One of most sensational seasons in York-Adams League history recently received more validation.
The most recent accolades came from the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, which selected four Northeastern Bobcats to its Class AA all-state boys' team.
How impressive is that?
Well, there are only six players on a volleyball court at one time, yet four Northeastern players made the all-state list.
In addition, only 25 AA players earned all-state recognition and 16 percent of those spots were filled by Bobcats.
Those numbers speak volumes about the dominance of the 2013 Bobcats.
Northeastern stormed to the York-Adams League regular-season and tournament titles, followed by the District 3-AA crown and finally the PIAA Class AA state championship.
Nearly every step of the way, the Bobcats were the team to beat. They started the season No. 2 in the PVCA AA state rankings, quickly moved up to No. 1 and stayed there the rest of the season. They absorbed every opponent's best shot and still managed to emerge victorious.
Much of their success was due to the all-state quartet of senior outside hitter Stephen Braswell, junior setter Luke Braswell, freshman outside hitter Reese Devilbiss and senior middle hitter Malik Jefferson.
Northeastern coach Matt Wilson recently talked about each of his all-state performers and what he meant to the Bobcats' success:
Stephen Braswell: (498 kills, 67 aces): "Stephen was our leader throughout the season. He carried a huge load for us while some of our younger players began to grow into their roles as the season progressed."
Luke Braswell (1,292 assists): "Luke was very instrumental in our offensive success this past season. His size and understanding of the opponents' weaknesses allowed us to be aggressive and kept our opponents on their heels."
Reese Devilbiss (421 kills, 79 aces): "Reese played beyond expectations. The best freshman player I have ever laid eyes on. His state championship tournament play was amazing."
Malik Jefferson (257 kills): "His improvement throughout the season caused heartburn for the rest of the state. Malik became a legitimate offensive threat that teams had to respect."
The Bobcats will obviously miss Jefferson and Stephen Braswell next season, but the return of Devilbiss and Luke Braswell should make the Bobcats a serious threat to add more hardware to the Northeastern trophy case, which already includes four state championship trophies.
If Northeastern wants to sweep the York-Adams titles again in 2014, they will have to get past a familiar foe to do it -- Central York.
The Panthers finished second in the league regular season and in the league tournament this past spring. They also finished third in the District 3-AAA Tournament and advanced to the state AAA quarterfinals.
They should also return two all-state performers in 2014 -- junior setter Dylan Hose (843 assists, 72 digs) and junior outside hitter Royce Clemens (315 kills, 155 digs).
"Dylan (is) a two-year starter and is the floor leader of our team," Central York coach Brad Livingston said. "His accomplishments speak for themselves. Dylan is the hardest worker on the team and is a "gym rat." He is one of the premier setters in the state while running a sophisticated offensive system.
"Royce had a fantastic junior year. We saw a lot of competitive maturity and technical development. Royce is on track to have a dynamic senior year athletically. We need him to be a mature team leader in 2014."
While Northeastern and Central York were clearly the dominant teams in the York-Adams League this past spring, they didn't have a stranglehold on all the state-caliber talent in the area.
One other York County athlete earned AA all-state boys' volleyball honors -- York Suburban junior outside hitter Jacob Kauffman. He powered the Trojans to a solid 7-4 record in York-Adams regular-season action. He also helped the Trojans reach the District 3-AA quarterfinals, where they were ousted by ... Northeastern.
That makes a grand total of seven all-state selections from the York-Adams League. Only 57 players were honored overall across the entire state (25 in AA and 32 in AAA).
Five of the seven York County all-state picks should return to the York-Adams League in 2014.
That means just one thing.
The York-Adams League will continue to be a state-wide force in boys' volleyball.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.