Local roundup: Dallastown boys, South Western girls advance to league lacrosse finals

Staff Report

It was a busy day of local high school lacrosse as the York-Adams League held its boys' and girls' tournament semifinals on Wednesday. While Central York's boys and York Catholic's girls reached the finals in action at Red Lion, the Dallastown boys and South Western girls punched their tickets with victories in a doubleheader at Central York.

Dallastown's boys, the No. 1 seed after an unbeaten run through league play, cruised past No. 4-seed South Western, 19-8. And the Mustang girls beat Red Lion for the second time this spring, coming away with a 13-7 triumph.

South Western's Morgan Kaiser (24) during their girls lacrosse game in York on Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023.

The Wildcat boys (17-1 overall) jumped out to an 8-3 lead after the first quarter, extended the gap to 10-3 at halftime and took a 15-4 advantage into the fourth. Dallastown's stars were dominant — Griffin Pickett led the way with six goals and an assist, while Caleb Fox had five goals with three helpers and Evan Mitchell added three goals and four assists. Connor Farrell added a hat trick with two dimes and goalie Nick Ungerland saved eight of 16 shots. The Mustangs fell to 15-4 with the loss.

Lexi Plesic, Leah Leonard and Allie Dunn all recorded hat tricks for South Western's girls (14-4). Plesic and Leonard each added an assist, while Paige Coates chipped in a goal and two assists. The Mustangs led 8-4 at intermission and extended the margin down the stretch. The Lions fell to 12-3, with two of the three losses coming to South Western.

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Dallastown and Central York will battle at 5 p.m. Friday in the boys' tournament final at Susquehannock, with South Western and York Catholic meeting in the girls' title game at 7 p.m. Both previous matchups were incredibly close during the season — the Wildcat boys beat the Panthers, 7-6, way back on March 24, while the York Catholic girls pulled off an 11-10 win over South Western on April 13.


Central York 8, Susquehannock 7 (OT): At Red Lion, Mitchel Myers found of the back of the net in overtime to break the 7-7 tie and send the Panthers (15-2) to the York-Adams League final on Friday. Myers recorded a hat trick; teammate Macon Myers scored two goals and added one assist; and Dayton Bagwell scored twice. For the Warriors (14-3), Dominic Eckels scored three goals, Doug Reinecke had two and Tristan Coleman added a goal and an assist.


York Catholic 10, Susquehannock 7: At Red Lion, Jess Daugherty scored four goals to lead the Irish (14-4) to the York-Adams semifinal victory. Teammate Katie Bullen scored three goals, while Delaney Staples scored twice and added an assist. For the Warriors (12-5), Rachel Stiffler and Brooke Schabdach scored two goals apiece.


York-Adams League championship

Littlestown's Ashlynn Gorsuch(8) gainst South Western in the 2023 YAIAA softball championship in Spring Grove on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Littlestown 1, South Western 0 (8 innings): At Spring Grove, Ashlynn Gorsuch's leadoff solo homer in the top of the eighth broke the scoreless deadlock and plated the only run the Thunderbolts (21-1) would need to win the league championship game. Both teams' pitchers dominated the game, allowing a combined four hits. Littlestown's Chelsey Stonesifer threw a complete-game shutout while striking out 14, walking one and allowing two hits to pick up the win. For the Mustangs (19-2), Jayda Koontz pitched a complete game, allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven. Teammate Kinsley Proepper went 1 for 3 with a triple.


Eastern York 13, Susquehannock 7 (10 innings): At Glen Rock, the Golden Knights (13-6) plated seven runs in the top of the 10th to power them to the non-divisional victory. Alexis Kirkessner connected for a two-run homer to lead off the frame — scoring automatic runner Cassidy Crean — and Tatum Livelsberger hit a solo homer in the frame. Kirkessner finished 2 for 5 with five RBIs, while Livelsberger was 3 for 5 and Crean was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. For the Warriors (11-9), Jocelyn Davis went 4 for 5; Stephanie Bauhaus and Amaya Wheeler each went 3 for 5; and Michelle Morris was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Cedar Cliff 8, Dover 7: At Cedar Cliff, Jenna Weaver's one-out RBI single in the seventh clinched the walk-off home victory for the Colts. For the Eagles (5-15), Kaitlyn Thomas went 3 for 4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. Teammate Nora Craig was 2 for 4 and Kendall Noel was 2 for 5. 


AARTFC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Day 1

Men's — Mott captures first place in discus: At Susquehanna University, Andrew Mott led York College by capturing first place overall in the discus with a winning distance of 175-foot-3. Teammates Aaron Cosgrove took eighth place in the pole vault, Harrison Sharp took 18th place in the discus throw and Isaac Valderrabano captured 18th in the 3000m steeplechase. As a team, the Spartans are in 14th place after the first day of competition. 

Women's — Pena captures two top-five finishes: At Susquehanna University, Julia Pena captured third place in the pole vault with a height of 12-foot-3.5, while also taking third place in the long jump with a distance of 18-foot-10.5 to lead the Spartans individually at the AARTFC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. As a team, the Spartans are in seventh place after the first day of competition.