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York High graduate Will Beatty has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

York High graduate Will Beatty has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have put starting left tackle Will Beatty on the reserve/physically unable to perform list in reducing their roster to 74 players.

The team also announced Tuesday that safeties Bennett Jackson (knee) and Josh Gordy (hip) were placed on injured reserve, and that 11 others players were waived.

Beatty, who is a York High graduate, tore a pectoral muscle in May and has not been able to take part in training camp. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp and the designation means he must sit out at least the first six games of the regular season.

Those released included offensive linemen Brandon Mosley (injured/back) and Eric Herman, draft picks in 2012. Two other veterans were released, receiver Juron Criner and punter Robert Malone.

The others cut were rookies or first-year pros: running back Akeem Hunt (injured/hamstring); receiver Derrick Johnson; tight end Wi ll Tye, offensive lineman Michael Bamiro; defensive linemen Jordan Stanton and Jimmy Staten and safety Justin Halley.

Former Red Lion High School quarterback Chad Kelly has overcome his troubled past to earn the starting quarterback job at Ole Miss.

Former Red Lion High School quarterback Chad Kelly has overcome his troubled past to earn the starting quarterback job at Ole Miss. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze says junior transfer Chad Kelly will be the team’s starting quarterback against Tennessee Martin on Saturday, though the coach insisted Kelly’s place atop the depth chart is not “set in stone.”

Freeze said Monday that Kelly — the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly — will take the first snaps with the starters this week during practice. As long as he performs well, he’ll take the first snaps against the Skyhawks as well.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound Kelly has been locked in a tight quarterback race with sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade throughout fall camp. Freeze said he still expects all three quarterbacks to play against the Skyhawks.


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Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) is a Dover High School graduate. He has a one-year contract with the Packers for the veteran minimum.
Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) is a Dover High School graduate. He has a one-year contract with the Packers for the veteran minimum. (MICHAEL DWYER — The Associated Press)
GREEN BAY — Aaron Ripkowski’s proudest moment in college was actually someone else’s.

But isn’t that how life is for a fullback?

When Ripkowski blocked for Oklahoma teammate Samaje Perine last November against Kansas for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 427 yards, the plays of the game became seared in his memory — not because Ripkowski blew up a linebacker or leveled a giant, but because he was right where he was supposed to be while the running back made history.

“It’s about the team, not ‘look at me,’ not ‘look at what I have done,'” Ripkowski said. “It’s all about trying to help the guy next to you.”

But ever since Green Bay took him in the sixth round of this year’s NFL draft, Ripkowski, 22, has been receiving an assist from Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, the Packers’ longtime Pro Bowl fullback.

That’s the thing about the people who play this position. They’re more selfless than selfish.

And so that’s why, after a good preseason debut last week at New England, and an otherwise respectable training camp, Ripkowski is making a good first impression. But if Ripkowski continues to play better and better, he could potentially take snaps — and someday a job — away from the veteran stalwart.

He just can’t think about it. It’s too conflicting for a team-first guy.

“I just don’t even go there,” Ripkowski said. “Don’t try to bring feelings in to it. There’s too much to think about. There’s too many reads, and too much going on in the offense, that you don’t have to bring emotion into it.”

Emotion fuels Kuhn: Emotion fuels so much of the energy that comes from Kuhn, who will turn 33 next month. He has played in 123 games since 2007, more than any other offensive player on the Packers. His contract was extended in April for one year at the veteran’s minimum. He’s been a rock at the position, a riot on the sideline and an authority on the playbook. The undrafted free agent from Shippensburg has no reason to train a draft pick from Oklahoma, but he is.

“He’s been a great mentor,” Ripkowski said. “He’s sort of like a second coach. Sam Gash (Packers running back coach) tells me what to do. At the same time John is right there on my hip telling me exactly what to do.”

When Ripkowski arrived in Green Bay with the other rookies in May, he benefited from the gradual installations of playbook over several weeks.

“I wouldn’t call it extremely complicated,” Ripkowski said. “But there’s a lot of stuff — it’s our job.”

What he did get after right away was the pasta and the potatoes. At 238 pounds on his pro day, the 6-foot-1 Ripkowski was not big enough for blocking in the NFC’s black and blue division, so he’s been carbohydrate loading.

He now weighs 255, a gain of 17 pounds in about a half a year.

“I got up here and the coach was like, ‘no way, you’re a little too light’ — so I started eating,” Ripkowski said. “So that’s all I really do is just eat. My intake has gone up. A lot.”

The good news? Ripkowski doesn’t have to be as fast as running back Eddie Lacy, and he didn’t lose any speed with the added pounds.

“I still feel just as fast,” Ripkowski said. “If you’re moving just as fast and you have more weight, you have more pop behind a hit.”

Other duties: Ripkowski’s other duties are protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, especially his blind side, reading the defense and decoding the pressure. It’s not always easy for him, but the job hasn’t been too big yet either.

And he has shown an ability to be a good lead blocker.

“Rip’s a great guy, and a hard hitter, and a guy who is not afraid to put his hand in the dirt and really go out and hit somebody,” Packers center Corey Linsley said.

“He’s taken up the offense extremely well. We hear him day in and day out in meetings. Coach (Edgar) Bennett calls on him all the time. He rarely misses a question.”

Once again this season, special teams play will factor in to Green Bay’s final decisions on who makes the 53-man roster. Against New England, Ripkowski did well.

He crushed a Patriot on a kickoff and then he had two other solid tackles as well. He did miss one tackle but his debut was solid.

“What I would expect for a young guy,” said special teams coordinator Ron Zook said.

“Great attitude guy, great effort guy. He seeks contact. And on special teams, he has to be the kind of guy who does seek contact.”

That’s all Ripkowski ever did at Oklahoma, and he did get a few handoffs and receptions. Otherwise, he’s been a lineman on the move.

In Green Bay he hasn’t gotten any running back reps in the team portion of practice yet, but he has caught all of the few passes thrown his way.

What it all means? He’s not sure. He knows the NFL game doesn’t call for a fullback to block on every play. But at least in Green Bay the coaches value the position.

“I can’t show up every day thinking, ‘oh it’s going to be tough to get snaps,'” Ripkowski said. “You’ve got to show up, you’ve got to do what you’re told, do what you can — and everything you can — to get a niche and a spot.”

Lauren Moyer, a 2013 Central York High School graduate, has been named to 2015-16 USA Field Hockey Under-21 National Team.

Moyer is a 5-foot, 5-inch junior forward at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is coming off successful freshman and sophomore seasons which resulted in Final Four appearances both years by the Tar Heels. She is one of three North Carolina players on the team.

She was previously selected to the 2014-15 Under-21 National Team, the 2013-14 Under-19 National Team and the US Indoor National Team.

As a sophomore at North Carolina, Moyer appeared in 21 games and started 13, scoring one goal.

As a true freshman, she appeared in all 24 games and started five, collecting six goals and four assists for 14 points.

At Central, she served as team captain as a senior, was a four-year varsity starter and earned all-state recognition, among many other honors.

The U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team has a full schedule in the coming months in preparation for the Junior Pan American Championship from March 29 through April, 10 2016 in Trinidad & Tobago. Training camp weekends will be held in November, February and March, with two of those consisting of games against college teams in their spring seasons. The team will play host to Great Britain’s Under-21 team for a five-game test series from January 4-12, 2016, at Spooky Nook Sports in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before heading to the Junior Pan American Championship, a qualification for the 2016 Junior World Cup in November.

West York High School graduate Josh Rinehart missed the cut on Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Open golf tournament at Rolling Green Golf Club in western Pennsylvania.

Rinehart, who was tied for 13th after a first-round 1-under-par 70 on Monday, fired a 7-over-par 78 on Tuesday to finish with a two-round total of 6-over-par 148. That left him in a tie for 68th in the 133-player field. The top 40 players after two rounds, plus ties, made the cut for Wednesday’s third-and-final round. The cut came at 144. Broomall’s Stu Ingraham leads the event by two shots with a 7-under 135 total.

Ace recorded at South Hills: Tim Rohrbaugh had a hole-in-one on Saturday at South Hills Golf Club near Hanover. He used a pitching wedge to ace the 125-yard eighth hole on the South Course. It was witnessed by Randy Rohrbaugh, Kerry Klinedinst and Kevin Haywood.


Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline, pictured here during Thursday’s Penn State media day, is returning for his final year of eligibility with

Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline, pictured here during Thursday’s Penn State media day, is returning for his final year of eligibility with the Nittany Lions. The linebacker has suffered through an injury-plagued career in Happy Valley. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State linebacker Ben Kline didn’t have to return for the 2015 season.

Having already graduated and having already suffered two significant injuries that drastically affected his playing career with the Nittany Lions, the practical thing to do may have been to just move on to the next phase of his life. One that, perhaps, didn’t include football.


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Former Red Lion quarterback Chad Kelly, seen here during his days at Clemson, is in a three-way battle for the starting job at Ole Miss.

Former Red Lion quarterback Chad Kelly, seen here during his days at Clemson, is in a three-way battle for the starting job at Ole Miss. (ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi won 24 games and advanced to a bowl game each season during coach Hugh Freeze’s first three years.

Quarterback Bo Wallace — whose 9,534 career passing yards rank second in school history — started every single game during that span.

Now he’s gone.

The three-man race to see who replaces Wallace begins in earnest this week, when the Rebels open preseason camp. Transfer junior Chad Kelly — along with returning sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade — will all be considered for the starting job and Freeze has said the competition could last into the season’s first few games.

Kelly started games at Red Lion High School as both a freshman and a sophomore, but was suspended from the team both years. His family moved to the Buffalo area after his sophomore season.

Freeze said Wednesday that Buchanan will take the first snaps with the starters after having a slight edge in the spring, but the quarterbacks will rotate frequently.

August workouts will be a delicate balance of preparation vs. preservation.

“We really need to see those guys get some live bullets,” Freeze said. “But at the same time, you want to keep your team healthy for the games.”

The quarterback spot is one of the few questions for a team that returns 16 starters from last season, including a handful that could be early NFL draft picks next spring.

Four juniors — defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, receiver Laquon Treadwell, safety Tony Connor and left tackle Laremy Tunsil — were all part of the Rebels’ impressive 2013 recruiting class and have grown into stars.

Treadwell and Tunsil are both trying to return from broken legs suffered last season. Freeze said he expects both will be ready for the Sept. 5 opener against Tennessee Martin.

Treadwell said he’s dropped about 20 pounds since last season — down from 230 to 210. He lost about 25 pounds following the broken leg and said he only needed to gain five back to regain his strength.

“I’m way stronger than before the injury so I don’t want to put on that weight if I’m already stronger and faster,” Treadwell said. “It’s a health issue for me. I think it feels better.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Kelly is arguably the early favorite to win the quarterback job after arriving on campus in January.

Kelly has an impressive pedigree — his uncle is Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly — but his college career has been full of poor decisions and controversy. He signed with Clemson out of high school, but was kicked off the team in the spring of 2014 following an argument with coaches during the spring game and eventually transferred to East Mississippi Community College.

He played well at EMCC last season, throwing for 3,906 yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

That helped him earn a second chance with the Rebels, but he nearly blew it after being arrested following an incident outside a Buffalo, New York, nightclub in December. He eventually pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct.

Since then, Freeze had said Kelly’s off-the-field conduct would be monitored even more closely than his on-field performance.

“I’m so happy football is back,” Kelly said. “I’ve got the jitters back and I’m ready to go.”

Said Freeze: “He’s just like a lot of us — he’s made some mistakes in his past and he’s ready to move beyond them.”

Buchanan and Kincade are both redshirt sophomores and have both been on campus for more than two years, giving them plenty of time to digest the Rebels’ playbook. Both played some last season in a backup role, though neither had enough time to make any sort of lasting impression.


Broguen Nicholas, left of Wrightsville, drives past Dan Overmiller of during the York Summer Basketball League Division II championship game

Broguen Nicholas, left of Wrightsville, drives past Dan Overmiller of during the York Summer Basketball League Division II championship game at Voni Grimes Gymnasium on Tuesday. Nicholas led all scorers with 21 points in Wrightsville’s 51-49 double-overtime victory. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

Summer basketball, for high school players, is all about improving skills and expending loads of sweat and energy in the hopes that the sacrifice will pay off in the winter.

Members of the Eastern York High School boys’ basketball team are eagerly looking forward to the scholastic season after putting together a tremendous summer season while playing under the Wrightsville banner.

“We didn’t lose all summer, we have a winning mentality,” Wrightsville’s Broguen Nicholas said after his team edged, 51-49, in double overtime, to win the York Summer League Division II title on Tuesday evening at Voni Grimes Gymnasium. “We played in three summer leagues, Red Lion, an AAU league and here. Playing a double-overtime game against older guys will give us tremendous confidence.”

Nicholas led all scorers with 21 points, while Jared Achterberg added 13 points for the winners. Patrice Claudio (13), Pat Gibbons (12) and Emmanuel Torres (10) each finished in double figures for

Achterberg’s turnaround shot in the left of the lane gave Wrightsville the lead for good at 46-45.

“To win all our games in here, that’s a testament to this team,” Wrightsville and Eastern York High head coach Jon Reichard said. “The commitment of the players has been tremendous. I’ve had everyone every night.”

Reichard said playing an extremely physical game such as Tuesday’s contest will benefit his team in the long run.

“It makes you tougher. They (the players) were getting bounced around,” he said.

Division I: Not to be outdone by the opening game of the doubleheader, the second title game at Voni Grimes Gymnasium was also a back-and-forth contest that went down to the final possession.

Weber Insurance edged Showtime, 50-49, to capture the Division I crown.

Steve Horst delivered 18 points for Weber and Tyler Brooks added 13. Showtime’s Chanta Weathers led all scorers with 21 points, and Zach Strang supplied 13.

Horst’s foul shot with just 7.2 seconds remaining in the second half (the games were played in two, 20-minute halves) broke a 49-49 tie.

“My teammates put me in a great position, and I had to come through for them,” said Horst, who missed the first of his two foul shots.

Showtime did manage to get off a shot before the buzzer, but it was blocked.

Weber’s team is a mix of veterans and youngsters.

“Some of us have been playing for 10 years, but we have the young kids, too” Horst said.

– Reach Dick VanO’Linda at


The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA state championship match. The

The Northeastern boys’ volleyball team celebrates after defeating Saegertown, 25-9, 25-22, 25-12, in the PIAA Class AA state championship match. The 43 points allowed is the fewest by a team in a title game since the change to rally scoring in 2004. (DAWN J. SAGERT — The York Dispatch)
Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is new national goal-scoring leader in women’s lacrosse with 469.

Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day is new national goal-scoring leader in women’s lacrosse with 469. (DAWN J. SAGERT — The York Dispatch)

The York-Adams League absolutely saved its best for last.

A 2014-2015 high school sports season that had already produced its fair share of memorable moments, soared to another level in the past month.

First, Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day shattered the national girls’ lacrosse scoring record with a mind-blowing 469 goals. The NCAA Division I recruit (Saint Francis University) led the Rams to an unbeaten regular season, a York-Adams League championship and a state playoff berth. It was a career that won’t soon be forgotten in southeastern York County.

Then, a few weeks later, the Northeastern Bobcats capped off the local prep campaign by winning a third straight PIAA Class AA boys’ volleyball state title with frightening ease. They didn’t lose a single game in the postseason and set a state record with the fewest points allowed in a state final (43) since the change to rally scoring in 2004.

It was the sixth overall state crown in Northeastern’s illustrious volleyball history, and it would surprise absolutely no one if the Bobcats won their seventh state championship next season. They’re expected to return the bulk of their starting lineup, including Ohio State recruit Reese Devilbiss.

Almost overlooked in Northeastern’s dominant postseason run was the fact that the Bobcats also picked up their 15th District 3 title.

There’s no doubt that Northeastern cast a very large shadow this season in boys’ volleyball, but the accomplishments of the Central York team should not be overlooked. The Panthers won the District 3-AAA title with an scintillating comeback from a 2-0 deficit vs. Penn Manor, including a dramatic 35-33 Game 3 triumph. It was Central’s 22nd district championship — more than any other boys’ volleyball team.

Yes, there’s no doubt that the spring prep season provided several unforgettable highlights, but the rest of 2014-2015 scholastic sports year wasn’t too shabby, either.

Here are a few other items of note from the past York-area high school sports season:

Basketball: The local hoops season was packed with significant achievements, most notably York Catholic’s 10th-straight District 3-AA girls’ championship. Coach Kevin Bankos’ classy program is a model for all others to emulate.

The York High Bearcats may not have won 10 district titles in a row, but they did pick up their second straight District 3-AAAA boys’ crown and their third in the past five years. That’s an impressive feat in the most high-profile and competitive district division. Coach Troy Sowers turned the Bearcats into a program that’s earned state-wide respect.

The Hilda Goodling Impact Academy also made news by capturing the District 3-A championship in the first year of the school’s existence. Unfortunately, the school closed before the state playoffs began because of financial difficulties, denying the team a much-deserved chance to compete in the state playoffs.

Swimming: York Suburban’s Carson Gross brought home a state swimming gold medal in the AA 200 freestyle to highlight a strong York-Adams season in the pool during the winter. She helped the Trojans finish third in the state AA team race. They also finished first in the state among public schools. The Suburban boys, meanwhile, finished fifth in the state AA standings.

The Dallastown swimming teams, meanwhile, continued to dominate York-Adams competition. The girls have won 11 straight league titles, while boys have earned seven straight York-Adams crowns. That qualifies as a dynasty in anyone’s estimation.

Cross country: The York Suburban boys’ cross country outfit used a pack mentality to capture the state AA championship in November in Hershey.

The Trojans simply overwhelmed the competition throughout the season, including at the state meet, where they finished a whopping 31 points ahead of runner-up Grove City.

Coaching news: It was big season for York-Adams coaching changes, especially in football.

The league will have six new coaches for the 2015 season. Most significantly, Ron Miller stepped down as the leader of the powerhouse West York program, replaced by one of his former assistants, Jeremy Jones, who was the head coach at York Suburban for the past couple of years. Former Kennard-Dale coach Andy Loucks takes over at Suburban.

Spring Grove (Kyle Sprenkle, replacing Russ Stoner), Delone Catholic (Corey Zortman, replacing Steve Wiles), Susquehannock (Steve Wiles, replacing J.C. Lewis) and Dover (Wayne Snelbaker, replacing Eric Lam) will also have new football coaches.

The coaching news wasn’t limited to football. In boys’ basketball, Ryan Luckman wasn’t rehired after a single season at his alma mater, York Catholic. The storied Fighting Irish program will have its third head coach in three years this winter as the program continues its efforts to regain its former glory. Another former York Catholic standout, Blaine Claiborne, was hired to replace Luckman.

In baseball, West York’s Roger Czerwinski decided to step down after seven hugely successful seasons with the Bulldogs, citing family reasons. His replacement will have big shoes to fill. West York won three York-Adams League and two PIAA Class AAA state titles during Czerwinski’s stint with the Bulldogs.

New addition: Gettysburg became the 23rd York-Adams member this season and immediately made an impact as a competitive entry in a number of sports, including championships in field hockey and track and field.

Illnesses: Finally, several high-profile York-Adams athletes were sadly forced to deal with forms of cancer this season, including Dover girls’ soccer player Maddie Hill, Central York boys’ basketball player Peter Falci and Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey.

On more upbeat notes, however, the athletes in question dealt with their illnesses with strength and dignity, and the York-Adams athletic community rallied to support them in numerous, heart-felt ways.

It was inspiring to watch.

Really, the entire 2014-2015 high school season was inspiring to watch.

The opportunity to report on teen athletes, on the cusp of adulthood, performing wondrous deeds is what keeps this job constantly interesting.

There’s just one problem — the 2014-2015 high school sports season is over.

But there’s good news. The 2015-2016 season is just a couple months away.

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

Stevenson University senior baseball player Troy Miller was chosen for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic Second Team.

Miller, a Susquehannock High School graduate, is the eighth Mustang that has been selected for an ABCA All-Region team, and is the first player to be chosen since 2012. He is one of only 12 players selected from the Middle Atlantic Conferences, and one of the eight chosen from the Commonwealth Conference, to receive all-region honors.

Miller led his team as an All-Commonwealth Conference First Team selection, with 57 hits including 17 extra-base hits, 44 RBIs, a .491 slugging percentage and a batting average of .341. He was also third on the team with an on-base percentage of .405. Miller completed his baseball career after only three seasons, where he was ranked as sixth in school history with an on-base percentage of .428, seventh in walks and batting average with totals of 54 and .353, and 10th with 91 RBIs and 445 at-bats.



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