“Midnight Madness” at Northeastern

Northeastern field hockey coach Dave Marsh

Northeastern field hockey coach Dave Marsh

As a veteran field hockey coach, Northeastern’s Dave Marsh is always trying to come up with fresh ideas. He may have outdone himself with his latest.

With Monday being the official start of the fall practice, Marsh wanted to get field hockey camp off to a quick – or more accurately an early – start and will do so while providing a team-bonding experience.

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YAIAA Division I football players to watch

In the final part of our three-day series, we’ll look at Division I in the YAIAA. It’s a new look for the mostly-Class AAAA division, which expands from six to eight schools. That means the days of a five-game schedule, which takes up only half the season, is over.

In anticipation of the new Division I, which welcomes New Oxford and Northeastern from D-II, here’s a look at two players to watch from each team:

CENTRAL YORK
Junior linebacker/running back Elzir Stroman:
One of the biggest plays last season was Stroman’s punt block against Dallastown, a game that ultimately decided the YAIAA Division I title. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it.

Junior quarterback Nik Strine: At times last season, Strine spelled starter Dylan Hose.

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YAIAA Division II football players to watch

For some this might actually be the first look at the YAIAA’s newest member, Gettysburg. Scroll down to meet two of the Warriors returning players. For now, let’s look at Division II by starting with defending champion Dover:

DOVER
Junior running back Durran Ledbetter:
Take your pick. Seniors Jake McLean and Isaiah Green also could easily have been used for this. Here’s a look at Ledbetter.

Senior tight end/outside linebacker Malik Allen: A returning all-league selection, Allen helped the Eagles to the Division II title and a run into the second round of the District 3 Class AAA playoffs.

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YAIAA Division III football players to watch

For the next three days, we will feature some of the YAIAA football players to watch (two per team). After scouring hudl.com for highlights of area players, here’s what we found:

BERMUDIAN SPRINGS
Senior defensive tackle Noah Hakes: A returning all-league performer in Division III, Hakes is a GameTimePA.com all-area preseason defender (spoiler alert).

Senior running back/safety Ryan Markle: Bothered earlier in his high school career by injury, Markle could be in store for quite the senior season.
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William Penn’s Shifflett lifts York Ballers with last-second 3 at AAU Nationals

William Penn's Trey Shifflett, right, is defended by Central York's Royce Clemens during the YAIAA basketball tournament final. Shifflett, who hit three last-second shots for the Bearcats last winter, is at it again. He hit a late 3 to help the York Ballers to the 16-and-under AAU national quarterfinals. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

William Penn’s Trey Shifflett, right, is defended by Central York’s Royce Clemens during the YAIAA basketball tournament final. Shifflett, who hit three last-second shots for the Bearcats last winter, is at it again. He hit a late 3 to help the York Ballers to the 16-and-under AAU national quarterfinals. (GAMETIMEPA.COM — FILE)

Trey, as a basketball term, means 3-point shot.

William Penn’s Trey Shifflett has a knack for living up to his name with a game on the line.

Shifflett was at it again Sunday during the AAU Nationals in Louisville, Ky., where his winning 3 lifted the York Ballers’ 16-and-under team to an elite eight appearance. The team, which includes York County locals Darian McCauley of West York and Jason Rebuck of Red Lion, beat Kentucky Elite, 67-64. The squad then suffered a two-point loss to the Tennessee Tigers and will play in the fifth-through-eighth place consolation bracket Monday before returning home. Continue reading “William Penn’s Shifflett lifts York Ballers with last-second 3 at AAU Nationals” »

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YAIAA football: Games to watch in 2014

Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey takes a snap during practice in late July. The Bobcats open this season against York Catholic, which has provided two close games the past two years. (Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)

Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey takes a snap during practice in late July. The Bobcats open this season against York Catholic, which has provided two close games the past two years. (Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)

It’s the final Friday in July. Come the final Friday in August, it will be the first week of high school football in Pennsylvania. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one captivating game for each week in the 2014 season.

WEEK 1: Friday, Aug. 29
York Catholic at Northeastern: You could go many ways to open the season. There’s the traditional West York at Central York game and Dallastown’s first game with artificial turf. However, the Fighting Irish and Bobcats have gotten together for entertaining games the last two years. Each team owns a close victory, but York Catholic needed a long defensive return to break past the Bobcats in 2013. Admittedly, dual threat quarterbacks (Hakeem Kinard at York Catholic and Marcus Josey at Northeastern) add to this game’s appeal.
Also watch: West York at Central York, Dover at Shippensburg

WEEK 2: Friday, Sept. 5
Dallastown at West York: Back on natural grass for both team of these teams, who two years ago played an entertaining contest at West York (17-15, Bulldogs). Although Dallastown won decidedly last year (35-0, Wildcats), chances are this game could play out closer to two years ago. West York will be more experienced, and Dallastown will blend experience on the line and parts of its defense.
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Breakdown of new YAIAA divisional alignments

Fall sports are less than a month away. For the YAIAA, that means adjusting to the arrival of Gettysburg.

The 22-school league will now have 23, and every sport must adjust its divisions to accommodate the addition. Here is a breakdown of the new division formats:

FALL

South Western and Gettysburg will remain Week 1 football opponents despite the Warriors joining the YAIAA this fall. Gettysburg will play in Division II, while South Western is a Division I squad. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

South Western and Gettysburg will remain Week 1 football opponents despite the Warriors joining the YAIAA this fall. Gettysburg will play in Division II, while South Western is a Division I squad. (GAMETIMEPA.COM — FILE)

While Gettysburg will settle into Division II, every school will adjust in some way. For Division I, its teams will play a seven-game league schedule as opposed to the five-game slate that had been commonplace. Division II will take turns playing a non-league foe during one week amid the league schedule because of an odd number of teams. Division III will now be able to play more non-league foes after having 10 teams and nine league games.
Football
Division I: Central York, Dallastown, New Oxford, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Western, Spring Grove, William Penn
Division II: Dover, Eastern York, Gettysburg, Kennard-Dale, Susquehannock, West York, York Suburban
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Central York grad Moyer selected to national field hockey team

North Carolina's Lauren Moyer, a Central York graduate, had six goals and two assists as a freshman for the Tar Heels. (SUBMITTED)

North Carolina’s Lauren Moyer, a Central York graduate, had six goals and two assists as a freshman for the Tar Heels. (SUBMITTED)

Central York’s Lauren Moyer will be one of 22 players on the U21 national team for USA Field Hockey, which announced the squad Friday.

Moyer will be a sophomore this fall at the University of North Carolina. She earned a spot on the national team following a junior national camp in early July and previously had been selected to the U.S. U19 team. Continue reading “Central York grad Moyer selected to national field hockey team” »

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Reaction to LeBron James’ homecoming on Twitter

For the last four years, LeBron James proved to be a polarizing NBA superstar since he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Even some six hours away from Cleveland in York County, James had his fans and detractors.

So, with his announced return Friday to Cleveland, we went looking to see what YAIAA athletes had to say on Twitter.

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Susquehannock’s Abbey Barnhart signs letter of intent with LVC

Recent Susquehannock graduate Abbey Barnhart signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Lebanon Valley College. A former volleyball and basketball player for the Warriors, she plans to major in actuarial science at LVC.

Abbey Barnhart, bottom center, is featured with her parents, Kevin and Sue Barnhart. Also pictured, in the back row, are, from left: coach Rob Marrison and athletic director Chuck Abbott.

Abbey Barnhart, bottom center, is featured with her parents, Kevin and Sue Barnhart. Also pictured, in the back row, are, from left: coach Rob Marrison and athletic director Chuck Abbott.

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