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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 Suburban runners Emma Leik and Brady Wilt lead Trojans to team wins. (John A. Pavoncello photos –

HERSHEY — The York Suburban girls’ cross country runners lined up for the start of the District 3-AA race on Wednesday minus the team’s fastest runner.

The Trojans were without Olivia Gettle, who is battling injuries. They refused, though, to let Gettle’s absence prevent them from reaching their goal.

The Suburban runners ran the extremely challenging Parkview course for the team, and they ran for Gettle.

“Olivia is battling back issues, but we told the girls they could do it without her,” Trojans girls’ head coach Dan VanHouwe said. “They needed to step up for her.”

The Trojans accomplished the mission by scoring 116 points to repeat as champions.

The Suburban boys’ team, meanwhile, blitzed the AA field with 41 points, 109 better than runner-up Wyomissing.

For the second straight year, both the Suburban girls’ and boys’ teams hoisted championship trophies.

The Delone Catholic girls won this year’s Class A team crown, and on the individual side, Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford delivered the best performance by a York-Adams runner by winning the gold medal in the Boys’ Class AAA race.

“This year, we double doubled,” VanHouwe said. “There’s already talk of a triple-triple. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but it’s out there.”

Cecilia Lantz, a freshman, was the first Suburban girls’ runner to cross the line. She finished 17th. Emma Leik was right behind Lantz, while Lena Strong, Brooke Ruth and Zette Pflum were the other Suburban scorers. Lantz’s performance surprised VanHouwe.

“She said she needed a week to resolve all her issues,” the Trojans’ coach said. “She was so fearful. There was no fear today.”

Suburban boys: After the Suburban girls completed their mission, the guys’ team put on another dominating performance.

Suburban placed six runners among the first 15 finishers. The spread from the first to the sixth Suburban runner was just 44 seconds. Brady Wilt led the way for the Trojans by coming in fourth. He was followed by Donovan Mears (sixth), Bryce Ohl (ninth), Adam Barley (13th), Peter Wagner (14th) and Zach Lofties (15th).

“I can’t tell you how great it is to coach these guys,” Suburban boys’ coach Ron Herman said. “It’s an honor.”

Suburban entered the event as a strong favorite based on its performances during the regular season and in invitationals.

“The only enemies were the other runners and a little overconfidence,” Herman said. “You still have to get out there and run.”

The way that the 2014 team runs reminds Herman, who’s in his 27th season, of another group of Suburban runners.

“The 2009 team, this team resembles that team,” Herman said.

The 2009 team won the AA state title.

“Cross country is like poker,” Herman said. “You need five good cards, and I have five good cards.”

Wilt joined Herman’s hand this year after transferring from Biglerville to Suburban.

“It wasn’t the best conditions today (rain fell during the AA races),” Wilt said. “Some of the runners were slipping up the hills. I was a little disappointed with my time (16 minutes, 50 seconds), but to have a boys’ team title with these guys washes all that away.”

Gebhart, White: Gebhart ran a 16:11 for the 3.1-mile course, shaving 12 seconds off his time in last year’s district meet.

“I got third last year (in districts),” he said. “This (winning the title) was the goal. I got out slow, but I picked up the pace, and I had a good last mile.”

Kayla White, of Kennard-Dale, who won this year’s York-Adams Girls’ All-League Run, took third in Class AA with a time of 19:52. White’s teammates, Caitlin Salomon and Maddie Ferner, who took second and third in the York-Adams event, were fifth and sixth, respectively, in Wednesday’s district meet. K-D also secured third in the team standings, qualifying for states.

“I definitely didn’t realize that (earning a trip to states) until right now,” White said following the awards ceremony. “I was so excited. I knew all three of us (White, Salomon and Ferner) made it, but I was like, ‘Oh, we’re all going to states.'”

The state championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 1, also at the Parkview course.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

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Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, right, won the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run on Tuesday.

Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, right, won the York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run on Tuesday. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart leads a crowd of runners past spectators on the way to his win in the York-Adams League Boys’ Cross Country

New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart leads a crowd of runners past spectators on the way to his win in the York-Adams League Boys’ Cross Country Championship Run. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

EMIGSVILLE — Kayla White got off to a “crappy” start in Tuesday’s York-Adams League Girls’ Cross Country Championship Run at John Rudy Park.

The Kennard-Dale senior found herself caught in traffic and had to get out and do some passing.

The less-than-ideal beginning didn’t discourage White.

“I went to a cross country camp, and they had this saying, ‘being mentally strong makes you physically strong,'” White said. “I just kept thinking positive the whole way.”

The positive attitude, combined with determined running, enabled White to make school history by becoming the first female K-D runner to win the York-Adams Run. White finished in 19 minutes, 25.22 seconds for the 3.1-mile course.

White wasn’t the only runner who recorded an historic finish. Aaron Gebhart, of New Oxford, who won the boys’ race in a time of 16:11.63, is the first male runner from his school to capture the York-Adams Run. Both White and Gebhart finished second last year.

White led a mini-pack of blue-clad K-D runners across the finish line. Her teammates, Caitlin Salomon and Maddie Ferner, were second and third, respectively, in 19:34.27 and 19:36.60. Kate Mowrey of Delone Catholic and Maddie McLain of Eastern York rounded out the top five.

The defending champion, Olivia Gettle of York Suburban, didn’t run because of tendinitis. Suburban girls’ coach Dan Vanhouwe made the decision to keep Gettle out of the race, saying he didn’t want her to get hurt and that next week’s District 3-AA race is more important.

“That was pretty awesome,” White said when asked what it was like to have two teammates cross the line right behind her. “Our Maddie (Ferner) was right with me when I said to myself, ‘come on, this is my senior year, and my last chance at all this stuff.'”

White played soccer until taking up cross country in her freshman year.

“My dad ran cross country, and my mom said she ran on her own,” White said. “I know that cross country is not that big a deal to the general population, but you surround yourself with people who care about you. You get a medal, and on a bad day, you look up on your wall (and see the medal) and think, ‘that’s me.'”

Boys’ race: Gebhart earned his first-place medal, a year after placing second to two-time champion Patrick Reilly of Dallastown.

“He’s a really great runner, and I’m still friends with him,” Gebhart said. “Filling his spot is pretty cool. Winning was my goal today, and we’re going after the district (Class AAA) title next week.”

Gebhart finished 25 seconds ahead of Suburban’s Brady Wilt. Wilt transferred to Suburban this year from Biglerville.

“I was pretty pleased with my race,” Wilt said. “I got off to a good start, 4:56 or 4:57 for the first mile. Aaron had a really good race. I’ve known Aaron since he was little, and I’m always going to be happy for him. He’s like a little brother to me.”

Another Suburban runner, Donovan Mears, was third, followed by Dan Filler of Gettysburg and Ben Schott of South Western.

Suburban, the defending District 3-AA champion, placed six runners among the top 12 in Wednesday’s race.

“It’s a huge blessing to have a team aspect like we do,” Wilt said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better my senior year. We’re setting the bar very high, and we’re very excited about the upcoming two weeks (districts and states).”

K-D, Dallastown and Central each had three runners among the top 20 in the girls’ race. Medals were awarded to the first 20 finishers in each race.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson leads the pack to the finish on Tuesday. Jacobson won the race and helped Dallastown take the York-Adams Division I

Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson leads the pack to the finish on Tuesday. Jacobson won the race and helped Dallastown take the York-Adams Division I boys’ championship. October 7, 2014. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —
Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg gasps for air as she sprints to the finish line in Tuesday’s cross country meet at Spring Grove. She won the

Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg gasps for air as she sprints to the finish line in Tuesday’s cross country meet at Spring Grove. She won the race and helped the Lions win the York-Adams Division I girls’ crown. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

SPRING GROVE — Red Lion’s Tristan Schluderberg and Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson conquered the hills of the Spring Grove cross country course on Tuesday.

The individual victories were immensely gratifying to the two runners, especially since they occurred on an unforgettable day when their teams won championships.

By the thinnest of margins, the Lady Lions captured the York-Adams Division I crown by nipping Central York, 27-28. Red Lion also defeated Dallastown (25-30) and Spring Grove (15-50).

The Wildcats, meanwhile, grabbed the Division I boys’ title with victories over Spring Grove (26-29), Central (24-31) and Red Lion (22-33).

Schluderberg covered the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 44 seconds to win the girls’ race by 13 seconds.

“Crossing the line was a relief because I knew that I did it,” the junior said. “But I had to turn right back around,and make sure my team was there and cheer for them. This is a very hilly course, and it took a lot more energy and a lot more guts. We had to run as a team and put everything out there.”

Red Lion secured the Division I crown for the first time since 2011.

“I knew they won it the year before I started on the team,” Schluderberg said. “On the way here, we (Schluderberg and her teammates) said, ‘we have to do this.'”

Julia Kendrick (fifth), Haily Welchans (eighth), Bryn Trout (ninth) and Sarah Heit (14th) were the other Red Lion scorers.

Central’s Bridgit Palm finished second, followed by two Dallastown runners, Isabella Wise and Sarah Goetz. Central’s Paige Hartman and Haley Pfefferkorn were sixth and seventh, respectively. Dallastown’s Elizabeth DiBiase completed the top-10 finishers. Dallastown’s Alexis DeSanti was 11th, and a pair of Central runners, Jackie Ball and Brooke Buzynski, were 12th and 13th.

Boys’ race: Jacobson, meanwhile, turned in a personal-record performance of 16:56 to win the boys’ race by 13 seconds.

Asked if he felt going into the meet that the Wildcats would come out on top, he responded: “Yes, but I did not think I could win the race.”

Jacobson bested the field while running in new shoes.

“This is the first time I wore spikes,” he said. “I was feeling good most of the race.”

The Dallastown sophomore dueled with Red Lion’s Ethan Gatchell for part of the race.

“I passed him, then he passed me, and I passed him, and I stayed in front the rest of the way,” Jacobson said.

Gatchell took second, followed by Central’s Mike Lundy and a pair of Spring Grove runners, Dante Pagan and Hunter Miller. Dallastown’s Jonathan Buytenhuys and Justin Sweitzer were sixth and seventh, respectively, and Alex Miller (Red Lion), Jordan Maldonado (Spring Grove) and Nick Swanson (Central) completed the first 10 finishers. Dallastown’s Taylor Lentz, Spring Grove’s Justin Culp, Central’s Justin Hartman, Central’s Timmy Buzynski, Central’s Alex Evanitus, Red Lion’s Micah Bodisch and Dallastown’s Bryce Gable placed 11th through 17th. Gable was the fifth Dallastown scorer.

The Wildcats won their fourth Division I crown in the past six seasons. This year’s team did it without York-Adams and District 3 champion Patrick Reilly, who is now running at Lehigh.

“It’s been a team effort,” said Dallastown head coach Mark Noll, who’s in his 25th season. “The kids work really well together and they’re interchangeable. Patrick upped his game today. A PR on this course. This is a challenging course.”


Suburban wins another Division II championship: At York Suburban, Adam Barley won the race in 17:22 to help the host Trojans sweep Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and West York. The Trojans won the York-Adams Division II title with a 6-0 record. The Suburban boys have won nine division titles in the last 14 seasons.

New Oxford’s Gebhart sets record: At Dover, New Oxford’s Jordan Gebhart finished in 16:05 to set a course record. He was followed across the finish line by South Western’s Ben Schott and the Northeastern trio of Ben Linne, Jacob McKenzie and Brody McElwain. South Western finished first as a team, followed by Northeastern, New Oxford and Dover. South Western edged Northeastern by just one point (28-29).

Greene leads Squires to victory and division crown: At Spry, Will Greene’s first-place finish in 19:15 helped lead the Squires to victories over York Catholic, Fairfield, Biglerville and York Tech. Teammate John Mall took second. Delone captured the York-Adams Division III crown. Tech came in second. Luis Perez led the Spartans with a third-place finish. Fairfield came in third. For the Irish, Evan Schlosser took third.

Warriors run away with it: Gettysburg won at Littlestown Community Park against Littlestown, Bermudian Springs and Eastern York. Gettysburg’s Daniel Filler crossed the line first in 17:30, followed by Eastern’s Tyler White. Bermudian runner Chad Long, Gettysburg’s Ryan Haskins and Eastern’s Mason Bair rounded out the top five.


Gettle sets record, Suburban streak continues: At York Suburban, the Trojans’ Olivia Gettle set a new course record with a 19:45 to help the host team sweep Susquehannock, Kennard-Dale and West York. That gave Suburban the York-Adams Division II title with a 6-0 record. It was the Trojans 14th straight York-Adams division championship.

Dover sweeps top three spots en route to win: At Dover, the home team had its top three runners finish first, second and third, and each runner was within one second of each other. Alysha Sweitzer was first in 21:32, while Sarah Kistner and Alyssa Lawton were next in 21:33. South Western’s Lauren Hall and Lynne Mooradian took fourth and fifth, respectively. Dover was followed by South Western, New Oxford and Northeastern in the team standings.

Mowrey leads Squirettes to win and division title: At Spry, Kate Mowrey’s first-place in 21:00 led the Squirettes to victories over York Catholic, Biglerville, York Tech and Fairfield. Also for Delone, Leanne Sneeringer took second and Alyssa Alberghini took third. Delone also captured the York-Adams Division III crown. York Catholic came in second. Amanda Falvey led the Irish with a fourth-place finish.

Knights are golden: Eastern York won at Littlestown Community Park against Littlestown, Gettysburg and Bermudian Springs. Golden Knights’ runner Maddie McLain led the way with a first-place finish of 20:34, which set a new course record. She was followed by Gettysburg’s Casey Little. The top-five was rounded out by Littlestown’s Kaetlin Wienholt, Gettysburg’s Nicole Halbrendt and Eastern’s Haley Nalls.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at


Welcome to Super Tuesday in the York-Adams League.

In a perfect scheduling storm, there are late-season showdowns all across the league in various sports that will likely decide division championships and also have a significant impact on league and District 3 playoff seedings.

In most cases, the programs involved are traditional powers with rich histories in the sport.

Here’s a quick look at Tuesday’s many key contests:


It starts in soccer, where there are no less than four pivotal battles that will pit unbeaten division teams against one-loss squads. In each case, the unbeaten team can wrap up the outright division crown with a victory.

Division I boys: In D-I boys’ action, Dallastown travels to Central York for 7 p.m. battle.

Central enters the match at 10-0-0 in the division and 14-1-1 overall. Dallastown comes in at 9-1-0 in the division and 14-2-0 overall. In their previous meeting this season on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 4-2 victory, thanks largely to a standout performance from Igor Gomes, who scored the game’s first two goals. Gomes recently moved to York County from Angola.

These two teams are certainly no strangers to soccer success. Since 2006, Dallastown owns six D-I titles and Central York has two, including the 2013 crown.

Division I girls: Dallastown and Central also square off in a D-I girls’ tussle at 7 p.m. at Dallastown.

The division records are the same as in the boys’ battle — Central is 10-0-0 and Dallastown is 9-1-0. The Panthers are 15-1-0 overall, while Dallastown is 12-3-0.

When the teams last met on Sept. 16, Central came away with a 2-1 triumph, with Sheayna Pamplin collecting a goal and an assist for the winners.

These two teams tied for the division crown a year ago, but Dallastown has dominated over recent years, winning five straight outright D-I crowns before 2013.

Division II girls: Susquehannock and Dover have ruled D-II girls’ soccer this season.

Susquehannock is 11-0-0 in D-II play and Dover is 9-1-0. Both teams are 12-2-0 overall. They will square off at 4 p.m. at Dover.

The Warriors beat Dover earlier this season, 3-0, ending the Eagles’ 32-match D-II winning streak. Susquehannock’s Ashley Stone came up big in goal in that game, making nine clutch saves.

The Eagles are the defending D-II champions.

Division III girls: York Catholic will try to claim the outright D-III title with a home victory over visiting Fairfield at 4 p.m.

York Catholic rolled in the previous matchup at Fairfield, 3-0, behind two goals from Lizzie Johnson.

Overall, the Lady Irish are 11-2-1, while the Green Knights stand at 13-1-0.

York Catholic is the defending division champion, while Fairfield took the championship in 2012.


The regular-season cross country schedule wraps up with big runs at Spring Grove, York Suburban and York Tech (York Township Community Park). Each run is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

Division I boys: The D-I boys’ cross country championship will be determined when Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York collide at Spring Grove.

Red Lion, Dallastown and Central are each 3-0 in D-I contests. The runners to watch here will likely be Mike Lundy (Central), Ethan Gatchell (Red Lion) and Jonathan Buytenhuys (Dallastown).

Over the past five years, Dallastown owns three D-I crowns, while Red Lion has two.

Division I girls: The meet at Spring Grove will also decide the D-I girls’ championship.

Red Lion and Central are each 3-0.

Paige Hartman will likely lead the way for Central, while Tristan Schluderberg normally paces the Lions.

The Central girls have won four D-I titles since 2008, while Red Lion last won the D-I crown in 2011.

Division II girls: At Suburban, the Trojans will try to continue their rich tradition of cross country success in a meet involving Susquehannock, West York and Kennard-Dale.

The Trojans, Susquehannock and K-D each enter at 3-0 in the division.

Olivia Gettle leads the Suburban pack, while Kayla White is the leader for K-D. Susquehannock’s top runner is Rachel Banchiere.

Suburban has won 13 straight York-Adams division crowns.

Division III girls: The two parochial schools in the York-Adams League will likely decide the D-III girls’ title in a meet at York Tech, that also involves Biglerville and Fairfield.

Both Catholic schools enter at 2-0 in the division.

Katie Mowery is Delone’s top runner, while Lindsey China is a standout for the Irish.

Delone is going for a third-straight D-III crown, while the Irish won the four prior to that, from 2008 through 2011.


The girls’ volleyball season isn’t quite as far along as the soccer or cross country seasons, but there is one big battle on Tuesday.

Division II girls: West York can inch closer to the D-II crown with a win over visiting York Suburban at 7 p.m.

West York stands at 9-1 in the division, while Suburban is 7-3 and tied for second with Susquehannock.

The Bulldogs took the first meeting, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). Another West York victory would keep the Bulldogs at least two games ahead of their nearest foe with just three regular-season matches left.

West York is after its first York-Adams division crown since 1986.

— Reach Steve Heiser at


York Suburban’s Brady Wilt, left, leads a pack of Trojan runners earlier this season. The power of the pack has Suburban aiming high this season.

York Suburban’s Brady Wilt, left, leads a pack of Trojan runners earlier this season. The power of the pack has Suburban aiming high this season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

York Suburban boys’ cross country coach Ron Herman sat in the bleachers following the completion of the Carlisle Invitational last Saturday waiting for the final results.

Herman knew that his team did well, he just didn’t know how well.

“I thought we might be five,” Herman said.

Fifth place would be very good considering the field included 26 teams from throughout Pennsylvania, plus a powerhouse team from Long Island.

St. Anthony’s, the New York team, won the boys’ challenge division with an outstanding score of 54 for its five runners.

Second place? York Suburban with a score of 193.

All five Trojans completed the 3.1-mile course in less than 17 minutes, and the spread between the No. 1 runner and the No. 5 runner was just 51 seconds.

“What a wonderful experience that day,” Herman said late Wednesday afternoon before he, the other coaches and the runners left the school’s parking lot on a daily training run. “This team has the makings of something special. The coaching staff is trying to maximize the talent we have.”

The Saturday before its attention-grabbing performance at Carlisle, the Trojans won the PIAA Foundation Meet at Hershey’s Parkview Course with a score of 100. Parkview is the site of the District 3 and PIAA state meets.

“We raced in the Foundation Race to prepare for districts,” Herman said. “Certainly, we want to be in states, but you have to get there, and the district competition is where you qualify for states.”

Brady Wilt, who transferred from Biglerville to York Suburban this year, led the way for the Trojans in both meets. Wilt captured the last two District 3-A titles while running for the Canners.

“We’re privileged to have him on our team,” Herman said. “He’s a good leader, and he fits into our work ethic.”

Wilt is the leader of the York Suburban pack.

Mears emerging: Donovan Mears, Bryce Ohl, Peter Wagner and Zach Lofties were the other York Suburban scorers in the Foundation meet. Mears, Wagner, Adam Barley and Ohl were the scorers, along with Wilt, in the Carlisle Invitational. Mears, a junior, joined the cross country program just last year.

“I heard they had a good program, and I wanted to stay in shape (for basketball),” he said “I took up cross country, and I loved it.”

Mears said the team’s showings at Hershey and Carlisle gave him a good feeling.

“We don’t want to get too high on those, though,” Mears said. “We have to be ready for the meets coming up.”

Asked what goals he and his teammates have for the season, Mears didn’t recite a list. Instead, he said simply: “We just want to go as fast as we can.”

Herman said Mears has dropped a minute or more from his best time last year.

“Brady sets the standard, and Donovan has the talent to follow the standard,” Herman said.

The unbeaten Trojans certainly have the talent to win titles this season, beginning with their third straight York-Adams Division II crown. The championship would be York Suburban’s ninth in the last 14 seasons.

Girls: Nine titles in 14 seasons is pretty impressive, but the York Suburban girls are on an even more impressive run. They’re bidding for their 14th consecutive York-Adams division crown. The seniors on this year’s team were just starting school when the Trojans began their run.

Both the York Suburban boys and girls captured District 3-AA titles last year.

Olivia Gettle, who won the York-Adams All-League Run last season, is again York Suburban’s top runner.

Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Lena Strong and Cecillia Lantz completed the York Suburban top five at the PIAA Foundation Meet, and Gettle, Leik, Strong, Danielle Cardone and Sarah Cardone were the scoring quintet at the Carlisle Invitational. The Trojans placed third at Hershey and fourth at Carlisle.

“The kids work hard year after year,” York Suburban girls’ coach Dan VanHouwe said. “I tell the kids that our practices are harder than the meets. We average between six and eight miles a day.”

VanHouwe said he wasn’t sure he wanted to take the team to Hershey.

“But, we have some freshmen, and I wanted to give them a chance to run there,” VanHouwe said. “Plus, Olivia, as a freshman and a sophomore, did not run well at Hershey, and I wanted to give her an opportunity to run well, and she did.”

Both the boys and girls are hoping to run well right through the first Saturday in November (the day of the state meet).

Five years ago, on the first Saturday in November, the York Suburban boys brought home the program’s first state championship trophy from Hershey.

“This year’s team is just like the 2009 team, in that it’s mission oriented,” Herman said. “Their mission is to get to the state meet and do the best they can.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

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Panthers take first place: At Hanover, Central York picked up victories over South Western and York Tech. Mike Lundy led the Panthers with a second-place finish. Also for Central, Nick Swanson came in third, Justin Hartman took fourth and Alec Evanitus rounded out the top five. The Mustangs came in second. Ben Schott led the Mustangs with a first-place finish, setting a course record in 16:24.

Trojans score another sweep: At Spring Grove, New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won in 16:35, but York Suburban runners captured five of the next eight places to earn four victories. The Trojans kept their record perfect by defeating Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Brady Wilt led the Suburban pack with a second-place finish, 14 seconds behind Gebhart. Donovan Mears took fourth for Suburban. Daniel Filler of Gettysburg took third and Hunter Miller of Spring Grove was fifth. Spring Grove took second by winning three of the four meets.

Green leads Squires to first-place finish: At York College, Will Green’s first-place finish in 18:07 led Delone to victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate John Mall took fourth. West York came in second. Connor Schroll led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish.

Wildcats grab four wins: At Fairfield, Dallastown placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to earn victories over Fairfield, Littlestown, Northeastern and Kennard-Dale. Ben Linne of Northeastern put up the best time (17:30). Three Dallastown runners, Jonathan Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer finished 2-3-4. Northeastern’s Brody McElwain was fifth. Northeastern went 3-1 on the day.

Gatchell leads Lions to first-place finish: At York Catholic, Ethan Gatchell’s first-place finish in 17:33 helped lead Red Lion to victories over York Catholic, Eastern, Dover and Susquehannock. Teammate Alex Miller took third. Eastern came in second by defeating York Catholic, Susquehannock and Dover. Tyler White led the Golden Knights with a second-place finish, while teammate Mason Bair took fourth. Susquehannock came in third and Dover came in fourth. Gabe Lloyd led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish.


Hartman takes first-place finish: At Hanover, Paige Hartman’s first-place finish in 20:43 led Central York over South Western and York Tech. Also for Central, Bridget Palm came in second, Brooke Buzynski came in third, Evin Wilson took fourth and Hailey Pfeffercron came in fifth. South Western came in second as team.

York Suburban runners lead the way: At Spring Grove, York Suburban swept the first five places to earn 15-50 victories over Spring Grove, Biglerville, Gettysburg and New Oxford. Olivia Gettle led the Trojans in 20:39. Emma Leik, Danielle Cardone, Lena Strong and Cecillia Lantz completed the Suburban quintet.

Mowery sparks Squirettes: Kate Mowery’s first-place finish in 20:38 helped Delone to a victories over West York and Bermudian Springs. Teammate Leah Sneeringer took second. The Bulldogs came in second. Bethany Weaver led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish, while teammate Corinne Maloney took fifth.

Rams’ trio goes 1-2-3: At Fairfield, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Maddie Ferner and Caitlin Salomon captured the top three places as the Rams posted victories over Dallastown, Fairfield, Northeastern and Littlestown. K-D edged Dallastown, 27-30, in the closest meet of the day. Elizabeth DiBiase was fourth for Dallastown, while Isabella Wise was fifth.

Lions sweep meet: At York Catholic, Red Lion picked up victories against York Catholic, Eastern, Susquehannock and Dover. Individually for the Lions, Tristan Schluderberg took second, Julia Kendrick came in third, Hailey Welchans took fourth and Kate Gatchell came in fifth. Dover came in second and York Catholic came in third. Susquehannock came in fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain finished first in 20:28.


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Lions capture first place: At Manchester, Red Lion defeated Gettysburg, West York, Northeastern and York Tech to take first place in the team competition. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions individually by taking second overall. Teammate Alex Miller came in third. Northeastern came in second. Ben Linne led the Bobcats with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Brody McElwain took fifth. The Warriors came in third. Daniel Filler led Gettysburg with a first-place finish in 16:44. West York came in fourth place with a victory over Tech.

Lundy leads Central sweep;: At John Rudy Park, Central’s Mike Lundy crossed the finish line first to help lead the Panthers to victories over Dover, Biglerville, Kennard-Dale and Bermudian Springs. Lundy covered the 3.1-mile course in 17:31. Dover’s Gabriel Lloyd was second, followed by Central’s Nick Swanson, K-D’s Donald Bernhard and Bermudian’s Chad Long. K-D placed second by winning three of four meets.

Rockets display pack power: At Susquehannock, Spring Grove runners captured five of the first seven places to earn victories over Susquehannock, Littlestown, South Western and Delone Catholic. South Western’s Ben Schott won the race in 16:59. The Spring Grove trio of Hunter Miller, Jordan Maldonado and Dante Pagan took second, third and fourth, respectively. Will Greene of Delone captured fifth. South Western earned three team victories and Susquehannock went 2-2 on the day.

Wilt and Mears lead Trojans to first place finish: At Dallastown, Brady Wilt and Donovan Mears led the way for York Suburban, finishing with identical times of 16:56. The Trojans grabbed victories over York Catholic and Dallastown. Also for Suburban, Peter Wagner took third, Adam Barley came in fourth and Bryce Ohl took fifth. Dallastown came in second by defeating York Catholic.

Gebhart highlights Colonials’ victories: At New Oxford, Aaron Gebhart put up a winning time of 16:26 to lead the Colonials past Eastern and Fairfield. Eastern’s Tyler White finished second with three New Oxford runners, Noah Baxter, Jarad Shrader and Devin Forbes rounding out the top five.


Schluderberg leads Lions to the first-place finish: At Manchester, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 20:08 led Red Lion to victories over Gettysburg, West York, York Tech and Northeastern. Also for the Lions, Brynn Trout took second, Kate Gatchell came in third and Hailey Williams took fourth. West York came in second. Gettysburg came in third. Casey Little led the Warriors with a fifth-place finish.

Rams’ runners finish one-two-three: At John Rudy Park, Kennard-Dale’s Kayla White, Caitlin Salomon and Madison Ferner captured the first three places as the Rams recorded victories over Central, Dover, Biglerville and Bermudian Springs. White put up a winning time of 19:53. Salomon was two seconds behind her teammate, and Ferner came home in 20:08. K-D nipped Central, 29-30, with the Panthers’ Paige Hartman and Haley Pfefferkorn placing fourth and fifth, respectively. Central placed second in the team competition at 3-1.

Squirettes’ Mowrey shows the way: At Susquehannock, Kate Mowrey delivered a first-place finish as Delone Catholic secured victories over South Western, Susquehannock, Littlestown and Spring Grove. Mowrey completed the course in 20:03, 40 seconds ahead of teammate Leanne Sneeringer. Susquehannock’s Rachel Banchiere placed third. South Western’s Lauren Hall and Lynne Mooradian completed the top five. South Western won three of four meets, and Susquehannock went 2-2.

Gettle leads Trojans to victory: At Dallastown, York Suburban’s Olivia Gettle captured first-place in 19:53 to lead the Trojans to victories over Dallastown and York Catholic. Also for Suburban, Emma Leik took second, Danielle Cardone came in third and Cecilia Lantz took fifth. Dallastown came in second. Bella Wise led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish.

Eastern’s McLain wins again: At New Oxford, Eastern’s freshman star, Maddie McLain, recorded another first-place finish with a winning time of 19:38. McLain’s teammate, Madison Nalls, came in second, with a trio of New Oxford runners, Raleigh Bateman, Emily Lawrence and Hannah Zehall completing the top five. The Colonials bested the Golden Knights, 26-32. Both New Oxford and Eastern earned 15-50 victories over Fairfield.

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Wilt breaks course record to lead Trojans: At Hanover, Brady Wilt broke the course record in 16:25 to lead York Suburban over Bermudian, Fairfield, host South Western and Red Lion. Also for Suburban, Donovan Mears took fourth, while Adam Barley came in fifth. Red Lion came in second. Ethan Gatchell led the Lions with a third-place finish. South Western came in third. Ben Schott paced the Mustangs with a second-place finish in 16:28, which also broke the old course record.

Panthers win by hair: At New Oxford, Central York took first in the team competition by defeating York Catholic, West York, Littlestown New Oxford. The win over the Colonials came by a 27-28 margin. Michael Lundy led the Panthers individually with a second-place finish. Teammate Nick Swanson took fourth. New Oxford came in second. Aaron Gebhart led the Colonials with a first-place finish in 16:25. West York came in third.

Rockets triumph: At Eastern York, Spring Grove placed three runners in the top five to finish first as a team. Hunter Miller took second for the Rockets, followed by Jordan Maldonado in third and Justin Culp in fifth. Eastern York’s Tyler White won the race, Kennard-Dale’s Merl Bernhard was fourth. Eastern was second as a team, followed by Kennard-Dale and York Tech.

Linne leads Bobcats: At Manchester, Ben Linne’s first-place finish in 17:44 led the Northeastern over Susquehannock and Biglerville. Also for Northeastern, Brody McElwain took second, Jacob McKenzie took third and Tim Streb came in fifth. Susquehannock came in second. Nathan Shelley led the Warriors with a fourth-place finish.

Wildcats capture three: At Gettysburg, Dallastown took first by defeating Dover, Gettysburg and Delone Catholic. Jonathan Buytenhuys led the Wildcats by taking second. Also for the Wildcats, Patrick Jacobson took third, while Justin Sweitzer captured fourth. Gettysburg came in second. Daniel Filler led the Warriors with a first-place finish in 16:47. Dover came in third.


Gettle powers Trojans to sweep: At Hanover, Olivia Gettle’s first-place finish led the Trojans to victories over South Western, Red Lion, Bermudian and Fairfield. Also for Suburban, Emma Like took third, while Danielle Cardone took fourth. Red Lion came in second. Trista Schuderberg led the Lions with a second-place finish, while teammate Katie Gatchell took fifth. South Western came in third and Bermudian was fourth.

Hartman sparks Panthers: At New Oxford, Paige Hartman led Central York over York Catholic, West York, Littlestown and New Oxford by taking first in 21:07. Teammate Haley Pfefferkorn took second. The Irish took second. Katelyn MacDougall led the Irish with a third-place finish, while Lindsey China took fourth and Amanda Falvey was fifth. New Oxford took third and West York was fourth.

White leads Kennard-Dale: At Eastern York, Kayla White finished first individually to lead Kennard-Dale to the team triumph. Maddie Ferrer took third for K-D, while Caitlin Salomon was fourth. Eastern’s Maddie McLain was second and her teammate, Maddison Nalls, was fifth. Eastern took second as a team, followed by Spring Grove and York Tech.

Warriors take first-place finish: At Manchester, Susquehannock captured third through ninth places to defeat Northeastern and Susquehannock. Rachel Banchiere took third, Courtney Rodgers came in fourth and Jackie Ditt took fifth. The Bobcats and Canners did not have enough runners and forfeited against each other. Individually for the Bobcats, Kyleigh Smeltzer took first.

Eagles soar to victory: At Gettysburg, Dover swept the meet by defeating Gettysburg, Delone and Dallastown. The win over the Wildcats was a nail-biter (29-30). Alysha Sweitzer led the Eagles with a third-place finish. Also for Dover, Alyssa Lawton took fourth, while Sarah Kistner came in fifth. Dallastown came in second as a team, while Delone came in third. Delone’s Kate Mowrey finished first in 20:12.

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Dallastown captures four victories: The Wildcats placed five runners among the first 11 finishers to best New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and host Bermudian Springs. New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart won the race in 15:51. Three Dallastown runners, Jon Buytenhuys, Patrick Jacobson and Justin Sweitzer, followed Gebhart across the finish line.

Trojans run away with it: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone Catholic. The Trojans had runners take the top two spots and six of the top nine. Brady Wilt had the winning time of 16:57, followed by teammate Donovan Merrs (17:08). The top five was rounded out by Eastern’s Tyler White (17:14), Northeastern’s Ben Linne (17:19) and Suburban’s Peter Wagner (17:23).

Gatchell leads Lions to victory: At Red Lion, Ethan Gatchell finished first in 18:12 to help lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Alex Miller came in second, Micah Bodisch took third, Joel Gatchell came in fourth and Brian Haynie took fifth.

Miller claims first for Rockets: Spring Grove’s Hunter Miller was the first to cross the finish line in 18:02 to lead the Rockets to victory over Dover, Fairfield and West York on the York College course. Spring Grove placed five racers in the top 10. Rockets’ runners Jordan Maldonado (18:36) and Danty Pagan (18:40) took second and third, followed by West York’s Connor Schroll (18:42) and Spring Grove’s Tristan Smyser (19:30).

Schott takes first place to lead Mustangs: At Fawn Grove, Ben Schott led the Mustangs to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and Kennard-Dale, taking first in 17:17. Gettysburg came in second by defeating York Catholic and Kennard-Dale, while the Rams came in third by defeating York Catholic. Merle Bernhard led the Rams with a third-place finish, while teammate Theo Kioussis took fourth.


Dallastown displays pack power: The Wildcats’ Liz DiBiasi, Bella Wise, Alexis DeSanti and Sarah Groetz captured the first four places to power Dallastown past New Oxford, Susquehannock, York Tech and the home team, Bermudian Springs. DiBiasi recorded a winning time of 21:18. New Oxford runners Emily Lawrence, Raleigh Bateman and Hannah Zutell took the next three places.

Trojans nab top spot: York Suburban won Tuesday’s cross country race at John Rudy Park against Central York, Eastern York, Northeastern and Delone. But it was Eastern’s Maddie McLain who took the top spot in 19:27, followed by Delone Catholic’s Kate Mowrey (19:36), Suburban’s Olivia Gettle (19:51), Delone’s Leanne Sneeringer (20:17) and Central’s Paige Hartman (20:39). Suburban placed six runners in the top 13.

Lions’ Schluderberg takes first overall: At Red Lion, Tristan Schluderberg’s first-place finish in 22:00 helped lead the Lions to victories over Biglerville and Littlestown. Also for the Lions, Kate Gatchell came in second, Ann Mitzel took fourth and Julia Kendrich took fifth.

Eagles soar at York College: Dover defeated Fairfield, Spring Grove and West York at Tuesday’s meet on the York College course. They did so by placing three runners in the top five and five runners in the top eight. Leading the way for the Eagles was Alysha Sweitzer, who took first in 22:04. The top five was rounded out by West York’s Bethany Weaver (22:18), Dover’s Sarah Kistner (22:44), West York’s Corinne Maloney (23:38) and Dover’s Marissa Coley (24:41).

White leads Rams to home victory: At Fawn Grove, Kayla White’s first-place finish in 20:34 led the home team to victories over York Catholic, Gettysburg and South Western. Also for K-D, Caitlyn Salomon took second and Maddie Ferner came in third. The Irish came in second by defeating Gettysburg and South Western. Lindsey China led the Irish with a fourth-place finish, while teammate Katie MacDougall rounded out the top five.


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