Eastern York’s Alex Cooley leads YAIAA All-State honorees

Eastern York’s Alex Cooley, left, earned Class AAA All-State First-Team Offense honors Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Football News, leading a strong contingent of YAIAA players to make first, second or third teams. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Chris Dunn)

Pennsylvania Football News named record-setting Eastern York running back Alex Cooley to the Class AAA All-State First Team on offense.

The YAIAA’s other first-team selection was in Class A, where Delone Catholic linebacker Austin Noel made the defensive team.

Cooley ran for the two highest single-game rushing totals in state history this season (compiling a

500-yard game and a 495-yard game), while Noel anchored a defensive unit that helped the Squires win a District 3 Class A championship. Noel made 153 tackles for Delone this season.

In the largest classification — Class AAAA — William Penn kick returner Kelvin Nieves was the only York-Adams player selected, earning third-team recognition.

The West York trio of Brody Kern (offensive line), Zack Smith (wide receiver) and Brock Snellbaker (linebacker) earned second-team honors in Class AAA. The were joined on the second team by York Suburban’s Jaime Nixon-Alark (kick returner) and Kennard-Dale’s Dan Hare (defensive back).

Third-team honors went to Kennard-Dale’s Jason Bellinger (defensive line) and Dover’s Jacky Chen (defensive back).

In Class AA, Bermudian Springs’ Austin Hartzell earned second-team honors as a punter.

Delone kick returner Lance Reneker earned second-team honors in Class A. York Catholic quarterback James Dougherty was a third-team selection.

Pennsylvania Football News will announce its offensive and defensive players of the year today and its Mr. Football selection Thursday.

About Elijah Armold

Multiplatform sports journalist for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Reach Elijah Armold at earmold@ydr.com; 717-771-2056.
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