YORK COLLEGE: Big crowd watches unbeaten Spartans capture key men's basketball triumph

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • The York College men's basketball team improved to 15-0 on Saturday.
  • The Spartans downed Christopher Newport 79-69 in front of more than 1,800 fans at Wolf Gym.
  • Matt Scamuffo led York College with 18 points. Blayde Reich added 17 points and eight rebounds.

The biggest home crowd of the season watched the York College men's basketball team earn one of its biggest wins of the season on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Matt Scamuffo had 18 points in York College's win over Christopher Newport on Saturday. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

A crowd of more than 1,800 fans saw the unbeaten Spartans down two-time defending Capital Athletic Conference champion Christopher Newport, 79-69 at Wolf Gymnasium in the Grumbacher Center.

The Spartans, ranked No. 8 nationally in NCAA Division III by d3hoops.com, are riding a school-record 15-game win streak to start the season. They are now 8-0 in the CAC and own a two-game lead over Salisbury and a three-game advantage over Mary Washington and CNU (11-4 and 5-3).

York was led by Matt Scamuffo (18 points), Blayde Reich (17 points, eight rebounds), Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner (12 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Jason Bady (12 points, five rebounds) and Dalton Myers (11 points).

The Spartans snapped a nine game losing streak against CNU. They are now 2-9 all-time against the Captains. York's last win over CNU came in York on Dec. 6, 1992.

The 15-game win streak bests the 14-game streak from in 2005.

The attendance of 1,810 was the second-largest crowd in the 12-year history of Charles Wolf Gymnasium at the Grumbacher Center, second only to Nov. 18, 2006, when 2,100 fans celebrated the opening of the gym against Stevenson.

Wagner tied a season high with six assists in the win. He is second in the CAC in assists per game.

The Spartans head back out on the road on Wednesday when they head to St. Mary's City, Maryland, to face the Seahawks in a CAC contest. In a reverse of normal scheduling, the men will tip off the CAC doubleheader at 6 p.m. followed by the women's game at 8 p.m. That starts a three-game road trip that includes stops at Mary Washington and Frostburg State.  



Spartans' furious rally falls short vs. No. 11 CNU women: The York women's team wasn't as fortunate Saturday, dropping a 75-72 decision to CNU.

A furious fourth-quarter York comeback fell just short against nationally-ranked CNU.

The Spartans erased a 20-point deficit early in the fourth quarter but just ran out of magic. The Captains scored five of the final seven points of the game to secure the win. The loss snaps York's season-high, four-game win streak.

York fell to 10-5 overall and 6-2 in the CAC. CNU, ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III, improved to 13-2 and 7-1.

Dallastown HIgh School graduate Katie McGowan (22 points, seven rebounds) led York, followed by Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner (15 points, eight rebounds) and York Suburban grad Molly Day (10 points, eight rebounds).

Day is a freshman. Wagner tied her career-high with her eight rebounds. She now has 951 career points.

The Captains have won six straight against the Spartans.

York broke a school record by going 21 for 22 from the free throw line (95.5 percent), breaking the previous record of .950 vs. Catholic on Jan. 19, 2005 (19-for-20).

Warner leads Spartan wrestlers: The York College wrestling team finished third at the 2018 Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College on Saturday in Williamsport.

The Spartans, who advanced to the championship bracket after going 3-0 on Friday, fell in the semifinals to No. 11 Messiah, 27-12, but rebounded to earn third with a 21-17 win against No. 18 Roger Williams. Sixteen teams competed in the event.

Junior All-American Greg Warner earned all-tournament team honors after being named the best 149-pounder at the tournament. Warner went 5-0 for the weekend and improved to 19-3 overall. Junior Frankie Krauss was also 5-0 at 184 pounds to move to 20-3.

York is 5-2 as a team and ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division III.

York swim teams triumph: The York swimming teams earned a pair of non-conference wins Saturday over visiting Randolph-Macon.

The men's team won, 151-103, while the women's team won, 148-106. Both teams are now 6-2.

Keven Stahl (1,000 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Morgan Schreiber (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke) each won two individual events for the York men.

Stahl, a freshman, set another record. He established a pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.51. He swam in that event as an exhibition. Stahl now has 15 individual wins to pace the squad.

Justine Wantz (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke), Leilani Garcia (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke) and Danielle Werner (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) each won two individual events for York.