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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 jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Central York boys’ tennis team dropped a 3-0 decision to Lower Dauphin on Tuesday in a District 3-AAA Team Boys’ Tennis Tournament semifinal at Hershey Racquet Club.

Two matches, which had advanced to the third set, were not completed once the final team outcome was no longer in doubt. Lower Dauphin won the other three matches in straight sets. Central will now face Hempield on at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the District 3-AAA third-place match at HRC. The winner will advance to the PIAA state tournament.

 

York Catholic dropped its District 3-AA first-round boys’ tennis match on Thursday, 5-0, to Lancaster Catholic at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The Fighting Irish didn’t win a set.

BOYS’ TENNIS

York-Adams Doubles Tournament

Class AAA Semifinals

Lehigh-Maderitz (C) def. Schmitt-Lilie (Dt), 6-2, 6-3; Meyer-Kenny (SW) def. Innerst-Gayrama (RL), 6-0, 6-4.

Class AAA Final

Meyer-Kenny def. Lehigh-Maderitz, 6-0, 6-4.

Class AAA Third-Place Match

Schmitt-Lilie def. Innerst-Gayrama, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Class AA Semifinals

Diehl-Peck (YS) def. Wilkins-Phutaemnin (BS), 6-4, 6-0; Andrews-S Bartkowiak (YC) def. Bosserman-Magana (H), 6-2, 6-2.

Class AA Final

Diehl-Peck def. Andrews-S Bartkowiak, 6-3, 6-3.

Class AA Third-Place Match

Wilkins-Phutaemnin def. Bosserman-Magana, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

By DICK VANO’LINDA

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York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl, left, bumps hands with teammate Michael Peck between points on Wednesday when they faced Michael Andrews and Scott

York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl, left, bumps hands with teammate Michael Peck between points on Wednesday when they faced Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak of York Catholic in the York-Adams League Class AA Boys’ Doubles Tennis Championship. The Suburban pair captured the crown. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
South Western’s Gavin Kenny, left, watches as teammate Quin Meyer returns the ball during the York-Adams League Class AAA Boys’ Doubles Tennis

South Western’s Gavin Kenny, left, watches as teammate Quin Meyer returns the ball during the York-Adams League Class AAA Boys’ Doubles Tennis Championship on Wednesday. The Mustang pair won the title. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Elliot Diehl’s gold-medal dream came true on Wednesday afternoon at Wisehaven Tennis Center.

“Two gold medals is a dream I had since the beginning of the year,” Diehl said after he and his York Suburban partner, Michael Peck, won the York-Adams League Class AA Boys’ Doubles Tennis Championship.

Earlier this week, Diehl captured the Class AA Boys’ Singles title.

“They (the medals from the singles and doubles tournaments) are both really special,” Diehl said. “It’s awesome to win a gold medal with my friend.”

The Suburban duo defeated Luke Wilkins and Haoza Phutaemnin of Bermudian Springs, 6-4, 6-0, in the semifinals before scoring a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 decision over York Catholic’s Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak in the title match.

South Western’s Quin Meyer and Gavin Kenny captured the Class AAA singles title with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Central York’s Devin Lehigh and Chris Maderitz.

Diehl and Peck closed out both sets of the championship match by winning three straight games.

Peck did the honors on set point with a backhand volley winner. Diehl put away an overhead shot on match point.

Diehl and Peck, who are both juniors, began playing together for the first time this season.

“We’re good friends off the tennis court,” Peck said. “He (Diehl) has a lot of skills, and I try to keep the ball in play and let him hit winners.”

Diehl, in turn, complimented Peck’s shot-making ability.

“He hits great angles and that allows me to put away balls at the net,” he said. “We didn’t play them (Andrews and Bartkowiak) during the season, but we knew we had to stay focused and keep each other mentally strong.”

Suburban coach Mark O’Reilly said the clash was what you would expect when the No. 1-seeded team (York Suburban) and No. 2-seeded team (York Catholic) traded shots.

“Our guys played well, and York Catholic played well,” O’Reilly said. “Michael Andrews is a good on the baseline, and Scott (Bartkowiak) is good at the net. I thought Michael (Peck) played very steady in the second set. Michael’s good at lobbing, and that allows Elliot to roam at the net.”

Central’s Lehigh and Maderitz knocked off the top-seeded Dallastown team of John Schmitt and Tyler Lilie in the semifinals, but the Panthers’ pair came up short in the semifinal.

“For the first set and a half, our guys were too tentative,” Central coach Eric Sweitzer said. “South Western served well, and our first-serve percentage was low. But our guys did regroup, and with a little luck, we could have won that 5-4 game in the second set.”

Lehigh will be attending York College next year following a high school career in which he began as the No. 28 player on his team as a freshman and rose to No. 1 as a senior.

Schmitt and Lilie won the Class AAA third-place match and the final spot in the District 3 Tournament by rallying for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Red Lion’s Sam Innerst and Alex Gayrama.

The Class AA third-place match also went three sets, with Wilkins and Phutaemnin outlasting Hanover’s Cameron Bosserman and Cody Magana, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch Staff Report

York-Adams champions John Schmitt of Dallastown and Elliot Diehl of York Suburban will lead the local players into the District 3 Boys’ Tennis Singles Tournament.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

Schmitt, Sam Innerst of Red Lion and Quin Meyer of South Western will compete in the Class AAA bracket, while Diehl, Michael Peck of York Suburban and Scott Bartkowiak of York Catholic will play in the AA draw.

Following are the opening-round matchups for the York-Adams players: Schmitt vs. Jonah Buczewski of Exeter; Innerst vs. Peter Landis of Red Land; Meyer vs. Colin Muraika of Cedar Crest; Diehl vs. William Wanner of Lancaster Mennonite; Peck vs. Adam Bahney of ELCO; and Bartkowiak vs. Andre Fick of Wyomissing.

Muraika (No. 1), Dereck Hagino of Hempfield (No. 2), Logan Perugini of Exeter (No. 3) and Tony Deimler of Warwick (No. 4) are the four seeded players in Class AAA.

Blaise Casselbury of Lancaster Country Day (No. 1) , Fick (No. 2), Rodrigo Saad of Wyomissing (No. 3) and Sebastian Pena of Lancaster County Day (No. 4) earned the seeds in Class AA.

There will be two rounds of play in each bracket on Saturday followed by the semifinals, finals and consolations on Monday.

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York Catholic’s Patrick Clement is in a hitting zone.

He’s seeing the ball and crushing it.

In the Fighting Irish’s last three games, Clement smashed three home runs, three doubles and two other hits and drove in 13 runs.

The senior is batting .465 for the season (20-for-43) with a slugging percentage of .883.

Clement’s clout has helped his team win four straight games to pull even at 7-7 after a 3-7 start.

He’s first on the team in RBIs with 23 and home runs with four. Clement is second in doubles with four. (Jake Krevetski is the leader with five).

Clement’s team won the District 3 Class A title last spring. The Fighting Irish will be moving to Class AA next year.

Form holds in doubles: Form pretty much held on the first day of the York-Adams Boys’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.

All four seeded teams in Class AAA advanced to the semifinals, and three of the four seeded teams in Class AA made it to the semifinals.

The semifinals and finals in both classes will be played on Wednesday at Wisehaven Tennis Center beginning at 11 a.m.

The semifinal matchups in Class AAA are: Dallastown’s John Schmitt and Tyler Lilie vs. Central York’s Devin Lehigh and Chris Maderitz, and Red Lion’s Sam Innerst and Alex Gayrama vs. South Western’s Quin Meyer and Gavin Kenny.

The Class AA matchups are: York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck vs. Bermudian Springs’ Luke Wilkins and Haoza Phutaemnin, and Hanover’s Cameron Bosserman and Cody Magana vs. York Catholic’s Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak. The Bermudian team was pushed to three sets in its quarterfinal against York Suburban’s T.J. Platts and Daniel Lee, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Bosserman and Magana, who weren’t seeded, scored a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Biglerville’s Chad Dotson-Jones and Jared Dotson-Jones in the quarterfinals. The Canners’ duo was seeded No. 3.

Baseball, softball races: The York-Adams League baseball and softball races are about to enter the final week, with tournament semifinals in both sports scheduled for next Thursday.

West York, which captured the last two baseball titles, has already clinched the Division II title, and Delone Catholic is on the verge of wrapping up Division IV, needing one more victory or one York Catholic loss.

Susquehannock is a solid leader in Division III with a three-game edge, but Division I is a different story, with three teams, Spring Grove, Red Lion and Central York, running almost neck and neck.

Spring Grove is 7-2, followed by Red Lion (7-3) and Central York (6-3). Dallastown is fourth at 5-5.

Spring Grove is scheduled to play Dallastown on Wednesday, but given the weather forecast, that’s extremely unlikely.

In addition to a makeup game with Dallastown looming, Spring Grove is scheduled to play on Friday (at South Western), Saturday (at Central York) and Monday (home with Red Lion).

In Division I softball, Dallastown and Central York are 1-2 in the current standings, with the Wildcats at 10-1 and the Panthers at 8-2. The teams are scheduled to meet in a pivotal game on Friday at Central York.

The Division III race is also extremely tight, with Kennard-Dale holding a half-game lead over West York. The Rams are 10-1 and the Bulldogs, 9-1, are scheduled to play each other next Wednesday at West York.

Susquehannock has a three-game advantage in Division II and Delone Catholic is the only team in Division IV with a winning record.

District rankings: West York’s baseball team is No. 1 in the current District 3 Class AAA baseball rankings. Susquehannock is No. 2, with Northeastern (No. 8), Littlestown (No. 12) and Eastern York (No. 14) among the top 16. The 16 highest-ranked teams qualify for the district playoffs.

In Class AAAA, Spring Grove is No. 4, Central York is No. 12 and Dallastown is No. 15. The first 16 teams also qualify in AAAA.

Delone Catholic is No. 1 in Class AA and Biglerville is No. 8. York Catholic is No. 2 in Class A and Christian School of York is No. 5. Eight teams qualify in AA and A.

Dallastown and Central York are listed second and third, respectively, in the district Class AAAA softball rankings. Red Lion is eighth and South Western is 15th.

In Class AAA, Susquehannock is currently the No. 3-ranked team, followed by West York (No. 5), Kennard-Dale (No. 10), York Suburban (No. 14) and Eastern York (No. 15).

Delone Catholic and Littlestown are ranked fifth and seventh in Class AA.

Track showdowns: The South Western-Red Lion girls’ track-and-field showdown, which was pushed back to Monday because of rain on Tuesday, will feature some of the York-Adams League’s best going head to head. Athletes from the two schools have delivered the top performances in 13 of 18 events on the latest York-Adams Track and Field Honor Roll.

Two key boys’ track-and-field meets are also on the calendar. Susquehannock and Dover will meet on Thursday at Susquehannock, and York Tech and Biglerville will clash on Wednesday, May 7, in Biglerville.

All four teams are unbeaten in their divisions.

- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

 

By DICK VANO’LINDA

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Dallastown’s John Schmitt won the York-Adams League Class AAA boys’ singles tennis title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Red Lion’s Sam Innerst

Dallastown’s John Schmitt won the York-Adams League Class AAA boys’ singles tennis title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Red Lion’s Sam Innerst on Monday at Wisehaven. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl took the York-Adams League Class AA boys’ singles tennis crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over teammate Michael Peck.

York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl took the York-Adams League Class AA boys’ singles tennis crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over teammate Michael Peck. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

John Schmitt of Dallastown and Elliot Diehl of York Suburban earned their first York-Adams boys’ tennis singles championships on Monday afternoon.

It may not be their last titles, however.

Schmitt and Diehl are both juniors, so they’ll be eligible to repeat the success again next spring.

That’s next year. Right now, the duo’s successful run through the 2014 bracket is still fresh in their minds.

Schmitt completed his championship quest with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sam Innerst of Red Lion in the Class AAA final.

Diehl, playing on an adjacent court at Wisehaven Tennis Center, bested York Suburban teammate, Michael Peck, 6-2, 6-0, for the Class AA crown.

Diehl became the second member of his family to win a York-Adams League singles championship. His father, Craig, captured the 1978 crown while playing for Spring Grove. Craig Diehl, who went on to a highly successful college career at Bloomsburg University, is also an 11-time York City-County men’s singles champion.

“It feels really cool to match my dad,” Elliot Diehl said. “He was a great player. He gives me little pointers. Not just strokes, but things on the mental side, too.”

Diehl said it was exciting to play his classmate and teammate in the final. Peck had a terrific tournament in own right, advancing all the way from the No. 7-seeded spot to the final.

“We’re good friends,” Diehl said. “I’m so excited for him, as I am for myself. He keeps a lot of balls in play, and I tried to overpower him a little.”

Diehl displayed the poise of a veteran player who entered as the No. 1 seed.

“I have more experience playing matches this year, and maturity-wise, I’m not getting down on myself,” he said.

AAA final: The Schmitt-Innerst duel, meanwhile, was a battle between two big-serving, big-forehand No. 1 players for their respective teams.

“I was just a little bit more consistent,” Schmitt said. “It’s really nice to win the title, especially since I played so well. Both matches against Sam (this season) were hard because Sam is a great player. You have to play great to beat him.”

Schmitt held serve six of eight times during the two sets.

“I was really able to place the ball (while serving) in the backhand corner,” Schmitt said. “Both of us have strong forehands, so we know the area where we have to attack.”

Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said the first set was high-quality tennis by both players.

“That’s probably as good as I’ve seen John play this year,” Koons said. “Sam kind of brings out the best in John. He (Schmitt) knew he would have to play well to win the match.”

Schmitt and Innerst gave an early insight in what a hard-fought clash it would be when the very first game of the match went to deuce seven times before Schmitt held serve.

Third-place matches: Quin Meyer of South Western prevailed in the Class AAA third-place match, 6-2, 6-3, over Mustangs’ teammate Ben Sentz. Scott Bartkowiak, of York Catholic, won the Class AA third-place match, 6-2, 6-1, over Hanover’s Nathan Arndt. Meyer and Barkowiak advanced to District 3 competition with the wins.

With rain in the forecast for Tuesday, the first two rounds of the Class AAA and Class AA doubles tournaments will be played indoors at Wisehaven, beginning with AA play at noon.

— Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.

York Dispatch

York-Adams baseball

W L W L
Spring Grove 7 2 10 5
Central York 6 2 8 5
Red Lion 6 3 6 4
Dallastown 4 5 7 5
South Western 1 8 1 11
West York 9 0 11 1
Northeastern 5 3 8 4
New Oxford 3 4 7 6
Dover 1 8 3 10
Kennard-Dale 1 8 1 11
Susquehannock 9 0 11 1
Littlestown 7 3 10 3
Eastern York 7 3 10 5
Bermudian 5 5 8 8
York Suburban 3 7 3 8
Delone Catholic 9 0 11 3
York Catholic 5 5 6 7
Biglerville 4 5 5 5
Hanover 3 6 4 8
Fairfield 1 9 1 10
York Tech 0 9 0 12

York-Adams softball

W L W L
Dallastown 9 1 13 1
Central York 7 2 12 2
Red Lion 5 4 8 4
South Western 5 4 8 6
New Oxford 1 8 2 11
Susquehannock 6 1 10 3
Dover 5 4 6 6
York Suburban 3 4 5 5
Spring Grove 2 6 4 9
Northeastern 0 9 4 10
Kennard-Dale 9 1 11 3
West York 8 1 9 2
Eastern York 7 3 8 6
Bermudian Springs 6 4 7 7
Littlestown 6 4 8 5
Delone Catholic 7 1 8 2
Fairfield 3 7 3 8
York Catholic 2 7 2 8
Hanover 2 8 2 13
Biglerville 2 8 2 9
York Co. Tech 1 9 1 11

York-Adams boys’ track

W L T P W L T
South Western 5 0 0 15 5 0 0
Dallastown 4 1 0 12 4 1 0
Red Lion 3 2 0 9 3 2 0
Central York 3 2 0 9 3 2 0
New Oxford 1 4 0 3 1 4 0
Spring Grove 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
York High 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Dover 5 0 0 15 5 0 0
Susquehannock 4 0 0 12 5 0 0
York Suburban 3 2 0 9 3 2 0
West York 2 2 0 6 2 2 0
Eastern 2 3 0 6 2 3 0
Northeastern 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Kennard-Dale 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
York Tech 4 0 0 12 4 0 0
Biglerville 4 0 0 12 4 0 0
Littlestown 4 1 0 12 4 1 0
Bermudian 2 2 0 6 2 3 0
Fairfield 2 3 0 6 2 4 0
Delone Catholic 0 5 0 0 1 5 0
Hanover 0 5 0 0 0 6 0

York-Adams Girls’ track

W L T P W L T
Red Lion 5 0 0 15 5 0 0
South Western 5 0 0 15 5 0 0
Dallastown 3 2 0 9 3 2 0
Central York 2 3 0 6 2 3 0
New Oxford 1 4 0 3 1 4 0
Spring Grove 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
York High 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
York Suburban 5 0 0 15 5 0 0
Eastern 4 1 0 12 4 1 0
Susquehannock 3 1 0 9 4 1 0
West York 2 2 0 6 2 2 0
Dover 2 3 0 6 2 3 0
Northeastern 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Kennard-Dale 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
Delone Catholic 5 0 0 15 6 0 0
York Tech 3 1 0 9 3 1 0
Hanover 3 2 0 9 3 3 0
Fairfield 2 3 0 6 2 4 0
Biglerville 1 3 0 3 1 3 0
Littlestown 1 4 0 3 1 4 0
Bermudian 1 3 0 3 1 4 0

York-Adams Boys’ lacrosse

W L T P W L T
Dallastown 11 2 0 33 12 2 0
Central York 11 2 0 33 11 2 0
Red Lion 8 6 0 24 9 6 0
South Western 3 10 0 9 3 12 0
Spring Grove 3 10 0 9 4 11 0
New Oxford 0 12 0 0 1 13 0
West York 12 1 0 36 12 1 0
York Suburban 10 3 0 30 12 3 0
Susquehannock 9 3 0 27 11 4 0
Eastern York 5 8 0 15 6 9 0
York Catholic 3 10 0 9 3 10 0
Kennard-Dale 3 10 0 9 4 10 0

York-Adams Girls’ lacrosse

W L T P W L T
South Western 10 3 0 30 11 3 0
Dallastown 5 7 1 16 5 7 1
Central York 4 9 0 12 4 9 0
New Oxford 4 9 0 12 4 9 0
Red Lion 3 10 9 3 11 0
Spring Grove 1 11 0 3 1 13 0
Kennard-Dale 13 0 0 39 14 1 0
York Catholic 11 1 0 33 12 1 0
Susquehannock 9 4 0 27 9 5 0
York Suburban 7 5 1 22 7 5 1
West York 7 6 0 21 7 6 0
Eastern York 2 11 0 6 2 11 0

York-Adams Boys’ tennis

W L W L
South Western 8 0 13 1
Central York 7 1 11 1
New Oxford 5 3 10 3
Dallastown 5 3 7 5
Red Lion 5 3 12 3
Spring Grove 3 5 6 6
Dover 2 6 4 8
West York 1 7 2 8
Northeastern 0 8 0 11
York Catholic 7 0 9 2
York Suburban 6 1 8 8
Susquehannock 5 2 8 4
Bermudian Springs 4 3 7 5
Biglerville 3 4 4 7
Hanover 2 5 5 9
Delone Catholic 1 6 1 9
Littlestown 0 7 0 9

York-Adams Boys’ volleyball

W L W L
Northeastern 8 0 10 0
Central York 8 0 9 0
York Suburban 6 2 7 2
Red Lion 6 2 7 4
West York 5 3 5 3
Susquehannock 4 4 4 5
Spring Grove 3 5 5 8
Dallastown 3 5 3 7
Dover 3 5 3 6
Eastern York 2 6 3 6
Kennard-Dale 0 8 0 8
New Oxford 0 8 0 9

By DICK VANO’LINDA

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

Dallastown’s John Schmitt is the No. 1 seed in Class AAA in the York-Adams League Boys’ Singles Tournament. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

By raising the level of his tennis game this season, Dallastown’s John Schmitt rose to the top of the seedings list for the York-Adams League Boys’ Singles Tournament.

The Wildcats’ junior, who went undefeated during the York-Adams regular season, is seeded No. 1 in Class AAA for the tournament.

Elliot Diehl of York Suburban earned the No. 1 seed in Class AA.

Play will begin on Friday at Dallastown High School (Class AAA) and South Western (Class AA).

Because of a forecast calling for potential rain in the afternoon, tournament organizers moved the starting time up from 2 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The plan is to play the Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches on Friday, the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday at South Western and the finals on Monday, at South Western.

Schmitt finished third in last year’s tournament, losing 7-5, 6-1, to South Western’s Quin Meyer in the semifinals before outlasting Red Lion’s Sam Innerst, 6-4, 6-4, in the third-place match.

This year, Schmitt scored straight-set victories over both players in the regular season.

“It’s going to be exciting to see what John can do in the postseason,” Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said. “This past offseason was the first time he committed to playing tennis in the offseason.”

Koons pointed to a number of areas in which Schmitt improved over last season.

“He’s more solid all around, he doesn’t make as many errors. His forehand has gotten bigger, and his backhand is solid,” Koons said.

Koons said that Schmitt reminds him of another Dallastown standout, Billy Heird. Heird won the District 3-AAA singles title and finished second in the state in his senior year (2006).

“John’s style reminds me of Billy Heird in that they both had a good all-around game,” Koons said.

Koons said that Schmitt’s contribution to the team extends beyond the boundaries of a tennis court.

“John’s not really vocal, but he does a great job leading by example. When the No. 1 player on your team is working harder than anyone, it sets a great example for the other players,” Koons said.

Diehl also is having a terrific season.

After losing in the tournament quarterfinals last season as a sophomore, Diehl has established himself as the player to beat this season.

“He’s mentally more resilient this year, and physically, he hasn’t been overhitting the ball,” York Suburban head coach Mark O’Reilly said. “He’s working the point more rather than thinking ‘I can hit a winner on this point, I can hit a winner on this point, I can hit a winner on this point.'”

Diehl is the Trojans’ captain.

“I’ve had multiple captains in the past, but I only have one captain this year,” O’Reilly said. “Elliot’s consistently looking out for the other players.”

Both Schmitt and Diehl compete in another varsity sport.

Schmitt plays soccer and Diehl plays basketball.

Meyer and Innerst are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the AAA draw, behind Schmitt. Devin Lehigh (Central York), Ben Sentz (South Western), Kerry Coles (York Country Day), Mike Gruver (New Oxford) and Grant Wierman (Spring Grove) complete the AAA seeds.

The seeded players in AA behind Diehl are: Michael Andrews (York Catholic), Ben Gutierrez (Delone Catholic), Chad Dotson-Jones (Biglerville), Scott Bartkowiak (York Catholic), Nate Newberry (Biglerville), Michael Peck (York Suburban) and Nathan Arndt (Hanover).

OTHER BOYS’ TENNIS

York Suburban 4, Susquehannock 3: At Glen Rock, Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and combined to win at No.1 doubles to lead Suburban. Daniel Lee also won in singles for the Trojans. Anthony Iannuzzi and Jonathan Hayes won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles for Susquehannock and combined to win the No. 2 doubles match. Both teams entered with one loss in York-Adams Division II. Suburban finishes second in York-Adams Division II by winning the match. York Catholic finished unbeaten to win the division.

Bermudian Springs 5, York Country Day 2: At York Country Day, the Eagles received singles victories from Joe Kinsey, Bailey Hoak, Tate Myers and Andrew Eschrich. For the Greyhounds, Kerry Coles won the No. 1 singles match.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.


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