There are 12 soccer teams from the York-Adams League set to take the pitch in the coming days in District 3 boys' and girls' playoff competition.
As a result, it might be a bit overwhelming to keep a tight grasp of what's going on during the impending wave of playoff match-ups. So here's an overview of some storylines to watch out for:
Boys' soccer: On the boys' side, Central York (19-2) and Biglerville (15-4) are the favorites to make deep postseason runs.
The Canners, the No. 1 seed in Class A, won't play until Saturday, though, when they'll host the winner of the game between Mount Calvary Christian (11-3-1) and Camp Hill (9-9).
As for the Panthers, they will host West York (14-4-2) on Tuesday in a first-round Class AAA pairing less than a week after Central beat the Bulldogs in the league title game.
Knocked out in the first round the last few years, the No. 2 seed Panthers are aiming to make it to the district quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. They haven't ever reached the district semis.
"In years past we weren't really sure what we were like ... maybe win a game or two," Central coach Frank Lenno said by phone Sunday. "If you look throughout the bracket, we have beaten a bunch of teams who are ranked real high. We just have to make sure we play our game."
The remaining four boys' teams -- South Western (12-6-1) in Class AAA and Susquehannock (12-5-2), York Suburban (10-5-3) and Northeastern (10-6-2) in Class AA -- are seeded eighth or higher, and thus will mostly be playing the role of underdogs.
Girls' soccer: The same could be said on the girls' side for Central York (15-4-1), Northeastern (14-4) and York Suburban (7-8-2).
However, Dover (19-0) and York Catholic (12-4) have the potential to come away from the district tournament with some hardware.
The Dover girls will be in a position similar to the Central boys with their first-round Class AAA game this Tuesday. The No. 5 seed Eagles play host to No. 12 seed Northeastern, the same team they beat last week in overtime to win their second-straight league title. It will mark the fourth meeting between the teams this season.
"Beating a team four times in a season is tough because they know you so well and the last time was 2-1 in OT," Dover coach Bret Altimore said. "We'll just take it as a separate game and approach."
Altimore doesn't have any hard feelings on being seeded fifth in the Class AAA bracket despite having a perfect record. A win Tuesday would put the Eagles in the district quarterfinals for the first time in program history, and they have the makeup to go much further.
The No. 3 seed Irish (12-4) will host the winner of the game between Lancaster County Christian (10-3-2) and Kutztown (6-12) on Thursday in Class A competition. A win there would move the Irish into the district semis for a possible showdown with No. 2 seed Tulpehocken (17-2), the defending district champ who beat York Catholic in last year's semis, 3-0.
"Hopefully we get there and we can draw on (last year's loss) a lot," Irish coach Ryan Luckman said of a possible rematch with Tulpehocken. "I just read something the other day that they have nine starters back from last year. It's more for us knowing if we can beat them after we lost to them last year."
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.