State pairings set for local teams

Ryan Vandersloot
The York Dispatch

The recent conclusion of the District 3 basketball playoffs brings about a week of rest for the 10 York-Adams area teams to prepare of the upcoming PIAA playoffs.

Despite finishing as the District 3-AAA runner-up, Eastern York drew a tough matchup in the opening round of the PIAA state tournament, facing four-time state champion Imhotep Charter on Friday night. John A. Pavoncello photo

While only York Country Day won a district title, half of the 10 teams will enjoy a first-round contest that is within a quick drive of their respective schools. The other half, however, will likely be in for some long bus rides.

Here’s a brief look ahead at what’s in store.

Boys: It’s a good news/bad news kind of first round for Eastern York and head coach Jon Reichard.

The good news is that the team won’t have to travel too far for its PIAA opener on Friday night. The Golden Knights (22-6), who fell to Bishop McDevitt, 71-47, in the District 3-AAA title game, earned the right to play at 7:30 p.m. in the new gymnasium at West York High School.

“We knew we were going to play close to home,” Reichard said. “Playing at (West York) is nice because it’s in the same county and West York has a nice gym. So that’s a good thing.”

The bad news?

Typically a No. 2 seed would find a decent draw, but not so for the York-Adams League Division II runners-up. Eastern will have to face perennial state contender Imhotep Charter for the right to advance to the second round.

The Panthers (21-5) have won four state titles (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) since the Philadelphia-area teams joined the PIAA in 2004. Most of their starters are also recruited by high-level NCAA Division I programs. Getting by them won’t be easy for the Golden Knights.

“Yeah, we knew as early as last week when we were looking at it on the bus that Imhotep had been upset twice in their district playoffs, which was bad luck for us. But that’s just the way it is. We’ll have our hands full.”

The two York-Adams League boys’ teams that qualified for states in the Class AAAA bracket will be among those five with a short trek to their first games come Saturday. Both Central York (23-4) and Spring Grove (25-3) will get to play their contests against District 1 programs at West York's new gym as well.

The Panthers, who fell to Reading by a 65-54 margin in Saturday’s District 3 title game, will take on Central Bucks West (21-6), the No. 6 seed from District 1 at 6 p.m. The Rockets, who defeated Wilson 54-37 on Thursday to claim third-place in the district bracket, will take on Spring Ford (20-7), the No. 5 seed from District 1, at 7:30 p.m. Spring Ford edged CB West, 55-54, in the District 1 fifth-place contest last week.

Gettysburg (14-10), who claimed the sixth and final PIAA berth from District 3 in Class AAA, will face District 12 champion Delaware Valley Charter (24-4) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School in Philadelphia.

Coming off the program’s first District 3 championship, York Country Day will get to play its first-round contest close to home. The Greyhounds (22-0) will battle the No. 3 seed from District 4, Sullivan County, at 6 p.m. on Friday at Dallastown High School.


As the only girls participant from the York-Adams League in the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament, Red Lion will have to face Perkiomen Valley in its first round game on Friday night.

The District 3-AAAA bracket was almost a complete disaster for the York-Adams League. With two teams among the top four seeds in the district draw, only No. 3 Red Lion claimed a PIAA berth.

And barely, at that.

The Lions (25-4) had to defeat Division I rival Central York on Thursday evening to claim the seventh and final berth from the district. The Panthers saw their season end despite entering the bracket as the No. 4 seed.

While making the state tournament is always a notable achievement, Red Lion figured it wouldn’t have to take on a district champion in the first round. But Coach Don Dimoff’s team will do just that as it opens the state tournament on Friday evening against District 1 champ Perkiomen Valley (25-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Wissahickon High School.

“Obviously whenever you play the District 1 champion, it’s going to be a very tough game,” Dimoff said. “But I don’t feel like we’re (mentally) heading into the tournament as the No. 7 seed either. We know we’re better than that. Unfortunately, we came up against a couple good teams and had a couple bad quarters and that’s all you need to do (to lose) in a tournament like that where everybody is a very good team.”

While Dimoff’s team figured to be a higher seed at this point, they can say that it has a shot. And that’s all that really matters at this point of the year.

“Any time you can get into the tournament, you have a chance,” Dimoff said. “We feel like we’re a pretty good team. Perkiomen is very tough…they’ll be the biggest team we’ve played all year. We’re not crazy about playing them in the first round, but I would guess that they’re not thrilled about meeting us in the first round either.”

York Suburban (19-7) will also have to venture far to the east for its contest on Saturday in Class AAA. The sixth-seeded Trojans will take on District 11 champ Southern Lehigh at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.

While York Catholic won’t enter the bracket as the District 3-AA champion for the first time in 11 years, the Irish (20-6) will get to play close to home against a familiar foe. The District 3 runners-up will face the No. 3 seed from District 12, Bodine (16-6), Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Dallastown High School.

Delone Catholic (20-6) claimed the No. 3 seed from District 3-AA with a victory over Wyomissing. Their reward? A long drive to Philadelphia for a first-round tilt against District 12 champion Neumann-Goretti. The Saints (24-1) also happen to be the defending PIAA champions. That contest will take place at Archbishop Ryan High School at 6 p.m.

The Christian School of York won its third-place contest against rival Harrisburg Academy Thursday. Making their second PIAA appearance in a row, the Crusaders (19-8) will take on District 4 champion Mansfield (24-3) Saturdayat Wellsboro High School at 7 p.m.



Saturday, March 5

Central York (3-2) vs. Central Bucks West (1-6), 6 p.m. at West York HS

Spring Grove (3-3) vs. Spring Ford (1-5), 7:30 p.m. at West York HS

Friday, March 4

Eastern York (3-2) vs. Imhotep (12-4), at 7:30 p.m at West York HS

Gettysburg (3-6) vs. Delaware Valley Charter (12-1), at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln HS in Philadelphia


Friday, March 4

York Country Day (3-1) vs. Sullivan County (4-3), at 6 p.m. Dallastown HS



Friday, March 4

Red Lion (3-7) vs. Perkiomen Valley (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Wissahickon HS

Saturday, March 5

York Suburban (3-6) vs. Southern Lehigh (11-1) at 4:30 p.m. at Freedom HS


Friday, March 4

York Catholic (3-2) vs. Bodine (12-3) at 7:30 p.m at Dallastown HS

Delone Catholic (3-3) vs. Neumann-Goretti (12-1) at 6 p.m. at Archbishop Ryan HS


Saturday, March 5

Christian School of York (3-3) vs. Mansfield (4-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Wellsboro HS

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