William Penn’s Stephen Dickson attempts a shot over South Western’s Brock Geiman in the fourth quarter at South Western on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. William Penn won the YAIAA Division I title in their 61-53 win vs. South Western. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN)
Full disclosure: this might have been the toughest preseason ranking in the history of preseason rankings … at least for the Varsity Beat.
William Penn was an easy pick for No. 1 in these rankings. The Bearcats are ninth in the preseason state poll — the only YAIAA team to receive such billing (Note, one other York County team, New Hope in Class A, also is ranked). But who to pick next? Read below to find out which way we went:
1. William Penn (27-4 last season): Two starters, 6-foot-3 junior Jahaire Wilson and senior point guard Stephen Dickson, return to a Bearcats team that advanced to the District 3 Class AAAA championship last season. This winter, coach Troy Sowers brings in a team he says is ahead of the curve, defensively. Continue reading
With the high school basketball season just hours away, Steve Navaroli and Matt Goul break down the YAIAA by division. Click below to listen:
With the high school basketball season just 24 hours away — as of this post — there is no better time to gauge the balance of power among the YAIAA’s girls’ basketball teams. Of course, this before any teams actually take the floor in an official capacity. So, let’s factor in who’s back and go from there.
One thing is for sure: expect parity in the league this season. Maybe even more than last season, which saw Dallastown emerge as the YAIAA tournament champion and York Catholic return to the Class AA state title game.
Speaking of the Irish, let’s start there with this season’s preseason rankings:
York Catholic’s Hannah Laslo holds up a five-pound Hershey’s chocolate bar as she and her teammates greet the student section after losing, 45-38, to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls’ basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN)
1. York Catholic (29-3 last season): Two early questions for the Irish and coach Kevin Bankos will be replacing leading scorer Morgan Klunk, who is now at Bloomsburg University, and guard Amelia York. Bankos expects York back in February as she recovers from an ACL injury suffered this past summer. When healthy, York brings a tenacity few players can match. However, the Irish still have the type of talent that can make others jealous. Six-foot-1 junior center Hannah Laslo and UMBC-commit Zaenna Echevarria on the perimeter are two who come to mind. Continue reading
Kutztown University freshman Kara Funk, a 2013 Dover grad, was recently honored by the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media organization, by being named to its unsung hero team.
Funk earned the honors with a pair if early-season performances. Her 13 points – eight in the second half – helped the Golden Bears score a 59-58 come-from-behind win over PSAC foe East Stroudsburg. Funk made her only 3-point shot of the game and sank 8-of-11 free throws.
Kara Funk (in white with Dover) shown battling for the ball against Red Lion in January, 2011. GameTimePA.com file
Northeastern seniors Niki Price and Madison Reichard recently signed their letter of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Price is bound for Penn State to swim. Reichard will play volleyball at East Stroudsburg.
Below are pictures of their signings:
Niki Price will swim at Penn State University. In the photo with Niki (from left to right) are father, Jim Price; mother, Debe Price; friend, Brenda Lemkelde; Coach Dan Schaeberle; and in the back is Coach Rusty McCollum. (SUBMITTED)
Madison Reichard will play volleyball at East Stroundsburg University. In the photo with Madison (from left to right) are Athletic Director Bryan Stephens; father, Marty Reichard; brother Alex Reichard; and mother, Kim Reichard. (SUBMITTED)
Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller is expected to move up to at least the 170-pound weight class for his senior season, said Kennard-Dale coach Mike Balestrini. Marsteller owns three state titles, including the last two at 160 pounds. (GAMETIMEPA.COM — FILE)
Six YAIAA wrestlers finished in the top five of their weight classes during last March’s PIAA championships.
Five are back.
Of course the lone champion of that bunch, Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller, heads that list. Since March, Marsteller’s schedule has been hectic. It included a commitment to Penn State, a tournament in Puerto Rico, a de-commitment from PSU and a verbal to Oklahoma State.
Next up? Likely a move up to at least 170 pounds, said Marsteller’s coach, Mike Balestrini. Continue reading
Former Dallastown wrestler Phil Sprenkle, right, was named the PSAC Wrestler of the Week (GameTimePA.com — file).
Lock Haven wrestler Phil Sprenkle, a Dallastown grad, was named the PSAC Wrestler of the Week for his recent efforts on the mats.
Sprenkle went 5-0 and captured the 197-pound title at Sunday’s Mat Town Open. He capped his perfect day with a 4-3 win in the finals vs. Bucknell’s Tyler Lyster, scoring a takedown at the final buzzer to seal the win.
Sprenkle opened the day on a tear, winning by tech fall (15-0, 5:11) and two pins. In the semifinals, he beat Pittsburgh’s Ryan Solomon, 7-4. Solomon is a two-time PIAA Class AA champ from Milton High School.
The Bald Eagles return to action on Saturday at the 2013 PSAC championships.
Karli McFatridge shown taking a jumper while at York Catholic.
Although her role may be different at times, former York Catholic standout Karli McFatridge
seems right at home on the court for the York College women’s basketball
The 5-foot-7 sophomore started her collegiate career at Juniata College, where she appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman. She moved to York this season and has played key minutes in a variety of positions for the Spartans, averaging 4.8 points.
Central York’s Royce Clemens signs to play volleyball at Penn State. Top from left is coach Todd Goodling, coach Brad Livingston, athletic director Marty Trimmer. Bottom from left is Chris Clemens, Royce Clemens, Matt Clemens.
And at Spring Grove, the following kids signed letters of intent.
Front row, Left to right. Jenna Jacoby (York College), Alexis Cable (Mansfield University), Dalton Hoiles (Shippensburg University), Nick Spangler (Shippensburg University), Mike Hartman (Millersville University).
Back row, Left to right. Dakota Laughman (University of Pitt. Johnstown) Zack Clingan (Millersville University).
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Dallastown QB Andrew Henry, right, celebrates the Wildcats’ 21-20 victory against CD East during the District 3 quarterfinals in Dallastown on Nov. 15, 2013. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)
With the high school football season officially over for all YAIAA schools, let’s take a look back — and a little look ahead — with this final edition of our power rankings for 2013.
1. Dallastown (10-3) — For the second time in four years, the Wildcats enjoyed a season to remember. This team did not storm through the regular season at 10-0 like the 2010 club, but Kevin Myers’ experienced squad was working up to this point in 2013. You could argue it began in 2011, when Andrew Henry made his first varsity start. His last varsity start came in the District 3 Class AAAA semifinals, the furthest any team ever advanced at Dallastown. Continue reading