April 24, 2014

York advances to NAIA World Series (VIDEO)

For the first time in York College history, the baseball team will be playing in the NAIA Baseball World Series. Each champion of the Opening Round brackets, nine in all, will make their way to Lewiston, Idaho, May 24-31. The Panthers will open play on Friday May 24 against Embry-Riddle College out of Florida. York got to the World Series by winning their Bracket just outside of Chicago this past weekend.

Watch York clinch their trip to Lewiston.  Video courtesy of York Athletics.

NAIA Bracket

Midland defeats York in OT

James Parrett and Ben Imig scored 25 and 24 points respectively to lead Midland to a 76-71 overtime win against York on Friday morning at the NAIA, Division II men’s basketball tournament in Point Lookout, MO.  Midland recovered from a poor start that saw the Warriors shoot just 36% in the first half. They trailed York by only 32-28 at the break. In a game that featured eight ties and nine lead changes, it had to be decided in overtime.  Midland outscored York 12-7 in the extra five minutes, holding York without a field goal for the final 2:39 of OT.

Thaddeus Varmall, who led York to their first ever NAIA tourney win on Wednesday, scored 26 points.

Midland University will play the winner of William Penn vs Bethel at 1PM Saturday March 9th

York, Midland pull off first two upsets at NAIA national tourney

Unseeded York defeated #9 Davenport (Mich.) 78-77 in overtime in the first game of the 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2013 event is being held at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

Thaddeus Varmall led York with 19 points, including the go-ahead lay-up with 21 seconds to go in overtime. Heyvis Jackson tallied 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Panthers, who also had Dylan Brewer (15) and Marcus Johnson (14) in double figures.

Both teams held the lead in the overtime period and Davenport led 77-76 with under a minute left. York put the ball in the hands of Varmall, who drove down the right side of the lane and hit the game-winner. Davenport missed on a couple of chances to win it in the final seconds.

Midland recorded the second upset of the day as they knocked off #8 Eastern Oregon 77-53. Making its second national tournament appearance and first since 2000, Midland guard Galen Gullie scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Warriors to its first tournament win. The sharp-shooting sophomore went a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and three other Midland players also scored in double figures.

Down 22-18 with eight minutes left in the first half, Midland outscored Eastern Oregon 19-3, keyed by back-to-back three-pointers by Gullie and Jalen Hueser, to take a 37-25 lead into the break.

Midland improves to 20-12 on the year and advances to play York (Neb.) in Friday’s second round at 8:30am. The 32-team, single elimination tournament concludes Tuesday, March 12, with the championship game to tip-off at 8 pm.

York secures No. 1 seed in conference tournament

The York College men’s basketball team has secured the regular season conference championship, sharing the MCAC title with Bellevue University.  In his third year as head coach, Delton Deal has transformed the team into a nationally ranked squad, with the highest ranking in the Coaches’ Poll last week at No. 15 in NAIA Div. II.

At 22-7 on the season, 12-4 in the MCAC, York is the #1 seed in the conference tournament and will host the north division games this weekend. With recent additions to the conference of Waldorf College (IA), Central Baptist (AR), and Southwestern Christian (OK), the MCAC has adopted a north and south division for tournament play. In the north tournament, #2 Bellevue University plays #3 Waldorf College at 5:30 p.m.

In the second game of the night, #1 seed York College will face #4 Haskell Indian Nations University, with tipoff at 7:30 p.m. The winners of these games will meet on Saturday for the north tournament crown.

The winners of the north and south tournaments will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the MCAC Tournament Championship Game at 7 p.m. Should the Panthers win out over the weekend, York College will host the championship game on Tuesday as well. The winner of the the championship game will represent the conference in the NAIA Div. II National Tournament, March 6-12 in Point Lookout, Mo.

York edges Bellevue. Both baseball teams make NAIA tournament

York College blanked the 25th-ranked Bellevue University baseball team, 3-0, in the championship game of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at Westgate Field on the Bellevue campus.  The Panthers (38-17) earned the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, and will be the 4th seed in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile the Bruins (39-19) received an at-large bid and will join Peru State in Paducah, KY.

Both events will run May 10-14 with the site winner advancing to the NAIA World Series, scheduled for May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.