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PREP NOTEBOOK: York High boys' basketball team to play in Philly again prior to 76ers game

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch

After taking part in the Court of Dreams basketball game last season, York High boys' basketball coach Clovis Gallon was only open to doing it again this year if things changed.

The Philadelphia 76ers obliged and the Bearcats will again take to the court at the Wells Fargo Center for a regular-season game this season.

York High will take on Cedar Crest on Friday, Dec. 15, at 2:15 p.m. before the 76ers game against Oklahoma City.

"I don't think some of the other representatives in the (76ers) organization thought the game mattered to us," Gallon said. "...For us, the game mattered, so we had to make that very clear to (the 76ers)."

York High's Jasere Drayden (14), pushes the ball up the floor during the second quarter of a non conference basketball game against Steel High, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia. The Bearcats will play in the Court of Dreams event for a second consecutive season this year when they face Cedar Crest on Dec. 15 prior to the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game. Amanda J. Cain photo

Last year, when the Bearcats faced Steel High before an NBA game between Philadelphia and the New York Knicks, the two teams had 90 minutes to play the game. 

Now, with the game beginning at 2:15 p.m., the game itself won't be rushed to complete, while also giving the players a chance to enjoy the moment and take pictures of the experience.

"For me, the logistics of getting there, being rushed on the floor, being rushed off the floor and not really getting a space to debrief with your team at halftime and after the game is a really intimate moment and we didn't have that," Gallon said about last year's event. "We met with the Sixers rep and they said they'd be able to accommodate us and we're willing to do it again."

Originally, York High wanted to face Chester, a Philly area school. However, Chester didn't want to lose the gate of a scheduled home game, so then Gallon turned to Cedar Crest. After re-working some things on both team's schedules to coordinate with a home Sixers game, the two sides found a date that worked.

Tickets for the Court of Dreams event went on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with both York High and Cedar Crest receiving 150 tickets. With the NBA game already sold out, the only way for fans of either high school team to get into the NBA game was to purchase tickets for both games.

The Bearcats are working on fundraising efforts to purchase a party box for players, coaches and other team personnel, while also hoping to buy new travel gear for the boys' JV and varsity teams.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at this link.

Spring Grove's Dalton Rohrbaugh, back, committed to Division I Lock Haven last week to compete in college. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Rohrbaugh chooses Lock Haven: Spring Grove standout wrestler Dalton Rohrbaugh announced his college decision on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The senior will continue his wrestling career at NCAA Division I Lock Haven University, joining a roster full of former District 3 wrestlers.

Entering his senior season, Rohrbaugh boasts a 107-13 record, that includes two District 3 Class 3-A silver medals and one gold medal. He also earned a PIAA Class 3-A state bronze medal as a sophomore in 2015-16, but failed to medal last year, going 1-2 in states.

Lock Haven is part of the Eastern Wrestling League and competes against schools such as Bloomsburg, Clarion, Cleveland State, George Mason and others.

Former Kennard-Dale star Chance Marsteller is also part of the Lock Haven program after transferring from Oklahoma State. According to FloWrestling, Marsteller is eligible to wrestle the entire season after being kicked off of the team temporarily stemming from an arrest in August 2016.

Zach Crossland (33) gets tackled during York High vs Red Lion homecoming football action in Horn Stadium at Red Lion Area Senior High School in Red Lion, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Red Lion would win the game 31-14. The Lions are seeded fourth in the latest District 3 6-A power ratings. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Y-A teams holding down playoff spots: If District 3 football playoffs began today, a number of York-Adams teams would be postseason bound.

According to the latest power ratings, eight Y-A teams are on the right side of the cut lines over the six classifications.

In the largest class, 6-A, Red Lion (5-0) holds down the No. 4 seed, while Central York (3-2) occupies the eighth and final spot.

In 5-A, only York High (4-1) is currently inside of the top eight, as the No. 6 seed.

The only York County school on the right side of 4-A cut line is Susquehannock (3-2) at No. 8.

In the smaller classes, beginning with 3-A, a pair of Adams County schools would make up half of the four-team field. Littlestown (5-0) is No. 2, while Bermudian Springs (4-1) is No. 4.

In 2-A, Delone Catholic (4-1) holds down the second of two playoff berths, barely edging out reigning district champ York Catholic (3-2), which is No. 3.

Lastly, in 1-A, Fairfield (3-2) owns the second and final berth in the smallest class.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com