On Thursday, District 3 announced that the Manheim Central boys' tennis team had to forfeit its latest match because it played more than the maximum number of matches allowed.

On Wednesday, the Barons defeated Lancaster Country Day to improve to 16-3 overall. However, the PIAA mandates that a tennis team can compete in no more than 18 matches in the regular season, putting Manheim Central over the maximum. Therefore, the Barons had to forfeit the result, dropping them to 15-4.

Next Wednesday, April 27, is the deadline for all matches to be completed that will count toward the District 3 Team Tennis Championship power rankings, meaning Manheim Central will need to wait a week to see how dramatically the forfeit will affect its seeding come tournament time.

District 3-AAA impact: Before the forfeited match, the Barons sat at No. 7 in the District 3-AAA power ratings, well inside the cut line for the postseason. The top-12 teams in AAA make the district field. However, because of the forfeit, the Barons dropped down to No. 9 in Thursday's updated ratings, still postseason bound, but with a little less room for error.

Manheim Central's forfeiture obviously affected the power ratings landscape, with a couple teams moving up because of its two-spot drop. However, it's not as clear how it affected York-Adams League teams who were in positions around the Barons.

South Western currently occupies the No. 7 position, but that's more a result of it losing on Wednesday to No. 2 Dallastown, than the Barons' forfeiting the match. Right below Manheim Central now is New Oxford at No. 10 and Central York at No. 11. The Colonials have four matches still to play, while the Panthers have three remaining. Central York sits at 7-4 overall, while New Oxford is 11-3.

The Barons don't have any matches scheduled for the next week, so they'll play the waiting game to see if they'll hang onto one of the 12 District 3-AAA playoff berths, and if so, where they'll settle. If New Oxford has a strong showing over the final week of the regular season, it could leap frog Manheim Central, while the same could hold true for Central York.

The final week of the regular season is always interesting to see which bubble teams can grab the final couple district tournament spots. With the Barons' slip-up in scheduling, it just created a little more drama. The next six days should be fun to watch unfold, especially if you're fans of either the Colonials or Panthers.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

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