VOLLEYBALL: Central wins Johnson vs. Johnson battle
DALLASTOWN — While there were no token wagers made, Tuesday evening’s showdown between Dallastown and Central York was certainly important for the Johnson family in terms of bragging rights.
Cole Johnson is one of the leaders for the Panthers this year. The junior standout leads his team in kills.
Jeff Johnson, who is Cole’s father, is an assistant coach for the Wildcats under Tom Beakler.
Inevitably, one of the two Johnsons would end up with a smile on his face at the conclusion of the night.
On this night, it would be Cole, who registered 17 kills and 14 digs, as Central pulled out a 31-29, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17 triumph. Central York improved to 4-0 in York-Adams Division I, good for a first-place tie with Northeastern, Dallastown fell to 2-2.
While there was no wager between the Johnsons, there was no shortage of gamesmanship between father and son.
“This morning before we left, he said something like ‘don’t forget that the match is in Hanover,’” Cole Johnson said. “And he also said ‘if you run out of gas, it’s fine … just wait a little bit.'"
Cole seemed to like the idea of adding bigger stakes for next year when the two squads meet.
“The loser has to walk home,” Cole Johnson said jokingly.
Cole has a lot more say about the outcome of these battles, but he was far from alone in that regard. Teammate Ben Seebold finished with 10 kills and two blocks, while Braden Richard actually led the Panthers with 18 kills.
Seebold, a senior, has been a particularly pleasant surprise for Central. While he had some varsity experience before this year, he’s really blossoming into another big weapon for opponents to focus on besides Johnson.
“I’ve improved a lot since last year,” Seebold said.
Playing alongside Johnson certainly has helped. While Johnson attracts double blocks, Seebold and others are given chances to hit against single blocks many times.
“Cole is a great teammate,” Seebold said. “He’s always been supportive of me and it’s just great to have him on the court.”
Controversial call: The visiting Panthers rallied back late in Game 1 with the help of a somewhat controversial call. Johnson’s kill attempt went into the net with his team down 24-23, but the Wildcats were called for a net violation to keep Central alive. The two sides traded points back and forth until a Dallastown kill attempt sailed wide, putting the Panthers up 1-0.
The Wildcats rebounded nicely in Game 2 to even things up, but the Panthers swept the final two games.
Carter Luckenbaugh dished out 45 assists in the victory, while four Central players reached double figures in digs, led by Johnson’s 14.
Dallastown was led in kills by Avery Terroso, who finished with nine. Setter Peyton Ranck dished out 30 assists, while Ranck and libero Mason Figdore tallied 11 digs apiece.
Northeastern 3, West York 0: At Northeastern, the top-ranked Class 2-A team in the state cruised past the Bulldogs, 25-14, 25-11, 25-14. Cole Brillhart led the way with 15 kills for the Bobcats and teammate Jacob Cheuvront recorded 26 assists. Sam Lovelace led West York with four kills and Edwin Quintanilla added eight digs.
Spring Grove 3, Red Lion 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets swept the Lions, 25-20, 25-18, 25-11. Spring Grove got seven blocks from Aaron Gunarich and 16 assists from Luke Hoffnagle. Colby Myers came up with 15 digs, while Ethan Shoup had 17 assists to lead Red Lion. The Rockets won the JV match, 2-0.
York Suburban 3, Dover 0: At Dover, the Trojans won the match, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15. Jack Schultz led the Trojans with 11 kills, four digs and three blocks. Also for Suburban, Nate Bowman had seven kills and nine digs, Noah Chojnacki had six digs and 15 assists and Zach Weinstein had six kills, 14 assists and three blocks. For the Eagles, Dalton Boll had six kills, while J.T. Crossan had 13 digs and Zach Noll had 14 assists. Dover won the JV match, 2-0.
Kennard-Dale 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Rams had little trouble sweeping the Golden Knights, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20. Adam Coomes had 24 kills to lead the K-D attack, while John Enders had 22 assists and Noah McConville had 11 digs. Eastern’s Greg Houck finished with 16 assists and Mike Shoff came up with 10 digs. K-D also swept the JV match, 2-0.
New Oxford 3, Susquehannock 0: At Glen Rock, the Colonials won the match, 25-12, 25-16, 25-18. Terry Sager led the visitors with 15 kills, six digs and three blocks. For the Warriors, Jake Williams had seven kills and seven digs, Reese Jackson had 18 assists and three digs and Adam Hedgeland had five kills. Susquehannock won the JV match, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12.
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