WEDNESDAY'S BOYS' BASKETBALL: York High ends 2-game skid, Central starts Hoke era with win
The York High and Central York boys' basketball teams each earned their first wins of the season on Wednesday night.
For the Bearcats, the victory ended a two-game skid to begin their season.
For the Panthers, the triumph marked the beginning of a new era.
York High's first win didn't come easily. The Bearcats trailed 30-23 against Northeastern after a sluggish first half, but used a 25-18 second-half edge to force overtime. In OT, York outscored the Bobcats, 9-7, to capture a 57-55 victory to improve to 1-2 on the season. Northeastern fell to 0-2 overall.
Central, meanwhile, had a much easier time against Spring Grove, rolling to an 88-57 victory in Papertown. The contest featured the debut of new Central coach Jeff Hoke, who has taken over for Kevin Schieler, who resigned after last season. Schieler enjoyed great success during his Central tenure and led the Panthers to a York-Adams League playoff title in 2020.
York High turned things around Wednesday after opening the season with nonleague losses to two strong programs — Reading and Conestoga Valley.
Jacquez Simmons poured in 19 points to lead York High against the Bobcats. He was the only Bearcat in double digits.
Manny Capo paced Northeastern with 13 points, while Karon Mallory added 11 points and Jackson Burnham chipped in 10 points.
It was the Y-A Division I opener for the Bearcats, while Northeastern dropped to 0-2 in the division.
York High travels to unbeaten Red Lion (3-0) on Friday night in another D-I battle.
Northeastern has a week off before traveling to Spring Grove next Wednesday in a D-I contest.
Jacobi Baker, meanwhile, poured in 22 points for Central against Spring Grove. He got double-digit support from Nolan Hubbs (18), Greg Guidinger (15), K.B. Brown (10) and Ethan Dodson (10). Hubbs also had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Spring Grove was led by Diarmid Stewart (17 points) and Caleb Watson (11) points).
Central's season got off to a delayed start because the program first had to fulfill the PIAA's requirement to have 10 practices before playing a game.
Central is at New Oxford (1-1) on Friday. That contest will be a rematch of the 2020 league playoff championship game. Central won that game, 42-32.
Spring Grove fell to 0-2 both overall and in the division.
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
York Suburban 68, Eastern York 57: At Wrightsville, Camden Brewer's 19 points led Suburban to the Y-A D-II triumph. Aidan Hughley added 17 points for the Trojans, while Alon Gorham scored 14 points. Eastern York's Tristan Sawmiller pumped in 22 points to lead all scorers, while Austin Bausman added 18 for the Golden Knights and Micah Myers added 10. Suburban improved to 2-0.
York Catholic 62, York Tech 46: At Spry, the Irish held just a one-point lead at the half (28-27), but outscored the Spartans 34-19 in the second half to secure the Y-A D-III victory. Individually for the Irish (2-0), Luke Forjan scored 29 points. As a team, the Irish shot 23 for 29 from the charity stripe. Teammate Preston Boeckel knocked in 17 points. For the Spartans, Jamar Johnson scored 14 points, including three from behind the arc, while Judah Gentry scored 12 points.
West York 62, Susquehannock 59: At Glen Rock, the Bulldogs led 48-39 after three quarters and hung on for the Y-A D-II victory. Individually for the Bulldogs, AJ Williams and Ty Nalls each scored 18 points. Williams also went 8 for 9 from the charity stripe. For the Warriors, Jalen Franklin scored 22 points. Susquehannock fell to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the division. West York is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in D-II.
Kennard-Dale 58, Gettysburg 40: At Fawn Grove, Carter Day scored 12 points and Levi Sharnetzka added 11 points to pace K-D, which improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Y-A D-II. Trent Ramirez-Keller had 11 points for Gettysburg (0-3, 0-2).
Littlestown 66, Biglerville 29: At Biglerville, Jayden Weishaar scored 18 points to lead Littlestown, which improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Y-A D-III. Biglerville fell to 0-2 both overall and in the division. Braden Unger added 12 points for Littlestown. Drew Parker's 14 points paced Biglerville.
Bermudian Springs 43, Fairfield 35: At Fairfield, Jacob Martinez (14 points) and Connor Shaw (10 points) led the Eagles to the low-scoring win. Eric Ball (15) and Peyton Stadler (10) had 25 of Fairfield's 35 points. Bermudian is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Y-A D-III. Fairfield is 1-1 both overall and in the division.
Hanover 66, Delone Catholic 53: At McSherrystown, Hanover improved to 2-0 both overall and in Y-A D-III. Delone dropped to 0-2 both overall and in the division.
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