The Town Courier’s Boys Spring Sports Superlatives

Photo | Submitted Coach of the Year Robert Youngblood poses with Northwest’s track and field program.

Photo | Submitted
Coach of the Year Robert Youngblood poses with Northwest’s track and field program.

Athlete of the Year

Joe Beville, lacrosse

Quince Orchard, senior

Voted by teammates as the Most Valuable Player of the Cougars’ 16-2 season. Attackman tallied 67 points—41 goals and 26 assists—in leading Quince Orchard to the Class 4A West Region final.

Coach of the Year

Robert Youngblood

Northwest, track and field

He won’t call the Jaguars a team—they’re a program. And they’re not built around one single superstar. Perennially able to pull the best out of his athletes, the experienced coach led Northwest to its second consecutive state championship—an unprecedented seventh track title since 2013.

Rookie of the Year

Tray Dawkins, track and field

Northwest, junior

In his first year competing in outdoor track, competed in four events at the state championship and picked up top 10 finishes in two of them: 300-meter hurdles and 400m relay.

Biggest breakout season

Ngoy “JJ” Yamitishi, track and field

Northwest, senior

With four top five finishes at state competition—including running the leadoff leg of the winning 3,200-meter relay and third leg of the state champion 800m relay—had a hand in 30 of the Jaguars’ 64.50 total points.

Most improved

Vic Grinberg, lacrosse

Quince Orchard, senior

Went from being a part-time starter a year ago to a star this season, leading the Cougars in points (78) this spring behind 55 goals and 23 assists.

Best secret weapon

Arthur Wu, volleyball

Northwest, senior

Described by his coach as having “a quiet presence but makes huge plays,” this four-year varsity athlete’s volleyball smarts and craftiness were integral to the Jaguars’ first-ever division title this spring. Wu finished his tenure with 83 kills, 29 aces, 13 assists and four blocks.

Best under pressure

Griffin Mann, baseball

Quince Orchard, senior

Recognized as the “Most Outstanding” pitcher in the Montgomery 4A West Division. Cougars’ go-to hurler went 5-0 on the mound with 55 strikeouts in 42 innings of work and held opponents to a .184 batting average en route to a 1.66 earned-run average.

Most resilient

Michael Yuille, baseball

Northwest, senior

Rose to the occasion as the Jaguars’ most reliable strike-thrower down the stretch of Northwest’s first state title run since 2012—second overall. The right-handed hurler struck out eight batters in six scoreless innings during a dominant state championship performance.

Most versatile

Ryan Kennington, baseball

Northwest, senior

Penn State Harrisburg recruit was tremendous on both offense and defense—in the outfield—for the Class 4A state champion Jaguars. The southpaw batted .448 with 23 runs batted in.

Best Cinderella story

Dylan Small, lacrosse

Quince Orchard, senior

After breaking his thumb—twice—in 2016, changed from his three-year position in goal to face-off man and was quite effective for the Cougars there. Small won more than 50 percent of his 269 duels to help Quince Orchard control possession.

Best sportsmanship

Cole Notari, lacrosse

Northwest, senior

Jaguars owe a great deal of this season’s success—12-4, 6-1 in division—to this devoted leader, who kept them together and motivated in the absence of a coach during the fall and winter leagues. Averaged two goals—and three points—per game.

Honorable mentions

Athlete of the Year: Josh Netterville, Northwest, baseball; Payton Jacobs, Northwest, volleyball

Biggest breakout season: Payton Jacobs, Northwest, volleyball; Chase Osborne, Northwest, track and field

Most improved: Khaloni Mganga, Northwest, track and field; Jack MacAfee, Northwest, volleyball

Best secret weapon: Aaron Tucker, Northwest, track and field; Match Hanson, Quince Orchard, lacrosse

Best under pressure: Johnny Hodges, Quince Orchard, lacrosse; Divinus Muteba, Northwest, track and field

Most resilient: Daniel Goodman, Northwest, track and field; Juwon Farri, Northwest, track and field

Most versatile: Logan Feuer, Quince Orchard, lacrosse; Sungmin Joo, Quince Orchard, volleyball

Best Cinderella story: Rha Overstreet, Northwest, track and field; Adam Levey, Quince Orchard, track and field

Best sportsmanship: Will Husted, Quince Orchard, lacrosse