The last time Central York celebrated a boys' basketball championship in York County, it was 1974. Neither its current players nor head coach had even been born.
It had been that long.
A season to remember for the Panthers was capped with a YAIAA tournament title in February 2014. It followed an unbeaten regular season in league play, and those coaches who faced Central voted junior guard Sam Saxton their Player of the Year. Kevin Schieler was selected as Coach of the Year.
Saxton and Schieler weren't the only members of their team to receive all-league honors. Junior post Charlie Gingrich and senior guard Royce Clemens received second-team honors.
The rest of the YAIAA first team included Red Lion senior Mike Fox, a 1,000-point career scorer, William Penn junior double-double machine Jahaire Wilson, Dover junior Ryan Beck and West York senior Kevin Rice.
Beck led the YAIAA in scoring, while Rice helped the Bulldogs to a 24-5 season. Beck's 24.3 scoring average was five points better than the league's second-leading scorer. He also drained an incredible 85 shots from behind the 3-point arc.
Fox received the second-highest vote total, including some Player-of-the-Year votes, from league coaches. Wilson averaged 14.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in helping the Bearcats claim the District 3 Class AAAA title after entering the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
Divisions I and II
Player of the Year: Sam Saxton, Central York
Mike Fox, Red Lion
Jahaire Wilson, William Penn
Ryan Beck, Dover
Kevin Rice, West York
Trey Shifflett, William Penn
Mike Gibbs, Dallastown
Eli Brooks, Spring Grove
Charlie Gingrich, Central York
Royce Clemens, Central York
Coach of the Year
Kevin Schieler, Central York
Dallastown: Ben Doorn; Dover: Najah Fink; Kennard-Dale: Ryan Trott; New Oxford: Alex Decinti; Northeastern: Derrick Hoffman, Donovian Maxfield, Kobi Nwandu; Red Lion: Evan Miller, Spencer McCreary; South Western: Brock Geiman, Scott Hess; Spring Grove: Darin Gordon; West York: Josh Bailey, Parker Weekly; William Penn: Stephen Dickson, Kristopher Johnson.