Poll: YAIAA Football Athlete of the Week | Week 1

Central York drummers warm up before the first football game of the season between West York and Central York on Friday. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Central York drummers warm up before the first football game of the season between West York and Central York on Friday.
(Kate Penn – Daily Record/Sunday News)

Week 1 of the high school football season is officially in the books, and there were plenty of highlights from the opening night of the year.

There were some shootouts and some new beginnings. Some top-notch individual performances and some tight finishes.

Through it all it was Week 1 of the season, meaning a new year is upon us, with fresh hopes and dreams for every team that takes the field in the YAIAA.

We’ll be here with you every step of the way during the high school sports season, and in this segment we’ll ask you, the fans, to pick your YAIAA Athletes of the Week.
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Poll: YAIAA Girls’ Athlete of the Week | Aug. 25 to Aug. 31


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With the high school sports season recently getting underway, we take a look back at the past week and identified which PAIAA girls’ student-athletes had the best individual performances.

Below is our weekly poll, and we’ll announce the winner on Twitter (GameTimePA_SC) and Facebook (facebook.com/gametimepa) on Tuesday.

Vote for who you feel should be our YAIAA Girls’ Athlete of the Week.
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Poll: YAIAA Boys’ Athlete of the Week | Aug. 25 to Aug. 31


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With the high school sports season recently getting underway, we take a look back at the past week and identified which PAIAA boys’ student-athletes had the best individual performances.

Below is our weekly poll, and we’ll announce the winner on Twitter (GameTimePA_SC) and Facebook (facebook.com/gametimepa) on Tuesday.

Vote for who you feel should be our YAIAA Boys’ Athlete of the Week.
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YAIAA preseason football power rankings

Linebacker Isaiah Green, left, leads a strong senior class returning to YAIAA Division II champion Dover (FILE -- GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Linebacker Isaiah Green, left, leads a strong senior class returning to YAIAA Division II champion Dover (FILE — GAMETIMEPA.COM)

Dover stormed through the YAIAA Division II schedule last fall to claim a championship and earn a spot in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. With most of the playmakers back from that run, the Eagles enter the 2014 high school football season as the top-ranked team in the YAIAA preseason football power rankings.

Without further ado, here is how we gauge the league’s top teams entering this season:

1. Dover (9-3 in 2013) — Last time the Eagles took the field on a Friday night, their season ended in the second round of districts at Conrad Weiser. The Division II champion Eagles return a wealth of sizable linemen up front to help pave the way for a stable of running backs in their wing-T offense. Fullback Isaiah Green rushed for more than 1,000 yards while speedsters Jake McLean and Dorran Ledbetter provided the lightning to Green’s thunder. Defensively, Green leads a strong linebacking core and could spark a unit that was hurt more by graduation.
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NewsVroom heads to Central York for West York grudge match

Central York players celebrate during the Panthers' 41-6 victory against West York to open the 2013 season last August. The teams' annual season-opening clash is one of the marquee matchups of Week 1, and this year GameTimePA.com is setting up the NewsVroom at the game Friday night at Central York. (Kate Penn -- GameTimePA.com)

Central York players celebrate during the Panthers’ 41-6 victory against West York to open the 2013 season last August. The teams’ annual season-opening clash is one of the marquee matchups of Week 1, and this year GameTimePA.com is setting up the NewsVroom at the game Friday night at Central York. (Kate Penn — GameTimePA.com)


It’s one of the marquee season-opening football grudge games in the area, and GameTimePA.com will be setting up with the NewsVroom at Friday night’s West York at Central York clash.

These schools both have crazy fan bases, as evidenced by some playful jabbing that happened earlier today on Twitter. First, we tweeted this:

And we got some dueling responses:

With the hype building already on a Wednesday, the atmosphere is sure to be electric on Friday night. (By the way, that prediction percentage has ticked up to 72% in favor of Central, as of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, in our Gridiron Challenge voting.)

We want to get in on the action, too.

Stop by the GameTimePA.com tent at Central York on Friday night to say hello. We’ll be playing some trivia games, giving away prizes and showing you some of the cool new things we have going on this season (including the GameDay with GameTimePA radio show, and our weekly Gridiron Challenge contest).We’ll be set up in the grassy area near the scoreboard.

See you Friday night!

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with Red Lion’s Greg Thibault

Greg Thibault, Red Lion. (Jessica Sprenkle -- Daily Record/Sunday News)

Greg Thibault, Red Lion. (Jessica Sprenkle — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Greg Thibault is one of the more imposing linemen on the Red Lion football team. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs about 285 pounds.

At YAIAA football media day this summer, Thibault answered this questions, mostly related to football:

The one player on your team you wouldn’t want to face: Sam (Lowe) because he’s the strongest guy on our team and he never takes a down off.

NFL player you best resemble: I’d like to compare myself to Ndamukong Suh because we kind of have the same body build, and I look up to him a lot.

Your worst sport: Volleyball for sure. I can’t really jump and there’s something about putting my wrists like this (together) and hitting the ball. I can’t coordinate it at all.

Favorite YAIAA stadium, other than your own: I like to play at Central because they have a nice facility and I really like the turf field and the ambiance of their crowd.

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The GameTimePA crew is gearing up for the 2014 football season

Screenshot_2014-08-22-10-48-38It’s almost here. You can feel it coming. The excitement, the anticipation, the general madness.

High school football is upon us.

In exactly one week (follow the New Oxford countdown clock here!), the 2014 YAIAA football season gets underway with a bang … a 19-game bang to be exact.

While players across the region are working to improve, we here at GameTimePA.com are focused on upping our game for 2014, too.

We released our 2014 digital preview at the beginning of August (and we are in the process of updating it). We have finalized, for the most part, our livestream schedule. Every week, GameTimePA will show four, sometimes five, and even six games, from across Southcentral Pa.

You can now print out the season schedules for all five football leagues in District 3. We’ve given our photo and video mediacenters prominence on the region homepages.

Fans will be able to make weekly football picks for chances to win GameTimePA prize packs.

Fans will be able to make weekly football picks for chances to win GameTimePA prize packs.


And, in what might be the coolest thing to date, we will soon be unveiling the GameTimePA Gridiron Challenge — a weekly contest where fans can pick games and compete against GameTimePA reporters.

But that’s not all.

We revamped and improved the GameTimePA iPhone and Droid app. It’s chock full of information from all of GameTimePA’s seven regions: York/Adams, Lancaster-Lebanon, Franklin/Fulton, Berks, Chester, Delco and Montgomery/Bucks.

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“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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