UPDATE: Storm wipes out sports slate
It could be weeks until we're done feeling the aftermath of winter storm Jonas.
Some people are still trying to shovel themselves out from the two-plus feet of snow that dumped on York County over the weekend. For the most part, however, streets are clear and normalcy should return soon.
However, the local high school sports scene could be one entity that will suffer from the aftereffects of the blizzard for the foreseeable future.
There are only about two weeks left in the winter sports regular season, which means that the next two weeks were already going to be hectic, with schools not only trying to win York-Adams League division titles, but also attempting to clinch District 3 and league playoff berths. However, with all York County schools closed on Monday and Tuesday, the high school sports schedule for both of those days was completely wiped out.
As a result, many teams will be forced to pack their schedules over the next two weeks just to finish out their regular seasons before the postseason begins.
Wrestling bouts put on hold: On Tuesday, two major wrestling events were postponed. To start, the Y-A League Division I title will be on the line when South Western finally travels to rival Spring Grove. Both teams are unbeaten in division competition. That match was postponed on Tuesday until Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Both Spring Grove coach Tony Miller and South Western's Nate Murren were hoping the match would be held on Tuesday, as scheduled.
"I think (the administrators) are still trying to work the details out," Miller said on Monday. "But, I'm guessing we're not going to have it. But, we've been telling our teams that we're still having it. We're going to hope for the best. Just because, we're trying to get done here before the end of the year and the district deadline is this weekend and South Western wrestles Thursday, Friday and Saturday and we wrestle Thursday, so that only leaves Wednesday to try to get this match in before the district team deadline."
The other big event scheduled to take place on Tuesday was Red Lion's 50th wrestling anniversary celebration against rival Dallastown. An event more than one-year in the making, it was expected that more than 200 former wrestlers and coaches would return to be recognized for their time with the wrestling program. However, both schools have already closed for Tuesday, putting the event on hold.
"We were hoping to wait and see what road conditions would be (Tuesday), but Dallastown superintendent (Ronald Dyer) decided to close off all activities there," Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius said. "...We are looking to move the Dallastown match into some time next week, so, more than likely, we will move everything for it."
The match has officially been rescheduled for next Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Fritzius was disappointed the school's celebration of the wrestling program is on hold because several former wrestlers and coaches made accommodations to come in from out of town for Tuesday's event and now might not make the rescheduled date. However, he did say that the new date could allow for some other former wrestling members to attend, who previously couldn't.
Jam-packed schedule: There were several boys' and girls' basketball teams with already condensed schedules during the home stretch that are now getting even more log-jammed.
To start, the Spring Grove boys' basketball team already had to play the final two-thirds of its schedule in a span of 24 days, causing it to have to play four back-to-backs. Now, with Monday's game against York Tech rescheduled for later this week, the Rockets will play five games in six days, including four games in a row from Wednesday through Saturday. Back in December, head coach James Brooks, when talking about the grueling finish, said: "I think our guys will really thrive in playing back-to-back. They enjoy the competition of it now, and come game day, they're ready for it."
But this week could become a bear for a team still in contention for a Division I title and locking up a high seed in the District 3-AAAA field.
The York Country Day boys' basketball team, the only remaining unbeaten team in District 3-A, will be forced to play seven games over a nine-day stretch from the end of January into the beginning of February. There are also a number of other boys' and girls' basketball teams tasked with playing five games in seven days, while almost every team is staring at a four-game week at some point before the regular season ends.
Milestone watch: With the winter season winding down, there are also several Y-A League boys' basketball players closing in on milestones.
And with a jam-packed schedule awaiting pretty much every team, the players in question could reach them sooner, rather than later.
To start, York High senior Trey Shifflett is just 11 points away from reaching 1,000 career points as a Bearcat. Sitting at 989 points, the four-year varsity player, who also recently committed to Bethany College in West Virginia, will get his first crack at reaching the millennium mark on Wednesday, when Dallastown visits.
The next likely candidate to reach 1,000 career points is Biglerville junior Noah Ayers. With two games on tap for this upcoming week, he needs just 23 points to get into four digits for his career. He averages 18.6 points per game and sits sixth in the league in scoring, so it's likely to happen this week, and possibly even in the team's first game of the week at Fairfield.
The final two players making a push at the 1,000-point milestone are Kyle Krout of Hanover and Darin Gordon of Spring Grove. Both seniors need to continue their scoring pace if they want to achieve the milestone by the end of the regular season. Krout, who is third in the Y-A League at 21.0 points per game, has six games to achieve 110 points, or 18.3 per game. Meanwhile, Gordon needs to average 14 points per game over the Rockets' final five regular-season contests to get the necessary 70 points to get to 1,000. He averages 14.1 points per game this season.
The biggest milestone achieved this season, however, could come from York High's Montrel Morgan. The senior needs just 31 points to break Kelvin Parker's school record of 1,451 points. Morgan, who is also Parker's cousin, achieved most of his points during his first two seasons at New Hope Academy, but the Bearcats acknowledge all points obtained during a high school career for York High players, regardless if they all came at the school. Morgan is averaging just under 14 points per game, so he would need to pick up his scoring pace if he wants to achieve the impressive milestone during one of the Bearcats' two home games this week.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org