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Hugh McMurray is one of four York Country Day students playing for the York Tech golf team through a partnership arrangement. The junior has a pair of

Hugh McMurray is one of four York Country Day students playing for the York Tech golf team through a partnership arrangement. The junior has a pair of top-10 finishes in York-Adams Division III events this season. (ELIJAH ARMOLD —

It’s rare to find a team that you can consider a “surprise” this early in the York-Adams fall sports season.

But having glanced at the Division III golf results so far, there’s one team that stands out.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, the York Tech Spartans have spent much of their time tending to the basement of the division. But this season, Tech has been surprisingly solid, finishing second in every division event contested.


Andrew Forjan fired a 1-under-par 70 at Mountainview Golf Course near Fairfield to lead York Catholic to another York-Adams Division III golf victory on Monday.

Dimitri Amalfitano added a 73 for the Fighting Irish, which finished with a 311 total, which was 26 shots better than second-place York Tech.

York Catholic improved to 15-0-0 on the season, while second-place York Tech moved to 12-3-0.

The only other golfers to break 80 on the day were Delone Catholic’s Jacob Mueller and York Tech’s Abe Miller.


Three local aces recorded: Three golfers recorded holes-in-one recently at York County courses.

Russell Sponseller had a hole-in-one on No. 8 at Briarwood East, using a 7-iron on the 168-yard hole. It was witnessed by Robbie Midkiff and Pete Nagle.

Nick Beard had a hole-in-one on No. 9 at Briarwood West, using a 4-hybrid on the 182-yard hole. It was witnessed by Bill Miller, Greg Preston and Ken Kohr.

Judd Collier had a hole-in-one on No. 6 at Out Door Country Club, using a 9-iron on the 160-yard hole. It was witnessed by John Brown, James Minkin and Gus Minkin.

Wrightsville man shoots 65: Wrightsville’s Randy Young shot a 6-under-par 65 last week at the Highlands at Donegal golf course in Lancaster County.

He had one eagle, four birdies and no bogeys.

The round was witnessed by his 91-year-old father, Bill Young.

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

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

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

In other high school action Thursday:

GIRLS’ tennis

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

Eastern York got its York-Adams Division II golf season off to a strong start on Monday at Meadow Brook Golf Course near Gettysburg.

The Golden Knights had three golfers shoot 73 or better. Andrew Davis led the way with a 70, while teammates Kevin Crumbling and Zach Dixon each added 73s. The only other golfers to break 80 on the day were Susquehannock’s Kendel Abrams (78), Susquehannock’s Mike Passio (79) and Dover’s Logan Snyder (79).

Eastern finished first as a team with a 306 total, followed by Susquehannock (338), Dover (349), West York (353), Gettysburg (362), York Suburban (395) and Kennard-Dale (428).

York Catholic takes Division III event: York Catholic took its second straight York-Adams Division III match on Monday at South Hills Golf Course near Hanover.

York Catholic’s Dimitri Amalfitano was the individual medalist with an even-par 71. His teammate, Andrew Forjan, shot a 75 and was the only other player to break 80.

The Fighting Irish finished with a 309 total, followed by York Tech (338), Delone (348), Hanover (388), Fairfield (415) and Bermudian (432).

The 2015 high school golf season got started on a rainy Thursday in central Pennsylvania.

York Catholic finished first in a York-Adams Division III tournament at Springwood Golf Course. The event was limited to just nine holes because of rain.

The Fighting Irish finished with a 157 total, which was 16 shots better than second-place York Tech. Delone Catholic was third at 190, followed by Hanover (201), Fairfield (221) and Bermudian Springs (232).

This year, each team only counts four scores (out of six players) for its team total. In years past, five scores were counted.

Individual results were not provided and will not be used toward averages.

Parrini shines for Central York: New Central York player Joe Parrini was the individual medalist at the Manheim Township Shootout at Overlook Golf Course in Lancaster County with a 73.

Parrini enjoyed a standout freshman season in 2015 for York Catholic, but has since transferred to play for Central as a sophomore.

Central finished second as a team with a 305 total, four shots behind first-place Manheim Township.

Julianne Lee added a 76 for Central, while Connor Bacha shot 77 and Gus Minkin fired a 79.

Penn Manor was third at 341, followed by Warwick (342), Solanco (357), Wyomissing (360) and Manheim Central (381).


Eastern York’s Kevin Crumbling blasts out of a bunker during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club. Crumbling finished last season with the best scoring

Eastern York’s Kevin Crumbling blasts out of a bunker during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club. Crumbling finished last season with the best scoring average in York-Adams Division II at 73.1. The senior will a key member of a Golden Knights squad looking to repeat as division champs. (Elijah Armold photo)
Eastern York’s Andrew Davis captured the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship over the summer.

Eastern York’s Andrew Davis captured the York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship over the summer. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

Sometimes a gift can also be a curse.

If this summer is any indication, Eastern York golf figures to again be the team to beat in York-Adams Division II. Eastern also looks like a contender for the league’s team title as well.

The Golden Knights return a talented trio in seniors Kevin Crumbling and Andrew Davis and junior Zach Dixon. Also, junior Alexandra Lowder figures to be a key contributor to round out the expected top four for Eastern.

But with the abundance of talent comes the bedevilment — expectations.

And the Knights don’t just want to live up to their expectations, they want to exceed them.

Eastern will start by trying to defend its Division II title and has its sights set on that league crown, as well as a trip to the District 3-AAA Team Tournament.

These Knights, however, aren’t letting any predictions of prosperity hinder their focus. Their summer success has given them a quiet confidence they look to carry into the varsity season.

Crumbling won the York County Amateur Golf Association junior stroke play championship earlier this month, and also picked up a pair of victories on the York County Junior Golf Association’s summer tour.

The senior looks to be the leader of the group. After all, he did card Division II’s lowest average last season at 73.1 strokes.

“We should be pretty solid,” Crumbling said. “All together, we all got better over the summer season and we feel like we’re going to be strong this year.”

Lowder was the girls’ YCAGA stroke play champion and also recorded a win during the summer tour’s stop at Regents’ Glen. She’s hoping that summer success can provide the confidence necessary to compete in varsity play. While saying she’s excited for the chance, she did say that slipping into the role of steady contributor for a team expected to excel comes with some pressure. But, she knows she can rely on the talent around her.

Eastern York’s Alexandra Lowder watches a tee shot during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club.

Eastern York’s Alexandra Lowder watches a tee shot during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club. (Elijah Armold photo)

“I see medalists,” Lowder said, when asked what she sees for the team this season. “The goal is districts and we’re just going to play our best.”

Davis took home the YCJGA’s match play title. His 74.9 stroke average in 2014 was third best in the division. Dixon’s 77.4 stroke average was good enough for sixth best in the division a season ago.

“There’s a lot of good energy coming off the summer,” Davis said. “Me and Kevin obviously played well; Zach was consistent the whole summer and Alex has been getting a lot better as well. We have good players here and we’re looking to do good things this season.”

Crumbling, Davis and Dixon were also members of the YCJGA’s War of the Roses team that helped York capture its third straight victory in the series against cross-river rival Lancaster.

West York, the runner-up in Division II a year ago, loses all-star Axel Hartman as well as Trevor Sweitzer and Cole Rinehart to graduation, which could make things a bit easier for the Knights.

Division I: Central York will look to both repeat as Division I champ and give the Golden Knights a formidable foe come the league’s team tournament. The Panthers also return some top talent and benefit from a little luck this season as well.

Back are seniors Gus Minkin and Connor Bacha, as well as junior Julianne Lee. Another solid performer from a season ago returns in Matthew Bricker.

Lee was a three-time winner on the YCJGA summer tour, as well as capturing the match play championship.

New to the Central York squad this season is York Catholic transfer Joe Parrini — the sophomore won the District 3-AA title last season with the Irish. He also helped York Catholic capture the York-Adams Division III title and the league’s team championship.

While the Golden Knights will have to lean heavily on a core four throughout the year, by contrast, Central coach Mike Ruby was pleased with his team’s depth.

“We’re very deep,” Ruby said. “I’d say, right now, I have probably 10 kids that can, on any given day, break 80. And then, of course, those top four at any time could break par on the courses we’re going to be playing. It looks to be a very promising year.”

Ruby said Dallastown is “always tough” and will likely offer a tough divisional challenge for the Panthers. The Wildcats return junior Blake Sebring and sophomore Even Greenplate. New Oxford also figures to be strong.

Ruby also noted that the Golden Knights figure to be Central’s chief competition in its quest for the county championship.

The Panthers hope to measure where they stand early in the season, taking an opportunity to play in a Manheim Township-hosted tournament Thursday. Township defeated the Panthers in last season’s District 3-AAA Team Tournament.

Division III: With Joe Parrini’s move to Central and sister Lauren Parrini’s graduation — combined with the graduation of two-time reigning York-Adams champion Nick Geiman — York Catholic’s hold on the division crown will be tough to maintain.

The Irish are also the reigning District 3-AA team champions, another title that will be tough to defend without that wealth of talent. However, York Catholic will see the return of Andrew Forjan, a key contributor to last season’s title team.

Delone Catholic was the runner-up a year ago in the division, and the door might be open enough for the Squires to slide through and claim the crown.

New scoring format: There was a slight change made to the scoring format for York-Adams tournaments this offseason.

This year, teams will send six golfers out onto the course in an event, with the best four scores comprising each school’s team score. Last season, the top five scores made up the team score.

— Reach Elijah Armold at; @EADispatch on Twitter

Eastern York’s Zach Dixon watches his tee shot during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club.

Eastern York’s Zach Dixon watches his tee shot during practice at Cool Creek Golf Club. (Elijah Armold photo)

York’s Carson Bacha fired a 2-under-par 68 to win the Philadelphia Junior Tour Boys’ 13-15 Division on Tuesday at Landis Creek Golf Club in Royersford.

The course was formerly known as Limerick Golf Club.

Bacha won his division by two shots. He had five birdies on the day and finished the back nine with a 3-under 31.

Trevor Sweitzer won the Briarwood Golf Club Junior Championship with a 77.

Cole Rinehart finished second at 85.

In the 18-holers division, Carter Anderson finished first at 81, while Aden Fissel and Blake Anderson each shot 98.

In the nine-holers division, Dallas Inch and Drew Thompson each finished at 49. Inch was the champion and Thompson was the runner-up. Patrick Reed and Ian Grady each shot 53.


Kevin Crumbling receives his championship plaque from Sherm Keeney after winning the York County Amateur Golf Association Apple Chevrolet Junior
Kevin Crumbling receives his championship plaque from Sherm Keeney after winning the York County Amateur Golf Association Apple Chevrolet Junior Boys’ Championship on Monday at Pleasant Valley Golf Club with a 27-hole score of 5-under-par 103. (SUBMITTED)
Alexandra Lowder, left, won the York County Amateur Golf Association Apple Chevrolet Junior Girls’ Championship on Monday at Pleasant Valley with an
Alexandra Lowder, left, won the York County Amateur Golf Association Apple Chevrolet Junior Girls’ Championship on Monday at Pleasant Valley with an 84. At right is runner-up Brenna Jones, who had a 91. (SUBMITTED)

STEWARTSTOWN — Kevin Crumbling used a spectacular opening round to establish himself as the player to beat in the York County Amateur Golf Association Apple Chevrolet Junior Championship on Monday.

The Eastern York High School senior-to-be never lost his grip on the lead. He followed a first-round 67 with a steady third nine of 36 to win the title with a score of 5-under-par 103 for 27 holes.

Another Eastern student, Alexandra Lowder, captured the girls’ crown with an 84 for 18 holes, and Bobby Nicholson won the boys’ 12-and-under crown with a 44 for nine holes.

Crumbling recorded seven birdies and two bogeys during his terrific shot-making tour of the Pleasant Valley Golf Club layout in the morning.

He concluded his day with an even-par 36 on the front nine during the afternoon round.

Crumbling took a double-bogey five on No. 7 (a 226-yard par 3) in the final nine, but he bounced right back with a eagle three on No. 8 (a 475-yard par 5).

Crumbling nailed a 7-iron approach shot to within five feet of the cup on No. 8 and rolled in his putt for the eagle.

He finished his final nine with a par 4 on the 406-yard ninth hole.

On Crumbling’s final putt of the day from eight feet, the ball hesitated slightly on the lip before it fell into the cup.

“I kind of screwed up on seven, but that eagle (on No. 8) felt good,” Crumbling said. “I was hitting a lot of greens today, and I putted pretty well. After that morning round, I kind of wanted to keep my score at 5 under.”

The players teed off from the white tees in the morning (6,318 yards) and from the blue tees (6,497 yards) in the afternoon.

“I didn’t think there was a lot of difference between the tees,” said Crumbling, whose father, Rod, won the PIAA state title in 1984 while playing for Eastern. “The par 3s are long here, and some of the par 4s are long, but there are a lot of short par 5s. After getting that four-shot lead (following the morning round), I felt more relaxed.”

Pleasant Valley used to be Crumbling’s home course before he transferred from Red Lion High School to Eastern following his sophomore year. He also competed recently at Pleasant Valley in the York County Amateur.

“I definitely hit the ball better today (than in the Amateur),” Crumbling said. “I had seven three putts in the Amateur. It feels good to win today.”

Two of Crumbling’s high school teammates, Zach Dixon and Andrew Davis, tied for second place with 111s.

Girls’ champion: Lowder is also a member of the Eastern golf team. The new girls’ champion will be a sophomore the fall. Lowder wasn’t born with a golf club in her hands, but was learning how to play at the tender age of 3.

“Golf is a family tradition,” she said. “Both of my grandparents and my father play. My wedge game was my strongest point today. It was pretty accurate.”

Lowder was playing Pleasant Valley for just the second time.

“The greens are very difficult here,” she said. “They’re slower than a lot of the greens on other courses. It’s a great feeling to win this tournament. It feels like practice actually pays off.”

Youth champion: Nicholson, 11, put up an impressive score, especially for someone his age, despite a six on No. 17 and an eight on No. 12. He parred No. 18, a challenging par 3 (238 yards from the white tees) and holes No. 13 and No. 14.

— Reach Dick VanO’Linda at




At Pleasant Valley Golf Course

Boys’ Results

15-17 years old

Kevin Crumbling 33-34-36—103

Andrew Davis 37-35-39—111

Zach Dixon 35-36-40—111

Connor Bacha 36-38-40—114

Andrew Forjan 38-40-39—117

Logan Snyder 38-40-40—118

Mason Staub 36-42-41—119

Luke Hoffnagle 38-39-43—120

Did not make 27-hole cut

Cole Rinehart 46-44— 90

Quin Toomey 51-49—100

12 and under

Bobby Nicholson 44

Ben Segal 50

Trevor Snyder 50

Jonathan Segal 68

13-14 years old

Carson Bacha 79.

Girls’ Results

15-17 years old

Alexandra Lowder 84

Brenna Jones 91.




15-18 Blue Tee Division

Axel Hartman 78.5

Kevin Crumbling 68.5

Andrew Davis 55.5

Zach Dixon 41.5

Justin Gruver 38.0

Trevor Sweitzer 35.0

Andrew Forjan 31.0

Luke Hoffnagle 30.8

Logan Snyder 27.5

Connor Bacha 24.5


Julianne Lee 80.0

Kendel Abrams 59.0

Alexandra Lowder 47.0

Cailey Roman 41.0

Victoria Downey 35.0

Jessica Tushingham 31.0

Taylor Woodward 8.0

In the second event of the 2015 York County Junior Golf Association season, Logan Snyder captured his first victory in the Boys’ 15-18 Division by shooting a 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday at Honey Run Golf Club.

Snyder, who will be a junior at Dover High School in the fall, was playing on his home course.

Snyder’s winning score was good to enough to hold off fellow playing partner Trevor Sweitzer and Zach Dixon, who both shot 75, tying for second. James Davis finished fourth with a score of 76.

Rounding out the top five was a collection of golfers who shot 77 — Nick Geiman, Andrew Forjan, Kevin Crumbling and last week’s winner, Axel Hartman.

Girls’ Division: Julianne Lee won her second straight Girls’ Division title by shooting a 74. After posting a 74 in last week’s first event of the summer at Grandview Golf Club, Lee backed up last week’s performance by shooting 2-over par on Tuesday at Honey Run.

White Division: In the 15-18 age group, playing from the white tees, Carson Bacha blew away the field by firing a 1-over, 73, to record his second straight victory this summer.

Bacha’s 73 was six strokes better than the runner-up, William Gekas, who shot 79. They were the only two players in the group to break 80.

Brady St. Pierre came in third with an 84.

In the 14-and-Under Division, Matthew Minkin’s 84 edged out Ty Gladhill’s 85 to earn the one-stroke victory.

Yellow Division: In the nine-hole Yellow Division, Spencer Beran took home first place by shooting a low round of 40, four strokes better than runner-up Cole Sevick. Beran also had a hole in one on No. 17, a 137-yard par 3. He used an 8-iron.


York County Junior Golf Association


Blue Division

1.Logan Snyder 74

2. Trevor Sweitzer 75

2. Zach Dixon 75

4. James Davis 76

5. Kevin Crumbling 77

5. Axel Hartman 77

5. Nick Geiman 77

5. Andrew Forjan 77

9. Andrew Davis 78

9. Justin Gruver 78

Girls Division

1. Julianne Lee 74

2. Victoria Downey 105

3. Cailey Roman 107

4. Jessica Tushingham 123

White Division (15-18 age group)

1. Carson Bacha 73

2. William Gekas 79

3. Brady St. Pierre 84

4. Jacob Withers 85

4. Jarrett Meuller 85

4. Jun Lee 85

4. Jacob Mueller 85

8. Caleb Sevick 86

9. Victoria Ross 87

9. Joshua Stewart 87

White Division (14-and-under age group)

1. Matthew Minkin 86

2. Ty Gladhill 87

3. John Hanson 90

4. Devin Peart 98

5. Andrew Roberts 100

6. Garen Middleton 106

7. Corbyn Keller 108

8. Aiden Fissel 118

Yellow Division (9 holes)

1. Spencer Baren 40

2. Cole Sevick 44

3. Jimmy Hook 49

3. Zachary Jones 49

5. Jake Gay 50

6. Matthew Carpenter 51

6. Trevor Snyder 51

8. Nicholas Carpenter 52

9. Lillian McNally 54

10. Joshua Sherdel 56


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