Eleven area teams have earned berths into the PIAA state basketball playoffs.
Six of those teams will stay right here in York County for their first-round contests, after finishing either first or second in District 3 action.
York High (22-6), the District 3-AAAA boys' champion, will get to play at Dallastown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday against Haverford (15-10), the 10th-place team from traditionally strong District 1.
The Bearcats, who won the district title with a starting lineup that doesn't feature a senior, are very familiar with the Dallastown gym. The Wildcats are one of York's foes in York-Adams Division I.
The York High-Haverford game will be preceded at 5 p.m. Saturday by a Class AAA girls' contest featuring District 3-AAA runner-up Susquehannock (23-5) against Palmyra (22-4), the fifth-place team from District 3. The two teams know each other. A year ago, Palmyra beat Susquehannock for the District 3-AAA championship.
On Friday, Dallastown will again host a doubleheader featuring York County teams. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dallastown, District 3-A boys' champion New Hope Academy (14-9) will take on the third-place team from District 12, Sankofa Freedom (9-16). At 6 p.m. Friday at Dallastown, the York Catholic girls (23-4), who have won nine straight District 3-AA titles, will face the fourth-place team from District 12, Philadelphia Academy (11-5).
South Western will also play host to a Friday twinbill featuring York-Adams schools. At 7:30 p.m. Friday at South Western, District 3-AAAA girls' runner-up Dover (24-3) will meet the seventh-place team from District 1, Bishop Shanahan (21-6). At 6 p.m. Friday at South Western, District 3-AA girls' runner-up Delone Catholic (20-5) will battle District 2-AA runner-up Holy Cross.
The other York-Adams teams in the state playoffs will have to hit the road this weekend.
The Central York boys (24-4), who finished fourth in the District 3-AAAA field, will travel to Coatesville High School at 3 p.m. Saturday to face West Chester Rustin (17-10), which finished fourth in District 1. The Panthers won the York-Adams League Division I and tournament crowns.
The West York boys (24-4), who took sixth in the District 3-AAA field, will meet a powerhouse Allentown Central Catholic squad that won the District 11 championship with a 27-0 record. That game is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen High School in Allentown.
Also in Class AAA boys, Bermudian Springs (22-4), the fourth-place team from District 3, will visit Cheltenham High School at 8 p.m. Friday, when it will face District 1 champion Holy Ghost Prep (20-5).
The District 3-AA runner-up Hanover boys' team (19-7) will be shipped to Scranton High School at 6 p.m. Saturday, when it will meet District 2-AA runner-up Holy Cross (20-6).
The Red Lion girls (17-9), who finished fifth in the District 3-AAAA field, will also visit Coatesville High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, when they take on District 1 runner-up Spring-Ford (22-5).
— Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.