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By PATRICK STROHECKER
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York County, as a whole, is 911 square miles.

But, in the realm of high school athletics, it might as well be broken into 15 separate entities, with each of the 15 York County schools that compete in the York-Adams League like their own island. Rarely, when you step inside one of those 15 areas, will you find someone who supports a team other than the school in his or her own district.

The fan bases are passionate, filling gyms and stadiums to cheer on their beloved athletes, while rival supporters aren’t afraid to venture into enemy territory for a road contest. It’s one of the many things that make high school sports something that athletes remember forever.

But, make no mistake about it, even though their rooting interests may differ, there is still a common bond between every single person in the area — they are all York County residents. There hasn’t been a more perfect example of that bond than when the county fans put their individual rooting interests aside and rally around an athlete, or any other student, who’s suffering from severe health problems.

The area has seen a number of teenagers fall ill to the horrors of cancer just in the past couple of years. It’s an illness so destructive to the mental and physical health of a human, that it can leave anyone remotely associated with someone diagnosed with cancer feeling devastated.

Four get our support: So, when four local teens each received the horrifying news from their doctors that they had cancer, the entire county felt the impact and the need to help. The four kids affected — Maddie Hill, Brandon Hohenadel, Peter Falci and Marcus Josey — were not only outstanding students at four different high schools, but also athletes.

Hill, a senior at Dover High School, suffers from myelodysplastic syndrome. In short, it’s caused by dysfunctional blood cells and forced her to undergo a bone marrow transplant back in the fall of 2013. She encountered problems earlier this year and needed to undergo another transplant.

Hohenadel, now a graduate of Eastern York, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2013, which affects the blood and bone marrow. He played basketball through his freshman year with the Golden Knights before stopping. Still, it was basketball, which he continues to play for fun, that helped him get through his treatment and help him rebuild his strength.

Falci, a senior basketball player at Central York, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in early March, just days before the Panthers took part in the PIAA state tournament.

And Josey, a junior at Northeastern and the quarterback for the Bobcats’ football team, was the most recent athlete to find out he had cancer, diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia on April 10, the most common form of childhood cancer.

Those four graced York County with their excellence on the court and field when they were healthy, so it was only fitting that the county came together to support them in their time of greatest need.

Raising money: T-shirt drives were the biggest source of fund raising for each of the patients’ families. The Dover community sold “Fight Like Hill” shirts for Hill, while Eastern sold “Brandon’s Battle” shirts with a cancer ribbon on them in support of Hohenadel. Central started a drive by selling “Play for Pete” shirts for Falci that the basketball team wore for warm-ups before its state tournament game and Northeastern is selling “#MarcusStrong” T-shirts for Josey’s fight.

But, instead of settling for the bare minimum to help, the York community continued to help these kids in any way possible. On top of the T-shirt drives, Dover held a marrow donor registry drive on March 14, so more victims like Hill don’t have to wait as long to find a match. This June will be the second annual Brandon’s Battle golf outing to help raise money for Hohenadel’s continuing medical expenses and for other pediatric cancer patients. Just in the last year, there’s been more than $12,000 raised for him and his family. And to show how the entire county is rallying around these kids, even York Suburban took part in helping raise money and awareness for Hohenadel’s fight, by holding a white out during the Trojans’ boys’ volleyball match against the Golden Knights in 2013.

In Josey’s case, a GoFundMe account was set up online under the name “Keep #MarcusStrong” to raise money for his treatment. Just in the week since it was created, more than 100 donors contributed more than $6,000 to his fight. It’s hard to imagine that other communities, besides Northeastern, haven’t helped contribute to that total.

Looking out for them: Josey said it best last week after he underwent his first day of chemotherapy: “The support is amazing,” he said. “I honestly didn’t think I had that many people out there caring for me and looking out for me. The people at my school are amazing. They’re honestly helping me get through this a lot better than I think I would without all that support.”

The outreach and support for these kids extends much further than the walls of their school and district. When any member of York County falls ill, the entire community rallies around them.

Individually, you’ve rooted them on during their athletic endeavors, but this is a battle for which the entire county can, and has, rallied around them. Now, more than ever, these kids need your support in a fight much bigger than anything they could’ve ever endured on the fields or courts.

And that’s something we can all come together and support.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

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York Catholic’s Hakeem Kinard will be the only York County player participating in the 14th annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East/West All Star Game.

The game will be played Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Downingtown High School.

Kinard, a quarterback/defensive back, recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level at Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) University.

The 2014 York-Adams Division III Player of the Year, the 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-pound Kinard played a key factor in the Irish going 8-4 last season, finishing as the Division III runner-up and making it back to the District 3-A title game for the second year in a row. For the season, Kinard passed for 1,935 yards, rushed for 1,544 yards and totaled 37 touchdowns.

Kinard will play for the West team.

Two other York County players were selected for the West team, but declined to participate — Dallastown linemen Zaire Willis and Justin Tindull.

The 6-5, 320-pound Willis plans to play NCAA Division II football for Indiana University of Pennsylvania next fall. The 6-4, 260-pound Tindull was a York-Adams League Division I All-Star on both offense and defense. He had 51 tackles and seven sacks on defense.

Willis and Tindull helped the Wildcats to a 9-1 regular season and a York-Adams Division I championship.

The head coach of the West team will be Tom Gravish from Jersey Shore High School and the East head coach will be Rob Klock from Lower Dauphin High School.

Bermudian Springs’ Jon DeFoe will be an assistant coach on the West team. In his 16th year at the helm, DeFoe led the Eagles this past season to the York-Adams Division III title with a perfect 7-0 league mark, the program’s third division title in the last four years.

Bermudian reached the District 3-AA semifinals, where the Eagles fell, 26-7, to eventual district champ Wyomissing. The Eagles finished 11-1 overall. DeFoe’s career coaching record at Bermudian is now 117-57.

Both the East and West teams practice on Sunday, April 19, and Sunday, April 26. The East team will practice at Dowingtown High School and the West team will practice at Woodland Hills. The final practice for both teams will be Saturday, May 2, at Downingtown.

Tickets for the game are $8 and will only be on sale on game day starting at 12:30 p.m.

 

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey has been diagnosed with leukemia and has already started chemotherapy treatments.

Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey has been diagnosed with leukemia and has already started chemotherapy treatments. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

After being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) late last week, Northeastern High School junior Marcus Josey began chemotherapy on Monday at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to fight the cancer.

Josey is a quarterback for the Bobcats football team.

According to The Mayo Clinic website, ALL is the most common form of cancer in children. The word “acute” is a result of the disease spreading rapidly in the patient’s blood and bone marrow, creating immature blood cells, rather than mature cells. The word “lymphocytic” refers to the white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, which the disease impacts.

If spotted early enough in the cancer’s development and treated properly, there is a good chance of the patient being cured. Fortunately, for Josey, not only was it spotted early enough for treatment to begin immediately, but he didn’t even need doctors to tell him that he had cancer.

“I kind of diagnosed myself,” he said. “I was going through some cancer-like symptoms for two weeks prior to actually being diagnosed. I actually told a couple of my friends that I thought I had cancer. I just didn’t know which type. So, I wasn’t completely shocked, to be honest.”

Some of the symptoms that started concerning Josey were uncontrollable nosebleeds, severe back pain, night sweats, joint pain and constantly feeling fatigued.

“It was definitely scary,” he said. “I knew something was wrong with me, but I didn’t really look at it and how it would effect my life, overall. I was more worried about getting my health in line and getting better.”

Treatment: Now, after Josey completes this first week’s chemo, he’ll return to the Hershey Medical Center every Monday and, as long as his numbers continue to be in line, he’ll receive chemo every Monday. The first round lasts four weeks and then he’ll undergo another round of tests, including a bone marrow biopsy and X-rays, and then he’ll begin a second round of chemo.

“His overall treatment, we’re not positive of it, it will be somewhere between five and six months for the chemo,” Andrea Josey, Marcus’ mother, said. “And then, after that, it will be maintenance. It’s about a two-year process, the worst being the first four weeks.”

Support: In the few days since his diagnosis, Josey received incredible amounts of support from his fellow peers at Northeastern. His twitter feed, @josey_thewise, is filled with retweets of prayers and encouragement from his friends and teammates, with many using the #PRAYIN6ForMarcus. The numeral 6, standing in for the “G” in “PRAYING,” is a tribute to his number on the football field. Students have sent him tweets, using the hashtag #MarcusStrong, while teammate Jonathan Maher posted a picture on his account, @Jmaher_04, of customized football cleats, that read “MARCUS” on the left cleat and “STRONG” on the right one, that the football team plans to wear for home games next season.

Students also began numerous fund raisers for him to help offset the medical bills that will continue to grow during and after his treatment. There are a couple different T-shirts that students are selling that say #MarcusStrong on the back, while there is also talk of starting a kickstarter on the crowd-sourcing website GoFundMe.com to help raise money for him and his family.

“The support is amazing,” Josey said. “I honestly didn’t think I had that many people out there caring for me and looking out for me. The people at my school are amazing. They’re honestly helping me get through this a lot better than I think I would without that support.”

Josey is the second athlete in York County to be diagnosed with cancer in the past two months, after Central York senior basketball player Pete Falci was diagnosed with testicular cancer in early March.

On the field: As a sophomore, Josey earned his first chance to start at quarterback for the Bobcats, completing 66 of 175 passes for 1,246 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But, he was also a threat on the ground, rushing for 258 yards on 95 attempts and scoring twice.

Unfortunately, for himself and Northeastern, he never got a chance to show his development from his sophomore to junior year. He was injured in the first game of the season against York Catholic. He suffered a torn lisfranc ligament in his right foot in the first half of the season opener against the Irish. Despite finishing the game, he wouldn’t play another down.

Now, he has a bigger challenge ahead of him.

“To challenge a kid like Marcus and the strength that he has and the mental toughness, to me, (cancer) picked the wrong person to challenge,” Bobcats football coach Joe Scepanski said, “I know he’ll beat it just because of the way he is. His passion for life and being successful and a leader, it picked the wrong person because he’ll beat it.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

West York High School’s Terry Cains has been named among the top football prospects to watch in Pennsylvania for next fall.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 175-pound wideout/defensive back was among 107 players recognized by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association from the graduating class of 2016. The PSFCA made the selections in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic for a fifth straight year.

Cains had 15 receptions last season for 271 yards, good for 18.1 yards per catch. He scored two touchdowns. He was a York-Adams League Division II honorable mention selection last year.

 

By JOHN WALK
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Jeremy Jones has resigned as the head varsity football coach at York Suburban after two seasons.

Jeremy Jones has resigned as the head varsity football coach at York Suburban after two seasons. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)
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York Suburban is looking for a new head football coach.

Athletic director Chris Adams said Wednesday morning that Jeremy Jones has resigned from the position after only two years at the helm.

Adams declined to say why Jones stepped down. When reached by phone Tuesday night, Jones declined comment.

“We are going to be searching for a head football coach,” Adams said. “I’m not sure how soon we will be posting that position. I do not have a time line at this point. I have to meet with our superintendent and high school principal and we’ll put together a time line for when we’ll be posting it and what we’re looking for (in the next head coach).”

Adams said Jones met with the Suburban football players last Thursday to inform them of his departure.

“I have a lot of respect for Coach Jones. We wish him the best of luck,” Adams said.

Whoever the next Trojans’ coach is, that person will be the program’s sixth head football coach since 2006, following John Knowles (2001-2006), Bill Kerr (2007-2009), Craig Zortman (2010), Brian Freed (2011-2012) and Jones (2013-2014).

Background: Jones officially become the Trojans’ football coach on April 8, 2013, when the Suburban school board approved his hiring at a starting annual salary of $5,290.

A 1997 graduate of Wyalusing High School in northern Pennsylvania, Jones came over to York Suburban from West York, where he had coached for a decade, serving as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator from 2008 through 2012. Jones still works full time as a physical education teacher at West York High School, which currently has a head varsity coaching opening in its football program.

Jones had taken over for Freed, who resigned in February 2013 after two consecutive 6-4 seasons with the Trojans, including back-to-back 5-4 seasons in York-Adams Division III.

In their first season under Jones in 2013, the Trojans posted a 5-5 overall record and 5-4 mark in league competition, finishing sixth in York-Adams Division III.

In 2014, Suburban started the season by losing their first three non-league games, then went 3-0 in league competition to pull back to .500 overall before finishing 1-3 down the stretch. The Trojans ended up with a 4-6 overall record and 3-3 mark in league play, tied with Eastern York for fourth place in Division II. Suburban allowed an average of 30.4 points a game last season, the sixth-most points of the 23-team York-Adams League. The average margin of defeat in those six losses was 38 points.

Statistically, the Trojans last season had the best passing defense (668 yards), second-best passing offense (1,769 yards) and were around middle of the pack in most other statistical categories.

Changing of guard in York-Adams League: As a result of Jones stepping down at Suburban, there will now be a total of six York-Adams League teams — roughly a fourth of the 23-team league — with new head coaches when the 2015 season begins in August.

The Spring Grove school board last week approved Kyle Sprenkle as the Rockets’ next football coach. West York athletic director Roger Czerwinski and Susquehannock athletic director Chuck Abbott said Monday their new hires will be on the school board agendas for approval when those respective boards meet next month. Dover athletic director Rich Leathery said Monday that the school is in the interview phase with candidates. And Delone Catholic athletic director Dave Lawrence said Wednesday the school has begun interviewing some of the roughly 15 candidates who applied for the Squires’ football post.

Now in his third year at Suburban, this will be Adams’ second time trying to find a new football coach. He was part of the group that decided on hiring Jones two years ago.

—Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

By JOHN WALK
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Sprenkle

Sprenkle

Not even 24 hours after officially becoming Spring Grove’s new head football coach, Kyle Sprenkle was already at work Tuesday, introducing himself to his future players after school.

“It’s just an introductory thing. I wanted to get the kids started in the weight room right away. So we organized that and will be starting to work in the weight room tomorrow,” Sprenkle said. “We have to put the work in now to be successful in the fall.”

Athletic background: The Spring Grove school board approved Sprenkle’s hiring as the next varsity football head coach at its meeting Monday night. Sprenkle, 28, is a 2004 Spring Grove grad. During his athletic career at Spring Grove, Sprenkle played football, wrestled and played baseball, and also competed on the track-and-field team. As a wrestler, he placed sixth at states at 215 pounds in his junior season and placed fourth at states as a heavyweight in his senior season.

Sprenkle then went on to have a successful career playing football at Lafayette College, seeing time at defensive tackle his freshman year before starting at that position his last three seasons. He graduated from Lafayette in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history and minor in psychology. He is currently a full-time social studies teacher at Spring Grove High School.

“I graduated (from Lafayette) in 2008 and I got hired as long-term sub at Spring Grove. I stayed there about half the school year before I got hired at Dover full time. I stayed there for a year and a half before I got hired full time at Spring Grove,” Sprenkle said. “I was raised in Spring Grove my entire life. I saw it only fitting to come back.”

Coaching background: During those previous six years, Sprenkle also spent time coaching as an assistant at Dover and Spring Grove in football, wrestling and track and field.

Sprenkle replaces Russ Stoner as the Spring Grove varsity football coach. Stoner resigned following the completion of the 2014 campaign, during which the Rockets went 3-7 overall and 1-6 in York-Adams League Division I play. In four years at the helm, Stoner’s teams went a combined 18-25 overall and 7-15 in league competition. Stoner had followed Gregg Trone, who retired after 20 seasons as the Spring Grove coach, compiling a 91-114 record.

“I was an assistant when Gregg Trone was the head coach and I coached a year of varsity under Coach Stoner,” Sprenkle said. “Then I took over the ninth grade program for a couple years. We only had one year of a true ninth-grade team. We didn’t have enough kids the next year so I decided to help out at the junior high level in any way I could. I did take last year off when my wife and I had our daughter.”

Juggling work, family, coaching: Sprenkle is married to Spring Grove grad and former Spring Grove girls’ varsity soccer coach, Emily Sprenkle (maiden name Emily Mahon).

“She was known for her flip throw-in” Sprenkle said of his wife. “We started dating my junior year of high school.”

Emily Sprenkle works full time as a special education teacher in the Spring Grove Area School District. Their daughter is now 14 months old.

“Well before I even decided to apply for the head coaching job, my wife and I sat down and had lengthy discussions on how I would be successful if I got the job,” Kyle Sprenkle said. “My wife is very supportive and takes a load off of me by being very supportive at home. She’s also a Spring Grove alum, so she’s excited.”

It’s still unclear how much Sprenkle will be paid as the football coach. According to the school board agenda from Monday, his compensation will be “established following a successfully negotiated agreement between Spring Grove Area School District and the Spring Grove Education Association.”

Sprenkle said his next step as coach is to put together his assistant coaching staff. As for what we could see from the Spring Grove offense and defense next season, Sprenkle said he plans “to take notice of the type of players I have and fit my players and schemes with the types of athletes we have.”

“I’m just excited to be getting my feet wet here very quickly. There’s no better job in my eyes that was out there,” Sprenkle said. “Obviously this was a goal of mine for awhile. I plan to help them be competitive in both aspects, on the field and off.”

Sprenkle’s hiring leaves four open head football coaching positions in the York-Adams League: Dover, Susquehannock, West York and Delone Catholic.

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

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Ron Miller  York Dispatch file

Ron Miller York Dispatch file

The search continues for four York County schools in need of a head football coach. And by the sounds of things, we could be roughly a month away from having those vacancies officially filled at Dover, Spring Grove, Susquehannock and West York.

All but Dover are currently in the interview process with candidates. Dover athletic director Rich Leathery said he expects to begin interviews next week. As for Spring Grove, Susquehannock and West York, the trio could have potential hires on the school board agendas sometime in February — each hire isn’t official until approved by the school board of the respective school.

West York: Of the four openings, West York is easily the most high-profile gig. When asked by phone Wednesday night, athletic director Roger Czerwinski declined to say how many applications he received for the opening or how many applicants are being interviewed. However, Czerwinski did say he had applicants “from up and down the east coast.”

Czerwinski said candidates are still being interviewed this week and as a result any potential hire won’t be decided upon in time for the next West York School Board meeting on Tuesday. The board then won’t meet again until next month.

West York is attempting to replace the vacancy left by Ron Miller, who built the Bulldogs into a District 3-AAA powerhouse. Miller compiled an 86-25 overall record in nine years at West York, including a 47-4 league mark. He steered the Bulldogs to seven York-Adams Division II titles and seven appearances in the District 3-AAA playoffs, where the Bulldogs reached the semifinals four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), the title game twice (2008, 2012) and won it once (2008). This past season, a senior-laden West York squad went undefeated in Division II and reached the district quarterfinals, finishing 10-2.

While not alone in the ultimate decision on hiring the next football coach, this is Czerwinski’s first time attempting to fill the spot. He began as the West York athletic director a few short months after Miller was originally hired as football coach back in 2006.

Spring Grove: A total of 22 applications were received for the head job at Spring Grove, according to athletic director Scott Govern. Of those applicants, Govern said “likely five” will interview for the position.

“What we’re doing is interviewing this round,” Govern said by phone last week. “And then the week of the 13th will be round two and then it (the new hire) should be on the February agenda (for the school board).”

The Spring Grove School Board has meetings slated for Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. The new hire will replace Russ Stoner, who resigned following the completion of the 2014 campaign during which the Rockets went 3-7 overall and 1-6 in York-Adams League Division I play. In four years at the helm, Stoner’s teams went a combined 18-25 overall and 7-15 in league competition. Stoner had followed Gregg Trone, who retired following 20 seasons as the Spring Grove coach, compiling a 91-114 record.

This will be Govern’s first time hiring a football coach as Spring Grove’s athletic director, although he had previous experience doing so at Boiling Springs, where he was the athletic director for 12 seasons before coming to Spring Grove in the summer of 2012.

Susquehannock: Susquehannock this week began interviews for its head job that opened up when J.C. Lewis resigned after only one season at the helm. The Warriors finished 1-9 overall in 2014, continuing a run of seven seasons without a winning record during which Susquehannock has gone a combined 8-62.

Longtime Susquehannock athletic director Chuck Abbott said last week he received “around 14″ applications for the position but was unsure how many will be interviewed. The Southern York County school board won’t meet again until Feb. 19, so a potential hire might be on the school board agenda by then, Abbott said.

Dover: Finally, at Dover, Leathery said around 20 applicants are interested in becoming the next Eagles’ football coach. Leathery said “probably five” of those will be interviewed. In his seven years as athletic director, this is the second time for Leathery in finding a new football coach.

“I’ve met with a few of the committee members today to go over applications,” Leathery said last week. “We narrowed it down. Still have wrinkles to iron out before we set up interviews. The plan is to start interviews the week of the 19th.”

Eric Lam stepped down from the position last year after just two seasons as coach. In his first season, Lam’s Eagles finished 9-3, won the York-Adams Division II title and advanced to the District 3-AAA quarterfinals. Last season, the Eagles finished 5-5 overall and 4-2 in Division II.

—Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

McSHERRYSTOWN, Pa. – Steve Wiles has resigned as the head football coach at Delone Catholic High School after a successful tenure that included seven District 3 playoff appearances and two championships in eight seasons.

The school, in a statement, said a search for his successor will begin immediately.

“All of us at Delone Catholic thank Coach Wiles for his years of service to the Squire football program,” Delone Catholic Principal Maureen C. Thiec, Ed.D. said in the statement. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Wiles, who took the reins of the Squire program in 2007, recorded double-digit wins in each of his first three seasons and captured the program’s seventh District 3 championship in 2007. Delone Catholic reached the championship game again in 2009 and 2012, winning district gold for the eighth time in 2012. The Squires compiled a 68-27 record during Wiles’ eight seasons, earning outright York-Adams League Division III championships in 2007 and 2009 and a shared title in 2008. Additionally, the 2007 and 2012 teams reached the PIAA state playoffs. The 2012 team capped its season with the program’s best performance in the state playoffs, a 33-26 double-overtime loss to Bellwood-Antis.

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During Wiles’ tenure, Delone Catholic added another chapter to its storied history. His 2010 Squires pulled off an exciting 20-19 overtime homecoming win against York Catholic to secure the program’s 500th victory, dating back to the 1930 Central Catholic Crusaders season. The Squires rank sixth overall with 20 appearances in the District 3 playoffs and are tied for eighth with 23 wins and tied for fifth with eight District 3 championships.

Wiles leaves Delone Catholic with an overall head coaching record of 103-64, having also coached seven seasons at cross-town rival Hanover. The Squires won all eight meetings in that historic rivalry under Wiles, who is the only man to ever serve as head coach of both programs. The Nighthawks’ lone victory in the series over the past 17 years also came under Wiles.

The head coaching position at Delone Catholic is vacant for just the third time since 1965.

John Gastley, a 1959 Delone grad, guided the Squires from 1966-1978, leading the program to three of its four undefeated seasons in 1968, 1970 and 1972. During his career, he captured South Central League Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1973. He was once named the Pennsylvania High School Coach of the Year by the National Football Clinic, and he was an assistant on Pennsylvania’s Big 33 coaching staff in 1974.

Gastley was followed by Denny Frew, who finished his 28-year career in 2006 with a record of 220-101-3. He is the Hanover area’s career victories leader, reaching the District 3 playoffs 13 times in the first 20 seasons of district competition. He guided the Squires to the program’s first six District championships and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Those interested in being considered to fill the position should contact Delone Catholic Athletic Director Dave Lawrence at (717) 637-5969 or at dlawrence@delonecatholic.org by Monday, Jan. 26.

 

By STEVE HEISER
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The struggling Susquehannock High School football program is looking for another head coach.

J.C. Lewis confirmed that he has resigned after one season as the school’s head coach.

“There were a number of factors that went into what was ultimately a tough decision,” he said. “Perhaps the most influential factor was the amount of time that goes into doing the job the way I believed it needed to be done.”

The Warriors finished 1-9 overall in 2014. That was the latest in a serious difficult seasons for the Warriors’ football program. The Warriors have not had a winning season since 2007. In the last seven years, Susquehannock’s football program has gone a combined 8-62, including two winless seasons and three one-win seasons.

“While it was certainly a rebuilding year for the program, I feel as though our coaching staff was able to make a positive impact on our kids,” Lewis said. “When it’s all said and done, there is a whole lot more to it than wins and losses.”

Despite the struggles, Lewis believes the program is headed in the right direction.

“I certainly hope that the program is on its way up,” he said. “The varsity team will return a lot of young men that have seen a significant amount of varsity time.”

Lewis, who is a math teacher at Susquehannock High School, said he doesn’t plan to return to coaching in his immediate future.

According to Susquehannock athletic director Chuck Abbott, the position became open in late November.

Abbott said the school will advertise the position through Jan. 3 and hopes to begin interviews the week of Jan. 12.

There are now four football head coaching jobs open in the York-Adams League — Susquehannock, West York, Spring Grove and Dover.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

By JOHN WALK
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Spring Grove and West York are still about a month away — if not two — from naming their next head football coaches.

Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Spring Grove athletic director Scott Govern and West York athletic director Roger Czerwinski provided similar answers regarding how their coaching searches are going.

Each has received more than a dozen applications for the vacancies. Neither school has yet to figure out which applicants will be selected for interviews. Govern and Czerwinski each would like to have a new head coach in place by next month.

At West York, high school principal Janet May and Czerwinski will ultimately be the people responsible for picking which applicants to interview. Czerwinski declined to say the qualities he’s looking for in the next Bulldogs’ head coach. Govern, however, provided a tad more insight.

“People with previous head coaching experience is always a plus,” Govern said. “But there might be someone who jumps out who is a coordinator. Maybe someone who played college football and has some coaching experience as well.”

Govern also said it might be difficult for an applicant who currently works outside of the school district, but who would prefer to work in the district, along with being the football coach.

“You only have so many positions in the district,” Govern said. “We’re not going to create a teaching position for a coach.”

That wasn’t an issue for Spring Grove’s last head coach, Russ Stoner, who works full time running a pair of different businesses. Stoner resigned following the completion of the 2014 campaign during which the Rockets went 3-7 overall and 1-6 in York-Adams League Division I play. Stoner, who lives in the West York Area School District, cited travel to Spring Grove and family as reasons he stepped down. In four years at the helm, Stoner’s teams went a combined 18-25 overall and 7-15 in league competition. Stoner had followed Gregg Trone, who retired following 20 seasons as the Spring Grove coach, compiling a 91-114 record.

It’ll be a bit daunting for whoever is selected to fill the West York vacancy left by Ron Miller, who built the Bulldogs into a District 3-AAA powerhouse. Miller compiled a 86-25 overall record in nine years at West York, including a 47-4 league mark. He steered the Bulldogs to seven York-Adams Division II titles and seven appearances in the District 3-AAA playoffs, where the Bulldogs reached the semifinals four times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), the title game twice (2008, 2012) and won it once (2008). This past season, a senior-laden West York squad went undefeated in Division II and reached the district quarterfinals, finishing 10-2. Miller, who works full time as the dean of students at West York, said he resigned as the Bulldogs’ football coach in order to spend more time with his family and free up time to work toward a principal certification.

It’ll be a first for both Govern and Czerwinski to hire head varsity football coaches at the their current schools. Govern was hired by Spring Grove in the summer of 2012, but does have previous experience hiring football coaches from his 12 years as the athletic director at Boiling Springs. Czerwinski became the West York athletic director just a few months after Miller was hired as the football coach back in 2006.

“In a perfect situation we’d like to be able to approve someone in January,” Czerwinski said of the West York opening. “At latest, February.”

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.


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