Big opening night for York College basketball programs
- The York College women's basketball team defeated McDaniel on Tuesday, 62-50.
- The York College men's basketball team defeated Gettysburg on Tuesday, 59-52.
The men and women's York College basketball teams opened their 2016-17 seasons with road triumphs on Tuesday night.
The women's team knocked off McDaniel College, 62-50, in Westminster, Maryland, while the men's team prevailed over Gettysburg College, 59-52.
In the women's game, the Spartans took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but erupted in the final frame, outscoring the Green Terror, 23-12, to earn the comfortable win.
Red Lion High School graduate Morgan Kuehne led York with 18 points, while Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner chipped in with 15 points. Last year's All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree, Sam Hruz, earned a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
York only shot 38.7 percent from the field, but held McDaniel to just 30 percent shooting, outscoring the home side in three of the four quarters.
In the men's game, the Spartans outscored the Bullets in both halves to open the season on a positive note.
York's Matt Scamuffo led all players with 16 points, while Dalton Myers added 11.
Central York grad Jared Wagner recorded eight points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in his first college game, coming off the bench to play 18 minutes. Spring Grove grad Darin Gordon started as a true freshman, totaling 17 minutes and recorded two points and four rebounds.
The Spartans only shot 37.7 percent from the field, but capitalized on points off turnovers and second-chance points. York owned a 23-16 advantage in points off turnovers and a 12-7 advantage in second-chance points.
The women's team will play at home for the first time this season on Friday when it hosts the 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and will face Pitt-Greensburg at 6 p.m.
The men's team will take part in the Rotary Tip-Off Tournament at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster. The Spartans will face St. Vincent at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
PSY women open year with victory: The Penn State York women's basketball team earned a hard-fought 51-46 road win over Central Penn College on Tuesday.
PSY took a three-point lead into the halftime break and then added to it in the second half to pull off the narrow victory.
Bermudian Springs grad Karra Thomason led the Lady Lions with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Emily Colon added 12 points and 13 rebounds. West York grad Charizma Johnson played all 40 minutes for PSY, scoring five points and adding five rebounds, two assists and four steals to her stat line.
The Lady Lions will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to face Trinity Washington at 5 p.m.
PSY men suffer opening defeat: The Penn State York men's basketball team opened its season with a 91-70 road defeat to Central Penn on Tuesday.
Red Lion grad Trent Thomas scored a game-high 20 points for PSY to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Lucas Jewell added 14 points off the bench and Matt Achille scored 10 off the bench.
PSY is in action again on Saturday when it travels to McDaniel for a 7 p.m. tip.
Dover grad earns PSAC weekly honor: Indiana University of Pennsylvania sophomore Nicole Smith was named the CollegeSwimming.com Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.
Smith, who's a Dover graduate, has PSAC qualifying times in the 50 freestyle, 100 free, 200 free and 500 free. The sophomore helped IUP to three dual-meet wins over Shippensburg, Edinboro and Saint Vincent. She won the 200 free in the meets against Shippensburg and Edinboro, won the 100 free against Edinboro and then was victorious in the 50 free and 500 free in the Saint Vincent meet. She also finished second in the 100 free against Shippensburg.
Dell named Spartan Athlete of the Week: Grant Dell, a junior on the men's cross country team at York College, was named the Spartan Athlete of the Week.
Dell led the Spartans to their best-ever finish in the regional championships when the team finished fourth at Saturday's Mid-East Championships in Allentown. He was York's top finisher at the event, taking 19th overall with a time of 25 minutes, 33 seconds and was one of four all-region honorees from the team. His result in the meet was 19 places better than when he competed as a sophomore and shaved 53 seconds off of last year's time. Dell is a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree after taking fifth at the CAC Championships in Hershey in October.