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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 —
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 —

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

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 —

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.



“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


Joe Parrini of York Catholic fired a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to help the Fighting Irish win the York-Adams League Team Golf Championship at Briarwood

Joe Parrini of York Catholic fired a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to help the Fighting Irish win the York-Adams League Team Golf Championship at Briarwood Golf Course. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

THOMASVILLE — A lot of attention is understandably focused on good friends and rivals Gus Minkin of Central York and Nick Geiman of York Catholic when they square off on the golf course.

But during Wednesday’s York-Adams League Team Golf Championships at Briarwood Golf Club, it was their teammates who stole the show.

Freshman Joe Parrini of York Catholic and Central’s Conner Bacha each shot 2-under-par 70s, bettering their better-known teammates, who each shot identical 73s.

In the end, it came down to Irish teammates Andrew Forjan and Lauren Parrini. Those two carded 80s and helped Division III champion York Catholic win the team title over Division I champ Central and Division II champ Eastern York.

The Irish shot 303 as a team, five strokes better than the Panthers (308) and 11 ahead of the Golden Knights (314) to claim their first team title since its inception in 2011.

“This has been a team goal all year,” Irish coach William Brander said. “Well, in fact, our (bigger) team goal is to win states. And we talked today about it and they asked if it was possible to go undefeated. And I just said that they can’t do that if they don’t win today and thankfully they did.”

Joe Parrini started off fast with five birdies on the front nine to help set the tone for his teammates and himself. Geiman, who played in a threesome with Minkin, wasn’t surprised by the freshman’s performance.

“Yeah, Joe … that was amazing,” Geiman said. “He’s shot lower than that, but this was great. He’s usually pretty calm in big tournaments and I expect him to play well.”

Brander was tickled pink with the play of his freshman.

“I’m getting goosebumps,” he said. “Five birdies on the front nine and he’s just a freshman. That’s exciting when you have a freshman that plays that good.”

The defending York-Adams League individual champion, Geiman didn’t play his absolute best, but is hoping to take the experience of Tuesday’s round with him for the league individual and District 3 qualifier tournament back at Briarwood on Thursday.

“It’ll be a different mindset,” he said. “We’ll be going in there as individuals instead of teams. I’m still going to go in there to win, but there are a lot of good players.”

Brander gave Geiman some friendly advice when he takes to the greens for Thursday’s 11 a.m. start at Briarwood.

“Nick was a little too aggressive with his putting,” Brander said. “I told him that he needs to take that lesson with him for the next round and don’t be so aggressive. Just keep it close to the hole. Sometimes if you get it close to the hole, the ball will just drop in for you.”

While Minkin and teammate Julianne Lee, who shot an 81, both felt like they left a couple of putts on the greens Wednesday, their Central squad did enough to edge Eastern for the league’s District 3 Class AAA team berth next week.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” Minkin said. “I wanted to win, but I’m happy that we made it to districts.”

Andrew Davis finished with a 75 to lead the Golden Knights while teammate Kevin Crumbling carded a 77.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at

York Dispatch Staff Report

York Catholic finished off a perfect York-Adams Division III golf season on Monday with a victory at Country Club of York.

The Irish finished with a 412 total, which was 47 shots better than second-place York Tech.

York Catholic’s Joe Parrini had the top individual score with a 71, while his teammate, Nick Geiman fired a 76. No other golfer shot better than 84 on the tough CCY layout.

York Catholic finished the Division III season at 30-0.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Central York golf team completed an unbeaten York-Adams Division I season by winning the final tournament at Hanover Country Club on Thursday.

Central and Dallastown finished with identical scores of 404, but the Panthers won the tie-breaker (the score of the sixth golfer). Spring Grove was third at (406), followed by New Oxford (434), Red Lion (434), South Western (493) and Northeastern (505).

Dallastown’s Evan Greenplate earned the medalist honor with a 2-over-par 73, one shot better than New Oxford’s Mike Gruver and Central’s Gus Minkin. Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross and Mason Staub tied for fourth with 76s. Red Lion’s Ian Schaeffer, Central’s Connor Bacha and Dallastown’s Blake Sebring tied for sixth with 78s, and Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard, the only other player to break 80, was ninth with a 79.

Central finished 42-0 in division action.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Eastern York golf team finished off a perfect York-Adams Division II season on Tuesday with a first-place finish at Briarwood East.

Eastern finished with a 379 total, good for a 25-shot victory over second-place West York. Susquehannock and Dover each had 435 totals.

West York’s Trevor Sweitzer was the individual medalist with a 2-under-par 70, while Eastern’s Zach Dixon was second at 72. The other golfers to break 80 were: West York’s Axel Hartman (73), Eastern’s Kevin Crumbling (74), Eastern’s Andrew Davis (75), Eastern’s James Davis (76), Dover’s Logan Snyder (76) and Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant (78).

Eastern finished the division season at 42-0, while West York was second at 34-8.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Central York clinched the York-Adams Division I golf title on Monday by finishing first at the Bridges.

The Panthers improved to 36-0, good for 108 points. They hold an insurmountable 21-point lead over second-place Dallastown with just one division match left.

Central finished with a 386 total on Monday, while Spring Grove was second at 406. Dallastown was third at 417.

Central’s Gus Minkin was medalist with an even-par 72, while two of his teammates, Connor Bacha (76) and Mitch Marino (78), also broke 80. Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard also shot 78, while three golfers had 79s – Dallastown’s Evan Greenplate, New Oxford’s Mike Gruver and Spring Grove’s Garrett Leib.


York Dispatch Staff Report

Eastern York is the York-Adams Division II golf champion.

The Golden Knights sewed up the division crown by finishing first in Thursday’s tournament at Cool Creek in Wrightsville. Eastern finished with a 393 total on Thursday, followed by West York (407) and Dover (410).

Eastern is now 36-0 on the season, good for 108 points. West York is second at 29-7, good for 87 points. There’s just one division tournament left in the regular season.

The Golden Knights’ Andrew Davis shot 68 to take medalist honors. West York’s Axel Hartman finished second at 71, while Eastern’s Kevin Crumbling was third at 75. The other golfers to break 80 were: Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant (77), Dover’s Logan Snyder at 77, West York’s Matt DellOrfano at 79 and Dover’s Brett Reiber at 79.


York Dispatch Staff Report

The Central York golf team was on fire on Wednesday in a York-Adams Division I tournament at Out Door Country Club.

All six of Central’s golfers shot 80 or lower, including a 4-under-par 68 from Gus Minkin.

The Panthers finished with a 365 total, which was 35 shots ahead of second-place Spring Grove. Dallastown was third at 411.

Central is now 30-0 for the season, while Dallastown is second at 24-6, followed by Spring Grove at 21-9.

Connor Bacha shot a 71 for Central, followed by Ryan Moran (74), Matt Bricker (75), Collin Potter (77) and Julianne Lee (79).

Red Lion’s Dylan Reichard fired a 74. Mason Staub (76), Eli Brooks (77), Victoria Ross (79) and Luke Hoffnagle (79) led Spring Grove, while Blake Sebring shot 77 for Dallastown. Mike Gruver had a 78 for New Oxford.

York Dispatch Staff Report

Eastern York continued its perfect York-Adams Division II golf season on Tuesday with a victory at Pleasant Valley near Stewartstown.

The Golden Knights finished with a 385 total, 30 shots better than second-place Dover. West York came in third at 420.

Eastern’s Kevin Crumbling was the day’s medalist with a 1-under-par 71, followed by West York’s Axel Hartman at 72 and Dover’s Logan Snyder at 73. There were three players at 75: Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant, Eastern’s Zach Dixon and York Suburban’s Devin Moore.

Eastern is now 30-0 on the season, while West York is second at 24-6, while Susquehannock and Dover are tied for third at 18-12.



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