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Zach Dixon shot a 74 at Bon Air Country Club on Thursday to take medalist honors and help lead the Golden Knights (320) to a first-place team finish at the York-Adams Division II event.

Teammates Kevin Crumbling and Andrew Davis each carded 77s to tie for second place. West York (345) took second place in the team standings with Matt Dellorfano shooting an 84 and Isaiah Lingenfelter scoring an 85 to lead the Bulldogs.

Susquehannock (361) took third place, while being lead individually by Kendel Abrams’ 80, placing her in tie for fourth. Dover (361) finished fourth and was lead by Logan Snyder’s 80. Gettysburg (394) came in fifth place, York Suburban was sixth and Kennard-Dale finished seventh.

In other high school action Thursday:

GIRLS’ tennis

South Western 6, Kennard-Dale 1: At Kennard-Dale, the Mustangs received singles victories from Michaela Sentz, Brooke Treadway, Regan Ford and Sabrina Lam to allow the Mustangs to capture the non-divisional York-Adams League victory. For the Rams, Alyssa Miller won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets (7-5, 6-3).


Yvonne Peters-Washington practices at the net at Central York High School on Tuesday. She will be the Panthers’ No. 1 player this season after

Yvonne Peters-Washington practices at the net at Central York High School on Tuesday. She will be the Panthers’ No. 1 player this season after recently moving to the area. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

Yvonne Peters-Washington started playing tennis when she was only 3 years old.

“My parents met on a tennis court, and I was born into a tennis family,” the Central York High School senior said following practice on Tuesday.

Peters-Washington is 17 now, and the game she picked up as a child is still very much a part of her life as a teenager.

Along with playing on her high school team, Peters-Washington competes against elite players in the Middle States Section of the United States Tennis Association.

Peters-Washington is currently preparing for her final high school season, but it will be unlike any of her three previous seasons.


Dallastown got its 2015 girls’ tennis season off to a successful start on Monday with a 4-0 non-league victory over visiting Lower Dauphin.

Chloe Berridge and Angela Friedrich earned straight-set singles wins. Madi Reed and Morgan Kistler won at No. 1 doubles, while Ella Marston and Anisha Venkatesh won at No. 2 doubles.

The No. 1 doubles match was not completed because of rain.


Bryce Ohl (1041) and Peter Wagner (1039) from York Suburban High School run in the District 3-AA Boys’ Cross Country Championship in Hershey. The

Bryce Ohl (1041) and Peter Wagner (1039) from York Suburban High School run in the District 3-AA Boys’ Cross Country Championship in Hershey. The Trojans will attempt to win a state title this Saturday. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO FILE PHOTO —

Five years ago, on the first Saturday in November, five seniors from York Suburban completed an historic run in Hershey.

Nick Schrading, Matthew Barton, Jacob Jones, Jeremy Saur and Kyle Cote delivered the school’s first state cross country championship.

Schrading, Barton, Jones, Saur and Cote scored 76 points to win the Boys’ Class AA team crown.

Michael Johnescu and Brian Sanchez also ran for the Trojans that day on the demanding Parkview course.

Fast forward to the first Saturday in November of 2014, and another group of Suburban runners will be out on the 3.1-mile Parkview layout attempting to match the feat of the 2009 team.

This group of Trojans, like the 2009 runners, will enter the state meet after having won the District 3 crown.

“To win the state title would mean the world to me,” Suburban senior Brady Wilt said before he and his teammates took off on a training run late Wednesday afternoon. “In my three years at Biglerville (Wilt transferred to Suburban this year), it was mainly an individual thing. To come here and be part of a team like this, it would be a huge blessing for me and the team to bring the state championship home to York Suburban.”

Wilt, Donovan Mears, Bryce Ohl, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Quentin Schorr and Josh Kerr will represent the Trojans on Saturday.

“In 2009, that team was more of a thinking team, while the 2014 team is more carefree” said Suburban head boys’ coach Ron Herman, who’s in his 27th season.

Both teams put up impressive numbers at their respective district meets. The 2009 team recorded a school-record score of 37 points, and this year’s team finished with 41 points. The time spread between the first five Trojans to cross the line at districts in 2009 was 35 seconds, and this year, it was 40 seconds.

“If you follow times, it would suggest that it’s going to be between us and Scranton Prep on Saturday,” Herman said. “But I never count out Grove City or Pottsgrove. Scranton Prep has five seniors, so they all know the course.”

Parkview, a former golf course, is also used for the District 3 Meet. The district and state layouts are identical with one major exception: a make-or-break uphill portion in the final part of the state race.

“I try to get out (at the start), but not too fast,” Wilt said. “My head is definitely focused on the team aspect. The state course is a lot more beneficial to us, throwing that last hill in there is where we get a lot of our competitors. We put it in high gear.”

Along with family and friends, the Trojans will have the backing of members of the 2009 team when they go for the gold.

“Most of them are going to be there on Saturday,” Herman said. “They’re behind this team 100 percent.”

Girls’ meet: The Suburban rooting contingent will also be 100 percent behind the Trojans’ girls’ team, which earned a place in states by winning the District 3-AA crown.

Cecilia Lantz, Emma Leik, Lena Strong, Brooke Ruth and Zette Pflum were the Suburban scorers at districts. Danielle Cardone, Sarah Cardone and Olivia Gettle are also entered in states.

Gettle, the 2013 York-Adams All-League Run winner and the team’s leading runner during the 2014 regular season, has been battling injuries (tendinitis, back) recently. She didn’t run in either the York-Adams or District 3 meets.

Will Gettle run at states?

“Olivia is day to day,” Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “If the state run was (Wednesday), she would not run. If the run was (Thursday), she would not run. Saturday, we’ll see.”

The Trojans are aiming to finish among the top five teams.

“If we run the way we ran on Wednesday, we can do it, even without Olivia,” VanHouwe said. “That would be a huge success for the year.”

Asked which girls’ teams he expects to be among the leading ones at states, VanHouwe said: Villa Maria (District 10), Northwest Lehigh, Scranton Prep, Dallas and Danville.

If the Suburban girls’ team finishes in the top three, VanHouwe will have a different look next week: pink hair.

“If the boys win it, they’ll shave it (the hair) after two weeks,” he said.”

Kennard-Dale will also compete in the Girls’ AA meet. The Rams placed third in the district meet. The Delone Catholic girls’ team will go after the Class A state title after capturing the district championship.

State qualifiers: Following are the York-Adams runners who qualified for the state meet:

Girls’ Class A: Kate Mowrey, Delone Catholic. Leanne Sneeringer, Delone Catholic. Alyssa Alberghini, Delone Catholic. Abbey Sweeney, Delone Catholic. Lydia Dickmyer, Delone Catholic. Megan Mall, Delone Catholic. Jenna Salter, Delone Catholic. Katelyn MacDougall, York Catholic.

Girls’ Class AA: Cecliia Lantz, York Suburban. Emma Leik, York Suburban. Lena Strong, York Suburban. Brooke Ruth, York Suburban. Zette Pflum, York Suburban. Danielle Cardone, York Suburban. Sarah Cardone, York Suburban. Olivia Gettle, York Suburban. Kayla White, Kennard-Dale. Caitlin Salomon, Kennard-Dale. Maddie Ferner, Kennard-Dale. Ashley Moffit, Kennard-Dale. Jessica Ollis, Kennard-Dale. Emily Livezey, Kennard-Dale. Alyvia Simonds, Kennard-Dale. Lizzie Graham, Kennard-Dale. Maddie McLain, Eastern. Madison Nalls, Eastern. Bethany Weaver, West York.

Boys’ Class A: Will Greene, Delone Catholic.

Boys’ Class AA: Brady Wilt, York Suburban. Donovan Mears, York Suburban. Bryce Ohl, York Suburban. Adam Barley, York Suburban. Peter Wagner, York Suburban. Zach Lofties, York Suburban. Quentin Schorr, York Suburban. Josh Kerr, York Suburban. Tyler White, Eastern. Dan Filler, Gettysburg. Theo Kioussis, Kennard-Dale.

Boys’ Class AAA: Aaron Gebhart, New Oxford. Ben Linne, Northeastern. Ben Schott, South Western.

Girls’ tennis: Cross country isn’t the only sport in which state champions will be crowned this weekend in Hershey.

Evan Boone and Alyssa Miller of Kennard-Dale are entered in the Class AA Doubles portion of the State Girls’ Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

Boone and Miller, the District 3 runner-up team, will take on Emilia Jakubek and Tatiana Klacko of Scranton Prep in the opening round at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Jakubek and Klacko are the District 2 champions.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Dallastown team of Angela Friedrich and Christie Friedrich is seeded No. 2 for the upcoming District 3-AAA Girls’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.

The Friedrich sisters won the York-Adams League AAA doubles title last week.

The Wildcat team will open up against Conestoga Valley’s Laura Gibble and Ada Wang.

Three other York-Adams teams are also in the AAA bracket: Susquehannock’s Usha Baublitz and Jessica McDonald, South Western’s Rachel Fabrick and Madison Bortner and Gettysburg’s Ann Matthews and Quan Quan Nguyen. In the first round, the Susquehannock duo will face Cedar Crest’s No. 3-seeded tandem of Madison Fortna and Greta Strunk. The South Western pair will take on Wilson’s Rachel Moyer and Crystal Moyer. And the Gettysburg team will battle the No. 1-seeded team of Sarah Sambrick and Tori Schultz of Lampeter-Strasburg.

There are also four York-Adams teams in AA: Kennard-Dale’s Evan Boone and Alyssa Miller, York Catholic’s Sarah Koury and Catherine Vizzard, York Suburban’s Jessica Clancy and Nneoma Amaechi and Delone Catholic’s Alyssa Neudecker and Liz Dizor. None of those teams earned a top-four seed.

The K-D pair won the York-Adams AA crown and will face Alicia Hitz and Emma Lerchen of Annville-Cleona in the opening round. Koury and Vizzard will meet Camp Hill’s Allison Nudel and Maddie Hepfer. Clancy and Amaechi will take on Rachel Fazzini and Annie Skehan of Lancaster Catholic. And Neudecker and Dizor will battle Kutztown’s Sakira Fussner and Gabby Logsdon.

The top-seeded team in AA is from Lancaster Country Day, comprised of Grace Zechman and Amy Shields.

Opening-round action in both classes is set to begin at noon Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club, followed immediately by the quarterfinals. The semifinals, finals and consolations are also at HRC starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

York Dispatch Staff Report

HERSHEY — The Central York’s girls’ tennis team went down in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA Tournament, but not without a fight.

The Panthers came up just short in hard-fought matches at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles during an afternoon when they bowed to Cedar Crest, 4-0, at Hershey Racquet Club.

Cedar Crest’s Greta Strunk outlasted Central’s Teah Gray, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 2 singles, and Cedar Crest’s Tatyana Golub and Abbey Castor edged Central’s Brooke Hartzell and Sarah Donner by the same scores at No. 1 doubles.

Madison Fortna and Keeley Hartman earned points for the Lebanon County team at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Central’s Kara Holland and Sophie Brink were winning at No. 2 doubles, 4-6, 6-0, 3-1, when play was halted because the outcome of the team match had already been determined.

Despite the setback, Central still completed the season with a 10-4 record. The Panthers were the runner-up team to Dallastown in Division I of the York-Adams League.


Dallastown’s Angela Friedrich returns while playing with her sister Christie on Wednesday. They won the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis

Dallastown’s Angela Friedrich returns while playing with her sister Christie on Wednesday. They won the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis doubles title. (BILL KALINA —
Kennard-Dale’s Evan Boone, left, and Alyssa Miller talk about a point during the York-Adams League AA girls’ tennis doubles final. They won the

Kennard-Dale’s Evan Boone, left, and Alyssa Miller talk about a point during the York-Adams League AA girls’ tennis doubles final. They won the match and claimed the crown. (BILL KALINA —

HANOVER — The Evan Boone-Alyssa Miller tennis partnership proved to be a hit right from the start.

The Kennard-Dale juniors, who just started playing together this season, captured the York-Adams Class AA Girls’ Tennis Doubles Championship on Wednesday at South Western High School.

Meanwhile, the Friedrich sisters from Dallastown, Angela and Christie, prevailed in a pair of hard-fought, three-set matches to win the Class AAA doubles title.

“This (emerging as champions) is kind of surreal,” Boone said. “No one would have thought we would get this far at the beginning of the year. This is my first year in the tournament, and I’ve only been playing tennis for three years.”

Boone compares putting a doubles team together to completing a puzzle.

“The pieces have to fit together. We just kind of clicked,” she said.

Miller feels that she and Boone complement each other on the court.

“Her strong suit is her forehand, and mine is my backhand,” Miller said. “That worked out very well for us.”

Boone and Miller began their day with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Delone Catholic’s Alyssa Neudecker and Liz Dizor in the semifinals. They then bested York Suburban’s Jessica Clancy and Nneoma Amaechi, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

Clancy and Amaechi, the No. 4-seeded team, put together an impressive run, making it all the way to the title match. The Trojans’ players defeated the No. 1-seeded team of York Catholic’s Sarah Koury and Catherine Vizzard, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals. Clancy and Amaechi pushed Boone and Miller in the title match, but the K-D pair was not going to be denied.

“We knew we could win counties,” Miller said. “Having won it, it’s pretty amazing, and it means so much to us.”

AAA: Winning a York-Adams title together was something that the Friedrich sisters thought about for quite a while.

“This is what we dreamed about since we started playing tennis,” said Angela, a junior. “I’m really tired, though. It was such a fight.”

The Friedrichs began their day with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 triumph over Gettysburg’s Ann Matthews and Quan Quan Nguyen. The Dallastown duo then went the distance in the final, outlasting South Western’s Rachel Fabrick and Maddie Bortner, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

“They (Fabrick and Bortner) upped their game in the second set, and we were a little more tentative with our shots,” Angela Friedrich said. “But, in the third set, we started to hit out more.”

The final featured quite a few long rallies.

“Both teams knew they had to keep the ball away from the person at the net, so there was a lot of rallying from the baseline,” Angela Friedrich said.

Despite being the top seed, Christie Friedrich said she and her sister “weren’t expecting to win.”

“We knew that anything could happen. Winning a title would be great with any other player, but with her (Angela), it’s so much more special.”

Matthews and Nguyen won by injury default over Susquehannock’s Usha Baublitz and Jessica McDonald in the Class AAA third-place match. Neudecker and Dizor bested Koury and Vizzard, 6-2, 6-4, in the Class AA third-place match.

Six York-Adams players set for District 3 singles: Six York County players will compete in the District 3 Girls’ Tennis Singles Championships on Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club.

None of those players earned top-four seeds, however.

In AAA, Baublitz, Northeastern’s Laura Zielinski and York Country Day’s Jessica Babcock will compete. Baublitz, the York-Adams AAA champion, will face Cedar Crest’s Madison Fortna in the first round, while Zielinski takes on Hershey’s Heidi Luise Wingert and Babcock meets Exeter’s Ali Snyder, who is seeded No. 2. Penn Manor’s Katina Jones is seeded No. 1 in AAA.

In AA, Koury, Vizzard and Miller made the field. Koury, the York-Adams AA champ, will face Trinity’s Katherine Long in the first round, while Vizzard meets ELCO’s Sydney Nye and Miller faces Berks Catholic’s Lin Robertson, the No. 1 seed.

The first round and quarterfinals are set for Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., while the semifinals, finals and consolations are set for Monday, starting at noon. All action is set for HRC.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

York Dispatch Staff Report

The York-Adams League Class AAA Girls’ Tennis Doubles Tournament could not fully complete its scheduled first two rounds on Tuesday at Red Lion.

The top-seeded team of Christie Friedrich and Angela Friedrich advanced to the semifinals and will face the fourth-seeded team of Gettysburg’s Ann Matthews and Quan Quan Nguyen. The other two semifinal teams will be determined Wednesday when action resumes at 1 p.m. at South Western.

That will be followed by the semifinals and finals at South Western.

In Class AA action at South Western, the top four doubles seeds all advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday.

In Wednesday’s semifinals at South Western, the top-seeded team of York Catholic’s Sarah Koury and Catherine Vizzard will meet the fourth-seeded team of York Suburban’s Jessica Clancy and Nneoma Amaechi, while the third-seeded team of Delone Catholic’s Alyssa Neudecker and Liz Dizor will take on the second-seeded team of Kennard-Dale’s Alyssa Miller and Evan Boone.


York Dispatch Staff Report

York-Adams League Division II champion York Catholic has earned the No. 2 seed for the District 3-AA Girls’ Tennis Team Tournament.

The Lady Irish will take on No. 7 seed Hamburg in a quarterfinal match at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club.

Kennard-Dale, which finished third in Division II, earned the No. 4 seed in AA and will battle No. 5 seed Berks Catholic at 12:45 p.m. Friday, also at HRC.

Wyomissing, which finished second in the 2013 AA tournament, is the No. 1 seed in AA this fall.

In AAA, York-Adams Division I champion Dallastown is seeded No. 4, while Division II runner-up Central York is seeded No. 9.

Dallastown received a bye in the Thursday’s preliminary round. On Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 12:45 p.m. at HRC, the Wildcats will meet the winner of Thursday’s match between No. 5 seed Hempfield at No. 12 seed Central Dauphin in a quarterfinal contest.

Central, meanwhile, will have preliminary round match at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at HRC against No. 8 seed Cedar Crest.

Defending champion Manheim Twp. is the No. 1 seed in AAA.


York Catholic’s Sarah Koury serves to teammate Catherine Vizzard in theYork-Adams League girls’ tennis singles AA title match on Monday. Koury

York Catholic’s Sarah Koury serves to teammate Catherine Vizzard in theYork-Adams League girls’ tennis singles AA title match on Monday. Koury won in straight sets. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —
Usha Baublitz of Susquehannock hits a return against Northeastern’s Laura Zieleinski during the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis singles

Usha Baublitz of Susquehannock hits a return against Northeastern’s Laura Zieleinski during the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis singles championship final on Monday. Baublitz won 6-2, 7-5. John A. Pavoncello – (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

HANOVER — Usha Baublitz and Sarah Koury didn’t settle for second place this year.

Susquehannock’s Baublitz and York Catholic’s Koury both achieved their goals by winning York-Adams League girls’ singles tennis championships on Monday afternoon at South Western High School.

Baublitz captured the Class AAA crown with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Laura Zielinski of Northeastern, and Koury won the Class AA title by defeating Catherine Vizzard, also of York Catholic, 6-4, 6-0.

Baublitz and Koury were runners-up in their respective classes last year.

Along with being champions, the two have something else in common. They’ve felt the mixed emotions that result when a teammate becomes a rival.

Koury experienced the emotions on Monday when she traded shots with Vizzard. Baublitz felt them last year when she took on Susquehannock teammate Katie Wagner in the AAA final.

“I was so nervous,” Baublitz recalled. “I wanted to win, but it was her senior year, and I’ve known Katie so long that I also wanted her to win, A lot of my motivation this year is to prove I’m a different player than Katie.”

Koury and Vizzard, meanwhile, were friends long before they picked up a racket at York Catholic.

“We’ve been friends since we were 3 or 4,” Koury said. “Our brothers were in school together. I was kind of nervous playing my friend and doubles partner. I wanted to win, of course, but it was exciting that Catherine was in the final, too, so no matter what, York Cathoilc was getting a win out of it.”

Vizzard, who jumped from No. 11 on the team to No. 2 between her sophomore and junior years, entered this year’s tournament as the No. 7 seed. She made an impressive run, scoring four victories, including one over the No. 2 seed, to reach the final.

Vizzard took an early 2-1 lead in the title match, but Koury rallied to win the hard-fought first set. Koury played extremely well in the second set to close out the match.

“The elements (wind gusts knocked down serves and ground strokes or caused them to fly over the service box and baseline at times) were tough,” Koury said. “I was playing it safe in the first set, but I put more into it the second set.”

Koury closed out the match with a forehand passing shot for a winner.

“Before the season, I really wanted it (the title), but I knew that Kennard-Dale and York Suburban both joined our tournament this year, they were in the AAA tournament last year, and they both bring good players,” she said.

Baublitz has bigger goals: Koury turned back all challenges, just like Baublitz, who hopes that winning the league tournament is a stepping stone to winning more tournaments.

“I want to win districts,” said Baublitz, who also told a coach that she would like to win states. “But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Right now, my goal is not losing in the first round (of districts) like I did last year.”

Baublitz feels she’s matured as a player in her four seasons with the Warriors.

“So much more thought goes into my game. It’s not just about killing the ball,” she said.

Baublitz fell behind in both sets against Zielinski, but she rallied to win each one.

Trailing 2-1 in the first set, Baublitz ran off five straight games to take the set.

The match, though, appeared headed for a third set when Zielinski secured a 5-4 advantage in the second set and earned four match points.

However, Baublitz saved every one of the them and eventually won the game.

The Susquehannock senior took the next two games and the title. Baublitz smashed a service winner on game point in the 11th game and lost just one point en route to taking the 12th and deciding game.

Baublitz was happy that the match didn’t go beyond two sets.

“She (Zielinski) played two, three-set matches on Saturday,” Baublitz said. “If we got into a third set, it would have been a lot harder, mentally and physically, to keep up with her. I don’t know if I would last.”

Jessica Babcock of York Country Day won the Class AAA third-place match, 6-3, 7-5 over Rachel Fabrick of South Western, and Alyssa Miller bested Evan Boone, 6-3, 6-3, in the Class AA third-place match which featured two Kennard-Dale players.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


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