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Central York’s Brad Livingston has seen his long tenure as the Panthers’ football and boys’ head coach come to an end.(Photo: “Bill Kalina”, “The York Dispatch”)

The Central York School District has some healing to do.

The firing of Brad Livingston as the head coach of the high school’s football and boys’ volleyball programs has undoubtedly left some scars in the Panther community.

The Central York School Board members know that better than anyone. That’s likely why they issued a statement announcing Livingston’s dismissal on a Friday afternoon during the holiday season.

In political terms, that’s known as a Friday afternoon “dump.”


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Central York head coach Brad Livingston cracks a smile during an interview at the York-Adams Football Media Day at the York Newspaper Company back in August. Livingston’s future as head coach of the football and boys’ volleyball teams is currently in question. Bill Kalina – “Bill Kalina”, “The York Dispatch”)

Nothing about longtime Central York football and boys’ volleyball coach Brad Livingston’s coaching future has been handled properly, and the mess doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.


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Brad Livingston has earned 211 wins in his 34 years as Central York’s head football coach.(Photo: John A. Pavoncello, York Dispatch)

Brad Livingston’s future as a head coach at Central York is apparently very much in doubt.

What is not in doubt, however, is his past.

The impact that Livingston has had over the last 30-plus years on the lives of players, fellow coaches, parents and administrators was on full display at Monday night’s Central school board meeting.

Dozens of Livingston supporters came out to show their intense devotion to the longtime head football and head boys’ volleyball mentor.


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Approximately 50-60 former and current Central York students, parents, athletes, coaches and administrators attended Monday night’s Central York School District board meeting, patiently waiting for more than three hours to make their feelings heard about the future of longtime football and boys’ volleyball head coach Brad Livingston.

When they finally got the chance, their pleas were passionate.



The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team poses with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in 2013. The PIAA is considering expanding the number

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team poses with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in 2013. The PIAA is considering expanding the number of classes in the football playoffs, which could lead to expanded classes in other sports, too, such as volleyball. (RYAN VANDERSLOOT — For The York Dispatch)

A high school state sports championship should mean something truly special.

It should be the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears.

It should be a symbol of not just sustained excellence, but unrivaled greatness.


Northeastern senior Reese Devilbiss enjoyed a breakout performance for the United States Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team on Sunday.

Devilbiss recorded 12 kills and one ace for 13 points to help the national team beat China 25-21, 25-23, 25-15 to take seventh place overall at the 2015 FIVB Boys’ Under-19 World Championship in Argentina.

The U.S. finished seventh out of 20 teams, which marks the first time the U.S. boys have ever placed in the top half of competition. Seventh place is tied for the highest finish the Americans have ever had at the World Championship, however the previous seventh place was out of just 12 teams in 1995.

Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss had three kills on Wednesday vs. Mexico for Team USA.

Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss had three kills on Wednesday vs. Mexico for Team USA. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

After going a perfect 4-0 in group play for the first time in team history, Team USA continued to roll in the 2015 FIVB Boys’ Under-19 World Championships in Argentina, knocking off Mexico 3-0 in the Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Team USA had its most convincing win of the tournament, thus far, winning in straight games, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22.

Individually, Northeastern High School senior Reese Devilbiss also had his most productive match of the tournament. Devilbiss, who is one of three members on the team still in high school, was used sparingly in the four group-stage matches, but finally had a chance to show his talent against Mexico. He played in each of the last two games, starting the third, and recorded three kills in the match.

Team USA will now face the winner of Russia vs. Bulgaria in its quarterfinal match.

Team USA earned its third win in three matches of group play on Monday with a 3-1 victory over France at the 2015 FIVB U19 Boys’ World Championships in Argentina.

With the 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 win, Team USA stays atop the Group A table with seven points through three matches.

Northeastern High School senior Reese Devilbiss played in the second and third games of the match, but failed to record any points in the match. Team USA’s final group-play match is on Wednesday at 8 p.m. eastern time against the host nation Argentina. Argentina is the only other unbeaten team in Group A.


Northeastern boys’ volleyball player Reese Devilbiss is going to compete in Argentina.

Northeastern boys’ volleyball player Reese Devilbiss is going to compete in Argentina. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

Reese Devilbiss has never been outside the country.

In a little less than a month, he’ll begin his senior year at Northeastern High School, but by that point, he’ll have a new perspective on life. And an appreciation for at least one other culture in the world.

This past Friday, Devilbiss was named to the 2015 Boys’ Youth National Volleyball Team and on Monday, he’ll be on his way to Argentina for the 2015 FIVB Boys’ Under-19 World Championships. To make the final, 12-man roster, he outlasted a starting field of 24 players, two roster cut-downs and competition against some of the best players in the country, many of which are a year older than him.



Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss is one of six Class AA all-state boys’ volleyball players on the Bobcats’ team. The junior is a three-time
Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss is one of six Class AA all-state boys’ volleyball players on the Bobcats’ team. The junior is a three-time all-state selection. The all-state team is selected by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

It’s the middle of July.

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team hasn’t hit a spike in anger in more than a month.

Yet, the accolades keep pouring in for the Bobcats.

That is what you call excellence.

Northeastern has been nothing but excellent over the last three years en route to winning three straight PIAA Class AA state championships.

The latest evidence of the Bobcats’ dominance came when the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced their all-state teams.

The AA all-state squad included six Northeastern players. That’s not a misprint.

When you consider that there can only be six players on a volleyball court at one time, that’s a truly staggering accomplishment. The six Bobcats represented more than 27 percent of the 22-player AA all-state team.

But the state volleyball coaches knew what they were doing. The honors were definitely deserved.

After all, Northeastern didn’t drop a single game all season in a best-of-five match. In the 25-9, 25-22, 25-12 state final beatdown vs. Saegertown, the Bobcats set a championship match record for fewest points allowed (43) since the change to rally scoring began in 2004.

The 2015 all-state Bobcats were outside hitter Reese Devilbiss, outside hitter Brandon Arentz, libero Chris Lee, middle hitter Jeff Reynolds, setter Matt Schaeffer and outside hitter Philip White.

Devilbiss, of course, was no surprise. The 6-foot, 3-inch Ohio State recruit is now a three-time all-state performer and he still has one year of eligibility remaining. Devilbiss was also recently named one of 25 underclassmen to watch nationally by Volleyball Magazine.

The 6-2 Arentz and the 6-3 White are repeat all-state selections. Lee (5-10), Reynolds (6-3) and Schaeffer (6-0) are first-time selections.

But you want to know something truly scary?

Devilbiss, Arentz, Lee, Reynolds and Schaeffer are all heading into their senior seasons. The Bobcats may be even better next spring.

Northeastern head coach Matt Wilson addressed the 2016 Bobcats’ expectations shortly after they won the 2015 state crown.

“I don’t know what to expect yet,” Wilson said. “But here’s what I do expect. I expect that they (the players) will push us (the coaches). It won’t be long, and I’ll want my little break and they won’t allow it to happen. They’ll start texting, ‘hey, when can we get into the gym?’ And that’s the DNA of these guys. They’re thirsty for more, they want more and they’re willing to do more. And that striving to be great and seeking greatness and a legacy of greatness, that’s what they’re about.”

Yes, “greatness” is what the Northeastern program is all about. They now own six overall state titles and No. 7 could very well come next spring.

And next July, the Bobcats will likely again dominate when the 2016 all-state selections are announced.

Central York trio also honored: While Northeastern garnered most of the headlines this past season, the Bobcats were certainly not the only outstanding York-Adams League team to take to the court.

The Central York Panthers had a pretty fair season themselves, finishing second to the Bobcats in both the York-Adams regular season and playoff tournament. The Panthers then won the District 3-AAA title and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Coach Brad Livingston’s crew landed three players on the PVCA all-state AAA team: Jeremiah Dadeboe (6-2, senior, outside hitter), Jason Gardner (6-3, senior, outside hitter/middle hitter) and Landon Shorts (6-3, senior, setter/outside hitter). All three are repeat selections. A total of 32 players earned all-state recognition in AAA.

The Panthers, of course, have a pretty fair volleyball tradition of their own, having earned six state championships, with the most recent one coming in 2014.

Braswell recognized: In a related note, Northeastern graduate Luke Braswell was selected among the top 50 recruits in the nation by Volleyball Magazine in the class of 2015.

He was one of three Pennsylvania players honored.

The 6-foot, 5-inch setter is bound for Penn State. He graduated from Northeastern after the 2014 state championship season, but opted to defer on attending PSU until 2015.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at



• Chris Booth, 6-3, sr., OH, Hempfield

• Jeremiah Dadeboe, 6-2, sr., OH, Central York

• Michael Fisher, 6-3, sr., OH, Cumberland Valley

• Dawson Funk, 6-2, sr., S, Penn Manor

• Jason Gardner, 6-3, sr., OH/MH, Central York

• Sam Greenslade, 6-5, jr., OH, Penn Manor

• Jacob Kerschner, 6-4, sr. S, Central Dauphin

• Ben Naumann, 6-3, sr., OH, Hempfield

• Nick Oleksa, 5-8, jr., LIB, Hempfield

• Landon Shorts, 6-3, sr. S/OH, Central York


• Ben Chinnici, 6-4, so., OH, Pennridge

• Mark Elias, 6-3, sr., S, North Penn

• Josh Hinton, 6-2, sr., OH, Council Rock North

• Jake Milnazik, 6-2, jr., OH, William Tennent

• Bradley Nase, 6-2, sr., S, Pennridge

• Devon Rice, 6-1, sr., OH, Pennridge

• Jason Yakimiv, 6-7, jr., MH, Council Rock North


• Ben DePellegrini, 6-1, sr., OH, Fox Chapel

• Max DePellegrini, 6-1, sr., S, Fox Chapel

• Jake Dixon, 6-6, jr., OH, Bethel Park

• Tyler Herrmann, 6-2, sr., OH, Seneca Valley

• Steve Jones, 5-9, sr., LIB, Seneca Valley

• Taylor Matthews, 6-4, sr., MH, Seneca Valley

• Andrew Tublin, 6-4, sr., OH, Fox Chapel

• Jaysen Zaleski, 6-3, sr., MH, Fox Chapel


• Pat Bryan, 6-5, sr., OH, Emmaus

• Jake Heyer, 6-6, jr., MH, Parkland

• Andrew Hillman, 6-2, sr., S/OPP, Parkland

• Sean Lewis, 6-2, sr., OH, Parkland

• Jared Silverstein, 5-8, jr., LIB, Parkland

• Kyle Stout, 6-6, jr., OH, Parkland

• Gabe Woffindin, 6-4, sr., OH, William Allen



• Brandon Arentz, 6-2, jr., OH, Northeastern

• Reese Devilbiss, 6-3, jr., OH, Northeastern

• Chris Lee, 5-10, jr., LIB, Northeastern

• Frank Melvin, 6-6, sr., OH, Schuylkill Valley

• Jeff Reynolds, 6-3, jr., MH, Northeastern

• Jarred Sands, 6-4, sr., MH, Lancaster Mennonite

• Matt Schaeffer, 6-0, jr., S, Northeastern

• Mitch Stauffer, 6-4, sr., MH, Cocalico

• Philip White, 6-3, sr., OH, Northeastern


• John Carr, 6-8, jr., MH, Holy Redeemer

• Mike Conlon, 6-0, sr., S/OH, Holy Redeemer

• Mike Gatusky, 6-2, sr., OH, Holy Redeemer


• Anthony Baronio, 6-1, jr., OH, Ambridge

• Capen Brendle, 5-11, jr., S/OH, Ambridge

• Ray Cascio, 6-5, sr., MH, Obama Academy

• Connor Claussen, 6-4, jr., S, Obama Academy

• Nico Latta, 6-0, sr., OH, Derry

• Ian Malis, 6-2, sr., MH, Derry


• Alex Barclay, 6-4, sr., OH, Saegertown

• Brendon Barclay, 6-5, sr., OH, Saegertown

• Peter Mattocks, 6-2, jr., MH, Saegertown

• Walker Stone, 6-3, jr., S, Fort LeBoeuf


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