PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Becca Austin, Dallastown: The senior goalkeeper finished her Dallastown career with 71 wins. In 2010, Austin recorded 12 shutouts, 17 more in 2011, then 14 in the spring 2012 season. Austin posted 11 shutouts this season to finish with a school record 54.
"She is one of the hardest working players I have coached," Wildcats head coach Barry Barbush said. "She is a great leader in the offseason and takes charge of the defense during the games."
Austin is a three-time all-star and will continue her career at Coastal Carolina University.
Tua-Lisa Ekehult, Central York: The senior exchange student played center defense for the Panthers. From Sweden, Ekehult helped the Panthers to a 6-3-1 mark in the division, good for second place.
Katie Hackos, Central York: The junior scored a goal in an October win vs. Eastern for the eight-win Panthers. Hackos scored a goal and added an assist in a victory over Spring Grove.
Meagan Newmister, Dallastown: The junior scored 12 goals and handed out 15 assists for the 16-win Wildcats. "Meagan is one of the fastest players I have coached," Barbush said. "She has great field awareness and is not shy about taking a defender to the goal." Newmister has 47 career goals.
Brittany Temple, Dallastown: A senior defensive standout for the division champions, Temple also added two goals and 12 assists. "When she comes off the field, I know she has given every ounce of energy," Barbush said. Temple, a four-year starter and a two-time all-star, will also continue her career at Coastal Carolina.
Margo Jacoby, New Oxford: The senior was selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game which featured only YAIAA league players and also the York-Adams vs. Lancaster-Lebanon senior all-star game.
Aubree Davis, Red Lion: A two-year starter for the Lions, Davis had a goal and two assists. The junior defender "reads the game very well," Lions coach Matt Zimmerman said.
Kylie Strong, Red Lion: The junior two-year starter scored six goals and assisted on 10 more. She was involved in nearly half of the Lions' goals for the season. "The ball always stays on her feet," Zimmerman said.
Amy Spigelmyer, South Western: A four-year varsity starter, Spigelmyer led the team in goals, assists, games played and games started for the nine-win Mustangs. "She was the vocal and emotional leader of the team," Mustangs coach Dwaine Briggs said.
Courtney Kauffman, Spring Grove: The senior scored a goal in a win against Delone Catholic. She recorded two assists in an October win vs. New Oxford.
Leah Roy, Spring Grove: The senior goalie finished with 18 saves in a loss to Dover. Roy finished with 11 saves in a September win vs. Kennard-Dale. She is a two-time, first-team all-star.
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Barry Barbush, Dallastown: Barbush led the Wildcats to an undefeated Division I crown at 10-0. The Wildcats qualified as the No. 12 seed for the District 3 tournament and lost to eventual champion Governor Mifflin in the first round.
"This award is more a team award as far as I am concerned," the coach said. "It is because of the great student athletes that make up our team that is most responsible for this honor."
Barbush is 108-24-5 with the girls' program and won his 100th career game on Sept. 25.
Dwaine Briggs, South Western: The first-year Mustangs coach guided the squad to a third-place finish in the division. The Mustangs advanced to the YAIAA tournament semifinals and finished with 10 wins.
"The highlight of the year was having the team earn the YAIAA sportsmanship award," the coach said. "Throughout the season, to face off against this group of outstanding coaches and to be recognized by them is very humbling."
Sam Sweeney, Central York; Alaina Curry, Dallastown; Bri Carr, Central York; Sam Andel, Red Lion; Leanna Miller, Spring Grove; Kiersten Wetzel, Spring Grove; Emily Ross, Dallastown.
-- Ryan Dixon