Although three years have passed, it has to be fresh on everyone's mind -- at least for those involved with the Spring Grove wrestling program.
A 55-8 drubbing at the hands of Central Dauphin in the 2010 District 3-AAA Team Tournament championship match undoubtedly left an imprint. It marked CD's third-straight district title and Spring Grove's first loss of the year following three playoff victories and the Rockets' first undefeated regular season in program history.
Central Dauphin has won two more district titles since then and will begin the chase toward its sixth in a row this week in the District 3-AAA team tourney. Spring Grove, on the other hand, has now won six straight York-Adams Division I titles and is coming off
"We're really excited about that (possibility)," Spring Grove coach Tony Miller said Sunday evening. "Our whole focus since we finished up Saturday is we want to get through Tuesday night. We're taking Tuesday night as the most important night in our season."
Spring Grove (20-0) found out Sunday night it will be one of four schools that will play host to the first and second rounds of the 16-team tournament, which begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Up first for the No. 4-seed Rockets will be No. 13-seed Northern York (12-2). It's the same team Spring Grove beat, 61-12, a little more than two weeks ago. Should Spring Grove win that, the Rockets would advance to a 7 p.m. match against the winner of No. 5 Manheim Township (10-1) and No. 13 Warwick (12-4). Spring Grove hasn't faced Manheim Township this season, but did beat Warwick, 45-18, back on Jan. 5.
"We're fortunate in that fashion," Miller said. "We know just about everyone in our quarter there."
Should the Rockets make it through Tuesday, they'll likely travel to No. 1 Central Dauphin (17-0) on Thursday for a district semifinal match-up. Teams have to reach the semifinals to qualify for the state team tournament.
Should the top-seeded Rams beat No. 16-seed Dallastown (8-2) in the first round, they would face the winner of No. 8 Middletown (10-3) and No. 9 Cumberland Valley (9-4).
Dallastown edged out South Western (9-3) for the final spot in the 16-team tourney by two one-thousandths of a point in the final district power rankings.
In the eight-team District 3-AA tournament, No. 2 Biglerville (23-2) will be host to quarterfinal and semifinal match-ups Wednesday night. Biglerville hosts No. 7 Hamburg (13-6) in the first round at 5 p.m. Should they win that, the Canners would advance to face the winner of No. 3 Bermudian Springs (21-4) and No. 6 Susquenita (9-3).
Bermudian pounded Biglerville 39-20 last Thursday to claim the York-Adams Division II crown.
'Best effort': At this point in the season, every AAA team knows the biggest obstacle standing in the way of district gold -- something Spring Grove has never won -- is Central Dauphin. For the Rockets, it would also mean an opportunity to avenge the 47-point loss from three years ago.
"Our team wants to be able to look back and say we did the best we possibly could have. We put our best effort out there," Miller said. "For us, it's through Tuesday night and hopefully a couple matches down the road."
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.