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Football produces more concussions that any other prep sport. file photo(Photo: The York Dispatch)

Concussions are hardly a new revelation.

However, their long-term health effects are, which is the main reason why the attention surrounding head injuries is at an all-time high.

It all started in 2002 in Pittsburgh with a little-known Nigerian doctor named Bennet Omalu. He’s credited with discovering CTE, the degenerative disease in a human’s brain caused by repeated blows to the head, when he examined the brain of deceased former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Webster. CTE is commonly found in the brains of boxers. Webster died suddenly at the age of 50 after struggling with years of mental impairment, depression, mood swings, drug use and suicide attempts.


West York athlete relives concussion

Posted: February 10, 2016 in Football

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Anton Johnson was just one of more than 1.1 million high school athletes who participated in football in 2014.

By the end of the season, he was also part of the rapidly growing number of high school athletes who have suffered a concussion from playing a contact sport.

Johnson suffered the first diagnosed concussion of his life.


York area deals with concussion issue

Posted: February 10, 2016 in Football

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On Sept. 18, 2015, PBS’s “Frontline” released a damning report that revealed that 87 out of 91 brains of deceased former NFL players tested positive for the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

For anyone who’s been following the concussion crisis within the NFL, this information isn’t surprising. It’s become common knowledge over the last few years that the repetitive blows to the heads that NFL players endure does have a long-term effect on the health of the athletes and their brains. However, nobody was prepared for the 96 percent rate of CTE found in the brains studied by researchers at Boston University and Department of Veteran Affairs.


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The Quarterback Club of York honored a number of York-Adams athletes on Monday night. Pictured, from left, are: QB Club of York president Roy Robbins, Nick Erickson (Spring Grove), Tessa Myers (Dallastown), Emma Leik (York Suburban), Jake Jansen (Dallastown), Thomas Merkle (York Suburban) and Kyle Krout (Hanover).(Photo: RYAN VANDERSLOOT PHOTO)

Most athletes have gone through a few down periods in their sports careers.

While it’s always preferable to taste victory, sometimes personal struggle is necessary in order to grow.

That theme was hit on several times Monday evening at San Carlos Restaurant in York when the Quarterback Club of York held its annual awards banquet.

Emma Leik, a standout cross country runner at York Suburban High School, has had to muster the ability to overcome a serious obstacle — a condition called compartment syndrome. Leik, who helped lead the Trojans to a District 3-AA title in 2014, was tested mentally and physically by the condition that was diagnosed just before her senior season.


Q&A: York Tech coach Charlie Troxell

Posted: February 4, 2016 in Football



Each year, it seems a number of York-Adams football head coaching jobs become available after the final whistle of the season has blown.

Unfortunately, it also seems as if York Tech is an annual participant on the coaching carousel.

This year is no exception. The Spartans hired a familiar name to lead the program in an effort to bring some much-needed stability to the position.


York Tech hires football head coach

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Football


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A familiar name will lead the York Tech football program in 2016.

Charlie Troxell, who was the head coach for the Spartans from 2002 through 2004, was recently hired by the Joint Operating Committee, according to a news release from York Tech athletic director Rob Caruso.

Troxell has also held assistant coaching jobs at Dallastown High School and Dickinson College. He also teaches in the social studies department at York Tech.


Q&A: K-D football coach Chris Grube

Posted: January 26, 2016 in Football

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Kennard-Dale is not a school with a rich football history in football.

The Rams have had only a few bright seasons over the past three decades or so years. That short list includes the last winning year back in 2009, when the Rams made the District 3 playoffs, finishing with a 6-5 record.

Since winning five games the following season in 2010, the Rams have not eclipsed the two-win mark.


QB Club names scholarship winners

Posted: January 20, 2016 in Football


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Dallastown’s Jacob Jansen, right, the York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year, will be honored at the Quarterback Club of York banquet on Monday, Feb. 8.(Photo: Bill Kalina – The York Dispatch)

The Quarterback Club of York has selected its 2016 scholarship winners.

Spring Grove’s Nickolas Erickson has earned the $4,000 Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship, which is spread over four years and good for $1,000 each year.

Dallastown’s Tessa Myers won the $1,000 Sandy Kranich Memorial Scholarship and York Suburban’s Emma Leik captured the $1,000 Thomas V. Chatman Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship winners will be recognized at the QB Club of York banquet, set for Monday, Feb. 8, at San Carlos Restaurant on Route 30 in York.

Also recognized that night will be the York-Adams League football players of the year: Dallastown’s Jacob Jansen in Division I, Suburban’s Thomas Merkle in Division II and Hanover’s Kyle Krout in Division III.


PIAA looks to fix length of season

Posted: December 28, 2015 in Football

KEVIN GORMAN, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (TNS)

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Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s J.J. Younger carries against Parkland during the PIAA Class AAAA football championship game on Saturday.(Photo: DANIEL ZAMPOGNA/ via AP)

After football championships held just six days before Christmas, the PIAA is acknowledging a chief complaint from coaches.

The season lasts too long.

“It doesn’t happen like this all the time, but it’s one of the driving forces because it’s the week before Christmas,” said Mars athletic director and football coach Scott Heinauer, a WPIAL representative on the PIAA Board of Directors.



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Central York’s Brad Livingston has seen his long tenure as the Panthers’ football and boys’ head coach come to an end.(Photo: “Bill Kalina”, “The York Dispatch”)

The Central York School District has some healing to do.

The firing of Brad Livingston as the head coach of the high school’s football and boys’ volleyball programs has undoubtedly left some scars in the Panther community.

The Central York School Board members know that better than anyone. That’s likely why they issued a statement announcing Livingston’s dismissal on a Friday afternoon during the holiday season.

In political terms, that’s known as a Friday afternoon “dump.”