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Gettysburg’s Nathan Sharrah, left, and Wade Laudeman talk with reporters during York-Adams League Football Media Day at the York Newspaper Company on

Gettysburg’s Nathan Sharrah, left, and Wade Laudeman talk with reporters during York-Adams League Football Media Day at the York Newspaper Company on Monday. The Warriors are entering their first year in the league and are expected to be a contender in Division II. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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The shiny new toy.

The pretty girl at the dance.

Call Gettysburg what you will. Either way, Gettysburg is the fresh face to the York-Adams League this school year. And these Warriors, not to be confused with those of Susquehannock, were the talk of the town Monday.

Well, really the talk inside a conference room of the York Newspaper Company offices, the site of York-Adams League Football Media Day.

After competing in the Mid-Penn Conference for 23 years, Gettysburg is the newest member of the York-Adams League this season, pumping the league to 23 teams and resulting in changes to the league’s schedule and three football divisions. Gettysburg is set to compete in Division II, as is Eastern York and York Suburban, both of whom are bumping up from Division III. New Oxford and Northeastern will move up from Division II to Division I.

Contender: So who, exactly, is this Gettysburg team located less than an hour’s drive west of York? Well, it’s one Eric Lam, the head coach of defending York-Adams League Division II champion Dover, envisions being a contender for the Division II title this season.

“West York is always there. Coach (Ron) Miller does a great job with them down there,” Lam said. “And I think Gettysburg coming in is definitely a team to look out for as No. 2. We’ll have to fight to earn our way. But I really think those two (West York and Gettysburg) are the class of the division right now.”

Gettysburg is coming off a 6-5 season a year ago that ended with a 43-8 loss to Cocalico in the first round of the District 3-AAA playoffs. The Warriors also finished second in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Colonial Division. And Coach Matt Heiser has been the man leading the charge.

Heiser: Following 10 seasons as the head coach at Boiling Springs, where he steered his teams to four appearances in the District 3-AA Tournament, Heiser took over Gettysburg in 2012 following a 2011 season in which the Warriors went 2-8. They improved to 3-7 in Heiser’s first season in 2012 before last year’s jump into the district playoffs, a place Gettysburg hadn’t been since 2010.

The Gettysburg football program, as a whole, has qualified for the district tournament in nine separate seasons, reaching the district title game three times (1993, 1994, 2007), but never winning it.

Heiser stayed mum Monday on his expectations for this season, but did note some comparisons coming from the Mid-Penn Conference to the York-Adams League.

“I think it’s gonna be faster,” he said. “Mid-Penn-wise I’m used to big, bruising offensive lineman. I see a lot of speed (in the York-Adams League). You still see a lot of size, too, but I think it’s gonna be a little bit faster.”

Gettysburg will return seven starters on defense and eight on offense. The latter unit will have every skill position player back but the quarterback.

Schedule: The Warriors also will play inside a refurbished home stadium this season, competing on top of a turf field that replaced grass. Outside of facing South Western every year in the season opener, Gettysburg hasn’t faced another York-Adams League opponent since Nov. 16, 2007, when the Warriors beat West York in the District 3-AAA quarterfinals, 33-28, on the way to reaching to the district title game.

Bulldogs’ coach Ron Miller still has painful memories of that loss.

“We played well, and at the time they were the No. 1 team in the state,” Miller recalled. “We sacked their quarterback 12 times and made a couple plays down the stretch. There are some calls I’m still not quite over. There’s not a whole lot we can change. It didn’t go the way it was supposed to. That’s all.”

So there’s potential that a little bit more than the Division II title could be on the line when West York travels to Gettysburg in the regular-season finale on Oct. 31.

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

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Susquehannock lineman Nick DeLuca, left, has a laugh between interviews with teammate Tucker Devilbiss (20) and Head Coach J.C. Lewis during the York-Adams

Susquehannock lineman Nick DeLuca, left, has a laugh between interviews with teammate Tucker Devilbiss (20) and Head Coach J.C. Lewis during the York-Adams League Football Media Day at the York Newspaper Company on Monday. DeLuca said the addition of Gettysburg will bring new excitement to the league this season. For a video and more photos from York-Adams Media Day go to yorkdispatch.com. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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While there is an overall sense of excitement with the addition of the Gettysburg football program into the York-Adams League, that level varies from team to team.

At least that was the reaction of those surveyed during the York-Adams League Football Media Day on Monday morning.

A handful of teams weren’t overly impacted by the realignment, caused by Gettysburg’s addition, while others had to do a bit of scrambling to adapt to the change.

Take Delone Catholic for instance. The Squires and Head Coach Steve Wiles previously only had to worry about scheduling one non-divisional game a year in the old Division III. But with two teams — Eastern York and York Suburban — making the jump up to Division II, Wiles needed to fill two additional holes on his team’s schedule.

“I think it’s great for the league,” Wiles said. “I think it adds to the league and brings some excitement, which is good. But it’s made it more difficult for us with Eastern and Suburban moving up. That gave us a couple more open dates, so we had to find some more games, which was a bit of a challenge.”

Wiles was able to keep his parochial rivalry with Trinity to open the season before adding Columbia into a hole in Week 2. Filling the hole in Week 3, however, took a great deal of phone calls, texts and emailing before the Delone coach was able to schedule a non-Pennsylvania opponent — St. Paul’s — from Baltimore County.

“Week 3 was a disaster,” Wiles said. “We finally got St. Paul’s, which is a private school out of Maryland. We advertised all over the state that we needed games and a couple teams contacted us, but nothing worked out. I know a guy that coaches in Maryland and he started sending some emails out. So then the coach from St. Paul’s (called), and they play in a private league, and he has a lot of open dates during the year.”

Change not major for most schools: No other school seemed to have as much difficulty as Delone in finding new games for their schedules. Overall, the shift wasn’t overly dramatic for most other teams. Teams such as New Oxford and Northeastern, which bumped up to Division I from Division II this year, played a number of non-league games against their new Division I foes over the past few years.

“It’s bigger schools,” Northeastern head coach Jon Scepanski said. “But we’ve played York High and we’ve played Spring Grove the last two years. And New Oxford is moving up with us and obviously we played them. Almost half of the teams we have experience against. And when our kids were younger, they played against those teams in junior high. So it’s a change, yes, but it’s something that isn’t (too big).”

The change seems to be held in high regard at New Oxford, which is a program looking to build itself into a perennial contender. The Colonials went 3-2 in Division II a season ago and 6-5 overall, which earned them a trip to the District 3 Class AAA playoffs.

“I don’t want to degrade any team from last year, but there were some weeks where we would win by a good margin,” Colonials’ lineman Brock Hartman said. “This year it’s all good teams. So this is not a division to slack in … it’s a division that takes a lot of hard work and to get the best out of your people to succeed.”

New Susquehannock head coach J.C. Lewis has a particular connection with the addition of Gettysburg into Division II. While both schools mascots are the same — Warriors — Lewis’ bond is a bit deeper. He attended Gettysburg for high school.

“It’s going to be a battle of the Warriors and that’s also our first divisional game,” Lewis said with a bit of smile.

The majority of players questioned about the move seemed to echo the sentiment of Susquehannock lineman Nick DeLuca.

“I think it’s going to be interesting,” DeLuca said. “The last two years that I played football we’ve had the exact same schedule. We were playing teams like Milton Hershey and Spring Grove. So bringing in new competition, like Eastern, York Suburban and Gettysburg, is going to bring some new excitement to the season and we’re going to see how we can do against them.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

FOOTBALL ALIGNMENT

Following is the division alignment for York-Adams League football in 2014:

Division I: Central York, Dallastown, New Oxford, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Western, Spring Grove, York High.

Division II: Dover, Eastern York, Gettysburg, Kennard-Dale, Susquehannock, West York, York Suburban.

Division III: Bermudian Springs, Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Fairfield, Hanover, Littlestown, York Catholic, York Tech.

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Nick Geiman won the York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship on Monday at Out Door Country Club with a 3-under-par 104 total.

Nick Geiman won the York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship on Monday at Out Door Country Club with a 3-under-par 104 total. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
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Nick Geiman was one tired young man on Monday evening.

And who could blame him?

On Sunday, Geiman battled down to the wire against good friend Gus Minkin in a 36-hole match-play final for the Out Door Country Club championship. Minkin earned a 2&1 victory over Geiman, who will be a senior at York Catholic in the fall.

On Monday, Geiman played 27 holes in the York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship, again at Out Door. This time, Geiman got the best of Minkin, finishing with a 4-under-par 104 total to win the stroke-play title. Minkin was second, five shots back.

After two days and 62 holes of golf, Geiman and Minkin came away with one championship each.

“It’s just a lot of golf,” Geiman said Monday evening. “Both of us are really tired.”

Geiman finished the first 18 holes on Monday with a 2-under-par 70 and a three-shot lead.

“I birdied No. 18 on our first 18,” Geiman said. “I felt like that really helped me. I thought that was big to get some momentum going my way.”

Geiman played even better during the final nine holes Monday, carding a 2-under 34 to pull away for the victory.

“I didn’t play great the first 18, but I scored well, and I played really well in the last nine,” Geiman said.

Part of the credit for his victory, according to Geiman, was because of a new addition to his bag.

“I actually put a new putter in the bag (a Ping Anser 2) and it worked pretty well,” he said. “I made some putts I needed to.”

After Monday’s triumph, Geiman is far from done with golf. He plans to play in an American Junior Golf Association event on Tuesday at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md. He then plans to compete in the Junior War of the Roses event on Friday, again at Out Door. That pits the top junior golfers from York County against their counterparts from Lancaster County in a Ryder Cup-style match-play competition.

Then next week, Aug. 11-13, he will play in the Pennsylvania Open at Country Club of York.

There was a three-way tie for third in the boys’ competition at 111 involving Kevin Crumbling, Zach Dixon and Evan Greenplate.

Julianne Lee fired a 79 to win the YCAGA girls’ crown. Lee adds that title to the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play title that she won last week. Minkin won the YCJGA Match Play boys’ championship last week. Alexandra Lowder was second in Monday’s girls’ competition at 93.

Greenplate took the YCAGA 13-14 boys’ title on Monday with a 75, followed by Logan Snyder at 78 and Justin Gruver and Matthew Bricker at 79.

Jun Young Lee captured the nine-hole 12-and-under boys’ crown with a 41. Bobby Nicholson was second at 47, while Matt Weaver was third at 48.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT

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Central York grad Royce Clemens was one of 36 players nationally to earn All-America recognition from Volleyball Magazine.

Central York grad Royce Clemens was one of 36 players nationally to earn All-America recognition from Volleyball Magazine. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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Winning awards is nothing new to Central York High School graduate Royce Clemens.

The latest honor, however, may be the most significant one of the bunch.

A two-time PIAA Class AAA All-State player for the Panthers, Clemens was recognized in the latest edition of Volleyball Magazine as a 2014 Boys’ Volleyball High School All-American.

The magazine grouped players into three segments — first team, second team and honorable mention. There were 36 players in total — 12 in each segment — honored across the nation, with the vast majority of players hailing from California (16).

A Penn State recruit, Clemens was named as an honorable mention selection after leading the Panthers to the PIAA Class AAA state title a month ago. He is just one of two players from Pennsylvania — the other being fellow Nittany Lion recruit Lee Smith from Ambridge — to make the list.

“I am very happy for Royce,” Central coach Brad Livingston said. “Personally, my opinion is that Royce was so honored because of the accomplishments of a very talented and high-functioning team. The fact that our team went undefeated in best-of-five matches, only losing a single set all year, with everything else being a sweep. The fact that we were able to win the PIAA Class AAA championship. And the fact that we gained national recognition due to our on-court achievements all paved the way for Royce to receive that honor.”

Clemens’ ability to play many different positions proved to be invaluable. It was that versatility that attracted Penn State, one of the premier men’s volleyball programs in the country, to court him as a libero.

“There are two main memories from 2014,” Livingston said. “The first is the look on Royce’s face when I asked him to be the fifth offensive option while focusing on being our No. 1 passer. The look on Royce’s face was priceless. ‘Fifth option?’ he thought I was insane.

“The second memory is the sheer joy on his face as we won match after match on the road to the PIAA AAA title. It was clear that Royce was enjoying the ride.”

Clemens joins an elite list of former Central York standouts to be named as All-Americans in volleyball. Only four others – Rob Keller, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Kristick and David Moler – have won such recognition.

“It’s a huge deal and a great honor for both Lee and Royce,” Livingston said. “When Volleyball Magazine recognizes you as one of the best in the nation it is a very big deal.”

Panthers ranked No. 2 in nation: While Clemens’ honor is certainly high praise, so too was the entire squad earning the No. 2 ranking in the nation from MaxPreps. Just don’t expect a legendary coach, such as Livingston, to bounce off the walls with excitement about something that is purely opinion.

“As I’ve stated before I think the rankings are fun,” Livingston said. “Anything that promotes and brings attention to volleyball is good. This is such a great game, it’s a shame that more kids don’t pick it up early. That’s the deal with California — early involvement, the beach game, top-notch club programs. Lots of teams, lots of players and lots of opportunities to play.”

Livingston, who led the program to its sixth PIAA title in June, has a better idea of a way to determine national rankings.

“Are we the No. 2 team in the nation?” he said. “Probably not, but let’s play. Perhaps someday we’ll get a sponsor that will provide funding to bring (No. 1 ranked) Huntingdon Beach (California) to the Koller Classic. Let’s play. One of the best things about our volleyball program at Central York is the opportunity our kids get to see the best players in the state while competing against Pennsylvania’s best. It is always valuable to see how high the bar is set so you know how hard you have to work.”

Central wasn’t the only York-area team to crack the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. PIAA Class AA champion Northeastern checked in at No. 17 after winning that program’s fifth state crown.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Gus Minkin tees off on the sixth hole in the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship boys’ final at Grandview Golf Course on

Gus Minkin tees off on the sixth hole in the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship boys’ final at Grandview Golf Course on Wednesday. Minkin beat Byron Markle, 1-up. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Julianne Lee tees off while facing Victoria Ross in the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship girls’ final at Grandview Golf

Julianne Lee tees off while facing Victoria Ross in the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship girls’ final at Grandview Golf Course on Wednesday. Lee won the match, 4&3. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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WEIGELSTOWN — No one on the York County Junior Golf Association Tour has been hotter than Gus Minkin.

The Central York High School golfer won two of the three events he played in this season, and would have swept all three had it not been for a crazy 7-under-par 65 fired by rival Andrew Davis last week at Regents’ Glen.

Those finishes earned Minkin the No. 1 seed in this week’s George Barton Match Play Tournament at Grandview Golf Course. And after sweeping both matches Tuesday, Minkin set himself up for a title after taking out No. 13 seed Michael Gruver, 3&2, in the semifinals.

While it was hardly a round he’ll likely be overly proud of, Minkin was just good enough when he needed to be against Dallastown grad Byron Markle in the finals. The third-seeded Markle, who downed No. 2 seed Davis 4&3 in the other semifinal, rallied from a two-hole deficit with three to go against the rising Panther junior. But after evening things out after 17 holes, Minkin was strong and steady on No. 18.

Minkin stayed out of trouble with his tee shot on the course’s long par-3 final hole, chipped onto the green, and sank his putt to claim a 1-up victory over Markle.

It was a banner day for the Black and Orange of Central. Rising freshman Julianne Lee downed Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross, 4&3, to claim her second girls’ division title in a row.

“This means a lot,” Minkin said. “I’m really happy with the way I played. I was able to come back. Each match I was down, except the first one (Tuesday), got things back together and won.”

Minkin may have started to count his chickens before they were hatched after taking a two-hole lead with three to play. Back-to-back poor drives on No. 16 and No. 17 led to easy wins for Markle.

“I was so stressed,” Minkin said. “I thought I had him after 15, but on 16 and 17 I just hit bad drives. I was in a tree twice and he got back to even.”

In tournament play, Minkin’s predicament on No. 17 would have likely earned him a nine on the par-5 hole, a fact that wasn’t lost on him.

“I’m just glad it’s match play,” Minkin said with a smile.

Markle’s drive on No. 18 was short of the green, while Minkin blasted his just past the hole. The former Wildcat, however, just missed chipping onto the green with his second shot and the ball dropped into the bunker.

That opened it up for Minkin, who chipped and putted to secure the title.

“I’m just glad I made that putt,” Minkin said.

Girls’ final: While Minkin was sweating it out down to the wire, Lee was already driving around with her caddie, Kendel Abrams, watching the boys duke it out. After surviving a scare against Lauren Parrini in the semifinals before prevailing 1-up, Lee took control from the onset and never allowed the rising Rocket senior a chance to catch up.

“This means a lot to me,” Lee said. “I think this is going to be my last year, because I’m going to do the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) tournaments more.”

Lee, who raced out to a four-hole lead after nine, may have benefitted from having Abrams at her side. Both rivals will be freshmen this year — Lee at Central and Abrams at Susquehannock — with Lee enjoying the fact that she didn’t have to lug around her clubs for the final.

“She said she wanted to do it for me,” Lee said. “And my bag is kind of heavy so I’m kind of surprised that she kept on going.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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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 sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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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 sports@yorkdispatch.com.

PENNSYLVANIA VOLLEYBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION 2014 class AA BOYS’ ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM

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.

By JOHN WALK

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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 jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

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.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT

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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.

DIVISION I:

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.

DIVISION II

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.”

DIVISION III

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.

DIVISION IV

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 sports@yorkdispatch.com.

YORK-ADAMS LEAGUE SOFTBALL COACHES ALL-STAR TEAMS

DIVISION I

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.

DIVISION II

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.

DIVISION III

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.

DIVISION IV

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.


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