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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.


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 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



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).

York Catholic High School’s Athletic Association will induct seven individuals into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The induction ceremony will take place before the girls’ varsity basketball game against Dallastown, at approximately 7 p.m.

Following are the new inductees: Keith Alleyne, 1979, athlete; Damian Burnside, 1981, athlete; Heather Hoffman, 1991, coach; Bernie Kalisky, volunteer; David McConville, 1987, athlete; Steve Rizzuto, volunteer; and Clair Rudisill 1966, coach.


Hannah York, a 5-foot, 11-inch college sophomore, has multiple sclerosis, but that hasn’t stopped her from leading Penn State York in scoring at 15.2

Hannah York, a 5-foot, 11-inch college sophomore, has multiple sclerosis, but that hasn’t stopped her from leading Penn State York in scoring at 15.2 points per game. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
Penn State York’s Molly York, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior, has been a huge help for her sister, Hannah, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Penn State York’s Molly York, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior, has been a huge help for her sister, Hannah, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

The York sisters — Molly and Hannah — have often assisted one another on the basketball court.

It goes all the way back to youth ball, then through high school at the Christian School of York and now at the collegiate level at Penn State York.

But perhaps the greatest “assist” the two have shared hasn’t even come on the basketball court — it was when Hannah was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) back in 2011.

Since then, the sisters have dealt with the disease’s symptoms — which caused them to drop out of college and question whether their dream of continuing to play basketball together would be possible. The unknowns about MS — how Hannah actually got it, if it was hereditary and how it would impact Hannah — caused the entire family a great deal of unease.

“My mom asked the doctor if this is something that (the whole family) should be tested for,” Molly said. “But it’s not like that. Some people just get it and some people don’t and they’re not exactly sure why.”

The start: It started back when Hannah, a year younger than Molly, was a junior at the Christian School of York. There was about a two-week period where she didn’t feel quite normal. She was constantly sick and felt worse if she tried to walk around. Her doctor diagnosed the problem as an inner-ear infection and prescribed medication that eventually alleviated the symptoms.

After that, Hannah never gave much thought to it. She was symptom free for a few years, which is often the case with the type of MS (relapsing-remitting) she has been diagnosed with.

But late in the summer of 2011, before she was set to attend her freshman year of college at St. Mary’s (Maryland) with Molly, then a sophomore, Hannah felt a lot of numbness in her arm. That was concerning, because she discovered a serious burn on that arm, which she was completely unaware of. A series of tests from her physician ensued over a couple of weeks to try to figure out what was wrong.

The diagnosis: After ruling out many other possibilities, the final diagnosis eventually came down — Hannah had MS.

MS is an inflammatory disease that impacts the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Over time, the damage can disrupt the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, leading to a wide range of symptoms.

Not knowing exactly what MS was at that point, the sisters were admittedly a little scared.

“I remember when she was still in the MRI machine, and the doctor that diagnosed her, who we’ve known since we were little girls, came out and told us,” Molly said. “He (the doctor) was so somber and he said ‘she (Hannah) has MS and it’s pretty bad’. And before that, I hadn’t even heard of MS. I mean, I heard of it, but I didn’t really know much about it. So I was like, ‘oh my God! She’s going to die.’ It was really scary.”

Molly ‘assists’ her sister: Since that diagnosis three years ago, Molly has been “assisting” her younger sister in many ways. She has made it a point to be at every one of Hannah’s neurology appointments. She’s been there for Hannah when she needed to have her injections – giving them even though Molly herself is afraid of needles — when they were briefly at school together at St. Mary’s.

“It’s almost like we’re twins, but we’re not,” Hannah said. “We’re a year apart, but she’s always been there for me. For me, it’s like having another head. If she’s not there, it just doesn’t feel right. She gives me so much strength and support. It’s good to have that one person that you can really lean on.”

“I just feel like I need to be there for her for everything,” Molly said.

A true bond: While Hannah is the one with the disease, it’s become like the two are sharing the disease together. They even have matching orange charm Pandora bracelets — the official color of MS — that they wear. They were Christmas presents from a year ago.

“It’s like Molly has it vicariously through me,” Hannah said. “She’s just so connected to me.”

While the two are feeling good about their lives right now, they remember the troubles the disease caused them a few years ago. The two — jointly — made a difficult decision to drop out of college when the stress of the situation got to be too difficult to handle.

St. Mary’s is a small liberal arts college located in the most southern part of Maryland, a near 3½-hour drive from York. And while they tried to drive home when they could, it was just too rough on both of them.

Then there were the shots, one of which needed to be injected every day, which caused welts and other side effects that left Hannah sometimes nearly incapacitated for 24 hours afterwards.

Heading home: So the sisters decided it was time to come back home for a couple of months and regroup.

“Part of the reason we dropped out was because of my MS,” Hannah said. “I was having a lot of trouble with the injections, and part of it was that I was away from my parents and I really needed a lot of support. And (Molly) really did a lot for me. I mean, it’s like we do everything together. It was kind of like she was experiencing everything with me.”

After things normalized, the two decided to stay closer to home. As it turns out, Penn State York offered a perfect fit — a small school that was close to home, that also met both their academic and athletic needs.

“Yeah, so that’s how we ended up here,” Molly said.

Living a normal life: While the disease can leave some physically handicapped, Hannah’s case is perhaps the least severe of the different forms. Thus she has been medically cleared to continue her basketball career, a decision that has helped to keep her daily life relatively normal.

“Basketball has always sort have been my social life,” Hannah said. “So I just try not to think about it. As long as I can play I just try not to think about it.”

Excelling on the court: Just by looking at Hannah, a 5-foot, 11-inch, sophomore forward, it would be difficult to guess that she suffers from the disease. She currently leads the Nittany Lions (2-6 overall) in scoring at 15.2 points a game, seventh best in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC).

Part of the reason that not many know about her disease is that she — like many others who have it — chooses to keep it that way.

“People don’t talk about (it),” Hannah said. “Because you look so healthy and your physical manifestation is fine. Until now, I’ve told maybe 20 people. Like I didn’t even tell (Penn State York women’s basketball) Coach Bob (Heiser) or (Assistant Coach) Terri (Van Slyke). They actually read it on my physical. I was like, ‘oh, if they ask me about it then I’ll bring it up, but if not then there’s no point unless obviously I have symptoms.’ So yeah, for people like me, we don’t really talk about it.”

And when she does talk about it, it is often in a non-serious manner.

“I’m kind of cynical about it,” Hannah said. “I make jokes, and sometimes I’m around people that don’t know and I’m like, ‘Oops. Surprise!’ You just have to keep light about it. And for now I’m healthy, I can walk, I can talk and I have no problems and no symptoms. So it’s just kind of there and I’m managing it.”

The outlook: The outlook of her type of MS could mean she’s symptom-free for up to 10 years, although her first relapse was a little less than three years. The type of medication (Aubagio) that she is now taking comes in pill form, making the need for those scary injections a thing of the past. While Aubagio doesn’t really prevent symptoms, it does help to prolong the period in between outbreaks, which is what Hannah is hoping will happen from now on.

In the meantime, Hannah plans to continue to be on the basketball court at Penn State York doing what she has become quite good at.

And so will Molly, who will always be there looking to “assist” her sister in any way that she can.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


Sara Tarbert has found her comfort zone.

Jackie Boswell has found her post player.

Together, they’ve found a perfect fit.

Now they hope to lead the Stevenson University women’s basketball team to unprecedented heights.

Tarbert, for those who don’t remember, was a York-Adams League standout just a couple years back. As a senior in 2012-2013 for the Kennard-Dale Rams, she led the league in scoring, averaging over 24 points per game.

She finished her high school career with more than 1,000 points, earned all-state recognition and eventually became the first player in the history of the K-D girls’ basketball program to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship.

The 6-foot, 1-inch Tarbert spent her freshman college season at nearby University of Maryland-Baltimore County. To say she excelled with the Retrievers would be an understatement.

She averaged 13.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game en route to being named the America East Rookie of the Year.

Finding a new school: Despite her personal success, however, Tarbert didn’t feel quite at home at UMBC.

First, her team didn’t win much, finishing 4-25. Second, she was playing out of position at guard, instead of forward, where she played almost exclusively in high school and in AAU ball with the Maryland Grizzlies. Third, UMBC didn’t offer the nursing major she desired.

So she started looking for a new team. She briefly considered York College, but it didn’t take her long to settle on Stevenson, which is an NCAA Division III school located in Owings Mills, Md., which is just 40 miles from her home in Delta. As a result, her parents have been able to watch every Stevenson game so far this season, including a recent two-game swing in Florida.

“I liked the nursing program, and I had visited Stevenson before,” Tarbert said. “I just thought it was a better fit. One thing I was looking for, it was close to home. I liked the campus atmosphere, and of course the coaches and all the girls on the team were very welcoming.”

Boswell, the head coach at Stevenson, couldn’t be happier.

“We worked really hard on Sara (coming out of high school),” Boswell said. “She was our No. 1 recruit that year. But we had a feeling that she would go Division I. I couldn’t blame her for accepting a full ride to a D-I school. But I told her that if things didn’t work out to give us a call and she always had a home here.”

Thriving at Stevenson: In the offseason, Tarbert called Boswell and the rest is history. Tarbert is now thriving as a Stevenson sophomore. She leads the Mustangs in points per game (17.0), rebounds per game (11.9) and steals per game (3.7). She was just named the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week and has helped Stevenson to a 7-2 start. The Mustangs have won five straight and are 2-0 in the Commonwealth Conference.

“She’s our missing piece,” Boswell said. “We were missing one dominant player in the post.”

Boswell, in fact, believes the addition of Tarbert, along with her returning players, could power Stevenson to a very special season.

“Quite honestly, I think we could win a national championship,” Boswell said. “We have all the pieces now.”

That’s a pretty bold statement for a program that finished 14-14 a season ago and went a combined 39-109 in the six seasons before that — a woeful .283 winning percentage.

But it’s clear that Boswell, in just her fourth season at Stevenson, has changed the culture of the program. And the addition of Tarbert — Boswell’s first transfer from a Division I program— has been a huge part of that transformation.

“We’re really happy to have her,” Boswell said. “She’s a good fit for our team.”

Make that a perfect fit.

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

Red Lion High School graduate Chris Dahlheimer will be inducted into the Lycoming College Athletics Hall of Fame in May.

Dahlheimer is a 2010 Lycoming graduate. The induction ceremony will be part of Alumni Weekend from May 15-17, 2015. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Burchfield Lounge.

Listed in the top 10 in school history in both career wins and pins, Dahlheimer was a 2009 NCAA Division III All-American. He was also a phenomenal student, which helped him earn a cover story in the NCAA Champion magazine as a senior.

He finished his career as a three-time NCAA qualifier who led the Warriors in pins and wins in both 2009 and 2010. The only three-time Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference champion in school history, Dahlheimer finished his career 10th in school history with 89 wins and 26 pins. He is also eighth in the school’s career record book in major decisions (14) and decisions (44).

Dahlheimer was named the school’s Most Outstanding Male Athlete award as a senior.


Former Red Lion High School quarterback Chad Kelly, seen here during his playing days at Clemson, has now committed to play for Ole Miss. The much-traveled

Former Red Lion High School quarterback Chad Kelly, seen here during his playing days at Clemson, has now committed to play for Ole Miss. The much-traveled Kelly is coming off a standout junior college season. (FILE PHOTO)

The football odyssey of a former Red Lion High School quarterback has stopped in a new destination.

Chad Kelly committed to play for the University of Mississippi on Wednesday.

After spending 48 hours in Oxford, Kelly felt it was time to pull the trigger and commit to the Rebels.

Kelly (@ChadKelly_11) announced his decision Wednesday afternoon by tweeting: “All I Can Say Is HottyToddy!!!!!! It’s A Great Day To Be A Ole Miss Rebel !!!! Can’t Wait To Be A Rebel !!!! #HottyToddy

Kelly will enroll at Ole Miss in time to participate in spring practice and battle rising sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade for the opportunity to replace senior QB Bo Wallace. The Rebels play in the Southeastern Conference, which is generally considered to be the premier college football league in the nation. The Rebels are 9-3 this season and ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25. They will play No. 6 Texas Christian in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, on New Year’s Eve.

Kelly played for East Mississippi Community College this past season and is coming off of a dominant performance in Biloxi, where he threw for 434 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Lions past Iowa Western, 34-17, in the Mississippi Bowl, which is the championship of the National Junior College Athletic Association. As a sophomore at EMCC, Kelly completed 303 of 453 passes for 3,906 yards and 47 touchdowns with eight interceptions. EMCC finished 12-0.

Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, was an Under Armour All-American out of high school. As a senior at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in New York, Kelly passed for 3,050 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 991 yards and 14 touchdown.

He originally signed with Clemson out of high school, but after redshirting in 2012 and playing in just five games in 2013, Kelly was dismissed from the team following the 2014 spring game because of “conduct detrimental to the team.”

That was not the first time that Kelly was embroiled in turmoil.

He started his high school career at Red Lion, where he started a game as a freshman before he was suspended from the team for undisclosed reasons. He returned for his sophomore year with the Lions and started five games, before he was again suspended from the team for undisclosed reasons.

At that point, Kelly’s family pulled up roots in York County and moved to the Buffalo, New York, region.

Before his stint at Red Lion, Kelly gained notoriety in York County as a youngster when he won multiple NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national titles. One of those championships came after he suffered a near-paralyzing spinal cord injury while working out at a camp in the Buffalo area operated by Jim Kelly.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kelly has two years of eligibility remaining. He chose Ole Miss over offers from Indiana and Virginia Tech.

Kelly is the Rebels’ second quarterback in the 2015 class, joining New Iberia, La., signal caller Jason Pellerin.

— Reach Steve Heiser at The (Biloxi) Sun Herald and The Buffalo News contributed to this report.

Red Lion High School graduate Andrew Zeller is one of 64 student-athletes from the University of Maryland selected to the All-Big Ten Conference Academic List for the fall sports season.

Zeller, a redshirt junior, is the starting right guard for the Terps’ football team. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 310-pound offensive lineman helped Maryland achieve a 7-5 regular-season record this year, including a 20-19 win at Penn State on Nov. 1. The Terps are slated to face Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game is scheduled for a 10 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The Big Ten recognized 977 student-athletes who competed in fall sports from all 14 member institutions.



John Kuhn normally works in the shadows of the National Football League.

The veteran Green Bay Packers fullback willingly does the dirty work that every NFL team needs — such as protecting superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers from oncoming blitzes, acting as a bulldozing lead blocker for featured halfback Eddie Lacy and excelling on special teams. Occasionally, he even gets to touch the ball on short-yardage rushing situations or by catching a swing pass out of the backfield.

They’re duties that normally draw few headlines or ESPN highlights.

Now, however, the Dover High School graduate has been honored by USA Football. He’s a been named to the organization’s All-Fundamental Team. He’s one of just 26 NFL players to be recognized.

Some of the players honored are well-known superstars, such as Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Others, such as Kuhn, are relatively anonymous performers.

The players were selected with guidance from a five-man committee of Bill Polian, Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge, Charles Davis and Carl Peterson.

USA Football, the governing body for the sport in the United States, recognizes NFL players who employ proper technique, particularly when blocking and tackling, which fosters safety benefits and better on-field performances.

Among the other players chosen for the squad are Earl Thomas, Reggie Wayne, Golden Tate, Matt Forte, Joe Thomas, Luke Kuechly, Cameron Wake, Gerald McCoy and three rookies: place kicker Chandler Catanzaro, linebacker Khalil Mack, and guard Zack Martin.

“These 26 men serve as examples to the millions of youth football players across the nation that fundamentals are vital to success at every level,” said Peterson, USA Football’s chairman and a longtime NFL executive. “According to medical experts, players who master the fundamentals and learn them at younger ages are safer as they progress within the sport.”

The 6-foot, 250-pound Kuhn has helped Green Bay to a 10-3 record this season. Over the years, his blue-collar style has also made him a favorite with the Packers’ fans, who scream “Kuhnnnnnnn” on the rare occasions when he touches the ball. This season, for example, he’s rushed just 17 times for 57 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and one touchdown, while catching four passes for 23 yards (5.8 yards per catch). At 32, he’s is in his ninth year in the NFL.

Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,000 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice.

In addition, a fan vote will determine the All-Fundamentals Team captains at Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $2,000 equipment grant to donate. Voting is open through Dec. 22.

— Reach Steve Heiser at


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