Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with York Catholic’s Qua’Shawn Grooms

Qua'Shawn Grooms, York Catholic. (Jessica Sprenkle -- Daily Record/Sunday News)

Qua’Shawn Grooms, York Catholic. (Jessica Sprenkle — Daily Record/Sunday News)

A three-year starter on the York Catholic football team, Qua’Shawn Grooms knows his teammates well.

During this summer’s YAIAA football media day, we asked the receiver and defensive back about them and the team in general.

The one player on your team you wouldn’t want to face: Like Ian (Shelley) said last year, Josh Boyer. He has an attitude. If he’s mad, he’s coming after you.

NFL player you best compare to: Reggie Wayne. Not too fast, but he gets the job done. Knows how to play the position.

Your least favorite practice drill: Probably conditioning, when coach has us do “Seven Gates of Hell.” It’s pretty tough.

The best nickname on the team: Probably Hakeem (Kinard). “Keem Baby.”

Your worst sport: Probably soccer. I remember trying to kick a goal and I passed it to someone instead.

Go-to move on the field: My favorite is the stiff arm. It pretty much works all the time.

Favorite YAIAA stadium, other than your own: I like to play at Northeastern’s field. It’s nice turf and feels good. First game, so that’s the game you’re most excited for.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 13-18

Igor Gomes, left, scored the lone goal of the game, as the Panthers topped Dallastown 1-0 on Thursday night. (Photo by Kate Penn  - GameTimePA.com)

Igor Gomes, left, scored the lone goal of the game, as the Panthers topped Dallastown 1-0 on Thursday night. (Photo by Kate Penn – GameTimePA.com)


Clutch performances were abound.

Whether it was rising above the competition to capture a cross country title that was so close in recent years, or key goals and narrow wins in soccer victories – and in some cases championships.

It’s the time of year for such showings, and in the case of last week, they were in abundance, and have since made an appearance in our Athlete of the Week poll.

Don’t forget, if you have an Athlete of the Week candidate, let us know on Twitter (@GameTimePA_SC), Facebook (www.facebook.com/gametimepa) or email tfeinberg@ydr.com. The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC Twitter feed.


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Poll: YAIAA football Athlete of the Week | Oct. 13-18

Bermudian Springs' Colton Dull outpaces York Catholic's Hakeem Kinard for a touchdown in the second half of a football game at York Catholic on Friday. Bermudian Springs defeated York Catholic 42-21. (Photo by Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Bermudian Springs’ Colton Dull outpaces York Catholic’s Hakeem Kinard for a touchdown in the second half of a football game at York Catholic on Friday. Bermudian Springs defeated York Catholic 42-21. (Photo by Chris Dunn – Daily Record/Sunday News)


It was another wild week on the gridiron for high school football.

York Suburban upsetting Dover? Check. Red Lion topping Central York? Sure. Bilgerville beating Littlestown? It fits the bill.

As always, there were impressive individual performances as well, not the least of which was Colton Dull, who continued his rushing assault on opposing defenses once again. Bermudian Springs’ standout running back, who won football Athlete of the Week last week, had another monster effort once again in Week 8, carrying the ball 35 times for 290 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles 42-21 win over York Catholic.

Dull has a chance to win the honor once more, along with our other nominees in this week’s poll.


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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 13-18

Kennard Dale's Kayla White, right, leads a pack on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. White finished first in 19:25.22. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger - For GameTimePA.com)

Kennard Dale’s Kayla White, right, leads a pack on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday. White finished first in 19:25.22. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger – For GameTimePA.com)


It’s about the champions, and this week we had plenty in the YAIAA.

Whether it be top-notch performances in soccer or field hockey, volleyball or cross country, there weren’t a shortage of standout showings, both individually and from a team standpoint.

Tell us who you think shined brightest in our Athlete of the Week poll below, where fans can have their voices heard and their votes tallied.

Don’t forget, if you have an Athlete of the Week candidate, let us know on Twitter (@GameTimePA_SC), Facebook (www.Facebook/GameTimePA) or email tfeinberg@ydr.com. The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC Twitter feed.


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Week 8 YAIAA football power rankings: No. 1 Bermudian Springs set for showdown

Bermudian ball carrier Colton Dull dodges  Delone Catholic defenders on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School.  Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA

Bermudian ball carrier Colton Dull dodges Delone Catholic defenders on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA

This week marks what is perhaps the biggest test for Bermudian Springs and its No. 1-ranked defense in the YAIAA. The Eagles travel to York Catholic and face an Irish team that can pass as well as it can run, led by quarterback Hakeem Kinard.

Will Bermudian Springs remain atop our YAIAA football power rankings? For now, let’s break down where they all stand:

1. Bermudian Springs (7-0, last week: 1) — The Eagles’ latest challenge came against a Delone Catholic team with a proven offense. What did Bermudian do? Just hold the Squires to 65 yards of total offense. The opposition this week, York Catholic (5-2, 4-0 YAIAA Division III) is coming off one of its most offensive prolific games this season. Just like a week ago, York Catholic is ranked No. 1 in the District 3 Class A playoff rankings. Bermudian is second in Class AA, sandwiched between fellow undefeateds Berks Catholic and Wyomissing.
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 6 to Oct. 11

York Catholic's Sarah Koury reaches low to dig out a return against teammate Catherine Vizzard during the YAIAA class AA girls' tennis championship at South Western High School on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The all-Irish final ensured York Catholic seedings for district play. ( Jeff Lautenberger -- For GameTimePA.com)

York Catholic’s Sarah Koury reaches low to dig out a return against teammate Catherine Vizzard during the YAIAA class AA girls’ tennis championship at South Western High School on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The all-Irish final ensured York Catholic seedings for district play. (Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)


This might be the biggest poll I’ve done. Ever.


Lots going on this past week … tennis titles were won, division titles were claimed, league tournament spots were clinched and lots of games with postseason implications.

A variety of great performances to choose from, and I managed to narrow it down to eight.

The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC twitter feed.

Follow the link to vote …
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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 6 to Oct. 11

Fairfield's Matt Jenkins runs down the ball against Biglerville's Carlos Esquivias on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at Biglerville High School.  (Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA)

Fairfield’s Matt Jenkins runs down the ball against Biglerville’s Carlos Esquivias on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at Biglerville High School. (Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA)


Wrapping up another exciting week with some of the best performances from last week.


The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC twitter feed.

Follow the link to vote …
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Poll: YAIAA football Athlete of the Week | Week 7

Eastern York football players cheer after singing the alma mater after a football game at Susquehannock on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Eastern York defeated Susquehannock, 48-0. (Chris Dunn -- GameTimePA.com)

Eastern York football players cheer after singing the alma mater after a football game at Susquehannock on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Eastern York defeated Susquehannock, 48-0. (Chris Dunn — GameTimePA.com)


It’s time once again to exercise your right to vote by helping to decide who will be named the YAIAA football Athlete of the Week


The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC twitter feed.

Follow the link to vote …
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Gridiron Challenge analysis: Week 7 gets more interesting

Week 6 of our Gridiron Challenge shook out just about how I expected it to. Which makes me an excellent prediction predictor. (However, I’m not the best at actual game predictions. Exhibit A: The Gridiron Challenge leaderboard.)

With a 13-1 record last week, Brandon Stoneburg had the best week of our staffers, gaining a point on the field thanks to his correct prediction that South Western would beat Red Lion. Mike Rubin was the only other person to predict that outcome, but he was burned by West York’s win against Pius X, which allowed Brandon pulled a point away from Mike.

That pushes Brandon into a tie for fourth place with Lyzz Jones. We already knew Lyzz would stay put in fourth because she, Steve Navaroli and Tom Sixeas made the exact same picks.

Matt Goul, meanwhile, lost a point on the entire field courtesy of his incorrect pick of Hanover over Fairfield. So his lead over Tom is down to one point, and Tom has a one-game edge over Steve entering Week 7.

And speaking of Week 7 …

The GameTimePA.com staff's Week 7 predictions.

The GameTimePA.com staff’s Week 7 predictions.

This week gets a little more interesting, with less consensus across our pickers.
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Week 7 YAIAA football power rankings

York Catholic's Qua'shawn Grooms (21) dives toward the goal line, going out of bounds at the 2-yard line during a football game against Delone Catholic. (Jeff Lautenberger -- For the Daily Record/Sunday News)

York Catholic’s Qua’shawn Grooms (21) dives toward the goal line, going out of bounds at the 2-yard line during a football game against Delone Catholic. (Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News)

District 3 positioning is coming into focus in the second half of the season. This week, there is still no change in the top three of our YAIAA power rankings. However, it is important to note No. 7 York Catholic is now the district’s top-rated Class A team.

In fact, if the district playoffs began today, three YAIAA Division III teams — the Irish, Delone Catholic and Fairfield — would make up the four-team tournament.

For now, here is how we see the YAIAA teams stacking up against one another:

1. Bermudian Springs (6-0, last week: 1) — The next few weeks are big for Bermudian, which plays Delone Catholic on Friday and at York Catholic next week. The Eagles currently trail Berks Catholic and Wyomissing in the District 3 Class AA rankings. They want to get a top-two spot to guarantee home games until Hershey.
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