PREP NOTES: Northeastern boys move up in state rankings
Three York County boys' basketball teams cracked the latest state rankings released by City of Basketball Love's Michael Bullock on Monday.
The three schools are Northeastern, York Catholic and York Country Day.
All three programs began the year in the top 10 in their respective classes, but only the Bobcats moved up. By product of Northeastern's perfect 5-0 start, the Manchester-based school inched up from No. 6 in the preseason rankings to No. 5 through the season's first 10 days. The Bobcats have made the jump from York-Adams League Division II to Division I with ease so far, winning their first two division games, including gutting out a 70-58 win over Dallastown last Friday. Northeastern will get tested on Tuesday night with a road game against reigning Division I champion Central York.
In Class 3-A, the Fighting Irish remained at No. 7 through their first three games. York Catholic is 2-1 overall, winning its last two games after dropping its season opener on the road to Trinity. The Shamrocks, meanwhile, are 3-0 on the year and ranked No. 2 in the latest 3-A rankings. The Fighting Irish will play host to Bermudian Springs on Tuesday night, looking to extend their winning streak to three games.
In Class 1-A, with a much tougher schedule than last year, the Greyhounds have already lost more games this season than they did in all of the 2015-16 season. Sitting at 3-2 overall, York Country Day slipped from a preseason ranking of No. 3 to No. 5 on Monday. The Greyhounds travel to face St. John Neumann Regional on Tuesday, a team that is 3-0 and defeating opponents by 42.7 points per game. St. John Neumann Regional, from District 4, is ranked No. 3 in 1-A. One of YCD's two losses was to Church Farm, which is No. 3 in 2-A. The other loss came to Columbia, which is a team to watch in 3-A.
OTHER PREP NEWS
No Y-A League players named to all-state football teams (so far): The first batch of Pennsylvania all-state football players was released on Monday and there weren't any York-Adams League players listed.
Classes 5-A, 3-A and 1-A were announced on Monday, with classes 6-A, 4-A and 2-A expected to be announced Tuesday.
There were a number of District 3 players honored and Harrisburg head coach Calvin Everett was named the 5-A Coach of the Year.
It's not surprising that the Y-A League didn't have any players recognized Monday, since the league didn't win a single game in the playoffs in any of the three classes.
However, that could change Tuesday when the 2-A all-staters are released. York Catholic claimed the District 3 2-A title and advanced to the state tournament. The Irish were the only team from the league to reach the state tournament. The Fighting Irish lost their first-round state game to Dunmore, 48-35. However, both running back Jakkar Kinard and quarterback Dan Yokemick had strong games for the Irish vs. Dunmore, giving them a decent shot to get all-state consideration.
Brooks closing in on program scoring record: Spring Grove senior Eli Brooks has accomplished a number of achievements during his high school career, both individually and as a member of the team.
But, by this time next week, he could have another one to his name. The University of Michigan commit is just 57 points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in Spring Grove boys' basketball history. Currently, the record is held by Jared Smith at 1,676. Brooks entered the season trailing him by just 151 points, but after averaging 31.7 points per game through the Rockets' first three games, Brooks is up to 1,620 points.
Spring Grove travels to New Oxford on Tuesday for Brooks' first crack at breaking the record, but realistically, his best shot of becoming the program's all-time leading scorer will come on Friday night, when the Rockets play host to Red Lion. If Brooks continues on his same point-per-game average, Friday night will be a landmark night for the senior.
District 3 to charge admission for cross-country meet: District 3 announced late last week that it will charge admission for the 2017-18 M&T Bank Cross Country Championships.
The district will charge $10 per vehicle with two or more occupants and $5 for individual arrivals. District 3 cited increasing costs as the reason to charge admission at cross country. The district returns most of its annual revenue to member schools, with more than $218,000 going back to member schools in the form of PIAA dues and profit-sharing in 2015-16.
Next season's championship meet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Big Spring High School in Newville.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org