Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Feb. 23-Feb. 28

The William Penn boys’ basketball team has an impressive recent track record. Very impressive.

It’s District 3 Class AAAA championship victory on Saturday marked the third time in five years the Bearcats have won district gold.

Head coach Troy Sowers continues to get the most out of his team, and the players have responded and played up to their potential. Frankly, it would be nice to see them make a run further as well, but we shall see what the PIAA tournament has in store.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Feb. 23-Feb. 28

Make that 10-straight District 3 Class AA championships for the York Catholic girls’ basketball team.

Not that it came easy.


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The Irish first had to fight through Trinity, which was no small task. The Shamrocks have competed for a district title with York Catholic before, and in this year’s semisfinals they gave the Irish all they could handle in a 36-32 York Catholic victory.

Then it was on to the title game, where the Fighting Irish needed overtime to top No. 3-seeded Camp Hill at Giant Center in Hershey.

It was a wild weekend of high school girls’ basketball, if for no other reason than one streak continued (York Catholic’s run in districts) while another came to an end.

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District 3 swimming seeds

Great shot by Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin, taken from high above the Cumberland Valley pool during warmups prior to the 2009 district championships.

Great shot by Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin, taken from high above the Cumberland Valley pool during warmups prior to the 2009 district championships.

The District 3 swimming championships will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at Cumberland Valley High School.

Friday’s schedule is as follows: Class AA girls, Noon; Class AA boys, 2:15 p.m.; Class AAA girls, 5 p.m.; Class AAA boys 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Schedule: Class AA girls, 10 a.m.; Class AA boys, 12:15 p.m.; Class AAA girls, 3 p.m.; Class AAA boys 5:30 p.m.

York Suburban’s Carson Gross and Alec Peckmann of Central York are the top seeds in two individual events. Here is a look at all of the YAIAA participants per classification, event and seed:

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York-Adams Wrestle Weekly: Reviewing the District 3 Tournament

The mats at Hersheypark Arena early Friday morning before the District 3 tournament got underway.

The mats at Hersheypark Arena early Friday morning before the District 3 tournament got underway.

The YAIAA took 93 wrestlers (45 in AA and 48 in AAA) up to historic Hersheypark Arena for Friday’s and Saturday’s District 3 tournament. When the dust settled, 30 advanced in the postseason (20 in AA and 10 in AAA).

South Western's Seth Janney, takes down Reading's Matt Reinhart, during their 220 pound match in the District 3 3A finals at Hersheypark Arena Saturday February 21, 2015. Chris Knight - GametimePa.com

South Western’s Seth Janney, takes down Reading’s Matt Reinhart, during their 220 pound match in the District 3 3A finals at Hersheypark Arena Saturday February 21, 2015. Chris Knight – GametimePa.com

In AAA, South Western’s Seth Janney was the lone YAIAA Champion, winning the 220-pound title with four pins. Janney spent just over seven minutes on the mat. Incredible performance by the Mustang, who will head into March’s PIAA Championships as a contender.

Janney will be joined by teammates Owen Wherley (second at 126) and Derek Wilson (third at 120). Also moving on is the Spring Grove trio of Dalton Rohrabugh, Levi Witmer and Marcus Kehr. New Oxford’s Zurich Storm will also make a state tournament appearance, as will Central York’s Dylan Chatterton.

The final YAIAA Class AAA qualifiers for the PIAA tournament were Dallastown’s Nick Shields and West York’s Garrett Stauffer.

Here is a quick rundown of those AA grapplers moving on to this weekend’s Southeast Regional tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Wilson.

First: Nate Newberry (Biglerville, 145), Briton Shelton (Bermudian Springs, 170), Colton Dull (Bermudian Springs, 182), Lucas Barshinger (Eastern York, 195), Sam McCollum (Bermudian Springs, 220), Brady Linebaugh (Bermudian Springs, 285).

Eastern York's Lucas Barshinger, takes control of Schuylkill Valley's Jonathan Tindall, during their 195 pound match in the District 3 2A finals at Hersheypark Arena Saturday February 21, 2015. Chris Knight - GametimePa.com

Eastern York’s Lucas Barshinger, takes control of Schuylkill Valley’s Jonathan Tindall, during their 195 pound match in the District 3 2A finals at Hersheypark Arena Saturday February 21, 2015. Chris Knight – GametimePa.com

Second: Scott Cooper (Biglerville, 138)
Third: Caleb Garland (Hanover, 120), Brady Mentzer (Biglerville, 132), Brian Shermeyer (Delone Catholic, 145), Dakota Mackley (Eastern York, 152), Matt Guilday (Littlestown, 195)
Fourth: Antonio Ugarte (Delone Catholic, 126)
Fifth: Austin Clabaugh (Bermudian Springs, 120), Cory Becker (Littlestown, 126), Jarod Miller (Bermudian Springs, 132), Noah Fleshman (Bermudian Springs, 160), Jordan Matthews (Littlestown, 152), Nate Mentzer (Biglerville, 220), Zach MacLeod (Littlestown, 285).

It was also a week for milestones at Hersheypark Arena, as Biglerville’s Nate Newberry, South Western’s Owen Wherley and West York’s Garrett Stauffer all hit 100 career victories. Newberry hit 100 in his championship victory, while Wherley captured the feat on Friday with a first-round win. Stauffer hit 100 in a consolation-semifinal victory, which clinched his spot at states.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the past the weekend and see where I was right and where I was wrong (Read my Class AAA preview, here; and my AA preview, here).

Class AAA – Where I Was right: I correctly predicted eight champions and had six of those finals matchups correct. There were three championship matches where I correctly predicted the matchup but was wrong on the outcome. Nine of 14 championship-match predictions correct?  I’ll take it. In all I predicted correctly 23 of 28 finalists and 38 of 56 advancing wrestlers. Not too bad.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Feb. 16-Feb. 21


There were plenty of heroes this past week at the District 3 wrestling tournaments held in Hershey.

Lucas Barshinger continues his strong season at Central York High School. After a strong campaign as a running back on the Golden Knights football team, he currently holds a 28-0 record on the wrestling mat. This past weekend he won the District 3 Class AA wrestling title at 195 pounds.

There were also stories of redemption, such as South Western’s Seth Janney bouncing back after falling just short last year of a PIAA Championship appearance. Janney rebounded to win the 220-pound title in the District 3 Class AAA tourney this past weekend.


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Biglerville’s Nate Newberry also had a strong showing. After finishing fourth last year in the District 3 Class AA tournament, Newberry went on to win the 145-pound title this past weekend.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Feb. 16-Feb. 21

York Catholic's Marissa Duchek passes under pressure during the District 3 Class AA girls' quarterfinal basketball game at York Catholic on Friday. York Catholic beat Oley Valley, 58-28.  (Kate Penn — GameTimePA.com)

York Catholic’s Marissa Duchek passes under pressure during the District 3 Class AA girls’ quarterfinal basketball game at York Catholic on Friday. York Catholic beat Oley Valley, 58-28. (Kate Penn — GameTimePA.com)


It’s like clockwork.

The York Catholic girls’ basketball team just keeps on winning. Year in and year out, game in and game out.

Seeded No. 1 in the District 3 Class AA tournament, the Irish are going for their 10th-straight district championship.

They’re a model of consistency, and stability.

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York-Adams Wrestle Weekly: Previewing the District 3 Class AA Tournament

With sectional weekend behind us, we can now focus on the next step to PIAA gold with the District 3 tournament. For Class AA wrestlers, a top 5 finish will propel them into the PIAA southeast regional tournament at Wilson.

I will breakdown each weight class with my favorite, contenders, a darkhorse and the top 6.

Bermudian's Colton Dull is one of several York-Adams favorites in the Class AA field. (The Evening Sun -- Shane Dunlap)

Bermudian’s Colton Dull is one of several York-Adams favorites in the Class AA field. (The Evening Sun — Shane Dunlap)

106 pounds
Favorite: Boiling Springs sophomore Jalin Hankerson (23-6). Hankerson is the cream of the crop in this class and should win his first district title.
Contenders: Bishop McDevitt’s Luke Pipa (19-6). The freshman enters at 19-6 and could push former Crusader Hankerson in a final.
Darkhorse: Pequea Valley’s Tanner Ball (22-5). Ball enters as the three seed out of section II, but could be a sleeper in the top half of the bracket.
Top 6: 1. Hankerson. 2. Pipa. 3. Brandywine Height’s Trevor Gimbor. 4. Northern Lebanon’s Dustin Breidegan. 5. Newport’s Isaiah Bryner. 6. Halifax’ Landon Bruner.

113 pounds
Favorite: Lancaster Catholic junior Joe Lobeck (31-2). Lobeck defaulted in the quarterfinals last year but rebounded for third, and was pinned in the same round, despite a lead two years ago and again finished third. Despite finishing fourth in the state last year Lobeck has yet to win a match in the championship bracket in District action. That’s going to change.
Contenders: Upper Dauphin’s Coy Campbell (27-5). Campbell won last year’s District title at 113 pounds and was second as a sophomore. He’ll be a tough out for anyone, including a determined and focused Lobeck.
Darkhorse: Pequea Valley’s Max Styer (22-16). The junior picked up a default victory over Lobeck in last year’s quarterfinals and rode that to a southeast regional berth.
Top 6: 1. Lobeck. 2. Campbell. 3. Wyomissing’s Connor Yourkavitch. 4. Susquenita’s Brodee Tolbert. 5. Styer. 6. Boiling Springs’ Caleb Holley.

120 pounds
Favorite: Bishop McDevitt sophomore John Pipa (17-1). Pipa is a returning District 3 Champ, taking out Bermudian Springs’ Austin Clabaugh in the Championship last year. Pipa rode that all the way to the PIAA final, dropping a 3-1 decision to Bethlehem Catholic’s Jake Riegel.

Hanover's Caleb Garland tries to put down Fort LeBoeuf's Jarrette Carter in the 120 lbs class bout in the AA wrestling preliminaries on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Garland lost his bout against with a takedown by Carter. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA.com

Hanover’s Caleb Garland tries to put down Fort LeBoeuf’s Jarrette Carter in the 120 lbs class bout in the AA wrestling preliminaries on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Garland lost his bout against with a takedown by Carter. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com

Contenders: Hanover’s Caleb Garland (31-3), Clabaugh (34-3), Trinity’s Andrew Wert (28-3). A very balanced weight once you bypass Pipa as Garland is a returning PIAA qualifier while Clabaugh is a regional qualifier. Wert, a freshman, has put together an impressive resume thus far.
Darkhorse: Hamburg’s Sean Stanish (36-6). Stanish is a returning PIAA qualifier in a very good weight class and could make a run to the final.
Top 6: 1. Pipa. 2. Wert. 3. Garland. 4. Stanish. 5. Upper Dauphin’s Connor Boyer. 6. Clabaugh.

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Dover to rally in support of Maddie Hill, battling cancer

The Dover community will come together for A Night of Hope for Maddie Hill at 6 p.m. today, a rally in support of the Dover teen who is battling leukemia.

The rally will be at 6 p.m. at the Dover High School auditorium.

Hill helped lead the Dover girls’ soccer team to its first YAIAA tournament championship as a sophomore in 2012. A year later, her second battle with leukemia left her in the hospital during the soccer season, yet her spirit helped inspire the Eagles to repeat league champions. Her surprise visit to her teammates before their District 3 Class AAA game, when she wasn’t able to play, sparked the team to a 6-1 win against Northeastern.

Before the 2014 season, she’d been expected to contribute as a senior but has taken a turn in her battle.

A blood marrow registry drive is being held in Hill’s honor in March. “Swab for Maddie” will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at the Dover High School gym.

Are you going to Thursday night’s rally? Share photos and videos from the event with GameTimePA. You can post them to our Facebook wall, tweet them to @GameTimePA_SC or email them to scores@ydr.com.

We’ll also collect well-wishes for Maddie. Send those via Twitter or Facebook, or post them in the comments below.

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York-Adams Wrestle Weekly: Previewing the District 3 Class AAA Tournament

With sectional weekend behind us, we can now focus on the next step to PIAA gold with the District 3 tournament. For Class AAA wrestlers, a top 4 finish will propel them into the PIAA tournament as District 3 in AAA serves as it’s own region due to the size.

I will breakdown each weight class with a match to watch in each round as well as my projected top four in each.

106 pounds
First round - Red Lion’s Jacob Frock (sophomore, 28-4) will face James Buchanan’s Cameron Delucia (freshman, 25-5) in a matchup of sectional second place finishers. Wrestlers combining for fewer than 10 losses in the first round usually means it’ll be a good one. Winner: Frock.
Quarterfinals - Spring Grove’s Dalton Rohrbaugh (freshman, 28-3) against Lower Dauphin’s Tyler Walters (freshman, 20-5). Rohrbaugh won the section V title while Walters finished second to Central Dauphin’s Chris Wright in section II. The two haven’t faced each other this year and bring in solid records. Winner: Rohrbaugh.
Semifinals - Central Dauphin’s Chris Wright (freshman, 33-7) against Hempfield’s Brandon Loperfido (junior, 31-4). The 106 pound weight class is typically your freshman and sophmore’s, but Loperfido, a junior, is one to watch at 106. Should be an excellent semifinal. Winner: Loperfido.
Championship - Loperfido against Cumberland Valley’s Will Kaldes (sophomore, 29-11). I think Loperfido prevails over Wright which will then give him another Mid-Penn wrestler in Kaldes. Don’t let the record fool you, Kaldes is as good as they come in the light weights in District 3. Winner: Loperfido.
Top 4 - 1. Loperfido. 2. Kaldes. 3. Wright. 4. Rohrbaugh

113 pounds
First round - Chambersburg’s Aaron Rump (sophomore, 26-4) against Dover’s Brandon Rodriguez (junior, 28-4). Rump has had an impressive sophomore campaign and comes in as the fourth seed overall after winning section I, Rodriguez comes in as the three seed out of section V. Winner: Rump.
Quarterfinals – Exeter’s Austin DeSanto (sophomore, 42-1) against Conestoga Valley’s Jose Morales (junior, 33-4). DeSanto finished fifth in the district last season while Morales just missed out on the top 6. Both have unfinished business. Winner: DeSanto.

New Oxford's Zurich Storm leaps on top of Spring Grove's Jacob Meyer in the 113-pound bout during the District 3 Class AAA Section V wrestling at South Western High School on Saturday Feb. 14, 2015. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA.com

New Oxford’s Zurich Storm leaps on top of Spring Grove’s Jacob Meyer in the 113-pound bout during the District 3 Class AAA Section V wrestling at South Western High School on Saturday Feb. 14, 2015. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com

Semifinals – New Oxford’s Zurich Storm (sophomore, 29-3) against Warwick’s Devin Schnupp (junior, 37-1). One of the best semifinals you could see on Saturday as Storm, a returning PIAA qualifier, looks to punch his ticket to the finals while Schnupp looks to continue his momentum. Tough one to pick. Winner: Schnupp.
Championship – DeSanto against Schnupp. Very intriguing final with Schnupp humming with momentum after winning the LL title, beating Class AA PIAA 4th place finisher Joe Lobeck. DeSanto is one of the better wrestlers in the state. Strap in, you’re in for a good one. Winner: DeSanto.
Top 4 - 1. DeSanto. 2. Schnupp. 3. Storm. 4. Rump.

120 pounds
First round - Solanco’s Grayson Charles (freshman, 20-12) against Mechanicsburg’s Drew Tochterman (junior, 23-9). The Golden Mule freshman has picked up some big wins this year and could very well pick up another in a matchup of sectional second placers. Winner: Charles.
Quarterfinals - Cumberland Valley’s Wyatt Long (sophomore, 36-7) against Hempfield’s David Good (senior, 28-4). Very interesting matchup in a top-heavy weight class. Long has the experience of wrestling in big matches while Good has had a great season. Winner: Good.
Semifinals - South Western’s Derek Wilson (junior, 28-10) against Exeter’s Brett Kulp (junior, 41-1). If you think the Mustang’s 1-2 punch of Wilson and Owen Wherley is good, Exeter’s 1-2 punch at 113 and 120 of DeSanto and Kulp may be one of the best in the entire state. Both are returning PIAA qualifiers, so this is a must see bout. Winner: Kulp.
Championship: Kulp vs. Central Dauphin’s Tyshawn White (junior, 40-2). This one will be fun. The top five in 120 are just a bit above the rest, but these two are the cream of the crop. Winner: Kulp.
Top 4: 1. Kulp. 2. White. 3. Wilson. 4. Good.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Feb. 9-14

William Penn's Trey Shifflett celebrates in the final moments of Friday's YAIAA boys' basketball championship game at York College. Shifflett finished with seven points, five assists and two rebounds to help the Bearcats win, 58-45. (Kate Penn -- GameTimePA.com)

William Penn’s Trey Shifflett celebrates in the final moments of Friday’s YAIAA boys’ basketball championship game at York College. Shifflett finished with seven points, five assists and two rebounds to help the Bearcats win, 58-45. (Kate Penn — GameTimePA.com)

It’s playoff time! And for basketball and wrestling, the path to gold and glory leads to Hershey.



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Several York/Adams hoops teams started district play on the right foot, with victories in Friday’s preliminary (or pigtail) round.

And Saturday was for wrestling sectionals: Seven different sites across District 3 hosted all-day tournaments, with the top grapplers grabbing a spot in next weekend’s district tournament.

See which performances earned a spot in this week’s boys’ poll …
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