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Red Lion track and field standout Angelica Gonzalez has made her college choice official.

The sprinter has signed a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I East Carolina University.

Gonzalez had previously given a verbal commitment to the Pirates.

During her freshman season, Gonzalez set York-Adams League records and finished second in the District 3 100- and 200-meter dashes. She won the York-Adams long jump title as a junior.

She battled hamstring problems during her sophomore and junior seasons.

Another York County athlete, Central York grad Jay Stone, is a freshman sprinter/hurdler of the East Carolina men’s track and field team.



In case you haven’t heard by now (you probably have), the Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams departed State College on Saturday with PIAA state gold medals.

That concluded runs by the most successful sports programs to come out of the York-Adams League this spring season, following a pair of District 3 titles between the teams, and Central beating Northeastern in the league tournament title game. The Panthers and Bobcats also finished one-two in the regular-season league standings.

It also brought an end to the spring sports season.

Well, for York-Adams League teams, anyway. The state tournaments for baseball and softball wrap up this week.

So, what better time than now to have a brief look back on what league teams did across all spring sports? To make things a bit easier, I thought it might be a good idea on doing a recap by the numbers. On second thought, maybe this wrap-up will make your brain hurt, if you, like me, would opt for banging your head against a wall instead of doing math.

State qualifiers: We’ll go in reverse order here, from the state tournament all the way back to division title winners. First up, we have state qualifiers. Boys’ volleyball led the way with three (the aforementioned Central York and Northeastern, along with York Suburban), followed by a pair of baseball teams (York Catholic and Northeastern, the latter reaching the state quarterfinals) and one softball team (Delone Catholic, which reached the quarterfinals as well).

Districts: The Central York and Northeastern boys’ volleyball teams each won District 3 gold. The York Catholic baseball and Delone Catholic softball teams were district runners-up. As far as district qualifiers, the sport of softball led the way with 10, followed by baseball (eight), volleyball (six), boys’ lacrosse (five), girls’ lacrosse (four) and boys’ tennis (three).

League: Dallastown won league tournaments in softball and boys’ lacrosse. The remaining three league tournaments had different winners: Central York in boys’ volleyball, Spring Grove in baseball and York Catholic in girls’ lacrosse.

Across all sports, six schools won multiple division titles in the York-Adams League, led by South Western (girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, girls’ track) and Delone Catholic (baseball, softball, boys’ track) each winning three. Central York (boys’ volleyball, softball), West York (baseball, boys’ lacrosse), Susquehannock (baseball, softball) and Kennard-Dale (softball, girls’ lacrosse) each won a pair of division crowns. Spring Grove (baseball), Dallastown (boys’ lacrosse), York Catholic (boys’ tennis), Red Lion (boys’ track), York Suburban (boys’ track), Dover (girls’ track) and Biglerville (girls’ track) each had one division title.

Now for a quick recap.

Oh, never mind. I have to go find the nearest wall. Then figure out what to do until Aug. 11, the start date of fall sports practice.

— Reach John Walk at



Donnie Crabill has no fear of flying.

The Central York High School senior, who plans to pilot a jet some day, never hesitates to propel himself nearly 13 feet into the air.

Crabill vaulted 12 feet, 6 inches in his best high school performance.

“It (the pole vault) can be a scary event, but I like being in the air,” he said. “And, it gives people sitting (on the ground and in the stands) something to watch.”

Crabill displayed his pole-vaulting prowess during the past two regular seasons, but it’s not the event that he’ll compete in at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.

Crabill will compete in the javelin. He recorded the winning throw at the York-Adams League Championships this year and earned a silver medal last weekend at the District 3-AAA Meet with a personal-best performance of 181 feet, 11 inches.

Not bad for someone who didn’t begin competing in track and field until his junior year.

“I used to play baseball, but, by my junior year, I wasn’t playing baseball anymore, and I needed to do something to stay in shape,” said Crabill, a linebacker on Central’s championship football team (York-Adams Division I) last fall. “I was a pitcher, so I thought it would be cool to throw a spear.”

Crabill knows how far he would like to throw the javelin in the state meet.

“I want to break into the 190s definitely,” he said. “That (Shippensburg) is my favorite place to throw.”

If Crabill manages to break into the 190s, he could leave Shippensburg with a medal. The five highest-seeded throwers going into the meet have recorded throws of 190 feet or better. Eight medals are awarded in each individual event.

“That (a medal) is my goal,” Crabill said.

Wilson to run in 800 meters: Crabill and Brook Wilson, a junior, will represent Central at districts. Wilson will compete in the 800 meters following a personal-best time of 1 minutes, 57.47 seconds at districts. The time earned him a fourth-place finish.

Wilson is looking to get in under 157 at states.

“Brook and I are pretty close,” Crabill said. “We played football together, too. I saw him coming off (the track) after the 400 last week, and he was feeling pretty bad. Then I go up in the stands and watch him run a 1:58 (1:57.47).”

Wilson is looking forward to being at the biggest meet of the season with Crabill.

“It’s a great feeling to know that us two made it to states,” he said.

Air Force Academy next: Wilson will carry the experience he gains competing against the best in the state into his final high school season next spring. Crabill will close out his high school career on Saturday. After he and his classmates graduate on May 30, Crabill will leave for the Air Force Academy on June 18.

“When I was in ninth grade, I decided I wanted to go to an academy,” he said. “I want to be a pilot, and I feel the Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the best environment for pilots with its wide-open spaces.”

Crabill found out in March that he had been accepted to the academy.

“I found out about it in the auditorium with an e-mail,” he said. “That was probably one of the happiest days of my life.”

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at



In Amanda Myers’ case, softball’s loss became track and field’s gain.

“When I was younger, I played softball,” the Red Lion senior said. “My dad always said I had a strong arm, so when I got to my freshman year, I tried track.”

Instead of throwing a ball to a teammate, Myers began seeing how far she could throw a javelin.

“When Amanda was a freshman, she threw 90 feet,” Red Lion girls’ track-and-field coach Jason Smith said. “When Amanda was a sophomore, she threw 117, and I knew then that we needed to focus (on that event).”

Myers was taking practice throws in the infield of Red Lion’s track-and-field complex on Tuesday afternoon preparing for Friday’s and Saturday’s District 3 Track and Field Championships. She’ll enter the competition at Shippensburg University as the No. 1-seeded athlete in Class AAA Girls with a throw of 143 feet, 10 inches.

Myers, whose event is scheduled for noon Friday, is coming off a championship effort. She won the York-Adams League javelin title for the third straight year last week at Dallastown High School.

“It was definitely special to win it three straight years,” she said. “That was a goal this year to try and get it the third time.”

Myers appears to be peaking at the right time.

“She was kind of in a funk the last couple of weeks, but she was throwing in the 140s the past few days,” Smith said. “She is any coach’s dream, the first one here at practice and the last one to leave. Millersville (University) is going to be lucky to have her.”

Myers said that Millersville was a “perfect fit” for her.

“It’s close, and I didn’t want to go far away for college. I’m going to be commuting,” she said.

Myers is considering accounting as a major.

“I like math and numbers,” she said.

The Lady Lions’ standout has a number in mind for Friday.

“I would like to throw 144 (feet) because that would beat my personal best,” she said.

Myers is aiming in the next couple of weeks to add to the unforgettable moments she’s compiled as part of her school’s track-and-field team.

Winning three consecutive league javelin titles, being part of York-Adams team championships in her sophomore and senior seasons and competing in the high school girls’ javelin competition at the prestigious Penn Relays are among those moments.

“Our team is great, we’re a family. The Penn Relays, it was an honor to even go there. The best athletes from all around were there,” she said.

There will be outstanding athletes on hand Friday when Myers competes against the best in District 3.

“Every day (in practice), I try to make sure that the form is there,” she said. “Having the proper warm-up and getting up speed during the throwing approach are things that are important if you want to reach your goals.”

Gonzalez update: Myers’ teammate, Angelica Gonzalez, is seeded second in the 100 dash (12.07 seconds) and third in the 200 dash (:25.05). Gonzalez captured the long jump at the York-Adams Meet, but she won’t compete in that event at districts.

The junior, who missed the York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA state meets last year because of a hamstring injury, did not compete in the 100 or 200 finals at this year’s York-Adams Meet. Smith, though, is confident she’ll be able to run in both events at Shippensburg.

“I’m thinking she can do mid 24s in the 200 and hopefully, break 12 (seconds) in the 100,” Smith said.

South Western’s Erin Harman is tied for the second-seeded spot in the Girls’ Class AAA pole vault (12-6). Another South Western athlete, Holly Arey, is seeded third in the discus (135-6).

Dallastown’s Patrick Reilly is seeded second (9:14) and third (4:20.48), respectively, in the Class AAA Boys’ 3,200 and 1,600 runs. South Western’s Logan Bowman is listed third in the 400 (:49.93).

Biglerville’s Danny Stoner joins Myers as the only York-Adams athletes to hold top seeds. Stoner’s 13-9 effort in the pole vault is the best going into the Boys’ Class AA meet.

Stoner is third in the long jump (20-9 1/2) while Biglerville’s Brady Wilt and Delone Catholic’s Tyler Conrad are seeded second in the 1,600 (4:29.71) and 110 hurdles (:15.91), respectively.

In Girls’ AA, Delone Catholic’s Mary Gingrow holds the No. 3-seeded position in the javelin with a throw of 128-3.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

The York Dispatch


Northeastern 187 3 — 19 18 1

York Suburban 101 0 — 2 5 1

NE: Shimkus and Blymire; YS: Mowrey, Myers and Stein, Schaffer; WP: Shimkus; LP:Mowrey; 2B: NE, Ely 2, Reeser, Qualters, Skehan; 3B: NE, Blymire; HR: NE, Sprenkle.

Hanover 103 001 0 5 12 0
York Tech 002 000 x 2 6 2

H: Trish and Sheaffer; YT: Mathew Rossi and Justin Nell; WP: Trish; LP: Rossi; 2B: H, Trish;3B: H, Trish.

Solanco 000 400 1 5 9 2
Dallastown 200 000 0 2 9 4

S: Walton, Thomas (6) and Keys; DT: Hamberger, Deardorff (5) and Somverville; WP: Walton;LP: Hamberger.

Red Lion 110 001 00 3 10 1
South Western 100 011 01 4 5 0

RL: B. Taylor, Urey (5) and Landis; SW: Kelch, Raubenstine (6) and Monahan; WP:Raubenstine; LP: Urey; 2B: RL, B. Taylor, Godfrey. SW, Taylor; HR: SW, Francis.

York Catholic 105 000 3 9 10 1
Delone Catholic 001 000 0 1 7 2

YC: Bohn, Krevetski (5) and Mills; DC: Ames, Golanoski (3), Kint (3) and Roth;. WP: Bohn;LP: Ames; 2B: YC, Bohn, Clement, Haney; HR: YC, Krevetski.

Spring Grove 000 010 0 1 6 1
Central 200 100 x 3 5 0

SG: Brooks and D. Hoiles; CY: Wagner, Sepic (2) and Kroeger; WP: Sepic; LP: Brooks; 2B: CY, Sepic, Crum.

Mount Calvary 300 030 0 6 4 3
Fairfield 100 013 0 5 7 3

MCC: Wolfe, Shannon (5) and Ogilivie; F: Stone, Sachs (6) and Ford; WP: Wolfe; LP: Stone;2B: F, Kletz, Sachs.

West York 020 030 1 6 8 2
New Oxford 100 030 0 4 5 1

WY: Fries, Traettino (5) and Bixler; NO: Lippy, Duble (5), Kibler (7) and Chesney; WP: Fries;LP: Lippy; 2B: WY, Santiago.


York Catholic 000 0 2 2
Delone Catholic 4(12)x 16 10 1

YC: Ricks, Fix (2) and Nigro; DC: K. Laughman and King; WP: K. Laughman; LP: Ricks; 2B:DC, K. Laughman, Rider; HR: DC, Holcomb (3).

Susquehannock 101 000 0 2 7 0
Dover 000 003 x 3 7 2

S: Lynch, Staub (6) and Yoakum; DO: Gohn and Blauser; WP: Gohn; LP: Staub; 2B: SQ, Shockey. DO, Gohn; 3B: SQ, Staub.

Dallastown 003 220 1 8 14 2
New Oxford 100 000 2 3 4 3

DT: Merriman and Hartman; NO: Peck and Smith; WP: Merriman; LP: Peck; 2B: DT, H. Anders; 3B: DT, Grant (2).

West York 011 100 1 4 6 1
Littlestown 212 100 x 6 8 3

WY: Michael, Shipley (3) and Weaver; L: Schroeder, Somers (7) and Lanahan; WP: Schroeder;LP: Michael; 2B: WY, Weaver. L, Price 2, Dews; 3B: L, Skillman.

Hanover 000 230 1 6 12 2
York Tech 460 013 x 14 10 2

H: Daley and Albright; YT: McWilliams and Rice; WP: McWilliams; LP: Daley; 2B: H, Albright (2). YT, Tolley.

Central York 000 340 0 7 9 0
Eastern York 002 000 x 2 8 4

CY: Resh and Dziwis; EY: Arnold, Duraski (6) and Kalke; WP: Resh; LP: Arnold; HR: CY, Rohrbaugh.

Red Lion 200 030 60 11 12 3
South Western 201 030 51 12 13 1

RL: Schultz, Steinhoff (6), Dewees and Montgomery; SW: Toomey, Fleming (7) and Savino;WP: Fleming; LP: Dewees; 2B: RL, Gould, Posey; HR: RL, Schultz. SW, Fleming, Toomey.

York Suburban 012 401 200 10 17 5
Spring Grove 021 610 001 11 11 6

YS: Eytcheson and Turybury; SG: Jacoby and Cornman; WP: Jacoby; LP: Cornman; 2B: SG, Jacoby, Wivell; 3B: SG, Norton; HR: SG, Cornman.


Dallastown 3 3 1 2 — 9

Central York 0 1 3 2 — 6

Goals: Dt, Ierley 3, Gold 2, Gurreri 2, Haines, Kvasnovsky. CY, C.George 2, Desenberg 2, G.George, Hartzell; Assists: Dt, Kvasnovsky 2, Lohss; Saves: Dt, Marks 6, Walker 5, Hinkle 5.


York Catholic 8 6 14
Kennard-Dale 6 6 12

Goals: YC, Givens 3, Gabriele 3, Bilyeu 3, China 3, Biederman, Robbins. KD, Day 5, Livezy 2, Dressel 2, Bracey 2, Cryser; Assists: YC, Moore, Ingram, Mazzur. KD, Dressel 2, Biederman 2, Zimmerman, Bracey; Saves: YC, Shellenberger 8. KD, Deaver 9.





A football coaching legend could be walking the sideline at Small Athletic Field this fall.

The York High administration has recommended that George Chaump be hired as an assistant coach for the Bearcats.

The York City School Board will have the final say on the hiring of Chaump and eight other coaches, most likely at the board’s May 21 meeting.

The 78-year-old Chaump has coached at every level: high school, college and professional.

He compiled a 190-66 record while coaching at five high schools: Shamokin, John Harris, Central Dauphin, Harrisburg and Central Dauphin East. Chaump was not retained following the 2012 season at C.D. East.

He was also an assistant coach for Ohio State and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Marshall and Navy.

“It’s huge what he would bring to the program,” York High athletic director Joe Chiodi said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge of the game.”

Chiodi said that Chaump had several meetings with the Bearcats’ head coach, Shawn Heinold.

“He (Chaump) just wanted to stay in coaching,” Chiodi said.

Track: The 2014 York-Adams Track and Field Meet on Friday at Dallastown will feature a lot of familiar names.

Eight female athletes, who captured 11 individual championships last year, will be competing again this year.

Five male athletes will return seeking to repeat as champion in their events.

Lynne Mooradian and Holly Arey, both of South Western, and Olivia Gettle of York Suburban, all of whom earned two gold medals apiece in 2013, are back this season.

Mooradian enters with the fastest time in the 400 dash. The winner of the 100 and 200 dashes last year, the South Western sophomore is seeded second to Red Lion’s Angelica Gonzalez in the 100 and 200. Gonzalez, a junior, was unable to compete in the 2013 meet because of a hamstring injury. She won both the 100 and 200 in her freshman season.

Arey, the defending champion in the shot put and discus, recorded the best throws so far this season.

Gettle, a gold medal winner in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs a year ago, holds the top time in the 3,200 going into the meet and third-best time in the 1,600 behind Emily Loeffelholz of Central and Kayla White of Kennard-Dale. Gettle is a sophomore.

The other returning champions in the girls’ meet are: Steph Shaw of South Western (100 hurdles), Erin Harman of South Western (pole vault), Amanda Myers of Red Lion (javelin) and Rachel Crane of Bermudian Springs (800). Myers is bidding for her third straight title.

On the boys’ side, five 2013 champions are in the mix this year: Brady Wilt of Biglerville (1,600), Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford (3,200), Alex Keller of Red Lion (long jump), Donnie Crabill of Central York (javelin) and Matthew Beck of Northeastern (high jump). Keller, Crabill and Beck are seniors, and Wilt and Gebhart are juniors.

Playoffs: The York-Adams League softball and boys’ volleyball playoffs will begin on Monday, while the baseball tournament will get underway on Wednesday.

The softball semifinal matchups are Dallastown vs. Delone Catholic at Susquehannock High School (5 p.m.) and Susquehannock vs. Kennard-Dale at Spring Grove High School (5 p.m.).

The championship game is listed for 5 p.m. Wednesday at New Oxford High School.

York Suburban will take on Susquehannock at 6 p.m., and Red Lion will clash with West York at 7:30 p.m. on the opening night of the volleyball tournament. Both matches will take place in the Dallastown High School gymnasium.

The York Suburban-Susquehannock winner will meet Central in the semifinals (6 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown High School), and the Red Lion-West York winner will take on Northeastern (6 p.m. Tuesday at Dallastown Middle School). The semifinal winners will face off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Dallastown High School gymnasium for the championship.

The baseball playoffs will be held in downtown York at Santander Stadium. The semifinal games on Wednesday are: Spring Grove vs. Delone Catholic at 4 p.m. and West York vs. Susquehannock at 7 p.m.

The championship will be decided beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

York Dispatch Staff Report

Spring Grove earned a pair of track-and-field victories at York High on Tuesday.

The Rocket boys won, 91-55, while the Rocket girls triumphed, 123-22.

In the boys’ meet, the Rockets took first in all three relays. For the Bearcats, Isaiah Ritter won the long jump and 200, while Jacob Whitfield won the shot put and discus.

In the girls’ meet, the Rockets captured first in 14 of the 18 events. Individually for the Rockets, Zoe Stauffer won the 100 and 300 hurdles, while Samantha Bollinger won the high jump and javelin. For the Bearcats, Donella Nelson won the 100 and long jump.



Angelica Gonzalez, left, comforts Red Lion teammate Julia Kendrick after the 200-meter dash against South Western on Monday. The girls’ meet ended in

Angelica Gonzalez, left, comforts Red Lion teammate Julia Kendrick after the 200-meter dash against South Western on Monday. The girls’ meet ended in a 75-75 tie. Gonzalez won four individual events. (JOHN A. PAVONCELLO —

RED LION — The Red Lion and South Western girls’ track-and-field coaches shuffled the deck on Monday.

Both ended up with a draw.

The Red Lion-South Western showdown ended in a 75-75 tie. As a result, the Lady Lions and Mustangs will share the York-Adams Division I title.

The South Western boys wrapped up a perfect league season and earned their first division title in five years by defeating Red Lion, 83-67.

The meets showcased some of the league’s best athletes, and in the girls’ case, some of the standouts took one for the team by competing in unfamiliar events.

South Western’s Erin Harman and Morgan Bixler finished one-two in the girls’ final event, the pole vault, to enable the Mustangs to forge the deadlock.

“Obviously, we wanted to win, but I’m happy with the tie,” Red Lion’s Cassidy Barshinger said. “It’s a big deal to close my (dual-meet) career as part of a championship team. We just missed it last year.”

Neither Barshinger nor Lady Lions’ star Angelica Gonzalez were healthy last year. Barshinger sustained a stress fracture during the winter leading up to her junior year, and Gonzalez was forced to miss the three big season-ending meets (York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA State) and a good part of the regular season because of a hamstring injury.

Both played key roles this season.

On Monday, Gonzalez displayed the form of a two years ago, when she was a freshman phenom, by winning four events — 100, 200, 400 and long jump.

“She’s a special athlete,” Red Lion girls’ coach Jason Smith said. “She’s finally healthy, and she’s hungry.”

Barshinger, meanwhile, won the 300 hurdles in a season-best time of 46.1 seconds, finished second to Gonzalez in the 200, placed third in the 100 hurdles and anchored the winning 1,600 relay. Kylie Strong, Meredith Kunce and Jess Lewis were the other members of the squad.

“That was only the second time I ran the 200 this year,” Barshinger said. “I’m not a two runner. I was pretty tired going into the four by 400 (1,600 relay), but the other three girls did what they had to do (gave Barshinger a lead). My teammates helped me a lot this year, and my coaches were always taking time to be with me.”

South Western sprint star Lynne Mooradian, meanwhile, competed in the high jump for the first time since middle school and ran in the 800. Mooradian had no difficulty making the adjustments, placing first in both events. The Mustangs’ sophomore was also second to Gonzalez in a tremendous 400 race. Gonzalez finished in 58.3 seconds and Mooradian in 58.8. Mooradian was third in the long jump.

Red Lion outscored South Western, 56-31 on the track, but the Mustangs responded with a 44-19 advantage in the field events.

“It was a very good dual meet,” said South Western coach Bruce Lee, whose team delivered the schools’ 22nd girls’ track-and-field championship. “Our idea (of moving some athletes into events they don’t usually enter) was to cover some holes we have in the distance team. The meet went down to the last event, and all the kids in the pole vault were doing their best (performances). That’s what it (a high school dual meet) is all about.”

Red Lion junior Kendall Lookingbill, who came out for track and field as a freshman but not as a sophomore, vaulted 9 feet, 3 inches to get the third-place point in the pole vault Red Lion needed to forge the tie. Tristan Schluderberg, a sophomore, captured first-place finishes for the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Lady Lions, while Harman (pole vault and triple jump) and Holly Arey (shot put and discus) earned two-first-place finishes for the Mustangs.

Brady Thayer had a huge day for the South Western boys, winning the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump and handling the leadoff leg on the victorious 1,600 relay team. The Mustangs’ Isaiah Roach recorded the best jumps in the triple jump and high jump, and Roach’s teammate, Ben Schott recorded the fastest times in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Red Lion’s Quincy Palmer swept the 100 and 200 sprints and anchored the winning 400 relay team.


West York 81, York Suburban 69: The host Bulldogs won 10 of 18 events to pick up the victory and improve to 4-2 in York-Adams competition. Andrew Moyer (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault), Abdul Junaid (100, 200) and Ross Campbell (400, 800) each had multiple first-place finishes to lead West York. Suburban’s Phillip Marshall won the high jump and long jump.

York Tech 77, Littlestown 73: At Spry, the meet came down to the final event on the track, and the Spartans captured first in the 3,200 relay behind the team of Jaewoo Kim, Ryan Knisely, Thad Cwiklinski and L.J. Zinda to secure the York-Adams Division III victory. Individually for the Spartans, Delmar Dickson won the 100 and 200 dashes. Tech improved to 5-0-0 in York-Adams Division III. York Tech travels to Biglerville (5-0-0) on Wednesday with the division title on the line.


York Suburban 100, West York 50: The visiting Trojans took first in 11 of the 18 events to stay undefeated in York-Adams competition. Olivia Gettle won the 1,600 and 3,200 to lead Suburban (6-0 Division II). Aryon Williams paced West York (3-3 league) by winning the 100 and 200 and running the final leg of the winning 400 relay.

York Tech 84, Littlestown 60: At Spry, D’Shanna Edwards led the Spartans to the York-Adams Division III victory by scoring individual victories in the shot put, discus and javelin. Adrianna Beattie won the 110 hurdles and pole vault, Kyrstin Evans won the high jump and triple jump and McCayla Welsh won the long jump and 300 hurdles. Tech improved to 4-1-0 in the division.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at



Dover’s Brian Lehman won the javelin on Thursday against Susquehannock. He also won the shot put and discus. He’s undefeated in all three

Dover’s Brian Lehman won the javelin on Thursday against Susquehannock. He also won the shot put and discus. He’s undefeated in all three events in dual meets this season. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)
Dover’s Shane Orchard won both hurdle events on Thursday vs. Susquehannock. Orchard is out for track for the first time this season.

Dover’s Shane Orchard won both hurdle events on Thursday vs. Susquehannock. Orchard is out for track for the first time this season. (BIL BOWDEN — For The York Dispatch)

DOVER — With a team dominated by sophomores and juniors, Dover boys’ track-and-field coach John Sporer didn’t think this would be his team’s year.

The Eagles, though, refused to wait until next year.

Dover wrapped up a perfect York-Adams Division II season on Monday afternoon with a 94-56 victory over Susquehannock in a matchup of two previously unbeaten teams.

Susquehannock won the girls’ meet, 84-65.

“I didn’t expect to win Division II this year,” Sporer said. “But when we beat York Suburban, I thought, ‘wow, we’re pretty good.’ Then we beat Eastern. We just took it one meet at a time.”

Dover captured its final dual meet of the season by winning 14 of the 18 events. The Eagles celebrated a championship on the same day that Sporer celebrated his 39th birthday. The athletes, who weren’t aware of the coach’s milestone until the competition ended, sang Happy Birthday to their coach in unison following the meet. Dover won the division for the first time since 2009. The Eagles captured three straight titles from 2007-09, with the first two championships coming in Division III.

“I had the meet figured out 76-74,” said Sporer, who’s in his 14th season as the team’s head coach.”I didn’t expect to go one-two in the 100, and that gave us momentum. Noah Rogers came through big time for us.”

Rogers won the 100-meter dash, finished second in the 200-meter dash, anchored the winning 400 relay team and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay team. Shane Orchard, a junior who is out for track for the first time this year, swept the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and was part of the 400 and 1,600 relays. Meanwhile, over in the field events, Brian Lehman did what he’s done in every dual meet this season: win the shot put, discus and javelin.

“It (winning all his events every time) wasn’t a goal, I was trying to get to districts (with district qualifying performances),” Lehman said. “I love track. It started out as a pastime, but I found out that I was good at it.”

Lehman, a three-sport athlete (football and wrestling are his other sports), threw the shot 46 feet, 10 inches, the discus, 125-3, and the javelin, 138-0, on Tuesday. Eagles’ throwing coach Marty Green said Lehman’s season-long sweep of the three events was the first time he had seen that in 22 years as a track and field coach.

“Brian is quick and uses his size very well,” Green said. “Plus he hits the weight room hard. Last year, he was very good. This year, he was exceptional.”

Lehman, a senior, began lifting weights seriously when he was 14. At the time, he could bench press 180. Now, he can bench press 360. Lehman, who plans to attend Pitt-Johnstown next year, was happy he was able to help deliver a title in his final season of high school competition.

“It’s really great to get another banner up there,” said Lehman, who was also part of the Eagles’ Division II champion football team last fall.

Girls’ meet: Susquehannock’s Jess Voltaggio also excelled in the field during the girls’ meet. Voltaggio took firsts in the same events as Lehman (shot put, discus and javelin).

Alesha Herman won the 100 and 200 dashes for the Warriors, and Rachel Banchiere captured the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Dover athletes placed first in eight of the 18 events, but the Eagles did not have a double individual winner. Susquehannock is 4-1 with one meet remaining.


Central York 80, York High 43: The visiting Panthers won 10 of the 15 events to improve to 4-2 in York-Adams Division I. J.D. Groff and Brook Wilson led the way, with Groff taking first in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Wilson won the 400 and ran the first leg of the winning 3,200 relay. Isiah Ritter (100, triple jump) had a pair of first-place finishes to pace the Bearcats.

West York 91, Northeastern 59: The visiting Bulldogs won 12 of the 18 events to improve to 3-2 in York-Adams Division II competition, with Andrew Moyer and Abdul Junaid leading the way. Moyer took first in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and pole vault, while Junaid won the 100 and 200 and ran the final leg on the winning 400 relay. For Northeastern, Jowan Lewis-Kearse took the top spot in the triple jump and long jump.



Central York 102, York High 20: The visiting Panthers won all but three of the 15 events to improve to 3-3 in York-Adams Division I. Katherine Hackos, Emily Loeffelholz and Allison Sinclair each had outstanding performances for Central. Hackos (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Loeffelholz (100, 200) each won a pair of events and ran a leg on the winning 3,200 relay. Sinclair took first in the high jump and long jump. Of the three events York High won, Bearcats’ runner Cheyanne Brown had two of them, taking first in the 100 and 400.

West York 94, Northeastern 56: The visiting Bulldogs won 13 of the 18 events to improve to 3-2 in York-Adams Division II. West York received solid performances from Bethany Weaver, Jahna Alleyne, Elle Stine and Katie Tallman. Weaver (1,600, 3,200), Alleyne (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, discus), Stine (triple jump, long jump) and Tallman (javelin, shot put) each won multiple events. Weaver also ran the first leg on the winning 3,200 relay. Alexis Stephens played a hand in four of the five events Northeastern won by taking first in the 100 and 200 and running legs on the winning 400 relay and 1,600 relays.

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at

By DICK VanOLINDA 505-5407/ydsports


York Catholic’s Patrick Clement is in a hitting zone.

He’s seeing the ball and crushing it.

In the Fighting Irish’s last three games, Clement smashed three home runs, three doubles and two other hits and drove in 13 runs.

The senior is batting .465 for the season (20-for-43) with a slugging percentage of .883.

Clement’s clout has helped his team win four straight games to pull even at 7-7 after a 3-7 start.

He’s first on the team in RBIs with 23 and home runs with four. Clement is second in doubles with four. (Jake Krevetski is the leader with five).

Clement’s team won the District 3 Class A title last spring. The Fighting Irish will be moving to Class AA next year.

Form holds in doubles: Form pretty much held on the first day of the York-Adams Boys’ Tennis Doubles Tournament.

All four seeded teams in Class AAA advanced to the semifinals, and three of the four seeded teams in Class AA made it to the semifinals.

The semifinals and finals in both classes will be played on Wednesday at Wisehaven Tennis Center beginning at 11 a.m.

The semifinal matchups in Class AAA are: Dallastown’s John Schmitt and Tyler Lilie vs. Central York’s Devin Lehigh and Chris Maderitz, and Red Lion’s Sam Innerst and Alex Gayrama vs. South Western’s Quin Meyer and Gavin Kenny.

The Class AA matchups are: York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck vs. Bermudian Springs’ Luke Wilkins and Haoza Phutaemnin, and Hanover’s Cameron Bosserman and Cody Magana vs. York Catholic’s Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak. The Bermudian team was pushed to three sets in its quarterfinal against York Suburban’s T.J. Platts and Daniel Lee, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Bosserman and Magana, who weren’t seeded, scored a 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Biglerville’s Chad Dotson-Jones and Jared Dotson-Jones in the quarterfinals. The Canners’ duo was seeded No. 3.

Baseball, softball races: The York-Adams League baseball and softball races are about to enter the final week, with tournament semifinals in both sports scheduled for next Thursday.

West York, which captured the last two baseball titles, has already clinched the Division II title, and Delone Catholic is on the verge of wrapping up Division IV, needing one more victory or one York Catholic loss.

Susquehannock is a solid leader in Division III with a three-game edge, but Division I is a different story, with three teams, Spring Grove, Red Lion and Central York, running almost neck and neck.

Spring Grove is 7-2, followed by Red Lion (7-3) and Central York (6-3). Dallastown is fourth at 5-5.

Spring Grove is scheduled to play Dallastown on Wednesday, but given the weather forecast, that’s extremely unlikely.

In addition to a makeup game with Dallastown looming, Spring Grove is scheduled to play on Friday (at South Western), Saturday (at Central York) and Monday (home with Red Lion).

In Division I softball, Dallastown and Central York are 1-2 in the current standings, with the Wildcats at 10-1 and the Panthers at 8-2. The teams are scheduled to meet in a pivotal game on Friday at Central York.

The Division III race is also extremely tight, with Kennard-Dale holding a half-game lead over West York. The Rams are 10-1 and the Bulldogs, 9-1, are scheduled to play each other next Wednesday at West York.

Susquehannock has a three-game advantage in Division II and Delone Catholic is the only team in Division IV with a winning record.

District rankings: West York’s baseball team is No. 1 in the current District 3 Class AAA baseball rankings. Susquehannock is No. 2, with Northeastern (No. 8), Littlestown (No. 12) and Eastern York (No. 14) among the top 16. The 16 highest-ranked teams qualify for the district playoffs.

In Class AAAA, Spring Grove is No. 4, Central York is No. 12 and Dallastown is No. 15. The first 16 teams also qualify in AAAA.

Delone Catholic is No. 1 in Class AA and Biglerville is No. 8. York Catholic is No. 2 in Class A and Christian School of York is No. 5. Eight teams qualify in AA and A.

Dallastown and Central York are listed second and third, respectively, in the district Class AAAA softball rankings. Red Lion is eighth and South Western is 15th.

In Class AAA, Susquehannock is currently the No. 3-ranked team, followed by West York (No. 5), Kennard-Dale (No. 10), York Suburban (No. 14) and Eastern York (No. 15).

Delone Catholic and Littlestown are ranked fifth and seventh in Class AA.

Track showdowns: The South Western-Red Lion girls’ track-and-field showdown, which was pushed back to Monday because of rain on Tuesday, will feature some of the York-Adams League’s best going head to head. Athletes from the two schools have delivered the top performances in 13 of 18 events on the latest York-Adams Track and Field Honor Roll.

Two key boys’ track-and-field meets are also on the calendar. Susquehannock and Dover will meet on Thursday at Susquehannock, and York Tech and Biglerville will clash on Wednesday, May 7, in Biglerville.

All four teams are unbeaten in their divisions.

- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at



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