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Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, right, won the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run on Tuesday.

Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, right, won the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run on Tuesday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart leads a crowd of runners past spectators on the way to his win in the York-Adams League Boys’ Cross Country

New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart leads a crowd of runners past spectators on the way to his win in the York-Adams League Boys’ Cross Country Championship Run. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

EMIGSVILLE — Kayla White got off to a “crappy” start in Tuesday’s York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run at John Rudy Park.

The Kennard-Dale senior found herself caught in traffic and had to get out and do some passing.

The less-than-ideal beginning didn’t discourage White.

“I went to a cross country camp, and they had this saying, ‘being mentally strong makes you physically strong,'” White said. “I just kept thinking positive the whole way.”

The positive attitude, combined with determined running, enabled White to make school history by becoming the first female K-D runner to win the York-Adams Run. White finished in 19 minutes, 25.22 seconds for the 3.1-mile course.

White wasn’t the only runner who recorded an historic finish. Aaron Gebhart, of New Oxford, who won the boys’ race in a time of 16:11.63, is the first male runner from his school to capture the York-Adams Run. Both White and Gebhart finished second last year.

White led a mini-pack of blue-clad K-D runners across the finish line. Her teammates, Caitlin Salomon and Maddie Ferner, were second and third, respectively, in 19:34.27 and 19:36.60. Kate Mowrey of Delone Catholic and Maddie McLain of Eastern York rounded out the top five.

The defending champion, Olivia Gettle of York Suburban, didn’t run because of tendinitis. Suburban girls’ coach Dan Vanhouwe made the decision to keep Gettle out of the race, saying he didn’t want her to get hurt and that next week’s District 3-AA race is more important.

“That was pretty awesome,” White said when asked what it was like to have two teammates cross the line right behind her. “Our Maddie (Ferner) was right with me when I said to myself, ‘come on, this is my senior year, and my last chance at all this stuff.'”

White played soccer until taking up cross country in her freshman year.

“My dad ran cross country, and my mom said she ran on her own,” White said. “I know that cross country is not that big a deal to the general population, but you surround yourself with people who care about you. You get a medal, and on a bad day, you look up on your wall (and see the medal) and think, ‘that’s me.'”

Boys’ race: Gebhart earned his first-place medal, a year after placing second to two-time champion Patrick Reilly of Dallastown.

“He’s a really great runner, and I’m still friends with him,” Gebhart said. “Filling his spot is pretty cool. Winning was my goal today, and we’re going after the district (Class AAA) title next week.”

Gebhart finished 25 seconds ahead of Suburban’s Brady Wilt. Wilt transferred to Suburban this year from Biglerville.

“I was pretty pleased with my race,” Wilt said. “I got off to a good start, 4:56 or 4:57 for the first mile. Aaron had a really good race. I’ve known Aaron since he was little, and I’m always going to be happy for him. He’s like a little brother to me.”

Another Suburban runner, Donovan Mears, was third, followed by Dan Filler of Gettysburg and Ben Schott of South Western.

Suburban, the defending District 3-AA champion, placed six runners among the top 12 in Wednesday’s race.

“It’s a huge blessing to have a team aspect like we do,” Wilt said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better my senior year. We’re setting the bar very high, and we’re very excited about the upcoming two weeks (districts and states).”

K-D, Dallastown and Central each had three runners among the top 20 in the girls’ race. Medals were awarded to the first 20 finishers in each race.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson leads the pack to the finish on Tuesday. Jacobson won the race and helped Dallastown take the York-Adams Division I

Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson leads the pack to the finish on Tuesday. Jacobson won the race and helped Dallastown take the York-Adams Division I boys’ championship. October 7, 2014. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —
Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg gasps for air as she sprints to the finish line in Tuesday’s cross country meet at Spring Grove. She won the

Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg gasps for air as she sprints to the finish line in Tuesday’s cross country meet at Spring Grove. She won the race and helped the Lions win the York-Adams Division I girls’ crown. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

SPRING GROVE — Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg and Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson conquered the hills of the Spring Grove cross country course on Tuesday.

The individual victories were immensely gratifying to the two runners, especially since they occurred on an unforgettable day when their teams won championships.

By the thinnest of margins, the Lady Lions captured the York-Adams Division I crown by nipping Central York, 27-28. Red Lion also defeated Dallastown (25-30) and Spring Grove (15-50).

The Wildcats, meanwhile, grabbed the Division I boys’ title with victories over Spring Grove (26-29), Central (24-31) and Red Lion (22-33).

Schluderberg covered the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 44 seconds to win the girls’ race by 13 seconds.

“Crossing the line was a relief because I knew that I did it,” the junior said. “But I had to turn right back around,and make sure my team was there and cheer for them. This is a very hilly course, and it took a lot more energy and a lot more guts. We had to run as a team and put everything out there.”

Red Lion secured the Division I crown for the first time since 2011.

“I knew they won it the year before I started on the team,” Schluderberg said. “On the way here, we (Schluderberg and her teammates) said, ‘we have to do this.'”

Julia Kendrick (fifth), Haily Welchans (eighth), Bryn Trout (ninth) and Sarah Heit (14th) were the other Red Lion scorers.

Central’s Bridgit Palm finished second, followed by two Dallastown runners, Isabella Wise and Sarah Goetz. Central’s Paige Hartman and Haley Pfefferkorn were sixth and seventh, respectively. Dallastown’s Elizabeth DiBiase completed the top-10 finishers. Dallastown’s Alexis DeSanti was 11th, and a pair of Central runners, Jackie Ball and Brooke Buzynski, were 12th and 13th.

Boys’ race: Jacobson, meanwhile, turned in a personal-record performance of 16:56 to win the boys’ race by 13 seconds.

Asked if he felt going into the meet that the Wildcats would come out on top, he responded: “Yes, but I did not think I could win the race.”

Jacobson bested the field while running in new shoes.

“This is the first time I wore spikes,” he said. “I was feeling good most of the race.”

The Dallastown sophomore dueled with Red Lion’s Ethan Gatchell for part of the race.

“I passed him, then he passed me, and I passed him, and I stayed in front the rest of the way,” Jacobson said.

Gatchell took second, followed by Central’s Mike Lundy and a pair of Spring Grove runners, Dante Pagan and Hunter Miller. Dallastown’s Jonathan Buytenhuys and Justin Sweitzer were sixth and seventh, respectively, and Alex Miller (Red Lion), Jordan Maldonado (Spring Grove) and Nick Swanson (Central) completed the first 10 finishers. Dallastown’s Taylor Lentz, Spring Grove’s Justin Culp, Central’s Justin Hartman, Central’s Timmy Buzynski, Central’s Alex Evanitus, Red Lion’s Micah Bodisch and Dallastown’s Bryce Gable placed 11th through 17th. Gable was the fifth Dallastown scorer.

The Wildcats won their fourth Division I crown in the past six seasons. This year’s team did it without York-Adams and District 3 champion Patrick Reilly, who is now running at Lehigh.

“It’s been a team effort,” said Dallastown head coach Mark Noll, who’s in his 25th season. “The kids work really well together and they’re interchangeable. Patrick upped his game today. A PR on this course. This is a challenging course.”


Suburban wins another Division II championship: At York Suburban, Adam Barley won the race in 17:22 to help the host Trojans sweep Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and West York. The Trojans won the York-Adams Division II title with a 6-0 record. The Suburban boys have won nine division titles in the last 14 seasons.

New Oxford’s Gebhart sets record: At Dover, New Oxford’s Jordan Gebhart finished in 16:05 to set a course record. He was followed across the finish line by South Western’s Ben Schott and the Northeastern trio of Ben Linne, Jacob McKenzie and Brody McElwain. South Western finished first as a team, followed by Northeastern, New Oxford and Dover. South Western edged Northeastern by just one point (28-29).

Greene leads Squires to victory and division crown: At Spry, Will Greene’s first-place finish in 19:15 helped lead the Squires to victories over York Catholic, Fairfield, Biglerville and York Tech. Teammate John Mall took second. Delone captured the York-Adams Division III crown. Tech came in second. Luis Perez led the Spartans with a third-place finish. Fairfield came in third. For the Irish, Evan Schlosser took third.

Warriors run away with it: Gettysburg won at Littlestown Community Park against Littlestown, Bermudian Springs and Eastern York. Gettysburg’s Daniel Filler crossed the line first in 17:30, followed by Eastern’s Tyler White. Bermudian runner Chad Long, Gettysburg’s Ryan Haskins and Eastern’s Mason Bair rounded out the top five.


Gettle sets record, Suburban streak continues: At York Suburban, the Trojans’ Olivia Gettle set a new course record with a 19:45 to help the host team sweep Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and West York. That gave Suburban the York-Adams Division II title with a 6-0 record. It was the Trojans 14th straight York-Adams division championship.

Dover sweeps top three spots en route to win: At Dover, the home team had its top three runners finish first, second and third, and each runner was within one second of each other. Alysha Sweitzer was first in 21:32, while Sarah Kistner and Alyssa Lawton were next in 21:33. South Western’s Lauren Hall and Lynne Mooradian took fourth and fifth, respectively. Dover was followed by South Western, New Oxford and Northeastern in the team standings.

Mowrey leads Squirettes to win and division title: At Spry, Kate Mowrey’s first-place in 21:00 led the Squirettes to victories over York Catholic, Biglerville, York Tech and Fairfield. Also for Delone, Leanne Sneeringer took second and Alyssa Alberghini took third. Delone also captured the York-Adams Division III crown. York Catholic came in second. Amanda Falvey led the Irish with a fourth-place finish.

Knights are golden: Eastern York won at Littlestown Community Park against Littlestown, Gettysburg and Bermudian Springs. Golden Knights’ runner Maddie McLain led the way with a first-place finish of 20:34, which set a new course record. She was followed by Gettysburg’s Casey Little. The top-five was rounded out by Littlestown’s Kaetlin Wienholt, Gettysburg’s Nicole Halbrendt and Eastern’s Haley Nalls.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Welcome to Super Tuesday in the York-Adams League.

In a perfect scheduling storm, there are late-season showdowns all across the league in various sports that will likely decide division championships and also have a significant impact on league and District 3 playoff seedings.

In most cases, the programs involved are traditional powers with rich histories in the sport.

Here’s a quick look at Tuesday’s many key contests:


It starts in soccer, where there are no less than four pivotal battles that will pit unbeaten division teams against one-loss squads. In each case, the unbeaten team can wrap up the outright division crown with a victory.

Division I boys: In D-I boys’ action, Dallastown travels to Central York for 7 p.m. battle.

Central enters the match at 10-0-0 in the division and 14-1-1 overall. Dallastown comes in at 9-1-0 in the division and 14-2-0 overall. In their previous meeting this season on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 4-2 victory, thanks largely to a standout performance from Igor Gomes, who scored the game’s first two goals. Gomes recently moved to York County from Angola.

These two teams are certainly no strangers to soccer success. Since 2006, Dallastown owns six D-I titles and Central York has two, including the 2013 crown.

Division I girls: Dallastown and Central also square off in a D-I girls’ tussle at 7 p.m. at Dallastown.

The division records are the same as in the boys’ battle — Central is 10-0-0 and Dallastown is 9-1-0. The Panthers are 15-1-0 overall, while Dallastown is 12-3-0.

When the teams last met on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 2-1 triumph, with Sheayna Pamplin collecting a goal and an assist for the winners.

These two teams tied for the division crown a year ago, but Dallastown has dominated over recent years, winning five straight outright D-I crowns before 2013.

Division II girls: Susquehannock and Dover have ruled D-II girls’ soccer this season.

Susquehannock is 11-0-0 in D-II play and Dover is 9-1-0. Both teams are 12-2-0 overall. They will square off at 4 p.m. at Dover.

The Warriors beat Dover earlier this season, 3-0, ending the Eagles’ 32-match D-II winning streak. Susquehannock’s Ashley Stone came up big in goal in that game, making nine clutch saves.

The Eagles are the defending D-II champions.

Division III girls: York Catholic will try to claim the outright D-III title with a home victory over visiting Fairfield at 4 p.m.

York Catholic rolled in the previous matchup at Fairfield, 3-0, behind two goals from Lizzie Johnson.

Overall, the Lady Irish are 11-2-1, while the Green Knights stand at 13-1-0.

York Catholic is the defending division champion, while Fairfield took the championship in 2012.


The regular-season cross country schedule wraps up with big runs at Spring Grove, York Suburban and York Tech (York Township Community Park). Each run is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

Division I boys: The D-I boys’ cross country championship will be determined when Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York collide at Spring Grove.

Red Lion, Dallastown and Central are each 3-0 in D-I contests. The runners to watch here will likely be Mike Lundy (Central), Ethan Gatchell (Red Lion) and Jonathan Buytenhuys (Dallastown).

Over the past five years, Dallastown owns three D-I crowns, while Red Lion has two.

Division I girls: The meet at Spring Grove will also decide the D-I girls’ championship.

Red Lion and Central are each 3-0.

Paige Hartman will likely lead the way for Central, while Tristan Schluderberg normally paces the Lions.

The Central girls have won four D-I titles since 2008, while Red Lion last won the D-I crown in 2011.

Division II girls: At Suburban, the Trojans will try to continue their rich tradition of cross country success in a meet involving Susquehannock, West York and Kennard-Dale.

The Trojans, Susquehannock and K-D each enter at 3-0 in the division.

Olivia Gettle leads the Suburban pack, while Kayla White is the leader for K-D. Susquehannock’s top runner is Rachel Banchiere.

Suburban has won 13 straight York-Adams division crowns.

Division III girls: The two parochial schools in the York-Adams League will likely decide the D-III girls’ title in a meet at York Tech, that also involves Biglerville and Fairfield.

Both Catholic schools enter at 2-0 in the division.

Katie Mowery is Delone’s top runner, while Lindsey China is a standout for the Irish.

Delone is going for a third-straight D-III crown, while the Irish won the four prior to that, from 2008 through 2011.


The girls’ volleyball season isn’t quite as far along as the soccer or cross country seasons, but there is one big battle on Tuesday.

Division II girls: West York can inch closer to the D-II crown with a win over visiting York Suburban at 7 p.m.

West York stands at 9-1 in the division, while Suburban is 7-3 and tied for second with Susquehannock.

The Bulldogs took the first meeting, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). Another West York victory would keep the Bulldogs at least two games ahead of their nearest foe with just three regular-season matches left.

West York is after its first York-Adams division crown since 1986.

— Reach Steve Heiser at


York Suburban’s Brady Wilt, left, leads a pack of Trojan runners earlier this season. The power of the pack has Suburban aiming high this season.

York Suburban’s Brady Wilt, left, leads a pack of Trojan runners earlier this season. The power of the pack has Suburban aiming high this season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

York Suburban boys’ cross country coach Ron Herman sat in the bleachers following the completion of the Carlisle Invitational last Saturday waiting for the final results.

Herman knew that his team did well, he just didn’t know how well.

“I thought we might be five,” Herman said.

Fifth place would be very good considering the field included 26 teams from throughout Pennsylvania, plus a powerhouse team from Long Island.

St. Anthony’s, the New York team, won the boys’ challenge division with an outstanding score of 54 for its five runners.

Second place? York Suburban with a score of 193.

All five Trojans completed the 3.1-mile course in less than 17 minutes, and the spread between the No. 1 runner and the No. 5 runner was just 51 seconds.

“What a wonderful experience that day,” Herman said late Wednesday afternoon before he, the other coaches and the runners left the school’s parking lot on a daily training run. “This team has the makings of something special. The coaching staff is trying to maximize the talent we have.”

The Saturday before its attention-grabbing performance at Carlisle, the Trojans won the PIAA Foundation Meet at Hershey’s Parkview Course with a score of 100. Parkview is the site of the District 3 and PIAA state meets.

“We raced in the Foundation Race to prepare for districts,” Herman said. “Certainly, we want to be in states, but you have to get there, and the district competition is where you qualify for states.”

Brady Wilt, who transferred from Biglerville to York Suburban this year, led the way for the Trojans in both meets. Wilt captured the last two District 3-A titles while running for the Canners.

“We’re privileged to have him on our team,” Herman said. “He’s a good leader, and he fits into our work ethic.”

Wilt is the leader of the York Suburban pack.

Mears emerging: Donovan Mears, Bryce Ohl, Peter Wagner and Zach Lofties were the other York Suburban scorers in the Foundation meet. Mears, Wagner, Adam Barley and Ohl were the scorers, along with Wilt, in the Carlisle Invitational. Mears, a junior, joined the cross country program just last year.

“I heard they had a good program, and I wanted to stay in shape (for basketball),” he said “I took up cross country, and I loved it.”

Mears said the team’s showings at Hershey and Carlisle gave him a good feeling.

“We don’t want to get too high on those, though,” Mears said. “We have to be ready for the meets coming up.”

Asked what goals he and his teammates have for the season, Mears didn’t recite a list. Instead, he said simply: “We just want to go as fast as we can.”

Herman said Mears has dropped a minute or more from his best time last year.

“Brady sets the standard, and Donovan has the talent to follow the standard,” Herman said.

The unbeaten Trojans certainly have the talent to win titles this season, beginning with their third straight York-Adams Division II crown. The championship would be York Suburban’s ninth in the last 14 seasons.

Girls: Nine titles in 14 seasons is pretty impressive, but the York Suburban girls are on an even more impressive run. They’re bidding for their 14th consecutive York-Adams division crown. The seniors on this year’s team were just starting school when the Trojans began their run.

Both the York Suburban boys and girls captured District 3-AA titles last year.

Olivia Gettle, who won the York-Adams All-League Run last season, is again York Suburban’s top runner.

Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Lena Strong and Cecillia Lantz completed the York Suburban top five at the PIAA Foundation Meet, and Gettle, Leik, Strong, Danielle Cardone and Sarah Cardone were the scoring quintet at the Carlisle Invitational. The Trojans placed third at Hershey and fourth at Carlisle.

“The kids work hard year after year,” York Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “I tell the kids that our practices are harder than the meets. We average between six and eight miles a day.”

VanHouwe said he wasn’t sure he wanted to take the team to Hershey.

“But, we have some freshmen, and I wanted to give them a chance to run there,” VanHouwe said. “Plus, Olivia, as a freshman and a sophomore, did not run well at Hershey, and I wanted to give her an opportunity to run well, and she did.”

Both the boys and girls are hoping to run well right through the first Saturday in November (the day of the state meet).

Five years ago, on the first Saturday in November, the York Suburban boys brought home the program’s first state championship trophy from Hershey.

“This year’s team is just like the 2009 team, in that it’s mission oriented,” Herman said. “Their mission is to get to the state meet and do the best they can.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

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Panthers take first place: At Hanover, Central York picked up victories over South Western and York Tech. Mike Lundy led the Panthers with a second-place finish. Also for Central, Nick Swanson came in third, Justin Hartman took fourth and Alec Evanitus rounded out the top five. The Mustangs came in second. Ben Schott led the Mustangs with a first-place finish, setting a course record in 16:24.

Trojans score another sweep: At Spring Grove, New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won in 16:35, but York Suburban runners captured five of the next eight places to earn four victories. The Trojans kept their record perfect by defeating Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Brady Wilt led the Suburban pack with a second-place finish, 14 seconds behind Gebhart. Donovan Mears took fourth for Suburban. Daniel Filler of Gettysburg took third and Hunter Miller of Spring Grove was fifth. Spring Grove took second by winning three of the four meets.

Green leads Squires to first-place finish: At York College, Will Green’s first-place finish in 18:07 led Delone to victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate John Mall took fourth. West York came in second. Connor Schroll led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish.

Wildcats grab four wins: At Fairfield, Dallastown placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to earn victories over Fairfield, Littlestown, Northeastern and Kennard-Dale. Ben Linne of Northeastern put up the best time (17:30). Three Dallastown runners, Jonathan Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer finished 2-3-4. Northeastern’s Brody McElwain was fifth. Northeastern went 3-1 on the day.

Gatchell leads Lions to first-place finish: At York Catholic, Ethan Gatchell’s first-place finish in 17:33 helped lead Red Lion to victories over York Catholic, Eastern, Dover and Susquehannock. Teammate Alex Miller took third. Eastern came in second by defeating York Catholic, Susquehannock and Dover. Tyler White led the Golden Knights with a second-place finish, while teammate Mason Bair took fourth. Susquehannock came in third and Dover came in fourth. Gabe Lloyd led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish.


Hartman takes first-place finish: At Hanover, Paige Hartman’s first-place finish in 20:43 led Central York over South Western and York Tech. Also for Central, Bridget Palm came in second, Brooke Buzynski came in third, Evin Wilson took fourth and Hailey Pfeffercron came in fifth. South Western came in second as team.

York Suburban runners lead the way: At Spring Grove, York Suburban swept the first five places to earn 15-50 victories over Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Olivia Gettle led the Trojans in 20:39. Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Lena Strong and Cecillia Lantz completed the Suburban quintet.

Mowery sparks Squirettes: Kate Mowery’s first-place finish in 20:38 helped Delone to a victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate Leah Sneeringer took second. The Bulldogs came in second. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish, while teammate Corinne Maloney took fifth.

Rams’ trio goes 1-2-3: At Fairfield, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Maddie Ferner and Caitlin Salomon captured the top three places as the Rams posted victories over Dallastown, Fairfield, Northeastern and Littlestown. K-D edged Dallastown, 27-30, in the closest meet of the day. Elizabeth DiBiase was fourth for Dallastown, while Isabella Wise was fifth.

Lions sweep meet: At York Catholic, Red Lion picked up victories against York Catholic, Eastern, Susquehannock and Dover. Individually for the Lions, Tristan Schluderberg took second, Julia Kendrick came in third, Hailey Welchans took fourth and Kate Gatchell came in fifth. Dover came in second and York Catholic came in third. Susquehannock came in fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain finished first in 20:28.


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Lions capture first place: At Manchester, Red Lion defeated Gettysburg, West York, Northeastern and York Tech to take first place in the team competition. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions individually by taking second overall. Teammate Alex Miller came in third. Northeastern came in second. Ben Linne led the Bobcats with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Brody McElwain took fifth. The Warriors came in third. Daniel Filler led Gettysburg with a first-place finish in 16:44. West York came in fourth place with a victory over Tech.

Lundy leads Central sweep;: At John Rudy Park, Central’s Mike Lundy crossed the finish line first to help lead the Panthers to victories over Dover, Biglerville, Kennard-Dale and Bermudian Springs. Lundy covered the 3.1-mile course in 17:31. Dover’s Gabriel Lloyd was second, followed by Central’s Nick Swanson, K-D’s Donald Bernhard and Bermudian’s Chad Long. K-D placed second by winning three of four meets.

Rockets display pack power: At Susquehannock, Spring Grove runners captured five of the first seven places to earn victories over Susquehannock, Littlestown, South Western and Delone Catholic. South Western’s Ben Schott won the race in 16:59. The Spring Grove trio of Hunter Miller, Jordan Maldonado and Dante Pagan took second, third and fourth, respectively. Will Greene of Delone captured fifth. South Western earned three team victories and Susquehannock went 2-2 on the day.

Wilt and Mears lead Trojans to first place finish: At Dallastown, Brady Wilt and Donovan Mears led the way for York Suburban, finishing with identical times of 16:56. The Trojans grabbed victories over York Catholic and Dallastown. Also for Suburban, Peter Wagner took third, Adam Barley came in fourth and Bryce Ohl took fifth. Dallastown came in second by defeating York Catholic.

Gebhart highlights Colonials’ victories: At New Oxford, Aaron Gebhart put up a winning time of 16:26 to lead the Colonials past Eastern and Fairfield. Eastern’s Tyler White finished second with three New Oxford runners, Noah Baxter, Jarad Shrader and Devin Forbes rounding out the top five.


Schluderberg leads Lions to the first-place finish: At Manchester, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 20:08 led Red Lion to victories over Gettysburg, West York, York Tech and Northeastern. Also for the Lions, Brynn Trout took second, Kate Gatchell came in third and Hailey Williams took fourth. West York came in second. Gettysburg came in third. Casey Little led the Warriors with a fifth-place finish.

Rams’ runners finish one-two-three: At John Rudy Park, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Caitlin Salomon and Madison Ferner captured the first three places as the Rams recorded victories over Central, Dover, Biglerville and Bermudian Springs. White put up a winning time of 19:53. Salomon was two seconds behind her teammate, and Ferner came home in 20:08. K-D nipped Central, 29-30, with the Panthers’ Paige Hartman and Haley Pfefferkorn placing fourth and fifth, respectively. Central placed second in the team competition at 3-1.

Squirettes’ Mowrey shows the way: At Susquehannock, Kate Mowrey delivered a first-place finish as Delone Catholic secured victories over South Western, Susquehannock, Littlestown and Spring Grove. Mowrey completed the course in 20:03, 40 seconds ahead of teammate Leanne Sneeringer. Susquehannock’s Rachel Banchiere placed third. South Western’s Lauren Hall and Lynne Mooradian completed the top five. South Western won three of four meets, and Susquehannock went 2-2.

Gettle leads Trojans to victory: At Dallastown, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle captured first-place in 19:53 to lead the Trojans to victories over Dallastown and York Catholic. Also for Suburban, Emma Leik took second, Danielle Cardone came in third and Cecilia Lantz took fifth. Dallastown came in second. Bella Wise led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish.

Eastern’s McLain wins again: At New Oxford, Eastern’s freshman star, Maddie McLain, recorded another first-place finish with a winning time of 19:38. McLain’s teammate, Madison Nalls, came in second, with a trio of New Oxford runners, Raleigh Bateman, Emily Lawrence and Hannah Zehall completing the top five. The Colonials bested the Golden Knights, 26-32. Both New Oxford and Eastern earned 15-50 victories over Fairfield.

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Wilt breaks course record to lead Trojans: At Hanover, Brady Wilt broke the course record in 16:25 to lead York Suburban over Bermudian, Fairfield, host South Western and Red Lion. Also for Suburban, Donovan Mears took fourth, while Adam Barley came in fifth. Red Lion came in second. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions with a third-place finish. South Western came in third. Ben Schott paced the Mustangs with a second-place finish in 16:28, which also broke the old course record.

Panthers win by hair: At New Oxford, Central York took first in the team competition by defeating York Catholic, West York, Littlestown New Oxford. The win over the Colonials came by a 27-28 margin. Michael Lundy led the Panthers individually with a second-place finish. Teammate Nick Swanson took fourth. New Oxford came in second. Aaron Gebhart led the Colonials with a first-place finish in 16:25. West York came in third.

Rockets triumph: At Eastern York, Spring Grove placed three runners in the top five to finish first as a team. Hunter Miller took second for the Rockets, followed by Jordan Maldonado in third and Justin Culp in fifth. Eastern York’s Tyler White won the race, Kennard-Dale’s Merl Bernhard was fourth. Eastern was second as a team, followed by Kennard-Dale and York Tech.

Linne leads Bobcats: At Manchester, Ben Linne’s first-place finish in 17:44 led the Northeastern over Susquehannock and Biglerville. Also for Northeastern, Brody McElwain took second, Jacob McKenzie took third and Tim Streb came in fifth. Susquehannock came in second. Nathan Shelley led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish.

Wildcats capture three: At Gettysburg, Dallastown took first by defeating Dover, Gettysburg and Delone Catholic. Jonathan Buytenhuys led the Wildcats by taking second. Also for the Wildcats, Patrick Jacobson took third, while Justin Sweitzer captured fourth. Gettysburg came in second. Daniel Filler led the Warriors with a first-place finish in 16:47. Dover came in third.


Gettle powers Trojans to sweep: At Hanover, Olivia Gettle’s first-place finish led the Trojans to victories over South Western, Red Lion, Bermudian and Fairfield. Also for Suburban, Emma Like took third, while Danielle Cardone took fourth. Red Lion came in second. Trista Schuderberg led the Lions with a second-place finish, while teammate Katie Gatchell took fifth. South Western came in third and Bermudian was fourth.

Hartman sparks Panthers: At New Oxford, Paige Hartman led Central York over York Catholic, West York, Littlestown and New Oxford by taking first in 21:07. Teammate Haley Pfefferkorn took second. The Irish took second. Katelyn MacDougall led the Irish with a third-place finish, while Lindsey China took fourth and Amanda Falvey was fifth. New Oxford took third and West York was fourth.

White leads Kennard-Dale: At Eastern York, Kayla White finished first individually to lead Kennard-Dale to the team triumph. Maddie Ferrer took third for K-D, while Caitlin Salomon was fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain was second and her teammate, Maddison Nalls, was fifth. Eastern took second as a team, followed by Spring Grove and York Tech.

Warriors take first-place finish: At Manchester, Susquehannock captured third through ninth places to defeat Northeastern and Susquehannock. Rachel Banchiere took third, Courtney Rodgers came in fourth and Jackie Ditt took fifth. The Bobcats and Canners did not have enough runners and forfeited against each other. Individually for the Bobcats, Kyleigh Smeltzer took first.

Eagles soar to victory: At Gettysburg, Dover swept the meet by defeating Gettysburg, Delone and Dallastown. The win over the Wildcats was a nail-biter (29-30). Alysha Sweitzer led the Eagles with a third-place finish. Also for Dover, Alyssa Lawton took fourth, while Sarah Kistner came in fifth. Dallastown came in second as a team, while Delone came in third. Delone’s Kate Mowrey finished first in 20:12.

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Dallastown captures four victories: The Wildcats placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to best New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and host Bermudian Springs. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won the race in 15:51. Three Dallastown runners, Jon Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer, followed Gebhart across the finish line.

Trojans run away with it: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone Catholic. The Trojans had runners take the top two spots and six of the top nine. Brady Wilt had the winning time of 16:57, followed by teammate Donovan Merrs (17:08). The top five was rounded out by Eastern’s Tyler White (17:14), Northeastern’s Ben Linne (17:19) and Suburban’s Peter Wagner (17:23).

Gatchell leads Lions to victory: At Red Lion, Ethan Gatchell finished first in 18:12 to help lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Alex Miller came in second, Micah Bodisch took third, Joel Gatchell came in fourth and Brian Haynie took fifth.

Miller claims first for Rockets: Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller was the first to cross the finish line in 18:02 to lead the Rockets to victory over Dover, Fairfield and West York on the York College course. Spring Grove placed five racers in the top 10. Rockets’ runners Jordan Maldonado (18:36) and Danty Pagan (18:40) took second and third, followed by West York’s Connor Schroll (18:42) and Spring Grove’s Tristan Smyser (19:30).

Schott takes first place to lead Mustangs: At Fawn Grove, Ben Schott led the Mustangs to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and Kennard-Dale, taking first in 17:17. Gettysburg came in second by defeating York Catholic and Kennard-Dale, while the Rams came in third by defeating York Catholic. Merle Bernhard led the Rams with a third-place finish, while teammate Theo Kioussis took fourth.


Dallastown displays pack power: The Wildcats’ Liz DiBiasi, Bella Wise, Alexis DeSanti and Sarah Groetz captured the first four places to power Dallastown past New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and the home team, Bermudian Springs. DiBiasi recorded a winning time of 21:18. New Oxford runners Emily Lawrence, Raleigh Bateman and Hannah Zutell took the next three places.

Trojans nab top spot: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone. But it was Eastern’s Maddie McLain who took the top spot in 19:27, followed by Delone Catholic’s Kate Mowrey (19:36), Suburban’s Olivia Gettle (19:51), Delone’s Leanne Sneeringer (20:17) and Central’s Paige Hartman (20:39). Suburban placed six runners in the top 13.

Lions’ Schluderberg takes first overall: At Red Lion, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 22:00 helped lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Kate Gatchell came in second, Ann Mitzel took fourth and Julia Kendrich took fifth.

Eagles soar at York College: Dover defeated Fairfield, Spring Grove and West York at Tuesday’s meet on the York College course. They did so by placing three runners in the top five and five runners in the top eight. Leading the way for the Eagles was Alysha Sweitzer, who took first in 22:04. The top five was rounded out by West York’s Bethany Weaver (22:18), Dover’s Sarah Kistner (22:44), West York’s Corinne Maloney (23:38) and Dover’s Marissa Coley (24:41).

White leads Rams to home victory: At Fawn Grove, Kayla White’s first-place finish in 20:34 led the home team to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and South Western. Also for K-D, Caitlyn Salomon took second and Maddie Ferner came in third. The Irish came in second by defeating Gettysburg and South Western. Lindsey China led the Irish with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Katie MacDougall rounded out the top five.


York Suburban’s Brady Wilt finished first during Thursday’s cross country meet at York Township Park. John A. Pavoncello -

York Suburban’s Brady Wilt finished first during Thursday’s cross country meet at York Township Park. John A. Pavoncello –

SPRY — It’s not always the case in sports that adding a dominant performer to a team will automatically make the team better.

So when York Suburban boys’ cross country coach Ron Herman found out that District 3-A champ Brady Wilt from Biglerville would be joining the team this season, his first thought wasn’t what you might expect.

“I thought that (adding Brady) was going to be something that (the coaching staff) would have to work on pretty hard,” Herman said. “But no way.”

Wilt immediately blended into a program that has become a trailblazer among in the York-Adams League, if not the district or state. There was no internal bickering about anyone losing his spot or jealousy in regards to the newcomer.

That was clearly evident Thursday afternoon at York Township Park, where the Trojans competed in a quad-meet against Dover, Littlestown and York Tech in their York-Adams League opener. Wilt crossed the finish line first with a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds to lead Suburban to three sweeping 15-50 victories.

After Wilt crossed the line, he was quickly followed by teammates Donovan Mears (second), Adam Barley (third), Peter Wagner (fourth), Bryce Ohl (fifth) and Zach Lofties (sixth). Wilt cheered on his peers as they dominated from nearly start to finish over the 5K course.

“It was definitely an emotional race to start out with,” said Wilt, who, like his teammates, wore an orange Suburban headband during the race. “Loads of excitement and loads of joy. I have a great group of guys that I’m running with.”

As has been customary over the last handful of years, the Suburban boys dominated the 52-runner field. The Trojans took the first six spots in the meet, with all six within 50 seconds of one another. They also placed nine in the top 10 and 16 in the top 20.

Even without Wilt, the Trojans would already be considered front runners for postseason accolades. Add in Wilt, who finished fourth in the York-Adams League meet a season ago, to the mix and Herman just feels blessed.

“I noticed right away that he’s the kind of kid that you dream to coach,” Herman said. “He’s very coachable. He understands what it takes to not just be good, but be great. And he understands goals and team goals, which are very prominent on our team.”

While Herman could take much of the credit for bringing his team together, he instead opted to dish a heavy dose of that onto Wilt’s teammates for making the addition extremely smooth.

“I have to give our other kids credit,” he said. “They really welcomed him as best as they could and in a situation that’s a little bit unusual, with him being a senior and coming in as our top runner now. So there’s a team dynamic that you kind of have to work with a bit. So I have to give the team and Brady credit … it just fell together perfectly. We (coaches) didn’t have to do too much to blend things together.”

Littlestown’s Michael Bittinger broke up the Suburban pack by finishing seventh with a time of 19:29. Peter Behr led Dover to victories over York Tech and Littlestown with an 11th-place finish (20:30), while Luis Perez was Tech’s top finisher in 17th place (22:06).

Gettle defeats allergies and the field in girls’ victory: While Wilt led a dominating performance for the Suburban boys’ team, Olivia Gettle did the same for the girls’ side. Despite discovering that she’s allergic to a number of things, Gettle was able to win the girls’ race by nearly two minutes (21:22) over teammate Emma Leik (23:06).

Suburban runners finished 1-2-3 and held off a tenacious Dover squad to claim a 21-38 triumph in the closest battle of the day.

“Olivia just looks great,” Suburban girls’ coach Dan Vanhouwe said. “She’s running well and she’s learning how to run better.”

Part of the learning curve for the defending York-Adams League champion is discovering how to cope with her newest nemesis — allergies.

“We just found out that she has allergies,” Vanhouwe said. “And she’s allergic to a lot of things. So we’re going through that process and how to learn to run through allergy seasons.”

While the Trojan girls’ team didn’t dominate the field exactly like the boys’ team, Vanhouwe was pleased with its performance on a hot, humid day.

“The Dover girls really came out today,” he said. “But we came here with the expectation of doing well and I think we did that.”

Alysha Sweitzer led Dover to a pair of victories over Tech and Littlestown with a fourth-place finish (23:25). Littlestown downed the Spartans 15-50. Ashley Hedibridle led her team with a 26th-place finish (28:35).


Bobcats take top prize: Northeastern beat York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Spring Grove on the Irish course, with Spring Grove taking second and Bermudian defeating York Catholic for third. Bobcats’ runner Ben Linne finished first in 18:04, followed six seconds later by Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller. The top-five was rounded out by Brody McElwain (Northeastern), Jacob McKenzie (Northeastern) and Jordan Maldonado (Spring Grove).

Panthers sweep meet: At Fairfield, the Panthers defeated Fairfield, Susquehannock and Gettysburg to take first. Individually for the Panthers, Nick Swanson took second, Mike Lundy came in third, Alec Evanitus took fourth and Alec Gascot came in fifth. Gettysburg took second by defeating Fairfield and Susquehannock. Daniel Filler paced Gettysburg with a first-place finish. Susquehannock came in third, while Fairfield came in fourth.

Red Lion nabs first: The Lions edged Kennard-Dale, New Oxford and Delone Catholic to take first at Codorus State Park, with New Oxford finishing second and Kennard-Dale eclipsing Delone for third. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart was first over the finish line in 17:08. Red Lion’s Ethan Gatchell (17:52) and Alex Miller (17:57) were second and third, respectively. The top-five was rounded out by Delone’s Will Greene (18:27) and Red Lion’s Micah Bodisch (18:36).

Wildcats take first place finish: At Biglerville, the Wildcats defeated Eastern, West York, South Western and Biglerville to capture first in the team competition. Individually for Dallastown, Jonathan Buytenhuys took second, Patrick Jacobson took fourth and Taylor Lentz took fifth. South Western came in second and Eastern came in third. Individually for the Golden Knights, Tyler White took third. West York came in fourth by defeating Biglerville.


Irish run away with it: York Catholic beat Bermudian Springs, Northeastern and Spring Grove on its home course, with Bermudian taking second and Spring Grove edging Northeastern for third. Irish runners Katie MacDougall and Lindsey China took first and second, respectively, with times of 23:14 and 23:23. The top-five was rounded out by Kyleigh Smeltzer (Northeastern), Makalyn Shepp (Bermudian) and Kaitlyn Rau (Northeastern).

Hartman leads Panthers to victory: At Fairfield, Paige Hartman led the Panthers to victories over Gettysburg, Susquehannock and Fairfield by taking first in 21:44. Teammates Haley Pfefferkorn came in second, Bridget Palm took third and Jackie Ball came in fourth. Susquehannock took second with wins over Fairfield and Gettysburg. Gettysburg came in third with a win over Fairfield.

Rams squeak by for top spot: Kennard-Dale beat New Oxford, edged Red Lion by a point and won on a tie-breaker with Delone Catholic to win at Codorus State Park. Red Lion followed in second and Delone beat New Oxford for third. Kate Mowrey of Delone had the winning time of 20:41. The top-five was filled out by K-D’s Kayla White (20:57), Delone’s Leanne Sneeringer (21:05) and K-D’s Caitlin Salomon (21:12) and Madison Ferner (21:45).

Wildcats capture first: At Biglerville, the Wildcats took first by defeating South Western, Eastern, West York and Biglerville. Individually for the Wildcats, Liz DiBiase took third, while teammate Bella Wise came in fifth. South Western came in second and Eastern came in third. Maddie McLain led the Golden Knights by taking first in 19:52. West York came in fourth. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

By Dick VanOLinda/The York Dispatch

HERSHEY – Jacob Thomas surprised himself at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The Susquehannock senior earned a medal with his ninth-place finish in the Boys’ Class AA race. Thomas covered the demanding 3.1-mile Parkview course in 16.51.

“It’s awesome (getting a medal),” Thomas said. “I didn’t think I was going to get one.” But we have a hard district course, and I just used it to my advantage.”

Thomas, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford and Brady Wilt of Biglerville gained individuals medals in the season-ending event. York Suburban’s girls’ placed fifth in the Class AA team competition, and York Suburban’s boys’ took ninth in the Class AA.

Susquehannock’s girls’ team was 14th in Class AA, and Delone Catholic’s girls’ came in 15th in Class A.

“I ran a 16:54 in districts,’ Thomas said. “But this course is even harder than districts, so this time today, I’m really happy with it.”

Both the District 3 and state meets take place at Parkview but the layouts are different with the state course featuring more hills including a challenging uphill grade just before the runners enter the homestretch.

“I feel I attacked the course more at the start today,” Thomas said. “I went out strong for the first mile (he was sixth after one mile), but the second mile, a lot of people came up strong. I picked it up in the third mile and came in ninth.”

Adrenaline and emotion fueled Thomas’ journey over the former golf course.

“The whole time, I’m thinking, this is my last race, and that gives you that little extra edge.
I was really emotional. It’s kind of like the last time that I might finish a cross country race.”

Gebhart put up the fastest time by a York-Adams runner as he crossed the line in 16:25 for 14th place in Boys’ Class AAA.

“I’m really pleased,” the junior said. “That last hill at the end is really big. I shot up the hill, but at the top, I slowed down and two kids passed me. So, I just gave it all on the final stretch.”

Gebhart was really nervous at the beginning of the race.

“But I closed my eyes, took a couple of deep breaths and said, let’s go get it now. People said that was fastest they saw me run all year.”

Gebhart thinks the experience he gained this year at states will help him next year.

“What I did today gives me something to build on over the summer (training for the 20124 season). Hopefully, I’ll run better than ever next year.”

Wilt, a two-time District 3 champion, recorded the same time as Thomas (16:51) to take seventh place in Boys’ Class AA.

York Suburban sophomore Olivia Gettle just missed a medal finishing 26th (the top 25 individuals and the two teams with the lowest scores in each class are awarded medals).

Gettle was in the medal hunt for almost the entire race, but she fell with just 10 yards to go.

Gettle also fell in the last two District 3 meets.

“We made sure she was hydrated,” York Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “Olivia puts forth the maximum effort every time out. I don’t think she knows her limitations, and I think that’s why she struggled sometimes down near the finish.”

Gettle was the leading runner for a team that won District 3 and York-Adams team championships. She also captured the York-Adams All-League run.

“We had a great season,” VanHouwe said. “One of the best seasons we’ve ever had. We have our top four (in Saturday’s meet) back (Gettle, Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Sarah Cardone), but it’s going ot be hard to say goodbye to our seniors (Lauren Shrader, Kimberly Hall and Savanah Wilt).”

The York Suburban boys’ also this year’s District 3 champion, will lose just one senior (Brad Clark) to graduation.

Following are the times and places for the York-Adams runners:

Boys’ Class AAAA – Gebhart (15:25, 14); J.D. Groff, Central (17:22, 93); Patrick Reilly, Dallastown (17:25, 100). Reilly closed his high school career as District 3 champion and a two-time York-Adams League Run winner.

Boys’ Class AA – Thomas (16:51, ninth); Donovan Mears, York Suburban (17:29, 39); Gabe Lloyd, Dover (17:34, 47); Brad Clark, York Suburban (17:55, 88); Theo Kkoussis, Kennard-Dale (17:58, 94); Ben Linne, Northeastern (18:13, 117); Peter Wagner, York Suburban (18:24, 128); Adam Barley, York Suburban (18:25, 134), Zach Lofties, York Suburban (18:37, 149); Matt Curry, York Suburban (18:55, 179); Danty Pagan, Dover, (18:58, 182); Quentin Schorr, York Suburban (19:07, 189).

Boys’ Class A – Wilt, Biglerville (16:51, seventh); Victor Solalinde, Biglerville (18:49, 123).

Girls’ Class AA – Gettle (20:00, 26); Rachel Banchiere, Susquehannock (20:21, 34); Kayla White, Kennard-Dale (20:34, 46); Leik (20:42, 54); Emily Fourhman, Susquehannock (20:47, 63); Danielle Cardone (21:08, 92); Sarah Cardone (21:14, 102); Shrader (21:35, 129); Hall (21:39, 135); Jackie Ditt, Susquehannock (21:57, 160); Rachelle Walker, York Suburban (22:11, 176); Katie Steines, Susquehannock (23:16, 210); Brigit Duffy, Susquehannock (23:38, 218); Jenna Bradford, Susquehannock (24:14, 227).

Girls’ Class A – Kate Mowrey, Delone Catholic (21:05, 43); Alyssa Alberghini, Delone Catholic (22:32, 120); Andrea Resciniti, Delone Catholic (22:54, 132); Abbey Sweeny Delone Catholic (23:03, 140); Kristlyn Whitlock, Delone Catholic (24:03, 171); Amanda Falvey, York Catholic (24:23, 177); Megan Mall, Delone Catholic (24:25, 178); Jenna Salter, Delone Catholic (25:52, 197)


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