Tip-off tournaments this past weekend may have supplied some clues on what to expect from certain basketball teams heading into the York-Adams League season.
The Dover boys' team could have a balanced scoring attack despite the presence of just one returning starter, Josh McMahon. McMahon more than did his part, scoring 33 points in two games as the Eagles captured the Bermudian Springs Tip-Off Tournament. Jared Mummert led Dover with 41 points, and Ryan Beck delivered 38 points.
Dalton Reichard was the only proven scorer for Eastern York coming off a junior season when he averaged 14.4 points a game. Reichard began his senior season by pumping in 43 points in two tip-off games. He wasn't the only Golden Knights' player, though, in double figures for the tournament. Broguen Nicholas, a freshman, averaged 17 a game. The presence of Reichard and Nicholas and the improvement of some of the returning players should enable Eastern to improve on last year's offense, which averaged just 48.2 points a game.
The York High boys' team went 1-1 over the weekend, but the .500 record did nothing to diminish the potential of this year's Bearcats. York's loss was by 12 points to Williamsport, which returned four starters from a team that lost by one point, in overtime, last year to Harrisburg in the round of 16 in the state Class AAAA tournament. York will still be a force in the York-Adams League, and an improved team when the district and state playoffs roll around in February and March.
The York Catholic girls' and boys' teams lost to perennially strong Trinity programs, but both Fighting Irish teams showed they have what it takes to be very successful again this year despite significant graduation losses.
The York Catholic girls, minus three senior starters (Rachel Forjan, Karli McFatridge and Carly Marks) from the 2011-12 team, fell, 50-45, to the Shamrocks. The Fighting Irish girls will seek to add to their record of seven consecutive District 3 Class AA titles later this season.
The two leading scorers from the York Catholic boys' team last year (Michael Sperring and Mark Burnside) graduated, but the Fighting Irish played Trinity tough before going down, 68-63.
The Red Lion girls showed their defense will be as tenacious as ever this season by holding two opponents, Lancaster McCaskey and Manheim Township, to 39 points apiece. The Lady Lions won a defensive struggle with Manheim Township, 41-39.
The Dover and Susquehannock girls' teams, which earned 18 and 15 victories apiece last season, began the season on a strong note by winning tournaments, at Northern York and Elizabethtown, respectively. The Eagles and Warriors were in different divisions last year, but they're together in York-Adams Division II this year.
-- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvano email@example.com or at 505-5407.