Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | April 27-May 2

Big softball games dotted the schedule late last week, and that will also be the case entering this upcoming one.

On Monday night, YAIAA Division I will be on the line, when Central York faces Dallastown with the divisional title up for grabs. Central enters play with a 12-1 record in divisional play, while Dallastown holds an 11-2 mark. A Panthers’ win, and they’re outright divisional champions. A Wildcats’ victory, and the two teams will share the title at the close of the regular season.


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Another big game took place on Friday, when West York visited Dover. It was the Eagles coming out on top 10-3, earning their first division title in 19 years as the team now holds a 9-4 record in Division II.

Kennard-Dale and Littlestown also hit the stretch drive neck and neck in YAIAA Division III, with each team standing at 12-1 in divisional play.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | April 27-May 2

There were some thrilling baseball late last week that ultimately decided division championships in the YAIAA.

We’ll start at Eastern York, where the Golden Knights picked up a 1-0 win over York Suburban in a nine-inning affair. The victory granted Eastern York an 11-2 mark in Division III play and an outright title. The heroes of the contest were Brandon Knarr (seven innings, sixteen strikeouts) and Colby Shimmel (game-winning RBI base hit in the ninth).


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In another big game Friday, Spring Grove grabbed a huge win of its own, topping Central York 3-2 to clinch an outright title in YAIAA Division I play. The Rockets – who finished the regular season with an 11-3 mark in Division I play – got a big performance from John Sager, who set down the final 17 Panthers’ batters and also delivered the go-ahead base hit.

It was a good year for the Rockets, who had a roster predominantly of underclassmen and first-year head coach Kevin Stiffler, yet still managed to win a third-straight divisional championship.

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With that, vote away in our Athlete of the Week poll:


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Big games with postseason approaching in the YAIAA

Dt CY softThe games are getting bigger as we reach May in the YAIAA and the week gets off to a great start on Monday when Dallastown will travel to Central York for a pivotal Division I softball clash.

Both teams have two league losses and this game will most likely determine the division winner. If Central wins, the Panthers will take the title. If Dallastown wins, the Wildcats will clinch a share of the crown, prior to hosting New Oxford on Tuesday.

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The Morgan Day conundrum

Hugs all around for Kennard-Dale's Morgan Day, after she broke what was reported to be the PIAA career goals record.

Hugs all around for Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day, as she broke what was reported to be the PIAA career goals record.

During the past week we covered outstanding Kennard-Dale lacrosse star Morgan Day as she broke the PIAA record for career goals, when she scored 10 times against New Oxford, topping the mark of 430 set last year by West Chester Henderson’s Katie O’Donnell. Day finished the contest with 432 goals – and counting – for her incredible career.

We did some research and found a story from April of 2014 confirming this information.

However …

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Examining YAIAA baseball, softball playoff picture

Dallastown's Haylee Anders is greeted by her teammates after hitting a double-RBI home run, her 100th career hit, in the second inning of a softball game on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Red Lion. Dallastown defeated Red Lion 15-5 in five innings for Dallastown coach Jeff Deardorff's 100th Wildcat victory. Dallastown's Haylee Anders also hit a double-RBI home run for her 100th career hit, in the second inning. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Dallastown’s Haylee Anders is greeted by her teammates after hitting a double-RBI home run, her 100th career hit, in the second inning of a softball game on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Red Lion. Dallastown defeated Red Lion 15-5 in five innings for Dallastown coach Jeff Deardorff’s 100th Wildcat victory. Dallastown’s Haylee Anders also hit a double-RBI home run for her 100th career hit, in the second inning. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Fresh off winning Dallastown softball coach Jeff Deardorff his 100th game Wednesday, the Wildcats visit Central York on Monday with the YAIAA Division I title hanging in the balance. As the teams currently stand, Central holds a one-game lead and won its previous meeting at Dallastown, 1-0.

Should Dallastown force a tie for the division championship, it would have an inside track on tiebreakers. After splitting their head-to-head matchups, the next consideration is head-to-head wins and losses in the division — starting from top to bottom. South Western is in third place and owns a win against the Panthers.
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | April 20-25

The Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse team continues to motor on with a 14-0 overall record, and a 10-0 mark in YAIAA Division I play. The team parlayed that into a No. 1 ranking in District 3 this past week.


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The Rams have grabbed three big wins since Tuesday. The first came in a back-and-forth affair against their rival York Catholic, a contest in which the Rams won 16-14. The second was a 24-5 victory over Eastern York while Kennard-Dale wrapped up its week by knocking off Conestoga Valley, 25-3, on Friday evening.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | April 20-25

The West York baseball team continued it’s flawless effort this season with three wins over the past week – a 6-1 triumph over Red Lion, an 11-9 victory against Central York and then an 18-4 win over Kennard-Dale. Those results moved West York to 12-0 overall on the season. That, coupled with an 11-0 mark in YAIAA Division II play, has granted the Bulldogs at least a share of the divisional title this season.

They’re not the only YAIAA team that shined over recent days.


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York Suburban clinched a YAIAA Division II tennis title, their first team championship since 2012, and sent Elliot Diehl and Michael Peck – who met last year in the YAIAA singles championship while claiming the doubles title as a tandem – back to the league tourney. In Class AAA tennis, Dallastown’s John Schmidt and Red Lion’s Sam Innerst came in as the tournament’s top seeds this year.

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What to watch: April 27-May 2

Dallastown's John Schmitt swings during his match against South Western's Gavin Kenny on April 15, 2015 at South Western High School. Clare Becker - The Evening Sun

Dallastown’s John Schmitt swings during his match against South Western’s Gavin Kenny on April 15, 2015 at South Western High School. Clare Becker – The Evening Sun

Here is a glance of the week’s high school spring sports events to watch:

MONDAY
YAIAA singles championships, tennis: The Class AAA and AA titles will be contested at South Western.
Dallastown at Spring Grove, baseball: The Rockets lead YAIAA Division I, but Dallastown isn’t far behind.
Littlestown at Kennard-Dale, softball: This could determine the Division III champion.
Central York at South Western, softball: The Panthers’ long YAIAA Division I loss came earlier against the Mustangs.
Kennard-Dale at Cumberland Valley, girls’ lacrosse: Susquehannock already earned a big win against the Eagles. Can the Rams replicate that success?
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Spring Grove’s Markle earns college conference POY honor

Spring Grove grad Brady Markle shown slamming one across the net for Lees-McRae College

Spring Grove grad Brady Markle shown slamming one across the net for Lees-McRae College

When it comes to volleyball, Spring Grove grad Brady Markle keeps getting better.

Already one of the top players in program history at Lees-McRae College, Markle recently scored a first for his institution when he was named the 2015 Conference Carolinas Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year.

Markle led NCAA Division II with 5.23 kills per set, amassing 392 in 75 sets, recording double-digits in kills during 19 of LMC’s 22 matches.

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Noah Stewart heading to Ivy League

York Suburban senior Noah Stewart dons the shirt of where he will swim collegiately.

York Suburban senior Noah Stewart dons the shirt of where he will swim collegiately.

York Suburban senior Noah Stewart, a standout swimmer for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, recently committed to study and swim at Dartmouth College.

Stewart, pictured in a photo from Swimswam.com, earned several medals at the YMCA National Championships as a member of the York YMCA before moving on to NBAC prior to this season.

He will become the second in his immediate family to swim at an Ivy League school, joining older sister, Sada Stewart, who competes at Princeton.

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