The York College athletic teams enjoyed an stellar Saturday, sparked in large part by big performances from York County athletes.
The Spartan men's basketball team earned one of the biggest wins in the Matt Hunter era on Saturday with a 78-74 Capital Athletic Conference upset over Salisbury, which came in ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division III.
Junior Blayde Reich converted a three-point play with 39 seconds left to help seal the win. The Spartans overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to pull off their second straight upset of Salisbury in Wolf Gymnasium. York led for just 39 seconds — the final 39 seconds.
The loss for Salisbury (12-3, 7-1) is the Gulls' first conference loss of the year and drops them into a first-place tie with No. 4 Christopher Newport. York improved to 10-5 and 5-3 and is now two games out of first.
It is the second time under Hunter, in his fifth season at York, that the Spartans have beaten a nationally-ranked team at Wolf Gymnasium, with the other coming Feb. 6, 2014, vs. No. 6 Wesley, 62-48. York's 10 wins ties for the most in a single season in the Hunter era.
Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner, a freshman, collected eight assists, seven rebounds and four points. Wagner has dished out 21 assists with just three turnovers in his last three games. He also he has 20 boards in his last three contests.
York County players spark Spartan women: The York College women's basketball team also earned an impressive victory over Salisbury on Saturday, 74-51, thanks in large part to major contributions from some local graduates.
The Spartans have won six of their last seven, including three in a row, to improve to 11-4 overall and 5-3 in the CAC. Salisbury fell to 8-7 and 4-4.
The game also marked the return of All-CAC forward Sam Hruz. She had missed the last three games because of injury. She finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, shooting 5 for 6 from the floor.
Dallastown grad Katie McGowan paced the York women with 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, going 8 for 12 from the floor. McGowan either set or tied her career high in points, rebounds and blocks. She has reached double figures in scoring in five of her last seven games.
Red Lion grad Morgan Kuehne added 15 points, three rebounds and four assists, going 7 for 10 from the floor. West York grad Sarah Shearer collected 11 points and four rebounds, going 4 for 6 from the floor.
Flynn sets record, leads York wrestlers at Whitehill duals: The York College wrestling team concluded an impressive two-day stay at the 2017 Budd Whitehill Duals in Williamsport.
The Spartans finished second at the championships on Saturday. The runner-up finish for York was their best-ever finish in nine trips to the tournament hosted by Lycoming College.
Senior Ryan Flynn became the Spartans' career leader in wins. He picked up a pair of wins on Saturday to raise his career record to 116, passing current assistant coach Kyle Flickinger for the all-time Spartan record. Flynn, who wrestles at 133 pounds, is 25-2 overall and 116-32 for his career. He's won eight straight decisions.
The Spartans are 9-3 overall and ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division III. They beat Oswego State (25-15), Springfield (35-3), Ohio Northern (32-10) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire 23-9. York fell to No. 8 Messiah, 30-13.
Men's swim team off to historic start: The York College men's swim squad kept rolling, sweeping a Saturday tri-match with Frostburg State University and Salem International University in Frostburg, Maryland.
The Spartans defeated Frostburg State 86-36 and completed the sweep with a 92-29 win over Salem International. York improved to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the CAC.
The Spartans' 11-0 start is the best in school history, two wins better than the undefeated 2006-07 Spartan squad that went 9-0 during their dual-meet season. The 11 straight wins breaks the school record of 10 set by the 2009-10 Spartan squad.
Junior Morgan Schreiber (100 backstroke, 200 back) and freshman Jesse Tate (100 butterfly, 200 individual medley) each picked up a pair of wins. Schreiber and Tate have each won 13 individual races during the year. Tate is a former Central York High School standout. Senior Ian Kruper also earned a pair of wins (100 freestyle, 200 free). He now has seven individual victories. Kruper is a York Suburban grad.
Women's swim team wins sixth straight: The York College women's swim team extended its win streak to six by also sweeping Saturday's tri-meet at Frostburg. The Spartans defeated Frostburg State 65-57 and Salem International 92-29.
York improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the CAC.
Sophomore Maddy Mann picked up two more wins (200 free, 400 free). She now owns 18 individual victories.
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