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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORTYork College vs Lebanon Valley women's basketball

The York College women’s basketball team continued its hot start to the season with a convincing win on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference) held Penn State Harrisburg to just 11 points in the first half en route to a dominating 60-39 away victory in their CAC opener.

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RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresPHOTOS: Susquehanna Township vs York Catholic girls basketball

The state of high school basketball coaching seems to change every few seasons.

Today’s game features different coaching styles and practice regimens, as well as an increased emphasis on strength training.

Those are all things that differ from the way things were done in the past.

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RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresMessiah vs York College mens' basketball

Late November is a time to be thankful.

The York College men’s basketball team is certainly enjoying the spirit of the holiday.

The Spartans can be thankful for some much-needed positive momentum heading into the Thanksgiving break.

York was able to get just that on Tuesday night, when coach Matt Hunter’s team played host to Messiah in a rivalry game between York County institutions. Despite gaining a 14-point advantage midway through the second half, the Spartans had to fend off a late rally by the Falcons down the stretch to earn a 73-69 overtime triumph.

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RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresBill Novak

During his time as head coach at Northeastern, Bill Novak worked hard to emulate the atmosphere that has surrounded the highly successful Red Lion girls’ basketball program.

During his three-year run leading the Bobcat girls’ team, Novak tried to instill the same sort of effort, preparation and attitude that have made the Lions such a powerhouse under longtime head coach Don Dimoff — who just happens be a good friend of Novak’s.

Little did he know that his time at Northeastern was only a prelude for a bigger challenge to come.

That challenge has arrived.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerYork High School Athletics

York High athletic director Ron Coursey stood at the podium at the front of the William Penn Senior High School cafeteria with a microphone in his hand, scouring the room filled with student-athletes.

If Coursey saw one of the students on the phone, talking to a teammate or simply not doing anything at all, he had no problem calling them out for everyone else to hear.

This is how mandatory study hall works for York High athletes. If you’re not doing homework or studying, you’re exposed. If you don’t have any work to do, then you better find some.

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, 505-5446/@ydsportsRed Lion vs Central York girls YAIAA basketball championship

In just more than seven months, the York County coaching landscape has experienced a seismic shift.

Four men who had firmly established themselves among the most recognizable figures in area high school athletics have moved on from the jobs that had defined their sports lives.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerPHOTOS: Red Lion vs. Delone Catholic York-Adams girl's basketball semi-finals

Coaching in the college ranks was always part of Don Dimoff’s dreams as a basketball coach.

But, when he took over the Red Lion girls’ basketball position before the 1994-95 season, he became engulfed in the culture of the program and never could seem to leave. Now, after 22 years, he is leaving, confirming his resignation on Monday, to take a part-time coaching job with the Millersville University women’s program. His daughter, Courtney, will be a freshman on the team for the upcoming season.

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