Countdown to Kickoff: Previewing Littlestown’s 2015 season

By Zach Miller and Brandon Stoneburg

With 10 weeks left to the start of the high school football season, The Evening Sun’s Countdown to Kickoff continues with a look at the Littlestown Thunderbolts. Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller will highlight one team from the Hanover-Adams area every Friday leading up to the start of the season.

Littlestown Thunderbolts

"Littletown's Lucas Reynolds runs the ball against Delone's defense on Friday night Sept. 26, 2014 at Littlestown. Delone defeated the Thunderbolts 30-19.  Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA"

“Littletown’s Lucas Reynolds runs the ball against Delone’s defense on Friday night Sept. 26, 2014 at Littlestown. Delone defeated the Thunderbolts 30-19. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA”

Last year: 3-7, sixth in Division III
Coach: Mike Lippy (13th season)

Key players lost: RB/LB Lucas Reynolds (637 rush yards, 461 receiving yards, 7 total TDs, 65 tackles), QB/DB Jarrett Brittain (291 pass yards, 103 rush yards, 2 TDs), RB/LB Zach Brown (667 rush yards, 7 TDs), WR/DB Dalton Brittain (291 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs), OL/LB Dustin Duvall (100 tackles, one sack), OL/DL Zach MacLeod (76 tackles).

Key players returning: QB/DB Cody Boyd (39-80, 588 passing yards, 5 TDs/9 INTs), RB/LB Wes Storey (450 all-purpose yards, 47.8-yard kickoff return average, 2 kickoff return TDs, 40 tackles), OL/DL Ryan Dickensheets.

Key stretch: Oct. 23-Nov. 6 (at Biglerville, vs. Bermudian Springs, at Fairfield)

The real challenge in Littlestown’s schedule doesn’t come until the final three weeks when they take on the top two teams in Division III back-to-back, followed by a road test against those feisty Fairfield Green Knights.

The Bolts lost to the Canners (who will only be better this season) and the Eagles by a combined score of 70-14 last season, then pulled off a close 25-20 win over Fairfield.

We might not know how good the Bolts are until this stretch. They could go 4-3 or 5-2 in the first seven weeks and there still wouldn’t be a signature win on that schedule.

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Countdown to Kickoff: Previewing Hanover’s 2015 season

With 11 weeks left to the start of the high school football season, The Evening Sun’s Countdown to Kickoff continues with a look at the Hanover Nighthawks. Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller will highlight one team from the Hanover-Adams area every Friday leading up to the start of the season.

Hanover Nighthawks

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Last year: 2-8, seventh in Division III
Coach: Bill Reichart (second season)

Key players lost: WR Dylan Krieger (78 catches, 1,279 yards, 7 TDs), OL/LB Garrett Reichart, OL/LB Josh McClintock, WR/CB Jase Etzler.

Key players returning: QB Kyle Krout (144-291, 1,886 yards, 11 TDs, 9 INTs, 103.99 QB rating), RB/CB Jordan Laughman, WR/CB Nick Seymour, RB/LB Colten Ehrhart, WR/CB ReSean Williams.

Key stretch: Oct. 9-23 (vs. Fairfield, at Littlestown, vs. York Tech)

Not the most daunting slate of games, but that’s what makes this stretch intriguing. Hear us out: Fairfield is supposed to take a step back this season and Hanover already gave them a game last year. Littlestown finished just one game better than Hanover last season, and York Tech was one of the Nighthawks’ two wins in 2014. Those are three of Hanover’s more-winnable games, back-to-back-to-back, and with two of three coming at home. Win one or two of those and all of a sudden the Nighthawks are close to making progress in the win column.

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Countdown to Kickoff: Previewing New Oxford’s 2015 season

There’s 12 weeks until the start of the 2015 high school football season, but The Evening Sun sports staff is ready to start the Friday fun early. For the next 10 Fridays leading up to the publication of the GameTimePA.com football preview, Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller will highlight one team from the Hanover-Adams area and break down its upcoming season. The Countdown to Kickoff series starts with New Oxford, a team searching to find its way after a forgettable 2014 season.

New Oxford Colonials

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Last year: 0-10, eighth in Division I
Coach: To be determined. Jason Thurston announced his resignation on Wednesday.

Key players lost: HB/CB Daulton Snyder (909 all-purpose yards, 48 tackles, 3 interceptions), HB/LB Hunter Ringrose (656 rush yards, 2 TDs, 51 tackles), WR/CB Keegan Romanoff (822 all-purpose yards), G/DT Max Lippy (9 pancakes blocks), C/LB Jake Rabine (6 pancake blocks)

Key players returning: T/DT Brock Hartman (7 pancake blocks, 40 tackles), QB/CB Corbin Czap (421 passing yards, 5 TDs/8 INTs), WR/CB Trevon Brown (15 tackles, 3 INTs), FB/LB Elijah Myers (46 tackles),

Key stretch: First three weeks. Sept. 4 at Bermudian Springs, Sept. 11 vs. Gettysburg, Sept. 18 vs. Biglerville.

Before the Colonials even get to the gauntlet that is Division I football, they take on three heavyweights from Divisions II and III. Fresh off an 0-10 season, they’ll have a new head coach and a chance at a fresh start right away.

When the Colonials set up the schedule rotation before last season, plugging in Gettysburg and Biglerville didn’t seem all that bad. New Oxford was coming off a solid 2013 season, Gettysburg was a question mark coming from the Mid-Penn and Biglerville was rebuilding after a 1-9 season. Now it’s daunting. The Canners and Eagles should be the favorites in Division III and Gettysburg went 8-3 last year.

With such a strong out-of-division slate, there’s no cupcake on the Colonials’ schedule. But it also offers them a chance to make a statement.

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Who won 2014-2015?

Now that the 2014-2015 season has come to a close, we wanted to see which school dominated across the board in all sports for all three seasons. So, we decided to put together an “Overall Standings” chart with each school’s records for all sports combined.

Which school’s athletic program has the most success overall?

In the chart below, the teams are ranked by their winning percentage. This makes it more fair since not all of the schools play the same number of sports.

And the winner is….

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Looking back: Your favorite moments from the 2014-2015 sports year

Today marks the first day since August without any high school sports games or practice and we already miss it. To ease our pain, we started reminiscing on our favorite sports moments of the 2014-2015 seasons and we asked a few multi-sport athletes to chime in with theirs. Listed below are their responses:

Liam Flaherty, Spring Grove: A big memory is making the postseason in every single sport, but my favorite is going to districts in basketball for the first time in 16 years. That was awesome!

Jon Sager, Spring Grove: Definitely either clinching the Division-I title in baseball or winning our first district game in basketball in a long time.

1209_SPT_CB-spring-grove-2-XLJacey Shipley, South Western: Probably making it into the championship game of the Big Springs tip-off tourney for basketball and making the all-tournament team at that tourney.

Hannah Glover, South Western: Beating New Oxford (our biggest rival) in overtime on our field hockey senior night. It was also my 18th birthday that night.

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Eleven Hanover-Adams athletes qualify for states in track & field

The PIAA state track & field championships take place this weekend at Shippensburg University and 10 Hanover-Adams athletes have qualified. Below is the list of qualified athletes, broken down by school.

Biglerville (Class AA)

Danny Stoner (pole vault)

Delone Catholic (AA)

Kate Mowrey (1600)
Grace Riedel (pole vault)
Tavian Dorsey (100)

Gettysburg (AAA)

Nate Sharrah (pole vault)
Ravaughn Dillard (triple jump)
Kobe Wansel (triple jump)

Littlestown (AA)

Bre Smith (discus)

New Oxford (AAA)

Madi Smith (javelin)

South Western (AAA)

Lynne Mooradian (100, 200, 300 hurdles)

Spring Grove (AAA)

Shay Fuelmer (100)

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Former New Oxford baseball player earns conference honors

Former New Oxford pitcher Aaron Palmer, now a freshman at Penn College in Williamsport, was named second-team all-conference by the North Eastern Athletic Conference, the league announced earlier this month.

Palmer, a GameTimePA.com first-team all-Division II all-star last year, went 3-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 33 innings pitched in his first season with the Wildcats. His in-conference ERA of 1.37 rated third among all pitchers in the NEAC.

Penn College went 7-7 and finished in fourth place in the conference.

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What to know about the District 3 playoffs for the Hanover-Adams area

The next two weeks will be full of District 3 competition for qualifying teams from the Hanover-Adams area. Here’s is a breakdown of what teams qualified and where they will compete:

Baseball

Class AAA: Spring Grove earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Bishop McDevitt in Monday’s first round. See the full bracket here.

Class AA: Delone Catholic earned the No. 4 seed and will host conference rival No. 5 York Catholic in next Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Squires and Fighting Irish split during the regular season. See the full bracket here.

Softball

Class AAA: Littlestown earned the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Big Spring in Tuesday’s first round. No. 13 Spring Grove will visit No. 4 Conrad Weiser on the same day.

Class AA: Delone Catholic earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. No. 9 Fairfield will visit No. 8 Upper Dauphin in Tuesday’s first round. The winner plays at Delone Catholic in next Thursday’s quarterfinals.

See the complete softball brackets here.

Boys volleyball

Class AA: Spring Grove earned the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Lancaster Mennonite in Monday’s quarterfinals. The site for that game will be determined after today’s opening round games. See the full bracket here.

Track & Field

Athletes from area schools will compete on Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. An event-by-event rundown of YAIAA athletes to qualify can be found here.

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Baseball district rankings: Biglerville still clinging to district playoff spot

With just more than a week left before the final power ranking deadline, several Hanover-Adams area teams are keeping a close eye on the preliminary rankings. The latest set was released on Tuesday. Power ratings are determined by a formula that factors each team’s winning percentage and their opponent’s winning percentage.

Class AA – top 10 teams qualify for postseason

In: Delone Catholic (12-7, fifth out of 19 teams, .5699 rating), Biglerville (8-10, 10th, .4538)

Biglerville is still clinging to that final spot, so every game from here on out has a feeling of huge importance. The first happens today, as the the Canners finish a suspended game against Delone Catholic. Speaking of the Squires, they will boost Biglerville’s strength of schedule as they remain in the top five in the district for Class AA. Coach Doug Arnold said he hopes his team can hang onto a top-six placement to avoid playing a play-in game.

Out: Fairfield (5-10-1, 14th, .3957), Hanover (1-15, 19th, .2661)

Fairfield will still play a few quality opponents, but even winning out might not be enough.

See the complete AA rankings here.

Class AAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: Spring Grove (14-6, fifth out of 37 teams, .7022 rating)

It looks like the newly-minted YAIAA Division I champions will head into the postseason as a top-five team in Class AAA. The strength of schedule will only rise from here with a league playoff game against West York on Friday, and possibly a second quality opponent in the league title game.

Out: Gettysburg (8-7, 22nd, .5504), Littlestown (10-7, 26th, .5365), Bermudian Springs (9-11, 31st, .4887)

Don’t look now, but Gettysburg is steadily moving up. Coach Ryan Brady said last week that he thinks his team still has a chance to qualify if it can keep winning, because of a strong strength of schedule. His team will play more games than anyone else in the next eight days as they make up for rained-out games earlier in the season and finish a game against York Suburban that was suspended in the 14th inning on Monday.

See the complete AAA rankings here.

Class AAAA – top 16 teams qualify for postseason

In: none

Out: New Oxford (9-10, 24th out of 35, .5487 rating), South Western (6-13, 26th, .5099)

See the complete AAAA rankings here.

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A look at the week ahead: May 4-9

For most sports, it’s the last week of the regular season. Divisional races are coming down to the wire and teams are fighting for their postseason lives. That supplies plenty of drama and storylines as we take a look at the week ahead.

May 4: Biglerville at York Catholic, baseball, 4:15

The Canners, who have won five of their last seven, sit in the ninth spot out of 10 in AA district playoffs. A few wins this week would be crucial to securing their position. The Irish sit three spots ahead of Biglerville, so this presents an opportunity for a signature win.

May 5: South Western at Gettysburg, softball, 4:15

Both teams are right on the bubble for the district playoffs, making this a must-win for both squads. It was a game that was supposed to happen in mid-April, but thanks to some bad weather, it turns into a huge, end-of-season matchup.

May 5: Spring Grove at Kennard-Dale, boys volleyball, 7:00

Both squads are among the last four currently holding playoff spots. They both need wins to secure their district playoff slots. The Rockets have won four of their last six to move up the rankings. Kennard-Dale will be playing their second match in two days. Who prevails?

May 8: YAIAA track and field championships at Dallastown, 4 pm

Both the girls and guys will be at Dallastown on Friday to crown league champions. If you see any track and field events all year, this is the one to see. When the whole league gets together, the competition heats up, and it’s a great event for fans to see.

May 5-8: District boys tennis tourney at Hershey Racquet Club

South Western (12-1) takes on Central Dauphin in the AAA team tournament on Tuesday. Win and move on to play Wednesday and possibly Thursday in the district championship.

 

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