EMIGSVILLE — There's always excitement and enthusiasm when Jeremiah Dadeboe is on the volleyball court for the Central York Panthers.
Dadeboe, a returning all-state outside hitter, is a player who never lets his team get too far down if things aren't going right.
But an illness prevented the Central York standout from taking the court Tuesday night when the Panthers hosted Dallastown in a York-Adams League battle.
While it's almost impossible to say exactly how much his absence impacted his team, it was pretty easy to tell that it wasn't a positive one. Central fell behind the Wildcats by as many as eight points early in Game 1 without their standout on the court.
Central, however, has many weapons, even without Dadeboe. One of them is another all-state player, Jason Gardner, who helped turn the tide for the home side. Gardner pounded a team-high 15 kills for the night to help the Panthers rally for a 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 triumph.
While Central prevailed, Gardner sure would have preferred having his fellow outside attacker on the court smashing down kills.
"Jerry is the type of player that brings a lot of energy," Gardner said. "He definitely helps us get out and get going right away."
The Panthers appeared to be stuck in a rut early on, trailing 14-6 in Game 1. Slowly but surely they steadied themselves by winning a couple of points in a row, sometimes with the help of some errant Dallastown serves (six errors in Game 1).
Central closed out Game 1 on a 7-2 run that definitely pumped up the Panthers, while also deflating a Wildcat side that was looking for an upset.
"Yeah, there was definitely some disappointment," Dallastown coach Lance Ranck said. "But when you start to feel that momentum shift, one of the things we have to be able to do is kind of pull that momentum back."
Central took control midway through Game 2 to go up 2-0 in the match before storming out to a big lead in Game 3. Dallastown, however, rallied back late in Game 3, closing a 19-10 deficit to within 22-20, but again couldn't pull it out in the end.
While Central coach Brad Livingston would have loved for his team to have played better throughout the night, he was nonetheless pleased to see some resolve from a club that is coming off a PIAA Class AAA championship a year ago.
"One of the things that we're trying to give (the kids) is a chance to learn," Livingston said. "I can be real quick on the trigger with timeouts, and sometimes you just have to give the kids a chance to see what they can do. You have to remember that it's a best-of-five match and you have to let them see if they can swing this around. And then some things started to happen. I was going to call a timeout when they got to 15, but then we started to side-out, side-outside out, side-out. So the kids (with their play) were pretty much just telling me to sit down and watch and that we have it in hand. And a lot of times you just have to know when to not get in their way."
Barden Neal led the Panther defense with 12 digs, while Trevor Holderegger, Landon Shorts and Carter Luckenbaugh combined to dish out 23 assists. Aaron Ward led the Wildcats with 10 kills, while setter Peyton Ranck dished out 24 assists.
Central improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the York-Adams League. Dallastown is 3-2 and 3-4.
OTHER BOYS' VOLLEYBALL
Dover 3, Eastern York 2: At Dover, the home team rallied for a 25-12, 17-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7 victory. The Dover stat leaders were: Zach Noll (47 assists, eight digs), J.T. Crossan (15 digs, five assists), Koleman Hoffman (33 kills, nine aces, nine digs) and Taylor McKeever (10 digs). Eastern was led by Greg Houck (30 assists) and Jarad Woods (15 kills). Eastern won the JV match, 25-14, 25-19.
York Suburban 3, West York 0: At West York, the Trojans triumphed, 28-26, 25-11, 25-14. Kaleb Ansell (33 assists, seven digs), Matt Hogg (nine kills) and Gavin Dean (13 digs) paced Suburban. West York was led by Brett Strickler (nine kills, five digs) and Jacob May (13 assists, five digs). Suburban also won the JV match, 25-9, 25-7.
Northeastern 3, Spring Grove 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats rolled, 25-10, 25-17, 25-17. Reese Devilbiss (10 kills) Philip White (11 kills) and Brent Williams (15 assists) led the Bobcats. Austin Muff (14 assists, six digs) and Dalton Forbes (eight digs, seven kills) paced the Rockets. Northeastern improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the York-Adams League. Northeastern won the JV match, 25-9, 25-13.
New Oxford 3, Red Lion 2: At New Oxford, Ryan McMaster led the Colonials to the 20-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-7 victory with 25 kills, 21 digs and six blocks. Teammate Trey Noble had 32 assists and 12 digs. For the Lions, Cole Brillhart had 18 kills, eight digs and six blocks, Dillon Hildebrand had 11 kills and 10 digs and Bennett Frey had seven kills, six blocks and 13 digs. New Oxford won the JV match, 25-22, 25-19.
Susquehannock 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Glen Rock, A.J. Schaeffer led the Warriors to the 24-26, 25-14, 25-23, 25-17 victory with 17 kills, 16 digs and three aces. Also for the Warriors, Brian Sheddy had 23 digs and 15 kills, Quinlan Kauffman had 19 digs, seven kills and three blocks and Stephen Rouse had 36 assists and four digs. For the Rams, Kyle Wooldridge had 23 kills, while Josiah McConville had 30 assists, five blocks, five digs and three kills, and Luke Criswell had seven kills, four blocks and three assists.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.