Photo by Michael Connors
By Ben Otte
When compared to the last three years, this is perhaps one of the better boys basketball teams Red
Lion has put together.
Senior Kevin Hutchinson and junior Michael Fox bring broad presence on the court, leading the team in scoring -- combining for a game average of roughly 28 points.
"We're pretty young," says head coach Steve Schmehl, "We're starting to gain a lot of experience. They (the players) are learning."
Currently, the team is ranked in the District III AAAA Top 20- something the Red Lion Boys Basketball program hasn't seen for quite a few years. Surely, when a young team is this successful
early on, it can only mean they have an even brighter future ahead.
Blake Cahill and Evan Miller, also starters for the varsity squad, provide a well-balanced attack. While Miller plays the role of a quick point guard with explosive speed, Cahill’s height advantage opens up more scoring opportunities in the high post. Matt Wanbaugh comes off the bench to stretch the defense and to pull down key rebounds. In addition, young, talented freshmen like Huson, McCreary, and Rebuck, add evident depth and significant contributions as well.
With lone senior Hutchinson and plenty of underclassmen to fill the remaining slots in the rotation, it seems that the Lions have a solid lineup that has the ability to play at a high level.
"If we play like we're capable of playing, we could compete with anybody." says Michael Fox who
points out that a deep run in the postseason is definitely not out of their reach.
By Molly Kuhn
Winter track falls between the beginning of December till the end of the February in order to prepare the dedicated athletes for this coming Spring season.
The opportunity to become involved in this sport has been available to Red Lion students for several years, however the team has been attending meets and invitationals for only four years. “There has been more involvement and interest,” Track Coach Todd Barshinger said.
Winter track has roughly about four to five invitationals a year and they meet a few Saturdays throughout the winter season.
"It's not as serious as spring track," said sophomore Angelica Gonzalez who has been involved in Winter track for the last two years. Angelica further explained that it is an option to attend practices and the meets, not mandatory like Spring track.
Senior Adam Weigle who participates in all three throwing events in the spring says, "[Winter track] is beneficial because it gives you time to work on key muscle groups, and develop better techniques."
Seeing the dedicated athletes work hard in the winter to prepare for the spring is Coach Barshinger's favorite thing about winter track.
By Whitney Johnson
Red Lion girl’s basketball is still pushing through their season with a winning
record. There is a short amount of time left for the regular season while the chase
to districts, and counties is coming around the corner. The girl’s will have to win all
their games to secure a place in districts.
Coach Dimoff says, “[We are] working hard, but we still need to keep getting
better,” he continues, “The key is finding a way to beat the tough teams.” With four
seniors on the team there is room on the court for the underclassmen coming
through. “Team chemistry is great, [the] kids are sticking together, and with a
younger team it always helps getting valuable experience to continue the traditions.”
Early in January the girls competed in the Philly Classic, where they lost
against one of the best teams in the state. “We are very pleased with how we
competed. “ says Dimoff. The loss will go on their record, but has no effect on the
teams post-season games.
Senior wrestler, Tyler Schell is one of the team's captains this season.
1. How long have you been wrestling?
2. What has been your biggest influence to partake in this sport?
-My father. He wrestled back in High School. He didn't play for the varsity high school team, but it was something he was a part of. He wanted me to come out and wrestle, so I did that.
3. What have been some of your most memorable moments in your career so far?
-I'd say being a state qualifier, for sure. I was once on club teams that went down to Disney for
'Disney Duals' as well.
4. Are you looking to further your career after high school?
-Yes. Possibly the Coast Guard Academy. If I don't get accepted to the Coast Guard, I would go to
Wilkes Barre University.
By Ben Otte
It was always a thought or idea to see Red Lion's very own Lion mascot painted on
the walls of the Ronald E. Abe Fitzkee Athletic Center to look over the hardwood floor
inside. Many schools can say they have paintings promoting pride within their school's
gymnasiums and now Red Lion joins that list of buildings.
The newly painted 'King of the Jungle' mural on the east side of the gym stands at a height
of 17 feet and is spread a width of 28 feet.
Mary Patterson, a local quality interior painter, who has been commended for her
work by district officials, was chosen to paint the idea to life. Entrepreneur of her own
business, "Painted By Patterson", Patterson mainly focuses her talents on decorative
artwork in clients’ homes and offices. However, she has done bulk projects similar to this
one before. One of these can be found inside Red Lion's own Pleasant View Elementary
School's multi-purpose room. Another piece of Patterson’s artwork can be found at the
York location of York Eye Associates.
But who initially drew the blueprints of the project? It was Red Lion Class of 2012 alumnus,
Casey Dimoff. Having done artwork for the district before, Dimoff was viewed by the
district officials as the perfect choice.
However, it wasn’t a total breeze for the resident artist.
"It was tough at first to get everyone to agree with what the painting would look like. It
took months," he remarks. "Many people wanted different things, and for me, it was hard to
get all the ideas to satisfy everyone in one piece."
Patterson, unlike Dimoff, isn't a part of the Red Lion alumni community, but she does speak
of how proud she is to be a part of the work of somebody who is. "It's special for Casey."
she says. "The painting speaks to underclassmen interested in art who strive to see their
work in a public setting."
Dimoff is still trying to grab ahold of the new reality. "I never thought I'd ever have a
drawing on that wall. It's neat to see something I designed be in a place where I have, and
continue to, spend a lot of my time. I've been around the district my entire life."
After approximately 44 total work hours the painting reached competition. The 20 bottles
of paint and countless instances of hand cramps were absolutely worth it.
"It definitely leaves an impression on visitors who enter the gym," says Patterson. "It makes
Red Lion Athletics look 'tough'."
By Ben Otte
On Monday, January 14th, the YAIAA committee voted to add Gettysburg to the York/Adams
Interscholastic Athletic Association as its 23rd member. The vote was won by a 21-1 margin.
Gettysburg's new alignment in YAIAA Division II will most likely cause Northeastern to move up to
Division 1. This is something that will see effects later on down the stretch.
"We welcome Gettysburg," says Red Lion Athletic Director Arnie Fritzius. "It's a great fit to our
Because all sports schedules are compiled 2 years in advance, the effects of the changes will be seen
starting in the Fall of 2015. Now with an odd number of 23 members in the YAIAA, the question is if
another team will be added to the league to avoid playoff complications.
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