PURE PREPS: Former York County high school standouts now excelling on college level
Dallastown High School graduate Grant Hartman was named one of three captains this season for theLouisiana-Lafayette men’s lacrosse team.
The senior defensive midfielder was a unanimous selection to lead the Ragin' Cajuns in their quest for an unprecedented third-straight Lone Star Alliance Division II title. They’ll also look to earn their second Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship bid as well.
Last season, Hartman was named a first-team all-conference defensive midfielder and the first All-American in program history. He was one of the team's leaders in ground balls with 24. Hartman also posted six points on a pair of goals and four assists while playing in all 11 games.
The Ragin’ Cajuns finished 2017 at 9-2.
“Zero doubt, Hartman was the best defensive midfielder in the conference last year and I believe one of the best defensive midfielders I saw all year in both D-I and D-II MCLA play,” coach Keith Snyder said in a news release. “He is relentless and forces his opponents to make uncomfortable adjustments to their style of play. He sees a lot of minutes in every game and is at the core of our great defensive capabilities.”
Shorts wins MAC honor: For the second straight week, Stevenson’s Landon Shorts has been named the Middle Athletic Conference Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week.
Shorts is a junior at Stevenson and a graduate of Central York High School.
Shorts posted 32 kills (2.91 per set), 21 aces (1.91 per set), 20 digs (1.82 per set) and 55.5 points (5.05 per set) as the Mustangs went 2-1 over the week. During a 3-1 victory against Misericordia, Shorts recorded 10 kills and added a career-best 12 aces to go along with seven digs and two blocks.
That was followed by a 3-1 victory against Division I Harvard that saw Shorts with 13 kills, nine digs, six aces and two blocks. In a loss to top-ranked Springfield, Shorts gave the Mustangs eight kills, four digs and three aces.
York High grads honored by PSAC. Two former York High standouts have earned weekly honors from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Anderson Novalin, a senior at Slippery Rock, was named the PSAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Novalin broke his own Slippery Rock record and Haitian national record in the shot put for the second week in a row with a fifth-place performance in the invite section of the shot put at Grand Valley State. His mark of 17.26 meters (56 feet, 6 inches) is the best in the PSAC this year. He now owns four national records for Haitian athletes, including three outdoor records and this one indoor record.
Bink Redman, a Lock Haven guard, was named the PSAC Women's Basketball Eastern Division Freshman of the Week.
Redman helped the Bald Eagles to a 1-1 record, allowing them to get to within a half game of the final playoff spot in the PSAC East. For the week, Redman averaged 16.5 points per game on 66.7 percent shooting to go with 10.5 rebounds. In a game at East Stroudsburg, Redman scored a career-high 19 points to go with a then career-high 10 rebounds, going 7 for 9 from the field. In a win against Shippensburg, Redman scored 14 points and broke her career-high from earlier in the week with 11 rebounds.
Four York College runners make all-academic teams: A group of York College cross country runners were recently named to the NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Additionally, both the men's and women's squads were recognized as all-academic teams.
Northeastern grad Ben Linne was on the men's team, along with York teammates Grant Dell and Andy MacGibbon. They were three of 300 men in D-III to receive the distinction. York's Alayna DeBruin was one of 368 women.
To be eligible, runners must finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship in addition to achieving a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30.
Linne was 19th at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships and 48th at the regional, before taking 222nd at the national championship. The junior was an all-region runner a year ago.
Both the men’s and women’s teams at York posted a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10, while also compiling a team score at their regional events. The men's team was one of 167 teams in D-III honored after posting a 3.30 GPA, and the women's team was one of 221 squads earning the distinction with its 3.36 GPA.
The men's team reached the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time in school history.The York men also finished second at the CAC Championships and fourth of 51 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
The women's team won its second straight CAC title. At the NCAA Mideast Regional, York was 14th among 49 teams.
McGrath earns York College honor: York College junior men’s lacrosse attacker Brendan McGrath was named the Spartan Athlete of the Week.
McGrath led the No. 5 Spartans to a season-opening, 10-4 win over No. 20 Washington & Lee on Saturday in Lexington, Virginia. McGrath scored six goals and added an assist. His seven points tied a career-high. Last season, McGrath led the Spartans with 82 points on 58 goals and 24 assists.