Spotlight: Q&A with Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper

Ziba Topper, Spring Grove offensive lineman

Ziba Topper, Spring Grove offensive lineman

 

We sat down with high school players from respective schools and asked quick-hitting questions in conjunction with our 2014 football preview. Here is Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper. Continue reading “Spotlight: Q&A with Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper” »

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Handing out awards from Gettysburg’s thrilling 44-41 win at South Western

The shootout at the Mustang Corral on Friday night proved to be an impressive chapter in the inter-divisional rivalry. Now that the dust has settled, we take a look back and hand out a few awards for the best performances of the night.

Best performance: Two different guys scored three touchdowns and another scored the game-winner so this was a tough category. But, Wade Laudeman takes home the award with 122 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. The most impressive part was that Laudeman did all of his damage in the first half. He didn’t gain a yard on two carries in the second half while missing time with cramps. His average came out to 13.5 yards per carry.

Best defensive performance: Miles Francis came away with a fourth-quarter interception for the Mustangs, but the offense failed to capitalize. The Warriors’ team defense wins this award for its fourth-down stand with less than a minute left in the game. Brady Thayer caught a ball near the right sideline just a few yards from the first donw marker and the defense swarmed him before he could extend the play.

Best performance in a losing effort: Brock Geiman deserves consideration for his play in his first start. But, sophomore Andrew Hartlaub scored in three different ways – kickoff return, rush and reception. His kickoff return in the first quarter helped stop the bleeding after Gettysburg had jumped out to a 13-0 lead. The Mustangs settled in after that play and kept it close the rest of the way.

Worst statistic: Before Gettysburg’s last offensive drive, this award could have gone to the passing game, which stayed quiet for most of the night as the backfield ran wild. But, eight penalties, including three personal fouls nearly cost the Warriors in a big way. Coach Heiser will need his defense to be more disciplined as the season progresses.

Gettysburg's Nathan Sharrah scores from 15 yards out in the first quarter.

Gettysburg’s Nathan Sharrah scores from 15 yards out in the first quarter.

Best statistic: 295 rushing yards for the Warriors. Behind an offensive line that played bigger than its size, Laudeman, Nathan Sharrah, Tyler Lampe and Elijah Jackson had plenty of room to run for most of the night. Coach Heiser complimented his backfield’s ability to step in and carry the load no matter whose number was being called.

Best “Are you kidding me?” moment: After Gettysburg’s Kobe Wansel ran the opening kickoff back 93 yards for a score, it didn’t feel like anything could top that…until Wansel got behind the defense for a 45-yard touchdown catch with less than two minutes left in the game. The press box and the Mustang crowd were in shock. It proved to be the game-winning touchdown after the Warriors defense stopped the Mustangs on the ensuing drive.

Best play that made you do a double take: A 27-yard pass from Geiman to Noah Staub in the second quarter that set up a Robby Harbison touchdown a few plays later. The ball was lofted deep down the middle of the field. Staub, in single coverage, went up with his defender and they both got a hand on the ball at its highest point. Staub seemed to gain control, then bobble it, then gain control again while hanging in the air.

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Spotlight: Q&A with New Oxford offensive lineman Brock Hartman

Brock Hartman, New Oxford offensive lineman

Brock Hartman, New Oxford offensive lineman

We sat down with high school players from respective schools and asked quick-hitting questions in conjunction with our 2014 football preview. Here is New Oxford offensive lineman Brock Hartman:

On the new uniforms modeled after the New England Patriots: It’s a good team to be reppin’. They’re a good team with a good coach. I feel like we’re a good team with a good coach. It’s comparable.
What you watch for during a game as a fan: I like to see the chemistry the teams have. That’s what I think makes a good team. That’s what makes things work. It’s not a one-player game, it’s 11 players.
The challenges entering Division I: Greater teams. We had some teams that we beat pretty easily. … Now, as we’re moving up, it’s every week (New Oxford will face a great team). Every week we’re going to have to bust our butts.
Least favorite practice drill: Up-downs.
One teammate you wouldn’t want to go up against: Max Lippy.
What are your pregame rituals: I always pray and listen to music before the game.
Favorite YAIAA stadium to play in other than your own: Red Lion.
Favorite play call: Belly or any counter-run play where I get to pull and truck someone.
Who is New Oxford’s biggest rival? South Western. We know a lot of those kids so it’s always competitive.
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys.

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Meet Hanover’s new girls volleyball coach, Liz Garber

Coach Garber (second row, far right) is set to begin her first season at the helm in Hanover.

Coach Garber (second row, far right) is set to begin her first season at the helm in Hanover.

The fall sports season is almost upon us. With that comes a fair share of football talk, but there are plenty of story lines in other sports as well. In girls volleyball, Hanover finished second in Division III last season with an 11-11 record before replacing head coach Reagan Bitler with Liz Garber during the offseason. Garber, a Hanover native, was an assistant coach in Virginia for three years before returning home to York County. She recently spoke with GametimePA.com about what to expect in her first season and what life as a rookie head coach is like.

Question: Your athletic director told me this is your first season. When did you accept the position? Was it expected or a surprise?

Answer: Yes, this is my first year. I started coaching with Hanover when club-ball season started. Mr. Bitler said he was looking for someone to coach because he was resigning. That was when I initially showed interest. By the time I officially got the position I had actually been coaching the girls all through club season and summer.

Q: Who else is on the coaching staff with you?

A: Dean Marcionette.

Q: Have you coached before?

A: I have not been a head coach before this season. I was an assistant coach for three years in Virginia and coached club volleyball teams.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from Hanover, but I went to school at Carroll Christian in Westminster, Maryland.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?

A: I am looking forward to everything! I have a great group of girls who I have bonded closely with already. I want to see them succeed and have fun.
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Q+A: Who is your team’s biggest rival?

photo (640x640)During YAIAA Media Day and at practices this week, we asked football players and coaches from all over the league: Who do you think is your team’s biggest rival? Is it a neighboring school? Maybe a team you’ve had close games with? Below are each player and coach’s answer.

 Littlestown

Devyn Houck, senior O-lineman: Bermudian Springs.

Ryan Dickensheets, junior O-lineman: Bermudian.

Bermudian Springs

Jon DeFoe, head coach: Delone Catholic, Littlestown and Biglerville.

Briton Shelton, senior running back: Delone Catholic.

Hanover

Colten Ehrhart, junior running back: Delone Catholic.

Garrett Reichart, senior linebacker: Delone Catholic.

Biglerville

Alex Ramos, head coach: Bermudian.

Delone Catholic

Jake Wiles, senior quarterback: Littlestown.

Jake Kadis, senior running back: Bermudian or Littlestown.

Spring Grove

Ziba Topper, senior center: South Western.

Zack Stauffer, senior linebacker: South Western.

New Oxford

Brock Hartman, junior O-lineman: South Western.

Jordan Gardner, senior wide receiver: South Western.

 

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POLL: Which Hanover-area school has the best helmet?

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A day after the YAIAA’s Media Day, we take a look at all of the helmets from the teams in the Hanover-area, and we ask you the fans, to voice your opinion. Who do you think has the best helmet? Polls will remain open until Thursday at 5 p.m. Click the START button below to answer the poll question. Continue reading “POLL: Which Hanover-area school has the best helmet?” »

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YAIAA baseball stat leaders- Regular season finale edition

Here are your final regular season YAIAA leaders in doubles, triples, homeruns, pitching wins and strikeouts based on the results submitted to GameTimePA.com Continue reading “YAIAA baseball stat leaders- Regular season finale edition” »

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YAIAA baseball stat leaders through 5/6

Here are your YAIAA leaders in doubles, triples, homeruns, pitching wins and strikeouts through May 6 based on the results submitted to GameTimePA.com

DOUBLE

1. Nick Trish, Hanover- 10
2t. Tanner Forry, Dallastown- 6
2t. Thomas Taylor, Eastern York- 6
2t. Devon Craig, Delone Catholic- 6
2t. Brett Kinneman, West York- 6
4. 12 tied with- 5

TRIPLES

1t. Clint Bohn, York Catholic- 3
1t. Jimmy O’Boyle, Delone Catholic- 3
1t. Sammy Miller, Susquehannock- 3
1t. Tanner Forrey, Dallastown- 3
1t. Matt Brooks, Spring Grove- 3
1t. Devin Strickler, Eastern York- 3
7. 6 tied with- 2

HOMERUNS

1. Tanner Forry, Dallastown- 5
2. Pat Clement, York Catholic- 4
3t. Tye Golden, Dallastown- 2
3t. Nick Sprenkle, Northeastern- 2
3t. Ryan Bowman, Hanover- 2
3t. Jake Krevetski, York Catholic- 2
3t. Levi Stein, York Suburban- 2
3t. Chase James, West York- 2
9. 33 tied with- 1

PITCHING WINS

1t. Brandyn Smith, West York- 5
1t. Dalton Haymaker, Delone Catholic- 5
1t. Sammy Miller, Susquehannock- 5
4t. Grant Hoover, Dover- 4
4t. Logan Stover, West York- 4
4t. Colby Shimmel, Eastern York- 4
4t. Anthony Lippy, New Oxford- 4
4t. Tyler Butcher, Dallastown- 4
4t. Koby Griest, Biglerville- 4
4t. Dan Sepic, Central York- 4
4t. Russell Livesay, Littlestown- 4
4t. Graham Schuman, Littlestown- 4
STRIKEOUTS

1. Anthony Lippy, New Oxford- 44
2. Dalton Haymaker, Delone Catholic- 42
3t. Tyler Butcher, Dallastown- 41
3t. Jake Krevetski, York Catholic- 41
5t. Dan Sepic, Central York- 40
5t. Grant Hoover, Dover- 40
7. Jared Peterman, Hanover-39
8. Clayton Hoff, Bermudian Springs- 36
9. Matt Brooks, Spring Grove- 34
10t. Brandyn Smith, West York- 33
10t. Koby Griest, Biglerville- 33
10t. Nick Spangler, Spring Grove- 33

(The statistics above If I have misspelled any names or if there is a discrepancy with the statistics, please email me at mrubin@eveningsun.com and we will get it corrected.)

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Girls’ lacrosse stats: Regular season finale addition

The 2014 regular season has come to an end. South Western has qualified for the PIAA District 3 tournament but for the other area teams, their season’s have come to an end. Continue reading “Girls’ lacrosse stats: Regular season finale addition” »

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Boys’ lacrosse stats: Regular season finale addition

The 2014 regular season has come to an end. For the Hanover-area lacrosse teams, that means the end of the season as none qualified for PIAA District 3 play.

So without further adieu, here are the final regular season goals and assist leaders in YAIAA through May 6, based on the results submitted to GameTimePA.com.

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