Two athletes who compiled never-seen-before numbers highlight the list of 2012's top York-Adams League performances.
Eastern York's Alex Cooley and Delone Catholic's Sierra Moore closed out their brilliant careers on the football field and basketball court, respectively, by setting York-Adams records.
Cooley became the league's all-time leading rusher with 6,015 yards, eclipsing the previous mark by a whopping 1,582 yards. Cooley set a state single-game record by racking up 500 rushing yards against Hanover, and in his final season, he carried the ball 258 times for 2,845 yards, a ridiculous 11.1 yards-per-carry average.
Moore, who's currently playing NCAA Division I college basketball at Duke University, completed a legendary high school career as the York-Adams League's all-time leading girls' scorer with 2,575 points. Moore averaged 24.7 points a game in her final season.
In another noteworthy basketball accomplishment, Red Lion's Don Dimoff joined an exclusive club by becoming just the fifth York-Adams League coach to win 400 career games. The Lady Lions' head coach is 411-108 heading into 2013.
The year also featured York-Adams athletes who won state titles, both as individuals, and as part of a team.
Kennard-Dale wrestler Chance Marsteller continued his phenomenal success by winning a second straight state Class AAA wrestling title. Marsteller, a junior this year, has never lost a high school match (97-0). He could become part of a very elite group: Pennsylvania high school wrestlers who won four titles without losing a match.
Fairfield's Isaiah Logue became the first York-Adams golfer, since Eastern's Rod Crumbling in 1984, to win a state golf crown. Logue shot 74-71 in two days at Heritage Hills to take the Class AA championship.
West York's Brad Strathmeyer made his final high school swim season a championship one by capturing the gold medal in the Class AA 500-yard freestyle title at the PIAA Swimming and Diving championships.
Some of Strathmeyer's classmates were members of West York's baseball team that put together an unforgettable season, which culminated in a state Class AAA title. The Bulldogs, after finishing third in the District 3 Tournament, made an unforgettable run through the state bracket, earning the title with a 9-6 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in a game played at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. West York pitcher Kaden Hepler won all four state games and finished the season with a 14-0 record and a 0.70 earned run average.
The York Catholic girls' basketball team, the York Suburban boys' volleyball team and the Delone Catholic girls' volleyball teams each advanced to the state final after winning District 3 crowns. York Catholic captured the district AA title for a record seventh straight season.
West York's football team achieved a York-Adams first by winning 13 games. The Bulldogs' huge fan base followed Coach Ron Miller's team everywhere, including Hersheypark Stadium, where their historic season ended with a 21-10 loss to Bishop McDevitt in the District 3 final.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 505-5407.