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Player of the Year

John Schmitt

John Schmitt, Dallastown, sr.: After going undefeated in league play, the senior captured his second straight YAIAA Class AAA singles tournament championship by defeating Red Lion's Sam Innerst, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. Just two days later, Schmitt won the league doubles championship with Wildcat teammate Tyler Lilie.

Schmitt finished his career at the District 3 tournament, where he won his first-round matchup against Manheim Township's Jack Fowler, 6-4, 6-2. Schmitt, who was also a boys' soccer all-star in the fall, was the lone YAIAA player to make it out of the first round of districts, falling in the quarterfinals.

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Michael Andrews

Sam Innerst

Chris Maderitz

Tyler Lilie

Karen Cracium

Elliot Diehl

Gavin Kenny

Ben Sentz

Michael Peck

First-team all-stars

Michael Andrews, York Catholic, jr.: The Fighting Irish's No. 1 singles player finished second in the YAIAA Class AA singles tournament. The senior also teamed with Scott Bartkowiak to finish second in the league doubles tournament. That duo advanced to the quarterfinal round of the District 3 Class AA tournament.

Elliot Diehl, York Suburban, sr.: The senior defended his YAIAA Class AA singles tournament championship with a 6-3, 6-3 win against York Catholic's Michael Andrews. And just like Schmitt, Diehl was one half of the Class AA doubles championship team with Michael Peck. It was the second straight league doubles title for the duo.

Sam Innerst, Red Lion, sr.: A three time all-star, Innerst was again the Class AAA runner-up in the YAIAA singles tournament. He fell to Schmitt the past three years in the league tournament. Playing at the Lions No. 1, Innerst helped Red Lion to a 4-4 Division I mark.

Gavin Kenny, South Western, so.: Playing as the No. 1 for the Mustangs, Kenny helped South Western earn a bid to the PIAA team tournament. The Mustangs beat Hershey in the third-place game of the District 3 Class AAA tourney to earn the berth to states. Kenny placed fourth in the YAIAA Class AAA singles tournament and teamed with Ben Sentz to finish third in the league doubles tournament.

Chris Maderitz, Central York, jr.: The Panthers No. 1 singles player led Central to a 6-2 Division I record. He made it to the quarterfinal round in both the YAIAA Class AAA singles and doubles tournaments.

Ben Sentz, South Western, jr.: A vital part of the Division I champion Mustangs who finished 8-0 in league play, Sentz finished third in the YAIAA Class AAA singles tournament. One of his big victories of the season came when South Western defeated Central York to clinch the division crown. Sentz defeated Central's Jeremy Garling, 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 2 singles match.

Doubles all-stars

John Schmitt, sr., and Tyler Lilie, so., Dallastown: The Wildcat duo won the YAIAA Class AAA doubles title and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the District 3 Class AAA doubles tournament. "Tyler's game grew tremendously. Really, both of their games grew," Dallastown coach Mark Koons said. "They are both two-sport athletes and Tyler's movement and anticipation were probably twice as good this year as they were last year."

Elliot Diehl, sr., and Michael Peck, sr., York Suburban: The duo claimed their second straight YAIAA Class AA doubles title by beating York Catholic's Michael Andrews and Scott Bartkowiak, 6-2, 6-2. The pair ended their season in heartbreaking fashion, dropping a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 decision to Middletown's Harry Kapenstein and Eric Belles in the first round of districts.

Coach of the Year

Karen Cracium, South Western: In her first year at the helm of the Mustangs boys' tennis team, Cracium led South Western to an undefeated YAIAA Division I season and a PIAA team tournament appearance. The Division I title was the second straight for the Mustangs and their fourth in five years, and they finished third in the District 3 team tournament. Cracium also serves as the South Western girls' tennis coach.

Honorable mention

Nick Bartkowiak, York Catholic

Brett Gill, Littlestown

Grant Wierman, Spring Grove

Joey Stiles, New Oxford

Mike Gruver, New Oxford

Zach Kiick, Gettysburg

Adam Yingling, Gettysburg