It's been a season of firsts for the Dover High School girls' basketball team.
It was the first Eagles' girls' team to win a York-Adams League division title. It was the first Eagles' girls' team to put together a perfect regular season. And now, it's the first Eagles' girls' team to earn the No. 1 seed for the District 3 playoffs.
Dover is in the top-seeded Class AAAA spot for the playoffs, which begin with a series of play-in games on Friday.
Of course, Dover, which moved to Class AAAA from AAA this season, doesn't have to worry about a play-in game. The Eagles' first district contest will be at home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, against the winner of the Friday's Governor Mifflin-Solanco play-in game.
Dover can put that clash on the back burner for the time being. That's because the Eagles have a test coming up on Tuesday against Dallastown in the York-Adams Tournament semifinals. When the teams met in the regular season, the Eagles won 43-40.
Dover wasn't the only the only York-Adams team to capture a No. 1 district seed.
York Catholic's perennial girls' powerhouse is ranked No. 1 in Class AA. The Fighting Irish have won 22 in a row since a season-opening loss to Trinity.
York Catholic also has won the last seven AA championships, a District 3 record. When the Fighting Irish began their run of titles, the seniors on this year's team were in fifth grade.
Kevin Bankos, in his seventh season as the team's head coach, recently earned his 200th career victory.
Before York Catholic can think about districts, there's the York-Adams Tournament to consider.
The Fighting Irish take on West York in the other girls' semifinal on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs are the No. 2-seeded team in the district Class AAA bracket behind Palmyra. The Delone Catholic boys and girls are also seeded No. 2 in Class AA.
West York finished first in Division I of the York-Adams League this season, despite losing its leading scorer, Sarah Shearer, to a knee injury.
The Delone Catholic boys are the defending district champions. They're seeded second to Trinity.
The Delone Catholic girls pushed York Catholic into overtime in the second meeting of the teams this season before the Fighting Irish prevailed, 48-43.
The York High boys and the New Hope Academy boys are seeded third in Class AAAA and A, respectively.
The Bearcats, the defending York-Adams Tournament champions, are the highest-scoring team in the league at 77.2 points a game. Four players (Tavon Parker, Derek Wilson, Ramel Stephens and Jahaire Wilson, Derek's younger brother) average in double figures for Coach Troy Sowers' club. Parker is the leader at 19.6 a game followed by Derek Wilson (13.3), Stephens (10.8) and Jahaire Wilson (10.0).
New Hope Academy was the runner-up team in districts last year. Defending champion Greenwood and Lebanon Catholic are seeded in front of the Mighty Ants this season.
There are no all-York-Adams matchups in the play-in round. The Dallastown boys, though, do have a rematch in the play-in part of the AAAA bracket. The Wildcats, seeded 18th, will take on 14th-seeded Hempfield, a team they lost to by six points (83-77) in double overtime on Jan. 26. Dallastown's Ethan Sutton poured in 38 points in that game. The rematch will take place at 7 p.m. Friday on the Black Knights' court.
The Red Lion girls, who have won the last two District 3 Class AAAA titles, will be involved in a play-in game against Cedar Crest. The Lady Lions, the No. 13-seed, will host the 20th-seeded Falcons on Friday.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org.