GameTimePA.com football all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2015 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
First-team offense and defense all-star capsules and Coach of the Year
Introducing the YAIAA football all-stars first-team offense, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff.
QB: Thomas Merkle, York Suburban, sr.
Merkle threw for a league-high 2,287 yards on his way to setting a York County record for career passing yards. He completed 63 percent of his passes, threw for 25 touchdowns and led the Trojans to their first division title since 1989.
RB: Tavian Dorsey, Delone Catholic, sr.
Dorsey placed second in the league in rushing with 1,089 yards. He broke several big runs, averaged 7.6 yards per carry, and ran for a league-high 14 touchdowns.
RB: Jakkar Kinard, York Catholic, jr.
Despite missing time early in the season, Kinard led the YAIAA with 1,121 rushing yards. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns.
WR: Terry Cains, West York, sr.:
Cains totaled 741 receiving yards and averaged 22.5 yards per catch. He scored 10 touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who placed second in YAIAA Division II.
WR: Collin Mailman, York Suburban, sr.
Mailman was Merkle’s favorite target, and he broke the school career receptions record after making 55 catches for a league-high 1,094 yards. He also hauled in a league-high 14 receiving touchdowns.
WR: Nick Tannura, Susquehannock, sr.
Tannura ranked second in the league in both receptions (47) and receiving yards (935). He reeled in 10 touchdown catches, helping the Warriors win five games.
OL: Jordan Burns, Dallastown, sr.
Burns played center on the Wildcats line, helping his squad rush for 1,684 yards on the way to a Division I title.
OL: Brock Hartman, New Oxford, sr.
Hartman gave the Colonials consistency on the end of the offensive line as they won two games to improve from last year's winless season.
OL: Andrew Lawson, Spring Grove, sr.
Lawson provided the Rockets’ push in the middle of the line, opening lanes for Nick Erickson, who placed in the top 10 in the league in rushing yardage.
OL: Logan Loucks, West York, sr.
Loucks, along with teammate Walton Shull, anchored the middle of the Bulldogs line, protecting quarterback Tyler Folk as he threw for 1,454 yards.
OL: Logan Luckenbaugh, Bermudian Springs, sr.
The Eagles' only returning starter on either side of the ball, Luckenbaugh solidified the line that improved throughout the season and orchestrated a five-game winning streak after an 0-4 start.
K: Andrew Luckenbaugh, Spring Grove, sr.
Luckenbaugh provided the Rockets with an offensive option that not many teams have, kicking eight field goals with a long of 45 yards. He also converted 23 of 24 extra points.
Returner/specialist: Jakob Jansen, Dallastown, sr.
Jansen consistently got Dallastown started in good field position, averaging 31.7 yards on kick returns and 16.6 yards on punt returns. He was also key in the Wildcats' offense, averaging 123.1 all-purpose yards per game.
P: Jacob Garrity, Dallastown, sr.
Garrity consistently put the Wildcats defense in a good position. His punts averaged more than 35 yards, and he dropped 11 of them inside the 20-yard line.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bill Reichart, Hanover
In his second full season at the helm, Reichart led the Nighthawks from a 2-8 record in 2014 to a 9-2 mark and a playoff appearance in 2015. The buzz around the team in the community was stronger than it had been in decades. Hanover was the surprise story of the season, and a lot of the Nighthawks' success can be credited to Reichart's coaching.
Introducing the YAIAA football all-stars first-team defense, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff.
DL: Nick Argento, Red Lion, jr.
When polled, opposing coaches almost unanimously pointed at Argento as the toughest player to prepare for. The senior spent most of his time in opposing team's backfields, racking up 20 tackles for loss and six sacks.
DL: Corbin Byers, South Western, sr.
Few defensive players proved to be as strong in both run defense and pass rush as Byers. The senior recorded 74 tackles and seven sacks.
DL: Victor Lopez, Biglerville, sr.
Highly praised by YAIAA Division III coaches, Lopez had dominating performances on the offensive and defensive lines while helping lead the Canners to the district semifinals. Lopez tormented opposing quarterbacks and brought them down eight times in the regular season.
DL: Shamari Young, Northeastern, jr.
Young proved to be a key cog in making the Bobcats' defense the best in the league. He notched 47 tackles and 8.5 sacks in the regular season.
LB: Fernando Flores, Northeastern, sr.
By the end of the year, Northeastern fans got used to hearing Flores' name called over the PA system. Flores always seemed to be hounding the ball, resulting in 79 tackles and eight sacks.
LB: Rodney Johnson, Central York, sr.
In a down year, Central had a few bright spots, none brighter than Johnson. The linebacker notched 96 tackles and sacked the quarterback five times.
LB: William Reilly, Dallastown, sr.
Reilly makes a second-straight appearance on the first-team all-star roster after racking up 90 tackles and two sacks from the linebacker position.
DB: Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, Red Lion, sr.
For as good a receiver as Boyd-Gillespie was, he was an even better defensive back. The senior did a little of everything: 39 tackles, one forced fumble, one sack, one fumble recovery and four interceptions — including a key pick against rival Dallastown.
DB: Dustin Knaub, York Suburban, sr.
No other defensive back in the league had as many tackles (110) as the Trojans senior. Knaub was part of the senior class that led York Suburban to its first division title in nearly three decades.
DB: Fred Mulbah, Northeastern, so.
Another member of that vaunted Northeastern defense, the sophomore was all over the field. From the defensive back position, Mulbah recorded 47 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2.5 sacks.
DB: Dan Yokemick, York Catholic, jr.
Lauded as a quarterback of the defense just as he was on offense, Yokemick helped carry the Irish to a third straight district championship appearance. He notched 61 tackles, two interceptions and one sack during the regular season.
Second-team offense and defense lists and honorable mentions
QB: Kyle Krout, Hanover
RB: Jordan Laughman, Hanover
RB: Chase Carlile, Kennard-Dale
WR: Noah Staub, South Western
WR: Resean Williams, Hanover
WR: Aaron Moore, Fairfield
OL: Bubba Carbaugh, South Western
OL; Adam Kipp, Northeastern
OL: Joe Heldrich, York Catholic
OL: Kevin Royce, Eastern York
OL: Gavin Barclay, York Suburban
K: Jonas Atkinson, York Suburban
Returner/specialist: Wes Storey, Littlestown
DL: Wyatt Smith, Eastern York
DL: Robert Paules, Dallastown
DL: Bill Morris, Hanover
DL: Conner Barshinger, Eastern York
LB: Teague Hoffman, York Suburban
LB: Gary Gobernik, Northeastern
LB: Ryan Narber, West York
DB: Jimmy Kurnik, Eastern York
DB: Damarius Wiggins, York County Tech
DB: Nate VanCampen, South Western
DB: Scott Cooper, Biglerville
P: Kyle Wooldridge, Kennard-Dale
Bermudian Springs: Ashton West, Trevor Grim
Biglerville: Colton Sentz, Ben Hurda, Dayne Showers, Gage McAuliffe, Nate Newberry
Central York: Shyheim Goff
Dallastown: Cade Gold
Delone Catholic: Bryce Perkins
Dover: Durran Ledbetter, Matt Farr
Eastern York: Sam Pollock, Seth Bernstein
Fairfield: Matt Petrie
Gettysburg: Edny Celius
Kennard-Dale: Jacob Deppen
Hanover: Neo Lembert, Brent Hill
New Oxford: Trevon Brown, Shane Rolle
Northeastern: David Ankney, Anu Johnson, Chris Whack
Red Lion: Patrick Daugherty, Ben Frey, Dalton Grove, Alex Keough
South Western: Tyler Fulmore, Jeff Green, Austin Reusing
Spring Grove: Nick Erickson, Joshua Cribbs, Owen Jacobs
Susquehannock: Josh Stoneberg, Jack Allred
West York: Justin Wetzel, Walton Shull, Tyler Folk
York Catholic: Ryan Ratchford, Luke Brennan
York County Tech: Matt Rossi
York Suburban: Justice Gettle, David Kline, Derek Lehman, Brad Smith
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