Some of the best high school boys' volleyball teams in Pennsylvania will descend on York County on Saturday.
The Bobcat Invitational is set to start at 8:30 a.m. at Northeastern High School.
A total of 30 teams from all over the state will compete in what has become the largest high school boys' volleyball tournament in Pennsylvania. It may well serve as a preview of the PIAA state tournament, which will be held in early June.
A number of local teams will compete, headlined by the host school and Central York. Northeastern is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, while Central York owns the PVCA's No. 2 spot in Class AAA.
In all, 13 of the 30 teams appearing at Northeastern are ranked by the PVCA in either AAA or AA.
In addition, all four teams which made last year's PIAA Class AA state semifinals and three of the four teams in last year's state AAA semifinals are competing.
Eight of the top 10 AAA teams in the PVCA poll will play at Northeastern, while five of the top 10 in AA will appear. The AA powers include Ambridge, which is ranked No. 1 by the PVCA.
In addition to Central York, the other AAA state-ranked teams competing are: No. 3 Hempfield, No. 4 Exeter, No. 5 Pennsbury, No. 6 Pennridge, No. 7 Parkland, No. 9 Chambersburg and No. 10 Central Dauphin.
In addition to Ambridge and Northeastern, the other state-ranked AA teams competing are: No. 4 Bethlehem Catholic, No. 5 Manheim Central and No. 7 Saegertown.
The other York-Adams League teams set to compete this weekend are: Dallastown, York Suburban, Red Lion, Susquehannock, Spring Grove and Dover.
The tournament will begin with pool play, featuring six pools of five teams each. Following pool play, the tournament format uses a series of play-in matches to separate all the teams into one of two playoff brackets -- Silver and Championship. The championship finals will be played at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
In addition, there will be a 20-team junior varsity tournament that will be played Friday afternoon and evening starting at 3:30 p.m.
The list below includes all the varsity teams playing and the pools they have been assigned to:
---Pool A, Court A, Main Gym: Red Land, Central York, Bethlehem Catholic, Gov. Mifflin and Council Rock.
---Pool B, Court B, Main Gym: Dallastown, Northeastern, Parkland, Warwick and Pennridge.
---Pool C, Court C, Spring Forge Gym: York Suburban, Hempfield, Chambersburg, Red Lion and Whitehall.
---Pool D, Court D, Ninth-Grade Academy: Susquehannock, Central Dauphin, Exeter, Freedom and Saegertown.
---Pool E, Court E, Middle School: Spring Grove, Cumberland Valley, Neshaminy, Manheim Central and Erie McDowell.
---Pool F, Court F, Middle School: Dover, Pennsbury, Ambridge, Garden Spot and State College.
NORTHEASTERN 3, SPRING GROVE 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats rolled, 25-10, 25-6, 25-8. Luke Braswell (30 assists, six digs, three kills), Stephen Braswell (11 kills), Reese Devilbiss (10 kills, five aces), Malik Jefferson (six kills) and Matt Hollinger (four kills, four digs) led Northeastern. Dalton Forbes (four kills, five digs) and Austin Muff (six assists) paced Spring Grove. Northeastern won the JV match, 25-10, 25-19.
EASTERN YORK 3, DOVER 0: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights captured a 25-21, 25-14, 25-22 win. The Knights were led by Sandon Eaton (12 digs, eight kills), Austin Miller (22 assists) and Mike Bair (12 digs, seven kills). Chipper Lindeman (20 assists, five digs) and Brendan Warren (12 kills, five digs) led Dover. Dover took the JV match, 25-17, 25-13.
YORK SUBURBAN 3, SUSQUEHANNOCK 1: At Suburban, the Trojans grabbed a 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22 triumph. Jacob Kauffman (17 kills), Lars Dalemar (29 assists, five digs) and Brad Hartshorne (six kills, five blocks) led Suburban. Alex Miller (20 assists, seven aces, six digs, four kills) Nathan Rohrbaugh (14 assists, 12 digs) and A.J. Schaeffer (12 assists, eight digs) led the Warriors. Suburban won the JV match, 25-18, 10-25, 16-14.
RED LION 3, NEW OXFORD 0: The visiting Lions won 25-18, 25-20, 25-12. Red Lion was paced by Alec Chronister (nine digs) and Dan Jones (14 digs). New Oxford was paced by Tyler Steckbeck (seven kills, seven digs), Joel Madina (12 assists) and Ross Starner (six digs, five blocks, four kills). Red Lion won the JV match, 25-16, 25-17.
CENTRAL YORK 3, KENNARD-DALE 0: At Fawn Grove, the Panthers dominated, 25-15, 25-8, 25-13. Royce Clemens (nine kills), Ryan Gardner (six kills) and Dylan Hose (30 assists) were the Central stat leaders. K-D was led by Nathan Ellis (eight kills) and Dylan Tessier (five kills). Central won the JV match, 2-0.
DALLASTOWN 3, WEST YORK 0: The visiting Wildcats won in three games, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18. They were led by Justin Barnett (26 assists, nine aces) and Linc Reinalda (six kills). West York was paced by Mitch Grimm (eight digs) and Taylor Boyer (six assists). In junior varsity, Dallastown beat West York, 25-20, 25-21.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.