The Northeastern boys' basketball team won its first District 3 title, defeating Mechanicsburg in the Class 5A championship game Friday, March 3, 2017.


The 2016-17 YAIAA sports season brought a ton of thrilling moments, and we want you to help us pick the best of the best. 

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Point of order: The cutoff date for nominated moments was May 20, and the poll will close at 11:59 p.m. May 29. 

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Fairfield girls' soccer


Fairfield head coach Phomma Phanhthy discusses what winning the school's first state title means to the community.

The Green Knights had their best season in program history — by a landslide. The team went 25-1 and won the school's first state team championship in any sport. The team doesn't appear to be done, either. While the program will lose Hannah Logue to graduation, it returns a number of standout young players including rising sophomores Annabel Anderson and Nora Clarke.

Northeastern boys' basketball


Northeastern senior starters Brandon Coleman and Austin Greene stood out for their leadership and fearless attitudes this season during the boys' basketball team's run to a state semifinal.

The Bobcats won the program's first YAIAA and District 3 titles, going 30-3 and reaching the state final four for the first time. The team played in front of packed gyms on a nightly basis, and their historic postseason run won't soon be forgotten.

York Catholic girls' basketball


York Catholic managed to win the District 3 championship against league rival Delone Catholic, and Irish head coach Kevin Bankos crossed off another milestone by winning his 300th career game.

The Irish won their 11th District 3 championship in 12 years and then made a historic run to the PIAA semifinals. York Catholic loses just one player off its roster to graduation: , senior Kara Duchek. In other words, expect the Irish to be back in familiar territory next year.

Susquehannock girls' basketball


Sophomore sinks two, team celebrates District 3 Class 5A championship.

The Warriors won a District 3 Class 5A title with a 44-42 upset of Harrisburg, then went on to advance to the PIAA semifinals. The team rounded into form at the right time of season and, similar to York Catholic, returns a large core for the 2018 campaign.

Eli Brooks


Spring Grove's Eli Brooks is having another standout season in his senior year. Hear what his teammates and an opponent have to say about playing alongside and against the University of Michigan recruit.

Arguably the best player to ever come through York County, Brooks averaged just under 30 points per game, grabbed 12 rebounds per contest and averaged close to 4 assists. He also provided a memorable moment virtually every time he took the court, and helped electrify the YAIAA boys' basketball scene this year. Catch him in 2018 as a freshman at the University of Michigan. 

Courtney Harnish


West York's Courtney Harnish has been named the top swimming recruit in the nation by an online site. The 17-year-old explains what she's looking for in a college.

In March, Harnish took home gold medals in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke at both the district and state meets, and she was named the 2A Girls' Swimmer of the Meet at states for the second time. Individually and on relays, Harnish also helped West York finish the PIAA championship tied for second in the team-points standings. She will go down as one of the most prolific swimmers in YAIAA history, despite competing for the Bulldogs for only two of her four years. Harnish will compete at the University of Georgia next year. 

Austin Clabaugh


Check out highlights of Zurich Storm, Austin Clabaugh, Noah Fleshman and Michael Wolfgram earning District 3 titles on Saturday.

The leader of Bermudian's loaded wrestling lineup, Clabaugh finished off a stellar career by earning sectional, district and regional titles while becoming the YAIAA's only state finalist this season. He earned a PIAA silver medal and went 41-5, giving him 149 career wins.

Central York golf


After finishing as the runner-up in the last two District 3 team tournaments, the Panthers finally came out on top

The powerhouse Panthers repeated as YAIAA champions, won a district title and placed third in the state championships. Central York's lineup was highlighted by Julianne Lee (YAIAA title, District 3 title, fifth-place finish at states), Joe Parrini (YAIAA title, District 3 title, 11th-place finish at states) and Carson Bacha (sixth-place finish at states). 

Red Lion football


Red Lion defeated Dallastown, 27-7, to cap a perfect 10-0 regular season Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at Horn Field in Red Lion.

The Lions recorded a YAIAA Division I title, an undefeated 10-0 regular season and an appearance in the District 3 playoffs. The team tied the school record for single-season victories, and it marked the program's first undefeated regular season since 1974.

York Catholic football


York Catholic won the second District 3 football championship in program history Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The Irish defeated Newport, 55-21, in the D3 Class 2A title game.

The Irish beat division foe Bermudian Springs for the first time since 2010, won their first division title since 1992 and won their first district championship since 1982

Red Lion volleyball


Red Lion improved to 8-0 on the season in five-game matches, winning the program's first district title. Red Lion defeated Hempfield, 3-2, Saturday.

The Lions won league and district championships this season in coach Heather Schoemaker's fifth year at the helm. The Lions also went 8-0 in five-game matches, including rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the district final to win the District 3 Class 4A championship. It was their first district title in team history.

Delone Catholic volleyball


Delone Catholic coach Jason Leppo praises his team's performance in its sweep over York Catholic in the District 3 title game.

The Squirettes won their 11th district title since 1985 and their first since 2013. In each of the two years prior, Delone Catholic lost in the District 3 title game. 

York Suburban boys' cross country

The Trojans captured their fourth straight district title and finished second in the state in Class 2A. Runners Bryce Ohl, Jarrett Raudenski, Josh Kerr and Tanner Haynes all finished in the top 15 at districts. 

Holden Koons

The Dallastown sophomore tennis player won his second straight District 3 championship this spring. Koons didn't drop a set in the district tournament, losing just five games combined in over his four matches.

Gettsyburg boys' soccer


The Gettysburg boys' soccer team is moving on in the YAIAA tournament, and the Warriors couldn't have done it without goalkeeper Yanni Tassou.

The Warriors reached the District 3 Class 3A championship game and the PIAA semifinals. Gettysburg finished the regular season with a 22-4-2 overall record and a share of the YAIAA Division II title.

Fairfield girls' track & field 


Check out highlights from Saturday's District 3 Class 2A track and field championships.

The Green Knights won the District 3 Class 2A team title on the strength of victories in the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay. Cierra Phillips, Sarah Heinbaugh, Hannah Logue and Amelia Heinbaugh set a school record to win the 400 relay. The Knights edged Delone Catholic by 8 points for the team title.


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