It's championship week for York-Adams League sports: A preview of what to look for

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • It's championship week for York-Adams League athletics.
  • League tournaments loom in boys' and girls' soccer and field hockey.
  • The York-Adams cross country championship meet in also set for Tuesday.
  • West York and York Suburban will meet in battle of state-ranked volleyball teams.
Dallastown's Matthew Mikita, right, kicks the ball out from Red Lion's Logan Axe during boys' soccer action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Dallastown would win the game 3-2 to finish off a 17-0-0 regular season. Dawn J. Sagert photo

It’s playoff time in the York-Adams League.

This  week, league tournament champions will be determined in boys’ and girls’ soccer and field hockey.

In addition, the league’s cross country championship run is set for Tuesday at Gettysburg High School.

Finally, two state-ranked girls' volleyball powers will collide Thursday night.

One of the most intriguing possibilities during the week is a potential showdown of unbeatens for the league boys’ soccer playoff title between Dallastown (17-0-0) and Susquehannock (16-0-2). Both of those teams cruised to regular-season Y-A division titles (Dallastown in D-I and Susquehannock in D-II). Both are also No. 1 in the District 3 power ratings (Dallastown in Class 4-A and the Warriors in 3-A).

Of course, both the Wildcats and Warriors have lots of work to do this week to make sure  that possible league finals match-up happens.

The boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and field hockey tournaments start Tuesday with quarterfinal contests, followed by the semifinals on Thursday and the finals on Saturday.

Dallastown's Kyle Reuter, left, and Red Lion's Logan Axe battle for control of the ball during boys' soccer action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Dallastown would win the game 3-2. The Wildcats are No. 1 in the District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Boys’ soccer: The quarterfinal pairings in the boys’ soccer playoffs, all set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, are as follows:

►Dallastown vs. York Suburban (11-4-2) at Red Lion.

►Biglerville (17-1-0) vs. West York (10-5-2) at Dallastown.

►Northeastern (11-6-1) vs. York Catholic (15-3-0) at Susquehannock.

►Susquehannock vs. Central York (9-5-3) at Northeastern.

The Warriors finished off the first unbeaten regular season in school history on Saturday with a 5-1 triumph over Dover. Nolan Holloway had two goals for Susquehannock, while Greyson Murray, Ashton Murray and Charles Ezibe scored once each. Fallou Cisse, Jon Collins and Nick Holloway had assists.

Biglerville earned the outright D-III title on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over York Catholic. Colin Smith scored for the Irish off an assist from Ben Bullen. Emanuel Rivera-Esquivias  Danny Chaverriam, Drew Parker and Christian Morales had Biglerville’s goals.

Both Biglerville (2-A) and York Catholic (1-A) are No. 2 in the District 3 power ratings.

In the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Dallastown-Suburban winner will meet the Biglerville-West York winner, and the Northeastern-York Catholic winner will face the Susquehannock-Central winner. The sites and times of the semifinals are not yet determined.

The league championship match is 5 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern.

West York and Susquehannock shared the league playoff title last season when bad weather prevented the league championship match from being completed.

Girls’ soccer: The quarterfinal pairings in the girls’ soccer tournament, all set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, are as follows:

►Central (12-3-1) vs. Suburban (12-6-0) at Red Lion.

►Fairfield (18-0-0) vs. Susquehannock (9-4-2) at Northeastern

►Northeastern (12-5-1) vs. Biglerville (12-4-1) at Susquehannock.

►Gettysburg (12-3-1) vs. Red Lion (11-5-1) at Dallastown.

Fairfield, at No. 2 in 1-A, is the only Y-A girls’ soccer team with a top-five spot in the district power ratings.

Central (D-I), Gettysburg (D-II) and Fairfield (D-III) won the regular-season Y-A division crowns.

The Panthers are aiming at a fourth straight league playoff title.

The semifinal matchups at 7:30 p.m. Thursday will pit the Central-Suburban winner vs. the Fairfield-Susquehannock winner, while the Northeastern-Biglerville winner takes on the Gettysburg-Red Lion winner. The sites for the semifinals have yet to be determined.

The league title game is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern.

Field hockey: The field hockey quarterfinals start with doubleheader action on Tuesday at Eastern York and Dover. The pairings are:

►Central York (11-7) vs. Susquehannock (10-7) at Eastern York, 7 p.m.

►Red Lion (12-6) vs. Littlestown (13-5) at Eastern York, 5:30 p.m.

►South Western (16-2) vs. New Oxford (11-7) at Dover, 7 p.m.

►Bermudian Springs (16-2) vs. Eastern York (14-3) at Dover, 5:30 p.m.

Central (D-I), South Western (D-II), Bermudian (D-III) and Littlestown (D-IV) won the regular-season division titles.

The league semifinals on Thursday will pit the Central-Susquehannock winner vs. Red Lion-Littlestown winner at 5:30 p.m. at Littlestown; and the South Western-New Oxford winner vs. the Bermudian-Eastern winner at 7 p.m. at Littlestown.

The league title match is noon Saturday at Red Lion.

Bermudian is the defending tournament champion.

Bermudian and South Western are the only Y-A team with top-five district power ratings. Bermudian is No. 4 in 1-A, and South Western is No. 4 in 2-A.

Cross country: The league cross country meets start at 4 p.m. Thursday at Gettysburg.

Both 2018 individual champions are expected to return in an attempt to defend their titles: Gettysburg’s Andrew Hirneisen and Dallastown’s Emily Schuler.

In fact, five of the top six finishers in last year’s boys’ race are expected to return. That includes: runner-up James Herman from Northeastern, fourth-place finisher Collin Wolf from Kennard-Dale, fifth-place finisher Cole Perry from Northeastern and sixth-place finisher Brandon Baxter from Central York.

In addition, two freshmen from South Western, Shernel Singh and Shernan Singh, could also be major factors.

York Suburban, which won the Division II regular-season title this year en route to a 20-0 overall mark, will also attempt to defend its boys’ league team title, led by a standout pack that includes Cole Adams, Grant Kern, Shea Walsh, Jordan Ohl and Jacob Wingard.

Other top girls’ returners from last year’s race, in addition to Schuler, are: runner-up Kiersten Lloyd from Red Lion, third-place finisher Bella Treglia from Northeastern; sixth-place finisher Allison Myers from Dallastown and seventh-place finisher Hannah Hogan from Dover.

Other top girls’ contenders this year figure to be Northeastern’s Margaret Carroll, Red Lion’s Gwen Lloyd and Dover freshman Summer Hogan. Carroll was arguably the top female runner in the league during the regular season.

Dallastown is the defending girls’ team champion, but Northeastern went 20-0 in the regular season in 2019 and won the Division I regular-season crown over the Wildcats.

Girls' volleyball: It won't determine a league championship, but one of the most highly anticipated girls' volleyball matches of the season is set for Thursday when West York plays host to York Suburban at 7 p.m.

West York is the defending PIAA Class 3-A champion. The Bulldogs (15-1 overall) lead York-Adams Division II at 12-0. Suburban is 13-2 overall and 11-1 in D-II. Suburban's only division loss came earlier this season at home vs. West York, 3-2. Thursday's match is the regular-season finale for both teams.

In the District 3 3-A power ratings, West York is No. 2 and Suburban is No. 4. Palmyra (14-0) leads the ratings.

The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association has West York at No. 5 in the state in 3-A, while Suburban is No. 6. Palmyra is No. 2, while Pope John Paul II from District 1 is No. 1. 

Girls' tennis: In girls' tennis action over the weekend, Eastern York's Evelyn Whiteside finished third in the District 3 Class 2-A Tournament.

In the third-place match, Whiteside downed Rebekah Schnatz of Berks Catholic, 7-5, 7-6 (4) to earn a berth in the 2-A state tournament. Whiteside, who entered as the No. 3 seed in 2-A, was the only York-Adams player to place in the top four at the district event.

The District 3 team tournaments, meanwhile, continue this week. In the 3-A quarterfinals on Monday at Racquet Club West in Lancaster, No. 4 seed Central York (11-1) faces No. 5 seed Conestoga Valley (13-1) at 2:30 p.m. and No. 8 seed Dallastown (11-3) meets No. 1 seed Manheim Township (11-0) at 4 p.m.

In the 2-A semifinals on Tuesday, No. 2 seed Kennard-Dale (16-0) battles No. 3 seed Lancaster Catholic (14-1) at a site and time to be determined.

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