PREP NOTES: West York's Tesia Thomas jumps to two gold medals in District 3 3-A meet

  • West York's Tesia Thomas won a pair of District 3 Class 3-A gold medals.
  • The junior won the triple jump and long jump for her first-ever district titles.
  • The Delone Catholic girls won the District 3 Class 2-A team championship.

West York junior standout Tesia Thomas led the York County athletes from the York-Adams League over the weekend at the District 3 Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Thomas soared to Class 3-A girls' victories in the long jump (18 feet, 5.25 inches) and the triple jump (39-11) to earn her first-ever district individual championships.

Thomas was the only York County performer from the Y-A League to grab a district crown.

Another York County athlete, however, did win two individual championships. Northern York junior Marlee Starliper defended her 3-A girls' titles in the 3,200 (10 minutes, 24.21 seconds) and 1,600 (4:38.70) runs. Her time in the 1,600 shattered her own district record.

Four other Y-A athletes did earn third-place 3-A finishes: York Suburban senior Andrew Paskey in the boys' 300 hurdles, Spring Grove senior Colson Martin in the boys' long jump, Central York senior Cierra Crane in the girls' pole vault and South Western freshman Madeline Lehker in the girls' high jump.

Adams County athletes excel: Adams County athletes from the Y-A League registered a number of golden efforts in Class 2-A, led by the Delone Catholic girls taking the 2-A team championship.

The Squirettes got individual crowns from their 400 relay team, junior Maddie Clabaugh in the 800 run and junior Maddie Sieg in the javelin.

The other Adams County athletes to capture 2-A crowns were: Fairfield junior Milly Heinbaugh in the girls' 100 and 200 dashes, Littlestown senior Derek Herr in the boys' 110 and 300 hurdles, Bermudian Springs junior Kolt Byers in the boys' high jump and triple jump, Bermudian senior Kayla Pyles in the girls' 100 hurdles and Fairfield senior Travis Zimmerman in the boys' shot put.


Twelve York-Adams softball teams make district field: A dozen York-Adams League softball teams have made the District 3 playoffs, which start this week.

The Y-A contingent is led by league champion Delone Catholic, which is the No. 1 seed in the six-team Class 3-A field.

The Squirettes (18-3) get a bye into the semifinals on Thursday, when they'll face the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 4 Pequea Valley (13-7) and No. 5 Oley Valley (11-8).

Y-A D-III champion Littlestown (16-5) is seeded No. 2 in 3-A and also got a bye into Thursday's semifinals. The Lady Bolts will face the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 3 Kutztown (16-4) and No. 6 Trinity (8-11). The district champ and runner-up in 3-A will get state bids.

D-I champion Spring Grove (19-2) garnered the No. 2 seed in the 16-team 5-A bracket. The Rockets play host to No. 15 Waynesboro (14-6) at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a first-round game. Northeastern (14-5) also made the 5-A field as the No. 9 seed and will visit No. 8 Exeter (15-5) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lampeter-Strasburg is the No. 1 seed in 5-A at 19-0. The top five 5-A finishers will get PIAA berths.

In the 10-team 6-A field, Dallastown (14-6) grabbed the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye on Tuesday. In Thursday's quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m., the Wildcats play host to No. 5 Penn Manor (12-6). In a first-round game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, No. 9 Central York (11-9) visits No. 8 Wilson (11-9). Warwick (15-2) is the No. 1 seed in 6-A. The top three finishers in 6-A will go to states.

In the 10-team 4-A field, four Y-A teams made the field, with two facing each other in the first round when No. 10 West York (12-8) visits No. 7 Bermudian Springs (13-6) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kennard-Dale and Eastern York also made the 4-A field and got first-round byes. K-D (15-5) is seeded No. 5 and will visit No. 4 James Buchanan (13-6) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. At 1 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals, No. 6 Eastern York (11-7) visits No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (16-4). West Perry is the 4-A No. 1 seed at 17-3. The top three finishers in 4-A will advance to the PIAA playoffs.

York Catholic and Fairfield qualified in 2-A. Fairfield (15-4) is the No. 1 seed and will get a bye into Thursday's semifinals at 4:30 p.m., when the Green Knights will play to the winner of Tuesday's 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal pitting No. 5 York Catholic (8-10) at No. 4 Susquenita (14-6). The top two 2-A teams move on to states.

Dallastown sees boys' tennis season come to end: The Dallastown High School boys' tennis season came to an end on Friday with a 3-0 PIAA Class 3-A quarterfinal loss to Great Valley.

The Wildcats finished the season at 18-2, including a York-Adams League Division I title and a runner-up finish in District 3 Class 3-A.

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