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EMIGSVILLE — Even with a size advantage and significant experience playing against larger schools, York Catholic girls’ volleyball coach Phil Autrey knew that his club would be in for a battle on Thursday night in a District 3-A semifinal contest against Mount Calvary Christian.

The Chargers, who hail from the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference, displayed a knack for keeping rallies alive all night at Central York High School. While they didn’t sport a deadly attacker who could terminate the ball with ease, they were able to move the Irish defense around.

More often than not, the result was an Irish miscue. Those errors added up throughout the night and, despite York Catholic’s best efforts, Autrey’s club just couldn’t overcome them, falling 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-16.

The Chargers (20-0) advanced to Saturday’s district final opposite Lititz Christian, which downed Millersburg 3-2 in the other semifinal.

“We knew that they were going to be a very solid team,” Autrey said. “When you have an excellent setter and an excellent defense, they make you earn every point. We’re not a quick team and we’re not a scrappy team, so we needed to put the ball away and tonight we just did not do that. But they (the Crusaders) earned that win.”

Early deficits have plagued York Catholic (10-6) all season and the Irish again hurt themselves from the get-go in Game 1. The Chargers stormed out to a 20-10 lead on the back of several Irish hitting errors and miscues from the service line.

As 5-foot-9 outside hitter Meredith Beecher (seven kills, four digs, one ace) started to warm up, however, the Irish woke up. Beecher led her team to within a point at 24-23 in Game 1, but a communication snafu after a Beecher bump allowed the ball to hit the ground on the Irish side to give MCC a 1-0 lead.

“It just wasn’t our night,” Autrey said. “On another day, the result maybe could be different. But our serving has been a strong point throughout the year and that sort of went south early on and that set the tone. But we came back, but it was too late.”

Mount Calvary used a 4-0 run early in Game 2 to take command and never let the Irish get close. In Game 3, however, York Catholic seemingly turned things around, taking the lead early and surviving a late rally by MCC to claim a 26-24 triumph.

Momentum in volleyball is fleeting at times, and the Irish were unable to keep it going into Game 4. The Chargers stormed out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back to complete the victory.

“All around … we had trouble hitting, we had trouble passing and we just weren’t communicating like the team that I know,” Autrey said. “And they took advantage.”

Despite the season-ending setback, Autrey was proud of his club, which finished 4-12 a season ago. He’s hoping the program, which will lose five seniors including Beecher, is headed back on the upswing after appearing in a district semifinal for the first time since 2007.

“Our goal this year was to get people at the school to realize that there was a volleyball team at York Catholic,” he said. “And it’s hard, especially when you’re in a division with Delone. For me, this was a great learning experience and I hope this sets the tone for the younger kids to be able to say, ‘hey, now that we’ve been here, we know what it takes and let’s keep this tradition going.'”

Maggie Allen, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, also finished with seven kills and four blocks for the Irish, while setter Natalie Stewart dished out 27 assists to go with 21 digs.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


Eastern York coach Jen Reichard knew her team would have to bring its “A” game if the Golden Knights wanted to have any chance of upsetting Delone Catholic in the District 3-AA girls’ volleyball semifinals.

But even an “A+” game might not have been enough. The Squirettes showed why they’re the defending PIAA AA state champions with a convincing 3-0 triumph Thursday night at Dallastown. The game scores were, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16.

Delone is the only York-Adams League team still remaining in the girls’ volleyball postseason.

“Obviously, they’re a phenomenal team,” Reichard said. “Every position is tough and he (Delone coach Jason Leppo) has a really class team. Unfortunately for us, when things got a little tight, we got scared, and during the season we don’t play teams that are as solid as they are, so we didn’t know how to respond.

“I just wanted us to go out and play the best we possibly could, that’s all we could do. We were the underdog trying to take down the big Goliath, and unfortunately, it wasn’t our night.”

The victory puts the Squirettes in the District 3-AA final at 5 p.m. Saturday against Berks Catholic, a 3-1 winner over Brandywine Heights in the other semifinal. The two teams met last year in the District 3 semifinals, with the Squirettes prevailing, 25-16, 25-11, 25-20. Earlier this season, however, Berks Catholic downed Delone, 3-2.

In the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA poll, Berks Catholic was ranked No. 1 and Delone was No. 2.

“I expect it to be, hopefully, a great match,” Leppo said. “They are big, they are physical and they’re really, really good, so we’re going to have to come out and play well to have a chance, but we’re happy for the opportunity.”

No matter what happens on Saturday, however, both Delone and Berks Catholic will advance to the state playoffs.

If there was any concern about what kind of emotional shape Delone would be in entering Thursday’s contest after its thrilling five-game victory over Susquehannock on Tuesday, those fears were quickly erased. Senior Maddie Comley, who finished with two aces, 11 kills and nine digs, helped the Squirettes jump out to a 5-2 advantage that eventually increased to 15-7.

“We were definitely tired because that game (Susquehannock) was emotionally exhausting,” Comley said. “We knew we had to stay mentally calm and focus on what we were doing and start strong.”

Delone maintained an eight- to nine-point cushion the rest of the way en route to the Game 1 victory.

In the second game, Katie Laughman put the Squirettes in the driver’s seat early when she served six consecutive winning points to give Delone a 7-0 advantage. Laughman finished with 34 assists, five digs, two kills and two aces.

“We have her serve so she can start us off strong,” Comley said. “That’s what we expect from her and she does a really good job with that.”

Eastern managed to cut the deficit to 12-7, but that was as close as the Golden Knights would come in the second game.

In the final game, the Golden Knights’ Lauren Reichard helped Eastern jump out to a 10-4 edge. Reichard, who had 13 kills, six blocks and five digs, definitely got the Squirettes’ attention.

“She’s an outstanding player,” Leppo said. “Lauren is one of the best players to come out of York County in the last 10 years, She is a phenomenal player.”

But slowly, the Squirettes cut into Eastern’s advantage and took the lead for good at 14-13. From there, Delone outscored the Golden Knights 11-3.

— Reach George Hammond at


Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard attempts to block a kill by West York’s Kari Lankford on Tuesday. Eastern York won the match, 3-0, to advance to

Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard attempts to block a kill by West York’s Kari Lankford on Tuesday. Eastern York won the match, 3-0, to advance to the District 3-AA semifinals. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —
Susquehannock’s Gabby Ogude blocks a kill attempt by Delone Catholic’s Amber Johnson on Tuesday. Delone outlasted Susquehannock, 3-2, to move

Susquehannock’s Gabby Ogude blocks a kill attempt by Delone Catholic’s Amber Johnson on Tuesday. Delone outlasted Susquehannock, 3-2, to move on to the District 3-AA semifinals. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

EMIGSVILLE — Eastern York was the first York-Adams League Division II club to defeat West York this season.

So it seemed only fitting that the Knights were the ones to end the Bulldogs’ season Tuesday night in the District 3-AA quarterfinals at Central York High School.

After cruising through the first go-round in the division, the Bulldogs had their troubles the second time around, even though they still managed to share the division title. And those problems — namely inconsistency — have plagued Coach Joe Ramp’s club ever since the Knights scored a five-game victory midway through the season.

The Bulldogs were in a position to win each game against Eastern, but faltered when it mattered most. Trailing 24-21 in Game 1, West York tied up the score only to see the Knights win the final two points. Ramp’s team couldn’t hold a 22-19 lead late in Game 2 to fall behind 2-0 in the match before falling apart in Game 3. A 12-0 run helped the Knights erase a 15-9 deficit and propelled them to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-16 victory.

Eastern will face Division III champ Delone Catholic in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallastown High School. The Squirettes staved off a pair of match points to survive against Susquehannock, 16-25, 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 19-17 in the opener at Central in what was Warrior coach Rob Marrison’s final game.

“The first part of the season, we came out well,” Ramp said. “We shocked some teams right off the bat. But as teams grow throughout the season, they get better and they just met our level that we were playing at at the beginning of the season.”

While on paper, Tuesday’s sweep looks convincing, it was anything but that for portions of the night for Eastern.

“We were just kind of flat all night,” Golden Knight head coach Jen Reichard said. “And you have to credit them for pulling it out, but in order to beat a tough Delone team, we’re going to have to play our ‘A’ game.”

Neither side was especially crisp early, although the Knights were able to go ahead 17-8 midway through Game 1. The Bulldogs were able to rally back to even the score at 24-24, but a hitting error followed by a booming kill from Lauren Reichard (17 kills, four blocks) were enough to put Eastern up 1-0.

“Notoriously, when we (dig a hole), we struggle,” Coach Reichard said. “At this point of the season, we can’t afford to go down against tougher teams and try to fight your way back.”

Such was the case in Game 2, when the Knights gave up a five-point run to fall behind 8-5. Although Eastern was able to rally to tie the game up twice, the Bulldogs looked to be in good shape with a 22-19 lead late. But a lull in their play allowed the Knights to score six of the final seven points to go up 2-0.

“Consistency … we just didn’t have it tonight,” Ramp said. “Tonight was just more of Eastern’s night. They wanted it a little more, showed a little bit more heart out there. The energy level … that’s the one part of the year that we’ve been striving for. When we play with a lot of energy, we play well. And when you don’t have energy, we don’t.”

Ramp’s club jumped out to a 15-9 lead in Game 3 after an impressive 7-0 run but things turned around real quick. A service error gave the ball back to the Knights, who scored 11 more points with the ball to go up 21-15. In total, Eastern finished Game 3 with an emphatic 16-1 run.

Allie Crumbling and Jocelyn Vaughn paced the Knight defense with 14 digs each, while setter Lauryn Snyder dished out 31 assists. Amanda Sides led West York with 11 kills, while libero Alexis Harbold registered 16 digs and setter Meryssa Love recorded 32 assists.

Warriors nearly upset defending champs in coach’s final game: It was a little more than a week ago when Susquehannock took the York-Adams League champion Squirettes to five games in the first round of the league playoffs. And sure enough, it would take another five games for a winner to be decided Tuesday.

Marrison’s club scored a 25-16 victory in Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead in the match against Delone, matching what the Warriors did last Monday. And similarly enough, Delone rallied to win the next two games before the Warriors took Game 4.

That set up for an epic Game 5. While last week’s match had no win-or-go-home stakes to it, Tuesday’s showdown very much did. And with the stakes at an all-time high, both sides battled hard for every point. Even the normally reserved Marrison was a little amped up at times.

“I’m normally pretty calm on the sideline, but I figured if this was going to be it, I want to go down swinging,” he said.

The two sides traded points back and forth over the first 26 points of the fifth game until the Warriors took a 14-13 lead after a kill by Tyler Williams. After a timeout, Delone tied it up only to miss its ensuing serve and give Susquehannock another match-point chance at 15-14.

A kill by Maddie Comly (10 kills) evened up the match, which continued to go back-and-forth until Sarah Senft (13 kills) scored her final kill of the night to put the Squirettes ahead 18-17. Delone prevailed on the following point when Maryland-recruit Abigail Bentz’s kill attempt sailed just wide of the line.

With the season over, many of the Susquehannock girls had tears in their eyes. The fact that Marrison announced that he would not be coming back next year only added to their emotions.

“For me, personally, it’s been a blessing (coaching),” Marrison said. “To spend the time with the kids that I’ve been able to spend (time with) over the years and the relationships that have been formed, it’s been phenomenal. To come home from a crappy day at work and walk into a gym with kids with smiles on their faces … how much better does that get?”

While the Susquehannock program has seen its share of all-state caliber players throughout the past two decades, Bentz (16 kills, 17 digs) will likely be one of the program’s all-time greats. She’s the first player in Marrison’s coaching career to earn a Division I scholarship to a major NCAA program such as Maryland, where she will go from hitting to setting.

“The coaches told her flat out that she’s not coming to sit on the bench,” Marrison said. “She’s playing. So it’s going to be exciting.”

Kelly Franz dished out 25 assists while Amber Sweitzer added 15 more for the Warriors. Libero Kerrie Defelice recorded nine aces and tallied 39 digs in the match.


York Catholic 3, Conestoga Christian 0: At Lower Dauphin, the Lady Irish rolled into the District 3-A semifinals with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 triumph. The Irish will now face Mount Calvary in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Central York. Mount Calvary beat Convenant Christian in its quarterfinal match, 3-0. With a win on Thursday, York Catholic will clinch a state playoff berth. In Tuesday’s victory, Natalie Stewart (18 assists, six aces, four digs, three kills), Meredith Beecher (eight digs, six kills, three aces), Maggie Allen (five kills, three blocks, two aces) and Anna Debiec (seven digs, two aces, two assists) paced York Catholic.

Exeter 3, Central York 0: At Dallastown, the Panthers suffered a 25-17, 25-23, 28-26 loss in a District 3-AAA quarterfinal match, ending the Panthers’ season. Central was the York-Adams Division I champion this season. Exeter, which is 18-0, was ranked sixth in the state in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA rankings. The Eagles won Berks League Division I. Allison Rife (nine kills), Andrea Quartey (seven kills, four blocks), Emily Poole (seven kills), Laura Fahs (17 digs, four kills, two aces), Julia Terpak (19 assists, six digs) and Hannah Rishel (18 digs) excelled in defeat for Central.

Elizabethtown 3, Red Lion 1: At Hempfield, the Lions got off to a fast start but couldn’t hold on in a 19-25, 25-14, 25-8, 25-22 loss in a District 3-AAA quarterfinal meeting. The loss ended Red Lion’s season. Red Lion was led by Brooke Daugherty (20 assists), Lauren Enfield (10 digs, five aces) and Jenna Hevner (eight kills).

Brandywine Heights 3, Bermudian Springs 1: At Lower Dauphin, the Eagles dropped a 25-23, 25-12, 19-25, 25-17 decision in a District 3-AA quarterfinal contest, ending the Eagles’ season. Bermudian’s leaders were Gabby Emeigh (15 assists, five digs), Caitlyn Rohrbaugh (12 service points, two kills), Cheyenne Topper (seven digs) and Madyson Whitcomb (seven digs, seven kills).

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Dallastown girls’ volleyball season came to an end on Thursday night with a 25-16, 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-7 loss to Mechanicsburg in a District 3-AAA play-in contest at Hempfield.


Rachel Groff (24) of Red Lion bumps the ball while playing a Delone Catholic serve in the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball championship match on

Rachel Groff (24) of Red Lion bumps the ball while playing a Delone Catholic serve in the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball championship match on Tuesday night. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

DALLASTOWN — There’s always something extra special about winning a title three years in a row, especially in high school athletics.

Most teams typically experience a lot of changes over that time frame, with standouts graduating and underclassmen stepping into bigger roles.

When a championship run reaches three years, it’s pretty clear that the program is in really good shape.

Such is the case with the Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team. After years of disappointments in the York-Adams League Tournament, the Squirettes have turned things around the past few years. Winners of the last two tournament crowns, Coach Jason Leppo’s team was able to make it a three-peat Tuesday night at Dallastown High School.

After surviving against a top-flight opponent in Division I champion Central York in the semifinals, Delone cruised past Division I runner-up Red Lion in the finals. The Squirettes controlled play throughout the finals, winning 25-14, 25-15, 25-19.

“This is a really phenomenal thing that we have going on right now,” Leppo said. “To think of some of the teams and some of the coaches we’ve gone through … this is a heck of an accomplishment.”

After a surviving a grueling five-game match against Susquehannock on Monday and then a four-game showdown with the Panthers, Leppo’s club appeared to be anything but tired in rolling past the Lions. With the score even at 7-7 in Game 1, the Division III champs turned things up a notch, winning 15 of the next 19 points.

That level of domination continued into Game 2 and Game 3. The Squirettes jumped out to a 15-4 lead in Game 2 and a 17-11 advantage in Game 3. And to know that all of this came with Delone standout Cheyenne Altland on the bench with back issues makes it even more amazing for Leppo and his coaching staff.

“Her back locked up on her,” Leppo said. “And she’s a tough kid. So for her to say that she should sit this one out, you knew it had to be really bugging her. And maybe (her absence) was what (got us going). Or maybe it was pure exhaustion, but we just looked calm and steady for the whole match.”

Red Lion had troubles all night finding the floor. The Delone defense refused to allow a ball to hit the court easily. Katie Laughman and Kayla Baadte combined for 23 digs to foil Red Lion’s offense.

“Delone deserved this win,” Red Lion coach Heather Shoemaker said. “They’re a fun team to watch defensively. They have a relentless pursuit and when they go and get it, they can then run their offense.”

That defense limited Red Lion standout Lindsey Blevins to five kills, while setter Brooke Daugherty dished out 17 assists.

The Squirettes also served well, tallying 13 aces in the victory. Kerigan Emig, Maddie Comly and Baadte each recorded three aces. Lilly Singleton led Delone with 11 kills, while Laughman dished out 27 assists.

Shoemaker is hoping that the experience from tough victories over York Suburban and West York, as well as the clash against Delone, will help her team as it prepares for the upcoming District 3-AAA Tournament. Those three squads all have scrappy defenses that put the onus on their opponents to not make hitting miscues.

“I think we learned that we have to keep running that energy and riding that momentum,” she said. “And we lacked that a little in the final.”

Delone advanced to the final after defeating Central York, 25-20, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18 in the semifinals. Red Lion moved on after downing West York, 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 in the other semifinal.


York Tech 3, York 0: At York, Brooke Glass led the Spartans to the 25-10, 25-22, 25-18 non-divisional victory on Tuesday with 10 aces, 18 digs and 15 assists. Also for Tech, Kayli Shoff had 17 digs and 10 assists, D’Shanna Edwards had 10 digs, five aces, four assists and three kills and Krista Ruppert had 12 digs and five aces. For the Bearcats, Paola Ramos had three kills, while Cheyenne Bradford had three blocks.

York 3, Harrisburg 1: At Harrisburg, the Bearcats earned their first win of the season on Monday, 25-16, 15-25, 25-23, 25-23. Paola Ramos (seven kills) and Cheyenne Bradford (six kills) led York.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at


DALLASTOWN — In many years there is a clear favorite to win the York-Adams League girls’ volleyball playoff crown.

This is not one of those years.

Up and down the bracket, the four quarterfinal showdowns looked pretty evenly matched. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that three of the four contests took more than three games, including a pair of Game 5 thrillers.

Without question, the most interesting showdown was between Susquehannock and Delone Catholic. The two programs are the most decorated among all the York-Adams schools over the past decade or so, and their match-up didn’t disappoint.

After dropping Game 1, the Division III champion Squirettes rebounded to win the next two, only to see the Warriors even the match by claiming Game 4. That forced a 15-point Game 5 that finally ended with Delone prevailing, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9.

Red Lion also had to go the distance against Division II co-champion York Suburban. In a back-and-forth match, the Lions pulled out a 25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 victory.

West York, co-champs with York Suburban in Division II, needed four games to get past Dallastown (26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20) to set up a semifinal contest with Red Lion Tuesday. That contest is slated for a 6 p.m. start at Dallastown Middle School.

Central York, the Division I champ, had little trouble with Bermudian Springs, cruising toward a semifinal square-off with Delone by downing the Eagles, 25-14, 25-20, 25-13. The Panthers will take on the Squirettes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown High School. The winners of the two semifinal contests will do battle in the final at Dallastown High School.

A quick look at the league bracket a week ago was enough to worry Delone coach Jason Leppo. His worries were well-founded. His club, which won the PIAA AA state title a year ago, were pushed the limit by the Warriors. Trailing 21-17 late, Coach Rob Marrison’s club won eight of the final nine points to go up 1-0 in the match.

“Losing (Game 1) was almost like you’re in a situation where you’re trying to win four of five games,” Leppo said. “When you give up a lead late like that, it can a tough thing to overcome. But we bounced back.”

Despite wearing the reigning state champ moniker all season, Leppo’s squad can use a little more seasoning, in his opinion. So showdowns against teams such as Susquehannock and Central York can go a long way this week toward meeting the Squirettes’ ultimate goal of repeating as state champs.

“This year’s group is a lot of the same kids, but they’re in bigger roles,” Leppo said. “And matches like this is what they need to grow up.”

If Susquehannock was disappointed by Monday’s outcome, they probably won’t have to wait too long to try to avenge that defeat. The District 3-AA bracket has the winner of Saturday’s first-round contest between Trinity and Susquehannock squaring off against Delone in the quarterfinals.

Marrison is hoping his team can clean up a few areas where they struggled Monday against Delone to give them a chance at earning a berth into the PIAA tournament.

“I thought there were points during part of the match where we just made some critical errors,” he said. “And the kids were more concerned about making a mistake then about really going for it.”

Central next for Delone: While Delone had to fight to get past Susquehannock Monday, they’ll likely have some more battling to do with Central York. The Panthers will have a height advantage at the net with the duo of Emily Poole and Andrea Quartey leading the charge.

“They’re big and good,” Leppo said. “They’re ridiculously hard to stop at the net and their setter, Julia Terpak, is one of my favorite kids to watch play. I like the way that she runs the show for them.”

Poole and Quartey combined for 25 kills against Bermudian, while Terpak was in charge, dishing out 30 assists in the triumph.

West York vs. Red Lion: West York and Red Lion will be a rematch of a semifinal contest played during the Dallastown Tournament a few weekends ago. The Lions prevailed then in a one-game contest, but Tuesday’s showdown will be a best-of-five affair.

“That was a tough match,” Red Lion coach Heather Shoemaker said. “And anything can happen on any given night in the (York-Adams League).”

The Bulldogs prevailed in large part due to the play of senior Kari Lankford. A standout on the basketball court, Lankford led her team with 14 kills, including the final two of the night.

There is a drive and aggressiveness in her,” said West York coach Joe Ramp. “And that probably comes from playing basketball. She just goes all-out on the court and attacks the ball.”

Red Lion prevailed past Suburban with the help of Lindsey Blevins. The sophomore slammed home 18 kills to go with 10 digs, while setter Brooke Daugherty dished out 36 assists.

“It’s been an up-and-down road all season, but they fight for every point,” Shoemaker said. “And in the end, they pulled it out.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

York Dispatch Staff Report

It was an eventful night in York-Adams girls’ volleyball on Thursday.

Central York sewed up its first outright division title since 1985, while West York and York Suburban have to share a division crown.

Central won at Spring Grove, 25-17, 23-25, 25-13, 25-20 to finish at 11-1 in Division I action and earn its first division championship in nearly three decades.

West York, meanwhile, lost to visiting Susquehannock, 25-21, 25-23, 25-15. At the same, York Suburban was beating visiting Kennard-Dale, 25-9, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15. Both West York and Suburban finished at 11-3 in Division II, while Susquehannock finished a game back in third at 10-4.

In Central’s victory, Allison Rife (15 digs, 12 kills), Andrea Quartey (14 kills), Hannah Rishel (12 digs) and Julia Terpak (37 assists) powered the Panthers. Spring Grove was led by Becca Keller (20 assists, six digs), Heather Secrist (19 digs) and Linsey Altland (seven kills, four digs, three blocks). Central won the JV match, 25-15, 26-24.

In Suburban’s victory, the Trojans got big nights from Jordan Landis (26 digs), Mikala McBride (16 assists), Georgia DuMars (24 assists, five digs), Maura Brehl (13 kills, 11 digs), Claudia Mingora (14 digs) and Sabrina Geary (10 kills). K-D’s leaders were Brittany Wolf (15 digs, 10 kills), Katie Leftridge (19 digs, eight kills) and Adriana Hoke (23 assists). Suburban won the JV match, 25-18, 25-12.

Susquehannock topped West York behind big efforts from Abigail Bentz (17 kills, 20 digs), Kerrie Defelice (23 digs, five assists), Kelly Franz (24 assists, 12 digs) and Amber Sweitzer (14 assists, seven digs). West York’s leaders were Meryssa Love (23 assists, seven digs), Alexis Harbold (23 digs) and Abbey James (10 digs). Susquehannock won the JV match, 25-22, 25-23.


Eastern York 3, Gettysburg 0: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights rolled to a 25-9, 25-22, 25-17 victory. Lauren Reichard (13 kills, six digs, five blocks), Lauryn Snyder (31 assists) and Allie Crumling (seven kills, seven aces) led the Golden Knights. Shaye Whiteman (nine digs), Jess Sandoe (seven kills) and Myla Manahan (12 assists) led Gettysburg. Eastern lost the JV match, 25-23, 25-21.

Red Lion 4, Dallastown 1: At Red Lion, the home prevailed, 31-29, 28-26, 20-25, 25-15. The Lions were led by Brooke Daugherty (43 assists, six digs), Lindsey Blevins (15 kills, 10 digs, six aces), Brooke Glatfelter (10 kills) and Lauren Enfield (10 kills, seven digs, six aces). Dallastown’s leaders were Megan Clinton (22 assists, five aces, four kills) and Kat Forry (16 digs). Red Lion the JV match in two games.

Delone Catholic 3, Hanover 0: At Hanover, the Squirettes finished off an unbeaten York-Adams Division III season with a 25-20, 25-13, 25-14 victory. Katie Laughman (30 assists, seven digs) and Sarah Senft (10 kills, four aces, three digs) led Delone. For the Hawkettes, Kelsey Staub had 10 assists and eight digs, while teammate Lexi Spangler had eight digs. The Squirettes also won the JV match, 25-19, 25-14.

South Western 3, Dover 0: At Hanover, the Mustangs cruised, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17. Hannah McMaster (21 assists, 11 digs, five kills, three aces) and Tori Sager (15 digs, nine kills) shined for South Western. Dover was paced by Jordan Crone (18 digs) and Katie Kann (12 assists). Dover won the JV match, 25-18, 20-25, 15-2.

Northeastern 3, York High 0: At York High, the Bobcats triumphed, 25-9, 25-6, 25-7. Alivia Crerand (18 assists) and Whitney Brown (nine digs, four kills) excelled for Northeastern.

Littlestown 3, Fairfield 0: At Littlestown, the Thunderbolts won, 25-19, 26-24, 25-11. Emily Staub led the home team with five kills, five aces and 15 assists. Teammate Hanna Riley had eight kills.

Bermudian Springs 3, York Catholic 1: At York Catholic, the Eagles won, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23. Madyson Whitcomb led the Eagles with 17 kills, seven blocks, and three digs. For the Irish, Natalie Stewart had 31 assists, 12 digs and six kills, while Meredith Beecher had 11 kills and five aces and Maggie Allen had 11 kills. York Catholic won the JV match, 20-25, 25-21, 16-14.


It still needs one more victory, but the Central York girls’ volleyball team is now as close to an outright division title as it’s been in 29 years.

To put that in perspective, Ronald Reagan was president the last time the Panthers won a division title, but a 3-0 victory over Red Lion Tuesday night on the Panthers’ home court puts them in a position to win a division crown for the first time since 1985. Central (10-1) won Tuesday’s match, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21. All that stands in the way of an outright York-Adams Division I title now is a victory over Spring Grove on Thursday.

“We’ve talked about winning the division in every practice,” said senior Andrea Quartey, who led the way with 11 kills. “Our coaches have been playing songs from 1985 to remind us that ‘OK, it’s been this long since Central won a division title.’

“But when you win the first game, it’s a big momentum gain because going into the match we knew it was going to be close. So when we won that first game, we were thinking ‘we got this.’ We got a lot of incredible digs thanks to our libero, Hannah Rishel (11 digs, 33 assists), and I think our defense — digs to kills was important, too.”

Despite the heartbreaking loss in the first game, the Lions (9-2), however, weren’t going to go quietly. Despite not having the lead in Game 2, they managed to tie the score five times, with the last deadlock coming at 22-22. That’s when Central junior Emily Poole (nine kills, five blocks, five digs) made her presence known, scoring two consecutive points for the Panthers en route to a commanding 2-0 lead.

For Red Lion, Lindsey Blevins had 11 kills while Jenna Hevner added six kills. Brooke Daugherty had 25 assists.

“Winning the first game definitely translated into getting the next two wins. It’s a little bit of a weight off your shoulders. Once you get the first game out of the way, the next two seem to come a little easier,” Poole said. “It’s so rewarding to get this because this is what we’ve been working for all season.”

When these two met in mid-September, Red Lion came out on top, 25-23, 25-21, 11-25, 25-16, so Lions’ coach Heather Schoemaker knew the importance of Game 1.

“You always want to get that first one on any team,” she said. “Defensively and offensively, Central had the game tonight. It was a well-fought match. I think we had a three-point lead at one point in the first game and we should have kept the momentum, but unfortunately, we let them come back.”

Red Lion’s biggest lead in the first game was 13-9. But Central rallied and eventually took a 22-21 advantage. From then on, it was nip and tuck. There were five ties, with the last one coming at 26-26. Junior Laura Fahs made it 27-26 Central, then a net violation on the ensuing point gave Central the key victory.

“They set the goal at the beginning of the season and they put pressure on themselves, but they understood that pressure is a privilege,” Panthers’ coach Nate Ocasio said. “There’s not many teams that get an opportunity like this and they wanted to take advantage of it. I don’t know if we were tentative in the first game, but I don’t think we were mentally engaged. But this is satisfying. But we have one more match against Spring Grove.”

And after 29 years, the Panthers don’t want to take anything for granted at this point.


Eastern York 3, York High 0: At York High, Lauren Reichard led the Golden Knights to a 25-7, 25-8, 25-13 victory with eight kills and four aces. Eastern’s Lauryn Snyder had 23 assists and four aces. For the Bearcats, Diaja Aiken had three digs, while Paola Romos had two kills, two aces and two digs.

Susquehannock 3, Gettysburg 0: At Glen Rock, Abigail Bentz led the Warriors to the 25-9, 25-21, 26-24 victory with 12 kills and 12 digs. Also for the Warriors, Kelly Franz had 19 assists and nine digs, while Kerrie Defelice had 21 digs. For Gettysburg, Grace Redman had eight digs and five kills. Susquehannock won the JV match, 25-22, 25-18.

Delone Catholic 3, York Tech 0: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes won, 25-12, 25-8, 25-8. Cheyenne Altland led the home team with seven kills and four digs. For the Spartans, Krista Ruppert had 11 digs, while Brooke Glass had 12 assists and five digs. Delone won the JV match, 25-9, 25-4.

Dallastown 3, New Oxford 0: At Dallastown, Kat Forry led the Wildcats to the 21-25, 25-14, 25-20, 26-24 victory with 21 digs, four kills and three aces. Also for the Wildcats, Sophia Messner had eight kills and four digs, Paige Childs had five kills, four aces and three digs and Megan Clinton had 27 assists, four aces and three digs. For the Colonials, Brooke Krebs had nine kills, seven digs and three aces. New Oxford won the JV match, 12-25, 25-21, 15-8.

West York 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, Kari Lankford led the Bulldogs to a 25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 25-16 victory with 15 kills. Also for West York, Meryssa Love had 34 assists, Amanda Sides had 10 kills and Dixie Miller had nine kills. For the Rams, Brittany Wolf had 11 kills and four blocks, while Katie Leftridge had 11 kills and Adriana Hoke had 19 assists, four kills and three aces. West York won the JV match, 2-0. First-place West York improved to 11-2 in York-Adams Division II.

York Suburban 3, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Trojans won 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21. Ciara Buckingham led the Trojans with 10 kills, seven blocks and three assists. Also for Suburban, Georgia DuMars had 17 assists and seven digs, Maura Brehl had 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks and Jordan Landis had 21 digs. Suburban won the JV match, 25-16, 25-20.

York Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the Irish won, 25-12, 25-18, 25-10. Natalie Stewart led the Irish with five kills, five aces and 17 assists. Also for the Irish, Maddie Daugherty had five kills, four aces and three digs, Maggie Allen had nine kills and Meredith Beecher had six aces and three kills.

Bermudian Springs 3, Hanover 1: At York Springs, Madyson Whitcomb led the Eagles to a 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15 victory with 17 kills, six digs and three blocks. Gabby Emeigh had 32 assists and nine digs. For the Hawkettes, Saranda Gerlach had 11 kills and 16 digs. Hanover won the JV match, 18-25, 27-25, 15-2.

Spring Grove 3, Dover 0: At Dover, the Rockets won, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22. Becca Keller led the Rockets with 26 assists and four digs. Also for the Rockets, Autumn Leese had five kills and five digs, Mia Bennett had nine kills and Heather Secrist had 12 digs. For the Eagles, Katie Kann had 15 assists and seven digs, while Jordan Crone had 15 digs and Marisa Krinock had 10 kills and three blocks. Dover won the JV match, 25-15, 22-25, 16-14.

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York Tech 3, Harrisburg 0: At Spry, Krista Ruppert led the Spartans to a 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 non-league victory with five kills, 20 digs and five aces. Also for Tech, Brooke Glass had 25 assists, 18 digs and three aces, Kayli Shoff had 15 digs and 12 assists and Mayson Kile had 11 digs and six assists. Harrisburg won the JV match, 17-25, 25-21, 15-8.

James Buchanan 3, Littlestown 0: At Mercersburg, the home team won the non-league match, 25-19, 25-18, 25-14. For the Thunderbolts, Vickie Skillman and Mariah Hymiller each had five kills and five digs. JB won the JV match, 25-16, 25-11.

Waynesboro 3, South Western 0: At Hanover, the visitors won the non-league match, 25-22, 25-20, 25-10. For the Mustangs, Tori Sager had 30 digs and nine kills, while teammate Hannah McMaster had 21 assists, six kills and four digs. South Western won the JV match, 25-22, 25-19.

Bermudian Springs 3, Boiling Springs 1: At Newville, the Eagles triumphed, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21. Alexa Frey (22 digs), Madyson Whitcomb (six blocks, six kills) and Gabby Emeigh (19 assists, eight service points) led Bermudian. The Eagles also won the JV match, 22-25, 25-22, 15-12.

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Eastern 3, Susquehannock 2: At Wrightsville, Eastern and Susquehannock took turns seizing momentum in a hard-fought match, which the Golden Knights finally won, 16-25, 25-23, 25-16, 16-25, 15-12. For the five games, Susquehannock earned 101 points and Eastern had 97. Lauren Reichard led the Golden Knights with 18 kills, 12 digs and eight blocks. Eastern’s Lauryn Snyder recorded 28 assists while her teammates, Allie Crumling, Hannah Reichard and Jocelyn Vaughn, combined for 43 digs. Abigail Bentz pounded 17 kills for Susquehannock to go with six digs. The Warriors’ Kelly Franz and Amber Sweitzer teamed for 37 assists, and Kerrie Defelice and Laura Savin joined for 47 digs. The result left both teams tied for third in York-Adams Division II at 8-4. Susquehannock won the JV match, 25-17, 25-22.

West York 3, Northeastern 0: At West York, Dixie Miller led the Bulldogs to the 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 victory with 11 kills and three aces. Also for West York, Meryssa Love had 30 assists, six digs and four aces, Kari Lankford had 11 kills and Amanda Sides had 11 digs and four kills. West York improved to 10-2 in York-Adams Division II. For the Bobcats, Whitney Brown had 10 kills and six digs and Alivia Crerand had 15 assists. West York won the JV match, 25-10, 25-11.

Red Lion 3, Dover 0: At Red Lion, Brooke Daugherty recorded 30 assists, four digs and four aces as the Lady Lions swept past the Eagles, 25-13, 25-7, 25-17. Lindsey Blevins pounded 15 kills to go with 10 digs for Red Lion, and Lauren Enfield supplied six kills, seven digs and three aces for the winners. Katie Kann (15 assists, three digs) led Dover. Red Lion remained tied with Central for first in York-Adams Division I. Both teams are 9-1. The Lady Lions also won the JV match, 2-0.

Central York 3, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Panthers rolled, 25-17, 25-15, 25-12. Allison Rife (11 kills, eight digs), Andrea Quartey (10 kills, five digs), Emily Poole (nine kills), Julia Terpak (33 assists) and Hannah Rishel (eight digs) paced the winners. Wren Berry had 11 assists for New Oxford. The Panthers improved to 9-1 in York-Adams Division I. Central won the JV match, 25-10, 25-15.

York Suburban 3, York High 0: At York Suburban, Jen Seabra and Maura Brehl combined for 13 kills to power the Trojans to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-7 sweep of the Bearcats. Claudia Mingora supplied 17 assists for Suburban. Polly Ramos (three kills), Cheyenne Bradford (three digs) and Liberty Burton (three digs) led York High.

Spring Grove 3, South Western 1: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won, 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21. Mia Bennett (19 kills), Becca Keller (35 assists, eight digs), Heather Secrist (21 digs) and Kasey Bentley (16 digs) led the winners. South Western was paced by Tori Sager (12 kills, 17 digs), Bonna Sheehan (21 digs, six kills) and Hannah McMaster (26 assists, 11 digs). South Western won the JV match, 20-25, 25-21, 19-17.

York Catholic 3, Littlestown 1: At York Catholic, the Irish triumphed, 25-16, 25-14, 17-25, 25-16. Natalie Stewart (six kills, 24 assists, 11 digs) and Meredith Beecher (14 kills, three assists, five aces, 10 digs) led the winners. Littlestown was paced by Emily Staub (18 assists, nine digs), Jillian Persing (13 digs) and Vickie Skillman (10 digs, four kills). York Catholic won the JV match, 25-17, 25-12.

Hanover 3, Fairfield 0: At Hanover, Alexa Merrel led the Hawkettes with seven aces and five kills. Teammate Lexi Spangler had 22 digs. For the Green Knights, Abby Herring had five kills and four digs. Hanover won the JV match, 2-0.

Gettysburg 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Gettysburg, Myla Manahan led the Warriors to the 25-21, 25-10, 25-18 victory with 24 assists and 18 digs. For the Rams, Katie Leftridge had 11 kills, nine digs and six blocks, while teammates Lindsay Amrhein had nine kills and six blocks and Brittany Wolf had six digs, five kills and three aces. Gettysburg won the JV match, 18-25, 25-15, 15-10.


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