Central York falls to No. 1 Fox Chapel in dramatic boys' volleyball title match


The Central York Panthers finished second to the host team at the Fox Chapel Classic in boys' volleyball action in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The host Foxes came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in Class AAA by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, while Central York was ranked No. 5.

In its first pool of the day, Central went undefeated by sweeping Central Catholic and Penn-Trafford. Following the first round, the teams entered a second pool based on their results in the first pool. Central's second pool included three other teams that finished first in the first round pools.

Central swept the second pool, defeating Saegertown on point differential, Fox Chapel on point differential and sweeping the Bethel Park Hawks 2-0. The Panthers' sweep of the second pool gave them the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs. Fox Chapel held the No. 2 seed.

All playoff round matches were formatted to play one set (game) to 25 points. Central swept by the Plum Mustangs 25-14 and advanced to the semifinals against Bethel Park, with the Panthers grabbing a 25-19 victory.

That set up a title match with Fox Chapel. With the score tied at 28-28 in the finals, the Panthers forced a Fox Chapel error and the 29th point went up on the scoreboard for the Panthers. After a lengthy deliberation by three of the four officials, and despite protestations by the Panther staff, the 29th point was wiped off the board and awarded to the Foxes. On the next rally the Foxes won the tournament title by besting Central York, 30-28.

The Panthers finished 7-1 on the day and won 10 of 13 sets.

Jeremiah Dadeboe and Landon Shorts earned all tournament honors and Jason Gardner led the Panthers with points scored in the playoffs.

Central York's statistical leader for the entire tournament were: Zach Beam (26 digs), Jeremiah Dadeboe (36 kills, nine blocks, 15 digs), Jason Gardner (47 kills, nine blocks, six aces, 14 digs), Trevor Holderegger (18 digs, 75 assists), Cole Johnson (17 kills, eight blocks), Carter Luckenbaugh (17 digs, 81 assists), Braden Neal (10 blocks, 16 digs), Landon Shorts (42 kills, 10 blocks, 13 aces, 18 digs, 12 assists) and Hayden Wagner (25 kills, 10 blocks).