Max Haldeman first started getting the star treatment midway through the 2012 season.
By star treatment, the Central York lacrosse standout means opponents denying him the ball and often double-teaming him when he does have the ball.
To overcome those obstacles, Haldeman spent another offseason improving all facets of his game, while also adding power-lifting to his regimen for the first time in his athletic career.
“I just felt like with my coach (Wade Noonan) telling me that I need to get the ball that I need to be a playmaker,” Haldeman said. “So I decided I’ll just keep running and get the defender tired. So I worked a lot on my conditioning and did some power training. It helped my endurance, stamina and acceleration.”
Haldeman, a junior attack, also had the added bonus of facing teammate Asyck Schildt in practice this spring. The hard work resulted in Haldeman, who has verbally committed to play at NCAA Division I University of Maryland-Baltimore County, tallying 64 goals and 41 assists to lead the Panthers to a 16-3 record and the program’s first York-Adams Division I title and league tournament championship.
For his efforts, the York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse coaches have selected Haldeman as this year’s Division I Player of the Year. Along with Haldeman, Central junior attack Ian Desenberg (48 goals, 19 assists), junior midfielder Collin George (38 goals, 17 assists), senior defender Schildt (54 ground balls) and junior goalie Shane Walker (221 saves, 70-percent save percentage) were also named to the all-county team. Central’s five all-county selections is the most of any team in the league.
“The only reason I’m the player I am is because of my teammates,” Haldeman said on being named the top player in Division I. “They pushed me to what I am today.”
Noonan has been named the Division I Coach of the Year.
“It was good to see how my first year (as head coach) going (3-14) during the (2010) season and within the four years I’ve been head coach we pretty much turned it around,” Noonan said.
Division II: Kennard-Dale junior Jesse Schonbrunner has been named the Division II Player of the Year. He led the Rams with 57 goals and 23 assists.
“The thing that impressed me about Jesse is he was basically targeted by other teams defensively and was able to overcome that,” Kennard-Dale coach Tom Nelson said. “It’s tough if you go out on the field, you have somebody in your face the whole game. He’s had to overcome some great obstacles.”
Kennard-Dale finished in second place in Division II this season behind West York but beat the Bulldogs in the first round of the District 3 Tournament before losing to Hershey in the district quarterfinals to finish at 14-6.
West York coach Rodney Tamblin has been selected as the Division II Coach of the Year. In his first year as head coach, Tamblin led the Bulldogs to the Division II title, an appearance in the league championship game and a 17-3 record.
West York junior attack Seth Clauser (69 goals, 26 assists), senior midfielder Tanner Gerace (29 goals, 17 assists), senior defender Steven Wilson (61 ground balls, Cabrini recruit) and junior defender Austin Groff (89 ground balls) were selected to the all-county team.
Gerace, who will play at Catonsville Community College next year, was also named the county’s top player at face-offs after winning 70 percent of them this spring.
– Reach John Walk at email@example.com.