Gettysburg High School becoming the 23rd member of the York-Adams League is one step closer to reality.
The Gettysburg Area School Board approved on Monday night, by a 7-0 vote, a proposal to switch from the Mid-Penn Conference to the York-Adams League.
The next step is up to the York-Adams League, which is expected to vote on Gettysburg's application at its winter meeting next Monday.
Assuming the York-Adams League gives its approval, Gettysburg's teams would begin competing in the fall of 2014, the first year of a two-year scheduling cycle.
Division II would seem to be the most likely landing spot for the football, basketball and baseball teams, since that's where most of the league's Class AAA schools are located. Gettysburg is Class AAA.
If that is the case, it would mean Gettysburg will have league football games against West York, Dover, New Oxford, Northeastern, Susquehannock and Kennard-Dale.
Gettysburg would play many of the same schools twice each season in girls' and boys' basketball and baseball while also crossing over to play Class AAAA schools (Red Lion, Dallastown, Central York, York High) one time.
West York football coach Ron Miller, whose team played Gettysburg in the 2007 District 3 Class AAA playoffs, thinks the Adams County school would be a plus for the league.
"Anytime our league can grow and add a school the caliber of Gettysburg, it's a good thing," Miller said. "Back in the 2007, they had a really good football team, and although they've kind of struggled a little bit since then, with the size of the community and the proud tradition, it won't take them long to get it going again."
Dover boys' basketball coach Brian Schmoyer would also welcome the Warriors.
"Every year, for the past four years, we've had very competitive non-league games with them," Schmoyer said. "They play hard and aggressive, and they already play a bunch of York County teams (Dover, New Oxford, Red Lion, Eastern York, Northeastern, Dallastown and South Western this year)."
Gettysburg is a good fit geographically for Miller's school and Schmoyer's school and all the Hanover-area schools. It's not such a great fit for Northeastern (Manchester), Eastern York (Wrightsville) and Kennard-Dale (Fawn Grove).
The York-Adams League, though, has welcomed six other Adams County schools (New Oxford, Delone Catholic, Littlestown, Bermudian Springs, Biglerville and Fairfield) in the past 20 years, so there's no reason to think it won't add a seventh.
Gettysburg's administration proposed joining the York-Adams League two other times, but the school board ultimately rejected each proposal.
This time, there was no dissension.
The York-Adams League would probably like to have one more school (23 is an awkward number for scheduling purposes). Northern York and Red Land are two York County high schools that compete in the Mid-Penn Conference. It remains to be seen whether either would consider following Gettysburg into a new league.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5407.