Throwback Thursday: Memories of the last six years

Goodbyes aren’t easy, and I refuse to write a going-away column.

Instead, I dug up some old videos (and some fresher ones) to take a look back on the last six years. First, let’s start with a request that kind of inspired this “Throwback Thursday.”

Kelvin Nieves of William Penn mentioned he was looking for this video, so Kelvin here it is:

This was my first meeting with Nieves. As you can see, the emotion was written over his face. Later, I met his girlfriend, Lexi, for a story on former William Penn cheerleader Q’ajaniyah Miller. Of the stories I’ve written the last six years, this one meant a lot. Also kudos must be given to photographer Chris Dunn, whose outstanding work helped bring Q’s story to light. Thanks also go to editor Scott Blanchard, the hidden gem of the York Daily Record. His guidance in storytelling is immeasurable.

There were others stories, such as Central York graduate Sam Koimene. A thank you goes out to former Central hurdler Jay Stone, now at East Carolina, for breaking the ice. Sam ran track at Central while John Clayton was still our high school sports reporter. My duties consisted of editing stories, but a few times sports editor Chris Otto allowed me to escape.

One time provided the best York County high school football game I witnessed …

Other opportunities offered the unusual.

And memories that now tug at your heart.

Dover volleyball coach Barb Grady died after her fight with ovarian cancer in 2012. Steve Navaroli wrote this story on her, near her final days. Steve had just been diagnosed with throat cancer at the time.

Of course, with Steve, I gained a friend for life. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Memories of the last six years” »

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First day of fall practice

Monday marked another first day of fall practice for YAIAA schools, giving me another opportunity to drive around parts of the county looking for fun opening day stories for a package.

While I didn’t start at midnight like one year ago at Northeastern when field hockey coach Dave Marsh held a “midnight madness” practice to kick off the season, I did find an interesting tidbit from another field hockey practice at Kennard-Dale.

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Pope’s visit causes Lebanon Valley to shift football game

A Widener University player makes a diving catch during last season's MAC game at Lebanon Valley College.

A Widener University player makes a diving catch during last season’s MAC game at Lebanon Valley College. The Pride won that game, 45-3.

Several YAIAA graduates will flashback to the feel of Friday night football in late September when Lebanon Valley College announced that its Sept. 26 game at Widener University has been moved, up a day because of logistical concerns surrounding Pope Francis’ anticipated visit to the Philadelphia area.

The Flying Dutchmen, roster includes South Western grads Ryan Dotson, Tyler Sterner, Brandon McMinn, and Bret Hertzog; John Salcedo and Steven Salcedo of York Suburban, Ryan Vaughn from Littlestown, along with West York alums Logan Stover and Ian Lichty.

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YAIAA football forecast, ranking teams from top to bottom

If you’ve come for bulletin board material or a pat on the back, you’re in the right place. Across Pennsylvania, high school football teams are taking advantage of the five-day heat acclimation period to get in some practice before all sports can officially begin sessions on Monday, Aug. 17.

With that in mind, what better time to make brash predictions and rank every team in the YAIAA? If you complain, that means I know you’re reading.

If words aren’t your thing, check out this hype video for the 2015 season. All highlights are from the last two seasons and include players who are back this fall.

Now on to the rankings. Continue reading “YAIAA football forecast, ranking teams from top to bottom” »

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West York grads take aim in more than golf

Right after Axel Hartman picked up his plaque for winning the York County Junior Golf Association’s opening tour event in June, he claimed he would retire “Bubba.”

“Bubba” was an old, worn down golf club cover in the form of a deer head, antlers and all. Even as Hartman took off in his grandfather’s pick-up truck, you might not have realized it. Hartman and his fellow YCJGA golfer — and former West York teammate — Trevor Sweitzer are big into hunting and fishing. Sure, plenty are into it.

But enough to make their own show?

Check out their production of “Rack Daddies.”


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Breaking down “Super 700,” including 10-percent rule

Under a six classification format, schools like Dallastown could still meet Cumberland Valley in the postseason.  A "Super 700" that would separate schools with at least 700 boys from smaller schools would push schools, such as Dallastown, down to 5A. Dallastown is currently listed with an enrollment of 694 boys. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Under a six classification format, schools like Dallastown could still meet Cumberland Valley in the postseason. A “Super 700″ that would separate schools with at least 700 boys from smaller schools would push schools, such as Dallastown, down to 5A. Dallastown is currently listed with an enrollment of 694 boys. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA opts for six classifications with a “Super 700.” The “Super 700″ means schools with at least 700 boys would be reserved for Class 6A, then 5A through 1A would be divided equally across Pennsylvania.

There are two possibilities under this format: a “Super 700″ or a “Super 700″ with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

SUPER 700
Class 6A:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor (712).
Number of schools: 12, which ranks third in state with District 11. District 1 has most with 26 schools.

Class 5A: Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest, Fleetwood, York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro, Lower Dauphin, South Western (499), New Oxford (490), Mechanicsburg, Muhlenberg, Hershey, Solanco, Lancaster Catholic, Garden Spot (462).
Number of schools: 25, which leads state with Districts 1 and 7. District 9 is next with nine schools. Continue reading “Breaking down “Super 700,” including 10-percent rule” »

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Breaking down six classifications, including 10-percent rule

York Catholic has played in the last two District 3 Class A championships. If the PIAA expands to six classes, the Fighting Irish would likely play in 2A. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

York Catholic has played in the last two District 3 Class A championships. If the PIAA expands to six classes, the Fighting Irish would likely play in 2A. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA opts for six classifications.

There are two possibilities under this format: the six classes or six classes with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

SIX CLASSES
Class 6A:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest (633).
Number of schools: 18, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 29 schools.

Class 5A: Fleetwood (606 – with 250 co-op enrollment), York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro, Lower Dauphin, South Western (499), New Oxford (490), Mechanicsburg, Muhlenberg, Hershey, Solanco, Lancaster Catholic, Garden Spot, Red Land, Daniel Boone, Northern York, Spring Grove (436), Northeastern (429), Shippensburg (419).
Number of schools: 25, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 27 schools. Continue reading “Breaking down six classifications, including 10-percent rule” »

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Breaking down four classifications, including 10-percent rule

West York's Ryan Narber, center, drives against Donegal's Derek Mohr, left, and Connor Maxwell in the second half of a District 3 first-round playoff game last year at West York. Of the 12 Class AAA districts in Pennsylvania, District 3 has the largest with 40 schools. (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

West York’s Ryan Narber, center, drives against Donegal’s Derek Mohr, left, and Connor Maxwell in the second half of a District 3 first-round playoff game last year at West York. Of the 12 Class AAA districts in Pennsylvania, District 3 has the largest with 40 schools. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA remains with four classifications.

There are two possibilities under this format: the standard four classes and four classes with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys’ enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.

FOUR CLASSES
Class AAAA:
Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest, York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro (501).
Number of schools: 27, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 44 schools. Continue reading “Breaking down four classifications, including 10-percent rule” »

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YAIAA Football Schedule: By The Numbers

While putting together the YAIAA football schedule for our GameTimePA preview (It’s going to be GREAT) I came across a myriad of interesting matchups, which was tackled last week on the blog.

While sifting through all 154 matchups looking for the best of the best, I came across some interesting figures, and also found myself asking questions such as, “I wonder how many Berks County teams are on the schedule?” Or even, “I wonder who has the hardest schedule this season? What about the worst?” So, I decided to dive deep into the YAIAA schedule and found these goodies for you all to enjoy.

Where does South Western figure in the YAIAA by-the-numbers? Chris Dunn Ñ Daily Record/Sunday News

Where does South Western figure in the YAIAA by-the-numbers? Chris Dunn Ñ Daily Record/Sunday News

Here’s a look at the YAIAA football schedule by the numbers:

1: Current (as of 7/23) unnamed opponent. Fairfield currently has an opening in week 3 after their usual week 3 opponent did not field a varsity team and the replacement was double booked. A solution is nearly complete as Fairfield has a verbal agreement with Silver Oaks Academy located in Keymar, Maryland. Which is a great segue to the next number…

1: Official out-of-state opponents. Delone Catholic will host Union City from Tennessee in Week 3 in a matchup that is sure to draw interest.
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Q&A with York Suburban baseball player Brendon Delridge

Brendon Delridge is greeted by his Suburban York American Legion teammates after he hit the game-winning home run during a game against Hanover in June.

Brendon Delridge is greeted by his Suburban York American Legion teammates after he hit the game-winning home run during a game against Hanover in June.

York Suburban third baseman and pitcher Brendon Delridge is preparing for his senior season next year.

Individually, the 2015 season was a success for Delridge, but he still has things he would like to improve on.

GameTimePA caught up with Brendan recently, and here’s what the slugger had to say:

Were you satisfied with your individual performance this year?

Yeah I was.

What about it made you happy?

Well, because it’s my first year on varsity. I feel like I really stepped up, especially with my hitting, it was really improved from last year, and I was glad about that.

How do you look to improve in the future?

I think my ERA was a little high, so I’d like to improve upon that.

What opponent gave you the most fits on the field?

I think Bermudian. Even when they were down they would always find a way to come back. Even though we pulled out the win (5-2).

What was your favorite moment of the season?

My favorite moment … even though we lost, the very first game, (against Gettsyburg) that lasted about 14 innings.
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