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Come join the ANT COLONY as we participate in our second straight title game this Sunday, April 19th 2015.

Tip off:
2pm

Location:

MANNY WEAVER GYM (Where the Harrisburg HS basketball teams play)
Rowland Middle School, 1842 Derry St.
Harrisburg, PA 17103

A very competitive rematch of the 2014 Championship. Fun family environment & entertainment. We would like the community of York to support as we take on our towns rival the Harrisburg Horizon. Besides the high intensity level and atmosphere from this heated rivalry. Events for the kids, great food, and an exciting half pre game and half time treat!

**MIGHTY ANT TICKETS DEALS w/ purchase of T-SHIRT**
Adult Ticket (18&above): $8.00
Youth Ticket (12&Under): $4.00
Senior (60&Over) & Student Ticket $4.00

York Mighty Ants posters available as well!

ATTENTION:
Tickets are available at the door
Horizons General Admission $8.00

Bring the entire family out for pre-game activities, performances and photo opportunities with the team doors will open @ 12:30. Tip-off is at 2:00PM.

We invite all little league basketball teams to join us!

Concessions will be available for purchase during the game. Great food and refreshments!

We would like to thank all of our supporters! Lets pack it out, if there is any concern of tickets being sold out please contact us for pre-sold tickets.

For 2015 Title Game tickets or York Mighty Ant T-Shirts/ Posters contact our Director of Operations George Greenslade at kingdomaboundathletics1@gmail.com or 717-424-8325 or Seth Leonard at 717-472-0025.

John Kuhn is helping a football program in his hometown of Dover.

John Kuhn is helping a football program in his hometown of Dover. (FILE PHOTO)

Helmets. Shoulder pads. Jerseys. All are necessities for any football program.

Now, thanks to Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, a York County football program is receiving help to make their teams ready to hit the field.

Tuesday, Kuhn announced that he will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to the Tri-Town Tornadoes youth football program in his hometown. The donation was made possible through USA Football, which recently selected Kuhn to its 2014 All-Fundamentals Team back in December.

Kuhn is an All-Pro fullback with the Green Bay Packers. On Monday, it was announced that the 32-year-old Kuhn had signed a one-year contract to remain with the Packers.

USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team annually honors 26 athletes who exemplify outstanding proper football techniques, which foster inherent safety benefits and better on-field performance. By being selected, each athlete receives the opportunity to donate an equipment grant to the youth organization or high school program of his choice.

Kuhn chose the Tornadoes.

Dover High School graduate John Kuhn has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers.

Dover High School graduate John Kuhn has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers. (ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Dover High School graduate John Kuhn will remain a Green Bay Packer.

Kuhn’s agent, Kevin Gold, said the veteran signed a one-year deal with Green Bay on Monday for the veteran minimum salary of $870,000. The contract includes workout and Pro Bowl bonuses which could bump his total compensation above $1 million.

“John is excited to remain in the place that is best suited for his talents,” Gold told NFL.com.

The 6-foot, 250-pounder is a fan favorite at Lambeau Field, where fans chant Kuhnnnnnn every time he gets one of his rare touches.

Kuhn is used primarily as a blocker for lead running back Eddie Lacy and as a pass protector for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Kuhn was a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection last season despite only playing in about 20 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps. It was his second Pro Bowl honor.

The 32-year-old Kuhn ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in 2014, including the postseason. He has 17 rushing touchdowns in nine NFL seasons.

Kuhn’s salary has taken a hit in the past couple seasons. He signed a three-year contract for $7.5 million in 2011. When that contract expired, he signed a one-year deal for $1.03 million, that included $175,000 in bonuses for the 2014 season.

Kuhn is the second-longest tenured offensive Packers player to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He has played in 123 of 128 regular-season games since claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in 2007.

Kuhn played his college football at Shippensburg University, where he shattered multiple school records.

The fullback position has become devalued in recent years. Many NFL teams don’t even carry a fullback on the active roster.

Central York High School graduate Bri Fells has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

The Shippensburg University senior improved her 400-meter time to 57.68 seconds at the Colonial Relays last week. Her time ranks first in the PSAC. Fells also ran three relay events for the Raiders. The 4×400 relay team’s time of 3:52.71 is currently the league’s best, and the 4×100 relay’s time of :47.87 ranks second in the PSAC. The senior ran one of the two 200-meter legs in the sprint medley relay that clocked in at 4:17.45.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

McGlynn

McGlynn

According to multiple media reports, Dallastown High School graduate Four McGlynn is transferring from Towson University and plans on playing next season at the University of Rhode Island.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and later reported by The Providence Journal and CBSSports.com.

McGlynn, who just completed his redshirt junior season with the Tigers is eligible to play immediately because he will complete his undergraduate degree at Towson in May and will enroll at URI as a grad student. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

A 2011 graduate of Dallastown, this will be McGlynn’s second transfer during his college career. His college career began at the University of Vermont, where the 6-foot-2 guard was named the America East Rookie of the Year and led the Catamounts to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Lamar in the “First Four” game and then lost to No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Round of 64.

Following that season, he transferred to Towson. After sitting out a year because of NCAA transfer regulations, he made an immediate impact on the Tigers. McGlynn started in 20 of the team’s games, finishing third in the Colonial Athletic Association in 3-point percentage (40.8) and sixth in 3-pointers made with 71.

During this past season, he finished as Towson’s leading scorer, averaging 12.0 points per game, shooting 37.4 percent beyond the arc and a staggering 91.7 percent from the free throw line. But, following the Tigers’ loss to Elon in the CAA Tournament play-in game, there were reports that McGlynn requested his transfer from the program.

He reportedly made an unofficial visit to the Kingstown, Rhode Island, campus over the weekend.

McGlynn does have a relationship already built into the Rams’ program in assistant coach Luke Murray, who was an assistant at Towson for two seasons from 2011-13. Together, the two helped turn the Tigers from a one-win team in 2011-12 to an 18-win program the following season and a 25-win program in 2013-14, McGlynn’s first year actually playing at Towson. The Tigers fell to 12-20 in 2014-15.

McGlynn will join an up-and-coming URI program that has made big strides in four seasons under Dan Hurley. Since his hire in 2011, the Rams have gone from a bottom-feeder in the Atlantic 10 to a 23-win program and a National Invitation Tournament team this past season. It was also the first time the program eclipsed 20 wins in a season since the 2010-11 season.

But, what last year’s URI club lacked, McGlynn can add. As a 38.8 percent career 3-point shooter and a 90.7 percent career free throw shooter, he’ll help out a team that ranked near the bottom in the Atlantic 10 in both categories. The Rams shot 30.8 percent beyond the arc last year, 12th in the conference, and 65.5 percent from the free throw line, 11th in the A-10. McGlynn could also see some crucial playing time down the stretch in close games next year, with his strong free throw shooting a much-needed addition in helping URI pull out a few extra-tight wins.

McGlynn’s contribution to the Rams next year could also help create space for two of the team’s top players, E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin. Both guys will benefit from McGlynn’s arrival, who will force opponents to focus on guarding his 3-point shooting, allowing other ballhandlers to have more space to create shots and drive to the hoop.

According to reports, McGlynn was also being recruited by George Washington and Duquesne, also in the A-10, and Purdue, Rutgers and Penn State.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By PATRICK STROHECKER
505-5402/@P_Strohecker

Central York grad Austin Allison is hitting .379 for Shippensburg with 21 RBIs this season.

Central York grad Austin Allison is hitting .379 for Shippensburg with 21 RBIs this season. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL SMITH, SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY)
Spring Grove grad Nick Spangler is hitting .357 for Shippensburg with nine RBIs this season.

Spring Grove grad Nick Spangler is hitting .357 for Shippensburg with nine RBIs this season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL SMITH, SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY)

Before Dalton Hoiles, Nick Spangler, Tyler Butcher and Grant Hoover became teammates on the Shippensburg University baseball team this year, they were rivals or teammates on York County diamonds first.

Hoiles and Spangler led Spring Grove to a York-Adams League Division I title last year, while Butcher guided Dallastown to a fourth-place finish in the same division and Hoover’s Dover squad finished fourth in Division II. All four had impressive high school careers, but have since taken their individual talents and teamed up with the Raiders in college.

It’s also there where they joined up with Austin Allison, a redshirt junior who graduated from Central York in 2011, creating, in a sense, a Fab Five of York County baseball players on Shippensburg’s roster. And, with the exception of Butcher, who’s redshirting this season, all of them are having a major impact on a program only two years removed from a trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

Freshmen stepping up: When you watch Hoiles, Hoover and Spangler play, their composure at the plate and in the field makes them look much more experienced than a typical freshman. Aside from their notable production at the plate, all three made their presence known from the moment they arrived on campus, willing to try new positions to help the team any way possible.

“We’re (26) games into it and just seeing their development from watching them play Legion ball and high school ball to where they are already as freshmen is impressive,” head coach Matt Jones said. “… All three are really versatile and have just figured out ways to work hard and find ways into the lineup.”

When they’ve found themselves in the lineup — which is more often than not — they’ve been major contributors in helping the Raiders right the ship after a slow start to the season.

Hoiles: Hoiles quickly made himself noticed among his teammates and the rest of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, playing and starting in 25 of Shippensburg’s 26 games. He’s fourth on the team in batting average at .357, with 11 RBIs and .440 slugging percentage. On defense, he hasn’t committed an error yet this season.

“He’s had an amazing year, so far,” Allison said. “He’s hitting the balls very well. He’s playing the field well. We’ve even asked him to play the outfield for us this year, which I know isn’t one of his strong positions, but, he’s been ready and stepped up to all the chances and opportunities he’s had so far this year.”

Spring Grove grad Dalton Hoiles is hitting .357 for Shippensburg with 11 RBIs this season.

Spring Grove grad Dalton Hoiles is hitting .357 for Shippensburg with 11 RBIs this season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL SMITH, SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY)

Spangler: The same can be said for Spangler, who, after a slow start to the season, is on a tear as of late. Primarily playing second or third in the field, he’s committed only three errors on the season, while completing 30 putouts. At the plate, his hitting skyrocketed over the past two weeks, going from .296 up to .357 (fourth on the team), with nine RBIs and a .464 slugging percentage. Spangler has played in 21 of the team’s 26 games, starting in 18 of them.

“Nick, didn’t really struggle, but he had an adjustment period to where we were and he worked through it,” Allison said. “He just kept sticking with it in our practice and training programs and worked through it. And now, he’s hitting the ball real well and has been a big contributor.”

Butcher

Butcher

Hoover: Hoover’s path to playing time was a little different from his freshmen counterparts. After experiencing some arm problems in the fall, he began the season playing mostly outfield and serving as a designated hitter. But, as the regular season progressed, his arm grew stronger, so the coaching staff began having him throw off the mound.

Over the course of the last couple weeks, Hoover has been used out of the bullpen for the Raiders. He’s appeared in six games this season and while his four earned runs in only 4 2/3 innings pitched (7.71 ERA) aren’t overly impressive, he’s been used in tight situations for a team that’s played a condensed schedule over the past 10 days, including three doubleheaders in as many days early last week.

Hoover

Hoover

“Grant’s versatility, that’s his thing,” Jones said. “We DH him and save his arm for innings pitched. But, then if we don’t think we’re going to need him for a day or two, we have no problem putting him back out in the outfield.”

Butcher: Butcher is in a different boat than the other York County freshmen, sitting out this year while he develops his game. Still, aside from the fact that he doesn’t travel with the team to away games, he still goes through all the same workouts and practices as the rest of the team, supplying the team with live batting practice during off days, which serves as a way to get in his pitching practice. Even with the lack of game experience, Jones still sees the potential in Butcher.

“He’s going to be a good pitcher,” Jones said. “He’s gotten a lot better. … And I think next year, when he’s going to be playing for us and getting innings, I think he’s going to do a good job because he’s gotten a lot better in the six or so months since he’s been here.”

Veteran leader: And if there was ever an outlier in the group, it’s Allison.

Not only is he the only member of this group that is not a freshman, but he came into the program as an unrecruited walk-on, doing anything he could just to make the team.

“I would’ve done absolutely anything to be on the team,” Allison said. “So I took the opportunity that was presented to me, which was pitching, and I wasn’t the greatest pitcher, but I took what was given to me at the time and just tried to work and I worked as hard as I could as a pitcher.”

It was a rocky start at first for Allison, who played sparingly during his redshirt freshman season, but his commitment to the team continued to pay dividends. His playing time steadily increased during his redshirt sophomore year, when he shifted into the outfield.

Now, as a redshirt senior, Allison cemented himself as the team’s starting center fielder. He’s started every game for Shippensburg this season, hitting .379 (third on the team), with 21 RBIs and has three assists in the field.

“Considering he was unrecruited and now he’s our starting center fielder and flirting with a .400 batting average is pretty amazing,” Jones said. “But, we’re thrilled for him. He’s a good athlete and he deserves whatever attention he’s getting right now.”

When Allison first made the team leading up to the 2012 season, there were only two other players from York County on the roster. In each of the next two seasons one left, leaving him as the only York product on last year’s team.

After starting the season 4-12, the Raiders are 7-3 since and improved their record to 11-15 and 7-5 in the PSAC East.

Allison, along with his fresh group of hometown reinforcements, are each contributing to the team’s turnaround in their own impactful ways.

“This year, getting four York guys to come in, it’s pretty cool to see,” Allison said. “I really enjoy it because it’s good to see that York County baseball is putting out good competition through high school and then putting guys, that are able to continue baseball careers, into college.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

By STEVE HEISER
505-5446/@ydsports

Competing in college athletics is a privilege, not a right.

Abuse the privilege, and you will lose it. That’s the way it should work.

Athletes right here in our own mid-Atlantic region are learning that painful lesson the hard way.

That was evident on Monday when two athletic programs were suspended for disciplinary reasons.

First came the news during the day that the Mary Washington men’s rugby club team was suspended after some team members were discovered chanting a song with violent and sexually explicit lyrics at an off-campus party. Apparently, the players were exposed thanks to an audio recording that was posted on social media.

Mary Washington is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is about 150 miles southwest of York. The Eagles’ intercollegiate programs compete in the Capital Athletic Conference, which is the same conference that York College competes in.

Then came the really big news on Monday night when Juniata suspended its NCAA Division III powerhouse men’s volleyball program from postseason action. The Juniata coach, Pat Shawaryn, said he made the decision because of “a history of questionable decisions and misbehaviors during my tenure here at Juniata.”

The straw that apparently broke Shawaryn’s back came after an incident at an off-campus residence in which men’s volleyball players damaged public property and then denied involvement when questioned by the coach.

One volleyball player was removed from the team and another was indefinitely suspended from the team. Another player involved in the incident, no longer at Juniata, withdrew from the school in 2014.

Juniata is located in Huntingdon, about 110 miles northwest of York, and a sizable number of York-Adams League athletes have competed for the Eagles’ athletic programs over the years, especially on the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, which are both traditional championship contenders.

One of Juniata’s current men’s volleyball players is Central York High School graduate Paul Kuhn, a 6-foot, 7-inch senior who earned D-III All-America status last year. He’s still listed on Juniata’s roster.

Juniata will complete its regular season over the next few days before forfeiting its right to compete in the Continental Volleyball Conference and D-III playoffs. The Eagles (21-4 overall, 9-0 in the CVC) were favorites to battle for both titles.

Nothing new: Of course, college students acting stupidly is nothing new. It’s been going on for decades — even centuries. Young adults, in their first experience living away from the watchful eyes of their parents, will make immature — even criminal — mistakes. It’s unfortunately often a part of growing up.

However, there are consequences to be paid for those mistakes. The players at Mary Washington and Juniata have sadly learned that fact. So did some athletes closer to home in recent years.

The York College wrestling program suffered through a hazing problem in 2013 that caused the school to temporarily suspend that program. After an investigation sparked by anonymous email, an undisclosed number of wrestlers were punished, and there was at least one expulsion.

In 2012, the powerhouse Franklin and Marshall women’s lacrosse program in nearby Lancaster had its season ended prematurely because of another hazing scandal. The coach was fired, and numerous players were suspended.

Lessons to be learned: What are the lessons to be learned here?

There are several.

1. Athletes should expect that everything they say and do is being recorded. They should act accordingly. It’s a brave new electronic world — for better or worse. Cell phone cameras are everywhere, and social media can spread the pictures and videos that the phones produce instantly and in a viral fashion. Incidents that might have been swept under the rug decades ago are now almost certain to eventually get exposed.

2. Be careful about what you post on social media accounts. You will be held accountable for those posts, like it or not. Just ask the Bloomsburg University baseball player who was suspended from his team after his derogatory comments about Little League baseball star Mo’ne Davis.

3. Hazing is no longer acceptable, especially when it involves physical, sexual or alcohol abuse. Teams must simply find new ways to bond and build camaraderie.

4. Lying to authority figures about wrongdoing is never the way to go. The cover-up is often far worse than the crime.

Failure to follow the above guidelines can result in severe consequences — including losing the privilege to compete in college sports.

Athletes in the York region and beyond would do well to remember that.

— Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

Two former York College standouts have been named to the Capital Athletic Conference’s Silver Anniversary Women’s Track and Field Team.

Mandy Parshall, a 2010 York College graduate, and Laura Rowlands, a 2013 York grad, were honored. Both Parshall and Rowlands are from Dover. Parshall was also a member of the Women’s Cross Country Silver Anniversary Team.

Entering its 25th year of varsity competition, the CAC selected a Silver Anniversary Team in 19 championship sports, primarily based on season-ending conference awards as voted by the conference coaches. Each Silver Anniversary Team features 25 former or current standouts.

The University of Mary Washington, a charter member of the CAC, leads the conference with 153 current and former student-athletes on the Silver Anniversary Teams. Salisbury University, which joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, was second with 122 Silver Anniversary Team honorees. CAC charter members York (60) and St. Mary’s College of Md. (35) were next in line for most Silver Anniversary Team honorees.

The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference.

By STEVE HEISER
505-5446/@ydsports

West York High School graduate Alex Shinsky will get his chance to play in America’s top professional soccer league.

The 5-foot, 9-inch Shinsky was selected in the fourth round of Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Tuesday by the Chicago Fire.

Shinsky is coming off a standout season at the University of Maryland, where he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference Men’s Soccer First Team. This past fall for the Terrapins, Shinsky enjoyed a breakout campaign, with two goals and four assists for the Big Ten champions. He captained the team and played in 18 games, including 15 starts, as a midfielder. He helped Maryland to a 13-6-3 season overall.

Alex Shinsky

Alex Shinsky

Shinsky was a big-time recruit coming out of high school, rated as the No. 1 boys’ soccer recruit in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com. He was also a member of the United States Under-17 Team and scored a goal for the American side during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Malawi.

During his first three seasons at Maryland, however, his progress was slowed by injuries.

The MLS season begins March 6 with Chicago visiting the L.A. Galaxy. Chicago was 6-10-18 a year ago in MLS action.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

Parker

Parker (DAVID SINCLAIR)

York High graduate Kelvin Parker has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

The senior guard did it all for the Millersville Marauders last week, averaging 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

In addition to leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, he shot 47.4 percent from the field and was perfect from the free throw line. Parker was also named the division’s athlete of the week on Feb. 17, 2014

Parker’s efforts were especially important in the overtime win against Cheyney, when he registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. His driving hoop with two seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime. There, he gave his team the lead for good with a fastbreak dunk and assist on back-to-back possessions. Earlier in the week, Parker scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds and a career-high six steals against Pitt-Johnstown.

Over his last six games, Parker is averaging 20.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from 3-point range and 1.000 percent (11-for-11) from the line. He has scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games.

In addition to leading the PSAC in steals per game (3.0), Parker ranks fourth in scoring average (16.3) and 17th in rebounding (6.4).


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