York-Adams teams win 4 of 5 matches in PIAA first-round playoff action on Tuesday

STEVE HEISER
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  • Spring Grove and York Suburban earned PIAA 3-A girls' volleyball wins on Tuesday.
  • Dallastown earned a state Class 4-A boys' soccer triumph.
  • Central York captured a PIAA 3-A field hockey victory..
Spring Grove's Mylie Ormond defends a shot by Archbishop Wood's Meghan Prior in a PIAA Class 3-A girls' volleyball first-round match at Spring Grove Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Bill Kalina photo

York-Adams League teams went 4 for 5 on Tuesday in a successful first round of PIAA playoff action.

The local league got two wins in girls’ volleyball from Spring Grove and York Suburban, one triumph in boys’ soccer from Dallastown and one victory in field hockey from Central York.

Three of those teams earned road victories over district champions.

All four winning programs now advance to state quarterfinal action on Saturday.

The only local team to fall in state action on Tuesday was the Susquehannock field hockey team.

As expected, both Spring Grove and York Suburban captured 3-0 Class 3-A volleyball wins. Those two teams entered the night ranked No. 1 (Spring Grove) and No. 2 (York Suburban) in the latest Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association 3-A poll.

The District 3 champion Rockets improved to 25-1 with a 25-12, 25-9, 25-14 home victory over Archbishop Wood, the third-place team from District 12. The Rockets were powered by Hailey Wolfe (seven kills, eight digs, three aces, three blocks), Nevaeh Wolfe (four kills, eight digs, three aces), Maddie Ruhland (22 assists, five digs) and Katie Brandt (11 digs).

Up next for Spring Grove is a quarterfinal battle at noon Saturday at Cocalico vs. District 1 champion Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II, ranked No. 3 in the state in 3-A by the PVCA, earned a 3-0 win on Tuesday vs. District 12 runner-up Carver Engineering and Science. 

York-Adams League champion Suburban is 24-1 after a 27-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory at District 12 champion Cardinal O’Hara on Tuesday. The Trojans were paced by Zoe Haines (14 kills), Grace Hare (23 assists, six digs, three kills), Eliana Rodgers (eight kills, nine digs, three aces), Anna Titter (10 digs, five assists) and Amanda Sargen (10 digs, four aces).

Suburban was coming off its first loss of the season vs. Spring Grove in the district 3-A final. For the Rockets, that avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans in the Y-A final.

In Saturday's quarterfinal, Suburban will face District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic, a 3-0 winner on Tuesday over District 2 champion Berwick. Bethlehem Catholic (16-5) is ranked No. 4 in the state in 3-A by the PVCA. The Suburban-Bethlehem Catholic match is slated for noon at Exeter. Bethlehem Catholic ended Suburban's season a year ago in the state semifinals, beating the Trojans, 3-1.

Spring Grove and Suburban, if they can win their quarterfinal matches on Saturday, will meet yet again next Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the state semifinals, with the winner advancing to the state 3-A championship match on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20, at Cumberland Valley.

The Dallastown boys’ soccer team grabbed a 3-1 Class 4-A triumph at District 2 champion Hazleton. Zander Leik scored two goals for the District 3 runner-up Wildcats (21-3-1), while Owen Bricker scored one. Jacob Morouse had five saves for Dallastown to get the win in goal. In Saturday's quarterfinals, Dallastown will face District 1 champion Conestoga, which earned a 3-0 victory over visiting Warwick on Tuesday. Warwick was the third-place team from District 3. The Dallastown-Conestoga quarterfinal is set for 2 p.m. at Manheim Township.

Conestoga is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4-A by the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Dallastown is ranked No. 6.

York-Adams champion Central York also hit the road on Tuesday and returned from western Pennsylvania with an impressive 2-0 Class 3-A field hockey victory against District 7 champion Pine Richland, which entered the night at 17-0. It was the program’s first-ever state playoff victory. 

Ryan Engleman scored in the first quarter, off an assist from Grace Harold. Victoria Whitehead added a fourth-quarter score. Central dominated play, outshooting Pine Richland, 14-3, and holding an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners. Sydney Valdes made two saves to get the shutout in goal.

In Saturday's quarterfinal, Central (20-5-1) will face a familiar foe in Wilson at noon at Manheim Township. The Panthers beat the Bulldogs 2-1 last Saturday in the District 3 third-place match. Wilson (18-6) won its first-round state match on Tuesday over District 1 runner-up Garnet Valley, 2-1. 

Susquehannock, meanwhile, saw its 2021 field hockey season end with a 10-1 Class 2-A loss at District 1 champion Gwynedd Mercy. The Warriors, the seventh-place team from District 3 and the Y-A D-II champions, finished 17-7-1. Gwynedd Mercy improved to 18-2-1. A goal by Allison Roeder allowed Susquehannock to tie the game at 1-1, but Gwynedd Mercy scored the final nine goals.

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