PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ali Posey, Red Lion: In simple terms, the Red Lion junior is a scoring machine. But it has not been simple for Posey.
After posting 17 goals and seven assists to earn player-of-the-year honors as a sophomore, opposing coaches started stacking their defenses to try stopping her.
"Teams double, even triple teamed her," Red Lion coach Carol Gillmen said.
The result? She doubled her production this season, knocking in 34 goals. In the process, she surpassed 2011 graduate Lexi Ferrell (42 career goals) to become the school's all-time leading scorer at 59 career goals and counting.
"Ali Posey is a very unique player in our league," Dallastown coach Jeri Myers said. "She is very skilled. She has good one-on-one moves. She can get by people."
Posey also is well-versed at shooting off corners, making her -- in Gillmen's words -- "a threat from anywhere on the field."
Lauren Moyer, Central York: The University of North Carolina recruit is used to earning accolades. A two-time all-Division I pick, Moyer is on the U.S. Field Hockey's Futures Elite List and a member of the U.S. Junior National Indoor team. Moyer is an all-around player, as evidenced by her 20 goals and 12 defensive saves.
Kelly Williamson, Central York: A junior defender, Williamson has the ability to carry the ball from one end of the field to the other. An aggressive player who plays the passing lanes well, Williamson had a goal and an assist.
Ashley Chioda, Dallastown: Just a junior, the Division I champions' team MVP is an all-around player who is in on corners at both ends of the field. "She has good game sense. She knows where the next play will be," Dallastown coach Jeri Myers said.
Niki Bream, Dallastown: Only a junior, Bream moved into second on Dallastown's career shutouts list with the 16 she posted this season. A starter since her freshman season, Bream will enter her final year 12 shutouts shy of Carly Marquet's school record 52.
Paige Barefoot, Dallastown: A senior forward, Barefoot led the division champions with 12 goals. A speed merchant, Barefoot is being recruited by PSAC schools.
Heather Sharp, Dover: A center defender to start the season, the versatile junior moved to forward during the season to take advantage of her ball-control skills. Sharp's on-field leadership was rewarded by her being named a team captain.
Krysten Dema, New Oxford: A two-time all-Division I pick, Dema was the Colonials' top defender on corners. The senior split time between back and midfield. Dema will continue her career at Division III Ursinus.
Sarah Groft, New Oxford: A four-year starter for coach Cheryl Mowery, Groft led the Colonials in scoring. Groft also is a two-time all-Division I pick in softball.
Sam Gordineer, Northeastern: A two-year captain for coach Lauren Ramspacher's Bobcats, Gordineer led the team in scoring despite spending much of the season filling in for injured teammates in the midfield and on the back line. The versatile senior, who Ramspacher said can play anywhere but in the goal, is being recruited by Division III colleges.
Morgan Kuehne, Red Lion: Just a junior, Kuehne combined with Posey to give Red Lion a potent scoring attack. In two seasons, she has scored 21 goals and dished out seven assists.
Laken Bull, South Western: Bull, a senior, finished with eight goals and seven assists for coach Holly Long's Mustangs. Said one opposing coach: "You had to contain Laken to stop the Mustangs."
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Jeri Myers, Dallastown: Myers' Wildcats finished 19-1-1 and did not lose in YAIAA play.
They ended Red Lion's run of league tournament titles by winning the championship game in penalty strokes after overtime.
"We are arch-rivals. There is no love lost when Red Lion and Dallastown play," said Myers, who led her team to a league title for the 16th time.
Carol Gillmen, Red Lion: Gillmen's team again advanced to the YAIAA tournament championship game and finished 16-4, with only two league losses during the regular season -- both to co-coach of the year Jeri Myers and Dallastown.
Gillmen, who played for Myers at Dallastown, had led Red Lion to the first two league tournament titles and came within minutes of making it the first three.
Central York: Liz Brautigan; Dallastown: Meganne Beach; Dover: Rachael Laughead, Hanna Taylor; Northeastern: Katie Carlton; Red Lion: Kasey Seitz, Alexa Taylor; South Western: Hannah Glover, Alexia Mort, Sydney Szparaga; Spring Grove: Kiersten Wetzel
-- Chris A. Courogen