There may be some awkward moments next week when Gettysburg High School plays host to the Mid-Penn Conference meeting.
The meeting will take place just one week after Gettysburg was welcomed into another league.
The Adams County school will officially leave the Mid-Penn Conference in the fall of 2014 and begin competing in the York-Adams League.
The York-Adams principals accepted Gettysburg's application for admittance by a vote of 21-1 during Monday afternoon's winter meeting at York Tech.
Kennard-Dale cast the dissenting vote.
"We have real concerns about increased costs playing a school from that distance," Kennard-Dale athletic director Gary McChalicher said before the roll call.
Kennard-Dale and Gettysburg are separated by more than 50 miles.
Gettysburg High School principal Mark Blanchard, who attended Monday's meeting, said preserving programs and minimizing costs may have been the initial reasons his school considered switching leagues. The Mid-Penn is made up mostly of schools in Harrisburg and the surrounding areas.
"Once we began exploring the York-Adams League, several things stuck out at us," Blanchard said. "One is the structure of the league, the involvement of the superintendents and principals. The PIAA says the principal is the head of the athletic program, and in the York-Adams League, you see that is definitely played out. And the fact that we're part of the (Lincoln) Intermediate Unit with York and Adams schools, we have a relationship with superintendents and principals in the York-Adams League. We have established educational relationships, it just seemed to make sense to bring that final piece (athletics) in."
Blanchard has been part of Mid-Penn high schools as principal (Cumberland Valley and Gettysburg) and coach (Central Dauphin).
"This (the move to the York-Adams League) is certainly no slight against the schools in the Colonial Division which we're currently aligned," he said. "But, for us, we see Eastern York and Susquehannock as being just as attractive as athletic partners. We floated this idea for four to six weeks, and we've received nothing but community support."
Gettysburg had explored joining the York-Adams League on two other occasions in the 1990s. The first time, a proposal was never brought before the Gettysburg Area School Board. The second time, the board rejected the idea.
This time, though, the board voted 7-0 in favor of switching leagues.
"Back then (in the late 1990s), we were a quad-A school, and we were in the same division with Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin," Blanchard said.
Gettysburg is now a Class AAA school in most sports.
Where the Warriors fit in the York-Adams League remains to be seen.
For football and boys' basketball and girls' basketball, Division II would seem to be the best fit because those divisions are made up of AAA schools. However, the work of putting the schedules for the 2014-15 school year is just beginning.
"We had some discussion about that (alignment) at the athletic directors' meeting, but the chair people (for each sport) have to go back and take a look," said York-Adams League executive director George Shue.
Shue said the admission of Gettysburg as the league's 23rd school will create a bye week in some sports, including football.
"We've had talks with about leagues, about byes, and we can probably take care of that," Shue said.
Shue, a former head football coach at Littlestown and Red Lion, said Gettysburg's addition is a plus for the league.
"Gettysburg is good triple-A school, and you get better by playing better competition," he said.
The York-Adams League would like to add one more school to make it an even 24, but Shue isn't aware of any interest right now.
In other league news:
---The York-Adams Baseball Tournament will have a sponsor this spring.
Orthopedic and Spine Specialists (OSS) will pay the costs of staging the semifinals and championship game at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The semifinal games are set for 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and the championship game is listed for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.
The tournament was held at Sovereign Bank Stadium in 2009 and 2010, but it took place on high school diamonds the past two seasons.
---The principals approved, 16-6, charging $5 (for adults) and $3 (for students) through every round of league tournaments.
-- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvano firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5407.