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By STEVE HEISER
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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 sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. 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.

By STEVE HEISER
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(ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

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 http://www.facebook.com/usafootball. 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 sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

The Penn State York men’s basketball team led by three at halftime against visiting Penn State Lehigh Valley, but the local Lions couldn’t hold onto the lead in a 64-61 loss.

Josh Jamison (12) and Tyler Martin (25) each reached double digits for PSY. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for PSY, which is now 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.

The PSY women’s basketball team fell to Penn State Lehigh Valley, 99-60. Hannah York (14), Whitney Brown (13), Katie McNamara (12) and Molly York (10) each reached double digits for PSY, which fell to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the PSUAC.

Dover High School graduate Aniella Janosky, a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

Janosky set seven NCAA B cut times last week at the Zippy Invitational in Akron. Her time of 2 minutes, 2.94 seconds in the 200 butterfly was her best cut of the meet, and currently ranks fifth in NCAA Division II. Janosky swam two other individual races in NCAA-qualifying times in the 100 butterfly (:55.93), good for 11th in Division II, and the 200 freestyle (1:53.46), good for 33rd in Division II.

She also swam NCAA B cut legs in three relays, including the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.68), 400 medley relay (3:50.83), and the 200 medley relay (1:46.78) to help the Crimson Hawks notch a sixth-place finish out of 10 teams at the meet. Those relay finishes currently rank eighth, 12th and 18th in Division II.

West York High School graduate Bethany Richardson has picked up another postseason honor.

After earning her third straight all-conference recognition, Richardson has picked up Lycoming College’s first Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference award for women’s volleyball.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. The award is voted on by the conference’s 18 sports information departments.

Richardson, a corporate communications and business marketing major, led the Commonwealth Conference with a .285 hitting percentage, while she averaged 2.45 kills and 2.87 points per set to lead the Warriors, helping her earn Honorable Mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. The junior captain posted 16 double-figure kill games, including notching 19 in a match twice, against Penn State Altoona and Elizabethtown. She also finished second on the team with 53 blocks.

The 5-foot, 9-inch middle hitter was a second-team all-conference selection this season and as a sophomore and she earned honorable mention accolades as a freshman. She will enter her senior season needing just 11 kills to become the eighth player in school history to post 1,000 in a career.

The Warriors finished the season 18-17 overall and advanced to the Commonwealth Conference Tournament for the fourth straight season and enjoyed its third straight winning season under 14th-year head coach Tim McMahon.

Central York High School graduate James English is helping out an ailing Pennsylvania wrestler.

English, who earned All-America honors last year as a senior at Penn State, is among those featured in a charity calendar, along with other wrestlers from across the nation. The featured wrestlers range from first-time competitors, to private club and high school athletes to world team members and Olympic medalists.

The calendar was created to help Jacob Calhoun, 29, who recently traveled to Florida to compete in the Wrestling World Team Trials. Calhoun is also the head wrestling coach at Muhlenberg College.

English

English (Mark Selders)

After an outdoor workout, Calhoun became extremely dehydrated, suffered a heat stroke and lost consciousness. Those issues led to liver failure. Calhoun needed a liver transplant, which he received in June. The health crisis has left Calhoun with a large financial burden. Calhoun and his family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants for assistance.

A nationwide contest for photo submissions was held and 24 athletes from across the country were chosen to appear in the calendar, including English. Calendars can be purchased at http://www.jakecalhoun.org. For information, contact Teri Jakob at (717) 304-3746 or terijakob@me.com . Calendars are $20 plus $5 for shipping & handling.

Calendar sponsors include Modern Day Gladiators of Dover.

Kennard-Dale High School graduate Chance Marsteller has compiled a 10-2 record in tournament action as a freshman at Oklahoma State University.

Marsteller, wrestling at 157 pounds, has been unable to crack the Cowboys’ starting dual-meet lineup.

Marsteller was a four-time PIAA state champion with the Rams and was regarded as one of the top wrestling recruits in the nation last season. He originally gave a verbal commitment to Penn State before changing his mind and signing with Oklahoma State. He won his final state title last season at 170 pounds.

Oklahoma State is ranked No. 8 in the nation by Intermat.

The starting Cowboy wrestler at 157 is sophomore Anthony Collica, who finished 31-9 last year and won the Big 12 title at 141.

Marsteller

Marsteller (John A. Pavoncello)

 

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Penn State York’s Logan Steckel, left, battles for the ball with Penn State Schuylkill’s Will Bornstein on Wednesday. Steckel went over 1,000

Penn State York’s Logan Steckel, left, battles for the ball with Penn State Schuylkill’s Will Bornstein on Wednesday. Steckel went over 1,000 points in PSY’s win. (BIL BOWDEN PHOTO)
Penn State York’s Hannah York, left, tries guarding Penn State Schuylkill’s Tessa Dolce on Wednesday. York had 23 points and 10 rebounds in

Penn State York’s Hannah York, left, tries guarding Penn State Schuylkill’s Tessa Dolce on Wednesday. York had 23 points and 10 rebounds in PSY’s win. (BIL BOWDEN PHOTO)

There’s not a lot that can keep Molly York away from the basketball court at Penn State York.

Not class. Not work. And definitely not some kidney stones.

Still suffering from some painful kidney stones the night before, York had a procedure that uses shock waves to break up the stones around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. Later that night, York was busy helping her Nittany Lions squad snap a four-game losing skid.

York knocked down her first two shots of the night en route to 14 points, while her sister Hannah poured in 23 more to lead PSY to a 57-42 victory over Penn State Schuylkill.

The PSY men’s team made it a sweep for the night. Dallastown grad Judd Gemmill (15 points) and Red Lion Christian grad Logan Steckel (14 points) led PSY to a 78-67 triumph over Schuylkill.

“I actually got a kidney stone this past weekend,” Molly York said. “So I had the lithotripsy and I was feeling well so I decided to play. So I figured, ‘hey, why not.’ That and I really wanted to win.”

The PSY women’s team was in the midst of a losing streak since a season-opening win over Central Penn. Already shorthanded with just seven players on the roster, Coach Bob Heiser would have had a lot of issues if Molly York couldn’t suit up.

The Lions lost freshman Le’Asija Jamison late in the game when she fouled out. In addition, teammate Whitney Brown played most of the second half with four fouls.

For all of those woes, Molly York felt her team actually played better after Jamison fouled out with just under five minutes left.

“I think you focus more,” she said. “You try to play better defense and move your feet because you know that you can’t be lazy. Foul trouble is what usually kills a game.”

Hannah York stepped up in the clutch, knocking down key shots, grabbing rebounds and generally willing her team toward a much-needed triumph. A former standout at the Christian School of York with her sister, Hannah knocked down six shots and got to the foul line 17 times en route to a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds).

“I think that Hannah just carried the team on her back tonight,” Heiser said. “She tried to score the ball when we needed to. And (Schuylkill) is a team that tries to clog the middle up so it wasn’t easy for her inside.”

PSY is now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference. Schuylkill fell to 3-2 and 2-2.

Steckel reaches 1,000: Steckel is no stranger to milestones. Having scored 2,803 points while at Red Lion Christian, the PSY junior reached 1,000 for his college career with a basket with 9;40 left in the contest.

“I knew I was close, but I didn’t think I would get it in this game,” he said. “I knew I was under 50 but I didn’t know how many points (I needed). And it’s nice to get it here at home because I was afraid I was going to be away.”

Steckel joins teammate Josh Jamison, who scored a game-high 22 points in the victory, as the second PSY men’s player to enter the 1,000-point club this season. Jamison reached his milestone back on Nov. 22.

While those two — Steckel and Jamison — have carried the bulk of the scoring for Coach Parrish Petry’s club the past several seasons, it was Gemmill who fueled the home team to victory. The former Wildcat drained five 3-pointers in a row in the second half to help the Lions rally from a 33-32 halftime deficit.

“Judd really pushed the lead up,” Steckel said. “Especially when I was missing my shots.”

PSY is now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the PSUAC. Schuylkill fell to 1-6 and 1-3.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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York’s Brad Wesner is pressured by Messiah’s Luke Cable, a West York grad, during action at York on Tuesday. Cable had 14 points to help

York’s Brad Wesner is pressured by Messiah’s Luke Cable, a West York grad, during action at York on Tuesday. Cable had 14 points to help Messiah to a 75-69 victory. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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Finding a college basketball home hasn’t been easy for former West York High School standout Luke Cable.

But after transferring to Messiah this season — his third college stop in three years — the former Bulldog is starting to feel comfortable.

Cable showed some of that comfort level in front of a number of family and friends Tuesday night when his Falcons visited York College in a men’s basketball battle. The 5-foot 10-inch guard looked at ease, pouring in a team-high 14 points to help Messiah to a 75-69 victory over the Spartans.

“I love it here,” Cable said of the school in northern York County. “It’s a perfect fit for me.”

Cable’s “homecoming” was a bit intriguing. It marked the first time he ever play at the Grumbacher Center. While the York-Adams League holds its playoff championship games on that court, the Bulldogs failed to make it to the finals during Cable’s high school career.

“Yeah, I’ve never actually played here before,” said Cable, who played a year at Susquehanna and then at Eastern University before coming to Messiah. “Never. Never made it to the championship as a player. So it was good to play here. My brothers (Jordan and Ben) and my whole family were here. And all my friends are home for Thanksgiving break so they were there too. And it was good to get a win.”

While Cable was all smiles with the outcome, it was a different story for the Spartans, who remained winless (0-4). Head Coach Matt Hunter’s club played another quality opponent tough only to find themselves on the short end.

“That team (Messiah) wins,” Hunter said of the 4-0 Falcons. “And I just told my team that if we compete like (Messiah) that we’ll win basketball games. We have to learn a couple lessons, but we have to keep our chin up.”

York was able to stymie the Falcons with a defense that forced Messiah to shoot from the perimeter for much of the contest. Combined with some early foul trouble that plagued Falcon standout forward David Fernandez-Bravo (10 points, seven rebounds), the Spartans’ defense was able to keep the team either ahead or within a few points all night.

“They run a zone and our offense … we usually run it against man,” Cable said. “Their zone took us out of what we normally try to do and it was tough. And David seems to get into foul trouble every single game. If we can keep him on the floor we’re obviously a way better team.”

Good teams such as Messiah, which was ranked in the top 15 in NCAA Division III a year ago, seem to have a knack of playing well in the clutch. And that’s exactly what the Falcons did. After York took its biggest lead of the night at 63-56 with 4:53 left, the visitors responded with a 10-0 run over the next 89 seconds.

Hunter wasn’t disappointed in his team’s defense for that stretch as much as he was impressed with how Messiah’s role players stepped up.

“I can’t fault our defense,” he said. “We stopped the ball and they kicked it out to a guy (Neil Murren) who hadn’t made a 3-point shot all year and he knocked it down. So that’s why you tip your cap. That’s the game of basketball. It was a great effort by (Murren).”

Murren’s triple ignited the run, which was further fueled by five points from Cable.

“We realized that there wasn’t much time left,” Cable said. “We knew we had to pick it up and just play through it.”

The Spartans, though, got a big 3-pointer from South Western grad Mike Duffy, who set a new career high with 19 points on the night. Duffy’s shot tied the score at 66 with 3:06 left.

“He’s solid,” Hunter said of Duffy. “He’s a tough kid, he’s a strong kid and a competitive SOB. And I mean that as the best compliment that a coach can give to a player. He’s been great for us and he’s making a lot of plays for us.”

The Spartans had their chances down the stretch to regain the edge but fell short. While the outcome was disheartening for Hunter, he was nevertheless pleased with his team’s efforts.

“I love our team,” he said. “That group, right there, they just compete. It was awesome to watch and it was awesome to be a part of. I couldn’t be prouder of a group of guys than I am of that group right there.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.


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