PREP ROUNDUP: Dallastown wins field hockey showdown, Red Lion's Gillmen gets 300th victory
It was an eventful day of York-Adams League field hockey action on Wednesday.
Dallastown became the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I with a 2-1 overtime triumph at Central York.
Longtime Red Lion head Carol Gillmen, meanwhile, reached a career milestone with her 300th victory in a 4-1 triumph at Spring Grove.
Dallastown improved to 4-0-0 with its victory. The defending Division I champion Panthers entered the match at 2-0 in the division.
Zoe Heath and Camryn Eveler provided the Dallastown goals, while Eveler and Lilly Cantabene had assists. Eveler's OT goal gave the Wildcats the win.
Dallastown's Gloria Fleming had a defensive save.
Victoria Whitehead gave Central a 1-0 third-quarter lead before Dallastown rallied.
The Panthers lost despite a 14-3 edge in both shots and corners.
Goalie Montana Hoerrer came up big for Dallastown, making 12 saves.
Both teams had been dominant heading into Wednesday's match, winning each contest by at least two goals. Entering Wednesday, Dallastown had outscored its foes, 14-2, while Central had outscored its foes, 7-1.
The Wildcats are No. 2 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings. Central York is No. 10. The top eight teams in 3-A will qualify for the district playoffs.
This season has marked a major turnaround for the Wildcats, who finished 6-7-0 in York-Adams action last season.
Gillmen's milestone: In a quarter century as a head coach, Gillmen has coached 14 teams to District 3 appearances and earned three league crowns.
"Coach Gillmen has a fire to win and compete, but that fire is no brighter than her commitment to our field hockey program and all of the students she teaches and has taught in our district," Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius said. "I am proud to have her in our athletic department and look forward to watching her continue to impact our students and her program."
Gillmen and her team wore special commemorative T-shirts after the win and Gillmen was also presented with commemorative photo.
"Coach has won many division and league titles. However, I am certain she would rank her highlights by the number of successful women she has taught and mentored over the years," Fritzius said. "Coach Gillmen prides herself on the fact that she and her program expect her players to work hard, focus and achieve. The lessons the kids learn on the playing field prepare them to be successful in life."
Fritzius did not get to witness Gillmen's achievement on Wednesday, but he did say: "I am sure she privately was proud, but the first thing she thought of was the Central York game the next day. The team and boosters did have a surprise for her, which I am certain she enjoyed. The administration will most certainly honor this achievement at a forthcoming opportunity."
Red Lion improved to 2-2-0 with its victory at Spring Grove. The Rockets fell to 1-3.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
West York 1, Gettysburg 1: At West York, the Bulldogs and Warriors settled for a tie. Both teams are now 3-1-1- in D-III action. Maggie Spadafora scored for West York, while Natalie Kloster scored for Gettysburg. Both scores came in the first quarter
Bermudian Springs 7, Hanover 0: At York Springs, Melanie Beall had a hat trick to lead the Eagles. Eve Williams added two goals for the winners. Bermudian leads D-III at 5-0.
Biglerville 1, Fairfield 0: At Biglerville, Courtney Smith's third-period score lifted the Canners to the victory.
BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
York Suburban 23, Gettysburg 32: At John Rudy Park, Cole Adams lead the Trojans to the pivotal D-II victory by taking first in 16 minutes, 24 seconds. Also for Suburban, Grant Kern took second, while Shea Walsh took fifth. For the Warriors, Drew Cole took third and Jacob Bordatto took fourth. Suburban improved to 3-0-0 in the division. Gettysburg fell to 2-1-0.
GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Gettysburg 24, York Suburban 31: At John Rudy Park, Winter Oaster led the Warriors to the key D-II victory by taking second. Also for Gettysburg, Marrin Crist took third and Malina Reber took fourth. For the Trojans, Brooke Sargen finished first in 19:41, while Sarah Stark took fifth. Gettysburg is now 3-0-0 in the division, while Suburban fell to 2-1-0.
Bermudian Springs 3, Hanover 1: At York Springs, the Eagles improved to 4-1 in D-III behind two goals from freshman Israel Felipe and a goal and an assist from senior Brett Laughman.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com. Dave VanO'Linda contributed to this report.