LANCASTER -- For most of the girls on the York-Adams League roster, Sunday's clash against their senior all-star counterparts from the Lancaster-Lebanon League was all about having fun.
But for York Catholic senior Grace Keiber, it also marked the end of a very long high school season.
Keiber played alongside her York-Adams' peers at Lancaster Mennonite High School less than 24 hours after her Irish team was eliminated from the PIAA state playoffs by Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-0.
While the outcome of Sunday's match was similarly disappointing (a 4-2 loss to the L-L standouts), the all-star game environment was still an enjoyable experience.
"It was really great," Keiber said. "It was really cool to put names and faces together. And to just be able to talk to some of them and play with them was really neat."
Keiber, who will not play in Wednesday's York-Adams League Senior East-West All-Star contest, will have a lot of time to look back at one of York Catholic's most successful seasons ever. The Irish won two District 3 Class A contests as well as a PIAA game during a 15-8 campaign.
"I was really proud of my whole team," she said. "We had a really great season. A lot of the younger girls stepped up and played really well."
That theme was also echoed by Dover senior Emily Firestone, who finished her high-school career in style, helping the Eagles claim their first York-Adams League playoff crown. The triumph capped a remarkable run for Dover, which finished third in the Division II regular-season standings.
"We really came together toward the end of the season," Firestone said. "We got along well and our team chemistry definitely helped. We had a great team."
For Firestone, who was the only one of four Dover seniors selected for Sunday's contest, it was a big tribute to be able to play in what was the first-ever cross-river clash between the two neighboring leagues.
"It's really an honor to be selected to play in this game," Firestone. "To play with such great players around the county as well as in the Lancaster-Lebanon League was a great experience."
The game: The contest was a tale of two halves. The York-Adams side got two quick goals before the half only to see the L-L team score four unanswered goals in the second half. Not coincidentally, the L-L side played almost an entirely different lineup over the game's final 40 minutes.
"I think they had two separate teams," Keiber said. "We had maybe half as many girls as they did."
West York standout Shyanne Kimbrough had a hand in both of her team's first-half goals. Kimbrough, who hit a post earlier in the half, sent a rocket into the net with 2:40 left in the first half. She also had the assist on a goal just 1:22 later by Bermudian Springs standout Abby Smith.
The L-L side dominated in the second half, when players from Donegal, ELCO and Cocalico took to the field. Cocalico's Kathleen Lawver, Donegal's Mollie Hoffman, ELCO's Kalie Parker and Annville-Cleona's Katie Buck each scored during a 14-minute-plus barrage that saw York's 2-0 lead turn into a 4-2 deficit.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.