Lacrosse leaders through April 20

Another week, another slate of lacrosse action, so it’s time to check out the updated lacrosse leaderboards through the weekend, fully-equipped with a new category!!

After reading some of the feedback after last week’s post (most of it was positive), I’ve added ‘Save Percentage’ as a category. Total saves are still there as well for goalies.

There was some shuffling at the top of a few categories. Eastern York’s Conrad Rhein jumped into the top two in two different categories after having a big week and New Oxford’s Braxtin Reddinger’s 13-goal week moved her into the top three.

Below are the league leaders in goals, assists, save percentages and saves for both boys and girls. They will be updated weekly. Enjoy.

***Disclaimer: There are a few teams who have not reported stats for every game. Those limited, missing games are not factored into leaderboards. As we receive those games, these leaderboards are updated.***

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BOYS
Name (School)                                         Goals
1. Anthony DeVincent (SW)                     41
2. Jacob Norton (York Catholic)             33
2t. Brian Prats (Dallastown)                    33
2t. Conrad Rhein (Eastern York)            33
5. Sam Emig (Red Lion)                            31
6. Connor Hoch (Central)                        26
6t. Jack Allred (Susky)                             26
8t. Aiden Kirkendall (Susky)                   25
8t. Cade Gold (Dallastown)                     25
10. Katon Yantek (Central)                      21
10t. Eli Doyle (York Catholic)                 21

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Softball Power Rankings: Bolts, Squirettes, Mustangs top the charts

Most softball teams are right around the halfway point of their season, so what better time to take a look at our first softball power rankings of the season?

Below are the top 5 teams in the Hanover-Adams area through April 15.

The Mustangs and Bolts are surging. The Squirettes and Rockets are probably better than their record shows. And what’s up with Gettysburg?

Top teams

Littlestown (9-2) – Who needs seniors? Not the underclassmen-heavy, seniorless Bolts lineup, apparently. McKenzie Somers can pitch, the Yealy sisters can hit, and there’s no easy-out in the lineup.20150407__225194~s300~p1_300

The Bolts started off 4-0 while giving up just five runs during that stretch, then lost two close games to Greencastle-Antrim and Kennard-Dale, before recovering and winning their last five in a row, highlighted by a 7-2 victory over rival Delone Catholic.

Another impressive fact: The Bolts have given up more than three runs in game just once this season.

Delone Catholic (7-3) – Delone has jumped out and taken a comfortable lead at the top of Division IV. The Squirettes stumbled early, losing two games to Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock by a combined three runs, but they’ve won six out of seven since then. The lone loss in April was to Littlestown (9-2).20150413__754369~s500~ph_500

Outside of the loss to the Bolts, Delone has given up just eight runs in six April games.

Other than a rematch with Littlestown on April 20, the schedule is pretty light for Delone, with just two remaining games coming against teams with a winning record.

South Western (5-3) – After losing three of their first four games, the Mustangs have won four in a row, including victories at Central and at Spring Grove.

South Western’s pitchers have given up just six runs combined during the winning streak.

The Mustangs will get their second shot at the two teams ahead of them in the division (Dallastown and Central) in mid-April.

Spring Grove (3-5) – This seems like an odd placement for a team that’s 3-5, but hear us out. They crushed Gettysburg, 9-2, in their only head-to-head matchup and they lost to South Western, 10-3, so this would seem to be a snug fit for the Rockets.

They lost to the two top teams in Division I (Central and Dallastown) by a combined three runs and both were on the road.

Snapping a three-game skid and putting 17 runs up against Red Lion should be a nice confidence boost for Spring Grove as they play four of their next five games at home.20140402__611211~s300~p1_500

The Rockets can hit up and down the lineup, there’s no doubt about that. They have some young pitching led by sophomore ace Julia Wivell, but if the pitching can come around, then the Rockets are in good shape to make a run at the postseason.

Gettysburg (6-5) – The Warriors may be the biggest question mark on the list. They’ve blown opponents out and played good teams close, but they don’t have a single signature win on the schedule. None of the six teams that Gettysburg has defeated is above .500.

They have a chance to change that with games against Dallastown (8-2) and South Western (5-3) in the next four days.

A win or two in those matchups and the Warriors move up the charts.

Next up: Biglerville (4-6), Fairfield (3-5), Hanover (3-8)

Upcoming games to circle on your calendar:

April 17: Gettysburg at Dallastown

April 20: Delone Catholic at Littlestown

April 20: South Western at Gettysburg

April 27: South Western vs. Central York

April 27: Littlestown at Kennard-Dale

April 29: Spring Grove at South Western

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Lacrosse leaders through April 14

As we hit the midway point of April, it’s time to check out the updated lacrosse leaderboards.

There were some major moves up and down the charts, especially on the boys side. Sophomore Anthony DeVincent (South Western), who wasn’t in the top 10 two weeks ago, shot up to the top spot with 23 goals in the last five games. Hunter Betz (West York) and Nick Raynor (South Western) continue their stellar season leading the assists and saves categories once again.

On the girls side, Kayla Held (Susquehannock) took over the top spot in assist leaders, while Mary Eckert (Dallastown) and Laura Silver (South Western) moved into the top two spots in saves.

Below are the league leaders in goals, assists and saves for both boys and girls. They will be updated weekly. Enjoy.

**STATS ARE FROM COACHES’ REPORTS TO GAMETIMEPA.COM. STATS FROM GAMES THAT WEREN’T REPORTED AREN’T INCLUDED**

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BOYS

Name (School)                                                      Goals
1. Anthony DeVincent (SW)                                 32
2. Jacob Norton (York Catholic)                         29
2t. Brian Prats (Dallastown)                                29
4. Sam Emig (Red Lion)                                       25
5. Connor Hoch (Central)                                    23
6. Conrad Rhein (Eastern York)                         22
7. Katon Yantek (Central)                                    19
7t. Jack Allred (Susky)                                          19
7t. TJ Ross (Central)                                             19
10. Cody Richter (West York)                             18
10t. Aiden Kirkendall (Susky)                             18

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Name (School)                                                    Assists
1. Hunter Betz (West York)                                 39
2. TJ Ross (Central)                                              18
3. Tanner Reif (Red Lion)                                    17
4. Collin Riley (Susky)                                          16
5. Katon Yantek (Central)                                    15

 

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Hanover-Adams baseball leaders through April 13

Now that we’re almost a month into the baseball season, it’s time to take another look at the stat leaders in the Hanover-Adams area.

The lists below contain cumulative stats of all reported games through April 13.

A couple quirks: For pitchers, I’ve included walk totals with the strikeout leaders to give a better sense of how effective the area’s strikeout leaders have been overall. For hitters, I’m still counting extra base hits as one stat since no player has more than one home run. I hope to expand it to doubles, triples and home runs in the next version.

Pitching
Name (School)                                                Strikeouts (Walks)
1t. Matt Brooks (Spring Grove)                   25 (3)
1t. Alex Smith (New Oxford)                        25 (4)
1t. Noah Ayers (Biglerville)                          25 (8)
4. Coleman Sachs (Fairfield)                       23 (12)
5. Anthony Reed (Spring Grove)                 20 (3)
6t. Jimmy O’Boyle (Delone Catholic)         16 (9)
6t. Hunter Keith (Delone Catholic)            16 (10)
8t. Russell Livesay (Littlestown)                 14 (6)
8t. Chase Long (Biglerville)                          14 (11)
10. Dustin Baker (Fairfield)                          13 (6)

Hitting
Name (School)                                                 Extra-base hits
1t. Zach Brown (Littlestown)                          4
1t. Josh Schultz (New Oxford)                        4
1t. Keegan Romanoff (New Oxford)              4
1t. Toby Sponseller (Bermudian Springs)    4
5t. Brady Topper (Littlestown)                       3
5t. Chase DiPietro (Littlestown)                     3
5t. Noah Ayers (Biglerville)                             3
5t. Miles Francis (South Western)                 3
5t. Logan Reever (Biglerville)                          3

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Hanover-Adams baseball rankings through April 9

Now that all 10 Hanover-Adams area baseball teams have played at least five games, its time for the first area rankings of the season. It’s still early and a lot could change in the next week or two, but this list shows how the teams stack up so far.

The Top 5

1. Littlestown (6-0)

Until the Thunderbolts lose, the No. 1 spot is theirs to keep. They don’t have a signature win yet, but solid pitching by Zach Brown and Chase DiPietro have put this team in a position to win every game and it’s taken advantage. Both players are also among the area leaders in extra base hits with three doubles each.

2. Delone Catholic (4-3)

The Squires are 3-0 against other teams in the Hanover-Adams area and sit at a half-game out of first place in Division IV. They’re currently riding a three-game winning streak after starting 1-3, and ace pitcher Hunter Keith has looked like one of the best pitchers in the area in the early going.

3. Spring Grove (4-3)

The Rockets have really struggled in the field in a couple games, but they currently sit atop the standings in Division. They’ve gotten great pitching performances from Anthony Reed and Matt Brooks, as well as solid outings from sophomore Jon Sager. This team is tough to beat when it doesn’t shoot itself in the foot with errors, and they’ll be even tougher if they can start hitting. They’ve only scored more than three runs in one game so far but still boast a winning record.

4. South Western (3-4)

The Mustangs haven’t had a winning record yet this season, but they also haven’t dropped to more than one game under .500. Like Spring Grove, the standings show that despite some struggles, this young team is also one of the better teams in Division I. South Western currently owns second place in the division and is tied with its rival in the loss column.

5. New Oxford (6-4)

The Colonials have really turned their season around since an 0-2 start, especially in the last five days when they’ve put together a four-game winning streak. Senior Alex Smith has been impressive on the mound, striking out 25 batters and only walking four.

Biggest question mark: Gettysburg (1-4)

The Warriors picked up their first win of the year on Thursday against Bermudian Springs, but it’s hard to get a complete read on this team until they finish three suspended games. Gettysburg, remarkably, currently has three games suspended in extra innings. Two are against the top teams on this list – Littlestown and Delone Catholic – and the other is against undefeated Division I-leader York Catholic. It’s clear that, despite their 1-4  record, Gettysburg can hang with the best. But can they beat these teams?

Trending down: Bermudian Springs (3-5)

The Eagles started the season 3-0 but have lost five straight since then. The biggest problem has been scoring runs, as Bermudian Springs hasn’t scored more than three runs since an 18-2 opening-game rout of York Tech.

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YAIAA lacrosse power rankings: Bulldogs, Warriors reign

The YAIAA lacrosse season is officially two weeks old and thanks to fewer postponements in the past days, the pecking order at the top of the league is starting to shake out. On the boys side, we know West York and Susquehannock look like early league title contenders, and on the girls side, Kennard-Dale remains the only undefeated (as usual). But after that, there are a lot of spots up for grabs.

Overall, it has been an impressive season so far for the league. Several YAIAA teams are in LaxPower.com’s top 10 computer rankings for central Pa. on both the girls and boys sides. And the league has an overall record of 8-7 against teams outside of the York-Adams area.

Below are the boys and girls lacrosse power rankings through April 8. Enjoy.

Boys Top 5

1. West York (5-0)

Before Tuesday, you probably could have argued for Dallastown or Susky here, but a 7-6 win over the Wildcats sealed the top spot, in my opinion. Yes, three of their wins have come in overtime, so it could be argued that their record could be a lot worse if not for a few key plays and a few big Cole Rinehart saves.20150407__673797~s300~p1_300

But the Bulldogs don’t get rattled in close games. They find ways to win. And those three wins are against York Catholic, Red Lion and Dallastown – an extremely tough stretch of schedule. West York isn’t out of the storm just yet. They get Susky (5-0) in a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams on Thursday. After that, the schedule finally calms somewhat for the Bulldogs.

“We’re in a four-game stretch where it’s going to define our season with the playoffs,” West York coach Rodney Tamblin told GameTimePA.com reporter Matt Goul after Tuesday’s win.

In addition to Rinehart’s solid play in net, the Bulldogs entered the week with the league’s leading goal scorer (Cody Richter – 18 goals) and assist leader (Hunter Betz – 28 assists).

2. Susquehannock (5-0) 

The Warriors are the other undefeated team in the league and while they’ve outscored opponents, 85-32, in Russ LeBlanc’s first year back at the helm, there still isn’t a signature win on the resume. That could change on Thursday when they host the Bulldogs, who have never won on the Warriors’ field.

Big opportunity for a statement win there. Can the Warriors prove they belong at the top of the rankings?

3. Dallastown (5-1)

Again, the Wildcats most likely would’ve been higher if not for Tuesday’s overtime loss to West York, but they’re still arguably the best team in the league20150407__673797~s500~ph_500 on any given day. Brian Prats has taken over the top spot in the league with 21 goals and Jack Marks has impressed with 63 saves.

What impresses us the most about Dallastown is its depth. Twelve different Wildcats have found the back of the net this season. But, Dallastown’s best win was its 7-3 20150323__167601~s500~ph_500victory over Red Lion in the season opener. After that, Dallastown blew through four opponents with a combined five wins between them.

4. Red Lion (3-2)

In person, the Lions seem much better than their record shows. To their credit, the two losses were to two teams ahead of them in the rankings and the Lions have dominated in their other three matchups (Kennard-Dale, Spring Grove and Eastern York). The schedule is light until back-to-back games against York Catholic and York Suburban late next week.

Tanner Reif and Jac Gemmill have each scored 10 times and assisted on 11 others. Sam Emig leads the team with 18 goals and freshman Nick Serrano has stopped 41 shots, including 13 in a 13-5 win over Eastern York.

5. York Suburban (4-1) 

So, the Trojans started the season 4-0 (all against teams under .500) and held two opponents to two goals each. Then, the Trojans lost 12-7 to a 1-4 Central York team. Will the real Trojans please stand up?

York Suburban might not be as good as its record, but it’s a tad better than the tier of teams below.

Just missed the cut: York Catholic, Eastern York, Central York, South Western

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Milestones, trash talk and a Dream Team: What we’ve seen so far

Even with the back-and-forth, flip-flopping, half-spring-half-winter weather wreaking havoc on spring sports scheduling, most sports have managed to get in around five or six games at this point.

Below are a few tidbits and storylines that have intrigued us so far this season in the Hanover-Adams area. Feel free to comment/respond on what has caught your attention.

Softball

Young Bolts’ squad taking over Division III >> Despite not having any seniors on the roster and a coach who is in his first year at the helm, Littlestown has jumped out in front of Division III. Before falling in a walkoff heartbreaker to a tough Greencastle-Antrim squad on Thursday, the Bolts had won their first four games by a combined score of 51-5.

Juniors Kaitlin Yealy and McKenzie Somers have more than made up for the senior absence by packing the box score each night. Somers has been dominant in the pitchers circle and Yealy has been crushing the ball at the plate. On Wednesday, the duo combined to go 8-for-8 with 4 RBIs and pitched a complete game.

Confidence is sky-high in the Bolts’ dugout, according to first-year manager Henry Wardrop, and it should be.20140402__611211~s300~p1_500

Norton hits 100 >> Another great story to see was Spring Grove’s Hayley Norton reaching the 100-career hits milestone in Thursday’s win over New Oxford. Before the season, Norton switched her college commitment from University of Pittsburgh to St. Francis University.

Boys tennis

How about those new guys – the Gettysburg Warriors? >> The Warriors struggled in a tough Mid-Penn Conference last season before making the move to the YAIAA and bringing just three seniors with them.

Still, head coach Brady Rodgers has Gettysburg at 4-1 – the best overall record in YAIAA Division II right now. A signature win would be nice for the resume, but still the Warriors have handled business and knocked off two Division I teams (Spring Grove and West York) along the way.

Before the season, Rodgers said his main concern was inexperience and youth, but the young guys have held their own. The switch from a five to seven-point system doesn’t seemed to have deterred the Warriors, either.

Boys lacrosse

Injuries crippling the Rockets >> After a promising 13-11 win over Northern York to start the season, things have gone downhill for Spring Grove. The Rockets lost 12-10 at York Suburban, then 19-15 at York Catholic.

Injuries started taking their toll on the Rockets and they lost to Red Lion and Dallastown by a combined 24 points. Head coach Cliff Gordon and the young Rockets squad are trying to keep the ship afloat while missing seven starters with injuries.

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Baseball leaders through April 2

The air is finally warming up and the past two weeks have allowed baseball teams in the Hanover/Adams area to finally get on the field and play a few games.

Let’s take our first look at the area leaderboards, keeping in mind that some teams (Delone Catholic) have only completed as few as three games while others (Littlestown) have played as many as six. Stats from suspended games are not included.

We’ll break the hitting stats up into doubles, triples and home runs as the season moves on, but for now extra base hits are listed as one category. An * denotes that a player has hit a home run.

Pitching
Name (School)                                     Strikeouts
1. Coleman Sachs (Fairfield)              17
2. Noah Ayers (Biglerville)                 15
3. Alex Smith (New Oxford)               12
4. Russell Livesay (Littlestown)         11
5. Zach Brown (Littlestown)              10
6. Anthony Reed (Spring Grove)       9
7. Dustin Baker (Fairfield)                  8
8t. Matt Brooks (Spring Grove)         6
8t. Derek Starner (Bermudian)          6
8t. Chase Long (Biglerville)                6

Hitting
Name (School)                                     Extra-base hits
1t. Chase DiPietro  (Littlestown)        3
1t. Zach Brown (Littlestown)              3
2t. Toby Sponseller (Bermudian)       2*
2t. Austin Weaver (South Western)   2*
2t. Keegan Romanoff (New Oxford)  2
2t. Logan Reever (Biglerville)             2
2t. Clayton Hoff (Bermudian)             2
2t. Noah Ayers (Biglerville)                 2
2t. Chase Stadler (Fairfield)                2
2t. Brady Topper (Littlestown)           2
2t. Josh Shultz (New Oxford)             2

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Lacrosse leaders through April 2

As we head into the holiday weekend, it’s time to check out the updated lacrosse leaderboards.

Below are the league leaders in goals, assists and saves for both boys and girls. They will be updated weekly. Enjoy.

Here’s a hint of who leads the girls’ scoring list..

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BOYS

Name (School)                                              Goals
1. Cody Richter (West York)                         17
2. Brian Prats (Dallastown)                          16
3. Jack Allred (Susky)                                    15
4. Jacob Norton (York Catholic)                 13
4t. Sam Emig (Red Lion)                              13
6. Aiden Kirkendall (Susky)                         12
7. Alex Clabaugh (New Oxford)                   11
7t. Dom Gurreri (Dallastown)                     11
9. Conrad Rhein (Eastern York)                 10
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Name (School)                                         Assists
1. Hunter Betz (West York)                        27
2. Collin Riley (Susky)                                 12
3. Jac Gemmill (Red Lion)                         10
3t. Katon Yantek (Central)                         10
5. Conrad Rhein (Eastern)                          9

Name (School)                                            Saves
1. Nick Raynor (South Western)               80
2. Jorge Medina (New Oxford)                  61
3. Jack Marks (Dallastown)                       43
4. Two tied at 36 saves

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Friends remember Spring Grove student Ashlyn Stambaugh

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