PREP ROUNDUP: Eastern York takes major step toward winning Division III field hockey crown
The Eastern York field hockey team earned a win on Wednesday that was crucial on multiple levels.
The Golden Knights edged York-Adams Division III rival Gettysburg in Wrightsville, 2-1. It was Eastern's fourth consecutive victory.
With the victory, the Golden Knights took a giant stride toward claiming the D-III championship. Eastern improved to 9-3-0. (27 points). West York is in second place at 8-3-1 (25 points). West York grabbed a 4-0 win over Littlestown on Wednesday.
The Golden Knights can clinch the outright crown with a victory Saturday morning at Fairfield.
Eastern is looking for its first Y-A divisional title since taking the D-II crown in 2010.
Eastern also helped its chances of making the District 3 Class 1-A playoffs. The Golden Knights are No. 7 in the latest district 1-A power ratings. The top eight teams after Saturday's power-ratings deadline will qualify for the district 1-A field.
In Wednesday's match, Eastern's Shae Forry opened the scoring with a third-period goal off an assist from Lily Campbell.
Erika Kurnik extended the Golden Knights' lead to 2-0 with a fourth-quarter score, with Tatum Livelsberger and Hannah Lentz providing the assists.
Gettysburg's Natali Huwitch cut the margin to 2-1 later in the quarter, but that was as close as the Warriors could get.
Eastern had an 11-9 edge in penalty corners and a 19-13 edge in shots on goal.
The Golden Knights' goalkeeper, Kelsey Felix, had 12 saves to get the win.
Gettysburg dropped to 6-4-2.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Central York 7, Northeastern 0: At Central York, Grace Harrold led the Panthers to the Y-A D-I victory by scoring one goal and adding two assists. Victoria Whitehead scored two goals, while Caitlin Jacobs and Alison Yarnish each scored one goal and added one assist. Central York improved to 10-2-0. The Panthers are No. 6 in the latest District 3 3-A power ratings. After Saturday's power-ratings deadline, the top eight teams will make the district 3-A field.
New Oxford 4, Red Lion 1: At Red Lion, Carrie Bair led the Colonials to the Y-A cross-over victory by recording a hat trick. Teammate Ally Mathis also scored one goal. For the Lions, Jenna Derouaux scored the lone goal, while Hailey Johnson added an assist. D-II champion New Oxford improved to 10-1-0 in the division. The Colonials look like a lock to make the District 3 2-A playoffs. They are No. 2 in the power ratings.
Dallastown 4, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats improved to 12-0-0 and clinched the outright Y-A D-I championship. Dallastown is also headed to the District 3 3-A playoffs. They sit at No. 2 in the latest power ratings. It is Dallastown's first division crown since 2016.
Bermudian Springs 10, Fairfield 0: At York Springs, Melanie Beall's hat trick and and two scores from Eve Wilson led the way for Bermudian, which improved to 12-0-0. The Eagles are locked into the District 3 1-A playoffs. They are No. 2 in the power ratings.
Hanover 4, Delone Catholic 0: At Hanover, Lily Moorhead, Millie Nakienly, Emily Leonard and Jaden Bowers scored the goals in the Hawkettes' win.
Spring Grove 3, Dover 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won the Y-A D-I match, 25-13, 25-7, 25-10. Hailey Wolfe led the Rockets with 13 kills, nine digs and three aces. Also for the Rockets, Maddie Ruhland had 28 assists, four digs and three aces; Angalyn Strouse had eight kills and three digs; and Nevaeh Wolfe had four kills and four digs. Spring Grove remained tied for first in the division with South Western. Spring Grove looks in good position to make the District 3 3-A playoffs. They are No. 4 in the power ratings. The top eight teams in the final power ratings after Saturday's matches will make the district 3-A field.
South Western 3, Red Lion 0: At Red Lion, the Mustangs improved to 9-2 in Y-A D-I. staying in a first-place tie with Spring Grove. Emma Filipovits led the Mustangs with 12 kills, 18 digs and four aces. Also for the Mustangs, Makayla Dyson had 28 assists, five kills and five digs; Kya Rebert had nine kills, five digs and three aces; and Sarah Nicholl had nine kills. Red Lion's stat leaders were Riley Good (seven digs, nine assists) and Julia Beiler (five kills, nine digs).The Mustangs are No. 7 in the latest District 3 4-A power ratings. After Saturday's power-ratings deadline, the top eight teams will make the district 4-A field.
Gettysburg 2, Susquehannock 1: At Glen Rock, the Adams County Warriors finished off a perfect Y-A D-II season at 12-0-0. Gettysburg won its second straight division title. Susquehannock fell to 9-3. Gettysburg appears to have a District 3 3-A playoff berth wrapped up. The Warriors are No. 3 in the latest district 3-A power ratings. The top eight teams in the final power ratings will make the district 3-A field. Susquehannock sits at No. 11 in those same ratings.
Biglerville 4, Littlestown 1: At Biglerville, Brylee Rodgers' hat trick led the Canners. Rodgers also had an assist. Jayden Slonaker had Biglerville's other goal. Liv Wheeler scored for Littlestown.
Northeastern 4, Dover 2: At Dover, the Bobcats clinched the Y-A D-I title with two games left on their division schedule. It is the program's first division crown since 2005. The Bobcats improved to 11-1-0. Alex Afata scored twice for Northeastern, while Caleb Snyder and Brian Warrender had one goal each for the Bobcats. Mitchel Kling, Brian Warcholak and Afata had Northeastern assists. Charlie Ezibe and Jaxson Burrage scored Dover's goals. The Bobcats are No. 3 in the latest District 3 4-A power ratings and have likely wrapped up a district berth. Dover dropped to 5-5-2.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com. Dave VanO'Linda contributed to this report.