The first half of the York-Adams League boys' basketball season featured a number of interesting story lines, but none is bigger than West York's perfect start.
The Bulldogs, who reached the turn at 11-0, have already exceeded last season's victory total of 10.
West York opened the season with a four-point victory over Warwick, and its latest triumph was a narrow three-point one over Northeastern. Seven of the other nine victories were by double digits.
Bulldogs' coach Bill Ackerman relies on a deep bench, using 11 players, and it's not unusual for all 11 to get playing time in the first quarter.
Kevin Rice is the team's only double-figure scorer at 14.8 points a game, but Darian McCauley is averaging 9.5 points game, while Noah Cable and Nick Traettino contribute 8.0 and 7.1, respectively.
West York, which competes in Division II of the York-Adams League, has defeated three Division I teams -- Dallastown, Red Lion and South Western -- so far this season.
The Bulldogs still have to play perennial powerhouse York High and Central York in crossover games.
Central is quite a story in itself. The Panthers have compiled an 8-2 record, with the losses coming to Bishop McDevitt and Wilson (in overtime). Those two teams are a combined 20-0.
Sam Saxton (14.3) and Charlie Gingerich (11.7) are the leading scorers for Central, which defeated York High, 61-48, in the first of the teams' two meetings this season. Royce Clemens (9.8) and Jared Wagner (7.9) provide the Panthers with other scoring options.
York High is just 3-2 in league play, but the Bearcats have no intention of having their run of York-Adams championship game appearances halted. York has played in the last five tournament title games at York College's Grumbacher Center, winning three of them.
Red Lion, led by Mike Fox (17.6) is 9-2 and capable of taking out any team on a given night.
West York is the only York-Adams boys' team which has yet to taste defeat this season.
Bermudian Springs won its first nine games before a tough 46-45 non-league loss to Boiling Springs this past Saturday night.
The Eagles, who lead York-Adams Division III, are known for their defense (they're allowing just 38.7 points a game), but when they did get in a Division III shootout earlier this year with York Suburban, Bermudian Springs came out on top, 69-56.
The Trojans and Eastern are both teams to be reckoned with in D-III at 3-1 in league action.
Delone Catholic, featuring star junior Devon Moore (20.6 points per game), is the favorite in Division IV, but Hanover is dangerous, and York Catholic can't be counted out.
A final midseason note, Dover's young team has experienced an up-and-down season so far (4-4 overall record), but the Eagles do feature the league's leading scorer. Ryan Beck, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior guard, who is pouring in 26.3 points a game. Beck is quick enough to blow by defenders, but if you play off him, he'll knock down a 3-point shot. Beck has nailed 31 3-pointers.
-- Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.