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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diehl, meanwhile, will attend Goucher College.

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

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

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

BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 7, Gettysburg 0: At Suburban, the Trojans sewed up the outright York-Adams Division II title with the victory. Suburban improved to 12-2 overall and finished a perfect 8-0 in the division. It’s Suburban’s first outright D-II title since 2006. Elliot Diehl, Mike Peck, Dan Lee, Ben Strine and Tyr Abendschoen earned straight-set singles wins for the Trojans. Diehl and Peck won at No. 1 doubles, while Abendschoen and Lee took No. 2 doubles.

Susquehannock 6, Dover 1: At Dover, the Warriors rolled behind singles wins from Anthony Iannuzzi, Aaron Gervasio, Devin Glispy and John Yancheski. Dover got a forfeit win at No. 5 singles.

BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 7, Dover 0: At Dover, the Trojans improved to 11-2 overall with the non-league win. Elliot Diehl, Michael Peck, Daniel Lee and Tyr Abendschoen won in singles and doubles for Suburban. Ben Strine picked up a win at No. 4 singles for Suburban’s other point.

Cumberland Valley 3, Central 2: At Cumberland Valley, the Panthers received a singles victory from Jeremy Garling and a doubles victory from the team of Austin Pokopec and Corey Caskey. Central fell to 10-3.

 

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Red Lion’s Nick Stare is back playing tennis after being diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

Red Lion’s Nick Stare is back playing tennis after being diagnosed with Type I diabetes. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
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Nick Stare was just beginning his sophomore year at Red Lion High School when he had a life-changing moment.

“One day, when I went into class, I barely could see,” Stare recalled. “I was taken to the nurse’s office, and then to the hospital. I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. It was the day before Halloween.”

Because his body can’t produce insulin, Stare has to give himself shots four times a day — at meal times and before going to bed.

“I go to the nurse’s office at lunch time,” he said. “I pick a spot (where to inject himself), stomach, leg, arm.”

Stare, now a junior, is attending classes on a regular basis, along with playing sports (soccer and tennis), but that wasn’t the case last year.

“I was absent a lot last year, and I missed a lot of classes and matches getting things under control” he said following Red Lion’s non-league tennis match against Hershey on Thursday.

Stare didn’t return to classes at Red Lion until the second semester of this year. He took classes through a cyber school in the first semester.

“It felt good to come back here,” he said. “I missed being with my teammates.”

Stare began the season playing No. 5 singles for the Lions this spring, but he moved up to No. 4 when a teammate moved out of the district. After winning a three-set match on Wednesday against Central, Stare bowed in two sets to Hershey’s Michael Lewis on Thursday. A trainer checked on Stare during the second set, but he completed the match.

“He took a little bit of a break against Dallastown, and other coaches are fine with him taking a break, but he doesn’t want to take a break,” Red Lion assistant coach Jeff Fix said. “That first winter and spring after he was diagnosed, Nick missed a lot of school, and when he was here playing, he didn’t look healthy. There were circles under his eyes.”

Fix has watched Stare get better off and on the court.

“He’s by far the most improved player on the team,” Fix said.

Stare’s bonded with his teammates, especially Charlie Flaharty, who also was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

“We both know what we’re going through, and we can take care of each other,” Flaharty said. “I was diagnosed when I was 5, and my sister was diagnosed when she was 3.”

Stare’s father, Dwayne Stare, said his son is 100 percent better than he was last year.

“Last year was kind of a lost year for him with school and tennis,” Dwayne Stare said. “He’s having a good year this year. He enjoys this (playing on the tennis team) more than just about anything. Who knows? Maybe technology can develop something where he won’t have to give himself shots every day.”

Dwayne’s father and Nick’s grandfather, Walt Stare, has Type II diabetes. His body produces insulin but not enough.

“When we (Walt and his wife, Beverly) heard about Nick, we were hoping he could handle it. We were worried it would get him down, but he’s handled it well,” Walt Stare said. “It’s something he’ll have the rest of his life unless they come up with a cure.”

Nick Stare handled it well when told he had Type I diabetes.

“I guess I was relieved, it wasn’t something too big, although I wasn’t happy about it,” he said.

OTHER BOYS’ TENNIS

Dallastown 7, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats rolled behind straight-set singles wins from John Schmitt, Tyler Lilie, Hunter Jones, Sachin Venkatesh and David Trimmer. Jones and Venkatesh also teamed to win No. 1 doubles. The Wildcats (11-3 overall) finished York-Adams Division I action at 7-1.

West York 5, Northeastern 2: At Manchester, the Bulldogs got straight-set wins from Jared Potts, Ben Fairlamb, Aidan Mikula and Noah Sanderson in singles and a doubles victory from the team of Mikula and Tim Pickard to defeat the Bobcats. Josiah Burke won both his No. 1 singles match and teamed with Collin Wunsch to win No. 1 doubles for Northeastern.

Correction: The date of the Central York-South Western boys’ tennis match was reported incorrectly in Thursday’s Dispatch. The match is Friday at South Western.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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HANOVER — The Dallastown and South Western boys’ tennis teams flashed back to 2013 with their match on Wednesday.

Two years ago, the teams met, with sole possession of first place at stake, in a tension-filled showdown that began in daylight and ended under the lights.

The same scenario played out Wednesday when the teams traded shots for 4 1/2 hours. There was one difference, though, between 2013 and this year: the ending.

South Western, which fell short in the previous match, came out on top this time, 4-3, and clinched at least a tie for the York-Adams Division I championship. The Mustangs have one league match remaining, against Central York on Monday.

“They were the better team by a little bit,” Dallastown coach Mark Koons said.

South Western’s Gavin Kenny and Ben Sentz secured the deciding point when they rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Dallastown’s John Schmitt and Sachin Venkatesh in the No. 1 doubles match.

Schmitt and Venkatesh saved two match points in the 10th game of the third set, but Kenny and Sentz wouldn’t be denied, as they led the whole way in the tie-breaker.

“We worked a lot on doubles to be ready for this situation, but their guys hung tough,” Koons said. “I think the key moment was when it was 4-4 in the second set, and we had two or three break points, but we weren’t able to get one. We might have been able to close the match out right there (in the second set).”

Despite losing the first set, Kenny was confident that he and Sentz would still emerge on top.

“I didn’t have any doubt that we would come back.” Kenny said. “It was intense out there. Every year against Dallastown, the match is intense.”

Sentz, Ben Harrison and Shane O’Reilly earned singles points for the Mustangs. O’Reilly, playing No. 5, delivered the clutch performance of the day when he scored a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead heading into doubles. O’Reilly, trailing 5-3 in the tie-breaker, scored the last four points of the match.

“He (O’Reilly) has only been playing two years,” Kenny said. “He’s the reason we won the match.”

Schmitt and Hunter Jones took singles matches for Dallastown, and Jones joined with Tyler Lilie to capture the No. 2 doubles match.

“This is a great spot to be in to be competing under the lights against Dallastown,” said South Western’s first-year head coach Karen Cracium, who was a spectator at the 2013 match. “We’ve been working really hard at doubles because we know that Dallastown has outstanding doubles.”

The Mustangs were able to clinch the victory at No. 1 doubles thanks to O’Reilly, who overcame a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win the No. 5 singles match.

“Shane, that was amazing,” Cracium said. “He showed incredible heart.”

OTHER BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 7, Susquehannock 0: At Suburban Elliot Diehl, Mike Peck, Dan Lee and Tyr Abendschoen won in singles and doubles for the Trojans, who clinched at least a tie for the York-Adams Division II title with the victory. The Trojans are 10-2 overall and 7-0 in the division.

Central 4, Red Lion 3: At Central, the Panthers captured the victory in doubles, when Connor Bacha and Austin Pokopec combined to win the No. 2 match in straight sets. Bacha, Jeremy Garling and Corey Caskey each also captured singles victories for the Panthers. For the Lions, Sam Innerst and Nick Stare each won a singles match.

New Oxford 6, West York 1: At New Oxford, the home team got straight-set singles victories from Joey Stiles, Mike Gruver, Josiah Forry, Mat Conrad and Dakota Melton. Noah Sanderson and Tim Pickard combined to win No. 2 doubles for the Bulldogs.

Spring Grove 7, Dover 0: At Spring Grove, Grant Wierman, Andrew Bowman and Kody Warner won in singles and doubles to power the Rockets.

York Catholic 7, Gettysburg 0: At Gettysburg, Michael Andrews, Scott Bartkowiak, Nick Bartkowiak, Isaac Higgins and Jacob Kondrashuk were all winners in singles play for the Irish.

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

BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 7, Hanover 0: At Hanover, Suburban remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division II. Elliot Diehl, Michael Peck, Daniel Lee, Ben Strine and Cooper Lando each won in straight sets in singles for the Trojans. Lee and Lando also combined to win No. 1 doubles. Suburban improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the division.

Spring Grove 6, Northeastern 1: At Manchester, Grant Wierman, Andrew Bowman, Blake Harlacher, Kody Warner and Jeff Bauer each won singles matches in straight sets to lead the Rockets. Logan Fries and Collin Wunsch won No. 1 doubles for the Bobcats.

Central 7, Susquehannock 0: At Central, the Panthers received straight-set singles victories from Chris Maderitz, Jeremy Garling, Connor Bacha, Austin Pokopec and Corey Caskey to secure the non-league win.

The York Suburban-York Catholic boys’ tennis match hadn’t even started on Monday, but Trojans’ head Mark O’Reilly already knew what to expect.

“It’s always close when we play York Catholic,” O’Reilly said while watching the players warm up. “I’m sure both coaches want to win three singles matches (to carry a 3-2 lead into the doubles).”

Just as O’Reilly predicted, the Trojans and Fighting Irish staged another tight match.

York Suburban pulled out a 4-3 victory in a clash of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in York-Adams Division II.

The decision avenged a 4-3 loss to York Catholic last year. The Fighting Irish went on to capture the 2014 division title.

Elliot Diehl, Michael Peck and Tyr Abendschoen earned singles points for the winners, and Diehl and Peck teamed to clinch the victory by winning the No. 1 doubles match, 6-4, 6-1.

Nick Bartkowiak and Isaac Higgins won singles matches for York Catholic, and the two later combined to outlast Abendschoen and Dan Lee, 6-3, 5-7, (14-12) in the No. 2 doubles match.

“I felt we would have a little bit of an advantage if we got that third singles point because Elliot and Michael are the defending (York-Adams Class AA) doubles champs,” O’Reilly said. “We were going to ride them home.”

Peck said that winning his singles match gave him a psychological boost going into doubles.

“It was definitely good for my morale going into the doubles match,” Peck said. “Attitude means so much in tennis. Having a good attitude can mean a world of difference.”

Diehl and Peck won a hard-fought first set at No. 1 doubles before dominating the second set.

“We were getting adjusted in that first set, but they (York Catholic’s Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak) played well,” Diehl said. “Doubles is less stressful (than singles). I have my partner (Peck) and we’re good friends.”

Diehl, displayed an outstanding touch around the net in Monday’s match.

“He’s great at volleying, and his serve and everything is good,” Peck said. “I let him take charge to get the balls in play, and I’m starting to hit the ball harder than I did last year.”

Diehl, who is planning to play at Goucher College next year, and the other three seniors in the Trojans’ starting lineup want to close their final high school season with a title. By winning on Monday, the Trojans cleared a huge hurdle on the way to their goal.

“Our No. 5 (Abendschoen) pulled through today, and Michael pulled through in a long (singles) set, which was awesome,” Diehl said. “It was a big win for us today. We were really excited.”

Monday’s match was the first of four the Trojans have scheduled this week. They also have Division II matches against Hanover, Susquehannock and Gettysburg.

“I don’t want to say we expect to win, but we feel confident,” Peck said. “Hopefully, we’ll be on to team districts this year.”

OTHER BOYS’ TENNIS

South Western 5, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, the Mustangs battled through singles with a trim, 3-2 lead before claiming the victory in a tough match at No. 1 doubles. The pair of Gavin Kenny and Ben Sentz teamed up to defeat Sam Innerst and Alec Shue, with each set going to a tiebreaker in a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win that sealed things for the Mustangs. Sentz was also a winner in singles, defeating Shue, 6-0, 6-1. Innerst and Dylan Reichard collected the singles wins for Red Lion.

Dover 4, Northeastern 3: At Dover, the Eagles won the York-Adams Division I match in doubles, when Noah Shearer and Truman Metz combined to win the No. 2 doubles match in straight sets. The Eagles also received singles victories from Metz, Wyatt Crone and Luke Lightner. For the Bobcats, Logan Fries and Collin Wunsch each won a singles match.

Spring Grove 7, West York 0: At West York, the Rockets received singles victories from Grant Wierman, Andrew Bowman, Blake Harlacher, Kody Warner and Jeffrey Bauer to secure the win.

Bermudian Springs 6, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Eagles received singles victories from Haoza Phutaemnin, Luke Wilkins, Tate Myers and Josh Stroup. For the Warriors, Devin Glispy won a singles match.

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

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Dallastown’s John Schmitt, above, won a three-set match over Red Lion’s Sam Innerst at No. 1 singles on Thursday afternoon.

Dallastown’s John Schmitt, above, won a three-set match over Red Lion’s Sam Innerst at No. 1 singles on Thursday afternoon. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

RED LION — The individual match of the day within Dallastown’s team match-up with arch-rival Red Lion on Thursday afternoon was a riveting duel at No. 1 singles.

The Wildcats’ John Schmitt and the Lions’ Sam Innerst traded shots for 2 1/2 hours on a raw, 43-degree afternoon, before the Dallastown senior emerged with a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 comeback victory.

Schmitt’s team also came out on top, 5-0, to keep its York-Adams Division I record unblemished at 5-0. Red Lion sustained its first league loss, falling to 4-1.

Schmitt, the reigning York-Adams Class AAA singles champion, appeared on the brink of defeat, trailing last year’s singles runner-up, 5-3 in the second set after losing the first set.

“(Dallastown coach Mark Koons) said the clock doesn’t run out, so you have to keep playing and keep fighting,” Schmitt said. “He (Innerst) was serving really well the whole match, and I knew I had to play a great game, and I did.”

Schmitt broke Innerst’s serve for 5-4 and held his own serve for 5-5. The players split the next two games to force the tie-breaker.

The Wildcats’ star won the first two points in the breaker and led the rest of the way to set up a third, and deciding, set.

Schmitt bolted to a 3-0 lead in the final set before Innerst momentarily broke the run by taking the fourth game. However, Schmitt answered by winning the next three games and the match.

“I think that momentum swing from winning the tie-breaker really helped me in the third set,” Schmitt said. “I got off to a fast start in the third set.”

Schmitt pounded six service winners in the final set, and he attacked more than in the earlier sets.

“John has been getting away, in some of our matches, with just staying back, pushing the ball around and waiting for the other player to make a mistake,” Koons said. “Sam’s too good a player, he’s not going to make mistakes. John started to play more aggressive and come in (to the net) in the second set.”

Schmitt was forced to pull out all the stops after dropping the first set and falling behind in the second set.

“He (Innerst) played amazing,” Schmitt said. “I thought I was done, but I had to keep fighting.”

Schmitt said he and Innerst have played eight times, but Thursday’s match was the first one that required three sets.

“Those two have had some battles for three years,” Koons said. “They’re good kids and first-class sportsmen.”

Innerst knew that Schmitt wasn’t done even after losing the first set and going down 5-3 in the second set.

“I know how good a player he is,” the Red Lion senior said. “I knew it would be a pretty good fight. He’s hard to deal with in long matches. The kid doesn’t get tired.”

Tyler Lilie, Hunter Jones, Sachin Venkatesh and David Trimmer also won singles matches for Dallastown. All four victories were in straight sets.

The doubles matches were not contested because of rain.

OTHER BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 7, Biglerville 0: Elliot Diehl, Mike Peck, Dan Lee and Ben Strine won in straight sets in singles to lead the Trojans.

Central York 7, West York 0: At Central York, the Panthers only lost three games during singles play in cruising to a shutout of the Bulldogs. Chris Maderitz and Connor Bacha got through their matches unscathed, collecting 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

York Catholic 7, Susquehannock 0: At Springettsbury Park, the Irish received singles victories from Michael Andrews, Scott Bartkowiak, Nick Bartkowiak, Isaac Higgins and Jacob Kondrasuk to allow them to secure the York-Adams Division II victory.

South Western 6, Dover 1: At Hanover, the Mustangs received straight-set singles victories from Gavin Kenny, Ben Sentz, Joe Harrison, Ben Harrison and Shane O’Reilly to grab the win.

New Oxford 7, Northeastern 0: At New Oxford, Joey Stiles, Josiah Forry, Mat Conrad, Dakota Melton and Justin Klunk won in straight sets for the Colonials in singles.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Dallastown’s David Trimmer returns the ball to Central York’s Corey Caskey during the key No. 5 singles match on Tuesday. Trimmer won the

Dallastown’s David Trimmer returns the ball to Central York’s Corey Caskey during the key No. 5 singles match on Tuesday. Trimmer won the match, 6-3, 6-3, and Dallastown won the team competition, 5-2, in a battle of York-Adams Division I unbeatens. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Dallastown’s John Schmitt returns the ball to Central York’s Chris Maderitz during the No. 1 singles match on Tuesday. Schmitt won, 6-0, 6-0.

Dallastown’s John Schmitt returns the ball to Central York’s Chris Maderitz during the No. 1 singles match on Tuesday. Schmitt won, 6-0, 6-0. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

DALLASTOWN — At this time last year, David Trimmer was on the Dallastown junior varsity boys’ tennis team — No. 11 on the ladder.

This year, Trimmer is standing six rungs higher on the ladder, in the starting varsity singles lineup.

On Tuesday, a crowd gathered outside one of the four upper-level courts at the Wildcats’ complex to watch Trimmer take on Central York’s Corey Caskey in the No. 5 match.

The fans migrated from the four courts down below (across from the middle school) to see if Trimmer could clinch the victory for Dallastown or if Caskey would prevail and force the outcome of the match into doubles.

“When I saw everyone, I was nervous, it was my first really big match,” Trimmer said. “But I refocused and concentrated on my ground strokes.”

Trimmer and Caskey traded shots in two hard-fought sets, with Trimmer coming out on top by identical scores of 6-3, 6-3.

Dallastown collected its fourth point to seal the decision.

The teams split the doubles matches, and Dallastown earned a 5-2 victory to remain unbeaten in York-Adams Division I at 4-0. Central, meanwhile, sustained its first loss, dropping to 4-1.

Trimmer said he was unaware of the team score when he was playing against Caskey.

“I just wanted to win,” he said. “Wherever we were in the team score, I was OK with it.”

Trimmer felt his serve was a key in enabling him to turn back Caskey.

“I got my first serve in a lot, and I tried to hit to his backhand a lot,” Trimmer said. “I lost to him at Wisehaven four months ago.”

So how did Trimmer make the leap from No. 11 to No. 5 in one season?

“Lots of practice,” he said. “Going to Wisehaven and improving my game.”

Trimmer, John Schmitt, Hunter Jones and Sachin Venkatesh earned singles points for the Wildcats (8-2 overall).

Schmitt, a senior, is the defending York-Adams singles champion. He delivered an outstanding performance in a 6-0, 6-0 triumph against Chris Maderitz.

Trimmer, Jones and Venkatesh are sophomores.

“John has a way of stepping up at the moment,” Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said. “He has a tendency to get defensive, but today, John was in control most of the match.”

Koons was pleased with the way that the trio of sophomores responded in a big match.

“Our guys at three, four and five (Jones, Venkatesh and Trimmer) have really grown in the last four or five weeks,” Koons said. “We probably don’t have anyone on the team who’s improved as much as David (Trimmer). He stepped up with all those people watching, and he didn’t back down at all.”

Koons was pleasantly surprised that his team wrapped up the victory in singles.

“I never dreamed that the match would end in singles, either way,” Koons said. “I told Coach Jensenius (Central coach Scott Jensenius) that if we played 10 times, it would probably be 5-5.”

Dallastown will now turn its attention to archrival Red Lion The Wildcats will visit their next-door neighbor on Thursday for another Division I match.

“We talked about the matches coming up, Central, Red Lion, New Oxford and South Western,” Koons said. “We have a long way to get to where we want to be, but this is a good first step.”

Schmitt and Tyler Lilie won the No. 1 doubles match for the Wildcats.

Jeremy Garling earned Central’s singles point, and Connor Bacha and Austin Pokopec teamed up to win the No. 2 doubles match for the Panthers (7-1 overall).

Other tennis

New Oxford 7, Dover 0: At Dover, the Colonials received singles victories from Joey Stiles, Josiah Forry, Mat Conrad, Dakota Melton and Adam Rudasill.

York Suburban 7, Delone Catholic 0: At Hanover, Elliot Diehl, Mike Peck, Dan Lee, Ben Strine and Tyr Abendschoen each earned straight-set singles wins to lead Suburban. The Trojans improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division II.

Susquehannock 5, Gettysburg 2: At Glen Rock, the home team captured four of the five singles matches. Aaron Gervasio, Devin Glispy, Brendan Paules and John Yancheski each won a singles match for Susquehannock.

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

BOYS’ TENNIS

Red Lion 6, Dover 1: At Red Lion, Sam Innerst, Alec Shue, Alex Ohme, Nick Stare and Dylan Reichard swept the singles matches for the Lions, losing just a combined three games.

Central York 7, Northeastern 0: At Central, the Panthers rolled behind straight-set singles wins from Chris Maderitz, Jeremy Garling, Connor Bacha, Austin Pokopec and Corey Caskey.

York Suburban 7, Littlestown 0: At Suburban, Elliott Diehl, Ben Strine and Michael Peck won in singles and doubles to spark the Trojans.

South Western 6, Spring Grove 1: At Hanover, the Mustangs received singles victories from Ben Sentz, Joe Harrison, Ben Harrison, and Shane O’Reilly to allow them to secure the win. For the Rockets, Grant Wierman won a singles match.

Dallastown 7, West York 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats received singles victories from Tyler Lilie, Hunter Jones, Sachin Venkatesh, David Trimmer and Logan Maddox.


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