HEISER: Monumental Monday in York-Adams League sports

Steve Heiser
  • 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.

Susquehannock's Maddie Staub has been the Warriors' ace all season and will now look to hold the Delone Catholic offense in check in Monday's Y-A League semifinal showdown.

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.

Dallastown's Holden Koons wins District 3-AAA crown

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.

BASEBALL: Two no-hitters on same day in York County

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.

Madisyn Johnson comes up big for Dallastown in softball

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 sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.