PREP: Dallastown's Holden Koons wins another District 3 boys' tennis 3-A singles title

  • Dallastown Holden Koons won his third straight District 3 Class 3-A boys' tennis singles title.
  • Koons defeated Cedar Crest's Jackson Muraika in the title match, 6-4, 6-0.
  • Koons lost just five games in four district matches and did not lose a single set.

Dallastown High School's Holden Koons has done it again.

The Wildcats' junior boys' tennis standout completed a dominating run through the District 3 Class 3-A singles field on Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club to claim his third district championship in three seasons with the Wildcats.

Dallastown's Holden Koons now owns three straight District 3 Class 3-A boys' tennis singles titles. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The top-seeded Koons rolled past Cedar Crest's Jackson Muraika 6-4, 6-0 in the championship match. Muraika was the No. 3 seed.

In four matches in the district competition, Koons lost just five total games and did not drop a set.

Koons is rated as a four-star college recruit on a five-star scale and is ranked as the No. 2 junior in Pennsylvania by Tennis Recruiting Network.

Koons also owns three straight York-Adams League 3-A boys' tennis singles crowns.

Koons advanced to the title contest by beating Manheim Township's Tom Chairs 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals on Saturday. Muraika downed Palmyra's Ben Clary 6-0, 6-2 to capture his berth in the final. Clary was the No. 2 seed.

Clary then downed Chairs 6-3, 6-1 for third place and a spot in the PIAA Class 3-A state field.

York Suburban freshman Parker Lando will join Koons in the state tournament after beating Pequea Valley's Brady Burns 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) in the District 3 Class 2-A third-place contest on Saturday at HRC.

Lando entered the tournament unseeded. Burns was the No. 3 seed.

Earlier Saturday, Lando lost to eventual champion Nonpawitt Sirirungruangsarn of Wyomissing 6-1, 6-2 in Saturday's semifinal. The Wyomissing player was the top seed and downed Lancaster Country Day's Jonah Rebert, the No. 2 seed, in the 2-A title match, 6-0, 6-7 (1), 6-4.

The PIAA state tournament will begin Friday back at HRC. In the first round, Koons will face the fifth-place finisher from District 1. Lando will meet the District 7 champion.

Koons advanced to the state quarterfinals a season ago.


Northeastern keeps rolling in boys' volleyball: The Northeastern boys' volleyball team picked up another impressive nonleague victory on Friday night.

The Bobcats rolled past Bishop Guilfoyle, 25-21, 25-13, 25-19, in Manchester.

Northeastern, the five-time defending PIAA Class 2-A state champion, came into that match ranked No. 1 in the state in 2-A, according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Bishop Guilfoyle came in ranked No. 5 in the state in 2-A.

Cole Brillhart (11 kills) and Austin Richards (28 assists) led Northeastern to the win. 

Northeastern had previously beaten Cochranton and Pennsbury, who had been state ranked by the PVCA, and had also won the Cambridge Classic, Bobcat Invitational and Koller Classic tournaments.

The Bobcats (12-0 overall, 9-0 York-Adams League) will have a showdown against longtime rival Central York (10-0, 9-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Manchester. It is the league regular-season finale for each team.

Central is the defending state 3-A champion and is ranked No. 3 in the state in 3-A this season, according to the PVCA.

West beats East in football all-star game: The West team earned a 28-25 victory over the East team on Sunday in the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game at Altoona's Mansion Park.

Two York County players were selected for the West roster: Dover defensive lineman Chase Heath and Central York wideout Tim Sturgis. Red Lion coach Jesse Shay was an assistant coach for the West team.

The East-West All-Star Game has been played 17 times since 2001, with the East now holding a 10-7 series advantage.