YORK-ADAMS LACROSSE: Susquehannock's Riley gets best of Central York's Yantek in friendly boys' battle
GLEN ROCK — Lacrosse players Katon Yantek and Collin Riley have known each other for quite a few years.
The two played together on the same youth team way back when they were they were 10 years old. They consider themselves like brothers.
So, yes they're pretty tight with one another.
But when those two stepped onto the field at Susquehannock High School Tuesday night, they weren't doing so as teammates. Yantek, a star attacker for Central York, was invading Riley's home turf when the Warriors and Panthers battled in a York-Adams League contest.
While Yantek did all that he could, including notching the first goal of the night 61 seconds into the tilt, it was Riley and his teammates who came out on top in the end. Riley scored two times and added three assists to propel Susquehannock to a convincing 15-7 triumph.
"He's like a brother to me," Riley said moments after he and Yantek posed for a post-game picture.
Was it difficult for him to play against Yantek in what could be the last time they square off in high school?
"It's not that tough (to play against him)," said Riley, who plans to play at John Carroll University next year. "I'm trying to win a game."
Fortunately for Riley, the Warrior senior had plenty of help. Sophomore Jack Allred scored four goals, including three during a 6-0 run that helped the home team turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 advantage at the intermission.
"He's probably the best sophomore in the league," Riley said. "He's got double-digit goals already. A ridiculous shooter and accurate. He's very key to our offense."
While Riley and Allred led the Warrior offense, it was goalie Shane Silk who was terrific in the cage. Silk tallied 15 saves, many of them coming off of shots from point-blank range.
"He was first-team all-county for a reason," Riley said. "Best keeper in the league."
Silk helped put a lid on Yantek for much of the night. The Panther junior was held to two goals and an assist.
While Riley was obviously feeling pretty good after his team improved to 3-0, he tried to keep his good friend in good spirits, especially after Central York fell to 0-4.
"I do want to see him be successful," Riley said. "Just not against me."
OTHER Boys' lacrosse
West York 16, York Catholic 15 (OT): West York's Devyn Roehm's hand proved hottest in a high-scoring affair, scoring a game-high five goals for the Bulldogs. Cody Richter added four goals and an assist in West York's win. Teammate Hunter Betz turned in an eight-point effort, with two goals and six assists. The Irish onslaught was led by Jacob Norton's four goals. Tommy Bowser had a hat trick for York Catholic.
Dallastown 18, Kennard-Dale 4: The Wildcats overwhelmed the Rams with an offensive onslaught led by senior attacker Brian Prats' four-goal effort. Prats also added an assist. Dominick Gurreri had a hat trick and an assist for the Wildcats. K-D got two goals from Lance Schopf.
Eastern York 14, New Oxford 11: At New Oxford, a huge, 12-point game from Conrad Rhein carried the Golden Knights past the Colonials. Rhein finished with six goals and six assists. Evyn Witman scored four goals and Tat Adamson added three for Eastern York. Jimmy Kurnik chipped in with three assists for the victors. Alex Clabaugh scored seven goals to lead New Oxford.
Red Lion 17, Spring Grove 11: At Red Lion, Emily Harrington and teammate Peyton Shima each scored five goals to lead the Lions. Also for Red Lion, Emily Robbins had three goals and one assist, Sam Collis had two goals and Jenna Godfrey and Josie Raver collected one goal and one assist apiece. For the Rockets, Lauren Grove scored five goals, Brea Keiser and Hallie Walker each scored two goals, while Samantha Richards scored one goal and added one assist.
New Oxford 11, Eastern York 7: At Eastern York, the Colonials clamped down defensively in the first half, opening up a 6-0 halftime lead, before putting the game away in the second half. Braxton Reddinger's five goals and Raleigh Bateman's four goals led the way for New Oxford. Eastern York got a three-goal effort from freshman Lauren Kauffman.
York Catholic 18, West York 4: Lindsey China exploded for seven goals as the Irish cruised past the Bulldogs. Teammate Shannon Moore added four goals, while Kayleigh Pokrivka and Amanda Tufano each picked up a pair of goals. Lakyn Brenneman, Kelley Dietz, Ally Williams and Chloe Smith comprised the scoring for West York.
Kennard-Dale 21, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown, Morgan Day powered the Rams by scoring a game-high five goals. Lynsey Duty had four goals and one assist, Maddie Day had three goals and two assists, Emmie Dresser had three goals and one assist, Mag Biederman had two goals and one assist, Hannah Bracey added three assists and Renee Geering had one goal and one assist.
Susquehannock 23, Central York 2: At Central, Katelyn Welsh (five goals, two assists), Morgan LeBlanc (five goals), Gena Speights (four goals, one assist), Ashley Valway (three goals, two assists) and Kayla Held (two goals, assist) pace the Warriors. Addison Billings had Central's goals.
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