EMIGSVILLE — Our apologies to Bill Parcells, the football coach who once said: "You are what your record says you are."
Sometimes in sports, however, a team’s overall record may not always be an adequate reflection of a team's quality.
Injuries, illness and other factors can often put a damper on what may otherwise be an above-average or even outstanding squad.
Such is the case for the Central York field hockey team, which earned a 5-1 triumph over rival Red Lion on Wednesday afternoon, evening its record at 4-4.
Yes, the Panthers have had to struggle with an injury to one of its two senior starters, as well as a lack of depth.
Still, there's likely a more critical reason the CY girls entered this week with a misleading 2-4 overall record.
So how is that misleading?
Tough schedule: The sub-.500 mark had little to do with either injury or illness. Instead it was simply a factor of playing a brutal nonleague slate.
That schedule included a pair of contests last Saturday against Penn Manor (7-1) and Manheim Township (4-5), as well as an opening match against Northern York (8-1).
Not surprisingly, the Panthers dropped all three of those matches — 9-0 to Northern, 6-1 to Penn Manor and 1-0 against Manheim Township. The squad’s other setback was a 2-1 loss in the York-Adams League opener against South Western.
Things didn’t appear to get any easier this week with games against D-I rivals Dallastown and Red Lion on the slate.
The CY girls, however, are much better than a 2-4 squad. The Panthers demonstrated that with a big 4-1 triumph over the Wildcats Monday before following that up Wednesday afternoon with a surprisingly comfortable victory against the Lions.
Moving into first: Those triumphs propelled Central York atop the Division I standings at 4-1 mark, a half-game ahead of Red Lion, which fell to 5-5 and 4-2.
“We’re a really young team,” CY senior Katie Diehl said. “And we’ve learned a lot already this year already. I feel that we’ve picked things up a lot and we’re doing really good so far.”
A Y-A all-star last year as a freshman, the play of youngster Victoria Whitehead certainly stood out Wednesday. The sophomore scored four of her team’s five goals while assisting on the other.
“She’s just so super-fast,” Panthers coach Lori Livingston said. “And she’s really good with her stick too.”
Getting praise from foe: Whitehead, however, is but one of many talented underclassmen on the CY roster. While Penn Manor coach Matt Soto is not known as a coach to shower flowery praise often, Livingston was a bit surprised when he complimented the Panthers Saturday.
“I think he was kind of impressed,” Livingston said. “And he’s not real gracious, so that’s something.”
While the 6-1 setback was hardly the showing that Livingston was hoping for against the Comets, the fact that freshmen, sophomores and juniors make up most of the starting lineup for the Panthers is certainly a fact that turns some heads.
“Knowing that most of our kids are going to be back next year, and knowing that we played (Saturday) without one of our seniors (Diehl), and to score first (against Penn Manor) was something,” Livingston said.
Strong showing this week: Playing twice on Saturday against high-level opponents and then coming back to play Monday against Dallastown was no easy chore. So defeating both the Wildcats and Lions with little to no rest or practice is a testament to what the Panthers could become down the road.
For Diehl, who returned Monday after missing some time with a concussion, her team’s strong showing so far this week is not just about playing with talent, but also about playing with intelligence.
“Beating Dallastown is something that really did boost our confidence,” she said. “That was really a big help mentally, and then coming in to today (Wednesday), we knew what we needed to do. I think we played like we did on Monday, but even better and smarter.”
The hope for Diehl and Livingston is for the squad to continue to learn and improve as the season nears the midway point. The goals of winning the division title, as well as making a run in the District 3 playoffs, are still in front of the squad.
Livingston, however, knows that won’t be super easy. Another tournament in a few weeks at Conestoga Valley figures to bring the Panthers another heavy dose of top-notch competition. The CV draw includes the Panthers, the hosts (who are 7-1) as well as a Cedar Cliff squad that is currently atop the District 3 Class 3-A power ratings with a 6-0 record as of Tuesday.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Dallastown 3, Northeastern 1: At Manchester, Ellie Bailey led the Wildcats to the road victory by scoring one goal and adding one assist. Also for Dallastown (5-4 overall, 4-2 in York-Adams Division I), Sara Borger had two assists, while Abbie Kowalski and Zoe Heath each scored one goal. For the Bobcats, Sloan Shover scored the lone goal.
Bermudian Springs 7, Kennard-Dale 0: At York Springs, Hailey Lamo led the Eagles to the home victory by scoring one goal and adding two assists. Teammate Skyler West scored two goals. Bermudian improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in York-Adams Division III.
Kennard-Dale 5, York Catholic 0: At Fawn Grove, the Rams captured a pivotal York-Adams Division II victory. The Rams improved to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in D-II. York Catholic fell to 6-3 and 5-2. K-D is enjoying its best season ever and is trying to win its first-ever division crown. The only other unbeaten team in D-II is Gettysburg. The Rams face the Warriors on Sept. 24. Against York Catholic, K-D won all three singles matches in straight sets behind Brianna Miller, Megan Hawkins and Brianna Serruto. In doubles,Julia Rubelmann and Grace Maccarelli won the No. 1 match, while Shannon Fletcher and Victoria Santoriello won the No. 2 match.
Central York 3, South Western 2: At Hanover, the Panthers took a major step toward the York-Adams Division I championship with a key win over the Mustangs. Central improved to 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the division. The Panthers have D-I matches left vs. Red Lion and Suburban. With wins in both, they'll claim the outright division crown. Central is looking for its first D-I girls' tennis title since 2009. South Western fell to 8-4. Rachel Haupt, Audrey Stewart and Daniella Feistritzer each each picked up singles victories for Central. For the Mustangs, Emma Cockey and Meredith Lucey won the No. 1 doubles match, while Rachel Smith and Skylar Zepp won the No. 2 match.
Susquehannock 4, Northeastern 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors received singles victories from Ali Zapach and Abby Martin. In doubles, Megan Cramer and Diana Kelbaugh combined to win the No. 1 match in straight sets, while Julia Thomas and Livia Haines combined to win the No. 2 match, also in straight sets. For the Bobcats, Jillian Laughman won the No. 1 match in straight sets.
New Oxford 5, Dover 0: At Dover, the Colonials received straight-set singles victories from Kasi Conjack, Molly Socks and Kayla Hoffman. In doubles, Eryn Little and Brielle LaBeck won at No. 1, while Caitlyn Smith and Kaelyn Kennedy won at No. 2.
Dallastown 4, Red Lion 1: At Dallastown, on Senior Day, the Wildcats got the win to improve to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Gettysburg 3, West York 2: At West York, Alisa Steele earned a singles win for West York, while Amara Weaver and Alexa Stackhouse triumphed in doubles.
York Catholic wins D-III title, again: York Catholic is the York-Adams Division III golf champion, again.
The Fighting Irish clinched their seventh straight crown on Wednesday with a tournament victory at Bridgewater Golf Club. The Irish finished with a 28-2 record, while second-place Delone Catholic finished at 26-4.
The Irish had a 308 total on Wednesday, followed by Delone (314), York Tech (346), Fairfield (364), Hanover (379) and Bermudian Springs (381).
York Catholic's Russell McPaul was the individual medalist with a 68. Other golfers breaking 80 were: Delone's Corbyn Keller at 74, Delone's Mason Clabaugh at 75, Fairfield's Greg Gipe at 76,York Tech's Torey Verity at 77, York Catholic's Patrick Doran at 77 and Delone's Nick Carpenter at 78.
York Catholic 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York Springs, the Irish won, 25-19, 25-18, 25-10. Shannon Toomey led the Irish with 10 kills. Also for the Irish, Madeline Walker had 19 assists, four aces and four digs, Julia Yanick had 16 digs and five aces and Hope Leavy-Gaskins had seven kills and three aces. For the Eagles, Emily Shearer had 13 digs and four kills, while Hailey Madara had 13 assists. The Irish improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division II.
York Catholic 4, Antietam 1: At York Catholic, the Irish trailed 3-0 at the half, but scored four unanswered goals in the second half to clinch the nonleague victory. Ben Bullen led the Irish by picking up three assists. Also for the Irish, Dylan Staub scored one goal and added one assist, while Tyler Anthony, Nick Phillips and Pasen Maynard each scored one goal.
York Suburban 2, Dover 0: At Dover, the Trojans improved to 8-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in York-Adams Division II.
York Suburban 4, Dover 1: At Suburban, Nyah Hood had two goals and an assist to lead Suburban. Katie Wand and Brooken Sargen also scored for the Trojans. Bridget Pogson, Olivia Hayes and Sargen added assists. Malone Tracey scored for Dover.
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