Before his team played its first game, West York baseball standout Brett Kinneman wanted to make one thing clear.
"This is a whole new season," Kinneman said. "We're not defending anything."
The Bulldogs' junior was absolutely right. It's a new season with some new players, although West York also has a solid corps of returning players.
The Bulldogs, who captured the last two state Class AAA titles and York-Adams Tournament crowns, may not be defending anything, but they're not conceding anything, either.
West York's 2014 team will pursue its goals with the same passion that the 2012 and 2013 teams chased their objectives.
The Bulldogs' bid for a third consecutive York-Adams championship and extended runs in the District 3 and state tournaments is one of the storylines to watch in the spring sports season.
West York, of course, wasn't the only York-Adams school that produced a state championship team last spring.
Northeastern won the PIAA Class AA boys' volleyball title for the fourth time. The Bobcats' bid to repeat as York-Adams, District 3 and state champions, along with Central York's quest for gold medals in Class AAA this season, are also part of spring storylines.
Some of the other 2014 spring stories to follow are:
•Central York's quest for a third consecutive York-Adams Softball Tournament title.
•Delone Catholic's and York Catholic's bids to repeat as District 3 Class AA and Class A baseball champions, respectively. The Squires also won a state game last year before losing to Loyalsock, the eventual AA state champion.
•The attempt by three York-Adams League track and field teams to win a their respective division titles for a third-straight year. The Red Lion boys, the Littlestown boys and the Delone Catholic girls will attempt to turn that trick. Also, Brady Wilt (Biglerivlle) and Lynne Mooradian (South Western) will seek to capture gold medals in the District 3 Track and Field Meet for the second consecutive year. Central's Jay Stone swept the 110 and 300 hurdles at last year's district meet, but Stone is recovering from offseason surgery and his status for this year is uncertain. Red Lion's Angelica Gonzalez, a district champion sprinter two years ago as a freshman, is back this season after missing the big three meets (York-Adams, District 3 and PIAA State) last year because of an injury.
•The York-Adams boys' tennis races could be tight. Both the Division I and Division II races appear to be wide open this year. Dallastown has captured nine D-I titles in the past 13 seasons, but the Wildcats are short on experienced players this year. Susquehannock and Delone Catholic shared the Division II crown last year, however, the D-II race, just like D-I, doesn't appear to have an overwhelming favorite this year.
•The quests by Central York and Kennard-Dale, resptectively, to win the York-Adams boys' and girls' lacrosse tournament titles again this year.
— Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.