The District 3 basketball tournament is at the semifinal stage, and nine York-Adams teams are still in contention for gold medals.
The Central, York High, Bermudian Springs, Hanover and Delone Catholic boys' teams and the Dover, Susquehannock, York Catholic and Delone Catholic girls' teams are all two victories away from a district championship.
Central and York High, both in the Class AAAA bracket, have met twice previously this season and the Panthers prevailed both times, including a 59-41 triumph in the York-Adams Tournament final. If they meet in the district title game, it would mark the first time that two York-Adams teams clashed for the district Boys' 3-A crown.
First things, first. Both the Panthers and Bearcats need to win their semifinal games to set up the third meeting.
Central (22-4) will take on Cedar Crest (24-4) and York High (20-6) will face Hershey (17-7).
The games will be part of a double-header on Tuesday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Central-Cedar Crest will tip off a 6:30 p.m. followed by York High-Hershey at 8 p.m.
Central vs. Cedar Crest is a clash of league champions. The Panthers earned their first York-Adams title in 40 years this season, and the Falcons secured their first Lancaster-Lebanon League championship in 38 years.
Both Central and Cedar Crest are playing terrific defense. The Panthers are holding opponents to 46.6 a game, and the Falcons are allowing foes just 44.6 points a contest.
Andrew Eudy, a 6-6 senior, leads the Lebanon County school in scoring with a 10.5 points-per-game average. Evan Horn follows at 10.0. The Falcons also have a 6-6 junior, Andrew Eberhart, to go with Eudy.
Sam Saxton is Central's leading scorer at 15.2 a game. Royce Clemens (11.0) and Charlie Gingrich (10.0). are also in double figures for the Panthers. Clemens and Saxton have combined for 75 3-point baskets.
Gingrich and Andrew Sauers have been outstanding all season at pulling down rebounds.
York High, fresh off a 53-47 victory over top-seeded Wilson, will bid for its fourth appearance in the past six district title games.
Jahaire Wilson (14.3 points a game) and Trey Shifflett (12.1 points a game) are the top scorers for the Bearcats, who have won 12 of their last 13 games. Shifflett's connected on 38 3-point shots.
Hershey, which entered as the 12th-seeded team, has knocked off Harrisburg, the No. 5 seed, and Reading, the No. 4 seed.
The Trojans feature four players averaging in double figures: Chase Watkins (15.4), Jack Gunkel (12.4), Dylan Painter (11.7) and Taylor Sweeney (10.6). Sweeney poured in 30 points against Reading. Painter is a 6-8 sophomore.
Hershey coach Paul Blackburn spent one season coaching at Delone Catholic in the mid 1990s. He directed the Squires to a 21-8 record in 1994-95.
The Central-Cedar Crest and York High-Hershey games are just two of 11 games (eight semifinals and three consolation games) involving York-Adams teams in the next three days.
Following are capsulized looks at the other games.
other district 3 games
Boys' Class AAA semifinal: Bermudian Springs (22-2) vs. Manheim Central (23-3), 6:30 p.m. Monday at Giant Center. Bermudian Springs will have plenty of momentum coming off a highly impressive 52-29 victory over Boiling Springs. The Eagles are the No. 1-rated defensive team in the York-Adams League with a yield of 39.1 points a game. Neil Murren supplies 15 points a game for Bermudian, and Alex Orwig produces 10.1. Orwig has nailed 40 3-points shots for the York Springs team. Matt Walsh is Manheim Central's go-to player at 17.2 points a game. Taylor Funk (11.4) and Dan Wiederrecht (10.9) complement Walsh. Funk is a 6-7 freshman.
Boys' Class AAA consolation: West York (23-3) vs. Boiling Springs (20-4), 6:30 p.m. Monday at Central Dauphin East High School. West York will try to rebound from Friday's last-second, heartbreaking loss to Manheim Central and gain a spot in the state tournament. The Bulldogs look to senior Kevin Rice (15.1 points a game). Darian McCauley, a sophomore, is averaging 10.1 a game for West York. Eric Contreras, B.J. McHenry and Austin Pittenger team for 34.3 points a game for Boiling Springs.
Boys' Class AA semifinal: Hanover (18-6) vs. Delone Catholic (15-9), 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Giant Center. Hanover swept the regular-season series from its archrival, winning 61-50 and 69-53. Nick Trish and Dylan Krieger are a high-scoring tandem for the Nighthawks. The two are combining for 34-plus points a game, and Trish has knocked down 48 3-point shots. Devon Moore is the star for Delone Catholic. The 6-2 junior carries a 20.1 points-per-game average, and he's drilled 40 shots from behind the 3-point line. Andrew Austin (10.0) also has a double-figures average for the Squires.
Girls' Class AAAA semifinal: Dover (23-2) vs. Cumberland Valley (22-4), 5 p.m. Tuesday at Giant Center. The York-Adams champions will take on the Mid-Penn champions for a place in the district championship game. Dover's Alayah Hall has accounted for more than 1,500 points in her brilliant career. She's averaging 17.4 a game this season. Cumberland Valley — which defeated two York-Adams teams, New Oxford and Red Lion, to reach this game — counts on Maddie Torresin and Kelly Jekot, who average 15.8 and 14.2 a game, respectively. Torresin is a University of Maryland, Baltimore County recruit, and Jekot, a sophomore, already has seven Division I college offers.
Girls' Class AAAA consolation: Red Lion (15-9) vs. Lebanon (20-6), 5 p.m. Monday at Northern High School, Dillsburg. The winner of this game clinches a place in the state tournament. Morgan Kuehne is averaging 17.5 points a game for Red Lion, and Courtney Dimoff is averaging 12.1. Brittany Ulrich puts up 12.3 points a game for Lebanon, which fell, 47-43, to Dover in the quarterfinals.
Girls' Class AAA semifinal: Susquehannock (22-4) vs. Fleetwood (23-3), 4 p.m. Wednesday at Giant Center. Following a narrow escape against West York (42-39), Susquehannock is aiming to play for the district title for the second straight year. Seniors Katie Wagner and Shannon Druck are the Warriors' No. 1 and No. 2 scorers at 14.5 and 13.3 points, respectively. Cyre Virgo (12.1) and Kendra Bamberger (11.5) are Fleetwood's scoring leaders.
Girls' Class AAA consolation: West York (17-9) vs. Berks Catholic (18-6), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Shillington. The West York girls, like the guys, lost a last-second heartbreaker in the quarterfinals. Kari Lankford scores 14.2 points a game for the Bulldogs bidding to ensure their place at states. Katrina Balatgek and Devon Merritt have identical 14-points-a-game averages for Berks Catholic.
Girls' Class AA semifinal: Delone Catholic (19-4) vs. Oley Valley (18-7), 6 p.m. Monday at Warwick High School, Lititz. Maddie Comly (17.5 points a game) and Mary Gingrow (12.9 points) lead the Delone Catholic team, which split two games with top-seeded York Catholic this season. Oley Valley will try for the upset behind the scoring of Brandi Vallely (16.7 a game) and Amanda Rizzutti (12 a game).
Girls' Class AA semifinal: York Catholic (21-4) vs. Camp Hill (17-6), 7:30 p.m. Monday at Warwick High School, Lititz. Hannah Laslo (11.1 points a game) leads a well-balanced attack for York Catholic, which is pursuing an unprecedented ninth consecutive District 3 title. Camp Hill counts on the scoring of Leah Springer (15.4) and Addie Guyer (10.8).
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