Even when pressed on the matter in the preseason, all Tony Miller could do was smile and say he had high expectations, like he does every season.
But his Spring Grove Rockets are by far the best team on the mat in the York-Adams League this year, if not one of the best in District 3.
Dallastown coach Matt Striebig said as much last week when chatting about Spring Grove following the Wildcats' 34-29 loss at South Western.
"You could have about three years of preparation for Spring Grove and I still don't know if that results in a win," Striebig said. "I know (Spring Grove coach) Tony (Miller) doesn't wanna say too much, but everybody knows that lineup is tough."
The Rockets (4-0 Division I) have proven that much thus far. By dispatching Dallastown (2-2) over the weekend, 49-15, Spring Grove won't get another tough test until its final regular-season dual at South Western (3-0) on Jan. 24.
That was to be expected, though, given the talent the Rockets have this season. But what have we learned about the rest of the teams in the league?
Well, in Division I, Dover (2-1) and New Oxford (3-2) are off to good starts. The Colonials have already matched their win total from all of last season (3-7). Dover and New Oxford should challenge Dallastown and West York (2-1) for the third and fourth spots in the division.
In Division II, Bermudian Springs (3-0) and Biglerville (1-0) are the teams to beat -- again. Eastern York (3-0) could challenge them, but the Golden Knights were nearly upset last week by York Tech (1-2). The Spartans are one league victory away from matching the most league wins for the program since 2005-06 (2-8).
Tournaments: More than half of the teams from the league will stay busy over the holiday break by competing in some pretty competitive tournaments.
Chance Marsteller and the rest of the Kennard-Dale bunch will make a nearly five-hour trip west to Canonsburg High School for the prestigious Powerade Tournament, which is considered one of the toughest in the country. The Rams are one of 46 teams slated to compete in the two-day tourney, which begins Dec. 28. Marsteller will be looking for Powerade gold at 170 pounds after winning titles at 152 pounds and 160 pounds the last two years.
Dallastown will be one of just two teams from Pennsylvania competing in the two-day, 28-team Mount Mat Madness Tournament (which begins Dec. 28) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Red Lion, New Oxford and Spring Grove will stay in-state to compete in the two-day, 25-team Conestoga Valley Tournament in Lancaster County (begins Dec. 28). West York, Dover and Northeastern will travel to Berks County for the Gov. Mifflin Holiday Tournament.
Eastern York and York Suburban will be in Dauphin County later this week for a tournament at Upper Dauphin High School. And Delone Catholic and Littlestown will compete in the Boiling Springs Tournament in Cumberland County.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.