Q&A with Susquehannock softball star Lily Yoakum

It's rain delays and rainbows as Susquehannock's Maddy Staub shares a cookie with teammate Lily Yoakum while the duo wait for the field to be cleaned up during their game against Kennard-Dale in Spring Grove on Monday, May 12, 2014. (File -- GameTimePA.com)

It’s rain delays and rainbows as Susquehannock’s Maddy Staub shares a cookie with teammate Lily Yoakum while the duo wait for the field to be cleaned up during their game against Kennard-Dale in Spring Grove on Monday, May 12, 2014. (File — GameTimePA.com)


Lily Yoakum is looking forward to her senior season next year. The catcher had a successful individual year, posting a .500 batting average with 11 RBIs in just 21 games.

However, the Susquehannock star wasn’t content with the 8-8-4 record the Warriors posted last season.

GametimePA caught up with Lily recently following the season:

Do you have any superstitions on game day? Superstitions on game day…not necessarily, but I like to always go in with a positive attitude no matter who we play.

Were you satisfied with your individual performance this year? Individually, I feel that I did all that I could. Of course there are areas where I could improve, but I feel that I supplied as much as I could for my team.

How does your team look next year? We’re all excited about next year. We didn’t do as well as we had hoped last year, so we’re coming out with a flame in our hearts to hopefully carry our school a lot farther. Continue reading “Q&A with Susquehannock softball star Lily Yoakum” »

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YAIAA lacrosse players switched at birth?

Lacrosse twins

They say that everyone has a doppelganger, and while looking at YAIAA boys’ lacrosse all-star photos, I came across these two that could easily pass for brothers – if not twins.

Making the discovery even more strange is the fact the two have the same first name.

The two pictured are Tanner Reif of Red Lion and West York’s Tanner Hale, but it’s up to you the reader to determine which one is which.

Now for our contest.

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YAIAA Q&A: Getting to know Red Lion’s Cole Brillhart

Red Lion's Cole Brillhart (21) is shown during a regular-season game against Northeastern. (Photo courtesy of Chris Riddle.)

Red Lion’s Cole Brillhart (21) is shown during a regular-season game against Northeastern. (Photo courtesy of Chris Riddle.)

Red Lion’s young volleyball star Cole Brillhart is coming off his freshman season, a year in which the Lions struggled. But, in his first year of varsity play, Brillhart amassed 214 kills, 142 digs, 25 aces, and added nine assists as well.

Brillhart is looking forward to returning to the court next season as a better individual player and as a better teammate.

GameTimePA.com caught up with him recently. Here is what he had to say:

Do you have any superstitions on game day?

Not really, no, I just go out there and play.

Were you satisfied with your performance this year?

I probably could’ve done a little bit better. For the most part I was pretty satisfied.

What about your team?

I think we had a few bad losses. But I think with everyone but one senior coming back next year that we did pretty good.

How do you look to improve in the future?

As a team or individually?

Individually.

Just get bigger, faster, and stronger so that I can compete with people who are older than me.

And how about as a team?

Probably try to play more like a team and not individually. And also being able to come together to beat a team that is potentially better than us or at a closer skill level to us. I think we struggled with that this year. There were a few teams that were about the same skill level as us that we lost to.

What opponent gave you the most trouble?

Of course Central and Northeastern were very tough. But I thought Dallastown was tough, they gave us a pretty good showing.

What was your favorite moment of the season?

Favorite moment … I would say probably beating Susquehannock to get into (the league tournament). That was a big game. For me that was my first time making (the league tournament), being a freshman last year.

If your sport wasn’t offered, what sport would you play?

I would probably play lacrosse. I played that a few years before I started playing volleyball.

What is your worst sport?

Ugh. I would say the worst would probably be … I don’t know, I mean I’m pretty bad at soccer. (laughs)

Besides volleyball, what do you like to do?

I like to hang out with my friends and play football.

Who is your role model?

My dad.

What’s your pregame routine like?

Go out to eat before the game with some of my fellow teammates. Then coming back and cheering on JV.

Favorite pregame music?
One song that I always listen to is Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.

Oh yeah, great song. Name one place you’d love to go during your lifetime.
Probably L.A.

What embarrasses you most about your parents’ movie or music tastes?
Nothing embarrassing, they aren’t really fans of new music that’s out now. They’re not really classical fans or anything they just don’t like hip hop and rap and stuff.

What is the one thing you do that drives your mom or dad crazy?

Not doing my chores.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

Probably out west somewhere, like California. Like at the beach.

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Outtakes from the 2014-15 sports year

They scratched, they clawed, and in the end they tied. Palmyra and Penn Manor's 1-1 field hockey tie was a bizarre way to end this past field hockey season. (GameTimePA.com - File)

They scratched, they clawed, and in the end they tied. Palmyra and Penn Manor’s 1-1 field hockey tie was a bizarre way to end this past field hockey season. (GameTimePA.com – File)

GameTimePA sports reporter Matt Goul wrote a recent commentary on his lasting memories from the 2014-15 sports year. Read all about it, here.

And, in honor of that, some of our GameTimePA staffers also reminisced about the year that was in YAIAA athletics, and beyond. Their thoughts:

Football coaching changes: When I think back to my first year at the York Daily Record and GameTimePA, I’ll undoubtedly remember all the turnover in the high school football coaching ranks. Some changes featured marquee names — Ron Miller leaving West York, for instance — while others featured flip-flopping of the YAIAA programs — Steve Wiles leaving Delone Catholic and landing at Susquehannock. Heck, the story lines continue today, as New Oxford is currently searching for a new coach following the departure of Jason Thurston last week. Yes, that’s what I’ll remember looking back at 2014-15.
— Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor

State title tie: Well, this was just odd. It was back in November when Palmyra and Penn Manor finished in a 1-1 tie for the Class AAA state championship in girls’ field hockey. The outcome wasn’t exactly met with open arms by fans and followers of the sport, and this past May the PIAA Board of Directors voted unanimously to use penalty strokes, if necessary, to determine the outcome of future state field hockey championship games. A state title contest ending in a 1-1 deadlock was a bizarre finish to the field hockey season, that’s for certain.
— Teddy Feinberg, assistant sports editor

Heavy Hitters: A trio of YAIAA softball players hit more than .600 this season, but no one was as dominant as Delone Catholic’s Shelbee Holcomb. The junior shortstop hit .740 (57-of-77) with 10 home runs and 53 runs batted in, which would earn her the triple crown. Senior Haley Norton of Spring Grove batted .627 with 19 of her 37 hits going for extra bases, including five home runs. A sophomore — Central York catcher Briannah Dobson — not only hit .612, but did not strike out all season. Another player, Dover junior Natalie Cutright, also did not whiff this season, and posted a .594 average.
— Steve Navaroli, sports reporter

Stunning pool performances: Carson Gross of York Suburban lost her lead during the PIAA Class AA 200 freestyle to Pottsgrove’s Emily Glinecke. But Gross was not to be denied, finishing strong and passing Gliecke in the final few yards. The junior’s time of 1:51.71 won a state gold medal at Bucknell University. Even more suspenseful was the way Dallastown senior Noah Brockway earned a gold medal in the AAA 100 backstroke at the District 3 championships. Brockway appeared to be touched out at the wall by Cumberland Valley’s Ben Francis. However, officials noticed that Brockway’s hand missed the touch pad when he reached back, registering the time only when his head hit the pad. As is procedure, backup times were used, and Brockway was district champion with a corrected time of 51.22 seconds. Wildcats teammate Spencer Hill also won district gold in the 100 butterfly.
— Steve Navaroli, sports reporter

500 wins: On Dec. 20, the Bermudian Springs wrestling team traveled to Northern Lebanon for a dual tournament. Later that day, after an 81-0 white-washing of Tulpehocken, Dave McCollum and the Eagles celebrated McCollum’s 500th career win as head coach. It was a monumental feat, as McCollum has essentially built the Eagles’ wrestling program into the power it is today. That, and only eight other coaches in PIAA wrestling history have recorded as many victories.
— Andrew Mease, sports editorial assistant

Decreased wrestling power: In 2014, District 3 combined for nine PIAA individual wrestling championships, three of which came from the YAIAA. In 2015, however, District 3 took home just one PIAA gold medal, as Governor Mifflin’s Jan Johnson repeated at 195 pounds after beating Big Springs Tommy Rayhart in the final. District 3 did, however, graduate arguably the most successful group of seniors, including two four-time champions in Solanco’s Thomas Haines and Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller.
— Andrew Mease, sports editorial assistant

From our readers
We asked our readers for their lasting memory from the 2014-15 sports year. Here was their take, via GameTimePA Facebook and @GameTimePA_SC on Twitter:

Northeastern State volleyball three-peat
— Jodi Arentz

York High basketball
— Barbara Brown

Susquehannock’s boys’ swimming!
— @rgjaxon on Twitter

The tie in AAA field hockey. Great game by @PalmyraFH negated by poor attention to detail by @PIAASports.
— @Coach_Ralph on Twitter

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YAIAA Athletes of the Week | June 1-June 6


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It’s the tail end of the 2015 sports season, and with that our pool for Athlete of the Week nominations is shallow.

But that doesn’t mean a local team doesn’t deserve our recognition.

The Northeastern Bobcats boys’ volleyball team would be the program this time of year, as the Bobcats won their third-straight PIAA Class AA state championship Saturday. Northeastern swept Saegertown 3-0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-12) at Recreation Hall in State College, having little to no trouble getting past the competition.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | May 25-May 30

One state champion moved on while another saw its season come to an end Saturday on the boys’ volleyball court.

Northeastern had little trouble North Pocono, winning 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-13) in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA tournament. The Bobcats will now take on Holy Redeemer on Tuesday at Exeter Township High School.

Central York wasn’t as fortunate, however, falling to Seneca Valley 3-1 (29-27, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22) in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

This past week on the high school baseball field, Spring Grove fell in the championship round of the District 3 tournament to Donegal. The contest, played at Santander Stadium, went to extra innings, with the Eagles winning 11-5 in eight. It was a back-and-forth affair through the first seven innings of play, before Donegal put up six runs in the final frame to take control.

In Thursday’s semifinals game, the Rockets topped No. 8 Twin Valley 4-2. The Rockets were led by their lone senior, as Matt Brooks struck out 11 in a complete-game effort.

With that being said, Spring Grove will take the field in next week’s PIAA tournament, scheduled to face Pottsville on Monday at Walter Stump Stadium in Pine Grove. The contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.

In other District 3 tournament action this past week, No. 5 York Catholic was eliminated by No. 8 Upper Dauphin. After a run of successful seasons, the Irish had a young team in 2015 and fell to the Trojans, 12-5, in the District 3 Class AA semifinals.

With that, vote away in this week’s Athlete of the Week poll:
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | May 25-May 30

It was history in the making for the Delone Catholic softball team, which won its first district softball title since 1999 with a 10-3 win over Kutztown in the District 3 Class AA championship on Thursday.

Kutztown, seeded No. 2 in the tournament bracket, actually took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on No. 1-seeded Delone. It was short lived, however, as the Squirettes scored five in their half of the first and another three in the third, blowing the game open.

Earlier in the week, Delone Catholic clinched a state playoff berth by topping Susquenita, 4-1, in the District 3 Class AA softball semifinals.

Delone will now face Philadelphia Charter Academy on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at York College in the opening round of the PIAA tournament.

In girls’ lacrosse, Kennard-Dale’s season came to a close following a 17-7 loss to Great Valley in the opening round of the PIAA tournament on Wednesday.

As always, vote away in our Athlete of the Week poll:
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William Penn selling commemorative basketball DVD

The William Penn boys basketball team celebrates their Class AAAA 56-53 championship victory over Cedar Crest High School in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News

The William Penn boys basketball team celebrates their Class AAAA 56-53 championship victory over Cedar Crest High School in Hershey, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News

The William Penn boys’ basketball team is selling a DVD to commemorate its 2014-15 district championship season. The DVD, which is about 22 minutes long and includes highlights from the season, costs $15 and will be available in the William Penn athletic office beginning Monday, June 1. Checks can be made out to “York High Athletics.”
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Central York’s victory snatched from jaws of defeat

A few days have passed since one of the most unbelievable things I have witnessed in more than two decades of covering sports in this town and to tweak to the quote from the late, great announcer Jack Buck, “I still can’t believe what I saw.”

Central York's Landon Shorts, whose alert play saved the Panthers during their recent district title match.

Central York’s Landon Shorts, whose alert play saved the Panthers during their recent district title match.

Central York was literally a half a foot away from getting swept by Penn Manor in last Friday’s District 3 Class AAA championship match at Dallastown.

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Eat out on May 28 to support Marcus Josey

Northeastern's Marcus Josey (No. 6) looking to make a tackle against Susquehannock in September.

Northeastern’s Marcus Josey (No. 6) looking to make a tackle against Susquehannock in September.

The York Adams Football Coaches Association would love for you to enjoy good food to help support Northeastern’s Marcus Josey in his ongoing battle against Leukemia.

On May 28, head to Parma Pizza & Grill in Manchester, York and East York, from 5 p.m. to close, present this voucher josey fundraiser and Parma will donate 33% of its proceeds to the Josey family.

If you can’t make it, please consider donating to the cause by clicking here.

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