Florida Gulf Coast and Oklahoma State in March.

While the No. 12-seeded Eagles couldn’t quite pull off an upset that day, Schrann knew that FCGU was the place she wanted to be. So she began the process of transferring and finally made it official in early June, when she officially enrolled at FGCU.

With the ankle injuries finally behind her, Schrann’s enjoyment on the court is again off the charts. She is eager to do her part for an Eagles squad that finished 26-8 last year, including a 17-1 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

We caught up with Schrann recently for this edition of Sports Q&A.

Q: What were the major factors in your decision to leave Vanderbilt for Florida Golf Coast University?

A: The major factor in my decision … was my level of happiness. From my freshman year to my sophomore year I was enjoying everything I was doing. Then when I got hurt and it set me apart from the team. … My sophomore year I played hurt and then my junior year, after surgery, I finally felt 100 percent. However, the happiness I used to feel with the people surrounding me was gone and I knew I needed to take charge and change something.”

Q: When did you decide to transfer?

A: “I decided to transfer close to the end of my junior year, before the season was over sometime around February.”

Q: How did you find out about FGCU?

A: “I found FGCU after I narrowed my search down to a school in the south. I knew I did not want to go further north than my house in Pennsylvania and I did not want to go west. I started to look in Florida and saw FGCU play against Oklahoma State in the NCAA tournament. Although they lost, the team looked like they were having so much fun and played with so much passion.”

Q: Were there any other schools you considered?

A: “I also considered James Madison.”

Q: How did your family feel about the transfer?

A: “They just wanted me to be happy. They saw the change in me and knew that whatever decision I made was going to be the right one. They supported me every step of the way.”

Q: How did your coach and teammates at Vanderbilt feel?

A: “My teammates wanted what I thought was best for me, although it was sad to leave. My coaches wanted me to do what was best for me as well.”

Q: When did you actually enroll and become a student at FGCU?

A: “I became a student the first week of June.”

Q: What is your role expected to be when you regain your eligibility for the 2015 season?

A: “It will be whatever Coach (Karl) Smesko needs. I may be point guard and I may be a shooting guard. I know he will put me in a position where I will be able to help the team as much as I can.”

Q: With the one-year transfer rule forcing you to have to sit out next year, what will you be doing in that time?

A: “I will be working on learning the offenses and defenses of the team. I will continue to work on getting stronger and working on my shot at the same time. I will also be cheering the girls to victory during workouts, practices and games.”

Q: And how tough do you think that will be for you to be unable to compete for a whole season?

A: “I think it will be pretty tough, but I had a glimpse of the feeling when I had to sit out most of my sophomore year. It will be a challenge, but I will do all that I can to help the team, whether it be through preparing them in practice or simply cheering my heart out on the bench.”

Q: That said, how excited are you about the transfer and why?

A: “I am very excited because it is something new and it was a decision I made based on what I wanted. So far I have been here for three weeks and each day I get happier and happier with my decision.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at



It’s an adage in the world of sports that you never want to hit your peak too soon.

That saying was followed to a “T” by the Northeastern boys’ volleyball program this year.

After a couple of disheartening setbacks against PIAA Class AAA champion Central York in the regular-season finale and the league playoff final, the Bobcats started to get hot. And no one, not even No. 1 ranked Ambridge, could cool them off.

The scorching run that Coach Matt Wilson’s club went on through the District 3 and then the PIAA Class AA brackets culminated in back-to-back titles for the Manchester school.

It also yielded a record-tying five all-state players (tied with the 2010 club), as voted on by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. That came from a total of 24 AA honorees. Seniors Luke Braswell and Matt Hollinger were joined by junior Philip White and sophomores Brandon Arentz and Reese Devilbiss on the squad. York Suburban’s Jacob Kauffman was also named to the team.

“I thought those five guys (to be honored) was really well deserved,” Wilson said. “One of the big keys to our success was those five guys carrying a really big load for us. And you could probably make a case for Casey (Winand) as well. But I think they got it right.”

Braswell: Braswell, a three-time all-state award winner, highlighted the contingent. Despite missing a majority of the season, the Penn State-bound setter returned and led his team on an epic run to close out his great high school career.

“Well, what else can I say about Luke?” Wilson said. “From a high school perspective, in my opinion, I think he’s leaving Northeastern High School as the best setter that I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching or being around. And probably one of the best setters to ever come out of York County. Down the stretch, late in the season, he just played at another level. It was impressive to watch. He’ll be missed.”

Devilbiss: One of Braswell’s favorite targets the past two years has been Devilbiss, who led the team in kills. Just a sophomore, Devilbiss was a threat from anywhere on the court to put the ball on the ground.

His defense, one area typically overlooked for an outside, quickly caught up to his powerful spikes in terms of reliability. Now a two-time all-state honoree, he finished with 487 kills, 69 blocks and 55 aces for the season.

Hollinger: Hollinger was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades for Wilson over his career. He’s played defensive specialist, libero and outside hitter throughout his career and excelled in each spot. If he possessed the size of Braswell he very well could have been another NCAA Division I-bound player.

“If he was 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-4 he could probably be in contention to be considered as one of the best volleyball players throughout the state,” Wilson said. “He has great feet and he’s a great athlete. Just small in stature (5-foot-10), but large in terms of what he’s capable of doing. I’m real thrilled for Matt and he’s worked hard to get where he’s at.”

White: At the onset of the season it was White who was pinpointed by his coach as the balance for the club. If White could step up and help fill the void left by Stephen Braswell’s graduation from a year earlier, the Bobcats could repeat history according to Wilson.

“Coming into the year I said the biggest question mark we had was Philip White,” Wilson said. “And I’ll be honest, we had some highs and lows with him this year. But he stuck through it, he persevered and went through some tough matches and some tough nights with me. But I will sit here and tell you that one of the main reasons we were able to turn and get on a roll was Philip’s level of play down the stretch. He became an extremely dominant offensive player for us and, at the end, also a solid blocker, which was an area he had been struggling in.”

Arentz: The most impressive of the five all-state players to make the team may have been Arentz, who earned a spot as a libero even though he didn’t start out the season at that position.

“Brandon came on and was playing another position earlier on,” Wilson said. “But down the stretch, his passing and defensive effort just really skyrocketed the last three weeks. I think sometimes its just good timing when you get seen by people. And there’s no doubt that when people are watching you in the state championship match and you’re sticking out at the libero spot, he picked a very good time to get himself noticed. I’m very happy for him.”

Kauffman: Wilson was one of Kauffman’s biggest fans, saying he possessed “one of the most lethal jumpers in the state.”

A standout hitter, Kauffman consistently packed the stat sheet for the Trojans, who finished fourth in both the District 3-AA Tournament and in the York-Adams League.

“Jake is a great player and we knew we had to try to contain him,” Central York’s Dylan Hose said earlier this season. “We always wanted to get two blockers up on him.”

Kauffman was a four-year starter for Suburban.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


District 2

Mike Conlon, Jr., S, Holy Redeemer, Mike Prociak, Sr., M, Holy Redeemer.

District 3

Alex Myers, Sr., M, Garden Spot. Micah Hostetter, Sr., S, Garden Spot. Brandon Arentz, Soph., LIB, Northeastern. Philip White, Jr., O, Northeastern. Luke Braswell, Sr., S, Northeastern. Reese Devilbiss, Soph., O, Northeastern. Matt Hollinger, Sr., O, Northeastern. Jacob Kauffman, Sr., O, York Suburban.

District 6

Ben Kasun, Sr., S, Bishop Guilfoyle.

District 7

Aaron Mueller, Sr., S, Ambridge. Lee Smith, Sr., O, Ambridge. Brandon Buck, Sr., O, Ambridge. Dan Zajac, Sr., O, Ambridge. Jon Knab, Sr., M, Beaver C.C. Matt Vasinko, Sr., O, Derry. Ethan Huston, Sr., O, Derry. Izaak Fulmer-Moffat, Sr., LIB, Derry. Shaughn McDonald, Sr., O, Our Lady of Secred Heart.

District 10

Nick Dickson, Sr., O, Cochranton. Logan Herzberger, Sr., O, Cochranton. Alex Barclay, Jr., O. Saegertown. Brendon Barclay, Jr., O, Saegertown.



Turns out Central York High School won’t be the only one with a new, large scoreboard featuring a video screen at its stadium in the coming months.

Next week, construction will begin at Red Lion High School’s Horn Field to install a scoreboard that will be very much similar to the new one currently going up at Central York, Red Lion district marketing and communications manager Don Dimoff said Tuesday.

Dimoff isn’t sure of the dimensions of the new scoreboard, but said it will include video capabilities for fans to watch live action and replays. And it will be used for more than just football.

“We’re gonna use it for all varsity sports that play there: field hockey, girls’ and boys’ lacrosse, girls’ and boys’ soccer and we’re hoping to utilize it for baseball as well,” Dimoff said. “Also, assuming each year we have graduation outside, we’ll have it for graduation and band performances.”

The video board will be operated by students as part of a class at the high school, Dimoff said.

“We’re using it as an educational platform as well,” he said.

Cost: At its June 4 meeting, the Red Lion Area Board of School Directors were recommended to authorize Kinsley Construction to install the new scoreboard at a cost of $17,980. The total cost of the new scoreboard, including installation, is $ $201,948, Red Lion business manager Terry Robinson said Wednesday.

Dimoff and Robinson said the new scoreboard will come at no cost to taxpayers, instead being partially covered by help from booster clubs and insurance and mostly covered from sponsorships.

“Signage-wise we’re looking at about a dozen to 14 spots (for sponsors),” Dimoff said. “As far as video themselves we’ll produce commercials and ads that’ll be unique.”

A new scoreboard has been needed at Horn Field since a September thunderstorm flattened and destroyed the old scoreboard, which dated back to the 1960s. The school district was able to secure portable scoreboards with the help of York College for use during the remainder of the school year.

The new scoreboards at both Central and Red Lion are coming from Illinois-based scoreboard company Nevco and will use LED lighting instead of traditional bulbs.

“If everything goes according to plan we hope to have it up and running at a field hockey game in late August,” Dimoff said.

Retaining wall: The scoreboard isn’t the only thing slated to be updated this summer at Horn Field. At its most recent meeting, it was recommended to the board to award a bid to H&H General Excavating Company Inc., in the amount of $68,750 to complete a retaining wall project at the field.

“It’s up back of the home stands where the people sit,” Robinson said. “That walkway is actually below the road grade. You have to come down steps from the sidewalk to enter the grandstands. There is a retaining wall there that runs the entire length of the grandstand area. That retaining wall has been leaning more and more each year. We have a company coming in that will take the existing wall out and put in another wall. I don’t know how long the old wall has been there but I’ve been in the district 36 years and it hasn’t been updated.”

— Reach John Walk at

By STEVE HEISER @ydsports/505-5446

Ben Kline

Ben Kline (John A. Pavoncello)

Ben Kline’s injury-plagued career at Penn State has apparently hit another painful roadblock.

According to the website Lions247, which covers PSU football, the Dallastown High School graduate has a torn Achilles tendon that occurred during a summer workout on Tuesday.

Go here for the full Lions247 report.

If the report is true, Kline will likely miss significant time.

The redshirt junior was expected to compete for a starting linebacker job this season.

Kline has battled injuries during his career in Happy Valley.

Last season he struggled with shoulder and pectoral injuries and saw action in six games, including two starts. He tallied 18 tackles, nine of them solo shots. He missed the last three games of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Penn State’s 24-10 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 9.

He did not see contact action in spring practice.

Kline is president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter. During a stop in York in May, new PSU head coach James Franklin heaped praise upon Kline.

“I’ll tell you this. He hasn’t done anything athletically since we’ve got there, but Ben Kline has a presence,” Franklin said. “He’s a tremendous leader. He’s respected unbelievably by his teammates. He’s involved with every aspect of community service that you could possibly be involved in. He took a trip down to D.C. (for Rare Disease Awareness Day in the winter). He does everything. Every time I’m on Twitter he’s doing something in the community.”

Franklin has a policy of not commenting on player injuries. Jeff Nelson, the PSU assistant athletic director for communications, said he did not have any information on Kline’s reported injury.

In May, Kline was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy. First created in 2004 and named in honor of former University of Southern California defensive back Ronnie Lott, the IMPACT trophy is given to college football’s defensive player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. He was one of 42 players named to the preseason watch list for the award.

Kline, a finance major, owns a 3.85 grade-point average and last fall was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight year.



Ever since the Susquehannock softball teams won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles in 2007 and 2008, the caliber of play in the York-Adams League has been on a steady rise.

Players are regularly graduating with offers to continue to play at high-level NCAA Division I and Division II programs.

Such is the case again this year after the York-Adams League coaches announced their players of the year and all-star teams.

In tribute to all of the talent across the league, each division honored two girls for the player-of-the-year awards.

Here’s a look at each player.


Sam Hartman, Dallastown, catcher: The Dallastown senior finished her high school career in style, leading the Wildcats to the Division I title as well as their first-ever York-Adams League title. The Dallastown catcher batted .466 for the season. She also drove in 35 runs, scored 24 runs and bashed 11 doubles, three triples and four homers, while slugging .519 with an on-base percentage of .863.

“I am most impressed with Sam’s intensity, intelligence, fierce competitive nature and her work ethic,” Dallastown coach Jeff Deardorff said. “Sam works on her softball skills year ’round. She plays high school ball in the spring, travel ball in the summer and fall and works out in the batting cages and catches numerous pitchers in the winter. Sam has exceptional leadership qualities and was our ‘field general’. She was a great role model for the younger girls on our team. They looked up to her for leadership and guidance.”

Perhaps Hartman’s best characteristic is that her game seems to elevate with the level of competition. In three of her team’s biggest games of the season — against Susquehannock, Central York and Delone Catholic — Hartman finished with seven hits in eight at-bats.

“Sam always looked forward to playing the best teams,” Deardorff said. “She loved the challenge and always seemed to have some of her best performances against the top teams in the league. For example, against Susquehannock she was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, vs. Central she was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs and against Delone Catholic in the playoffs she was 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.”

Hartman is also quite impressive in the classroom. She earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she will continue her softball career next year.

Taylor Rohrbaugh, Central York, pitcher: Already a two-time Player of the Year for the Panthers, Rohrbaugh closed out her high school career by making it a three-peat. The right-hander recorded a 13-2 record on the mound for Central while compiling a miniscule 0.44 ERA. She fanned 128 and only walked 22.

A strong work ethic and desire to get better every day are some of the things that have made Rohrbaugh, who led the Panthers to the District 3-AAAA quarterfinals, so special.

“Taylor is a great young lady that is dedicated to her craft,” Panthers coach Shane Walker said. “She works incredibly hard all year ’round. In fact, after team practice is over it is not uncommon to continue to see her practicing her pitching, tee work and other skills.”

All of the hard work that Rohrbaugh put into her training inevitably trickles down to her teammates, who have to work hard to keep up with the Central standout.

“Taylor worked over the offseason to get in the best shape of her high school career,” Walker said. “She was a leader for team offseason workouts and that work ethic will serve her well as she moves to the next level. Additionally, she worked with our youth program in open gyms and pitching lessons. Those are the attributes you want players to have to help keep (this) program strong.”

The LaSalle University recruit also did some damage at the plate, where she hit .352 for the season.


Mallory Lebo, Susquehannock, center fielder: Perhaps one of the fastest players in the York-Adams League according to her coach, Don Mercadante, the Susquehannock leadoff hitter helped her team to the Division II title.

“Mallory has outstanding speed and quickness both at the plate and in the field,” Mercadante said. “Her ability to run bases and track down balls in center field is fun to watch. If she ran track, she’d be among the top sprinters in the county.”

For the season the Warrior sophomore batted .437 with four doubles, two triples, 19 runs scored, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

The improvement in those numbers — especially the extra-base hits — came as a result of Lebo’s desire to improve her play.

“Mallory is right-handed but learned to bunt and slap from the left side this year to be more versatile,” Mercadante said. “As a freshman last year, she batted .474 with 27 hits, all of which were singles. When her first double bounced against the outfield fence we realized how far she had come in such a short time.”

Haley Norton, Spring Grove, center fielder: The Rocket junior, who shared Player of the Year honors a year ago, batted .446 with four doubles, three triples and four homers for the season. She scored 23 times and drove in 20 while stealing seven bases to lead Spring Grove to a second-place finish in Division II.

A lot of those gaudy numbers came late in the season, when Norton found her groove at the plate.

“Toward the end of the season she started to relax, she stopped pressing and actually became a better player,” Spring Grove coach Mark Hull said. “In her last five games she went 11-for-18, had eight RBIs, two doubles, a triple and two home runs.”

And not unlike the other player-of-the-year winners, Norton’s push to improve her performance rubbed off on her teammates.

“She works hard and puts everything into the game,” Hull said. “She is very hard on herself when she is struggling, but she is always hustling and trying to get the most out of herself and her teammates.”


Kelsie Weaver, West York, catcher: A catcher for the Bulldogs, Weaver batted .456, hit two home runs, three doubles and a triple, drove in 21 runs and scored 19 runs. She also slugged at a .650 clip and compiled a .522 on-base percentage.

What impressed West York coach Chris Ilyes most about his catcher was her work ethic.

“Kelsie is one of those players that works hard every day to get better” Ilyes said of the junior. “I pushed her all season to get faster on different aspects of catching and she responded each and every day. She has an attitude every coach wants. You tell her once on what you want and how to go about doing it and she just goes and gets it done and works until she gets it right.”

Such was the case for Weaver, who admitted to her coach that she had issues making contact with pitches over the outside corner of the plate.

“At the beginning of the season I asked each player if there was one pitch location that they struggled with the most and Kelsie told me she just can’t hit outside pitching,” Ilyes said. “We worked on outside pitches every day and each day she got more comfortable hitting outside, hitting the ball harder each time. As the games went on, when she hit an outside pitch she would have a big smile on her face and say ‘Coach I hit that outside pitch.’ By the end of season I was hoping teams would pitch her outside because she was drilling them.”

Julia D’Arrigo, Kennard-Dale, pitcher: The Division III Pitcher of the Year last season, D’Arrigo repeated after another banner season for the division champion Rams. The right-hander finished her senior campaign with a 12-5 record with an ERA of 3.44 while fanning 120.

“Julia has always put our team first ahead of her personal goals,” K-D coach Gregg Coulton said. “She truly loves the game of softball and has achieved great success through hard work and dedication to the game.”

Not exclusively a standout on the mound, the right-handed hitting D’Arrigo showed she can rake it at the plate. She batted .460 with two home runs and scored 24 runs.

For all of D’Arrigo’s exploits on the field, it was that team-first mentality that struck Coulton the most.

“For the last six games of our season and through District 3-AAA playoffs, Julia played through a back injury. She had clearance from her doctor to play and pitch. But when I questioned her about her pain and effectiveness, she suggested using our second pitcher. She felt we would be a better team with Alexis Valentine in the circle. This says it all.”

The K-D standout will continue her career next year at Lancaster Bible College.


Carrie Fix, York Catholic, shortstop/pitcher: The York Catholic senior put up monster numbers with the bat in her final high school season. The Messiah-bound shortstop/pitcher hit .737 with seven homers, 25 RBIs and a .941 on-base percentage. On the mound, Fix fanned 120 over 63 innings.

“She always knew her batting average from Day 1,” Irish coach Gary Fissel said. “She hit with power and average. Then she would pitch and strike out the side. I’m thinking ‘wow it takes a lot of focus to do one or the other and she was focused on both sides of the lines.’ This is something not many people can say on a professional level, let alone at the (high school) level.”

Perhaps just as important as her impressive numbers was Fix’s leadership role on what was a fairly inexperienced York Catholic squad.

“After the 2013 season we lost six starters,” Fissel said. “Going into the 2014 season we had six players that sat on the bench last year and three more girls who never played the game before. Carrie’s leadership to help motivate, coach and take these girls under her wing and make them better players, I feel, made her better as well. Maybe it was a way to help take pressure off of herself. The unbelievable season she had was the result of her selfless acts of supporting and helping to make everyone around her better.”

Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic, shortstop: The Delone shortstop hit .615 with six homers, four doubles, four triples, 26 runs scored, eight stolen bases and 29 RBIs to help lead her team to the District 3-AA title contest and the PIAA quarterfinals.

What impressed Delone coach Don Smith the most was Holcomb’s ability to come through in big moments.

“Her ability to hit in clutch situations,” he said. “Twice during the year she tied games with base hits with two outs in the seventh inning.”

Another attribute of Holcomb’s was her ability to make contact.

“She is very difficult to strike out,” Smith said of his sophomore. “In fact she didn’t strike out all year.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at



Player of the Year: Sam Hartman, Dallastown, catcher, senior.

Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Rohrbaugh, Central York, senior.

Coach of the Year: Jeff Deardorff, Dallastown.

First Team

Kirsten Hertzog, South Western, second base, senior.

Misty Montgomery, Red Lion, catcher, junior.

Megan Chapman, Red Lion, shortstop, senior.

Kayla Merriman, Dallastown, pitcher/first base, senior.

Ashley Werner, Dallastown, left field, senior.

Haylee Anders, Dallastown, third base, junior.

Lyndee Anders, Dallastown, second base, freshman.

Mel Grant, Dallastown, right field, sophomore.

Madisyn Johnson, Dallastown, center field, sophomore.

Ally Dziwis, Central York, catcher, senior.

Kyla Caruso, Central York, shortstop, junior.

Kelsey Wisner, Central York, third base, junior.

Second Team

Angie Delise, Central York, center field, senior.

Alison Posey, Red Lion, outfield, senior.

Madison Smith, New Oxford, shortstop/catcher, freshman.

Cali Bailey, New Oxford, first base, sophomore.

Kylie Toomey, South Western, pitcher, sophomore.

Katie Shultz, Red Lion, pitcher, senior.

Taylor Gould, Red Lion, senior.

Kayla Resh, Central York, outfield/pitcher, junior.

Kelsey Shifflett, Central York, right field, junior.

Maggie Noll, Dallastown, shortstop, sophomore.

Kayla Flemmens, Dallastown, center field, sophomore.

Danielle Ludwig, Dallastown, first base/outfield, sophomore.


Co-Players of the Year: Mallory Lebo, Susquehannock, center field, sophomore, and Haley Norton, Spring Grove, center field, junior.

Coach of the Year: David Turybury, York Suburban.

First Team

Ally Sweitzer, Northeastern, pitcher, junior.

Emmy Turybury, York Suburban, catcher, junior.

Brooke Day, York Suburban, junior.

Maddy Staub, Susquehannock, third base, sophomore.

Sara Lynch, Susquehannock, pitcher, senior.

Megan Rogers, Susquehannock, first base, senior.

Jenna Jacoby, Spring Grove, pitcher, senior.

Caraline Cornman, Spring Grove, catcher, freshman.

Natalie Cutright, Dover, shortstop, sophomore.

Mecaela Heffley, Dover, left field, senior.

Second Team

Lily Yoakum, Susquehannock, catcher, sophomore.

Madi Shockey, Susquehannock, second base, junior.

Lexi Gohn, Dover, pitcher, junior.

Karsyn Blauser, Dover, catcher, junior.

Olivia Etcheson, York Suburban, pitcher, sophomore.

Sara Golden, York Suburban, junior.

Alex Botts, Spring Grove, right field, junior.

Julie Wivell, Spring Grove, utility, freshman.

Kayla Jordan, Northeastern.

Maddie Renard, Northeastern, pitcher.


Player of the Year: Kelsie Weaver, West York, catcher, junior.

Pitcher of the Year: Julia D’Arrigo, Kennard-Dale, senior.

Coach of the Year: Chris Ilyes, West York.

First Team

McKenzie Summers, Littlestown, pitcher, sophomore.

Katlin Yealy, Littlestown, shortstop, sophomore.

Emily Lanahan, Littlestown, catcher/left field, sophomore.

Rhiannon McGlone, Kennard-Dale, shortstop, junior.

Kaila Beach, Kennard-Dale, third base, sophomore.

Sara Driggers, Kennard-Dale, catcher, senior.

Kayla Michael, West York, pitcher/shortstop, junior.

Keara Hepler, West York, third base, junior.

Jossalin Shipley, West York, pitcher/shortstop, sophomore.

Lauren Reichard, Eastern York, shortstop, junior.

Mariah Miller, Eastern York, third base, senior.

Sierra Arnold, Eastern York, pitcher/left field, senior.

Kaitlynn Sollenberger, Eastern York, first base, senior.

Morgan Williams, Bermudian Springs, catcher, sophomore.

MacKenzie Farley, Bermudian Springs, shortstop, sophomore.

Second Team

Shelby Dews, Littlestown, sophomore.

Caitlyn Price, Littlestown, senior.

Kelsey Dews, Littlestown, sophomore.

Sheyenne White, Littlestown, senior.

Alexis Valentine, Kennard-Dale, pitcher/left, sophomore.

Nicole McCleary, Kennard-Dale, center field, sophomore.

Claire Flohr, West York, first base, junior.

Sarah Godfrey, West York, second base, junior.

Alison Ross, West York, second base, junior.

Gabrielle Ilyes, West York, pitcher/left field, freshman.

Erin Kalke, Eastern York, catcher, senior.

Anna Arnsberger, Eastern York, center field, junior.


Co-Players of the Year: Carrie Fix, York Catholic, pitcher, senior, and Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic, shortstop, sophomore.

Pitcher of the Year: Carrie Fix, York Catholic, senior.

Coach of the Year: Don Smith, Delone Catholic.

First Team

Deanna Laughman, Delone Catholic, third base, senior.

Cassie Rickrode, Delone Catholic, pitcher, sophomore.

Katie Laughman, Delone Catholic, second base, sophomore.

Lauren Smith, Hanover, third base, junior.

Emily Albright, Hanover, catcher, junior.

Maddie Wenk, Biglerville, shortstop, junior.

Sam Starner, Biglerville, third base, senior.

Kaitlin Barron, Fairfield, catcher, junior.

Megan Leckemby, Fairfield, outfield, junior.

Nicole Kinjerski, Fairfield, pitcher, senior.

Second Team

Shayna Rider, Delone Catholic, outfield, junior.

Lauryn King, Delone Catholic, catcher, freshman.

Mikayla McCleaf, Delone Catholic, outfield, freshman.

Lindsay McWilliams, York Tech, pitcher, sophomore.

Helayna Stanko, Biglerville, outfield, sophomore.

Liz Lynch, York Catholic, outfield, junior.

Grayson Capp, Hanover, outfield, sophomore.

Kelsey Fissel, York Catholic, outfield, junior.

Ashley Small, Fairfield, infield, senior.



As a lot of teams found out this season, there was no lack of talent on the 2014 Central York boys’ volleyball team.

From the front line to the back row, the Panthers were simply stacked.

So it’s not much of a surprise that the PIAA state champions were well recognized when the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State Team was released on Thursday.

What may be surprising, however, is the sheer number of Central York players that were honored. A whopping five Panthers were among the 34 all-state players.

Heading the list were senior setter Dylan Hose and senior outside hitter Royce Clemens. Those two were joined by juniors Jason Gardner, Jeremiah Dadeboe and Landon Shorts.

“”For any coach to pick up the postseason honors and sees three of his players on the all-state list is blessed,” Livingston said. “And (having five players honored), I truly am blessed.”

Having five all-state players is certainly high praise for any program. But for Livingston, who is now a two-time state title coach, it was his team’s make-up that defined it as a championship-caliber squad.

“What was really remarkable thing about this team is the fact that we had 11 kids who played virtually every set of importance all year long,” he said. “I didn’t have to call substitutions or anything. And we were balanced. I think by far it was the most balanced team I’ve ever had. I don’t think we’ve ever gone 11 people deep where everybody embraced their roles and got along without any jealousy on the court.”

Clemens, who is also a two-time state champ, and Hose played critical parts in their team’s success, which also included York-Adams League regular-season and tournament crowns, as well as a District 3-AAA title. Clemens was pivotal with his ability to serve-receive effectively and pass the ball to Hose, who had to decide where to distribute the ball for an attack.

Replacing those two will be no easy chore, considering what each meant to the club.

“(The challenge) will be in how we replace Royce’s passing, which was so important to the things we were able to do offensively,” Livingston said. “He tried to pass as many balls as possible. And Dylan is a spectacular setter. I’m not going to go on ad nauseam about him, but how do you replace him? I don’t know. It might take two.”

Fortunately for the veteran coach, he might find the answer to that problem in another of his all-state players — Shorts. In his first full year playing varsity, Shorts led the Panthers in points per game (kills, blocks plus aces) at just over 4.2, which is true representation of how versatile he is.

“Our backup setter was really Landon,” Livingston said. “And you may have noticed that whenever Dylan took the first ball, we tried to get Landon to take (the set) as much as possible. And if we got into a situation where, God forbid, something would have happened to Dylan, Landon would have been the guy. That’s how versatile and talented he is.”

While Shorts led the team in scoring, Dadeboe and Gardner finished second and third, respectively.

“Jerry averages like four points a game and Jason is at 3.85,” Livingston said. “Jason is a dynamic jumper and he is a shot maker. And during the run in the state tournament, the fact that other teams were putting middle blockers up on him was kind of irrelevant. He was just making shots all around them.”

While Dadeboe’s athleticism clearly jumps out at everyone who watches him, Dadeboe rarely was able to utilize his jump-serve during the season. The same goes for Gardner, and both juniors will likely be called upon to grow their games come next season.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


PIAA District I

Christian Rupert, Sr. (M), C.B. West

Matt Hennigan, Sr. (S), C.B. West

Joel Klapper, Sr. (O), C.B. West

Ryan Jamison, Sr. (O), Neshaminy

Chase Fullen, Sr. (S), Neshaminy

Kolby Smith, Sr. (O), Pennridge

Alex Vellner, Sr. (O), Pennridge

Jeff Yasalonis, Sr. (S), Pennsbury

PIAA District 3

Jacob Kerschner, Jr. (S), Central Dauphin

Mahlon Bender, Sr. (M), Central Dauphin

Dylan Hose, Sr. (S), Central York

Royce Clemens, Sr. (O), Central York

Jason Gardner, Jr. (M/O), Central York

Jeremiah Dadaboe, Jr. (O), Central York

Landon Shorts, Jr. (O), Central York

Keith Kegerris, Sr. (M/O), Chambersburg

Michael Fisher, Jr. (O), Cumberland Valley

Ben Nauman, Jr. (OH), Hempfield

Chris Booth, Jr. (O), Hempfield

PIAA District VI

Andrew Groves, Sr. (M/O), State College

PIAA District VII

Matt Huey, Sr. (M), Butler

Garrett Kollar, Sr. (M), Latrobe

Antonios Balouris, Sr. (S), North Allegheny

David Haus, Sr. (O), Northc Allegheny

Mitch Higgins, Sr. (O), North Allegheny

Brendan Brown, Sr. (M), North Allegheny

Noah Bostick, Sr. (O), North Hills

Kevin Zabelsky, Sr. (O), Norwin

Jaysen Zaleski, Jr. (M), Fox Chapel

PIAA District XI

Jake Reynolds, Sr. (S), Emmaus

Mike Holihan, Sr. (S/M), Northampton

Tyler Phifer, Sr. (M), Parkland

Chris Schweikert, Sr. (LIB), Parkland

PIAA District XII

Dan Paraskevov, Sr. (O), George Washington



There’s little question that Darrell Wildasin is one of the most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in the York-Adams area.

With nearly 300 career victories at Spring Grove, Susquehannock and Delone Catholic under his belt, a Wildasin-coached team is successful more often than not.

If you would have asked him 10 or 15 years ago if he would have any interest in coaching a girls’ squad, the answer would have been an emphatic “no.”

The veteran coach has clearly softened his stance over the past few of years. In fact, it was just over a year ago that he started to coach AAU basketball for the York Thunder, a girls’ team that featured Delone Catholic standout Maddie Comly.

And he’s back at it again this summer, doing what he loves — coaching. And soon enough, Wildasin will get the chance to again coach a high school team. Only this time it will be a girls’ program. He’s been hired to take over the reins from Jon Shultz as the head coach at West York High School.

We caught up with Wildasin for this edition of Sports Q&A:

Q: How did you find out about the West York position?

A: “When I heard that it was open, I was intrigued. But I still wasn’t quite sure if it’s what I wanted to do or not. I got a couple calls from some parents that encouraged me to apply and it’s always nice when you know somebody. I’ve been different places, but I’ve never coached at West York. And, yeah, I know people in there but not like that would make me feel real, real comfortable to just jump right on it. Once I got those phone calls, I was encouraged by it and went for it.”

Q: What was the timeline like for the whole process?

A: “The process went pretty quick. I applied online and then a couple days later I emailed to ask what the timeline was and just like that they told me when the interview was. I don’t know if I was late in applying or what, but it kind of happened pretty quick from that point.”

Q: When were you informed you were the one?

A: “I was informed (informally) a couple weeks ago, but I wasn’t recommended to the board and accepted until (Tuesday). And that’s how it usually goes. You get recommended and then you wait, shake some hands and kiss babies for a while, but you have to wait for the process to play out.”

Q: How do you feel about the opportunity to coach a girls’ team this fall?

A: “I’m as enthusiastic now as I was 30 years ago when I started coaching. I love challenges as much as the next guy and I’m excited about it.”

Q: What have been your initial thoughts about the status of the program?

A: “With coaching AAU basketball the past couple of years, I have been around to watch just about every girl in the county play. But I was recruiting girls to play, so I had seen them play a couple times last year, so I’m familiar with the talent level that they have. I know that I have the talent with this group right here that I can compete for a county championship. And that’s not to say that we’re going to win it, I’m just saying that we have a chance to compete for it. And if I can make the right decisions and do some of the things that need to be done and if (the girls) grasp some of the things that we’re going to be doing, then I think we’ll have as good a chance as anybody.”

Q: Do you feel any pressure in regards to the high expectations surrounding the club heading into next season?

A: “I’ve been in district championship games, I’ve been to the second round of states. So nobody is going to put any pressure on me that I won’t already put on myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to figure out what needs to be done.”

Q: I know you’re mainly known as a boys’ basketball coach, but I see you’ve had some experience with girls’ AAU teams. How long have you been doing that?

A: “Just last year. I had last year’s team and I have another team this year and, to be honest with you, last year I just had a team that was extremely talented and extremely high-level. We were like 35-11 and I had a great group of girls and my wife kept telling me that I’ll never get a group of girls like this. And I have a couple of the girls back, like Maddie Comly from Delone. And she’s back and she told me, ‘Coach, I want to do it again. I don’t want to go anywhere else, I want to play for you.’ So I said, ‘Gosh, Maddie, I’m going to have to do a lot of recruiting.’ So I went to work and recruited a team and, we’re not as talented, but boy are we fun to watch. We share the ball and play together. We’re like 18-5. We don’t play at quite the level we played at last year, but we play at a good level. They play the way I’ve taught them to play.”

Q: Did you ever think you’d be coaching a girls’ basketball team instead of the boys?

A: “Well, after (coaching the girls) last year, I kind of got hooked. Now the Delone boys’ job opened up and there were people that wanted me to apply for it. And I thought about it, but my heart just wasn’t in it to go back to the boys. I never thought in a million years that I would coach girls. If you asked me 10-15 years ago I would have said there’s no way. But, I don’t know. There’s just something about it.”

Q: What are the biggest differences between coaching boys and girls?

A: “You have to work hard, and that’s the same for boys and girls, but you have to have fun too. And girls are little different than guys in that regard. I think you have to lighten up a little bit and encourage and go through all that stuff and it’s the same, but you have to have a few lighter moments here and there. You have to laugh with your kids. You coach them up, but you have to have some fun and you have to make it fun. So you can’t be screaming and hollering. They’re going to make mistakes, because everybody makes mistakes. But if the effort is there, you just move on.”

Q: Have you had a chance to talk to the girls yet and, if so, what was discussed?

A: “Oh, yeah. They’ve been playing summer league games since I found out and I’ve talked to them. I just talk to them about things that they did and they have a lot of questions. Obviously they know that this could be a special year so I would tell them things that I wanted to try to do and implement and things like that. So it’s been kind of nice.”

Q: Generally speaking, what differences will we see from a Darrell Wildasin-coached West York team vs. what we’ve seen under Jon Shultz?

A: “I’ll be honest. I don’t know a whole lot about Coach Shultz. I saw his team play once or twice last year, but I was not focused on what he was doing. So I don’t know his style, but from what I can gather I know he did a lot of 1-2-2 zone back into man. I think that maybe his man-to-man wasn’t as aggressive as mine will be, but I see a lot of the things that the girls are doing and they’re running Coach Shultz’s stuff right now. So I’m looking and trying to learn and I’ve seen a couple of things that I like that they do and we might continue to keep doing some of that. But the philosophy of how to defend in the man-to-man will be different. My style is probably a little more assertive, a little more aggressive. And the other thing that I noticed is that they basically played six kids last year and I like to play a lot more than that. I’ll play like eight to 10 kids. And another thing I’ve seen is that there is a lot more talent than just those five returning starters and I will utilize that.”

Q: What are your expectations for the squad come this winter?

A: “Well I know that we have some kids coming up from the JV team that can score the basketball, in addition to what we already have at the varsity level. I think that if you put it all together you’re going to have a lot more balanced scoring. And not that those two — Kari Lankford and Emily Wood — aren’t going to lead us in scoring, and they will, but we have to have other people to step up and, when we swing it and they’re open, they have to be able to knock it down. And they will.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at



The cheers echoed throughout the Central York High School gym when the Panthers’ boys’ basketball team lit up the scoreboard.

They weren’t loud enough, though, to drown out the second thoughts one Central York student, Dan Sepic, was having in his head.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 200-pound Sepic had played basketball through his 10th-grade year, then quit to strictly focus on baseball.

“I was probably going to start on varsity (as a junior),” Sepic said of basketball. “But I gave it up for baseball. I felt baseball was going to lead me to college. I’d been playing baseball since I was 5 or 6.”

As he watched the Panthers capture the program’s first York-Adams League boys’ basketball title in 40 years and go on to reach the District 3-AAAA semifinals, Sepic wondered what it would’ve felt like to a be a member of the team.

“There were definitely regrets. Seeing them go far, wishing I could be out there on court with them,” Sepic said. “But I know baseball was my way to get to college.”

His prophetic planning proved true. And he also got a serious taste of success on the diamond. This past baseball season, Sepic posted a 5-1 record with a 1.83 ERA in 53 innings pitched, striking out 49 and walking 17. He played the infield on the days he didn’t pitch. And at the plate, Sepic gathered a .391 batting average with a homer, 10 doubles, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored, leading Central York to 9-4 league record, 12-9 overall record and an appearance in the District 3-AAAA Tournament in what turned out to be the best season for the program in five years.

For his efforts, York-Adams League coaches have selected Sepic as the 2014 Division I Player of the Year.

“My coach actually called me this past weekend,” Sepic said of the Division I Player of the Year honor. “I was so excited. I worked really hard. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. In my time playing for Central it was my first time we got to districts.”

Sepic expects to see action right away next spring at NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sepic said he had passed up a walk-on spot at NCAA D-I Pittsburgh.

Players of the Year: Northeastern’s Nick Sprenkle and West York’s Brett Kinneman split Division II Player of the Year honors.

Sprenkle batted .441 and gathered a .558 on-base percentage to go along with three homers, eight doubles, 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored.

Kinneman batted .316 with a pair of homers, six doubles, three triples, 11 RBIs, 24 runs scored and had a .487 on-base percentage. The Bulldogs captured the Division II crown with a 13-0 league record and made an appearance in the District 3-AAA Tournament, finishing with a 17-4 overall record.

Susquehannock’s Sammy Miller is this year’s Division III Player of the Year. As a pitcher, Miller posted a 6-1 record with a 1.79 ERA over 31.1 innings of work, striking out 28 and walking 10. At the plate, he hit .439 with a homer, five doubles, three triples and 18 stolen bases.

The Division IV Player of the Year award went to Delone Catholic senior Dalton Haymaker. The right-hander went 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA, striking out 65 and walking 19 in 58 innings over nine games (eight starts), including seven complete games, one of them a shutout. Haymaker also batted .319 with seven doubles, 14 RBIs and 23 runs scored over 23 games, accumulating a .478 on-base percentage. The Squires went 13-2 in league play to win the Division IV title, made an appearance in the league tournament and reached the District 3-AA semifinals.

Coaches of the Year: Spring Grove coach Eric Zeigler was named the Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Rockets to a 10-3 league record, capturing the Division I crown, winning the league tournament and making an appearance in the District 3-AAAA Tournament.

Northeastern’s Don Kauffman earned Division II Coach of the Year honors by steering the Bobcats to a bronze medal in the District 3-AAA Tournament and making it to the state quarterfinals.

Susquehannock’s Tim Hare is the Division III Coach of the Year following the Warriors’ 13-1 record in league play to capture the Division III title and later appearing in the District 3-AAA tourney.

Biglerville’s Jeff Taylor was selected as the Division IV Coach of the Year after the Canners went 8-7 in league competition and appeared in the District 3-AA Tournament.

— Reach John Walk at



Player of the Year: Dan Sepic, Central York.

Coach of the Year: Eric Zeigler, Spring Grove.

First Team


Nick Spangler, Spring Grove.

Will Maughlin, Spring Grove.

Austin Taylor, Red Lion.

Ty Golden, Dallastown.


Matt Taylor, South Western.

Tanner Forry, Dallastown.

Tommy Golden, Dallastown.


Tyler Butcher, Dallastown.

Matt Brooks, Spring Grove.


Drew Landis, Red Lion.

Designated Hitter

Jon Snyder, Dallastown.

Honorable Mention

Infield: Walker Monteith, Central York; Outfield: Brady Taylor, Red Lion. Ryan Crum, Central York; Pitchers: Jake Thoman, Spring Grove. Tyler Wagner, Central York; Catcher:Dalton Hoiles, Spring Grove.


Co-Players of the Year: Nick Sprenkle, Northeastern, and Brett Kinneman, West York.

Coach of the Year: Donnie Kauffman, Northeastern.

First Team


Austin Kibler, New Oxford.

Kyle Amrhein, Kennard-Dale.

Logan Stover, West York.

Grant Myers, Northeastern.


Carson Fries, West York.


Grant Hoover, Dover.

Chase James, West York.

Aaron Palmer, New Oxford.


Anthony Lippy, New Oxford.

Brandyn Smith, West York.


Devin Blymire, Northeastern.

Designated Hitter

Kody Reeser, Northeastern.

Honorable Mention

Infield: Jake Toal, New Oxford; Outfield: Corban Czap, New Oxford. Ethan Hertz, New Oxford. Michael Santiago, West York; Catcher: Cole Bixler, West York.


Player of the Year: Sammy Miller, Susquehannock.

Coach of the Year: Tim Hare, Susquehannock.

First Team


Todd Cook, Littlestown.

Connor Hood, Susquehannock.

Josh Houser, Susquehannock.

Luke Knott, Susquehannock.

Aaron Spahr, Bermudian Springs.

Derek Starner, Bermudian Springs.


Cody Dennis, Susquehannock.

Devin Strickler, Eastern York.

Levi Stein, York Suburban.

Bryan Kerr, Susquehannock.


Terry Godfrey, Eastern York.

Clay Hoff, Bermudian Springs.


Colby Shimmel, Eastern York.


Toby Sponseller, Bermudian Springs.

Honorable Mention

Littlestown: Brady Topper, Russell Livesay, Graham Schuman, Travis Henrie; York Suburban: Jackson Marshall, Thomas Merkle; Susquehannock: Alec Lebo; Eastern York: Thomas Taylor, Clayton Miller, Mike Dunn, Dalton Renn, Bobby Hedrick.


Player of the Year: Dalton Haymaker, Delone Catholic.

Coach of the Year: Jeff Taylor, Biglerville.

First Team

Pitcher: Jared Peterman, Hanover.

Catcher: Austin Roth, Delone Catholic.

First baseman: Koby Griest, Biglerville.

Second baseman: Erich Hartman, York Catholic.

Third baseman: Devon Craig, Delone Catholic.

Shortstop: Zac Sheets, Biglerville.

Outfield: Nick Trish, Hanover. Clint Bohn, York Catholic. Jimmy O’Boyle, Delone Catholic.

Second Team

Pitcher: Jake Krevetski, York Catholic.

Catcher: Zac Sheaffer, Hanover.

First baseman: Ryan Bowman, Hanover.

Second baseman: Shawn Redding, Biglerville, and Hunter House, Fairfield.

Third baseman: Matt McKim, York Catholic.

Shortstop: Pat Clement, York Catholic.

Outfied: Joe Ames, Delone Catholic. Nate Haney, York Catholic. Sam Brown, York Tech.



In case you haven’t heard by now (you probably have), the Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams departed State College on Saturday with PIAA state gold medals.

That concluded runs by the most successful sports programs to come out of the York-Adams League this spring season, following a pair of District 3 titles between the teams, and Central beating Northeastern in the league tournament title game. The Panthers and Bobcats also finished one-two in the regular-season league standings.

It also brought an end to the spring sports season.

Well, for York-Adams League teams, anyway. The state tournaments for baseball and softball wrap up this week.

So, what better time than now to have a brief look back on what league teams did across all spring sports? To make things a bit easier, I thought it might be a good idea on doing a recap by the numbers. On second thought, maybe this wrap-up will make your brain hurt, if you, like me, would opt for banging your head against a wall instead of doing math.

State qualifiers: We’ll go in reverse order here, from the state tournament all the way back to division title winners. First up, we have state qualifiers. Boys’ volleyball led the way with three (the aforementioned Central York and Northeastern, along with York Suburban), followed by a pair of baseball teams (York Catholic and Northeastern, the latter reaching the state quarterfinals) and one softball team (Delone Catholic, which reached the quarterfinals as well).

Districts: The Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams each won District 3 gold. The York Catholic baseball and Delone Catholic softball teams were district runners-up. As far as district qualifiers, the sport of softball led the way with 10, followed by baseball (eight), volleyball (six), boys’ lacrosse (five), girls’ lacrosse (four) and boys’ tennis (three).

League: Dallastown won league tournaments in softball and boys’ lacrosse. The remaining three league tournaments had different winners: Central York in boys’ volleyball, Spring Grove in baseball and York Catholic in girls’ lacrosse.

Across all sports, six schools won multiple division titles in the York-Adams League, led by South Western (girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, girls’ track) and Delone Catholic (baseball, softball, boys’ track) each winning three. Central York (boys’ volleyball, softball), West York (baseball, boys’ lacrosse), Susquehannock (baseball, softball) and Kennard-Dale (softball, girls’ lacrosse) each won a pair of division crowns. Spring Grove (baseball), Dallastown (boys’ lacrosse), York Catholic (boys’ tennis), Red Lion (boys’ track), York Suburban (boys’ track), Dover (girls’ track) and Biglerville (girls’ track) each had one division title.

Now for a quick recap.

Oh, never mind. I have to go find the nearest wall. Then figure out what to do until Aug. 11, the start date of fall sports practice.

— Reach John Walk at



To say that life has been a bit of a whirlwind for Central York’s Royce Clemens over the past few days may be an understatement.

With his graduation, a PIAA Class AAA boys’ volleyball state title and the various parties to celebrate both accomplishments all coming together at the same time, a lesser-prepared person may feel overwhelmed. But not Clemens, who has lived a busy life during his four years as a Panther. Whether he was playing or practicing for soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter or volleyball in the spring and summer, dealing with a hectic schedule has been something that Clemens has been able to adapt to over his high school career.

Those experiences should be very helpful come this fall, when Clemens begins his college career at Penn State University. The two-time state champ figures to redshirt a year before sliding into the role of libero for the highly successful Nittany Lion men’s volleyball squad.

We caught up with Clemens, who became the first Central athlete to lead each of his three different sports team to the state playoffs in the same year, for this edition of Sports Q&A.

Q: What has the last 24 hours been like?

A: “It’s been somewhat more emotional than I thought it would be. As the game approached, I didn’t think I’d get too emotional because everyone on our team thought that we would be in the final game of the season and we all expected to win. But it’s starting to sink in now that my high school career is over and I’m no longer going to be a high school athlete.”

Q: How satisfying was Saturday’s victory?

A: “Oh, it was extremely satisfying. It was a good way to go out. And it’s extra satisfying because of all the hard work to get that and just knowing how much time and effort was put into that.”

Q: What’s the reaction from your family and friends been like?

A: “Everyone has felt good for me because they know all the sacrifices that I had to make throughout the year to be in the gym or wherever we had to be. They were all just so happy for me that I had the opportunity to play in the state playoffs and be a state champion.”

Q: Have you thought about the tradition of the program and the legacy that you and this team will leave behind?

A: “Yeah. Bruce and Barb Koller ran the program for Central for a long time and Coach (Brad) Livingston was an assistant coach under them and he learned from them before he took over. And it’s not easy to play for such a tradition-rich program that has produced so many division, league, district and state championships. So for Coach Livingston and Coach (Todd) Goodling to say that we’re one of the best Central teams they’ve ever seen, that’s (high praise).”

Q: How special was your team this year and what made them so special?

A: “There was a lot of similarities that remind me of the team that won in 2011. This team was obviously pretty special because of the chemistry that we all had. We’re all a good group of guys and we’re all friends with each other, but in the gym it’s extremely competitive. Since every guy can play like every position it’s always real competitive. … a lot of trash-talking, and that just made it so much more fun to be in the gym.”

Q: Did you have any discussions with any of the other guys that are headed to Penn State to play volleyball?

A: “Well I think Luke (Braswell) is going to HACC for a year and then coming up and Lee (Smith) from Ambridge is going up right away. And there’s a kid from Colorado who is going up right away. So I’ve talked to Lee and the player from Colorado and I’m just really excited to be able to go up there with those guys.”

Q: What will you take away most from your high school career?

A: “I think it’s just the persistence and all the effort and hard work that it takes to pay off in the end. If you put the work in, and you put good work in and not just half-effort, that you will see results.”

Q: What do you foresee for the Central York boys’ volleyball team next year?

A: “I think they have a lot of potential. Landon (Shorts), Jason (Gardner) and Jerry (Dadeboe) are all pretty great players and I think they can only keep improving. Trevor (Holderegger) was the JV setter and he’s a good athlete and Carter (Luckenbaugh) plays all the same sports I do and he’s a good athlete. So I think if those guys all get in the gym and do the same things that we did (this year), I think they will see good results.”

Q: Have you had any time to reflect on your personal legacy — the first Central athlete to lead his team to the PIAA playoffs in a team sport in all three sporting seasons — and what are your thoughts about it?

A: “Yeah. It is something that I have thought about and it’s just amazing. To make it to states in three different sports and three sports that are all totally different. … the only thing I can say is that I wouldn’t have been able to do that without my teammates. I’ve been so lucky to have a great group of guys that listens to our coaches and are hungry to win. And that hasn’t always been something that has been present in past years, but I think that’s something that has really taken a turn now. And it’s just amazing. I’m so incredibly blessed that I’ve had the opportunity to experience that.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at