Brittany Arentz and Taylor Tannura have quite a few things in common.
First, both girls are remarkable soccer players.
Second, while attending different high schools — Arentz goes to Northeastern while Tannura attends Susquehannock — they both played together for many years with the FC York club team.
Third, and mostly importantly, both were named Players of the Year recently by the York-Adams League coaches.
Arentz, who scored 35 goals this year, was honored in Division I after excelling for the co-champion Bobcats. Tannura was awarded the honor in Division II while playing for the Division II champion Warriors.
Arentz: For Arentz, it was a history-making season after she helped lead the Bobcats to a share of the program’s first Division I title.
Northeastern finished tied atop the standings with Dallastown after compiling a 9-3 record in divisional play.
As happy as the Bobcat junior was to help her team capture a share of the title, she was just as pleased that her team was able to defeat every team in the division at least once during the regular season.
“A lot of us have been talking about getting that banner at our school since we don’t have one at Northeastern,” Arentz said. “So we’ve been striving to win something — counties, districts or the division — so that we could get that banner. So we’re all pretty proud of that.
“But we’re also happy that, for the first time in a long time, we beat every single team in the division at least once. Last year we split with Central, but we lost to Dallastown both times. So we were consistent and we won more games.”
Undoubtedly the biggest moment of the season came back in early October when Arentz and her teammates hosted the Wildcats. Arentz scored all three of her team’s goals in a thrilling 3-2 triumph.
Arentz summed up both her and her team’s feelings about that contest succinctly.
“Beating Dallastown … that was pretty insane,” she said.
While Arentz is certainly one of the most prolific scorers throughout the York-Adams League, she takes a lot of pride in how she is seen and heard by her teammates.
“I scored 35 goals, so that is definitely an accomplishment,” she said. “But I was also named captain for this year, and I was definitely proud of myself for that. I like being a leader on the field and being that role model for some of the girls, helping the team out and being someone that coach comes to talk to when things need changed. That role, I think, is what I really liked about this year.”
Arentz may not be finished racking up impressive stats and awards just yet. Many of Northeastern's key players, like herself, are juniors.
While Arentz is typically someone who likes to share, that's not the case when talking about next year’s York-Adams title.
“We’ll have 10 starters back,” she said. “So we want to win the league, not as co-champions but champions by ourselves, and I think we all plan on going far in counties and districts.”
Tannura: For Tannura, the build up to this season’s honor has been years in the making.
Starting as a freshman two years ago, the Susquehannock standout played as an outside defender. As a sophomore last season, she moved up as a defensive midfielder.
With the loss of leading scorer Maddie Mummert from last year’s squad that made it to the PIAA playoffs, Tannura’s position on the field was changed one more time.
“This year I was an attacking midfielder,” she said. “So every year I just kept moving up (the field) and this year was the year where I really had to step up and try to score more, which I feel I was pretty successful with.”
Tannura finished with 13 goals this season, including four game-winners. She also had six assists. For her career, Tannura has 18 goals and nine assists.
While the Warriors had a successful season — they won at least a share of the Division II title for the fourth year in a row while also advancing to the District 3 playoffs — Tannura and her teammates were a little disappointed to not reach the same level as last year’s club.
Tannura pointed out the loss of several key players, including Mummert and standout goalie Ashley Stone, from the 2015 team. This year, she and her teammates worked to get better and, like Arentz, she feels like better things await the squad next season.
“I guess that we were a little disappointed that we didn’t go as far this year,” she said. “But after losing a lot of good players from last year I feel that we still did pretty well rebuilding our team. We had a lot of success this year.”
Tannura seemed to save up her biggest moments during the biggest games. She scored a goal and added an assist in two wins over perennial rival Dover. She added a pair of goals against York Suburban, whom her team split with during the regular season.
Logue: The Division III Player of the Year was Hannah Logue of Fairfield.
Logue helped the Green Knight capture the York-Adams Division III and District 3 Class 1-A championships.
Coaches of the Year: The York-Adams League Coaches of the Year were: Northeastern's Diana Collier in Division I, York Suburban's Tom Shugars in Division II and Fairfield's Phomma Phanhthy in Division III.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YORK-ADAMS DIVISION I ALL-STARS
Player of Year: Brittany Arentz, Northeastern.
Coach of the Year: Diana Collier, Northeastern.
Brittany Arentz, Northeastern.
Amanda Bentz, Northeastern.
Natalie Gettle, Dallastown.
Skyler Wilt, Dallastown.
Rachel Wilhelm, Central York.
Lynsey Nicholas, Central York.
Alyssa Adams, Red Lion.
Sierra Ghougasian, South Western.
Taylor Geiman, South Western.
Abby Erlemeier, Spring Grove.
Jenn Conn, New Oxford.
Chaney Golden, Northeastern.
Celeste Workman, Northeastern.
Lyndee Anders, Dallastown.
Lillian Jamison, Dallastown.
Chloe Carns, Central York.
Hannah Ferguson, Central York.
Kiersten Strong, Red Lion.
Emily Tollinger, Red Lion.
Abby Castle, Red Lion.
Macey Bahlow, South Western.
Kyla Brossoti, South Western.
Moriah Morton, Spring Grove.
Abbie Marquette, Spring Grove.
Lauren Burlingham, New Oxford.
Ella Flickinger, New Oxford.
Ella Myers, New Oxford.
YORK-ADAMS DIVISION II ALL-STARS
Player of the Year: Taylor Tannura, Susquehannock.
Coach of the Year: Tom Shugars, York Suburban.
Catie McCarty, West York.
Paige Bulgarelli, York Suburban.
Haley Spyker, Eastern York.
Yulia Houseal, Susquehannock.
Paige Linden, York Suburban.
Delany Gross, York Suburban.
Brittany Heistand, York Suburban.
Deonna Smalls, West York.
Kylie Firestone, Dover.
Taylor Kline, Dover.
Nicole Suggs, Gettysburg.
Madison Warfield, Kennard-Dale.
Allison Ebaugh, Kennard-Dale.
Emma Lonas, Susquehannock.
Carly Attig, Susquehannock.
Remingtan Reichard, Eastern York.
Kelly Sydney, Eastern York.
Madison James, York Suburban.
Libby McKeever, Dover.
Jordan James, Dover.
Tori Wantz, Dover.
Mckenzie Gerrick, West York.
Emma Tyndall, West York.
Alana Bortner, Gettysburg.
Alyssa Narber, West York.
YORK-ADAMS DIVISION III ALL-STARS
Player of the Year: Hannah Logue, Fairfield.
Coach of the Year: Phomma Phanhthy, Fairfield.
Norah Clark, Fairfield.
Sarah Heinbaugh, Fairfield.
Carly Stoner, Biglerville.
Emma Stremmel, Biglerville.
Cayla Aquino, Delone Catholic.
Diana Biesecker, Delone Catholic.
Candace Childs, Littlestown.
Jessica Brett, York Catholic.
MaCayla Welsh, York Catholic.
Melanie Matthews, York Catholic.
Belzabeth Marquez, Bermudian Springs.
Chloe Yinger, Bermudian Springs.
Olivia Feeser, Bermudian Springs.
Courtney Seymore, Biglerville.
Julia Haines, Biglerville.
Kendyll Fissel, Biglerville.
Sam Schulteis, Biglerville.
Sydney Trostel, Biglerville.
Julia Whiteleather, Delone Catholic.
Tess Maitland, Delone Catholic.
Anabell Anderson, Fairfield.
Milly Heinbaugh, Fairfield.
Moriah Logue, Fairfield.
Emma DePalmer, Hanover.
Kaurtney Parish, Hanover.
Brayden Ball, Littlestown.
Brianna Kress, Littlestown.
Kayleigh McClay, Littlestown.
Magin Reed, Littlestown.
Moriah Ball, Littlestown.
Courtney Nattans, York Catholic.
Eden Jahn, York Catholic.
Renee Bonner, York Catholic.
Tyler Bain, York Catholic.