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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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SPRING GROVE — Victoria Ross had to wait until Wednesday to make her decision to attend Limestone College next fall official.

The reality is, however, that decision actually didn’t take all that long to make in the first place.

She knew that Limestone was where she wanted to be almost from the moment she stepped on the campus in Gaffney, S.C. this summer.

“I can’t wait,” she said shortly after her letter-of-intent signing in the career center at Spring Grove High School.

While Ross, a three-time York-Adams League girls’ golf champion, was busy looking into other schools for the better part of a year, it was actually Limestone and its women’s golf coach, Zack Seifert, who found her.

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Ross

“Coach (Seifert) emailed me about Limestone and I went to check it out,” Ross said. “And I really liked it. I felt like I had a really good connection with him while I was down there.”

After Seifert made her an official offer in early September, it didn’t take long for Ross to accept.

“He offered me a scholarship and I knew that I couldn’t pass that up,” she said. “I just knew (Limestone) was the one.”

The Saints recently concluded their fall season ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, so Ross knows she’ll be joining a well-decorated program. Like all other Division II golf programs, Limestone has both a fall and a spring season, so Ross will get plenty of chances to shine, while also being pushed by some of her female teammates, something she never was able to experience as the lone girl golfer at Spring Grove.

“I like playing with the guys, but it’s going to be different to have a whole girls’ team,” Ross said.

She’s also fortunate in that she won’t be the only District 3 golfer attending Limestone. Central Dauphin’s Ali Cooper, the girl who claimed the District 3-AAA crown in October after battling with Ross over five playoff holes, is also a Limestone recruit.

Despite falling to Cooper in that playoff, Ross holds no ill will toward her soon-to-be teammate.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

“I’m hoping that I can room with her,” said Ross, who is still undecided about her major. “She lives in Central Dauphin, so it’s really close for us.”

Besides playing with Cooper, Ross is looking forward to learning a lot about golf from Seifert.

“He had the video of my swing from the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) website and he told me, ‘I bet your misses are a fade or a draw,’” she said. “And everything he said was like dead on. My strengths and weaknesses … he knew it. The stuff he was saying just really blew my mind.”

Other signings: Ross was far from the only local athlete to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. Following are some of the other area signings:

At West York, Brett Kinneman signed on to play baseball at NCAA Division I North Carolina State, Kari Lankford will play basketball at Shepherd and Kelsey Weaver will play softball at Wheeling Jesuit.

At York Catholic, Shannon Moore is headed Kennesaw State to play lacrosse, Hannah Laslo is going to Seton Hill to play basketball and Marissa Ressler will attend Mansfield to play basketball.

At Eastern York, Lauren Reichard will play NCAA Division I volleyball at Georgia Southern, while Conrad Rhein will attend Lynn University and play lacrosse.

At York Suburban, Maura Brehl will play volleyball at Pitt-Johnstown and Ali Plonk will play field hockey at York College.

Finally, Gettysburg’s Maggie Fees will play field hockey at West Chester.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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The brother-sister golfing duo of Joe Parrini and Lauren Parrini have received some national attention in the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.

The siblings are featured in the Nov. 3 issue in the Faces in the Crowd section. The issue is also scheduled to be published online on Nov. 3 at: http://www.si.com/faces.

Freshman Joe Parrini recently won the District 3-AA Boys’ Golf Championship, while senior Lauren Parrini won the District 3-AA Girls’ Golf Championship on the same day at Briarwood East Golf Course.

The pair also helped the Irish team to the York-Adams League and District 3-AA team titles and a third-place finish in the PIAA Class AA State Team Championship.

Individually, Joe Parrini finished tied for sixth in the state AA boys’ field, while Lauren Parrini finished tied for 13th in the AA girls’ state bracket.

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York’s Evan Greenplate won the boys’ 14-and-under division at an International Junior Golf Tour event at Penn State’s Blue Course recently.

He had rounds of 79 and 78, for a two-round total of 13-over-par 157. He won by nine shots.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Nick Geiman is just one of a large number of outstanding amateur golfers in the York area.

Nick Geiman is just one of a large number of outstanding amateur golfers in the York area. (FILE PHOTO)

York County isn’t really known for anything in particular when it comes to sports.

It doesn’t have a major professional sports team, or an affiliate of a major league team, for that matter. Sure, there’s the Revolution, an independent team that is part of the Atlantic League, but that’s about the extent of professional sports teams in York.

There have been some notable athletes to come out of York County recently, such as John Kuhn, Will Beatty and Mike Cox, but the surrounding areas have probably produced better-known athletes, such as Jim Furyk (Lancaster), LeSean McCoy (Harrisburg) and Kyle Brady (Camp Hill).

York just isn’t really a pro sports hub. It’s place in athletics stands as more of a middle ground, where fans of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and, to an extent, Washington D.C. all reside, with no one burning passion taking control of the area. And that’s perfectly fine. It’s kind of what makes the area unique.

But, as I took in the PIAA State Golf Championships these past couple days, I couldn’t help but think about all of the great amateur golfers the area has to offer. It’s almost like that is becoming the identity of York County athletics.

Just this past week, six golfers from the York-Adams League participated in the state golf championships, with York Catholic’s Nick Geiman finishing third in the boys’ Class AA field and Joe Parrini tying for sixth. In the Class AAA tournament, Central York’s Gus Minkin tied for eighth. To have three golfers from the same league finish in the top 10 of the state in their respective classes is impressive, but not surprising if you’ve followed the local golf scene throughout the summer and during the high school season.

All three guys were the leaders of their respective high school teams throughout the season, while also performing admirably during the summer on the junior tours. Minkin and Geiman were always near the top of the leaderboards, if not winning events around the area, filling the void left behind by Isaiah Logue.

Logue is one of the most-decorated young amateur golfers to come out of the area in recent memory, winning back-to-back Class AA state titles in 2012 and 2013 for Fairfield, before moving on to NCAA Division I Liberty University this year. Not to mention he qualified for the United States Amateur during the summer, advancing to the Round of 32 before being sent home. He set the standard for young amateur golfers in the area, and not just for boys such as Geiman and Minkin.

Parrini qualified for this year’s state championship as only a freshman, proving that he has a bright future ahead of him. And when Minkin graduates from Central York in 2016, Julianne Lee is poised to take over after recently completing her freshman season with the golf team.

Old guard: But it hasn’t just been this new wave of young players that’s set the stage for the local golf scene. Many years before any of these young boys and girls were born, some prominent golfers ruled the courses back when fairway woods were actually wooden and golf balls were only two layers, not three and four.

The first name that comes to mind when thinking about the old guard of York County golf is Bill Brenner. The guy is a local legend, literally, as made official by the national golf magazine, Golfweek. He’s won a record six York County Amateur championships and 27 Briarwood club titles. He captained the 2014 York side to a War of the Roses victory over Lancaster this summer, serving as an ambassador to the amateur golf scene in York.

Guys such as Brenner don’t come around often, ones who make their mark on a sport. But it’s happening more and more nowadays in York County, where young kids are picking up the game of golf and developing into players who become state champions.

This isn’t Florida, Georgia, Texas or California when it comes to developing golf greats, but you wouldn’t expect it to be. The game here can only really be played seven, maybe eight months out of the year, not year round as in warmer states.

Still, as players such as Brenner, Logue, Geiman, Parrini and Minkin continue to represent York County on a state and even national stage, it won’t be long until people begin to associate York, Pa., with superb amateur golf.

— Patrick Strohecker can be reached at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

By PATRICK STROHECKER
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Two-and-a-half months ago, when the York Catholic golf team kicked off its season, it set one goal: to win the Class AA state title.

Wednesday, the Irish were a mere 18 holes from accomplishing that goal. They were one of six teams taking part in the PIAA Class AA Boys’ Golf Team Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. But, on a day when the blustery, damp weather was perhaps the players’ toughest competition, York Catholic’s dream of being a state championship team came down to the disappointing end.

The Irish shot a combined four-player team total of 336, finishing in third place, only three shots behind champion New Hope-Solebury (333) and second-place Sewickley Academy (334).

“You gotta give credit to (Roland) Massimino from New Hope, who shot 72 today,” York Catholic coach Bill Brander said. “That’s a fantastic score and he carried their team to a state championship and that’s fantastic.”

Massimino’s 72 was the low score of the day and was the deciding factor in the final outcome. The next-best score among AA players was 79 in the rainy, windy and cold conditions.

The Irish were led by Nick Geiman and Andrew Forjan, who both shot team-low 81s, followed by Joe Parrini’s 85, Ryan Deporter’s 89 and Lauren Parrini’s 91. The team total score takes the top four scores from each team, so only Lauren Parrini’s 91 didn’t count toward the final outcome.

Geiman’s 81 and Joe Parrini’s 85 marked the first time all season that York Catholic’s top two golfers shot in the 80s, a testament to how tough the playing conditions were.

“It was just really tough conditions with the wind and the rain,” Brander said. “It was just a really tough day.”

Deporter added: “It was the hardest competitive golf round that I’ve ever played.”

It was a day that forced the best players to shine for their teams, but conditions weren’t cooperating. Birdies were hard to come by, with puddles forming in bunkers and standing water on some of the greens, forcing groundskeepers to get out squeegees so that players could putt.

The state competition marked the end of the Irish season and also the final round of scholastic golf for seniors Geiman, Deporter and Lauren Parrini. And despite not fulfilling the team goal set way back in the middle of August, the players from York Catholic didn’t necessarily see this year as a failure.

“We’re disappointed a little bit, but we also had an incredible year,” Deporter said. “We won districts, which our school had never done. Five of us advanced to regionals, which is a huge number, so, yeah it’s disappointing, but there’s a silver lining to it. It was a memorable year.”

The other state team champions were St. Joseph’s Prep in boys’ AAA, Central Valley in girls’ AAA and Villa Maria in girls’ AA.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

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Nick Geiman of York Catholic shot a 6-over-par 77 on Tuesday to finish third in the PIAA Boys’ Class AA State Golf Championship at Heritage Hills. He

Nick Geiman of York Catholic shot a 6-over-par 77 on Tuesday to finish third in the PIAA Boys’ Class AA State Golf Championship at Heritage Hills. He finished with a two-day total of 150. (FILE PHOTO BY JOHN A. PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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When York Catholic’s Nick Geiman looks back at the 2014 PIAA Boys’ Class AA State Golf Championship, he’ll likely lament two holes that prevented him from being the top small-school player in Pennsylvania.

After shooting an opening round 1-over par 73 on Monday, Geiman found himself only one shot back of Sewickley Academy’s Jason Li heading into Tuesday’s final round. A hot start saw Geiman erase his one-stroke deficit and build a two-stroke lead heading into the par-4 sixth, but that’s when Geiman’s title hopes began to slip away.

Two consecutive drives that missed left and went out of bounds led to Geiman making a quadruple-bogey eight on the hole. His two-shot lead quickly turned into a two-shot deficit, one that he could never recover from en route to final-round 77 and two-day total of 150, finishing in third place, five strokes behind Li, who shot a final-round 73.

“I would’ve hit driver regardless on six,” Geiman said. “I always do. The fairway’s a little smaller than the green, so it just makes sense for me. It was just two bad swings. I mean, normally, I wouldn’t hit it out of bounds there.”

The stunning turn of events seemed to take the aggressiveness out of Geiman’s play, forcing him to play catch-up the rest of the round, while always being reminded of the bad swings that haunted him on No. 6.

“You start thinking. You think about all the bad things,” he said. “Like, I get to No. 7′s tee and I’m thinking ‘OK, I don’t want to do the same thing I did on six because then I’ll be out of bounds again’ … I got to seven’s tee and thought ‘just make par to get back on track,’ when usually seven is a birdie hole.”

Geiman settled himself after the disastrous sixth hole, finishing the front nine with a 38, only three strokes off of Li’s lead. The two battled for much of the back nine, with Li’s lead hovering around two or three strokes until Geiman stepped up on the 16th tee and hit his ball into the hazard left of the fairway. His focus slipped after that, making a double-bogey to fall to 7 over for the tournament, while Li made a crucial birdie, creating a three-shot swing and opening up a sizeable advantage over Geiman and eventual second-place finisher Roland Massimino from New Hope-Solebury, who closed with a 72 on Tuesday and finished with a two-day total of 149.

The wayward tee shot came on one of the many holes that Geiman said doesn’t fit his eye on the course. Irish coach Bill Brander added that one of Geiman’s strengths is that he plays a high fade, which, for a lefty such as Geiman, means hitting the ball from right to left. It allows for Geiman to start the ball down the right side of holes and play into the middle of the fairway, staying away from the trouble that lines the left side of many of the holes. But in this case, the fade caught up to Geiman and ultimately spelled the end to his hopes at a state crown.

“I’m just disappointed because he’s a senior,” Brander said. “He came so close, but those two holes really did him in. That’s golf.”

Geiman’s fast start looked promising for him to give the York-Adams League a repeat Class AA state champion, after Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue won the competition the past two years. Geiman opened up Tuesday’s round with birdies on holes two through four, including making a 40-foot birdie putt on the third hole, before the disastrous sixth hole halted his fast start.

Still, Geiman found himself in a spot he strived to be in leading up to the event. All he wanted was a chance to play with the leaders and go toe-to-toe with them in a battle to be named the state’s best Class AA golfer.

“He was where he wanted to be,” Brander said. “He wanted to be with the leader and play the leader shot for shot, but Jason was just better today.”

OTHER GOLF NOTES:

Joe Parrini ties for sixth: Geiman’s York Catholic teammate, Joe Parrini, ended up tying for sixth place in the Boys’ Class AA tournament. The freshman shot identical 77s in the two rounds. He moved himself into contention during his front nine, but an up-and-down three-hole stretch between holes nine through 11 saw him make a triple-bogey seven, a birdie and then a bogey, halting any late charge he had in him. The 144 total had him nine strokes back of Li.

Lauren Parrini struggles: The York Catholic senior struggled in her final state tournament, posting a 94 on Day 1 of the tournament and following it up with a 91 on Tuesday. The 185 total had her finish in a tie for 13th, 26 strokes behind the Girls’ AA winner, Olivia Zambruno of Greensburg Central Catholic. The AAA girls’ title went to Radnor’s Brynn Walker, who won in a playoff over Canon-McMillan’s Lauren Waller. Both finished with 146 totals.

Central’s Minkin ties for eighth: Central York’s Gus Minkin finished in a tie for eighth in the Boys’ Class AAA tournament. The junior played consistently throughout the 36-hole competition, posting rounds of 75 and 76 in the two days, putting him six strokes back of Vinay Ramesh of Pennsbury, who won the AAA crown in a three-hole playoff. Minkin started the day six strokes behind first-round leader Kevin Conners of Bishop Shanahan, but instantly got his round going with back-to-back birdies to move him to 2 over for the tournament. The hot start was quickly negated with a double bogey on the par-4 fourth, which he followed up with a bogey on the sixth hole. Minkin concluded his round with a double bogey on No. 16 and then a bogey on the 18th.

Irish not done yet: York Catholic will conclude its season on Wednesday by taking part in the Class AA team state competition. The Irish will be led by Geiman, the Parrinis, Andrew Forjan and Ryan Deporter. The team competition is scheduled for a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

“That was our team goal … to win states,” Brander said. “We had some individual goals and we had team goals and everyone of them wanted their goal to be to win states.”

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.

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Nick Geiman of York Catholic shot a 2-over-par 73 on Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York in the state AA golf tournament. He’s one shot off

Nick Geiman of York Catholic shot a 2-over-par 73 on Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York in the state AA golf tournament. He’s one shot off the lead. (FILE PHOTO BY BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
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York Catholic senior Nick Geiman is just one shot off the Class AA boys’ lead heading into the final round of the PIAA Golf Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

Geiman fired a 2-over-par 73 on Monday. Jason Li of District 7′s Sewickley Academy leads the AA field after a 1-over-par 72 on Monday.

The second-and-final round of the individual state tournament is set for Tuesday at Heritage Hills.

Geiman is attempting to keep the AA championship within the York-Adams League. Fairfield’s Isaiah Logue has won the previous two AA state championships. Logue is now a freshman for NCAA Division I Liberty University in Virginia.

Geiman had an up-and-down round on Monday, with three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.

Another York Catholic golfer, freshman Joe Parrini, is six shots behind the leader after shooting a 77 on Monday. He is tied for fifth.

In Class AAA boys’ action, Central York’s Gus Minkin fired a 75 and is six shots behind the leader, Kevin Conners of District 1′s Bishop Shanahan, who had the best round of the day at 2-under-par 69. Geiman is tied for fifth.

Two Eastern York golfers also competed in the AAA bracket, with Andrew Davis shooting an 82 and Zach Dixon firing an 86. Davis is tied for 23rd and Dixon is tied for 34th.

In the AA girls’ field, York Catholic’s Lauren Parrini shot a 94 and is 13 shots behind the leaders, Katie Behnert of District 4′s Milton, Marissa Kirkwood of District 7′s Neshannock and Olivia Zambruno of District 7′s Greensburg Central Catholic, who each had 81s. Parrini is in 12th place.

There were no girls from the York-Adams League in the AAA girls’ bracket, which is being led by Lauren Waller of District 7′s Canon-McMillan and Johnna Beehner of District 7′s Gateway, who each shot 73s.

The PIAA Team Championships will take place Wednesday. York Catholic is one of six teams which will battle for the AA championship. The Parrinis will compete for York Catholic, along with Geiman, Ryan Deporter and Andrew Forjan.

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York Catholic golfers had a successful day during the PIAA East Regional Qualifier at Golden Oaks Golf Club in Fleetwood on Tuesday.

Two Fighting Irish boys and one York Catholic girl advanced to next week’s state championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.

Senior Lauren Parrini finished second in the Class AA girls’ regional competition with a 10-over-par 82, which was two shots behind the medalist, Nina Kouchi of New Hope-Solebury. The top seven girls in the 13-player AA field advanced to the state tournament.

Parrini’s younger brother, Joe, tied for second in the AA boys’ regional with a 2-over-par 74. Parrini is a freshman. New Hope-Solebury’s Roland Massimino also shot 74. Mount Calvary’s Noah Firestone was the AA medalist at 72.

Parrini’s teammate, senior Nick Geiman, tied for sixth in AA boys with a 77 to also qualify for states.

The top 14 boys in the 30-player AA regional field moved on to states.

Two other York Catholic boys failed to advance in AA. Andrew Forjan tied for 19th at 85, while Ryan Deporter tied for 21st at 87.

Three York County boys advanced to the state event in the AAA regional.

Eastern York’s Andrew Davis led the way by finishing fourth in AAA with a 72. Holy Ghost Prep’s Steve Cerbara was the AAA boys’ medalist with a 69, which was the top score of the day.

Also advancing in AAA boys were Central York’s Gus Minkin, who finished tied for ninth with a 76, and Eastern’s York’s Zach Dixon, who tied for 16th with a 78.

The top 24 boys advanced to the state tournament in the 50-player AAA regional.

Five other York-Adams boys failed to advance in AAA: West York’s Axel Hartman (tied for 25th, 79), Dallastown’s Blake Sebring (tied for 32nd, 80), Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant (tied for 40th, 82), New Oxford’s Mike Gruver (tied for 45th, 85) and Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard (47th, 86).

None of the girls’ golfers in AAA advanced.

The top 12 golfers in the 24-player AAA girls’ regional field moved on. Central York’s Julianne Lee just missed the cut, finishing 13th with an 82. Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross tied for 20th with an 88. Radnor’s Brynn Walker was the AAA girls’ medalist with a 70.

The individual state championships are set for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 20-21, while the state team championships are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22. All of the state action takes place at Heritage Hills. York Catholic is the only York-Adams team that will compete in the state team event.

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Joe Parrini of York Catholic tees off on the 11th hole on Tuesday. Parrini, a freshman, finished with a 73.

Joe Parrini of York Catholic tees off on the 11th hole on Tuesday. Parrini, a freshman, finished with a 73. (JOHN PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
Nick Geiman of York Catholic chips onto the 10th green during the District 3 Team Golf Championships at Briarwood East Golf Course on Tuesday. Geiman shot

Nick Geiman of York Catholic chips onto the 10th green during the District 3 Team Golf Championships at Briarwood East Golf Course on Tuesday. Geiman shot a 2-under-par 70 to lead the Irish to the crown. (JOHN PAVONCELLO — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)
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THOMASVILLE — Most superstitious teams will tell you that when things are going good, they don’t want to change a thing.

And the one thing that has been helping the York Catholic golf team in the postseason is a victory dinner at the pizza restaurant that sits right next to Briarwood East Golf Course.

So the Irish were hoping to again binge on subs, sodas and pizzas after Tuesday’s District 3 Team Golf Championships at Briarwood.

Nick Geiman, the two-time defending York-Adams League champion, and the trio of Ryan DePorter, Joe Parrini and Andrew Forjan made sure that the Irish would end their day with full stomachs. Geiman shot a 2-under 70, while DePorter, Parrini and Forjan each shot under 80 to lift the York-Adams League champs to the District 3-AA title with a total score of 297. Berks Catholic finished second with a 309, while Lancaster Catholic was third with a 318.

While the Irish were celebrating their triumph, the Central York golf team had mixed emotions. The Panthers, who shot a team total of 308 a week ago in the league team championships, improved to 303 in the Class AAA competition. Unfortunately for the Division I champs, perennial Lancaster-Lebanon League champion Manheim Township claimed its fourth district title in a row after carding a team total of 292.

The York Catholic golfers have been seeking the triple crown this season — the league, district and state team titles. So it’s two down and one to go.

“We can’t stop now,” DePorter joked afterwards. “We’re not done yet, that’s for sure.”

DePorter, who shot an 85 a week ago in the league team tournament, scored a markedly better 78 on Tuesday. Lauren Parrini bailed out her fellow senior last week with an 80 to help the team take the league crown. This week the roles were reversed.

“That’s the great thing about this team,” DePorter said. “Last week I didn’t play very well, but Lauren was there to pick up my slack. And today wasn’t her day, but Andrew and I were there, a 76 for him and a 78 for me.”

Lauren Parrini finished with a 86.

Experience at Briarwood helped: The experience gained from playing in two competitive tournaments at Briarwood a week ago — the York-Adams League team and individual tournaments — certainly aided DePorter’s short game. A week ago, he had some trouble finishing, but improved greatly on that Tuesday.

“I got up and down a lot today,” he said. “It’s all about the short game. When I shoot those low-to-mid 80s, it’s because the short game wasn’t there. But today it was.”

The victory clinched York Catholic a trip the PIAA Class AA team and individual championships in a little under three weeks from now at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. A state title has been a goal for DePorter and his teammates since the season began in August.

“We work so well together,” DePorter said. “And we’ve got Nick and Joe, who you don’t have to worry about. And Joe is just a freshman and he’s really stepped up when Matt McKim graduated and really filled that spot and putting up some good scores. And I think that we can carry this through to states.”

Getting advice from Bankos: While winning a state title is certainly a lofty goal, especially considering that no York-Adams League team has ever made the PIAA tournament, Irish coach William Brander doesn’t want his team to get too far ahead of itself. Brander, in fact, sought out the advice of another York Catholic coach who has a lot more experience at the state tournament for some advice.

“I talked to Coach (Kevin) Bankos, who’s won a couple state championships in (girls’) basketball at York Catholic, and he said ‘just make sure you write one chapter at a time, don’t jump ahead to the end of the book.’ And that’s what I said to them. It’s OK that they have that goal, but they had to win here to even get a chance to get there,” Brander said.

DePorter, however, strayed a bit away from Brander’s message when asked what he and his teammates would do to celebrate if they won the state crown.

“We will probably have to come back out here to Palumbo’s if we win,” DePorter said. “We might have to.”

Class AAA: Central gave Manheim Township a run for its money. The Panthers’ top four golfers Tuesday each shot under 80. Connor Bacha and Matt Bricker each shot 74s, while Julianne Lee carded a 76 and Mitch Marino tallied a 79.

Much like DePorter, Bricker’s score on Tuesday was markedly better than the one he posted a week ago when he shot an 87.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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Nick Geiman drops a putt on his final hole to win the boys’ York-Adams League individual golf title at Briarwood East Golf Course with a 1-under-par

Nick Geiman drops a putt on his final hole to win the boys’ York-Adams League individual golf title at Briarwood East Golf Course with a 1-under-par 71 on Thursday. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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THOMASVILLE — One thing is for certain at next year’s York-Adams League Individual Golf Tournament — there will be a new set of champions.

That was assured when a pair of decorated seniors — York Catholic’s Nick Geiman in boys and Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross in girls — continued their domination of the league championship and District 3 qualifying tournament.

Geiman claimed his second title in a row after shooting a 1-under-par 71 on a cool-and-windy day at Briarwood East Golf Club, besting Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant and Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard by three strokes. Ross made it three in a row when she easily rolled to the crown after carding a 3-over-par 73 at Briarwood West Golf Club, which was five strokes ahead of runner-up Lauren Parrini of York Catholic.

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“We lucked out on the rain,” said Geiman, who shot a 73 during Wednesday’s team championship on the same course. “But it was windy and it really picked up near the end of it. The last few holes were tough.”

Geiman finished his round with four birdies, which helped him recover from a slow start. The Irish senior, who began his round on No. 13, was 2 over after his first four holes before finding his groove.

“I just couldn’t make a putt,” he said. “But I made a birdie on No. 4 and that really got me going.”

Geiman will be headed to next weekend’s District 3 tournament back at Briarwood with nearly all of his teammates, who claimed the York-Adams League team title Wednesday. Joe Parrini (75), Andrew Forjan (80), Ryan DePorter (82) and Jon Giambalvo (85) all made the cut, which was the top six golfers in Class AA.

Bryant and Reichard, who played together as part of a threesome with Giambalvo, battled each other back-and-forth all day. Reichard was three strokes behind Bryant with three to play, but finished with three straight pars while Bryant doubled-bogeyed No. 8 and bogeyed No. 9.

The Warrior senior, however, rebounded in a playoff for second on No. 10. Bryant was able to chip to within two feet of the cup before sinking his putt to claim silver, while Reichard two-putted and took third.

“(The playoff) was a little nerve-racking,” Bryant said. “But I was fortunate to hit a good chip and I made (the putt).”

Bryant, who averaged a 75 during the regular season, agreed with Geiman that the wind made play a challenge. So to overcome that and place as the top Class AAA individual from the league was pleasing for the Susquehannock standout.

“The wind was tough,” he said. “And there’s a lot of good players out here today. So to finish where I finished is a real honor.”

In Class AAA, the top 17 finishers qualified for district play next week with Division II champion Eastern York leading the way with four qualifiers (Andrew Davis, James Davis, Zach Dixon, Kevin Crumbling). The Central York trio of Gus Minkin, Matt Bricker and Conner Bacha all made the cut for the Division I champs.

Ross gets three-peat: While Geiman was earning his second title in a row, Ross was busy making it a three-peat on the West course.

“I’ve been practicing really hard for this tournament,” she said. “This is the one I really wanted to win.”

Ross battled Central York’s Julianne Lee, Susquehannock’s Kendel Abrams and York Catholic’s Lauren Parrini in a tightly contested round. Abrams and Lee, who are both just freshmen, carded 79s to finish a shot behind Parrini.

For Ross, it was a bit of sweet revenge against Lee, who bested her a couple times over the summer in junior golf.

“She beat me a couple times,” said the Rocket senior. “But we always have a good time playing each other. We push each other to get better. She makes me want to work harder and that’s why I’ve been practicing really hard for this tournament.”

Ross began her day on No. 3 and generally played an error-free round that included just four bogeys to go with one of just four birdies in the girls’ tournament on the day (No. 16). Lee (No. 7), Abrams (No. 18) and Northeastern’s Alyssa Demangone (No. 6) recorded the other birdies.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.


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