2013 Fall All-Star, Boys’ Soccer, Royce Clemens, Central YorkSubmitted
2013 Fall All-Star, Boys' Soccer, Royce Clemens, Central York Submitted

A day after Central York's YAIAA boys' volleyball championship win in May, Royce Clemens walked into Kevin Schieler's statistics class.

Schieler made a point to shake his student's hand.

For the third time this school year, Clemens and one of Central York's teams had won the league championship. It was a staggering statistic to Schieler.

"It's absolutely amazing," the teacher said. "I don't think anyone can say enough about it."

Also the boys' basketball coach at Central, Schieler benefited from Clemens' YAIAA gold rush: a boys' soccer title in the fall, basketball in the winter and, finally, volleyball in the spring.

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    The senior brought a little something different to each sport and its Panthers team. To volleyball — the sport he'll continue next season at Penn State — it was sheer athleticism. That quality was what coach Brad Livingston said made up for Clemens not being a year-round player like some of his teammates.

    When the Central basketball team made a run into the state tournament, volleyball had to wait. But the late start to the season had little effect on Clemens' ability to adjust once he joined up for volleyball.

    "It's not surprising because he's blessed with athletic ability people don't have," Livingston said.

    Clemens admitted basketball is the toughest of his three sports, which could be why his modus operandi came at the defensive end of the floor.


    "He's long. He led the team in steals," Schieler said. "I think he had a lot of deflections. Even if it's a batted ball on defense, it's a big help."

    But on the soccer field, Clemens attacked on the offensive end.

    "He just put the team on his back and scored some huge goals for us," coach Frank Lenno said. "He was a leader by example."

    Some of those examples started each soccer practice with Clemens and teammate Andrew Sauers, who participated in the first two legs of Clemens' three-peat. The teammates had a knack for trying to get the best of each other.

    "He's one of the best competitors I've ever played against," Sauers said. "He'll try to beat you in anything."

    That included ladder drills, when the two led their respective lines for the footwork exercise.

    "This is what you want to see," Lenno said. "These guys were killing each other before practice."

    The friendly rivalry carried over into basketball practices. If Sauers scored on Clemens, Sauers remembers his teammate making a point to pull up for a 3 in his face on the following play.

    "I'm sure it's hell for other teams to try and guard him," Sauers said. "I'm glad he's on my team when we're playing on other teams."

    Central York’s Royce Clemens, second from left, chases down the ball with several West York defenders during the YAIAA boys’ soccer
    Central York's Royce Clemens, second from left, chases down the ball with several West York defenders during the YAIAA boys' soccer championship game in October. Central earned a 4-1 victory for the league title, the first in a series of three separate YAIAA championships for Clemens, a senior. All three of his teams also reached the PIAA tournament. (File — GameTimePA.com)

    Their competitive nature carried over to other teammates and helped Central win its first league basketball title in 40 years. When they celebrated the feat, Clemens posed with teammates for a picture in the same way as his volleyball teammates would a few months later: a group locked together, arms over shoulders with big smiles.

    But which was his favorite?

    "I think volleyball's my favorite," Clemens said this spring. "It's tough to say that, but whatever the season is, whatever you're around."

    Although volleyball has been a family sport — played by both of his parents, brother and sister — Livingston cautioned that Clemens could have to rethink the way he plays once at Penn State.

    "The athletic ability eventually won't be enough," Livingston said. "He's a little behind because he's played three sports. He's only played nine months or so (per year) of volleyball."

    Clemens also must transition from an attacker to the defensive-minded libero when he walks on at Penn State.

    "I think it's going to be extremely difficult," Clemens said. "I hope it's a fight for me. If I'm stressed in college, that will make me a better man in general."

    Schieler is confident Clemens is on his way in that aspect of life. Shortly after congratulating him on the YAIAA trifecta, Schieler wished his former player good luck on the volleyball court. A volleyball win a few days later during the district tournament meant Clemens also would play in three state tournaments as a high school senior.

    He capped it all off in early June by winning a PIAA championship with that volleyball team.

    To Clemens, each squad shared the trait of chemistry with their coaches. Except for Sauers and Chris Snowadzky, who played soccer and volleyball, Clemens found new teammates each season.

    "We don't have that many guys that play that many different sports. They're usually soccer guys," Lenno said. "Royce was different. He was a freak who did everything. He not only did everything, he was a freak at everything."

    Contact Matt Goul at 771-2045.

    Click on any of the three links below to watch Royce Clemens' YAIAA gold rush videos

    Fall: Soccer

    Winter: Basketball

    Spring: Volleyball

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