There's no point in asking Erik Rishel about his most recent accolade.
At least if you're looking for a reaction filled with philosophical musings on his triumphs in the game of soccer.
Central York boys' soccer coach Frank Lenno backed up that notion when he informed Rishel a couple weeks ago that Rishel had been selected by the coaches as the York-Adams League Boys' Soccer Division I Co-Player of the Year. Rishel is also one of three York-Adams players named to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team.
"He's humble. He doesn't want any accolades or anything like that," Lenno said. "I told him he made all-state, he was like 'Really?' And is just like 'OK. Thanks man. Thanks man.'"
Despite being innocently humble, Rishel is still aggressively dominant out on the pitch. The Panthers' senior tallied 15 goals and 17 assists in a season when Central reached new heights this past fall. After winning the Division I crown and league tournament title, the Panthers went on to make the program's first appearances in the District 3-AAA semifinals and PIAA Class AAA tournament. Central had the most players selected to the Division I first and second teams (five). For his career, Rishel finished with 40 goals and 41 assists. Lenno was selected as the Division I Coach of the Year for leading Central to a 22-4 record.
Hess, Rissler also hon ored: South Western senior Scott Hess and Red Lion junior Scott Rissler were also named to the PSCA All-State Team. Hess, the other Division I Co-Player of the Year, had 15 goals and 12 assists this past season. He set the school record for career goals (34), passing his older brothers, Greg and Bryan. Hess also recorded 40 career assists. He was one of four South Western players named to Division I first and second teams.
Division II: Susquehannock senior Nathan Bilbie took home Division II Player-of-the-Year honors after recording 15 goals and 10 assists this past fall. Under the direction of new head coach Brett Maxwell, the Warriors reached the District 3-AA semifinals and later pushed District 11 champion Moravian Academy to double-overtime before losing, 3-2, in the first round of the state tournament.
Coaches Dan Klinedinst (West York) and Bryan Stephens (Northeastern) were named the Division II Co-Coaches of the Year. In his second season leading the Bulldogs, Klinedinst steered West York to the Division II crown, an appearance in the league tournament title game and nearly pulled off an upset over Central York in the first round of districts before losing, 1-0. The Bulldogs finished with a 14-5-2 record. They have the most players (six) named to the Division II first and second teams.
Stephens returned to the sidelines for the first time since 2006 and guided the Bobcats to their first appearance in the District 3-AAA tournament since he had last coached. Northeastern finished with a 10-7-2 record.
Division IIII: Biglerville senior Armando Rojo and Fairfield senior Devin Wilt are the Division III Co-Players of the Year. Rojo scored 11 times to go along with 13 assists in 24 games. For his career, Rojo tallied 16 goals and 24 assists. In his fourth year coaching Biglerville, Jebb Nelson earned the division's Coach-of-the-Year honor. His Canners captured the Division III crown and District 3-A championship before reaching the state quarterfinals.
Wilt pumped in 31 goals and 13 assists in 2013 to set a new Fairfield record in career goals (88). Wilt also had 39 career assists.
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