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The Susquehannock girls’ tennis team dropped a 4-1 non-league decision to visiting Hershey on Wednesday.

No. 1 singles player Usha Baublitz picked up Susquehannock’s only victory when she won in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).

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In a meeting of defending York-Adams League division champions, York Catholic cruised to a 7-0 girls’ tennis triumph at Spring Grove on Tuesday afternoon.

York Catholic took the Division II crown in 2013, while Spring Grove finished first in Division I.

The Irish received straight-set singles victories from Sarah Koury, Catherine Vizzard, Jenna Koury, Carolyn Thomas and Brittany Maas.


Dallastown 7, Littlestown 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats received straight-set singles victories from Angela Friedrich, Christie Friedrich, Chloe Berridge, Madi Reed and Abby Barnhart to secure the win.

Kennard-Dale 6, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Rams captured the win behind singles victories from Evan Boone, Kathleen Glackin, Lilly Riale and Alli Steward. For the Warriors, Usha Baublitz won the No. 1 singles match.

Central York 5, Delone Catholic 2: At Central, the Panthers received straight-set singles wins from Teah Gray, Jen Elder, Brooke Hartzell and Sarah Donner to sew up the victory.

Red Lion 7, Bermudian Springs 0: At Red Lion, the Lions got straight-set singles victories from Elizabeth Anderson, Allison Miller and Tori Austin. The Eagles forfeited two of the five singles matches.

Gettysburg 6, West York 1: At West York, Kiersten Shelton won a three-set match at No. 5 singles for the Bulldogs’ only point.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT/ 505-5446/@yaiaascores

There aren’t a lot of people outside of Bryan Stephens’ family that he would trust to babysit his three young children.

So it was definitely high praise when the Northeastern athletic director told the crowd at San Carlos Restaurant at Monday’s Quarterback Club of York awards banquet that he would have no qualms allowing Logan Neiman to watch his kids.

But that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those who know Neiman. Stephens referred to the girls’ soccer standout as a ‘role-model’ student-athlete and person. One of the top students academically at Northeastern, Neiman was probably better known for her exploits on the soccer pitch over the past four years. She led the Bobcats all the way to the York-Adams League championship contest this past season.

Just as impressively, however, was another fact that Stephens mentioned before awarding Neiman with a $1,000 scholarship from the QB Club of York.

“She scored more goals this year herself than the entire boys’ soccer team combined,” said Stephens, who happened to coach the Bobcats’ boys’ team.

Neiman and York Catholic’s Maggie Javitt were both honored Monday evening by the QB Club as recipients of scholarships as the top female athletes from their respective schools. The club, which generates the funds for the scholarships through a 5K race on Labor Day in downtown York, also honored the York-Adams League Division I (James Way, York High), Division II (Wes Beans, New Oxford) and Division III (Trevor Hildebrand, Littlestown) Players of the Year in football, as well as this year’s Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship award winner, Erik Ramirez of Central York.

“This is outstanding, especially since my principal and Bryan chose me,” Neiman said. “There are a lot of great girl athletes at Northeastern, and for them to choose me is a great honor.”

Neiman will use the scholarship to help her continue her athletic and scholastic endeavors at Millersville University in the fall. She’s still undecided about her major.

“I’m not real sure,” she said. “One day I want to be a teacher and then another day I want to be something else. So I’ll start out going undecided and see where that takes me.”

Javitt honored: It’s a similar case for Javitt, who finished with an 11-1 record in singles this past season for the Fighting Irish tennis team. Ranked third in her class with a 4.4 grade-point average, Javitt has yet to decide on a school for next year.

“I’m just trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and where I’m going to take the education that York Catholic gave me,” she said.

On the court, Javitt was a leader throughout her four years. She was a member of three York-Adams Division II championship squads. She also competed in league, district and state playoff contests, according to Irish girls’ tennis coach Paige Mundy.

“Maggie has made invaluable contributions to the (York Catholic) program,” Mundy said. “Maggie is the type of player that every coach would desire to be on the court with a match in the balance.”

While the awards were undoubtedly important for everyone that was honored Monday, winning a scholarship from the QB Club of York holds a particularly special place for Javitt.

“It is really amazing,” she said. “My grandfather (Edward Javitt) was a founding member of the club and it just feels like this came full-circle for me. I feel like he gave it to me personally.”

Notes: It was announced at the banquet that Ramirez had come to a final decision on his future college. He’s accepted an offer to continue his football career and education at Princeton University.

“This came down last week,” he said. “Coach said that I had been cleared for admissions and I just decided that Princeton was the place for me to be.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at



By the slimmest of margins, the principals of the York-Adams League rejected a proposal to change the format of high school tennis matches.

During their winter meeting at York Tech, the principals voted, 9-8, against switching from the long-standing 5-2 format to a 3-2 format for league matches. A second vote was taken for girls’ tennis (the first one was for boys’ tennis) and the proposal to switch was again shot down, 12-6.

The 5-2 format features five singles matches and two doubles matches. The same players who compete in singles may also play in doubles.

The 3-2 format calls for three singles matches and two doubles matches. Players are not allowed to repeat appearances, meaning if a player competes in singles, he or she may not play in doubles.

Both District 3 and the PIAA use the 3-2 format in their team tournaments. The 3-2 format is also used by the Mid-Penn Conference, while the Lancaster-Lebanon League employs a 4-3 format.

Proponents of bringing the 3-2 format to the York-Adams League feel it would cut down on the amount of class time that players miss. The proposal called for a starting time of 4 p.m. rather than the current 3;30 p.m. start. Under the 3-2 format, matches generally don’t take as long since the three singles and two doubles matches can be played at the same time.

Opponents of switching to the 3-2 format feel the change would be a hardship on smaller schools, which don’t have as many players.

A minimum of seven players is needed for the 3-2 format, while only five are needed for the 5-2 format.

The point was also raised that the league should take an across-the-board look at the issue of lost class time, rather than focusing on just one sport.

Whether the format change will be brought up again in the future remains to be seen. For right now, though, the York-Adams League is sticking with the 5-2 format.

Bermudian Springs, Central York, Delone Catholic, Hanover, Littlestown, New Oxford, Northeastern, South Western and York Catholic voted against switching to a 3-2 format for boys’ tennis. The schools in favor of the change were: Biglerville, Dallastown, Dover, Red Lion, Spring Grove, Susquehannock, West York and York Suburban.

On the vote pertaining to girls’ tennis, Bermudian Springs, Central York, Delone Catholic, Hanover, Kennard-Dale, Littlestown, New Oxford, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Western, Susquehannock and York Catholic were opposed to changing formats. Biglerville, Dallastown, Dover, Spring Grove, West York and York Suburban were in favor of the change.

In other league news, Delone Catholic’s petiton to join the boys’ lacrosse league was approved. The league is currently made up of 12 schools: Central York, Dallastown, Spring Grove, Red Lion, South Western, New Oxford, West York, Kennard-Dale, Susquehannock, Eastern York, York Catholic and York Suburban.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at

By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, who won the District 3 title last week, will compete in the state cross country championship on Saturday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

The top high school runners in Pennsylvania will converge on Hershey Saturday for the PIAA Cross Country Championships.

Six races will take place at the former Parkview Golf Course, with the first one beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Medals will be awarded in Boys’ Class AAA, Girls’ Class AAA, Boys’ Class AA, Girls’ Class AA, Boys’ Class A and Girls’ Class A.

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly, who won the District 3 title last week, will be in the Boys’ AAA race. Reilly recorded a time of 16 minutes flat over the 3.1-mile course to earn the district gold medal.

However, the course for the state meet is not identical to the district course. The state layout features more hills, including one right before the homestretch.

Reilly said following his victory at districts, that he hopes to finish in the top 10 at states. The Wildcats’ senior recorded a time of 16:54 in placing 53rd at states last year. He’s been running extremely well this year and will almost certainly better his 2012 time and move up on the list of finishers.

Two other York-Adams runners, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford and J.D. Groff of Central York, qualified for states in Boys’ AAA.

The York-Adams League did not have any state qualifiers in Girls’ AAA.

In Class AA, the York Suburban girls’ and boys’ teams will head to states after winning District 3 titles.

Olivia Gettle, Emma Leik, Kimberly Hall, Lauren Shrader, Sarah Cardone, Danielle Cardone, Rachelle Walker and Savannah Wilt make up the girls’ team, and Donovan Mears, Brad Clark, Adam Barley, Peter Wagner, Zach Lofties, Matt Curry, Quentin Schorr and Matt LeCates comprise the boys’ team.

The girls, who placed fifth at states last season, have been ranked among the top five in the state all season. They’re in a challenging field that includes Villa Maria, Archbishop Wood, Dallas and Palmyra, the District 3 runner-up.

The York Suburban guys took 13th in states last year. Clark is only senior for the Trojans, who won the state team title in 2009.

The Susquehannock girls’ team will also be running at states this year. Rachel Banchiere, Emily Fourhman, Courtney Rodgers, Jackie Ditt, Katie Steines, Jenna Bradford, Brigit Duffy and Gabby Martuszewski took third in the district AA meet.

Along with the teams, Gabe Lloyd and Danty Pagan, both of Dover, Theo Kioussis of Kennard-Dale, Ben Linne of Northeastern and Jacob Thomas of Susquehannock qualified for states in Boys’ AA. Kayla White of Kennard-Dale put up a state-qualifying time in Girls’ AA.

Delone Catholic’s District 3 Class A champion girls’ team will be at states. Kate Mowrey, Alyssa Alberghini, Andrea Resciniti, Abbey Sweeny, Kristlyn Whitlock, Megan Mall, Jenna Salter and Carrie Kauffman run for the Squirettes. York Catholic’s Amanda Falvey also earned a spot at states in Class A.

Biglerville teammates Brady Wilt and Victor Solalinde will compete in Class A Boys. Wilt is a two-time District 3 champion.

Wagner in state tennis: Cross country isn’t the only sport that will conduct its state championships in Hershey this weekend.

The PIAA Girls’ Tennis Singles and Doubles tournaments are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

Katie Wagner of Susquehannock, who became the first York-Adams girls’ player in 26 years to win back-to-back District 3 singles titles, is in the Class AAA bracket.

Wagner will take on District 9 champion Natalie Newcamp of DuBois in the opening round.

If Wagner wins, she’ll most likely face last year’s runner-up, Callie Frey of Mount Lebanon, in the quarterfinals.

The defending champion, Cristina Kaiser of Plymouth-Whitemarsh, is in this year’s girls’ AAA field.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at

COLUMN By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

Katie Wagner’s quest for a second-straight District 3 girls’ tennis singles championship appeared in serious jeopardy Monday afternoon.

The Susquehannock High School star lost the first set of the Class AAA title match to Wilson’s Sruthi Kamprath and was losing, 3-1, in the second set. Kamprath, who bowed to Wagner in last year’s final, was three games away from reversing the 2012 outcome.

Wagner, though, refused to be denied in her bid for another gold medal. The Warriors’ senior found her groove and rallied for 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

“After I lost the first set, I thought, ‘oh, God,'” Wagner said. “I had to realize, this is the championship, and I can’t just give up. My shots weren’t on, so I just had to be more patient.”

Patience, instead of power, was the answer for Wagner, who is used to consistently crushing winners with her powerful forehand.

“I didn’t try to kill the ball, and I love killing the ball,” she said. “I just had to place it more and be patient. I tried to make her hit an extra ball.”

Kamprath kept Wagner on the move with shots from corner to corner, but the York-Adams champion used her quickness to track down balls and keep the points alive.

“Sruthi played very aggressive,” Susquehannock coach Marianne Michels said. “She was attacking and Katie had to play defense. Katie’s a basketball player. She knows how to play defense.”

Wagner won four straight games in the second set to wipe out the 3-1 deficit. Kamprath, though, kept applying pressure, using a service break to take a 4-3 edge in the third, and deciding, set. Wagner broke right back, winning the game on a forehand passing shot. She then held her serve for 5-4 and broke Kamprath again for the championship.

“She (Kamprath) is a lot more consistent,” Wagner said. “Her shots are right in the corner, and she definitely got a lot better (from last year). Winning last year put more pressure this year, especially with it being my senior year. I didn’t want to come in second this year after finishing first last year.”

Katie Wagner of Susquehannock won her second-straight District 3 girls’ tennis singles championship on Monday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

Michels was confident that Wagner would “turn things around” after losing the first set.

“I know Katie is a fighter,” Michels said. “For Katie, winning the title for the second year in a row is wonderful. She’s worked so hard.”

Wagner was also pushed in the semifinals. She outlasted Exeter’s Ali Snyder, 7-5, 6-4. Kamprath bested Penn Manor’s Katina Jones, 7-6 (4), 6-2, in the other semifinal.

Wagner is the first player from the York-Adams League to capture two consecutive District 3 singles titles since Carrie Bentzel of Spring Grove in 1986 and 1987. When Bentzel played, there was just one class.

Wagner will begin her quest for a state title on Friday, Nov. 1, also at Hershey Racquet Club.

“Last year, I only made it to the second round,” she said. “To win it would be amazing, but I definitely want to make it further than last year. That’s my goal.”

York Catholic falls: In District 3 team competition on Monday, York Catholic bowed to Pequea Valley, 3-0, in the opening round of the Class AA Tournament.

The Fighting Irish’s Sarah Koury was winning her match at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 5-7, 3-1, and York Catholic’s No. 2 doubles team of Carolyn Thomas and Jenna Koury needed to win just one more game to secure a victory when the matches were called off the court because Pequea Valley had captured No. 2, singles, No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. Thomas and Jenna Koury were ahead, 6-3, 5-4.

– Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at or at (717) 505-5407

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The York County teams were eliminated in first-round action on Thursday in the District 3-AAA Girls’ Tennis Team Tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club.

Spring Grove, the York-Adams League Division I champion, fell to Hershey, 4-0, while Dallastown, the York-Adams Division I runner-up, lost to Exeter, 3-0.

Spring Grove entered as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but lost to No. 8 seed Hershey. Dallastown was seeded fourth, while Exeter was seeded fifth.

By JOHN WALK 505-5406 / @yorksportsguy

HANOVER — The journey for Susquehannock teammates Chelsea Simmers and Katie Wagner to doubles gold in the York-Adams League Class AAA Girls’ Tennis Tournament was not a direct trip.

Just three weeks ago, Susquehannock coach Marianne Michels decided to make a change with her No. 1 doubles team by replacing Hannah Brown with Simmers to pair with Wagner. Simmers, a senior, only began playing tennis three years ago. And never before had she teamed with Wagner. Yet, there they were on a chilly and blustery Wednesday afternoon at South Western High School, becoming the first Susquehannock girls’ doubles team since 2004 to win gold in the league tournament.

The team they defeated? Dallastown’s No. 1 duo of Emily Kistler and Angela Freidrich, 6-1, 6-1. It’s the same team that had beaten Wagner and Brown back on Sept. 10, prompting Michels to get the idea of making a change at the top.

“We literally only played two matches together before this tournament,” Wagner said of her pairing with Simmers. “We realized, ‘why weren’t we doing this all year?'”

Wagner, who won her third-straight league singles crown on Monday, had been on the losing end in the doubles league tournament title match each of the previous two years. Two years ago, it was Wagner and Tori Gray losing to Central York, 6-2, 6-0. Then last year, Wagner and teammate Adrianna Bullaj lost in the doubles’ final to Dallastown, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (5).

Emotional after Wednesday’s victory, Michels couldn’t find the words to describe the achievement.

“The fact that last year we had match point (in the doubles title match) and didn’t get it…” Michels said.

Earlier in the day in the semifinals, the top-seeded Warriors advanced to the championship round by defeating Spring Grove’s No. 2 team of Michaela Taylor and Amanda Craver, 6-2, 6-0.

Kistler and Freidrich, the No. 3 seed, won their semifinal match over the No. 13-seeded Kennard-Dale team of Alyssa Miller and Sofia Alsamadi, 7-5, 6-3. Miller and Alsamadi took bronze in the consolation by beating Taylor and Craver, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Class AA: In Class AA, the top-seeded Biglerville duo of Carlee Brumgard and Jenna Glass won gold over the No. 2 seed York Catholic team of Sarah Koury and Catherine Vizzard, 6-2, 6-2. It marked the first time in Canners’ program history they won doubles gold in the league tournament.

Earlier in the semifinals, Brumgard and Glass beat Delone Catholic’s Alyssa Neudecker and Liz Dizor, 6-0, 6-0, while Koury and Vizzard defeated York Catholic’s No. 2 team of Maggie Javitt and Kathryn Thomas, 6-3, 6-4.

Neudecker and Dizor took bronze by winning the consolation over Javitt and Thomas, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

District 3: As expected, Wagner earned the top seed in Class AAA for the upcoming District 3 Singles Tournament.

Wagner is the defending district champion. In Class AA, Brumgard is the No. 4 seed. Lancaster Catholic’s Elizabeth Veronis is the No. 1 seed in AA.

The singles tournament starts Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

The District 3 Team Tournament starts Thursday, also at Hershey Racquet Club. York-Adams Division I champion Spring Grove is seeded No. 1 in AAA and will take on No. 8 seed Hershey at noon.

Dallastown, the York-Adams Division I runner-up, is seeded No. 4 in AAA and will battle No. 5 seed Exeter at 1:15 p.m.

The District 3-AA Team Tournament starts Friday. York-Adams Division II champion York Catholic is seeded No. 3 and will take on No. 6 seed Pequea Valley at 2:30 p.m. Biglerville is seeded No. 7 and will meet No. 2 seed Wyomissing at 3:45 p.m.

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Sarah Koury of York Catholic is seeded at No. 2 with Catherine Vizzard in Class AA doubles. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

HANOVER — Kennard-Dale’s Alyssa Miller and Sofia Alsamadi pulled off a surprise on the opening day of the York-Adams League Girls’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.

Miller and Alsamadi, who were not seeded, scored a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Spring Grove’s Haley Staub and Emma Hoffnagle in the Class AAA quarterfinals. Staub and Hoffnagle were seeded No. 2.

Miller and Alsamadi will take on the No. 3-seeded team of Dallastown’s Emily Kistler and Angela Friedrich in one semifinal on Wednesday. The other semifinal will match the top-seeded team of Susquehannock’s Katie Wagner and Chelsea Simmers against the No. 4-seeded team of Spring Grove’s Michaela Taylor and Amanda Craver. Taylor and Craver outlasted York Suburban’s Jessica Clancy and Erika Toman, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7), in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, in Class AA, form held as all four seeded teams advanced to the semifinals.

The top-seeded team of Biglerville’s Carlee Brumgard and Jenna Glass will face the No. 3-seeded team, Delone Catholic’s Alyssa Neudecker and Liz Dizor, in one semifinal. The other semifinal will feature two York Catholic teams: the No. 2 seeded duo of Sarah Koury and Catherine Vizzard against the No. 4-seeded duo of Maggie Javitt and Kathryn Thomas.

Play will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Western High School. The championship matches will follow the semifinals.

COLUMN By DICK VANOLINDA 505-5407 / @ydsports

Katie Wagner of Susquehannock faces teammate Usha Baublitz in the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis singles championship on Monday. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

Susquehannock High School tennis star Katie Wagner found herself in a “weird position” on Monday afternoon.

A friend and teammate, Usha Baublitz, stood between Wagner and a third straight York-Adams Class AAA girls’ singles championship. The matchup wasn’t one that Baublitz would have picked, either, given a choice.

“I think when it started, it was hard because you have that bond (of friendship) already,” Baublitz said. “It’s really hard to remember that I’m playing my friend, but she’s also an opponent.”

Wagner, a senior, and Baublitz, a junior, were able to set aside their friendship for just a couple of hours as they pounded groundstrokes in a hard-fought match.

Wagner turned back Baublitz’s challenge and completed her quest for a third consecutive crown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Usha Baublitz, a junior at Susquehannock, said it was hard to view teammate Katie Wagner, a senior at Susquehannock, as an opponent in the York-Adams League AAA girls’ tennis singles championship. (JOHN PAVONCELLO —

Meanwhile, on an adjacent court at Wisehaven Tennis Club, Carlee Brumgard of Biglerville became the first player from her school to win a York-Adams Class AA girls’ singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Sarah Koury of York Catholic.

The matches were originally set for South Western High School, but were moved indoors because of Monday’s rain.

Wagner jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before Baublitz won the next two games. Wagner then broke Baublitz’s serve and held her own serve to take the set.

Baublitz kept playing at a high level in the second set and led, 4-3. Wagner, though, wouldn’t be denied. She ran off three consecutive games to gain the title.

“She’s definitely the best person I played,” Wagner said afterward. “She’s improved so much. Her forehand and backhand are both really good. I was able to take advantage when she hit to my forehand. That’s my stronger point.”

Baublitz was pleased with the way she played.

“A year ago, I wouldn’t have played that well,” she said. “When I first started to play with Katie, I thought she has no weaknesses. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Yes, I’m upset because I lost, but it was a very educational match for me because now I know what I need to work on.”

Wagner said it’s “awesome” to become the league singles champion for the third straight year.

“Hopefully, I’ll go into districts as the first seed. (Wagner is the defending District 3-AAA champion.) This one (the 2013 championship) is a little more special because to win two years in a row and then to get second in my senior year would have really bothered me,” she said.

While Wagner will head off to college next year, Baublitz should still be a force in the Susquehannock lineup and one of the main contenders for the league singles crown.

Koury should also return to high school competition in 2014. The York Catholic junior didn’t expect to play No. 1 singles for the Fighting Irish this year, but she ended up in the top spot and distinguished herself with three victories in the AA singles bracket before falling to Brumgard.

“I thought I played a pretty good season,” Koury said. “I thought I played consistently out there. Carlee is a great player, and she has a really great slice game going. It’s really hard to return a lot of those shots when she can get them right in front of the net.”

Koury, who won the first two games of the match, admitted she was nervous playing in her first championship match.

“I think my nerves overcame me a lot,” she said. “My mind was racing, and a lot of times I was thinking too hard about what shot to do.”

Despite the setback, Koury found some positives in competing against a high-level player such as Brumgard.

“It was a good experience, and I can build on it for next year,” she said.

Emily Kistler of Dallastown defeated Rachel Fabrick of South Western, 6-4, 6-3, in the Class AAA third-place match, and Haley Staub of Spring Grove won, 8-5, over Jessica Clancy of York Suburban in the fifth-place match.

Jenna Glass of Biglerville bested Catherine Vizzard of York Catholic, 6-2, 6-3, in the Class AA third-place match.

Kistler, Fabrick and Glass have qualified for District 3 action.

Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin or 505-5407.