Wednesday was a very big day for a number of York-Adams League athletes.
It was National Letter of Intent Day.
It was the day that local athletes made their college choices official.
At West York, three Bulldog standouts have committed to NCAA Division I programs.
Shyanne Kimbrough signed on to play soccer at Drexel University. Kimbrough leaves West York as one of the finest girls' soccer players in York-Adams League history, scoring more than 100 goals in her four-year career and helping the Bulldogs compile a 36-4-2 record in league play. She originally committed to Jacksonville (Ala.) State before reconsidering her decision and choosing Drexel.
Brody Kern will play football at Delaware, a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) school. The 6-foot, 2-inch 280-pounder is expected to play center in college. He was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, who compiled a 42-9 record during that period, including four-straight York-Adams Division II titles. He was a first-team all-state performer in Class AAA in 2012 and will play for Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic this summer vs. Maryland.
Allee Ilgenfritz will play women's lacrosse for La Salle University. Ilgenfritz has scored 153 goals in three years for the Bulldogs, including a career-best 72 as a junior last spring. She has also recorded 50 career assists. Ilgenfritz led West York in every statistic as a junior and earned All-York-Adams League honors.
Ilgenfritz will be joined on the La Salle lacrosse team by Kennard-Dale's Nicole Black, who has racked up 153 career goals and 203 career assists. Black helped K-D win the York-Adams Division II crown last spring and finish 20-2 overall. She was named the York-Adams League Player of the Year. Two other former York-Adams athletes are currently on the La Salle roster -- South Western's Katie Wherley and K-D's Katie Fonte.
At Central York, Andrews Dadeboe followed through on his verbal commitment to play football for the University of Buffalo, an NCAA Division I school that plays in the Mid-American Conference. The 5-11, 180-pounder is expected to play defensive back. He was a York-Adams League Division I All-Star for the Panthers, helping them earn a share of the division championship this past fall.
At New Oxford, Allison Mack committed to play soccer at Division I Binghamton University. Mack had 16 goals in three seasons competing for the Colonials. She did not play for New Oxford in the spring, instead opting to play club soccer in an attempt to increase her exposure.
At South Western, Ryan Hertzog has signed to run Division I cross country at Robert Morris. He finished second in the York-Adams League Championship Run and 70th in the state meet.
At Fairfield, Kelly Quealy is set to play Division I field hockey at St. Francis, Pa. She became the first Fairfield field hockey player to sign with a Division I school.
Red Lion's Mitchell Baublitz has signed to play football for California University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a wideout and linebacker for the Lions, as well as a long-snapper. He is being recruited as a long-snapper and defensive player for California. He was a York-Adams Division I Second-Team All-Star as a junior at wideout.
Three swimmers from the York YMCA program have also received scholarships to NCAA Division I programs. Brandon Flynn is headed to Kentucky, Victoria Griffin is going to Bowling Green and Jesse North has committed to Tampa.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK
YORK SUBURBAN GRAD HONORED: York Suburban High School graduate Doug Billet was recently inducted into the Marywood University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Billet is a 2003 graduate of the Scranton school, where he was a four-year starter for the men's basketball program. Billet was named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference's All-Conference Second Team for both the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons and was an Honorable Mention selection in the 2000-01 season.
Voted the team's Most Valuable Player in two seasons (2000-01, 2001-02), Billet was a two-year captain for the Pacers. He still holds the single-season men's basketball record for highest free-throw percentage (88.8 in 2002-03). Billet is also in the Pacers' career record holder for: 3-pointers made (197), 3-pointers attempted (550) and free-throw percentage (83).
Billet ranks No. 3 on Marywood's all-time scoring list with 1,204 career points.
KENNARD-DALE'S DUTY COLLECTING MEDALS: Lyndsey Duty, a sophomore at Kennard-Dale, is getting good at collecting field hockey medals.
She was selected this past summer to compete for the Capital Region Keystone State Games team. Her team earned the 2012 bronze medal in its division.
Duty was also selected to play for REACH, a club team in northern Baltimore County, coached by former USA National Field Hockey Team member Mimi Smith. Most recently, her team competed in the 2012 Keystone Open Indoor Field Hockey Tournament, where her team won the gold medal for their division. Duty and her REACH team qualified for nationals.
STERNER LEAVING SOUTH WESTERN: The only swimming coach that South Western has ever known is stepping down at the end of the year.
Bill Sterner has been with the program for 39 years and has more than 500 career victories.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.