York College Athletics Announces the 2019 Hall of Fame Class
The York College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame class has been selected for enshrinement in October. Jerry Bowne (wrestling), Amanda (Lomberg) Dion (women’s soccer), Kristen (Daly) Morris (women’s basketball), Josh Papsan(men’s lacrosse), Chris Ports (men’s soccer), and Jeff Young (baseball) comprise this year’s class, the 29th in the history of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bowne was a highly successful wrestler who graduated in 2007. He finished his Spartan career with a record of 97-34 as he was a two-time national qualifier, a 2006 NCAA Division III All-American at 165 pounds, and a two-time Metropolitan Conference champion at 165 pounds (2006 and 2007). Bowne won 36 matches in 2005-06 as that total ties him for fourth on the single-season wins list. The Spartans recorded 68 dual meet wins during his career while they also won the Metropolitan Conference Championship during his junior year. The Spartans also notched a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships that season. That is the highest finish in school history.
Dion enters the hall as the first women’s soccer player to earn her way into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She made an immediate impact on the program as a freshman as she was named the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in leading the Spartans to a record of 10-5-4 with five shutouts during the year. Dion put together fantastic numbers throughout her Spartan career. She won 45 matches and registered 25.5 shutouts during her 74 game Spartan career. Dion owned a career goals against average of 1.00 in 6,123:40 of play while she owned a career save percentage of .843. She had a fantastic senior year with a goals against average of 0.50 as she allowed just seven goals in 16 games while she registered a save percentage of .899. Dion was a four-time All-CAC selection and was the first player in program history to earn NSCAA all-regional honors after her junior campaign.
Morris was a standout women’s basketball player for the Spartans from 2004 to 2008. She finished her Spartan career as the fifth all-time leading scorer at 1,585 points. Morris is fourth in school history in points per game (15.0 ppg), second in field goals made (658), seventh in rebounds (773), ninth in rebounds per game (7.3 rpg), tied for sixth in games started (106), and seventh in career minutes played (3375). She was the 2004-05 Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and a second team selection. Morris followed that with three years of being a first-team All-CAC pick. Morris capped her career as a WBCA All-American following her senior year. The Spartans earned 62 wins over Morris’ four-year career including a 19-win season during her final year in the Green and White.
Papsan is the first men’s lacrosse player to earn induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Papsan was the first great Spartan as did almost everything for the Green and White. The men’s lacrosse program was four years old when Papsan arrived on campus. He elevated the program to one that had won just 10 games in their first three seasons to a program that registered a then school-record 11 wins during his senior year. Papsan finished his career as a three-year captain while he was also a three-time first-team All-CAC selection. He concluded his career with 131 points on 63 goals and 68 assists. At the time of his graduation, Papsan was second in points, third in goals and first in assists. He still owns the school-record for ground balls with 505 and the school-record for ground balls per game at 10.10 ground balls per game. Papsan was also one of York’s primary face off man as he finished his career with 335 wins in 561 attempts, good for a winning percentage of .597 which ranks him fourth all-time. He led all of NCAA Division III in ground balls per game (9.75 gbpg) as a senior.
Ports, who graduated from York in 2008, was a driving force for unprecedented success in the men’s soccer program from 2004-2008. Ports made an immediate impact on the program as he earned the CAC Rookie of the Year award in addition to being a first-team All-CAC pick in 2004. His sophomore year, the Spartans began an impressive run with the first of back-to-back CAC titles as he earned first-team All-CAC honors in addition to being an NSCAA first-team All-Region honoree. The Spartans made their first of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances as they advanced to the second round. Ports would go on to earn a pair of NSCAA All-American honors as he was a first-team pick in 2006 and a second-team selection in 2008. He would miss the 2007 campaign due to a knee injury but he was able to rebound to lead York to an 18-0-2 mark in 2008. Ports’ name is all over the Spartan record book as he is fourth in points (96), sixth in goals (31), second in assists (34), sixth in game-winning goals (11), second in penalty kicks converted (5), and fourth in games started (80).
Young was a four-year starting shortstop for the Green and White from 2003 to 2007. He had a highly successful career as you can find him all throughout the Spartan baseball record book. Young is first in at bats (693), tied for first in runs scored (183), first in walks (102), first in sacrifice flies (16), second in hits (241), fourth in RBI (133), fourth in total bases (349), fourth in on-base percentage (.449), tied for fourth in doubles (54), tied for seventh in home runs (14), seventh in stolen bases (20), 15th in batting average (.348), and 16th in slugging percentage (.504). Young was a three-time first-team All-CAC selection and was a 2007 ABCA All-South Region team selection. He was also one of the best fielders in Spartan history as he owns the career record for assists with 577. Young was named the 2007 Rawlings South Region Gold Glove winner at shortstop. The Spartans won 104 games during Young’s four-year Spartan career.
This year’s class will be inducted on October 5 during the Spartans’ Fall Fest Weekend celebrations.