THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY PREP ROUNDUP: Northeastern boys' volleyball team rolls to win

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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Dallastown's Willem Del Priore, center, hits the ball across the net while Northeastern's Zach Johnson, left, and Joel Braswell defend during boys' volleyball action at Dallastown Area High School in York Township, Thursday, April, 1, 2021. Dallastown would fall to Northeastern 3-0. Dawn J. Sagert photo

DALLASTOWN — There’s not a ton of varsity on-the-court experience among the Northeastern senior trio of Brady Lemen, Joel Braswell and Tanner Sadowski.

Braswell and Lemen both played some meaningful minutes as sophomores for a Bobcats side that made it to the state semifinals. Sadowski, however, never got much of a chance to run the show as the backup to all-state setter Austin Richards.

With all three having their junior seasons upended by the coronavirus, that trio is having to both lead and play like seniors, while also learning the tricks to their trades at high school’s highest level.

That chore is certainly not an easy one, but so far all three look like players who have been there and done that.

Thursday evening at Dallastown High School, the evidence was there again when Northeastern cruised to a 3-0 triumph. Lemen finished with eight kills, while Braswell added seven of his own. Sadowski dished out 20 assists in a 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 victory. Northeastern improved to 3-0 on the season.

“I think we’re coming along pretty well,” Bobcats coach Matt Wilson said. “I’m pretty happy with our setter, Tanner, right now. He’s really stepped into a big situation and I think he’s moved the ball around nicely.”

Braswell, who is looking to win a state championship like his older brothers, Luke and Stephen did a few years ago, was equally impressed with the play of Sadowski so far.

“I have nothing but good things to say about his performance,” said Braswell, who matched Lemen with four aces on the night. “For not having as much experience as other setters that we’ve had, he’s smart, he’s making good decisions and he knows where to put the ball, and that’s big for our team.”

It never hurts to have high-velocity hitters such as Braswell and Lemen on the outside to go to at any given time. Braswell mentioned that playing off a hitter the caliber of Lemen on the other side is what makes stopping the Bobcats so difficult for opponents.

“Having two hitters makes other teams have to think,” Braswell said. “In some games we’ll have a plan to bunch and move guys over so we can focus on just one guy, but you really can’t do that against us. If you double on me and give a one-on-one with Brady Lemen, he’s going to put the ball down. There’s no question.”

While the final score was pretty to look at, the play of the Bobcats was, at times, sloppy. Wilson called a timeout in Set 1 to chew out his team after a ball at the net fell to the floor without one of his players making a dive to prevent that.

Wilson was also disappointed with the high number of service errors (14) for the evening.

“It wasn’t a clean night,” Wilson said. “I thought that we served really well Tuesday (against Red Lion), but for whatever reason that didn’t carry over to tonight. But, at the end of the day, I think we played well enough to get a big win for us.”

While COVID-19 did no favors to the sport by forcing the cancellation of an entire season, the schedule makeup for the Bobcats this year seems to have been a bonus. Contests against their biggest rivals — York Suburban and Central York — won’t happen until later in the season, when Wilson’s team hopes to be hitting a more dominant stride.

“There are a few teams out there that, I don’t want to say will be insurmountable, but we have a long way to go to get to where we want to be,” Wilson said.

OTHER BOYS' VOLLEYBALL

Red Lion 3, Dover 0: At Dover on Thursday, the Lions won to improve to 2-1. Dover fell to 0-1. The match scores were 25-17, 25-11, 25-16. Red Lion was led by Morgan Townsend (10 kills, four digs), Logan Crowe (14 assists) and Gabe Trevino (10 assists). Owen Davis led Dover with seven digs, three blocks, three assists and two kills.

TRACK AND FIELD

Red Lion, Northeastern athletes shine at Dallas Invitational: Several York-Adams League track-and-field standouts shined at the Bruce Dallas Invitational on Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.

Red Lion's A.J. Virata and Northeastern's Kaden Hamilton led the local contingent.

Virata won the boys' 200 dash in 22.09 seconds, just edging his teammate, Randy Fizer, who finished in :22.10. Virata also finished second in the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches.

The Red Lion boys' 400 relay team also finished first in :43.43.

Hamilton, meanwhile, won the boys' triple jump at 42-6.5, while taking second in the long jump at 21-2.5.

Northeastern's Cole Perry was third in the boys' 1,600 run at 4:30.12.

In girls' action, Northeastern's Bellia Treglia won the 3,200 run in 11:40.64. Her teammate, Marissa Pritchett, was second in 11:42.51.

Northeastern also won the girls' 3,200 relay in 9:53.79.

Red Lion's Camree Patterson won the girls' 100 dash in :13.35, while her teammate, Kylyn McIntire, was second in the girls' shot put in 34-9.

WRESTLING

DeLawder wins at Pittsburgh event: Gettysburg’s Montana DeLawder helped Team Pennsylvania down Team USA at the 47th annual Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.

The Pennsylvanians won, 27-23, with help from DeLawder’s second-period pin of Adrienne Turner of Davis, California, to start off the match. It was the only pin of the match.

Turner came in ranked No. 1 in the nation among the girls at 127 pounds, while DeLawder was ranked No. 2. It was the only girls’ match of the night.

BOYS' LACROSSE

South Western 12, York Suburban 2: At Suburban on Thursday, the Mustangs opened up a tight game with eight unanswered second-half goals. Jacob Mertz (seven goals), Matt Benzing (two goals, assist) and Nick Huff (goal, assist) paced the winners. Tyler Martin made 14 saves to get the win in goal. Sam Poster had two Suburban goals. Suburban's Elias Peters made 13 saves. South Western is 1-1. Suburban is 0-3.

Red Lion 16, Spring Grove 4: At Spring Grove on Thursday, Damian Stafford (three goals, six assists), Michael Wilburn (five goals, three assists), Jack Gulley (two goals, assist), Luke Miller (two goals), Evan Mader (goal, assist) and Landon Craley (goal, assist) led Red Lion to win.

Wilson 14, Red Lion 2: At Wilson on Friday, Red Lion fell in a battle of teams that entered at 3-0.

Ephrata 16, Red Lion 15: At Ephrata on Saturday, the Lions dropped an overtime decision to fall to 3-2 overall. Michael Wilburn (five goals, assist), Jack Gulley (five goals), Damian Stafford (two goals, assist), Luke Miller (two goals) and Landon Crawley (goal, assist) led the Lions. Ephrata is 4-0.

New Oxford 12, Susquehannock 8: At New Oxford on Thursday, the home team won to improve to 2-0 on the season. Susquehannock fell to 1-1.

Dallastown 18, Delone Catholic 2: At Dallastown on Saturday, the Wildcats rolled to the win to improve to 2-1. Delone fell to 0-3.

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Susquehannock 13, New Oxford 10: At New Oxford on Thursday, Addison Roeder led the Warriors to the York-Adams road victory by scoring six goals. Also for the Warriors, Rachel Destrine scored three goals and added one assist, Rachel Stiffler scored one goal and added two assists and Katheryn Burke scored two goals. For the Colonials, Eryn Little scored four goals, while Ally Mathis scored three goals. 

Dover 5, Central York 4: At Central on Thursday, the Eagles edged the Panthers to improve to 1-2 on the season. Central is 1-1. Jenna Davis had three goals and an assist for the winners, while Caitlyn Laird had 19 saves in goal.

Ephrata 16, Red Lion 14: At Red Lion on Saturday, the Lions dropped the nonleague contest. Tori Fumia (six goals), Hannah Connors (four goals, assist), Claire Busser (goal, assist) and Isabella Provenzano (goal, assist) paced the Lions, who fell to 1-2. Ephrata is 2-2.

BASEBALL

Gov. Mifflin 1, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown on Saturday, the Wildcats got a stellar pitching effort from Connor Barto, but still suffered the loss. In a seven-inning, complete-game effort, Barto allowed three hits, while striking out six and walking two. The Dallastown offense couldn't do anything with Gov. Mifflin pitcher Connor Maryniak, who threw a no-hitter, striking out 13 and walking two. Dallastown fell to 2-1. Gov. Mifflin is 2-2.

Hanover 9, Columbia 6: At Columbia on Thursday, the Nighthawks grabbed the nonleague victory to improve to 1-2.

SOFTBALL

Delone Catholic 12, Susquehannock 3: At Glen Rock on Thursday, Kathryn Keller led the Squirettes to the victory by going 3 for 4, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Also for Delone, Alma Partenza homered and doubled with four RBIs, Amy Anderson went 2 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored and Emma Goddard went 2 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and one run scored. For the Warriors, Brooke Bosley went 2 for 4, including a double, with two runs scored, while Amaya Wheeler went 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.