YORK, PA- The York College athletic department
has released their 2008-09 winter schedules on Wednesday. The
Spartans’ winter sports include men and women’s
basketball, wrestling, and men and women’s swimming.
A following is a look at the upcoming Spartan winter contests.
2007-08 Record: 18-8, 13-3 CAC
Capital Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions
Key Home Games: Nov. 15 hosting White Rose City Classic, Jan. 10 vs. Salisbury, Jan. 28 vs. Hood, Feb. 2 vs. Mary Washington.
Big Road Games: Nov. 25 @ Gettysburg, Jan. 7 @ Mary Washington, Feb. 7 @ St. Mary’s, Feb. 14 @ Wesley.
The Spartan Skinny: The Spartans will look to defend their 2007-08 Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship. The green and white must replace two-time All-American Chad McGowan and All-CAC guard Levi Winters but head coach Jeff Gamber will have a solid core of returners in addition to a stellar recruiting class that will enable the Spartans to be in the upper echelon of the conference. Senior Pat Kelley, juniors Jeremy Keefer and Nick Brady will team with a quality group of sophomores that should provide the Spartans with key leadership on and off the floor. The Spartans host a pair of in-season tournaments starting with the season-opening White Rose City Classic as York welcomes Susquehanna, Misericordia and Neumann to Charles Wolf Gymnasium on Nov. 15 and 16. York then travels to the Widener Tournament on Nov. 21 and 22. The Spartans final in-season tournament will be held on Jan. 3 & 4 as McDaniel, PSU-Behrend, and Alvernia come to York to play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
2008-09 Men's Basketball
2007-08 Record: 19-8, 10-6 CAC
Key Home Games: Nov. 15 vs. Messiah, Jan. 10 vs. Salisbury, Feb. 2 vs. Mary Washington, Feb. 21 vs. Marymount.
Key Road Games: Jan. 7 @ Mary Washington, Jan. 24 @ Marymount, Feb. 12 @ McDaniel
The Spartan Skinny: The Spartans look to build on their school-record 19 wins from a year ago. Spartan head coach Betsy Witman must replace the graduated Kristen Daly who finished her stellar career as the school’s third-leading all-time scorer with over 1,500 career points. Witman turns to a strong senior class led by three-time All-CAC guard Keli Ward and fellow starters Amanda Andrews and Chanel Perez. Witman also has a core of returning sophomores, headlined by starter April Sparkman that should provide York with an outstanding opportunity to build on their record setting 2007-08 season. The Spartans have a pair of in-season tournaments as they travel to Johns Hopkins to play in the Blue Jays Tournament on Nov. 22 and 23. The Spartans then host the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with Buffalo State, Franklin & Marshall and North Park on Jan. 3 and 4.
2007-08 Record: 14-6
Key Home Matches: Nov. 12 vs. Shippensburg (Home Opener), Dec. 6 – The Spartan Invitational, Jan. 17 vs. College of New Jersey / Centenary / Elizabethtown, Feb. 22 hosting the Metropolitan Wrestling Conference Championships.
Key Road Matches: Nov. 5 @ McDaniel, Nov. 15 @ Ursinus Fall Brawl, Jan. 3 @ North /South Duals, Nov. 9 & 10 at Budd Whitehill Duals.
The Spartan Skinny: The Spartans enter the 2008-09 campaign as a talented squad with a load of returning wrestlers from last year’s team. A pair of national qualifiers in seniors Kyle Flickinger and John Niedrich headlines the returners. Flickinger won the 125-pound weight class at the Metropolitan Wrestling Conference championship for the second straight year. Flickinger brings a three-year record of 87-29 into the upcoming campaign. Niedrich was a wild-card selection after finishing second at 157 pounds at the Metro Championships. The senior has accumulated a record of 47-18 in his two years in the green and white. Niedrich also earned national academic accolades as he earned National Wrestling Scholar recognition in 2007-08. The Spartans will host the 2008-09 Metro Conference Championships on February 22. The last time York hosted the championship (2006), they captured the team championship.
2007-08 Record: 9-2, 4-2 CAC
Second of Seven at the 2008 CAC Championships
Key Home Games: Oct 25 vs. Hood (2008 Home Opener), Nov. 22 vs. St. Mary’s, Dec. 6 vs. Salisbury and Goucher
Key Road Games: Nov. 1 at Marymount, Nov. 8 at Mary Washington
The Spartan Skinny: The Spartans return a slew of talented swimmers as the Spartans look to continue to become one of the strongest teams in the Capital Athletic Conference. Head coach Gina McHenry must replace CAC Male Swimmer of the Year Steven Fulcher but the Spartan mentor returns all of her other letter winners as the green and white is primed for another great year. Matt Jennings, Steve Tobin, Stephen Doemland, Garrett Higgins, Clark Arnold and A.J. Bean headline the talented cast of returners. The strong core of returners teamed with another outstanding recruiting class should allow the Spartans to build on their record of 34-5 over the last four years.
2008-09 Men's Swim
2007-08 Record: 6-7, 2-4 CAC
Fifth of Seven at the 2008 CAC Championships
Key Home Meets: Oct. 25 vs. Hood (Home Opener), Nov. 22 vs. St. Mary’s, Dec. 6 vs. Salisbury and Goucher
Key Road Meets: Nov. 1 @ Marymount, Nov. 8 @ Mary Washington, Jan. 16 @ College of Notre Dame
The Spartan Skinny: York enters the 2008-09 campaign looking to continue to build on the individual successes of last season. Junior Molly Wasik will lead the Spartans after she had a strong CAC championships. Wasik set a new school record in the 200 IM at championships while she also finished eighth in the 100 backstroke. Junior Ashley Stanton, senior Bridget Miller, junior Kaitlin Crean, and senior Colleen Nolan join Wasik in the core of quality swimmers that return to the green and white this season.
All 2008-09 winter sports schedule have been posted on the Spartan athletic web site, www.ycpspartans.com. The 2009 spring schedules will be released later this summer. All times for the winter are tentative and are subject to change.