BLOG: County volleyball teams ranked among state's best

Steve Heiser

A new Pennsylvania high school boys' volleyball season is almost upon us.

That means it's time for the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association to release its 2017 preseason state polls.

From left, Reese Devilbiss, Chris Lee, Brandon Arentz, Drew Landis and Jeff Reynolds, celebrate after defeating Ambridge Area High School in the PIAA Class 2-A Boys' Volleyball State Championship Match at Penn State University last June. It was Northeastern's fourth straight state title. Under a proposal being considered by the PIAA, winning consecutive state titles would force that team to bump up in class. In Northeastern's case, the team would've been pushed up to Class 3-A.

Three York County teams have earned spots in the rankings.

Central York comes in ranked No. 3 in the Class 3-A poll, behind only North Allegheny and Central Dauphin. Dallastown, meanwhile, comes in ranked No. 10 in that same poll. The rest of the 3-A top 10 includes: No. 4, Hempfield; No. 5, Penn Manor; No. 6, Emmaus; No. 7, Norwin; No. 8, Bethel Park; and No. 9, Gov. Mifflin.

In 2-A, Northeastern comes in ranked No. 6. The Bobcats are the four-time defending state champions in 2-A, but they graduated their entire starting lineup from a season ago. The rest of the 2-A top 10 includes: No. 1, Beaver County Christian; No. 2, Manheim Central; No.3, Ambridge; No. 4, Saegertown; No. 5, Cambridge Springs; No. 7, Archbishop Wood; No. 8, Nanticoke; No. 9, Holy Redeemer; and No. 10, North Pocono.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.