The first week of April isn't a traditional time for a spring sports showdown.
Teams have usually completed only a handful of contests, some of which are non-league ones.
Boys' tennis is no exception to that rule.
When Dallastown travels to South Western on Thursday, the Wildcats and Mustangs will have played just five league matches between them.
However, the match will almost certainly have an impact on the York-Adams Division I title race.
That was the case the past three seasons, and there's no reason to think the trend won't continue in 2013.
The last three matches between the Wildcats and Mustangs produced 4-3 results.
South Western won the last two, while Dallastown prevailed in 2010. Only one of the three matches was decided in singles. The other two required doubles play to decide the outcome.
The Wildcats' 2010 championship was their seventh in nine seasons. Dallastown captured six straight crowns (2002-2007) before Central York broke through for back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009.
South Western gained its first title in 17 years when it triumphed in 2011. The Mustangs repeated last season.
Anthony Miserendino and Quin Meyer, two of the standouts from last year's South Western team, are back this year, and their presence should give the Mustangs an edge in Thursday's match. Miserendino is the reigning York-Adams Class AAA singles champion.
Michael Fabrick, Joe Harrison and Ben Sentz played at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, for the Mustangs in last week's 5-0 Division I victory over New Oxford.
Dallastown has a practically all-new lineup this year, but that hasn't slowed the Wildcats' run of success.
John Schmitt, Payce Berridge, Kyle Salaga, Nick Barley, Dalton Childs and Michael Gibbs have all seen singles action for Dallastown.
The Wildcats are 6-1 overall, and the Mustangs are 3-1. Both teams lost to Lancaster-Lebanon League power Hempfield.
Dallastown bowed to the Black Knights, 4-1 (in a three-singles, two-doubles format), and South Western fell, 5-0.
A change in the schedule has Dallastown and South Western meeting two weeks earlier than they did in past seasons.
The match is certainly a key one, but there's still a lot of tennis to be played before the York-Adams Singles and Doubles Tournaments.
South Western will be at Red Lion the day before hosting Dallastown. The Wildcats will host New Oxford on Wednesday.
Both Dallastown and South Western still have to go up against Central York, which is undefeated in Division I.
Meanwhile, Biglerville and Susquehannock, which shared the Division II crown with York Suburban in 2012, are 1-0 in league contests, along with York Catholic and Delone Catholic.
Delone Catholic will visit Susquehannock on Wednesday and host Biglerville on Friday.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin email@example.com or at 505-5407.