After winning a second straight Southern Section Division 1A championship by beating top ranked Mission Viejo, Gabe York was focused on one goal.
“I don’t want anything less than a state title,” York told his Orange Lutheran teammates.
That quest for a state title came to an end last week when Orange Lutheran played Long Beach Poly in the second round of the state playoffs. The two teams had met earlier in the season, with Long Beach Poly winning by 22.
Led by Roschon Prince and Jordan Bell, Long Beach Poly won the hard fought rematch despite 27 points from York.
“It was a tough loss,” said York. “We wanted revenge, but we came up a little short tonight.”
The game was incredibly physical, with both teams committing hard fouls. York had a painful fall early and got poked in the eye late. Long Beach Poly had defenders all over York the entire night.
“It was a rough game,” York said. “Both teams were playing hard and getting away with a lot of contact.”
The atmosphere was electric, as so many fans showed up that people had to be turned away at the door. Not only were there no seats left, there wasn’t even standing room as dozens of fans stood at both corners of the gym.
After the game, countless friends and family greeted York to congratulate him on his outstanding career. Earlier in the season York broke the Orange Lutheran scoring record. The sight of all his supporters caused York to be overcome by emotion.
“I’m just sorry I couldn’t bring home a state title for all our fans,” said York. “But their support and love is completely overwhelming. It’s sad to see the season end.”
Despite it being an emotional loss, York took the time to speak with each and every supporter that approached him.
With the high school season over, York will play in a few more games before heading to college. York will be participating in the All American Championships and the Ball is Life All American game in the coming weeks.
“I know the future is bright and I’m excited for it,” said York. “But right now, this one hurts.”