Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | May 11-May 17

It was a thrilling end to the YAIAA baseball season, and could be an equally thrilling upcoming weeks in the District 3 tournament.

The championship round of the YAIAA tourney saw West York win on a suicide squeeze play in the final inning to top Eastern York 3-2. The bunt was laid down by Cash Gladfelter, while the winning run was scored by Branden Sheffer.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | May 11-May 17

Can the Kennard-Dale girls’ lacrosse team win a District 3 championship? Of course it can.

The Rams are seeded No. 1 in this year’s District 3 bracket, and have advanced to this Tuesday’s quarterfinals round, where they’ll face a quality No. 5-seeded Manheim Township squad at 7 p.m. at Hershey High School.

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Breakdown of Friday’s District 3 Track and Field Championships

Delone Catholic's Grace Riedel is the top seed in the District 3 Class AA girls' pole vault. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Delone Catholic’s Grace Riedel is the top seed in the District 3 Class AA girls’ pole vault. (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Here is a breakdown by time and event for local (YAIAA) athletes competing at the District 3 Track and Field Championships on Friday in Shippensburg. Athletes are listed by their seed placing.

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2 p.m.

AA girls’ pole vault – 1. Grace Riedel, Delone Catholic, 3. Tiffany Small, Delone Catholic, 4. Cierra Phillips, Fairfield, 5. Kathy Hernandez, Delone Catholic, 6. Brittany Armstrong, Bermudian Springs, 7. Abigail Hoffman, Bermudian Springs, 9. Belzabeth Marquez, Bermudian Springs.

AA girls’ long jump – 6. Teresa Pecher, Delone Catholic.

AAA girls’ high jump – 5. Kirstyn Evans, York County Tech, 14. Genesis Mercedes, Gettysburg.

AAA  girls’ shot put – 11. Aerial Kendrick, Central York, 13. D’Shanna Edwards, York County Tech, 16. Kirsten Jenkins, New Oxford.

AA boys’ triple jump – 3. Deandre Kerr, Hanover.

AA boys’ javelin – 3. Ben Hurda, Biglerville, 13. Nathan Mentzer, Biglerville.

AAA boys’ discus – 10. Connor Rhodes, NOX, 12. Dustyn Lauver, Bermudian Springs, 17. Eric Henshaw, Red Lion.
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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | May 4-May 10

The West York boys’ lacrosse team won a YAIAA championship this past week with a 16-7 win over Susquehannock, on the Warriors’ homefield no less. Prior to their victory in the title game, the Warriors topped Red Lion, 11-9, in the league semifinals round.

West York’s run was, in a sense, a precursor to other YAIAA tournaments that began last week and, in most cases, close this upcoming one.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | May 4-May 10

It’s postseason time in the YAIAA, and champions have been determined in girls’ lacrosse.

Kennard-Dale won its fourth league championship with a 14-11 win over Susquehannock on Thursday. The two teams entered the YAIAA championship ranked No. 1 (Kennard-Dale) and No. 2 (Susquehannock) in District 3 and the contest did not disappoint. When it was all said and done, the Rams remained undefeated with an 18-0 record, however.

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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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