The Central York boys' basketball team is perfect so far in the new year.

The Panthers' last loss came on Dec. 27 to Wilson in the Hempfield Holiday Tournament.

Since that time, Central has recorded 11 victories in a row.

The Panthers, who are 17-2 overall, can clinch first place in York-Adams Division I by defeating Dallastown on Friday night.

The last time Central finished on top of a division came in the 2002-2003 season when the Panthers shared Division II honors with New Oxford.

Along with the the loss to Wilson (63-60 in overtime), Central's only other setback came to another powerhouse, Bishop McDevitt.

McDevitt is unbeaten at 17-0, and Wilson is 17-2, with the losses being by four points to Coatesville and one point to Whitehall.

Central is scoring 64.9 points a game while holding opponents to 47.9 a game.

The Panthers' have received contributions from a lot of sources, with eight different players reaching double figures in at least one game.

Sam Saxton leads the Panthers in scoring at 14.9 points a game. He's followed by Royce Clemens (10.8) and Charlie Gingerich (9.9). Jared Wagner, the sixth man, delivers 7.4 points a contest.

Playoff chase: Central holds the No. 1 seed from Division I and Division II for the York-Adams Tournament. West York has the second-best record, and the Bulldogs are followed by Red Lion and York High. The Lions have a one-game edge on the Bearcats with the teams scheduled to meet on Tuesday in the final game of the regular season. That comes just one day after Central York and York High tangle at York High.


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Bermudian Springs has clinched the No. 1 seed from Divisions III-IV. York Suburban, by winning one of its two remaining games, can nail down the No. 2 seed.

After that, it gets very interesting. Hanover, Delone Catholic, York Catholic and Eastern are all in the mix for the other two spots.

York Catholic coach Joe Keesey's preseason prediction for his team proved right on the money when he said: "We should be playing better in January. We open up with a really tough schedule."

After starting out 3-8, the Fighting Irish have won six of their last seven games.

In girls' basketball, Dover and Susquehannock hold the top two seeds for the tournament out of Divisions I-II. West York is currently third and Red Lion is fourth.

York Catholic, Delone Catholic, Eastern and Kennard-Dale are the top four seeds in Divisions III-V.

The York-Adams League boys' tournament begins on Friday, Feb. 7, and the girls' tournament starts on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Swimming: The York-Adams Swimming Honor Roll, at least the boys' part of it, could almost be renamed the Dallastown Swimming Honor Roll.

Wildcats' swimmers have the fastest times in seven of the eight individual events along with all three relays. Dallastown's Trevor Hine has the best times in three events: the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 56.11 seconds), the 200 freestyle (1:46.20) and the 500 freestyle (4:42.85). Hine's teammate, Corey Stauffer, holds the top times in the 50 freestyle (:22.34) and 100 freestyle (:48.22).

On the girls' side, West York's Courtney Harnish leads the honor roll in an amazing five events: 200 freestyle (1:49.26), 200 IM (2:05.20), 100 butterfly (:55.25), 100 freestyle (:51.69) and 100 backstroke (:56.26). Northeastern's Niki Price is the leader in the 50 freestyle (:24.43) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.07).

— Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com.