Thumbs up: West York's baseball team capped an amazing season Friday by clinching its first-ever state championship.
The Bulldogs ended with a 24-4 record after beating Lampeter-Strasburg 9-6 during an unforgettable night at Medlar Field at Penn State's main campus.
"The bats came through," said West York senior Brock Gladfelter, who contributed a double and a single to the cause. "We had faith in everything we set out to do. We won our division, won the league title, came up short in districts, but then we said our next goal is to win the state title."
The Bulldogs' season featured outstanding pitching, offensive contributions from everyone in the lineup and excellent defense. The final game was no exception. Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit, and the defense was flawless.
"We wanted to come with the bats," said center fielder Jerrin Toomey. "It feels great to win the title. There is no better feeling. This is as big as it gets."
Thumbs up: Like York City's schools, the cash-strapped city itself can use all the help it can get.
And in the same week that two organizations stepped forward with offers to fund new school programs, the city announced Wellspan is donating $100,000 for three new, fully loaded police vehicles.
Half of the police department's fleet is in need of replacement, Chief Wes Kahley said, but it has been about a decade since the city last used public funds to purchase vehicles.
Donations from the likes of Wellspan -- the largest employer in York County -- have kept the officers on the road, he said.
"It's embarrassing to me that I have to do things in this way," Kahley said. "We'd just as soon not have to rely on private donations to make this happen. But we have to do what we can to keep the fleet going."
There's no shame in taking help from a generous community in tough economic times.
We and York City taxpayers are just glad the assistance is there.