At 5-feet, 7-inches tall, Brent Batory figures he's already at a disadvantage on the soccer field.
It's part of the reason why the Dallastown High School senior says he thinks like a "big man."
"You can't always think you're the smallest guy out there. If you play like you're the biggest guy out there you can do really good things," Batory said.
It's also why he hit the weight room pretty hard over the offseason and added 10-to-15 pounds of muscle.
"I'm a shorter guy so I just wanted to re-enforce my center of gravity. Not to be overpowering but to just get some balance and some strength," he said.
The work paid off for Batory on the field this past fall. The center-midfielder collected 16 goals and 12 assists to help his team capture the York-Adams League Division I crown and a runner-up finish in the league tournament.
For his efforts, Batory was chosen as the Division I Co-Player of the Year, sharing the honors with Central York junior Erik Rishel.
"I think it's really rewarding considering the effort I put into the offseason," Batory said. "I wanted to go out with a bang this year and that just rewards all of my efforts."
Martin, Sosa also earn top honors: York Suburban senior Tanner Martin was voted the Division II Player-of-the-Year while York Catholic senior Chris Sosa took home Division III POY honors for the second straight year.
Martin tallied 12 goals and 17 assists and led the Trojans to a perfect regular-season record to claim the Division II crown. Sosa, whose top college choices are NCAA Division I Louisville and NCAA D-II California (Pa.), collected 13 goals and 16 assists to lead the Irish to the York-Adams Division III crown.
Sosa joins Batory and Central senior Shawn Morrison as the all-state selections from the York-Adams League.
Coaches of the year were: Jim Reinalda of Dallastown (Division I), Tony Kowalewski of York Suburban (Division II) and Milner Sosa of York Catholic (Division III).
The awards were decided by the league's coaches.
Central duo: Morrison and Rishel helped Central nab a second-place finish in Division II this past fall. Morrison, whose top college choices are NCAA D-I schools Clemson, Seton Hall and Temple, totaled 10 goals and six assists. Rishel had a team-high 16 goals to go along with three assists.
"(Rishel) actually started out as a holding-center and mid-fielder type and that's pretty much what we thought he was gonna play at the beginning of the year," Central coach Frank Lenno said. "But we needed help up front and said 'This is not good enough.' So we moved him to attacking center-midfield and he made 16 goals."
Central and Dallastown had the most players selected as Division I All-Stars with three apiece. York Suburban had the most players tabbed as Division II All-Stars with three, while York Catholic led the Division III All-Star selections with four.
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