The Keystone State Games provided a great opportunity for many York-area high school boys' lacrosse standouts to play together on the same team.
It turned out to be a blast.
Perhaps the only thing that didn’t go perfectly for the York County team in the 10th-12th-grade division was the ending of tournament finale against Lehigh Valley on Sunday, July 30.
With a little more than two minutes remaining, the local stars held a seemingly comfortable two-goal lead. In a seeming instant, however, Lehigh evened things up with under a minute remaining, sending the contest into a sudden-death overtime.
In OT, Central York standout Kollin Vaught did exactly what everyone thought he would. The Panther standout won the draw to begin the OT. The York team, however, could not find the net before Lehigh gained possession. Seconds later, the Lehigh crew was celebrating a 7-6 triumph in the gold-medal contest.
It was the second time Sunday that the Lehigh side, which finished pool play 4-0-1, rallied late against York. In the final game in pool play Sunday morning, Lehigh earned a 7-7 draw after trailing 7-5 late.
“That was the second time today they did that,” York coach Frank Corto said. “So both times.”
With Vaught taking the draw in OT, however, the York side was confident they could earn gold medals for the two-day tournament. To his credit, Vaught won the draw to himself, bobbling it for a few yards before finding a teammate on the left wing. The shot on goal, however, was low, with the Lehigh goalie getting a stick on it.
“We got everything that we wanted,” Corto said. “We just didn’t execute.”
Moments later the York side walked off the field with their heads slumped. Corto, however, refused to let them feel anything but proud about the way they played against some of the best competition from around the state.
“It’s OK,” he said of winning silver medals. “I’ll say this again. It’s a great group of kids and they were fantastic to coach. Winning or losing is secondary to just having them all having a good time and representing York County.”
Red Lion standout Eli Workinger certainly agreed with coach Corto. Workinger was able to finally meet and play with some of his most determined foes during the high school season.
“I got to know Evan LeCates from Suburban,” Workinger said. “Didn’t really know him before this. He’s fun and I was able to joke around with him.”
Workinger was pleased with the experiences he got from the entire weekend.
“Yeah, it’s a great group of kids,” Workinger said. “We all had a good time and tried our hardest. It was fun.”
Dover girls win KSG basketball title: While the number of teams that played in this year’s Keystone State Games in basketball was down, the event was still rewarding for the team representing Dover High School.
Led by high school coach Kevin Glover, the Dover girls won the three-team draw, 54-32, over a team from Trenton, New Jersey. They won the same division in last year’s competition as well.
“The overall experience was OK,” Glover said. “The number of teams is declining dramatically, so they had to allow teams from outside of the state to compete.”
Dover was actually the only Pennsylvania team in the field. Besides Trenton, the other team in the draw was the Maryland Lady Tigers.
The experience was also pretty cool for Glover for another reason. His twin brother, Kerry, was coaching his boys’ basketball team on the adjacent court inside the Grumbacher Center at York College during Dover’s victory.
“Coaching at the same time as my brother was really cool,” Kevin Glover said. “It was the first time we coached next to each other in a championship game. We were both looking over at each other’s games, checking to make sure our teams were doing their jobs.”
Glover enjoyed the environment for another reason as well.
“A lot of people in the stands were looking confused,” he said.
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