PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christian Kaschak, Dallastown: After scoring 29 goals and assisting on 15 others for the District 3 Class AAA champions, the junior was tabbed by Division I for his third straight all-league honor.
Known for his soccer IQ and ability to make those around him better, Kaschak was equally proficient at scoring goals and setting up others for great looks at the net.
"Oh, he's a finisher," Wildcats coach Mitch Groh said of Kaschak, "but he can also serve up nice passes for his teammates. He's not afraid to dish the ball off."
Shane Campbell, Dallastown: The speedy outside midfielder scored 17 goals and chipped in eight assists for the Division I champions, who went 11-1-0 in the league and 24-2-0 overall. The Dallastown coaching staff moved the junior to generate more scoring chances during the district playoffs, and Campbell responded with two goals against Wilson and another vs. Exeter in the quarterfinals.
Aaron Hennigan, Dallastown: The senior played every minute of the season in net for the Wildcats, allowing just 19 goals in 26 games. He posted 14 shutouts along the way and made huge penalty-kick saves against Mechanicsburg (semifinals) and Central Dauphin (finals) that helped Dallastown win its first District 3 title since 1996. NCAA Division III power Messiah College could very well be his next stop.
Scott Hess, South Western: The freshman scored nine goals and dished out 10 assists in a fine rookie campaign for the Mustangs, who finished third in Division I with an 8-3-1 record. "He's young with a lot of room to grow," said South Western coach Clayton Wilcox. "But he has such a knowledge of the game. He plays at a very high level." Hess helped the Mustangs (9-8-2 overall) reach a District 3 Class AAA tournament play-in match and had a hat trick Sept. 21 against New Oxford.
Trent Landis, Central York: The senior center back played at a high level all season, especially considering he had never come out for soccer before. Landis scored a goal and set up two others for the Panthers. Landis used his strong athletic ability to track down balls all over the field, drive a ball 60 yards or control things in the air.
Ben Mathews, Spring Grove: The senior scored a team-leading eight goals for the Rockets (4-8-0, 5-13-0) and assisted on three others. His goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation lifted Spring Grove to a 3-2 victory against YAIAA-rival Fairfield on Sept. 11 at the Twin Valley Tournament in Berks County.
Ian Moyer, Central York: After starting the season at center back, the junior was moved up front by coach Frank Lenno and provided the Panthers with 10 goals and three assists. They finished just behind Dallastown in the Division I standings. Moyer had the ability to strike the ball from long distances, plus he was dangerous on balls in the air.
Andy Murray, Dallastown: The 6-foot-3 junior midfielder played in the center all season and finished with 15 goals and three assists for a Wildcats team that qualified for the PIAA Class AAA tournament. Murray's game really developed between his sophomore and junior seasons, filling the gap created by graduation losses of 2009 Player of the Year James Le and Philip Cook.
Matt Patti, Red Lion: The senior defender helped captain the Lions to a 6-6-0 record in the league and a 6-8-0 overall mark in his final season. Voted his team's top defensive player, Patti used his soccer smarts, field vision and touch to help keep the ball away from Red Lion goalies.
T.J. Stevenson, South Western: The do-it-all senior midfielder scored 16 goals and assisted on 11 others for the third-place Mustangs. "He could play anywhere I needed him to on the field," South Western coach Clayton Wilcox said. "I really moved him around, depending on the matchup we needed. Down a goal? He moved up. Protecting a lead? He played defense. He was that type of athlete for us."
Nick Taylor, Central York: His goal total dropped from 27 goals last season to 19 in 2010, but he still was an offensive force for the Panthers in his senior season. Taylor also chipped in four assists and always seemed to find the right place to be in the attack zone. His tricky ball skills and knowledge of the game gave defenders fits.
Stephen Byrne, Dallastown; Jack Cardello, Central York; Mitch Grove, Red Lion; John King, Spring Grove; Jake Miller, Red Lion; Pat Sheehan, Spring Grove; Clayton Smith, Red Lion; Matt Voight, South Western; Blaine Warfield, Spring Grove; Austin Wright, Central York; Ben Zimmerman, South Western; Aaron Zok, Red Lion.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Mitch Groh, Dallastown: After leading the Wildcats to their first District 3 crown in 14 years and a berth in the PIAA Class AAA tournament, Groh was honored by his Division I peers as their top coach.
"It's nice to have coaches in your division look at you and think you did a nice job," Groh said of the award. "But I was just so happy and thrilled for the kids and what they accomplished this season."
-- Dave Sottile