Finally, the weather forecast for the week ahead is a promising one, and it comes just in time for an action-packed week on the local spring sports scene.
With the York-Adams League playoffs looming in a number of sports, the next several days will provide plenty of pivotal contests which will likely play big roles in deciding postseason participants.
Fans of every sport can find a high-profile high school event to attend, and college fans could even see some crucial contests, too.
Here’s just a sampling:
Monday: The week’s action gets started with a pair of pivotal York-Adams League baseball games.
The main match-up is a Monday night headliner between Dallastown and backyard rival Red Lion under the lights at Horn Field. The Wildcats (13-1 overall) top the Division I standings at 10-1. The Lions (9-4 overall) are right on their heels at 9-2.
The last time these two teams got together, fans were treated to terrific pitching performances despite terrible weather conditions. Red Lion’s Tyler Burchett was dominant, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball while striking out 10 during a 2-1 victory.
Dallastown’s Nick Parker was sharp as well, going five innings and giving up just three hits while striking out six during the tough-luck loss.
The other game is a crucial Division III contest that will see Littlestown (9-2, 8-2) travel to Fawn Grove to take on division-leading Kennard-Dale (9-3, 7-1) at 4:15 p.m. The Rams will look to avenge a 2-0 loss at Littlestown on April 9.
Softball fans can look to Monday’s match-up between Susquehannock and Northeastern to provide plenty of entertainment. The host Bobcats (7-4 overall) currently sit atop the Division II standings at 7-3. The Warriors (5-4 overall) are right behind at 5-3. First pitch is slated for 4:15 p.m.
There’s also some top-notch tennis on tap to start the week with the York-Adams League Doubles Tournament’s first and second rounds taking place. Class 3-A will compete at Red Lion, while Class 2-A kick off at South Western.
Tuesday: Track-and-field fans can get their fix of division-deciding action on Tuesday when the Division II girls’ crown is determined in Dover. The host Eagles (5-0-0) take on Eastern York (6-0-0).
Boys’ volleyball fans can find entertainment in Tuesday’s rivalry match between Dallastown (7-5, 6-2) and host Red Lion (5-5, 5-3). Both teams are looking to solidify league tournament spots and build momentum for the postseason.
Tennis continues with the semifinals, consolations and championships of the York-Adams Doubles Tournament. Action gets underway at South Western High School at 3 p.m.
Area lacrosse fans can kick off their viewing week at York College. The men’s lacrosse team, ranked second in the nation in NCAA Division III, begins its quest for a Capital Athletic Conference title by hosting a semifinal against Frostburg State at 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Wednesday whips back to the diamond, with some potential division-deciding games on tap.
In baseball, Gettysburg travels to West York for a 4:15 tilt. Entering the week, the Warriors and Bulldogs sit atop the D-II standings with matching 6-3 marks. Gettysburg is 8-4 overall while West York is 8-5.
The Bulldogs dropped a 1-0, nine-inning affair on April 11 in Gettysburg the last time these two got together.
The Division IV softball race sees a showdown when Delone Catholic (8-4, 8-3) hosts rival York Catholic (6-4, 6-2). The Squirettes claimed an 8-2 triumph in their first meeting on April 11.
In Division I, Spring Grove (8-4, 6-2) gets another crack at leader Central York (13-0, 10-0).
Although it won’t decide a local division, there is still some high-caliber girls’ lacrosse action set for the middle of the week. Undefeated Manheim Township (14-0), ranked No. 1 in District 3 Class 3-A, travels to Kennard-Dale to face the Rams (12-1) who sit third in 2-A.
The top-notch college lacrosse continues Wednesday when the No. 5 ranked York College women's team hosts No. 9 Mary Washington in a CAC semifinal.
Thursday: The York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse tournament picture really starts to take shape this week, and Thursday has a pair of prime clashes.
In the afternoon, Dallastown visits York Catholic at 4:15 p.m., and for a night cap, Susquehannock will take on Red Lion at 7 p.m. With Central York (13-0, 10-0) looking like a safe bet to be the league tournament’s top seed, the four schools facing off Thursday are in a log jam for the remaining three tourney spots.
Dallastown (11-2) and Susquehannock (10-3) start the week with matching 9-2 league marks. York Catholic (9-4) is right behind them with an 8-2 Y-A record. Red Lion (9-4) sits a game back of the Irish at 7-3.
Weekend: The weekend schedule starts off with a battle of two of the top-10 boys’ volleyball teams in the entire state. Northeastern, the top-ranked and five-time reigning PIAA champion in 2-A, hosts No. 6 Bishop Guilfoyle at 7 p.m.
There will also be quality volleyball available the next day at the Dallastown Invitational starting at 8 a.m.
Saturday sees another battle of top district teams in girls’ lacrosse when Hempfield travels to Glen Rock for a 10 a.m. test against Susquehannock. The Warriors (12-1) come into the week as the top-rated team in District 3 2-A. Hempfield (9-4) enters at No. 4 in 3-A. And that might not even be the highest-profile lacrosse match on Saturday’s slate.
Should the York College men defeat Frostburg State, they would host the CAC title match against the winner of Tuesday’s other semifinal (No. 16 Christopher Newport at No. 7 Salisbury) at time to be determined.
If the women's team proves victorious Wednesday, it too would battle for a conference title Saturday. And, if Christopher Newport were to knock off No. 3 Salisbury, York could potentially host a conference championship doubleheader.
— Reach Elijah Armold at firstname.lastname@example.org