BLOG: Dallastown's McGlynn picks up first D-I offer
Dallastown High School junior Brandon McGlynn received his first NCAA Division I basketball scholarship offer on Monday from the Naval Academy.
McGlynn tweeted just after 9 p.m. Monday from his personal Twitter account (@mcglynnsanity): “Happy to say I have received my first offer from the United States Naval Academy!!”
McGlynn is a 5-foot, 10-inch point guard for the Wildcats. He averaged 9.8 points per game during his sophomore season in 2015-16.
However, playing for the York Ballers AAU team over the summer, McGlynn shined at big showcase events to start generating Division I interest.
Dallastown went 5-7 in York-Adams League Division I play and 11-11 overall.
McGlynn is the younger brother of Four McGlynn. Four was a standout at the University of Vermont as a freshman, leading the Catamounts to the NCAA Tournament. He was named the American East Rookie of the Year. He transferred to Towson University the following season, and after earning his undergraduate degree at Towson, Four finished his college eligibility last year with Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10. He averaged 11.6 points per game for the Rams last season.
Four is Dallastown's all-time leading scorer with 1,814 points.
Y-A League alters tennis format: The York-Adams League is changing its tennis format this season, aligning itself with the postseason formats used by District 3 and the PIAA.
Beginning this fall season, the Y-A League will adopt the five-point system. Previously, the league used a seven-point system during its regular season and playoffs, forcing teams to switch formats once they got into the district playoffs.
Under the seven-point system, teams would play five singles matches and two doubles matches. Players who competed in singles were also allowed to compete in doubles. However, under the five-point system there will be three singles and two doubles matches, and players can only compete once, in singles or in doubles, but not in both.
Under the old seven-point system, a team could get by with only five players in a match. Under the five-point system, teams will need seven players.
Field hockey moves to four divisions in Y-A League: There are also some changes this fall in Y-A field hockey.
The sport will move to a four-division format, expanding by one division over the previous three-division format. Under the old structure, there were eight teams in Division I and six each in Division II and Division III. However, with four divisions now in place, there will be five teams in each division, based on school size.
This will also change the structure of the league playoffs. Under the three-division format, each division winner earned a berth into the postseason, as well as the second-place team from Division I. However, with four divisions, only the division winners will make the league playoffs.
Making this change interesting is the fact that two defending division champions — Bermudian Springs and Gettysburg — will now be placed in Division III. The Eagles had previously won nine straight Division III titles, while the Warriors won the Division II title in their first two seasons since joining the league before the 2014 season.
Here is the breakdown of the divisions beginning this year:
Division I: Central York, Dallastown, New Oxford, Red Lion, Spring Grove.
Division II: Dover, Northeastern, South Western, Susquehannock, West York.
Division III: Bermudian Springs, Eastern York, Gettysburg, Kennard-Dale, York Suburban.
Division IV: Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Fairfield, Hanover, Littlestown.
District 3 modifies sectional wrestling tournament: District 3 approved a decision to expand the Class 2-A sectional tournament from two sections to four earlier this month.
With Class 2-A expanding from 26 teams to 31 under reclassification, the tournament will now include three sections of eight teams and one with seven. The sectional tournament is the first round of wrestling’s individual postseason.
Under the change, fewer wrestlers will now advance out of each section, reducing the number of district qualifiers in each weight class from six to three. In previous years, with the top six wrestlers in each weight class advancing to districts, some wrestlers would move on from sectionals despite having two losses. However, under the change, now only wrestlers with zero or one loss can move on to districts, setting up a 12-wrestler field in each weight class in the District 3 tournament.
The change means that each sectional will now feature a two-mat format rather than the previous three-mat format. The three-mat format will still exist in the Class 3-A sectional tournament.
With the change, each section will now feature teams located geographically closer to each other. All Class 2-A Y-A League schools will compete in Section IV, tentatively set for Bermudian Springs. Those teams are Bermudian Springs, Biglerville, Delone Catholic, Eastern York, Fairfield, Hanover, Kennard-Dale and Littlestown.
The other tentative sectional sites are Susquenita (Section I), Central Dauphin East (Section II) and Hamburg (Section III).
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com