Player of the Year
Reese Devilbiss, Northeastern, jr.: A three-year starter with three state gold medals, Devilbiss has remained an athletic outside hitter unlike any other.
He is already committed verbally to Ohio State. This past season, he scored a team-high 455 kills in the Bobcats' charge to the PIAA Class AA title. Along the way, Northeastern claimed its 40-team Bobcat Invitational and finished unbeaten in best-of-five matches. Its only losses in any format came against Parkland and Hempfield during in-season tournaments.
Devilbiss also registered 73 aces, 78 blocks and 54 digs. He will play in July for USA Volleyball's youth national training team, which will select players to travel to Argentina for the following month's U19 World Championships.
Jeremiah Dadeboe, Central York, sr.: The powerful leaper among the Panthers, Dadeboe again earned PVCA all-district honors while scoring 269 kills. He finished third on Central in total points, also producing 121 digs, 59 blocks and 29 aces. Dadeboe picked up all-state honors last season while playing on the front line. A two-sport athlete, he will play football for the University at Buffalo as a defensive back.
Jason Gardner, Central York, sr.: A returning all-state player from Central's 2014 PIAA title team, Gardner proved to be the Panthers' most efficient scorer. He registered a team-best 417 kills and also led the team in blocks (99). Both were crucial in helping Central to its second straight District 3 Class AAA title, an achievement that required a monumental rally. The Panthers trailed 2-0 and faced match point five times before stunning Penn Manor for the title. Gardner said, "It was probably one of the most fun games I've played in my four years."
Jeff Reynolds, Northeastern, jr.: In just his second year playing volleyball, the 6-foot-3 Reynolds manned the heart of Northeastern's front line. He had 74 blocks as its middle hitter and added 190 kills and 12 assists. Teammates joked that Reynolds, a basketball player, told them as freshmen he would come out for volleyball if they won a state championship. (Reynolds downplays this.) They did, and he's started since then.
Matt Schaeffer, Northeastern, jr.: The conductor to Northeastern's symphony of a state title run, Schaeffer took over as setter to replace Penn State-bound standout Luke Braswell to the satisfaction of coach Matt Wilson. An ankle injury was all that could slow Schaeffer, who finished the year with 853 assists. The setter also dug out 23 volleyballs.
Landon Shorts, Central York, sr.: Also a returning all-state player, Shorts provided unparalleled versatility to coach Brad Livingston's group. Central needed a new setter this year, replacing graduated three-year starter Dylan Hose. Shorts returned as an outside hitter but shared setting duties with Trevor Holderegger and Carter Luckenbaugh. While Holderegger gave Central a team-leading 597 assists, Shorts provided 520 while also finishing third in kills (258), third in digs (184) and first in aces with an astonishing 137 from the service line. Shorts averaged 1.12 aces per set.
Owen Terroso, Dallastown, sr.: A three-year starter, the Wildcats' libero is the only player not from Northeastern or Central on this list. Coincidentally, Terroso will join all-stars Jason Gardner, Landon Shorts and Philip White at Stevenson University in Maryland. Dallastown improved by five wins with the senior captain and advanced to the YAIAA semifinals after finishing in the bottom half of the league a year ago. "His efforts on the court I'd say were instrumental for our team," Dallastown coach Lance Ranck said. The PVCA selected Terroso as its second-team libero behind Hempfield junior Nick Oleksa.
Philip White, Northeastern, sr.: A 6-foot-4 hitter and one of a few seniors in the Bobcats lineup, White provided the final point in Northeastern's state title win against Saegertown. It came on a block, and he had 86 of them this year. White also scored 360 kills, served 53 aces and added 35 digs.
Coach of the Year
Jason Barshinger, New Oxford: The Colonials improved their win total by seven this season under Barshinger. A one-win team in 2014, New Oxford came back with notable wins against Red Lion and Dallastown — and took York Suburban to five games — to finish 8-6.
Kaleb Ansell, York Suburban
Brandon Arentz, Northeastern
Dalton Forbes, Spring Grove
Chad Jones, Dallastown
Chris Lee, Northeastern
Ryan McMaster, New Oxford
Austin Muff, Spring Grove
A.J. Schaeffer, Susquehannock
Jared Barnett, Dallastown
Cole Brillhart, Red Lion
Koleman Hoffman, Dover
Luke Hoffnagle, Spring Grove
Quinlan Kauffman, Susquehannock
Carter Luckenbaugh, Central York setter
Brian Sheddy, Susquehannock
Sepehr Vakili, York Suburban
Hayden Wagner, Central York
Kyle Wooldridge, Kennard-Dale