HEISER: Monumental Monday in York-Adams League sports
- Freshman Holden Koons won the District 3-AAA boys' tennis singles title.
- Dallastown's Nick Parker and Susquehannock's Conor Miller hurled baseball no-hitters.
- Dallastown's Madisyn Johnson made a game-changing catch in a softball game vs. Central York.
Most folks hate Mondays.
The weekend fun is over and another long work week looms.
If you were a York-Adams League sports fan, however, on Monday, May 9, 2016, the fun was just getting started.
In fact, it was a Monday that shouldn't be forgotten in these parts anytime soon.
It was packed with numerous championship efforts, multiple unforgettable pitching performances and even a game-changing catch that helped end an unbeaten season.
Holden Koons, freshman phenom: Let's start with Dallastown freshman phenom Holden Koons. The much-heralded boys' tennis player has lived up to his rather large advance billing, and more. He dominated his regular-season foes, rolled to a York-Adams League Class AAA championship, and on Monday, became the first York County player to win the District 3-AAA boys' tennis title since another Wildcat, Billy Heird, accomplished the feat a decade ago.
Normally, Koons' performance would put him alone in the spotlight, but not on Monday.
Four no-hitters: Koons had to share the Monday spotlight with not one, not two, not three, but four no-hitters.
Dallastown's Nick Parker did the trick vs. Central York in 10-0 six-inning baseball victory. He struck out eight, walked two and helped the Wildcats clinch the outright York-Adams Division I championship.
Susquehannock's Conor Miller may have been even more dominant in the Warriors' 4-0 baseball triumph over Dover. He struck out nine with just one walk in a seven-inning hitless effort.
The third no-hitter came in Delone Catholic's 10-0, six-inning softball victory over rival Hanover. Cassie Rickrode struck out 10, walked only one and also homered for good measure for the Squirettes, who had already clinched the York-Adams Division IV championship.
The final no-hitter was by Biglerville's Katie McCauslin and Jordan Miller in a 15-0, three-inning softball triumph vs. York Catholic. They combined for five strikeouts and one walk.
Other overpowering pitching performances: Lost in the no-hit mania were couple of other incredible pitching performances that would have garnered major headlines on any other day.
Susquehannock's Maddie Staub hurled a one-hitter in the Warriors' 9-0 softball victory over Dover that allowed her team to clinch at least a tie for York-Adams Division II crown. She came within five outs of another no-hitter. She struck out two and walked three.
Eastern York baseball standout Colby Shimmel may have delivered the most overpowering effort of the day on the mound, throwing a two-hitter in a 2-0 victory over visiting Littlestown. He struck out 11 and walked none and is a big reason why the Golden Knights have sewed up the York-Adams Division III championship.
Play of the day: The play of the day on Monday may been delivered by Dallastown softball outfielder Madisyn Johnson.
The Wildcats were locked in a 3-3 contest with unbeaten Central York when the Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth. A line drive was belted over Johnson's head in center field. It looked like a sure-fire, game-changing grand slam. Johnson, however, had other ideas. At the last minute, she leaped up and made a remarkable catch.
Central didn't score in the inning, and in the bottom of the sixth, Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Dallastown the dramatic 4-3 victory. The loss dropped Central to 17-1 and prevented the Panthers from clinching the outright York-Adams Division I championship.
Other titles: In addition to the championships mentioned above, a couple other teams fulfilled title dreams on Monday.
Northeastern outslugged West York, 14-8, to clinch the York-Adams Division II outright baseball crown behind a four-hit, three-RBI effort from Alex Raymond.
York Catholic, meanwhile, beat Biglerville 7-4 to sew up at least a piece of the York-Adams Division IV baseball title on Monday. Frank Skehan's three-hit, two-RBI performance led the way for the Irish. York Catholic clinched the outright division championship with a win vs. parochial rival Delone on Tuesday.
Overview: Those are just the highlights of Monday's York-Adams action.
It is quite a litany of athletic excellence.
Who says Monday can't be a fun day?
It makes you wonder what the rest of the week might bring.
Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.