LOCAL COLLEGE NOTES: Central York grad Hayden Wagner named honorable-mention All-American

  • Hayden Wagner is an honorable-mention All-American for NCAA Division I-II.
  • The honor was handed out by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
  • The Central York High grad is a junior standout for George Mason University.
Hayden Wagner

Hayden Wagner has added yet another honor to his growing collection.

The Central York High School graduate was named an honorable-mention NCAA Division I-II All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Monday.

Wagner is a 6-foot, 6-inch junior opposite hitter for George Mason University. He was also an honorable-mention All-American in 2018. He's just the fourth GMU player to earn multiple All-America honors.

Wagner led the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in points per set (5.20) and kills per set (4.26) — good for third and fifth in the nation, respectively. He notched 23 double-digit kill performances this season, including 20 straight from Jan. 15 through March 30. 

That earned Wagner first-team All-EIVA recognition for a second straight season. He set a program record with four EIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors. He also posted 17 kills, three service aces and three blocks in the EIVA semifinals to land him a spot on the EIVA All-Tournament Team. 
Wagner wrapped up his junior campaign with 379 kills, 105 digs, 83 blocks and 35 service aces. His 730 career kills rank 11th in the rally-scoring era at GMU. 

George Mason finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 17-9. The Patriots notched 10 conference wins for the second straight season to earn the No. 2 seed in the EIVA Tournament, falling to Penn State in the semifinals.



Spring Grove's Norton honored at Saint Francis: Spring Grove High School graduate Hayley Norton was given the Wallace Athletic Award at Saint Francis University on Monday.

The award is given annually to the top senior female student-athlete(s) for the Red Flash. The softball standout shared the award with women's basketball player Jess Kovatch.

Norton will graduate as the premier power hitter in Northeast Conference history. She leads the Northeast Conference and Saint Francis in career home runs with 56, which ranks fifth among all active NCAA Division I players, and she is first in NEC and Saint Francis history with 211 RBIs. The total ranks second among all active D-I players.

Norton also holds school and conference records in total bases with 457, fifth among active players. A two-time First Team All-NEC selection and three-time all-conference selection, Norton has helped SFU to two NEC titles. She currently leads the NEC in home runs with 15 and RBIs with 58. She's has a .378 average, a .715 slugging percentage and a .450 on-base percentage.

West York's Narber to play for Shippensburg: West York High School's Alyssa Narber recently committed to play NCAA Division II women's soccer for Shippensburg University.

Narber earned four varsity letters for the Bulldogs and was selected by the coaches as an All-York-Adams League Division II second-team all-star in 2018. She also served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons at West York.

At the club level, she competed for York United 99.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.