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Lacrosse league leaders through 3/27

Most lacrosse teams in the YAIAA have played two games so far this season, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the leaderboard.

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


Name (School)                                     Goals
1. Cody Richter (West York)                13
2. Jacob Norton (York Catholic)          9
3. Jack Allred (Susky)                            7
4. Tanner Yanick (York Catholic)        7
5. Sam Emig (Red Lion)                        6
6. Aiden Kirkendall (Susky)                 5
6t. Noah O’Brien (Susky)                      5
6t. Tanner Bolton (Spring Grove)       5
6t. Anthony DeVincent (SW)               5
6t. Matt Boteler (New Oxford)            5

Name (School)                                    Assists
1. Hunter Betz (West York)                 16
2. Tanner Reif (Red Lion)                    6
3. Dorian Faster (Susky)                      4
3t. Collin Riley (Susky)                        4
3t. Eddie Smith (York Catholic)         4

Name (School)                                    Saves
1. Nick Raynor (South Western)       41
2. Jorge Medina (New Oxford)         30
3. Shane Silk (Susky)                           17
4. Kevin Royce (Eastern York)          15
5. Alex Reichart (York Catholic)       14

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5-on-5: Spring athletes weigh in on five hot topics

With the 2015 spring sports season just getting underway, five area athletes answered questions about five topics ranging from biggest rivalries in the YAIAA to favorite places to play.

Question: First up, other than your own home field, where is  your favorite place to play?

Sam Richards, Spring Grove girls lacrosse: University of Maryland. I went there for a lacrosse camp over the summer and it was hard, but completely worth it to play on the Terps’ turf.

Braxtin Reddinger, New Oxford girls lacrosse: I would say my favorite place to play would have to be Spring Grove because they have an awesome turf field.

Emily Albright, Hanover softball: Probably Gettysburg because they have a nice field.

Michael Rider, Delone Catholic baseball: York Revolution’s Santander Stadium.

Zachary Hughes, South Western boys lacrosse: I think my favorite place to play other than our home field would be Central York. 20140324__296702~s500~ph_500They always have a great atmosphere for lacrosse up there that you don’t see at a lot of other schools.

-Who’s your team’s biggest rival and why?

Richards: South Western of course, because South Western is Spring Grove’s rival no matter what.

Reddinger: That would have to be Spring Grove because it’s usually a pretty close game and it always seems like Spring Grove wins one year, then New Oxford wins the next.

Albright: I would have to say Delone Catholic. It has always been a long-standing rivalry.
Rider: Hanover because they’re a cross-town rival and we just don’t like them plain and simple.

Hughes: Definitely Spring Grove. We don’t like them, they don’t like us, and it’s always an exciting game to play in.

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Stoner nears school record as season approaches

Biglerville senior Danny Stoner set a new personal pole vault record this past weekend at the New Balance Nationals indoor track & field meet in New York.

Stoner vaulted 14 feet, five inches, just two inches from breaking the Canners’ school record, to earn ninth place out of 26 vaulters in the emerging elite division. Stoner posted a  at the state indoor championships two weeks ago when trying out a new, longer pole for the first time, but showed that more practice with the new pole paid off.

“Usually when you get on a new pole it takes a little while to adjust,” Biglerville coach Alex Ramos said. “I know at the state meet he was struggling with his approach.”

His personal record comes at a good time for Biglerville, which starts the outdoor season next week.

“It’s very exciting,” Ramos said. “In some events, they usually say you improve a couple inches (from outdoor to indoor). We’re excited with what he can do, not just in the area at local invitationals but also at districts and states.”

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Ten must-see lacrosse games in 2015

We’re exactly one week from the start of lacrosse season in the York-Adams league. We’re pretty excited to get started, so we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see games this season for the Hanover-Adams area teams. Enjoy.

Mar. 20: Eastern at Spring Grove (girls) 

Why not start the season with a revenge game on opening night? The Rockets went down in the history books for the wrong reason last season as they fell victim in Eastern’s first-ever program win, 8-7. 20140321__231267~s500~ph_500

The Rockets went 2-16 last year and they return just three seniors. They’re strong on the defensive end, where seniors Jen Hersh and Lindsay Hersh anchor the back line.

Mar. 23: Northern York at Spring Grove (boys)

Opening night for the Rockets, who will host the Polar Bears from the Mid-Penn.

These two inter-conference teams have a history of playing close games. Spring Grove upset Northern York, 4-3, in OT last year on the road. Northern won, 7-6, in 2013. Who prevails this year? Regardless of the outcome, it should be a good gauge to see how good the Rockets are.

Mar. 24: South Western at New Oxford (boys) 

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Cam Sanders scored five goals and Ryan Delea and Anthony DeVincent combined for another five goals for the Mustangs when these two teams met in late March last season.

Mar. 24: Spring Grove at York Suburban (boys) 

This will mark the second big game in two nights for Spring Grove. 2nd big game in a row. The Rockets and Trojans have alternated wins and losses the last five seasons.

Last season, the Trojans pulled out a 9-8 win in the season opener. Two years ago, Spring Grove won 7-3 in an opening day matchup.

The Rockets finished 5-13 last season, so solid performances in two-straight March battles could be a big boost to their confidence.

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Who runs the YAIAA this year?

After the fall sports season, Andy Mease and I asked which school in the YAIAA had the best winning percentage across all of the fall sports? We whipped together a spreadsheet with win/loss totals for all 24 schools and now we’ve updated it with winter sports win/loss totals.

Were there any changes? Who moved up? Who moved down? Which school dominated across the board with consistent success in each of the 14 sports?

Below are the updated rankings. Enjoy.

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Gettysburg tennis adjusting to YAIAA life

Like the rest of their fellow student-athletes at Gettysburg High School, the boys tennis team will have to make adjustments in its first season joining the YAIAA.

But unlike many of their sports companions, the Warriors tennis team’s adjustment to life outside of the Mid-Penn Conference will come with a twist.

See, the scoring system is completely different in each of the two conferences.

The Mid-Penn used a five-point scoring system: Three singles points and two doubles points.

The YAIAA, though, uses a seven-point system: Five singles and two doubles.

This can throw a wrinkle in a team’s strategy, with Gettysburg having to find two more singles players than they used last season.

Are the Warriors ready?

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Quiz: Throwback photos, guess the year!

We’ve dug up some old spring sports photos from the archives and we’re challenging you to see if you can correctly guess what year they are from. Good luck!

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Putting a bow on the hoops season

With Gettysburg’s state playoff loss to Philly powerhouse Neumann-Goretti on Friday, basketball season in the Hanover-Adams has officially wrapped up on the girls and boys side. It was a memorable season with plenty of story lines, however, so let’s take a look back and give a few final thoughts before moving onto spring sports.

First up, the aforementioned Warriors of Gettysburg.

How fun was it to see Coach Bair’s squad catch fire at the end of the season and reach the state playoffs for the first time in more than 30 years? The Warriors looked average before Christmas, then finished the regular season with 11 wins in the final 14 games.

“We smell chocolate!” chants rained down on the Warriors after their district win over Boiling Springs earned Gettysburg a tr1216_SPT_CB-hoops-2-XLip to the Giant Center for the first time in team history.

It was a special moment and well-deserved. The Warriors routinely ran out five guys who could shoot and handle the ball. They were a nightmare matchup for several teams down the stretch. Can the postseason run generate some buzz around the program moving forward?

Heartbreak for Hanover

As a reporter, you’re objective. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses. But even as a reporter, you had to feel for the Nighthawks boys team. To be knocked out of the district tourney by a 10-seed while three starters were forced to watch from the bench after fouling out? What a tough ending to swallow for the Nighthawk faithful. If Hanover played Columbia 10 times, the Hawks would probably win that game eight times.

0115_SPT_SD-han-del-2-XLThen to be denied a chance at states by Camp Hill in a game in which they led by double digits and where Dylan Krieger broke the school’s all-time scoring record in his final quarter in a Hanover uniform was heartbreaking to see.

It’s sad that three months of success and a 20-plus win season will be remembered by some by the losses at the end. But props to Nighthawk Nation. That student section showed up at home and on the road all season and were louder than any other student section.

How will the Nighthawks bounce back next season? They’ll have to replace their all-time leading scorer – Krieger, their leading rebounder from this season – Jacob Rhodes, and their best defender – Cam Bosserman. Luckily for the Coach Myers and his staff, he’ll get back his steady backcourt duo of Kyle Krout, who torched defenders in the postseason, and Will McQueen.

SG Rising

Spring Grove isn’t exactly a traditional basketball powerhouse, but the boys team showed the YAIAA that it’s no longer a cupcake on the schedule. 0108_SPT_SD-dt-sg-3-XL

Two years removed from a two-win season, the Rockets reached the district playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years and earned an opening round victory over Red Lion, who they defeated three times this season, before falling to the one-seed Cedar Crest in the quarterfinals.

James Brooks has built a program in Spring Grove that can maintain success for years to come, especially while his son, Eli, who is only a sophomore, continues to light up the scoreboard. The Rockets played small ball, but what they lacked in size, they made up for in confidence and shooting touch.

Brooks and junior Darin Gordon showed up night in and night out, but there always seemed to be a role player who stepped up each night.

Keep an eye on the Rockets next season.

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The Squires were a young team. They lost their top two leading scorers before the season even started. Their head coach Lawrence Williams was in his first year at Delone and in his first year as a head coach.

What could’ve happened was a rebuilding year focused on developing young talent for next season in McSherrystown.

What actually happened was one of the more exciting story lines in the area. The young Squires rallied around their young coach and together, they pulled off a 12-12 season. Delone even snuck into the AA district playoffs where they knocked off rival York Catholic.

They were fun to watch, too. They left their shooting hand in the air if they drained a 3-pointer. They chest bumped with Williams on the sideline after big plays. They scored in bunches. They were scrappy and they got better as the season progressed.0115_SPT_SD-han-del-5-XL

The Squires should be back even better next season.

 Other boys hoops notes:

-Despite a slow start, Bermudian Springs finished with a 12-10 record. The Eagles were the only team other than Hanover in Division III to finish above .500. Personally, I jumped off the Bermudian bandwagon after two early-season losses to Kennard-Dale, but they proved me wrong with a solid season. Credit the system. Credit the coaching staff. Credit the players still there who produced after the Eagles lost 80 percent of its scoring from a year ago.

-Fairfield’s boys team increased their win total for the third-straight season by finishing 9-13.

-Littlestown boys hoops avoided the 0-for and managed to get a tally in the win column late in the season.

 On the girls’ side…

Tracy, Issac reach 1,000 career points milestone

During a three-week span in January, the Hanover-Adams area saw two standouts – Rebecca Issac (Biglerville) and Soukaina Tracy (Hanover) eclipse 1,000 career points.

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Issac, who averaged 16.7 points this season, was the first Lady Canners player to do so in 16 years. She helped carry the Canners to a district playoff appearance, where they fell to Camp Hill in the quarterfinals.

Tracy, who averaged 19.9 points, is only a junior and reached the milestone just a year and a week after tearing her ACL. She became the third girl in Hanover High School history to reach 1,000 points.

Tough ending for Comly, Squirettes

The Delone girls ran through the regular season, finished 21-7 overall and tied for first place in Division III. The Squirettes erased a double-digit deficit against York Suburban to earn their first league-playoff win in four years and followed that up with an upset win on the road over Dallastown to book a trip to the league title game.20131204__304146~p1_500

That was the good news.

The bad news?

After erasing a double-digit deficit for the second time in a week, Delone lost a heartbreaker to undefeated West York in the league title game. Then they were upset by Camp Hill in double-overtime in districts while several starters, who had fouled out, were forced to watch helplessly from the bench. To add insult to injury, Trinity denied Delone a trip to states three days later by defeating the Squirettes in the consolation game.

New Oxford makes some noise

There was a logjam of good teams at the top of Division I and the Lady Colonials proved they were among the best, finishing with a 17-7 record.20150213__777868~s500~ph_500

New Oxford held off a late Harrisburg rally to pick up a win in the AAAA district tourney. The Colonials would eventually fall to one-seed Cumberland Valley, but it was already an impressive season for coach Mike Sanders’ squad.

The Lady Colonials held opponents to 38 points per game and started the season 6-0. Sophomore Kaelyn Long led the team in scoring (10.9 points), free throws made (99) and free throws attempted (147). She should be a force in the division for years to come.

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Fairfield seniors hosting 3 vs. 3 hoops tourney to benefit Special Olympics

Four Green Knights seniors are hosting the second-annual Fairfield 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament to benefit the Special Olympics of Adams County.

The tournament will be held at Fairfield High School on March 28 from noon to 6 p.m., according to Fairfield senior Mason Flickinger, who is organizing the tourney as part of a senior project along with Michael Quealy, Brandon Selman and Brandon Hummel.

Interested hoopsters must register their teams by March 25 and pay $30 per team.

Special Olympics athletes will scrimmage before the championship game and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams, as well as the best-dressed team.

Price of admission for spectators is $3.



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